It would have happened sooner or later, but Nancy Pelosi’s out-of-control behavior—accusing Trump of a cover-up before meeting with him (sheesh), demanding his family stage an intervention (double sheesh), etc.—clearly forced the president finally to issue a memo giving Attorney General Barr authority to declassify the 2016 campaign surveillance documents. (He undoubtedly had it in his hip pocket for a while.)
The memo requires all agencies to “promptly provide such assistance and information as the Attorney General may request in connection with that review.” That includes the secretaries of State, Treasury, Defense, and Energy as well as, importantly, the director of national intelligence and the director of the CIA.
Result: game changer. The re-election of Donald Trump will be dated from the evening of May 23, 2019. And the supposedly politically-savvy Ms. Pelosi will be marked down as the instigator.
You almost feel sorry for her. The speaker was unable to face down the simple-minded, juvenile leftists in her own caucus and ended up being their lackey, actually even becoming one of them herself. What a sad and pathetic way to finish your career.
So we will be saying good-bye to the obstruction meme. How do you obstruct an investigation that not only came up empty (i. e. no collusion) but is certain to be revealed as a treasonous set-up from the start?
Oh, to be a fly on the wall of Comey, Brennan, Clapper, Strzok, Page, McCabe, Baker, etc., etc., not to mention, Stefan Halper, Joseph Mifsud and a number of self-righteous clowns in MI-6 and Australian intel. You can add on Samantha Power (wait until the “unmasking ” information comes out), Susan Rice, even Mueller (his whole investigation will be revealed as farce—you can bet he’ll never testify) and, needless to say, Barack Obama. Finally, we can safely predict, a whole set of new names we have never heard before will appear, straight out of the pages of The Quiet American or Tinker Tailor Soldier Spy.
The next few months will be historic. The Democrat beehive will be going even crazier. That “distinguished legislator” Richard “The Lion-Hearted” Blumenthal was almost instantly on CNN Thursday night complaining that Trump was unfairly releasing documents (or something) to a semi-baffled and justifiably-fearful Anderson Cooper. (Perhaps Richard was there to head off accusations that the other Blumenthal—Sidney—was one of the authors of Steele dossier.)
Popcorn time for conservatives has come. But it’s good to remember the old saw: It’s never as good or as bad as you think it is.
Still, conservatives and libertarians should enjoy. They deserve it after the nausea of the last two years. Consider this a great dessert after a terrible meal.
Roger L. Simon — co-founder and CEO emeritus of PJ Media — is an award-winning novelist and an Academy Award-nominated screenwriter.