Just over a year and a half since Department of Justice Inspector General Michael E. Horowitz began his review of serious questions regarding the FBI’s surveillance of the Trump presidential campaign during the 2016 election, his final report was publicly released on Dec. 9, and he appeared before Congress on Dec. 11 to discuss it.
After reading the report myself, I can confidently state that this report hammered the final nail in the coffin of more than three years of a massive hoax that was perpetrated on the country by corrupt officials in the federal agencies and irresponsible reporters in many of the major news media outlets.
The story told by this FISA Abuse report is a sad and infuriating one: how top DOJ-FBI officials got caught red-handed faking their probable cause to get legal electronic surveillance on a presidential campaign during an election.
A key part of faking that probable cause meant taking false allegations from a paid Hillary Clinton political operative, namely, Christopher Steele.
The goal of the hoax was to prevent the election of Donald J. Trump as president of the United States, and failing in that, to essentially paralyze the country and sabotage the new administration until Trump could be removed from office.
As you can see, if you look around, these people utterly failed. Trump not only survived the sabotage attempt, but he’s also stronger and his presidency is more robust than ever.
Despite the recent impeachment farce in the House of Representatives—which is now wrapping up as I write this—the needle failed to move at all when it comes to public support for impeaching this president. In fact, recent polls now show Trump is gaining support, not losing it. Several polls now show Trump leading all his Democratic challengers in several of the key swing states, less than a year from the 2020 election.
But as President Trump himself has often said, steps need to be taken to make absolutely sure this kind of hoax is never tried on a president and the country ever again.
That’s why it’s a good thing that two of the necessary steps to ensure this kind of fraud is never tried again have already been completed.
The Three Steps to Justice
It helps to think of this unfolding Spygate drama in three separate and distinct acts, each one carried out by a different person.
- Special counsel Robert Mueller: Kills the RussiaGate hoax by revealing there never was any evidence for it.
- Inspector General Michael Horowitz: Performs an internal FBI autopsy on the RussiaGate hoax to learn how a fiction based on no evidence was used by the FBI to obtain a FISA warrant and three renewals on Trump campaign aide Carter Page.
- U.S. Attorney John Durham: Buries the dead RussiaGate hoax as he brings accountability to those who perpetrated this fraud on the country.
A nonpartisan independent icon of the law enforcement community, a former director of the FBI itself, Robert Mueller, was handpicked by former Deputy Attorney General Rod Rosenstein to run a special counsel investigation that was given a historic and ever-expanding scope for his search for any evidence whatsoever establishing Trump campaign collusion with the Russian government during the 2016 election and afterward.
Because Mueller definitively demonstrated that evidence of the Trump presidential campaign colluding with Russia didn’t exist, this immediately raised the important question of how the FBI came to claim to the FISA Court that there was sufficient probable cause to start counterintelligence investigations of four U.S. citizens associated with the Trump campaign, and how at least one surveillance warrant on one of these citizens kept being repeatedly renewed, despite that exculpatory evidence kept being discovered by the FBI’s own continuing investigation.
Even before the Mueller special counsel’s office completed its investigation in March, it became evident that the DOJ officials involved had perpetrated a massive fraud on the court by withholding and even hiding the exculpatory evidence for Page that their own investigation was discovering, as well as hiding damaging information concerning the credibility of the confidential human source who had provided the allegations they were using as their probable cause in the surveillance warrant, Horowitz announced in a review of these FISA issues in March of 2018.
Building on the foundation of what the Mueller investigation had revealed, and upon what the inspector general’s investigation was finding, nonpartisan and independent U.S. Attorney for Connecticut John Durham was tapped by Attorney General William Barr to begin an investigation into the issues uncovered by Mueller and Horowitz.
That criminal investigation led by Durham is now well underway. Barr has said in recent interviews with both NBC News and The Wall Street Journal that he expects Durham to finish sometime in the late spring or early summer of 2020.
Horowitz’s final report was absolutely crucial in unveiling the final bits of evidence that proved the Steele dossier was a fraud and that the Spygate scandal is very real.
Now, all expectations turn to Durham as the country waits to see what he has found when his investigation ends.
Brian Cates is a writer based in South Texas and the author of “Nobody Asked For My Opinion…But Here It Is Anyway!” He can be reached on Twitter @drawandstrike.
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