For the first time in three long years, the Deep State cabal against President Donald Trump has begun to face a reckoning. Over the last several days, a series of new revelations have confirmed our worst suspicions that a group of career bureaucrats and Obama administration officials brazenly conspired to undermine the president of the United States.
Many of us have been wise to the underhanded campaign against President Trump for years, all while the media continued to mock, ignore, attack and twist this truth to discredit us and the president.
Last Thursday, the House Intelligence Committee finally released thousands of pages of declassified transcripts showing that not a single FBI or intelligence official could offer a shred of evidence that Donald Trump's 2016 presidential campaign colluded with the Russian government. James Clapper, Obama's director of national intelligence and one of the principal architects of the Russia collusion narrative, said behind closed doors in 2017, "I never saw any direct empirical evidence that the Trump campaign or someone in it was plotting/conspiring with the Russians to meddle with the election." Yet, simultaneously, and even years later, Clapper consistently appears on CNN to falsely claim that President Trump was working with the Russians. This is just one major example of members of the Deep State cabal saying one thing behind closed doors while making wild contrary claims in public against the president.
Last Wednesday, the Department of Justice released the long-awaited "scope memo" that gave Robert Mueller his marching orders on how to proceed with the special counsel investigation. In August 2017, Deputy Attorney General Rod Rosenstein instructed Mueller to investigate four members of the Trump campaign: Carter Page, Paul Manafort, Michael Flynn and George Papadopoulos.
The fact of the matter is that the basis for investigating these individuals only stems from the infamous Steele Dossier.
Here's the thing. By August 2017, Rosenstein and the other senior officials knew that the Steele Dossier was completely discredited and unreliable—and they had known it for some time. The dossier is salacious political opposition research, bought and paid for by the 2016 Hillary Clinton presidential campaign. It is not a serious intelligence document. Mueller's marching orders were built on a bogus foundation. There was no legitimate justification to investigate these men, much less the president of the United States.
Last week, a number of documents in the Michael Flynn case were unsealed and gave America a first-hand glimpse into just how people close to President Trump came to be targeted. Thanks to these new documents, we know that FBI agents sought to set up Flynn.
In their own notes, the agents openly question whether their objective was "to get him to lie, so we can prosecute him or get him fired" or to get Flynn "to admit to breaking the Logan Act" by speaking to the Russian ambassador during the presidential transition. The Logan Act is an obscure law that has never been used in a successful criminal prosecution in the history of the nation.
This January 2017 interview—ordered by former FBI Director James Comey—was intentionally conducted in the initial days of the Trump administration to take advantage of the predictable chaos of any new White House. There was no basis for the interview to even take place as, just days previously, the FBI Washington Field Office found "no derogatory information" on Flynn and decided to close the investigation—only to be overruled by FBI leadership. The ensuing criminal prosecution over statements made during the interview ruined Flynn—a war hero serving the president of the United States. He was forced to sell his home to pay legal bills, his reputation was destroyed and he was ultimately bullied into pleading guilty after his son was threatened with prosecution unless he refused to capitulate.
These new revelations are so explosive that the Justice Department has dropped all charges against Flynn.
In each of these three cases, we have long suspected what we now know. These "new" documents have existed for years but are only now being revealed to the public. We must ask, who held these documents back and why are we only now allowed to see the truth? As we continue to unravel the Deep State's campaign against President Trump, it's time to hold accountable those who have helped to cover it up.
Congressman Jody Hice represents Georgia's 10th District. He serves as ranking member on the House Committee on Oversight and Reform's Subcommittee on National Security, and as Communication Chair for the House Freedom Caucus.
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