So, we will never have resolution on whether there should have been an investigation. And in any event, the suspicion that was under investigation — namely, the “Russia election-hacking” plot, in which Trump allegedly conspired — was not reality…
In effect, it is entirely possible to conduct a “counterintelligence” investigation that quite intentionally accesses intercepted communications of an American without obtaining a FISA warrant that singles out that American for wiretapping. Consequently, the question is not merely whether Trump or his associates (or both) were the targets of FISA applications or warrants. It is whether the intelligence agencies took active steps to access and analyze their intercepted communications — whether through targeted FISA warrants, non-particularized FISA authorizations, or other foreign-intelligence-gathering streams.
Assuming that there are such intercepted conversations, as the New York Times has reported, the question is whether people in the Trump camp just happened to be incidentally monitored because they were dealing with some Russians of interest to the intelligence community, or whether they were targeted to have their communications monitored or at least analyzed after the fact.
It is a fascinating question. And as with the other fascinating questions, we will probably never get a definitive answer. What you’ll get is this: The Russians tried to meddle in the election, but the Russians did not “hack the election” or affect its outcome. As for the rest of it, nothing to see here, move along.
Please read the whole thing.
It’s that final sentence of McCarthy’s that has me nodding. I’ve noticed—how can a person fail to notice?—that with Trump, both before his election and after, there have been a succession of Big Stories that break like waves upon a beach. Did you ever watch waves? They come in a certain rhythm, one after the other. And on any given day at a certain time of day, they all have a similar magnitude. Oh, there’s a bit of variation—one wave might be somewhat higher or lower than another wave. But they generally resemble each other, and all tend to break harmlessly on the shore.
It’s a rare rare day that brings a tsunami. Fortunately for shore-dwellers.
The Trump-accusation waves have been somewhat like that: a day at the beach. We see them crest, and then the wave breaks, and then the next one forms.
Each wave is touted by the MSM as being The Wave of the Century. This is indicated in part by the suffix “-Gate” that’s often hopefully added. I say “hopefully,” because, although Watergate took a while to fully reveal itself, it ended up washing away the presidency of a Republican man the MSM hated.
It was their moment of greatest glory, when reporters were heroes and had movies made about them with the main characters played by the likes of Redford and Hoffman. The MSM is eager for a repeat, with themselves in the roles and the hated Trump the new target. But the public has outrage fatigue, there are too many other competing sources of news and opinion, and the MSM’s reputation has suffered so much in the ensuing years that the public no longer trusts them, either.