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The Worst Political Scandal in American History?

Posted on Wednesday, May 17, 2023
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This week, Special Counsel John Durham released a 316-page report detailing the origins of Operation Crossfire Hurricane – the FBI’s investigation into supposed connections between the Trump campaign and the Russian government. The report is an astounding expose of corruption and collusion – not between Trump and Russia, but between the Hillary Clinton campaign, friendlies at the FBI and top officials at the Obama administration. As it turns out, Crossfire Hurricane was initiated based on sheer conjecture. That conjecture was trafficked by Hillary’s 2016 campaign. And that conjecture served as the basis for a four-year-long witch hunt into a bevy of allegations that ultimately came to nothing.

The story began, Durham reports, in late July 2016, when Australia provided information to the U.S. embassy in London surrounding conversations between Australian diplomats and low-level Trump foreign policy adviser George Papadopoulos, in which Papadopoulos had allegedly suggested that the “Trump team had received some kind of suggestion from Russia that it could assist” in the process of releasing information about Hillary Clinton. This information alone was utilized as the predicate for launching the full-blown Trump-Russia investigation within three days after receipt of the flimsy information. Top FBI officials greenlit the investigation, including Peter Strzok, deputy assistant director of counterintelligence and devoted Trump-hater. The investigation, Durham notes, was launched “before any dialogue with Australia or the Intelligence Community, and prior to any critical analysis of the information itself.”

What could have prompted this eagerness? The FBI, as Durham acknowledges, was already in possession of the so-called Steele Dossier, a compendium of lies and innuendo created by Fusion GPS at the behest of the Clinton campaign. The FBI had also been approached by a second source working with Fusion GPS in July 2016. There appears to have been a push for an investigation prompted by the desires of the Clinton campaign and the perceived necessity of stopping Trump. The FBI’s Assistant Legal Attache in London knew the Papadopoulos information was thin but told the Office of the Inspector General that FBI management was “pushing the matter so hard that ‘there was no stopping the train,'” making it his job to “grease the skids.”

Meanwhile, in July 2016, U.S. intelligence agencies found out about Russian intelligence suggesting that Hillary had approved a campaign plan to gin up allegations of Trump-Russia collusion. On Aug. 3, CIA Director John Brennan “met with the President, Vice President and other senior Administration officials, including but not limited to the Attorney General (who participated remotely) and the FBI Director” and briefed them on the so-called Clinton Plan. Nobody decided to put a hold on the Trump-Russia investigation, despite the relevant fact that all involved now knew of allegations that the entire situation had been drummed up by the Clinton campaign.

And so, in short, we now know that top officials at the White House and the FBI were aware of Hillary Clinton’s plan to disseminate information falsely claiming Trump-Russia collusion; the FBI knew full well that the intelligence it had making such accusations was flimsy at best; they all went ahead anyway. For the rest of the election cycle and much of Trump’s presidency, the Democrats, media and intelligence community continued to parrot the Trump-Russia collusion lie.

This collusion is significantly worse than Watergate. It involves the former secretary of state and Democratic candidate for president laundering false intelligence information to the FBI; and the FBI, overseen by the candidate’s political allies in the Obama administration, using that information as the predicate to open a full-scale investigation knowing full well that the Clinton campaign could well be behind the allegations in the first place.

This is patently insane. It destroys any semblance of legitimacy in the FBI. It implicates former President Barack Obama, President Joe Biden, James Clapper, John Brennan and a bevy of other high officials in weaponization of the government to stop Donald Trump. The Russia hoax was much more than a hoax, it turns out. It was a nefarious plan, enacted at the highest levels of government, to corrupt an election and undermine a presidency.

Ben Shapiro, 39, is a graduate of UCLA and Harvard Law School, host of “The Ben Shapiro Show,” and co-founder of Daily Wire+. He is a three-time New York Times bestselling author; his latest book is “The Authoritarian Moment: How The Left Weaponized America’s Institutions Against Dissent.”

