The storyline of the surveillance of the Trump campaign by former President Obama’s intelligence community and the attempt by the Washinton D.C. establishment to remove him from office took a significant turn this week. It was announced that the Department of Justice’s “administrative review” into the origin of the Trump-Russia investigation has officially become a criminal investigation. Attorney General William Barr and U.S. Attorney John Durham are leading an investigation that hopes to uncover how and why the FBI’s counterintelligence investigation of the Trump campaign began.
The media and former Obama cabinet members claim Barr’s investigation is unfounded. Former Director of National Intelligence James Clapper and former CIA chief John Brannan claim there is no legitimate reason to investigate them. The Trump-Russia investigation and its surveillance were properly predicated actions and Barr’s investigation of them can only be a politically motivated attack.
Was the Trump-Russia Investigation Properly Predicated?
In order to launch a criminal investigation, a law enforcement agency needs to have probable cause (the reasonable belief) that a suspect committed a crime. In a counterintelligence investigation, they need to have a reasonable belief that the target to be investigated is acting on behalf of a foreign power. This “reasonable belief” is the predicate for an investigation.
The Mueller investigation into Trump-Russia collusion arose from an FBI counterintelligence investigation. According to Andrew McCarthy, counterintelligence investigations are initiated for the benefit of the President and the Oval Office is updated on them, regularly. Mueller’s investigation found no evidence of collusion. His team was unable to establish the predicate upon which their investigation was based. Since the investigation seems to have lacked a predicate, why did it begin in the first place? If there was no probable cause, was the investigation politically motivated? That is what AG Barr is trying to determine.
It’s interesting that the DOJ made its announcement on the same day Inspector General Horowitz announced his report on FISA abuse was nearing completion. In that announcement, Horowitz said he does not anticipate the need to issue separate classified and unclassified versions of his report but rather, he expects to issue a single report. That is an unusual move and I would interpret it to mean that AG Barr has chosen to declassify information in the FISA report that would normally remain classified.
It’s a minor point but it’s worth noting that U.S. Attorney John Durham has been investigating criminal conduct related to Spygate for at least a year, and probably longer. Last January it was revealed that Durham had been investigating criminal leaks, including a leak by former FBI general counsel James Baker. That information came from a closed-door interview of Baker conducted on October 3rd of 2018. The announcement that the DOJ’s investigation only recently became a criminal one seems to be for the purpose of optics. Qanon informed us in April of 2018 that the criminal investigation of FBI employees was well underway, noting that Bill Priestap, Peter Strzok, and Lisa Page had become cooperating witnesses and that their power had been removed.
Many political commentators have expressed doubt that high ranking people in government will be prosecuted for their corruption. The DOJ’s announcement has, however, emboldened President Trump to double down on his criticism of the Obama administration. The Washinton Examiner reported that in a new book, Trump seems to have accused Obama of treason.
“What they did was treasonous, OK? It was treasonous,” he told author Doug Wead for his upcoming book, “Inside Trump’s White House: The Real Story of His Presidency.”
“The interesting thing out of all of this is that we caught them spying on the election. They were spying on my campaign. So you know? What is that all about?” said Trump.
“I have never ever said this, but truth is, they got caught spying. They were spying,” said Trump who then added, “Obama.”
Brit Hume wasn’t buying it.
Treason? Please. https://t.co/SCoFR2j01N
— Brit Hume (@brithume) October 26, 2019
It has been my view that the Spygate plotters will face justice, including people like Barack Obama. When James Clapper claims he was only doing what Obama told him to do, it seems obvious that Obama will be blamed by most of his underlings.
Many people are still skeptical that powerful people will be prosecuted but more mainstream commentators are convinced it’s going to happen. Dinesh D’Souza is among them.
I know there are many who think it won’t happen—this guy is the most protected figure in U.S. history—but no lawless spree lasts forever. The authorities are closing in pic.twitter.com/cUUUggEk4S
— Dinesh D’Souza (@DineshDSouza) October 25, 2019
We don’t know yet how this will all play out. It’s too early to tell. I would ask that you continue praying for justice to prevail. God is still giving me dreams that point toward the prosection of powerful people. Recently, they suggest a massive amount of information is coming that must be sifted through and organized if we’re going to understand it. Hopefully, 8kun will be online soon and this would be an ideal time for the re-emergence of Q.