The politicization and apparent corruption of the FBI

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Overview and recap articles

The FBI raid on Trump's home at Mar-A-Lago, Florida, August 8, 2022

The FBI vs. Peter Navarro

News and timely commentary about the FBI regarding their routine work

The alleged plot to kidnap Governor Gretchen Whitmer

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Bruce Ohr and/or Nellie Ohr

Roger Stone

Michael Cohen

Paul Manafort

James Comey's notes and memos

The Inspector General's Report, released August 29, 2019

James Comey himself

James Comey's book

James Comey's TV interview, April 15, 2018

The Inspector General's report, released April 13, 2018

The Inspector General's report, released June 14, 2018

The report from Inspector General David Horowitz, December 9, 2019

Disgruntled, whistle-blowing FBI agents

Kevin Clinesmith

Carter Page

Redacted FISA documents released July 21, 2018

Andrew McCabe

McCabe and Rosenstein

Rod Rosenstein

Rod Rosenstein announces an indictment on July 13, 2018

Christopher Wray

Robert Mueller and Tony Podesta

Jerome Corsi

George Papadopoulos

James Clapper

Michael Flynn

Bill Priestap

Professor Joseph Mifsud

Robert Mueller's Russian Election Interference Indictments

Spoliation of evidence in the Robert Mueller investigation

Robert Mueller and his lengthy investigation : Overview and recap

Mueller investigation report issued April 18, 2019

Attorney General Barr

Attorney General Barr's analysis of Mueller's report and testimony on May 1, 2019

Mueller investigation aftermath and retrospective

Attorney General William Barr selects US Attorney John Durham

The Mueller monologue and impeachment infomercial, May 29, 2019

Robert Mueller himself

Mueller testimony, July  17  24, 2019

News articles written during the Mueller investigation

James Wolfe

Peter Strzok, Lisa Page, and their conveniently "lost" text messages

Peter Strzok's public testimony, July 12, 2018

The FBI seems to avoid any evidence against Hillary Clinton

News and commentary about the FBI after the 2016 presidential election but before Mr. Comey's dismissal

James Comey's testimony before the Senate Intelligence Committee, June 8, 2017

News and commentary about James Comey and the FBI after his Senate testimony

The FBI re-opens the Clinton email investigation on October 28, 2016

FBI Director Comey appears to reverse his course again, November 5, 2016

News and commentary prior to the re-opening of the FBI investigation on October 28, 2016

The FBI releases embarrassing documents on Friday afternoons

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The Fusion GPS Dossier and the FISA abuse memo.

Abuse of power.

The unexplained mass shooting in Las Vegas, October 2017.

Former CIA director John Brennan.

Hillary Clinton's secret email servers.

Hillary Clinton's cloud of corruption.

Hillary Clinton's numerous other scandals.

Credible allegations of Obama's spying on political opponents.

Obama's numerous other scandals.

Overview and recap articles:

For the Rule of Law to Reign, the Bureau Must Be Destroyed.  I have spent most of my adult life trying to educate people about the serious national security threats this country faces.  The United States has very real enemies, both foreign and domestic, and it requires defending.  Nevertheless, the FBI must be abolished.  The solution to the abuses we now endure is not just to subject the FBI to another fruitless inspector general investigation but to dismantle it completely.  The bureau cannot be the focus of yet another congressional hearing.  FBI Director Christopher Wray, like his predecessors, is more than happy to sit smirking while a handful of grandstanding congressmen and senators pound the table and yell on C-SPAN.  Then he'll jet off for a holiday vacation on a taxpayer-funded private jet while the same congressmen vote to increase his budget.  Again.  No, the FBI must be rendered into component parts and distributed to the four winds.

Gutless American Leadership Drifts into Corruption and Decay.  FBI overreach has increasingly been in the news the past few years, but we have not seen any real pushback by our elected or appointed officials.  We see that an FBI agent was present but drove away from the attempt a few years ago to assassinate Pamela Geller by Islamic extremists.  Aware of this intention because of a deftly placed agent (or perhaps he was the instigator), nothing was done by the FBI to prevent this attempt, which was stopped by a local sharpshooter in Garland, TX.  Gov. Whitmer of Michigan was supposedly the intended victim of a kidnapping plot, but two of the accused were acquitted, and a mistrial was declared for the other two.  Not only was it some of the worst investigative work in the history of the USA, but serious questions were raised as to whether the FBI, rather than the indicted men, actually set up the entire project as a false flag to allow the arrest of certain right-wingers.  It may have been (and this writer believes it is likely) that this was part of an ongoing FBI plot to make the right seem dangerous and out of control.  With weapons and an excessive show of force, the FBI arrested Roger Stone, Peter Navarro, and Simone Gold, showing unnecessary aggression.

The FBI's Grotesque Rehab Tour Commences.  It has not been a good several years for the FBI.  The organization's checkered history got more checkered during the 2016 election after then FBI Dir.  James Comey decided to rewrite the law on the fly to not charge Hillary Clinton for clearly breaking the law.  From there, things just went downhill.  The Russian collusion hoax took center stage, eventually leading to Comey's well-deserved ouster.  Unfortunately, his replacement was another "company man" ready to "protect the shield" instead of bringing the reforms the bureau so desperately needed.  Christopher Wray, the current FBI Director, fought tooth and nail to cover up the FISA abuse that targeted Trump associates, slow-walking releases, and never actually disciplining anyone substantially for what happened.

'Dirty cops': FBI leaves trail of lies, leaks, lapses in Trump era.  The FBI already has amassed a record of misconduct by top officials leading up to Monday, when the Justice Department inspector general is scheduled to release conclusions on whether agents also abused the bureau's intrusive wiretapping powers.  To date, four inspector general reports and internal Justice Department documents have found senior FBI officials guilty of lying, insubordination, security violations, mishandling confidential material and personal biases against President Trump.  Rep. Devin Nunes, the California Republican who discovered that the FBI had used a Democratic Party-financed dossier as evidence, often refers to bureau leaders as "dirty cops."  Lisa Page, a former FBI senior counsel and one of those singled out, portrayed herself this week as an innocent victim of FBI betrayal.  Meanwhile, news media stories have downplayed the significance of the upcoming inspector general's report on how the FBI spied on the Trump campaign through the Foreign Intelligence Surveillance Act and other means.

Michael Flynn's Lawyer:  Top FBI Officials Conspired To Entrap Ex-Trump National Security Adviser.  The FBI has become a snake pit.  The nation's largest domestic intelligence and law enforcement body, a beacon for impartial, professional, and expert investigative work now has a muddied reputation because some people didn't like the winner of the 2016 election.  Yes, disgraced FBI Agent Peter Strzok who was fired for sending tens of thousands of anti-Trump texts to former bureau lawyer Lisa Page, with whom he was having an extramarital affair, embarrassed the agency.  It also didn't help that this man reportedly signed off on the counterintelligence probe that became the investigation spearheaded by former Special Counsel Robert Mueller.  He was also a key person in the FBI's analysis of Hillary Clinton's email server.  There are discussions with also fired Deputy FBI Director Andrew McCabe about an insurance policy, which many have alleged is the infamous Trump dossier, compiled by ex-MI6 spy Christopher Steele and financed by the Clinton campaign and the Democrats.  This political opposition research file, which appears to be unverified, was used to secure spy warrants against Carter Page, a former foreign policy adviser for the Trump campaign.

Lindsey Graham:  There Is Proof Of Systematic Corruption At Highest Level of DOJ and FBI.  "Here's what we're looking at:  Systematic corruption at the highest level of the Department of Justice and the FBI against President Trump and in favor of Hillary Clinton," Sen. Lindsey Graham (R-SC) said on an interview with Sean Hannity on Fox News.  Host Sean Hannity then asked Graham whether officials "lied purposefully" on a Foreign Intelligence Surveillance Act (FISA) warrant application to surveil former Trump campaign aide Carter Page.

The Obama Brennan Mueller Hoax:  Blaming Russian espionage on Trump.  The fact is that Russian espionage is an ongoing occurrence.  It has been going on for 100 years.  It happens on a constant basis on multiple levels.  To conflate actions of Russian espionage with the Presidential campaign of the Republican nominee is not just unprecedented and reckless.  It is a stupefying abuse of power and authority.  It's simply a leap of uncalculated madness.  An anti-constitutional putsch against the electorate.  Yet that is at the heart of the Obama Brennan Mueller hoax and the attempted coup against Donald Trump.

The FBI Tragedy: Elites above the Law.  One of the media and beltway orthodoxies we constantly hear is that just a few bad apples under James Comey at the FBI explain why so many FBI elites have been fired, resigned, reassigned, demoted, or retired — or just left for unexplained reasons.  The list is long and includes director James Comey himself, deputy director Andrew McCabe, counterintelligence agent Peter Strzok, attorney Lisa Page, chief of staff James Rybicki, general counsel James Baker, assistant director for public affairs Mike Kortan, Comey's special assistant Josh Campbell, executive assistant director James Turgal, assistant director for office of congressional affairs Greg Bower, executive assistant director Michael Steinbach, and executive assistant director John Giacalone.  In short, in about every growing scandal of the past two years — FISA, illegal leaking, spying on a presidential candidate, lying under oath, obstructing justice — someone in the FBI is involved.

Criminality Of Deep State Investigation Of Trump Confirmed — Has U.S. Become A Banana Republic?  Both the Justice Department and FBI have maintained they didn't really know that Trump Dossier compiler Christopher Steele had any bias at all against Trump.  And, even when they got their hands on Steele's unverified dossier on Trump, they claim they didn't know that Steele's employer, Fusion GPS, had any conflicts of interest.  Moreover, when they appeared before the Foreign Intelligence Surveillance Court to get the OK to spy on former Trump aide Carter Page, they didn't tell the court what they knew.  They lied.  Or at the very minimum, concealed the truth.  This is a crime.  How can we be sure that top officials at Justice and the FBI knew all this?  Ohr said so.

Walls Are Closing in on the FBI and Its Media Accomplices.  Those of us who have closely followed the unfolding scandal at the Justice Department — particularly how the FBI abused its power not only to spy on the Trump presidential campaign but also on the president himself — have been frustrated with the inaction both of the White House and Congress.  Documents have not been declassified as promised; letters by top lawmakers have gone unanswered with no consequence; and not one perpetrator in the biggest political scandal in history has been held accountable.  The New York Times over the weekend confirmed the worst suspicions:  Andrew McCabe, a disgraced FBI official caught lying to federal investigators and fired by Trump, and his corrupt lackeys opened up a criminal and counterintelligence probe into President Trump on the flimsiest of evidence in May 2017.  Further, statements from William Barr, Trump's nominee for attorney general, seem to indicate he would be deferential to Special Counsel Robert Mueller rather than focus on the real scandal.  It was unclear whether a change in leadership at the Justice Department and on the Senate Judiciary Committee (Lindsey Graham took the reins from Charles Grassley this year) would restart stalled congressional inquiries.

The conspiracy to destroy the Trump presidency is far worse than we knew and will continue.  [T]op people in the FBI filled with hatred and frankly, anti-Trump rage, who have put aside all values and their blatant political bias, were seeking redemption for the firing of James Comey.  They actually plotted to destroy your duly-elected president.  And this is way beyond what we already knew up until this point.  According to, as usual, anonymous sources in the New York Times report last Friday, two days after Comey was unceremoniously terminated, several top FBI officials actually questioned whether or not President Trump was working directly for Russia.  They did this without a single shred of evidence, zero probable cause, zero proof of any collusion.  It was a witch hunt.  The president has been right from Day One.

An FBI that is corrupt and dishonest — Latest reports offer only more proof.  Dishonesty and corruption are endemic at the Federal Bureau of Investigation.  The latest proof comes in a New York Times report that the FBI initiated an investigation in May of 2017 into whether President Donald Trump was serving as a covert Russian agent.  The accusation itself was ludicrous on its face.  But from a legal standpoint, the FBI's probe constituted an egregious abuse of power.  The Bureau had no probable cause, no evidence, and no reasonable suspicions.  They investigated Trump because they could.  They defied the law, ignored or perverted facts, and debased the integrity of a heretofore-respected law enforcement agency.  Why did these rogue officials commit such an outrageous act of malfeasance?  In a word, vengeance.  Already incensed that Trump had defeated their preferred candidate, Hillary Clinton, they grew furious when the president fired Director James Comey on May 9, 2017.

NYT Reveals FBI Retaliated Against Trump For Comey Firing.  In a Friday night news dump, the New York Times revealed the FBI's surprisingly flimsy justification for launching a retaliatory investigation into President Donald Trump, their chief adversary during their recent troubled era.  Admitting there is no actual evidence for their probe into whether Trump "worked for the Russians," FBI officials instead cited their foreign policy differences with him, his lawful firing of bungling FBI Director James Comey, and alarm that he accurately revealed to the American public that he was told he wasn't under investigation by the FBI, when they preferred to hide that fact.  The news was treated as a bombshell, and it was, but not for the reasons many thought.  It wasn't news that the FBI had launched the investigation.  Just last month, CNN reported that top FBI officials opened an investigation into Trump after the lawful firing of Comey because Trump "needed to be reined in," a shocking admission of abuse of power by our nation's top law enforcement agency.

Watergate by Any Other Name.  For almost three years now, the intelligence services and police apparatus of the deep state have worked tirelessly to undermine Donald Trump. [...] But win he did, and that changed everything.  Now it was not a candidate who had to be stopped but a duly elected president of the United States who had to be kept from knowing exactly what lengths the government — soon to be his government — had gone to destroy him.  From November 9, 2016, to January 20, 2017, the reins of government were still in the hands of Barack Obama.  The apparatus to stop Trump the candidate was already in place.  Now it would be deployed against Trump the president-elect and, later, Trump the president.  Over the last few days, The New York Times, The Washington Post, and other anti-Trump outlets have revealed, and reveled in, something that many observers suspected for a long time.  That the investigation into various figures associated with the Trump campaign — not only Carter Page, but also George Papadopoulos, Paul Manafort, Michael Flynn, and Michael Cohen — was just a pretext.  The main target all along was Trump himself.

The FBI Prostituted Itself.  Citing unnamed "former law enforcement sources and others," the New York Times reports that "in the days after President Trump fired James B. Comey as F.B.I. director, law enforcement officials became so concerned by the president's behavior that they began investigating whether he had been working on behalf of Russia against American interests."  The mainstream media has touted this story as major breaking news.  But, to anyone who has been paying even a modicum of attention, it is crystal clear that Comey's firing did not precipitate the FBI's investigation of Trump.  To the contrary, the readily available record facts demonstrate that Comey's FBI began investigating Trump and his campaign for possible Russian collusion shortly after he won the Republican Party's nomination.

The Paranoid Style at the FBI.  The FBI's counterintelligence probe of Trump marks one of its lowest moments of political paranoia.  As anti-Trump hysteria, before and after his election, swept through Washington, D.C., Comey and his staff succumbed to it, turning the FBI into an extension of the Democratic Party.  Hillary Clinton's opposition researcher, Christopher Steele, might as well have had an office down the hall from Comey, such was the FBI's absurd reliance upon Steele's smears.  It was bad enough that the FBI had already treated multiple members of Trump's campaign as "probable" Russian agents during the campaign, based on nothing more than flaky partisan hunches.  It then on even thinner grounds placed a president in that category too.  Out of months of obsessing over Trump — from vows to "stop" his candidacy to talk of an "insurance policy" in the event that he won — Peter Strzok and company hatched one of the most half-cocked probes in the history of the FBI.

The FBI's 'Trump treason' probe flunked civics.  The FBI took it upon itself to determine whether the president of the United States is a threat to national security.  No one had ever before thought that this was an appropriate role for the FBI, a subordinate agency in the executive branch, but President Trump isn't the only one in Washington trampling norms.

The Stench Still Lingers.  The political corruption of a law enforcement agency — the kind that led the FBI to ignore the obvious felonies of one candidate and try to invent crimes in an effort to target her opponent — is, by far, the corruption most damaging to democracy.  The stench of that political corruption still lingers over the FBI and the Justice Department, but neither Trump nor anyone in his administration is willing or able to deal with it.  The problem has gotten worse, not better.

The Lingering Stench of Coverup at Justice and the FBI.  What began as a good week for President Trump stalled and finally ended badly.  On Monday [9/17/2018], he ordered the Justice Department to declassify and provide to congressional investigators a pile of documents, many of which the House Permanent Select Committee on Intelligence (HPSCI) subpoenaed more than a year ago.  From Tuesday until Friday morning, we waited in vain for any evidence that the president's order had been complied with by the FBI and DoJ.  On Friday morning, HPSCI Chairman Devin Nunes (R-CA) told a Fox News interviewer that his committee hadn't seen any of the documents that the president's Monday order had declassified.  Obviously, the FBI and DoJ weren't complying with the president's order.  Then came Trump's Friday announcement that he'd canceled the declassification order after being persuaded to do so by Deputy Attorney General Rod Rosenstein and "key allies" — Britain?  Australia?  Russia?  Mexico? — who'd called to urge him not to declassify the documents in question.

Can We Trust the FBI?  Peter Strzok.  Lisa Page.  AndrewMcCabe.  James Comey.  Sound familiar?  That's the FBI — the folks who are being asked to investigate, apparently for one week, the allegations against Judge Kavanaugh.  Yes, that group is mercifully gone now, but who is behind them?  And what have we not yet learned of the internal conspiracy against President Trump currently being investigated by the inspector general?  Who else is involved and who then will be conducting and supervising this investigation?  Will it be the same people?  In other words, can we trust the FBI with this when the institution itself is so tainted and deeply in need of reform?

America in Throes of a Bloodless Revolution.  It is obvious that the Federal Bureau of Investigation has been politicized, and the awesome power of this feared organization has been subverted.  They have supported lies, used false documents to initiate a special counsel, interrupted the lives of American patriots who gave up defending themselves because it is impossible to outlast a government agency who can use taxpayer money to keep you in court for as long as they want to.  The Justice Department, which has basically been leaderless under the tenure of Jeff Sessions has, under the feckless interim directorship of Rod Rosenstein, definitely listed to port and been complicit in obtaining FISA Court warrants under false pretenses.  Had everything gone according to plan, Hillary Clinton would have been elected, and all the corruption would have been buried way down deep.

The Only Subject Ben Sasse Won't Talk About:  Spygate.  Although [Ben] Sasse has issued two statements in support of Sessions in recent weeks, he has not made any formal comments about the misconduct and potentially unlawful behavior of the following people:  Former FBI Director James Comey; former Deputy FBI Director Andrew McCabe; Assistant Attorney General Bruce Ohr; FBI lovers Peter Strzok and Lisa Page. [...] Comey is now under investigation by the Justice Department's Inspector General for mishandling government documents.  McCabe in under a grand jury investigation.  Ohr twice has been demoted at the Justice Department; his wife, Nellie, worked for the political opposition research firm that produced the anti-Trump dossier and both Ohrs were in contact with the dossier's author, Christopher Steele.  Strzok and Page had numerous exchanges about how to stop Trump's candidacy and then undermine his administration after he was elected.

Can the FBI be independent?  When President Donald Trump appointed Atlanta lawyer Christopher Wray to succeed James Comey as the director of the FBI, my initial reaction was not positive.  Wray is a veteran of the Department of Justice and is part of that good-old-boy DOJ network that knows how to protect its own.  Indeed, when then-New Jersey Gov. Chris Christie, a former U.S. attorney, needed a good criminal defense lawyer — whose millions in fees were paid by New Jersey taxpayers — he hired Wray.  Christie was never indicted in the Bridgegate scandal, but defense counsel for those who were sought Christie's cellphone to demonstrate to jurors the governor's involvement in the plot to shut down lanes near the George Washington Bridge for political retaliation.  Christie claimed that he gave his phone to federal prosecutors, but they told the court that they did not have the phone.  Where was it?  In a safe of the Atlanta law firm that employed Wray.

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

Devin Nunes:  Clinton campaign colluded with 'nearly every' top official at the DOJ and FBI.  House Intelligence Committee Chairman Devin Nunes declared Sunday that Hillary Clinton's campaign "colluded" with nearly every top official in the Justice Department and FBI.  An interview on Fox News had turned to the topic of Trump dossier author Christopher Steele and his ties to Bruce Ohr, a high-level DOJ official who fed the FBI information from the ex-British spy even after he was cut as a source for providing confidential information to the media.

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

The Police Were Not Policed.  Most recently, it was disclosed, two years after the fact — and despite the FBI's kicking-and-screaming refusal to release subpoenaed documents — that the FBI did, as alleged, offer to pay Christopher Steele to dig for dirt on the Trump campaign.  The FBI also knew that Steele was working on behalf of the Clinton campaign to find dirt on Donald Trump.  We now also know that the FBI used at least one informant to spy on members of the Trump campaign.  In other words, the FBI joined forces with one political campaign to thwart the efforts of the opposing campaign.  Has that happened before in American history?

FBI Vault Release — FBI Requested Data Forensics on Huma Abedin/Clinton Laptop AFTER the 2016 Election, Not Before.  From the Boston Marathon bombing investigation through the San Bernardino terrorist attack; passing the Garland, Texas cartoon terror shooting; and continuing through Orlando's Pulse Nightclub; and then through the Parkland shooting and into Las Vegas — via the Mandalay Bay — we always knew something was wrong with the apparatus, the institutional apparatus, of the FBI... but it wasn't until 2017 with James Comey, Andrew McCabe and the transparently corrupt Clinton exoneration and candidate Trump set-up scheme that we fully grasped the scale and scope of the corruption.  It is disconcerting to accept that the institution of the FBI is corrupt, soup-to-nuts, including every aforementioned field office and participant therein.  But reality doesn't care about feelings; it just stares you in the face until we accept it.  Talking heads always approach the issue with a co-dependent and enabling qualifier:  "we're not talking about the field agents", they say.  Um, no; that's nonsense.  If the institution is corrupt, then every entity within it is corrupt — until such time as the corruption is removed.

Progressive Regression.  The FBI may not recover its reputation.  Certainly, the brand of its Washington office is shredded.  Watching new Director Christopher Wray stumble about to reassure us about his reforms inspires about as much credulity as a pre-war French general touting the invincibility provided by the Maginot Line.  The Left more or less has canonized a parade of disreputable FBI officials.  Peter Strzok violated almost every canon of professional conduct, in his personal comportment, in his blatant prevarication about his own text messages, and in his dogged pride in his conflicts of interest in using his authority to pursue a political agenda.  His superior Andrew McCabe, according to the inspector general, likewise lied on several occasions.

Christopher Wray and Jeff Sessions must clean up FBI corruption or quit.  FBI Director Christopher Wray and Attorney General Jeff Sessions are sitting squarely in the crosshairs of history.  They must rise to the call of duty and clean up the corruption we are seeing unfold at the FBI or they must tender their resignations and be replaced by real leaders who will do what is necessary to restore public trust in our unraveling justice system.  A powerful government agency that — like the IRS under former President Barack Obama's watch — was unmistakably weaponized to target political opponents.  The recent shocking revelations that underhanded FBI officials misled the FISA court to get a warrant to spy on Carter Page, an unpaid, low-level volunteer, as a bridge to spy on the Trump campaign and transition team is beyond alarming; it's flat-out corrupt — police-state tactics seen, ironically, in places like Russia.

Just How Far Will the Left Go?  We are about 430 days into Robert Mueller's investigation; the special prosecutor whose team of lawyers and investigators has in a large part been made up either of Clinton donors, clear Clinton partisans, lawyers who have in the past represented Clinton interests or employees, or partisans already removed for expressing clear Trump hatred.  The media grew ecstatic over its creation, dubbing it an "all-star" or "dream" team, as leaks assured the public that next week, next month, or "soon" there would be a sensational indictment proving that Trump colluded with the Russians to win the presidency.

Obama intel chiefs gave Russia a pass, and now blame — Donald Trump?  Long before the 2016 election, when Donald Trump was a mere private citizen, Russia was engaged in widespread cyber-aggression against the United States.  Moscow racheted up those attacks during the campaign.  And yet, despite knowledge of the ongoing cyberwarfare, the president at the time, Barack Obama, and his intelligence chiefs — John Brennan at the CIA, James Clapper at National Intelligence, James Comey and his predecessor, Robert Mueller, at the FBI — reportedly didn't lift a finger to stop it.  Why?  Because the Obama administration was obsessed with protecting its bigger agenda:  namely, closing and implementing the Iran nuclear deal and trying to save their collapsed Russian "reset."  Calling Russia on its malign cyber activity would have imperiled both initiatives, so Obama and his intel team apparently chose to ignore it, even as it escalated.

Mueller's witch hunt [is] a growing disaster for national security.  The evidence is mounting that Special Counsel Robert Mueller's open-ended investigation into whether President Trump colluded with the Russians to steal the election from Hillary Clinton (which has turned up nothing on that specific front) is becoming more than just a political burr under the saddle of President Trump.  It may be a growing national security problem.

Rampant corruption [is] the norm in FBI.  People tend to forget, or maybe never knew, just how corrupt the famous but incompetent Federal Bureau of Investigation has always been.  This current scandal is just business as usual for the agency that has metastasized into America's secret police.  Strzok's weaselly testimony last week showed just how far off the rails the crooked feds have gone.  And it just so happens that this summer is the 40th anniversary of another horrific crime, one in which this same crew of dirty cops played a supporting, but revealing role.

The Gangster State.  [Scroll down]  This becomes more obvious when looking at the whole criminal enterprise that is currently called the FBI.  There's no question that the people at the top engaged in a wide-ranging criminal conspiracy to spy on the Trump campaign and engineer a criminal investigation of his administration, for the purpose of removing him from office.  This is the one explanation that explains the mountain of evidence piled up in the public domain.  This is so obvious that no one bothers to deny it.  Instead, the game is to avoid discussing it in public.  Lurking in the secret FBI files can be only three possibilities, with regards to this conspiracy.  One, there is proof they cooked the whole thing to help get Hillary Clinton elected.  The other is some out of left field explanation for the mountain of data, that points to an innocent motive.  The final option is a massive hole in the system where the damning proof used to exists, but has now been destroyed as part of the cover-up.  To date, the FBI and DOJ refuse to comply with Congressional subpoenas to answer this question.

The Gangster State.  [Scroll down]  This becomes more obvious when looking at the whole criminal enterprise that is currently called the FBI.  There's no question that the people at the top engaged in a wide-ranging criminal conspiracy to spy on the Trump campaign and engineer a criminal investigation of his administration, for the purpose of removing him from office.  This is the one explanation that explains the mountain of evidence piled up in the public domain.  This is so obvious that no one bothers to deny it.  Instead, the game is to avoid discussing it in public.  Lurking in the secret FBI files can be only three possibilities, with regards to this conspiracy.  One, there is proof they cooked the whole thing to help get Hillary Clinton elected.  The other is some out of left field explanation for the mountain of data, that points to an innocent motive.  The final option is a massive hole in the system where the damning proof used to exists, but has now been destroyed as part of the cover-up.  To date, the FBI and DOJ refuse to comply with Congressional subpoenas to answer this question.

The Overlords Have Arrived.  Today, Americans are trying to separate their consideration of an investigation into possible Russian interference in the 2016 election from what increasingly looks like the wreckage of a failed coup against the election and office of the current president.  And the signs of a confrontation across barricades between Americans and their self-appointed Overlords is revealed daily in the transcripts and testimony of the participants in congressional hearings and inquiries.

A Factual Comparison of Watergate and Russiagate Shows They're Mirror Opposites.  [For example,] In the Watergate scandal, the burglars were discovered by a hotel security guard and arrested by local police on the very first day of the scandal.  On day 90 of the Watergate scandal, a grand jury indicted the Watergate burglars plus G. Gordon Liddy and E. Howard Hunt, two of the break-in organizers.  In contrast, the 2016 DNC cyber burglars, whoever they are, have never been arrested or indicted.  In fact, the DNC has refused to allow law enforcement to inspect the crime scene — i.e., the server itself.  The conclusion that Russians hacked the DNC server relies solely upon the opinion of DNC-funded Crowdstrike, a firm hired by Perkins Coie, which also hired Hillary Clinton- and DNC-funded Fusion GPS to conduct opposition research on Trump.  Perkins Coie and their contractors were hired to help Clinton "achieve [her] electoral and strategic objectives."  They were not in the business of investigating crimes.  There is no public report of the DNC paying the key investigators in the Watergate scandal.

Watergate redux.  President Obama, although appearing confident of a Clinton victory, apparently feared a Trump win would undo his legacy — which is precisely what has happened — and thus it had to be prevented by whatever means.  The leadership of the Justice Department, IRS, FBI, CIA and others in the Obama administration have been, and continue to show themselves to be, fierce Democratic partisans.  Again, their motivations for what increasingly appears as extensive inappropriate and illegal behavior seem to be much like their Watergate predecessors.  Former FBI Director James Comey, former CIA Director John Brennan, and former director of National Intelligence James Clapper have all publicly stated that they do not believe Mr. Trump is fit to be president — with the implicit argument that stopping him is their patriotic duty — the law [notwithstanding].

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

The FBI's Watergate.  "What did the president know, and when did he know it?"  On June 28, 1973, during a hearing before the Senate Watergate Committee, the ranking member, Tennessee Republican Howard Baker, posed the central question of the investigation.  Forty-five summers after Baker uttered those historic words, the same question now hangs over the alleged collusion between Donald Trump and Russia in the 2016 election.  But this time the question is directed at the investigators.  It runs like this:  What did the FBI know, when did it know it — and from whom did it get this information?  The answers are essential to a public accounting of what in fact happened during an election in which the FBI was investigating both the Republican and Democratic nominees for president or their campaigns.  But unlike Watergate, which the FBI solved, the more we learn about these investigations, the more troubling the FBI's behavior appears.  Unfortunately, rather than make a clean breast of it all, new FBI Director Christopher Wray behaves as though the bureau doesn't need to answer to the American people's elected representatives in Congress.

London 'bridges' falling down: curious origins of FBI's Trump-Russia probe.  The bridge to the Russia investigation wasn't erected in Moscow during the summer of the 2016 election.  It originated earlier, 1,700 miles away in London, where foreign figures contacted Trump campaign advisers and provided the FBI with hearsay allegations of Trump-Russia collusion, bureau documents and interviews of government insiders reveal.  These contacts in spring 2016 — some from trusted intelligence sources, others from Hillary Clinton supporters — occurred well before FBI headquarters authorized an official counterintelligence investigation on July 31, 2016.  The new timeline makes one wonder:  Did the FBI follow its rules governing informants?

The Politicization of the FBI.  Over the past year, facts have emerged that suggest there was a plot by high-ranking FBI and Department of Justice (DOJ) officials in the Obama administration, acting under color of law, to exonerate Hillary Clinton of federal crimes and then, if she lost the election, to frame Donald Trump and his campaign for colluding with Russia to steal the presidency.  This conduct was not based on mere bias, as has been widely claimed, but rather on deeply felt animus toward Trump and his agenda.  In the course of this plot, FBI Director James Comey, U.S. Attorney General Loretta Lynch, FBI Deputy Director Andrew McCabe, FBI Deputy Director of Counterintelligence Peter Strzok, Strzok's paramour and FBI lawyer Lisa Page, FBI General Counsel James Baker, and DOJ senior official Bruce Ohr — perhaps among others — compromised federal law enforcement to such an extent that the American public is losing trust.

The appointment of Robert Mueller violates the Appointments Clause of the Constitution.  The appointment of Robert Mueller violates the Appointments Clause of the Constitution.  Mueller is not an inferior appointee, but a principal appointee as understood under our constitutional.  His powers are more akin to an United States attorney, not an assistant United States attorney.  Moreover, his boss, Deputy Attorney General Rod Rosenstein, treats him as a principal officer — that is, Mueller is mostly free to conduct his investigation with few limits or restraints.  The parameters of his appointment were extraordinarily broad in the first instance, and have only expanded since then.  Indeed, Mueller is more powerful than most United States attorneys, all of whom were nominated by the President and confirmed by the Senate as principal officers.  Furthermore, Rosenstein mostly rubber stamps Mueller's decisions and is not involved in the regular management and oversight of Mueller to any significant extent, underscoring Mueller's role not as an inferior officer but a principal officer.  As such, Mueller's appointment violates the Appointments Clause.  Mueller would've had to be nominated for Senate confirmation like any other principal officer in the Executive Branch.  Rosenstein did not have the constitutional power to appoint a principal officer on his own anymore than the President himself does.  To do otherwise is to defy the procedure established by the Framers for making such consequential executive appointments.  It follows, then, that every subpoena, indictment, and plea agreement involving the Mueller investigation is null and void.  Every defendant, suspect, witness, etc., in this matter should challenge the Mueller appointment as a violation of the Appointments Clause.

We Need to Know What Brennan, Clapper, Comey, Rice, Power and the Rest of Them Did.  The Mueller investigation has, oddly enough, revealed that the greatest perpetrator against the American people in the 2016 election was the federal government.  The greatest perpetrator against the American people was the federal government, was the leadership in the FBI, the CIA, the national intelligence director, etc.  We cannot allow this to happen again.  We saw our federal government used by the prior administration, by the head of the CIA, by the head of the FBI, by the head of national intelligence and many, many others used to try and destroy the candidate of the opposition party.  These Obama intelligence officials tried to destroy Donald Trump and the electoral process.  An administration interfering in elections is something we've never seen anything before in American history.

How the FBI and CIA Restarted the Cold War to Protect Themselves.  [Scroll down]  In the two years that have elapsed since, it has been learned that the "intelligence" that formed the basis for the sanctions was beyond dubious.  A single unverified "dossier" compiled by an ex-British spy with no discernable connections to Russia was shopped to FISA judges and the media as something real.  The dossier was opposition research by the Hillary Clinton campaign, a fact that was not disclosed and actively hidden by off-the-book transactions through the law firm Perkins Coie.  As a dog that chases its tail, the fake dossier was being used to cause the investigation which itself lent credibility to the notion of Russian interference.  The FBI and CIA thumbed the eye of an armed nuclear state based on false intelligence.  Why?  The answer is now obvious:  to cover up their own election year shenanigans they thought would remain forever hidden in the inevitable Hillary Clinton victory.

The Politicization of the FBI.  Over the past year, facts have emerged that suggest there was a plot by high-ranking FBI and Department of Justice (DOJ) officials in the Obama administration, acting under color of law, to exonerate Hillary Clinton of federal crimes and then, if she lost the election, to frame Donald Trump and his campaign for colluding with Russia to steal the presidency.  This conduct was not based on mere bias, as has been widely claimed, but rather on deeply felt animus toward Trump and his agenda.  In the course of this plot, FBI Director James Comey, U.S. Attorney General Loretta Lynch, FBI Deputy Director Andrew McCabe, FBI Deputy Director of Counterintelligence Peter Strzok, Strzok's paramour and FBI lawyer Lisa Page, FBI General Counsel James Baker, and DOJ senior official Bruce Ohr — perhaps among others — compromised federal law enforcement to such an extent that the American public is losing trust.  A recent CBS News poll finds 48 percent of Americans believe that Special Counsel James Mueller's Trump-Russia collusion probe is "politically motivated," a stunning conclusion.  And 63 percent of polled voters in a Harvard CAPS-Harris Poll believe that the FBI withheld vital information from Congress about the Clinton and Russia collusion investigations.

FBI-gate: The Outlines of the Story Are Coming into Focus.  Thanks to the work of smart and hardworking (non-mainstream) journalists, we can peek just a bit over the horizon and see where the story of the weaponization of the FBI via a senior-level cabal is going from here.  I use the word "story" deliberately, because that is the way public opinion forms itself on major political affairs.  The progressives in the media and politics have long understood this.  The cast of the story is now set, and some dramatic plot points have been identified.  The ending hasn't been written yet, of course, but the villains are identifying themselves or being exposed, and some of the heroes are emerging.  We are on the cusp of a drama much bigger than Watergate breaking open, and its story elements are compelling.

Scandal, Corruption, Lawbreaking — And So What?  [Scroll down]  Despite a nonstop media assault on Trump's administration, Representative Devin Nunes, and the congressional investigative committees, more than 50 percent of the public already believes that the Trump campaign was illegally surveilled and smeared through the confluence of the Clinton campaign, the Obama administration, and the FBI.  Voters would only grow more cynical if some Americans were allowed to abuse constitutionally protected civil liberties, and to lie to the Congress, the FBI, and the courts, while the less connected others go to jail for much less.  Without a judicial accounting, it will be impossible to clean up the hierarchies of the FBI and the DOJ.

The Ruling Class Hates You.  Truth is, they really don't like the rest of us.  No problem, we have our own lives and families.  But it's only not a problem until such disdain is combined with a sense of political entitlement and the coercive power of government.  Which brings us to the political and cultural union of the Democratic Party and the permanent political class called the deep state, that forms the unelected, unaccountable fourth branch of government that wields so much power up to and including the police power of the FBI.

October 2016: James Comey Friend Benjamin Wittes Discusses "The Insurance Policy" Against Trump.  In hindsight there are many contexts that shape a new understanding.  Fired FBI Director James Comey ran a corrupt and heavily political organization.  He himself helped to shape the politics of it.  On Comey's watch he allowed the FBI to become a weaponized tool against political enemies.  The upper-level officials within the FBI are now under scrutiny as their actions are increasingly transparent in their political motives.

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

Did Hillary Clinton pull off the dirtiest dirty trick in US presidential history?  For law enforcement, Congress and even journalists, exposing misdeeds is like peeling an onion.  Each layer you remove gets you closer to the truth.  So it is with the scandalous behavior of the FBI during its probe into whether President Trump's campaign conspired with Russia in 2016.  One layer at a time, we're learning how flawed and dirty that probe was.  A top layer involves the texts between FBI lawyer Lisa Page and her married lover, Peter Strzok, the lead agent on the Hillary Clinton e-mail probe.  They casually mention an "insurance policy" in the event Trump won the election and a plan for Strzok to go easy on Clinton because she probably would be their next boss.

From Conspiracy Theories to Conspiracies.  [Scroll down]  The FBI itself would have earlier trafficked in a fraudulent document funded by the Clinton campaign to "prove" Trump and his team were such dangers to the republic that they required surveillance under FISA court warrants and thus should surrender their constitutional rights of privacy.  The ensuing surveillance, then, would be widely disseminated among Obama Administration officials, with the likely intent that names would be unmasked and leaked to the anti-Trump press — again, in efforts to discredit, first, the Trump campaign, and later the Trump transition and presidency.  A top official of the prior Department of Justice would personally consult the authors of the smear dossier in efforts to ensure that its contents would become useful and known.  In fact, all that and more has already transpired.

The FBI's war on Trump.  Two lovebirds and others at the FBI need to be investigated on charges of plotting to influence a presidential election and later cripple a presidential administration. [...] Curiously, the FBI somehow "lost" thousands of messages between Mr. Strzok and Ms. Page for the five months from Dec. 14, 2016, to May 17, 2017.  After a public firestorm, they finally turned up on Thursday [1/25/2018], according to Justice Department Inspector General Michael Horowitz.  "This period coincides with the height of the FBI's investigation into possible Trump-Russia collusion, on which Mr. Strzok was a lead investigator," The Wall Street Journal notes.  Compared to the 18-minute "gap" in the White House tape during the Watergate scandal, this is the Grand Canyon.  So what does the Bureau have to say about it?  They blamed it on "misconfiguration issues related to rollouts, provisioning, and software upgrades."  Someone at the FBI actually wrote that.  Maybe it's true.  The pattern of alarming behavior at the FBI and the Justice Department deserves a recap: [...]

No Such Thing As An Independent FBI.  Of the many criticisms of President Trump, perhaps one of the more ill-considered is the suggestion that he is interfering with the "independence" of the FBI.  The FBI, the argument goes, is not only a high-skilled, highly trained, and highly professional law enforcement organization — which it undoubtedly is — but should do its work free from political interference or control by the executive.  This is nonsense — nonsense with totalitarian implications.  The FBI is part of the executive branch, an investigative arm of the Department of Justice.  The chain of command is simple.

How a Civil War Happens.  Now we're seeing what the pros do when amateurs try to walk in on them.  They spy on them, they investigate them and they send them to jail.  They use the tools of power to bring them down.  That's not a free country.  It's not a free country when FBI agents who support Hillary take out an "insurance policy" against Trump winning the election.  It's not a free country when Obama officials engage in massive unmasking of the opposition.  It's not a free country when the media responds to the other guy winning by trying to ban the conservative media that supported him from social media.  It's not a free country when all of the above collude together to overturn an election because the guy who wasn't supposed to win, won.  We're in a civil war between conservative volunteer government and leftist professional government.

The FBI's Secret State Police.  The FBI's current stonewalling bears more than a passing resemblance to the Geheime Staatspolizei, the National Socialists' secret state police.  The people's representatives have been seeking answers on the probe of Russian influence in the 2016 election.  Former FBI boss Robert Mueller has failed to turn up any evidence of "collusion" in more than a year, but other matters have come to light.  FBI man Peter Strzok has been Hillary Clinton's Odd Job, changing gross negligence to extremely careless, failing to keep records of the interview with the former First Lady, and allowing her aides Huma Abedin and Cheryl Mills to tell more than 300 lies about the unsecured server Clinton used to send classified material.  Representatives such as Trey Gowdy and Jim Jordan want to know if Strzok played a role in the compiling the fake dossier with Russian content.  They also seek to know whether Strzok was the one who deployed the dossier to gain a FISA warrant to enable spying on the Trump campaign and unmask U.S. citizens.

FBI-Gate:  Deep State in Deep Spit.  In January, the Justice Department's inspector general launched an investigation into a possible conflict of interest involving McCabe's failure to disclose donations to his wife by arguably the closest political ally of Bill and Hillary Clinton, Terry McAuliffe.  The governor of Virginia recruited McCabe's wife, Jill, to run for state senate in the commonwealth and donated $467,500 from his political action committee into her coffers.  The Department of Justice demoted Bruce Ohr last week for hiding secret meetings with Fusion GPS, the opposition research outfit that paid, with money received from Hillary Clinton's campaign, for the so-called "dossier" smearing Donald Trump with outlandish allegations based, in some instances, on second- and third-hand information.  Fusion GPS hired Ohr's wife to investigate Trump.

Should The FBI Be Abolished?  For the last few years, the media has been dominated by a number of sensational stories:  that Trump colluded with Russia to influence the presidential election; that the Trump team was wiretapped by Obama intelligence officials; that Hillary used a private email server to transmit classified information; that Hillary and the DNC colluded with Russian sources to compile a dossier on Trump, and finally, that Russia acquired 20% of America's uranium supply during the same time period $145 million miraculously appeared in the Clinton Foundation's bank account.  It all stinks to high heaven but it's created a confusing array of facts that has bewildered most Americans.  They all know something is seriously wrong with their country even if they can't pinpoint exactly what the problem is.  But there is a common denominator in all these scandals or alleged scandals, and that would be the FBI and the actions they took or didn't take.  Indeed, it's hard to not conclude that the agency's actions in these events were improper if not illegal.  If so, this validates the warnings by constitutionalists in the early 1900s that a federal police force would someday be used to prop up the ruling elites and attack those who dare challenge the establishment.

The Federal Bureau of Political Investigation.  [Scroll down]  All of this is commanded by law to be kept secret so as to preserve evidence, avoid tipping off a potential defendant capable of flight and preserve the reputation of a person not indicted.  That is at least the way these things are supposed to work.  Yet none of this happened in the recently reopened and re-terminated investigation of the misuse of emails containing state secrets by Clinton.  In that investigation, the DOJ did not present evidence to a grand jury.  Thus, it did not obtain any subpoenas.  And it did not seek any search warrants.  It cut deals left and right, promising not to prosecute those from whom it sought problematic evidence.  After accumulating a mountain of evidence of Clinton's guilt, the FBI did not present it to the DOJ.

A Changing Investigative Landscape.  [FBI Director James] Comey has been battered by news reports of turmoil within the FBI over investigations of the Clintons.  Rumors flew earlier this year that an indictment of Mrs. Clinton was imminent.  The story du jour is that elements within the FBI are closing in on the Clinton Foundation, or the Clinton finances, or generalized Clinton corruption — were it not for the perfidy of Comey and Attorney General Loretta Lynch.  FBI field agents and supervisors — particularly in the powerful New York field office — are said to be up in arms, handing in their resignations.  The independence of the FBI has collapsed.  Don't believe it.  FBI agents are by nature an aggressive bunch — chasing leads, questioning suspects, pushing for warrants and wire taps — and butting heads with cautious superiors.  The tensions between agents who make the criminal case and prosecutors who make the legal call are as old as the FBI itself.

The Fall of an FBI Director.  Every agent of the Federal Bureau of Investigation takes an oath to "support and defend the Constitution of the United States against all enemies, foreign and domestic" and to "bear true faith and allegiance to the same."  And he swears to "faithfully discharge the duties of the office."  It is much the same oath taken by members of Congress, by military officers and government employees.  It is an oath that goes back to Washington and Lincoln.  Its origins lie in the Constitution.  And FBI Director James Comey violated it.  The oath is not to any president or government, but to the impartial law of the Constitution.  It says that no one is above the law.  James Comey twice stated implicitly that one politician is above the law.

5 of the dumbest things the FBI did before Clinton.  In light of the news that the FBI will not prosecute Hillary Clinton for her use of a private email server, the agency is getting heat from both sides of the political aisle.  Conservatives feel that Clinton was given preferential treatment due to her connections to the Obama administration, noting that "less important" people have been thrown in jail for far less.  Meanwhile, Clinton's defenders claim that the FBI is largely pro-Trump and that the whole investigation was a witch hunt designed to boost the billionaire mogul's chances of taking the White House.  In other words, pretty much everyone thinks the FBI is corrupt, partisan, and ineffective.  Given the agency's history, that's not an unreasonable assumption to make.  Over the years, the FBI has engaged in some truly stupid activities that make you wonder how it manages to protect us at all.

The FBI: The 'Fix Be In'.  The FBI's reputation has sunk so low under the Obama administration that its initials seem to stand for:  The Fix Be In. [...] Consider the Clinton investigation.  The FBI granted limited immunity to five Clinton aides, including Paul Combetta, who deleted Clinton emails in March 2015 after Congress had subpoenaed her records.  FBI agents waited a year before they questioned Clinton in July for an hour and a half.  Shortly thereafter, Director James Comey announced there would be no indictment in the case; even though Clinton did not hand over "several thousand" work emails to the State Department, there was no proof of "intentional misconduct."

Book details how Team Obama schemed to let Hillary skate.  In his new book, "Guilty As Sin" (Regnery), out Tuesday [10/4/2016], Edward Klein claims officials in the Obama administration decided before the first witness was interviewed that Hillary Clinton would not face prosecution over the handling of classified e-mail.

Comey 'Singlehandedly Ruined' FBI's Reputation:  Retired Agents Blast Clinton Probe.  Retired FBI agents are blasting Director Jim Comey over the investigation into Democratic presidential nominee Hillary Clinton, according to a Thursday [10/6/2016] opinion piece in The New York Post.  "Comey has single-handedly ruined the reputation of the organization," former agent Michael M. Biasello told the outlet.  He claimed that accommodations given the Clinton and her aides was "unprecedented," suggesting, "which is another way of saying this outcome was by design."

FBI Director James Comey Has To Go.  FBI Director James Comey has broken the sacred trust of the American people.  He conducted a faux investigation into the State Department email scandal in which dozens of confidential and top-secret emails passing through an unsecured, private server put our national security at risk.  He handed out immunity deals to most of the major players involved in the investigation.  He ignored evidence to protect the Clinton Team from prosecution.  He put President Obama and Secretary of State Clinton's political legacy ahead of the law.  He made secret deals to destroy evidence, thwarting congressional subpoenas.  That's called obstruction of justice.  It's a crime.  James Comey violated the law.  He violated his oath of office.  It's corruption at the highest level.

James Comey and Loretta Lynch Should Be Impeached for Whitewashing Clinton's Crimes.  Just when one thinks the cavalier cabal of Clinton and her cronies has exhausted all manner of corruption, yet another outrage surfaces, implicating even more people.  The bombshell this week is that Loretta Lynch and James Comey not only gave immunity to Hillary's closest co-conspirators Cheryl Mills and Heather Samuelson — who, despite being attorneys, destroyed evidence right and left — but, in a secret side deal, agreed to limit the FBI's review of the Clinton team laptops to pre-January 2015 and to destroy the laptops when the FBI review was complete.  Congress and every law-abiding citizen in this country should be outraged.  This blatant destruction of evidence is obstruction of justice itself.

FBI Working With the Clinton Campaign?  Back in July, the director of the FBI, James Comey, held a press conference in which he said that no charges would be brought against Clinton for her use of a private home e-mail server.  This month, ahead of Labor Day, the FBI's official documents on their investigation into Clinton's e-mails were released.  In July, Comey stated "we [the FBI] can't establish... that she acted with the necessary criminal intent."  The documents released from the FBI sing a different tune.  Hillary Clinton used not one, but three, private servers while Secretary of State and all were kept in her basement.  None of her e-mails use encryption.  An e-mail account using Clinton's server was successfully hacked into in January 2013.  A computer and thumb drive with the entire archive of her e-mails was lost in the mail.  Sure, Comey can say that these details show no willful intent to break the law but let's keep going.  Clinton used 13 Blackberries and 5 iPads with her private home e-mail server and had aides destroy them with hammers after use.

The FBI found 15,000 emails Hillary Clinton didn't turn over.  If you scrape away all of the spin and the political positioning that Hillary Clinton's decision to use a private email server has spawned, you are left with these facts:
1. Clinton is the first secretary of state to exclusively use a private email account for official business.
2. She is also the first secretary of state to have a private email server housed at her home.
3. When asked by the State Department to turn over her emails, Clinton had a team of lawyers go through them to separate those that were purely personal and those that touched on some aspect of her professional life.  The personal emails were deleted permanently off the server.

Hillary Clinton, who tells dreadful lies.  Today, it is the American people who have been burned, time and again, by Hillary Clinton's dreadful lies.  Let's review just a few examples of her serial dishonesty:  She lied repeatedly about her emails.  She lied when she said she had "turned over everything I was obligated to turn over" (FBI Director James Comey said the FBI "discovered several thousand work-related e-mails that were not among the group of 30,000 e-mails returned by Secretary Clinton to state in 2014").  She lied when she said there was "no classified material" in her private emails ... that there was nothing "classified at the time" ... and that there was nothing "marked classified" in her private emails — all of which the FBI director said were untrue.  And, to top it all off, she lied about her lies — declaring on national television that "Director Comey said my answers were truthful, and what I've said is consistent with what I have told the American people" — a claim The Post's Fact Checker gave "Four Pinocchios."

Hillary Clinton's Email: the Definitive Timeline.  Clip and save for future reference.

The Clearest (No Spin) Summary of FBI Report on Hillary Clinton Email.  The FBI could not review all of the Hillary Clinton emails under investigation because:
  •   The Clintons' Apple personal server used for Hillary Clinton work email could not be located for the FBI to examine.
  •   An Apple MacBook laptop and thumb drive that contained Hillary Clinton email archives were lost, and the FBI couldn't examine them.
  •   2 BlackBerry devices provided to FBI didn't have their SIM or SD data cards.
  •   13 Hillary Clinton personal mobile devices were lost, discarded or destroyed.  Therefore, the FBI couldn't examine them.
  •   Various server backups were deleted over time, so the FBI couldn't examine them.
  •   After State Dept. notified Hillary Clinton her records would be sought by House Benghazi Committee, copies of her email on the laptops of her attorneys Cheryl Mills and Heather Samuelson were wiped with BleachBit, and the FBI couldn't review them.
  •   After her emails were subpoenaed, Hillary Clinton's email archive was also permanently deleted from her then-server "PRN" with BleachBit, and the FBI couldn't review it.
  •   Also after the subpoena, backups of the PRN server were manually deleted.

The FBI raid on President Trump's home at Mar-A-Lago, Florida, August 8, 2022
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The FBI vs. Peter Navarro

Dismantle the D.C. Company Town.  The news last week that Michael Sussmann was found not guilty by a D.C. jury of his ideological peers was another thumb in the eye of the American so-called system of justice. [...] Sussmann joins a long list of Hillary cronies and Department of Justice lackeys (but I repeat myself).  In any just world Andrew McCabe, Lisa Page, Peter Strzok, James Comey, Kevin Clinesmith, Loretta Lynch, and indeed Hillary herself would be behind bars.  But this is our world, not any just world.  And here's some salt to rub in the wound.  Peter Navarro, a former Trump economic advisor, was held in contempt of Congress because he refused to hand over documents to the Kangaroo Court, er ... the Democrat-controlled January 6 inquisition.  Eric Holder, Barack Obama's self-declared "wingman" and Attorney General was also held in contempt of Congress [in 2012] for refusing to hand over documents. [...] Navarro is not so lucky.  He lives next to the FBI building.  They could have simply asked him to drop by.  He would have showed up.  But that would not have been sufficiently dramatic.  Instead, our geheime Staatspolizei apprehended him while he was boarding a plane.  They slapped the 72-year-old man in handcuffs and leg irons and threw him into a cell once occupied, they were careful to tell him, by John Hinckley, the lunatic who shot Ronald Reagan in 1981.  The timeline here deserves our attention.  On May 31, Navarro sued the January 6 committee and the DOJ.  On June 3, he was arrested and arraigned.  Unlike Eric Holder, who merely scoffed at the contempt judgment, Navarro faces up to two years in prison and a $200,000 fine.

[The] DOJ files [a] motion against Peter Navarro to produce email records from [his] time in [the] White House.  The Department of Justice is requesting that the U.S. District Court for the District of Columbia command former Trump White House adviser Peter Navarro to provide all email records from his time in the White House under the Presidential Records Act.  The attorneys involved in the court case wrote in a motion filed Monday that Navarro "wrongfully continues to possess" emails he sent on an unofficial email account.  The document says Navarro was, as of July 25, in possession of 200 to 250 documents that fell under the Presidential Records Act and that, his counsel has admitted, he withheld from the government, according to the filing.  Some emails were obtained by the House select subcommittee on the coronavirus crisis as part of an investigation into the government's response to the coronavirus pandemic.

Where Is Steven D'Antuono?  [Scroll down] And it's not just Trump voters who face D'Antuono's wrath.  His agents publicly arrested Peter Navarro, a former Trump White House advisor, at Reagan National Airport in June on contempt of Congress charges.  Navarro said FBI agents placed him in handcuffs and leg irons even though he lives next door to FBI Headquarters in Washington.

Obama-appointed Judge Agrees:  FBI Arrest of Peter Navarro 'Curious'.  U.S. District Court Judge Amit Mehta agreed Friday with defendant Peter Navarro, a former economic adviser to President Donald Trump, that his abrupt arrest by the FBI at Reagan National Airport last month for contempt of Congress was bizarre.  As Breitabrt News reported in June, Navarro was not provided an opportunity to turn himself in, but was treated as a flight risk and arrested at the airport: [...] According to Politico, Judge Mehta — an appointee of former President Barack Obama — agreed with Navarro that the arrest appeared excessive, given the non-violent nature of the misdemeanor crime with which he is charged.

Former Trump Adviser Peter Navarro Rejects DOJ Plea Offer.  Former White House trade adviser Peter Navarro has declined a plea offer to plead guilty to a contempt of Congress charge, the lead federal prosecutor in the case told a judge on Friday [7/15/2022].  Navarro had pleaded not guilty to two misdemeanor counts of contempt of Congress on June 17 after he refused to cooperate with the House January 6 committee's probe into the breach of the Capitol building on Jan. 6, 2021.  He cited executive privilege due to his former position at the White House under the Trump administration.  But Bennie Thompson (D-Miss.), the chairman of the Jan. 6 committee, rejected his claims of executive privilege, and the committee voted in late March to advance criminal charges against Navarro.  A grand jury indicted Navarro on June 3 on two counts:  one for his refusal to produce the documents the committee requested, and the other for his refusal to comply with the committee's subpoena to show up and testify.  Each count carries a maximum of one-year imprisonment.

Judge rejects Navarro request to delay arraignment and orders limits on public statements.  A federal judge rejected former Trump White House adviser Peter Navarro's request for a delayed arraignment and issued a protective order limiting his discussion of his Jan. 6 case Monday.  District Court Judge Amit Mehta noted the public interest in the case and sided with the federal prosecutors in determining that Navarro failed to make a strong argument for why a 45-day extension was necessary.  "The public interest weighs in favor of moving this case forward through its preliminary stages.  Whether or not counsel enters an appearance, the timing of these proceedings will be based on the factors the court is required to consider, including Defendant's need for time to prepare his defense and the public interest in bringing this matter to trial," Mehta wrote.

Dershowitz: Peter Navarro Arrest 'Dangerous to Democracy'.  Saturday [6/4/2022], [...] Harvard Law Professor Emeritus Alan Dershowitz warned former Trump adviser Peter Navarro's arrest could impact American democracy.  Dershowitz told Newsmax TV's "The Count" Navarro's indictment was a "real scandal" given no judicial order was given for Navarro to testify that resolved his claim of executive privilege.  If it stands, Dershowitz said Republicans could use it in the same way their Democrat counterparts have used it against Biden administration officials.  "He has invoked a privilege," Dershowitz explained.  "It's as if somebody was called to testify about what he told his priest or his doctor or his lawyer, and he invokes the privilege and immediately gets indicted, instead of the government going before a court and the judge rules whether or not the privilege applies.  If you rule the privilege doesn't apply and order him to testify, then he can be held in contempt."

The Week of Sussmann and Navarro.  Last week we ordinary Americans took a couple of punches in the gut.  First, lawyer Michael Sussmann was acquitted by a jury of lying to the FBI about who was employing him to dish dirt on Candidate Trump's 2016 presidential campaign. [...] And then the Biden administration did the thug thing on 72-year-old Trump White House official Peter Navarro and had the FBI arrest him while he was boarding a plane and put him in handcuffs and leg irons, just so they could make quite sure to have him in court the next day.  Now, I have to say I am not outraged by this.  No, my reaction is far deeper and philosophical.  The whole point of the legal system is to invite everyone, Inner Party, Outer Party, and Proles, to bring their disputes to judges and juries — presided over by the blindfolded maiden and her scales — rather than resort to revenge and armed gangs.  But if an Inner Party chappie gets a free ride, and the Outer Party chappie gets leg irons, what is the fate of the Proles in Biden's America?  Hey, ruling class:  you may not think about where this injustice leads, but I can.

The Structural Legal Rot Runs Deep.  [Scroll down]  It's beyond the collapse of academia and K-12 education, the evisceration of our military, government waste, the dysfunction of our health system, and the one-sidedness of media coverage.  It goes to the very heart of our legal system.  This week Peter Navarro was charged by a D.C. grand jury for contempt of Congress for refusing to cooperate with the House Select Committee, a purely partisan confection of Nancy Pelosi in violation of all the traditional House rules, and a clear propaganda operation.  (Mark Meadows and Dan Scavino, Jr. cooperated to some extent and were spared.  The committee also referred them for prosecution, but the department of Justice declined to prosecute them.)  The charge against Navarro is a misdemeanor process crime but with significant possible consequences.  Instead of following the normal procedure in such cases of notifying the person charged and allowing them to report for processing, the FBI affected to humiliate him, arrested him as he was boarding a plane and publicly handcuffing him and placing him in leg irons.

Navarro arrest is a Democrat assault on American liberty.  The arrest of Peter Navarro by the FBI, shock troops of the radical Democrat party, should make clear to the most hidebound Republican member of Congress that the anti-Constitution cabal is confident it will maintain power after the November 8 elections, and the presidency for decades to come.  As Breitbart pointed out, the June 3 arrest of the freedom-loving Navarro came one day after he predicted that, following the midterms, the impeachment of Biden will take place by the GOP.  He was arrested for defying the assault on liberty that is the January 6 House Inquisition panel.

Former Trump Sr.  Advisor Dr. Peter Navarro Arrested By FBI At Airport Only One Day After Mocking the "Kangaroo" J6 Committee.  Yesterday, Harvard-educated Economist and former Sr. Trump Advisor Dr. Peter Navarro went toe-to-toe with the snarky MSNBC activist Ari Melber over his decision to thumb his nose at the "kangaroo" Jan 6 Committee's request to appear before them.  In the interview, Navarro explained to the sniveling MSNBC host that even though he didn't believe in these make-believe congressional gangs who are acting as "judge, jury, and prosecutor," he would use the same tactics against Democrats on the "kangaroo" committee when Republicans take back Congress and the White House.  "You can bet your ass that I will lead the charge" to subpoena Democrats if Republicans return to power in Washington," he said.  "We'll start with the impeachment of Biden for Ukraine, the southern border, all manner of things he is guilty of, and we'll subpoena his senior staff," Navarro told Melber.

Joe Biden Begins Using FBI to Arrest Political Opposition from Prior Administration.  Peter Navarro was the former Senior Trade and Economic Advisor to President Trump and a staunch critic former of U.S. policy toward China.  The January 6th Commission demanded all his documented communication with President Trump and anything that might be related to the authorities of the J-6 Committee.  Navarro did not comply with the Democrat subpoena from the committee.  Attorney General Merrick Garland, acting on the authority of Joe Biden, instructed the FBI to arrest Peter Navarro and bring him to federal incarceration.  Put in more clear terms, Joe Biden is arresting his political opposition for failing to reveal confidential and privileged communication with the former President.  Democrats are using the FBI as the federal police agency to arrest their political opposition.  This is happening right now.

Former Trump Official Peter Navarro Handcuffed and Put in Leg Irons by FBI, Joe Biden State Police Force.  Former economic and trade advisor Peter Navarro appeared outside the courthouse in Washington DC after his arrest.  [Two video clips]

Subpoena wars:  Washington is on a path to mutually assured destruction.  In an initial court appearance following his arrest on Friday for contempt of Congress, former Trump adviser Peter Navarro stood before an obviously concerned federal magistrate.  "Every time that you're speaking," Judge Zia Faruqui tried to explain, "it could mean potentially putting yourself at risk."  It was entirely sensible advice about self-protection — and it was promptly ignored.  Navarro, 72, went directly outside and blasted the charge against him, the Democrats, and the FBI.  Judge Faruqui's concern was almost charmingly naive.  We live in an age of the sensational, not the sensible.  The Navarro case is just one skirmish in a subpoena war engulfing Washington.  No one seems to be thinking much beyond the next election.

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Judge tosses lawsuit against FBI after bureau 'stole' millions in jewelry, cash from 1,400 safe deposit boxes.  Once again, the deep state is guilty of protecting its own at the expense of ordinary Americans.  Last month, a federal judge in California tossed out a lawsuit alleging that the FBI literally stole millions in cash, jewelry, and other valuables out of some 1,400 safe deposit boxes after raiding a private company believed to be involved in money laundering for criminals.  "A lawsuit filed in August alleged the FBI and the US attorney's office in Los Angeles obtained warrants against US Private Vaults in Beverly Hills, California, by concealing critical details from the judge who approved them," Business Insider reported in early October.  "In his ruling, District Court Judge R. Gary Klausner found no impropriety in the way the government got or executed the warrants for the raid.  He dismissed the class-action suit filed on behalf of the people whose boxes had been seized."  Klausner, a George W. Bush appointee, acknowledged in his ruling that the vault company was shut down after the 2021 raid, and its owners have since pleaded guilty to a conspiracy to launder drug money.

In This Untold Story Of Poll Worker Data, Chinese Servers, And Scandal, Only The FBI Knows The Truth.  Developments over the last month in two cases, one criminal and one civil, involving the election-management software company Konnech and its CEO Eugene Yu, reveal the FBI remains mired in malfeasance.  Either the FBI has abandoned multiple confidential human sources and discarded an 18-month investigation into evidence that Yu maintained the personal information of tens of thousands of American election workers on a server in China, or the bureau has allowed Yu to be arrested for crimes he did not commit and permitted the innocent American to be branded a felon and traitor.  While at this point the public cannot tell which scenario is true, the Department of Justice and the FBI know, and their failure either to charge Yu (or provide the L.A. district attorney's office with confirmation of the alleged crimes) or to clear him represents another blot on the disgraced agency's name.

Americans Should Pay Close Attention To The FBI And Zero-Click.  Here's Why.  During the Trump administration, the FBI paid $5 million to an Israeli software company for a license to use its "zero-click" surveillance software called Pegasus.  Zero-click refers to software that can download the contents of a target's computer or mobile device without the need for tricking the target into clicking on it.  The FBI operated the software from a warehouse in New Jersey.  Before revealing any of this to the two congressional intelligence committees to which the FBI reports, it experimented with the software.  The experiments apparently consisted of testing Pegasus by spying — illegally and unconstitutionally since no judicially issued search warrant had authorized the use of Pegasus — on unwitting Americans by downloading data from their devices.

Is Facebook sharing user information with the FBI illegally?  Is Facebook secretly giving the FBI user information in violation of the the Electronic Communications Privacy Act of 1986?  Maybe, according to FBI director Christopher Ray.  He can't say for sure.  Oh.  Really?  The allegations that the FBI is doing a lot of shady things are not exactly new, although they are only sporadically covered in the MSM.  After all, the MSM likes censorship — as long as it isn't censorship of themselves.  So if the FBI is helping censor us bad people, that is probably a good thing.  [Indeed], the MSM didn't even mind when one of their own was called a spy and had his phone records seized — he was a Fox News guy, so big deal.  Besides, Obama did it so that makes it OK.

FBI deployed unconstitutional 'zero-click' Pegasus surveillance software.  During the Trump administration, the FBI paid $5 million to an Israeli software company for a license to use its "zero-click" surveillance software called Pegasus.  Zero-click refers to software that can download the contents of a target's computer or mobile device without the need for tricking the target into clicking on it.  The FBI operated the software from a warehouse in New Jersey.  Before revealing any of this to the two congressional intelligence committees to which the FBI reports, it experimented with the software.  The experiments apparently consisted of testing Pegasus by spying — illegally and unconstitutionally, since no judicially issued search warrant had authorized the use of Pegasus — on unwitting Americans by downloading data from their devices.

Sen. Rand Paul Grills FBI Director Over Collusion With Facebook.  Republican Kentucky Sen. Rand Paul sharply questioned FBI director Christopher Wray Thursday over reported collusion with Facebook that left the senator "alarmed."  "You may think it's just jolly well to get all this stuff without a warrant that people volunteer to you, but many of us are alarmed that you're getting this information that are private communications between people, because it is against the law," Paul told Wray during a hearing of the Senate Homeland Security Committee.  "It's against the law for Facebook, or social media companies to give it to you.  But it's also against the law for you to receive it."  Facebook allegedly eavesdropped on private communications of people who questioned the results of the 2020 presidential election and passed information to the FBI, according to whistleblowers who talked to the New York Post.  Republicans on the House Judiciary Committee released a 1,000 page report Nov. 4 detailing allegations of misconduct by the agency.

Court Docs: FBI Had Eight Informants in Proud Boys Prior to January 6.  Recent court documents show the FBI had as many as eight [...] informants embedded with the "Proud Boys" group in the months leading up to the January 6 riot at the Capitol in 2021.  The bombshell revelation comes via the New York Times and raises several alarms, among them being just how the eight informants and their presence within the group, and the information they gleaned from working with the group, didn't result in the FBI stopping the riot in the first place.  It also raises the question with defense lawyers as to whether the group may have been, or to what degree they were, entrapped by the informants themselves.  The New York Times reports that court filings for defense lawyers representing five members of the Proud Boys currently on trial for seditious conspiracy have unveiled the number of informants.

FBI and White House Slapped Down By Judge in Major Censorship Case.  Are the wheels finally coming off the White House's censorship train?  It's too soon to say for sure, but the Biden administration and the FBI got slapped down by a federal judge on Wednesday in a landmark case centering on the issue. [...] As RedState previously reported, Meta (Facebook) was at the center of censoring the Hunter Biden story prior to the 2020 election, possibly swinging the outcome.  Its founder, Mark Zuckerberg, inadvertently admitted on Joe Rogan's podcast that the FBI had come to them with more than a wink and nudge, suggesting that the story was actually Russian disinformation.  Making matters worse, the FBI obviously knew at that point that the laptop story was true given they had been in possession of the hard drive for [over] a year.

The FBI Vs.  The People.  America's principal law enforcement agency, the FBI, has declared yet another war.  It's just like the war on drugs, the war on organized crime, and the war on terrorism from decades past — but this time, the bureau's enemy is average Americans who are not Democrats.  That's not a mere Republican talking point.  Indeed, few Republican officials are talking about the FBI at all, despite the bureau's repeated use of Stasi tactics to intimidate their constituents.  No, this is now a fact of American life. [...] In every case, the FBI terrorized the families and neighbors of these men, threatening to break down the door and enter with guns drawn at their wives and children.  The charges are a farce, but if convicted, they and their "co-conspirators" in the abortion clinic protests could face over a decade in prison.  Those of us who watched the FBI's behavior during the Trump presidency and especially after Jan. 6 were not surprised that the bureau has now turned its sights on the peaceful pro-life movement.

FBI Issues Bulletin Warning About "Election Crimes" Ahead of the 2022 Midterm.  It is very clear to anyone who has paid attention that part of the FBI ideological mission is to interfere in U.S. elections.  The FBI's 2016 surveillance and spying operation against candidate Trump was one example.  The 2018 Cesear Sayoc pipe bomb case, consisting of "energetic material that may become combustible when subjected to heat or friction," was another.  The 2020 FBI constructed efforts to create a Gretchen Whitmer kidnapping case was yet another.  In short, the FBI is known to be engaged in creating situations intended to manipulate election outcomes.  With that context in mind, a recent bulletin from the FBI warning of specific election crimes in the 2022 midterms should be evaluated for the motive behind the bulletin itself: [...]

Durham shocker: Danchenko was a paid FBI informant.  Today, Special Counsel John Durham moved to unseal this motion in limine in the false statements case against Igor Danchenko.  This motion provides new information on the details of Danchenko's lies to the FBI, further information on how Special Counsel Mueller ignored Danchenko's false statements, expected testimony from Clinton-connected executive Charles Dolan, and one crazy development.  But we'll start with the [worst] development:  Danchenko was on the FBI payroll as a confidential human source (CHS) from March 2017 through October 2020.  The purposes of making Danchenko a CHS should be quite clear.  The Crossfire Hurricane investigation was plagued with problems from the outset.  The reasons for opening the investigation were bunk.  Those problems continued as the investigation went on, with claims of Trump/Russia collusion proven unverified or outright false.  (Thus the targeting of Flynn for a Logan Act violation.)  That developed into the Carter Page FISA applications, first submitted to the Foreign Intelligence Surveillance Court (FISC) in October 2016, and which relied substantially on the Steele Dossiers (aka Steele Reports).

The FBI Ordered Informant Igor Danchenko to Erase All Evidence from His Phone of His Role in Their Attempted Coup of President Trump.  In June 2020 TGP broke the story that the Primary Sub-Source (PSS) for the Steele dossier was Igor Danchenko — the individual behind most of the made-up lies in the Steele dossier.  Danchenko was American-based not Russian-based.  Danchenko is the one individual those looking into the Trump-Russia collusion fraud wanted to identify — the PSS — the individual who was behind the material amount of Steele dossier lies.  At least two sources on the Internet had come to this conclusion by Sunday night.  The Deep State kept Danchenko's name hidden for nearly four years.  Danchenko's lawyers filed a motion to dismiss the case against their client.  Buried inside the filing are several statements that are absolutely devastating for the Stasi-FBI.

Durham Trial: [the] 'Salacious and Unverified' Trump-Russia Dossier Story [was] Too Juicy for FBI to Check.  An FBI intelligence analyst testifying in the special counsel probe by John Durham says he never really checked the fake story about the so-called "Steele dossier" in the Trump Russia collusion hoax — including the infamous and non-existent "pee tape" — and assumed FBI sources were telling the truth.  This, even though the FBI offered a $1 million payday to verify it (it went uncollected), proving the FBI knew it was "salacious and unverified" in the words of former FBI chief James Comey.  But knowing that, the FBI used the dossier against Donald Trump anyway and lied to the nation's top spy court to get a warrant to spy on his campaign.

Utter proof the FBI framed Trump and shielded Hunter Biden.  Igor Danchenko is on trial, but so is the FBI. That is the theme of Russiagate special counsel John Durham's prosecution of Danchenko, heading into its third day of trial in Alexandria, Va., federal court.  Danchenko is charged with five counts of lying to the FBI about two of his sources for what became the infamous "Steele dossier" — a compilation of faux intelligence reports, mainly authored by former British spy Christopher Steele, that portrayed the GOP's then-presidential candidate, Donald Trump, as a clandestine agent of Russia.  Danchenko was Steele's principal source.  In essence, Durham accuses him of (a) concealing from the FBI that he was getting some information about the Trump campaign from Clinton political ally Charles Dolan and (b) falsely claiming he received explosive information from Sergei Millian, a Belarusian American tangentially associated with Trump, alleging the GOP candidate was in a "conspiracy of cooperation" with the Kremlin.

FBI Arrests 87-Year-Old Concentration Camp Survivor Outside Abortion Clinic Door.  Pro-life activist Eva Edl was one of four pro-lifers charged this month in relation to a March 2021 abortion facility rescue at Carafem in Mt. Juliet, Tennessee.  The event was aimed at reaching abortion-minded women in hopes of helping them to choose life for their babies with confidence.  Edl is 87 years old and is a German survivor of a communist prisoner-of-war concentration camp during World War II.  Following her escape from that camp, she began a legacy of fighting for the right to life for all human beings.  "The first time I realized there were abortion clinics in our country was in 1988," she said, according to a previous Live Action News report.  "I said to my husband, 'these are the death camps of America.'  I saw people sitting in front of abortion clinics in Atlanta, and I've been involved ever since."  Eva Edl released a video in November 2018 describing her experience in a concentration camp and her opposition to abortion.

The FBI's Tac Vest Fascism.  I had heard about the FBI showing up in full regalia to arrest Paul Vaughn, father of 11, for a pro-life protest he'd been part of the previous year.  Unlike the 2020 BLM peaceful protesters, Vaughn didn't set anything on fire or kill anybody.  But he had sat in the hallway of an abortion clinic singing hymns.  The FBI swarmed his house wearing bulletproof vests and carrying AR-15s.  They pointed guns at the door and banged on the house.  Ultimately, they took the father away while ignoring his wife's questions, including that an agent identify himself.  At one point in the video, you can see this agent simply walks past her, waits sheepishly for the FBI driver to unlock the SUV's door, and gets in and slams the door in the woman's face. [...] Fascism has always needed a uniform, and the current one is windbreakers and tactical vests with big, government-agency letters blocked out in yellow.  These bulletproof vests are not being worn for the agents' safety:  None of these agents actually worries about getting shot trying to arrest middle-aged family men.  If they were worried about being shot, they'd come in tanks or send drones or just wait outside like the Uvalde police.  In reality, the FBI's and ATF's vests are like the KGB's blue-tabbed uniforms or the brown shirts of Hitler's SA, and are worn for the same reason:  They represent the intimidation of unlimited government power against the ordinary citizen.  It is the power of the faceless, nameless — they never give their names — and unaccountable bureaucracy.

FBI agents involved in briefing Facebook about Hunter Biden story donated to Democrats, records show.  Two FBI officials who briefed Facebook's parent company, Meta, about Hunter Biden's laptop also donated to Democrats in 2020, campaign finance records show.  The findings are connected to a lawsuit from states claiming the federal government colluded with social media firms to censor free speech.  And the agents — FBI Foreign Influence Task Force Chief Laura Dehmlow and FBI San Francisco Cyber Division Chief Elvis Chan — are each named in the suit.  A court filing in connection with the suit alleges that Chan and Dehmlow were "involved in the communications between the FBI and Meta that led to Facebook's suppression of the Hunter Biden laptop story."  The New York Post late in the 2020 election between then-President Trump and Democrat challenger Joe Biden published a story about a laptop belonging to Hunter Biden, son of now-President Biden, that appeared to have information about the Biden family's questionable overseas business dealings.  However, Twitter restricted the redistribution of the story.

November Surprise?  Case-in-point: the John Durham Special Counsel Investigation on the origin of the RussiaGate fraud.  It now apparently terminates in the prosecution of the tiniest minnow (Igor Danchenko) in that vast inland sea of corruption.  Some of the figures who carried out the perfidious seditions of RussiaGate are still employed in the Department of Justice and the FBI, and to this day are active in the continued cover-up of the crimes committed to overthrow President Trump, notably: Deputy Attorney General Lisa Monaco, Associate Attorney General Vanita Gupta, DOJ Inspector General Michael Horowitz, FBI Director Christopher Wray, and others.  Mr. Durham is supposedly among the highest officers of the federal courts charged with enforcing a very particular region of criminality.  His staff must be marinated in evidence of the RussiaGate misdeeds — reams of which have been independently documented in the public record, ranging from (just for example) the nefarious activities of figures like Nellie Ohr, wife of DOJ higher-up Bruce Ohr, working as go-between with Christopher Steele and the FBI, to the spectacular failures of Judge James Boasberg and his FISA court, not to mention the well-known machinations of Peter Strzok, Lisa Page, Andrew McCabe, Rod Rosenstein, Dana Boente, James Baker, Andrew Weissmann, Jeannie Rhee, Aaron Zebley, Brandon Van Grack, Robert Mueller, and other top officials who worked sedulously against the public interest.  All these remain apparently off-the-hook for their sketchy activities.

FBI Team Involved in Censorship of Hunter Biden Laptop Story Identified.  The FBI team that was in communication with Facebook before the social media company censored the original Hunter Biden laptop story has been identified, according to a new court filing.  Meta, Facebook's parent company, identified the team as the FBI's Foreign Influence Task Force (FITF), according to an updated complaint entered late on Oct. 6.  Meta named the team after receiving a subpoena in a case alleging the federal government pressured Big Tech firms to censor users.  "Pursuant to the third-party subpoena, Meta has identified the FBI's FITF, as supervised by Laura Dehmlow, and Elvis Chan as involved in the communications between the FBI and Meta that led to Facebook's suppression of the Hunter Biden laptop story," the updated complaint states.  Mark Zuckberg, Meta's CEO, said in August that Facebook reduced the reach of posts about Hunter Biden's laptop in response to advice from the FBI.

Shameful: Wild Video of FBI Raid on Home of Yet Another Pro-Life Activist.  We've reported on the raids of pro-life activists by armed FBI showing up at their homes for extremely minor things.  First, there was author Mark Houck who was arrested by more than 20 armed agents in front of his screaming children at 7:00 a.m. [...] His alleged "federal offense"?  He pushed a man who his wife said made offensive remarks to his son.  He now faces 11 years in prison under the Freedom of Access to Clinic Entrances (FACE) Act.  But then the Biden FBI went after 11 pro-life activists who hadn't even done that.  We reported on the arrest of Chet Gallagher.  All they did was non-violently peacefully protest outside an abortion clinic.  So why did the FBI indict these people and send armed agents to their homes?

The FBI's Double Standard on Abortion.  Last month, The Mother and Unborn Baby Care Center, a pregnancy center in Southfield, Michigan, was vandalized causing thousands of dollars in damages.  Graffiti left behind reading, "If abortion isn't safe neither are you, Jane" linked the attack to Jane's Revenge, a leftist pro-abortion domestic terrorist group that is believed to be responsible for as many as 50 attacks on pregnancy centers and pro-life groups.  Southfield police notified the FBI which refused to comment on the case.  After 18 attacks directly claimed by Jane's Revenge over a period of six months, the FBI has made zero arrests.  But while under Biden the feds have shown no interest in a national campaign of leftist terrorism, the FBI has been swift to come after abortion opponents.  The same month as the Southfield attack, an FBI team of 25 armed agents pounded on the door of of an anti-abortion activist in Pennsylvania who had been accused of shoving a Planned Parenthood escort.

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That's not a double standard.  In both cases, the FBI is doing the Democratic Party's dirty work.

Biden's DOJ Threatening Pro-Life Protesters w/11 Years in Jail for Civil Disobedience.  By way of some context, the Biden regime knocked down its jail time request for two leftist lawyers who torched a police car with a Molotov cocktail during the Black Lives Matter race riots to 18-24 months even though there was no reason to do so.  But as part of its Jihad against pro-life protesters, the Biden regime is using the FACE Act to target pro-life protesters for actions that are technically illegal, but fall well within civil disobedience norms and don't involve torching anything.  And seeking 11 years in prison.

Two Major Holes [were] Found In FBI's Case Against Pro-Life Father, Documents Reveal.  New documents call into question two key components of the FBI's charges against Mark Houck, the pro-life father of seven who was arrested by federal agents Sept. 23 for allegedly shoving a Planned Parenthood clinic escort.  The FBI charged Houck with two counts of assaulting a reproductive health care clinic escort in violation of the FACE Act, which makes it a federal crime to interfere with someone "because that person is a provider of reproductive health care."  Houck's arrest by numerous federal agents made national headlines, but newly unearthed documents undermine some of the FBI's charges against him.  Houck was praying near an abortion clinic when Bruce Love, who claims to be a longtime clinic escort, approached him and began behaving "extremely aggressively" and harassing Houck's then-12-year-old son, his attorney, Peter Breen, told the Daily Caller News Foundation; Love was not escorting any patients at the time of the altercation, according to Breen.

With New Documents, The Biden Administration's Targeting Of A Pro-Life Dad Just Got Crazier.  The private criminal complaint filed by abortion escort Bruce Love and obtained by The Federalist conflicts with the allegations contained in the federal indictment returned against pro-life sidewalk counselor Mark Houck.  That fact and an email exchange between Houck's lawyer and the U.S. attorney's office raises significant questions about the Biden administration's decision to charge Houck with purported violations of the Freedom of Access to Clinic Entrances Act, or "FACE Act," and further calls into question the FBI's excessive show of force when arresting Houck.  Amid Americans' growing distrust of the FBI, the agency further damaged its reputation when, not quite two weeks ago, some 15 police vehicles and about 20 law enforcement officers, including many with ballistic shields, long guns, and a battering ram at the ready, descended on Houck's home.  While the FBI disputed the precise number of agents who swarmed Houck's property and stressed that the officers brandishing the long guns and carrying ballistic shields were not a "SWAT Team" or "SWAT operators," the FBI's overwhelming show of force to arrest the father of seven for allegedly violating the FACE Act brought swift condemnation.

Time to Investigate the FBI's Sketchy CHS Program.  To the surprise of no one paying attention, the Department of Justice recently acknowledged the use of several FBI informants in its investigation of the Oath Keepers, an alleged militia group tied to the events of January 6.  Prosecutors last week asked for a protective order to conceal from jurors information about confidential human sources (CHS) expected to testify during the seditious conspiracy trial of five members of the Oath Keepers; jury selection is now underway.  Not only does the government want to prevent defense attorneys from asking personal questions that could reveal the informants' identities but prosecutors don't want the sources to publicly disclose any involvement in past or pending criminal investigations or details of "the FBI's CHS program and the training and methods used by the FBI as part of their undercover operations."  That request, of course, is to protect the bureau, not informants, in what appears to be just another corrupt, political, and unaccountable section of the FBI.

Durham Prosecutes FBI Informants, While Protecting Their Handlers.  Since being named special counsel in October 2020, John Durham has investigated or indicted several unscrupulous anti-Trump informants.  But he has spared the FBI agents who handled them, raising suspicions he's letting investigators off the hook in his waning investigation of misconduct in the Russiagate probe.  In recent court filings, Durham has portrayed the G-men as naive recipients of bad information, tricked into opening improper investigations targeting Donald Trump and obtaining invalid warrants to spy on one of his advisers.  But as the cases against the informants have gone to trial, defense lawyers have revealed evidence that cuts against that narrative.  FBI investigators look less like guileless victims and more like willing partners in the fraudulent schemes Durham has brought to light.  Notwithstanding his reputation as a tough, intrepid prosecutor, Durham has made excuses for the misconduct of FBI agents, providing them a ready-made defense against any possible future prosecution, according to legal experts.

Jim Jordan: FBI Is Engaging in Purge of 'Conservative Employees'.  After recent FBI raids on conservative figures, including the former President of the United States, speculation has grown that the agency is in bed with Democrats.  Rep. Jim Jordan (R-OH) is alleging that the FBI is engaging in the "purge" of Republican employees who hold conservative viewpoints.  In the past several weeks, they've raided the home of a former president, taking the phone of a sitting member of Congress, and we saw what they did to the pastor and his family and seven children:  20 agents, guns drawn, going to his house, when the local officials said there was no crime whatsoever," Jordan said, criticizing the FBI.

Danchenko as CHS Gets Worse.  When did John Durham find out that Danchenko was a paid CHS?  Hans raised this point last week, and indications are that it could be fairly recently.  Danchenko was a paid CHS it seems through October 2020. John Durham was appointed in April/May 2019, and there is no way he knew before October 2020.  The IG Horowitz report came out in December 2019, and they withheld that information about Danchenko from John Durham until at least October 2020.  Today, Carter Page had a brilliant filing that shows how bad the FBI corruption really is.

Pregnancy center CEO explains how FBI took security footage of firebomb attack, made no arrests, and won't give the footage back.  We can't allow people to find out who's behind this left-wing terrorism because it might inspire evil "right-wing" terrorism.  That's the line our own FBI is going with in the case of CompassCare Pregnancy Services.  Watch Rev. James Harden, the CEO of CompassCare, explain how the FBI is not cooperating with them after his pro-life pregnancy resource center was firebombed by radical pro-abortion terrorists.  [Tweet]

FBI Whistleblower Comes Forward, Says Bureau Violating Policies in Jan. 6 Investigation.  An FBI whistleblower has come forward to say the bureau is violating policies in its investigation into the Jan. 6, 2021, Capitol breach.  The whistleblower raising concerns about how the bureau is handling the Jan. 6 investigation has identified himself as special agent Steve Friend.  Friend, based out of Florida since June 2021, said in a declaration made public on Sept. 26 that he was told that child sexual abuse material investigations were "no longer an FBI priority" and should be referred to local officials.  He says he was also told that he would be focusing on domestic terrorism investigations.  Friend says he observed that FBI policies on case assignments were being violated because the Washington Field Office was enabling field offices around the country to lead investigations on crimes that allegedly took place in Washington on or around Jan. 6, but officials in Washington are actually directing the probes.  The situation resulted in active criminal investigations in which Friend is listed as the case agent, but has done no investigative work, according to the declaration.

