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.
The politicized FBI
Hillary Clinton's cloud of corruption
Obama stands accused of spying on his political opponents
Background, overview and recap articles:
and Obama Actually Did. In sum: Hillary Clinton and the Democratic Party paid a foreign agent to collect
or manufacture damaging information about the Republican candidate for president, information that was sourced from the
Russian government. The subsequent propaganda file was used to surveil members of the Trump campaign, illegally, as NSA
and British assets were also used to spy on those associated with Clinton's political rival, and as human intelligence assets
were deployed in an attempt to entrap Trump advisers and members of his staff.
Outrage Over Democrat Ties to Foreign Election Interference. In 2016, the Clinton campaign and DNC used Perkins
Coie, a politically connected and influential law firm, as a pass-through to pay Fusion GPS for opposition research related
to Donald Trump. Fusion GPS co-founder Glenn Simpson in turn hired Christopher Steele, a British operative who once
worked for the U.K.'s version of the CIA. Steele is a British citizen, also known as a "foreigner." At the same time,
Steele was working as an FBI informant for the Obama Justice Department and representing Oleg Deripaska, a Russian oligarch
close to Russian President Vladmir Putin, in legal matters before the U.S. government. The former British spy allegedly
leveraged his Russian contacts to help compile a series of opposition research memos, commonly known as the "dossier," for
Fusion. Steele anonymously referred to several Kremlin-linked individuals in the dossier; notes recently disclosed from
an Obama State Department official revealed that Steele claimed two of his sources were a former Russian intelligence chief
and a Putin aide.
Left's hypocrisy knows no bounds. The Steele dossier was phonied up by a foreign national, Steele, and the rest
of the setup involved the help of several other Western intel assets from the U.K., Italy, and Australia. Together with
their partners in crime within our FBI and CIA, they had quite an operation going. So arrogant and drunk on power, they
were certain they could take down the president they decided was an interloper, not a member of their elite club. But
they got caught. The Steele dossier was so poorly written that legitimate CIA and FBI agents say no professional
intelligence officer would have fallen for it for one minute. But it was used as "evidence" to begin surveilling the
Trump family, friends, Cabinet members, and acquaintances. Hundreds of innocent civilians were unmasked and spied upon
in search of a crime.
It Seems Even The British Knew The Trump Dossier Was Trash — in 2017. The Trump dossier was a piece
of political opposition research compiled by ex-MI6 spy Christopher Steele. The Democrats and the Clinton campaign
bankrolled it. The mission was simple. Find dirt on Donald Trump and he used sources that are still active in the
Kremlin. Sounds like Clinton-Russia collusion, but that's a whole other tale. Even from the beginning of this
fiasco, the document's credibility was suspect. It's loaded with salacious tales about Trump that are pretty much
straight trash in the sense that they're false at face value. It's why no other outlet decided to publish the document
in full, except BuzzFeed because they have no standards. This document is reportedly the insurance policy that fired
FBI Agent Peter Strzok, former bureau lawyer Lisa Page, and disgraced FBI Deputy Director Andrew McCabe may have been
referring to in texts between Strzok and Page with whom he was having an extramarital affair. It was also used to
secure a FISA spy warrant against former foreign policy adviser Carter Page.
Yates -vs- Michael Flynn. After the November 8th, 2016, election everyone within the Obama network associated
with the Trump surveillance operation was at risk. This is the impetus for the "Muh Russia" collusion-conspiracy
narrative that was used as a mitigating shield. Within a few days after the election ODNI James Clapper and CIA
Director John Brennan began pushing the Russia election interference narrative in the media. Without notifying anyone,
NSA Director Mike Rogers went to Trump tower on November 18th, 2016. Despite his compartmentalization it appears
Rogers identified the NSA database abuse as the likely underpinning for some form of political surveillance. By
mid-December 2016 the Obama administration was deploying a full-court-press using their media allies to promote the Russia
conspiracy. However, despite their public proclamations Clapper and Brennan were refusing to give any specifics to congress.
'Spygate' With The 'Soft Coup'. There have been a great many questions surrounding the activity that took place
in 2017 after President Trump took office and how politicians and officials coordinated an apparent 'soft coup' attempt to
remove President Trump. Questions around DAG Rod Rosenstein, Andrew McCabe, James Comey and the larger intelligence
community (to include the Gang-of-Eight) surrounding the Trump administration. Many of those questions can be
reconciled with a review of the predicate. There are five phases in the evolution of 'Spygate' into the 'Soft Coup';
to reconcile the latter, which extends to today, a full review provides the clarity.
Details Reinforce That The FBI Used Fake Pretexts To Start Investigating Trump. The evidence continues to mount
that during the Obama administration, the FBI used George Papadopoulos as a prop to legitimize launching its investigation
into the Donald Trump campaign. While the FBI claimed it initiated Crossfire Hurricane on July 31, 2016 in response to
reports that Russian-linked individuals told Papadopoulos the Russians had dirt on Hillary Clinton, that story seemed shaky
from the start. Since then, text and email messages between former MI6 spy and Fusion GPS dossier author Christopher
Steele and twice-demoted Department of Justice attorney Bruce Ohr raised the possibility that information Steele fed the FBI
through Ohr was the true justification for the the FBI targeting the Trump campaign. A Wednesday tweet from Carter Page
gives further credence to the suggestion that the Hillary Clinton campaign-funded Steele dossier served as the basis for the
FBI's interest in the Trump campaign.
Post-Midterm Meltdowns. CNN has
sued the president and his entourage for revoking Jim Acosta's White House press pass. This is the perfect illustration of the
presumptuousness of the fake news press. This description "fake news" was furnished by the president when CNN took the Steele dossier
public and asked the president if he had participated in a festival of urination by a group of prostitutes in a Moscow hotel room because
the Obamas had slept there. In those early days of the administration, Wolf Blitzer claimed immense enterprise by CNN to unearth the
dossier (that the Democratic National Committee, which paid for it, was shopping desperately to the media). CNN elaborately portrayed
this now infamous hack-job as the work of an eminent retired British espionage official. After Acosta attempted to filibuster the
president's post-midterm press conference and engage him in debate, the revocation of Acosta's pass was an appropriate measure. CNN
has many other accredited representatives and could nominate a replacement, but the network's media director, Brian Stelter, a
foaming-at-the-mouth Trump-hater, instead has sued the president.
Burying the Other Russia Story. Over 18 months
of reviewing tens of thousands of documents and interviewing every relevant witness, no Senate or House Committee has unearthed
evidence that the Trump campaign colluded with Russia to win the presidential election. If Special Counsel Robert Mueller
has found more, he hasn't made it public. But House investigators have uncovered details of a Democratic scheme to prod
the FBI to investigate the Trump campaign. We now know that the Hillary Clinton campaign and the Democratic National
Committee hired Fusion GPS, which hired an intelligence-gun-for-hire, Christopher Steele, to write a "dossier" on Donald
Trump's supposed links to Russia. Mr. Steele fed that document to the FBI, even as he secretly alerted the media
to the FBI probe that Team Clinton had helped to initiate. Fusion, the oppo-research firm, was also supplying its
dossier info to senior Justice Department official Bruce Ohr, whose wife, Nellie, worked for Fusion.
bombs are not bombs. Fake news is fake news. The American left to this day is unable to accept the results of the 2016
election. So certain that their candidate would prevail, they have suffered a psychotic break from which they have not recovered.
Every sentient being now knows that it was Hillary, the DNC, the FBI, the DOJ, and the NSA that collaborated to prevent Trump from becoming
president. She and they fabricated the "dossier," planted spies in the Trump campaign, falsified FISA warrants, and leaked to the
media. Their plan was a Deep State coup like nothing else in U.S. history.
Two Case Studies. [Scroll down] The Russia hoax is a product of the Clinton presidential campaign and the
Democratic National Committee. They worked through Glenn Simpson and his opposition research firm Fusion GPS. Since the
campaign Simpson and Fusion GPS have continued to retail the Russia hoax with the financial support of a Democratic outfit
called the Penn Quarter Group, run by former Dianne Feinstein staffer Dan Jones. Fusion GPS is a firm that does
opposition research for hire. Glenn Simpson is the former Wall Street Journal investigative reporter who is a principal
and co-founder of the firm. Simpson's work for the Clinton campaign and the DNC took place with funds laundered by the
Perkins Coie law firm — a cutout that was to guard against the disclosure of the source of the work. We
weren't supposed to know. Simpson hired former British intelligence official Christopher Steele to lend him a hand with
his Russian sources. We weren't supposed to know. Simpson and Fusion GPS have continued to peddle the Russia hoax
to Congress and the media.
GPS Operator Glenn Simpson Refuses To Testify to Congress; Chairman Goodlatte Issues Subpoena. Fusion GPS is a political
research firm and network of political operatives who sell their mercenary services to anyone willing to pay. Fusion has resources
inside and outside government and the capability to exploit FBI and NSA databases containing information about U.S. citizens. Fusion
then uses a secondary network of media outlets who they pay to write articles shaped for their purposes. Fusion GPS is operated by
Glenn Simpson. In April 2016 Hillary Clinton hired Fusion GPS to target her presidential campaign opponent, Donald Trump.
Fusion GPS founder Glenn Simpson then assigned Russian expert and CIA research analyst Nellie Ohr to the Trump project. At the
time Nellie Ohr's husband, Bruce Ohr, was the #4 ranking official inside the DOJ National Security Division. Simultaneous to
Nellie Ohr's assignment, Fusion GPS also sub-contracted with Christopher Steele for additional material and internal collaboration with
Save Yourself, Mr. President. Mr. Trump gripes
about coverups that have kept the American people in the dark about the bad behavior of FBI agents and Justice Department
officials during the 2016 election. The question is: Why should anyone lift a finger to help him when he refuses
to help himself by taking the one step — declassifying documents sought by Congress — that would clear
up whether our most powerful intelligence and law-enforcement agencies were in fact working to deny him the presidency?
Mr. Trump has legitimate beefs here. His attorney general is weak because of a crippling recusal. The
FBI and Justice do continue to slow-walk documents under subpoena from Congress. And what we have learned about
the fishy behavior of high-ranking actors — from the FBI's Mr. Strzok to the Justice Department's Bruce
Ohr — does suggest the investigators ought themselves to be investigated.
would the intelligence community's 'insurance policy' against Trump look like? [Scroll down] He would
have to be marginalized at every turn. Strategies would encompass politics, the courts, opposition research and the
media. He'd have to become mired in lawsuits, distracted by allegations, riddled with calls for impeachment, hounded by
investigations. His election must be portrayed as the illegitimate result of a criminal or un-American conspiracy.
To accomplish this, bad actors in the intel community could step up use of surveillance tools as a weapon to look for dirt on
Trump before his inauguration. They could rely on dubious political opposition research to secretly argue for wiretaps,
plant one or more spies in the Trump campaign, then leak to the press a mix of true and false stories to create a sense of chaos.
Jarrett: 'Trump-Russia Collusion Hoax' [is] a Scheme to Clear Hillary, [and] Undo [the 2016] Election. Fox News
Channel legal analyst Gregg Jarrett [...] said, "There was scheme to clear Hillary Clinton and frame Donald Trump. Top
officials at the FBI and the Department of Justice were threatened by Trump; this guy is going to come in there and drain the
swamp, and that threatened their jobs and their positions. There is nothing that will motivate people more than power
forfeited, so people like James Comey, Peter Strzok, Lisa Page, Andy McCabe, people at the Department of Justice decided that
they were going to clear Hillary Clinton of the many crimes she surely committed. To do that, they had to twist the
facts and contort the law."
Hillary Clinton used the anti-Trump Russia dossier during the campaign. The Clinton campaign received a steady
flow of briefings on its paid-for Christopher Steele dossier, whose unverified Trump-Russia collusion charges made their way
into election news stories and Clinton talking points. The dossier emerged again as a Washington hot topic in recent
days with the release of four FBI applications to a judge to spy on a Donald Trump volunteer. The petition's evidence
to convince the judge was largely based on the dossier. With the application's release, President Trump took to Twitter
to declare the 35-pages a "Clinton campaign document." Some pundits and a fact-checkers asserted that the Clinton
campaign never used Mr. Steele's Russia charges. A check of the public record shows otherwise, although the
campaign never specifically cited the dossier by name.
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.
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.
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.
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...
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.
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.
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.
[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 spied; Comey danced and lied; John McCain lent a hand. Strzok and Page were
special beaux, they took their meetings without their clothes.
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.
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
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.
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
But it's not so easy to find a timeline pertinent to the investigations into these events.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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."
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
'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
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.
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.
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.
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:
This subsection is now located here.
Memos, counter-memos, dossiers, "insurance policies," and competing reports:
evidence shows why Steele, the Ohrs and TSA workers never should have become DOJ sources. One of the inevitable
outcomes of the Russia case will be that the Department of Justice (DOJ) almost certainly will need internal reforms.
The first reform is the most obvious, given the unraveling of the Russia collusion narrative: a new set of rules governing
when the FBI can investigate or spy on a First Amendment-protected political campaign during an election. The FBI never
should have been allowed to sustain a counterintelligence investigation into Donald Trump's campaign based on hearsay from
Australian diplomat Alexander Downer, who helped to arrange a $25 million Australian government donation to the Clinton
Foundation, and on a "minimally" verified dossier written by British spy Christopher Steele, who was working on the Hillary
Clinton opposition-research team.
Memo: Obama State Dept. [was] In Communication with Dossier Producer Fusion GPS. Victoria Nuland, a
former Hillary Clinton associate who served as a senior official in John Kerry's State Department, was in communication with
Fusion GPS co-founder Glenn Simpson, according to a newly released FBI document. The controversial Fusion GPS
opposition research firm infamously produced the Christopher Steele dossier alleging now debunked Russian collision charges
and was paid for its anti-Trump work by Hillary Clinton's 2016 presidential campaign and the Democratic National Committee.
the systemic coup between Bruce Ohr and Christopher Steele. July congressional hearings reveal that DOJ
Inspector General Michael Horowitz's team conducted a two-day interview in London with British ex-spy Christopher
Steele. Thus beginning to unpeel the onion on DOJ abuse of powers. Steele is the author of the unsubstantiated
and salacious dossier attacking President Trump, creating the Russia Hoax. The truth is coming home to roost. The
facts emerging are that Steele's anti-Trump bias was well known at or about the November 2016 presidential election.
Despite the many red flags, the DOJ, including operative Bruce Ohr's bias, the initial FISA applications did rely on the
dossier. A dossier that holds no truth.
dossier author feared Congressional investigations, Bruce Ohr 302s show. Christopher Steele, the ex-British spy
who compiled the salacious anti-Trump dossier that sparked the Russia investigation, feared congressional inquiries, according
to new documents released Thursday night [8/8/2019]. The surprising revelation was the most interesting detail among the
34 pages of FBI agent interview notes with Justice Department official Bruce Ohr. Known as 302s, the notes document FBI
agents' interviews with Mr. Ohr. In May 2017, Mr. Ohr told the agents Mr. Steele was "worried" about the
upcoming Senate testimony of then-FBI Director James B. Comey.
the US Press? [Scroll down] The subhead to the column puts it this way: "The media's lack of
interest in the Steele dossier amounts to collusion in a coverup." The lack of journalistic interest calls for an
explanation. Laziness, stupidity, herd mentality, and partisanship all seem to have something to do with the utter lack
of interest in what it's all about, although any one of these factors all by itself may be enough to explain it.
spreadsheet puts a stake through the heart of Steele's dossier. Some in the news media have tried in recent
days to rekindle their long-lost love affair with former MI6 agent Christopher Steele and his now infamous dossier. The
main trigger was a lengthy interview in June with the Department of Justice (DOJ) inspector general, which some news outlets
suggested meant U.S. officials have found Steele, the former Hillary Clinton-backed political muckraker, to be believable.
