It is amazing to us that 2 very different narratives seem to hold the minds of Washington and the politically engaged part of the population. And almost in even amounts.
1.Trump colluded with Vladimir Putin to beat Hillary Clinton. Because, you know, that’s the only way Trump could have won. Trump had a boogeyman helping him. Putin is a fascist (probably about right, he is all about the fusion of business and government) and so is Trump. They probably both hate women too. Even if Trump didn’t collude with Russia he is terrible and he beat Hillary. Plus Trump tried to embarrass Obama by bringing up the birth certificate issue. So if a Russia investigation sullies Trump (we remember Bill Clinton) and ties his hands, (hasn’t worked) then so be it. He’s terrible in every way. Resist! Payback!
2. That the deep state assumed that Hillary Clinton was going to take power and the Obama administration assumed this too. As such the deep state would expand, people would get promotions and power. Opportunities would abound for the political class in a Clinton dominated Washington.
But then Trump won. Despite the release of the tape with Billy Bush (for whom I once interned for by the way). Despite all the polls giving the win to Hillary. Despite Hillary having every possible advantage. He won.
Then the political class, the deep state, knew it was in trouble because even though they had expected an easy win in 2016, they still went all in for Hillary Clinton at a level that couldn’t even be called “biased.” It was flat out advocacy. And still, Trump won. As such a plan had to be hatched to take him down in Obama/Alinskyite fashion. That plan became the Russia thing. An “insurance policy” had been put in place before the election by floating “Russian interference” but no one actually thought they’d have to cash in the policy. Now the deep state is cashing it in because its back is against the wall. Basically what we are seeing is an attempted administrative coup. (I am sorry to use the C word – but this is the thinking.)
There are variations of these two narratives of course but above I think we see the meat of the 2 main ones.
If one clings to either of these narratives there is little room for the other narrative.
I have to say that I remember what the DOJ did under Obama. And Lois Lerner at the IRS going after TEA Party pro-Constitution groups. And Fast and Furious. And Loretta Lynch on the tarmac. And Comey basically indicting Hillary but refusing to do so. And that the wording in the Hillary “get out of jail” speech by Comey had been edited to make sure the wording couldn’t be used to indict Hillary Clinton. And the fact that 30,000 of Clinton’s emails are still missing. And that it looks like President Obama probably communicated across non-secure lines with Hillary Clinton even though he said he hadn’t. (This could be a criminal issue.) And on and on. The Obama administration was deeply corrupt – we documented it – and it doesn’t seem completely nuts that the Obama/Alinskyites would hatch a plan to take down Trump (at what appears to be) all costs.
For much of America the idea that the “deep state,” which was generally loyal still to Obama, which anticipated more good times with Hillary Clinton, would actively work to take out a president who beat them at their own game and who promised to “dismantle the administrative state” is not that far fetched.
Right now some are saying that Trump is undermining the trust the American people have given the FBI by highlighting the Nunes memo. (While also asserting that the memo is not that big a deal. Hmmm. That doesn’t make any sense.) But what much of America is asking is whether we have given such trust blindly. Perhaps America is just growing up. Perhaps we’re just seeing the extent to which Washington DC, the political class, will go to preserve itself. Maybe we’re just getting real. Perhaps we shouldn’t grant our trust so easily.
We at AC2 News are open to both narratives identified above, and others besides. We are listening and watching. Who knows what will happen? But if the FBI did engage in what it looks like it might have (per the memo), then we’ve got a big problem on our hands. (Another big problem.)
Following the release of a four-page memo detailing rampant FISA warrant abuse by the FBI and DOJ, Rep. Paul Gosar (R-AZ) announced that he will seek the criminal prosecution of FBI and DOJ officials for the “full throated adoption of this illegal misconduct and abuse of FISA by James Comey, Andrew McCabe, Sally Yates and Rod Rosenstein” who Gosar called “traitors to our nation.”
Gosar focuses on the memo’s claim that the FBI and DOJ did not mention that Christopher Steele, the ex-MI6 spy who compiled the dossier, was partially funded by the Clinton campaign and the DNC.
“This is third world politics where the official government agencies are used as campaign attack dogs,” Gosar said.