Democrats and their media co-conspirators have all of a sudden become firebrands demanding justice system reform after using and abusing it since 2015 to exact retribution on perceived political enemies.
Crossfire Hurricane, as the witch hunt counterintelligence probe targeting President Donald Trump and his campaign was called, began under former Democratic president Barack Obama. It led to the appointment of former special counsel Robert Mueller in May 2017, a few months after Trump took office.
The probe was launched to examine whether there was conspiracy or coordination between Trump’s campaign and Russia based on evidence-free accusations found in the Steele Dossier, written by former British spy Christopher Steele and commissioned by the rival campaign of former presidential candidate Hillary Clinton. The investigation later widened to examine allegations that the president was engaged in obstruction of justice.
Mueller delivered his report to Attorney General William Barr in March 2019 documenting his conclusions. After 500 witnesses, 2,500 subpoenas, and 34 indictments, prosecutors found no evidence of criminal acts by the Trump campaign and Russia, but unearthed a mountain of unrelated process crimes. Several Trump associates were found guilty of, and incarcerated for crimes totally unrelated to any collusion with Russia.
Undeterred Democrats continued to pursue their vindictive fishing expedition and persecution. They set out to execute the impeachment of the president from the first day they took control of the House of Representatives in January 2019, issuing hundreds of document requests, contempt orders and subpoenas in search of evidence. After impeaching Trump once over a legally executed phone call, for which he was acquitted, they are now looking to cook up a second impeachment.
The “Obamagate” scandal is now under the microscope with hearings that began on Wednesday to probe the role of Obama administration officials in the launching of the criminal case against Trump’s first national security advisor, Michael Flynn.
They will also examine the Foreign Intelligence Surveillance Act (FISA) warrants issued for the former foreign-policy adviser to Trump and his campaign, Carter Page, a petroleum industry consultant, and the justification for appointing Mueller.
Several former Obama administration officials admitted last year under oath in House hearings that they had no proof of any Trump campaign conspiracy with Russia. They include former CIA Director John Brennan; former Director of National Intelligence James Clapper and former Deputy Director of the Federal Bureau of Investigations Andrew McCabe. The admissions were disclosed in transcripts released by House Intelligence Committee Chairman Adam Schiff under duress.
Rod Rosenstein, Trump’s former deputy attorney general, testified before the Senate Judiciary Committee on Wednesday about his decision to appoint Mueller, delivering the usual claptrap excuses the public has become accustomed to hearing, but he admitted there was prosecutorial misconduct. He also admitted knowing there was no evidence of Russian collusion when he wrote a second memo expanding the scope of the investigation in August 2017.
Republican Sen. Ted Cruz of Texas accused him of being either “complicit” or “grossly negligent.”
On Thursday, the committee, led by Senator Lindsey Graham of South Carolina, will vote to approve subpoenas for documents and testimony from about 53 people, including Clapper, Brennan and McCabe. They will also target former FBI Director James Comey, former FBI agents Peter Strzok and Lisa Page and former National Security Advisor Susan Rice, among others.
Republican Senator Ron Johnson, chairman of the Senate Homeland Security and Governmental Affairs Committee is also expected to request approvals to subpoena 35 individuals, including many of the same officials.
The Justice Department found that at least two of four FISA warrants used to spy on Page were “not valid.”
Kevin Clinesmith, a former FBI lawyer, is under criminal investigation for altering a key document in FISA filings related to Page. The FBI illegally surveilled Page because they suspected him of being an agent of Russia. Page was never charged with wrongdoing.
Justice Department Inspector General Michael Horowitz also found 17 “significant errors or omissions” the FBI made in its four applications to surveil Page. The IG concluded that the FBI was unable to corroborate allegations that Page was a Russian agent.
The report accused FBI agents of willfully withholding exculpatory information related to Page, and information that was damaging to the credibility of Steele, who implicated Page as a Russian asset.
Evidence has emerged that Trump’s politicized prosecutors used an elaborate scheme to close ranks and hid their true intentions. They were hell-bent on entrapping and flipping campaign associates into giving them dirt on the president, just to take him down.
Three elderly Trump campaign officials, including former campaign manager Paul Manafort, were sentenced to serve lengthy prison terms.
He was released to home confinement in May due to coronavirus fears after serving less than a third of a more than seven-year sentence for tax fraud and conspiracy. He had been incarcerated at the low-security LCI Loretto facility in central Pennsylvania and was scheduled to be released in 2024. He spent months in solitary confinement while he was awaiting trial in Virginia on federal bank charges.
Michael Cohen, Trump’s former personal lawyer, was also released last month after serving one-third of a three-year prison sentence. He pled guilty to tax evasion and federal campaign finance violations regarding “hush money” payments to two women who said they had sexual encounters with Trump.
Infuriated Democratic Sen. Kamala Harris of California and Rep. Hakeem Jeffries of New York complained last month in a letter dripping with irony, “These examples make clear that there are two systems of justice in our country — one for President Trump and his associates, and another for everyone else.”
Trump’s former adviser Roger Stone was convicted on a seven-count indictment for lying to Congress, tampering with a witness and obstructing a congressional investigation. He is expected to report for prison on June 30 to begin a 40-month sentence.
Trump’s former campaign adviser George Papadopoulos also pleaded guilty to making false statements to the FBI regarding his contact with Russian leadership and served 14 days in prison in 2018.
A federal judge indefinitely suspended former Trump aide Rick Gates’ 45-day prison sentence last month due to the coronavirus pandemic, which he had been serving intermittently. He was sentenced in 2019 for conspiring against the U.S. and making false statements to the federal government and ordered to serve jail time, three years of probation, 300 hours of community service and pay a $20,000 fine. The judge took into account years of financial crimes and deception that continued even after he had agreed to plead guilty and cooperate.
Former national security advisor Michael Flynn pleaded guilty to “willfully and knowingly false, fictitious and fraudulent statements and representations” to the FBI regarding his conversations with Russian ambassador to the U.S., Sergey Kislyak, a charge which the Justice Department has now dropped because it now acknowledges he was set up.
It also abandoned its case against Concord Management and Consulting LLC and Concord Catering. The Russian companies were charged with conspiring to defraud the U.S. government by orchestrating social media campaigns to interfere in the 2016 presidential election. The companies were among three implicated in the Russia probe.
Mueller charged a total of thirteen individuals in February 2018 for allegedly using social media to divide Americans and sow discord among the electorate.
Concord was the sole defendant to enter an appearance in federal court to dispute the charges. The organization is controlled by Yevgeny Prigozhin, a wealthy businessman known as “Putin’s chef” for his ties to Russian President Vladimir Putin.
Seventy-three-year-old conservative author and Stone associate Jerome Corsi, who Democrats labeled a right wing conspiracy theorist, dodged charges in the probe.
Mueller’s investigators were trying to determine whether Corsi and Stone had advanced knowledge of WikiLeaks’ plans to release hacked material damaging to Hillary Clinton’s 2016 presidential effort, but they were unable to build a case and he was never indicted.