"Investigators ultimately found Steele's testimony credible and even surprising," Politico crowed. The Washington Post
went even further, suggesting Steele's assistance to the inspector general might "undermine Trumpworld's alt-narrative" that
the Russia-collusion investigation was flawed.
Outs Reporter Ellen Ratner as Source for Seth Rich Information. Businessman Ed Butowsky filed a lawsuit on
Monday that outed FOX News reporter Ellen Ratner was his source for the Seth Rich information. [...] The more I've reviewed
the Seth Rich case, the more I'm convinced of its central role in the whole Russian Collusion Hoax. I believe DNC
officials knew that the emails would become public as the result of an internal leak, and they knew that the emails would be
very damaging, so they attempted to turn the tables by pointing fingers at Donald Trump and the Russians.
Claims Julian Assange Confirmed DNC Emails Received From Seth Rich — Not a Russian Hack. A rather
stunning report from Gateway Pundit outlines information contained within a lawsuit filing. The lawsuit, filed by
Businessman Ed Butowsky, alleges Wikileaks founder Julian Assange confirmed to Fox News analyst Ellen Ratner that the DNC
leaked emails were received from Seth Rich and his brother Aaron. The details contained within the lawsuit filing are
stunning. If this information is true and accurate, the DOJ claim of a Russian hack — based on assertions by
DNC contractor, Crowdstrike — would be entirely false. Additionally the DC murder of Seth Rich would hold a
far more alarming motive.
dossier author Steele gets 16-hour DOJ grilling. Christopher Steele, the former British spy behind the infamous
"dossier" on President Donald Trump's ties to Russia, was interviewed for 16 hours in June by the Justice Department's
internal watchdog, according to two people familiar with the matter. The interview is part of an ongoing investigation
that the Justice Department's inspector general, Michael Horowitz, has been conducting for the past year. Specifically,
Horowitz has been examining the FBI's efforts to surveil a one-time Trump campaign adviser based in part on information from
Steele, an ex-British MI6 agent who had worked with the bureau as a confidential source since 2010.
Horowitz Investigators Interviewed Chris Steele June 3rd. Comey FBI apologist, Fusion GPS co-conspirator and
Lawfare Alliance media narrative engineer, Natasha Bertrand, has an outline published today on the background interview of
dossier author Christopher Steele. From within the article, beyond the sympathetic propaganda, some overarching details
are interesting: [#1] As expected Mr. Steele would only talk to OIG investigators from Horowitz's office; Steele
would not speak to speak to U.S. Attorney John Durham. [#2] The interview took place at the same time President Trump
traveled to the U.K (June 3rd-5th) for a state visit. [...] [#3] The interview(s) took place over two days for a total
of sixteen hours of conversation.
Prepares The Blame The Consultant Excuse For Screwing The Pooch With The Steele Dossier. Just a couple of weeks
ago I posted about what seems to be an incipient outburst of fecal incontinence at the CIA dealing with anything that
happened to touch the Steele Dossier, that shameful, manufactured collection of fables that was used to develop the pretext
for the Mueller investigation and whose major bureaucratic patron was former CIA director, and hopefully felon-in-waiting,
John Brennan. In that post, the CIA's go-to guy at the Washington Post tries to paint a picture of Joseph Mifsud, the
guy who someone dragged hapless George Papadopoulos into the affair and tried to paint him as a conduit between the Trump
campaign and Moscow, as someone who any reasonable person could mistake for a Russian agent of influence, so long as
no one really bothered to look.
Deripaska Confirms He Was Employing Chris Steele in 2016, While Dossier Was Being Assembled. A new John Solomon
article today [7/2/2019], based on an interview with Russian Billionaire Oleg Deripaska, is essentially confirming a May 2018
article where it was presumed that Oleg had hired Christopher Steele at the same time Steele was working with Nellie Ohr and
Fusion GPS to write the Trump dossier. [...] Was the DOJ/FBI trying to use Deripaska to frame candidate Donald Trump?
Was this part of their 2016 insurance policy? John Solomon reports that Deripaska wanted to testify to congress in
2017, without any immunity request, but was rebuked. Who blocked his testimony?
oligarch's story could spell trouble for Team Mueller. Sometimes it is the quiet, elusive ones who come back to
haunt you. And for ex-special prosecutor Robert Mueller, one of those might be a Russian billionaire named Oleg
Deripaska. The oligarch who once controlled Russia's largest aluminum empire has been an international man of intrigue
in the now-completed and disproven Trump collusion investigation. Deripaska was a disaffected former business client of
Donald Trump's fallen campaign chairman Paul Manafort. He also was a legal research client of Trump-hating, Clinton-aiding
British spy Christopher Steele. In his spare time, he was an occasional friendly cooperator with the FBI and its fired
deputy director, Andrew McCabe.
New Favorite Word to Bludgeon Trump: 'Ethical'. Every few months, progressives shift their attack, introducing
or recycling one theme after another. First, it was "collusion." Then, it was "obstruction." Now the word is
"ethical." Apparently, it's not ethical to pick up the phone and listen when someone calls you. Even if you
intend to call the FBI if there's something wrong. Obviously, the Clinton campaign went far beyond that when it paid for
the services of a foreign national to compile the dirty dossier on the president. But it's not just the Steele dossier.
Charges of involvement by Obama's FBI, CIA, and Justice Department, if substantiated, will amount to the worst political conspiracy
in our history. The list of those involved will be long, and it could stretch from Peter Strzok and Lisa Page at the bottom
all the way up to Biden and Obama at the top. That sort of conspiracy, involving top federal agency and department heads and
perhaps the president and vice president himself, would go so far beyond "unethical" as to make an ethics charge seem laughable.
2.0 — Mueller's 'Black Cash' Ledger. More evidence of the deceitful and arguably illegal actions by
former Special Counsel Robert Mueller has popped up, this time regarding Paul Manafort's "black cash ledger" allegedly
documenting criminal financial moves on his part and it parallels the criminality of the use of the Steele Dossier by the FBI
to lie to the FISA court to authorize the surveillance of Team Trump and help launch Mueller's failed Russia collusion
probe. Robert Mueller has not been honest with the American people either about the alleged Manafort ledger, mentioned
in his final report, and used to justify military-style pre-dawn raid on Manafort's home and offices with more force than was
used at Benghazi.
Accepted Unsolicited Intelligence From A Foreign Source During 2016 Election. It's amazing, the gaslighting
effort the Left is deploying on this front. It's not shocking because Hillary Clinton did it. The Clinton
campaign hired Fusion GPS, who then hired ex-MI6 spook Christopher Steele to compile the document known as the Trump dossier;
Democrats footed the bill for this operation. The dossier was trash. The Mueller report debunked it, but at the
time, it was a political opposition research document. It also cited sources still active in the Kremlin. And
this information, shoddy and unverified, was used to secure a FISA spy warrant against Carter Page, a former foreign policy
advisor to the Trump campaign. So, no, accepting dirt on your opponent from a foreign source did happen. It does
happen. And even Obama accepted unsolicited advice from a foreign source during the 2016 election relating to
Hicks slams 'chaos' created by Steele dossier in testimony before House Dems; WH blocks dozens of questions.
The transcript of Wednesday's interview served as a preview of a court battle that Democrats have said is certain. The
Trump administration declared Hicks was "absolutely immune" from discussing her time working at the White House because of
separation of powers between the legislative and executive branches. During the interview, House Judiciary Committee
Chairman Jerrold Nadler, D-N.Y., told White House lawyers who blocked Hicks from answering questions that the immunity
assertion was "absolute nonsense as a matter of law."
warned early and often that Manafort file might be fake, used it anyway. When the final chapter of the Russia
collusion caper is written, it is likely two seminal documents the FBI used to justify investigating Donald Trump's 2016
campaign will turn out to be bunk. And the behavior of FBI agents and federal prosecutors who promoted that faulty
evidence may disturb us more than we now know. The first, the Christopher Steele dossier, has received enormous
attention. And the more scrutiny it receives, the more its truthfulness wanes. Its credibility has declined so
much that many now openly question how the FBI used it to support a surveillance warrant against the Trump campaign in
Were the Mueller Report's Hired Guns? Special Counsel Robert Mueller spent more than $732,000 on outside
contractors, including private investigators and researchers, records show, but his office refuses to say who they
were. While it's not unusual for special government offices to outsource for services such as computer support, Mueller
also hired contractors to compile "investigative reports" and other "information." The arrangement has led congressional
investigators, government watchdog groups and others to speculate that the private investigators and researchers who worked
for the special counsel's office might have included Christopher Steele and Fusion GPS, the private research firm that hired
Steele to produce the Russia collusion dossier for the Clinton campaign.
GPS Best Bud At CNN Runs Interference For Bogus Steele Dossier. After President Trump commented on the idea of
receiving "foreign dirt" on an opponent on Thursday, cable news pundits fully dedicated themselves to moving the goal posts
for what constitutes colluding with a foreign adversary. On "At This Hour With Kate Bolduan," CNN reporter Evan Perez
simultaneously downplayed the significance of the Steele dossier and failed to explain which 2016 campaign had actually paid
a foreign adversary for opposition research (spoiler: it was the Hillary Clinton campaign). Perez seemed to conclude
that Trump's hypothetical comments are much worse than the actual effect the Steele dossier had on the 2016 election because
the dossier was written by someone connected to U.S. ally Great Britain, and because it was obtained by the FBI.
Emails Show Obama State Department's Role in Anti-Trump Coup Cabal. John Kerry, President Obama's secretary of
state, seems to be having trouble staying within the legal bounds of the Logan Act, so it's not surprising that his State
Department lieutenants were getting their hands dirty in the conspiracy to bring down Donald Trump. We now received
more evidence of this anti-Trump conspiracy. With The Daily Caller News Foundation, we just released 16 pages of
documents revealing senior State Obama officials — Assistant Secretary of State Victoria Nuland and Special
Coordinator for Libya Jonathan Winer — coordinated with incoming House Majority Whip Steny Hoyer's (D-MD) national
security advisor, Daniel Silverberg, to work on Russia dossier information provided by Christopher Steele. Steele was
surreptitiously paid by the Clinton campaign and the Democratic National Committee to create the infamous anti-Trump dossier
used to justify a series of FISA spy warrants targeting Carter Page. Winer is a former Obama State Department deputy
assistant secretary who was implicated in working with Steele and Clinton associate Sidney Blumenthal to circulate the
Hoyer Aide Coordinated Steele Dossier Work With Key Obama State Department Officials. Daniel Silverberg,
then-House Democratic Whip Steny Hoyer's national security adviser, coordinated "work on Russia dossier materials provided by
Christopher Steele" with Assistant Secretary of State Victoria Nuland and Special Envoy for Libya Jonathan Winer, according
to newly released documents made public June 12 by Judicial Watch. A series of emails between Sept. 26, 2016, and
Dec. 10, 2016, demonstrate that Winer shared "Russia-related information" he obtained from Steele — whom he
described as his "old O friend" — with Nuland, who then shared it with Silverberg.
Media-Fueled Collusion Narrative Falls Apart. In order to legitimize the dossier's dubious claims, the media
characterized [Christopher] Steele as an objective player in the nascent Russian collusion plotline, a former British
intelligence officer leveraging his long-time Kremlin connections to root out a corrupt scheme between Donald Trump and
Russian President Vladimir Putin to steal an American election. His work was a profile in courage, we were told; he was
a highly-regarded compatriot in America's fight to make sure our new president was not in fact a covert Russian stooge.
But now that Steele faces questioning by a federal prosecutor assigned to investigate the corrupt origins of the FBI's probe
into the Trump campaign, it's obvious that the early hype about Steele was just one more example of the media's complicity in
the Russian collusion coup.
Shoddy Dossier. Could former Obama-administration intelligence chiefs run any faster from the Steele
dossier? "Pseudo-intelligence," scoffs former national intelligence director James Clapper in his new
memoir — after having arranged for the dossier to be included in a briefing of then-president-elect Trump,
ensuring it would be published by the media. John Brennan, the former CIA director, belittles the dossier as
uncorroborated reporting never refined into an authentic intelligence-agency product — and hopes we don't notice
his behind-the-scenes stoking of the dossier's explosive allegations during the 2016 campaign. "Salacious and
unverified," sniffs former FBI director James Comey — after his bureau repeatedly relied on the dossier to
obtain surveillance warrants from a federal court.
Place Dossier Author Steele a Step Closer to Clintons. Former British spy Christopher Steele, author of the
infamous anti-Trump dossier bearing his name, was introduced by a key State Department aide to top executives of a firm
founded by President Bill Clinton's former White House Chief of Staff Mack McLarty, according to documents made public on
June 10 by Judicial Watch. [...] Steele worked for the Fusion GPS opposition research firm and was paid for the "salacious
and unverified" dossier indirectly by the 2016 presidential campaign of former Secretary of State Hillary Clinton and the
Democratic National Committee (DNC), which she then controlled through a cut-out, the Perkins Coie law firm that specializes
in representing Democratic Party committees, candidates, and officials. "These documents show that Fusion GPS and
Clinton spy Christopher Steele had a close relationship with the Obama State Department," said Judicial Watch President Tom Fitton.
Steele [is] reportedly worried about becoming the fall-guy for Russia hoax. Now that he apparently has made a
deal to speak with US investigators about his "dossier" (purchased with DNC and Hillary campaign monies) that was used to
mislead a FISA Court into allowing domestic spying on US citizens, former British spy Christopher Steele is letting a buddy
at the New York Times know that he is nervous about becoming a fall-guy. [...] For his own sake, I hope Steele has some real
dirt to offer on the higher-ups in MI-6, the CIA, and the FBI. I am pretty sure that US Attorney Durham is more
interested in them than he is in Steele.
like Christopher Steele has cut a deal and will turn state's evidence on Russia Hoax prosecutions. I don't
think it is a coincidence that just as President Trump is in the U.K., we suddenly learn that "dossier" author Christopher
Steele has agreed to be questioned by U.S. authorities. [...] I have all along believed that part of President Trump's
mission in the U.K. was winning over British support for fully outing the role of its intelligence services in the Russia
Hoax. He would have to guarantee that the overall relationship will remain sound even if highly embarrassing facts come
Architect of the Coup. [W]e had this piece yesterday [6/3/2019] from the Federalist by Mr. H. A. Goodman, and
[...] His point basically was (without rehashing the whole thing) that every bit of everything we know or think we know — every
news item, every little bit of information that fed this narrative the past two years or three now, that Trump colluded with Russia —
came not from American intelligence, not from British intelligence. It didn't come from FBI intelligence. It came from the Hillary
Clinton campaign. Every bit of it, because 95% of it was the Steele dossier, which she commissioned and paid for. She arranged
it. She and her campaign paid a bunch of people who then arranged for the Papadopoulos story to happen. But it was all Hillary
enforcement, media changed standards for Trump. Steele's unfounded accusations — that there was a
years-long "well-developed conspiracy" between Trump and Russia, that Trump accepted "a regular flow of intelligence from the
Kremlin," and that Russian spies taped Trump watching prostitutes perform a kinky sex act in a Moscow hotel room in
2013 — circulated throughout law enforcement and political circles starting in the summer of 2016. That just
happened to be the time the Clinton campaign and some in the media began accusing Trump of "colluding" with Russia to gain an
advantage in the election. Top Clinton staff received updates on Steele's material. Then, they accused Trump of
collusion. FBI investigators, who also had the dossier, were trying to confirm it. They failed. Without
evidence to prove any of the dossier's most serious allegations, a new standard of proof emerged: The allegations were
legitimate because they had not been proven untrue.