Why The FBI's Raid On A Christian Family Is Its Most Dangerous Abuse Yet.  This isn't easy for conservatives to understand.  Most of us, by disposition, respect hierarchy.  A father at the head of the family, a boss at the head of a company, a president at the head of a country, a pope at the head of a church, and so on.  So it's natural for us to imagine that everyone looks at the world this way.  That's one reason why when we see some new left-wing front open up in the culture war, we try to find the hidden hand controlling it — the George Soros, or the Michael Bloomberg, or Joe Biden.  But most of the time, the left doesn't think this way.  More importantly, the left doesn't act this way.  This phenomenon of ground-up left-wing governance can be seen all around us.  It's happening in corporate America, where far from leading the charge, left-wing CEOs increasingly find themselves held captive to radical employees.  It's true in the federal government, too.

Pro-Life Group Claims FBI Questioned Volunteer By Planned Parenthood.  A pro-life sidewalk counseling group warned members Tuesday that President Joe Biden's Justice Department is determined to intimidate pro-life organizations, claiming that two FBI agents showed up to question a pro-life activist praying outside Planned Parenthood - St. Paul - Vandalia Health Center.  In an email obtained by The Daily Signal, Pro-Life Action Ministries Executive Director Brian Gibson put members on high alert about "a new effort by the Biden Justice Department to intimidate us all from the important work we do to save lives."  Gibson referenced the FBI's Friday arrest of Mark Houck, a Catholic father and pro-life activist accused of pushing an abortion clinic volunteer in Pennsylvania, though a spokesperson for the family told The Daily Signal that Houck "was defending his son from a man who was verbally abusing his son."

Is DeSantis next on the SWAT list?  Democrat Bennie Thompson, chairman of the Homeland Security committee, sent a letter to the knucklehead Biden appointed as Secretary of Homeland Security, demanding that the department investigate Republican Governor Ron DeSantis over the deportation of illegal aliens to Martha's Vineyard.  This is the latest effort by Democrats to use the Fascist Bureau of Intimidation to criminalize political dissent.  They spied on Trump when he was a candidate.  They turned a peaceful protest at the National Mall into a Fake Insurrection by opening the heavy Capitol doors to protesters.  They confiscated the cellphones of dozens of Trump officials.  They SWAT-ed a pro-lifer for a year-old local charge that was dismissed by the courts.  And of course, they raided Mar-a-Lago over what amounts to an overdue library book that may not have been the library's to begin with.  The excesses of the FBI should force Republicans to end its power to arrest, surveil or execute warrants because the FBI has abused each privilege.  The constitutionality of this agency is at best vague.  Thompson clearly wants the FBI to SWAT DeSantis.

22 Lawmakers Demand Merrick Garland Explain Alleged FBI SWAT Raid on Catholic Pro-Life Activist Mark Houck.  As many as 22 lawmakers have called upon Attorney General Merrick Garland to provide an explanation as to why the FBI allegedly sent 25-30 fully-armed agents to arrest Catholic pro-life activist Mark Houck as his "screaming" children watched in horror.  Released Tuesday, the open letter spearheaded by Rep. Chip Roy (R-TX) said that the FBI should have an "extraordinary reason" for arresting Houck the way they allegedly did.

Pro-Life Activist Arrested in FBI Raid Pleads Not Guilty to Federal Charges.  Pro-life activist Mark Houck pleaded not guilty to two counts of violating the Freedom of Access to Clinic Entrances (FACE) Act Tuesday, appearing in court for the first time since FBI agents descended on his home and allegedly took him away in front of his "screaming" children.  Houck was taken into custody Friday morning for alleged violations of the FACE Act, stemming from an incident in October 2021, when he pushed a pro-abortion activist outside of an abortion clinic.  Houck only pushed the man after he repeatedly used obscene language and invaded his 12-year-old son's personal space, according to Houck's wife.  The pro-abortion activist, identified as Bruce Love, pressed charges after the altercation, but the charges were thrown out.  The Department of Justice took up the charges again nearly a year later, Fox News reported.

Questions Surround FBI Raid Arrest of Pennsylvania Pro-life Father.  Serious questions have been raised regarding the arrest last week of a Catholic pro-life speaker as donations continued to pour in for the father of seven.  Mark Houck, of Kintnersville, Pennsylvania, was handcuffed by FBI agents on Friday morning and arrested in front of his children.  The 48-year-old Houck later was charged with physically assaulting a patient escort at a Planned Parenthood clinic in Philadelphia nearly a year ago, The Epoch Times reported.  When Houck's wife, Ryan-Marie, asked the FBI agents whether they had a warrant, she told LifeSiteNews that the agents replied "they were going to take him whether they had a warrant or not."

When it comes to the FBI, the hits just keep coming.  Jack Cashill wrote about the FBI's over-the-top arrest of Mark Houck, a pro-life activist, who pushed an abortion activist last year because the man was aggressive around Houck's 12-year-old son.  The man filed a now-dismissed civil suit, but that wasn't enough for the U.S. Attorney's Office for the Eastern District of Pennsylvania.  It sent around two dozen heavily armed FBI agents to arrest Houck in front of his seven panicked children.  When contemplating the FBI's extremism, we've now learned that the alleged victim filed a civil claim only after the Philadelphia police the District Attorney refused to charge Houck.  The court dismissed that complaint because he repeatedly failed to show up in court.  But there's more.  After Houck received a letter telling him the U.S. Attorney was investigating him, the office refused to return his calls:  ["]Through his attorney at the time, Houck tried to contact the U.S. Attorney's Office to discuss the case but never received a response, Middleton said.["]

The FBI Lied to a Judge So They Could Bust Open Thousands of Safety Deposit Boxes.  According to a new report from the LA Times, FBI agents busted into thousands of safety deposit boxes in California.  After they rummaged through the private property of innocent people, it turns out they lied to a federal judge to get access to the boxes in the first place.  "The privacy invasion was vast when FBI agents drilled and pried their way into 1,400 safe-deposit boxes at the U.S. Private Vaults store in Beverly Hills.  They rummaged through personal belongings of a jazz saxophone player, an interior designer, a retired doctor, a flooring contractor, two Century City lawyers and hundreds of others," the LA Times reports.  "Agents took photos and videos of pay stubs, password lists, credit cards, a prenuptial agreement, immigration and vaccination records, bank statements, heirlooms and a will, court records show.  In one box, agents found cremated human remains."

Facebook [is] 'silencing' activity related to FBI whistleblower Steve Friend.  More evidence of how vindictive, obsessive and downright sinister Facebook is: Now it appears to be monitoring private messages and suppressing material related to the whistleblower complaint of heroic FBI special agent Steve Friend.  After Friend's bombshell revelations last week in a whistleblower complaint to the Department of Justice inspector general, his cause received an avalanche of public and private support, including from former FBI agents and conservative groups.  As reported in this column, Friend's complaint alleges that the FBI has been manipulating case-file management in order to falsely inflate the threat of domestic terrorism, and has been using unconstitutional and excessive force in efforts to persecute political opponents of the Biden administration.  Friend, a SWAT team member in Florida, was suspended by the FBI last week after refusing to participate in what he regarded as an unnecessarily heavy-handed raid over a January 6 misdemeanor.

New Details In The Biden DOJ Targeting Of Pro-Life Activist, Father Of Seven Mark Houck.  New details are emerging in the Department of Justice targeting of a pro-life activist and Catholic father of seven who was arrested at his home in Pennsylvania on Friday.  Some 25 armed FBI agents in 15 vehicles raided the residence of Mark Houck, who leads a nonprofit group that provides sidewalk counseling at abortion clinics in Philadelphia, over an incident last year involving his then-12-year-old son at a Planned Parenthood abortion facility, the family says.  Houck protected his son from an aggressive Planned Parenthood escort harassing the 12-year-old, Pennsylvania pro-life activist Ashley Garecht told The Daily Wire, noting that the case was dismissed by a federal court in Philadelphia when the escort tried to press charges.

In raid on home with seven children, FBI again acts dangerously thuggish.  If the FBI and the Justice Department want critics to stop portraying the bureau as a menace to society, maybe FBI leaders and agents should stop acting like menaces.  Conservative social media is blowing up this weekend about a sickeningly abusive, armed FBI raid on the child-filled home of a pro-life activist in Pennsylvania.  And with good reason.  Once again, the FBI has gone dangerously overboard with an unnecessary show of force.  When faced with orders to participate in such hugely unnecessary armed raids, individual agents should register official protests with their superiors.

The time has come to reform the FBI.  Friday mornings are usually the cheeriest time of the week, just hours away from the weekend.  Alas for pro-life advocate, Mark Houck, and his family, last Friday was anything but joyous.  At 7 a.m., the father of seven was awakened by a SWAT team of heavily armed FBI agents.  Mark's wife, Ryan-Marie, said she pleaded with the FBI agents to be calm, owing to the presence of the couple's seven young children.  Alas, those pleas fell on deaf ears. [...] The FBI agents said they were there to arrest Mark.  When Ryan-Marie asked for their warrant, "they said that they were going to take him whether they had a warrant or not."  When Ryan-Marie protested, saying: "you can't just come to a person's house and kidnap them at gunpoint," the FBI agreed to get the warrant from one of their vehicles.

Did the FBI Finally Go Too Far?  On reading about the Saturday arrest of pro-life activist Mark Houck, I thought the author at this alternative site had to be exaggerating.  It struck me as beyond belief that two dozen or so armed FBI agents would swarm the house of a Catholic father of seven, rifles drawn, and arrest him in front of his weeping children for anything short of murder.  I have had to recalibrate my belief system.  The "crime" fell quite a bit short of murder.  On October 13, 2021, Houck brought his 12-year-old son with him for his weekly sidewalk counseling outside of a Planned Parenthood abortion clinic in Philadelphia.  A volunteer escort at the abortion clinic reportedly called Houck's son a "fag" among other insults and threatened him.  Houck pushed the man away from his son, and the man fell.  Houck, the founder of an organization that promotes Christian virtue among men, was not charged with a crime.  However petty the incident, U.S. Attorney's Office, Eastern District of Pennsylvania, had Houck seized at gunpoint nearly a year later and bragged about the arrest.

FBI Whistleblower: 'Nobody I Know Signed Up' To Investigate Parents Who Vented at Schoolboard Meetings.  An FBI whistleblower who was recently suspended said in an interview this week that he became a whistleblower last November because of Attorney General Merrick Garland's email ordering the FBI to use Patriot Act counterterrorism tools to target parents at school board meetings.  Special Agent Kyle Seraphin, who was indefinitely suspended on June 1 after nearly six years with the Bureau, said that he was so disturbed by the directive, he went to his congresswoman's office in New Mexico, and made a "protected disclosure."  Garland announced the creation of the tag "EDUOFFICIALS" to track school board meeting related threats in an email sent to Justice Department employees in October of 2021.  Investigations were opened on parents based on anonymous tips, and agents had to surveil and interview ordinary moms and dads who got caught up in the dragnet.  In a two-part interview with conservative radio host Dan Bongino, Seraphin said that most of his colleagues didn't appreciate the political nature of these cases, and just did "cursory investigations" before shutting them down.

This should have been done about a month ago:
Republicans Send Preservation Notice to Ex-FBI Official Accused of Shutting Down Hunter Biden Investigation.  Republicans on the House Judiciary Committee sent a preservation notice Friday to former FBI official Timothy Thibault, warning Thibault to save records related to the multiple whistleblower allegations he is facing in the event Republicans take the majority and are able to conduct a formal investigation.  The Republicans referenced in their letter Breitbart News's report from July revealing an FBI whistleblower had accused Thibault, a former assistant special agent in charge, of pressuring agents to reclassify cases as "domestic violent extremism" despite limited evidence supporting reclassification.

FBI raids home of Catholic pro-life speaker, author with guns drawn as his terrified kids watch.  A well-known pro-life author, sidewalk counselor, and father of seven was the latest victim of a U.S. Department of Justice-sponsored SWAT raid and arrest — for supposed "FACE Act" violations — at his rural home as his children looked on "screaming."  Mark Houck is the founder and president of The King's Men, which promotes healing for victims of pornography addiction and promotes Christian virtues among men in the United States and Europe.  According to his wife Ryan-Marie, who spoke with LifeSiteNews, he also drives two hours south to Philadelphia every Wednesday to sidewalk council for six to eight hours at two different abortion centers.  Ryan-Marie, who is a homeschool mother, explained the SWAT team of 25 to 30 FBI agents swarmed their property with around 15 vehicles at 7:05 a.m. this morning.  Having quickly surrounded the house with rifles in firing position, "they started pounding on the door and yelling for us to open it."  Before opening the door, she explained, her husband tried to calm them, saying, "'Please, I'm going to open the door, but, please, my children are in the home.  I have seven babies in the house.'  But they just kept pounding and screaming," she said.

Child Sex-Abuse Cases No Longer 'Priority' for FBI amid January 6 Investigation, Whistleblower Claims.  The FBI is sidelining investigations into child sexual abuse in order to pursue January 6 probes and is inflating the number of "domestic extremism" cases across the country, Republicans on the House Judiciary Committee claimed in a letter Monday, citing whistleblowers.  The committee's letter was spearheaded by ranking member Jim Jordan, and was addressed to FBI Director Christopher A. Wray.  It comes on the heels of another committee letter that cited whistleblowers claiming the FBI was "pressuring agents" to label cases as "domestic violent extremism" even when they didn't meet the criteria for the definition.  One whistleblower cited in the letter was "told that child sexual abuse material investigations were no longer an FBI priority and should be referred to local law enforcement agencies," due to the bureau's focus on January 6, the letter claimed.  [Tweet]

Whistleblower Alleges FBI Schemed to Distort January 6 Cases into Nationwide 'Domestic Violent Extremism' Epidemic.  A whistleblower has accused the FBI's Washington Field Office of using cases related to the January 6 U.S. Capitol riot to "overstate" the threat of "domestic violent extremism" in America, according to Judiciary Committee ranking member Rep. Jim Jordan (R-OH).  The whistleblower alleged the FBI office did not follow standard investigative practices for the January 6 cases when it moved the cases to various local field offices around the country based on where the case subjects were from, Jordan revealed in a letter addressed to FBI Director Christopher Wray on Monday [7/19/2022].

FBI labeled veterans group "terror organization" despite knowing they weren't.  It seems increasingly likely that there is a core group of agents inside of the FBI that have grown tired of the overt politicization of the Bureau under the leadership of Christopher Wray and the direction of the Biden administration.  Another whistleblower has reportedly come forward and presented information to members of Congress about the abuses taking place inside the FBI.  Congressman Jim Jordan of Ohio (R) received a complaint from someone inside the agency over the FBI's designation of American Contingency, a veteran-led group that assists people in the wake of natural disasters, as being "facilitators of domestic terror."  And it was further revealed that the FBI already knew this wasn't true, having previously investigated the group and found them to be on the up and up.

Why Is the DOJ Trying to Destroy Mike Lindell, the Pillow Guy?  [Scroll down] [Mike] Lindell was tracked down by FBI agents, corralled at a Hardee's of all places, served a subpoena, and ordered to turn over his cell phone. [...] It's impossible to give Merrick Garland's Department of Justice even the slightest benefit of the doubt in this day and age, as they have subpoenaed virtually half the free world and raided former President Donald Trump's Mar-a-Lago estate on a seemingly endless fishing expedition.  Pillow Guy's story is equally murky; there are a lot of suspicions and dark insinuations thrown about by the FBI, but little in the way of facts that make you go, "oh man! Lindell really crossed the line on that one!"  Without boring the heck out of you, I'll try to sum it up quickly:  Lindell has been an outspoken critic of the 2020 presidential election and has regularly said he believes the outcome was fraudulent.  This would appear to be his worst crime.  But did he breach voting data machines?

FOIA Request May Indicate FBI Is Hiding Explosive Epstein Info.  The FBI has lost the trust of Americans for quite some time now.  Accused of being slaves to the left, the FBI seems to only uncover information when it will benefit Democrats.  The Daily Wire reported that a well known internet investigator apparently found evidence that the FBI is hiding bombshell evidence on potentially explosive secret records involving dead sex trafficker Jeffery Epstein.  Techno Fog, an anonymous self proclaimed lawyer and writer, alleges that the denial for a recent Freedom of Information Act (FOIA) request means they are hiding something.  The FOIA requested all records relating to any interviews the FBI had done with Epstein.  "We asked the FBI for the Jeffery Epstein interview transcripts," Techno Fog said in a tweet, adding "the FBI response:  providing the Epstein records would interfere with law enforcement proceedings.  Either the FBI is lying, or something is up."

Is the FBI is hiding embarrassing information about Jeffrey Epstein?  For those who like taking Deep Dives into political mysteries and chicanery, the writer who calls himself Techno Fog has always been a good place to start.  All we know about him is that he identifies as a lawyer, and his investigatory and analysis skills are often right.  Currently, Techno Fog is making FOIA requests to get documents about Jeffrey Epstein.  The FBI's initial careful response suggests that it's hiding embarrassing or otherwise compromising information from the American people.  If you've just returned from a nice, long vacation to Mars, here's a reminder about Jeffrey Epstein: He's a convicted pedophile who had a private airplane that took him to his private island where he had lots of underage girls to fulfill his sick fantasies, along with help from his procurer and friend, Ghislaine Maxwell.  What makes Epstein stand out from other disgusting rich people is that there's every reason to believe that many rich and powerful men took advantage of the girls on his island.  Interestingly, the American government has worked very, very hard to keep those men's names hidden.

Grassley: Tim Thibault, Who 'Infected Major FBI Investigations,' Isn't Off The Hook Just By Retiring.  For months, U.S. Sen. Chuck Grassley, R-Iowa, has raised legitimate concerns about the FBI's Tim Thibault for his "partisan bias" and stifling of important investigations as assistant special agent in charge.  Now Thibault — who announced his retirement from his post two weeks ago amid ongoing scrutiny, specifically about his role in suppressing an investigation into Hunter Biden — has used his attorneys and the corporate media to run a PR campaign defending himself, with his attorneys telling Time magazine that their client "did not supervise the investigation of Hunter Biden" and was "not involved in any decisions related to any laptop that may be at issue in that investigation."  Thibault "did not seek to close the investigation," they said, contradicting Republican allegations.  But Thibault is not off the hook as far as Grassley is concerned.

Trump Allies Who Had FBI Show up on Their Doorsteps or Got Subpoenas Includes Big Name.  We covered earlier the bombshell story that dozens of Trump allies reportedly were served with search warrants or subpoenas in the last few days.  We included a copy of what they are looking for in at least one of the subpoenas.  It was incredibly broad, looking for communications related to certification of the election and the Save America PAC.  Now, while we're not sure of the exact number of people, some of the names are starting to come out. [...] We'll doubtless be hearing about more names of the people they raided or dropped subpoenas on.  But it looks like just in the case of the Trump raid, a big net was thrown out there trying to find anything they can to go after people on.  And it's a very troubling thing when the Biden Administration appears to be going after the allies of his once and possibly future political opponent.

Here's Yet Another Reason Why The FBI Should Deeply Concern Americans.  The Department of Justice, and in particular, the Federal Bureau of Investigation, have come under fire in the last several years for abusing their authority for partisan political gain at the expense of anyone who might oppose some facet of the left-wing agenda.  In an unsurprising continuation of that trend, Gun Owners of America (GOA) uncovered another alarming policy that, without the authorization or even knowledge of Congress, was secretly created by the FBI and seeks to employ an internal form to disqualify Americans from exercising their Constitutional right to purchase a firearm.

Whistleblowers accuse FBI of breaking security regulations, endangering classified documents.  An FBI whistleblower has told the House Judiciary Committee that he witnessed the bureau's deputy director violating security policies and putting classified information at risk.  The special agent told lawmakers that Paul Abbate, who oversees all FBI domestic and international investigative and intelligence activities, used his smartphone in an FBI sensitive compartmented information facility, or SCIF, which is a violation of bureau security protocols.  Just bringing a phone into the SCIF is a security breach.

FBI special agent who opened Trump investigation reportedly escorted out of Bureau.  Former FBI Washington Field Office Assistant Special Agent in Charge Tim Thibault was reportedly escorted out of the bureau Friday, amid whistleblower allegations that he showed political bias in his handling of politically sensitive investigations.  The Washington Times reported eyewitness accounts that "Thibault was seen exiting the bureau's elevator last Friday escorted by two or three 'headquarters-looking types.'"  The article appears to have been updated and now states that Thibault "abruptly resigned" but that he was "forced to leave his post" and cites two unnamed former FBI officials.  CBS News reported Tuesday that two U.S. officials have confirmed that Thibault resigned and was escorted from the building.  "But these officials also said that Thibault had reached retirement age," reported the network's Catherine Herridge, "and they added that all of those who retire hand over their badge and gun and are escorted out of the building."

Did FBI agent in Hunter probe retire after whistleblower allegations — or get fired?  Do people who retire from the FBI routinely get the Frank Cross/Code 9 treatment from Scrooged?  Or did something else happen to Timothy Thibault, the agent handling the Hunter Biden probe accused of manipulating the investigation to benefit Democrats?  Sen. Chuck Grassley published whistleblower complaints from inside the FBI about Thibault's actions, leading the bureau to remove him from his assignments over the summer.  Last week, they also removed him from the building under escort, CBS News reports this morning.  The FBI is characterizing this as a retirement, but [...]

Reports, Lead FBI Agent on Hunter Biden Laptop and FBI Trump Targeting Operations, Removed from DC Field Office.  According to the Washington Times, and further confirmed by John Solomon via contact with Chuck Grassley, the lead FBI Washington Field Office Special Agent in Charge, Tim Thibault, was removed from his position and reportedly escorted out of FBI headquarters on Friday; although his employment status is unknown.  FBI Special Agent Tim Thibault is one of the people at the center of FBI whistleblower allegations claiming the agent was politically biased and ideologically motivated in his FBI investigative duties.

What Does the FBI Removal of Timothy Thibault Say About the Hunter Biden Investigation?  Sometimes a story breaks that is truly surprising in this otherwise highly predictable political environment, and that happened on Monday [8/29/2022].  Reports came out that Timothy Thibault, FBI Washington Field Office Assistant Special Agent in Charge (that's a mouthful), had been escorted out of FBI headquarters by multiple "official-looking" individuals.  Soon enough, it was confirmed that Thibault, who was also part of "election integrity" efforts during the 2020 election, had been removed for showing political bias and attempting to cover up the Hunter Biden laptop story as early as 2019.  That was long before the DOJ's 90-day policy prior to an election to not deal with politicized cases kicked in, showing a thought-out effort to protect Joe Biden.  Thibault was also involved in opening the current criminal investigation into Donald Trump, which most recently resulted in the FBI raiding the former president's Florida home.

FBI Agent Tim Thibault Who Opened Trump Investigation Is Escorted from Headquarters.  FBI agent Tim Thibault was escorted from FBI headquarters on Friday [8/26/2022].  He was the mastermind behind the affidavit to raid Mar-a-Lago.  He has longtime connections to the Clintons and the Obamas.  Thibault was the FBI official who was Assistant Agent in Charge (ASAC) in investigating voter fraud in the 2020 election.

Who is FBI Agent Timothy Thibault?  Just The News and other media outlets are reporting that Tim Thibault — FBI Washington Field Office Assistant Special Agent in Charge — was escorted from bureau premises on Friday.  According to Ben Whedon of JTN, the reported removal of Thibault comes "amid whistleblower allegations that he showed political bias in his handling of politically sensitive investigations." [...] FBI whistleblowers seem to have fingered Thibault as the partisan hack protecting Hunter.  The FBI, we now know, were recently identified by Meta CEO Mark Zuckerberg as the reason Facebook downplayed the laptop story pre-election because the social media company had the impression the laptop story was considered misinformation.  But It turns out Thibault has also been involved in some other interesting work on behalf of the agency.

Zuckerberg's Admission Of FBI Meddling In 2020 Election Is Even Bigger Than It Seems.  Facebook founder Mark Zuckerberg's admission last week that the FBI pushed the social media giant to censor Russian misinformation — and thus the Hunter Biden laptop story, as that's how the agency and Democrats characterized it — shortly before the November 2020 election is but a breadcrumb of a bigger scandal: the widespread interference by the FBI in the 2020 presidential election with the potential that the bureau coordinated its efforts with the Biden campaign.  When asked during a Thursday podcast with Joe Rogan how Facebook handles controversial news, such as the Hunter Biden laptop story, Zuckerberg stopped his host to provide a backdrop to Facebook's decision to decrease distribution of the scandal.

FBI Reportedly Said to 'Routinely' Work with Social Media Companies to Censor 'Threat Info'.  Collusion between government and Big Tech goes deeper than Joe Biden's incompetence.  The FBI reportedly responded to the revelation it pressured Facebook to censor during the 2020 election by saying that the agency "routinely" works with social media companies to target "potential threat information."  The FBI "cannot ask, or direct, companies to take action on information received," but does coordinate with "social media providers" to moderate content, according to an Aug. 26 FBI statement reported by Reclaim The Net.  This revelation comes after multiple efforts by various arms of the Biden administration to increase censorship leading up to the 2022 midterms.  The FBI claimed, according to Reclaim The Net, it "routinely notifies U.S. private sector entities, including social media providers, of potential threat information, so that they can decide how to better defend against threats."  How many companies is the federal government working with to censor free speech?

The FBI: A Campaign Arm of the Democrat Party.  When did the FBI, the largest and most heavily armed law enforcement agency in America, now inserting itself unconstitutionally into American politics, pivot from fidelity and integrity to partisanship and dishonesty?  Start with the 2016 presidential election. [...] The FBI was in the middle of this true insurrection, meant to derail a presidential campaign, election, transition, and administration with fabricated claims of collusion, lying to Congress and the American people, and then attempting to cover everything up via the Muller/Weissman investigation, including a recent raid on Mar-a-Lago to possibly confiscate incriminating Spygate documents in President Trump's possession.  Other Obama administration agencies and officials were also involved but the FBI was in the thick of it, with Director James Comey and Deputy Director Andrew McCabe.  Other familiar names include Deputy Assistant Director of Counterintelligence Peter Strzok and his girlfriend FBI attorney Lisa Page.

Lots of FBI Officials Work at Jack's Magic Coffee Shop.  The suspicions surrounding Jack's Magic Coffee shop are not new.  Indeed, the recent whistleblower claims of data insecurity seem to align with the overall theme that U.S. government interest are more than a little deeply involved in the domestic surveillance system known as Twitter specifically, and big social media in general.  In the latest datapoint assembly, a solid dive by MintPressNews into the number of former FBI officials working at Twitter, shows just how enmeshed the federal police are with the social media platform.  The scale is really quite remarkable.  Big picture — the number of FBI officials working for Twitter indicates some strong connective tissue behind both enterprises.

FBI Colluded With Big Tech To Prevent Voters From Learning About Hunter Biden's Laptop.  Meta CEO Mark Zuckerberg admitted that Facebook algorithmically suppressed stories about Hunter Biden's laptop during the 2020 election at the request of the FBI weeks before the November contest.  Speaking on Joe Rogan's podcast on Thursday, Zuckerberg said the FBI approached employees at the tech giant to warn that the laptop was a vehicle of Russian interference.  "The FBI basically came to us and spoke to some folks on our team and was like, 'Hey, just so you know, you should be on high alert.  We thought that there was a lot of Russian propaganda on the 2016 election.  We have it on notice that basically there's about to be some kind of dump similar to that,'" Zuckerberg said.  The CEO did not say precisely when the discussion took place.

FBI: No, we would never have told Zuckerberg to bury the Hunter laptop story.  When Facebook/Meta honcho Mark Zuckerberg went on the Joe Rogan show recently, he created some waves by confirming something most of us were pretty sure of already.  In the weeks before the 2020 election, the FBI directly contacted Facebook and told them that the Hunter Biden laptop story was going to drop and that it was "probably Russian disinformation."  Of course, the story was 100% real and not disinformation of any sort, but Facebook went ahead and suppressed the New York Post story about it anyway until Joe Biden was safely past the general election.  Twitter similarly shut down the story and banned the Post from their platform for weeks.  Last night, the FBI finally responded to Zuckerberg's revelation, saying that they would never (perish the thought) engage in any sort of election interference and they "routinely provide foreign threat indicators" to social media platforms.

Mark Zuckerberg Admits On Joe Rogan That Facebook Censored The Hunter Laptop Story At The Request Of The FBI.  Facebook founder Mark Zuckerberg has revealed that before the New York Post broke the Hunter Biden laptop story, the social media giant received a warning from the FBI which prompted Facebook to limit the story's reach on the platform ahead of the 2020 presidential election.  The billionaire tech mogul said the FBI approached Facebook and warned it "be vigilant" before the New York Post story on the contents in Joe Biden's son's laptop.  [Video clip]

FBI whistleblower claims bureau leaders ordered staff NOT to investigate Hunter Biden laptop.  The FBI deliberately dragged its feet on the Hunter Biden investigation and told agents not to look into the Hunter Biden laptop, according to new whistleblowers who spoke with Sen. Ron Johnson.  Johnson, R-Wisc., sent a letter to DOJ Inspector General Michael Horowitz on Tuesday bringing forth the new whistleblower claims.  'Recently, my office heard from individuals with knowledge of the FBI's apparent corruption,' Johnson said.  'After the FBI obtained the Hunter Biden laptop from the Wilmington, DE computer shop, these whistleblowers stated that local FBI leadership told employees, "you will not look at that Hunter Biden laptop" and that the FBI is "not going to change the outcome of the election again,"' Johnson wrote to Horowitz.  Johnson is demanding Horowitz look into the FBI's handling of the Hunter Biden laptop.

FBI affidavit misled a magistrate judge on a search warrant in plot to seize and forfeit contents of safety deposit boxes.  In a case with a direct bearing on the search warrant issued on Mar A Lago, the March 22, 2021 FBI raid on a private safe deposit box operator in Beverly Hills, California just got even dodgier, according to court documents released by different federal judge than issued the warrant.  You may recall that the FBI raided US Private Vaults in Beverly Hills and seized the contents of boxes of people accused of no crimes.  Eric Boehm of Reason reports on the latest revelations that show a pattern of FBI abise of magistrate judges for the purpose of obtaining search warrants that amount to fishing expeditions — a violation of the Fourth Amendment[.]

FBI's Latest Announcement About 'Threats' After Raid Raises More Concerns.  Raiding the home of a former president was a completely unprecedented act in an already charged political environment.  What the FBI should be doing is being extremely transparent to explain themselves to bring down the temperature.  But they're not doing that.  It's a real problem when people doubt the objectivity of the FBI.  It's been going on for a long time, since at least 2016 when they gave Hillary Clinton a pass for something that seems to have far exceeded anything Donald Trump is even alleged to have done.  Then there's the whole Russia probe to begin with, with things like FBI lawyer Kevin Clinesmith giving a false statement to a FISA court judge to get a warrant against the Trump team.  Even before the raid on Trump, members of Congress were receiving reports from whistleblowers about the FBI padding domestic extremism statistics.  They're also looking into the politicization of the bureau.  We've even seen the FBI demonizing things like the Gadsden flag, the Betsy Ross flag, and the Gonzales flag as signs of "extremism."  These are normal patriotic American symbols.

FBI reportedly delivers subpoenas related to 2020 electors to Republican Pennsylvanian lawmakers.  The FBI reportedly delivered subpoenas related to the controversy surrounding alternate electors in the 2020 election to several Republican lawmakers in Pennsylvania on Wednesday [8/10/2022].  The action comes after the FBI served a search warrant at the Mar-a-Lago residence of former President Donald Trump in Palm Beach, Florida, prompting his supporters to accuse the Bureau of being politically motivated.  Various sources spoke to Pennlive about the FBI delivering subpoenas or speaking with Pennsylvania Republicans as a part of the investigation into the effort to send alternate electors to the U.S. Capitol to elect Trump rather than President Joe Biden.  Some of the lawmakers who received subpoenas were told they were not themselves the subject of the investigation, the sources told Pennlive.

FBI Doubles Down:  Key GOP Congressman's Phone Seized.  One day after the FBI raided former President Donald Trump's Mar-A-Lago, agents confronted U.S. Rep. Scott Perry (R-PA) and seized his cell phone while the congressman was at an airport with his family.  Three FBI agents approached Perry, handed over a warrant for his cell phone, and then seized the mobile device — apparently without previously trying to contact his attorney.  In a statement, Perry slammed the seizure and the Biden administration's politicization of the Justice Department.  "This morning, while traveling with my family, 3 FBI agents visited me and seized my cell phone," Perry recounted.  "They made no attempt to contact my lawyer, who would have made arrangements for them to have my phone if that was their wish."

Leftists Dominate FBI Top 10 Domestic Terror List, Despite Warnings About Far Right.  The FBI has sounded the alarm about white supremacists and far-right extremists, but the bureau's own Top 10 "most wanted domestic terrorists" list includes at least two Communists, three black nationalists, one anti-war activist, and a vegan eco-terrorist.  While the diverse roster doesn't purport to capture the breadth of domestic terror, it seems at odds with federal law enforcement's claims that white supremacists pose the biggest threat facing the nation.  Some skeptics are accusing the bureau of exaggerating the threat by adopting a misleading definition of such ideologies.

Huge Cover Up!  FBI is Hiding Video Footage of the Supposed 'Jan 6th Pipe Bomber'.  This video shows that the FBI is blatantly hiding information that may reveal the identity of the person who supposedly planted several pipe bombs around government buildings on Jan 6th.  Could it be that the individual is yet another corrupt FBI member who helped orchestrate what many are calling the biggest scandal in US history?  We now know with 100% certainty that the story the FBI claimed is completely untrue.  We now know that their own agents were behind several plots to make Trump supporters look bad, including Jan 6th and the Gov. Whitmer kidnapping plot that was apparently entirely crafted by the FBI.

Release the Tape:  Revolver Has Definitive Proof FBI Is Hiding Critical Footage of Jan 6 "Pipe Bomber".  An exclusive analysis by Revolver News can prove that the FBI is in possession of, but has refused to release, security camera footage of the January 6 pipe bomber planting the pipe bomb at the DNC building at 7:52 p.m. on January 5th.  This extraordinary revelation should be the immediate subject of Congressional inquiry as to why the FBI has stonewalled release of the footage.  [Video clip]

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FBI Training Materials Designate Gadsden Flag and Historic American Symbols as Evidence of Militia Violent Extremists.  Project Veritas has obtained whistleblower materials from official FBI training and instruction, highlighting images that are defined as evidence of Militia Violent Extremists or MVE's.  Among the material now identified by the FBI as extreme are pictures of the Gadsden flag, Betsy Ross flag, Patriot symbols, Molon Labe and a host of other historic images that are now defined as evidence of Militia Violent Extremism.

FBI Whistleblower Leaks Bureau's 'Domestic Terrorism Symbols Guide' on 'Militia Violent Extremists' Citing Ashli Babbitt as MVE Martyr.  Project Veritas released a newly leaked document today provided by an FBI whistleblower, which shows how the Bureau classifies American citizens it deems to be potential "Militia Violent Extremists" [MVEs].  In the document, the FBI cites symbols, images, phrases, events, and individuals that agents should look out for when identifying alleged domestic terrorists.  The "Unclassified/Law Enforcement Sensitive" document says it is for "FBI Internal Use Only."  Of note, under the "Symbols" section, is a prominent citation of the Second Amendment, where it explains that "MVEs justify their existence with the Second Amendment, due to the mention of a 'well regulated Militia,' as well as the right to bear arms."  Right below that, under the "Commonly Referenced Historical Imagery and Quotes" section, Revolutionary War images such as the Gadsden Flag and the Betsy Ross Flag are listed.  Each flag displayed in the document comes with a brief description of what it means.

The FBI classes constitutional American values and images as violent extremism.  Yesterday [8/2/2022], Project Veritas published a leaked internal FBI document in which the FBI sets out the hallmarks of suspected "militia violent extremists."  Unsurprisingly, in Joe Biden's America, those indicia significantly overlap with broadly-held, longstanding conservative values.

All FBI Agents Must Blow Their Whistles Or They'll Be Complicit In Bureau's Politicization.  Sen. Chuck Grassley's office confirmed to The Federalist that the multiple FBI whistleblowers charging misconduct related to the Hunter Biden investigation only came forward in the last two months.  While the existence of these new whistleblowers proves promising, other FBI agents with knowledge of misconduct or political bias must stop hiding behind the chain of command and start blowing their own whistles.  "Multiple FBI whistleblowers, including those in senior positions" informed the Iowa Republican senator that "Washington Field Office assistant special agent in charge Timothy Thibault and other FBI officials ... 'falsely portray[ed] as disinformation evidence acquired from multiple sources that provided the FBI derogatory information related to Hunter Biden's financial and foreign business activities, even though some of that information had already been or could be verified.'"  The whistleblowers further charged that "in August of 2020, FBI supervisory intelligence analyst Brian Auten opened an assessment, which was used by a team of agents at FBI headquarters to improperly discredit and falsely claim that derogatory information about Biden's activities was disinformation, causing investigative activity and sourcing to be shut down."

Turns out it's not just the Secret Service's text messages from January 6 that have gone missing.  The further this story develops, the more suspicious the actions of DHS's own inspector general get.  The IG is supposed to be the "internal affairs" wing of a federal agency, charged with investigating possible malfeasance by department personnel — like, say, the mysterious deletion of text messages before and during the attack on the Capitol despite multiple warnings that those records should be preserved.  The IG investigating the Secret Service's missing text messages is Joseph Cuffari, who serves under Biden but was appointed by Trump.  Last week news broke that his office knew back in February that the Secret Service had purged certain agents' text messages from January 5 and 6, 2021, supposedly due to a mix-up when the agents' old phones were replaced with new ones.  But Cuffari didn't tell Congress until earlier this month.  Nor did he follow through on issuing a public warning last fall that the Service was delaying production of the records despite having considered it at the time.

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Defund the FBI.  Was anyone really surprised when Senator Chuck Grassley (R-Iowa) announced that "highly credible" whistleblowers had given him information about FBI efforts to make the Hunter Biden scandal go away?  Grassley wrote to FBI Director Christopher Wray and Attorney General Merrick Garland Monday that "the information provided to my office involves concerns about the FBI's receipt and use of derogatory information relating to Hunter Biden, and the FBI's false portrayal of acquired evidence as disinformation.  The volume and consistency of these allegations substantiate their credibility and necessitate this letter."  Will anyone hail me as a prognosticator of extraordinary powers when I predict, correctly, that in response to this letter, Wray and Garland will do absolutely nothing, except possibly to cover their tracks more effectively?  No, because anyone who has been paying attention can see that.  The FBI has become a cancer on the American body politic.  The FBI must go.

Jim Jordan says new whistleblower disclosures reveal 'scandalous' push by FBI to pad domestic terrorism data.  The top Republican on the House Judiciary Committee says new whistleblower disclosures allege FBI officials are pressuring agents to "reclassify" cases as "domestic violent extremism" in order to appease the Biden administration's push to focus on these cases.  Rep. Jim Jordan, R-Ohio, sent a letter to FBI Director Chris Wray Wednesday after he says "brave whistleblowers" came forward with information about "disturbing conduct" at the agency.  "From recent protected disclosures, we have learned that FBI officials are pressuring agents to reclassify cases as 'domestic violent extremism' even if the cases do not meet the criteria for such a classification," writes Jordan.  "Given the narrative pushed by the Biden administration that domestic violent extremism is the 'greatest threat' facing our country, revelation that the FBI may be artificially padding domestic terrorism data is scandalous."

Senator Chuck Grassley Outlines "Systemic Institutional Corruption" Within Dept of Justice and FBI.  Yesterday, Senator Chuck Grassley sent a letter [pdf HERE] to Attorney General Merrick Garland and FBI Director Chris Wray, notifying them of whistleblower allegations from within the FBI that senior leadership in both Main Justice and FBI are involved in a coordinated effort to cover-up criminal activity related to Hunter Biden.  The whistleblower allegations, in combination with the documented history of DOJ and FBI misconduct, culminate in Senator Grassley stating:  "If these allegations are true and accurate, the Justice Department and FBI are — and have been — institutionally corrupted to their very core to the point in which the United States Congress and the American people will have no confidence in the equal application of the law.  Attorney General Garland and Director Wray, simply put, based on the allegations that I've received from numerous whistleblowers, you have systemic and existential problems within your agencies."

Whistleblower allegations raise prospect FBI misled Senate's Hunter Biden probe, Ron Johnson says.  ecent revelations from FBI whistleblowers raise the strong prospect that the bureau engaged in a "targeted effort to intentionally undermine" the Senate's pre-election probe into Hunter Biden's business deals, Sen. Ron Johnson (R-Wisc.) declares in a stinging letter to the nation's top law enforcement and intelligence officials.  "Unfortunately, the FBI can no longer be trusted to investigate Hunter Biden with integrity and the equal application of law," Johnson said in a letter sent late Tuesday to FBI Director Chris Wray, Attorney General Merrick Garland, and Director of National Intelligence Avril Haines.  Johnson's missive came a day after his colleague, Sen. Chuck Grassley of Iowa, divulged that multiple FBI whistleblowers have come forward to allege political manipulation and other wrongdoing inside the FBI, including falsely portraying negative information about Hunter Biden as disinformation back in 2020 when in fact it was true.

FBI Agent Who Failed To Vet Steele Dossier Is Named As One Who Helped Paint Hunter Biden Exploits As 'Disinformation'.  An FBI agent involved in the Russia collusion hoax weaponized against former President Donald Trump is the same one now implicated by whistleblowers in using his position to discredit evidence related to Hunter Biden's foreign entanglements right before the 2020 election, Chuck Ross with The Washington Free Beacon reports.  Ross notes that the whistleblowers who reached out to GOP Sen. Chuck Grassley about the FBI's suppression of the Hunter Biden investigation identified intelligence analyst Brian Auten as the man responsible for constructing an FBI report in August 2020, which the whistleblowers say the FBI used as a "scheme ... to undermine derogatory information connected to Hunter Biden by falsely suggesting it was disinformation."  Grassley issued a letter last week to Attorney General Merrick Garland and FBI Director Christopher Wray regarding the reports he had received from numerous whistleblowers that high-ranking members of the FBI had acted with partisan bias and politicized their investigations.

FBI Whistleblowers Allege FBI Scheme to Protect Hunter Biden and Joe Biden.  Yesterday [7/25/2022], Senator Chuck Grassley sent [a] letter to Attorney General Merrick Garland and FBI Director Christopher Wray regarding allegations from "highly credible whistleblowers" about the FBI's "false portrayal" of derogatory Hunter Biden materials as "disinformation."  If these allegations are true, it's a damning depiction of FBI leadership and it proves their efforts to influence the 2020 election.  This is the second (if not third) straight election the FBI has meddled in, given the influence the Trump/Russia investigation — and its unlawful origins with the FBI — had over the 2018 midterms.  Grassley's whistleblowers allege that in August 2020, FBI Headquarters "improperly discredit[ed] negative Hunter Biden information as disinformation and caused investigative activity to cease."  In fact, it was a scheme of top FBI officials.  As Grassley explains:  "the allegations provided to my office appear to indicate that there was a scheme in place among certain FBI officials to undermine derogatory information connected to Hunter Biden by falsely suggesting it was disinformation."  The context and timing is important, as this was leading up to the 2020 election.  Who benefited from this scheme?  Democrat candidate Joe Biden.

FBI whistleblowers claim the agency lied about Hunter Biden's laptop.  In late summer 2020, the mother of all October surprises emerged:  An abandoned Hunter Biden laptop filled to the brim with information about Hunter's drug and sex addictions (scurrilous but arguably irrelevant to Joe) plus massive amounts of information about Hunter's shady business deals with America's geopolitical enemies, all of which he obtained thanks to the Biden family business (aka Joe Biden using his office to sell out America).  The tech companies immediately censored the story but, even more tellingly, the FBI claimed that the manifestly real material was, in fact, "disinformation."  Now, though, Sen. Chuck Grassley (R-IA) says that FBI whistleblowers have emerged to say that the FBI lied.

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Suppose you were a laptop repairman and Hunter Biden had abandoned his computer in your shop, and you found it was teeming with evidence of serious felonies, and you then turned the whole thing over to the FBI, and then the FBI pretended not to see anything incriminating on the laptop.  What is the lesson you would learn from this experience?  The lesson is:  You can't trust the FBI.  Here is another case where another group of people learned the same lesson:  [1] [2] [3] [4]

Meet the FBI Analyst Behind The Decade's Biggest Political Disinformation Campaigns.  An intelligence analyst behind the FBI's botched Trump-Russia collusion probe is now accused of using the bureau's authority to discredit reports about Hunter Biden's criminal activity months before the 2020 presidential election.  Meet Brian Auten.  The FBI analyst is hardly a household name, but whistleblowers who contacted the office of GOP senator Chuck Grassley say he was behind an August 2020 report that FBI officials used as part of a "scheme... to undermine derogatory information connected to Hunter Biden by falsely suggesting it was disinformation."  Auten's report also caused the FBI "to cease" investigative activity into the younger Biden, according to a letter Grassley sent the Justice Department and FBI.  The whistleblower allegations are the latest evidence of politicization at the FBI.  Grassley, the chairman of the Senate Judiciary Committee, said the allegations, if accurate, show the FBI and Justice Department are "institutionally corrupted to their very core."

FBI, DOJ accused of burying Hunter Biden dirt:  Sen. Chuck Grassley.  The FBI and Justice Department have been accused by "highly-credible whistleblowers" of burying "verified and verifiable" dirt on President Biden's troubled son Hunter by incorrectly dismissing the intelligence as "disinformation," according to Sen. Chuck Grassley.  The ranking member on the Senate Judiciary Committee made the explosive claims Monday in an official Senate letter to FBI Director Christopher Wray and Attorney General Merrick Garland.  He insisted the allegations were so serious they would prove — if confirmed — that both offices were "institutionally corrupted to their very core."

Senator Grassley sent a letter today.  [Thread reader] ... describing the sordid operations of people at FBI HQ, in which the Hunter Biden foreign influence peddling case was closed in the fall of 2020, based on an assessment by Brian Austen that the case was the product of foreign disinformation.  Grassley claims that whistleblowers have come to him with evidence of political corruption at high levels in the FBI, designed to coverup Hunter's crimes, close the investigation, and leak to the press everything was Russian disinformation.  The disinformation narrative began in July, when Congressional Democratic leaders Schumer, Pelosi and Schiff briefed Grassley and Johnson on information the Dems had showing Russia was trying to manipulate the Republican senators — and them promptly leaked to the press.  FBI played the same game of briefing the senators with supposedly classified information, then leaking it all to the press.  Austen is a name familiar to those who closely followed Russiagate.  So far only one FBI employee has been brought to justice for that.  It appears the corrupt seventh floor has learned but one lesson from Durham's probe:  They can get away with it.

GOP Sen. Chuck Grassley alleges 'scheme' among FBI officials to bury negative information about Hunter Biden.  Republican Senator Chuck Grassley is holding the FBI and Justice Department's feet to the fire on Hunter Biden, demanding the agencies answer claims from a whistleblower they downplayed negative information on Hunter Biden in the lead up to the 2020 election.  Grassley revealed on Monday [7/25/2022] that 'highly credible' whistleblowers have come forward alleging a widespread effort within the FBI to discredit negative information about President Joe Biden's son.  'The information provided to my office involves concerns about the FBI's receipt and use of derogatory information relating to Hunter Biden, and the FBI's false portrayal of acquired evidence as disinformation,' Grassley wrote FBI Director Christopher Wray and Attorney General Merrick Garland.

Who Will They Get to Do the Tyrants' Dirty Work?  We have seen the systematic weaponization of law enforcement against normal people under the Biden dorktatorship.  The FBI has become the personal Stasi of the Democrats, seizing elderly men with SWAT teams, while the DOJ has been selectively prosecuting conservatives, or those believed to be conservative-aligned, but giving a pass to those terrorists, rioters, and scumbags aligned with the trash donkey political party. [...] The FBI is not Efrem Zimbalist, Jr., chasing bank robbers, mob bosses, and commies but, rather, that satanic-looking Peter Strzok weirdo trying to frame the enemies of Hillary.

Who Are the Real Insurrectionists?  In the fashion of the former East German Stasi, the FBI hounds political opponents on the Right by surveilling parents at school board meetings, sending a SWAT team to arrest a flamboyant Trump supporter Roger Stone, arriving at the house of journalist James O'Keefe in the deep of night to confiscate his files and devices, and putting former White House advisor Peter Navarro in veritable shackles.  The common denominator is the FBI devolving into a retrieval service for the Biden family syndicate, whether by putting on ice Hunter Biden's incriminating laptop or hounding out Ashley Biden's lurid diary or intimidating Biden critics.  Yet when asked to produce relevant cell phones of possibly wayward agents, the FBI claims that such data was erased, shrugs, and does not comply.  Apparently, the FBI leadership fears the progressive Washington political-bureaucratic-media nexus far more than it fears the consequences of violating the law it is sworn to uphold.

Biden Has Weaponized the FBI and DOJ Against His Political Opponents — The GOP Needs To End It.  On June 23, federal agents stormed the Virginia home of former Department of Justice official and legal scholar Jeffrey Clark in the early morning hours, searching his house and seizing multiple electronic devices in the process.  And on June 27, news broke of the FBI executing a search warrant on June 22 against legal scholar and professor John Eastman for his role in advising the Trump administration on legally contesting the 2020 presidential elections.  (Eastman has filed a motion for return of property, claiming that the federal agent refused to show him their search warrant before seizing his cell phone, as required by the law.)  Clark and Eastman, like tens of millions of other Americans, wanted to determine if voter irregularities may have played a role in the 2020 presidential election.  Clark, as a member of the Justice Department, and Eastman as a Trump advisor, explored legal remedies that involved fielding alternate electors in states with contested elections.  That they should or should not have done this is open to opinion, but it was not at all illegal.

FBI Ambushes Trump Election Lawyer John Eastman as He's Exiting Restaurant with His Wife, Seizes His Phone.  The January 6 Committee sent the feds after Trump lawyer John Eastman because he dared to take action against the Democrats and their massive election fraud operation in 2020.  Trump's election lawyer John Eastman said the FBI searched and seized his phone last week, according to a new court filing.  Eastman filed a federal lawsuit in New Mexico on Monday and asked a judge to order the feds to return his property and block the January 6 investigators from accessing his phone.  According to the court filing, John Eastman was exiting a restaurant with his wife and friend last week when FBI agents ambushed him and "forced" him to unlock his phone.

Revived by appeals court, lawsuit against FBI informant illuminates Russia probe's weakness.  A federal appeals court has breathed new life into a lawsuit brought by a London-based academic against one of the FBI's confidential informants during the Russia collusion probe, litigation that is likely to focus new attention on the quality of evidence that led the bureau to investigate former President Donald Trump and his cohorts during the 2016 election.  There has been a flurry of new legal activity this month in Svetlana Lokhova's lawsuit in federal court in Virginia against former FBI confidential human source Stefan Halper since the 4th Circuit Court of Appeals concluded U.S. District Judge Leonie Brinkema abused her authority in dismissing the lawsuit a year ago.  "We conclude that the court could not have properly concluded that Lokhova's complaint ... had absolutely no chance of success," the appeals court ruled in April in a unanimous 3-0 decision that reversed Brinkema's dismissal of the case and her order of a penalty against Lokhova for filing an allegedly frivolous lawsuit.

Chuck Grassley slams Justice Department for not prosecuting employees for lying.  Ranking Senate Judiciary Committee member Chuck Grassley (R-Iowa) slammed the Department of Justice on Monday for "repeated failure to prosecute employees" who were caught lying during internal investigations.  "An unsettling pattern has emerged from the Department of Justice (DOJ) whereby criminal referrals by the Department of Justice, Office of Inspector General (OIG), against DOJ employees for making materially false statements are rarely prosecuted," Grassley wrote in a letter to Attorney General Merrick Garland.  Grassley said the "most shocking example of this pattern" occurred last month after the DOJ declined to bring charges against the former FBI agents who botched the investigation of Dr. Larry Nassar, the former U.S. women's national gymnastics team physician who was sentenced to prison for assaulting gymnasts.  The Iowa Republican listed a dozen other cases in which the United States Attorney's Office declined to prosecute staffers.

FBI Raids Target Democrats' Political Foes Instead Of True Criminals.  The only apparent criterion the FBI needs to raid the homes of American citizens is that those citizens have ever supported former President Donald Trump.  Here are the names of some of the political leaders on the right that the FBI has targeted:  Roger Stone, Rudy Giuliani, James O'Keefe, and Jeff Clark.  The FBI is now also engaging in raids on private homes of elderly Americans who peacefully attended the Capitol protest on Jan. 6, 2020.  Compare this treatment to that of actual criminals affiliated with Democrats, such as Hunter Biden, Andy McCabe, Peter Strzok, and Michael Sussmann.  The latter have seen no personal visit from the FBI since their crimes were committed or exposed.

Feds Raid the Home of Former Trump DOJ Official Who Wanted to Investigate Allegations of Voter Fraud.  In a pre-dawn raid Wednesday, armed federal law enforcement agents searched the home of Jeffrey Clark, a former Trump Justice Department official who has emerged as a central figure in the partisan House Select Committee's investigation into the January 6 riot.  Clark's name was expected to come up in the Jan. 6 Committee hearing on Thursday.  He served as acting assistant attorney general for the Civil Division during President Trump's final months in office, where he was the only official willing to investigate credible allegations of fraud.  In a tweet back in March, Clark explained why he has been targeted by the regime.  "I'm a former Trump DOJ official who (like you) was concerned about the 2020 election," he explained.  "Now I'm one of the top targets of the politically motivated J6 Committee."

FBI Raids Home of Retired Texas Couple Who Attended Jan. 6 Capitol Rally.  A retired Texas couple said FBI agents on June 22 broke through the gate of their rural home, threw flash-bangs, handcuffed them, and trained lasers on them before searching their home for evidence connected to the Jan. 6, 2021, breach of the Capitol.  Lora DeWolfe and Darrel Kennemer, who live on seven acres near San Marcos, Texas, told The Epoch Times they attended the Jan. 6 rally at the Capitol but did nothing wrong.  They believe the FBI mistakenly identified Kennemer as someone else.  The FBI didn't arrest them, they said.  Agents eventually produced a search warrant saying Kennemer was suspected of "assaulting, resisting or impeding" officers and "entering restricted building or grounds."  Both said they went no farther than the Capitol steps on Jan. 6 and didn't harm anyone or damage anything.

Trump DOJ official Jeffrey Clark tells Tucker Carlson that FBI raid on his house over efforts to overturn 2020 election was 'Stasi-like'.  Former Assistant Attorney General Jeffrey Bossert Clark, who tried to help President Donald Trump overturn his 2020 election loss, had his house searched by U.S. law enforcement agents on Wednesday, an experience which he has described as 'Stasi-like.'  In an interview with Tucker Carlson on Fox News, Clark shared his dismay at what he had been subjected to as he was forced to stand outside his home in his pajamas while a search by armed federal agents took place.  He said: 'There was loud banging outside my door.  I quickly figured out there were agents there.  I asked for the courtesy to put some pants on and was told 'no'.  'They swept the house.  Twelve agents and two police Fairfax County Police Officers searched it for more than three hours.

Joe Biden's Weaponized FBI Seizes Phone of Nevada GOP Leader in Ridiculous Move.  The weaponization of the FBI continues after what some would describe as Joe Biden's personal police force seized the phone of a Nevada GOP leader on Wednesday.  That report comes via 8 News Now, a local station in the state.  Per their sources, the FBI served a search warrant on Michael McDonald, the Republican chairman in Nevada.  They seized his phone in relation to an "investigation" into the so-called "fake electors" scheme propagated after the 2020 election.

Five Reasons to Impeach Joe Biden.  [#4] Biden is directing the enforcement branches of the federal government against his political enemies.  Biden believes that "domestic political extremism" is "the most urgent terrorism threat" facing the U.S.  "The Biden administration declared that the 'most lethal elements' of today's domestic terror threat are political conservatives," said Tucker Carlson.  Biden has compared Americans who disagree with him — at least half the country — to racists and terrorists.  Consequently, Biden is empowering the DoJ and FBI to go after Republicans.  "The FBI is now an organization solely focused on destroying the domestic enemies of the Democratic Party," said talk show host Jesse Kelly.  Biden is also enlisting the media in his war against political opponents.  "What Joe Biden is telling media companies to do today is to censor their content so it doesn't contradict his decrees," said Tucker Carlson. "[Biden is calling for] censorship of political opinions.  What you're seeing here is far more dangerous than the domestic terror threat they've been bloviating about.  It contravenes the First Amendment."

Florida woman who found Ashley Biden's diary in 'halfway house' is under FBI investigation for selling the journal.  A Florida woman who found Ashley Biden's private diary is being investigated by the FBI — not for stealing the journal but for selling it, has learned.  The diary's explosive contents include Ashley's speculation that showering with her father, then-Senator Joe Biden, as a young girl may have contributed to her sex addiction.

FBI official had unauthorized contacts with reporters for years:  DOJ watchdog.  A top FBI national security official involved in Crossfire Hurricane had dozens of unauthorized contacts with the media over several years, the Department of Justice's watchdog concluded.  Justice Department inspector general Michael Horowitz's office concluded in a newly released investigative report that retired FBI official Michael Steinbach violated numerous bureau rules through his meetings and communications with reporters, though prosecution against him was declined by DOJ.  Steinbach had been executive assistant director of the FBI's national security branch until his retirement in February 2017 and played a role in the FBI's flawed Trump-Russia investigation.

Never Forget — FBI Admitted to Running Operatives in the Crowd at the US Capitol — It was a Setup.  The FBI admitted in September 2021 to The New York Times that they had informants and operatives inside groups attending the January 6 rallies in Washington DC.  This never made it into the January 6 Committee's public show trial of President Trump and his MAGA movement last Thursday night.  The FBI finally admitted they infiltrated the Jan. 6 rallies with informants.  In fact, one of the first "protesters" inside the US Capitol was an FBI informant.

Where's Ray Epps?  Since 1987, some of us have spent leisure time asking, "Where's Waldo?" looking for him in crowded cartoons clad in his red and white striped shirt.  It passes the time and stimulates the mind.  Since January 6, 2021, others have asked, "Where's Ray Epps?"  Asking, "Where's Waldo?" is harmless enough.  Asking, "Where's Ray Epps?" might get you the kind of attention no one wants in this post-911 emerging police-state we still call America.  Still, lots of questions are popping up about Ray Epps. [...] In one video of Ray Epps taken on the evening of January 5, 2021, Ray is seen wearing a red MAGA baseball cap and exhorting protestors to "Go into the Capitol."  During the span of Jan 5-6, 2021, Epps can be seen in several locations between the White House and the Capitol, urging people to enter the People's House.  Like the imaginary Waldo, Ray Epps shows up doing his old man impersonation of Ethan Hunt on a Mission Impossible episode.  Like the fictional Ethan Hunt, the Agency (FBI and DOJ) has disavowed any knowledge or connection with Ray Epps.  For some time, a picture of Epps appeared on an FBI website soliciting information about those who entered the Capitol on January 6th.  That picture went up in a puff of smoke and, now, the FBI refuses to answer questions about him.

The FBI knew RussiaGate was a lie — but hid that truth.  Declassified for Durham's probe, a March 2017 memo prepared by Lisa Page for FBI head James Comey's meeting with Congress' "Gang of Eight" — the bipartisan House and Senate leaders who oversee the most classified stuff — was a total cook-up job.  It advised Comey to present accusations that Trump's campaign chair Paul Manafort and foreign policy adviser Carter Page were working with the Russian government as coming from a confidential Russia-based source with real intel-community chops.  In fact, the FBI had already established that the root source was US-based former Brookings flunky Igor Danchenko's utterly speculative gossip with an ex-girlfriend and a Democratic Party hack.  That, plus publicly reported info, was all Christopher Steele (a retired British spy who doesn't even speak Russian) ever had to back up his "dossier."  And the FBI knew it since at least January 2017, when it interviewed Danchenko.

FBI goes full Gestapo, raids home of leading GOP gubernatorial challenger to Michigan's Gretchen Whitmer.  While the FBI demonstrated oppressive, tyrannical behavior throughout the so-called "war on terror," since it was occurring in the wake of the Sept. 11, 2001, terrorist attacks, most Americans either didn't notice or did not mind.  After all, the bureau was meting out the 'revenge' we all sought against Islamic terrorists who killed thousands of our countrymen, attacked our seat of government, and destroyed an iconic symbol of our economic might.  But the FBI did not stop with entrapping alleged Islamic 'terrorists,' the bureau veered into full-bore corruption and today has become the modern-day equivalent of Nazi Germany's Gestapo or Soviet East Germany's Stasi secret police — behaving more as political enforcers for the left-wing deep state.

Pipe bomber remains unidentified as Democrat-led Capitol riot committee begins public hearings.  As the Democrat-led committee investigating the events of Jan. 6 begins its public hearings, the person who planted pipe bombs the night before outside both the Republican and Democratic national committee headquarters in Washington remains unknown and at large.  Now, almost a year and a half since the incident, the Washington Examiner learned that a top FBI official said last month that the bureau could not provide any information about the possible use of confidential human sources to solve the case.  The FBI official said the bureau had carried out over 1,000 interviews, compiled just under 40,000 videos, and analyzed roughly 450 tips.  The bureau also said solving the mystery continues to be a top priority for the FBI, as well as for the Bureau of Alcohol, Tobacco, Firearms, and Explosives, the D.C. Metropolitan Police Department, and the Capitol Police.

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The mysterious pipe bomber is either the stealthiest and most elusive criminal since Jack the Ripper, or is a federal agent whose identity is no mystery to the FBI.  Even Jack the Ripper would have been caught quickly, if he had lived in a city like Washington DC, where there are surveillance cameras everywhere.  I don't believe for a second that the government doesn't already know who this suspect is, and can't figure out who it is, even after 18 months as everybody's top priority.

Biden's G-men go rogue.  The Biden Justice Department, led by Attorney General Merrick Garland, will not be prosecuting lawbreakers within its ranks.  The Inspector General (IG) for the Department of Justice (DOJ) released its semiannual report to Congress of cases for which the IG recommends prosecutions.  But in case after case, the DOJ is declining to prosecute its own.  The one notable exception is Bureau of Prisons (BOP) personnel, who still have reason to fear repercussions if they break the law.  But if you are in the FBI or DEA, you can be virtually assured you will not be prosecuted, based on the long list of cases DOJ has declined to prosecute.  Apparently, if you work for the right agency, anything goes.

The Sovietization of American Life.  Experts become sycophantic.  They mortgage their experience and talent to ideology — to the point where society itself regresses.  The law is no longer blind and disinterested, but adjudicates indictment, prosecution, verdict, and punishment on the ideology of the accused.  Eric Holder is held in contempt of Congress and smiles; Peter Navarro is held in contempt of Congress and is hauled off in cuffs and leg-irons.  James Clapper and John Brennan lied under oath to Congress — and were rewarded with television contracts; Roger Stone did the same and a SWAT team showed up at his home.  Andrew McCabe made false statements to federal investigators and was exempt.  A set-up George Papadopoulos went to prison for a similar charge.  So goes the new American commissariat.

Hillary's Attorney 'Operated' an FBI Office at Law Firm, But Wait, It Gets Worse.  Do you ever get the feeling that we're playing checkers while our enemies are playing chess?  That things are not as they seem?  That's the way it feels in the story of Spygate, the Trump-Russia collusion lie, FBI corruption, and the latest chapter of that entire sad and duplicitous saga that was lived out in a D.C. courtroom this week.  Hillary Clinton and Democratic National Committee attorney Michael Sussmann was acquitted by a jury whose forewoman said she felt the special counsel team led by John Durham should have better things to do than investigate a lawyer supposedly lying to the FBI about the president being a Russian spy.

Gaetz, Jordan give Chris Wray deadline to explain 'special portal' to FBI from top Democrat law firm.  U.S. Reps.  Matt Gaetz (R-Fla.) and Jim Jordan (R-Ohio) insist that the Federal Bureau of Investigation has some explaining to do.  "We have learned that since March 2012, the FBI approved and facilitated a Secure Work Environment at Perkins Coie's Washington, D.C. office, which continues to be operational," the ultra-MAGA duo reportedly wrote to the FBI.  "In a letter dated May 25, 2022, the law firm confirmed and acknowledged the arrangement."  Perkins Coie is the Democrat-connected law firm where Michael Sussmann, the Hillary Clinton campaign attorney who was found not guilty on Tuesday of lying to the FBI by a liberal D.C. federal jury, was a former partner, in a case filed by Russiagate Special Counsel John Durham.

FBI Altered Statement on Intrusion Into Democrat Network Based on Input From Democrat Lawyer.  A lawyer representing Democrats proposed alterations to an FBI statement on the hacking of the Democratic Congressional Campaign Committee (DCCC) to avoid undermining the narrative from his clients, according to emails released as part of the trial of former Hillary Clinton campaign attorney Michael Sussmann.  FBI officials in mid-2016 were drafting a statement regarding an alleged intrusion into the (DCCC) network and sent the draft to Sussmann, a lawyer representing the DCCC, the Democratic National Committee (DNC), and other Democrats.  "Michael — our press office is once again getting a ton of calls on the DCCC matter.  A draft response is provided below.  Wanted to get your thoughts on this prior to sending out," Jim Trainor, assistant director for the FBI Cyber Division, wrote to Sussmann on July 29, 2016.  Sussmann zeroed in on the first sentence, which he said seemed to undermine what the DCCC was saying about the reported intrusion.

Report: FBI Has Maintained 'Secure Workspace' Inside Dem Law Firm Perkins Coie Since 2012.  In response to a letter sent by Reps Matt Gaetz (R-Fla.) and Jim Jordan (R-Ohio), Perkins Coie, the legal arm of the Democrat party, admitted this week that "the FBI has maintained a secure work environment within Perkins Coie offices" since 2012.  A jury of Democrat donors in Washington D.C. on Tuesday found Michael Sussmann, a former law partner at Perkins Coie, not guilty of making a false statement to the FBI in September 2016 when he told the feds that he was not working on behalf of any client.  Perkins Coie told the Republicans in the letter that "the FBI is responsible for maintaining a secure work environment," Fox News Host Tucker Carlson reported Tuesday night.  "That work space — whatever it is — is still in operation today," Carlson added.

The Special Counsel Proved The FBI Belongs To The Swamp.  Yesterday, after less than one full day of deliberations, a D.C. jury stacked with pro-Hillary Clinton jurors acquitted former Clinton campaign attorney Michael Sussmann, proving the FBI is not "ours" but the swamp's.  Just more than two weeks ago, prosecutor Brittain Shaw began opening statements in United States v. Sussmann, by stating the obvious:  "Some people have very strong feelings about politics and about Russia, and many people have strong feelings about Donald Trump and Hillary Clinton."  "But we are not here because these allegations involve either of them," Shaw continued.  "Nor are we here because the defendant's client was the Clinton campaign."  Rather, "we are here because the FBI is our institution that should not be used as a political tool for anyone; not Republicans, not Democrats, not anyone."

FBI records on search for fabled gold raise more questions.  A scientific analysis commissioned by the FBI shortly before agents went digging for buried treasure suggested that a huge quantity of gold could be below the surface, according to newly released government documents and photos that deepen the mystery of the 2018 excavation in remote western Pennsylvania.  The report, by a geophysicist who performed microgravity testing at the site, hinted at an underground object with a mass of up to 9 tons and a density consistent with gold.  The FBI used the consultant's work to obtain a warrant to seize the gold — if there was any to be found.  The government has long claimed its dig was a bust.  But a father-son pair of treasure hunters who spent years hunting for the fabled Civil War-era gold — and who led agents to the woodland site, hoping for a finder's fee — suspect the FBI double-crossed them and made off with a cache that could be worth hundreds of millions of dollars.

Was the Buffalo shooter groomed by the FBI to commit mass murder?  The FBI's fingerprints are all over the Buffalo mass shooting.  A local news report from the Buffalo News has linked a retired federal agent to the shooting because he apparently knew about it at least 30 minutes before it occurred.  The former agent, believed to be from Texas, is said to be under investigation for direct communications he had previously had with Payton Gendron, the alleged shooter.  The former agent, along with at least six other individuals, engaged with Gendron in an online chat room "where racist hatred was discussed," the Buffalo News reported.  Two law enforcement sources with direct knowledge of the investigation were supposedly petitioned by Gendron to read about his mass shooting plans (why do these alleged shooters always seem to have full-length manifestos outlining in detail their future crimes?).  It is unclear at this point whether or not the retired agent accepted the invitation.  What we are being told is that law enforcement is once again involved, which points to this potentially being yet another government false flag attack with suspicious roots.

Why Was A "Retired" FBI Agent Talking Online With The Buffalo Shooter?  What's an FBI agent doing on Discord chatting with a mass shooter during his retirement?  Is that how you would spend your time during your golden years?  What's even more incredible is that the FBI agent did not call the FBI to warn anyone about the planned shooting.

A Cabinency of Dunces.  In the days before the recent Virginia election, grassroots parent groups challenged critical race theory taught in the schools.  In reaction and under prompts from teachers' unions, Attorney General Merrick Garland directed both the FBI and the Justice Department to establish a special task force apparently to "investigate threats" from parents against school board members.  The FBI recently has been knee-deep in political controversies.  It illegally doctored a FISA application to entrap an American citizen.  Its former directors, under oath before Congress, either claimed faulty memory or admitted lying to federal investigators.  The last thing a scandal-plagued FBI needed was to go undercover at school board meetings to investigate parents worried over their children's education.

It Took FBI Less Than A Day To Discover Trump Conspiracy Theory Was Bogus.  An FBI agent said Tuesday that it took him and another agent "less than a day" to determine the allegation about former President Donald Trump having ties to a Russian financial institution was false and pushed by Hillary Clinton campaign lawyer Michael Sussman.  FBI Supervisory Special Agent Scott Hellman said "it took him and another agent less than a day to ascertain the data and 'white papers' on two thumb drives Sussmann gave Baker did not support the Trump-Alfa Bank 'secret connection' allegation," according to The Epoch Times' national affairs reporter John Haughey.  Hellman was on the stand during the first day of Sussman's trial for allegedly lying to the FBI.

Hunter Biden laptop repairman says FBI 'didn't seem interested' in reviewing hard drive.  John Paul Mac Isaac, the laptop repair shop owner who serviced Hunter Biden's laptop in April 2019, is speaking out about the treatment his father received from the FBI when he attempted to inform the agency of the findings on the laptop.  In an excerpt provided to Fox News Digital from his forthcoming book, "American Injustice:  My Battle to Expose the Truth," Isaac describes his father's encounter with a "two-tiered justice system" that "didn't seem interested" in reviewing the laptop's contents and advised him to "lawyer up" and not discuss his findings with anyone.

There was Another Mass Shooting in America.  You Didn't Hear About It Because the Suspect is a Chinese Communist.  The Buffalo shooting could more accurately be described as another missed case of glaring mental illness combined with the F.B.I. once again dropping the ball.  "New details have emerged regarding the alleged threat that accused Buffalo mass shooter Payton Gendron made in June 2021, leading the teenager to undergo a required mental health evaluation at a local hospital," Fox News reported on Monday [5/16/2022].  "Payton Gendron, now 18, said he wanted 'to commit a murder-suicide' in June 2021, prompting New York State Police to respond to the local high school and take the teen into custody, said Stephen Belongia, special agent-in-charge of the FBI's Buffalo Field Office," the report added.  Sadly, the American people are no longer surprised by such F.B.I. incompetence and malfeasance.  Reports about the agency's corruption and hyper-politicization under Attorney General Merrick Garland are commonplace.

Whistleblower document shows how corrupt FBI has been 'monitoring' certain news media.  The FBI has proven time and again that it is no longer a federal law enforcement agency but rather nothing short of being a politicized protector of the deep state.  When it isn't trying to entrap conservatives into fake crimes, apparently the agency has been monitoring media outlets considered hostile to the regime, according to a document supplied by a whistleblower to investigative journalistic operation Project Veritas. [...] According to the document, which was also published by the group, the FBI opened a probe into Project Veritas "knowing full well they were journalists as the document is labeled under a 'news media' classification," the press release notes further, which begs the question:  Unless for counter-espionage reasons, why would any agency of the federal government 'investigate' any news organization, ever?  The press release goes on to note that the media classification is a direct contradiction to a court filing from the government in which the Biden regime argued that actions taken by the feds to surveil, raid and then seize materials from Project Veritas journalists were appropriate and proper.

FBI Investigated Concerned Parents.  You all remember the story: the Biden Department of Justice coordinated with the National School Boards Association to arrange for FBI investigations of parents who are unhappy about their local schools teaching racism and anti-Americanism (Critical Race Theory) and gender confusion, and requiring masks.  The episode was so sordid that many state school board associations dropped their affiliation with NSBA, and most people doubted that the FBI would be craven enough to follow Attorney General Merrick Garland's patently unconstitutional directive.  But follow it they did.  Yesterday [5/11/2022] Republicans on the House Judiciary Committee, acting on tips from unhappy FBI agents, wrote Merrick Garland to criticize the diversion of FBI resources to investigations of parents who dissent from "woke" ideology and care about their children's education.

FBI Whistleblower:  The Direction of the Bureau 'Troubles a Vast Majority of the Agents'.  A whistleblower from the Federal Bureau of Investigation told Project Veritas founder and President James O'Keefe in a recorded interview posted late Wednesday that the FBI's "direction" in recent months "troubles a vast majority of the agents."  The source — a current FBI agent with counterintelligence, counterterrorism and criminal experience — came forward with new information about the FBI's investigation into Project Veritas over Ashley Biden's lost diary.  Armed FBI agents raided and ransacked two Project Veritas journalists' homes on November 4, on the orders of federal prosecutors from the U.S. Attorney's Office for the Southern District of New York, and raided O'Keefe's apartment in Mamaroneck, N.Y., a couple of days later in connection with the allegedly stolen diary.

FBI opened multiple investigations into protesting parents, GOP lawmakers say.  The FBI has opened multiple investigations into parents protesting education policies, including a father who was upset over mask mandates, according to new whistleblower revelations.  The FBI's activities were publicly revealed in a letter Wednesday from Republicans on the House Judiciary Committee to Attorney General Merrick Garland.  The specifics of the FBI's investigations were disclosed to lawmakers by whistleblowers.  Garland directed the FBI and the Department of Justice to form a joint task force in October 2021 to investigate threats against school board members after the National School Boards Association asked the Biden administration in a September 2021 letter to investigate parents protesting at school board meetings as domestic terrorists under the Patriot Act.

Whistleblowers Allege FBI Investigated Parents Opposed to School COVID-19 Policies.  Whistleblowers have alleged that the FBI conducted dozens of investigations into American parents who expressed opposition to schools' COVID-19 mandates, and labeled them with a "threat tag," House Judiciary Committee Republicans claimed in a letter on Wednesday [5/11/2022].  Reps.  Jim Jordan (R-Ohio) and Mike Johnson (R-La.) wrote in a letter to the Justice Department that the "brave whistleblowers" from the FBI had informed them that the agency had reportedly created an internal threat tag called "EDUOFFICIALS" in October 2021 to track alleged threats against school boards, following an Oct. 4 directive from Attorney General Merrick Garland.  That directive came in response to a request from the National School Boards Association asking that the federal government use counterterrorism tools, including the Patriot Act, to target parents at school board meetings, the representatives wrote.

FBI: Russian cyberthreat fueled almost 2M warrantless searches of Americans' data in 2021.  The threat of cyberattack from Russia fueled more than half of the FBI's 3.39 million warrantless searches of Americans' data last year, according to a government report.  The warrantless searches, legal under the Foreign Intelligence Surveillance Act, were up sharply from approximately 1.32 million reported in 2020, according to the report, published Friday by the Office of the Director of National Intelligence.  Almost all of the increase can be traced to one Russian cyberthreat to critical U.S. infrastructure in 2021.  The FBI's response to the threat accounted for approximately 1.9 million searches.

Here's How The DOJ And FBI Are Spending Their Time Instead Of Rooting Out Actual Extremists.  The FBI never managed to thwart the NYC subway shooting suspect, who allegedly posted hours of extremist black nationalist and violent rhetoric on YouTube, but has repeatedly allocated resources to chasing hoaxes and false leads.  The FBI and Department of Justice (DOJ) have spent their efforts plotting an operation to kidnap a governor, busting out a team of 15 agents to investigate a rope in a NASCAR garage and investigating parents at school boards meetings as domestic terrorists, among other failed operations.  The FBI has also denied knowing about the whereabouts of Hunter Biden's laptop.  The man responsible for allegedly opening fire in a New York City subway car Tuesday walked away from the scene of the crime and, after waiting for the authorities to do something, decided to turn himself in, reportedly sitting on a bench relaxing before the NYPD nabbed him.  "I'm Frank, I'm the person you're looking for.  I'm surprised it took so long," Frank James, the alleged shooter, told police as they arrested him, according to the New York Post.  James evaded arrest for over 24 hours despite hundreds of NYPD officers working to find him.

FBI Blows It Again:  Knew About Subway Terrorist's Racist Videos and Had Him on Watch List.  We're learning more information by the moment about the New York subway train shooter who allegedly wounded ten people in a terror attack during Tuesday morning's commute in Brooklyn.  But, we're also learning that the FBI knew in advance about this terrorist monster who set off diversionary smoke bombs before he emptied his semi-automatic pistol on commuters.  Frank James was on their terror watch list, but it appears nobody was watching the terrorist.

Hey FBI, We're Running Low on Those White Domestic Terrorists You Keep Warning Us About.  While it's true that I am not a big fan of the federal government, it's not as if I'm rooting against every person who works in it.  That applies especially to those in law enforcement.  In fact, I'd rather they be able to do their jobs well.  It's the ones at the top who are usually problematic.  They end up being generic, soulless bureaucrats after a while, forgetting whatever ideals of public service they may have had when they started out.  Bureaucrats love Democrats because Democrats are all about bloating and maintaining the bureaucracy.  That explains why federal law enforcement continues to perpetuate the myth that the biggest threat to our safety here in America is lurking in the form of crazy white guy extremists, which is Leftspeak for "Trump voters." [...] Here's the thing though:  if you look around lately at the real threats to public safety, none of the suspects fit the "right-wing nutjob extremist" profile.

Disturbing Video From Black Nationalist Subway Shooter Revealed as FBI Gets Egg on Its Face Again.  Per RedState's reporting, we know a lot more about the man who allegedly donned a gas mask, popped a smoke grenade, and started shooting people in a New York City subway on Tuesday [4/12/2022].  The man's name is Frank R. James, and his political leanings appear to be highly relevant to why he carried out the attack.  Further, he was known to the FBI but "cleared" in 2019 of posing any kind of threat, and shock of all shocks, the authorities are once again pretending the motive here is a total mystery.  [Tweets]  Recall that the Waukesha massacre assailant, who killed six people, including a child, after ramming his SUV into a Christmas parade, was also an outspoken black nationalist who had talked about killing white people.  To this day, we have never received any official statement on his motivation.  You can expect that to happen again in this case, as it appears the FBI has an aversion to labeling crimes that may prove inconvenient to the left.

The Brooklyn Subway Terror Attack Shooter Was On FBI's Terrorist Radar Until 2019 - No MSM Coverage.  New York City police named a "person of interest" in the shooting Tuesday morning aboard a subway train in Brooklyn.  Ten people were shot and 13 others were injured after a man wearing a gas mask threw two smoke canisters and then opened fire aboard a subway car on the N train as it approached the 36th Street Station in Brooklyn during the morning rush hour, authorities said. [...] The mainstream media claims that this wasn't a terror attack, however recent social media post, as well as the exclusive video that we have from James, shows that his attack was a hate crime that could be labeled as terrorism because he injured more than one person!  Like the Waukesha suspect & the Louisville BLM activist who allegedly tried to assassinate a mayoral candidate, he appeared to be a fan of black nationalism.

FBI now protecting child murderers by arresting whistleblowers who point them out.  Are federal law enforcement agencies fighting crime or promoting it?  According to veteran pro-life activist Randall Terry, the authorities are actually the bad guys.  Both the Department of Justice (DoJ) and the Federal Bureau of Investigation (FBI) targeted pro-lifers, he says, who discovered and reported fetal remains outside a Washington, D.C., abortion clinic.  Instead of going after the criminal perpetrators who left the remains of murdered unborn children on the street, the DoJ and the FBI instead went after the whistleblowers who reported it.  "These people contacted local authorities and then suddenly the DoJ comes in with the FBI to arrest them," Terry stated at an April 5 press conference.

The FBI Is a Den of Scum and Villainy.  The FBI has been in steady decline for decades.  Now the FBI is a joke.  Populated with political hacks and agents willingly creating crimes to make criminals, it is a shell of what it once was, or what we thought it should be.  "Entrapment" is a defense to a crime that almost never flies, but it did in Michigan because it was perfectly clear that the Bureau created the plot to kidnap Whitmer.  When agents aren't entrapping dummies in Michigan they're after moms who don't want their children ruined.

Dislike, Thumbs Down, Unfollow: [The] FBI [is] Spending $27M on Social Media Tracking.  Here's an update to share on your preferred social media platform:  the FBI is watching.  According to a new report from the Washington Post, the FBI is going all in on social media monitoring, spending nearly $30 million dollars to prevent another January 6.  Privacy watchdogs and civil liberties advocates are concerned — and they should be.  This is crazy.  The FBI has purchased 5,000 licenses to use Babel X; a supercharged web crawler made by a company called Babel Street.  "The Justice Department has previously [used] Babel X... but the new contract appears to be by far the most the agency has ever shelled out for the software, and is one of the largest contracts for the software by a civilian agency," WaPo reports.  So what does the FBI get for $30 mil and 5,000 licenses?  Access to 40 online sources, including no-brainers like Instagram, fringe Korean social media platforms, and "dark web" monitoring.

Has the FBI ever before looked this pitiful?  It's one thing for the FBI, once considered the pre-eminent law enforcement agency in the world, to turn to the dark side and become the secret police of the Democrat party.  Again and again, the FBI has shown its partisan colors, overlooking obvious Democrat criminality (see Clinton, Hillary, and Biden, Hunter) while chasing after Donald Trump and his supporters like Brian Stelter chasing down a Mister Softee truck for seconds.  But although it's unsettling to know that the FBI is only supporting one side of the political aisle, what's truly incredible is how bad the Feebs are at partisan warfare.  Forget stopping actual terrorists, like the ones involved in 9/11, Orlando, and San Bernadino; recent history tells us the Bureau can't even run a coup right.  Under a previous director as tall as he was self-righteous, the FBI tried to take down presidential candidate Donald Trump (R-MAGA) with the infamous Russia Collusion scam.  But what a lousy effort it was!

Companies were slow to remove Russian spies' malware, so FBI did it for them.  The FBI remotely accessed and disinfected US-located devices running a powerful new strain of Russian state botnet malware, federal authorities said Wednesday.  Those authorities added that the Kremlin was using the malware to wage stealthy hacks of its adversaries.  The infected devices were primarily made up of firewall appliances from WatchGuard and, to a lesser extent, network devices from Asus.  Both manufacturers recently issued advisories providing recommendations for hardening or disinfecting devices infected by the botnet, known as Cyclops Blink.  It is the latest botnet malware from Russia's Sandworm, which is among the world's most elite and destructive state-sponsored hacking outfits.

Leftist Infiltration of the Police Will Lead To Tyranny.  In a free society, the police are guardians of democracy.  The radical Left must destroy belief in these principles to establish an organization that will support the efforts of a totalitarian government and violate the rights of the public on behalf of the ruling elites.  This has already happened with our FBI, which is so thoroughly corrupted that it essentially functions as a political secret police.  Crooked leadership resulted in the agency's participation in the now utterly discredited Russian collusion hoax to undermine President Trump, investigating and intimidating parents as domestic terrorists for speaking out at local school board meetings, and the relentless persecution of nonviolent January 6 protesters.  The FBI is a disgrace.  But when local law enforcement is subverted by leftist ideology, misconduct rises to another level.  The results can be brutal and deadly.

How does the FBI 'lose' a laptop like Hunter Biden's?  Some things don't make sense.  That brings us to some testimony from the FBI's assistant director for cyber-security, who told Congress's Rep. Matt Gaetz that he had no idea where Hunter Biden's laptop, entrusted to FBI custody, actually is. [...] "I don't know who has it," said [FBI Assistant Director for the Cyber Division Bryan] Vorndran. [...] Vorndran should be embarrassed.  The whereabouts of this laptop are something he should know.  Even if he doesn't have it, he should know who does have it because it's a computer matter that likely affects his job of protecting the country from cyber-attacks.

The FBI 'Doesn't Know' Where Hunter's Laptop Is.  "So where is it?  The Laptop?" Rep. Matt Gaetz (R-Fla.) clown-slapped the assistant director of the FBI's Cyber Division, Bryan A. Vorndran, on Tuesday [3/29/2022] when Vorndran admitted he didn't have "any information" on the whereabouts of Hunter Biden's "laptop from hell."  [Tweet with video clip]  Vorndran told Congress he didn't know where the laptop is, nor does he even know who SHOULD know the whereabouts of the laptop.  Weird, considering he IS the assistant director of the FBI's Cyber Division.  Gaetz mentioned the laptop's "international business deals, kickbacks, and shakedowns" that might potentially hurt the Biden family.

Director of FBI Cyber Has No Idea Where Hunter Biden Laptop Is Located.  I would say this is sketchy but given everything that has been revealed about the FBI in recent years the point would be moot.  We still have no idea where the Huma Abedin/Anthony Weiner laptop is located after the FBI took custody of it.  During a congressional hearing today, GOP Congressman Matt Gaetz asked FBI cyber chief Bryan Vorndran if he knows where Hunter Biden's laptop is stored.  The head of the FBI cyber operations said he has no idea.  [Video clip]

FBI cyber chief admits to not knowing what the agency has done with Hunter Biden's seized laptop.  Rep. Matt Gaetz (R-Fla.) got into a heated spat over the whereabouts of Hunter Biden's laptop during a House Judiciary hearing on oversight of the FBI's Cyber Division on Tuesday [3/29/2022].  The Republican firebrand used his allotted time to grill the division's assistant director Bryan Vorndran, who repeatedly told Gaetz he didn't have any information on where the hard drive belonging to President Joe Biden's son is currently located.  At one point Gaetz tried to enter the hard drive into the Congressional record but was blocked by House Judiciary Chair Rep. Jerry Nadler (D-N.Y.), who changed his mind a short while later.

