By Jon Dougherty
The Washington establishment and Democrat-run Deep State always give away their next moves against POTUS Donald Trump. If you know what to look for and where you can spot them.
On FridayÂ The New York Times published anÂ op-ed,Â The Mueller Report Is Coming. Hereâ€™s What to Expect, in which the paper declared,Â â€œA concise report will probably act as a â€˜road mapâ€™ to investigation for the Democratic House â€” and to further criminal investigation by other prosecutors.â€
Also, asÂ James Howard Kunstler notesÂ that “the #Resistance has been losing bigly in recent daysÂ as each new ‘bombshell’ it manufactures turns out only to reveal its modus operandi, which is thatÂ the end justifies the meansÂ – the end being to evict the wicked Mr. Trump fromÂ office and the means being dishonesty and bad faith in its use of the governmentâ€™s prosecutorial machinery.”
Translated: There isn’t going to be diddly in Mueller’s report regarding his oft-stated initial mandate for being appointed: “Trump-Russia collusion.” But then there can’t be any bombshell info about that because it’s obvious by now, based on reports from the House and Senate, that there never was any Russian collusion by the 2016 Trump campaign. It was always a fabrication.
So what does that mean? For the Democrat Party’s unhinged base expecting a Mueller report full of fireworks andÂ nuclear bombs laden withÂ recommendation after recommendation of felony charges againstÂ the president,Â prepare to be disappointed.
But that won’t be the end of it and not by a long shot. Knustler advises microwaving “a giant tub of popcorn for an extravaganza of sequels and reboots.”
However, “bewareÂ of what you wish for. If the baton is passed to House committee chairs Jerrold Nadler, Maxine Waters, and Elijah Cummings, then in Act Two of the show,Â the country will be treated to something like the Spanish InquisitionÂ as performed by Moe, Larry, and Curly,” he continues.
Always on top of this Trump-Russia collusion hoax, The Wall Street Journal‘s Kimberley Strassel writes on Friday that no Democrat has been a more fantasticalÂ fabricator of Trump-Russia collusion garbage thanÂ the new chairman of the House Intelligence Committee, Rep. Adam “Leaker” Schiff (D-Calif.), which is akin to putting an anti-Semitic hater ofÂ Israel on the House Foreign Relations Committee.
Anyway, when Schiff describes a “new phase” of the investigation into POTUS Trump, get ready — and beÂ prepared for all sorts of new foolishness. Because after Mueller’s probe ends and the not-much-at-all report drops, theÂ investigation flood gates will open anew.
The collusionists need a â€œnew phaseâ€ as signs grow that the special counsel wonâ€™t help realize their reveries of a Donald Trump takedown.Â They had said Mr. Mueller would provide all the answers. Now that it seems they wonâ€™t like his answers, Democrats and media insist that any report will likely prove â€œanticlimacticâ€ and â€œinconclusive.â€Â â€œThis is merely the end of ChapterÂ 1,â€Â said Renato Mariotti, a CNN legal â€œanalyst.â€
Mr. Schiff turned this week to a dependable scribeâ€”the Washington Postâ€™s David Ignatiusâ€”to lay out the next chapter of the penny dreadful. Mr. Ignatius was the original conduit for the leak about former national security adviser Mike Flynnâ€™s conversations with a Russian ambassador, and the far-fetched claims that Mr. Flynn had violated the Logan Act of 1799. Mr. Schiff has now dictated to Mr. Ignatius a whole new collusion theory. Forget Carter Page, Paul Manafort, George Papadopoulosâ€”whoever. The real Trump-Russia canoodling rests in â€œTrumpâ€™s finances.â€ The future president was â€œdoing business with Russiaâ€ and â€œseeking Kremlin help.â€
So, no apologies. No acknowledgment that Mr. Schiff & Co. for years have pushed fake stories that accused innocent men and women of being Russian agents. No relieved hope that the country might finally put this behind us. Just a smooth transitionâ€”using Russia as a hookâ€”into Mr. Trumpâ€™s finances. Mueller who?
Whatâ€™s mind-boggling is that reporters would continue to take Mr. Schiff seriously, given his extraordinary record of incorrect and misleading pronouncements. This is the man who, on March 22, 2017, helped launch full-blown hysteria when he said on â€œMeet the Pressâ€ that his committee already had the goods on Trump-Russia collusion.
â€œI canâ€™t go into the particulars, but there is more than circumstantial evidence now,â€Mr. Schiff declared then. Almost two years later, heâ€™s provided no such evidence and stopped making the claimâ€”undoubtedly because, as the Senate Intelligence Committee has said publicly, no such evidence has been found.
At an open House Intelligence Committee hearing on March 20, 2017, Mr. Schiff stated as fact numerous crazy accusations from the infamous Steele dossierâ€”giving them early currency and credence. He claimed that former Trump campaign aide Carter Page secretly met with a Vladimir Putin crony and was offered the brokerage of a 19% share in a Russian company. That Trump campaign manager Paul Manafort tapped Mr. Page as a go-between. That the Russians offered the Trump campaign damaging documents on Hillary Clinton in return for a blind eye to Moscowâ€™s Ukraine policy. Mr. Schiff has never acknowledged that all these allegations have been debunked or remain unproved.
There was Mr. Schiffâ€™s role in plumping the discredited January BuzzFeed story claiming Mr. Mueller had evidence the president directed his former personal lawyer Michael Cohen to lie to Congress. The special counselâ€™s office issued a rare statement denying the report. There was Mr. Schiffâ€™s theory that the mysterious phone calls Donald Trump Jr. placed before his 2016 meeting with Russians at Trump Tower were toÂ Candidate Trump. Senate Intel shot that down. And donâ€™t forget Mr. Schiffâ€™s February 2018 memo claiming the Steele dossier â€œdid not informâ€ the FBI probe, because the bureau didnâ€™t obtain it until long after the probeâ€™s start. Testimony from Justice Department officials shot that one down, too.
With a track record like this, who wouldnâ€™t believe Mr. Schiffâ€™s new claim, in the Ignatius interview, that the key to collusion rests in Trump financesâ€”in particular something to do withÂ Deutsche Bank? But hold on. Where did we first hear that Deutsche Bank theory? Thatâ€™s right. See pages 64 and 117 of the wild House testimony of Glenn Simpsonâ€”head of Fusion GPS, the organization behind the Steele dossier.Â Itâ€™s right there, stuffed in between Mr. Simpsonâ€™s musings that Ivanka Trump might be involved with a â€œRussian Central Asian organized crime nexus,â€ that there is something nefarious happening on the â€œisland of St. Martin in the Caribbean,â€ and that Roger Stone is part of a â€œTurkey-Russiaâ€ plot.
Mr. Schiff is taking his cue for Phase 2 of his investigation from the same Democrat-hired opposition-research group that launched the failed PhaseÂ 1.
At the start of all the Russia craziness, Mr. Schiff had a choice: maintain the bipartisan integrity of his committee by working with Republicans to find honest answers, or take on the role of resident conspiracy theorist. He chose his path.Â The rest of us should know better than to follow him.
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