Steele is Reportedly Nervous About Talking to U.S. Investigators. Christopher Steele is "acutely concerned"
that he's going to be "thrown under the bus" after he speaks to investigators about his role in the Russia collusion hoax,
according to New York Times reporter Matthew Rosenberg. The British spy-turned political operative-turned FBI informant
has reportedly agreed to talk to United States investigators about his salacious and unverified anti-Trump dossier and is set
to be interviewed in London within weeks.
Brits warn about Steele's credibility, before Mueller's probe? Congress has evidence. One of the deepest,
darkest secrets of Russiagate soon may be unmasked. Even President Trump may be surprised. Multiple witnesses
have told Congress that, a week before Trump's inauguration in January 2017, Britain's top national security official sent a
private communique to the incoming administration, addressing his country's participation in the counterintelligence probe
into the now-debunked Trump-Russia election collusion. Most significantly, then-British national security adviser Sir
Mark Lyall Grant claimed in the memo, hand-delivered to incoming U.S. national security adviser Mike Flynn's team, that the
British government lacked confidence in the credibility of former MI6 spy Christopher Steele's Russia collusion evidence,
according to congressional investigators who interviewed witnesses familiar with the memo.
Brennan's 'Intelligence Bombshell' the Steele Dossier? The dossier was, of course, generated by the Fusion GPS
firm — principally, by British spy-turned-hack-for-hire Christopher Steele and journalist-turned-fabulist Glenn
Simpson. The dossier is a slipshod, unverified opposition-research screed, sponsored by the Clinton campaign and the
DNC. [...] Suffice it to say that the Obama-administration officials involved in pushing the dossier are running for the
hills to distance themselves from it, particularly after Special Counsel Robert Mueller's final report effectively rejected
it. Most prominent in this regard is former CIA director John Brennan. Brennan is as hyper-political an
intelligence official as we have ever had. And when called on his excesses, such as the CIA's spying on the Senate
during his watch, his default mode is to misrepresent what was done and then frustrate the investigative process. On
the dossier, he is playing to type.
Obstructionists, Leakers, and Other Projectionists. The facts are not in dispute. Using the three
firewalls of the Democratic National Committee, the Perkins Coie law firm, and Glenn Simpson's Fusion GPS, the Clinton
campaign paid a foreign national, British subject Christopher Steele, to compile a smear dossier against Clinton's
then-opponent, Donald J. Trump. Steele then bought Russian and Russian-related sources to produce supposed dirt on
Trump. None of these Russian-generated smears would ever be verified. In fact, almost immediately most slurs proved
to be outright lies and completely made up in their details — if not the stuff of a Russian disinformation campaign.
Dossier: Trump declassification order causes Deep State panic. Late Thursday, the president issued a
declassification order to Attorney General William Barr, granting him the authority to declassify any information concerning
the Obama administration's surveillance activities during the 2016 election. The declassification order will hopefully
provide more clarity on the Obama intelligence chiefs' efforts to thwart then-candidate Trump's presidential aspirations, in addition
to the FBI's and CIA's rogue surveillance operations and abuses of the Foreign Intelligence Surveillance Act (FISA) processes.
Appointees in the Communist Orbit. The Obama administration colluded with Rusian agents who produced the Steele
Dossier. It was paid for by Clinton, but it was Obama's minions at the FBI, CIA and White House who weaponized this
soviet disinformation against President Trump. We are all victims of the Obama cabal's collusion with Russia —
President Trump's voters and all Americans who believe in our free and fair election process.
Wolves Turn on Each Other. James Clapper, John Brennan, and James Comey are now all accusing one another of
being culpable for inserting the unverified dossier, the font of the effort to destroy Trump, into a presidential
intelligence assessment — as if suddenly and mysteriously the prior seeding of the Steele dossier is now seen as a
bad thing. And how did the dossier transmogrify from being passed around the Obama Administration as a supposedly
top-secret and devastating condemnation of candidate and then president-elect Trump to a rank embarrassment of ridiculous
stories and fibs? Given the narratives of the last three years, and the protestations that the dossier was accurate or
at least was not proven to be unproven, why are these former officials arguing at all? Did not implanting the dossier
into the presidential briefing give it the necessary imprimatur that allowed the serial leaks to the press at least to be
passed on to the public and thereby apprise the people of the existential danger that they faced?
Christopher Steele's Dossier 'Sources'
Were Confirmed Agents Of Russia. Christopher Steele told a State Department official a former Russian spy chief
Vyacheslav Trubnikov and a top Kremlin adviser Vladislav Surkov were involved in an operation to collect compromising
information on Donald Trump. This is proof positive the Trump dossier was nothing more than Russian propaganda, a
product of Democratic Party and Clinton Campaign collision, and lies the Obama Administration and FBI used to secure illegal
Reasons James Comey Might Be in Real Legal Jeopardy. [#3] The FBI's FISA warrant, which allowed Comey's
investigation to wiretap a Trump campaign staffer, and by extension, the Trump campaign, was primarily based on the Steele
Dossier, which Comey knew was 1) "salacious" and "unverified," 2) a product of the Clinton campaign and Democrat National
Committee, and 3) put together by Christopher Steele, a foreign national and hyper-partisan who we now know was desperate to
destroy Trump's campaign. [...] This abuse of power and dishonesty would be bad enough concerning an average citizen, but
because this abuse was targeted at an ongoing presidential campaign, it was an abuse against every citizen in this
country — all of us.
erupts over whether Brennan, Comey pushed Steele dossier, as DOJ probe into misconduct begins. A high-level
dispute over which senior government officials pushed the unverified Steele dossier amid efforts to surveil the Trump
campaign has broken out into the open again, after it emerged that Attorney General William Barr appointed a U.S. attorney to
examine the origins of the Russia investigation and determine if the FBI and DOJ's actions were "lawful and appropriate."
Sources familiar with the records told Fox News that a late-2016 email chain indicated then-FBI Director James Comey told
bureau subordinates that then-CIA Director John Brennan insisted the dossier be included in the intelligence community
assessment on Russian interference, known as the ICA.
GPS' Nellie Ohr Deleted Emails From DOJ About Russia, What Else Did She Delete? Government watchdog Judicial
Watch revealed Thursday that Nellie Ohr, who was hired by Fusion GPS to look into members of the Trump family during the 2016
presidential election, deleted a number of official emails from her husband Bruce Ohr. Ohr works at the Department of
Justice and was demoted from a senior position after failing to disclose his links to Fusion GPS. Fusion GPS, in
partnership with the Clinton campaign, was behind the bogus dossier about President Trump.
The Editor says...
Relax! It was probably just stuff about vacation plans and yoga poses.
about Bruce Ohr and/or Nellie Ohr.
Department's red flag on Steele went to a senior FBI man well before FISA warrant. In all Washington
investigations, the essential questions become who knew it and when did they know it. In the case of FBI informant
Christopher Steele and the credibility of his now-disproven Russia collusion allegations against Donald Trump, we have some
important clarity: Government officials confirm that an October 2016 email revealing that Steele met with State
Department officials — a breach of protocol for an informant if it was unauthorized — was sent to an
FBI counterintelligence supervisor.
was FBI so wrong in Trump-Russia wiretap warrant. A huge controversy erupted last year when President Trump
declassified parts of the FBI's secret request to wiretap former Trump campaign volunteer foreign policy adviser Carter
Page. Defenders and critics of the president argued over whether the October 2016 warrant application to the Foreign
Intelligence Surveillance Act court relied extensively on the so-called Steele dossier, which was a collection of anti-Trump
allegations compiled by the former British spy Christopher Steele on behalf of the Hillary Clinton campaign.
investigators say classified docs will expose misuse of Steele dossier. Top Republicans talked up classified
documents on Sunday they believe will root out FBI misconduct in the early stages of the Trump-Russia investigation.
Over the past few days, GOP lawmakers demanded answers about when the FBI was informed about British ex-spy Christopher
Steele's "political motivations" before his unverified dossier was used to obtain a Foreign Intelligence Surveillance Act
warrant to wiretap Trump campaign adviser Carter Page.
FBI Blatantly Lied About Christopher Steele to the FISA Court. New information has come out related to how
Christopher Steele was presented to the FISA court and it's not good for the FBI. This relates to the warrants sought
against Carter Page, who turned out to be absolutely none of the things he was accused of being. As we now know, the
majority of the evidence presented in those warrants was based on the dumpster fire that is the Steele dossier, which was
full of unverified nonsense. It's actually easier to say what's true in the dossier than to point out all the
falsities. You end up talking a lot less that way. There was no justification for using such a garbage piece of
raw intelligence to pursue a FISA warrant against a U.S. citizen. The Hill has the details of how Steele was falsely
described to the FISA judge. This was just given to the DOJ Inspector General this week and more is likely to emerge.
Meadows: FBI 'Well Aware the Dossier Was a Lie' Before Moving to Spy on Trump Campaign. A newly-uncovered
document suggests that the Obama Department of Justice (DOJ), including the FBI, was "well aware" that foreign agent
Christopher Steele was trying to interfere in the 2016 presidential election with disinformation — and yet still
used his materials to spy on American citizens and the Trump campaign, according to Rep. Mark Meadows (R-NC).
"[O]fficials at the FBI and (Department of Justice) DOJ were well aware the dossier was a lie — from very early on
in the process all the way to when they made the conscious decision to include it in a FISA application," Meadows said
Tuesday [5/7/2019] in a statement to The Hill's John Solomon. "The fact that Christopher Steele and his partisan
research document were treated in any way seriously by our Intelligence Community leaders amounts to malpractice."
FBI Was Notified of Sketchy Steele Dossier Info in Advance of FISA Application. [Scroll down] Fusion GPS
was not hired in April 2016 to research Donald Trump. The intelligence community was already doing surveillance and spy
operations. They already knew everything about the Trump campaign. The Obama intelligence community needed Fusion
GPS to give them a justification for pre-existing surveillance operations. Fusion fulfilled that objective by
contracting for the Steele Dossier. That's why the FBI, and later the Mueller team, were/are so strongly committed to,
and defending, the formation of the Steele Dossier and its dubious content. Once they had the dossier in hand the FBI
proceeded forward for an ex post facto FISA warrant.
Steele story falls apart: False intel and media contacts were flagged before FISA. The FBI's sworn story to a
federal court about its asset, Christopher Steele, is fraying faster than a $5 souvenir T-shirt bought at a tourist trap. Newly
unearthed memos show a high-ranking government official who met with Steele in October 2016 determined some of the Donald Trump dirt
that Steele was simultaneously digging up for the FBI and for Hillary Clinton's campaign was inaccurate, and likely leaked to the
media. The concerns were flagged in a typed memo and in handwritten notes taken by Deputy Assistant Secretary of State Kathleen
Kavalec on Oct. 11, 2016. Her observations were recorded exactly 10 days before the FBI used Steele and his infamous
dossier to justify securing a Foreign Intelligence Surveillance Act (FISA) warrant to spy on Trump campaign adviser Carter Page and
the campaign's contacts with Russia in search of a now debunked collusion theory.
DOJ and FBI Officials Hide State Dept. Email Outlining Political Motive of Chris Steele. John Solomon has
a new article at The Hill centered around this email from State Department official Kathleen Kavalec after her October 11,
2016, interaction with dossier author Christopher Steele. The substantive point of the article is how the email proves
the political motives of Steele two weeks prior to the FBI/DOJ seeking a FISA application using his work product, the dossier.
Despite knowing the bias motive, the FBI/DOJ persisted in using the dossier for a Title-1 FISA warrant against U.S. person
Carter Page on October 21, 2016.
stunning pre-FISA confession: Informant needed to air Trump dirt before election. If ever there were an admission
that taints the FBI's secret warrant to surveil Donald Trump's campaign, it sat buried for more than 2½ years in the
files of a high-ranking State Department official. Deputy Assistant Secretary of State Kathleen Kavalec's written account
of her Oct. 11, 2016, meeting with FBI informant Christopher Steele shows the Hillary Clinton campaign-funded British
intelligence operative admitted that his research was political and facing an Election Day deadline.
Emails Conclusively Show Fusion GPS Head Glenn Simpson Lied To Congress. Credit to Sean Davis over at The
Federalist for pointing this out yesterday evening [5/1/2019]. Judicial Watch has obtained new emails which conclusively
show that Fusion GPS head Glenn Simpson did in fact lie to Congress.
Listen to Joe diGenova.
[Scroll down] On April 24, 2019, diGenova appeared on the Ingraham Angle and made his most explosive predictions
yet. [...] What follows below is a partial transcript of his remarks starting at 27 seconds into the broadcast.
It has been evident from day one that there was a brazen plot to exonerate Hillary Clinton illegally, and then, if
she lost the election, to frame Donald Trump. This [Steele] dossier was a knowing part of that. It was created by Hillary
Clinton. It was created knowingly by [former CIA Director] John Brennan as part of a scheme to do everything they could
to harm Donald Trump. The problem for Brennan and [former Director of National Intelligence] Clapper and [former FBI
Director] Comey and [former FBI General Counsel] Baker and all of them now is, is that the FISA Court has already
communicated with the Justice Department about its findings. And their findings are that from more than four years
before the election of Donald Trump, there was an illegal spying operation going on by FBI [private] contractors —
four of them — to steal personal information, electronic information about Americans and to use it against the
Real Issue is Years of Obama-era Surveillance and Political Spy Operations. If you read the Weissmann/Mueller
report carefully one aspect stands out strongly; the Mueller investigation was fully committed to The Steele Dossier.
An inordinate amount of the report is focused on justifying their investigative validity and purpose in looking at the claims
within the Steele Dossier. Repeatedly, the investigative unit references their mandate based around the Steele Dossier,
and the mid-summer 2016 origin of the FBI counterintelligence operation. Why? Why was/is Crossfire Hurricane
(July '16) and the Steele Dossier (Oct. '16) so important to the principle intelligence apparatus, and the Mueller
team ('17, '18, '19)?
some Dems, breaking up with dossier is hard to do. The Steele dossier, that collection of incendiary allegations against
Donald Trump compiled for the Hillary Clinton campaign by the former British spy Christopher Steele, was already widely discredited
before the release of the Mueller report. Now, the report has hammered a few additional nails in the dossier's coffin.
