Judging by the actions of the deep state, the Democrats still hold power over the government.
If the party in power has leverage to use the government bureaucracy to their own advantage, then the Democrats still hold onto their power despite their repeated electoral defeats. Look at the way the FBI simply refuses to honor subpoenas from Congress. The media is mostly pretending that there’s no reason to investigate Democrats and that Trump is “desperately” trying to “shift focus” by pointing to Democrat Russia collusion. Tucker Carlson is one of the few exceptions:
So if the FBI can refuse to comply with subpoenas to protect Democrats, we can only conclude that Democrats remain in power.
Among the other mainstream media outlets, The Hill is one of the few that sometimes tries to be even-handed. For example, under the headline, “Clinton, Trump and the Russia dossier: What you need to know,”
What is the FBI’s involvement?
In late 2016, Sen. John McCain (R-Ariz.) passed the dossier to FBI investigators, who were by then probing possible coordination between the Trump campaign and Moscow.
But it’s unclear how central the information it contained became to the bureau’s investigation, which is now being handled by the special counsel. Steele has reportedly briefed federal investigators on the sources behind his report.
And some reports have also suggested that the dossier made up at least part of the basis for an application for a surveillance warrant on Trump campaign adviser Carter Page.
A summary of the memos was attached to a classified report prepared by the Obama administration assessing that the Russian government attempted to swing the 2016 election.
Still, former CIA Director John Brennan has testified publicly that the summary “was not in any way used as a basis for the intelligence community assessment that was done.”
But some Republicans — as well as the White House — have sought to cast doubt on the veracity and motivation behind the dossier’s creation and suggested that it’s the basis of the federal investigation.
What is Congress doing about it?
Information on the dossier — its origins, its contents and its use — has been a hotly-sought commodity on Capitol Hill for months.
Senate Judiciary Committee Chairman Chuck Grassley (R-Iowa) has for weeks pressed the FBI to explain how it sought to ensure that the dossier was not the source of foreign intelligence used in its Russia investigation.
House Intelligence Committee Chairman Devin Nunes (R-Calif.) in August issued unilateral subpoenas to the FBI and the Justice Department to turn over documents that would shed light on the bureau’s relationship with Steele. He has been wrangling with Justice Department lawyers through several missed deadlines since then.
On Thursday, Speaker Paul Ryan (R-Wis.) revealed that the bureau has pledged to turn over the sought-after documents, raising the possibility that Congress will soon know much more about what the FBI did with the information collected by Steele.
We’ll see if Paul Ryan’s promise comes true. I am skeptical.
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