2018 is done and we are still waiting on the ‘glorious’ revolution

As the closing hours of  2018 tick off, it’s time to take a moment to assess the year that was.

It was promised to be glorious eight times in various drops. It was going to be quite notable. It failed on both measures although the goalposts were moved many, many times.

While there have been some wins, the Senate majority increase. Some ugly wins such as the Brett Kavanaugh appointment to the Supreme Court. Some wins appear to be hollow, like President Trump’s decision to declassify the FISA courts documents.

However we still have Rod Rosenstein at the Justice Department. Trump has replaced Attorney General Jeff Sessions with Acting AG Matt Whitaker, but still no movement on the release of the burning documents.

We also see Special Counsel Robert Mueller entering his third calendar year without any charges being brought against President Trump or his campaign for colluding with the Russians on the 2016 presidential election.

2018 left without any further information from any authorities concerning the whereabouts and contents of Hillary Clinton’s  private email server(s) or the Clinton Foundation’s lack of transparency and involvement in financing the Fusion/GPS Russian collusion report.

In another example of moving the goalposts, we are told the Executive Order, which goes into effect on Jan.1, 2019, will allow for greater leeway for federal prosecutors to bring charges under military tribunal rule of law.

Well we don’t have to wait very long to see how this plays out.

Will 2019 be glorious? I don’t need the bar to be that high. I just want it to be proactive.

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Is Mueller’s footdragging a good thing for Trump Administration?

So we are almost two weeks after the midterm elections and Special Counsel Robert Mueller has still not released any of his findings into the alleged Russian Collusion.

It was understood that Mueller’s team had kept a quiet period in the 60 days leading up to the midterm elections per Justice Department protocols so as to not interfere with elections. That said, we are 18 months into this probe and all we really have is pleas from people for crimes committed prior to Trump announcing his presidential candidacy.

Acting Attorney General Matt Whitaker — a vocal critic of Mueller prior to be named to the post — has now said the probe will continue as he now oversees Mueller’s probe from Assistant Attorney General Rod Rosenstein.

Why would you name Whitaker, who in the past has said he would choke off funding the special counsel probe, and then have him flip after being read in to where the probe was headed.

Let’s recall Mueller was named special counsel after a Democratic oppositional research paper written by ex-British spy Christopher Steele was used in the FISA secret court to get warrants to spy on American citizens — including a sitting President.

So what happens if Mueller comes back with no indictments against the administration for collusion, but cites Democratic collusion to pervert the FISA court and the Constitution?

As an aside, is this the reason General Michael Flynn cannot be sentenced for his guilty plea to a single felony count of “willfully and knowingly” making “false, fictitious and fraudulent statements” to the FBI? Because his statement will turn out to be true?

What would that do to this country? Is this the reason for the foot-dragging on the part of Mueller? Is he seeing how former colleagues in the FBI and Justice Department broke the law in order to get Hillary Clinton elected?

Can this even be considered for announcement? A stronger Republican-controlled Senate will take these matters up in the next Congress, since they would have the obligation to investigate such matters — not the House.

I would think 18-months would be enough time to get to the bottom of the investigation on Trump campaign officials and their alleged dealings with Russian operators. But if the case flipped so now you had to probe Democrats and their involvement in creating the narrative originally investigated, well that could take a lot longer I suppose.

Will Mueller report look the other way?

Special counsel Robert Mueller will not release his Russia/Trump collusion report until after the midterm elections, it was reported on Wednesday.

In another touch of irony Mueller will present his findings to Deputy Attorney General Rod Rosenstein, who assigned Mueller and determines what parts of the report Congress and the American people can see.

Due to Attorney General Jeff Sessions recusing himself from the Russian collusion probe, Rosenstein became the point person.

So let’s see what Mueller has done so far with this assignment.

He has brought assorted pre-election charges against campaign Trump associates that have nothing to do with the campaign. Paul Manafort, who Mueller flipped after pleading guilty to bank and tax fraud charges, allegedly testified on a Trump Tower meeting between the campaign and Russian operatives.

I believe the meeting consisted of Donald Trump Jr. and Jared Kushner.

So now let’s lay out what Mueller may not report or be able to release.

  • Will Mueller cite his former staffer and colleagues in perpetuating a fraud on the American people by taking a partisan, oppositional report and ramming it through the FISA court to get a warrant against an American citizen to spy on him?
  • Will Mueller cite Obama’s CIA Director John Brennan getting UK allies to spy on American citizens?
  • Will Mueller tell Congress that the Obama White House received daily intelligence briefings on the Trump campaign through these fraudulent spy warrants?
  • Will Mueller throw former colleague and FBI Director James Comey under the bus for his illegal activities?
  • Will Mueller discuss the topics discussed by then-Attorney General Loretta Lynch when she met with Bill Clinton in a “surprise meeting” on the tarmac at Phoenix airport?

Although I have only scratched the surface of the Democratic Party’s actions during the run up to the 2016 presidential election, that’s quite a laundry list of complaints for Mueller to look the other way on.

While I thought this time was going to be consumed with news of Democrats fraudulent acts during the 2016 election through the release of the declassified FISA documents, it appears the fix is in to use this information — right now — for political gain.

As I wrote earlier that Trump’s team may have used the Five Eyes revelations that UK spies violated Americans privacy to get Canadian Prime Minister Justin Trudeau to sign off on the new NAFTA agreement.

So from where I stand today, an October Surprise may not be in the offering this cycle. But one can hope can’t they.