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Saturday, March 23, 2019

Media & Americans Duped! A Criminal Dud!

* See UPDATES below...

Now that Special Counsel Robert Mueller's investigation of alleged Russia-Trump campaign collusion has been concluded, as advised by Attorney General William Barr on Friday, my observations on what's been uncovered (in a nutshell) in that respect, are as follows.



What started out as political opposition research of Donald Trump and his political campaign in 2015/2016 by the Hillary Clinton campaign and the DNC, and which was funnelled into the Obama State Department, DOJ and FBI, et al, through multiple sources and turned into a counter-intelligence investigation and subsequent Special Counsel investigation in search of criminal activities and leaked to multiple media outlets in order to, firstly, smear Trump and his chances of being elected as U.S. President, then, to hamstring his presidency, once elected, was, three years later, finally exposed for exactly what it was...a political vendetta and smear campaign and not a criminal matter.

Oppo Research ⇒ Criminal Investigation ⇒ Political Vendetta ⇒ Duped ⇒ Dud!

More on this entire process will be revealed by the U.S. Inspector General, Michael Horowitz, once he completes his separate ongoing internal investigation of numerous DOJ and FBI officials (and any others), which may be released in the next three months, or so.

So, this unabashed, unrelenting three-year political and media anti-Trump smear campaign and legal probe (which was based on salacious and unverified material, according to former FBI Director, James Comey) may end up producing unwanted consequences for the perpetrators involved in this entire complex process...and there could be many people exposed in this scheme. Whether any will be criminally indicted and prosecuted by current DOJ officials remains to be seen. No doubt, there will be much new information to come in the days/weeks ahead, in this regard.

I wonder what damage (not only on domestic matters, but also foreign policy issues) has already been inflicted on the President's ability to properly and fully discharge his duties to the American public, as he was duly elected and sworn in to carry out, because of this smear campaign. Meanwhile, the political chess game will likely continue through to 2020 and beyond, if President Trump is re-elected. At what point do endless and aimless political investigations become political harassment and constitutional overreach?

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Source: WSJ.com

Source: FoxNews.com (click link to view video)

Source: NationalReview.com

Source: TheHill.com

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Source: FoxNews.com...to view video, click here


* UPDATE March 24...

Attorney General Barr's 4-page summary letter (below) of Special Counsel Mueller's report was released today (the yellow highlight on page 1 is mine)...of note, are the following excerpts...

"...the Special Counsel did not find that the Trump campaign, or anyone associated with it, conspired or coordinated with the Russian government in these efforts, despite multiple offers from Russian-affiliated individuals to assist the Trump campaign."

"...Deputy Attorney General Rod Rosenstein and I have concluded that the evidence developed during the Special Counsel's investigation is not sufficient to establish that the President committed an obstruction-of-justice offense. Our determination was made without regard to, and is not based on, the constitutional considerations that surround the indictment and criminal prosecution of a sitting president."





Several reactions are as follows...






Source: WSJ.com


Source: NYPost.com

Can we now please put this matter pertaining to the investigation of President Trump and members of his campaign to rest and move on? The Special Counsel's work is done, as was instructed by DOJ Deputy Attorney General Rod Rosenstein nearly two years ago, plus almost one year after the DOJ and FBI began their own investigation pre-Mueller...nearly three years, in total, only to find out that no crimes were committed by them in this regard! On what criminal evidence, then, was the Special Counsel investigation *initially* based/launched? I think the American public deserves to know why their President was investigated...perhaps the full story will eventually be exposed.

* UPDATE March 25...


For two years, President Trump has been convicted by, not only many political opponents, but most of the media, as well, over this issue. What's happened to good old-fashioned investigative journalism...due process...the presumption of innocence...and justice? And, more importantly, will those ever be restored? After what happened to Justice Kavanaugh last year, I have my doubts.

Source: NewYorkPost.com

Senator Graham discusses Attorney General Barr's summary letter of Special Counsel Mueller's report and what's now necessary for a separate investigation to be conducted into the origins of the investigation into President Trump and his presidential campaign...this may, ultimately, tie in with the work currently underway by Inspector General Horowitz, as I mentioned above...more will be revealed in the days/weeks ahead.

Source: Reuters.com...to view video, click here

* UPDATE March 26...

Good question...was it before the mid-term elections?...perhaps we'll find out someday...

Source: FoxNews.com

This is just the beginning of more fallout to come in the aftermath of this debacle. I would note that Fox News TV and Fox News Network investigative journalists, hosts and contributors have provided a wide-ranging treasure-trove of relevant and accurate facts and alerts since this all began two years ago...one of the very few sources of news information that has proven to be consistently reliable and trustworthy in this regard (and in other news matters, including business and stock market issues, over many years)...rare and refreshing, indeed.























