Former FBI Director James Comey plays dumb in testimony before Congress, while CIA Director Gina Haspel blocks further declassification of documents in the Russia scandal. That’s the obstructionist Deep State in action, hiding the truth about a major scandal from the American people.
Listening to Comey testify this week about the FBI’s “Crossfire Hurricane” investigation into supposed collusion between the Trump campaign and Russian officials during the 2016 campaign has been revelatory.
“In the main, it (Crossfire Hurricane) was done by the book, it was appropriate, and it was essential that it be done,” Comey said. Later, under persistent questioning from South Carolina Republican Sen. Lindsey Graham, Comey maintained that “Overall, I’m proud of the work.”
When he wasn’t being proud, Comey played as if he were ignorant of the things going on around him, including the fraudulent application to the Foreign Intelligence Surveillance Act court to spy on the Trump campaign.
Actually, when this is all done, Comey might be lucky to avoid indictment. His stewardship of a corrupt, politically motivated investigation of a presidential candidate financed and pushed by that candidate’s opponent has all the markings of a planned crime.
Because not only did the Special Counsel’s report in 2019 fail to find that the Trump campaign had colluded with Russia to influence the 2016 election, it also cited 17 “significant” errors and omissions by the FBI’s top officials in the investigation, not counting the 50 errors it made in FISA court applications to spy on Trump campaign operative Carter Page.
As American Greatness writer Debra Heine reminds us, “It has also since been revealed that the FBI knew in August of 2016 that Carter Page had contacts with certain Russians because he was working with the CIA, and that the FBI doctored evidence to indicate the opposite.”
Yet, under repeated questioning, Comey — who once likened President Donald Trump to a mafioso — denied specific knowledge of this misconduct.
Remember, the FBI was warned by U.S. intelligence sources that the so-called Trump Dossier manufactured by former British spy Christopher Steele had possibly been manipulated by Russian intelligence. In the words of George Washington University law professor Jonathan Turley, “the actual source for the most damaging allegations had told American intelligence that Steele misrepresented both his statements and his sources — treating effectively bar room gossip as hard intelligence.”
So take your pick: Comey’s ignorance is either gross incompetence and ineptitude, or a stunning criminal fraud perpetrated against the American people.
Newly released documents from Director of National Intelligence John Ratcliffe also show that the Obama administration had obtained Russian intelligence as early as 2016 indicating that the Democrats’ nominee, Hillary Clinton, was trying to link Trump to Russia in order to make her own email scandal go away before the November election.
The Obama administration ignored that, too. Maybe they didn’t believe it, or thought it was far-fetched. Or maybe they supported it, which would make the Obama White House part of it.
That means we may have spent three years chasing shadows because Hillary Clinton didn’t want to face responsibility for her criminal use of a homebrew, unsecured email server that was likely hacked by both the Russians and Chinese while she served as secretary of state.
FBI underlings had misgivings early on. As recent emails declassified by the Justice Department clearly show, bureau officials working on the investigation expressed concern over the legality of their probe. They also fretted that it appeared rigged to politically favor Clinton over Trump.
But instead of blowing the whistle on the fraudulent investigation, they did the next best thing: Many of them bought professional liability insurance, with taxpayer money of course, in the event that the scam was revealed.
The compounded obfuscating and prevaricating by high-level officials should infuriate all Americans. A major political party, with the aid of multiple intelligence agencies, ran an illegal spying operation against a political opponent. And now they all want to pretend they did no such thing.
And the coverup and lies continue.
As Federalist co-founder Sean Davis reports, CIA Director Haspel is “personally blocking the declassification of documents detailing corruption at the highest levels of the intelligence community during the 2016 election.”
Why would she possibly do that, one wonders? As it turns out, Haspel was the CIA’s London bureau chief from 2014 through 2017, picked for the job by then-CIA Director John Brennan.
“Recall it was London where Christopher Steele was doing all this work,” Davis told “Tucker Carlson Tonight.” Indeed, London was the nexus for many of the things that the CIA, by law, couldn’t do in the U.S.
The CIA’s meddling turns out to be just as serious as the FBI’s. Citing two “senior intelligence officials,” investigative journalist Paul Sperry reports that CIA chief Brennan “personally edited a crucial section of the intelligence report on Russian interference in the 2016 election and assigned a political ally to take a lead role in writing it after career analysts disputed Brennan’s take that Russian leader Vladimir Putin intervened in the 2016 election to help Donald Trump clinch the White House.”
The books were cooked all along by all the participants, each with the same goal: Get Trump, destroy his campaign and, if that failed, his presidency.
The picture emerges of the CIA, the FBI, Clinton and her campaign conspiring to portray Trump as Putin’s patsy in order to help Clinton win the presidency. We’ve said it before, and the new evidence confirms it: This was a massive illegal conspiracy, a behind-the-scenes coup without guns. Our republic is at stake. Shouldn’t those responsible be punished?
— Written by the I&I Editorial Board