General Benedict Arnold was once revered and respected by General George Washington. Complicated politics, fear, anger, jealousy and revenge led to his name becoming synonymous with betrayal and treason.
After the 2016 election, the nation began to learn of another kind of betrayal. Last week, the Department of Justice Inspector General Micheal Horowitz revealed that senior leadership in the FBI had 17 inaccuracies and omissions submitted in a secret Foreign Intelligence Surveillance Act (FISA) warrant. False information led to the arrest and conviction of Trump campaign worker Carter Page.
Why did the FBI do that?
What was their motive?
We may never know. But, what we do know is what was said between former senior FBI agent Peter Strzok and FBI lawyer Lisa Page.
More on that in a moment…
Why Did Benedict Arnold Commit Treason?
Benedict Arnold was a successful businessman and a courageous military leader. He was loved by Washington, but not necessarily by the Continental Congress who chose other less qualified leaders for promotion over Arnold.
To compound matters, other less deserving officers were receiving accolades and awards for Arnold’s actions. He had alienated some of his fellow officers who refused to acknowledge his contributions on the battlefield.
This led to resentment, jealousy and anger when Arnold sacrificed himself and ended up in the hospital for months with a major leg injury. His leg was never again the same.
Afterward, Washington gave Arnold a command at Philadelphia after the British retreated. It was there that he married Peggy Shippen. Shippen had a relationship prior to British Major John Andre. Arnold is given command of West Point where he begins a process of turning it over to the British through Andre. West Point was central for shipping lanes and troop movements. Ultimately, his treachery is found out and Andre is hanged. Arnold escapes with his life, but not so much his fortune.
Arnold’s bitterness and desire for revenge led him to turn his back on America and the country he once served.
How the Modern Deep State Is Similar
While no comparison is exact, there are similarities between the deep state and Benedict Arnold. The deep state is not just a secret group of bureaucrats who undermine elected officials they don’t agree with. It’s much worse than that.
The deep state is made of those who have incredible influence inside the government and elsewhere, and who by any means necessary seek to exact their influence and will to achieve their outcomes by any means necessary, including treason.
In 2018, it was discovered that Chief of the Counterespionage Section, Peter Strzok, and FBI attorney, Lisa Page, were exchanging text messages that communicated support for Clinton and a disdain for Trump. They even texted about an insurance policy in case Trump won.
Both were anti-Trump and in the middle of the Hillary Clinton scandal with her personal email server. Before the 2016 election, FBI Director James Comey cleared Clinton of any criminal wrongdoing when it wasn’t his job to do so — it was the Attorney General’s.
This set off a chain of events that led to the Russia Hoax and the Ukranian call. A whistleblower, who may not really be a whistleblower, in the Ukranian call has led to Trump’s impeachment.
In testimony before Congress, it was clear that Strzok was bitter and angry about Clinton’s loss and the firing of James Comey by President Trump.
We know about the FBI’s involvement to bring down Trump. Where there any other agencies involved?
What Are the Consequences?
Benedict Arnold would fight again but on the British side. Washington put out orders that if he were caught he should be hanged immediately. No trial, no due process.
Today, there ought to be serious discussions about criminal investigations, indictments and charges. All should be done according to due process rights to determine if treason or other serious crimes were committed.
The fact is, no one who works for the government should be participating in trying to bring down the President of the United States simply because of partisan differences, jealousy, anger or revenge.
By Don Purdum, Freelance Contributor
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