From The Alpha and the Omega - Chapter Eight
by Jim A. Cornwell, Copyright © 1995, all rights reserved
"FISA - Under Surveillance"
FISA - Under Surveillance
As you can see the One America News Network aired the one-hour show seen above entitled “UNDER SURVEILLANCE” by Pearson Sharp.
I, Jim A. Cornwell was so impressed with Pearson Sharp’s documentary that I created a link on my website, which you are reading now, and hope I have permission to promote it by showing you images from the documentary, and provided you with its contents and other information associated with it.
If you have read my life story you would have seen that I was in the Air Force at Mountain Home AFB, Idaho, when President Nixon was president, and my commander and chief. I worked on the F-111 fighter jet while in the service under TAC command.
I was always suspicious of the Republican administration back then mainly because they wanted to make cookie cutter people out of us. I rebelled that concept in the 1970’s, and dealt with issues of people who were being wrongly punished.
During that time, I believed that the assassination of President John F. Kennedy was done by an internal institution who did that because he was trying to pull the troops out of Vietnam, which to me was nothing but a war for oil, for control of the Tonka Bay for Laos, Vietnam, etc. JFK had started the pull out, but after his assassination death and replaced by Lyndon B. Johnson, who then put the troops back in Vietnam. Go figure.
I was involved in situations that a group that I belonged to, that we dealt with issues of oppressed individuals at the time and we actually went to Boise, Idaho to push the issue for impeachment of Nixon to Senator Frank Church, Dem. Idaho in 1973-1974, who eventually was the one who started the process for impeachment of Nixon.
The images above is Senator Church in 8/17/1975.
Senator Frank Church on the NSA and Surveillance in 1975 stated "Without proper oversight of the NSA, no American will have any privacy left... there would be no way to fight back ... the capacity is there to make tyranny total."
Above is the NSA Headquarters, Fort Meade, Maryland during that time frame.
As you can see when ISIS came along terrorism was the big issue and a need to find a way to detect them. So, terrorism became a reality that it was now coming home and on our television sets.
Muammar Gaddafi, the deposed leader of Libya, was captured and killed on October, 20, 2011 during the Battle of Sirte. Gaddafi was found hiding in a culvert west of Sirte and captured by National Transitional Council forces. He was killed shortly afterwards.
Just so you know it was when Obama attacked Libya and killed Gadhafi over him increasing oil prices per barrel which made gasoline prices go up to $4 a gallon in the U.S, at that time Obama bypassed Congress and had a war because Gaddafi screwed up his economy, which was screwed up anyway.
As you see above ISIS formed and were killing people on TV, which started because of the event in Libya resulted in the creation of ISIS, and they are the ones who started the Arab Spring and eventually came in 2012 Benghazi attack was a coordinated attack against two United States government facilities in Benghazi, Libya by members of the Islamic militant group Ansar al-Sharia and killed the Ambassador J. Christopher Stevens and 3 soldiers at the Consulate, while Sec. of State Hillary was asleep in her bed I guess and did nothing, and Obama ignored the whole event during his re-election against Romney.
So, surveillance was the new initiative to deal with terrorist, and but somehow 'we the people' became those who were being watched.
And this led to the following .... as you read this you will see how Obama and his staff violated our Bill of Rights.
Senator. Rand Paul was a lone voice on this, as well as Jerome Corsi later on.
And definitely these two suspects who were involved are Gen. James R. Clapper National Intelligence and John O. Brennen CIA Director both under Obama.
William Binney, NSA Technical Director (1965-2001) told us about all the surveillance systems seen in this piece.
James Brien Comey Jr., an American lawyer who was the 7th Director of the Federal Bureau of Investigation from 2013 until his dismissal in May 2017. Comey had been a registered Republican for most of his adult life; in 2016 he described himself as unaffiliated. So he is in the story all throughout this investigation.
In 2016 it was discovered that the NSA spied on us and the Democrat House voted to allow them to keep spying on Americans.
So, you can see above and documents that Obama and his staff used the NSA to spy on Americans illegally and if you did not know Benjamin J. Rhodes, seen above right, an American political advisor and White House staff member who served as the Deputy National Security Advisor for Strategic Communications for U.S. President Barack Obama and adviser on the Joint Comprehensive Plan of Action with Iran was involved in this cover up also.
Then Donald J. Trump came along with his “Make America Great Again” campaign, after 8 years of the country being run down into a shell of what it used to be.
Devin Gerald Nunes, an American politician serving as the U.S. Representative for California's 22nd congressional district since 2003. A Republican, he serves as chairman of the United States House Permanent Select Committee on Intelligence and was a member of President Trump's transition team. Nunes has been the face from the beginning looking at corruption.
It was discovered they were using the Foreign Intelligence Surveillance Act of 1978, the same one they used to impeach Nixon in 1978 during the Frank Church period, which was now used in our time and being abused.
The process to use FISA:
- A court that approves the surveillance by a Judge and then to get a warrant, which to get it you had to prove it was a spy situation.
- Then it would become an Affidavit, which then goes through the FBI chain of command to be approved by FBI Special Agent.
- Then to the Department of Justice and then the National Security to verify it.
- Then the F.I.S.A. Court who reviews it, and approves it for a back door and that process had been working until 1998.
- This is when President Bill Clinton, another Democrat took over as president, who could not keep his hands off of it or Monica Samille Lewinsky, a White House intern, and he decided to use both of them. He admitted to having had what he called an "inappropriate relationship" with Lewinsky while she worked at the White House in 1995–1996.
Harry Mason Reid, a retired American politician who served as a United States Senator from Nevada from 1987 to 2017. He served as the leader of the Senate Democrats from 2005 to 2017 and as the Senate Majority Leader from 2007 to 2015. Democrat Harry Reid told everyone that the surveillance was okay and they approved it.
It was not until July 2013, in his FBI confirmation hearing, James Comey said that the oversight mechanisms of the U.S. government have sufficient privacy protections.
During the time Bill Clinton took over the internet came out he managed to let the NSA and AT&T do their thing and if you remeber "he was the one who pushed the use of the Internet as the new big thing, and there were jobs galore in website positions, to get all of us on the internet."
The internet came and developed in 1993 and they developed Trailblazer and the Thinthread Systems. These systems could take in 10 terabyte’s per minute, and looked for relevant information in all phone calls and emails.
By 1998 these systems cost $3.2 million during Clinton’s administration.
The Clipper Chip came out to protect privacy and the NSA did in 1994 collect all information at all times and in time the chip became obsolete due to all the encryption tools that came out.
By the way it was during this time that I left my Industrial/Manufacturing career and I became a Network Administrator at that time with a MCSE and knew all about computer systems and made $10K more than before.
George W. Bush came into office and with 4-star General Michael Hayden and they pushed for a better system, which in time resulted in Trailblazer.
Thinthread system, which was created by William Binney in 1993-1994, and used to find relevant information on the internet by 1998 and it was very active around April 2000, at which time Hayden opposed it.
George W. Bush wanted to keep the surveillance systems and found away to get around the encrytion issue and made some deals with AT&T, and that also pushed the use of Trailblazer by 2001.
George W. Bush created the Patriot Act of 2001, which voided all our constitutional rights of the government spying on us. And if you read what was above you can see that Bush tried to hide it and attacked any leakers.
- Trailblazer project was a United States National Security Agency (NSA) program intended to develop a capability to analyze data carried on communications networks like the Internet. It was intended to track entities using communication methods such as cell phones and e-mail.
NSA employees J. Kirk Wiebe, William Binney, Ed Loomis, and House Permanent Select Committee on Intelligence staffer Diane Roark complained to the Department of Defense's Inspector General (IG) about waste, fraud, and abuse in the program, and the fact that a successful operating prototype existed.
The complaint was accepted by the IG and an investigation began that lasted until mid-2005 when the final results were issued. The results were largely hidden, as the report given to the public was heavily (90%) redacted, while the original report was heavily classified, thus restricting the ability of most people to see it.
The people who filed the IG complaint were later raided by armed Federal Bureau of Investigation (FBI) agents. While the Government threatened to prosecute all who signed the IG report, it ultimately chose to pursue an NSA Senior Executive Thomas Andrews Drake who helped with the report internally to NSA and who had spoken with a reporter about the project. Drake was later charged under the Espionage Act of 1917. His defenders claimed this was retaliation. The charges against him were later dropped, and he agreed to plead guilty to having committed a misdemeanor under the Computer Fraud and Abuse Act, something that Jesselyn Radack of the Government Accountability Project (which helped represent him) called an "act of civil disobedience."
You will see these names later.
- ThinThread is the name of a project that the United States National Security Agency (NSA) pursued during the 1990s, according to a May 17, 2006 article in The Baltimore Sun. The program involved wiretapping and sophisticated analysis of the resulting data, but according to the article, the program was discontinued three weeks before the September 11, 2001 attacks due to the changes in priorities and the consolidation of U.S. intelligence authority.
The "change in priority" consisted of the decision made by the director of NSA General Michael V. Hayden to go with a concept called Trailblazer, despite the fact that ThinThread was a working prototype that claimed to protect the privacy of U.S. citizens. ThinThread was dismissed and replaced by the Trailblazer Project, which lacked the privacy protections. A consortium led by Science Applications International Corporation was awarded a $280 million contract to develop Trailblazer in 2002.
Diane Roark, an American whistleblower who served as a Republican staffer on the House Intelligence Committee from 1985 to 2002. She was, right after 9/11, "the House Intelligence Committee staffer in charge of oversight of the NSA."
Along with William Binney, Ed Loomis, and J. Kirk Wiebe, she filed a complaint to the Department of Defense's Inspector General (DoD IG) about the National Security Agency's highly classified Trailblazer Project. Her house was raided by armed FBI agents in 2007 after she was wrongly suspected of leaking to The New York Times reporter James Risen and to Siobhan Gorman at The Baltimore Sun in stories about NSA warrantless surveillance. This led to her suing the government in 2012 because they did not return her computer, which they had seized during the raid, and because the government failed to clear her name. The punitive treatment of Roark, Binney, Wiebe, and Loomis, as well as, and, in particular, then still active (rather than retired) NSA executive Thomas Andrews Drake, who had gone in confidence with anonymity assured to the DoD IG, led the Assistant Inspector General John Crane to eventually become a public whistleblower himself and also led Edward Snowden to go public with revelations rather than to report within the internal whistleblower program.
Trailblazer cost $3.8 billion and would be more intrusive.
In 2003, Maureen Baginski left the NSA to become the Executive Assistant Director of Intelligence at the FBI between 2003-2005, led the bureau's first-ever intelligence program, adapting the FBI's intelligence capabilities with information technologies, and created an intelligence-sharing platform that helped identify and stop terror plot.
President George W. Bush and FBI Director Mueller, applauded Baginski's significant changes at the FBI which improved its capabilities to safeguard the United States of America.
In retirement from the FBI, Director Mueller asked Baginski to remain as a senior advisor to the FBI, a position which she accepted.
Then my "Beast That Came Out Of The Sea" or World Trade Towers was attacked and the The beast or the head of the beast was destroyed on the morning of September 11, 2001, when al-Qaeda-affiliated hijackers sent by Osama Ben Laden who was the mastermind who sent several terrorist to the USA to learn to fly, steal and then flew two Boeing 767 jets into the complex in a coordinated act of terrorism against what he called the Great Satan its head of economic center. The attacks on the World Trade Center killed 2,753 people. Osama also attacked the head of military the Pentagon with another Boeing 767 jet, but the fourth Boeing 767 jet crashed and failed to attack head of the government, the White House.
As mentioned above Thomas Drake seen in the upper right image took all the information that was in Thinthread and found that it detected the 9/11 attack but they were so busy using it against citizens, they overlooked it.
Thomas Andrews Drake was at that time a former senior executive of the U.S. National Security Agency, a decorated United States Air Force and United States Navy veteran, and he became a whistleblower. In 2010, the government alleged that Drake mishandled documents, one of the few such Espionage Act cases in U.S. history.
They turned him into the "Enemy of the State": He writes books about how the U.S. Government Tried to Turn a Truth-teller Into a Traitor.
Mark Emery Udall, an American politician who served as a United States Senator from Colorado from 2009 to 2015. A member of the Democratic Party, he previously served in the United States House of Representatives, representing Colorado's 2nd congressional district.
Udall has been an opponent of the National Security Agency's (NSA) mass surveillance programs. Following the revelation of the NSA's mass surveillance of Americans, Udall has been an advocate for reform. Udall, along with Senators Ron Wyden and Rand Paul, published an Op-ed in the Los Angeles Times expressing their collective desire to "end the dragnet — and to affirm that we can keep our nation secure without trampling on and abandoning Americans' constitutional rights." Udall expressed his support for Edward Snowden to return to America to "make his case."
After reports that the Central Intelligence Agency improperly spied on U.S. Senators, Udall called for the resignation of Agency Director John O. Brennan.
After the September 11 attacks, the one-term Representative Udall was one of 66 House members to vote against the Patriot Act. In 2011, Udall voted against reauthorizing the Patriot Act. In July 2014, Udall voted against the CISPA bill, a proposed law which would allow for the sharing of Internet traffic information between the U.S. government and technology and manufacturing companies, voicing his concerns that it "lacks adequate protections for the privacy rights."
During the 2011 debate over the National Defense Authorization Act for Fiscal Year 2012 (NDAA), Udall introduced an amendment to end the practice of military detention of American citizens indefinitely and without trial. In response to the amendment's introduction, the Obama administration threatened to veto the bill. The amendment was rejected by a vote of 60–38 (with 2 abstaining). Udall subsequently voted for the Act in the joint session of Congress that passed it, and though he remained "extremely troubled" by the detainee provisions, he promised to "push Congress to conduct the maximum amount of oversight possible."
Udall has supported PRISM, a clandestine anti-terrorism mass electronic surveillance data mining program launched in 2007 by the National Security Agency (NSA); however, he has also expressed support for introduction of measures to reform and limit the scope of the Patriot Act; 'The Patriot Act should be reformed so Americans' phone records do not get indiscriminately swept up in a federal government database.'
Edward Snowden seen above right, was a former NSA Contractor.
In 2015 is when Edward Snowden revealed what was going on in Sec. 215 under FISA, to access to records and other items under the Foreign Intelligence Surveillance Act.
NSA Kirk Wiebe, who I mentioned earlier had the FBI attack his home.
J. Kirk Wiebe, worked as a senior analyst at the NSA from 1975 to 2001. In the aftermath of 9/11, he was among a handful of NSA employees who stumbled upon a secret program at the agency to monitor the communications of millions of U.S. citizens. Wiebe and his colleagues decided to approach inspector generals at the Defense Department and Justice Department with what they found. He spoke to FRONTLINE's Jim Gilmore on Dec. 13, 2013.
Mark Klein in 2006 blew the whistle on AT&T that all phone calls and emails where being stored in room 641A and was direct accessible by the NSA which is ignoring the Bill of Rights.
Mark Klein, a former AT&T technician and whistleblower who revealed details of the company's cooperation with the United States National Security Agency in installing network hardware at a site known as Room 641A to monitor, capture and process American telecommunications.
Bassem Youssef, a senior American FBI agent. In July, 2006 the Justice Department's Office of Professional Responsibility concluded that the FBI illegally retaliated against Youssef because he had allegedly made whistleblower disclosures to the Director of the FBI and a Member of Congress.
He was the highest-ranking American agent of Coptic descent employed by the Federal Bureau of Investigation as of 2009, as a Unit Chief in the FBI’s Counterterrorism Division.
Bassem Youssef, a retired FBI Special Agent warned FBI agent James Comey that the surveillance system was not being used to catch terrorist, since it has only caught one in a decade, but was being used to spy on Americans.
In 2008, Barak Obama a Progressive Socialist Democrat took over the office of President of the United States and when he found out about the system, he took it to a new level to take down his political opponents.
From 2008 to 2016: Obama increased more intensive spying.
He had Apple doing backdoor for customers data, and we do not know what else.
From 2013-2016 wiretaps increased by 60%, and surveillances on emails and internet increased 300%.
Senator Rand Paul condemned his “lawlessness” which is in the Bible, the “Lawless one will come.” 2 Thess 2:3 ...."and then the man of rebellion will come--the son of hell." and detain those without a trial, do war against his enemies, i.e. Gadhafi in Libya, amend our legislation, bring forth all the sins of men and normal or antichristian, declare whatever he wants, and that would be classified as tyranny, according to Rand Paul.
Obama even defended surveillance by NSA on the television.
In 2011 he signed the “Nation Defense Authorization Act” per Sect 1021, which allowed him to look up American’s without a trial just for being suspected of working with terrorist. Make sure you read the fine print if they let you.
Obama approved the building of a new NSA in Utah and Fort Mead in 2014 which cost $4 billion.
National Defense Authorization Act for Fiscal Year 2011, is a law in the United States signed by President Barack Obama on January 7, 2011. As a bill it was originally H.R.5136 in the 111th Congress and later co-sponsored by Representative Ike Skelton as H.R. 6523 and renamed. So, the dossiers were made in these and you know the rest, and the software went to work in control as you see below.
- Stellarwind: code name of a warrantless surveillance program begun under the George W. Bush administration's President's Surveillance Program (PSP).
- Boundless Informant: is a big data analysis and data visualization tool used by the United States National Security Agency, giving summaries of worldwide data collection activities by counting metadata.
- Carnivore, Oct 1997, renamed DCS1000, a system implemented by the FBI designed to monitor email and electronic communications, using a customizable packet sniffer that can monitor all of a target user's Internet traffic.
There are two Podesta's and they kept it in the family:
- Tony Podesta seen above left had long history of lobbying for Democrat causes, and his brother was John, and all I can tell you about him is that on 12/6/2018 Mueller is investigating him for the Podesta Group, Mercury Public Affairs.
- John David Podesta Jr., an American political consultant who served as White House Chief of Staff to President Bill Clinton from October 20, 1998 until January 20, 2001 and as Counselor to President Barack Obama from January 1, 2014 until February 13, 2015, and ran Hillary Clinton’s failed presidential campaign back in 2016.
He is the one who is connected to Hillary’s missing computer and his emails in the Assange issue.
In March 2016, the personal Gmail account of John Podesta, a former White House chief of staff and the chairman of Hillary Clinton's 2016 U.S. presidential campaign, was compromised in a data breach, and a collection of his emails, many of which were work-related, were stolen. Cybersecurity researchers as well as the United States government attributed responsibility for the breach, which was accomplished via a spear-phishing attack, to the hacking group Fancy Bear, allegedly affiliated with Russian intelligence services.
Some or all of the Podesta emails were subsequently obtained by WikiLeaks, which published over 20,000 pages of emails, allegedly from Podesta, in October and November 2016. Podesta and the Clinton campaign have declined to authenticate the emails. Cybersecurity experts interviewed by PolitiFact believe the majority of emails are probably unaltered, while stating it is possible that the hackers inserted at least some doctored or fabricated emails into the collection. The article then attests that the Clinton campaign, however, has yet to produce any evidence that any specific emails in the latest leak were fraudulent. A subsequent investigation by U.S. intelligence agencies also reported that the files obtained by WikiLeaks during the U.S. election contained no "evident forgeries."
Snowden in 2013 released 1000 of the classified documents of the illegal surveillance and was forced to go find Asylum in Russia as you see below.
In 2015 is when Edward Snowden revealed what was going on, noted Sec. 215 under FISA.
So, Obama was caught with his pants down.
So he had VP Joe Biden to tell all nations not to give Snowden asylum.
Then he tells the public that, “If you have nothing to hide, you have nothing to fear.”
They must have thought the public were dummies. Well maybe the dummies that voted for him, and especially the ones below.
Above left is Nancy Pelosi who ran the House and passed anything her Progressive Socialist Liberal Democrat president wanted and from 2008-2016 the antichristian “Lawless One” had come as predicted and is still here today.
Above right is Dianne Goldman Berman Feinstein, who is an American politician serving as the senior United States Senator from California, a seat she has held since 1992. A member of the Democratic Party. Who now we call her the “letter leaker.”
Sitting next to her is Michael J. Rogers, a former U.S. Representative for Michigan's 8th congressional district, a member of the Republican Party, from 2001 to 2015. From 2011 to 2015, he was Chairman of the Permanent Select Committee on Intelligence. Rogers has a contract to speak on national-security topics on CNN. In June 2016, he presented a six-part series on CNN, titled Declassified: Untold Stories of American Spies.
Obama’s 8 years of corruption and abuse of our Bill of Rights with his Progressive Socialist Liberal Democratic party were coming to an end.
His hair was going grey fast and he campaigned and helped Hillary rig the primary over Bernie Sanders.
And of course, there was this illegal handling of classified documents and FBI director James Comey got involved somehow.
Hillary Clinton was hit on about a private server with classified files on it. Of course, she went in DENY, DENY mode which sounds like her husband, Bill Clinton.
Then Trump came along and beat out all the politicians, and had a great following of Americans who were tired of what has come of this country in the last 8 years.
A Republican candidate, Donald J. Trump, a business man, who I really only new mostly from his show, “The Apprentice,” who won his primary and would face crooked Hillary. He had a really good base following him and the people were ready for a change and the slogan MAGA, "Make America Great Again" was sounding good.
So, this forced Obama and Hillary to crank up the surveillance software again to illegally find anything they could on Trump and anyone associated with him, but they could not find anything to their dismay.
So, they were desperate and that meant they would have to make something up.
