Every investigation needs a guiding theory, even a hoax investigation, and a solid grasp of that overall case theory is a big help in coming to grips with the big picture.
The worst aspect of the Russia Hoax is that our intelligence agencies, including elements of DoJ and the State Department cooperating with the Clinton campaign, enlisted the intelligence services of foreign powers, first to defeat Trump, and later to attempt what amounts to a coup.
What seems clear at this point is that the FBI -- representing the US Government and as an agency of the Department of Justice -- targeted Papadopoulos and attempted to manipulate him into appearing to be a vehicle for Russian influence in the Trump campaign.
For reasons best known to themselves Ben Rhodes and Jen Psaki have decided to reveal to New York Magazine that the Russia Hoax was a key part of the Obama Administration's -- and presumably the Clinton campaign's -- contingency plan to, well, steal an election
There's a reason why President Trump has not unilaterally declassified the documents exposing perfidy against him: leverage.
We now know that Weissman was a more integral part of the Russia hoax/conspiracy than previously suspected – probably from the very beginning.
It's not pedophilia, it's the Lavender Mafia.
With all the discussion of the FISA warrants, we must avoid missing the forest for the trees.
The FBI is many things to many people, but seen from the inside where I spent my career as an FBI agent, most of all it is a bureaucracy. Based on a clue from the Strzok-Page texts and my understanding of the rules the FBI has to play by, it is possible to piece together a picture of how and why surveillance of the Trump campaign probably unfolded.
Language this strong is rare for a Catholic bishop – especially against the Democratic Party.