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After Mueller Report, Establishment Avoiding FISA Abuse Accountability

By Ben Barrack

While the Democrats are bemoaning the Mueller report’s findings, they’re overlooking one thing. For two years, Mueller bought them time by stalling. He also deflected attention away from the real scandal. [1] In so doing, he did the Deep State a great service.

He now is passing the baton.

Someone else must protect the Deep State establishment now. Who will it be? Senators who call for a new Special Counsel to investigate FISA abuses? Will it be public figures who say it is time to bury the hatchet and move on, that the country has been through enough? Maybe it will be those who call for actions to make sure this never happens again, but without holding anyone accountable (oxymoron). Will it be a compromised Attorney General? [2]

The answer is all of the above… and more.

New Special Counsel Shouldn’t Be Necessary

Senator Lindsey Graham (R-SC) – an establishmentarian himself – is now calling for a new Special Counsel [3] to investigate FISA abuses. Think about this for a second. How long did the Mueller probe last?

Two years.

If Graham has his way, we can expect more of the same. This would again buy time for the Deep State establishment. Why would Graham want that?

Well, he is part of that establishment. He’s playing good cop / bad cop with Mueller but both serve the establishment by calling for investigations that will only stall justice long enough to give the Deep State time to move its players around and win back power again.

If and when that happens, it will ratchet things up and it will ensure there is never another outsider elected president.

Why on earth should we need a new Special Counsel to investigate FISA abuses? Didn’t then Attorney General Jeff Sessions appoint John Huber [4] to do that very thing over a year ago? In fact, Huber’s investigation – if it were real – should be wrapping up about now. He should be handing his indictment referrals to the AG at this point.

[4]

Letter from AG Jeff Sessions naming appointing John Huber to investigate FISA abuses on 3/29/18

[5]

Why do we need a Special Counsel to investigate FISA abuses? Wasn’t Huber supposed to be doing that for the last year? Stall Tactics?

Voices that Say Trump Should “Move On” from Mueller Report

In a recent Op-ed for the Wall Street Journal, [6] establishmentarian and former top George W. Bush aid Karl Rove, suggests Trump should “move on” from investigating FISA-gate.

In particular, Rove thinks Trump should “pivot” to other issues and let Attorney General William Barr handle the investigation into FISA abuse. As is common with Rove, he couches his Deep State support by using pseudo-pragmatic arguments. In essence, he says Trump should avoid speaking about the injustices perpetrated against him not because they occurred but because it’s not good for him electorally in 2020:

The president and his allies have raised concerns about how the Federal Bureau of Investigation brought on this investigation, especially pointing to possible abuse in seeking Foreign Intelligence Surveillance Act warrants. Did the FBI tell FISA that information supporting the warrant requests came from opposition research bankrolled by the Clinton campaign and the Democratic Party?

These questions should be answered, but Mr. Trump need not devote much time to pressing them. He can count on Mr. Barr, FBI Director Christopher Wray and Justice Department Inspector General Michael Horowitz to continue cleaning up the FBI and Justice Department. Mr. Horowitz is already investigating possible FISA abuses.

As has been well documented here, [2] here [7] and here, [8] Barr is Deep State through and through. He was a high level fixer for George HW Bush and the Clintons in the 1980’s who went by the CIA codename Robert Johnson. Barr has every incentive to protect the Swamp; Rove knows this.

That’s also why Rove wants Trump to defer 100% to Barr on this matter.

Barr Calling the Shots, not FBI Director or IG

FBI Director Wray has shown himself [9] to be a Deep State protector [10] as well. His testimony in front of Congress has demonstrated as much, as has his role in stonewalling for nearly two years. Wray has come across as little more than a foot soldier for Deputy Attorney General Rod Rosenstein, who now reports to Barr. Unless Wray goes rogue, expect nothing from him except obedience to the Swamp.

In fact, Barr has decided to keep Rosenstein on as his right-hand man. Rosenstein allegedly signed the bogus FISA warrants but has been entrusted by Barr [11] to review Mueller’s report.

Horowitz may be the most honorable of the AG, FBI Director and IG trio but hasn’t got nearly the power they do. It’s also obvious he has held back in previous reports [12] in deference to the institution (DOJ) he’s supposed to investigate.

Inspectors General are supposed to be 100% independent but let’s not kid ourselves; they’re not.

The “move on” strategy

People like Rove will tell you it’s just bad politics to pursue Deep State crimes. In reality, he’s using logical sounding arguments to protect it. In his Op-Ed, he actually reveals it when talking about Graham’s experience.

Rove excerpt…

There’s also Senate Judiciary Committee Chairman Lindsey Graham, who promises to get to the bottom of “disturbing” aspects of the FBI and Justice Department’s 2016 and 2017 activities. As House manager of the 1998 Clinton impeachment effort, he learned the importance of not overplaying your hand.

Mr. Trump now has an unusual chance to fashion something like the presidential honeymoon that media bitterness over Hillary Clinton’s loss denied him when he took office. Team Trump should use the Mueller report to pivot to issues, like the economy and the opioid crisis, that matter to swing voters who will decide the 2020 presidential election.

What does it mean to say, “not overplaying your hand?” It sounds to me like Rove is not only calling for Trump to move on but for everyone to do so. He wants “team Trump” to “pivot” to other issues at a time when it absolutely should not.

Why?

Rove Advocating for his Own Failed Tactics

In 2010, Rove published a book entitled Courage and Consequence. In it, he described his biggest regret [13] relative to this time in the Bush administration. It was not fighting back against the opposition:

…much has been made of his admissions of tactical error — failing to push back against charges that the administration misled the country into the Iraqi war; botching the post-Katrina response; predictable score-settling with prominent Democrats.

Yet, when it comes to Trump, he wants the president to commit the same tactical error in – of all things – an attempted Deep State coup.

Why? It’s more than a little likely that Rove doesn’t want the crimes of the Bush family exposed. If the Deep State is exposed, it will drag the family of Rove’s former boss down with it.

Other Voices Who Just want to “Move On”

Former South Carolina Governor and UN Ambassador Nikki Haley tweeted out “the American public” needs to just “move on”. You could argue that she’s talking about Democrats who insisted Mueller was going to get the goods but at best, it’s an ambiguous message. Why isn’t Haley calling for the investigation of Deep State criminals?

Furthermore, Greta Van Susteren is also calling for everyone to “move on” from the Mueller investigation.

Greta Van Susteren just wants to overlook Deep State crimes and move on.

These Deep State criminals have not gone away. They are stalling and waiting for their next opportunity to take power. Once and when they do, they will be back to their old ways, and worse.

They will do everything in their power to ensure that no one ever elects a Trump-like figure to the highest office in the land.

We often hear politicians and media pundits say we need to make sure that nothing like this ever happens again.

However, what we don’t hear from these people is that holding accountable those responsible is the best way to do that.