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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Background, overview and recap articles:


Knowing What We Know Now, We Must Remind Ourselves.  As we absorb the corrupt evidence within what the DOJ, FBI, CIA and intelligence community was willing to do to stop the Trump administration; as we absorb the totality of all methods deployed by the professional political establishment to destroy Donald J Trump; as we begin to quantify the scale of corruption within our political institutions, and continue bearing witness to the ongoing war against our the presidency; it is worthwhile revisiting a warning, a call to arms, from two-years-ago.  The lies, the severity of hatred and opposition, now make much more sense.

How Anti-Trump Leakers Moved From Offense to Defense.  RCI has found that the anti-Trump leaks fall into two broad categories, or phases.  Initially the leaking was an offensive operation aimed at disrupting Trump's agenda, especially through leaks alleging connections between his campaign and the Russians.  Its early successes included leaks of highly classified material that led to the firing of National Security Adviser Michael Flynn and the recusal of Attorney General Jeff Sessions from overseeing that probe.  The second phase — which began roughly a year into the Trump administration — has been more defensive, pushing back against congressional oversight committees that had uncovered irregularities in the FBI's investigation of Trump.  This phase has been marked by the willingness of press outlets to run stories backing off earlier reported leaks that proved to be deeply misleading — including the roots of the FBI's investigation of the Trump campaign and the relationship between Deputy Attorney General Bruce Ohr and the opposition research firm that produced a central document of that probe, the largely discredited "Steele dossier."

The Three Hard Truths of the Trump Era.  [#3] The deep state is real.  Despite the media's obsessive and positive coverage of Robert Mueller's "collusion" investigation, and their willful shooing aside of its numerous shortcomings and inconsistencies, the truth is slowly but surely coming out.  And it appears Trump was right all along.  There can be little doubt that, given what we know now, federal agencies were harnessed to both excuse Hillary Clinton's transgressions and impede Donald Trump's Presidency.  The facts are:  [A] Partisan agents loyal to Hillary were hugely influential in both the investigation into her emails and the investigation into Trump's collusion with Russia.  [B] The FBI relied heavily on the Steele dossier, which has been largely debunked, to justify its collusion investigation.  [C]  There were numerous conflicts of interest in both investigations:  in regards to Hillary's emails, Deputy FBI Director Andrew McCabe's wife had ties to long-time Clinton ally and former Virginia Governor Terry McAuliffe.  In regards to Mueller's "collusion" investigation, the wife of a top DOJ official was hired by FusionGPS, the firm behind the notorious dirty dossier, specifically to investigate the President.

Mueller, Comey, and the Deep State Rescue of Sandy Berger.  [Scroll down]  Republican presidents struggle against a collective of entrenched careerists, soulless opportunists, and left-wing ideologues — the so-called "deep state."  The ideologues are in it for the power, the careerists for the pensions, and the opportunists for the applause.  Working together with their media partners, they follow the path of least resistance, which is almost inevitably to the left.  When a Democrat is president, they have his back.

You're Surrounded Mr. Mueller, Give Yourself Up.  [Scroll down]  Seamus Bruner of The Epoch Times has just put together a list of 25 DOJ and FBI officials who have resigned in the last year. [...] As I look at this list, I know it includes only a fraction of those who have risked their careers and their reputations because they simply couldn't bear to see Donald Trump in the White House.  Before this is over, others will be added to the list.  Perhaps even Rod Rosenstein.  And there will likely be former top-level Obama officials caught in the net as well.  Perjurers John Brennan and James Clapper come to mind.  In addition to the men and women who have been working against Trump in the DOJ and the FBI, there were/are employees in the State Department and the CIA, holdovers from the Obama administration, who are complicit.  The mainstream media has played a huge role in perpetuating this hoax.  They have breathlessly distorted events to influence public opinion.  Instead of reporting the news, they have worked overtime to shape it.  For an example of how the mainstream media has aided and abetted the left's attempt to impeach Trump, we need to look no further than their outrage over the revocation of John Brennan's security clearance.

Why aren't the Democrats horrified by the corruption at the FBI and DOJ?  It is becoming clearer by the day, after over a year of investigations, that the Obama administration did indeed weaponize the DOJ, the FBI, the CIA, the ATF, the IRS and the NSA.  Over those eight years, each of the above agencies was transformed into an arm of the Democratic Party tasked with crippling the opposition and abrogating the Constitution.  Since all of the mainstream media already were arms of the DNC, it is well and truly a miracle that Donald Trump prevailed throughout his campaign to win the election, as the entire DC bureaucracy and media were aligned against him.  Most of them still are.

The Deep State Wears Black Robes.  Freedom Watch Founder Larry Klayman discusses the bad legal advice President Trump is getting about Special Counsel Robert Mueller's Russia-gate probe and urges the president to hire new lawyers to go after Mueller and the Deep State.  He also declares Judge Brett Kavanaugh "uniquely unqualified and unfit" to serve on the Supreme Court because of his controversial decision in favor of Barack Hussein Obama's illegal NSA mass surveillance program, which targeted President Trump!  Klayman is proposing the use of citizen grand juries to go after the Deep State operatives who control the intelligence agencies and have "the ability to gather information to blackmail" people such as Kavanaugh to do their bidding.  [Video clip]

It's Oakland in Muellerville.  Wikipedia defines this autogleipsimous activity as "a self-perpetuating system that has no purpose other than to sustain itself."  The Mueller investigation and its attendant pseudo-pods in the media and "intelligence community" are indeed self-perpetuating.  But they exhibit a purpose that goes far beyond their own self-perpetuation.  No, in this safari, big game is the object, the end, the purpose, to wit the destruction of the president of the United States.  That is the true purpose of this charade:  not the truth about "Russian meddling," not alleged wrong doing by Paul Manafort in 2005, not a lack of candor under FBI questioning by George Papadopoulos (who?) or Michael Flynn.  The one true purpose (in addition to the welcome subsidiary effect of helping out the ratings of the MSM) is to hobble Donald Trump, a prelude to removing him from office.

Just How Far Will the Left Go?  The Obama apparat and the proverbial deep state never imagined Trump could win and thus to ensure that he would not just be defeated but humiliated, vied to use the power of government to destroy the Trump candidacy.  The National Security Council was weaponized and thus unmasked the names of surveilled Americans and leaked their names to the press to undermine the Trump campaign.  The Department of Justice was weaponized to ensure Hillary Clinton was exonerated for her misdeeds concerning her email server and quid pro quo collusion with a variety of foreign and domestic influence peddlers and buyers.  The FBI and CIA were weaponized to subvert the Trump campaign, by peddling an unverified smear dossier, paid for by Hillary Clinton, by implanting informants into the Trump campaign, and by undermining a FISA court through dishonest presentations of evidence for warrants to spy on American citizens.  All such behavior was assumed to ensure the landslide Clinton victory and thus would be seen as sacrifice beyond the call of duty to be rewarded by a President Clinton not as illegal behavior to be punished during a Trump administration.  And as a result, the more culpability that was exposed, the more the culpable went on the offensive — on the theory that constant attack is the best defense against their own criminal liability.  T

The Real Threat to American Democracy.  We know that the FBI and DOJ swept under the rug Hillary's gross negligence in handling classified information and that Bill Clinton arranged a secret meeting with Loretta Lynch while the investigation was ongoing.  The only reason we know that the meeting occurred was due to the efforts of one brave local investigative reporter.  To this day, the FBI and DOJ are waging a war on the president — nothing less than an attempt to nullify the people's vote in 2016.  Clearly, the FBI's and DOJ's malicious attacks on the president indicate that they think power belongs to the ruling elites, not the people.

Obama single-handedly ruined the FBI and the DOJ.  While the devious machinations of the Deep State are not new, it was the Obama administration, most likely Obama himself, who brought us to this low point, the wholesale corruption of the FBI and the DOJ leadership.  Obama surrounded himself with like-minded globalist elites who thought no laws applied to them:  Susan Rice, Samantha Power, Valerie Jarrett, the Podestas, Ben Rhodes, Jonathan Gruber, and more.  Eric Holder was the most unprincipled attorney general, more even than John Mitchell, who served time in federal prison.  We learned from the I.G. report that Obama lied when he said he learned of HRC's private server from the media.  He knew because he, too, corresponded with her from a private email, just as Comey used a non-FBI email account.  None of these people, not one, respected our Constitution or the laws meant to govern their agencies.  This is what Obama did to America.  He virtually destroyed the FBI, the CIA, and the DOJ by turning them into weapons with which to destroy his opponents.

The Deep State Is an Organism, Not a Conspiracy.  The FBI folks like Strzok, Page, McCabe, Attorney #2 and so on appear to have been an actual conspiracy (definition: a secret plan by a group to do something unlawful or harmful) but they alone certainly aren't sufficient to justify people talking about a "Deep State."  But that's beside the point.  From the point of view of the Administrative State, which survives on a diet of fresh government programs and mutual backscratching, Trump's unexpected election was like a wound.  It was a danger to the organism, and the organism responded using its immune system — which is composed of "incompetence, idiocy, bureaucratic self-aggrandizement, and partisan hackery."

From 9/11 to Spygate:  The National Security Deep State.  [Scroll down]  We know some of what Mueller was doing.  The same official who paved the way for raiding the president's lawyer, who illegally seized material from the Trump transition team and whose case is based in no small part on illegal eavesdropping, fought alongside Comey against surveilling terrorists.  Materials involving the Muslim Brotherhood were purged.  Toward the dawn of the second Obama term, Mueller met with CAIR and other Islamist groups and a green curtain fell over national security.  But the surveillance wasn't going anywhere.  Instead it was being redirected to new targets.  Those targets were not, despite the wave of hysterical conspiracy theories convulsing the media, the Russians.  Mueller's boss was still quite fond of them.  Barack Obama did have foreign enemies that he wanted to spy on.  And there were plenty of domestic enemies who could be caught up in that trap.

Spygate:  The Coming Storm.  A growing segment of the American public now knows that the country's intelligence community was spying on the Trump campaign, and then attempting to sabotage the Trump Administration with false allegations of "Russian collusion."  That's #Spygate in a sentence.  A long and tawdry web composed of lies, obstruction, and leaking has slowly been unraveled until the falsehoods of the FBI, the CIA, the Justice Department, and other assorted deep state actors were revealed.  FBI Deputy Director Andrew McCabe has been fired, and is counting his GoFundMe cash in preparation for large legal bills.  Former FBI Director James Comey publicly set fire to his reputation during his recent book tour.  James Clapper was hired recently on CNN to analyze all the nefarious stuff he did as the former director of national intelligence.  Last, but certainly not least, former CIA head John Brennan has had to settle for pompous raging on Twitter — which is just about the most amateur thing that an ex-spymaster can possibly do.  The erstwhile leaders of our "intelligence community" have proven to be not very intelligent at all.

Why the Mueller probe is really five scandals, not one.  [Scandal #3]  The calculated effort to undermine and discredit then-candidate and now-President Donald Trump is actually a continuation of a deep anti-Republican bias in the Justice Department.  This Justice Department tradition is well catalogued in Sidney Powell's stunning book, "Licensed to Lie:  Exposing Corruption in the Department of Justice."  If you have any illusions about the Justice Department's objectivity, keep in mind that employees of this department gave 97 percent of their 2016 campaign donations to Hillary Clinton — while the department was supposedly investigating her for illegally using a private email server to send and receive classified information as secretary of state.

An Unparalleled Scandal.  The Deep State is clearly out of control.  Back when we uncovered the Clinton email scandal, Judicial Watch fought tooth and nail with the State Department, the Justice Department and the FBI for documents.  Little did we know that, even as they were protecting Hillary Clinton, these agencies were also targeting her political opponent, Donald Trump.  And, since then, we've uncovered a scandal unparalleled in American history in terms of abuse by government officials, offices, and agencies for political purposes.  The Obama administration used the Justice Department, the FBI, and other agencies to spy on its political opposition; and worked with Hillary Clinton and the Democratic National Committee, to launder suspect intelligence from foreign nationals and use that as a pretext to spy on Donald Trump and his associates.  It's an incredible story, one that begins with the Obama White House and continues in the Deep State today.

A Conspiracy of Dunces.  Imagine, if you will, a cabal of government employees expecting one person to easily win the presidential election, and then the other candidate, the one they couldn't fathom leading the country, actually wins.  Now imagine those government employees aren't slogging away in the mailrooms of various departments, but they are the upper-echelon of the nation's intelligence agencies and they resolve to cripple the newly-elected president anyway they can.  You don't have to imagine it, it happened.  And we appear to be living in the aftermath of that effort.

Attacking Trump's Attorney:  Calling All Tea Partiers.  Raiding the office of the personal attorney of the president of the United States is the most outrageous of the Deep State's unprecedented, unhinged, and relentless attempts to overturn the 2016 election.  This raid should tell everyone that the Deep State will twist and bend the law to get rid of Trump.  As stated by President Trump, the Deep State truly is engaged in a disgraceful witch hunt.  Obama and Bill and Hillary Clinton are loyal Deep State operatives.  They have been stealthily transforming America into a socialist-progressive nation in which the federal government controls every aspect of our lives.  Trump is the new sheriff in town determined to crush the Washington, D.C. cartel by draining the swamp.  The Deep State is determined to block and destroy Trump at any and all cost.

The left at work:  Let's hope Trump survives.  The country is at present enduring the dire consequences of the depth and breadth of the Obama administration's many illegal activities.  Former CIA chief John Brennan surveilled American citizens, some of them senators, as Obama was pushing the horrific Iran deal, and he's never been charged with that crime.  In collusion with the Clinton campaign and the DNC, these Obama operatives used a fictional dossier to obtain FISA warrants to spy on Trump campaign officials.  They seriously meant to prevent him from getting close to a victory.  They conspired to clear Hillary Clinton of her many crimes so she could continue her bid for the presidency.  Who are the culprits?  All upper-echelon bureaucrats who considered themselves above the law:  Comey, Holder, Lynch, Clapper, Brennan, McCabe, Rice, and Power are well known names, the public faces of Obama's administration.  Now we know there was a host of lesser known operatives working behind the scenes, as Lois Lerner did, to manipulate facts and events in order to ensure Clinton's win.  Without question, this bunch of white-collar criminals has orchestrated the biggest, most serious campaign of political corruption in American history.  One would think every member of both parties in Congress would be outraged, that every American would be equally angry.  But no.  The Democrats have all lined up to defend these felons, and the Democrats are absolutely without shame in doing so.

America Is In Utter Jeopardy.  The vicious hatred of President Donald J. Trump by people ranging from republican party statists like Paul Ryan or the retiring Jeff Flake and democrats like Chuckie Schumer is not because Mr. Trump is the most horrible person to set foot in the Oval Office.  The hatred of Trump stems from his mission to reverse the curse of putting the interests of foreign nations and illegal border-crossers over the interests of you and I, Americans born and raised.  The simple yet powerful mission to make America great again immediately became a dividing line between those of us who love this republic and appreciate her many good attributes and the others who wish for her demise.  As horrific as the situation is politically with the swamp dwelling statists who are seeking to kill, steal and destroy our unalienable rights, especially the right to bear arms and protect ourselves, family and property.  That struggle pales in comparison to the awful drumbeat of government school indoctrination that has literally caused the creation of legions of young Americans who are literally seeking to destroy the republic from within.

This trap was set well before Trump won.  So this is the new standard for electing a president here in America, the greatest living experiment in self-governance.  A man can run the gauntlet against more than 20 professional politicians and come out victorious.  He can win more than 40 Republican primary contests and beat every professional political campaigner out there, earning the votes of more than 14 million Republicans.  He can then turn his attention to beating the most powerful, entrenched political machine America has seen in nearly a half-century.  (That corrupt machine had just pulled off its most devious and dishonest scam ever — rigging a presidential primary to snatch the party's preferred Socialist candidate away from Democrat voters.)  In the end, President Trump won the presidency fair and square, earning the votes of more than 60 million Americans and — crucially — winning the 30 states he needed to take the White House.


Timely news and commentary:


Delusional Bill Kristol prepares 'war machine' to challenge Trump for 2020 GOP nomination.  Swamp fever has taken a toll on a number of DC-dwelling conservative pundits and driven them mad.  They seem to be competing with each other to see who can bark at the moon loudest.  There's Jennifer Rubin, who has excoriated Trump for taking positions that she previously advocated.  There's George Will, who wished for a 50 state sweep for corrupt Hillary Clinton.  But making a strong move to capture leadership of this cohort is Bill Kristol, who still fancies himself a kingmaker, despite the ignominious defeat of his second-choice Trump challenger Evan McMullin after first choice David French bowed out.

John Kerry deserves jail for secret Iran diplomacy.  In a radio interview with Hugh Hewitt, former Secretary of State John Kerry admitted that he's been working behind-the-scenes to salvage the Iran nuclear deal.  "What I have done is tried to elicit from him what Iran might be willing to do in order to change the dynamic in the Middle East for the better," he explained.  Kerry's backchannel with Iranian Foreign Minister Mohammed Javad Zarif has not been a one-time deal.  "I think I've seen him three or four times," Kerry said, and acknowledged that his talks were occurring without the Trump administration's approval.

Trump Should Worry About "Human Sources" inside the U.S. Government.  I'll give you long odds that the American Government is riddled with foreign spies.  Primarily Chinese, Iranians and Russians, I'm not talking about the hackers; I'm talking about the real thing, real live humans, who have penetrated the government, especially the military, intelligence, and national security branches.  They have two main objectives.  The first is to find out what we have in store for them.  The second is to steal our technology.  Both are essential parts of the real, global war that is being waged against us by an alliance of jihadists and leftist radicals hell-bent on destroying Western liberty.  Some of this is done secretly, some of it — for example, former top Pentagon officials going to lucrative jobs with enemy institutions — can be documented with public sources.  I suspect that we can see a lot of anti-American activity inside the government simply by matching the salaries of high-ranking officials with the costs of "normal" life in DC:  mortgages, private schools for the kids (which cost pretty much the same as college), insurance, nanny/housekeeper, et cetera et cetera.  In many cases we'd see that government salaries cannot cover the costs.  How do these people pay for it all?