Adam Schiff Is
Finally Pressed On The Steele Dossier — He Doesn't Want To Talk About It. House Intelligence
Committee Chairman Adam Schiff refused to commit Sunday to investigating whether the Steele dossier is the product of Russian
disinformation, a theory that has gained traction in the wake of special counsel Robert Mueller's Russia report. In an
interview with Fox's Chris Wallace, Schiff largely refused to discuss the dossier, a remarkable shift for the Democrat, who
endorsed Steele's unverified allegations about Trump associates during a public House Intelligence Committee hearing just
over two years ago. Schiff favorably cited dossier author Christopher Steele by name six times during his opening
remarks at an Intelligence Committee hearing on March 20, 2017.
Finally Acknowledges That Steele Dossier Might Not Be That Factual. The salacious and uncorroborated "dossier"
compiled by ex-British Intelligence officer Christopher Steele was used by the media to justify its endless attacks on
President Donald Trump and accuse him of treason. The dossier was never anything more than opposition research paid for
by Fusion GPS — and not even good opposition research at that. Steele reported rumors and gossip, including
some Internet comments, to bolster his report. What wasn't corroborated was downright debunked by Special Counsel Robert
Mueller's report, including the allegations that former Trump attorney Michael Cohen went to Prague to meet with Russians.
FBI Was Still Assessing
Christopher Steele's 'Reliability' Even After Using Dossier to Obtain Spy Warrant. An FBI lawyer told Congress
last year that investigators were assessing the reliability of Christopher Steele as of late November 2016, a month after the
bureau cited the former spy's anti-Trump dossier to obtain a warrant to snoop on Carter Page. Sally Moyer, an attorney
in the FBI general counsel's office, described a meeting held at FBI headquarters on Nov. 21, 2016 with Bruce Ohr, a Justice
Department official who has long known Steele, a former British spy. A month before that meeting, on Oct. 21, 2016,
the FBI obtained its first of four FISA warrants against Page, a former Trump campaign adviser.
Hillary Clinton Accountable for Russiagate. The Russian conspiracy theory was invented by the Clinton campaign.
It was used as a pretext for spying on Trump associates. And then became an argument for invalidating the results of the
2016 election. And while the Republicans and Democrats tore each other apart over Russiagate, Hillary Clinton sipped her
chardonnays and spent the evenings cackling madly at the TV while watching Washington D.C. burn. The Russiagate conspiracy
theory had multiple purposes. The most cynical one was exempting Hillary and her Clintonworlders from any of the blame for
the election defeat. Invoking Russia was also an effort to create an election issue that Clinton, a former Secretary of State,
could claim expertise on. It would also neatly counter Trump's focus on Islamic terrorists and on China with a Cold War boogeyman.
Firms Tied To Fusion
GPS, Christopher Steele Were Paid $3.8 Million By Soros-Backed Group. A nonprofit group partially funded by
billionaire activist George Soros paid firms tied to Fusion GPS and dossier author Christopher Steele more than $3.8 million
in 2017 to provide research and analysis to "government entities," according to IRS filings. The payments made by The
Democracy Integrity Project are more than three times what the DNC and the Clinton campaign paid Fusion GPS and Steele during
the 2016 presidential campaign to investigate Donald Trump's possible ties to Russia.
Paul Explains His Text That Former CIA Director John Brennan Pushed Steele Dossier. Rand Paul appears on Fox
and Friends to explain why he now believes that John Brennan was the Obama-era official who helped create and then push the
Steele Dossier into the bloodstream of the intelligence community. This links back to Brennan in July 2016. [Video clip]
release the FISA warrants. With the Mueller report in, President Donald John Trump is about to lay the trump
card down. Sean Hannity asked him on national TV whether he plans to release the FISA warrants that allowed the Obama
administration to spy on him. "I do, I have plans to declassify and release. I have plans to absolutely
release. I have some very talented people working for me, lawyers, and they really didn't want me to do it early on.
... A lot of people wanted me to do it a long time ago. I'm glad I didn't do it. We got a great result without
having to do it, but we will. One of the reasons that my lawyers didn't want me to do it, is they said, if I do it,
they'll call it a form of obstruction," our president said. The documents should be a hoot, based on the nonsense that
was in the Russian dossier.
Paul: 'Source' says John Brennan pushed discredited Steele dossier. Citing a "high-level source," Republican
Kentucky Sen. Rand Paul charged in a bombshell Twitter post late Wednesday that anti-Trump ex-CIA Director John Brennan
"insisted that the unverified and fake Steele dossier" be included in a classified intelligence community report on Russian
interference in the 2016 elections — a decision that ultimately lent credibility to the dossier and may have
played a key role in fomenting unfounded fears of Russia collusion for two years. Paul called on Brennan to testify
under oath immediately, as Republicans continue to aggressively seek out the origins of the collusion narrative. Fox
News had not independently verified Paul's source, and Brennan has not replied to Fox News' requests for comment.
Steele Dossier, Hillary Clinton's Malignant Gift to America. For all of their other accomplishments, the Clintons are leaving
American public life with a legacy of lies and lawlessness. Bill Clinton's shameless behavior, perjury, and obstruction of justice led
to his impeachment. Hillary's serial deceptions and her grotesque mishandling of classified information led to her defeat. The
dossier, however, in its sheer negative impact on American public life, may be her most infamous "achievement."
later, Trump dossier still frustrates verification efforts. Last August, House investigators interviewed FBI
deputy assistant director Jonathan Moffa about the Trump dossier, the collection of sensational allegations about Donald
Trump and Russia compiled for Democrats during the 2016 campaign by the former British spy Christopher Steele.
Republican lawyers had a simple question. Had the FBI confirmed any of the claims in the dossier? Moffa's
response set a new standard for non-answers.
Outlines the Post-Election Effort of Dan Jones To Continue The "Vast Russian Narrative". It was previously
noted how Senator Dianne Feinstein abdicated her position as Vice Chair of the Senate Intelligence Committee, a Gang-of-Eight
member, following the 2016 election. Senator Feinstein's top aide was Daniel Jones; who, following the election,
continued funding Christopher Steele and the Russia Conspiracy narrative. Paul Sperry has done some great follow-up
research into Jones' group, The Democracy Integrity Project; and how the team continued to collaborate with journalists,
pushing the Russia Conspiracy, from January 2017 through to today.
Nunes Confirms Central "Spygate" Element: Chris Steele Did NOT Write the Dossier. The one consistent
discovery that CTH has been hammering home over a year-and-a-half, is that Chris Steele did not write the dossier. The
information within the dossier was a collection of old research by Glenn Simpson and Mary Jacoby at Fusion-GPS; in
combination with new research, claims and details provided by Nellie Ohr. Our 2017/2018 research has always shown the
collaborative files of Simpson and Ohr were then laundered by contracting British intelligence analyst Christopher Steele,
with some effort of secondary validation, and assembly into a formal intelligence product that could be pushed into
the U.S. intelligence community. The 'push' included contacts with media, Dept of State, and politicians like
Steele admitted using posts by 'random individuals' on CNN website to back up Trump dossier. Former British spy
Christopher Steele admitted that he relied on an unverified report on a CNN website for part of the "Trump dossier," which
was used as a basis for the FBI's investigation into Trump. According to deposition transcripts released this week,
Steele said last year he used a 2009 report he found on CNN's iReport website and said he wasn't aware that submissions to
that site are posted by members of the public and are not checked for accuracy. A web archive from July 29, 2009 shows
that CNN described the site in this manner: "iReport.com is a user-generated site. That means the stories submitted
by users are not edited, fact-checked, or screened before they post."
admits he used posts from 'random individuals' on CNN website for Trump dossier. The dossier that launched
several investigations into Donald Trump and his presidential campaign was based, in part, on posts from "random individuals"
from a CNN website that allows the public to publish unverified information. Christopher Steele made the admission in a
deposition given in connection with a lawsuit against the dossier. The judge released portions of the deposition this week.
CNN website was source of unvetted 'random' info used by author of anti-Trump dossier, docs reveal. Former
British spy Christopher Steele confessed that he used an unverified report submitted to a CNN website, where "random
individuals" can post information, for his salacious anti-Trump dossier. Steele made the awkward revelation during a
deposition last year in a case involving Russian entrepreneur Aleksej Gubarev, who claims his companies Webzilla and XBT
Holdings were defamed by Steele after the dossier was published by BuzzFeed.
files reveal role of McCain, aide in spreading anti-Trump dossier. Newly unsealed court filings show the office
of the late Sen. John McCain, R-Ariz., shared with the FBI and a host of media outlets the unverified dossier that
alleged the Russians had compromising information on now-President Trump. McCain had denied being the source for
BuzzFeed after it published the dossier, which was funded by the Democratic National Committee (DNC) and Hillary Clinton's
presidential campaign, but had acknowledged giving it to the FBI. In a newly unsealed declaration from September, former
senior counterintelligence FBI agent Bill Priestap confirmed that the FBI received a copy of the first 33 pages of the
dossier in December 2016 from McCain.
Lisa Page Testimony: Dossier Timeline Contradictions And DOJ Interference. Testimony provided to Congress
from former FBI lawyer Lisa Page reveals contradictions as to when she learned about former British spy Christopher Steele's
anti-Trump dossier, sheds light on the "insurance policy" and exposes the Obama Justice Department's decision not to charge
Hillary Clinton with allegedly violating the Espionage Act. Page's testimony, which was delivered behind closed doors
last July before a joint task force of the House Oversight and Judiciary committees, reveals the internal machinations between
senior bureau leadership and the DOJ. Basically, her testimony adds more depth to what happened during the critical months
during the FBI's investigation into President Trump's election campaign and the bureau's "Midyear Exam" investigation into Clinton.
Implication Within Nellie Ohr Testimony: Nellie Ohr Approached Glenn Simpson for a Job in Sept 2015? The
implication here is that Nellie Ohr approached Fusion-GPS owner Glenn Simpson for a job; essentially to work on political
opposition research files Fusion-GPS was assembling in 2015. This is distinctly different from Glenn Simpson seeking out
Nellie Ohr, and opens the entire background to larger ramifications. Our research has always indicated that Nellie's
work product was transmitted to Christopher Steele as part of an intelligence laundry process. Chris Steele laundered
Nellie's information, provided second verification where possible, formatted into an official intelligence file, and returned
that file, now named the Steele Dossier, to the FBI.
What? Why did DOJ and FBI officials seek surveillance on American citizens without fully apprising a
FISA court that the basis for such requests was an unverified dossier, compiled by a retired foreign national, who
purchased unverified Russian sources, who himself had been fired from the FBI as a consultant, who was paid by the
Clinton campaign, albeit stealthily through two firewalls, and who was the circular source for news accounts used to
substantiate the dossier? What business does the FBI have communicating with an informant prying into an ongoing
presidential campaign? Why exactly did U.N. ambassador Samantha Power, mostly in her last year in office, make more
than 260 requests to unmask the names of American citizens surveilled by the U.S. government (some of them mysteriously
leaked) and then claim, under oath, that she, in fact, did not herself make those requests but that someone (unidentified)
made them "in her name"?
Testimony Highlights Why One GOP Lawmaker Believes Glenn Simpson Faces 'Real Legal Jeopardy'. [Bruce] Ohr's
testimony, a transcript of which was published Friday [3/8/2019], also confirms reports that Simpson was the source of a
heavily disputed allegation about conservative attorney Cleta Mitchell. Ohr told lawmakers in an Aug. 28, 2018
hearing that he met Simpson prior to the 2016 election to discuss information gathered by Christopher Steele, the former
British spy who authored the dossier. That conflicts with Simpson's testimony to the House Intelligence Committee that
he met Ohr only after the election and at Ohr's request. Ohr also revealed Simpson provided him during a meeting in
December 2016 with a seemingly false lead about Mitchell that ended up in a news article published in 2018.
Schiff Proven A Liar As The Bruce Ohr Transcript Is Released. One of the weapons the 'deep state' has been using to
protect itself and its allies is the use of classification and redaction to prevent the public from learning exactly what transpired
in the process whereby an opposition research document paid for by the Clinton campaign and compiled by a man with deep ties to
officials in Putin's Russia was repackaged and deodorized and pawned off on the intelligence community, the FBI, and feckless,
credulous judges on the Foreign Intelligence Surveillance Court as legitimate intelligence product. Former House Intelligence
Committee Chairman Devin Nunes has made the case time and again that redactions are being used to obscure wrongdoing and not to
protect sources and methods.
Fusion GPS Founder Had
Contact With State Department Official During 2016 Campaign. One of the co-founders of the opposition research firm
that commissioned the Steele dossier was in contact with a State Department official in the days before a news article was published
laying out allegations contained in the salacious anti-Trump report. Emails obtained by The Daily Caller News Foundation show
that Glenn Simpson, an executive at Fusion GPS, contacted Jonathan Winer, who then served as State's special envoy for Libya, on
Sept. 19 and Sept. 22, 2016. That was days ahead of the publication of a Yahoo! News article that was the
first story to cite information gathered by Christopher Steele, the former British spy who authored the dossier.
Nunes sniffing out 'chain of custody' of dossier and Clinton ties with 32-person list. The House Intelligence
Committee's top Republican, Rep. Devin Nunes, has a tall list of people he still wants to interview about the 2016
campaign, Hillary Clinton, and the Russian interference. The list of 32 names has been submitted to the Democratic
majority of the panel, and includes the likes of Sidney Blumenthal, a key Clinton ally, former Clinton adviser Jake Sullivan,
and Robby Mook, Clinton's 2016 campaign chairman. Nunes said Sunday [3/3/2019] it is imperative to speak with them
because of their ties to the infamous Trump dossier, which contained compromising, yet unverified claims about President
Trump's ties to Russia. Compiled in 2016, the research effort was conducted by ex-British spy Christopher Steele and
was funded in part by Clinton's presidential campaign and the Democratic National Committee.
Resistance is Everything They Accuse Trump of Being. The fictitious dossier, written by a foreign spy citing unnamed Russian
intelligence sources, was deployed to smear Trump. When the dossier failed to defeat him, it was used to justify endless investigations,
congressional hearings, and ominous news coverage that hobbled his presidency, wrecked his efforts to improve relations with Russia and greatly
diminished voters' confidence in our democracy. Only after this witch-hunt was set in motion was it revealed that the bogus dossier was
a product of the Clinton campaign and the Democratic National Committee.
Schiff has collusion problems of his own. The Russia story, of course, got its start during Hillary Clinton's
failed presidential campaign. Robby Mook, John Podesta, and the rest of the Clinton brain trust did everything they
could to sell Americans on it, even paying a group of "consultants" working for Fusion GPS, including a former spy and the
wife of a high-ranking DOJ official, to write a "dossier" on then-candidate Trump. Clinton's team failed to place the
dossier, with its lurid and incredible claims, in the media before election 2016. But they did later offer its supposed
evidence of collusion with Russia as their excuse for losing to Trump. It ultimately didn't work, as the American
people saw through it.
The Nellie Ohr
Dossier. A John Solomon article today [2/20/2019] points out the circumstances of Fusion-GPS contractor Nellie
Ohr delivering a memory stick to her DOJ husband Bruce Ohr, who then turned around and gave it to the FBI team. The
memory stick contained Nellie's Trump-Russia research files. As Solomon writes: "The way Ohr described it, his
wife's research was like an additional dossier assembled from Fusion GPS research to augment what Steele was separately
providing the FBI." However, Solomon stops short of explaining the full story.
