Skip to comments.Dems Object to Financial Oversight of Special Counsel [semi-satire]
Posted on 06/10/2018 9:54:29 AM PDT by John Semmens
This week, by a vote of 207-201, the US House of Representatives approved a measure requiring a semi-annual audit of how Special Counsel Robert Mueller is spending the taxpayers money. Thus far, Muellers investigation of possible collusion between Russia and the Trump campaign has admitted running through nearly $17 million in total, but no itemization has been provided.
Sponsor of the measure, Rep. Mark Meadows (R-NC), defended it, saying that a special counsels work is important, but they should not be able to spend taxpayer dollars without accountability. Americans need to know where their money is going.
Rep. Tim Ryan (D-Ohio), ranking member of the House appropriations subcommittee characterized the measure as an attempt to obstruct justice. There may be good reasons for keeping the particulars of the Special Counsels spending secret. Whatever progress has been made in the whole FBI investigation has depended upon covert operations to insert informants into the Trump campaign, to obtain FISA Court approval to intercept Trumps communications, and to aggressively deploy redactions of federal documents specifically to block congressional interference. The GOPs audit scheme could unravel two years of painstaking efforts by the intelligence community to try to protect our government from falling into the wrong hands.
In related news, the onset of the FBI scheme to spy on the Trump campaign in now revealed to have occurred in December of 2015. A text message sent by counterintelligence agent Peter Strzok to then FBI lawyer Lisa Page, mentioned oconus lures, which is FBI lingo for overseas spies used to disrupt a targeted operation. In the months following this text the FBI sent Joseph Mifsud into the outer fringe of Trump campaign associates where he was able to plant the claim that Russia had Hillarys missing emails into the mind of George Papadopoulos. Papadopoulos later boast about these emails to the Australian ambassador to the UK was then used to help persuade the FISA Court to authorize the FBI to spy on Trump.
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