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Philip M. Giraldi: “The Conspiracy Against Trump”

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Written by Philip M. Giraldi; Originally appeared at The Unz Review

The real “deplorable” in today’s United States is the continuation of a foreign policy based on endless aggression to maintain Washington’s military dominance in parts of the world where Americans have no conceivable interest. Many voters backed Donald J. Trump because he committed himself to changing all that, but, unfortunately, he has reneged on his promise, instead heightening tension with major powers Russia and China while also threatening Iran and Venezuela on an almost daily basis. Now Cuba is in the crosshairs because it is allegedly assisting Venezuela. One might reasonably ask if America in its seemingly enduring role as the world’s most feared bully will ever cease and desist, but the more practical question might be “When will the psychopathic trio of John Bolton, Mike Pompeo and Elliott Abrams be fired so the United States can begin to behave like a normal nation?”

Philip M. Giraldi: "The Conspiracy Against Trump"

Trump, to be sure, is the heart of the problem as he has consistently made bad, overly belligerent decisions when better and less abrasive options were available, something that should not necessarily always be blamed on his poor choice of advisers. But one also should not discount the likelihood that the dysfunction in Trump is in part comprehensible, stemming from his belief that he has numerous powerful enemies who have been out do destroy him since before he was nominated as the GOP’s presidential candidate. This hatred of all things Trump has been manifested in the neoconservative “Nevertrump” forces led by Bill Kristol and by the “Trump Derangement Syndrome” prominent on the political left, regularly exhibited by Rachel Maddow.

And then there is the Deep State, which also worked with the Democratic Party and President Barack Obama to destroy the Trump presidency even before it began. One can define Deep State in a number of ways, ranging from a “soft” version which accepts that there is an Establishment that has certain self-serving objectives that it works collectively to promote to something harder, an actual infrastructure that meets together and connives to remove individuals and sabotage policies that it objects to. The Deep State in either version includes senior government officials, business leaders and, perhaps most importantly, the managed media, which promotes a corrupted version of “good governance” that in turn influences the public.

Whether the Mueller report is definitive very much depends on the people they chose to interview and the questions they chose to ask, which is something that will no doubt be discussed for the next year if not longer. Beyond declaring that the Trump team did not collude with Russia, it cast little light on the possible Deep State role in attempting to vilify Trump and his associates. The investigation of that aspect of the 2016 campaign and the possible prosecutions of former senior government officials that might be a consequence of the investigation will likely be entertaining conspiracy theorists well into 2020. Since Russiagate has already been used and discarded the new inquiry might well be dubbed Trumpgate.

The media has scarcely reported how Michael Horowitz, the Inspector General of the Department of Justice (DOJ), has been looking into the activities of the principal promoters of the Russiagate fraud. Horowitz, whose report is expected in about a month, has already revealed that he intends to make criminal referrals as a result of his investigation. While the report will only cover malfeasance in the Department of Justice, which includes the FBI, the names of intelligence officers involved will no doubt also surface. It is expected that there will be charges leading to many prosecutions and one can hope for jail time for those individuals who corruptly betrayed their oath to the United States Constitution to pursue a political vendetta.

A review of what is already known about the plot against Trump is revealing and no doubt much more will be learned if and when investigators go through emails and phone records. The first phase of the illegal investigation of the Trump associates involved initiating wiretaps without any probable cause. This eventually involved six government intelligence and law enforcement agencies that formed a de facto task force headed by the CIA’s Director John Brennan. Also reportedly involved were the FBI’s James Comey, Director of National Intelligence James Clapper, Attorney General Loretta Lynch, Department of Homeland Security Director Jeh Johnson, and Admiral Michael Rogers who headed the National Security Agency.

Brennan was the key to the operation because the Foreign Intelligence Surveillance Act (FISA) court refused to approve several requests by the FBI to initiate taps on Trump associates and Trump Tower as there was no probable cause to do so but the British and other European intelligence services were legally able to intercept communications linked to American sources. Brennan was able to use his connections with those foreign intelligence agencies, primarily the British GCHQ, to make it look like the concerns about Trump were coming from friendly and allied countries and therefore had to be responded to as part of routine intelligence sharing. As a result, Paul Manafort, Carter Page, Donald Trump Jr., Jared Kushner and Gen. Michael Flynn were all wiretapped. And likely there were others. This all happened during the primaries and after Trump became the GOP nominee.

In other words, to make the wiretaps appear to be legitimate, GCHQ and others were quietly and off-the-record approached by Brennan and associates over their fears of what a Trump presidency might mean. The British responded by initiating wiretaps that were then used by Brennan to justify further investigation of Trump’s associates. It was all neatly done and constituted completely illegal spying on American citizens by the U.S. government.

The British support of the operation was coordinated by the then-director of GCHQ Robert Hannigan who has since been forced to resign. Brennan is, unfortunately still around and has not been charged with perjury and other crimes. In May 2017, after he departed government, he testified before Congress with what sounds a lot like a final unsourced, uncorroborated attempt to smear the new administration: “I encountered and am aware of information and intelligence that revealed contacts and interactions between Russian officials and U.S. persons involved in the Trump campaign that I was concerned about because of known Russian efforts to suborn such individuals. It raised questions in my mind whether or not Russia was able to gain the co-operation of those individuals.”

Brennan’s claimed “concerns” turned out to be incorrect. Meanwhile, other interested parties were involved in the so-called Steele Dossier on Trump himself. The dossier, paid for initially by Republicans trying to stop Trump, was later funded by $12 million from the Hillary campaign. It was commissioned by the law firm Perkins Coie, which was working for the Democratic National Committee (DNC). The objective was to assess any possible Trump involvement with Russia. The work itself was sub-contracted to Fusion GPS, which in turn sub-contracted the actual investigation to British spy Christopher Steele who headed a business intelligence firm called Orbis.