How to Stop the Administrative State.  Please check out Mark Pulliam's review of Peter Wallison's forthcoming short book, Judicial Fortitude:  The Last Chance to Rein in the Administrative State.  Wallison, who served in two posts during the Reagan administration and is now ensconced at the American Enterprise Institute, takes aim at the governing apparatus in modern America:  the administrative state.  Functioning as a rogue fourth branch of government that combines legislation, executive, and judicial powers all into one anarchical mass, the administrative state is the chief enemy of republican government today.  Pulliam sketches out Wallison's thesis on the problem of administrative rule (for one cannot call it government) and how it could be countered.

Why the swamp has little to fear.  The midterm elections will either halt or hasten the current soft coup whose aim is to overthrow a legally elected President now being conducted by the swamp.  And if the history of Washington, D.C. corruption is any indication of what will happen after the midterms, the swamp will survive regardless of its coup's success or failure.  But the efforts to expose the treasonous plot will fade away into the dustbin of political history after being seen as just another waste of time and taxpayer money.  The seemingly endless parade of corruption scandals and mind-numbing criminal activity will go on unabated and continue to escalate to unimaginable heights because of an inescapable fact of human nature.

John Kerry slammed for 'shameful' shadow diplomacy after admitting to meetings with Iran.  Former Secretary of State John Kerry is being slammed for conducting shadow diplomacy with Iran after admitting to multiple meetings with Iranian officials behind the backs of Trump administration officials — including over the scrapped nuclear deal.  An administration official on Thursday told Fox News Kerry's meetings are "shameful," pointing out what Iranian-backed militias are doing to kill and injure people in Syria, Iraq and Yemen.  Other Republicans suggested it may not even be legal.

State Dept.  Email:  Bob Woodward — Who Just Published Anti-Trump Book — Has Been FBI Asset Since 1970s.  [In his new book, Bob] Woodward paints a portrayal of the Trump White House as having a "nervous breakdown" and an "administrative coup d'etat".  The book was meant as a hit piece on President Trump and his administration.  What comes across is what Trump supporters already know about Trump:  He relies on his instincts, he is learning as he goes and has been beset by disloyal operatives determined to preserve the ways of Washington, D.C., and prevent him from 'draining the swamp.'  Several top Trump officials have already disputed Woodward's facts as complete rubbish.

Report: Obama climate change aides in shadow 'cabinet' to thwart Trump.  A shadow government made up of former Obama climate change aides and funded by wealthy environmental advocates is supplementing liberal governors in an "off-the-books" operation to help them win approval of sweeping global warming changes and defy President Trump, according to a new investigative report.  In it's "Government for Rent" report, the Competitive Enterprise Institute published dozens of emails detailing the scheme and the efforts by governments to have the activists draw up official state climate change agenda paid for by private donations.

Real 'Collusion' — Deep State's Failed Effort To Elect Hillary Clinton Unravels.  President Trump may soon release classified documents related to top FBI official Bruce Ohr and former Trump campaign aide Carter Page.  If so, it's likely to reveal once and for all the sham nature of the FBI's "investigation" of alleged Trump-Russia collusion during the 2016 election.

Mr. Anonymous Exposes an Even Deeper State.  The latest salvo in the resistance's efforts to nullify the will of the American electorate is an anonymous New York Times op-ed purportedly penned by a "senior official" in the Trump administration. [...] But this sounds far more like a damning admission of an unelected, self-important saboteur than a persuasive indictment of the duly elected president.

Deep State Official: 'There Are Dozens and Dozens of Us'.  Another anonymous senior official in Donald Trump's administration confirmed the existence of the "deep state" resistance in the presidency.  "I find the reaction to the NYT op-ed fascinating — that people seem so shocked that there is a resistance from the inside," an anonymous senior official told Axios, admitting that some of them wished they had written the piece.  "I hope he knows — maybe he does? — that there are dozens and dozens of us," the source continued.

New Schweizer-recommended book exposes extent of corruption at FBI and DOJ.  The FBI and the DOJ have gone to the Dark Side.  Amazing, considering their longstanding promotion of their status and posture for decades as the defenders of freedom and the American way — but times change, and the deep Deep State has no special affection for the America conceived of and promoted by the founders.  I have a friend and colleague who is retired from the FBI.  We talk, and he insists that the FBI basic hardworking field agents and such are concerned and upset about the misconduct of the many miscreants in the leadership of the FBI and the DOJ.  For example, he tells me of the perceived problems that were created by FBI decisions to make cases headquarters cases instead of following FBI protocols that made the field agents the drivers of the case.  However, I see nothing of any effort by FBI agents to fix the corruption problem at the top.  Wanna know why?  They are bureaucrats, and they have no taste for the risks of fixing corruption.

Congress waits, waits, waits for Sally Yates documents.  Obama appointee Sally Yates was acting attorney general under President Trump for just 10 days — from Jan. 20, 2017 until Jan. 30, 2017 — but by any measure they were consequential days.  Even now, two issues from Yates' brief tenure are still of interest to congressional investigators.  One was the series of events that led Yates, in charge of the Justice Department, to reject the president's executive order temporarily suspending the admittance into the United States of people from some Muslim nations.  The second is Yates' role in the FBI's questioning, apparently on dubious premises, the president's national security adviser, Michael Flynn, four days into the new administration — questioning that ultimately led to Flynn's guilty plea in the Trump-Russia investigation.  Both are matters of great public significance and interest — and on both, the Justice Department is refusing to allow the Senate Judiciary Committee access to documents from Yates' time in office.

Email Logs Reveal Correspondence Between Clinton Associate, Fusion GPS, and Russians at Trump Tower Meeting.  Attorney Edward Lieberman, whose late wife Evelyn served as Hillary Clinton's chief of staff, exchanged numerous emails with the co-founder of the controversial Fusion GPS firm and Russian participants in the infamous June 9, 2016, Trump Tower meeting, documentation provided to the Senate Judiciary Committee shows.  The correspondence, part of a series of exhibits provided to Senate investigators and reviewed by Breitbart News, took place in the weeks leading up to the Trump Tower meeting.

How a twenty-year-old movie foretold the Mueller witch hunt.  These are evil people — Mueller, Rosenstein, and their cabal of villains.  They have shredded the Constitution, violated every legal precedent.  Their mission is clear:  destroy Trump by any means necessary.  This week, we learned that Bruce Ohr, who met seventy times with Christopher Steele after he was officially fired as an FBI asset, has never been interviewed by Mueller.  Ohr's wife likely wrote the infamous dossier meant to ruin Trump.  Neither have the other players in the coup attempt been interviewed by Mueller.  In Mueller's world, they are the good guys.  We have learned that China had in-time access to Hillary's private server for four years.  China knew every move the U.S. was making while she was secretary of state.  Our FBI and DOJ knew it and did nothing.  They were all busy enriching themselves, selling access, selling secrets.

Ex-officials actually use security clearances to get rich.  Former CIA Director John Brennan's temper tantrum over the revocation of his security clearance has inadvertently pointed a spotlight at one of the Swamp's favorite get-rich-quick tricks:  the national intelligence contractor hustle.  On Aug. 20, President Trump escalated his attack on Brennan.  "Everybody wants to keep their Security Clearance, it's worth great prestige and big dollars, even board seats, and that is why certain people are coming forward to protect Brennan," Trump said.  The president's point is valid:  Maintaining access to top-secret or classified information is how former intelligence officials like Brennan, James Clapper, James Comey and others command millions of dollars from the private sector.

Former Clinton Pollster:  Hillary Clinton Broke Campaign Finance Laws, Not Donald Trump.  Mark Penn, the former pollster for both Bill Clinton and Hillary Clinton, has penned an op-ed in The Hill Wednesday [8/22/2018] in which he argues that Michael Cohen's guilty plea shows the double standard that prosecutors have applied unfairly to Donald Trump.  Penn argues that while what Trump is alleged to have done — paying Stormy Daniels for a non-disclosure agreement she had sought for five years prior to the election — was legal, Hillary Clinton failed to report campaign expenditures that led to the Steele dossier.  If anyone broke campaign finance law, Penn argues, it was Clinton, not Trump — but prosecutors want Trump out of office.

Fmr Obama FBI hot-head explodes on CNN, cusses and screams at guest to 'get out!  A CNN panel fell into disarray Friday [8/17/2018] after an outspoken political commentator argued in favor of revoking the security clearances of people like Obama era official John Brennan and former Trump White House official Omarosa Manigault on the basis that they've been abusing their access to information to procure certain benefits, including monetary profit.  "A lot of these people that have these security clearances — and this is the secret in swampy Washington, D.C — they have them and they keep them because it's profitable for them after they leave government," conservative commentator Paris Dennard pointed out.

Actually, Brennan Should Be In Jail Right Now.  [S]ecurity clearances involve principles precisely opposite to those of free speech.  In fact, it is a felony to violate security clearance rules in order to "speak out."  [...] Stifling speech is the entire point of security and clearances.

Bruce Ohr Texts, Emails Reveal Steele's Deep Ties to Obama DOJ, FBI.  A trove of emails and handwritten notes from Department of Justice official Bruce Ohr exposes the continuous contact and communication between the DOJ attorney and anti-Trump dossier author Christopher Steele, according to notes and documents obtained by SaraACarter.com.  The emails and notes were written between 2016 and 2017. [...] In one of Ohr's handwritten notes listed as "Law enforcement Sensitive" from May 10, 2017, he writes "Call with Chris," referencing Steele.  He notes that Steele is "very concerned about Comey's firing, afraid they will be exposed."  This call occurred months after FBI Director James Comey testified before the House Intelligence Committee and revealed for the first time that the FBI had an open counterintelligence investigation into President Donald Trump's campaign and alleged collusion with Russia.

An embarrassment to the CIA.  From Rear Adm. Sidney W. Souers, who had the job for a few months in 1946, to the current CIA director, Gina Haspel, selected by President Trump, it's a long list of names that most Americans would not recognize.  In other words, we don't see the CIA director in the headlines that much, unless there is something going on like September 11.  We definitively have not seen former CIA directors doing politics on partisan cable news shows.  Enter John Brennan, who just had his security clearance revoked.  In the past, these clearances have been a courtesy to former officials, who may have to be consulted at a moment's notice on an issue that they worked on.  It's a good idea, but it's a two-way street.

New Texts Reveal Steele Anxious Over Comey Testimony, Hopes "Firewalls Will Hold".  In March, 2017, two days before former FBI Director James Comey testified to lawmakers that the bureau had an open counterintelligence investigation into President Trump's campaign, former British spy Christopher Steele sent an urgent message to Department of Justice official Bruce Ohr hoping that "important firewalls will hold" when Comey testified.  The text message from Steele, who compiled the infamous unverified dossier on Trump, was sent on March 18, 2017, to Ohr and obtained by SaraACarter.com from a government source, familiar with the ongoing investigation.

Strzok Fired, Likely Bruce Ohr is Next — False FISA Affidavits, Fraudulent 302s, Security Clearances Under Review.  One of the outcomes of losing a security clearance is the inability to prepare for any testimony.  When Sarah Sanders stated today that currently employed DOJ official Bruce Ohr was a person having a security clearance review; the logical takeaway is he will be fired after he delivers his testimony.

Trump pulls security clearance of ex-CIA director Brennan.  President Donald Trump on Wednesday revoked the security clearance of former CIA Director John Brennan, who has become a harsh critic of the president, and appeared to be targeting others who have disagreed with the administration.  "Mr. Brennan's lying and recent conduct characterized by increasingly frenzied commentary is wholly inconsistent with access to the nation's most closely held secrets and facilities, the very aim of our adversaries which is to sow division and chaos," White House press secretary Sarah Huckabee Sanders said, reading a statement from Trump while briefing reporters on Wednesday [8/17/2018].

Brennan, the Spooks, and Russian Collusion.  The CIA is in charge of American government spy ops that occur in foreign countries, not the FBI.  While an American tourist can fly to Britain to see the changing of the guard and be in front of Buckingham Palace within 24 hours, an American FBI agent can do nothing in Britain without intricate CIA approvals and supervision.  If the CIA were not involved, they'd be raising hell with the FBI for doing business on their turf.  Turf is everything in bureaucracy.  CIA involvement is certain.

2016 Trump Tower Meeting Looks Increasingly Like a Setup by Russian and Clinton Operatives.  The June 2016 Trump Tower meeting between high-ranking members of the Republican presidential campaign staff and a Russian lawyer with Kremlin ties remains the cornerstone of claims that Donald Trump colluded with Russia to steal the election.  A growing body of evidence, however, indicates that the meeting may have been a setup — part of a broad effort to tarnish the Trump campaign involving Hillary Clinton operatives employed by Kremlin-linked figures and Department of Justice officials.  This view, that the real collusion may have taken place among those who arranged the meeting rather than the Trump officials who agreed to attend it, is supported by two disparate lines of evidence pulled together for the first time here: newly released records and a pattern of efforts to connect the Trump campaign to Russia.

Russian Collusion Investigation Has Orwellian Roots.  The existence of this investigation is vindication for those who voted for Brexit and Trump because they believe an illuminati rules the world.  The Washington establishment may not use jet contrails to control minds.  But, if crossed, they will seize your lawyer's files, put your one-time campaign manager in solitary confinement, and tell your third wife that you slept with a porn star.  They even dared to appoint the same guy they once trotted out to tell everyone there were weapons of mass destruction in Iraq to do it.  The Washington establishment is less interested in the means used to influence voters than in the fact that the deplorables have been prompted to defy them, which cannot be allowed.

Corrupt in Every Sense of the Word.  For years, now, many of us have pointed out that much of the radical leftist activity here and abroad has been instigated and funded by a secretive group of fascist Democrat millionaires. [...] Now, according to an article in the Washington Free Beacon, a shadowy group that calls themselves the Patriotic Millionaires is moving from behind the scenes funding to out front activism.  Their agenda appears to be classic fascism — a partnership between an über-wealthy elite and government, with the masses (read:  We, the People) providing the labor under a socialist system.  In furtherance of this goal, one of their members, Scott Wallace, is running for Congress as a Democrat in a Republican district in Pennsylvania.  As is often the case with Democrats, he has not resided in his district, but moved there from, of all places, South Africa where he managed the Wallace Global Foundation, a funding source for all sorts of odious leftist groups and projects.  One of the groups his foundation funded, Zero Population Growth, advocates abortion and families be "taxed to the hilt" for "irresponsible breeding."  They blamed overpopulation on the "white middle-class" that "use up more than their share of resources and do more than their share of polluting".  South Africa, by the way, has just declared open season on white people and is moving to confiscate all the white owned farms.

Highly Suspect — Corrupt Senate Intelligence Committee Wants To Interview Julian Assange Behind Closed Doors.  The most corrupt part of congress is the Senate Select Committee on Intelligence (SSCI).  The SSCI is the center of the deepest part of the Deep State swamp.  The SSCI never, ever, E.V.E.R. does anything that does not protect and advance the self-interest of the corrupt Washington DC professional political class.  The severity of the corruption within the Senate Intelligence Committee is the one constant in an ever changing universe.  Every action they take is for their own interests.  Most of that action is illegal (see the recent James Wolfe indictment); and all of their conduct is severely unethical (see the secret messages between Vice-chair Mark Warner and Christopher Steele).

Privately, Intel Officials Back Shutting Out Brennan, Clapper.  President Trump has been criticized for politicizing the intelligence community by threatening to strip the security clearances of former top officials including John Brennan and James Clapper.  But numerous past and present senior intelligence officials say that the Obama administration started the politicization — and that revoking the clearances of those who abuse the privilege for partisan purposes may help right the ship.  "As is often the case with the Trump administration, the rollout of the policy is bad, but the idea driving the policy is sound," said one senior intelligence official who, like others interviewed for this article, spoke to RealClearInvestigations only on condition of anonymity.  "Under some Obama-era intelligence chiefs, intelligence was used as a political weapon.  We need to root that out, not reward it."

Remembrance of Russia's Past Meddling.  After the president's summit with Putin last week, John Brennan tweeted, "Donald Trump's press conference performance in Helsinki rises to & exceeds the threshold of 'high crimes & misdemeanors.'  It was nothing short of treasonous."  Sen. Steny Hoyer agreed and Democrat Steve Cohen, who wanted a Purple Heart for Peter Strzok, was calling for a military coup.  This is what happens when the nation allows a Gus Hall voter to become head of the CIA.  This is what happens when the nation neglects actual Russian spying and instead manufactures fake collusion.  This is what happens when a president deploys the deep state to install his designated successor, all part of the fundamental transformation of America the Democrats' candidate spoke of in 2008.

Trump Is Right About Clearances.  The legal framework for security clearances was charted by a 1988 Supreme Court decision, Department of the Navy v.  Egan.  The justices noted that a president has absolute power to grant, deny or revoke access to classified information.  This authority is inherent in his role as commander in chief.  The court ruled that the president could form due-process procedures for challenging an adverse decision — which President Eisenhower first did in 1960 — but no appeal would be available through the courts.  A body of law and policy has since developed around several key ideas:  First, a security clearance should be granted or continued only if it is "clearly consistent with the interests of national security."  Second, security clearance places an individual into a fiduciary relationship with the government.  Third, authorization of access to classified information must be joined with a demonstrated "need to know."

Taming Swamp Critters with Security Clearances.  At long last President Trump finally discovered, thanks to Senator Rand Paul, the most potent weapon against large numbers of "swamp creatures" a.k.a., the abusive senior leaders of critical sections of the Federal bureaucracy.  Trying to fire a senior civil servant not appointed by the president is almost impossible and it often is a double-edged sword when successful because nothing stops them from publicly stirring up trouble after the fact.  However, if the security clearance rules are used properly, they can become the president's greatest clean-up weapon against the "swamp."  Clearances are a true leash that can keep otherwise disruptive executive bureaucrats to heel.

Docs requested after ex-CIA Brennan is suspected of leaking intel to Harry Reid to hurt Trump campaign.  Judicial Watch believes former Sen. Harry Reid may have been used in efforts to undermine the Trump campaign.  Communications in 2016 between former CIA Director John Brennan and the former top Senate Democrat are being sought in documents requested from the CIA by the watchdog group, according to Fox News.

