Are you watching Act II of the Russia collusion illusion?

The show has started with investigators investigating the investigators.

Get your popcorn and watch the real story unfold. I forecast an exciting, if not shocking, end to it.

Attorney General William Barr has made it clear that he has many unanswered questions that goes to the heart of the entire episode of the investigation into Donald Trump’s activities before, during and after the election of 2016.

Why is this important?

Barr has admitted that the activities of the CIA, DNI and other intelligence agencies along with the FBI and DOJ were conducted by only those at the highest levels, very much an exception to how things are normally done.

It appears to be the very definition of a cabal - a small group of individuals working to accomplish a specific goal. In this case, it was to prevent Trump’s election or for his removal if elected President of the United States.

By any definition, this is incredibly serious stuff. It could have the potential of one of the most egregious crimes in all U.S. political history.

Barr says the people involved were high level officials and not routine investigators and agents that normally work such investigations. When Barr took the job of AG, he had questions about it, but two months later he has even more questions.

He is now managing several very focused investigative teams.

The first one is the DOJ’s Inspector General (IG) led by highly respected Michael Horrowitz. He has been working on the abuse of the FISA (Foreign Intelligence Surveillance Act) court, warrants, the Dossier and related matters. His report is due in late June/July.

It could provide major confirmation about the extent of criminal activities by justice and intelligence officials. But Horrowitz can only look for issues within the DOJ and has no subpoena power.

The second one is the DOJ’s John Huber who is investigating the explosive “emails” mess, Obama-era FBI/DOJ issues and the Clinton Foundation’s pay-for-play schemes. He’s been working on it for the last 18 months.

The third and most recent team formed is led by DOJ’s John Durham, a tough and famous investigator of past FBI transgressions (including the Whitey Bulger case in Boston). Durham’s role is especially important as he can conduct a more wide-ranging investigation to include those inside and outside the DOJ/FBI. Specifically, he can investigate what occurred with the CIA and DNI led by then directors, John Brennan and James Clapper, along with other intelligence agencies.

Barr has asked Durham to work with current CIA Director Gina Haspel and DNI Director Dan Coats.

Durham’s efforts are moving fast. Huge questions deserve answers for all the “Cabal Watchers” in America to know.

Here are some of the most intriguing questions clamoring for answers.

Who really instigated and authorized the Russia collusion probe? This speaks to the “origins” of the investigation. What is the role of James Comey, Brennan, Clapper and Andrew McCabe? Will this involve President Barack Obama?

What is the truth about the so-called “Trump Dossier?” Can we confirm its use of foreign agents, Russian input, and falsely created allegations? Also, can we confirm the role of Hillary Cliton’s funding of the Dossier, the DNC’s commissioning of the Dossier and the strategy to leak it?

What is the truth behind the “spying” activity on an opposing political party to impugn the presidential candidate before and after his election?

One more question, when did Special Counsel, Robert Mueller, know that Trump was totally innocent of Russia collusion? There is some belief he knew it within days of taking on his assignment and then decided to focus on obstruction as a means to justify enough of a case for impeachment.

His team of 18 DOJ lawyers and many others interviewed 500 witnesses with 500 subpoenas, and in the end, found nothing to prosecute - much to the abject dismay of Democrats.

Stay tuned as the cabal is revealed and its motives detailed. As the frog in the pot with a fire underneath it, things will slowly but surely reach a climax.

Already we see signs of the “circular firing squad” with Comey in conflict with Brennan and Clapper. Are they already trying to save their skins?

Along side the investigation will be reactions by apoplectic, liberal Democrats and the media, who desperately want to go back to Trump delusions.

Then there is the cast of nearly two dozen Democratic presidential candidates. Imagine how they will be affected by all of this.

Wow! All of this is a non-fiction story for the ages.

This is an exciting time to follow American politics.

The stakes are enormous and fun to watch.

John Shoemaker can be reached at