(Jacob Bruns, Headline USA) In an interview last month for the podcast “Breaking Points,” red-pilled journalist Glenn Greenwald speculated that the second impeachment of former President Donald Trump was a bipartisan operation meant to stop Trump from exposing deep-state secrets.
According to Greenwald, the Trump administration had long considered pardoning exiled American whistleblower Edward Snowden, along with Wikileaks founder Julian Assange, whom U.S. officials were seeking to extradite on charges of leaking sensitive military information.
“There was real movement inside the Trump administration to give particularly Snowden a pardon,” said Greenwald, who first published Snowden’s bombshell revelations about the National Security Agency’s secretive domestic surveillance operations during the Obama administration.
“They came much closer to Snowden than they did to Assange,” Greenwald continued. “And, if you think about it, why would they have initiated an impeachment against a president who within a couple of weeks was on his way out?”
While many have speculated that the proceedings were intended to rein in the out-going president, Greenwald confirmed that pro-establishment lawmakers within Trump’s own party had delivered an ultimatum to him.
“[T]hey were very afraid that on his way out Trump was going to do a bunch of stuff including not just giving pardons to Snowden and Assange, but also declassifying all sorts of documents he had been threatening to declassify about the CIA, about the Kennedy assassination,” Greenwald said. “And the only leverage that they had against Trump doing what they considered crazy stuff on his way out was the second impeachment trial.”
Ultimately, seven GOP senators voted to convict Trump on the baseless claims that he had incited an insurrection at the U.S. Capitol on Jan. 6. That fell 10 short of the 67 needed to find the then-former president guilty and likely prohibited from holding future office.
Democrats continue to re-litigate the end of Trump’s presidency with a torrent of nonstop investigations, including the Justice Department’s probe into his taking of classified documents.
But had Trump acted explicitly to declassify materials when he had the authority to do so, he might have faced even more turmoil.
“[T]hey explicitly communicated to Trump=–multiple Republican caucus senators did—‘If you do what we know you’re thinking about doing… that will severely jeopardize your chances of getting out of this impeachment trial,'” Greenwald said.
This is, of course, the story of the entirety of former President Trump’s tenure in office. Almost every attempt to drain the swamp ended in hysterical opposition to him from both leftist politicians, entrenched bureaucrats, and the mainstream media.
Following Greenwald’s revelation, another red-pilled pundit, British actor Russell Brand, offered his own take on the outrageous catch-22, playing clips of his own interview with Assange’s wife.