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Rob
Rob
5 months ago

Obama should never have been elected! You cannot put African Americans in the Oval Office. They hate America and it’s warranted, and exactly why they should never be POTUS! Obama was selected, like his mother, he is a communist put through Harvard by Bill Ayers father, also a communist. Now they are there and destroying America! Soros, another communist, unelected billionaire appointing federal judges? How? Joe Biden is a false storefront for Obama unconstitutional 3rd term.

JERRY D.
JERRY D.
9 months ago

This WENCH needs to be locked up for TREASON….

Robin W Boyd
Robin W Boyd
9 months ago

This international conspiracy has to be at least one of the worst political scandals ever. Even the Democratic Tammany Hall was not as bad as the way Democrats, led by Hillary Clinton, conspired with foreign agents and the FBI to create a completely false narrative claiming Donald Trump was conspiring with Russia.

Butch
Butch
9 months ago

The five word big political LIE/HOAX of our time that changed the course of a Presidency, a Nation,
and spent tons of tax payer money, “Trump colluded with the Russian’s”. The cabal preconceived it knowing that the majority of people in this country would believe it, because the main street media, i.e., CNN, MSNBC, CBS, NBC, ABC said so! Duped!

(Rene) Norma. A Pond
(Rene) Norma. A Pond
9 months ago

Why is the DOJ not implementing prosecution?
What is needed to start prosecution and conviction?
Dennis Hamil is correct. It is up to the American people
to sue and prosecute this person. We need money and
an honest, interested lawyer.

Charissa
Charissa
9 months ago

What’s so frustrating is that Clinton and the rest of the ilk involved will never see the defendant side of a courtroom! Why can’t these crimes against Trump, Carter Page, and the American people be prosecuted and convicted?! Short answer is the whole govt is corrupt including the judiciary! Total banana republic! God help this country! I spent 30 years of my life in service to this country just to retire and see it all go down the tubes! I truly fear for what kind of country my grands will grow up in!!

Dennis Hamil
Dennis Hamil
9 months ago

Apathy, We the People can not blame anyone but our lazy butts! When was the last time any of you wrote/ called your elected representatives ? Freedom requires participation. Look at the power that less than 3% (L G B yadda yadda) has produced. They are being listen to because they don’t back off. We don’t even deserve a “participation trophy”! Our freedoms are an elution at. best.
I miss My America.

Trudy
Trudy
9 months ago

Nothing is being done because while we were all working hard, raising our families the their came in and stole our country. The DOJ and FBI are corrupt and will not prosecute their own! The other alphabets are the same. Lois Lerner caught red handed with IRS mistreatment of tea party conservatives, nothing done. The proof of stolen 2020 election in computer data, pictures of cheating, multiple accounts of witnesses seeing ballots harvested, counted multiple times, etc. and no court would even allow a case to be heard. Cases all dismissed before evidence could be presented. Corrupt, lying, MSM, mass indoctrination of school children in public schools. Peaceful protests burning and looting cities with no arrests. Criminals have get out of jail free cards in Dem run cities. BLM scam and misuse of 90 million, crickets! Jan 6 lies still repeated today. Jan 6 protestors, who did not burn or loot, in jail for nearly 3 years without trial. Rays Epps walks free. The only power left to people is the power of the purse but I don’t think congress has the balls to defund these rogue agencies.

Judy
Judy
9 months ago

When do the arrests begin, ASAP?

gserlin
gserlin
9 months ago

Pay attention folks. This is a BIG deal.

Pat R
Pat R
9 months ago

And the sad part of the Durham Report is there were no charges brought against those the report prove were involved and even instigators of said illegal acts. So AS USUAL, when it comes to Dems committing illegal acts, and even found out, it gets ignored not only by MSM but also by officials. SO WHERE IS THE RESPONSIBILITY TO ACT? Guess consequences are only brought to bare against Republicans who support Trump or are patriotic conservatives and anti-abortion advocates.

