President Trump vs the Deep State

Introduction by The Editor:
Donald Trump is a political outsider, starting his political career at the top.  One of President Trump's biggest obstacles is the Washington Establishment, also known as the Deep State.  These are the career bureaucrats, especially those in the Pentagon and the three-letter spy agencies who are quite comfortable with the way Washington works and don't want anyone to rock the boat, to say nothing of draining the swamp.

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Deep State DOJ Claims a "Glitch" is to Blame For 'Missing' Clinton-Lynch Tarmac Meeting Docs.  An attorney for Trump, Jay Sekulow is furious after the DOJ blamed a "glitch" for withholding 'missing' Clinton-Lynch tarmac meeting docs from the ACLJ.  How convenient.  A glitch in the DOJ's sophisticated software.  The American Center for Law and Justice (ACLJ) filed a FOIA lawsuit against the DOJ in order to obtain documents pertaining to the infamous Clinton-Lynch tarmac meeting at Phoenix Int'l airport in June of 2016.  The DOJ failed to turn over key documents according to ACLJ founder and Trump attorney, Jay Sekulow.  Sekulow and the ACLJ team sought to recover the key documents and the Deep State DOJ responded by saying a "glitch" prevented them from locating the documents.

The System is Actively Working To Defend Itself.  People often attempt to describe the larger umbrella of control with terms like "Deep State", the "Administrative State", the "Establishment", the "industrial media", and other descriptive word assemblies.  The inherent goal is trying to describe various alignments and connections of institutional government with private sector social and financial interdependency.  It is, in essence, what we generally describe as "The System". [...] President Trump represents an uncontrollable, unaligned independent, free-thinking change-agent; a disruptor who exists entirely outside of the system's ability to influence favorable action.  It is a remarkable dynamic to witness.

Killing Trump Is Deep State's 'Plan C,' Warns Adviser Roger Stone.  Roger Stone, a longtime Trump adviser and confidant, certainly knows his way around Washington, having worked as a senior campaign aide to Richard Nixon, Ronald Reagan, and Senator Bob Dole as well as having held many other political positions.  This proximity to the Deep State is what makes his claim, expressed in a recent wide-ranging interview with The New American magazine's Alex Newman, that much more eyebrow-raising.

Federal Judge Deals HUGE Blow To Fusion GPS In Bank Records Battle.  A federal judge has ruled against Fusion GPS in the Trump dossier firm's quest to block the release of its bank records to the House Intelligence Committee.  Judge Richard Leon shot down all four of Fusion's arguments against the release of 70 records of transactions involving some of its clients as well as journalists and researchers it has paid since Sept. 2015.  Fusion sued its bank, TD Bank, in October, to prevent it from complying with a subpoena issued by the House Intelligence Committee, which has been looking into Fusion's role in putting together the dossier.

These people are the Deep State
How The FBI and DOJ Intelligence Units Were Weaponized Around Congressional Oversight.  Oversight protocol requires the FBI Director to tell the congressional intelligence "Gang of Eight" of any counterintelligence operations.  The Go8 has oversight into these ops at the highest level of classification.  In July 2016, the time when the operation began, oversight was the responsibility of this group, the Gang of Eight:  [Photo at left]  Obviously, based on what we have learned since March 2017, and what has surfaced recently, we can see a motive why the FBI and DOJ would want to keep hidden that they were running a counterintelligence operation against a presidential candidate.

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The article above is quite lengthy, but it would be well worth your time to study it.

NeverTrumps Renamed:  AlwaysDemocrats.  Trump is fighting Deep State imbeds in the Executive Branch.  Just observe the DOJ and FBI and how they concocted the Russia collusion story to prevent, then destroy, his presidency.  In the Legislative Branch, Trump is opposed not only by Democrats, but also by many Republicans.  The judiciary is no better, substituting personal animosity for the rule of law, especially regarding immigration policy.

The Russian Collusion Narrative Was, As FBI Agent Peter Strzok Explained:  "An Insurance Policy".  Let us be clear on what the "insurance policy" was.  The insurance policy was, in totality, the entire fraudulent Russian Conspiracy Narrative; and all of the accompanying — and subsequent — FBI and DOJ collaborative actions that were taken, under the auspices of an FBI counterintelligence operation, in order to generate an entirely false premise.  The goal of using the "insurance policy" was to destroy, and possibly impeach, President Trump.

A Timeline Of Treason:  How the DNC and FBI Leadership Tried to Fix a Presidential Election.  As an aside, this appears to be the biggest political scandal in the history of the country.  Never before has an outgoing administration attempted to fix a presidential election.  It's like something out of a third world country.  But then, Obama always admired dictators like Fidel Castro and Hugo Chavez.

Nagging Questions for the Special Counselors.  [#3] In an era in which "diversity" is a national mantra, why didn't Mueller's law team reflect much geographical, institutional, political, ideological, and career diversity?  Surely there were hundreds of blue-chip attorneys with DOJ or FBI experience, who lived outside of New York and Washington, who did not go to Ivy League law schools, who did not work in Mueller's former firm or even New York or D.C. firms, who were reticent about expressing preferences in the 2016 election, who did not give, say, over $100 to a presidential candidate, who were never involved in prior investigations of Hillary Clinton, and who had never represented or had contact with the Clinton Foundation or Obama officials.  Or was the political frenzy of early 2017 such that collusion was seen as a slam dunk, and many of the current and former elite of the DOJ, the FBI, and Mueller's firm wished to get in on the hunt to show how a "dream team," "army," and "all-stars" could take down the obviously hemorrhaging Trump?  In any case, in a politically charged era of accusations of a deep-state, ideologically driven, incestuous swamp, Mueller's team has almost proved a caricature.

The 'Swamp' Trump Is Trying To Drain Isn't Really A Swamp — It's An Ocean.  The nonprofit watchdog group Open The Books has put out a new report, "Mapping The Swamp," that seeks to flesh out what has, until now, merely been a metaphor.  What it found is eye-opening, and shows the size of the challenge that lies before President Trump as he seeks to drain it.  "We found small and large agencies across the federal government gaming the system for personal gain — and it's expensive for the taxpayer," said Adam Andrzejewski, CEO and founder of  "Congress should hold hearings to bring transparency to all the information we're still missing, including performance bonuses and pension payouts.  It's time to squeeze out waste from compensation and stop abusive payroll practices."

Deep State Boasts:  We're Sabotaging Trump From the Inside.  In a recent pre-Christmas interview with C-SPAN, Roger Stone, a former adviser to President Trump, dropped a bombshell:  Members of President Trump's own Cabinet are plotting to remove him.  According to Stone, his sources within the administration say administration officials have discussed invoking the 25th Amendment to boot the president out of office.  Stone's sensational charges came only a few days after top members of the Council on Foreign Relations (CFR), commonly known as "the American establishment," crowed that operatives of the "Deep State" (their fellow CFR members) inside the Trump administration are writing and deciding policy contrary to President Trump's announced agenda.

Gaffney: Court Ruling on Transgender Military Recruits Presents Constitutional Crisis; Trump Must Act Now.  Center for Security Policy President Frank Gaffney joined SiriusXM host Rebecca Mansour on a special Friday night [12/29/2017] edition of Breitbart News Tonight to discuss a recent court ruling that the military must accept transgender recruits and what President Trump's administration should do about it.  "The issue that really is at the heart of this matter as far as I'm concerned is, does the president have the unquestioned authority under the Constitution of the United States Article II, which vests exclusively in him, the role of Commander-in-Chief of the United States' armed forces, or does that authority now get subjected to the whim of any federal judge in the United States judiciary?"

Don't Fire Mueller, President Trump, Let Him Keep Making A Fool Of Himself Instead.  I am old enough to remember back when Robert Mueller's Russia-Whatever investigation was about collusion. [...] Well, we aren't hearing much about collusion anymore.  In fact, we aren't hearing anything about collusion anymore, except from Adam Schiff whenever he gets off the phone with Tater Stelter at CNN long enough to essentially insist that the collusion is all so very, very obvious, and that evidence is just a bourgeois conceit, and also please don't look at the scheming bureaucrats behind the curtain.

Mueller's Sinister Coup Attempt.  The unprecedented theft of thousands of likely privileged Trump transition emails by Special Counsel Robert S. Mueller's investigators is yet more proof that the open-ended fishing expedition is continuing to move forward with its effort to reverse the results of the 2016 election.  News of the misappropriation of the email tranches comes weeks after Rep. Matt Gaetz (R-Fla.) urged that Mueller quit or be fired, saying the independent prosecutor has "indisputable" conflicts of interest.  "We are at risk of a coup d'état in this country if we allow an unaccountable person with no oversight to undermine the duly-elected president of the United States," Gaetz said, echoing earlier remarks by writer Michael Walsh who asserts the Left is engaged in a "rolling coup attempt" against President Trump.

Oh Dear — Trail of Russian Dossier Origination Now Directly Leads to The Obama White House.  Several new developments happening today center around the FBI's use of the Christopher Steele Dossier in gaining FISA warrants to wiretap and monitor the 2016 campaign of Donald Trump; ie.  "The Trump Project".  Doug Ross continues to update the ongoing conspiracy Timeline.  And that timeline just gained a big addition from a recently discovered visitor to the White House.  Before going to the White House visitor angle, it's important to express appreciation for Tablet Mag who did a deep dive into the Fusion-GPS connection to the creation of the Steele Dossier, and more specifically how Fusion-GPS head Glenn Simpson and his wife Mary Jacoby were instrumental in getting the dossier assembled and into the hands of the White House prior to the DOJ and FBI applying for the FISA warrant.

Why swamp creatures are hard to kill.  It's a wonder, in fact, that there isn't a Boeing logo next to the term "crony capitalism" in the dictionary.  The company's success in getting the federal government to act as its agent, protector and bank ranks the aircraft company right up there with Tesla, wind farms and ethanol producers as an expert-class crony capitalist.  Boeing and 9 other U.S. corporate giants like General Electric soaked up more than 65 percent of all the [Export-Import] bank's benefits before Congress pulled the plug in 2015 by allowing the Ex-Im charter to expire.

The greatest crime in American history is being revealed in front of our very eyes.  [Scroll down]  Conclusion: this was a highly organised and planned conspiracy by Teams Obama & Clinton to undermine a Presidential candidate, an elected POTUS and an inaugurated POTUS.  It was based on a LIE concocted by Hillary Clinton & the DNC:  that Trump & Putin colluded to steal the election.  Such was Clinton's arrogance & contempt for Americans, as well as her supporters, she assumed that she would win & then cover it up.  Ditto, Obama.  Obama and his key people conspired with Clinton to weaponize the lie.  A dossier was created to legitimize the lie, secretly funded by Teams Clinton & Obama.

Rand Paul Calls For "High Ranking" Obama Officials To Be Investigated For "Colluding" Against Trump.  Senator Rand Paul is calling for a full investigation into alleged collusion between Obama administration officials in an effort to prevent President Trump's election.  "Time to investigate high ranking Obama government officials who might have colluded to prevent the election of @realDonaldTrump!  This could be WORSE than Watergate!" tweeted Rand Paul on Thursday [12/21/2017].

Mueller's Sinister Coup Attempt.  The unprecedented theft of thousands of likely privileged Trump transition emails by Special Counsel Robert S. Mueller's investigators is yet more proof that the open-ended fishing expedition is continuing to move forward with its effort to reverse the results of the 2016 election.  News of the misappropriation of the email tranches comes weeks after Rep. Matt Gaetz (R-Fla.) urged that Mueller quit or be fired, saying the independent prosecutor has "indisputable" conflicts of interest.  "We are at risk of a coup d'état in this country if we allow an unaccountable person with no oversight to undermine the duly-elected president of the United States," Gaetz said, echoing earlier remarks by writer Michael Walsh who asserts the Left is engaged in a "rolling coup attempt" against President Trump.

McCabe Today, Ohr Tomorrow, And Deep State Predictably Runs Out Rooster Head For Chaff and Countermeasures.  Asst.  FBI Director Andrew McCabe is testifying today behind closed doors to the House Intelligence Committee.  Important to note how there have been no leaks; that's the first indication of coordinated chaff and counter measures deployed by the UniParty enablers of the Deep State institutional government.  Bruce Ohr is scheduled tomorrow; again behind closed doors, this time in the Senate Intelligence Committee setting.  Again, dueling intelligence hearings between House and Senate (on the same witnesses), indicates the UniParty apparatus has deployed Chaff and Countermeasures and is protecting the administrative state.

Dubious Trump dossier producer now targeted by Russian oligarchs for 'smear campaign'.  Fusion GPS, the producer of the infamous Trump dossier, is fending off in court three of Russia's richest oligarchs by painting them as corrupt bankers in bed with President Vladimir Putin.  The three primary investors in Moscow's Alfa Bank — Mikhail Fridman, Petr Aven and German Khan — filed a libel lawsuit against Fusion in October.  Fusion's dossier, written by former British spy Christopher Steele, says two of them engineered cash bribes to Mr. Putin.  The dossier also implies that the bank colluded with Mr. Putin to interfere in the 2016 U.S. presidential election by hacking Democratic Party computers.  The lawsuit describes the three billionaires as international businessmen who became "collateral damage" in Fusion's war to destroy the Donald Trump campaign.

House Panel Interviews McCain Associate Who Handled The Trump Dossier.  The House Intelligence Committee met Tuesday [12/19/2017] with a key figure a John McCain associate who handled the infamous anti-Trump dossier compiled by former British spy Christopher Steele.  David Kramer, a former State Department official, was interviewed by the committee Tuesday morning, The Hill reported.  Kramer has been at the center of the dossier saga since January, when BuzzFeed News published the salacious document online.  It was revealed soon after the dossier was published that McCain and Kramer were first told about the uncorroborated report in Nov. 2016 by Sir Andrew Wood, a former British ambassador to Russia who is a business associate of Steele's.

McCabe and Mr. Mueller.  As Fox News has reported, Deputy FBI Director Andrew McCabe has rescheduled his testimony before the House Intelligence Committee with the Justice Department telling the network that it was due to a "routine scheduling error."  More likely it is due to the need for everyone to get their stories straight as the details of the fix that was in for Hillary Clinton are being, er... unmasked and the details of the deep state coup against President Trump bubble to the surface from the depths of the swamp: [...] McCabe has many problems and is at the heart of the criminal conspiracy to protect Hillary and unseat President Trump.

FBI 'offered British spy $50,000 to corroborate his claims in the dirty dossier on Trump-which he never did'.  Claims have resurfaced that the FBI offered the British spy behind the 'golden showers' dirty dossier $50,000 to corroborate his claims about now-President Donald Trump.  'I believe, just from examining the public sources, that the FBI offered Christopher Steele $50,000 if he could corroborate the dossier.  He either couldn't, didn't, wouldn't, and they didn't pay him the money,' news analyst Andrew Napolitano told Stuart Varney on Fox Business Monday [12/18/2017].  Former MI6 agent Steele's dossier claims the Russians possess compromising information that could be used to blackmail Trump, and alleges the Trump campaign colluded with Russia during the 2016 election.

Senate probing Jill Stein for possible collusion with Russia.  The Senate is reportedly probing former presidential candidate Jill Stein for possible collusion with Russia.  The head of the Senate Intelligence Committee said Monday [12/18/2017] that the Stein probe was one of two investigations about Russian collusion that his panel is pursuing, according to The Washington Post.  Stein dined with Russian president Vladimir Putin during a 2015 Moscow event that was also attended by President Trump's former national security adviser, Mike Flynn.  Politico reported in September that Stein — the Green Party candidate for president — was the beneficiary of Russian-bought political ads on Facebook.

A collusion bombshell, but not on target.  You've got to give the Democrats and their acolytes in the media credit for courage and a talent for tolerating bad taste and smell.  It's not easy to give mouth-to-mouth resuscitation to a corpse.  How else to keep alive the Trump-as-Russian agent investigation?  Robert Mueller keeps hiring help, reluctantly cutting loose his chief investigator who turned out to be a Hillary plant eager for revenge, and keeping skeptics at bay with promises that he'll light the fuse on a bombshell just as soon as he can find one.  Mr. Mueller may have a secret witness or two ready to come forward, but Deep Throat is dead and gone, and secrets are never kept in Washington.  The Nation's Capital leaks like a month-old infant.

Why Did Trey Gowdy Just Omit Peter Strzok From Key List of FBI Officials He Wants To Grill?  This is odd.  In a letter sent to Attorney General Jeff Sessions on Tuesday [12/19/2017], both Rep. Bob Goodlatte (R-VA) and Rep. Trey Gowdy (R-SC) demanded the Justice Department make FBI Deputy Director Andrew McCabe, FBI lawyer Lisa Page and FBI chief of staff Jim Rybicki, available for "transcribed interviews."  Why wasn't disgraced FBI agent Peter Strzok and demoted Justice Department official Bruce G. Ohr, along with his Fusion GPS-linked wife, Nellie, asked to be made available for interviews?

A Time for War:  Deep State's Strike and Trump's Counter-Strike.  Today's cold civil war has seen a series of strikes by the left on the presidency of Donald Trump.  The overwhelming wave of negativity toward him, as reported constantly by the old media, and the onslaught of wailing by the leftist Democratic Party, et al. have been a major part of life in the United States since November 9, 2016.  The strikes have been intensified by what is called "the Deep State," meaning the D.C. bureaucracy and the powerful government agencies of the DOJ and the FBI.  Seeming chaos has reigned as leak after leak came out trying to damage the Trump administration.  What appeared to be damaging strikes were launched by the Democrat-media-Deep State complex.  The whole of Washington, D.C., along with the media, has never relented, going on a binge of hate-filled rhetoric and actions.  They are trying to convince an unwitting public that Trump is nothing but horrible news.

What's really happening inside the DOJ and FBI.  Strzok is just going to be the beginning.  Strzok thinks he's now part of a cool team that's going to investigate & expose Trump, maybe even impeach him.  In fact, he's been put in a holding cell where he's kept busy & distracted while he's thoroughly investigated & evidence collected of his political fixing.  For the past 11 months, even before DOJ IG started his investigation, Trump & Co. likely knew who the political fixers in the DOJ/FBI were.  These political fixers needed to be [#1] removed from where they could do real harm and compromise real investigations [#2] given a cover story so they wouldn't realize they themselves are now being investigated.  Strzok was likely thunderstruck to realize the DOJ IG has been digging through his emails/texts/records of the past few years, investigating him quite throughly as Strzok was busy trying to find Trump/Russian collusion.

American Gestapo.  Any government agency with law enforcement and surveillance authority that uses those powers for political purposes is the definition of a secret police, no better than the Nazi Gestapo or the Soviet KGB.  There is indeed probable cause to conclude, meaning indictable offenses, that employees of the Department of Justice and/or the Federal Bureau of Investigation (FBI), sympathetic to the Democrat Party, used the power of their offices and with the assistance of foreign nationals to influence the 2016 election in favor of Hillary Clinton, first to exonerate her and then obtain information to prevent the election of Donald Trump or to provide a basis for his impeachment should he win.  It is also abundantly clear from the Congressional investigations involving the Department of Justice and the FBI that those institutions of government are protecting themselves at the expense of transparency and accountability to the American people.  In other words, the government employees involved consider the survival of the Deep State more important than the survival of the Constitution.  That is the definition of tyranny.

Letter of Notice From Trump Transition To Congress Outlining Illegal Search and Seizure by Special Counsel Robert Mueller.  It is my belief, based on mounting evidence, a specific cast of characters within the Mueller "Russia Election Interference" probe were placed there to protect people behind the FBI's initial false claims.  Those claims formed the basis for the counterintelligence operation against 2016 presidential candidate Donald Trump.

Washington Bureaucrats Are Quietly Working to Undermine Trump's Agenda.  In report after report following Donald Trump's election, career staffers at the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration kept saying the same thing: climate change is real, serious and man-made.  That's surprising because Trump has called global warming a hoax.  His political appointees at the Commerce Department, which oversees NOAA, have complained to its staff, but stopped short of demanding changes or altering the findings.  So the reports, blog posts and public updates kept flowing.  The bureaucrats won.  "Everything coming out of NOAA does not reflect this administration," said David Schnare, a retired lawyer for an industry-backed think tank who served on Trump's transition team and is skeptical about climate change.  "It reflects the last one."  That's true across the government as some of the roughly two million career staff have found ways to obstruct, slow down or simply ignore their new leader, the president.

Digging Ugly Holes — Robert Mueller Team Illegally Obtained Trump Transition Team Emails.  According to reports, in August 2017 the Mueller team went around the Trump administration in their quest for documents, by directly demanding documents from the General Services Agency (GSA); the entity that hosted the communication network for the Trump transition team.  According to reports, the content of 12 email accounts was handed over to the Special Counsels' office; consisting of thousands of pages of transition team communication.  Innocuous, ordinary transition stuff, but the method of procurement is jaw-droppingly unethical, possibly illegal.

Trump transition lawyer:  Mueller improperly obtained documents in Russia probe.  A lawyer for the Trump presidential transition team is accusing Special Counsel Robert Mueller's office of inappropriately obtaining transition documents as part of its Russia probe, including confidential attorney-client communications, privileged communications and thousands of emails without their knowledge.  In a letter obtained by Fox News and sent to House and Senate committees on Saturday, the transition team's attorney alleges "unlawful conduct" by the career staff at the General Services Administration (GSA) in handing over transition documents to the special counsel's office.  Kory Langhofer, the counsel to Trump for America (TFA), argues the GSA "did not own or control the records in question" and the release of documents could be a violation of the Fourth Amendment — which protects against unreasonable searches and seizures.

How husbands and wives figure in the latest government scandal revelations.  We also have the swamp fighting furiously for every important federal job to be credentialed and not made "political." What sort of person benefits from that?  The Lois Lerners of the world — connected East Coast liberals.  There are 80,000 IRS employees but only two appointed by the president.  It is an irony worthy of a Charles Murray book that the liberal D.C. Democrats, who have done so much to destroy the American family in general, have made family ties their secret weapon for staying power in Washington, no matter who wins the elections.

Fusion GPS admits DOJ official's wife Nellie Ohr [was] hired to probe Trump.  A co-founder of the opposition research firm Fusion GPS acknowledged in a new court document that his company hired the wife of a senior Justice Department official to help investigate then-candidate Donald Trump last year.  The confirmation from Glenn Simpson came in a signed declaration filed in U.S. District Court in Washington, D.C., and provided a fuller picture of the nature of Nellie Ohr's work — after Fox News first reported on her connection to Fusion GPS.

Fusion GPS Admits Nellie Ohr [was]Hired to Probe Trump.  Married to now demoted DOJ hack and Rod Rosenstein's right hand man, Bruce Ohr, Nellie Ohr has been officially confirmed to have been hired by Fusion GPS to probe Donald Trump during the 2016 campaign.  Yet, this doesn't seem to be getting much media coverage outside of Fox News.

Fusion GPS Paid Top DOJ Official's Wife To Dig Up Dirt On Trump.  Court documents reveal the opposition research firm that put together a dossier filled with wild, unsubstantiated claims about Donald Trump hired the spouse of a newly demoted Justice Department official to dig up dirt on Trump.  Glenn Simpson, co-founder of Fusion GPS — the infamous firm behind the dossier compiled by former British spy Christopher Steele — stated in a court declaration that his firm hired Nellie H. Ohr as a subcontractor to help with "research and analysis of Mr. Trump," according to Chuck Ross at The Daily Caller.  Nellie H. Ohr is married to Bruce G. Ohr, who was associate deputy attorney general at the DOJ until he was recently demoted.

Are Anti-Trump Conspirators Using HAM Radio to Communicate?  Christopher Steele, the former MI6 spy, was hired by Fusion GPS in April, 2016.  Months later, Mrs. Ohr joined Mr. Steele at the opposition research firm, after being hired by Fusion GPS co-founder Glenn Simpson to investigate then-presidential candidate Donald Trump.  Additionally, her husband, Bruce Ohr, reportedly met with Mr. Steele during this time period, and with Mr. Simpson after President Trump's victory.  It is not clear if Mrs. Ohr ever used her HAM license, or if she herself owns the equipment to do so, but what is interesting, is the 1970s technology, when blended with modern day communications, can create an untraceable protocol for clandestine transmissions.

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For those of you unfamiliar with ham radio, the transmission of encrypted messages is generally illegal.  The use of the ham radio bands in connection with any illegal activity is itself illegal, too.  Speaking to business associates about business is also prohibited.  And chatting across town from one's car, which was once a novelty, is now done by cell phone.  The only reason that I can imagine for Mrs. Ohr to get a ham radio license — if her intent was to communicate secretly and send data files without using the (presumably wiretapped) telephone — is to make it easier to buy transmitting equipment without raising suspicion.  The proprietors of ham radio shops tend to ask for your callsign when you buy anything — especially anything with a transmitter in it.  Incidentally, the "ham" in ham radio is not an acronym and is only capitalized by people who don't know much about it.

