The Russia hacking allegations have now gone full circle.
For months we were told, mostly through leaks and insinuations, that something really bad was afoot. This information was coming from somewhere, and apparently it came from information obtained by investigators using a FISA warrant that the Obama DOJ approved. Apparently, the initial request was not even granted by the notoriously easy-to-please FISA Court. Then it happened finally in October. Obama denies “ordering” it, which is an enormous weasel word, because Loretta Lynch does not do something like this without notifying her boss.
What was being looked into? Who was being looked into? What was told to get this warrant? And, even if not being looked at directly, who was caught up in the net? After all, spies don’t advertise their status–bad form and all–and Trump and anyone associated with him might have been heard speaking or meeting with someone on the FISA target list.
Trump this weekend had the temerity to say, “What the hell is going on, here?” And the media now demands proof. They demand proof even when they themselves earlier acknowledged the wiretaps existed if not of Trump, at least of his close associates. And they demand proof after the Russian Hacking “proof” is so incredibly vague and misleading, as the definite connection of individual Russian hackers to the Russian government has not and cannot be made. Indeed, their entire “dossier” on the hacking of DNC emails was laughably lacking in detail and attribution.
Finally, known liar James Clapper has acknowledged after months of digging and looking they’ve come up with absolutely nothing on this Russia business. It’s all just a massive character assassination campaign.
Even if someone in the Russian FSB did coordinate hacking of Podesta’s emails, it didn’t amount to much because, while illegal, it happens all the time, and it didn’t influence the election, and, most importantly, did not come from or ever get coordinated with the Trump Campaign. I know this because someone would have said so already if it did! Finally, I’m extremely skeptical of Obama’s denials; Obama bugged Merkel, offending journalists, and the entire American people with his NSA spying program. And I’m mostly nonplussed about Russia’s activities here because (a) it exposed mendacity and duplicitly by DNC officials by releasing emails and (b) it happens all the timne, as we were told by Obama defending his spying of Merkel and by the defenders of Jonathan Pollard.
There is no there, there, except in one particular, the one Trump pointed out in his offending Tweets: Obama allowed his political opponent (or his close associates) to be wiretapped in the middle of an election on the flimsiest of pretexts.
Theand Big Media campaign against Trump is about to collapse under its own weight, because the ultimate findings of its spying campaign are completely minimal, while the manner and method of the spying are damning to everyone involved: the FBI, James Comey, Obama, the media, and all the Never Trumpers who breathlessly repeated this implausible bullshit.
Just by way of roundup, there are some great and in depth pieces on the subject today.
Byron York at the Washington Examiner.
Andrew McCarthy’s piece today (and last week).
And Robert Barnes on the potential culpability of Obama administration officials.