I've kept up a very modest interest in the whole Russia collusion thing. I've missed most of the details, but can't help tracking the general trend. The idea that the Russians favored Trump is ludicrous because they rely almost exclusively on petroleum products for their income and Trump's proposed policies would lower oil prices. There is simply no way a kleptocracy like Russia would favor an American presidential candidate guaranteed to threaten their wealth. It's ignorant stupidity to suggest otherwise.
The FBI is neither ignorant nor stupid.
If I were in the FBI, one of the things that would terrify me would be getting heavily involved in a general election campaign for president. Were someone to suggest that we surveil a presidential candidate or his staff, I'd need video of that staff accepting piles of cash from illegal sources or standing over dead bodies with dripping knives in their hands. Talk about a third rail!
The FBI went through the multi-level approval process of performing surveillance on Trump's team on the basis of an obviously fabricated document created by a known purveyor of political muck.
The FBI typically has a cordial relationship with Congress. Every department tries hard to do so as Congress controls their budgets and has extensive power beyond that. It's why you see department heads sitting respectfully while congressmen grandstand at their expense.
Yesterday, while reading a news article about the #ReleaseTheMemo campaign wherein Representative Nunes has written a 4-page summary of the FBI's corruption in the service of the Democrats, specifically Hillary Clinton as directed by President Obama, it hit me. The FBI must be completely out of control. That's the only reason something as damaging as this would be considered by Nunes and the rest.
Think how far down the list of levers to influence the FBI you'd have to go before you got to releasing a memo to the pubic informing them that the most powerful law enforcement agency in the country is hopelessly compromised. How desperate would you have to be? Some have said that this is all to protect Trump, but I'm not buying any of that. There are plenty of Rs in Congress who despise Trump and would be much happier with President Pence.
This is all just a continuation of the Hillary email scandal corruption, so it should be no surprise even if it's nauseating.
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