I remember as if it were yesterday, telling President Trump’s National Security Adviser, retired three-star General Mike Flynn: “Get 20 DoJ polygraphers here now and have them do single-scope interviews through the whole bloody building!”
I didn’t work for the good general, as my job as strategist to the president, had me working with Steven Bannon who headed the White House’s Strategic Initiatives Group, but I considered Mike a friend, a true battle buddy from the Trump campaign. More than that, I had been one of just a handful of members of the official presidential Transition Team’s NSC staff in the months before the Inauguration, and as such had come to respect and admire the former Defense Intelligence Agency director as a great patriot and fighter.
Why then did I want him to have all 420 members of the bloated NSC we had inherited from the Obama Administration be put through a lie detector test? Because the new administration systematically was being subverted. We had barely moved into our offices and it was as if there hadn’t even been an election, as if 63 million Americans hadn’t chosen a new Chief Executive and the Left was still in control.
Thanks to the great work of a handful of investigative journalists, including John Solomon, Sara A. Carter, and Lee Smith, we now know that James Comey’s cronies at the FBI targeted General Flynn, caught him misremembering details about a perfectly professional and proper phone-call with the Russian ambassador, and they used that to take him down. Since then, thanks to the incredible work of his recently appointed counsel, Sydney Powell we have the details of just how badly this innocent man was railroaded.
Similar tactics would be used against other innocent men like George Papadopoulos, while others, like Paul Manafort, President Trump’s former campaign manager, would be jailed for mortgage fraud, for crimes that had nothing to do with the putative accusations of having conspired with foreign powers to undermine, or “steal” the 2016 election.
The administrative state, the permanent bureaucracy, the deep state, whatever you wish to call it decided 19 minutes after he was sworn in as president, that Donald Trump must not be allowed to continue in that role. The non-swamp, brusque outsider from Queens had to be sabotaged because he could not be controlled. From Stormy Daniels to Michael Cohen, from subpoenas for his tax returns and bank accounts to fake “whistleblowers,” from subordinate lt. colonels born in Ukraine, to an impeachment trial in the Senate, the Democrats and their co-conspirators, just like poor marksmen, repeatedly tried to “kill the king” and failed.
Now in the last 250-odd days before the election, the Trump Administration seems to be taking my early warning seriously. At least we have two clear signs that things have changed for the better. The first is the return of people to Washington and the White House who the president can trust. In just the last few days the President has rehired Hope Hicks and Johnny McEntee. Both have the closest of trust-based relations with the president and his decision is a clear sign to those around him in the White House and in the agencies of the U.S. government that the president is re-asserting control over the government he was elected to head.