- - Sunday, June 2, 2019

ANALYSIS/OPINION:

Special counsel Robert Mueller’s two-year-long fishing expedition found no evidence of the Trump campaign colluding with Russians. So why is Mr. Mueller now hinting that Mr. Trump is somehow guilty after all?

Maybe it’s because the media, which had heaped praise on him, now see him as a sellout or loser. Or maybe it’s because he wants to distract from a glaring fact: He never addressed the real scandal, which is the Obama administration’s flagrant abuse of the FBI and intelligence agencies to damage a presidential campaign and then, failing that, to destroy a sitting president.

Since the “Russia collusion” scandal dominated the news every day, Mr. Mueller may have helped Democrats take the House in 2018. You’d think they’d be grateful. But, since he did not outright nail Mr. Trump, Mr. Mueller’s star has fallen.

For his part, former FBI Director James Comey has been outed as a squirrely partisan who used his office to target Mr. Trump and allowed Hillary Clinton to skate away from actionable offenses connected with her unsecured email server. Her people wiped evidence-bearing computers and used hammers on cellphones? What’s the big deal?

Mr. Comey, who admitted identifying as a Communist when he was a young man, and still reveres Marxist theologian Reinhold Niebuhr as his spiritual lodestar, is running around posing as the last, uncorrupted man in Washington. This is the guy who collected a mountain of evidence against Hillary and then publicly exonerated her. He also leaked information to the press in a self-serving attempt to damage the president. He lied under oath to Congress, insisting that the FBI had not put the Trump campaign under surveillance. The whole Mueller fiasco is not the only thing that needs to be addressed. More is coming out about the leftist backgrounds of prominent Obama officials.



Former CIA Director John Brennan, who claims that President Trump committed “treason” by colluding with Russian leader Vladimir Putin, voted for the Communist Party USA presidential ticket in 1976. Despite this, as noted in Diana West’s new book “The Red Thread,” he was welcomed four years later into the ranks of the CIA.

The only “Russian collusion” in the Mueller saga turns out to be the FBI’s using the Russia-sourced Steele dossier to mislead the FISA court into allowing surveillance (i.e. spying) on the Trump campaign. The Democratic National Committee and Hillary Clinton’s campaign paid for the Steele dossier, and the FBI deliberately withheld that crucial piece of information.

If the court had known this, it’s doubtful they would have issued the warrant. Mr. Steele, by the way, was an outspoken socialist at Cambridge, backed the Soviet-sponsored nuclear freeze movement, and hated Mr. Trump, according to sources cited by Ms. West.

Meanwhile, the Clintons’ lucrative Russia connections that poured money into their foundation’s coffers have elicited almost zero interest. Contrast that with the media’s fascination with Mr. Trump’s exploring the idea of building a hotel in Moscow as he’s done in many major international cities — prima facia evidence that he’s Mr. Putin’s puppet.

Here’s another thing that begs explanation: James Clapper’s long tenure as President Obama’s director of National Intelligence from 2010 to 2017.

Mr. Clapper was caught in a bald-faced lie under oath before a Senate committee on March 12, 2013, denying that the NSA was spying on millions of Americans. Shortly thereafter, Edward Snowden leaked the truth. But Mr. Clapper kept his job.

Mr. Clapper told the House Intelligence Committee in 2011 that Egypt’s chapter of the Muslim Brotherhood, the parent organization for the terrorist group Hamas, was “secular” and that the Muslim Brotherhood has “no overarching agenda.” And he was in charge of intelligence?

In the aforementioned book, “The Red Thread,” Ms. West gives chapter and verse on the main characters in the now-obvious cabal to overturn the 2016 presidential election. Mr. Brennan’s admission of voting for the Communist Party ticket in 1976 came during a Sept. 16, 2016, panel discussion at “The Summit on Increasing Diversity in the Intelligence Community” hosted by the Congressional Black Caucus Foundation.

CPUSA presidential candidate Gus Hall in 1975 had called the United States “the home base of the hit men of imperialism the cesspool of corruption of the lifeline of the capitalist world.” A year later, Mr. Brennan voted for him. Good CIA recruitment material.

Mr. Hall, who died in 2000, also ran in 1980 and 1984, with Angela Davis as his vice-presidential candidate. Ms. Davis is still a darling of the left.

Getting back to Mr. Comey, he was among the signers of the  FISA applications authorizing domestic spying on Republican candidate Trump’s campaign. Then he denied that any surveillance took place.

If this all sounds wildly out of whack, that’s because it is. But it fits a pattern. The Deep State hates Mr. Trump because he has declared war on socialism and the Washington swamp.

If allowed, Attorney General William Barr will shine a light and generate indictments. No wonder the Democrats and the press now insist that we all move on, there’s nothing to see here.

And, yes, it’s time to impeach Mr. Trump for whatever. Isn’t that what Mr. Mueller was trying to say the other day?

• Robert Knight is a contributor to The Washington Times.

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