FBI's McCabe To Face House Panel Next Week, Where He'll Be Grilled Over Strzok's Cryptic Texts.  Deputy FBI Director Andrew McCabe will appear next Tuesday before the House Intelligence Committee, where Republicans on the panel are likely to grill him about Justice Department official Bruce Ohr and FBI agent Peter Strzok.  McCabe was originally scheduled to appear before the committee earlier this week, but the session was cancelled the night before the interview.  The Justice Department claimed the cancellation was due to a "scheduling error," but California Rep. Devin Nunes, the chairman of the Intelligence committee, dismissed the excuse, telling Fox News that it was "not really believable."  Sources on the committee said they believed that McCabe cancelled in order to avoid questions about Bruce Ohr and his wife, Nellie.

Poll: 54 percent say Mueller has conflict of interest.  A majority of polled voters say special counsel Robert Mueller has a conflict of interest because of his past ties to former FBI Director James Comey, according to the latest Harvard CAPS-Harris survey.  When asked if Mueller has a conflict of interest "as the former head of the FBI and a friend of James Comey," 54 percent responded that the "relationship" between the two amounts to a conflict of interest, including 70 percent of Republicans, 53 percent of independents and 40 percent of Democrats.  Comey succeeded Mueller as FBI director and the two have been described as "brothers in arms" for their working relationship, which dates back to the early 2000s, although the extent of their personal relationship is unclear.

Stranger Things and the Deep State.  [Scroll down]  The Upside Down may not be the world that CNN and MSNBC sees and reports on.  They only see a president suffering dementia, doing nothing but chugging Diet Coke and watching television.  His attorney general is asleep on the front porch hammock, while Special Counsel "Beyond Reproach" Robert Mueller is preparing to throw the entire Trump family and administration into Supermax.  Instead, as Sundance provides a glimpse into the Upside Down, more may be going on.  "Seeding false information into the blood stream of a closed unit within the organization then waiting to see if/where/when it turns up is a specific way to identify leakers and black hats."  Watching ongoing fake news stories, based on leaks, this makes sense.  With CNN and ABC playing the useful idiots.

Time to End Mueller's Wild Reign of Malfeasance?  Virtually all of Mueller's team-against-Trump is comprised of Hillary Clinton Democrat donors and/or those who have rabidly supported her.  One notable is Justin Cooper who actually admitted to destroying evidence that would likely have been gained against Hillary Clinton by — on at least two occasions — destroying her cell phones and "breaking them in half or hitting them with a hammer!"  Another of the Mueller nightmare team — Aaron Zebley — was the attorney who represented Cooper.  Yet, another Mueller investigator — Jeannie Rhee — has strong ties to the (supposedly) dismantled 'Clinton Foundation' and personally represented Ben Rhodes.

Spy Wars:  The Mueller Mess Is Just the Outcome Russia Wanted.  I believe the Russians are involved in American politics.  It's an old story:  There used to be organizations known as "Communist front groups" that were founded, funded, and otherwise supported by the Kremlin, the most important of which was ANSWER.  Such organizations undoubtedly still exist, and their mission is still the same: destroy American democracy.  They are part of the global war against the United States.  They hate and fear democracy and freedom, which — as the demise of the Soviet Empire abundantly demonstrates — are the greatest threat to their own legitimacy and hence their continued tyranny.  Hatred and fear of the United States is what binds together such diverse regimes as those in Moscow, Tehran, Beijing, Pyongyang, and Caracas.  So I am not surprised when our counter-intel guys find evidence of Russian meddling.  But if we had an intelligence community worthy of the name, we'd probably know a lot more.  And not just about Russians, either.

FBI Agent Peter Strozk Anti-Trump Messages Released To Media — However, The Key Question is Not Content.  [Scroll down]  As Judicial Committee Representative Jim Jordan rightly outlined, Agent Strzok would not likely be removed because he had biased text messages with his mistress.  So long as that bias did not interfere with his work duty, there is no issue; and Strzok was not in a position of supervision over Lisa Page so they could encounter like rabbits to their black-hats desire.  However, if FBI Agent Strzok was a "leaker" to the media, or worse, well, that's an entirely different kettle-o-fish.  Getting caught as a leaker is likely the reason Strzok was removed and reassigned to the HR post; not the bias.

An Investigative Pattern Emerges.  Consider what is at stake; and further consider that you were given the task of revealing the outcome of an investigation of such consequence.  How would you introduce the findings to the larger U.S. electorate?  Given the timing of the releases from the IG's investigation, I think that's what we are seeing in the past two weeks.  A prosecutor laying out his case over the course of multiple media cycles.  For the past year plus, we have heard generalized terms of investigations.  However, since the beginning of December the information shifted and we begin hearing about specific names caught within the IG investigation.

House Judiciary Lawmakers Mull Subpoenas on FBI, DOJ After Text Messages Reveal 'Path' to Stop Trump.  Republicans on the House Judiciary Committee said on Wednesday it was time to issue subpoenas to the Federal Bureau of Investigation and the Justice Department, following the release of texts from FBI officials that suggested they wanted to stop Trump's election.  "It's time for subpoenas from our committee, not just from the intelligence committee, but from our committee.  Subpoenas for documents that we rightfully should have an ability to see," said Rep. Jim Jordan (R-OH), a senior member of the committee.  He also said he wanted to subpoena Deputy FBI Director Andrew McCabe, FBI senior official Peter Strzok, and senior Justice Department official Bruce Ohr and his wife Nellie Ohr.

And Now We Know.  [Scroll down]  What is obvious from the last 72 hours is that the Inspector General's office is selectively, and strategically, letting out information that appears to be preparing the general public for a rather extensive, and troubling, bigger story.  Simultaneously, if we accept the IG investigation is ongoing, these releases would also be part of a strategy, the ending of the sting, to see how each of the participants responds.  It is likely all of the identified plotters are being actively monitored to see how they are reacting.

Keywords:  shifty, evasive, slippery, Clintonesque, flim-flam, insolent.
Deputy AG Won't Say Whether The FBI Paid For Dossier.  Deputy Attorney General Rod Rosenstein refused to say on Wednesday whether the FBI paid for the infamous Trump dossier.  Rosenstein, who was grilled by the House Judiciary Committee, suggested that he knew the answer to the question, which was posed by Florida Rep. Ron DeSantis.  "Did the FBI pay for the dossier?" DeSantis asked.  "I'm not in a position to answer that question," Rosenstein responded.  "Do you know the answer to the question?" the Republican DeSantis followed up.  "I believe I know the answer, but the Intelligence Committee is the appropriate committee..."  Rosenstein began.  DeSantis interjected to assert that the Judiciary panel has "every right to the information" about payments for the dossier.

Smoking Gun Text?  Strzok: 'We Have To Do Something About' Possible Trump Win.  The anti-Trump text messages between Peter Strzok — the recently demoted FBI agent on Special Counsel Robert Mueller's team — and his alleged mistress Lisa Page are worse than anyone imagined, as PJ Media reported here and here.  But one of those texts stands out among the others.  The Justice Department provided the House and Senate Judiciary Committees with the text messages late Tuesday night.  Republicans on the Judiciary Committee then questioned Deputy Attorney General Rod Rosenstein about them during the committee's oversight hearing on Mueller's investigation into Russia's influence in the 2016 U.S. election.

Ugly as Mueller's investigation may look, it's on track to clear Trump.  There was a rush to judgment last week on Peter Strzok, a top FBI counterintelligence agent and one of the lead agents on the Hillary Clinton emails investigation, after revelations that Strzok exchanged text messages during the 2016 campaign with an FBI lawyer that were pro-Clinton and anti-Trump.  The lawyer was Lisa Page, with whom he was having an extramarital affair. [...] Nevertheless, Strzok and the Mueller investigation were slammed as Clintonian pillars of anti-Trump animus.  Not only were there calls for a purge of possibly corrupt bureaucrats in the FBI and Justice Department, but one Fox News host asserted that these government lawyers and agents should be "taken out in handcuffs" and "locked up."

Things fall apart:  The decline of 'Dumbledore's Army'.  Resistance to the Trump administration within the intelligence community is beginning to unravel.  When Mick Mulvaney was selected to lead the Consumer Financial Protection Bureau (CFPB), he complimented the staff for being professional.  There are a significant number of CFPB employees opposed to the president and any of his appointees.  They have formed a resistance group they call Dumbledore's Army.  Although members of other departments, agencies, and bureaus do not call themselves Dumbledore's Army, they are essentially of the same mindset.  Perhaps the largest number of these Dumbledores are in the Department of Justice and the intelligence community.  They are mounting an attack on the Trump administration and are suffering one defeat after another.

Deepstate: FBI Agents Texted About Protecting Country Against Trump.  Two FBI agents who were assigned to the special counsel on Russia, Peter Strzok and Lisa Page, had texted each other during the 2016 campaign about protecting the country against Trump, according to reports.  One of them, Strzok, had also led the FBI's Clinton email investigation, and watered down language that might have brought criminal charges for Hillary Clinton.  Strzok cryptically referred to a potential idea to thwart Trump's election during a meeting in FBI Deputy Director Andrew McCabe's office in August 2016.

How the biggest political scandal in history will play out in 2018.  A lot of frustration has been expressed — on these pages and elsewhere — over the slow pace of progress in unraveling the Deep State coup against Trump.  But, "the process of uncovering the worst political scandal in American history" as I called it a couple of days ago, needs to be done the right way, or else it will founder under the waves of abuse that will pour from the media and political branches of the establishment.  Not only must legal niceties be observed, the rollout of information must be undertaken with a strategy in mind.  Each step builds on the previous, and addresses the probable response.

Strzok-Page texts show hatred of Trump by the two ex-Team Mueller members.  The text messages speak for themselves.  I would just add that the view of Trump expressed in these messages, and the language used to express them, are standard among the lawyer and government worker class in Washington, D.C.  In the Summer and Fall of 2016, I doubt that a week went by in which I didn't hear them expressed.  And I tried to avoid liberals during that period.  I believe the Page-Strzok hatred of Donald Trump is just the tip of the Team Mueller iceberg.

Deep State Resisters at State Dept.  Defy Jerusalem Directive.  Following President Trump's historic declaration recognizing Jerusalem as the capital of Israel, West Bank and Gazan Arabs took to the streets in rage.  They burned U.S. and Israeli flags.  They cursed America, Israel and the Yahuds (Jews).  Their imams cited verses from the Koran and the Hadiths about the usurpers and interlopers and the "descendants of apes and pigs."  In other words, it was business as usual for the Palestinians.  Nothing had changed.  At the State Department too, it was business as usual.  In a transparent effort to placate the Arab bloc, Secretary of State Rex Tillerson said the process of moving the embassy from Tel Aviv to Jerusalem would take several years.  Tillerson is said to have counseled Trump against recognition.

Inside the Trump dossier handoff:  McCain's 'go-between' speaks out.  The man who says he acted as a "go-between" last year to inform Sen. John McCain about the controversial "dossier" containing salacious allegations about then-candidate Donald Trump is speaking out, revealing how the ex-British spy who researched the document helped coordinate its release to the FBI, the media and Capitol Hill.  "My mission was essentially to be a go-between and a messenger, to tell the senator and assistants that such a dossier existed," Sir Andrew Wood told Fox News in an exclusive interview with senior executive producer Pamela K. Browne.

The Swamp against the People.  [Scroll down]  These facts support two conclusions: [#1] The United States Congress is the only constitutional body with sufficient political power to declare the current Mueller witch hunt null and void.  If President Trump or the DOJ exercises its constitutional rights to do so, the acting party will inevitably be attacked by the corrupt media and the left.  [#2] The office of the "special counsel" is inherently a corrupt and partisan, cancerous growth on the U.S. Constitution.  That made up office must be abolished, and if existing constitutional prohibitions against arbitrary witch hunts are not sufficiently clear, a new amendment to the US Constitution should be passed on an urgent basis to make it clear beyond any doubt at all.

Liberal Diplomat Resigns From State Department.  A supposed "rising star" at the State Department has resigned in anger over President Trump's and Secretary of State Rex Tillerson's policies.  Elizabeth Shackelford gave her resignation letter to the left-leaning Foreign Policy magazine, which was, of course, all too happy to publish it.  Shackelford's letter says she believes the new administration has abandoned human rights as a priority and shows disdain for the State Department's diplomatic work.

Is The Deep State Attempting A Coup?  President Trump has been in office for nearly a year, and has yet to take control over the federal bureaucracy that nominally reports to him.  I agree with Professor Barnett that this is a constitutional crisis.  The most powerful branch of today's government is the Fourth:  the permanent federal bureaucracy that is nowhere mentioned in the Constitution.  The Trump administration can best be viewed, perhaps, as a struggle to the death between American voters and the federal employees who are paid to serve them.

Sunday Talks:  Adam Shifty Talks Russia With Narrative Engineer Jake Tapper.  After spending a reasonable amount of time looking at the recent CNN Fake News story surrounding Donald Trump Jr; and accepting the leak that spurred that fake news story stemmed from inside the House Intelligence Committee; and after applying a reasonable amount of common sense to how it occurred; CTH believes Adam Schiff was the most likely source of the leak to CNN's Congressional Correspondant, Manu Raju, that led to the fraudulent story.  Today's discussion with Jake Tapper confirms that assertion:  [Video clip]

Jim Jordan Knows Exactly How To Expose The Entire "Counterintelligence Operation" Against Candidate Donald Trump.  It would be EXPLOSIVE if it turned out the October 2016 FISA warrant was gained by use of the Christopher Steele dossier.  That's a critical and key element to the sunlight upon the entire enterprise.  If the counterintelligence FISA warrant was obtained through deception, misleading/manipulated information, or fraud; and that warrant is what led to the wiretapping and surveillance of candidate Donald Trump and General Flynn; and that warrant was authorized by FISA Court Judge Contreras — who was the judge in Flynn's case, and is now recused — the entire tenuous FBI and DOJ operation begins to collapse.

Rod Rosenstein Overcome by Soros Swamp Gas.  The most common question I am asked in interviews these days:  "Why doesn't President Trump fire Deputy Attorney General Rod Rosenstein?"  But the better question is:  "Why doesn't Rosenstein just quit?"  It's clear that nobody responsible for picking him wants him around anymore.  In case you missed it, even President Trump called him out as a hack.  What's clear is that Rod Rosenstein has been overcome by swamp gas.  The deputy attorney general — and more importantly, his top staff — seems to have forgotten why he has his job.  He has it because the American people wanted the swamp drained of Justice Department institutionalists.

Dossier author was in contact with Obama Justice Department.  It's been ten months since Washington learned that former British spy Christopher Steele, author of the so-called "Trump dossier," took the Hillary Clinton-funded opposition research document to the FBI, which considered sponsoring the anti-Trump work at the height of the 2016 presidential campaign.  Now, congressional investigators have made what is perhaps an even more consequential discovery:  Knowledge of the dossier project, during the campaign, extended into the highest levels of the Obama Justice Department.  The department's Bruce Ohr, a career official, served as associate deputy attorney general at the time of the campaign.  That placed him just below the deputy attorney general, Sally Yates, who ran the day-to-day operations of the department.

Strategic Omnidirectional MAGA-Winning is Ongoing.  In the past week, President Trump has held three full cabinet meetings.  Why?  Because common sense would tell us he's executing an omnidirectional strategic agenda-push, and direct communication is critical. [...] Last weekend's FBI leaks to the New York Times and Washington Post were specifically timed because the Department of Justice Inspector General is about to drop a years-long investigative MOAB bombshell into the DC swamp.

Federal judge says Trump administration can't stop funding sex-reassignment surgeries for military members.  A second federal judge has halted the Trump administration's proposed transgender military ban, finding that active-duty service members are "already suffering harmful consequences" because of the president's policy.  The ruling Tuesday [11/21/2017] by U.S. District Judge Marvin J. Garbis in a Maryland case comes just weeks after another judge in Washington blocked the administration's proposal that would have stopped military recruitment of transgender men and women and possibly forced the dismissal of current service members, starting in March.  The preliminary injunction issued by the judge in Baltimore on Tuesday goes further than the earlier ruling by also preventing the administration from denying funding for sex-reassignment surgeries after the order takes effect.

Second U.S. judge halts Trump's proposed transgender military ban.  In a preliminary injunction issued Tuesday [11/21/2017] in Baltimore, U.S. District Judge Marvin Garbis ruled that transgender service members have "demonstrated that they are already suffering harmful consequences" due to the proposed ban including threat of discharge, stigma and the cancellation or delay of surgeries related to their gender transitions.  The six plaintiffs in the lawsuit he reviewed have all been receiving hormone therapy.

9th Circuit to president of the United States:  You answer to us.  This is not a joke.  We now have judges saying that not only can a president steal the nation's sovereignty and grant illegal aliens affirmative benefits, but that a subsequent president must submit enough information to the courts before getting rid of the lawless program!  Imagine if a president granted Americans — not just illegal aliens — tax amnesty on the first $200,000 of their earnings.  Could you envision a court forcing the new president to retain the illegal program or demand disclosure of the president's private information?  Then again, illegal aliens and their powerful lobbies rule the roost, while Americans are left paying for the tab as strangers in our own land.

A judge permanently blocked Trump's 'sanctuary cities' executive order.  A federal judge on Monday [11/20/2017] permanently blocked President Trump's executive order to cut funding from so called "sanctuary cities."  Trump's order would have removed some federal funds from cities that limit their cooperation with U.S. immigration authorities.  U.S. District Court Judge William Orrick rejected the Trump administration's argument that the measure only applies to a relatively small pool of money.

Robert Mueller IS the Cover-Up.  [Scroll down]  The obvious kicker in all this is that Robert Mueller is part and parcel of the Hillary Cover-Up.  We know more about Hillary's misdeeds, thanks to all those WikiLeaks plus FOIA exposures of misfeasance and malfeasance galore, going back to the Bill Clinton and Paula Jones days, when Hillary ran the Bimbo Eruptions intimidation campaign.  We have huge amounts of believable evidence about these crooks and corruptocrats, going back to Arkansas and the rest.  The single most important fact is that nobody has ever been prosecuted for these crimes.  That fact by itself throws serious doubts on the entire justice system of the United States.  The farcical Mueller witch hunt against POTUS Trump is going to slather the whole U.S. Justice Department with that same stinky swamp water.  It's inevitable.  You can't put a close friend of the perps in charge of the "special counsel" — a made-up name that appears nowhere in the U.S. Constitution or the Federalist Papers.  It's just an eructation of swamp gas from the Watergate years, meaning nothing.

Department of Defense Retweets Call For President To Resign.  The Department of Defense retweeted a post Thursday [11/16/2017] calling for the president's resignation.  The Pentagon marred its Twitter presence briefly by retweeting a post from a Twitter user named "PROUD RESISTER" that proposed a so-called "simple" solution to the sexual harassment situation going on in Washington.  The Twitter user appears to be a staunch critic of the right, as well as the president, and seems to be affiliated with the website, which sells resistance merchandise.

Pentagon Approves Gender-Reassignment Surgery for Service Member.  The Pentagon approved a gender-reassignment surgery for an active-duty military member, defense officials said on Tuesday, four months after President Trump abruptly announced a ban on transgender people serving in the military.  The surgery is the latest setback to Mr. Trump's effort to put a ban in place.  Two weeks ago, a federal judge temporarily blocked the ban, ruling that the justification for it was suspect and most likely unconstitutional.  Even before the ruling, officials at the Defense Department had been slow-walking Mr. Trump's orders, telling transgender members of the military that they could continue to serve openly while the Pentagon decided how to handle the ban.

Purchased Politicians, Mostly Republicans in House and Senate, Write Letters Opposing Trump on NAFTA.  Multinational corporations and foreign governments spend hundreds of millions in Washington DC lobbying House and Senate politicians to retain trade positions.  It's generally a legal bribery business where congressional representatives get rich by selling their votes to corporations and foreign governments.  Most of you already know the game:  It's a big club, and we — the working class — ain't in it.  Fortunately for us, President Trump won the election without funding from the big corporations and lobbyists within the U.S. political system.

ICE agents rebel, say Trump 'betrayed' them by retaining Obama's people.  The country's immigration enforcement officers launched a website Tuesday demanding that President Trump do more to clean up their agency, saying he has left the Obama team in place and it's stymying his goal of enforcing laws on the books.  U.S. Immigration and Customs Enforcement supervisors in Philadelphia banned officers from wearing bulletproof vests during an operation in the dangerous "badlands" section in the city's north for fear of offending the immigrant community, according to a new website,  Meanwhile, officers in one Utah city are required to give city officials seven days' heads-up before arresting anyone — and by the time they go to make the arrest, the immigrants they are targeting have taken off, the website says.

Intel chiefs' botched Russia findings raise questions of motive.  Fourteen days before President Trump took the oath of office, the Obama administration's intelligence chiefs made public a unanimous assessment claiming Russian operatives, under orders from President Vladimir Putin, had orchestrated an influence campaign to help Mr. Trump win the presidential contest.  It was a watershed moment:  the CIA, National Security Agency and FBI challenging the legitimacy of a U.S. presidential victory.  The conclusions in the Jan. 6 document were sharp, but the findings unraveled 10 months later, raising questions about the basis for the evidence and the motives of the Obama appointees leading the nation's intelligence and law enforcement agencies.

Inspector Clouseau pounces!  ## Everybody is afraid of indicting Hillary for crimes committed in plain view, because Hillary might bring down the whole house of cards. But Americans who bother to pay attention to politics have a pretty good idea about the Deepsters and the Democrats under Obama and Hilary.  With any luck, the Mueller team will throw us a bone, too.  But it won't be the chief perps, because they have protection.

Focus of Russia Probe Needs To Be on Clintons.  The fact that, on the same day as the Manafort and Gates indictments, Tony Podesta — who was intimately connected with the Uranium One dealings that were contemporaneous with extraordinarily large pledges to the Clinton Foundation and the celebrated $500,000 speech-making payment to the former president, Bill Clinton — retired as head of the firm that bears his name[,] may indicate that Special Counsel Mueller is shifting gears with the evidence and broadening his attack, conducted by his largely Clintonian lawyer group.  Mr. Gates had so little notice of what was coming that he had not even hired a criminal lawyer; he had a public defender enter his plea.  I presume Mr. Mueller raced out with the Manafort-Gates charges in the hope that, if there were anything Mr. Manafort could say that would be damaging to Trump, an indictment such as this — the usual U.S. prosecutorial technique of throwing all the spaghetti at the wall ("conspiracy against the United States" is one of the more extreme charges) — will bring him to the standard plea bargain:  giving extorted and false but incriminating testimony against the big target (Mr. Trump), in exchange for a reduced sentence with an immunity for perjured testimony.

GOP Would Rather Lose than Fight.  America is at war.  Not with a particular country, in spite of our endless entanglements in the Middle East.  Instead the war is against a more nebulous enemy.  One that goes by many names.  The status quo.  The deep state.  The establishment.  The elites.  The enemy is everywhere.  Media, entertainment, sports, academia, and among the ruling class in Washington, DC.  A ruthless enemy, barbarians, willing to keep fighting despite setbacks and defeat.  Singleminded in focus, the enemy wants to "fundamentally transform America", creating a "new world order," to borrow phrases from both sides of the political aisle.

With hoax dossier, the Left politicized US defense institutions.  Barack Obama, Hillary Clinton, and the Democratic National Committee have separately chipped away at America's treasured foundations and institutions.  Leftist policies over the past decade have done untold damage to America's culture, economy, global standing, and national defense.  Yet perhaps the most egregious and damaging actions from the Left was the revelation that they combined forces to undermine the independence of the U.S. intelligence community.  Our broad national security apparatus is tasked with keeping Americans and national interests safe and protected, both at home and abroad.  This past election season, it appears that that was thrown out the window in a hell-bent effort to undermine Donald Trump's candidacy.  Not since Watergate had politicians used these sacred actors for the apparent purpose of going after the political opposition.

Russia 'Collusion' Story Is Blowing Up Like the Hindenburg.  It is delicious to see, even more suddenly and completely than anyone had anticipated, the breakdown of the steamroller media smear of Donald Trump.  A trinitarian deus ex machina descended.  The Washington Post, struggling desperately in its discomfort, a few days ahead of the information being forcibly extracted by congressional subpoenas, acknowledged that the Clinton campaign and the Democratic National Committee had paid for the assembly of the Steele dossier.  This rotten fish of lies and gossip was universally regarded at first as rubbish so scurrilous no one would publish it for months until Buzzfeed, the bottom of the web barrel, took it up, which emboldened the flounder skimming the bottom, CNN, to present it as a major triumph of journalistic enterprise and to popularize it.

Swamp Central:  U.S. State Department.  Romania is heavily influenced by the United States government, specifically the Departments of State and Defense, and at least the State Department seems intent on advancing the leftist agenda on LGBT issues in foreign nations as aggressively as if Donald Trump had never been elected.  U.S. Ambassador to Romania Hans Klemm has been an outspoken champion of homosexuality, even marching for "gay marriage" in the pouring rain this past summer.  The jury is still out on the mixed messages coming Defense Secretary James Mattis, who has so far delayed the push for transgenderism in the military but allowed the rest of the "gay" agenda to proceed.  But just last week an Air Force colonel has been punished for refusing to affirm "gay marriage," and Secretary Mattis has been AWOL in his defense.

