It was always treason
Just breaking in the New York Times: After Traitor Trump fired FBI Director James Comey, federal investigators opened a counterintelligence investigation into whether Trump was a willing or unwitting agent of Russian intelligence.
From the lede:
In the days after President Trump fired James B. Comey as F.B.I. director, law enforcement officials became so concerned by the president’s behavior that they began investigating whether he had been working on behalf of Russia against American interests, according to former law enforcement officials and others familiar with the investigation.
The inquiry carried explosive implications. Counterintelligence investigators had to consider whether the president’s own actions constituted a possible threat to national security. Agents also sought to determine whether Mr. Trump was knowingly working for Russia or had unwittingly fallen under Moscow’s influence.
Not only that, but once Special Counsel Robert S. Mueller III was appointed, he took over the investigation as part of his broader mandate to see how Russia interfered in the 2016 election and if there was collusion between it and the Trump campaign. Since Mueller doesn’t leak, we don’t know if the investigation continued. But my educated guess is that it did. Someone like Mueller doesn’t let go of something so possibly explosive.
So, there you have it. From the inception of the Mueller probe, the possibility of outright treason—of whether the putative President of the United States was a knowing or unknowing Russian asset—has been a part of it.
I don’t think I can overstress the sheer madness of this. The FBI opened up a counterintelligence investigation on the new president. This is something out of a fevered John Frankenheimer film, not something which is supposed to happen in the real world.
This part stuck out at me:
It is unclear whether Mr. Mueller is still pursuing the counterintelligence matter, and some former law enforcement officials outside the investigation have questioned whether agents overstepped in opening it.
No. The questions would have arisen had agents not opened up an investigation based on their years of intelligence experience. Investigations aren’t opened on a whim, especially not of a sitting president. The agency was so alarmed by Trump’s actions that it saw no option but to treat him as a suspect.
One can logically ask if Trump’s shutting down the government and causing the state untold damage are part of his brief from Moscow. We can no longer not entertain such formerly outlandish thoughts. If so, we are under assault by a foreign power, and a foreign agent sits in the West Wing.
The Mueller report promises to upend everything we believed was secure. This country is heading for a deep reassessment of itself as the singular nation. Because if this regime is in fact solely a Russian intelligence operation, how we order our politics has to be rethought from top to bottom.
We may have not merely a metaphorical traitor in office, but a bona fide one. If that proves true, I can’t even begin to predict what happens then.
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