The Fusion GPS Dossier and the FISA abuse memo


Introduction by The Editor:
Donald Trump is a political outsider, starting his political career at the top.  His opponents in the 2016 presidential election were people who were willing to say or do anything to win.  One of the sideshows accompanying the Trump administration is the matter of the Fusion GPS Dossier, which was supposed to have been a report about outrageously scandalous behavior on the part of Donald Trump that if true would render him un-electable.  There's just one problem:  It was apparently a work of sordid fiction, cooked up by Mr. Trump's political opponents.

I don't understand the whole story yet, but this page is a collection of news articles and timely opinions about the matter.

Related pages:

The politicized FBI
Hillary Clinton's cloud of corruption
Obama stands accused of spying on his political opponents



Background, overview and recap articles:


As the Wiseguys Turn:  McCabe, Comey, and the FBI Boys.  [W]hat began as an investigation into Russian "collusion" on the part of the Trump campaign and perhaps the president himself, is now steadily being revealed as the sham byproduct of the fixed-fight "probe" of the Clinton email "matter" that allowed the former secretary of state to head into the 2016 election "cleared" of any wrongdoing by the Obama "justice" department.  Vengeful over her surprising loss, the Woman Scorned and her cronies in the former administration and the intelligence community then concocted the "collusion" narrative, obligingly peddled to the public by the Democrat-controlled media, to strangle the Trump presidency in its cradle.  And they almost got away with it.

The Collapse of the Collusion Narrative.  The early righteousness of the anti-Trump lynch-mob was deflated when the Steele dossier was revealed as defamatory lies assembled and paid for by the Clinton campaign.  The feeble effort at claiming a boozy conversation between a very junior member of the Trump campaign team and a former Australian politician (who had secured $25 million of Australian government money for the Clinton Foundation) as the source of the investigation has crumbled.  The origins were earlier, and Christopher Steele and prominent members of the FBI and CIA shopped his inane and scatological dossier around the media to incite the misplaced belief that there were multiple disinterested sources for its contents.

Bombshell: More Obama admin[istration] spies attempted to insert [them]selves into [the] Trump campaign.  The eye-opening disclosure came at the end of a highly informative discussion with Carter Page about his interactions with Stefan Halper, the informant already believed to have pumped members of the campaign for information.  For some reason, after identifying Halper by name on air, Fox News has reverted to the practice of keeping his name secret, at least for the moment.  Halper evidently was quite a charmer, according to Carter Page.  Yet Halper also is believed to have planted with George Papadopoulos (whom he also paid $3,000 for a "research paper") the information about Russia having hacked DNC emails, which information Papadopoulos then revealed to Australia's ambassador to Great Britain (called the "high commissioner" among Commonwealth countries), who then fed it to the FBI to justify the FISA warrant.

Either Hillary Clinton Broke Federal Election Laws or Our Election Laws Are Broken.  As The Washington Post reported in October 2017, during the 2016 election cycle, the Democratic National Committee and Hillary for America paid a combined $9.2 million to law firm Perkins Coie.  The chair of Perkins Coie's Political Law Group is Marc Elias, the general counsel of Hillary Clinton's presidential campaign.  The Post reported and Perkins Coie later confirmed that Elias paid at least some of this money to political research firm Fusion GPS, which hired Christopher Steele, a former British spy, to create the now infamous "Russian Dossier."  The dossier claims to present evidence Donald Trump colluded with Russian agents to win the 2016 election, among other salacious accusations.  It was later used, along with other material, by the FBI to obtain a FISA warrant to wiretap Carter Page.  The production of the dossier arguably sparked a chain of events leading to the firing of Comey and the appointment of Special Counsel Robert Mueller, so its creation cannot be understated.

A Hillary Clinton dirty trick from A to Z.  Hillary wanted to spread a false narrative about how Donald Trump was owned by the Russians, that he was in Putin's pocket, and she needed 'evidence' to be supplied, but that 'evidence could NOT have her fingerprints on it where people could see it.  What we have here in this case is 'information laundering' rather than money laundering.  Hillary & her cronies invented the allegations that became known as 'The Steele Dossier', then hired Fusion GPS to 'find' the allegatons as a result of their 'research'.  To make the laundering of the allegations look plausible, Hillary used her State Department flunkies to hand off the Trump/Russia info to Fusion GPS so Glenn Simpson & Chris Steele could begin planting it all throughout the US news media.

After a year of digging...
There is still no evidence tying Trump to Russian conspiracy.  The fact is that the Russians did not have to collude to achieve their purpose of disruption and influence.  Russian intelligence is not known to run "colluders" in carrying out secret operations and rarely expose their operations in gratuitous meetings.  Collusion theories tying Donald Trump to a Russian conspiracy remain the case of the dog not barking.  After more than a year of intensive investigation by both the special counsel and multiple congressional committees, there is no direct evidence of Trump colluding with Russians.  After roughly 100 criminal counts against 19 defendants and five plea deals with cooperating witnesses, there is no direct evidence.  After dozens of pages of "speaking indictments" by Robert Mueller describing Russian operatives trying to influence the election and false statements from former Trump aides, there is no direct evidence.

The Anti-Trump Effort Backfires.  No one following the Russian-collusion and related dramas should be in any doubt about the steady flow of the balance of damaging evidence away from Trump and on to his accusers.  It is clear that the hierarchy of the FBI and analogues in the Justice Department and intelligence services, horrified at the thought of a Trump victory though confident it would not occur, took liberties — in the soft treatment of Hillary Clinton's email and uranium problems, and in abetting the Clinton campaign's effort to smear Trump with the Russian-collusion argument.

Worse Than Watergate?  Is Obama Like Nixon — Only More So?  Just as Nixon used campaign operatives to spy on the opposition party, Barack Obama administration-era Democrats did likewise — except they employed actual government investigatory agencies to do it.  As a pretext, the allegation holds, they used that aforementioned dossier, a compilation of reports by shadowy ex-British spy Christopher Steele, who used uncorroborated information provided, ironically, by anonymous Russian sources.

Everybody Knows.  [Scroll down]  The FBI, the DOJ, all the top-tier unaccountables, forgot that the deplorables existed and never doubted that Hillary Clinton could buy and lie her way into the presidency.  It was her turn.  Still, it can't hurt to wiretap the opposing campaign.  Besides, it's so much fun to do whatever you want.  It was Woodstock for the D.C. unaccountables.  The top DOJ-FBI administrators, meaning people who were not competent enough to be real agents and lawyers, had the time of their lives playing cops and spies.  Hillary's $12 million passed through Nellie Ohr at Fusion GPS.  Her husband, Assistant Attorney General Bruce Ohr, met with Christopher Steele, the cover-story author of the [...] dossier on Trump.  Ohr, who still works at the Justice Department, reported all the fun to Sally Yates.  Everybody came out to play.  McCabe spiedÍž Comey danced and liedÍž John McCain lent a hand.  Strzok and Page were special beaux, they took their meetings without their clothes.

Rethinking Watergate.  During the Watergate scandal, a courageous and activist federal judge, John Sirica, did not believe phony stories that the original burglars had acted on their own.  He helped to gain their cooperation and confessions — and he forced the Nixon administration to hand over tapes of private presidential conversations.  But there is no such judge now.  The judiciary is on the other side of the equation.  Apparently, compliant FISA court judges asked few questions when they approved FBI and Department of Justice requests to snoop on an American citizen — on the basis of Clinton's purchased oppositional research dossier and news stories that were birthed by the dossier.  Nor did FISA judges apparently bother to ask the FBI and DOJ officials whether they trusted the very author of the dossier, Christopher Steele — who had been earlier fired by the FBI for lying.  Nor have judges yet investigated whether defendants were either indicted or coerced into confessions by the FBI's use of improperly obtained surveillance.

Tying All The Loose Threads Together.  There are so many threads of information surrounding the 2016 operation to conduct political surveillance on the Trump campaign by various officials and offices within corrupt structures of government it's easy to get lost.  However, if we take all the various bits of information and placing them together a more clear picture emerges.

The First Attempted Coup D'etat in America's History.  Lou Dobbs had this to say about the effort to destroy Trump:  The double standard is more than that by a long measure.  This is an effort to subvert the administration of President Donald Trump.  It is nothing less.  It is an effort by the Deep State to roll over a duly elected president and a legitimate government and to break the will of the American people.  This is no longer about Republicans and Democrats, conservatives and liberals, this is about a full-on assault by the left, the Democratic party to absolutely carry out a coup d'etat against President Trump.

"Collusion against Trump" timeline.  It's easy to find timelines that detail Trump-Russia collusion developments.  [Examples omitted for brevity.]  On the other side, evidence has emerged in the past year that makes it clear there were organized efforts to collude against candidate Donald Trump — and then President Trump.  For example:
  •   Anti-Russian Ukrainians allegedly helped coordinate and execute a campaign against Trump in partnership with the Democratic National Committee and news reporters.
  •   A Yemen-born ex-British spy reportedly delivered political opposition research against Trump to reporters, Sen. John McCain, and the FBI; the latter of which used the material — in part — to obtain wiretaps against one or more Trump-related associates.
  •   There were orchestrated leaks of anti-Trump information and allegations to the press, including by ex-FBI Director James Comey.
  •   The U.S. intel community allegedly engaged in questionable surveillance practices and politially-motivated "unmaskings" of U.S. citizens, including Trump officials.
  •   Alleged conflicts of interests have surfaced regarding FBI officials who cleared Hillary Clinton for mishandling classified information and who investigated Trump's alleged Russia ties.
But it's not so easy to find a timeline pertinent to the investigations into these events.

What Constitutes Treason.  [Scroll down]  These surveillance results were then illegally disseminated to the media, who willingly spread the disinformation far and wide to the entire world.  What was the goal?  To subvert the Constitution, the lawful transfer of power from one administration to the next.  Having failed, the conspirators then tried to undermine the sovereign, the president, through accusations and investigations, assisted by a foreign enemy.  The phony dossier, described by former FBI director James Comey as "salacious and unverified," created with the assistance of the Russian government, served as the basis of spying on a political candidate and campaign.  Post-election, the losing candidate, "within twenty-four hours of her concession speech," cooked up a scheme to blame her loss on Russian interference.  The Russians did indeed meddle, mostly after the election — not to affect the election outcome, but to sow discord within America, as the recent Mueller indictments described.  They were assisted by the Deep-Staters within the FBI and DOJ, altering testimony, leaking classified information, conspiring to "kill the sovereign or overthrow the government."  Not literally kill, but to cripple the president via false information, leading to his impeachment and removal from office.  All this is not to leave out the U.S. media, willing and eager participants in Russian propaganda and meddling, co-conspirators in the coup against the duly elected leader of the country.

The Paradoxes of the Mueller Investigation.  Special Counsel Robert Mueller has indicted 13 Russian nationals for allegedly conspiring to sow confusion in the 2016 presidential election.  The chance of extraditing any of the accused from Vladimir Putin's Russia is zero.  Some of the Russians' Keystone Cops efforts to disrupt the election favored Donald Trump (as well as Bernie Sanders).  Yet Mueller's team made it clear that the Russians neither colluded with any U.S. citizens nor had any material effect on the election's outcome.  But from here on out, there will be ironies, paradoxes, and unintended consequences with just about everything Mueller does.  Is it now time to prosecute foreigners for attempting to interfere with a U.S. election?  If so, then surely Christopher Steele, the author of the Fusion GPS dossier, is far more culpable and vulnerable than the 13 bumbling Russians.

On Russia, Democrats Try To Rewrite History.  These days there are numerous reports, likely leaked from the former president's defenders, claiming that Obama was secretly and vigorously dealing with these attacks from Moscow.  His defenders like to point out that the president expelled Russian diplomats and closed two of their diplomatic facilities.  Obama did so only after the DNC hacks, and only after there was tremendous political pressure from the Hillary camp.  The evidence that Obama thought Russian meddling was a big deal before it was politically expedient is nonexistent.

Dossier's 10 core collusion accusations remain unverified 20 months later.  Republicans say the FBI abused the court process by using the partisan charges to obtain four wiretap warrants against the other campaign.  They say the bureau has yet to confirm any charge.  As the dossier today takes on even more importance, The Washington Times identified Mr. Steele's 10 core collusion accusations.  The analysis includes the charges' status, 20 months after Mr. Steele first contacted the FBI and urged the prosecution of President Trump.

Peeling back the layers of Hillary Clinton's deceit.  [Scroll down]  It increasingly appears that the Clinton machine was the secret, original source of virtually all the allegations about Trump and Russia that led to the FBI investigation.  In addition, the campaign and its associates, including Steele, were behind the explosion of anonymously sourced media reports during the fall of 2016 about that investigation.  Thus, the Democratic nominee paid for and created allegations against her Republican opponent, gave them to law enforcement, then tipped friendly media to the investigation.  And it is almost certain FBI agents supporting Clinton were among the anonymous sources.  In fact, the Clinton connections are so fundamental that there probably would not have been an FBI investigation without her involvement.  That makes hers a brazen work of political genius — and perhaps the dirtiest dirty trick ever played in presidential history.  Following her manipulation of the party operation to thwart Bernie Sanders in the primary, Clinton is revealed as relentlessly ruthless in her quest to be president.  The only thing that went wrong is that she lost the election.  And based on what we know now, her claims about Trump were false.

Convinced of a Hillary Victory, They Thought Nobody Would Ever Know.  An administration siccing the surveillance state on the opposition party's presidential candidate based on dubious reports compiled by the favored presidential candidate's campaign ranks as a terribly reckless strategy risking the future freedom of its architects for their future power, no?  "Not if you think you will win the election and no one will ever find out," an animated Joseph diGenova tells The American Spectator.  "That's why they did it.  They thought she would win and no one would ever find out."

Stuck on Stupid.  [Scroll down]  There are seventeen memos from Steele that are laughably stupid.  Wasn't one of them capable of seeing how stupid that dossier looked?  Just one?  Apparently not.  All the evidence shows they used that totally made up "dossier" to start spying on every Trump associate possible.  They actually went to the FISA court and presented this, as James Comey apparently called it, "salacious and unverified dossier" as proof for a warrant to spy on most of the Trump inner circle.  Was the FISA judge asleep?  Apparently so.  Many times.  Was James Comey asleep?  No, he got stuck on stupid.

What explains the FBI's deep faith in Trump dossier author Christopher Steele?  One of the most remarkable takeaways from the new documents released in the Trump-Russia investigation is the degree to which FBI officials were determined to believe dossier author Christopher Steele — even after it became clear he had lied to them.  In their drive to win a warrant to wiretap sometime Trump volunteer Carter Page — along with Paul Manafort, one of only two Trump figures known to be wiretapped in the investigation — the bureau rested most of its case on Steele's information, and the officials who filed the warrant application seemed resolved to believe Steele even after his credibility came into question.  The new document is the (mostly) unredacted version of the criminal referral of Steele sent to the Justice Department by Senate Judiciary Committee chairman Chuck Grassley and subcommittee chairman Lindsey Graham.  Like the earlier House Intelligence Committee memo, the Grassley-Graham referral shows that the FBI focused extensively on the dossier in its effort to convince the secret Foreign Intelligence Surveillance Act court to give permission to wiretap Page.  The FBI warrant application "relied heavily" on the dossier, according to the referral, and "the bulk of the application consists of allegations against Page that were disclosed to the FBI by Mr. Steele and are also outlined in the Steele dossier."

Biased FBI and DOJ Officials Broke The Law And Tried To Decide The Election.  There can be no question, at this point, that certain higher ups in the FBI and the DOJ did not want Hillary to be indicted and did not want Donald Trump to become President.  Those efforts were not entirely independent of each other.  Below is a timeline of events — abbreviated though it is — that makes it rather plain that the FBI and DOJ were not investigating potential crimes objectively.  Indeed, they were committing crimes during the process in aid of their preferred outcomes.

The Ticking Memo.  Apparently, no FBI or DOJ officials informed the court over the duration of these various requests that a) the dossier was paid for by the Clinton campaign, b) the FBI in turn apparently paid to obtain it, c) supporting news stories used to substantiate the dossier were the result of deliberately leaking the same document to seed stories in media organizations, or d) a DOJ official both met the author of the dossier and informed the FBI that he was a biased source — but either did not inform other DOJ and FBI officials that his own spouse was a collaborator who worked on the dossier, or such knowledge was known to DOJ and FBI officials but not passed on at some point to the FISA judge, apparently because the court might not have otherwise approved of the request or might have acted to revoke prior requests. [...] If all this is not a scandal — then the following protocols are now considered permissible in American electoral practice and constitutional jurisprudence:  An incumbent administration can freely use the FBI and the DOJ to favor one side in a presidential election, by buying its opposition research against the other candidate, using its own prestige to authenticate such a third-party oppositional dossier, and then using it to obtain court-ordered wiretaps on American citizens employed by a candidate's campaign — and do so by deliberately misleading the court about the origins and authors of the dossier that was used to obtain the warrants.

Fusion GPS Could Have Been Trying To Buy Access To DOJ With Payments To Official's Wife.  Fusion GPS, a firm paid by Hillary Clinton's campaign, was paying the wife of a senior Department of Justice official as part of its efforts to gather opposition research on Trump, and the official then brought that research to the FBI — raising the question of to what extent the firm may have been attempting to pay for heightened access to the criminal justice system, and whether they would have hired her absent her spousal connection.  A declassified memo said Bruce "Ohr's wife was employed by Fusion GPS to assist in the cultivation of opposition research on Trump.  Ohr later provided the FBI with all of his wife's opposition research, paid for by the DNC and Clinton campaign via Fusion GPS.  The Ohrs' relationship with Steele and Fusion GPS was inexplicably concealed from the" court when it was used to obtain a surveillance warrant.  Bruce Ohr was deputy associate attorney general until December.  House investigators determined that he met personally with Glenn Simpson, Fusion GPS' founder.

And three cheers for Devin Nunes.  Now we are starting to get a look at a conspiracy so immense it can scarcely be believed.  The media, the Democrat National Committee, a genuinely brain dead FISA judge, and now the media over and over again are shown to be working night and day to destroy the constitutional system of government.  The media, apparently believing it is above the law (and I guess it is), has been working hand in glove with the HRC campaign to ensure that the GenSec of the Democrat/MSM Party could not lose the election of November 2016.  Yet somehow, the GenSec, Madame Mao, Jing Qing (or however [...] it's spelled) lost to a man who should never in a million years come even close to winning.  So now the DNC/MSM coalition has had to go into the highest possible gear to cover up the failed conspiracy against the nation.  Instead of trying to get the big news out, the DNC/MSM apparatus worked like demons to bottle up the news.  But now the news is out:  The DNC/MSM Gang illegally spied on Trump.  They didn't use a bunch of burglars at the Watergate.  They used the courts and they succeeded.

The Left no longer cares about civil rights.  The FBI and DOJ used an unverified bit of political opposition research funded by the Clinton campaign and the Democratic National Committee as their "probable cause" to spy on an American citizen.  And their "affirmation" or "oath" conveniently left out the fact that this "evidence" was opposition research funded by the Clinton campaign and the DNC.  Yet the Democrats and their publicists in the news media are treating this clear violation of the Fourth Amendment as a "nothing burger."  They don't care about civil rights.  So long as you are a political opponent, your civil rights no longer apply.

Intelligence Recognizes Presidential Authority — A Case of Too Little, Too Late.  The FBI's top leadership — whose careers, business dealings, politics, marriages and extramarital affairs intertwine — invested itself incompetently and illegally into the 2016 election campaign against Donald Trump.  In part to cover itself, it launched the so-called "Russia probe."  Its members are personally, deeply interested in keeping the public from seeing the documents concerning these activities.  They raised the familiar shield:  release would compromise the sources and methods of national security.  The House of Representatives' Republican majority wanted the documents made public, issued a subpoena for them, and was prepared to jail senior FBI for contempt had they not complied with it.  The House compromised, being satisfied by viewing them and making a summary, which it has voted to make public.

House Democrats have their own version of secret intelligence summary.  The so-far unsubstantiated anti-Trump dossier includes a claim that Trump was vulnerable to blackmail because the Kremlin had video of him frolicking with prostitutes in Moscow.  The Democratic National Committee and Hillary Clinton's presidential campaign paid for the dossier's research and preparation, using a law firm as a go-between for a contract with an investigative research firm called Fusion GPS.  The former British spy who gathered the dossier's raw intelligence from his Russian contacts ultimately contacted the FBI.  The Republican memo is, in part, a distillation of what federal law enforcement did with it, according to Capitol Hill sources.  One of Fusion GPS's employees is married to Bruce Ohr, who was then a senior Justice Department official.  Ohr was later reprimanded and reassigned after the DOJ determined that he had met with the firm's co-founder and the spy.

What Is The Steele Dossier?  The Steele Dossier was a hastily cobbled together justification for two things:  [#1] to justify the spying on Trump's campaign team PRIOR to Mike Rogers shutting down NSA SIGINT database mining for Trump Team comms up to April, 2016.  [#2] to justify RESTARTING intelligence community intercepts of Trump campaign/transition team comms by proffering the dossier to the FISA Court by claiming Trump team members were foreign agents serving Russia.  We don't know exactly when FBI subcontractors began to be used by the DOJ/FBI Hillary/Obama/DNC nexus to mine the NSA SIGINT database for Trump campaign team comms & then to submit Sec. 702 unmasking requests to reveal the names of Trump team members in the intel incercepts.  What we DO know is that in April 2016, NSA director Mike Rogers was made aware of the fact there were an unusually high number of Section 702 unmasking requests being made that were coming through the FBI.

Is Media Response to Obama's "Operation Cassandra Scandal" a Precursor For Response to FBI/DOJ "Operation Trump"?  In 2016 senior leadership within the Obama FBI and Department of Justice, with direct and provable ties straight to the White House, planned and conducted a targeted political operation against a presidential candidate by weaponizing the intelligence community against Donald Trump.  Using sketchy, intentionally misleading and false information provided to a U.S. District Court Judge, the Obama FBI and DOJ colluded to present an application for wiretaps and surveillance authority to the FISA court; subsequently, they used a FISA warrant as part of an exhaustive counterintelligence operation against their political opposition.  This is no longer some pie-in-the-sky conspiracy.  There is massive evidence, including statements from the co-conspirators, that highlights this exact operation in detail.

REPORT: Obama Administration Weaponized Trump Dossier — This Explains It All.  Tablet has done some investigation into Obama launching an investigation into the Trump campaign. [...] They started with a Facebook post from June 24, 2017 by Mary Jacoby, the wife of Glenn Simpson, the former Wall Street Journal reporter who started Fusion GPS.  She boasted that her husband was not getting the credit he should get for the dossier.  Careful what you wish for.  "It's come to my attention that some people still don't realize what Glenn's role was in exposing Putin's control of Donald Trump," she wrote on Facebook.  "Let's be clear.  Glenn conducted the investigation.  Glenn hired Chris Steele.  Chris Steele worked for Glenn."  Chris Steele's name as an intel agent may have added more to the dossier than what Steele actually did to help compile it.  I'm more concerned with players such as the Ohrs.  Bruce Ohr dealt with Simpson and he was a senior Justice Department official who has since been demoted.  His wife, Nellir Ohr, is a Russian so-called expert hired by Fusion GPS to research and compile the Russian dossier.  She's more of an amateur it turns out.  Not everything they found was bogus by the way.  They dug up stuff on Manafort that carries credible weight.  It's when they got to Trump that either things were made up or the Russians planted misinformation.

If Libs Were Smart They Would Push for Mueller Firing Himself Now.  This dossier was compiled by Christopher Steele and sold to the Clinton Campaign as opposition research by Fusion GPS.  McCabe stonewalled the HIC on this matter but couldn't point to anything in the dossier that the FBI verified to be true other than publicly-known knowledge of Carter Page visiting Moscow in 2016.  And the last time I checked (as least for now) visiting Moscow is not a crime.  Neither is what Michael Flynn did a crime either, but let's not bring facts in to dash the hope of the terminally insane.  McCabe has to stonewall on this issue otherwise he and the rest of the FBI are guilty of acting on behalf of Hillary Clinton to assist in spying on her political opponent.  Because that's where all of this leads if people would take their ideological blinders off for five seconds and look at what we actually know as opposed to what we 'just know to be true.'  Everyone involved in this sordid affair should be tried for espionage and treason.

The Trump-Russia 'Dossier' Scandal Deepens.  When the existence of the now-discredited dossier first came to light, it was described simply as information compiled by a former British intelligence operative with a high degree of credibility in the spy community.  The fact that a two-page summary had been presented to Trump and President Obama in early January lent it still more credibility.  As one news outlet put it, the dossier was "credible enough to warrant inclusion of their claims in the highly classified report on Russian interference in the presidential campaign."  From that point on, it was treated as an authoritative report pointing to Trump's collusion with Russians to meddle in the U.S. election.  It was only much later — and long after its phony claims had been seared into the public's consciousness — that the truth about this dossier started to emerge.  And everything that we've learned since has seriously undermined its credibility, while raising troubling questions about how the FBI and the Justice Department under Obama used it.  The most explosive revelation was that the dossier was bought and paid for by the Clinton campaign and the Democratic National Committee, a fact that the Clinton campaign took pains to hide, that Clinton officials lied about, and that Fusion GPS refused to reveal on its own.  It wasn't an intelligence report at all.  It was a political hit job paid for by Trump's opponent.

There is No Truth Commission in L'Affaire Russe.  On Thursday, Benjamin Wittes published his assessment of Deputy Attorney General Rod Rosenstein's Dec. 13 testimony before the House Judiciary Committee. [...] Rosenstein did two notable things in his testimony.  First, he unequivocally stated that there has been no activity justifying firing the special counsel for cause.  He also went to great lengths to explain why Bob Mueller is uniquely suited to lead this investigation, and outlined, for anyone who doesn't already know it, Mueller's extensive prosecutorial and leadership experience, as well as his lifelong dedication to public service. [...] Second, Rosenstein affirmed his own authority over the special counsel's investigation, and revealed that he is regularly exercising that authority.  For those who might think that Rosenstein appointed the special counsel and then has allowed Mueller to operate wholly independently in a way that could expand the scope of the investigation without oversight, Rosenstein's testimony rebuffed that theory.

The Criminal Conspiracy of the Century:  "Makes Watergate look like a third-rate burglary".  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 an Ohr problem," one congressional source said.  McCabe has many problems and is at the heart of the criminal conspiracy to protect Hillary and unseat President Trump.  The "Ohr problem" relates to Bruce Ohr and his wife Nellie and their connections to Fusion GPS, the firm paid indirectly by the Clinton campaign and the DNC to work with former British spy Christopher Steele and Russian sources to put together a fake dossier likely used by the FBI to fraudulently obtain FISA surveillance warrants on Team Trump.

We Should Care About What Happened to Carter Page.  The former Trump aide's reputation has been ruined — not by a conviction, not by any charges, but by a warrant that was supposed to be secret.

#Russiagate:  The Second Time as Farce... or Tragedy?  Indeed, the more one considers all the players in this unbelievably bizarre saga, [...] not to mention the half-dozen or so other nameless people who mysteriously disappeared from the DOJ in recent days, the more it seems the only sane person in the entire demented charade [...] is Devin Nunes.  Want to know why there are so many redactions in all those FBI/DOJ documents [...] ?  It's only 1% security but 99% humiliation.  Forget "sources and methods."  They are so ashamed of themselves they don't dare tell the truth.

The Media Changed More Votes Than the Russians.  The government that meddled the most in the election was our own.  Instead of exposing that interference, the media facilitated it.  Journalists served as conduits for criminal leaks from Obama administration officials eager to defame Trump.  Instead of exposing Hillary's dirty tricksters, the media took briefings from them.  Countless stories about Trump's alleged foreign connections appeared during the campaign.  Meanwhile, reporters were Skyping with Christopher Steele, a cynical British ex-spy Hillary hired to smear Trump.  Imagine Trump paying a foreigner $168,000 to frame Hillary, who then holds press briefings on his "dossier" before the election.  The press would have reported that immediately as a dirty trick of epic proportions.  But for Hillary's hired gun, they stayed mum and several turned into his stenographers.  Yahoo's Michael Isikoff passed Steele off as a "well-placed Western intelligence source."


Robert Mueller's Russian Election Interference Indictments:


Mueller's questions prove Trump shouldn't talk.  The questions special counsel Robert Mueller supposedly wants to put to President Trump make one thing clear — it would be folly for the president to sit for an interview with these jumped-up G-men.  It's not just that the questions badly undercut the claims that Mueller is not targeting the president.  If, as the saying goes, a prosecutor can indict a ham sandwich, Mueller appears to be building out of Trump a Dagwood special.  It's also that for the president to sit down for an interview would be to acknowledge Mueller's authority to begin with.  Yet the more Mueller shows his hand, the more illogical his authority starts to look.

Robert Mueller's Beltway Cover-Up.  It's not an investigation that the former director of the Federal Bureau of Investigation is leading — rather, it's a cover-up.  After all, Mueller took his job not at the behest of the man who by all accounts he is likely to professionally and personally disdain, Donald Trump, but of the blue-chip Beltway elite of which he is a charter member.  Deputy Attorney General Rod Rosenstein appointed him nearly a year ago to lead an investigation without parameters.  That's because Mueller's job is to obscure the abuses of the US surveillance apparatus that occurred under the Obama administration.  The fact that someone at the level of former FBI director was called in to sweep up the mess left by bad actors in the bureau and Central Intelligence Agency and other parts of the intelligence bureaucracy suggests that the problems are even worse than previously thought.  And that means the constituency for Mueller's political intervention is enormous.

If Mueller didn't charge Flynn and Manafort with collusion, then who was colluding?  Trump-Russia special counsel Robert Mueller is authorized to investigate "any links and/or coordination between the Russian government and individuals associated with the campaign of President Donald Trump."  The popular word for that is collusion, and it remains at the heart of both the Mueller and the Senate Intelligence Committee investigations. (Majority Republicans on the House Intelligence Committee recently announced they were unable to find evidence proving collusion.)

Why the Mueller Indictment Doesn't Allege the Russians Swung the Election.  In announcing that 13 Russian nationals and three Russian companies were being charged for "seeking to interfere in the United States political system," Deputy Attorney General Rod Rosenstein made it clear that the indictment contained "no allegation ... that the charged conduct altered the outcome of the 2016 election."  Could a future indictment show that?  Maybe, but I think that's unlikely.  Here's why.  I doubt that Rosenstein would make a point of discussing the outcome of the election if he really expected that some future indictment would claim the results were compromised.  If Rosenstein knows now that there is such evidence, when that fact does comes out it — as it inevitably would — it would hardly be flattering to him or the Mueller investigation itself.

Mueller Indictment May Be Bad News for Illegal Aliens.  Special Counsel Robert Mueller's 37-page indictment against three Russian entities and 13 Russian individuals may have legal implications for illegal aliens residing in the United States, and could serve as grounds for deportation. [...] The indictment charges the defendants with working in concert to travel to the United States under false pretenses, and to steal identities of U.S. citizens to create email accounts and establish fake social media accounts so they could publish content and organize political rallies using false personas. [...] But Russians aren't the only foreign nationals working to interfere in United States affairs.  Many are here illegally, are politically active in grassroots organizations, post on social media, and attend protest marches.  In fact, it's fairly commonplace.  Mexican and other foreign nationals participate in all kinds of activities to influence public opinion and government policy, just as the Russians named in Mueller's indictment allegedly did.  Many of them may be colluding with their governments to evade our laws and subvert their enforcement.

The Collusionists Are Dead.  The only legal action [Carter] Page is likely to be party to is a civil rights lawsuit against the FBI.  The investigation into collusion, handed off from Obama's FBI to the Special Counsel like a baton in a "Deep State" relay race toward impeachment proceedings, has produced zero evidence.  Mueller's recent indictments make two points clear.  First, the Russians' primary goal was not to elect Trump, but to generally "sow discord," and second, with the Steele dossier thoroughly debunked, the collusion argument has no legs.

Russian bots sow social upheaval across US using Facebook, Twitter, experts say.  Russian bots aren't pro-Republican or pro-Democrat:  they're simply anti-American.  That's the conclusion many are reaching in the wake of the indictments recently handed out by Special Counsel Robert Mueller against 13 Russian nationals and three Russian entities who allegedly enacted a sophisticated plot to wage "information warfare" against the United States.  Marat Mindiyarov, a former commenter at the Internet Research Agency, says the organization's Facebook department hired people with excellent English skills to sway U.S. public opinion through an elaborate social media campaign.  His own experience at the agency makes him trust the U.S. indictment, Mindiyarov told The Associated Press.  "I believe that that's how it was and that it was them," he said.

