The underlying theme promoted by the Hillary Clinton campaign and the Democratic National Committee (DNC), supported by the mainstream media, that there was collusion between the Trump campaign and the Kremlin to ensure a Hillary Clinton defeat, never made any strategic sense.
After all, why would Vladimir Putin want Donald Trump as president when he vowed to restore America’s greatness by not only rebuilding our military forces, including our nuclear forces, but also by restoring our border security, and revitalizing our economy and American exceptionalism?
Therefore, the false dossier had to be created to first destroy candidate Trump, and in the unlikely event he won the presidency, he would be subject to blackmail by Russia.
The facts are that the Kremlin basically owned Hillary Clinton. Aside from the Uranium One deal that brought $145 million to the Clinton Foundation, she was a totally compromised secretary of State by her use of a non-government, unsecured email server which Russia, China, Iran, North Korea and others likely hacked. Further, President Obama, using a pseudonym, repeatedly sent communications to Mrs. Clinton on this unsecured server. There is no question our enemies had a field day. Clearly, both the former president and secretary of State are guilty of violating the Espionage Act, a felony.
The Uranium One deal is a classic example of how Mr. Putin’s Russia compromised Hillary Clinton. The $145 million of contributions to the Clinton Foundation from members of the Uranium One board of directors was just a down payment.
Not only did Mr. Putin and his cronies compromise her, but based on the Feb. 7 testimony of undercover FBI informant Douglas Campbell provided to three congressional committees, the Russians most likely compromised FBI Director Robert Mueller and the U.S. Attorney for the District of Maryland Rod Rosenstein for their failure to indict the Rosatom agent Vadim Mikerin on RICO charges in 2010, which would have killed the deal.
With Lt. Gen. Mike Flynn’s guilty plea likely to be set aside, the 13 indictments announced on Feb. 16 by Deputy Attorney General Rosenstein appear to be a desperate attempt by Mr. Mueller to save his crumbling Russia-Trump collusion investigation. The indictments indicate that no American had any knowledge of Russian involvement or that it had any effect on the election outcome.
So the question is, why indict Russians when you can never bring them to justice since there is no extradition treaty between the U.S. and Russia? This is what I would call a “safe indictment,” which lets the DOJ, FBI and the media continue to perpetuate the Russia-gate collusion story to deflect the general public’s knowledge of the corruption of the DOJ/FBI use of the unverified Steele dossier to obtain FISA warrants.
The Foreign Intelligence Surveillance Court was compromised by the DOJ/FBI when they vouched for the validity of the former MI-6 spy Christopher Steele as the author of the dossier. Further, longtime Clinton allies Sidney Blumenthal and Cody Shearer fed unverified information to Jonathan Winer in the State Department who then passed it to Steele for inclusion in the dossier. Unbelievable.
Nonetheless, this unverified information was presented to the FISA court as validated intelligence to obtain surveillance warrants on Americans associated with the Trump campaign. The FISA court was not informed that it was the Clinton campaign and the DNC that paid for the phony dossier created to be used against her political opponent.
The FISA court made a fundamental mistake, according to National Review’s Andy McCarthy, by accepting the unverified dossier based on the FBI vouching for the reliability of the MI-6 spy Steele. The FISA court is required to ascertain the validity of the source of the information in the dossier, which they did not do and, thereby, compromised the entire FISA proceedings.
The FISA warrants issued are, in effect, illegal. However, it goes much beyond this. Mr. McCarthy, in a Feb. 15 article, outlines how President Obama laid the groundwork on how to continue investigating President Trump after he took office. Unconscionable. The Susan Rice “by the book” email to herself, 15 minutes after Mr. Trump took office is the key. It was actually a “CYA” memorandum for the record which discussed a Jan. 5 meeting between President Obama, Vice President Joe Biden, Susan Rice, and the heads of the FBI, NSA, CIA and ODNI.
The subject of the meeting was a report the president called for on “assessing Russian activities and intentions in recent U.S. Elections.” It was their view that Russian interference in the 2016 presidential election was inseparable from suspected Trump campaign collusion. Therefore, it was concluded that they cannot fully share intelligence information with the incoming president as it relates to Russia. However, the group needed to figure out how the investigation could continue with Mr. Trump as president.
The plan apparently devised was that when FBI Director Comey briefed incoming-President Trump on Jan. 6 on the dossier, he only briefed him on the compromising sexual acts in the dossier, which Mr. Trump completely denied. He was never told that it was the Clinton campaign and the DNC that paid to have the dossier produced.
Had he been told that, there is no question Mr. Trump would have ordered the investigation shut down. Remember, the investigation was supposed to be about suspected Kremlin complicity with Mr. Trump. The “never Trumpers” believed the unverified dossier. They wanted to believe an adversary regime (Russia) was in a position to blackmail the president of the United States. The bottom line is that the only one who would have been subject to blackmail by Russia’s Vladimir Putin was Hillary Clinton.
• James A. Lyons, a retired U.S. Navy admiral, was commander in chief of the U.S. Pacific Fleet and senior U.S. military representative to the United Nations.