Washington, DC – It stands to reason that if Special Counsel Robert Mueller has a personal interest in impugning President Donald Trump for the Russia investigation, has filled his investigative staff with personnel who have always had a personal vendetta against the Commander-in-Chief then the investigation itself has become a sham – a political witch hunt which taints not only the investigation itself, but the integrity of the FBI.
It has been almost eight months since Mueller, the former FBI director and close confidante of disgraced former FBI director James Comey, was appointed as Special Counsel to lead the investigation into Russia’s alleged interference with the Trump presidential campaign. Despite all this time, Mueller has only managed a weak indictment of President Trump’s former campaign chairman Paul Manafort and a low level aide. It has also been revealed that Mueller’s investigation is largely based on fabrications in a dossier written by Christopher Steele, a former British intelligence agent who was on the payroll of the Democrats and Hillary Clinton’s presidential campaign.
With Hillary Clinton’s stain on the State Department long coloring the loyalties of the federal employees, it’s no surprise then that Devin Nunes has uncovered institutional abuse of power by federal agents in the FBI and other intelligence agencies and a systemic bias against President Trump and his presidential campaign at the time.
It is now increasingly clear that a secret society of politically biased law enforcement officials set out to sabotage President Trump when he was running for president. Nunes’s three-and-a-half page memo covers these gross abuses of power and institutionalized anti-Trump sentiment. According to sources who have read it, the memo centers on a fall 2016 application for a wiretap order targeting Carter Page, a one-time Trump campaign official who had visited Moscow that June and was preparing to return there in December. The memo is said to criticize law enforcement officials for including unverified information provided by Steele in the application without adequately explaining to the judge that Democrats financed Steele’s research. In other words, the Democrats, in an attempt to take down then-candidate Donald Trump, were using the FBI as their own private Gestapo, or secret police.
Of particular importance, Nunes’s memo is said to cite the role of Rod Rosenstein, the deputy attorney general, in signing off on an application to extend the surveillance of Page – meaning he approved the resubmission of Steele’s dossier – a dossier he knew was paid for by the Democrats and was full of fabrications – to go on a taxpayer funded expedition to attempt to take down then-presidential candidate Donald Trump.
That provides more than enough reason for President Trump to remove Rosenstein. Rosenstein himself has demonstrated an unwavering loyalty to his former boss Mueller as well, repeatedly defending Mueller’s investigation and refusing to acknowledge the special counsel’s obvious misconduct and bias.
On Tuesday, Ryan praised Nunes’s committee for trying to be as transparent as possible as it carried out oversight into whether the executive branch had violated civil liberties using the Foreign Intelligence Surveillance Act for political reasons, tweeting,
“There’s a very legitimate issue here as to whether or not an American’s civil liberties were violated.”
Nunes has done a stellar job so far. Last year, he announced that a whistle-blower had shown him materials revealing that Obama administration officials had improperly “unmasked” the identities of then-presidential candidate Donald Trump’s associates in intelligence reports based on surveillance, and that he intended to inform the White House about what he had learned. What it meant was that former president Obama was using the organs of state to spy on a presidential candidate from a rival political party, presumably with the intention to undermine Trump’s campaign.
Nunes’s memo is just the latest blow to federal departments tainted with political intrigue under the Obama administration. The Justice Department’s independent inspector general, Michael Horowitz, is finishing an inquiry into the handling of the Hillary Clinton email server investigation, and he is expected to deliver some harsh findings about senior Justice Department and FBI officials in the Obama administration.
As part of its examination, Horowitz’s team uncovered the texts between two FBI officials who also worked on Mueller’s Russia investigation in its early stages, Peter Strzok and Lisa Page, expressing intense hatred for Trump. It is unclear whether there are more anti-Trump elements in Mueller’s investigative team, but the fact that there were any who worked on the investigation to begin with suggests that the entire investigation is tainted.
Perhaps Fox News Sean Hannity said it best when on his evening program around what he said his sources had already told him about the contents of Nunes’s memo – saying Americans would soon learn,
“Beyond any shadow of a doubt that the special counsel, Robert Mueller, and his band of Democratic witch hunters never should have been appointed and they need to be disbanded immediately.”
And, though it was not yet public that the memo revealed Rosenstein’s role in extending the surveillance of Page, Hannity’s sources had obviously already leaked the memo to him as he raised the question,
“Did Rosenstein sign off on extension of this FISA warrant? I’m very interested about Rod Rosenstein in all of this.”
Hannity called for Rosenstein to be fired, which is reasonable – especially since it’s becoming increasingly clear that the entire bureau has become highly politicized. Perhaps the best way to restore the integrity of the FBI is to start over.