Russia Scandal:  Mueller's Latest Indictments Point To Democratic Collusion.  For more than a year, Democrats have been pushing the story that the Trump campaign colluded with Russia to steal the election from Hillary Clinton.  But the evidence keeps piling up indicating that it was Democrats, wittingly or not, who've been helping Russia achieve its real meddling goals.

Robert Mueller charges attorney with making false statements to special counsel's office.  Special counsel Robert Mueller has charged an attorney for making false statements to the FBI and his office, which is investigating Russian meddling in the 2016 presidential election.  Alex Van Der Zwaan was charged Feb. 16 with "willfully and knowingly making materially false, fictitious and fraudulent statements" to both the special counsel's office and FBI investigators.

Did the Russians really spend 'millions' trying to swing the election?  The effort to explain away Hillary Clinton's loss to Donald Trump began as a propaganda operation the morning after the election results came in.  Defense of the Russia collusion hoax requires a sinister foe that might have swung the election.  There is every incentive for the propaganda masters to present information in ways that lends itself to exaggeration.  So skepticism is warranted toward everything you hear from the media and even from the Mueller probe itself; it is, after all, the spawn of Hillary's campaign-sponsored Steele dossier and staffed by rabid partisans who donate only to Democrats.  Ever since the 13 indictments were announced last Friday, exactly in time to distract public attention from the FBI's bungling that cost 17 people their lives in Parkland, Florida, we have been hearing about "millions" of dollars spent by the Russians "per month."  It's become a major talking point.

What Robert Mueller & the Russians He Indicted Share in Common.  Hillary Clinton's campaign paid more than a million dollars to the Perkins Coie law firm, which paid over a million dollars to Fusion GPS, which paid $168,000 to former MI6 agent Christopher Steele to compile the "dossier."  For a long time, the public did not even know the document's author.  Even now, questions remain regarding Steele's authorship.  Former Bill Clinton advisor Dick Morris expressed his belief in an interview with The American Spectator last week that longtime Clinton goons Sidney Blumenthal and Cody Shearer served as the primary authors.  Clinton paid the British intelligence officer, he suspects, to put his clean name on a file compiled by dirt dealers.

The Charges Mueller Could Have Brought Against The Russians But Didn't.  For many, the lengthy and detailed indictment is conclusive proof of violation of federal law prohibiting contributions, expenditures, or activity by foreign nationals in any election in the U.S.  Except the indictment doesn't exactly include that crime as one of its eight counts.  The indictment contains one count of conspiracy to defraud the U.S., one count of conspiracy to commit wire and bank fraud, and six counts of aggravated identity theft.  This raises the question:  Why allege illegal Russian activity in the election throughout the indictment, but not actually charge it?

Russia Launches 'Information' War, U.S. Responds with Lawsuit and Self-Destruction.  As we saw in the Clinton and Obama years [...], administrations dominated by government lawyers find even belligerent provocations by a foreign power to be fit for judicial resolution.  To the contrary, we use counterintelligence rather than criminal investigation to thwart foreign adversaries because prosecution is a woefully inadequate response.  The point of counterintelligence is to gather information so we can stop our enemies, through meaningful retaliation and discouragement.  Generally, that means diplomatic, economic, intelligence, and, in extreme cases, military means.  It could mean deploying our own cyber capabilities.  The idea is not to invade every rogue nation.  It is to respond to provocations in a manner that hurts our rivals — conveying that the prohibitive cost we will exact makes attacking us against their interests.  That cannot be accomplished by a mere indictment on which no one will be tried.

How a Plea Reversal From Michael Flynn could uncover more Federal Corruption.  On Friday [2/16/2018], Judge Emmet Sullivan issued an order in United States v.  Flynn that, while widely unnoticed, reveals something fascinating:  A motion by Michael Flynn to withdraw his guilty plea based on government misconduct is likely in the works.  Just a week ago, and thus before Sullivan quietly directed Special Counsel Robert Mueller's team to provide Flynn's attorneys "any exculpatory evidence," Washington Examiner columnist Byron York detailed the oddities of Flynn's case.  The next day, former assistant U.S. attorney and National Review contributing editor Andrew McCarthy connected more of the questionable dots.  York added even more details a couple of days later.  Together these articles provide the backdrop necessary to understand the significance of Sullivan's order on Friday.

General Flynn Should WITHDRAW His Guilty Plea.  His New Judge Is A Government Misconduct Expert.  Extraordinary manipulation by powerful people led to the creation of Robert Mueller's continuing investigation and prosecution of General Michael Flynn.  Notably, the recent postponement of General Flynn's sentencing provides an opportunity for more evidence to be revealed that will provide massive ammunition for a motion to withdraw Flynn's guilty plea and dismiss the charges against him.  It was Judge Rudolph Contreras who accepted General Flynn's guilty plea, but he suddenly was recused from the case.  The likely reason is that Judge Contreras served on the special court that allowed the Federal Bureau of Investigation to surveil the Trump campaign based on the dubious FISA application.  Judge Contreras may have approved one of those four warrants.

Dem Lawmaker Warns Mueller Against Releasing Witch Hunt Findings Before Election — Democrats Worried It Will Hurt Them.  Late last year former White House chief strategist told The Gateway Pundit that he believed Robert Mueller would drop his report in the fall of 2017 to impact the midterm elections.  This was months ago before the (conservative) public was made aware of all of the illegal activities by the previous Obama administration in spying on the Trump campaign, transition team and administration using a phony Democrat document as evidence of Russian collusion.  But as more and more information is revealed on the Hillary Clinton campaign and Obama administration activities and spying on Donald Trump the story is starting to change direction.

Mueller is Losing Flynn, So He Indicts Russians.  With former national security adviser Michael Flynn's guilty plea likely to be set aside, the indictments announced yesterday by Deputy A.G. Rod Rosenstein, in tenor, scope, and timing, are a desperate attempt by Mueller to save his crumbling collusion investigation from complete failure.

The Trump-Russia collusion narrative is dead.  Friday's grand jury indictment in Special Counsel Robert Mueller's investigation of Russian meddling in the 2016 presidential election destroys Democratic claims that the Trump presidential campaign colluded with Russia to win the race, and that the Russian interference cost Hillary Clinton the election.  It is now time for Mueller to look into real election interference and collusion with the Russians by the Democrats.  The grand jury indicted 13 Russians and three Russian entities for their alleged efforts to interfere with the 2016 election.  The indictment says the Russians hid their involvement in this scheme and communicated with unwitting individuals associated with the Trump campaign.  There was no allegation in the indictment that any American was a knowing participant in the scheme.

The Russians Didn't File a FISA Warrant.  The Russians didn't keep Hillary out of Wisconsin; the Russians didn't make Hillary use personal email; the Russians didn't hire Fusion-GPS; the Russians didn't pay Christopher Steele; the Russians didn't make a dossier or deliver work product to the State Dept; the Russians didn't do the unmasking of campaign officials.

Mueller Patched Together Much of His Indictment from 2015 Radio Free Europe Article.  After sixteen months of investigations and over a year-and-a-half of the FBI and Obama administration spying on Donald Trump, his family, his business, his campaign, his transition team and his administration — Special Counsel Robert Mueller dropped an absolute nothing-burger on Friday in announcing charges against Russian operatives who sullied the US election process during the 2016 election and following Donald Trump's victory.

Former CIA Director Admits United States Has Been Meddling In Elections For Years — And We Still Are!  All of these holier-than-though former and current U.S. officials, politicians, media pundits, etc., KNOW that the United States has likely meddled in far more foreign elections than Russia could ever dream of doing — and we still are.  Watch the below video of former CIA Director James Woolsey admit as much.  It's absurd the level of fake outrage now being foisted upon the news networks and social media following the equally fake/manufactured "indictments" placed upon Russian nationals for so-called "meddling" during the 2016 Election.  [Video clip]

Democrats regroup after meddling story explodes in their faces.  Robert Mueller is a joke.  He indicted 13 Russians for, among other things, tricking a person into carrying a "Happy Birthday" sign in front of the White House.  We cannot throw Hillary in prison for exposing State secrets to the world on her illegal private server, but by golly we can indict trolls in St. Petersburg.

Democratic senator up for re-election worried about Mueller report.  [Scroll down]  The president was elected by the people of America — not Russian oligarchs who, by the way, gave millions to Hillary's sham charity to get approval of Russians gaining control of one-fifth of the nation's production of enriched uranium.

Where Are The Indictments Of Obama's Foreign Colluders?  The indictments are in.  Team Mueller indicted a bunch of Russians associated with a troll farm for interfering with an election in the United States.  Russian troll farms generally don't follow United States law.  But foreigners are not allowed to interfere with elections in the United States.  Unless they're named Christopher Steele.  The Clinton campaign employed a British foreign agent who used Russian intelligence sources to put together opposition research meant to interfere with the results of a United States election.  Collusion between the Clinton campaign, Steele and the Russians doesn't require an endless fishing expedition.  Foreigners interfering in United States elections are not a new phenomenon.  Muslims in Gaza famously ran a phone bank for Obama.  A Hamas political adviser had declared that he hoped Obama would win.  There was no investigation.  Nor did anyone indict the Gazans running the phone bank.

As Mueller moves forward, lingering questions about Comey and Clinton.  The challenge facing Special Counsel Robert Mueller in his investigation of President Trump and his associates extends beyond determining whether there was a conspiracy with Russians to meddle in the 2016 election or an attempt to obstruct the FBI's investigation.  In a larger sense, Mr. Mueller must confront the grim prospect that whatever his final conclusions in the Trump-Russia investigation, they will likely be met with suspicion — and possibly rejection — by a significant portion of the country.

Why did Mueller's indictments skip over the most obvious and pertinent statute that was violated?  I thought it very peculiar that Friday's [2/16/2018] announcement of the indictments was made just in time to distract the nation from the FBI's confession that it could have stopped the Parkland school slaughter but didn't bother following up on an explicit warning of the guns stockpiled and the threats of a school shooting by the alleged perp.  It suggests that the announcement was rushed in order to distract the nation from the FBI's failure to perform its duty at the cost of a horrendous slaughter and trauma.  The thousands of students at the high school who escaped slaughter will be traumatized for life by what they experienced that day.  But John Hinderaker's shrewd observation takes the disgrace to an entirely different level.  It suggests (but does not prove) that the Mueller team is going out of its way to shield Hillary Clinton and her campaign and their henchmen at Perkins Coie, the DNC, Fusion GPS, and Christopher Steele from their own potential crimes.

The Mueller Dogs Bark, but the Caravan Moves On.  Shortly after Rod Rosenstein announced the latest series of indictments against Russians largely for posts on social media, the stock market rose and hit its highest weekly gain since 2013.  And for good reason — the indictments are idiotic.  They would never have been issued by a prosecutor, only a special counsel looking as if he's doing something as his case against his big catch — General Michael Flynn — seems to become less and less certain to lead to conviction.

Indictment: Russians also tried to help Bernie Sanders, Jill Stein presidential campaigns.  It turns out Donald Trump wasn't the only candidate the Russians allegedly tried to help during the 2016 presidential campaign.  A 37-page indictment resulting from special counsel Robert Mueller's investigation shows that Russian nationals and businesses also worked to boost the campaigns of Vermont Sen. Bernie Sanders and Green party nominee Jill Stein in an effort to damage Democrat Hillary Clinton.  The Russians "engaged in operations primarily intended to communicate derogatory information about Hillary Clinton, to denigrate other candidates such as Ted Cruz and Marco Rubio, and to support Bernie Sanders and then-candidate Donald Trump," according to the indictment, which was issued Friday [2/16/2018].

Mueller indictments still miss the mark on Trump-Russia collusion.  For the White House, the entire report comes down to a single adjective.  Let's see if you can spot it:  The Russian defendants "communicated with unwitting individuals associated with the Trump campaign."  Despite a 37-page indictment with a long narrative on a coordinated Russian campaign of interference, the most newsworthy fact comes from the carefully placed adjective "unwitting."  It confirms that the special counsel has found no knowing coordination or collusion between these hackers and Trump officials.  The indictment names 13 Russian nationals and three Russian entities in alleged interference in the 2016 presidential election.  It describes a coordinated effort by Russians, including the shadowy Internet Research Agency, to wage "information warfare" against the United States.

Confessions Of A Congressional Staffer:  Mueller Working With Russian Operatives To Bolster Anti-Trump Investigation?  [Scroll down]  Mueller has been slow-playing it for a while.  I'm talking about the Russian operatives move — the indictments.  They are largely baseless, a big overreach that amounts to allegations of talking down Hillary Clinton and talking up Donald Trump.  If that were suddenly illegal almost the entire media complex would have to be indicted, right?  Mueller is trying to paint a grand conspiracy picture here.  A list of names will be leaked.  Each will come with a prepackaged background story.

Rosenstein: No American 'Had Any Knowledge' In Russian Meddling Indictment.  Deputy Attorney General Rod Rosenstein said at a press conference Friday [2/16/2018] that no American was "a knowing participant" in the Russian efforts to influence the 2016 election, as detailed in the DOJ's Friday indictment of 13 Russian nationals.  A reporter noted that, "On page four of the indictment, paragraph six, it specifically talks about the Trump campaign, saying that defendants communicated with unwitting individuals associated with the Trump campaign."

Mueller's Investigation A Farce:  Files Joke Indictment Against Russian Trolls.  If one needed proof that Mueller's investigation was an utter farce, they were in for a treat this morning when the Deputy Attorney General announced the indictment of thirteen "Russian trolls," for allegedly interfering in the 2016 Presidential election by posting on social media accounts.  Laying Mueller's disregard of the First Amendment aside, the indictment is blatantly hypocritical in light of active social media intervention by pro-Clinton David Brock and his multi-million dollar efforts to 'Correct The Record.'

Mueller Indicts Russians Accused of 'Disparaging Hillary Clinton' In Election Hacking Scheme.  On Friday, the office of special counsel Robert Mueller announced that a grand jury indicted 13 Russian nationals, along with 3 Russian entities, accused of "supporting the presidential campaign of then-candidate Donald J. Trump ... and disparaging Hillary Clinton."

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The Editor was also disparaging Hillary Clinton before, during, and after her latest presidential campaign.  So what?  Are they going to indict me, too?

White House Statement on Russian Election Interference Indictments.  Earlier today [2/16/2018], Deputy Attorney General Rod Rosenstein announced indictments against 13 Russian nationals and 3 Russian entities for meddling in the 2016 Presidential election, which began in 2014 before the President declared his candidacy.  President Donald J. Trump has been fully briefed on this matter and is glad to see the Special Counsel's investigation further indicates — that there was NO COLLUSION between the Trump campaign and Russia and that the outcome of the election was not changed or affected.

Russian indictments prove Trump won fair and square.  The indictments obtained by special counsel Robert Mueller on Vladimir Putin's attempts to create discord in the 2016 election and eventually support Donald Trump are important both for what they say and what they don't say.  They offer huge victories for Trump — and thus more defeats for Hillary Clinton — but they don't close the books on everything about 2016.  The very good news for the president is that the indictments are firm in saying that any Americans contacted by the 13 charged Russians, including Trump campaign associates, did not know they were dealing with Russians.  The indictments also state forcefully that despite their social media efforts, which ranged from creative to clumsy, the Russians had no impact on the election results.

The latest Mueller indictment does not show Russian collusion by the Trump campaign.  The criminal indictment of 13 Russians for allegedly trying to influence "U.S. political and electoral processes" provides no evidence of any collusion between these Russians — or any other Russian officials — and the Trump campaign in the 2016 presidential race.  While the description of alleged Russian activities is very troubling, it is important to note that the indictment makes no mention of any hacking or other activity that changed ballots, vote counts, or actually interfered with the election.  In essence, the indictment is for trying to run the typical type of public misinformation campaign that the Soviet KGB was infamous for throughout the Cold War.

John Kerry Approved Visas for Russian Operatives to Enter US in 2014 and 'Interfere' with Election.  After sixteen months of investigations and over a year-and-a-half of the FBI and Obama administration spying on Donald Trump, his family, his business, his campaign, his transition team and his administration — Special Counsel Robert Mueller dropped an absolute nothing-burger today in announcing charges against Russian operatives who sullied the US election process.

RNC Chair:  Indictment Shows Obama Admin 'Lost Sight of Russia'.  The indictment of 13 Russians and three Russian companies for allegedly interfering in the 2016 presidential election shows that former President Obama's administration "lost sight of Russia," according to Republican National Committee Chairwoman Ronna McDaniel.  Moscow targeted the U.S. presidential election with "information warfare" intended to sow discord among Americans, according to the indictment announced Friday [2/16/2018] by the Justice Department.

Asst. Attorney General Rod Rosenstein Announces Robert Mueller's Russian Election Interference Indictments.  There is a particular transparency in timing as Deputy Attorney General Rod Rosenstein announces indictments from Special Counsel Robert Mueller's 'Russian Interference in U.S. Election' investigation on the same day as the FBI is forced to admit they made massive mistakes from reports against the Parkland Florida school shooter.  The thirteen indictments are based on very weak structure.


Memos, counter-memos, dossiers, "insurance policies," and competing reports:


Byron York:  Key Claims in December NY Times Trump-Russia-Papadopoulos Story Are False.  On Friday evening [6/1/2018], Fox News's Martha MacCallum interviewed Washington Examiner chief political correspondent Byron York and during that interview's second half, the pair discussed new information which contradicts key contentions about "How the (Trump)-Russia inquiry began" made in a December New York Times story.  That story claimed that the investigation began as a result of a May 2016 "heavy drinking" meeting between low-level Donald Trump campaign foreign policy adviser George Papadopoulos and Alexander Downer, Australia's top diplomat in Great Britain.  That December 30 Times story, involving six of its journalists, is based entirely on four anonymous "current and former American and foreign officials" who supposedly had "direct knowledge of the Australians' role" (strangely plural, despite the fact that Downer was the only named Australian involved in the story).  It appeared just as the Obama-era FBI and Department of Justice were coming under fire for appearing up to that point to have relied primarily, if not solely, on the unproven allegations contained in the infamous Steele dossier as the basis for opening its investigation into alleged Russia-Trump campaign collusion.

Grassley:  Fusion GPS Founder Gave 'Extremely Misleading' Testimony About Trump Work.  The chairman of the Senate Judiciary Committee is accusing Fusion GPS founder Glenn Simpson of giving "extremely misleading" statements, if not telling "outright lies," during Senate testimony in 2017.  Simpson may have lied when he denied working for clients to investigate President Donald Trump after the 2016 election, Iowa Sen. Chuck Grassley said in a May 24 letter made public on Tuesday.  Fusion GPS, which Simpson started in 2011, worked for the Clinton campaign and DNC to investigate Trump's possible ties to Russia.  The opposition research firm hired former British spy Christopher Steele, who would go on to write a dossier alleging Trump's campaign colluded with the Kremlin.

Obama Admin Officials Coordinated Set Up Of Trump, New Evidence Suggests.  The Committee on Homeland Security and Governmental Affairs released new emails on Monday night that allegedly show that Obama administration officials coordinated with each other to help CNN run a damaging story on President-elect Donald Trump based on salacious and unverified information contained in a politically-motivated dossier financed by Trump's political enemies.  The emails, obtained by Sen. Ron Johnson (R-WI), show that the Obama-era officials used coded language to refer to the Steele dossier.

Russian dossier shows our spies are lousy.  Bumbling Bob Mueller's witch hunt is showing the federal system of spies and prosecutors is incompetent.  Among other things, Mueller indicted a company that did not exist during the time covered in the indictment.  I realize that prosecutors can indict a ham sandwich, but he indicted an imaginary one.  While the abuse of power is an outrage, the level of incompetence of America's spies and the FBI is stunning.

Sen. Ron Johnson Sends Letter to FBI — Discovers Secret Deep State "Sensitive Matter Team" Behind Phony Dossier.  Explosive new e-mails show FBI brass discussed dossier briefing details with CNN.  Senator Johnson accused the FBI of having a "sensitive matter team" as reference by FBI Chief of Staff Jim Rybicki in an January 6, 2017 email to unspecified recipients.  Johnson wants to know the members of the "sensitive matter team" who were aware of the phony dossier used to spy on candidate Trump.

E-mails Show FBI Brass Discussed Dossier Briefing Details With CNN.  Newly revealed e-mails show that former Federal Bureau Investigation (FBI) deputy director Andrew McCabe was keenly aware of CNN's internal understanding of a secret briefing about the infamous Steele dossier, days before CNN published any stories on the matter.  The e-mails, which were obtained by Sen. Ron Johnson (R-Wisc.), also reveal that top officials used coded language to refer to the salacious and unverified allegations made by Steele.  Former FBI director James Comey briefed then-President-Elect Donald Trump on January 6, 2017, on at least one unproven allegation contained in Steele's dossier, which was jointly funded by the Hillary Clinton campaign and the Democratic National Committee.  CNN broke the story about the dossier briefing on January 10, 2017, touching off a firestorm of hysteria that culminated in not just the firing of Comey by Trump, but the eventual appointment of Department of Justice (DOJ) special counsel Robert Mueller.

Stormy Daniels' crowdfunding raises transparency questions.  Stormy Daniels has raised nearly a half-million dollars to fund her lawsuit against President Donald Trump, relying on contributions from a crowdfunding site.  Her lawyer has repeatedly pointed to the public site as evidence that he and his client aren't bankrolled by Trump's political foes.  But the truth is, no one knows precisely who is funding the effort.

Second Russia Dossier:  The Author Hired and Directed by Clinton.  It's been rumored to exist, but with the FBI and Democrats circling the wagons to protect themselves they have all but shut down access to it.  Now we have information about a second Russia dossier — this one authored by Cody Shearer.  The memo is on its way from Representative David Nunes (Rep-CA), the chairman of the House intelligence committee — that's really the only way we have been able to confirm the document even exists is because of Republicans on this committee.  As they did with the Steele Dossier, Democrats and the FBI are doing everything they can to stop Nunes from revealing the inner workings of his committee.  This second memo by Nunes is said to reveal how the House intelligence committee has expanded its focus to purported abuses by John Kerry's State Department and a second Trump-Russia dossier.

Mueller Told Trump Legal Team the President Cannot Be Indicted.  [Scroll down]  In July of 2016, the FBI began its counterintelligence investigation into the matter.  This probe cited the Trump dossier, a piece of partisan campaign literature compiled by former MI6 spook Christopher Steele, which was funded by the Clinton campaign and the Democrats.  The Clinton camp contracted Fusion GPS, who then hired Steele to dig up dirt on Trump.  The Left was bracing for collusion to be confirmed.  They wanted all the nastiness to come out in order to stop Trump.  The Resistance waited in eager anticipation of something devastating, something impeachable to drop.  Nothing ever did.  It was an endless string of nothing burgers.  Now, we're being told that Special Counsel Robert Meuller, who took over the investigation in May, told the president's legal team that Trump cannot be indicted; citing a DOJ memo that stated it would be an unconstitutional act, preventing the executive from efficiently carrying out its duties.

Two Colleagues Contradict Brennan's Denial of Reliance on Dossier.  Former CIA Director John Brennan's insistence that the salacious and unverified Steele dossier was not part of the official Intelligence Community Assessment on Russian interference in the 2016 election is being contradicted by two top former officials.  Recently retired National Security Agency Director Michael Rogers stated in a classified letter to Congress that the Clinton campaign-funded memos did factor into the ICA.  And James Clapper, Director of National Intelligence under President Obama, conceded in a recent CNN interview that the assessment was based on "some of the substantive content of the dossier."  Without elaborating, he maintained that "we were able to corroborate" certain allegations.

State of the Resistance.  [Scroll down]  As we wait hopefully for such a moment, I declare the opening front-runners for next year's Pulitzer Prizes:  Tucker Carlson, Mollie Hemingway, and Mark Penn.  The first three have declared cogently and forcefully that Comey's briefing of the president-elect on the Steele dossier was a "set-up," so that Clapper, the director of the National Intelligence Agency, could leak it to CNN (his future employer), lie to Congress about it as he had about other things, and smear the incoming president with all the spurious defamations that Comey had himself told Trump were "salacious and unverifiable."

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.

Unpacking the Other Clinton-Linked Russia Dossier.  A copy of the little-publicized second dossier in the Trump-Russia affair, acquired by RealClearInvestigations, raises new questions about the origins of the Trump investigation, particularly about the role of Clinton partisans and the extent to which the two dossiers may have been coordinated or complementary operations.  The second dossier — two reports compiled by Cody Shearer, an ex-journalist and longtime Clinton operative — echoes many of the lurid and still unsubstantiated claims made in the Steele dossier, and is receiving new scrutiny.  Over the weekend, Rep. Devin Nunes, chairman of the House Intelligence Committee, said in a TV interview that his panel is shifting its focus concerning the genesis of the Russia investigation from the FBI to the State Department.  This probe will include the Shearer dossier.

Comey Debunks Steele Dossier.  [Scroll down]  This is also interesting.  The FBI had already used the dossier to justify spying on Trump associates and it would seem odd that the FBI would use a document for something so significant, using the full force of the government to spy on an American citizen, without trying to verify everything in the file.  After all, if there was clear proof that parts of the dossier were lies, more evidence would be required to prove that other parts, like the ones used in the FISA warrant application, were correct.  This is just speculation, but was Comey really saying that, given the personalities involved, if the FBI attempted to verify the charges, there would be leaks designed to cast Trump in a bad light?  If not, why shouldn't the FBI investigate all parts of a document that they used to get an authorization to spy on an American citizen?

Was The Mueller "Investigation" Actually Created By The Russians?  It's Starting To Look That Way.  There's mounting evidence to suggest the near-entirety of the Robert Mueller investigation is actually a perfectly executed Russian government chaos operation that would never have been possible without the help of current leaders in Congress and multiple members of the former Obama administration.

Scandal Questions Never Asked, Much Less Answered.  Had Hillary Clinton won the election, would we now even know of a Fusion GPS dossier?  Would assorted miscreants such as Andrew McCabe, Bruce Ohr, Lisa Page, Glenn Simpson, Christopher Steele, or Peter Strzok now be under a cloud of suspicion?  Or would they instead have been quietly lionized by a President Clinton grateful for noble services in the shadows rendered during the campaign?

Trump Rips Mueller Investigation.  He's Right.  As we and many others have pointed out many times, there is no proper predicate for Mueller's purported investigation.  There was never a crime in the first place.  Mueller was improperly given a general mandate to poke around and see if he could find someone to indict, for anything, or worse yet, trick someone into committing an indictable offense.  The Mueller investigation is a final insult to the rule of law that was bequeathed to us, in effect, by the outgoing, corrupt Obama administration.

Press failed to prepare us for this.  Michael Horowitz, the inspector general that Obama blew off as irrelevant, has the goods on these people.  They spied on Trump.  They destroyed incriminating evidence against Hillary.  They did what[ever] they pleased without any respect to the law or tradition.  Now they have tried cover their tracks with this Fake Russian dossier.

Nine Major Problems with James Comey's Involvement with the Trump Hoax Dossier.  [Scroll down]  Contrary to the rebuttal's characterization, this paragraph is a far cry from informing the court that the dossier utilized in the FISA warrant was paid for by Trump's primary political opponents, namely Clinton and the DNC.  Also, the general mention of "a U.S.-based law firm" does not identify to the FISA court the actual firm, Perkins Coie, which is known for its representation of Clinton and the DNC. Further, informing the FISA court about "an identified U.S. person" who hired Steele fails to actually identify that U.S. person as Glenn Simpson, founder of the controversial Fusion GPS.

Peter Strzok Had Personal Relationship With Recused Judge In Michael Flynn Case.  Newly discovered text messages obtained by The Federalist reveal two key federal law enforcement officials conspired to meet with the Foreign Intelligence Surveillance Court (FISC) judge who presided over the federal case against Michael Flynn.  The judge, Rudolph Contreras, was recused from handling the case just days after accepting the guilty plea of President Donald Trump's former national security adviser who was charged with making false statements to federal investigators.

Obama aide started Christopher Steele-FBI alliance.  A senior Obama State Department official gave the green light to an FBI agent in 2016 to meet with dossier writer Christopher Steele, a new book says.  The two met at Mr. Steele's London office, touching off a relationship that would fuel the ongoing investigation into possible Donald Trump-Russia election collusion that shows no sign of ending.  Mr. Steele's sensational charge that prompted an FBI wiretap on Trump volunteer Carter Page was sourced to the girlfriend of an unidentified Kremlin figure, according to the book.  Republicans have roundly criticized the bureau for relying on the unverified, Democratic Party-financed dossier to ask a judge to approve a year of surveillance in 2016 and 2017.

Book Provides New Details About Major Steele Dossier Source.  During the 2016 presidential campaign, the founder of the opposition research firm behind the Steele dossier tipped a major news network off to Sergei Millian, a Belarus-born businessman who has been identified as a source for the salacious claims made in the dossier.  Glenn Simpson, the founder of Fusion GPS, provided the tip to ABC News despite having doubts about the veracity of Millian's claims about President Donald Trump.

It's Time For Mueller To Come Clean:  Is There Any Evidence Of Trump-Russia Collusion Or Not?  A House Intelligence Committee report says investigators found no evidence that the Trump campaign colluded with Russia to meddle in the presidential election.  It's time for Special Counsel Robert Mueller to say whether he's found anything, either.

Back Channel To Christopher Steele Goes On The Record About Senate Testimony.  An American lawyer who served as a back channel between dossier author Christopher Steele and Democratic Sen. Mark Warner is opening up about explosive testimony he gave to a Senate committee late last year.  Adam Waldman said that during an appearance before the Senate Select Committee on Intelligence (SSCI) on Nov. 3, he relayed information about possible links between billionaire activist George Soros and Fusion GPS, the opposition research firm that commissioned the dossier.  Waldman said he received the information in a March 16 meeting he had with Daniel J. Jones, a consultant and former staffer to California Sen. Dianne Feinstein.

14 Month Investigation Concludes There Was No Trump-Russia "Collusion".  The Russians figured Hillary Clinton would win the election — and preferred her by all accounts, given her willingness to sell out American interests to the highest bidder (Exhibits A and B being the the China-Loral missile deal and Uranium One, respectivey).  Their only interest was in sowing discord, which — thanks to the #TheResistance, Hollywood, and the rest of the National Social Democrat Party — they did.  In fact, the only evidence of collusion with Russia we have seen this far implicates Barack Obama, Hillary Clinton, and the rest of the Democrat-Media Complex.

House Republicans end Russia probe in Trump's favor, breaking with U.S. intelligence and enraging Democrats.  Republicans on the House Intelligence Committee abruptly ended their investigation into Russian election meddling on Monday [3/12/2018] because they fdclaim there's no evidence that the Kremlin tried to get Donald Trump elected, breaking with the U.S. intelligence community's unanimous conclusion.  Rep. Michael Conaway (R-Tex.), who oversees the House probe, also charged that his committee has found no proof that Trump's campaign colluded with the Russian government, even as special counsel Robert Mueller is expanding his investigation and actively pursues criminal charges against at least four associates of the President.

Documents Link Putin's 'Favorite' Oligarch and Obama Official Who Aided Author of Anti-Trump Dossier.  Jonathan M. Winer, the Obama State Department official who acknowledged regularly interfacing and exchanging information with the author of the largely discredited 35-page anti-Trump dossier, signed disclosure forms for his former firm to represent a Russian billionaire known as Russian President Vladimir Putin's favorite oligarch.  The detail, being brought to light herein, may raise immediate questions about the origins of the dossier.  The oligarch, Oleg Deripaska, had a reported business dispute with former Trump campaign manager Paul Manafort, is closely tied to Putin and has long been viewed as pushing Russian national interests.

House Intelligence Committee Concludes:  No Collusion.  The House Intelligence Committee has completed its investigation into Russia's activities in connection with the 2016 election and released, this afternoon, a one-page summary of its findings.  A full report will follow in a few weeks.  Byron York reports that the committee's main conclusion is that there was no collusion between the Trump campaign and Russians.

House Intel releases verdict in Russia probe:  No collusion.  The House Intelligence Committee has released findings from its upcoming report on the Trump-Russia affair — and its main conclusion is that it has discovered no evidence of collusion between the Trump campaign and Russia to influence the 2016 presidential election.  "We have found no evidence of collusion, coordination, or conspiracy between the Trump campaign and the Russians," the committee said in a one-page summary of its findings released Monday afternoon [3/12/2018].  In addition, the committee took issue with the intelligence community assessment of Russian motivations in the 2016 election.

George Soros, liberal megadonor, is bankrolling Fusion GPS, claims Russian billionaire.  A Russian billionaire writes that George Soros, a major financier of liberal causes, is funding Fusion GPS, the firm that orchestrated the Christopher Steele dossier.  If true, it is possible that Fusion GPS's ongoing anti-Trump investigations have not only been funded by the Democratic Party and Hillary Clinton campaign, but also by currency trader Soros.  He recently pledged $18 billion to a cast of liberal groups and causes.