They developed the Hillary Clinton Team:
And then created the Opposition Research: John Kerry/Susan Rice
- John Forbes Kerry, an American politician who served as the 68th United States Secretary of State from 2013 to 2017. A member of the Democratic Party, he previously served as a United States Senator from Massachusetts from 1985 until 2013. He spent most of his time running around the world and give away all our stuff to China, the U.N. projects, and Climate Change questionables, made bad deal treaties with Iran with $150 billion package with no insurance of a change, just so Obama would look good to the world.
- Susan Elizabeth Rice, an American public official who was the 24th United States National Security Advisor from 2013 to 2017. She was a Brookings Institution fellow and U.S. Ambassador to the United Nations.
She served on the staff of the National Security Council and as Assistant Secretary of State for African Affairs during President Bill Clinton's second term. She was confirmed as UN ambassador by the U.S. Senate by unanimous consent on January 22, 2009. Mentioned as a possible replacement for retiring Secretary of State Hillary Clinton in 2012, Rice withdrew from consideration following controversy related to the 2012 attack on the U.S. consulate in Benghazi, saying that if she were nominated, "confirmation process would be lengthy, disruptive, and costly." She succeeded Tom Donilon as National Security Advisor on July 1, 2013.
Then Hillary Clinton went to her DNC/BRANCH/01:
DNC/Branch represents all the different branches of the Democratic Party.
- Huma Mahmood Abedin, seen above with Clinton, an American political staffer who was vice chair of Hillary Clinton's 2016 campaign, and married Anthony Weiner, U.S. Rep. New York, divorced him later for his guilt of transferring obscene material to a minor. Later the FBI's New York field office conducting the Weiner investigation stumbled on Abedin emails became the probe of Clinton's private email server.
- Ideological wings: Centrist wing, Conservative wing, Liberal wing, Libertarian wing, Progressive wing, Social democratic wings.
- Voter base: African Americans, Asian Americans, Christian left, Education Postgraduate, Hispanic Americans, Income Low and Medium, Irreligious Americans, Atheist and agnostic Americans, Jewish Americans, Labor, LGBT Americans, Transgender Americans, Liberals, Muslim Americans, Native Americans.
- Donna Lease Brazile, seen above in the image to the right with Debbie waaserman Schultz, and she was an American political strategist, campaign manager, political analyst, and author, is a member of the Democratic Party, briefly serving as the interim chairperson for the Democratic National Committee in spring 2011, and assumed that role again in July 2016, until February 2017. Brazile campaigned for Hillary Clinton at Nashua Community College in New Hampshire on October 7, 2016. After Debbie Wasserman Schultz resigned her position as chairperson of the Democratic National Committee on July 24, 2016, at the start of the 2016 Democratic National Convention, Brazile became interim chairperson of the DNC.
Then came the legal team:
- Rep. Debbie Wasserman Schultz seen above left was an American politician serving as the U.S. Representative for Florida's 23rd congressional district since 2004, past Chair of the Democratic National Committee. On July 24, 2016, Wasserman Schultz announced her resignation from her position after WikiLeaks released a collection of stolen emails indicating that Wasserman Schultz and other members of the DNC staff had made statements that suggested they supported Hillary Clinton over Senator Bernie Sanders in the 2016 Democratic primaries. Her resignation was finalized on July 28 after the 2016 Democratic National Convention. She was subsequently appointed honorary chair of the Clinton campaign's "50 state program." When Imran Awan's arrest made headlines, as he was then still employed by Rep. Debbie Wasserman Schultz, after being banned from the House network since February 2, 2017 is a whole nother story in itself which came to life in 2019.
- DNC Perkins Coie, an international law firm headquartered in Seattle, Washington, and founded in 1912. It is the oldest and largest law firm headquartered in the Pacific Northwest and has a total of 19 offices across the United States and Asia.
Fusion GPS is a commercial research and strategic intelligence firm based in Washington, D.C. The company conducts open-source investigations and provides research and strategic advice for businesses, law firms and investors, as well as for political inquiries, such as opposition research.
- Glenn Simpson, was a co-founder of Fusion GPS during Aug. 22, 2017, which was a lie, it occurred before that also.
As seen in the upper right image that is Glenn R. Simpson, the same in the middle image, who is an American former journalist who worked for The Wall Street Journal until 2009, and then co-founded the Washington-based research business Fusion GPS, and is a senior fellow at the International Assessment and Strategy Center.
Senate staffer named Daniel Jones told the FBI in March 2017 that he hired Fusion GPS and former British spy Christopher Steele, the author of the dossier, after the election to continue an investigation into Trump’s possible ties to Russia.
/Branch/02 Christopher David Steele, a former British intelligence officer with the Secret Intelligence Service MI6 from 1987 until his retirement in 2009. He ran the Russia desk at MI6 headquarters in London between 2006 and 2009. In 2009 he co-founded Orbis Business Intelligence, a London-based private intelligence firm.
Christopher David Steele, was the creator of the Trump dossier.
Can anyone figure out how the creation of a secret wiretap warrant that the FBI used to do a Russia Investigation from a Trump dossier, became breaking news as seen above? I can guess who leaked that to the "fake news."
So, look at Hillary's face and it is all on it, with a smile to boot.
Adam Bennett Schiff, seen above is an American politician serving as the U.S. Representative for California's 28th congressional district since 2013. A member of the Democratic Party, Schiff has served in Congress since 2001.
Schiff once was supporter of surveillance reforms, especially in the wake of the leaks of classified intelligence by Edward Snowden.
In 2007, in response to disclosure of the Terrorist Surveillance Program, Schiff and Rep. Jeff Flake offered a successful amendment in the House of Representatives to clarify that the Foreign Intelligence Surveillance Act is the exclusive means for collecting foreign intelligence information within the United States.
Schiff has been a critic of the bulk collection of telephone metadata by the National Security Agency. In January 2014, Schiff introduced the Telephone Metadata Reform Act, which would prohibit the bulk collection of domestic phone records. Schiff has also introduced several bills aimed at reforming the Foreign Intelligence Surveillance Court, including a bill to require outside counsel to be appointed to argue for privacy and civil liberties protections in certain cases before the Court.
I thought that the above was amusing since he is the one covering it up now, and is on Trump on the Russian collusion “witch hunt.” Of course Adam Schiff was involved to egg everything on to impeach Trump now.
Adam Schiff, said Christopher Steele's dossier was "evidence beyond a shadow of doubt of Trump's collusion."
Parallel construction means the same grammatical construction used repeatedly many times in the same text. It involves using elements in sentences that are grammatically similar or identical in structure sound, meaning, or meter. But in this case parallel construction is the official practise to use an unofficial tactic to use warrantless surveillance to obtain a warrant.
As seen in upper right image:
Carter William Page is an American petroleum industry consultant and a former foreign-policy adviser to Donald Trump during his 2016 Presidential election campaign.
- You illegally spy on someone, to find the evidence you need.
- Then make it look like you stumbled on the evidence, while you were doing something else.
- Then get a judge, to give you a warrant.
- Which is what the FBI did when they got Carter Page to use to take down Trump.
Michael Cohen under investigation and Cohen was connected to Kremlin in the Steele Dossier.
- Jerome Robert Corsi, an American author, political commentator, and conspiracy theorist. His two New York Times best-selling books, Unfit for Command and The Obama Nation, attacked Democratic presidential candidates and have been criticized for including numerous inaccuracies.
- Roger Jason Stone Jr., an American political consultant, lobbyist and strategist noted for his use of opposition research, usually for candidates of the Republican Party ended up in this mess over the next person.
- Julian Paul Assange, an Australian computer programmer and the editor of WikiLeaks. Assange founded WikiLeaks in 2006, but came to international attention in 2010, when WikiLeaks published a series of leaks provided by Chelsea Manning. He is presently in asylum in Ecuador even today because he knows what the Obama administration will do to him.
With all in play Hillary thinks shes got this election now.
Will Chamberlain is an attorney, I guess discussing Competitive Enterprise Institute which is a non-profit libertarian think tank founded by political writer Fred L. Smith, Jr., on March 9, 1984, in Washington, D.C. to advance principles of limited government, free enterprise, and individual liberty.
And again Rand Paul is telling all on deaf ears.
And Trump keeps campaigning and tweeting, and teeing everyone off, except concerned Americans of what is going on.
Then things begin to unravel, and got crazy on both sides. Hillary is connected to the Christopher Steele dossier, which then connected to Trump somehow, which somehow connected with a Russian spy, and back to Hillary.
So I will explain what happen during the assault of the constitution:
Surveillance on Carter Page and anyone associated with him were being spied on. So this was a SMEAR job for Hillary clinton to win the election, which we know did not happen.
- The Trump dossier was paid for by the Clinton-Kaine 2016 Democratic Party. Christopher Steele was fired because he leaked files to the media.
- Bruce Genesoke Ohr, a United States Department of Justice official, former associate deputy attorney general and former director of the Organized Crime Drug Enforcement Task Force, as of February 2018, and working in the Justice Department's Criminal Division.
- His wife Nellie Ohr worked for Fusion GPS, who ordered it, and when she got the dossier, she gave it to Bruce, who then gave it to the FBI.
- It was Michael Isikoff who did a Yahoo article over Carter Page and his Russian connection, which is where Rep. Nunes got involved who wondered why the court did not know about that.
- Michael R. Isikoff, an American investigative journalist, who is currently the Chief Investigative Correspondent at Yahoo! News, and the co-author with David Corn of the book entitled "Russian Roulette: The Inside Story of Putin's War on America" and the "Election of Donald Trump," published on March 13, 2018.
- What was interesting on September 23, 2016 Yahoo News article written by Isikoff was used by Federal authorities in a FISA warrant application to justify the surveillance of the foreign policy Trump adviser, Carter Page's alleged connection to Russian authorities during the 2016 presidential campaign. The Nunes memo makes reference to Isikoff's September 23, 2016 Yahoo News article. It was Isikoff's article was wrongly used by the FBI as independent corroboration for the Steele Dossier when in fact the dossier's author was the article's source.
- Nunes sent Rep. Trey Gowdy and Rep. John Ratcliffe to review the FISA document.
- The review showed that FBI Comey and McCabe did not verify it. Comey signed it 3 times, McCabe signed it once, and then to Loretta Lynch in charge of the DOJ, knew that the following signed the FISA warrant: Salley Yates, Dana Boente (Virginia Judge) and Rod Rosestein and sent it through by October 21, 2016, less than a month after Michael Isikoff's article was released. Does anyone smell six dishonest lying FBI and DOJ officials?
- So the day that Comey came to the White House, and he lied to Trump when he told him he was not under investigation. The FBI knew the information in the dossier was not accurate and did not tell the FISA judge who signed it.
- Nunes, Senator Grassley and Senator Graham reviewed the FISA warrant, which was not verified.
- Steele made up all the dirt, and even got the wrong Cohen in the dossier, which means any investigation of him is bogus.
- Sidney Stone Blumenthal, an American journalist, activist, writer, and political aide and former aide to President Bill Clinton; a long-time confidant of Hillary Clinton, formerly employed by the Clinton Foundation; and a journalist, especially on American politics and foreign policy, along with Cody Shearer, and Estate Department Johnaton Winer originally gave the information to Christopher Steele.
The spying was an insurance policy in case Trump won, which is an assault on the constitution or a coup attempt and the cover ups that ensued.
Then comes Rod Jay Rosenstein, an American attorney serving as United States Deputy Attorney General since 2017. Prior to his current appointment, he served as a United States Attorney for the District of Maryland.
Then charges came on Michael Thomas Flynn, a retired United States Army Lieutenant General who served in the U.S. Army for 33 years, from 1981 until 2014. In January 2017 he briefly served as National Security Advisor to U.S. President Donald Trump.
He was charged with a connection to Russia, the image seen above in the middle, who is Russian Ambassador Sergey Kislyak.
And as you see in the image above right it was Susan Rice, NS Advisor, who leaked Flynn's name to Robert Mueller.
So this is where Special Counsel Robert Mueller got involved. Robert Swan Mueller III, an American attorney who served as the sixth Director of the Federal Bureau of Investigation from 2001 to 2013.
- Rep. Devin Nunes got involved and asked Attorney General Jeff Sessions to do something about it and he recused himself, which teed off Trump.
- And then I just know Adam Schiff has something to hide, he is an antagonist for the Democratic Party, and what I have seen so far he is very two-faced and as you see later he is the deep states man to deny anything anyone finds, and all he wants to do is impeach Trump.
- And this is where Carter Page brought the corruption to life to clear himself from any charges, as the subject of interest.
Even FBI Director James Comey said the Dossier was Salacious and Unverified. That means none of it was found to be true, which the FBI took it to a FISA Judge who approved it and it was not verified. Who was this judge?
And Rand Paul had told all what was happening. Trump was framed by guess who?
Trump began cleaning the SWAMP after the DEPLORABLES voted him in as the 45th President of the United States of America.
The people put their trust in the Presidency of the United States and who had the power to do this?
Dana Rohrabacher commented on this and he is a member of the US House of Representatives representing California's 48th congressional district. A Republican, he served as a speechwriter and Special Assistant to President Ronald Reagan from 1981 to 1988.
As Obama is going out, thank God he is gone! But I want to remind you of who else was involved in charge of National Intelligence. The SWAMP has some very dug in critters.
It was National Intelligence James R. Clapper (2010-2017) who was one of the biggest hater of Donald Trump on the newscast and even on “Meet The Press” cutting him down.
James Robert Clapper Jr., a retired lieutenant general in the United States Air Force and is the former Director of National Intelligence, who has held several key positions within the United States Intelligence Community, and served as director of the Defense Intelligence Agency from 1992 until 1995.
Following the June 2013 leak of documents detailing the NSA practice of collecting telephone metadata on millions of Americans' telephone calls, Clapper was accused of perjury for telling a congressional committee hearing that the NSA does not collect any type of data on millions of Americans earlier that year. One senator asked for his resignation, and a group of 26 senators complained about Clapper's responses under questioning. In November 2016, Clapper resigned as director of national intelligence, effective at the end of President Obama's term. In May 2017, he joined the Washington, D.C.–based think tank the Center for a New American Security (CNAS) as a Distinguished Senior Fellow for Intelligence and National Security.
- Clapper was in charge of FBI director James Comey upper left.
- And the left image and upper right figure is Andrew George McCabe, a retired American attorney who served as the Deputy Director of the Federal Bureau of Investigation from February 2016 to January 2018. From May 9, 2017 to August 2, 2017, McCabe served as the Acting Director of the FBI following James Comey's dismissal by President Donald Trump.
- Loretta Elizabeth Lynch, an American lawyer who oversaw federal prosecutions in Brooklyn, Queens, Staten Island and Long Island and was appointed by President Barack Obama to succeed Eric Holder on November 8, 2014 and previously served as the United States Attorney for the Eastern District of New York under both President Bill Clinton (1999–2001) and Barack Obama (2010–2015), so she served as the 83rd Attorney General of the United States from April 27, 2015 to January 20, 2017, when Donald Trump was sworn in as President of the United States.
- Sally Caroline Yates, an American lawyer, and served as a United States Attorney and later United States Deputy Attorney General, having been appointed to both positions by President Barack Obama. Following the inauguration of Donald Trump and the departure of Attorney General Loretta Lynch, Yates served as Acting Attorney General for 10 days, and dismissed for insubordination by President Trump on January 30, after she instructed the Justice Department not to make legal arguments defending Executive Order 13769, which temporarily banned the admission of refugees and barred travel from certain Muslim-majority countries. Rather than defend it, Yates stated the order was neither defensible in court nor consistent with the constitution. Large portions of the order were subsequently blocked by federal courts, which ruled that those sections violated the Fifth Amendment. Following her dismissal, Yates returned to private practice and declined to run for elected office.
- John Owen Brennan, an American intelligence official who served as the Director of the Central Intelligence Agency from March 2013 to January 2017. He served as chief counterterrorism advisor to U.S. President Barack Obama, with the title Deputy National Security Advisor for Homeland Security and Counterterrorism, and Assistant to the President, advised Obama on foreign policy and intelligence issues during the 2008 election campaign and presidential transition. Brennan withdrew his name from consideration for Director of the Central Intelligence Agency (CIA) during the first Obama administration over concerns about his support, after defending on TV the transferring of terror suspects to countries where they might be tortured while serving under President George W. Bush. Instead, Brennan was appointed Deputy National Security Advisor, a position which did not require Senate confirmation. Brennan's 25 years with the CIA included work as a Near East and South Asia analyst, as station chief in Saudi Arabia, and as director of the National Counterterrorism Center. After leaving government service in 2005, Brennan became CEO of The Analysis Corporation, a security consulting business, and served as chairman of the Intelligence and National Security Alliance, an association of intelligence professionals.
Brennan served in the White House as Assistant to the President for Homeland Security between 2009 and 2013. Obama nominated Brennan as his next director of the CIA on January 7, 2013. The ACLU called for the Senate not to proceed with the appointment until they confirmed that "all of his conduct was within the law" at the CIA and White House and was approved by the Senate Intelligence Committee on March 5, 2013, to succeed David Petraeus as the Director of the CIA by a vote of 12 to 3.
On August 15, 2018, President Donald Trump announced that he revoked Brennan's security clearance, who harshly criticized Trump several times since he was elected, and he responded to the revocation by stating "My principles are worth far more than clearances. I will not relent." He then serves as a senior national security and intelligence analyst for NBC News and MSNBC. His inaugural appearance was on "Meet the Press" with Chuck Todd on Sunday, February 4, 2018, and that is where I saw him always dissing Trump on the news constantly.
- And then Department of Defense: Secretary of Defense were Robert M. Gates (2009-2011), Leon E. Panetta (2011-2013), Chuck Hagel (2013-2015),
and the last one is Ashton Baldwin Carter, an American politician, physicist and former Harvard University professor of Science and International Affairs who served as the 25th United States Secretary of Defense from February 2015 to January 2017, he was .
into theoretical physics in 1979, worked on quantum chromodynamics, the quantum field theory that was then postulated to explain the behavior of nuclear reactions and the structure of subatomic particles, postdoctoral fellow research associate in theoretical physics at Rockefeller University from 1979 to 1980 and a research fellow at the MIT Center for International Studies from 1982 to 1984. Carter taught at Harvard University, beginning in 1986, and many other things, author or co-author of 11 books and more than 100 articles on physics, technology, national security, and management.Deputy Secretary of Defense from October 2011 to December 2013, serving as the chief operating officer of the DOD overseeing an annual budget in excess of $600 billion, 2.4 million civilian and military personnel, and global operations, awarded the DOD Distinguished Public Service Medal, also received the CJCS Joint Distinguished Civilian Service Award, and the Defense Intelligence Medal for his contributions to Intelligence.
- Dana James Boente, former United States Attorney for the Eastern District of Virginia, serving as prosecution for criminal cases brought by the Federal government, and representing the United States in civil cases in the court served as acting assistant attorney general for the National Security Division of the United States Department of Justice, and on October 27, 2017, announced he would resign from the Department of Justice after a successor is in place, and on January 23, 2018, Boente was named general counsel to the FBI by the director Christopher A. Wray, filling the vacancy after James Baker's reassignment to another part of the bureau.
The House run by Nancy Pelosi and Senate by Harry Reid voted it in.
Nunes watch out they are still around!
I think Snowden should come back and all of Obama and all his crooks should go get asylum in Russia.
And then there is Secretary of State Hillary Rodham Clinton 2009-2013 and Secretary of State John F. Kerry (2013-2017).
SO TRUMP KNOWS WHERE TO START TO CLEAR THE SWAMP!.
There was this following event that occurred also.
Michael E. Horowitz, an American lawyer and government official, and served as the Inspector General of the United States Department of Justice. Horowitz announced in January 2017 that the Inspector General's office would examine evidence related to "allegations of misconduct" regarding FBI Director James B. Comey's handling of the investigation into Hillary Clinton’s email practices and whether Justice Department employees leaked information improperly during the run-up to the 2016 United States presidential election. In June 2018, Horowitz released his report, concluding that Peter Strzok and other FBI employees "brought discredit to themselves" and to the agency. He found that Comey indulged in ad hoc decision-making, did not follow FBI procedures, and that he was not motivated by any political bias.
Other sources claim that he wanted to audit Carlen's division, but Susan Yates, said "No!"
John P. Carlin, former Assistant Attorney General for the U.S. Department of Justice’s (DOJ) National Security Division (NSD) and former Chief of Staff to then-FBI Director Robert S. Mueller, III, chairs Morrison & Foerster’s Global Risk and Crisis Management practice group and is co-chair of the National Security practice group. Mr. Carlin, served as a top-level official in both Republican and Democratic administrations prior to joining Morrison & Foerster, regularly advises industry-leading organizations in sensitive cyber and other national security matters, internal investigations, and government enforcement actions.
Mr. Carlin is routinely called upon to advise leading U.S. and overseas companies across numerous industries—including in the technology, healthcare, energy, defense, finance, fashion, media, pharmaceutical, and telecommunications sectors—regarding crisis management, cyber incident response and preparedness, regulatory strategy, and CFIUS. Clients appreciate that Mr. Carlin, who served until 2016 as the DOJ’s highest-ranking national security lawyer, can offer an insider perspective on their matters and is able to quickly engage the appropriate government actors in the event of a cyberattack or other significant incident affecting their business.
Carlin had resigned when this was given to the F.I.S.A. court on 9/26/2016 and it was the information given to the Washington Post on 9/27/2016.
As you can see in the image below all have been fired or quit or demoted when Trump took office, except one seen below:
Christopher Asher Wray, seen in the image above an American lawyer serving as the eighth and current Director of the Federal Bureau of Investigation since 2017. From 2003 to 2005 Wray served as Assistant Attorney General in charge of the Criminal Division in the George W. Bush Administration. Wray was Assistant Attorney General from 2003 to 2005, working under Deputy Attorney General James Comey. From 2005 to 2017 he was a litigation partner with the law firm King & Spalding.