Solomon's Revelation Of A Third Dossier Is The Latest Sign The Assault Against Trump Has Reached A Tipping Point. In
physics, a tipping point refers to the point at which an object is no longer balanced, and adding a small amount of weight can cause
it to topple. In general, a tipping point is defined as the "point at which a series of small changes or incidents becomes
significant enough to cause a larger, more important change or the critical point in a situation, process, or system beyond which
a significant and often unstoppable effect or change takes place." In every conflict, there comes a time, usually following
a string of heavy losses, when the despair lifts and the outlook brightens and hope returns. It doesn't mean that the fight
is over. In WWII, D-Day was the tipping point, but the Allies still had to endure the Battle of the Bulge. But it does
signal the beginning of the end.
Takeaways From Andrew McCabe's Planned Coup: Much Of This Seems Like A Cover-up. The fact that a shoddy,
misspelled, Russian-sourced document paid for by Hillary Clinton tricked America's "top intelligence officials" is
embarrassing. It shows the utter stupidity of many of our so-called elites. But it also opens up the FBI and DOJ
to serious reforms, or even opens up these top FBI and DOJ officials, who signed off on spying on the Trump campaign, to
potential criminal prosecution. Even McCabe's action of ensuring the investigation would go on if he was fired should
be seen in this light. That explains much of what has gone on since November 2016. Since the election, these partisans
have implemented a sophisticated media leak campaign to generate hysteria, and now that seems to be collapsing. Doesn't
the media always remind us that the cover-up is usually what gets you, not the original crime? As a side note, what
happens to the left-of-center media's ratings and subscriptions if (or when) all this Russia stuff goes away?
Trump Busts Adam Schiff for Hanging Out with Fusion GPS Founder In Aspen. President Donald Trump ridiculed
House Intelligence Committee chairman Adam Schiff Friday [2/8/2019] for reports that he spent time with Fusion GPS Founder
Glenn Simpson in Aspen. "Now we find out that Adam Schiff was spending time together in Aspen with Glenn Simpson of GPS
Fusion, who wrote the fake and discredited Dossier, even though Simpson was testifying before Schiff," Trump wrote on
Twitter, citing a report by writer John Solomon in a column for The Hill.
Dobbs and John Solomon Discuss Adam Schiff Meeting With Fusion GPS. In February and March 2017 House Speaker
Paul Ryan forced HPSCI Chairman Devin Nunes to step aside from leading the house intelligence committee investigation because
Nunes went to the White House SCIF to review executive office documents giving the possible impression of a conflicted
relationship with the White House. In February 2019 HPSCI Chairman Adam Schiff is outlined as having inappropriate
contact with a witness testifying to the house intelligence committee; however, it is virtually guaranteed House Speaker
Pelosi will not make a similar demand.
Solomon: Adam Schiff and Glenn Simpson Held Undisclosed Meeting Last Year, Raising Concern Inside House Intel
Committee. The new Chairman of the House Intel Committee, Rep. Adam Schiff (D-CA) had an undisclosed
meeting with Fusion GPS co-founder Glenn Simpson last July at a security conference in Aspen. In other words,
Congressman Adam Schiff was colluding with Russia-dossier-Hillary Clinton-waterboy Glenn Simpson at the height of the
Russiagate cover-up. Award winning investigative journalist John Solomon reported that there are photographs of Adam
Schiff, in sport coat and open-neck dress shirt, and Glenn Simpson, wearing casual attire.
Adam Schiff recuse himself from Russia probe now that he's been caught hobnobbing with Fusion GPS? House
Intelligence Committee chairman Adam Schiff, who's vowed a kitchen sink-style investigation against President Trump (now that
no Russian collusion has been found), has been caught in photographs taken at the Aspen security conference last year with
none other than Hillary Clinton's bought-and-paid-for smear artist Glenn Simpson, chairman of Fusion GPS.
Jake Tapper Thought Buzzfeed Publishing Trump Dossier 'Damaged Its Impact,' Emails Reveal. Buzzfeed's unethical
publishing of an unverified dossier alleging numerous salacious acts committed by President Donald Trump angered CNN anchor
Jake Tapper. Emails released as part of a lawsuit reveal the CNN anchor told Buzzfeed Editor-in-Chief Ben Smith that
publishing the document "makes the story less serious and credible" and "damaged its impact," according to a review of the
emails by The Daily Caller's Chuck Ross. So, reporting on the unverified document from the angle that the
president-elect was briefed on it was fine, but publishing the unverified document "damaged its impact."
Here Are New Key Findings About 'Russia Collusion' Media Is Ignoring. In a series of tweets Thursday and
Friday, President Trump brought some attention to revelations about "Russia collusion" he suggested the media was
deliberately failing to report: The chairman of the Senate Intelligence Committee said Thursday [2/7/2019] that after a
nearly two-year investigation, they'd found no evidence of "collusion by the Trump campaign and Russia." While there's no
evidence of collusion, a curious incident related to the investigation has come to light: The Democrat heading up the
collusion investigation in the House was caught hanging out with the head of Fusion GPS, the oppo research firm hired by the
Democrats that produced the infamous, still "unverified" Steele dossier.
had '50/50' chance of securing FISA warrant for Trump aide without dossier: testimony. The chances of securing
a 2016 surveillance warrant for a Trump campaign aide were "50/50" without the controversial anti-Trump "dossier," according
to testimony in newly confirmed congressional transcripts. The October testimony from senior FBI lawyer Sally Moyer to
House investigators appers to underscore how critical the dossier — funded by the Democratic Party and Clinton
campaign — was in obtaining the Foreign Intelligence Surveillance Act (FISA) warrant, and appears to conflict with
Democratic assertions that the dossier played a limited role in the process.
shocker: DOJ official warned Steele dossier was connected to Clinton, might be biased. When the annals of
mistakes and abuses in the FBI's Russia investigation are finally written, Bruce Ohr almost certainly will be the No. 1
witness, according to my sources. The then-senior Department of Justice (DOJ) official briefed both senior FBI and DOJ
officials in summer 2016 about Christopher Steele's Russia dossier, explicitly cautioning that the British intelligence
operative's work was opposition research connected to Hillary Clinton's campaign and might be biased. Ohr's briefings,
in July and August 2016, included the deputy director of the FBI, a top lawyer for then-Attorney General Loretta Lynch and a
Justice official who later would become the top deputy to special counsel Robert Mueller.
Top FBI, DOJ Officials Knew Early On That Steele Dossier Was Clinton-Connected Oppo Research. In a heated
exchange with CNN's Chris Cuomo Wednesday night [1/16/2019], President Trump's lawyer Rudy Giuliani said the Trump team
decided six weeks ago to stop answering questions from Special Counsel Robert Mueller, given the "very disturbing" way
Mueller's team has conducted itself. Among other concerns, Giuliani pointed to a new report involving Andrew Weissmann,
one of Mueller's top deputies. The report says Weissmann was among the senior FBI and Justice Department officials who
knew early on — before the FISA court got involved — that the Steele dossier was opposition research
connected to the Clinton campaign. Yet that opposition research was used to get a FISA warrant on Carter Page, someone
loosely connected to the Trump campaign; and the FISA court reportedly was never told about the dossier's Clinton connection.
Russia investigation was always about Trump. The investigation commenced during the 2016 campaign by the Obama
administration — the Justice Department and the FBI — was always about Donald Trump. We have to
remember: The FBI believed the Steele dossier — the collection of faux intelligence reports compiled by
former British spy Christopher Steele, who was ultimately working for the Hillary Clinton campaign. The Justice
Department on four occasions brought surveillance applications to the Foreign Intelligence Surveillance Court (FISC), in
which the FBI swore that it believed the dossier allegations. Ostensibly, the surveillance application targeted Carter
Page. But Page was just a side issue. The dossier was principally about Trump — not Page, not Paul
Manafort, Michael Cohen, or other Trump associates referred to by Steele.
Steele dossier was planned as Hillary's insurance policy. It's been over a year since the highly damaging text
messages between FBI agent Peter Strzok and his paramour, FBI lawyer Lisa Page, were revealed to the American public.
The correspondence showed two senior Justice Department officials engaged in the most petty, vitriolic political diatribes
while making decisions on the most sensitive investigations of the 2016 political season. Their hatred toward
then-candidate Donald Trump as well as their contempt for his supporters gave reasonable observers every reason to question
whether the Hillary Clinton email investigation and the counterintelligence investigation into alleged Russian influence in
the Trump campaign (Mr. Strzok and Ms. Page played key roles in both inquiries) were handled in a fair, unbiased
and judicious manner.
Documents Suggest The Steele Dossier Was A Deliberate Setup For Trump. A trove of recently released documents
sheds further light on the scope and logistics of the information operation designed to sabotage an American election.
Players include the press, political operatives from both parties, and law enforcement and intelligence officials.
Their instrument was the Steele dossier, first introduced to the American public two years ago. A collection of reports
compiled by former British spy Christopher Steele, the dossier is now engraved in contemporary U.S. history. First
marketed as bedrock evidence that Donald Trump colluded with Russia to win the 2016 election, the dossier's legitimacy took a
hit after reports showed the Hillary Clinton campaign paid for the work.
fails the test of time; Trump-Russia collusion claims now called 'likely false'. Yahoo News' Michael Isikoff,
an early public conduit for Christopher Steele's anti-Trump dossier, now says the former British spy's sensational Russia
collusion charges lack apparent evidence and are "likely false." [...] As reported by the Daily Caller, Mr. Isikoff this
month told Mediaite columnist John Ziegler: "When you actually get into the details of the Steele dossier, the specific
allegations, we have not seen the evidence to support them, and in fact, there is good grounds to think that some of the more
sensational allegations will never be proven and are likely false."
and DOJ Used Phony Unverified Steele Dossier to Spy on Trump; Shutdown Uncovers Multiple Illegalities with its Use.
It looks like the corrupt DOJ and FBI leadership who attempted to stop the Trump campaign from winning the 2016 election may have
overstepped their legal duties in more than one way. They first obtained the bogus dossier from the Clinton team in an
illegal fashion and then used it to obtain a warrant to spy on the Trump team.
Ryan's Legacy: He Betrayed the President. Speaker Ryan has never supported the President and said from
the time of the Billy Bush tapes that he would not. He has been true to his word. Look at what we have found out
about his prior knowledge of the fake dossier. Never once did he try to address the legitimacy of the Russia-Trump
'dossier', so named to make it seem like intelligence instead of Hillary's opposition research and propaganda.
Hillary's campaign and her DNC created this dossier. It was then pushed to the media to damage or destroy the
President. Also selling it at the time was his chief of staff Jim Burks and John McCain's chief of staff, a Democrat,
David Kramer. Kramer is the one who fed it to BuzzFeed. Paul Ryan's Chief of Staff Jim Burks knew about the
dossier from the beginning, but they DENIED IT. He knew before the President knew and never alerted him.
Here are the
Most Egregious Fake News Stories of 2018. [#5] Media still Blaming Republicans for Steele dossier: CNN's
Jim Sciutto, MSNBC's Katy Tur, and MSNBC's Ari Melber were all responsible for falsely claiming that Never-Trump Republicans
were responsible for initial funding of the salacious Steele dossier. Washington Free Beacon founder Paul Singer did
pay Fusion GPS for standard opposition research, however, he stopped paying Fusion GPS well before they contracted
Christopher Steele to create the dossier. That research was paid for solely by the DNC and the Clinton campaign.
This falsehood has been shared so many times that even former FBI director James Comey has repeated it.
Steele Dossier and the perils of political insurance policies. The wonderful thing about insurance is that you
can cover just about anything, so long as you are prepared to pay the premium. [...] But what about an election?
According to former British spy Christopher Steele, that was precisely the concern of the Clinton campaign when it paid him
and research firm Fusion GPS to compile his controversial dossier on Donald Trump. Despite being widely declared the
shoo-in for the White House, the Clinton campaign wanted insurance — and Steele and Fusion were there, as one
insurer famously says, "like a good neighbor." Steele was recently called for a deposition in London in a defamation
action filed by three Russian bankers for allegedly false claims in the dossier. Steele's statements included some
surprising admissions, particularly regarding the purpose of his contract with the U.S. law firm of Perkins Coie.
the Russia Conspiracy Hillary Clinton's Doomsday Scenario? The Steele dossier, a document produced by
Christopher Steele at the behest of the Clinton campaign is ground zero for the Russia conspiracy theory that is tearing
apart the country. Even the Mueller investigation has its ultimate roots in the eavesdropping carried out by the Obama
administration using the dossier as evidence and the dubious and unverified claims made by Steele in the dossier. But
why did the Clinton campaign ever set out to create such a document?
John McCain Associate
Gave Dossier to Buzzfeed. A longtime associate of late Republican Arizona Sen. John McCain provided a copy
of the infamous Steele dossier to BuzzFeed News, according to an explosive court filing released Wednesday
[12/19/2018]. David Kramer, a former State Department official who was an executive at the McCain Institute, met on
Dec. 29, 2016 with BuzzFeed reporter Ken Bensinger, according to a filing submitted Wednesday by U.S. District Court
Judge Ursula Ungaro.
Steele Says He Was Hired To Help 'Challenge The Validity Of The Outcome' Of 2016 election. In other words, it
was collusion, an 'attack on democracy' and a preemptive coup all in one.
Steele says he was hired to help 'challenge the validity of the outcome' of the 2016 election. First off, let's
remind all of the people who are going to claim that the Washington Free Beacon originally hired FusionGPS to do opposition
research on Donald Trump that they ended that relationship well before Christopher Steele was hired to compile a fake dossier
on then-candidate Trump, so put that tired talking point away. We also know that both the Hillary Clinton campaign and
the DNC were the ones who paid for the Steele dossier through the law firm Perkins Coie. And now, thanks to a
defamation lawsuit brought by three Russian bankers, we have Steele on record saying that "he was hired by a Democratic law
firm in preparation for Hillary Clinton challenging the results of the 2016 presidential election," the Washington Times reports.
Steele: I Was Hired to Help Hillary Clinton Challenge the 2016 Election Results. Christopher Steele, the
former British spy who prepared the Russia "dossier" that has led to more than two years of investigations into President
Donald Trump's campaign, has told a London court that he was hired to provide a basis to challenge the legitimacy of the 2016
presidential election in the event that Trump won.
who broke news of Steele dossier used to surveil ex-Trump aide calls its claims largely 'false'. The salacious
and unverified opposition research dossier cited by the FBI as its main justification to surveil a top Trump aide contains
many claims that are "likely false," according to the Yahoo News reporter who was among the first to break the news of the
dossier's existence. Michael Isikoff's statements on John Ziegler's Free Speech Broadcasting podcast came a day before
Michael Cohen adviser Lanny Davis reiterated that Cohen has never been to Prague — where, according to the
dossier, he traveled to arrange a payment to Russian hackers during the 2016 presidential campaign. The dossier was
created by British ex-spy Christopher Steele and funded by the firm Fusion GPS — which was retained by the
Democratic National Committee (DNC) and the Hillary Clinton presidential campaign.
To Falsely Claim That Republicans Started Steele Dossier. Former FBI Director James Comey falsely claimed
throughout two recently congressional interviews that Republicans were the initial backers of the infamous Steele dossier,
which alleges a vast conspiracy between the Trump campaign and Russian government to influence the 2016 election. Comey
claimed twice in an interview Monday with the House Judiciary and House Oversight Committees that Republicans initially
commissioned the work of Christopher Steele, the former British spy behind the dossier. He made similar claims twice
more in an interview with the same committees on Dec. 7.
