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This was tweeted by Rep. John Ratcliffe (R–TX) last night:
Yes, this is the real transcript of my exchange with Jim Comey. No, I didn’t make this up.
The Trump-Russia collusion story was always a pretext to launch an unconstrained investigation into whatever Robert Mueller and his allies thought necessary to destroy his presidency. Outside the collusion issue, Trump may very well have some real legal problems, some of them self-inflicted, and ultimately his enemies may take him down.
But the bigger story is how blatantly corrupt those going after Trump are, how unapologetic they have been about their actions, and how they have been broadly applauded by those on the commanding heights in our culture. And they believe, correctly I think, they will never be held accountable.
The question, if they are successful in their quest, is how do you keep a society of more than 300 million people functioning when half of the populace sees this happening openly and without consequence for the perpetrators? Why would any of them place one iota of trust in our political or justice systems after observing them get away with it? This, more than anything Trump has done, is the real crisis for America.
Ratcliffe’s assertions in the transcript are accurate. Comey just doesn’t care. Of course, it’s worse than that. President Obama publicly opined that Hillary Clinton, whom he had endorsed to be his successor, was innocent even as his own Justice Department was conducting its “investigation,” yet no Special Counsel a la Mueller was appointed, even though in Clinton’s case there were actually grounds to believe a crime had been committed.
We now know, despite President Obama’s assertions to the contrary, that he received sensitive emails from Hillary’s illegal server while he was outside the US.
We now know that Obama’s DOJ was handing out immunity passes like candy to Hillary’s associates and allowed Hillary cronies who were fact witnesses to masquerade as attorneys and sit in on interviews of other witnesses.
We now know that Comey drafted his exoneration of Clinton even before she was interviewed and the interview consisted of softballs lobbed over the center of the plate. No perjury traps for her!
We now know AG Loretta Lynch knew Comey would exonerate Clinton before she recused herself and let Comey decide what to do. It was all a show.
And that’s just the email side of the Clinton-Russia story because the two were linked, involving the Clinton campaign and the same principals at the FBI and Justice.
The Clinton campaign colluded with Russian intelligence in the production of the Steele Dossier. The campaign’s outside counsel, Marc Ellis, hired GPS Fusion, which hired Christopher Steele, who hired intermediaries, who contacted Russian intelligence sources to obtain information that ended up in the dossier.
The Russian who met with Fredo Trump, Jr. and Jared at Trump Tower during the campaign, had hired GPS Fusion to do a smear job on a Kremlin opponent, and that same Russian met with Glenn Simpson, head of Fusion GPS, immediately before and after the Trump Tower meeting.
And we recently learned that Steele has admitted in UK legal proceedings that the dossier was designed as an insurance policy for the Clinton campaign if Trump won the election.
Which, of course, now makes sense of the FBI texts, revealed months ago, indicating they had an “insurance policy” in place in the event Trump won.
We now know that the FBI sent several third parties to minor functionaries (Page, Papadopoulos) in the Trump campaign to try to entrap them, it turned out unsuccessfully, into creating the illusion of Russian collusion.
We now know that the FBI and DOJ misled the FISA Court on the origin of the Steele Dossier when it obtained the wiretap authorization on Carter Page.
We now know that Comey misled President-elect Trump when he briefed him on the Steele Dossier.
We now know that Comey was urged to brief Trump by CIA Director Brennan, who once he knew the briefing occurred, leaked the Dossier to CNN which used the briefing as the news hook to justify reporting on it.
We now know that even as Comey was repeatedly assuring the President he was not personally under investigation he was leaking damaging information to the New York Times, but somehow not leaking the assurances he was giving Trump.
We now know that even as Mueller was appointed Special Counsel in May 2017 the gang knew there was no criminal Russian collusion. We now know that because Strzok, who’d been more involved than anyone in the investigation up to that time, had been offered a job by Mueller but wondered if he should take it because, as he texted his lover, “there’s no big there there.” And, by that time, the gang had access to months of wiretaps of Carter Page and everyone he was in contact with, and everyone they were in contact with, and still had nothing. Remember when Trump was lampooned for claiming Trump Tower was wiretapped? It was!
It is mind-boggling that Rod Rosenstein, a fact witness in the firing of James Comey, did not recuse himself before appointing Mueller. It is mind-boggling that Robert Mueller, a long time associate and ally of Comey, a man committed to protecting the reputation of his beloved FBI and DOJ by any means necessary, was appointed to the role. It is mind-boggling that his senior staff lawyer is a well-known partisan Democrat who has been cited by the courts for unethical behavior.
I could go on for much longer but this is the biggest political scandal of my lifetime and it’s going on in full view; the perpetrators aren’t even bothering any longer to hide what they are doing and they are going to get away with it.