by David Codrea / Oathkeepers
A report earlier today by ABC News partially corroborates speculation about Obama looking out for Number One. The president has said he doesn’t believe Comey introduced information involving emails on Anthony Weiner’s device in order to influence the upcoming election, which is a notable departure from accusations being leveled by top Democrats. Instead, the White House says it will “remain neutral.”
What that leaves us with – assuming anything happens at all (as opposed to Hillary slithering out from under yet another criminal scandal ) – is the mechanism for investigating her. Donald Trump, among others, has “said that, if he’s elected president, he would appoint a special prosecutor to investigate Clinton.”
The thing is, the United States Office of Independent Counsel, which provided an independent prosecutor, was terminated in 1999. It was replaced by the U.S. Department of Justice Office of Special Counsel. Which means the Special Counsel appointment will be made by the AG or Acting AG, that is, by an administration insider.
As for efforts to create a truly independent counsel, that there’s only a 1% chance of a currently-introduced bill being enacted should tell us all we need to know about the appetite of Congress to get serious about it.
There’s an analogy in the Operation Fast and Furious “gunwalking” investigation by the Office of Inspector General. Warnings that IG Michael Horowitz, favored for appointment by Obama and Eric Holder, was a supporter of administration insider Lanny Breuer (who had advocated intentionally letting guns go to Mexico via criminals), fell on deaf ears. Actually, most ears never heard that, as the media was controlling the narrative, and the reach of bloggers telling the real story is short.
When Horowitz finally released the OIG’s long-awaited report on the scandal, it noted it had found “no evidence” Attorney General Eric Holder knew about the program prior to January, 2011. Media shills were quick to spin that into false proclamations he had been “cleared” and “exonerated,” conveniently not mentioning that much evidence had been withheld, key witnesses had refused to speak to investigators (and been allowed to get away with it), and the White House had refused cooperation with the probe citing lack of OIG authority.
And for the record, Holder’s knowledge of Brian Terry’s death was documented. The media just didn’t see any advantage to sharing the news. That would have further exposed Holder’s lie told under oath in May 2012 that he had first heard of Fast and Furious “over the last few weeks.”
Any prosecution, of course, all presupposes no movement before the election, and that Hillary loses. Polls, personal observations and wishful thinking aside, reports of “election rigging,” dead voters, illegal voters, multiple voters, Soros machines and filthy tricks aside, we won’t know the results until the smoke clears. And that’s assuming the results are real.
Even if Trump wins, there’s no guarantee he’ll receive the requisite support from the Republican establishment, especially in light of furious counter-accusations that will be made by Democrats and amplified by their sympathetic media. Particularly with the “Never Trump” faction trying to deny him the election, their vested interest is to see him fail. Besides, establishment Republicans let the Democrats off the hook so much it makes fair speculation they have leading members who are compromised. Trump’s most effective opposition after he’s elected may just come from GOP insiders.
And if Hillary “wins,” look for her opponents to be worried about their own survival and susceptibility to vengeance and retaliation.
Hope for the best and prepare for the worst. It may end up being worse than we can imagine. The only certainty: Being armed will beat the alternative.
UPDATE: I no sooner got done posting this when I saw this headline over at Zero Hedge: