For the first time since 2017, the Federal Election Commission (FEC) is full after the Senate confirmed three new members meaning the agency finally has a quorum to conduct official business for the first time since 2019. With a full slate of commissioners the agency now has the ability to focus on a long-overdue issue- the Russia collusion hoax. Despite the fact, other agencies have investigated the scandal from their own perspectives the most straightforward path to accountability for the collusion hoax is the FEC.
Rewind to the inception of the collusion hoax in 2016, Hillary Clinton’s presidential campaign and the Democratic National Committee (DNC) funneled secret payments to foreign agent Christoper Steele and his Russian contacts. These secret payments bought “false, derogatory opposition research” on Republican rival Donald Trump. The next step was for Steele to commit false information to writing and then spread it to Obama-Biden administration officials and the liberal media to provide a much-needed boost to the Clinton campaign. Once the information was out it spread like wildfire.
The unsubstantiated claims of Russian collusion resulted in the Mueller investigation. The investigation ended up costing the United States a whopping $32 million and produced absolutely no evidence. However, the Muller investigation and false claims of collusion didn’t stop at wasting time, money, and resources instead it led to the impeachment of President Trump. The impeachment was clearly motivated by politics and still remains a disgrace to our country’s democratic process.
The ridiculous actions put into motion by Clinton and the Democrats have led to a steep decline in American’s trust in government and our democracy. This mistrust remains prevalent as America prepares for an incoming administration.
In a report from RealClear Politics:
Payments from the Clinton campaign and DNC to Steele were laundered through a law firm, Perkins Coie, and publicly reported for the purpose of “legal services.” Clinton campaign and DNC officials later claimed to have no idea their funds were actually being diverted to fund a foreign intelligence campaign. That claim was eventually debunked by the liberal media, which is hardly on President Trump’s side.
Federal law requires the treasurer of any political committee to approve all disbursements. That apparently did not happen. The law also requires political committees to accurately report the purpose of those expenditures. That didn’t happen either. Steele’s opposition research was clearly not a “legal service.”
Americans can only conclude there was an effort to misreport and thereby conceal foreign intelligence gathering and the execution of a baseless propaganda campaign. In the past, other political operatives (Democrat and Republican) have been convicted of felonies and gone to prison for falsely reporting the purpose of campaign disbursements. The FEC needs to apply that same standard here.
Those who perpetrated the “Russian collision” charade — at great cost to American democracy — should face the consequences now. The FEC must act promptly, before a statute of limitations expires. In the process, the agency needs to offer the public all relevant information about these secret transactions, uncovering the full extent of the propaganda campaign carried out by Steele, the DNC, and other actors.