Former FBI agents told The Daily Beast that current FBI Director Christopher Wray must be prepared to resign if the White House follows through with its decision to release the controversial Nunes’ Memo. The Bureau already attacked the Memo’s veracity over “material omissions of fact that fundamentally impact the memo’s accuracy,” an unprecedented step for an agency notoriously silent over the means and methods of its investigations.
However, the FBI itself is under attack, now, and that is what has former agents calling for the Director to get aggressive. Former “law and order” Republicans are attacking the FBI as one of the few means at their disposal to cut-down at the legitimacy of possible charges arising out of the Mueller investigation. It is breathtaking to behold.
Indeed, given the near inexplicable risks taken by Nunes, Gowdy, Ryan and McConnell, some are starting to speculate that more may be at stake than even the investigation into the presidency, as Charles Pierce notes:
All of which, in combination with the complete surrender of the Republican congressional leadership to this fairy tale, leads to the inevitable conclusion that there is more going on here than political damage control. People are breaking too much rock over this matter for that to be the case. People are risking too much to keep the cover story aloft. The original Watergate cover-up was not designed to shield the burglars; it was to keep a lid on five years of crimes and dirty tricks. There is too much energy being expended in too many directions here for there not to be something seriously wrong at the bottom of this affair.
The current matter began with an investigation into Russian interference on behalf of Trump in the election. Yet nearly the entire Republican leadership has risked its own legitimacy, indeed risked criminal liability (in the case of Nunes, substantively altering the memo after Republicans voted for release to the White House) to provide cover for Trump. Why?
Reality is such that even if Trump and Pence were deposed due to the scandal Republicans would still remain firmly in control the executive branch under Speaker Ryan. Thus, one wonders if the Republicans are protecting more than Trump, whether “the rock” being broken by Nunes is for the protection of Republicans, generally.
If Watergate consisted of cover for five years of crimes and dirty tricks, perhaps the effort to tear down Mueller is less about Russian assistance of Trump in the 2016 election, and more about Russian assistance of Republicans, through money and technological help in many elections?
It is already known that the FBI is investigating whether the Russians laundered money through the NRA and out to possible Republican causes, including the Trump campaign.
However, the NRA reported spending a record $55 million on the 2016 elections, including $30 million to support Trump – triple what the group devoted to backing Republican Mitt Romney in the 2012 presidential race. Most of that was money was spent by an arm of the NRA that is not required to disclose its donors.
Two people with close connections to the powerful gun lobby said its total election spending actually approached or exceeded $70 million. The reporting gap could be explained by the fact that independent groups are not required to reveal how much they spend on Internet ads or field operations, including get-out-the-vote efforts.