How the State Department is Undermining Trump's Agenda.  Secretary of State Rex Tillerson has isolated himself from his own department and allowed subordinates to fill a handful of top positions with people who actively opposed Donald Trump's election, according to current and former State Department officials and national security experts with specific knowledge of the situation. [...] About 200 State Department jobs require Senate confirmation.  But the Senate cannot confirm nominees it does not have.  More than nine months into the new administration, most of the senior State Department positions — assistant and deputy assistant secretary posts — remain unfilled.

6 Examples of Jeff Sessions' Cowardice.  [#2] Sessions has shirked his responsibility to take control of his own Department, overwhelmingly staffed by pro-Obama and pro-Clinton lawyers, 97 percent of which either voted for or donated to the Hillary Clinton presidential campaign.  As a result, Freedom of Information Act cases continue to be obstructed by lying DOJ lawyers, after years in the courts.  These lawsuits seek to force production of evidence about Obama and Clinton scandals, which include, as we have just learned through a leak to Circa News, the cover-up of an FBI investigation over bribery during the Obama administration — giving rise to Russia acquiring about 20 percent of America's strategic uranium reserves.

Judging by Mueller's staffing choices, he may not be very interested in justice.  What was supposed to have been a search for Russia's cyberspace intrusions into our electoral politics has morphed into a malevolent mission targeting friends, family and colleagues of the president.  The Mueller investigation has become an all-out assault to find crimes to pin on them — and it won't matter if there are no crimes to be found.  This team can make some.  Many Americans despise President Trump and anyone associated with him.  Yet turning our system of justice into a political weapon is a danger we must guard against.

The Clinton cover-up, brought to you by the same guys who are investigating Trump.  [N]ew evidence appears to show that Hillary Clinton used her office as Secretary of State to confer benefits to Russia in exchange for millions of dollars in donations to her foundation and cash to her husband.  But there's more.  It seems it was all covered up for years by the same three people who are now involved in the investigation of President Donald Trump over so-called Russian "collusion."

Federal judge blocks Trump's third travel ban.  A federal judge on Tuesday [10/17/2017] largely blocked the Trump administration from implementing the latest version of the president's controversial travel ban, setting up yet another legal showdown on the extent of the executive branch's powers when it comes to setting immigration policy.  The decision from U.S. District Judge Derrick K. Watson in Hawaii is sure to be appealed, but for now, it means that the administration cannot restrict the entry of travelers from six of the eight countries that officials said were unable or unwilling to provide information that the United States wanted to vet the countries' citizens.

Donors to anti-Trump 'resistance' group revealed.  The Center for Community Change, a Washington, D.C.-based 501 (c)(3) progressive community organizing group that does not reveal its donors, has been involved in direct action against President Donald Trump and Republicans before and after the November elections.  The organization's members sit on the boards of other prominent liberal activist groups.  The [Washington] Free Beacon has obtained the group's unredacted 2015 tax forms that shed light on its funders, who provide millions of dollars in assistance.  The group appears to rely heavily on a few major liberal foundations, organizations, and unions.

Obama holdovers, vacancies remain at top levels of State Department.  While Secretary of State Rex Tillerson and President Trump seem to have patched things up after a report claimed the top diplomat considered resigning over the summer, another source of tension remains — Tillerson's department still has numerous vacancies, while several Obama administration holdovers are in top positions.  "There is a serious problem within the Trump administration," said John Bolton, former U.S. ambassador to the United Nations.  "Trump and Tillerson don't have full control over their State Department.  The way a president exercises control over the bureaucracy is to get as many of his people as possible into senior positions."

Tom Price's Real Crime.  Anyone naïve enough to believe that Tom Price's ouster from HHS was actually about his use of chartered jets may wish to consider this:  The same transgression was committed on a much larger scale by numerous Obama administration officials, yet neither the "news" media nor the Democrats ever exhibited any outrage over far worse abuses by repeat offenders like Eric Holder and Loretta Lynch.  This doesn't excuse Price's poor judgment, of course, but it is a reminder that he was hounded out of office for one reason and one reason only — he was a fierce and powerful opponent of Obamacare.

Robert Mueller Blocks Congressional Oversight of FBI Involvement in Trump Surveillance.  A report from Reuters highlights the DOJ and FBI refusing to hand over documents related to the Steele Dossier on candidate Donald Trump, and the FBI (Via James Comey) involvement in assembling the content therein.  However, the lede is buried in paragraph four of the article. [...] This is genuinely much more alarming that might initially appear on first review.  In essence the FBI is protecting itself from inquiry into unlawful conduct of the FBI.

Mueller Scorches the Earth.  Robert Mueller's sprawling special-counsel investigation is playing hardball.  It was not enough to get a search warrant to ransack the Virginia home of Paul Manafort, even as the former Trump campaign chairman was cooperating with congressional investigators.  Mueller's [investigators] persuaded a judge to give them permission to pick the door lock.  That way, they could break into the premises in the wee hours, while Manafort and his wife were in bed sleeping.  They proceeded to secure the premises — of a man they are reportedly investigating for tax and financial crimes, not gang murders and Mafia hits — by drawing their guns on the stunned couple, apparently to check their pajamas for weapons.  Mueller's probe more resembles an empire, with 17 prosecutors retained on the public dime.  So ... what exactly is the crime of the century that requires five times the number of lawyers the Justice Department customarily assigns to crimes of the century?  No one can say.

Ryan Zinke plans overhaul because Interior Department employees 'not loyal'.  Interior Secretary Ryan Zinke said Monday 30 percent of his agency's employees are "not loyal" to him or President Trump and he is developing a plan to overhaul the department.  "I got 30 percent of the crew that's not loyal to the flag," Zinke said in remarks to the National Petroleum Council, a federal advisory panel.

78 Obama appointees 'burrowed' into career jobs, watchdog finds.  A government watchdog found that 78 political appointees of President Obama managed to "burrow" into career government jobs over a six-year period.  A Government Accountability Office report obtained by The Washington Times on Wednesday [9/27/2017] shows that seven of Mr. Obama's political appointees switched to career jobs without obtaining necessary approval from the Office of Personnel Management.  Of those, four were later denied the jobs by OPM and three left their posts.  Congressional Republicans warned Mr. Obama last year against moving political appointees into career positions, and President Trump has stated frequently that he believes some employees in the federal workforce are Obama holdovers working against his agenda.

Did New York Mag Admit Mueller Investigation Is a Fishing Expedition?  Yesterday's [9/24/2017] New York magazine had the best summary of the state of the Trump-Russia collusion investigation by Special Counsel Robert Mueller yet written.  It was contained in a single paragraph buried deep in an article with no other surprises so you have to look for it.  Yet despite having to wade through material which basically tells us what we already know about that investigation, that one paragraph is so stunning in its revelation amid an otherwise routine summary of what Mueller is possibly up to, that it hits the reader like a hard slap across the face.  Before reaching that revelatory paragraph, New York magazine correspondent Cristian Farias reminds us that it is quite extraordinary that a private citizen, Paul Manafort, was secretly surveilled twice via FISA warrants.  Uh, yeah, it was stunning and it also confirms that President Donald Trump was almost certainly right in his claim that Trump Tower was wiretapped.  However, we have known this for over a week.

WSJ Openly Calls Mueller Probe a Sham Unless Wiretapping [is] Investigated.  The Wall Street Journal editorial board never minces words.  The conservative paper late Tuesday [9/19/2017] posted an editorial openly calling for Special Counsel Robert Mueller to investigate wiretapping allegations involving top Trump aide Paul Manafort.  The paper says Mueller's ties to the FBI and to its former director, James Comey, "make him too conflicted" to conduct the investigation.  "Congress is charged with providing oversight of law enforcement and the FISA courts, and it has an obligation to investigate their role in 2016.  The intelligence committees have subpoena authority and the ability to hold those who don't cooperate in contempt."

Robert Mueller's team is going back more than a decade in Paul Manafort investigation.  Paul Manafort, President Trump's former campaign manager, is being investigated special counsel Robert Mueller for his actions spanning 11 years.  Mueller, who is leading the federal Russia probe into Russian interference in the 2016 election and possible collusion between the Trump campaign and the Kremlin, has told Manafort his team intends to charge him with possible tax and financial crimes, according to CNN.  This indicates the investigation is in the advanced stages and also signals the scope had exceeded Russia interference in the election.

U.S. Government Wiretapped Former Trump Campaign Manager Paul Manafort.  The July/August 2016 time frame is interesting because that coincides with the surfacing of the ridiculous opposition research "Steele Dossier" on Presidential Candidate Donald Trump.  Further recently revealed information about the "[S]teele dossier", interestingly surrounds the James Comey FBI paying for the information contained therein. [...] So the James Comey FBI paid a British informant, former MI6 operative Christopher Steele, for content within the Steele Dossier, which was originally financed by the Jeb Bush campaign and Never Trumpers, and later passed on to Hillary Clinton allies via continued investigative funding by Fusion GPS.  Christopher Steele is the same guy the DNC contracted to research the "DNC hacking" (which many think was actually DNC leaking).  Sometime in July 2016 the James Comey FBI was denied a FISA warrant by the court (rarely done) and the general appearance is that Comey was interested in surveillance of the Trump campaign.  Note Comey has never denied this allegation.

Special Counsel Mueller Tells Manafort He Will Be Indicted.  The real trouble all started for Manafort while he was still snoozing away in bed, early morning back in July.  He was fast asleep when federal agents serving a search warrant actually used lock picks to open his front door and started to raid his home located in Virginia.  Everything was fair game to the agents, they ended up taking binders full of papers, as well as computer files in which they had made copies from off his PC.  They really dug into the guy, even taking photo 'evidence' of his expensive suits, according to one source.

The Deep State Wraps Its Protective Cocoon Around Hillary Clinton.  Question:  Now that the Republicans control all three branches of government, my question is really simple.  Why is it that when organizations have sued the Justice Department and State Department — I'm, of course, speaking of Judicial Watch here — for documents related to Hillary Clinton, Benghazi and all of the other Obama scandals... why is it that State and Justice are so slow in releasing the documents that the judges have ordered to be released?  And if it is the deep state that you talk about, then why isn't Secretary Tillerson and Attorney General Sessions getting in there and kicking some tail to get this information out?

U.S. appeals court rules against broad interpretation of Trump's travel ban.  A U.S. appeals court on Thursday rejected the Trump administration's effort to temporarily bar most refugees from entering the country, ruling that those who have relationships with a resettlement agency should be exempt from an executive order banning refugees.  A three-judge 9th U.S. Circuit Court of Appeals panel also ruled that grandparents, aunts, uncles and cousins of legal U.S. residents should be exempted from President Donald Trump's order, which banned travelers from six Muslim-majority countries.

Murderers, Rapists And Pedophiles Got Government Security Clearances.  The head of the Pentagon's Defense Security Service says the troubled and clogged process to grant security clearances has led to criminals receiving access to classified information.  "I've got murderers who have access to classified information," Daniel Payne, head of the Defense Security Service, said during a conference Wednesday [9/6/2017], McClatchy reports.  "I have rapists.  I have pedophiles.  I have people involved in child porn."  The Defense Security Service grants temporary security clearances for civilian workers and contractors, and the Department of Defense (DOD) has been so hard pressed for employees with clearances that some criminals have slipped through.

Report: NSA Offered To Give FBI All Of Hillary Clinton's Missing Emails.  Comey Said No.  The New York Post's John Crudele had an interesting column outlining how the bogus Democrat/Media/Deep State instigated Trump investigation is backfiring on Democrats as the American people grow increasingly weary of repeated allegations without actual proof.  Beyond that fatigue is something even more concerning for Democrats.  The investigation is actually shedding light on wrongdoing by figures like Hillary Clinton and James Comey — NOT Donald Trump.

Reports: Globalists in White House Oppose Trump's Border Wall, Reforms.  The "West Wing Democrats" in the White House are eager to sacrifice President Donald Trump's top campaign promise in exchange for Democratic approval of the tax cuts sought by wealthy donors and business interests, according to an article in Politico.

Senate Leader Mitch McConnell Is Actively Working To Undermine M.A.G.A Agenda.  Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell delivered a speech today in Kentucky.  A speech which yet again personifies the disconnect between the insufferable professional republicans within the party and the MAGA insurgency that has taken it over.  CTH has been transparent with our support for Donald Trump, and the specific reason for it.  We want the GOPe machine torn down, dispatched to earth orbit, and nuked while there regardless of consequence, because we're sick of having to be brutalized and used by Republican liars hiding within it.  Period.

Has the Deep State Won?  The title of this column reflects the first thought I had on the news of Steve Bannon's resignation last Friday as President Trump's strategic advisor.  Although I do not know Mr. Bannon personally, the impression I have gotten from reading biographies of him, as well as my knowledge of his enunciated beliefs, his patriotism, and the pivotal role he played in galvanizing Donald Trump's presidential campaign, caused me to believe that he was the one individual with the intellectual firepower, intestinal fortitude, and strategic vision to check the unchecked growth of our government.  Now, with his resignation, I fear that that the barely-begun battle to retake control of the government and pare it back to something resembling sanity, is lost.

Obama Holdovers Still In Dozens Of Key National Security Council Jobs.  Several Obama holdovers who led initiatives at odds with President Donald Trump's foreign policy remain on the staff of National Security Advisor H.R. McMaster, The Daily Caller News Foundation Investigative Group has learned.  About 40 of the National Security Council's (NSC) 250 officials — nearly one in six — are Obama administration holdovers, according to TheDCNF's analysis.  The holdovers include NSC directors for Korea, China, Iran, Pakistan, Egypt, Eastern Europe, Israel-Palestine, South America, North Africa and sub-Sahara Africa.  Holdovers also advise on weapons of mass destruction, counterterrorism, non-proliferation, arms control, defense policy, immigration, and homeland preparedness.

Trump's Unintended Consequences:  The Unmasking of the Deep State.  "Deep State" is hard to define, because it is composed of overlapping groups and individuals with complex and differing agendas.  It's an amalgam of people, agencies, and bureaucrats that changes.  The current leakers are part of it.  For now, let's say it's a mostly unelected, mostly leftist group within our government that wants to govern us against the will of America's founding principles.  These people want the final say over our Republic.  They want to rule, and they form part of a powerful alliance against the current administration and its voters.

Why the Swamp Hates Trump.  Imagine that you were elected to a federal office several years ago and had a safe seat with all the perks attached, including salary, expense account, and influence with corporate CEOs and other titans of industry.  Suppose further that you knew that the future would be prosperous when you left office because the connections you made would make you a fortune as a lobbyist.  Moreover, since unseating an incumbent is a herculean task, you felt that you were set for life.  In fact, as soon as you got elected, you began raising money and preparing for re-election. [...] Suddenly, a guy runs for office with a lot of ideas about "draining the swamp" and making rules that include a prohibition on lobbying for at least five years after leaving office.

The New Tenure of Office Act.  Congressional Republicans have been waging a quiet war on their own President.  The Senate voted unanimously to stay in session thus denying President Trump the power to make recess appointments — and they themselves have refused to move his appointments forward.  They prevented Trump from even using private funding to build a border wall in a previous deal.  They refused to even repeal Obamacare, the cornerstone of every Republican campaign promise.  And they have gone along with the Democrats with these investigations, which the GOP knows full well are purely political.

Former Obama Officials Operate Shadow Network to Push Science Agenda.  An unofficial shadow office "stocked with Obama loyalists" is quietly working in Washington, D.C. to carry out the previous administration's science agenda.  The group of science experts who left the White House Office of Science and Technology Policy (OSTP) after President Donald Trump took office "is informal yet organized," according to a report from the health-oriented news website Stat.  Members of the new group — which numbers in the dozens — have provided counsel to Democratic lawmakers on Capitol Hill, consulted with scientific societies, and have held group-wide strategy sessions, according to Stat.  They have also helped analyze the impact of White House budget proposals and policies, including the decision to withdraw the United States from the Paris climate accord.

Here Are The Major Scandals That Took Place When Robert Mueller Was FBI Director.  What stands out most during then-FBI Director Mueller's term in office is the two-tiered system of justice, when obvious crimes and scandals involving government officials and private-sector elites were ignored or even covered up by the FBI.  Much of the worst behavior of government officials in the Bush and Obama administrations was given a pass by Mueller's FBI, as well as a megabank that laundered billions of dollars for Mexican drug cartels and sponsors of terror.  Simply put:  Mueller helped to create the swamp that needs to be drained.

Colossus of Corruption:  Ben Rhodes Unmasked.  Somehow it does not surprise that former Obama Deputy Security Adviser Ben Rhodes is now a "person of interest" in the probe of who illegally leaked for political purposes the names of Team Trump players allegedly collected inadvertently in intelligence reports.  He joins others on Team Obama such as Susan Rice and Samantha Power in the unmasking designed to subvert the Trump administration in what amounts to a silent coup.

Mueller's Investigators Are Worried They're Going To Get Sued.  Department of Justice investigators purchased liability insurance to guard themselves against potential retaliatory lawsuits brought by the subjects they're investigating as part of the Russia probe.  The Department would cover any legal fees incurred in the course of duty.  However, a number of investigators opted to purchase extra protection as the probe moves further into examining President Donald Trump's finances and those of his associates, a source familiar with the investigation told CNN.

Dershowitz: 'Ethnic And Racial Composition' Of Mueller's Jury Pool Stacks Deck Against Trump.  Special Counsel Robert Mueller's decision to impanel a grand jury in Washington, D.C. will prove "very unfavorable" to President Trump, in part because of the "ethnic and racial composition" of jury members, says constitutional lawyer Alan Dershowitz.  "I think it's a tactical move designed to send a message that if the prosecutor decides to prosecute, he will have a real advantage with the jury pool where the case will be held," Dershowitz said in an interview on Friday [8/4/2017] with WABC radio host Rita Cosby.

Sources Confirm NatSec Advisor H. R. McMaster & His Deputy Dina Powell Are Leaking To The Anti-Trump Media.  Two separate National Security Council sources have confirmed that National Security Advisor H. R. McMaster and Deputy National Security Advisor Dina Powell have been leaking negative material about President Donald J. Trump to their allies in the anti-Trump media, GotNews can exclusively report.  "It's very hard when your boss, the President, and your boss, the NSC advisor, see the world so differently," says one staffer, who opposes regime change in Syria.

'Everything The President Wants To Do, McMaster Opposes,' Former NSC Officials Say.  National Security Advisor H.R. McMaster is thwarting President Donald Trump's foreign policy prescriptions, two former senior NSC officials told The Daily Caller News Foundation.  "Everything the president wants to do, McMaster opposes," a former senior official said in a wide-ranging interview.  "Trump wants to get us out of Afghanistan — McMaster wants to go in.  Trump wants to get us out of Syria — McMaster wants to go in.  Trump wants to deal with the China issue — McMaster doesn't.  Trump wants to deal with the Islam issue — McMaster doesn't.  You know, across the board, we want to get rid of the Iran deal — McMaster doesn't.  It is incredible to watch it happening right in front of your face.  Absolutely stunning."

Mission Creep:  Mueller Grand Jury Fishing for Evidence Unrelated to Russian Interference Probe.  Mainstream media reports poured in Thursday and Friday indicating that Special Counsel Robert Mueller has far outstripped the original parameters of his investigation and begun digging into President Donald Trump's business dealings.  CNN reported Thursday [8/3/2017], that sources close to the investigation told them they are hopeful "the web of financial ties could offer a more concrete path toward potential prosecution than the broader and murkier questions of collusion in the 2016 campaign."

H.R. McMaster:  Your Pro-Iran, Pro-Pakistan, Anti-Israel, McCain Ally in the Trump White House.  [Scroll down]  One source claims that Trump's political advisers are afraid of how it will look if he fires another national security adviser.  But that makes no sense.  Trump is being attacked for everything and nothing.  Who cares if he gets attacked for doing something that will actually help him to succeed in office?  Why should fear of media criticism play a role here or anywhere for this president and this administration? [...] And who recommended McMaster?  You won't believe this.  Senator John McCain.  That's right.  The NSA got his job on the basis of a recommendation from the man who just saved Obamacare.  Obviously, at this point, Trump has nothing to lose by angering McCain.

H.R. McMaster Is Proof The Deep State Exists.  What would you say if Ezra Cohen-Watnick, the senior director for intelligence on the National Security Council, who discovered the Obama-era unmasking of the names of Donald Trump associates whose communications were perhaps illegally intercepted and leaked by the Obama intelligence apparatus, was fired, and that Susan Rice, the person at the heart of the Benghazi cover-up and the unmasking and leaking of the unmasked names, was granted a renewal of her Top Secret security clearance?  If you said that could never happen in a Donald Trump administration you'd be wrong, because H.R. McMaster, President Trump's National Security Advisor just did it.

The Slow-Motion Coup d'Etat picks up steam.  Since the election there has been an unprecedented attempt to unwind the election result.  Events have accelerated on several fronts lately with attempts from outside and within to paralyze the Trump administration.  What started as a collective media freakout on Election Night 2016 quickly progressed to an unprecedented attempt to intimidate Electors into changing their votes.  Some Democrats announced, even before Trump took office, plans to impeach him, and Democrat politicians fed media-driven Russia collusion conspiracy theories for which they knew there was no evidence.  Chuck Schumer, for example, used the alleged fact of Donald Trump being under FBI investigation as an argument against confirming Neal Gorsuch to the Supreme Court, even though Schumer (but not the public) knew from intelligence briefings that Trump was not personally under investigation.  All the while, the permanent bureaucracy, particularly in the intelligence community, started an unending and almost daily series of leaks meant to paralyze the administration.

McMaster's NSC Coup Against Trump Purges Critics of Islam and Obama.  Derek Harvey was a man who saw things coming. [...] Just like in Iraq, Harvey began digging at the NSC.  He came up with a list of Obama holdovers who were leaking to the press.  McMaster, the new head of the NSC, refused to fire any of them.  McMaster had a different list of people he wanted to fire.  It was easy to make the list.  Harvey was on it.  All you had to do was name Islamic terrorism as the problem and oppose the Iran Deal.  If you came in with Flynn, you would be out.  If you were loyal to Trump, your days were numbered.  And if you warned about Obama holdovers undermining the new administration, you were a target.  One of McMaster's first acts at the NSC was to ban any mention of "Obama holdovers."  Not only did the McMaster coup purge Harvey, who had assembled the holdover list, but his biggest target was Ezra Watnick-Cohen, who had exposed the eavesdropping on Trump officials by Obama personnel.

House Judiciary Member:  Mueller Must Resign Over Conflict — "Clear Violation Of Federal Code".  House Judiciary Committee member Representative Trent Franks (R-AZ) is calling on Robert Mueller, special counsel for the Department of Justice's Russia investigation, to resign over a "conflict of interest" resulting from a personal relationship with James Comey — a person of interest in the investigation. [...] That relationship could come into play as Mueller reportedly investigates whether Trump's dismissal of the FBI director constituted obstruction of justice amid the bureau's probe into whether Russian agents coordinated cybercrimes with the Trump campaign.  As we've pointed out before, several of Mueller's early, notable hires have all been contributors to Hillary's and/or Obama's previous campaigns and Jeannie Rhee actually represented the Clinton Foundation.

House Intelligence Committee Leaks Ben Rhodes as "Person of Interest" in Unmasking Scandal.  There's another "explosive" and "exclusive" article from the latest chaf and countermeasures unit, Sara Carter, reporting Ben Rhodes as a "subject of interest" for the House Intelligence Committee's investigation into 'unethical' and possibly 'illegal' unmasking.  Understandably all discussion, and likely a large segment of Sean Hannity's TV show, will focus on the intended target of the newly drawn attention.  However, what's more interesting to those who look into the deep swamp is the identification of Carter's sources:  ie. who's feeding her?

The Deep State War on Trump's Foreign Policy Agenda.  The State Department's own "deep state" is trying to sabotage President Trump's foreign policy agenda.  From the Israeli-Palestinian conflict to Iran, Qatar and climate change, the State Department, under Secretary of State Rex Tillerson, is reported to be in "open war" with the White House.  Key high level positions remain vacant as Obama holdovers "continue running the show and formulating policy, where they have increasingly clashed with the White House's own agenda," according to the Free Beacon.

Reports of FBI General Counsel Leaker Investigation Bear Hallmarks of "Controlled Opposition".  A few days ago we shared a story from Sara Carter, a frequent guest on Sean Hannity, who surfaced immediately AFTER the inauguration of President Trump and is often utilized to drive explosive headlines that lead to lengthy conversation but go 'no-where'.  CTH has spent years monitoring the interactions and interplay between the media and the various layers within what's called "The DC Deep State".  Almost immediately a very familiar pattern was noted in Carter's reporting. [...] You see, there is a pattern, a very predictable shaping pattern with a great deal of media and stories that surround scandals in politics.  The 'controlled opposition' pattern is never broken and the outcome of stories that check off each sequential part of that pattern are always the same.

Deep State Calls For Coup Against POTUS Trump.  Disregard the blue jeans and open collar shirt.  This is former CIA Director John Brennan (who no doubt maintains very high-level contacts throughout the Deep State machine) attempting to make acceptable the premise of a coup against a sitting president.  Don't forget, it was Brennan who was caught lying about the Deep State's massive data collection program on private citizens.  He lied to Congress without penalty.  That is the arrogance of Deep State masters.  They feel themselves superior to the laws of of this nation.  They maintain authority and control regardless of who is or isn't inside the White House.  POTUS Trump is the single greatest threat to that power monopoly — and they want him gone.