On June 7, 2017, President Donald Trump announced his intention to nominate Wray to be the next Director of the Federal Bureau of Investigation, replacing James Comey, who was dismissed by Trump on May 9, 2017. Trump interviewed Wray for the vacant FBI Director job on May 30, 2017, according to then Press Secretary Sean Spicer. Wray's Senate confirmation hearing commenced on July 12, 2017. Among other testimony, when asked if he believed that the investigation into Russian election interference and possible links to Trump's campaign is a "witch hunt," he stated that he did not.
On July 20, 2017, the Senate Judiciary Committee unanimously recommended to confirm Wray as the next Director of the FBI. Wray was officially confirmed by the Senate with bipartisan support on August 1, 2017; the vote was 92–5. He was sworn in by Attorney General Jeff Sessions in a private ceremony on August 2, 2017. Wray was formally sworn in on September 28, 2017, in a ceremony that was not attended by President Trump, marking the first time an FBI director has been sworn in without the President who nominated him present at the ceremony.
On February 13, 2018, in a hearing before the Senate Select Committee on Intelligence, Senator Marco Rubio [R-FL] asked Wray about the risk posed from Chinese students in advanced science and mathematics programs. In response, Wray stated "nontraditional collectors" (which he elaborated to include professors, scientists, and students) are "exploiting the very open research and development environment that we have" and consequently he viewed the risk "as not just a whole of government threat but a whole of society threat." Representatives Judy Chu [D-CA], Ted Lieu [D-CA], and Grace Meng [D-NY] released statements criticizing Wray's response as "irresponsible generalizations" implying that all Chinese students and scholars were spies. A coalition of Asian American advocacy groups wrote an open letter to Wray asking for a dialogue "to discuss how well-intentioned public policies might nonetheless lead to troubling issues of potential bias, racial profiling, and wrongful prosecution." In a follow-up interview with NBC, Wray stood by his earlier remarks, elaborating that "To be clear, we do not open investigations based on race, or ethnicity, or national origin. But when we open investigations into economic espionage, time and time again, they keep leading back to China."
12/21/2018 U.S., allies slam China for economic espionage, spies indicted by Diane Bartz and Jack Stubbs. “No country poses a broader, more severe long-term threat to our nation’s economy and cyber infrastructure than China,” FBI Director Chris Wray said at a news conference. “China’s goal, simply put, is to replace the U.S. as the world’s leading superpower, and they’re using illegal methods to get there.”
Edward William Priestap, also known as Bill Priestap, an American attorney and intelligence official, and since 2015, he has been the assistant director of the FBI Counterintelligence Division.
Priestap joined the Federal Bureau of Investigation in 1998, and he was appointed as assistant director of the FBI Counterintelligence Division in 2015.
In June 2017, Priestap told the PBS NewsHour program that Russian intelligence "used fake news and propaganda and they also used online amplifiers to spread the information to as many people as possible" during the 2016 United States presidential election.
In the Nunes memo, released in February 2018, Priestap suggests the Trump–Russia dossier had not been completely investigated prior to their application for a Foreign Intelligence Surveillance Act (FISA) warrant to surveil Carter Page, former foreign policy adviser in Donald Trump's 2016 Presidential campaign.
Rosemary Mayers Collyer, a Senior United States District Judge of the United States District Court for the District of Columbia, and currently the Presiding Judge of the United States Foreign Intelligence Surveillance Court.
Collyer was one of four FISA Court judges who approved a FISA warrant (issued in October 2016 and renewed several times) authorizing the wiretapping of Carter Page. So now it is found out that there was illegal activity by the FBI, with contractors doing improper disclosures on Americans.
Michael J. Rogers, a former U.S. Representative for Michigan's 8th congressional district. A member of the Republican Party, Rogers served from 2001 to 2015. From 2011 to 2015, he was Chairman of the Permanent Select Committee on Intelligence, has a contract to speak on national-security topics on CNN, titled Declassified: Untold Stories of American Spies and I showed him earlier sitting next to Dianne Feinstein.
In 2017, Mike Rogers was interviewed to be the new director of the Federal Bureau of Investigation, after James Comey was dismissed.
Rogers in April 2016 for a 702 FISA had an audit done and baseline review, and discovered aqll of the above that the Democratic Party paid for all this surveillance information on Trump's people, but they found nothing, and they all got caught, but it is all classified now, and even if we could see it would be redacted to cover up the culprits.
Seen at https://www.businessinsider.sg/trump-nunes-memo-release-whats-in-2018-2/
2/2/2018 House Intelligence Committee releases controversial Nunes memo after Trump authorizes its declassification by Sonam Sheth, Business Insider US
The House Intelligence Committee on Friday released a declassified and controversial memo that accuses the FBI and the Department of Justice of abusing their surveillance authority in targeting a former aide to President Donald Trump’s campaign.
The House Intelligence Committee on Friday released a highly controversial memo spearheaded by its chairman, Rep. Devin Nunes, after President Donald Trump authorized its declassification.
- Drawing on a frequent Republican talking point, the memo also raises questions about the explosive dossier laying out ties between Trump’s campaign and Russia.
- “A lot of people should be ashamed of themselves,” Trump said after he signed off on the memo’s release.
The memo claims, among other things, that several top officials at the Justice Department and the FBI acted improperly when they signed off on so-called FISA applications seeking extended surveillance of Carter Page, a former Trump campaign adviser.
Trump said after announcing its declassification that “a lot of people should be ashamed of themselves,” while top Democrats and current and former intelligence committee officials both blasted its release and portrayed it as much ado about nothing.
“That’s it?” tweeted James Comey, the former FBI director.
Here’s the key section of the memo that alleges improper targeting:
“The FBI and DOJ obtained one initial FISA warrant targeting Carter Page and three FISA renewals from the FISC. As required by statute (50 USC 1805(d)(1)), a FISA order on an American citizen must be renewed by the FISC every 90 days and each renewal requires a separate finding of probable cause. Then-Director James Comey signed three FISA applications in question on behalf of the FBI, and Deputy Director Andrew McCabe signed one. Then-DAG Sally Yates, then-Acting DAG Dana Boente, and DAG Rod Rosenstein each signed one or more FISA applications on behalf of DOJ.”
Though Trump and his allies have repeatedly accused the FBI and the DOJ of relying on insufficient evidence to monitor and investigate campaign associates, the excerpt appears to indicate the opposite.
The FBI obtained the first FISA warrant targeting Page in October 2016. Five officials subsequently signed off on applications to continue surveilling Page after they all separately found probable cause to do so.
The memo also seems to throw cold water on the claim that the FBI used a dossier laying out ties between the Trump campaign and Russia as an excuse to surveil campaign associates and launch what Trump and his Republican allies have characterized as a politically motivated “witch hunt.”
The dossier, compiled by the former MI6 officer Christopher Steele, was originally funded by a group of Republicans who opposed Trump during the Republican primaries. After Trump became the party’s nominee, Hillary Clinton’s campaign and the Democratic National Committee hired the Perkins Coie law firm, which in turn retained the opposition-research firm Fusion GPS to fund the dossier’s production.
But the memo appears to suggest that it wasn’t the dossier but an interaction involving George Papadopoulos, another former Trump campaign adviser, that triggered the Russia investigation and the FISA warrant targeting Page.
“The Page FISA application also mentions information regarding fellow Trump campaign advisor George Papadopoulos, but there is no evidence of any cooperation or conspiracy between Page and Papadopoulos,” the memo says. “The Papadopoulos information triggered the opening of an FBI counterintelligence investigation in late July 2016 by FBI agent Peter Strzok.”
The “Papadopoulos information” most likely refers to an interaction in May 2016 during which Papadopoulos is said to have boasted to a top Australian diplomat about Russia’s “kompromat” on Clinton while he was drinking at a swanky London bar.
In July 2016, the anti-secrecy group WikiLeaks posted a trove of hacked emails from the DNC. Australian officials informed their American counterparts of Papadopoulos’ conversation with the diplomat, Alexander Downer, The New York Times reported last year.
The FBI began scrutinizing the Trump campaign’s ties to Russia that same month.
All about the dossier.
The memo raises more questions about Steele’s dossier, saying it “formed an essential part” of the FISA application for Page.
“Steele was a longtime FBI source who was paid over $160,000 by the DNC and Clinton campaign, via the law firm Perkins Coie and research firm Fusion GPS, to obtain derogatory information on Donald Trump’s ties to Russia.,” it says.
It continues: “Neither the initial application in October 2016, nor any of the renewals, disclose or reference the role of the DNC, Clinton campaign, or any party/campaign in funding Steele’s efforts, even though the political origins of the Steele dossier were then known to senior DOJ and FBI officials.”
Legal experts and former intelligence officials, however, have argued that who funded the dossier doesn’t matter as much as the veracity of its claims. Much of it remains uncorroborated, but both the FBI and the Senate Intelligence Committee are using the document as a “roadmap” while they investigate Russia’s election interference.
The memo also says the FBI ended its relationship with Steele after it learned he had made an “unauthorized disclosure” to members of the media about that relationship. But The Atlantic on Friday described two people familiar with Steele’s actions as saying he never misled the FBI about his interactions with the media.
Nunes has drawn sharp criticism from Rep. Adam Schiff, his Democratic counterpart on the House Intelligence Committee, who said in a statement Friday that though Nunes’ memo sought to show that the FBI and the DOJ improperly sought a FISA warrant targeting Page, Nunes had not seen the underlying intelligence on which it was based.
Sen. Mark Warner, the ranking member on the Senate Intelligence Committee, echoed Schiff’s criticisms in a separate statement.
“Unlike almost every House member who voted in favor of this memo’s release, I have actually read the underlying documents on which the memo was based,” he said. “They simply do not support its conclusions.”
Further, Schiff said, the memo “fails to provide vital context and information contained in DOJ’s FISA application and renewals, and ignores why and how the FBI initiated, and the Special Counsel has continued, its counterintelligence investigation into Russia’s election interference and links to the Trump campaign.”
He added that the committee’s Democrats made clear in a document they compiled rebutting the claims in the Republican memo that the “FBI had good reason to be concerned about Carter Page and would have been derelict in its responsibility to protect the country had it not sought a FISA warrant.”
He said the committee’s Democrats submitted their memo to the DOJ and the FBI – a move its Republicans did not make. He added that Democrats would release their document only after the White House approved it and it went through a significant redaction process to protect intelligence sources and methods.
Schiff also accused Nunes of mischaracterizing part of testimony before the committee in December from Andrew McCabe, who stepped down as the deputy director of the FBI earlier this week.
The memo says McCabe said the FISA warrant would not have been sought without information from the dossier. Schiff said that part was “cherry-picked” and taken out of context, arguing that McCabe meant that the raw intelligence Steele had obtained regarding Page was part of the FISA application and that it would not have been complete without it.
“Only very select components of what Steele reported about Page were included in the [FISA] application,” Schiff said.
The memo says Bill Priestap, who heads the FBI’s counterintelligence division, noted that corroboration of the dossier was in its “infancy” at the time of the first FISA application seeking to surveil Page.
But previous reports have suggested that the dossier was not the primary driver of the decision to file the application and that the warrant included information beyond what was in it. The Wall Street Journal reported on Thursday that Page had been a source of concern for US counterintelligence officials since 2013, more than three years before he joined the Trump campaign.
In a statement to Business Insider on Friday, Page said he approved of the memo’s release.
“The brave and assiduous oversight by Congressional leaders in discovering this unprecedented abuse of process represents a giant, historic leap in the repair of America’s democracy,” he said.
“Now that a few of the misdeeds against the Trump Movement have been partially revealed, I look forward to updating my pending legal action in opposition to DOJ this weekend in preparation for Monday’s next small step on the long, potholed road toward helping to restore law and order in our great country.”
White House says it ‘raises serious concerns.’
The White House press secretary, Sarah Huckabee Sanders, said the memo “raises serious concerns about the integrity of decisions made at the highest levels of the Department of Justice and the FBI to use the Government’s most intrusive surveillance tools against American citizens.”
She said Trump decided to declassify the memo after consulting his national security team and members of law enforcement and the intelligence community.
Addressing the memo’s release on Friday, Trump said, “I think it’s a disgrace what’s happening in our country.”
The New York Times reported last weekend that Republicans were likely to use the memo to contend that Deputy Attorney General Rod Rosenstein acted improperly in approving an application to extend surveillance of Page that was partly based on dubious research funded by Democratic organizations.
Asked on Friday whether the memo affected his confidence in Rosenstein or increased the likelihood that he would oust him, Trump said, “You figure that one out.”
Rosenstein oversees the special counsel Robert Mueller’s investigation into Russia’s interference in the 2016 US election and whether members of Trump’s campaign colluded with Moscow to tilt the election in his favor. Mueller is also examining whether Trump sought to obstruct justice when he fired James Comey as FBI director in May.
If Trump were to fire Rosenstein, Rachel Brand, the associate attorney general, would assume oversight of the Russia investigation.
The memo and its release have sparked a firestorm on Capitol Hill and within the intelligence community.
Republicans said they wanted to release the document to promote transparency and hold law enforcement accountable, but Democrats have characterized it as a thinly veiled attempt to distract the public and discredit the agencies investigating the president and his associates.
Top officials in intelligence and law enforcement had cautioned against the memo’s release.
FBI Director Christopher Wray and Rosenstein met on Monday with the White House chief of staff, John Kelly, to argue against releasing the memo, saying the document contained several inaccuracies and that releasing it could expose sources and methods, The Washington Post reported earlier Friday.
When Kelly didn’t budge, Wray again called him on Monday night but was unsuccessful, The Post said, citing administration officials.
The next day, at least five FBI officials traveled to the White House to speak with Kelly about the memo, the report said. Dan Coats, the director of national intelligence, had also cautioned the chief of staff against releasing the document.
The Justice Department, meanwhile, had said it would be “extraordinarily reckless” for the House Intelligence Committee to approve the memo’s release without giving the department enough time to review it and advise lawmakers about national-security implications.
The FBI also weighed in, saying in a rare statement on Wednesday that it had been “provided a limited opportunity to review this memo the day before the committee voted to release it.”
“As expressed during our initial review, we have grave concerns about material omissions of fact that fundamentally impact the memo’s accuracy,” the statement said.
CBS News reported on Thursday that Wray – who has mostly expressed reservations about the memo behind closed doors – was prepared to publicly issue a rebuttal.
After all of the Obamaites constantly dissing Trump for weeks they did not succeed, in 2018 they took their frustrations out on Trump’s Supreme Court nominee Brett Michael Kavanaugh, who was an American lawyer and jurist who serves as an Associate Justice of the Supreme Court of the United States, but the lawless democrat showing out back-fired on them as all know now. So there is a GOD!
FROM THIS POINT ON I WILL PROVIDE NEWS ARTICLES THAT PROVE ALL OF THE ABOVE FOR THOSE WHO DO NOT BELIEVE IT.
WHAT BOTHERS ME IS THEY HAVE COME OUT WITH A NEW SHOW ON CBS ON TUESDAY NIGHTS CALLED "FBI" AND THE SHOW HAS ALL THE
EMPLOYEES DEDICATED TO DO THE RIGHT THING, BUT WHAT I AM SEEING IN TODAYS WORLD IS JUST THE OPPOSITE
BUT WHAT DO YOU EXPECT WHEN THE "LAWLESS ONES" HAVE COME.
Peter Paul Strzok II, a former United States Federal Bureau of Investigation agent. Strzok was the Chief of the Counterespionage Section, and rose to become the Deputy Assistant Director of the Counterintelligence Division, the second-highest position in that division. He led the FBI's investigation into Russian interference in the 2016 United States elections. In June and July 2017, Strzok worked on Robert Mueller's Special Counsel investigation into any links or coordination between Donald Trump's presidential campaign and the Russian government.
It was when he led the FBI's investigation into Hillary Clinton's use of a personal email server.
After doing a comprehensive review in February 2018 of Strzok's messages, Del Quentin Wilber of The Wall Street Journal concluded that "texts critical of Mr. Trump represent a fraction of the roughly 7,000 messages, which stretch across 384 pages and show no evidence of a conspiracy against Mr. Trump."
Mueller removed Strzok from the Russia investigation when Mueller became aware of criticisms of Trump contained in personal text messages exchanged between Strzok and a colleague. On August 10, 2018, David Bowdich, the FBI deputy director, that is when he was fired over anti-trump texts, but we know better and thus he became a former United States Federal Bureau of Investigation. He was fired over his politically charged texts, becoming the third FBI official involved in the Clinton and Russia probes to be fired.
The revelation of the text messages led Republican congressmen and right wing media to start pushing conspiracy theories to the effect that Strzok was involved in a secret plot and undermine the Trump presidency and they used the text messages as part of a campaign to discredit Mueller's investigation. Deputy Attorney General Rod Rosenstein has defended Mueller's response to the text messages.
8/13/2018 FBI agent Peter Strzok fired over anti-Trump texts by Matt Zapotosky, The Washington Post
The FBI has fired agent Peter Strzok, who helped lead the bureau’s investigation of Russian interference in the 2016 presidential election until officials discovered that he had been sending anti-Trump texts.
Aitan Goelman, Strzok’s attorney, said FBI Deputy Director David L. Bowdich ordered the firing Friday, even though the director of the FBI office that usually handles employee discipline had decided that Strzok, 48, should face only a demotion and a 60-day suspension. Goelman said the move undercuts the FBI’s repeated assurances that Strzok would be afforded the normal disciplinary process.
“This isn’t the normal process in any way more than name,” Goelman said, adding in a statement, “This decision should be deeply troubling to all Americans.”
Strzok wrote on Twitter, “Deeply saddened by this decision. It has been an honor to serve my country and work with the fine men and women of the FBI.”
The FBI declined to comment.
The termination is a remarkable downfall for Strzok, a 22-year member of the bureau who investigated Russian spies, defense officials accused of selling secrets to China and myriad other important cases. In the twilight of his career, Strzok was integral to two of the bureau’s most high-profile investigations: the Russia case and the inquiry into Hillary Clinton’s use of a private email server while she was secretary of state.
But when a Justice Department inspector-general investigation uncovered politically charged messages that Strzok had exchanged with another FBI official, he was relegated to a position in human resources. Conservatives soon made Strzok the face of their attacks against special counsel Robert S. Mueller III’s investigation of the president’s campaign, and the FBI took steps to remove Strzok from its ranks.
[FBI agent Peter Strzok feuds with GOP critics at hearing]
Conservatives on Monday hailed the move. President Trump used it to suggest that the Russia investigation should be dropped and the Clinton case redone.
“Agent Peter Strzok was just fired from the FBI — finally,” Trump tweeted. “The list of bad players in the FBI & DOJ gets longer & longer. Based on the fact that Strzok was in charge of the Witch Hunt, will it be dropped? It is a total Hoax. No Collusion, No Obstruction — I just fight back!” he wrote.
Minutes later, he added, “Just fired Agent Strzok, formerly of the FBI, was in charge of the Crooked Hillary Clinton sham investigation. It was a total fraud on the American public and should be properly redone!”
The reaction among Democrats was more understated. Rep. Eric Swalwell (Calif.) said Strzok’s firing did not undercut Mueller’s investigation, which has produced dozens of indictments.
“Sorry, @realDonaldTrump, the #RussiaInvestigation is bigger than one agent (who was at least willing to go under oath),” Swalwell tweeted, citing the president’s Twitter handle.
Agent's precarious position
Strzok’s team created a GoFundMe page with a lengthy statement to raise money for his “legal costs and lost income” and said on the site that his firing was “.” The site had raised more than $65,000 by late Monday evening.
Because Strzok was a senior-level FBI employee, and because the FBI’s No. 2 official directed his firing, he has few avenues left to get back his job. It was unclear whether he planned to pursue legal action against the bureau.
Strzok’s position in the bureau had been precarious since last summer, when Justice Department Inspector General Michael E. Horowitz told Mueller that the lead agent on his team had been exchanging anti-Trump messages with an FBI lawyer. The next day, Mueller expelled Strzok from the group.
The lawyer, Lisa Page, also had been a part of Mueller’s team, although she left a few weeks earlier and no longer works for the FBI. She and Strzok had been having an affair.
Trump has previously derided the pair as “FBI lovers,” and he and his allies have pointed to their conduct in an attempt to discredit the Mueller inquiry. On Saturday, before the firing was known publicly, Trump tweeted an attack on Strzok, Page, former FBI director James B. Comey and former deputy director Andrew McCabe.
“Will the FBI ever recover it’s once stellar reputation, so badly damaged by Comey, McCabe, Peter S and his lover, the lovely Lisa Page, and other top officials now dismissed or fired?” Trump wrote. “So many of the great men and women of the FBI have been hurt by these clowns and losers!”
Horowitz concluded that Strzok showed a “willingness to take official action” to hurt Trump’s electoral prospects, particularly in a text he sent telling Page “we’ll stop” Trump from being president.
Strzok, who was a deputy assistant director for counter intelligence at the bureau, has apologized for sending the messages and said they reflected personal views that did not affect his work. His attorney has said that had Strzok wanted to prevent Trump’s election, he could have leaked that Trump’s campaign was under investigation for possibly coordinating with Russia — a revelation that might have upended his presidential bid.
