The Dossier: Two alarming explanations for the FBI Trump-Russia investigation

· January 14, 2019  
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The two alarming explanations for Comey-McCabe-Strzok FBI’s evidence-free Trump-Russia investigation 

There are really only two tenable explanations for the bombshell revelation that the Andrew McCabe-led FBI opened up a counterintelligence investigation into President Trump’s supposed ties to Russia following his decision to fire then-FBI Director James Comey.

The first is that the FBI is extremely incompetent. Following the firing of disgraced FBI Director James Comey, his deputy Andrew McCabe explored an evidence-free hunch, based on anonymously sourced media reports and political opposition material traced to Democrats, that the president was a Russian agent.

The second is that McCabe, knowing that he had nothing, used the Trump-Russia collusion “conspiracies” as part of an information operation intended to destroy the legitimacy of the duly elected president, hoping the FBI probe would tie him up in endless additional investigations that would chip away at his mandate. To put it more bluntly, McCabe and his collaborators engaged in subversion.

When discussing this shocking idea, it’s worth remembering that Andrew McCabe has a long track record of appalling behavior. He was fired after an internal DOJ probe found that he lied under oath at least three separate times. Additionally, McCabe attempted to frame and sabotage FBI colleagues for his own leaks to the media. McCabe later blamed his multiple lies on the president, claiming the “chaos inside the FBI under siege from Trump and his allies” forced him to lie under oath.

This unfortunate saga has resulted in the FBI losing the trust of the American people, through no fault of the president. It will take a long time for the reputation of the intelligence community to recover from its political weaponization by Obama-appointed officials.

President Trump states the obvious: ‘I never worked for Russia’

It was a question beneath the dignity of any legitimate reporter, which is why so many legacy media reporters were champing at the bit to ask President Trump whether he was a secret Russian agent. 

“I never worked for Russia,” Trump told reporters before at the White House Monday. “And you know that answer better than anybody. Not only did I never work for Russia, I think it’s a disgrace that you even asked that question because it’s a whole big fat hoax.”

POTUS recognizes reality of broken U.S. Mideast policy

In a series of tweets sent out late Sunday, President Trump announced that the U.S. will be winding down U.S. military efforts in Syria, while recognizing some uncomfortable realities about the war effort in the region. By only focusing on the Islamic State terror group in Syria and Iraq, the United States was tipping the scales to some of our major adversaries in the Iranian regime and Russia. The failed strategy essentially paved Iran’s land bridge from Tehran to Beirut. 

U.S. trade deficit with China reaches record high

China’s trade surplus with the United States grew 17 percent in 2018, reaching $323.3 billion over the past year, CNBC reports, citing China’s commerce ministry. The Trump administration and Beijing are continuing to negotiate a trade deal. U.S. and Chinese representatives met in Beijing last week. It remains unclear how close the two sides are to a comprehensive agreement. 

‘Foreign Policy Friday’ explores why some terrorist, criminal groups succeed and why some do not

On Friday, my colleague Daniel Horowitz and I recorded a podcast discussing the threats facing our nation. We explore the dangers posed by Latin American criminal cartels, along with outfits such as Hezbollah and the Muslim Brotherhood. Listen here:

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Author: Jordan Schachtel

Jordan Schachtel is the national security correspondent for Conservative Review and editor of The Dossier for Blaze Media. Follow him on Twitter @JordanSchachtel.