Dear Mr. Brennan,.  I understand that you are a political opponent of the current President of the United States.  I understand that you are an American citizen, and you have the right to freedom of speech.  I encourage you to utilize that right.  I encourage you to speak your mind.  I encourage you, as I do all Americans, to be heard.  I implore you, however to cease and desist from continuing to attempt to portray yourself in the public media as some sort of impartial critic concerned only with the fate of the republic.  I beg you to stop attempting to portray yourself as some sort of wise, all-knowing intelligence professional with deep knowledge of national security issues and no political inclinations whatsoever.  None of this is true.  You were never a spy.  You were never a case officer.  You never ran operations or recruited sources or worked the streets abroad.  You have no idea whatsoever of the true nature of the business of human intelligence.  You have never been in harm's way.  You have never heard a shot fired in anger.  You were for a short while an intelligence analyst.  In that capacity, it was your job to produce finished intelligence based on information provided to you by others.  The work of intelligence analysts is important, however in truth you never truly mastered this trade either.

Trump is right to pull security clearances from those actively undermining his administration.  President Trump is considering the entirely proper move of pulling security clearances from a number of former government officials including disgraced former FBI Director James Comey, former CIA Director John Brennan, former DNI James Clapper and several others.  These are all people who have been abusing the credibility gained by their previous positions and potentially their continued access to our secrets in a partisan political manner.

Why should people out of power have clearances, anyway?  Years ago, I remember hearing the story of President Nixon's final flight from the White House to California.  The president took off on Air Force One, but it changed to a military flight as soon as President Ford was sworn in.  In other words, the president of the U.S. was no longer on board!  The principle is that when it comes to matters of state, once you're out, you're out.  Put me down as someone who does not understand why former Obama officials have security clearances anyway.  Why do we do that?  You are either in or out, or so I understood.  President Trump should pull the security clearances.

Obama Sought To Wipe Out Outdated Security Clearances Just Like Trump Wants To Do.  The story began on Monday, when Sen. Rand Paul (R-KY) said he's going to ask Trump to revoke former CIA Director John Brennan's security clearance (the guy who keeps calling every action by Trump "treason").  "Is John Brennan monetizing his security clearance?  Is John Brennan making millions of dollars divulging secrets to the mainstream media with his attacks on @realDonaldTrump," the Kentucky Republican wrote on Twitter.  "Today I will meet with the President and I will ask him to revoke John Brennan's security clearance."

White House:  Trump Has Started 'Mechanism' for Pulling Security Clearances from 'Certain Individuals'.  President Donald Trump has started "the mechanism" for pulling security clearances from "certain individuals," a White House aide revealed Tuesday [7/24/2018].  White House Deputy Press Secretary Hogan Gidley told reporters aboard Air Force One traveling to Joint Base Andrews in Camp Springs, Maryland, that the administration has begun taking the necessary steps to revoke access to classified information from former top intelligence officials but declined to get into specifics.

NBC Reporter:  Trump Will Cause 'Financial' Harm to Clapper, Brennan by Revoking Security Clearances.  NBC News reporter Ken Dilanian suggested Monday [7/23/2018] that President Donald Trump would hurt the livelihoods of Obama administration alumni by taking away the "valuable commodity" of their security clearances.  Dilanian, who covers the intelligence community and national security issues, accused Trump of "seeking to levy a financial penalty" on former CIA Director John Brennan and former Director of National Intelligence James Clapper — both of whom are paid contributors at cable news networks.

The Editor says...
If anyone is making a living as a TV commentator based on his or her access to classified information, that monetization of government secrets is a gross abuse of power.

Clapper Says It's 'Very Petty' That Trump Is Considering Revoking His Security Clearance.  Former Director of National Intelligence James Clapper responded Monday to the news that the White House is considering revoking his security clearance, along with the clearances of other former intelligence officials who have been vocal critics of President Trump.  He called the move "a petty thing to do."  White House Press Secretary Sarah Huckabee Sanders told reporters that the president was "looking to take away [John] Brennan's security clearance, he's also looking into the security clearances of Comey, Clapper, Hayden, Rice, and McCabe."  She explained that it was due to these former officials politicizing and monetizing their past service to make "baseless accusations" against the president.

All The President's Hacks:  Media Fake News Fueled Obama's Watergate.  When Hillary Clinton cites the "intelligence community assessment" to cast doubt on the legitimacy of the presidential election, she's really repeating her own lie, that her campaign created, rolled through the media and the government, which used it to spy on the Trump campaign, and then finally became an "assessment" under orders from Obama carried out by political allies like Clapper and Brennan.  The media, which once boasted of exposing Watergate, had played a key role in Obama's Watergate.  The release of a redacted FISA warrant application exposes the fact that the spying on Carter Page, a figure associated with the Trump campaign, relied on no sources other than Democrats and media allies.

Lying Liar James Clapper Just Lied Again About His Previous Lies About NSA Spying.  In an interview with the ladies of "The View" Tuesday afternoon [5/22/2018], James Clapper told another lie about his previous lies about the NSA program to spy on American citizens.  Meghan McCain confronted Clapper about a statement he made while testifying before Congress five years ago, when he was asked whether or not the NSA was spying on Americans.  "In 2013 when you were asked about it, you said 'no,'" McCain said.  "So that is a lie."  "I made a mistake," Clapper said.  "I didn't lie.  I was thinking about something else, another program."

John Brennan Moves from Charges of Treason to Fomenting Rebellion.  The former [?] Communist and CIA Director John Brennan called Trump's remarks at a press conference with Putin in Helsinki "treasonous" and he is not letting up on his attack.  He is now urging the Intelligence community to "withhold vital intelligence", ostensibly to protect information.  That is the new line of attack — Trump is sharing secrets with Putin.  Make no mistake, the former [?] Communist is recommending a mutiny over a few inartful comments made by the President which he has since explained.  The Washington Times reported that Brennan made the comments in a private meeting.  "Dan Coats and Gina Haspel need to be on top of their game now and speak truth to power," he said, referring to Director of National Intelligence Dan Coats and CIA Director Gina Haspel.  "And make sure Trump doesn't get away with this."

Why the 'Resistance' in the State Department is a Gift to Trump.  The majority of our 75,382 State Department employees do not support our president.  Many are openly scornful.  Several ambassadors, ready to retire anyway and with full pensions locked in, have resigned dramatically.  But because State Department protocols and diplomacy have failed us for decades — in Libya, Syria, with the creation of ISIS, Russian expansion, and North Korean belligerence — their "Resistance" has given President Trump the opportunity to do an end-run around them.

POTUS TRUMP Calls Out Deep State — "Where Is The DNC Server?".  It's a valid question and one that should be front and center of any media coverage of Rod Rosenstein's bizarre "we're indicting twelve Russian nationals" performance yesterday [7/13/2018].  Mr. Rosenstein (publicly) claims these Russians hacked the DNC while at the same time keeping quiet about the fact the FBI has never directly reviewed the actual DNC server to verify said hack.  This fact raises a myriad of questions.  Why did the DNC refuse access?  Why were they even allowed to refuse access given such a hack would be considered a potential breach of national security.  What was the DNC hiding?  What is the FBI/DOJ still hiding?

Julian Assange, CrowdStrike, and the Russian Hack That Wasn't.  Robert Mueller's investigation into the 2016 presidential election is predicated on Russian intelligence having hacked the Democratic National Committee's computers.  Russia's guilt is such an article of faith among our political class, that a Republican-controlled Congress imposed sanctions and President Trump signed on, substantially worsening relations with an important and potentially dangerous nation.  Outside the Acela Corridor, however, one finds more skepticism.  A lot of ordinary folks wonder why the DNC wouldn't let any outside parties examine their server.  Instead, the FBI accepted the word of CrowdStrike, a private contractor hired by the DNC, without any independent confirmation.  And a bunch of not so ordinary folks who know a thing or two about computers thinks there may be a simple explanation for the DNC's unwillingness to let outsiders have a peek at the evidence:  There isn't any.  The Russian hacking that's caused so much division and turmoil at home and abroad never really happened.

CrowdStrike Bragged About Purging Russians From The DNC's Networks.  Now We Know They Were Wrong.  Russian hackers retained access to the Democratic National Committee's network until October 2016, despite private security firm CrowdStrike's claim that it had expelled all intruders months earlier, according to an indictment filed Friday against 12 Russian intelligence operatives.  The indictment, filed by the office of Special Council Robert Mueller, reveals that CrowdStrike was unsuccessful in expelling intruders from the DNC's networks in June and that a malicious program "remained on the DNC network until in or around October 2016."  The hackers also gained access to DNC computers hosted on a third-party cloud-computing service around September 2016, which enabled them to steal data from the DNC by creating backups, or snapshots, of the DNC's cloud-based systems.

Former DNC Chair Brazile:  DNC Allowed Russian Hackers to Steal Data.  Rod Rosenstein and Robert Mueller indicted 12 Russian military officials days before President Trump's meeting with Russian President Vladimir Putin.  Rosenstein also planned his press conference at the same time President Trump was meeting with the Queen of England.  With the 12 Russians indicted Friday, the corrupt Mueller team has now indicted 31 individuals and 3 companies, with more than 80% of the indictments related to Russians who will never be prosecuted. [...] But dirty cop Rosenstein forgot to mention the DNC allowed the Russians to infiltrate their servers.  In her 2017 book, [...] Democrat operative Donna Brazile admitted the DNC allowed alleged Russian hackers to steal data from the party's servers.

Attorneys: The DNC's Lawsuit Against Russia Undermines Their Own Defense in the DNC Fraud Lawsuit.  Disobedient Media has consistently reported on the DNC Fraud Lawsuit and the disturbing, sometimes bizarre events surrounding the case.  Though the suit was initially dismissed on jurisdictional grounds, that ruling is in the process of an appeal in the 11th Circuit appellate court.  Last week, the attorneys for the plaintiffs in the suit submitted a supplemental authority letter in the case, arguing that the DNC's suit against Russia was relevant to the DNC Fraud Lawsuit.  The cited relevance was due to arguments made by DNC defense counsel that stated donors did not contribute funds based on the promise of impartiality by the DNC towards Democratic Party primary candidates.

Donald Trump Calls on DNC to Hand Over Email Server.  President Donald Trump called on the Democratic National Committee (DNC) during his press conference with Russian President Vladimir Putin in Finland on Monday to hand over its server to the FBI to prove Russia hacked into it.  Associated Press reporter Jonathan Lemire asked Trump if he believed U.S. intelligence agencies that say Russia interfered in the election or Putin's assertion that Russia did not and if he would denounce that interference and tell Putin to never do it again.  Trump said he had confidence in both parties but added he would like to see the DNC hand over its server.

Trump Will Win This Round With the Deep State.  President Trump knew what he was getting into in holding a press conference with Vladimir Putin.  He knew the press would ask him whose version of Russian meddling in the 2016 election does he believe?  Putin's?  Or that of former U.S. intelligence agency directors John Brennan, James Clapper, and James Comey?  The question came and President Trump quickly moved to the missing Clinton servers and 33,000 erased Clinton emails under congressional subpoena.  Trump's response causes the ultimate evocation to the voters in this epic battle that has been lurching and raging over America and astonishing the world for two years.

Four Coincidences:  FISA Abuse and Unanswered Questions About the DNC Server.  [Scroll down]  Again, exactly what was on those DNC Servers that involved the need for such secrecy.  There's been a lot of Telling Noise from the Left — noticeably from the upper echelon of the Old Intelligence Community.

Five Things That Would Make The CIA/CNN Russia Narrative More Believable.  I do not believe the establishment Russia narrative.  I do not believe that Donald Trump colluded with the Russian government to rig the 2016 election.  I do not believe the Russian government did any election rigging for Trump to collude with.  This is not because I believe Vladimir Putin is some kind of blueberry-picking girl scout, and it certainly isn't because I think the Russian government is unwilling or incapable of meddling in the affairs of other nations to some extent when it suits them.  It is simply because I am aware that the US intelligence community lies constantly as a matter of policy, and because I understand how the burden of proof works.  At this time, I see no reason to espouse any belief system which embraces as true the assertion that Russia meddled in the 2016 elections in any meaningful way, or that it presents a unique and urgent threat to the world which must be aggressively dealt with.  But all the establishment mouthpieces tell me that I must necessarily embrace these assertions as known, irrefutable fact.

Why Do The Democrats Refuse To Allow FBI To Examine Its Hacked Servers?  [Scroll down]  Both the FBI and the Democratic Party agreed that the crime-fighting agency based its decision to blame Russians for hacking into the DNC computers on a report commissioned by the DNC and generated by a company called CrowdStrike.  Yes, our intelligence agencies agree it was all the Russians fault.  But can one trust the veracity of that determination when the FBI relied exclusively on information from private digital forensics company Crowdstrike who were being paid by the Democratic Party?  Doesn't anyone besides the President (and me) wonder what the Democrats are hiding and why the FBI allowed the Democrats to get away with obstructing their investigation?

The Deep State and Tyranny.  The Department of Justice Inspector General's Report released last week didn't tell us anything we didn't know, but merely added more damning evidence for the corruption of the FBI and its investigations over the last few years.  More worthy of comment, as Andy McCarthy writes, is its refusal to use common sense and note the obvious interconnections among the various bad actors, and the bond of political bias, seasoned with careerism and arrogance, that united them.  But the problems we are confronting reflect deeper dangers than the professional corruption of some functionaries of corrupt executive agencies armed with the coercive power of the state.  The true moral of the story is the dangers to freedom of centralized and concentrated power — the very dangers consensual governments, including our own, were created to minimize.

FBI agent fast-tracked Clinton email case to 'stop' Trump from being elected.  FBI agent Peter Strzok put the Trump-Russia investigation on a fast track during the 2016 election season at the same time he was sending text messages to his lover condemning the Republican presidential candidate as an "idiot" and vowing to "stop" him.  Justice Department Inspector General Michael Horowitz, in a voluminous report, singled out as troubling Mr. Strzok's decision to move quickly from working on Hillary Clinton's email case to investigating Mr. Trump.

Nadler: FBI's Strzok and Page 'Did Not Bring Bias' to the Clinton Investigation.  Referencing the Department of Justice's Office of the Inspector General (IG) report on the actions of the FBI during the 2016 presidential election, Rep. Jerry Nadler (D-N.Y.) said that FBI officials Peter Strzok and Lisa Page "did not bring bias" to their investigation of Hillary Clinton's illicit use of a private server and email for State Department business and her mishandling of classified documents.  In 2016, Strzok was a senior counterintelligence officer at the FBI and Page was a senior attorney.  They were among the few top FBI officials investigating the Clinton case.  Strzok and Page, although married to other people, reportedly were having an adulterous affair at the time.  Their text messages, disclosed by Congress and the IG report, reveal that they despised Donald Trump and desperately wanted Hillary Clinton to be elected president.

The Bigger Story Behind the James Wolfe Indictment.  It is important not to get so granular we miss the big picture.  The indictment of former senior senate intelligence committee staffer James Wolfe is filled with information to highlight a much bigger picture.  Keeping with custom and a very familiar pattern, you will note the big DOJ/FBI investigative releases are timed to drop when President Trump is outside Washington DC.  Note also, it was the Senate Intelligence Committee where Wolfe worked.  CTH has continually stated the SSCI is one of the most corrupt committees in congress.  It did not come as a surprise to see the staff from this specific committee leaking secret and top-secret classified information.  The committee rots from the head down.

Suddenly the media cares about privacy.  New York Times reporter Ali Watkins slept with the head of security for the Senate Select Committee on Intelligence, who gave her classified information, which she used to build her career from college student to a Times reporter, one leaked story at a time.  Federal investigators seized her phone and her records dating back five years ago, when she was in college.  The Reporters Committee for Freedom of the Press is up in arms. [...] Really?  Seizing the records of President Donald John Trump's lawyer — breaking lawyer-client privilege — is OK, but somehow a journalist's records are sacrosanct.

More Trump-hating lovebirds:  Ali Watkins and the rise of casting-couch journalism.  The Beltway's Get Trump movement has added another pair of lovebirds to the morass, this time in the Ali Watkins-James Wolfe hook-up, evidently uniting love with a common mission to destroy the president.

DOJ Nails Senate Intel Committee's Security Chief as Deep State Leaker.  Senior Justice Department officials announced late Thursday criminal charges against Senate Intelligence Committee's long-time director of security James Wolfe.  The indictment charges Wolfe with making false statements to the FBI and details how Wolfe passed classified information, including presumably information related to one-time Trump campaign aide Carter Page, to a series of media outlets, confirming long-standing suspicions of the career intelligence community's complicity in leaks.  The three-count indictment charges Wolfe with separate instances of making false statements to the FBI, not directly charging him for leaking classified information, but appearing to detail how he did allegedly leaked classified information to reporters and then allegedly lied about it to the FBI.

Veteran Senate Intelligence Committee staffer, in romantic relationship with NYT reporter, arrested in probe of leaks.  James A. Wolfe, former director of security for the Senate Intelligence Committee, lost everything when he was arrested by the FBI last night.  A review of media reports on the background of the arrest suggests that the lure of romance with a nubile female journalism school student was his undoing.  This is a story with at least two compelling themes:  the apparent betrayal of national security by a veteran Senate staffer and the rise in a mere four years of a comely female reporter in a romantic relationship with Wolfe from unpaid undergraduate intern at McClatchy to the lofty post of New York Times national security correspondent.

There's a huge difference between the Trump and Clinton probes.  Clinton's core wrongdoing was publicly established fact from the start — whereas the Trump investigation has always been an effort to find out if there was any wrongdoing.  It was actually the House Select Committee on Benghazi that started asking questions after a hacker unveiled Clinton's e-mails with Sidney Blumenthal.  Some of those e-mails were related to the 2012 Benghazi attack yet had never been handed over to investigators in all the many Benghazi probes.

Report: Sessions Is Key Witness in Mueller Inquiry into Trump Obstruction.  Attorney General Jeff Sessions is reportedly a key witness in Robert Mueller's inquiry into whether President Donald J. Trump obstructed the Russia investigation.  During a March 2017 meeting at Mar-a-Lago, President Trump asked Sessions to unrecuse himself from the collusion probe — a request the Attorney General declined.  "The confrontation, which has not been previously reported, is being investigated by the special counsel, Robert S. Mueller III, as are the president's public and private attacks on Mr. Sessions and efforts to get him to resign.  Mr. Trump dwelled on the recusal for months, according to confidants and current and former administration officials who described his behavior toward the attorney general," reports the New York Times.

Clapper Disinformation Campaign.  James Clapper, President Obama's director of national intelligence, gained a reputation among liberals as a liar for covering up the existence of secret data-collection programs. [...] Mr. Clapper not only exaggerates Russia's efforts, he crucially overlooks the fact that it's the net effect that matters.  Allegations and insinuations of Russian meddling clearly cost Mr. Trump some sizeable number of votes.  Hillary Clinton made good use of this mallet, as would be clearer now if she had also made good use of her other assets to contest those states where the election would actually be decided.