Denying acting on views
At a congressional hearing last month, Strzok sparred with Republican lawmakers who raised questions about his character and his marriage. He said that there was “no evidence of bias in my professional actions” and that his having to testify was “just another victory notch in [Russian President Vladimir] Putin’s belt and another milestone in our enemies’ campaign to tear America apart.”
Strzok was escorted out of the FBI building in June and effectively relieved of work responsibilities, although he remained an FBI employee as he and his attorney challenged the effort to dismiss him. On July 24, they made a final pitch to Candice M. Will, who leads the FBI’s Office of Professional Responsibility.
Goelman said Will ultimately decided that Strzok should face a demotion and a 60-day suspension and be subjected to a “last chance agreement. That would have put him on thin ice if he were to commit another offense. But Goelman said Bowdich overruled that decision and ordered Strzok’s termination.
During a June congressional hearing, FBI Director Christopher A. Wray said that Strzok had been referred to the Office of Professional Responsibility — which he called the bureau’s “independent disciplinary arm” — and that officials would “not hesitate to hold people strictly accountable.” Wray promised that the process would be “done by the book.”
Strzok is the third high-ranking FBI official involved in the Clinton and Russia investigations to be fired amid an intensely political backdrop. Trump removed Comey as the bureau’s director and said he did so thinking of the Russia case. Attorney General Jeff Sessions later removed Comey’s deputy, McCabe, after the inspector general alleged that he lied about a media disclosure related to Clinton.
McCabe — who, unlike Comey, could not be removed at the will of the president — has said his termination was a politically motivated attempt to undermine the Mueller investigation. He is facing a criminal inquiry by prosecutors in the U.S. attorney’s office in the District of Columbia. McCabe’s attorney wrote Monday of Strzok’s firing: “Another patriot, public servant, and defender of the FBI fired to appease the WH,” using an abbreviation for White House.
It is possible that others could face discipline. The inspector general identified five FBI employees, including Strzok and Page, with some connection to the Clinton email case who had exchanged messages expressing hostility toward Trump, support for Clinton or other political views. Each was referred to the FBI for possible violations of the bureau’s code of conduct.
The inspector general’s office said it found no evidence “to connect the political views expressed in these messages to the specific investigative decisions” in the Clinton case. Its report singled out Strzok, though, for prioritizing the Russia investigation in October 2016 instead of following up on a Clinton-related lead. Strzok’s attorney has disputed that Strzok did not pursue the Clinton lead aggressively.
12/6/2018 Dept. of Justice ramping up investigation into Podesta Group, Mercury Public Affairs by OAN Newsroom
The Mueller probe appears to be taking an interesting turn by targeting several high-profile Washington insiders, who have close ties to the Democrat Party.
On Wednesday, sources close to the matter claimed Department of Justice prosecutors are renewing efforts to investigate the Podesta Group, Mercury Public Affairs, and Obama-era White House counsel Gregory Craig. They say federal investigators began interviewing potential witnesses and setting up closed-door meetings in recent weeks to get to the bottom of their apparent failure to register as foreign agents.
Both Craig and the lobbying firms reportedly spent years working on behalf of the Ukrainian government in connection with Paul Manafort allegedly receiving millions of dollars in payments from offshore bank accounts. While they did not properly report this activity to the U.S. government until recently, Tony Podesta and former Congressman Vin Weber maintain the decision was based off the advice of their lawyers.
Tony Podesta. (Jacqueline Larma/AP/Photo)
Mueller dropped the case into the hands of New York authorities back in August, because it fell out of the scope of his Russia investigation.
The trail then went cold for several months, but appears to have picked back up in the wake of criticism from Republicans about Mueller’s apparent partisan nature for going after Manafort yet not his close Democrat associates.
“They should be looking at Podesta and all of that dishonesty,” President Trump told reporters. “They should be looking at a lot of things, and a lot of people are disappointed in the Justice Department, including me.”
In addition to Podesta’s long history of lobbying for Democrat causes, his brother John ran Hillary Clinton’s failed presidential campaign back in 2016.
Meanwhile, it remains unclear if charges will be brought against Podesta, Weber, and Craig. However, this seems to highlight President Trump’s message that this is a political “witch hunt” against his administration and not an investigation for the truth.
12/6/2018 Ecuador’s Moreno says Wikileaks’ Assange can leave embassy if he wants
WikiLeaks founder Julian Assange speaks on the balcony of the Embassy of
Ecuador in London, Britain, May 19, 2017. REUTERS/Neil Hall
QUITO (Reuters) – Ecuadorean President Lenin Moreno said on Thursday that there was a “path” for WikiLeaks founder Julian Assange to leave the South American country’s London embassy, where he has lived for six years under asylum, if he so chooses.
Assange has claimed that Ecuador is seeking to end his asylum and hand him over to the United States, where prosecutors are preparing to pursue a criminal case against him. Wikileaks has released thousands of classified U.S. military documents, among other disclosures.
“There is a path for Mr. Assange to take the decision to exit into near freedom,” Moreno said in a local radio interview.
He noted that Assange still faces jail time in the United Kingdom for violating bail terms when he sought asylum to avoid being extradited to Sweden, where authorities wanted to question him as part of a sexual assault investigation.
The investigation was later dropped, but Great Britain says he will be arrested if leaves the embassy.
Moreno said the sentence for skipping bail would be “not long.” The UK has told Ecuador that his jail time would not exceed six months and that he would not face extradition if he left the embassy.
Assange insists British authorities will hand him over to the United States.
“I do not like the presence of Mr. Assange in the Ecuadorean embassy, but we have been respectful of his human rights and with that respect in mind we think that six years is too long for someone to remain nearly incarcerated in an embassy,” Moreno said.
(Reporting by Alexandra Valencia; Writing by Luc Cohen; Editing by David Gregorio)
12/6/2018 Grassley Accuses Fusion GPS Founder Of Giving ‘Extremely Misleading’ Testimony by US Chuck Ross, Reporter, released on 12/4/2018
Senate Judiciary Committee Chairman Chuck Grassley is drawing parallels between the false testimony that former Trump lawyer Michael Cohen gave to Congress in 2017 and the “extremely misleading” statements made by the founder of the firm that commissioned the infamous Steele dossier.
- Iowa Sen. Chuck Grassley is accusing Fusion GPS founder Glenn Simpson of giving “extremely misleading if not outright false testimony” to the Senate Judiciary Committee in 2017.
- Grassley, the chairman of the committee, said in a letter Monday that he hopes the Justice Department is treating Simpson’s testimony in the same manner as that of Michael Cohen, the former Trump lawyer who pleaded guilty on Nov. 29 to lying to Congress.
- Grassley claims that Simpson may have lied when he denied that he was working for a client to investigate President Donald Trump after the election.
“I hope that the Justice Department is handling all these instances of false statements to Congress with the same level of seriousness they treated Mr. Cohen’s,” Grassley, an Iowa Republican, wrote Monday in a letter to Connecticut Democratic Sen. Richard Blumenthal.
Cohen pleaded guilty on Nov. 29 in the special counsel’s investigation to lying to Congress in 2017 about the extent of his attempts to build a Trump Tower in Moscow. Cohen admitted he lied about how long he worked on the project, which was ultimately scuttled in June 2016.
Grassley accused Glenn Simpson, a co-founder of Fusion GPS, of possibly lying during his Aug. 22, 2017 testimony when he claimed that his firm was not working for a client to investigate President Donald Trump after the 2016 election.
“So you didn’t do any work on the Trump matter after the election date, that was the end of your work?” Simpson was asked in his deposition.
“I had no client after the election,” said Simpson.
“As we now know, that was extremely misleading, if not an outright lie,” Grassley asserted in his letter to Blumenthal.
Grassley noted that a former Senate staffer named Daniel Jones told the FBI in March 2017 that he hired Fusion GPS and former British spy Christopher Steele, the author of the dossier, after the election to continue an investigation into Trump’s possible ties to Russia.
Senate Judiciary Committee Chairman Sen. Chuck Grassley attends a committee hearing on Capitol Hill, Nov. 15, 2018 in Washington, D.C.
Jones, a former staffer to California Sen. Dianne Feinstein, the top Democrat on the Judiciary panel, told the FBI that he “had secured the services Steele, his associate [redacted], and Fusion GPS to continue exposing Russian interference in the 2016 Presidential election.”
Jones also said that the group “was being funded by 7 to 10 wealthy donors located primarily in New York and California, who provided approximately $50 million.”
The goal of the group was to pass information to lawmakers, the FBI and the press, Jones told the FBI.
“Contrary to Mr. Simpson’s denial in the staff interview, according to the FBI and others, Fusion actually did continue Trump dossier work for a new client after the election,” said Grassley.
Grassley has noted Simpson’s inconsistent testimony in the past, most recently in a letter sent to another Democrat colleague on May 29.
In his letter to Blumenthal, Grassley rejected the Democrat’s request to interview Donald Trump Jr.
Blumenthal asserted that the president’s son may have lied in his Sept. 7, 2017 testimony before the Senate Judiciary Committee about the extent of his work to build a Trump Tower in Moscow. Blumenthal suggested that Trump Jr.’s testimony was inconsistent with what Cohen disclosed in his plea agreement on Nov. 29 with the special counsel’s office.
But as Grassley noted, Blumenthal relied on a since-debunked report from NPR on Nov. 30.
“That was fake news,” wrote Grassley to Blumenthal of the NPR report, which was corrected after the news outlet acknowledged misreading a transcript of Trump Jr.’s testimony.
In dismissing Blumenthal’s request, Grassley noted that the committee has “actual evidence of misleading testimony,” noting Simpson’s testimony.
Republican lawmakers have accused Simpson of giving misleading testimony in another congressional interview.
Simpson told the House Intelligence Committee on Nov. 14, 2017 that he had no contact with Justice Department or the FBI until after the election. Simpson acknowledged at the time that he met after the election with Bruce Ohr, a top Justice Department official who served as a back channel between the FBI and Steele. (RELATED: Glenn Simpson’s Testimony Conflicted With Bruce Ohr’s)
But Ohr testified on Aug. 28 that he met with Simpson both before and after the 2016 election — once in August 2016 and once in December 2016.
Simpson and Fusion GPS have yet to explain the discrepancy in his testimony.
Simpson, a former Wall Street Journal reporter, invoked his Fifth Amendment rights on Oct. 16 to avoid testifying before the House Judiciary and House Oversight and Government Reform Committees.
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12/7/2018 Window to Mueller case opens - Sagas of Manafort, Cohen set to collide in court today by Kevin Johnson and Bart Jansen, USA TODAY
WASHINGTON – The window into Justice Department special counsel Robert Mueller’s closely held investigation into Russian election interference could become clearer Friday with a simple convergence of the federal court calendar.
In Washington, prosecutors are due to file papers explaining last week’s collapse of a cooperation agreement with Paul Manafort, President Donald Trump’s former campaign chairman.
The filing is likely to outline what Mueller’s team characterized as Manafort’s repeated lies and additional “crimes,” leading to a breach of his plea agreement reached in September. His sentencing is set for March 5.
In New York, Mueller’s team is scheduled to file a sentencing memorandum for its newest cooperating witness – former Trump lawyer and “fixer” Michael Cohen – before his sentencing Wednesday on two convictions.
Cohen pleaded guilty to a series of campaign finance law offenses as part of a plea agreement in August with federal prosecutors in New York. He reached a separate deal with Mueller’s team last week in which he pleaded guilty to lying to Congress about plans for a Trump Tower project in Moscow.
The sentencing documents will probably reveal the scope of Cohen’s cooperation in both cases, which have included allegations about Trump’s hush money payments to two women alleging extramarital affairs with him and Trump’s efforts to conceal plans for a Moscow tower project even as he denied any Russian business interests during the 2016 campaign.
“Given his proximity and centrality to Trump’s operation before and after the election, it would be difficult to find any better cooperating witness than Michael Cohen,” former Miami federal prosecutor Kendall Coffey said. “If (prosecutors) are looking for information about Trump’s business dealings and how they may tie in to Russia, Cohen is likely to know that, and all of us may get an idea of where Mueller is headed in these new filings."
“In Manafort’s case,” Coffey said, “We are likely to learn of what may have pushed him to commit legal suicide.”
Manafort agreed to cooperate with Mueller’s team in September as part of a plea agreement to avoid a second trial on financial fraud charges in the District of Columbia. In August, a Virginia federal court jury convicted Manafort on eight counts of related financial fraud charges in the first contested prosecution brought by Mueller’s team.
The filings are scheduled days after Mueller cited the “substantial” cooperation provided by former Trump national security adviser Michael Flynn. Investigators recommended that he serve no prison time after pleading guilty last year to lying to the FBI in part about his pre-inaugural contacts with Russian Ambassador Sergey Kislyak.
Though the 13-page Flynn filing was heavily reacted, Mueller acknowledged that Flynn met with prosecutors 19 times in the past year and cooperated in the Russia inquiry and two other investigations. The subjects of those additional investigations, one of them a criminal inquiry, were not disclosed.
The shadow of Mueller’s investigation is likely to reach beyond the courtroom, as former FBI Director James Comey is set to deliver closed-door testimony Friday to House members of the Judiciary and Oversight Committees. Republican committee leaders pushed for the politically charged meeting to question whether Comey was biased in favor of Democratic nominee Hillary Clinton in his management of the Clinton email investigation and the early stages of the Russia inquiry.
Trump fired Comey in May 2017 because of his oversight of the Russia inquiry, a move that spurred Mueller’s appointment.
Manafort, 69, a former lobbyist and political operative, reached a plea agreement in September in U.S. District Court in the District of Columbia. He admitted leading a long-running conspiracy involving his work on behalf of a pro-Russian faction in Ukraine led by the country’s former president Viktor Yanukovych. He pleaded guilty to obstructing Mueller’s investigation.
Manafort was convicted in August in federal court in Virginia for bank and tax charges related to the work in Ukraine. He faces sentencing Feb. 8 on those eight counts. The combined punishments could become a life sentence.
Manafort was not convicted in Virginia or D.C. of participating in election interference. But his oversight of the Trump campaign and his participation in key meetings made him a potentially valuable witness to Mueller’s team.
12/7/2018 McCabe, Rosenstein v. President Trump by OAN Newsroom
A new report is claiming current and former Department of Justice officials opened a secret obstruction of justice investigation into President Trump in May of last year. That’s according to a CNN report released Thursday.
It claims former FBI Director Andrew McCabe directed Deputy Attorney General Rod Rosenstein and other FBI officials to open the probe after James Comey was fired.
Robert Mueller was then appointed as special counsel just days later.
Former FBI Director Andrew McCabe (LEFT), Deputy Attorney General Rod Rosenstein (RIGHT). (Photo/Kevin Lamarque/Reuters)
Since the Mueller probe began, President Trump has blasted the officials involved, who he claims have been dishonest.
“They are nasty and dishonest. You notice that nobody looks at them? Is that deep state or what? Explain that. Nobody looks at them, all of the sting. McCabe, you have the beautiful Lisa Page and her wonderful FBI agent. How about him? Did anybody ever hear Strzok? Did anybody ever hear him testify? Did you hear this guy? Can you believe it? ‘No, I have no bias against the president, I have no bias.’ Did you read what he said? What a group. Comey, lies and leaks. He’s a liar and he’s a leaker…It’s the most incredible thing people have ever seen…we’re going to straighten it out, it’s going to get straightened out.” –President Donald Trump.
President Trump’s personal attorney — Rudy Giuliani — has since responded to the report by saying “It’s shocking” the FBI would open the investigation, because the president was exercising Article II of the Constitution. This gives him executive power over the federal government.
12/7/2018 Fired FBI Director James Comey testifying about Russia probe, Clinton emails, alleged bias by OAN Newsroom
Fired FBI Director James Comey is on Capitol Hill to testify before the House Judiciary Committee.
House Republicans will grill Comey behind closed doors Friday about his role in investigating alleged Russian collusion in the 2016 presidential election.
They will also ask him about his decision to not file criminal charges against Hillary Clinton for her use of a private email server before she was even interviewed.
Republicans will also focus on alleged political bias by Obama-era FBI officials and potential FISA court abuses.
Former FBI Director James Comey, with his attorney, David Kelley, left, arrive to testify under subpoena behind
closed doors before the House Judiciary and Oversight Committee on Capitol Hill in Washington, Friday, Dec. 7, 2018. (AP Photo/J. Scott Applewhite)
Comey had refused to testify in private, but reached a deal with House Republicans to release a transcript of the interview within 24-hours.
Meanwhile, President Trump took to Twitter Friday morning to slam Comey ahead of his hearing.
The president, again, called Robert Mueller and the entire Russia investigation a “total witch hunt.”
Trump tweet: “Robert Mueller and Leakin’ Lyin’ James Comey are Best Friends, just one of many Mueller Conflicts of Interest. And bye the way, wasn’t the woman in charge of prosecuting Jerome Corsi (who I do not know) in charge of “legal” at the corrupt Clinton Foundation? A total Witch Hunt...”
This comes as the special counsel gears up to file documents on key players in the probe.
12/7/2018 Roger Stone: Rep. Adam Schiff is ‘con man,’ Mueller trying to frame me by OAN Newsroom
Roger Stone speaks at the American Priority Conference in Washington Thursday, Dec. 6, 2018. (AP Photo/Jose Luis Magana)
Former Trump campaign adviser Roger Stone is slamming Democrat Congressman Adam Schiff for suggesting he lied while testifying to Congress.,
While speaking before the American Priority Conference Thursday, Stone said the California representative is a “con man.”
This comes as Stone is being investigated by the special counsel. Stone called the investigation a “witch hunt” and suggested Robert Mueller is trying hard to frame him.
“This has been two and a half years of hell,” he explained. “Not only I was under surveillance in 2016, but I also know that Mr. Mueller and his strike force have examined every aspect of my life — my personal life, my family life, my social life, my business life, my political life, my sex life.”
Stone recently invoked the Fifth Amendment when asked to appear before House Democrats. He said he will only testify if he’s allowed a public hearing.
12/7/2018 President Trump picks former Attorney General William Barr to lead Justice Dept. by OAN Newsroom
This undated photo provided by Time Warner shows William Barr. President Donald Trump says
he will nominate William Barr, former President George H.W. Bush’s attorney general, to serve in the same role.
Trump made the announcement while departing the White House for a trip to Missouri Friday. (Time Warner via AP)
President Trump is nominating former Attorney General William Barr to lead the Justice Department. He made the announcement while speaking to reporters Friday morning.
The president called Barr one of the most respected jurists in the country.
“He was my first choice from day one — respected by Republicans and respected by Democrats,” stated President Trump.
Barr served as attorney general from 1991 to 1993, and reportedly has the support of several White House officials and senior attorneys.
If confirmed, he will replace Jeff Sessions, who was dismissed by the president last month.
[William Pelham Barr, an American attorney who served as the 77th United States Attorney General from 1991 to 1993 during the presidency of George H. W. Bush. He is a member of the Republican Party.
Barr believed that then-Republican candidate Donald J. Trump's calls for investigating Hillary Clinton, the Democratic candidate for President, were appropriate. He told The New York Times that "there is nothing inherently wrong about a president calling for an investigation. Although an investigation shouldn’t be launched just because a president wants it, the ultimate question is whether the matter warrants investigation." In the same Times piece, Barr added that an investigation into the Uranium One controversy was more warranted than looking into whether Trump conspired with Russia: "To the extent it is not pursuing these matters, the department is abdicating its responsibility." Elsewhere, Barr has commented that "I don’t think all this stuff about throwing [Hillary Clinton] in jail or jumping to the conclusion that she should be prosecuted is appropriate. But I do think that there are things that should be investigated that haven’t been investigated."
In February 2017, Barr argued Trump was justified in firing Acting Attorney General Sally Yates over her refusal to defend Executive Order 13769.
The Uranium One controversy refers to the sale of Uranium One to Rosatom, which American conservative media and Republican politicians characterized as a bribery scandal involving Hillary Clinton and the Clinton Foundation. No evidence of wrongdoing has been found after three years of allegations.
Since the 2015 publication of the book Clinton Cash by Breitbart News editor and Steve Bannon collaborator Peter Schweizer, as well as a 2015 New York Times article, allegations of a bribery scheme involving Hillary Clinton, the Clinton Foundation and the 2010 sale of Uranium One have persisted, primarily in conservative media. Despite nearly three years of discussion and analysis of the matter — as well as an FBI investigation — no evidence of any quid pro quo or other wrong-doing has surfaced. Numerous Republican politicians and pundits, including President Donald Trump, have insisted that the Clinton-Uranium One story is the "real" Russian scandal, rather than the matters for which Trump is being investigated.].
[Note see the article at the bottom of this page dated 12/11/2018 Judicial Watch president to testify on Clinton alleged pay-to-play by OAN Newsroom, The president of conservative watchdog Judicial Watch is set to testify on the Clinton Foundation’s so-called pay-to-play scandal. It will show you that they are still using the FBI to cover up her crimes.].
12/8/2018 House GOP releases Comey transcript lawmakers are asking for a second testimony in near future by OAN Newsroom
The transcipt from former FBI Director James Comey’s closed-door testimony is released by House Republicans.
Perhaps the biggest takeaway from the filing Saturday, is Comey’s admission regarding the FISA used to surveil Carter Page.
Former FBI Director James Comey, with his attorney, David Kelley, right, speaks to reporters
after a day of testimony before the House Judiciary and Oversight committees,
on Capitol Hill in Washington, Friday, Dec. 7, 2018. (AP Photo/J. Scott Applewhite)
The former FBI official said much of the dossier was uncorroborated when it was used to obtain the warrant.
In fact, Comey said much of the dossier was unverified even when he was fired by President Trump six months later.