How to Make Crime Vanish.  No sooner do we note here the out-of-control crime in San Francisco (and elsewhere in California) than we find a magical solution appear: stop collecting and reporting crime data!  Yesterday the FBI released its quarterly uniform crime report.  There appears this curious note on the home page:  ["]The Quarterly Uniform Crime Report was made available on March 21, 2022.  For this quarterly release, due to agency participation being under the 60 percent threshold, data trends by region and aggregate population group will not be available.  Data from individual city agencies with populations of 100,000 or greater can be accessed in the Resources section below.["]  In other words, if I read this right not enough law enforcement agencies sent in the data required for the FBI to provide national statistics.  Maybe this is a consequence of cutting police budgets.  That's one way of reducing the crime rate!

Feds pay $128M to families after FBI bungled tips about Parkland school shooter.  The federal government will pay a $127.5 million settlement over the Parkland, Fla. school massacre — after it admitted the FBI didn't follow up on two tips that could have prevented the massacre.  The legal deal announced Wednesday [3/16/2022] settles 40 lawsuits tied to the 2018 massacre at Marjory Stoneman Douglas High School, which remains the largest high school shooting in US history.  The Department of Justice did not admit fault in the shootings, and the settlement "resolved all the cases" filed against the government by family members of the 16 shooting victims and all the survivors of the attack, a news release said.

Secret Service says it doesn't have Hunter Biden emails from some years, his laptop says otherwise.  Days ahead of his trip to Mexico in spring 2011, Hunter Biden got an email from a Secret Service agent coordinating his protection detail.  "Hunter, when you have some free time, I would like to discuss the Monterrey trip with you," Secret Service agent Yvonne DiCristoforo wrote then-Vice President Joe Biden's son on April 28, 2011.  "I have some specific information to provide you that we received from our Mexico City office," she added.  "I know you are out of the office this evening, but if you could contact me at your convenience, I would appreciate it."  Secret Service records show Hunter Biden, in fact, took the trip with agents protecting him between May 15 to May 17, 2011.  The email, contained on a Hunter Biden laptop now in FBI custody and reviewed by Just the News, may not seem that significant at first blush.  But it has significant meaning to Senate investigators.

Video of Unconstitutional FBI Raid on Project Veritas Journalist's Home; Armed Agents Scream 'Let Me See Your Hands!'  Project Veritas released never-before-seen footage of last November's FBI raid on the home of one its journalists.  The shocking footage shows the tense moments when several agents banged on the door screaming, "Open up!"  Once the journalist opened the door, several FBI agents shouted, "Let me see your hands!"  [Video clip]  Agents are seen on the footage clutching weapons and tossing belongings after a brief conversation with the journalist.  The raid stems from a Project Veritas decision to investigate a diary that belonged to then Presidential candidate Joe Biden's daughter Ashley.  The Department of Justice executed the tense raids despite Project Veritas' decision not to publish the diary's contents and to turn it over to authorities.

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As a public service, I would like to present the following half-baked idea.  Somebody should invent this, if it doesn't already exist:  If there is any possibility that the police, the feds, the Mafia, or some combination of all three are coming after you, perhaps you should set up a video recorder inside your house, with the cameras pointed at the front door and the area immediately inside the house where all the shouting, flash-bang grenades, and senseless killing of your dog are likely to occur.  Here are a few pro tips for your system:  [#1]  The video recorder should discard anything older than three or four hours, so it never runs out of storage space.  [#2]  Sound-activated lighting, or supplemental lights triggered by a battering ram on the front door, would be very helpful.  [#3] High-definition video is a must, because the video will be all over the news media, and will eventually be shown to a jury.  Home invasions are always unscheduled.  Be prepared.

Republicans demand answers on FBI operations after audit reveals rules broken in investigations.  House Republicans said Tuesday [3/15/2022] that they want answers about the FBI's operations after an internal audit revealed agents flouting the rules during investigations involving politicians, candidates, religious groups, news media and others.  FBI agents broke their own rules at least 747 times in 18 months while conducting sensitive investigations, according to an internal 2019 FBI audit first reported by The Washington Times.  Rep. Andy Biggs, Arizona Republican, said the audit's findings should not come as a surprise.  "The FBI has strayed away from its core mission of protecting the American people and upholding the Constitution of the United States," Mr. Biggs said in a statement.

Jim Jordan seeks FBI briefing after 'whistleblower disclosure' on DC pipe bomb investigation.  A top House Republican is asking the FBI for a briefing after a special agent came forward with a disclosure about the bureau's investigation into a pair of pipe bombs planted outside the GOP's and Democratic Party's headquarters in Washington, D.C., the night before the Jan. 6 Capitol riot.  Rep. Jim Jordan, an Ohio Republican and ranking member of the House Judiciary Committee, sent a letter to FBI Director Christopher Wray on Wednesday saying this "whistleblower disclosure" revealed that the FBI's Washington Field Office asked FBI field offices last month to canvass all confidential human sources nationwide for relevant information.

FBI Quietly Drops Charges Against J6 Defendant Who Committed Suicide.  January 6 defendant Matthew Perna was looking at some serious jail time for a peaceful walk through the Capitol.  Killers have gotten way less severe sentences, like this fine lad, who punched and killed an elderly man who allegedly called him a bad name:  [Tweet]  Perna didn't punch an elderly man, causing his death.  Nor was he looking at two years of house arrest.  Perna was looking at 51 months in federal prison for entering the Capitol for five to ten minutes, snapping selfies, and chanting "USA" in an apparently seditious way.  He also tapped a window with a pole but didn't break it or anything else.  He didn't hit a cop.  The FBI magnanimously decided to drop their charges against Perna on Wednesday [3/9/2022].

DOJ Documents Obtained by Judicial Watch Confirm Existence of Communications Between FBI & Pfizer about Project Veritas.  Project Veritas has been made aware of Department of Justice Freedom of Information/Privacy Acts ("FOIPA") response letters which shockingly appear to confirm that there is some level of communication between federal officials at the Bureau and pharmaceutical giant Pfizer about Project Veritas.  The letters, which were originally obtained by Judicial Watch resulting from FOIA requests made by the legal watchdog group requesting communications between Pfizer and the FBI about Project Veritas cite separate reasons for rejecting the request.  While the second letter attempts to avoid acknowledging the existence of such communications by citing "an unwarranted invasion of personal privacy," the first response letter from the Department of Justice revealed more information.

Clueless: Woke FBI Downplays Anti-Semitic Aspect of Hostage-Taking at Texas Synagogue.  The jihadi who stormed the Congregation Beth Israel synagogue in Colleyville, Texas, and took hostages Saturday, demanding the release of convicted jihad terrorist Aafia Siddiqui, is dead, and the hostages are safe.  And now comes the real work: whitewashing, downplaying, and ignoring outright what took place, because it doesn't fit the establishment narrative.  FBI Special Agent in Charge Matt DeSarno got the ball rolling when he said, "We do believe from our engagement with this subject that he was singularly focused on one issue, uh, and it was not specifically related to the Jewish community, uh, but we're continuing to work to find motive and, and we will continue on that path."

The FBI Response to the Texas Synagogue Attack Is Absolutely Sick.  Yesterday, news of a hostage situation in a Texas synagogue rocked the nation.  Shortly after, due to the assailant's admission on a Facebook Live stream, we had an identity and a motive.  The man holding a rabbi and other Jews hostage was a Pakistani named Muhammad Siddiqui.  He was demanding the release of his anti-Semitic sister, Aafia Siddiqui, who is currently in prison for trying to kill US military personnel.  The Islamist community has made the terrorist a living martyr, with CAIR hosting many rallies seeking her freedom.  Thankfully, due to the actions of the local police and the SWAT team that was present, the hostage-taker was killed and everyone is now safe.  As per usual, that left the FBI to march in and take things over, and the response they gave is one of the most disgusting things I've ever seen from a law enforcement agency.

Public Servants or Parasites?  [Scroll down]  Don't forget the FBI.  It's in a class all by itself.  Our sworn law enforcement agents initiated a coup attempt against a duly elected president.  They set a perjury trap for his national security advisor.  They even falsified evidence to a FISA court.  I've heard the arguments that the FBI rank and file are honest and professional.  We shouldn't blame the whole FBI for a "few bad apples."  What complete balderdash!  If most of them were honest, where were the whistleblowers during the investigation of President Trump?  As far as being professional, how did they fail to prevent the Boston Marathon bombing — even after they'd received a tip that the Tsarnaevs were up to something?  I have the same question about the Pulse Nightclub massacre.  Was it also just a "few bad apples" that tried to frame Richard Jewell for the Atlanta Olympics bombing?  The FBI even had warnings about the 9/11 attack, yet failed to act.  Of course, our highly professional FBI agents were able to determine that a noose was really a garage-door pull.  It only required 15 agents and five days to make that determination.  That is some cunning police work!  It appears that the FBI is either using their badges to target political enemies, or they're just a modern-day version of the Keystone Cops in tailored suits.

Report: Huber and Horowitz Investigations Deep State Cons Constructed by DOJ.  Paul Sperry has an interesting report posted at RCP-Investigations outlining numerous interviews with DC politicians and would-be witnesses, if any actual DOJ investigation of the FBI and DOJ misconduct was taking place.  What Sperry discovers is the year-long narrative around John Huber and Michael Horowitz is factually false.  Just like the false framework surrounding the long-forgotten U.S. Attorney John Lausch; the guy who was supposedly hired to facilitate DOJ record production but actually did nothing of the sort; Sperry discovers the framework around U.S. Attorney John Huber was manufactured by career officials inside the DOJ to tamp down problematic demands for a second special counsel.

FBI Refuses To Comply With House Declassification Review of Witness Transcripts — Defers To Robert Mueller.  The FBI has responded to a request for declassification review of witness transcripts from the Joint House Committee headed by Chairman Bob Goodlatte.  The FBI is refusing to comply with the declassification review; and, entirely as expected, outlines the decision-maker for releasing any testimony is ultimately Robert Mueller. [...] Despite their claims, don't be tricked into thinking it's about timing, and/or a workload, and/or the holidays.  How do we know this?  Well, remember, the House Permanent Select Committee on Intelligence (HPSCI) Chaired by Devin Nunes, made a similar request for release of their transcripts on September 26th, 2018.  The ODNI, DOJ, FBI and Special Counsel have refused to comply for three months.

FBI misses deadline to provide docs to Judiciary Committee probing whistleblower raid.  The Justice Department and FBI have missed a Wednesday deadline to provide information about the government's mysterious raid on a former FBI contractor-turned-whistleblower's home last month.  Sixteen FBI agents on Nov. 19 raided the home of Dennis Nathan Cain, who reportedly gave the Justice Department's Inspector General (IG) documents related to the Uranium One controversy and potential wrongdoing by former Secretary of State Hillary Clinton.  The documents in question allegedly showed that federal officials failed to investigate possible criminal activity related to Clinton, the Clinton Foundation and Rosatom, a Russian nuclear company.  Its subsidiary purchased Canadian mining company Uranium One in 2013.

FBI defies subpoena for docs on its raid on Uranium One whistleblower.  The Deep State now is publicly baring its fangs at us, laughing at ineffective attempts to hold it accountable for abuse and worse.  I hate to be alarmist, but we have police agencies misbehaving and then destroying the evidence and refusing to cooperate with constitutional oversight functions.  Just in the last couple of days, we have learned that critical form 302 records were altered months after they were first created regarding the FBI interview upon which General Michael Flynn was prosecuted.  And we learned that the Special Counsel's Office of Robert Mueller scrubbed access to the text messages of Peter Strzok and Lisa Page, the texting blabbermouths who revealed the D.S. "insurance policy" in the event Trump won the presidency.

DOJ Wants To Keep Justification For Raiding Reported Clinton Foundation Whistleblower Secret.  The letter was sent to the U.S. District Court for the District of Maryland on Dec. 7 in response to The Daily Caller News Foundation's Nov. 30 request to unseal court documents that would show the FBI's rationale for the raid.  The documents could potentially reveal whether the bureau and the magistrate who signed the court order allowing the raid, Stephanie A. Gallagher, knew that the subject was, according to his lawyer, a recognized whistleblower.  Sixteen FBI agents raided Dennis Cain's Union Bridge, Maryland, home on Nov. 19 for six hours, even though Cain told them that he was a recognized whistleblower and handed classified documents over to the agents.  The documents Cain possessed reportedly showed that federal officials failed to investigate potential criminal activity regarding former Secretary of State Hillary Clinton, the Clinton Foundation, and the Russian company that purchased Uranium One.

DOJ Wants Details of Mysterious FBI Raid on Protected IG Whistleblower Kept Secret.  An interesting legal development in the aftermath of the mysterious FBI raid on protected FBI whistleblower Nate Cain.  The DOJ wants the details behind the search warrant to remain under seal, and the whistleblower target of that warrant — who was not arrested — is accusing the DOJ-FBI of being a police state.

Hillary Clinton & Google Created [a] Covert Server to Hide Classified Benghazi Emails from Congress; FBI Never Probed.  It's like a bad spy movie involving a third-world government.  Or perhaps a slap stick comedy.  The Secretary of State of the United States reading, sending, receiving sensitive emails with national security secrets, threats and classified or top secret intelligence over Google's public Gmail.  We expect this from chatting soccer moms but not from the top diplomat of the United States and her aides.  But it gets even worse.  The FBI either never discovered this blatant and clandestine violation of federal laws or did and simply covered it up.  Following the Benghazi consulate attack in 2012, then Secretary of State Hillary Clinton secretly worked with Google to reroute email traffic away from her private computer server and use public Google Gmail servers instead.

22-year-old changing in dressing room catches FBI agent taking photos, NJ cops say.  A 22-year-old woman was changing in a New Jersey clothing store's dressing room on Thursday [7/19/2018] when she made a horrifying discovery, according to police.  There was a man snapping pictures of the woman on his cell phone as the woman changed clothes at the shop in Edison, New Jersey.  And when the woman confronted the man, she found out he wasn't just anyone.  The man told her he was a law enforcement officer, according to Middlesex County prosecutors.  That's when the woman called 911.  Danuel S. Brown, a 30-year-old special agent in the FBI's New York field office, was arrested on charges of fourth-degree invasion of privacy, prosecutors said.

FBI repeatedly overstated encryption threat figures to Congress, public.  The FBI has repeatedly provided grossly inflated statistics to Congress and the public about the extent of problems posed by encrypted cellphones, claiming investigators were locked out of nearly 7,800 devices connected to crimes last year when the correct number was much smaller, probably between 1,000 and 2,000, The Washington Post has learned.  Over a period of seven months, FBI Director Christopher A. Wray cited the inflated figure as the most compelling evidence for the need to address what the FBI calls "Going Dark" — the spread of encrypted software that can block investigators' access to digital data even with a court order.

FBI Admits It Inflated Number of Supposedly Unhackable Devices.  We've learned that the FBI has been misinforming Congress and the public as part of its call for backdoor access to encrypted devices.  For months, the Bureau has claimed that encryption prevented it from legally searching the contents of nearly 7,800 devices in 2017, but today the Washington Post reports that the actual number is far lower due to "programming errors" by the FBI.  Frankly, we're not surprised.  FBI Director Christopher Wray and others argue that law enforcement needs some sort of backdoor "exceptional access" in order to deal with the increased adoption of encryption, particularly on mobile devices.  And the 7,775 supposedly unhackable phones encountered by the FBI in 2017 have been central to Wray's claim that their investigations are "Going Dark."  But the scope of this problem is called into doubt by services offered by third-party vendors like Cellebrite and Grayshift, which can reportedly bypass encryption on even the newest phones.

Maybe Mueller should be investigated.  Consider the issue of criticizing Robert Mueller, the special counsel.  Any criticism or even skepticism regarding Mueller's history is seen as motivated by a desire to help Trump.  Mueller was an assistant U.S. attorney in Boston, the head of its criminal division, the head of the criminal division in Main Justice, and the director of the FBI during the most scandalous miscarriage of justice in the modern history of the FBI.  Four innocent people were framed by the FBI to protect mass murdering gangsters who were working as FBI informers while they were killing innocent people.  An FBI agent, who is now in prison, was tipping off Whitey Bulger as to who might testify against him so that these individuals could be killed.  He also tipped off Bulger, allowing him to escape and remain on the lam for 16 years.  What responsibility, if any, did Mueller, who was in key positions of authority and capable of preventing these horrible miscarriages, have in this sordid incident?

Comey Joins Stormy as Latest Porn Star to Target Trump.  First, he made a devastating case for prosecuting Hillary Clinton for her reckless disregard for national secrets using her illegal bathroom email server.  Yet, in the same press conference, announced he was giving her a pass on all of her crimes.  We have since learned that he and the entire cabal of Clinton cronies at the FBI and Department of Justice rigged not only that investigation but also the separate investigation into the Clinton Foundation.  Remember, the Clinton Foundation investigation centered on compelling evidence that the Clinton Cartel was using the foundation for a global shakedown and extortion racket.  They were raking in hundreds of millions in "speaking fees" and other donations in exchange for favors that could be performed far into the future — assuming, of course, that Hillary Clinton was a shoo-in for the White House.

Catherine Herridge Confirms Lisa Page Statements Contradicted Andrew McCabe, Ultimately Leading to His Firing.  Fox News Catherine Herridge reports today [4/5/2018], per her FBI investigative sources, it was an investigative interview with FBI Attorney Lisa Page, in July 2017, that contradicted FBI Deputy Director Andrew McCabe, and ultimately led to his firing.  That revelation is exactly what we anticipated was the origin to Inspector General Michael Horowitz gaining the text messages between Lisa Page and Peter Strzok.  The issue is actually more stunning than presented.

Why the FBI Is Dodging Nunes.  It was reported recently that the FBI refuses to show Congressman Devin Nunes an unredacted copy of the origination document that triggered the probe into the Trump campaign.  What is the FBI hiding?  Paradoxically, nothing — that is, no classified information showing collusion between Trump and Russia.  The FBI is simply trying to hide the embarrassingly partisan origins of its spying on the Trump campaign.  Were the redactions covering material harmful to Trump, that material would have been leaked by now.  So the redactions can only be concealing the fingerprints of Hillary's partisans in the Obama administration.

Andrew McCabe's Wife Falsely Claims He 'Kept Himself Separate' From Her State Senate Campaign.  Jill McCabe, the wife of former FBI deputy director Andrew McCabe, falsely claimed in a Monday [4/2/2018] op-ed that her husband "kept himself separate" from her state senate campaign.  McCabe, who ran in 2015 as a Democrat for a Virginia State Senate seat, said the last year and a half have been a "nightmare" for her and her family because of "twisted reporting and presidential tweets."  She wrote in her Washington Post op-ed that she is now, however, free to speak out because her husband is no longer at the FBI.  The "accidental politician" highlighted how she and her husband met, her career in the medical field, and various aspects of her state senate campaign in 2015, including her support from former Gov. Terry McAuliffe (D.) and her husband's role in the campaign.

Ms. McCabe, Andrew Did Not Separate Himself From Your VA Senate Run, He Used His FBI Email To Campaign For You.  [Scroll down]  Oh yeah, this guy is getting railroaded, except that he's not.  And it doesn't seem that stretching the truth falls far from the tree.  His wife, Jill, a doctor, penned an op-ed in The Post about her failed 2015 Virginia Senate run and how there was no conflict of interest.  There have been allegations that McCabe's donations from pro-Clinton Gov. Terry McAuliffe's PAC during that run, which exceeded $400,000, was a sort of down payment for political protection since soon after her campaign ended, Mr. McCabe became deputy director, where one of his tasks was to oversee the investigation into Hillary Clinton's email fiasco.

Justice Dept. charges Minnesota FBI agent for leaking secret document to news outlet.  A former Minneapolis FBI agent who sought to expose what he called "systemic biases" within the bureau has been charged after allegedly leaking secret documents to a national news reporter, according to federal criminal charges filed in Minnesota this week.  The charges, filed by prosecutors for the Justice Department's National Security Division, are the first to come in Minnesota since Attorney General Jeff Sessions announced a broad crackdown on government leaks last year.  A two-page felony information, a charging document that typically signals an imminent guilty plea, outlines two counts filed against Terry James Albury of unlawfully disclosing and retaining national defense information.

FBI Agent Charged For Doing Exactly What James Comey Admitted To Doing.  An FBI agent was charged for doing the exact same thing as former FBI Director James Comey, according to the Washington Times.  The Justice Department has filed charges against Terry Albury for allegedly leaking classified documents to a news media outlet.

The FBI Gets The Attention Of The AG And Courts Over Ignoring Subpoenas.  Morale Possibly Ruined.  Late last week, House Judiciary Committee Chairman Bob Goodlatte hit Deputy Attorney General Rod Rosenstein with a subpoena for documents related to several investigations, such as the Clinton email investigation.  What brought this on was stonewalling of the committee's document requests by the FBI.

House subpoena rattles Justice Department; Sessions 'angry' at slow response.  The FBI is promising swift action on a House subpoena covering three politically charged investigations after word that Attorney General Jeff Sessions has grown angry with the bureau's slow-walking of congressional requests for information.  Last week the House Judiciary Committee sent a subpoena to Deputy Attorney General Rod Rosenstein demanding documents from the Justice Department and the FBI "regarding charging decisions in the investigation surrounding former Secretary of State Hillary Clinton's private email server, potential abuses of the Foreign Intelligence Surveillance Act, and the FBI's Office of Professional Responsibility recommendation to fire former FBI Deputy Director Andrew McCabe," according to a committee press release.

Did The FBI *Cause* Pulse?  So once again we have outrageous prosecutorial misconduct.  Specifically, the prosecution had an obligation to disclose this during discovery before the trial began, and did not.  But the better question here is whether the FBI knew that the shooting was going to take place, was being planned, and deliberately ignored it or worse, even egged it on.

Was the FBI's Investigation of Hillary Clinton a 'Sham'?  This should be big news.  In fact, this should have led the evening news on Sunday night, and there should be some kind of media investigation of this planned today, but there wasn't, and there won't be.  The reason this story didn't lead the news yesterday, and that the media won't be investigating it today (or ever) is because it doesn't fit the liberal narrative.  Senator Lindsey Graham (R-SC) appeared on the Fox News Channel Sunday morning to continue his call for a second special counsel to investigate the FBI's behavior during the 2016 elections.

House Judiciary Committee Subpoenas 1.2M Documents Reviewed by DOJ IG.  Rep. Bob Goodlatte (R-Va.), the chairman of the House Judiciary Committee, has run out of patience with the U.S. Justice Department and is now subpoenaing 1.2 million DOJ documents, including decisions made by former FBI Director James Comey not to prosecute former Secretary of State Clinton and other matters leading up to and beyond the 2016 election.  The DOJ inspector-general also is investigating the FBI's handling of the Clinton case.  "Well, we want to see everything that the inspector general has seen, which is, we understand, about 1.2 million documents," Goodlatte told Fox News's Neil Cavuto on Monday.  He said the documents are critical to his committee's oversight of the FBI and DOJ.

DOJ: Inspector General Examining Whether McCabe Was Promised Promotion to FBI Director by Hillary Clinton.  Andrew McCabe may have revealed to his inner circle an inside plan to replace his friend James Comey as FBI director if and when Hillary Clinton was elected president of the United States, according to top officials in the Justice Department. [...] If those discussions about a promotion to FBI director with co-workers and McCabe's inner circle were anything more than bravado, that certainly is troubling.  And given the fact that McCabe's wife Jill was given more than $1.25 million in Hillary-backed campaign donations to run for state senate in Virginia, it could spell additional legal woes for her husband.  McCabe was in charge of the Hillary Clinton email investigation at the FBI at the same time his wife ran for office.  At the same time he and his wife struck a deal to run for office with Hillary consigliere and Virginia Gov. Terry McAuliffe, who was allegedly under investigation at the time by the FBI for a public corruption case.

Documents: FBI Carefully Planned Clinton-Lynch Tarmac Trip, Tried To Cover It Up.  The Federal Bureau of Investigation (FBI) under director James Comey carefully plotted logistics and security for President Bill Clinton's meeting on an airplane tarmac with then-Attorney General Loretta Lynch during the 2016 campaign.  The FBI then attempted to cover up the tarmac meeting by targeting a Bureau whistleblower.  The FBI worked with its offices around the country to execute the plan.

FBI staffers knew warnings about Nikolas Cruz were related but closed the case, lawmakers learn.  The FBI this week detailed to Congress a series of mistakes and missed opportunities to intervene before a gunman killed 17 people at Marjory Stoneman Douglas High School in Florida — including a revelation that staffers knew two warnings about suspect Nikolas Cruz were related, but still closed the case.  FBI Deputy Director David Bowdich made the comments in a closed briefing Tuesday with members of the House Judiciary and Oversight Committees.  In a summary released Wednesday [3/7/2018] to Fox News, Bowdich cited two tips that the FBI received about Cruz in September 2017 and January 2018 that were mishandled.

FBI Paid Best Buy Technicians to Inform Them about Illegal Content on Customer Devices.  The FBI recruited computer technicians at Best Buy to inform them about illegal content on personal devices customers brought in for repairs, new Bureau documents show.  The informants were discovered after Best Buy's Geek Squad technicians at a Kentucky repair shop found thousands of child-pornography images on California doctor Mark Rettenmaier's computer.  The documents from the ensuing court case showed that eight informants were cooperating with the FBI to turn over illegal content.

Best Buy Gave Obama FBI [a] Tour of [a] Geek Squad Facility [and the] FBI Paid Employees As Informants.  Well isn't this interesting?  The FBI was given it's [sic] own private tour of the Best Buy "Geek Squad" computer repair facilities during the Obama and Comey days.  This was done back in September of 2016, at the height of the election season.  We'll wait (and wait and wait) to see if Mr. Magoo Jeff Sessions or his boss Rod Rosenstein do anything about this.

FBI agent Peter Strzok was told of possible breach into Clinton's server but didn't follow up, sources say.  During the final months of the Clinton email investigation, FBI agent Peter Strzok was advised of an irregularity in the metadata of Hillary Clinton's server that suggested a possible breach, but there was no significant follow up, according to two sources with knowledge of the matter.  Sources told Fox News that Strzok, who sent anti-Trump text messages that got him removed from the ongoing Special Counsel Robert Mueller's Russia probe, was told about the metadata anomaly in 2016, but Strzok did not support a formal damage assessment.

Australian diplomat whose tip prompted FBI's Russia-probe has tie to Clintons.  The Australian diplomat whose tip in 2016 prompted the Russia-Trump investigation previously arranged one of the largest foreign donations to Bill and Hillary Clinton's charitable efforts, documents show.  Former Australian Foreign Minister Alexander Downer's role in securing $25 million in aid from his country to help the Clinton Foundation fight AIDS is chronicled in decade-old government memos archived on the Australian foreign ministry's website.

John Solomon:  FBI Never Told Congress Aussie Diplomat Whose Tip Triggered Russia Probe Is Linked To Clinton Foundation.  According to a new report, the FBI failed to brief Congressional investigators on ties between former Australian Foreign Minister Alexander Downer, the diplomat whose tip prompted the Russia probe, with the Clinton Foundation.

Indicted Russians.  That's It?  The Russians spent some money buying Americans to demonstrate?  Or just found kindred spirits online to do it free? [...] Or, Americans made "false statements" to FBI investigators when, as in the Flynn debacle, the bureau had already said there were no lies?  That's the output thus far from Team Mueller with regard to their mission to investigate whether there was Russian meddling in our presidential election in 2016, and whether Americans "colluded" with the Russians in such endeavors.  So far, we haven't seen anyone indicted for such matters, but we do see truly shocking and genuinely dangerous corruption among the investigators and the enforcers.

Nunes: FBI may have violated criminal statutes in FISA application to spy on Trump adviser Carter Page.  The FBI may have violated criminal statutes, as well as its own strict internal procedures, by using unverified information during the 2016 election to obtain a surveillance warrant on onetime Trump campaign aide Carter Page, the chairman of the House Intelligence Committee charged Thursday [3/1/2018] in a letter obtained by Fox News.  House Intelligence Committee (HPSCI) Chairman Devin Nunes, R-Calif., wrote in his letter to Attorney General Jeff Sessions that "in this instance, it's clear that basic operating guidance was violated."  Nunes cited the Domestic Investigations and Operations Guide (DIOG), which was created by the bureau and approved by the Justice Department, to say he believed the FBI violated procedures requiring verified and documented evidence in applications to the Foreign Intelligence Surveillance Court.

FBI Denies Secret Comey-Obama Meeting[,] Raises Integrity and Public Trust Issues.  The FBI states it will not expedite the release of documents about secret meetings between FBI Director James Comey and former President Barack Obama, according to a letter the bureau sent to The Daily Caller News Foundation.  Such information is not "a matter of widespread and exceptional media interest in which there exists possible questions about the government's integrity which affects public confidence," David Hardy, the section chief for the bureau's Record/Information Dissemination Section, told TheDCNF in a Feb. 26 letter.  TheDCNF, under the Freedom of Information Act (FOIA), requested records of all meetings between Comey and Obama and sought an "expedited process" as provided under the act when issues are of great interest to the media and the records address issues pertaining to government integrity.  TheDCNF FOIA request was filed Feb. 16, 2018.

Assault On The Constitution.  I'm a former TV news reporter in Washington, DC.  I wrote and produced these reports utilizing many sources including the Conservative Treehouse and the government documents it's published.  This report focuses on the Obama administration's Illegal spying of the Trump Campaign.  It includes discussion of the FISA warrant and the House and Senate investigations of the executive branch's misleading search warrant application to the FISA Court.  Former U.S. attorney Joseph diGenova says he expects former top FBI officials to be charged criminally.  [Video clip]

The Shocking History Of Sexual Misconduct Within James Comey's FBI.  The Department of Justice's inspector general sanctioned at least 14 FBI agents and officials for a range of improper sexual acts since 2014, and most of the misconduct occurred during former FBI Director James Comey's term, The Daily Caller News Foundation has determined.  The public got a glimpse into the bureau's sexual mischief when it was disclosed high-profile FBI officials Lisa Page and Peter Strzok were cheating on their spouses.  Special counsel Robert Mueller dumped Page from his investigation on Russian collusion and later removed Strzok after he learned of their relationship.  But it turns out sexual misconduct within the bureau went much further than cheating spouses.

FBI was told by someone close to Nikolas Cruz that "he's so into ISIS".  This doesn't mean that Cruz was an Islamic jihadi.  It means that he saw their bloodlust, and admired it.  An organization that glories in violence and murder is going to attract people of like mind.  And if that organization justifies itself by reference to the teachings of a major religion, this kind of thing is going to keep on happening.  The FBI, of course, did nothing.

FBI bureaucratic failures and willful blindness rack up a horrifying body count.  After [a young man] gunned down 17 people at Stoneman Douglas High School in Florida, FBI special agent Robert Lasky, head of the bureau's Miami division, said he "truly regrets" the pain caused by the FBI's failure to act on a tip about the shooter.  The FBI said it had no way to trace the tip, then FBI boss Christopher Wray said the message was never passed on to the FBI's Miami field office, as official protocol required.  Relatives of the victims might have noted the passive verb construction.  In typical style, Wray failed to name the person who never passed on the tip, and offered no explanation why that person might have done so. [...] Who are the FBI agents, and their bosses, who looked the other way in the Fort Hood, Boston Marathon and Orlando terrorist attacks?  What, exactly, are they doing now?  As in the Florida high-school shooting, the victims and their loved ones deserve some answers.

Does the FBI really have anyone investigating tipoffs about school shooters?  As if it couldn't soil itself more in the wake of its flawed Russian investigation scandal targeting Donald Trump, the Federal Bureau of Investigation is in hot water again, this time over its failure to act on at least two very specific tipoffs about the Parkland, Florida school spray shooter, who murdered 17 people in cold blood. [...] This tipoff failure follows an earlier one, from an Alabama bail bondsman, who sent email to the FBI about the gunman's plans, posted on YouYube, of becoming "a professional school shooter," which bounced back.  After that, the bail bondsman called the FBI local field office, whose agents promised him they'd "look into it."  They didn't.

Here's a list of recent attacks the FBI missed despite 'significant warning signs beforehand'.  The Washington Free Beacon's Stephen Gutowski put Here's a list of recent attacks the FBI missed despite 'significant warning signs beforehand' together a list of recent attacks that the FBI missed despite "significant warning signs," and it's quite disturbing.

The FBI looks like the Federal Bureau of Incompetence after ignoring warning about Florida gunman.  Wasn't there something eerily and disgracefully familiar about the news that the FBI had a highly specific warning about the murderous intentions of [...] the gunman who has confessed to shooting and killing 14 students and three adults at a Florida high school Wednesday?  Doesn't it remind you of the way that after nearly every single one of the Islamist terror attacks of the last few years — whether in America, in Britain or elsewhere — a devastating phrase soon emerges?  The attacker was "known to the authorities."

Congressman calls Trump 'psychopath' for saying out loud what rational-minded Americans are thinking about FBI.  Democrats have become so unhinged over their hatred for President Donald Trump that they think nothing of calling the commander in chief a "psychopath."  Case in point, U.S. Rep. Ruben Gallego, D-Ariz., who took great exception to Trump saying out loud what most rational minded Americans are already thinking when it comes to the FBI.

Florida shooting shows not to rely on the FBI.  People are asking why didn't the FBI follow up on the tips about the gunman who went on to kill 17 people at a high school in Florida?  That's the wrong question.  We should ask:  why didn't the tipsters report their suspicions to the local police or sheriff's office?

One Organization Has Blood On Their Hands:  It's the FBI.  Leftists and the media can complain and whine all they want about the NRA, Trump or Republicans in Congress.  Problem is, there is really one government organization in this country that has yet more blood dripping for their hands after the Parkland shooting.  It's not the NRA, it's the pathetic, partisan, FBI.  All the warning signs were there [...].  All the social media posts with wanting to be a "professional school shooter" and such were available for everyone to see on Youtube.  Instead, the FBI couldn't be bothered with [the shooter] because they had more important things to do.

The FBI Admits They Screwed Up.  But They're So Sorry.  Well, guess what, everyone — the FBI is finally admitting they dropped the ball on [the Florida] high school shooter [...].  This kid left a trail of breadcrumbs a mile long, and yet law enforcement just said, "Meh."  It's so egregious that Florida Gov. Rick Scott is now calling for the FBI director to resign.  On Friday [2/16/2018], the FBI said that just last month — let that sink in — a person close to [the shooter] contacted them.  The information the caller told the FBI was ominous.  [The shooter] not only owned a gun, but he expressly said that he wanted to kill people, and school shootings seemed to be a thing with him.  The caller reported this on January 5th, and yet the FBI did nothing.

FBI Received a Credible Tip about Florida Shooter.  Did Nothing.  "We need to do more to prevent gun violence" crows every rube with brains consisting of mainly sawdust.  The "do more" typically takes the form of "more government intervention."  [...] We already have background checks.  We already have law enforcement.  We already have agencies tasked with investigating crime and credible threats.  Law enforcement and the FBI failed here.  Resulting in the gunman passing a background check.  So, if law enforcement and the FBI had done that which they're tasked with doing, isn't it possible to conclude Nikolas Cruz would've failed a background check?  Thereby would not have purchased guns legally?

The FBI Keeps Missing Mass Shooters Before It's Too Late.  Revelations that the FBI had been warned about [the] Florida high school shooter [...] fit an all-too-familiar pattern, in which apparent law enforcement errors have preceded mass murders.  A person close to [the shooter] warned the the FBI last month that he had a "desire to kill people" and could carry out a school shooting, the FBI admitted on Friday [2/16/2018].  The agency failed to act on the tip.  The FBI was also warned about [the shooter] after he posted on YouTube saying he was going to become a "professional school shooter."  The agency said they couldn't identify the user who made the threat, despite [the shooter] posting under his own name.

Say Something, Do Nothing — FBI Statement On Parkland Florida School Shooting.  The FBI released a stunning admission today admitting they received prior a specific warning about Broward County Nikolas Cruz and his threats to carry out a school shooting.  The FBI took no action.

What Do We Do about the Biased and Incompetent FBI?  It's bad enough for a law enforcement agency to be biased.  It's even worse for it to be biased and incompetent.  But the latter seems to be an apt characterization of our Federal Bureau of Investigation in the wake of the killings in Parkland, Florida, where, by their own admission, the organization overlooked warnings about the killer that could have saved seventeen students and teachers from mass murder.  This is no mere bureaucratic slip-up and the demand by Governor Scott for the resignation of FBI Director Wray is understandable considering the number of dead children in his state.  The incompetence, moreover, is not just restricted to Parkland.  It pervades an institution that — frequently blinded by the most rote political correctness — interviewed and then released terrorists who ultimately perpetrated horrific attacks from the Boston Marathon to the Orlando nightclub massacre.  (There are several more.)

Report: FBI Warned About Potential School Shooter in September.  The FBI was notified in September after a YouTube user [...] left a comment about wanting to be a "professional school shooter," reports the far-left BuzzFeed News.

Danny Casolaro.  Danny Casolaro, an aspiring novelist, freelance writer and investigative reporter looking into the theft of Project PROMIS software, a program capable of tracking down anyone anywhere in the world, died in August 1991, a reported suicide.  Casolaro was also investigating Pine Gap, Area 51 and governmental bioengineering.

The Strange Death of Daniel Casolaro.  In the weeks before his death Casolaro had spoken frequently about threats on his life.  In fact, just before he left for Martinsburg he told his brother, "If anything happens to me, don't believe it's an accident."  For reasons unknown, Casolaro's family wasn't notified of his death until two days after his body was discovered.  And by that time, his body had already been embalmed illegally.  Additionally, the hotel almost immediately brought in an industrial cleaning company to sanitize the room, thereby greatly diminishing any opportunity for an independent forensic investigation.

Justice Department changes the FBI's story on Danny Casolaro's file.  The Department of Justice appears to have retroactively declared that 98% of the FBI file on the journalist Danny Casolaro was and still is missing, despite the FBI seeming to say they had found it.  Having previously released only a handful of documents which indicated the FBI misled Congress about investigating Casolaro's suspicious death, with other documents from the DOJ hinting at interference and a cover-up, the DOJ has rewritten the FBI's explanation for not releasing 1,350 pages from Casolaro's FBI file.  Despite the FBI having twice written that the files were found, the DOJ now says that the files are missing and always were.  As the chain of events appear to defy explanation, they are offered as-is and without an attempt to explain.

The alleged plot to kidnap Governor Gretchen Whitmer

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Here's How The DOJ And FBI Are Spending Their Time Instead Of Rooting Out Actual Extremists.  The FBI said in October of 2020 it had foiled a violent plan to kidnap Democratic Michigan Gov. Gretchen Whitmer, spending months working with informants and sending undercover agents to monitor meetings, chats and training exercises, eventually stopping the operation and arresting those involved, Buzzfeed reported.  The DOJ labeled the men "violent extremists" for the planned kidnapping and plan to use explosives in the operation.  "Federal and state law enforcement are committed to working together to make sure violent extremists never succeed with their plans, particularly when they target our duly elected leaders," U.S. Attorney Andrew Byerly Birge said.  The DOJ elevated the case to include terror-related charges months later for allegedly conspiring to use weapons of mass destruction.  Defense attorneys claimed throughout the trials that the men could never have planned the operation themselves, and the FBI had entrapped them in the undercover operation, often offering the men money, Buzzfeed reported.  The defense said the FBI "conceived and controlled every aspect" of the kidnapping operation, according to the Washington Examiner.  In a blow to the FBI's case, two men were acquitted of all charges related to the kidnapping by the jury on Friday.  The jury also was unable to reach a verdict on two more men that had already been charged, leading to a possible re-trial.

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Female FBI Agent Slept with Target Barry Croft in Hotel, in Same Bed, During Training Weekend Paid for by FBI.  In an October 2020 press conference, the FBI announced it had thwarted a plot by a so-called "right-wing militia" to kidnap and kill Michigan Governor Gretchen Whitmer.  The Whitmer kidnapping plot was in the media 24/7 and used to bludgeon Trump with just a few weeks to go until Election Day.  The FBI used at least 12 informants in the Michigan Whitmer kidnapping case.  There were 6 defendants and 12 FBI informants identified as the case progressed.  The FBI planned the Whitmer attack, organized the attack, paid for the attack, and recruited local men to join in their planned attack.  It was another complete setup by Chris Wray's FBI to frame and ruin innocent men.  The case, which we now know was comprised of virtually all FBI agents and informants, took another devastating hit in August.  Michael Hills, an attorney for Brandon Caserta, one of the six defendants, produced text messages showing an FBI field agent telling an informant to lie, frame an innocent man and delete text messages.  This is why federal prosecutors are refusing to hand over text messages and laptops from FBI informants in the Whitmer kidnapping case.  The FBI actually hatched the plot. paid for the plot, ran the plot, and set up the innocent men in their immoral scheme.

Is Congress Poised to Investigate Whitmer Fednapping Hoax?  Afederal judge next month is scheduled to sentence two men convicted of conspiring to kidnap Michigan Governor Gretchen Whitmer from her lakeside cottage in the fall of 2020.  Adam Fox, the alleged ringleader, and Barry Croft, Jr. face years in prison.  During the first trial in April, Fox and Croft received a hung jury while two co-defendants were acquitted on all charges based on extensive evidence of FBI entrapment.  A jury found Fox and Croft guilty after a second trial in August thanks to the same judge putting his thumb — body? — on the scale in favor of the government.  But the matter is far from over.  Defense attorneys are expected to file an appeal following the sentencing hearing on December 28 and will likely include allegations of juror misconduct and judicial bias during the retrial.

Where Is Steven D'Antuono?  [Scroll down] The FBI field office primarily responsible for running the entrapment scheme was located in Detroit — at the time headed by none other than Steven M. D'Antuono.  Unlike his public self-praise for the FBI's role in the January 6 investigation, however, D'Antuono has been uncharacteriscially mum about what the government considers its biggest domestic terror investigation in recent history.  That's because it wasn't an investigation; it was a set up.  No fewer than a dozen FBI undercover agents and informants worked at the direction of FBI officials in numerous field offices to engineer the scam.  Agents with D'Antuono's office in Detroit hired and handled the lead informant, a man named Dan Chappel, to stitch the group of alleged kidnappers together over a seven month period beginning in early 2020.

Two Men Convicted of Conspiring to Kidnap Democratic Michigan Governor Gretchen Whitmer.  A federal judge convicted two men on Tuesday of conspiring in 2020 to kidnap Democratic Michigan governor Gretchen Whitmer.  The two men, Adam Fox and Barry Croft, face a maximum sentence of life in prison for the kidnapping conspiracy, and were also convicted on one count of conspiring to use weapons of mass destruction, as the men allegedly planned to blow up a bridge near Whitmer's home to hinder the government's response.  Fox and Croft's first trial ended in a mistrial.  Two men pleaded guilty before the first trial and two others were acquitted of all charges in April.  Defense attorneys claimed that the men were entrapped by more than a dozen government undercover agents and informants who "conceived and controlled every aspect" of the plot to kidnap the governor.

Think the FBI Deserves the Benefit of the Doubt?  In October 2020, the FBI revealed that a plot to kidnap Michigan Democrat Gov. Gretchen Whitmer had been heroically foiled by federal law enforcement.  A group of far-right militiamen, the story goes, conspired to kidnap the governor and try her as a "tyrant" in Wisconsin.  In July last year, however, BuzzFeed revealed that at least 12 people involved were FBI informants orchestrating another entrapment.  "The problem with the case is that it appears the FBI, through informants and undercover agents, hatched the kidnapping plot, served in the key leadership positions of the militia group, trained the militia members in military tactics, actively recruited participants, and funded much of the militia's activities," reported former CIA Paramilitary Operations Officer Max Morton.  "Then, when various members of the Watchman militia became uncomfortable with the kidnapping plot, with several quitting, the FBI's primary informant pushed the plot along, eventually becoming the militia group's leader."  In April, a jury refused to convict four of the 14 defendants charged. Two were found not guilty, another two concluded the trial with no verdict, and another two took plea deals.

Whitmer fednapping exposes moral rot of FBI.  Shared hotel rooms.  Fake militias.  Booze and pot.  Planted evidence.  Phony bomb makers.  Criminal FBI informants.  Wife-beating wife-swappers.  No, that's not the latest iteration of the "X Files" but the real-life drama of the FBI-concocted scheme to "kidnap" Michigan Governor Gretchen Whitmer in 2020.  The better-than-television saga is again unfolding in a Grand Rapids courtroom this month as the Department of Justice retries two men charged with conspiring to kidnap Whitmer right before the 2020 presidential election.  In April, prosecutors failed to win a single conviction in one of the government's biggest domestic terror investigations in decades.  A jury acquitted two men — Brandon Caserta and Daniel Harris — on every count after defense attorneys successfully argued their clients were entrapped by the FBI.

Brave Reporter Julie Kelly Explains Connection Between FBI Whitmer Kidnapping Plot, Jan 6 and Raid on Mar-a-Lago.  Every day more comes out about how corrupt and Democrat-controlled the FBI and Department of Justice are.  From the entrapment case in the alleged kidnapping plot of Michigan's Governor Whitmer, which was organized and instigated by the FBI, to the rampant mistreatment of January 6th defendants and the suspicious and unprecedented raid on Mar-a-Lago, every event of the past few years seems to confirm a move towards one-party authoritarian rule by the Democrats through a weaponized DOJ and FBI.  [Video clip]

FBI Director Christopher Wray puts on a disgraceful display.  Just yesterday, FBI Director Christopher Wray testified before the Senate Judiciary Committee on a host of topics, and the answers were quite revealing[.]  Sen. Ted Cruz (R-TX) questioned Wray about the case against four individuals who allegedly conspired to kidnap Democrat Michigan Gov. Gretchen Whitmer in 2020.  Cruz noted that among the four accused who were tried, two were acquitted and two received mistrials; i.e., none were convicted of any charge.  Cruz pointed out that the "basis of the defense was entrapment, that the FBI, that paid informants for the FBI had suggested and had incited the conduct."  Wray refused to comment if any FBI agent had received discipline or was reprimanded after "the misconduct that led to every defendant being acquitted or having a mistrial on every charge."

Men who allegedly tried to kidnap Gov. Gretchen Whitmer to stand trial again.  The alleged masterminds of an extremist plot to kidnap Michigan Gov. Gretchen Whitmer and start a civil war ahead of the 2020 presidential election will be re-tried after a jury failed to reach a verdict in their cases earlier this year.  A federal judge set a trial date in August for Adam Fox and Barry Croft Jr.  Thursday after declining their lawyer's request to clear them of conspiracy and weapons charges.  "We don't know what the jury was thinking. ... There's enough here to say that a rational jury could still go against Mr. Fox, go against Mr. Croft, even considering the outcome with respect for Mr. [Daniel] Harris and Mr. [Brandon] Caserta," US District Judge Robert Jonker said, referencing two alleged co-conspirators that were found not guilty.  Fox and Croft were part of a paramilitary militia group called "Wolverine Watchmen" that planned to abduct Whitmer at her vacation home because they were upset over the COVID-19 restrictions and mandates enacted by the 50-year-old Democrat, prosecutors alleged.

Whitmer Hoax Defendant: 'My Life Got Taken Away From Me'.  Brandon Caserta had just ordered take-out — a bacon double cheeseburger with jalapeno and avocado that the restaurant named the "Spicy Brando" in his honor — when a coworker said the plant manager needed to see him.  Instead of leaving to take his lunch break as planned, Caserta, who at the time worked as a machinist in a Michigan factory that manufactures parts for Ford trucks, walked to his boss' office to see what was up.  When Caserta entered the office on October 7, 2020, at least 15 masked FBI agents and local law enforcement officers immediately tackled him to the ground.  "Stop resisting, you're under arrest!" they shouted, according to Caserta, who spoke with American Greatness by phone for four hours this week to discuss his nearly two-year ordeal at the hands of the U.S. government.  Caserta was taken from Plymouth to Ypsilanti that evening and interrogated.  Hours later, FBI agents finally revealed why he was under arrest:  for conspiring to kidnap Gretchen Whitmer, the Democratic governor of Michigan.

Report: FBI Corruption Targets Millions of Americans.  The most recent example involved the supposed kidnapping plot against Michigan's Gretchen Whitmer.  Just prior to the 2020 election, the FBI made a big show of taking down several "right-wing" extremists who we were assured were deadly serious about going after the Democrat governor.  Of course, it was just one big coincidence that the government made its move during a time period that exacted maximum political harm against Donald Trump by pushing a left-wing narrative about "domestic terrorism."  In early April, though, two men were acquitted of conspiracy (with the jury hanging on the rest of the alleged suspects) after they successfully argued that they had been entrapped.  That wasn't a new theory, either.  RedState and other outlets had been pointing out for years that the entire situation stunk, and that it appeared the FBI cooked up the plan while manipulating vulnerable men to take part in it.  Last I checked, the government isn't supposed to be in the business of instigating crimes that otherwise wouldn't have been committed, but here we are.

Inside the FBI's infiltration and entrapment of a Michigan militia crew.  The FBI got walloped last week when a Michigan jury concluded that the bureau had entrapped two men accused of plotting to kidnap Gov. Gretchen Whitmer.  Those men and others were arrested a few weeks before the 2020 election in a high-profile, FBI-fabricated case that Joe Biden claimed showed President Trump's "tolerance of hate, vengeance, and lawlessness to plots such as this one."  But the jury verdict exposes how the feds have created the monsters they parade to vindicate their vast power over Americans.  Michigan was a swing state in the 2020 election.  When the arrests were announced, Whitmer speedily denounced Trump for inciting "domestic terrorism."  Biden won the 2020 election because of the early voting, and the Michigan kidnapping plot was one of the biggest stories in October 2020.  Prior to the presidential election, Attorney General Bill Barr assured that news did not leak about multiple federal investigations into Hunter Biden.  But the FBI felt no such constraints and trumpeted a ludicrous scheme that was shot down even by a jury that a federal judge had largely blindfolded.

Justice Department Plans to Re-Try Two Remaining Whitmer Fednapping Defendants.  Despite a humiliating defeat in what the Justice Department considered one of its biggest domestic terror investigations in recent history, federal prosecutors announced they will re-try two men who were not acquitted last week on charges of conspiring to kidnap Michigan Governor Gretchen Whitmer in 2020. [...] Defense attorneys argued the men were entrapped by the FBI, which the jury presumably believed in the case of Harris and Caserta.  Numerous FBI experts and agents took the stand for the government, as did Dan Chappel, the lead informant and one of his FBI handlers.  The three-week trial exposed a wide-ranging operation inside the FBI and Justice Department to target the men — who did not know each other until the FBI got involved — infiltrate the group with informants and undercover agents, create encrypted group chats monitored by the FBI, plan and fund excursions including a surveillance trip to Whitmer's summer cottage, secretly record every conversation including when the targets were high on marijuana, and drive several defendants to the arrest site in October 2020 under a phony pretense.

The Entire Gretchen Whitmer "Kidnapping" Case Was Exposed As A Fraud — A Full Recap.  Just weeks before the 2020 election, the FBI announced that it had thwarted an attempt by rightwing terrorists to kidnap Gretchen Whitmer, the governor of Michigan.  At the time, Whitmer was taking intense criticism for her draconian handling of the COVID pandemic. [...] When the arrests were made in 2020, we were told by the MSM that the plot involved a group of violent militia members, who were upset about Whitmer's pandemic measures — which included restrictions on travel and assembly.  We were assured that the incendiary language of political conservatives inspired the kidnappers.  It was reported that the group intended to use firearms and explosives to abduct Whitmer from her lake home and sneak her out of the state.  Fortunately, the FBI thwarted the attempt.  It was billed as a shining example of the world's preeminent law enforcement agency in action.  Whitmer, Pelosi, and Schumer all ran to the microphones on the eve of the election to condemn the rhetoric of conservatives.  Joe Biden phoned it in from his basement.  It was a perfect media storm, just a month before the election.

FBI Kidnapping Caper Was Flagrant Election Interference.  [Scroll down]  Despite endless resources and favorable rulings by the judge overseeing the case, the government failed to secure a single conviction in what the Justice Department considered one of its largest domestic terror investigations ever.  Daniel Harris and Brandon Caserta, after a year and a half in prison, went home to their families on Friday night; Adam Fox, the alleged ringleader, and Barry Croft, Jr. remain incarcerated while Birge's office prepares to retry the men — a fool's errand, as they didn't know each other prior to the FBI's involvement in the faux plot and live almost 1,000 miles apart.  (Croft resides in Delaware.)  It's a desperate attempt to save face, regardless of the lives and the principles of justice at stake.  Not only were jurors unpersuaded by Birge's prosecutors, the jury instead seemed to believe defense attorneys' arguments that their clients were entrapped by the FBI.  At least a dozen FBI undercover agents and informants, working out of numerous FBI field offices across the eastern half of the country and at the direction of supervising agents, concocted and funded the sting operation.

How the FBI Got Whacked By Their Own Boomerang in the Gretchen Whitmer Kidnapping Case.  This is a massive scandal.  I know I'm being generous here after the Russian collusion hoax, but whatever crumb of credibility the Federal Bureau of Investigation and the Department of Justice has now been lost.  The Gretchen Whitmer circus has finally come down.  It's been exposed.  This case was weaponized by Democrats for the 2020 election to attack Donald Trump over an alleged kidnapping plot against Whitmer over her COVID-19 protocols.  Members of a militia group were supposedly involved.  What was seen as a slam-dunk case by the Feds turned out to be an embarrassing exposure of their entrapment games that netted them zero convictions in this case.  Zilch.  Two men were outright found not guilty by a federal jury.  The rest were deadlocked.  It's over, and if the FBI wants to rehash all their embarrassing moments in this case — be our guest.  [Tweet]

Justice Has Been and Will Be a Long Time Coming.  On Friday, April 8, the biggest domestic news came from Grand Rapids, Michigan.  On that day the world learned that a jury had voted unanimously to acquit Daniel Harris and Brandon Caserta of conspiring to kidnap Governor Gretchen Whitmer in the fall of 2020. [...] There were some two dozen people involved in the "Plot to Kidnap Gretchen Whitmer" saga.  Fully 12 were FBI assets.  They were not there to infiltrate the loser militia members.  They were there to egg them on.  The FBI helped to define and finance the plot from the beginning.  They even set up a fake "militia" for the others to rally around.  They also helped to equip, not to mention bribe, the motley crew whom they assembled for the caper.  The FBI did not uncover a plot.  They were prime movers in fomenting a plot.  They did not so much uncover evidence against the plotters as they entrapped them.  And it's not as if this is a one off.  It is part of a pattern of abuse and irresponsibility.  As the Wall Street Journal's Holmon Jenkins put it last fall, "The agency should be scrapped and something new built to replace it."

Not one Whitman "kidnapper" is convicted.  I'll confess to having been fascinated with the entire Gretchen Whitmer kidnapping trial from the beginning.  Not because I'm a fan of kidnapping, of course, but it was just such a bizarre story right from the beginning, sounding more like the script for a Steven Soderbergh film than something that would unfold in real life.  Unfortunately for the prosecutors, however, the case presented to the jury apparently sounded more like it really was a work of fiction than something that was based in reality.  The jurists deliberated for quite a while, but they eventually acquitted two of the four men who were charged and failed to reach a decision on the other two, leading Judge Robert Jonker to finally declare a mistrial.  The suspects were facing the potential of life in prison if they had been convicted.

No Convictions in Whitmer 'Kidnapping' Case, Another Black Eye For the FBI.  A Grand Rapids, Mich., jury delivered no convictions in the FBI's case against supposed "right-wing radicals" involving their plan to kidnap Michigan's Democrat governor, Gretchen Whitmer.  Investigative reporter Julie Kelly stated on the Clay Travis & Buck Sexton Show that the FBI operation intended to paint right-wingers as dangerous prior to the 2020 elections.  The "kidnap crew" contained more FBI agents and informers than civilians partaking in the supposed scheme.  It appears as though the FBI concocted the plan and then tried to recruit people to join them.  The jury returned no verdict on Adam Fox, the supposed ring-leader, and on Barry Croft as well.  Both ended in a mistrial.  They may have to go back for another trial.

Jury acquits 2 in Whitmer case, mistrial declared for 2 others.  Jurors in Michigan on Friday [4/8/2022] acquitted two men of prosecutorial claims they conspired to kidnap Gov. Gretchen Whitmer because of her heavy-handed abuse of the constitutional rights of the state's residents during COVID.  A mistrial was declared regarding two other defendants.  A jury of six men and six women found Brandon Caserta and Daniel Harris not guilty on all counts, but did not reach verdicts for two other defendants in the trial, Barry Croft and Adams Fox.  U.S. Attorney Andrew Birge said he was disappointed, but credited the jury with listening "to a lot of evidence."

In Michigan, a jury punished FBI entrapment in the Whitmer kidnap plot case.  Events on January 6, followed by the government's totalitarian approach to dealing with people who dared to enter the Capitol with the Capitol police's invitation, distracted people from another case of government overreach: in Michigan, the Department of Justice accused six men of conspiring to kidnap Michigan governor Gretchen Whitmer in late 2020.  Although two men pleaded out, four went to trial.  On Friday, the jury acquitted two of the defendants and deadlocked as to the other two, resulting in a mistrial.  The reason for this DOJ failure?  The fact that the FBI made up 12 of the 18 people involved in the plot and were clearly entrapping the remaining six.

Prosecutors Fail to Secure a Single Guilty Verdict in Alleged Whitmer Kidnapping Plot.  A jury acquitted two men accused by the FBI of conspiring to kidnap Michigan governor Gretchen Whitmer and could not reach verdicts on two other men involved in the alleged plot.  Daniel Harris and Brandon Caserta were found not guilty on the charge of conspiracy to commit kidnapping.  Harris was also found not guilty of other weapons charges pertaining to the case.  The jury said they could not agree on verdicts for Adam Fox and Barry Croft Jr., who were also charged with conspiracy to commit kidnapping in the alleged plot.  As a result, U.S. District Judge Robert Jonker declared a mistrial for Fox and Croft.  The defendants faced life in prison if convicted on the kidnapping charge.

Michigan governor kidnap case: hardened terrorists or FBI dupes?  [Scroll down]  At the moment the FBI arrested the men, prosecutors argued in court, they had plans to acquire a bomb to blow up a bridge near Whitmer's home to hinder police.  Jurors, they have said, would see social media posts and hear secretly recorded conversations, highly inflammatory language and details of a plan to take down a "tyrant".  When they were arrested the case seemed a slam dunk.  But as more evidence has unfolded and the trial has begun, a different narrative has emerged.  Far from being a dedicated bunch of coup-plotters, their attorneys argue, the Wolverine Watchmen are hapless victims of FBI entrapment who had been induced by paid informants to commit crimes they would not otherwise have considered.  The FBI, according to defense filings, deployed at least 12 informants, as well as several undercover agents.  "There was no plan, there was no agreement and no kidnapping," defense attorney Joshua Blanchard said last week.  It is not an entirely outlandish claim.  The defense's argument of FBI entrapment draws on a long history.

FBI Fed Drugs to Alleged Whitmer Kidnapping Plotters Before the Tapes Rolled.  In October 2020, 14 arrests were made due to an alleged shocking plot to kidnap the sitting governor of one of the country's most populous states.  As more details were revealed, it became clear the FBI was involved in not only arresting the suspects in an alleged plan to kidnap Michigan Gov. Gretchen Whitmer, but also in helping to plot to take form in the first place.  At the opening of the trial last week for four of the men charged, defense attorneys made a stunning claim:  Not only did the FBI entrap the accused, but an FBI informant plied the suspects with drugs.

'Stoned Crazy Talk, Not a Plan' Say Whitmer Defendants.  For months, defense attorneys representing the men accused of conspiring to kidnap Michigan Governor Gretchen Whitmer in 2020 have built a convincing case of FBI entrapment, filing dozens of motions in federal court detailing how the government concocted the plot with at least a dozen FBI undercover agents and informants.  But District Court Judge Robert Jonker wanted to delay presenting that trove of evidence at trial for as long as possible.  Days before jurors took their seats in his Grand Rapids courtroom on Wednesday morning [3/9/2022], Jonker issued an order that warned "initial opening statements and evidence during the government's case-in-chief — on both direct and cross — must address and be relevant to issues other than entrapment."  Jonker's plan, however, didn't make it past the first morning break.  After it became clear during opening statements that the defense could not argue their case without explaining the deep involvement of the FBI's confidential human sources, Jonker reversed his ruling, telling the jury that "it won't be possible to draw a line between the government proving their case and entrapment."

The FBI Goes on Trial in the Whitmer Case.  Jury selection begins in a Grand Rapids courtroom Tuesday morning [3/8/2022] in the federal trial of four men accused of conspiring to kidnap Michigan Governor Gretchen Whitmer in 2020.  The long-awaited trial centers on the question of whether a loose band of misfits angry at pandemic lockdowns hatched a sinister plot to abduct Whitmer from her vacation cottage and possibly kill her — or if the foiled caper was yet another successful attempt by the Federal Bureau of Investigation to interfere in a election and sabotage Donald Trump's presidential campaign. [...] Further, Special Counsel John Durham continues his slow drip of evidence revealing how Democratic Party operatives used the FBI to sanitize political propaganda before the 2016 election.  To that end, the Whitmer trial will expose just what the FBI is capable of and willing to do to help Democrats score political points at the most opportune moments.

Judge rules feds did not entrap three men charged in Whitmer kidnap plot.  A Jackson County judge Tuesday denied a motion to dismiss the criminal cases against three men accused in a plot to kidnap Gretchen Whitmer because their lawyers had argued the FBI entrapped their clients.  Jackson County Circuit Court Judge Thomas Wilson said an FBI investigation, which involved the use of an informant identified in court only as Dan, did not "escalate" the alleged plot by the Michigan-based militia Wolverine Watchmen to kidnap Whitmer.  The alleged plot, which prosecutors have said was spawned in anger over Whitmer's COVID-19 policies and mandates at the start of the pandemic, was foiled in October of 2020.

The Gretchen Whitmer Kidnapping Plot Looks an Awful Lot Like Entrapment.  The militia members who allegedly plotted to kidnap Michigan's Democratic Gov. Gretchen Whitmer because of her COVID-19 lockdown policies will go to trial in just a few weeks.  Six were charged in connection with the plot, and one of them has already pleaded guilty and is expected to testify against the rest.  State authorities charged eight others with aiding a terrorist plot.  But the government's case against these 14 alleged extremists relies on work done by at least a dozen government informants and undercover FBI agents whose extensive involvement in the plot calls into question whether it would have moved forward at all without the government's prodding.  Some of these government actors took lead roles in organizing the supposed plot — one of the informants was even paid $54,000 by the FBI.  Taken together, these and other details raise the strong possibility that the militia members were victims of entrapment on the part of the FBI.

Will the Arrogance of the FBI Ever End?  At a recent Judiciary Committee hearing Sen. Ted Cruz put the FBI Executive Assistant Director of the National Security Branch, Jill Sandborn, on the spot when he cross-examined her on how many FBI informants, agents and assets participated in the January 6, 2021 riots on Capitol Hill.  She refused to answer question after question, claiming that she could not disclose "specifics of sources and methods."  She even refused to answer the question, "Did any FBI agents or confidential informants commit crimes of violence on January 6th?"  Senator Cruz had every reason to ask those questions after the news hit that about half of the participants in the alleged plot to kidnap Michigan Governor Gretchen Whitmer were FBI informants.  They reportedly pushed the kidnaping plot while the FBI provided funding for it.  The FBI agent in charge of the "investigation" was promoted to the Washington, D.C. field office, perhaps just in time to supervise a similar operation on January 6th.  Defense lawyers have asked the federal judge presiding over the case in Michigan to order the Justice Department to provide "use immunity" to FBI agents and informants they want to cross-examine at trial.

A purported 'Patriot Front' video has all the hallmarks of a false flag.  One of the unpleasant realities that became patently clear during 2021 is that leftist operatives, whether inside or outside of the government, have a new tactic to discredit conservativism:  They pretend to be conservatives, either to entrap conservatives or to falsely expose them as bad people. [...] 2021 offered some superb examples of leftists playing at being conservatives.  Sometimes it's for entrapment purposes, as happened with the so-called "plot" to kidnap Michigan governor Gretchen Whitmer.  In that case, more than half the people involved in the plot and, indeed, actively planning the plot, were, in fact, affiliated with the FBI.

More Trouble for the FBI in the Whitmer Kidnapping Case.  [Scroll down]  But the press does not share the same zeal in covering another politically charged investigation:  the imploding criminal case against five men accused of plotting to kidnap Michigan Governor Gretchen Whitmer in 2020.  The kidnapping narrative shares many similarities with their preferred telling of January 6, not the least of which is that alleged militias incited by Trump attempted to carry out a domestic terror attack. [...] Perhaps the media considers it a mere coincidence that the head of the FBI Detroit field office overseeing the Whitmer plot was promoted to head of the FBI Washington, D.C. field office several weeks before January 6?  Defense attorneys in the Whitmer case are making a strong case for FBI entrapment, detailing egregious misconduct by the agency, and asking a judge to dismiss the charges.  At least a dozen FBI agents and confidential human sources orchestrated the kidnapping scheme; defense attorneys claim the feds "actively planned and coordinated its efforts to induce the defendants to engage in incriminating behavior and statements, even going so far as designing the objective and structural components of the [kidnapping] conspiracy."

The FBI's Broken Relationship with Us.  All large organizations suffer from the occasional presence of bad actors.  The FBI is no exception.  But it managed to retain a good relationship with the public in spite of its flaws, because it was still solving rather than creating crimes.  But something fundamentally changed in the last five years. [...] We were told that the FBI heroically thwarted a kidnapping attempt of Governor Gretchen Whitmer.  Then we learned that there wasn't one informant involved.  There were twelve informants — involved in every aspect of recruiting and planning.  Next, the lead agent, Richard Trask, was fired from the FBI after being arrested for beating his wife after a swingers' party.  Prior to his arrest, Trask was the public face of the investigation — and filed the original criminal complaint under oath.  Last month, Will Cain, sitting in for Tucker Carlson, revealed that two more agents (unnamed) have been removed from the case and will not be testifying.  Was the kidnapping a thwarted crime or a setup?  It seems fair to ask, doesn't it?

The Likely Cause of the Media Blackout on Imploding Whitmer Kidnapping Plot.  Once upon a time in America, a high-profile federal prosecution imploding amid credible accusations of FBI entrapment would earn wall-to-wall headlines in the national news media.  A wife-beating FBI agent who used at least one criminal informant and a dozen more government assets to concoct a plot to abduct a sitting governor — intended to create damaging headlines for an incumbent president right before Election Day — would receive nonstop coverage on cable and broadcast news outlets.  Social media would be flooded with all the juicy details.  Names like "Richard Trask" and "Stephen Robeson" would be household names.  But none of that is happening with the Justice Department's rapidly crumbling case against several men arrested for allegedly conspiring to kidnap Michigan Governor Gretchen Whitmer from her vacation cottage in the fall of 2020.  Defense attorneys have made a strong case that without the FBI's guiding hand — and deep pockets courtesy of American taxpayers — the scheme never would have materialized past random social media chatter.

FBI Informant in Whitmer Kidnapping Plot Was a 'Double Agent': Prosecutors.  Responding to arguments from defendants in the Gov. Gretchen Whitmer kidnapping case that they were entrapped by the FBI, the Department of Justice has said that one of its undercover informants was, in fact, a "double agent" working with the kidnappers against the government.  The DOJ's revelation came Jan. 6 in a response to a motion from the defendants to admit as evidence 258 statements they believe will prove the FBI entrapped them.  The statements that the defendants want to have admitted as evidence include audio recordings, where an FBI informant "Steve" is allegedly heard making statements about how to plan and execute the kidnapping of Whitmer.  The defendants — Adam Fox, Barry Croft, Kaleb Franks, Daniel Harris, and Brandon Caserta — argue that these statements will prove that it was FBI informants like Steve who actually facilitated and encouraged the failed plot.  But far from helping facilitate the plot, one of the FBI's 12 informants actively helped the defendants to thwart government's investigation, prosecutors said in their Jan. 6 filing.

The FBI's Criminal Lead Informant in Whitmer 'Kidnapping' Caper.  In June 2020, as the country attempted to recover from deadly and destructive riots after the death of George Floyd, a man from Wisconsin hosted a national conference of self-styled "militia" members in a suburban Columbus, Ohio hotel.  Stephen Robeson, founder of the Wisconsin chapter of the Three Percenters, an alleged militia group on the FBI's naughty list, pestered his contacts across the country to participate in the gathering.  People who attended the conference, including two men later charged with federal crimes related to a plot to abduct Michigan Governor Gretchen Whitmer from her vacation cottage in 2020, observed that the hotel was crawling with federal agents.  One of the feds at the conference was none other than Stephen Robeson himself.  Without Robeson's deep involvement as an FBI informant, the Whitmer kidnapping caper never would have made national headlines a few weeks before Election Day; in fact, the whole pre-election drama wouldn't have materialized at all.

Gretchen Whitmer kidnapping:  Cracks forming in federal case.  Problems continue to pile up for federal prosecutors in the lead up to the March 8 trial for the five men charged with plotting to kidnap Michigan Gov. Gretchen Whitmer.  Prosecutors confirmed in mid-December they would not call on three FBI agents closely linked to the investigation due to allegations of personal and professional misconduct.  Also in December, a key undercover informant involved in the case was charged with fraud in an unrelated case in Wisconsin.  In a pair of explosive filings submitted on Christmas Day and on Wednesday, defense attorneys presented evidence they said proves the FBI and its confidential informants "conceived and controlled every aspect" of the plot to kidnap Whitmer.  "These defendants had no desire whatsoever to kidnap anyone," the defense attorneys said in their filing.

Is the Whitmer 'Kidnapping' Case About to be Tossed?  The U.S. Department of Justice received an unwelcome Christmas gift from defense attorneys representing five men charged with conspiring to "kidnap" Michigan Governor Gretchen Whitmer in 2020:  a motion to dismiss the case.  The Christmas Day filing is the latest blow to the government's scandal-ridden prosecution; defense counsel is building a convincing argument that the FBI used undercover agents and informants to entrap their clients in a wide-ranging scheme that resulted in bad press for Donald Trump as early voting was underway in the key swing state last year.  What began as random social media chatter to oppose lockdown policies quickly morphed into a dangerous plan to abduct Whitmer as soon as the FBI took over.  A Michigan judge delayed the trial, now set for March 8, so defense attorneys could investigate the misconduct of FBI special agents handling at least a dozen government informants involved in the caper.

Whitmer kidnapping plot suspects seek dismissal of charges, say FBI invented conspiracy.  Defense attorneys for five men accused of plotting to kidnap Gov. Gretchen Whitmer (D-Mich.) are seeking a dismissal of the indictment, citing "egregious overreaching" by federal officials, who they say invented a conspiracy and entrapped the men.  If convicted in the alleged extremist kidnapping conspiracy, the five men — Adam Fox, 38, Barry Croft, 46, Kaleb Franks, 27, Daniel Harris, 24, and Brandon Caserta, 33 — face up to life in prison.  "When the government was faced with evidence showing that the defendants had no interest in a kidnapping plot, it refused to accept failure and continued to push its plan," the mens' attorneys wrote.  The Detroit News reports that the 20-page motion for dismissal was filed Christmas night.  Defense attorneys claim that Federal Bureau of Investigation (FBI) agents and federal prosecutors took advantage of frustration with Whitmer's stringent COVID-19 restrictions and created the conspiracy.

Was the FBI's Whitmer Chicanery a Warm-up for January 6?  As questions mount about the government's animating role in the Capitol protest on January 6, the criminal case against the men charged with conspiring to "kidnap" Michigan Governor Gretchen Whitmer in 2020 continues to collapse.  Defense attorneys in the Whitmer case are carefully compiling evidence that depicts an elaborate tale of FBI entrapment; at least a dozen FBI informants were involved in the failed plot — equaling one FBI asset per defendant.  FBI agents handling the informants directed every move.  They funded training and reconnaissance trips, and even organized a "national militia" conference in Ohio in June 2020 to lure potential accomplices.  Several men were arrested in October 2020 when the lead informant drove them to meet an undercover FBI agent to purchase munitions, the six month-long scheme's dramatic conclusion.  News of the shocking plot made national headlines as early voting was underway in Michigan:  Joe Biden, Whitmer, and the media blamed Donald Trump for inciting an attempted domestic terror attack.  (Sound familiar?)

Was January 6 Part of the FBI's 'Operation Cold Snap'?  [I]n June 2020, days after the nation was roiled by Black Lives Matter looting and rioting, a man from Wisconsin named Stephen Robeson sponsored a "National Militia Conference" at a Dublin hotel.  (Yes, that was the real name of the event.)  According to BuzzFeed's exceptional July 2021 investigative report on the FBI-led plot to kidnap Michigan Governor Gretchen Whitmer in 2020, Robeson "helped organize the national meeting, and he was enthusiastically pushing people he knew to attend."  The purpose of the conference was to recruit people who ultimately would stoke "political violence" against governors who refused to reopen their states after lockdowns supposedly necessitated by COVID.  Some participants said Robeson, known as "Robey," relentlessly pestered them until they agreed to show up; people came from as far as Maryland and Kansas City, BuzzFeed's Ken Bensinger and Jessica Garrison reported.  One member of the Three Percenters, an alleged militia group on the FBI's naughty list, observed people taking photos from discreet locations in the hotel.  "The feds are everywhere," he thought to himself.  Indeed.  One of the feds was Robeson himself.

FBI agent, 39, investigating Gretchen Whitmer kidnap plot is fired two months after he was arrested.  An FBI agent who has played a key role in the prosecution of more than a dozen 'militia' members who plotted to kidnap Michigan Governor Gretchen Whitmer has been fired from the agency, two months after he was arrested for allegedly beating his wife.  Richard Trask, 39, was involved in the prosecution of a group of far-right 'militia' members, claiming in court documents that they plotted to kidnap the Michigan governor and dump her in a lake over her strict COVID mandates.  But in July, Trask's reputation started to take a nosedive when he was arrested for assault with intent to do great bodily harm after he allegedly beat his wife in their home following a disagreement at a swingers party.

Key FBI agent in Whitmer kidnapping plot posted anti-Trump rants online during investigation.  Federal prosecutors dropped the testimony of an FBI special agent involved in the investigation of an alleged plot to kidnap Democratic Michigan Gov. Gretchen Whitmer after findings he called former President Donald Trump [bad] on social media during the investigation's course, according to a defense attorney.  Michael Hills — who represents defendant Brandon Caserta, who is among the six people charged in the case — said during a court hearing Thursday [9/2/2021] that prosecutors decided not to use Agent Richard Trask's testimony during a pending October trial.  Prosecutors gave defense teams access to Trask's social media posts this week, with at least one taking aim at Trump and his supporters, Hills said, according to the Detroit News.

FBI Agent:  "Mission is to kill the governor".  As we previously discussed, the FBI — by way of its informants — has been credibly accused of conceiving the idea to attack/kidnap Michigan Governor Gretchen Whitmer.  New text messages (that were recently filed with the court along with a supplement to defendants' motion to compel — all available [elsew]here) show conversations between an FBI Agent and his confidential informant proving that the FBI Agent sought to instigate a plot to kill Governor Whitmer.  Here it is.  FBI Special Agent Jayson Chambers directs FBI informant "Big Dan" to develop a plot: [...]

More Similarities Between the Whitmer Plot and January 6.  The first defendant to plead guilty in the alleged scheme to kidnap Michigan Governor Gretchen Whitmer will spend the next several years in jail.  A judge last week sentenced Ty Garbin, 25, to 75 months in prison on one count of "conspiracy to kidnap."  His five co-defendants have pleaded not guilty; their trial is set to begin October 12.  The case made major headlines right before Election Day 2020 as early voting was underway in the crucial swing state.  It was useful fodder for Democrats and Joe Biden. [...] But as defendants prepare for trial, the media-crafted façade surrounding the Whitmer plot, just like the immediate designation of January 6 as an "armed insurrection," is falling apart.  Court documents suggest at least 12 FBI agents and informants helped develop the scheme in the spring of 2020; Garbin and his co-defendants were arrested on October 7 after attempting to buy explosives from an undercover FBI agent.  One informant, who went by the code name "Thor," was paid $24,000 and given a new car by the FBI for his services.  A bombshell report by Darren Beattie at Revolver News explained the FBI's extensive role in orchestrating the most damning aspects of the kidnapping caper.

Unindicted Co-Conspirators in 1/6 Cases Raise Disturbing Questions of Federal Foreknowledge.  [Scroll down]  No wonder this Michigan plot didn't take the federal authorities by surprise!  FBI infiltrators comprised, at the very least, 26 percent of the plotters.  That is, at least five FBI operatives have been disclosed, against just 14 suspects indicted.  A look at the annotated indictment reveals that at every level of the plot, FBI operatives played the most important leadership roles:  The plot's "explosives expert," who the plotters were accused of planning to buy bombs from, turned out to be an FBI agent.  The head of transportation for the militia outfit turned out to be an undercover FBI agent.  The head of security for the militia outfit turned out to be an undercover FBI informant.  At least two undercover FBI informants were active participants in the initial June 6, 2020 meeting in which the plot to storm Capitol buildings was allegedly hatched — meaning at least three FBI informants infiltrated before the conspiracy even started.  In one of the plot's climactic scenes, in the main van driving up to look at Governor Whitmer's vacation home, three out of the five people in the van — 60 percent of the plot's senior leaders — were federal agents and informants.

'Dark shadow' cast on probe of Whitmer kidnap plot after FBI told informant to lie, delete texts, attorney says.  The attorney for one of six men indicted in a plot to kidnap Gov. Gretchen Whitmer said Friday, Aug. 13 that an FBI special agent told an informant to lie and to delete text messages between them.  Attorney Michael Hills, representing Brandon Caserta, asked a federal judge to order the government provide all communications between a paid informant, identified only as "Dan," and the FBI.  The government has said it provided a significant amount of documentation and that the defense hasn't shown evidence of entrapment that would warrant release of additional materials.  Defense attorneys want to review communication between informants as well as their conversations with the FBI.  Hills sought cellphone data of Dan, along with FBI special agents, Henrik Impola and Jayson Chambers.  "These text messages indicate the F.B.I. was pushing their paid agent to actively recruit people into an overt act in furtherance of a conspiracy," Hills wrote.

Whitmer kidnapping case rocked by allegations FBI told informant to lie, delete text messages.  When the Michigan government announced the foiling of a plot to kidnap Gov. Gretchen Whitmer in October of 2020, many applauded the law enforcement agency working the case.  Attorneys for the alleged members of the kidnapping plot, however, are claiming Federal Bureau of Investigation deceit and entrapment of innocent people.  Mlive reported Michael Hills, an attorney for Brandon Caserta, one of six men indicted, claimed an FBI special agent told a paid confidential informant identified as "Dan" to lie, delete messages between them, and implicate an innocent third party.  Hills requested government provide all communications between "Dan" and the FBI.

Bizarre arrest of FBI agent spotlights accusations of bureau corruption.  Angry, and armed, the militiamen in Michigan were gearing up, getting ready to unleash their fury over an unjust government and zeroing in on a target who they believed upended their lives with pandemic restrictions:  Gov. Gretchen Whitmer.  They trained with live assault weapons; skulked around Whitmer's summer mansion in the dark as they allegedly plotted a wild scheme to kidnap her, even relying on an Iraq war veteran among them for his tactical experience.  The June 2020 plot by the Wolverine Watchmen — which authorities claim included the possible use of a stun gun on Whitmer and talk of blowing up a bridge to prevent cops from giving chase — never came to pass, broken up by the Federal Bureau of Investigation in a celebrated bust in which 14 people have been arrested so far.

Tucker Carlson breaks down how the FBI is planning crimes to then prosecute.  A report first published by BuzzFeed alleges that the FBI was involved in Michigan Governor Gretchen Whitmer's kidnapping plot.  Tucker Carlson brought up the report during his show, and invited Julie Kelly from American Greatness to discuss the findings.  [Video clip]

The Whitmer Kidnapping Case Reveals The FBI's New Counterterrorism Target Is You.  Terrorism, as it turns out, is hard.  Recruiting isn't easy, and finding the right people is difficult.  A person who is willing to train, travel, keep secrets, and face a very high chance of dying is not statically all that common.  Getting access to explosives, and knowing how to use them, is technically complicated.  You can practice, but if you make a mistake, you'll blow yourself up.  Oh, there's bomb-making manuals on the internet?  Sure, there are.  Feel free to try those out.  I dare you.  Shooting isn't all that easy either, and training someone to gun fight — really, seriously gun fight — takes expertise, and time, and a place where you can shoot for hundreds of hours without anyone noticing.  Do you know where you could do something like that?  Who would teach you how to shoot like that, or fight with knives, or drive a car so you could get away?  How would you find that person?  How would you vet him to make sure he's not FBI?  You wouldn't.  Unless you're a mercenary, you've trained with a militia in Africa or Asia, or you're a SWAT officer or an elite soldier, you wouldn't know those things, and you wouldn't know people who know those things.

FBI Attempts to Do Damage Control After Initiating Whitmer Kidnapping Plot.  The FBI is attempting to do damage control after it was revealed the law enforcement bureau initiated and carried out a significant portion of the kidnapping plot against Democrat Governor Gretchen Whitmer last year.  "Partnerships are key to disrupting violent plots.  With the terror threat growing more insular, awareness and reporting are crucial," the FBI posted on a their website this week.  "This is especially true for domestic terrorism — defined as violent, criminal acts committed by individuals or groups to further ideological goals stemming from domestic influences, such as those of a political, religious, social, racial, or environmental nature.  Because the FBI's mission includes protecting the free speech rights of Americans, we need a clear reason to act or investigate.  A person's beliefs can never be the sole reason to open an investigation."

The FBI's Involvement in the Gretchen Whitmer Kidnapping Plot Goes Even Deeper.  As RedState reported over the last few days, multiple revelations regarding the FBI's involvement in the plot to kidnap Michigan Gov. Gretchen Whitmer have put the bureau on the defensive.  After originally learning that the FBI played a pivotal role in birthing and planning the plot, it was also revealed that an undercover FBI agent who served as the chief source of information was being prosecuted for beating his wife.  Now, more details show just how integral the FBI was in what ultimately transpired. [...] I get that there will be times when criminals are put in a position to show their guilt, but if the bureau is having to birth plots and set up meetings in order to even get things off the ground that most likely would have never happened otherwise, that shows a level of involvement that assumes way too much.  In short, it's ripe for abuse, and the fact that one of the lead agents on this case turned out to be a non-credible wife-beater isn't doing much to change my opinion on that.  Does anyone really believe that guy followed protocol?

Did the FBI drive the Whitmer kidnapping plot?  Last October, we learned of the FBI's success in breaking up a plot hatched by right-wing militia members which would have involved kidnapping Michigan Governor Gretchen Whitmer, blowing up a bridge and all manner of other dangerous schemes.  It was a rather terrifying story, but at least the would-be perpetrators were stopped and brought to justice, so all's well that ends well, right?  Maybe, but now it's sounds as if there might have been more to the story than we were told at first.  Or perhaps more correctly, there may have been less to the story.  Buzzfeed has published a deep dive into the FBI's account of the plot and how it was broken up, but the account of the men accused of planning it is considerably different.

FBI agent at center of Whitmer kidnap probe assaulted wife after swingers' party, authorities say.  An FBI agent at the center of the investigation into the plot to kidnap and kill Gov. Gretchen Whitmer is accused of smashing his wife's head against a nightstand and choking her after a dispute stemming from their attendance at a swingers' party, according to court records.  Special Agent Richard Trask, 39, of Kalamazoo, was charged Monday with assault with intent to do great bodily harm, less than murder following the alleged incident Sunday.  An affidavit filed by the Kalamazoo County Sheriff's Office in Kalamazoo County District Court said Trask's wife had bloody lacerations to the right side of her head and "blood all over chest, clothing arms and hand," as well as "severe" bruising to her neck and throat.

Were Gov. Gretchen Whitmer's would-be 'kidnappers' victims of FBI entrapment?  The FBI has been accused of encouraging and assisting a Michigan militia with their alleged plot to kidnap Governor Gretchen Whitmer, with court documents showing the remarkable depth of involvement of multiple informants.  Fourteen people have been charged so far after an October 2020 sting operation on the 'Wolverine Watchmen' militia.  Many of those were arrested at a warehouse in Michigan where they had met to hand over cash for the purchase of explosives, which they allegedly planned to use in the kidnapping plot.  In December one key player in the case, Ty Garbin, entered a guilty plea to kidnap conspiracy charges and faces up to life in prison.  A trial date for the rest has been set for October 12.  But their lawyers are arguing that the FBI informants — at least 12 of them, according to a BuzzFeed investigation — went way beyond simply listening and infiltrating, and instead actively recruited others to the plot, funded and directed it.  They have claimed that without the FBI informants' involvement, there would have been no plot at all.

Pausing a minute to consider the damage leftism does to America.  Last year, we learned that some people wanted to kidnap Governor Gretchen Whitmer.  It appears, though, that the FBI operatives involved in the plot originated it and planned it.  It also appears that the FBI was trying to sabotage the lawyers for the defense.  This is no small thing.  As my Criminal Law professor told us a long time ago, when facing the government, which is judge, jury, and executioner, every person, no matter how obvious his guilt, should have someone on his side.  In Michigan, though, having created a crime and then tagged people for it, the FBI is trying to deny them representation.  It also turns out that the lead agent involved in this whole thing has just been arrested for spousal abuse.  If you follow the link, you'll see that the lead agent is an odd bird under any circumstances.

