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2018-11-27 23:38:00 UTC
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Commentary: The truth will set us all free
Department of Justice
The American flag flies over a statue at the Department of Justice in
Washington, D.C. (Andrew Caballero-Reynolds/Getty-AFP)
Victor Davis Hanson

Special counsel Robert Mueller's investigation was star-crossed from the
start. His friend and successor as FBI director, James Comey, by his own
admission prompted the investigation — with the deliberate leaking of
classified memos about his conversations with President Donald Trump to
the press.

Mueller then unnecessarily enlisted what the press called his “dream
team” of mostly Democratic partisans. One had defended a Hillary Clinton
employee. Another had defended the Clinton Foundation.

Mueller did not at first announce to the press why he had dismissed
Trump-hating FBI operatives Lisa Page and Peter Strzok from his
investigative team. Instead, he staggered their departures to leave the
impression they were routine reassignments.

But Mueller's greatest problem was his original mandate to discover
whether Trump colluded with the Russians in 2016 to tilt the
presidential election in his favor.

After 15 months, Mueller has indicted a number of Trump associates, but
on charges having nothing to do with Russian collusion. They faced
inordinately long prison sentences unless they “flipped” and testified
against Trump.

We are left with the impression that Mueller cannot find much to do with
his original mandate of unearthing Russian collusion, but he still
thinks Trump is guilty of something.

In other words, Mueller has reversed the proper order of jurisprudence.

Instead of presuming Trump innocent unless he finds evidence of Russian
collusion, Mueller started with the assumption that the reckless
raconteur Trump surely must be guilty of some lawbreaking. Thus, it is
Mueller's job to hunt for past crimes to prove it.

While Mueller so far has not found Trump involved in collusion with
foreign citizens to warp a campaign, there is evidence that others most
surely were colluding — but are not of interest to Mueller.

I believe it is likely that during the 2016 campaign, officials at the
Department of Justice, FBI, CIA and National Security Agency broke laws
to ensure that the outsider Trump lost to Hillary Clinton. FBI and DOJ
officials misled the Foreign Intelligence Surveillance Court in order to
obtain warrants to surveil Trump associates. National security officials
unmasked the names of those being monitored and likely leaked them to
the press with the intent to spread unverified rumors detrimental to the
Trump campaign.

A spy on the federal payroll was implanted into the Trump campaign.
Hillary Clinton's campaign team paid for research done by a former
British intelligence officer working with Russian sources to compile a
dossier on Trump. Clinton hid her investment in Christopher Steele's
dossier by using intermediaries such as the Perkins Coie law firm and
Fusion GPS to wipe away her fingerprints.

As a result of wrongful conduct, more than a dozen officials at the FBI
and DOJ have resigned or retired, or were fired or reassigned. Yet so
far none of these miscreants has been indicted or has faced the same
legal scrutiny that Mueller applies to Trump associates.

Hillary Clinton is not facing legal trouble for destroying subpoenaed
emails, for using an unlawful email server or for the expenditure of
campaign money on the Steele dossier.

No president has ever faced impeachment for supposed wrongdoing alleged
to have taken place before he took office — not Andrew Johnson, not
Richard Nixon and not even Bill Clinton, who lied about his liaisons
with Monica Lewinsky in the Oval Office. With the effort to go back
years, if not decades, into Trump's business and personal life, we are
now in uncharted territory.

The argument is not that Trump committed crimes while president —
indeed, his record at home and abroad is winning praise. The allegations
are instead about what he may have done as a private citizen, and
whether it could have reversed the 2016 election.

The only way to clear up this messy saga is for Trump to immediately
declassify all documents — without redactions — relating to the Mueller
investigation, the FISA court warrants, the Clinton email investigation,
and CIA and FBI involvement with the dossier and the use of informants.

Second, there needs to be another special counsel to investigate
wrongdoing on the part of senior officials in these now nearly
discredited agencies. The mandate should be to discover whether there
was serial conflict of interest, chronic lying to federal officials,
obstruction of justice, improper unmasking and leaking, misleading of
federal courts, and violation of campaign finance laws.

It is past time to stop the stonewalling, the redacting, the
suppression, the leaking to the press and the media hysteria. The
government must turn over all relevant documents to two special counsels
and free each to discover who did what in 2016.

Americans need the whole truth to ensure equality under the law and to
thereby set us free from this nearly two-year nightmare.

Tribune Content Agency
Victor Davis Hanson is a classicist and historian at the Hoover
Institution at Stanford University.
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Baxter
2018-11-28 02:33:56 UTC
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a425couple <***@hotmail.com> wrote in news:***@news4.newsguy.com:

nothing but lies and inuendo. conservaturds don't trust Mueller's team
because if conservaturds were running the investigation it really would be
nothing but a witch hunt - just like the Bengazi BS.
Bill Shatzer
2018-11-29 06:15:31 UTC
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nothing but lies and inuendo [sic]. conservaturds don't trust Mueller's team
because if conservaturds were running the investigation it really would be
nothing but a witch hunt - just like the Bengazi [sic] BS.
I haven't looked in on this group in a long time. I see that Bugster is
still completely unhinged. I wonder if his not having been laid in a
couple of years since his wife corked off has something to do with that?

liberty and property,
mr_antone
2018-11-29 14:40:36 UTC
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Post by Bill Shatzer
nothing but lies and inuendo [sic]. conservaturds don't trust Mueller's team
because if conservaturds were running the investigation it really would be
nothing but a witch hunt - just like the Bengazi [sic] BS.
I haven't looked in on this group in a long time. I see that Bugster is
still completely unhinged. I wonder if his not having been laid in a
couple of years since his wife corked off has something to do with that?
liberty and property,
Fake post....



mr_antone

Bill Shatzer
2018-11-28 19:32:10 UTC
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Department of Justice
The American flag flies over a statue at the Department of Justice in
Washington, D.C. (Andrew Caballero-Reynolds/Getty-AFP)
Victor Davis Hanson
Special counsel Robert Mueller's investigation was star-crossed from the
start. His friend and successor as FBI director, James Comey, by his own
admission prompted the investigation — with the deliberate leaking of
classified memos about his conversations with President Donald Trump to
the press.
Comey's memos were not classified. Or rather one memo was only
retroactively classfied after Comey had been fired and had left the FBI
and the other one Comey had redacted the classified material.

https://www.nbcnews.com/politics/justice-department/were-any-portions-comey-memos-classified-n867916
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