In physics, a tipping point refers to the point at which an object is no longer balanced, and adding a small amount of weight can cause it to topple. In general, a tipping point is defined as the “point at which a series of small changes or incidents becomes significant enough to cause a larger, more important change or the critical point in a situation, process, or system beyond which a significant and often unstoppable effect or change takes place.”
In every conflict, there comes a time, usually following a string of heavy losses, when the despair lifts and the outlook brightens and hope returns. It doesn’t mean that the fight is over. In WWII, D-Day was the tipping point, but the Allies still had to endure the Battle of the Bulge. But it does signal the beginning of the end.
Over the last week or so, a series of events have occurred which, if assessed by themselves, might appear meaningless. When considered as a group, however, the synergy created can lead to a meaningful shift.
1. First, disgraced former FBI Deputy Director Andrew McCabe has stepped into the spotlight. (You really have to wonder why McCabe, who remains under a criminal investigation, believes that now is a good time to publish a book and embark on a media tour.)
He presents himself more as one who is trying to defend himself than as a reasonable, credible leader who acted out of genuine concern for US national security. He still can’t offer any reasons why he opened a criminal investigation of Trump other than he “believed that there might be a threat to national security.” Trump’s firing of Comey is not evidence of obstruction of justice.
In the exchanges below with CNN’s Anderson Cooper and NBC’s Savannah Guthrie, please note my emphasis of words such as “I think, it’s possible, there might be, the President himself might in fact be a threat, in our view, potentially impact, possibly turn off, we thought it might be possible, if you believe that the President might have obstructed justice.”
Cooper asked him if he still believes that the President is a Russian asset. McCabe replied, “I think it’s possible. I think that’s why we started the investigation and I’m anxious to see where Director Mueller concludes that.”
Appearing on NBC with Savanah Guthrie, McCabe was asked if he believed Trump was a threat to national security. He replied:
We had information that led us to believe that there might be a threat to national security. In this case, that the President himself might be in fact be a threat to the United States’ national security.
The president, in our view, had gone to extreme measures to potentially impact— negatively impact, possibly turn off— our investigation of Russian meddling into the election, and Russian coordination with his campaign. We thought that it might be possible [that Trump was working for Russia] … you have to ask yourself, if you believe that the President might have obstructed justice for the purpose of ending our investigation into Russia, you have to ask yourself why. Why would any President of the United States not want the FBI to get to the bottom of Russian interference in our election?
He is very careful to avoid any definitive statements about Trump’s wrongdoing because he knows that would come back to bite him. He’s an FBI agent. He knows how to avoid traps.
He then claimed that no one in the ‘Gang of Eight’ objected to their investigation. The ‘Gang of Eight’ at that time included Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell, Senate Minority Leader Chuck Schumer, Senate Intelligence Committee Chair Richard Burr (R-NC), then-House Speaker Paul Ryan, then-House Intelligence Committee Chair Devin Nunes (R-CA), Sen. Mark Warner (D-VA), House Minority Leader Nancy Pelosi D-CA), and Rep. Adam Schiff (D-CA).
Knowing that members of the ‘Gang of Eight’ are not allowed to discuss what was said in their meetings, he tells NBC’s Savannah Guthrie that everyone was on board. I find it unbelievable that all 8 members agreed with opening the investigation, especially Devin Nunes, who worked tirelessly to expose the deep state.
McCabe: I told Congress what we had done.
Guthrie: Did anyone object?
McCabe: That’s the important part here, Savannah. No one objected. Not on legal grounds, not on constitutional grounds and not based on the facts.
Former Rep. Trey Gowdy (R-SC) appeared on Fox News’ Martha MacCallum’s show and said that was not so.
The reason he’s doing it this way is that Devin Nunes and Paul Ryan are not allowed to discuss anything that’s said in a ‘Gang of Eight’ meeting and McCabe knows that. So he can level the accusation and Devin and Paul cannot refute him.
There were three investigations into a duly elected president. The Peter Strzok one from July of 2016 and then McCabe started a counterintelligence [probe] and if he’s telling the truth, started a criminal probe into the president of the United States.
I listened to Devin and Paul quiz the [Justice Department] and the FBI for hours on multiple occasions about the one counterintelligence investigation, we all knew about it. I find it stunning that they would know about a second one and not say a single solitary word.
McCabe’s media tour, in my opinion, has only diminished the already weak case against President Trump. And it has likely reinforced the perception in voters’ minds that McCabe truly is the liar DOJ IG Michael Horowitz believes him to be.
2. The Hill’s John Solomon and investigative reporter Sara Carter appeared together on Sean Hannity’s show on Tuesday night. Both have followed the Trump/Russian collusion probe closely.
Solomon spoke about a bombshell revelation he will be posting today about a third dossier prepared by Fusion GPS. He said:
We know about the Steele dossier, we know about the Blumenthal dossier that was sent to the State Department and forwarded to the FBI. Tomorrow, I’m gonna report that there was a third dossier put together and given to the Justice Department using Fusion GPS materials and when you hear who wrote it, who gave it to the Justice Department and who knew about it, you’re gonna love this.
He didn’t want to give the story away, but he gave Sean a clue that pointed to Nellie Ohr, wife of Bruce Ohr.
Sara Carter discussed how for over a year now, the Office of the Director of National Intelligence and the National Security Agency have “impeded” efforts by Republican lawmakers to review the “unmasking” requests of Obama Administration officials. Very little has been reported about the unmasking of over 100 Americans.
Hannity then discussed Victor Davis Hanson’s article (I posted about it here) in which he declared the coup against Trump to be dead. Hannity asked them both if they “believe that things are now closing in on those deep state people that tried to rig a presidential election and undo a duly elected President, breaking the law and doing nefarious and illegal things?”
Solomon: I do believe that the truth is coming out about the small group of people at the top of the Justice Department and the FBI tried to undo what the American voters did and do it in ways that were in violation of the law and the regulations they were supposed to adhere to.
Carter: Sean, what we’re seeing is a silent coup and if the Justice Department doesn’t open up an investigation, then it’s a disservice to the American people.
(The segment begins at 24:00 in the video below.)
3. Jussie Smollett’s stunt provided a clear example of just how far those on the left are willing to take their hatred of conservatives. Americans have been riveted by the developments in this case. Smollett, as he navigates his way through the legal consequences he will surely face, will be a walking, talking reminder of how extreme the Democratic party has become.
4. William Barr was confirmed by a senate vote of 54-45. (One senator did not vote.) 51 Republicans voted yes and one voted no. Three Democrats voted yes and 41 voted no.
Most reader comments express deep concern that Barr may be part of the deep state and therefore, will not do what’s necessary to clean up the mess and to hold people accountable. I would argue first that, after the damage done to his presidency by Jeff Sessions’ decision to recuse himself from oversight of the collusion investigation, Trump probably was very careful to vet Barr before nominating him. Second, Barr has been critical of the Mueller investigation in the past which is why only three Democrats voted for his confirmation. Third, this has been the most consequential, most destructive scandal in American political history. Does William Barr, after a long and respected career in law enforcement want to be remembered by history for his corruption? He has an opportunity to shine. I don’t believe he will be so quick to squander it because of his good buddy Robert Mueller.
Too much is known about the poisonous actions taken by this group of unelected government officials who have wielded such power. Although Democrats have moved so far to the left and would like nothing better than to see the US become a socialist state, which they, of course, would control, the majority of Americans oppose such a radical transformation. This feels like a pivotal moment in history. Let’s keep up the momentum.