It Sure Looks Like the FBI Basically Orchestrated the Gretchen Whitmer 'Kidnapping' Plot.  You may recall the much-ballyhooed plot to supposedly kidnap Michigan Gov. Gretchen Whitmer last year.  Arrests were made in October of 2020, with the claim being that the FBI had stopped the kidnapping plot as well as a plan to overthrow the government.  After it came out in the weeks following the bust that one of the participants was anti-Trump and a Black Lives Matter supporter, the story quickly died down.  All of this was intertwined at the time with the politics of Whitmer's controversial COVID policies.  Earlier in the same year, there had been demonstrations at the state's capital that drew lots of press attention and condemnation.  The insinuation pushed by the media was that those demonstrations had provoked the kidnapping plot.  But now, a big curveball is being thrown into the mix regarding what actually happened.  Apparently, the FBI didn't just have informants within the group where the arrests were made.  Rather, FBI operatives played a key role in the planning of the entire ordeal and were also seemingly instrumental in birthing the plot.

FBI Special Agent In Charge of Whitmer Kidnap Plot is Arrested For Domestic Violence, Assault With Intent to Do Great Bodily Harm.  The curiously sketchy case against six accused people in the FBI organized plot to kidnap Michigan Governor Gretchen Whitmer took another hit to the case credibility on Monday, as the lead FBI Special Agent was arrested on domestic violence charges.  This latest issue comes less than a week after court filings showed twelve embedded FBI operatives were involved in the suspicious plot that culminated in the arrest of six individuals.

Twelve FBI Operatives Involved in Gretchen Whitmer Kidnapping Plot That Ended With Six Arrests.  From the outset in October 2020 everything around the "plot to kidnap" Michigan Governor Gretchen Whitmer seemed sketchy, almost silly.  The goofy similarities and suspicions were familiar to those who remembered the sketchy October 2018 "mail bombing plot" that involved Cesar Sayoc.  It just didn't seem coincidental that both 2018 and 2020 FBI exploits involved weird frameworks, odd suspects and obviously both operations just happened to culminate in October of an election year... Surprise!  Add to that suspicion all that was known about the FBI's intense political motivations found in their activities over the past several years; including the sketchy attempt to frame candidate Donald Trump for a vast Russian election conspiracy, coordinated with the opposing candidate, Hillary Clinton; and well, suspicious cats were increasingly suspicious of the FBI engineered mess.

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The FBI Needs to Be Pulled Up, Root and Branch.  The despicable activities of the FBI, some almost certainly reaching the criminal level, are too well known to repeat here, although Sen. Hawley gives a nice, brief listing of them in his questioning of The Honourable Mister Wray (s/o). This organization is so steeped in the deepest kind of rot and corruption that there does not seem to be much hope for its rehabilitation.  As analysts and commentators much more knowledgeable about matters surrounding the descent of this formerly great agency than I could ever pretend to be have observed, it should be abolished and its various important — non-political — functions spread among various entities so it can start afresh.  The very first act of the Republican who is inaugurated in January 2025 should be the firing of this little cretin and all of his sycophants, after which the real weeding can get started — pull it up, root and branch!

Key Takeaways from the FBI Whistleblowers Report.  On November 4, 2022, the Republican staff of the House Judiciary Committee published a report based primarily on whistleblower testimony, describing how the FBI and the Justice Department have become politically weaponized against conservatives. [...] I think we can draw several obvious conclusions from the report.
  [#1]   The FBI and the Justice Department have become hopelessly politically corrupted against conservatives.  The corruption is particularly dangerous because the FBI and the Justice Department have such enormous power.  They can destroy just about anyone they target because they essentially have unlimited resources.  They almost destroyed President Trump and General Flynn.  Think what happens when they come after someone with far fewer resources to fight back.
  [#2]   The scope of the corruption is so great and has lasted for such a long time that Christopher Wray and Merrick Garland had to know about it.  If they knew about it and did nothing to stop it, then they approved it.
  [#3]   The FBI simply cannot be trusted, and anyone who is being questioned by them must use extreme caution.  As the prominent attorney Harmeet Dhillon has recommended, "never speak to the FBI without your attorney present, and never speak to the FBI without making an audio or video recording of the entire conversation."

Feds Had Informants In Proud Boys and Oath Keepers for J6.  If Republicans eke out a win in the House of Representatives — which now seems likely — GOP leaders have promised to investigate numerous government scandals, including the irredeemably corrupt Federal Bureau of Investigation.  One path of inquiry is how the bureau manufactures data to promote the phony narrative that "domestic violent extremists," i.e., supporters of Donald Trump, pose a security threat to the country.  Whistleblowers recently disclosed how the FBI is "misrepresenting the scale of domestic violent extremism nationwide by categorizing January 6th-related investigations as organic cases stemming from local field offices, instead of all related to one single incident," according to a report by GOP members of the House Judiciary Committee.  Shortly after the Capitol protest, FBI Director Christopher Wray designated the four-hour disturbance as an act of "domestic terror"; federal prosecutors routinely compare January 6 defendants to terrorists, enabling the government to seek — and receive — extended jail time for misdemeanors convictions and justify indefinite pretrial detention for nonviolent offenders.

In Completely Unforeseeable Twist, January 6th 'Conspiracy Theory' Turns out to Be True.  What's the current timeframe these days of "conspiracy theories" becoming fact?  Whatever it is, it sure seems to be accelerating. [...] Despite well over a year of deflections and denials, it is now confirmed that no less than eight FBI agents were embedded in the Proud Boys organization during the period surrounding January 6th.  [Tweet] [...] I'm sure you are totally shocked by this news.  Who could have possibly guessed that Christopher Wray's FBI, which ran an entrapment scheme involving Gretchen Whitmer prior to the 2020 election, would end up having been intimately involved in the lead-up to January 6th?  You have to admire the framing by the Times, though, pondering how much "federal investigators were able to learn from them about the violent mob attack."  Yes, I'm sure that's a real mystery.  Conversely, the FBI agents likely knew exactly what was being discussed the whole time, which would mean one of two things.  One possibility is that the Proud Boys weren't planning an insurrection and that conservatives who have called it a spontaneous event have been right all along.

The FBI's Transformation, from National Police to Domestic Spy Agency.  [FBI agent Steve Friend] worked a child pornography detail before being transferred to the assignment that would upend his life:  investigating J6.  The FBI not only took Friend off vital work chasing child predators to pursue questionable investigations of people maybe connected with the Capitol riots (often in some misdemeanor fashion), they used dubious bureaucratic methods he felt put him in an impossible spot.  Essentially, the FBI made Friend a supervisory agent in cases actually being run by the Washington field office, a trick replicated across the country that made domestic terrorism numbers appear to balloon overnight.  Instead of one investigation run out of Washington, the Bureau now had hundreds of "terrorism" cases "opening" in every field office in the country.  As a way to manipulate statistics, it was ingenious, but Friend could see it was also trouble.  As a member of a dying breed of agent raised to focus on making cases and securing convictions, Friend knew putting him nominally in charge of a case he wasn't really running was a gift to any good defense attorney, should a J6 case ever get to trial.

Can the FBI Be Saved from Itself — And Can We Be Saved from the FBI?  Over the past six years in particular, we have learned that FBI officials routinely deceive not only the public but also the institutions designed to protect the public from FBI overreach.  Agents lie to supervisors.  Supervisors lie to judges.  FBI directors mislead Congress.  And almost no one is ever punished.  Recent reports from the Justice Department inspector general found that field agents routinely fail to verify the facts they submit to the surveillance court in their warrant applications.  Another report found that most FBI officials ignore the prohibition on contact with the media.  In September, a Los Angeles judge accused the bureau of misleading the court in a search-warrant application it used to seize the contents of 1,400 safe-deposit boxes at strip-mall bank, many of which belonged to innocent citizens.  Earlier in 2022, Congress learned that the lead agents investigating Larry Nasser, the USA Gymnastics doctor who serially abused gymnasts under his care, lied to their superiors about his lack of culpability even though they had evidence of his crimes, which delayed justice for his victims and allowed Nasser to continue his predations.  One of the agents was allowed to retire with his full pension.

House Republicans release a scathing report alleging politicization of the DOJ and the FBI.  On Friday [11/4/2022], the Republicans on the House Judiciary Committee released 1050 page report detailing the claims made by myriad whistleblowers at the Federal Bureau of Investigation about the abuse of power and politicization of the nation's foremost law enforcement authority.  They called it "the first comprehensive accounting of the FBI's problems to date, which undermine the FBI's fundamental law-enforcement mission."  The following are the key details of the report.  The report states that Attorney General Merrick Garland and FBI Director Christopher Wray are willing participants in the Biden Administration's weaponization and politicization of law enforcement[.]  The whistleblowers describe the FBI's D.C. leadership as "rotted at its core," with a "systemic culture of unaccountability," and full of "rampant corruption, manipulation, and abuse" and that "the problem lies not with the majority of front-line agents who serve our country, but with the FBI's politicized bureaucracy."

House Republicans Release Extensive Report Detailing FBI Politicization.  House Republicans on the Judiciary Committee released a 1,000-page report on Friday outlining how the FBI and Justice Department have abandoned their commitment to political neutrality in recent years.  The report, which relies heavily on whistleblower accounts, is set to serve as a roadmap for the oversight investigation into the politicization of federal law enforcement that Republicans will undertake should they reclaim a House majority in next week's midterm elections.  The probe will be led by Representative Jim Jordan (R., Ohio), who is expected to become chairman of the Judiciary Committee if Republicans take the House.  "The Federal Bureau of Investigation, under the stewardship of Director Christopher Wray and Attorney General Merrick Garland, is broken," the GOP report states.  "The problem lies not with the majority of front-line agents who serve our country, but with the FBI's politicized bureaucracy."

The FBI's Gestapo Tactics: Hallmarks Of An Authoritarian Regime.  With every passing day, the United States government borrows yet another leaf from Nazi Germany's playbook: Secret police.  Secret courts.  Secret government agencies.  Surveillance.  Censorship.  Intimidation.  Harassment.  Torture.  Brutality.  Widespread corruption.  Entrapment.  Indoctrination.  Indefinite detention.  These are not tactics used by constitutional republics, where the rule of law and the rights of the citizenry reign supreme.  Rather, they are the hallmarks of authoritarian regimes, where secret police control the populace through intimidation, fear and official lawlessness on the part of government agents.

What should become of the FBI?  Current polls show a growing mistrust of the FBI among nearly half of America due to a spate of investigative activities that appear politically one-sided. [...] While the hyperbole is not helpful, the public's frustration is certainly understandable following disclosures by special counsel John Durham of abuses stemming from the Crossfire Hurricane investigation, the shocking search of a former Republican president's home over a document dispute, the highly tactical home arrests of pro-life protesters and other conservatives, and the unjustified early morning search of journalists' homes for the politically embarrassing diary of President Biden's daughter — to name just a few. [...] Keep in mind that 99 percent of the FBI had no involvement in any of the troubling investigations and actions listed above.  The majority go about their daily business working the kinds of cases we would want them to.  If whistleblower and other anecdotal reporting is to be believed, there is significant concern among current and retired FBI agents that some in the bureau are unduly cooperating with abusive Department of Justice (DOJ) political agendas.

FBI Reportedly Assisted Ottawa Police During Crackdown On Freedom Convoy Protesters.  Confidential minutes from a meeting of the Ottawa Police show that the FBI was providing support to the Canadian police during the trucker convoy protests opposing vaccine mandates.  The minutes do not specify what support the FBI was providing to the Canadian police, though it is implied that they were providing financial and intelligence-related support.  The minutes also indicate that the Ottawa police were receiving assistance from Canada's top spy agency, the Canadian Security Intelligence Service (CSIS).  It is possible that the FBI was investigating US citizens who donated to the trucker convoy movement via GiveSendGo, as hundreds of Americans allegedly donated to the convoy via the platform.  Canadian police used heavy-handed measures against Freedom Convoy protesters.  The matter was made worse after confidential text messages between police officers depicted them bragging about inflicting physical harm on the protesters.

Leaked FBI document lists "misinformation" as an "election crime".  A whistleblower leaked a document to Project Veritas showing that the FBI is focusing on election misinformation ahead of the 2022 midterm elections.  The document lists what the agency should categorize as "election crimes."  Among the election crimes highlighted in the documents is "misinformation."  The document defines misinformation as "false or misleading information spread mistakenly or unintentionally."  Disinformation is also an election "crime," and is defined as "false or inaccurate information intended to mislead others."  It adds:  "Disinformation campaigns on social media are used to deliberately confuse, trick, or upset the public."  The document appears to be another effort by the federal government to determine what is true and what is false.

The FBI Raid and Disappearance of Journalist James Gordon Meek Should Chill You to the Bone.  James Gordon Meek is an Emmy Award-winning journalist who worked as a correspondent and producer for ABC News. [...] The government's record of disgrace continues, once again, straight from the Department of Justice.  On April 27, 2022, the FBI raided Meek's home and leaked the information that Meek had classified information on his laptop, which precipitated the need to conduct the raid.  Purportedly, the warrant and the reasons behind the raid should be under seal; but such is the nature of this FBI.  I am nowhere near the investigative journalist that Meek is, but the last thing I would think of doing is leaving sensitive information on my laptop.  That's Investigative Journalism 101.  If anything, you bury several copies someplace non-digital and non-traceable.  These days, my dog's bed is safer than a safe deposit box.  I seriously doubt a savvy professional like Meek made such a grave error in judgment.  But, there are lots of things being manufactured by the government these days — none of them good.

No longer a 'two-tiered' system, there is no justice in America.  Now it is easy to see why people have come to believe that the once-vaunted justice system in the US became two-tiered; one for favored elites and one for those the elites loathe.  There are countless examples of this:  peaceful pro-life demonstrators have been raided and charged with serious crimes that they did not commit, while those who fire-bomb pregnancy centers are not even investigated, let alone charged.  Among the hundreds of violent protesters who burned their own cities down in the wake of the George Floyd debacle, few were charged with the crimes they committed and most of those that were had the charges dropped. [...] Now we must face the fact that there is actually no justice to be had in America in 2022.  Trump Derangement Syndrome has led inexorably to what we now see occurring daily in our once great nation:  The proven guilty go free and the innocent have their homes raided by a pack of armed FBI agents who seem to delight in traumatizing law-abiding citizens.

Eight things that killed the Democrat Party.  [#3] Corruption in the FBI:  The malicious and ethics-free raid on Mar-a-Lago is viewed even by many Democrats and all Republicans as vicious political intimidation, with the goal of destroying any followers of Donald Trump.  This began in earnest during the "Russia collusion" case and saw its culmination in midnight raids of innocent conservatives revealing a hateful, vengeful vigilantism on the part of the radical left.  In the hope that supporters of Trump and other conservative candidates would drop out of politics in fear of similar reprisals, these Gestapo tactics have not only solidified Trump's support and the support of even moderately conservative candidates, but have shown the Left to be petty children in a deranged, red-haze temper tantrum.

The FBI's Million-Dollar Men.  Proceedings underway in three U.S. courtrooms are providing a coordinated view into the abuse of the FBI's confidential human source (CHS) program, a cash-flush operation now primarily used to bolster Democratic Party narratives instead of detecting and preventing crime.  As I've reported, the FBI spends an average of $42 million per year to pay informants and does so with absolutely no financial or legal accountability.  Confidential human sources are paid in cash; they can offer their services for a variety of reasons including financial need or to obtain a change in immigration status.  FBI agents are required to keep at least one informant on the books, an FBI whistleblower told me; successfully using a CHS to bust up a crime is one way to get promoted.

It's now very clear FBI leaders went 'crazy' to protect Hillary Clinton, Hunter Biden.  [Quoting Newt Gingrich:]  I don't know what will happen in a jury trial like that, but I think it's very clear from the evidence that's been unearthed that the FBI at the very top had gone crazy.  They were doing things that I mean, how can you go out and actively try to undermine the President of the United States the way they did?  Just as they went out to protect Hillary Clinton and they've gone out to protect Hunter Biden.  This is the most corrupt FBI leadership in American history.  And there's going to have to be a commission or something to look at it, and potentially it's going to have to be broken up into two or three different agencies.  This is really serious stuff because these guys have the power to put you in jail.  So it's not politics.  This is the criminal justice system and it was clearly perverted by the last two FBI directors.

Christopher Wray certainly seems to be enjoying the FBI's private jet.  FBI Director Christopher Wray certainly gets around. [...] But then again, he's in charge of the nation's largest federal law enforcement agency, so I'm sure he's got a lot on his plate.  The question surrounding his activities this week, however, has less to do with how often he travels than it does with how he travels.  It seems that Wray has been making very liberal use of the FBI's private jet when he needs to get away from the Beltway.  On at least one occasion he used it to head to his family's vacation home in the Adirondack Mountains.  And another series of trips to the Atlanta area is also under scrutiny.  The problem is that Congress never authorized that jet for personal use.  It's only supposed to be used for counterterrorism purposes.

Director Christopher Wray's use of FBI jet amounts to 'embezzlement,' current, ex-agents allege.  Former and current FBI agents are fuming about Director Christopher Wray's use of the FBI's private jet, which originally was intended by Congress only to be used for counterterrorism purposes.  A lot of other Americans would like to know why Wray cut short a Senate oversight hearing on Aug. 4 to fly in the FBI jet to his family holiday destination in the Adirondacks, after telling Sen. Chuck Grassley (R-Iowa) that he had "business" to attend to.  Republican members of Congress sent a formal letter to Wray on Aug. 15 asking whether the flight was in "compliance with the applicable federal regulations and requirements" and whether he is "properly reimbursing federal taxpayers for your personal travel aboard government aircraft."  The FBI's Gulfstream G550 doesn't appear to have visited Saranac Lake again since The Post first reported on that trip, and two other flights on June 2 and June 5, 2022.

The Democrat Party Is Crumbling.  [Scroll down] Let's take a look at what was and what is, and how the truth is oozing out and killing the Democrats: [...] The FBI was America's foremost law enforcement agency.  Today, everyone sees that they have become the Democrats' KGB.  The FBI decided to bury Hunter's laptop, full of slimy business dealings and amateur porn, and instead focus again on taking down Donald Trump.  They are now arresting pro-lifers for non-federal crimes.  Everyone sees the swamp in action.

FBI Ignores Court Order To Hand Over Evidence About Seth Rich.  The FBI is ignoring a court order directing the bureau to hand over records relating to murdered DNC staffer Seth Rich's laptop.  This week, the Biden administration asked for more time to respond to U.S. District Judge Amos Mazzant's September 22, 2022 order telling the FBI to release the evidence.  The bureau is also withholding three reports produced by CrowdStrike in 2016 regarding the alleged hack of the DNC servers. reports: First the laptop.  The FBI wants two more weeks so it can prepare a motion for reconsideration.  As a courtesy, we have not objected to the request.  According to the government's motion, "the FBI is uncertain how to comply with the Court's order as written, and the FBI is seeking input from a pending appellate consultation regarding the order to properly address this issue."

The FBI framed Trump and saved Hunter Biden: it's time to clean house, for good.  Denial is no longer possible:  FBI headquarters not only pumped up the Russiagate scandal knowing none of the "evidence" held up, it then turned around to help deep-six actual evidence of Hunter Biden crimes that tainted now-President Joe Biden ahead of the 2020 election.  The latest revelations come from special counsel John Durham's prosecution of "Steele dossier" gofer Igor Danchenko.  Specifically, disgraced FBI analyst Brian Auten testified that the FBI dangled $1 million for Christopher Steele to verify at least part of his package of allegations against President Donald Trump — all of which, we now know, came from Danchenko's water-cooler gossip with pals in DC.  That is, the FBI was on a Hail Mary quest to verify the dossier even as it was touting the specious material as evidence of Trump's Moscow misdeeds, including getting a national security court OK to surveil ex-Trumpie Carter Page.  The FBI and Justice Department were lying in sworn documents shared with the court and other federal agencies.

Can the FBI's Reputation Sink Any Lower?  This week Department of Justice (DOJ) Special Counsel John Durham will begin presenting evidence in the trial of Igor Danchenko, the serial liar whom the FBI used as its "source" to justify spying on the Trump campaign.  Durham has already made a bombshell disclosure that the FBI secretly put Danchenko on the bureau's payroll despite knowing that the information he fed them was fabricated.  There is much speculation that more evidence of the bureau's misconduct will be revealed as the Danchenko trial unfolds.  Danchenko was the principal "source" for bogus tales about former President Donald Trump, including the infamous (and fictional) pee tape.  Danchenko's lurid fiction was the centerpiece of the discredited Steele dossier.  The dossier was not verified intelligence; rather, it was a political hit job compiled by the Clinton campaign and paid for by the Democratic National Committee.  Yet, then-FBI Director James Comey and his "Crossfire Hurricane" team were so eager find a way to spy on the Trump campaign that they applied for Foreign Intelligence Surveillance Act (FISA) warrants without even checking to verify Danchenko's outlandish claims.

FBI whistleblowers: Hundreds of agents have resigned to escape sexual misconduct allegations.  A top Republican senator revealed whistleblower allegations and internal Justice Department records showing that, in an effort to avoid being held accountable, hundreds of employees at the FBI either resigned or retired from the bureau after being accused of sexual misconduct.  Sen. Chuck Grassley (R-IA) made his findings public in a Thursday letter to Attorney General Merrick Garland and FBI Director Christopher Wray, stating that the allegations and records "paint a disgraceful picture of abuse that women within the FBI have had to live with" for years.  "Lawful, protected whistleblower disclosures provided to my office include allegations and records that show hundreds of FBI employees have retired or resigned because of sexual misconduct allegations against them and that they did so in order to avoid accountability," Grassley said.  "This abuse and misconduct is outrageous and beyond unacceptable."

It's time to strip down the FBI to bare bones.  Our Founders feared the presence of a standing army in our streets, but they never envisioned that one day we'd have an even more powerful force than an army deployed domestically.  Rather than calling it a military, we simply call it the FBI.  But make no mistake, the bureau has more authority, firepower, resources, and surveillance than any military James Madison could have envisioned.  Such amassed power would be frightening enough in the hands of good people, but now that we know the FBI is full of neo-Marxists directing operations against patriot Americans, how is dismantling of the FBI not the biggest priority of Republicans?  "The FBI has been collapsed into nothing more than a police agency for the Democratic Party," said Terry Turchie, the retired former head of counterterrorism and front-line agent of almost 30 years, in an exclusive interview with the New York Post.  "Many of us feel that over the decades [we have seen] the complete compromise of the bureau."  He was one of 30 retired agents who came to the defense of whistleblower Stephen Friend, who is accusing the FBI of essentially becoming the enforcement arm of the Democrat Party.  That would be dangerous for even a non-weaponized agency of the government, but for the FBI, which is armed to the teeth with tactics, technology, manpower, and weapons, it is an existential threat to our liberties the likes of which we've never faced before.

FBI insiders say agents who took a knee during BLM protests were rewarded.  The politicization of the FBI is being implemented by the promotion of liberal agents into positions of authority and the punishment or dismissal of agents who support conservative causes, FBI insiders told The Washington Times.  They said this institutionalizes a liberal bias in the upper ranks of the nation's premier law enforcement agency.  In one high-profile example, an FBI agent on duty demonstrated solidarity with Black Lives Matter marchers in Washington by "taking a knee" as the protesters passed.  The agent was rewarded with a promotion to a supervisor rank.  The BLM march in Washington in 2020 was part of protests and riots that swept the country in response to the police killing of George Floyd in Minneapolis.  Some law enforcement officers began kneeling with BLM protesters in Austin, Texas; Portland, Oregon; Los Angeles; Coral Gables, Florida; Buffalo, New York; and elsewhere.  Among six on-duty agents in full FBI gear who "took a knee" for BLM protesters in Washington was a female agent who later was promoted to the No. 2 supervisory post at the Washington field office.

30 ex-FBI agents stand up to support whistleblower who exposed agency's political bias.  Thirty former FBI agents, including a retired deputy assistant director, head of counterterrorism and five SWAT team members, have spoken out publicly in support of suspended FBI whistleblower Stephen Friend.  Their heartfelt messages, obtained exclusively by The [New York] Post, show a deep and widespread anguish about the politicization of the FBI.  "It's time to stop the FBI from being the enforcer of a political party's ideology," says Ernie Tibaldi, a retired agent from San Francisco. "We need to re-establish the FBI as the apolitical and independent law enforcement entity that it always was."  He expressed gratitude to Friend "for having the courage to stand up to the corruption that has taken over the leadership of the FBI."  Many former agents hailed Friend, a SWAT team member in Florida, as a "hero" after he was punished for refusing to participate in what he regarded as unnecessarily heavy-handed SWAT raids over Jan. 6 misdemeanors.

Court Filing Reveals Mike Lindell Is Target Of DOJ Investigation.  Just over a week ago, MyPillow CEO Mike Lindell's Minnesota duck-hunting getaway was abruptly interrupted when a team of FBI agents rolled up to a Hardee's parking lot and surrounded him in the drive-thru line as if he was an ordinary fugitive and seized his mobile phone.  The incident sparked intense backlash online, with many remarking that the FBI is — once again — being used as a political weapon.  As a result of the cell phone seizure debacle, soon after, Lindell announced a lawsuit against President Joe Biden's DOJ and the FBI, challenging the seizure and insisting that his "First, Fourth, Fifth, and Sixth Amendments" were violated.  Lindell, in his lawsuit, claimed that he was denied the chance to contact his attorney and said he feared "for his and his friend's lives" as the federal agents trapped them in the drive-thru.  Lindell listed U.S. Attorney General Merrick Garland and FBI Director Christopher Wray as defendants in the lawsuit.

FBI hero paying the price for exposing unjust 'persecution' of conservative Americans.  Bombshell allegations by FBI Special Agent Steve Friend contained in a whistleblower complaint filed late Wednesday with the Department of Justice inspector general reveal a politicized Washington, DC, FBI field office cooking the books to exaggerate the threat of domestic terrorism, and using an "overzealous" January 6 investigation to harass conservative Americans and violate their constitutional rights.  Friend, 37, a respected 12-year veteran of the FBI and a SWAT team member, was suspended Monday, stripped of his gun and badge, and escorted out of the FBI field office in Daytona Beach, Fla., after complaining to his supervisors about the violations.  He was declared absent without leave last month for refusing to participate in SWAT raids that he believed violated FBI policy and were a use of excessive force against Jan. 6 subjects accused of misdemeanor offenses.  This American hero, the father of two small children, has blown up his "dream career" because he could not live with his conscience if he continued to be part of what he sees as the unjust persecution of conservative Americans.

The DOJ and FBI are beyond fixing.  Republicans and conservatives like to say that we must reform the Justice Department and FBI.  I disagree.  If we win the majority in Congress, they both need to be gone.  That means completely gone, with no attempt to reform or rebuild them.  That may sound like an overreach but the time to restore our constitutional republic is upon us.  Do any of us really believe that we are somehow safer or more secure with an intact DOJ and FBI? They are irredeemably corrupt.  Weeding out some of the more sinister miscreants within those organizations will not change the culture that has evolved over the past few decades.  We have already tried that, and it made matters worse.  We should thank Barack Obama and Joe Biden for clearly illustrating to the American people the dangers inherent in an enforcement arm of the federal government.  We are now living in a police state that will, through intimidation and force, move the country toward one-party rule and totalitarianism.

The FBI may have just made the best case for dismantling itself.  I can't imagine there are really that many Americans left — outside of the FBI — who actually believe the agency is impartial, reverent to blind justice, or even adherent to the limits of their own stated mission, which is to "Protect the American people and uphold the Constitution of the United States[.]"  At this point, those notions would be laughable, especially after what we saw happen at Mar-a-Lago.  To add to all of that, Tucker Carlson recently covered some highly disturbing allegations, from what we're being told, is an FBI whistleblower.  [Video clip]

Sources claim the FBI is manufacturing White supremacists to please Biden.  The Washington Times broke a story on Thursday that deserves much more attention than it got: According to both current and former rank-and-file FBI agents, Joe Biden is so desperate to prove that White supremacists are a huge threat to America that he's been pressuring agents to make up cases (something that may explain the FBI-inspired Gretchen Whitmer "kidnap plot" in Michigan).  The whistleblowers are anonymous, so this story is still an allegation, but it's certainly consistent with the administration's racial obsessions, the dearth of actual White supremacists, and the endless list of leftist hoaxes to offset that dearth.

Biden Reportedly Pressuring FBI to 'Cook Up' White Supremacy Cases.  The Biden administration has asserted one of the top security threats facing the nation comes from domestic extremists.  Supporting such a claim, however, requires cases, but rank-and-file FBI agents are saying the threat is way overblown.  According to The Washington Times, current and former FBI agents say the bureau is getting pressured to come up with domestic terror cases and find white supremacists in order to meet internal quotas.  "The demand for White supremacy" coming from FBI headquarters "vastly outstrips the supply of White supremacy," said one agent, who spoke on the condition of anonymity.  "We have more people assigned to investigate White supremacists than we can actually find."  The claim comes as President Biden hosted a United We Stand summit at the White House on Thursday where he announced a new initiative on "hate-motivated violence."

Former FBI Investigator Under Scrutiny for Ties to Russian Oligarch.  Charles McGonigal, the former head of counterintelligence at the FBI field office in New York City who was involved in the investigation into the Trump campaign's contacts with Russia during the 2016 election, has fallen under the scrutiny of a grand jury convened by U.S. attorneys late last year for his own ties with Russia and other foreign governments, reports Insider.  The grand jury is reportedly investigating McGonigal's business dealings with a top aide to Oleg Deripaska, the billionaire Russian oligarch who was at the center of allegations that Russia colluded with the Trump campaign, according to a recently obtained witness subpoena.  Prosecutors are also looking into whether McGonigal has ties to the government of Bosnia and Herzegovina, as well as any "payments or gifts" he was provided by the governments of Kosovo, Montenegro, and Albania.  It is not clear whether McGonigal is a target of the grand-jury investigation, or simply a subject whose activities are somehow related to it.  Failing to disclose activities covered by the Foreign Agents Registration Act, such as lobbying and public relations, is punishable by a $250,000 fine and up to five years in prison.

Federal Bureau Investigated.  On August 8, for the first time in U.S. history, the Federal Bureau of Investigation raided the residence of a former president, Donald J. Trump.  That home invasion invites another first for America:  a sudden and thorough search of FBI headquarters, with bureau bosses and their lawyers barred from the premises and from contact with anyone inside.  Under these conditions, a crack team of independent investigators, deploying the latest forensic and high-tech tools, could be turned loose on all FBI files and records.  The first thing this team might uncover is recent FBI action in a high-profile whistleblower case.  Back on February 21, 2020, Philip Haney, author of See Something Say Nothing: A Homeland Security Officer Exposes the Government's Submission to Jihad was "found deceased" in Amador County, California, killed by a gunshot to the chest.  Despite rumors, Haney's death was not a suicide.  The Amador sheriff, "reached out to the Federal Bureau of Investigation to assist in analyzing documents, phone records, numerous thumb drives and a lap top that were recovered from the scene and Mr. Haney's RV. Those items and numerous other pieces of evidence, were turned over to the FBI.  The FBI has performed a forensic examination of these items.  We expect to receive these reports within the next few weeks."  More than two years later, there is no news on Haney's thumb drives, documents and laptop in FBI custody.

The FBI's Apex Bureaucracy Is Dangerous.  We have many grand American traditions.  The FBI is not one of them.  Neither the Constitution nor American history supports the existence of a quasi-independent national security force unconscionably vested with such broad authority to engage in domestic espionage, counterintelligence, and criminal enforcement as to render it omnisciently powerful.  That Congress and successive presidential administrations for the last century have allowed an institution possessing such supremacy over citizens to exist at all undermines the U.S. Constitution's principal guarantees against abusive government.  Even if it were led by and staffed with Americans of the highest moral character, its presence in a free nation would remain an abomination.  Whatever the FBI's past successes, it poses entirely too much of a threat to both Americans' liberty and security.  Given its highly political and suspect activities during the last decade and longer, those threats are no longer theoretical.  Without the FBI wasting law enforcement resources pursuing politically explosive yet highly questionable arrests near every election season, perhaps crime rates would actually drop.  Certainly Chris Wray's agents would no longer need to organize fake kidnapping attempts or set up fake terrorist attacks as part of the FIBbers' relentless efforts to inflate their own "domestic extremism" numbers! Without a doubt, many parents attending local school board meetings and conservative political protesters exercising constitutional rights would sleep better knowing that the strong-arm of the lawless won't be breaking down their doors in the middle of the night under the color of legal authority!

Smells Like Cover-up: Garland Tries to Shut Down DOJ Employees Talking to Congress.  We've been seeing a lot of FBI folks coming forward to blow the whistle on the politicization of the bureau, including accusations that they've been biased in shutting down lines of investigation against Hunter Biden and biased in opening them up regarding President Donald Trump.  We saw that one person accused of bias by the whistleblowers has now been shown the door — Timothy Thibault, who was allegedly involved at different points both in investigations against Trump and Hunter Biden.

FBI Agents Now Calling for Wray to Resign, Things Are 'out of Control'.  We've seen FBI whistleblowers flooding members of Congress with allegations of politicization, bias, and misconduct including investigations regarding Hunter Biden and President Donald Trump.  That must have been making Democrats nervous with what was being revealed.  Attorney General Merrick Garland sent out a letter to Justice Department employees telling them they shouldn't be talking to Congress, although he claimed in the letter that whistleblowers were not impeded by his letter.  Sure, then why are you sending out such a letter at this time?  It practically screams cover-up and that he's trying to shut down people talking.  But if he thought that would stop things, it doesn't sound like that's going to work.  FBI agents are now talking through Kurt Siuzdak, who represents whistleblowers at the Bureau, and he says that they are telling him that Wray has lost control and should resign.

Tucker Carlson Outlines Dramatic Timeline of Political Corruption Within the Federal Bureau of Investigation.  What Tucker Carlson outlined on his broadcast tonight is not a surprise to anyone here; however, it is good to see the direct accusations presented to millions of Americans.  The FBI is a corrupt politically motivated institution from top to bottom.  [Video clip]  [...] The FBI knew in advance of the Pulse Nightclub shooter (Omar Mateen) and were tipped off by the local sheriff.  The FBI knew in advance of the San Bernardino Terrorists (Tashfeen Malik).  The FBI knew in advance of the Boston Marathon Bombers (the Tsarnaev brothers) tipped off by Russians.  The FBI knew in advance of the Parkland High School shooter (Nikolas Cruz).  The FBI knew in advance of the Fort Hood shooter (Nidal Hasan), and the FBI knew in advance of Colorado grocery store shooter Ahmad al-Aliwi Alissa.  The FBI took no action.  The case of the first recorded ISIS attack on U.S. soil was in Garland, Texas in 2015.  The FBI not only knew the shooters (Elton Simpson and Nadir Soofi) in advance, BUT the FBI ALSO took the shooters to the venue and were standing only a few yards away when Simpson and Soofi opened fire.  Yes, you read that correctly — the FBI took the terrorists to the event and then watched it unfold.

FBI agents behind controversial Hunter Biden briefing in 2020 [have been] ordered to talk.  Two top Senate Republicans want to interview the FBI officials behind a controversial summer 2020 FBI briefing on Russia.  Sens. Chuck Grassley (R-IA) and Ron Johnson (R-WI) sent a letter to the two FBI employees on Thursday, alleging the August 2020 briefing was "unnecessary and was only done because of pressure from our Democratic colleagues, including Democratic Leadership, to falsely attack our Biden investigation as advancing Russian disinformation."  The senators named Nikki Floris, the intelligence analyst in charge of the FBI Washington Field Office's intelligence division, and Bradley Benavides, the deputy assistant director of the FBI Washington Field Office's counterintelligence division, as being the officials who provided the Russia-related briefing on Aug. 6, 2020.  The senators want the duo to appear for a transcribed interview in September.

America Was a Better Place When the FBI Didn't Rig Elections.  Well over a year ago, I wrote in the Briefing that Donald Trump's biggest failure was not doing a thorough housecleaning at the FBI.  No doubt Trump agrees with me, given all that has been going on lately.  Yesterday's news revealed a double-whammy that added more clarity to just how heavy the Bureau's thumb was on the 2020 presidential election scale, and all of it has to do with Joe Biden's sleazebag progeny, Hunter.  It appears that the FBI was working overtime to make sure voters didn't have information about Hunter Biden's cocaine-and-hookers criminal antics.

Zuckerberg Revelation Shows FBI Interfered for Biden in 2020 Election.  Surprise, surprise.  It wasn't the social media platforms alone that censored the Hunter Biden laptop story before the election.  No, the FBI asked Facebook to censor the Hunter Biden laptop story before the 2020 election, calling it Russian disinformation.  Indeed, FBI investigators knew the laptop and its disgusting contents were all too real because they'd held possession of the laptop since 2019.  The laptop contained the disgusting details of Hunter's sex and drug life, business dealings, and evidence of big paydays from Ukraine and China — all of which presented a national security risk to the U.S.  Facebook founder Mark Zuckerberg told podcaster Joe Rogan on Thursday that the FBI put Facebook "on high alert" to, wink, censor the Biden laptop story, wink, before the 2020 election.

Do you really think our DC overlords will change?  The Federal Bureau of Investigation and the Department of Justice are creations of the Executive Branch.  They are subservient to the Executive and derive their authority from the Executive.  It is the Executive that determines what is and what is not classified material.  It really goes to show who these people think they are:  government arbiters.  How is it that the regime is brazen enough to pull these shenanigans?  The answer is that nobody has ever been held to account, and as a result, the regime will continue to protect itself and further itself with impunity.  When Hillary Clinton destroyed subpoenaed emails and the FBI unilaterally determined that there was no reason to prosecute based on intent, did she get her door kicked in?  When the Clinton campaign, in conjunction with the FBI and the State Department, fabricated evidence and presented it to the courts as verifiable proof of a Russian-compromised Executive, was anyone held to account?  When the Democrats' first and second Trump impeachment committees openly doctored video and photographic evidence to sell their impeachment schemes to the public, did the press call them on it?

From Civil Compromise to Partisan Persecution.  [Scroll down]  The raid on Mar-a-Lago was such an event.  With this disgraceful stunt, the FBI has in effect openly acknowledged that it is little more than a political police force willingly placed in the service of the Democratic Party with its most prominent, public-facing role being to shelter and protect the Democratic Party's own well-connected and highly-placed criminals while criminalizing and persecuting its political opponents, right down to falsely framing and entrapping them when necessary.  If it isn't eventually dismantled entirely, perhaps the FBI should be renamed the FBCF — Federal Bureau of Custom Framing.  The FBI has lost the public trust and is undeserving of the benefit of the doubt.  Its partisan alignments are obvious.  The FBI has proven incapable of taking any interest in the innumerable crimes of Antifa and BLM, yet simply cannot refrain from issuing dire warnings against unruly parents who dare to oppose mandated racist indoctrination at school board meetings.  The FBI simply cannot be bothered to address the ongoing organized intimidation of Supreme Court justices by leftist thugs, yet shows no hesitation in branding patriotic imagery as a sign of probable alignment with domestic terrorism.

14 FBI Whistleblowers (and Counting) Can't Be Wrong:  There's a Problem at the Bureau.  Rep. Jim Jordan (R-Ohio) revealed that FBI whistleblowers are popping up like pimples on prom night.  "Fourteen FBI agents have come to our office as whistleblowers, and they are good people," Jordan revealed to Fox News.  "There are lots of good people in the FBI.  It's the top that is the problem."  "Some of these good agents are coming to us, telling us what's going on, the political nature now of the Justice Department, talking about the school board issue, about a whole host of issues," Jordan continued.  [Tweet]

14 FBI Whistleblowers Have Come Forward:  Rep. Jordan.  Fourteen FBI whistleblowers have come forward to provide information to Republican congressional investigations, Rep. Jim Jordan (R-Ohio) said on Aug. 14, about a week after the FBI raided former President Donald Trump's Florida home.  "Fourteen FBI agents have come to our office as whistleblowers, and they are good people," Jordan told Fox News.  "There are lots of good people in the FBI.  It's the top that is the problem."  "Some of these good agents are coming to us, telling us ... what's going on — the political nature now of the Justice Department ... talking about the school board issue, about a whole host of issues," he added.  Two months ago, Jordan said that six FBI whistleblowers approached the committee.  Two came forward in relation to a school board memo and four in connection to the Jan. 6 Capitol breach.

Jim Jordan says 14 FBI whistleblowers have come forward.  More than a dozen FBI whistleblowers have come forward to Republican investigators in Congress, according to Rep. Jim Jordan (R-OH).  The congressman, who is the ranking member of the House Judiciary Committee, told Fox News host Trey Gowdy the number has risen to 14 after the FBI raid at Trump's Mar-a-Lago resort.  During a conversation about alleged politicization at the Justice Department, along with former Director of National Intelligence John Ratcliffe, Jordan made the case that the public has "figured it out" when it comes to what he characterized as the Left generating a lie, the "Big Media" reporting the lie, Big Tech amplifying the lie, and then both piling on Republicans when they catch on and say something.  He said there are agents in the bureau who have realized the same.

How many people work for the FBI?  The FBI employs approximately 35,000 people

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Fourteen whistleblowers is more than nothing, considering the FBI people are known for their silence.  But the other 34,986 FBI employees are content to play along with everything the Bureau does.

20 Things The Feds Probably Planted In The Boxes They Took From Trump's House.  Nine-and-a-half hours of secret snooping, 15 evidence boxes, and a jaunt through the former first lady's closet later, it's unclear what exactly FBI agents were looking for and ultimately recovered during their raid of former President Donald Trump's home in Florida.  Given the bureau's long track record of malfeasance, however — concocting an elaborate Russia collusion hoax, branding conservative parents as domestic terrorists, labeling anodyne right-wing symbols as extremist dog whistles, entrapping Americans in plots to kidnap radical governors, concluding a stand-off by murdering dozens of children, rigging an election by hiding information that harmed their preferred candidate, and egging on protesters and rioters before branding them as insurrectionists, just to name a few — it isn't too hard to imagine that some of the things the FBI recovered from Mar-a-Lago weren't recovered at all, but planted.

Defund The FBI!.  The Federal Bureau of Investigation, once so popular it had its own TV show solely dedicated to its heroics, has become a hyper-politicized, jackbooted bully that no longer serves the American people or the U.S. Constitution, which its employees are sworn to protect.  It has become, instead, the intelligence arm and domestic enforcer of the far left.  Did we say defund?  Yes.  But we don't mean simply to cut its funding, as leftists have disastrously proposed for police forces across the country.  We mean tear down the entire rotting edifice of the FBI and replacing it with a new agency that respects the Constitution and holds itself accountable to all Americans, not just the woke far left.

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[#1] The Congress can't even defund Sesame Street, after decades of threatening to do so.  The FBI would put up a fight (far greater than PBS would) if any defunding effort gets underway.  [#2] The FBI collects and stores information that can be used later against people.  That's what they do.  Does anyone think they only investigate criminals?  This writer and many others believe the FBI and the CIA have the dirt, if any exists, on every member of Congress.  That's why the Congress doesn't threaten the FBI.

The FBI raid on Trump's Mar-a-Lago home highlights the alarming double standard that gives Dems a pass.  "We believe in the rule of law.  That's what our country is about, and no person is above the law," House Speaker Nancy Pelosi told "Today" show co-anchor Savannah Guthrie during a TV interview Tuesday [8/9/2022] in an attempt to justify the unprecedented FBI raid of former President Donald Trump's Palm Beach home. [...] And what about all the dirty cops at the highest echelons of the FBI and Department of Justice involved in the debunked "Russia Collusion" hoax — the fabricated, five-alarm conspiracy theory predicated on bogus opposition research used to try to stop Trump from being elected in 2016?  When that failed, the FBI launched politically charged investigations to derail the Trump administration.  The "Get Trump" cabal at the FBI/DOJ misled the FISA court to spy on the Donald Trump's campaign, an FBI lawyer doctored evidence, the devious Deep State colluded with complicit media in smearing the leader of the Republican Party.  Are they above the law?

The FBI Is Not What It Used to Be.  Many retired agents admit to being embarrassed and ashamed of what the bureau has become.  When it comes to preventing crime, the FBI has dropped the ball far too many times.  The FBI had credible warnings about the attack on 9/11, the Pulse Nightclub slaughter, the San Bernadino shooting, the Parkland school shooting, and even the Boston Marathon bombing.  Yet somehow failed to take preventive action.  They're no longer our guardians against public corruption either.  They gave Hillary Clinton a pass for her email transgressions.  They did an investigation in name only, that lasted months.  Oddly, the FBI never served any subpoenas.  The bureau even destroyed the evidence at the conclusion of the investigation.  It's almost as if they didn't really want to find anything — no?  Hillary Clinton, in collusion with the DNC, orchestrated the dirtiest trick in U.S. political history — the fabricated Trump/Russian collusion tale.  The FBI learned within two months that the whole thing was a setup.  Yet they played along with the plan for three years — even to the point of affecting the 2018 midterm election.  Their investigation became the famous "insurance policy" against the Trump Presidency.  Rather than ferreting out corruption, the FBI became enthusiastic participants.

How Many Times Are We Going to Let the FBI and DOJ Break the Law?  [Scroll down]  Look at what the FBI did to Richard Jewell, in the wake of the Centennial Park Bombing, despite having zero evidence of any wrongdoing.  In fact, the entirety of what linked Jewell to the bombing was geographic proximity and a single FBI profiler's opinion.  That's it.  We found out from the 9/11 Commission Report that the FBI was responsible for some of the breakdown in communication that could have potentially helped to stop several of the hijackers leading up to the attacks.  Remember, Zacarias Moussaoui, sometimes referred to as the 20th hijacker, was picked up by the FBI in August 2001, but was not linked to the other hijackers until after the 9/11 attacks.  Yet it doesn't stop there.  The FBI had contacted and/or investigated the Tsarnaev Brothers — perpetrators of the Boston Bombing in 2013, Syed Farook and Tashfeen Malik — perpetrators of the San Bernardino Shooting in 2015, and Omar Mateen — perpetrator of the Pulse Nightclub shooting in 2016, all before any of those crimes were committed.  Even after crimes are committed, the FBI (and by extension, the DOJ) seem completely incapable of securing evidence of a motive or how the perpetrators had committed the crimes.  In the case of Stephen Paddock, the entirety of our domestic federal law enforcement power couldn't figure out how a guy, or better yet, why a guy got an armory into a tower room at the Mandalay Bay and murdered and injured hundreds.

The Continued American Awakening of The FBI as an Official Enforcement Mechanism of The Fourth Branch of Government.  The FBI was fully aware of the Boston Marathon bombers, the Tsarnaev brothers, before they executed their plot.  The FBI took no action.  The FBI knew about the San Bernardino terrorists, specifically Tasfeen Malik, and were monitoring her phone calls and communications before her and Syed Farook executed their attack killing 14 people and leaving 22 others seriously injured.  The FBI took no action.  The FBI knew Colorado grocery store shooter Ahmad Alissa before he executed his attack.  The FBI took no action.  The FBI knew in advance of the Pulse Nightclub shooter (Omar Mateen) and were tipped off by the local sheriff.  The FBI knew in advance of the San Bernardino Terrorists (Tashfeen Malik).  The FBI knew in advance of the Boston Marathon Bombers (the Tsarnaev brothers) tipped off by Russians.  The FBI knew in advance of the Parkland High School shooter (Nikolas Cruz).  The FBI knew in advance of the Fort Hood shooter (Nidal Hasan), and the FBI knew in advance of Colorado grocery store shooter Ahmad al-Aliwi Alissa.  The FBI took no action.  Consider the case of the first recorded ISIS attack on U.S. soil in Garland, Texas in 2015.  The FBI not only knew the shooters (Elton Simpson and Nadir Soofi) in advance, the FBI took the shooters to the venue and were standing only a few yards away when Simpson and Soofi opened fire.  Yes, you read that correctly — the FBI took the terrorists to the event and then watched it unfold.

Let's Take the FBI at Their Word.  [Scroll down]  Larry Nassar raped hundreds of teenage girls, the FBI took no action; however, they did apologize.  The FBI was fully aware of the Boston Marathon bombers, the Tsarnaev brothers, before they executed their plot.  The FBI took no action.  The FBI knew about the San Bernardino terrorists, specifically Tasfeen Malik, and were monitoring her phone calls and communications before her and Syed Farook executed their attack killing 14 people and 22 others were seriously injured.  The FBI took no action.  The FBI knew Colorado grocery store shooter Ahmad Alissa before he executed his attack.  The FBI took no action.  The FBI knew in advance of the Pulse Nightclub shooter (Omar Mateen) and were tipped off by the local sheriff.  The FBI knew in advance of the San Bernardino Terrorists (Tashfeen Malik).  The FBI knew in advance of the Boston Marathon Bombers (the Tsarnaev brothers) tipped off by Russians.  The FBI knew in advance of the Parkland High School shooter (Nikolas Cruz).  The FBI knew in advance of the Fort Hood shooter (Nidal Hasan), and the FBI knew in advance of Colorado grocery store shooter Ahmad al-Aliwi Alissa.  The FBI took no action.  Consider the case of the first recorded ISIS attack on U.S. soil in Garland, Texas in 2015.  The FBI not only knew the shooters (Elton Simpson and Nadir Soofi) in advance, the FBI took the shooters to the venue and were standing only a few yards away when Simpson and Soofi opened fire.  Yes, you read that correctly — the FBI took the terrorists to the event and then watched it unfold. [...] Or more recently, the goofball plot to kidnap Gretchen Whitmer that involved 18 suspects, twelve of them actually working for the FBI as the plot was hatched?  And we cannot forget the January 6th DC protest turned insurrection effort, which is clearly looking like an FBI inspired and coordinated effort.  Have we forgotten the Atlanta "Olympic Park Bombing", and the FBI intentionally setting up transparently innocent, Richard Jewel? [...] And of course, the FBI still had 13 extra agents available to rush to a NASCAR racetrack to investigate a garage door pull-down rope that might have been perceived as a noose; but the serial rape of hundreds of teenage girls, eh, not-so-much effort — even when they are standing in front of the FBI begging for help. [...] Let me be very clear with another brutally obvious example.  Antifa could not exist as an organization, capable to organize and carry out violent attacks against their targets, without the full support of the FBI. [...] The FBI is not a law enforcement or investigative division of the U.S. Department of Justice.  The FBI is a political weapon of a larger institution that is now focused almost entirely toward supporting a radical communist agenda to destroy civil society in the United States.

How FBI Spy Stefan Halper Helped Put Two Bushes in the White House.  Mark Hemingway wrote a fascinating exposé chronicling the enigmatic life of Stefan Halper, the Cambridge University professor and FBI informant who attempted to entrap low-level Trump campaign associates with promises that "his friendship with Russian spies" could aid Trump's efforts to win the presidency.  Hemingway notes that although most Americans were unfamiliar with Halper until details of the FBI's Crossfire Hurricane counterintelligence operation against the Republican presidential nominee came to light, he has been a stubbornly recurring fixture near the intersection of American politics and espionage for fifty years.

Durham-Sussmann notes battle pulls back curtain on Trump-era FBI.  Andrew McCabe, the former deputy director of the FBI, said Michael Sussmann met with the bureau in September 2016 on behalf of a client, according to notes from March 2017 made public by the Democratic cybersecurity lawyer.  The briefing notes contradict contemporaneous FBI notes and the defendant's own text message, though the defense team thinks they could prove decisive in special counsel John Durham's case against Sussmann.  Sussmann was indicted for allegedly concealing his clients, Hillary Clinton's 2016 campaign and "Tech Executive-1" Rodney Joffe, from FBI general counsel James Baker in late summer 2016 when he presented internet data that suggested a now-discredited back channel between the Trump Organization and Russia's Alfa-Bank.

"There's a Number of VERY Troubling Things Happening at the FBI": Whistleblower Leaks Documents to Project Veritas.  On Wednesday, Project Veritas released documents provided by an FBI whistleblower showing that the agency is targeting news media organizations in the US with secret criminal investigations.  The unnamed whistleblower, who has been a special agent for many years and is still employed with the bureau, provided the classified documents to Project Veritas in hopes of exposing the corruption and politically-motivated targeting that has taken over the FBI.

Report: FBI Corruption Targets Millions of Americans.  The FBI's corruption, even just over the last five years, has reached levels few imagined.  Sure, there's always been a certain amount of distrust of government agencies, and the FBI itself has a long history of malicious activity going back to its inception.  Yet, things truly went to the next level in the year prior to Donald Trump taking office, and they've only accelerated since then.

Did a Key FBI Agent in Whitmer Plot Attempt to Surveil Steven Crowder?  In 2017, Steven Crowder, a conservative activist and host of a popular YouTube channel, infiltrated Antifa with his producer.  Weeks before a speaking engagement by Ben Shapiro at the University of Utah — an event Antifa planned to disrupt violently — Crowder worked his way into the group through the use of burner phones and encrypted chats.  Crowder secretly recorded discussions between Antifa thugs promising to use "plain clothes and hard tactics" to shut down Shapiro's speech on September 28, 2017.  This included distributing weapons such as ice picks, combat knives, and guns.  Despite a heavy law enforcement presence for Shapiro's speech, pockets of violence did erupt as Antifa confronted police and Shapiro supporters outside the venue, resulting in the arrest of a handful of rabble-rousers.  Crowder then posted a video account of his undercover operation and noted a collective lack of interest by major news organizations in Antifa's violent pre-planning efforts.

DOJ Arrests 3 Individuals on Terrorism Charges Likely Linked to Patriot Front Group — But Others Were Let Go?  After TGP reporting on another likely government-sponsored group — the Patriot Front — the DOJ stepped into action and arrested three young men for terrorist activities.  These three were joined by others who were not arrested or indicted.  Four days ago we reported on three individuals arrested by the FBI who pleaded guilty to a plot to attack power grids in the US.  The FBI shared their arrests in a press release.  In the court filing it is reported that there were a few others who participated in this plan to reportedly take down the US power grid[.]

If they spied on Trump, they will spy on you.  If the revelation earlier this month that Big Tech executives continued to spy on Donald Trump after the 2016 election and into his presidency was an isolated incident, it would not be a grave concern.  But once you step back and see the pattern of behavior by those in power to spy on and systematically undermine a democratically elected president, every citizen should be concerned.  When the FBI first opened its investigation into allegations that candidate Trump was coordinating with Russia, the FBI inspector general reported that the leadership of the FBI "hand-picked" the team that would conduct "one of the most sensitive FBI investigations" in the agency's history.  These were supposed to be agents of the highest character and professionalism.

The January 6 Pipe Bombs Look Like Another FBI Hoax.  In the 15-minute time span before the joint session of Congress convened at 1:00 p.m. on January 6, 2021, two incidents that set the stage for the day's ensuing chaos happened simultaneously.  First, a man named Ryan Samsel, after taking some sort of direction from Ray Epps, overran a thin line of police and metal racks in what would be the first official breach of Capitol grounds around 12:50 p.m. (Samsel was charged and has been incarcerated for more than a year; Epps faces no charges.)  Joining Samsel were members of the Proud Boys and a still-unknown number of FBI informants.  Around the same time, a woman named Karlin Younger who just happened to be walking to a laundry facility near the Republican National Committee headquarters just happened to look down and see what she believed was a pipe bomb nestled between a dumpster and a fence right next to the building.

Department of Homeland Security Warns That Domestic Terrorists With Hammers and Power Saws Are Plotting to Destroy the Power Grid.  [The] Department of Homeland Security is a joke.  It exists solely as a jobs program for paranoids specializing in manufacturing [specious] threats while ignoring real ones. [...] According to the FBI toad, domestic violent extremists have two things in common.  They are driven by racial hate... and they are Donald Trump supporters.  These alerts exist for one purpose.  They create a patina of proof for the fear-and-smear campaign the Biden junta is carrying out on its domestic opponents.  Relentlessly tying real people and real patriots who are concerned about the erosion of civil liberties under the illegal and unnecessary Wuhan virus regulations to potential terrorist acts is not only dishonest, it sets a predicate for treating them like terrorists and incarcerating them for long periods of time without any real intention of trying them for a crime... sort of like the January 6 political prisoners.

Punishing a Dem who criticizes border chaos?  [Scroll down]  What makes this particularly fishy is that it took place weeks before the primary election, a period when the FBI normally limits overt investigative activity.  What makes it even more fishy — besides the fact that there doesn't appear any conduct by Cuellar warranting personal involvement in wrong doing — is that he has been critical of President Biden and he's running against a woman whom he narrowly beat the last time and who is far more to the left than he is — Jessica Cisneros.  If my suspicions are warranted, the FBI and Department of Justice are firing a warning shot at any Democrat in Congress who steps out of line.

Is This 'Leaked' Video Real Or Staged?  The Khaki-clad Patriot Front group was out protesting again today — This time at the March for Life in Washington DC.  Two weeks ago this mysterious khaki-clad group showed up at the Chicago March for Life for some reason. [...] In spite of all that there seems to be little media interest in digging deep to find out what's really going on with this group and who its members are.  There is, however, plenty of interest in videos that purport to show Patriot Front members using Nazi language and gestures.  One that is said to have been leaked is making the rounds.  Does this seem staged, or authentic?  [Video clip]

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Ask yourself:  Who would benefit if it's genuine?  Nobody.  Who would benefit if it's fake but believable?  The Democrats.

A purported 'Patriot Front' video has all the hallmarks of a false flag.  One of the unpleasant realities that became patently clear during 2021 is that leftist operatives, whether inside or outside of the government, have a new tactic to discredit conservativism:  They pretend to be conservatives, either to entrap conservatives or to falsely expose them as bad people.  The latest example of this kind of fakery is a video that was recently "leaked," and that purports to show members of the "Patriot Front," an allegedly conservative organization, revealing their true Nazi colors.  There's nothing conservative about the video but there is a distinct whiff of FBI hanging about it. [...] In additional tweets, Mikael Thalen insists that the video is real because it's part of an entire leaked server.  I hate to break this to him, but that doesn't prove anything at all.  If you're going to set up a false front operation, you wouldn't stop with a single video.  As it was, people watching the video couldn't help but notice that it had all the reality of those "protesters" at the "Justice for J6" rally, an event crawling with FBI agents.

My Time in the Tank.  With Paul Manafort's explosive new book, Political Prisoner, we finally have a full and honest detailed account of how the U.S. government, the not-so-special Special Counsel Robert Mueller, and particularly the FBI treated anyone and everyone connected to Donald Trump.  The plain truth is they were after him — and would stop at nothing in their quest of subversion.  I would know, because I, too, was in their sights.  Detained at Boston's Logan Airport, the FBI grilled me about the 2016 campaign, specific persons involved, Wikileaks, Roger Stone, Nigel Farage, and Russia.  It was evident that while they had a very thick file on me, and two warrants to confiscate my iPhone and laptop — which meant they had been surveilling me for some time — they knew I knew nothing of real value.  This was an act of intimidation of a patriotic U.S. citizen, one with a former Top Secret and Codeword security clearance, who had held senior positions in the government and served informally and without payment on the Trump presidential election campaign.

The FBI Is a Scumbag Terrorist-Protection Organization and Must be Defunded To Save America.  And you know what the GOP will do about this if they win back the House and Senate?  Nothing.

Second Democrat, Rep. Jamaal Bowman, Arrested within a Day for Speaking Out Against Joe Biden's Failures.  Two Democrats have been arrested within a day of speaking out against wannabe Dictator Joe Biden.  This time black NY Democrat Rep. Jamaal Bowman.  Bownman was one of the dozen or so leftists Democrats who are staging a hunger strike outfront of the White House against Joe Biden after Biden once again failed to get a bill Democrats need to pass to steal elections indefinitely.  [Video clip]

FBI raid jeopardizes Democratic Rep. Henry Cuellar's reelection bid.  House Republicans are spying a surprise opportunity to flip another Democratic-held district after the Laredo, Texas, home and campaign office of Texas Rep. Henry Cuellar were raided by the Federal Bureau of Investigation Wednesday.  Cuellar, 66, a centrist and frequent target of Republicans and the Left, has been impossible to dislodge since winning a seat in Congress in 2004. But Cuellar could be unexpectedly vulnerable beginning March 1, when he stands for renomination against a liberal challenger in the Democratic primary — or this fall, against a Republican, if it turns out the congressman is the target of a federal investigation and the inquiry extends deep into the election year.

Prominent Democrat, Publicly Critical of Joe Biden Border Policy, Gets a Visit from FBI Jackboots.  The political motives behind this FBI effort are, yet again, brutally transparent.  The FBI are for Joe Biden what the Russian FSB is for Vladimir Putin.  That's what they are.  That's all they are.  That's what they do.  How many dozens of examples does it take before people realize the FBI are criminal enforcers targeting any voices who rise in opposition to the DC system?  Seriously, when is enough, enough?  This should be a bipartisan issue.  Democrat Representative Henry Cuellar represents Texas' 28th Congressional District, which extends to the U.S.- Mexico border, and has been in Congress since 2005.  Cuellar has been very public and very critical of how Joe Biden has collapsed the U.S-Mexico border enforcement.  Suddenly, Cuellar becomes the target of the FBI.

The FBI goes after a Democrat who opposes Biden's border policies.  Ask any Democrat or other leftist whether the FBI was corrupt under J. Edgar Hoover and he or she will eagerly agree.  Hoover, an ardent Republican, not only used the agency to capture genuine criminals, but he also turned it into a spy agency tracking anyone he thought might be a communist.  Now, though, it appears that the FBI, with help from the DOJ, is going Hoover one better, and using all the old powers plus modern technology to investigate and arrest people who fail to support the Biden administration.  The FBI's latest target is Texas Representative Henry Cuellar, a Democrat, who spoke out against Biden's illegal acts erasing America's southern border.  It's likely that most Americans, and especially most conservative Americans, had no idea who Henry Cuellar was before Biden entered the White House.  However, things changed when Biden issued a series of orders that effectively erased the southern border.

Biden's FBI Gestapo Raid the Home of a Fellow Democrat Days After he Turned on Biden's Border Policies.  More than two dozen FBI agents descended on Democrat Rep. Henry Cuellar's Laredo, Texas home on Wednesday, just a day after he spoke out against Biden's border policy failures. [...] Democrats are quickly realizing that fellow Democrats care less about them once they're in power and will do absolutely anything to ensure they stay subservient, even if it means having the FBI raid your house to keep you quiet.  [Video clip]

The FBI's Broken Relationship with Us.  All large organizations suffer from the occasional presence of bad actors.  The FBI is no exception.  But it managed to retain a good relationship with the public in spite of its flaws, because it was still solving rather than creating crimes.  But something fundamentally changed in the last five years.  The Comey clown car arrived in the center ring and unloaded under the spotlight.  As the public watched the comedy of James "The Cardinal" Comey, Andrew McCabe, Peter Strzok, and Lisa Page, searching for phantom Russian colluders under the bed, while actual Russian colluders cheered them on, we knew we needed to take a closer look.  The examination has been shocking.

Durham's Investigation:  Incriminating Inference in the FBI's Empty Russiagate Predication.  The vaporous predication for the FBI's opening of its "Crossfire Hurricane" investigation of "Russian collusion" is often attributed solely to anti-Trump bias, with no more to learn from its study.  But sustained examination shows it to be not only pretextual but also designed to conceal American history's most insidious governmental treachery since Benedict Arnold.  According to the FBI, the "Crossfire Hurricane" investigation was opened on July 31, 2016, because lowly Trump aide George Papadopoulos had been told by one Professor Joseph Mifsud that Russia had emails harmful to Hillary Clinton.  Two weeks later, Australian (FFG) diplomat, British-connected Alexander Downer, pried from Papadopoulos that Russia had dirt on Hillary, which he repeated in July to an American embassy in London.  Because both Mifsud and Downer were Western intelligence plants, without any knowledge of Russian designs, this was clearly a bootstrapped, circular predication.  That millions of common citizens also suspected Russia had email dirt on Hillary did not seem to dampen FBI ardor.

Treasure hunters demand answers from FBI about search for civil war-era gold.  Treasure hunters who believe they found a huge cache of fabled US civil war-era gold in Pennsylvania are now on the prowl for something as elusive as the buried booty itself:  government records of the FBI's excavation.  Finders Keepers, a lost treasure locate and recovery service, filed a federal lawsuit against the justice department over its failure to produce documents on the FBI's search for the legendary gold, which took place nearly four years ago at a remote woodland site in north-western Pennsylvania.  Up to 52 gold bars were said to have been buried in a forest in Pennsylvania during the battle of Gettysburg.  "With its request Plaintiff seeks to confirm the FBI's recovery of Civil War-era gold buried in the mountains of Pennsylvania, based in significant part on scientific evidence of the gold's existence that Plaintiff provided the FBI," the lawsuit said.

Is The FBI Ever Going To Get Around To Finding The Jan. 6 Pipe Bomber, Or Nah?  One year after a mysterious hooded figure placed two explosives outside the Republican and Democrat national headquarters, federal investigators, corporate media, and Speaker of the House Nancy Pelosi's Jan. 6 commission are mum about the premeditated act of violence. [...] Leftists and their cronies in the corporate media have scrambled to pin the violence from last year on former President Donald Trump and conservatives concerned about election integrity.  They claim that Republican officials and Fox News hosts worked together to plan an "insurrection" against the government.  Yet the lone example of a very clearly premeditated attempt at violence on Jan. 6 has been nearly completely wiped from the memory of the American public.  The pipe bombs discovered at the RNC and DNC aren't mentioned in the press's "remembrance" coverage of the day, and the federal government has hardly offered any updates on the investigation since releasing footage of the suspect, who was covered head to toe in dark clothing.  Even the Jan. 6 commission, which has gone to great lengths to obtain the phone records of private citizens, doesn't seem interested in pursuing the person behind the explosives.

They do not want Ghislaine to sing.  In June 2016, the FBI investigated Hillary's sale of state secrets to foreign governments.  Then the FBI destroyed the evidence.  At the same time, the FBI lied on FISA applications to spy on Donald John Trump.  Incredibly, the FISA judge denied the request.  My understanding is federal judges approve 99% of these requests for domestic spying.  Establishment mocking of "conspiracy theories" is laughable because the establishment created and promoted the ridiculous Russian Collusion theory that holds that Trump and Putin conspired to fix the election.  Given that the Kremlin was the source for most of the Russian dossier, it is more likely that Hillary and Obama conspired with Putin.  The FBI has a lengthy history of infiltrating organizations.  That helped destroy the KKK, which was a good thing.  Curiously, the FBI never infiltrated the Mafia which flourished under J. Edgar Hoover.  In fact, the FBI enabled Whitey Bulger to become the No. 1 mobster in Massachusetts by prosecuting his rivals.  His brother was the Democrat leader of the state Senate.

What Do We Do with the FBI Now?  The events of the past five or six years have demonstrated to America that the FBI is no longer the unbiased law enforcement agency it once was.  Between the Hillary Clinton investigation-in-name-only, the Crossfire Hurricane hoax, the targeting of Americans as domestic terrorists, and playing three blind mice with the Biden graft machine, the bureau's issues can't be ignored any longer.  If we don't take corrective action soon, the FBI will finish its transition from law enforcement to being a political functionary advancing the interests of one party.  There are only two options: rehabilitate the FBI, or eliminate it.  The current state is unacceptable in a functioning constitutional republic.  We need a credible and competent federal law enforcement capability.  Sadly, the FBI has lost it claim on both those things.

Prosecutors or Praetorian Guard:  Why is FBI investigating one missing diary in a sea of smash and grabs?  With smash and grabs raging across the country, prosecutors have struggled to assure the public that they are cracking down on the crime wave and using every possible means to deter the organized thefts.  One group notably missing in this effort has been the federal prosecutors.  While Attorney General Merrick Garland was criticized for launching a federal task force on threats against school boards (based on a handful of local cases), he has been largely silent on any federal effort to deal with this actual crime wave.  That is despite the fact that these attacks are organized on social media and experts think it's likely the stolen items are being sold on the internet.  That is all interstate conduct and would allow for federal enforcement.  There is, however, one allegedly stolen item that did bring a full-scale FBI investigation:  the missing diary of Ashley Biden, daughter of President Joe Biden.

How Did the FBI End Up in This Mess?  The fact that the FBI has lost its way has been on public display for at least five years now.  Truth be told, it probably strayed off course way before that.  But during the Trump Presidency, it became too obvious to ignore.  It has been involved in everything from the creation of an "insurance policy" against the peaceful transition of power, to the targeting of parents as domestic terrorists for the sin of disagreeing with school boards.  How did our "premier law enforcement agency" stray so far from its motto of fidelity, bravery, and integrity?  Simply put, the FBI's current state is the result of horrible leadership.  Any organization with a solid culture of ethics can survive a bad leader, but the FBI has had 20+ years of ethically challenged leadership.  Over time that leadership influences hiring, firing, promotions, and training.  Given enough time under bad leadership, even the strongest foundation of ethics will crumble, and be replaced by a culture of corruption — as we've seen with the FBI[.]  A significant shift in the culture of the FBI happened under Robert Mueller.  Mueller came up through the ranks of the DoJ — holding the positions of Assistant U.S. Attorney, U.S. Attorney, and Deputy Attorney General.  He was appointed to lead the FBI, by President George W. Bush, in 2001, just one week prior to 9/11.

Does a Law Enforcement Oath Mean Anything Anymore?  I had coffee recently with a friend of mine, a retired FBI agent.  We were talking about the mess the FBI has become.  He's even more disturbed about the politicization of the bureau than I am.  During our talk he said something very interesting:  "Current agents are just keeping their heads down and following orders."  A simple statement with profound implications. [...] Certainly, following lawful orders is important, but notice that there is nothing mentioned about obedience to leadership.  That's because following orders is between the officers and their leaders. [...] All law enforcement officers, including FBI agents, who are "just following orders" are missing the point of their oath.  They may be bound by agency rules to follow orders, but they are bound by sacred honor to remain faithful to the American people.

Four FBI officials hired prostitutes overseas, inspector general says.  The Justice Department Office of the Inspector General on Tuesday said four FBI officials hired prostitutes while on the job.  In an investigative summary, the department watchdog said the officials were on assignment overseas when they "solicited, procured, and accepted commercial sex" in violation of FBI and Justice Department policies.  A fifth official reportedly solicited, but did not hire, a prostitute.  "The OIG investigation further found that five officials failed to report contact or relationships with foreign nationals, including foreign nationals from whom they procured commercial sex, in violation of FBI policies," the summary states.

Fortenberry indictment raises questions about the FBI's tactics.  The Justice Department's prosecution of a Republican lawmaker for allegedly lying to the FBI is raising thorny issues about the use of surreptitious tactics during investigations into members of Congress.  The false-statement indictment brought against Rep. Jeff Fortenberry of Nebraska two months ago is also resurfacing many of the same questions that triggered a firestorm of controversy around the prosecution of former national security adviser Michael Flynn.  Critics say the concerns — about the approval process and threshold to deploy arguably deceptive investigative tactics — are even more acute in Fortenberry's case because of the role the Constitution lays out for lawmakers as part of a separate branch of government.  "This goes back to the age-old question. ... What is the separation-of-powers implication of having the FBI and the Justice Department test members for probity?  I just think that's wrong," said Stan Brand, a Washington attorney and former general counsel to the House.  "I think it's a mistake, and I think it's a problem."

Losing Confidence in the Pillars of Our Civilization.  For the first time in memory, conservatives now connect the FBI hierarchy with bureaucratic bloat, political bias, and even illegality.  In the last five years, the FBI was mostly in the news for the checkered careers of James Comey, Andrew McCabe, Robert Mueller, Lisa Page, and Peter Strzok.  Add in the criminality of convicted FBI lawyer Kevin Clinesmith.  The colossal FBI-driven "Russian collusion" hoax was marked by leaking of confidential FBI memos, forged documents, improper surveillance, and serial disinformation.

Onward Into Darkness.  [Scroll down]  Next was the FBI's invasion of Project Veritas chief James O'Keefe's home in a case involving "Joe Biden's" daughter Ashley Biden's personal diary, which Project Veritas was alleged to be holding, and which supposedly contained some entries about sketchy father-and-daughter showers together.  Bad optics for a floundering president already suspected of being a bit free with his touch, shall we say, around the little ones (not to mention the florid pornographic exploits self-documented by son Hunter).  Instead of defending Mr. O'Keefe's first amendment rights, the legacy news media piled on him as "not a real journalist."  More to the point, though, within hours of the FBI confiscating Mr. O'Keefe's cell phones and other devices, Mr. O'Keefe's private communications with his attorneys turned up in the hands of The New York Times, which published some of the material.  Of course, James O'Keefe is in the middle of a defamation lawsuit against The New York Times.  And wasn't it a fortuitous coincidence that the newspaper came into possession of their adversary's privileged information?  The thing is (of course), that the info could have only been provided to The Times by one possible source:  the FBI, investigative arm of the DOJ.  Days later, Judge Analisa Torres from the Southern District of New York ordered the FBI to stop extracting data from the phones — as if they hadn't already downloaded every last shred and made a zillion copies.  Where is the DOJ Inspector General Michael Horowitz?  Where is the DOJ's ethics office?  Why has the leaker not been outed and arraigned?

Why The Left Keeps Talking About Kyle Rittenhouse Crossing A State Line.  [Scroll down]  Now consider that last week, ten FBI agents with a battering ram showed up before dawn to handcuff the underwear-clad Project Veritas founder James O'Keefe and search his house and cell phone, after having done the same to his fellow journalists.  The pretext was a search for Ashley Biden's diary, but the FBI already knew O'Keefe didn't have it or have anything to do with its disappearance.  Besides, since when does a petty-larceny case local police would manage with a stolen-property report rate a federal investigation?  Glenn Greenwald frames it as an undisguised authoritarian tactic meant "to aggressively target an organization devoted to obtaining and reporting incriminating information about Democratic Party leaders and their liberal allies."  Interestingly, he reports "a cryptic reference in the search warrant to transmitting stolen material across state lines."

First Mom Raided By FBI Since October 4th DOJ Memorandum?  An FBI SWAT team raided the home of an activist mother of three in Colorado on Tuesday, Nov. 16, knocking down her door, bursting into the house and handcuffing her while she was homeschooling her children.  This is the first known case of the federal government making good on its promise to not only intimidate but actually carry out a raid on a mom who was involved in her local school board politics, said Brannon Howse, who interviewed Sheronna Bishop on his live broadcast at Lindell TV Wednesday night. [...] The U.S. Department of Justice and Attorney General Merrick Garland issued an Oct. 4 memorandum directing federal, state and local law enforcement to look for parents to prosecute nationwide who may have made "threats" and made "harassing" phone calls to school board members nationwide, equating such parents to domestic terrorists.  Now a mother, Sheronna Bishop of Grand Junction, Colorado, has felt the brute force of the FBI's heavily armed SWAT unit used against her family.

Can the FBI Be Salvaged?  The Washington, D.C.-based Federal Bureau of Investigation has lost all credibility as a disinterested investigatory agency.  Now we learn from a whistleblower that the agency was allegedly investigating moms and dads worried about the teaching of critical race theory in their kids' schools.  In truth, since 2015, the FBI has been constantly in the news — and mostly in a negative and constitutionally disturbing light.  The fired former Director James Comey injected himself into the 2016 political race by constantly editorializing on his ongoing investigation of candidate Hillary Clinton's email leaks.  In a bizarre twist, the public learned later that Comey had allowed Hillary Clinton's own private computer contractor — CrowdStrike — to run the investigation of the hack.  The private firm was allowed to keep possession of pertinent hard drives central to the investigation.  How odd that CrowdStrike's point man was Shawn Henry, a former high-ranking FBI employee.  During the Robert Mueller special investigation, the FBI implausibly claimed it had no idea how requested information on FBI cell phones had mysteriously disappeared.

Kyle Rittenhouse, Project Veritas, and the Inability to Think in Terms of Principles.  The FBI has executed a string of search warrants targeting the homes and cell phones of Project Veritas founder James O'Keefe and several others associated with that organization.  It should require no effort to understand why it is a cause for concern that a Democratic administration is using the FBI to aggressively target an organization devoted to obtaining and reporting incriminating information about Democratic Party leaders and their liberal allies.  That does not mean the FBI investigation is inherently improper.  Journalists are no more entitled than any other citizen to commit crimes.  If there is reasonable cause to believe O'Keefe and his associates committed federal crimes, then an FBI investigation is warranted as it is for any other case.  But there has been no evidence presented that O'Keefe or Project Veritas employees have done anything of the sort, nor any explanation provided to justify these invasive searches.  That we should want and need that is self-evident: if the Trump-era FBI had executed search warrants inside the newsrooms of The New York Times and NBC News, we would be demanding evidence to prove it was legally justified.  Yet virtually nothing has been provided to justify the FBI's targeting of O'Keefe and his colleagues, and the little that has been disclosed by way of justifying this makes no sense.

FBI's behavior over Project Veritas investigation questioned.  Scrutiny of the FBI's handling of an investigation into Project Veritas is mounting following the publication of details from documents potentially seized by federal authorities.  The New York Times published an article on Thursday detailing the extent to which operatives from the controversial right-wing investigative group coordinated with attorneys to ensure they did not flout laws dictating private recordings and obtaining information from sources using false pretenses.  The New York Times cited "a series of memos written by the group's lawyer" in its article questioning Project Veritas's approach to investigating various targets, including the FBI itself.

FBI Email Server Hacked, Emails Sent To Over 100,000 Accounts.  The Federal Bureau of Investigation said Saturday that one of its email servers was hacked and spam emails had been sent to the public.  From the FBI's email server, unauthorized emails were sent to over 100,000 accounts.  They were doctored to look like authentic communication from the FBI and the Department of Homeland Security, according to Forbes.  The emails warned people that they were being attacked by the cybercriminal group, The Dark Overlord, and cybersecurity researcher, Vinny Troia, according to Bloomberg.  The breach was discovered by the Spamhaus Project, a cybersecurity watchdog organization.  The group sent out a tweet early on Nov. 13 stating that they were aware of the spam emails.

The DOJ and FBI have combined to destroy Project Veritas.  Project Veritas uses hidden camera techniques to expose corruption, dishonesty, anarchy, and totalitarian impulses in American institutions.  Given the times in which we live, that means Project Veritas is usually exposing leftists and their organizations.  It's almost certainly not a coincidence, then, that the FBI engaged in a series of early-morning raids against Project Veritas employees and its founder, James O'Keefe, ostensibly because, a year ago, they possessed, but refused to use (and gave to law enforcement), a diary that we now know belonged to Joe Biden's pathetic, drug-addicted daughter, Ashley.  It's even less of a coincidence that the New York Times immediately knew about the raids and later published Project Veritas's confidential correspondence with its attorneys.  What we're witnessing is a political hit job that would be completely at home in any penny-ante, third-world, tin pot tyranny — in other words, welcome to Biden's America.

Court Halts DOJ Extraction of James O'Keefe's Smartphone Data.  A federal judge Thursday [11/11/2021] ordered the U.S. Department of Justice to stop the extraction of data from Project Veritas founder James O'Keefe's smartphone, pending a court hearing on the appointment of a "special master" to oversee the extraction. [...] The DOJ has O'Keefe's phone and other data following an FBI raid earlier this month of O'Keefe's New York home, ostensibly looking for information related to the alleged theft of a diary belonging to Ashley Biden, President Joe Biden's daughter.  O'Keefe said at the time that Project Veritas was provided with the diary by another source, but decided not to use any of the information contained therein, and contacted law enforcement.  It is unclear why the FBI conducted the raid, and critics have pointed out that the government's actions could also be an attempt to suppress an opposition-minded journalist.

The FBI raided Project Veritas on a pretext and is now leaking their privileged communications to the New York Times.  [Thread reader]  These are classic privileged communications[.]  PV asked for a legal opinion on potential journalistic activities, that opinion is a privileged communication[.]  No idea what @adamgoldmanNYT was thinking here, he should be subpoenaed tomorrow and forced to reveal his criminal source[.]  I didn't even think about the fact that PV is currently in litigation with the New York Times[.]  Makes it all the more appalling that the NYT would be publishing Veritas' privileged communications[.]  If the New York Times has these memorandums[,] why wouldn't it also have PV's privileged communications that relate directly to PV's lawsuit against the Times?  This is just a massive, massive scandal[.]  The New York Times delenda est[.]

Federal court orders Justice Department to stop extracting data from James O'Keefe's phones.  A federal court ordered the Justice Department to stop extracting data from phones belonging to Project Veritas founder James O'Keefe after the FBI searched his New York apartment and the homes of two operatives over the past week.  Harmeet Dhillon, a civil rights attorney representing the conservative investigative group, shared the order signed by U.S. District Judge Analisa Torres on Thursday [11/11/2021].  The order said the U.S. District Court for the Southern District of New York reviewed the petitioner's motion for an appointment of a special master on Wednesday and ordered the government to "confirm via email it has paused its extraction and review of the contents of Petitioner O'Keefe's phones" by Friday.

The FBI Raid of Project Veritas Turns Into a Massive Scandal After Privileged Communications Are Leaked.  As RedState reported, Project Veritas has found itself in the crosshairs of the FBI recently.  That began with a raid on the homes of several of its journalists under the guise of looking for Ashley Biden's diary.  Apparently, a stolen diary is now in the purview of federal authorities.  Will they be investigating bike thefts next?  But what was so disturbing, besides the raids happening in the first place, was how quickly The New York Times knew about them.  While O'Keefe was asked by the FBI to keep quiet, the Times knew within hours, pointing to a leaker within the bureau.

Some Heads Better Roll at the FBI and DOJ After the Project Veritas Document Leak.  I have been struggling for a while to justify the existence of the FBI.  After learning during the Trump Administration that the Department of Justice had been weaponized to investigate Trump as a means to generate a case that might derail his candidacy, I thought that the agency, to which I once applied for a career, had become a hollow shell of the J. Edgar days.  As stories were revealed about lovestruck FBI employees engaging in an affair that included text messages of their Shakespearian suicide pact to take down Trump, I figured that the media would turn on the FBI and discredit anything regarding that pending investigation as biased nonsense.  I mean, this had to be a bridge too far for even the liberal media, right?  But no, it wasn't.

Where Are the Neon-Hatted Proud Boys?  Asteady drip of information continues to reveal that the Federal Bureau of Investigation played a much larger — perhaps central — role before and during the Capitol protest than initially believed.  And unanswered questions as to why certain co-conspirators or alleged instigators have not yet been charged while others who played a far lesser role face serious charges are fueling mounting suspicions that January 6 was an inside job rather than an "insurrection" incited by President Donald Trump.  After months of speculation about the use of FBI assets, first raised by Darren Beattie at Revolver News, the New York Times confirmed in September that at least two informants embedded with the Proud Boys were in close contact with their FBI handlers that day.

FBI Sharply Increases Investigations of 'Domestic Extremism,' But Where's the Evidence It Even Exists?  FBI and Homeland Security Department officials on Thursday reiterated yet again one of the most frequently repeated refrains of the Biden administration: that "white supremacists" and other "domestic extremists" constitute the foremost terror threat the nation faces.  Now the only thing they need to complete the picture are some actual white supremacist extremists, and the feds are busy working to solve that problem now.  But whether they're catching them or creating them is an open question. [...] Or, as one Twitter user commented, "The FBI did a great job of stopping themselves yet again."  Was this another case of entrapment?  Would the plot have existed at all without the informant's role?  Given the fiercely political use of the FBI by Merrick Garland's Justice Department, these are important questions, but the answers may never be forthcoming.  Meanwhile, the FBI is currently pursuing no fewer than 2,700 investigations of "domestic extremism," more than twice the usual number of such investigations.  The dramatic increase in investigations suggests, at least in a sane world, a response to a sharply increased threat, but Biden's handlers have shown no evidence of a massive spike in "white supremacist" terrorism.

FBI Lost HD Rittenhouse Video, Never Told The Defense It Existed.  Unseen footage taken by the FBI from the night of the shootings in Kenosha, Wisconsin, surfaced on Tuesday during day one of Kyle Rittenhouse's trial.  According to Jack Posobiec of Human Events, the FBI allegedly had an HD version of the video but never told the Rittenhouse defense it existed.  In footage obtained by Human Events, the FBI appears to have taken aerial footage of Rittenhouse and the other participants involved in the shooting.  Some of the footage, which is black-and-white and grainy, was shot from an FBI surveillance drone.

Raid on Project Veritas journalists once again shows the different standards in the application of law.  Yesterday [11/6/2021], reports appeared in The New York Times and elsewhere that the FBI searched the home of James O'Keefe, the founder of Project Veritas, on Saturday as part of its investigation into the possible theft of a diary belonging to Ashley Biden, President Biden's daughter.  Mr. O'Keefe released a statement acknowledging that the raid had indeed occurred and that the FBI had taken materials of current and former Project Veritas journalists despite the fact that Project Veritas's legal team previously contacted the Department of Justice and had voluntarily conveyed unassailable facts that demonstrated Project Veritas' lack of involvement in criminal activity and/or criminal intent.  O'Keefe also states that the Department of Justice had requested Project Veritas to not disclose anything related to the raid or the associated subpoenas.  However, what astounded them is that within an hour of one of the raids, The New York Times contacted Project Veritas for comments.  O'Keefe was understandably perplexed as to how The New York Times became aware of the existence and execution of a search warrant.

Details demanded on banks that reported customers to FBI after Jan. 6.  Government watchdog Judicial Watch is in court seeking communications between the FBI and various banking institutions that apparently have been reporting their customers to the law-enforcement agency.  Judicial Watch said it filed a response to the Department of Justice's opposition to the Freedom of Information Act lawsuit.  The issue is what the banks told the FBI about the customers' transactions around the Jan. 6 events in Washington, D.C.  Judicial Watch spokesman Tom Fitton said, "This Judicial Watch lawsuit shows how the FBI is corruptly trying to hide that it used the January 6 incident as an excuse to conduct unlawful surveillance of the American people's bank transactions."

Nobody at the FBI Was Fooled by Clinton Campaign's Private Operatives.  The Brennan notes, coupled with an investigative referral sent to the FBI, make clear that all the top Department of Justice (DOJ) and FBI officials involved in accepting fake evidence from private operatives during the course of the 2016 presidential campaign knew they were being approached by people associated with the Clinton campaign.  These federal officials then started investigations of the Trump campaign and applied for federal surveillance warrants on Trump associates based on this fake information.  The documentary evidence speaks very loudly and very clearly:  None of these people at the federal agencies were fooled by either the fake Steele dossier or the fake Alfa-Bank documents.  Not one of them.  James Comey, Peter Strzok, and Andrew McCabe, to just name three of the top people involved, knew all along who these operatives approaching them with these fake hoaxes were really working for.  They had been alerted in July 2016 about what Clinton's campaign was preparing to do.  And then both Comey and Strzok were alerted again in September of 2016 when they received the investigative referral from the CIA.  Yet despite this, Comey and Strzok went ahead and took the Steele dossier from the Clinton campaign's operatives and made use of it for a federal surveillance warrant in late October of 2016.

