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Durham folds?

Is Durham folding up his investigation? It wouldn't surprised me; I predicted it would happen if Biden won, and at this moment Biden appears to have won.

It's why I was so furious at the delays pushing everything past election day.

At this point, it's still rumor, and pretty predictable rumor.

It's also contradicted by another source. So who knows?

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Wed Nov 18 18:42:55 CST 2020 by TriggerFinger. Comments [Tweet]

Brennan calls for palace coup to prevent declassification

ZerohedgeDays ago amid the Trump administration's election challenge turmoil which has resulted in over a dozen lawsuits filed in several battleground states, Donald Trump Jr. urged the president to unleash the nuclear option: "DECLASSIFY EVERYTHING!!!" he wrote in all caps on Twitter. "We can't let the bad actors get away with it."

It didn't take long for this distinct possibility to attract the attention of both the mainstream media and the intelligence establishment which has so long been at odds (or even at 'war') with the president. Reacting specifically to the ouster of Defense Secretary Mark Esper on Monday, ex-CIA spy chief under the Obama administration John Brennan essentially urged a palace coup against Trump prior to January 20th to ensure he doesn't declassify anything sensitive or too revealing...

In the incredible Monday evening CNN interview, Brennan - himself responsible for stoking the now widely debunked Russiagate claims from the start of the Trump presidency - brazenly urged Vice President Mike Pence to seize power.

He asserted that despite Biden preparing to transition into the White House on inauguration day, still two months away, at this point Trump is a threat to national security

Brennan is really worried about something.

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Sun Nov 15 22:35:03 CST 2020 by TriggerFinger. Comments [Tweet]

McCabe testilies to the Senate

ZerohedgeMeanwhile, McCabe also admitted that he wouldn't have signed a warrant application to spy on former Trump campaign aide Carter Page if he knew it was supported by fabricated claims from a hoax dossier crafted by a UK spy.

"If you knew then what you know now, would you have signed the warrant application in June 2017 against Carter Page?" asked Senate Judiciary Committee Chairman Lindsey Graham.

"No, sir," responded McCabe.

I believe he is lying. I believe he knew then what he knows now. I believe he signed the FISA knowing it was misleading and contained false information.

He just thinks he can lie about it without getting caught.

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Sun Nov 15 16:29:26 CST 2020 by TriggerFinger. Comments [Tweet]

Ex-CIA official who worked under Brennan now running Facebook misinfo censors

BreitbartBreitbart News previously revealed that Karen Graham, a “misinformation process manager” for Facebook, worked in the CIA for 10 years, including under the stridently anti-Trump former CIA director John Brennan, and displayed a “Black Lives Matter” banner at the top of her LinkedIn profile.

The CIA is embedding it's employees in places where they can shut down information they don't want getting out. Say, I wonder if Karen Graham worked on anything related to SpyGate?

Thu Nov 12 12:40:28 CST 2020 by TriggerFinger. Comments [Tweet]

Is Durham tracing the SpyGate threads all the way back to the beginning?

I won't be satisfied by anything less than indictments, but there is some reason to hope that Durham may have followed the threads into the Mueller report.

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Mon Nov 09 09:26:54 CST 2020 by TriggerFinger. Comments [Tweet]

What is the State Dept hiding?

The State Department is still withholding documents, despite subpoenas from the Senate and orders from Trump.

Thu Nov 05 10:26:47 CST 2020 by TriggerFinger. Comments [Tweet]

Mueller report did not mention evidence Russian collusion was a Hillary plot

That is, Mueller uncovered even more previously unknown evidence of the plot and neglected to mention it in his report. The information exposes what appear to be lies by Alexrandra Chalupa, whose name has come up frequently with respect to Ukraine and the Russian Collusion allegations.

This further discredits the Mueller special counsel's work, as they failed to report on exculpatory evidence they discovered.

Tue Nov 03 12:10:06 CST 2020 by TriggerFinger. Comments [Tweet]

Judicial Watch uncovers a cover up

Their latest batch of Strzok-Page emails includes meetings that had to be "recreated", suggesting they were deleted. One of the suggestive meeting titles: "Going Dark Strategy Meeting"

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Sun Nov 01 12:50:12 CST 2020 by TriggerFinger. Comments [Tweet]

Summarizing Spygate

If you haven't been paying close attention, or just need a quick refresher, here's a necessarily brief summary of Spygate. It leaves out a lot, including everything about Michael Flynn, but it's a starting point. This article has more details.