DanM
DanM
9 months ago

It is all official now but the news media is only trying to make House Republicans the bad guys for not allowing debt default to continue without cuts in spending that has been causing the inflation! Now the socialists want more spending to double the size of the IRS!! All these bureaucracies will continue to grow and go after parents, and conservatives as the “most serious threat to democracy”. The news media has no shame and they are as corrupt as the entire new world order. If elections are still corrupt we have not seen the worst of what will happen.

Drew
Drew
9 months ago

Is vigilantism our only choice? Town square hangings, just to get the point across?

Sasa
Sasa
9 months ago

When HRC called half the nation “a basket of deplorable” she instantly discredited herself as a POTUS. A president represents WeThePeople and needs to earn respect from those people. She is a predator of the worst ilk.

Robert Zuccaro
Robert Zuccaro
9 months ago

Call it what is was: ATTEMPTED COUP with a Big Lie perpetuated by government officials backed by a colluding press and social media to overthrow a lawfully elected administration. Anyone still think the same government wasn’t capable of the assassination of JFK? Question everything because what was “conspiracy theory” ten-twenty years ago is now becoming fact.

ROSS CHARLES M
ROSS CHARLES M
9 months ago

This is why our founding fathers included the second ammendment in the constitution. They understood that power corrupts, and those in power right now are definitely corrupt.

Michael Lewis
Michael Lewis
9 months ago

I attempt to click the plus but nothing happens! That sums up what will happen to the guilty mentioned in this article. It is worse than Watergate, but nothing will happen as a result and no one will be prosecuted because the electorate is asleep, lazy, cowardly, the media is the propaganda arm of the liberals, take your pick.

joe1cr
joe1cr
9 months ago

They committed Treason and are still being held unaccountable for it even today.
“A nation can survive its fools, and even the ambitious. But it cannot survive treason from within. An enemy at the gates is less formidable, for he is known and carries his banner openly. But the traitor moves amongst those within the gate freely, his sly whispers rustling through all the alleys, heard in the very halls of government itself.” ~ Marcus Tullius Cicero

Rick B.
Rick B.
9 months ago

John “muzzie” Brennan is of the devil.

Mark
Mark
9 months ago

Number one, if the Senators and Congressmen are this stupid then they need to resign in shame. Anyone with 2 nickles they can rub together knew from day 2 this was a set up and they knew who was behind it. The lawlessness started when obama got elected and he hired his old buddy eric holder to protect his backside, again the Senators and Congressmen elected then knew that and those elected during and after obama’s lawlessness knew it too. obama brought Chicago politics to DC, which was already corrupt enough imo, and turned the town upside down and the LAW of our nation joined him and it has carried over to this day to support the DemonRat Party. We all know sniffing joe didn’t get 81 million votes, enough fraud has been expose to prove that, but too many Republicans hated President Trump too so they sat on their hands and let the political coup of a lifetime occur right in front of everyone’s eyes.
The alphabet agencies have become so corrupt that there is little chance to fix them because most can survive someone such as President Trump and be back in business when they’re gone again so that leaves up with no choice but to close the purse and choke the agencies off and let them die off into the ash heap of history. There is only one way to keep those agencies and that’s to arrest everyone involved in the conspircy of the coup and yes that mean obama, clinton, brennan, 51 CIA, ect all the way down to the janitor if he had anything to do with the coup. Without doing this then they need shut down because as we can see today they are still as corrupt as the day holder was there only worse.

Rik
Rik
9 months ago

PLEASE, how could it possibly be the “WORST” political scandal in American History WHEN out so-called Mainstream Media DOESN’T EVER make mention of it! . . . Of course, I say this facetiously!

Tom
Tom
9 months ago

As far as I’m concerned the parties involved should hang, for sedition, and treason.

Beverly Necessary
Beverly Necessary
9 months ago

I am in 80’s terrified of what is happening in AMERICA. I think the enemy is within..our own people.. Never seen an administration that dislike the citizens. It is like the animal world if you get old or weak YOU become the pray. Where is civility and kindness!!!!! I wonder “What happens when a nation FORGETS GOD?

