You are Missing the Overall ! ! ! Part 2

© 2019 Jim Spence - This series of columns highlights disturbing recurring patterns of behavior by government officials. 

“You are missing the overall,” an exasperated Mark Felt growled at Bob Woodward as he stumbled through all of the covert activities exposed in the story of the Watergate investigation. In the early 1970's, Bob Woodward and Carl Bernstein were dedicated journalists who were willing to relentlessly investigate the actions taken by powerful people that did not smell right. Ultimately they did not want to miss "the overall."
Mark Felt was outraged that nobody at the FBI cared that Nixon’s henchmen had planted listening devices to spy on political opponents, produced fake documents to trash opponents, stole documents, created false press leaks, and even destroyed transcripts of tapes of Nixon speaking on Watergate, along with tens of thousands of documents associated with covert operations. Felt knew the White House was running the FBI just as Obama's White House ran its FBI.
It is important to understand that history pretty much repeated itself during the entire Obama tenure. There are mountains of evidence that were NOT pursued by the FBI or lethargic journalists who are perfectly content to miss "the overall."
Eric Holder
Still the facts don't lie. The pattern of behaviors betraying the same "overall" that Mark Felt referred to in 1972, began with Obama Attorney General Eric Holder almost as soon as he was sworn in as A.G. And the parallels with Nixon’s Attorney General John Mitchell are chilling. John Mitchell and Eric Holder are easily two of the biggest scoundrels in American political history. Mitchell served nineteen months of jail time. Holder has thus far, managed to avoid prosecution.
Keep in mind that Eric Holder did not escape unscathed. He is still the only A.G. ever held in "contempt" by Congress for deliberately lying and withholding evidence. Holder achieved this distinction for refusing to turn over legally subpoenaed documents related to Holder’s ATF, which had engaged in gun-walking activities. Astonishingly, Holder’s ATF facilitated the sale of guns to drug cartels. Later these weapons were found at crime scenes on both sides of the Mexico–United States border, including the crime scene where United States Border Patrol Agent Brian Terry was killed in December 2010. The "gun-walking" operations became public in the aftermath of Terry's murder. In trouble, Holder refused to cooperate with the murder investigations. According to Humberto Benítez Treviño, the former Mexican Attorney General and chair of the justice committee in Mexico’s Chamber of Deputies, Holder's ATF-related firearms were found at numerous crime scenes in Mexico where at least 150 Mexican civilians were maimed or killed. In the ultimate Nixonian fashion, Barack Obama claimed that “executive privilege” protected Holder and all others at the DOJ and ATF, from having to provide information to investigators trying to unravel the circumstances associated with the murders. Perhaps Obama and Holder wanted to create border “incidents” that might help Democrats secure votes for gun control bills. Thanks to Obama's outrageous but successful use of "executive privilege" on murder investigations, and an impotent journalism community not minding the "missing of the overall," nobody will ever know why Eric Holder and his ATF agents allowed the sale of guns to Mexican drug dealers.
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Lois Lerner
Like the actions of Watergate conspirators, getting away with covert activities a few times emboldens political zealots. The fact that Obama managed to successfully shield Eric Holder from murder investigations using Nixon’s favorite tactic, “executive privilege,” most surely emboldened Lois Lerner at the IRS leading up to the 2012 election. Lerner was Obama’s director of the Exempt Organizations Unit at the Internal Revenue Service. In 2013, a large body of evidence surfaced that Lerner had been targeting conservative groups and either denying them tax-exempt status or delaying that status until they could no longer assist the GOP during you guessed it, the 2012 election. There is little doubt that Lerner used her position at the IRS to suppress opposition groups and prevent them from raising money to fight Obama policies on a variety of issues. The Lerner actions are another piece of the puzzle that helps one grasp the “overall” that was missed during the Obama years. In Rosemary Woods-like fashion, Lerner claimed her emails were “accidentally” destroyed. It was a convenient way of covering her nefarious efforts to abolish the 1st Amendment rights of Obama's dissenters. Like so many did during Watergate, Lois Lerner resigned in disgrace and also exercised her 5th amendment rights when she was called before Congress. Lois Lerner was never prosecuted by the Obama administration’s Department of Justice. Why would anyone at the DOJ prosecute themselves?
