Classified documents relating to nuclear weapons, the Washington Post reported on August 11, were among the items the FBI sought in its search of Donald Trump’s Florida residence. That same day came a tweet proclaiming, “Rosenbergs were convicted for giving U.S. nuclear secrets to Moscow, and were executed June 1953.”
That sounds like something from the drunk at the end of the bar, but the tweeter was Michael Beschloss, “the nation’s leading presidential historian,” author of nine books on American presidents, NBC News presidential historian, and a contributor to the PBS news hour. In response to Beschloss, former CIA director Gen. Michael Hayden tweeted: “Sounds about right.”
Charged with giving American nuclear secrets to Stalin’s USSR, Julius and Ethel Rosenberg were executed on June 19, 1953. For the American left, it was an article of faith that the Rosenbergs were innocent, and that their execution was part of a “Red Scare.” As the left had it, there was little if any Communist espionage or influence going on in America. Author Ron Radosh set out to prove the Rosenbergs’ innocence but wound up convinced of their guilt, as he explained in The Rosenberg File: A Search for the Truth, co-authored with Joyce Milton.
“The Rosenberg’s were actual and dangerous Soviet spies,” Radosh notes. “It is time the ranks of the left acknowledge that the United States had (and has) real enemies and that finding and prosecuting them is not evidence of repression.” On the other hand, it is debatable whether the pair should have been executed, particularly Ethel. Beschloss and Hayden failed to note that nuance, which could prove inconvenient to another back story.
In 2016, Hillary Clinton cast Donald Trump as a colluder with Russia, headed by former KGB man Vladimir Putin. The FBI launched covert operations MidYear Exam and Crossfire Hurricane against candidate and President Trump. Establishment media served up “bombshell” charges that Trump was a Russian asset. Leaked stories became grounds for FISA warrants to spy on Trump associates.
In 2017, former Trump associate George Papadopolous was given $10,000 by mysterious persons he believed were working with the CIA or FBI. Papadopoulos gave the money to his attorney in Greece “and upon coming back to the United States I had about seven or eight FBI agents rummaging through my luggage looking for money.”
Former Trump associate Carter Page served as an asset for the CIA but FBI lawyer Kevin Clinesmith falsified a document to say Page, a veteran of the U.S. Navy, was not a CIA asset. That criminal action enabled a FISA warrant against Page, another victim of the FBI’s Crossfire Hurricane operation, made up out of whole cloth and originating with Hillary Clinton.
Clinesmith faced a maximum five years in prison and fine of $250,000 but D.C. Circuit Judge James Boasberg gave him only one year probation, a small fine, and community service. As it turned out, Boasberg had been the presiding FISA judge since 2014.
Hillary Clinton kept classified information on an unsecured home-brew server, destroyed some 30,000 emails under congressional subpoena, and smashed up electronic devices. FBI boss James Comey famously said “no reasonable prosecutor” would take the case.
Trump fired Comey and brought in Christopher Wray, an assistant attorney general from 2003-2005, when Comey was deputy attorney general and Robert Mueller head of the FBI. Wray rejected the charge that the FBI had engaged in “spying” on Trump, and found no evidence of illegal surveillance on the 2016 Trump campaign. President Trump called the Mueller investigation a hoax and a witch hunt. Christopher Wray didn’t think so.
“I do not consider Director Mueller to be on a witch hunt,” Wray testified at his confirmation hearing. “My loyalty is to the Constitution and the rule of law. They have been my guideposts throughout my career, and I will continue to adhere to them no matter the test.” The FBI, Wray said, will be driven by “the facts, the law and the impartial pursuit of justice.”
In a June, 2019, appearance before the Senate Judiciary Committee, PBS reported, “FBI Director Christopher Wray offered a lesson Tuesday in how to dodge questions about the special counsel’s Russia investigation.” Sen. Lindsay Graham asked Wray about the origins of the Russia investigation, but Wray “would not provide details” about that probe or the investigation conducted by U.S John Durham.
The report of DOJ Inspector General Michael Horowitz drew “mixed reactions” from Wray, who lamented actions he considered “unacceptable and unrepresentative of who we are as an institution.” Wray pushed back against descriptions of the FBI as a “deep state” operation, calling it an “affront” to allegedly rigorous, professional agents. Asked whether he thought the FBI unfairly targeted the Trump campaign, Wray said “I do not.”
At his confirmation hearing, Wray said China was America’s greatest threat. That has now changed to “domestic terrorism,” in practical terms anyone less than worshipful of Joe Biden, and even parents protesting the racist indoctrination of their children. For all but the willfully blind, the FBI has become Biden’s Gestapo and KGB. Politicians pick the man and the FBI creates the crime.
According to Rasmussen Reports, 53 percent of voters now agree that the FBI is Joe Biden’s personal Gestapo, an increase from 46 percent last December. A full 46 percent of voters now view the FBI unfavorably and 44 percent say the FBI raid on Trump’s residence made them trust the FBI less.
In the August 8 raid, the FBI remained on site for a full day. The agents barred Trump attorneys barred from observation, providing ample opportunity for planting false evidence. FBI agents took Trump’s passports, which implied that the former president was a flight risk, and they rummaged through the closet of former First Lady Melania Trump. Remember, Christopher Wray claims he follows the Constitution and the rule of law, and the FBI is driven only by “the facts, the law and the impartial pursuit of justice.”
Three days after the raid, the Washington Post reports that the FBI was searching for classified documents relating to nuclear weapons. The next day, Stephen Collinson of CNN wondered “why a former president would need such closely guarded secrets after leaving office. The possibility that such material would be held at an unsecured facility, where guests come and go and where it would be potentially vulnerable to penetration by a foreign intelligence service, would alarm government officials.” And so on.
As embattled Americans may recall, hours after Trump’s inauguration, the Washington Post proclaimed, “the campaign to impeach Trump has begun.” In reality, it was already in progress, with support from the FBI. In 2022, the campaign against Trump seems to be mounting a surge.
The day of the Post’s nuke report, “presidential historian” Michael Beschloss tweets about the execution of Communist spies Julius and Ethel Rosenberg, and it all “sounds right” to former CIA boss Gen. Michael Hayden. That sounds like presumption of Trump’s guilt, and a call for his execution. As Trump likes to say, we’ll have to see what happens.