By J. D. Heyes, editor-in-chief
(National Sentinel)Â As you may know, last week a federal grand jury returned 13 indictments of Russian citizens and three Russian firms recommended as part of special counsel Robert Muellerâ€™s investigation into whether the Trump campaign â€œcolludedâ€ with Russia to â€œsteal the electionâ€ from Hillary Clinton.
House Intelligence Committee chairman Devin Nunes, R-Calif., said over the weekend that his panel has seen no evidence of said collusion, but nevertheless, the Mueller probe continues, hence the 13 new indictments.
The Russiansâ€™ alleged crime(s)? Interfering with the 2016 presidential election.
Mueller didnâ€™t name any Americans in this latest round of indictments â€” including, naturally, members of President Donald J. Trumpâ€™s 2016 campaign. In fact, Deputy Attorney General Rod Rosenstein made it clear when announcing the indictments that no Americans â€œwittinglyâ€ participated in the Russian operation.
But Muellerâ€™s 13 indictments are puzzling for a number of reasons â€” not the least of which because they represent one of the greatest geopolitical hypocrisies in modern times, which was not lost on Daniel Greenfield, a Shillman Journalism Fellow at the Freedom Center.
In a column for FrontPage Magazine, all Mueller has done thus far is indict â€œa bunch of Russians associated with a troll farm for interfering with an electionâ€ that everyone in the DOJ and FBI thus far has admitted did not change the election outcome â€” meaning Trump beat Clinton fair and square.
But â€œthe Clinton campaign employed a British foreign agent who used Russian intelligence sources to put together opposition research meant to interfere with the results of a United States election,â€ he wrote. â€œCollusion between the Clinton campaign, Steele and the Russians doesnâ€™t require an endless fishing expedition.â€
He goes on to point out that foreign governments attempting to interfere with American democracy is not a new thing (and it certainly isnâ€™t for Russia, which, as head of the Soviet Union, regularly sought to undermine U.S. democracy).
In fact, he notes, â€œMuslims in Gaza famously ran a phone bank for Obama,â€ as â€œa Hamas political advisor had declared that he hoped Obama would win.â€
The Mueller indictment claims that â€œthe Federal Election Campaign Actâ€¦ prohibits foreign nationals from making any contributions, expenditures, independent expenditures, or disbursements for electioneering communications.â€
â€œThe chair of Nigeriaâ€™s stock exchange had organized anÂ ‘Africans for Obama’ fundraiser. The Albanian Socialist Prime Minister had been accused of a scheme to transfer $80,000 to an Obama fundraising committee. Gazans bought and resold Obama t-shirts from the campaign website. And no indictments,â€ Greenfield wrote. (Related: SHOCKER: FBI had evidence of Clinton-Russian collusion over uranium deal.)
Whatâ€™s more, none of that was considered election interference and none of those activities generated a special counsel investigation of the former president.
In addition, Muellerâ€™s indictments makeÂ us look foolish and weak. And oh-so-political. They are unserious, Greenfield adds, because itâ€™s a toothless response to an allegedly serious breach of American democracy.
But thatâ€™s not all. Obamaâ€™s State Department paid hundreds of thousands of dollars in taxpayer money to an Israel-based organization which used the money in a campaign to oust current Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu, according to a 2016 congressional investigation.
Some $350,000 was sent to OneVoice, ostensibly to support the groupâ€™s efforts to back Israeli-Palestinian peace settlement negotiations. But OneVoice used the money to build a voter database, train activists and hire a political consulting firm with ties to President Obamaâ€™s campaign â€” all of which set the stage for an anti-Netanyahu campaign, the Senate Permanent Subcommittee on Investigations said in a bipartisan staff report.
No special counsels. No Justice Department investigation. No indictments.
So much of what Mueller is doing is just a continuation of the Democratsâ€™ #NeverTrump campaign, and therefore it is illegitimate.
There is a real threat to the American system of government, but itâ€™s not coming from the Russians, itâ€™s coming from Democrats.
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