At last—after what feels like decades—we have some transparency in the Russia matter!
No, I’m not talking about how the DOJ finally, after another seeming eternity, coughed up the Comey memos—although the vacuous and contradictory contents of the oddball former director’s jottings might have something to do with it.
I am referring to the astonishing revelation that the Democratic National Committee (aka the DNC) is filing a lawsuit alleging Russia, the Trump campaign, and WikiLeaks conspired to disrupt the 2016 election.
The transparency here is the DNC approaching a nervous breakdown. They’re seeing things and are in panic mode. What could be more transparent than that?
And they should be. Their Russia collusion delusion is coming down all around them—it’s amazing it lasted so long—with many of their stalwarts, from Andrew McCabe to a slew of high-ranking FBI and DOJ officials, and even, though less likely, some Obama insiders, fighting to stay of out the slammer.
And the inspector general’s report isn’t even out yet. We have only seen what Roger Kimball calls the appetizer, there being only one criminal referral (McCabe) so far. Wait until the IG starts to unwrap the FISA court scandal and the attendant illegal spying cum “unmaskings” of who-knows-how-many American citizens, the Hillary email investigation’s absurd miscarriage of justice, and the whole Clinton Foundation ball of wax. It isn’t going to be pretty.
At this point, pace the Comey memos, it is beginning to look as if the entire Russia investigation was itself illegal. The IG is apparently looking into that too.
You would think the DNC would have the brains to lay low or at least make some minor disavowals and hope things blow over. (Even CNN’s Jake Tapper—sensing the wind shifting—was a bit tough with Comey in a recent interview.) But no, they have, as the saying goes, doubled-down on stupid.
Much of this may have been done to gin up their base, or for fundraising purposes, but they will regret it. Impeachment doesn’t play well with the public and neither will sorehead lawsuits, especially when juxtaposed with the IG’s facts.
Democratic strategist (apologize for that rancid term) Julius Epstein, looking justifiably anxious on Shannon Bream’s show Friday night, tried to argue this was a great opportunity for the Democrats to expose folks like Manafort and Kushner through discovery.
Good luck with that. Discovery in this matter would be disastrous for the Democratic Party. Wait until their leaders have to go on the stand to explain why the FBI wasn’t allowed to scrutinize the DNC servers that were supposedly invaded by the Russians. A raft of Democrat political factotums (Cheryl Mills, Huma Abedin, etc.) who made sweetheart deals and escaped true investigation by the FBI, perhaps even Hillary herself, will find themselves facing serious cross-examination for the first time. This civil trial would be curiously reminiscent of the OJ civil trial when the real truth came out. Wouldn’t you love to hear Strzok and Page deposed? How about Susan Rice?
Late Friday night, WikiLeaks put it this way on Twitter:
The Democrats are suing
@WikiLeaks and @JulianAssange for revealing how the DNC rigged the Democratic primaries. Help us counter-sue. We’ve never lost a publishing case and discovery is going to be amazing fun:
Discovery amazing fun? I’m not sure anything could get through the dense skulls of the DNC’s Tom Perez and Keith Ellison, but my guess is we’re not going to have this amazing fun—not via a lawsuit anyway. The pushback against the DNC is already too great, even from a growing number of Democrats. I give this lawsuit a maximum shelf life of two weeks before we never hear of it again.
What’s actually going on is nature abhorring a vacuum. The Democrats’ real problem is that they don’t have any policies. Other than nauseating segregationist identity politics, the Democratic Party no longer exists. It doesn’t stand for anything. This lawsuit is an indication that deep down they know this and are panicking. What are they going to do if Trump makes peace with North Korea?