Chairman Nunes Reveals Fusion GPS Connection to Obama White House.  In December last year we learned about Nellie Ohr working for Fusion GPS and channeling Clinton/Steele 'dossier' information to her husband Bruce Ohr who worked in the DOJ National Security Division.  Today [3/10/2018] Fox News is revealing that Fusion-GPS #2 man-in-charge, Neil King Jr., was/is married to President Obama's White House Policy Adviser, Shailagh Murray; who was also Joe Biden's Deputy-Chief-of-Staff.

House Republicans expand dossier probe, seek info from Obama officials.  House Republicans are expanding their investigation of the Trump dossier, seeking answers from Obama administration officials including a former staffer for Vice President Joe Biden whose husband works for the firm behind the controversial document, Fox News has learned.  A source familiar with the matter confirmed to Fox News that Shailagh Murray, who was Biden's former deputy chief of staff and communications director before serving as a senior adviser to President Obama, will be sent a questionnaire Friday [3/9/2018].

Firm Behind Dirty Dossier Linked Directly to Senior Obama Adviser.  Republicans on the House Permanent Select Committee on Intelligence are seeking information about the Steele dossier from a former Obama administration official who is married to an employee of Fusion GPS, the opposition research firm that commissioned the dossier.  The committee, chaired by GOP Rep. Devin Nunes of California, issued questionnaires Friday to around a dozen former President Barack Obama's administration officials.  The Daily Caller News Foundation is told that one of the letters was sent to Shailagh Murray, a former journalist who served as senior adviser to Obama and as former Vice President Joe Biden's deputy chief of staff.

Ex-British Spy Knew Who Funded Dossier; FBI Told Secret Court Something Different.  Former British spy Christopher Steele was informed months after accepting the job to compile a dossier on then-candidate Donald J. Trump that the Hillary Clinton Campaign and the Democratic National Committee were paying the bills but that's not what the FBI told the secret FISA court when it sought a warrant to spy on one of Trump's campaign volunteers.  This bit of explosive information was revealed in an expose on Steele by The New Yorker's Jane Mayer but the implications for the FBI are profound.  Why?  Because the bureau explicitly stated in its Foreign Intelligence Surveillance Application to the secret court that Steele was unaware of who backed Fusion GPS, the firm which hired him, for the research.  Steele, however, claimed in the expose titled Christopher Steele, The Man Behind the Trump Dossier that he did know who was paying his bill.

House Intelligence Committee Investigation Turns to John Kerry, State Department.  The House Select Committee on Intelligence is now investigating former Secretary of State John F. Kerry's possible role into the unverified dossier paid for by the Democratic National Committee and Hillary Clinton Campaign, this reporter has learned. [...] For more than a month, the committee has been in its second phase of investigations focused on former Obama State Department officials and their role in either transmitting information or using information provided by a former British spy and investigator Christopher Steele.  Steele was hired by embattled research firm Fusion GPS, also under several congressional and Senate investigations.  But it was in February when questions surfaced regarding Kerry's possible involvement or knowledge of the dossier.

DOJ Is Sued For Records Of Official Linked To Dossier.  The conservative watchdog group Judicial Watch is suing the Department of Justice for records regarding Bruce Ohr, the recently-demoted DOJ official who met with dossier author Christopher Steele prior to the 2016 election.  Judicial Watch seeks records of Ohr's contacts with Steele as well as with employees of Fusion GPS, the opposition research firm that commissioned the dossier.  Fusion worked during the presidential campaign for the Clinton campaign and DNC.  Ohr's links to Steele and Fusion GPS are one of the strangest wrinkles in the saga over the salacious and unverified dossier.

Devin Nunes Drops A MOAB On The Russia Investigation, Claims There Is Evidence Of Collusion.  Republican Rep. Devin Nunes of California shared some startling news about the Russia investigation Saturday, claiming there was clear evidence of collusion on Fox News' "Cavuto Live."  Nunes said he welcomes more investigators to look into Foreign Intelligence Surveillance Act (FISA) court abuses and said he is glad the Inspector General is getting involved.  "We have a media that pretty much refuses to cover this issue at all.  We have serious abuses that occurred in the FISA court against the Trump campaign," Nunes said.  "We continue to get facts.  We will bring those facts forward as we see them."

Schiff Concedes There Is Still No Proof Of Trump-Russia Collusion.  Rep. Adam Schiff conceded Thursday [3/1/2018] there is still no evidence President Trump or his campaign colluded with Russia to win the election, and made a point of distancing himself from any charges of treason against the president.  Schiff has been driving the Trump-Russia collusion narrative on behalf of his party for months from his seat on the House Intelligence Committee, claiming recently he has seen "more than circumstantial" evidence of collusion.  But he offered nothing substantial to back up his claim when pressed on "The View" to get specific, and acknowledged hard proof of collusion may never materialize, even after an intensive and months-long investigation by special counsel Robert Mueller.

Mexicollusion.  The Schiff memo emerged at last on Saturday [2/24/2018] and President Trump called it a "total political and legal bust."  That charge was "ridiculous," David French of National Review told Fox News, urging former FBI boss Robert Mueller to dig deeper and wider.  While Democrats also support Mueller's probe, they have been working three shifts to curtail the real investigation of 2016 election interference.  President Trump estimated that three to five million illegals had caused him to lose the popular vote, which Hillary Clinton carried by 2.8 million votes.  Could any of those votes have been fraudulent?  After all, actual illegal voters would be more influential than any string of Facebook ads.  Trump duly launched the Presidential Advisory Commission on Election Integrity headed by vice president Mike Pence and Kansas secretary of state Kris Kobach.  Trouble was, Democrats such as California's secretary of state Alex Padilla locked up the data.

Russia Scandal:  Dem 'Rebuttal' Memo Backfires, Confirms Abuses In Trump Probe.  Rep. Adam Schiff, D-Calif., promised that a memo drafted by Democrats on the House Intelligence Committee would refute charges raised in an earlier Republican memo about FBI and DOJ abuses in the Trump/Russia investigation.  Instead, the Democrats' memo ended up confirming several key accusations.

Worse Than Watergate: Part 3 — The Schiff Memo.  On Saturday [2/24/2018], Rep. Adam Schiff (D-CA), ranking Democrat on the House Permanent Select Committee on Intelligence, released his memorandum in an attempt to rebut the Republican memorandum that HPSCI Chairman Devin Nunes (R-CA) released on February 2.  As I wrote on February 5, the Nunes memo describes the FBI's and the Department of Justice's abuses of their law enforcement powers to spy on the Trump campaign and its advisors during and after the 2016 election.  The Schiff memo is cleverly written, making several assertions by which it attempts to confuse and misinform on the issues.  It flails and fails in Schiff's effort to discredit the principal findings of the Nunes memo.

The Democrats' Deeply Deceptive Memo.  The Democrats' deeply dishonest rebuttal to the congressional report on the Obama administration's abuses of surveillance authority came out on the weekend as the House intel chief seemed to threaten to abolish the secret court that granted the abusive requests.  There is "clear evidence" that Democrats are trying to cover up their involvement in a massive plot to undermine the electoral process and that they colluded with parts of the government, House Permanent Select Committee on Intelligence Devin Nunes (R-Calif.) said mid-afternoon Saturday [2/24/2018] from the main stage at the annual Conservative Political Action Conference (CPAC) near Washington, D.C.  "We're not going to have the [Foreign Intelligence Surveillance Court] much longer if the [Justice Department] and FBI continue to obfuscate like that."

The Schiff Memo Harms Democrats More Than It Helps Them.  Maybe Adam Schiff has more of a sense of humor than I'd have given him credit for.  The House Intelligence Committee's ranking Democrat begins his long-awaited memo — the minority response to the Nunes memo that was penned by staffers of the committee's Republican majority — by slamming Chairman Devin Nunes's unconscionable "risk of public exposure of sensitive sources and methods for no legitimate purpose."  The Schiff memo, which has been delayed for weeks because the FBI objected to its gratuitous effort to publicize highly classified intelligence, including methods and sources, then proceeds to tell its tale through what appear to be scores of blacked-out redactions of information Schiff pushed to expose.

Assessing the new Democratic intel memo.  In sum, it appears that of the four bullet points listed by Democrats to support the most important assertion in their memo, three would not be sufficient to win a warrant on Page, and the fourth is — yes — the unconfirmed allegations in the dossier.  Democrats say the FISA warrant application made just "narrow" use of the dossier, while Republicans say the application made extensive use of the dossier.  (And not just Republicans on the House Intelligence Committee, but also the Senate Judiciary Committee, which conducted a separate investigation and concluded the dossier's allegations made up "the bulk" of the application.)  We won't know who is right definitively until the application is released to the public, but it seems hard to believe a warrant would have been approved absent the dossier's allegations.

Adam Schiff Admits To December 2017 Leak of False Information During Intelligence Committee Hearing.  Let's see if any MSM realize the importance of this little admission.

Nunes: Dem Memo Doesn't Prove Anything, Counter-Memo Supports Concerns Of FISA Abuses.  The chairman of the House Intelligence Committee doesn't think Democrats really wanted their counter-memo to be made public, saying it only bolsters the GOP's argument.  On Sunday [2/25/2018], Congressman Devin Nunes said the memo doesn't answer key questions like why the court wasn't notified the Clinton campaign and Democrats paid for the dossier.  Democrats released a redacted memo on Saturday in response to the Republican-drafted memo, alleging FISA abuses by the FBI and DOJ used to spy on former Trump campaign aid Carter Page.

What The Democrats Left Out Of Their Memo.  The Democratic memo omitted several key points.  The Democratic memo ignored Republicans' contention that former FBI Deputy Director Andy McCabe testified in December that the FISA warrant would not have been sought without the infamous dossier, which was commissioned by Hillary Clinton's campaign and the Democratic National Committee (DNC).  McCabe's testimony was a key point in the Republican memo.  Democratic California Rep. Eric Swalwell claimed earlier this month that Republicans had mischaracterized McCabe's testimony.  However, Democrats declined to directly refute that claim in their own memo.

Is 'Collusion with Russia' Over?  As President Trump's champions emphasize, what is most notable about this array of allegations is an omission:  Nowhere has the special counsel charged any kind of criminal collusion between the Trump campaign and the Kremlin.  Of course, "collusion with Russia" was the suspicion — or, skeptics would counter, the carefully crafted political narrative — that launched the Mueller investigation.  So has the collusion theory been abandoned?

Chairman Devin Nunes and HPSCI Rebuttal to Points Within Adam Schiff Minority Memo.  The majority members of the House Intelligence Committee present a point-and-counterpoint rebuttal to the construct of the HPSCI minority memo.

Adam Schiff's big nothingburger.  What we are seeing here is a weak rebuttal to the carefully investigated and verified facts of the Republican memo, created by House Intelligence Committee Chairman Devin Nunes, which really did shift the Beltway on its axis.  Nunes established that unmaskings had occurred way above the scope of the narrow legal exception; that the Steele dossier was the knowingly false basis of the FBI to seek a FISA warrant to spy on Trump, through Carter Page, and the safeguards to Americans from America's spy agencies were appallingly violated, by both the judge and the federal investigators, who incidently, were rabidly anti-Trump in their little lovebird text exchanges.

What is the Democrats' rebuttal to Nunes' memo? 5 things to know about the document.  The House Intelligence Committee on Saturday officially released the Democratic rebuttal to the controversial GOP memo that purported to show improper use of surveillance by the FBI and Justice Department during the 2016 presidential campaign.  The news comes after the White House told Democratic lawmakers on Feb. 9 to revise their rebuttal memo regarding the Russia investigation, saying that the document required certain redactions before it can be made public.  Earlier this month, Trump made public a memo written by Republicans on the committee that detailed alleged surveillance abuses by the FBI and the Justice Department in its probe into Russian interference in the 2016 presidential election.  Trump stirred controversy with his assertion that the memo "totally vindicates" him of any wrongdoing.

House Intelligence Committee releases Dem rebuttal to GOP FISA memo.  The Democratic memo was voted out of committee earlier this month but was ordered to be redrafted after the White House demanded that sensitive information be stripped out before the document be made public.  The Justice Department and FBI claimed the initial draft would reveal information about sources and methods, ongoing investigations, and other sensitive information.  Democrats used the memo to counter claims in the GOP memo released this month that the FBI and DOJ relied on a Democrat-funded anti-Trump dossier to ask the Foreign Intelligence Surveillance Court for a warrant to monitor Trump adviser Carter Page.

Deconstructing The Schiff Memo:  From the First Bullet, a Litany of Lies and Disinformation.  The ranking member of the House Permanent Select Committee on Intelligence (HPSCI), one Adam Schiff, has released a rebuttal to the majority's 4-page memo on surveillance abuses by the Obama DOJ and FBI.  Schiff's 10-page memo is redacted in a few sections — likely an intentional disclosure of sources and methods that required some redactions — but the underlying message is clear.  The abuse of FISA surveillance was legit, above board, nothing to see here, move along, peons.  But, thanks to the Timeline of Treason, we can easily find the contradictions, fabrications, and propaganda woven throughout the Schiff document.  Let's start with the very first bullet: [...]

Chairman Nunes CRUSHES Schiff's Memo With Point by Point Refutation.  On Saturday, Democratic members of the House Intelligence Committee released their rebuttal to the Nunes memo.  The counter-memo claims "FBI and DOJ officials did not 'abuse' the Foreign Intelligence Surveillance Act (FISA) process, omit material information, or subvert this vital tool to spy on the Trump campaign." [...] House Intel Committee Chairman Nunes responded to the Dem spin memo on Saturday [2/24/2018] in an official statement.

Yet another way Obama's spies apparently exploited the Trump 'dossier'.  The much-hyped Obama intelligence report that determined "Vladimir Putin ordered" Hillary Clinton's campaign emails hacked and leaked "to help Trump's chances of victory" has been accepted as gospel among DC punditry and given the investigations besieging the Trump presidency their legs.  To date, no evidence has publicly emerged to corroborate the report, and the reason may have a lot to do with that sketchy dossier bought and paid for by Clinton.  Suspiciously, Barack Obama's Intelligence Community Assessment matches the main allegations leveled by the Clinton-paid dossier on Trump, which wormed its way into intelligence channels, in addition to the FBI, Justice Department and State Department, during the 2016 campaign.  In fact, the shady dossier makes exactly the same claim — that Putin personally "ordered" the cyberattacks on the Clinton campaign and leaked embarrassing emails to "bolster Trump," as part of "an aggressive Trump support operation."  Like Obama's ICA, Clinton's dossier provides no concrete evidence to back up the claim.

House Intelligence Committee Staff Begin Reviewing Political Construct of IC Joint Analysis Report.  Ever since the sketchy "Russian Malicious Cyber Activity — Joint Analysis Report" was originally released late December 2016 we identified the construct as a mostly political intelligence document which seemed to be created to justify a Russian narrative.  As time went on, and as the Clinton-Steele dossier was revealed, the 17 agency Intelligence Community Assessment (another name for the JAR) grew even weaker.  In late October 2017 former Director of National Intelligence James Clapper admitted the Clinton-Steele dossier was part of the Joint Analysis Report.  Eventually, our research indicated the dossier and the intelligence report were likely the underlying evidence behind the FISA Title-1 application for surveillance on Carter Page and by extension the Trump campaign.  Well, our independent suspicions appears to be exactly what House Intelligence Committee Devin Nunes is currently investigating.

McCain aide took the Fifth Amendment on role in Steele Dossier.  More threads are unraveling in what may be the biggest political scandal in history:  the use of intelligence agencies to spy on a rival-party presidential campaign and then unseat a duly elected president.  The blowback from the Steele dossier, the multi-million-dollar operation of the Hillary campaign and the DNC, may reach all the way to Trump-haters in the GOP.  The Steele dossier scandal's tentacles are reaching all the way to Trumpophobic John McCain, via a close associate of his.  The longtime aide to Senator McCain who flew to England to get a copy of the Steele dossier and speed it along to the FBI in 2016 has clammed up and asserted his right to avoid self-incrimination.

Mueller Still Relying on Discredited Steele Dossier.  Special Counsel Robert Mueller is continuing to use a controversial 35-page dossier financed by the Democratic National Committee and the 2016 Hillary Clinton campaign as a "road map" for investigative leads, sources familiar with his investigation say.  Mueller's team has also used information gleaned from surveillance court-approved wiretaps on former Trump adviser Carter Page that were secured by citing material in the dossier, the sources say.  And a detail previously reported last fall — that Mueller's investigators traveled overseas last year to debrief the dossier's London-based author, Christopher Steele, a former British spy — takes on a new cast with the disclosure this month that FBI agents abruptly stopped using Steele as an informant in late 2016 after concluding that he had lied to them.

Clinton Political Mischief Emerges as Key Tale In an Astounding Drama.  It is both dismal and amusing to see the rationalizations of the diehard Kremlin collusionists after Robert Mueller's spurious indictment of the 13 Russians who will never encounter the vagaries of United States justice.  The charge of conspiring against the United States is nonsense, and the whole ambiance of the investigation now is that of a phantom consolation prize for the absence of a crime, a victim, or a culprit, all amplified by the hollow sanctimony of an official America that has meddled countless times in the elections of other countries (usually for the general good of the Western alliance).  The desperation of the Trump impeachers is piquant:  This indictment doesn't cover hacking — where might that lead?  And the fact that Deputy Attorney General Rosenstein said, "This indictment refers to no Americans," and that it contains no allegation of affecting the election result or of collusion by Americans, may mean that perhaps another indictment will.

Nellie Ohr:  Woman in the Middle.  To one side of Ohr, there is the Fusion GPS team, including fellow contractor Christopher Steele.  To the other, there is husband Bruce Ohr, who, until his "dossier"-related demotion, was No. 4 man at the Department of Justice, and a key contact there for Steele.  As central as Nellie Ohr's placement is, her role in the creation of the "dossier" remains undefined. [...] Still, relevant facts have emerged.  These include Nellie Ohr's study in the USSR in 1989; her fluency in Russian and Ph.D. in Russian history in 1990; a 2010 CIA affiliation, which practically makes her former MI6 agent Steele's "opposite number"; and the extremely curious detail, harkening back to earlier eras of spycraft, that on May 23, 2016, around the time she came on board Fusion GPS, Nellie Ohr applied for a ham radio operator's license.  Notably, the "dossier" men in her life have tried to shield Ohr from public scrutiny, even at professional risk.

Make the Deep State Pay — It's the Only Way.  There is precious little, if not nothing, that average citizens can do to act against the Deep State actors who have foisted the staggeringly disgraceful Russiagate witch-and-scavenger hunt upon the American people.  However, the Democratic Party, and concomitantly, the Leftist "mainstream" media, can and must be made to pay.  The ballot box is the only way to deliver the payback.  Obviously, I'm not addressing the undeniable aspect of Russian interference.  Who didn't know that?  I'm talking about delivering a sound ideological and electoral shellacking to every politician, every unhinged Leftist comedian, and every newsmedia personality that has hung a partisan hat on the ridiculous notion that Mr. Trump colluded with Vladimir Putin to circumvent Hillary Clinton's election and secure the Oval Office.

Devin Nunes Submits Questions To Obama Officials About Clinton-Steele Dossier.  You might remember from a recent interview with HPSCI Chairman Devin Nunes how the Chairman was appreciative of State Department Jonathan Winer's op-ed in the Washington Post regarding his role in promoting the Clinton-Steele Dossier...  Well, today Chairman Nunes follows that trail and submits a letter to several members of the Obama administration inquiring as to their participation and knowledge.  The chairman has sent a series of questions about the sketchy Clinton-Steele dossier on Donald Trump to a number of current and former government officials.  Unfortunately, the committee letter does not specify to whom Nunes sent the questions, however according to Byron York there are more than 20 recipients.

Still Lacking Evidence Of Collusion, Democrats Move The Goalposts.  Lacking any evidence of collusion between President Trump and the Russian operatives who meddled in the 2016 campaign, Democrats are now attempting to re-define "collusion" in order to declare Trump guilty of it.  When Democrats first raised the collusion accusations after the election, they suggested that the Trump campaign had been in direct cahoots with the Russian hackers who stole emails from Clinton campaign chair John Podesta and the Democratic National Committee, before later distributing them to WikiLeaks.  "It's very much unknown whether there was collusion," Podesta said in December 2016, referring to Russia's hacking of the emails.  That same month, then-Senate Minority Leader Harry Reid claimed to have "no doubt" that the Trump campaign was involved with the Russian hacking efforts during the campaign.

Nunes Wants Answers From Ex-Obama Officials:  When Did You Learn Dossier Was Paid for by Democrats?  House intelligence committee chairman Devin Nunes (R-Calif.) told Fox News on Tuesday that he has "ten simple questions" to ask Obama administration official relating to the Steele dossier, a salacious and unsubstantiated opposition research document paid for by the Democrat Party and the Clinton campaign.  "We sent out a questionnaire today," Nunes told Fox News's Tucker Carlson Tuesday night.  "And we're asking several former and current officials to answer ten simple questions.  "And these are questions that the public not only should know and have a right to know, but I think they want to know — and that is, simple questions like, when did you learn about the dossier?  When did you learn that it was paid for by the Democrats?  When did you learn that this was a political piece?

House Republicans launch 'Phase 2' of Trump dossier probe.  House Intelligence Committee Republicans have launched "Phase 2" of their probe into the origins of the unverified anti-Trump dossier, firing off an inquiry to a host of current and former officials — including former FBI Director James Comey.  In a letter obtained by Fox News, committee Chairman Devin Nunes, R-Calif., posed a string of dossier-related questions to current and former intelligence, law enforcement and State Department officials.  He specifically wants to know when they learned the document was funded by Democratic sources, and how it was used to obtain one or more surveillance warrants at the secret Foreign Intelligence Surveillance Court.  In the Feb. 20-dated letter, Nunes even threatened to issue subpoenas.

Is A Former Feinstein Staffer Running Fusion GPS's Post-Election Steele Dossier Operation?  New evidence suggests that a former top staffer for Sen. Dianne Feinstein (D-Calif.) may be directing the post-election efforts of Fusion GPS, a Democrat-linked political opposition research firm, to vindicate a series of memos alleging illegal collusion between the Donald Trump campaign and Russian officials.  Congressional documents and recently leaked texts between Sen. Mark Warner (D-Va.) and a registered foreign agent for a Russian aluminum oligarch indicate that Daniel J. Jones is intimately involved with ongoing efforts to retroactively validate a series of salacious and unverified memos produced by Christopher Steele, a former British intelligence agent, and Fusion GPS.  The dossier, which declassified documents show was used as a basis for securing secret wiretaps on Trump campaign affiliates, was reportedly jointly funded by the Democratic National Committee and Hillary Clinton's presidential campaign.

Secret surveillance court puts pressure on DOJ over Carter Page warrant records.  The head of a top secret surveillance court, in an unusual letter to GOP lawmakers, seemed to put pressure on the Justice Department to consider releasing documents related to the 2016 surveillance warrant granted against a Trump campaign aide.  The Foreign Intelligence Surveillance Court (FISC) was responding to requests from the House Intelligence and House Judiciary committees for transcripts of hearings and other documents related to the applications to spy on Trump aide Carter Page.

Nunes Memo Details Weaponization of FISA Court for Political Advantage.  On Friday [2/2/2018], the much anticipated "Nunes Memo" was finally released to the general public.  Disobedient Media previously reported on the push to prevent the memo from being released.  While there is much contained in the four pages, the most glaring issue contained in the memo is the FBI's willful concealment of pertinent details of which they were required by law to turn over to the FISA court when seeking the initial surveillance warrant on Carter Page, a former volunteer foreign policy adviser for the Trump campaign.

Federal Judge Deals Heavy Blow To Fusion GPS In Dossier-Related Lawsuit.  A Trump-appointed federal judge said Friday that he will not recuse himself from a lawsuit related to the Steele dossier.  Trevor McFadden, a judge in Washington, D.C., issued the ruling in response to a recusal request submitted last month by Fusion GPS, the opposition research firm that commissioned the dossier.  Fusion sought McFadden's recusal as part of an attempt to avoid complying with a subpoena issued by a Russian businessman who is suing BuzzFeed News for publishing the unverified dossier.  The businessman, Aleksej Gubarev, seeks depositions and documents from Fusion GPS as part of the lawsuit.

Sharyl Attkisson Interviews Devin Nunes.  House Permanent Select Committee on Intelligence (HPSCI) Chairman Devin Nunes sat down for an interview with Sharyl Attkisson for Full Measure News.  They discussed the HPSCI Russia probe, the FISA Court abuse and the ongoing investigative reviews of corruption within the DOJ and FBI.

CIA Argues The Public Can't See Classified Information It Has Already Given To Favored Reporters.  Intelligence officials can selectively release classified information to trusted journalists while withholding the same information from other citizens who request it through open records laws, CIA lawyers argued Wednesday [2/14/2018].  In a motion filed in New York federal court, the CIA claimed that limited disclosures to reporters do not waive national security exemptions to Freedom of Information Act (FOIA) requests.  Intelligence and law enforcement agencies frequently deny records requests on the basis of protecting sensitive national security information, one of nine exemptions written into the federal FOIA law.

What Democrats' bleatings about "national security" are really hiding.  Before the Nunes memo was released, Democrats, the media and its intelligence sources insisted that it would undermine national security, reveal tradecraft secrets and even get agents killed.  Senator Cory Booker warned that it might be treasonously "endangering fellow Americans in the intelligence community."  It was, but not in the way that he meant.  The memo didn't have anything resembling classified information it.  Neither did the Grassley-Graham criminal referral which was heavily redacted to screen out all the "classified information."  What did the classified information consist of?  The Grassley-Graham criminal referral went through two FBI redactions.  Julie Kelly at American Greatness compared the two versions to see what was hidden.

DNC Refused To Comply With Dossier-Related Subpoena, So BuzzFeed Sued.  BuzzFeed News sued the Democratic National Committee (DNC) Tuesday [2/13/2018] to force the release of information that the news outlet hopes will help it defend against a lawsuit related to the Steele dossier.  BuzzFeed is seeking digital information that could shed light on the cyber attacks against the DNC during the presidential campaign.  The news outlet faces three separate lawsuits related to its publication of the dossier, which was written by former British spy Christopher Steele and financed by the Clinton campaign and DNC.

Where is Adam Schiff's Memo?  According to ranking member Adam Schiff his declassification request was critically important, immediately necessary, vital to the larger understanding, intensely important to get released, etc.  Well, where is it?

Schiff: We're not going to revise Democratic memo.  Rep. Adam Schiff (D-Calif.), the top Democrat on the House Intelligence Committee, said Tuesday night that members of his party won't revise their countermemo, despite requests from the White House to do so.  "We're not going to make any revisions to it.  The only question is what redactions will be made.  And obviously we'd like to keep those to a minimum," Schiff told reporters.  "The White House has a different interest.  I think their interest is in redacting anything that doesn't reflect well on the White House," Schiff added.

Ex-Prosecutor Reveals Real Reason Schiff Memo Blocked:  People at FBI & DOJ Are Under "Criminal Investigation".  The Trump administration announced last week that they would not release the Schiff memo unless national security and law enforcement concerns were met. [...] Does this mean Rosenstein, McCabe and Comey are under criminal investigation?  On January 29th Rep Adam Schiff (D-CA) dropped a bombshell in a press conference.  Schiff revealed House Intel Committee Republicans opened an investigation into the DOJ and FBI.

Former Officials Give Conflicting Accounts of Kerry State Dept's Handling of Trump Hoax Dossier.  Seeming discrepancies between the claims of two former officials in John Kerry's State Department about actions taken involving the infamous, 35-page largely discredited anti-Trump dossier raise immediate questions about the State Department's possible role in the sordid affair.  The dossier, which contains wild and unproven claims about Trump's campaign and Russia, was authored by ex-British spy Christopher Steele on behalf of the controversial Fusion GPS firm and was paid for by Hillary Clinton's 2016 presidential campaign and the Democratic National Committee.

Did Devin Nunes obstruct justice?  What a dangerous question to ask.  For a year, some of us have questioned calls for the prosecution of President Trump for obstruction of justice.  Every ill-conceived statement or tweet by Trump is proclaimed as "smoking gun" evidence of this seemingly catch-all crime.  As the "resistance" to Trump grew, so did the expansion of the interpretation of the crime.  It became increasingly more difficult to determine what is not obstruction than what is a crime.

Memo 'Reporting' Proves the American Media are Part of the Democrat Party.  The massive failure that is the liberal media's reporting of Republican Devin Nunes' FISA memo is a crashing mess for helping inform the American people of the news, but it is helpful for proving beyond a shadow of a doubt that the national "news" media is merely an adjunct of the Democrat Party and are not to be trusted on any level.  Outside of Fox News, nearly every talking head on TV has been proclaiming the memo released last Friday to be a nothing burger and they made this pronouncement even before seeing it.  This means their proclamations of being "right" that the memo was meaningless are not evidence of being correct, but evidence that they are merely celebrating their uninformed and previously decided conclusion.  In other words, they say they are right just because they felt they were going to BE right, regardless of anything actually in the memo.

The Liar's Paradox on Steroids.  Susan Rice's Email Documents a Lie By James Comey.  Former National Security Adviser and world-champion liar Susan Rice received a nice letter from the Senate Judiciary Committee on Friday.  The subject was a rather strange email that Rice sent to herself at 12:15 p.m. on January 20, 2017.  Minutes before Donald Trump took the oath of office she sent herself a most curious email.  It demonstrates two things.  First, that Barack Obama was giving instructions to members of his administration who were being held over on how to deal with the Trump administration.  Second, that James Comey is a liar if we are to believe Susan Rice who is certified liar.  If you'll recall, the Sunday following the Benghazi attack, by which time the Obama administration knew full well who was behind the attack, Susan Rice appeared on all five major Sunday shows and blamed a bogus YouTube video.

Senator Chuck Grassley Questions Susan Rice About 'Unusual' Documentary Letter to Herself.  [Scroll down]  Senator Grassley is not asking questions he doesn't already know the answers to.  Grassley and Nunes are now beginning to draw the upper part of the administration into the matrices of the conspiracy.  Secretary of State John Kerry; CIA Director John Brennan; ODNI James Clapper; Attorney General Loretta Lynch; AAG Sally Yates; DAAG John P Carlin (DOJ-NSD), DAAG Mary McCord (DOJ-NSD); Asst.  FBI Director Andrew McCabe and FBI Director James Comey are inherently wound-up in the larger plan.  Chairman Grassley is simply expanding the net.  All narrative collapses eventually lead to President Obama's involvement.

Susan Rice's Strange Email: Note To Self, We Did Nothing Wrong.  Iowa Sen. Chuck Grassley and South Carolina Sen. Lindsey Graham released an email by Susan Rice to Susan Rice that seemed odd in both its timing and content.  Fifteen minutes after Donald Trump was sworn in as the 45th President of the United States Susan Rice, who had just become the former National Security Adviser sent out her last email using her official White House email account.  It was strange email, about a meeting fifteen days before regarding Russian interference in the 2016 Presidential election, whose attendees included Rice, the POTUS, the SCHMOTUS Joe Biden, former FBI Director James Comey and former Deputy Attorney General Sally Yates[.]  The strange part of the email was that its purpose seemed to be to get on the record that the Obama administration did nothing wrong in the Russia investigation.  She noted repeatedly how Obama emphasized during the meeting on Russian that he wanted every aspect of the issue handled "by the book."

Susan Rice:  Take a Memo to Susan Rice.  Ah, some of the nearest and dearest names of the recently departed administration have the strangest habit of popping back into the news in the most peculiar ways.  Like, in an email.  Take Susan "Served With Honor and Distinction" Rice, former National Security Adviser to President Obama and proud public purveyor of memorable whoppers.  She's back in the headlines again this afternoon because a crusty old Republican senator and his sidekick read the materials presented to their committee.  When they did, they noticed something "unusual": [...]

Like Rats from a Sinking Ship:  Comey vs.  Rice Edition.  For your consideration, a letter from the Senate Judiciary Committee to one Susan "Benghazi" Rice.  Perhaps this pathetic attempt was Rice's own form of an 'insurance policy'.

Hmmm: Susan Rice Sent An Email To Herself On Inauguration Day Memorializing A Chat Between Obama And Comey On Russiagate.  Note the date and time:  January 20, 2017, 12:15 p.m.  Trump had just been sworn in as president minutes before.  Was Susan Rice commiserating with friends while he took the oath of office?  Ruminating on the legacy of the Obama years?  Planning her next career move?  Texting angrily to someone about how much she hates Trump?  Getting plastered?  Nope, she was thinking about Russiagate, intently enough that she wanted to get something down on the record where she knew the National Archives would record it about a meeting that had been held more than two weeks before.  In her final moments as a White House employee, this is what Susan Rice was focused on.