Reveal Obama Admin's Push To Create Russia Scandal Hours Before Trump's Inauguration. Close observers know that
the Operation Crossfire Hurricane strategy surfaced during the 2016 presidential election and continued well into Trump's
presidency, with General Michael Flynn getting snared in a Peter Strzok/Sally Yates ambush play in the early days of the
Trump White House. Now, Team Obama's documented effort to cook up the Russia story before Trump's inauguration
emboldens a narrative already proved by text messages involving Obama official James Clapper: the Obama people
actually thought they could stop Trump from getting sworn in.
Declassification of Dossier Summary Shows Comey Lied About the Most Vital Fact of All. In response to a Freedom
of Information Act request by a Politico reporter and the James Madison Project, the FBI released a summary of the Steel
Dossier used by James Comey to brief Trump on January 6, 2017. News of this briefing was intentionally leaked to the
media (likely by Obama's Director of National Intelligence James Clapper) which gave them the "green light" to publish the
story four days later. The document, which is over 80% redacted, can be viewed [elsew]here. It's surprising that
Politico would request and then publish this information because it indicates that Trump was not informed of the identity of
those who had commissioned and paid for the dossier. The report shows only that the information was collected "on
behalf of private clients." The most striking takeaway from the summary is that the FBI Director met with the incoming
President and knowingly omitted the most vital fact of all, that Hillary Clinton and the DNC bought and paid for this "research."
Releases Heavily Redacted Russia Dossier Document Comey Used to Brief Trump, Obama. Late Friday night [12/14/2018], the
FBI released a heavily redacted Christopher Steele document that James Comey used to brief then-President elect Donald Trump and former
President Obama. The document, first obtained by Politico through a FOIA lawsuit, shows the FBI describing Steele as an "FBI
source" who was working for "private clients," which is a flat out lie being that he was working for Hillary Clinton's presidential
campaign and the DNC.
Know Nothing! Jim Comey Didn't Care Where the Dossier Came From. The manner in which James Comey ran the
Federal Bureau of Investigations was incompetent, or he's a liar. There doesn't seem to be any other explanation for
his performance. The collusion/conspiracy probe began after illicit unmasking, and no one has delved into that in any
serious way. It shouldn't come as a surprise. We found out on Thursday the obstruction of justice probe into former
FBI director Jim Comey's firing began to rein in the President. That was BEFORE Rosenstein hired Robert Mueller as special
counsel. The dossier, in particular, has been a source of concern since it played an important role in the Russia-Trump
Comey and the FISA
Warrant Hillary Bought. James Comey uncorked the whopper earlier this year that he still "didn't know for a
fact" Hillary Clinton financed the infamous dossier of Christopher Steele — an epic lie reminiscent of his denial,
leaked through James Clapper and other stooges, that the FBI spied on Trump Tower, even as warrants to spy on Trump Tower sat
on his desk! Comey is set to meet with Congress on Friday, testimony sure to be riddled with the weaseliest of
evasions. According to the Hill's John Solomon, House Republicans are aware of emails showing that the FBI and Justice
Department knew [very] well that the FISA application to spy on Trump campaign volunteer Carter Page rested on partisan and
flawed opposition research purchased by the Democrats. The House Republicans are calling on Trump to declassify those e-mails.
Fusion GPS Founder Of Giving 'Extremely Misleading' Testimony. Senate Judiciary Committee Chairman Chuck
Grassley is drawing parallels between the false testimony that former Trump lawyer Michael Cohen gave to Congress in 2017 and
the "extremely misleading" statements made by the founder of the firm that commissioned the infamous Steele dossier. "I
hope that the Justice Department is handling all these instances of false statements to Congress with the same level of
seriousness they treated Mr. Cohen's," Grassley, an Iowa Republican, wrote Monday in a letter to Connecticut Democratic
Sen. Richard Blumenthal. Cohen pleaded guilty on Nov. 29 in the special counsel's investigation to lying to
Congress in 2017 about the extent of his attempts to build a Trump Tower in Moscow. Cohen admitted he lied about how
long he worked on the project, which was ultimately scuttled in June 2016.
Fusion GPS Founder CEO Glenn Simpson Lied In Senate Testimony. Sen. Chuck Grassley (R-Iowa) said Monday
that Fusion GPS founder Glenn Simpson lied to the Senate Judiciary Committee staff about whether his infamous firm continued
to investigate Donald Trump after the 2016 election. In a letter to Sen. Richard Blumenthal (D-Connecticut),
Grassley stated that Simpson told committee staff in 2017 that he stopped probing now-President Trump and his associates'
connections to Russian officials after the 2016 presidential election because he "had no client after the election."
Watch Sues for Records of FBI Meetings with Clinton-DNC Law Firm, Perkins Coie in 2016. Judicial Watch
announced today [12/3/2018] that it filed a Freedom of Information Act (FOIA) lawsuit against the Department of Justice
seeking records of all meetings in 2016 between former FBI General Counsel James Baker and the Perkins Coie law firm.
The Clinton campaign and the Democratic National Committee (DNC) reportedly paid Fusion GPS to create the "salacious and
unverified" Clinton-DNC anti-Trump dossier.
Clings To Russia Collusion Conspiracy Theory Despite Lack Of Evidence. The NeverTrump movement has gone from
pushing allegations that Donald Trump treasonously colluded with Russia to steal the 2016 presidential election from its
rightful owner Hillary Clinton, to pretending that his attempts at business deals in Russia, which were legal and the subject
of widespread reporting during the election, are evidence of unspecified crimes. The main barrier to the Russia-Trump
collusion theory — an information operation that was secretly bought and paid for by Hillary Clinton and the
Democratic National Committee, spread by a compliant media, and weaponized by the highest levels of federal
agencies — is the lack of evidence for it. But that lack of evidence hasn't been much of an obstacle for
either the so-called mainstream media or the leaders of the NeverTrump movement.
Davis Hanson: We Haven't Had A Legal Accounting Of Comey, Brennan & Clapper And It's Coming. Columnist
and political commentator Victor Davis Hanson said the verdict is "not out" for the Obama-era DOJ officials after their use
of the infamous Russian dossier. Davis noted 8 to 10 FBI officials have been retired or reassigned or facing
indictment. Hanson also warned Wednesday night it's "not over" former FBI director James Comey, former CIA director
John Brennan, and former Director of National Intelligence James Clapper because the dossier, put together by a foreign
national, was used to open investigations and get FISA warrants.
grow about FBI vetting of Christopher Steele's Russia expertise. In February 2016, as Christopher Steele's
Russia-related contacts with the Department of Justice (DOJ) and FBI were ramping up, the former British spy emailed some
intelligence reports from his Orbis security company to a potential private-sector client. The documents were labeled
"Orbis Russian Leadership Reporting," and the cover email made a most provocative claim: Russian leader Vladimir Putin
might be losing his grip on power.
Fake News. Fake news is a serious problem in our political life. I'm not referring to a pathetically
small number of Facebook ads bought by Russian provocateurs. I'm talking about the fake news that was paid for by the
Hillary Clinton campaign and the Democratic National Committee; fabricated by Democratic Party-allied consultants; propagated
by the FBI and the CIA; promoted by the broadcast networks, CNN, MSNBC, the New York Times, the Washington Post, and the
Associated Press; trumpeted by pretty much every senior elected Democrat; and kept alive by the appalling Robert
Mueller. The claim that the Trump campaign colluded with the Russians to "steal" the 2016 presidential election is the
great fake news of our time. How successful have the Democrats been in propagating that myth? [A recent] survey
by The Economist and YouGov suggests that they have been successful beyond their wildest dreams.
Given $1 Million to Group Linked To Fusion GPS For Trump-Russia Investigation. George Soros, the billionaire
financier who supports numerous progressive causes, has provided $1 million in funding for a nonprofit group that works
closely with Fusion GPS, the opposition research firm that commissioned the infamous Steele dossier. Soros is
considering providing more funding for the group, the Democracy Integrity Project, according to The New York Times. The
Democracy Integrity Project, which was founded in January 2017 by Daniel Jones, a former Democratic staffer on the Senate
Select Committee on Intelligence, has worked with Fusion GPS and dossier author Christopher Steele to investigate Russian
interference in American elections. The group has also investigated President Donald Trump's possible links to Russia.
Nuland Can't Keep Her Steele Story Straight. Former Assistant Secretary of State for European and Eurasian
Affairs Victoria Nuland made a bombshell admission Wednesday at an otherwise quiet hearing of the Senate Select Committee on
Intelligence. She admitted that during the waning days of the 2016 election, the Obama State Department hosted
ex-British-spy Christopher Steele to give a secret briefing to select staff on his anti-Trump dossier. This was not
information that had been offered up voluntarily by any of Steele's friends at the State Department. For example, it
seems likely that then-special envoy Jonathan Winer knew about the Steele briefing that has now been revealed. And yet
when he penned a self-justificatory op-ed in the Washington Post about his Steele ties, any mention of the briefing is
strangely missing. Winer admitted to meeting one-on-one with Steele to see the dossier; he admitted to writing up a
two-page condensed version of Steele's opus and giving it to Nuland; he admitted to meeting his old friend (and Clinton
crony) Sidney Blumenthal who showed him dossier-like materials from notorious Clinton crank Cody Shearer. And yet,
though he was the man in the middle of dossier activities at State, Winer never mentioned that his pal Steele made it to
Foggy Bottom — in person — to tell his dossier tales.
GPS Founder Glenn Simpson in "Real Legal Jeopardy" Over His Conflicting Testimony: GOP Lawmaker. A
Republican member of the House Judiciary Committee said Sunday that Fusion GPS co-founder Glenn Simpson is "in real legal
jeopardy" over inconsistent testimony that he gave to Congress regarding his work on the infamous Steele dossier. "I'm
not surprised that Glenn Simpson is taking the Fifth," Texas Rep. John Ratcliffe said in a Fox News interview on Sunday
[10/14/2018]. "He probably should. He's in real legal jeopardy. Very clearly someone is not telling the
truth," he added.
Russia Hoax As Contingency Plan. [Scroll down] After all, an election is one thing, but the inauguration
of a new president doesn't take place for two and a half months afterwards. Time enough to throw a whole smorgasbord of
crackpot theories at Trump, and see whether any of it would stick! But the key to it all, right from the start, was the
Russia Hoax: [...] The Russia Hoax was already in place, for use when needed, capable of adaptation to fits the circumstances.
From campaign talking points to soft coup contingency plan was but a short step.
Declassification, and Leverage. The state of play is this: the congressional investigation has progressed to
the point that it's clear beyond cavil that the entire Russia narrative is, in fact, a hoax and fraud — both on
the American people in general and on our legal system. This is to say real criminal liability exists for the key
players who developed the plot against Trump.
with ties to Hillary Clinton, DNC reportedly gave FBI documents on Russia meddling. A lawyer with ties to the
Democratic National Committee and Hillary Clinton's campaign passed on documents about Russian election meddling to the FBI's
general counsel during the 2016 presidential campaign, according to a report Thursday. James Baker, who was formerly
the top lawyer at the FBI, told congressional investigators about the exchange in a closed-door deposition on Wednesday
[10/3/2018], the Daily Caller reported. Mr. Baker said he received the documents as well as computer storage
devices on Russian hacking from Michael Sussmann, an attorney with Perkins Coie.
George Soros Funded
Fusion GPS, His Spokesman Confirms. George Soros has indirectly funded Fusion GPS, the opposition research firm
behind the infamous Steele dossier, a spokesman for the billionaire financier has acknowledged. Michael Vachon, the
Soros aide, told Washington Post columnist David Ignatius that Soros provided a grant to a nonprofit group called the
Democracy Integrity Project. That organization, which was formed in 2017 by Daniel Jones, a former Senate Intelligence
Committee staffer for Democratic Sen. Dianne Feinstein of California, paid Fusion GPS as a contractor to continue an
investigation into Russian interference in the 2016 presidential election.
Steele's allegations are really just clickbait. Democrats' leaks from last week's testimony by Justice Department official
Bruce Ohr brought the anti-Trump allegations of British ex-spy Christopher Steele back into the headlines, which makes it worth noting
just how little Steele knows. It's not just that Steele compiled that infamous "dossier" as opposition research for the Beltway
smear merchants of Fusion GPS — with the bills paid by the Clinton campaign and the Democratic Party. No: It's
that Steele didn't even do much, and possibly most, of the actual research.
FISC didn't have a hearing
to issue the Title I warrant, to spy on Carter Page. Why? It wasn't the FISC that issued the warrant, in
the first place. IMO it was Loretta Lynch (AG). Is that the smoking gun in the FISA application?
Court States No Hearings Conducted Before Issuing Title-1 Warrant. Well this is troubling on many levels.
According to a responsive filing from the FISA Court, there wasn't any hearing on the sketchy FISA application submitted by
the DOJ/FBI to conduct FISA Title-1 surveillance on Carter Page. Even more disturbing, according to the secret court,
it is customary to just accept and review the FISA applications as presented without judicial inquiry into the content.
a Little-Known FBI Unit Helped to Disseminate the Steele Dossier. A little-known FBI unit played an outsized
role in allowing controversial claims by a former MI6 Spy about Donald Trump to reach the highest levels of the FBI and State
Department. The Eurasian Organized Crime Unit, which at the time was headed by Michael Gaeta, specializes in
investigating criminal groups from Georgia, Russia, and Ukraine. Gaeta, an FBI agent and Assistant Legal Attaché
at the US Embassy in Rome, has known the former spy, Christopher Steele — who authored the controversial dossier
on then-candidate Donald Trump — since at least 2010, when Steele provided assistance in the FBI's investigation
into the FIFA Corruption scandal over concerns Russia might have been engaging in bribery to host the 2018 World Cup.
Logs Reveal Correspondence Between Clinton Associate, Fusion GPS, and Russians at Trump Tower Meeting. Attorney
Edward Lieberman, whose late wife Evelyn served as Hillary Clinton's chief of staff, exchanged numerous emails with the
co-founder of the controversial Fusion GPS firm and Russian participants in the infamous June 9, 2016, Trump Tower
meeting, documentation provided to the Senate Judiciary Committee shows. The correspondence, part of a series of
exhibits provided to Senate investigators and reviewed by Breitbart News, took place in the weeks leading up to the Trump
Jordan on Deep State Dossier-Spying Scandal: "This is the Biggest Abuse of Power I Have Ever Seen". Rep.
jim Jordan (R-OH) joined Lou Dobbs on Tuesday to discuss the deep state corruption and the upcoming election. Jordan
started off the conservation telling Lou Dobbs Congress should go back to Congress next week and pass funding for the Trump
border wall. Jim Jordan and the Freedom Caucus led the efforts to investigate the FBI-DOJ corruption during the 2016
Davis admits he was source for CNN's Trump Tower story, lied about it on air. Michael Cohen's attorney has
acknowledged being an anonymous source for the disputed CNN Trump Tower story and also admitted lying on TV about his
involvement. Lanny Davistold BuzzFeed News on Monday evening that he was a source for the story claiming that President
Trump had personal prior knowledge of a controversial Trump Tower meeting with Russians — a story the Cohen camp
has since repudiated. "I made a mistake," Mr. Davis said.