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Sun Nov 01 11:50:12 CST 2020 by TriggerFinger. Comments [Tweet]

Senate report concludes GSA undermined Trump 2016 transition

Just the NewsThe majority staff report from both the Senate Committee on Finance and the Committee on Homeland Security and Governmental Affairs claims that officials from both the FBI and Mueller's office "secretly sought and received access to the private records of Donald J. Trump’s presidential transition team, Trump for America, Inc."

"They did so," the report continues, "despite the terms of a memorandum of understanding between the Trump transition team and the General Services Administration...—the executive agency responsible for providing services to both candidates’ transition teams—that those records were the transition team’s private property that would not be retained at the conclusion of the transition."

Just one of the many small ways that the Deep State screwed the Trump Presidency.

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Sat Oct 31 11:06:40 CDT 2020 by TriggerFinger. Comments [Tweet]

Judicial Watch is STILL suing the FBI over McCabe/Strzok/Page texts

Judicial Watch Judicial Watch filed a Freedom of Information Act (FOIA) lawsuit for text messages between FBI Deputy Director Andrew McCabe and former FBI officials Lisa Page, Peter Strzok, Jennifer Leonard, and/or former Obama White House Deputy Assistant to the President for Homeland Security and Counterterrorism Lisa Monaco (Judicial Watch v. U.S. Department of Justice (No. 1:20-cv-02995)).

Judging by the FBI's desperate response -- they are claiming text messages are not subject to FOIA at all -- there must be some REALLY bad stuff in those messages.

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Fri Oct 30 14:56:42 CDT 2020 by TriggerFinger. Comments [Tweet]

Glenn Greenwald resigns over censorship from organization he founded

Glenn has been a pretty strong critic of both censorship and intelligence agency abuse. He co-founded The Intercept. Now he has resigned over censorship of negative information about Joe Biden.

Glenn GreenwaldThe final, precipitating cause is that The Intercept’s editors, in violation of my contractual right of editorial freedom, censored an article I wrote this week, refusing to publish it unless I remove all sections critical of Democratic presidential candidate Joe Biden, the candidate vehemently supported by all New-York-based Intercept editors involved in this effort at suppression.

The censored article, based on recently revealed emails and witness testimony, raised critical questions about Biden’s conduct. Not content to simply prevent publication of this article at the media outlet I co-founded, these Intercept editors also demanded that I refrain from exercising a separate contractual right to publish this article with any other publication.

If you still believe modern journalism is trustworthy, read the whole thing.

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Thu Oct 29 13:24:04 CDT 2020 by TriggerFinger. Comments [Tweet]

Tucker Carlson reports on stolen evidence related to Bobulinski


Dirty tricks. Remember, Watergate was just a burglary.

Of course, Fox News may have copies.

UPDATE: I'm tagging this Spygate, because who else could have known about and intercepted this package?

UPDATE: Package contents found after Tucker announces theft to 5 million people. I would be curious whether any documents are missing, and note that once it became clear Tucker had copies, the primary value of a document theft would be to find out what Tucker has in order to strategize messaging. So, just finding the contents does not mean they weren't stolen and copies made, to be carefully looked over later.

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Wed Oct 28 20:26:56 CDT 2020 by TriggerFinger. Comments [Tweet]

CIA Director Gina Haspel still resisting SpyGate disclosure

Even after Trump repeated his order to declassify and release documents, she is still resisting disclosure, likely due to personal involvement in the scandal. I will be very surprised if she still has a job should Trump win election, along with Wray at FBI.

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Tue Oct 27 09:30:30 CDT 2020 by TriggerFinger. Comments [Tweet]

I watched Comey testify so you don't have to

I didn't really catch any new news. When questioned by Republicans, Comey knew nothing and if he ever once knew anything he remembered nothing about it after being presented with documentary evidence that he was told about it. When questioned by Democrats, Comey was able to remember enough details and procedures to condemn Republicans and make accusations against Trump. It was a remarkable contrast. But it is very difficult to prosecute someone for "not remembering".

None of the Republicans were really able to tie Comey down and force specific denials or admissions on specific points. This is probably by design. Lindsey just wants to pound the podium and ask everyone if they would sign the FISA again if they knew then what they know now, which may score minor political points but will absolutely not put anyone in jail.

