Victor Davis Hanson is a scholar and historian as well as being a brilliant contemporary commentator. His website includes details of his career and academic history
He has made a number of summaries of the questionable or even illegal actions committed during the US electoral process during and after the 2016 presidential campaign. Unless there is a change in the actions of the US Department of Justice or the FBI, surely it can never recover the reputation it had as a “democratic” process. The apparent gross illegalities and an aftermath of bitter and often fanatical hysteria by a partisan media has gone so far as to open the political universe to a conclusion that unless the guilty are brought to account for their illegal actions, the US electoral process will be forever tainted.
In his recent article sub-titled Criminals and partisans, accusing others of criminality and partisanship in National Review, Hanson once again cuts through the obstruction to clearly lay out many facts for consideration in the analysis, beginning with a neat introduction,
So far, we know that the U.S. government decided to intervene in a political campaign to help one candidate and to smear the other — under the pretext of Russian “collusion.” And so it hired or made use of spies and informants including Hank Greenberg, Stefan Halper, Felix Sater, and others to contact Trump campaign officials to catch them in supposed collusion traps. It enlisted the help of foreign intelligence agencies, specifically the British and Australians. It misled FISA courts into granting warrants to spy on Americans and, post factum, threatened long prisons sentences with those surveilled and interviewed. And as a result, it has so far found no collusion but may well find some misleading statements in hundreds of hours of testimonies from the likes of Michael Cohen, Michael Flynn, Paul Manafort, George Papadopoulos, and perhaps Jerome Corsi and Roger Stone.
The whole article should be read in full. Further insights go to exposing the sheer hypocrisy of ignoring obvious criminality, the winking at crimes committed by Obama/Clinton hacks while prosecuting anyone who could help in the hunt against Trump. Of particular interest is the recent trend of trying to get first-ever prosecutions for “lying to Congress” whilst forgetting the most obvious cases of covering for grievous lies by the Obama former CIA director John Brennan and the Director of National Intelligence James Clapper:-
Brennan has never faced consequences for admittedly lying under oath to Congress about collateral drone damage and surveillance of Senate staff computers; James Clapper likewise admittedly lied to Congress about NSA surveillance and faced no consequences. Has any administration ever had its two top intelligence officials admit to lying under oath on matters of national policy and security, and with impunity to a congressional committee?
The importance of the Hanson analysis is amplified by one of his conclusions
…has it effectively served as a deliberate distraction from the felonious behavior of dozens of Obama-administration and Clinton-campaign officials — all determined to ensure, by any means necessary, that Trump would never be president?Follow