In the 1987 film, “No Way Out,” the character Scott Pritchard, general counsel to the Secretary of Defense, is desperate to protect his boss – and his meal ticket – by covering up the secretary’s act of murdering his mistress. The film presents its audience with a tangled web of Washington intrigue, and even 35 years ago, it brought home the lengths to which small men with large ambitions, having burrowed within the termite mound of the deep state, will go to protect their own careers and the powers that come only to those in positions of unelected authority in a bloated federal bureaucracy. “You have no idea what men of power can do!,” shrieks Pritchard at one point in the film, as his desperation to preserve his threatened career reveals the depths of his megalomania.
On Monday, the American people were given an ominous demonstration of what men of power can, and indeed will, do to crush those who oppose them. Someone watching the unfolding events need not be a member of team MAGA to look upon the FBI raid of the duly-elected 45th former president of the United States’ Mar-a-Lago estate with the deepest of concerns. One cannot help but think that the very agencies set up to protect the citizens of this nation have become hopelessly politicized and are morphing into the enforcement arm of a borderline thugocracy that has taken over D.C. I can only imagine the horror with which the Founding Fathers would have looked upon such a brazen act of federal power projection. I think it might be along the lines of, “And we thought the Redcoats were bad? Will someone explain to me exactly what we had a revolution for again?”
Although the most rank and shameless partisans within the Democrat Party, along with their trained parrots in much of the media, have been dutifully mouthing the blast emailed talking point from the DNC headquarters that “no one is above the law” (more on that in a moment), many other Democrats are looking at this FBI action with the proper level of disquiet it deserves.
Of all people, former Democratic New York governor Andrew Cuomo, certainly no fan of Trump to say the least, tweeted: “[Department of Justice] must immediately explain the reason for its raid & it must be more than a search for inconsequential archives or it will be viewed as a political tactic and undermine any future credible investigation & legitimacy of January 6 investigations.” Even some in the media are showing themselves to be the proverbial broken clock that is still right twice a day.
When asked if the pretext for the FBI raid – to wit: a search for classified documents in Trump’s possession that should have been turned over to the National Archives – is enough to warrant such a SWAT tactic, CNN legal analyst Paul Callan responded: “No, it’s not enough to warrant all this, and this is a daring and dangerous move by the Department of Justice, to serve a warrant on a former president and raid his personal residence.”
Daring, no. Dangerous, yes. There really seems to be, as of this writing (and yours truly waited a day or two to see what fruit fell from the shaken tree first), only two possible reasons for this unprecedented raid. Neither of which bring any comfort to lovers of civil liberties who believe in what seems to be a dying American Republic.
First is that this was really just “executing a search warrant” (as one State lacky in the media tried to frame it) to retrieve the classified documents. If this is the case, then the obvious question hangs in the air like a foul vapor: why was there no similar FBI raid on the home of Hillary Clinton between 2014 and 2016? Unlike the president, who can declassify anything at will, the former Secretary of State was served with a subpoena related to her use of a private server in her Chappaqua home to conduct government business. In response, her staffers destroyed several cell phones with a hammer and bleach-bitted over 30,000 emails she claimed were merely of a personal, non-governmental nature. You try that after a federal subpoena and see how long before your door gets kicked in. “Well, we’d intended to delete them before the subpoena, so…” Good luck with that.
We might also ask: how is it that Rep. Eric Swalwell (D-CA), a sitting member of Congress, can allegedly sleep with a Chinese Communist Party agent and is not only allowed to remain free of investigation, but actually continues to sit on the – wait for it – House Intelligence Committee?
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