Only Barr can nail these people to the wall. The House is controlled by Democrats and the Senate is controlled by a turtle riding on the back of rinos.

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Mon Oct 26 11:17:52 CDT 2020 by TriggerFinger. Comments [Tweet]

Gina Haskell personally blocking important SpyGate declassifications

I really just have two things to say about this.

1) OF COURSE SHE IS. She was CIA Station Chief in London when these things were going on. Remember, the contacts with Papadopoulous, Flynn, Mifsud, and Halper took place in London. She's implicated up to her neck and knows it. That's why she was pushed so hard as a candidate for higher up intel positions (thankfully, Trump did not nominate her).

2) Didn't Trump give AG Barr full declassification power? And yet we've had delay after delay over declassified documents until we got Grenell and then Ratcliffe as DNI. And now it's Haskell objecting? Well, fuck Haskell. Trump needs to fire anyone who refuses a declassification request related to SpyGate for any reason.

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Mon Oct 26 10:17:52 CDT 2020 by TriggerFinger. Comments [Tweet]

FBI Agent Barnett found CHS accusation about Flynn likely false

The allegation appears to be that Flynn left a dinner event with a Russian expatriate named Svetlana, and implied the two may have been sexually involved. However, the agent found nothing to corroborate the story. This would cast doubt on other information provided by that source (likely Stephan Halper) and strengthens other evidence suggesting Flynn was targeted for false accusations in order to keep him out of the Trump administration.

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Sun Oct 25 19:18:38 CDT 2020 by TriggerFinger. Comments [Tweet]

Bartiromo: No Durham report or indictments before the election

If true, this is a disgrace and a cover-up. It's obvious that, in the event of a Biden win, all of Durham's activities no matter how sprawling will be shut down and we will never hear a peep from any of those involved again.

Graham is promising more declassifications, including some regarding lack of predication for the entire Mueller special counsel. That's nice. But declassifications are no substitute for prosecutions.

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Sun Oct 25 14:18:38 CDT 2020 by TriggerFinger. Comments [Tweet]

Democrats still trying to sell Russian election interference

No one is going to fall for the "I could tell you but then I would have to kill you" trick this time.

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Sat Oct 24 19:34:19 CDT 2020 by TriggerFinger. Comments [Tweet]

Comey denies being target of Durham probe

When you have to deny that you are the target, you are the target. Notably, Brennan said he was told he was not a target; Comey was not and feels the need to come out and deny it to the media anyway.

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Fri Oct 23 19:25:03 CDT 2020 by TriggerFinger. Comments [Tweet]

Lying about lying

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Fri Oct 23 15:25:03 CDT 2020 by TriggerFinger. Comments [Tweet]

Clinton campaign had 2016 investigation of foreign influence

Turns out, the Clinton campaign in 2016 had an FBI investigation involving a foreign influence operation. Instead of taking out a FISA, the FBI gave the campaign a defensive briefing. It's a very direct contrast with how the FBI handled the bogus investigation into the Trump campaign, suggesting even more political bias.

Seems Lindsay Graham actually found something useful?

Mind you, giving a defensive briefing seems like what you would want the FBI to do in this situation. Even if it tips off the candidate who, in Hillary's case, is clearly pretty casual about foreign money flowing into her coffers. It's the contrast with the treatment of the Trump campaign that makes this a serious matter.

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Fri Oct 23 14:25:03 CDT 2020 by TriggerFinger. Comments [Tweet]

Sharyll Attkisson names names in computer intrusion case

And one of the names is well-known: Rod Rosenstein. She has also identified (with the help of whistleblowers) the exact agents who conducted the computer intrusions in her case and others.

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Fri Oct 23 12:25:04 CDT 2020 by TriggerFinger. Comments [Tweet]

Did the intel agencies spy on Congress?

Rand Paul wants to know, and I think it's pretty obvious the answer is yes. But forcing the admission would be huge.

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Fri Oct 23 12:24:26 CDT 2020 by TriggerFinger. Comments [Tweet]

McCabe backs out of Senate testimony on SpyGate

McCabe is blaming the Kung Flu outbreak, but he could easily testify remotely as Comey did. Realistically, McCabe just doesn't want to testify before the election and this excuse is too good to pass up.

