Mueller, FBI using tactics more in line with criminals
Over the last two years – well before Donald J. Trump was elected President – the nation was subjected to what is now seen as a spurious charge that the Trump Campaign “colluded” with the Russians to subvert the election of 2016. In fact, we now know any “collusion” whatever that means was perpetrated not by the Trump Campaign or any of its surrogates but by the Democratic National Committee and the Hillary Clinton Campaign through Fusion GPS and the infamous “Steele Dossier.”
Despite the spit-speckled bloviating of the Main Stream Media and the Democrats (we are redundant), the recent sentencing agreements of Attorney Michael Cohen do not amount to much, and certainly is thin gruel compared to the international hooliganism we were told happened between Trump and Russia. But we do not intend to rehash all the particulars of the events that continue to roil certain quarters of the Democratic Party, CNN and MSNBC.
The entire investigation by former FBI Director Robert Mueller in our mind is tainted and illegitimate, and the people caught up in this illegitimacy are to be in a sense pitied rather than pilloried. We say this stipulating that Cohen might be a sleaze, he and Paul Manafort may have done all that is alleged – but without this illegitimate investigation those charges may never have been filed, and in the case of Manafort, the charges he was convicted upon were passed over by the Dept. of Justice more than a decade ago.
We say illegitimate because it was the illegal sending of classified information to a friend at Columbia by disgraced FBI Director James Comey that brought the special counsel into existence. In fact, that was the intention of making the contact and putting the story in the New York Times – to force a special counsel.
The special counsel was empaneled and what we saw after that smacks of a political takedown. All but one of the attorneys hired by Mueller are well-placed Democrats, many worked in Democratic administrations. The actions of the infamous couple and their friends in the FBI – Strzok, his paramour Lisa Page, and the coterie of high-level officials looking to feather their nests in a Clinton administration (foiled by the voters), leading up to the delegitimizing of the Trump administration. – all gives the impression the wrong crew of people are being prosecuted.
We stipulated Cohen might be sleazy, and Manafort is a typical high-roller type, using his influence. But none of the crimes they were convicted of has anything to do with Trump’s alleged collusion with Russia. But there were others who were set up and targeted by the FBI and Justice Department: George Papadopoulos and Gen. Michael Flynn among others.
Their crimes were what are known as “process crimes.” They were asked several questions and a determination was made as to whether they lied. In Flynn’s case his investigators believed him, but Mueller charged him with lying anyway. Why? To squeeze or to make him “sing or compose.” Same with Papadopoulos. The famous Soviet dictum comes to mind: find me the man and I will find the crime.
In Flynn’s case, they threatened to bring charges to his son and – only after the man was forced to sell his house – he decided to cop a plea. Papadopoulos was set up by a CIA operative, and it looks as if he was seen as a conduit to spy on the Trump campaign.
This is not how the FBI, the Justice Department or American jurisprudence is supposed to operate. These organs of government were weaponized against a candidate and its supporters in order to facilitate an “Obama third term.” And, it is Barack Hussein Obama, Eric Holder and other operatives of the Obama administration who used eight years of power to politicize these governmental operations.
Process crimes are used to force people to submit to a narrative, rather than to find out the truth. The truth protectors become the truth usurpers in the FBI and DOJ. It is corruption at its highest level to use tactics more in line with organized crime and Joseph Stalin.
This whole two-year ordeal was promoted because a certain terrible candidate lost an election and her supporters couldn’t accept the outcome – including those in high position of authority. It is a disgrace and a terrible blow against our criminal justice system.
It is indictment of our current politics, and certainly an indictment of the Democratic Party and those who claim to be her members.