By Yvonne Sam
Social and Political Commentator
The Democrats should not look askance, but start working work on improving their 2020 chance. Both the judge and the jury are out. Special Counsel, Robert Mueller, did not find that the Trump campaign, or anyone affiliated with it, colluded or correlated with the Russian government.
On May 17, 2017, eight days following the firing of FBI Director, James Comey, by President Trump, the Mueller probe, or Mueller investigation, began.
Consequential to Comey’s firing, over 130 Democratic lawmakers in Congress called for the appointment of a special counsel, while the FBI started investigating Trump, for obstruction of justice. The special counsel’s office then took over both of these investigations from the FBI.
Special Counsel Mueller has concluded that there was no collusion, and U. S Attorney General, William Barr, has said that he does not see enough evidence to charge the president with obstruction of justice. Rather than this unwarranted frenzy for the release of the entire report, perhaps the American public should request all the facts, surrounding the origin of the probe.
What got the narrative started in the first place? Who were the initiators?
To say that the American people have been taken for a ride is in no way being snide. The Russian probe has stuck to the Trump presidency from his first months in office, like a barnacle to a ship’s bottom, and kept afloat by the media.
The Obama administration was aware of Russia’s attempts to interfere in the 2016 presidential elections, months, possibly up to a year, before the election. On October 18, 2016, just weeks shy of the election, former President, Barack Obama, said the Russia threat was nothing to worry about: “There is no serious person out there who would suggest that you could even rig America’s elections”.
Then the unpredicted took place. Donald Trump won. Somehow or other, in just a few short weeks, the American public catapulted from, “there’s no way to rig a U.S. election to Donald Trump worked directly with Russia to rig the election”.
According to James Freeman, of the Wall Street Journal, the Obama administration, without evidence, turned the surveillance powers of the Federal government against the presidential campaign of the party out of power.
This historic abuse of executive authority was either approved by President Obama or it was not. It’s time for Mr. Obama, who, oddly, receives few mentions in stories about his government’s spying on associates of the 2016 Trump campaign, to say what he knew and did not know about the targeting of his party’s opponents.
Top officials of Obama’s Department of Justice and Intelligence worked closely and feverishly with the media, in the days leading up to the inauguration of Donald Trump. During a House Intelligence Committee hearing in July 2017, one of the congressmen asked James Clapper, the former Director of National Intelligence, if he had discussed the dossier, or any other intelligence, related to the Russian hacking of the 2016 elections. Clapper’s response, before the House Committee, was “No”.
Clapper subsequently confessed to lawmakers that, in early 2017, he talked with a CNN journalist about the “Steele dossier”, regarding President Trump and Russia, and admitted that he might have spoken on the same topic with other journalists. Nothing to clap or tap about, but the journalist referred to in Clapper’s confession was CNN’s host, Jake Tapper.
Isn’t Donald Trump the only political figure, who experiences difficulty in maintaining the truth? Clapper even had the unmitigated effrontery to not only write a statement, but also call President-elect Trump, on January 11, the day after the story broke, and said, “I can’t believe it, I am sorry, Mr. Trump….don’t know who would do this… I can’t imagine anyone in the Intelligence community”.
James Clapper, the leaker, has now joined the CNN family as a national security analyst. The former director of National Intelligence should fit in well, as the network has positioned itself as a staunch, sanguine antagonist of President Trump, often questioning his fitness for office.
Of note is the fact that Clapper’s discussion with Jake Tapper, took place early January, around the time that the Intelligence Committee leader briefed both President Obama and Donald Trump on the Christopher Steele information. Both presidents were in the meeting.
Former director of the CIA, John Brennan, a leading critic of Donald Trump, admitted Monday that he may have received bad information about the Russian collusion, and suspected there was more that would come out of special counsel Robert Mueller’s investigation. In his quote he said, “I don’t know if I received bad information, but I suspected there was more than there actually was. I am relieved that it’s been determined there was not a criminal conspiracy with the Russian government, over our election. I think that is good news for the country.”
What irony! What duplicity! What stupidity! Brennan was the one sending the report out.
He came out with the secret CIA assessment, December 9, 2016 — Russia helped Donald Trump win the election. Brennan was the one actively promoting the Steele dossier.