Congress Could Halt Spy Authorization Over Obama Aides' Anti-Trump Leaks.  Key lawmakers are threatening to cancel the authorization of sensitive U.S. spy operations until congressional leaders investigate efforts by former top Obama administration officials to leak highly classified national security information in what many believe was a targeted campaign to undermine the Trump administration, according to senior congressional sources familiar with the situation.  Key Republican members of the House Judiciary Committee are pressuring Chairman Bob Goodlatte (R., Va.) to investigate former senior Obama administration officials believed to be responsible for these anti-Trump leaks, including former United Nations Ambassador Samantha Power, National Security Adviser Susan Rice, and National Security Council official Ben Rhodes, according to sources who spoke to the Washington Free Beacon about mounting frustration over Congress's failure to adequately investigate these leaks.

Who Paid for the 'Trump Dossier'? Democrats Don't Want You to Find Out.  It has been 10 days since Democrats received the glorious news that Senate Judiciary Chairman Chuck Grassley would require Donald Trump Jr. and Paul Manafort to explain their meeting with Russian operators at Trump Tower last year. [...] Yet Democrats now have meekly and noiselessly retreated, agreeing to let both men speak to the committee in private.  Why would they so suddenly be willing to let go of this moment of political opportunity?  Fusion GPS.  [...] Fusion co-founder Glenn Simpson also was supposed to testify at the Grassley hearing, where he might have been asked in public to reveal who hired him to put together the hit job on Mr. Trump, which was based largely on anonymous Russian sources.  Turns out Democrats are willing to give up just about anything — including their Manafort moment — to protect Mr. Simpson from having to answer that question.

Getting a fix on Fusion GPS.  The so-called Trump Dossier appears to be something like the Rosetta Stone that will allow us to decipher the true story underlying the Trump/Russia "collusion" hysteria.  The hysteria has been driven by the Democrats and their media adjunct to explain the shocking outcome of the 2016 election.  Ishmael Jones argued the fraudulence of the Trump Dossier here on Power Line yesterday.  The FBI apparently thought the Trump Dossier was the real deal.  John Brennan and James Clapper disseminated it in briefings to Presidents Obama and Trump.  Leaks to the media followed in due course.  The provenance of the Trump Dossier lies with GPS Fusion.  GPS Fusion is the for-hire political outfit paid to dig up dirt on targets, as Kim Strassel put it in her Wall Street Journal Potomac Watch column yesterday.  For whom was GPS Fusion working in the matter of the Trump Dossier?  GPS Fusion isn't saying.

Ex-Obama Official Evelyn Farkas Urges Intel Community to Compromise Sources, Methods.  Evelyn Farkas, a former top Obama administration Defense Department official, has advocated for the intelligence community to consider compromising sources and methods when it comes to "saving American democracy."  "And I know that we have to preserve our sources and methods," Farkas said, speaking about the U.S. intelligence community.  "But at some point you know, sometimes maybe you have to actually compromise some kind of source or method if it comes down to saving American democracy."

Mueller's Russia Probe Is A Political Hit Job:  Either Rein Him In, Or Fire Him.  If recent reports are true, Special Counsel Robert Mueller has veered sharply off course to investigate matters that have nothing to do with Russia's tampering with our 2016 election.  He either has to be reeled in to do the job he was hired to do, or fired.

Chaffetz on Kushner Being Questioned in Senate Meeting: 'They Would Never Do This to the Clintons'.  On Monday [7/24/2017], Fox News contributor and former Rep. Jason Chaffetz (R-Utah) appeared on "Fox & Friends," where the topic turned to the big news of the morning:  Jared Kushner's written statement to the Senate.  Chaffetz expressed frustration with Kushner and Donald Trump Jr. being called to speak to the Senate Intelligence Committee, arguing a double standard.  "Republicans need to get a backbone," he began.  "Every time the Democrats say they need to call up Jared Kushner or Donald Trump Jr., then call up Chelsea Clinton.  Call up the Clintons.  There, we have an inspector general who issues a report stating an actual crime."

Congress ratifies Deep State manuever to limit President Trump.  "Hacking the election" is a misnomer.  Revealing embarrassing information about the Democratic party is not the same as "stealing" or "hacking" the election itself.  If the Russian government was behind the hacks, they certainly deserve to be sanctioned.  But the only question that matters should be, will the sanctions interfere with the administration's diplomatic efforts to bring about closer cooperation between Russia and the US?  That is the question facing President Trump.

Mueller Probe Team Starts Leaking Special Counsel Investigation Details to Press.  The team charged with investigating whether there was any collusion between President Donald Trump's campaign and Russia now appears to be leaking details of the probe to damage him.  "A person familiar with the probe" told Bloomberg that the special counsel is examining a broad range of transactions involving Trump and his associates' businesses.  The leak comes the day after Trump told the New York Times in an interview that delving into his business matters would be outside the bounds of the Russia investigation.

Target Trump:  Use of Police State Tactics Is Un-American.  Never in American history has a sitting president (and his family) been hounded with unfounded criminal investigations as has President Trump.  While still a candidate, the Democrats and their propaganda arm in the mainstream media brought forth the scurrilous charge of Russian collusion with not a shred of evidence to support their charge.  It's a fishing expedition in search of a crime. [...] The entire Russian collusion affair stinks to high heaven.  There is no smoking gun to justify an independent counsel.  Nada!  Yet, Robert Mueller, best buddies with fired FBI director James Comey, who admittedly leaked classified information to ensure a special prosecutor would be appointed is now extending his investigation to include the Trump Organization.

Lawyers Who Donated Money to Dems Now Investigating Trump Administration.  President Donald Trump hasn't been easy on Special Counsel Robert Mueller.  Recently, he blasted the investigator in a New York Times interview, while his surrogate White House Counselor Kellyanne Conway characterized Mueller as leading a "witch hunt."  She accused the investigative team as being politically biased.  According to Fox News, she has plenty of ammunition to back up that claim.

Newt Gingrich:  Mueller's Law Firm Gave 99.81% of Its Donations to Hillary Clinton.  Former House Speaker Newt Gingrich pointed out on Hannity Thursday night that Special Counsel Robert Mueller's former law firm saw 99.81 percent of its donations go to Hillary Clinton during the 2016 election.  "The Mueller investigation has so many conflicts of interest, it's almost an absurdity," Gingrich said.  "The people that he's been hiring are all anti-Trump lawyers."  [Video clip]

Trump needs to be smart about how he fires Mueller.  Trump must eventually fire Robert Mueller, a partisan tool carrying water for his Establishment pals as he oversees an utterly corrupt "investigation" where the only person we actually know committed any wrongdoing is his bestest buddy Jim Comey.  But Trump can't just lash out and do it, though it is well within his political and moral right to do so.  No, he's got to do it cleverly, with cunning, in a way that shows the American people exactly why Mueller's witch hunt is a flaming dumpster fire of conflicts of interest and contempt for the right of normal Americans to have a say in their own governance.  Trump has to set the stage before he pulls the trigger and puts the coup de grace into the temple of this appalling fiasco.  He has to do it so the American people will see and understand why ending this idiocy is so absolutely necessary to preserve our Republic despite the mainstream media's best effort to hide the truth.

Mueller Expands Probe to Trump Business Transactions.  The U.S. special counsel investigating possible ties between the Donald Trump campaign and Russia in last year's election is examining a broad range of transactions involving Trump's businesses as well as those of his associates, according to a person familiar with the probe.  The president told the New York Times on Wednesday that any digging into matters beyond Russia would be out of bounds.  Trump's businesses have involved Russians for years, making the boundaries fuzzy so Special Counsel Robert Mueller appears to be taking a wide-angle approach to his two-month-old probe.

What is Mueller investigating?  It is basic criminal law that a criminal statute must be specific and clear to define the conduct that is declared illegal so that one knows that the conduct is illegal.  Similarly, if one is being investigated, the investigators must be authorized to seek out some specific conduct that is illegal and have probable cause to believe that the target of the investigation is involved illegally.  There is no such evidence here.

Special Counsel Reaches Down Russian Rabbit Holes.  Who investigates the investigators?  Bloomberg reports that special counsel Robert Mueller expanded his investigation into Russian interference in the 2016 presidential election to include "examining a broad range of transactions involving [Donald] Trump's businesses as well as his associates."  The transactions not only involve "associates" but, in some cases, date back a decade.  The deals include Russians buying apartments in Trump-owned buildings and the sale of pricey Florida real estate to a rich Russian in 2008.  Why not also subpoena disgruntled former USFL players angry at the Donald's role in the league's demise to testify?

Through Selective Security Clearances, Unelected Intelligence Agencies Claim Power To Veto President's Advisors.  On July 8 The New York Times reported that President Trump's adviser and son-in-law Jared Kushner's application for a security clearance had failed to report his contact with some Russians.  The media found this ominous.  I do too, but for a different reason.  The national security agencies of the executive branch are demanding that the president communicate about national security matters only with advisers to whom they issue clearances.  Someone in the FBI had slipped Kushner's questionnaire to the Times.  Publication of the story underlined the threat to withdraw the clearance.

"Translator" At Trump Jr.  Russian Meeting Has Deep Ties To Clinton Machine.  Long before the story broke public regarding meetings between Russian operatives and members of the Trump campaign, Hillary Clinton was hinting at such a connection.  How was she so privy to that information?  Yes, she likely was tipped off by the illegal wire tap courtesy of Obama Attorney General Loretta Lynch and other within the Obama administration, but Mrs. Clinton just as likely received a heads-up from a man who was acting as an "translator" at that same meeting.  A man who was former employee of the Clinton State Department — Anatoli Samochornov.

Who's Colluding With Whom?  [Scroll down]  The Russian lawyer wasn’t even supposed to be here.  She had been denied a visa for entry into the United States in late 2015, but given a rather extraordinary “parole” by the federal government to assist preparation for a client subject to an asset forfeiture by the Justice Department.  That was in January.  The client was Prevezon Holdings, a Russian company suspected of having been paid some portion of $230 million stolen by Russian mobsters.  When Sergey Magnitsky[,] a Russian lawyer representing a company that had been the victim of the theft, reported it to authorities in Moscow he was promptly jailed and beaten to death.  The American response to this atrocity was the 2012 Magnitsky Act, which sanctioned several individuals connected to human rights abuses.  The Russian government retaliated by preventing American adoptions of Russian children.  But in June, she was permitted to fly back to the U.S., have the meeting with Trump Junior — at Trump Tower, no less — and then end up in the front row for a congressional hearing involving testimony from a former U.S. ambassador to Russia, then turning up at a D.C. showing of a documentary film on the negative effects of the Magnitsky Act, and later appearing at a dinner involving Rep. Dana Rohrabacher (R-CA) and former Rep. Ron Dellums (D-CA) who is now a lobbyist for the Russians.  The repeal of that legislation is a priority item for the Russians and a personal project of Veselnitskaya’s; it, rather than any Clinton dirt, was reportedly the primary subject brought forth at the meeting with Donald Trump Jr.  All of this without a visa!

Eric Holder Rallies Liberal Lawyers Against Trump in San Fran.  Former Attorney General Eric Holder told a group of liberal lawyers to keep fighting at a San Francisco fundraiser Wednesday, continuing his message about using state power to oppose the Trump administration.  Holder, who served during the Obama administration, told his audience not to be afraid of what President Donald Trump is doing, but he still affirmed that news from the White House is "disturbing," the San Francisco Chronicle reports.  He also said that he worries about the "moral arc of the universe" bending away from justice, not toward it as Martin Luther King Jr. said.  "It's the responsibility of all of us to keep our hands on that arc," he said.  "There is fighting to be done, there are lawsuits to be brought ... You can never underestimate the power of the American people."

Top Republican Demands Investigation into Comey and Purging of Obama Holdovers for Intel Leaks.  [Scroll down]  Rep. Ron DeSantis (R., Fla.), a member of the House Committee on Oversight and Government Reform and chair of its National Security subcommittee, also called on President Trump to purge Obama holdovers still working in the federal government.  In an exclusive interview with the Beacon, DeSantis claimed that "the holdovers and their allies outside the White House are responsible for an unprecedented series of national security leaks aimed at damaging the Trump administration's national security apparatus."  And he singled out none other than Ben Rhodes, the creator of the Obama White House echo chamber (which is still operational), as the person responsible for most of the leaks.  DeSantis said he wants to get Rhodes under oath to testify before Congress about his nefarious activities since he left the White House.

Former FBI Agent:  Deep State Exists and Is Trying to Bring Down Trump.  Fifteen years ago, I would have suggested a tinfoil hat for anyone who believed in the deep state.  But recent events have made me rethink my diagnosis.  The term "deep state" intimates a conspiracy somewhere in the woodshed.  But it's basically two or more people who get together and agree on something bad.  In the case of a shadow government, that something is to impede or overthrow the legitimate government.  The current political environment offers convincing evidence that individuals are attempting to do just that.  They utilize legal and illegal means in an effort to annul the will of the people.  Their ultimate goal is to end the presidency of Donald Trump.

Deep State:  Trump Facing Seven Times More National Security Leaks Than Obama or Bush.  President Trump has faced seven times more leaks during the first 126 days of his administration than the previous two administrations.  That figure includes many leaks from the intelligence community that were aimed at embarrassing Trump but have damaged U.S. national security, according to a new Senate report.  "Since President Trump assumed office, our nation has faced an unprecedented wave of potentially damaging leaks of information," said the report from the Senate Homeland Security and Governmental Affairs Committee.  The report showed that the Trump administration faced 125 leaks potentially damaging to national security in 126 days — a "conservative estimate," it noted.

Federal court blocks Trump EPA on air pollution.  An appeals court Monday struck down the Environmental Protection Agency's 90-day suspension of new emission standards on oil and gas wells, a decision that could set back the Trump administration's broad legal strategy for rolling back Obama-era rules.  In a 2-to-1 ruling, the U.S. Court of Appeals for the District of Columbia Circuit concluded that the EPA had the right to reconsider a 2016 rule limiting methane and smog-forming pollutants emitted by oil and gas wells but could not delay the effective date while it sought to rewrite the regulation.  The agency has proposed extending the initial delay to two years; the court will hold a hearing on that suspension separately.

Can Trump Win His Fight Against Leftist Judges And Open-Border Radicals Over Immigration?  A battle is brewing between the federal government's right to enforce U.S. immigration laws and some cities' and blue states' desire to provide "sanctuary" for illegal immigrants in the U.S.  But unlike the past four presidents, Donald Trump is willing, even eager, to fight this battle.

Trump may be right about the White House being bugged.  President Trump seems to be confirming something I wrote a couple weeks ago — the White House may be bugged.  When Trump finally admitted recently that he doesn't have tapes of his conversations with former FBI Director James Comey, the president also hinted that the US intelligence and law enforcement officials might have his office bugged.

Obama-appointed judges dismiss Supreme Court ruling, continue blocking Trump's immigration crackdown.  President Trump may have won a partial victory at the Supreme Court this week, but other federal judges remain major stumbling blocks to his aggressive immigration plans, with courts from California to Michigan and Atlanta limiting his crackdown on sanctuary cities and stopping him from deporting illegal immigrants he has targeted for removal.  The judges in those deportation cases have rejected Mr. Trump's argument that he has wide latitude to decide who gets kicked out, without having to worry about district courts second-guessing him on facts of the case.  Instead, the judges said, they get to decide their jurisdiction, and that extends to reviewing Mr. Trump's immigration policy.

Sharyl Attkisson Outlines President Trump as DC's Existential Threat.  Sharyl Attkisson appeared on Tucker Carlson Tonight for a discussion segment about the media, Washington DC, and President Trump as a threat to the established political order.  Attkisson presents a smart summary of President Trump, the media perspectives, and how his policies and agenda items represent an existential threat to the administrative state of DC.  [Video clip]

Not So Special Counsel:  Time for POTUS to fight fire with fire.  John Eastman, law professor at Chapman University, writes in American Greatness this week that the powers invested in Special Counsel Mueller to investigate "Russian hacking/collusion/obstruction poses grave dangers to our body politic and our liberty."  His advice to President Trump:  Fight fire with fire.  Turn the law and the courts back on your opponents.  Trump is being investigated without any probable cause of a crime.  The Obama administration, in contrast, is a target-rich arena of criminal activity.  It is unconstitutional to issue a search warrant when there has been no crime and there is no probable cause.  But that is exactly what President Trump's DOJ has inflicted on the president and his team with Mueller's special investigation.  It was not just cowardice, but folly for the DOJ to buckle to the left-wing media's hysterical insistence to investigate our president's alleged collusion with the FSB.

Robert Mueller Adopts Stalinist Tactics.  Yes, Virginia, this is a witch hunt.  Robert Mueller III was appointed special counsel after his friend, the vindictive James Comey, committed a federal crime by leaking a memo which was a government record to the press.  Mueller has picked staff and prosecutors as if he were stocking Hillary Clinton's Department of Justice.  He has picked a bevy of Clinton donors, an attorney who worked for the Clinton Foundation, a former Watergate assistant prosecutor, and even a senior adviser to Eric Holder.

The Politics of Professional Procrastination.  The election result in Georgia's sixth district is yet another example of Trump supporters removing excuses the DC UniParty puts forth; yet the DC apparatus is so entrenched in their opposition to President Trump's policy agenda, they sit idle spinning various congressional hearings-to-nowhere in an increasingly transparent effort to avoid action.  Anyone who believes Democrats own exclusive opposition to Donald Trump are completely ignoring the deliberate construct of the 2015/2016 republican primary.  There are just as many — if not more — natural enemies within the Republican apparatus as there are within the Democrat group.  "America-First" is antithetical to the UniParty.

Can Robert Mueller be trusted?  The last few decades have not been good ones for those of us who believe in the rule of law, who subscribe to our country's proudest boast, that ours is a government of laws, and not men (or persons).  What this means is that we are governed not by arbitrary political power, but that our republic is committed to the values that endure from the founding generation.  These core values include an appreciation that there can be no order without law, no law without morality, and, indeed, that there can be no morality without religion.  These traditional views have been largely abandoned by our legal and political elites on the left, a trend that Duke's Dean Paul Carrington characterized as "legal nihilism," the belief that law doesn't matter and that's it's simply all about politics.

Is Trump honestly under criminal investigation by the FBI?  [Scroll down]  Because Comey presented a credible case for the possibility that the president interfered with a federal criminal investigation, Mueller no doubt is investigating that as one of the related matters.  In that respect, President Trump is under investigation by the FBI, which seeks to determine whether he attempted to influence a federal criminal investigation for a corrupt purpose.  Yet as a sitting president, Trump cannot be indicted for any criminal behavior committed while in office.  Hence he cannot be a "target" of an FBI investigation.  I use the word "target" in quotation marks because it has a technical meaning — namely, that the Department of Justice plans to seek an indictment.  So though it is true that the president is being investigated by the FBI, it is also true that he is not a target of that investigation.  Of what value is a criminal investigation of a person if that person cannot be charged criminally?

Fifteen Lawyers in Search of a Crime.  [Scroll down]  So in one month [Robert] Mueller has managed to put five times as many people on the DoJ payroll as Trump has since January.  As has been noticed, no matter how many lawyers Mueller hires, he only seems to know bigtime Hillary donors.  If he wraps the investigation up in time, the Special Counsel can change his title to Special Bundler for the Clinton 2020 campaign.  But, even if they weren't so ostentatiously partisan, the whole money-no-object profligacy sums up dysfunctional Washington at its most repulsive.

The GOP should do something!  Since President Trump's election, our president has been under daily siege from within and without.  Not a day goes by without an attack by the mainstream media and the press.  The attacks range from unfounded accusations of Russian collusion, which have been debunked, to obstruction of justice, since there is no evidence of collusion.  The whole scenario is a concocted schizophrenic scheme by the entire left to paralyze the Trump administration's agenda with a mission to impeach and remove President Trump from office.  This seditious plot is organized by Barack Hussein Obama from his compound in D.C. and financed by billionaire George Soros, who favors a one-world government.

Robert Mueller Hires Another Clinton Donor For Russia Probe.  Special Counsel Robert Mueller has added another Democrat to his growing team of Trump-Russia investigators.  The former FBI director recently recruited Elizabeth Prelogar, a lawyer in the Office of the Solicitor General, to work on the Russia probe, The National Law Journal reports.  A former law clerk for liberal Supreme Court justices Ruth Bader Ginsburg and Elena Kagan, Prelogar has donated in the past to Hillary Clinton's and Barack Obama's presidential campaigns, Federal Election Commission records show.

Is Mueller Too Conflicted To Investigate Trump Fairly?  Whether or not special prosecutor Robert Mueller is even investigating President Trump for obstruction of justice is far from clear.  What's becoming increasingly clear, however, is that if Mueller does launch such a probe, he shouldn't be the one to run it.

We need a Robert Mueller resignation or a second special counsel.  Special Counsel Robert Mueller has a problem:  He has a disqualifying conflict of interest regarding a large part of his work.  It involves a choice between investigating or relying on former FBI director James Comey, a longtime close friend of Mueller's.  Ideally, he'll recognize that and resign.  But if he doesn't resign, Attorney General Jeff Sessions should appoint another special counsel to take over the obstruction-of-justice part of the investigation, where Mueller is disqualified.

Trump's Way Out of the Progressive Labyrinth.  In every single week of the Trump presidency, the investigators and attorneys of FBI Director James Comey or, subsequently, of special counsel Robert Mueller, have leaked information that President Donald Trump was under investigation for either colluding with the Russians or obstructing justice — allegations so far without any substantiating evidence. [...] Since January 2017, the Congress ceased being a legislative body.  It is now a Star-chamber court determined to decapitate the presidency.

How the Deep State Built Its Field of Dreams.  In the first place, the "Russian collusion" accusation is utterly pretextual, concocted by the media and the Democrats, and it began when President Obama ordered the intelligence chiefs to compose a report on Russian Interference.  The Obama administration then spread the flimsy report, hastily put together across the intelligence community, through a supine if not complicit media.

Very Fake News:  The Cover-up of Robert Mueller's Rather Unseemly Track Record.  Simply put, [Robert] Mueller can't be trusted to arrive at the truth.  The anthrax letters case proves it.  He should never have received the appointment as special counsel.  [Fred] Barnes' assertion that the deck has been stacked ignores the fact that he and his associates in the Never-Trump movement helped stack the deck.  Why didn't they blow the whistle on Mueller when he was appointed?  Why do they ignore his real record now?

The lawyer finds a permanent client.  Mr. Mueller knows better than anyone that once he marches up the hill, he has to march down with the corpse of a president.  When he does, he will be the toast of the great American swamp.  The search continues for the evidence that proves the president sold the White House, the Smithsonian Institution with all its treasures and maybe even the Lincoln Memorial to the Russians.

The lawyers' civil war.  The Trump-Russia collusion story is nonsense, as its disseminators know better than anyone else.  The object of the exercise is not to support the innuendo, but to launch an investigation which can provoke the White House into responses that might be construed as illegal.  The intelligence leaks involved in framing the story alone are probably sufficient grounds to put several dozen senior officials in federal prison for double-digit terms.  That consideration gauges the scale of the problem:  the mutineers have committed multiple felonies, and their downside should the mutiny go wrong is not ignominious retirement but hard time at Leavenworth.

Is This Treason in Time of War?  Two of our worst enemies, North Korea and Iran, are working in close cooperation to develop nuclear weapons and ICBMs, which could destroy our cities with only 15 minutes warning time.  We are therefore at war, quite possibly a war that will end in national catastrophe for us and the civilized world.  This is an important point, because the U.S. Constitution defines "treason" as "aiding and abetting an enemy of the United States in time of war."  The President of the United States has been elected in a close election, and promises to clean out the swamp in Washington DC.  He is therefore attacked by the swampocrats, who have long controlled the media, the bureaucracy, the judiciary and the legislature.

That Was Quick:  Reports Say Mueller Granted Comey Full Immunity Even Before Investigation Began.  Thus far, over the course of the utterly fraudulent "Russian Colusion" investigation, Democrats have accidentally uncovered crimes by Obama's attorney general Loretta Lynch and his FBI director James Comey.  And, as an added bonus, they may have also instigated brand new investigations of Hillary Clinton's suspicious activities.  So, by all means, let's continue this charade.

Are We Nearing Civil War?  We are approaching something of a civil war where the capital city seeks the overthrow of the sovereign and its own restoration.  Thus far, it is a nonviolent struggle, though street clashes between pro- and anti-Trump forces are increasingly marked by fistfights and brawls.  Police are having difficulty keeping people apart.  A few have been arrested carrying concealed weapons.  That the objective of this city is to bring Trump down via a deep state-media coup is no secret.  Few deny it.

Time to Shut Down the Partisan Witch Hunt against Trump.  We-the-People already know — and have known for almost a year — that the faux "Russian-collaboration investigation" into now-President Trump and his team is just that:  false.  Despite the continued Deep State's attempts to try to have something stick to our president — think lying James Clapper and John Brennan as well as pretend non-partisan former FBI Chief Mueller and his discredited BFF (and student) former FBI Chief James Comey — it has been a partisan witch-hunt from its inception.

