“Based on hearing and the back-and-forth we have seen over the last few months, we are in an extremely unusual, and in my view disturbing, situation, where the has been a complete breakdown and a fracture of trust.” – Former Deputy Assistant Attorney General
The ongoing feud between certain House Republicans and Deputy Attorney General Rod Rosenstein over documents that were subpoenaed from the DOJ in relation to the Russia investigation is revealing.
The subpoena was issued 11 months ago by the chairmen of three House committees. They are Bob Goodlatte chairman of the House Judiciary Committee, Trey Gowdy chairman of Oversight and Government Reform, and Devin Nunes chairman of the House Permanent Select Committee on Intelligence (HPSCI).
Lets focus on Chairman Nunes. He is a member of Congress’s Gang of Eight. This is a group that is supposed to kept abreast of the most sensitive intelligence that the FBI has discovered. How else, given the political considerations that are always at play, can Congress act in accordance with the president on important national security issues?
Nunes’ committee, the HPSCI, is charged by law with overseeing the FBI. This oversight is important for a number of reasons. For example, what if a small rogue group were able to take control of the FBI and begin using the bureau’s awesome powers to alter political decisions?
Imagine the consequences for the outcome of legislative initiatives that might result from altering crime statistics, or the number and scope of terrorist incidents. Or, as we suspect in the case before us, the FBI employing its immense powers to alter the outcome of a presidential election?
That would take the participation, or at least the silent approval, of both the president, who gets daily intelligence reports, and the Gang of Eight. Nine men to corrupt, coupled with relentless support from the mockingbird media and you have the makings of a coup.
Thankfully, Nunes was willing to step up. Only one honest man out of nine.
Unfortunately that ratio may be true for the entire Congress. It seems that you can’t tell the honest members of Congress – those who cannot be coerced by their political opponents or corrupts members of their own party – without a scorecard.
In this case the scorecard is broken into two camps. One is comprised of those who are fine with ignoring what was obviously unlawful acts committed by members of the DOJ and its investigative arm, the FBI. This has been borne out by the purge of extremely high level officers that has taken place at both agencies.
On the other side are those who are demanding to expose the truth, consequences be damned.
In the face of a mountain of evidence and a growing number of smoking guns, those who continue to allow the Justice Department and FBI to stonewall the investigations, must be asked what are they afraid of? Are they being blackmailed or extorted for past indiscretions? Or, are they in someway actively involved co-conspirators?
Remember they took an oath to protect and defend the Constitution of the United States. The oath said nothing about protecting their political party or any associates they made along the way.
Only those true public servants, those who have nothing to hide, or perhaps in a few cases those who are willing to pay for their sins in order to fulfill their oath, are on the other side of the scorecard.
We’ve already witnessed what happens to those few honest men who dare to seek the truth. Rep. Jim Jordan (R-OH) was too aggressive in his questioning of Rosenstein to suit the DAG and suddenly he’s hit with a scandal. Do not be naive. That was a warning signal.
Sadly, that list is damn short making President Trump’s job of rebuilding America and restoring integrity to government exponentially more difficult.