WHERE WAS THE “COLLUSION?”
by Sharon Rondeau
(May 30, 2019) — During the initial segment of Thursday night’s “Hannity,” investigative journalist and Fox News contributor Sara A. Carter said that “evidence” and her sources indicate that Obama-era officials “violated the law” by staging a 2016 investigation into the Trump campaign alleging “collusion” with Russians to win the election.
Along with a growing body of evidence showing “malfeasance,” Carter said, there is “so much evidence we haven’t seen yet” which she believes will incriminate former officials such as Director of National Intelligence James Clapper, CIA Director John Brennan, FBI Director James Comey, FBI Deputy Director Andrew McCabe, and McCabe Counsel Lisa Page in wrongdoing.
A statement made in late April on the show by House Oversight Committee ranking member Jim Jordan (R-OH4) included the same names.
Comey reportedly opened the “collusion” counterintelligence probe into the campaign, which was assumed in May 2017 by Special Counsel Robert Mueller after Comey was fired.
Clapper and Brennan left their posts when the Obama regime ended; McCabe was fired in March 2018; and Lisa Page resigned in early May 2018. Approximately two dozen other high-ranking FBI and Justice Department officials resigned, received a demotion, or were fired since Trump took office in January 2017.
While Mueller’s 22-month investigation found no evidence of “collusion” or “conspiracy” between the campaign and Russia, Mueller made a statement Wednesday morning conflicting with one Attorney General William Barr made on May 1 asserting that Mueller’s declination to reach a determination on whether or not Trump “obstructed justice” was not connected to an opinion issued in 2000 by the Justice Department’s Office of Legal Counsel (OLC) suggesting that a sitting president should not be criminally prosecuted.
It was that opinion Mueller cited Wednesday for his lack of a finding in the “obstruction” portion of his investigation while Barr was on a four-day trip to Alaska.
A joint statement from the Justice Department and the Special Counsel’s spokesman, Peter Carr, on Wednesday evening said that “no conflict” existed between Mueller and the DOJ’s statements on the OLC opinion.
Judicial Watch president Tom Fitton participated in the segment with Carter, during which he called for an “ethics investigation” into Mueller’s entire probe.
Barr ordered an investigation into the origins of the “collusion” probe by U.S. Attorney for the District of Connecticut John Durham, while U.S. Attorney for the District of Utah continues to investigate aspects of the Russia investigation and Justice Department Inspector General Michael Horowitz is reportedly finishing a major report on “FISA abuse” on the part of the FBI and DOJ against the campaign.
One week ago, Trump authorized Barr to begin the process of “declassification” of documents associated with the “Russia” investigation which Hannity has suggested includes “302s,” or FBI interview summaries, additional transcripts and perhaps audio-recordings.
In October 2016, Dr. Carter Page, who had already left his volunteer advisory role to the Trump campaign, was placed under surveillance by the FBI utilizing an affidavit signed by Comey and an unverified Russia “dossier” provided to the Foreign Intelligence Surveillance Court (FISC).
Under FBI policy, evidence submitted to the court to obtain a surveillance warrant must be “verified,” which Comey and successive signatories claimed to be the case. Three successive warrants were applied for and granted, extending government monitoring of Page for a year, well into Trump’s first year in office.
In a meeting at Trump Tower with then-President-Elect Trump on January 6, 2017, Comey told Trump that the dossier was “salacious and unverified.”
Emerging evidence in the form of statements from current and former members of Congress and transcripts from closed-door interviews of Obama officials indicates that a total of “four Americans” were placed under FBI surveillance or investigation in 2016 under what could have been false pretenses.
Following Sara Carter’s commentary, former House Intelligence Committee Chairman and current ranking member Devin Nunes appeared, after which he immediately said that Mueller’s Wednesday-morning announcement was made to “light the fuse for impeachment.”
Nunes accused Mueller of “obstructing” the release of a February 2, 2018 “memo” issued by House Intelligence Committee Republicans, who were then in the majority, a document which remains partially redacted, Nunes said.
“We still don’t even know what Mueller was supposed to be investigating,” Nunes further said. “We don’t have that document… When he walked in the door, he knew there was no evidence of collusion…He was so blatantly dishonest yesterday that he says the Office of Legal Counsel says that you can’t indict a sitting president; well, he should have been done after Day Two…”
At the end of the show, host Sean Hannity said that Horowitz’s report is expected to be released “any day now.”
Sharon Rondeau has operated The Post & Email since April 2010, focusing on the Obama birth certificate investigation and other government corruption news. She has reported prolifically on constitutional violations within Tennessee’s prison and judicial systems.