The epic Clinton scandals and cover-ups currently under investigation in Washington will make Nixon’s Watergate and subsequent cover-up look like kindergarteners playing in a sandbox.
My columns over the past few years have detailed how Washington DC, under twenty-five years of neoliberalism and the iron-fisted rule of the Clinton/Obama regime, have corrupted and weaponised senior members of Washington’s most bureaucratic law enforcement and intelligence agencies to act against the law and against the principles of democracy. Making matters much worse, senior members of the Department of Justice, the Federal Bureau of Investigation, the National Security Agency, and the Central Intelligence Agency have been operating a “shadow government”, which is only accountable to the “deep state.”
The Obama/Clintons’ shadow government operatives will stop at nothing to cover up their crimes against democracy, including the destruction of evidence and obstruction of justice. Destruction of evidence has been a big theme throughout the Bill/Hillary Clinton era. Just take a look at scandals involving the missing emails, Benghazi, and the Clinton Foundation. Based on the recent announcement from the Department of Justice regarding the 50,000 missing texts written by Peter Strzok and Lisa Page, it appears this trend is continuing. The announcement states, “There was a problem with Strzok and Page’s bureau-issued SamsungGalaxies—that ‘firmware upgrades’ and other technical issues deleted records of texts sent from not only their phones but many phones across the bureau. We regretfully report that these text messages were lost.” This occurred during a crucial time in the Russia investigation that included Michael Flynn’s resignation due to lies about his Russian ties and FBI Director James Comey’s firing.
We now know this statement is not true since the “lost” emails have now magically reappeared. However, the DOJ has decided to withhold, for personal and other reasons, more than 85% of the text messages between Peter Strzok and Lisa Page. The DOJ has submitted just 7,000 of the over 50,000 found. The total excludes many other emails and texts on numerous other personal devices that the two biased Trump investigators referenced on their FBI mobile devices. However, Special Counsel Robert Mueller reviewed nearly all of the FBI lovers’ texts and redacted them as he deemed appropriate. Seems like Mueller has been working with his comrades at the FBI to “disappear” evidence in a similar manner to which Hillary Clinton’s devices were destroyed with hammers and her hard drives permanently erased with BleachBit. This is just further evidence of how the deep state is trying to cover up a gigantic conspiracy involving senior members of our FBI, DOJ and intelligence agencies.
Fortunately, the Clintons’ Teflon coating may have finally worn away. A declassified top-secret four-page document, authored for the head of the congressional intelligence committee Devin Nunes, was released to the public on 2 February 2018. The memo outlines how senior FBI and DOJ officials used the Steele dossier, a bogus document the FBI Director James Comey characterised as “salacious and unverified,” to knowingly lie to and deceive a FISA judge. This fraudulent dossier was used on four separate occasions in order to obtain warrants under the Foreign Intelligence Surveillance Act to conduct illegal surveillance on American citizens and on an opposition political party in a presidential election.
While the Democrats have tried to downplay the importance of the Steele dossier, Andrew McCabe, in his testimony before Congress, stated, “No FISA surveillance warrant would have been sought without the Steele dossier.”
The Nunes memo provides several insights into the high-level involvement of outgoing FBI Deputy Director Andrew McCabe, FBI Director James Comey, and Deputy Attorney Generals Rod Rosenstein, Dana Boente, and Sally Yates. The FBI and DOJ purposefully withheld from the FISA judge the fact that the Steele dossier was a British intelligence work product, funded by the Clinton campaign and the Democratic National Committee, and that British agent Christopher Steele was leaking contents of his own dossier directly to the media to be used as verification of his dossier.
US Senators Grassley and Graham, in their criminal referral to the Department of Justice, stated, “It is troubling enough that the Clinton Campaign funded Mr. Steele’s work, but that these Clinton associates were contemporaneously feeding Mr. Steele allegations raises additional concerns about his credibility.”
The two senators continued by saying, “…it appears that Mr. Steele gathered much of his information from Russian government sources inside Russia. According to the law firm Perkins Coie, Mr. Steele’s dossier-related efforts were funded through Fusion GPS by that law firm on behalf of the Democratic National Committee and the Clinton campaign…It appears that either Mr. Steele lied to the FBI or the British court, or that the classified documents reviewed by this committee contain materially false statements.”
Rather than allowing the public to decide, the partisan intelligence committee’s top Democrat Adam Schiff said the memo on the Steele dossier should never be released to the public. He opined, “We’ve crossed a deeply regrettable line” and our “committee voted to put the president’s interest above the interest of the country. It will disclose sources and methods.”
Regardless of the Democrat protestations, it’s now clear that the FBI and the DOJ lied to the FISA judge in order to spy on a political opposition party using evidence paid for by the Clinton campaign and the Democratic National Committee.
Predictably, as evidence of the Clintons’ guilt mounts around the Clinton Foundation and the real Russian collusion story, the Clintons resurrect their most famous excuse: “the great right-wing conspiracy”. Their next play will be to convince “resistance” members that these prosecutions are politically motivated and blame it all on Trump.
It is extremely dangerous to our republic when politicians weaponise the intelligence agencies to spy on a political opposition party and then lie about it. Rightly, this current scandal has shattered America’s trust in the intelligence agencies and the traditional media pundits who acted in the massive cover-up. Why are all the senior FBI and DOJ “bad actors” still employed? Why are senior Democratic Party members Adam Schiff, Nancy Pelosi and Chuck Schumer cheering prosecutorial misconduct and blatant fraud on the FISA court? Has the Democratic Party become a party of demagogues and liars bent on destroying democracy and liberty? Can America’s traditional lap-dog media, who refuse to cover this scandal, ever be trusted? America needs honesty, transparency, and accountability. Sunlight is a powerful and necessary disinfectant.
Unfortunately, I wouldn’t bet on any of the above changing anytime soon—the swamp will stay the same and the deep state will keep the status quo: BOHICA. (Bend Over, Here It Comes Again!)
Mitchell Feierstein is CEO of Glacier Environmental Fund and author of Planet Ponzi: How Politicians and Bankers Stole Your Future.