What Is a Coup D’Etat Investigation Worth? [OPINION]
Ok, those who wanted President Trump investigated for Russian collusion got their way. It only cost the taxpayers just over $25 million dollars.
I'm not being sarcastic. If the president is an agent for Russia, that is peanuts compared to the damage he could have done.
But the end result with 500 witnesses, 2,800 subpoenas and after 675 days of investigating, the Mueller report is recommending no further charges or indictments and saw no evidence of collaboration or collusion with Russians by the Trump Administration.
If you were willing to spend the money and put the nation through this to make sure the president wasn't serving the interests of an adversary nation, what are you willing to spend and put the nation through to make sure we didn't just witness a soft attempt, through deception, to overthrow our government?
If the information used by the Justice Department was an elaborate set up to frame Donald Trump and others in his administration and campaign, we are looking at high treason.
Penalties for treason range from five-year prison sentences to death. High treason should bring about an actual debate over the lives of those charged in that scenario. I don't care whose name is brought to light.
I'm not a violent person by nature but what I believe we all just went through, and witnessed, was quite possibly the worst crimes against this nation since the Rosenbergs were sent to the electric chair for selling the top-secret design plans to construct the atomic bomb to the Soviet Union.
Some questions to consider:
- How come there was no outrage from the loudest voices accusing Trump of Russian collusion or even curiosity when the Russians were handed nearly 20 percent of our domestic supply of uranium? The uranium supply was handed to them in a private deal between Canadian-based Uranium One, which was bought out by Russian-based Rosatom. The deal couldn't go through, however, until approved by DHS, the Treasury and by the State Department under Hillary Clinton. The company had mines in several U.S. states. The Clinton Foundation received $145 million dollars by current or prior stockholders right after the deal was finished.
- Why was there no will by Trump accusers to look into the Fusion GPS dossier creation and how the information was brought about? There are some very disturbing facts about who was involved and how they got their data that included Kremlin sources.
The Russian attorney, Natalia Veselniskaya, who approached the Trump campaign at Trump Tower in Manhattan, met with Fusion GPS founder Glen Simpson at a Manhattan federal courthouse just hours before the meeting and met for dinner afterward, too.
At that time, bank records proved Fusion GPS was paid by a law firm for work on behalf of a Kremlin-linked oligarch while paying former British spy Christopher Steele to dig up dirt on Trump through his Russian contacts. Ultimately, the Clinton campaign financed all of this and the Justice Department under President Obama acted on this politically motivated, unsubstantiated garbage.
So the Russians were involved. Originally contacted by an investigator, Steele, under contract with Fusion GPS, which was hired by the Clinton campaign.
In the world of espionage and counterintelligence, it's always wise to look in the exact opposite direction from where the noise appears to be coming.
You don't have to like Trump to be a patriot. However, you do have to want to protect our government to think of yourself one.
Ken Pittman is the host of The Ken Pittman Show on 1420 WBSM New Bedford. He can be heard Saturdays from 9 a.m. to noon. Contact him at ken.pittman@