The FBI and the Stolen Diary.  The strangest news story of the last few days relates to multiple FBI raids on the homes of people associated with Project Veritas, including that of founder James O'Keefe.  Those who were searched say that the agents were looking for information related to the alleged theft of a diary belonging to Joe Biden's daughter Ashley, which the New York Times and other news sources have confirmed.  The diary dates to 2019, when Ashley was in a drug rehab facility.  It left her possession under circumstances that are not clear.  Someone offered it to Project Veritas, saying that Ashley had left it in a room at, if I understand correctly, the rehab facility.  Ashley evidently maintains that it was stolen.  James O'Keefe says that Project Veritas looked into the matter but was unable to confirm the authenticity of the document.  He says that he offered it to Ashley's lawyers, but they wouldn't take it, so he turned it over to law enforcement.  In any event, Project Veritas never did anything to make its contents public.

FBI Raids Project Veritas Journalists' Homes Looking for Ashley Biden's Diary.  Friday afternoon [11/5/2021] Project Veritas founder James O'Keefe announced that the homes of current and former Project Veritas journalists had been raided by FBI agents Thursday morning and that he had been served a Grand Jury subpoena with a cover letter requesting that he not make the existence of the subpoena known. [...] O'Keefe revealed that Project Veritas' legal team had already been in contact with the FBI about this matter and gave them information that should have negated any need for a search warrant.  What was the FBI looking for?  Who signed the search warrant?

The FBI Just Admitted Something Terrifying and No One Seems to Be Noticing.  Why [...] was there an FBI drone directly over the [Rittenhouse] shooting?  Have we even considered the ramifications of what that actually means?  Our government, for any reason that they perceive to be a threat, can conduct mass surveillance of you without a warrant?  Certainly, this was a public place and the courts have ruled that surveillance can be conducted in public without a warrant, however, there were local police resources.  Why would the FBI be conducting this surveillance if they had no way of stopping or preventing what was happening, from occurring?  Regardless of the legality of it, should we as citizens become comfortable with the idea that this is normal? [...] And probably most importantly, how did you end up directly over this shooting that night, despite all the other areas in the city where bad things were happening?  While I have never been a conspiracy theorist and abhor conspiracy theories, it seems wildly coincidental that of the several dozen square block area of Kenosha where there was violence going down that night, that you end up directly over the one shooting that is going to cause a national debate?  I can't be the only one here thinking that's awfully convenient.

7 Insane Things I Just Learned About How U.S. Elections Are 'Rigged'.  [#5] The FBI Is Systemically Biased Towards the Left:  In discussing why Antifa is allowed to threaten peaceful American citizens with violence, Mollie [Hemingway] uncovers one of the political problems with addressing this:  The FBI is systemically biased on behalf of the left.  "[T]he agency had long focused its attention on right-wing extremists and was ill-equipped to deal with threats from the left," she notes.  Yes, this is the nation's top law-enforcement agency that helped hatch the Spygate plot to frame a Republican president.  Politically biased — you think?

Biden FBI Joins Pelosi In Blocking GOP From Investigating January 6.  The leading Republican tasked with his party's investigation into the preparedness and response of the U.S. Capitol Police and other law enforcement agencies to the Capitol riot on January 6 is being blocked by President Joseph Biden's FBI from gathering information, a new document reveals.  The FBI told Indiana Republican Rep. Jim Banks it would not provide Republicans the same information provided to House Speaker Nancy Pelosi's hand-picked committee consisting only of Democrat-appointed members.  "We respectfully refer you to the Select Committee regarding issues of access to records and information," the agency wrote in response to a Republican request for information, referring to the official House panel established by the speaker.

The 'Mystery Man' AG Garland Won't Deny Was a Fed Inciting Jan. 6 Rioters Was Scrubbed from FBI 'Most Wanted' List.  Kentucky Congressman Thomas Massie at a House hearing on Thursday grilled Attorney General Merrick Garland about a 'mystery man' named Ray Epps, who is suspected of inciting far-right extremists and Trump supporters to storm the Capitol building on January 6.  On January 5, in a video that has been widely viewed on Twitter, Epps can be heard saying:  "I don't even like to say it because I'll be arrested.  I'll say it.  We need to go into the Capitol."  Ray Epps told The Arizona Republic in a brief telephone interview following the riots that he had traveled to the capitol, but he had been advised by an attorney not to speak about it.

FBI incompetence let Anwar al Awlaki slip away, say retired investigators.  More than 20 years after 9/11, two key investigators who made the case their lives' work have revealed they are still haunted by the fact that the FBI let the terrorists' spiritual adviser slip away, only to inspire more deadly attacks in the name of Islam.  In an exclusive interview, New Jersey criminal investigator Jim Bush and FBI agent Bob Bukowski, who are both retired, told the Washington Examiner never-revealed details about how they pieced together some of the players behind the plot to hijack four commercial planes and kill 2,977 people.  But the case that capped the careers of two seasoned investigators brought both triumph and disappointment, and they are only now learning why Imam Anwar al-Awlaki eluded them in the months after the attack.

Christopher Steele:  Product of Corrupt FBI.  ABC News anchor George Stephanopoulos has produced a documentary featuring Christopher Steele, the man responsible for the so-called dossier bearing his name.  [P]romotional clips hinted that, far from a hard-hitting interview exposing Steele for the charlatan he is, Stephanopoulos gave Steele a chance to spin his story ahead of possible new indictments related to John Durham's inquiry into the Trump-Russia election collusion hoax.  Rather than depict Steele accurately, Stephanopoulos and ABC News social media interns repeatedly describe Steele as an "ex-British spy" or "former intelligence officer" even though Steele left MI6, the UKs version of the CIA, in 2009 to start a consulting business.  (That same year, Steele presented a report on Russia to President Obama.)  Steele's now-discredited dossier, which Stephanopoulos tries to portray as "raw intelligence," was the basis not just for the entire Russian collusion hoax but also served as key evidence to support four illicit FISA applications to obtain warrants to spy on Donald Trump and his associates.

Justice Department hasn't released Russia documents Trump ordered declassified on last day.  Two top Republican senators are demanding answers from Attorney General Merrick Garland because the Justice Department has failed to release anything in the "binder" of Crossfire Hurricane documents that former President Donald Trump ordered declassified during his last day in office.  The memo from Trump said he had "determined that the materials in that binder should be declassified to the maximum extent possible."  The FBI said in mid-January that the bureau had "identified the passages that it believed it was most crucial to keep from public disclosure."

Arrest of Green Beret Oath Keeper Threatens to Expose FBI's Darkest 1/6 Secrets.  The Oath Keepers are the highest-profile and most extensively prosecuted militia group associated with the events of January 6.  So far, the government has charged a total of 18 Oath Keepers with conspiring to obstruct Congress's certification of the 2020 Presidential Election.  This is a serious conspiracy charge that could potentially lead to decades of prison time.  Oddly enough, Oath Keepers founder and leader Stewart Rhodes himself has not been charged with anything, despite the fact that the government cites Rhodes's own statements and actions as largely constitutive of the conspiracy for which so many of his underlings face charges. [...] Apart from any charges of conspiracy, there is no doubt that, based on his actions on January 6, Stewart Rhodes could technically be prosecuted for trespassing on US Capitol grounds.  Just last Thursday, in fact, approximately 20 FBI vehicles swooped in on the home of Oath Keepers associate Jeremy Brown, searched his belongings for five and a half hours, and took all of his phones and electronics.  The feds justified their entire raid on Brown on a minor alleged "trespassing" offense.

The FBI Somehow Manages to Become an Even Bigger Joke.  Yesterday, RedState reported on the disturbing announcement by the DOJ that the FBI would now be effectively treating school board protests as domestic terror threats.  The insanity of that can't be overstated.  To the extent that there's been unruliness at some local meetings, I'm unaware of a single serious threat, and even if there has been a physical altercation or two in this massive country of 330 million people, that hardly qualifies as a terrorist threat.  But the suppression of speech through intimidation is the point, and it's something we've seen repeatedly from Democrat presidents. [...] Yet, today [10/5/2021] the FBI managed to make an even bigger joke of itself.  During a hearing, Rep. Nancy Mace pressed an official who admitted that they do not even track Antifa violence.  Yet, he knew exactly how many cases involving "militias" there were.  [Tweet with video clip]  Antifa is by far the most visible domestic terrorist threat in the nation.  They run the streets of Portland and have committed overt acts of violence in cities across the country, including murder.  Yet, the FBI doesn't even see them as worthy of keeping up with?  That's an incredibly [bad] admission that confirms what a lot of us have suspected.  Namely, that the FBI seems to only care about domestic terrorism when it fits a certain mold, specifically a right-wing one.

DeSantis Throws Down the Gauntlet:  Confronts Garland on Troubling FBI Announcement.  Attorney General Merrick Garland made a stunning announcement about having the FBI and U.S. Attorneys' Offices coordinate with federal, state, and local law enforcement to deal with "threats" of violence against school boards and people working in schools.  This immediately prompted cries from critics that Garland was trying to suppress people objecting to pandemic restrictions and CRT — two of the hot button issues that have caused many people to come out and object at school board meetings.  While Garland spoke about "threats," he didn't identify any threats or concerns which would qualify as federal criminal action requiring such interference in the parents' rights to express themselves.  Indeed, the announcement seemed like an effort to basically chill their rights to speak.  Normally, if there was any actual "threat," it would come within the purview of local law enforcement.

Federal authorities cash in on safety box seizures as owners fight back.  Married couple Jeni Pearsons and Michael Store aren't wealthy.  Pearsons works at a nonprofit theater in Los Angeles, and Store is a transportation coordinator in the film industry.  The couple has been saving for retirement for years, buying silver here and there when they could afford it.  To keep their property safe, they rented a safe deposit box at U.S. Private Vaults.  They thought everything was above board until news broke earlier this year about a raid at the Beverly Hills business.  The government alleged that the company conspired with customers to sell drugs, launder money, and stash ill-gotten goods.  Armed with a warrant, FBI and Drug Enforcement Administration agents spent five days ripping several hundred safety deposit boxes out of the walls and laying claim to its contents.  Prosecutors argued they were within their rights and that the boxes contained weapons and drugs.  They also took jewelry, precious metals, and stacks of money to an undisclosed warehouse.  Their final haul was worth around $86 million.

The Symptoms of Our Insanity.  Is there anyone in the recent Washington intelligence and investigatory hierarchy who has not lied or feigned loss of memory under oath — a low bar that nevertheless excludes, among others, John Brennan, James Clapper, James Comey, Andrew McCabe, Robert Mueller, or Peter Strzok?

It's Time to Break Up the FBI.  FBI director Christopher Wray says that he would like to do away with encrypted messenger services like Signal that I and many of my friends and colleagues use to communicate with each other.  Wray claims that would make it easier to counter so-called "domestic extremism" that he and secretary of homeland security Alejandro Mayorkas, not to mention most of the staff of MSNBC, CNN, and the New York Times, are insisting (forget al-Qaeda, et al.) is the greatest threat to our nation today.  You know, folks like that hapless fellow in horns that's been in solitary confinement since Jan. 6 as if he were a serial killer, he and those thousands of other "terrorists" and "insurrectionists," only one of whom, it turns out, had a gun, who stormed (or were they waved in) to the Capitol that day.  But truth to tell, the very reason I — and I assume others — am on Signal and Telegraph is to stay as far as possible from prying prevaricators like Wray and Mayorkas and, most of all, from the organizations they lead.  I recommend others do the same.

Abolish the FBI.  In ignoring the latest John Durham indictment, most of the media and official Washington are ignoring the elephant between its lines: the Federal Bureau of Investigation.  Mr.  Durham, the special counsel appointed to investigate the government's handling of the Russia collusion mess, levels a single criminal charge against Michael Sussmann, then a lawyer for the Democrat-linked firm Perkins Coie.  In delivering to the FBI fanciful evidence of Trump-Russia collusion a few weeks before the 2016 election, Mr.  Sussmann is alleged to have lied to the FBI's chief lawyer, James Baker, claiming he was acting on his own behalf and not as a paid agent of the Clinton campaign.  [Paywall]

FBI says fortune seized in Beverly Hills raid was criminals' loot.  Owners say:  Where's the proof?  After the FBI seized Joseph Ruiz's life savings during a raid on a safe deposit box business in Beverly Hills, the unemployed chef went to court to retrieve his $57,000.  A judge ordered the government to tell Ruiz why it was trying to confiscate the money.  It came from drug trafficking, an FBI agent responded in court papers.  Ruiz's income was too low for him to have that much money, and his side business selling bongs made from liquor bottles suggested he was an unlicensed pot dealer, the agent wrote.  The FBI also said a dog had smelled unspecified drugs on Ruiz's cash.  The FBI was wrong.  When Ruiz produced records showing the source of his money was legitimate, the government dropped its false accusation and returned his money.

What If the FBI Threw an Insurrection and Nobody Came?  [Scroll down]  The FBI wouldn't do that, would they?  Actually they have a long history of such actions.  Here are just a few examples.  Richard Jewell was falsely accused by the FBI or bombing the Olympic Park in Atlanta in 1996.  The FBI entrapped General Michael Flynn, destroying his life through a multi-year legal battle.  At least 12 of the 18 supposed would-be kidnappers of Michigan Gov. were FBI informants.  Then there is Spygate, a fabricated tale woven by the Clinton campaign, FBI, and DOJ to seditiously undermine a presidential election and subsequent administration.  Lastly was the FBI's botched investigation over sexual abuse of Olympic gymnasts.  Abusing young women was an unimportant matter for the FBI yet they sent 15 special agents lickety-split to investigate a garage door pull handle in NASCAR driver Bubba Wallace's garage that supposedly looked like a noose.  Back to the J6 rally.  Anyone with half a brain could see that this was another FBI entrapment scheme, to justify more arrests and more prisoners in solitary confinement awaiting trial for walking benignly through the U.S. Capitol.

When will the FBI answer for its many failures?  Four U.S. gymnastics stars testified Wednesday before the Senate Judiciary Committee about the horrifying abuse they suffered at the hands of national team doctor Larry Nassar.  But Nassar wasn't the only culprit, according to these women:  The FBI also failed them by refusing to take their reports seriously and, in at least one case, changing the records in an attempt to deflect blame from the agency. [...] This is just the latest example of rot within the FBI.  The agency has proved repeatedly that it is incompetent and incapable of fulfilling its mission to protect and defend Americans.  FBI officials failed to act ahead of the 2016 Pulse nightclub shooting and the 2018 Parkland school shooting despite being tipped off about both ahead of time.  They refused to prosecute mass sexual abuser Jeffrey Epstein even after new evidence of his abuse emerged in 2016.  And they failed to investigate the allegations against Nassar, allowing hundreds of other young women to suffer unbearable abuse.  You might ask, is there anything the FBI has done?  Of course.  The agency spent three years investigating easily debunked claims of collusion between former President Donald Trump's 2016 campaign and Russia.  It helped organize a plot to kidnap Michigan Gov. Gretchen Whitmer, and it raided the home of a protester involved in the Jan. 6 Capitol riot and seized his lego set.  Don't you feel safe?

Here's What to Do if the FBI's 'Sedition Hunters' Show Up at Your Door.  There have been multiple reports that the FBI is showing up on the doorsteps of Republican voters in order to hunt down "extremists."  The AP reported that the FBI is using citizen snitch groups to hunt down January 6 protest participants. [...] Never mind that people who were at the January 6 event who did not engage in any violence and are guilty of nothing more than trespassing are facing major jail time.  One is comedian and political commentator Tim Gionet, aka "Baked Alaska."  Gionet live-streamed his walk through the Capitol and interviewed many of the protesters there.  He did not appear to engage in any violence but he is facing twenty years in federal prison.  Gionet sat down for an interview with Milo Yiannopoulos on YouTube — which is now unavailable because YouTube deleted Milo's account last week.  Gionet shared the brutal treatment he received at the hands of the FBI, including threats to lock him up for twenty years if he did not give up the identities of some of the people in the Capitol with him.

Hunt for Capitol attackers still on 6 months after Jan. 6.  The first waves of arrests in the deadly siege at the U.S. Capitol focused on the easy targets.  Dozens in the pro-Trump mob openly bragged about their actions on Jan. 6 on social media and were captured in shocking footage broadcast live by national news outlets.  But six months after the insurrection, the Justice Department is still hunting for scores of rioters, even as the first of more than 500 people already arrested have pleaded guilty.  The struggle reflects the massive scale of the investigation and the grueling work still ahead for authorities in the face of an increasing effort by some Republican lawmakers to rewrite what happened that day.

FBI show up at mans property over Facebook group.  [Three video clips]

FBI Allegedly Funded White Supremacist Publisher:  Court Documents.  The FBI allegedly paid a publisher of white supremacist literature more than $144,000 over 16-plus years to serve as a confidential informant, according to recent filings in an ongoing domestic extremism case.  These allegations were made earlier this month by Kaleb Cole, an accused member of the white supremacist group Atomwaffen.  Cole was arrested in February 2020 for allegedly participating in an Atomwaffen intimidation campaign against Jewish people and journalists of color.  On Aug. 13, Cole filed a motion to suppress evidence seized during the FBI's search of his Texas home.  According to Cole, the FBI failed to disclose the sordid background of one of its confidential informants in the bureau's application for a search warrant.  "The CI [confidential informant] is a convicted felon and currently owns and operates a publishing company that distributes white supremacist writings," Cole said in his Aug. 13 filing.

You will never guess who's paying for American Nazi literature.  Sean Davis's tweet was an eye-opener:  "The FBI was using taxpayer money to secretly publish satanic, Neo-Nazi propaganda?  Real shocker right there.  The FBI is a corrupt, trash organization that is destroying America."  And no, Davis wasn't having some sort of stress-induced breakdown.  He was pointing to a series of tweets by Ali Winston, an investigative reporter, who was following a filing in the federal case against Kaleb Cole, an American Neo-Nazi. [...] Broken down into simpler terms, Kaleb Cole filed a motion to suppress evidence seized from his home.  To support this motion, he alleged that the government had a confidential informant who had worked for the FBI for 16 years.  During that time, the confidential informant received $140,000 from the FBI, over $78,000 of which (plus another $4,378 for expenses) came while he was cuddling up to Cole.  The confidential informant isn't some cool Serpico-like guy, burying himself among the bad guys to bring them down.  Instead, he's a convicted felon who owns a white supremacist publishing company.  It was he who put together all the information being used against Cole.

FBI Starts Cover Story to Cloud Their Involvement in January 6th Events — Now Claim No Evidence of Coordination For J6 Insurrection.  The motive for the FBI to say there is "scant evidence" of any coordinated group activity in the January 6th Capitol Hill events is transparent.  The FBI need to cloud their involvement, their coordination, their agents, their planted informants and the FBI direction in the events.  Reuters is writing today that current and former FBI officials have reversed course and said there is scant evidence that any right-wing or extremist group coordinated any attack on Capitol Hill.

Tucker Carlson sees coverup plot behind announcement FBI found little evidence of coordination among Jan. 6 demonstrators.  Most conservative commentators have reacted with glee to a report from Reuters that:  ["]The FBI has found scant evidence that the Jan. 6 attack on the U.S. Capitol was the result of an organized plot to overturn the presidential election result, according to four current and former law enforcement officials.["] [...] But Tucker Carlson, the most important conservative commentator of the moment, takes his reasoning a full step farther.  In a segment of the Friday edition of Tucker Carlson Tonight, he asked, "Why is the FBI exonerating people?"  After reviewing the months of the 180 degrees opposite narrative, put out by the FBI and broadcast by the progressive media, that an organized insurrection took place, he suggests a sinister motive behind the leaked story to Reuters.  "If there was organization going on, some of it came from the feds."  As has often been the case, the FBI placed informants, or perhaps agents provocateur is the better term, among the demonstrators.  In fact, there are upwards of 20 unindicted co-conspirators from the January 6 incident, and a good number of these may have been ringleaders on the FBI payroll, escaping prosecution for acts that were worse than the crimes for which others have been prosecuted.

FBI Destroys Insurrection Narrative: 'Scant Evidence' Capitol Riots was Coordinated.  Sources told Reuters the FBI has not found much evidence that proves anyone coordinated the Capitol Hill riot:  ["]Though federal officials have arrested more than 570 alleged participants, the FBI at this point believes the violence was not centrally coordinated by far-right groups or prominent supporters of then-President Donald Trump, according to the sources, who have been either directly involved in or briefed regularly on the wide-ranging investigations.["]

The FBI Finally Proves That Donald Trump Had Nothing to Do with Jan. 6 'Insurrection'.  The Federal Bureau of Investigation did not set out to prove Donald Trump had nothing to do with the January 6 events that have been characterized as an "insurrection" and a "coup."  But a new exclusive report from Reuters obliterates the essential claims that Donald Trump directed extremists to attack the Capitol building and urged protesters to thwart a peaceful transfer of power.  "The FBI has found scant evidence that the Jan. 6 attack on the U.S. Capitol was the result of an organized plot to overturn the presidential election result, according to four current and former law enforcement officials," Reuters reported.  "Though federal officials have arrested more than 570 alleged participants, the FBI at this point believes the violence was not centrally coordinated by far-right groups or prominent supporters of then-President Donald Trump, according to the sources, who have been either directly involved in or briefed regularly on the wide-ranging investigations," the report continued.

FBI Finds Scant Evidence Of Any Coordination On Jan 6, Hardly The Insurrection The Media Wanted You to Believe.  Corroboration from an FBI report on the Jan. 6 riots has concluded that the storming of the U.S. Capitol bore no relation to a political agenda devised by the GOP, or former President Trump.  According to the investigation — exclusively released by Reuters — observing participants arrested at the Capitol on Jan. 6, collective information revealed that well over 90 percent of people stated no allegiance to a GOP-inspired objective during the rioting.  "Ninety to ninety-five percent of these are one-off cases.  Then you have five percent, maybe, of these militia groups that were more closely organized."  The remaining few in this group were self-proclaimed political extremists, whose only concrete goal was to break into the Capitol — without a clue beyond this step.

FBI finds Capitol storming wasn't organized by pro-Trump groups:  Reuters.  The Federal Bureau of Investigation (FBI) has found that the January 6 storming of the United States Capitol was not organized by pro-Donald Trump groups as part of a plot to overturn the results of the 2020 presidential election, four current and former law enforcement officials said, according to Reuters on Friday [8/20/2021].  More than 570 alleged participants have been arrested since the demonstration, but the FBI believes they are almost all "one-off cases" and not due to a centrally coordinated "far-right" effort, nor are they the result of an organized push by then-President Donald Trump supporters.

FBI Finally Admits there Is "Scant Evidence" US Capitol Attack Was Coordinated — The "Organized Plot" Talking Point Was a Massive Lie!  It only took this corrupt organization seven months to finally report the truth.  The FBI admitted this week there was "scant evidence" the US Capitol "attack" was coordinated.  We knew this when it happened.  The dirtbags at the FBI finally admitted this today.  Chris Wray and James Comey DESTROYED the once-respected intelligence organization.  Maybe someday an honest FBI agent will leak out the details on the informants and plants they had in the crowd that day?  And, yet the FBI continues to arrest grandmas and actors who walked inside the US Capitol that day, many of whom were waved in by the police.  So will the FBI ever admit that US Capitol Police killed two conservative women that day?

FBI finds scant evidence U.S. Capitol attack was coordinated - sources.  Though federal officials have arrested more than 570 alleged participants, the FBI at this point believes the violence was not centrally coordinated by far-right groups or prominent supporters of then-President Donald Trump, according to the sources, who have been either directly involved in or briefed regularly on the wide-ranging investigations.  "Ninety to ninety-five percent of these are one-off cases," said a former senior law enforcement official with knowledge of the investigation.  "Then you have five percent, maybe, of these militia groups that were more closely organized.  But there was no grand scheme with Roger Stone and Alex Jones and all of these people to storm the Capitol and take hostages."

FBI Investigation Just Blew Up the Dem Narrative about the Capitol Riot.  [Scroll down]  Just like the Russia collusion hoax, here's yet another lie that's blown up on them.  The FBI investigators found that while some of the people might have wanted to break into the Capitol, there was "no evidence" that they had serious plans about what to do if they made it inside.  This is why they didn't file any sedition charges.  Oh.  So the folks who argue that this was about overthrowing the government folks also get dealt a huge blow with this.  So in essence, we are talking about what we've always been talking about here — a riot.  BLM/Antifa rioted/attacked the Portland federal court house for more than 100 days, coming out with the same people.  Yet their pictures aren't posted to be investigated on their own page, most weren't held and none of those leaders appears to have been identified or even pursued, despite the obvious organizing of it all over more than a year.

71-Year-Old Grandmother Visited By FBI Over Attending January Trump Rally.  Coweta County School Board Member Linda Menk, a 71-year-old grandmother who lives in the rural community 40 miles southwest of Atlanta, says she was paid a visit by a pair of FBI agents for attending former President Donald Trump's now-infamous D.C. rally on Jan. 6.  "It wasn't festive, but it was friendly," Menk said of the rally, telling The Federalist she remained on the outskirts of the crowd at Trump's White House speech, standing on the grounds of the Washington Monument to watch the jumbotron from afar.  "That was kind of where we camped out so-to-speak," attending with a group she met in her hotel the night before since she got separated from those she drove from Georgia with.

FBI Knew Of Hunter Biden's Missing Laptop As Early As December 2019.  The FBI knew as early as December 2019 that Hunter Biden believed Russians had stolen his laptop, which he believed made him vulnerable to blackmail because of compromising evidence on the laptop combined with his father's presidential ambitions.  This explosive revelation establishes that either Joe Biden lied to the American public, or the intelligence community lied to him.  When The New York Post went public in October 2020 with videos, text messages, and emails from an abandoned MacBook laptop belonging to Hunter Biden, Joe Biden told Americans the laptop was a Russian hoax.  But now Brian Della Rocca, an attorney representing John Paul Mac Isaac, has told me that the video of Hunter Biden telling a prostitute he thought Russians had stolen a second laptop, leaving him susceptible to blackmail, was "definitely on the hard drive" of the Biden MacBook abandoned at Isaac's shop and later seized by the FBI.

IG: FBI employees contacted journalists who reported classified information before 2016 election.  The Justice Department, after a years-long investigation, says it still cannot pinpoint who in the FBI leaked "non-public" information to the press in 2016 about the agency's probe of former Secretary of State Hillary Clinton's use of a private email server, according to a report by the department's inspector general.  In the 10-page report released Thursday, Inspector General Michael E. Horowitz said officials were also unable to link any evidence of FBI leaks to former Trump lawyer Rudolph Giuliani, who said in the days leading up to the 2016 election that then-presidential candidate Donald Trump had some "pretty big surprises" to reveal.

FBI agent in hot water for using provocative pics of female colleagues to lure sex-traffickers.  An unnamed FBI agent was the subject of a recent investigation by the Department of Justice that revealed he was using provocative photos of female staffers as bait in an undercover sex-trafficking sting.  Although his intentions may have been noble, Justice Department General Inspector Michael Horowitz issued a memo on Monday where he was critical of the agent and the FBI's tactics.  The agent in question had urged the women to "not tell anyone, including their supervisors, about the UC [undercover] operations," Horowitz said.  Although the faces of the staffers were blurred and each was clothed, the women never gave written release for the photos to be used in the operation.  Questions of impropriety arose when the agent was found not only to have made the request of one staffer, but that it was believed to be an application of leverage spawning from an inappropriate relationship with the office staffer.  Further investigation found that the request for photos was not isolated to one staffer, nor was the agent alone in the practice of such maneuvers at the bureau.

Disband the FBI.  The Federal Bureau of Investigation (FBI) continues its downward spiral into terminal corruption.  Sadly, the scandals, criminality and ethical abuses of the organization are largely ignored by the American public and by the institutions of government charged with oversight and correction.  Outrage after outrage is reported, hearings are held, Inspector General reports are issued — but the systemic corruption is never really tackled and dirty cops skate away virtually unscathed.  This situation is constitutionally unacceptable, corrosive to public trust in law enforcement, and a threat to the survival of the republic.  In the past few days alone, we have learned that the October 2020 Michigan governor kidnap plot was largely a creation of the FBI; a "senior FBI official" was on the take from media organizations; and another assistant director was in a "romantic relationship with a subordinate" and involved in "other misconduct."  The leadership failures documented by the Office of the Inspector General are now almost standard and part of a tiresome media drip-torture for the public to endure.  Meanwhile, the FBI had the audacity to issue a Stasi-like tweet urging "monitoring of 'family members and peers' for extremism."  Remember:  what we learn about the FBI in the press are only the stories that are SO outrageous that the FBI cannot keep a lid on them and is forced to make disclosures via a toothless Inspector General report — but never anything that results in a criminal indictment.

Grassley presses FBI to explain its monitoring of conservative women's group.  Sen. Charles E. Grassley is pressing the FBI to explain the reasoning for its newly revealed probe into the conservative group Concerned Women for America, The Washington Times has learned.  The FBI's review of the pro-life women's organization has prompted an outcry from the group's leadership and others concerned about law enforcement and intelligence community surveillance of Americans.  The FBI determined in July 2016 that there was nothing to investigate regarding Concerned Women for America after a "charity assessment" for potential "embezzlement of non-profit organizations/corporate fraud," according to a document that the FBI revealed in response to a Freedom of Information Act request from the Cato Institute.

The FBI is made of snitches, often trapping Americans into committing crimes.  Leading up to the events of 9/11, there was probably no federal agency with a higher public stature than the FBI: [...] But today, after two decades of failure, embarrassment, mendacity, favoritism, political partisanship, incompetent leadership and exasperating sanctimony about a "higher loyalty," the Bureau's moral reputation lies in tatters.  Whether it was former Director James Comey sanctimoniously dithering in public over Hillary Clinton's emails in 2016, to former Deputy Director Andrew McCabe's misleading of investigators about his role in leaking confidential memos to the news media, to the illicit lovebirds Peter Strzok and Lisa Page cooing about an "insurance policy" against a Trump victory that year, the FBI has destroyed its squeaky-clean public image.  But wait — there's worse.  It's become an organization of snitches and spies, borderline entrapping the angry and the weak-minded into committing crimes.  Nearly a decade ago, New York Times' David K. Shipler listed a series of would-be terrorist plots thwarted by the FBI — only to find that the vast majority of them were facilitated by agents and informers posing as terrorists themselves.  They even chauffeured some of the suspects to the would-be crime scenes themselves, only to foil the "plot" at the last minute.

Rep. Jordan Asks IG Horowitz for More Evidence on FBI Official's Alleged Misconduct.  Rep. Jim Jordan (R-Ohio) sent a letter to Justice Department Inspector General Michael Horowitz on July 21 regarding the alleged misconduct of an unnamed former senior FBI official.  Jordan, in his letter, asks for Horowitz to explain to the House Judiciary committee "the extent of this serious misconduct, and evaluate the FBI's handling of the matter."  "To allow the committee to better understand the OIG's findings, determine the extent of his serious misconduct, and evaluate the FBI's handling of the matter, I ask that you please provide the complete unredacted case file of investigative Summary 21-096, to include all documents, communications, and other evidence related to the report," he wrote.

Julie Kelly:  FBI Unleashing 'Terror Campaign' Across The Country.  [Video clip]

FBI accused of running 'fake tip line' during Brett Kavanaugh background check.  Seven Senate Judiciary Committee Democrats demanded the FBI explain its use of a novel tip line implemented during a supplemental background investigation into then-Supreme Court nominee Brett Kavanaugh in 2018.  In a Tuesday letter to Director Chris Wray, Democratic senators accused the FBI of being "politically constrained by the Trump White House," demanding to know what extent the agency vetted tips and whether the administration prevented it from doing so.  The letter was written by Sens. Dick Durbin, Patrick Leahy, Chris Coons, Cory Booker, Mazie Hirono, Sheldon Whitehouse, and Richard Blumenthal.  The accusation comes in response to a June 30 letter from Jill Tyson, assistant director for the FBI's Office of Congressional Affairs, addressed to Whitehouse and Coons detailing the agency's supplemental background investigation into sexual assault allegations levied against Kavanaugh after he was nominated by former President Donald Trump to serve on the Supreme Court.

Rep. Jordan Asks IG Horowitz for More Evidence on FBI Official's Alleged Misconduct.  Rep. Jim Jordan (R-Ohio) sent a letter to Justice Department Inspector General Michael Horowitz on July 21 regarding the alleged misconduct of an unnamed former senior FBI official.  Jordan, in his letter, asks for Horowitz to explain to the House Judiciary committee "the extent of this serious misconduct, and evaluate the FBI's handling of the matter."  "To allow the committee to better understand the OIG's findings, determine the extent of his serious misconduct, and evaluate the FBI's handling of the matter, I ask that you please provide the complete unredacted case file of investigative Summary 21-096, to include all documents, communications, and other evidence related to the report," he wrote.

Suspected FBI Leaker Could Evade Consequences.  A senior FBI official found guilty of misconduct for accepting unauthorized gifts from journalists, including tickets to pricy black-tie dinners, in 2016 could evade consequences because the official resigned before the investigation was completed, the Department of Justice inspector general said Tuesday [7/20/2021].  The misconduct finding is part of a years-long Justice Department inspector general investigation into FBI media leaks during the 2016 election.  In 2018, the inspector general's office said it was probing "numerous FBI employees, at all levels of the organization and with no official reason to be in contact with the media, who were nevertheless in frequent contact with reporters."

Judge dismisses "frivolous" defamation lawsuit against FBI informant in Trump-Russia case.  A federal judge has dismissed a lawsuit against Trump-Russia FBI spy Stefan Halper, while also sanctioning plaintiff Svetlana Lokhova and her attorney for "their continuing to bring frivolous litigation against Halper."  The final ruling, filed July 9 in Virginia by U.S. District Court Judge Leonie M. Brinkema, came in the second of two lawsuits filed by Ms. Lokhova.  She is a Russia-born, British citizen-scholar wrongly linked by press reports in 2017-18 to some type of inappropriate contact with retired Army Lt. Gen. Michael Flynn.  Her first lawsuit, brought by lawyer Steven S. Biss, alleged defamation by Mr. Halper and news media outlets.  The U.S. Court of Appeals for the 4th District agreed with Judge Brinkema's 2020 decision and dismissed the case.  The judges ruled that some news stories were beyond the one-year statute of limitations, and others did not rise to defamation or prove that Mr. Halper was the reporters' source.

The Rank Shame of the FBI's Rank and File.  The FBI's rank and file recently banged down the door of a Florida pastor and his son.  Neither were accused of violent crimes, but the rank and file arrested both of them, taking the pastor's son into custody in front of his three-year-old daughter.  The rank and file terrorized a Lakeland, Florida community by shouting through loudspeakers and using flashbang devices in its pre-dawn raid on the home of three January 6 suspects.  The rank and file arrested a 69-year-old California woman accused of taking photos in the Capitol building for 30 minutes, after members of the rank and file questioned her without an attorney present.  She thought she was helping the rank and file catch the "real" bad guys, only to learn that the rank and file had targeted her as the bad guy for her half-hour of photography.  These types of boorish, melodramatic arrests of by-and-large ordinary Americans have been carried out by the rank and file for more than six months.  The manner of the arrests themselves is clearly punitive, meant to send a clear message: the federal government is powerful, and if you are deemed its enemy, you will feel its wrath. [...] No members of the rank and file FBI, as far as we know, have acknowledged the immorality of what they are being ordered to do — terrorize and embarrass the political opponents of their own bosses.  Not one member of the rank and file FBI has said to himself, "This just isn't right," and turned in his badge and gun in protest.

Senior FBI official took free gifts from media while Trump-Russia probe was underway, watchdog says.  The Office of Inspector General for the Department of Justice released the findings Tuesday [7/20/2021] of an investigation that found a former senior FBI official violated agency policy by having numerous unauthorized contacts with the media.  The investigation found that the official, who has not been named and has since retired from the agency, "had numerous contacts with members of the media between January and November 2016 in violation of FBI policy," as well as accepted unauthorized gifts from media members, according to the report.  The senior official had unofficial contact with media officials during the opening months of the Trump-Russia investigation.  That investigation by the FBI started in the months leading up to and after the Nov. 2016 presidential election.  However, the report does not mention that this official was part of the investigation.  Investigators found that the official had accepted tickets from members of the media for two black-tie dinner events, one costing $225 and the other costing $300.

Inspector General Outlines More Gross FBI Misconduct With Senior Officials and Media Collusion.  In 2018 the Department of Justice Office of Inspector General (DOJ-OIG) highlighted numerous FBI officials who accepted bribes from multiple media outlets including: "tickets to sporting events", "golf outings", "drinks and meals" as well as exclusive invitations and admission to "nonpublic social events".  Today [7/20/2021] the OIG expanded on the investigation that stemmed from that original outline, and published new findings.  Within the latest two page summary, the "senior FBI official" is unnamed; however, prior research indicates it was former FBI Deputy Director Andrew McCabe.  [Document]  It is very frustrating to see that nothing is done to hold these corrupt FBI officials to account for such gross abuses of power and position.  The dual system of justice in the United States is creating a very serious collapse in credibility for multiple institutions of government.

Are There Any Good Apples.  With the latest revelation of massive FBI incompetence/corruption — turns out the G-men ended up not just screwing up the gymnastics pervert case but lying about it under oath — you have to wonder something.  We keep getting told that the rank-and-file are A-OK, that it's just a few bad apples up on the top floor who are framing people, botching investigations, not stopping mass killers, urging intrafamilial narcing, and busting LEGO insurrectionists.  Fine, great, dandy.  So, where are all the good apples?  Who quit in protest?  Who resigned and went public?  Who said "No?" [...] Your oath or your pension is the choice, and the pension seems to prevails almost every single time.

FBI: Narc on Your Loved Ones to Battle 'Homegrown Violent Extremism'.  [T]he federal government has gotten even creepier ever since Joe Biden was installed as acting president.  There's a lust for federal control on the Left that's grown immeasurably, especially since January 20, 2021.  It had been getting out of hand all during the pandemic last year.  We've witnessed the uncomfortable spectacle of almost half the country willingly ceding their freedoms and celebrating government control of their lives. [...] It's beyond unnerving that the FBI thinks it's perfectly normal to encourage Americans to behave like oppressed masses who lived behind the Iron Curtain during the Cold War.  This isn't just an example of the FBI's social media people being tone-deaf, the document it references says the same thing.  The rot within the Bureau was bad when Trump was in office, which means it will only get worse with this commie clown show of an administration.

The FBI Further Proves It's an Irredeemable Dumpster Fire of Corruption.  Perhaps no organization over the last half-decade has seen its credibility falter more than the Federal Bureau of Investigation.  The once-storied agency, having ostensibly overcome its history of corruption, was exposed for having done anything but during the Donald Trump era.  From its illegitimate use of garbage intelligence (the Steele Dossier) to initiate an investigation of the Trump campaign to its lies to garner a FISA warrant targeting Carter Page, there appeared to be no limits to how politicized the FBI was willing to become.  That culminated in the current FBI Director's stonewalling of record requests and the DOJ's refusal to charge anyone who had clearly broken the law from inside the bureau.  Of course, we can't forget the near-constant selective leaks, always targeting one side.  Well, that trend continues.  Earlier this week, bombshell revelations dropped that FBI agents had lied in order to cover up a botched investigation against pedophile Larry Nassar, who reportedly targeted at least 70 women between the time the FBI was alerted to his activities and his arrest by Michigan law enforcement via another investigation.

The FBI Further Proves It's an Irredeemable Dumpster Fire of Corruption.  Perhaps no organization over the last half-decade has seen its credibility falter more than the Federal Bureau of Investigation.  The once-storied agency, having ostensibly overcome its history of corruption, was exposed for having done anything but during the Donald Trump era.  From its illegitimate use of garbage intelligence (the Steele Dossier) to initiate an investigation of the Trump campaign to its lies to garner a FISA warrant targeting Carter Page, there appeared to be no limits to how politicized the FBI was willing to become.  That culminated in the current FBI Director's stonewalling of record requests and the DOJ's refusal to charge anyone who had clearly broken the law from inside the bureau.  Of course, we can't forget the near-constant selective leaks, always targeting one side.  Well, that trend continues.

Hotel Maid Prevents Potential 'Las Vegas Style' Mass Shooting Ahead of All-Star Game — FBI Says No Link to Terrorism.  A Denver hotel maid prevented a potential 'Vegas style' mass shooting ahead the MLB All-Star game over the weekend.  The maid discovered more than a dozen weapons, a thousand rounds of ammo and body armor in a room at the Maven Hotel near Coors Field.  According to Denver police, authorities confiscated narcotics, 16 firearms, ammo and body armor from two hotel rooms that had balconies overlooking downtown Denver.  Three men and one woman were arrested and being held on suspicion of weapons charges and possession of a controlled substance with intent to distribute, according to Denver police.

More about the still-unexplained Las Vegas shooting in October 2017.

FBI Wants Family Members To Snitch On Each Other To Prevent 'Homegrown Extremism'.  The FBI issued an ominous tweet on Sunday which encourages "family members and peers" to "learn how to spot suspicious behaviors and report them to the FBI" in the name of national security.  The broadly-worded tweet[,] from the same agency that confiscated an unassembled Lego model of the US Capitol as evidence against a Jan. 6 protester[,] suggests that family members are "often best positioned to witness signs of mobilization to violence."  For example, your radicalized Antifa nephew is being encouraged tell the FBI that you might be a domestic terror threat because you own guns and told the family at Thanksgiving you don't like illegal immigration.

FBI Urges Americans To Monitor 'Family Members And Peers' To 'Prevent Homegrown Violent Extremism'.  The FBI took to Twitter Sunday [7/11/2021] to encourage families to watch out for "homegrown violent extremism."  "Family members and peers are often best positioned to witness signs of mobilization to violence.  Help prevent homegrown violent extremism," the FBI's tweet read in part.  Family members and peers are often best positioned to witness signs of mobilization to violence.  Help prevent homegrown violent extremism.  Visit [link] to learn how to spot suspicious behaviors and report them to the #FBI. [...]"  [Tweet]  The link included in the tweet takes readers to the 2019 edition of the Homegrown Violent Extremism Mobilization Indicators report.  The report separates extremism into three groups based on whether the action is highly, moderately, or minimally diagnostic on its own.

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The difference between this and SWATting is that in this case the government is initiating the process.

No, the FBI did not seize a 'fully constructed Lego set' from a Jan 6 rioter.  It has been revealed that a report by The Daily Beast regarding a "fully assembled" Lego model of the Capitol, found in the possession of a suspect charged in connection to the riot Jan. 6, was fake news.  Last week, social media lit up after The Daily Beast published a "scoop" revealing that a man arrested for his involvement in the Jan. 6 Capitol riot had a "fully assembled" Lego set of the US Capitol in his home.  The story was widely mocked by political commentators and keyboard pundits asking if the FBI was going to investigate other Lego sets in people's homes, everything from Hogwarts to the Death Star.  It turns out the reporting was erroneous, as the man only had the unopened box set.

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Whether the Lego model was assembled or unassembled is immaterial.  The FBI has had to stoop to the level of confiscating toys to prove that a skeptic of the November 2020 election is a domestic terrorist.  If a Lego set is introduced as evidence, the jury should erupt in derisive laughter and throw the case out.

FBI Seizes "Fully Constructed" Lego Model of U.S. Capitol at Home of Alleged January 6th Rioter.  The FBI has reportedly found a "fully constructed" Lego brand toy model of the U.S. Capitol in the home of one of the alleged January 6th rioters.  The media is treating this story as very, very serious.  We live in such dumb times. [...] American citizens have been held in solitary confinement without bail or trial for months, and this is what we're talking about.  It's like we're living in an episode of the Twilight Zone.

FBI seized 'fully constructed' US Capitol Lego set from home of alleged rioter.  The FBI seized a "fully constructed" Lego set of the U.S. Capitol from the home of an alleged insurrectionist.  Prosecutors detailed the finding in a court document for Robert Morss, who was arrested on June 11 at his home in Glenshaw, Pa.  The government argued that Morss should be detained from court pending trial.  According to the court filing dated July 2, law enforcement recovered clothing and other items from Morss's home that match what he carried on Jan. 6.  Among the items were a "'Don't Tread on Me' flag, a neck gaiter, a military utility bag, a black tourniquet, and military fatigues."  In addition, "law enforcement also recovered a fully constructed U.S. Capitol Lego set," prosecutors wrote.  It's unclear why Morss had the Lego set.  The Pittsburg Post-Gazette previously reported that Morss was a substitute social studies teacher.

DOJ Retracts Claim of 'Fully Constructed' Capitol LEGO Set; LEGO of Riot Suspect 'in a Box'.  The Department of Justice (DOJ) has withdrawn its claim that a Capitol riot suspect was found to be in possession of a "fully constructed" LEGO set depicting the U.S. Capitol; the LEGO set was still contained in a box, the DOJ said Friday [7/9/2021].

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Lego Figures Charged With Insurrection.  As news that one of the dangerous January 6 insurrectionists had a Lego White House taken from his home as evidence, further news has leaked that the FBI will likely charge many of his Lego mini-figures with weapons and conspiracy charges.An unknown number of mini-figures was taken into custody.  At least four were reportedly cooperating with law enforcement and may have been long-time FBI informants.

Defund the FBI.  Nearly six months after the events of January 6, the FBI, under the direction of Joe Biden's vengeful Justice Department, is accelerating the nationwide manhunt for anyone involved.  Since June 23, agents have arrested 17 people from Florida to California.  Charges range from assaulting police officers and criminal trespassing to something called "destruction of property in special maritime and territorial jurisdiction and aiding and abetting."  The dragnet is part of the nonstop campaign of terror unleashed by the Biden regime against the political Right.  Attorney General Merrick Garland, who compares January 6 to the Oklahoma City bombing and Capitol protesters to terrorists, pledged the "Capitol breach" probe would be his top priority.  Garland last week bragged in a press release that his department reached the "benchmark" of arresting 500 people and warned he would "hold all January 6 perpetrators accountable" for their actions that day.  His prosecutors routinely ask the courts to keep the accused behind bars awaiting trials that won't start until late this year or perhaps even 2022; dozens have been held for months in a D.C. jail that specifically houses January 6 defendants.  FBI Director Christopher Wray, despite assurances his agency treats all protesters the same regardless of partisan affiliation (LOL), is happy to assist Garland in his mission.  Wray insists "domestic violent extremists" — code for Trump supporters — pose the greatest security threat to the country.

FBI Fabrication Against Assange Falls Apart.  On the final day of the Assange extradition hearing, magistrate Vanessa Baraitser refused to accept an affidavit from Assange's solicitor Gareth Peirce, on the grounds it was out of time.  The affidavit explained that the defense had been unable to respond to the new accusations in the United States government's second superseding indictment, because these wholly new matters had been sprung on them just six weeks before the hearing resumed on Sept. 8, 2020.  The defense had not only to gather evidence from Iceland, but had virtually no access to Assange to take his evidence and instructions, as he was effectively in solitary confinement in Belmarsh.  The defense had requested an adjournment to give them time to address the new accusations, but this adjournment had been refused by Baraitser.  She now refused to accept Gareth Peirce's affidavit setting out these facts.

FBI raids 69-year-old man's home after he attends Trump rally, neighbors tipped off authorities.  Joseph Bolanos says he didn't riot at the Capitol.  He wasn't even on the streets at the time, having retreated to a hotel room as the incursion had happened.  He said he turned over evidence to the FBI that proves this[.]  But the FBI still raided his and his mother's apartments.  He's had two strokes since.  He's said he's been ostracized by his community, where he was a respected member.  All because an anonymous caller reportedly told the FBI he was bragging about having entered the Capitol — which he has the evidence to prove he didn't do.  According to a Wednesday [6/23/2021] piece by New York Post columnist Miranda Devine, Bolanos is the president of his Upper West Side block association, a position he's held for almost a quarter-century.

What The FBI Did to a Pillar of His Community After the Capitol Riot Is Shameful.  Joseph Bolanos, 69, was well-respected in his community, always coming to the aid of others.  As the president of his local block association in New York City, he has always looked out for his neighbors, particularly over this past year during the pandemic doing things to raise morale.  He even became a Red Cross volunteer after 9/11, and he also once saved a woman when someone tried to mug her.  On top of all that, he takes care of his elderly mother, who is 94.  But, the FBI blew up his life and almost destroyed him over the past few months.  His crime?  Attending President Donald Trump's rally on Jan. 6 with a friend, even though he never went into the Capitol building.  He dropped in on the rally and then went back to his hotel.  He was there at his hotel, with time stamps on pictures to prove it, he says, during the breach at the Capitol.  He did go back to the Capitol later, filming from the outside, but the riot was over by that point.

Black Extremist 'Shoots Daytona Cop In The Head' As DOJ, FBI Stay Laser-Focused On Jan 6 Protesters And 'White Extremists'.  A black extremist who recently marched through the streets of Louisville, Tulsa and Stone Mountain armed with an AK-47 together with the militant black nationalist "Not F···ing Around Coalition" stands accused of shooting a Daytona Beach police officer in the head on Wednesday night [6/23/2021].

Affidavits Raise More Questions About FBI's Role in Trump Probe.  Affidavits filed in a federal court on June 21 raise crucial questions about the FBI's role in the 2016 Hillary Clinton presidential campaign's efforts to vilify her opponent, Donald Trump, as a Russian agent.  The FBI obtained a Foreign Intelligence Surveillance Act (FISA) warrant to spy on the Trump team based on a dossier of memos alleging Trump's ties to Russia that was filed by Clinton campaign contractor Christopher Steele.  But the newly released court documents suggest the FBI may have helped shape the anti-Trump plot at its origins.  The affidavits are the latest revelation to come from the ongoing defamation suit that the owners of Alfa-Bank, Russia's largest commercial bank, have brought against Fusion GPS, the communications firm that hired Steele to compile Trump — Russia reports on behalf of the Clinton campaign.  In one of Steele's memos, Alfa-Bank principals Mikhail Fridman, Petr Aven, and German Khan are alleged to have engaged in corrupt practices.

Feds accused of seizing $85 million from safe deposit boxes without 'any legal basis'.  Hundreds of people storing valuables in safe deposit boxes in Los Angeles may never see their cash, precious metals and heirlooms again, unless a federal judge intervenes in the next week.  Several are suing the government for seizing the contents of about 800 boxes as part of a March raid of the storage provider, U.S. Private Vaults (USPV), which was indicted for conspiracy to sell drugs and launder money.  The Institute for Justice (IJ) is seeking class-action status for a May lawsuit by several owners alleging "shocking, unconscionable, and unconstitutional" behavior by the government.  IJ attorney Robert Frommer accused the feds of an "$85 million cash grab" from people who were not accused of wrongdoing.

Affidavit: FBI feared Pennsylvania would seize fabled gold.  An FBI agent applied for a federal warrant in 2018 to seize a cache of gold that he said had been "stolen during the Civil War" while en route to the U.S. Mint in Philadelphia, and was "now concealed in an underground cave" in northwestern Pennsylvania.  That's according to court documents unsealed Thursday [6/24/2021].  The FBI had long refused to confirm why exactly it went digging on state-owned land in Elk County in March 2018.  After meeting with the treasure hunters in early 2018, the FBI brought in a contractor with more sophisticated instruments.  The contractor detected an underground mass that weighed up to nine tons and had the density of gold, the affidavit said.  The FBI said in the newly released court documents that it feared the state of Pennsylvania would claim the gold for itself, setting up a costly legal battle.  That amount of gold would be worth hundreds of millions of dollars.  Federal authorities say the dig came up empty.  But the father-son duo who brought a small army of federal agents to the site remain convinced the FBI uncovered something there — and their lawyer is still pressing the case, successfully suing for access to government emails about the dig.

When the FBI Framed Four Innocent Men.  [Scroll down]  Eventually, the surviving men and their families, along with the families of the deceased Greco and Tameleo, filed suit against the FBI.  Not only did the FBI refuse to admit the truth — that these men were innocent — but the FBI also obstructed their civil rights trial.  It turned out that the FBI had been hiding evidence from their own lawyers.  This caused Judge Gertner to order that "this matter be brought to the personal attention of the Director of the FBI [Robert Mueller]."  After a bench trial, Judge Gertner concluded this case was "about intentional misconduct, subornation of perjury, conspiracy, the framing of four innocent men."  She awarded the men and their families over $100 million in damages.

Recent History Suggests FBI Involvement in January 6.  [Scroll down]  If the past is prologue, there's no reason to consider the FBI's involvement a "conspiracy theory" rather than a solid likelihood.  How many times have we been down this road over the past five years — assured that claims about the FBI's malfeasance and abuse were "conspiracy theories" only later to learn they were true?  We were told the FBI did not use spies to infiltrate the Trump campaign.  They did.  We were told the FBI didn't ambush and frame former National Security Advisor Mike Flynn.  They did.  We were told the FBI would not mislead the Foreign Intelligence Surveillance Court.  They did.  We were told the FBI wouldn't doctor official reports or correspondence.  They did.  We were told the FBI would never use a sketchy Russian national to bolster the collusion case against Trump.  They did.  Sadly, the FBI is one of the least trustworthy agencies in the federal government — and that's saying a lot.  The stench of Jim Comey's deceitful reign has irrevocably tarnished the reputation of the FBI for tens of millions of Americans.  The similarities between Russiagate and the Capitol "attack" are becoming increasingly clear.  The initial narrative about what happened that day has steadily crumbled over the past five months.

It's Beginning to Look Like Enemy Action.  Dong Jingwei is a Chinese defector working with the Defense Intelligence Agency (DIA).  He served as Vice Minister of State Security in the Chinese Ministry of Defense.  Before defecting, he was responsible for the counterintelligence efforts in China.  He was in a position to know about all things "espionage" in China and is perhaps the highest-level Chinese defector the U.S. has ever had.  Even though the legacy media is playing it down, this is a big deal.  It speaks volumes that the man who knows the identity of all the Chinese spies in our country chose to defect to the DIA and only the DIA.  Further, it's reported that the DIA is not sharing the information it's receiving with the FBI or CIA.  Now why would that be?

NSA Agrees to Release Records on FBI's Improper Spying on 16,000 Americans.  The National Security Agency (NSA) has agreed to release records on the FBI's improper spying on thousands of Americans, the secretive agency disclosed in a recent letter.  The agreement may signal a rift between the NSA and the FBI, according to attorney Ty Clevenger.  Clevenger last year filed a Freedom of Information Act (FOIA) request on behalf of The Transparency Project, a Texas nonprofit, seeking information on the FBI's improper searches of intelligence databases for information on 16,000 Americans.  The searches violated rules governing how to use the U.S. government's foreign intelligence information trove, U.S. District Judge James Boasberg, an Obama nominee who currently presides over the Foreign Intelligence Surveillance Court, wrote in a 2019 memorandum and order that was declassified last year.

How Do We Regain Trust in the FBI?  A Pew Research study released last month demonstrated a sharp decline in trust in the government from a high of seventy-seven percent in 1964 to a low that has remained under twenty-five percent since 2007.  If three-quarters of Americans have spent the last fourteen years distrusting the government at large, what does that say about the agencies entrusted with justice and public safety? [...] The parallel between the FBI and the NKVD is not a straight line — at least, not yet.  At the same time, looking at the chronology of when Americans suddenly lost faith in their government (2007), an eerie set of circumstances predate the decline in trust.  The first development that hastened the consolidation of power and authority in federal agencies like the FBI was the Patriot Act of 2001.  It paved the way for expanded police powers in the name of public safety.

Tucker Carlson Outlines The Primary Threat to Our Nation, The Corrupt Intelligence Apparatus Which Includes The FBI.  Tucker Carlson did an extensive monologue and interview last night as a review of the January 6th DC protest contrast against the likelihood of FBI organization and coordination.  Many are calling this a brave discussion because Carlson will likely face backlash for the overview.  As CTH has noted often, the politicization of the U.S. intelligence apparatus is the biggest threat to our constitutional republic.  In this segment Carlson arrives at the same conclusion.  Carlson used a Revolver article by Darren Beattie as the framework for the discussion.  The additional examples Carlson uses are familiar to CTH readers as we have used them before to highlight how politically corrupt the FBI has become.

Never Ever "Cooperate" With a Federal Law Enforcement Agent.  I have said it before and I will say it again.  You never, ever "cooperate" (talk) to any Federal or state law enforcement agent, period.  You also do not cooperate with any but benign and obvious local police requests, on the order of kids breaking into cars in the driveways of your neighborhood.  You may think you are being a good citizen and, maybe, their questions are legitimate and for a worthy purpose.  Maybe.  But you do not know that.  That professional agent may be a good, patriotic American doing noble work, like catching Chinese spies.  Maybe.  But you do not know that.  I have been involved in two extremely serious "investigations" at the Federal level.  I had done nothing at all wrong but one was politically driven (from the White House) and one was driven by ambitious bureaucrats.  In the first instance I got (expensive) legal help before I hanged myself.  If I had not, I would have lost my job at the very least.  In the second my wife and I were being set up for a totally false obstruction of justice charge.

Tucker Carlson Outlines The Primary Threat to Our Nation, The Corrupt Intelligence Apparatus Which Includes The FBI.  In the bigger picture anyone with intellectual honesty would admit it is impossible for Antifa to exist if the DOJ and FBI were functioning as a healthy part of the national law enforcement system.  A few dozen arrests for transparently obvious violence, combined with a few RICO cases against the financial systems that support Antifa and the entire violent group essentially disappears.  Therefore, it is worth just accepting the obvious:  The DOJ and FBI are part of the support structure that allows political violence to exist.  I would personally take it (confidently) a step further and say:  Antifa simply could not exist without the explicit support of the DOJ/FBI.

Colonial Pipeline attack:  How did the FBI recover the ransom money?  The FBI claimed it recovered millions of dollars in Bitcoin paid as ransom during the attack against the Colonial Pipeline — a feat that is now generating more questions than answers.  The Justice Department and the FBI announced Monday [6/7/2021] it had seized 63.7 bitcoins (worth about $2.3 million at the time) from a Bitcoin wallet thought to be controlled by cybercriminals tied to a Russia-based collective called DarkSide, which operates off a "ransom as service" model.  Recovery of the cryptocurrency ransom from its presumably savvy holders, especially in such a short time, left many experts stunned.  While many details about the operation to recover the funds remain unclear, perhaps the biggest mystery, and the one that has so many people scratching their heads, is how the FBI managed to get the "private key" used to unlock and pull assets from the criminals' specific Bitcoin address.

The Colonial Pipeline Hack, The 'Russians', & The FBI's Ransom-Grab - What Really Happened?  Speculation has been running rampant over today's FBI press conference revealing the recovery of most of the ransom paid to "Russian" hackers by Colonial Pipeline. [...] In order for the computers that maintained the pipeline to get back to full operation, Colonial agreed to pay a ransom in the form of 75 bitcoin, which was worth about $5 million at the time.  Now, here's where things get weird:  In their triumphant statements this morning, the DOJ claimed to have seized the funds from the group that reportedly paid DarkSide for their Ransomware as a Service (RaaS) attack on Colonial.  Notably, they did not secure the funds from DarkSide, which took a fee from the ransom in bitcoin that remains in the possession of the shadowy operation. [...] The DOJ has historically been extremely hostile to bitcoin, labeling it as a preferred monetary system for cyber criminals, despite bitcoin transactions being publicly available to anyone with access to the internet.

FBI built fake phone company in global wiretapping operation of historic proportions.  The United States Federal Bureau of Investigation built a fake telephone service provider for a secret worldwide operation that officials described on Monday as "a watershed moment" in law enforcement history.  The operation, known as TROJAN SHIELD, began in 2018 and involved over 9,000 law enforcement officers in 18 countries around the world.  When the existence of TROJAN SHIELD was announced in a series of official news conferences yesterday, officials said the operation had "given law enforcement a window into a level of criminality [that has never been] seen before on this scale".  The operation centered on the creation of an entirely fake telephone service provider, known as ANØM.  The fake firm advertised cell phones that were specially engineered to provide peer-to-peer encryption, thus supposedly making it impossible for government authorities to decipher intercepted messages or telephone calls between users.

USA Today fights FBI subpoena for readers' data from report on shooting that killed two agentsUSA Today is fighting an FBI demand for information related to readers who accessed a report on the newspaper's website earlier this year about a shooting in which two agents were killed during a search at a Florida apartment.  The FBI made the request via subpoena to USA Today's owner, Gannett, in April.  The agency sought information including the IP addresses and mobile identification information of people who accessed the Feb. 2 article about the agents during a 35-minute window.  After Gannett objected to disclosing the subpoenaed records, the FBI confirmed on May 25 it had received the response, and the company moved to quash the subpoena as unconstitutional, according to a May 28 court filing in the U.S. District Court for the District of Columbia.

'Slimy' FBI bigwig sexually harassed his juniors, drank on the job.  A "slimy" and "creepy" high-ranking FBI agent groped three of his female subordinates, made inappropriate sexual comments in the workplace and regularly drank on the job, according to documents obtained by The [New York] Post.  The unidentified G-man, who worked as a supervisory assistant special agent in charge, was investigated by the Department of Justice Inspector General's Office, which substantiated three allegations of unwanted sexual touching and the illegal boozing, according to the documents, which were obtained through a Freedom of Information Act request.  Details about when and where the conduct took place were redacted, but the records show the allegations were investigated by the New York Field Office and the probe was completed on Dec. 7, 2020.

GOP Senator Ron Johnson Says He Was "Set Up" by FBI Agents to Stop Him From Talking about Crackhead Hunter Biden.  Senator Ron Johnson (R-WI) joined Dan Bongino on the Dan Bongino Show on Friday [5/28/2021].  During their discussion, Senator Johnson said he was "set up" by FBI-Stasi agents to stop him from talking about Hunter Biden and his filthy perverted lifestyle.

The FBI Seized Heirlooms, Coins, and Cash From Hundreds of Safe Deposit Boxes in Beverly Hills, Despite Knowing 'Some' Belonged to 'Honest Citizens'.  Dagny discovered that the FBI had seized the contents of her safe deposit box — about $100,000 in gold and silver coins, some family heirlooms like a diamond necklace inherited from her late grandmother, and an engagement ring she'd promised to pass down to her daughter — almost by accident.  She'd been asked by a friend to recommend a convenient and secure location for keeping some valuables.  Dagny searched Yelp to find the phone number for U.S. Private Vaults, a Beverly Hills facility where she'd rented a safe deposit box since 2017.  That's when she saw the bad news.  "Permanently closed."  After a brief moment of panic, some phone calls, and several days, Dagny and her husband Howard (pseudonyms used at their request to maintain privacy during ongoing legal proceedings) figured out what happened.  On March 22, the FBI had raided U.S. Private Vaults.  The federal agents were armed with a warrant allowing them to seize property belonging to the company as part of a criminal investigation — and even though the warrant explicitly exempted the safe deposit boxes in the company's vaults, they were taken too.  More than 800 were seized.

Former FBI Director Freeh gave $100k to a trust for VP Biden's grandkids in 2016 while exploring 'future work options'.  Take it from the New York Times and Washington Post: nothing to see here, move along.  Definitely not a bribe.  Emails recovered from Hunter Biden's abandoned laptop reveal that while Joe Biden was vice president, a trust for his grandchildren — the children of his late son Beau Biden — received a hundred thousand dollars from a foundation controlled by former FBI Director Louis Freeh, who was a lawyer for 3 corrupt foreign businessmen, later convicted and imprisoned.  In the emails it is revealed that Freeh actually met with the sitting VP in 2016 "to explore with him some future work options," in addition to courting his son Hunter for collaboration.

Former FBI director Louis Freeh gave $100,000 to a private trust for Joe Biden's grandchildren.  Former FBI director Louis Freeh gave $100,000 to a private trust for Joe Biden's grandchildren and met with the then-Vice President in 2016 'to explore with him some future work options', emails reveal.  Freeh also spoke with then-Vice President Biden in 2016 'to explore with him some future work options', according to the bombshell communications[.]  The emails suggest Freeh was trying to establish a future business relationship with Biden — and the White House has failed to disclose to whether Joe Biden discussed private business with Freeh while in office.

Dr. Strawman, Or How I Learned To Stop Loving The FBI And Start Worrying.  [Scroll down]  Don't take my word for it.  If you search for Antifa at the FBI's website, you get one result!  Now check out the MOST WANTED/CAPITOL VIOLENCE page header.  It goes on endlessly.  Page after page of images captured of anyone in the Capitol on January 6th.  FBI Director Wray insists that the FBI did not use geotracking to locate anyone to the right of Mao who was in the Capitol that day.  Having worked in Telecom for twenty years, and having been involved in the incorporation of the Enhanced 911 Systems that allow police to use cell towers and GPS to track emergency cellphone calls to their exact location, I know Wray is lying.  How else did he get the information in any legal fashion?  I can stand politicians lying to me.  I've witnessed that my entire life.  But for the Director of the FBI to lie to the American people in such a low fashion, one more characteristic of John Brennan and James Clapper is a bridge too far.  Add to that the embarrassing raid on Marylin Hueper in Alaska based on a selfie.  That's not an investigation unless they have evidence I don't know about.  It was a politically motivated botch that completely disrupted the lives of two innocent Americans.  Conversely, DoJ and the FBI seem determined to whitewash, equivocate, and dismiss any concerns about Antifa and BLM, whose members have caused over two billion dollars in damage and destroyed countless businesses and lives.

FBI quietly admits 2017 GOP baseball shooting was domestic terrorism after all.  The FBI quietly admitted Friday that the 2017 Alexandria, Virginia, baseball field shooting that nearly killed Rep. Steve Scalise has been classified as "domestic terrorism" carried out by a "domestic violent extremist" targeting Republicans after the bureau previously classified it as "suicide by cop."  The revelation appears in the middle of an appendix on page 35 of a 40-page FBI-DHS report released on Friday titled "Security Strategic Intelligence Assessment and Data on Domestic Terrorism."  In a section describing approximately 85 different "FBI-Designated Significant Domestic Terrorism Incidents in the United States from 2015 through 2019," the Alexandria baseball field shooting appears, with the FBI categorizing the perpetrator as a "Domestic Violent Extremist" and describing the incident thusly:  "An individual with a personalized violent ideology targeted and shot Republican members of Congress at a baseball field and wounded five people.  The subject died as a result of engagement with law enforcement."

Gas Lines Return as Woke Deep State Fails to Stop Cyber Attack.  Welcome to Jimmy Carter 2.0, to an America saddled with a failed president and a failed Deep State whose minions worry about everything except what actually matters.  The [...] FBI and the [...] CIA have one [...] job, and that's to protect our way of life.  Period.  And the fastest way to unravel our way of life — the most effective, deadly, and destructive way — is to interrupt the free flow of oil.  Therefore, outside of physical threats to American persons and property, the FBI and the CIA should be focused almost exclusively on ensuring the energy that keeps our way of life alive is not interrupted.  Well, once again, these feckless Deep Staters have failed.  Instead of being focused on stopping a VERY successful cyber-attack on a crucial oil pipeline, these useless idiots have been focused on using the correct pronouns.

Former police chief:  If we lose the rule of law, we are going to lose America — and we're just about there.  [Scroll down]  And what of the once-proud FBI?  Over the past five years, we have seen that agency, which always enjoyed a stellar reputation, get reduced to nothing but a political hit squad for the Democratic Party.  Look no further than the hit job done by the FBI on former Trump National Security Adviser Michael Flynn if you don't think the FBI has become a political enforcement arm for Democrats.  Add to that the involvement of the FBI in trying to take down former President Trump before he was even elected, and that agency has lost any and all credibility it had.  Sadly, there are a lot of outstanding, dedicated agents that work for that agency.  However, the agency as a whole, primarily in leadership has become a pathetic joke.

The Full FBI Warrant Which Allowed Officers To Raid An Alaska Spa To Recover Nancy Pelosi's Laptop.  The full warrant, detailing how a dozen FBI officers ended up raiding a spa in Alaska under false pretenses, has been released.  The story first came to major national attention after The National Pulse interviewed Paul and Marilyn Hueper, whose home and business was raided last week in an apparent case of mistaken identity.  The 38 page document, below, reveals how poor a job the FBI did in identifying a woman they say was in Speaker Pelosi's office on the afternoon of January 6th, 2021.  In summary, the warrant appears to rely on Marilyn Hueper wearing a black coat and having brunette hair as the motivations to raid the Homer Inn and Spa in search of an HP ProBook 640 G5 i5 laptop amongst other items.

Unequal protection under the law.  The FBI and the Department of Justice cannot be trusted to administer equal justice under the law.  Their actions over the last five years include:
  •   Operation Crossfire Hurricane investigating and hobbling President Trump on the basis of flawed intelligence paid for and manufactured by Hillary Clinton and the Democrats;
  •   Lying to and abusing the FISA courts to spy on Americans who supported President Trump;
  •   The prosecution of General Flynn and assorted Republicans who were associated with President Trump;
  •   The protection and non-prosecution of Hillary Clinton and her associates, Susan Rice, Hunter Biden, and the Biden crime family;
  •   Continuing orchestrated and illegal leaks to the media designed to damage President Trump and his supporters and bolster Democrats;
  •   Failure to prosecute Antifa and Black Lives Matter for a summer of riots and arson;
  •   Choosing to throw the prosecutorial book at the January 6 "white supremacist" "insurrectionists"
  •   Identifying "white supremacists" as the number one domestic terror threat when Islamic Jihadists, Antifa, and Black Lives Matter are greater threats by any rational metric;
  •   The recent 6 AM raid on Rudy Giuliani to obtain the electronic devices in his possession, including protected communications with his client, former President Trump, but not including the hard drives of Hunter Biden[.]

The Democratic Party's Stasi.  While reading emails in his bedroom last Wednesday morning, Paul Hueper heard a loud commotion inside his house.  Still clad in pajamas, the Alaska business owner ran to his dining room to see what was happening.  Hueper found himself face-to-face with several armed FBI agents, guns drawn, barking orders to him and his wife, Marilyn.  The agents had kicked down the front door of their home in Homer, Alaska where they also operate a day spa and inn.  The pair were quickly handcuffed along with a few houseguests, including a teenager.  Paul and Marilyn, who had attended Donald Trump's speech in Washington, D.C. on January 6 and then walked to the Capitol, were interrogated for at least three hours by federal investigators. [...] Marilyn was told she was a suspect in the case of House Speaker Nancy Pelosi's "stolen" laptop; a few hours into the inquisition, an agent finally showed Marilyn a photo of someone inside the Capitol on January 6 who looked like her.  She told agents it wasn't her and insisted the image had been photoshopped.  The whole incident was somewhat amusing to the Huepers.  "We laughed a lot of the time because it was so ridiculous," Marilyn said.  "I could hear Paul laughing in the other room."  But it was far from a laughing matter.  One investigator warned Marilyn that if she didn't give the answers they were looking for, she could face perjury and obstruction of justice charges.

House Republicans Demand Answers from FBI on FISA Abuse Revelations.  House Republicans have called on FBI Director Christopher Wray to provide a "detailed accounting" of every instance since 2019 that the agency has used warrantless surveillance authority to obtain information unrelated to national security, while accusing the FBI of "illegal spying activities."  Reps.  Jim Jordan (R-Ohio) and Andy Biggs (R-Ariz.), in a joint letter to Wray, cited a 67-page opinion from the Foreign Intelligence Surveillance Court (FISC), which they said shows the FBI has been "seriously and systematically abusing its warrantless electronic surveillance authority" by overstepping the limitations under section 702 of the Foreign Intelligence Surveillance Act (FISA).  Section 702 allows the attorney general and the director of national intelligence to jointly authorize warrantless surveillance of non-U.S. citizens residing outside the United States, subject to certain constraints.  These include requiring investigators to adopt "targeting procedures" to make sure the information obtained under Section 702 warrantless surveillance is indeed limited to noncitizens and to prevent the "intentional acquisition" of communications within the United States.  Section 702 also requires a FISA court order for a review of query results in criminal investigations that aren't related to national security.

Andrew Giuliani to Newsmax TV: Raid on Father 'Goes Right to the Top'.  The FBI raid on former President Donald Trump attorney Rudy Giuliani goes "right to the top of the White House," featuring a president going after the lawyer of his "political adversary," according to Andrew Giuliani on Newsmax TV.  "When Joe Biden says, 'I didn't know about it,' I don't buy that," Andrew Giuliani told Monday's "Greg Kelly Reports."  "I'm sorry, Greg.  This is the same guy who plagiarized.  This is the same guy who's continually lied to the American people.  "He may be president of the United States, and I certainly respect the presidency, but I do not respect his word."  The son of Rudy Giuliani noted the entire Hunter Biden laptop controversy is "motive" for President Joe Biden to send his Justice Department on his "political adversary."

The Deep State is Back.  ecently, the FBI searched Rudy Giuliani's Manhattan apartment.  The search was made in connection with the prosecution of two Ukrainian Americans for violations of the Foreign Agents Registration Act (FARA).  Giuliani is a respected lawyer, a former federal prosecutor, and was mayor of New York during the 9/11 attacks.  FARA prosecutions are rare and typically are dealt with through fines.  The use of search warrants against a lawyer is also unusual, and the Department of Justice handbook counsels the use of some lesser means, such as subpoenas, to obtain information when possible.  In his dealings with Ukraine, Giuliani says he acted as President Trump's emissary and lawyer.  These "minister without portfolio" employments have been used before, particularly where, as in Ukraine, American government officials may themselves be corrupt, compromised, or resistant to the president's agenda.

The Never-ending Hunt for a Trump Crime.  Was this an off-the-book operation by rogue agents?  I mean, if these people feel free to constantly leak to the press sensitive material, how far off the reservation have FBI agents gone?  Or was this shoved under the carpet as a national security matter and the DNI was responsible and kept Barr in the dark?  A mystery of significant importance.  Did they have a FISA warrant to do this?  If so, ever more reason to scrap this monstrosity.  If you are not yet concerned about the FBI's counterintelligence operations, its incompetency and KGB-type operations, you just aren't paying attention.

Giuliani: FBI Agents Refused To Take Hunter Biden's Hard Drives.  During an interview with Fox News' Tucker Carlson on Thursday [4/29/2021], former New York City Mayor Rudy Giuliani said that FBI agents who came to his home with a search warrant for "electronics" refused to take Hunter Biden's hard drives, even though they fell "within the scope of the subpoena."  "Well, about six o'clock in the morning, there was a big bang! bang! bang! on the door and outside were seven FBI agents with a warrant for electronics," Giuliani began.  "And I looked at the warrant and I said, 'This is extraordinary because I offered to give these to the government and talk it over with them for two years.'"

The Real Reasons Behind the Rudy Giuliani Raid.  Expectations that the FBI was investigating possible crimes documented on Hunter Biden's laptop were laid to rest earlier this week when agents raided the home and office of Rudolph Giuliani, the man who made news of the laptop public.  According to reports, federal investigators are looking for evidence that the former Mayor of New York City violated the foreign agents registration act (FARA) by illegally lobbying on behalf of Ukrainian officials.  But that's just a pretext to search his communications and records to find something with which to take revenge against a man who helped uncover the corruption of America's first family.  The compromising photos, emails, and texts found on Hunter's laptop include accounts of financial arrangements with a Chinese businessman he called the "spy chief of China."  The documents, confirmed by a former Biden associate, implicate other members of the Biden clan, including it seems the president.  And so to hunt Giuliani, the commander-in-chief has deployed federal law enforcement authorities, which have their own reason to retaliate against one of the Department of Justice's most famous former prosecutors.  Giuliani helped thwart the FBI and DOJ's plot to topple an American president.

Giuliani says FBI agents declined to take Hunter Biden's hard drives.  Former New York City Mayor Rudy Giuliani during an interview on Thursday said that FBI agents who searched his home this week declined to take Hunter Biden's hard drives.  Giuliani said that seven FBI agents showed up early Wednesday morning with a warrant for electronics.  He said when he asked them if they wanted to take Hunter Biden's hard drives, they declined.  "Hunter Biden's hard drives fall within the scope of the subpoena.  The subpoena required them to take all electronics, but they decided to leave that behind.  And they also were completely content to rely on my word that these were Hunter Biden's hard drives," the former mayor told conservative commentator Tucker Carlson during an interview on the Fox News Channel.

New York Times, WaPo, NBC forced to retract false claims about Giuliani.  The New York Times, Washington Post and NBC News all issued retractions Saturday [5/1/2021] for their coverage of Rudy Giuliani following a raid of his Manhattan apartment by the FBI.  The Times appended their correction to a story about the role Giuliani may have played in the 2019 recall of ambassador Marie L. Yovanovitch and whether he received a warning from the FBI about Russian disinformation.  "An earlier version of this article misstated whether Rudolph W. Giuliani received a formal warning from the F.B.I. about Russian disinformation.  Mr. Giuliani did not receive such a so-called defensive briefing," The Times wrote Saturday in a note attached to the piece.  The Washington Post's correction, on a story about prominent Americans being targeted by Russian disinformation, was similar.

FBI spied on Giuliani, Trump iCloud chats during impeachment hearings, says lawyer.  Rudolph W. Giuliani says that the FBI secretly spied on his Apple iCloud account beginning in late 2019 when he was having regular messaging conversations with his client, President Trump, during House impeachment proceedings.  Mr. Giuliani said the U.S. Attorney's Office in Manhattan on Thursday informed his attorney, Robert Costello, that covert wiretapping took place.  "He asked [the prosecutor] to repeat it because he couldn't believe it was true," Mr. Giuliani said this week on the "Rita Cosby Show" on WABC radio in New York.  "To me they just trashed the president of the United States."

Washington DC Is Paying $1.6 Million In Settlements To Rioters At Trump's Inauguration.  The double standard of justice continues.  Washington D.C. is going to pay $1.6 million in settlements to those who were arrested for rioting at Trump's inauguration.  According to lawsuits filed protesters were arrested without cause and excessive force was used. [...] Trump supporters who were at the capitol on January 6th are not getting the same treatment.  While they do nothing about the crimes committed by the deep state and radical left they are targeting every Trump supporter.  The FBI is now focusing in on a Grandmother who just walked through the U.S. Capitol!

FBI raid on innocent couple shows lawlessness at Department of Justice.  Wednesday's rogue FBI raid on an innocent couple in Homer is an example of what happens when a lawless and completely illegitimate political party and administration come to power.  The Democrats are utilizing the proven techniques of communism and fascism, and weaponizing federal law enforcement for political purposes.  They are now reaping the fruits of the November's fake election.  Its aftermath spells the end of freedom in America.  It is no longer a threat.  It is here, and none of us are safe.  Paul and Marilyn Hueper went to DC on Jan. 6 to listen to Donald Trump's speech.  Like other Alaskans, they were at the very foot of the stage and in front of a million people in the Washington Mall, but when they were dismissed by Trump to "Peacefully and patriotically protest", they suddenly found themselves at the back of a very long line.  They got lost, they bought a hot dog, they started up the steps, but they never got within a hundred yards of entering the capitol building.

Feds serve search warrant at Alaska resort: 'We're here for Nancy Pelosi's laptop'.  Federal agents served a search warrant at a boutique resort in Homer, Alaska, saying they were looking for a laptop stolen from House Speaker Nancy Pelosi's office during the Jan. 6 riot at the U.S. Capitol, one of the Homer Inn and Spa owners said.

FBI breaks into Homer, Alaska house, looking for Nancy Pelosi's laptop.  A couple in Homer, Alaska reports the FBI raided their home on Wednesday morning looking for House Speaker Nancy Pelosi's laptop.  Twelve agents, FBI, Capitol Police, and other apparent police agents, broke down the door to their home and told Marilyn and Paul Hueper to put their hands up.  Paul counted seven guns trained on him when he came out of the bedroom.  The agents cuffed the couple and held them for hours.  It was a case of mistaken identity, but the FBI now has possession of Marilyn's HP Probook laptop.  The photo above [not shown here] is on the FBI website as a person of interest in the January 6 surge into the U.S. Capitol, during which Pelosi's laptop was stolen.  The photo above is of the woman the FBI is looking for.  Marilyn has no real social media presence or photos online.

Giuliani claims materials seized by FBI are 'exculpatory' evidence.  Former New York City Mayor Rudy Giuliani said Thursday he "never ever represented any foreign national" after the FBI raided his apartment and seized his electronic devices earlier this week.  Giuliani, who served as former President Donald Trump's personal attorney, has reportedly been eyed by federal authorities over whether he illegally lobbied the previous administration in 2019 on behalf of Ukrainian officials and oligarchs while searching for damaging information on Trump's political rivals, including President Joe Biden, then the leading candidate for the Democratic presidential nomination.  He told Fox News host Tucker Carlson on Thursday that seven FBI agents knocked on his door at 6 a.m. on Wednesday serving a warrant for electronics, adding he told federal agents:  "This is extraordinary because I've offered to give these to the government and talk it over them for two years."  "I could have destroyed the evidence years ago," Giuliani said, but he claimed that he didn't because the evidence is "exculpatory" and proves himself, Trump, and "all of us are innocent."

Rudy Giuliani responds to FBI search warrant raid and goes on the offensive.  The highly publicized early morning raid on the apartment and office of Rudy Giuliani, the personal lawyer of the 45th President of the United States, was an outrage.  Thanks to a 10+ minute interview last night on Tucker Carlson Tonight, the nation's highest-rated cable news program, we have a better grasp of the dimensions of the scandalous behavior of the Department of Justice.  [Video clip]  I urge readers to view the entire interview if they did not see it on the broadcast.  It is embedded below.  Keep in mind that before he was Mayor of New York, he was the United States Attorney for the Southern District of New York, the very office that is now conducting the investigation targeting him.  He therefore knows the ins and outs of all aspects of federal prosecution, including the execution of search warrants.

The dark night of fascism has finally landed in the United States.  On Wednesday [4/28/2021], Federal agents flashing open-ended warrants conducted a 6 a.m. raid on former New York mayor current Trump lawyer Rudy Giuliani to seize his electronics.  The ostensible reason was that Giuliani violated a law requiring Americans who represent foreign nationals to register as foreign agents.  This is a law that is enforced only against Republicans close to Trump — and Giuliani is adamant that he's never represented foreign nationals.  The agents ostentatiously refused to seize copies of Hunter Biden's hard drives, which Giuliani possessed, even though they were obvious electronic devices.  Giuliani contends that the hard drives' contents establish not only that Hunter and Joe Biden acted as unregistered foreign agents, but also that Joe Biden and his family took millions in bribes over the years and that Hunter Biden was engaged in child pornography.  Since Giuliani still has the hard drives, perhaps he should make all the information on the drives public. [...] On the evidence available, what's happening to Giuliani looks like typical fascism:  an incoming regime uses unequally applied law and a complete absence of due process to purge all political opposition.

The raid on Rudy.  Never mind that Biden was, himself, guilty of quid pro quo, having said openly that he would withhold money from the Ukrainian government unless the investigation of Burisma was halted.  So, though complaints against Giuliani and company had been lodged by Democrats many months ago, it took a Biden presidency to see to it that Rudy was humiliated by an FBI "home invasion" reminiscent of the harrowing one launched against another elderly Trump associate, Roger Stone.  In that early morning raid covered by tipped-off CNN, Roger and his frail wife feared for their safety.  It would seem that the Federal Bureau of Investigation is capable — or willing — to thwart only old conservative men.  They haven't bothered to breach the walls of the sprawling Clinton compound in Chappaqua for incriminating evidence in the matter of the faux dossier by Christopher Steele, financed by the DNC with funds from Hillary's campaign.  Nor have they bothered to bust into the fashionable Los Angeles digs of Hunter Biden, perhaps rummaging through his steel straws and various "extraneous" laptops to find evidence of his sweetheart deals with the wife of a Moscow mayor and a lending institution in China.

Declassified FISA Opinion Shows More FBI Abuses.  A FISA Court opinion and order declassified today reveals continued FBI abuses of "raw FISA-acquired information."  After a DOJ National Security Division review, the FISA Court noted "the FBI's failure to properly apply its querying standard when searching Section 702-acquired information was more pervasive than was previously believed."  This opinion includes these findings:  April 2019 - July 2019:  An FBI technical information specialist was involved in "Compliance incidents" by conducting 124 queries of Section 702-acquired information on (1) Volunteers who had requested to participate in the FBI's "Citizens Academy"; (2) Persons who needed to enter the field office to perform repairs; and (3) Persons who reported they were victims of a crime.

FISA court doc shows FBI looked for domestic terrorists without warrants, report.  The FBI has without court orders looked through troves of National Security Agency foreign communications for information on American "racially motivated violent extremists," according to a news report based on a recently declassified report.  The agency conducted the reviews despite being warned several years ago by the Foreign Intelligence Surveillance Court, which approves warrants for such investigations, that such inquiries were constitutionally alarming, according to the Daily Beast.  The FBI's warrant-free queries, known as backdoor searches, were related to criminal investigations including those on "domestic terrorism involving racially motivated violent extremists."

The Editor says...
Why limit the search to those who are racially motivated?  Aren't other motivations just as dangerous?  Terrorists motived by Islam, for example.  Antifa terrorists motivated by anti-capitalism.  Eco-terrorists motivated by militant environmentalism.  In general, violence and hate speech come from the left.

Capitol Rally Attendee Says FBI Interviewed Her About Jan. 6 Tweets; Were Embarrassed About Having to Investigate 'Stupid' Tips.  A media influencer who attended the Trump rally in Washington DC on January 6, says two FBI agents came to her home to investigate a couple of tweets she posted on that day.  In one tweet, she had joked that she was "storming the Capitol."  In the other tweet she had apparently responded a troll.  Dr. Karlyn Borysenko said she was out of town at the time, and the agents spoke with her husband.  When she got back, she said that she arranged to have an attorney present with her for the FBI interview, which she found out would be about her experience at the Capitol on January 6.  The FBI agents, she said, were apologetic, and told her that they were having to investigate a lot of tips from people that "seem stupid."

