American Greatness : Before
the defeat of Hillary Clinton, the idea that the Russians or anyone
else could warp or tamper with our elections in any serious manner was
laughed off by President Obama. “There is no serious person out there
who would suggest that you could even rig America’s elections,” Obama
said in the weeks leading up to the 2016 election.
Obama was anxious that the
sure-to-be-sore-loser Trump would not blame his defeat on voting
impropriety in a fashion that might call into question Clinton’s
victory. After Clinton’s stunning defeat, Russian “collusion”—thanks
initially to efforts by Obama holdover Deputy Attorney General Sally
Yates to go after Michael Flynn and the successful attempts of the CIA
and FBI to seed the bogus Steele dossier among the government
elite—became a club to destroy the incoming Trump Administration.
How ironic that Russian “collusion”
was used as a preemptive charge from those who actually had colluded
with Russians for all sorts for financial and careerist advantages.
The entire so-called Uranium One
caper had hinged on ex-President Bill Clinton, Secretary of State
Hillary Clinton, and their Clinton Foundation uniting with Russian or
Russian-affiliated oligarchs to ease restrictions on the sale of North
American uranium reserves to a Russian company with close ties to
Vladimir Putin. Coincidentally what followed were massive donations from
concerned Russian parties to the foundation, as well as a $500,000
honorarium to Bill Clinton for a brief Moscow speech.
Note that no more money has been forthcoming from Russia to either of the Clintons or their foundation.
Had Donald Trump been caught, as
President Obama was in Seoul in March 2012, on a hot mic assuring the
Russians that he would be more flexible with Russia after the 2020
election (“On all these issues, but particularly missile defense, this, this can be solved but it’s important for him [Putin] to give me space”) he would likely now be facing real impeachment charges.
Imagine the cries of outrage from
Representatives Jerrold Nadler (D-N.Y.) and Adam Schiff (D-Calif.) had
Trump inadvertently blurted out to the world that he was willing to warp
U.S. security interests to fit his own reelection agenda. (Remember: “This is my last election . . . After my election, I have more flexibility.”) Such a stealthy quid pro quo certainly would have been the crown jewel of Special Counsel Robert Mueller’s report.