Comey Wingman Robert Mueller Hiring Obama-Clinton Donors to Investigate Trump.  Special Counsel Robert Mueller, who has been sainted by the establishment, is a longtime and very close friend of Jim Comey's, the easily "stunned" and "confused" former FBI director.  Mueller's begun hiring members of his investigative team and at least four of them are Barack Obama and Hillary Clinton donors.

Report: Two Lawyers Hired by Robert Mueller Were Max Donors to Hillary Clinton in 2016.  Surprisingly, this is from CNN.  Perhaps they're trying to goad President Trump into firing him.

Are Mueller and Comey 'colluding' against Trump by acting as co-special counsel?  It was obvious it would evolve this way from the very moment Mueller was named on May 17th.  Which is why I wrote a column two days later, arguing that Mueller should resign as special counsel.  He has a flagrant conflict of interest that disqualifies him from serving.  To wit, his personal and professional closeness to Comey.  They have long been allies.  Comey regards his predecessor at the FBI as a mentor, while Mueller considers Comey his protégé.  It was evident at the outset that the fired FBI Director would be the pivotal witness in any potential obstruction of justice investigation by Mueller.  Therefore, it was incomprehensible that Rod Rosenstein, the Acting Attorney General, would choose him.  It was equally baffling that Mueller would accept the position.

Mueller's disturbing staffing decisions.  When people in Washington talk on the record about Robert Mueller, they gush.  Terms like "straight shooter" and "unquestioned integrity" flow freely.  Of course, the same was once true of Mueller's friend, James Comey.  When I talk off the record to people I trust who know Mueller, there's less gushing, but no expression of alarm. [...] Yet, there may be cause for concern.  In my view, Mueller's friendship with Comey is one.  Some of Mueller's key staffing decisions are another.

Is Robert Mueller conflicted in Trump probe?  Fired FBI Director James Comey has emerged as the main figure in what some Democrats believe will be an obstruction of justice case against President Trump in the Trump-Russia matter.  Comey's stories of conversations with the president, plus the fact that he was fired, ostensibly as a result of the Russia probe, make him potentially the star witness in the case.  Which brings up an intriguing legal question.  Comey is a good friend of special counsel Robert Mueller — such a good friend, for about 15 years now, that the two men have been described as "brothers in arms."

Comey and Mueller have a history as a Deep State tag team.  Professor Jacobson at Legal Insurrection indicates that Comey's testimony suggests that Mueller is already going beyond the narrow mandate of Acting Attorney General Rosenstein and considering whether the president's discussion with him about General Flynn constitutes "obstruction."

Robert Mueller Stocks Staff with Democrat Donors.  Former House Speaker Newt Gingrich sparked a mini-meltdown in the media Monday [6/12/2017] with a tweet challenging the fairness of the investigation into Russian interference in the 2016 presidential election.

Three members of Russia special counsel team donated to Democrats:  Report.  Three members of the team hired by special counsel Robert Mueller to investigate Russia's meddling in the 2016 election have donated primarily to Democrats, according to records from the Federal Election Commission.  Mueller selected James Quarles, Jeannie Rhee and Andrew Weissman to make up members of his legal team, among the five lawyers identified by CNN.  Those three lawyers have collectively made more than $53,000 in political donations since 1988.

Mueller staffs up to pursue obstruction of justice.  "Personnel is policy" is an old truism that applies to the staffing decisions of Special Counsel Robert Mueller.  Jonathan Turley, an esteemed constitutional scholar who is an honest liberal, examines a telling hire, Michael Dreeben, a deputy in the Solicitor General's office.  Dreeben, Turley informs us, argued to the Supreme Court for an expansive interpretation of obstruction of justice, one that would blur intent.  The details are technical, and Professor Turley's explanation is characteristically lucid.

The Entire Deep State DC Institutional Apparatus Knew President Trump Was Not Under Investigation.  When fired FBI Director James Comey testified to congress he admitted to telling President-Elect Donald Trump, and President Donald Trump, three times, he was never under investigation.  FBI Director Comey told President-elect Trump on January 6th he was not under investigation; Comey again told President Trump on January 27th he was not under investigation; and again on February 15th Director Comey told President Trump he was not under investigation.

Someone in Congress Put Trump's Name on Wikipedia's 'Obstruction of Justice' Webpage.  Somebody with a House of Representatives IP web address decided to put President Trump on Wikipedia's online list of people who faced prominent investigations for obstruction of justice. [...] Trump's name was mostly likely added to preempt the major news that was bound to come out of James Comey's testimony before the Senate Intelligence Committee.

Comey's 'truth' crusade is really an anti-Trump one.  By his actions, Comey reveals himself to be a fellow traveler with Never Trumpers.  His firing brought him out of the shadows and into the open "resistance" to the president.

Reality Winner:  Accused leaker wanted to 'burn the White House down'.  The woman accused of leaking classified information once wrote she wanted "to burn the White House Down... find somewhere in Kurdistan to live," prompting prosecutors on Thursday [6/8/2017] to argue she would flee the country if she was released on bond.  Reality Winner appeared before a judge in Augusta, Ga., on Thursday [6/8/2017] who ordered her to remain jailed until her trial.  Prosecutors argued that the 25-year-old might try to flee the U.S. if she was released on bond.  They added that Winner wrote in her notebook alleged plans to set the White House on fire, travel to Afghanistan and pledge her allegiance to the Taliban, WSB-TV reported.

The monumental idiocy of leaker Reality Leigh Winner.  The online news outlet that unwittingly outed the Georgia woman who has since admitted to providing them with classified National Security Agency documents may not be the dumbest entity in this story.  Reality Winner, 25, whose top-secret clearance gave her access to the now-leaked NSA information, has been coaching family members via jailhouse phone calls, which are monitored, on how to manipulate investigators and the press, according to prosecutors.  Her plan, they said, is to portray herself as some sort of scared, doe-eyed neophyte.  For emphasis:  Jailhouse phone calls are monitored.  This is 100 percent normal, and it should come as a surprise to exactly no one.  If it's true she has been openly discussing the PR angle with family members over monitored phone calls, it suggests she is a lot dimmer than originally estimated.

Total Vetting Fail:  Left-Wing Snowden Fan Girl Reality Winner Gets Access to Our NSA Secrets.  The news reads like something out of a screwball comedy:  a far-left activist named "Reality Leigh Winner" somehow received clearance to work for the National Security Agency, which she allegedly proceeded to rob of classified material in the name of the kookburger anti-Trump "Resistance."  In the post-Edward Snowden era, how does someone like this get anywhere near sensitive data?  Speaking of Snowden, Ms. Winner is a huge fan of his.  He was one of only 50 accounts she followed on Twitter, along with WikiLeaks, Iranian Foreign Minister Mohammed Javad Zarif, and the Anonymous hacker collective.  Her own Twitter posts were filled with foaming-at-the-mouth anti-Trump tirades such as, "Why burn a flag?  Donald Trump thinks crosses burn much better."

Reality Winner's lawyer asks public to ignore her anti-Trump tweets.  A lawyer for Reality Winner, the 25-year-old government contractor who was arrested for leaking classified information to the press, said Wednesday that people should ignore her anti-Trump tweets and instead take it from her parents when it comes to "who she is as a person."  "For a better idea of who she is, I think her parents have done a phenomenal job in explaining to the world who she is as a person, not just this figure that's been created in the span of a week," lawyer Titus Nichols said on CNN.

Prepare the White House for President Pence.  The fact that [Robert] Mueller is, in effect, investigating the conduct of another FBI director, James Comey, is another significant factor.  Mueller and Comey are best friends.  They will protect each other.  Comey did not reopen the anthrax investigation in order to get to the bottom of Mueller's incompetence, and Mueller will not hold Comey responsible for targeting Trump by using the phony "Trump Dossier" filled with Russian disinformation.  Hence, they both have reasons to go after Trump.  They are a tag team against the President.

Don't let the door hit you on the way out.
Acting U.S. Ambassador to China Resigns Over Pullout from Climate Pact.  The acting U.S. ambassador to China resigned on Monday [6/5/2017] to protest President Trump's decision to withdraw from the Paris climate change accord. [...] The resignation highlights the level of politicization that has taken place in key U.S. government agencies during the Obama administration.

Kelly: Courts Have Blocked Me 'From Doing Those Things I Know Would Make Americans Safe'.  Homeland Security Secretary John Kelly told Congress on Tuesday that he expects that some of the foreign fighters who traveled to Iraq and Syria to return home to continue their plotting, and "we expect that some will look to travel to the United States to carry out attacks."  But because the courts have blocked President Trump's temporary travel ban, Kelly said he is "not fully confident" that the Department of Homeland Security is doing "all that we can to weed out potential wrong-doers."

How The Intercept Outed Reality Winner.  Today [6/5/2017], The Intercept released documents on election tampering from an NSA leaker.  Later, the arrest warrant request for an NSA contractor named "Reality Winner" was published, showing how they tracked her down because she had printed out the documents and sent them to The Intercept.  The document posted by the Intercept isn't the original PDF file, but a PDF containing the pictures of the printed version that was then later scanned in.  The problem is that most new printers print nearly invisibly yellow dots that track down exactly when and where documents, any document, is printed.  Because the NSA logs all printing jobs on its printers, it can use this to match up precisely who printed the document.

Alleged NSA Leaker Is A 'Resist-Trump,' Bernie-Supporting Groupie.  She is also very concerned about 'Climate Change' and getting her home state of Georgia to be less dependent on fossil fuels.  But concerned about leaking classified information?  Apparently, not so much.

NSA Leaker: 'Being White Is Terrorism'.  The woman charged by the Department of Justice with stealing "Top Secret" information from the National Security Agency apparently believes being white is a form of terrorism.  That's according to a tweet the alleged leaker, Reality Winner, sent in February.  Winner, who is herself white, tweeted at rapper Kanye West that he should make a shirt declaring whiteness an act of terror.

And here I thought getting Top Secret Clearance was hard.  Turns out any blonde ditz can get Top Secret Clearance.

First arrest over Trump leaks:  Intelligence contractor, 25, is charged under espionage laws.  The federal government has leveled the first charges against an individual in connection with leaks related to the Russian election hacking.  The government has charged Reality Leigh Winner, 25, a Georgia intelligence contractor, with removing classified material from a government facility.  'Winner is a contractor with Pluribus International Corporation assigned to a U.S. government agency facility in Georgia,' according to a government criminal complaint.

Alleged leaker hid NSA documents in pantyhose, report says.  A former National Security Agency contractor has reportedly told federal authorities that she smuggled classified documents out of the NSA office where she worked by stuffing them in her pantyhose.  The documents reportedly contained classified data on Russia's alleged hacking during the 2016 U.S. presidential election.  Reality Leigh Winner, 25, a former Air Force linguist with a top-secret security clearance, was asked by an FBI agent about how she managed to get the documents out of the agency's Augusta, Ga., office.

Why is Hillary Clinton's private server man running the U.S. embassy in U.K and undercutting Trump's tweets?  Lew Lukens, the highest-ranking U.S. official in London, is a piece of work.  The Chargé d'Affaires, or acting U.S. ambassador to the United Kingdom, undercut President Trump's criticism of London's Mayor Sadiq Khan in the wake of the recent terror attack by brazenly tweeting high praise to the leftist leader, whose hostility to Trump is well known.

The easy trail that led the feds to Reality Winner, alleged source of NSA leak.  Sources generally cover their tracks, especially in an era when even the most innocuous computer activity leaves an electronic trail.  Leaks are common, but prosecutions aren't.  Edward Snowden took extraordinary precautions when he leaked troves of classified information on surveillance activity by the National Security Agency to journalists, and was charged only after he publicly revealed himself to be the source. [...] In the case of Reality Leigh Winner, a government contractor accused of sending a top-secret document to a news outlet, federal authorities brought charges less than a week after being tipped off to the leak.

Reality Leigh Winner, federal contractor in Georgia, charged with leaking classified info on Russian hacking.  A federal contractor with top secret security clearance faces charges of leaking classified information to a news outlet, the Justice Department announced today [6/5/2017].  Reality Leigh Winner, 25, a contractor with Pluribus International Corp. in Georgia, is charged with removing classified material from a government facility and mailing it to an online news outlet.  Winner was arrested by the FBI at her home in Augusta, Georgia on Saturday.

DOJ Arrests 25-Year-Old NSA Contractor Leaking Classified Intel.  Reality Leigh "Sara" Winner is a Georgia resident and an employee of NSA contractor Pluribus International Corp.  She has held a top secret security clearance since at least February.  She made her first federal court appearance in Augusta, Georgia, Monday afternoon [6/5/2017]. [...] A review of Ms. Winner's social media and on-line presence shows her ideology is rabidly anti-President Trump.  She is a vocal advocate for Black Lives Matter and various left-wing organizations.  Her social media is that of a typically well indoctrinated leftist.

NSA Leaker Is A Bernie Supporter Who 'Resists' Trump.  The 25-year-old woman who stole "Top Secret" documents from the National Security Agency and leaked them to The Intercept appears to be a supporter of Bernie Sanders and other progressive icons, such as Bill Maher and Michael Moore.  Reality Leigh Winner's apparent social media footprint also shows that she is a supporter of other liberal causes, including the Women's March and the Islamic Society of North America, the Muslim civil rights group. [...] Winner admitted to FBI agents that she stole the documents and provided them to The Intercept.  The news site published an article on Monday that appears to be based on the stolen materials.  The Top Secret records show that Russian agents attempted to hack into U.S. voting systems prior to the November election.

Punishing The Real Russia Crime:  Leaking.  The appointment of a special counsel, as well as the Congressional proceedings to uncover and punish such associates of Donald Trump as may have colluded with the Russian government with regard to the 2016 campaign, are a combination of partisan and Intelligence-bureaucracy warfare.  No one has mentioned any activity of anyone in that campaign that might qualify as a violation of any criminal statute.  Moreover, these legal and pseudo-legal proceedings abstract from the patently obvious felonies that U.S intelligence officials have committed each and every time they have informed reporters of the Washington Post and New York Times about the targets, functions, and results of U.S communications intelligence.  18 U.S. code 798 is, a "strict liability" statute, and specifies ten years' imprisonment and $10,000 fine for each count.  Trump's enemies, and Trump himself, treat this parody of law as a game.  It is not.

Should a Special Prosecutor be appointed to investigate Obama's criminal behavior?  I think it is a very valid question to ask if Barack Obama's spying on American citizens during his time in office was worse than Watergate.  I consider it to be massively worse.  It was ongoing and not limited to one event and yet Obama has not been called to task for it at all... yet.  A series of subpoenas were just issued by the House to former high-ranking members of the Obama administration for improper unmasking.  Those include Susan Rice, John Brennan and Samantha Power.  But you'd never know it...  ABC, CBS and other leftist media outlets are deliberately ignoring it and keep screeching Russia over Trump.  I'm all for a Special Prosecutor being appointed to investigate Obama's spying and criminal misdeeds.  Watergate was a single event, very limited in scope.  Obama's spying spans eight years.

Leak Investigation — House Intelligence Committee Issues CIA, FBI and NSA Subpoenas.  Interesting report from James Rosen via Fox News reveals the House Intelligence Committee has issued subpoenas for John Brennan (CIA), James Comey (FBI), Susan Rice (National Security Adviser) and interestingly, Samantha Power — former U.N. Ambassador — in relation to the unmasking and leaking of names contained within intelligence reports.  [Video clip]

House Intelligence Committee sends subpoenas to intel agencies.  Three of the nation's intelligence agencies received subpoenas Wednesday afternoon [5/31/2017] issued by the House Intelligence Committee, Fox News has confirmed, with each of the three demands for documents explicitly naming three top officials of the Obama administration:  Susan Rice, who served as President Obama's White House national security adviser; former CIA Director John Brennan; and former U.N. ambassador Samantha Power.  The three subpoenas, among a total of seven signed by panel chairman Rep. Devin Nunes (R-CA), were served on the Federal Bureau of Investigation, the Central Intelligence Agency, and the National Security Agency, and all three explicitly referenced "unmasking" — a signal that the House panel is intensifying its investigation into allegations that Obama-era aides improperly demanded the "unmasking" of names of associates of President Trump that had appeared, in coded form, in classified intelligence reports, then leaked the data to news media organizations.

Forget Russian Collusion.  We Are Russia.  What's a citizen to do when he or she no longer trusts the intelligence agencies of his or her country?  That's the terrifying situation evolving from the leaks and counter-leaks surrounding the various investigations grouped under the rubric "Russia" — though it appears to have less and less to do with Russia and more and more to do with us.

Former CIA Agent:  Deep State Targeting Trump Family Members to Damage President.  A former CIA agent said the Trump family is undoubtedly being targeted by intelligence agencies and other actors looking to damage the Trump administration.  Bob Baer, a former CIA case officer, made the comments Friday [5/19/2017] during an appearance on "The Laura Ingraham Show."  Ingraham asked Baer if right-wing populist political activists should be concerned about being monitored by deep state actors.  "For you and me, no ... we're not that important to the equation," Baer said.  "But you can count on it that people are after the Trump family right now."

10 Crazy Conspiracy Theories That Became Conspiracy Facts.  [Scroll down to #8] In his writing, [Mike] Lofgren emphasized the role of FISA international surveillance courts.  This was confirmed in a very interesting way when President Donald Trump accused former President Obama of tapping his phones, a charge Obama aides deflected by saying that if such a warrant had been issued, it would have been done through a FISA court.  This shows how presidents are able to skirt the constitution by outsourcing surveillance requests.  It also shows the interconnectedness of these agencies.  However you want to describe it, it's the natural conclusion of Operation Mockingbird and most certainly a reality that the elites would have rather kept under the radar.  Fortunately for the people of the Earth, revelations from Wikileaks and other whistleblowers have, over the last couple decades, made it abundantly clear that the Deep State (the New World Order) not only exists, but also that it's far more sinister and powerful than early conspiracy theorists could have ever imagined.

As Leaks Pile Up, It's Evident Trump Is Under Attack From His Own Staff.  It's coming from inside the house.  Throughout Trump's presidency and increasingly in the past few weeks, leaks from staff members to the press are undermining the president.  The New York Times reported Friday [5/19/2017] exact details of Trump's meeting last week with Russian officials.  The report cited a document read to them by an "American official," which summarized the meeting.

CNN's Chalian: 'There are People in This Government' Who Are 'Pretty Committed' to Taking Trump Down.  While discussing the New York Times' report that President Trump called FBI Director James Comey a "nutjob" and told Russian officials that firing Comey relieved "great pressure" on Friday's [5/19/2017] broadcast of CNN's "Situation Room," CNN Political Director David Chalian argued the Trump White House does have a point about leaks, and that while "It's not going to save them from their real legal and political troubles," "there are people in this government who seem pretty committed to taking him down."

How Many Countries Conspired Against Trump?  The Guardian adds to our knowledge of how the Obama administration and its allies overseas tried to discredit Donald Trump.  (For purposes of this post, I assume that everything the Guardian says is true, even though it is based on anonymous sources who are pursuing their personal and political interests.) [...] So just about every Western intelligence service was collaborating with the Obama administration in trying to elect Hillary Clinton.  Yet, amazingly enough, they failed.  The blindingly obvious point that the Guardian tries to obscure is that the combined assets of all of these agencies failed to find any evidence of collaboration between the Trump campaign and Russia.

The Frivolous Case Against the House Intelligence Chairman.  Well it looks like the media won't have Representative Devin Nunes to kick around anymore.  This is the latest twist in the dueling investigations around alleged Russian ties to President Donald Trump's associates and the Obama administration's alleged politicization of the surveillance state.

Going Overboard with #Russiagate.  Democrats in Congress and their allies in the media have officially become obsessed with the alleged links between the Trump administration and Russia, and it has very little to do with concerns over the integrity of the electoral process or the fate of American democracy.  In reality, the president's opponents see the investigations into Trump campaign associates and hangers-on as an invaluable weapon.  With the electorate booting the Democratic Party completely out of power, what better way is there to undermine the administration and cast a cloud of illegitimacy over the duly elected commander-in-chief?

Why the 'Trump' State Department still loves George Soros.  The failure of the Trump administration thus far to staff up the executive branch is hurting the conservative policy agenda and thwarting the will of the voters.  And six Republican senators who asked Secretary of State Rex Tillerson to probe whether foreign aid is promoting a progressive agenda around the world just got an abject lesson in how.  They got their answer not from Tillerson or anyone around him, but from a mid-level career official at the Bureau of Legislative Affairs, Executive Secretary Joseph E. Macmanus.  He pretty much told the senators to take a hike.

Unravelling the Team Obama anti-Trump leak machine.  She didn't "leak," she only "unmasked."  This is former National Security Adviser Susan Rice's self-defense for having sought the explicit exposure, in highly classified intelligence documents, of the names of US citizens inadvertently caught up in American surveillance of Russian officials.  Moreover, she and her partisans insist, seeking and achieving this "unmasking" (from either the director of the National Security Agency or the FBI) was entirely within her legal right as national-security adviser.  I'll take her word for it, though if it had been so pristine, it's unclear why Rice had previously lied and claimed no knowledge of any of it.  According to Eli Lake of Bloomberg, Rice "requested the identities of US persons in raw intelligence reports on dozens of occasions that connect to the Donald Trump transition and campaign."  Dozens of occasions.

FISAgate: The Question Is Not Whether Trump Associates Were Monitored.  [Scroll down]  Nunes's disclosures further suggest that the communications of others associated with Trump's campaign (perhaps even Trump himself) were also intercepted.  During the press conference, a reporter asked, Nunes, "Was the president [i.e., Trump] included in that incidental collection — his communication?"  Nunes responded, "Yes."  Based on the little that has been reported, the interception and handling of these communications seems more disturbing because, according to Nunes, they have nothing to do with any known government intelligence investigations of Russia.  Unless there is some legitimate connection to foreign activities, the specter of political spying hovers.

Nunes Did Nothing New By Viewing Raw Intel At The White House.  There is nothing new about House Permanent Select Committee on Intelligence Chairman Rep. Devin Nunes leaving the panel's secure room beneath the Capitol Building and heading to the White House complex or a related facility nearby to view raw intelligence, The Daily Caller News Foundation's Investigative Group has learned.  For years, intelligence committee chiefs have trekked to the other end of Pennsylvania Avenue or to an intelligence agency to view such super sensitive intelligence material, because the congressional secure room can't handle such material.

Former Obama Official Describes Last-Minute Rush to Spy on Trump Team, Conceal Intel Sources.  A former top Obama administration official made a stunning admission during a panel discussion on MSNBC's Morning Joe this week.  Evelyn Farkas, a former deputy assistant secretary of defense under Obama, openly admitted that her colleagues had gathered intelligence on the Trump campaign's alleged ties to Russia before Donald Trump took office and then tried to hide the sources of that intelligence from the incoming administration.

Judge Andrew Napolitano Stands by British Surveillance Report in Return to Fox News.  Judge Andrew Napolitano spoke on Fox News, Wednesday [3/29/2017], making his first appearance on the network after pushing a controversial report in defense of President Trump's claims of wiretapping during the 2016 election.  Anchors Bret Baier and Shepard Smith previously said that Fox could not independently confirm the accuracy of Napolitano's claim that the British intelligence service GCHQ facilitated the wiretapping.  During Napolitano's spot on America's Newsroom today, Bill Hemmer noted that "you've had a few quiet days."  Hemmer then asked the judge whether he was still confident in the story, to which the Fox judicial analyst said yes.  [Video clip]

Comey, Senators Try to Convince America That Trump-Russia Probes Are Apolitical.  On Wednesday [3/29/2017], FBI Director James Comey and the leaders of the Senate Intelligence Committee attempted to boost people's confidence in the government's probes into Russia's election meddling — or at least distance themselves from the mess created by Nunes.  During the election, Comey criticized Hillary Clinton for her private email server and commented on the FBI's investigation numerous times.  Yet he only confirmed last week that the agency has been investigating the Trump campaign's possible ties to Russia since July.  Comey has been accused of attempting to sway the election himself, or at least displaying terrible judgement.

Protecting Deep State:  Republicans and Democrats Refuse To Review Oversight Intelligence.  Chairman Nunes is the only member of the Intelligence Oversight Gang-of-Eight who has reviewed the executive level intelligence product which caused him concern.  Nunes alleged in the last week he received evidence that Obama administration political figures gained access to unmasked American identities through foreign intercepts involving the Trump transition team between November 2016 and January 2017.  Media and congressional leadership intentionally skip the obvious questions:  [For example,] Why don't the other seven members also go look at the same executive intel?

Stopping Trump's 'travel ban' a case study of the Deep State in action.  Democrats own the Deep State, that network of embedded bureaucrats, academics and media, judicial activists, and spooks that is operating to stymie, discredit, and ultimately remove from office a president that is a threat to their mutual agenda.  They are agreed that government should control more of life's essential functions, and that benign rule of the enlightened can reshape society to match their visions.  The Deep State's horror at the Trump victory has led it to act rashly and thereby expose itself to view.  Understanding that this cadre of activists covertly manipulates events ruthlessly, it is now time to collect case studies.

