Elder Patriot – It’s been clear for some time that Devin Nunes is determined to prove the Obama administration conducted the most heinous abuse of government power in the 242-year history of our nation. Now the chairman of the House Permanent Select Committee on Intelligence (HPSCI) is calling for public hearings for a slew of people linked to the fraudulent Russian dossier and its use in defrauding the FISA court in order to obtain a license to conduct surveillance on the Trump campaign.
Here are the names of Nunes targets that have been announced so far:
Glenn Simpson – Fusion GPS co-founder
Tom Catan – Fusion GPS co-founder
Peter Fritsch – Fusion GPS co-founder
Nellie Ohr – Fusion GPS associate and spouse of Deputy Associate Attorney General at the DOJ Bruce Ohr
Edward Baumgartner – Fusion GPS associate
Rinat Akhmetshin – Fusion GPS associate
Fusion GPS is a Washington D.C. opposition research contractor that the Clinton campaign engaged to find dirt on Donald Trump. When they couldn’t find anything disqualifying, Fusion GPS simply made it up. For their efforts Fusion GPS was paid more than $10MM through a combination of funding from the DNC, HRC campaign, and – get this – the Obama campaign.
Marc Elias – Attorney, Perkins Coie
Michael Sussman – Attorney, Perkins Coie
Perkins Coie is the law firm that served as the pass-through agent to obscure the transfer of funds from all three entities – DNC, HRC campaign, Obama campaign funds – to Fusion GPS.
Robby Mook – Hillary Clinton Campaign Manager
Sidney Blumenthal – HRC Adviser (Consiglieri)
Cody Shearer – HRC Adviser (Mr. Fixer)
Jonathan Winer – Clinton operative and Obama State Department official
Daniel Jones – Democrat Staffer for the Senate Select Committee on Intelligence (SSCI) and employee of Fusion GPS.
The SSCI is probably the most corrupt congressional committee.
Mary Jacoby – Wife of Glenn Simpson
Alexandra Chalupa – Former DNC contractor
Neil King – Former Wall Street Journal reporter who left the paper to join Fusion in December 2016.
10 as yet unnamed former Department of State and Obama White House officials
It’s obvious that Nunes is calling many of the right people if he wants to get to the bottom of this scandal but knowing the history of congressional hearings no one should get overly hopeful that any indictments or criminal referrals will ever be forthcoming from the HPSCI.
Here’s the more likely scenario we should look forward to.
The HPSCI will run the usual congressional dog and pony show that will serve the purpose to prepare the public for what will be coming.
There’s an old lawyer’s adage; don’t ask any questions that you don’t know the answers to. That becomes relevant here because you can bet the Republicans on the HPSCI already know what all of these witnesses are going to say if they don’t want to perjure themselves. It’ll all be for the benefit of the public. Enjoy it.
Meanwhile federal prosecutor John Huber will continue working quietly – albeit with all due speed – in turning Inspector General Michael Horowitz’s findings into actual indictments. When those indictments are finally unsealed the people will already be prepared to accept the reality of the depth of the Obama administration corruption of our most important institutions.