A further cloak to the hoax — two top Republicans on the Senate Judiciary Committee (Chuck Grassley and Lindsay Graham) questioned former national security adviser, Susan Rice, about a message she sent to herself on January 20, 2017 — President Trump’s Inauguration Day.
Rice sent a note, outlining a conversation she observed on January 5, between then-FBI Director, James Comey, and then-President Obama.
“It strikes us as odd that, among your activities in the final moments on the final day of the Obama administration, you would feel the need to send yourself such an unusual email, purporting to document a conversation involving President Obama and his interactions with the FBI, regarding the Trump/Russia investigation,” they wrote in a letter to Rice.
They said that in the message, Rice noted how Obama repeatedly emphasized, during the meeting on Russia’s election-hacking with Comey, that he wants every aspect of the issue handled “by the book”. “The President stressed that he is not asking about, initiating or instructing anything from a law enforcement perspective. He reiterated that our law enforcement team needs to proceed as it normally would, by the book,” Rice wrote, according to an excerpt included in the senators’ letter. “From a national security perspective, however, President Obama said he wants to be sure that, as we engage with the incoming [Trump] team, we are mindful to ascertain if there is any reason that we cannot share information fully, as it relates to Russia.”
Grassley and Graham said, despite her repeated mention of Obama stressing the need for a proper investigation, “substantial questions have arisen about whether officials at the FBI, as well as at the Justice Department and the State Department, actually did proceed “by the book”.
Following release of the Mueller Report, Republican Senator Paul Rand, (R. Kentucky) escalated his demand for an investigation into former Obama officials, who concocted and cooked up the anti-Trump Russia scandal, exposing the fact that former CIA Director, John Brennan, was the key figure, or chief cook, who legitimized the charges and discredited dossier against President Trump.
In an interview, the Kentucky Republican said the Senate Judiciary Committee should immediately ask Brennan about his involvement in the document that helped to kick off the Russia collusion investigation of President Trump. “A high-level source tells me it was Brennan, who insisted that the unverified and fake Steele dossier be included in the Intelligence Report … Brennan should be asked to testify under oath in Congress, ASAP,” he tweeted.
“I think we need to find the truth,” he told Washington Secrets. He said the goal would be to stop similar faulty investigations into future administrations, “Democratic or Republican.”
In an earlier tweet, Wednesday, Paul called for wide investigation into former President Barack Obama and his team. “Time for Congress to investigate. What did President Obama know and when? How did this hoax go on for so long unabated?”
Somewhat strange, but none the less true, between November 2016 and January 2017, the United States and its citizen came as close as the country ever has, to witnessing an orchestrated coup to oust a duly-elected president. For the last two years, the individual that the American electorate chose to be president has been the subject of non-stop investigations, geared towards damaging his presidency.
President Trump recently stated that “we can never, ever let this happen to another president again”.
While the “no collusion” findings of the Mueller report may be welcomed as an exoneration, in actuality it is a blazing indictment of the F.B.I. If a presidential campaign is going to be the center of an investigation, and on a charge as serious as collusion, coupled with the oppressive tactics the FBI used, then there must be a highly probable reason to act. According to Kimberley Strassel, “The Mueller Report is a judgment that never was any real evidence.”
The report is a total work of fiction, a hoax compiled by a former M16 spook, Christopher Steele, funded by the Clinton campaign and carried out on behalf of the Democrats. If anything the operation shows collusion between Russia, Steele, Democratic National Committee and the Clintons.
Now that the facts are on the ground it’s a totally different story. The tables have been turned, shining the light on some evil behavior. A Wall Street Journal editorial called the Steele dossier the nastiest, dirtiest trick in political history and its authors and promoters should be held accountable
Yes, the dirty trick needs to be fully unmasked and I would add my voice to the plea for the real traitors to stand up, and be held accountable for trying to stage a treasonous coup. Trump’s chances for 2020 is as bright as perfect eyesight.
Yvonne Sam, a retired Head Nurse and Secondary School Teacher, is Vice-president of the Guyana Cultural Association of Montreal. A regular columnist for over two decades with the Montreal Community Contact, her insightful and incursive articles on topics ranging from politics, human rights and immigration, to education and parenting have also appeared in the Huffington Post, Montreal Gazette, XPressbogg and Guyanese OnLine. She is also the recipient of the Governor General of Canada Caring Canadian Citizen Award.