So, it was all a hoax, a fraud, that anyone who took a breath should have recognized all along. The very idea of Donald Trump as a Russian spy was as improbable as CNN and MSNBC TV employing journalists instead of stooges — or hiring honest intelligence officials to analyze instead of the Obama discards whose reputations now lie in shreds.
This week the 675-day Robert Mueller probe of alleged Trump Administration “collusion” with Russia to sway the 2016 presidential election was finalized and given to U.S. Attorney General William Barr. He, in turn, summarized the findings of an issue that took America to the brink of political civil war and was based, we know now, on a lie.
After 2,800 subpoenas, 500 search warrants, $25.2 million spent, and interviews with more than 500 witnesses; after innocent lives were ruined, bank accounts emptied, and homes lost to legal bills; after 40 FBI agents manned the probe and Mueller’s staff of 19 liberal lawyers spent the last two years hoping for and working to find collusion — the word came forth. There is none.
No collusion by Trump or a single aide. Mueller could not even cite “obstruction of justice,” since no crime existed to obstruct! Such logic escapes House Intelligence Committee head Adam Schiff, who moans collusion like a death chant — his. The report added that Trump never showed intent to obstruct, the president simply declaring innocence as Democrats concocted Russia as an alibi for Hillary Clinton losing the 2016 election, then used it as a put-up job to try to drive Trump from office.
How heedless, needless this scam has been. Schiff: “Evidence clearly exists.” Senator Richard Blumenthal: “I guarantee that evidence will show that impeachment is justified.” Like robots, one print/electronic seer after another recklessly swore that we could take collusion to the bank. Since journalists rarely exist anymore in the “mainstream media,” few engaged in introspection, asking, “What if I am wrong? Am I thinking for myself, or the pack?” Most panted to join it.
Veteran journalist Britt Hume dubbed the orgiastic sham “the worst journalistic debacle of my lifetime.” The press adopted “Democratic talking points,” its bias “remarkable. I have never seen anything this bad, so long.” Russia differs from other recent bias — blaming Main Street, not the media, for not divining 2016; last fall’s savagery of Brett Kavanaugh; even worse mistreatment of a Covington, Kentucky, student; excusing actor Jussie Smollett’s smear of Trump’s America for a self-imagined hate crime — only in extent, not intent.
Such prejudice began in earnest in the 1960s, ballooned during Richard Nixon’s presidency, further swelled with gender- and ethnic-identity mania, and has surged on social media and cable — so hysterical that once-balanced biographer Jon Meacham said, “This [Trump] is the very definition of treason.” Treason? For what? Apparently for noting his innocence of an untruth begun by elites, an opposition party, and dominant media apparatus. Treason is a word used by a Washington-New York axis at its absolute worst unhinged.
Ironically, U.S. liberalism, far more than conservatism, is historically tied to Russia. The film "Reds" factually evoked writer John Reed and other radicals exalting 1917’s Russian Revolution. In 1919, writer Lincoln Steffens, visiting, penned, “I have seen the future and it works.” In 1943-45, the leftist Soviet spy Klaus Fuchs betrayed America’s Manhattan Project. Later, then-Congressman Nixon exposed former State Dept. official Alger Hiss for sending secrets to Moscow. In 1953, Julius and Ethel Rosenberg were executed for espionage. More recently: Ted Kennedy mocked President Reagan’s “Peace Through Strength” stratagem for defeating the “Evil Empire” as “madness.” Bernie Sanders honeymooned near Moscow. Was he, as some said of Trump, sleeping with the enemy?
It is crucial to carefully distinguish in evaluating individuals. Some of these liberals merely voiced an opinion. Others betrayed America. Each would have seemed more likely to become Russia’s pawn — some, in fact, did — than, as film’s "Casablanca" said, of all people, “of all the gin joints, in all the towns, in all the world,” Donald Trump! How did such lunacy occur — accusing him of treason? Because the people he beat in 2016 wanted it to.
“An illegal takedown that failed,” said Trump, truth filtering through the dark. Yet only full truth is enough. How did this deceit begin? Fact seems to tie Clinton’s campaign, the Democratic National Committee, and an ex-British spy contriving a phony dossier calling Trump a Russian puppet. They passed the dossier to the Obama State Deptartment and FBI, where director James Comey used it to get a court OK to wiretap Trump’s campaign, fraudulently omitting how the DNC and Clinton financed it — Deep State, meet The Swamp.
Their claptrap, peddled to the press, ultimately led to the Mueller probe, abetted by Obama CIA Director John Brennan and Director of National Intelligence James Clapper, who appear to have lied repeatedly in hope of removing a man on whom they sought to inflict America’s first coup d’état — to The Wall Street Journal, “look[ing] like one of the nastiest dirty tricks in political history.” A special congressional committee must find if this is true.
Otherwise, people who pined to destroy a president because they hated his election will strike again, led by a national press-turned-left-wing hit squad. This we know: The media has learned nothing from this knife struck into the back of a democracy. Most have been too busy plunging it.
Curt Smith is the author of 17 books, including the new "The Presidents and the Pastime: The History of Baseball and the White House." He is a former speechwriter to President George H.W. Bush, Associated Press “Best in New York State” radio commentator, and Senior Lecturer of English at the University of Rochester. Mr. Smith writes twice monthly for Gatehouse Media newspapers. Email: email@example.com