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February 5, 2018

My, My, How the High and Mighty Fall

Jason Miller

Like many of you, I was waiting to see the damaging GOP/Congressman Devin Nunes (CA) memo that Democrats said would destroy the fabric of America. What I read reminded me of how adept some Democrats are at the game of political victimhood.


I was amazed at the length some leftist politicians and likeminded bureaucrats would go to see that their hold on power was retained. To truly understand the ramifications of this memo, we need to remember the political context the Steele Dossier, alleged to be about President Donald Trump, played in the events leading up to the Mueller Investigation of alleged collusion with Russia.


The dossier was initially leaked by BuzzFeed on January 10, 2017. Democrat lawmakers in Washington lost no time sprinting to a microphone to express their concerns on the moral fitness of Mr. Trump to serve as president. I forget how many times I heard Democrat pundits outline their outrage at the contents of the dossier.


For many rank and file Democrats, the thought of Donald Trump sitting in the Oval Office was more than they could bare. The narrative that Mr. Trump was not fit for the White House rang from the rooftops of the Capital as the inauguration neared. Outside the nation’s Capital, the resistance movement began in earnest. Printed articles about Russian prostitutes and Moscow meetings fanned the blue flame of progressive self-righteous indignation.


The Democrat National Committee (DNC) did little to stop this delusional and hypersensitive stroll down conspiracy lane as they were joined by the #NeverTrump faction of Republicans. Sen. John McCain (R., AZ) added his two cents worth about the faux intelligence within the Steele Dossier. He publicly stated later that he gave the Steele Dossier to the FBI because of grave concerns.


The furious progressive anger was tempered against Mr. Trump with false information. Russian collusion became the progressive excuse for almost any political defeat, be they special elections or executive orders.


The descriptive term of snowflake began to spread in a flurry of accusations as the progressive mob showed up in Seattle and Chicago and began resisting tyranny by setting cars on fire and breaking storefront windows. The best way to free the country, in their eyes, was to snarl traffic and attack pedestrians. The outrage fueled by the allegations of Russian collusion contained in the Steele Dossier boiled over by last summer.


Last July7, House Judiciary Committee Chairman Bob Goodlatte, (R., VA) made the request for a special counsel to investigate Russian Collusion in a letter sent to Attorney General Jeff Sessions and Deputy Attorney General Rod Rosenstein. Mr. Rosenstein established the special counsel under former FBI director Robert Mueller after Attorney General Jeff Sessions recused himself. This investigation is still on going.


The released GOP memo states that on October 21, 2016, The Department of Justice (DOJ) and the FBI sought and received an order authorizing electronic surveillance on Carter Page from the Foreign Intelligence Surveillance Act (FISA) Court. Mr. Page was a U.S. citizen who served as a volunteer advisor to the Trump campaign.


The application had to be certified by FBI Director James Comey, or FBI Deputy Director Andrew McCabe. The request then required the approval of then Attorney General Loretta Lynch, Deputy Attorney General (DAG) Sally Yates, or the Assistant Attorney General for the National Security Division.


The memo also states that Mr. Comey signed the three FISA applications in question on behalf of the FBI. Mr. McCabe signed one. Ms. Yates, Deputy AG Dana Boente, and Mr. Rosenstein each signed one or more FISA applications on behalf of the Department of Justice.


We know that Mr. McCabe was the bumbling force who headed the Hillary Clinton email investigation. The Washington Post reports that the DOJ is investigating if McCabe intentionally slowed the bureau's response to that probe. Mr. McCabe's wife ran for a Virginia state senate and her campaign filings show she received $467,500 from Common Good VA, a political action committee controlled by the Clintons’ good friend Terry McAuliffe, who at the time was governor of Virginia.


Ms. Yates smugly smiled her way into our hearts when she refused to enforce President Trump’s Middle East travel ban early last year. She was fired by the president and then martyred for her resistance by the Progressive mob and deranged leftist pundits.


The memo also states that dossier author Christopher Steele was employed by the FBI at the time of the dossier’s creation doing the research firm Fusion GPS. Mr. Steele maintained contact with the DOJ via then-Associate Deputy Attorney General Bruce Ohr, who worked closely with Deputy Attorneys General Yates and later Mr. Rosenstein. The memo outlines that the FBI began interviewing Mr. Ohr and documenting his communications with Mr. Steele.


The memo outlines many other details. In September 2016, Mr. Steele admitted to Mr. Ohr his feelings against then-Candidate Trump, when Steele said he was desperate that Donald Trump not get elected and was passionate about him not being president. This clear evidence of Steele’s bias was recorded by Mr. Ohr at the time and subsequently in official FBI reports, but that fact was not reflected in any of the FISA applications concerning Carter Page.


The real kicker of this was that during this same time Mr. Ohr was working with Mr. Steele, Ohr’s wife was employed by Fusion GPS to assist in the cultivation of opposition research on Donald Trump. Mr. Ohr later provided the FBI with his wife’s opposition research, paid for by the DNC and the Hillary Clinton campaign via Fusion GPS. The Ohr’s relationship with Mr. Steele and Fusion GPS was inexplicably concealed from the FISA Court. Senator McCain may have handed the FBI a dossier they already had.


An even more damning part of this memo’s chronology is that DAG Rosenstein signed one or more of these FISA renewal applications. Thus Mr. Rosenstein is a material witness in the Russian collusion investigation he is overseeing because the basis of the collusion investigation stems from the dossier he approved as evidence for a FISA warrant renewal.


Mr. McCabe testified before the House Intelligence Committee in December 2017 that no surveillance warrant would have been sought from the FISA Court without the Steele dossier information. I doubt the evidence from Yahoo News they presented offered much in the way of brevity toward the warrant.


The entire process has been exposed as a bias bureaucratic fiasco for everyone to see. The Democrats had no choice but to press hard for the memo’s continued classification. For Republicans to release the memo would only prove once and for all the hollowness of the argument Democrats offered about Trump collusion with the Russians. That could be why the Mueller Investigation has turned to obstruction of justice over collusion.


In the days leading up to the GOP memo’s release, Democrat lawmakers said repeatedly that the memo’s release would cause damage to the nation’s security. When that argument was swiftly cut down, Democrats switched gears and attempted to misdirect the public by saying that the memo was bias and inconclusive in its findings. Nothing could have been further from the truth because no Democrat has questioned the facts contained in GOP memo.


The findings of this memo are clear to any rational adult. The United States Justice Department, under a sitting Democrat president, sought a warrant from a classified court to wiretap an American citizen serving as a volunteer adviser to a Republican presidential candidate using conjured opposition research as evidence. FBI senior leadership more than likely knew would not stand up to normal scrutiny, so it removed the origins of the dossier from the FISA warrant applications.


Mr. Comey is now laughably teaching “ethical leadership” at the College of William & Mary. Sally Yates and Bruce Ohr have returned to their rightful place in obscurity. Andrew McCabe abruptly lost his job last week. DAG Rod Rosenstein may be the subject of his own special counsel investigation.


Representative Nancy Pelosi (D., CA) had her own babbling interview on CNN while Sen. McCain summoned an incoherent rant in a statement released about GOP attacks on the FBI serving Russia. Perhaps McCain’s own involvement with handing over Steele Dossier over to the FBI has him concerned about future investigations into the Steele dossier as it related to the FISA warrants. Ms. Pelosi is doing damage control on the empty promises of Trump impeachment she so convincingly sold to her angry Democrat base.

At any rate, President Trump is standing tall and the high as the mighty are falling all around him. Justice is blind, but her retribution is swift and heavy handed in cases like this.


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