Two years into his administration, POTUS Donald Trump remains under siege by special counsel Robert Mueller and the Deep State as establishment politicians, the intelligence community, and the â€œmainstreamâ€ media put up relentless, unprecedented resistance to his policies on a daily basis.
While the president has so far managed to hold his own, replacing several Washington â€œinsidersâ€ who were hand-picked to undermine his White House with people he trusts, new details have emerged providing a glimpse into the powerful forces aligned against him.
Late last week, as many readers have heard,Â The New York TimesÂ published a bombshell report that implicates the FBI in what can only reasonably be defined as a blatant act of treason and an attempt to overthrow a duly-elected president â€” simply for performing a constitutionally permissible act against one of their own.
Following the presidentâ€™s firing of then-FBI Director James Comey, which, you recall, came at the recommendation of Deputy Attorney General Rod Rosenstein, federal law enforcement officials claim to have become â€œso concernedâ€ about POTUSâ€™ behavior that they actually opened an investigation into â€œwhether he had been working on behalf of Russia against American interests,â€ sources told the Times.
The paper noted further:
The inquiry carried explosive implications. Counterintelligence investigators had to consider whether the presidentâ€™s own actions constituted a possible threat to national security. Agents also sought to determine whether Mr. Trump was knowingly working for Russia or had unwittingly fallen under Moscowâ€™s influence.
The investigation the F.B.I. opened into Mr. Trump also had a criminal aspect, which hasÂ long been publicly known: whether his firing of Mr. Comey constituted obstruction of justice.
The Times reported that â€œdaysâ€ after â€œFBI officialsâ€ opened the investigation it was turned over to Mueller, which in and of itself makes the timing suspicious. In addition to that, the Times report never mentions who actually authorized the FBIâ€™s probe â€” whether it came from the Justice Department, as is customary, or whether rogue agents opposed to POTUS Trumpâ€™s presidency took it upon themselves to launch an investigation.
Something else that is odd: The Times reported that the investigation was on a dual track â€” both criminalÂ andÂ counterintelligence, when usually such probes are either one or the other. The paper said that officials within the FBI and other federal entities not named (such as the Justice Department and the intelligence community) were allegedly concerned that the firing of Comey was both a criminal act and a sop to Russia, a national security issue.
Nearly two years later, we find that nothing substantiates either of those suspicions. The convictions that Mueller has gotten have been for crimes not related to POTUS Trumpâ€™s 2016 campaign and Russia. Whatâ€™s more, weâ€™ve since learned that ComeyÂ had a major roleÂ in assuring that Trumpâ€™s opponent, Hillary Clinton, did not suffer legal fallout (as in, she wasnâ€™t charged) for criminal mishandling of classified information.
Also, the fact that Muellerâ€™s investigation has proceeded is prima facie evidenceÂ that the president did not obstruct it. And, as the Times reports deep into its story, â€œNo evidence has emerged publicly that Mr. Trump was secretly in contact with or took direction from Russian government officials.â€
The Constitution grants the president the authority to dismiss anyone in his employ â€” which is everyone who falls under the Executive Branch. As head of that branch of government, POTUS doesnâ€™t need a reason to fire anyone, though Comey â€” through his politically motivated mishandling of Clintonâ€™s investigation â€” surely provided Trump with cause.
The presidentâ€™s legal team has dismissed the investigation as pointless and it turns out thatâ€™s certainly true. But thatâ€™s the right answer to the wrong question, which should be: Who authorized the probe in the first place? Because whoever did it was obviously trying to undermine the president in such a way as to cause his removal from office â€” a coup, in other words.
So let’s call this what it is: Treason, pure and simple. That’s not a word Washington likes to use but that doesn’t make what the Deep State did, and is still trying to do, to POTUS Trump anything less.
The bigger scandal since is that no one in the bureau or Justice Department has done anything about it. Meanwhile, the cover for all of this — the Mueller investigation — continues.Â — J. D. Heyes
A version of this story first appeared in NewsTarget.
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