The were other patterns of corrupt behavior running parallel to those of Eric Holder and Lois Lerner. During Hillary Clinton’s tenure as Secretary of State, the volume of covert domestic political operations performed in the Department of State maintained a feverish pace. In September of 2012, Clinton, Obama, and their subordinates were caught red-handed, telling outlandish lies regarding the facts surrounding the murders of several Americans, including the Ambassador Christopher Stevens in Benghazi, Libya. Once again, their lies were told to investigators of the murders during an election season.
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Hillary Clinton
During the course of her tenure at the State Department, both Hillary Clinton and Barack Obama transmitted classified information back and forth over unsecured private servers. Feebly, Obama tried using a pseudonym to disguise his identity. These are felonies. Cover for these felonies was created by the destruction of evidence in Watergate-like fashion. Hillary Clinton simply destroyed emails when they were subpoenaed. More cover was provided by disgraced FBI henchmen James Comey and Andrew McCabe. Not only did these men give the president and the Secretary of State a pass on security breaches and destruction of subpoenaed evidence, that would have sent anyone else to jail, these men also lied about the timing of their own actions when they were questioned under oath.
Evidence of serious crimes at the Obama FBI, like those committed by the Nixon FBI, were the tip of the iceberg. Andrew McCabe engaged in leaking phony information to the press. His leaking activities were discovered by DOJ Inspector General Michael Horowitz. Like Nixon’s FBI Director L. Patrick Gray, both James Comey and Andrew McCabe were forced to resign in disgrace. Both Comey and McCabe have escaped criminal far.
The patterns of behavior associated with Eric Holder’s gun-walking operations at ATF, Lois Lerner’s dissent suppression at the IRS, and Hillary Clinton’s destruction of subpoenaed evidence, contribute to what Mark Felt referred to as "the overall." It is the very same "overall" that Woodward and Bersnstein finally grasped in the 1970's. 
There is so much more. In March 2013, Senator Ron Wyden asked Obama Director of National Security James Clapper under oath, if the U.S. government was collecting “any type of data at all on millions or hundreds of millions of Americans.” Clapper paused and said, “No, sir. … Not wittingly.” Just three months later, Edward Snowden leaked documents revealing that the Obama-Clapper National Security Agency was in fact collecting in bulk domestic call records and other various internet communications on millions of Americans. Then of course there is Obama CIA Director John Brennan, who lied to Congress in 2014, when he claimed that the CIA had not illegally accessed the computers of U.S. Senate staffers. The Obama CIA had done so and John Brennan knew it. Neither Clapper or Brennan were ever charged with crimes by the Obama DOJ. 
In the end, it is ironic that the Obama FBI chose to use the DNC-sponsored Steele dossier to help the Obama and Clinton camps wiretap the Trump campaign in 2016 in the lead up to the election. FBI agents chose to treat information they knew was bogus that had been spoon fed to them by Clinton smear merchants, as “evidence” instead of despicable political mud.
The fact that the Obama FBI deceived judges and obtained FISA warrants to wiretap the Trump campaign, more than any other single incident during the Obama tenure, shows us a pattern of behavior that defines the level of corruption that surpasses Watergate. Upon reflection, the Nixon Committee to Re-Elect seems insanely amateurish by comparison. But still, the parallels between the conduct of government operatives in the Nixon and Obama administrations are chilling. The only thing more chilling is the lack of interest by the still living Woodward and Bernstein to lend their credibility to a badly needed 21st Century journalism-led cleanup of the U.S. political system.
It would seem that getting fat and happy has been a real ambition killer for Woodward and Bernstein.
In Part 3 of this series, we will explore why it was critical for the C.Y.A. operations at the FBI to sell the Mueller investigation to gullible Republicans and Democrats.