President Donald Trump arrives with Commerce Secretary Wilbur Ross and Attorney General William Barr to speak about the census in the Rose Garden at the White House in Washington, Thursday, July 11, 2019. (AP Photo/Alex Brandon)
One of the media hallmarks of the Trump era has been the left and the media labeling anything that diverges from their official narrative as a conspiracy theory. When the Russia Hoax broke and many of us were wondering why Carter Page was hit with a series of FISA warrants, that was dubbed a conspiracy theory. I suspect that the DOJ IG, Michael Horowitz, is going to show that there was a reason for those warrants that had nothing to do with Carter Page’s foreign connections. When President Trump first mused that his phone might have been tapped and many of us thought that maybe he’s been told something by, you know, real experts that he’s sort of muddling in translation. That was labeled a conspiracy theory. Then we learned of the “two hop” rule which says that not only is a FISA subject’s electronic communications (all types, not just telephone) subject to intercept, but so are means of communication of everyone they communicate with and everyone those people communicate with. So Carter Page talking to, say Paul Manfort, talking to Donald Trump make the surveillance of Donald Trump’s phone and email completely legit. Others followed, such as Comey’s involvement, the Mifsud and Downer plays directed at Papadopoulos, the Steele Dossier. All questions were dismissed as conspiracy theories.
Now we have another “conspiracy theory.”
The one real story emerging from the nonsense of President Trump’s phone call to the president of Ukraine (let me say a) withholding aid to any country is a presidential prerogative and b) asking any head of state to assist in investigating any potential lawbreaking by a US citizen…even the coked up son of a Democrat politician…is a presidential duty) was that Attorney General Bill Barr was actively involved in ensuring that his designated investigator into the origins of the Russia Hoax, US Attorney for Connecticut John Durham, had cooperation from the foreign governments the Clinton campaign and their allies at Justice, CIA, the White House, and within the FBI had enlisted to try to defeat the Trump campaign. And, when that rickety biplane of a presidential bid ran straight into the voters’s cumulo-granite of disgust for Hillary Clinton, the efforts devoted to electing her were redirected into trying to carry off a soft coup to displace President Trump.
To that end, we know that Barr has been in discussions not only with Ukraine but with Australia, Italy, and Great Britain. This is how his efforts have been received:
Bigly holes in the wacky conspiracy theory that Australia, Italy & UK all made stuff up to start the Mueller probe:
-34 individuals & 3 companies indicted
-8 pled guilty or convicted
-The actual finding that Russia engaged in a “sweeping and systematic attack” on our elections https://t.co/GI56O3X94p
— Ted Lieu (@tedlieu) October 2, 2019
The specifics of the conspiracy theory that Barr is traveling the world to chase are odd. That he’s doing so, though, is squarely a function of the conspiratorial and Fox-fed universe in which the White House operates. https://t.co/y3hZQsYLc4
— Philip Bump (@pbump) October 2, 2019
— Gregg Jarrett (@GreggJarrett) October 2, 2019
Some observations here.
As I’ve noted, the things that the Democrats and media have previously labeled as conspiracy theories have all proven to be truths they did not wish to be revealed.
It is entirely possible that Bill Barr might have too much regard for his own reputation within Justice to take on this task without some fairly solid proof. Same with John Durham.
It is highly unlikely that the Administration would be pursuing this in such a public fashion absent some indication that something untoward was going to be uncovered.
If this were Barr chasing some will-o’-the-wisp conspiracy theory, then Democrats and the lickspittles in the media would not he setting themselves on fire in rage over them doing so. The woul be laughing and they assuredly are not laughing.
A safe bet is that we’re going to find “colleague to colleague” contacts between John Brennan and members of British and Italian and Austalian intelligence to engage in running an information operation targeting Donald Trump and his campaign. We’re gong to see that Joseph Mifsud, who Mueller implies but never states is a Russian asset, is actually a US asset. It wold be very ironic if we find out that it was the Russians who were feeding Steele the salacious material for his dossier and pocketing the Perkins Coie cash that funded him. If we get through this without it being revealed that current CIA director Gina Haspel was involved in some aspect, I will be shocked.
We don’t know how this will play out but the one fixed point in all of this mess is the fact that nearly every time the Democrats and their media lapdogs label something a “conspiracy theory” it turns out to be very, very real.