Opinion| Elder Patriot – It was all on the up and up. Really. This was supposed to serve as the foundation for yet another impeachment of President Trump.
A CIA agent, despite having no domestic surveillance authority and armed only with hearsay, and an apparently complicit inspector general to bolster his whistleblower status, was going to deliver the knockout blow that Speaker of the House Nancy Pelosi could use to impeach the president.
Pelosi deliberately avoided bringing the opening of an official impeachment inquiry to a floor vote, in my view, in order to deny Republicans and the president from being able to mount a defense. It is the congressional equivalent of a modern day lynching by a small-town sheriff.
That hasn’t prevented others from rising to the defense of the president and, in the process, exposing another corrupt construct to take down President Trump by Obama-era intelligence community holdovers.
In this case, the corrupt engineer is Inspector General Michael K. Atkinson:
(CTH’s Opinion) Atkinson’s self-interest: Michael K Atkinson was previously the Senior Counsel to the Assistant Attorney General of the National Security Division of the Department of Justice (DOJ-NSD). That makes Atkinson senior legal counsel to John Carlin and Mary McCord who were former heads of the DOJ-NSD in 2016 when the stop Trump operation was underway.
[Irony Reminder: The DOJ-NSD was purposefully under no IG oversight. In 2015 the OIG requested oversight and it was Sally Yates who responded with a lengthy 58 page legal explanation saying, essentially, ‘nope – not allowed.’ (PDF HERE) All of the DOJ is subject to oversight, except the NSD.]
Put another way, Michael Atkinson was the lawyer for the same DOJ-NSD players who: (1) lied to the FISA court (Judge Rosemary Collyer) about the 80% non compliant NSA database abuse using FBI contractors; (2) filed the FISA application against Carter Page; and (3) used FARA violations as tools for political surveillance and political targeting.
Yes, that means Michael Atkinson was Senior Counsel for the DOJ-NSD, at the very epicenter of the political weaponization and FISA abuse…
… Yes, that gives current ICIG Michael Atkinson a strong and corrupt motive to participate with the Schiff/Lawfare impeachment objective.
Evidence of ICIG Atkinson’s possible corruption was revealed by The Federalist’s Sean Davis earlier this week when he reported:
-The intelligence community inspector general (ICIG) admitted that it did alter its forms and policies governing whistleblower complaints, and
-That it did so in response to the anti-Trump complaint filed on Aug. 12, 2019.
-The ICIG admitted in its Aug. 26 letter to the DNI that its office never even reviewed the transcript of Trump’s phone call with Zelensky prior to determining whether the complainants hearsay allegations about the phone call were credible.
ICIG Atkinson, who as Senior Counsel to the DOJ-NSD, apparently looked the other way when FISA abuse was allegedly occurring as that corrupt unit of Obama-era employees was attempting a previous takedown of President Trump, now appears to be complicit in the creation of another false predicate for impeachment.
By what standard can an anonymous storyteller be granted whistleblower status when he’s peddling second and third-hand information?
And, what inspector general would accept second and third-hand stories, and assign ‘urgent concern’ status to them, without even reviewing the transcript of the call that was the basis of the complaint?