By J. D. Heyes
Some political observers, including this publication, have likened deep state figures who participated in the â€œSpygateâ€ coup operation to depose POTUS Donald Trump to acts of treason, but before now no lawmaker has used the â€œTâ€ word.
That changed Sunday when Rep. Liz Cheney (R-Wyo.), daughter of former Vice President Dick Cheney, noted that statements by FBI agents allegedly â€˜investigating collusionâ€™ between the 2016 Trump campaign and Russia sounded â€œan awful lot like a coup, and it could well be treason.â€
Thatâ€™s a very powerful statement from a sitting U.S. congressperson, and certainly not something you hear every day from Cheney.
In an interview withÂ ABC Newsâ€™ Martha Raddatz on â€œThis Week,â€ Cheney echoed the president and Attorney General William Barr, as well as several other Republican lawmakers, that the origins of the hoax investigation must itself be probed.
â€œWe had people that are at the highest levels of our law enforcement â€¦ saying that they were going to stop a duly-elected president of the United States,â€ Cheney told Raddatz. â€œThat sounds an awful lot like a coup and it could well be treason.â€
Rep. Liz Cheney: "We had people that are at the highest levels of our law enforcement … saying that they were going to stop a duly elected president of the United States."
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She also said that â€œwe need to know moreâ€ about who else was involved, including fired FBI Director James Comey, fired FBI Deputy Director Andrew McCabe, and other ranking officials within the Justice Department, the intelligence community, and throughout Barack Obamaâ€™s inner circle and bureaucracy,Â The HillÂ reported.
It wasnâ€™t just fired FBI counterintelligence official Peter Strzok and his paramour, Lisa Page, who were talking about â€œstoppingâ€ Trump from taking office; they were acting on behalf of someone else, or several someones. And each of them is equally guilty of an attempted coup.
â€œThink about the fact that we had people that are at the highest levels of our law enforcement in this nation saying that they were going to stop a duly-elected president of the United States, saying they needed an insurance policy against him,â€ Cheney said.Â
â€œThat is something that simply cannot happen. We have to have confidence in our law enforcement, and the attorney general has got to get to the bottom of what happened, how it was that those people were allowed to misuse and abuse their power that way,â€ she added.
It became obvious on Sunday that, just two days after POTUS Trump ordered all appropriate agencies to declassify all relevant documents related to the Spygate scandal, his surrogates and his allies were launching a full-court press to get the details out.
In addition to Cheney, White House Press Secretary Sarah Huckabee Sanders appeared on cable news programs Sunday to pronounce that the Trump administration â€œalreadyâ€ knows there was a substantial level of corruption at the highest levels of DoJ and the FBI.
â€œWe already know that there was an outrageous amount of corruption that took place at the F.B.I. They leaked information. They lied. They were specifically working trying to take down the president, trying to hurt the president,â€ Sanders said onÂ NBCâ€˜s â€œMeet The Press,â€Â The HillÂ noted.
â€œWeâ€™ll leave the final call up to the attorney general and heâ€™ll get to the bottom of it. But we think Americans deserve the truth. The presidentâ€™s asked for that. And we should expect nothing less,â€ she added.
AG Barr now has all the authority he needs to look at and release whatever documents he feels are necessary in order to let Americans see exactly what was done, who did what, and why â€” up to and including, hopefully, former President Obama, without whoâ€™s approval â€œSpygateâ€ could never have moved forward.
The rats are alreadyÂ throwing each other under the bus, denying, and pointing fingers. As the heat gets turned up by AG Barr and his primary investigator, U.S. Attorney John Durham, expect the accusations to fly even more.
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