Steele left MI-6 in 2009 and had not visited Russia since 1993. The report, intended to dig up dirt on Trump, was largely prepared using impossible to corroborate second-hand information and would have never surfaced but for the surprise result of the 2016 election. Christopher Steele gave a copy to a retired of British Diplomat Sir Andrew Wood who in turn handed it to Trump critic Senator John McCain who then passed it on to the FBI. President Barack Obama presumably also saw it and, according to Director of National Intelligence James Clapper, “If it weren’t for President Obama, we might not have done the intelligence community assessment that we did that set off a whole sequence of events which are still unfolding today, notably, special counsel Mueller’s investigation.”

The report was leaked to the media in January 2017 to coincide with Trump’s inauguration. Hilary Clinton denied any prior knowledge despite the fact that her campaign had paid for it. Pressure from the Democrats and other constituencies devastated by the Trump victory used the Steele report to provide leverage for what became the Mueller investigation.

So, was there a broad ranging conspiracy against Donald Trump orchestrated by many of the most senior officials and politicians in Washington? Undeniably yes. What Trump has amounted to as a leader and role model is beside the point as what evolved was undeniably a bureaucratic coup directed against a legally elected president of the United States and to a certain extent it was successful as Trump was likely forced to turn his back on his better angels and subsequently hired Pompeo, Bolton and Abrams. One can only hope that investigators dig deep into what is Washington insiders have been up to so Trumpgate will prove more interesting and informative than was Russiagate. And one also has to hope that enough highest-level heads will roll to make any interference by the Deep State in future elections unthinkable. One hopes.

LINKBOOKMARKPhilip M. Giraldi, Ph.D., is Executive Director of the Council for the National Interest, a 501(c)3 tax deductible educational foundation (Federal ID Number #52-1739023) that seeks a more interests-based U.S. foreign policy in the Middle East. Website is councilforthenationalinterest.org, address is P.O. Box 2157, Purcellville VA 20134 and its email is inform@cnionline.org.

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  • Sinbad2

    Trump is a moron who has made many mistakes.
    The Democrats and their deep state allies have not bothered to tackle Trump on his idiotic policies and his poor performance, no they go for he’s a Russian spy conspiracy.

    Is there a politician in America today with a normal brain?
    If so he/she should start a political party to save America from the current crop idiots.

    • Promitheas Apollonious

      too little too late, for that solution though I do agree if we was living in a perfect world. How can you correct a problem that starts since the creation of the colony, involves all the global companies and banking system as well all the agencies that been created to be added to the existing ones since 9/11?

      The only way for the usa problem to go away is the creation of 52 new countries and the abolishment of the federal government. As long this is not happening all they manage is changing a totally controlled shit for another. Politicians are the core of the problem never the solution.

      • You can call me Al

        Whilst I agree, that is the overall picture, argument and solution FOR THE US ONLY; what we are discussing now, in this time is -> the unprecedented united attack on Trump, by both insider and outsider National groups.

        FYI – It amazes me, that a Clinton was mentioned just once in the article above. From the information I know of (from general web sites alone, including the MSM), she is guilty of numerous crimes against humanity and many crimes against the US itself, that should be deemed traitorous without doubt; meanwhile all attention, emphasis and investigations have been aimed at Trump.

        I do believe the British had a part to play in the farce, but the downright open harassment of Trump by the American alphabetical groups, US politicians of both parties, the media has never been seen in history ……

        Sorry, but I have too much to say, but brain to output doesn’t work at the moment, but I think we should all be terrified by the way this is playing out – as something is about to give. US civil war, WW, God only knows.

        • Promitheas Apollonious

          terrified what for? I am just waiting for the party to begin. Other than that the attack on trump was an internal affair within the globalist group which side gets to be the top dog and which to be the ones who kiss ass.

          Other than that to me is same shit different name, either be called trump or clinton. What is the difference unless you believe that a politician in the west is the one who call the shots that effect the globalists long term planning. The only use of them is so people have someone to blame for and follow blindly.

    • You can call me Al

      But is he ?, to me he sounded like a breathe of fresh air when he was fighting his fight to become President; typical loud-mouthed American OK, but bloody good ideas. What we see now is not what he promised and his U-turns are embarrassing … why did he do that if he knew his vote was because of his initial promises ?……because everything he has tried to do has been blocked by the Democrats or even his own party !!!.

      https://www.politifact.com/truth-o-meter/promises/trumpometer/

  • goingbrokes

    Of course there is a conspiracy against Trump, the difficulty will be to prove it, to gauge its extent accurately, to bring it to justice, and to get the judge/court to follow the law properly. A few people will be thrown to the lions no doubt, others will walk to continue.

  • Joe Kerr

    Hubris. Trump jumped into the political sewer that the zionist colony has become, and found that trying to swim amongst all the xit was more difficult than he expected. What Russia was to Clinton, China has become now to both sides of U.S. politics, their new bete noir. Trump, with his Jina, Jina, Jina electioneering success, has laid the foundations of the new sinophobic cold war that’s brewing, as even lefties like Warren and Sanders have taken up the bashing China baton as well and are running full steam with it. That China has begun to push back is no surprise, and Venezuela was the start. The terrible trio of Pompeo, Abrams and Bolton were put in their place by Lu Kang, whose recent blunt warning to the U.S. of its destabilising nastiness towards Venezuela has left South America with no choice… either war and bankruptcy with the U.S. or development with China.

    It’s interesting to watch this bankrupted zionist colony tear itself apart, like a mobster after realising the bank has armed itself.