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Thu Oct 22 17:20:19 CDT 2020 by TriggerFinger. Comments [Tweet]

Ex-FBI official demands right to "vet" presidents

The official believes Trump is compromised by Russia, despite that being exposed as a deliberate hoax by the Clinton campaign in collusion with -- believe it or not -- a suspected Russian intelligence agent. Worse, he believes a "bipartisan commission" should be formed to determine who is "allowed" to be President.

It seems to be that the Intel agencies have been effectively picking our presidents since Bush the Elder (with his deep CIA connections). They want to keep doing it and after just one term of a president they can't control, they are tired of it and want to throw aside all pretense of a public choice.

This is disgusting and unAmerican.

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Wed Oct 21 18:04:34 CDT 2020 by TriggerFinger. Comments [Tweet]

FBI investigating Biden emails... as Russian disinformation?

Wow. They really are desperate.

The "journalists" here are being used as pawns by the Deep State.

Credible people are vouching for those involved.

The receipt for the computer at the repair shop has been located and published.

Sure, it's possible a Russian agent came to America with a hard drive full of intimate family-and-hookers pictures of the Bidens and a few fake emails. But it's pretty easy to verify whether you have a real cache of emails. And it's pretty easy to verify the more serious emails once you know what you are looking for, if you are a government agency like the FBI investigating legitimate crimes. Not to mention official White House visitor logs, the signature on the paperwork given to the repair shop, financial records that would match the transactions laid out...

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Wed Oct 21 17:04:34 CDT 2020 by TriggerFinger. Comments [Tweet]

DNI Ratcliffe refers Nunes report to ICIG

Why wasn't this done at the time? I suppose it's possible they knew the ICIG at the time was compromised.

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Wed Oct 21 16:04:34 CDT 2020 by TriggerFinger. Comments [Tweet]

Bruce Ohr resigned ahead of firing for misconduct in IG report

Worth noting that Ohr resigned in July; the news is that he was about to be fired when he resigned. Analysis. Longer analysis. It seems likely Ohr was allowed to resign instead of being fired as a return for his cooperation in the investigation. This is good and bad; the good is it means he likely was cooperating, the bad is that his cooperation is apparently no longer needed and yet we still haven't seen any charges.

The real tantalizing bit about Ohr's cooperation is whether he had to talk about or implicate his wife Nellie Ohr, a Fusion GPS researcher with history at the CIA. It's been speculated that Nellie was a contractor with access to the NSA's databases during the right time period to be researching Trump. (We know she was researching Trump using "open source" information, but if she was also feeding information from the CIA into Fusion's operations, and Ohr knew about that...)

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Wed Oct 21 10:04:34 CDT 2020 by TriggerFinger. Comments [Tweet]

What forced Comey to take over from AG Loretta Lynch about the Clinton emails?

I've been reading through a long and detailed post from Sundance on this topic. It's centered around the Senate's demand for text messages between Page and McCabe. Since the Sundance post is so long, I figured it might be useful to summarize.

Basically, the event that forced the reopening of the Clinton email investigation was Anthony Weiner's lawyer providing Clinton emails to SDNY (Preet Bharara) as leverage to try to block the sex charges. The FBI knew about this from their field office but DC covered it up for a month. But they couldn't keep it under wraps forever because FBI officials from New York were asking what was happening with the emails, and their existence was starting to leak out.

McCabe was already in trouble for sitting on the laptop for so long. He might have to recuse because of the options, so he was useless in continuing to cover this up.

So Loretta Lynch used the threat of prosecution in the Eric Garner case to force the NYPD to shut up about it.

Four years later and we're still trying to extract information about the coverup from the FBI; never mind the original emails.

However, there are two hopeful points. Durham is apparently investigating the Clinton Foundation, and a federal judge reopened a whistleblower case on the same topic with the IRS.

Wed Oct 21 09:04:34 CDT 2020 by TriggerFinger. Comments [Tweet]

Nothing more from Durham before the election

Details and analysis. The problem I have with this is that it's a high stakes gamble with players whose motives are not fully understood. One possibility is that Barr and Durham are trying to nail down prosecutions for big picture crimes. Another possibility is that Barr and Durham are covering up what they can in order to preserve the institutions of the FBI, DOJ, CIA, FISC, and intelligence agencies and methods. We don't know which. Barr himself is suspect due to his involvement in shutting down prosecutions in the Ruby Ridge case and generally being a government official type. He has presented a good public face on this issue, but he has yet to deliver anything substantial. And it now appears he won't deliver anything substantial before the election.

