Americans can learn a great deal from Special Counsel Robert Mueller’s investigation — it just won’t have anything to do with the Russia collusion hoax.
In the end, Mueller’s $30 million investigative apparatus failed to produce any evidence of collusion between President Trump’s 2016 election campaign and the Russian government, despite nearly two years of intense effort by Mueller’s team of partisan lawyers with extensive ties to the Democratic Party.
As it turns out, the investigation was, indeed, a witch hunt.
With its failure to uncover any evidence of collusion, though, Mueller’s probe led to the revelation of something even more profound — a systemic plot to overthrow President Trump from within the federal government that the American people elected him to lead. Mueller’s findings demonstrate, beyond a doubt, that high-ranking government officials with access to sensitive information and extensive influence over the justice system abused their power to give credence to made-up allegations against the president.
Had it not been for Mueller’s appointment, the American people would likely never have known about the political cabal that was determined to frame Donald Trump for treason and see Hillary Clinton elected president. Although the details emerged gradually from a variety of sources — most notably congressional investigations, leaks, and a bombshell report by the Justice Department’s inspector general — all were either motivated or made relevant by the Special Counsel investigation that dominated the nation’s attention for two years.
Just as then-candidate Trump was surging to a rare lead in the 2016 polls over Hillary Clinton, the FBI opened a secret investigation into the Trump campaign. On July 31, 2016, former FBI Deputy Director Andrew McCabe directed agent Peter Strzok to open a counterintelligence investigation dubbed “Crossfire Hurricane” to spy on the Trump Campaign. The evidence? A phony dossier filled with salacious but unverified claims about Donald Trump that was bought and paid for by the Clinton campaign.
For the first time in American history, a candidate for the country’s highest political office was allowed to use America’s intelligence apparatus to spy on an opponent. The agent in charge of surveilling candidate Trump, Peter Strzok, was the same agent who was later caught saying he’d “stop” him from ever becoming president.
“[Trump’s] not ever going to become president, right? Right?!” Strzok’s former mistress Lisa Page asked him in one text. “No. No he won’t. We’ll stop it,” Strzok responded in August 2016, shortly after opening “Crossfire Hurricane.”
Around the same time, Page and Strzok — both of whom would go on to serve on the Special Counsel’s team — had their notorious discussion of the secretive "insurance policy" in case Trump actually became president.
A few months after President Trump’s inauguration, Deputy Attorney General Rod Rosenstein and his fellow D.C. bureaucrats were secretly plotting to overthrow the duly elected president by engineering a mutiny among his cabinet officials so that they would invoke the 25th Amendment to remove him from office.
It’s possible that these failed coup attempts would never have seen the light of day if the plotters hadn’t gone a step too far by orchestrating the appointment of a Special Counsel to investigate made-up allegations that the Trump Campaign colluded with Russia. The Mueller investigation kept the public’s attention fixated on the collusion hoax for nearly two years, giving the previous efforts to overturn the results of the 2016 election relevance that they wouldn’t otherwise have had.
Even though the appointment of a Special Counsel to investigate phony collusion claims cooked up by political partisans was a travesty that never should have been allowed to happen, its unintended consequence at least offered a silver lining. Thanks to Robert Mueller’s investigation, we now know that there’s an urgent need to root out political bias and corruption among the career bureaucrats in our most powerful law enforcement agencies entrusted with upholding the rule of law in this country.
As New York City’s 40th Police Commissioner, Bernard Kerik was in command of the NYPD on September 11, 2001, and responsible for the city’s response, rescue, recovery, and the investigative efforts of the most substantial terror attack in world history. His 35-year career has been recognized in more than 100 awards for meritorious and heroic service, including a presidential commendation for heroism by President Ronald Reagan, two Distinguished Service Awards from the U.S. Department of Homeland Security, The Ellis Island Medal of Honor, and an appointment as Honorary Commander of the Most Excellent Order of the British Empire by Her Majesty Queen Elizabeth II. To read more of his reports — Click Here Now.
The writer is author of the following: "The Grave Above the Grave," "From Jailer to Jailed," and "The Lost Son, A Life in Pursuit of Justice."
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