The Establishment Media Lied:  Trump Was Right All Along About Obama Admin Surveillance.  Since the moment President Trump released his now infamous Tweet accusing Obama of wiretapping him, the establishment media has done everything in their power to continually attack the White House while claiming that there is absolutely no evidence of any surveillance.  That line of disinformation was destroyed this week after multiple reports confirmed that the entire Trump team was most likely under surveillance, conducted while Obama was the president, right up until the day of the inauguration.  The media manipulation on this topic has gotten so blatant that a highly respected liberal law professor has even joined the argument, publishing a column in The Hill that not only confirms that Trump was right all along but also takes the mainstream media to task for purposefully misrepresenting Trump's original Tweet and the subsequent clarifications by the White House.

Will Smoking Gun Documents Vindicate Trump?  In the wake of House Intelligence Committee Chairman Devin Nunes's statements to reporters on Wednesday [3/22/2017], the outline of what could become the biggest political scandal of the last 100 years is becoming clear.  Obama administration officials, possibly aided by Obama's January 2017 order expanding access to the NSA's raw signals intelligence data, are alleged to have misused the NSA's surveillance capabilities to spy on the incoming Trump administration.  The NSA's raw data includes names of US citizens, which are supposed to be "masked."  Obama officials allegedly "unmasked" the names of people associated with Donald Trump, and feloniously leaked information (which may have been true or false) about those individuals to reporters in order to damage the incoming administration.

Did Obama Surveil Trump?  Sure Looks That Way.  Rep. Devin Nunes, chairman of the House Intelligence Committee, says that the Obama administration surveilled Donald Trump's transition aides and possibly Trump himself following November's election.  If true, it warrants a major investigation.  "I recently confirmed that on numerous occasions the intelligence community ... collected information about U.S. citizens involved in the Trump transition," Nunes told reporters.  Nunes immediately came under intense criticism from congressional Democrats for his revelations.  What's both hilarious and sad is that these are the very same Democrats who have been nearly silent as a series of illegal leaks from the intelligence bureaucracy have made their way into the mainstream media, in a transparent attempt by unnamed intelligence officials to damage Trump's presidency.

Schiff Slimes Devin Nunes.  It is said that the Senate plays chess while the House of Representatives plays smash mouth hockey.  The revelation by House Intelligence Committee Chairman Rep. Devin Nunes that, yes, members of Team Trump were in fact surveilled and the contents of their conversations and their names were recorded and disseminated set off ranking member Rep. Adam Schiff from the People's Republic of California.

Here's Why Nunes' Obama Spying Revelations Are Such A Big Deal.  In the last three months of the Obama presidency, significant personal information from and about the Trump transition was collected and widely disseminated at intelligence agencies, according to House Intelligence Committee Chairman Devin Nunes.  Dozens of intelligence reports provided to Nunes by an unnamed whistleblower were floating around during the sensitive transition period following the election, he said.  The information collection itself may have technically been legal, but the failure to properly mask the information "alarmed" the California congressman, who notified the White House of the surveillance and dissemination of information on Wednesday afternoon [3/22/2017].  Many of the reporters present didn't seem to grasp the significance of what Nunes revealed.

Potential 'smoking gun' showing Obama administration spied on Trump team, source says.  Republican congressional investigators expect a potential "smoking gun" establishing that the Obama administration spied on the Trump transition team, and possibly the president-elect himself, will be produced to the House Intelligence Committee this week, a source told Fox News.  Classified intelligence showing incidental collection of Trump team communications, purportedly seen by committee Chairman Devin Nunes, R-Calif., and described by him in vague terms at a bombshell Wednesday afternoon [3/22/2017] news conference, came from multiple sources, Capitol Hill sources told Fox News.  The intelligence corroborated information about surveillance of the Trump team that was known to Nunes, sources said, even before President Trump accused his predecessor of having wiretapped him in a series of now-infamous tweets posted on March 4.  The intelligence is said to leave no doubt the Obama administration, in its closing days, was using the cover of legitimate surveillance on foreign targets to spy on President-elect Trump, according to sources.

John Podesta, in bed with the Russians all along.  Was there anyone more pious, anyone more inclined to stroke his chin and intone for guarding national security in the wake of the WikiLeaks revelations than Hillary Clinton campaign manager John Podesta?  Turns out the wily Democrat operative was neck-deep with the Russians he intoned against all along, through a Russian-financed company called Joule, according to a new report from the Daily Caller News Foundation.  The problem here is that the Russian oligarchs he's been consorting with are so dirty that even Putin is after them.  That blows apart Podesta's dishonest narrative about "Russians hacked the election" and rival Donald Trump supposedly colluding with them, but also the issue of Putin's supposed animosity toward Hillary Clinton, as cited by FBI director James Comey Monday.

Intelligence Reports Reveal Improper Political Surveillance of Trump, Transition Team.  A House intelligence committee investigation took a dramatic shift this week after newly disclosed intelligence reports suggested the Obama administration improperly gathered and disseminated secret electronic communications from President Trump and his transition team prior to inauguration.  Rep. Devin Nunes (R., Calif.), the chairman of the House Permanent Select Committee on Intelligence, indicated that the administration used its foreign intelligence gathering authority to spy on the discussions of Trump and his transition team by improperly unmasking the identity of Americans who were swept up in foreign electronic spying.  "What I've read seems to be some level of surveillance activity, perhaps legal, but I don't know that it's right and I don't know if the American people would be comfortable with what I've read," said Nunes, who uncovered the reports.

Report: NSA To Provide "Smoking Gun" Proof Obama Spied On Trump.  Yesterday [3/22/2017], Republican Devin Nunez Nunes held an explosive press conference outside the White House in which he told reporters that communications from the Trump team were picked up and disseminated within the government during the 2016 campaign.  Not surprisingly, the comments ruffled some liberal feathers and the mainstream media launched an immediate smear campaign calling for Nunes to resign his post immediately.

NSA Whistleblower:  NSA Spies On Congress, Supreme Court, White House, And Probably Trump.  NSA whistleblower Bill Binney, who left the intel agency in 2001, told Tucker Carlson not only was Donald Trump probably spied on but also members of Congress and the Supreme Court.  Binney also talked about NSA employees who spied on spouses and significant others to see if they were being cheated on.  Binney is a 30-year veteran of the National Security Agency.

Trump was right after all about the Obama administration wiretaps.  The curious thing about President Trump is that his method and language in communications often mask legitimate issues or concerns.  This may be such a case with the disclosure that indeed some Trump officials may have been subject to surveillance under the Obama administration.  Trump triggered this particular jump scare with the tweet on March 4 that he "just found out that Obama had my 'wires tapped' in Trump Tower just before the victory.  Nothing found.  This is McCarthyism!" He followed with such tirades as "How low has President Obama gone to tap my phones during the very sacred election process.  This is Nixon/Watergate.  Bad (or sick) guy!"  The media pounced and rightfully demanded proof to support such a charge.  When it was clear that no evidence would be produced, the media (again rightfully) pummeled the White House for failing to support one of the most alarming claims ever made by a president against a former president.

The Obama Plot to Sabotage Trump.  Devin Nunes just set the cat down among the pigeons.  Two days after FBI Director James Comey assured us there was no truth to President Trump's tweet about being wiretapped by Barack Obama, the chairman of the House Intelligence Committee said Trump may have had more than just a small point.  The U.S. intelligence community, says Nunes, during surveillance of legitimate targets, picked up the names of Trump transition officials during surveillance of targets, "unmasked" their identity, and spread their names around, virtually assuring they would be leaked.  If true, this has the look and smell of a conspiracy to sabotage the Trump presidency, before it began.

The 11 questions you probably have about Rep. Nunes and Trump surveillance.  Rep. Devin Nunes, R-Calif., made headlines this week when he told reporters the intelligence community incidentally collected information on Donald Trump's transition team following the Nov. 8 election.  The congressman's surprise claim raises many questions, including whether the alleged collection was legal and who was involved.  As the issue is a confusing one that likely won't disappear anytime soon, I've compiled a list of the 11 questions you most likely have about this chapter in the ongoing saga involving Trump and the intelligence community: [...]

What's really hidden deep within all this intel squabbling.  One of the tricks in political communications when experiencing difficult times is to drag several other issues into the fray, muddying the waters to distract attention from the main controversy.  That's what you're witnessing now in the arcane kerfluffle over wiretapping, eavesdropping, surveillance and congressional protocol.  So, let's clear things up.  Forget President Trump's unsubstantiated tweets about being wiretapped by a certain ex-president who's fled to French Polynesia for a month.  Forget about Russians and what they may or may not have done last year.  And ignore the manners expected of a House committee chairman.  In other words, disregard all the pots calling all the kettles black.  Here's what really matters:  During the waning days of the Obama administration U.S. intelligence was indeed monitoring the conversations of foreign persons of interest after the Nov. 8 election and before the Jan. 20 inauguration.  That's normal and actually encouraging given how many key things those agencies have missed in recent years.

In Defense of Devin Nunes.  One of the strangest turns in the story of Russia and the Trump campaign has been the recent outrage from Democrats over politicization of the investigation.  This all centers on Chairman Devin Nunes, the Republican who is leading the House Intelligence Committee's investigation.  He was an adviser to the Trump presidential transition.  The White House asked him last month to talk to a reporter to rebut news stories that alleged Trump associates had many contacts with Russian intelligence officers.  On Wednesday, Nunes briefed the president about new information he had regarding dozens of widely disseminated intelligence reports on the Trump transition.  He did this before he briefed his committee's Democrats.  All of this has prompted an outbreak of high dudgeon from the party of Clinton.  Representative Adam Schiff, the ranking Democrat on the committee, says Nunes must choose whether he wants to lead a credible investigation or be a surrogate of the Trump White House.  House Minority Leader Nancy Pelosi says Nunes is a "stooge."

Trump Is 100% Vindicated On Wiretapping, and 7 Other Things You Should Know.  Yeppers, I said 100% vindicated, and those who disagree are either being stubbornly hyper-literal about the word "wiretap," or the placing of a "physical wiretap," or Obama himself placing the wiretap, or standing by the point Ben Shapiro makes that Trump is still wrong because the surveillance was "incidental."  I'll touch on the "incidental" issue at length in the points below, but to immediately address Ben's argument, even if the collection was incidental, once the unmasking and dissemination of that "incidental" information occurs, that is the Obama administration illegally targeting Trump using surveillance, and that is the exact same thing as outright spying.  And being illegally spied on was, of course, Trump's overall claim. [...] Not for a moment do I believe the Obama administration "inadvertently" or "incidentally captured" Team Trump communications.

The Trump surveillance scandal just blew wide open.  "We had an absolute bombshell" revelation about the Obama administration's surveillance of President Trump's team on Wednesday [3/22/2017], said Conservative Review Editor-in-Chief Mark Levin.  According to a report earlier in the day, House Intelligence Chairman Devin Nunes (D-Calif.) told reporters that members of the president's transition team, and potentially Trump himself, were under surveillance during the Obama administration following November's election, told reporters Wednesday [3/22/2017].  According to Nunes, not only was "significant information" gathered on the Trump team, but identities of those surveilled were unmasked in the process.  Levin called it "stunning" and put it into perspective, saying. "...this is in addition to the ongoing counter-intelligence investigation" announced by Comey that has been happening since July.

Freedom Watch Notifies Congress of "Deep State" Intelligence Whistle-Blower.  Freedom Watch notifies congress of a "Deep State" intelligence community whistle blower, Dennis Montgomery, with hundreds of millions of documents showing CIA and FBI and Intelligence Committees were spying on, and conducting surveillance on, American citizens for political purposes.  Mr. Montgomery is trying to use a legal "whistle-blower" process and not follow the same approach as Edward Snowden.

House's Devin Nunes in Obama's 'Deep State' Crosshairs.  Democrats and jealous losers like Senator John McCain have ganged up on House Intelligence Committee chairman Devin Nunes for telling the truth about President Trump's personal email being illegally spied upon and read by someone whose reach may have gone as far as President Obama.  In fact, it might have been Obama himself.

How Team Trump's 'unmasking' by intel community may reveal illegal actions by Obama officials.  Trump presidential transition officials had their communications monitored and "unmasked" by the intelligence community, the chairman of the House intelligence committee said Wednesday [3/22/2017], offering the first major piece of evidence of possible illegal activity by Obama officials against Donald Trump as president-elect.  Rep. Devin Nunes, California Republican, said Mr. Trump's own communications might have been monitored.  All of the information appears to have been scooped up legally and incidentally, meaning the Trump officials weren't the targets.  They may have been gathered by foreign intelligence and then shared with the U.S. under existing agreements, one lawmaker said.

Democrats Shouldn't Dismiss Nunes' Spying Claims So Quickly.  House Intelligence Chairman Devin Nunes told reporters yesterday [3/22/2017] that members of Donald Trump's presidential transition team possibly Trump himself had been caught up in surveillance during the last days of the Obama administration.  Nunes says the surveillance, by both the FBI and NSA, looked to be legal "incidental collection" that had nothing to do with concerns over Russia collusion.  If true, this isn't the "wiretapping" of Trump Towers, as Trump claimed in his infamous tweet a few weeks ago, but it is spying in any commonly understood sense of the word.  The NSA routinely listens to calls and reads emails of Americans and collects other data "incidentally" from third parties, avoiding warrants.  Section 702 of the Foreign Intelligence Surveillance, which has been found constitutional, states that government doesn't need a warrant to collect information on Americans as long as the target of the collection is a foreigner.

Nunes 'Unmasking' Report Vindicates Trump Claims on Surveillance.  House Intelligence Committee chair Rep. Devin Nunes (R-CA) announced on Wednesday that he had learned that members of President Donald Trump's transition team had been under surveillance by the Obama administration, that individual names had been "unmasked" by the intelligence community, and that those names had been leaked to the media.  Nunes's information which he said he would deliver to the White House later vindicates the bulk of Trump's claims earlier this month.

Nunes: Trump transition members were under surveillance during Obama administration.  House Intelligence Chairman Devin Nunes declared Wednesday that members of Donald Trump's transition team, possibly including Trump himself, were under inadvertent surveillance following November's presidential election.  The White House and Trump's allies immediately seized on the statement as vindication of the president's much-maligned claim that former President Barack Obama wiretapped Trump Tower phones even though Nunes himself said that's not what his new information shows.

Trump team communications captured by intelligence community surveillance, Nunes says.  Members of the intelligence community "incidentally collected" communications from the Trump transition team during legal surveillance operations of foreign targets, a top Republican lawmaker said Wednesday afternoon [3/22/2017].  House Intelligence Chairman Rep. Devin Nunes, R-Calif., said this produced "dozens" of reports which eventually unmasked several individuals' identities and were "widely disseminated."  He said none of the reports he had read mentioned Russia or Russians and he was unsure whether the surveillance occurred at Trump Tower — as President Trump has suggested.  Nunes also was unsure if then President-elect Trump was captured by the surveillance, which occurred in November, December and January.  "I recently confirmed on numerous occasions the intelligence community incidentally collected intelligence," Nunes said.  Democrats quickly criticized him for his comments.

Obama Admin Loyalists, Government Insiders Sabotage Trump White House.  The Obama administration worked in its final weeks in office to undermine the incoming Trump White and continues to do so, according to multiple sources both in and out of the White House.  Behind the effort, these sources say, are senior government officials who previously worked under President Obama and remain loyal to his agenda.  These individuals leak negative information about the Trump White House and its senior staff to a network of former Obama administration officials who then plant this information in key media outlets including the Washington Post and New York Times.  Meanwhile, holdovers from the Obama administration are working to undermine the Trump administration's agenda through efforts to alter official communications, a number of administration officials confirmed in conversations with the Washington Free Beacon.

Chairman Devin Nunes:  Post Trump Debrief on Surveillance Discovery.  House Intelligence Committee Chairman Devin Nunes conducts a press conference following his debrief with President Trump discussing the surveillance of the Trump transition team by former President Obama's intelligence community.

Independent Journal Review suspends Benny Johnson for role in publishing Obama story:  Report.  The Independent Journal Review (IJR) has reportedly suspended Chief Content Officer Benny Johnson and two editors for their role in publishing a conspiracy theory about former President Obama.  Alex Skatell, the conservative website's founder, suspended Mr. Johnson, viral editor Kyle Becker and content editor Becca Lower for publishing the report last week that suggested Mr. Obama may have influenced a Hawaii judge's ruling blocking President Trump's second travel ban, Business Insider reported.

The Conspiracy Against President Trump.  [Scroll down]  Indeed, the lack of integrity of the FBI, NSA, CIA, and Obama regime is evidenced by the sustained campaign of lies, distortions, and targeted "news leaks," that is, stories planted on the presstitutes by the intelligence services about Russian interference in the presidential election.  It is all about protecting the massive military/security budget and powers. [...] Trump cannot even count on the Republican Party.  Most Republicans are also dependent on political contributions from the military/security complex, and Republicans know that the intelligence agencies have all the dirt on them.  To fight for Trump is to expose themselves.

FBI bugged Trump Tower while probing Russian gambling ring.  There's truth to President Trump's claim that there was wiretapping inside his Midtown skyscraper during the Obama administration — only Trump wasn't the target.  The FBI listened in on phone conversations and monitored text messages between 2011 and 2013 while probing a gambling and money-laundering ring tied to the Russian mob that operated out of a 63rd-floor pad in Trump Tower, ABC News reported Tuesday [3/21/2017].  The $5 million condo, unit 63A, is located just three floors below the president's lavish, triplex penthouse.

Evidence Says Obama DID Wire Tap Trump's Campaign.  On Saturday morning President Donald J. Trump put a bee in the media's bonnet by tweeting how shameful it was that Obama tapped his phones during the late campaign for president.  It set off two full days of liberals acting shocked and outraged that Trump could say such a thing, got the media to covering for Barack Obama, and spurred weak kneed RINO Republicans siding with the left in attacking Trump.  So, what of all this?  Thus far, anyway, it seems completely true that Trump is right.  Obama did spy on candidate Trump.  The media went into a feeding frenzy on Saturday morning when President Trump tweeted out his accusation.

James Comey and the Art of the Shiv.  "I'd rather not be talking about this at all," Comey said.  "Now we are going to close our mouths and do our work."  Before Comey returned to his offstage role, he dropped enough bombshells to solidify his reputation as the most significant FBI director since J. Edgar Hoover.  Joined by his crusty sidekick, Adm. Michael Rogers, who heads the National Security Agency, Comey gave an artful lesson in how to stick a shiv into a sitting president without ever raising his voice or making a specific accusation.

The FBI's Coming Catch-22.  If the FBI finds evidence of some collusion or violation of U.S. laws, it's an epic scandal, will set up Democratic conspiracy theories for years, will take a sledgehammer to public faith in the Trump presidency... and everyone will rightly ask why the FBI couldn't uncover anything, or even inform the public about the investigation, until after the election.  [Indeed], not even until after the inauguration!  If the FBI doesn't find evidence of some collusion or violation of U.S. laws, it's an epic farce, where the Trump administration can rightfully ask where they can go to get their reputations back.

To Truly Beat The Bureaucrats, Trump Needs To Shut Their Agencies Down.  If there is to be real change in our form of government, the Trump administration needs to avoid the fatal flaw of previous Republican administrations: choosing to play the game by the Left's rules.  Nearly every Republican administration makes some changes, but mostly lightly exfoliates the elephant of the State.  These are temporary gains at best, small pauses in the seemingly inevitable march of government dominance.  Most Republicans don't seem to understand what we are up against, that the game is rigged against smaller government.

The Flynn Leak Was the Only Felony We Know Of, But I Won't Say Whether We're Investigating.  A Democrat congresswoman asked James Comey to explain the process of an ongoing investigation.  He said, "Well, that's pretty much what it is, it's an ongoing investigation."  She said, "Well, can you tell us how long it will take?" "Well, no."  "Well, can you give us the average time of an ongoing investigation?"  "Well, there is no average time.  Each investigation is its own investigation, and we never limit or prejudge.  We follow the facts.  We follow the evidence."  Well, they're following a lot of nothing right now.  Because there isn't any evidence.  None whatsoever.

Draining The State Dept.  Swamp:  Why It Must Be Job One for the White House.  President Trump has proposed a 31 percent cut in the State Department's budget, and the denizens of Foggy Bottom are howling.  All the usual delusions about diplomacy, foreign aid, "soft power," and "engagement" are being trotted out to rationalize the $47 billions of taxpayer money State spends.  What we don't hear about are examples of diplomatic successes that would justify maintaining an overfunded bureaucracy mired in internationalist received wisdom.  In fact, many of the defenses of "soft power" are positively surreal in their disconnect from reality.

Fox News Pulls Judge Napolitano Off Air Due To Prior Comments on UK Trump Surveillance.  Apparently Rupert Murdoch has taken action against Judge Andrew Napolitano as an outcome of his broadcast report on British Intelligence coordinating surveillance activity with the NSA[. ...] A few weeks earlier Napolitano was on Fox Business News saying President Trump was the first president to confront The Deep State.

F.B.I. Is Investigating Trump's Russia Ties, Comey Confirms.  The F.B.I. director, James B. Comey, took the extraordinary step on Monday [3/20/2017] of announcing that the agency is investigating whether members of President Trump's campaign colluded with Russia to influence the 2016 election.  Mr. Comey's testimony before the House Intelligence Committee created a treacherous political moment for Mr. Trump, who has insisted that "Russia is fake news" that was cooked up by his political opponents to undermine his presidency.  Mr. Comey placed a criminal investigation at the doorstep of the White House and said officers would pursue it "no matter how long that takes."

The UniParty Congressional Swamp's Meaningless Political FBI/NSA Hearing.  The Congressional Intelligence Committee hearing today was everything we anticipated it would be.  Which is to say it was: insufferable political posturing, pandering and circular parseltongue swirling the drain of non-intellectual gobbledygook.  These types of congressional hearings are perfect feed pellets for media pundits to blather endlessly, wax philosophically, and engage in long-winded academic esoteric analyses contrasting the implied meanings of stop signs.  However, they are ridiculous for all other purposes.

Limbaugh on Comey Hearing:  Message to Trump Is Stop the 'Drain-the-Swamp Stuff' or Face Impeachment.  Monday [3/20/2017]on his nationally syndicated radio show, conservative talker Rush Limbaugh maintained a House Intelligence Committee hearing that featured testimony from FBI Director James Comey and NSA Director Michael Rogers was meant to send a message to President Donald Trump and his administration.  Limbaugh argued that although there were some good questions from Republicans members during the hearing, it was meant to be a warning shot at Trump — allow Washington Republicans to run the town or face possible impeachment.

Yes, Obama Did Investigate Trump.  Straining at the tweet and swallowing the camel has become Washington's favorite pursuit, and it was on tiresome display at Monday's Congressional hearing with Jim Comey.  Out of it came two clashing headlines:  "Comey Denies Obama Ordered Wiretapping on Trump,"  "The FBI is Investigating Trump's Links to Russia."  In other words, the core claim underlying Trump's tweets is true:  people acting on the authority of Obama opened an investigation into Trump's campaign, then criminally leaked mention of it to friendly news outlets in an attempt to derail his election.  When is Obama going to apologize for that?

Oops! CNN accidentally confirms story that Brit intell passed along Trump communications to Obama admin.  Lawyers are trained never to ask a question of a witness if they don't already know the answer.  But it is quite different in journalism — at least in principle, if the principle is getting at the truth.  But alas, in these days of fake news and fanatical dead-ender opposition to President Trump, those MSM TV networks committed to driving Trump from office might want to consider retraining for their talking heads.  Make them more like lawyers, and avoid embarrassments like that suffered by CNN's Brian Stelter.  Courtesy of Grabien, here is a disastrous interview in which the guest, Larry Johnson, confirmed the story that Judge Andrew Napolitano told on air about British intelligence passing along surveillance data involving the Trump administration.

Comey confirms FBI probing Russia-Trump team links, disputes wiretap claim.  FBI Director James Comey, in an extraordinary House hearing meant to clear the air on a host of allegations relating to the 2016 campaign, confirmed publicly for the first time Monday [3/20/2017] that the bureau is probing Russian meddling in the race including possible "links" to the Trump team — while disputing the president's claim that his predecessor wiretapped him.  The FBI director was called to testify alongside National Security Agency Director Michael Rogers for a public session of the House intelligence committee.  Comey's testimony could serve to fuel tensions with the White House, which maintains there's no evidence of Trump-Russia collusion.

Trump's war with CIA was preceded by Kennedy's.  The New York Times, in a front-page story, said that the president "wanted to splinter the CIA in a thousand pieces and scatter it to the winds."  Whether that quote is accurate or not we don't know, but it makes sense that after the agency damaged the president's reputation so badly, he would react with such anger.  If you are a student of history, you already know that the president who swore a vendetta against the Central Intelligence Agency wasn't Donald Trump, but John F. Kennedy, and that although he did not abolish the agency before his assassination, he did fire its director, Allen Dulles, in an effort to gain control over what was considered a rogue agency that had forced Kennedy's hand in the Bay of Pigs disaster.

