Time For The Intelligence Agencies To Defend Themselves
Trump is weaponising the justice system and the intelligence community needs to defend our democracy. The latest revelations that the justice department is re-examining the Clinton email investigation stinks of the kind of political interference in the workings of the justice system that Trump and his cronies have been crying about for the past two and a half years. The difference this time is that it is real!
The intelligence agencies rightly opened an investigation into the Trump campaign after becoming aware of the multiple and disturbing contacts between members of the Trump campaign and representatives of the Kremlin and Vladimir Putin. That much has been shown conclusively by the Mueller report. So what we saw was the CIA and the FBI doing their jobs.
They also investigated the use of a private server by Hillary Clinton and reached the conclusion that while it was wrong it didn’t amount to criminal behaviour; once again they did their job which is to defend the interests of the United States. The president’s attempts to smear them as partisan organizations are patently ridiculous.
However with the appointment of the utterly partisan Bill Barr as Attorney General we are seeing, in a classic case of projection, real interference by the executive branch in the workings of American justice. Barr has signalled his intent to put the people who defend our democracy on trial. Multiple investigations are now underway in an effort to cow the rank and file of the CIA and FBI into conformity. The signal is being sent out that if you try to investigate this regime you will be targeted and your good name will be impugned.
Peter Strzok and Lisa Page have both lost their jobs simply because they were determined to prevent a corrupt president from taking office. The good name of James Comey has been damaged simply because he chose to leak confidential memos to prompt an investigation into the Trump presidency. Bruce Ohr has become the bête noir of right wing conspiracy Fox News simply because he acted as a conduit for unverified but highly disturbing revelations about Trump which he received from foreign sources who were working on behalf of the DNC. These revelations were used as the basis for the opening of the crucial investigations into the Trump regime which subsequently revealed so much wrongdoing.
These patriots are now being systematically replaced by partisans like Barr and reality is being turned on its head in order to undermine the findings of the Mueller report. So once again we need the intelligence services to defend the national interest against this tyranny. They must harness their extensive powers to find the information that we need to impeach Trump and end this nightmare. In times of great national emergency extraordinary measures are necessary and before Trump has time to undermine the objectivity of these crucial agencies we need them to stay the course and finish what they started, subvert his will and bring him down.