Lawmakers have voiced their displeasure with Comey, saying in his meeting, he failed to answer key questions.
[The uncorroborated and unverified dossier means there were persons in the Obama administration that need to be brought to justice for abusing the F.I.S.A. court to get illegal surveilance done on an innocent citizen.
And I hope you notice that the "Fake News" are not printing the above only accusing Trump.].
12/8/2018 Wikileaks requests judge dismiss lawsuit filed by the DNC by OAN Newsroom
Wikileaks issues its first legal response to a lawsuit filed by the DNC.
Wikileaks submitted a motion Friday in a Manhattan federal court, asking for the judge to dismiss the lawsuit, citing first amendment rights.
FILE – In this May 19, 2017 file photo, WikiLeaks founder Julian Assange greets supporters from a balcony of the
Ecuadorian embassy in London. Ecuador’s President Lenin Moreno said in a radio interview Thursday, Dec. 6, 2018,
Britain has provided sufficient guarantees for Assange to leave his government’s embassy in London,
where the WikiLeaks founder has been living under asylum since 2012. (AP Photo/Frank Augstein, File)
The defense lawyers argue the lawsuit sets a dangerous precedent, because it aims to block the publication of truthful information gathered by whistle blowers.
This comes after the DNC filed its lawsuit back in April, alleging Wikileaks worked with the Russian government to influence the 2016 presidential election.
Julian Assange denies the allegations, claiming his source is not associated with the Kremlin.
[When are the criminally perverted Democrat regime going to get over this the Russians did it, and let Assange come back and prove it.].
12/10/2018 Comey’s credibility under fire by OAN Newsroom
Former FBI Director James Comey speaks to reporters after testifying under subpoena behind
closed doors before the House Judiciary and Oversight Committee on Capitol Hill in Washington, Friday, Dec. 7, 2018. (AP Photo/Manuel Balce Ceneta)
Fired FBI Director James Comey’s testimony is calling into question his credibility and decision making.
Republican lawmakers have been highlighting the big takeaways from last week’s questioning.
Congressman Jim Jordan outlined how Comey said “I don’t recall” eight times, “I don’t remember” 71 times, and “I don’t know” 166 times.
This comes as Comey is now accused of using a dubious Russian document to influence his decision in the Clinton email case.
According to a report last year, Comey used that information to announce last July that the Clinton email probe was over. However, the report suggested many close to the matter believed that information was bad intelligence and possibly even fake.
Comey is scheduled to return to Capitol Hill later this month for more questioning.
[Comey must have developed alzheimers after he was fired. An FBI person who has been in that position and at the level he was at would remember all of this in order to know how to do his job correctly. So he is the liar that Trump claims or he is protecting his own life from the Democrat corruption that will come after him next.].
12/11/2018 Judicial Watch president to testify on Clinton alleged pay-to-play by OAN Newsroom
The president of conservative watchdog Judicial Watch is set to testify on the Clinton Foundation’s so-called pay-to-play scandal.
On Tuesday, Tom Fitton announced his testimony before the House Oversight Subcommittee on Government Operations, set for Thursday, will include the Uranium One controversy.
Fitton is claiming that hundreds of emails from Hillary Clinton’s private server show pay-to-play tactics in giving Russia 20-percent of America’s uranium while she was secretary of state.
Former Secretary of State Hillary Rodham Clinton gestures during a conference with her husband former U.S. President Bill Clinton in Montreal on Wednesday, Nov. 28, 2018. (Paul Chiasson/The Canadian Press via AP)
“Judicial Watch broke open this scandal with Freedom of Information Act emails, showing that the Clinton Foundations donors were receiving special favors and treatment from the Clinton State Department — this controversy also includes the infamous Uranium One scandal,” he explained. “Judicial Watch is taking the lead, once again, on uncovering this information and we’re glad the Congress is finally on the case.”
The watchdog group also claimed several shareholders in Uranium One gave the Clinton Foundation millions of dollars just ahead of the approval of the deal.
Judicial Watch is now demanding the Clintons be prosecuted for their foundation’s alleged corruption.
Previvous news articles:
- 1/15/2018 Uranium Indictment in Maryland Not 'Coincidental,' Tom Fitton Says by Debra Heine
A Maryland transportation firm executive's indictment last week in the FBI investigation of a corrupt uranium deal was not "coincidental," Judicial Watch president Tom Fitton suggested on Fox and Friends Monday morning.
The charges come after reports released in late December revealed that the Justice Department was taking a fresh look at the Uranium One deal that gave a Russian company control of 20 percent of the U.S. uranium industry while Hillary Clinton was secretary of state.
Fitton couldn't say for sure if the fresh scrutiny led to the indictment, but added, "It's, I don't think, coincidental, a few months after it's reported about the fact that the Justice Department under Obama was hiding this [Uranium One scandal]" in plain sight from the American people, and certainly hiding key information from Congress, and then the Justice Department under Jeff Sessions responds, "'Hey, we're going to take another look at this.'"
He added, "This is about, in the end, what steps they're going to take about what happened with Hillary Clinton."
Mark Lambert is facing 11 counts of money laundering and wire fraud for allegedly bribing a Russian official at a subsidiary of Russia’s State Atomic Energy Corp. in order to win contracts to transport uranium.
The New York Post is reporting that the investigation "grew from charges that the Obama administration covered up an FBI probe of the uranium business."
The indictment, handed up in Maryland, says Lambert tried to conceal the payments with the code words “lucky figures,” “lucky numbers/i>” and “cake.”
Lambert’s aim was to win contracts to ship uranium to the US.
The federal investigation grew from charges that the Obama administration covered up an FBI probe of the uranium business — and thus allowed the Russian firm Tenex to buy a stake in Uranium One, a Canadian company that mines uranium in Wyoming and elsewhere.
The Nuclear Regulatory Commission reportedly told Congress in 2010 that uranium purchased by the Russian company could not be exported, yet as The Hill reported in November, some of the uranium mined after the deal ended up as far away as Europe.
Senate Judiciary Committee Chairman Chuck Grassley (R-Iowa) said at the time that it was "disturbing" to see that some of the yellowcake uranium had made its way overseas despite promises from the U.S. government to the contrary.The more that surfaces about this deal, the more questions it raises," Grassley said in a statement.
"It now appears that despite pledges to the contrary, U.S. uranium made its way overseas as a part of the Uranium One deal," Grassley said. "What’s more disturbing, those transactions were apparently made possible by various Obama Administration agencies while the Democrat-controlled Congress turned a blind eye."
- 11/30/2018 FBI Raids Home of Uranium One Whistleblower Over Documents that Connected to Clinton Foundation by Brandon Morse
A whistleblower for the Department of Justice had his home raided after privately delivering documents concerning the Clinton Foundation’s ties to the Uranium One deal.
According to the Daily Caller News Foundation, the whistleblower had given up documents willingly to the DOJ prior but was raided by the FBI regardless. The raid was “an outrageous disregard” of his protections according to the whistleblower’s lawyer, Michael Socarras.
The FBI claimed that the whistleblower possessed stolen federal property and demanded entry to his private residence according to the DCNF, resulting in sixteen agents arriving at the home of former FBI contractor Dennis Nathan Cain on Nov. 19. The agents raided his Union Bridge, Maryland, home early in the morning according to Socarras.
The documents in question, which Cain obtained while working as a Federal contractor, “show that federal officials failed to investigate potential criminal activity regarding former Secretary of State Hillary Clinton, the Clinton Foundation and Rosatom, the Russian company that purchased Uranium One” according to the DCNF.
The DCNF reported that Cain attempted to reason with Federal agents before the raid occurred but to no avail:
Cain informed the agent while he was still at the door that he was a recognized protected whistleblower under the Intelligence Community Whistleblower Protection Act and that Justice Department Inspector General Michael Horowitz recognized his whistleblower status, according to Socarras.
Cain further told the FBI agent the potentially damaging classified information had been properly transmitted to the Senate and House Intelligence committees as permitted under the act, Socarras said. The agent immediately directed his agents to begin a sweep of the suburban home, anyway.
Frightened and intimidated, Cain promptly handed over the documents, Socarras told TheDCNF. Yet even after surrendering the information to the FBI, the agents continued to rummage through the home for six hours.
“For the bureau to show up at Mr. Cain’s home suggesting that those same documents are stolen federal property, and then proceed to seize copies of the same documents after being told at the house door that he is a legally protected whistleblower who gave them to Congress, is an outrageous disregard of the law,” said Socarras.
According to the law, whistleblowers are granted protections if they are or were government contractors thanks to the Whistleblower act.
“I cannot believe the Bureau informed the federal magistrate who approved the search warrant that they wanted to search the home of an FBI whistleblower to seize the information that he confidentially disclosed to the IG and Congress,” Socarras told TheDCNF.
Despite this, Federal agents have not contacted Socarras according to the DCNF.
“After the raid, and having received my name and phone number from Mr. Cain as his lawyer, an FBI agent actually called my client directly to discuss his seized electronics,” Socarras told TheDCNF. “Knowingly bypassing the lawyer of a represented client is serious misconduct.”
At this time, it does seem like the intelligence community ignored protections granted to citizens in order to seize information they deemed critical to a Clinton scandal, though it’s not clear as to why.
- 12/6/2018 FBI Uranium One raid raises legal questions by OAN Newsroom
The investigation into Uranium One takes a new turn as the FBI raids a known whistleblower. One America’s Jack Posobiec sat down with former Reagan-era Jack Posobiec official Bruce Fein to learn more.
12/13/2018 Judge demands documents related to Michael Flynn’s interview with FBI in 2017 by OAN Newsroom
A federal judge is demanding the special counsel and Michael Flynn turn over confidential documents related to Flynn’s questioning in January 2017. The request was made late Wednesday, one day after Flynn’s legal team claimed the FBI urged him not to involve his lawyers in the interview.
Flynn has admitted to lying to investigators during that meeting about his communications with Russian Ambassador Sergey Kislyak.
The judge is now looking to see if the FBI interfered in Flynn’s legal right to have attorneys present. If they did, the judge could toss out the entire case and dismiss the charge he’s facing.
Mueller has until Friday to turn in those documents.
FILE – In this July 10, 2018 file photo, former Trump national security adviser Michael Flynn
leaves federal courthouse in Washington, following a status hearing. (AP Photo/Manuel Balce Ceneta)
In the meantime, the chairman of the House Intelligence Committee is voicing his support of the court ordering a review of Michael Flynn’s dealings with the FBI. On Wednesday, Representative Devin Nunes said he is glad a federal judge is finally looking into Flynn’s case. He went on to describe his treatment by the FBI as “disgraceful.”
Nunes raised concern over the agency waiting seven-months to finalize their interview report — called “302” – about Flynn’s January 2017 interview.
According to Nunes, the information contained in those memos suggest fired FBI agent Peter Strzok did not believe Flynn had lied to investigators.
[Now you know why Mueller released him because they did him wrong and he knew it. Also there are two 302's, which is unusual since ther should on be one.].
12/13/2018 FBI official: Chinese spying poses threat to U.S., democracy around the world by OAN Newsroom
The assistant director of Counterintelligence for the FBI — Bill Priestap — is saying the U.S. as well as other countries need to build their defenses against Chinese exploitation.
During his testimony before the Senate Judiciary Committee, Priestap recommended U.S. companies and individuals should carefully guard their information, and to be fully aware of the threats posed by China.
He said the situation involves a fundamental clash of ideals between democracy and communism, and said this constitutes a very complex threat.
“The United States is the world’s sole superpower and the world’s largest economy, but our prosperity and place in the world are at risk because the Chinese government and its proxies are aggressively exploiting our nation’s economy, technology, and information,” stated Priestap. “I believe this is the most severe counterintelligence threat facing our country today.”
He further explained China is pushing to become an alternative model for the world, and is seeking to undermine democratic freedom with communist ideals.
“It’s impossible to overstate the differences between the American and Chinese systems,” he explained. “China is an authoritarian one-party state where the Chinese communist party reigns supreme.”
American attorney and intelligence official Bill Priestap. (Photo/Jacquelyn Martin/AP Photo)
In one example, he outlined how the Huawei company’s expansion into the global market has permitted China to harvest information from those who use its technology.
“The Chinese government does not share our government’s values and — to me — a great example of that is their cyber-security laws that they’ve enacted over the last few years, which provides their government access to user data, any of their telecommunications or cyber companies, when they want it, they can do whatever they want, they basically can exploit that data however they want,” Priestap explained further.
Priestap urged the government to cooperate with companies and academic institutions in order to effectively counter Chinese espionage.
He encouraged American businesses to be informed about the downfalls of manufacturing products in China, and to develop innovative strategies in order to safeguard their data and remain competitive in markets around the world.
[If you remember it was Edward William Priestap, or Bill Priestap, appointed as assistant director of the FBI Counterintelligence Division in 2015, and in June 2017, told the PBS NewsHour program that Russian intelligence "used fake news and propaganda and they also used online amplifiers to spread the information to as many people as possible" during the 2016 United States presidential election. In the Nunes memo, released in February 2018, Priestap suggests the Trump–Russia dossier had not been completely investigated prior to their application for a Foreign Intelligence Surveillance Act (FISA) warrant to surveil Carter Page, former foreign policy adviser in Donald Trump's 2016 Presidential campaign.
Everyone else were terminated, retired or moved on and Priestap was still there? So here he is pushing the bad guys are China and Russia, and I know that the hidden staff bad guys are still working in the NSA, CIA and FBI that are covering up everything.]
[THE FOLLOWING ARTICLE IS A DEFINITE SIGN THAT THE OBAMA-CLINTON ADINISTRATION HAD THE FBI COVERING UP EVERYTHING.].
12/14/2018 Justice Dept. Recovers Missing Strzok Text Messages
The Department of Justice’s internal watchdog recovers thousands of missing text messages between former FBI agent Peter Strzok and Lisa Page. However, the Special Counsel claims its deletion is “standard procedure.”
The Department of Justice Inspector General released a report on Thursday, blaming the delayed revelation of the until-recently-unseen messages on a technical glitch. The report also claims Strzok’s phone, which was issued by the FBI, was wiped clean after he was fired from the agency.
Investigators were told the phones had been reset to factory settings and reconfigured to be re-issued to a new user. The Special Counsel told the Inspector General the phone contained no substantive text messages before it was wiped.
Strzok was terminated and removed from the Special Counsel’s team after it was revealed he exchanged a series of anti-Trump text messages with Page sent between December 2016 and May 2017. Some believe this points to further bias, along with efforts to hide that bias, within the agency.
12/14/2018 Clinton Foundation whistleblowers refuse to hand over crucial documents by OAN Newsroom
House Oversight Committee Chairman Mark Meadows is slamming two Clinton Foundation whistleblowers for refusing to share crucial documents with lawmakers.
On Thursday, John Moynihan and Larry Doyle rejected Meadows request to turn over 6,000 pages of evidence, which could implicate the Clinton Foundation in a pay-to-play scheme. However, the whistleblowers did agree to answer the committee’s questions about the information contained in those documents.
They explained how the Clinton Foundation’s revenues hit an all-time low after Hillary lost the 2016 presidential election.
Hillary Clinton gives her concession speech as her husband, former President Bill Clinton, applauds behind her. (Matt Rourke/AP/Photo)
The pair then raised questions about the foundation’s dealings with foreign governments during Hillary’s time as secretary of state.
“Our conclusions, in the interest of time, are this: foreign agent — the foundation began acting as an agent of foreign governments early in its life and continued doing so throughout its existence, as such, the foundation should have registered under FARA (Foreign Agents Registration Act),” Moynihan stated.
The Department of Justice prosecutor assigned to investigate the Clinton Foundation refused to appear for Thursday’s hearing.
Moynihan and Doyle said they have sent their evidence to the prosecutor three times, because the office reportedly keeps losing the material.
[WELL TWO OF THE TOP SWAMP CRITTERS ARE IN THE SPOTLIGHT FINALLY AND ATTEMPTS TO QUIET THE WHISTLE BLOWERS IS KNOWN.].
12/15/2018 FBI releases Comey dossier summary by OAN Newsroom
A summary of the Steele dossier is released by the FBI shedding light on how it was used leading up to the special counsel investigation.
The bureau released the two page document Saturday which was used by former FBI director James Comey to brief both President Obama and Trump.
The summary shows the FBI claimed Steele was working for private clients, when in reality he was working for the DNC and the Clinton campaign.
James Comey, who was fired by President Trump in May 2017, acknowledged during a book tour
earlier this year that he did not inform Trump who paid for the research. | Chip Somodevilla/Getty Images
Republicans have accused the FBI of relying too heavily on the unverified document in their investigation into Russian collusion.
In his testimony on Capitol Hill, Comey said he didn’t know the origins of the dossier, with some saying that claim is without merit.
Republicans have been trying to get more information on the dossier, and how it was used to obtain a FISA warrant on Carter Page.
They even allege it was the dossier that kick-started the special counsel probe.
12/18/2018 Journalist who broke news of Steele dossier admits much of it ‘likely false’ by OAN Newsroom
The journalist who broke the story on the anti-Trump Steel dossier is admitting he has doubts about the allegations made by British spy Christopher Steele.
In an interview over the weekend, investigative reporter Michael Isikoff was asked if the dossier he first detailed in 2016 has been vindicated. To the surprise of many, he said it hasn’t.
“When you actually get into the details of the Steele dossier, the specific allegations, we have not seen the evidence to support them, and, in fact, there’s good grounds to think that some of the more sensational allegations will never be proven and are likely false,” he stated.
Michael Isikoff, investigative journalist. (AP/Photo)
Both the dossier and Isikoff’s article were cited by the FBI in the FISA warrants, which were used to spy on Carter Page thus launching the Russia investigation.
His words of doubt come amid criticisms of the ongoing Mueller probe.
Just last week, lawyers for former Trump Security Adviser Michael Flynn suggested he was deceived by FBI investigators, who told him he did not need lawyers present during questioning.
Members of the GOP have also pointed out that Flynn has not been proven guilty of any form of Russian collusion, which was the point of questioning him in the first place.
Isikoff referenced Flynn’s case to suggest the Mueller probe has gotten no where near its goal.
“Mueller has not produced evidence suggesting that Flynn’s lies, you know, had given him testimony that he can use to prosecute someone else,” he explained.
Isikoff said when factoring in the recent findings, or lack there of, he believes Mueller’s probe is winding down.
He added, the public will likely see less than expected when the now two-year investigation comes to an end.
12/18/2018 Michael Flynn sentencing delayed by OAN Newsroom
President Donald Trump’s former National Security Advisor Michael Flynn
arrives at federal court in Washington, Tuesday, Dec. 18, 2018. (AP Photo/Carolyn Kaster)
Michael Flynn’s sentencing is delayed after the judge overseeing the case grants his legal team’s request to postpone it.
During a hearing at a Washington, D.C. courthouse, federal Judge Emmet Sullivan decided to postpone the sentencing date until Flynn completes his cooperation with prosecutors.
Before the delay, Flynn acknowledged he was aware lying to FBI investigators was a crime when he was interviewed back in January 2017.
As part of a plea deal, special counsel Robert Mueller’s office has recommended Flynn receive no jail time for lying to federal prosecutors.
The judge suggested both sides of the case update him on March 13, 2019 for a status hearing.
[ Emmet Gael Sullivan, a United States District Judge of the United States District Court for the District of Columbia, undergraduate and law degrees from Howard University. He was appointed to the bench of the Superior Court of the District of Columbia in 1984 by President Ronald Reagan, to the District of Columbia Court of Appeals as an Associate Judge in 1992 by President George H. W. Bush and to the federal bench in 1994 by President Bill Clinton.
In 2015 Sullivan presided over a FOIA (Freedom of Information Act) lawsuit involving the matter (or crime) of Hillary Clinton's private email use while Secretary of State.
During her tenure as United States Secretary of State, Hillary Clinton drew controversy by using her family's private email server for official communications rather than using official State Department email accounts maintained on secure federal servers. An FBI examination of Clinton's server found over 100 emails containing classified information, including 65 emails deemed "Secret" and 22 deemed "Top Secret," none with classification markings. An additional 2,093 emails not marked classified were retroactively classified by the State Department.
Some experts, officials, and members of Congress contended that Clinton's use of a private messaging system and a private server violated State Department protocols and procedures, as well as federal laws and regulations governing recordkeeping. Clinton responded that her use complied with federal laws and State Department regulations, and that former secretaries of state had also maintained personal email accounts. News reports indicated that the emails discussed "innocuous" matters already available in the public domain. For example, the CIA drone program has been widely discussed in the public domain since the early 2000s; however, the very existence of the program is technically classified, so even sharing a newspaper article that mentions it would constitute a security breach as far as the CIA is concerned.
The controversy was a major point of discussion during the 2016 presidential election, in which Clinton was the Democratic nominee. In May, the State Department's Office of the Inspector General released a report about the State Department's email practices, including Clinton's. In July, FBI director James Comey announced that the FBI investigation had concluded that Clinton had been "extremely careless" but recommended that no charges be filed. Clinton's opponent, presidential candidate Donald Trump, used the nickname "Crooked Hillary" to criticize Clinton primarily for the email controversy. Trump supporters adopted the chant "lock her up" to imply Clinton had committed a crime, and this was not a "withch hunt" this was a 'bitch hunt," who was being protected by the FBI and DOJ.
