With “Never Trump” [sic] conservatives circling the wagons around Trump’s flagrantly racist comments, unabashedly pro-Trump conservatives have to up the ante. Wall Street Journal propagandist Kimberley Strassel is truly up to the challenge:
There has been no more barometrically reliable insight into the Trump administration’s defense strategy on Russia than Wall Street Journal columnist Kimberley Strassel. Her weekly missives, essentially transcribed straight from the fevered mind of Devin Nunes, bring the readers up to date on every twist and turn in the developing conspiracy theories about the nefarious Deep State plot to frame the innocent president.
Strassel’s latest missive brings into view the latest working theory. It holds that James Comey planted a spy in the Trump campaign, in order to set in motion an investigation that would be used to smear Trump as a Russian tool, and thereby to hand the election to Hillary Clinton. This is the theory Trump is referring to when he rages about a plot that is “worse than Watergate.”
Put aside for a moment whether it is actually scandalous for the FBI to use an informant to uncover evidence of criminal conduct. The argument is that the clear purpose of this maneuver was to influence the 2016 election. Strassel writes that when Comey notified the National Security Council in spring 2016 that it was conducting a counterintelligence investigation into the Trump campaign, it “officially notified senior political operators on Team Obama that the bureau had eyes on Donald Trump and Russia. Imagine what might be done in these partisan times with such explosive information.”
This sounds like a genius plan: Plant a spy to launch an investigation, and then spring the “fatal October surprise.”
Except there’s one tiny flaw in this theory: They never sprang the October surprise. The FBI kept a tight lid on the investigation — so tight, in fact, they floated a misleading story in the New York Times conveying the false impression that they saw no ties to Russia. Clinton did help finance Christopher Steele’s investigation, but also did not publish his reporting. And the Obama administration also kept a tight lid on the disturbing details that emerged. The farthest Obama went was to ask leaders of both parties to join in a bipartisan statement warning Russia not to interfere with the election — and when Mitch McConnell refused, they did nothing. When voting took place in November 2016, as far as the public was concerned, Clinton had been under FBI investigation and Trump had not.
And, to throw people off the scent of its plan to steal the election from Trump, while it was slow-walking and keeping a tight lid on its investigation into Trump (both perfectly appropriate had the practice been applied consistently), the FBI sent its director out to 1)engage in grossly inappropriate editorializing about Hillary Clinton and then 2)to imply that she was a crook less than two weeks before the election, therefore…hurting Trump by casting permanent doubt on the legitimacy of his election. We’re through the looking glass people!