The Swamp strikes back
Published 9:00 am Wednesday, April 18, 2018
Disgraced FBI chief James Comey’s tortured explanation of his bizarre official conduct before and after the 2016 election aptly reflects the murky atmosphere in The Swamp, where Comey has long resided.
In his televised interview with George Stephanopoulos on Sunday night, Comey sanctimoniously declared President Trump to be “morally unfit” for the office he holds.
But the only things Comey’s interview actually confirmed were: 1. Comey is a consummate coward; 2. All his acts were driven by politics, not the law or evidence; 3. Comey believes he can read minds (Hillary Rodham Clinton’s and Trump’s); and 4. Comey deliberately orchestrated, with the assistance of fellow traveler, Deputy Attorney General Rod Rosenstein, the appointment of their pal and fellow Swampster Robert Mueller as Special Counsel to investigate Trump.
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Comey long ago forfeited any claim to the moral high ground. His contradictory description on national television of how HRC grossly mishandled classified information on her private server but lacked “the intent” to commit the crime was peculiar since the statute in question is a strict-liability law which requires no proof of intent. And lacking the courage to leak classified information himself, he planted it with a friendly law school professor to get it to The New York Times.
But Comey is not the only Swampster coming after President Trump.
On April 2, 2018, FBI agents conducted a no-knock raid on the offices and residences of Michael Cohen, President Trump’s private attorney.
The U.S. Attorney’s office for the Southern District of New York obtained the search warrants after a referral from Special Counsel Robert Mueller to investigate the payment of $130,000 by Cohen to porn star turned political provocateur Stormy Daniels to allegedly suppress her allegation that she had a one-nighter with Trump 12 years ago; and the failure of the Trump campaign to report the same payment as a political contribution.
Unable to produce a scintilla of evidence to show “collusion” between the Trump campaign and Russia after a year of investigation by those Mueller hired, he has broadened the inquiry. The scope of Mueller’s investigation now apparently includes the process crime of obstruction of justice, and more broadly, anything related to President Trump’s business and personal history.
By associating the SDNY U.S. Attorney’s Office in the Cohen/Trump investigation, Mueller has guaranteed that even if his office fails to nail Trump on Russian collusion or obstruction of justice, there’s a brand-new, non-Special Counsel investigation against Trump with a life and resources of its own.
Never mind the formerly sacrosanct principles of attorney-client privilege, statutes of limitation and probable cause requirements. Mueller’s raison d’etre is to get Trump.
Mueller’s client is The Swamp—and The Swamp is angry.
In the Senate hearing on Secretary of State nominee Mike Pompeo last week, Democrat Swampsters spewed vitriol at Trump. Even though foreign policy crises are rampant, including threats from North Korea, Syria, China, Russia, Iran, Mexico, Venezuela, and Gaza, the Democrat senators primarily asked leading questions about what Pompeo knew or thought about Mueller and his investigation and what Trump might have told Pompeo about it.
Our country is facing existential economic and foreign challenges. But this past week, the media only wanted to talk about Comey giving his opinion about what Trump was thinking during their three face-to-face meetings; whether Trump was going to fire Mueller and/or Rosenstein; the Cohen treasure trove of formerly attorney-client privileged files; or Trump’s motives in granting a long-overdue pardon to Scooter Libby.
Libby was wrongly convicted by another runaway Special Counsel representing The Swamp, Patrick Fitzgerald. You should read the details in op-ed and opinion pieces in the April 14 edition of The Wall Street Journal.
Trump is already rich. And, as President, is the most powerful man in the world. He doesn’t need The Swamp. The Swamp doesn’t like that.
That’s why The Swamp is out to get the President — by any means necessary.
Michael Henry writes in Oxford and can be reached at firstname.lastname@example.org.