On October 28, 2016, days before the election, Comey notified Congress that the FBI had started looking into newly discovered emails. On November 6, Comey notified Congress that the FBI had not changed its original conclusion. Comey's timing was contentious, with critics saying that he had violated Department of Justice guidelines and precedent and prejudiced the public against Clinton. The controversy received more media coverage than any other topic during the presidential campaign. Clinton and other observers argue that the reopening of the investigation contributed to her loss in the election. In April 2018, Comey said his announcement had been influenced by the fact that he thought it extremely likely that Clinton would become the next President. This really shows how stupid Comey is, and he deserved to be fired, as well as Strzuk and Page.
On June 14, 2018, the Department of Justice's Office of the Inspector General released its report on the FBI's and DOJ's handling of Clinton's investigation.
So now guess who became the judge for Michael Flynn sentencing case seen above?
In the case of United States of America v. Michael T. Flynn, the former national security adviser to Donald Trump was randomly assigned to District Court Judge Rudolph Contreras as shown in the indictment released on December 1, 2017. On December 7, 2017, Contreras recused himself from the sentencing hearings to take place in the Flynn case. The case was randomly reassigned to Emmet Sullivan, the judge of Hillary, who did not get locked up for worse crimes than Flynn did. So read the next article and I ask you why Flynn's lawyer was wondering why Judge Emmet Sullivan was already dissing Flynn, as if he was guilty without a trial.].
12/18/2018 Judge blasts Trump ex-adviser Flynn, delays sentencing in Russia probe by Jan Wolfe and Ginger Gibson
A demonstrator holds a sign prior to the arrival of former national security adviser Michael Flynn
for his sentencing hearing at U.S. District Court in Washington, U.S., December 18, 2018. REUTERS/Jonathan Ernst
WASHINGTON (Reuters) – A U.S. judge fiercely criticized President Donald Trump’s former national security adviser Michael Flynn on Tuesday for lying to FBI agents in a probe into Russian interference in the 2016 election, and delayed sentencing until Flynn has finished helping prosecutors.
U.S. District Judge Emmet Sullivan told Flynn, a retired U.S. Army lieutenant general and former director of the Defense Intelligence Agency, that he had arguably betrayed his country.
Flynn pleaded guilty to lying to FBI agents about his conversations with Sergei Kislyak, Russia ambassador in Washington, in December 2016, after Trump’s election victory but before he took office.
Special Counsel Robert Mueller, leading the investigation into possible collusion between Trump’s campaign team and Russia ahead of the election, had asked the judge not to sentence Flynn to prison because he had already had provided “substantial” cooperation over the course of many interviews.
But Sullivan sternly told Flynn his actions were abhorrent, noting that Flynn had also lied to senior White House officials, who in turn misled the public. The judge told the court he had read additional facts about Flynn’s behavior that have not been made public.
[NOTICE THE JUDGE HAS BEEN GIVEN INFORMATION FROM NSA, CIA, FBI, DOJ THAT IS NOT PUBLIC OR GIVEN TO HIS LAWYER?].
At one point, Sullivan asked prosecutors if Flynn could have been charged with treason, although the judge later said he had not been suggesting such a charge was warranted.
“Arguably, you sold your country out,” Sullivan told Flynn. “I’m not hiding my disgust, my disdain for this criminal offense.”
The judge also noted that Flynn was operating as an undeclared lobbyist for Turkey even as he worked on Trump’s election team and prepared to be his national security adviser.
Flynn, dressed in a suit and tie, showed little emotion throughout the hearing, and spoke calmly when he confirmed his guilty plea and answered questions from the judge.
Sullivan appeared ready to sentence Flynn to time in prison but then gave him the option of a delay in his sentencing so that he could fully cooperate with any pending investigations and bolster his case for leniency. The judge told Flynn he could not prommise that he would not eventually sentence him to serve prison time.
Flynn accepted that offer. Sullivan did not set a new date for sentencing but asked Mueller’s team and Flynn’s attorney to give him a status report by March 13.
Prosecutors said Flynn had already provided most of the cooperation that he could, but it was possible he might be able to help investigators further.
Flynn’s attorney said his client is cooperating with federal prosecutors in a case against Bijan Rafiekian, a former business partner who has been charged with unregistered lobbying for Turkey.
Rafiekian pleaded not guilty to those charges in federal court in Alexandria, Virginia, on Tuesday. He is scheduled to go on trial on Feb. 11 and Flynn is expected to testify.
Prosecutors say Rafiekian and Flynn were lobbying to have the United States extradite a Muslim cleric who lives in the United States and is accused by Turkey’s government of backing a 2016 coup attempt. Flynn has not been charged in that case.
‘LOCK HER UP!’
Flynn was a high-profile adviser to Trump’s election campaign team, and at the Republican Party’s national convention in 2016 he led Trump’s supporters in cries of “Lock her up!” directed against Democratic candidate Hillary Clinton.
He became national security adviser when Trump took office in January 2017, but lasted only 24 days before being fired.
He told FBI investigators on Jan. 24, 2017, that he had not discussed with Kislyak U.S. sanctions imposed on Russia by the administration of Trump’s Democratic predecessor Barack Obama, when in fact he had, according to his plea agreement.
Trump has said he fired Flynn because he also lied to Vice President Mike Pence about the contacts with Kislyak.
But Trump has said Flynn did not break the law and has voiced support for him, raising speculation the Republican president might pardon him.
“Good luck today in court to General Michael Flynn. Will be interesting to see what he has to say, despite tremendous pressure being put on him, about Russian Collusion in our great and, obviously, highly successful political campaign. There was no Collusion!” Trump wrote on Twitter on Tuesday morning.
Mueller’s investigation into Russia’s role in the 2016 election and whether Trump has unlawfully sought to obstruct the probe has cast a shadow over his presidency.
Several former Trump aides have pleaded guilty in Mueller’s probe, but Flynn was the first former official of Trump’s White House to do so. Mueller also has charged a series of Russian individuals and entities.
Trump has called the investigation a “witch hunt” and has denied collusion with Moscow.
Russia has denied meddling in the election, contrary to the conclusion of U.S. intelligence agencies that have said Moscow used hacking and propaganda to try to sow discord in the United States and boost Trump’s chances against Clinton.
Several protesters were at the courthouse on Tuesday as Flynn arrived, along with a large inflatable rat fashioned to look like Trump. Several Flynn supporters were also outside the courthouse, cheering as he entered and exited. One hold up a sign that read: “Michael Flynn is a hero.”
Other supporters were inside the courtroom.
Lying to the FBI carries a statutory maximum sentence of five years in prison. Flynn’s plea agreement stated that he was eligible for a sentence of between zero and six months.
(Reporting by Jan Wolfe and Ginger Gibson; Additional reporting by Susan Heavey; Editing by Kieran Murray and Will Dunham)
12/18/2018 Secretary Sarah Sanders: GOP needs to stand up against corrupt Comey by OAN Newsroom
White House Press Secretary Sarah Sanders is stressing that Republicans need to “stand up” against fired FBI Director James Comey.
Sanders tweeted the remark Monday, saying the president did the U.S. a service by firing Comey as the list of his corrupt actions is too long to name.
Sarah’s tweet: “Republicans should stand up to Comey and his tremendous corruption - from the fake Hillary Clinton investigation, to lying and leaking, to FISA abuse, and a list too long to name. The President did the country a service by firing him and exposing him for the shameless fraud he is.”
Her call to action comes after Comey slammed the GOP after his hearing Monday, and accused President Trump of attacking America’s rule of law.
Comey was on Capitol Hill being questioned about his role in the Clinton and Russia investigations.
A transcript of his answers should be released sometime Tuesday.
Former FBI Director James Comey speaks to reporters on Capitol Hill Washington,
Monday, Dec. 17, 2018, after a second closed-door interview with two Republican-led committees
investigating what they say was bias at the Justice Department
before the 2016 presidential election. (AP Photo/J. Scott Applewhite)
I put this on here on 12/19/2018 for all to read:
Charles Ortel, an Investor and writer interested in economics, geo-politics, history, travel and just, lasting peace.
He is in investigation into the Clinton Foundation public record begun, by chance, in February 2015, http://charlesortel.com/
"A Deep Dive into How the Clinton Foundation Operates Illegally and in Haiti."
State, federal, and foreign laws bar public charities from being run for private gain in interstate commerce—which means, by using the mail, telephones or the internet. The Clinton Foundation’s complex operations (it is not just one entity but a web of them) do not comply with this requirement. Nor does the Clinton Foundation ever seem to have submitted its financial records to an independent, properly certified audit by a qualified accounting firm.
Overall I consider the Clinton Foundation to be a charity fraud network. I base this conclusion on my review of extensive data about its operations including the activities of the Clinton family and their friends in Haiti, a nation that has suffered many disasters, both natural and manmade.
What possesses powerful, wealthy, and educated persons to prey on the most desperately poor humans on earth as they posture as "philanthropists”? And why has there been no government oversight?
Expect an increased flow of detailed disclosures centering upon Exhibits 1 through 40 through this website, and continued reaction to breaking developments via my twitter account (@CharlesOrtel).
"The Real Clinton Foundation Record is Getting Exposed"
Readers who visit Clinton Foundation websites are forgiven for believing information found there presents the complete record.
In fact, key documents and disclosures are missing or contradict other filings that a persistent investigator only finds by scanning a raft of state, federal, and foreign databases.
Today's posting concentrates upon explaining certain issues that are subjects of growing media interest, but fall outside the chronological order of forthcoming Exhibits 1 through 40, that explain history important to an assessment of Clinton Foundation filings for 23 October 1997 through 31 December 2010.
As this posting discusses in detail, the biggest issue presented by revelations concerning a $2 million private investment arranged by a Clinton Foundation entity is whether this entity, the Clinton Global Initiative, Inc ("New CGI") is even a duly constituted tax-exempt charity.
Furthermore, if New CGI was never a validly constituted tax-exempt charity, how was the tax and legal status of its parent, the Clinton Foundation, affected?
Meanwhile, much larger issues surround Clinton family connections to Laureate Education Inc., its key executives, investors, and affiliates.
Do not listen to surface level media reports that fail to consider the complete public record.
Join me in engaging upon "stubborn facts."
Click to see the CLINTON FOUNDATION CORRUPTION AND THE URANIUM ONE CONSPIRACY.
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John W. Huber, an American lawyer who has served as the United States Attorney for the District of Utah since June 2015. He was first nominated for the position by President Barack Obama in February 2015. Huber offered his resignation in March 2017 at the request of the Trump administration.
On August 3, 2017, he was unanimously confirmed by the United States Senate to an additional four-year term as a U.S. Attorney.
Huber was appointed by U.S. Attorney General Jeff Sessions to investigate the FBI's surveillance of Carter Page and connections between the Clinton Foundation and Uranium One, starting in November 2017.
Obviously he is part of the conspiricacy, as he has sit on it since then and it was Mark Meadows who is pushing it to the forefront again.
For those of you who think Rod Rosenstein is all clear of this fiasco, do not believe that, remember what I wrote above that he was involved in as you see below ...
"When Nunes sent Rep. Trey Gowdy and Rep. John Ratcliffe to review the FISA document they found the following.
The review showed that FBI Comey and McCabe did not verify it. Comey signed it 3 times, McCabe signed it once, and then to Loretta Lynch in charge of the DOJ, knew that the following signed the FISA warrant: Salley Yates, Dana Boente (Virginia Judge) and ***Rod Rosestein*** and sent it through by October 21, 2016, less than a month after Michael Isikoff's article was released. Does anyone smell six dishonest lying FBI and DOJ officials?"
So read the following and see what a weisel Rosenstein is.
Rod Jay Rosenstein, an American attorney serving as United States Deputy Attorney General since 2017. Prior to his current appointment, he served as a United States Attorney for the District of Maryland.
So as he is one of the few that were not terminated, retired or demoted that makes him suspect as in control of the illegal activities all along as you will read in the following.
- May 8, 2017 President Trump directed Sessions and Rosenstein to make a case against FBI Director James Comey in writing. The next day, Rosenstein handed a memo to Sessions providing the basis for Sessions's recommendation to President Trump that Comey be dismissed.
- In his memo Rosenstein asserts that the FBI must have "a Director who understands the gravity of the mistakes and pledges never to repeat them."
- He ends with an argument against keeping Comey as FBI director, on the grounds that he was given an opportunity to "admit his errors" but that there is no hope that he will "implement the necessary corrective actions."
- After administration officials cited Rosenstein's memo as the main reason for Comey's dismissal, an anonymous source in the White House said that Rosenstein threatened to resign, who denied the claim and said he was "not quitting," when asked directly by a reporter from Sinclair Broadcast Group.
- February 1 2017 President Donald Trump nominated Rosenstein to serve as Deputy Attorney General for the United States Department of Justice.
- April 25, 2017 Rosenstein was confirmed by the U.S. Senate.
- May 17, 2017 Rosenstein told the full Senate he knew that Comey would be fired before he wrote his controversial memo that the White House initially used as justification for President Trump firing Comey.
- May 2017 he authored a memo that President Trump cited as the basis for his decision to dismiss FBI Director James Comey.
- Following the recusal of Attorney General Jeff Sessions and Comey's dismissal, on May 17, Rosenstein appointed Robert Mueller as special counsel to investigate alleged ties between the Trump campaign and Russia during the 2016 elections and related matters.
- On May 17, 2017, Rosenstein appointed Robert Mueller as a special counsel to conduct the investigation into "any links and/or coordination between the Russian government and individuals associated with the campaign of President Donald Trump" as well as any matters arising directly from that investigation. Rosenstein's order authorizes Mueller to bring criminal charges in the event that he discovers any federal crimes. Rosenstein said in a statement, "My decision is not a finding that crimes have been committed or that any prosecution is warranted. I have made no such determination. What I have determined is that based upon the unique circumstances the public interest requires me to place this investigation under the authority of a person who exercises a degree of independence from the normal chain of command."
- Rosenstein previously assumed authority over the parallel FBI probe after the recusal of former attorney general Jeff Sessions over misleading remarks he made to the Senate Committee on the Judiciary during his confirmation process.
- In an interview with the Associated Press, Rosenstein said he would recuse from supervision of Mueller, if he himself were to become a subject in the investigation due to his role in the dismissal of James Comey.
- Under that scenario, supervision would have fallen to DOJ's third-ranking official, Associate Attorney General Rachel Brand. Rachel Brand resigned on February 20, 2018, leaving the responsibility to Jesse Panuccio.
- April 2018 Rosenstein reportedly personally approved the FBI raid on President Trump's attorney, Michael Cohen, in which the FBI seized emails, tax documents and records, some of them related to Cohen's payment to adult-film star Stormy Daniels.
- After ad interim U.S. Attorney Geoffrey Berman had recused himself, the search was executed by others in the office of the U.S. Attorney for the Southern District of New York and approved by a federal judge.
- Impeachment articles
- July 25, 2018 Eleven House GOP members filed articles of impeachment against Rosenstein, alleging he has stonewalled document requests from Congress and he mishandled the 2016 election investigation.
- Mark Randall Meadows, an American politician who has been the U.S. Representative for North Carolina's 11th congressional district since January 2013, and a member of the Republican Party and chair of the Freedom Caucus, and is considered one of Donald Trump's closest allies in Congress.
- July 2018, along with Jim Jordan, Meadows called on the Department of Justice to "review allegations that Deputy Attorney General Rod Rosenstein threatened to subpoena phone records and documents from a House Intelligence Committee staffer."
- An aide termed the deputy AG's threats "downright chilling." In their written request, they wrote that in his use of investigative powers, Rosenstein retaliated "against rank-and-file staff members," therefore abusing his authority. Furthermore, during a Fox News interview by Laura Ingraham that same month, he "threatened to force a vote on the GOP resolution" that would impeach the deputy AG. Arguing he could force the resolution to the floor as a "privileged motion," he elaborated: "we hope it doesn’t have to come to that." He had filed articles of impeachment against Rosenstein on July 25, although the measure cannot be "brought straight to the House floor."
- Meadows' Democratic opponent in the general election, Phillip Price, condemned the impeachment resolution as an attempt to shut down the Justice Department’s investigation of Russian meddling into the 2016 election through “obstruction of justice.”
- Rosenstein has denied the allegations. No such impeachment was brought to the floor, with Ryan and Meadows backing down.
- Subsequently Devin Nunes wanted to impeach Rosenstein, but was concerned that attempting to do so would delay the confirmation of Supreme Court nominee Brett Kavanaugh.
- The New York Times report
- September 21, 2018, The New York Times reported that Rosenstein suggested, in the spring of 2017 shortly after the dismissal of Comey, that he could secretly tape conversations between himself and Trump, using those recordings against Trump.
- He also allegedly suggested invoking the 25th amendment to attempt to remove Trump from office. Rosenstein strongly denied it, and other reporting suggested he had been sarcastic in his reference to taping Trump. The report gave rise to rumors that he would be fired.
- September 24, 2018 Rosenstein went to the White House, where he met with Chief of Staff John Kelly; according to some reports, he offered his resignation. Following the meeting, the White House issued a statement that Rosenstein retained his position as Deputy Attorney General and would meet with Trump on September 27. Due to the ongoing hearings of Brett Kavanaugh, Rosenstein met with Trump on October 8; Rosenstein would not be fired afterwards. Further, Rosenstein agreed to meet with House Republicans within the next two weeks.
- November 7, 2018, Trump transferred oversight of Mueller's investigation to Acting Attorney General Matthew Whitaker.
The following can be found at https://www.foxnews.com/politics/mccain-associate-gave-unverified-steele-dossier-to-buzzfeed-court-filing-says.
12/19/2018 McCain associate shared unverified Steele dossier with Buzzfeed, court filing says by Gregg ReBy Gregg Re | Fox News
An associate of the late Arizona Republican Sen. John McCain shared with Buzzfeed News a copy of the unverified, salacious opposition research dossier alleging that Russians had compromising material on President Trump, according to a bombshell federal court filing Wednesday.
McCain had strenuously denied being the source for Buzzfeed after it published the dossier, which was funded by the Democratic National Committee (DNC) and the Hillary Clinton presidential campaign. In recent days, the dossier's credibility has increasingly come under question, as the Yahoo News investigative reporter who broke news of its existence said many of its claims were "likely false," and an adviser to ex-Trump lawyer Michael Cohen said Cohen never went to Prague to pay off Russian hackers, as alleged in the dossier.
Nevertheless, the FBI extensively relied on the dossier in its warrant applications to the Foreign Intelligence Surveillance Act (FISA) court in seeking to surveil Trump aide Carter Page. On four occasions, the FBI also incorrectly suggested to the FISA court that the Yahoo reporter, Michael Isikoff, had written an article that provided an independent basis to surveil Page -- even though London court records revealed Isikoff was, in fact, relying on the leaks from the dossier's author. (Page, who has not been charged with wrongdoing, is now suing the DNC for defamation.)
Earlier this year, Fox News reported that a top McCain associate, David Kramer, had been briefed on the dossier written by British ex-spy Christopher Steele in late November 2016 in Surrey, England. Kramer invoked his Fifth Amendment right against self-incrimination to avoid testifying before House Republicans about his handling of the dossier.
INSIDE THE TRUMP DOSSIER HANDOFF
McCain has acknowledged giving the dossier to the FBI. But, until Wednesday, it remained a mystery what role, if any, his associates might have played in the dossier leaking to the media shortly afterwards.
David Kramer. (Fox News, File)
The new revelations were contained in an opinion authored by U.S. District Judge Ursula Ungaro. The opinion granted Buzzfeed's motion for summary judgment in a defamation action brought by a global corporation based in Luxembourg, XBT Holdings, which alleged that Buzzfeed had recklessly spread misinformation in the dossier about XBT's purported involvement in cyberwarfare against Democratic Party officials.
Ungaro cleared Buzzfeed of liability for defamation on the basis of the "fair report privilege," which broadly protects media outlets from defamation actions when they publish official reports, as long as they clearly indicate that the reporting is not their own. The statements about Kramer and McCain's activities were contained in Buzzfeed's unsealed motion for summary judgment, which Ungaro cited extensively in his ruling.
In November 2016, according to the filing, McCain sent Kramer, a director at the McCain Institute for International Leadership, to London to meet with Steele.
SENATE INTEL STAFFER STRIKES PLEA DEAL, ADMITS LYING TO FEDS -- DOJ SAYS NO EVIDENCE HE LEAKED FISA APPLICATION
McCain had learned from Sir Andrew Wood, the former British Ambassador to Russia, that Steele had collected damaging information about Trump, according to the filing. Wood was an informal adviser to Orbis, which was retained by Fusion GPS, the firm behind the dossier. Fox News previously reported on Wood's involvement.
On Nov. 28, 2016, Kramer met with Steele and later obtained copies of the dossier from Glenn Simpson, the head of Fusion GPS, the filing states. Kramer then met with Buzzfeed reporter Ken Bensinger on Dec. 29, 2016 at the McCain Institute.
There, "Kramer reviewed with Bensinger what he knew about the dossier and explained that he took the allegations seriously." Then, Kramer showed Bensinger the dossier and purportedly informed him that “some of the information was unverified."
Comey: Notion FISA court was abused is 'nonsense'
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Bensinger left his meeting "with copies of all seventeen memos" authored by Steele, and promptly took the compiled dossier to Mark Schoofs, BuzzFeed’s senior editor in charge of investigative reporting.
The McCain Institute did not immediately respond to Fox News' request for comment.
REPORTER WHO BROKE NEWS OF DOSSIER'S EXISTENCE SAYS MANY OF ITS CLAIMS ARE 'LIKELY FALSE'
Buzzfeed published an article entitled "These Reports Allege Trump Has Deep Ties to Russia" that included the 35-page dossier on January 10, 2017, shortly after a CNN report revealed the dossier's existence.
