For months supporters and backers of President Donald J. Trump have chafed at the notion that the apparatuses of government could be used against him over unsubstantiated claims that his campaign “colluded” with Russians in order to beat the most corrupt presidential contender in U.S. history.
They chafed because after more than a year’s worth of allegations — from Democrats and their sycophantic allies in the “establishment” media — no evidence whatsoever has been produced indicating there is even a shred of evidence the narrative is true. And yet the ‘investigations’ continue.
Finally, however, a House panel seems ready to come to the president’s defense.
As reported by the Washington Times, the House Permanent Select Committee on Intelligence is expanding its 2016 election probe to include how and why elements within Obama’s Department of Justice and FBI used the bogus “Trump dossier” to ensnare the president and his campaign staffers.
The committee’s chairman, Rep. Devin Nunes, R-Calif., has accused the Justice Department and the FBI of misleading him with “a pattern of behavior that can no longer be tolerated.” He has said that initially, the DoJ claimed it did not have any documents related to the dossier but then, when pressured, suddenly produced “numerous” such documents.
During the first part of 2018, Republicans on the panel are expected to complete the starting-point probe into alleged Russian hacking of Democratic entities and whether aides to Trump assisted in that effort. For the record, WikiLeaks founder Julian Assange has said repeatedly that hacked Democratic National Committee and Clinton campaign documents his organization received did not come from Russia or any “state” actor.
Already Democrats on the panel, who have been doing their level best to thwart Nunes’ investigation, are protesting the likely move to wind it down and refocus it on suspected Deep State corruption. The Times reported that Ranking Member Rep. Adam Schiff, D-Calif., is pushing an extended list of witnesses he wants majority Republicans to call. Critics of the move suspect all he’s trying to do is push the probe beyond the 2018 elections.
That’s because in recent weeks more Democrats, including Schiff, have resigned to the fact there they won’t find any evidence of Trump-Russia “collusion” because there isn’t any. (Related: Expert: Bogus Trump ‘dossier’ was NOT ‘just opposition research’ but used by FBI to launch ‘collusion’ probes.)
In the meantime, Nunes has constructed a separate investigation of the FBI and Department of Justice hierarchy after several GOP lawmakers expressed their belief that the real collusion exists among those officials, former President Obama’s administration and the Clinton campaign — in a bid to subvert Trump’s candidacy.
Rep. Jim Jordan, R-Ohio, a member of the House Judiciary Committee, which is conducting a separate investigation of the Election 2016 shenanigans, has come out and said directly he believes the dossier was misused by elements within the FBI to obtain a secretive FISA court order to put Team Trump under surveillance during the campaign. If true, that would represent an unprecedented politicization and abuse of U.S. intelligence and law enforcement assets.
“Let’s remember a couple of things about the dossier,” Jordan told Fox Business’ Lou
Dobbs last month. “The Democratic National Committee and the Clinton campaign, which we now know were one and the same, paid the law firm who paid Fusion GPS who paid Christopher Steele who then paid Russians to put together a report that we call a dossier full of all kinds of fake news, National Enquirer garbage and it’s been reported that this dossier was all dressed up by the FBI, taken to the FISA court and presented as a legitimate intelligence document — that it became the basis for a warrant to spy on Americans.”
He added: “The easiest way to clear it up is tell us what’s in that application and who took it there.”
That appears to be on Nunes’ radar now. It’s about time.
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