The Washington Post has a lengthy hit-piece against Kash Patel where they infer unsourced claims the DOJ is investigating the former Nunes aide and Trump administration official for releasing classified information.
Keep in mind that President Trump granted full declassification authority to AG Bill Barr on May 23, 2019. I would draw your attention to these two paragraphs buried deep in the reporting (emphasis mine):
(WaPo) […] The battle against the deep state continued, meanwhile. Patel kept pushing, along with DNI Ratcliffe, for declassification of memos challenging the origins of the Russia investigation. Nakasone [NSA Director] strongly dissented, and Esper [Sec of Defense] backed him up in an October letter to Ratcliffe “urging that the information not be released due to the harm it would do to national security, including specific harm to the military,” a senior defense official said. Haspel [CIA Director], too, strongly opposed release of the information. Their argument for protecting sensitive information was finally supported by Attorney General William P. Barr, and Trump backed away, a source close to the events said.
“I think there were people within the IC [Intelligence Community], at the heads of certain intelligence agencies, who did not want their tradecraft called out, even though it was during a former administration, because it doesn’t look good on the agency itself,” Patel said in the RealClearInvestigations interview. (read more)
It is tradition the NSA and CIA run to the Washington Post when they need a media PR firm to push their position. So this article makes sense considering the NSA and CIA both had something to hide within the criminal activity behind Spygate. [Maybe the timing has to do with recent information about the Durham probe.]
Regardless of what has initiated the need for the intelligence apparatus to turn attention toward Kash Patel I think we all understand exactly what is described inside the paragraphs; the stuff the IC couldn’t deal with…. the institutional damage they feared….. and ultimately the reason Bondo Barr went along with their need to keep it all hidden.
The NSA database was illegally being exploited by FBI “contractors” (likely Crowdstrike), and political opposition against Trump was being extracted and shared with the ideologically aligned Clinton group. After NSA Director Admiral Mike Rogers shut down their access, the FBI opened Crossfire Hurricane to overcome the legal hurdle, and surveillance operations began again.
What the intelligence community fears is the American public knowing there is a a process of using bulk metadata gathering of electronic communication for operations against politicians, political interest groups, and any entity deemed adverse to the interests of the leftist administration.
Such an admission would lead to an unrecoverable collapse in institutional integrity. That is why the entire IC apparatus aligned against the declassification.
Robert Mueller had two goals as special counsel. Goal #1 was to continue the fraudulent DOJ/FBI “Stop Trump” operation initiated by James Comey, Andrew McCabe and their crew technically named Crossfire Hurricane. Goal #2 was to bury the illegal action; to create the cover-up needed for everything that took place in the “Stop Trump” operation.
It is the second goal that most people never reconciled; however, it is also that second goal that’s the most important. Everyone in DC knew Mueller’s objective. Every person in every branch of government and every federal agency knew Mueller’s real purpose.
When you accept what Mueller’s objective was, I mean really accept it, then and only then can you move to the second part of that awakening. Everyone else knew exactly what that purpose was, including AG Bill Barr and OIG Michael Horowitz. They all knew.
Everything was essentially a process of systemic contingencies; ‘if this, then that’. If this happens then we react with that. If this is likely to come out, then we proactively respond with this – that allows control. That is the nature of a cover-up operation.
From that baseline it becomes an exercise in intellectual honesty to see the bigger picture.
The entire system was united against the ‘outsider’ that Trump represented. Every action taken by Rosenstein, Barr, Wray, Bowditch, Boente, Horowitz and the special counsel team itself was done purposefully, because they knew the Mueller/Weissmann objective was to cover-up all of the unlawful schemes previously used against Trump.
Generally people accept that Mueller Inc was in place to target Trump. However, the lesser admitted reality is that Mueller was in place to cover for the branches, agencies and institutions that were part of the originating targeting.
All leaks to the media, by any entity – including the special counsel, were purposeful with this goal in mind. All information released was done purposefully with this goal in mind. All action taken by those in support of the Mueller unit were taken with full knowledge of what that second goal and intent was.
No-one was ever unaware of the purpose of Robert Mueller.
That list of everyone includes: Bill Barr, Rod Rosenstein, James Comey, Andrew McCabe, Lindsey Graham, Ron Johnson, Chuck Grassley, Peter Strzok, Lisa Page, Susan Rice, Sally Yates, Loretta Lynch, Mitch McConnell, every member of the Senate intel committee; every member of the House intel committee… and yes, including John Durham and every member of every DOJ office everywhere.
The legislative branch knew. The judicial branch knew. The executive branch knew. The FISA court knew… All of the insiders knew the Mueller probe was one big vacuum to suck up all of the evidence that would have exposed a corrupt system to We The People.
They did all of this because the scale of the originating scandal was so severe it would be almost impossible for our nation to cope with the consequences. That fearful knowledge is also what’s behind the reality we are currently seeing with thousands of National Guard troops guarding Washington DC…. just in case. Another systemic contingency.
On TV some voices railed against goal #1, the investigation itself; however, no-one every publicly talked about goal #2, the cover-up. Yet they all knew it.
Bill Barr knew the cover-up operation when he repeatedly praised Robert Mueller. So too did Lindsey Graham and all of the other voices in/around the DC system.
This is why all of those characters acted with disregard for any information that surfaced. They were all participants; and they knew the system would protect itself from sunlight.
Once you begin to accept this uncomfortable truth, then you start to realize just how far some voices went to keep the pantomime going. Everything was orchestrated to keep everyone focused on the “injustice” within the details.
Think about the last four years, systemic contingencies everywhere. No-one ever publicly talked about what Mueller was really in charge of doing in the goal of protecting the institutions and systems within them. The people inside that system all knew that Mueller was their protector. Mueller was protecting very corrupt people.
Everything now visible, the blatant disregard and the ‘in-your-face’ approach with the JoeBama administration, is downstream from that origination point. That’s why they all walk around as if they do not care…. because they have nothing to worry about.
Start from the position that everyone knew the purpose and intents of Robert Mueller, including people very close to President Trump, and then you start to realize just how brutally corrupt this DC system is. President Trump was satiated by people who knew Robert Mueller was protecting all of those who tried, and failed, to keep him out of office and then hamstring him once he entered the system.
No one did not know.
The only difference is… some were active participants, and some -out of fear- just sat silent to the cover-up operation. That reality is why the FISA court did not react to Kevin Clinesmith aggressively.
Everyone knew… And they could not let Trump win reelection. [Tweets, May 23, 2019]