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Saturday, April 13, 2019

"Justice Is Coming"

In February, "60 Minutes" aired a soft-boiled interview with Andrew McCabe, the former FBI bureaucrat who is in the thick of the Russian Collusion Delusion that gripped our capital city for two years. The interview was very revealing because McCabe was comfortable and confident that he would not be challenged. And he wasn't because Scott Pelley, his interviewer, shared the same mindset.

Washington clung to that collusion narrative because it gave hope to a disheartened bureaucracy and media that they could overturn the election of That Orange Man as president.

The transcript of the interview included a voice over who served as an ellipsis to save time. The first narration was "After Comey was fired, McCabe says he ordered two investigations of the president himself. They asked two questions. One, did Mr. Trump fire Comey to impede the investigation into whether Russia interfered with the election. And two, if so, was Mr. Trump acting on behalf of the Russian government."

I read that and my jaw dropped.

Who the hell is the FBI to investigate a sitting president of the United States?

Let me make this clear: President Donald John Trump is not answerable to the FBI. The FBI is answerable to him.

It is not an independent agency but rather a government bureaucracy under command of the nation's chief executive. He in turn is accountable to Congress and the America people.

McCabe and his co-conspirators contemplated treason.
MCCABE: I was speaking to the man who had just run for the presidency and won the election for the presidency and who might have done so with the aid of the government of Russia, our most formidable adversary on the world stage. And that was something that troubled me greatly.
PELLEY: How long was it after that that you decided to start the obstruction of justice and counterintelligence investigations involving the president?
MCCABE: I think the next day, I met with the team investigating the Russia cases. And I asked the team to go back and conduct an assessment to determine where are we with these efforts and what steps do we need to take going forward. I was very concerned that I was able to put the Russia case on absolutely solid ground in an indelible fashion that were I removed quickly or reassigned or fired that the case could not be closed or vanish in the night without a trace.
We now know for a fact that all that was manure.

A hoax.

Lies.

Falsehoods.

The Mueller Report is in and some are hoping for justice, which would demand that McCabe and his coup clutching clan wind up in prison.

That is not where I am placing my bet. Yet.

But others believe Justice Is Coming. George Parry is one such man. He is a former federal and state prosecutor who practices law in Philadelphia. He wrote a piece, "Justice Is Coming."

He pointed to one exchange in Bill Barr's testimony to Congress.
SEN. JEANNE SHAHEEN (D., NH): And can you share with us why you feel a need to do that?
BARR: Well, you know, for the same reason we’re worried about foreign influence in elections, we want to make sure that during elections — I think spying on a political campaign is a big deal. It’s a big deal.
The generation I grew up in, which is the Vietnam War period, people were all concerned about spying on anti-war people and so forth by the government, and there were a lot of rules put in place to make sure that there’s an adequate basis before our law enforcement agencies get involved in political surveillance. I’m not suggesting that those rules were violated but I think it’s important to look at that. and I’m not talking about the FBI necessarily, but intelligence agencies more broadly.
SHAHEEN: So you’re not suggesting, though, that spying occurred?
BARR: Well, I guess — I think spying did occur, yes. I think spying did occur.
His remark on spying was only part of the story. He gave the reason this was wrong. His argument was sound and should shame Democrat Congressman Bobby Rush, who was a co-founder of the Black Panthers, which was spied upon by the FBI.

But of course, Rush and the rest of Congress have too little shame and too much power.

In his piece that is hopeful for justice, Parry wrote, "As we now know, in sworn testimony given in the United Kingdom, not even Christopher Steele would vouch for the dossier’s accuracy. And equally damaging, in testimony before Congress, FBI lawyer Lisa Page stated that, contrary to standard FBI procedure in counterintelligence operations, the Trump campaign, purportedly the target of Russian infiltration, had not been warned of the Kremlin’s nefarious efforts because the FBI did not deem the Steele dossier reliable enough to compel such a warning.

"Page’s testimony sets up an irresistible line of inquiry. If the dossier was not reliable enough to justify a warning to Trump’s campaign about the Kremlin’s plot, how could it even remotely serve as the basis for obtaining FISA warrants to spy on the campaign? By her benighted testimony, Page has framed the issue nicely and invited a full vetting of who, what, where, when, why, and how the dossier was used to dupe the FISA court."

This is similar to Watergate. A White House insulated from reality became overconfident and abused power. Susan Rice routinely unmasked political opponents who were surveilled by our national security apparatus.

The power to abuse is like a bag of potato chip; you cannot eat just one as Bert Lahr discovered. So Rice would unmask just one. And then another. And then another. Pretty soon she knew more about Donald Trump's campaign than he did.

Parry wrote, "In ancient times, when nations reached such dramatic inflection points, there were poets, authors, artists, and philosophers who formulated, explained, and preserved for posterity the meaning of events and their impact upon their societies. As I listened to Barr’s astounding testimony, I realized that America was at such an historic milestone.

"Who, I mused, will step forward to explicate and place these momentous events into their proper context? Does America have a Homer or a Cicero to properly express the gratitude and exaltation of our fellow citizens at the approach of long desired and overdue justice? And then the answer suddenly came to me as my shrinking brain flashed back to the immortal words of that long ago anthem of righteous adolescent retribution, My Boyfriend’s Back, to wit:

"My boyfriend’s back and you’re gonna be in trouble
(Hey-la-day-la my boyfriend’s back)
You see him comin’ better cut out on the double
(Hey-la-day-la my boyfriend’s back)."