Senators flag 'unusual' Susan Rice email on Russia probe from Inauguration Day.  Ex-national security adviser Susan Rice sent an "unusual email" to herself the day President Trump was sworn into office documenting former President Barack Obama's guidance at a high-level meeting about how law enforcement should investigate Russian interference in the 2016 presidential race, two Republican senators said Monday [2/12/2018].  According to Senate Judiciary Committee Chairman Chuck Grassley and Sen. Lindsey Graham, the partially unclassified email was sent by Rice on Jan. 20, 2017 — and appears to document a Jan. 5 meeting that included Obama, then-FBI Director James Comey, then-Deputy Attorney General Sally Yates, then-Vice President Joe Biden and Rice.

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Confessions Of A Congressional Staffer:  Forget the Nunes Memo & Focus On Grassley-Graham.  [Scroll down]  I don't want to lose anyone in the weeds here but what the head of the FBI testified to before the Senate was that he basically took Carter Page at his word and ignored all of the other bias that was swirling around Page which would normally have made him someone clearly not worthy to be used as justification for making a FISA warrant request.  There is really only one credible explanation for this — Carter Page was hired to create something that was used as justification to provide legal cover for what was a highly illegal surveillance program against the opposition candidate of a sitting President of the United States.  James Comey attempted to explain this all away by basically saying, "We believed Carter Page because Carter Page assured us he was believable."  And please don't forget that through all of this, James Comey and the other high-ranking FBI officials involved (some who still remain at the FBI) neglected to inform the FISA Court of the Clinton campaign's direct involvement in the Trump Dossier, Fusion GPS, etc.  (The Clinton campaign was Fusion GPS's most important client at the time.)  This deception links them all together in a vast collusion of conspiracy.  From James Comey to John Kerry, to Hillary Clinton, to Barack Obama — they were all in on it.  Every [last] one of them.

Executive Branch Responds To Minority Legislative Branch Declassification Request.  The minority members (Democrats) of the House Intelligence Committee, ie the legislative branch, submitted a 10-page memo for declassification by the executive branch.  The comensurate process involves the National Security Council, Office of Legal Counsel and all executive agencies within the national security apparatus (CIA, NSA, ODNI, State Dept., DoD, FBI, DOJ) to review the request prior to declassification approval.  Apparently the U.S. Department of Justice — National Security Division, and Federal Bureau of Investigation — Intelligence operations, do not approve of the current submission without redactions: [...]

Grassley-Graham Memo Affirms Nunes Memo — Media Yawns.  If a Republican administration had used unverifiable hearsay from a patently suspect agent of the Republican presidential candidate to gull the FISA court into granting a warrant to spy on an associate of the Democratic nominee's campaign, it would be covered as the greatest political scandal in a half-century.  Instead, it was the other way around.  The Grassley-Graham memo corroborates the claims in the Nunes memo:  The Obama Justice Department and FBI used anonymously sourced, Clinton-campaign generated innuendo to convince the FISA court to issue surveillance warrants against Carter Page, and in doing so, they concealed the Clinton campaign's role.

Trump orders revisions to Dems' FISA rebuttal memo, halting release.  The White House on Friday told Democrats on the House Intelligence Committee to redraft their rebuttal to a controversial GOP memo alleging government surveillance abuse during the 2016 campaign, saying sensitive details need to be stripped out before the document can be made public.  The message was sent to the committee Friday in a letter from White House Counsel Don McGahn.  "Although the president is inclined to declassify the February 5th Memorandum, because the Memorandum contains numerous properly classified and especially sensitive passages, he is unable to do so at this time," McGahn wrote.

WSJ Columnist:  Why is the Media Ignoring the Real Bombshell FISA Memo?  Three possibilities:  (1) The GOP hyped the Nunes memo, which quickly became the center of this whole firestorm — replete with counter-memos, FBI objections, etc.  The press followed the spotlight.  (2) As we've been saying, there are so many complex pieces of this larger puzzle, following the plot is difficult.  It's not just news consumers wondering, "which memo is this now?" — it's many of the people trying to cover this drama, too.  The document in question here is a second, less redacted, version of a Senate memo that few people have even heard of.  (3) The Senate memo, produced by non-bomb-throwers Chuck Grassley and Lindsey Graham, is substantially more disruptive to the Democrats' narrative than the Nunes document.  And the press generally prefers Democratic narratives to Republican ones because most journalists are liberals.

Dems set Trump trap?  Source says FISA rebuttal memo loaded with sensitive details.  The Democratic rebuttal to a highly publicized GOP memo alleging government surveillance abuse is filled with sensitive details, a source told Fox News — claiming this was done intentionally to pressure the White House to either block the memo's release or significantly redact it.  The claim comes after the House Intelligence Committee voted Monday to approve the release of the Democratic document.

Scheming, speculation behind scenes as Democrats push intel memo.  This time last week, there was growing tumult in Washington over the memo produced by House Intelligence Committee Republicans alleging "FISA abuse" in the Trump-Russia investigation.  There were dire warnings that the release of the GOP memo would endanger national security, that doing so would be "extraordinarily reckless" without proper FBI and Justice Department review, and that the FBI had "grave concerns" about "material omissions of fact" that would "fundamentally impact the memo's accuracy."  The GOP memo survived a starkly partisan process in the Intelligence Committee.  Republicans voted unanimously to make it public, while Democrats voted unanimously against making it public.  It was released last Friday with President Trump's approval.  Now, another memo is in the pipeline, this one produced by the committee's Democratic minority, and things are much quieter.

The Other Secret Dossier.  Last week, the Guardian reported the FBI is looking at a second Trump "dossier," in addition to the one compiled by former British spook Christopher Steele at the behest of the Clinton campaign.  The second dossier is allegedly compiled by Cody Shearer.  "One source with knowledge of the inquiry said the fact the FBI was still working on [the 'Shearer dossier'] suggested investigators had taken an aspect of it seriously," notes the Guardian.  "It raises the possibility that parts of the Steele dossier, which has been derided by Trump's supporters, may have been corroborated by Shearer's research, or could still be."  The Atlantic's Natasha Bertrand is now confirming that a "memo" written by Shearer does exist and she has personally reviewed it.  It contains a "a range of allegations concerning the president's personal behavior and financial transactions."  She does not specify what those allegations are.  Bertrand further reports that Jonathan Winer, the Obama State Department's special envoy to Libya, and former John Kerry aide, was the go-between for Shearer and Steele while he was working at the State Department.

The Senate releases 'Memo 2.0,' and it should scare you.  Hot on the heels of the House memo exposing deep state corruption comes an equally explosive document from the Senate that shows the story behind the phony dossier is even worse than you thought.  Senators Chuck Grassley and Lindsey Graham have released a heavily redacted, yet very revealing copy of their criminal referral against ex-British spy Christopher Steele, the author of the dubious dossier we now know was parlayed into a FISA warrant by Trump-hating operatives at the Justice Department.

FBI Director Chris Wray Declassifies Large Portions of Grassley Memo.  Last Friday [2/2/2018] Chairman Grassley asked FBI Director Chris Wray to remove the prior redactions and declassify the underlying supportive documents; known as the "Grassley Memo".  FBI Director Wray did not remove all redactions; but did remove most. [...] The question is:  did the FBI submit the FISA application under false pretenses?  Did the FBI actually know Christopher Steele was shopping the dossier to the media prior to their FISA court submission?

MSM eagerly collaborating with Schiff-created memo redaction fake controversy.  We are in the midst of a classic example of collaboration between Democrats and the mainstream media.  The operation is aimed at directing public attention away from the serious and historic Obama administration abuses uncovered by Chairman Nunes:  nothing short of spying on a rival presidential campaign using the NSA's universal surveillance of electronic communications.  The mechanism is the manufacturing a fake controversy enabling readers and viewers to discount the evidence.  As most AT readers already know, strong suspicions exist that the Adam Schiff-drafted 10-page memo, intended to "rebut" the 4 page Nunes memo, was salted with references to sensitive intelligence "sources and methods" that would have to be redacted in order to protect future intelligence-gathering capabilities.  This was done in order to be able to scream that the rebuttal was being blocked.


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CIA Brennan Might Have to Answer for Perjury, Planning a Coup.  Devin Nunes plans to investigate former CIA director John Brennan and he is in jeopardy for possibly committing perjury.  There is also the coup he promoted.  Devin Nunes plans to release more information and more memos.  The next one will expose corruption in the State Department.  The Department was integral to launching the FBI Trump-Russia probe.  Barack Obama, Hillary Clinton and all their minions routinely lied and there was never any accountability.  It was a big joke.  All Brennan had to say when he lied under oath to Congress was the administration's intelligence services might have spied on Americans "unwittingly".  If he is investigated for perjury, they will find it.  Brennan was very involved in the dissemination of the dossier under illicit circumstances.

Exclusive: CIA Ex-Director Brennan's Perjury Peril.  House Intelligence Committee Chairman Devin Nunes next plans to investigate the role former CIA Director John Brennan and other Obama intelligence officials played in promoting the salacious and unverified Steele dossier on Donald Trump — including whether Brennan perjured himself in public testimony about it.  In his May 2017 testimony before the intelligence panel, Brennan emphatically denied the dossier factored into the intelligence community's publicly released conclusion last year that Russia meddled in the 2016 election "to help Trump's chances of victory."

2017: State Department Spox:  "The Steele Dossier Was Never Used for FISA Application".  Now that Chairman Devin Nunes, Chuck Grassley and the key players themselves, have discovered and admitted the U.S. State Department was heavily involved in passing along Clinton opposition research to Chris Steele to create the "Clinton-Steele Dossier", it's interesting to look at how the former State Department spokesperson — in place during all the events — responded last year when the Clinton-Steele Dossier was thought to be part of the underlying evidence for the DOJ/FBI FISA application.  Former State Department spokesperson Marie Harf, a person in direct and continuous contact with all the principle agents during the 2016 information flow, was confronted in July 2017 and adamantly denied the dossier was part of the FISA application.  [Video clip]

The Fake National Security Behind Obama's Watergate.  Before the Nunes memo was released, Democrats, the media and its intelligence sources insisted that it would undermine national security, reveal tradecraft secrets and even get agents killed.  Senator Cory Booker warned that it might be treasonously "endangering fellow Americans in the intelligence community."  It was, but not in the way that he meant.  The memo didn't have anything resembling classified information it.  Neither did the Grassley-Graham criminal referral which was heavily redacted to screen out all the "classified information."  What did the classified information consist of?  The Grassley-Graham criminal referral went through two FBI redactions.  Julie Kelly at American Greatness compared the two versions to see what was hidden.  Most of the redactions in the first version, that were exposed in the second version, involved the problems with the FISA warrant application's reliance on Christopher Steele.  The references to the FISA warrant, which is classified, allowed figures in the FBI to redact it.  But none of the references reveal anything damaging to our national security.

Democratic Sen. Mark Warner texted with Russian oligarch lobbyist in effort to contact dossier author Christopher Steele.  Sen. Mark Warner, the top Democrat on the Senate Intelligence Committee who has been leading a congressional investigation into President Trump's alleged ties to Russia, had extensive contact last year with a lobbyist for a Russian oligarch who was offering Warner access to former British spy and dossier author Christopher Steele, according to text messages obtained exclusively by Fox News.

Russian Collusion Confirmed — With Democrats.  And the CIA.  The New York Times confirms someone was paying off the Russians.  Tiny problem:  It wasn't Trump, it was the CIA.

Endgame: The Top 4 Clinton Dossier "Coincidences".  At least four separate coincidences have emerged as the public learns more information about the unverified Steele dossier and how it was crafted.  The origin story of the 35-page document was pretty simple at the outset.  Fusion GPS, which was investigating then-presidential candidate Donald Trump, hired former British spy Christopher Steele to write the dossier.  But as more details about the dossier trickle out into the public forum, connections have surfaced that raise questions about how information made its way into the salacious document.

Feds Scrambled to Redact Information Showing Top Secret Spy Abuse.  Federal authorities scrambled to redact and keep classified key information revealing major abuses of the U.S. surveillance apparatus that targeted President Donald Trump's associates in the lead up to the 2016 election, according to multiple sources familiar with the situation who said the latest information corroborates findings recently made public by House Intelligence Committee officials. [...] The new criminal referral issued by Sens. Chuck Grassley and Lindsay Graham, both Senate Judiciary Committee members, calls for a formal investigation into Christopher Steele, the one-time British spy who compiled the dossier on behalf of the Democratic National Committee and Democratic presidential candidate Hillary Clinton.

Washington Post Met Twice with Hoax Dossier Author Christopher Steele During 2016 ElectionThe Washington Post for the first time detailed two meetings the newspaper reported it held with former British spy Christopher Steele, the author of the infamous, largely discredited 35-page anti-Trump dossier.  At least one of the meetings was also attended by Glenn R. Simpson, co-founder of the controversial opposition research firm Fusion GPS.  The meetings took place in September and October of 2016.

Kerry associate played middleman for Hillary agents' smut and dossier's Christopher Steele.  A former State Department official has confirmed that he played middleman in relaying anti-Trump smut from two Hillary Clinton operatives to dossier writer Christopher Steele who passed it to the FBI.  It is a further thickening of the plot by Democratic Party agents to get unverified dossier material into the news media and the Obama Justice Department before election day Nov. 8.  Jonathan M. Winer, who was former secretary state John Kerry's special envoy to Libya and his Senate adviser, disclosed the the [sic] behind-the-scenes get-Trump operation in a Washington Post op-ed.

I Should Know:  Dems' Intel Abuse Is Reminiscent of My Work for Ceausescu.  Seen from my vantage point, the four-page FISA abuse memo authored by Rep. Devin Nunes is proof that former president Barack Obama and Democratic Party leaders wanted to transform the U.S. into a Russian-style intelligence dictatorship — and the FBI into a KGB-style instrument for rewriting American history by smearing its capitalist politicians.

Strzok Complained Of 'Material Misrepresentations' In FISA Application.  One of Peter Strzok's text messages shows the embattled FBI agent complaining about a case in which "material misrepresentations" were made to obtain a spy warrant in the FISA Court.  The exchange occurred on Oct. 16, 2015, well before Strzok was tapped to lead the investigation into Russian meddling in the presidential campaign.  But it sheds some light on the FISA process, which is at the center of a partisan debate because of the FBI and Justice Department's use of the unverified Steele dossier to obtain a FISA warrant to spy on former Trump campaign adviser Carter Page.

Democrats Want To Turn America Into Russia.  The Democrats have a bold plan for fighting Russia.  Accuse Republicans of treason, eavesdrop on their conversations and send them to jail.  Overturn the outcome of a free election because that it had been tampered with by "foreign interests."  Demand that tech companies censor dissenting media outlets spreading "fake news" to protect "democracy".  Good work, comrades.  The bold plan is to fight Russia by... becoming Russia.  State surveillance, endless investigations and locking up political opponents under the guise of fighting foreign influences is how Vladimir Putin does business.  It's how they do it in Turkey, Venezuela and Iran.  But these days it's how the Dems do it too.

Cody Shearer's Role in Hillary's Dirty Dossier.  Hillary Clinton has a long history of hiring private investigators to harass opponents.  She famously unleashed San Francisco PI Jack Palladino on Gennifer Flowers.  So it is not at all surprising to find one of these dirt-diggers at the center of the scandal around the bogus dossier she paid ex-British spy Christopher Steele to assemble.  It turns out that Steele, whose credentials the media insists are so impeccable, served as a conduit between the FBI and Cody Shearer, one of Hillary's scummiest hatchet men.  That alone shatters Steele's much-vaunted "credibility."  In years past, Shearer served the Clintons as an extinguisher of sex scandals.  In 2016, he helped Hillary try to create one.

Criminal Referral Confirms Nunes Memo's Explosive Claims Of FISA Abuse.  A criminal referral from top Senate investigators confirms explosive charges in last week's House Intelligence Committee memo regarding abuse of surveillance authorities at the FBI and Department of Justice.  It also reveals a host of problems arising from the bureau's cooperation with foreign investigator Christopher Steele, who was working on behalf of Hillary Clinton's presidential campaign.  The eight-page memo from Senate Judiciary Committee Chairman Chuck Grassley (R-Iowa) and Crime and Terrorism Subcommittee Chairman Lindsey Graham (R-S.C.) includes underlying evidence to support the claims.

Fake News Flashback:  CNN Declared Trump 'Bonkers' for Saying Clinton, Dems Behind Dossier.  Writing for the far-left CNN back in October, Chris Cillizza declared President Donald Trump "bonkers" and "crazy" for suggesting what turned out to be 100 percent true:  that the Democrats, Hillary Clinton, the FBI, and Russia, were all behind what is known as the "Russian dossier."

Author of Yahoo News Article Used to Obtain FISA Warrant on Trump Campaign Was Secretly Working With DNC.  An email published by WikiLeaks reveals that Michael Isikoff, whose article for Yahoo News based on the debunked "Steele dossier" was used to obtain a FISA warrant against Carter Page from the Trump campaign, was secretly working with the Democratic National Committee.  WikiLeaks publisher Julian Assange tweeted the link to the email on Wednesday afternoon [2/7/2018].

'Scrupulous' Obama in 2016 Claimed, 'I Do Not Talk to FBI Directors About Pending Investigations'.  Former President Obama once insisted that there was "a strict line" that prevented him from getting involved in pending investigations, but did he sometimes cross that line?  U.S. Sen. Ron Johnson (R-Wis.), chairman of the Senate Homeland Security and Governmental Affairs Committee, released additional Strzok/Page text messages on Wednesday [2/7/2018] as part of a majority staff report titled "The Clinton Email Scandal And The FBI's Investigation Of It.["]  One text causing raised eyebrows today seems to implicate the president:  "potus wants to know everything we're doing," former FBI lawyer Lisa Page texted to her paramour, then-FBI counterintelligence agent Peter Strzok, on Sept. 2, 2016.  She said that she had just been in a meeting to discuss "TPs for D" (talking points for the director, i.e.  FBI Director James Comey) to brief the president on their investigation.  The rabidly anti-Trump Strzok played a key role in the Clinton email and Russia investigations.

Carter Page:  The Dodgy Dossier Was A Political Stunt And False.  A former Trump campaign adviser at the center of the discredited dossier said everything he has seen so far is ridiculous.  In an interview Tuesday [2/6/2018], Carter Page said there was "no basis" for the FBI's surveillance of him, which he believes violated the constitution.

Trey Gowdy Just Dropped The Bomb On the Steele Dossier and It's About to Explode!  Representative Trey Gowdy has now implied that Hillary Clinton ally Sidney Blumenthal fed information to Christopher Steele who authored the Dossier that was the basis for the Russia probe[.]  Politico reported:  Rep. Trey Gowdy heavily implied on Tuesday that longtime Clinton friend Sidney Blumenthal fed information that was leaked to former British spy Christopher Steele.  During an interview on Fox News, Gowdy was asked by Fox News' Martha MacCallum about whether "weeks before the election, somebody in the Obama State Department was feeding information from a foreign source to Christopher Steele."  MacCallum had previously asked a question on whether Gowdy knew anything about "a source who gave an unnamed associate of Hillary and Bill Clinton who then gave information to an unnamed official in the Obama state department who then gave the information to Steele."

Dems blasting Nunes memo once urged FISA court transparency.  Congressional Democrats have blasted House Intelligence Committee Chairman Devin Nunes and President Trump for releasing a memo detailing alleged government surveillance abuse — but just a few years ago, the same Democrats called for more transparency from the secret court process in question.  Notably, ranking Democratic Rep. Adam Schiff — who fought the release of the GOP-backed memo and described it as a danger to national security — made a 2013 appearance on Russian television news station RT calling for transparency in the Foreign Intelligence Surveillance Act system.

Trey Gowdy Strongly Implies Sidney Blumenthal Was A Source For Steele's Anti-Trump Dossier.  Outgoing Republican Congressman Trey Gowdy (R-SC) strongly implied to Fox News host Martha MacCallum Tuesday evening that Clinton confidant, Sidney Blumenthal, was a source for Christopher Steele's anti-Trump dossier. [...] In a letter released Monday [2/5/2018], Senators Chuck Grassley (R-IA) and Lindsey Graham (R-SC) suggested Clinton contacts fed information to former British spy and dossier author Christopher Steele.

Hillary's Attempt to Steele the Election.  The media, in its frenzy to normalize left-wing political espionage, says simultaneously of the Nunes memo:  there is nothing to see in it, but don't look.  The intensity of the media's attacks on a Republican is always in proportion to the degree to which he is impeding one of its causes.  The doggedness of Nunes — his refusal to let a politicized FBI and Justice Department stonewall his committee — has thrown considerable light on the real scandal of 2016: not that Trump colluded with the Russians to win but that the Obama administration colluded with Hillary to defeat him.  One government most certainly did meddle in the election — ours.  In desperate denial mode, the media will talk about everything but the fact that the United States government was spying on one campaign by using opposition research from the other, all while hoodwinking FISA court judges and leaking to the press about its politicized investigation.

Where the bodies are buried.  NSLs [National Security Letters] are issued when a petitioning agency wants access to the specific electronic records of an individual (emails, texts, phone call data) held by a business through whom the communications were made or by which they were facilitated.  While FISA warrants are issued in the hundreds each year — between 1200-1600 generally — NSLs are issued in the tens of thousands, and do not need to be tied to a pre-existing FISA warrant but can stand on their own. [...] The FISA warrants and their attending applications are the cemeteries if you will, but the NSLs are the graves, and graves are where you find bodies.

Carter Page claimed in 2008 that he had worked on the Bill Clinton transition team 1992-3.  There are many possibilities to explain this.  The simplest would be that Page was and remains a hustler, anxious to affiliate himself with whoever gains the presidency, that he is no ideologue, but more of an influence-peddler.  This does not rule him out of being a spy but it also raises question as to whether — if the spy suspicions have any validity — he had any nefarious influence on the Clintons.  Remember that Bill Clinton spent time in Moscow as a young man, a trip whose funding and implications have never been adequately explained.  But what if Page were an agent of the Clinton Machine, who "volunteered" with the Trump transition team in order to implicate Trump in the plot that began the morning after the 2016 election, when the excuse of "Russian interference" was first cooked up by Hillary's advisors.  That can't be ruled out either.

Criminal referral backs up Nunes on dossier claims, as Dems push rebuttal memo.  A newly released version of GOP senators' criminal referral for Trump dossier author Christopher Steele appears to support key claims from the controversial memo on alleged surveillance abuse released last week by House Republicans and the White House.  That memo, commissioned by House Intelligence Committee Chairman Devin Nunes, R-Calif., continues to fuel a firestorm on Capitol Hill, where Democrats are pushing for the release of their own counter-memo.  A central point of dispute is the Nunes document's claim that the salacious, anti-Trump dossier was crucial to the FBI's efforts to seek a surveillance warrant for a Trump associate and that the applications omitted the Democratic National Committee and Clinton campaign's funding for the research via Glenn Simpson's Fusion GPS firm — which hired Steele.

Mark Levin on FISA Memo Revelations: 'Hillary Clinton Paid for a Warrant — That's the Easiest Way to Put It'.  Monday [2/5/2018] on Fox News Channel's "Hannity," conservative talker Mark Levin laid out his case arguing the release of a FISA memo by the House Intelligence Committee last week raised questions about the previous administration.  That included some of those holdovers involved in the day-to-day operations of the Department of Justice, including Rod Rosenstein and Robert Mueller.  Levin argued those were the questions that should be asked and summed up the circumstances as 2016 Democratic presidential nominee Hillary Clinton having "paid for a warrant."

Intel Memo Mystery:  John McCain Pushed 'Pee' Dossier to FBI Months After Feds Already Used It to Gain FISA Warrant.  Last week's release of a four-page House Intelligence Committee memo alleging abuse of surveillance authority provides details that raise new questions about Sen. John McCain's role in delivering the infamous, largely discredited 35-page dossier on President Donald Trump and Russia to the U.S. intelligence community under Barack Obama's administration.

The Nunes Memo and the Death of American Journalism.  The country's liberal establishment has joined ranks in dismissing the memo.  It has attacked its veracity, portraying it as a conscious effort to mislead the American people on FBI and Justice Department efforts to get a surveillance order on a U.S. citizen connected to Donald Trump's presidential campaign.  This intense spin was on full display even before the memo was released, and then reached full flower afterward.  This was not surprising.  The hysteria reflects a recent development in American politics whereby disturbing facts and suspicions, if they contradict the embraced narrative, are simply ignored or dismissed as combatants hammer away from their usual scripts.

The Overwhelming Odds a FISA Warrant Would Have Been Issued on Page Even Without the Dossier.  The Foreign Intelligence and Surveillance Act (FISA) was passed in 1978.  Since then, more than 35,000 FISA warrants have been issued.  Only 12 requests to the Foreign Intelligence and Surveillance Court (FISC) have been denied.  That makes the odds pretty good that a request from the FBI for a FISA warrant to spy on former Trump volunteer Carter Page would have been granted regardless of the anti-Trump bias in the bureau and the questionable provenance of the Steele Dossier.  Indeed, as this Wall Street Journal article points out, the FISA courts are often asked to issue a warrant on tainted or biased information.

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Wouldn't it be interesting to see the details of the twelve requests denied by the FISA court, including the names of those who made those requests.  If Obama's request to spy on Trump for the benefit of Clinton was approved, what must it take to be turned down?

Chuck Grassley Memo Comes Next — Question Surrounds FBI Knowledge of Steele Shopping Dossier To Media.  Democrats, media, and the aggregate DOJ/FBI intelligence community are finally seeing accountability.  With the HPSCI memo now in the rear-view mirror, and the content in the bloodstream of the U.S. electorate, Senate Judiciary Chairman Chuck Grassley is next.  Toward the end of December, the FBI provided the Senate Judiciary Committee, Chuck Grassley, with FBI investigative documents (likely FD-302's) from their contacts with Christopher Steele.

Sara Carter:  Deep State Is "Terrified" Of The Second Anti-Trump Dossier That's Coming Out.  Investigative journalist Sara Carter went on FOX and Friends on Sunday morning [2/4/2018] to discuss the explosive FISA memo that was released on Friday.  Sara Carter says Deep State is "terrified" of the second bogus dossier that is coming out.

Nunes: House panel looking at State Dept. involvement in Russia probe.  Rep. Devin Nunes (R-Calif.) revealed Friday that Republicans on the House Intelligence Committee would examine other agencies, including the State Department, after releasing a controversial memo alleging surveillance abuses.  Speaking on Fox News just hours after Republicans on the committee released a memo alleging surveillance abuses by the FBI and Department of Justice (DOJ), Nunes said the panel was moving to "phase two" of its investigation.  "We are in the middle of what I call phase two of our investigation, which involves other departments, specifically the State Department and some of the involvement that they had in this," Nunes said.

Nunes:  More Memos Are Coming.  Devin Nunes [...] tells TWS [The Weekly Standard] that his investigation will produce more reports, but he will release the information in a traditional manner.  "This was phase one.  That resulted with a memo designed to go public.  There's not plans of additional classified information that would come forward through the same 11G process.  The investigation is ongoing, I'm not sure anything would necessitate that."  "We will use our standard process for any additional information that needs to be made public.  We were forced to use the 11G process because DOJ and FBI wouldn't investigate themselves."

The Nunes Memo Should Be Just the Start.  The Nunes memo has been released and America's national security has not, as far as we can tell, been irreparably harmed.  The campaign waged against the memo as a grave threat to America's intelligence operations appears completely absurd in light of its contents.  Part of the bureaucratic objection at the FBI to releasing the memo — and to giving the House Intelligence Committee the material it's based on — was clearly that it contained information embarrassing to the FBI.  The memo was always going to labor under unrealistic expectations.  It couldn't possibly live up to its advance billing from Sean Hannity and Co. that it was Watergate and the Lindbergh-baby kidnapping all wrapped into one.  But it adds to our understanding of the beginnings of the Russia investigation and raises questions about its provenance.

Don't Rock the Boat.  [Scroll down]  If the FBI truly believed Trump was a Russian agent with a chance of becoming President of the United States stopping him would be worth the exposure of almost any number of intelligence assets.  Now law enforcement is embarked on an investigation which if successful would nullify an election with incalculable results.  To paraphrase Jeh Johnson they are now doing what they didn't want to do.  'By making the statement of collusion we are, in and of itself, now challenging the integrity of the election process itself.'  Even taken on its own terms the Mueller investigation is an attempt to push the the toothpaste back into the tube after the last administration had allowed it to be pressed out.

Chuck Grassley Gives FBI Director Wray Until Tomorrow To Declassify His Memo — (Redacted Memo Included).  [Scroll down]  Nice laundry system you got there, huh?  Turning unfounded gossip and accusations into officially sounding intelligence information.  This is a similar pattern to how the Clinton campaign fed opposition research to the DOJ:  Fusion GPS (Glenn Simpson) opposition research, to Nellie Ohr (Fusion Employee), to her husband DOJ Deputy Attorney Bruce Ohr, to Christopher Steele, to media leaks and back to the FBI to validate ongoing efforts.  More information laundry.  Opposition research become intelligence information.

Explosion over the Washington Swamp.  On Friday morning [2/2/2018], President Trump declassified the memo prepared by the Intelligence Committee of the House.  This document was originally marked "Top Secret."  Of course, there is nothing new for the inquisitive reader in this memo.  Everything that is described there has long been widely discussed in America.  But none of the participants in these discussions have ever had any evidence.  Now this evidence, gathered during the closed sessions of the Intelligence Committee, has become public.

Clinton associates fed information to Trump dossier author Steele, memo says.  Clinton associates were "feeding" allegations to former British spy Christopher Steele at the same time he was compiling the controversial anti-Trump dossier paid for by the Democratic National Committee and Clinton campaign, according to an unclassified memo from senior Senate Republicans who recently made a criminal referral.  Those Republicans, Senate Judiciary Committee Chairman Chuck Grassley, R-Iowa, and Sen. Lindsey Graham, R-S.C., had asked the Justice Department in January to investigate Steele based on evidence they say suggests he lied to the FBI about his contacts with the media (a violation of 18 USC 1001) — or the FBI misrepresented Steele's statements.

Did Clinton Associates And Obama State Dept.  Feed Info To Steele?  First, the Democrats and their apologists raised the specter of a national security crisis if the House Intelligence Committee memo on the discredited Christopher Steele anti-Trump "dossier," used in part to justify the surveillance warrant, were made public.  Then, when the memo was made public, they claimed, in the words of California Democratic Congressman Ted Lieu, that it was a "nothing burger."

Hillary Clinton Desperately Tries to Distract From FISA Memo Media Firestorm — Fails Miserably.  The FISA abuse memo has dominated the media since it was released last Friday. [...] Hillary has not said a word about the memo; she subtly hinted Monday the document was merely a scapegoat for Trump's camp.  Hillary is desperate to distract from one of the biggest scandals to ever rock D.C.  Hillary's phony Russia dossier is her dirtiest political trick to date.  A fraudulent dossier she paid millions of dollars for was used to obtain a FISA warrant to spy on her political opponent during a presidential campaign.

How Corrupt Are We?  My Post-Memo Musings.  It is scary to think that a salacious (and mendacious) anti-Trump dossier was put together with Clinton money, then details from that false document were leaked to the media, then those media reports were used to get the FISA warrant — if this is the accurate narrative.  If true, is this any better than what takes place in some corrupt, Third World regime?  Is this any better than overt bribes to influence the outcome of elections or to secure verdicts from a judge?  And how mired have we become in bureaucratic red tape?  How difficult has it become to get anything done without having to jump through endless legal and governmental hoops?

Carter Page:  Who is he and how is he linked to Trump?  As the investigation into Russia's involvement in the 2016 election continues, investigators are looking for information from one of President Trump's former campaign advisers, Carter Page.  Page, who was a foreign policy adviser to Trump when he was a candidate, was asked by congressional investigators to turn over records pertaining to Russian contacts and communications over seven years.

In March 2016 Carter Page Was an FBI Employee — In October 2016 FBI Told FISA Court He's a Spy.  In 2013 Carter Page was working as an "under-cover employee" (UCE) of the FBI, helping them to build a case against "Evgeny Buryakov".  In March 2016 Carter Page remained their informant pre-trial leading to a pleading of guilty from Buryakov.

Here Comes The Dems' Nineteenth Nervous Breakdown.  The intensity of the hysterical spin before and after the memo's release has revealed the depths of anxiety over the chickens of corruption coming home to roost.  Shrieks of "nuance" and "context" are desperate attempts to drown out the bad news.  "How dare you!" protestations of the "professional integrity" and "sterling character" of political appointees and rank careerists in the intelligence agencies are pleas to the voters to pay no attention to the blue-state man behind the curtain.  Equally duplicitous as the Dems' desperate misdirection is the squealing about damaging national security or intelligence gathering methods or vulnerable spies or the Constitution.  But we know the FBI wanted to redact the names only to shield the possibly guilty men and women.  None of the contents of the memo exposed intelligence-gathering techniques or undercover agents.  And since when have progressives cared about the integrity of the Constitution?