Ryans Dad
Ryans Dad
9 months ago

I see lots of angry comments, and wonder how many of you folks have called or written your state legislators demanding that they initiate or support existing legislation calling for an “ Article V Convention of States” to propose Constitutional Amendments that Congress will never initiate, such as 1) a balanced budget amendment, 2) Term Limits and 3) eliminate all the unconstitutional agencies administering powers created under the “Necessary and Proper” clause!

To the founders , the omission of that clause would not have changed the Constitution!! It’s purpose was to state the obvious – that the Congress had the power and authority TO TAKE ANY ACTION THAT WAS CLEARLY ESSENTIAL to exercising any of the ENUMERATED POWERS!

That clause DID NOT give congress the authority to create powers IN ADDITION TO THE ENUMERATED POWERS, and are thus UNCONSTITUTIONAL!

David Millikan
David Millikan
9 months ago

WHY are Clinton’s, Obama’s, and pelosi’s, Dictator Beijing biden and Hunter running around free? WHY have they not been charged with Election Interference, Election Fraud, Corruption, Selling Information for access to the White House, Espionage, and Treason? WHY hasn’t their homes been RAIDED and ALL the SENSITIVE HIGHLY CLASSIFIED DOCUMENTS they have hidden been ceased? WHY were 4 FBI Probes into Clinton’s during 2016 Presidential Election dropped by the FBI if the FBI wasn’t already corrupt protecting the Clinton’s?
WHY hasn’t Dictator Beijing biden turned over ALL the
SENSITIVE HIGHLY CLASSIFIED DOCUMENTS he STOLE ILLEGALLY from the White House WITHOUT
NATIONAL SECURITY CLEARANCE?
WHY hasn’t the CIA Director’s , FBI Director’s, DOJ Director’s, and IRS Director’s under the above mentioned administration’s been Charged with Obstruction of Justice, Violating Oath of Office, Espionage, and Treason as well ? Not to mention the ILLEGAL ALIEN TERRORIST INVASION by Dictator Beijing biden and their COMMUNIST Party.
How long are the AMERICAN people going to let them keep DESTROYING OUR FREEDOM, SOVEREIGNTY, and COUNTRY?
The above mentioned are ENEMIES to the UNITED STATES of AMERICA and MUST BE TREATED AS SUCH.
As the saying goes…Go WOKE, Go BROKE.
Last but not least…WHY ARE OUR BORDERS NOT SECURED?

John
John
9 months ago

So why aren’t these people in jail? If President Trump had done just one of the things they have done he would have been impeached and jailed. The double standard has become very dangerous and must be stopped.
NO ONE IS ABOVE THE LAW, no matter what your last name is or how much money you have.

Bob
Bob
9 months ago

It’s TREASON! We can’t let this go. We must hold dirty politicians accountable. Red or Blue. I believe in truth, justice and the American way I was brought up believing that. It seems to me that if I were keeping score it would Zero for 3. We know the Truth now. It’s time to clean house regardless who is in the way. I pray that we will overcome this attempt to dismantle the U S A.

Will Smith
Will Smith
9 months ago

What kills me is not one thing has been done for their crimes and now were dealing with Bidens crap and his administration who should have been taken out and thrown in prison right after the Afghanistan blunder . The American people need to stand up to these clowns and say enough is enough.

Peter J
Peter J
9 months ago

The truth spoken very eloquently and is a clear summary of treasonous behavior at the highest level!

Eddie
Eddie
9 months ago

And we are to believe the FBI and DOJ will indict themselves for their criminal behavior ? Or possibly pass the buck to Clinton and indict her ? What a joke …

Mark
Mark
9 months ago

We all knew this was and is a witch hunt. But, not one indictment has been issued from this report. What’s wrong with this picture?

BEA
BEA
9 months ago

The politicians we elect are jokes. They are nothing more than money grabbers and power hungry freaks. The joke is on us the taxpayer. They can get away with anything. Unbelievable!

Gail Tubbs
Gail Tubbs
9 months ago

How could ALL of those people done what that fat, f— of a psycho wanted done. It is well known that the whole Clinton bunch are only in it for themselves. By the way–don’t cross them either or you will regret it.

