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A Black Cloud Remains 

The Good News…Maybe

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After dealing with the daily barrage of Fake News aimed at our president for several years now, Trump supporters are ready to see bullets flying in the other direction for a change; not out of sheer vengeance, but because the corruption within our government is brazen, ubiquitous and completely unacceptable in a constitutional republic. Lady Justice seems to always peek through her blindfold when Democrats stand before her and we’re sick of it, frankly.

Today, Sen. Lindsey Graham gave us a glimmer of hope in the form of a press conference outlining a plan to investigate Obama administration abuses of power leading up to and beyond the 2016 election.

“When it comes to the [Foreign Intelligence Surveillance Act] FISA warrant, the Clinton campaign, the counterintelligence investigation, it’s pretty much been swept under the rug. … Those days are over,” Graham told reporters, ensuring his approval rating stays above water in his native South Carolina leading into next year’s reelection bid.

There are certainly no shortage of questions to be answered. For instance, who made the initial decision to launch the counterintelligence probe into the Trump campaign in July 2016, and what evidence were they using? The DoJ claims it was an exchange between George Papadopoulos and an Aussie diplomat. But there are reports that the bureau had exculpatory information on GP and hid it from FISA judges.

Was the dossier the primary justification used for subsequent FISA applications? If so, how were they repeatedly approved despite the dossier never producing reliable information? What was entered into the ‘justification’ portion of the application? Each application must be justified based on what previous surveillance had produced, so what on Earth could the bureau have said in order to keep the warrant approvals coming? Did they tell outright lies to the FISA court? What did Jim Comey know when he signed off on the original applications?

Speaking of Jim Comey, why did he grant immunity to virtually everyone in the Clinton email case, even those who were in a position to have incriminating info on Hillary, including the very man who set up her illegal server? Why were warnings of a foreign power receiving Hillary’s emails not heeded by those investigating (specifically Peter Strzok)? Why was Clinton allowed to destroy evidence during the course of an investigation while deciding which emails the bureau could see?

What did Obama know about all this and when did he know it? Why were members of his cabinet reading conversations from Trump campaign members daily that had been intercepted courtesy of those aforementioned FISA warrants? Why were those cabinet members unmasking members of the Trump campaign in intelligence reports on a daily basis? Why did Obama loosen restrictions on intel-sharing between agencies immediately after those intelligence reports were created?

I could easily fill ten pages on the questions that demand answers regarding governmental abuses of power. I only hope that they’ll truly be investigated in earnest, as Lindsey Graham doesn’t inspire a great deal of confidence for those of us who are serious about draining the swamp. Aside from being a card-carrying member of the swamp who didn’t hop on the Trump train until his fellow South Carolinian got run out of office for being a NeverTrumper, Graham acknowledged today that he encouraged McCain to forward the Steele dossier to the FBI in the early days of the disinformation campaign:

“I told the President it was not John McCain. I know because John McCain showed me the dossier. And I told him the only thing I knew to do with it, it could be a bunch of garbage, it could be true, who knows? Turn it over to somebody whose job it is to find these things out and John McCain acted appropriately.”

Is that right, Sen. Graham? John McCain, who had more experience in DC than anyone on either side of the aisle, needed advice on what to do with an unsubstantiated piece of political garbage? Was he conflicted about what to do before consulting with his younger, more politically astute soul mate?

Please stop insulting our intelligence.

Then, faced with the facts that the McCain camp had actively sought to meet with people responsible for the dossier, which undermines his “poor, confused John McCain” narrative, he decided to blame people lower on the totem pole:

“And I understand that, clearly people are in the McCain world that did some things inappropriate but it was not John McCain. John McCain did not give it to anybody in the press, he talked to me just as soon as he got it, and he turned it over to the FBI and that’s exactly what he should have done.”

So we’re to believe that John McCain had no clue what his staff was doing with the dossier? They went behind his back with the whole thing? So he just held onto it, didn’t make a peep, and awaited Lindsey Graham’s advice on what to do.

Give me a damn break.

This “lack of candor,” as the FBI would call it, doesn’t exactly give me warm fuzzies for how sincere Graham is in his quest for the truth. Perhaps his swampism is behind him. Maybe he’s so terrified of being voted out, he’s willing to throw his bureaucratic brethren under the bus. But today’s remarks aren’t those of a man who wants to drop the BS and get to the truth.

The man who helped kickstart this entire Trump-delegitimization operation on Capitol Hill now has his best buddy running the very committee responsible for investigating it. Graham may be sincere about getting to the truth, but it’s painfully obvious that he only wants to go so far.

Is that why Graham lobbied so hard for the position of Judiciary Chairman? I suppose we’ll know in due time.

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