The Media are Just as Complicit In The DOJ Corruption and FISA Abuse.  The media engagements with the parties swirling around the Clinton-Steele Dossier and DOJ corruption are so pervasive they cannot currently report on the story without exposing their own duplicity.  Michael Isikoff found that reality yesterday [2/2/2018] when he discovered his reporting was being used by the FBI.

Dan Bongino:  Obamagate is the 'most consequential political scandal' in US history.  CRTV's Dan Bongino filled in as the host of the Mark Levin Show Thursday evening [2/1/2018] to break down his thesis that the Obama surveillance abuse is the "most consequential political scandal in the history of the United States."  The former Secret Service agent briefed listeners on what he referred to as "Obamagate," going through what has unfolded over the course of the presidential campaign.  "Obama spied on Trump.  His team did spy on Trump," Bongino reminded listeners.  "None of that is in dispute."

'Not just criminal': GOP Rep. calls for 'treason' charges against officials after FISA memo's release.  The release of the Nunes memo on Friday, after it was declassified by the White House, has already given rise to its fair share of hyperbole and demonization on both sides of the aisle.  Rep. Paul Gosar of Arizona is certain that the 4-page memo, part of a reportedly fifty page document, shows "clear and convincing evidence of treason."  "The full-throated adoption of this illegal misconduct and abuse of FISA by James Comey, Andrew McCabe, Sally Yates and Rod Rosenstein is not just criminal but constitutes treason," Gosar wrote in a statement.

Rep. Gaetz:  FISA Memo Shows Mueller Probe Was Based on 'False, Rotten Premise'.  Rep. Matt Gaetz (R-Fla.) has been one of the most vocal congressmen in pushing for the release of the memo, which some House Republicans have claimed contains "disturbing" information on how FISA surveillance was used to target the Trump campaign.

Exceptional Work by Sharyl Attkisson — Did FBI Violate Woods Procedures?  The biggest of all bigger story aspects to the HPSCI Memo, in all coverage, has been overlooked by all Main Stream Media.  The Department of Justice FBI FISA request was for "Title I" surveillance authority.  This is not some innocuous request for metadata exploration — the FBI said American citizen Carter Page was a "foreign agent of a hostile foreign government"; the FBI was calling Carter Page a spy.

Rep. Trey Gowdy:  FBI concealed Clinton role in Steele dossier.  The House's top investigator on Sunday said the FBI failed to notify a surveillance court that it was relying on material backed by the Democratic National Committee and the Hillary Clinton campaign when it asked to snoop on a former adviser to the Trump campaign.  Rep. Trey Gowdy, South Carolina Republican, also said judges wouldn't have authorized and repeatedly renewed a warrant to spy on the former campaign aide, Carter Page, if it hadn't been for the material in that very dossier, compiled by former British spy Christopher Steele.

Gowdy Attacks Dems For Focusing On Whats Not The Memo Instead Of What Is.  GOP Rep. Trey Gowdy of South Carolina dismissed Democrats' criticisms of the recently released Republican memo detailing surveillance abuse within the FBI and Department of Justice, during an interview Sunday on "Face The Nation."  "I get that Adam Schiff and others are worried about what's not in my memo," Gowdy said on "Face The Nation."  "I wish that they were equally concerned about what's not in the FISA application"

Who Really Created The Trump Dossier?  The campaign against Trump is unprecedented because of the scale of the abuses.  The collusion between Obama government officials and Clinton campaign personnel transformed opposition research into a license for surveillance on the political opposition.  A conspiracy theory from the Clinton campaign became leverage for delegitimizing and trying to reverse the results of an election.  And the conspiracy theory that elements of the FBI loyal to the Democrats relied upon to attack Trump originated from the deepest sewer in Clintonworld that had been covertly smearing political enemies for decades.

Flashback: Chris Cillizza Called Trump 'Bonkers' For Saying Clinton And FBI Were Behind Dossier.  CNN's Chris Cillizza called President Donald Trump and his followers "bonkers" and "crazy" last year for believing the FBI and the Clinton campaign were involved in the now-infamous Steele dossier.  Cillizza chastised Trump and his cadre of followers in October of last year for suggesting and supporting the idea that Democrats and elements inside the FBI were involved in funding the dossier.  He called them conspiracy theorists at the time.

Jim Jordan Discusses FBI Using Steele Dossier to Gain "Title I" FISA Approval.  Representative Jim Jordan appears on Fox News with Ed Henry to discuss the ramifications of the FBI using the "Clinton-Steele dossier" to secure "Title I" surveillance authority through the FISA court system.  Title I FISA approval is made with the implicit understanding the FBI is presenting factual and irrefutable evidence that the American citizen targeted, Carter Page, is operating as a foreign agent on behalf of a foreign government.

16 Bombshells In The Nunes Memo The Media Do Not Want You To Know About.  [#3] It should be noted that the FISA court was set up to stop foreign terrorists.  The fact that the FBI and DOJ would use this court to not only wiretap an American but to wiretap a presidential campaign belies belief. [...] [#16] Much of the "salacious and unverified" material in the dossier came from the Russians.  In other words, those disgusting dossier lies about Trump's personal behavior came from Russian operatives.  So there is no question that it was the Clinton campaign, Democrats, Steele, the FBI, and DOJ who colluded with the Russians to rig a presidential election.

What the MSM is Hoping You Ignore About FISA Memo Is More Than Dangerous, It's Terrifying.  The memo is exactly what all of the voices on the Right were shouting about and reporting on for a year.  We were called "conspiracy theorists" and were labeled tinfoil hat-wearing fools by the mainstream media — and yet we were right.  What the memo did, and what the fallout will expand upon, is expose the FBI, DNC, DOJ, and the MSM for the deceptive, manipulative forces that they are.  The mainstream media colluded with the DNC who were colluding with the FBI and CLINTON is at the center of it all.  These supposedly neutral government agencies acted and functioned as wings and branches of the DNC under the Obama administration and now they're a deeply entrenched machine that's proved difficult to break up.  Heads need to roll and a restructuring of all these departments needs to be seen if any restoration of trust in our government is to happen.

FISA Abuse Memo Proves The Need For An Independent Investigation.  Democrats are right.  The validity of the 2016 presidential contest is in question.  Until we get to the bottom of what the FBI was up to during the election, questions about it will fester and further degrade trust in the institution.  The notion peddled by Democrats over the past few days, that releasing House Intelligence Committee Chairman Devin Nunes's memo would irreparably damage national security, has been proven absurd.  There's no reason the public shouldn't have an accounting of what went on.

The Memo Reveals The Coup Against America.  The Democrats and the media spent a week lying to the American people about the "memo."  The memo was full of "classified information" and releasing" it would expose "our spying methods."  By "our," they didn't mean American spying methods.  They meant Obama's spying methods.  A former White House Ethics Lawyer claimed that the Nunes memo would undermine "national security."  On MSNBC, Senator Chris Van Hollen threatened that if the memo is released, the FBI and DOJ "will refuse to share information with the House and Senate Intelligence Committees."  Senator Cory Booker howled that releasing the memo was "treasonous" and might be "revealing sources and methods" and even "endangering fellow Americans in the intelligence community."  The memo isn't treasonous.  It reveals a treasonous effort by the Democrats to use our intelligence agencies to rig an election and overturn the will of the voters.

Why the FISA memo could lead to perjury convictions of Comey & Co..  The 2018 Groundhog Day release of the Nunes FISA memo was preceded by partisan and establishment objections that its disclosure would somehow jeopardize ... something.  The contents of the memo now show the objections by anti-Trump forces in this historic matter were certainly a case where they "doth protest too much."  J. Marsolo explains why FISA warrant procurers James Comey, Andrew McCabe, Sally Yates, Rod Rosenstein, and Dana Boente have reason to be nervous: [...]

"Remember these three names" as Obama-gate scandal unfolds.  The Obama administration illegally acquired a warrant to spy upon a US citizen working for the Trump for President Campaign.  [Video clip]

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This 3½ minute video clip is well worth your time.

Comey Unhinged — for Good Reason.  The Nunes Memo confirms that the basis for the FISA warrants to spy on Trump associates was the Steele "dossier," paid for by the DNC and Hillary Clinton.  The Memo reveals that the FBI also paid for it.  The persons who signed the FISA applications are James Comey, Andrew McCabe, Sally Yates, Rod Rosenstein, and Dana Boente.  The Memo confirms that the political origins of the Steele Dossier, that it was bought and paid for by Hillary and the DNC, were not disclosed to the FISA court.  The legal standard for a search warrant was stated by the Supreme Court in Aguilar v.  Texas, 378 U.S. 108 (164).

Nunes tells Fox News memo was released out of public obligation.  House Intelligence Committee Chairman Devin Nunes, R-Calif., told Fox News on Friday [2/2/2018] that the memo alleging intelligence abuse during an investigation into the 2016 presidential campaign was released out of "an obligation to the American people."  He also said there's "damning" evidence that the courts were misled in an attempt to surveil a Trump campaign member.  Appearing on "Special Report," Nunes told Fox News' Bret Baier that the motivation behind releasing the memo was protecting the rights of American citizens[.]  "I have an obligation to the American people when we see FISA abuse," Nunes said.  "These are secret courts that exist to target for foreigners, for catching terrorists, for catching people who might be bad actors and the American citizens that are represented before this court have to be protected, and the only place that can protect them is the U.S. Congress when abuses do occur."

Democrats melt down over Nunes memo and enter the Upside Down.  The Democratic Media Complex is once again suffering hysterics, pulling out its hair and screaming over the release of the House Republican report, aka "the memo."  The memo alleges abuses by top officials of the FBI and the Justice Department in their investigation of President Donald Trump and suspected Russian collusion.  Democrats are furious and say the memo is incomplete, full of lies and half-truths, and they're busy telling their followers not to read the memo, while heaping hate on one of the authors, House Intelligence Committee chairman U.S. Rep. Devin Nunes.  Democrats, the FBI and the Justice Department argued that the memo should not be made public, because it endangered national security.  But after reading it, those claims appear to be nonsense.

Worse Than Watergate.  What we now know: [#1] The FBI's case to the FISA (the Foreign Intelligence Surveillance Act) Court was based almost entirely upon a partisan hit-job bought and paid for by the Democratic National Committee and the Clinton campaign. [...] [#2] Ohr's wife was one of just seven employees at FusionGPS, the firm that was paying Christopher Steele.  The personal financial relationship between the Ohrs and the dossier was concealed from the court.  [#3] The FBI could not corroborate the information in the Steele dossier, calling it only "minimally corroborated" but did not disclose this fact to the FISA Court thus leading it to believe that the information in the dossier was either FBI work-product or that it had been independently corroborated by the FBI.  Neither was true. [...] [#6] Comey lied to the president about the investigation while he was FBI director.

Mark Levin, the Nunes memo, and the Praetorian Guard media.  It is an indisputable fact that the Obama administration obtained a FISA court warrant and surveilled the Trump campaign and members of the Trump transition team.  We now know, thanks to the work of Rep. Devin Nunes, R-Calif., on the House Intelligence Committee, that not only was a FISA warrant obtained to spy on the Trump campaign during the election, but also that the warrant was obtained with unsubstantiated information provided by politically motivated actors and that the shady source of the information was concealed from the court.  The memorandum put together by Rep. Nunes summarizing his committee investigation's findings shows that the FBI and the DOJ misrepresented to the FISA court the grounds for a warrant to surveil Trump foreign policy advisor Carter Page.

There Are Four Explosive Revelations in FISA Memo That Have Not Leaked.  On Tucker Carlson Tonight Thursday evening [2/1/2018], the Wall Street Journal's Kimberly Strassel said the FBI launched "a counterintelligence probe into an active presidential campaign.  Normally the bar for that would have to be very, very high.  So if we find out that in fact even — I'm sorry — half of it, or a third of it, or a bit of it was based on partisan research from another campaign, or manufactured news that came from that campaign?  That is highly troubling!"  Fox News political commentator Monica Crowley made another key point on Thursday:  "This is the first of several memos," Crowley said on Fox Business.  "As bad as bad as this memo might be, my understanding is that there is worse coming down the pike."

Memo confirms Obama's corruption.  This, sir, is no Watergate; it is 10 times worse.  The Obama Scandal is the abuse of power by a president and his operatives to undermine the election — and then to sabotage the regime change.  The release of the memo confirms the former.  We have known about the latter for a long time.

In a nutshell:
4 Key Findings in the FISA Abuse Memo.  [#3] The political origins of the Steele dossier were known to senior DOJ and FBI officials, but excluded from the FISA applications.

GOP case:  FBI probe based on tainted evidence linked to Clinton.  Congressional Republicans are seeking to make the case that the FBI's investigation into President Trump's campaign and possible collusion with Russia was based on flawed or politically tainted evidence connected to partisans loyal to Hillary Clinton.  The House Intelligence Committee memo spearheaded by Rep. Devin Nunes (R-Calif.) that is the talk of Washington will be at the center of the argument.  The release of that four-page memo is expected as early as Friday [2/2/2018].  Another document — an eight-page criminal referral filed with the Justice Department by Senate Judiciary Committee Chairman Chuck Grassley (R-Iowa) and Sen. Lindsey Graham (R-S.C.) — is also part of the GOP case.

'The Memo' Isn't What Staunch Trump Defenders — or Haters — Want It To Be.  Here's what the memo is not:  It is not a total nothingburger, the mere release of which poses a grave threat to our intelligence-gathering capabilities or national security.  Nor is it a 'smoking gun' that either proves gross wrongdoing at the FBI, or undermines the integrity of Robert Mueller's special counsel investigation.

Tip of The Iceberg.  For several years the U.S. justice department has maintained an attitude of non-accountability within its ranks.  The Obama years elevated that attitude and provided multiple examples of a DOJ gone rogue.  A complicit media enables that attitude by engineering a false narrative the U.S. Justice Department was/is an independent fourth branch of government; unaccountable to congress and entirely separate from the executive branch.  The House Intelligence Memo is simply using the example of currently known FISA abuse to open the door and show the U.S. electorate how corrupt this unaccountable institution has become.  Behind that door are very uncomfortable realities for all of those who constructed the weaponized agency; and also those who have benefited from it.

House memo states disputed dossier was key to FBI's FISA warrant to surveil members of Team Trump.  Republicans on the House Intelligence Committee released the memo Friday.  The White House responded by saying the memo "raises serious concerns about the integrity of decisions made at the highest levels of the Department of Justice and the FBI to use the government's most intrusive surveillance tools against American citizens."

GOP releases memo suggesting FBI anti-Trump bias.  The document recounts the series of events in 2016 that launched the Justice Department's investigation into Russian election hacking and possible connections to the Trump campaign.  According to the document, FBI investigators relied heavily on a dossier from British intelligence officer Christopher Steele when they authorized surveillance of people connected to Trump.  The Democratic National Committee and Hillary Clinton's campaign paid Steele $160,000 to compile derogatory information about Trump and his relationship with Russian officials, according to the Republican memo.

Source: FISA Memo Says FBI Used Dossier To Spy On Trump Associate.  "In this case, because Democrats are trying to continue to smear Trump, they've got a special prosecutor looking into an allegation that may be built completely on a bed of lies, and again, getting out all the facts whether it's a short memo or underlying facts," California Rep. Darrell Issa told The Daily Caller Wednesday [2/1/2018].  "It has the fingerprints all over it of being a dirty trick, not opposition research, but creation of false opposition research, in other words — things that didn't happen.  And then spreading it," said Issa.

House Intelligence memo released:  What it says.  The FBI and Justice Department mounted a monthslong effort to keep the information outlined in the memo out of the House Intelligence Committee's hands.  Only the threat of contempt charges and other forms of pressure forced the FBI and Justice to give up the material.  Once Intelligence Committee leaders and staff compiled some of that information into the memo, the FBI and Justice Department, supported by Capitol Hill Democrats, mounted a ferocious campaign of opposition, saying the release of the memo would endanger national security and the rule of law.  But Intelligence Committee Chairman Devin Nunes, R-Calif., never wavered in his determination to make the information available to the public.

A Never-Trump Press in Near Panic.  "All the News That's Fit to Print" proclaims the masthead of The New York Times.  "Democracy Dies in Darkness," echoes The Washington Post.  "The people have a right to know," the professors at Columbia University Graduate School of Journalism hammered into us in 1962.  "Trust the people," we were admonished.  Explain then this hysteria, this panic in the press over the release of a four-page memo detailing one congressional committee's rendering of how Trump-hate spawned an FBI investigation of Republican candidate and President Donald Trump.  What is the press corps afraid of?  For it has not ceased keening and caterwauling that this memo must not see the light of day.  Do the media not trust the people?  Can Americans not handle the truth?

What the House Intelligence Committee Memo Says.  The Intelligence Committee memo obviously outlines a major scandal that indicts principal figures in the FBI, including James Comey, Andrew McCabe, and Sally Yates and Rod Rosenstein, unless the latter two officials were unaware of the fraud that was being perpetrated on the federal court.  Whether some of those involved should go to prison would require a careful examination of relevant federal statutes.  The memo leaves much unsaid.  The timing is unclear, at least to me.  It sounds as though the FBI continued to renew its FISA warrant long after it had terminated its relationship with Steele and knew, or should have known, that his information was bogus.  Why?  Did the FBI tell the FISA court in these renewal applications that it had terminated its relationship with Steele, or that it had been unable to corroborate his claims?  Presumably not.  Also, we don't know what was done with the information that was collected about Carter Page — and, of course, about anyone with whom he communicated.  This is where the enormous number of "unmasking" requests by Obama officials like Susan Rice come in.

Memo Update:  James Comey, Andrew McCabe, Sally Yates, Dana Boente, Rod Rosenstein... and Barack Obama.  [Scroll down]  Hovering over this as well is the Clinton campaign.  Hillary Clinton is said to already taken measures to insulate herself via several layers (staffers).  She will claim total ignorance of Fusion GPS's actions (and remember, Fusion GPS is also tied directly to Mr. Obama and the DNC) staff involvement in the false dossier, and/or what Obama administration officials then did with said dossier.  That is where things get much stickier for Mr. Obama.  All it will take is one high-ranking official to turn on him and the rickety pile of deception could come tumbling down.  Make no mistake — threats have been made to maintain silence.  Threats that involve business, family, whatever is necessary to protect the Obama Machine.

House Intel Memo Shows Just How Politicized The Obama Administration Had Become.  The memo is out, and it's bad.  Is shows, unequivocally, that the Federal Bureau of Investigation used political opposition research paid for by the Democratic National Committee and the Hillary Clinton campaign to get a secret court warrant to spy on a Trump campaign member.  It also shows that the FBI omitted vital information in its warrant request to the Foreign Intelligence Surveillance Act (FISA) court.  Namely, the FBI kept asking for warrant renewals (FISA wiretapping permission expires after 90 days) without telling the court the FBI itself had dismissed Christopher Steele, who generated the opposition research, for lying to the FBI and leaking his relationship with the agency to the press.  Both are not only unethical but likely illegal.

Carter Page Says He's Updating Lawsuits Thanks To FISA Memo's Release.  Carter Page was a former foreign policy adviser to the Trump campaign and a central figure in this FISA memo war and the ongoing narrative of Russia collusion.  We now know that the Trump dossier, which was really a partisan opposition research document funded by the Clinton campaign, was used as the basis to secure a FISA warrant against Page.  Former MI6 operative Christopher Steele compiled the document.  Research firm Fusion GPS, which had been retained for their services by the Clinton campaign, contracted him.  This was a Democrat-funded venture.  Full stop.  It was also largely uncorroborated.  A shoddy document that was really partisan opposition research from a presidential campaign was used by the FBI/DOJ to secure a warrant to spy on the opposing side.

Democracy's Highest Crime and Misdemeanor.  Every week brings new revelations and details about a cabal in the federal government whose actions border on both sedition and conspiracy.  The evidence suggests that specific high level officials in the Justice Department and the FBI colluded to violate the law in unprecedented ways for the singular purpose of subverting the will of the people both before and after the 2016 election.  The United States is now at a defining moment.  Will there be a restoration of the rule of law, or will Washington's elite continue to give cover and a pass to fellow members of the Ruling Class (a descriptive phrase coined in these pages by Angelo Codevilla)?  The question:  Is there sufficient decency and courage in the midst of Washington's swamp to compel the pursuit of justice wherever in the Ruling Class it leads and then to prosecute the lawbreakers — whomever they are?

Stunning Admission:  James Clapper Admits Steele Dossier Was Used For FISA Surveillance "Extension".  In a stunning admission to CNN's Jake Tapper Wednesday [1/31/2018], former Director of National Intelligence James Clapper admitted the Steele dossier was used for an extension of FISA surveillance.  "As I understand it, this was simply an extension of the original FISA request.  Meaning that, or implying, that apparently, there was information that was considered valuable that was being obtained, via the initial FISA request," Clapper told Tapper.

Naming Names Is Mandatory in the House Intelligence Memo.  No one is beyond the law, especially those who are pledged to uphold it.  They deserve special scrutiny.  That is why, particularly now, the FBI must take its medicine and allow the House Intelligence Committee to publish the Republican memo intact — with names named.  If the memo is incorrect, inaccurate, or unfair, those who wrote and backed it will pay the price.  If it is correct, those named have things to answer for.  Systems must be fixed.  An organization must be repaired — and quickly.  If the FBI was suborned for partisan purposes, it is an atrocity well beyond Watergate.  We live in an era when human privacy is essentially extinct.  Unless you stay entirely off the grid — and few in the modern world can do that — you are a fool to think your communications, and indeed movements, are not being monitored.  It's been that way for some time.


News and commentary - before the release of the four-page Nunes Memo:


Last Stand Of The Custer DOJ/FBI: A final attempt to prevent Americans from seeing The Memo.  The FBI issued a statement earlier today [1/31/2018] stating — wait for it — they don't want the American people to view evidence of criminality by leaders in their agency and the DOJ.  Their story has changed from possibly compromising sources and methods — which is patently absured given what we know about the modern surveillance state — to the fact that "they haven't had enough time to review it". [...] Given how much we already know about the unlawful actions of the Obama DOJ and FBI, my suggestion is simple.  Release the memo and let the leadership in the DOJ and FBI outline any "omissions of fact" that could absolve them of crimes.  My guess is that they won't be able to do so.

WSJ Columnist Tells Us What To Look For In The FISA Memo.  The four-page document alleging egregious abuses in government surveillance is now public with no redactions.  Prior to its release, it was something of a Pickett's Charge for the Department of Justice and the FBI.  The told The House Intelligence Committee that releasing the memo would be reckless, possibly detrimental to national security.  After stonewalling Congress on multiple document requests relating to the Trump dossier and Fusion GPS, they had the temerity to ask if they could review it.  Congress refused, though FBI Director Christopher Wray reviewed it last Sunday, with two senior FBI officials saying there were no factual errors in the document.

FBI to Trump White House:  Please Block The FISA Memo That Could Expose Us For Spying On You.  The four-page memo is seen by some as a document that could offer clarity over whether the FBI used the shoddy Trump dossier compiled by former MI6 operative Christopher Steele, whose was contracted by research firm Fusion GPS — which was given money for this opposition research project by the Hillary campaign.  It wasn't corroborated and on top of that, Steele is said to have given the FBI another dossier compiled by a Clinton political operative, Cody Shearer, which also wasn't verified.  So, did the FBI/DOJ secure FISA warrants on members of the Trump campaign by presenting before the court unverified documents?

FBI officials review surveillance memo, could not cite 'any factual inaccuracies': source.  Two senior FBI officials have now reviewed a controversial Republican staff memo alleging abuses of government surveillance programs during the 2016 presidential campaign, a source familiar with the matter told Fox News — adding that the officials "could not point to any factual inaccuracies."  The two officials — one from the bureau's counterintelligence division and the other from the legal division — followed up after an initial review of the memo during a rare Sunday trip to Capitol Hill by FBI Director Christopher Wray.

Whoopsie: James Clapper States "Clinton-Steele Dossier" Was Used for FISA Surveillance "Extension".  Gotta love the professionally obtuse former DNI James Clapper.  As much as he is a stuttering doofus, and therein showcases his political value for the former administration; and to the extent that Clapper has previously stated there was no attempt by the DOJ/FBI to gain a FISA authorized approval for surveillance on any Trump campaign officials:  "none that I'm aware of"; ...it is always valuable to listen to Clapper because he has a tendency to, well, to let slip stuff that makes the black hats cringe.

GOP Rejects Adam Schiff's Last-Ditch Effort to Block Memo's Release.  Rep. Adam Schiff (D-CA) made a last-minute effort Wednesday evening to block the release of a highly-anticipated House Intelligence Committee memorandum that is expected to allege that the Obama administration abused the federal government's surveillance powers to spy on Donald Trump's political campaign.  The committee voted along party lines on Monday to release the memorandum to the public, subject to final approval by the president.

Wyden Threatens To Release Other Classified Info If Nunes Intel Memo Is Released.  Oregon Democratic Sen. Ron Wyden threatened Wednesday to release sensitive and classified information if the House Intelligence Committee's majority memo is released to the public.  "If this memo comes out, I have a long list of less sensitive, but still classified, information that the American people deserve to see," he tweeted to his followers.  Wyden spokesman Keith Chu disputed the Oregon Democrat was threatening to release anything telling the Daily Caller in an e-mail statement, "You've misread Sen. Wyden's tweet.  Wyden is pledging to ramp up his 17-year fight to stop government from abusing the classification system through secret law.  Please read his whole thread or ask before making wild accusations."

Trump Approves Release Of FISA Memo.  President Donald Trump has approved the release of a classified memo compiled by House Republicans on the intelligence committee, clearing the way for its release Friday, multiple outlets report.  The document allegedly contains proof that some of the top officials in the Obama-era national security establishment abused their authority to obtain surveillance warrants on members of the Trump 2016 campaign.

Leak War:  Explaining Five New Developments in the Never-Ending Memo/Investigations Firestorm.  [Scroll down]  If the goal is to get to the bottom of Russia's involvement in our election, which it ought to be, knocking on some doors at Fusion feels like a no-brainer.  They're the Democratic oppo research group that hired Christopher Steele, who compiled the dodgy anti-Trump dossier (paid for by the Clinton campaign and DNC) that is at least tangentially related to almost every Trump-linked controversy and battle mentioned in this post.  In assembling his file, Steele reportedly leaned on high-ranking... Russian officials.  We also know that the Russian lawyer (alleged to be a Kremlin cut-out) who attended that fateful meeting with Don Jr, Jared Kushner and Paul Manafort also met with the founder of Fusion GPS, both beforehand and afterwards, on that very day.  And she brought Fusion-furnished documents to the meeting.

GOP Rep:  FISA Memo Will Show How Obama Officials, Hillary Clinton and DNC Weaponized FBI to Target Political Adversaries.  The Deep State and FBI are in overdrive to prevent the FISA memo from being released to the public.  In a last ditch effort, the FBI is pulling out all the stops to either delay the release, delegitimize the memo or redact names from the document.

Devin Nunes to FBI: 'No surprise' to see FBI and DOJ's 'spurious objections' to allowing public to see FISA memo.  The clash between House Intelligence Committee Chairman Rep. Devin Nunes, R-Calif., and the FBI continued to simmer on Wednesday when the California Republican said that once "the truth gets out" about the classified memo his staff put together, "we can begin taking steps to ensure our intelligence agencies and courts are never misused like this again."  In a statement, Nunes said it is "no surprise" to see the FBI and Department of Justice "issue spurious objections to allowing the American people to see information related to surveillance abuses at these agencies."

FBI has 'grave concerns' about 'omissions' in surveillance memo.  The FBI said Wednesday [1/31/2018] that the bureau has "grave concerns" about the classified memo that purportedly reveals government surveillance abuses, but White House Chief of Staff John Kelly says it is going public, anyway.  "With regard to the House Intelligence Committee's memorandum, the FBI was provided a limited opportunity to review this memo the day before the committee voted to release it," the FBI said in a statement.  "As expressed during our initial review, we have grave concerns about material omissions of fact that fundamentally impact the memo's accuracy."

Ryan: 'There May Have Been Malfeasance... at the FBI'; 'Legitimate Questions' About FISA Abuses.  House Speaker Paul Ryan on Tuesday listed four points in defense of his fellow Republicans on the House intelligence committee, following their vote yesterday to publicly release a classified memo about the way the FISA process was used in the Trump-Russia investigation.

House Intel votes to make Nunes memo public.  The House Intelligence Committee on Monday evening voted to make public a GOP-crafted memo alleging what some Republicans say are "shocking" surveillance abuses at the Department of Justice (DOJ).  At the same time, the committee voted against making public a Democrat-drafted countermemo.  While the panel voted to release that memo to the entire House, Republicans expressed concern that publicly releasing the minority memo would damage sensitive intelligence sources and methods, according to Rep. Adam Schiff (D-Calif.), the committee's ranking member.

House Intel votes to release controversial surveillance memo to the public.  The House Intelligence Committee on Monday evening voted to release a classified memo circulating in Congress that purportedly reveals government surveillance abuses.  The vote was announced to reporters by California Rep. Adam Schiff, the top Democrat on the committee, who called it a "very sad day, I think, in the history of this committee."  The motion passed on a party-line basis, he said.  President Trump now has five days to decide whether he has any objections before the memo can be publicly released.

If FISA Abuse is not dealt with harshly, the entire American form of government is in jeopardy.  Our entire system of being a Constitutional Republic is based on the orderly, REAL transfer of power between political parties after voters have their say in elections.  All you need is ONE party deciding one time to use the power of the federal gov't to suppress it's [sic] political opponents & the entire American system of self governance through honest, free elections is in mortal danger.  There is no way people in the federal gov't can 'accidentally' weaponize it's [sic] law enforcement & intelligence gathering powers against political opponents.  There are numerous safeguards in place to prevent this.  ALL those safeguards would have to be subverted.  This is why people who have read the #FisaAbuseMemo are so absolutely terrified by what they are seeing in it.  This was deliberate.  People who knew what they were doing subverted every safeguard & weaponized our federal agencies against American citizens based on politics.

'Dossier' firm says U.S. senator's leaks endanger its employees.  The research firm behind the so-called Trump "dossier" accused U.S. Senate Judiciary Committee Chairman Chuck Grassley on Monday [1/29/2018] of endangering its employees by ignoring "multiple" requests not to publicly disclose their names.

Critically important:  FISA, the NSA, and the 4th Amendment.  Did the Obama administration illegally use its power in multiple ways to access NSA intercepts so that it could gain intelligence on — and kneecap — Trump's administration?  If so, then this is a scandal that dwarfs everything that happened during Watergate and highlights the real danger to our republic flowing from government abuse of NSA's capabilities.  With luck, we'll very soon read the House Intelligence Committee's four-page document summarizing its investigation into alleged FISA abuses and the Trump-Russia collusion.  If we're very lucky, that document will have attached to it the declassified intelligence and court documents supporting its contentions.

Guessing at FISA Redactions:  Well, this is certainly an interesting coincidence.  I've said it before and I'll say it again.  This is the greatest scandal in American history.  These are police state tactics, plain and simple.  Unless all of these traitors are held to account, the future of the American republic is at risk.

The Week Ahead Promises an Awful Lot.  It's not a certainty, but various sources have been predicting that by the middle of next week the long-awaited purported bombshell 4-page "FISA memo" (#ReleaseTheMemo) that reportedly outs the dirty players in President Obama's administration who conspired to take down President Trump, will be released.  To head it off, the Democrats and their allies in the mainstream media have been casting the memo as a flawed partisan Republican document whose purpose is to deflect attention from Special Counsel Robert Mueller's ongoing investigation into alleged collusion between Russia and the 2016 Trump campaign.  Democrats opposed to releasing the memo also insist that it has the potential of harming government intelligence agencies and compromising national security.

Secret FISA Memo Will Be Redacted When Released.  Millions already knew that the FBI was a sewer of sabotage and lies long before House Intelligence Committee chairman Devin Nunes began teasing the public about the contents of so-called "Secret Memo".  They're the ones who knew that the FBI had become the rogue intel arm of the Deep State working feverishly to overturn the results of Election 2016.  FBI agents like Peter Strzok and his love interest Lisa Page are a dime a dozen.

Toilets: The FBI, Department of Justice and the Guggenheim.  We're still waiting for the release of the four-page memo prepared by Congressman Devin Nunes on the investigation into the FBI and DOJ's skullduggery in the "collusion" investigation, which his colleagues who have read it describe as "troubling" "shocking" "deeply disturbing."  From what we are seeing in the publicly released communications of some of the participants, it is not far-fetched to consider that sedition charges may be in the works.

