Make no mistake about this. When President Donald Trump starts the process to terminate the investigation of Special Counsel Robert Mueller that will result in the closure of his investigation America will have fallen from the ranks of democratic nations. We will have become a quasi-dictatorship like Russia or Turkey where the person in charge of the country is above the law and those who cross them are killed or jailed.
There will be no way to hold Trump, or perhaps any future president if we keep the presidential system, accountable for crimes committed to get into office or in office. Remember Russia and Turkey were once functioning democracies. Now they are ruled by one party which is ruled by one person.
The ominous signs of the planned takeover have come about in just the last week or so. The Trump team has been sending out messages intended to undermine the rule of law in America. Our nation’s foremost investigative unit has become under attack as never before in our history by the president and his allies. It has been subject to broad barrage of unjust and unwarranted criticism. The integrity of each special agent has been called into question.
Before reading the criticism of the FBI ask yourself if this is normal behavior for a president. After all he has appointed the person who is in charge of the FBI. If a president had problems with the FBI shouldn’t he have discussed it with his guy FBI Director Christopher Wray who he appointed.
What is the purpose of tweeting: ”After years of Comey, with the phony and dishonest Clinton investigation (and more), running the FBI, its reputation is in Tatters – worst in History! But fear not, we will bring it back to greatness.”
Does Trump think everyone forgot how Comey undermined Hillary Clinton a fortnight before the election by announcing he was reopening an FBI investigation on her that he had previously closed? Does Trump believe many do not know while Comey made it public he was conducting an investigation of Hillary he was also conducting an investigation of Russia interfering with the election in order to support Trump but he kept quiet about it? If anything Comey was benefiting Trump but since Trump fired him for his pursuit of the Russian investigation and his unwillingness to give General Flynn a pass he is trying to rewrite history.
It wasn’t just Trump. His television channel joined in on the attack on the FBI. Tucker Carlson of Fox added: ”the point is clear, the FBI is out of control and not just in the Trump investigation but much more broadly. An agency charged with enforcing the law clearly considers itself above the law, and that is a threat to you and every American, no matter who you voted for.”
Trump’s suggesting the FBI reputation is in tatters and Carson suggestion the FBI is a threat to America are lies. But one must ask: “To what end?” The only reason I see behind deprecating the FBI is to set up a future argument which will be to suggest the results of FBI investigations are not trustworthy so don’t believe anything that comes from its investigations; or, in the alternative it is not Trump but the FBI that must be investigated.
If there is doubt about this then see how a professionally responsible act by Robert Mueller has been turned into a further attack on the FBI. Mueller was appointed in the middle of May 2017. When Mueller learned three months later in August that FBI agent Peter Strzok on his team had sent text messages critical of Trump he immediately had him reassigned. He wanted to conduct an investigation that would have no taint associated with it.
The Trump newspaper the Wall Street Journal (both Fox News and the WSJ are owned by Rupert Murdoch a friend of Trump) wrote: ““All of this reinforces our doubts about Mr. Mueller’s ability to conduct a fair and credible probe of the FBI’s considerable part in the Russia-Trump drama.” Then, amazingly, the WSJ states: “It is no slur against Mr. Mueller’s integrity to say that he lacks the critical distance to conduct a credible probe of the bureau he ran for a dozen years.” (my emphasis)
Note how Mueller is not supposed to be probing Russia’s interference on behalf of Trump in the American presidential election but conducting “a credible probe of the bureau. . . ” Trump tweets about this: “Report: “ANTI-TRUMP FBI AGENT LED CLINTON EMAIL PROBE” Now it all starts to make sense!”
Rupert Murdoch’s Fox news has a legal analyst Greg Jarrett who said: “We now know that the Mueller investigation is illegitimate and corrupt. And Mueller has been using the FBI as a political weapon. And the FBI has become America’s secret police. Secret surveillance, wiretapping, intimidation, harassment and threats. It’s like the old KGB that comes for you in the dark of the night banging through your door.” As if reading from a script on the same day December 7 Newt Gringrich tweeted: “The level of profound dishonesty that we’re learning about at the FBI is astonishing. The swamp is much deeper than we thought.”
The game plan is to make the FBI look totally incompetent and corrupt. Nothing that it produces can be trusted . This situation must be cleared up. The FBI must be investigated. Obviously the former head of the FBI can’t do this. He should be removed.
Clever. Will it work? Will the people think Mueller is supposed to be investigating the FBI? If they can pull this off then Trump can easily remove him for not doing this job.