I hope so. That is what I truly want.

Toward the end of the "60 Minutes" interview, there was this narration: "McCabe is considering whether to sue the government to get his full pension. Prosecutors are considering whether to charge him with lying to the FBI, a crime which, worst case, could bring five years in prison on each count."

We are in the middle of a morality play. On the side of Evil are men and women who are as unlikely villains as a Playboy billionaire is to be a hero. Yet, here we are.

Catholics say The Lord works in mysterious ways.

He also works in ways that are quite obvious to me.

As for McCabe, if I were you, I'd take a permanent vacation. (Hey-la-day-la her boyfriend’s back.)

23 comments:

  1. McCabe and a number of others need to go air dancing. Old West style.

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    1. Out in the New West we call it tail gate dancing as you S L O W L Y pull the truck ahead.

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  2. If the perpetrators skate on this one, then our Republic is REALLY in trouble!

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  3. https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=0gscut1p4kY
    theme from Hang'em High.
    Were the mob thought Clint Eastwood is dead.
    -they were wrong.

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  4. Boy I hope we'll get a well written and acted movie that shows our children and grandchildren how this all happened so it will never happen again.

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  5. ^ Google will label it "propaganda".

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  6. This post is the best read of the day!

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  7. "McCabe and his co-conspirators contemplated treason." IMO the charge of treason is over used and misused. Treason is the only crime delineated in our Constitution. "Treason against the United States, shall consist only in levying War against them, or in adhering to their Enemies, giving them Aid and Comfort. No Person shall be convicted of Treason unless on the Testimony of two Witnesses to the same overt Act, or on Confession in open Court."
    The word enemy is used, not adversity. Enemies are caused by a Declaration of War by Congress if one believes in the intent of the Framers of the Constitution, as I do.

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    1. Treason may be the wrong charge, though their intent may well have been treasonous; but the better charge is sedition.

      18 U.S. Code § 2384. Seditious conspiracy
      "If two or more persons in any State or Territory, or in any place subject to the jurisdiction of the United States, conspire to overthrow, put down, or to destroy by force the Government of the United States, or to levy war against them, or to oppose by force the authority thereof, or by force to prevent, hinder, or delay the execution of any law of the United States, or by force to seize, take, or possess any property of the United States contrary to the authority thereof, they shall each be fined under this title or imprisoned not more than twenty years, or both."

      Looks to me like a lot of "conspiracy to overthrow" was going on, and that will do for starters!

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    2. The definition does not preclude an attempted coup d'etat from being considered an act of treason, does it?

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    3. Aren't we still at war with Afghanistan? Brennan is a known Muslim and communist sympathizer.

      Treason wouldn't be a stretch for Brennan.

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  8. Cleveland-Marshall College of Law professor Tayyab Mahmud described the coup d'etat as successful treason and adopts this definition:

    "... a change in government (which) issues from the threat or use of force against the incumbent regime ... a sudden, forceful stroke in politics; especially, the sudden, forcible overthrow of a government."

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    1. NDanielson, then accordingly it was an attempt
      coup d'atat for sure, justice must be served and the sooner the better.
      There are millions of us who are angry and want retribution for the illigal and cruel behavior from those in position of power who are suppose to be working for us dammit.

      Kate

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  9. "My Boyfriend's Back" is even better than the author thinks - it's not "hey la-day-la" it's "hey liar, hey liar."

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  10. I think fay McCabe is going to rather like prison.
    -TK

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  11. Treason is what Obama did in helping Iran fund terrorism and build nukes. Sedition is what Obama did when he unleashed the entire National Security apparatus against our system of free and fair elections, our peaceful transfer of Executive Power established by George Washington himself.

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  12. "coup clutching clan" BRILLIANT! The democrat party in the 21st century.

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  13. For the record to make clear the slickness of the Deep State frame against Richard Nixon, here is James Rosen's review of Bob Woodward's latest book, "The Last Of The President's Men." James Rosen's encyclopedic knowledge of the matter makes it clear that Bob Woodward was a Deep State actor operating at the behest of the Pentagon brass. Check it out: "Bob Woodward's Sins Of Omission" https://www.commentarymagazine.com/articles/bob-woodwards-sins-omission/

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  14. My favorite line from "My Boyfriend's Back" is

    He knows I wasn't cheatin'
    Now you're gonna get a beatin'

    Can't have lyrics like that anymore.

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  15. What’s McCabe need with a full pension, when he can have full room-and-board for ten to twenty?

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  16. "On the side of Evil are men and women who are as unlikely villains as a Playboy billionaire is to be a hero.

    Bruce Wayne and Tony Stark would like a word with you.

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  17. Almost 50 years ago, steppenwolf released the song, "monster." The lyrics, "there's a monster on the loose, its got our heads into a noose," was playing in my head all through Hillary's failed campaign. Its a great song. The monster is still out there. Its certainly not dead yet. Its a slippery "worm." Like smaug.

    And the press has embraced its role as the "mouthpiece of sauron."

    I hope no one expected this to be easy. But we have a worthy champion, the monster slayer, potus trump. And he has some good soldiers with him.

    But he needs more elected in 2020. He can't do it alone. Stand for what's right. But considering the storm he's battling, no one would criticize for investing in the Kevlar line of fall fashions.

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