FBI turn to high-tech facial recognition, undercover operations to nab Capitol invaders.  The number of U.S. Capitol invaders charged with crimes has topped 400, Justice Department records show, and in a recent case the FBI disclosed new twists in identifying and ensnaring a suspect.  A Washington Times review of scores of law enforcement affidavits justifying an arrest show this pattern:  Agents examine thousands of videos and photos taken inside the Capitol on Jan. 6.  In old-school detective work, officers pick out a target and compare Capitol images to online posts from that day or previous days based on tips from the invaders' friends, co-workers and even family.  To seal the deal, FBI agents openly approach the suspect in a phone call or home visit.  The targets in many cases readily admit to their actions.  It is difficult to deny wronging when caught on camera.

FBI Labels 2017 Baseball Field Shooting by Deranged Leftist that Nearly Killed GOP Rep. Scalise a "Suicide by Cop".  The FBI is a total disgrace.  The FBI labeled the 2017 baseball field shooting that nearly killed GOP Rep. Steve Scalise a "suicide by cop" — this was recently revealed during an exchange with a GOP lawmaker.  GOP Rep Steve Scalise, the House Majority Whip, and two Capitol Police were shot during baseball practice in June of 2017.  Scalise was shot in the hip and tried to drag himself off the field after he was shot.  The shooter, James Hodgkinson, was a Bernie supporter and Russian collusion truther who was radicalized by the Democrat-media complex because of their lies about Trump and the GOP.  Rather than labeling the shooting of Republicans by a left-wing Bernie supporter "domestic terrorism," the FBI labeled it a "suicide by cop."

Representative Markwayne Mullin Confronts FBI Director Christopher Wray About Difference Between Prosecuting Capitol Hill Protestors vs BLM/ANTIFA Violence.  Rep. Markwayne Mullin took his opportunity to question FBI Director Cristopher Wray by asking the FBI Director about the double standard in investigating/prosecuting Capitol rioters vs the Black Lives Matter and Antifa rioters in DC and Portland.  Rep Mullin smartly uses the example of federal officers who have been attacked, assaulted and injured by Antifa and BLM, yet the FBI does nothing to investigate or prosecute these violent extremists.  Mullin even quoted Wray back to himself when the FBI Director said:  "Antifa is not a national organization", a quote Director Wray now stunningly denies.

FBI Director Wray Refuses To Disclose If Antifa Has Organized Finances To Launch Coordinated Attacks.  Federal Bureau of Investigation Director Christopher Wray refused to disclose whether Antifa has the capability to organize, receive funding, and coordinate attacks during the House Intelligence Committee's annual public World Wide Threats Hearing on Thursday [4/15/2021].  Wray began his answer about Antifa by declaring it is a "real thing."  "There are certainly local and regional nodes, individuals who self-identify with Antifa and commit violent attacks, citing that as their motivation, and we have a number of predicate investigations into such individuals and Antifa is a real thing.  It's not a fiction," Wray admitted, despite Democrats and their media allies previously calling Antifa a "myth."  When pressed by Republican Rep. Michael Turner of Ohio about the organizing, training, and financing of Antifa, however, Wray was reluctant to divulge information.

FBI says it interviewed FedEx mass shooter last year.  FBI agents last year interviewed the gunman who fatally shot eight people at a FedEx facility in Indianapolis, the bureau said Friday, as investigators searched the home of the 19-year-old former FedEx employee.  Coroners began the slow process of identifying the victims as family members spent hours agonizing over word of their loved ones.  The slayings Thursday night marked the latest in a string of recent mass shootings to rock the U.S.

GOP House member grills Wray on double standard of Capitol and Portland rioter prosecutions.  Rep. Markwayne Mullin took aim at FBI Director Cristopher Wray during a House Select Committee on Intelligence hearing, questioning what he sees as the FBI's double standard in prosecuting Capitol rioters and those in Portland.  "Under the Biden administration, there appears to be a wave of leniency being granted to individuals arrested for federal crimes in Portland," Mullin, a Republican from Oklahoma, said during the hearing.  "Federal prosecutors are apparently approving deferred resolution agreements in a number of cases and allowing perpetrators to do community service and avoid jail time and criminal records.  Why are we seeing such a disparity between the individuals charged on Jan. 6 and those that are charged in Portland?"  Wray at first responded by pinning the blame on local prosecutors, noting that the FBI only investigates the crimes but does not make decisions about prosecution.

The FBI might have gone ahead and fixed your Microsoft email server.  Not updating your critical software?  The FBI might just do it for you.  The FBI has begun quietly accessing hundreds of American computers hacked through Microsoft's Exchange email program, removing malicious code that the hackers left behind.  The operation, which the Department of Justice announced Tuesday [4/13/2021] it had authorized with a warrant, highlights the severity of the Exchange vulnerability, which allowed scores of hackers to break into organizations since the beginning of the year.  But it also raises concerns about the FBI's jurisdiction when remedying cyberattacks against Americans.

'Skilled predator' allowed to retire from FBI with no punishment and full benefits after Justice Department substantiates 8 sexual harassment claims: report.  James Hendricks quietly retired last year as a special agent in charge, but not before colleagues labeled him a "skilled predator" and the Justice Department's internal watchdog found that his behavior marked one of the FBI's most egregious known cases of sexual misconduct.  According to the Associated Press, Hendricks was among several senior FBI officials who avoided discipline — and retired with full benefits — even after claims of sexual misconduct against them were substantiated.  Hendricks' alleged sexual harassment was outlined in a 52-page report obtained by the AP under the Freedom of Information Act . Although his name is blacked out in the report, he was identified by law enforcement officials familiar with his case, the AP reported.

The FBI / DOJ is MIA on Hunter Biden, Seth Rich, Anthony Weiner laptops.  The FBI and DOJ have been missing in action for years.  Failing in disclosing and acting on the information in the Hunter Biden, Seth Rich, and Anthony Weiner laptops.  The two-tiered system of American justice has never been more hypocritical on display.  Democrats and the deep state lie, cover-up and protect the likes of Barack Obama, Hillary Clinton, Hunter Biden, and the Biden crime family.  Yet the full weight and power of the government are brought against any Republican connected to Donald Trump.  The story of the Hunter Biden, Seth Rich, and Anthony Weiner laptops is a tale of just how debased and corrupt our Government institutions and modern media have become.

FBI's political jihad against American white whales.  When it all began, the FBI just had "a couple of questions."  Because John is a law-abiding, pro-cop kind of patriotic American citizen, he willingly answered their questions.  No, he told them, he was not at the U.S. Capitol on Jan. 6.  He was, he told them, at work.  He provided the proof that he was at work to their field office in Rockville.  All of this was as if there is something inherently nefarious or illegal about a political gathering of citizens at the United States Capitol to petition their federal government.  The FBI agents produced no evidence that John had committed any crime, caused any disturbance or trespassed against anyone.  "I supported President Trump in the 2020 election," John told me.  "I put up signs in my yard, but I have never been involved in any kind of rioting or vandalism."  But the FBI questions did not end with his whereabouts on Jan. 6.  That was only the beginning.  In the weeks since they first banged on the door of his home, agents have continued pestering him, demanding answers and threatening him.

The FBI is very good at woke politics, not so good at catching killers.  After the horrendous Colorado shooting last week, we learned that the alleged shooter, Ahmad Al Aliwi Alissa, had a record of violence and arrests.  His brother described him as mentally ill, paranoid and "very anti-social."  He was also on the FBI's radar because of someone with whom he associated.  In this, Alissa joins a long list of "known-wolf" killers, including Nidal Hasan, the Fort Hood shooter; the Tsarnaev brothers, who conducted the Boston Marathon bombing; Omar Mateen, the Pulse nightclub shooter in Florida; and some of the 9/11 hijackers.  The FBI's failure to catch that last set of perpetrators is especially enraging — and shows the agency has been atrophying for a long time.  "For two and a half weeks before the attacks," as Slate noted, "the US government knew the names of two hijackers.  It knew they were al-Qaeda killers and that they were already in the United States."

The Matt Gaetz Leak Makes the FBI Look Really Stupid and Corrupt.  Last night, amidst a slew of far more important stories, The New York Times sought to change the narrative from the disaster at the border by leaking about a supposed investigation involving Rep. Matt Gaetz.  The report was based on anonymous sources giving very vague information about what might or might not be going on.  RedState covered this initially last night, and if Gaetz actually did something wrong, he should be held accountable. [...] For his part, Gaetz denies the claims.  He went on Tucker Carlson's show last night and named a person he alleges is trying to extort him.  Later, RedState confirmed that Gaetz was telling the truth about his father wearing a wire for the FBI to investigate the matter.  Where that leaves us is anyone's guess.  Gaetz is certainly a character, and his defense is a bit convoluted, but the fact that this was leaked via "three people briefed" is yet another black-eye for the FBI.

FBI Raids Home of Young Female Christian Volunteer at 4 AM in Texas — For Walking Through US Capitol in January with Her Boyfriend.  We received this information last week.  And now the story is making national news.  Young female Christian volunteer Elizabeth Rose Williams was arrested last Tuesday by the FBI.  As of this writing, her family has not heard from her.  Elizabeth was scooped up by FBI agents in an early morning raid at her home in Ingram, Texas.  The FBI waited until 4-6 AM to raid this Christian woman's home.

An FBI so corrupt it lets mass shooters rampage needs to go.  The New York Times reported on March 27 that Syrian-born Colorado mass shooter Ahmad Al Aliwi Alissa had been on the FBI's radar before he murdered 10 people in a grocery store.  "The suspect's identity was previously known to the F.B.I. because he was linked to another individual under investigation by the bureau, according to law enforcement officials," the Times says. [...] It seems the FBI is not very good at this "stopping mass shooters" thing.  This is not an anomaly in the FBI's history.  It in fact appears to be a pattern of negligence.  During the Barack Obama presidency, Sen. Rand Paul, R-Ky., grilled FBI Director James Comey about the "known wolf" problem — of 14 Islamist attacks in the U.S. during Obama's tenure, the FBI had been aware of at least 12 before the violence erupted, and did nothing.  For example, the 2009 Fort Hood shooter, who killed 13; the Boston Marathon bombers of 2013 who killed three and injured 264; and the Pulse nightclub shooter who killed 49 people and wounded 53 more.  All were known to the FBI and several had been interviewed by the FBI before they went on killing sprees.  The FBI had also been warned numerous times about the Parkland, Florida school shooter, before he killed 17 and injured 17 more in 2018.  It also knew beforehand about the 2018 Nashville, Tennessee Waffle House shooter, who killed four and injured two more, and the 2020 Nashville RV bomber.

Meet the Russiagate Prober Who Couldn't Verify Anything in the Steele Dossier Yet Said Nothing for Years.  For the past four years, Democrats and the Washington media have suspended disbelief about the Steele dossier's credibility by arguing that some Russia allegations against Donald Trump and his advisers have been corroborated and therefore the most explosive charges may also be true.  But recently declassified secret testimony by the FBI official in charge of corroborating the dossier blows up that narrative.  The top analyst assigned to the FBI's Russia "collusion" case, codenamed Crossfire Hurricane, admitted under oath that neither he nor his team of half a dozen intelligence analysts could confirm any of the allegations in the dossier — including ones the FBI nonetheless included in several warrant applications as evidence to establish legal grounds to electronically monitor a former Trump adviser for almost a year.  FBI Supervisory Intelligence Analyst Brian Auten made the admission under questioning by staff investigators for the Senate Judiciary Committee during closed-door testimony in October.

Colorado, the Rocky Mountain Shooting Gallery.  Another mass shooting occurred this past week in Colorado, a state that had more than its share of similar shootings over the past few decades. [...] [The shooter] was already known to the FBI, "linked to another individual under investigation by the bureau" according to the New York Times.  Yet this happened under the FBI's noses.  Perhaps they were busy with other important cases.  Like the 50 plus agents investigating Trump-Russia collusion, spying on the Trump campaign and administration.  Or the dozen plus agents sent urgently to investigate a NASCAR garage door handle with a loop that someone thought might resemble a noose.  As The Last Refuge points out, this is yet another of many potential terrorism-related mass shootings where the shooter is known to the FBI, yet they did nothing to prevent the shooting.  If only the shooter were a garage door handle, then the FBI might have investigated seriously and might have actually preempted the mass casualty event.

So the FBI knew all about the Colorado shooter....  What, exactly, are the taxpayers paying for in the highly politicized and loaded-for-money wokester FBI these days?  The recent mass-shooting out of Colorado, from a murder-spewing freak they knew about, would suggest nothing.  While they were out there busy looking for 'white supremacists' this admitted refugee from Syria was making plans to kill.  And he's not the first. [...] The prevalence of spray-shooters ought to leave the FBI no time for political persecutions that benefit only Democrats.  They need focus now on real threats and be on the hot seat if they don't.

FBI Knew Boulder, Colorado, Suspect Identity Prior to Shooting.  A reminder:  50 FBI agents were enlisted within the Trump-Russia investigation to push a narrative.  13 FBI agents were dispatched to Talladega speedway to investigate a garage pull-down rope and push a narrative.  Thousands of FBI hours have been spent investigating the January 6th Washington DC protest, and once again another terrorist carries out a mass shooting where the FBI knew the suspect in advance.  The FBI knew in advance the Pulse Nightclub shooter (Omar Mateen) and were tipped off by the local sheriff.  The FBI knew in advance the San Bernardino Terrorists (Tashfeen Malik).  The FBI knew in advance the Boston Marathon Bombers (the Tsarnaev brothers) tipped off by Russians.  The FBI knew in advance the Garland, Texas, shooters (Elton Simpson and Nadir Soofi).  The FBI knew in advance of the Parkland High School shooter (Nikolas Cruz).  The FBI knew in advance of the Fort Hood shooter (Nidal Hasan); and now the FBI knew in advance of Ahmad al-Aliwi Alissa. [...] Meanwhile the political FBI agents chase the ghosts of mysteriously invisible white supremacists conducting random acts of unidentified racism.

Report: Boulder Mass Shooting Suspect 'Previously Known to FBI'.  Ahmad Al Aliwi Alissa, 21, the suspected gunman in a mass shooting in Boulder, Colorado, on Monday, was reportedly previously known to the Federal Bureau of Investigation (FBI) because of his ties to another person under investigation.  The New York Times reported Tuesday evening [3/23/2021]:  "The suspect's identity was previously known to the F.B.I. because he was linked to another individual under investigation by the bureau, according to law enforcement officials."

Senator Accuses FBI Of Running 'Fake' Brett Kavanaugh Background Check.  U.S. Senator Sheldon Whitehouse (D-Rhode Island) sent a letter to newly-sworn in U.S. Attorney General Merrick Garland asking for his support to investigate the Federal Bureau of Investigation's (FBI) background check of U.S. Supreme Court Associate Justice Brett Kavanaugh before he was confirmed.  Whitehouse told Garland in the letter that he thought the FBI's investigation into allegations of misconduct by Kavanaugh was "fake" and compromised by partisan politics, CBS News reported.  "It cannot and should not be the policy of the FBI to not follow up on serious allegations of misconduct during background check investigations," Whitehouse wrote.

FBI Uses SWAT Tactical Team, Armored Vehicles and Armed Troops to Arrest Man Who Attended January 6 Capitol Hill Protest.  Just as the FBI used a heavily armed tactical SWAT team to arrest Roger Stone, the FBI deployed the same tactics in Naples, Florida to arrest a man who attended the January 6th DC protest march.  Military tactics, armored vehicles, automatic rifles and a no-knock raid.  Essentially the FBI continues to send a message to the larger electorate.  They use these aggressive tactics against people based on their politics.  There are no honorable "rank and file" in the modern FBI; the entire institution is compromised.  This stuff is nuts.

Will FBI 'Chats' Send Conservatives to Prison?  Across the nation, FBI agents are swooping down upon conservative activists, Trump supporters, and anyone suspected of any tie to the January 6 clash at the Capitol.  Conservative author Candace Owens tweeted on March 3:  "About 10 of my friends who attended Trump's speech but DID NOT go to Capitol building thereafter have had the FBI turn up at their door to ask them why they went to D.C. ... Our FBI is trying to scare conservatives against ever gathering in the future."  Actually, the potential problem is far worse for people targeted by the feds.  FBI chief Christopher Wray, who is scrambling to deliver the indictments that will please his congressional overlords, says the agency is conducting 2,000 domestic terrorism investigations.  Few Americans recognize how badly the legal playing field is tilted against them.  When FBI agents knock on their doors, many Americans won't hesitate to open up because they assume "those who have nothing to hide have nothing to fear."  But along with Bureau procedures that are a travesty of due process, the FBI is exploiting a sweeping law that criminalizes casual comments.  Federal agents have the right to lie to you and to put you in prison if you lie to them.  Any citizen who makes even a single-word ("no" or "yes") false utterance to a federal agent faces up to five years in prison and a $250,000 fine.

FBI Sends in Armored Vehicle with Turret, 2 Vans, 6 FBI Vehicles, 3 Local Police Vehicles to Arrest Young Father Who Attended Jan. 6 Rally.  Joshua James was arrested this week and is being charged in connection to the violent events of January 6th in Washington D.C.  Joshua James is an Iraq War veteran.  He was wounded in a bomb blast in Iraq.  And Joshua is being held by the FBI without bail.  Joshua is the breadwinner in his family.  He receives retirement pay from the military.  He has three young children including a 3-year-old. [...] The FBI lured him out of his home in Alabama by pretending to be a customer needing a pressure washing.  Then an Army armored vehicle with a turret on top, 2 FBI vans, 6 FBI vehicles, 3 local police and sheriff's vehicles pulled up and ransacked their home.

FBI's Ridiculous "Capitol Siege Pipe Bomb" Video Is An All-Out Assault on Common Sense.  This week, the FBI released video footage of their key suspect in the vaunted "pipe bombs planted at DNC and GOP offices" plot from the MAGA Capitol protests of 1/6.  Much is riding on this "pipe bomb" plot being legit, because the "armed insurrection" narrative is falling apart without it.  Just last week, the FBI confessed to Congress — and not without prodding from Senator Ron Johnson — that no guns had actually been recovered or confiscated on Capitol grounds. [...] With the "Guns at Capitol" meme down, only two serious, terroristic plots implicating MAGA on 1/6 remain.  One is the "guns & bombs stashed in cars and outside the city" plots, principally related to the Oath Keepers, which has been the subject of an exhaustive forthcoming Revolver News investigation; the other is this eagerly-hyped "pipe bomb" plot.  So this "pipe bomb" plot better be real, and it better be the authentic act of a genuine Trump supporter, or basically all they have left is the strange case of the "Oath Keepers" — and we will tell you in advance that is not looking pretty for The Narrative or the FBI.

Did the FBI steal tons of Civil War gold?  The tale starts in the 1860s when legend has it that a large wagon full of gold bullion was either stolen or "went missing" in a remote area of western Pennsylvania.  The shipment had supposedly been on its way to the mint in Philadelphia but it never arrived.  This has led any number of would-be treasure hunters to scour the forests in that region looking for a massive payday.  The amount of gold was rumored to be between seven and nine tons, making it worth hundreds of millions of dollars today.  But all efforts to locate it had come up empty.  That might have changed in 2018.  A father and son team named Parada who co-own the treasure-hunting outfit Finders Keepers were investigating a remote part of Elks County called Dent's Run. [...] Now, however, through FOIA requests and court orders, the FBI has released at least some emails on the subject and it certainly sounds like they know more about the story than they've been letting on.

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The FBI always knows more than it reveals.  The lesson to be learned from this story — if it's true, and it appears to be — is simple:  You can't trust the FBI.

Democrats renew calls to remove J. Edgar Hoover's name from FBI building.  Rep. Steve Cohen vowed to renew the push to remove former FBI Director J. Edgar Hoover's name from the bureau's downtown Washington headquarters, according to an interview released Monday [3/8/2021].  Appearing on Yahoo!  News' Skullduggery podcast, the Tennessee Democrat said the effort is getting a fresh look after the release of a new movie highlighting the FBI's secret program to discredit civil rights activists.  The Washington Times in 2019 first reported Democrats' bid to strip the longtime FBI director's name from the bureau's headquarters.

FBI Took Possession of Suspicious Ballots in Georgia in Early January and Ordered Them Destroyed With a Shredder.  The Gateway Pundit reported on January 9th that the FBI in Georgia stepped in and shut down the forensic analysis of shredded ballots, took the ballots away from the forensic team, and brought them back to the shredder to destroy the evidence.  Today we have more on this incident from two sources.  This story was first reported by Patrick Byrne, the former CEO of  He reported on Twitter that the Deep State was stealing evidence in Georgia related to the 2020 Election: [...] We now have more information regarding this incident from individuals with knowledge of the events.  This all started when a shredding company was hired to come in and shred election material.  When the truck arrived at the scene, the material asked to be shredded turned out to be ballots and other official records from the 2020 election.  The company began shredding the material into little balls which are basically impossible to piece back together once they are shredded in that manner.

Can We Reform an FBI that Behaves Like a Gestapo?  Short answer — I doubt it.  But it is a legitimate question to raise because there are still some patriots serving within the ranks of the FBI who are beyond distraught over the gross politicization of their once proud, respected organization.  Some of the men and women with 20 years in are simply counting days and hours until they can punch out.  There is genuine, deep seated hatred for Christopher Wray and his coterie of lackeys eager to suckle on the teat of the Deep State.  The final straw for many in the bureau is the dishonest response to the January 6 swarm at the U.S. Capitol.  For starters, the FBI had intelligence about Antifa's plans to infiltrate the crowds of Trump supporters and incite violence.  But the FBI also was manipulating some of the very groups labeled as "white supremacists", e.g. the Proud Boys.

Twenty days of infamy: the January 2017 red flags the FBI blew past on Russia collusion.  From its earliest moments, the FBI's Russia collusion probe was always fraught with warning signs.  Agents were told Christopher Steele provided faulty information, had likely been compromised by Russian intel disinformation, wanted to defeat Donald Trump, had leaked to the media and was being paid by Hillary Clinton, who herself might be carrying out an epic dirty political trick to vilify Trump with false information to distract from her own scandals.  Those intelligence reports alone should have given agents pause.  The fact that Steele had been terminated by the FBI as an informant for leaking also should have weighed heavily.  But if ever there were red lights screaming for the FBI to end the counterintelligence probe, they were flashing during a harrowing 20-day window in January 2017 as Barack Obama was leaving office and Trump was coming in.  Between Jan. 4, 2017 and Jan. 24, 2017, nearly every major assumption of the FBI's Russia collusion theory was gutted, according to recently declassified evidence reviewed by Just the News.

FBI criminal complaint on Capitol incursion used Photoshopped 4-chan hoax picture as evidence.  Just when you thought the FBI couldn't fall any further, the Bureau utterly, hilariously, and luridly beclowns itself.  In a formal document, a criminal charge.  Using a Photoshopped picture from 4-chan, the reviled (by all people who abhor wrongthink) website where a wag substituted a lurid picture for the official portrait hanging on the wall of the US Capitol in the background of a shot of the Viking horn helmet guy and others who stormed in on January 6, 2021. [...] This is so sloppy a job that it suggests extreme pressure to act in haste.  That need for speed, of course, is the excuse used by Kevin Clinesmith to explain away his lying to a federal court — and the judge in question, James Boasberg, bought it and let him off with no prison time, a $100 fine and community service.  I am so old that I remember when the FBI was adored by the media and most of the citizenry other than communists.  And J. Edgar Hoover's insistence on getting the details right was legendary.

FBI Used A Photo-Shopped Version Of A Photo From The Capitol Protest In Their Criminal Complaint.  Brian P. McCreary was arrested Thursday for being part of the mob that breached the U.S. Capitol on Jan. 6.  In a statement given voluntarily to the FBI, McCreary said he was frustrated by the outcome of the presidential election and had traveled to Washington, D.C., where he listened to former President Donald Trump urge his supporters to take their grievances to the Capitol.  And so he did, according to authorities, joining a march from the White House, at times scurrying along side streets to get ahead of the growing crowd and arriving among the first rioters to reach and invade the Capitol building.  The 33-year-old Domino's Pizza employee is pictured inside the Capitol alongside the horn-headed QAnon Shaman on January 6.

FBI Includes Unusual 4Chan Photoshopped Image in Complaint Against Capitol Rioter.  We've seen a lot of problems over the last few years with the FBI.  Former director James Comey turned it into a political mess that targeted President Donald Trump, even using false information weaponized and paid for by the DNC and Hillary Clinton's team.  You even had people lying and changing emails to target a Trump adviser, Carter Page.  Christopher Wray didn't solve the problems when he came in.  Now the FBI seems to be going all out to go after people who were in the Capitol on Jan. 6.  As we reported last night, federal authorities even seem to be getting the help of Bank of America to get the private information of thousands, if not millions of people, who had nothing to do with it and were not allegedly involved in any way.

The FBI's Campaign Against Some Rightwing Groups Looks Exactly Like J. Edgar Hoover's COINTELPRO Scandal.  [Scroll down]  For the past four years, we've been appalled by the FBI and the Intelligence Community working hand-in-glove to insert informers into a presidential campaign and transition team.  We saw an obviously faked dossier laundered by the CIA and FBI through press leaks to create the pretext for a special counsel.  Over the past month, I've posted about the alarming pattern of "militia" and "extremist" arrests with a common thread.  A group meets.  Someone in the group brings up the bright idea to commit a federal felony.  Discussion ensues.  An outsider with the means to carry out the felony is introduced to the group.  Some inciting act is taken, like purchasing an illegal device, and the FBI descends on the group.  There is a press conference and indictments and much blathering about the enemy within and the danger of extremists. [...] You have groups opposed in some fundamental way to the direction the elites want the nation to go.  They are targeted for no other reason than their dissent.  From there, it is a short jump to creating facts that enable law enforcement to suppress that dissent. [...] If federal law enforcement continues to push informants and provocateurs into otherwise peaceful organizations and engage in what a layperson would characterize as entrapment, then they build a case for having entire groups labeled as violent extremists.  As we saw in the aftermath of the Capitol riot, that kind of labeling can be used to prevent people from traveling (the 'no-fly" list).  It can keep them from renting housing (AirBNB canceling reservations).  It can get financial institutions to make it impossible to use a credit card or other payment system.  And on and on.

Proud Boys Leader Outed as Long Time FBI Snitch and He's the Tip of the Iceberg.  On Friday [1/29/2021], the Justice Department announced the indictment of two members of the "Proud Boys" stemming from their conversations before the riot at the US Capitol on January 6. [...] I'm sort of amazed by the way Justice has set out to criminalize membership in this organization by the amount of play they give to the logos and trying to portray the group as misogynistic and, possibly, white supremacist.  What is missing from this story is the extent to which the Proud Boys have been penetrated by the FBI.

'Lawyer up, and get out': FBI first spurned Hunter Biden laptop, says Delaware tech repairman.  John Paul Mac Isaac, the Delaware computer shop owner who unwittingly came into possession of Hunter Biden's laptop, says an FBI agent initially gave a stern warning to his family when first offered a copy of the explosive evidence about Joe Biden's son:  "You better lawyer up and get out of my office."  In a wide-ranging interview Monday with Just the News, Isaac described what concerned him most about the contents on the laptop, his extensive efforts to get authorities in law enforcement and Congress to pay attention to it and his anger at the news media, Democrats and even security officials who initially accused him of carrying out a Russian disinformation campaign or trying to make money off the discovery.  U.S. intelligence has determined the laptop contents — now in the hands of the FBI and Congress and part of a criminal tax case — were not Russian disinformation.  Isaac said he never took a dime for providing the materials to the FBI, Congress and Trump attorney Rudy Giuliani, not even when offered reimbursement for the hard drive equipment he used to make copies.

Censorship Goes Official:  House Democrats are Now Urging FBI to Investigate Parler.  The social media app known as Parler took a heavy blow when it had its entire website ripped out from under it due to Amazon pulling it off its servers following the riot at the Capitol.  Parler is now getting back on its feet, but now it has a new foe, the United States Government.  According to Fox News, the House Oversight Committee's top Democrat, Carlyn Maloney, is attempting to sic the FBI on Parler, claiming that it was the platform that made the riot possible.  Not only that, but she's also claiming that it's a possible breeding ground for foreign countries to incite sedition.

House Oversight chair asks FBI to investigate Parler.  Rep. Carolyn B. Maloney, House Committee on Oversight and Reform chair, on Thursday requested the FBI to investigate the social media platform Parler and any role it may have played in the Jan. 6 riot at the U.S. Capitol.  The New York Democrat wrote a letter to FBI Director Christopher A. Wray to ask that he investigate Parler, which was a platform that became popular with Trump supporters that felt unwelcome on larger social media apps such as Twitter and Facebook.  "I am writing to request that as part of its comprehensive investigation of the January 6 assault on the Capitol, the Federal Bureau of Investigation (FBI) conduct a robust examination of the role that the social media site Parler played in the assault, including as a potential facilitator of planning and incitement related to the violence, as a repository of key evidence posted by users on its site, and as a potential conduit for foreign governments who may be financing civil unrest in the United States," Ms. Maloney said in the letter.

FBI, Justice Department knew there was no Russia collusion by spring of 2017.  The top Justice Department official in early 2017 overseeing the FBI's Russia probe testified he was briefed as many as six times on its status and was told there was no evidence of Trump campaign collusion, a newly released transcript shows.  The testimony of Dana J. Boente is significant because during this time the FBI took major steps to expand the probe.  And President Trump in May ended up firing then-FBI Director James Comey, a stunning move that led to the appointment of special counsel Robert Mueller and two years of a White House under constant criminal scrutiny.

FBI Putting a Whole Lot More Effort Than It Did With BLM White House Rioters.  I don't have a problem with arresting people who break the law.  I do have a huge problem with selective prosecution and enforcement.  When Black Lives Matter mobs besieged Washington D.C., attacked the White House, assaulted Secret Service members, vandalized national monuments, and set a church on fire, the Attorney General had to lean hard just to get the most basic arrests and prosecutions going.  (It goes without saying that none of the rioters were fired.)  And the media played defense for the rioters and feigned outrage at criminalizing "protest".  By September, the DOJ had managed to charge just 300 rioters for taking part in the BLM violence nationwide.  Not just in D.C.  That's the tip of a vast iceberg.  But now the FBI is happy to go all out. [...] Imagine how 2020's race riots would have gone if the FBI had been as enthusiastic about arresting Democrats as it is about arresting Republicans.

Is the FBI Already Engaged in a Coverup in the Nashville Bombing?  [Scroll down]  There is nothing delusional or irrational at all in thinking 5G, 4G, or any G before or since, including the earliest iterations of cellular, is being used to spy on Americans.  It's a fact.  It is and has been.  Indeed, it has been known since the publication of James Bamford's book "The Puzzle Palace" that the National Security Agency and others have the capability to spy on virtually every citizen of this country — and that was close to 40 years ago (1983)!  And it's only gotten worse since.  I'm sorry to say it, but anyone who thinks he or she has any privacy is a fool.  Even the current president was spied upon.  Edward Snowden, as I indicated in my previous column, made it clear just how deeply implicated AT&T is in this activity.  In fact, that company may well be the government's principal private industry ally in clandestine work, helping to connect it with other cellular companies.  If I know that, why wouldn't Warner, an IT professional, know that? [...] I believe they are once again covering up here, creating a distraction from the actual motive, because the one thing they don't want to be investigated — well, one among many — is the alliance between private industry and our intelligence agencies, coupled with the realization we all live now in an Orwellian surveillance culture, not dissimilar to that in China.

The FBI's Latest Homegrown Terrorist Plot Is an Obvious Joke but What Is Going to Happen to the People Involved Is Not.  In March 2010, nine members of the so-called Hutaree Militia were arrested on charges of seditious conspiracy, attempted use of weapons of mass destruction, teaching the use of explosive materials, and possessing a firearm during a crime of violence.  The next year, the same scene was played out in Georgia when four men, Frederick Thomas, 73; Dan Roberts, 67; Ray Adams, 65; and Samuel Crump, 68, were arrested and charged with conspiring to attack federal buildings and kill federal officials.  Focus on the ages for a second.  In this case, one of the informants was facing federal child porn charges and the prosecutor was none other than Sally Yates, who was acting Attorney General in the first days of the Trump administration.  Their real crime was being part of a "militia" and talking trash about the US government.  The two cases have a couple of things in common.  They were brought by prosecutors who appeared to be more interested in getting on board with the Obama administration's drive to muddy the waters of radical Islamic terrorism by creating the illusion that "homegrown" (this invariably meant "white") anti-government terrorism was a greater threat than the Islamic variety than they were in pursuing justice.

FBI Was Investigating Trump Earlier Than It Let On, Texts Show.  The FBI had investigations open into candidate Donald Trump earlier than the July 31, 2016, date long cited in the official narrative, according to newly released text messages from fired Deputy Assistant Director Peter Strzok.  In a text message to FBI attorney Lisa Page sent on July 28, 2016, Strzok mentioned "our open [counterintelligence] investigations relating to Trump's Russian connections."  The date of the text message is significant because the bureau has long maintained that it opened the investigations into Trump campaign associates on July 31 of that year.  Notably, in the electronic communication memorializing the opening of the investigations, Strzok wrote that the probes were triggered by information the bureau received on July 29, 2016.  The FBI has never disclosed that it was investigating Trump prior to that date.  The bureau didn't immediately respond to a request by The Epoch Times for comment.  The information the FBI received pertained to a conversation between Trump campaign adviser George Papadopoulos and Australian diplomat Alexander Downer.  Papadopoulos told Downer that Russians had damaging information on then-Democratic presidential candidate Hillary Clinton.

GOP Leader McCarthy:  FBI Stonewalling on Briefing Congress on Eric Swalwell's Reported Chinese Spy Ties.  House Minority Leader Kevin McCarthy said Wednesday he has asked the Federal Bureau of Investigation for a briefing on Rep. Eric Swalwell's reported ties to a Chinese spy and the agency has canceled two times.  "Swalwell is a national security liability.  This is too important for the FBI to continue to stonewall," he tweeted.

'Collusion' vs.  Collusion.  Historians will dissect the origins and spread of the mass hysteria of Russian "collusion."  The farce infected the media.  It discredited the Democratic Party.  And it warped the popular culture between 2015 and 2020.  "Collusion" destroyed what was left of respect for the Washington FBI, the CIA, and the liberal news media.  When 50 former "intelligence" officers can attest, right before the election, that the Hunter Biden scandal emails are likely Russian disinformation designed to help Trump, then there is nothing much left of the reputation of our once best and brightest.

FBI Has Files From Laptop of Slain DNC Staffer Seth Rich.  The Federal Bureau of Investigation (FBI) has files from the laptop computer belonging to Seth Rich, a Democratic National Committee (DNC) employee who was killed in 2016, according to a new email.  The bureau also has tens of thousands of documents mentioning Rich.  The FBI "has completed the initial search identifying approximately 50 cross-reference serials, with attachments totaling over 20,000 pages, in which Seth Rich is mentioned," Assistant U.S. Attorney Andrea Parker wrote in the message to attorney Ty Clevenger, who is representing a plaintiff in Huddleston v.  Federal Bureau of Investigation, a case dealing with a Freedom of Information Act request to the bureau.  "FBI has also located leads that indicate additional potential records that require further searching," Parker added.

'Under the rug:' Sexual misconduct shakes FBI's senior ranks.  An assistant FBI director retired after he was accused of drunkenly groping a female subordinate in a stairwell.  Another senior FBI official left after he was found to have sexually harassed eight employees.  Yet another high-ranking FBI agent retired after he was accused of blackmailing a young employee into sexual encounters.

We have been manipulated and will not admit it.  When you try and have a conversation about the abuse of power of the FBI, the Justice Department, the CIA, and other government agencies, many Americans don't believe you and say, "I don't think my government would do that."  When told about the FISA application lies, under oath, to spy on Americans, they would say, "I don't believe my government would do that."

Whistleblower Jesse Morgan Interrogated by FBI Instead of Investigated, His Family Harassed.  Steve Bannon:  Are authorities coming to you and saying, "Hey we need to sit down and interview you?" What is going on with where these ballots are and what they are used for?  Jesse Morgan:  You know, it is really funny that you say that.  I've been interviewed, so I had a meeting with the FBI.  Somebody, the OGI or some agency from the post office and a few other people.  So basically the interview, so here I am the witness basically gets kind of like interrogated I guess, you'd say.  Which is cool I understand that they're doing their job.  So I give them what I saw what happened to me, what I'd done.  And what they wanted to do instead of focusing on the picture they wanted to focus over here and try to figure out how I came on TV.  [Video clip]

USPS Truck Driver Says He Delivered 288k Completed Ballots From NY To Penn!.  Jesse Morgan, a truck driver with USPS subcontractor says he was suspicious of his cargo load of 288,000 COMPLETED ballots:  "I was driving completed ballots from New York to Pennsylvania.  I didn't know, so I decided to speak up."  [Video clip]

Senate holds hearing on FBI's Russia investigation.  The Senate Homeland Security Committee held a hearing on the FBI's 2016 'Russia Investigation.  On Thursday [12/3/2020], the Committee heard from multiple witnesses affiliated with the 'Crossfire Hurricane Investigation.'  Republicans have frequently asserted the FBI's Russia probe was really a Democrat-led means of going after President Trump, which led to a number of security compromises.  During the hearing, senators questioned former FBI Assistant Director of Intelligence Kevin Brock, who argued the partisan investigation violated FBI regulations.

FBI Buried Hunter Biden Laptop.  It's worth remembering that in June, 15 FBI agents were sent to Alabama to investigate whether a knot tied like a noose in NASCAR driver Bubba Wallace's garage was evidence of a race crime.  It wasn't.  One agent with a smartphone would have quickly discerned the truth — that the knot had been there for more than a year — but because race is a third rail in American politics and culture, the FBI was determined to prove they were on the job.  The investigation was performative, designed to show that the FBI was taking the matter seriously, even though it wasn't.  The FBI's investigation into Hillary Clinton's private email server was also performative.  There was never any chance the 2016 Democratic presidential candidate was going to be charged with mishandling classified information — not least because scores of other Obama officials, including the president himself, had communicated with her on what they knew was an unsecure server.  During his three-year tenure, FBI Director Christopher Wray has allegedly made a habit of covering up for Obama administration officials.

The FBI Spying Denial That Never Grows Cold.  Four years after the FBI sent "Confidential Human Sources" secretly to gather information on Donald Trump's team, the president's opponents in politics and the media continue to deny that the bureau spied on his 2016 campaign.  They are now using that denial to dismiss questions of voting irregularities in the 2020 election by arguing that Trump and his allies traffic in outrageous falsehoods for partisan purposes. [...] This might appear at first glance to be a debate about semantics, a question of whether to call surveillance "spying" or something with less negative overtones, such as "intelligence-gathering."  Either way, it has been verified that the FBI took the extraordinary step of investigating an ongoing campaign for the presidency.  It has also been verified that the bureau drew on its complete arsenal, including wiretaps and secret agents — both in-house "Undercover Employees" and contract operatives called "Confidential Human Sources."  Though the FBI doesn't use the word "spy" to describe its own activities, the bureau's actions fit definitions of spying, old and new.

Who Killed Philip Haney?  In Amador County, California, on February 21, Philip Haney, author of See Something Say Nothing:  A Homeland Security Officer Exposes the Government's Submission to Jihad, was found dead from a single gunshot wound.  News reports suggested suicide but the local sheriff found "this is not the case."  The death of Haney, 66, was a homicide, the unlawful killing of one person by another.  The Amador County sheriff had no suspects but did find some clues.  Deputies recovered "numerous thumb drives and a laptop" from the crime scene, and "those items and numerous other pieces of evidence, were turned over to the FBI."  The sheriff "hopes to complete our review of the reports and compare the FBI's analysis with what we have already collected and analyzed within a few weeks after receipt."  That was on July 22, and a week after the November 3 election, nearly eight months after the homicide, the FBI "analysis" has not come to light.

Biden's Laptop Problem.  [Scroll down]  The FBI's handling of the Hunter Biden hard drive and laptop, of which they took possession some ten months ago, tells us all we need to know.  In fact, we probably wouldn't have known of the FBI possession of this evidence, unless reported by the [New York] Post or some other reputable media source.  The information on that hard drive could have abbreviated and ended the politically motivated congressional impeachment coup that preoccupied Washington at that time.  Crickets on that from the FBI.  But more important and more disturbing:  Why was there no action from the FBI when that hard drive provided clear and voluminous evidence of high-level Chinese Communist Party involvement with Hunter Biden and his partners and by implication the potential blackmail of Joe Biden that could compromise American security?  Clearly the Deep State is alive and well in the FBI and the DoJ of which it is a part.

How Serious Is The FBI's Biden Inc. Investigation?  Almost certainly very serious.  In the Indian tribe fraud case in which two Hunter Biden associates were convicted (Devon Archer's conviction was very recently reinstated on appeal), a lot of evidence regarding these key Biden Inc. players was gathered.  One is now cooperating from prison.  Next question:  What will Devon Archer do?  Obviously what they have to offer to the government, their bargaining chips, all have to do with Biden Inc.  And the Biden Inc. case is open.  Ongoing.  But they've had to wait for the hoped for cooperation, working the documentary trail of evidence while they wait.  There's another indicator, and it's a significant one. [...]

Reports: FBI Confirms Custody of Hunter Biden Laptop and Authenticity of Emails.  According to late-breaking information from Fox News, the FBI has now confirmed the seizure of Hunter Biden's laptops and confirmed earlier DNI statements that Hunter Biden emails were not part of a Russia disinformation campaign.  The FBI confirms possession of the computers which allegedly contain emails implicating former Vice-President Joe Biden in his son's international business dealings.  This FBI confirmation comes 12 hours after President Trump requested attorney general Bill Barr 'act fast' and expressed support for an appointment of a special counsel.

This Is How the Left's Power Structure Collapses.  [Scroll down]  What's the word for a media establishment that won't report this story?  What's the word for the FBI having this laptop for almost a year, watching dispassionately as the Democrats impeached Trump with hard evidence in their hands of his innocence and the Bidens' guilt?  What's the word for the above group of bad actors colluding to forward the Russia lies for almost three years?  What's the word for Director Wray's involvement?  What's the word for CIA director not releasing documents of the Russia hoax, documents that have been available for a long time?  What's the all-encompassing word that has been revealed at the heart of all these colluding to hide the truth from an America that deserves to know?  Corruption.

FBI in possession of Hunter Biden's purported laptop, sources say.  The FBI is in possession of the laptop purportedly belonging to Hunter Biden which contained emails revealing his foreign business dealings, including contacts in Ukraine and China, two senior administration officials told Fox News Tuesday [10/20/2020].  The FBI declined to confirm or deny the existence of an investigation into the laptop or the emails, as is standard practice.  Further, Fox News has learned that the FBI and Justice Department officials concur with an assessment from Director of National Intelligence John Ratcliffe that the laptop is not part of a Russian disinformation campaign targeting Democratic presidential nominee Joe Biden.

Johnson to Wray:  Tell us everything about Hunter Biden's alleged laptop.  Ron Johnson asks a good question, even if he may not like the eventual answer.  Why didn't the FBI make the information on Hunter Biden's alleged laptop available to the House and Senate during the impeachment of Donald Trump?  According to the New York Post, the hard drive contained information relating to the issue of potential corruption between the Bidens and Ukraine, the probe of which touched off impeachment in the first place.  There are two possibilities, both of which the chair of the Senate Homeland Security Committee shares with Fox's Maria Bartiromo:  [Video clip]

Sen. Johnson:  Has the FBI had the Hunter Biden laptop material for ten months?  A Senate Republican leader has raised new questions about the FBI's actions in the wake of news about alleged conflicts of interests involving former Vice President Joe Biden, his son Hunter, and foreign influence and business opportunities.  A whistleblower says that many months ago, he provided the FBI contents of a laptop computer once used by Hunter Biden.  That's according to a letter to FBI Director Christopher Wray sent today by Chairman of the Senate Homeland Security Committee, Ron Johnson (R-Wisc.). The letter states that an unnamed whistleblower contacted Sen. Johnson's committee on September 24, a day after the committee released its investigation into alleged Biden conflicts of interest.

Conservatism Now Means Defeating the Establishment.  [Scroll down]  The FBI got the Hunter Biden computer about a year ago, a computer full of emails about the Democrat nominee's crack-curious son's adventures in influence peddling with Ukrainian robber barons and the Chi-Coms, and if some computer repair guy in New Jersey hadn't thought to keep a copy of the contents the FBI would have deep-sixed the hard drive just like it did Weiner's laptop in service of their Establishment masters.  In fact, leakers are leaking that it's the Russians at it again in order to actively and willfully cover up the biggest corruption story in American history.

'You just made the connection': Top senator asked if FBI investigated child pornography on Hunter Biden's laptop.  A top Republican senator acknowledged the possibility that the FBI investigated whether there was child pornography on a laptop and hard drive that allegedly belonged to Hunter Biden.  Journalist Maria Bartiromo asked Sen. Ron Johnson, the chairman of the Senate Homeland Security and Governmental Affairs Committee, about a Business Insider report that described faint handwriting on a subpoena served last year to a Delaware business that was given a water-damaged MacBook Pro to repair but was never retrieved and a hard drive with its contents.  The hardware purportedly contained data about foreign business dealings and other matters related to the son of former Vice President Joe Biden.  The subpoena appeared to show the FBI agent who served it was someone named "Joshua Wilson." [...] "I think you just made the connection.  Again, this is what the FBI, I think, has to come clean about," the Wisconsin Republican said in his first reply.  Johnson was alluding to his letter to FBI Director Christopher Wray about the laptop sent last week.

Why Is The FBI's Top Child Porn Lawyer Involved In Hunter Biden Laptop Case?  The recent New York Post bombshell reports on Hunter Biden's alleged laptop contents included a curious piece of evidence — a photograph of an FBI subpoena which bears the signature of the agency's top child porn investigator, special agent Joshua Wilson.  According to the Post, a laptop was dropped off at a Delaware computer repair shop by a man believed by the owner, John Paul Mac Isaac, to be Hunter Biden.  The shop owner made a copy of the hard drive before turning it over to the FBI, which includes incriminating emails detailing alleged Biden family corruption in Ukraine and China, as well as a 'raunchy, 12-minute video that appears to show Hunter smoking crack while engaged in a sex act with an unidentified woman,' as well as 'numerous other sexually explicit images.'  FBI agent Wilson's identity was confirmed by both Western Journal and Business Insider, the latter of which compared his signature to a 2012 criminal complaint and concluded that it "clearly matches the unreversed signature on the subpoena published by the New York Post."

The FBI Is Investigating Hunter Biden, but the Reason Will Make You Angry.  As RedState has been covering extensively, Hunter Biden's emails have laid out more evidence of influence peddling and corruption among Joe Biden and his son.  Former denials have been blown up as it appears certain that the former VP was well aware of what his son was doing.  The latest email drop even asserts that Joe Biden was getting monetary kickbacks.  To say this is a big scandal is an understatement, regardless of whether the media want to cover it or not.  Meanwhile, another part of this was that the FBI has supposedly had this information since last year.  Now, we know they are investigating, but it's for the most ridiculous, yet predictable reason you could imagine.  Instead of looking into whether laws were broken by the corruption of Joe and Hunter Biden, the FBI is hot on the case of whether the emails are "Russian misinformation."

Did the FBI Sit on a Computer Containing Evidence of Hunter Sex Tape and Biden Burisma Corruption?  One of the strangest details of the exclusive New York Post story involving the recovered data from a computer linked to Hunter Biden is the story of the laptop itself and what is alleged about it.  You can read about the evidence alleging that Hunter Biden was trading influence with foreign actors in Matt Margolis's piece here.  But what also interested me was the part of the NYP investigation where they claim there's a sex tape and pornographic photos starring Hunter on the laptop — and the FBI knew about it in December. [...] Let's forget for a moment that there's reportedly a video of Hunter Biden smoking crack and romping with hookers on the laptop.  That's par for the course, isn't it?  What about the part where the FBI had possession of this information back in December?  Why didn't the FBI come forward with this evidence about Hunter Biden's emails, which appear to show collusion and influence-trading?  Isn't that something they should have told the president or members of Congress?

House Republicans Ask Director Wray if FBI Was in Possession of Hunter Biden's Laptop During Trump Impeachment and Hid Evidence from Trump Defense.  House Republicans on Thursday sent a letter to Director Chris Wray asking if the FBI was in possession of Hunter Biden's laptop during the impeachment coup of President Trump.  "If the FBI was, in fact, in possession of this evidence and failed to alert the White House to its existence that would have given even more weight to the president's legal defense, this was a gross error in judgement and a severe violation of trust," the letter says.

How CIA tried to wave FBI off Trump-Russia conspiracy as it pointed the finger at Hillary Clinton.  The CIA wrote a highly classified three-page memo to FBI Director James B. Comey and agent Peter Strzok telling them that 2016 Democratic presidential candidate Hillary Clinton had approved a plan to blame Russian computer hacking on rival Donald Trump.  The Washington Times obtained a copy of the heavily redacted memo sent to the FBI on Sept. 7, 2016, weeks after Mr. Strzok had opened the Crossfire Hurricane probe into the Trump campaign on suspicion of conspiring with the Kremlin.  Then-CIA Director John O. Brennan wrote in notes that Mrs. Clinton allegedly approved the plan, one declassified document shows.

FBI Stonewalls Over Hunter Biden; Refuses To Provide Congress Answers On Burisma, China.  The FBI is stonewalling a congressional inquiry into Hunter Biden's overseas business activity described in a Senate report last month which chronicles the Biden family's international conflicts of interest, as well as potentially criminal business activity, according to The Federalist.  The Senate report detailed Hunter's financial dealings with Ukrainian, Chinese and Russian businesses created potential "criminal financial, counterintelligence and extortion concerns," and alarmed US officials who perceived an ethical conflict of interest and flagged potential crimes ranging from sex trafficking to bribery.

Basta!  Time to Dismantle the FBI.  Fox's Sean Hannity [...] has long been in the forefront of the fight to expose the Trump-Russia probe which, we learn increasingly virtually every day, was even more immoral, seditious, and anti-American than we had imagined. [...] But Sean H. evidently made one, I regret to say serious, mistake, probably because he's basically a nice guy from a law enforcement family.  He insisted all along that the problems in the FBI were only at the top, the so-called "Seventh Floor," the domain of Comey, Strzok, McCabe, and the others.  Unfortunately, no.  Also just revealed after three years are 302s (near-contemporaneous notes made after an interview) and texts that show lower-ranking FBI agents too were aware of the malfeasances that were occurring in the early stages of the Michael Flynn case.  In fact these agents were so alarmed they were considering professional liability insurance lest they be sued for the dishonest — one could even say treasonous — activities in which they were being forced to participate.  Frankly, I never imagined a FBI agent could even buy such insurance.  The implications are unpatriotic on their face.  But live and learn.  It's interesting too, given the nervous chatter among themselves, not one of these agents became a whistleblower.

Stunning revelations expose FBI's Trump probe as dirtiest political trick in US history.  It was always a witch hunt designed to "get Trump."  Collusion was an illusion invented by a suspected Russian spy but zealously embraced by malevolent actors at the FBI and later by scheming prosecutors on Special Counsel Robert Mueller's team of partisans.  These are the stunning revelations contained in two sets of newly declassified documents that pull back the curtain on the Russia Hoax, the dirtiest political trick in American history.  In testimony that is corroborated by records, FBI Special Agent William J. Barnett has exposed how the bureau's collusion investigation of Donald Trump was based on nothing more than "supposition on supposition" and devoid of any credible evidence.

FBI agent Interview Reveals Bias Driving Investigations of Flynn, Trump.  An FBI agent who worked on the investigation of Michael Flynn and Special Counsel Robert Mueller's investigation into "Russia collusion" told investigators that prosecutors had a "get TRUMP" attitude that distorted their inquiry into the facts.  The Department of Justice released the record Thursday of a recent FBI interview with Special Agent William Barnett as part of its motion to drop the charges against Flynn.  Judge Emmet Sullivan has resisted efforts by the DOJ to drop the charges.  Flynn originally pleaded guilty to lying to the FBI, but withdrew that plea as exculpatory evidence emerged.  A review of the case by U.S. Attorney Jeffrey Jensen uncovered more exculpatory evidence, but Sullivan refused to allow the case to drop.

Explosive New FBI Texts Detail Internal Furor Over Handling Of 'Crossfire Hurricane' Investigation.  Federal Bureau of Investigation (FBI) agents tasked by fired former Director James Comey to take down Donald Trump during and after the 2016 election were so concerned about the agency's potentially illegal behavior that they purchased liability insurance to protect themselves less than two weeks before Trump was inaugurated president, previously hidden FBI text messages show.  The explosive new communications and internal FBI notes were disclosed in federal court filings today from Sidney Powell, the attorney who heads Michael Flynn's legal defense team.  "[W]e all went and purchased professional liability insurance," one agent texted on Jan. 10, 2017, the same day CNN leaked details that then-President-elect Trump had been briefed by Comey about the bogus Christopher Steele dossier.

Apple helps FBI track down protester accused of firebombing cop cars.  Anyone who believes Apple and the FBI are at an impasse over investigations into the iPhone maker's criminal customers should think again.  In Seattle, Apple has given the feds vital evidence from one of its iCloud users who was arrested for firebombing cop cars during the George Floyd protests in late May.  The case shows how Apple is willing to help even where the context of the crime is controversial, namely the Black Lives Matter protests.  That's despite President Trump and Attorney General William Barr lambasting the company for failing to help track down serious criminals while caving in to the demands of the Chinese government.  Their comments came after Apple said it wouldn't help the government get into the physical iPhones of a Saudi national who shot and killed three on a Pensacola, Florida, naval base in December 2019.  (The FBI hacked into the phones anyway.)

A Tyranny Perpetual and Universal?  [Scroll down]  Consider also the incredible abuses of power from the Justice Department, the FBI, the intelligence community, and other agencies.  Even with Trump in the White House, the administrative state still does whatever it wants while hampering the lawful directives of the elected chief executive.  So long as their targets are in the disfavored party, they can spy on American citizens — up to and including presidential candidates — lie to and entrap public officials, extort plea deals from the innocent, and leak highly classified information for political purposes.  (This is, needless to say, a very partial list.)  They get away with all this scot-free:  no punishment, no correction, no rebuke.  They not only pay no price for shredding the Constitution and violating myriad statutes, but they are also lionized:  the entire media and commentariat cheer them on.  The fix is in, and has been for some time, but we still pretend we live in the age of Eliot Ness, the incorruptible G-man.

FBI Lawyer's Guilty Plea Suggests Spygate Corruption Goes Way Higher.  Last week's guilty plea by Kevin Clinesmith represents the first concrete evidence of movement in U.S. Attorney John Durham's investigation into the Russia collusion hoax.  The plea agreement, which was released on Wednesday, suggests another area ripe for inquiry:  FBI Agent Stephen Somma's earlier misrepresentation of former Trump campaign advisor Carter Page's status to those preparing the initial Foreign Intelligence Surveillance Act (FISA) applications to surveil Page.  Clinesmith, who served as an assistant general counsel in the National Security and Cyber Law Branch of the FBI's Office of General Counsel, admitted in his plea agreement that he had added the phrase "was not a source" to an email from an unidentified governmental agency, most likely the CIA, concerning Page's "operation contact" with that agency.

Former FBI Attorney Kevin Clinesmith Made Andrew Weissmann's Nightmares Come True By Pleading Guilty.  Clinesmith is charged with having altered the contents of an email from a CIA Liason on the subject of whether Carter Page had a historical relationship with the CIA.  In April 2017, the existence of a FISA warrant against Page had been leaked to the press by a Senate official working for the Senate Select Committee on Intelligence.  With the press reporting that he was suspected of being a Russian Agent, Page began giving interviews to address the question and disclosed that for several years he had been reporting to the CIA on his contacts with suspected Russian intelligence officials.  In fact, in 2013 Page had cooperated with the FBI in the identification, investigation, and prosecution of three such Russian intelligence officers.  While preparing the third application to extend the Page FISA warrant, an FBI supervisor tasked Clinesmith to contact the CIA and find out if there was any truth to the statements Page was making in the press.

Sketchy Business — Clinesmith Agreement Structured to Avoid Scrutiny Upon Special Counsel.  Remember, the Special Counsel was appointed in May 2017, and from then until April 2019 any matter which had anything to do with Spygate or Trump/Russia, was managed exclusively by the Special Counsel team.  The Carter Page FISA warrant of June 29, 2017, was renewed during the tenure of the Special Counsel.  They alone ran the FISA process for the third renewal.  Kevin Clinesmith's boss at the FBI during the period was Trisha Beth Anderson.  The Clinesmith criminal indictment (actually an "information") informs that, while the Special Counsel was running the DOJ, and Andy McCabe was running the FBI, McCabe's deputy at the FBI, Tricia Anderson, made this request to Clinesmith:  ["]We need some clarification on [Carter Page].  There is an indication that he may be a '[digraph] source.'["]  Why is this "digraph" redacted from the Clinesmith information?

Clinesmith Gets The Wolfe Plea Deal.  As noted in the DOJ press release:  "Former FBI attorney Kevin Clinesmith, 38, pleaded guilty today in the U.S. District Court for the District of Columbia to a false statement offense stemming from his altering of an email in connection with the submission of a Foreign Intelligence Surveillance Act ("FISA") application."  Despite the falsification of court documents within a FISA document; and despite the likelihood of an intentional conspiracy to commit fraud upon the court in order to obtain a Title-1 surveillance warrant against the Trump campaign — via Carter Page; the DOJ entered into a plea agreement on a single count of lying to federal officers.  The agreement holds a maximum penalty of zero to six months in federal prison and a $250k fine.  This is the same plea agreement the DOJ (DC U.S. Attorney) previously gave to the Senate Intelligence Committee Security Director James Wolfe, who leaked the SAME, earlier, top-secret classified FISA application to the media on March 17, 2017.

Peter Strzok Lashes Out at John Durham As Kevin Clinesmith Pleads Guilty to One Charge of Making False Statements.  Fired FBI Counter-intel chief Peter Strzok lashed out at US Attorney from Connecticut John Durham on Wednesday as former FBI lawyer Kevin Clinesmith pleaded guilty to one charge of making false statements.  In order to save himself, Clinesmith has implicated others on Crossfire Hurricane — who ultimately hid the exculpatory information from the FISA court?  Perhaps Peter Strzok is a little nervous he may be next?

Will the Dam Break After Clinesmith's Plea?  News reports have downplayed the significance of former FBI lawyer Kevin Clinesmith's guilty plea, acknowledging he altered an official document in the government's Trump-Russia collusion probe.  There has been some coverage, mainly because it is so rare to see FBI agents charged with a felony and because it is the first tangible result of U.S. Attorney John Durham's sprawling investigation of the investigators.  But mainstream news outlets have minimized its importance.  It's only one count, they say, and it deals with a relatively minor crime by a mid-level figure.  That's spin, and it's wrong.  This plea is like finding water seeping from the base of a dam.  The problem is not one muddy puddle.  The problem is that it foreshadows the dam's failure, releasing a torrent.  That's what the Clinesmith plea portends.

Trump: Clinesmith Guilty Plea Is 'Just the Beginning' with 'More to Come'.  President Trump on Friday [8/14/2020] said that news of former FBI attorney Kevin Clinesmith's plea deal with Department of Justice prosecutors was "just the beginning," signaling that U.S. Attorney John Durham is zeroing in on other targets in his investigation.  Clinesmith is expected to plead guilty in connection with his alteration of an exonerating email during the Crossfire Hurricane (CH) investigation, which targeted members of Donald Trump's 2016 presidential campaign, including foreign policy adviser Carter Page.  In 2016, the CIA sent the email to CH investigators in response to their inquiry about the status of Page's relationship with the CIA.  Their response was not what the CH team was hoping for.

Clinesmith Charging Documents:  FBI Withheld Page's CIA Work From FISA Court, Then Lied About It.  The FBI was told Carter Page was a U.S. intelligence agency source months before the agency began keeping that information from the secret court that authorized spying on him and nearly a full year before the agency altered documents to claim otherwise.  Federal charging documents against Kevin Clinesmith, the top FBI attorney who was expected to plead guilty today to altering documents, show that the FBI withheld in three separate spying applications the fact that Page had served as an "operational contact" who helped an agency believed to be the CIA investigate suspected Russian intelligence figures for five years.  For the fourth application, the agency didn't just hide that fact, but deliberately falsified evidence to claim he was not a source.

Kevin Clinesmith, Corrupt FBI Attorney Who Falsified Carter Page FISA Warrant, Expected To Plead Guilty.  A top FBI lawyer who fabricated evidence in a federal spy warrant against Trump campaign affiliate Carter Page is expected to plead guilty to federal charges brought by U.S. Attorney John Durham.  Kevin Clinesmith, who is expected to admit to deliberately fabricating evidence in a Foreign Intelligence Surveillance Act warrant application, used to spy on a former campaign affiliate of President Donald Trump, was a top attorney in the Federal Bureau of Investigation's Office of General Counsel (OGC) and a key agency attorney under fired former FBI Director James Comey.  Clinesmith is the first individual to be charged as part of U.S. Attorney John Durham's investigation into the efforts in 2016 and 2017 to spy on the Trump campaign and Trump administration. [...] Clinesmith's deliberate falsification of a federal spy warrant was first revealed last December following a lengthy investigation by the Department of Justice (DOJ) Office of the Inspector General (OIG), headed by Michael Horowitz.  Horowitz and his team wrote in a 434-page report that Clinesmith — identified in the report as "OGC Attorney" — altered an email from a separate U.S. federal agency, believed to be the Central Intelligence Agency (CIA), to falsely state that Page had never worked with the CIA to investigate suspected Russia agents operating within the U.S.  In fact, as Clinesmith was told by the operative, Page had worked with the CIA previously, as well as with the FBI.

Ex-F.B.I. Lawyer Expected to Plead Guilty in Durham Investigation.  A former F.B.I. lawyer intends to plead guilty to falsifying a document as part of a deal with prosecutors conducting their own criminal inquiry of the Russia investigation, according to court documents made public on Friday [8/14/2020].  The lawyer, Kevin Clinesmith, 38, who was assigned to the Russia investigation, plans to admit that he altered an email from the C.I.A. that investigators relied on to seek renewed court permission in 2017 for a secret wiretap on the former Trump campaign adviser Carter Page, who had at times provided information to the spy agency.  Mr. Clinesmith's lawyers said he made a mistake while trying to clarify facts for a colleague.  Mr. Clinesmith had written texts expressing opposition to President Trump, who is sure to tout the plea agreement as evidence that the Russia investigation was illegitimate and politically motivated.

Durham probe:  Ex-FBI lawyer to plead guilty in first criminal case arising from review, attorney says.  Former FBI lawyer Kevin Clinesmith will plead guilty to making a false statement in the first criminal case arising from U.S. Attorney John Durham's review of the investigation into links between Russia and the 2016 Trump campaign, two sources close to the matter tell Fox News.  Clinesmith was referred for potential prosecution by the Justice Department's inspector general's office, which conducted its own review of the Russia investigation.  Specifically, the inspector general accused Clinesmith, though not by name, of altering an email about former Trump campaign adviser Carter Page to say that he was "not a source" for another government agency.  Page has said he was a source for the CIA.  The DOJ relied on that assertion as it submitted a third and final renewal application in 2017 to eavesdrop on Page under the Foreign Intelligence Surveillance Act.

Russia Hoax:  Are We All Being Played?  Put Up or Shut Up.  [Scroll down]  I never realized how terrible the deterioration inside the system had become until four years ago when I stumbled onto what was happening inside the FBI.  Those concerns were brought to my attention by former and current FBI agents, as well as numerous U.S. intelligence officials aware of the failures inside their own agencies.  But it never occurred to me when I first started looking into fired FBI Director James Comey and his former side kick Deputy Director Andrew McCabe that the cultural corruption of these once trusted American institutions was so vast.  I've watched as Washington D.C. elites make promises to get to the bottom of it and bring people to justice.  They appear to make promises to the American people they never intended to keep.  Who will be held accountable for one of the most egregious abuses of power by bureaucrats in modern American political history?  Now I fear those who perpetuated this culture of corruption won't ever really be held accountable.  These elite bureaucrats will, however, throw the American people a bone.  It's how they operate.  They expect us to accept it and then move on.

Igor Dyachenko and a 34 Month Long DOJ/FBI Cover-Up Operation.  CTH friend, researcher and producer John Spiropoulos helps connect the dots within the operation to cover-up corrupt activity by James Comey, Andrew McCabe, James Baker, Christopher Wray, Dana Boente and the entire special counsel group.  In this video John walks us through the internal evidence showing how the FBI intentionally hid the statements by Christopher Steele's primary sub-source Igor Danchenko.  The result:  a 34 month cover-up operation.

Did The FBI Mislead The Senate Intelligence Committee On The Steele Dossier?  The Media Is Not Interested.  The latest information comes from the Senate Intelligence Committee which released a declassified briefing report to the Senate Intelligence Committee in 2018 on the Steele dossier's Primary Sub-source.  It is hard to read the document linked below and not conclude that the FBI misled the Congress on the subject.  This occurred after the FBI misled the FISA court, including the submission of falsified documents to continue the surveillance.  The statement that most stands out from the briefing is that the Primary Sub-source "did not cite any significant concerns with the way his reporting was characterized in the dossier to the extent he could identify it."  Keep in mind that this is a statement made in 2018.  FBI agents had already warned that dossier author Christopher Steele may have been used by Russian intelligence to plant false information to disrupt the election.  Indeed, Steele's allegations were quickly discredited by the FBI.  In 2017, key agents were aware that the basis for the FISA applications were dubious and likely false.  Yet it continued the investigation, and then someone leaked its existence to the media.

Ron Johnson subpoenas FBI Director Wray in Crossfire Hurricane investigation.  A top Republican senator subpoenaed FBI Director Christopher Wray on Monday to appear before the Senate and produce "all records" related to the FBI's Crossfire Hurricane investigation into Russian election interference and allegations of Trump-Russia collusion.  The subpoena, a copy of which was obtained by the Washington Examiner, includes a request for the documents the FBI handed over to DOJ Inspector General Michael Horowitz for his damning report the surveillance of onetime Trump campaign associate Carter Page and the bureau's reliance on British ex-spy Christopher Steele's flawed dossier.

Attkisson v. Rosenstein for government computer intrusions.  The following is an excerpt from the brief being filed today [8/3/2020] in Maryland state court in Attkisson v. Rosenstein and others for the government computer intrusions.  Plaintiff Sharyl Attkisson, an award-winning journalist — along with her husband and child — have tried for years to pursue their significant and credible claims of illegal government surveillance, but the U.S. Government has stonewalled them at every turn.  Yet, despite the Government's repeated efforts to obfuscate and delay, the Attkissons detailed in their Complaint:
  •   Expert forensic computer analysis of the Attkissons' computers, revealing that an unauthorized entity or entities gained remote access to the Attkissons' computers for a prolonged period, and that one of the pathways by which the intrusions occurred were IP addresses controlled by the U.S. Government.
  •   Confirmation, via testimony, that the U.S. Government controlled the IP addresses identified in the Attkissions' computers.
  •   The degree to which senior figures in the Department of Justice were concerned about, and took steps to block, Sharyl Attkisson's reporting, as well as her use of confidential governmental sources;
  •   Many documented instances of abnormal, otherwise unexplained behavior of the Attkissons' computer systems and devices.

Evidence Shows FBI Tried to Tie Citizen Trump to Epstein Case But with No Success.  During the investigation of Jeffrey Epstein citizen Donald Trump's name came up.  The FBI attempted over and over to tie the famous New York developer to misconduct, but to no avail.  Per a review of documents released last night in the Jeffrey Epstein case, the FBI tried to tie the now deceased pedophile to citizen Donald Trump but were unable to do so.

Tick, Tick, Boom, Boom, Time's Up, Obama Goons?  James Comey and John Brennan routinely defend their assault on the peaceful transfer of power and their undermining of President Trump's legitimate election as those actions required by a "higher loyalty" to the institutions they once steered.  Instead, they and the large group of political and permanent government saboteurs who have betrayed their country for the purpose of toppling a duly elected president have destroyed those institutions by their own hands.  And even if Durham were to round up everyone involved, from Barack Obama and Hillary Clinton to former Senate Intelligence Committee staffer James Wolfe and Joe Biden's Deep State mole Eric Ciaramella, the genie is out of the bottle.  Justice delayed is justice denied.  The horror we've witnessed unfolding before our eyes since before President Trump's inauguration will never be recast into anything remotely akin to "justice."

Disgraced fired FBI officials Comey, McCabe and Strzok profit from a pathology of lies.  Lying is pathology.  Habitual liars do so compulsively, often to benefit themselves.  The same is true of corrupt people.  They seek to prosper from their corruption.  For proof, look no further than the venal characters fired from the FBI after inventing the Trump-Russia collusion hoax — Director James Comey, Deputy Director Andrew McCabe, and Agent Peter Strzok.  All three were fired for their abuse of power, corrupt acts, and suspected lies.  Undaunted, they now profit financially from their misdeeds.  Strzok is the latest to capitalize on his infamy.  He is set to release a book in September titled "Compromised:  Counterintelligence and the Threat of Donald J. Trump."  The irony should be lost on no one.  Can you think of anyone more compromised than the notorious and smug Strzok?

Declassified Documents Show FBI Used 'Defensive' Briefing In 2016 To Spy On Donald Trump.  Newly declassified internal Federal Bureau of Investigation documents prove the top U.S. law enforcement agency used a so-called defensive briefing of the Trump campaign in 2016 to spy on and collect information about Donald Trump himself.  The new documents, which are just the latest in a string of declassifications regarding the FBI operation to spy on the Trump campaign and later the Trump administration, detail the FBI's attempts to use a briefing ostensibly meant to warn the Trump campaign about foreign intelligence threats to spy on the Trump campaign itself.  The documents were formally declassified by Director of National Intelligence John Ratcliffe on July 23 then provided to Sens. Charles Grassley (R-Iowa), the chairman of the Senate Judiciary Committee, and Sen. Ron Johnson (R-Wisc.), the chairman of the Senate Homeland Security and Government Affairs Committee.

New FBI Notes Re-Debunk Major NYT Story, Highlight Media Collusion To Produce Russia Hoax.  The FBI official who ran the investigation into whether the Donald Trump campaign colluded with Russia to steal the 2016 presidential election privately admitted in newly released notes that a major New York Times article was riddled with lies, falsehoods, and "misleading and inaccurate" information.  The February 2017 story was penned by three reporters who would win Pulitzers for their reporting on Trump's supposed collusion with Russia.  The FBI's public posture and leaks at the time supported the now-discredited conspiracy theory that led to the formation of a special counsel probe to investigate the Trump campaign and undermine his administration.

FBI Conspires Against Trump.  As we continue uncovering details of the coup against President Trump by top Obama/Deep State officials, we've also noted the FBI and DOJ are still slow-rolling the release of information about the scandal.  So, frustratingly slowly — but surely — we're getting piece after piece of the Obamagate puzzle.  We received another batch of emails, 136 pages, between former FBI official Peter Strzok and former FBI attorney Lisa Page.  They include heavily redacted emails showing Strzok, Page and top bureau officials in the days prior to and following President Donald Trump's inauguration discussing a White House counterintelligence briefing that could "play into" the FBI's "investigative strategy."

The Mysterious Journey of an FBI Leak Investigation.  In January of 2017 California Senator Dianne Feinstein abdicated her position as Vice-Chair of the Senate Select Committee on Intelligence (SSCI).  Upon the initiation of a new congress, and two weeks before the inauguration of President Donald Trump, Virginia Senator Mark Warner took the SSCI Vice-Chair seat, and that's how things get started.  Amid a concerted effort to resist the incoming administration the Russia Collusion Conspiracy was launched.  Politicians, the U.S. intelligence apparatus and DC beltway media united in common purpose to push a Trump-Russia narrative.  Within the early days of that effort, the Senate Select Committee on Intelligence initiated an investigation into Russian interference with the election.

FBI Refuses To Disclose Records On Source Who Undermined Steele Dossier.  The FBI is refusing to release documents related to the primary source for dossier author Christopher Steele, saying in response to a public records request that the information is classified and risks identifying a confidential FBI source.  The source, whose identity remains a mystery, holds key information that could shed light on apparent inaccuracies in Steele's dossier, which the FBI cited extensively in applications for surveillance orders against Trump campaign aide Carter Page.  The decision, which the FBI made in response to a Freedom of Information Act request filed by The Daily Caller News Foundation, comes as Republican lawmakers have increasingly accused the FBI and its director, Christopher Wray, of withholding documents relevant to the investigation into possible collusion between the Trump campaign and Russian government.

Stu Evans' Lonely, Failed Quest to Save the FBI From Itself.  False accusations that the Trump campaign colluded with Russia have already cost some of the most senior officials at the FBI and the Department of Justice their reputations, their careers, or both.  The widespread wrongdoing raises the question:  Where were the honest lawmen and women?  Was there no one willing to challenge superiors — or even just colleagues — gone rogue?  There may have been at least one.  As deputy assistant attorney general for the Office of Intelligence, Stuart Evans had the responsibility of vetting spy warrants before submitting them to the Foreign Intelligence Surveillance Court.  In the fall of 2016, the FBI presented Evans with an application for a warrant to capture the communications of volunteer Trump campaign foreign policy adviser Carter Page.  The main justification for getting a wire on Page were allegations by former British spy Christopher Steele.  Instead of credulously embracing the Steele dossier as so many others did, Evans demanded more information about Steele.  He put up bureaucratic roadblocks and manned them stubbornly while asking the essential questions no one else seemed to care about.

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Wray Has 'Serious Concerns' About Comey FBI's Investigation Of Michael Flynn.  FBI Director Christopher Wray said in an interview aired Wednesday that he has "serious concerns" about how the bureau handled the investigation into former national security adviser Michael Flynn.  "I will say... the Flynn investigation, which took place before I started, and by the time I started was in the hands of the special counsel's office, is something that has in my view raised serious concerns and questions," Wray told Fox News anchor Bret Baier.

Fifth Redacted Name in Rosenstein's Scope Memo Identified as Walid Phares.  An interesting new discovery amid revelations into the background motives of President Obama to weaponize the intelligence apparatus against his political opposition. [...] Today [6/18/2020] former Trump campaign foreign policy advisor Walid Phares identified himself as the fifth target in the August 2, 2017, Rosenstein scope memo.

"Social Justice Warrior-ing" — Is That Now Taught at the FBI Academy?  This story is actually being urged upon me, and I find myself a bit conflicted.  At first, I tried to find a reason to sympathize with whatever predicament the FBI Agents found themselves that caused them to kneel down.  There is conflicting reporting about whether the Agents kneeled in order to minimize the potential for confrontation with a much larger group of protesters who were calling for them to do so, or whether the Agents were, in fact, demonstrating sympathy for the views being expressed by the protesters.  That was a story put out that was sourced to anonymous FBI officials.  But the more I look at what happened, and the more agents I talk to, the more obvious it seems that someone in FBI management is trying to rescue these agents from the internal and external consequences of their horrendous judgment.  After I watched the video which is embedded here, I struggled to see any coercion or compulsion for their actions.  [Video clip]

Democrats, Not Republicans, Protect Dirty Cops.  Abuse and inequality — at the hands of American law enforcement — comes in all forms. [...] Calls for police reform and accountability are happening on a bipartisan basis.  That has not been the case, however, when it comes to Obamagate.  Democrats, led by the forked-tongue Schiff, have spent the past three years defending, even justifying, unprecedented abuses by the nation's top law enforcement chiefs related to their targeting of Donald Trump, his associates, and his family members.  The Trump-related victims of James Comey's FBI may not be black, they were unfairly targeted nevertheless.  It was not race that motivated their persecutors, nor was it any actual suspected wrongdoing.  They were targeted because of their political views.

It's Worse Than We Thought — DNI Ratcliffe Declassifies "Annex A" The Supportive Documents For 2017 Intel Community Assessment.  DNI John Ratcliffe has declassified the Appendix to the 2017 Intelligence Community Assessment (ICA).  The appendix known as "Annex A" was the material the FBI and CIA did not include in the body of the ICA; however, it was used to brief congress.  There was always suspicion that "Annex A" was the ridiculous claims by FBI source Christopher Steele; those suspicions are confirmed today [6/11/2020].  The ICA was written in late December '16 & early January 2017, and the purpose was to politicize intelligence by making outlandish claims of the Trump-Russia conspiracy the official position of the U.S intelligence apparatus (CIA, FBI, DOJ and NSA).

Unable to Run Its Own Agencies, Washington Dictates to America's Police.  The FISA court recently found federal intelligence agencies guilty of an "institutional lack of candor" in dealing with the tribunal.  That conclusion has only been bolstered by Justice Department reports outlining stunning abuses of power by the FBI, serial lying and leaking by top officials, fabrication of evidence, and investigations launched on a dearth of predication and furthered by entrapment tactics and perjury traps.  We never did get to the bottom of the Justice Department's "Fast and Furious" scandal, in which the ATF allowed illegal firearms transfers into Mexico — evidently hoping to fuel a political narrative against the Second Amendment but succeeding only in fueling violent Mexican gang crime that claimed the life of a border-patrol agent.

Sen. Graham refuses to let FISA abuse get pinned on low-level FBI staff: 'I believe it goes to the very top'.  Sen. Lindsey Graham says that he plans on calling former FBI Director James Comey and former deputy director Andrew McCabe to testify before his Senate Judiciary Committee, because he doubts they were unaware the dossier compiled by ex-British spy Christopher Steele had been debunked before it was used to get a FISA warrant to monitor former Trump campaign adviser Carter Page.  After former Deputy Attorney General Rod Rosenstein denied having knowledge of any altered documents or that the Steele dossier had been disavowed beforehand, McCabe responded by saying that Rosenstein's claim that he was misled by him or anyone else at the FBI "are completely false."  Graham, R-S.C., told Fox News' "Sunday Morning Futures" that he wants to press McCabe on his knowledge regarding the FBI's interview with Steele's sub-source, who denied the information in the dossier.

FBI Pledge Allegiance to Black Lives Matter, Antifa, Nation of Islam and New Black Panthers Protesters.  In a display of public unity with 'The Movement' writ large, FBI officials took a knee to declare their woke allegiance with the protesting mobs.  With that visible display we now have a better understanding of the motives behind a history of FBI failures.  Setting aside the optic that some members of the FBI looking more like 'meal-team-6', there was always a suspicion the FBI were more concerned about political correctness than actually doing the work of a federal investigative agency.  Historically the FBI has failed miserably to stop domestic terror threats; and when the investigative failures are researched there's usually a prior connection between the attackers and the FBI.

Time for the FBI to Disclose, Discharge, and Disinfect.  When Christopher Wray was named director of the FBI in August 2017, he had two crucial tasks: clean the Augean Stables, which had been fouled by James Comey, and restore public confidence in the bureau.  Comey presided over a carnival of misconduct.  Comey and his deputy, Andrew McCabe, supervised all of it and handpicked most of the other agents involved.  Wray's job was to muck out this mess, disclose the wrongdoing, fire the bad guys, and win back public support.  To put it bluntly: he has failed at the job.  He has failed the country, the president, and his fellow agents.

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The FBI has its priorities!  Washington, DC was on FIRE last night.  You are the the top Federal Law enforcement agency in the United States and THIS IS WHAT YOU ARE TWEETING ABOUT TODAY??

Dana Boente Removed! — FBI Chief Legal Counsel Forced to Resign.  Finally, the DOJ has moved to remove one of the biggest background corrupt officials within the FBI.  According to multiple media sources FBI chief legal counsel Dana Boente was forced to resign on Friday [5/29/2020].  Finally, sunlight has removed a very corrupt player.  In prior positions as U.S. Attorney for Virginia; and while leading the DOJ National Security Division; and then later shifting to the FBI as chief legal counsel under Chris Wray; Dana Boente was at the epicenter of corrupt intent and malign activity toward the Trump administration.

How The FBI Used 'News Hooks' To Advance The Trump-Russia Probe.  A common theme that has emerged from the FBI's Crossfire Hurricane investigation is bureau officials' use of media reports and leaks to advance aspects of the bureau's probe of the Trump campaign's possible ties to Russia.  In at least five instances, FBI officials capitalized on the so-called news hooks — also called news pegs, in journalistic jargon — as justification to open up new areas of the investigation.  James Comey, Andrew McCabe and Peter Strzok all took advantage of media reports to push the investigation forward.  And in one case, Comey orchestrated a leak of his own to spur the appointment of a special counsel.  Prominent media outlets played a key role in advancing the now-debunked theory that the Trump campaign colluded with the Russian government.  Much of that media manipulation centered around the infamous Steele dossier, which the Clinton campaign and DNC funded.

AG Barr [is] Not So Confident in FBI Director Chris Wray Anymore.  Since February 2019 Bill Barr has been a staunch and very public defender of Chris Wray.  However, with new revelations about recent FBI efforts to block the release of information as it relates to Michael Flynn, it now appears the AG has less confidence.  This shift is important because as the public have a renewed focused on the question of who illegally leaked Flynn's communication with Russian Ambassador Sergey Kislyak, there has always been a rather curious contrast issue with the known classified intelligence leaking of James Wolfe.  If finding Flynn's leaker is important then why didn't the DOJ/FBI take action when they found a classified intelligence leaker in 2018?

Report:  Grenell Just Outsmarted the FBI and Took them Out of the 2020 "Election Game" With this Brilliant Move.  There's no doubt about it... Grenell is one, two, three steps ahead of the Deep State and he's not taking any chances when it comes to the 2020 election.  The Trump admin has learned a very valuable lesson about the dirty games the FBI played in 2016 and they're not about to let what happened with the bogus "Russia Collusion" scandal happen again as we head into 2020.  Grenell made a brilliant move to take away the FBI's power in 2020 by announcing that any "election security" matters will be handled by the intel agencies that he oversees.

Fixing the FBI.  To fix the FBI, we need to understand what went wrong with it.  It is now beyond debate, and should be a bipartisan concern of the first order, that something was very wrong with the FBI's most senior leadership in 2016-17.  It is clear that Donald Trump's election was the catalyst for that leadership to take one of the most important organs of our government completely off the rails.  The conduct of former FBI Director Comey personally, and the FBI senior leadership in his tenure, has emerged as a history of repeated conduct that now demands examination.  It starts, but unfortunately does not end, with failed leadership at the bureau that in turn facilitated the bureau's unmistakably taking up a politically driven agenda.

It looks like President Obama ordered up phony RussiaGate scandal.  RussiaGate is now a complete dead letter — but ObamaGate is taking its place.  Just how far did the then-president go to cripple his successor?  It's now clear the Obama-Comey FBI and Justice Department never had anything more substantial than the laughable fiction of the Steele dossier to justify the "counterintelligence" investigation of the Trump campaign.  Yet incessant leaks from that supposedly confidential probe wound up consuming the Trump administration's first months in office — followed by the Bob Mueller-led special-counsel investigation that proved nearly the "total witch hunt" that President Trump dubbed it.  Information released as the Justice Department dropped its charges against Gen. Mike Flynn shows that President Barack Obama, in his final days in office, played a key role in fanning the flames of phony scandal.

A Time to Hate.  [Scroll down]  Lt. Gen. Flynn never deserved what was done to him.  He was targeted for destruction by criminals and crooks in the FBI.  They set out to destroy him.  The FBI is not allowed to bother law-abiding people like you and me, to set us up, and to induce us to commit a crime.  They are permitted to pursue criminal investigations only when they have a predicate before them.  In the case of Flynn, they had in their possession a complete recording and transcript of his phone call with Sergey Kislyak.  Yet they interviewed him and asked him to tell them what was said during the call.  The Bureau of Investigation was not investigating; they already knew the answer.  Rather, they were setting him up to speak a falsehood, to commit the crime of lying to the FBI, an act whose criminal dimensions he did not appreciate as a layman.  They dissuaded him from having an attorney at the interview so he would slip into the trap.  A competent attorney would have protected him.

Why Did Obama Tell The FBI To Hide Its Activities From The Trump Administration?  In 1980, a teenage Amy Carter left a burnt cake in the oven of the White House's family quarters in a reflex of childish revenge for her father's landslide loss to Ronald Reagan.  In 2017, Barack Obama and Joe Biden avenged Donald Trump's surprise victory over Hillary Clinton by leaving what they claim was a Russian agent in the West Wing.  That conclusion inevitably follows if one accepts as credible the FBI's supposed predicates for launching the Crossfire Hurricane investigation into the Trump campaign and the four related probes into George Papadopoulos, Carter Page, Paul Manafort, and Michael Flynn.

Two Important Transcripts Shed Light on the FBI and Two of Their Informants.  This piece is based on two of the transcripts that Adam Schiff was forced to release last Thursday and they are revelatory.  The first concerns Felix Sater.  The second is from the FBI Agent who handled Christopher Steele.  The agent's name is kept confidential.  If you are the FBI and you are running a counter intelligence investigation into Trump's ties with the Russians you would want Felix Sater, who helped the FBI on several cases involving Russian spies and Russian organized crime.  He was a business partner of Donald Trump's since at least 2001.  And what does Sater reveal about The Donald's ties to the Russian mob and Russian spies?  He exonerates Trump.  Then we have the unnamed FBI handler of Confidential Human Source Christopher Steele.  He admits to knowing Sater and some of the things he did for the FBI.  Any evidence of Trump cavorting with the Russians?  NOPE.  After you read the transcript you will appreciate why this FBI agent is not named.  He did his job honestly and professionally.  In fact, he's the one who terminated Steele as a source.

Transcripts Contradict Comey's Claim That DNC Denied FBI Access to Servers.  An attorney who represented the Democratic National Committee in connection to the hacking of its servers and the private cybersecurity expert who led the response to the breach both contradicted the testimony to Congress given by then-FBI Director James Comey, who claimed that the FBI sought and was denied access to DNC's physical servers.  Michael Sussman, an attorney with Perkins Coie, told lawmakers on the House Intelligence Committee in December 2017 that the FBI declined to access the DNC premises when offered to do so during a meeting which included cybersecurity firm CrowdStrike in mid-June of 2016, according to a newly declassified transcript.  During the meeting, the chief executive officer of the DNC, Amy Dacey, relayed to the FBI that the bureau "could have access to anything they needed," according to Sussman.

