THE FIGHT TO TRANSITION MUELLER'S FINDINGS INTO OPPOSITION RESEARCH - Trey Gowdy weighs-in on a fight worth fighting
Show me the man and I'll show you the crime. If you understand that, you understand all things Trump and Russia.
From the very beginning, we've been hounding one specific aspect of all things Russia, Trump and Mueller - the effort on the Left to transition the special counsel's investigation into opposition research for 2020. Another way to state that is the federal apparatus was weaponized in favor of one political candidate and deployed against that candidate's political opponent to influence a forthcoming election (recall that although the technical aspects of the surveillance on President Trump and his campaign predated the 2016 election, the narrative's story line was born out of Clinton's election night loss when Hillary was too drunk, too embarrassed or too afraid to concede publicly and therefore greasy swamp creature John Podesta addressed the American public in her questionable absence. A safe bet is that Hillary was all three - afraid, embarrassed and drunk.
It's critical to understand two significant underpinnings to the American justice system. The first principle introduced this article. Investigations are rightfully opened when there is existing evidence that a subject committed a crime; however, the Left has pursued President Trump with the full authority of the federal government and its intelligence and law enforcement apparatuses as it set-out in search of crimes absent any evidence whatsoever. What's worse, we've since learned that the evidence they did use was fraudulent and fabricated. This is entirely antithetical to the spirit of law enforcement in the American justice system and at a fundamental level, it's a direct attack on democracy.
As former Rep. Trey Gowdy, R-SC will outline below and as we have hammered home time and time again, the justice system operates in binary fashion - it either indicts and prosecutes or it does not. There is no middle ground and there is no gray area - period. If the decision to prosecute is made and indictments are issued, it's game-on and whatever is made public through discovery or other processes is not only fair game; it's well within the legal parameters governing such sensitive information about an American citizen who was the subject of a criminal investigation moving to trial.
To the contrary, sans any indictments or prosecution, the state is obligated to protect and keep confidential any and all evidence, underlying or otherwise, about any American citizen; the president included. Again and despite the clamoring from both sides, in no way should the underlying evidence in Mueller's investigation be made public outside of AG William Barr's authority to release what he believes to be prudent. Barr and only Barr is the statutorily designated recipient of Mueller's report and Barr and only Barr can and should decide what the public will learn from that report. That's the way the system is designed to work and that's the way it should work.
It matters not that the subject is the President of the United States. In America, the same laws, morals and ethics that apply to him apply to us all. Case in point - if you found yourself in the cross-hairs of some of the most powerful and authoritative institutions on this planet and you were falsely and wrongly accused of committing criminal acts; and those same institutions found insufficient evidence to prosecute you because you committed no such acts, would you want all of your personal, private and dirty laundry (and we all have it!) that was collected, detailed and archived aired-out for the entire country to see? Nope. None of us would and the president is no different.
Simply stated, one isn't allowed to make stuff up, sic the federal government on someone and then publicize all of the findings. Again, this is nothing more than a rogue attempt from a rogue collection of lawmakers to convert the Mueller report into opposition research and we should all be fighting tooth and nail to keep it from happening.
Enjoy Mr. Gowdy's interview.
*Three previous discussions on this very matter are linked also linked below.