Hillary's Premonition.  An attempt to rig an election using falsified evidence as the basis for an investigation a most serious crime against our form of government and cannot go unchallenged or unpunished.  An attempt to frame Donald Trump and oust him from the presidency is even more grave.

Can Trump lawfully investigate his investigators?  Can the president investigate his investigators?  Yes — but not until the investigation of him is completed.  That's because no one can fruitfully examine the legitimacy of the origins of the case against Trump without knowing the evidence and the charges.  Trump's allegations are of extreme scandal — the use of FBI assets by the Obama administration to impede his presidential campaign.  Yet if he is exonerated, those allegations will lose their sting.  If he is charged with crimes or impeachable offenses that do not have their origins in politically charged spying, then his allegations will be moot.  But if he were to force the DOJ to turn over raw investigative files now to politicians who want to help him, he might very well be impeding the criminal case against him.  That would be profoundly threatening to the rule of law, for it provides that no man can be the prosecutor or the judge in his own case.

The London-to-Langley Spy Ring.  Even before the first Republican primary, a London-to-Langley spy ring had begun to form against Donald Trump.  British spies sent to CIA director John Brennan in late 2015 alleged intelligence on contacts between Trumpworld and the Russians, according to the Guardian.

'An Abuse of Power': Rep. Biggs Says Mueller Is Investigating a Person, Not a Crime.  Rep. Andy Biggs (R-Ariz.) is one of several Republican lawmakers calling for a second special counsel to probe alleged abuses by the FBI and Justice Department.  On "Happening Now" on Wednesday, Biggs said the only way to get to the bottom of apparent "improprieties" in the Russia and Hillary Clinton email probes is to investigate the investigators.  "We can't rely on them to investigate themselves.  So we need to get a special counsel outside of them to get in there and investigate," Biggs explained.

The Bipartisan Deep State.  The deep state looks after its own.  And this is why — whether "Republicans" or "Democrats" — the Permanent Bipartisan Fusion Party hates Donald J. Trump.

Spying On Trump: Was Obama Behind CIA, FBI Plan To Elect Hillary?  As Robert Mueller's chimerical Russia-Trump collusion probe grinds on, a real possible crime has been revealed:  the collusion between the Justice Department, the FBI, the Clinton campaign and, possibly, the Obama administration, to plant a spy in the Trump campaign.  If so, as some say, it's bigger than Watergate.  The spy's name is Stefan Halper, a professor at Cambridge University who has high-level ties to both U.S. and British intelligence, as Daily Caller New Foundation investigative reporter Chuck Ross discovered.  The revelation made Trump livid, and rightly so, as his tweet on Sunday afternoon plainly showed: [...]

When did Trump-Russia probe begin?  Investigators focus on mystery months.  Revelations that an FBI informant insinuated himself into the Trump campaign have led some congressional investigators to rethink their theories on how and why former President Barack Obama's Justice Department began investigating the 2016 Trump presidential effort.  Most reporting has focused on the July 31, 2016, creation of a document formally marking the beginning of the FBI counterintelligence probe targeting the Trump campaign.

Donald Trump Goes to War with 'Disgraced' John Brennan.  President Donald J. Trump said that former CIA director John Brennan had "disgraced" himself, blaming him Monday [5/21/2018] for launching the investigation of his presidential campaign.  The president quoted at length Dan Bongino, who challenged Brennan in a Monday morning appearance on Fox News.

Mueller v.  Trump.  Can special counsel Robert Mueller require President Trump to testify before a grand jury?  It would be unprecedented, and his effort to do so could lead to a major constitutional confrontation.  The president could, of course, resist a grand jury subpoena by asserting his right under the Fifth Amendment not to be a witness against himself.  However, for political reasons, he may not wish to do that.  And he may not need to.  Another off-ramp for the president, which he may choose not to take, is to remove the special counsel.  Mueller is an appointee of the Department of Justice, part of the executive branch.  He is therefore a subordinate of the president.  Trump might have to jump through some hoops to remove him — such as removing the deputy attorney general who selected Mueller — but he has the power to do so.

We Need to Know What Brennan, Clapper, Comey, Rice, Power and the Rest of Them Did.  The FISA court failed us.  The FISA court failed us repeatedly.  We have these so-called national security letters that are supposed to be used in extreme circumstances.  Instead they are being used by a cabal of FBI agents who took it upon themselves to investigate a candidate and his campaign, and then we have of course actual spies attempting to entrap members of the Trump campaign. [...] Why haven't Republicans called these FISA judges before Congress?  Because they're gutless.

Trump demands DOJ investigation of possible campaign infiltration.  President Trump said Sunday that he is demanding that the Justice Department investigate whether the U.S. government infiltrated his 2016 campaign for political reasons. [...] On Sunday, Trump aggressively denounced special counsel Robert Mueller's investigation of possible Trump campaign collusion with Russia as a "Witch Hunt" and wrote, "Republicans and real Americans should start getting tough on this Scam," else they impact the 2018 midterms.

H.A.L.P.E.R. Spells Game Up for Obama's Spies.  Last week I reported that Internet sleuths had winkled out the name of the spy/agent provocateur that Obama's intelligence officers had used on the Trump campaign.  The New York Times and Washington Post, the Democrats' semi-official newspapers this week megaphoned the instigators, offering up their justifications without naming his name.  Again, the name is Stefan Halper, who, as I wrote here last week, was paid a substantial sum by the Department of Defense's Office of Net Assessment.  If it was for this work — and it suspiciously looks like it because the payments were made in July and September of 2016 when he was weaseling his way into the campaign — then we know we have the DNI, CIA, DOJ, FBI, Dept. of State and the Defense Department working for Hillary's election and to smear and create a basis for further spying on Trump and his campaign.

Cambridge professor outed as FBI informant inside Trump campaign.  A Cambridge professor with deep ties to American and British intelligence has been outed as an agent who snooped on the Trump presidential campaign for the FBI.  Multiple media outlets have named Stefan Halper, 73, as the secret informant who met with Trump campaign advisers Carter Page and George Papadopoulos starting in the summer of 2016.  The American-born academic previously served in the Nixon, Ford and Reagan administrations.  The revelation, stemming from recent reports in which FBI sources admitted sending an agent to snoop on the Trump camp, heightens suspicions that the FBI was seeking to entrap Trump campaign aides.  Papodopoulous has pleaded guilty to lying to the FBI, while Page was the subject of a federal surveillance warrant.

What Obama and his political Choom Gang did is far worse than Watergate.  The Obama administration — with or without the knowledge and direction of President Obama himself — perverted one of the most powerful, clandestine spying operations in the world and used it at the very height of a presidential campaign to spy on political opponents, punish them and, ultimately, silence them through extortion.  If this was orchestrated without the express knowledge of Mr. Obama, then it reveals just how blatantly he instructed by example the weaponizing of the entire federal government to carry out his low, dishonest and unjust ideology.  By any means necessary, one might say.  Only instead of being driving by visions of justice, these people were driven by visions of undying power.

Trump demands of Mueller investigation, ranting about a '$20,000,000 Witch Hunt' that should be looking into Hillary Clinton.  President Donald Trump demanded to know Sunday [5/20/2018] when special counsel Robert Mueller was going to 'STOP!' probing into alleged Russian influence on the presidential election and turn his investigative power onto Hillary Clinton.  In a long, bitter Twitter rant the president railed against the cost of the investigation, calling it a '$20,000,000 Witch Hunt' that has found 'no Collussion with Russia, No Obstruction, but they aren't looking at the corruption in the Hillary Clinton Campaign.'

MSM silence on Stefan Halper's name ends.  The conspiracy to use the vast powers of the US intelligence community spy on the Trump campaign and hobble his presidency with fabricated allegations of collusion with Russia is unraveling at an accelerating pace.  The latest evidence of the slow motion collapse of the cabal is that the name of Stefan Halper, which has been known to readers of American Thinker for quite some time now (and which was first revealed by Chuck Ross of the Daily Caller almost two months ago), suddenly is being published and broadcast by members of the mainstream media.

Stefan Halper Agent Provocateur — In His Own Words.  Stefan Halper has been identified and confirmed as the intelligence informant used by President Obama's CIA and FBI to engage in contact with low level Trump campaign officials during their efforts to conduct a counterintelligence operation against the candidate.  The joint CIA and FBI operation was codenamed "Crossfire Hurricane".  Rather ironically, five days before the 2016 election intelligence agent provocateur Stefan Halper gave an interview to Sputnik News where he outlined his agenda; in hindsight the aggregate agenda of the Obama administration: [...]

Deep State & Media Operatives Now In Full On Cover Up Mode As Illegal Spying On Trump Campaign Revealed.  The Obama era Intelligence community was determined to punish Donald Trump and his supporters for challenging the political status quo.  They didn't actually think Trump would win though.  So what was initially a punishment operation turned into a search and destroy operation that pitted the Deep State and its media cohorts against a duly elected President of the United States?  That attempt is now being uncovered in real time which in turn has led to a flurry of cover-up activity from such powerful players as the New York Times.  And not only are they desperate to save their own skins but even more importantly protect the man at the very top of this political conspiracy food chain — Barack Obama himself.

DOJ Frets About Source Outing While Deliberately Outing Source.  U.S. law enforcement and intelligence officials have leaked extremely sensitive information about a top secret source three times in the last week while claiming that confidentially sharing information about the source with congressional investigators could greatly impact U.S. national security and potentially risk the source's life.  The officials have leaked specific information that could directly identify the source on three separate occasions to reporters at the Washington Post and New York Times.  This raises even more questions about whether current top intelligence and law enforcement officials can be trusted to obey the law and to adequately protect the nation's intelligence secrets.

Where in the World Was Barack Obama?  [Scroll down]  Many of those questions remain unanswered but we do know that the "deep state" referenced by the [New York] Times did have a boss in 2016.  Yet Mr. Obama doesn't show up in this story until the ninth paragraph.  Those inclined toward Watergate analogies will say that it was some time before the break-in was connected to Richard Nixon, and of course we have no idea at this point whether the current controversy will end up being a Trump scandal, an Obama scandal or a permanently murky partisan battleground.  But since this controversy goes to the core of our democratic process, Americans desperately want clarity.  How and why exactly did leaders of U.S. intelligence and law enforcement agencies end up focusing on a domestic political campaign?

Cambridge Professor Spied On Trump Campaign Advisers.  A top-secret CIA and FBI source who spied on two Trump campaign advisers and initiated contact with a third was all but outed Friday night [5/18/2018].  The New York Times and The Washington Post provided a detailed description of the source in articles published Friday night, but did not identify him by name, citing concerns about his physical safety.  But the reports match up exactly with a Cambridge University professor first described in a Daily Caller News Foundation report from March.  That professor, Stefan Halper, contacted Trump advisers Carter Page, George Papadopoulos and Sam Clovis during the 2016 campaign.

Mueller's team of Dem donors under fire from Trump as probe hits one-year mark.  The long and winding special counsel Russia investigation that President Trump has routinely decried as a "witch hunt" hit the one-year mark on Thursday — giving Trump's legal team an opening to renew criticism of the probe's focus and its investigators.

The "Crossfire Hurricane" Story Paints An Ugly Picture Of The FBI And Department Of Justice.  A couple of days ago, the New York Times ran a rather stunning piece on FBI surveillance of the Trump campaign. [...] This is the basic outline of the story.  The FBI, based on a semi-drunken conversation between George Papadopoulos and an Australian diplomat, Alexander Downer, opened an investigation of the Trump campaign.  What is missing from the story is any mention of the Trump dossier which we know was briefed to the FBI on July 5, nearly a month before the Papadopoulos conversation jumped the Atlantic and the shark.  As the investigation grew, eventually four members of the Trump campaign — Michael T. Flynn, Paul Manafort, Carter Page and Papadopoulos — were placed under some sort of surveillance.  Eventually, Carter Page was the subject of a FISA warrant.  This surveillance continued even while Flynn and Manafort were on the transition team.

Is Joe DiGenova Nuts Or Does He Know Something?  First off, it is not unlikely that the DOJ IG, Michael Horowitz, expanded the scope of his investigation.  If Robert Mueller can investigate financial transactions from a dozen years ago as part of looking at Russian collusion in 2016, Horowitz looking at FBI surveillance of the Trump campaign would be a non-issue, particularly since Horowitz is the guy who uncovered the Page-Strzok texts as part of his investigation.  Based on what we've seen to date, there doesn't seem to be much doubt that Brennan, Clapper, and Comey were working in concert to push the collusion narrative.  Is that criminal?  I don't know.

Levin: NY Times Reveals 'Secret Cabal of FBI Agents' 'Crossfire Hurricane' Against Trump.  On his nationally syndicated radio talk show Wednesday [5/16/2018], host Mark Levin made the case that the New York Times, in an article titled "Code Name Crossfire Hurricane:  The Secret Origins of the Trump Investigation," has revealed a "secret cabal of FBI agents" against Trump.

Trump: Obama FBI 'Probably' Had a Spy Inside Presidential Campaign.  President Donald Trump on Thursday [5/17/2018] accused the FBI of potentially spying on his presidential campaign and said doing so would be a bigger scandal than Watergate.  Citing National Review's Andrew McCarthy, former assistant U.S. attorney for the southern district of New York, Trump said the FBI "probably" had an informant embedded in Trump's campaign.

John Brennan's 'Exceptionally Sensitive' Issue.  It appears that Brennan's alleged "tips" were too flaky and unofficial for the Obama administration to commit to print.  Brennan had his own partisan hunches, fueled by his feverish hatred of Trump and perhaps a few spitballing conversations with other Trump-hating spy chiefs abroad, [...] but he had no evidence to meet any reasonable threshold for a counterintelligence probe of a presidential campaign, especially one undertaken by an administration supporting that candidate's opponent.  Brennan's espionage against Trump was as audacious as a paranoid LBJ wiretapping Nixon's campaign plane in the thick of a race against LBJ's vice president, Hubert Humphrey.

Obama's Army of Agents And the Entrapment of Donald Trump.  High-level Obama officials, including John Brennan and John Kerry, appear to have attempted to entrap Trump campaign officials and candidate Trump himself.  This very likely scenario is being closely looked at after Wall Street Journal editor Kimberly Strassel reported there was a mole placed in or close to the Trump campaign.  This isn't how things are supposed to work in the United States.  "This is not who we are," to quote Obama.  Tying in what we know about spying, unmasking, and leaked texts, it appears the Obama administration was actually attempting to entrap them, in other words, frame them.  They might have believed they were doing it to protect the nation, but it appears to be a set up.

Trump officials on why they leak:  This is a never-ending 'Mexican stand-off'.  White House leakers used a raft of excuses Sunday to justify sharing sensitive Trump administration information with reporters, reasons ranging from a way to settle personal scores to dealing with a confrontational work environment within the West Wing.  "The most common substantive leaks are the result of someone losing an internal policy debate," a senior administration official told Axios.  "By leaking the decision, the loser gets one last chance to kill it with blowback from the public, Congress, or even the President."

Harry Reid sent sensitive Trump collusion letter over CIA objections.  Then-Senate Democratic leader Harry Reid released a letter in the heat of the 2016 election alleging Trump-Russia collusion even though the CIA director at the time urged him not to, according to a person familiar with their conversation.  Mr. Reid's Aug. 27 letter to the FBI appears to mark the first time a Democrat officially accused President' Trump's campaign of colluding with the Russian government to hack his party's computers.  The letter has come to represent for conservatives the "deep state" — Obama loyalists leaking unproven allegations to the press against Mr. Trump and his people to ruin the campaign, the transition and the White House.

How Obama loyalists conspired to undermine the Trump transition.  Republican-driven investigative reports on Russia have provided an unanticipated view into secret anti-Trump maneuvers by Obama loyalists during the span of the presidential transition.  Congress set out in early 2017 to investigate Moscow election interference and any coordination with the Donald Trump campaign.  As the collusion avenues led to dead ends, Republican investigators for the House Permanent Select Committee on Intelligence and the Senate Judiciary Committee traveled on a new lane.  They discovered a number of behind-the-scenes moves that they said transformed a traditionally acrimony-free transition into a partisan transfer of presidential power.

Report:  Secret Source Who Aided Mueller Probe Is Deemed Off Limits To Congress.  House Republicans are again battling with the Justice Department over information related to the Russia investigation, this time over documents the intelligence community said involves a top-secret source who has provided information to the CIA and FBI.  The mysterious source has also gathered information that was given to Special Counsel Robert Mueller as part of his investigation into Russian interference in the 2016 election, according to The Washington Post.  WaPo reported Justice Department and intelligence community officials issued a stark warning to the White House on May 2 against a request from House Intelligence Committee Chairman Devin Nunes.  Nunes had submitted a subpoena to the Justice Department on April 24 for records related to the Russia probe.

How a Febrile Press Whipped Up Anger At Trump, for Nothing.  The New York Times' list of questions that the special counsel wishes to put to the president is a farrago of psychometric inquiries into mood, motive, and opinion that has almost nothing to do with the original canard about Trump-campaign collusion with Russia.  Unlike the cases of the Watergate, Iran-Contra, and Whitewater special prosecutors, there was no prior fact of a crime here.  Nor has any emerged in the year since Robert Mueller was nominated as special counsel in an already long-going investigation, except the very probable untruthfulness under oath of former FBI deputy director Andrew McCabe, former directors James Comey (FBI), James Clapper (NIA), and John Brennan (CIA), and probably Hillary Clinton and others.  Mr. Mueller gives no hint of pursuing anyone but Trump and his collaborators, and right to the last week has packed his investigative team with rabid anti-Trump partisans.

Ex-CIA officer:  Brennan's attacks on Trump 'cringe-worthy,' put national security at risk.  A behind-the-scenes U.S. intelligence community fight over the merits of publicly scorning President Trump has burst into the open recently, with the CIA's former Moscow station chief accusing Obama-era spymaster John O. Brennan of crossing a red line through incessant Twitter and cable news excoriations of the current commander in chief.  In addition to claiming that Mr. Brennan is aiding a Kremlin plot to deepen America's partisan divide, former CIA Clandestine Service Officer Daniel Hoffman says the former CIA director has actually jeopardized national security by publicly insinuating that Russian President Vladimir Putin may be blackmailing Mr. Trump.

