“A sleeper agent is a spy who is placed in a target country or organization not to undertake an immediate mission but to act as a potential asset if activated.” ~ Wikipedia
In the Cold War era, spy novels and spy movies were produced which featured the quite sinister plot of sleeper agents launching attacks on the United States. A “sleeper agent” was someone connected to a hostile power who had been placed in a position of influence and access who appeared, from all external indications, to be a loyal citizen of this country.
I remember one in particular, Telefon, starring Charles Bronson, in which a Russian sleeper agent, played by Donald Pleasance, had been secretly trained and inserted into America. Every once in a while, Pleasance would receive a phone call whose message included a secret code word. The word would send him into some kind of hypnotic state and he’d go out and blow something up.
Such a sleeper agent would typically toil away unsuspected as some kind of bureaucrat until receiving a signal. The signal triggered him to begin using his position to undermine and overthrow the government.
It is getting increasingly hard to resist the idea that Obama-era holdovers in key government agencies like the DOJ and the FBI are functioning as sleeper agents; deep state acolytes working their subterranean magic against President Trump in an effort to discredit him, disable him, and ultimately remove him from power.
The latest fiasco with FBI agents Peter Strozk and Lisa Page offers an example. Strozk was not far from the top of the pyramid in the FBI. So close to the top, in fact, that he was entrusted with the responsibility of investigating Hillary’s email scandal and Donald Trump’s supposed collusion with Russia. He was thus perfectly placed to help the candidate of the Left’s choice while launching a torpedo amidships at the candidate of the Right.
Operating under a cloak of respectability and integrity on loan to him from the FBI, Strozk whitewashed Hillary’s criminal behavior with a linguistic sleight of hand, changing “gross negligence” (a felony which should have sent her to prison) to “extreme carelessness” which, conveniently enough, just happens not to be a crime.
Meanwhile, Strozk and his paramour exchanged texts in which they both agreed that allowing the American people to vote Trump into the Oval Office was something that could not be permitted.
I want to believe the path you threw out for consideration in Andy’s office — that there’s no way [Trump] gets elected — but I’m afraid we can’t take that risk.
It’s like an insurance policy in the unlikely event you die before you’re 40.
This conversation took place in the office of Andrew McCabe, the deputy director of the FBI, just four doors down from the office of the director of the entire FBI. This plot was being hatched at the highest levels of political power in the American government, a plot to interfere with an American election and prevent the people’s choice from being seated in the Oval Office. This is as bad as it gets.
And so the utterly unsubstantiated “collusion” theory was concocted to thwart Trump’s presidential ambitions and boost Hillary’s. Unfortunately for them, “collusion” is not even a crime, and, even if it were, there is simply no evidence that anything of that sort even happened at all. Trump’s enemies have been frantically digging and distorting and misconstruing for a year and a half now, and have not uncovered even a hint of wrongdoing on Trump’s part.
Further, if there was any “collusion” going on, it was being conducted by Hillary and not Trump. Hillary openly admitted colluding with the government of Ukraine, for example, to throw wrenches in the gears of Trump’s campaign.
Hillary and the DNC combined to pay for and produce the Steele dossier, a collection of salacious and utterly unverified dirt on Donald Trump. A sleeper cell inside the FBI took the dossier to a FISA court to get a warrant to begin active surveillance of the Trump campaign.
We discovered over the last two weeks that Mueller’s goons purloined thousands and thousands of Trump transition team emails to which they are not legally entitled. The law is clear that the General Services Administration (the GSA) serves as the custodian of such emails, but not as the owner, much like a bank with your money. Mueller’s gang didn’t even bother with a subpoena or a warrant for the emails, they just demanded them, and a sleeper cell inside the GSA handed them over. That kind of government intrusion - the exercise of a “general” warrant instead of a specific warrant - is the entire reason the Founders put the 4th Amendment in the Constitution, to begin with.
Last week, Rep. Jerrold Nadler, a card-carrying Democrat and arch-enemy of the president, quizzed Rod Rosenstein, acting FBI director, about whether a special counsel could be called absent the investigation of a crime. What Nadler was seeking to do was head off calls for a special counsel to look into Mueller’s political hackery. But instead, he kneecapped Mueller. Rosenstein made it emphatically clear that unless there is a crime to investigate, a special counsel cannot be appointed.
Here is an excerpt from their exchange, emphasis mine:
Nadler: The Regulations say the Attorney General, or in your case the acting Attorney General, will appoint a Special Counsel when you determine that 1. Criminal investigation of a person or matter is warranted. 2. Investigation either presents a conflict of interest to the Department or some other strong public interest requires you to appoint a special counsel. That first part, when he or she determines that investigation of a personal matter is warranted, is that part of the regulation optional?
Nadler: So a criminal investigation must first be determined to be warranted before you can assign a special counsel to the matter?
But Mueller’s charter never, ever identified an actual crime that needed to be investigated, since “collusion,” no matter how sinister it sounds, is simply not a crime. So Mueller’s entire snipe hunt - an investigation in search of a crime - has been wholly illegal from Jump Street.
The only one who has committed a crime in this entire sordid scenario, based on the actual evidence, is Robert Mueller himself, in his warrantless and reckless seizure of private correspondence. It was a criminal act, an egregious violation of the Constitution he took a sacred oath to protect. Bottom line: If anybody needs to be frog-marched out of his office in handcuffs, it’s Robert Mueller.