The real reason for the Russia Hoax (and Ukraine, and impeachment, and the next thing)

By Erik Gregory:

The Russia Hoax was never about Russia. It was always a cover story to unleash a legal assault on Team Trump, the sole aim of which was to look for, and create, secondary crimes (e.g., decades-old loan applications [Paul Manafort], a misremembered timeline [George Papadopoulos], raiding the son of a top-tier target [Michael Flynn] to compel a guilty plea, or the ever-reliable “lying” charge [Roger Stone]).

That’s it in the shell of a nut. A single sentence.

And guess what: that single sentence is the current legal strategy for the Democrats, the Deep State, and the NeverTrump Republicans for the impeachment inquiry, which seeks to expand the probe well beyond Trump’s call to Ukraine. The process works in three easy steps: (1) accuse Trump of any wrongdoing, no matter how baseless (e.g., Russia collusion); (2) turn the accusation over to a politically allied Department of Justice (DOJ) official (i.e., Robert Mueller); and (3) the politically loyal DOJ official (who understands the real purpose of the initial accusation) will look for (and create) any crime committed at any time in history on anybody associated with Trump. With any luck, he’ll find an old Trump school buddy and raid him (for failure to pay parking tickets 10 years earlier, for example). The friendly DOJ official will then hold a legal gun to Trump’s buddy’s head and say, “We’ll hit you with 10 counts of perjury, 20 counts of indecency, 30 counts of being a Republican, and we’ll bankrupt you and your miserable family…unless you publicly say what we tell you to say about Trump.” I’d squeal under those conditions. And after Trump’s buddy has been sufficiently terrorized and “groomed” for public display, the friendly DOJ official will turn the buddy over to Congress, where his public testimony will sound exactly like Democratic talking points (i.e., “Trump’s a racist, Trump’s a misogynist, Trump’s a xenophobe, Trump’s a homophobe,” etc., etc., ad nauseam). Does that scenario sound too far-fetched to believe? Just ask Michael Cohen.

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