The Deep Congress.  Today's approval by the Senate Judiciary Committee of a bill to gut the president's power to fire a special counsel represents a shocking breach of the principle of separated powers.  It's an attack by a cowardly congress on an executive branch whose coequality, enshrined as it is in our national parchment, the members of the Congress are sworn to support.  The measure's approval in the Judiciary Committee is no less shocking for the fact that it is unlikely to be passed into law.  The Hill newspaper reckons it lacks the votes for cloture in the Senate and, in any event, it is opposed by the majority leader, Senator McConnell.  It stands less chance of passing the House.  It would, in any event, be vetoed by any self-respecting president.

Trump-allied House conservatives draft articles of impeachment against Rosenstein as 'last resort'.  Conservative House allies of President Trump have drafted articles of impeachment against Deputy Attorney General Rod J. Rosenstein, who oversees the ongoing special counsel probe, setting up a possible GOP showdown over the federal investigation into Russian interference in the 2016 election.  The document, which was obtained by The Washington Post, underscores the growing chasm between congressional Republican leaders, who have maintained for months that special counsel Robert S. Mueller III should be allowed to proceed, and rank-and-file GOP lawmakers who have repeatedly battled the Justice Department during the past year.

Comey, Fitzgerald, Mueller:  Partners in Crime.  It was no surprise that liar and leaker James Comey added Patrick Fitzgerald to his legal team and is one of the three to whom Comey leaked memos of his private and classified conversations with President Trump.  The two go way back and have in common a relentless pursuit of the innocent to protect their political favorites and targeting of the political opposition.  Using government power to pursue their political agenda, even if it means ignoring the truth and lying, is a trait both have in common: [...] President Trump's pardoning of Scooter Libby, former chief of staff to Vice President Dick Cheney, corrected a grave injustice in which James Comey and Patrick Fitzgerald were co-conspirators.  It followed a D.C. Court of Appeals decision reinstating Libby to the bar in 2016.  Comey, who falsely claimed that no serious prosecutor would take the case of Hillary Clinton, was among those who found sufficient evidence to prosecute and convict Scooter Libby.

Democrats Ignore Dossier In Russia Report, In Stark Contrast To Their Early Rhetoric.  At a House Intelligence Committee hearing just over a year ago, Democrats on the panel focused heavily on the infamous Steele dossier, the salacious and unverified report alleging that the Trump campaign conspired with the Russian government to influence the 2016 election.  California Rep. Adam Schiff, the top Democrat on the committee, made numerous references to Steele's claims during an opening statement for the hearing, which was held on March 20, 2017.

Conservative House lawmakers draft articles of impeachment against Rosenstein.  A group of conservative House lawmakers have begun drafting a resolution that calls for the impeachment of Deputy Attorney General Rod Rosenstein, the top Department of Justice (DOJ) official overseeing special counsel Robert Mueller's Russia investigation.  The impeachment document makes a series of charges against Rosenstein, the latest sign of escalating efforts among conservatives to oust the DOJ's No. 2 official, according to a copy of the draft obtained by The Hill.  There has been no indication, however, that Speaker Paul Ryan (R-Wis.) and other House GOP leaders will act on the measure, having largely remained silent amid calls for his removal by hard-line conservatives.

Indictments Are Coming.  Americans must open their eyes.  Indictments of those responsible for this charade will reaffirm America as a nation of laws and not of people, no matter how big and untouchable those on the left think they are.

More Mueller Conflicts of Interest — His Former Employer is Manafort's Law Firm!  The Special Counsel law requires that the Attorney General or Assistant Attorney General ensure that the appointed Special Counsel has no conflicts of interest.  There is no way that Rod Rosenstein could have determined that Robert Mueller had no conflicts of interest.  Congress should request the data related to this assessment and address obvious flaws in approving Mueller, remove Mueller and prosecute Rosenstein for lying and failing his duty as Assistant AG!

Losing Patience with the Rollup of the Rogue Ruling Class.  More information came to light this week about the extensive, illegal operations of Obama's rogue bureaucratic corps.  Like the Attorney General, the President, Professor Alan Dershowitz, Joe DiGenova, former Clinton pollster Mark Penn and millions of others, we think this is taking far too long, and the Mueller investigation needs to close its bunker door and fade away.  I'm with them.  Moreover, if indictments of the Obama Bureaucrats who confected this nonsense and tried to cover it up don't follow quickly on the release of the Inspector General's report — now due May 8 — it is hard to imagine how much more contempt we will have for claims that we must respect the judicial system.  Having seen the criminal justice system misused as a vicious political weapon against Lewis Libby, Ted Stevens, and now General Michael Flynn while manifest lawbreakers, including both the Clintons, McCabe, and Comey waltz home free, inspires depths of distrust that only the enemies of a democratic state could hope to accomplish[.]

Collusion, Anyone?  [Scroll down]  Contrast that with the collusion of Obama officials with the Clinton campaign-financed Christophe Steele/Fusion GPS dossier alleging Trump ties with Russians.  Comey and the Justice Department used it, without divulging who paid for it, to get a FISA warrant to surveil former Trump campaign operative Carter Page's future and past communications — the "wiretap" Trump was derided for mentioning.  Similarly, when Comey informed Trump in January 2017 of the contents of the then-unpublished Steele dossier, he didn't reveal that the Clinton campaign had paid for it.  Asked on his iatrogenic book tour why not, he blandly said he didn't know.  And maybe he doesn't actually realize he was employing J. Edgar Hoover-like tactics to keep his job.  Maybe.  In any case, after he was fired, he immediately sent four of his internal memos, at least one of them classified, to a law professor friend to leak them to the press, with the intent of getting a special counsel appointed — who turned out to be his longtime friend and ally Robert Mueller.

Revolution and Worse to Come.  First came the failed lawsuits after the election alleging voting-machine tampering.  Then there was the doomed celebrity effort to convince some state electors not to follow their constitutional duty and to deny Trump the presidency — a gambit that, had it worked, would have wrecked the Constitution.  Then came the pathetic congressional boycott of the inauguration and the shrill nationwide protests against the president.  Next was the sad effort to introduce articles of impeachment.  After that came weird attempts to cite Trump for violations of the emoluments clause of the Constitution.  That puerile con was followed by plans to declare him deranged and mentally unfit so that he could be removed under the 25th Amendment.  From time to time, Obama holdovers in the DOJ, National Security Council, and FBI sought to leak information, or they refused to carry out presidential orders.

FBI Scandal:  Deep State Corruption Of FBI, Justice Was There From Very Start Of Hillary Email Probe.  Were the Justice Department and FBI corrupted by their efforts to protect Hillary Clinton and her future chances at the presidency?  Recent revelations suggest the answer is an unqualified yes, and now those who cooperated may soon feel the law's sting for doing so.

Trump is Guilty of Obstructing... the Bureaucracy!  The charge that Donald Trump "colluded" with Russia to steal the 2016 election was never serious.  The Democratic National Committee's civil suit in that regard makes the unseriousness transparent.  "Obstruction of justice" is the charge Democrats want to use to remove him from office.  And in fact, Trump's campaign, his election, and presidency, have done a lot of obstruction.  He has thwarted longstanding bureaucratic policies and has fired bureaucrats.  Whether that has obstructed justice or favored it depends on the meaning of "justice."

Deep State or Democrat State?  The real climax of the Hillary investigation came when immunity agreements were handed out to her associates like candy in exchange for their "cooperation".  When Hillary and her people lied to the FBI, it wasn't a crime.  Not only wasn't it a crime, but the whole point of the exercise was immunizing her people from prosecution so that a Trump administration would have little leverage against them.  The investigations are also crimes.  And they not only abuse government power to suppress political opponents, but also work to suppress any counter-investigation of the crime being committing.  While Trump and Cohen had their attorney-client privilege shattered, Cheryl Mills inappropriately claimed attorney-client privilege in her relationship with Hillary Clinton, even though she had been a government employee, and not only did the FBI respect the claim, but she got an immunity agreement.  What do these three cover-ups have in common?  All three abused law enforcement resources to protect Democrat political assets.

Jack Goldsmith on the Deep State.  Jack Goldsmith, writing in the Guardian, tells us that the "deep state" is real and dangerous.  His assertions carry weight for two reasons.  First, Goldsmith should know.  He was a high ranking Justice Department official — head the Office of Legal Counsel — during part of the George W. Bush administration.  This placed him in the middle of issues regarding national security, electronic surveillance, and the like. [...] Second, Goldsmith is a strong critic of President Trump. [...] It's also noteworthy that Goldsmith's column on the deep state appears in The Guardian, a left-wing organ.

Fusion GPS co-founders signal next phase in attempted Trump takedown has started.  What is known about the Fusion GPS role in stoking and implementing an attempted takedown of candidate and ultimately president Trump is one of the greatest political scandals in memory.  But it's a story that only partially has been told.  We now know that Russian-Collusion-mania had as its source-fuel Fusion GPS opposition research funded by the Clinton campaign and Democratic National Committee.  The culmination of that effort was the so-called Steele dossier, which was used to obtain FISA court warrants to surveil Carter Page, and by extension, likely other members of the Trump campaign and transition team both in real time and historically.  What is less known, but almost certain, is how Fusion GPS pushed Russia conspiracy stories through its close relationship with reporters, and likely continues to do so.  Fusion GPS not only was tight with reporters, it was tight with DOJ officials involved in pushing the Russia conspiracy narrative.

The Supreme Court Already Said Trump Can Fire Mueller.  A Republican President is under fire from his own party.  Capitol Hill Republican leaders have threatened to impeach him if he fires high-level appointees who are undermining him, and they pass legislation to bar him from doing so.  A constitutional crisis ensues when the President vetoes the bill, the veto is overridden, but the President proceeds to attempt to fire one of the protected appointees claiming Congress has no authority to force him to keep executive branch employees he doesn't want.

Ken Starr on 'Troubling' Cohen Raid: 'All Americans Should Be Concerned'.  Former Solicitor General Kenneth Starr said Thursday [4/19/2018] that the investigation into President Trump's personal attorney is "very troubling."  "Any time that a lawyer's office is raided, I believe all Americans should be concerned about that," said Starr, who investigated then-President Bill Clinton as independent counsel in the 1990s.  FBI agents raided Cohen's home, hotel room and offices last week, reportedly obtaining documents related to Cohen's payment to adult film star Stormy Daniels, who alleges she had an affair with Trump in 2006.

President Trump vs. the Foreign Policy Swamp.  President Trump's decision to postpone new economic sanctions against Russia on Monday brought some clarity to the foreign policy fight in Washington.  The issue isn't whether UN Ambassador Nikki Haley gets confused, as she waspishly denied, but the fact that the president is fighting the swamp single-handed.

Comey is a Pink-Hatted Women's-Marcher.  It doesn't matter how James Comey voted when he discharged his duties as FBI director as a partisan campaign operator for Team Clinton.  As his book reveals, his actions were all directed toward electing Hillary Clinton and discrediting her opponent.  He wrote a letter exonerating Clinton long before he interviewed her and her campaign associates.  His October surprise, reopening the Clinton email investigation, was not to hurt Clinton, but instead to exonerate her before the election.  He read the polls, knew she would win, and wanted to clear the decks for her presidency by declaring the email issue dead and buried.  I wonder what Mr. and Mrs. Comey discussed in the year before the election?  He was supposed to be nonpartisan in his position, but she certainly didn't have to be.

Trump and the attorney-client privilege.  [Scroll down]  The federal prosecutors also argued that [Michael] Cohen was not truly performing legal work for Trump; rather, they said, he was a fixer of Trump's image and a trickster to Trump's adversaries.  Then they revealed that the source of their purported knowledge of the Trump-Cohen relationship was surveillance of Cohen, whose telephone calls, emails and text messages the feds had been capturing for months.  That means that federal prosecutors have overheard the president of the United States in telephone conversations he believed were protected by privilege, in which he was talking to a man under criminal investigation who he has said was his lawyer.

Dirty Cop Mueller Will Threaten Trump Attorney with Life in Prison.  Last week Dirty cop Robert Mueller stormed Trump Attorney Michael Cohen's home and office collecting documents going back 30 years.  Mueller may threaten Cohen with life in prison for associating with President Donald Trump.  Mueller will find the charges later.  The deep state doesn't play.

Winter Is Coming.  Domestic tyranny is spreading across the land as the Deep State attempts to maintain their stranglehold over the financial, political and media levers of our surveillance state.  Our hour of darkness, adversity and peril is approaching like a deadly winter storm.  The arrival of Trump through the wintry mist has not rallied the entire country to his cause.  His entrance into the Swamp has divided the country into two competing camps, unwilling to compromise or cooperate in doing what's right for the long-term benefit of the country.  The advent of Trump has exacerbated the three driving core elements of debt, civic decay and global disorder.  He is a lightning rod, not a healer.  The vitriol, hate, and animosity engulfing the country is reminiscent of the years leading up to the Civil War.

Coulter: Cohen Raid Was Attempt By Mueller to Get Trump to Fire Him.  Conservative author and attorney Ann Coulter said special counsel Robert Mueller was "trying to get himself fired" by overseeing the office of Trump lawyer Michael Cohen being raided by federal agents.  Coulter said on "Lou Dobbs Tonight" that the probe into alleged collusion between President Trump and Russia has morphed into probe into the president's alleged one-night-stand with pornographic film actress Stormy Daniels.  She said that fact "proves there's no Russian collusion" and that Mueller has no case for such.

Colluders on the Loose.  Ironically, collusion of all sorts — illegal, barely legal, and simply unethical — has been the sea that Washington fish always swim in.  Christopher Steele, hired by the Hillary Clinton campaign through a series of firewall intermediaries, probably paid Russian sources for gossip and smears.  If there is a crime of collusion, then Clinton-campaign contractors should be under investigation for seeking Russian help to find dirt on Trump, to spread smears around throughout the DOJ, FBI, and CIA, and to make sure that the dirt was leaked to the press in the final weeks of the campaign — for the sole "insurance" purposes of losing Trump the election.  Some sort of collusion likely occurred when the Obama DOJ and FBI sought FISA-court requests to surveille Carter Page and, indirectly, possibly many other members of the Trump campaign.

A quick look at Michael Cohen's judge.  Kimba Wood... Kimba Wood... where have I heard that name before?  Well, look at this.  She was Bill Clinton's second choice to be attorney general, after the Zoe Baird nomination blew up.  Kimba's blew up, too, because she forgot to tell the White House she had employed an illegal as a nanny.  Is this amazingly great luck for the Mueller-U.S. attorney tag team or what?  But don't be downhearted.  Judge Wood has it all doped out:  "I have faith in the Southern District U.S. Attorney's office that their integrity is unimpeachable," Judge Wood said.  Remember how we were treated to glowing tales of how Comey and Mueller were "Boy Scouts," straight arrows both, who played it straight down the middle, eminently fair?  And besides, they're both Republicans!

Judge In Cohen Case Was Almost Bill Clinton's AG Nominee.  Judge Kimba Wood, who is presiding over the case against President Donald Trump's personal attorney Michael Cohen, was nearly nominated by then-President Bill Clinton to serve as attorney general in 1993.  Wood was hand-picked by Hillary Clinton, who had been asked to submit a list of possible nominees for her husband's consideration.  Wood first raised eyebrows when the Clinton White House learned that she had trained to be a Playboy bunny while still a student.  She was later forced to withdraw herself from consideration when it was revealed that she had employed an illegal immigrant as a nanny.

Investigators reveal bias against Trump.  We should not be clamoring for special counsel Robert Mueller to be fired.  That ship has sailed.  While the Russian collusion investigation seems to be withering away, having yielded no evidence that might impugn President Trump, a new investigation has been spun off in New York City, targeting his attorney, Michael Cohen.  Since that investigation is separate from the Russia investigation, some are hoping Attorney General Jeff Sessions can reauthorize himself out of recusement and squash it.

The Real Investigation.  President Trump now has real legal peril.  The potential jeopardy stems from the investigation that came to light this week when the FBI conducted raids on the office and residences of his lawyer and self-professed "fixer," Michael Cohen.  I've never thought "collusion with Russia" posed jeopardy.  If there had been anything criminal to that storyline, the politicized anti-Trump factions in the intelligence and law-enforcement agencies would have leaked it.  And, notwithstanding Trump's nauseating nods to Putin, the administration has taken enough aggressive steps against Russia that it is past time for the Kremlin to broadcast the big kompromat file if it exists.

Comey's last stand for the deep state.  They were among the most powerful men of the last decade.  They commanded armies of armed agents, had the ability to bug and wiretap almost anyone, and had virtually unlimited budgets.  They were the leadership of the FBI, the CIA and the director of national intelligence under President Obama.  Each day, it becomes clearer that they are the real abusers of power in this drama.

Raid on Trump lawyer crossed the line into special prosecutorial abuse.  We're supposed to be reassured that the FBI agents who raided the offices and home of Donald Trump's personal lawyer, Michael Cohen, were, in Cohen's words, "courteous" and "respectful."  The president's attorney was understandably grateful that the agents didn't replicate the FBI's tactics at the home of Paul Manafort, Trump's onetime campaign manager.  Busting in before dawn, guns drawn, with a "no knock" warrant while Manafort and his wife were in bed, the agents frisked Mrs. Manafort while she was still in her nightclothes.  Perhaps Cohen thinks if he sounds reasonable, he can appease Robert Mueller, the special prosecutor who ordered Manafort's arrest, or his other federal prosecutors behind this raid.  Or maybe Cohen simply developed the quickest case of Stockholm syndrome in history.  Whatever his reasons, a line has been violated.  The government is going after lawyers now, as part of an investigation that feels as though policy differences and partisan politics have been criminalized.

American Greatness and its Enemies.  President Trump's railing against political correctness, and his disparaging of the deep state, show that he has a visceral understanding of these two core fissures in American culture and society.  It is that understanding that resonated with the Americans who voted for Mr. Trump, a group that was enough to hand him a victory in the electoral college.  So committed are his enemies, so unyielding are their beliefs, and so dangerous is the Kafka-esque legislative structure that we have created, that the American understanding of sovereignty and experiment in popular government is now at grave risk.

