The rupture of the public trust
The following is an editorial by Armstrong Williams.
For the past several days, my live Sirius XM Channel 126 daily 6:00 pm show, has been dedicated to the FISA Steele dossier and making sense of it all. Our guests and caller reactions have been overwhelming and most educational.
Why is the HPSCI memo classified? Is it to protect Sources and Methods? Or is it to conceal the malfeasance in office and seditious conduct of senior civil service employees?
The mainstream media has done yeoman work concealing the malfeasance and sedition that has occurred at the highest levels of the Federal Executive since the Presidential campaign of 2016-2017 began. This malfeasance and seditious conduct come more into focus with each passing day. It is clear as of this writing that the Director of the FBI and senior members of his leadership team have openly opposed and conspired against the 45th President of the United States. The Director of the CIA was directly involved in actions to collect information and actively attempts to influence the presidential campaign and election process inside the United States. Senior members of the command structure at the NSA have weaponized the most sensitive and dangerous intelligence collection tools of the nation against private American citizens, members of the Trump Presidential family, campaign staff, and private citizens working to assist the 45th President in executing his duties as President.
Why is this issue important? It strikes at the core of our Constitutional Republic and has ruptured the public trust. Let's distill this problem down to its raw components. Armed FBI agents, who are serving at the highest level of the FBI; entrusted by the American people with the most important and potentially dangerous authority contained in the Constitution of the United States; the power and authority of the State to deprive individual citizens of their personal liberty; the power of arrest; 'We the People' granted the FBI this authority. Their Moto is Fidelity, Bravery, and Integrity? We know now, through the very words typed into text transmissions by the Chief of FBI Counter Intelligence and at least one Deputy Director level senior Special Agent, that they despised the 45th President of the United States and openly discussed their plans to first prevent him from being elected, and if by some fluke he was elected, planned and plotted to prevent him from governing and, ultimately forcing him from office. “An insurance policy,"
To put this in context, let's refresh our memories on the Sedition Act of July 14, 1798. As we look at the Steele Dossier, DCI Brennan’s role in obtaining this false document and introducing it to the classified Intelligence system of the USG ultimately ensured its inclusion in the President’s Daily Brief (PDB). This was a deliberate act to take purchased foreign materials, which were not vetted, evaluated, and crafted into a finished intelligence product that directly impacted a candidate for the Presidency of the United States, with the clearly stated intent to destroy him during the Presidential campaign.
SECTION II punishes seditious writings.
1. Definition of offense:
To write, print, utter or publish, or cause it to be done, or assist in it, any false, scandalous, and malicious writing against the government of the United States, or either House of Congress, or the President, with intent to defame, or bring either into contempt or disrepute, or to excite against either the hatred of the people of the United States, or to stir up sedition, or to excite unlawful combinations against the government, or to resist it, or to aid or encourage hostile designs of foreign nations.
SECTION 1. Be it enacted by the Senate and House of Representatives of the United States of America, in Congress assembled. That if any persons shall unlawfully combine or conspire together, with intent to oppose any measure or measures of the government of the United States, which are or shall be directed by proper authority, or to impede the operation of any law of the United States, or to intimidate or prevent any person holding a place or office in or under the government of the United States, from undertaking, performing, or executing his trust or duty: and if any person or persons, with intent as aforesaid, shall counsel, advise, or attempt to procure any insurrection, riot, unlawful assembly, or combination, whether such conspiracy, threatening, counsel, advice, or attempt shall have the proposed effect or not, he or they shall be deemed guilty of a high misdemeanour, and on conviction before any court of the United States having jurisdiction thereof, shall be punished by a fine not exceeding five thousand dollars, and by imprisonment during a term of not less than six months, nor exceeding five years; and further, at the discretion of the court, may be holden to find sureties for his good behaviour, in such sum, and for such time, as the said court may direct.
I am not a lawyer, but I am a thinking human being and free citizen of these United States, and capable of rational thought and analysis. This statue seems to describe with precision the actions of senior USG official in the FBI, CIA, and NSA.
What are we to do? What is President Trump to do?
Here are some options. First, the Attorney General of the United States most certainly has enough probable cause to order the suspension of the Senior FBI officials who, through their own words and texts, have implicated themselves in potentially illegal and unethical activities. These senior officers should ALL be suspended with pay immediately, pending the full investigation and adjudication of these suspected activities and violations of federal law.
Restoration of the public trust: It is crystal clear that the FBI is incapable of conducting any internal investigation where the people under suspicion of wrong doing, hold positions of authority over the rank and file investigators and supervisors charged with conducting the investigation. This is easily addressed. The Attorney General could, working with the United States Marshall Service, create a task force comprised of some of the best police detectives and professional investigators working in the nation today. These sworn officers can be deputized as United States Marshals, and granted the full arrest and investigative authority of a federal agent, and take over the internal investigation of the FBI, CIA, and NSA, and NSC officials implicated in these illegal activities from the Trump Administration and the Obama administration.
Contrary to popular belief, the best criminal investigators in the nation are not FBI agents. They are the detectives and inspectors who staff the major crime squads, robbery and homicide divisions, and intelligence divisions of the major police departments in the United States such as NYPD, LAPD, Miami Dade PD, and a myriad of other professional and respected Police Departments across the nation. This a-political group of independent professionals could quickly complete these various investigations and report their findings to the Attorney General or present their findings to Grand Juries. There is little confidence left in the nation that the FBI can be trusted to conduct a fair, impartial and thorough investigation of their leadership team and command structure. This is exactly why police corruption is investigated at the Federal level, and police departments do not conduct their own corruption investigations.
With what we know now, the Mueller investigation could easily be described as being created, fed and driven by “the fruit of the poisonous tree.” The Mueller investigation could be absorbed under the new task force of professional, independent and competent police investigators, operating under the authority of the United States Marshals. Mueller, who is associated with senior FBI leadership figures which have fallen under suspicion, cannot be trusted to conduct an investigation of the President. A profoundly new and bold approach must be undertaken to both reveal the truth, and restore the public trust.