The Real Witch Hunts

The Trump Department of Justice was weaponized to pursue political enemies. They futilely pursued Andrew McCabe, presented his case to a grand jury, which to the humiliation of Trump DOJ refused to indict, a real black swan event.

The DOJ secretly acquired phone records of reporters from CNN, The Washington Post and New York Times. The DOJ placed CNN attorneys under gag orders to keep this from reaching the light of day. The seizure of a CNN reporters emails continued even after a judge told prosecutors their justifications were “speculative” and “unanchored in any facts.”

Now being revealed are direct attacks on Trump’s enemies in Congress, a coequal branch of government. The DOJ secretly acquired the emails of various members of Congress, the ones so far identified include Eric Swalwell and House Intelligence Committee Chairman Adam Schiff.

The email sweep extended to their staffs, and even to their families to include at least one minor child. Even after prosecutors recommended that the investigation be dropped Attorney General Barr overruled them and ordered it to continue.

What did all this secret prying into Trump’s media and political enemies and even their families and children produce? Nothing. Absolutely nothing. Not a single indictment. Not a single conviction. Zilch. A fact which reduces any comparison to the Mueller investigation absolutely fatuous.

In my view a special prosecutor should be appointed to investigate Trump’s own possible involvement in prompting these pointless and illegitimate investigations. The special prosecutor should have the power to subpoena Trump, Former Attorney General Bill Barr, and any other DOJ officials involved.

Donald Trump’s threat to our democratic institutions was far reaching, and with eventually deadly consequences. No American, whether they be a reporter, a member of Congress, or a member of their family should feel that an American President can abusively turn the wheels of justice, on his whims, against them.

Retired lawyer & Army vet in The Villages of Florida. Lifelong: Republican (pre-Trump), Constitution buff, science nerd & dog lover. Twitter: @KeithDB80