“Categorically and unequivocally,” former U.S. Attorney Joseph DiGenova explained, “it has been proved that the FBI, in violation of all guidelines, all legislation — and I believe they committed crimes in doing so — purposely sent people into the Trump campaign to plant false information, then force that information to be forwarded back to CIA, and then funneled to the FBI, to be used as false information in FISA applications.”
Everybody involved in that process “committed a crime,” said DiGenova, who suggested that former CIA boss John Brennan “get himself a good lawyer.”
For his part, president Trump tweeted: “I hereby demand, and will do so officially tomorrow, that the Department of Justice look into whether or not the FBI/DOJ infiltrated or surveilled the Trump Campaign for Political Purposes — and if any such demands or requests were made by people within the Obama Administration!” That would include Brennan, who became POTUS 44’s CIA boss in 2013 and appears to believe he is still a federal government official.
“Senator McConnell & Speaker Ryan,” Brennan tweeted. “If Mr. Trump continues along this disastrous path, you will bear major responsibility for the harm done to our democracy. You do a great disservice to our Nation & the Republican Party if you continue to enable Mr. Trump’s self-serving actions.” Brennan thus recalls the claims of Trump’s 2016 opponent, former First Lady and Secretary of State Hillary Clinton.
She is on record that if President Trump investigates her role in the sale of a uranium company to a Russian agency, that would make the United States “like a dictatorship.” And if Attorney General Jeff Sessions assigned a special prosecutor, “this would be “a signal that we’re going to be like some dictatorship, some authoritarian regime where political opponents are going to be unfairly, fraudulently investigated.” According to the former First Lady, it would be “such an abuse of power” and “goes right at the rule of law.”
For the record of the previous administration on that theme, see Victor Davis Hanson’s “How Democracies End: A Bureaucratic Whimper,” in American Greatness. In almost every NeverTrump attack, Hanson notes, “there is almost no recognition or indeed worry that we have been living through one of the great challenges to constitutional government in our history.”
For example, Lois Lerner weaponized the IRS to help POTUS 44 gain reelection in 2012. Attorney General Eric Holder surveilled journalists of the Associated Press and Fox News. Government spooks invaded the computer of journalist Sharyl Attkisson and the previous administration, Hanson recalls, “suddenly and vastly expanded the number of agencies that could have access to classified surveillance in its aftermath.”
We also know “that members of the Obama intelligence and national security teams—Susan Rice and Samantha Power among others—requested the names of American citizens surveilled (likely obtained through improperly obtained FISA warrants) to be unmasked. Then someone illegally leaked their names to the press to damage the Trump campaign and his presidential transition.”
The threat to our civil liberties is coming from “allegedly judicious career FBI, Justice Department, and intelligence agency officials,” who all “felt that they could break the law” because “such unsavory and anti-constitutional means were felt necessary and justified to prevent and then subvert the presidency of Donald J. Trump.”
Senator McConnell and speaker Ryan have no reason to heed Brennan, who also tweeted Cicero’s observation that “Any man can make mistakes, but only an idiot persists in his error.” Despite the classical quote, Brennan is doubtless the least impressive person ever to work in the “intelligence community,” with the possible exceptions of clueless James Clapper and the Clintons’ thieving national security advisor Sandy Berger.
Brennan even voted for the Stalinist Gus Hall, Communist Party USA candidate in 1976, and for that reason alone never should have been allowed anywhere near the CIA. President Trump should demand that new CIA leader Gina Haspel provide a complete accounting of Brennan’s every move in the agency.
Brennan was the prize pick of POTUS 44, who also has a strange back story. According to his official biographer David Garrow, winner of the Pulitzer Prize, the president’s defining story, Dreams from My Father, was “without any question a work of historical fiction,” and the author a “composite character.”
The Dreams author is on record that the character “Frank” is Frank Marshall Davis, an African American Communist who spent his life backing Russia’s all-white Stalinist dictatorships. As Paul Kengor noted in The Communist: Frank Marshall Davis, the Untold Story of Barack Obama’s Mentor, Davis was a security risk and the FBI compiled a huge file on him.
President Trump should demand that FBI boss Christopher Wray disclose whether the FBI ever identified Davis as “Frank” in Dreams from My Father. If so, was that hushed up, like a lot of other information about POTUS 44? And what was the role of POTUS 44 in the quest to prevent and subvert the presidency of Donald Trump?
As anti-Trump FBI drones Peter Strzok and Lisa Page said, the president wanted “to know everything we are doing.” The people have a right to know what POTUS 44 knew, when he knew it, and what actions he ordered and approved. The duly elected President Trump has the power to get the answers.