(National Sentinel)Â Panic Mode: A growing body of evidence suggests that a massive scandal is brewing at the FBI and the Justice Department that, if true, is likely to have long-ranging negative implications for the nation, writes Michael Goodwin at theÂ New York Post.
Comparing the current situation with the 2007-2009 Great Recession, when lawmakers and President Obama bailed out banks after declaring them “too big to fail,” Goodwin sees the burgeoning scandal involving the nation’s — and the world’s — premier law enforcement agency as “too big to believe.”
“Yet each day brings credible reports suggesting there is a massive scandal involving the top ranks of Americaâ€™s premier law enforcement agency,” Goodwin writes.
“The reports, which feature talk among agents of a ‘secret society‘ and suddenly missing text messages, point to the existence both of a cabal dedicated to defeating Donald Trump in 2016 and of a plan to let Hillary Clinton skate free in the classified email probe.
“If either one is true â€” and I believe both probably are â€” it would mean FBI leaders betrayed the nation by abusing their powers in a bid to pick the president,” he said.
The columnist noted that it also seems likely, based on reporting and some credible evidence, that the Clinton-financed “Trump dossier” — which was supposed to be political opposition research — was used by the FBI to obtain a FISA court warrant so it could spy on a political campaign.
Goodwin (and others) also believe that the FBI got approval for a counterintelligence surveillance warrant to spy on Team Trump by representing the dossier as real intelligence — without telling the court it was oppo-research and that none of it had been substantiated.
Legal experts agree that would constitute a crime.
â€œI believe this will not end just with firings. I believe there are people who will go to jail. I was very persuaded by the evidence,” Rep. Matt Gaetz, R-Fla., toldÂ Fox News‘ “Hannity” program last week.
What’s more, writes Goodwin, “there is growing reason to believe someone in President Barack Obamaâ€™s administration turned over classified information about Trump to the Clinton campaign.”
One former federal prosecutor, Joseph diGenova, said, “It doesn’t get worse than that.” He also believes Trump knew about what had taken place early on, which is why he declared in March 2017 that Obama “wiretapped” him.
“These and other elements combine to make a toxic brew that smells to high heaven, but most Americans donâ€™t know much about it,” Goodwin wrote. “Mainstream media coverage has been sparse and dismissive and thereâ€™s a blackout from the same Democrats obsessed with Russia, Russia, Russia.”
Thankfully, Goodwin notes, there are lawmakers working to get to the bottom of what went on. One of them is House Intelligence Committee Chairman Devin Nunes, R-Calif., who — along with Rep. Trey Gowdy, R-S.C. — have authored a “FISA memo” that allegedly details massive abuse within the FBI and DoJ of the FISA court, as it related to spying on the Trump campaign.
At present, those and other Republican lawmakers are working to get that top secret memo to the White House, where they believe President Trump will declassify it and allow it to be released to the public.
The contents of the memo, according to sources who spoke withÂ Fox News contributor and investigative reporter Sara A. Carter, are so â€œexplosiveâ€ they could spell a quick end to special counsel Robert Muellerâ€™s probe of the Trump campaign and transition team.
Gaetz agreed, saying, “I believe that once the American people have the opportunity to evaluate the allegations and claims in this memo, it will become evident the activities of the last administration, the crimes I believe were committed, and the total sham that this Mueller investigation is, built on a false premise and rotten to the core.”
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