WSJ Columnist:  FBI/DOJ Are Trying To Drop A Depth Charge On Trump, House GOP In FISA Memo Fight.  The four-page document details alleged abuses that are said to be akin to the activities of the KGB.  Some lawmakers said it could lead to deep changes within the DOJ. Democrats have pushed back saying it's a political stunt, aimed at undermining the credibility of the FBI.  There's speculation that the Obama administration used the unverified Trump dossier as the basis to secure FISA warrants to spy on members of the Trump campaign and transition team.  The dossier was funded by the Hillary campaign.  They hired Fusion GPS, a research firm, who in turn contracted an ex-MI6 operative to get information on Donald Trump.  In all, it's a lucrative opposition research file, most of which cannot be corroborated.  The DOJ has been adamant that they review the memo before it's release to prevent a reckless disclosure of information.  The House GOP response has pretty much been to tell the DOJ/FBI to shove it.  They're not allowing them to read the memo.

What To Expect From The House Intel Memo On Surveillance Abuse.  [Scroll down]  There is no question that the allegations in the document are a big deal.  However, the perception of the significance of the report will vary.  For people who know a lot about the Russia investigation and how it was operated, it may seem more significant than to those who are not as up-to-speed on the complicated details.  People who have a high tolerance for surveillance or aggressive law enforcement may be more excusing of abuses than others.  And people with strong feelings about Trump — either pro or con — may find it difficult to set aside those feelings as they evaluate the facts regarding the Department of Justice and FBI's handling of their extensive powers.

FISA Memo Leaked, Comey, Rosenstein, McCabe Named.  The Obama administration has created an enduring legacy of incompetence and treason.  Plagued by bureaucratic holdovers and the slowest federal appointment process in history, President Trump still employs many radical democrats in some of the highest positions of the state.  Federal Bureau of Investigations (FBI) Deputy Director Andrew McCabe has been specifically named within the memo drafted by the House Intelligence Committee.

Gowdy:  Everything in the FISA Abuse Memo I Got from the FBI.  GOWDY: "It tells me, and I'll say this with a broken heart, that the law enforcement agency that I have tremendous respect for and that I worked with for 16 years had some bad apples in really important positions of trust and responsibility, and their bias overcame their objectivity.  I don't know how much damage they did, it's really not my job to prove that — that's Michael Horowitz and Jeff Sessions' job to find out how much damage these two agents and others did.  But I care a lot about the Department of Justice and the F.B.I. and it breaks my heart that we are having to have this conversation about two agents that only wanted to get the president.  They didn't have any answers in clearing him."

Comey, Rosenstein, McCabe All Named In FISA Memo, First Leak Reveals.  A bombshell four-page "FISA memo" alleging egregious surveillance abuse by the FBI, DOJ and Obama administration, specifically names FBI Deputy Director Andrew McCabe, former FBI Director James Comey and Deputy Attorney General Rod Rosenstein, according to the Daily Beast. [...] Along with the four-page memo, Congressional investigators learned from a new batch of text messages between anti-Trump FBI investigators that several individuals within the Department of Justice and the FBI may have come together in the "immediate aftermath" of the 2016 election to undermine President Trump, according to Rep. John Ratcliffe (R-TX) who has reviewed the texts.  This is particularly interesting since the memo allegedly names Deputy Attorney General Rod Rosenstein — who created Robert Mueller's special counsel after former FBI Director James Comey was fired.

Schiff Overflowing.  [Democratic Rep. Adam] Schiff was the perfect counterpart to [Glenn] Simpson.  Like an-old fashioned analysand on the couch, Simpson wanted to free associate about Russia and Russians and Putin and loose threads in the collusion illusion that Simpson himself has fostered, and Schiff wanted nothing more than to sit at Simpson's feet.  The substance of the Steele/GPS Fusion dossier that has given rise to the hysteria in which we have been engulfed for the past year-plus all but disappeared in the haze.

DOJ warns Devin Nunes against 'extraordinarily reckless'release of memo on alleged FISA abuses.  The Department of Justice warned House Intelligence Committee Chairman Devin Nunes against releasing a memo that allegedly details results of an investigation into abuses by the department and FBI in its use of the Foreign Intelligence Surveillance Act, or FISA, calling it "extraordinarily reckless."  In a letter obtained by the Washington Examiner that was sent to the California Republican on Wednesday, Stephen Boyd, the assistant attorney general for legislative affairs, wrote that "it would be extraordinarily reckless for the Committee to disclose such information publicly without giving the Department and the FBI the opportunity to review the memorandum and to advise the HPSCI [the House intelligence committee] of the risk of harm to national security and to ongoing investigations that could come from public release."

The Clamor over the Nunes 'FISA Abuse' Memo.  [Scroll down]  The Justice Department and the FBI are reportedly angry that, after they complied with the Intelligence Committee's demand that they make classified and investigative materials available for inspection, Nunes will not permit the FBI to inspect his memo summarizing that information before moving to disclose it.  The irony here is rich.  These executive-branch agencies did not cooperatively comply with congressional investigators; they stonewalled for five months.  To this day they are stonewalling:  Just this weekend, they belatedly fessed up that the FBI had failed to preserve five months' worth of text messages — something they had to have known for months.  An American who impeded a federal investigation the way federal investigators are impeding congressional investigations would swiftly find himself in legal jeopardy.  Moreover, it is not like the Justice Department and FBI did Nunes a favor and are thus in a position to impose conditions; Congress is entitled to the information it has sought in its oversight capacity.

Top Democrat Says Explosive FISA Memo is "Sloppy and Careless" — Then Admits He Hasn't Read It.  There is a massive scandal brewing at the top ranks of America's premier law enforcement agency.  Rep. Devin Nunes (R-CA) prepared a four-page explosive memo recently, based on classified material that purportedly lays out what the FBI and others did to corrupt the 2016 election.  According to Rep. Dave Joyce (R-OH) and others, the memo is "deeply disturbing."

Schiff Hits the Fan.  Sen. Dianne Feinstein gets to release the testimony of Fusion GPS founder Glenn Simpson due to a head cold but it takes a vote of the House Intelligence Committee and presidential approval to release the memo detailing the FBI and DOJ collusion to overthrow the President of the United States.  I have a suggestion — vote to release the memo, send a copy to President Trump and have him read it during the State of the Union.  Isn't this supposed to be the government of the people, by the people, and for the people?  So why are the people kept in the dark about the attempted overthrow of their government?  Our representatives can see the memo but the people they represent can't?

Tucker Carlson Drops A Truth Bomb On The Mainstream Media.  Tucker Carlson shamed the mainstream media for no longer serving as watchdogs and for failing to speak truth to power, Wednesday [1/24/2018] on Fox News' "Tucker Carlson Tonight."  Carlson discussed a classified memo detailing surveillance practices used by former President Barack Obama's administration, to spy on President Donald Trump's campaign.  Carlson accused liberals of using Russia as an excuse to keep the memo secret and said the press has been complicit in hiding the truth.

Chairmen Nunes & Gowdy Plot Releasing Supporting Documents With Explosive FISA Memo.  According to the Washington Examiner's Byron York, Judiciary Committee Chairman Bob Goodlatte (R-VA), Oversight Committee Chairman Trey Gowdy (R-SC) and Intelligence Committee Chairman Devin Nunes (R-CA) huddled together Saturday [1/20/2018] to discuss a "never-before-used procedure" for releasing the "shocking" FISA abuse memo.

Rep. Paul Gosar on #ReleaseTheMemo:  Obama's 'Weaponization' of DOJ and Intelligence Services Links to Fast and Furious, IRS, and Benghazi Scandal.  "If you don't think the unmasking has something to do with the weaponization of our Department of Justice and our intelligence services, think again," said Rep. Paul Gosar (R-AZ), suggesting that the Obama administration had weaponized the executive branch in pursuit of partisan political purposes.

Did The Obama Administration Abuse FISA To Spy On The Trump Campaign?  We'll Have To Wait 19 Days.  Last week, we reported that a four-page memo about alleged FISA abuses was made public to the entire House.  Almost 200 members have read it.  It details abuses so egregious that some lawmakers say could lead to drastic changes at the FBI and Department of Justice.  Some have linked the alleged abuses to that of the KGB.  The debate now is whether to make this memo public.

Senate Intelligence Committee Member Regarding #ReleaseTheMemo:  "For Sake Of National Security This Must Never See The Light Of Day".  A senator who was described by sources as a member of the powerful Senate Intelligence Committee is said to have implored their fellow SIC members earlier this week that the now-infamous memo said to outline rampant surveillance abuses by the FBI against private citizens, including but not limited to, attempts to subvert the 2016 Election in favor of Hillary Clinton, must, in the interest of national security, "...never see the light of day."  It should also be noted that this senator is said to be "very close" to the Obama Machine.


"It has been my experience that whenever a leader — whether elected, anointed or media-appointed — does not want you to see something, that's probably the time when you should go out of your way to see it."
Clarence Page    


The Continued Creation of The "Fall Guy" Bill Priestap — John Brennan Edition.  [Scroll down]  In the aftermath of the election, all of the players were paying close attention to what each of their colleagues was saying.  Obviously John Brennan realized people were focusing on Comey's March 20th admission to congress that the FBI intentionally kept congress in the dark during the construct of the Trump-Russia counter-intel narrative.  Congress was kept in the dark during this (July 2016-November 2016) operation because the surveillance relied on innuendo, rumor, gossip etc, the "Clinton/Steele Dossier".  The unlawful operation needed the cover of a FISA Court approval; in the aftermath of the election the investigation itself morphed into a political need; the substance was non-existent and immaterial in relation to the creation of a narrative and to provide cover.

The Fusion Affair, Weaponizing Government Spying.  There are daily revelations showing rampant government corruption in the bureau's counterintelligence division and the National Security Division of the Department of Justice.  Among these is startling fact the FBI did not allocate its own agents to scour the information collected through the NSA under the Foreign Intelligence Surveillance Act.  This is the program through which our government collects every communication sent by every citizen all the time.  The reason this is not seen as a violation of our constitutional rights is because this data is theoretically protected from abuse through a system that limits access to agencies critical to our national security and, beyond those, only by warrants acquired through the Foreign Intelligence Surveillance Court.

It looks like the 'James Bond' behind the dossier let a Putin pawn do all the work.  Virtually all of the credibility of the so-called Steele dossier — and the Trump-Russia collusion narrative and investigations it spawned — hinges on Christopher Steele's vaunted reputation as a former British intelligence agent who spied on Moscow and still maintains a network of sources inside the Kremlin.  But now we are finding out from newly released transcripts that he never even set foot inside Russia to compile his dossier, and that he relied instead on an ex-journalist-turned-p.r. consultant to do much of his investigating there.  In fact, this non-intelligence figure may be his main "Russian source" of information.

GOP Lawmaker:  "Absolutely" the FISA Memo IS THE SMOKING GUN.  On Saturday [1/20/2018] Rep. Dave Joyce announced that the House Permanent Select Committee on Intelligence (HPSIC) had launched the process to release the explosive FBI-FISA-Russia classified memo.

Rep. Adam Schiff, election transparency crusader, does NOT want to Release The Memo.  California Democrat Rep. Adam Schiff has been among the leading voices on the Left calling for full transparency about the 2016 election so the American people can know exactly what happened.  However, the transparency Schiff has called for apparently only applies to anything that might fit the Democrats' "Trump/Russia collusion" narrative.  As far as the classified memo that has shocked Republicans in Congress by documenting alleged surveillance abuses, Schiff is saying "not so fast":

Dem Rep Adam Schiff Says FISA Memo Should Stay Secret Because Americans Won't Understand It.  Democratic Rep Adam Schiff told CNN on Saturday the much-hyped FISA memo which Republicans say shows "KGB" level corruption on the part of the Department of Justice should stay secret because American's don't have enough context to understand it.

Also posted under Liberals think you're stupid.

House Intelligence Committee Will Vote To Release FISA Corruption Memo.  According to Representative Dave Joyce (R-OH14) the House Intelligence Committee will hold a vote on the release of the four-page Nunes memo that reveals systemic corruption within the DOJ and FBI; including the unlawful use of FISA-702(16)(17) data searches which were part of an elaborate DOJ-FBI surveillance program on the political campaign of Donald Trump.

Washington:  City of Hate.  Yes, after more than a year of "Russia, Russia, Russia", it's all coming down — or may be coming down — to a memo to the House Intelligence Committee.  Only we're not supposed to see it — that and all the attendant documents, emails and texts that prove or disprove its contents.  Was a forged document by a sleazy coterie of wretched political attack dogs actually used by our government to justify spying on U.S. citizens and upending a presidential campaign?  Inquiring — or normal human — minds should want know.  Yet you and I, the people of this country, are not permitted to see things only the denizens of Washington can see.  Hidden in a SCIF somewhere, they alone determine what is permissible for our untrained eyes.  They release information about Russia — and everything else — only when they see fit.  And then they redact said information to such an extent most government documents resemble Rorschach tests once they are published.  Your guess is as good as mine what's in them.

A Bombshell House Intelligence report exposing extensive FISA abuse could lead to the removal of senior government officials.  A review of a classified document outlining what is described as extensive Foreign Intelligence Surveillance Act abuse was made available to all House members Thursday [1/18/2018] and the revelations could lead to the removal of senior officials in the FBI and Department of Justice, several sources with knowledge of the document stated.  These sources say the report is "explosive," stating they would not be surprised if it leads to the end of Robert Mueller's Special Counsel investigation into President Trump and his associates.  The House Intelligence Committee passed the motion along party lines Thursday to make the classified report alleging extensive 'FISA Abuse' related to the controversial dossier available to all House members.

Amid shutdown, House GOP shows intense interest in Trump dossier memo.  Of course the government shutdown is topic No. 1 on Capitol Hill this weekend; that's why lawmakers, normally spread across the country in their states and districts, are in Washington on a Saturday and Sunday.  But in the House of Representatives, concern about the shutdown is nearly matched by interest in something else:  the memo, produced by Republicans on the Intelligence Committee, detailing so-called "FISA abuse" in connection with the Trump dossier and the larger Trump-Russia affair.  A steady stream of lawmakers, almost all of them Republicans, has been visiting a secure room in the Capitol, where they are required to sign a non-disclosure agreement before reading the four-page memo.  So far, more than 180 out of 241 GOP members of the House have read the document.  That is an extraordinary level of interest, given that there is a government shutdown going on.

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.

Fusion GPS Founder:  FBI May Have Paid Expenses for Anti-Trump Dossier Author.  Glenn R. Simpson, the co-founder of the controversial opposition research firm Fusion GPS, stated in testimony it "makes sense" to him that the FBI paid for a trip to Rome by the former British spy who was contracted by Simpson's company to produce the largely discredited 35-page anti-Trump dossier.  Fusion GPS hired Christopher Steele, a former British intelligence agent, to do the work cited in the anti-Trump dossier.  Last July, Steele reportedly traveled to Rome, where he met with an FBI contact to supply the agency with the anti-Trump dossier and other information he found during the course of his anti-Trump work.  Steele's dossier reportedly served as some of the basis for the FBI's investigation into Trump's 2016 presidential campaign and unsubstantiated claims of coordination with Russia.

House panel releases Glenn Simpson testimony transcript.  The co-founder of the opposition research firm Fusion GPS told the House Intelligence Committee this past November that "people were arrested or died mysteriously" after the existence of the now-infamous "Trump-Russia dossier" was made public.  However, Glenn Simpson did not say whether those affected actually contributed information to the unverified dossier, which was compiled by former British spy Christopher Steele and which BuzzFeed published in January of last year.  "I do believe there was a bit of an old-fashioned purge," Simpson told the committee, before adding, "to my knowledge, it wasn't anyone that helped us.  I think it was more likely people who were taking the opportunity to settle scores or were falsely accused ... and/or were sources of the U.S. Intelligence Community, not us."

Secret (for now) memo may blow the lid off FISA warrant and Mueller investigation.  Conservative hearts are aflutter, thanks to a memo that has been made available to members of the House of Representatives (if they go to a secure room and read it).  According to several members, there is finally hope of documenting the cabal that appears to have deceived the FISA Court with the Steele dossier to obtain a warrant to spy on the Trump campaign, and then launched special counsel Robert Mueller to investigate the bogus "collusion" charges, morphing into the Lavrentiy Beria strategy of "show me the man, and I'll find you the crime."  According to some members who have seen it, heads may roll, and people may end up in prison.

McCain Associate Who Handled Dossier Asks Judge To Seal Deposition.  An associate of Arizona Sen. John McCain's who handled the dossier is asking a federal judge to block the release of a videotape and transcript of a deposition he recently gave in a lawsuit related to the salacious document.  David Kramer, a former State Department official and former director at the McCain Institute for International Leadership, filed a motion in federal court in Florida asking a judge for a protective order to block the public release of his deposition.  Kramer was deposed last month by lawyers for a Russian businessman suing BuzzFeed News for publishing the dossier.  The lawyers for the businessman, Aleksej Gubarev, are interested in Kramer because he is one of just a few people known to have handled the dossier after it was completed by former British spy Christopher Steele and before its Jan. 10, 2017 publication.

5 Things to Know About Fusion GPS's Sordid Past.  On Tuesday [1/16/2018], Sen. Dianne Feinstein (D-Calif.) released the transcript of Glenn Simpson's interview with congressional investigators last August.  The investigation centered on the Trump-Russia dossier compiled by former British spy Christopher Steele and potentially used by the Obama administration to secure FISA surveillance on officials in the Donald Trump campaign.  Fusion GPS has a long sordid history of twisting the truth to attack political opponents, and Trump is merely the latest victim.

Here's How The NYT's Latest Russian Collusion Theory Was Ripped Apart.  The Steele Dossier is suspected to be what prompted a FISA warrant and the cryptic "insurance" policy that was referenced in texting exchange between Peter Strzok and his mistress Lisa Page, a bureau lawyer.  Strzok was part of the FBI's investigations into Hillary's emails and signed off on this current Russia probe.  He was removed from the investigation last summer once Special Counsel Robert Mueller learned of the texts, of which there are 10,000 between Strzok and Page between August of 2015 and December of 2016.

Did Christopher Steele Write His Dossier, or Did a Russian Associate?  Christopher Steele, or "Chris Steele," as he bylined his reporting, attended Cambridge University and wrote for the student publication, Varsity.  At Cambridge, he also served as president of the Cambridge Union Society, a debating club.  Contemporaries remember him as an "avowedly [l]eft-wing student with CND credentials."  CND is shorthand for "Campaign for Nuclear Disarmament," a British organization that was particularly active when Steele arrived at Cambridge in the early 1980s.  At the time, MI5 monitored CND for its reported communist ties.  As the British Guardian observed in an article on Steele, "Cambridge had produced some of MI6's most talented cold war officials.  A few of them, it turned out — to great embarrassment — had secret second jobs with the KGB."  But this is a story for another day.  The story for today is how a Cambridge journalist and debater could write a sentence like the following: [...]

Simpson Admits Fusion GPS Went to the Press to Salvage Hillary's Campaign.  [Glenn] Simpson appeared before the House Intelligence Committee, in response to a subpoena, on November 8, 2017.  At that time, his lawyer indicated that he would not answer questions, but rather would invoke his Fifth Amendment privilege against self-incrimination.  The Fifth Amendment does not give a witness carte blanche to say that it would be more convenient for him not to answer questions.  It is a constitutional privilege against self-incrimination.  To invoke it, a witness must allege that if he were to answer questions on a certain topic, his answers may tend to show that he is guilty of a crime.  What crime did Glenn Simpson commit, or at least arguably commit, in connection with Fusion GPS's absurd "investigation" of Donald Trump, and his later publicizing of the results of that investigation?  We don't know.

House Intelligence Committee Votes To Reveal "The Big Ugly".  The House Intelligence Committee voted today to allow all congressional members to view a summary report of classified documents behind the "Clinton Dossier".  As Byron York writes in the Washington Examiner:  "At the committee's meeting Thursday morning [1/18/2018], Rep. Peter King, R-N.Y., offered a motion to allow all House members to review a brief report prepared by the Republican majority summarizing the panel's investigation into what GOP members call 'FISA abuse.'"

This Defense Of FBI's Handling Of The Steele Dossier Is One Of The Weakest Yet.  [Scroll down]  The dossier has been driving news coverage of Russia since it was legitimized via a leak to major media a year ago.  The dossier alleges treasonous collusion between Donald Trump and Russia.  It includes salacious details.  It was written by someone who journalists and intelligence officials said was a credible ex-spy.  And it was allegedly used by the FBI, even though it was a Clinton campaign document.  But more than a year after it became public, none of its significant claims have been verified.  In recent weeks, some journalists and other critics of President Trump have been downplaying its importance as a centerpiece of the FBI's investigation.  Others are trying to rehabilitate it and the shady opposition researchers who have run its messaging campaign.  The most important recent talking point, for some reason, is that it wasn't used to launch an investigation into Trump and his associates.

Thirty Questions and One Answer:  "Because Laura Ingraham Wouldn't Shut Up".  Where did this story originate, and why did the entity who released the story wish the public to know about it?  Why did an anonymous somebody tell the media Peter Strzok was the FBI agent who interviewed General Michael Flynn, three days before Flynn pleaded guilty to lying to FBI investigators?  Why was it important to anonymous *somebodies* that we know about Peter Strzok and DOJ/FBI lawyer Lisa Page.  Why was it important for people inside the intelligence community to tell the public, anonymously, that Lisa Page and Peter Strzok were conspiring to assist Hillary Clinton and eliminate candidate Donald Trump?  Why was it important for the public to know that Agent Peter Strzok and Attorney Lisa Page changed the wording on the FBI talking points that James Comey used to exonerate candidate Hillary Clinton?  Who, inside the intelligence community, was pushing out that information?

Fusion GPS Founder Admits He Didn't Believe Trump Was 'Suitable' to be President While Compiling Hoax Dossier.  In testimony released publicly last week, Glenn R. Simpson, the co-founder of the controversial opposition research firm Fusion GPS conceded that he opposed Donald Trump's presidential candidacy and that his negative opinions of the politician may have "entered" into his "thinking."  Fusion GPS compiled the infamous, largely discredited 35-page dossier accusing Trump and his presidential campaign of ties with Russia.

Clinton Corruption Update:  It's All One Scandal.  Several Clinton scandals, and revelations from the ill-conceived Russia investigation, have been converging into a single scandal for months.  With the Peter Strzok/Fusion GPS revelations, there's no longer any gap between the various Hillary Clinton and the Obama Administration unmasking scandals: it's all one, big swampy scandal, with some of the same players showing up again and again, and Hillary Clinton is involved up to her chin.  Strzok, in case you hadn't heard, is the FBI agent dismissed from Robert Mueller's Russia probe.  His text messages reveal that he's a dedicated Trump hater.

Hillary Clinton confidant was interviewed by FBI in connection to the salacious dossier.  A close friend, advisor and confidant of presidential candidate Hillary Clinton was allegedly interviewed by the FBI in connection with the controversial dossier that was used 'in part' as evidence by the bureau to obtain a warrant to investigate members of President Trump's campaign team, according to several sources who spoke to this reporter.  Sidney Blumenthal, a former journalist and a close friend of Clinton, was interviewed by the FBI in 2016 regarding the dossier that alleged Trump colluded with Russia, the sources stated.  Department of Justice officials, however, declined to comment on Blumenthal or the dossier.  FBI officials declined to comment.

"The Clinton Dossier".  Time, further questioning, and a host of inherent contradictions will eventually bring more sunlight upon the authorship of "The Dossier".  Additionally, how it was used by the DOJ/FBI in gaining FISA-702 query and upstream data surveillance approvals, what the media calls "FISA Warrants", is soon to reach sunlight.  It's unavoidable.  In addition to the absurd claims debunked within the dossier, a significantly under-discussed aspect is the actual authorship.  Fusion GPS claims Christopher Steele wrote the memos which were assembled into the "Clinton Dossier".  However, there are numerous mistakes within the documents which no intelligence expert would ever make; including the repeated misspelling of the Russian "Alfa" bank.

House Panel Will Release Fusion GPS Founder's Testimony Transcript.  The House Intelligence Committee voted unanimously on Thursday [1/18/2018] to release a transcript of Fusion GPS founder Glenn Simpson's testimony before the panel last November.  The transcript could be released later Thursday, a source told The Daily Beast.  California Rep. Devin Nunes, the chairman of the committee, scheduled a vote earlier this week after the top Democrat on the panel, California Rep. Adam Schiff, called for the release of the transcript.

Fusion GPS continues research on Trump amid growing concern for Congressional Committees.  The controversial research firm Fusion GPS is still investigating alleged ties between President Trump's 2016 election campaign and Russia, according to several sources who spoke to this reporter.  What's not known is who is paying for the continuing research?  Fusion GPS officials could not be reached immediately for comment.  In October, the Washington Post revealed that Democratic National Committee and Hillary Clinton campaign paid the now embattled research firm Fusion GPS to fund the research into the dossier.  Marc E. Elias, who was a lawyer representing the Clinton campaign and the DNC allegedly retained Fusion GPS, but the campaign failed to disclose those payments on its finance records.  Rep. Ron DeSantis, a Florida Republican and Chairman of the National Security Subcommittee, sent a letter last week to House Speaker Paul Ryan, asking him to direct Chairman of the House Intelligence Committee Devin Nunes , R-CA to declassify documents given to the committee related to the dossier.  He asked Nunes to utilize the process known as Rule X to make the documents available to the American people and said Fusion GPS's continuing research into President Trump should be investigated.

Report: FBI Agent Shared Russia Probe Information With Christopher Steele.  An FBI agent shared the name of former Trump campaign adviser George Papadopoulos with Trump dossier author Christopher Steele during a meeting in early October 2016.  That new bit of information was revealed in a column published Wednesday [1/17/2018] by Washington Post columnist David Ignatius.  Ignatius reports that Steele, a former MI6 agent, met with an old FBI contact in Rome around Oct. 1, 2016 to share findings from his investigation into Donald Trump's and the Trump campaign's associations with the Russian government.  "At this meeting, the FBI official asked Steele if he had ever heard of Papadopoulos," reports Ignatius, who cited an official familiar with the meeting as his source.

Did DOJ's Fusion GPS Man Shut Down Hezbollah Drug Investigation?  This is a potential collision of two major recent scandals.  [#1] Bruce Ohr, a top DOJ official, met with Fusion GPS people.  And Fusion GPS hired his wife to go after Trump.  Fusion GPS is the smear firm which the Hillary campaign used to create the dossier accusing Trump of Russian collusion.  The dossier was then funneled into the DOJ and FBI.  And was potentially used to justify illegal eavesdropping on Trump officials by Obama officials.  Not to mention the current Mueller coup.  [#2] We recently learned that Obama Inc. had shut down investigations targeting Iranian terror, including an investigation that would have gone after Hezbollah and its drug smuggling schemes.

Trump dossier probes now include possible State Department involvement.  Congressional investigations into the Trump dossier have so far been focused on the FBI and Justice Department.  They still are, but now investigators are also looking into a possible Obama State Department role in the collection and dissemination of sensational and still-unverified allegations against candidate Donald Trump gathered by a former British spy working for the Hillary Clinton campaign.  In addition to having contacts in the Obama Justice Department and FBI, that former spy, Christopher Steele, was also well-connected with the Obama State Department.  A book published in November by a correspondent at the Guardian, "Collusion:  Secret meetings, dirty money, and how Russia helped Donald Trump win," noted that Steele's 2010 work on the World Cup soccer corruption investigation won him the trust not only of the FBI, but the State Department as well.

Congress Takes 3-Prong Approach To Surround Corrupt Intelligence and Justice Officials.  There is an interesting dynamic unfolding with White Hats and Black Hats amid the story of how political forces within the DOJ and FBI conspired with Clinton allies in the 2016 presidential election, ie.  "The Trump Operation". [...] There are two central components:  First, corruption within the DOJ and FBI that included their use of unlawful use of FISA-702 exploits; and second, how that intelligence information was extracted, passed along to those outside government, repackaged, and reconstituted into the "Steele Dossier".  The finished, albeit sketchy, intelligence was later returned to the FBI to request lawful FISA court surveillance authority.  It is a circle of "intelligence laundering".

Confusing Dossier Chaff with Wheat.  [Scroll down]  We do not yet know who these independent contractors were who were allowed to riffle through the NSA database, or why the FBI shared the results with them.  Nor can we imagine why the FBI even hired outside contractors for such work.  But the supposition is that these independent contractors were Fusion GPS, a dirt-digging opposition research firm paid by Hillary Clinton and apparently President Obama (through hired counsel), and even the FBI or others subcontracted by them were working in league with them.  Should that prove true, we have the worst political scandal in U.S. history:  a weaponization of our law enforcement agencies to assist one candidate and destroy her opponent.

The Current Evolving Clinton (Democrats Writ Large) Defense.  Following the narrative:  Patriotic Hillary Clinton did her civic duty by informing her sources inside the FBI of the Russian claims, and both her and her DOJ/FBI unit went about a process of investigation to save America from Trump.  This approach, they believe, protects them from being the origin of the fraudulent Russian Conspiracy Narrative.  And positions them as unsuspecting victims to the intelligence manipulation of Russia.  Of course to take this approach, Clinton, the FBI and DOJ have to admit that Mueller's investigation was based on a fraud.  [Which it was, but for other reasons.]  Which they hope will also get them away from their current "Dossier" problem.

Fusion GPS founder told Senate investigators the FBI had a source in Trump's network.  The head of the research firm behind a dossier of allegations against then-presidential candidate Donald Trump told congressional investigators that someone inside Trump's network had also provided the FBI with information during the 2016 campaign, according to a newly released transcript, a claim quickly disputed by people close to the investigation into Russian interference in the election.  Glenn R. Simpson, a founder of the research firm Fusion GPS, spoke to investigators with the Senate Judiciary Committee for 10 hours in August.  As the partisan fight over Russian interference in the 2016 election has intensified, Simpson has urged that his testimony be released, and a copy of the transcript was made public Tuesday [1/9/2018].

Update:
Fusion GPS, firm behind disputed Russia dossier, retracts its claim of FBI mole in Trump camp.  Glenn Simpson, the Fusion GPS founder who sponsored the unverified anti-Trump dossier, claimed in August and again Jan. 2 that the FBI has a source inside the Trump camp who lent credence to the document.  When a transcript of his secret August testimony was released on Tuesday, news headlines immediately latched onto the disclosure as a boon to a dossier whose core charges of Donald Trump-Russia collusion have been denied and not confirmed publicly.  Then suddenly, as quick as the headlines went up, some one close to Fusion was waving off reporters.  Mr. Simpson had "mischaracterized" the source.  It was not some one on the Trump inside, but apparently an Australian diplomat.

The Trump dossier's credibility is collapsing.  No sooner did Sen. Dianne Feinstein, the top Democrat on the Senate Judiciary Committee, unilaterally release the testimony of Fusion GPS co-founder Glenn Simpson than liberals and their advocates in the media were claiming victory.  Look, they argued, the Donald Trump investigation was completely justified because the infamous "dossier," according to Simpson, had been corroborated by the FBI.  It was a dramatic moment.  Also, as far as we know, untrue.

Bombshell Document Dump:  Fusion GPS was Paid by Clinton Campaign and FBI to Turn 2016 Election.  This is the biggest scandal in American history, in which the Obama administration, the Hillary campaign, and corrupt leaders in the Department of Justice tried to change the outcome of a presidential election.  And they still lost.

The DOJ and FBI Worked With Fusion GPS on "Operation Trump".  Following the released transcript of Fusion-GPS Co-Founder Glenn Simpson's testimony to the Senate Judiciary Committee by Senator Dianne Feinstein, several media outlets have begun questioning the relationship between the FBI investigators, Glenn Simpson and dossier author Christopher Steele.  What we have discovered highlights the answer to those relationship questions; and also answers a host of other questions, including:  Did the FBI pay Christopher Steele?  Yes, but now how media has stated.  Was the FBI connected to the creation of the Steele Dossier?  Yes, but again, not the way the media is currently outlining.

The Democrats Have a "Dossier" Problem, and It Will Not Go Away.  Journalist Kimberley A. Strassel is one of the few mainstream journalists writing about the collaborative 2016 DOJ/FBI "Trump Operation" with a sense of what is to come.  Strassel likely understands where the story is going, and appears to have a solid grasp on the evidence trail, yet necessarily writes cautiously — the stakes are indeed quite high.  Today [1/12/2018] Strassel writes about the need for the Democrats to rehabilitate the Steele Dossier because the alternative origin, the truthful origin to the counterintelligence operation over the campaign of candidate Donald Trump, is a stunning political risk.  Two weeks ago the New York Times narrative said the Steele Dossier was nothing, irrelevant, and had nothing to do with the FBI beginning "Operation Trump".  Today, mysteriously, Democrats embrace the Steele Dossier as they justify the DOJ/FBI counterintelligence and surveillance operation over an opposing political candidate.