Senior Justice Department official Bruce Ohr, left, continued to communicate with former British spy Christopher Steele, right, even after the FBI cut ties with him. (AP)
Judge Ungaro remarked in a footnote: "The parties dispute whether Kramer gave Bensinger a copy or whether Bensinger took photos of the Dossier when Kramer was not looking. Kramer testified that Bensinger took photos of the Dossier when Kramer was out of the room, even though he asked Bensinger not to."
However, in a later declaration, "Kramer stated that he had no objection to Bensinger taking a hard copy and had provided hard copies to other journalists," Ungaro wrote.
According to the documents, Steele shared a report from the dossier written on Dec. 13 with an unnamed British security official, GOP Illinois Rep. Adam Kinzinger, R-Ill., Senior Director for Russian Affairs at the National Security Council (NSC) Celeste Wallender, and House Speaker Paul Ryan’s chief of staff, John Burks.
But, in a statement to Fox News, Ryan's team denied that assertion.
“Burks has never met Christopher Steele nor received any document directly from him," Ryan spokeswoman AshLee Strong told Fox News. "However, he was aware of and had read the dossier prior to its publication.”
Docs reveal DOJ's Ohr was deeply connected to Trump dossier
Ohr's work emails show contact with Christopher Steele during the 2016 campaign; Catherine Herridge reports on the revelations.
The FBI eventually fired Steele as a source after he was discovered to have leaked to the media. However, Fox News reported in August that embattled Justice Department official Bruce Ohr had contact in 2016 with then-colleague Andrew Weissmann, now a top deputy to Special Counsel Robert Mueller, as well as other senior FBI officials about the dossier and the people behind it.
The sources said Ohr's outreach about the dossier occurred before and after the FBI fired Steele as a source over his media contacts. Ohr's network of contacts on the dossier included: anti-Trump former FBI agent Peter Strzok; former FBI lawyer Lisa Page; former deputy director Andrew McCabe; Weissmann and at least one other DOJ official; and a current FBI agent who worked with Strzok on the Russia case.
Weissmann was kept "in the loop" on the dossier, a source said, while he was chief of the criminal fraud division. He is now assigned to Mueller’s team.
Ohr's broad circle of contacts indicates members of FBI leadership knew about his backchannel activities regarding the dossier and Steele.
In a report last week, the Justice Department Inspector General revealed that government-issued phones belonging to Strzok and Page were wiped completely soon after they were terminated from the Mueller probe over anti-Trump bias.
Fox News' Catherine Herridge and Chad Pergram contributed to this report.
12/19/2018 Ex-Senate Intel gatekeeper James Wolfe sentenced to two months in prison, despite DOJ push for two-year term by By Gregg Re, Fox News
James Wolfe, the high-level Senate intelligence staffer who pleaded guilty in October to lying to investigators probing systemic leaks of classified information, was sentenced Thursday to two months in prison, plus four months of supervised release -- well under the two-year term prosecutors had aggressively sought.
Wolfe had served for 29 years as the security director at the U.S. Senate Select Committee on Intelligence (SSCI), where he was responsible for handling virtually all critical classified information coming to the Senate from the executive branch.
The Justice Department wrote in court filings that it wanted Wolfe punished harshly because he had "significantly endangered" national security, even as Wolfe's attorneys -- and senators on the SSCI -- urged leniency.
U.S. District Court Judge Ketanji Brown Jackson, who was appointed to the bench by President Barack Obama, noted in court that Wolfe was well aware of the “value of truthfulness in a national security investigation.”
But Jackson ultimately sided with federal sentencing guidelines that called for a term of between zero and six months of imprisonment. The judge fined Wolfe $7,500 and said she'd recommend that he serve his brief term at a minimum-security facility in Maryland.
"I am sorry. I am beyond embarrassed," Wolfe said in court prior to his sentence. "I am beyond humiliated. I am beyond mortified."
He requested a term of probation, saying he had “never compromised classified information, never jeopardized national security" while he was carrying out an extramarital affair with a reporter and, later, repeatedly lying to federal authorities in December 2017 about whether he had contacted her and three other reporters.
Jackson said she was "unmoved" by Wolfe's statements, noting that "it is the natural consequence of having chosen to break the law – the shame, the stigma, the changed social circumstances, they all go with the territory."
The judge added that "we may well be living in an era of alternative facts" -- an apparent dig at President Trump adviser Kellyanne Conway's use of the phrase last year -- but, she said, individuals who lie to investigators nevertheless "will be taken seriously and treated seriously."
Prosecutors said Wolfe's conduct, in context and given his decades-long tenure as a top Senate intelligence staffer, demanded a two-year term of imprisonment.
"In the government's view, it's more than the falsehoods," prosecutor Jocelyn Ballantine told Jackson in advance of Wolfe's sentencing, adding that Wolfe had engaged in a "course of duplicitous conduct over a four-year period."
Still, Jackson said the lengthier term of imprisonment requested by the Justice Department was not appropriate.
“Having an affair is not a crime, maintaining relationships with reporters is not a crime, even giving sensitive non-public but not classified information to a reporter is not a crime,” Jackson said.
In a declaration included in a Friday sentencing filing, the Justice Department revealed that Wolfe, 58, was at the center of the FBI's probe into the "known disclosure" of the Foreign Intelligence Surveillance Act (FISA) warrant to surveil a top aide to President Trump.
Wolfe was never charged specifically with leaking any classified information, even though prosecutors alleged he had used his several decades in the highly sensitive position to "cultivate relationships with multiple young, female reporters, who were attempting to gain information."
He struck a plea deal with prosecutors to admit to a false-statements charge concerning his unauthorized contacts with reporters -- after his lawyers sent letters to each senator on the SSCI notifying them that they might need to testify as part of his criminal trial, if one occurred.
In this June 8, 2017 file photo, James Wolfe, center, former director of security with the Senate Intelligence
Committee, escorted by former FBI director James Comey to a secure room to continue his testimony on the
2016 election and his firing by President Donald Trump, on Capitol Hill in Washington. (AP Photo/J. Scott Applewhite)
Trump, at the time, said Wolfe's arrest “could be a terrific thing" and called him a "very important leaker."
ALLEGED TREASURY LEAKER BOOKED WITH HOT FLASH DRIVE IN HAND
"The FBI did not uncover evidence that [Wolfe] himself disclosed classified national security information," the DOJ wrote in a court filing last week. The filing also openly discussed what was dubbed the difficult "separation of powers issue" at play as the executive branch agency investigates the Senate.
"The decision concerning how to proceed went to the highest levels of the FBI," the filing stated.
In an affidavit attached to Friday's filing, the FBI special agent overseeing the Wolfe investigation noted that there had been a "known disclosure of classified information -- the FISA application," apparently referring to the government's highly secret application to surveil former Trump campaign aide Carter Page.
Page, who has never been charged with wrongdoing despite months of surveillance, is now suing several key players, including the Democratic National Committee (DNC), for alleged defamation stemming from their attempts to link him to Russian collusion in the wake of the leaked FISA application.
Since-released, but redacted, portions of that FISA application revealed that the FBI told the FISA court it did not believe British ex-spy Christopher Steele was the direct source for a Yahoo News article implicating Page -- although court records showed Steele briefed the news agency. The application also revealed the FBI relied extensively on the unverified, salacious dossier funded by Trump's political opponents.
The SSCI, which functions as a liason between the intelligence community and the Senate, is chaired by North Carolina Republican Sen. Richard Burr and vice-chaired by Virginia Democratic Sen. Mark Warner. In the affidavit filed Friday, the lead FBI agent noted that the agency personally alerted Burr and Warner -- and only Burr and Warner -- that it was probing whether "a person holding a Top Secret security clearance may have disclosed national security information to the news media."
The FBI instructed the two senators not to tell Wolfe about the probe in order to avoid the "potential destruction of evidence" as they continued to investigate, according to the affidavit.
As part of their investigation, FBI agents obtained a search warrant and used imaging software to capture the contents of Wolfe's phone while they had him distracted and attending a meeting with FBI agents to discuss SSCI leaks, according to a separate DOJ court filing last week.
Although the searches turned up evidence that Wolfe's actions had "actual impact on the national security functions of the FBI and had the potential to disrupt important government functions," they did not turn up proof that he had leaked the FISA application or other classified materials, according to the DOJ.
Wolfe served for 29 years as the SSCI's security director, and he has received letters of support in advance of his sentencing not only from Burr and Warner, but also from California Democratic Sen. Dianne Feinstein, who previously chaired the SSCI.
[Supposedly the FBI probe that snared Wolfe appears to have centered on disclosures of information about a Foreign Intelligence Surveillance Act warrant obtained on Carter Page, an energy policy expert who served for a time as a foreign policy adviser to the Trump campaign.].
12/21/2018 Former Senate Intel Committee staffer sentenced for lying to FBI about media contacts by OAN Newsroom
FILE – In this June 13, 2018, file photo, James Wolfe former director of security
with the Senate Intelligence Committee leaves the federal courthouse in Washington. (AP Photo/Jose Luis Magana, file)
The former security director for the Senate Intelligence Committee will spend the next two-months behind bars for lying to the FBI about his dealings with the media.
James Wolfe was sentenced on Thursday, and was also fined $7,500 by the judge.
The sentence was much less than the two-years federal prosecutors had recommended for Wolfe, who they had accused of putting national security at risk.
The 58-year-old pleaded guilty in October to lying about his unauthorized contact with reporters, including one he was having an affair with. However, he denied ever giving out classified information.
Wolfe is expected to serve out his sentence at a minimum security facility in Maryland.
12/21/2018 U.N. tells UK: Allow Assange to leave Ecuador embassy freely
FILE PHOTO: WikiLeaks founder Julian Assange speaks on the balcony
of the Embassy of Ecuador in London, Britain, May 19, 2017. REUTERS/Neil Hall
GENEVA (Reuters) – U.N. rights experts called on British authorities on Friday to allow WikiLeaks founder Julian Assange to leave the Ecuador embassy in London without fear of arrest or extradition.
The U.N. Working Group on Arbitrary Detention reiterated its finding published in February 2016 that Assange had been de facto unlawfully held without charge in the embassy, where he has now been holed up for more than six years.
He initially took asylum to avoid being extradited to Sweden, where authorities wanted to question him as part of a sexual assault investigation. That investigation was dropped.
Assange, whose website published thousands of classified U.S. government documents, denied the Sweden allegations, saying the charge was a ploy that would eventually take him to the United States where a prosecutors are preparing to pursue a criminal case against him.
Britain says Assange will be arrested for skipping bail if he leaves the embassy, but that any sentence would not exceed six months, if convicted. It had no immediate comment on the experts’ call, but in June, foreign office minister Alan Duncan said Assange would be treated humanely and properly.
“… the only ground remaining for Mr. Assange’s continued deprivation of liberty is a bail violation in the UK, which is, objectively, a minor offence that cannot post facto justify the more than six years confinement that he has been subjected to since he sought asylum in the Embassy of Ecuador,” the U.N. experts said in a statement.
“It is time that Mr. Assange, who has already paid a high price for peacefully exercising his rights to freedom of opinion, expression and information, and to promote the right to truth in the public interest, recovers his freedom,” they said.
Lawyers for Assange and others have said his work with WikiLeaks was critical to a free press and was protected speech.
The experts voiced concern that his “deprivation of liberty” was undermining his health and could “endanger his life” given the disproportionate amount of anxiety that has entailed.
Ecuador in October imposed new rules requiring him to receive routine medical exams, following concerns he was not getting the medical attention he needed. The rules also ordered him to pay medical and phone bills and clean up after his cat.
Assange has sued Ecuador, arguing the rules violate his rights.
(Reporting by Stephanie Nebehay; Additional reporting by Alistair Smout in London; Editing by Alison Williams)
[The NSA, CIA, DOJ and FBI are drooling at the thought of getting him back so they can trick him into lying to them, and would do that to keep his information to never see the light of day, REDACTED if it did.].
12/22/2018 DOJ panel: Whitaker not required to recuse from overseeing Mueller by OAN Newsroom
DOJ officials say acting Attorney General Matthew Whitaker is not required to recuse himself from overseeing the Mueller probe.
This week, the Justice Department sent a letter to Congress laying out the reasoning for his decision.
Acting U.S. Attorney General Matthew G. Whitaker arrives to speak to area law enforcement officials at the U.S. Attorney’s Office
for the Western District of Texas in Austin, Tuesday, Dec. 11, 2018. (Jay Janner/Austin American-Statesman via AP)
The letter said Whitaker was briefed by a DOJ panel on ethics rules and guidelines.
The panel recommended Whitaker recuse himself, saying his past comments on the probe made the decision a “close call,” but added it ultimately was not a requirement.
The acting AG opted to not follow the advice saying he did not want to create a precedent for recusal in similar situations.
[No we need to keep someone there who is not corrupt until the new Attorney General comes in to insure the Dems do not cover up any more than they already have. Mar. 25-26 2018. 6.4 quake, Indonesia.].
12/24/2018 Comey rebukes Brennan on dossier by OAN Newsroom
James Comey’s closed-door testimony is showing a direct contradiction to claims made by his predecessor John Brennan.
In his testimony Comey said the dossier was used in an intelligence community assessment in January of 2017.br>
The dossier was a piece of opposition research funded by the president’s opponents, including the Democratic National Committee and the Clinton campaign.
Former FBI Director James Comey speaks to reporters on Capitol Hill Washington, Monday, Dec. 17, 2018,
after a second closed-door interview with two Republican-led committees investigating what they say was
bias at the Justice Department before the 2016 presidential election. (AP Photo/J. Scott Applewhite)
Comey’s statement directly goes against what Brennan told the House Intelligence committee in May of 2017.
Brennan claimed the dossier was not in any way used as the basis for the assessment into the report, which is a claim he has repeated to the mainstream media.
“It became a hot topic of debate within CINSA and FBI and DNI…about whether or not to take that dossier into account when the intelligence community assessment was done,” stated Brennan. “We decided no, because there was no way we could substantiate it, it wasn’t an intelligence document, so it was appended to it, but it was not taken into account at all as that intelligence community assessment was done and was completed.”
Meanwhile, former National Intelligence Director James Clapper and former National Security Agency Director Michael Rogers have both rebuked Brennan’s statements on the dossier as well.
[Well it looks like the Swamp is bginning to cover its asses, so why was it used to get a FISA judge to approve a surveillance?].
[AFTER READING THE FOLLOWING YOU SHOULD NOT BELIEVE ANYTHING THAT THE FORMERS STATE, THEY ARE ALL CROOKS.].
Michael S. Rogers, a former United States Navy admiral who served as the second commander of the U.S. Cyber Command. He concurrently served as the 17th director of the National Security Agency and as chief of the Central Security Service from April 3, 2014.
He was relieved from the NSA, CSS and USCYBERCOM positions on May 4, 2018, during USCYBERCOM's command elevation ceremony, as well as handing command over to his successor, Paul Nakasone. He announced at that ceremony that he would officially retire from active duty in the United States Navy on June 1, 2018.
In January 2014, the Obama Administration announced Rogers' nomination as director of the National Security Agency and the commander of the United States offensive cyberoperations unit in the Department of Defense. Rogers succeeded General Keith B. Alexander, who served as the NSA director for nine years, and became the first IWC officer to achieve the rank of admiral. Although the NSA directorship does not require Senate approval, Rogers had to be confirmed by the Senate to head United States Cyber Command, for which the Senate unanimously confirmed him.
In his first public remarks as NSA director, Rogers stated that he believed that NSA whistleblower Edward Snowden was "probably not" working for a foreign intelligence agency, despite frequent speculation and assertion by the NSA's allies to the contrary. Rogers added: "He clearly believes in what he's doing. I question that; I don't agree with it. I fundamentally disagree with what he did. I believe it was wrong; I believe it was illegal."
The Washington Post reported on 11/19/2016 that Defense Secretary Ashton B. Carter and Director of National Intelligence (DNI) James R. Clapper, Jr. had sometime earlier in the year recommended to President Obama that Rogers be terminated as director of the National Security Agency. Carter reportedly recommended he be terminated due to poor performance, whereas Clapper considered it wise that the position be held by a civilian. Both Clapper and Carter had put Rogers on notice for poor performance in internal security and leadership style. Others have contended that the real reason Clapper and Carter wanted Rogers fired is because he was a whistleblower, having initiated an Inspector General (IG) investigation and subsequent report to the Foreign Intelligence Surveillance Act (FISA) Court about a sustained pattern during the Obama Administration of illegally performed searches on U.S. Persons by improperly using FISA Section 702 authorities. This belief is buttressed by the IG report and by the April 26, 2017 U.S. FISA Court "Memorandum Opinion and Order." The declassified version of that document states "The October 26, 2016 Notice disclosed that an NSA Inspector General (IG) review and report and NSA Office of Compliance for Operations (OCO) verification activities indicated that, with greater frequency than previously disclosed to the Court, NSA analysts had used U.S.-person identifiers to query the results of Internet 'upstream' collection, even though NSA's Section 702 minimization procedures prohibited such queries. To understand why such queries were prohibited, and why this disclosure gave the Court substantial concern, some historical background is necessary." The report goes on to state "At the October 26, 2016 hearing, the Court ascribed the government's failure to disclose those IG and OCO reviews at the October 4, 2016 hearing to an institutional 'lack of candor' on NSA's part and emphasized that 'this is a very serious Fourth Amendment issue'" (page 19). As a result of these transgressions, there were "changes in the scope of NSA collection under Section 702, as reflected in the March 30, 2017 Amendments" (page 14). These changes were designed to prevent recurrence of the illegal collection discussed in the Court filing. Other sources contend that Admiral Rogers' termination was delayed due to stalled changes to the bureaucratic structure of the intelligence community. Before the recommendation of firing was made, Rogers met with then President-elect Donald Trump without notifying his superiors. Some sources contend that the reason he did not notify Mr. Clapper was the fact he was alerting President Elect Trump about Mr. Clapper's allegedly illegal actions with respect to FISA Section 702. Trump was reportedly considering replacing Clapper with Rogers as DNI, however that position went to former Senator Dan Coats, with Rogers remaining NSA director.
In January 2018, Rogers announced he would be retiring from the NSA in the spring. Rogers still has his US Gov't Security Clearance and as of December 9, 2018 works for Israel's Team8 helping them with new venture (Globe, Israel's Business Arena, 12/9/2018.
[I FOUND THE FOLLOWING ARTICLE AND I DO NOT TRUST WHAT THE NEW YORK TIMES WRITES, BUT AS YOU READ IT YOU WILL BE AMUSED HOW THE PLAYERS WANT TO TWIST IT ALL AROUND TO CLAIM THIS TO BE THE TRUTH, IN AN INVESTIGATION CALLED "CROSSFIRE HURRICANE."].
5/16/2018 Code Name Crossfire Hurricane: The Secret Origins of the Trump Investigation by Matt Apuzzo, Adam Goldman and Nicholas Fandos, New York Times.
Days after the F.B.I. closed its investigation into Hillary Clinton in 2016, agents began
scrutinizing the presidential campaign of her Republican rival, Donald J. Trump. Al Drago for The New York Times
WASHINGTON — Within hours of opening an investigation into the Trump campaign’s ties to Russia in the summer of 2016, the F.B.I. dispatched a pair of agents to London on a mission so secretive that all but a handful of officials were kept in the dark.
Their assignment, which has not been previously reported, was to meet the Australian ambassador, who had evidence that one of Donald J. Trump’s advisers knew in advance about Russian election meddling. After tense deliberations between Washington and Canberra, top Australian officials broke with diplomatic protocol and allowed the ambassador, Alexander Downer, to sit for an F.B.I. interview to describe his meeting with the campaign adviser, George Papadopoulos.
The agents summarized their highly unusual interview and sent word to Washington on Aug. 2, 2016, two days after the investigation was opened. Their report helped provide the foundation for a case that, a year ago Thursday, became the special counsel investigation. But at the time, a small group of F.B.I. officials knew it by its code name: Crossfire Hurricane.
The name, a reference to the Rolling Stones lyric “I was born in a crossfire hurricane,” was an apt prediction of a political storm that continues to tear shingles off the bureau. Days after they closed their investigation into Hillary Clinton’s use of a private email server, agents began scrutinizing the campaign of her Republican rival. The two cases have become inextricably linked in one of the most consequential periods in the history of the F.B.I.
This month, the Justice Department inspector general is expected to release the findings of its lengthy review of the F.B.I.’s conduct in the Clinton case. The results are certain to renew debate over decisions by the F.B.I. director at the time, James B. Comey, to publicly chastise Mrs. Clinton in a news conference, and then announce the reopening of the investigation days before Election Day. Mrs. Clinton has said those actions buried her presidential hopes.
Those decisions stand in contrast to the F.B.I.’s handling of Crossfire Hurricane. Not only did agents in that case fall back to their typical policy of silence, but interviews with a dozen current and former government officials and a review of documents show that the F.B.I. was even more circumspect in that case than has been previously known.
Many of the officials spoke on condition of anonymity because they were not authorized to discuss the investigation publicly.
Agents considered, then rejected, interviewing key Trump associates, which might have sped up the investigation but risked revealing the existence of the case. Top officials quickly became convinced that they would not solve the case before Election Day, which made them only more hesitant to act. When agents did take bold investigative steps, like interviewing the ambassador, they were shrouded in secrecy.
Fearful of leaks, they kept details from political appointees across the street at the Justice Department. Peter Strzok, a senior F.B.I. agent, explained in a text that Justice Department officials would find it too “tasty” to resist sharing. “I’m not worried about our side,” he wrote.