Robert Mueller memo shows why each key figure was targeted in probe.  The Justice Department has released a largely unredacted copy of former acting Attorney General Rod Rosenstein's 2017 memo laying out the scope of former special counsel Robert Mueller's investigation, offering a previously unseen glimpse into how the Russia probe was framed.  "The Scope of Investigation and Definition of Authority" was released Wednesday at the request of Sens. Lindsey Graham (R-SC) and Chuck Grassley (R-Iowa), the current and former Judiciary Committee chairmen.  The memo, dated as being sent on Aug. 2, 2017, and written to Mueller when Rosenstein was serving as deputy attorney general, specified five people whom he was permitted to investigate:  Carter Page, Paul Manafort, Michael Flynn, George Papadopolous and one other whose name was redacted.

Are Russia Collusion Hoax Holdouts Still Operating Within the FBI?  What is it like inside the seventh floor of the FBI's Hoover fortress while revelations of constitutional abuses lash the walls like a never-ending hurricane season of the FBI's own making?  Newly released documents have refocused attention on the FBI's abuses in the Flynn prosecution.  The FBI's dirty tricks in the Flynn prosecution are almost too numerous to inventory.  Does FBI Director Christopher Wray fret over the increasing perception that the FBI has become a rogue police force unbound by constitutional checks and balances?  Is he feverishly working behind the scenes to root out perpetrators of spying abuses that targeted opponents based upon politics and other non-law enforcement purposes?  A new interview with former journalist Carl Bernstein signals that there remains a Russia collusion hoax rearguard within the FBI in spite of the resignations, firings, and departures of Crossfire Hurricane figures, including Peter Strzok, Lisa Page, Bill Preistrap, James Baker, James Comey, and Kevin Kleinsmith.

Jim Jordan:  Wray's FBI failed to turn up missing FISA files.  The top Republican on the House Oversight Committee is turning up the heat on FBI Director Christopher Wray to answer for persistent flaws in the Foreign Intelligence Surveillance Act process.  Rep. Jim Jordan sent a letter to DOJ Inspector General Horowitz on Friday, zeroing in on widespread issues found in the preliminary results of a March FISA audit.  The Ohio Republican noted "the FBI was unable to locate the Woods files for four additional files that the OIG had requested — meaning the OIG could not review those applications."  His letter, which was obtained by the Washington Examiner, reveals that as of April 21, the DOJ watchdog reported, "The FBI had not yet located or followed-up on these four missing Woods files."

DOJ releases long-awaited Mueller scope memo, revealing the probe went beyond previously known mandate.  The Justice Department on Wednesday released a mostly unredacted version of then-Acting Attorney General Rod Rosenstein's August 2017 "scope memo" outlining the authority of former Special Counsel Robert Mueller — and the document reveals for the first time that Mueller's authority went significantly beyond what was known previously.  Rosenstein, who later left the Justice Department for a law firm, oversaw Mueller's probe and played a central role in its still-unfolding drama.  He was the subject of a two-page memo written by then-Acting FBI Director Andrew McCabe that outlined how Rosenstein allegedly proposed wearing a wire in the White House "to collect additional evidence on the president's true intentions," and thought the scheme was plausible because "he was not searched when he entered the White House."  Rosenstein has denied those allegations and slammed the FBI.

Walls Closing In Around FBI Director Chris Wray as Documents Show His Enabling of Corrupt FBI Objectives.  An interesting article from Fox News asks the question of whether Mueller's special counsel attorney Brandon Van Grack misled Judge Sullivan in the Flynn case by not being forthcoming about the background documents under the DOJ Brady obligation.  Additionally, as a consequence of the Flynn evidence discoveries people are now asking why the FBI and DOJ did not produce these documents earlier.  Representative Jim Jordan is specifically asking these questions of current FBI Director Chris Wray.  In response to the Fox News article the FBI has released a statement which itself is very interesting.  Apparently the FBI Director is trying to dig himself and his institution out of a hole; but it is only getting worse.

Pressure mounts on Wray as FBI behavior in Russia case comes into clearer focus.  Back in early 2018, the FBI under newly minted Director Chris Wray issued an extraordinarily rare public rebuke of a sitting House committee chairman.  Then-House Intelligence Committee chairman Devin Nunes had just issued a memo concluding that the FBI under Wray's predecessor, James Comey, abused the Foreign Intelligence Surveillance Act process to improperly spy on President Trump's campaign.  Wray fired back, even though the issues didn't happen on his watch, suggesting Nunes had given an inaccurate picture to the American public.

America Doesn't Have A Justice System Anymore.  [Scroll down]  And this sorry state of affairs is all the FBI's fault.  Every bit of it.  At one time it was the pride of American law enforcement, a symbol of integrity, honesty and incredible courage under fire.  But now when we think of the FBI in "action," we think of a couple dozen special agents decked out in full Delta Farce chic dragging an elderly gadfly out of bed in his PJs after making sure to tip-off CNN that this high-risk op was about to go down.  Way to go, guys.

Flynn documents are the 'smoking gun' on Comey's FBI.  Had the Department of Justice (DOJ) released the newly disclosed documents related to Gen. Michael Flynn three years ago, instead of fired FBI director James Comey improperly leaking his "memos" on President Trump, there definitely would have been a special counsel — only it would have been investigating the FBI for gross abuse of power, not the Trump administration.  The new documents are in effect the "smoking gun" proving that a cabal at the FBI acted above the law and with extreme political bias, targeting people for prosecution rather than investigating crimes.  DOJ Inspector General Michael Horowitz found 17 violations of policy and procedure in the initiation of the investigation of President Trump's campaign.  Special counsel Robert Mueller's report found no evidence of any Trump-Russia collusion.  And yet, much of the media coverage of all this has been so riddled with bias that, in a recent poll, 53 percent still believe Trump colluded with the Russians to win the 2016 presidential election.

The FBI's 'Russiagate' search-and-destroy mission against Team Trump.  With the latest revelation, the FBI's "Russiagate" investigation now stands exposed as worse than amateurish — and more like a search-and-destroy mission.  Destroy the Trump administration, that is — not actual US enemies.  Lawyers for ex-Gen. Michael Flynn released just-unsealed documents that suggest the FBI abused its power to take out President Trump's first national security adviser.

The FBI has disgraced itself.  [Scroll down]  This week, we learned that an American hero, a loyal lifelong and proved courageous defender of our nation, was callously framed by a political conspiracy of the most senior FBI officials, seeking thereby to defame and destroy the newly elected president of the United States, Donald Trump.  Over the years, the FBI regrettably has shown itself to be self-serving and inept and has suffered several disgraceful scandals, but always committed by lesser men.  Today, the FBI, at the very top, has shown itself to actually be seditious, subverting the office of the president of the United States!

K.T. McFarland gives hair-raising interview about being 'collateral damage' in FBI's goal 'to get Trump'.  Former Deputy National Security Adviser K.T. McFarland exposed the corrupt FBI's investigation of former National Security Adviser Michael Flynn as really an attempt to take out President Donald Trump.  McFarland slammed fired FBI Director James Comey and the agency's efforts to set up Flynn as revealed in newly released notes that show how he was ambushed in an interview in January of 2017.  Comey "thought he was going to get away with" the blatant perjury trap set for the former Trump adviser, McFarland told Fox News host Martha MacCallum.

Joe diGenova:  Former FBI General Counsel James Baker Has Flipped and There's a Mole Inside the FBI.  Washington attorney Joe diGenova, a former U.S. Attorney for the District of Columbia, spoke to radio show host Howie Carr on Wednesday.  Though the interview took place before Thursday night's stunning release of FBI documents pertaining to Gen. Michael Flynn, he reported some fascinating new information about the Durham investigation.  DiGenova told Carr there is now a mole inside the FBI "who is leaking to the press about the current conduct of FBI Director Christopher Wray and his general counsel, Dana Boente.

Even The Manipulated Senate Intel Report Can't Hide FBI Spies And Lies.  On April 21, the Senate Select Committee on Intelligence released a report on its review of the Intelligence Community Assessment (ICA) drafted for President Barack Obama on Russia's interference in the 2016 election.  Corporate media immediately touted the Republican-controlled committee's finding that "the ICA presents a coherent and well-constructed intelligence basis for the case of unprecedented Russian interference in the 2016 U.S. presidential election," including by hacking Democratic National Committee emails, as vindication of the intelligence communities' handling of all things Russia.  But a close reading of the report — or at least those portions of the report that could be read — instead cements the reality that the FBI intentionally snowed the FISA court to spy on Donald Trump.

The Russians did it — Revised Version.  For three years, the left has been peddling the story that the Russians interfered in the 2016 election in collaboration with the Trump campaign, with the ridiculous Steele Dossier cited as the proof.  Now, the Party Line has shifted.  The Russians still did it, says the new line, possibly working with the Clinton campaign, only they fed disinformation to the gullible Christopher Steele, who than helped deceive the innocents at the CIA and the FBI.  So if these agencies spent three years conducting a sham investigation that hamstrung the American Presidency and embittered political relations — well, it was still the Russian's fault.

Declassified Footnotes From IG Report Reveal FBI Was Warned Multiple Times About Hillary's Phony Dossier — Used it Anyway to Spy on Trump.  CBS News reporter Catherine Herridge obtained newly declassified footnotes in IG Horowitz's report showing multiple warnings to the FBI about Hillary's phony Russia dossier but they used it anyway to spy on Trump's campaign and to sabotage his presidency.  As TGP previously reported, Chairman of the Senate Homeland Security Committee Ron Johnson and Chairman of the Senate Finance Committee Chuck Grassley Tuesday sent a letter to Attorney General Bill Barr asking him to declassify four footnotes in Horowitz's report on FISA abuse.  The Senators stated that the classified footnotes contradict what is publicly available in Horowitz's report related to Crossfire Hurricane, the CI investigation opened into Trump's campaign in July of 2016.

The 13 revelations showing the FBI never really had a Russia collusion case to begin with.  They've come slowly, drip by drip: the reluctant revelations of an FBI bureaucracy.  But taken together, the body of evidence now amassed over two years of investigating the investigators explains why Attorney General William Barr last week declared there was never really a basis to probe Donald Trump's campaign for alleged collusion with Russia.  "I think the president has every right to be frustrated, because I think what happened to him was one of the greatest travesties in American history," Barr told Fox News' Laura Ingraham.  "Without any basis they started this investigation of his campaign, and even more concerning, actually is what happened after the campaign, a whole pattern of events while he was president. to sabotage the presidency, and I think that — or at least have the effect of sabotaging the presidency," the attorney general said.

It looks like Putin conned the FBI into the 'Russiagate' probe.  It is becoming increasingly clear that the Russia investigation launched and conducted by James Comey's Federal Bureau of Investigation deserves to rank as one of the agency's great blunders — at best.  President Trump famously calls the probe a hoax, a label he uses liberally, but in this instance, it may literally be true.  We've spent years obsessing about Russian meddling in our politics, and now it turns out that the original FBI investigation into the Trump campaign that morphed into the Mueller probe may have been instigated, in part, by Russian disinformation.

FBI Knew Before Mueller Probe That Hillary's Steele Dossier Was Russian Disinformation.  In a Friday night, holiday weekend document dump, we're now learning that before the Mueller investigation began, the FBI knew that at least part of the ridiculous so-called Steele dossier was based upon planted Russian disinformation.  Worse, according to Senator Ron Johnson in a Wall Street Journal op-ed released Friday night [4/10/2020], the FBI continually lied about the provenance of the fake dossier information and only showed the FISA court and inspector general damning information about President Trump's election team.  Exculpatory information was left out.

Exculpatory Papadopoulos Transcript — FBI Surveillance Wire — Declassified and Released.  Richard "Ric" Grenell was moved into the position as Acting Director of National Intelligence.  Together with a new staff within the ODNI Grenell is now in position to assist in any declassification effort.  Thus we also see the apoplexy by HPSCI Chairman Adam Schiff, as Grenell is positioned to bring a lot of sunlight on the overall FISA-gate and Spygate operations.  The corrupt intelligence community operators are not happy with Grenell holding such power.  Keep this in mind.

Interesting Ramifications:  FISA Court Requires DOJ/FBI To Provide Names of Targets Within Corrupt Surveillance Applications.  Things are getting interesting, potential ramifications are growing, as the FISA Court responds to the latest information from the DOJ Office of Inspector General (OIG).  After a review of 29 FISA applications, from eight FBI field offices, the OIG informed the FBI and DOJ that none of the surveillance applications were compliant with the Woods procedures.  Meaning zero applications had FBI evidence to support the validity of the claims within the FISA warrants.  That's a very big problem if those FISA warrants were used to gather evidence used to prosecute the 29 targets of the applications.

Some questions about that IG report blasting the FBI for FISA abuses.  It's a tough situation, because we know that the FBI leadership illegally spied on Donald Trump's campaign adviser Carter Page, apparently out of political motives conjunctive with the mass unmaskings of U.S. citizens seen elsewhere in the Obama administration.  But is every last FBI agent out there in the field offices hopelessly crooked?  Is every last G-man we look at on TV now to be viewed with suspicions of dishonesty?  Are we supposed to now think they all went from being straight arrows in the Marine Corps and the police agencies they were recruited from and collectively went to the dark side?  I have my doubts — it takes a lot to create a culture of mass criminality, and typically, we'd be seeing more than just FISA abuse if that's what has been going on.  Think thievery, corruption, torture, thuggery, nepotism, corruption, blatant rule-breaking, all over, as you might with a mafia.  So far, we don't see that.

The FBI Can't Be Trusted With the Surveillance of Americans.  For years, we civil libertarians were told that our concerns about the secret court that oversees the FBI's applications to monitor U.S. citizens were overblown.  So what if the Foreign Intelligence Surveillance Court approved more than 99% of all applications.  The bureau and Justice Department must follow an onerous process, we were assured, that protects innocent citizens from being snooped on by their government.  Those assurances, as it turns out, were not very reliable.  On Tuesday [3/31/2020], the Justice Department Inspector General Michael Horowitz issued a new report that found systematic errors of fact in the FBI's applications for warrants under the Foreign Intelligence Surveillance Act.  The memo does not speak to the materiality or significance of those errors — but they are startling nonetheless.  Out of 42 applications, the report says, 39 included major defects.  All told, the inspector general uncovered 390 deficiencies, including "unverified, inaccurate, or inadequately supported facts, as well as typographical errors."

DOJ's FISA report contradicts claims by Dems, media figures that surveillance rules were strictly observed.  New findings by the Justice Department inspector general that the FBI has repeatedly violated surveillance rules stood in stark contrast to the years of assurances from top Democrats and media commentators that bureau scrupulously handled Foreign Intelligence Surveillance Act (FISA) warrants — and prompted Republican lawmakers to caution that the FBI seemingly believes it has "carte blanche to routinely erode the liberties of Americans without proper justification."  The DOJ watchdog identified critical errors in every FBI wiretap application that it audited as part of the fallout from the bureau's heavily flawed investigation into former Trump advisor Carter Page, who was surveilled in part because of a largely discredited dossier funded by the Hillary Clinton campaign and the Democratic National Committee (DNC).  An FBI lawyer in that case even falsified a CIA email submitted to the FISA court in order to make Page's communications with Russians appear nefarious, the DOJ inspector general found; and the DOJ has concluded that the Page warrant was legally improper.

FBI's coronavirus 'fitness app' slammed as a way to extract personal info.  The FBI is helping gym rats looking to stay in shape during the coronavirus lockdown by promoting a fitness app — but it requires users to provide their GPS coordinates.  The law enforcement agency urged people in a Monday tweet to "download the FBI's Physical Fitness Test app to learn proper form for exercises you can do at home like pushups and situps."  The catch is that the FBI FitTest created in 2018 uses the "phone's GPS and accelerometer," which the FBI claims provides the user a "more realistic PFT experience."  The digital workout tool has been slammed on social media as a sneaky way for the government to extract personal info amid the coronavirus pandemic.

DOJ Dismisses Mueller's Charges against Russian Businesses.  More than an investigation, the Mueller probe was the wellspring of a political narrative.  That becomes clearer as time goes by and more information ekes out ... such as new confirmation that, months before Mueller was appointed in May 2017, it was already well understood in Justice Department circles that there was no case of criminal "collusion" between the Trump campaign and Russia.

What if Hillary had won in 2016?  If Hillary Clinton had won the 2016 election, we would not know about the enormously complex attempted coup she undertook, with a vast cast of characters, to defeat Donald Trump as a candidate and then unseat him once he was elected president.  Only because she lost, do we now know a great deal about all that.  We know Hillary commissioned and paid for the vaunted "dossier," that she hired Fusion GPS to deliver opposition research that would take candidate Trump out of the running.  We know that bad actors in the FBI (James Comey, Andrew McCabe, Pete Strzok, et. al.), at the DOJ (Sally Yates, Rod Rosenstein, Bruce Ohr, et. al.), at the CIA (John Brennan) and James Clapper at the DNI all coordinated with each other to destroy Trump by wholly fraudulent means.  Thanks to the wisdom of the voters, we now know all about their crimes against this country.  Numerous books have been published by intrepid actual journalists that have laid out what happened in tremendous detail.  Hopefully when AG Bill Barr and prosecutor John Durham release their report, we will be privy to all the details of the whole sordid story of the most venal political scandal in American history.

Details of FBI's targeting of Trump emerge in Horowitz report.  Justice Department Inspector General Michael E. Horowitz's history of how the FBI targeted Donald Trump associates has become a constant presence on social media as journalists and Russia aficionados make more discoveries and connect the dots.  Every page of the Horowitz report contains new disclosures.  The report's banner headline was that FBI agents supplied inaccurate information or withheld exculpatory evidence 17 times when they asked judges to approve four wiretap warrants on campaign volunteer Carter Page.  Morsels of information placed in footnotes or buried in a few sentences also tell a fuller story about the Trump-Russia investigation.

Inside the FBI's 218 days that changed Trump's political world.  Donald Trump campaign alumni wonder today what happened inside the FBI over 218 days from mid-August 2016 to March 20, 2017, that changed their lives forever.  August was the month a special FBI unit code-named Crossfire Hurricane picked four Trump associates for Russia-related counterintelligence cases.  Former FBI Director James B. Comey testified later that it was not the campaign but "four Americans" under the microscope.  On March 20, 2017, Mr. Comey told the world that the entire Trump team faced investigation for "any links" to Russian government.  What changed during those 218 days?  First, there was no evidence at the time that the four had conspired with the Kremlin to hack Democratic Party computers or join in social media warfare against the Hillary Clinton campaign.  There would never be any evidence.

FBI's Russia collusion case fell apart in first month of Trump presidency, memos show.  The piecemeal release of FBI files in the Russia collusion investigation has masked an essential fact:  James Comey's G-men had substantially debunked the theory that Donald Trump's campaign conspired with Moscow by the time the 45th president was settling into the Oval Office, according to declassified memos, court filings and interviews.  And that means a nascent presidency and an entire nation were put through two more years of lacerating debate over an issue that was mostly resolved in January 2017 inside the bureau's own evidence files.  The proof is now sitting in plain view.

The Democratic Party Is Wounded And Dangerous.  The Democrats and the Deep State have spent the last four years constructing the greatest wag-the-dog spectacle America's ever seen in an attempt to cover up the malfeasance and criminality of the last administration, while preventing the current one from achieving too many victories.  Considering that Brennan and Comey are still free and Obama and Hillary are still smiling, they've been remarkably successful.  But the Mueller obfuscation and Schiff circus are behind us, the dance music of delay is dying down, and the Democrats' and Deep State's ability to keep pushing back their day of reckoning is coming to an end.  If they don't win in 2020, they cannot keep justice at bay, regardless of how stacked in their favor it has always been in the past.

FBI missed chances to stop domestic terror attacks because of lack of follow-up:  DOJ watchdog.  The FBI missed opportunities to stop domestic terrorists from killing Americans because field offices failed to further investigate individuals who had been labeled homegrown violent extremists, the Justice Department watchdog said in a scathing report released Wednesday [3/4/2020].  At least six terrorists who later carried out attacks killing a total of 70 people were on the FBI's radar prior to the attacks.  However, the agents quickly closed the cases, concluding the suspects were not threats to national security, according to the Justice Department inspector general.  Among the more high-profile individuals the FBI failed to recognize as a potential source of terrorism were Omar Mateen, who killed 49 individuals at the Pulse nightclub in Orlando in 2016, Nidal Hasan, who massacred 13 people at Fort Hood, Texas, in 2009, and Esteban Santiago, who killed five people in a 2017 terror attack at the Fort Lauderdale-Hollywood International Airport.

The FISA States of America.  The Justice Department brazenly disregards the Constitution when it comes to spying.  Does FISA help prevent terrorism?  As I noted here, the government obtained more than 1,000 warrants in a one-year timeframe to spy on Americans.  That's a lot of spying on a lot of Americans.  The Justice Department's lying to obtain these warrants has become so brazen that the court now questions whether it can trust any of the affidavits the FBI submits to justify its domestic surveillance.  The fact that none of these lies are ever criminally punished further reinforces a cycle of dishonesty within the process.

Government Tries to Cancel Trial in Key Mueller Case Because the Defendant Isn't Playing Fair.  If there is a unifying feature in the entire Mueller investigation beyond it being an unsuccessful coup attempt against President Trump is that it was a Seinfeld-esque "investigation about nothing."  By the time Robert Mueller had pulled on his jackboots he already knew with near mathematical certainty that the key piece of evidence he was working from, the Steel dossier, had been the subject to nearly nine months of unsuccessful effort by the FBI and intelligence community to verify it.  The report by Department of Justice Inspector General Michael Horowitz documents the extreme and dishonest lengths gone to by the FBI to keep the Steele dossier in play.  When the Special Counsel did file indictments (if you were ever an the laughably dishonest LawFareBlog or anywhere on the left you knew it because you'd see BOOM! or "It's Mueller time" in their tweets") they had zero relationship to the alleged subject of the investigation and involved process crimes, not substantive acts.  But the most significant indictment by Mueller was that of Concord Management, a company owned by Putin crony Yevgeny Viktorovich Prigozhin, and thirteen individual Russians, who may or may not exist, affiliated with the so-called Internet Research Agency.  I say may or may not exist because one of the commercial entities owned by Prigozhin did not even exist when the alleged crimes took place and people involved in covert activities often use fake identities [...]

New Book:  The FBI Considered Joseph Mifsud an Asset.  The official story of Operation Crossfire Hurricane provides that the investigation began with an accidental meeting between Papadopoulos and Alexander Downer, an Australian diplomat.  The story holds that in May 2016, Papadopoulos and Downer had a chance meeting in a London bar during which a "heavy drinking" Papadopoulos revealed the Trump campaign "knew" the Russians possessed thousands of hacked Clinton emails that it intended to release to influence the 2016 election.  When Wikileaks did indeed release hacked DNC emails in July 2016, Downer made a beeline to the FBI to report the lead on possible coordination between the Trump campaign and the Russian email dump.  Papadopoulos tells a different story.

Democrats Block FISA Reform.  Are House Democrats willing to jeopardize national security to keep alive their Trump-Russia collusion narrative?  On Wednesday they abruptly canceled a markup on a bill to reauthorize three critical surveillance tools that are due to expire March 15.  To listen to the liberal media, the bill has stalled over concerns about "civil liberties."  In truth it's the latest casualty of Democrats' refusal to acknowledge that the Federal Bureau of Investigation abused the Foreign Intelligence Surveillance Court [...]

Why is The New York Times Outing Lower Level FBI Spygate Operatives?  A previously incurious New York Times is now exposing members of the FBI crew who participated in fraud upon the FISA Court.  Are the corrupt former top-tier FBI officials starting to position lower-level FBI participants as scapegoats?  Inside an insufferable article, engineered to defend the need for the DOJ and FBI to continue using FISA intelligence gathering information against U.S. persons, the New York times outlines Stephen M Somma as Case Agent 1, the handler for FBI confidential human source Stefan Halper.

GOP Rep. Nunes believes FBI probe into Trump campaign began in late 2015, not 2016.  The FBI began looking into the Trump presidential campaign before the agency's publicly stated July 31, 2016, start date, says Rep. Devin Nunes, the top Republican on the House Permanent Select Committee on Intelligence.  "I believe it started in 2015, but there's no question that it started in early 2016," Nunes said on the latest episode of the "John Solomon Reports" podcast.  The California lawmaker said he's "highly confident" that the federal probe into whether the Trump campaign colluded with Russia to influence the outcome of the 2016 White House race began in late 2015.

FBI Agent Faulted In FISA Report For 'Significant' Errors Has Finally Been Identified.  An FBI agent faulted for some of the most significant problems laid out in the Justice Department's inspector general report on FISA abuse against a Trump campaign associate has been identified.  The New York Times, citing people familiar with the FBI's Russia probe, identified Stephen A. Somma, a counterintelligence investigator who works out of the bureau's New York field office, as "Case Agent 1" from the inspector general's (IG) report.

The case for repealing FISA and reforming the FBI and CIA.  The FBI, in its bungling partisanship, very likely swung the 2016 presidential election away from its preferred candidate, Hillary Clinton.  The sprawling "community" of intelligence agencies (led by the FBI and CIA) covertly used dubious foreign sources to justify monitoring an American political campaign and, later, a U.S. presidential administration.  To do so, it invoked daunting foreign-counterintelligence surveillance powers, based on a fever dream that its bête noire, Donald Trump, was an agent of the Kremlin.  And the Foreign Intelligence Surveillance Court recently chastised the FBI for feeding it false and unverified information — the secret court apparently calculating that this extraordinary public expression of wrath will divert attention from its own shoddy performance in approving highly intrusive spy warrants based on sensational, blatantly uncorroborated rumor and innuendo.

DOJ Is Infected With Organized Crime, Trump Has Every Right To Push For Change, In Fact It's His Sworn Duty.  It is painfully obvious the Department of Justice is infected with organized crime, awash with Obama infiltrators, only intent on maintaining power, not dispensing justice to those they don't agree with or those they see as political enemies.  The Roger Stone affair is all the evidence you need of that.  Their shame,, and primal fear, is also obvious in their discomfort with Donald Trump tweeting, in other words, getting his message direct to the American people, away from the corrupt media filters.  Trump needs to keep doing just that.  It is his right, no it is his sworn duty, to uphold the Constitution and its guarantees to the American people, something the Democratic Party and its media enablers have long since cast aside as a priority.  We need a full investigation, and a full accounting of what happened at DOJ and what is still going on.  If William Barr can't put out the fire, or can't stand the heat, we need to find another fireman.

Who's complaining about investigations now?  Attorney General William Barr is looking into the murky origins of the politically-charged Justice Department investigations that have roiled American public life for the last three years.  Just how did the FBI's "Crossfire Hurricane" investigation into the 2016 Trump presidential campaign get started?  What led the FBI to look into whether President Trump was working on behalf of Russia?  Why did the Justice Department use an ancient, never-enforced law as a pretext to interrogate then-national security adviser Michael Flynn, leading to one of the most troubling court cases in recent years?  And more.  Each investigation involved highly publicized leaks that led to many headlines and endless discussion on cable TV.  Anti-Trump voices stood firmly in support of more and more detailed inquiries of the president and his allies.

Andrew Weissmann:  AG Barr Is Starting New Investigation into Fired FBI Officials Jim Comey, Andrew McCabe and Peter Strzok.  Little crooked man Andrew Weissmann told Chuck Todd today [2/16/2020] the new investigation initiated this week by Attorney General Bill Barr involving US Attorney in St. Louis Jeff Jensen is a ruse to investigate Jim Comey, Andrew McCabe and Peter Strzok.  On Friday [2/14/2020] Attorney General Bill Barr assigned an outside prosecutor to review the abusive case against General Mike Flynn.  Barr also assigned a handful of prosecutors to review other cases in the US Attorney's office in DC.

Top Mueller Prosecutor Says DoJ Starting New Investigation Into Comey, McCabe, and Strzok.  An interesting twist is arising from the decision of Attorney General Barr to name an outside counsel, Jeffrey Jensen, to investigate the Michael Flynn case.  The former top prosecutor on special counsel Robert Mueller's team says the ploy by Barr is a "ruse" so that the Department of Justice can open a new investigation into former FBI officials James Comey, Andrew McCabe, and Peter Strzok.  Andrew Weissmann, a former Justice Department official who was known as Mueller's "pit bull" during the Russia investigation, says that "all they did was swapped out a loser case for starting an investigation that is going to be of Comey, McCabe, Pete Strzok," Weissmann told MSNBC host Chuck Todd.  "Weissman is referring to the "loser" case of prosecuting former FBI Deputy Director Andrew McCabe for lying about media leaks during the Russia investigation.

Top Mueller prosecutor:  DOJ starting new investigation into James Comey, Andrew McCabe, and Peter Strzok.  One of Robert Mueller's former top prosecutors said the outside prosecutor picked to review the case against retired Lt. Gen. Michael Flynn is a ruse to investigate President Trump's perceived enemies.  Andrew Weissmann, a former Justice Department official who was known as Mueller's "pit bull" during the Russia investigation, said the Justice Department swapped out the "loser case" of Andrew McCabe, who escaped criminal charges on Friday for allegedly lying to investigators about authorizing media disclosures, for a fresh one targeting top former FBI officials, including McCabe, led by Jeffrey Jensen, the U.S. attorney for the Eastern District of Missouri.  "All they did was swapped out a loser case for starting an investigation that is going to be of Comey, McCabe, Pete Strzok," Weissmann told MSNBC host Chuck Todd.

Senator Graham claims he will finally use his Judiciary Cmte to investigate the lying liars at the FBI & DOJ.  [Video clip]

Lindsey Graham asks DOJ for interviews with 17 officials in FISA abuse investigation.  Sen. Lindsey Graham requested "transcribed interviews" with 17 Department of Justice and FBI employees as part of the Senate's investigation into abuse of the Foreign Intelligence Surveillance Act.  The South Carolina Republican sent a letter requesting the interviews to Attorney General William Barr on Friday [2/14/2020].  Graham is chairman of the Senate Judiciary Committee and is heading the congressional investigation into the FBI's investigations into the Trump campaign in 2016.

The FBI Corruption is Far Worse Than We Currently Imagine.  Last month the DOJ admitted to the FISA court that two of the four FISA warrants used against Carter Page were fraudulently obtained. [...] However, what the DOJ did not admit publicly was how the current FBI Chief Legal Counsel, Dana Boente, participated in obtaining the April 2017 warrant.  Additionally, a review of the internal FBI & DOJ scheme to obtain the fraudulent April warrant shows FBI Director James Comey couldn't get the renewal unless he convinced Main Justice to trick the President into issuing an executive order to grant surveillance on himself.  In hindsight this story explains the ongoing issues within the FBI.

House Republicans Rebuke FBI Director Wray for Tepid Response to IG Report.  House Republicans unleashed on FBI Director Christopher Wray about the bureau's lackluster response to the [serious] problems uncovered in the DOJ Inspector General's report on FISA abuses, according to the Washington Times.  At a House Judiciary Committee hearing yesterday, Wray claims he went "above and beyond" to provide accountability and made more than 40 changes to the bureau's FISA policies and practices.  "The failures highlighted in that report are unacceptable — period," he said.  "They don't reflect who the FBI is as an institution and they cannot be repeated."

Key witness told Team Mueller that Russia collusion evidence found in Ukraine was fabricated.  One of Robert Mueller's pivotal trial witnesses told the special prosecutor's team in spring 2018 that a key piece of Russia collusion evidence found in Ukraine known as the "black ledger" was fabricated, according to interviews and testimony.  The ledger document, which suddenly appeared in Kiev during the 2016 U.S. election, showed alleged cash payments from Russian-backed politicians in Ukraine to ex-Trump campaign chairman Paul Manafort.  "The ledger was completely made up," cooperating witness and Manafort business partner Rick Gates told prosecutors and FBI agents, according to a written summary of an April 2018 special counsel's interview.

How Democrats' Get-Trump Crusade Has Irreparably Damaged The Nation.  The FBI's malfeasance in the launch and handling of Crossfire Hurricane provides the starkest example of damage wrought without regard to the ramifications.  Americans no longer trust the world's premier law enforcement agency because of men like James Comey, Andrew McCabe, and Peter Strzok, and women like Lisa Page.  They no longer believe in equal justice under the law, or the integrity of sworn affidavits and judicially authorized surveillance.  Current FBI Director Christopher Wray has promised a clean-up, but that likely won't be enough either for the public or for the FISA court.  And it is the damage in the eyes of the FISA court that risks much more than the faith Americans place in law enforcement agencies — it puts at risk the lives of Americans.  The FISA courts exist not for political warfare, but to combat terrorism.

Trey Gowdy on the FBI: The Bureau Was Out to Get the President.  On Fox News Thursday, erstwhile South Carolina Republican Rep. Trey Gowdy fired upon former Federal Bureau of Investigations Director James Comey and 2016-2018 FBI Deputy Director Andrew McCabe.  Trey told host Martha MacCallum the deeds of top FBI officials was sufficient evidence to suspect they were "out to get" Donald Trump. [...] The host noted Trump's reference to the salvation of Comey's firing, founded upon the idea that it was he who allowed such a culture in the Bureau to grow.  Gowdy agreed, with an expansion:  "Yeah, I would correct the President's narrative only to this extent:  He replaced Comey with McCabe.  That is hardly moving up the draft board.  It was only when Chris Wray came in that I think you had a dispassionate, objective, law-enforcement-centered person.  McCabe was no better than Comey."

Now Let's Get Down To Business.  [Scroll down]  Each time President Trump came close to declassifying the material someone from the DOJ intercepted the anticipated action and blocked the release.  In the fall of 2018 it was DAG Rod Rosenstein.  In the summer of 2019 it was AG Bill Barr.  Amid the twists and turns many people have forgotten about the material congress asked President Trump to declassify two-years-ago.  Additionally there has been some material cited that just seemingly slipped away without follow-up.  Consider:
  •   Whatever happened to the forty pages of Lisa Page and Andrew McCabe text messages that Catherine Herridge noted nine months ago?  Herridge only published four of the pages in March 2019.
  •   Why are the Lisa Page and Peter Strzok text messages still redacted two years after their original release (December 1st, 2017)?
  •   Where's the release of the Susan Rice inauguration day memo to the file?
  •   Why didn't the DOJ/FBI release all of the Bruce Ohr 302's without redaction? Will those fully unredacted 302's be part of the IG report release?
  •   Where's the unredacted David Archey FBI declarations that were previously ordered to be released by a DC judge?
  •   The Mueller investigation ended 10 months ago.  Why are we still not able to see the unredacted three authorization memos that Rosenstein gave to the special counsel on May 17th, August 2nd and October 20th, 2017?

Corruption Coverup — Nadler Schedules FBI Oversight Hearing With Chris Wray on Same Day as Impeachment Vote.  [C]ould House Judiciary Chairman Jerry Nadler be any more transparent with his intentions here?  Knowing all eyes will be on the Senate impeachment vote at 4:00 pm on the same day, Democrat Chairman Nadler schedules the House oversight hearing on FBI (FISA Misconduct) for 10:00 am Wednesday, February 5th, to bury it.  FBI Director Christopher Wray has not been scheduled to face any questioning or public scrutiny by any legislative oversight body since the Inspector General report highlighted gross corruption and FBI misconduct in the December 9th, 2019, FISA report.  Additionally, the DOJ/FBI response to the demands of the FISC were also extended to February 5th.  The corrupt institutions, and the administrative state that surrounds them, are working overtime to avoid any exposure and national discussion about misconduct that should alarm everyone.  Why?  Because they targeted Donald Trump... So, bury it.

As Impeachment Ends, It's Time to Correct These Nine Injustices.  [#5] Reform the CIA and the FBI.  We've learned in the last 3-4 years that both the CIA and the FBI participated in the Russia collusion hoax even after it was known to be a hoax.  Where were the whistleblowers?  One answer is that these two powerful agencies don't rotate their officials the way the military does.  Keeping the same power-players working together for decades creates fertile ground for conspiracy.  They learn each other's secrets and come to depend on a kind of "omerta" to their mutual benefit.  A few fresh faces will keep these power players more accountable as they will never know whether the new guy will "play ball."

The FBI Has Been Lying About Seth Rich.  A persistent American lawyer has uncovered the undeniable fact that the FBI has been continuously lying, including giving false testimony in court, in response to Freedom of Information requests for its records on Seth Rich.  The FBI has previously given affidavits that it has no records regarding Seth Rich.  A Freedom of Information request to the FBI which did not mention Seth Rich, but asked for all email correspondence between FBI Head of Counterterrorism Peter Strzok, who headed the investigation into the DNC leaks and Wikileaks, and FBI attorney Lisa Page, has revealed two pages of emails which do not merely mention Seth Rich but have "Seth Rich" as their heading.  The emails were provided in, to say the least, heavily redacted form.

Preventing Another 'Crossfire Hurricane'.  Sometime this year, the U.S. Attorney for Connecticut, John Durham, will probably have a grand jury issue indictments of some of the "Crossfire Hurricane" leaders.  Among them will likely be former FBI agent Peter Strzok, former FBI deputy director Andrew McCabe, and former FBI director James Comey.  He may also indict some of the CIA's current and former leaders including Obama's CIA director John Brennan and current CIA Director Gina Haspel (Brennan's protégé) who ran the overseas elements of "Crossfire Hurricane."  However many of the "Crossfire Hurricane" team are indicted, and whether or not they are convicted, their indictment will shake the FBI (and, we hope, the CIA) to their cores.  The indictments will have the effect of dissuading further secret investigations of presidential campaigns but even that effect will not be permanent, nor will they prevent another "Crossfire Hurricane" from ever happening again.

Codes of Conduct From the Swamp.  [A]pparently our country's intelligence community was out to put the clamps on Mr. Trump even before he was elected.  Slowly we are finding out that, for instance, FISA warrants included warrants that were illegal.  We are finding out that these agencies were eavesdropping on Trump and his aides.  Conservatives always defended the CIA and FBI against career civil libertarians.  Now we are finding out that these agencies were used against President Trump and his people.  What did the Trumpians do to antagonize the intelligence community?  Do the heads of these agencies really think that Donald Trump colluded with Vladimir Putin?  I have not seen the evidence.  A two-year investigation conducted by Special Counsel Robert Mueller could not find the evidence either.  So let us come up with the evidence that will convince Americans that, as John Brennan, formerly of the CIA, has said, Trump's behavior was "treasonous."  Treasonous?  The evidence?

Grassley Letter Asks Whether Taxpayers Paid Russian Agent To Help Start The Collusion Hoax.  On Wednesday [1/22/2020], Sen. Chuck Grassley's office released a letter he penned to James Baker, the director of the Office of Net Assessments for the Department of Defense.  Grassley's letter ostensibly concerned fiscal oversight, but the details revealed by the finance committee chair raise new concerns about FBI confidential human source Stefan Halper.  Grassley's letter began with a recap of his previous record requests, noting that in July 2019, the chair had requested "all records related to Professor [Stefan] Halper's contracts with DoD."  Grassley then highlighted several revelations discovered during the finance committee chair's review of those documents, including various weaknesses in Halper's various proposals.

Sharyl Attkisson Speaks Out.  There are many books, TV shows, and movies about once-revered FBI agents portaying them as heroes.  But after revelations concerning Donald Trump, Richard Jewell (accused of the Atlanta Olympic bombing), and well-respected journalist Sharyl Attkisson, people might be reconsidering.  Maybe FBI should stand for Fear, Beware, and Intimidate, while DoJ, the parent company, should stand for Department to Obstruct Justice.  Granted, many do their jobs well, but the leaders at the top are definitely suspect to having an agenda.

The Comey coverup unravels.  In a curious report on Thursday evening [1/16/2020], the New York Times carefully averts its eyes from everything that's interesting.  Even Adam Schiff has acknowledged that James Comey's actions in 2016 may represent the most important and significant Russian influence on the election.  Surely one of the most consequential pieces of intelligence ever received by U.S. agencies was, as we now learn, received in early 2016 from a Dutch counterpart.  This is the dubious Russian intelligence that set off Mr. Comey's multiple interventions in the last presidential race, culminating in an improper act that may have inadvertently elected Donald Trump.  Even at the time Mr. Comey's FBI colleagues considered the intelligence, which indicated questionable actions by the Justice Department to fix the Hillary email investigation, to be false, possibly a Russian plant.

FBI Utilized Crack Addict Stefan Halper As Its Key Source to Spy Illegally on Trump Team in Its Attempted Coup of the President.  Investigative reports show that Stefan Halper was the spy working for the FBI in the Trump campaign.  This big man and indicted cocaine addict was who the FBI relied on in its attempted coup of the President of the United States.

Former Senior Treasury Financial Crimes Official Pleads Guilty To Leaking Records of Cohen, Manafort, Gates, Butina and More.  CTH noted last year when John Fry, an intelligence analyst with the IRS's law enforcement arm, was arrested that something more was happening in the background of his case and the DOJ case against Natalie Sours-Edwards.  Today Ms. Sours-Edwards pleads guilty to downloading & distributing the financial records of people connected to the Trump orbit.  You might remember back in May 2018 when sketchy porn lawyer Michael Avenetti was releasing U.S. Treasury notifications on Michael Cohen received from an unknown source within the Treasury Department.  You might also remember when New Yorker's Ronan Farrow wrote a sympathetic article after talking to the leaking treasury official.  As a result the Treasury Inspector General began an investigation.

Christopher Wray Isn't the Right Man to Fix the FBI.  The nation's most powerful law enforcement agency is in shambles.  Following a series of internal investigations, in addition to extensive reporting on the misconduct of former top officials, the Federal Bureau of Investigation is suffering a crisis in confidence from the very people it has a sworn duty to protect:  the American public.  Considering its behavior over the past four years, one could be forgiven for thinking that the FBI exists only to serve the interests of the political aristocracy.  From the Clinton email server cover-up to the unfounded counterintelligence probe into four Americans working for the Trump presidential campaign and the corruption of the Foreign Intelligence Surveillance Act, the FBI has exploited its power to defend partisan allies and punish foes.

Spy Court Picks FISA Abuse Denier To Tackle FISA Abuse.  The nation's top spy court appointed an Obama-era Justice Department official who has denied and downplayed FBI surveillance abuse to assess the FBI's response to a scathing new report cataloguing problems with how the agency secured authority to spy on a Donald Trump campaign affiliate.  Foreign Intelligence Surveillance Court (FISC) presiding Judge James Boasberg appointed David Kris to review the FBI's proposed changes to its surveillance application process even though he spent the past few years running interference for the FBI as substantive criticism of the agency mounted.

Revealed: Identity of top FBI official who leaked secret information to media.  The name of a former top FBI official who leaked sensitive information over the course of hundreds of communications with at least six reporters can be revealed by the Washington Examiner.  His identity is contained in a 21-page report obtained through a Freedom of Information Act request.  The report reveals that investigators for Department of Justice Inspector General Michael Horowitz determined that Bryan Paarmann, 53, the deputy assistant director of the FBI's international operations division from 2016 to 2017, "improperly disclosed court-sealed and law enforcement sensitive information to the media" in violation of FBI rules.  The incident is one Horowitz included as part of what his June 2018 report called the FBI's "culture of unauthorized media contacts."  A one-page summary of the investigation was released last May.

Attorney General William Barr, 'Adult of the Year'.  Few people in the country today have demonstrated deeper insight into Spygate, the investigation into those who have been investigating the elected president of the United States, than Kimberley Strassel.  In her column I detected a genuine note of alarm.  Is it possible that the investigation of the investigators could be brought to an end?  Could the media render Attorney General Barr or prosecutor John Durham suspect?  Will they uncover an incriminating telephone call?  How long can the Democrat-controlled House mire these men in one of their investigations?  Is it possible that the whole finely-tuned investigation overseen by the attorney general will come to a grinding halt because of Democratic subterfuge?  Well, I do not think it is likely, but it is possible.  As Ms. Strassel writes, the evidence against the FBI has steadily accumulated.

Redeeming the FBI.  Due to the actions of a few, the overall trust of the American public, previously enjoyed by both agencies is arguably at an all-time low.  Tinfoil hat folks excepted, the general public has always extended the benefit of the doubt to FBI agents in the performance of their duties.  This deference was hard-earned by investigators and prosecutors who made the thousands of prominent cases that forged the Bureau's reputation.  The misuse of their positions has already cost the malefactors their jobs.  Whingeing over treatment at the hands of those that hurt their feelings only brings further discredit to the organization that once employed them. [...] I understand that there will be a period of mistrust that follows the clear breaches committed by a small percentage of the organization.  Please don't let their deeds permanently undermine your faith in the FBI.

It's Statistically Impossible For The FBI's Spygate Errors To All Be Mistakes.  [Scroll down]  There's no way the cards can all fall one way, no way every "mistake" can redound in support of the government's "case" against Page.  There's no statistical way every single oversight, clerical error, unchecked box, unread file, misplaced document, unread email, uncorroborated assumption, unverified assertion, omission of exculpatory evidence, and inclusion of false allegations can all fall against Page, and in favor of the FBI's goal of providing probable cause to convince the court to believe he was an agent of a foreign power.  There's no way 17 glaring omissions, mistakes, mischaracterizations, and straight-up lies can make their way, undetected, unquestioned, and uncorrected, through the now-legendary labyrinth of supervisory coordination, from line agents to Woods Procedures to FBI supervisors to DOJ reviewers to FBI counsel, FBI deputy director, FBI director, DOJ general counsel, deputy attorney general, and attorney general certification.

Does William Barr Have the Guts?  The recent I.G. report on FISA abuse was just another in a very long line of disappointing indicators that equal justice may never be restored to our nation. [...] Is this guy Barr for real?  Is he ready to face the hellfire that will be unleashed if he takes real steps to hold coup conspirators accountable?  It's looking increasingly likely that he is for real, but what remains to be seen how far he is willing to go. [...] The first question to be answered is exactly how far Barr needs to take it.  If you ask MAGA country, they're calling for heads up to and including Obama's.  This is doubtful and certainly not prudent because the political and systemic repercussions would be devastating and permanently destabilizing for the USA. [...] Care must be taken to avoid the precedent of high-level political war.  Otherwise, we'll morph into a banana republic in less than a generation.  Ultimately, justice needs to be done, so a compromise must be made.

Col Douglas Macgregor Has Suspicions About Pompeo, Esper and Milley.  [W]e are not alone in our suspicions of Secretary of State Mike Pompeo, Defense Secretary Mark Esper and Joint Chiefs of Staff Chairman Mark Milley.  Tonight Col Douglas Macgregor outlines his own suspicions about the U.S. military attack in Iraq and Syria that parallel our initial gut reaction.  Macgregor states his belief that President Trump is being "skillfully misinformed".  [Video clip]

An FBI Analyst Is Going to Prison for Illegal Email Hacking of a Political Protect Mueller.  While U.S. Attorney John Durham continues his criminal investigation into FISA abuse and other misconduct at the FBI, CIA, DIA and other federal government intelligence agencies, one of Special Counsel Robert Mueller allies was just sentenced to prison.  Mark Tolson, a former FBI analyst, illegally accessed the emails of right wing activist Jack Burkman in order to protect Mueller.  He admitted to doing so in federal court last week.  He will serve seven days behind bars and has been ordered to pay a $500 fine.  "I did what I did to try to protect Director Mueller, who can protect himself," Tolson told U.S. District Court Judge Leonie Brinkema.  After illegally sifting through emails, Tolson attempted to leak them to the press.

Dan Bongino Explains Why the Unmaskings Left Little or No Paper Trail.  Everytime I watch a Dan Bongino podcast, I learn something new about Spygate.  I hear information that I find nowhere else and I spend hours everyday reading/watching the news.  Recently, Bongino interviewed Rep. Devin Nunes (R-CA) whose investigative work, particularly in 2018, (along with that of John Solomon and Bongino) did so much to uncover the activities of the FBI in 2016. During the interview, Nunes said that, at a certain point during their investigation, he and his team began to track Bongino because they couldn't believe the information he managed to obtain.  Nunes said his team would receive classified information and Bongino would be simultaneously telling his listeners the same thing.  Anyway, recently the New York Times reported that U.S. Attorney John Durham has turned his attention to former CIA Director John Brennan.  Durham has requested Brennan's communications records from the CIA and is said to be looking into various testimony he has given — possibly searching for discrepancies.

FBI Director Wray Responds to the FISA Court's Statement and Shows It's Time for Him to Go.  Earlier today [12/17/2019], the FISA court released an extremely rare public statement in which they addressed the findings of the recent IG report.  In it, they laid out the gravity of the misconduct, with the court taking issue with the lies and omissions put upon them by the FBI.  While there may be a bit of blame shifting here (the FISA court should have been more skeptical from the jump), there's no doubt the lion's share of the issue was they were given incomplete and sometimes false information to make judgements with. [...] Now, the FBI has responded via their own statement written by Directer Christopher Wray.

GOP Sen. Hawley:  The FBI Interfered in the 2016 Election.  Senator Josh Hawley (R-MO) on Thursday appeared on "Fox & Friends" and reacted to the Department of Justice's inspector general report by Michael Horowitz. [...] What's worse:  is it worse to have a foreign government trying to interfere in our election or is it worse to have our own government?  Because that's what the FBI did," Hawley advised.

Our Elites Don't See What's Coming.  [Scroll down]  This all leads us to a serious problem that we as a country are facing:  we've been losing trust in our institutions for quite some time.  All that the last few years have done is to reinforce that kind of thinking.  Seriously.  Ask yourself:  Do you really trust the FBI?  I don't.  With the recent reports from Michael Flynn's attorney, Sidney Powell, apparently senior FBI agents tampered with 302s, falsifying information to get the results they wanted which had nothing to do with the truth.  This was the FBI — supposedly the world's greatest law enforcement agency.  I don't think so.  Until those senior officials go to jail for their abuse of power my distrust of the FBI will continue.  Do you really trust the Justice Department?  Maybe.  I'll see what Attorney General Barr and John Durham pursue and actually accomplish.  I can assure you, however, if there are not prosecutions with jail time, scratch that institution off the list.  The CIA?  Forget about it.  Congress?  You mean the inept worthless institution that sits on its hands and has ceded massive control of the lawmaking function of government to the administrative state?  I have to tell you:  is there really a point to Congress in its current form?

Mittens, the Deep State, and the Ongoing Coup Against POTUS.  Recently, one of my email pals sent me an incredible opinion piece from Howell Woltz at The International Centre for Justice, in Warsaw, Poland.  He is the author of "Justice Denied:  The United States vs. the People," a very interesting book about the US justice system and federal prisons and the need for some serious reform.  Occasionally, an opinion piece is so profound that it simply MUST be disseminated to a much wider audience than a simple blog post.  This is one of such article.  In this commentary, he opines on the DoJ/FBI cabal's ongoing coup against POTUS while explaining some key connections among John Brennan, Mitt Romney, Cofer Black, Burisma Holdings (Ukraine), Bararck Obama, Hillary Clinton, and all the rest.  It fills in a lot of gaps and explains much about what is going on with respect to the Ukraine kerfuffle.  While I can't vouch for the veracity of all the claims here, this just rings true to me and connects a lot of very interesting dots.  As usual, I caution you to "trust but verify."

The Only Way to Save the FBI Is to Expose Everything.  The big news in what was a relatively big news day [2/14/2019] was made by fired Acting Director of the FBI Andrew McCabe in snippets from a forthcoming interview on 60 Minutes.  McCabe — the man who somehow couldn't recall what the words "insurance policy" referred to in one of his texts — was promoting a new book he somehow managed to write despite his faulty memory.  In the midst of this, he confirmed what many of us long suspected — that he and other major officials (Rod Rosenstein, etc.) of the FBI and the DOJ contemplated, even attempted to some degree, a coup d'état against the president of the United States.

The Gangster State.  [Scroll down]  This becomes more obvious when looking at the whole criminal enterprise that is currently called the FBI.  There's no question that the people at the top engaged in a wide-ranging criminal conspiracy to spy on the Trump campaign and engineer a criminal investigation of his administration, for the purpose of removing him from office.  This is the one explanation that explains the mountain of evidence piled up in the public domain.  This is so obvious that no one bothers to deny it.  Instead, the game is to avoid discussing it in public.  Lurking in the secret FBI files can be only three possibilities, with regards to this conspiracy.  One, there is proof they cooked the whole thing to help get Hillary Clinton elected.  The other is some out of left field explanation for the mountain of data, that points to an innocent motive.  The final option is a massive hole in the system where the damning proof used to exists, but has now been destroyed as part of the cover-up.  To date, the FBI and DOJ refuse to comply with Congressional subpoenas to answer this question.

Federal prosecutors interviewed multiple FBI officials for Russia probe review.  Federal prosecutors who are looking into the origins of the government's Russia probe have interviewed about two dozen people, suggesting that the inquiry is further along than previously known, The New York Times reported Saturday [10/19/2019].  The prosecutors have asked witnesses about whether former FBI officials that have been frequent targets of President Trump hold anti-Trump bias, former officials and others familiar with the review told the Times.  U.S. Attorney John Durham, who is leading the investigation, has not interviewed all of the FBI officials who were instrumental in opening the Russia probe in 2016, sources told the newspaper.

We've lost sight of the real scandal.  What will Department of Justice Inspector General Michael Horowitz's latest investigation reveal?  Will Congress hold hearings about it?  Will former acting FBI Director Andrew McCabe actually get indicted?  After all, it's said that a motivated prosecutor can "indict a ham sandwich" if he really wants to.  We're so wrapped up in the daily tick-tock, we could be losing sight of a big picture that's come into focus over the past two years.  For the first time in our nation's history, an inspector general — one appointed by President Obama — has determined that at least two men who sat in the top spot at the FBI committed multiple violations that warrant possible prosecution.  That in itself is a scandal with national implications deserving of headlines, congressional hearings and promises to overhaul a broken system.  Of course, the complicating factor in the whole mess is that the government entities responsible for addressing any wrongdoing are the same ones inextricably tied to the alleged wrongdoing.

Chris Wray's FBI continues to cover for Team Comey's Russia shenanigans.  The FBI is going to court to fight the public release of a small number of documents the State Department sent to agents from Christopher Steele, the British intelligence operative and Hillary Clinton-paid political muckraker, during the 2016 election.  Normally, such Freedom of Information Act cases don't merit public attention.  This one does.  To hear the FBI tell it, the release of former Deputy Assistant Secretary Kathleen Kavalec's documents is tantamount to giving up the keys to President Trump's nuclear briefcase, aiding the enemy or assisting terrorists.

Meadows: 'There's a Cover-up Within Certain Realms at the FBI'.  Rep. Mark Meadows (R-N.C.), in an interview on "Sunday Morning Futures with Maria Bartiromo," touched on a wide range of issues including the investigation by Justice Department (DOJ) Inspector General Michael Horowitz, the potential testimony before Congress of former special counsel Robert Mueller, the release of new documents this week, and whether people in the FBI and DOJ will be held accountable.  About the investigation by Horowitz into alleged FISA abuse, Meadows said that he expects the report to be delayed.  "Only Michael Horowitz knows the exact timeframe of when it's coming out.  Obviously, the attorney general had indicated that he hoped to see it in June.  I'm not as optimistic now.  And one of the reasons for that is additional information has been given to the inspector general for them to investigate," Meadows said.

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Michael Cohen

Deep State IRS Employee John Fry Pleads Guilty to Leaking Michael Cohen's Bank Records to Avenatti.  Deep State IRS analyst John Fry pleaded guilty Wednesday [8/14/2019] to leaking Michael Cohen's bank records to creepy porn lawyer Michael Avenatti and The New Yorker.  Mr. Fry was charged in February of this year by the US Attorney's Office for the Northern District of California with unauthorized disclosure of a suspicious activity report, or SAR.  Banks file SARs on any transactions that could be illegal.

IRS analyst pleads guilty to leaking Michael Cohen's financial records.  An Internal Revenue Service analyst pleaded guilty Wednesday [8/14/2019] to illegally disclosing sensitive financial records about President Trump's former personal lawyer Michael Cohen, in a leak case stemming from the Justice Department's investigations of those close to the president.  John Fry, who had worked as an investigative analyst with the IRS in San Francisco, entered his plea in federal court there.  Fry was charged in February with the unauthorized disclosure of suspicious activity reports, or SARs.  Such reports are meant to flag potentially unlawful financial conduct to government investigators but do not necessarily indicate wrongdoing.

Is A Major Real Scandal About To Break Soon?  The whole "Trump directed Cohen to lie to Congress" was essentially a sub-hoax perpetuated by Buzzfeed.  Despite Cohen's sensational testimony before Congress in an effort to ingratiate himself to prosecutors, we found out that even this "bombshell" was nothing.  Taken altogether, what we know is that the entire Russian collusion story was nothing but a huge hoax foisted upon the American public, but one we should all be worried about.  What has become increasingly clear is that there was a story developed by a strange incestuous group involving the media, the Clinton campaign, deep state Obama bureaucrats and the DNC to derail the Trump administration.

Michael Cohen offers Democrats new evidence against Trump in bid to delay prison.  President Trump's former personal lawyer Michael Cohen says he has new information to offer Democrats if authorities reduce or delay his upcoming three-year prison sentence.  In a letter to lawmakers Thursday, Cohen's attorneys say he has discovered substantial files on a hard drive that could help investigations of the president.  The hard drive is said to include over 14 million files, which consist of all emails, voice recordings, images and attachments from Cohen's computers and phones, his attorneys Lanny Davis, Michael Monico and Carly Chocron wrote.

Records show FBI was probing Michael Cohen long before raid.  Special Counsel Robert Mueller began investigating President Donald Trump's former lawyer, Michael Cohen, for fraud in his personal business dealings and for potentially acting as an unregistered foreign agent at least nine months before FBI agents in New York raided his home and office, according to documents released Tuesday [3/19/2019].

Have the Democrats finally gone too far?  Did Democrats overreach when they invited convicted liar and turncoat scammer Michael Cohen to tell Congress President Trump is a bad guy?  Are they on a ridiculous fishing expedition when they summon 81 people, including three of the president's children, to testify to a congressional panel whose chairman says he's certain Trump committed crimes, no matter what special counsel Robert Mueller says?  Have they lost their minds with plans for a single-payer health system, the Green New Deal, unrestricted abortion, open borders and endless free stuff?

Tripwire: Adam Schiff Staff Coached Michael Cohen Four Times, Over Ten Hours, Prior to Testimony.  Nothing is organic; everything is planned; this is simply what the Democrats do every single time.  They use the same playbook.  Adding further evidence toward this insufferable scheme, reports are now surfacing that HPSCI Chairman Adam Schiff dispatched his staff members to coach Michael Cohen on his testimony on four occasions (in New York), prior to his congressional appearance, totaling more than 10 hours.  Again, everything is rehearsed and scripted.  These latest developments explain why the Cohen testimony was delayed.  Political democrat operatives, working with Cohen's handler Lanny Davis, worked through a training and coaching process for maximum effect.  This coordinated process is also why Cohen was given a deferment to the beginning of his prison sentence.

Cohen met with Schiff staff for over 10 hours before House Oversight Committee hearing, sources say.  President Trump's former personal attorney Michael Cohen told House investigators this week that staff for Intelligence Committee Chairman Adam Schiff, D-Calif., traveled to New York at least four times to meet with him for over 10 hours immediately before last month's high-profile public testimony, according to two sources familiar with the matter — as Republicans question whether the meetings amounted to coaching a witness.  The sources said the sessions covered a slew of topics addressed during the public hearing before the oversight committee — including the National Enquirer's "Catch and Kill" policy, American Media CEO David Pecker and the alleged undervaluing of President Trump's assets.  But, Republicans have raised concerns with the sessions, with Ohio Rep. Mike Turner sending a letter to Cohen's team on Wednesday demanding answers.

Cohen inquired about pardon from Trump, his lawyer says, contradicting testimony to Congress.  A lawyer representing former Trump attorney Michael Cohen said Wednesday that Cohen directed a lawyer last year to inquire about possibly receiving a pardon from President Trump.  The disclosure by Lanny Davis, first reported by the Wall Street Journal, contradicted testimony by Cohen last week on Capitol Hill, in which Cohen told members of the House Oversight and Reform Committee:  "I have never asked for, nor would I accept, a pardon from Mr. Trump."  In a written statement, Davis said Cohen "directed his attorney" to ask about a possible pardon.  The newspaper adds that it previously reported that Stephen Ryan, a past attorney for Cohen, discussed a pardon with President Trump's lawyers in the weeks after FBI agents raided Cohen's home, office and hotel room.

Michael Cohen won't make a dime on [a] book full of his House testimony.  A Michael Cohen instant book in his own words hit Tuesday — but the fixer-turned-President Trump-antagonist will reap no gain.  Diversion Books said it crashed "Cohen's House Testimony:  The Complete Transcripts and Case Documents" for March 5 publication — only five days after Cohen delivered his riveting public testimony on Capitol Hill.  "For us, it seemed like an important historic moment that will have big demand no matter what you think about Cohen," said Diversion CEO Scott Waxman.  No advance money will be paid to Cohen or any of his congressional interrogators for the book.

Remember: Michael Cohen is a liar.  Michael Cohen is, to remind everyone, a convicted liar.  He lied to the very body before which he is testifying this week.  He did it early, often, and with great panache while employed by Donald Trump — and in many cases was employed to serve that very function.  Many in the press rightly spent months, if not years, accusing Cohen of the very thing we now insist (again rightly), that our vaunted justice system proved true:  that he lies.  But mark my words, few in the media will bring the same skepticism to what he said last week about Trump before Congress.  Many will believe every word as proof the president is a criminal.  But why?  Why is Cohen suddenly believable?

Trump says Cohen's newly revealed book proposal blows up testimony: 'Totally discredited!'  President Trump on Friday [3/1/2019] blasted Michael Cohen over a newly reported book proposal that apparently painted the president in a positive light, saying his former lawyer's pitch contradicts this week's congressional testimony and renders him "totally discredited."  "Wow, just revealed that Michael Cohen wrote 'a love letter to Trump' manuscript for a new book that he was pushing.  Written and submitted long after Charlottesville and Helsinki, his phony reasons for going rogue.  Book is exact opposite of his fake testimony, which is now a lie!" Trump tweeted Friday [3/1/2019].

Michael Cohen's Lying Circus:  A Dispassionate Review.  Tragically, notwithstanding recent efforts at raising public awareness of the scourge of toxic imbecility, the spread of this debilitating disease has intensified, especially in the minds of those whose symptoms are manifested in Trump Derangement Syndrome (TDS).  Nowhere is this acceleration of the outbreak on clearer display than in the Left's rave reviews for the debut of the off-Broadway show trial, "Michael Cohen's Lying Circus," which will be playing a limited engagement in select venues in our nation's capital.

Michael Cohen demolishes the Russia collusion conspiracy — Will anyone be fired for lies?  Michael Cohen spent a decade as Trump's high-profile lobbyer, toady, defender and personal attorney.  And then one day, he decided that he hated Donald Trump and became Donald Trump's mortal enemy.  A big change.  How did that happen?  Well, Cohen told Congress this week that he had a kind of a road to Damascus experience.  He was personally and morally offended by what his boss said on two occasions.  First, after the "Unite the Right" rally in Charlottesville, that was the summer of 2017 and later, when he watched Trump's meeting with Vladimir Putin in Helsinki, Finland about a year later.  Those two scandals, both of them fraudulent, entirely manufactured by the left and its servants in the media, changed Michael Cohen's mind forever.

Lynne Patton:  "Michael Cohen turned on the President because Mueller threatened to throw his wife in jail for up to 30 years".  The appearance of long-time Trump confidante Lynne Patton at the congressional testimony of former Trump lawyer Michael Cohen created a considerable stir amid Washington DC.  However, the context of her appearance takes on even more drama when considered against Patton's Facebook post from January 18th of this year: [...]

Heir to infamous mob family predicts 'rat' Michael Cohen might have big problems in prison.  Once President Donald Trump's disgraced former attorney Michael Cohen reports to prison in May to serve a 3-year-old sentence for campaign finance violations and tax evasion, among other charges, he may be in store for some painfully deep trouble, according to Giovanni Gambino.  Speaking with the Daily Mail early Wednesday morning, a few short hours before Cohen testified publicly to the House Oversight Committee about the president and his alleged crimes, the Gambino crime family heir warned that prison inmates hate "rats."

Why 1 simple lie by Michael Cohen could invalidate his entire testimony.  In order for Michael Cohen to be seen as a credible and reliable source on Donald Trump's business dealings, political activities and character — both in and out of the White House — the President's former fixer must be viewed as a changed man, someone who lied, yes, but has now seen the light and spent his House hearing on Tuesday [2/26/2019] telling the truth and nothing but the truth about his former boss.  Under that narrative, Cohen was ONCE a liar — to protect Trump — but the scales have fallen from his eyes and now he is on the side of facts and truth.

Where Is House Ethics Probe into Adam Schiff?  During his grudge-airing, redemption-seeking spectacle on Wednesday [2/27/2019], Michael Cohen admitted he was in cahoots with Democratic lawmakers prior to giving his congressional testimony.  "We spoke with Chairman [Elijah] Cummings and the [Democratic] Party," Trump's former lawyer confessed to Representative Jody Hice (R-Ga.).  "We spoke with Chairman [Adam] Schiff and his people as well."  Under further questioning by Rep. James Jordan (R-Ohio), Cohen acknowledged he "spoke to Mr. Schiff about topics that were going to be raised at the upcoming hearing."  Jordan clarified that rather than simply discuss the logistics of the hearing, Schiff coached the witness on "what [he was] going to talk about."

Latest Hoaxer Michael Cohen Given 7-Hour Congressional Floor.  A Trump-hating Congress needed to bring their visceral hatred to an all-time high crescendo.  Hoaxer Jussie Smollett tried but got caught in the act by Chicago cops, so working with Hillary Clinton's former lawyer Lanny Davis, Congress brought in Michael Cohen.  Cohen's hoax lasted for seven hours, during which Georgia Congressman Jody Hice said of his testimony:  "It's a shameful mockery".  You won't see this video anywhere on the mainstream or social media today.  [Video clip]

Michael Cohen Hearing Marks the End of Government 'Oversight'.  Michael Cohen's testimony before the House Oversight Committee hearing on Wednesday yielded very little in terms of new information about alleged misconduct by President Donald Trump or his 2016 presidential campaign.  If anything, Cohen's testimony hurt the case against the president.  Cohen said that he had no direct evidence of collusion between the Trump campaign and the Russian government.  He also appeared to lie several times (again).  The media, too, lost.  They billed Cohen's appearance as a climactic moment — then struggled to salvage bits and pieces of their shattered narratives from the wreckage of his testimony.  Cohen told the committee that Trump had not actually told him directly to lie to Congress.  He also admitted there was no evidence, other than the word of a convicted liar (himself), that Trump had ever directed that "hush money" be paid to Stormy Daniels and others.

Michael Cohen's Traveling Mendacity Show.  Michael Cohen is back in town and, as expected, put on a Pecksniffian public performance Wednesday [2/27/2019] for an appreciative audience consisting of Democrats, the media, and miscellaneous TDS sufferers.  Assisted by that preeminent paragon of veracity, Lanny Davis, he pitched several patent specifics of his own invention that he offered as a remedy for the dread disease that has ravaged the Beltway for two years — the Trump Presidency.  Cohen peddled his special swamp juice with the same pious solemnity with which he perjured himself before Congress about an aborted Moscow real estate deal involving Trump and his construction company.

Michael Cohen's Morality Play.  "This is a story of redemption."  That's how Democratic Rep. Carolyn Maloney characterized the testimony Donald Trump's longtime attorney, Michael Cohen, delivered before the House Oversight Committee on Wednesday.  The president's former fixer couldn't have asked for more.  Cohen has been throwing himself upon the mercy of The Resistance ever since it became clear that he would face criminal charges related to his personal misconduct.  To avoid an excessive sentence, Cohen had to share with federal prosecutors all he knew about the president.  But in turning on his former employer and the party he leads, Cohen sacrificed his relationships on the right.  He needed a new set of friends, to say nothing of donors to his legal defense fund.  And so Trump's attorney has embarked on a nakedly cynical campaign of emotional manipulation stimulating all the anti-Trump left's pleasure centers.

Michael Cohen Admits to Coordinating Scripted Testimony With Lanny Davis, Adam Schiff and Elijah Cummings.  Those who follow closely will note Speaker Pelosi's plan to weaponize congressional oversight is a carefully orchestrated campaign with three key figures:  Adam Schiff, Elijah Cummings and Jerry Nadler.  Representative Jody Hice questions Michael Cohen about the construct and background of his congressional appearance.  Within the answer Cohen admits his handler, democrat operative Lanny Davis, coordinated with key congressional leadership to include Oversight Chairman Elijah Cummings and HPSCI Chairman Adam Schiff.  [Video clip]

The Three Times When Michael Cohen's Testimony Accidentally Exonerated President Trump.  Because attorney-client privilege is apparently no longer a thing, Michael Cohen, President Trump's former lawyer, is on Capitol Hill this week testifying against his old employer.  The media tells us that his testimony is like a carpet bomb on the Trump Administration, full of explosive and damning revelations that will surely spell doom for the President.  Something closer to the opposite is the case, I think.

Michael Cohen Admits Discussing 'Topics' with Adam Schiff Before Testimony.  Michael Cohen, former personal attorney to President Donald Trump, admitted that he discussed with Rep. Adam Schiff (D-CA) "topics that might come up" in preparation for his Wednesday [2/27/2019] hearing before the House Oversight Committee.  "I spoke to Mr. Schiff about topics that were going to be raised at the upcoming hearing," Cohen told Rep. Jim Jordan (R-OH) when pressed about the pair's past discussion.  "Whoa," Jordan responded.  "Not just what time you're going to show up, but what you're going to talk about?  Whoa."

GOP reps refer Michael Cohen to DOJ for alleged perjury during hearing.  House Oversight Committee Republicans on Thursday referred ex-Trump attorney Michael Cohen to the Justice Department for alleged perjury, claiming he lied during sworn testimony before the panel a day earlier about a number of issues including his ambitions to work in the Trump administration and contracts with foreign entities.  Committee Ranking Member Jim Jordan, R-Ohio, and Rep. Mark Meadows, R-N.C., penned a letter Thursday [2/28/2019] to newly sworn-in Attorney General William Barr, citing evidence that Cohen "committed perjury" during his hearing before the committee on Wednesday.

Cohen Admits He Can't Corroborate His Allegations Against Trump.  President Donald Trump's former attorney Michael Cohen admitted Wednesday [2/27/2019] he is unable to corroborate allegations that the president discussed elements of WikiLeaks' email hacks with Roger Stone.  "How can we corroborate what you're saying?" Democratic Rep. Deborah Wasserman Schultz of Florida asked Cohen, referring to the former Trump confidant's allegations that the president was aware of Stone's contact with WikiLeaks' founder Julian Assange.  She is among a slew of Democrats and Republicans grilling Cohen during a congressional hearing.  "I don't know, but I suspect the special counsel's office and other government agencies have the information that you're seeking," Cohen said in reply.

Cohen admits he has no evidence Trump colluded with Russians, 'but I have my suspicions'.  President Trump's former attorney Michael Cohen said Wednesday that he has no evidence suggesting his former boss colluded with Russia during the 2016 presidential election, but that he has his "suspicions."  "Questions have been raised about whether I know of direct evidence that Mr. Trump or his campaign colluded with Russia.  I do not, and I want to be clear.  But I have my suspicions," Cohen told lawmakers.  There are "so many dots that all seem to lead" in the direction of Russian President Vladimir Putin, he added.

On the eve of congressional testimony, Michael Cohen disbarred for lying to Congress.  Michael Cohen, the former longtime personal attorney of President Trump, was officially disbarred Tuesday [2/26/2019].  A panel of five justices at the New York Supreme Court ruled that Cohen had ceased to be an attorney when he was convicted in federal court in November 2018 of making false statements to Congress.  The judicial panel ruled that Cohen "ceased to be an attorney upon his federal conviction of making false statements to the United States Congress."  Back in August 2018, President Trump tweeted:  "If anyone is looking for a good lawyer, I would strongly suggest that you don't retain the services of Michael Cohen!"  Today, the justices said that Cohen's name would be "stricken from the roll of attorneys and counselors-at-law in the State of New York."

Cohen Slapped With Criminal Referral Mid-Testimony Over FARA Violation.  Former Trump attorney Michael Cohen was hit with a criminal referral for violating the Foreign Agents Registration Act (FARA) by Rep. Mark Meadows (R-NC) following a heated exchange during Cohen's Wednesday testimony in front of the House Oversight Committee.

Michael Cohen Opening Statement, Worded for Maximum Political Damage.  House Speaker Nancy Pelosi has worked closely with House Oversight Chairman Elijah Cummings to use President Trump's former lawyer Michael Cohen as the cornerstone to a carefully planned democrat impeachment effort.  Working collaboratively with the current U.S. Department of Justice, Speaker Pelosi organized a deferment of prison sentence for Mr. Cohen so he could testify to the House committees. [...] The 20 pages of toxic and disparaging opening remarks are specifically and carefully worded by Cohen and his political handler Lanny Davis to create maximum political damage.  Together with personal documents (and recordings) Cohen will provide, this pre-planned effort is what U.S. media will use to assist their ideological allies in congress.

Michael Cohen Plans to Call Trump a 'Con Man' and a 'Cheat' in Congressional Testimony.  Michael D. Cohen plans to tell Congress on Wednesday [2/27/2019] that President Trump is a "con man" and a "cheat" who knew a longtime adviser was communicating with WikiLeaks — and who implicitly instructed Mr. Cohen to lie about a Trump Tower project in Moscow that was underway during the 2016 presidential campaign.  The extraordinary testimony will take place when Mr. Cohen, the president's former lawyer and fixer, publicly appears before the House Oversight and Reform Committee.  An advance copy of Mr. Cohen's testimony was obtained Tuesday night by reporters at multiple news organizations, including The New York Times, just as Mr. Trump began meetings in Vietnam before convening with the North Korean leader, Kim Jong-un.

Get Trump!  Democrats, Media Go All In On Michael Cohen.  The major broadcast television networks will air live coverage Wednesday of the Democrat-led House Committee on Oversight and Reform hearing with former Trump lawyer Michael Cohen who has turned on his former client since being targeted by federal prosecutors.  The cable news networks will also carry the hearing live in which Cohen will reportedly say of President Trump, "He is a racist.  He is a conman.  He is a cheat."

Cohen hearings [are] designed to keep [the] public in [the] dark about Russia.  Former Trump lawyer and fixer Michael Cohen is scheduled to appear before three congressional committees this week before he heads to jail to serve a sentence for tax evasion and lying to Congress. [...] It would be a great service if the Cohen appearances helped increase the store of public information on the Trump-Russia furor.  But even though Cohen is a key figure in the matter — his name is mentioned 24 times in the so-called Trump dossier — the hearings appear designed to prevent the public from learning anything new about the Russia matter.

Michael Cohen Disbarred Following Felony Conviction For Lying Under Oath.  Donald Trump's former-attorney-turned rat has been disbarred, reported the New York Post. [...] According to the law, any lawyer "who shall be convicted of a felony ... shall upon such conviction, cease to be an attorney and counsellor-at-law, or to be competent to practice law as such."  Mr. Cohen can file for reinstatement in seven years — or sooner if he were to be pardoned (not going to happen).  Michael Cohen was sentenced to 36 months in prison for lying to Congress and other charges related to his taxi medallion company in December and will report to prison on May 6th.

Cell signal puts Cohen outside Prague around time of purported Russian meeting.  A mobile phone traced to President Donald Trump's former lawyer and "fixer" Michael Cohen briefly sent signals ricocheting off cell towers in the Prague area in late summer 2016, at the height of the presidential campaign, leaving an electronic record to support claims that Cohen met secretly there with Russian officials, four people with knowledge of the matter say.  During the same period of late August or early September, electronic eavesdropping by an Eastern European intelligence agency picked up a conversation among Russians, one of whom remarked that Cohen was in Prague, two people familiar with the incident said.

Same Sketchy Journalists Claim Again Michael Cohen in Prague Story.  McClatchy journalists Peter Stone and Greg Gordon are once again attempting to prop-up the most disproven allegation in the Chris Steele/Nellie Ohr dossier about Michael Cohen making a trip to Prague.  They appear to stir this false story approximately every six months.  This iteration is framed around cell-phone tower pings.  Michael Cohen has denied the claim for years.  Cohen's lawyer, Lanny Davis, has clearly denied the claim.  The special counsel has reviewed and walked away from the claim.  The Washington Post spent months trying to substantiate the claim, and could find no evidence.  According to WaPo reporter Greg Miller, the CIA and FBI have refuted the claim.  It simply did not happen.

Beyond rebuttal:
Michael Cohen Report Is Based On Third-Hand Information, Reporter Reveals.  The reporters who broke a potentially bombshell story claiming evidence that Michael Cohen visited Prague during the 2016 presidential campaign did not see for themselves some of the underlying intelligence cited in their report, one of the journalists who wrote the story revealed Thursday [12/27/2018].  In an interview on MSNBC, Greg Gordon said that he and his McClatchy colleague, Peter Stone, did not physically see cell tower records and intelligence intercepts that they claim placed Cohen in Prague in summer 2016.  Gordon also suggested that the four anonymous sources he and Stone cite in their article also did not see the intelligence for themselves, meaning that the report is based on third-hand information.

McClatchy News Beclowns Themselves With Michael Cohen Sourcing.  After claiming to have proprietary information that Michael Cohen visited Prague, McClatchy News reporter Greg Gordon appeared on MSNBC to share the origin of the story.  Not only did the reporters who wrote the article not see the evidence, the sources they used for the claim that Cohen visited Prague also did not see the evidence.  Apparently, a person told another person, who then told Greg Gordon and Peter Stone what the 3rd hand person told them.  That's the sourcing for the claim that Michael Cohen's cell phone was in Prague.

Why Did Michael Cohen Plead Guilty to Campaign Finance Crimes That Aren't Campaign Finance Crimes?  On Wednesday [12/12/2018], a district court judge in Manhattan accepted Michael Cohen's guilty plea to political crimes and sentenced him to three years in the American gulag.  But if the two campaign finance crimes to which he pleaded guilty are not really crimes, why did he plead guilty to them?  And what precedents does this case establish that can be used against political enemies in the future?

Representative Elijah Cummings Outlines Democrat Plan to Remove President Trump via Michael Cohen.  It was curious to see Michael Cohen walk out of his sentencing hearing last week without having to report to jail/prison for the punishment therein. [...] In the prosecutorial agreement within the Cohen case, there obviously remains the fulfillment of terms.  Michael Cohen doesn't report to prison until March 6th, 2019.  Why the exceptional judicial delay and generosity?

Michael Cohen's farewell interview was an embarrassment.  When you've admitted to years of lying, running a shady taxi medallion scheme, and other deceptions, there's not much left to do other than go far, far away and hope the public forgets.  Cohen instead went on ABC's "Good Morning America" to look pathetic. [...] Cohen had misled Congress about the timeline of a failed business deal he pursued in Russia on behalf of the Trump Organization (putting us the closest we've come so far to demonstrating any meaningful connection between President Trump and the Kremlin).  For that, he was given a paltry two months in prison, which were to be served concurrent with the rest of his time.  So, he effectively got no time for that one.  There is no way to make this not look bad for Cohen, though he put his heart into trying.

Robert Mueller's case against Michael Cohen has very little to do with Trump or campaign finance violations.  President Trump and the 2016 campaign amount to a footnote in Special Counsel Robert Mueller's sentence filings on Michael Cohen, despite the news media's heavily overstated narrative that the whole thing is about to blow the lid on a White House "felony."  The documents are almost exclusively an indictment of Cohen as a tax evader and serial liar.  The link to Trump, or of any allegation of wrongdoing on his behalf, has nowhere near the clarity liberals want you to believe.

Cohen lied, broke the law and used Trump to get rich — and now blames Trump for his troubles.  In his federal court sentencing hearing Wednesday, President Trump's former personal attorney Michael Cohen cut a tragic figure of his own making as he tried to convince a judge to spare him from prison for a host of crimes ranging from tax fraud to bank fraud to lying to Congress.  He claimed he was a trusting soul undone by the ambition and the machinations of an evil man — Donald Trump.  It played out like a modern take on the Tennessee Williams play "A Streetcar Named Desire."

Larry O'Connor:  Michael Cohen Sentencing 'Is Nothing But a Power Grab' to Get Rid of Trump.  While filling in for radio host Mark Levin on his nationally syndicated radio talk show, "The Mark Levin Show," on Wednesday night [12/12/2018], WMAL radio host Larry O'Connor, who also has his own show, "The Larry O'Connor Show," said that the sentencing of Michael Cohen, the former attorney of President Donald Trump, was "nothing but a power grab" to get rid of President Trump.  "This is really a power grab from the Southern District of New York," Larry O'Connor said.  "Yes, the intention is to get rid of President Trump, but, also, let's face it, if you believe and agree and love the separation of powers as articulated in our U.S. Constitution, this is nothing but a power grab."

Cohen's pleas concocted by prosecutors to snare Trump.  I'm experiencing 1998 déjà vu as prosecutors once again work overtime to turn extramarital affairs and the efforts to keep them secret into impeachable high crimes and misdemeanors.  Unable to get the witnesses to compose the stories they want, today's prosecutors are discovering they can simply compose the crimes by manipulating the pleas of men desperate to protect their families.  The Michael Cohen sentencing memo took aim directly at both Cohen and President Donald Trump.  It was used, unethically, to cast the president as directing a criminal conspiracy to make "secret and illegal" payments.  Sentencing memos are not supposed to use secret grand jury info to point fingers at those who are not being sentenced, but that's exactly what these did.

Defeat and the Dossier Explain Everything.  Donald Trump's former consiglieri Michael Cohen, along with being charged with tax avoidance and improper business deals, allegedly is guilty also of trying to leverage money and attention by exaggerating his influence with candidate and later President Trump.  In other words, Cohen to spec followed the standard creepy daily fare for Washington and New York wannabe fixers.  But did we need Robert Mueller's 18 months and $40 million to uncover and redirect to federal attorneys what was largely self-evident?  Could not the U.S. government long ago, without the prompt of a special counsel, have uncovered that Michael Cohen did not fully pay his taxes — in the manner of an Al Sharpton, Timothy Geithner, and Tom Daschle?

Why Trump is likely to be indicted by Manhattan US Attorney.  The major takeaway from the 40-page sentencing memorandum filed by federal prosecutors Friday [12/7/2018] for Michael Cohen, President Trump's former personal attorney, is this:  The president is very likely to be indicted on a charge of violating federal campaign finance laws.  It has been obvious for some time that President Trump is the principal subject of the investigation still being conducted by the U.S. attorney for the Southern District of New York.  Cohen earlier pleaded guilty to multiple counts of business and tax fraud, violating campaign finance law, and making false statements to Congress regarding unsuccessful efforts to build a Trump Tower in Moscow.

New Poll:  Half of Voters Don't Believe Mueller Has Anything on Trump.  Robert Mueller's Special Counsel investigation is reportedly heating up again, with a number of reports indicating he's finally getting ready to conclude nearly two years of work on the 2016 presidential election.  Last week President Trump's longtime personal attorney, Michael Cohen, pleaded guilty to lying during congressional testimony.  This is the second plea deal for Cohen after he pleaded guilty to tax fraud and campaign finance violations in August.  In addition, Mueller's office announced former Trump campaign chairman Paul Manafort violated terms of his plea agreement.  But according to half of Americans watching this saga play out, Mueller doesn't seem to have any evidence to bring charges against President Trump.

For Trump, Cohen Plea Deal's Beginning to Look a Lot Like Exoneration.  Contrary to media speculation that Robert Mueller is closing in on President Trump, the special prosecutor's plea deal with Trump's personal lawyer Michael Cohen offers further evidence that the Trump campaign did not collude with Russians during the 2016 election, according to congressional investigators and former prosecutors.

Where's the Beef, Mueller?  The Mueller investigation remains a "collusion" probe without any collusion.  For all of the media's heavy breathing about Thursday's news of a Michael Cohen guilty plea, it doesn't get Mueller any closer to the stated goal of his investigation.  On CNN, where its programming is an endless game of anti-Trump gotcha, Jeff Zucker's puppets recited his mandated talking point that Trump's fixer "may" have "broken" everything, blah, blah, blah.  But the very conjectural character of this feverish chatter indicated the hollowness of the story.  If the plea contained any evidence of collusion, the Hillary donors who make up much of Mueller's staff would surely have leaked it to CNN by now.

Does Mueller Have an October Surprise?  The investigation that was ostensibly initiated to ascertain if the Trump campaign colluded with the Russians to affect the 2016 election has been ongoing for twenty-seven months.  Seventeen months of which have been in the hands of Special Counsel Robert Mueller and his Democrat phalanx of investigators and prosecutors spending in excess of $1.4 million a month.)  This prolonged inquisition has produced no evidence or indictments supporting the collusion allegation.  Yet the investigation marches on with no end in sight. [...] Based on his insistence that Trump testify in what is obviously a perjury trap, the innumerable leaks emanating from Mueller's office, the conviction of Paul Manafort on unrelated charges and the coerced guilty plea by Michael Cohen again on unrelated charges, Robert Mueller appears to have a much greater animus toward Donald Trump than Lawrence Walsh toward Ronald Reagan or George Bush.

Michael Cohen's lawyer has done real damage to the case against Trump.  One of the most bizarre aspects of the investigations engulfing the Trump administration is the lawyers involved.  Here we have a presidency on the line, and this is Trump's team?  The top legal spokesmen for each side are ... Rudolph W. Giuliani and Lanny Davis!?  Up until this point, though, Giuliani was the Great Contradictor and Davis was merely a colorful character.  Now that has changed in a big way.  In a new interview with The Washington Post's Tom Hamburger and Rosalind S. Helderman, Davis is backing off two massive claims he made in recent weeks, including that former Trump lawyer Michael Cohen has told people he witnessed President Trump being informed of Donald Trump Jr.'s 2016 Trump Tower meeting with a Russian lawyer before it happened.