Nunes charges 'abuse' of government surveillance by FBI and Justice officials.  House Intelligence Chairman Devin Nunes told Republican colleagues in two closed-door meetings this week he has seen evidence that shows clear "abuse" of government surveillance programs by FBI and Justice Department officials, according to three sources familiar with the conversations, raising more questions about whether the controversial anti-Trump dossier was used by the Obama administration to authorize surveillance of advisers to President Trump.  The California Republican made his comments in private meetings with GOP colleagues as he tried to round up votes in favor of renewing a key section of the Foreign Intelligence Surveillance Act, known as Section 702, which eventually passed in the House on Thursday [1/11/2018].

Feinstein Confirms Fusion GPS Lawyers Asked For Release Of Testimony Transcript.  California Democratic Sen. Dianne Feinstein told The Daily Caller that Fusion GPS lawyers asked her to release company co-founder Glenn Simpson's testimony transcript.  She released the testimony Tuesday [1/9/2018] before consulting with Senate Judiciary Committee Chairman Chuck Grassley, which she told TheDC she regrets.  Feinstein is the top Democrat on the committee.  "We were written to by the lawyers of the company asking that it be released, and the reason, of course, is because it has been used by rumor and innuendo and falsity so much that the time came for people to see exactly what was said," Feinstein said.

Clinton's dodgy dossier is way worse than Watergate.  This Fusion GPS hoax is going to be a bigger political scandal than Watergate.  Think about it — Hillary Clinton and the DNC paid big bucks to the dirty tricksters at Fusion GPS to concoct an utterly bogus anti-Trump "dossier."  Hillary's 35-page smear was then handed off to corrupt FBI agents and DOJ employees who were themselves accepting money from either Clinton cronies or the smear artists at Fusion GPS, who by the way were also being paid by the Russians at the same time.  And then the crooked FBI took Hillary's fake dossier to a secret federal court and used it to obtain a warrant to spy on Clinton's opponent Donald Trump and his associates during the 2016 presidential campaign.  In his wildest dreams, Richard Nixon never imagined setting up a police state this corrupt.

Was Seth Rich Killed over the Steele Dossier?  Whoa!  Somebody's already been killed as the result of the dossier put together by former British spy Christopher Steele from questionable Russian sources and paid for by the Hillary Clinton campaign and the DNC, and possibly used by the FBI to obtain FISA warrants to spy on the campaign of Hillary's opponent, Donald J. Trump?  As shocking as this revelation may be, it dovetails nicely with fear expressed for her safety by former DNC chair Donna Brazile.  In a stunning interview with ABC's George Stephanopoulos about her new book, Hacks, Brazile made cryptic references to murdered DNC I.T. staffer Seth Rich and revealed that afterward, she took the precautions one takes when one fears for his life.  So far, speculation about the unsolved murder of Seth Rich have been dismissed as right-wing conspiracy theories, but Brazile's references to him in the light of all that has come out about WikiLeaks, the Fusion GPS dossier, and Hillary's purchase of the DNC that rigged the primaries against Bernie Sanders may be a missing piece of this whole puzzle.

Notes on the Simpson transcript.  [Glenn] Simpson was threatened with a subpoena.  Instead he appeared voluntarily under a written understanding regarding the parameters of the interview.  He was not placed under oath.  Rather, he was reminded that false statement to Congress are punishable under federal law.  He was represented by counsel during the interview.  Republican and Democratic committee lawyers took alternate one-hour turns questioning Simpson.  The transcript is of interest because of Simpson's role in retaining British former MI6 man Christopher Steele and procuring his preparation of the memos that make up the Steele Dossier for the Clinton campaign.  The memos feature salacious allegations from anonymous Russian sources regarding Donald Trump and the Trump campaign.  We want to know whether the Steele Dossier was used by the FBI to support FISA applications for warrants that led to FBI surveillance on the Trump presidential campaign.

Glenn Simpson Knows Nothing, Apparently.  Taken as a whole, Simpson's statement is interesting, if you like that sort of thing.  But it contains no earth-shaking revelations, and is consistent with what I believe to be true:  that a Republican presidential contender, followed by the Clinton campaign and the DNC, paid Fusion GPS to try to dig up dirt on Donald Trump; that Fusion hired Christopher Steele to see what he could find in Russia; that Steele either concocted fables or was happy to pass on claims from anonymous (maybe non-existent) sources, some of which have proven indisputably false, while others are unverified; and that Simpson and Steele tried to help Hillary Clinton win the election by peddling their false stories to numerous left-leaning news outlets, and by trying to stimulate an FBI investigation, which they urged reporters to ask the FBI about.  It is a sordid story, and one that deserves unequivocal condemnation from all points on the political spectrum.

Report: FBI Used Unverified Anti-Trump Dossier to Obtain FISA Warrant.  The FBI used the unverified anti-Trump dossier alleging collusion between the Trump campaign and the Russians to obtain the warrant from the Foreign Intelligence Surveillance Act court (FISA), investigative journalist Sara Carter reported Wednesday [1/10/2018].  Representatives of four committees — the House Intelligence Committee, Senate Intelligence Committee, House Judiciary Committee, and Senate Judiciary Committee — have been able to examine FISA documents in a secure room at the Justice Department, according to the Washington Examiner's Byron York.

Confirmation: DOJ and FBI Used "Steele Dossier" for Application To FISA Court for Search Authority on Trump Campaign.  It can be difficult to see through the wording to understand the accurate story.  Sara Carter and Fox News are both confirming the DOJ and FBI used the Steele Dossier to get FISA-702 Data Surveillance Authority allowing them to spy on Trump campaign officials.  In the latest developments, as reported by Sara Carter and Fox News, the DOJ and FBI used the sketchy 'Steele Dossier' as the foundation for their FISA application.

Yes, Congress has seen Trump-Russia secret court surveillance documents.  Now what?  One of the most contentious issues surrounding the Trump dossier is the question of whether the FBI used unverified material from the dossier — a Clinton campaign opposition research product — to apply for permission to spy on Americans.  Investigators from both House and Senate have long wanted to see any FISA applications (that is, spying requests filed with the secret Foreign Intelligence Surveillance Act court) that dealt with the Trump-Russia affair.  Now, they have seen them.  Sources on both Capitol Hill and in the executive branch have confirmed that representatives of four committees — the House Intelligence Committee, Senate Intelligence Committee, House Judiciary Committee, and Senate Judiciary Committee — have had the opportunity to examine FISA documents in a secure room at the Justice Department.  They were not allowed to take the documents out of the room or to copy them, but they could make notes.  They thus know the answer to the was-the-dossier-used-for-spying question.

Senator Dianne Feinstein Releases Transcript of Glenn Simpson Fusion-GPS Testimony.  Senator Dianne Feinstein (D-CA), the top Democrat on the Senate Judiciary Committee, and the leading minority member of the 2016 Gang of Eight (intelligence oversight) when she previously held Vice-Chair of the Senate Intelligence Committee, released the full transcript of the Judiciary Committee interview with Fusion-GPS founder Glenn Simpson.  The transcript was released over the objections of Judiciary Chairman Chuck Grassley who is investigating the role of Fusion-GPS and their "Steele Dossier" in the 2016 DOJ/FBI surveillance operation of presidential candidate Donald Trump.

Dianne Feinstein Says A 'Bad Cold' May Have 'Slowed Down' Her Mental Faculties.  Democratic California Sen. Dianne Feinstein suggested a "bad cold" may have impaired her mental faculties and caused her to release Fusion GPS founder Glenn Simpson's testimony before the Senate Judiciary Committee without telling committee chairman Chuck Grassley.  Feinstein published Simpson's testimony on Tuesday, catching Republicans by surprise.  Simpson's testimony, taken during August of last year, covered his firm's role in producing the infamous anti-Trump dossier for the Clinton campaign and Democratic National Committee.  Feinstein, 84, expressed regret on Wednesday for keeping Sen. Grassley in the dark, and suggested it was because of a "bad cold."

Report: Dianne Feinstein Says Someone 'Pressured' Her To Release Fusion GPS Transcripts, Backtracks.  Sen. Dianne Feinstein (D-CA) appears to have made a startling revelation about why she released the Fusion GPS transcripts on Tuesday [1/9/2018] — she was "pressured" to do so.  The revelation came from CNN Congressional Correspondent Manu Raju, who tweeted:  "FEINSTEIN says she's sorry to Grassley for not giving him a headsup about the release of the Fusion GPS transcript.  'I meant to tell him, and I didn't have a chance to tell him, and that concerns me,' she told us.  'I just got pressured, and I didn't do it.'"

FBI Agents Appear to Have Actively, Systematically Planted Stories to Take Down the President.  On Tuesday's [1/9/2018] edition of "The Story with Martha MacCallum," Republican Congressman from Ohio, Jim Jordan explained that the text messages released by John Solomon show that "the FBI was actively planning in a systemic way" to plant stories in the Wall Street Journal and other places to trigger an investigation that would drag on and eventually, they hoped, bring down the Trump presidency.  This was likely the "insurance policy" discussed by Peter Strzok and Lisa Page.  What Jordan found most interesting about the Simpson testimony released by Senator Feinstein was that "Glenn Simpson said Christopher Steele told him the FBI had another source.  How did Christopher Steele know that?  Did the FBI tell him?  If they did, why is the FBI telling Christopher Steele, the guy who was paid by Fusion who was paid by the Clinton campaign, why is the FBI telling Christopher Steele they got another source on this whole Russia investigation?  I think that is interesting and something we need to get to the bottom of."

A Political Battle Over Dossiers, FISA Warrants and Surveillance, Clouds A Much Bigger Story.  There is a lot of news amid national headlines but there is only one story.  Unfortunately, that story is a complex multidimensional matrix of politics, law enforcement corruption, the DC swamp, and vested interests attempting to hide and manipulate facts, i.e., The Russian Election/Collusion Story.  What I am going to introduce today is how the 2016 FISA-702(16)(17) data and surveillance activity issues; and the 2016 FISA Court applications for surveillance and search warrants; and the Christopher Steele (Fusion GPS) Russian Dossier; and the individual actions by DOJ, FBI and IC officials; all connect within the targeted political weaponization of government.

Congressional investigators are still trying to determine what the "CF article" reference means.  So now we know that FBI Attorney, and legal aide to Andrew "Andy" McCabe, Lisa Page was also a leaker.  Which makes sense for a few reasons.  [#1] Because the Washington Post is the primary outlet for IC leaks.  The New York Times is their secondary outlet.  Also [#2] Because Lisa Page was an active participant, and openly partisan ideologue, inside the DOJ/FBI investigative unit working to protect Hillary Clinton.  And [#3] Because the substantive issue within the story at the time was anger by the Clinton Camp, against Comey, for announcing the re-opening of the Clinton email investigation.  What that individual series of text messages from Lisa Page highlights is how far she was willing to go to shape DOJ/FBI investigative action to the benefit of her favorite political candidate.  Lisa Page and Peter Strzok were not only willing to manipulate their official investigative duty to the benefit of Hillary Clinton, but they were also willing to leak information to the media in an effort to shape the narrative around their investigative duties.

Grim dossier claim spurs speculation about possible Russian rubout.  A bombshell revelation made public Tuesday [1/9/2018] that "somebody's already been killed" as a result of the publication of an unconfirmed anti-Trump dossier has sparked speculation that it was a reference to an ex-KGB agent mysteriously found dead in his car a year ago in Moscow.  The attorney for Fusion GPS founder Glenn Simpson told Senate investigators in a 300-page testimony transcript released Tuesday that a murder had been carried out as a result of the publication of an unverified and salacious dossier about Donald Trump.

Trump blasts "Sneaky Dianne Feinstein," says release of testimony was "possibly illegal".  President Trump expressed outrage Wednesday at Sen. Dianne Feinstein who defied Republicans and released testimony a day earlier from an interview with the co-founder of Fusion GPS, the firm that commissioned a dossier of allegations about Mr. Trump's ties to Russia.  Mr. Trump claimed on Twitter that the California Democrat has stated on "numerous occasions" that no collusion took place between his presidential campaign and Russia during the 2016 election.  He said that her decision to release testimony was "possibly illegal."

Trump lawyer files defamation suits against BuzzFeed, Fusion GPS over Russia dossier.  Michael Cohen, one of President Trump's personal attorneys, filed a "defamation action" Tuesday against BuzzFeed News and its editor-in-chief over allegations about him that were published in the now-infamous "Trump-Russia dossier" compiled by a former British spy.  Cohen also filed a federal defamation lawsuit against Fusion GPS, the research firm that hired former MI6 agent Christopher Steele to compile the dossier.  "[I am] collateral damage in a U.S. political operation — conducted by [Fusion GPS] — that has nothing to do with [me]," Cohen's filing said.

House Chairman Asks Paul Ryan To Declassify All DOJ And FBI 'Trump Dossier' Docs.  Florida GOP Rep. Ron DeSantis asked Speaker of the House Paul Ryan on Tuesday [1/9/2018] to declassify all of the Department of Justice and FBI's Trump dossier files, The Caller News Foundation has learned.  DeSantis, the chairman of the House Oversight subcommittee on National Security, formally asked Ryan in a letter to invoke Rule X in order to declassify all documents obtained by the House Permanent Select Committee on Intelligence.  Under House rules, the speaker of the House acts as an ex-officio member of any select committee, which includes the House Permanent Select Committee on Intelligence.  Under Rule X, the speaker along with a majority vote by the committee can allow for the disclosure of "any information in its possession after a determination by the select committee that the public interest would be served by such disclosure."

Lawyer: 'Somebody's already been killed' over Trump dossier.  A lawyer for the founder of Fusion GPS, the research firm behind a controversial dossier on Donald Trump, told Senate investigators that "somebody's already been killed" after it was published, according to a transcript of the testimony released on Tuesday [1/9/2018].  During a Senate Judiciary Committee hearing in August 2017, Glenn Simpson was questioned about whether he tried to "assess the credibility" of sources behind information uncovered by Christopher Steele, a former British intelligence agent who compiled the dossier.  "Yes, but I'm not going to get into sourcing information," Simpson said.  Asked again what "steps he took to verify their credibility," Simpson declined to answer.

Fusion GPS Testimony Shows FBI Believed Dossier Without Verification.  Democrat Sen. Dianne Feinstein (D-CA) may have tried to discredit Republican scrutiny of Fusion GPS and its dossier's role in the FBI investigation into the Trump campaign, but could have ended up justifying it instead.  Feinstein — against the wishes of Senate Judiciary Committee Chairman Chuck Grassley (R-IA) — on Tuesday morning released the full transcript of an interview in August with Glenn Simpson, the co-founder of Fusion GPS, the firm hired by the Hillary Clinton campaign and the Democratic National Committee to dig up dirt on Trump's ties with Russia.

Fusion GPS Admits They Used John McCain to Pass Anti-Trump Dossier to Obama-Era Intel Agencies.  The founders of the controversial opposition research firm Fusion GPS admitted that they helped the researcher hired to compile the infamous, largely discredited 35-page dossier on President Donald Trump to share the document with Sen. John McCain.  The goal of providing the dossier to McCain, the Fusion GPS founders explained, was to pass the information contained in the questionable document to the U.S. intelligence community under the Obama administration.  The disclosure raises questions about whether McCain knew that the information he delivered to the intelligence community was actually an opposition document reportedly funded by the Hillary Clinton campaign and the Democratic National Committee.

House Intel Committee Has Received All Docs On Trump Dossier From DOJ, FBI.  House Permanent Select Committee on Intelligence members gained access to all Department of Justice and FBI documents it possesses on the Trump dossier, The Daily Caller News Foundation has learned.  The committee was able to review Friday [1/5/2018] all FBI and DOJ documents on the Trump dossier, former MI-6 British agent Christopher Steele who authored the dossier, and Fusion GPS, the political opposition firm that hired Steele.  DOJ also provided any Obama administration applications to the Foreign Intelligence Surveillance Court based on the dossier, which could approve the surveillance of the Trump transition team or Trump associates, according to a source with direct knowledge of the case.  The information could serve as a key breakthrough in the committee's investigation of Steele, Fusion GPS and the Russians who influenced the dossiers' contents.

Criminal Charges For The British Spy Of Dossier Infamy?  The freelancing foreign spy who concocted the discredited Fusion GPS dossier to undermine President Trump may soon get his comeuppance now that senators are demanding a criminal investigation into his 2016 election shenanigans.  The criminal referral comes as Michael Wolff's gossipy book [...] debuts as a bestseller, causing outrage and consternation in the nation's capital.  Wolff admits he cannot vouch for the accuracy of much of the book in which he makes incredible claims.  Wolff said in an interview that "100 percent of the people around" Trump, "senior advisers, family members, every single one of them, questions his intelligence and fitness for office."  Trump himself tweeted the book is "full of lies, misrepresentations and sources that don't exist" and accused Wolff of using his former White House chief strategist, whom the president derided as "Sloppy Steve Bannon," to promote sales of the book.

The Senators' Criminal Referral of Dossier Author Steele.  The referral at issue suggests that Steele may have provided false statements to the FBI — the same violation of section 1001 of the federal penal code to which Michael Flynn and George Papadopoulos have pled guilty in the Mueller investigation.  Specifically, the senators cite "statements the Committee has reason to believe Mr. Steele made regarding his distribution of information contained in the dossier."  Now, as we consider this, let's bear in mind that we do not know what is in the classified memo that accompanies the letter.  We don't know the substance of the statements to which Grassley and Graham refer.  We do not know, for example, whether Steele told the FBI he was not speaking with the media about what he was reporting to the bureau.  That assertion, if made, would seem contradicted by the fact that Steele did speak with the media about his reports.  That said, let's consider the timeline. [...]

House Committee Receives Fusion GPS's Bank Records.  The bank for Fusion GPS gave the House Intelligence Committee dozens of the opposition research firm's financial records on Friday, a federal judge said.  The exchange puts an end to a dramatic court fight over the Trump dossier firm's bank records, which the House panel sought through a subpoena issued in October.  Judge Richard Leon on Thursday [1/4/2018] ruled against Fusion GPS which had asked for a temporary restraining order to prevent its bank, TD Bank, from complying with the committee's subpoena.

Author of False "Trump Dossier" Refererred To DOJ For Criminal Activity.  Ah, another remarkable and far more important bit of news that the Establishment Media is ignoring in favor of 24/7 anti-Trump bashing.  Christopher Steele, the primary author of the infamous "Trump Dossier" which was used as justification by the Obama White House to initiate illegal surveillance on the Trump campaign and which has direct ties to high-ranking officials from both political parties (including, but not limited to, the Obama White House) and the Deep State, has just been referred to the Department of Justice for a potential criminal violation.

One Bluff Called:  Senators Graham and Grassley Send Criminal Referral To DOJ.  In a brilliant move of strategery, Senate Judiciary Chairman, Chuck Grassley, and Senate Judiciary member, Lindsey Graham, send a criminal referral of Christopher Steele to the DOJ for investigation.  But things are not what they seem.  Today [1/5/2018] Senators Grassley and Graham sent a letter of criminal referral to the Department of Justice, based on information — provided by the FBI — their investigation has uncovered.  However, the actual motive for the criminal referral is not exactly what it appears.

Democrats' dishonest scramble to disown the Trump 'dossier'.  Democrats have been quoting from the infamous anti-Trump "Steele dossier" as if it were gospel, but now that Hillary Clinton has been revealed as its paymaster and a Hillary-friendly FBI is under investigation for possibly launching the Trump-Russia "collusion" probe under its false pretenses, they are suddenly in full retreat from it.  Their credibility is in tatters along with the discredited document.  Rep. Adam Schiff, who's led the Democrats' "collusion" inquisition as vice chair of the House Intelligence Committee, fully embraced the dossier from the moment the panel kicked off a public hearing in March with then-FBI Director James Comey.  The California Dem eagerly read into the record its unfounded criminal accusations against Trump campaign advisers.  Since then, Schiff has dramatically changed his tune to one of caution and even regret:  "I certainly would have liked to know who paid for it earlier."

The Obama FBI: They're With Her.  It was the summer of an election year.  The official odds all favored Hillary.  But a failed FISA request had already been made.  And the real insurance was still coming.  Its policies would include a second successful FISA request, the Steele dossier, the mass unmasking of Trump officials and the Mueller witch hunt.  The insurance still hasn't paid off, but the men and women behind the coup are betting that it will.

FBI Text Messages Suggest Senior Agents Were Sources Of Trump Dossier Leaks.  The more we learn, the more the deluge of classified leaks about the totally irrelevant Trump dossier become explicable.  The Hill reports today on an overview of the 300+ text messages between former number two guy in the FBI's counterintelligence operation, Peter Strzok, and his paramour, FBI attorney, and friend of Andrew McCabe, Lisa Page.  Strzok and Page, you'll recall, were assigned to Mueller's investigation.  The were removed when it was revealed they were sending anti-Trump/pro-Hillary text messages to each other on their government smartphones.  Strzok is the guy who made an ominous reference to having an "insurance policy" to keep Trump from being elected.  Strzok is the guy who interviewed Mike Flynn.  These texts aren't conclusive but they strongly suggest that both Strzok and Page were leaking information to the media.

Walls Close In Around DOJ and FBI "Small Group" Participants.  Several stories broke yesterday [1/4/2018]:  [#1] Senator Ron Johnson gains copies of the manipulated/edited FBI small group "talking points" that exonerated Hillary Clinton despite overwhelming evidence.  Johnson is a Senate Judiciary Committee member and remains focused on those specifics.  [#2] Senator Chuck Grassley has identified that former FBI Director James Comey leaked classified FBI information to the media to gain political leverage.  Additional questions are now raised by the Senate Judiciary Chairman.  [#3] The FBI has begun a new review of the Clinton Foundation pay-to-play network during Hillary Clinton's tenure at the State Dept.  Investigators are questioning the people within the Clinton foundation about actions taken as a result of donations to the foundation.  [#4] A federal judge has ruled that Fusion GPS must turn over it's [sic] bank records to the House Intelligence Committee.  Including records of financial payments to journalists and media outlets to push the Christopher Steele "Dossier" story.

What the Trump dossier criminal referral means.  There's been a lot of confusion about the decision by Senate Judiciary Committee chairman Chuck Grassley and crime subcommittee chairman Lindsey Graham to refer Christopher Steele, author of the Trump dossier, to the Justice Department for a possible criminal investigation.  The two senators sent a brief letter Thursday to deputy attorney general Rod Rosenstein and FBI director Christopher Wray.  The letter, which was unclassified and released to the public Friday [1/5/2018], was a cover letter for what Grassley and Graham called a "classified memorandum related to certain communications between Christopher Steele and multiple U.S. news outlets regarding the so-called 'Trump dossier' that Mr. Steele compiled on behalf of Fusion GPS for the Clinton campaign and the Democratic National Committee and also provided to the FBI."

It's time to investigate Fusion GPS's dirt-diggers, possible collusion with feds to derail Trump's campaign.  Late Wednesday [1/3/2018], the Justice Department and FBI stopped their four-month old stonewall of subpoenas from Congress for documents and witnesses related to the Steele dossier, the infamous compilation of unverified and salacious material alleging President Trump had improper dealings with Russia.  All of the material will now apparently be turned over.  The House Intelligence Committee had demanded that the Justice Department and FBI explain how they came to become involved with former British spy Christopher Steele, who compiled the dossier after being paid by Fusion GPS.  The company is a notorious Washington opposition research firm that in turn was paid to dig up dirt on Donald Trump by Hillary Clinton's campaign and the Democratic National Committee.

DOJ Blows Past Deadline to Turn Over Documents to Congress on Dossier.  House Intelligence Committee Chairman Devin Nunes is blasting the Department of Justice and FBI after officials ignored congressional subpoenas and blew threw a deadline to turn over documents related to the infamous Fusion GPS dossier.  In a letter to Deputy Attorney General Rod Rosenstein, Nunes points out that not only did DOJ mislead his Committee about the existense of documents, they also unlawfully failed to comply with congressional requests.

Latest Reports of FBI/DOJ Counterintelligence Operation Give Evelyn Farkas Statements New Light.  In the past six weeks a stunning amount of evidence has been accumulating that shows how the Obama Administration weaponized the FBI and DOJ and launched a political campaign spying operation into candidate Donald Trump.  There have been daily revelations showing a considerable collaboration between the White House, Hillary Clinton, the DNC, Fusion-GPS founder Glenn Simpson; his wife Mary Jacoby, DOJ Deputy Bruce Ohr and his wife Fusion GPS employee Nellie Ohr, Russian Dossier author Christopher Steele, FBI agent Peter Strzok and his mistress, FBI lawyer Lisa Page; and the highest levels of officials within the FBI, including Chief Legal Counsel James Baker and FBI Asst.  Director Andrew McCabe.  All of the evidence points in one transparently obvious direction; toward a 2016 collaborative effort structured to use a counterintelligence operation to conduct wiretaps and surveillance on the presidential campaign of candidate Donald Trump.

Senator Lindsey Graham Just Confirmed The Steele Dossier Was Used For 2016 FISA Warrant.  Senator Lindsey Graham just confirmed the sketchy Steele Dossier was used to get the wiretap and surveillance warrant from the FISA court.  Brian Kilmead understood what he was hearing was serious, but didn't quite catch the specific gravity of it.  [Video clip]  This is critical and important because the specific use of the Steele Dossier underpins the BIG UGLY and exposes the entire top-tier apparatus of the FBI Counterintelligence Division (Peter Strzok, Bill Priestap, James Baker, Andrew McCabe) and the DOJ National Security Division (John Carlin, Stuart Evans, Mary McCord and Sally Yates), as well as DOJ Bruce Ohr and FBI lawyer Lisa Page directly to "conspiracy" charges.

The Dossiad.  The Steele/Trump dossier gave critical support to claims of Russian collusion with the Trump presidential campaign.  It seems to have served as the predicate for the FBI counterintelligence investigation of Trump campaign associates.  Then FBI Director James Comey briefed President Trump on the contents of the dossier before his inauguration in January.  BuzzFeed posted the dossier online.  When President Trump fired Comey, Comey engineered the appointment of his friend Robert Mueller as Special Counsel to continue the counterintelligence investigation, now including everything Trump.  NOTE:  Though he capably plays a straight talking G-Man on television, Comey is one sophisticated operator.

Did the FBI really fall for the Steele dossier's 'dezinformatsiya'?  Senator Lindsey Graham may have spilled the beans in saying the Russian-sourced Steele dossier, with its lascivious tales about a pre-presidential Donald Trump, was used by the leftist leadership at the Federal Bureau of Investigation as a pretext to get a 2016 FISA warrant against the presidential candidate. [...] With the Steele dossier exposed as a load of hooey, it shows that the FBI had political motivations all along, or else they fell for a classic Russian disinformation operation, neither of which makes the agency look good.  Having political motivations should be enough to get some of them fired.  So to defend themselves, they are claiming that the dossier was real.  This makes them look colossally incompetent.

GOP lawmaker:  FBI, DOJ officials 'should be held in contempt' if dossier docs not turned over.  A Republican lawmaker says top officials at the FBI and the Department of Justice "should be held in contempt" of Congress if they don't hand over documents related to an anti-Trump dossier to the House Intelligence Committee.  "I think if they don't produce those documents on the third of January, they should be held in contempt," Florida Rep. Francis Rooney said Saturday on Fox News' "America's News Headquarters."  House Intelligence Committee Chairman Devin Nunes has previously said he has instructed committee staff to begin drawing up a contempt of Congress resolution for Deputy Attorney General Rod Rosenstein and FBI Director Christopher Wray unless the committee's demands for records are met.

Nunes blasts DOJ, FBI for 'failure' to produce records relating to anti-Trump dossier.  House Intelligence Committee Chairman Devin Nunes is blasting the Department of Justice and the FBI for its "failure to fully produce" documents related to an anti-Trump dossier, saying "at this point it seems the DOJ and FBI need to be investigating themselves."  In a Thursday [12/28/2017] letter to Deputy Attorney General Rod Rosenstein obtained by Fox News, Nunes expressed frustration that information and witnesses subpoenaed by the committee in August related to the so-called Steele dossier had not yet been turned over.  The salacious dossier includes unverified allegations about President Trump's connections with Russia that he has denied.

FBI Still Considers Dossier Credible.  The FBI admits the Left's electoral collusion conspiracy theory is unsubstantiated but still refuses to distance itself from the discredited Russia propaganda dossier Democrats paid Fusion GPS to create to undermine President Trump's candidacy.  Testifying behind closed doors in Congress the week before Christmas, embattled FBI Deputy Director Andrew McCabe reportedly "declined to criticize the dossier's 35 pages of salacious and criminal charges against Donald Trump and his aides, but he said it remains largely unverified, according to a source familiar with ongoing congressional inquiries."

Top FBI official linked to reporter who broke Trump dossier story.  House Republicans are investigating contact between the FBI's top lawyer and a Mother Jones reporter in the weeks before the left-leaning outlet broke the first news story about the existence of a disputed dossier alleging ties between President Donald Trump and the Kremlin, according to two congressional GOP sources who described documents linking the two men.  The GOP sources said the documents — made available recently to lawmakers by the Department of Justice — revealed that James Baker, the FBI's general counsel, communicated with Mother Jones reporter David Corn in the weeks leading up to the November 2016 election.  Corn was the first to report the existence of the dossier on Oct. 31 and that it was compiled by a former high-level western spy.

McCabe draws blank on Democrats' funding of Trump dossier, new subpoenas planned.  Congressional investigators tell Fox News that Tuesday's seven-hour interrogation of Deputy FBI Director Andrew McCabe contained numerous conflicts with the testimony of previous witnesses, prompting the Republican majority staff of the House Intelligence Committee to decide to issue fresh subpoenas next week on Justice Department and FBI personnel.  While HPSCI staff would not confirm who will be summoned for testimony, all indications point to demoted DOJ official Bruce G. Ohr and FBI General Counsel James A. Baker, who accompanied McCabe, along with other lawyers, to Tuesday's HPSCI session.

Eight Hours of Questioning — FBI Asst.  Director McCabe Loses Dossier Memory, Brings Full Contingent of FBI Lawyers.  FBI Deputy Director Andrew McCabe faced about eight hours of questioning behind closed doors during the House Intelligence Committee yesterday.  Unlike prior HPSCI closed hearings remarkably there were no leaks; which would generally indicate the content was adverse to the interests of Democrat party investigators within the hearing.  From scant reporting it appears the questioning surrounded potential conflicts of interest and anti-Trump bias amid the entire cabal of FBI officials.

Frustrated lawmakers pressed FBI's McCabe for answers on Trump dossier.  They got nothing.  There are some important things the public doesn't know about the so-called "Trump dossier," such as whether the FBI used information from the dossier to win court permission to spy on Americans.  But the most important question about the dossier is the simplest:  Is it true?  In a seven-hour interview with the House Intelligence Committee Wednesday, FBI Deputy Director Andrew McCabe repeatedly declined to answer whether the bureau has been able to verify the substantive allegations in the dossier, or even to identify a substantive allegation that has been corroborated, according to sources familiar with the questioning.

McCabe's Transparent Motive For a Lost Dossier Memory.  In plain language the "Trump Project" was a joint 2016 FBI & DOJ counterintelligence operation to conduct wiretaps and surveillance upon the presidential campaign of Donald Trump. [...] Those who have been walking the deep weeds have a pretty strong understanding of Deputy FBI Director Andrew "Andy" McCabe's risk profile and his role in the 2016 "Trump Project".  The Rosen report earlier today [12/20/2017] — based on investigators within the House Intelligence Committee — states McCabe has lost his memory around the timeline for the FBI's FISA application and the Christoper Steele Russian Dossier as evidence therein.  If it can be shown the Steele Dossier was part of the underlying evidence within the FISA warrant (Sept./Oct. 2016), allowing wiretaps and surveillance of candidate Donald Trump's presidential campaign, the foundation for a conspiracy becomes evident.  If McCabe was aware of the origin, financing and use of the Steele Dossier in obtaining a FISA warrant, his exposure to a criminal conspiracy increases exponentially.  Understanding how Deputy McCabe's risk profile increases in direct proportion to his attachment to the Steele Dossier explains his memory lapses, obfuscations and testimony toward his knowledge therein.

