Those behind it should pay a steep price.
During the 2016 election & for first 2 years of TrumpÂ’s term, Â“the LAW-ENFORCEMENT & INTELLIGENCE APPARATUS were involved in advancing a false & utterly baseless Russian-collusion narrative against the president.Â” They ABUSED investigative & prosecutorial standards Â“to reach a particular result.Â” – to defeat Trump, boot him from office, seriously undermine his presidency – all based on the fake charge, that it was Trump who tilted the election by colluding with Russia.
The FBI launched Crossfire Hurricane, exploring links between Russia and Team Trump, in July 2016 on thin evidence (hearsay rumor) that agents soon determined was baseless. Yet the probe expanded.
The FBI used false allegations from the Clinton-campaign-funded Steele dossier to get a FISA warrant to spy on Trump officials, hiding key facts from the court.
It taped calls between Michael Flynn & RussiaÂ’s ambassador. The transcripts showed no wrongdoing Â— yet high officials used leaks to engineer FlynnÂ’s exit. Newly released documents even suggest that Obama knew of the plot and (at least) didnÂ’t object to the idea of hiding it from the Trump folks.
The farce continued for years under special counsel Robert Mueller. His team blackmailed Flynn into pleading guilty to lying to the FBI with threats to prosecute his son. Insiders leaked juicy tidbits to virulently anti-Trump media to stoke false notions of a Trump-Russia conspiracy Â— even though the FBI HAD NOTHING.
Trump foes like Rep. Adam Schiff and ex-intel honchos James Clapper and John Brennan fueled the hysteria: Even last year, Schiff insisted heÂ’d seen Â“ample evidence of collusion.Â” Yet, there was never any basis to the narrative.
The witch hunt upended the lives of innocents (Flynn and even private citizens), while fueling endless slurs against Trump, distracting him from real work. The abuses tarnished the reputations of the FBI and US intel agencies, while stoking political polarization and feeding public distrust of political leaders and institutions.