Elder Patriot| When President Trump was questioned yesterday about his use of the term treason he didn’t hesitate to begin naming those he believed had stepped over that line.
REPORTER: Sir, the constitution says treason is punishable by death. You've accused your adversaries of treason. Who specifically are you accusing of treason?
TRUMP: A number of people. If you look at Comey, McCabe, if you look at Strzok, his lover Lisa Page… ? pic.twitter.com/6louyWsqaa
— Aaron Rupar (@atrupar) May 23, 2019
President Trump: “Well, I think a number of people. They have unsuccessfully tried to take down the wrong person. If you look at Comey, if you look at McCabe, if you look at people probably higher than that…”
Whoa! There’s only a handful of ‘people higher than that.
There’s former Attorney General Loretta Lynch. After Lynch there’s only Obama’s inner circle that is fairly limited and that includes – DNI James Clapper, NSA Susan Rice, and Vice President Joe Biden.
Now recall an obscure Washington Post article that was published on June 23, 2017.
Brennan convened a secret task force at CIA headquarters composed of several dozen analysts and officers from the CIA, the NSA and the FBI.
The unit functioned as a sealed compartment, its work hidden from the rest of the intelligence community. Those brought in signed new non-disclosure agreements to be granted access to intelligence from all three participating agencies.
They worked exclusively for two groups of “customers,” officials said. The first was Obama and fewer than 14 senior officials in government. The second was a team of operations specialists at the CIA, NSA and FBI who took direction from the task force on where to aim their subsequent efforts to collect more intelligence on Russia.
The secrecy extended into the White House.
Susan Rice National security adviser, Avril Haines, Deputy national security adviser and former deputy director of the CIA under Brennan, and White House homeland-security adviser Lisa Monaco convened meetings in the Situation Room to weigh the mounting evidence of Russian interference and generate options for how to respond.
At first, only four senior security officials were allowed to attend: Brennan, Clapper,
Attorney General Loretta E. Lynch and FBI Director James B. Comey. Aides ordinarily allowed entry as “plus-ones” were barred.
Gradually, the circle widened to include Vice President Biden …
As we re-examine that article consider the words of Attorney General William Barr during an interview with Fox News’ Bill Hemmer, last week:
Within the first 20 seconds of the interview, Barr drops this bombshell:
“The thing that’s interesting about this is. That this was handled at a very senior level of these departments. It wasn’t handled in the ordinary way that investigations or counterintelligence activities are conducted. It was sort of an ad hoc, small group — and most of these people are no longer with the FBI or the CIA or the other agencies involved.\
“I think there’s a misconception out there that we know a lot about what happened. The fact of the matter is, Bob Mueller did not look at the government’s activities.”
Consider that last statement by A.G. Barr for a minute. Special Counsel Robert Mueller was conducting an investigation into collusion with Russia.
That investigation went on for 22 months. Mueller either realized very early in the investigation that there hadn’t been any collusion between Trump and Russian or he was grossly incompetent.
His lead agent, Peter Strzok, who had been involved in the Trump-Russia probe from the beginning, texted as much only two days after Mueller’s appointment, while Strzok was pondering an offer to join the special counsel’s team. Which he did.
It’s hard to imagine a scenario where Mueller didn’t immediately call Strzok in and ask him; “Okay, whaddya ya have?”
At that point, why didn’t Mueller begin asking questions about other potential avenues of collusion, including on the part of the Clinton campaign? What was he doing for 22 months, otherwise?
The most likely explanation seems to suggests he wasn’t relinquishing control of the handcuffs that had been placed on President Trump. And, as an added bonus, he was trying to goad President Trump into committing obstruction.
Until Barr was confirmed as Attorney General. Mueller knew, that unlike himself, Barr was a serious lawman, more interested in the truth and the proper application of the law, than in protecting his Deep State associates.
That would explain why Mueller wrote a 448-page narrative, against all DOJ protocols, and in violation of Trump’s Fourth Amendment protections, as he closed up shop. As a political hack, he left a trail for the Democrat dogs in the House to use to harass the president.
Biden is now the frontrunner for the Democratic Party’s presidential nomination. Yet, no one in the media has yet asked him about this.
Don’t hold your breath waiting for Nadler to bring Mueller before the House Judiciary Committee to ask this question, either.