Davis Admits He Was Source for CNN's Debunked Trump Tower Story; CNN Not Backing Down. Lanny Davis, attorney
for former Trump lawyer Michael Cohen, told Buzzfeed on Monday [8/27/2018] that he was a source for CNN's article last month
claiming that Cohen would tell Special Counsel Robert Mueller that President Trump knew about the June 2016 Trump Tower
meeting with a Russian purportedly offering information on Hillary Clinton. Since CNN's article published, Davis has
admitted to the Washington Post, CNN's Anderson Cooper, and now Buzzfeed that he actually has no such knowledge of
Cohen knowing such a thing. He also said he regretted lying about it on CNN's air last week.
The Press Abets a Coverup. The two biggest
shoes are yet to drop in the 2016 investigations. We still don't know the origins and back story of the intercepted
Russian intelligence document that was pivotal in James Comey's unprecedented, ill-advised and possibly decisive (according
to numerous Democratic and independent election analysts) interventions in the presidential race. Depending on what
report you credit, the information was false, it was planted by the Russians, or it accurately indicated an illegal
conspiracy to obstruct justice by the Clinton campaign and Obama Attorney General Loretta Lynch. If it was a Russian
fabrication, then Mr. Comey was spoofed by the Kremlin into his improper intervention in the race. If the parties
to the incepted exchange were simply misinformed, it's hard to understand Mr. Comey's reason for intervening.
Presumably some of the questions are answered in a still-secret annex to the inspector general's report that criticized
Mr. Comey's performance, but even that won't tell us everything we need to know.
Story of Ohr and More. Reputable accounts reveal that former associate deputy attorney general Bruce Ohr and
his wife Nellie (an undisclosed employee of GPS Fusion) continued to receive reports from Christopher Steele, author of the
now discredited dossier. They did so after Steele was terminated as an FBI source because of Steele's leaks to the
press and lying to the agency about them. Ohr and his DOJ and FBI cohorts in this stove-piping operation apparently
"operated outside the chain of command, misled their bosses (and the Foreign Intelligence Surveillance Court) and concealed
evidence from Congressional oversight committees." And they did this work even after Trump was elected and inaugurated.
The evidence to date suggests that Rod Rosenstein, who is tasked with supervising Robert Mueller and his team, was kept in the
dark about Ohr's continued work with Steele when he signed the last FISA warrant application, post inauguration, in June 2017.
pushers lay low after Lanny Davis bombshell. For nearly 20 months, the allegations made in the infamous Steele
dossier have hung like a cloud over the Trump administration and several of his former advisers. The salacious 35-page
document has become Exhibit A in President Donald Trump critics' conspiracy theory that the campaign colluded with the
Russian government to influence the 2016 election. Numerous news outlets, pundits and lawmakers have also pushed the
theory. But the dossier arguably suffered its heaviest blow on Wednesday [8/22/2018] after Clinton-connected lawyer
Lanny Davis emphatically denied one of the document's most intriguing allegations.
DOJ Wrote Phony Trump Dossier — Kevin Shipp. CIA whistleblower Kevin Shipp says the next revelation
that will come to light will be that Bruce Ohr, who was the fourth highest ranking official in the Obama Justice Department
(DOJ), wrote the now infamous phony Trump Dossier which was used to apply for fraudulent federal wiretaps (with the FISA
Court) to spy on Trump. Shipp, who is a former CIA Officer with a high security clearance, explains, "It all started
from the fake dossier which led eventually to the appointment of Robert Mueller (Special Prosecutor) and the entire foundation
is based on a falsity. ... I understand the next revocation of security clearance is probably going to be Bruce Ohr because he
crafted the fake dossier with Christopher Steele, and he may even have written the thing. [...]"
From One Psychodrama
to Another. [Scroll down] Do not expect that the latest revelation about Bruce Ohr, the fourth-ranking
official in the Obama Department of Justice, is news either. Ohr, we just learned, after the 2016 election, kept
a secret backchannel open with the FBI's discredited foreign informant Christopher Steele, author of the anti-Trump dossier
commissioned by Hillary Clinton, on which Ohr's own wife worked. Apparently, Ohr and the FBI wanted to ensure that more
of Steele's salacious gossip and dirt could still find the light of day — after the FBI had officially fired
Steele for lying. In other words, a top Department of Justice attorney was still busy trying to undermine a sitting
president with discredited gossip paid for by defeated candidate Hillary Clinton.
Ohr and the anti-Trump activities of Obama officials — what will his testimony reveal? More
information will be revealed about the Obama administration's anti-Trump political opposition research efforts during the
2016 presidential campaign when demoted Justice Department official Bruce Ohr testifies before members of the House Oversight
and Judiciary Committees Aug. 28 in a closed-door session. Ohr was an associate deputy attorney general in the Obama
administration before his questionable actions led to his demotion. His testimony should provide the latest peek behind
the curtain at the inner workings of the Deep State. Perhaps most significantly is what Ohr can tell members of the
House committees about the political opposition research by his wife, Nellie Ohr.
Ruling! FBI Must Reveal Efforts to Verify the Steele Dossier. In light of the declassification and the
release of the Nunes and Schiff Memoranda, Judge Mehta has reversed his prior decision and is rejecting the FBI's refusal to
confirm or deny the existence of records reflecting an attempt to verify the two-page synopsis allegations from the Steele
Dossier. A Washington DC judge ruled that the FBI must respond to a FOIA request for documents concerning the bureau's
efforts to verify the controversial Steele dossier before it was used as the foundation of a FISA surveillance warrant
application and subsequent renewals. They must give the documents to Judicial Watch.
official Bruce Ohr communicated with Trump dossier author Steele after FBI cut ties: report. Long after the FBI
cut ties with former British spy and Trump dossier author Christopher Steele, senior Justice Department official Bruce Ohr
continued to maintain extensive contact with him, according to newly reported emails. The emails, first reported by The
Hill, reveal Steele even continued to send information to Ohr after the election. The FBI "suspended and then terminated"
Steele as a source in early November 2016 for what the bureau defined as "the most serious of violations" — an
"unauthorized disclosure to the media of his relationship with the FBI," according to a House Republican memo earlier this
year. The FBI reportedly told Steele at the time he could no longer "operate to obtain any intelligence whatsoever
on behalf of the FBI."
Ohr May Have Broken More Than The Law By Pushing His Wife's Opposition Research To The FBI. A review of publicly available
information causes a reasonable person to wonder whether Bruce Ohr broke the law by promoting his wife's anti-Trump research to the FBI
when he was working at the Justice Department. The law prohibits public officials from involvement in matters in which their spouse
has a financial interest. The question is, Did Ohr "personally and substantially" participate in a particular matter in which his
spouse had a "financial interest" while he was employed by the Justice Department as the assistant attorney general?
What Was Bruce Ohr Doing? The Federal Bureau
of Investigation and Justice Department have continued to insist they did nothing wrong in their Trump-Russia investigation.
This week should finally bring an end to that claim, given the clear evidence of malfeasance via the use of Bruce Ohr.
Mr. Ohr was until last year associate deputy attorney general. He began feeding information to the FBI from dossier
author Christopher Steele in late 2016 — after the FBI had terminated Mr. Steele as a confidential informant for
violating the bureau's rules. He also collected dirt from Glenn Simpson, cofounder of Fusion GPS, the opposition-research
firm that worked for Hillary Clinton's campaign and employed Mr. Steele. Altogether, the FBI pumped Mr. Ohr for
information at least a dozen times, debriefs that remain in classified 302 forms.
Bruce Ohr wrote Christopher Steele was 'very concerned about Comey's firing — afraid they will be exposed'. A
collection of Justice Department official Bruce Ohr's emails, texts and handwritten notes, reviewed by Fox News, reveals that he was
deeply connected to the unverified Steele dossier as well as its author and, during the presidential election campaign, the alleged
government surveillance abuses involving a Trump campaign official. The dossier, which was used by federal officials to justify
the surveillance of a top Trump aide, Carter Page, was created by Fusion GPS and paid for by Hillary Clinton's campaign and the
Democratic National Committee.
Trump Tweets: Oleg's Story — Yes, The Russians Were Involved In The 2016 Election. In the past
several days the name Oleg Deripaska has resurfaced, this time with some more attention. Oleg Deripaska, is a Russian
billionaire and is likely much more of a central figure than previously discussed. Byron York previously outlined new
documents showing the communication between Trump Dossier author Christopher Steele and DOJ official Bruce Ohr. Within
the early 2016 discussions, Chris Steele appeared to be advocating to Bruce Ohr on behalf of Oleg Deripaska who was banned
from travel into the U.S. by the State Department.
John Brennan Walked the Junk Dossier Over to Harry Reid to Start the Spygate Scandal — Should Be Jailed. [On
8/15/2018, Dan] Bongino described how former CIA Director John Brennan maneuvered Congress and the FBI to launch the most corrupt and
criminal spying activity in the history of the United States.
How Reliable Was Christopher Steele? In the Carter Page FISA application, the FBI presents material from the "dossier"
without referencing it as an actual document. Rather, it presents material from the "dossier" as reporting provided by Christopher
Steele as "Source #1." The concealing of source identities is usual in FISA applications. To make up for this
secrecy in the interest of security, at least in theory, the FBI provides characterizations of its sources as well as specific
facts that vouch for the reliability of the sources in question, to provide the FISC judge with a factual basis upon which to assess
the case for granting a FISA order. Since we know the person who is supposed to have been behind the Carter Page FISA application,
it seems reasonable to inquire: just how reliable was Christopher Steele?
Info Indicates Clinton-Funded Oppo Research Launched FBI's Trump Investigation. In three articles for The Hill
last week, investigative journalist John Solomon revealed previously undisclosed text and email discussions between former
Associate Deputy Attorney General Bruce Ohr and former MI6 agent and Spygate dossier author Christopher Steele.
Solomon's reporting also uncovered notes Ohr took summarizing discussions he had with Steele's boss at Fusion GPS, Glenn
Simpson, about the Russia "collusion" investigation. In isolation, the details revealed in Solomon's must-read
exposés are troubling. But when considered in conjunction with information related to the Russia investigation
the government previously released, this new information is potentially devastating, because it indicates that, notwithstanding
claims to the contrary, the Federal Bureau of Investigation launched operation Crossfire Hurricane based on Steele's
Clinton-funded opposition research.
Conspiracy Theories About Devin Nunes Are Getting Out Of Control. [Scroll down] The campaign was run by
Fusion GPS, which specializes in spreading information into the media. Fusion GPS principal Glenn Simpson and British
ex-spy-for-hire Christopher Steele secretly met with myriad media companies during the campaign and after the election to
spread their dramatic tales claiming that Trump campaign affiliates were working hand-in-hand with Russian operatives, and
that the Russians had compromising information on President Trump. They also got the information — which
they claimed came from Kremlin operatives and other Russians with ties to Vladimir Putin — into the U.S.
government to secure widespread spying on the Trump campaign. Literally nothing of significance alleged in the
information campaign has been proven to be true.
Efforts Made to Hide Nellie Ohr's Involvement in 'Spygate'. As the details behind the Spygate scandal are
uncovered, the connections to former President Obama are unearthed. According to Zero Hedge, the head of opposition
research firm Fusion GPS admitted in December 2017 in a court filing that his firm paid the wife of a senior Justice
Department official to help dig up damaging information on then-candidate Donald Trump.
Were Bruce and Nellie Ohr, Christopher Steele, and Fusion GPS Plotting? [Scroll down] Bruce Ohr remains
Organized Crime Task Force director. Until his dossier-related demotion, he was the fourth-ranked official at DOJ. The
House Intelligence Committee memo released by Chairman Devin Nunes on February 2 says that Nellie Ohr was "employed by Fusion
GPS to assist in the cultivation of opposition research on Trump" and that Bruce Ohr passed along the results of that research,
which was paid for by the Democratic National Committee (DNC) and the Hillary Clinton campaign, to the FBI. The
"salacious and unverified" dossier was used to obtain a Foreign Intelligence Surveillance Act (FISA) surveillance warrant
to spy on Carter Page.
Fusion GPS Founder Shared
'False Story' About GOP Lawyer in Meeting With DOJ'S Bruce Ohr. Veteran GOP lawyer Cleta Mitchell suddenly
found her name mixed up in the investigation into Russian meddling in the 2016 presidential election. The first public
mention of Mitchell came in a March 13 report released by Democrats on the House Permanent Select Committee on Intelligence.
The report listed Mitchell, a partner at the firm Foley & Lardner, as one of the "individuals or groups who were involved in or
may have knowledge of third-party political outreach from the Kremlin to the Trump campaign."
a senior DOJ official helped Dem researchers on Trump-Russia case. Hundreds of pages of previously unreported
emails and memos provide the clearest evidence yet that a research firm, hired by Hillary Clinton's campaign and the
Democratic National Committee (DNC) to find dirt on and defeat Donald Trump, worked early and often with the FBI, a Department
of Justice (DOJ) official and the intelligence community during the 2016 presidential election and the early days of Trump's
presidency. Fusion GPS's work and its involvement with several FBI officials have been well reported. But a close
review of these new documents shows just how closely Associate Deputy Attorney General Bruce Ohr, who reported to Obama-era
Deputy Attorney General Sally Yates, maintained contact with Fusion — and, in particular, its primary source,
former British spy Christopher Steele — before, during and after the election.
Bruce Ohr & Christopher Steele Conversations. Bruce Ohr's relationship with Christopher Steele via texts and
emails has been thrust into the spotlight recently. The texts and emails are between Ohr and Steele but involve other
parties as well. Descriptions of the major parties are listed further below. Ohr has been described as a
long-time friend of Steele with a relationship going back to at least 2006 (this includes Ohr's wife Nellie).
Worth noting, Adam Waldman represented both Oleg Deripaska and Sergey Lavrov. More newly discovered is Waldman's
representation of Christopher Steele and Julian Assange.
and Washington Post Censor Latest Spygate Revelations. Bruce Ohr was once one of the most powerful officials at
the Obama Department of Justice. He reported to Sally Yates, who reported to Attorney General Loretta Lynch. His
downfall began when he became involved in a brazen attempt to fix — and, later, overturn — a
presidential election. While the details have been hazy around Ohr's involvement in the attempted coup, we do know he
was demoted and reassigned multiple times. He now appears to be in the DOJ equivalent of Siberia. Why?
Ohr Looks Like a Stalinist or At Least an Apologist. Communist expert Diane West has written volumes on
communism and she has a startling fact to share. FBI agent Bruce Ohr's wife Nellie Ohr isn't simply a Communist
sympathizer, she's a Stalin apologist, perhaps worse. Sketchy FBI honcho Bruce Ohr and his wife Nellie, an employee of
Fusion GPS, appear to have collaborated with a British spy named Christopher Steele on the dossier that was used to frame the
President. As if that isn't enough, Ms. West unearthed some of Nellie's frightening views.
Bruce and Nellie Ohr.
Bruce Ohr, the former Associate Deputy Attorney General who served as the fourth-highest ranking official in the Justice
Department, will testify before the House Judiciary Committee on August 28th, 2018, to answer questions regarding his
connections to anti-Trump dossier author Christopher Steele and Fusion GPS. According to Rep. Mark Meadows, R-N.C.,
Ohr had over sixty contacts with Christopher Steele going as far back as January of 2016.