Alen Gasper
Alen Gasper
9 months ago

How much more corruption???????!!!

Steve
Steve
9 months ago

Yeah, President Trump greatly damaged you personally, correct? Stop playing sucker to the Left, Citizen. The Left cares nothing about you except to use you as a tool, soon to be discarded.

JJVV
JJVV
9 months ago

This we already knew – but, we had to have solid proof. IF this goes severely unpunished it will surely happen again. This “very sad and evil people” look down upon all.

GregM
GregM
9 months ago

Our nation was founded on biblical principles and we have ignored them for too long. Until our citizens peacefully push back on the lies being told and get back to honoring God, we will continue to get what we have taken lightly, Our Freedom! Be bold and continue to push back peacefully and challenge the lies being told,

Robert Chase
Robert Chase
9 months ago

Uncovering the truth in one thing, now for some accountability. Not holding my breath though. Elected officials come and go. The corrupt Deep State is alive and well, sure in their knowledge they are untouchable. We no longer have a representative government. Meanwhile Soros organizations are permitted to corrupt lower levels by taking out our judicial system.

I fear It is too late
I fear It is too late
9 months ago

And again, as usual, absolutely nothing will become off this. The MSN will ignore or disparage this and the average sheeple/parrot voters will continue to believe the MSN and either reelect the fool in chief we have now or the hyena or some other lying dirtbag dem. Meanwhile every possible stone will be overturned looking for something on Trump.

Patriot52
Patriot52
9 months ago

So if it is fact that Hillary Clinton and her campaign made up this lie along with the FBI and new media, why isn’t she and all her 
Followers being indicted and held accountable? Also as we also know Hillary broke every law when it came to handling secure information while secretary of State. Yet she never faced any accountability or penalties. Proving how corrupt our judicial systems is.

GTPatriot
GTPatriot
9 months ago

This CNN-Obama- Hillary-Comey-McCabe-Strocz-Brennan-Schift corruption has led the Repubs
to pass a bill declaring sainthood for Richard Nixon. Nixon will now be interred in the Vatican.

GTPatriot
GTPatriot
9 months ago

How do Woodward and Bernstein compare this to Watergate ? Can we dig them up and ask ?

Rodewaryer
Rodewaryer
9 months ago

I don’t understand his last paragraph leaving the witch (I pronounce it differently) out and not stating the obvious, it’s sedition and treason that have been committed. Correct me if I’m wrong….

Glen
Glen
9 months ago

So WHY did it take Durham so long to prove what we all have known since 2019? Might the election of 2020 been much different if he had made some of this known then? Even with the Democrat voter FRAUD and Chinese Communist hackers manipulating voting machines in the Democrat/Socialist/Communist States. Odd how the “Plandemic” came along in time for mail-in voting to be a thing isn’t it. My opinion: If you can’t go to the polls you shouldn’t be allowed to vote period!

Charley Horse
Charley Horse
9 months ago

This just shows more of how “really sick” Washington DC is. Our congress and excuse for president are more concerned about what is good for the “party”, rather than what is good for our country. Until Washington stops rewarding bad decisions, and penalizing good decisions, the mess in Washington won’t change. PLEASE Washington, quit spending money that you don’t have.

NewDay
NewDay
9 months ago

This is the new justice system. Break the law and then drag it out for 4 years until most of the citizens have gone to sleep and forgot about it.

Nancy Pace
Nancy Pace
9 months ago

And we think organize crime is over in America ????
some these ppl had ppl killed got into office thru fraud every election for years
America is asleep hopefully AMAC will wake America up
the boldness of these ppl
maybe AMAC can investigate all the Chinese men sneaking into this country illegally where are they what are they doing in here ????
Thank You for your investigative news !!!!

Kevin
Kevin
9 months ago

Nothing is ever done because conservatives are cowards.

TPS
TPS
9 months ago

Did anyone tell msm they seem to be out of the loop as always. IMO

Bob
Bob
9 months ago

I’m going to do my part and never voting DEM. again.
I have always voted and never along party lines. I always voted for the person I believed
would do the best job for the people.

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