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The Reckoning 💥 @sethjlevy
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1/ Btw the “bait” theory, that DJT purposely baited Obama/Clinton into taking corrupt actions, has been strongly reinforced by the revelations since the @GenFlynn plea.
2/ Trump created an environment that looked like he was fighting a backchannel proxy war. Clinton had Ukraine and Trump had Russia. I mean he flew around with Flynn, hired Manafort and was a Roger Stone creation. At every step he played up the Russia angle.
3/ The key bait? Trump’s server made a daily encrypted connection to a Russian bank. It was like a glowing lure that Obama/Clinton couldn’t avoid. It became an all consuming chase. Why? In their minds it would be the ultimate October surprise and “Trump will never be President!”
4/ Why would Trump care to bait them? Well consider the baiting started long before July 2016. In fact it likely led to Clinton’s effort to elevate Trump in the primaries. He manipulated them into helping him thinking they had a destruct button.…
5/ The problem for DOJ/FBI? They needed authorization to breach Trump’s server. They thought they had it in June using the prepackaged dossier but they were rejected. So they had to manufacture more.
6/ So now you can start to see why the DOJ/FBI was in contact with Fusion/Steele. They had the FISA rejection.

DOJ/FBI knew what they would need to get the authorization. Problem? The evidence they needed didn’t exist. It needed to be manufactured. That needed to be outsourced.
7/ Why once he had secured the nomination would Trump want DOJ/FBI chasing his bait? I mean no one normally purposely induces a federal investigation against themselves?!?

He baited them into a general election strategy that required an October surprise that would never come...
8/ The Clinton campaign spent the entire campaign setting up the “Trump is a Putin’s puppet” argument certain they would open Trump’s server and they would have all the evidence they would ever need. #FalseHope
9/ So what have we learned recently? That DOJ/FBI agents that were favorable to Hillary were actively working with Fusion/Steele to get FISA approval and hiding those activities from Congress. The bait was so strong & the potential payoff so great that they couldn’t avoid it!
10/ Some have said why would they need FISA. They were likely spying anyway. Probably so, but to get access to Trump’s server they needed FISA and they believed the encrypted connection to the Russian bank would be the dagger through Ttump’s heart. #Bait
11/ So what’s the implication? If he’s been baiting them since at least 2015 then he’s likely still baiting them now. As @langdaleca says they’re gamblers that lost so much they believe the can’t afford to get up from the table. They’ve bet the house and there’s no going back.
12/ More to come...

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