The NY Times Inadvertently Exonerates Trump
Brian C Joondeph
The Trump-Russia collusion narrative is falling apart faster than Obama’s legacy.
The OIG report, due any day now. The report is expected to outline corrupt, unethical, and likely criminal behavior by the FBI and DOJ in the Hillary Clinton email investigation. It’s also apparent now that the Obama administration spied on the Trump campaign, transition, and administration, trying first to prevent his election, then cripple his transition. And when both of those attempts failed, they attempted to destroy his presidency.
For a good summary of the latest in this, here is Rush Limbaugh explaining everything this week. The NY Times also stepped into defense mode this week with a long article, “Code Name Crossfire Hurricane: The Secret Origins of the Trump Investigation.”
Clever name, from the Rolling Stones song “Jumping Jack Flash”. They chose an appropriate lyric as the entire Russian collusion story is indeed a “gas-gas-gas”.
What the NYT may not have planned on is exonerating Trump in their article, rather than mitigating the damage for a potentially indicting OIG report. Their 4000-word story reads like a Robert Ludlum novel. The story contains Russian intrigue, cloak and dagger stuff with the brave American G-men doing their best to stomp out evil. Yet they don’t seem outraged over the fact that the FBI placed a mole, a spy within the Trump campaign, as Kimberly Strassel recently outlined.
Funny how the media worked tirelessly to root out government corruption in the Nixon era. But now they excuse, explain, and enable the same behavior they once exposed. They were in favor of shining the light on bureaucratic corruption before they were against it, just as John Kerry showcased with the Iraq War.
How appropriate that this story involves Russia, as moles and spies were a staple of the US-Soviet Cold War. Only in this case it’s the American government spying not on a foreign entity, but on a US presidential candidate and his campaign.
Buried in the NY Times story are several passages worth noting.
The F.B.I. obtained phone records and other documents using national security letters — a secret type of subpoena — officials said.
So, the FBI did “wiretap” Trump Tower, just as Trump alleged. Trump tower was where the campaign and transition operated from until Trump learned of the surveillance, and he promptly moved his transition headquarters to his New Jersey golf club. Remember how the media and elites mocked him for thinking he was “wiretapped”?
Turns out Trump was right as the article acknowledges.
Then there is a summary of this entire sad affair from the NY Times article.
A year and a half later, no public evidence has surfaced connecting Mr. Trump’s advisers to the hacking or linking Mr. Trump himself to the Russian government’s disruptive efforts.
Yet here we are, at the one-year anniversary of the Mueller investigation. His team of partisan lawyers, unlimited budget, and daily cheerleading by the US media, with nothing to show for their efforts. Make no mistake, if there was evidence of Trump wrongdoing, we would know it by now. Between Mueller, others in the deep state, congressional Democrats and their staffs, and almost the entire media apparatus looking under every rock for any Trump transgressions, we would have heard of such wrongdoing by now.
The NY Times admits what is now obvious, that this entire story is a nothing-burger, despite the great efforts of the Obama administration to create a crime out of thin air.
The crux of these concocted stories is one simple fact, as noted deep within the NY Times story.
Underpinning both cases was one political calculation: Clinton would win and Trump would lose.
How convenient that would have been.
The Clinton administration could tag team with the Obama holdovers to completely exonerate Clinton and unleash the entire Executive branch to destroy Donald Trump as well as his family, friends, and associates. No OIG, no Horowitz or Huber, no Rudy Giuliani or anyone else now shining a light on the swamp creatures.
Also interesting is that the FBI and DOJ based their actions on politics and polls. Rather than Lady Justice blindfolded, holding the scales of justice, we have high government officials making investigatory decisions based on the politics of the day and who was ahead in the polls. What kind of justice is this?
The bigger problem, not yet being addressed by anyone, is how to fix this travesty.
When a group of rogue government operatives are allowed to conspire with impunity to influence a presidential election, derail the transition, then undermine a constitutionally elected administration, America has far bigger problems than a tweeting president. This is the path to revolution and anarchy, where unelected bureaucrats can undermine the rule of law and the Constitution. The NY Times doesn’t seem concerned or interested in offering an answer.
Despite spinning a fine yarn worthy of John LeCarre, the NY Times actually helped President Trump. There is no there there, nothing to this story despite one of the most thorough and partisan investigations in history. Leftists find themselves looking into the abyss, all because they thought Clinton could not possibly lose.
The Deplorables said otherwise, and Trump now sits in the White House.