The Judicial Insurrection against Trump's Presidency.  If the judiciary is so hostile to Trump, then there is no reason to think that hostility will stop with the immigration executive orders.  So the fight over the executive orders may really be a proxy fight over whether Trump will be permitted to exercise the executive powers vested in the office.

Wiretaps, Media, and Judicial Skullduggery.  While the Democrats have abandoned the counterfactual claim that the Russians interfered with the election to help President Trump into office, Trump's claim that U.S. officials surveilled him still has legs.

Here are 23 ways Trump should follow up his wiretap claims.  President Trump is facing calls to retract and apologize for his sensational claim that former President Barack Obama wiretapped Trump Tower last year.  The chances of that happening are approximately zero, but Trump can meet his critics partway.  Here's what he should say: [...]

The Colossally Dishonest Swamp Attack On Dr. Sebastian Gorka's First-Rate Scholarship.  [Dr. Sebastian] Gorka's work deserves to be read, not attacked without merit.  The attacks we see seem to be the work of a small group of Obama partisans indifferent to the carnage caused on their own watch, based on their failed leadership and strategy.  They are likely still in shock at now being exiled from the swamp, but their own records speak to their responsibility for the rise of ISIS, and the spread of jihadist violence across the Middle East, North Africa and into the heart of Europe.  Now, they have launched a coordinated hit job against Gorka within weeks of his joining the administration.

Grassley: Officials withholding info on Russia probe.  Senate Judiciary Committee Chairman Chuck Grassley (R-Iowa) on Wednesday said federal law enforcement officials were withholding information in his committee's probe of ties between Donald Trump's presidential campaign and Russia.  Grassley was asked by The Washington Post whether FBI Director James Comey gave his panel the same information he gave the Senate Intelligence Committee.  "Every time they come up here for their nomination hearing and I ask them are you going to answer phone calls and our letters and are you going to give us the documents you want?  And every time we get a real positive yes!  And then they end up being liars!" Grassley responded.

Assange Claims Hillary, Intel Officials "Quietly Pushing A Pence Takeover".  Over the weekend we noted chatter that some saw Mike Pence as "the Deep State's insurance policy," and now, judging by tweets from Wikileaks' Julian Assange, that may well be the Clinton/Intelligence Officials plan. [...] No matter what one makes of Trump — or his administration and the policies that have been initiated thus far — the fact remains that Trump won the U.S. election.  The people working behind the scenes to oust him are not subject to democratic controls, nor are they working in the best interests of the American public.  We are left to ask ourselves exactly how renewing relations with Russia — a nuclear power — could possibly endanger American lives.  Either way, we are more or less left with two paths ahead of us.

How Investigating the Trump Campaign Backfired on Obama's Embeds.  Confirmations of the Obama administration's investigation of the Trump campaign keep trickling out.  Naturally, the media has shown no interest in them.  It wants evidence of Trump-Russia collusion, not evidence that Obama's embeds were sniffing around Trump's computer server — an abuse of power no different than LBJ wiring Nixon's campaign plane to see if he was colluding with the Vietnamese.  In light of these new confirmations, an honest media would have called James Clapper back to explain his elliptical denial.  "The FBI investigated a Trump server in its Russia probe," reports the online publication Circa News in a piece co-authored by John Solomon, the respected former Washington Post reporter and Washington Times editor.  Can Clapper deny that the FBI investigated a Trump server?  Can Comey?  Can Lynch?  Can Brennan?  They have all fallen silent.

The Beltway Assures Us the Deep State Doesn't Exist.  [Scroll down]  So is the 44th president setting up a permanent campaign against the 45th president?  Obama denies any such intention; he says that he and his family are remaining in Washington so that his youngest daughter, Sasha, can finish high school.  Of course, that explanation doesn't quite tell us why former White House consigliere Valerie Jarrett has moved into the Obamas' 8200-square-foot home in the swanky Kalorama neighborhood, just a couple miles north of the White House.  In fact, the real goal of the relocation, according to The Daily Mail, is to "oust Trump from the presidency either by forcing his resignation or through his impeachment."

What is Going On (Part III)?  I must admit I love Trump's pugnacious style.  I love how he treats the despicable corporate media.  I love how he responds to baseless accusations by his contemptible opponents on the left and right.  The representatives of the Deep State — Schumer, Pelosi, Obama, McCain, Graham, Kristol, CNN, NYT, Washington Post, MSNBC, Soros, and anyone else willing to confront Trump are met with disdain, contempt, and abuse from the president. [...] No punch is taken without two being thrown.  He will never conform to the way the liberal corporate media and his opponents want him to behave.  Twitter is the dagger he uses to avoid the fake news media filter and plunge into his opponents hearts.  The faux journalists despise his use of Twitter.

Trump Needs to Fire Thousands of Deep State Government Employees NOW!  One of Trump's biggest problems is the thousands of Obama toadies still infesting the federal government both in Washington and in government offices elsewhere.  Because of this, the real era of Trump can't take effect.  Until these nests of insurrection are cleaned out, Trump won't be able to fully implement his agenda.  What I am saying is that if you work for the federal government, you need to be fired.  Over the last two months we have seen more leaks coming out of the deep state, left-wing, money wasting federal government than we've ever seen in American history and it's all aimed at destroying Trump and preventing him from cutting down the un-American administrative state.  If it wasn't clear before it is now; the federal government needs to be slashed to the bone.

The Environmental Protection Agency — Next Stop on a Guided Tour of the Deep State's Covert Resistance to Trump.  The EPA, of course, is right in the middle of the ongoing DC power struggle, which has spilled into open bureaucratic revolt.  On February 16, for example, The New York Times reported that EPA employees had brazenly been calling senators to urge them to vote against Scott Pruitt, President Trump's pick to head the agency.  It was, the Times' Coral Davenport observed, "a remarkable display of activism and defiance that presages turbulent times ahead for the EPA."

FBI prepares hunt for the source of CIA documents published by WikiLeaks after latest catastrophic breach for the US intelligence community.  The FBI is launching a hunt to unmask the source of the CIA document leak which has rocked the US intelligence services.  Thousands of documents were suddenly published by anti-secrecy group WikiLeaks yesterday [3/7/2017], purportedly revealing hacking tools which the CIA uses to break into devices such as phones, computers and smart TVs.  It the latest in an embarrassing series of revelations, and WikiLeaks has promised more to come.  Investigators are now carrying out a massive operation to find who released the documents, with the source likely to face a long jail term if caught.

The Beltway Conspiracy to Break Trump.  The president has reason to be enraged.  For what is afoot is a loose but broad conspiracy to break and bring him down, abort his populist agenda, and overturn the results of the 2016 election.  At its heart is the "deep state" — agents of the intel community, their media collaborators, and their amen corner in a Democratic party whose control of our permanent government is all but total.

Details of a Watergate-style conspiracy against Trump emerge.  President Donald Trump caused a media firestorm by claiming over the weekend that then-President Obama wire-tapped telephones at Trump Tower in Manhattan during the final leg of last year's election campaign.  Seeing the writing on the wall, tainted FBI Director James Comey promptly and publicly urged the Department of Justice to reject Trump's claims.  Although it is an attempt at a cover-up, it is an admirably transparent one.  Now the outlines of a Watergate-like conspiracy are emerging in which a sitting Democrat president apparently used the apparatus of the state to spy on a Republican presidential candidate.  Watergate differed in that President Nixon didn't get involved in the plot against the Democratic National Committee until later as an accomplice after the fact.  Here Obama likely masterminded, or oversaw someone like the diabolical Benghazi cover-up artist Ben Rhodes, masterminding the whole thing.

Hey, Clapper — If there were no FISA warrrants, what [...] were the FBI, CIA, NSA and the rest investigating?  It is only conservatives who are concerned about what they are reading in liberal media.  Have you you noticed that?  The media is very confounded right now, they are very confused.  They don't know whether to trash themselves, trash their colleagues, or what.  What did Obama know?  We know he knows this much:  everything you just read, he knew.  Because it's in the newspapers.  That is pretty big.  Number two, we know that if a FISA warrant was secured, it is very likely in his daily intelligence briefing or a call from the Attorney General or the director of the FBI the president would be given a heads up.  There's nothing illegal about it but he would have been given a heads up.

Jim Comey asserting power like no one in history.  Each day, FBI director Jim Comey goes to work in a federal building named for his most famous predecessor.  Yet for all his storied accomplishments and sordid controversies, J. Edgar Hoover never matched the singular feat of Comey.  Only Comey simultaneously investigated the top two presidential candidates during an election.  Hillary Clinton and Donald Trump each battled Comey last year while they battled each other for the Oval Office.  How's that for power?  Neither case led to charges, but that's almost beside the point.  Echoing Hoover's attitude, if not his methods, Comey is adept at using innuendo and leaks to remind the powerful that he cannot be ignored.

The Unbelievable Timeline of Leaks Relating to Donald Trump and Russia.  After each and every major event advancing Donald Trump's presidency, there is another leak to the media about Russia from within the intelligence community.  In the run up to the Electoral College; in the run up to the inauguration; and in the aftermath of President Trump's speech to Congress — each time he has positive headlines someone leaks information about Russia to the press.  That looks an awful lot like someone or some group is trying to delegitimize his Presidency through rumor and allegation.

Wikileaks CIA Dump Has Some Peculiar Timing.  A Wikileak of this sort is not only rare and specialized (when was the last time you saw a CIA secret splattered all over the Internet?) it was probably the work of Russian cyberspies, given that only the Russians are likely to have such capacity, as well as potential human penetrations on the inside.  If so, it means a Russian power game is now in play, with just the right timing to support it.  Consider the source of the Wikileaks again:  Julian Assange, someone who has repeatedly been accused of being a Russian agent based on the fact that his leaks (always accurate) consistently support Russian objectives.  He never leaks Russian secrets, just ours and those of our allies, generally to serve Russian aims.

NSA Whistleblower Backs Trump Up on Wiretap Claims.  President Donald Trump is "absolutely right" to claim he was wiretapped and monitored, a former NSA official claimed Monday [3/6/2017], adding that the administration risks falling victim to further leaks if it continues to run afoul of the intelligence community.  "I think the president is absolutely right.  His phone calls, everything he did electronically, was being monitored," Bill Binney, a 36-year veteran of the National Security Agency who resigned in protest from the organization in 2001, told Fox Business on Monday.  Everyone's conversations are being monitored and stored, Binney said.

Trump won't accept Comey's conclusion about Obama wiretap claim.  President Trump does not accept FBI Director James Comey's conclusion that former President Barack Obama did not order a wiretap at Trump Tower, a White House spokeswoman said Monday [3/6/2017].  "I don't think he does," deputy press secretary Sarah Huckabee Sanders said on ABC's "Good Morning America" when asked whether Trump accepted Comey's denial.  The president "firmly believes that the Obama administration may have tapped into the phones at Trump Tower," she added.  Sanders also claimed news articles supported Trump's wiretapping allegation, even though none of the reports she was apparently referencing said Obama had ordered such surveillance.

Behind the collapse of the 'Russia Hacking' narrative, is panic spreading in the Obama camp?  [Scroll down]  By his tweet, President Trump forced the purveyors of this narrative to fiercely deny that any wiretapping took place at the Trump Tower.  It is a no-win situation for the president's enemies: either they repudiate their narrative of the last several months about Russia, or they admit that under President Obama, a spying effort was launched against the candidate of the opposition party.

Why Dems will regret a probe into Russian election hacking.  The investigation of Russian interference in the US election could turn into a big headache for the Democrats.  The phrase "Be careful what you ask for" comes to mind.  For months before the presidential election, I explained why the Democrats were making a big mistake by picking Hillary Clinton as their candidate.  And I correctly predicted that she would lose.  The Democrats didn't listen, and now their party is in shambles.  They aren't going to listen to me now either about the unintended consequences of an investigation of the Russians, but I'm going to explain anyway.

Long Knives.  This escalation represents a real threat to Obama.  Suddenly everything is out of control.  Nobody would have minded much if Trump had gone after one of Obama's henchmen — which is probably what was expected — but none can foresee how an exchange of blades between principals will end.  It is safe to say, however, that unless the combatants disengage, someone will get hurt.  It will be a terrible moment for American political civility when a king lies on the political floor.  The whole point of a peaceful transition of power is to prevent a clash between kings.  Yet the very tragedy the electoral process is intended to prevent is happening before our eyes.

FBI asked Justice Department to rebut Trump wiretap claims:  Report.  FBI Director James Comey asked the Justice Department to publicly reject President Trump's claim that former President Obama wiretapped Trump Tower during the 2016 election.  Comey argued that the claim is false and must be corrected, but so far the Justice Department hasn't released any statement on the claim, the New York Times reported.  The House and Senate intelligence panels, at the White House's request, agreed to look into whether there was any government surveillance of political parties as part of a broader probe into Russian interference with the election.

Ex-Secret Service agent:  Media missing 1 huge wiretap point.  President Trump has caught plenty of flak from the establishment media and members of Congress for his weekend statement that his predecessor, Barack Obama, had Trump Tower wiretapped while Trump was still a candidate.  Some believe Trump is lying, while others think he may have pressured the FBI to tell him about an investigation against him.  But Dan Bongino, a former Secret Service agent, says there's a third possibility no one is considering.

Exposing The Obama Deep State.  One is the elected President of the United States.  The other is the Anti-President who commands a vast network that encompasses the organizers of OFA, the official infrastructure of the DNC and Obama Anonymous, a shadow government of loyalists embedded in key positions across the government.  A few weeks after the election, I warned that Obama was planning to run the country from outside the White House.  And that the "Obama Anonymous" network of staffers embedded in the government was the real threat.  Since then Obama's Kalorama mansion has become a shadow White House.  And the Obama Anonymous network is doing everything it can to bring down an elected government.

Report:  Obama In Hiding After Former Secret Service Agent Outs Him in Wiretapping Claim.  Ever since Trump became president, Obama has been behind the scenes doing everything he can to cause massive chaos.  But setting up a shadow government and training his violent minions to take out Trump through his group Organization For Action (OFA) has just been the beginning of Obama's subversion tactics.  Over the weekend, we've learned that Obama secretly tapped Trump's phone throughout the 2016 presidential election in order to spy.  But unfortunately for Obama, his antics are about to blow up in a huge way after his former Secret Service agent just came forward with a huge bombshell, sure to tighten the screws even more on Obama's self-inflicted scandal.

The Enablers of Obama's Wiretapping Scandal.  [Scroll down]  Apparently, Barack Obama and his minions were supremely confident that Hillary Clinton would win.  Or if by any remote chance she did not, the assumption seemingly was that Trump and the Republicans would be their usual spineless selves and succumb to the customary intimidation tactics and would never retaliate once in office.  Additionally, the Democrats could count on the mainstream media never exposing their treachery.  Despite all their voluminous opposition research and Trump's own words, the Obama-Clinton cabal, brimming with overconfidence, refused to accept the reality that he was not a prototypical Republican or someone easily extorted.  Any cursory review of his business career and tactics would have disabused them of that mindset.

Is Obama the First U.S. President Ever to Try to Topple His Successor?  This post won't debate whether Trump or Obama are good or bad guys.  It will simply ask a historical question.

Investigate Obamagate.  Note well:  Watergate began with an attempt to wiretap phones — which is to say spy on the target, in this case the Democratic National Committee and its then-chairman, ex-JFK and LBJ aide Lawrence O'Brien.  On his radio show and in his Fox appearance, Mark Levin lays out eight specific examples of reporting by no less than the New York Times, the Washington Post, the Guardian, the McClatchy news service, and Heat Street, the libertarian website.  Of all these sources cited, only Heat Street would be considered a "right-wing" site, as it is libertarian-oriented.  The rest, every one, are part of the left-leaning "mainstream" media in the United States and, in the case of the Guardian, the United Kingdom.  So, again, for the record, let's look at the stories Mark Levin has found that emphatically bolster President Trump's belief that the Obama Administration was spying on him.

For Obama, spying is nothing new.  In what has already been a historically bad year for Democrats, it just may be that they're about to lose again to Donald Trump, this time in a high-stakes game of Russian roulette.  The Dems' Putin smear was supposed to paint President Trump as a friend of the tyrant and beneficiary of Russian meddling in the election.  Instead, it is the standard-bearer of the Democratic Party, former President Barack Obama, who may take the fall.

Did Obama spy on Trump?  So President Trump set off a firestorm over the weekend with a series of tweets alleging that Obama had tapped Trump Tower.  But getting hung up on imprecise language in the president's tweets isn't the right way to look at things.  What seems to be at true is that the Obama administration spied on some of Trump's associates and we don't know exactly how much information was collected under what authority and who was targeted.  As former prosecutor Andrew McCarthy summarizes in National Review, the Obama Justice Department considered a criminal investigation aimed at a number of Trump's associates.  When they didn't find anything criminal, they converted the investigation into an intelligence probe under the Foreign Intelligence Surveillance Act.  Elements of that story have been confirmed by The New York Times, the BBC and McClatchy newspapers.

The evidence Trump was wiretapped laid out clearly by Mark Levin.  Yesterday [3/5/2017], in 14 short and exciting minutes of televised explanation, Mark Levin pointed out the evidence already on the public record indicating spying on President-Elect Trump.  In two early-morning segments on Fox and Friends, Levin cited chapter and verse with his characteristic high energy and incisiveness.  [Video clip]

ObamaGate Is a Lot More than a Hashtag.  [Scroll down]  So now we have Trump's bold, brash, "unhinged" Twitter accusations that Obama wiretapped him.  This came after Mark Levin, Breitbart, Andrew C. McCarthy, Louise Mensch and others I've forgotten about or am unaware of reported about two appeals to FISA courts (one denied last summer and one approved in October) for permission to tap phones in Trump Tower.  Did they happen?  It seems that tapping of some sort actually occurred because it was virtually acknowledged in tweets from Obama speechwriter Jon Favreau, who sprang to action only hours after Trump tweeted, writing:  "I'd be careful about reporting that Obama said there was no wiretapping.  Statement just said that neither he nor the WH ordered it."  Kevin Lewis, a spokesman for the former president, had almost simultaneously declared:  "Neither President Obama nor any White House official ever ordered surveillance on any U.S. citizen."  Ordered?  That's what we used to call plausible deniability and now is known as a wiggle word.

J. Christian Adams:  If It Happened, Trump Wiretapping Makes Watergate 'Look Like a Joke'.  PJM's J. Christian Adams was on Fox News' "Justice With Judge Jeanine" on Saturday [3/4/2017] to discuss allegations by President Trump that his campaign was "tapped" by the Obama administration.  The discussion was in response to Trump's Saturday morning tweet: [...] Judge Jeanine Pirro read a statement from an Obama spokesman claiming, "As part of that practice, neither President Obama nor any White House official ever ordered surveillance on any U.S. citizen."  Pirro said that the operative word in that statement was "ordered."  Adams, a former Department of Justice official, agreed.  "That's exactly right," he said.  "There's a big difference between 'ordered' and knowing everything else about it."

Why Trump might suspect Obama bugged Trump Tower.  From the day Trump won election, his foes have waged a by-any-means-necessary campaign to overturn the results.  Officials (likely Obama-era holdovers) have broken the law and leaked what they hoped would be damaging info.  Groups tied to Obama have stirred up angry protests against Trump and other Republicans. [...] Remember, too:  Team Obama has a record of abusing power for political gain, as when the IRS targeted conservative groups.

Barack Obama's Trump Tower Wiretap Denial Reeks of Orwellian Doublespeak.  On Saturday [3/4/2017], President Donald Trump shook the world by accusing former President Barack Obama of wiretapping Trump Tower in the final weeks of the 2016 presidential election — a scandal comparable to "Nixon/Watergate."  While news outlets reported that Trump cited "no evidence" to support his claims, there is a disturbing trail of breadcrumbs suggesting that the Obama administration did indeed do this.  Kevin Lewis, a spokesman for the former president, denied these allegations, but the very denial was disingenuous at best.  In fact, one might even call it Orwellian.

President Trump owes Mark Levin a debt of gratitude.  Just a week ago, President Trump was embattled.  Democrats were lining up to go before cameras to ask, "Did [Trump associate X] meet with the Russians?  When?  What did they say?  We need a full investigation!"  Trump was clearly on the defensive.  And then, on Thursday [3/2/2017], all of a sudden, talk show host Mark Levin connected the dots.  He asked himself a simple question:  how did the media and Democrats know that Trump associates had talked to the Russians, however innocuous the contacts may have been?  The information had come from government leaks.  And how did the government know?  Quite obviously, it must have been monitoring members of the Trump campaign.

Josh Earnest Won't Deny Trump Tower Was Surveilled By Obama Administration.  When pressed by ABC's Martha Raddatz on Sunday, Josh Earnest opted not to categorically "deny that the Obama Justice Department" monitored Trump Tower during the 2016 election.  President Obama's former press secretary opened his interview by calling reports that "President Obama ordered a wiretap" false, yet backpedaled when the "This Week" guest host asked him to "categorically deny" that President Trump's campaign headquarters was under surveillance.

Russian Roulette.  Since the game is still in process, we cannot quite finish the chapter.  But we know how it starts.  It starts with groundless accusations that Donald Trump and/or his surrogates somehow "colluded," had illicit ties with, the Russians.  Maybe he helped them "hack the election." Maybe he is Putin's puppet.  We don't quite know.  But this calls for a "special prosecutor" (even though such a thing doesn't exist), a criminal investigation, the impeachment or at least the delegitimization of Donald Trump and all his works. [...] So far, there is no evidence of malfeasance, of anything improper or illegal.  But there is plenty of anchorless animus directed at Trump by the Democrats and their media pets.

'The Evidence Is Overwhelming': Mark Levin On Fox News Lays Out the Case On Obama's Spying.  Conservative Review Editor-in-Chief Mark Levin gave an interview on Fox News' Fox and Friends Weekend Sunday morning in which he laid out the case against the Obama administration use of "police state tactics" against President Donald Trump.  "The evidence is overwhelming," Levin said.  Using public records and mainstream media reporting, he showed how the Obama administration obtained a FISA court warrant to surveil Donald Trump's presidential campaign last year.  The question is, to what extent did the Obama administration spy on Donald Trump's campaign?

What's Good For The Goose.  My advice to President Trump and team would be for them to tell Director Comey to go ahead and hold a press conference and deny the wire-tapping/surveillance himself.  And while he's at it, he can clear up all of the nonsense surrounding these ridiculous media assertions which appear to be based entirely on leaks from his FBI community.  Go ahead Director Comey, hold your own [...] press conference.  You did it for Obama and Hillary Clinton, do it again now.  Don't go looking to hide behind the skirt of Attorney General Jeff Sessions just because all of the eyes are upon you now.  I'd be telling FBI Director James Comey to defend his own [very] poorly run department.  The same poorly run politicized department that is apparently the primary source of all the leaks causing the trouble.

Yes, If Trump is Correct, Even Partially, Then President Obama Might Be in Big Trouble.  Robert Barnes at LawNewz has a well structured outline showing how current public information does indeed appear to lay out a solid case that President Obama manipulated the legal use of intelligence gathering tools to monitor candidate, then president-elect, Donald Trump.

Yes, There Could Be Serious Legal Problems if Obama Admin Involved in Illegal Surveillance.  President Trump recently tweeted claiming that former President Obama wiretapped him during his campaign.  One can only imagine how nuts the media would have gone if the roles had been reversed:  President Trump wiretapping either Obama or the Clintons, though his DOJ could have authority to do just that given the expansive leaks of intelligence information by Obama and Clinton supporters the last few months.  [Indeed], he could wiretap the media at this point, legally and legitimately, as the sources of these unlawful leaks, for which Obama himself set precedent.  Do liberals understand what Pandora's Box Obama opened up by Obama using the powers of the NSA, CIA and FBI to spy on his political opponents?  Even Nixon never did that.  If the stories are correct, Obama or his officials might even face prosecution.  But, we are still early in all of this and there are a lot of rumors flying around so the key is if the reports are accurate.

Lt. Col. Shaffer:  Potential Obama Wiretapping Is 'Soviet-Level Wrongdoing'.  Ret.  U.S. Army Intelligence Officer Tony Shaffer said potential wiretapping by a sitting U.S. president is "Soviet-level wrongdoing."  Lt. Col. Shaffer was a guest Saturday morning [3/4/2017] on "Fox & Friends Weekend" sharing his thoughts on President Donald Trump's early morning tweets accusing the Obama administration of wiretapping Trump Tower prior to the 2016 election.

Weaponized Government:  The Only Obama Legacy.  Here is what we know:  In June 2016, the Obama Administration, using flimsy evidence of Russian connections to the Trump campaign, made an initial request for electronic surveillance of Trump and his associates under the Foreign Intelligence Surveillance Act (FISA) and its approval body the FISA court.  It should be noted that approval requires a very low standard of evidence.  Since its inception, the FISA court has permitted 99.7% of requests.  The fact that the initial request was denied, means that the basis upon which the request was made must have been extraordinarily weak or excessively broad or both.

Why yes, Obama did try to wiretap Trump Tower, and here are the details.  The timing of Trump's tweet is a little strange, but the facts are plain as day.  I don't really know why Donald Trump decided yesterday to tweet about the Obama Administration trying to wiretap Trump Tower.  But what was weird about it was not the content of the tweet.  It was the timing.  That this happened is not only beyond dispute, but it's been in the public's eye for weeks.

