A Greater Lawlessness—Part II, The Trump Presidency

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Rachel Maddow on last night’s MSNBC show provided evidence that the Trump White House has been lying from day-one of the Trump Presidency. The White House had denied it asked that tanks and other armaments be included in the inauguration parade, when Freedom of Information Pentagon documents surfaced recently that showed Trump officials had requested that military weapons be included in the parade.

This is but more evidence that the Trump campaign is determined to cover up and/or deny culpability for any of their misdeeds, whether real or imagined.

Rachel then concluded that the Trump White House could not be counted on to provide truthful information on any subject to the media, whom Trump had declared were “enemies of the people”, after all. So it is up to the public media to look for the facts elsewhere.

And now we know the Trump campaign, and possibly Trump himself, had done much more than that in its misinformation campaign during the run up to the November election, which in some ways puts Russia’s kompromat campaign of slander and fake news against Hillary Clinton to shame.

More-and-more evidence is surfacing that it was the compromising of FBI Director Comey that led to Hillary’s downfall. The so-called conspiracy that was one of the misdeeds being investigated by South Manhattan Attorney General Preete Bahara when he was suddenly fired. It was about the collusion of Trump campaign officials with the NYPD, and Manhattan FBI officials that had possession of Anthony Weiner’s laptop in their investigation of his internet sexting escapades with women.

A January Huffington Post article documented what was a “domestic conspiracy” to elect Donald Trump. It in effect said information presently public and available confirms that Erik Prince, Rudy Giuliani, and Donald Trump conspired to intimidate FBI Director James Comey into interfering in, and thus directly affecting, the 2016 presidential election. This conspiracy was made possible with the assistance of officers in the New York Police Department and agents within the New York field office of the Federal Bureau of Investigation.

The report went on to say, “As reported by the New York Times, FBI Director James Comey released his now-infamous October 27th letter in substantial part because he had determined that “word of the new emails [found on Anthony Weiner’s computer]…was sure to leak out.” Comey worried that if the leak occurred at a time when the nature and evidentiary value of the “new” emails was unknown, he “risked being accused of misleading Congress and the public ahead of an election.”

By October 27th, the FBI had had access to Weiner’s computer—which it originally received from NYPD—since October 3rd, during which interval the Bureau had both the time and IT know-how to determine that the “new” emails in its possession were in fact duplicate emails from accounts already revealed to the Bureau by Clinton, her aide Huma Abedin, and the State Department.

However, when Comey was briefed on the case by agents from the New York field office on October 26th, he discovered that not only had this IT work not been done, but in fact no warrant to seize the full emails had been sought, no permission to read the emails had been requested from cooperating witnesses Weiner and Abedin, and indeed nothing but a summary of the emails’ “meta-data” (non-content header information) had been prepared by his agents.”

And when they discovered there were emails from Hillary to her aid Huma Abedin and Weiner’s wife that were also included on the laptop, they immediately began pushing Comey to reveal the links that might possibly be material evidence in his probe of Hillary’s use of a private email server.

And both polling, poll analysis, and internet meta-data (see below) confirm that the Comey Letter was sufficient to hand Trump the 77,143 combined votes in Wisconsin, Michigan, and Pennsylvania that won him the election. We know from the statements made by Giuliani, and from numerous statements made by Trump on the campaign trail, that both men believed the Clinton email server case could be leveraged to ensure Clinton’s defeat in November. It turns out they were correct.

I first began writing about the greater lawlessness among Republicans wanting to maintain power in the face of a declining party membership in 2002, when it became obvious that the GW Bush administration was cooking the CIA findings on Iraq’s weapons of mass destruction to justify their invasion and coopting of Iraq’s oil fields. The underlying reason was once again greed, led by Vice President Cheney’s oil company friends who thought they would be able to control Iraq’s vast oil reserves.

Then they turned the Iraqi economy into a conservative dream, a tariff-less free enterprise entity that allowed cheaper US imports to put many Iraqi companies out of business, and was a major reason for the Sunni-led uprising and civil war that ensued.

We now know that on January 12th, the DOJ announced that the Inspector General would be investigating the sequence of events comprising the Prince-Giuliani-Trump conspiracy. Inspector General Horowitz noted that within his brief was investigation of the series of leaks that occurred between the NYPD, the FBI, and outside entities—including, we can surmise based on context, the Trump campaign.

Harlan Green © 2017

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Harlan Green is editor/publisher of PopularEconomics.com, and content provider of 3 weekly columns to various blogs--Popular Economics Weekly and The Huffington Post
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