Feds:  Michael Cohen is barely even a lawyer.  Michael Cohen is a fraud of a lawyer who works exclusively for President Trump, federal prosecutors charged Friday [4/13/2018].  "Cohen has told at least one witness that he has only [one] client — President Trump," the lawyers wrote in court documents, challenging Cohen's claims that records seized in raids on his home and office Monday [4/9/2018] should be protected by attorney-client privilege.  And he's barely doing any "legal work" for Trump, either, they claim.

How a Republic Dies:  The Federal Leviathan Wages All-Out War With a Duly Elected President.  Political operatives have now seized privileged communications between the President of the United States and his lawyer.  Despite fairy tales about a clean process, these communications will be harvested by the counterparts of Peter Strzok, who unlike him are still on the case at the FBI, some of it will appear in the Washington Post and the New York Times, and some will be passed along to other political allies.  That's what happened at every juncture of Watergate 2.0.  And it only follows that it will happen again.  Just like the eavesdropping, the process will be compartmentalized for maximum plausible deniability.  The leakers will be protected by their superiors.  The media will shrilly focus the public's attention on the revelations in the documents rather than on the more serious crimes committed in obtaining them.  Nixon couldn't have even dreamed of doing this in his wildest fantasies.  But Obama could and did.  Now his operatives throughout the government are continuing the work that they began during his regime.

Never trust a Never Trumper.  We have a rogue prosecutor.  He has sent agents to raid the homes and offices of the president's former campaign manager and his personal lawyer.  This outrage has liberals gloating, be they on the left or be they on the right of your television screens.  Decades of chatter about civil rights turn out to be a facade.  They no more care about the Constitution than a Canada goose does.  And the Never Trump wimps once again side with the Big Government Deep State.

Piers Morgan:  Left Can't Prove Trump-Russia Collusion, So They're 'Moving the Goalposts'.  Piers Morgan said the left has been unable to find solid evidence of collusion between the Trump campaign and Russia, so Democrats are "moving the goalposts" and going after President Trump's personal life.  "They want to prove to the world that Donald Trump collaborated with Russians to fix the election [and] that's why he won," Morgan said on "Hannity" on Thursday [4/12/2018].  "So far, they have singularly failed to establish that."  He said that's why they're moving on to lurid allegations about the president's private life, such as his purported 2006 affair with adult film star Stormy Daniels.

'This Is Third World Stuff': Former DOJ Attorney Suggests Legal Process Being Used to 'Terrorize' Trump.  Deputy Attorney General Rod Rosenstein should have been fired months ago, former Justice Department attorney J. Christian Adams argued, saying Rosenstein let Special Counsel Robert Mueller's Russia investigation "get completely out of control."  Rosenstein met with President Trump on Thursday, amid recent calls for Rosenstein's ouster over his role in the Russia probe.  Adams explained on "The Story" on Thursday [4/12/2018] that Mueller originally was supposed to investigate possible collusion between the Trump campaign and Russia, but the probe has expanded far beyond that.

DOJ IG releases explosive report that led to firing of ex-FBI Deputy Director Andrew McCabe.  Andrew McCabe, onetime acting FBI director, leaked a self-serving story to the press and later lied about it to his boss and federal investigators, prompting a stunning fall from grace that ended in his firing last month, says a bombshell report released Friday by the Justice Department's internal watchdog.  Inspector General Michael Horowitz, appointed by President Barack Obama, had been reviewing FBI and DOJ actions leading up to the 2016 presidential election.  The report, handed over to Congress on Friday and obtained by Fox News, looked at a leak to The Wall Street Journal about an FBI probe of the Clinton Foundation.

Justice Department hands over Russia probe documents after impeachment threat.  The Justice Department has handed over all of the documents requested by the House intelligence committee after a congressman threatened to impeach FBI Director Christopher Wray and Deputy Attorney General Rod Rosenstein over the delay.  A Justice Department official said the documents, which were related to the FBI's probe of the Trump campaign's contacts with Russia, were turned over Wednesday [4/11/2018].  That was just before the deadline set by Rep. Devin Nunes, California Republican and the intelligence panel chairman, had threatened to impeach Mr. Wray and Mr. Rosenstein for failing to comply with a subpoena for the documents from last August.

DOJ gives House Intel original document that prompted Russia investigation.  The Justice Department has provided House lawmakers with access to a two-page document that the FBI used as the basis for initiating its original counterintelligence probe into the Trump campaign's ties to Russia.  All members of the House Intelligence Committee received access to the document, a Justice Department official confirmed to The Hill on Wednesday [4/11/2018].  Committee Chairman Devin Nunes (R-Calif.) had requested access to the unredacted document, complaining that previous "heavily" redacted versions were not adequate for committee Republicans' investigation into alleged abuses at the Justice Department.

Russia Scandal:  Will Devin Nunes Investigation Prove 'Deep State' Collusion By FBI, DOJ?  Among the many investigations going on related to Russian meddling in the 2016 presidential election, one stands out as notable:  The investigation by the House Intelligence Committee and its hard-charging chairman, Devin Nunes, of how the FBI came to spy on the Donald Trump campaign.  It's now coming to a head.

Rand Paul:  Mueller abused authority; 'every American citizen' could be next.  Senator Rand Paul, R-Ky., says that special counsel Robert Mueller has abused his authority by referring President Trump's personal attorney, Michael Cohen, to the FBI, which raided Cohen's office Monday morning, seizing business records, emails, and other documentation, including a record of a payment to porn star Stormy Daniels.  Paul said the special counsel is no longer looking at Russian collusion in the 2016 election.  "Going after someone's personal attorney is a great overstep, I think, in the authority of the prosecutor," Paul said.

Facebook [is] assisting Mueller probe into Trump 2016 campaign.  Facebook is working with special counsel Robert Mueller's probe into Trump campaign interactions with Russian operatives during the 2016 election, company founder Mark Zuckerberg told Congress on Tuesday [4/10/2018].  Mr. Zuckerberg first said his company had gotten a subpoena from Mr. Mueller, then paused and said he wasn't sure if there was a subpoena but his company is sharing information the investigation.  He declined to go into more details.  "Our work with the special counsel is confidential," he said, testifying to the Senate Judiciary and Commerce committees.

Trump Attorney Uncovers New Unmasking Docs Showing Samantha Power Actively Worked With Media to Undermine Trump During Transition.  An attorney for Trump, Jay Sekulow and his senior counsel Carly Gammill appeared in a Washington D.C. federal court last week to find out when they will be receiving documents related to the Obama unmasking scandal.  The ACLJ (American Center For Law and Justice) filed a FOIA lawsuit last summer and they are just now beginning to receive documents.

Nunes Warns Rosenstein & Wray:  Turn Over Unredacted Documents Or Face Impeachment.  On Fox News Tuesday evening [4/10/2018], House Intelligence Committee Chairman Devin Nunes issued a stern warning to FBI Director Christopher Wray and Deputy Attorney General Rod Rosenstein:  Hand over the unredacted documents that congressional investigators have requested or face not only the prospect of being held in contempt — but impeachment, as well.

Guess Whose House Wasn't Raided by the FBI.  Can't find any collusion between Trump and Russia?  Hey, why not look for collusion between Cohen and professional whore and porn star Stormy Daniels?  Was she paid to go away with campaign funds?  Even so, that's an FEC violation punishable by a fine and something that does not require a SWAT team.  It certainly does not compare with money funneled by Team Hillary and the DNC though a law firm to Fusion GPS and British foreign agent Christopher Steele to put together a fake dossier on Trump using Russian sources.  But where were the raids on the offices of the DNC, the Hillary Clinton campaign, and Fusion GPS?  This is the FBI of Andrew McCabe, Lisa Page, and Peter Strzok, whose mission was to keep Hillary Clinton out of prison and Donald Trump out of the White House.  They never raided the home and office of Cheryl Mills, did they?  They never raided Hillary's house or seized the acid-washed server, did they?  But Michael Cohen is a threat to our democracy warranting brute force?

Trump-Appointed U.S. Attorney Was Forced To Recuse Himself So Cohen Raid Could Take Place.  Over the last 24-hours, the Establishment Media has repeated over and over again how the U.S. District Attorney who oversaw the raid on longtime Trump Attorney Michael Cohen's New York offices was a Trump appointee — implying there must have been some serious wrongdoing for the raid to then have taken place.  Ah, there's one problem though.  U.S. Attorney Geoffrey Berman was NOT part of the raid.  He was forced to recuse himself from the case by Deputy Attorney General Rod Rosenstein.

Outrageous — the FBI raid on Michael Cohen.  This morning [4/9/2018], the DOJ, based on allegations passed on by Bob Mueller, executed a warrant on Trump's personal attorney, Michael Cohen, sweeping up a host of material covered by attorney client privilege. [...] This warrant is from the same [people] who have yet — two years after the fact — to execute a warrant to verify that the single most basic fact of the collusion story, that the DNC server was hacked by the Russians.  This from the same [people] that allowed Hillary to maintain her private server for months after it became known that she had run all State Dept. business through that server, all but certainly exposing thousands of confidential, secret and top secret documents and items of information in violation of our state secrets laws.  During that time, Hillary and her attorney wiped that server clean.  And now these [people], seemingly having found nothing on which to charge Trump relating to Russian collusion, and having given Hillary and her team a pass on crystal clear felonies, go after Trump and/or his personal attorney on a technical violation of election law?  These worthless [people] are out of control.

Here Are 8 Things You Need To Know About The FBI's Raid on Michael Cohen's Offices.  [#7] The FBI Never Treated Hillary Clinton This Way:  This is perfectly obvious.  Hillary wasn't merely allowed to delete 33,000 documents from her computer server three weeks after revelations that she had a private computer server, she was protected by the DOJ and the FBI, which allowed her personal attorney, Cheryl Mills — who was also under investigation — to invoke attorney-client privilege to stop the FBI from investigating Hillary's email scheme

FBI director, Mueller, Rosenstein are out to take down Trump: diGenova & Toensing attorneys.  The tactics used in the FBI raid of President Donald Trump's personal attorney Michael Cohen are normally reserved for terrorists, according to attorneys from the law firm of diGenova & Toensing.  "Mueller and his gang have weaponized the criminalized justice system," attorney Victoria Toensing said Monday during an interview with FOX Business' Lou Dobbs.  "These no-knock raids that were done on his personal lawyer's house and offices, those kind of tactics are reserved for dope dealers and terrorists."

Cohen Raid & Mueller Madness.  No one has seen the search warrants.  No one knows why Deputy Attorney General Rosenstein pushed this warrant to New York.  What is known, according to the Washington Post, is that Cohen is being investigated for potential bank fraud and election fraud.  To the lawyerly among the Twitterati, there must be a there, there.  One commenter mused upon the "slow roll of the Nixon investigation" and saw an analogy.  And he's right.  There is an analogy.  The media hate Donald Trump just as they hated Richard Nixon.

The FBI Escalates its War on the Trump Administration.  News reports indicate that the FBI raid resulted, at least in part, from a referral by Robert Mueller.  The subject of the raid included "payments to the former porn actress known as Stormy Daniels."  Good going, Bob — you were assigned to investigate nonexistent collusion between the Trump presidential campaign and the Russians, and now you're down to liaisons with porn performers.  Donald Trump allegedly spent one illicit evening with Ms. Daniels 12 years ago, when he was a private citizen.  (Lacking personal knowledge, I assume the allegation is probably true.)  That might be a big deal to Melania Trump, but to the rest of us it is utterly irrelevant.

The Editor says...
Twelve years ago, Donald Trump was a Democrat.

Alan Dershowitz:  Today is a 'very dangerous day for lawyer-client relations'.  Harvard Law professor Alan Dershowitz warned Monday that special counsel Robert Mueller's decision to raid President Trump's personal lawyer's office is an assault on the privileged lawyer-client relationship.  Dershowitz said on Fox News that he believes the decision to raid Michael Cohen's office would be a sign that Mueller is trying to turn Cohen against Trump.  "This may be an attempt to squeeze Cohen," he said.  "He's the lawyer, he's the guy who knows all the facts about Donald Trump, and to get him to turn against his client."  "This is a very dangerous day today for lawyer-client relations," he added.

Mr. Mueller, I'd like to know what you are doing.  I have some questions for Mr. Mueller:  First, who is getting fired for all of these leaks?  In other words, somebody's leaking, and we know that's a crime.  Why doesn't Mr. Mueller fire somebody to show that he won't put up with any more leaks?  Second, why so many Democrats working in this investigation?  Weren't there any Republican lawyers to balance the team?  So we wait and wait.

The Mueller coup.  Robert Mueller's unconstitutional raid on the president's lawyer — with Democratic Party operatives grabbing privileged communications — is the last straw.  Mueller should not be fired.  Mueller should be arrested and charged with political espionage.  That won't happen, but I trust that something calmer and more effective will occur.  I hope that the president will empower Department of Justice Inspector General Michael Horowitz to raid the offices of Mueller and every one of the two dozen Democratic lawyers he put on the public payroll with absolutely no vetting by Civil Service or Congress.  Furthermore, Horowitz should raid their private law offices and their homes.

The raid on Trump's lawyer:  Why?  And why now?  In the absence of any public statements from Robert Mueller's team or the FBI or DOJ — just leaks to pet media outlets — we can only speculate as to the motives for a thermonuclear escalation of tactics being used against President Trump in the effort to reverse the presidential election of 2016.  They have extended the fishing expedition to include seizure of protected communications between the president and his lawyers, now in the hands of the FBI, the same agency that has been stonewalling congressional investigation into its behavior in launching the surveillance of the Trump campaign on charges of collusion with Russia.  It should be noted that no evidence whatsoever of such collusion has been developed and made public, which has to be a deep embarrassment at a minimum.

FBI raids Trump lawyer's office.  The FBI on Monday [4/9/2018] raided the office of President Trump's personal lawyer, Michael Cohen, and seized emails, tax documents and records related to his payment to adult-film star Stormy Daniels.  Cohen's lawyer, Stephen Ryan, said in a statement that federal prosecutors in Manhattan obtained a search warrant after receiving a referral "in part" from special counsel Robert Mueller.  Ryan called the search "completely inappropriate and unnecessary."  The New York Times reported that the payment to Daniels is just one of "many topics" being looked at by the FBI.

FBI Notifies Judicial Watch It Needs At Least Three Years To Turn Over Strzok-Page Communications.  On Monday [4/9/2018], the FBI notified Judicial Watch that the bureau will need at least three years to hand over "releasable," communications between anti-Trump FBI agents Peter Strzok and Lisa Page.

Team Obama's smear machine-in-exile mobilizes to destroy Iran-deal critics.  "John Bolton is at the nexus of Russia's interference in our democracy and the NRA's reckless agenda":  The sentence is so bonkers, so pristine in its conspiratorial insanity that it should one day grace a Museum of Natural History exhibit on early-21st-century US politics.  Yet it wasn't from an anonymous troll, or some Hollywood figure with tons of followers but little common sense.  It was tweeted by National Security Action — an outfit run by former top Obama officials.  Described by the Washington Post as a "political strike force," this NSA is a coterie of veterans from the Obama White House and Hillary Clinton's campaign, acting as a shadow government to weaponize foreign-policy disputes.  It's a fever-swamp-in-exile.  And it exemplifies everything that's wrong with top Democrats' partisan madness in the Age of Trump.

The Democratic Party Collusion Story Gets Worse.  We have barely begun to plumb the depths of the scandal arising out of the 2016 presidential election.  James Comey, John Brennan, Christopher Steele, Fusion GPS, the DNC, the Hillary Clinton campaign, the Perkins Coie law firm, Peter Strzok, Lisa Page, unknown Russians, Andrew McCabe — the list goes on and on, and it keeps getting longer.

Special counsel investigating the FBI.  The headline and accompanying story in the Hill made it appear as if Attorney General Jeff Sessions is defying the Senate:  "Sessions declines to appoint second special counsel."  The story said, "Attorney General Jeff Sessions revealed in a letter to lawmakers Thursday [3/29/2018] that he had declined to name a second special counsel to investigate allegations of surveillance abuse within the Department of Justice, despite pressure from the Republican Party for him to do so."  I read the letter.  Sessions, a veteran prosecutor, said a special prosecutor isn't necessary.  Inspector General Michael Horowitz and his staff of 470 people are handling the investigation in the corruption of the FBI by Barack Obama and company.  Sessions named U.S. Attorney John Huber — an Obama appointee — of Utah to handle any prosecutions that may arise from Horowitz's investigation.

Documents suggest possible coordination between CIA, FBI, Obama WH and Dem officials early in Trump-Russia probe: investigators.  Newly uncovered text messages between FBI officials Peter Strzok and Lisa Page suggest a possible coordination between high-ranking officials at the Obama White House, CIA, FBI, Justice Department and former Senate Democratic leadership in the early stages of the investigation into alleged collusion between the Trump campaign and Russia, according to GOP congressional investigators on Wednesday [3/28/2018].  The investigators say the information provided to Fox News "strongly" suggests coordination between former President Barack Obama's Chief of Staff Denis McDonough, then-Senate Democratic Leader Harry Reid, and CIA Director John Brennan — which they say would "contradict" the Obama administration's public stance about its hand in the process.

Collusion Delusion:  New Documents Show Obama Officials, FBI Coordinated in Anti-Trump Probe.  Documents obtained by congressional investigators suggest possible coordination by Obama White House officials, the CIA and the FBI into the investigation into President Donald Trump's campaign.  Those senior Obama officials used unsubstantiated evidence to launch allegations in the media that the Trump campaign was colluding with Russia during the run-up to the 2016 presidential election, according to newly discovered documents and communications obtained by Congress.  The documents also reveal that former Senate majority leader Harry Reid, D-Nevada, sent a letter on Aug. 29, 2016, asking former FBI Director James Comey to investigate the allegations, which were presented to him by then CIA Director John Brennan.  Brennan had briefed Reid privately days earlier on the counterintelligence investigation and documents suggest Reid was also staying in close touch with Comey over the issues.

DOJ Inspector General reviews alleged FISA abuses by DOJ, FBI.  Justice Department Inspector General Michael Horowitz announced Wednesday [3/28/2018] he will review potential Foreign Intelligence Surveillance Act (FISA) abuses by both the Justice Department and the FBI, following requests from Congress and Attorney General Jeff Sessions.  The Office of the Inspector General released a statement Wednesday outlining the start of the review.  "The OIG will initiate a review that will examine the Justice Department's and the Federal Bureau of Investigation's compliance with legal requirements, and with applicable DOJ and FBI policies and procedures, in applications filed with the U.S. Foreign Intelligence Surveillance Court (FISC) relating to a certain U.S. person," the statement obtained by Fox News read.  "As part of this examination, the OIG also will review information that was known to the DOJ and the FBI at the time the applications were filed from or about an alleged FBI confidential source."