Only about five Justice Department officials knew the full scope of the case, officials said, not the dozen or more who might normally be briefed on a major national security case.
The facts, had they surfaced, might have devastated the Trump campaign: Mr. Trump’s future national security adviser was under investigation, as was his campaign chairman. One adviser appeared to have Russian intelligence contacts. Another was suspected of being a Russian agent himself.
In the Clinton case, Mr. Comey has said he erred on the side of transparency. But in the face of questions from Congress about the Trump campaign, the F.B.I. declined to tip its hand. And when The New York Times tried to assess the state of the investigation in October 2016, law enforcement officials cautioned against drawing any conclusions, resulting in a story that significantly played down the case.
Mr. Comey has said it is unfair to compare the Clinton case, which was winding down in the summer of 2016, with the Russia case, which was in its earliest stages. He said he did not make political considerations about who would benefit from each decision.
But underpinning both cases was one political calculation: that Mrs. Clinton would win and Mr. Trump would lose. Agents feared being seen as withholding information or going too easy on her. And they worried that any overt actions against Mr. Trump’s campaign would only reinforce his claims that the election was being rigged against him.
The F.B.I. now faces those very criticisms and more. Mr. Trump says he is the victim of a politicized F.B.I. He says senior agents tried to rig the election by declining to prosecute Mrs. Clinton, then drummed up the Russia investigation to undermine his presidency. He has declared that a deeply rooted cabal — including his own appointees — is working against him.
That argument is the heart of Mr. Trump’s grievances with the federal investigation. In the face of bipartisan support for the special counsel, Robert S. Mueller III, Mr. Trump and his allies have made a priority of questioning how the investigation was conducted in late 2016 and trying to discredit it.
“It’s a witch hunt,” Mr. Trump said last month on Fox News. “And they know that, and I’ve been able to message it.”
Congressional Republicans, led by Representative Devin Nunes of California, have begun to dig into F.B.I. files, looking for evidence that could undermine the investigation. Much remains unknown and classified. But those who saw the investigation up close, and many of those who have reviewed case files in the past year, say that far from gunning for Mr. Trump, the F.B.I. could actually have done more in the final months of 2016 to scrutinize his campaign’s Russia ties.
“I never saw anything that resembled a witch hunt or suggested that the bureau’s approach to the investigation was politically driven,” said Mary McCord, a 20-year Justice Department veteran and the top national security prosecutor during much of the investigation’s first nine months [See more information at the end of this article].
Crossfire Hurricane spawned a case that has brought charges against former Trump campaign officials and more than a dozen Russians. But in the final months of 2016, agents faced great uncertainty — about the facts, and how to respond.
A Trump campaign rally in August 2016 in Texas. Crossfire Hurricane began exactly 100 days before the presidential election. Damon Winter/The New York Times
Anxiety at the Bureau
Crossfire Hurricane began exactly 100 days before the presidential election, but if agents were eager to investigate Mr. Trump’s campaign, as the president has suggested, the messages do not reveal it. “I cannot believe we are seriously looking at these allegations and the pervasive connections,” Mr. Strzok wrote soon after returning from London.
The mood in early meetings was anxious, former officials recalled. Agents had just closed the Clinton investigation, and they braced for months of Republican-led hearings over why she was not charged. Crossfire Hurricane was built around the same core of agents and analysts who had investigated Mrs. Clinton. None was eager to re-enter presidential politics, former officials said, especially when agents did not know what would come of the Australian information.
The question they confronted still persists: Was anyone in the Trump campaign tied to Russian efforts to undermine the election?
The F.B.I. investigated four unidentified Trump campaign aides in those early months, congressional investigators revealed in February. The four men were Michael T. Flynn, Paul Manafort, Carter Page and Mr. Papadopoulos, current and former officials said. Each was scrutinized because of his obvious or suspected Russian ties.
[Here are the key themes, dates and characters in the Russia investigation]
Mr. Flynn, a top adviser, was paid $45,000 by the Russian government’s media arm for a 2015 speech and dined at the arm of the Russian president, Vladimir V. Putin.
Mr. Manafort, the campaign chairman, had lobbied for pro-Russia interests in Ukraine and worked with an associate who has been identified as having connections to Russian intelligence.
Mr. Page, a foreign policy adviser, was well known to the F.B.I. He had previously been recruited by Russian spies and was suspected of meeting one in Moscow during the campaign.
Lastly, there was Mr. Papadopoulos, the young and inexperienced campaign aide whose wine-fueled conversation with the Australian ambassador set off the investigation. Before hacked Democratic emails appeared online, he had seemed to know that Russia had political dirt on Mrs. Clinton. But even if the F.B.I. had wanted to read his emails or intercept his calls, that evidence was not enough to allow it. Many months passed, former officials said, before the F.B.I. uncovered emails linking Mr. Papadopoulos to a Russian intelligence operation.
Mr. Trump was not under investigation, but his actions perplexed the agents. Days after the stolen Democratic emails became public, he called on Russia to uncover more. Then news broke that Mr. Trump’s campaign had pushed to change the Republican platform’s stance on Ukraine in ways favorable to Russia.
The F.B.I.’s thinking crystallized by mid-August, after the C.I.A. director at the time, John O. Brennan, shared intelligence with Mr. Comey showing that the Russian government was behind an attack on the 2016 presidential election. Intelligence agencies began collaborating to investigate that operation. The Crossfire Hurricane team was part of that group but largely operated independently, three officials said.
Senator Marco Rubio, Republican of Florida, said that after studying the investigation as a member of the Senate Intelligence Committee, he saw no evidence of political motivation in the opening of the investigation.
“There was a growing body of evidence that a foreign government was attempting to interfere in both the process and the debate surrounding our elections, and their job is to investigate counterintelligence,” he said in an interview. “That’s what they did.”
Andrew G. McCabe in December in Washington. Mr. McCabe, the former deputy F.B.I. director,
was cited by internal investigators for dishonesty, giving ammunition for
Mr. Trump’s claims that the F.B.I. cannot be trusted. Somodevilla/Getty Images
Looking back, some inside the F.B.I. and the Justice Department say that Mr. Comey should have seen the political storm coming and better sheltered the bureau. They question why he consolidated the Clinton and Trump investigations at headquarters, rather than in a field office. And they say he should not have relied on the same team for both cases. That put a bull’s-eye on the heart of the F.B.I. Any misstep in either investigation made both cases, and the entire bureau, vulnerable to criticism.
And there were missteps. Andrew G. McCabe, the former deputy F.B.I. director, was cited by internal investigators for dishonesty about his conversations with reporters about Mrs. Clinton. That gave ammunition for Mr. Trump’s claims that the F.B.I. cannot be trusted. And Mr. Strzok and Lisa Page, an F.B.I. lawyer, exchanged texts criticizing Mr. Trump, allowing the president to point to evidence of bias when they became public.
The messages were unsparing. They questioned Mr. Trump’s intelligence, believed he promoted intolerance and feared he would damage the bureau.
The inspector general’s upcoming report is expected to criticize those messages for giving the appearance of bias. It is not clear, however, whether inspectors found evidence supporting Mr. Trump’s assertion that agents tried to protect Mrs. Clinton, a claim the F.B.I. has adamantly denied.
Mr. Rubio, who has reviewed many of the texts and case files, said he saw no signs that the F.B.I. wanted to undermine Mr. Trump. “There might have been individual agents that had views that, in hindsight, have been problematic for those agents,” Mr. Rubio said. “But whether that was a systemic effort, I’ve seen no evidence of it.”
Mr. Trump’s daily Twitter posts, though, offer sound-bite-sized accusations — witch hunt, hoax, deep state, rigged system — that fan the flames of conspiracy. Capitol Hill allies reliably echo those comments.
“It’s like the deep state all got together to try to orchestrate a palace coup,” Representative Matt Gaetz, Republican of Florida, said in January on Fox Business Network.
The Kremlin in Moscow. Two weeks before Mr. Trump’s inauguration,
senior American intelligence officials told him that Russia had tried to sow chaos in the election,
undermine Mrs. Clinton and ultimately help Mr. Trump win. Mladen Antonov/Agence France-Presse — Getty Images
Cautious Intelligence Gathering
Counterintelligence investigations can take years, but if the Russian government had influence over the Trump campaign, the F.B.I. wanted to know quickly. One option was the most direct: interview the campaign officials about their Russian contacts.
That was discussed but not acted on, two former officials said, because interviewing witnesses or subpoenaing documents might thrust the investigation into public view, exactly what F.B.I. officials were trying to avoid during the heat of the presidential race.
“You do not take actions that will unnecessarily impact an election,” Sally Q. Yates, the former deputy attorney general, said in an interview. She would not discuss details, but added, “Folks were very careful to make sure that actions that were being taken in connection with that investigation did not become public.”
Mr. Comey was briefed regularly on the Russia investigation, but one official said those briefings focused mostly on hacking and election interference. The Crossfire Hurricane team did not present many crucial decisions for Mr. Comey to make.
Top officials became convinced that there was almost no chance they would answer the question of collusion before Election Day. And that made agents even more cautious.
The F.B.I. obtained phone records and other documents using national security letters — a secret type of subpoena — officials said. And at least one government informant met several times with Mr. Page and Mr. Papadopoulos, current and former officials said. That has become a politically contentious point, with Mr. Trump’s allies questioning whether the F.B.I. was spying on the Trump campaign or trying to entrap campaign officials.
Looking back, some at the Justice Department and the F.B.I. now believe that agents could have been more aggressive. They ultimately interviewed Mr. Papadopoulos in January 2017 and managed to keep it a secret, suggesting they could have done so much earlier.
“There is always a high degree of caution before taking overt steps in a counterintelligence investigation,” said Ms. McCord, who would not discuss details of the case. “And that could have worked to the president’s benefit here.”
Such tactical discussions are reflected in one of Mr. Strzok’s most controversial texts, sent on Aug. 15, 2016, after a meeting in Mr. McCabe’s office.
“I want to believe the path you threw out for consideration in Andy’s office — that there’s no way he gets elected,” Mr. Strzok wrote, “but I’m afraid we can’t take that risk. It’s like an insurance policy in the unlikely event you die before you’re 40.”
Mr. Trump says that message revealed a secret F.B.I. plan to respond to his election. “‘We’ll go to Phase 2 and we’ll get this guy out of office,’” he told The Wall Street Journal. “This is the F.B.I. we’re talking about — that is treason.”
But officials have told the inspector general something quite different. They said Ms. Page and others advocated a slower, circumspect pace, especially because polls predicted Mr. Trump’s defeat. They said that anything the F.B.I. did publicly would only give fodder to Mr. Trump’s claims on the campaign trail that the election was rigged.
Mr. Strzok countered that even if Mr. Trump’s chances of victory were low — like dying before 40 — the stakes were too high to justify inaction.
Mr. Strzok had similarly argued for a more aggressive path during the Clinton investigation, according to four current and former officials. He opposed the Justice Department’s decision to offer Mrs. Clinton’s lawyers immunity and negotiate access to her hard drives, the officials said. Mr. Strzok favored using search warrants or subpoenas instead.
As agents tried to corroborate information from the retired British spy Christopher Steele, reporters began calling the F.B.I.,
asking whether the accusations in his reports were accurate. Al Drago for The New York Times
Policy and Tradition
The F.B.I. bureaucracy did agents no favors. In July, a retired British spy named Christopher Steele approached a friend in the F.B.I. overseas and provided reports linking Trump campaign officials to Russia. But the documents meandered around the F.B.I. organizational chart, former officials said. Only in mid-September, congressional investigators say, did the records reach the Crossfire Hurricane team.
Mr. Steele was gathering information about Mr. Trump as a private investigator for Fusion GPS, a firm paid by Democrats. But he was also considered highly credible, having helped agents unravel complicated cases.
In October, agents flew to Europe to interview him. But Mr. Steele had become frustrated by the F.B.I.’s slow response. He began sharing his findings in September and October with journalists at The New York Times, The Washington Post, The New Yorker and elsewhere, according to congressional testimony.
So as agents tried to corroborate Mr. Steele’s information, reporters began calling the bureau, asking about his findings. If the F.B.I. was working against Mr. Trump, as he asserts, this was an opportunity to push embarrassing information into the news media shortly before the election<.
That did not happen. Most news organizations did not publish Mr. Steele’s reports or reveal the F.B.I.’s interest in them until after Election Day.
Congress was also increasingly asking questions. Mr. Brennan, the C.I.A. director, had briefed top lawmakers that summer about Russian election interference and intelligence that Moscow supported the Trump campaign — a finding that would not become public for months. Lawmakers clamored for information from Mr. Comey, who refused to answer public questions.
Many Democrats see rueful irony in this moment. Mr. Comey, after all, broke with policy and twice publicly discussed the Clinton investigation. Yet he refused repeated requests to discuss the Trump investigation.
Mr. Comey has said he regrets his decision to chastise Mrs. Clinton as “extremely careless,” even as he announced that she should not be charged. But he stands by his decision to alert Congress, days before the election, that the F.B.I. was reopening the Clinton inquiry.
The result, though, is that Mr. Comey broke with both policy and tradition in Mrs. Clinton’s case, but hewed closely to the rules for Mr. Trump. Representative Adam B. Schiff of California, the top Democrat on the House Intelligence Committee, said that alone proves Mr. Trump’s claims of unfairness to be “both deeply at odds with the facts, and damaging to our democracy.”
Carter Page in December 2016. He had previously been recruited by Russian spies
and was suspected of meeting one in Moscow during the 2016 presidential campaign. Pavel Golovkin/Associated Press
Spying in Question
Crossfire Hurricane began with a focus on four campaign officials. But by mid-fall 2016, Mr. Page’s inquiry had progressed the furthest. Agents had known Mr. Page for years. Russian spies tried to recruit him in 2013, and he was dismissive when agents warned him about it, a half-dozen current and former officials said. That warning even made its way back to Russian intelligence, leaving agents suspecting that Mr. Page had reported their efforts to Moscow.
Relying on F.B.I. information and Mr. Steele’s, prosecutors obtained court approval to eavesdrop on Mr. Page, who was no longer with the Trump campaign.
That warrant has become deeply contentious and is crucial to Republican arguments that intelligence agencies improperly used Democratic research to help justify spying on the Trump campaign. The inspector general is reviewing that claim.
Ms. Yates, the deputy attorney general under President Barack Obama, signed the first warrant application. But subsequent filings were approved by members of Mr. Trump’s own administration: the acting attorney general, Dana J. Boente, and then Rod J. Rosenstein, the deputy attorney general.
“Folks are very, very careful and serious about that process,” Ms. Yates said. “I don’t know of anything that gives me any concerns.”
After months of investigation, Mr. Papadopoulos remained largely a puzzle. And agents were nearly ready to close their investigation of Mr. Flynn, according to three current and former officials. (Mr. Flynn rekindled the F.B.I.’s interest in November 2016 by signing an op-ed article that appeared to be written on behalf of the Turkish government, and then making phone calls to the Russian ambassador that December.)
In late October, in response to questions from The Times, law enforcement officials acknowledged the investigation but urged restraint. They said they had scrutinized some of Mr. Trump’s advisers but had found no proof of any involvement with Russian hacking. The resulting article, on Oct. 31, reflected that caution and said that agents had uncovered no “conclusive or direct link between Mr. Trump and the Russian government.”
The key fact of the article — that the F.B.I. had opened a broad investigation into possible links between the Russian government and the Trump campaign — was published in the 10th paragraph.
A year and a half later, no public evidence has surfaced connecting Mr. Trump’s advisers to the hacking or linking Mr. Trump himself to the Russian government’s disruptive efforts. But the article’s tone and headline — “Investigating Donald Trump, F.B.I. Sees No Clear Link to Russia” — gave an air of finality to an investigation that was just beginning.
Democrats say that article pre-emptively exonerated Mr. Trump, dousing chances to raise questions about the campaign’s Russian ties before Election Day.
Just as the F.B.I. has been criticized for its handling of the Trump investigation, so too has The Times.
For Mr. Steele, it dashed his confidence in American law enforcement. “He didn’t know what was happening inside the F.B.I.,” Glenn R. Simpson, the founder of Fusion GPS, testified this year. “And there was a concern that the F.B.I. was being manipulated for political ends by the Trump people.” [After reading the above I think the FBI manipulated itself trying to protect their jobs and Comey took the fall for all the corruption above him.].
James B. Comey, the former F.B.I. director, in January 2017. He assured Mr. Trump,
who at the time was the president-elect, that the bureau intended to protect him as Mr. Steele’s reports
were about to be published by news outlets. Al Drago/The New York Times
Assurances Amid Doubt
Two weeks before Mr. Trump’s inauguration, senior American intelligence officials briefed him at Trump Tower in Manhattan on Russian hacking and deception. They reported that Mr. Putin had tried to sow chaos in the election, undermine Mrs. Clinton and ultimately help Mr. Trump win.
Then Mr. Comey met with Mr. Trump privately, revealing the Steele reports and warning that journalists had obtained them. Mr. Comey has said he feared making this conversation a “J. Edgar Hoover-type situation,” with the F.B.I. presenting embarrassing information to lord over a president-elect.
In a contemporaneous memo, Mr. Comey wrote that he assured Mr. Trump that the F.B.I. intended to protect him on this point. “I said media like CNN had them and were looking for a news hook,” Mr. Comey wrote of Mr. Steele’s documents. “I said it was important that we not give them the excuse to write that the F.B.I. had the material.”
Mr. Trump was not convinced — either by the Russia briefing or by Mr. Comey’s assurances. He made up his mind before Mr. Comey even walked in the door. Hours earlier, Mr. Trump told The Times that stories about Russian election interference were being pushed by his adversaries to distract from his victory.
And he debuted what would quickly become a favorite phrase: “This is a political witch hunt.”
Correction: May 15, 2018
An earlier version of this article misstated that news organizations did not report on the findings of the retired British spy Christopher Steele about links between Trump campaign officials and Russia. While most news organizations whose reporters met with Mr. Steele did not publish such reports before the 2016 election, Mother Jones magazine did.
Reporting was contributed by Michael S. Schmidt, Sharon LaFraniere, Mark Mazzetti and Matthew Rosenberg.
Follow Adam Goldman and Nicholas Fandos on Twitter: @adamgoldmanNYT and @npfandos.
A version of this article appears in print on May 16, 2018, on Page A1 of the New York edition with the headline: How F.B.I. Embarked, With Strictest Secrecy, On Trump Team’s Trail. Order Reprints | Today’s Paper | Subscribe
[ Mary McCord, was the Acting Assistant Attorney General – Acting Head of DOJ’s National Security Division replacing John Carlin. McCord announced her resignation on April 17, 2017 and left on May 11, 2017. McCord was complicit in the surveillance of National Security Advisor Michael Flynn and surveillance of Trump Campaign. McCord accompanied Acting AG Sally Yates to see White House Counsel Bill McGahn regarding Michael Flynn.].
12/27/2018 Judicial Watch: Dept. of Justice colluding to obstruct on Hillary Clinton email server discovery by OAN Newsroom
Judicial Watch President Tom Fitton has been discussing the latest developments in the efforts to shed some more light on the Hillary Clinton email scandal.
This week Fitton explained his organization is moving forward after a federal judge approved discovery into the former secretary of state’s use of private emails for official business. However, Judicial Watch is facing resistance from the government and has made a request to President Trump.
Former Secretary of State Hillary Clinton. (Chuck Burton/AP)
“Outrageously, this Justice Department is colluding with Clinton email witnesses to stop our efforts to gather evidence in federal court,” stated Fitton. “President Trump should ask this Justice Department why they are still protecting Hillary Clinton.”
This comes after a hearing earlier this month, when a judge questioned whether or not the government acted in good faith while investigating the email scandal.
He described the private server as one of the gravest modern offenses to government transparency, and granted Judicial Watch’s request to gather more information in the case.
[It is obvious that the DOJ will be part of the problem, and the Swamp still has some critters in it to get rid of.].
12/27/2018 Giuliani accuses Mueller of destroying evidence, calls for investigation by OAN Newsroom
President Trump’s attorney is calling for an investigation into special counsel Robert Mueller.
In an interview Thursday, Rudy Giuliani accused Mueller’s office of destroying evidence by allowing text messages sent between former FBI officials Peter Stzrok and Lisa Page to be erased.
Giuliani claimed those text messages would have shown the mind and tactics of one of Mueller’s lead prosecutors at the start of the Russia probe.
FILE – In this May 5, 2018, file photo, Rudy Giuliani, an attorney for President Donald Trump, speaks at the
Iran Freedom Convention for Human Rights and democracy in Washington. (AP Photo/Andrew Harnik, File)
He said a second special counsel should be appointed to investigate Mueller’s possible role in the missing texts.
“How about destroying the 19,000 texts of Stzrok and Page right in the middle of them texting each other — ‘we hate Trump, we’re going to get Trump, we’re going to prevent him from being president, we’re going to have an insurance policy if he becomes president’ — and then all of a sudden, just coincidentally, they’re in charge of the investigation that could potentially remove him from office…that should be investigated fully,” stated Giuliani.
His comments come after a Department of Justice inspector general report found the government phones of Stzrok and Page had been wiped clean by technicians.
Click to see the MISSING FBI STRZOK/PAGE CELLPHONE MESSAGES.
[NOTE: THIS FILE MAY NOT PLAY SINCE MY SERVICE PROVIDER YAHOO WILL NOT PLAY A .MP4 FILE FOR SOME REASON].
[This was a cover your ass by the FBI and DOJ of both departments trying to do in the Trump campaign.].
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