“On the Holmes Front,” with Frank Holmes
The Biden administration, which is drowning in international scandals ranging from the Saudi Arabian fist bump to corruption in China and Ukraine, can now add Russia to the list.
Newly uncovered documents show that President Joe Biden may be hiding the truth about the FBI’s role in a scheme to frame former President Donald Trump for the phony Russian collusion scandal.
By now, it’s well known that the Democratic National Committee and the Hillary Clinton presidential campaign funded the the Steele Dossier, a collection of rumors and fantasies that accused Trump of working hand-in-glove with Russian President Vladimir Putin.
But Americans still have questions about the operation a full six years after it was launched—questions like: Did the FBI know the dossier was bogus? If so, who was involved, and just how did they get away with it? Most importantly, could this happen again today?
President Trump spent his presidency defending himself from false allegations and trying to get to the bottom of them—and he finally got some answers during his last week in office.
Trump had asked for the FBI and the Department of Justice to declassify all documents related to Operation Crossfire Hurricane, the operation that Obama-era officials had used to target the Trump campaign. Former FBI officer Peter Strzock referred to it as “an insurance policy.”
Trump saw a full binder of classified documents that held all the answers.
The binder contains “hundreds of pages of sensitive FBI documents that show how the bureau used informants and FISA warrants to spy on the Trump campaign and misled both a federal court and Congress about flaws in the evidence they offered to get approval for the investigation,” according to a report from Just The News.
Sponsored: “Fruit Secret” for Blood Pressure Support
In a new book, Trump Chief of Staff Mark Meadows addresses this bureaucratic stonewalling against Trump.
“The DOJ or the FBI would consistently push back when he asked for the remaining documents to be declassified,” Meadows wrote in an excerpt obtained by the Washington Examiner. Meadows said of Trump, “He demanded that these documents be brought to the White House and I personally went through every page, to make sure that the President’s declassification would not inadvertently disclose sources and methods.”
Trump ordered the Deep State to stop hiding this information from the people. On January 19, 2021, President Trump said in a communique to his attorney general, “I hereby declassify the remaining materials in the binder. This is my final determination under the declassification review.”
Some people in the FBI and DOJ presumably said the binder’s contents would expose the names and methods of law enforcement and hinder their ability to catch criminals—a common objection used to dodge accountability. So Trump wrote that he “directed the Attorney General to implement the redactions proposed in the FBI’s January 17 submission and return to the White House an appropriately redacted copy.”
One day later, on the morning of Joe Biden’s inauguration, then-White House Chief of Staff Mark Meadows reportedly returned the folder with a special “instruction” that the DOJ must “expeditiously conduct a Privacy Act review under the standards that the Department of Justice would normally apply, redact material appropriately, and release the remaining material.” Just The News uncovered the memo by digging through the National Archives—and it’s a real eye-opener about the Biden administration.
That’s the last anyone has heard of this request. The Biden administration has buried the treasure trove of documents ever since.
A few Republicans have asked just what the Biden administration is hiding.
More than a year later, Republican Senators Chuck Grassley of Iowa and Ron Johnson of Wisconsin asked why nothing had been done. “Over one year from the date then President Trump directed the Justice Department to declassify certain Crossfire Hurricane records the Justice Department has not only failed to declassify a single page, the Department has failed to identify for Congress records that it knows with certainty to be covered by the declassification directive,” the senators wrote in a letter to AG Merrick Garland. They reminded Garland, “Our oversight efforts are based on our unyielding belief that the American people deserve to know the complete truth about the Crossfire Hurricane investigation.”
But that truth could cause embarrassment—or possible imprisonment—for numerous Biden administration officials. Many Biden officials were in the same or similar government positions during the Obama administration, when these scandals took place. Is an axe hanging over their heads?
And there’s one additional complication: The documents could snare President Biden himself.
Biden was involved in the scandal at least three ways.
In the last days of the Obama administration, National Security Advisor Susan Rice documented one of Biden’s meetings in a suspicious-sounding email to herself. Rice said that her fellow Democrats had insisted everything be handled “by the book.” The email gave off the whiff of corruption to many in the Senate.
Biden had also been briefed by “secret task force at CIA headquarters composed of several dozen analysts and officers from the CIA, the NSA and the FBI” that dealt with the Trump-Russia allegations, according to The Washington Post.
Colin Kahl, the national security advisor to Biden as vice president, also attended these meetings.
What did Biden know and when did he know it? For that matter, does he still remember it?
He and his inner circle know; documents never forget. It’s no wonder that they’re refusing to release them.
Frank Holmes is a veteran journalist and an outspoken conservative that talks about the news that was in his weekly article, “On The Holmes Front.”