In an interview with ABC News this weekend, Rep. Liz Cheney (R-WY) said she was supportive of the Justice Department’s inquiries into the origins of the Trump/Russia probe. Speaking to “This Week,” the Wyoming Republican said that if you looked at the text messages between FBI lovebirds Peter Strzok and Lisa Page alone, you could make the case that the Bureau – or at least some of its personnel – were engaged in a “coup.”
“I think what is really crucially important to remember here is that you had Strzok and Page who were in charge of launching this investigation and they were saying things like, ‘We must stop this president, we need an insurance policy against this president,’” said Cheney. “In my view when you have people that are in the highest echelons of the law enforcement of this nation saying things like that, that sounds an awful lot like a coup — and it could well be treason and I think we need to know more.”
Cheney is of course referring to one particular exchange in which Page texted her lover about the impending election.
“He’s not ever going to become president, right?” asked Page, referring to Trump. “Right?!”
To which Strzok gave his now-infamous reply: “No. No he won’t. We’ll stop it.”
And in another tweet, the two lovers discussed having an “insurance policy” in place just in case Trump managed to pull off the upset. In testimony before lawmakers, Strzok essentially confirmed that the insurance policy was the Russia investigation itself.
“What was Jim Comey’s role in all this? These people reported to him. Andy McCabe reported to him. What was Comey’s role in that, and that is what the attorney general is going to be focused on,” Cheney continued. “Think about the fact that we had people that are at the highest levels of our law enforcement in this nation saying that they were going to stop a dully elected president of the United States, saying they need an insurance policy against him. That is something that simply cannot happen. We have to have confidence in our law enforcement, and the attorney general has got to get to the bottom of what happened, how it was that those people were allowed to misuse and abuse their power that way.”
Democrats are resisting these investigations with everything they’ve got, and that includes getting the media to run stories that frame them as Trump’s quest to jail his political enemies. But that’s just the point, isn’t it? Trump should not have had any “political enemies” at the FBI. At least, those enemies should not have used their animosity towards him to justify a witch hunt. And yet, that’s plainly what happened. How do we know? Because after three years of investigation, they failed to turn up one shred of evidence proving that Trump or his campaign colluded with the Russians. This was an investigation built on smoke and mirrors, and it’s time for these hoaxsters to pay the piper.