Michael Cohen, the Rabbit in Robert Mueller's Hat.  People are wondering why Cohen waited so long before turning up at CNN with scratchy audio recordings he claims to have secretly recorded on former, unsuspecting client Donald J. Trump.  It's the Midterms that kept Mike The Rabbit waiting so long.  Michael Cohen's testimony is Mueller's Special Counsel's last chance to keep the Russians-stole-the-election conspiracy alive in order to get more Democrats returned to power in Midterms, and to keep investigations going all the way through to 2020 presidential elections.

Trump won't lose supporters over Manafort, Cohen — despite what liberal media are spewing.  The liberal media suggest that President Trump is on a sinking ship and will be soon be losing the support of a large number of his followers — the group Hillary Clinton dismissively described as "a basket full of deplorables."  Don't believe it.  The conviction Tuesday of former Trump presidential campaign chairman Paul Manafort on tax and bank fraud charges — and the guilty plea that Trump's former personal lawyer Michael Cohen entered the same day to charges of violating federal campaign finance laws, tax evasion and making a false statement to a bank — won't shake support for Trump among the millions of Americans who voted for him and appreciate his many accomplishments in office.

Trump legal team makes case to prosecute Comey, others for lying after Cohen guilty plea.  Former and current members of President Trump's legal team have compiled research to make the case that former FBI Director James B. Comey misled Congress in his testimony and is not a reliable witness for special counsel Robert Mueller.  The lawyers last year tried to persuade Mr. Mueller to investigate Mr. Comey, his former colleague, to no avail.  The Trump-Comey war took on new dimensions last week as Mr. Mueller won a guilty plea from former Trump attorney Michael Cohen, who admitted to lying to the Senate Select Committee on Intelligence about a proposed election-year Trump Organization Moscow hotel deal.

Why is Michael Cohen prosecuted when Hillary Clinton, Eric Holder and Lois Lerner were not?  With a Republican president in place and soon-to-be Democrat-run House, the Department of Justice (DOJ) has conveniently remembered that they have the ability to prosecute people who lie to Congress.  This was a power they had inexplicably forgotten about during the 10 years that Democrats were benefiting from witnesses who lied.  No doubt there should be consequences and accountability if you testify to Congress under oath and blatantly lie or violate the law.  But the DOJ seems to have different standards based on which party's political fortunes will be impacted.  It is this unequal application of justice that is dividing the country and threatens peace.  Michael Cohen, Donald Trump's former attorney, struck a plea deal with the DOJ for lying to Congress.  But what about all the other egregious cases of misconduct interacting with Congress?  Why weren't those pursued or prosecuted?

Another nothing-burger?  Catherine Herridge breaks down Michael Cohen's guilty plea 'bombshell'.  Early Thursday morning word broke that President Donald Trump's former personal lawyer Michael Cohen had pleaded guilty to lying to Congress during its investigation into possible Russian collusion.  Following the announcement, the perpetually hysterical left broke into cheers of gleeful applause over the belief that the president would soon be the next one to be indicted.

Another Turbulent Week with Some Big Mysteries.  The Special Counsel keeps rolling with indictments that have nothing to do with the original charge — certainly because the only collusion with Russia was by Hillary.  Each time the anti-Trumpers are certain the President's end is nigh.  This week's indictment of [Michael] Cohen is of a piece with that history.

On Hush Money, the President's Best Defense Is Lack of Criminal Intent.  You can be forgiven if you've forgotten there even is a Mueller investigation.  Just a week ago, the country was on tenterhooks as the jury in Paul Manafort's trial headed into the weekend without having reached a verdict.  Would they hang?  Had Special Counsel Robert Mueller overreached?  Did federal judge T. S. Ellis of the Eastern District of Virginia undermine the prosecutors?  Such is the permanent frenzy of the Trump news cycle that, even with Tuesday's convictions, Manafort and Mueller seem like old news.  They've been superseded by Michael Cohen's guilty plea; specifically, by the fallout of Cohen's having implicated the president in felony campaign-finance offenses during his allocution in Manhattan federal court late Tuesday afternoon — an otherworldly media moment, simultaneous with the jury verdict in Manafort's trial 200 miles south.

Mueller Cannot Have Credibility If He Ignores Hillary's Crimes.  This investigation is absent of all credibility because it specifically ignores what happened on the Hillary side!  Without what happened on the Hillary side, they would not have an investigation of Trump.  That's why!  There is a dossier — and, by the way, do you know why Cohen's caught up in this?  The dossier mentions Cohen!  The dossier, this phony, unprovable piece of Hillary Clinton opposition research also mentions Cohen.  That's how he gets lassoed into this.

War of Attrition Against President Trump.  Precisely how does Bill Clinton's main legal fixer turn up as Michael Cohen's attorney in a plea bargain with a special prosecutor?  If you put that kind of plot line in a political thriller, the public would laugh you off the newsstand book racks.  Nonetheless, we now have Lanny Davis, special counsel to the president for Bill Clinton during 1996-1998, declaring to CNN:  "It's my observation that Mr. Cohen has knowledge that would be of interest to the special counsel about the issue of whether Donald Trump, ahead of time, knew about the hacking of emails, which is a computer crime."  On Tuesday [8/21/2018] Davis told MSNBC that Cohen knew about "the possibility of a conspiracy to collude and corrupt the American democracy system in the 2016 election."

Cohen Attorney Lanny Davis Is Registered Foreign Agent for Pro-Russian Oligarch Wanted by US Government and Linked to Putin.  On Tuesday [8/21/2018] former Trump Attorney Michael Cohen, on the advice of his attorney and Clinton advisor Lanny Davis, surrendered himself to the FBI after it was reported he reached a plea deal with federal prosecutors. [...] Cohen attorney Lanny Davis is a registered foreign agent for Dmytro Firtash, a pro-Russia Ukrainian oligarch wanted by the US government.

Dershowitz: Candidate Entitled To Pay Hush Money, Committed No Election Crime.  Alan Dershowitz said the only campaign violation that could have happened is if former Trump attorney Michael Cohen did break a campaign finance law on his own volution and called the situation a "Catch-22" on MSNBC this afternoon [8/22/2018].

Cohen Attorney Backtracks On Claim That Trump Had Advance Knowledge of Russian Hacking.  Lanny Davis, an attorney for Michael Cohen, is backtracking from his stunning claim that President Donald Trump had advance knowledge of Russian hacking efforts.  During interviews on Tuesday [8/21/2018] and Wednesday, Davis laid out a grave allegation against Trump, saying that Cohen had information that would be of interest to special counsel Robert Mueller, including about Russian hacking of Democrats' emails.  In an interview Tuesday with MSNBC's Rachel Maddow, Davis said Cohen, a former lawyer for Trump, has "knowledge about the computer crime of hacking and whether or not Mr. Trump knew ahead of time about that crime and even cheered it on."

Lanny Davis:  Michael Cohen Never Went To Prague As Steele Dossier Claims.  Lanny Davis, the Clinton-connected attorney for Michael Cohen, said Wednesday [8/22/2018] that the former Trump lawyer had never been to Prague, as the infamous Steele dossier alleges.  "Thirteen references to Mr. Cohen are false in the dossier, but he has never been to Prague in his life," Davis said Wednesday in an interview on Bloomberg.  The statement is a significant denial given that, according to Davis, Cohen has turned over a new leaf by deciding to discuss his work on behalf of President Donald Trump.

MSNBC Keeps Lying About the Dossier Being Corroborated.  An MSNBC panelist named Paul Butler, a Georgetown Professor, stated on the Joy Reid show that the Steele dossier "keeps getting corroborated" by Special Counsel Robert Mueller and reporters.  That is not at all true.  Nothing of significance has been confirmed.  Even Jim Comey said the FBI could not verify the document.  Earlier this week, Lanny Davis, the Clinton mob lawyer now representing Cohen, asserted that the dossier's allegations about Cohen are "100 percent" false.

Loose Ends #44.  As I said in the previous note, I've been on the road all week and mostly ill-informed about the breaking Trump stories, and much else.  So all I have are some more Loose Ends to file.  With one caveat.  I hadn't been paying attention to the fact that Michael Cohen's attorney is Lanny Davis.  Lanny Davis???  Seriously?  What is this — some kind of parallel universe remake of the Clinton sex scandals of the 1990s?  We all recall how that ended, don't we?

How long before Cohen's lawyer changes his story again?  Can Michael Cohen give evidence that President Trump knowingly colluded with Russia, or does he have no knowledge whatsoever?  It seems to depend on what story his lawyer is teasing at the moment.  Following Cohen's guilty plea Tuesday, attorney Lanny Davis said on MSNBC that his client is willing to speak with special counsel Robert Mueller about a "conspiracy to collude," citing his "knowledge on certain subjects that should be of interest."  That seemed to confirm July 27 CNN and CBS reports that Cohen was prepared to testify that Trump knew in advance about the 2016 Trump Tower meeting in which Russians were expected to offer political dirt on Hillary Clinton.  Davis personally confirmed those stories off the record to The [New York] Post at the time.  Except now Davis says it isn't true.

Lanny Davis Admits He Lied to the Media About Major Trump Tower Report.  Michael Cohen's attorney Lanny Davis admitted on Thursday that he erroneously confirmed a CNN report about Trump's knowledge of the 2016 Trump Tower meeting with the Russians.  CNN reported on July 27 that Cohen was prepared to tell Special Counsel Robert Mueller that the president had advance knowledge of the Trump Tower meeting.  On Wednesday, Davis said that the reporting was "mixed up" and that his client had no information regarding when Trump knew about the meeting.  According to the New York Post, however, Davis himself confirmed CNN's report as an anonymous source when it was first published.  Davis is now apologizing on the record for confirming something he did not know to be true.

Newest Charity Case For The Resistance:  Michael Cohen.  If it's any comfort, it's not like he's making Peter Strzok money or anything.  Still, he's more than $100,000 richer than he was yesterday [8/21/2018] thanks to [an] infernal GoFundMe page, proof that in America 2018 even a rich, crooked New York lawyer can rake in the ResistanceBucks so long as he's performing the very important task of [annoying] the left's least favorite person.

Does Michael Cohen's Guilty Plea Justify All The Trump Impeachment Talk?  Talk of impeaching President Trump is everywhere.  But Democrats have been pining for Trump's impeachment since before he even set foot in the White House.  Michael Cohen's guilty plea is just the latest excuse to bring it up.

Why Michael Cohen Agreed to Plead Guilty — And Implicate the President.  Adding to the pressure, David Pecker, the chairman of American Media Inc., which publishes the National Enquirer, provided prosecutors with details about payments Mr. Cohen arranged with women who alleged sexual encounters with President Trump, including Mr. Trump's knowledge of the deals.  This account of how Mr. Cohen went from a pugnacious defender of the president to turning on Mr. Trump is based on details provided by people close to Mr. Cohen and others briefed on the discussions with prosecutors.  For weeks, the president had been distancing himself from Mr. Cohen, including by stopping paying the lawyer's legal fees, making clear amid the pressure that he was on his own.

How The Clintons Directed Michael Cohen To Plead Guilty & Implicate President Trump.  Weeks earlier D.C. Whispers warned readers of Lanny Davis's sudden appearance at the side of former Trump personal attorney Michael Cohen.  Mr. Davis is a longtime Clinton operative and as recently as 2016 was helping to manage Hillary Clinton's presidential run.  His longstanding ties to the Clintons affords him strong ties with both the Democrat and Republican establishments, vast D.C. lobbying powers, and media moguls.  In short, he is as Deep State as Deep State gets.  Now he's using Michael Cohen to add manufactured fuel to the "get President Trump" fire as the Clintons sit back and watch and wait.

Clinton Mob Lawyer Lanny Davis Sold Out His Client.  Some legal experts are saying today that Lanny Davis, Hillary's close friend and general counsel, sold his client Michael Cohen out with a sentence unwarranted by the crimes.  Do we have to ask ourselves why?  Is it because Hillary Clinton is his client and not Michael Cohen?  It's important to note that the verdict and plea in the Paul Manafort and Michael Cohen cases respectively have nothing to do with Russia or collusion.  The Manafort trial did not deal with his role as a Trump campaign chairman.  In Cohen's case, he said he made the payments to Stormy Daniels and Karen McDougall at the direction of an unidentified candidate.  That's not criminal.

Democrats Who Support Trump:  CNN's Coverage of Cohen, Manafort Is a 'Side Show'.  Registered Democrats who support President Donald Trump told CNN its coverage of the president's administration is a "side show" and that they are glad to see the stock market rise and their retirement savings increase.  CNN aired footage Friday morning [8/24/2018] of correspondent Jason Carroll speaking with registered Democrats in Pennsylvania praising Trump for improving the economy and looking out for their savings.  Eileen and Richard Sorokas supported former President Barack Obama during both elections, but then switched over and supported Trump because of his promises to improve the economy.

The trial(s) of Paul Manafort

As Impeachment Ends, It's Time to Correct These Nine Injustices.  [#1] Commute Paul Manafort's sentence.  Paul Manafort has spent most of his time in solitary confinement since his arrest in 2017.  As noted by the National Review, "Everyone knows this prosecution is politically motivated.  [The prosecutor] hates the president and wants to use solitary confinement in a hellhole with violent criminals to squeeze Manafort into testifying against the president."  Reason magazine, no fan of either Trump or Manafort, has called this torture.  Enough is enough.  He's served years in brutal conditions for white collar crimes.  Commute his sentence.

Major Update:  Was Manafort A Plant, Willing Or Otherwise?  Long ago a trusted source told me that the Clinton campaign had very early on come to the conclusion that Trump would be the most dangerous GOP candidate, from a Clinton perspective.  That would have meant that the Clinton organization would have mobilized to take Trump down, and the Russia narrative seems to have been decided on at an early date.  Thus we see the persistent attempt by Felix Sater to somehow link Trump to the moribund Trump Moscow project, the Trump Tower meeting with Veselnitskaya, etc.  The usual story is that Manafort was introduced into the Trump campaign through the efforts of Tom Barrack, a Syrian born real estate magnate who was friends with both Trump and Manafort.  Barrack had been a major help to Ivanka and Jared Kushner in a difficult real estate situation and used that connection to urge the Kushners to get Barrack onto the campaign.  Sound familiar?  Sound possible?  Of course.  The question is:  Was there an ulterior motive to all this?

Is an FBI Interview a G-Man's License to Lie?  [Scroll down]  Strangely, there was no such transcript of what [Paul] Manafort had said in his interviews.  This made it difficult to reconstruct what his responses to questioning had been, let alone determine whether they were truthful.  But if there was no transcript, surely the court could consult a videotape of his interrogation, the sort of recording that is standard practice for local police who are interviewing, say, a suspected car thief.  And if there was no videotape for the judge to watch, surely there was, at the very least, an audiotape.  But no.  The bureau has insisted instead, for more than half a century, on summarizing its interrogations, of everyone from witnesses to targets, in a type of memo designated an FD-302 or just "302."

New York prosecutors throw out Constitution to charge Manafort.  This month, the greatest off Broadway production should be titled "The Prosecutors," starring Manhattan District Attorney Cyrus Vance Jr. and New York Attorney General Letitia James.  As in another dramatic comedy, "The Producers," the state case against former Donald Trump campaign manager Paul Manafort seems designed to fail, leaving its prosecutors with the convenient windfall of public support and none of the burden.

NY's political prosecution of Manafort should scare us all.  The Manhattan District Attorney's Office has indicted Paul Manafort for mortgage fraud and more than a dozen other state felonies.  This is a nakedly political prosecution.  Democrats, who run the Empire State, are apoplectic that President Trump could pardon his former campaign manager, who has been sentenced to 90 months in prison in the Mueller probe.  The federal charges had nothing to do with the rationale for the special counsel's investigation, which involves Russia's interference in the 2016 election and any possible Trump campaign coordination in that effort.  But there is no doubt that the convictions and sentences, which resulted from separate but related proceedings in the Eastern District of Virginia and the District of Columbia, are valid.  In Washington on Wednesday [3/13/2019], Judge Amy Berman Jackson added 43 months of incarceration to the 47-months of imprisonment Judge T.S. Ellis imposed in Alexandria last week.

Paul Manafort Was an Agent of Ukraine, Not Russia.  According to the indictment Robert Mueller filed against him, Manafort was an unregistered "agent of the Government of Ukraine."  He also functioned as an agent of Viktor Yanukovych, Ukraine's president from 2010 to 2014, and of two political parties, the Party of Regions and its successor, the Opposition Bloc.  Manafort was not an unregistered agent of Russia.  Mueller never alleged that Manafort was a clandestine operative of the Kremlin.  He worked for Ukraine, not Putin.  Indeed, for much of his time in Ukraine, he pushed his clients against Putin's interests.

Federal Judge Just Slapped The Anti-Trump Collusion Conspiracy Hoax In The Face.  For months the Establishment Media and its Democrat Party cohorts had breathlessly declared Paul Manafort was going away for "a very long time" while attempting to insinuate Mr. Manafort's legal troubles were directly linked to his time with the Trump campaign.  The truth is they weren't.  Manafort faced trial for matters totally unrelated to President Trump but rather on decades-old financial dealings.  And this week a federal judge said as much while also handing out a relatively light sentence that has the far left seething.

Judge Ellis rebuked Special Counsel Meuller when sentencing Paul Manafort.  Judge T.S. Ellis, a Reagan appointee to the Federal District Court for Eastern Virginia, is well known for speaking his mind.  Yesterday, in sentencing Paul Manafort, he rebuked Team Mueller's harsh sentence recommendation of 19-24 years' imprisonment as "excessive," and instead set a lot of progressives' hair on fire by imposing a sentence of 47 months and recommended counting the nine months of time served (much of it in solitary confinement, imposed by Judge Amy Berman Jackson in a separate case in D.C. District Court) against that total, meaning just over three years of imprisonment.

The 'Otherwise Blameless Life' of Paul Manafort.  "He has lived an otherwise blameless life," said Judge T. S. Ellis as he sentenced Paul Manafort to just 47 months in prison on Thursday [3/7/2019].  In an otherwise blameless life, Paul Manafort lobbied on behalf of the tobacco industry and wangled millions in tax breaks for corporations.  In an otherwise blameless life, he helped Philippine President Ferdinand Marcos bolster his image in Washington after he assassinated his primary political opponent.  In an otherwise blameless life, he worked to keep arms flowing to the Angolan generalissimo Jonas Savimbi, a monstrous leader bankrolled by the apartheid government in South Africa.  While Manafort helped portray his client as an anti-communist "freedom fighter," Savimbi's army planted millions of land mines in peasant fields, resulting in 15,000 amputees.

Mueller's Final Manafort Filings Are Scant On Russia Details, Never Mention 'Trump' Or 'Collusion'.  Special Counsel Robert Mueller's final filings against former Trump campaign manager Paul Manafort are likely bad news for Manafort, but may be — oddly — good news for President Donald Trump.  Mueller and his team made their final required filing in Manafort's case late Friday, submitting a "government sentencing memorandum" to the United States District Court in Washington, D.C., justifying their request for a harsh, 17-year prison sentence against Manafort.  In it, the government argues that Manafort "chose repeatedly and knowingly to violate the law — whether the laws proscribed garden-variety crimes such as tax fraud, money laundering, obstruction of justice, and bank fraud, or more esoteric laws that he nevertheless was intimately familiar with, such as the Foreign Agents Registration Act (FARA)," both before and after he was under scrutiny by the Special Counsel.

Ken Starr:  The hammer is about to drop on Paul Manafort after Mueller learns he was a mole for Trump.  Former independent counsel Ken Starr told CNN on Wednesday that Paul Manafort is in even deeper trouble with Robert Mueller after it was revealed Tuesday that his lawyer has been briefing the president's legal team about what he's been telling federal investigators.  "You at this stage belong to the prosecutors.  You're now inside the tent, you're part of the team," Starr said of Manafort.  "So to be leaking information to the lawyers outside the team, that's going to be viewed very seriously and obviously is."

Manafort/Assange Drama Proves Media Will Buy Any Russia Conspiracy Story, No Matter Its Flaws.  Many media figures have swallowed whole, without evidence, a conspiracy theory that Donald Trump became president by treasonously colluding with Russia to steal the 2016 election from its rightful owner, Hillary Clinton.  The information operation that pushed this story turned out to have been secretly developed and funded by Hillary Clinton and the Democratic National Committee, a fact uncovered only through the tenacious digging of Republicans on the House Permanent Select Committee on Intelligence in the face of major opposition from the media and Democrats on the committee.  The information operation has been fed to an increasingly compliant and credulous media with nearly no resistance.  Fusion GPS is the Clinton- and Democrat-funded group that initiated the Russia collusion story, although it is now, according to congressional testimony, being spearheaded by the Democracy Integrity Project and funded to the tune of $50 million.  The Washington Post quietly admitted, buried the news, really, that the operation was funded by George Soros.

Hollywood Celebrates Paul Manafort Guilty Plea.  Several celebrities took to social media on Friday [9/14/2018] and posted messages celebrating former Trump presidential campaign chairman Paul Manafort's decision to plead guilty to a federal conspiracy charge as part of a plea agreement with special counsel Robert Mueller. [...] The White House issued a statement Friday that said the charges against Paul Manafort are unrelated to Mr. Trump's election victory.

Paul Manafort's Plea.  Former convention delegate manager Paul Manafort, entered into a plea deal today with Special Counsel Robert Mueller for issues related to his lobbying firm and FARA registry violations.  The plea has nothing to do with candidate Trump, president-elect Trump, or President Trump.

Manafort Deal Looks Like Good News for Trump, Terrible News for Democrats.  Something rarely brought up by our utterly useless but still corrupt establishment media is that in order for someone to "flip," that someone has to have the goods on someone else.  In other words, if you want to deal your way out of prison time, you have to have something to deal with; you actually have to serve someone's head up on a platter.  Nevertheless, all throughout the Russian Collusion Hoax, and every time someone agrees to "cooperate" with Mueller, the media squee like the 14-year-old girls they all are and then intentionally mislead the public by matter-of-factly saying, "This is bad news for Trump."  Well, no, actually it is not.

Manafort's Guilty Plea.  If we assume, for argument's sake, that the special counsel has wanted to make a criminal case on the president (I've never been fully convinced of this), the challenge Mueller has had from the start is that there was no underlying crime to predicate his investigation.  He was rashly appointed by Deputy Attorney General Rod Rosenstein in the uproar over the president's ham-fisted firing of FBI director James Comey.  But terminating executive-branch officers is not obstruction; it is a prerogative of the presidency.  If it is done abusively or for unsavory motives, that could be grounds for impeachment, but not for criminal prosecution.  Ditto harassing the attorney general, contemplating the removal of the special counsel himself, and allegedly weighing in on whether Michael Flynn, the former national-security adviser, should be investigated.  We can all agree — or, at least, many of us do agree — that it would be better if the president did not do such things.  It should be indisputable, though, that the Constitution endows him with the authority to do them.

Paul Manafort may have struck a deal with Robert Mueller.  President Trump's ex-campaign chair Paul Manafort tentatively agreed to a plea deal with special counsel Robert Mueller that will head off his upcoming second trial, ABC News reported Thursday [9/13/2018].  The feds were expected to announce the agreement in court Friday, but it remained uncertain whether the international man of intrigue had agreed to cooperate with prosecutors in the Russia probe.  The network said Manafort could be pleading guilty to avoid the stress and expense of a second trial following his conviction in Virginia on tax fraud and money laundering charges.

Paul Manafort and special counsel reach plea agreement to avert second trial.  Paul Manafort, President Trump's former campaign chairman, pleaded guilty Friday to federal conspiracy charges and agreed to cooperate in special counsel Robert S. Mueller III's investigation of Russian interference in the 2016 presidential race, prosecutors said Friday, marking a stunning about-face for the former Trump deputy.  The plea deal, unveiled in federal court in Washington, will allow Manafort, 69, to avoid a second trial on charges stemming from his lucrative work for pro-Russian politicians in Ukraine before he joined the Trump campaign and his subsequent attempts to tamper with witnesses in the case.

Bernard Kerik:  Why Manafort Was Put in Solitary.  In a very small regional jail in Warsaw, Virginia, sits Bob Mueller's big fish, Paul Manafort.  Mueller, the U.S. Department of Justice Special Counsel appointed to investigate any possible collusion between Russia and President Donald Trump's campaign, has charged Manafort with multiple counts of conspiracy, money laundering, tax crimes, false statements, and anything else they can wad into a big ball and throw up against the wall to see what sticks.  After his arrest, Manafort was placed on house arrest on a $10 million-dollar bail, until the government recently accused him of witness tampering and convinced U.S. District Judge Amy Berman Jackson to revoke his bail, and remand him to jail pending trail.  To a casual observer, this would seem justified, however, to anyone that has been through it, or has witnessed the government's selective and political prosecutions over the past few decades, they would tell you that it is all a part of a prosecutorial strategy.

Manafort split verdict says nothing on Trump, Russia, and the 2016 election.  What does the Paul Manafort divided verdict — guilty on 8 fraud charges with a mistrial declared on the remaining 10 charges — mean for the question of whether the Trump campaign conspired with Russia to fix the 2016 election?  Nothing.  Of course, everyone knew that going into the trial.  Special counsel Robert Mueller was assigned to investigate "any links and/or coordination between the Russian government and individuals associated with the campaign of President Donald Trump."  Mueller's authority also covered "any matters that arose or may arise directly from the investigation," plus any issues that might involve obstruction of the investigation.  Prosecutors said before the trial that they would not mention the word "Russia" at all during the proceedings, and that was pretty much the case.  They also barely mentioned the name Trump, although it came up briefly in the charges that Manafort gave a Chicago banker a spot on a Trump campaign advisory board in exchange for approving an iffy loan.

The Week Washington Officially Lost Its Collective Mind.  In an orgy of political drama playing out in courtrooms up and down the Acela corridor, President Trump's lawyer and his one-time campaign manager stand convicted of various crimes.  In this fever worse than Joe McCarthy's Red Scare, President Trump — therefore — has been officially declared guilty by association!  Paul Manafort, Mr. Trump's campaign manager for six minutes during the summer of 2016, was found guilty of a host of crimes dating back more than a decade relating to his various business ventures, none of which has anything to do with President Trump.  What is interesting about the case against Mr. Manafort is that prosecutors had declined to pursue some of the charges way back when.  But that was before Mr. Manafort betrayed the political establishment by working for Mr. Trump's presidential campaign.

Why Trump's supporters won't care about Cohen and Manafort's convictions.  Last week, a woman in her mid-40s who lives in a tidy suburban enclave just outside of Columbus, Ohio, summed up her continued support for President Donald Trump despite his morals, values and behavior not matching hers nor matching her expectations she had for any president of the United States.  "For decades I have been inspired by aspiring politicians and elected officials who took to the podium or the camera and delivered poetic speeches to earn my trust and my support.  They would sway me with expressive words and artfully delivered promises," she said.  While the words were beautiful, they never manifested into anything tangible in her community.

The Trouble with Impeachment.  Paul Manafort, Bannon's predecessor as the top Trump campaign official, was found guilty on August 21 of eight counts of bank and tax fraud.  Manafort is the biggest fish special counsel Robert Mueller has landed so far — even if the charges that Manafort hid or failed to disclose millions of dollars in income from his consulting work overseas do not directly reflect Russian meddling in the 2016 election.

Jury Finds Manafort Guilty on 8 Counts.  After four days of deliberations, the jury reached a verdict on 8 counts and could not make a decision on 10 counts in the tax evasion and bank fraud case against Paul Manafort.  Judge Ellis declared a mistrial on 10 counts.  The verdict will be read on 8 counts.

Paul Manafort is found guilty of eight counts of fraud after first trial brought by Robert Mueller's prosecutors.  Paul Manafort was found guilty of fraud by a federal jury in Alexandria, Virginia, on Tuesday in a bombshell verdict which puts pressure on Donald Trump, whose campaign he once ran.  The jury found Manafort guilty of eight counts of bank and tax fraud, which could send the former Trump campaign manager to prison for the rest of his life.  He had been charged with a total of 18 counts of fraud.  The jury said it was deadlocked on the other 10.

REPORT: CNN Intentionally Intimidates Paul Manafort Jury.  [Paul] Manafort, who worked for a short time as President Trump's campaign chairman during the 2016 presidential election, has been charged by special counsel Robert Mueller with various financial crimes, none of which have anything to do with Trump or the campaign.  Manafort's fate now sits with the jury, and after two days of deliberations, anti-Trump media outlets like CNN are becoming concerned Manafort could be acquitted, which would be a major blow to Mueller's credibility and his ability to remove Trump from office — an outcome the establishment media are desperate to orchestrate.  And so, on Thursday [8/18/2018], CNN, along with six other far-left media outlets (the Washington Post, BuzzFeed, Politico, the New York Times, NBC, and the AP) sued for the release of the names and home addresses of all of the Manafort jurors, a move that is both disturbing and almost unprecedented.

Manafort's Purge Trial.  I don't care much for Paul Manafort.  Like his Democratic Party doppelgänger Tony Podesta, he is the kind of pond scum that makes what we call The Swamp The Swamp.  Indeed, the two men have worked together in the past, having a natural affinity for exploiting the public interest for maximum profit.  I was going to call this column "The Trial of Tony Podesta" to point out the ridiculous disparity that one is on trial but not the other.  Judge Ellis couldn't have been more right.  This is selective prosecution to get at the president.  The charges are outrageously broad and deliberately so.  Nevertheless, it doesn't speak well of Trump that he chose to work with a man like Manafort.

The Manafort Trial Ends.  This week marked the end of the trial of Paul Manafort.  The jury is now deliberating his fate.  I cannot with certainty opine on the prosecution's handling of the case.  I can't because all we know — in the absence of transcripts of the trial — is what reporters have told us.  In my experience they often lack the background to adequately apprise us of what went on.  Reporters also give more weight generally to salacious details — in this case Manafort's wardrobe and Gates' affairs — than they do to the more significant documentary evidence.  Finally, as I learned in covering the Libby trial as an observer, even the best reporters have deadlines, which means their stories are often filed before the cross-examination of key witnesses and begin the next day with the direct examination of the next witness, which means half of what occurred — often the most important part to my mind — is unreported.  Nevertheless, from even those accounts, it would appear that the prosecution was hardly a slam dunk, and Manafort's lawyers obviously thought so in closing without presenting any case.  In closing arguments, they hit upon those weaknesses.

The left's enforcers:  CNN sues to reveal names and addresses of Manafort jurors.  If it were I, and if the information reported in the news were the same as the information given to the jury, I'd let Manafort walk, given that they should have caught what he was doing a decade ago, not now.  The only reason they didn't bother was because one of the Podesta brothers was also involved, and apparently that meant protection for all of them — gag.  So prosecute the lazy prosecutors.  Because if prosecutors were serious about this case, they'd have done something a long time ago.  Since they weren't and the special counsel is on a witch hunt to Get Trump for political reasons, I'd send a message to the prosecutors that this is a political persecution, and Manafort deserves to walk.

Very Confident Manafort Defense Won't Bother To Call Defense Witnesses Due To Weak Prosecution Case.  It's a move that has both New York and Washington D.C. buzzing.  The defense team for Paul Manafort, after listening to federal prosecutors lay out their case against Mr. Manafort for reported banking and tax discrepancies dating back more than ten years, gave the court a collective shrug and moved to have the trial go straight to closing arguments without bothering to call a single defense witness.  Though a potentially risky move, it is also a sign the defense believes federal prosecutors fell far short of presenting a case beyond a reasonable doubt — a form of laughing in the prosecution's face.  If the jury then returns a verdict of not guilty, it will be a serious embarrassment for the Mueller investigation which was clearly pinning its hopes on getting Manafort to provide something, anything, that Mueller could use to go after President Trump.

Banana Republic:  Paul Manafort Is Being Held in Tiny Prison Cell with No Reading Material or TV During Trial.  Paul Manafort was Donald Trump's campaign manager for two months.  Now he must be punished.  The US government is holding Paul Manafort in a tiny prison cell during his trial with no reading material and no television.  Paul Manafort faces 305 years in prison for tax evasion charges — a crime that typically has an average sentence of 1.5 years.

Manafort case is about Manafort — not Trump or the Trump campaign.  [A]side from the charges of lying on bank-loan applications, Manafort is charged with failing to pay taxes stemming from his work for a Russian-backed Ukrainian president.  Meanwhile, international media attention is focused on this case like it is the trial of the century.  So it must be a really big deal and somehow involve Donald Trump or at least his campaign, right?  Wrong.  The trial involves Manafort's business dealings and tax filings going back to 2006 — long before he ever signed on as a volunteer on the Trump presidential campaign.

Paul Manafort Learns That Encrypting Messages Doesn't Matter If the Feds Have a Warrant to Search Your iCloud Account.  Federal prosecutors have accused Paul Manafort of witness tampering, alleging that he used WhatsApp and Telegram in an attempt to coordinate his testimony with old business associates.  Manafort, Donald Trump's former campaign manager, may have thought that he was being sneaky by using encrypted chat apps, but Manafort just learned the hard way that strong encryption doesn't really matter if you're backing up your messages to the cloud — especially when the federal government gets a warrant to access your iCloud account.

Mueller leaves Washington in despair.  As far as I can tell, Manafort stands trial for buying an ostrich jacket.  I was so disappointed when I discovered it was made of ostrich hide and not feathers.  I expected Manafort dressed in a 1970s Superfly outfit.  Instead it is just a leather jacket.

Russian Collusion Investigation Has Orwellian Roots.  Paul Manafort may or may not have violated tax and banking laws in 2010.  Given the twisted and arcane nature of those laws, who knows?  What we do know is that Manafort first was investigated for breaking those laws in that year by Robert Mueller's FBI.  A discretionary decision was made not to prosecute.  It wasn't a priority of the Obama Administration to indict consultants over how they reported income from foreign governments.  If that were a priority, a lot of big shots in Washington would have gone down. [...] No, Manafort's crime is the same as Facebook's:  he failed to measure the orthodoxy of his political client's message and, because of that, he now faces an inquisition.

Manafort trial is complicated but Americans need to know this.  All of the testimony at the Manafort trial has addressed events that occurred long before Manafort went to work for 2016 Trump campaign.  The testimony has focused on Manafort's and Gates's activities as alleged "unregistered agents" representing the Ukrainian government starting in 2006.  It would be absurd to argue that Manafort's other clients in the 12 years since then are somehow to blame for any criminal activity he may have engaged in — and prosecutors aren't even trying to point the finger at President Trump for these activities.  Manafort's lawyers claim that Gates was the actual wrongdoer, and they subjected him to a punishing cross-examination.

Robert Mueller requests Trump-related portion of Manafort's trial be kept secret.  Special counsel Robert Mueller made an unusual request Thursday [8/9/2018] to keep a Trump campaign-related portion of Paul Manafort's trial confidential because it uncovered "substantive evidence" relating to the ongoing investigation into Russian interference in the 2016 election.  The evidence was revealed during a private discussion between federal Virginia Judge T.S. Ellis and lawyers representing Manafort and his former associate Rick Gates, Mueller charged in a filing.

Judge in Manafort case seals discussion of Rick Gates and Trump probe.  A federal judge late Thursday [8/9/2018] granted a request from special counsel Robert Mueller's office to keep secret a portion of a private discussion they had at the bench with Paul Manafort's attorneys and the judge during the testimony of Rick Gates.  The special counsel's office said in a court filing Thursday that the conference should be sealed because it would "reveal substantive evidence pertaining to an ongoing investigation."

Manafort?  Who Cares?  Other than seeing occasional headlines, I have spent less than one minute following the Paul Manafort criminal trial.  I imagine the overwhelming majority of Americans would say the same.  Here's why:
  [#1]   I don't care about Paul Manafort.  I had never heard of him before his brief association with the Trump campaign.
  [#2]   Manafort is charged, in essence, with tax evasion.  He may well have dodged taxes.  If so, he is not alone, and it is of no interest to me.
  [#3]   The charges against Manafort have nothing to do with Donald Trump or the 2016 election. [...]
  [#4]   I have zero respect for Bob Mueller.  The judge who is presiding over the Manafort trial seems to agree.
  [#5]   Most people who aren't crazy — these days, that is a significant qualification — seem to have figured out that the Mueller "investigation" is a bust.

Cranky judge, flawed witness threaten Mueller's Manafort case.  Special counsel Robert Mueller's team of prosecutors have spent several days building what many legal experts consider a slam-dunk case against President Donald Trump's former campaign chairman, Paul Manafort.  But it has been surprisingly hard going at times, and as they prepare to rest their case as early as Thursday [8/9/2018], they bear battle wounds that Manafort's lawyers are sure to exploit as they mount their defense.

IRS agent: Manafort had $16M in unreported income.  An IRS agent revealed that Paul Manafort had at least $16 million in unreported taxable business income over four years while testifying during the former Trump campaign chairman's trial for tax and bank fraud on Wednesday [8/8/2018].  IRS agent Michael Welch said in federal court in Alexandria, Virginia, that Manafort received $15.5 million from Ukraine which he then used to pay for clothes, homes and landscaping between 2010 and 2014.

Mueller's 'Star Witness' Rick Gates Falls Apart During Cross-Examination by Manafort Lawyers — Perjures Himself.  Paul Manafort's legal team painted Rick Gates, a former business associate to Manafort as a liar who embezzled millions of dollars to fund his secret life with his mistress in a blistering cross-examination Tuesday [8/7/2018].  Rick Gates previously pleaded guilty and agreed to cooperate with Mueller; he was even referred to as the Special Counsel's 'star witness.'

Drama grips final moments of Rick Gates' testimony in Manafort trial, as lawyer poses surprise question.  Rick Gates has finished three days' worth of dramatic testimony in federal court against his former business partner, ex-Trump campaign chairman Paul Manafort — but not before defense lawyers caused a stir by pressing him for details on his past infidelity.  A day earlier, Gates acknowledged having a single extramarital relationship in London while working for Manafort.  But on Wednesday [8/8/2018], Manafort attorney Kevin Downing seemed to accuse Gates of having affairs with multiple individuals, asking Gates whether he disclosed four affairs to the special counsel's office.

Manafort Trial Threatens the Constitution, Not Just Trump.  One of the things that most concerned the U.S. Constitution's framers was the misuse of the criminal justice system by those in power to check their political foes.  We have a Bill of Rights, in large part, to protect us against this most harmful abuse of arbitrary power.  Ostensibly, we are protected from unreasonable searches and seizures, from delayed trials and unnecessary incarceration, from being forced to be witnesses against ourselves, and from "cruel and unusual punishments."  Unfortunately, all the parchment safeguards in the world cannot guard a citizenry from a truly corrupt government, and a corrupt government is capable of securing its evil ends by enlisting persons of good faith who may find themselves unwittingly employed in miscreancy.  Something very like this has occurred in the Robert Mueller prosecutorial investigation of Donald Trump for alleged collusion with Russians to influence the 2016 presidential election.

Judge Ellis Brings Mueller's Prosecutor to Tears in Courtroom Showdown.  It looks like Mueller's prosecutors can't take the heat.  Rick Gates, Paul Manafort's former business associate took the witness stand Monday afternoon in the bank fraud and tax evasion case against Manafort.  After jurors were dismissed, Judge T.S. Ellis scolded one of Mueller's prosecutors and a 10-minute courtroom spat ensued.

Manafort prosecutors, Judge Ellis engage in 10-minute courtroom spat.  After jurors were dismissed Monday [8/6/2018] in the Paul Manafort trial Monday, the federal judge overseeing the case and prosecutors trying the former Trump campaign chairman got into an extended verbal debate — lasting about 10 minutes — over the merits of the prosecution, the length of the case and even the eye contact of prosecutor Greg Andres.

Mueller is a Terrorist:  Raided Manafort for Documents [which had] Already [been] Turned Over.  Remember this as they put Manafort deeper and deeper into the "Mueller" scope.  Mueller raided Manafort(with guns drawn) for documents he already had.  To the logical mind, that is terrorism.  What makes Mueller any better than an ISIS thug?  Isn't that how Islamic terrorists behave?  More and more Americans are beginning to see special counsel Robert Mueller's investigation for what it really is:  A desperate last-ditch effort to undermine POTUS Donald Trump's administration and eventually drive him from office, overturning the results of the 2016 election.  They have no evidence of collusion between the Trump camp and Russia, so they go for the next best thing.  They go after the people closest to Trump, hoping that one or two will turn over states evidence and stab Trump in the back.

When the Mueller Gang Met Judge Ellis.  Paul Manafort.  Tony Podesta.  Tad Devine.  Greg Craig.  Manafort worked for Trump.  Tony Podesta is the brother of Hillary Clinton's campaign manager.  Tad Devine was Bernie Sanders' chief strategist.  Greg Craig was Obama's White House Counsel.  All four men also, directly or indirectly, allegedly did work for the European Centre for a Modern Ukraine.  And the ECFMU was allegedly a front for Yanukovich's Ukrainian pro-Russian faction.  Manafort and the Podesta Group had failed to register as foreign agents.  Tad Devine had worked for Manafort on the Ukraine project.  Craig had written a report on Ukraine for one of Manafort's lobbying efforts.  But only Manafort had the predawn raid, the solitary confinement and the high profile show trial. [...] Podesta, Devine and Craig are getting a pass because it's not really about Manafort.  It's about Trump.

Manafort case judge warns Mueller team they 'can't prove conspiracy' without star witness.  The federal judge in the trial of ex-Trump campaign chairman Paul Manafort told Special Counsel Robert Mueller's team on Thursday [8/2/2018] they cannot prove a key part of their case unless prosecutors call Manafort's former business partner to the stand.  U.S. District Court Judge T.S. Ellis III issued the warning after prosecutors suggested Wednesday that Rick Gates — who is cooperating with prosecutors and had been considered a potential star witness — might not be called to the stand after all.  Referencing Gates, Ellis told prosecutors in court they "can't prove conspiracy without him."

Judge Ellis Loses His Patience — Shouts at Mueller's Prosecutors — Then Ends Court Early.  Judge T.S. Ellis lost his patience with Mueller's prosecutors Thursday afternoon and ended court early after the govt lawyers made the same mistake twice.  It's amateur hour with Mueller's lawyers!

Judge Ellis Interrupts Mueller Prosecutors During Opening Statement in Manafort Case:  "It Isn't a Crime to Have Money".  The bank fraud and tax evasion trial for President Trump's former campaign chair Paul Manafort began Tuesday morning [7/31/2018] in a federal court in Alexandria, VA.  Mueller's prosecutors and Manafort's legal team both came out swinging with blistering opening statements.  Paul Manafort's lawyer set the tone early Tuesday morning when he told CBS reporter, Paula Reid:  No deal.  Manafort attorney Kevin Downing tells me "No chance!" his client will cooperate with Special Counsel in order to avoid trial today.

Manafort [was] Tried 8 Years Ago for [the] Same Crime and [the] Fed Cleared Him.  [Scroll down]  Again, speculating, but why wouldn't Mueller take a deal, if he's guilty?  Perhaps because he's innocent?  And I have felt for quite some time that somebody will begin asking for discovery, and that won't be good for anybody on the Left.  Imagine going down that rabbit hole, where you find more emails, text message, and other damning evidence against the FBI, the CIA, the NSA, the FISA court, The Clinton Foundation, and even Barack Obama?

Manafort Investigated But Not Charged for Crimes in 2014 Because Obama Cronies Implicated in Probe.  A pair of Internet sleuths have uncovered information from the 2014 investigation of Paul Manafort that reportedly went nowhere because Manafort was tied to former President Obama's Chief Counsel, Greg Craig, and State Department envoy, Cliff Sloan.  Techno Fog noted that the 2014 investigation of Paul Manafort went nowhere because it implicated Obama's former White House Counsel Greg Craig[.]

Manafort's case proves 'the swamp' — not collusion — exists.  The trial of onetime Trump campaign chairman Paul Manafort has ignited a new series of tweets from the president about ending special counsel Robert Mueller's "witch hunt."  But this trial and other actions by Mueller this week will be instrumental in bringing about one of Trump's key campaign promises:  the one to "drain the swamp."  As was the case with the indictments of Manafort, one keyword was missing from the opening arguments at the trial on Tuesday:  "Trump."  Everything discussed in the courtroom precedes Manafort's three months on the 2016 Trump campaign by two years.

Judge Napolitano Doubles Down:  Says Paul Manafort was Exonerated 8 Years Ago — May Call Rosenstein as First Witness.  Judge Napolitano dropped a bomb Tuesday [7/31/2018] on FOX and Friends.  The FOX News legal analyst told the audience that Paul Manafort was already exonerated eight years ago on these same charges and... Rod Rosenstein was the lawyer who exonerated him!

Mueller team lectured by Judge in Manafort case.  Special Counsel Robert Mueller's prosecutors were lectured by a federal judge on Wednesday for the language they've used in the courtroom and more, as the trial of former Trump campaign chairman Paul Manafort entered its second day.  U.S. District Judge T.S. Ellis III specifically told prosecutors to stop using the word "oligarch" to describe wealthy Ukrainians, whose dealings with Manafort are at the heart of the fraud charges he faces in northern Virginia federal court.

Why Hasn't the Press Reported That Paul Manafort Was Exonerated 8 Years Ago?  How many of you know that Paul Manafort was exonerated by federal investigators who investigated his financial and tax affairs eight years ago?

Mueller's team slams Manafort's lavish lifestyle, defense points to ex-colleague Gates as fraud trial begins.  Former Trump campaign chairman Paul Manafort's lavish lifestyle was front-and-center during opening arguments in his fraud trial Tuesday afternoon, as prosecutors said he lied to put his money ahead of the law, while defense attorneys — and even the presiding judge — reminded jurors that exorbitant wealth, in itself, is not a crime.  Prosecutors also called their first witness in the case: former Bernie Sanders campaign adviser Tad Devine, who worked closely with Manafort on several elections in Ukraine, including the successful 2010 presidential campaign of since-deposed pro-Russian leader Viktor Yanukovych.

Prosecutors say Manafort's wealth was fueled by lies to IRS and banks.  President Trump's former campaign chairman Paul Manafort went on trial Tuesday [7/31/2018] in federal court in Alexandria, Va., where prosecutors charged that his personal fortune was propped up by years of lies to tax authorities and banks.  The first trial to arise out of the investigation run by special counsel Robert S. Mueller III got off to a fast start Tuesday, as a jury of six men and six women was picked — and opening statements delivered — in less than a day.  The stakes are extremely high.  For the 69-year-old Manafort, a conviction on the most serious charges could lead to an effective life prison sentence.  For Mueller and his team probing Russian interference in the 2016 election, a courtroom loss could damage his credibility and amplify calls by Republicans for his investigation to be shut down.

Mueller can't afford to lose the Manafort trial.  The first trial of Special Counsel Robert Mueller's Russian probe presents multiple challenges to both the prosecution and defense.  The pressure is enormous on both sides.  Mueller's team cannot afford a loss in their very first trial.  And a loss for former Trump campaign chairman Paul Manafort, who also faces a second trial in September in Washington, DC, would make defending his second case almost a waste of time.

FBI describes early-morning raid of Paul Manafort's condo.  The FBI on Wednesday [8/1/2018] described the details of the early-morning raid on former Trump campaign chairman Paul Manafort's Alexandria condo on the second day of Manafort's trial.  FBI special agent Matthew Mikuska, an 11-year veteran of the bureau, testified in court in Alexandria, Va., saying he was the seizing agent for the government's search last year.  Mikuska told the jury agents knocked three times on Manafort's door, but used a key to gain access after receiving no answer.  Once inside, agents saw Manafort.

Manafort trial to focus on lavish lifestyle, not collusion.  The trial of President Donald Trump's onetime campaign chairman will open this week with tales of lavish spending, secret shell companies and millions of dollars of Ukrainian money flowing through offshore bank accounts and into the political consultant's pocket.

Another Narrative Busted:  The Focus of Manafort's Upcoming Trial Will Make Liberals Very Sad.  The first federal trial for former Trump campaign chairman Paul Manafort is set to start tomorrow in Washington D.C. Leftists are salivating over what the trial could reveal about the 2016 presidential election, alleged Russian collusion and Manafort's relationship with President Donald Trump.  But according to a new report from the Associated Press, they're likely to be disappointed as the trial will focus on Manafort's business dealings and lavish lifestyle, not collusion.

So What's Paul Manafort On Trial For Again?  Paul Manafort's trial gets underway in Virginia tomorrow with jury selection being the first order of the day.  It's been a long time coming and the public (or at least the majority of the media) are keen to find out what sort of answers may be in store for us.  But the list of charges and the evidence being presented by the prosecution seems to be sorely lacking in one area.  That's highlighted in the title of this Associated Press piece from the weekend:  Manafort trial to focus on lavish lifestyle, not collusion.

James Comey's notes and memos

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The Inspector General's Report, released August 29, 2019:

Senators: IG FISA Abuse Report Misled Public About Crossfire Hurricane.  Last week's political trifecta — the Iowa caucus, the State of the Union, and President Trump's impeachment acquittal — temporarily starved other stories of oxygen.  Among those was the news that the inspector general's report on FISA abuse was misleading and that redacted information contained in four footnotes contradicted sections of the lengthy expose on the Crossfire Hurricane investigation.  Sens. Chuck Grassley and Ron Johnson dropped that bombshell in a letter delivered to Attorney General William Barr that requested Barr declassify the information hidden in the redacted footnotes.  While the declassified version of the Grassley-Johnson letter did not identify the four footnotes at issue, a detailed analysis of the IG report suggests the redacted information concerned Christopher Steele's sources and potentially the FBI's purported predication for the launch of Crossfire Hurricane.  These conclusions come from a deep-dive into the IG report read in tandem with the Grassley-Johnson letter.

Does the IG Report "Exonerate" James Comey?  Judicial Watch's Tom Fitton says not at all.  In the eyes of Judicial Watch's Tom Fitton, what is the significance of the Department of Justice Inspector General's report, or IG report, on former FBI Director James Comey?  Does it exonerate Comey as the former FBI Director claims?  What is the significance of Bruce Ohr's interview records, FBI 302's, with Christopher Steele?  What else might be found in other Christopher Steele-related documents?  [Video clip]

Inspector General's Report Exposes Another 'Collusion' Myth.  [Scroll down]  Ever since the memo was leaked to the news media by a Comey pal more than two years ago, the American public has been warned how that brief discussion between Comey and Trump represented an egregious presidential power play:  Trump, the story goes, was squeezing his top G-Man to stop looking into his campaign for conspiring with the Kremlin because everyone associated with Trump, we were told, was guilty.  But that portrayal of events was never the truth.  The conversation in February 2017 had nothing to do with the Russia investigation, [...]

Inspector General's Report Exposes Another 'Collusion' Myth.  The presidential skullduggery allegedly exposed by the Flynn memo is just one more myth that has been peddled by anti-Trump partisans to bolster a fabricated storyline that the Trump campaign colluded with Russia to defeat Hillary Clinton.  The media will ignore the obvious truth about the memo — but just like every other example of media malpractice related to this scandal, no mea culpas will be offered.  Democrats will repeat the falsehood on the campaign trail next year with no pushback from reporters.  Republicans can try to push back but it's probably too late; the public has already been told what to believe.

The Comey-Brennan Conspiracy to Violate Trump's Civil Rights.  The Comey IG report is interesting for any number of reasons, the first of which is that the Justice Department decided not to prosecute Comey for his intentionally leaking one of his "private" memos about conversations with President Trump to a friend.  He did so, as we've known for two years, specifically to have that friend leak it to the New York Times for publication.  Comey intended those leaks to have precisely the effect they did:  to cause the appointment of a special counsel.  Robert Mueller's subsequent investigation into the ephemeral "Russia collusion" investigation failed in what Comey — and the rest of the anti-Trumpers in the Justice Department and the CIA — intended it to do.  It didn't remove Trump from office in a "soft" coup.

Second IG Report to come, and it's gonna come for James Comey!  According to Fox News, the feds aren't done with Comey — there's a second IG report to come, it sounds like.  [Video clip]  That's coming from Mark Meadows, so take that for what it's worth.  But it IS odd that they laid out all this bad stuff that Comey did, then denied to prosecute.

The Inspector General Glosses Over Some Ugly Truths About The FBI.  The Justice Department Office of the Inspector General's report released Aug. 29 clearly stated that James Comey violated and abused FBI policies in managing memos in which he supposedly documented confidential conversations with the president.  This is a revelation that most of us have known for quite some time.  However, Inspector General (IG) Michael Horowitz has yet again glossed over some major problems.  It appears that the main reason Horowitz concludes former FBI Director James Comey only violated his FBI Employment Agreement and DOJ/FBI "policies" was because the documents he kept, disclosed, and leaked to improper parties were not considered truly classified.  That apparently keeps them from being serious enough to prosecute.  So, who made the decision that they were not classified?  The answer would be outrageous if it were not virtually farcical.

Yes, Comey did leak classified information.  The new report from the Justice Department inspector general proves beyond any doubt that fired FBI Director James Comey leaked sensitive law enforcement material in the Trump-Russia investigation.  Doing so set a "dangerous example" for the bureau's other employees, Inspector General Michael Horowitz wrote.  Still, Comey's supporters have claimed exoneration on one front: that Comey did not leak classified information.  Some reacted angrily when President Trump tweeted that Comey had done so.  But Comey did, in fact, leak classified information.  It's right there in the report.  It wasn't much classified information, and it was perhaps not terribly important, and Justice Department officials concluded it was not worth prosecuting.  But Comey leaked classified material.

Coming Legal Attractions.  Two matters are likely to reveal more of the machinations of the FBI and intelligence agencies in the past presidential election and since.  First there's the Department of Justice's Inspector General's inquiries.  The first inquiry resulted in a devastating account of former FBI Director James Comey's conduct.  Many were disappointed that Attorney General William Barr chose not to indict him based on the record IG Michael Horowitz presented, but bear in mind, this inquiry did not cover what will be a larger report on the abuse of the FISA (Foreign Intelligence Surveillance Act) in which it seems Comey played a significant role.  While Comey, as is his self-deluded wont, claims the report vindicated him, it most certainly did not.

Jim Jordan:  James Comey Owes An Apology To Our Country.  Ohio Republican Congressman Jim Jordan blasted fired FBI Director James Comey on Fox News Thursday night [8/29/2019], saying he will in no way apologize to Mr. Comey and in fact, it is the now-disgraced Comey who owes America an apology for the past two years.  As Katie covered, the Department of Justice Inspector General released a blistering report Thursday morning "confirming fired FBI Director James Comey is a politically motivated liar and rampant leaker of official, confidential information.  He broke all kinds of FBI rules, protocol and laws in his effort to take down President Trump and his administration through the launch of a Special Counsel investigation."

Trump Was Always the Target of the Russia Investigation.  Donald Trump was always the target.  The point of the Russia investigation was to make a case against Donald Trump.  Preferably, the case would drive him from office.  At a minimum, it would render him unelectable by the 2020 stretch run.  The kind of case was less important than the objective: criminal prosecution or impeachment.  In accordance with the collusion narrative, the latter would mean trying to show that Trump was compromised by the Kremlin.  That is the astonishing takeaway from Inspector General Michael Horowitz's report on former FBI director James Comey's handling of his memos.

The Deep State Will Face Justice Soon!  Right?  [Scroll down]  Then we have that pathetic excuse for a human being, James Comey, gloating over the I.G. report that issued a verbal slap on the wrist for his infractions.  Comey:  "And to all those who've spent two years talking about me 'going to jail' or being a 'liar and a leaker' — ask yourselves why you still trust people who gave you bad info for so long, including the president."  But no worries:  Comey will pay when the FISA abuse report comes out.  Or not:  Washington insiders are now foreshadowing immunity for the entire cabal, saying that, "sadly," these lawbreakers probably won't be prosecuted.  That's not sad; it's terrifying.  If we can't indict and prosecute these clowns who have conspired to overthrow our government, who have committed the most egregious political crime in history, then stick a fork in our Republic.  We're done.  But what can we do?  Actually, this whole strung out Spygate nightmare is an exercise to ensure we do nothing.  Washington isn't a swamp; it's a sewer, and the rats that inhabit it are never going to allow their comrades to be indicted.

Jumpin' Jim Flash.  Yesterday the Department of Justice Office of Inspector General released its long awaited report on certain elements of James Comey's misconduct as Director of the FBI. Contrary to his assurance to President Trump — an assurance that projected something of his essence — the report demonstrates that Comey is a weasel (and worse).  He is also (again to borrow the words of his own denial to Trump) a sneak, a leaker, and a liar (and worse), but these are venial sins in the panoply of Comey's misconduct.  There is no substitute for reading the report.

New report details Comey plan to ambush Trump with Moscow sex allegation.  A just-released Justice Department inspector general's report provides new details on a January 2017 plan by then-FBI Director James Comey, top bureau officials, and the nation's intelligence chiefs to spring a scandalous allegation on President-elect Trump, quickly record his reaction, use a prearranged secure videoconference to discuss the information, and fit it all into the FBI's ongoing (but unknown to Trump) "Crossfire Hurricane" investigation.  The allegation came from the Steele dossier, the collection of unverified tales about Trump and Russia compiled by former British spy Christopher Steele.  The story was that in a Moscow hotel room in 2013, Trump had watched as prostitutes performed a kinky sex act — and Russian intelligence service cameras rolled.

Trump says he should be 'given our stolen time back' after release of Comey report.  President Trump suggested Friday that he and his supporters should be "given our stolen time back" in light of a Justice Department report that found former FBI director James B. Comey violated FBI policies regarding memos that helped spark the special counsel investigation. [...] "The disastrous IG Report on James Comey shows, in the strongest of terms, how unfairly I, and tens of millions of great people who support me, were treated," Trump said in a tweet, referring to the Justice Department's inspector general.  "Our rights and liberties were illegally stripped away by this dishonest fool.  We should be given our stolen time back?"

Inspector general takes apart Comey's excuses for his actions.  Of all the tall tales James Comey has told, none compare to the line he fed President Trump at their infamous January 2017 dinner.  As recounted in the former Federal Bureau of Investigation director's memo about that evening, "I said I don't do sneaky things, I don't leak, I don't do weasel moves."  The Justice Department's inspector general begs to differ.  In a new report about Mr. Comey's handling of those memos, Michael Horowitz demonstrates that Mr. Comey in 2017 was consistently leaky and sneaky.  The report refutes any claim that the then-director was justified in taking these actions.  He repeatedly, and knowingly, broke the rules.

IG Report:  James Comey Passed Private Conversation with Trump to FBI Team Investigating Russia Collusion.  The IG report relates that prior to the briefing, FBI members on Comey's team discussed the need to memorialize the exchanges between Comey and Trump during the private January 6, 2017 briefing in Trump Tower just in case Trump made statements relevant to the agency's Russia probe.  In other words, they plotted to stealthily use statements Trump said to Comey in a private briefing to inform their Russia collusion investigation.  The IG further relates that Comey went on to do just that.  He had a laptop waiting for him in the car, where he immediately began memorializing the private talk.

James Comey was the Bad Guy in the 'Russia Collusion' story.  The Department of Justice Inspector General Report revealed what many of us suspected all along:  James Comey was the Bad Guy in the 'Russia Collusion' story.  He lied to the President, lied about lying to the President, leaked government information to cover up his lying, and lied to the public about his lying.  Comey tried to set up the President soon after he took office and failed, and covered up the attempt.  Comey is revealed to be a completely manipulative bureaucratic infighter who maneuvered the government into a two-year Executive Branch paralysis in the form of the Mueller investigation, while falsely proclaiming himself the only holy player in the saga.  His defense when unmasked in the IG Report is to crow that he wasn't indicted.

Horowitz's 'scathing' report about James Comey's behavior is worthless without indictments.  [Scroll down]  Comey clearly violated FBI policies, but if the memos were classified — and if they contained information discussed between him and the president of the United States, it was classified — why isn't he being prosecuted for it?  No offense to Sen. Graham and the others, but Americans have watched with disgust as one Deep State elitist after another, beginning with crime boss Hillary Clinton, have gotten away with what amounts to a coup attempt to depose a duly elected president for more than two years.  If anyone else, including, say, a line FBI agent, had done what James Comey did, they'd be wearing prison stripes by now.  Same goes for Clinton's criminal mishandling of classified information.

Reaction: 'I Wouldn't Say James Comey Is Out of the Woods'; 'This Is Just the Beginning'.  Reaction came swiftly on Thursday, after the Justice Department inspector general released a report saying that former FBI Director James Comey failed to live up to his responsibility to protect sensitive information.  And by using sensitive information to force the appointment of a special prosecutor, the OIG found that Comey "set a dangerous example for the over 35,000 current FBI employees — and the many thousands more former FBI employees — who similarly have access to or knowledge of non-public information."  "I wouldn't say James Comey is out of the woods," Rep. Andy Biggs (R-Ariz.) said.  "We're in the pregame show.  This is just the beginning," Jay Sekulow, President Trump's attorney said.

The Substance Within the Report Shows a Two-Tiered Justice System.  [Scroll down]  James Baker, Peter Strzok, Andrew McCabe, James Rybicki and Lisa Page were determining what parts of James Comey's investigative notes needed to be classified.  The corrupt FBI was in position to police itself.  This is not a conflict of interest, it is better described as a profound conflict of self-interest.  The information the 'small group' wanted to use to frame the target would be visible, not classified; however, any material that would outline the construct of their corruption in targeting the target would be hidden, classified.  You can't make this stuff up folks.  The "small group" WAS the sources and methods they were protecting.  Everything needed to understand that level of corruption is outlined in the way the IG report discusses the handling of James Comey's investigative notes (ie. memos).  AND the fact that James Comey kept them hidden, yes hidden.

How do you solve a problem like James Comey?  To begin solving the problem of former FBI director James Comey, who's been blasted by the Department of Justice in its Inspector General Report, start by never again hiring people who value themselves so loftily over the people they are charged with representing.  In other words, never hire someone like him, who absolutely believed he was smarter than, better than, and more important than the people whose laws his agency was tasked with enforcing.

DOJ Inspector General:  Comey Set a Dangerous Example.  Department of Justice Inspector General Michael Horowitz released a report Thursday outlining a wide range of serious misconduct by former FBI Director James Comey.  Concluding that "Comey set a dangerous example for the over 35,000 current FBI employees ... who similarly have access to or knowledge of non-public information," the 83-page report implicitly vindicated President Trump's decision to fire the rogue FBI director in May 2017.  The Office of the Inspector General also confirmed that Comey improperly leaked highly sensitive material to the media for the express purpose of pressuring the Justice Department to appoint a special counsel to investigate the 2016 presidential election.

Comey Taunts Critics Following Release of IG Report, Takes Swipe at President Trump.  Fired FBI Director James Comey taunted critics and took a swipe at President Trump immediately following the release of the Inspector General's report regarding Comey's handling of the Russia probe and leak of memos.  The Justice Department declined to prosecute Comey, however the IG found multiple ethics and department guideline violations by Comey.

Read DOJ watchdog's list of all the times ex-FBI boss broke the rules.  Former FBI Director James Comey received heavy criticism from the Justice Department's inspector general in a blistering report released Thursday [8/29/2019] about his infamous memos documenting his discussions with President Trump.  The report found that Comey violated bureau policies by drafting, leaking and retaining the memos.  However, it noted that the Justice Department declined to prosecute Comey over the violations.  For his part, Comey responded by insisting that he is not a "liar and a leaker," saying an apology from his critics "would be nice."

James Comey himself

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News and timely commentary about the Inspector General's report, released June 14, 2018:

A Review of Various Actions by the Federal Bureau of Investigation and Department of Justice in Advance of the 2016 Election.  IG report available for download.

The overlooked bombshell of the IG report.  Before the report was released, we knew from Comey's July 2016 statement that Clinton's private emails included "seven e-mail chains concern matters that were classified at the Top Secret/Special Access Program level when they were sent and received."  We also knew that the FBI "also found information that was properly classified as Secret by the U.S. Intelligence Community at the time it was discussed on e-mail."  Comey further declared, "We do assess that hostile actors gained access to the private commercial e-mail accounts of people with whom Secretary Clinton was in regular contact from her personal account."  And he speculated that, given how "extremely careless" Clinton had been, it was "possible that hostile actors gained access to Secretary Clinton's personal e-mail account."  Well, it turns out, the FBI knew with certainty at the time that hostile actors had in fact gained access to classified information via Clinton's emails.

The Horowitz IG Report.  There are two smoking guns.  First, Peter Strzok famously texted his illicit lover that "We won't let [Donald Trump's election] happen."  The other is found at 7:36 in Senator John Kennedy's questioning of the Inspector General.  "Most" of the investigative decisions were made in Loretta Lynch's Department of Justice, not in the FBI.  Since that body refused to pay any attention to demands by Republican investigative committees, it's no surprise that the investigation gave her a pass.  But how do you prove it?

The Reporters Also Committed a Crime.  It is a crime for reporters to pay for leaks.  Reporters can use information volunteered by whistleblowers, but bribes are a different story.  And it appears to be happening with some regularity.  The recent Department of Justice Inspector General's report warns:  "We identified instances where FBI employees improperly received benefits from reporters, including tickets to sporting events, golfing outings, drinks and meals, and admittance to nonpublic social events."  The report finds that such enticements likely led agents to leak information.  So far, the media hasn't acknowledged this possible criminal activity by reporters.  The problem goes beyond ethical violations, and it has serious implications.  If reporters can legally bribe government officials, who's to say that the reporters won't also collude with foreign governments?

The Inspector General may be preparing us for the real #Spygate bombshells.  [Scroll down]  "I am upset at all of this," Horowitz said Tuesday.  "It is precisely why it cast a cloud over the investigation, it undermines confidence in it.  All of those impacts are very significant and very serious on an FBI investigation.  That should never happen and it happened because of these text messages and because of what these employees were doing."  But one reason Horowitz might have punted in his recent report is because he knows the real bombshells are yet to come:  He is investigating the FISA warrant on Trump campaign volunteer Carter Page; the cozy relationship between Justice and FBI officials and the media, including perks for scoops; ex-FBI Director James Comey's handling of classified information; and the potential doctoring of official documents.  "We've got lots of investigations going on," Horowitz told Rep. James Jordan (R-Ohio).

The overlooked bombshell of the IG report.  [...] is the inspector general's confirmation that classified information contained in Clinton's emails was in fact compromised by foreign intelligence services, and that Clinton had recklessly emailed President Barack Obama using her unsecured personal email from the territory of a hostile foreign adversary.

The Real Lesson of the Inspector General's Report.  Michael Horowitz is the Department of Justice's Inspector General.  He testified on June 18th before the Senate Judiciary Committee about his report concerning the Hillary Clinton national security breach investigation. [...] Horowitz testified that "most" of the investigative decisions in that investigation were made not by the FBI but by prosecutors within the Department of Justice.  One might be tempted to conclude that much of the criticism of the FBI for its decisions in the aforesaid Clinton investigation would have to be discounted or re-examined.  Perhaps.  But that is not the most important conclusion.

'Extraordinary' Strzok removal shows FBI agents in crosshairs from IG probe.  Peter Strzok's abrupt removal from his FBI office this week signaled that the Justice Department inspector general's work already is leading to consequences for bureau officials ensnared in various probes — with potentially more repercussions to come.  Strzok, who worked on both the Clinton email and Russia probes, was escorted from the FBI on Tuesday, following a referral for further investigation from DOJ IG Michael Horowitz.  The watchdog, as part of his Clinton case review, found that Strzok and four other FBI employees sent "hostile" anti-Trump messages on bureau devices.  The FBI's Office of Professional Responsibility is expected to further investigate the findings against the five FBI employees.

Bias and the beholder.  The Justice Department's inspector general, Michael Horowitz, and FBI Director Christopher Wray claim the 500-plus-page report found no "documented" evidence that political bias at the FBI directly influenced the findings in the Clinton investigation or the Justice Department's decision not to prosecute the former secretary of state.  People in "flyover country" are more likely to believe pigs can fly than they are to accept that political bias did not expose a clear intent to damage presidential candidate Donald Trump.  Why does one need a document to prove bias?  If the anti-Trump political beliefs of FBI employees, which are documented in text messages, did not influence their work then why is Director Wray ordering all of his employees to undergo training, including, reports CNN, "instruction 'on what went wrong so these mistakes will never be repeated.'"?  Members of the media might also benefit from ethics training since the IG report found multiple incidents of journalists doing favors for FBI agents, presumably in return for information.

The FBI Would Be Guilty Of Clear Bias If Its Trump Investigation Were A Racial Discrimination Lawsuit.  Conservatives stood agape last week at the inspector general's refusal to state the obvious in his 568-page review of the FBI and Justice Department's handling of the Clinton probe:  A pro-Hillary political bias led officials to let her off the hook.  While Michael Horowitz's report highlighted numerous instances of anti-Trump and pro-Hillary bias, in true lawyerly fashion he focused in the conclusion on the lack of "documentary or testimonial evidence" showing that political prejudice "directly affected" the decisions made in the investigation.  As a lawyer with a niche in employment law, this phrasing struck a chord of hilarity in me, because the methods of proving discriminatory intent are well-established, and such direct evidence of animus (or favoritism) is not required to show that an illegal motive drove an employment decision.

What You Missed from Michael Horowitz's Testimony.  Since the June 14 release of his 568-page report on the department's handling of the Hillary Clinton email investigation, [Michael] Horowitz has been criticized for concluding that the agency's decision to forego charges against Clinton was unrelated to the political views of those in charge.  "We did not find documentary or testimonial evidence that improper considerations," Horowitz said, "including political bias, directly affected the specific investigative decisions we reviewed, or that the justifications offered for these decisions were pretextual."  That finding seems to runs afoul of much of the report's content, which included a trove of text messages showing top FBI brass favored Hillary Clinton and despised Donald Trump.

The FBI Deliberately Ignored 'Golden Emails,' Crucial Abedin Messages And More.  The Department of Justice, the Federal Bureau of Investigation and Hillary Clinton have a HUGE Weiner problem that is even bigger than we first realized.  According to the recently released inspector general report, on September 28 and 29, 2016 the New York office of the FBI immediately reported to the Washington headquarters its discovery of, first, 141,000 and then 350,000 emails on the laptop of Anthony Weiner — also known as "Carlos Danger," a now-convicted sex offender.  Mr. Weiner is the husband of Hillary Clinton's inseparable aide Huma Abedin.

The Buried Lede of the Inspector General's Report.  Buried in Inspector General (IG) Michael Horowitz's report on the Clinton email investigation lies a disturbing passage concerning information obtained by the FBI alleging that Attorney General Loretta Lynch attempted to put her thumb on the scales of justice to exonerate Hillary Clinton.  "Comey said that he also was concerned about an issue specific to Lynch," Horowitz reports.  "As discussed in more detail in the classified appendix to this report, Comey told the OIG that the FBI had obtained highly classified information in March 2016 that included allegations of partisan bias or attempts to impede the Midyear investigation by Lynch."  What, specifically, did the "highly classified information" indicate?  It is "highly classified," so we naturally remain in the dark.  What justified making the information "highly classified"?  Nuclear secrets?  A list of U.S. spies abroad?  War plans to invade Canada?  We do not know.  But in an age when the Justice Department assails words that merely embarrass with redacting markers, the words "highly classified" provoke curiosity rather than close questions.  Comey's manner of dismissing the information does not inspire confidence.

Clinton Email IG Report:  Why Is The FBI Still Covering For Discredited Agents At The Heart Of The 'Investigation'?  Two agents and an attorney at the heart of the FBI's Clinton email "investigation" expose flagrant political bias at the heart of that probe.  So why won't the FBI release their names to the public?  And given what these key players said, how did the inspector general come to conclude that the "investigation" was unbiased?  Were changes made to water it down?

The IG Report Hides the Truth.  The five-hundred page IG report was released to Congress on June 12, 2018, and it barely scrapes the surface.  It doesn't really reveal anything that the American people were not already aware had occurred. [...] And yet, in regards to investigative decisions by FBI Special Agent Peter Strzok, the lead investigator on the Clinton email case and the Russia investigation, and Lisa Page, an FBI attorney, Inspector General Michael Horowitz incredibly offers us that there was "no evidence that the conclusions by the prosecutors were affected by bias or other improper considerations."

IG Report Confirms:  Our Republic Is under Existential Threat.  [The OIG report] confirms, for many of us, our worst fear:  segments of our federal law enforcement and intelligence agencies are a clear and present existential danger to our republic. [...] The report's assessment that officials were not affected by bias is perhaps the most laughable statement ever uttered in the annals of American political history.  The I.G.'s report nakedly exposes a direct attack on Americans who have done nothing wrong, as well as an equally disturbing coup of our national hallmark institutions of stability.

All the times Horowitz contradicted Wray — but nobody seemed to notice.  Nine times during their joint testimony before a Senate committee on Monday, Department of Justice Inspector General (IG) Michael Horowitz contradicted FBI Director Christopher Wray ... but nobody appeared to notice.  It's an instructive example of how false narratives and talking points in Washington are amplified by inaccurate media coverage.  It's more reason you cannot necessarily believe what's reported and repeated, no matter how many are reporting and repeating it. [...] You don't have to take my word for it.  But you'll have to read closely, because some of the statements include double-negatives.

Clinton Emails:  What the IG Report Refuses to Admit.  Despite the sprawl of Justice Department inspector general Michael Horowitz's 568-page report on the Clinton-emails investigation, there is precious little discussion of the most important issue:  The Justice Department and FBI's rationale for declining to prosecute Hillary Clinton.  I believe this is intentional.  The inspector general's message is:  "Despite pervasive political bias and investigative irregularities, which I have comprehensively documented, rest assured that nothing too terrible happened here."  That silver-lining version of this dark spectacle could not have survived a searching analysis of the decision not to indict.

A Comedy of Corruption?  Or a Bureaucratic Horror Show?  After discussing some of the thousands of text messages between Peter Strzok — the top FBI honcho who ran both the pretend investigation into Hillary Clinton's mishandling of classified materials and the first phases of Trump-Russia fantasy — and his lover Lisa Page (then counsel to Andrew McCabe, who was the FBI's deputy director at the time), the report concludes that Strzok's decision to focus on the counterintelligence probe of the Trump campaign rather than the Clinton email criminal investigation "led us to conclude that we did not have confidence that Strzok's decision was free from bias."  Right.

A Closer Look At Extreme FBI Bias Revealed In OIG Report.  As we digest and unpack the DOJ Inspector General's 500-page report on the FBI's conduct during the Hillary Clinton email  investigation  "matter," damning quotes from the OIG's findings have begun to circulate, leaving many to wonder exactly how Inspector General Michael Horowitz was able to conclude:  "We did not find documentary or testimonial evidence that improper considerations, including political bias, directly affected the specific investigative actions we reviewed[.]"  We're sorry, that just doesn't comport with reality whatsoever.  And it really feels like the OIG report may have had a different conclusion at some point.

The IG Report On FBI's Clinton Probe Reveals This Saga May Be Just Getting Started.  The media has focused almost exclusively on the conclusion of the Justice Department inspector general's report on the FBI's handling of the Clinton email probe, which found bias did not impact the probe, as well as the lack of any newly announced indictments or criminal referrals.  The goal of course being to downplay the negative findings of the report.  At the same time, the press gave, at most, passing mention to the statement Attorney General Jeff Sessions simultaneously released.  But his statement and the findings of the report make one thing clear:  This isn't over.

Levin: US Attorney for DC Should Investigate FBI.  On his nationally syndicated radio talk show Friday [6/15/2018], host Mark Levin called for United States Attorney of Washington, D.C. Jessie Liu to "investigate what took place at the FBI" as a result of the inspector general's report that was released on Thursday.  "So what I'm saying is, Ms. Liu, the U.S. Attorney for the District of Columbia, should investigate what took place at the FBI," said Mark Levin.  "She's got a lot of leads, a virtual — you know — zillion leads, and she's got a document that's 600 pages in length, almost, to help give her some guidance; impanel a grand jury, and now you can use your subpoena power."

IG Hearing:  Senator Lindsey Graham, John Kennedy and Ted Cruz Question Segments.  As anticipated the majority of the Senate Judiciary hearing was a two-step.  Most of the questions presented to Inspector General Horowitz and FBI Director Chris Wray did little to advance the understanding of the issues at hand.  There was only one round of questions, several missing senators, and no senators for the duration.  The hearing wrapped up early shortly after 5:00 pm.  Here's the only three question segments that approached the central issues.  We discover that former FBI Director James Comey is the subject of an ongoing investigation.  We also discover there is a grand jury impaneled.

Eight Lawmakers Demand IG Horowitz Unmask Names of Hidden FBI/DOJ Employees.  Eight House Republicans have asked Justice Department Inspector General Michael Horowitz for the specific names of FBI employees mentioned in last week's report on the Hillary Clinton email investigation.

Horowitz Drops Bombshell:  Hillary Clinton Was Not Formally Under FBI Investigation at Any Time in 2015-2016.  On Tuesday [6/19/2018], Inspector General Michael Horowitz testified in a joint Congressional hearing to the House Oversight and House Judiciary panels about his review of the FBI's (mis)handling of the Clinton email investigation.

The IG Report Was a Whitewash and Devastating All At Once.  The IG report bait n' switch was just another example of our elite shrugging in the face of indisputable evidence of its own wrongdoing.  The bombshells in the IG report could justly be classified as "thermonuclear," but remember the Comey conference back in July 2016? Its bombshells were thermonuclear too.  Integrity Boy laid out an utterly devastating case against Felonia Milhous Von Pansuit, highlighting in damning detail her litany of crimes that would have consigned you, me, or anyone else not in the elite to a long tour in the stony lonesome.  And then that Looming Doofus concluded his lengthy summation with, "But never mind."

Inspector General's report shows FBI is bent and broken.  Question:  What's the difference between the corrupt old Boston FBI of Zip Connolly and H. Paul Rico, and the new modern FBI of James Comey, Andrew McCabe and Peter Strzok?  Answer:  Nothing.  Actually, there are a few differences.  In Boston, all the corrupt agents wanted to do was frame a few innocent men and set up informants for hits by their underworld masters, as well as taking hundreds of thousands of dollars in bribes.  The modern FBI agents were involved in an even more nefarious conspiracy — trying to first fix a presidential election, and then, after that backfired, trying to overthrow the duly elected president of the United States.

11 Quick Things To Know About The Inspector General's Report.  [#1] Learn how to interpret an IG report. [...] Those who expected demands for justice in the face of widespread evidence of political bias and poor judgment by immature agents and executives were people unfamiliar with the purpose of IG reports.  The IG is also a government bureaucrat producing government products that are supposed to be calm and boring.  In the previous report that led to Andrew McCabe's firing as deputy director of the FBI and referral for criminal prosecution, his serial lying under oath was dryly phrased as "lack of candor."  In this report detailing widespread problems riddled throughout the Clinton email probe, the language is similarly downplayed.  That's particularly true in the executive summary, which attempts to downplay the actual details that fill the report with evidence of poor decision-making, extreme political bias, and problematic patterns of behavior.

FBI IG Report:  A Slap on the Wrist.  Department of Justice Inspector General Michael E. Horowitz has released his 500 plus-page report, which purports to shine a light on the mishandling at top levels of the Department of Justice and Federal Bureau of Investigation of the 2016 investigation into Hillary Clinton's use of a private e-mail server while she served as Secretary of State under former President Obama.  Such mishandling included violations of Department of Justice standards and FBI protocols.  The report from the Department of Justice's Office of the Inspector General ("OIG") criticized certain actions and decisions of former FBI Director James Comey, together with those of other senior FBI officials who were involved in the probe, including former Deputy FBI Director Andrew McCabe.  Mr. McCabe is already the subject of an earlier criminal referral from the OIG for his alleged unauthorized leaks to the media and lying to federal investigators about his media contacts.  Special FBI agent Peter Stzrok and Lisa Page, an attorney who has since left the FBI, were targeted in this report for their blatantly anti-Trump text messages.  Former Attorney General Loretta Lynch was also criticized for exercising bad judgment in connection with her infamous tarmac meeting with Bill Clinton.

A professional review of the IG report.  The more I read about this, the more I admire IG Michael Horowitz.  I have been involved in corporate governance and compliance for almost 20 years and I've never seen a better example of self-preservation than the OIG report.

The IG Report:  They're Guilty, but It's Okay.  First we were told that Comey was a straight shooter whom we could trust.  Then we were told the same about Mueller, Rosenstein, and now the IG.  Yet in every case we've discovered that they are biased political actors who put the interests of the Deep State and the Democratic Party ahead of their sworn duty to uphold the law.  It's time for all conservatives to acknowledge that there are few if any honest people at the top levels of the FBI or the DoJ.

The Deep State and Tyranny.  The issue of political bias, which the IG report scanted, has to be understood in the larger nature of the large-scale bureaucratic public institutions that comprise the Deep State.  In other words, the structure and functioning of the institution itself creates a bias that selects progressive employees.  The bias insidiously becomes a second nature of which they often are no more conscious than a fish is that it's wet.

Justice Department IG is looking into James Comey leaks.  The Justice Department's Office of Inspector General is looking into former FBI Director James Comey's decision to give his personal memos to a friend outside the government.  "We received a referral on that from the FBI.  We are handling that referral and we will issue a report when the matter is completed," Inspector General Michael Horowitz said during testimony before the Senate Judiciary Committee.  The hearing came days after Horowitz's office released a near 600-page report on the FBI's handling of the FBI's investigation into Hillary Clinton's use of a private email server.

Comey Under Investigation For Handling Of Classified Information.  Former FBI director James Comey is under investigation for mishandling classified information, DOJ inspector general Michael Horowitz revealed Monday [6/18/2018].  He is specifically under investigation for his handling of memos he wrote about interactions with President Trump while FBI director.

Why the OIG Report Should Scare You.  The Justice Department's tepid OIG report, with its risible assertion that there was no political bias in the FBI's Clinton email probe, suggests that it was written by people afraid to tell the unvarnished truth about the conduct of the federal government's police apparatus, an agency that openly defies congressional oversight and has participated in a vendetta against a sitting president.  The FBI's leadership clearly hopes that the Democrats will win majorities in Congress and put a halt to the investigations into its multifarious abuses of power.  The OIG is loath to face the ruthless reprisals that would inevitably follow such a disaster.

Crime and Punishment.  The Justice Department Inspector General's report on the investigation of Hillary Clinton's unsecured personal email server laid bare a widespread pattern of conduct that "cast a cloud" over the FBI.  The report incites the inference that the Bureau is a severely corrupted organization, tainted and warped by unconstitutional ambitions to meddle in electoral matters.  Although Inspector General Michael Horowitz asserted he lacked "documentary and testamentary evidence" to prove political bias ruled in making decisions of great political consequence, clearly he did not mean bias was not present.  On what the report presented, it is almost certain that the FBI, at the deliberate direction of its leaders and senior Justice Department officials, intervened completely improperly in political matters.  The inspector general led the country to the edge of the decision, and will presumably make a number of criminal referrals for possible indictments, as he did after his initial report.

Insubordination and bias at FBI.  Justice Department Inspector General Michael Horowitz's 500-page report covers plenty, but it can be distilled to two words he uses to describe the Federal Bureau of Investigation during the 2016 election:  insubordination and bias.  Two terms that are chilling in connection with such a powerful agency.  That won't be the message from Democrats and most of the press, who will focus on a few episodes they will claim cost Hillary Clinton an election.  Watch for them to blame former FBI Director James Comey, whom the report faults for "a serious error of judgment," for having "concealed information" from superiors, and for "violation of or disregard for" departmental and bureau policies.

Obama single-handedly ruined the FBI and the DOJ.  Naturally, the political-media left that crowds out saner voices on television was quick as jackrabbits to announce that the FBI was vindicated by the I.G. report that was released on Thursday [6/14/2018]. [...] But one only has to scroll through the list of columns posted at RealClearPolitics on Friday to grasp the abyss between the left and right re: the report.  The report contained an executive summary that said, "We found no documentary evidence of political bias."  That means they did not find written confessions by all those Trump-hating higher-ups at the once-great law enforcement agency.  But the five-hundred-page body of the report is chock-full of extreme political anti-Trump mendacity.  Why the hundreds of texts between several like-minded agents that reek of profound bias against Trump are not documentary evidence is a mystery. [...] This I.G. report is only half, or maybe only a third of the whole story.

IG Report:  Peter Strzok Statements About Weiner/Abedin Laptop Conflict With FBI Claims About Weiner/Abedin Laptop.  General David Petraeus was arrested for leaving his classified schedule on mistress Paula Broadwell's nightstand.  Kristian Saucier was arrested for taking a classified photograph on a submarine.  Anthony Weiner and Huma Abedin had dozens of classified Clinton emails on a laptop and...  There is a great deal of inconsistent application of law surrounding classified information.  There is also a great deal of fatigue surrounding discussion of those inconsistent applications.  Contradictions, inconsistency and obtuse justifications are as rampant in our midst as the political narratives shaping them.  Perhaps that's by design.  [Inexplicable ellipsis in original.]

Mark Levin:  "FBI interfered with the election worse than the Russians could have ever dreamed of doing!"  Mark Levin gave a fantastic interview last night on Hannity where he gave his reaction to the IG report on the Hillary investigation.  As you can judge from the title, Levin feels this report is a huge indictment against Comey, saying there was collusion, obstruction, and insubordination.  And I love the line I used in the title, where Levin emphatically said the "FBI interfered with the election worse than the Russians could have ever dreamed!"  [Video clip]

IG Report:  FBI Lawyer #1 Tashina Gauhar and The Huma/Weiner Laptop Issues.  One of the information issues with the IG report is that it's written entirely from an insider's perspective.  Therefore without an understanding of how divisions within Main Justice related to the discussed activity within FBI main DC offices it can be very confusing to understand.  The 'insider narration' makes it difficult to see what happened with the Huma Abedin and Anthony Weiner laptop; and how the Clinton emails were discovered.  However, because the issue is so important the IG report spends three chapters on this time-frame between September 28th and October 29th, 2016; and ultimately the next day, Oct. 30th, when a search warrant was executed for the laptop content.

IG Report:  "We do not have confidence that Strzok's decision was free from bias".  FBI Agent Peter Strzok walks like a biased duck, looks like a biased duck, sounds like a biased duck, has all the same characteristics of a biased duck, and took the exact action a biased duck would take; therefore "We do not have confidence" FBI Agent Peter Strzok is not a biased duck.

IG Report:  FBI Officials Accepted Bribes From Media.  On Page Xii of the IG report the Department of Justice Office of Inspector General (DOJ-OIG) highlights numerous FBI officials who accepted bribes from multiple media outlets including: "tickets to sportin