The Obama Camp's Disingenuous Denials on FISA Surveillance of Trump.  To summarize, reporting indicates that, prior to June 2016, the Obama Justice Department and FBI considered a criminal investigation of Trump associates, and perhaps Trump himself, based on concerns about connections to Russian financial institutions.  Preliminary poking around indicated that there was nothing criminal involved.  Rather than shut the case down, though, the Obama Justice Department converted it into a national-security investigation under the Foreign Intelligence Surveillance Act (FISA).  FISA allows the government, if it gets court permission, to conduct electronic surveillance (which could include wiretapping, monitoring of e-mail, and the like) against those it alleges are "agents of a foreign power."  FISA applications and the evidence garnered from them are classified — i.e., we would not know about any of this unless someone had leaked classified information to the media, a felony.

Revenge of Obama's 'Former Officials'.  Just 24 hours after Trump's address, a series of troubling reports involving links among those in Trump's orbit to Russian officials reset the national discourse.  Those stories make for a trend, though, that has little to do with Trump and a lot to do with his predecessor.  The Obama administration's foreign-policy team seems to be campaigning to rehabilitate itself one leak at a time, and the press is helping.

Former Bush attorney general:  Trump right that there was surveillance.  Former Attorney General Michael Mukasey on Sunday said that President Trump is likely correct that there was surveillance on Trump Tower for intelligence purposes, but incorrect in accusing former President Barack Obama of ordering the wiretapping.  "I think he's right in that there was surveillance and that it was conducted at the behest of the attorney general — at the Justice Department," Mukasey told ABC's "This Week."  Trump on Saturday [3/4/2017] accused Obama of wiretapping Trump Tower in New York City just before the November election.

FISA Is Not Law-Enforcement — It's Not Interference with Justice Department Independence for White House to Ask for FISA Information.  In my earlier post, I explained that the Obama camp is disingenuously responding to revelations that, during the presidential campaign, the Obama administration conducted an investigation, including wiretapping, against Trump associates and perhaps Donald Trump himself.  As I elaborated, one avenue of response is to conflate the Justice Department's two missions — law-enforcement and national security.  We can see this strategy playing out in the New York Times coverage of the controversy.

Chris Coons walkback:  "I have no hard evidence of collusion" between Trump world and Russians.  When Donald Trump sent out his series of tweets about alleged "tapping" of his phones and/or Trump Tower by Obama, the instant media reaction was that Trump made the allegation without presenting any proof.  As if proof were needed at the time of an accusation for a media that has put Trump on trial for the last 6-8 months based on innuendo about Trump campaign ties to Russia.  As pointed out repeatedly, there is zero proof in the public record of such media and Democrat accusations, and no proof was demanded by the media.

Fake News From the Associated Press on FISAgate.  Every time the AP mentions FISAgate, it includes this ritual defense of the Obama administration:  ["]Trump has offered no evidence or details to support his claim, and Obama's spokesman has denied it.["]  The AP's statement is false.  It is a classic instance of fake news.  Barack Obama's spokesman has not denied that "the Obama administration wiretapped Trump Tower last year."  He only denied that Barack Obama personally ordered such surveillance.  But that isn't the question.  Presumably, the order to conduct surveillance came from Loretta Lynch's Department of Justice.  But no one thinks that Lynch would have ordered the opposing presidential candidate's telephones tapped, or his computers hacked, without her boss's approval.

Huge Obama Scandal:  Illegal Surveillance/Election Tampering.  The Obama administration engaged in surveillance of Trump Tower communications during the 2016 Election.  With that fact now front and center, voters would do well to recall all of the "leaks" that were said to be coming from inside the then-Trump campaign.  Were operatives working under the direction of a then-sitting President of the United States, the source of those leaks?  Some are already suggesting YES, making what Barack Obama potentially did in 2016 MUCH WORSE than anything Richard Nixon did leading up to the Watergate scandal.  This is big.  This is the Obama Shadow Government now being exposed in real time:  [Video clip]

Worse Than Watergate!  Obama Administration Wiretapped Trump Tower Before the Election.  President Trump accused — based on evidence — former President Obama's administration of wiretapping phones in Trump Tower in New York City during the presidential campaign.  Former US Attorney Andy McCarthy says it's absolutely true.  The president made the claims in a series of tweets Saturday morning.  The tweets come after an article Friday on the right-wing news site Breitbart claiming that the Obama administration obtained authorization to eavesdrop on the Trump campaign.  The article was information compiled by Mark Levin and based on research by former US attorney Andy McCarthy and others.

Obama wiretapped opposing presidential campaign using federal intelligence services.  If the reports are true — and they certainly appear to be — Obamagate is 100 times bigger than Watergate.  In short, a sitting president wiretapped the nominee of the opposition party, before the election, using the security apparatus of the federal government.

Obama Wiretapped Trump Tower Before the Election.  Conservative Review Editor-in-Chief Mark Levin opened his show Thursday night talking about the "phony scandal" plaguing Attorney General Jeff Sessions. [...] The "bigger scandal" here, Levin explained, is that we've had unelected Obama administration holdovers within intelligence agencies surveilling the Trump campaign and leaking information to the public, in hopes of getting Hillary Clinton elected.  Those are "police state tactics!" Levin said.

A Revolutionary "Deep State" Conspiracy Against Trump.  "This country is becoming unglued.  We're in the stage of a revolution here."  Attorney Larry Klayman of Freedom Watch says an "alternative government" in the intelligence community continues to target President Trump for the purpose of overthrowing his administration.  "These intelligence agencies are more powerful than the president himself."  Obama is the "Wizard of Oz" working behind the scenes against Trump, Klayman says.

Trump Asks If It's Legal for Obama to Wiretap Him — Here's the Answer.  The best that we can tell, Trump is referring to a Breitbart article which was published Friday night [3/3/2017] that makes reference to attempts by U.S. intelligence agencies to obtain a warrant from the Foreign Intelligence Surveillance Court (FISA) to monitor communications involving Donald Trump and several advisers.  The interesting thing is that this isn't a new development.  In fact, several outlets including Mother Jones, The Guardian, The National Review, and Heat Street have been reporting on this alleged activity over the last couple of months.  Here is the best summary we could find of the Obama administration's efforts to wiretap Trump associates.

The "Alternative Government" Vs.  Trump.  President Trump gave a good speech on Tuesday night, but his presidency is still hanging by a thread.  Attorney Larry Klayman says an "alternative government" in the intelligence community continues to target him.  "These intelligence agencies are more powerful than the president himself," Klayman said on the Fox Business Network.  "They have the ability to blackmail people in this administration to the point that the American people's interests are going to be subverted."

Investigate and Prosecute the Press.  [Scroll down]  It is clear that he has inside information about the "alternative government," as attorney Larry Klayman calls this network of secret operatives, or the "Deep State," as others call it.  These are the "anonymous sources" who manipulate the press, reveal national security information, and threaten the foundations of our constitutional republic.  They are the real traitors, not the officials who had innocent conversations with Russians.  Does House Intelligence Committee chairman Rep. Devin Nunes (R-CA) have the guts to get to the bottom of this subversion of our democratic system?  Like President Trump, he says he is concerned about illegal leaks.  It's time for him to take action.  Otherwise, the illegal leakers will keep picking off our elected officials and those they appoint, using secret information they twist and distort for partisan political purposes.

Mark Levin to Congress:  Investigate Obama's 'Silent Coup' vs.  Trump.  Radio host Mark Levin used his Thursday evening show to outline the known steps taken by President Barack Obama's administration in its last months to undermine Donald Trump's presidential campaign and, later, his new administration.  Levin called Obama's effort "police state" tactics, and suggested that Obama's actions, rather than conspiracy theories about alleged Russian interference in the presidential election to help Trump, should be the target of congressional investigation.  Drawing on sources including the New York Times and the Washington Post, Levin described the case against Obama so far, based on what is already publicly known.

The Shadow Government Timeline.  No matter which entrance hole you follow down into the labyrinth — eventually you end up finding yourself in the same chamber, the treasury.  Every motive seems to consistently boil down to money.

Donald Trump Rejects Intelligence Report on Travel Ban.  An intelligence report by the Department of Homeland Security contradicts the White House's assertion that immigrants from seven Muslim-majority countries pose a particular risk of being terrorists and should be blocked from entering the U.S.  The report is the latest volley in a struggle between intelligence officials and the Trump administration that has rippled across several agencies.

The Deep State's Coup Against Trump.  The Central Intelligence Agency (CIA) has reportedly interfered in countless governments across the globe.  Now, the agency has also begun an intelligence coup within its own government.  Last week, Trump's national security adviser Michael Flynn was forced out of the Trump administration following leaks from the intelligence community that revealed he had misled the public and the administration on conversations he had with a Russian diplomat.  Major news outlets, the Washington Post and the New York Times, both reported on the leaks.  While the mainstream media has blasted Trump and Flynn for these alleged ties to Russia, some of the more astute journalists out there have taken a different approach.  Although he asserted the leaks were justified, prominent journalist Glenn Greenwald raised some very disturbing issues as to the possible motives behind the leaks:

The 'deep state' is real.  The 'alt right' is fake.  Here's a fact for the media to chew on:  The "deep state" is here.  As outlined in Foreign Policy, the concept of the deep state is nothing new.  But the Trump presidency may serve as the galvanizing force that links some of the formal established Democratic opposition forces, including, government unions and Black Lives Matter with the informal deep-state cadre of disgruntled liberal bureaucrats, the hostile mainstream media and the usual suspects on the left.  It's a troubling phenomenon, with anti-Trump organizations and Democratic-aligned civil servants conspiring to actively work against the incumbent government.

Clinton Donor Quits CIA Because of Trump, Says Decision Not About Politics.  A CIA employee who contributed thousands of dollars to Hillary Clinton in 2016 and who is a registered Democrat announced his decision to leave the agency in a Washington Post column published Sunday [2/19/2017], writing that his departure "had nothing to do with politics."  Edward Price resigned from the CIA last week and used the Washington Post to explain his decision that he could not "in good faith serve this administration as an intelligence professional."  Price wrote that his "decision had nothing to do with politics," and that he "would have been proud to again work under a Republican administration."  "As intelligence professionals, we're taught to tune out politics," Price wrote.

Hugh Hewitt:  Fire Obama's 'Deep State' Sleeper Cells Yesterday.  Conservative radio talk show host Hugh Hewitt today [2/21/2017] pressed Counselor to the President Kellyanne Conway to answer why the Trump administration has been so slow to fire Obama holdovers throughout the government.

Disgruntled CIA Officials Begin Self-Deporting From NSC.  The Washington Post has an op-ed today [2/20/2017] from someone who purports to have resigned from the CIA because his sensibilities can't stomach working for a Trump administration. [...] This kind of malarkey has been my gripe with the intelligence community for a decade.  They have simply been spoiled and pampered and praised to the point that they think they are the masters rather than the servants of the President, the Congress and the People.  They've managed to do that while not serving the nation particularly well.  Along the way, the CIA, in particular, has taken on a quasi-political role.

Seven Days in February.  Currently, the political and media opponents of Donald Trump are seeking to subvert his presidency in a manner unprecedented in the recent history of American politics.  The so-called resistance among EPA federal employees is trying to disrupt Trump administration reform; immigration activists promise to flood the judiciary to render executive orders inoperative.  Intelligence agencies had earlier leaked fake news briefings about the purported escapades of President-elect Trump in Moscow — stories that were quickly exposed as politically driven concoctions.  Nearly one-third of House Democrats boycotted the Inauguration.  Celebrities such as Ashley Judd and Madonna shouted obscenities to crowds of protesters; Madonna voiced her dreams of Trump's death by saying she'd been thinking a lot about blowing up the White House.  But all that pushback was merely the clownish preliminary to the full-fledged assault in mid February.

Watchdog Wants Obama Held Accountable for His "Soft Coup".  Sadly, many Americans are not aware of just how dangerous Barack Obama is to the Republic.  This is pure Alinsky.  Much of the leaking which is damaging the Trump administration is tied to Obama's last hour rule change which allows the NSA to send out unfiltered raw data to the other 16 agencies.  The agencies then decide how to use it.  It makes it almost impossible, if not impossible, to track the leakers.  Barack Obama likely knew they had this information on General Flynn and others.  He put the rule in place shortly before leaving office to allow the leaks.  This is a hole that must be plugged immediately.

Why Was the FBI Investigating General Flynn?  Anonymous intelligence officials (a category that may include the FBI — though we do not know who the leakers are) outrageously revealed to the New York Times that [National Security Adviser Michael] Flynn was subjected to FBI interrogation ("grilled," the Times says) and that the Justice Department suspects that Flynn did not provide truthful, accurate information.  That does not sound like a cordial, "open and consensual" conversation.  It sounds like an investigation.  Why would Flynn be the subject of an investigation by the FBI and the Justice Department?

The Obama-Bezos-CIA-WaPo Link Coincidentally Lurking Behind Those Intel Community Leaks.  [Scroll down]  But you could still kind of buy that it's coincidental factors making WaPo the path of least journalistic resistance, for the torrent of themed propaganda coming out, we are told, from intel community officials.  These are obviously unhappy officials, taking arms against the Trump administration from inside the U.S. government.  Not only that, but at least nine of them were clearly in the Obama administration — something WaPo (perhaps unintentionally) clarified in its 9 February story explaining that all of those sources had primary information from the time Mike Flynn had the supposedly controversial phone calls with Russian Ambassador Sergey Kislyak.  Which was when Obama was still president.  The rogue officials behind the leaks are from the Obama administration.  You can certainly buy the deduction that they'd know reporters at WaPo, and would, in their unhappiness, "leak scoop" to them.  (Even though it never turns out to actually be anything, other than innuendo.)  But it's really been noticeable that whatever the most sensational claim is, every couple of days or so, it's that claim that ends up being leaked through the Washington Post.

Chaffetz asks Justice Department watchdog to probe Flynn leaks.  House Oversight Committee Chairman Rep. Jason Chaffetz told Fox News' "The First 100 Days" Wednesday night that he would ask the Justice Department's inspector general to investigate leaks of classified information that led to the resignation of former national security adviser Michael Flynn.  The Utah Republican told host Martha MacCallum that "no matter where you are on the political spectrum, you cannot have classified information migrating out into a non-classified setting."

CIA Analyst: Obama, John Brennan, James Clapper and Ben Rhodes Behind the Flynn Leaks.  Former CIA analyst and retired U.S. Army Reserve Lieutenant Colonel Tony Shaffer in an appearance on Fox Business said the leaks coming out of the White House will lead directly back to Barack Obama.  The Democrats and some anti-Trump Republicans want an investigation.  Shaffer said, "be careful what you wish for".  "I would put this right at the feet of John Brennan and Jim Clapper and I would go so far as to say the Obama White House was directly involved before they left," Shaffer said.  "Ben Rhodes and those folks... The Democrats are behind this and some of the Republicans are involved with the leaks.  So I say 'Bring it on!'  This is the kind of thing they do in police states.

The Deep State Targets Trump.  When Gen. Michael Flynn was forced to resign as national security adviser, Bill Kristol purred his satisfaction, "If it comes to it, prefer the deep state to the Trump state."  To Kristol, the permanent regime, not the elected president and his government, is the real defender and rightful repository of our liberties.  Yet it was this regime, the deep state, that carried out what Eli Lake of Bloomberg calls "The Political Assassination of Michael Flynn."  And what were Flynn's offenses?  In December, when Barack Obama expelled 35 Russian diplomats, Flynn spoke to the Russian ambassador.  He apparently counseled the envoy not to overreact, saying a new team would be in place in a few weeks and would review U.S.-Russian relations.  "That's neither illegal nor improper," writes Lake.  Vladimir Putin swiftly declared that there would be no reciprocal expulsions and U.S. diplomats and their families would be welcome at the Kremlin's Christmas and New Year's parties.  Diplomatic crisis averted.  "Great move ... (by V. Putin)," tweeted Trump, "I always knew he was very smart."  But apparently, this did not sit well with the deep state.

Judicial Watch Plans to Sue Agencies to Identify Obama Hacks Behind Disclosure of Flynn COMINT.  President Trump had a great response to the hysterical Democrat public relations flacks (you know, the guys who call themselves "journalists") who questioned his approval of Wikileaks' DNC disclosures during the campaign while decrying the wiretaps of Gen. Mike Flynn.  His point was exactly right:  John Podesta's Gmail account isn't a classified government system.  Hillary Clinton's private bathroom email server isn't a classified government system.  The wiretaps that helped take down Flynn related to his private (and, by the way, perfectly legitimate) conversations with foreign leaders.

I'm a Democrat (and ex-CIA) but the spies plotting against Trump are out of control.  Multiple reports show that my former colleagues in the intelligence community have decided that they must leak or withhold classified information due to unsettling connections between President Trump and the Russian Government.  Said an intelligence officer:  "I know what's best for foreign policy and national security... And I'm going to act on that."  Some of us might applaud this man, including a few of my fellow Democrats.  In their minds, this is a case of Mr. Smith Goes to Langley to do battle against a corrupt President Trump.  One small problem.  The intelligence officer quoted above was actually Aldrich Ames, a CIA traitor whose crime of treason in the 1980s and 1990s resulted in the compromise of more than 100 assets.  Many were tortured and executed as a result.

Hunt is on: Leakers pursued by Team Trump could face hard time.  President Trump has vowed to hunt down whoever is leaking classified information about him and his team, and if he succeeds in unmasking the sources of illegal disclosures, they could face hard time.  Trump himself has been plagued by leaks about his meeting schedule and phone calls to heads of state.  But the most damaging leaks to his month-old administration have been those that cost retired Lt. Gen. Michael Flynn his post as national security adviser.  Flynn had to resign after information came out about his December phone call to a Russian ambassador.

Donald Trump vs. the Deep State.  When one of two forces is going to win, if there's any moral difference between them at all, you have to stand for the better.  That's why I overcame my objections and voted for The Donald when the choice came down to him and a corrupt leftist who would surely have imperiled the American experiment at every level of government.  It was a painful decision but not a difficult one.  There's a similar choice to be made now.  The President or the Deep State.

The Lame Duck Timeline Strongly Suggests President Obama Set Up Intelligence Scheme To Undermine Trump.  Jay Sekulow outlines the case that President Obama set-up a plan for the intelligence community to target President Trump.  Specifically through the use of a lame-duck executive order, President Obama authorized multiple intelligence agencies to have access to Signals Intelligence (SIGINT) including phone call intercepts.

Trump launches bid to find leakers, as speculation surrounds Obama officials.  President Trump is setting out to uncover the saboteurs leaking damaging details about his administration, as speculation intensifies over whether current officials or a cabal of Obama lieutenants — or both — are turning the faucets.  One former senior intelligence official told Fox News he suspects ex-intelligence and other security officials, including former CIA Director John Brennan and former Director of National Intelligence James Clapper, were in some way involved in revealing details of Michael Flynn's conversations with the Russian ambassador.

Trump and the leaks.  After less than a month in office, President Donald J. Trump, who as a candidate embraced WikiLeaks and a torrent of leaks about his rival Hillary Clinton's campaign, has become a champion of government secrecy.  In a rowdy, 77-minute press conference Thursday, Trump said he had personally instructed the Justice Department to open a criminal investigation into the leak of embarrassing information about his conversations with foreign leaders and former National Security Adviser Michael T. Flynn's contacts with Russia.  While it is unusual for a president to ask for such a criminal investigation, or to discuss it publicly, no law prevents him from doing so.  "It could be perceived as a political witch hunt," warned Susan Hennessey, a scholar at the Brookings Institution and former intelligence agency lawyer.

The CIA's affront to Trump.  The CIA has denied a security clearance to Trump National Security Council (NSC) official Robin Townley without any allegation, much less evidence of disloyalty to the United States.  Quite simply, it is because the CIA disapproves of Mr. Townley's attitude toward the agency, and this is unprecedented.  President Trump appointed Mr. Townley to coordinate Africa policy at the NSC.  The CIA did not want to deal with him.  Hence, it used the power to grant security clearances to tell the president to choose someone acceptable to the agency, though not so much to him.  This opens a larger issue:  Since no one can take part in the formulation or execution of foreign or defense policy without a high-level security clearance, vetoing the president's people by denying them clearances trumps the president.

The Left's Once Mighty Echo Chamber Is Losing Power.  The tricks the left used to nominate and elect a man who literally had no business running for any office — that's President Obama, who had no qualifications for the office — no longer work.  These same tricks were used to try to elect Hillary, they even doubled and tripled their usage of the echo chamber.  Yet Trump is now president instead of Clinton.  However, we now have a more sinister power rearing its ugly head in the out-of-control leftists embedded deep in the heart of our intelligence agencies and bureaucracies.  Trump is now fighting a multiple-front war for his transformative agenda.  He is facing an unhinged left, some remaining obstructionist fools in the GOP establishment, and a malevolently powerful deep state itself.

NSA Whistleblower:  Agency 'Absolutely' Tapping Trump's Calls.  William Binney, a former highly placed NSA official turned whistleblower, contended in an exclusive interview today that the National Security Agency (NSA) is "absolutely" monitoring the phone calls of President Donald Trump.  Binney was an architect of the NSA's surveillance program.  He became a famed whistleblower when he resigned on October 31, 2001 after spending more than 30 years with the agency.

FBI Randomly Releases Trump Real Estate Investigation Records From The 1970s.  The FBI on Wednesday released nearly 400 pages of records from an investigation it conducted on Donald Trump's family real estate company in the early 1970s.  The documents consist of interview notes, handwritten statements and FBI reports compiled during the bureau's investigation, which occurred between 1972 and 1974.  The FBI's investigation centered on allegations that the Trump Management Company, which was owned by Trump's father, Fred, discriminated against applicants for apartment rentals based on their race.

Michael Flynn and the revenge of the bureaucrats.  The resignation of White House National Security Adviser Michael Flynn on Monday was the result of a coordinated effort by current and former U.S. intelligence officials to undermine the Trump administration using the disclosure of highly classified communications intercepts.  President Trump voiced his displeasure in a tweet Wednesday [2/15/2017] stating that misuse of the intercepts was un-American.  "The real scandal here is that classified information is illegally given out by 'intelligence' like candy.  Very un-American!" the president stated.

US spies reportedly keeping intelligence from Trump.  Sensitive intelligence reportedly is being withheld from President Trump by U.S. intelligence officials because they are concerned that the information could be compromised.  The Wall Street Journal reported Wednesday [2/15/2017] that in some cases officials opted not to show the president how they collected the information.  The paper, citing both former and current officials, said the decision to hold back information underscores the mistrust between the Executive Branch and spies.  Rep. Adam Schiff, D-Calif., ranking member of the House Intelligence Committee, said he has heard about these concerns in the past.

Is This Trump's Watergate, Or Revenge Of The Swamp People?  President Trump may have come to Washington to "drain the swamp," but now he's finding out that it's full of nasty swamp creatures.  And, as he's also discovered, they bite.  The debacle over national security advisor Michael Flynn's sudden departure over his ill-advised contacts with Russian government officials shows that the Democrats in Congress and the bureaucrats that work with them mean to take as many scalps and do as much damage possible to Trump's barely 3-weeks-old presidency.  If they can fatally damage him early in his first term, all the better.

Flynn's fall should have the intel community in the hot seat.  Why did Michael Flynn resign after just 24 days as President Trump's national security adviser?  Never before had so little certainty fueled such a political frenzy.  What's known is that Flynn spoke with Sergey Kislyak, Russia's ambassador to the United States, on Dec. 29, 2016, the same day President Barack Obama leveled sanctions against Russia for its alleged hacking during the US presidential election campaign.  US intelligence provided a transcript of that call to the FBI, which had been investigating Russian hacking.  In a breach of trust, someone in intelligence or law enforcement confirmed the call's existence to the media, and then detailed its contents in a further leak.

CIA broke the law to take out its critic General Flynn.  Make no mistake, we have just witnessed an operation by members of the CIA to take out a high official of our own government.  An agency that is widely believed to have brought down democratically elected governments overseas is now practicing the same dark arts in domestic American politics.  Almost certainly, its new head Mike Pompeo was not consulted.  Senator Chuck Schumer, of all people, laid out on January 2nd what was going to happen to the Trump administration if it dared take on the deep state — the permanent bureaucracy that has contempt for the will of the voters and feels entitled to run the government for its own benefit.

With the Bureaucracy, Trump's Got His Work Cut Out for Him.  During the Obama reign, the Federal Register grew by some 18,000 pages.  The Competitive Enterprise Institute estimated regulations cost the American people $1.9 trillion a year, which is more than 10% of GDP or about $15,000 per household.  Government regulations have gotten so that businesses and even individuals are almost guaranteed to be violating one regulation (or de facto law) or another.  Such an administrative state is what Alexis de Tocqueville had in mind when he defined soft despotism as a 'network of small complicated rules' that while maybe not obvious to the people, breed fear, uncertainty and doubt throughout society.  President Trump has promised to lasso government agencies and then bring back a constitutional understanding of their limits.

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