A tea party activist says he remains hopeful some big names will face criminal punishment for their role in the shadowy “Deep State” operation against Donald Trump and his campaign.
At the same time Democrats are moving closer to an impeachment trial against the president, U.S. Attorney General Bill Barr shook up D.C. when he announced in late October that a “criminal inquiry” is under way. That announcement marked a dramatic shift from what was a DOJ review of the behind-the-scenes effort by the FBI to spy on then-candidate Donald Trump over allegations of Russian collusion.
The counter-intelligence effort that was once dismissed as a “conspiracy theory” about a shadowy “Deep State” is now being described by The New York Times as a necessary and patriotic attempt to hold Trump accountable.
“There is a Deep State. There is a bureaucracy in our country,” NYT columnist James B. Stewart told NBC News, “who has pledged to respect the Constitution, respect the rule of law.”
Barr unleashed federal prosecutor John Durham to investigate the Obama-era investigation that ensnared Michael Flynn, for example, the retired U.S. Army general whose attorney Sidney Powell now alleges FBI agents fraudulently changed key documents, interview summaries known as 302s, to entrap the former general.
Who allegedly altered the 302 documents? FBI agent Peter Strzok, who interviewed Flynn and is better known as the now-fired frequent cell phone texter and secret lover of fellow agent Lisa Page, who allegedly instructed him to alter the 302 to bolster the FBI’s investigation of Flynn.
The news website Politico explained in its Oct. 24 story that “escalating” the review to a criminal investigation means “current and former FBI, Justice Department or CIA officials could face the possibility of criminal charges arising from some aspect of their work on the Russia investigation.”
"We need to clean house and we're moving towards that,” observes Tom Zawistowski, an Ohio tea party leader who tells OneNewsNow he predicts a grand jury will be seated in coming weeks.
“That means they're going to indict people. That means there is going to be trials,” he says. “The sooner the better.”
Numerous political observers on the right noticed when James Clapper, the former director of national intelligence under President Obama, stammered at the news of Barr’s announcement live on CNN.
“Well, you know, I’m very cur-curious since presumably I-I-I guess I’m one of those, uh, under investigation,” Clapper, a CNN contributor, said live on the air.
Clapper went on to question the timing of Barr’s announcement given the “heat” around President Trump’s impeachment probe.
“I think Brennan and Clapper are in serious trouble. I think Comey is in serious trouble,” Zawstowski predicts. “Obviously Strzok, Page, and McCabe, those people are in serious trouble."