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Restoring Faith in A Supposedly Blind Justice System 

If the FBI and DOJ hope to restore confidence, they need to act decisively to eliminate the appearance of wrongdoing.

Initially, I was underwhelmed by the Nunes FISA memo release because it didn’t appear to reveal anything we didn’t already know, or at least suspect, especially for anyone who watched the exceptional Daily Caller interview with former Federal Prosecutor Joe diGenova.

Even before the memo’s release, I began to wonder why we were wasting time with what seemed like political posturing instead of pursuing indictments.

Over the past two days, I have read several articles requesting more disclosure, and although I think much of the clandestine cover our intelligence agencies ‘require’ would be unnecessary if they were not engaged in nefarious activity (read Confessions of An Economic Hitman), we the people do deserve to know the truth, good or bad.

In the meantime, Representative Paul Gosar (R-AZ) is calling for action.   Excellent!

On the other side of the spectrum, I read a New York Times op-ed this morning by Josh Campbell, a former Supervisory Special Agent with the FBI, who claims to be quitting to fight the political attacks against his agency.  Admittedly, he made some excellent points.

“When the F.B.I. knocks on someone’s door or appeals to the public for assistance in solving crime, the willingness of people to help is directly correlated to their opinion of the agency… To be effective, the F.B.I. must be believed and must maintain the support of the public it serves.” ~ Josh Campbell

I couldn’t agree more.  However, there is a reason for the erosion of trust over the years under former FBI Director Comey.

For those who may have forgotten, Bloomberg documented the out-of-control data mining of U.S. citizens in cooperation with the NSA back in 2013.  We also have Freedom of Information Act (FOIA) proof regarding the unconscionable ends-justifies-the-means allowance of criminal activity by FBI informants between 2011-2014.

Despite the protests of Mr. Campbell, the actions of the FBI begin to form a pattern for those willing to look.

Just consider the mishandling of Hillary Clinton’s email investigation under Comey: Questionable immunity deals given to key witnesses/participants in the scandal, Bill Clinton-Attorney General Loretta Lynch tarmac meeting cover-up, AG Lynch giving instructions to call the investigation “a matter”, and the Comey exoneration memo drafted months prior to the end of the investigation.  It all adds up to coordination between the FBI and DOJ to let Hillary Clinton off the hook for gross negligence, which doesn’t require the ‘intent’ motive used as an excuse for not pursuing an indictment.

Hillary Clinton was given unusually generous treatment.  Just ask other ex-officials who have been charged.

Now, as a result of the Nunes-FISA memo, we know FBI and DOJ officials used unvetted (Fusion GPS/Steele dossier) opposition research paid for by the Democratic National Committee (DNC) and Hillary for America (HFA) to obtain FISA surveillance probable cause actions for a U.S. citizen (Carter Page), with the ultimate intent of targeting a political opponent (Donald Trump).

Of course, it’s likely no one will admit the target was Trump, but there is no other logical explanation for the accumulation of facts, especially when we add the classified information we now know was provided to Senator Ben Cardin (D-MD) to undermine Trump.  It was clearly a coordinated political effort.

In addition, the Nunes-FISA memo clearly states the probable cause action authorization obtained for Carter Page was not covered under Title VII, referring to the FISA Amendments Act of 2008.  Title VII deals with “Additional procedures regarding certain persons outside the United States.”

If “F.B.I. agents are dogged people who do not care about the direction of political winds,” as Mr. Campbell suggests, I have a few questions, along with a few suggestions.

1.) How, exactly, were the FISA probable cause actions approved, not once, but four times for Carter Page based on a dossier compiled against Donald Trump?  Carter Page left the campaign no later than September 26, 2016, yet the FISA probable cause action was obtained October 12, 2016.

2.) If the FBI is apolitical, why didn’t someone from the FBI warn the Trump campaign that Carter Page was already under surveillance for potential Russian connections going back to 2014?  Were they trying to entrap Trump?

Speaker of the House Paul Ryan said the Nunes memo is not an indictment against the Mueller investigation, but there are questions about the investigation that need to be answered, as well.

The Nunes-FISA memo states, “Deputy Director McCabe testified before the Committee in December 2017 that no surveillance probable cause action would have been sought from the FISC without the Steele dossier information.”

3.) Would there be a Russian collusion investigation aimed at President Trump without the Fusion GPS/Steele and Cody Shearer dossiers?

4.) How does the classified information dump by the Obama administration fit into the picture?

