Summary: We’re in the endgame of RussiaGate, the phase that might shape the future of America. Andrew McCarthy’s new book assembles the pieces so at last we see the full picture. What happens next is up to us.
Alice looks at RussiaGate.
I have written 37 posts about RussiaGate since the first in July 2016. Three things were obvious from its early days. First, none of the explanations made sense (details here and here). Second, this story was large beyond imagining (see here and here). Third, eventually somebody would assemble the pieces and the result might change America. Time has proven the first two theories to be correct. Now the time comes to test the third.
Lincoln forged a new America in the fires of the Civil War. FDR forged a new America in the fires of the Great Depression and WWII. LBJ and Nixon (yes, Nixon), the two greatest Liberal presidents in modern times, seized the moment to reshape American society. Bush Jr. seized the moment after 9/11 to reshape America (details here and here).
Trump’s years might have a massive impact on America, big and perhaps equal to those periods. For generations, the Deep State has built its power. In the past three years, it has emerged into the sunlight – an unavoidable side-effect of its efforts to prevent Trump’s election or cripple his administration. One of its minions even wrote an op-ed in its tame newspaper, the NY Times to explain their actions. This is potentially big news – if we choose to see it.
More importantly, over three years Democrats and their journalist allies erected an edifice of leaks and guesses. It convinced a large minority of the public that Trump was guilty of assorted crimes, from obstruction of justice and collusion up to treason. Now all of that has collapsed. Only the hardcore “resistance”, immune to facts and logic, still believe (they’re the Left’s equivalent to the “birthers”). This too is revelatory about how US politics really works.
This is information of the kind that can change the fate of nations.
At last, we see the full puzzle
The best analysis of the legal aspects of RussiaGate have been written by Andrew McCarthy (former Deputy US Marshall and Assistant US Attorney for the Southern District of New York. He has explained the investigation, the legal aspects, and the politics.
But he did so over three years in scores of articles – all of which were draped in uncertainty. Few, perhaps nobody, on the outside could see the full picture.
Now the Mueller report has supplied most – but not all – all of the questions. All that remains is to assemble the pieces and see the picture. McCarthy has done that for us, producing an entertaining book that will be one of the important milestones of this age.
The excerpts below summarize the story he tells so well, with lavish documentation. I will be posting a review soon. But let’s leap ahead to the end of this saga.
So far RussiaGate has been only a partial success for the Democrats and their Deep State allies. The US public has learned skepticism after generations of lies about vital matters by high officials – and largely ignored RussiaGate during the election and thereafter. But RussiaGate crippled Trump in the vital first years of his term.
But none of that has a long-time significance. What is the difference between citizens and subjects? The former assume responsibility for their nation. We have been apathetic as our elites gathered America’s power and wealth to themselves. Will the revelations of RussiaGate spur us to anger, added to the many other revelations in recent years? To action?
If this does not spur us to act, what will?
From the introduction to the book.
“As for collusion, that word we’ve heard so incessantly from pundits and leaky government officials, Special Counsel Robert Mueller has rendered his judgment that there was none – at least, not the collusion he was hunting for. There really was a collusion plot, though. And it really did target our election system. It absolutely sought to usurp our capacity for self-determination. It was just not the collusion you’ve been told about. It was not ‘Donald Trump’s collusion with Russia.’
“Here is the real collusion scheme: in 2016, the incumbent Democratic administration of President Barack Obama put the awesome powers of the United States government’s law-enforcement and intelligence apparatus in the service of the Hillary Rodham Clinton presidential campaign, the Democratic party, and the progressive Beltway establishment. This scheme had two parts: Plan A, the objective; and Plan B, a fail-safe strategy in case Plan A imploded – which all the smartest people were supremely confident would never, ever happen ….
“Plan A was to get Mrs. Clinton elected president of the United States. This required exonerating her, at least ostensibly, from well-founded allegations that were both felonious and politically disqualifying.
“Plan B was the insurance policy: An investigation that Donald Trump, in the highly unlikely event he were elected, would be powerless to shut down. An investigation that would simultaneously monitor and taint him. An investigation that internalized Clinton campaign– generated opposition research, limning Trump and his campaign as complicit in Russian espionage. An investigation that would hunt for a crime under the guise of counterintelligence, build an impeachment case under the guise of hunting for a crime, and seek to make Trump un-re-electable under the guise of building an impeachment case. …
“This book contends that the Obama administration, abetted by Washington’s politically progressive order, exploited its control of law-enforcement and intelligence agencies to help Clinton and undermine Trump. This was a scandalous abuse of power. That’s bad enough. There is no need to hyperbolize what happened into a deep state coup, or to trivialize what life in an authoritarian society with a real deep state is like. …”
See more excerpts.
- “Hillary Ruins the Plan.“
- “A Brief History of Election Meddling.“
- “The Election Is Legitimate Only If the Democrats Win.“
- “The Bogus Story That Launched a ‘Collusion’ Probe.“
What comes next?
See this brutal analysis of the law enforcement aspects by McCarthy. He shows the gross inequity of politicized justice in America. Now the pushback begins, with more legal wheels set in motion.
It is not over yet. It is not over until the Republicans decide how to react. Until the Deep State has decided how to react. Until we have decided how to react. Until you have decided how to react.