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02/11/2018, 19:28:57

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Peeling back the layers of Hillary Clinton’s deceit

Michael Goodwin

law enforcement, Congress and even journalists, exposing misdeeds is
like peeling an onion. Each layer you remove gets you closer to the

So it is with the scandalous behavior of the FBI during its probe into whether President Trump’s campaign conspired with Russia in 2016. One layer at a time, we’re learning how flawed and dirty that probe was.

A top layer involves the texts between FBI lawyer Lisa Page and her married lover, Peter Strzok,
the lead agent on the Hillary Clinton e-mail probe. They casually
mention an “insurance policy” in the event Trump won the election and a
plan for Strzok to go easy on Clinton because she probably would be
their next boss.

Those exchanges, seen in the light of subsequent
events, lead to a reasonable conclusion that the fix was in among
then-Director James Comey’s team to hurt Trump and help Clinton.

Another layer involves the declassified House memo,
which indicates the FBI and Justice Department depended heavily on the
unverified Russian dossier about Trump to get a warrant to spy on Carter Page, an American citizen and briefly a Trump adviser.

House memo also reveals that Comey and others withheld from the secret
surveillance court key partisan facts that would have cast doubt on the
dossier. Officials never revealed to the judges that the document was
paid for by Clinton’s campaign and the Democratic National Committee or
that Christopher Steele, the former British spy who compiled the
dossier, said he was “desperate that Donald Trump not get elected.”

A third layer of the onion involves the revelations in the letter GOP Sens. Charles Grassley and Lindsey Graham wrote
to the Justice Department. They urge a criminal investigation into
whether Steele lied to the FBI about how much and when he fed the
dossier to the anti-Trump media.

The letter is compelling in
showing that Steele said one thing under oath to a British court and
something different to the FBI. The contradictions matter because the
agency relied on Steele’s credibility in both the FISA applications and
its actual investigation. Strangely, even after it fired him for
breaking its rule forbidding media contact, the FBI continued to praise
his credibility in court.

If that were all the senators’ letter accomplished, it would be enough. But it does much more.

also reveals that two former journalists linked to Clinton, separately
identified as the odious Sidney Blumenthal and a man named Cody Shearer,
created and gave a State Department official additional unverified
allegations against Trump.

The official passed those documents to
Steele, who passed them to the FBI, which reportedly saw them as further
evidence that Trump worked with Russians. But as Grassley, head of the
Judiciary Committee, and Graham write, “It is troubling enough that the
Clinton Campaign funded Mr. Steele’s work, but that these Clinton
associates were contemporaneously feeding Mr. Steele allegations raises
additional concerns about his credibility.”

The State Department official involved in the episode, Jonathan Winer,

wrote an Op-Ed in the Washington Post

Friday in which he confessed to the senators’ chronology while offering
a benign description of his motives. Winer also admitted he shared all
the unverified allegations from the Clinton hitmen with other State
Department officials.

There are many more layers of the onion to
peel, but here’s where we are now: It increasingly appears that the
Clinton machine was the secret, original source of virtually all the
allegations about Trump and Russia that led to the FBI investigation.

addition, the campaign and its associates, including Steele, were
behind the explosion of anonymously sourced media reports during the
fall of 2016 about that investigation.

Thus, the Democratic
nominee paid for and created allegations against her Republican
opponent, gave them to law enforcement, then tipped friendly media to
the investigation. And it is almost certain FBI agents supporting
Clinton were among the anonymous sources.

In fact, the Clinton
connections are so fundamental that there probably would not have been
an FBI investigation without her involvement.

That makes hers a
brazen work of political genius — and perhaps the dirtiest dirty trick
ever played in presidential history. Following her manipulation of the
party operation to thwart Bernie Sanders in the primary, Clinton is
revealed as relentlessly ruthless in her quest to be president.

The only thing that went wrong is that she lost the election. And based on what we know now, her claims about Trump were false.

the charges against four men brought by special counsel Robert Mueller,
none involves helping Russia interfere with the election.

neither the FBI nor Mueller has vouched for the truthfulness of the
Blumenthal and Shearer claims or the Steele dossier. ­Instead, the
dossier faces defamation lawsuits in the US and England from several
people named in it.

In fairness, one person besides Steele has
been cited as justification for the FBI probe. George Papadopoulos, a
bit but ambitious player in the Trump orbit, met with a professor in
Europe early in 2016 who told him the Kremlin had Clinton’s private

In May 2016, Papadopoulos told the story to an Australian
diplomat and two months later, in July, the Australian government
alerted the FBI.

However, a full timeline convincingly points to
Steele as the initial spark. He was hired by a Clinton contractor in
June of 2016, and filed his first allegations against Trump on June 20.
Two weeks later, on July 5, he met with an FBI agent in London, The
Washington Post reported, and filed three more allegations that month,
including one about Carter Page.

At any rate, it is certain that
Steele and other Clinton operators provided all the allegations about
Trump himself that the FBI started with and that Mueller inherited.

Clinton, creating a cloud over Trump’s presidency and helping to put
the nation through continuing turmoil is a victory of sorts. America is
fortunate it’s her only victory.


Democrats wouldn't buy a clue if it was government subsidized.

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