5.) What exactly is Mueller investigating?  What is his exact directive and/or parameters?  Is it even about collusion anymore or is it about obstruction of justice?

6.) What action is being taken regarding Comey’s admission of illegally leaking his memos hoping it “might prompt the appointment of special counsel?”

After one year, we have seen very little to justify Mueller’s ongoing probe, yet there appears to be ample cause to shut it down.

7.) Since Michael Flynn was found guilty of lying to the FBI under oath, are we going to begin similar proceedings against other individual suspected of lying under oath to the FBI?

8.) If the Mueller probe is truly seeking justice, is he investigating the possibility of collusion between the DNC, HFA, and Russian operatives affiliated with Christopher Steele?

“So there’s clear evidence of collusion with the Russians.  It just happens to be with the Hillary Clinton campaign and the Democratic National Committee.” ~ Devin Nunes

9.) Given the expert analysis by Joe diGenova, is there going to be an investigation that ties all the apparent loose ends together between Uranium One, the Clinton email scandal, the Clinton Foundation pay-to-play allegations, and DNC/HFA/Russia collusion?  More than that, will we ever see convictions?

President Trump is not a perfect man, but Mueller’s investigation has not provided one indictment against him to prove illegal conduct.  Maybe it’s time the anti-Trump movement started seeking truth and justice instead of trying to reshape it to fit their narrative.  Maybe then we can begin to restore faith in a justice system that’s supposed to be blind.

 

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  1. Thanks for the article. Though our justice system needs to be blind, right now it appears to be deaf and dumb in some respects. Right now we have a duel nation. We are suppose to be “one nation under God”. My concern is that those who are responsible for the division will not be held accountable. If that is the case, I see no hope for our future. We need to see justice done according to our laws.

  2. Unfortunately, the Democrats are in this, not for seeking truths, but for getting revenge against a foe. The Nunes memo is only a recap of all the committee hearings I got to hear, and a few that were shrouded behind closed doors. They have uncovered what the Democrats were trying to hide by casting it upon the Republicans and thinking it would stick, in the face of no evidence, except for all that has been uncovered about Democrat involvement. It could be that the memo is nothing to a lot of people because of the same reason I claimed it wasn’t much news to me, but most people don’t pay enough attention to know what has been uncovered, and they probably still don’t know anything about the Nunes memo.
    That Josh Campbell, if he believes in how great the FBI and Justice is, like he claims in that NYT op-ed, I would have thought he would stuck it out and fought for his agency. He claims to be resigning for what I would consider to be all the wrong reasons, and he came off as being naive about his own employer. He doesn’t gain any respect from me. I’m not casting any ideas about hi being complicit in any way, but that is sure not much to do for his reason.
    As much as I hate to say it, I think the agency should be dismantled because using the Democrat idea of things being institutionalized, like racism and homophobia, the corruption may be institutionalized, as well, and you can’t get rid of all the rats by using rat traps at only the top, even though that is seemingly where all the rats reside, so far. I’ve been more worried about the Justice Department for much longer because I have been hearing about the bias and corruption there, for much longer, like decades. Much of the bias and corruption has trickled down from the seventies to the civil service lawyers in all the branches of Justice and they have to retire to get rid of them, unless criminal activity outs them. Mrs. Page and Mr Strzok have enough explaining to do to their spouses, and they may get their chance after jail time. They deserve it.
    There will be fall guys all over this investigation when it comes to indictments being handed out, and that may be what keeps Hillary away from prosecution. I just hope those fall guys like prison accommodations enough to offset what they did to allow bigger criminals to continue to walk free.

  3. @Grace, aside from casting our vote (which doesn’t directly impact the judiciary), the only thing we can do is pray that our leaders will return to the rule of law and start convicting the guilty actors despite their elevated status. @Mark, as much as I don’t want to put individual agents in danger, I also think it’s well past time for the clandestine services to end. As Jesus said, men love darkness rather than light because their deeds are evil (John 3:19). If the average citizen knew what was done in the name of truth, justice, and the American way, I think they would be appalled. I was really disappointed to read the Schiff memo is going to be blocked for national security reasons. President Trump should have called their bluff and released it unredacted so they couldn’t claim censorship, bias, or obstruction. Trump was in a no-win situation: Release it and be lambasted for threatening national security, or spike it and be accused of playing politics. They knew what they were doing. I think he should have released it so the world could have seen the lengths they are willing to go to cover their tracks, even if it means revealing State secrets. Pitiful!

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