As noted in an article at NRO “Barr’s attempt to determine whether the unprecedented probe of a presidential campaign was an abuse of power seems reasonable. But Barr’s decision is a huge problem for Democrats who are hoping to pursue the impeachment of Trump by picking up the case that Mueller failed to make after two years of effort.”
Abuses of power must be exposed, and prosecuted. PERIOD. FULL STOP.
Seriously, any reasonable political party would demand strict adherence to the law if an incumbent opposition party resorted to surveillance of them during election campaigns.
This anger over Attorney General Barr looking into such a matter is telling.
Legalities dictate ‘probable cause’ to justify surveillance. The fact that it was against an opposition political campaign demands even STRICTER adherence to such principles.
Probable cause can’t be built on hearsay…especially with tons of exculpatory info.
That’s why the Democrats are angry…and scared. They’re being exposed.
Obama and his thugs weaponized the CIA, NSA, & FBI in 2015; sent in lures; attempted entrapment scenarios; and finally, used hearsay to justify surveillance (by veiling the fact it was hearsay, and hiding loads of exculpatory information from the FISA court).
Party loyalty aside…honest Americans should insist, should DEMAND, that any party guilty of such illegal acts should be prosecuted whenever such abuses occur.
If Democrats can’t do that now, they must understand that back-room discussions with Iran and China, held by their out-of-office politicians over the last year…by standards they established…justify CIA/FBI/NSA surveillance of the next Democrat campaign.
Bottom-line: elite Republicans would never stoop to Democrat levels…
…but President Trump doesn’t live in that elite Republican world – he’ll hammer them.
No amount of disingenuous ‘anger’ can withstand his disgust over politics-as-usual.
Jonathan Tobin notes “Sensible people of either party will always seek to mix deference to the intelligence community’s mission, which often requires a fair degree of secrecy, with an understanding that all government officials and agencies must be kept on a tight leash lest they abuse the awesome power vested in them.”
Mr. Tobin – have any sensible Democrats been spotted on the horizon?