Growing Questions About National Security Investigations
In the U.S. Capitol, in the White House and especially in the U.S. Justice Department, it’s time to stop cutting bait and starting to catch fish: There’s a vast cover-up taking place and we — the public — now know enough to recognize that we are being played as suckers.
It’s either that or many high in government circles have a lot of dirt that quite a few elected officials and high-ranking government employees are manfully striving to keep private and hidden.
Those familiar with both national security and criminal investigations have long had a growing unease regarding the slowly unfolding stories surrounding the numerous Congressional, Justice and FBI investigations now targeting the Russians, President Trump and the White House, Hillary Clinton, John Podesta, Debbie Wasserman-Schultz, Lois Lerner and the Awan family, among others.
One must stretch one’s memory hard to remember a time when there were a greater, consecutive stream of unanswered questions about huge scandals in our government.
This week, for instance, we heard confirmation from Sen. Chuck Grassley’s committee that then-FBI Director James Comey had drafted and circulated his exculpatory memorandum long before his agency’s agents even interviewed or deposed a score of key witnesses — including target of the investigation Hillary Clinton — regarding the former Secretary of State and presidential candidate’s emails and unsecured offsite server. This allegation directly contradicts Comey’s own sworn testimony. It issued with regard to the same FBI that this week denied a Freedom of Information Act request of documents pertaining to the Hillary emails, citing the nonexistent exemption, “lack of sufficient public interest.” A court quickly ordered them to respond.
This also followed news that Fusion GPS’ leaders successfully dictated terms of testimony before another investigatory congressional committee, denying Congress the right to learn who paid Fusion for its writing of their infamous dossier of lies on presidential candidate Donald Trump that prompted individuals such as Sen. John McCain and FBI Director Comey to jump like trained seals through so many hoops.
And it also followed the revelation that Imran Awan, the Pakistani national who penetrated emails and data of up to 80 members of Congress while simultaneously billing scores of Congressional members, committing various bank frauds and moving illegal amounts of undisclosed cash overseas — an individual who rented a house and garage containing smashed government hard drives, laptops and Blackberry phones to a discharged Marine — had a secret backdoor account that permitted him to retain months of access to Congressional email systems from which he was legally banned.
There appears to be (and have been for the past several years) quite a few “investigations” that — like the FBI’s investigation of national security leaks by Hillary Clinton — pointedly avoid and go out of their way to stifle discovery of evidence and facts. These so-called investigations are characterized by reluctant foot-dragging that is damaging the public’s trust of its institutions of government. They include, but are not limited to:
- The IRS suppression of conservative non-profit organizations and hiding of evidence related to Lois Lerner’s activities, including coordination with and ties to Eric Holder and the White House.
- The Benghazi coverup, including Susan Rice and Secretary Clinton blaming the attack on a fake documentary video and lying to families of dead heroes and an assassinated ambassador.
- The provenance and responsible parties associated with suppression of Bernie Sanders’ presidential candidacy and campaign by the DNC.
- The interference of the DNC in investigation of the claimed “hack” of their server that resulted in John Podesta’s emails becoming public.
- The real role and players from Russia that interfered with and misled voters about the 2016 presidential election.
- The usurpation of powers of the Attorney General by FBI Director James Comey to exonerate Hillary Clinton’s negligent, careless, and criminal mishandling of classified national security information.
- The botched investigation of the Awan brothers, wives and family’s real activities and crimes — including national security offenses — by members of Congress, the Capitol Police and, as has been demonstrated, with full and directed aid and interference of Debbie Wasserman-Schultz.
- The railroading of Congressman Devin Nunes’ to force his recusal from leading the Russia election interference investigation by the House of Representatives, together with forcing Attorney General Jeff Sessions to recuse himself from oversight of the Robert Mueller independent investigation of Trump’s campaign’s ties to Russia.
- The swirling questions surrounding the FBI’s role in protecting Attorney General Laura Lynch from proper scrutiny of the airplane meeting she participated with in Phoenix Sky Harbor Airport with investigation-target Hillary Clinton’s husband and enabler, Bill Clinton.
But, as said at the start, the public has seen enough. It’s time for the shenanigans to stop and all our government’s laundry to be washed publicly.
We know on hard evidence that Mr. Comey is guilty of perjury before Congress, and he appears to have further guilt for obstructing and directing the outcome of both the Clinton investigation and the Democratic National Committee’s data security breaches.
The Awan family are demonstrably more than criminal fraudsters. It’s time to know what national security information they stole, for their computers, phones, hard drives and accounts to be forensically analyzed, and charges to be brought.
President Donald Trump should seek recommendations from the Supreme Court of an impartial, non-political, independent investigative panel and have Attorney General Jeff Sessions empower them with full police and court authority to compel appearances and produce evidence for a grand jury proceeding leading to indictments in all of these mishandled cases.
All the criminal conspirators — including as necessary our former attorney generals, top agency executives, White House communications and other staffers and various members of Congress — need to come clean and make their perp walks in handcuffs under harsh television lights to their bookings.
None of this will be good for the country, for the status quo or for business in Washington as usual, and it promises to run very deep and be very dirty. Long-standing careers and public icons will likely fall. It will be shocking, but it will also be transcendental and restorative of our nation’s confidence in some of its institutions and its leaders.
There’s simply no other way to approach what is clearly a bipartisan, bicameral hot and steaming mess that spans all three of the executive, judicial and legislative branches of U.S. government, including career civil servants in intelligence and other civil agencies.
It’s the only way to restore security and proper order to the nation’s most vital and necessary secrets.