Democrats and Liberal/Left fellow travelers continue to beat the Trump Russian collusion story without offering any evidence. It is the machinations of a sore loser who needs someone or something to blame for their incompetence.
But it has become more than that. It is a plank in the Trump Derangement Syndrome, another way to delegitimize the Presidency of Donald Trump. And it has the backing of a high federal office holder, FBI Director James Comey. He can, and has, raised this goofy speculation to the level of a believable story. and by his continuing investigation, he leads the American people to believe that there really is something to this wild fairy tale.
Democrats and the Liberal/Left have always been soft on the Soviet Union. Just a few years ago Obama pulled the Eastern Europe missile defense system to please Putin. He was caught on open mike whispering to the Russian Ambassador, – I will be more flexible after I am reelected. It was Obama who stood by and watched Russia annex Crimea and attempt to do the same to the rest of the Ukraine. It was Hillary who arranged to sell 20% of American uranium to Russia. Republicans have always been Cold War Warriors. President Reagan went to Berlin to demand that Gorbachev tear down that wall. Trump is continuing the Reagan mantra of “Peace Through Strength.”
And while keeping this madness on the front burner, Comey and fellow Democrats are playing down the felony of government Leaks that has hit the Trump Administration and poo-poohed and denied that the Obama Administration wiretapped or surveilled Donald Trump, his advisors or Trump Tower. This they declare to be unbelievable after Obama wiretapped FOX News correspondent James Rosen, German Prime Minister Angela Merkel, used the IRS to harass Conservative/Christian organizations and sent CIA Director James Clapper to lie to Congress about the surveillance of the American public.
Wiretapping and the Trump-Putin connection
Congressional hearings are establishing that there is no evidence that President Obama ordered the wiretapping of Donald Trump. They are also establishing that there was no evidence of collusion between the Trump campaign and Russia. Former director of National Intelligence Gen. James Clapper has said he saw no evidence of Russia-Trump collusion. Former acting CIA director Michael Morell, who once claimed that “in the intelligence business, we would say that Mr. Putin had recruited Mr. Trump as an unwitting agent of the Russian Federation,” now claims, “There’s no little campfire, there’s no little candle, there’s no spark. And there’s a lot of people looking for it.” “A lot of people” includes the FBI, the National Security Agency, the CIA, and the Treasury Department’s financial crimes unit. These former promoters of the claim that Putin put Trump in the White House appear confident, considering the fact that the investigation is reportedly still ongoing. There is something suspicious about their absolute confidence.
What “evidence” they apparently had was a dossier supposedly compiled by a former British intelligence agent. This dossier is such an amateurish job that only someone like John McCain would find it believable. Even when intelligence officials tipped off Vice President Biden about the dossier, Biden told reporters he didn’t think the information was worth a second glance. Could the Russians have compromising information on Hillary Clinton? Apparently, they had emails that included more than wedding plans and yoga lessons.
While many crimes are alleged, only one crime has been positively committed. Classified information has been leaked to the press. However, there does not appear to be much interest in locating the perpetrators. These leaks are felonies punishable by up to ten years in prison. FBI director Comey would not commit to investigating these leaks. Congressman Gowdy claimed, “I think the most troubling part for me is when Director Comey would not assure us that there’s a leak investigation.”
The claim that Trump was not wiretapped is a little far-fetched. General Flynn, Angela Merkel, and several others are known to have been “wiretapped.” The NSA seems to be collecting electronic communications from millions of people. Comey has pointed out that President Obama could not “wiretap” Donald Trump because it is illegal. It would not be necessary for Obama to order such a program. It is unlikely that he instructed Lois Lerner to target the Tea Party. On Jan. 20, 2017, an article in the New York Time was headlined “Wiretapped Data Used In Inquiry of Trump Aides.” The article claimed, “[S]ome of the wiretapped communications had been provided to the White House.”
People claiming that there was no wiretapping qualify their statements as a form of insurance. Paul Ryan claimed, “I’ve seen no evidence wiretap occurred.” Where has he looked? Chair of the Senate Intelligence Committee Richard Burr said, “Based on the information available to us, we see no indications that Trump Tower was the subject of surveillance by any element of the United States government either before or after Election Day 2016.” The qualifying phrases are “Based on the information available to us” and “any element of the United States government.”
Donald Trump is often careless in his wording. This is not a polite way of saying that he lies. He, like all politicians, lies. He is not precise in his wording, and his words are easily distorted. Some people interpret this as the result of a lack of intelligence. They do this at their peril. Trump has repeatedly outmaneuvered his opponents at every turn. His manner of speaking is all part of his negotiating technique. People do not become billionaires by accident. When the final contract is signed, it will be the most advantageous for his position. Trump’s opponents in government and the media are putting all their eggs in one basket. When it is revealed that Trump was “wiretapped” and was not put into the White House by Putin, they will lose what is left of their credibility.