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Was the Steele Dossier Used to Obtain a FISA Warrant Against Trump's Campaign?  While urging that we have disclosure (with all due care to protect intelligence methods and sources), I have presumed that the FBI and DOJ would never fraudulently present the FISA court with fanciful claims attributed to anonymous Russian sources as if they were a refined product of U.S. intelligence collection and analysis.  This, after all, is a "dossier" that former FBI director James Comey dismissed as "salacious and unverified" in Senate testimony just six months ago.  When a court is asked for a warrant, the government must provide the judge with a basis to believe the information proffered is credible — by vouching that the source has been reliable in the past, by corroborating the information offered, or both.  If Comey adjudged Steele's information unverified in June 2017, it had to have been unverified ten months earlier.  That's when the FBI and Justice Department obtained a FISA warrant for Carter Page, who had been loosely described as a Trump campaign adviser.

Judicial Watch's Tom Fitton: 'The FBI's Turned into a KGB-Type Operation'.  Judicial Watch President Tom Fitton argued on Fox News Wednesday evening that the FBI has been turned into a KBG-type operation that might need to be shut down.  Fitton was was on Fox News @Night with Shannon Bream to discuss one of the latest troubling revelations to come out of the Department of Justice amid Special Counsel Mueller's investigation into Russia's influence in the 2016 U.S. election.  According to Fox News, "Glenn Simpson, co-founder of the opposition research firm Fusion GPS, acknowledged in a court document that his company hired the wife of a Justice Department official to help investigate then-candidate Donald Trump last year."

Faced with libel lawsuit, dossier drafter Christopher Steele hedges on linking Trump to Russia.  Christopher Steele, the former British spy who fueled an ongoing investigation into President Trump's administration, was a lot more confident of his charges when he wrote his now-notorious 2016 dossier than he is today in defending it in a libel lawsuit.  While Mr. Steele stated matter-of-factly in his dossier that collusion between Mr. Trump and the Russian government took place, he called it only "possible" months later in court filings.  While he confidently referred to "trusted" sources inside the Kremlin, in court he referred to the dossier's "limited intelligence."

Dubious Trump dossier peddler Fusion GPS now complaining about news leaks.  Fusion GPS, the master of anonymous leaks to Washington's media establishment, now is complaining about news leaks against it.  In a running court battle with House Intelligence Committee Chairman Devin Nunes, a Fusion lawyer and a company partner complained to U.S. District Judge Richard J. Leon that issues discussed in private have reached the press.  Mr. Nunes, California Republican, is investigating the opposition research firm's role in trying to prove Trump-Russia collusion.  He has signed subpoenas for Fusion's bank records and wants more.  One press leak was the identity of TD Bank.  "Now, I don't have proof," attorney Steven M. Salky of Zuckerman Spaeder told Judge Leon at a recent hearing.  "I'm never going to be able to have proof, your honor, as to how Fox News got that information or how the Washington Examiner got the information from the bank, but I'm pretty confident that it wasn't from Fusion or the bank."

Strzok talked about having an 'insurance policy' to prevent Trump from winning in 2016.  One of the texts that has been uncovered in the 10k mother load of texts between Peter Strzok and Lisa Page is big one that suggests Strzok had an 'insurance policy' to prevent Trump from winning the election: [...] The obvious question is whether or not this 'insurance policy' was in fact the anti-Trump dossier.

Wife of DOJ Deputy Was Fusion GPS Employee, CIA Research Aid, and Applied for HAM Radio License Month After Contracting MI6 Agent Christopher Steele.  A month after Hillary Clinton hired Fusion GPS (April 2016) to sub-contract retired British MI6 agent Christopher Steele to write the opposition research report "the Trump Russia Dossier", Fusion GPS employee Nellie Ohr applied for a HAM radio license (May 23rd 2016); a communication tool that would allow Nellie Ohr and Christopher Steele the ability to communicate outside the normal risk of communication intercepts.  Keeping in mind, both Bruce and Nellie Ohr's subject matter skill-set within the DOJ would provide them with a comprehensive understanding of how to network and communicate with international actors outside the traditional risk of communication intercepts.  In short, Mrs. Nelli Ohr would know that using HAM radio frequencies would be a way to avoid the risk of U.S. intelligence intercepts on her communications.

One Mueller-Investigation Coincidence Too Many.  Something has gone terribly wrong with the Mueller investigation.  The investigation is venturing well beyond the original mandate of rooting out evidence of Russian collusion.  Indeed, the word "collusion" is now rarely invoked at all.  It has given way to its successor, "obstruction."  The latter likely will soon beget yet another catchphrase to justify the next iteration of the investigations.  There seems far less special investigatory concern with the far more likely Russian collusion in the matters of the origins and dissemination of the Fusion GPS/Steele dossier, and its possible role in the Obama-administration gambit of improper or illegal surveilling, unmasking, and leaking of the names of American citizens.

Wife of demoted DOJ official worked for firm behind anti-Trump dossier.  A senior Justice Department official demoted last week for concealing his meetings with the men behind the anti-Trump "dossier" had even closer ties to Fusion GPS, the firm responsible for the incendiary document, than have been disclosed, Fox News has confirmed:  The official's wife worked for Fusion GPS during the 2016 election.  Contacted by Fox News, investigators for the House Permanent Select Committee on Intelligence (HPSCI) confirmed that Nellie H. Ohr, wife of the demoted official, Bruce G. Ohr, worked for the opposition research firm last year.

Justice Dept. lawyer who met with dubious Trump dossier author to be hauled before Congress.  The House Intelligence Committee plans to compel testimony from a career Justice Department attorney who met during the election campaign with the writer of the infamous unverified Trump-Russia dossier.  The committee has learned that Bruce Ohr, an associate attorney general, not only spoke with dossier writer Christopher Steele but also met after the election with Glenn Simpson, whose Fusion GPS hired Mr. Steele with Democratic Party money.

So why did Democrats have to create a false document to destroy Trump?  Opposition research must have started as soon as, if not before, Donald Trump announced he was running for president. [...] The research must not have produced enough trash, or else why would the DNC and Hillary have paid Fusion GPS so handsomely to create what is clearly a false document?  Fusion GPS trafficked the document to the Justice Department and intelligence officials.  They obviously had seen how many intelligence officials had been willing to lie, especially James Clapper and John Brennan, and had seen how the Justice Department had protected the Obama Administration and especially Hillary and her aides no matter what they did.  It was obvious that they were not "independent."  The Justice Department and intelligence officials in turn used the fake dossier to justify spying on Trump officials and to open an investigation on supposed Russian collusion.  Of course this was fake also because if they would have ever been concerned about Russian collusion they would have also investigated and spied on Hillary.  But they didn't.

Top DOJ official demoted amid probe of contacts with Trump dossier firm.  A senior Justice Department official was demoted this week amid an ongoing investigation into his contacts with the opposition research firm responsible for the anti-Trump "dossier," the department confirmed to Fox News.  Until Wednesday morning [12/6/2017], Bruce G. Ohr held two titles at DOJ:  associate deputy attorney general, a post that placed him four doors down from his boss, Deputy Attorney General Rod Rosenstein; and director of the Organized Crime Drug Enforcement Task Forces (OCDETF), a program described by the department as "the centerpiece of the attorney general's drug strategy."

Ex-CIA Analyst: Trump Should Just Pardon 'Everyone'.  A former CIA analyst who now advises from his post as senior vice president for policy and programs at the Center for Security Policy says the "Russian investigation" is just a bunch of fabrications — and President Donald Trump should just pardon anyone involved and be done with it.  Fred Fleitz appeared on Fox News this week to explain his inside-the-Beltway take on the so-called Russian "dossier" about Donald Trump, Robert Mueller's agenda and more.

Latest revelations make the entire 'collusion' probe look like a partisan hit.  So Peter Strzok wasn't just a top investigator for special counsel Robert Mueller until he was axed for anti-Trump and pro-Clinton bias:  He was also a major player in the Hillary email probe and the FBI work that led to the "collusion" investigation.  And Mueller and the FBI both dragged their feet on sharing key info about all this with Congress.  Including the news that Strzok was the one who changed then-FBI chief Jim Comey's draft language on Clinton's use of that private server from "grossly negligent" to "extremely careless" in the final version.  That's huge, because the statute specifies that gross negligence in the handling of classified info is itself a crime, whatever the intent — though Comey declared that Clinton shouldn't face prosecution precisely because she had no "intent" to break the law.  Strzok also conducted the FBI interviews of Clinton and her top aides, Cheryl Mills and Huma Abedin, in the email probe.  More, he was reportedly one of the major FBI figures urging investigations on the basis of the "Steele dossier" of Russian-sourced scurrilous anti-Trump allegations, which we now know was commissioned by the Clinton campaign.

Following the Trump-Russia Dossier Money.  Unsealed bank records appear to reinforce the claim that Democrat Hillary Clinton's campaign bought and paid for the sensational [...] dossier that used anonymous sources to smear President Trump by falsely linking him to Russia.  The dossier is the salacious, 35-page report commissioned by Democrat-aligned opposition research firm Fusion GPS.  The statements in the partisan hit job were compiled by former British spy Christopher Steele and published by BuzzFeed.  One claim was that Donald Trump hired prostitutes to urinate on a bed.  The dossier was just one of many particularly outrageous dirty tricks Clinton's campaign to undercut her opponent's campaign during the 2016 election cycle.  Clinton also personally authorized the illicit efforts of socialist felon Bob Creamer and organizer Scott Foval who fomented violence at Trump campaign rallies, as James O'Keefe's Project Veritas group revealed in undercover videos.  President Trump and his defenders have repeatedly suggested Democrats, Russia, or the FBI — or all three — may have helped fund the infamous document dump.

FBI has not verified Trump dossier.  FBI and Justice Department officials have told congressional investigators in recent days that they have not been able to verify or corroborate the substantive allegations of collusion between Russia and the Trump campaign outlined in the Trump dossier.  The FBI received the first installment of the dossier in July 2016.  It received later installments as they were written at the height of the presidential campaign, which means the bureau has had more than a year to investigate the allegations in the document.  The dossier was financed by the Hillary Clinton campaign and compiled by former British spy Christopher Steele.

The dirtiest trick.  Now we know that the Trump Dossier was commissioned by the Clinton presidential campaign in mid-2016 through the Perkins Coie law firm.  Perkins Coie's Marc Elias served as counsel to the Clinton campaign.  He called on the GPS Fusion firm to do a number on Donald Trump with the services of former British MI6 man Christopher Steele.  If we take his work at face value, Steele consulted with a few friends of Vladimir Putin for some old fashioned Soviet-style disinformation courtesy of Putin himself.  Here we had the effectual "collusion" of a presidential campaign with the Russians, though it has somehow escaped the scrutiny of American law enforcement authorities.  In her Wall Street Journal column "Lifting the Steele curtain" this past Friday Kim Strassel called the dossier "one of the dirtiest tricks in U.S. political history."  At the heart of her column she focused on the shrewdly evil introduction of the dossier during the campaign.

There is nothing normal about the Fusion GPS dossier.  Yes, opposition research is part of campaigns.  It's just that Fusion GPS's dossier was not opposition research.  Opposition research is based on fact, from voting records, court records and public statements, to tax returns and business relationships.  Fusion GPS's dossier, on the other hand, was misinformation.  It was not opposition research because it was not based on fact.

Honeypot: Was the Trump Camp's Meeting With Russian Lawyer All a Clinton Set-Up?  This week's bombshell — that the DNC and the Hillary Clinton campaign financed former British spy Christopher Steele's salacious dossier allegedly connecting Donald Trump and Russia — may suggest something even more devious.  The dossier was compiled by the notorious firm Fusion GPS, which also worked for Russian lawyer Natalia Veselnitskaya, the very woman who met with Donald Trump Jr. in a meeting deemed pivotal to the case for Trump-Russia "collusion."  The Fusion GPS connection raises a supremely interesting question:  Did the Clinton campaign actually orchestrate the meeting between Trump campaign officials and Veselnitskaya?  Is the entire Trump-Russia collusion narrative the result of a Clinton set-up?

Axios' Revolting Bid to Rehabilitate Fusion GPS.  Fusion GPS's procured Trump dossier is in the news because it's fake, the product of climbing in bed with Russian agents feeding disinformation from abroad.  And it's so fake, the purveyors had trouble shopping it around to reporters, until a meeting with then-FBI Director James Comey was arranged with the dossier, so that the news of the meeting could be reported instead.  The one news outfit that ran the phony dossier, without confirming any of it, Buzzfeed, is in deep doo-doo with the lawyers for it now.  Other agencies, such as CNN's Jake Tapper, focused on reporting the meeting rather than the sordid, mendacious contents of the dossier itself, via leaks.

The Russian collusion narrative is falling apart.  There will be many embarrassed politicians in the near future.  Well, it seems that things are falling apart, the center is not holding.  There are those on the left who will not abandon the "dossier" fiasco.  As late as Oct. 7, 2017 the Guardian described it as "one of the most explosive documents in modern political history."  This "dossier" was an obvious fraud and no one in the intelligence community believed otherwise. [...] This batch of memos had circulated through the media and intel community for months when BuzzFeed published the full document in January 2017.  As long as it was not public, it could be vaguely referred to in order to support the charge that Trump was owned by the Russians.  Once it was published, it became obvious that it was a fraud.  This is revealed on the first page.  No experienced intelligence officer would classify a Sensitive Source as Confidential.  If he did he would be looking for a new job or possibly be behind bars.

Thanks to the Clinton/DNC revelation about the 'Trump dossier,' Robert Mueller can stop investigating Trump.  In a court of law when it is discovered that evidence has been contaminated or a witness is lying, that evidence is thrown out and a jury is instructed to ignore the witness testimony.  As new bombshell revelations prove the infamous "Trump dossier" was bought-and-paid-for by Hillary Clinton's presidential campaign and the Democratic National Committee, the document that launched the Russian collusion investigation against President Trump must accordingly be thrown out.  In light of the newest charge that the DNC and the Clinton campaign may have broken a dozen federal election laws with the document, special counsel Robert Mueller has no choice but to dismiss the Trump investigation.

Implausible Deniability.  [Scroll down]  In much the same way, I believe, Russian agents working for the Clintons and the DNC through Fusion GPS and its hireling Christopher Steele provided fake information in a dossier which the FBI (headed by James Comey) and the Department of Justice (headed by Loretta Lynch ) used to craft an affidavit to obtain a FISA warrant authorizing electronic surveillance on people connected, however tangentially, to the Trump campaign.  This, after previous such warrants had — and this is unusual — been turned down by the FISA court.  Then-president Obama allowed the surveilled communications to be widely circulated throughout the government, so that the names of the targets caught up in the surveillance and their communications were thus widely available for leaking, and were leaked. [...] The DNC, Hillary campaign and Obama Administration used former British intelligence agent Fusion GPS' Christopher Steele as an interface to create deniability, allowing them, in effect, to launder the dossier and create a pretext for snooping on Trump and publicizing whatever dirt they might dig up on his campaign no matter how incredible the sources and product.

WSJ To Mueller After Dossier Exposé: Resign.  "Strip out the middlemen," the Wall Street Journal's editors argue this morning, "and it appears that Democrats paid for Russians to compile wild allegations about a US presidential candidate."  The editorial demands a "full investigation" into the FBI's activities during the previous presidential cycle, saying that collusion may have taken place — only in a completely different direction than previously thought.

No, The "Russian Dossier" Did Not Begin With GOP it Began With Clinton, The DNC and the FBI.  There is a tremendous amount of obfuscation coming from democrats after the revelation that Hillary Clinton and the DNC paid Fusion GPS to contract Christoper Steele to create the now infamous "Dossier".  One of the most significant falsehoods is that the dossier origins began with an unknown GOP entity within the primary.  This narrative is entirely false.  The "Russian Dossier" did not begin assembly until after it was commissioned by Hillary Clinton and the DNC (June 2016).  Prior to that Fusion GPS was simply doing opposition research on behalf of a Trump opponent (stopped April 2016).

Here Are The 10 Most Important Reported Claims About The Steele Dossier On Russia.  [#2] No, the Russian dossier was not initially funded by Republicans [...] There is no evidence that a Republican donor or Republican campaign was ever involved with the Russian dossier.  Fusion GPS claimed to reporters (though they did not provide evidence) that a Republican funded separate opposition research on Trump, dealing with his business interests.  But as the Washington Post itself reports, the dossier did not exist until after the Democrats hired Fusion GPS.

The Fusion GPS paternity test.  According to the Washington Post, the Hillary Clinton presidential campaign and the Democratic National Committee gave birth to the salacious "Trump Dossier," compiled by the Washington-based research firm of Fusion GPS and a former British spy.  The Clinton campaign and the DNC funded the operation.  And that dossier, now properly seen as opposition research, served as the launching pad for the federal investigations into Russia's role in the 2016 elections.  It also served as fuel for media snark around the Trump/Russia collusion story that has dominated political news since Clinton lost her election.

Gotcha! Hillary Behind Fake Russian Dossier on Trump.  In a report on Tuesday [10/24/2017] from Adam Entous, Devlin Barrett and Rosalind Helderman, the [Washington Post] claimed the Hillary Clinton campaign and the Democratic National Committee helped fund research that resulted in a now-infamous dossier containing allegations about Donald Trump's connections to Russia.  According to the links outlined by the Post, Marc Elias, a lawyer for the Hillary Clinton campaign and the party, hired Fusion GPS, a Washington firm, for the "research."  Then Fusion hired Christopher Steele, a former British agent who has ties to the FBI and others, to write it up.  The report said Elias and his law firm, Perkins Coie, long linked to President Obama, hired Fusion in 2016 "on behalf of the Clinton campaign and the DNC."

Tom Cotton: 'You Can't Give Any Credibility' To The Trump Dossier.  A Republican member of the Senate Intelligence Committee cast doubt on the so-called Trump dossier on Monday, saying that he has yet to see evidence that the salacious document is credible.  The Republican, Arkansas Sen. Tom Cotton, also suggested that the dossier, compiled by former British spy Christopher Steele, could have been financed either by a Democratic supporter of Hillary Clinton or by Russia's intelligence services.

In dossier probe, Fusion GPS asks court to stop House from seeing bank records.  On the same day, Oct. 4, that the House Intelligence Committee subpoenaed three employees of the opposition research firm Fusion GPS to testify in the Trump dossier investigation, the committee also subpoenaed TD Bank for Fusion's bank records.  Now, according to a source familiar with the situation, Fusion has asked a U.S. District Court in Washington, D.C., judge to prevent the bank from complying with the subpoena.  The move comes just days after two of those three Fusion employees asserted their Fifth Amendment right against self-incrimination rather than answer questions about the dossier.  A third subpoenaed Fusion employee, founder Glenn Simpson, has not yet appeared before the House.

Fusion GPS officials take the Fifth in Trump dossier interview on Capitol Hill.  Two top officials at the political research firm behind a salacious dossier alleging various Russian connections to President Trump's campaign invoked their Fifth Amendment right against self-incrimination before the House Intelligence Committee on Wednesday [10/18/2017].  Fusion GPS co-founder Peter Fritsch and top lieutenant Thomas Catan were subpoenaed to appear before the committee in a closed-door session on Wednesday but asserted their right not to testify, a source close to the matter told Fox News.  Fritsch and Catan took the Fifth on every question posed by committee members.  Another co-founder, Glenn Simpson, is under subpoena for a later date.

Trump dossier firm's 'smear' tactics unveiled.  The self-described "strategic intelligence" firm Fusion GPS that was behind the controversial anti-Trump dossier has a track record of intimidation and smear tactics, according to congressional testimony and the firsthand account of a London-based Venezuelan journalist who said he was labeled a "pedophile," "extortionist" and "drug trafficker" after criticizing one of Fusion's clients.  "I believe that Fusion GPS's business is to do basically whatever the paymasters tell them to do," Alek Boyd, the Venezuelan journalist, told Fox News in his first American TV interview.  "They are particularly good at spreading misinformation, disinformation and smears."

Fusion GPS to House:  We'll take Fifth rather than testify on Trump dossier.  On Oct. 4, the House Intelligence Committee subpoenaed Fusion GPS, the opposition research firm at the center of the Trump dossier affair.  On Monday [10/16/2017], the company told the House what it can do with its subpoena.  Fusion GPS chief Glenn Simpson and two others will "invoke their constitutional privileges not to testify," Simpson's lawyers told the committee in a letter.  The panel shouldn't even bother to call Simpson to the hearing room, the lawyers said, because he won't answer their questions under any circumstances.  It seems unlikely the House will grant that request.  If Simpson and two other GPS officials are going to assert their right against self-incrimination, lawmakers, or at least the majority Republican lawmakers on the committee, will want to hear it first-hand.

The Steele Dossier Is Still Absurd.  It is with great reluctance that I must take issue with my very esteemed friend Andy McCarthy, in this case with his treatment of the Steele Dossier, which makes a lot of sensational allegations against President Trump of compromising past relations with Russia and its leaders.  The dossier is named after retired British MI-6 Russian specialist Christopher Steele, was compiled initially at the request of the shady political-interference and espionage operation Fusion GPS, was paid for by anti-Trump Republicans, and then, after Trump had secured the Republican nomination, was financed by the Clinton campaign.

Why is the FBI stonewalling congressional subpoenas on the Fusion GPS 'Trump Dossier'?  Could the story behind the "Trump dossier" be the Rosetta Stone of Russian manipulation of our electoral process in 2016? There is a strong and justifiable suspicion that the dossier was the critical bit of evidence that persuaded the FISA Court to reverse itself and permit monitoring of American associates of Donald Trump.  The dossier was originally begun as an opposition research project for Republican rivals of Trump, then funded by Democrats, and allegedly finally funded by the FBI.  We already know that some of the wild accusations in it were demonstrably false.  The House Intelligence Committee long has been looking into allegations of collusion between the Trump campaign and Russia, and so far, it has come up with nothing.  As in zero specific evidence.  This was admitted by no less than Rep. Jackie Spier, a veteran Democrat member of the House of Representatives.  [Video clip]

Showdown looms over Trump dossier; FBI misses third deadline to turn over subpoenaed documents.  A third deadline has now passed for the FBI and Justice Department to give the House Intelligence Committee subpoenaed documents related to the Trump dossier.  And for a third time, the bureau has not produced the material.  The dossier is a collection of what former FBI Director James Comey called "salacious and unverified" allegations of collusion between Russia and Trump campaign figures in the 2016 campaign.  The Russia allegations were compiled by a former British spy, Christopher Steele, who was commissioned by the opposition research firm Fusion GPS, which is thought to have been paid for the work by wealthy supporters of Hillary Clinton.

Here's Everything We Know So Far About The Trump Dossier.  The uncorroborated dossier of opposition research about Donald Trump has become a key document in the investigation over whether the Trump campaign colluded with the Russian government during the presidential campaign last year.  Democrats have insisted that many claims made in the dossier, written by former British spy Christopher Steele, have been proven accurate.  Republican lawmakers say otherwise, leading to a standoff between the two sides over the 35-page document, published by BuzzFeed News on Jan. 10.  Here is what we know about the salacious document. [...]

Gowdy Wonders If Democrats Are 'Fearful' Trump Dossier Is 'A Piece Of Fiction'.  Democrats are "fearful" that the Trump dossier is "a piece of fiction," one that the FBI used to form the basis of its investigation into whether the Trump campaign colluded with the Russian government.  That's one theory that South Carolina Rep. Trey Gowdy is proposing for why Democrats are pushing back so hard against a GOP effort to get answers about the dossier from the FBI and Justice Department.  In an interview with The Daily Caller, the House Intelligence Committee member addressed claims from his Democratic colleagues and some in the media that he and his fellow Republicans are attempting to discredit the dossier and its author, former British spy Christopher Steele, in order to help Trump.

House committee subpoenas FBI, Justice over Trump dossier.  In the most significant escalation yet in the wrangling between Congress and the FBI over the Trump dossier, the House Intelligence Committee has subpoenaed the bureau and the Justice Department for documents relating to the dossier, the FBI's relationship with dossier author Christopher Steele, and the bureau's possible role in supporting what began as an opposition research project against candidate Donald Trump in the final months of last year's presidential campaign.  The subpoenas are an indication of growing frustration inside the committee over the FBI and Justice Department's lack of cooperation in the Trump-Russia investigation.

Standoff brews between Senate, FBI over Trump dossier.  Senate Judiciary Committee chairman Charles Grassley and the committee's ranking Democrat, Dianne Feinstein, want to interview two high-ranking FBI officials about some key aspects of the bureau's role in the Trump-Russia investigation — the Trump dossier, the firing of James Comey, and more.  But the FBI doesn't want those officials to talk — even though the Judiciary Committee has oversight responsibility for the FBI, and even though the request is bipartisan, and even though there appears to be no conflict with the ongoing Trump-Russia investigation conducted by special prosecutor Robert Mueller.  A standoff could be developing.

FBI fights public release of Trump dossier info.  Senate investigators have had problems getting the FBI to reveal information about the Trump dossier.  They're not the only ones.  Outside groups filing Freedom of Information Act requests are running up against a stone wall when it comes to the dossier.  On March 8, Judicial Watch filed a FOIA request for documents regarding the bureau's contacts with Christopher Steele, the former British spy who dug for dirt in Russia on candidate Donald Trump in the months before the 2016 presidential election.  Steele's effort was commissioned by the oppo research firm Fusion GPS, which at the time was being paid by still-unidentified Democrats who supported Hillary Clinton.  Just weeks before the election, the FBI reportedly agreed to support Steele's oppo project — an extraordinary action in the midst of a campaign which Senate Judiciary Committee Chairman Chuck Grassley said raised "questions about the FBI's independence from politics."

Trump attorney delivers point-by-point rebuttal of 'totally false' dossier.  One of the key figures named in the unverified anti-Trump dossier has delivered a point-by-point rebuttal shooting down more than a dozen allegations contained in its pages.  Fox News obtained a letter to the House Intelligence Committee sent Aug. 14 by the attorney representing Michael Cohen, who has served as President Trump's personal attorney.  In it, he discredits the 35-page dossier, noting that without the "sensational allegations" contained in the document, Cohen "would not be involved" in the committee's Russia probe.  "We have not uncovered a single document that would in any way corroborate the Dossier's allegations regarding Mr. Cohen, nor do we believe that any such document exists," Cohen's attorney, Stephen Ryan, wrote in the letter.

Next stop for Trump dossier probe: the FBI.  In late July, the Justice Department refused a request from the Senate Judiciary Committee — a bipartisan, joint request from Chairman Charles Grassley and Ranking Democrat Dianne Feinstein — to make two top FBI officials available for an interview in the committee's investigation of the Trump dossier and other matters related to the Trump-Russia affair.  Citing the Mueller special prosecutor investigation, Justice stated "confidentiality" and the "sensitivity of information relating to pending matters" made it impossible for the two officials, Carl Ghattas and James Rybicki, to talk to the Senate committee that oversees the FBI.  Grassley and Feinstein are still trying — they sent another, more strongly worded, request last Friday [8/25/2017].

Trump dossier mystery deepens.  On Wednesday, not long after I posted the story, "Republicans skeptical about origin of Trump dossier," I got a note from a friend who had been thinking about the claim that a wealthy GOP donor started the infamous Trump dossier.  I had reported that the Republican operatives who ran against Donald Trump — the managers of the Ted Cruz, Marco Rubio, Jeb Bush, and John Kasich campaigns — had not only not heard of any GOP-funded oppo project but did not believe one existed.  Neither did some of the NeverTrump activists working outside the campaigns to try to stop the GOP front-runner.

Ex-British spy behind Trump dossier hands sources to feds.  The former British spy behind a salacious dossier linking President Trump to Russia has reportedly handed over the names of his sources to the FBI.  Christopher Steele, a former MI6 agent, met with federal agents to disclose how he obtained the unconfirmed information included in his report, according to ABC News.

Fusion GPS On The Hot Seat In Closed Senate Judiciary Hearing.  Too bad C-SPAN won't carry the testimony of Glenn Simpson, the former Wall Street Journal reporter who launched the oppo research firm Fusion GPS. Simpson finds himself at the center of the Russia scandal, thanks to a discredited dossier about Donald Trump that got floated after the election.  Now Chuck Grassley wants to get to the bottom of the dossier, who ordered it, who paid for it, and what its purpose was, and he'll get his chance in a closed session today [8/22/2017].

Republicans skeptical about origin of Trump dossier.  The Trump dossier is one of the most important and least understood elements of the Trump-Russia affair.  It is important not just because its allegations are, as former FBI director James Comey said, "salacious and unverified," but because it:
    [1]  appeared to offer evidence for some of the most sensational accusations that the Trump campaign colluded with Russians;
    [2]  involved a pro-Clinton organization paying investigators who paid Kremlin-linked Russians for allegations about Trump; and
    [3]  set Comey and Trump on a collision course when Comey chose to brief Trump about the dossier in a one-on-one meeting when Trump was president-elect.
The story of the dossier, if it is ever learned, could greatly affect the way we think about the Trump-Russia matter.

Why Some U.S. Ex-Spies Don't Buy the Russia Story.  In 2003, when a number of former intelligence professionals formed a group to protest the way intelligence was bent to accuse Iraq of producing weapons of mass destruction, New York Times columnist Nicholas Kristof wrote a sympathetic column quoting the group's members.  In 2017, you won't read about this same group's latest campaign in the big U.S. newspapers.  The Veteran Intelligence Professionals for Sanity (VIPS) have been investigating the now conventional wisdom that last year's leaks of Democratic National Committee files were the result of Russian hacks.  What they found instead is evidence to the contrary.

What if the Trump-Russia collusion narrative was actually a Russian disinformation campaign?  What if the discredited Fusion GPS dossier that was used against then-candidate for president Donald Trump in 2016 to tie him to Russia was actually an elaborate disinformation campaign whose roots lie none other than in Moscow?  That's what the Wall Street Journal's Kim Strassel wants to know in light of testimony last week by William Browder, CEO of Hermitage Capital Management, who says his work on Russian sanctions in 2012 resulted in a similar disinformation campaign against him by Fusion GPS.  Browder suggested that Fusion's work violated the Foreign Agents Registration Act, although he stopped short of suggesting that the Trump-Russia collusion dossier — penned by former Mi6 agent Christopher Steele — was the work of Russia as well.

Democrats intentionally used disinformation from Russia to attack Trump, campaign aides.  While the liberal news media hunts for evidence of Trump-Russia collusion, the public record shows that Democrats have willfully used Moscow disinformation to influence the presidential election against Donald Trump and attack his administration.  The disinformation came in the form of a Russian-fed dossier written by former British intelligence agent Christopher Steele.  It contains a series of unverified criminal charges against Mr. Trump's campaign aides, such as coordinating Moscow's hacking of Democratic Party computers.  Some Democrats have widely circulated the discredited information.  Mr. Steele was paid by the Democrat-funded opposition research firm Fusion GPS with money from a Hillary Clinton backer.  Fusion GPS distributed the dossier among Democrats and journalists.

Americans Need To Know More About Fusion GPS, Stat.  For nearly five months, the firm Fusion GPS, hired by Democrats to research and write an "intelligence report" that the most senior members of the Obama administration circulated widely last summer and fall, has been stonewalling a U.S. Senate committee investigation.  That "report," many believe, was the basis for charges of Russian collusion with the Trump campaign.  So why are they being allowed to stonewall?  In February, Sen. Chuck Grassley sent questions to Fusion GPS about the dossier and the firm's role in the scandal, and was rebuffed.  The firm claimed it would not answer questions due to attorney-client privilege and First Amendment rights.  He later asked the Department of Justice to investigate the firm's ties to Russian clients.

The Real Russia-Gate Scandal.  The real Russian disinformation has been the notorious "Trump Dossier," which has been serving as the "roadmap" for the FBI.  Weeks after Accuracy in Media exposed the nature of this phony document in a three-part series, "The Final Truth About the Trump Dossier," Wall Street Journal columnist Holman W. Jenkins, Jr., has stumbled upon the truth, saying the dossier smells like a Russian plant.  Our verdict was that the dossier compiled by former British intelligence agent Christopher Steele was part of a Russian effort, financed by Hillary Clinton donors, to smear Trump.  That's what the evidence shows.  In his column, "The Trump-Russia Story Starts Making Sense," Jenkins writes that it is likely that Steele "was the semi-witting vehicle for Russian rumors designed expressly to undermine Mr. Trump..."  Thank you, Mr. Jenkins, for confirming what we have been saying all along.

How John Brennan and Some Brits Tried to Tip the Election to Hillary.  Christopher Steele is the former British spy who compiled the "garbage" dossier on Trump-Russia ties, as Bob Woodward put it.  That garbage dossier was cravenly and opaquely hyped by the American press until BuzzFeed released it, at which point the public could see its transparently ludicrous and uncorroborated contents.  The release of the dossier exposed the vague, heavy-breathing allusions to it by CNN and the "intelligence community" as nothing more than an idiotic smear against Trump.  Steele had been zealously working to blow up Trump's candidacy.  Such was his anti-Trump fervor that he furnished his late-hit services to the Democrats for free.  According to a story planted in the United Kingdom's Independent, "at the end he was working without pay."

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