Once again, a tough-talking John McCain protégé Lindsey Graham is all over the news -- promising to investigate the investigators…
Senator Lindsey Graham, in announcing his Senate Judiciary Committee would hold hearings in early June as part of its investigation into the origins of the Trump-Russia investigation -- code-named “Crossfire Hurricane” -- is ready to investigate the unmasking of the call between then-incoming President’s National Security Advisor Lt. General Michael Flynn and Sergey Kislyak, the apparent abuses of the Foreign Intelligence Surveillance Act (FISA), and the appointment of Robert Mueller as special counsel. When asked if he would call former President Obama, he was quick to remind people that former President Obama still enjoys the same “executive privilege” that is claimed by President Trump.
I suspect that this is going to be another congressional dog-and-pony show and, because the Senate lacks enforcement powers, is only going to roadblock the ongoing investigations by the multiple United States Attorneys who are investigating the Russian collusion affair under United States Attorney General William Barr. In other words, Lindsey Graham is a “Hail Mary pass” to blunt the impact of upcoming reports and revelations on behalf of the progressive socialist democrats – in reality, friends of the late John McCain and Lindsey Graham.
How do I know Senator Graham is not serious? Perhaps because he has already stressed that the purpose of his inquiry is oversight – and how to craft legislation to prevent these abuses in the future.
“The Judiciary Committee will first delve into the Justice Department’s decision to dismiss its prosecution of Flynn, as well as actions by the Obama administration to view Flynn’s name in intelligence reports during the Russia probe. We must determine if these requests were legitimate.”
This investigation is a meaningless distraction that is likely to go nowhere. It is likely that spying on Lt. Michael Flynn was hatched in the White House, possibly with a direct order from President Obama to Attorney General Loretta Lynch and acknowledged by former FBI Deputy Director Andrew McCabe in his December 19, 2017, sworn testimony.
Depending on whose name was redacted, this could have been an effort under 50 U.S. Code § 1802, which allows for the President, through the Attorney General, to authorize electronic surveillance without a court order under this subchapter to acquire foreign intelligence information for periods of up to one year. Thus the line of inquiry disappears into thousands of pages of testimony unless it can be shown that President Obama had a corrupt and political intent to engage in domestic spying – especially on the opposition’s campaign activities. The Mueller issue limits the probe and caps responsibility with the intelligence and law enforcement agencies.
What I would like to see…
It might be, as my best friend Al says, “Wishful Thinking,” but I would like to start with “forgetful” Hillary Clinton – the root of the Russia conspiracy saga -- followed by her cadre of minions including those who worked for the Democratic National Committee, the law firm of Perkins Coie, the Fusion GPS crowd, including Glenn Simpson and Nellie Ohr and, of course, the likely contributors to the Steele Dossier, Sid Blumenthal and Cody Shearer. All who participated in the Russia hoax and who do not have valid claims of immunity.
Perhaps it would be better for Lindsey Graham to STFU and let the grownups in the Department of Justice do their job without someone running interference for the progressive socialist democrats.
We are so screwed.
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“The key to fighting the craziness of the progressives is to hold them responsible for their actions, not their intentions.” – OCS
"The object in life is not to be on the side of the majority, but to escape finding oneself in the ranks of the insane." -- Marcus Aurelius
“A people that elect corrupt politicians, imposters, thieves, and traitors are not victims... but accomplices” -- George Orwell
“Fere libenter homines id quod volunt credunt." (The people gladly believe what they wish to.) ~Julius Caesar
“Describing the problem is quite different from knowing the solution. Except in politics." ~ OCS