Suspicions Confirmed: Glenn Simpson Lied During Congressional Testimony. The original Glenn Simpson
conflict was actually noted on February 2nd, 2018, when HPSCI Chairman Devin Nunes released the House memo outlining the
conflicting statements between Glenn Simpson's testimony, Christopher Steele, and the evidence of Bruce Ohr notes reviewed by
congressional investigators. However, until recently the public never had the actual Ohr notes.
the Deep State's Authorship and Publication of the Dossier. The Internet is full of information, some of it not
well researched or considered, but every now and then a star appears on the horizon. To my mind the new star is Yaacov
Apelbaum, who, using his considerable technical skills, has produced a masterpiece of well-documented analysis underscoring
the nonsensical and partisan nature of the Mueller operation. [...] It's lengthy and detailed and on a lovely Sunday in
summer you may not want to study it completely, but if this subject is of interest to you, I strongly suggest you bookmark
the article and study it at your leisure.
of Deception. Much has been said and written about Christopher Steele's authorship of the notorious document
that alleges Russia-Trump collusion. According to Glenn Simpson of Fusion GPS (who plead the Fifth and only spoke
through his lawyers), Steele was hired by them in June 2016 to gather information about "links between Russia and
[then-presidential candidate] Donald Trump." Pursuant to that business arrangement, Steele prepared a series of reports
styled as intelligence briefings, some of which were later compiled into a collection of documents and published by a number
of media outlets and later become known as the "Trump dossier." On the face of the dossier, it appears that Steele
gathered his data from multiple sources in Russia, former Soviet union (FSU) countries, and the US. He then edited
the raw intelligence — which seems to be a combination of conversations and notes — organized it
in a summarized brief format, and published/leaked it in parts or in its entirety on a spiraling schedule.
Fusion GPS's Anti-Trump Researcher Avoid Surveillance With A Ham Radio? [Scroll down] That brings us to Nellie
Ohr, holder of amateur radio call sign KM4UDZ. Ohr graduated from Harvard University in 1983 with a degree in history and
Russian literature. She studied in the Soviet Union in 1989 and obtained a PhD in Russian history in 1990. [...] It is
apparent that, between her own professional experience and her marriage to a top DOJ official, she was well aware of the
ability of the National Security Agency to intercept and store every communication on the Internet. Did this knowledge
have anything to do with her mid-life decision to become a ham radio operator and communicate outside cyberspace? [...] On
May 23, 2016, she received a technician-level amateur radio license. The timing is significant. The presidential
campaign was underway and she and her employer, Fusion GPS, were digging for dirt in Russia to use against Trump. Given
her cybersecurity knowledge, was Nellie Ohr hoping to use non-cyber short wave communications to hide her participation in
that nefarious effort from the NSA?
Sign "KM4UDZ"-Keystone to the Steele Dossier!. The person holding call-sign KM4UDZ Ham Radio License, is very
central to ObamaGate. Nellie Ohr holds that specific Ham Radio ID and is a key person in today's unfolding Crossfire
Hurricane/FISA political scandals. [...] Some of Nellie Ohr's foremost characteristics are, a big Stalin apologist, fluent in
Russian, Ph.D. in Russian History, former CIA Analyst, Ham Radio fame, Fusion GPS Russian expert, and theorized real co-author
of the Christopher Steele Trump-Russian Dossier.
Watch Sues DOJ for Communications Between Ohr, Steele & Fusion GPS. Judicial Watch is suing the Department of
Justice for access to communications related to the infamous anti-Trump dossier. The conservative watchdog group is
seeking various records related to former Associate Deputy Attorney General Bruce Ohr, his wife Nellie Ohr, dossier author
Christopher Steele and Fusion GPS. In a statement, Judicial Watch said it sued because the Justice Department failed
to respond to a Freedom of Information Act request filed in May.
Spygate Conspirator — DOJ's Bruce Ohr — to Appear Before Congress Later This Month. The
Department of Justice official whose wife worked for dossier firm Fusion GPS and maintained close contact with dossier author
Christopher Steele will appear for an interview before members of two congressional committees later in August. North
Carolina Republican Rep. Mark Meadows, a member of the House Oversight & Government Reform Committee, announced on
Twitter that Bruce Ohr will appear on Aug. 28 "to answer why he had 60+ contacts with dossier author, Chris Steele, as far
back as January 2016." "He owes the American public the full truth," Meadows said of Ohr, a career Justice Department
official. A source with knowledge of the plans tells The Daily Caller News Foundation that Ohr will appear before
members of the House Judiciary and House Oversight Committees for a closed-door interview.
Story: Yes, The Russians Were Involved in The 2016 Election. In the past several days a name has
resurfaced, only this time with some more attention than in prior reports. The name is Oleg Deripaska, a Russian
billionaire who is likely much more of a central figure than previously explained.
Mifsud & Manafort Coincidences. Initially, I viewed Papadopoulos as nothing more than a pawn in a much larger
game — an easy target for Obama's Intelligence Agencies. But as new information and a continuation of
ever-increasing coincidences came forth, I began to reassess that position. I don't have enough information to be
certain of anything. But I'm far from convinced that Papadopoulos was simply an innocent victim of events. There
are a number of things that bother me about Papadopoulos' story.
chairman readies Steele dossier subpoenas. The Republican chairman of the House Judiciary Committee is readying
subpoenas for people connected to the controversial "Steele" dossier, sources tell The Hill. Chairman Bob Goodlatte
(R-Va.) is preparing subpoenas for Justice Department (DOJ) official Bruce Ohr, his wife Nellie Ohr and Fusion GPS co-founder
Glenn Simpson, according to two congressional sources familiar with the matter.
Glenn Simpson's Claims About
His Interactions With Bruce Ohr Don't Add Up. Newly released Department of Justice records appear to conflict
with testimony that Fusion GPS founder Glenn Simpson gave to Congress in 2017 about the timeline of his interactions with top
DOJ official Bruce Ohr. Simpson claimed in testimony to the House Permanent Select Committee on Intelligence on Nov. 14
that he did not have contact with any FBI or DOJ officials regarding the infamous Steele dossier until after the 2016 election.
But Ohr's emails, which have been provided to Congress, show that he and Simpson were in contact as early as August 2016.
Goodlatte to subpoena DOJ, FBI officials and Fusion GPS co-founder. House Judiciary Chairman Bob Goodlatte,
R-Va., is expected to subpoena Justice Department and FBI officials, as well as the founder of Fusion GPS, in the coming week
for at least one upcoming hearing on British spy Christopher Steele's dossier about President Trump, according to a report
published Thursday evening [8/9/2018]. Among those Goodlatte is preparing to call in are Fusion GPS co-founder Glenn
Simpson, former DOJ official Bruce Ohr, and Ohr's wife Nellie, who worked for Simpson's company.
Communication Between Chris Steele and Bruce Ohr is "Leaked"? There's something about the construct of these
releases that just doesn't pass the proverbial sniff test. John Solomon, Sara Carter, and Byron York, each writing
articles from what appears to be the same sourcing and reference framework; however, each being very opaque in describing
their sourcing and context. The transparent lack of providing the sourcing context (who is providing the information/documents
and why are they providing it), for their seemingly coordinated articles has the historic hallmark of controlled narrative distribution.
show 2016 links among Steele, Ohr, Simpson — with Russian oligarch in background. Emails in 2016
between former British spy Christopher Steele and Justice Department official Bruce Ohr suggest Steele was deeply concerned
about the legal status of a Putin-linked Russian oligarch, and at times seemed to be advocating on the oligarch's behalf, in
the same time period Steele worked on collecting the Russia-related allegations against Donald Trump that came to be known as
the Trump dossier. The emails show Steele and Ohr were in frequent contact, that they intermingled talk about Steele's
research and the oligarch's affairs, and that Glenn Simpson, head of the dirt-digging group Fusion GPS that hired Steele to
compile the dossier, was also part of the ongoing conversation.
the Brennan-Brit Plot to Nail Trump. It cannot be repeated enough that the Mueller probe into foreign collusion
was itself the product of foreign collusion. Starting even before Trump entered the presidential race, Obama's CIA
director John Brennan was colluding with foreign spies to collect unverified information about Trumpworld. In 2014,
Stefan Halper, the long-in-the-tooth CIA asset whom the FBI would later run into the Trump campaign to entrap Carter Page and
George Papadopoulos, had passed to Brennan, via Halper's friends in British intelligence, some bizarre tattle-tale about
alleged coziness between Michael Flynn and a Russian historian at Cambridge University. Long before Flynn joined the
Trump campaign in early 2016, Brennan and British intelligence were spying on him. That the CIA and FBI turned to
Halper to set traps for him and others in the Trump campaign makes perfect sense. Halper was in on Spygate's ground
floor. Bloating himself for years on the American taxpayer's dime, Halper couldn't resist serving as a dual asset for
the CIA/FBI and British intelligence.
The Clinton campaign sought dirt on Trump from Russian officials.
Where's the outrage? So far, "Exhibit A" against President Trump is the meeting Donald Trump Jr., Jared Kushner
and Paul Manafort had with a group of Russians claiming to have dirt on Hillary Clinton. [...] But as bad as the Trump Tower
meeting was, it took place at the request of the Russians. They were the ones who approached the Trump campaign, not
the other way around. By contrast, the Clinton campaign proactively sought dirt on Trump from Russian government
sources. They did it through cutouts. In April 2016, Clinton campaign lawyer Marc Elias retained opposition
research firm Fusion GPS to compile incriminating information on Trump. Fusion GPS in turn hired Christopher Steele, a
former British MI6 operative with sources among Russian government officials. The result was the salacious dossier,
whose sources included "a senior Russian Foreign Ministry figure" and "a former top level intelligence officer still active
in the Kremlin." Steele's work was paid for by Clinton's presidential campaign and the Democratic National Committee.
That means a paid agent of the Clinton campaign approached Russian officials for damaging material on Trump.
Suspicious That The FBI And DOJ Didn't Check Into Christopher Steele's Leaks To The Press. Here's a
hypothetical question for journalists: Let's say you managed to convince the translator in the room during the
President Trump-Vladimir Putin meeting to speak to you, and you only, on the condition of anonymity, and you're in the midst
of writing an explosive, exclusive story for your publication. As you're writing, you look up to see BREAKING NEWS on
CNN, and listen as Wolf Blitzer reports the story you're writing, with the exact fly-on-the-wall detail you received from
your "exclusive" source. So what's your first move? Would you assume CNN must've convinced the Russian translator
to talk to them and move on with your story without taking any action, or would you call your source to figure out where that
CNN information came from? If your source denied talking to CNN, would you believe him and move on, or would you do
whatever you could to determine whether you can trust this source on such an important matter? You'd want to know the
answer to that question before proceeding, would you not?
end in sight: Russia dossier investigation enters third year. Two years ago on July 31, 2016, the FBI
took the momentous step of opening a counterintelligence investigation into Donald Trump's presidential campaign. Today,
it shows no signs of ending.
didn't [the] FBI tell [the FISA] court about Christopher Steele bias? There has been bitter debate about the
release of a heavily-redacted version of the FBI's application for a Foreign Intelligence Surveillance Act warrant to wiretap
onetime Trump foreign policy adviser Carter Page. The debate centers on whether the FBI gave the FISA court judges
enough information to assess the anti-Trump motives of the people behind the Steele dossier. House Intelligence
Committee Chairman Devin Nunes, R-Calif., set off the argument last February, with the release of the so-called Nunes
memo. In the memo, Nunes wrote, "Neither the initial application in October 2016, nor any of the renewals, disclose or
reference the role of the DNC, Clinton campaign, or any party/campaign in funding Steele's efforts."
Files FEC Complaint Against Clinton Campaign, DNC over Dossier. The non-profit Coolidge Reagan Foundation on
Thursday filed a Federal Election Complaint against Hillary Clinton's campaign, the Democratic National Committee, their law
firm Perkins Coie, and Christopher Steele, the ex-British spy that authored the "pee dossier," for violating campaign finance
laws. The non-profit charged that those parties hid payments made to and received by Fusion GPS, the firm that hired
Steele to produce the dossier, in violation of finance laws. Democrats have accused the Trump administration of
colluding with foreigners, when in reality it was the Democrats who colluded with foreigners, the non-profit charged.
FBI get bamboozled by multiple versions of Trump dossier? Like dandelions in an untreated lawn, the now
infamous Russian dossier apparently multiplied in numbers — and emissaries delivering it to the FBI —
the closer Donald Trump got to the White House. We know from public testimony that dossier author and former British
intelligence agent Christopher Steele shared his findings with the FBI in summer and fall 2016 before he was terminated as a
confidential source for inappropriate media contacts. And we learned that Sen. John McCain (R-Ariz.) provided a
copy to the FBI after the November 2016 election — out of a sense of duty, his office says.
Notes on the
IG Report. [#1] It is important to remember that the IG has not looked into the FBI's "Russia investigation,"
including its continuance by Bob Mueller, and today's report does not specifically address issues raised by the FBI's and
DOJ's handling of that matter. However, some of the same people were involved in both investigations, and the IG has
disclosed limited materials relating, at least in part, to the Russia investigation. At this point, they are some of
the most interesting aspects of the report. But such disclosures are incidental and non-systematic. There could
be a great deal more where they came from.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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."
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.
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?
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?
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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
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].
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.
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.
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
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."
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.
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.
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.
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."
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.
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
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.
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.
'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?
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.
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.
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.
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.
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: [...]
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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?
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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?
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,"
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.
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.
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.
'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.
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.
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": [...]
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'.
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.
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.
about Susan Rice.
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
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
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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?
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
Timely news and commentary up to and including the four-page Nunes memo:
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.
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."
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
Post Met Twice with Hoax Dossier Author Christopher Steele During 2016 Election. The 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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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."
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].
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.
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."
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.
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.
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.
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.
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."
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.
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.
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.
The Editor says...
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?
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.
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.
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.
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."
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.
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.
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.
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.
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."
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.
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?
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.
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.
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?
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.
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."
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.
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.
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
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"
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.
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.
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.
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
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.
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.
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.
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: [...]
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]
The Editor says...
This 3½ minute video clip is well worth your time.
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).
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."
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
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.
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."
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:
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.
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.
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.
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.
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."
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.
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.
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.
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?
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.
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.
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.
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.
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?
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.
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:
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.
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.
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?
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.
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
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.
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."
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.
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.
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.
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."
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."
'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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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
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."
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.
[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.
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."
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.
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."
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?
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.
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.
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.
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.
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."
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
under Liberals think you're stupid.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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."
(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.
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.
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.
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.
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: [...]
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.
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.'"
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.
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
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.
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
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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".
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.
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].
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.
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.
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.
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.
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
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].
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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
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.
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."
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.'"
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."
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.
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
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.
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."
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.
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."
'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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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. [...]
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.
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.
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.
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."
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.
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.
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
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."
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.
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.
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.
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 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.
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.
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.
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.
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."
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
The Editor says...
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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.
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
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."
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."
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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."
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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?
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.
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.
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.
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.
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
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.
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.
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."
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.
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.
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.
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."
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.
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.
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]
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.
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. [...]
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.
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.
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.
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."
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.
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].
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.
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.
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].
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:
 appeared to offer evidence for some of
the most sensational accusations that the Trump campaign colluded with Russians;
 involved a
pro-Clinton organization paying investigators who paid Kremlin-linked Russians for allegations about Trump; and
 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.
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
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
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.
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