JOHN RANSOM: American voters are tired of the DC double standard

December 18, 2017

JOHN RANSOM: American voters are tired of the DC double standard Matt Johnson / CCL; Evan El-Amin / Shutterstock.com

Donald Trump should not fire Robert Mueller and demand an end to his politically motivated “Russian investigation.” But certainly the rest of us should.

Even before text messages between two FBI investigators having an affair were revealed this week, showing deep bias at the top of the Mueller investigation, fair-minded people wondered about the motivations behind the probe. But now it’s been revealed that the lead investigator from the FBI — charged with investigating both Hillary and Trump — heaped praise on Hillary and talked about having an “insurance policy” against a Trump win.

Everything makes a lot more sense now.

The election results were not even certified when we were told by the press that the “intelligence community” agreed that Russia hacked Hillary’s servers or at least the servers at the DNC.

What we now know, that we didn’t know then, is that the two people most responsible for the report—former FBI Director James Comey and former Director of National Intelligence James Clapper—are implacable foes of Donald Trump. They both now largely make a living professionally opposing Trump in the media.

Clapper has publicly questioned Trump’s mental stability, and Comey– well, Comey’s behavior fired himself. No FBI Director has acted so disgracefully, with such obvious bias, as Comey has.

That Clapper considers Comey his “hero” just further shortens the yardstick of sincerity for Clapper’s condemnation of  Trump.

We also know that much of the impetus for the investigation of Trump was the discredited GPS Fusion opposition research paid for by Hillary Clinton’s campaign and encouraged, if not underwritten, by the FBI.

It’s obvious to any unbiased observer that the Mueller investigation that was set-up to convict, not to investigate, Donald Trump.

It’s the sort of doubled-headed justice that outraged the American people and got Donald Trump elected to begin with.

On the other side, the investigation of Hillary Clinton’s misuse of private email servers while Secretary of State was set up to ensure against any conviction. In fact, the investigation was headed by the same guy who bragged he had an “insurance policy” against a Trump win.

Defense Attorney Alan Dershowitz told Tucker Carlson that then-FBI Director Comey made the right decision in not prosecuting Clinton, because no one in similar positions of authority who had committed such acts had been prosecuted.

“[Comey] had already made the decision based on the fact that nobody had already been prosecuted who was in a position of authority like Hillary Clinton for conduct anyway similar,” said Dershowitz, “that was in his statement. So I do think it was the right decision not to prosecute her criminally.”

In fact, such a statement is really an admission by a defense attorney that “such acts” are a crime, but that prosecutors exercised discretion and did not prosecute.  It’s the kind of get-out-of-jail-free card that is generally available to DC insiders who stay in line with the DC establishment.

There is no doubt that Hillary knowingly committed a crime when she decided to set up her own email server. The law is very clear and Hillary knew the law very well. She disregarded it. What Hillary did dwarfed in scale all others in similar positions who committed similar crimes or, um…”acts.”

That the investigation was never going to end up in an indictment of Hillary is now clear.

In short, everything that has been done to investigate Hillary and Trump has been done to clear Hillary and convict Trump.

It’s the D.C. double standard of which the rest of us are tired.

Trump alone can’t change that behavior.

Only you, the voters, can.


John Ransom

John Ransom is a politics and economics writer and editor with offices in Washington DC and Singapore. Previously he was a regular contributor to the Daily Caller and Finance Editor at Townhall.com. His work has appeared on The Street.com, IBT.com, the LA Business Journal, and other outlets. Ransom has appeared with Steve Forbes on the Money Show, Fox Business with Stuart Varney and Charles Payne, and regularly hosted his own syndicated radio show in 25 cities on the Wall Street Business Network, a Salem Network.