So now, if Trump wins, maybe we get some actual prosecutions, and maybe we don't.

But if Trump loses we get nothing, and everything Barr and Durham claim to have been working for goes out the window.

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Wed Oct 21 05:06:19 CDT 2020 by TriggerFinger. Comments [Tweet]

FBI doc tracking Steele dossier reveals the FBI knew it was false

JustTheNews has the document. This document is what the FBI is supposed to use to verify information is accurate before presenting it to the FISC as part of an application for surveillance. And we now know for certain that the FBI could verify almost nothing of the allegations Steele presented to them, yet applied for a warrant heavily relying on that information anyway.

It SHOULD be damning evidence of bad faith from everyone involved.

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Wed Oct 21 03:10:38 CDT 2020 by TriggerFinger. Comments [Tweet]

Obama WH Counsel sent email to Comey the night before Trump took office

There are a couple relevant points here. One is that we know a little bit more than just the fact of the email; we know it was considered relevant to ACLJ's FOIA request concerning FBI spies/sources in the White House. And we know a little bit about context now that Susan Rice has admitted her "by the book" email was basically dictated to her by that same White House counsel.

So at a minimum, we know Obama's White House counsel knew about and was somehow involved in the FBI's spying on Trump's presidency. Note: Not his campaign or the transition team, but after Trump took office.

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Wed Oct 21 01:37:00 CDT 2020 by TriggerFinger. Comments [Tweet]

Questions for Comey in the Senate

They are good questions, but Comey likely has prepared answers to them. The question is whether Comey can give good public answers without contradicting himself in previous testimony or being exposed as a liar by non-public information known to Durham through documentary evidence or testimony.

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Tue Oct 20 02:07:20 CDT 2020 by TriggerFinger. Comments [Tweet]

Durham subpoenas Dan Jones

Details are slim because they are buried within an article spinning new conspiracy theories about the Alfa Bank debunked hoax conspiracy theory. But let's remember who Dan Jones is. He's a guy who used to work for the FBI, and after that for Senator Feinstein when she was on the Senate Intel Committee, and when Trump won the election, he left government service with $50 million in funding to hire Fusion GPS and continue the attacks on Trump.

I suspect this will make some people in the Senate very uncomfortable.

However, it also means the investigation takes longer, and becomes more vulnerable to Biden winning the election.

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Sun Oct 18 02:26:39 CDT 2020 by TriggerFinger. Comments [Tweet]

Could the Alfa Bank scandal lead to piercing the Clinton's attorney privilege?

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Sat Oct 17 02:06:50 CDT 2020 by TriggerFinger. Comments [Tweet]

Senators demand Gina Haspel turn over SpyGate records

Chances are she won't produce anything, but that refusal will give Trump the opportunity to override her.

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Fri Oct 16 02:51:27 CDT 2020 by TriggerFinger. Comments [Tweet]

Ratcliffe delivers "hundreds of pages" of material to DOJ for Durham

Although taken out of context it's a promising development in the investigation of SpyGate, taken in context it's too little too late. If this was a response to Trump's demand for more declassification, great; but why wasn't it declassified before? Why did Trump need to issue the demand in order to get action from Ratcliffe who is supposed to be on Trump's side? Why didn't Barr use the authority he supposedly has to get this sooner?

Bottom line, just reviewing this information and understanding it in the context of SpyGate events will take weeks. This will ensure absolutely nothing happens before the election, with the possible exception of leaks.

Further, we're not actually seeing declassification here. It's material for DOJ to review on site at the DNI office. That's helpful to DOJ and Durham, but the on-site restrictions will slow things down and they indicate this is not a declassification for public release.

And of course if Biden wins the whole thing goes away.

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Thu Oct 15 19:50:42 CDT 2020 by TriggerFinger. Comments [Tweet]

Former NSA general counsel testifies that Trump was spied on

The revelation comes in an article at Lawfare, which I will not link. See the summary at bongino.com instead. It's interesting that this appears at Lawfare, because that site is generally associated with denying and disputing SpyGate information.

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Thu Oct 15 02:41:19 CDT 2020 by TriggerFinger. Comments [Tweet]

No indictments in unmasking investigation?

