Former Texas Republican lawmaker Ron Paul warned Thursday following “disastrous” testimony from special counsel Robert Mueller that the real scandal involving the “Spygate” investigation against POTUS Donald Trump has nothing to do with Russia, per se, and everything to do with the FBI.
Or, at least, the FBI as it operated under Barack Obama.
In an interview with Russia Today, Paul noted that the Washington political/intelligence/media establishment “totally failed” to get rid of the president either by running him out of office or through impeachment, though some Democrats by week’s end still fantasized about impeachment proceedings at some point in the future.
The utterly anticlimactic hearing saw the ex-special counsel serving up reheated details of his two-year probe into alleged Russian interference in the 2016 presidential election, reminding both the House Judiciary and Intelligence Committees that there was no proof that members of the Trump campaign conspired with Russia.
“Hopefully, this will end it all, because Mueller did not have any evidence,” Dr. Paul told the media outlet, adding: “I think we should never use the word Russiagate again. I think we ought to use the FBIgate because there was a conspiracy to try to frame Trump.”
Paul, who spent more than 25 years in Congress, predicted that any impeachment inquiry launched by Democrats ahead of the 2020 election — and perhaps beyond — would not fare well for the party, politically.
“If they have impeachment hearings next year, it is going to backfire on them, just as I think this hearing today backfired on the Democrats,” Paul said.
Instead, he suggested that Congress look into the origins of Mueller’s Russia probe and, in particular, focus on where the infamous “Steele dossier” originated after being funded by Hillary Clinton’s 2016 presidential campaign and the Democratic National Committee.
The dossier, readers recall, was chock full of salacious, unsubstantiated allegations against the president. It was also utilized by ranking elements in the FBI including former Director James Comey and Deputy Director Andrew McCabe, both of whom were fired, to secure surveillance warrants against the Trump campaign from the FISA court. (Related: The Robert Mueller IMPLOSION: It’s time for Barr and Trump to prosecute the deep state traitors, or the American people will never regain any faith in the justice system.)
As The National Sentinel reported, when pressed on that key document Wednesday, Mueller appeared to be clueless about it.
That said, Paul noted that both major political parties have lots of problems — as both make up the Washington establishment, calling them “bosom buddies” and marching lockstep regarding “more debt, more interference, more involvement overseas, [and] more welfare-ism.”
However, he noted further “They hate each other’s guts when it comes to power.”
“The empire’s broke, the empire’s in trouble, yet [both] parties don’t want to talk about that,” he added.
Here’s Paul’s interview:
Some are liable to criticize Paul, a former American politician, for appearing on a Russian state-controlled media organization to bash his country and, in particular, its premier law enforcement agency.
But given the gravity of what our own political elites did to a duly-elected president, one has to ask: Who’s the real threat to our democracy — Russian ‘meddling,’ which has been occurring since the Cold War and will continue to occur as long as there are rivalries between nations — or our own ‘fifth column’ that has politicized government agencies and refuses to hold the guilty parties accountable?
Is Paul, for example, a bigger threat to America than Hillary Clinton, who let the Chinese, Russians, Iranians, North Koreans, and who knows who else hack into her poorly secured private email server — just because she didn’t want to subject herself to federal rules and laws governing transparency and archiving of all public officials’ records?
Of course not. Nothing Paul is saying has much more gravity or weight than any open-source news story that Russian intelligence can read for themselves. Paul isn’t in government any longer and has no power.
But those who still run the FBI and Justice Department do. And as Fox News host Laura Ingraham said on her show Thursday, these guilty parties have to be held accountable.