By Cathi Chamberlain
Headlines over the past couple days seem to have shocked the collective conscience. But, that’s only because most Americans were following lame stream, fake news media over the past five years. During what became known as the “Trump-Russia Collusion” scandal, few understood what it was even about. Oh how different today would be if only they had taken the time.
Special Counsel John Durham announced his third indictment on November 8th after a two-and-a-half-year investigation. Russian national and analyst Igor Danchenko has pled not guilty to five counts of lying to the FBI. Big deal. While Conservatives are jumping for joy, I’m mad as hell.
Excuse me if I sound a bit snarky but, what the hell took so long?
Under President Donald J. Trump, Attorney General Bill Barr appointed John Durham in May of 2019 to look into “Crossfire Hurricane.” That was code speak for an investigation that was launched by the FBI to investigate Russian meddling in the 2016 presidential election. What it really turned into was a witch hunt against Trump.
By fall of 2019, Durham’s probe became a criminal one.
What ticks me off is that a lot of what Durham has been “secretly” investigating has already been researched to death by competent investigative journalists like John Solomon. Durham’s groundwork had been laid out for him on a silver platter. I know because the facts were unfolding during the same time I was writing Chapter 3 of my book, Rules for Deplorables: A Primer for Fighting Radical Socialism.
At the time I wrote that “[l]eaders in some of our most trusted government agencies are intent on a soft coup of our current administration. These aren’t conspiracy theories. The evidence is overwhelming and provides the motive for the witch hunt against President Trump….
“In March, 2018, the House Committee on Oversight and Government Reform and the House Judiciary Committee requested then-AG Sessions to appoint a special counsel to investigate the ‘FBI and DOJ decisions [relating to Crossfire] in 2016 and 2017.’ Sessions, disappointingly, refused to do so. Instead, he appointed U.S. Attorney John W. Huber from Utah to review whether or not the law was followed during the … Crossfire investigations, including the FISA warrant applications. When asked to appear before Congress in December, 2018, Huber declined.’” (Pp. 188-189)
What exactly has Huber been doing?
Some media, like CBS News, are now making it sound as though this whole business about the Steele dossier’s actual origins is a big deal. They’re reporting that Danshenko’s lying “to federal investigators about the sources of information he provided to Steele’s firm, which was then included in the dossier passed to the FBI … impugn the source of the now-debunked Steele dossier’s most salacious accusations.”
“As part of efforts to determine the validity of information contained in the dossier, the FBI conducted numerous interview[s] with Danchenko between January 2017 to November 2017 regarding the information he provided to Steele,” adds the CBS reporter.
And, according to Durham’s indictment, Danshenko withheld information from the FBI about an unidentified executive’s role “as a contributor of information to the [dossier]” that “was highly relevant and material to the FBI’s evaluation of those reports.” It begs the question: are we being conditioned to believe the FBI was simply hoodwinked by a few bad actors?
While Danchenko’s new “source” for the dossier might be “news,” the involvement in the coup against Trump of Christopher Steele, Hillary Clinton, her legal firm Perkins Coie, the DNC and the FBI’s top leaders began months prior to the FBI’s interviews with the Russian. And, there were plenty of facts to support that.
“On October 3, 2018, John Solomon [provided evidence that] the FBI had good reason to suspect the dossier was connected to the DNC’s main law firm [Perkins Coie] and was the product of a Democratic opposition-research effort to defeat Trump – yet failed to disclose that information to the FISA court in October 2016, when the bureau applied for a FISA warrant to surveil Trump campaign adviser Carter Page.” (Pp. 74-75)
Indeed, on “four separate occasions, ‘Federal authorities used … the Steele dossier … to convince the FISA court to authorize a surveillance warrant for Page.’” (Pg. 77)
As written in my book, “‘[i]n mid-October, 2016 … a Foreign Intelligence Surveillance Act (FISA) order was approved to spy on [Carter Page] for supposed criminal activities with Russia. A large part of the evidence supporting that warrant was based on the ‘Steele dossier’. Since the Steele dossier was known even in 2018 to have been fake, how is it nothing was done…?” (Pg. 68)
Had Durham given a glimpse into the whole rotten affair before the 2020 election, it would have gone a long way in providing the American people with some evidence of how truly criminal the Democrats are. Our country deserved at least that. And, he had plenty to go on.
It was clear by the DOJ’s Inspector General Michael Horowitz’ report on December 9, 2019 of his investigation into the FBI’s conduct in Crossfire Hurricane that his team had “found the implication that senior FBI employees would be willing to take official action to impact the presidential candidates [sic] electoral prospects to be deeply troubling and antithetical to the core values of the FBI and the Justice Department.” (Pg. 69)
They were all involved in criminal activity before and after the 2016 election. One would think there was nothing more important for Durham to get to the bottom of prior to the election of 2020.
The third of Saul Alinsky’s thirteen tactics for radicals to transform our country to socialism/communism states that, “whenever possible go outside the experience of the enemy.” He claims its “intent is to cause confusion, chaos, fear and retreat on the part of one’s opponent.” If it’s one thing the Trump-Russia collusion scandal did well, it’s that. But the truth was there if one was paying attention to the right sources.
Disturbingly, Trump had the chance to declassify relevant materials in 2018 and chose not to. Only months prior to the 2020 election did his Director of National Intelligence John Ratcliffe release nearly 1,000 pages of materials to the Department of Justice per Durham’s request.
At the time, Republican Congressman Devin Nunes revealed that “evidence suggests that the senior-level people who headed our most trusted agencies, the FBI and DOJ, concocted the Trump-Russia collusion narrative in order to deflect the public’s attention from what was real collusion with Russia between the FBI and DOJ, and Hillary and the DNC in order to bring down a duly-elected president.” (Pp. 73-74)
The Russia-Collusion witch hunt was no ordinary crime. It was designed to bring down a sitting U.S. President by his political enemies. As such, the American people deserved to know at least some truth about that plot prior to the 2020 election. Durham’s timing is not to be applauded at all. We were robbed.
Until the American people start paying attention, digging for truth, and demanding answers, the criminals will carry on. This week, the Democrat-led House panel subpoenaed six Trump aides including General Flynn for the January 6th supposed insurrection. Here we go again.
Cathi Chamberlain, aka The Deplorable Author and founder of The Deplorable Report, is a four-time start-up business owner, published author of a self-help book featured on CNN worldwide and owner of the nation’s first all-female construction company. She is a sought-after political speaker and has been a regular contributor on the Salem Media Radio Network. In her book, “Rules for Deplorables: A Primer for Fighting Radical Socialism,” Cathi heavily references Saul Alinsky’s 1970’s blockbuster book, “Rules for Radicals.” She is currently on her “Florida Deplorable Book Tour.” Contact her for your next speaking event at [email protected]