Newly-released Strzok-Page texts suggest a sneaky cabal.  More evidence was released yesterday indicating that the CIA, the FBI, the Obama White House, and congressional Democrats were communicating about a possible charge of Russian collusion with the Trump campaign three months before the November 2016 presidential election.  There is nothing close to a smoking gun here, I am afraid.  Nonetheless, the new Strzok-Page text messages released yesterday — more than 49,000 of their texts remain to be released — suggest that, contrary to Obama administration claims, White House chief of staff Denis McDonough was a participant in the launching of an FBI counterintelligence investigation into allegations of Russian collusion with the Trump campaign.  Other members of what could be a cabal include then-Senate minority leader Harry Reid; CIA chief John Brennan; and FBI officials, including Director James Comey and members of Andrew McCabe's counterintelligence division.

The Deep State Media Game.  Let's recall that what got us to this point is that when to their horror, the friends of Hillary in various government agencies like the FBI, the CIA and the DIA realized she had lost and Donald Trump was in fact set to be the next president, they set to work.  The critical part is the Trump/Russia collusion narrative would not have worked unless the likes of Brennan/CIA, Clapper/DIA/ and Comey/McCabe/Strzok from the FBI started feeding leaks to various friendlies in the media.  Everybody leaked to the media and they had their constituency with this or that favorite reporter.  The question now:  Is this still going on?  Based on the evidence, the answer is yes.

Hey, Deep State, Americans know you're hiding in there.  According to a new Monmouth University Poll, a substantial majority of Americans believes that an unelected, shadowy portion of government and the military secretly manipulates federal policy to its own ends.  Here's what's so intriguing about this finding:  It's bipartisan, one of the few things in these hyper-partisan days that members of both parties as well as independents share a fervent belief in.

The FBI's McCabe and Bias in the Deep State.  Andrew McCabe was fired from the FBI reportedly for lying.  He should have been fired for misuse of office and bias.  Notably, lying to the FBI is a crime under the False Statements Act.  So what "Andy" did was arguably a crime, for which dismissal is normal.  But bias, favorable or unfavorable, is not a crime.  That is why it is far more dangerous if left unchecked.  And that is why Andrew McCabe should have been fired for it.

The Deep State Is in Deep Trouble.  Why would some "concerned citizen" suddenly leak information to ABC that Jeff Sessions was under investigation for perjuring himself (about Russia, of course) during his confirmation hearing now almost a year behind us?  Could it have something to do with the fact that the man who instigated that investigation was none other than Andrew McCabe, only recently fired by Sessions?  Was someone or some group — the ABC report specifies "sources" with an "s" — trying to make the attorney general's act seem one of revenge, and thus illegitimate?  No doubt.  But the problem is that Sessions was long ago exonerated of this charge by none other than Robert Mueller.

House Probe Accuses Clapper of Misleading Congress.  A House Intelligence Committee investigation of Russian election meddling has concluded that former Director of National Intelligence James Clapper misled Congress about disclosing information to CNN.  The committee's final report on the investigation was approved on Thursday and now awaits an intelligence agency review.  Despite 472 days of investigation and thousands of witnesses, the committee stated in its list of final conclusions and recommendations that it found no evidence of collusion between President Donald Trump, his campaign aides, and Russia.  "The committee found no evidence that meetings between Trump associates — including Jeff Sessions — and official representatives of the Russian government — including Ambassador Kislyak — reflected collusion, coordination, or conspiracy with the Russian government," the list states.

Wait, What?  Andrew McCabe Launched an FBI Investigation Into Attorney General Sessions Because Dems Asked Him To?  It's been less than a week since former FBI Deputy Director Andrew McCabe was fired by Attorney General Jeff Sessions after a recommendation for termination from the Inspector General and Office of Professional Responsibility.  The drama surrounding the lawful and justified firing hasn't stopped since and late Wednesday night [3/21/2018], ABC News dropped a bombshell story alleging Sessions was under FBI investigation last year for perjury.  The man leading the charge?  Andrew McCabe.

McCabe's Bogus Witch Hunt Of Jeff Sessions Confirms Worst Fears About FBI/DOJ Politicization.  Thousands upon thousands of media reports over the last year and a half have intimated, suggested, or flat-out asserted that President Donald Trump is a traitor who colluded with Russia to steal the 2016 election from Hillary Clinton.  What this widely held theory lacks in evidence, its diehard supporters in the media and other anti-Trump bastions make up for with their faith-filled conviction of its truth.  An alternate storyline has been unfolding over that same time.  The basic contour is that claims Trump stole the election by treasonously colluding with Russia are the result of a coordinated campaign that was bought and paid for by the Clinton campaign and Democratic National Committee, weaponized by the federal government, and promulgated by a completely compliant media.

John Brennan, Obama's Head of the Innuendo Community.  [John Brennan] turned up on MSNBC to disseminate the smear that Russia holds compromising material over Trump.  This claim, he admitted, was based on nothing more than his own hunch.  So here was a former CIA director sliming a sitting president on his own vicious speculation, just days after one of his old colleagues in the Obama administration had hinted at dark things to come for Trump — and that wasn't the story!  No, the story was the "alarm" felt by such a ruling-class worthy, as if the intensity of Brennan's feelings somehow made up for his total lack of evidence.  A similar subtext runs through many of the stories about the "respected" Christopher Steele:  they gloss over the absence of evidence in his dossier and focus instead on the depth of his "concerns."  Who cares?  Where is the evidence?  We know that if the Brennans and Steeles had any real evidence they would have leaked it by now.

Limitless Investigation of Trump Was Always the Plan.  A man can run the gauntlet against more than 20 professional politicians and come out victorious.  He can win more than 40 Republican primary contests and beat every professional political campaigner out there, earning the votes of more than 14 million Republicans. [...] We can pick our president.  But then the powerful established bureaucracy must conduct a massive, sprawling, limitless investigation into any and all aspects of the president we pick.  The basis of this "investigation" is an increasingly debunked frame-up designed and drafted by the Kremlin and paid for by President Trump's political opponent in the presidential election.  And then spread to all four corners of the globe by the oldest creatures of the powerful establishment in Washington.

John Brennan:  Deep State Political Hack.  Considering that John Brennan once proudly admitted that he voted for Communist Party leader Gus Hall and openly supports liars and perjurers like Andrew McCabe, James Clapper, and James Comey, he redefines chutzpah when in a tweet he describes President Trump in words that sound as though they were plagiarized from FBI lead investigator Peter Strzok: [...] The only "disgraced demagogues" in this scenario are John Brennan; James Clapper; Andrew McCabe; James Comey; Peter Strzok; and, yes, Rod Rosenstein and Robert Mueller, all parties in a political resistance whose purpose was to keep Hillary Clinton out of prison and Donald Trump out of the White House.  And John Brennan dares to talk about political corruption?

The bad news is the swamp is deeper than we knew.  For eight years (likely more) the Democratic Party has used national security fears to spy on Americans.  Do you think they began with Trump and confined themselves to political opposition?  Unmasking — disclosing to political operatives who was spied upon and what they said — was common. [...] Transcripts were released to reporters.  The New York Times used this wiretapped information — that is what the Times called it — for a front page story on Inauguration Day designed to undermine the new president.

Samantha Power and the importance of being very, very afraid of ex-CIA chief John Brennan.  The rage wing of the Democratic Party has gotten active again.  Former Obama administration United Nations ambassador Samantha Power followed former Central Intelligence Agency director John Brennan to make big threats to the Trump administration in the wake of the firing of FBI deputy director Andrew McCabe for lying.  It's fascinating because it's something President Trump had absolutely nothing to do with, given that it was apolitical watchdogs in the Department of Justice and the FBI's Office of Professional Responsibility who made the call.  Yet they are lashing out and now making threats — because it's dawning on them that they too can be held accountable.

'Deep State' Alumni Rally Around McCabe.  Numerous former "Deep State" operatives, politicians, and media figures united behind former FBI Deputy Director Andrew McCabe on Twitter in the wake of his termination Friday night [3/16/2018].  Former CIA Director John Brennan sent an ominous tweet Saturday calling Trump a "disgraced demagogue" who will eventually land "in the dustbin of history."

James Clapper:  Deep State Point Man.  As the House Intelligence Committee on Monday [3/12/2018] announced its findings that there was no collusion between Team Trump and Russia, more evidence of the collusion between Deep State swamp creatures and a disloyal media to undermine the presidency of Donald Trump was also revealed.  James Clapper has been exposed as both a perjurer and a criminal leaker of classified information to the press.  The cynicism of Americans regarding integrity and accountability in government grew as swamp thing James Clapper avoided his part of the bog being drained.

The Real Collusion Story.  [Scroll down]  With his jacket and tie off, the cuffs of his sleeves turned, and a winning smile spread from ear to ear, Obama came to loan Hillary Clinton his common touch.  Passing the baton to her was a team effort, however.  It demanded hard work from countless enablers.  These included not just Democrats but also many Republicans, who shared the conviction that Trump represented an extraordinary threat to our democracy.  Desperate times call for desperate measures.  To block Trump, Clinton's supporters bent rules and broke laws.  They went to surprising lengths to strengthen her while framing him — both in the sense of depicting him in a particular light and of planting evidence against him.

Eric Holder Comes Unglued After GOP House Intel Committee Rules No Trump-Russia Collusion.  House Intelligence Committee Republicans announced Monday [3/12/2018] that they found "no evidence of collusion," between the Trump campaign and the Kremlin in the panel's 'Russia probe.'  The Deep State and Democrats aren't taking the news well.  Leaker Adam Schiff immediately blew a gasket and released a ridiculous statement claiming the Republicans don't care about the fact that the Russians may have leverage over Trump.  Former Attorney General Eric 'Fast and Furious' Holder was livid after the GOP House Intel panel shut down the Trump-Russia probe.

Former DNI James Clapper Allegedly Leaked to CNN, investigation revealed.  Former Director of National Intelligence James Clapper allegedly leaked information to CNN early last year regarding the classified briefings given to then President-Elect Donald Trump and President Barrack Obama on the salacious dossier claiming the Russians had compromising information on the president-elect, according to government sources, who noted the evidence of the leak was collected during the House Intelligence Committee's Russia investigation.  Clapper, who was one of four senior Obama administration officials to attend the briefing with the presidents, also stated his "profound dismay at the leaks" in an official statement issued in January, 2017 and warned that the leaks were "extremely corrosive and damaging" to national security, according to his press release.

Report: James Clapper Was Leaking Intelligence Reports to CNN During President-Elect Trump Transition.  This story today from Sara Carter is really interesting because CTH outlined the foundation of this back in January of 2017.  According to an article published today by Sara Carter her congressional sources have told her of an investigation into former ODNI James Clapper and his leaking of "intelligence information" to CNN in an orchestrated effort to damage the incoming Trump administration.

Former Director Of National Intelligence, James Clapper, Caught Lying During CNN Broadcast.  It is easy to get lost in the weeds if you don't follow the details closely; however, last night James Clapper appeared on CNN to defend himself against mounting evidence he leaked, and falsified the content of a presidential briefing of an Intelligence Discussion — including the "Steele Dossier" — to CNN January 9th or 10th 2017.

'Can It Happen Here?  Authoritarianism in America'.  [Scroll down]  Some see these bureaucrats [of the American Deep State] as a vital check on the law-breaking or authoritarian or otherwise-illegitimate tendencies of democratically elected officials.  Others decry the Deep State as a self-serving authoritarian cabal that illegally and illegitimately undermines democratically elected officials and the policies they were elected to implement.  The truth is that the Deep State, which is a real phenomenon, has long been both a threat to democratic politics and a savior of it.  The problem is that it is hard to maintain its savior role without also accepting its threatening role.

Anti-Trump bureaucrats accused of weaponizing security clearance process.  The security clearance process has tied the Trump administration in knots — and that is exactly what the bureaucrats running the White House personnel security office intended, said a lawyer who has been battling the office.  The problem is a small group of career bureaucrats holed up in the Old Executive Office Building who turned security reviews into quicksand to ensnare President Trump's team, said Sean M. Bigley, a federal security clearance lawyer who represents several senior administration officials caught up in the process.  "The security clearance process is being weaponized by anti-Trump bureaucrats who are using it as a tool to not only thwart the president's agenda but to prevent him from installing appointees who will execute it," Mr. Bigley told The Washington Times.

Report: Mueller's investigation takes a bizarre turn.  The Washington Post reports that Robert Mueller is investigating President Trump's "private comments and state of mind" during the period when he issued a series of tweets belittling Attorney General Jeff Sessions.  According to the Post, the thrust of Mueller's inquiry is to determine whether the president's goal was to oust Sessions in order to pick a replacement who would exercise control over Mueller's investigation.  If this story is true, it demonstrates why the nation needs someone in the Justice Department to exercise control over Mueller's investigation.  It also confirms the suspicion that Mueller is either nuts, desperate to get Trump, or both.

Doctor Hamburger Diagnoses a Malignant Administrative State.  The ominous nature of the administrative state (think IRS, EPA, DOJ, DEA, Interior, FCC, SEC) transforms our government originally designed as limited and by the consent of the governed.  Emblematic of the administrative state problem is the slow-rolling special counsel coup being orchestrated by intelligence and law enforcement agencies intent on overturning a presidential election, energized and perpetrated by human creatures in the embedded federal bureaucracy that occupies a wide swath of swampland on the Potomac River.

Political Espionage, By the Book.  John Brennan, Obama's CIA director, gives himself this description on his Twitter account:  "Nonpartisan American who is very concerned about our collective future."  In other words, Brennan is still in the disinformation business.  Liberal partisan who is very concerned about our collectivist future — that would be a more apt description for one of the most politicized CIA directors ever, whose ascent to the top of the CIA began with a lie-detector test in which he revealed that he was a supporter of the Soviet-controlled American Communist party.  Brennan was the fox guarding the henhouse — a role he played to the hilt for Hillary Clinton in 2016 as he set in motion a sham investigation into the Trump campaign.  NBC recently signed Brennan up as a "national security" correspondent.  So the fox will now get to comment on the henhouse he raided.

Trump's agenda:  Saving sovereignty and citizenship from the deep state.  The 2016 election revealed American citizens' crisis of confidence in their political establishment.  More than a year on, that establishment ought to take the opportunity of President Trump's first State of the Union address to think seriously about our politics, our Constitution, and our cultural and political life together.  More than anything else, President Trump spoke to Congress about individual Americans and the meaning of American citizenship — often using criminals, adversaries and hostile foreign powers as foils.  The president's speech was about that most fundamental of political and human distinctions — friends versus enemies — but it built to a vision of American justice rooted in the sovereignty of the people.

General Mike Flynn, Rudolph Contreras and The Increasingly Sketchy FISA Application.  On November 30th, 2017, Mike Flynn signed a guilty plea; ostensibly admitting lying to investigators.  The plea was accepted by Judge Rudolph Contreras; who is also a FISA court judge.  Six days later, December 7th, 2017, Judge Contreras "was recused" from the case without explanation.  The case was reassigned to DC District Judge Emmet Sullivan.  The Contreras recusal always seemed sketchy.  If the conflict existed on December 7th, wouldn't that same conflict have existed on November 30th, 2017?

How Obama's Hillary Clinton cover-ups destroyed DOJ and FBI.  The Obama/Clintons' shadow government operatives will stop at nothing to cover up their crimes against democracy, including the destruction of evidence and obstruction of justice.  Destruction of evidence has been a big theme throughout the Bill/Hillary Clinton era.  Just take a look at scandals involving the missing emails, Benghazi, and the Clinton Foundation.  Based on the recent announcement from the Department of Justice regarding the 50,000 missing texts written by Peter Strzok and Lisa Page, it appears this trend is continuing.

The Administrative State as opposed to the Deep State.  The two terms overlap, but are not essentially the same thing.  The "administrative state" refers to the Progressive constitutionalism that consciously seeks to supplant democratic self-government with rule by experts in permanent agencies, neatly skirting the principle of the separation of powers.  The "deep state" is actually a term of foreign origin (usually Turkey) that refers to what the left used to call the "national security state," that is, a cabal of the military and intelligence communities.  It is a curious thing that an idea that once was the province of the left has become the property of the populist right.  After all, it used to be the left that hated the FBI; now it's our side.

The GOP memo proves the 'deep state' is real.  Because of the memo and previous revelations, we know that swamp creatures are embedded in the top of the FBI and the Department of Justice.  Some used their power to try to tip a presidential campaign based on their personal politics.  They conducted a sham investigation of the Democratic candidate and misled federal judges to spy on at least one associate of her Republican challenger.  To block exposure of their misdeeds, these officials falsely claimed that national security would be damaged.  Add that despicable lie — issued in the name of the FBI itself — to their shameful records.  Thanks to the battle over the memo, we also know with 100 percent certainty that the mainstream media is part of the swamp.

Ex-Obama intel bosses snipe at Trump from sidelines amid concern over politicized agencies.  Once upon a time, former intel chiefs employed a restrained and nonpartisan tone in the public eye.  Now, they're diving right into the mud of today's rancorous political fights.  And the current battle between law enforcement circles and congressional Republicans over the controversial memo on alleged surveillance abuse has pulled Obama-era spy guys even deeper into the brawl.

Deep State Agent of Corruption.  The confirmation of Rod Rosenstein as Deputy Attorney General by a lopsided 94-6 vote should have set off warning bells.  It is odd that a Trump nominee would get so much Democrat support, if any at all.  But Rosenstein's role in appointing his pal Robert Mueller to lead a fraudulent "Russian collusion" probe — as well as his history of looking the other way when Hillary Clinton is involved — shows the Democrats had high hopes for Rosenstein.  These hopes were realized by his actions that have been documented in the four-page House Intelligence Committee memo.

Rosenstein — Agent of the Deep State Coup.  The confirmation of Rod Rosenstein to be Deputy Attorney General by a lopsided 94-6 vote should have set off warning bells.  It is odd that a Trump nominee would get much Democratic support, if any.  But his role in appointing his buddy Robert Mueller to lead a bogus Russian collusion probe and his history of looking the other way when Hillary Clinton is involved shows the Democrats had high hopes for Rosenstein, hopes realized by actions documented in the four-page House Intelligence Committee memo: [...] Steele's discredited "research," which relied heavily on input from Russian sources, was paid for by the DNC and the Hillary Clinton campaign, which puts Rosenstein in the position of aiding the efforts of one political party to overturn the results of an election won by the other political party by okaying domestic spying on an American citizen.

