The deep state lesson sent the government/media complex into a profane rage at Russia for treating them according to their own devices.
Robert Mueller thought he was being clever to burden Donald Trump’s summit with Putin with indictments against Russian government agents which accused them of hacking Democrats—leaving out the fact that the same evidence shows hacking against Republicans and that there is no clear evidence the DNC server was hacked.
But what’s happened since the indictments were announced should be a deep state lesson about playing by the rules.
Fox News gives us the establishment version of the story: “White House rebuffs Russia bid to question US officials, amid new DC firestorm.”
“It is a proposal that was made in sincerity by President Putin, but President Trump disagrees with it,” Press Secretary Sarah Sanders said in a brief statement on Thursday afternoon.
The statement came as the administration faced mounting backlash for even entertaining Putin’s proposal, which pertained to the Robert Mueller probe.
The Russian leader on Monday had proposed an unusual quid pro quo, offering to let the special counsel team question newly indicted Russian officers as part of the election meddling case, if Russians could question certain U.S. individuals.
Trump, on the spot at their Helsinki press conference, called the offer “incredible.” On Wednesday, Sanders neither endorsed nor rejected the offer.
“He wants to work with his team and determine if there’s any validity that would be helpful to the process,” Sanders said, noting Trump has made no “commitment.”
“The president is going to meet with his team,” she said.
But the plan swiftly set off alarm bells in Washington, especially among Putin’s apparent targets.
The first individual Putin voiced interest in questioning was Bill Browder, a prominent critic despised by the Kremlin for his role in pushing sanctions legislation around the world.[…]
But Putin’s list grew longer as soon as the summit was over.
On Tuesday, news agencies linked to the Russian government reported that prosecutors were seeking to interview former U.S. Ambassador to Russia Michael McFaul and 10 other “U.S. officials and intelligence agents” in connection with their case against Browder. Russian prosecutors accused the financier of laundering $1.5 billion through offshore accounts and donating $400,000 of that to Hillary Clinton’s 2016 presidential campaign.
But the real story is that Donald Trump intentionally kept people guessing what he was going to do.
After all, it was Mueller who introduced the idea that they should be able to prosecute Russian nationals. The American Thinker reports, “Mueller’s indictment of 12 Russian intel officers slams into the law of unintended consequences.” First, the writer reminds us that Mueller is embarrassed that the first indicted Russians are demanding their day in court (see here also).
In his second round of indictments purely for show, Mueller tried to avoid the danger of a defense being mounted by making the indictments criminal and naming defendants who are real individuals who would face prison if convicted.
Of course, anybody with half a brain would see that once the United States legitimizes criminal indictments of foreign intelligence officers in this way, other nations will apply the same logic to our own intelligence operations. […]
TASS– an official agency of the Russian government– has stated that the Russian authorities are seeking to arrest several US government officials in connection with alleged Browder money laundering scheme to help Clinton campaign. Sorry, but that is a very serious accusation. https://t.co/dbx7U6mnH4
— Michael McFaul (@McFaul) July 18, 2018
McFaul and his MSM allies are apoplectic (to the point of using the F-word in a Daily Beast headline) that president Trump has not ruled out extradition.
Since this was posted, President Trump has ruled it out. But not before giving the deep state media time to lose their cool at the thought of being hurt by their own strategy.
"Russian authorities are seeking to arrest several US government officials in connection with alleged Browder tax…
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