Our democracy and justice system are under fire.
We now know there’s been an unmistakable conspiracy to subvert President Donald Trump’s 2016 presidential campaign, transition team and current administration by entrenched elites in the highest echelons of the U.S. Department of Justice and former President Barack Obama’s FBI, led by former FBI Director James Comey — a dirty cop who had no business running a lemonade stand, no less America’s premier law enforcement agency.
On Tuesday, the Foreign Intelligence Surveillance Court, or FISC, issued a stinging and extraordinary rebuke of Comey’s FBI, confirming our worst suspicions. Corrupt FBI agents working alongside Comey — who staunchly supported Hillary Clinton in the lead up to the 2016 presidential election — knowingly lied and misled the secret surveillance court, withholding material information and exculpatory evidence to deceptively obtain warrants to spy on former Trump campaign advisor Carter Page.
The chilling revelation echoed the Office of Inspector General report that found 17 significant errors and omissions by the FBI that effectively duped the secret court into believing it had probable cause to eavesdrop on the Trump campaign. Why? To target —and, ultimately, frame — Donald Trump and his campaign associates, and help Hillary Clinton win the 2016 election.
Of course, the signees of the Foreign Intelligence Surveillance Act warrants — all anti-Trump snakes — did so under the ruse of “Trump-Russia collusion,” a manufactured conspiracy theory by the left and complicit #FakeNewsMedia that has since been debunked by several congressional and DOJ investigations including a 22-month special counsel investigation that found no such evidence.
“The FBI’s handling of the Carter Page applications, as portrayed in the OIG report, was antithetical to the heightened duty of candor described above,” Rosemary Collyer, the presiding judge with the FISC, wrote in her Dec. 17 statement excoriating the FBI.
“The frequency with which representations made by FBI personnel turned out to be unsupported or contradicted by information in their possession, and with which they withheld information detrimental to their case, calls into question whether information contained in other FBI applications is reliable,” she added. “The FISC expects the government to provide complete and accurate information in every filing with the Court. Without it, the FISC cannot properly ensure that the government conducts electronic surveillance for foreign intelligence purposes only when there is a sufficient factual basis.”
Translation: Clinton’s friends in the FBI and the deep state embedded within the intelligence community did her bidding by using her campaign and the Democratic National Committee’s Russian-sourced opposition research known as the dossier to open counterintelligence investigations into her political rival’s campaign — followed by illicit spying.
This was a weaponization of our justice system to rig a presidential election — an assault on our democracy.
In America, voters are supposed to choose their representatives in free elections, not unaccountable FBI agents and partisan DOJ officials who believe they’re above the law. After all, if any CEO were to lie on an official document or sworn statement like Comey’s cabal at the FBI did, he or she would go to prison. Same with any American who were to lie on his or her tax filings or any other official document — no less to a court of law.
Just look at retired Lt. Gen. Michael Flynn, the president’s former national security advisor whom Comey’s crooked FBI agents entrapped in a perjury charge. Flynn has been convicted for it and will be sentenced after the new year. Same with other Trump associates who didn’t tell the truth. They were held accountable. Why not James Comey, former FBI Deputy Director Andrew McCabe, and former Deputy Attorneys General Sally Yates and Rod Rosenstein, who all signed off on the duplicitous FISA warrants that contained over a dozen significant errors and omissions?
Let’s not forget that Democrats like House Speaker Nancy Pelosi, Rep. Adam Schiff and others like to remind us when assailing the president that “no one is above the law.”
Does that exclude underlings at the DOJ?
Perhaps Loretta Lynch, Obama’s attorney general — and Comey’s boss while this corruption and election meddling was happening — can explain why Flynn and Roger Stone are going to jail but not all the FBI and DOJ officials who deceived the FISC.
It doesn’t go unnoticed that Lynch and Obama have been radio silent as all this unfolds.
Will they be called to testify? What did they know, and when did they know it?
It’s high time we find out.
Adriana Cohen is a syndicated columnist with the Boston Herald. Follow her on Twitter @AdrianaCohen16. To find out more about Adriana Cohen and read her past columns, please visit the Creators Syndicate webpage at www.creators.com.