Desperation Time As Democrats Seek to Stop Trump From Succeeding.  [Scroll down]  Then there's the never-ending Trump/Russia/Tin Foil thing.  The only conspiracy anyone has found yet was the Obama administration's conspiracy to rig the election.  Rigging elections is apparently okay when it doesn't involve the Russians.  See, the problem was that Trump's alleged plot was outsourced to foreigners or something.  The Democrats are hoping against hope that Trump will talk to Mueller, that beagle-looking lackey of the left, and get caught up in some [petty] perjury beef because he says something happened on a Tuesday around noon and it really happened at 11:43 a.m.  Trump should not let them bait him — it's a trap, a trick, an ambush, and he needs to listen to his lawyers and not have [any] thing to do with the people whose teen girl-like volumes of texting clearly reveal them as partisan agents determined to frame the president if that is what it takes to overturn the election.

Donald Trump Should Refuse a Mueller Interview.  Let's cut to the chase:  Donald Trump should not agree to be interviewed by Special Counsel Robert Mueller and President Trump should not even be asked.  See, there are two Trumps to consider here.  There is the very eccentric and volatile man who is the subject of Mueller's amorphous investigation.  And there is the president of the United States, who has responsibilities to that vital public office.  Here, the interests of both happen to align.

Unless the Obamagate perpetrators do time, the republic is in peril.  Obamagate is the greatest scandal in modern U.S. history, and the mainstream media knows it.  This is why they are desperately trying to ignore it.  It won't work.  Washington is circling the wagons, trying to protect the FBI from the growing scandal.  Yet, the media-enabled "Deep State" conspiracy to implement a silent coup against President Donald Trump is slowly being exposed by courageous congressional investigators.

Obama — Leader of the Deep State Coup.  In any criminal investigation where the suspect is not immediately known, the first question usually asked is who would have the most to gain?  As we follow the bread crumbs of the text messages of Peter Strzok and Lisa Page and await release of the House Intelligence Committee's memo regarding the collusion between the DNC, the Hillary Clinton campaign, the DOJ, and FBI to interfere with the 2016, ensure the election of Hillary, and the defeat or impeachment of Donald Trump, the answer to that question is clear — one Barack Hussein Obama. [...] This scandal did not occur in a vacuum any more than did the weaponizing of the IRS to target the Tea Party and other conservative groups before Obama's 2012 reelection campaign occured in a vacuum.  The agencies under Obama's control have been politicized before and used to intimidate and destroy his political opponents[.]

FBI's Secret, Anti-American Society.  Deep State operatives dominate the FBI.  They have never worried about discovery.  They believe they are too big to indict, and that they are somehow above the law.  Except, now, the FBI is under fire, and under examination, and the liberal left's wagons are circling the agency, not only to hide the corruption, but to keep the public from learning that a secret society of leftism is running rampant through the nation's top bureau of investigation.  They are trying to even blame the Russians for the FBI's crimes, but fall short drastically.  As the investigators got close, text messages disappeared, and the members of the secret society clammed up.  The circumstantial evidence says the FBI under Obama was also complicit in using illegal activities and an abuse of power in an attempt to defeat Donald Trump in 2016.

What Do We Do About the FBI?  Suppose what many are now suspecting is completely true — that the FBI, or parts of it, exonerated Hillary Clinton and her cohorts with a mock investigation, attempted to swing our presidential election against Donald Trump and then continued to undermine the new administration after they had won with illegitimate claims of Russian collusion orchestrated by sleazy political lowlifes?  While this is not quite Stalinist — no one was tortured in Lubyanka or sent to the Gulag for life — it's not all that distant.  It's tantamount to an internal coup d'état that is still ongoing.

Trey Gowdy:  Newly revealed Strzok/Page texts exhibit 'manifest bias 'favoring Hillary Clinton over Trump.  Text messages that were exchanged between FBI officials Peter Strzok and Lisa Page demonstrate "manifest bias" favoring Hillary Clinton and provide the "unvarnished truth" for their feelings about President Trump, Rep. Trey Gowdy, R-S.C., said Thursday night [1/25/2018].  Strzok and Page, both of whom were part of Clinton and Trump investigations, discussed being cautious during the agency's investigation of the former secretary of state, since she might become president.

Another 'secret society' among the plotting boyars of Obamadom.  The boyars were originally bureaucrats in its Kievian Rus origins, and eventually became independent noblemen with land rights that couldn't be abolished by the Czar.  Of course they were jealous of preserving their fiefs and powers.  So they formed secret societies that eventually went after the Czar.  They closely resemble the bureaucrats of FBI and DOJ who have since become powerful princelings in Obama's era of Big State, and who retain a patina of "independence" under the guise of professionalism.  Anybody surprised that they too have formed secret societies to go after Trump?  Weird, weird stuff in our supposed democracy, which as Russian observers sometimes note, doesn't seem that much like a democracy at all when you look at the elections and the rights of the political class up close.  And that can only be attributed to the power of an increasingly centralized government, which forms the heart of the Deep State, and which is the hallmark of Obama's 'change' for America.

Joe diGenova:  DOJ Officials 'Tried to Frame an Incoming President With False Russian Conspiracy' Tale.  Former federal prosecutor, special counsel, and prominent Washington attorney Joe diGenova said the scandal at the FBI and the Department of Justice (DOJ) involves a "brazen plot" to exonerate Hillary Clinton of felony crimes involving her mishandling of classified documents, and an ongoing "false case" to "frame" President Donald Trump with a "false Russian conspiracy that never existed."  The senior DOJ and FBI officials involved knew the Russian conspiracy story was fake, said diGenova, but they "plotted to ruin" Trump as a candidate "and then destroy him as a president."  The FBI now "has to be completely reconstructed from the ground up," he said.

The Obama Administration's Criminal Perversion of Government.  A week after the election, groups inside and outside the government, some calling themselves Obama Anonymous, had begun meeting to plan the "resistance" to Trump.  Unlike the angry protesters in the streets, this resistance wasn't a new organization.  It consisted of Washington D.C. government lifers.  At the CFPB, there was a group calling itself Dumbledore's Army.  Within the FBI and the DOJ, there was a nameless "secret society".  Its details are being derived from text messages exchanged between Peter Strzok, a disgraced member of Mueller's team, and his mistress, Lisa Page, who worked for FBI Deputy Director Andrew McCabe.  Previous Strzok texts had spoken of taking out "insurance" against a Trump win.  This was all the more significant since Strzok had investigated Hillary and interviewed Flynn.  He was a crucial figure in both the investigations of Hillary Clinton and President Trump.

Franklin Graham warns of deep state coup against President Trump.  "I believe we are in a coup d'etat," Franklin Graham said Wednesday on the "Todd Starnes Radio Show."  "There are people in this country who are wanting to destroy the president and take over the government by force."  Graham revealed his concerns as congressional Republicans ramp up accusations that deep state actors within the FBI and the Justice Department may have been plotting against the president.  The evangelical leader did not name names, but he suggested the mainstream media was complicit in the silent coup.  Click here to listen to the shocking interview.

The Sinking of the FBI.  [T]he evidence is rapidly emerging that senior officials in our government, most likely up to and including then-president of the United States Barack Obama, worked in concert to illicitly, and possibly criminally, derail the candidacy of the opposition party's presidential candidate using fabricated information (or, as former FBI director James Comey described it, "salacious and unverified") obtained by a private investigations firm from an enemy of the United States:  Russia.  Even worse, once that effort to derail that candidacy failed and that candidate, Donald Trump, was elected, those same individuals used the same manufactured evidence as the basis to launch an investigation, employing the vast authority and technical resources of the United States government, whose ultimate goal, I believe, is to impeach and remove that duly elected president.  That, ladies and gentlemen, is a coup d'état.

New Texts From Anti-Trump FBI Agents Mention a 'Secret Society'.  New text messages from anti-Trump FBI agents reviewed by investigators reportedly make reference to a "secret society," in what could be the nail in the coffin for special counsel Robert Mueller's Russia investigation.  Investigators have reviewed 50,000 text messages on FBI servers looking for all exchanges between anti-Trump FBI agent Peter Strzok and FBI lawyer Lisa Page during the 2016 election, Fox News reported.  The revelation comes as investigators are seeking the whereabouts of approximately five months' worth of text messages between Page and Strzok.  House Oversight and Government Reform Committee Chairman Trey Gowdy told Fox News on Monday [1/22/2018] that one of the newly-revealed text messages spoke of a "secret society."

Paul Craig Roberts Slams The NSA: "It's A Blackmail Agency".  The main function of the National Security Administration is to collect the dirt on members of the house and senate, the staffs, principal contributors, and federal judges.  The dirt is used to enforce silence about the crimes of the security agencies.  The blackmail mechanism was put into gear the minute the news reported that the House Intelligence Committee had assembled proof that the FBI, DOJ, and DNC created Russiagate as a conspiracy to unseat President Trump.  Members of Congress with nothing to hide demanded the evidence be released to the public.

FBI 'Secret Society' Met [the] Day After [the] 2016 Election to Sabotage Trump.  Yes, there was actually something called a "secret society" at the FBI that included Peter Strzok and Lisa Page (the two hacks who's text messages suddenly went missing) and they met the day after Hillary Clinton was crushed in the 2016 election.

Oops! Those FBI Texts and 4 Other Times the Deep State 'Lost' Crucial Communications.  [Scroll down]  Many believe, and not without cause, that this "insurance policy" is the phony Russian dossier funded in part by the FBI (along with the Clinton campaign). The phony dossier was almost certainly used by the Obama White House to wiretap the Trump campaign under the FISA program.  These lost five months of texts also happen to coincide with the crucial months when the Russian hoax blew up in the media and resulted in the appointment of special prosecutor Robert Mueller.  Although, on its own, the very idea that these crucially important text messages were "accidentally lost" defies belief, what makes this news even more troubling is how frequently the Deep State loses communications that might prove to be inconvenient to the Deep State.

Page and Strzok Referenced FBI 'Secret Society' that Met the Day After the Election.  There is serious talk on Capitol Hill about the appointment of a second special counsel amid several new bombshell revelations swirling around the Trump/Russia probe.  First, there are the allegations of shocking and substantial government surveillance abuses under President Obama outlined in the FISA abuse memo.  Secondly, the FBI lost five months of key text messages between the anti-Trump/pro-Clinton FBI officials Peter Strzok and his mistress Lisa Page.  And now there's talk of a "secret society" of officials within the FBI that apparently met the day after the election of Donald J. Trump to plot against the president-elect.

Missing Texts? — Inspector General Horowitz Letter to Chairman Nunes.  Remember, Intelligence Committee Chairman Devin Nunes is first up; closely coordinating with House Judiciary Chairman Bob Goodlatte; closely coordinating with Senate Judiciary Chairman Chuck Grassley; and all of them coordinating with the DOJ Office of Inspector General Michael Horowitz.  This is a long developed plan.  In order to carry out the entire reform operation, communication is made through public letters.  Sunlight is part of the strategy.  Questioning each other publicly and answering each other publicly is part of the strategy... the media is not used to this.

Another missing-email defense from the bowels of the Deep State.  The FBI has told a Senate committee that it "lost" the text messages of top counterintelligence officials attempting to undercut President Trump, conveniently during the five months when their political activity was most fervent.  This calls for its own investigation.

From foreplay to foreknowledge.  We learn from Senator Johnson's letter to FBI Director Wray that the Department of Justice has turned over 384 pages of text messages between FBI counterintelligence officer Peter Strzok and FBI attorney Lisa Page.  (We also learn that five months' of text messages between the infamous FBI couple during the critical period culminating in the appointment of Robert Mueller as Special Counsel have disappeared.)  What do the newly disclosed text messages reveal?  Strzok and Page seem to have been in the loop on then FBI Director's forthcoming exoneration of Hillary Clinton.

Former Federal Prosecutor Outlines Scope of FBI and DOJ Corruption.  Former federal prosecutor Joe diGenova outlines the majority of the events behind the unlawful surveillance of Donald Trump and each of the participating members within the FBI and DOJ corruption.  In essence, during this 30 minute discussion, diGenova outlines much of the back-story and how FBI officials Bill Priestap, Peter Strzok, Jim Baker, Andrew McCabe and Jim Comey participated along with Justice Department Loretta Lynch, Sally Yates, John P Carlin, Bruce Ohr and Lisa Page.  Mr. diGenova has a solid grasp on the players and how they are enmeshed within the entire operation.  [Video clip]

FBI Shadow Figure Surfaces To Protect President Obama Amid Released FBI Text Messages.  W.H. "Bill" Priestap is the FBI Head of Counterintelligence.  Priestap was one of the first FBI officials who caught our attention (spring of 2017) because FBI Director James Comey mysteriously pointed a finger upon him during testimony to congress on March 20th, 2017 [Although Comey didn't use Bill Priestap's name, only his position].  James Comey said last year the reason the FBI did not inform congress of the ongoing eight month counterintelligence investigation (required by congressional intelligence oversight), which began in July 2016 into candidate Donald Trump, was because Bill Priestap specifically told Director Comey not to inform congress or intelligence oversight.

AG Sessions Resists the Resistance.  The Supreme Court agreed yesterday [1/19/2018] to hear a challenge to the third iteration of the Trump administration's travel ban.  It had been struck down by lower courts — a Hawaii district court and affirming Ninth Circuit — that seemed to place their hostility to the president above the law, which grants the chief executive clear discretion on such matters relating to immigration and national security.  Back in February 2017, after the Ninth Circuit struck down the first version of the travel ban, Eric Posner, a liberal critic of both President Trump and his policy, recognized that the courts may be creating a "'Trump exception' to settled law on presidential powers," holding the current president to a different standard from that of his predecessors.  He recognized this aberration from the law could come back to bite us.  One year later, it is clear that judicial resistance to this administration is alarmingly broad and almost entirely unmoored form the law.

Yes, #ReleaseTheMemo — And The FISA Docs It's Based On.  Devin Nunes has uncovered an earth-shaking abuse of power at the DOJ in which a dubious dossier was cooked up into a FISA warrant to investigate the Republican nominee for president for nakedly partisan reasons.  And the FISA Court, which is supposed to scrutinize warrants for probable cause, simply rubber-stamped the application and went along.  If that's true, that the entire Russiagate probe is a political hit on Trump with two branches of government in on it, we need to know now.  Yesterday.  And by "yesterday" I mean "15 months ago."

Fierce battle erupts over declassifying intelligence report.  A battle erupted Friday over a push by Republican lawmakers to release a report they say will reveal high-level government abuse around the federal investigation into possible ties between Trump campaign officials and Russia.  Even as Congress hurtled toward a shutdown, Republicans in the House were buzzing over the contents of a classified memo on alleged surveillance abuses that was produced by House Intelligence Committee Chairman Devin Nunes (R-Calif.).  Scores of Republicans viewed the controversial memo in secure settings at the Capitol and concluded it contains hard evidence that the special counsel investigation into whether Trump's campaign officials had improper contacts with Russia were sparked by the politically motivated actions of senior FBI and Department of Justice (DOJ) officials.

Republicans are lining up to view the classified FISA abuse memo, while Democrats choose to stay in the dark.  More than 130 congressional members have viewed the classified four-page memo detailing what senior government officials describe as "disturbing and explosive" surveillance abuse by employees of the FBI and Department of Justice under the Obama administration against President Trump and members of his campaign.  But almost all of them were Republicans.  Since the document was released Thursday to House members "only Democrats on the House Intelligence Committee have seen it," a congressional source with knowledge of the memo said.  The classified memo was described by senior government officials as a detailed account of the House Intelligence Committee's investigation into the FBI and apparent FISA abuse associated with the controversial dossier that alleged President Trump colluded with Russia during the 2016 presidential election.  As recently reported, some congressional members who reviewed the memo said the revelations may end in the removal or criminal prosecution of senior officials in the FBI and Department of Justice.

Up To 200 Members Of Congress Have Read The Memo And NO LEAKS = Devastating To Dems.  Word is as many as 200 members of Congress have now reviewed what some are calling a "shaking the foundation of our democracy" memo that links high-placed figures within both the Obama administration, Hillary Clinton campaign, the DNC, Deep State, and Establishment Media in an attempt to subvert the 2016 Election.  It was never "Russian Collusion."  It was our own government/the Obama administration/Deep State, attempting to choose the next president — Hillary Clinton.

James Clapper will skate on his perjury to Congress if not charged by March 13.  Deep State stalwart James Clapper provably lied to Congress on a matter of substantive importance, yet he was never charged with perjury.  In less than two months, the statute of limitations will excuse him from any criminal liability if he is not charged with lying to Congress.  Jonathan Turley, a liberal law professor who is honest, explains the outrageous process by which a "made man" (his term) escapes prosecution for crimes that less connected others would be imprisoned for committing.

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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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 OpenTheBooks.com.  "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 who are unfamiliar with ham radio, the transmission of encrypted messages by ham operators 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; therefore, 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.  Having a license and a callsign would also make it unnecessary to make unidentified transmissions, which would attract the attention of other ham operators, and then the FCC.  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 proudresister.com, 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, JICReport.com.  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."

Update:
Federal Judge In Georgia Sentences NSA Leaker To 63 Months In Prison.  A former NSA contractor, who pleaded guilty to leaking classified information last June, is sentenced to more than five-years in prison.  26-year-old Reality Winner was sentenced to five-years and three-months in prison Thursday [8/23/2018], following a plea deal with prosecutors.  During a court testimony, Winner claimed she did not mean to harm national security.

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.

Update:
NSA leaker Reality Winner will plead guilty after admitting to FBI she smuggled classified documents out of the office.  Reality Winner, the former National Security Agency contractor charged with leaking a classified document to a US news outlet, has decided to plead guilty.  Winner, 26, is scheduled to plead guilty in US District Court on June 26, according to US Department of Justice spokesman Ian Prior.  Online court records show a plea agreement was filed on Thursday [6/21/2018].  Court documents did not indicate what exact charge Winner will plead guilty to, although she was indicted for one count of violating the federal Espionage Act.

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 MoveOn.org, 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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