Source: WashingtonTimes.com

* UPDATE March 28...

All nine House Republican Intelligence Committee members sent this letter to Democrat Intel Committee Chairman Adam Schiff rebuking his past and current actions and urged his immediate resignation as Chairman...



* UPDATE April 5...

Source: NationalReview.com

Source: WashingtonExaminer.com

***The saga continues...but, the narrative and investigations begin to shift to other individuals...

* UPDATE April 7...


* UPDATE April 9...

Source: TheHill.com

"More generally, I am reviewing the conduct of the investigation and trying to get my arms around all the aspects of the counterintelligence investigation that was conducted during the summer of 2016." 

* UPDATE April 10...

Source: SaraCarter.com

 "I think spying did occur. Yes, I think spying did occur. But the question is whether it was predicated, adequately predicated." 
"I'm not suggesting it wasn't adequately predicated, but I need to explore that." 
"I believe there is basis for my concern, but I'm not going to discuss it."
 (these statements by AG Barr refer to possible unauthorized surveillance by the Obama administration's FBI and DOJ of Trump and his 2015/16 election campaign)

* UPDATE April 11...

As reported today by Fox News, House Intelligence Committee ranking member Devin Nunes sent the following criminal-referral notification to AG Barr alleging "several potential violations of law" in connection with the origins of the Trump-Russia collusion investigation.

Congressman Nunes told Fox News that there are eight criminal referrals, which include two for conspiracy, as well as for global leaks, and for lying, misleading or obstructing congressional investigators. He has also said that there may be more criminal referrals made in the future, as further investigative work continues in this regard.

No doubt, much more information will eventually be revealed on all of these matters, as well as a separate report by the Inspector General (as I mentioned above), which is due sometime in May or June, according to AG Barr.


* UPDATE April 18...

AG Barr's pre-release-of-Muller-report press conference...(a copy of the entire report can be read at the DOJ link here)



* UPDATE April 19...


Source: TheHill.com

Source: WSJ.com

CONCLUSIONS:

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Since when does the DOJ/FBI usurp and perform Congressional oversight duties and functions for the purposes of impeachment under the guise of a criminal investigation?
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The culmination of a three-year counter-intelligence/criminal investigation of, firstly, a U.S. presidential campaign/candidate, then, a duly-elected President, appears to be the launching pad for potential impeachment proceedings by Congress...a political hit job disguised as a criminal investigation.

By the way, if it were not for the launch of the initial investigation of Trump-Russia collusion, obstruction of justice didn't exist and wouldn't even have been an issue for Mr. Mueller and his team to investigate. He has, however, left it dangling for Congress to pursue, if they so choose, despite AG Barr stating that no crime had been committed in that regard. Because of the immense cooperation of President Trump in providing over one million documents, not asserting his constitutionally-permissible executive privilege in allowing members of his administration to speak freely with Mr. Mueller's team, not exercising his constitutional right to withhold any part or all of the report to the public or Congress, as well as firing former FBI Director Comey without cause, as is his constitutional prerogative, there is no case against him to prove corrupt intent to obstruct beyond a reasonable doubt. It's up to prosecutors to prove "guilt" beyond a reasonable doubt...it's not their call to "exonerate" him...they either indite, or they don't...period. And, it's not up to a defendant to prove his/her "innocence." In any event, Trump was, potentially, facing a criminal charge of "treason," if found guilty...punishable by death...it's no wonder he was upset and sought to vigorously defend himself when it all began.

In any event, since when does the DOJ/FBI usurp and perform Congressional oversight duties and functions for the purposes of impeachment under the guise of a criminal investigation? An important question that will likely never be asked or answered.

Finally, why did the investigation begin in the first place, without prior evidence of a crime (a proper legal predicate)? Let's not forget, Russian meddling in the 2016 election occurred under President Obama's reign and he did nothing against the Russians to stop it, nor did he alert the Trump campaign that it was being targeted by Russian operatives (it's been reported that former FBI lawyer, Lisa Page, told Congress in her testimony that they didn't think there was enough evidence even to give a defensive briefing to the Trump campaign -- her July 13 and 16, 2018 interview transcripts can be read here and here -- yet they thought it was good enough to take to the FISA court to get a warrant to spy on campaign members). Instead, the Trump-Russia counter-intelligence investigation was launched under Obama's administration. AG Barr and his team will be investigating that and other related matters in the weeks/months ahead, along with the Inspector General, whose investigation has already been underway for many months (his report is expected in May or June).

Source: TheHill.com

Source: NationalReview.com




If you think President Putin is happy that President Trump's presidency has been disrupted, as liberal media pundits are proclaiming now, you can thank Obama for that parting gift.