Disappointing, but note the UPDATE 2 where Bash's responsibilities were transferred to Acting US Attorney Greg Sofer. So are those investigations still active under Sofer? Unclear, says my magic 8-ball.

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Thu Oct 15 01:41:19 CDT 2020 by TriggerFinger. Comments [Tweet]

Is Trump prepping the battlespace for firing Barr?

It's hard to read tea leaves, but Trump is definitely not happy. And I think he's right not to be happy. So far, while Barr did a good job wrapping up the Mueller special counsel scam, is helping with the Flynn case, and talks a good fight to Congress, he has yet to deliver ANY prosecutions beyond a single guilty plea to a minimal charge. Almost every time we get announced results, it's no charges. That's a lot of investigations with known and documented wrongdoing to come back with no charges. And it's eaten up almost two years of time, pushing the whole matter past an election which may just shut it all down.

I'm not ready to say that Barr is running a deep state coverup, but it certainly looks like he has failed to delivery justice in a timely fashion. And if Biden wins, justice delayed becomes justice denied.

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Wed Oct 14 23:27:07 CDT 2020 by TriggerFinger. Comments [Tweet]

Biden withheld information from Trump transition team on Ukraine

There has been a leaked transcript of a call between Biden (then VP) and the Ukrainian president. In the call, Biden says he wants to remain involved in diplomacy after leaving office (a potential violation of the Logan Act, the pretext they used to charge Flynn), and also says he withheld information from the incoming transition team related to Ukraine (both a moral and ethical failure of democracy... and a link to the January 5th meeting where Obama suggested withholding information, demonstrating that the suggestion was taken as an instruction and complied with).

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Tue Oct 13 01:49:08 CDT 2020 by TriggerFinger. Comments [Tweet]

Huge Spygate subpeona list approved by Senate

Top of the line name is Stefan Halper, but others include Pientka (who we have not heard from before), Somma (Halper's handler), Blumenthal (a Clinton ally rumored to have provided "information" for the dossier), Winer (a State Dept official who allegedly deleted his records of interacting with Steele), Ohr, Samantha Power and Susan Rice (both high-level Obama administration officials), and James Baker (who runs the Office of Net Assessment where Halper was allegedly paid to run a spy operation against the Trump campaign.

The assumption here is that Durham is now done with these individuals. Whether that means they escape any charges or just that he's told the Senate he's about to file them, I don't know. If this is a list of people who won't get charged with anything, it's a little long for my taste.

There are 41 people on the list of subpeonas and 48 days until the election. We could have Senate hearings every day if the Senate is serious.

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Mon Oct 12 02:47:21 CDT 2020 by TriggerFinger. Comments [Tweet]

Trump authorizes declassification of Spygate and Clinton email probe docs

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Sat Oct 10 02:00:21 CDT 2020 by TriggerFinger. Comments [Tweet]

BOMBSHELL: Hillary advisor who proposed Russian Collusion hoax now works for Biden

Brennan's notes and the FBI referral have now been released. It appears that the Hillary official who proposed the Russia Hoax about Trump is now a top advisor to Biden.

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Thu Oct 08 02:52:59 CDT 2020 by TriggerFinger. Comments [Tweet]

The flaws in the Russians hacked the DNC narrative

It seems unlikely the Russians actually hacked the DNC. And it seems awfully unlikely the a "Russian hacker" who hacked the DNC would then release... their opposition research on Trump. Really? THAT's what the hacker releases?

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Thu Oct 08 01:52:59 CDT 2020 by TriggerFinger. Comments [Tweet]

OIG reveals FBI hiding continued intel abuse?

The details are classified, but that itself is a bit suggestive, and Wray is definitely not to be trusted. Wray needs to be replaced immediately after the election. As do other entities still hiding information.

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Wed Oct 07 01:55:53 CDT 2020 by TriggerFinger. Comments [Tweet]

Gina Haspel preventing declassification of SpyGate documents

Clearly, there are some SpyGate bombshells being held up by the deep state. Devin Nunes suggests shutting down the intel agencies until they are released. That's a big deal. (Personally I'd suggest shutting them down permanently and starting from scratch; they are obviously too corrupt in their current form to be reformed). However, I don't think threats to shut down the agencies will actually work; Gina Haspel personally is the problem and she is likely personally implicated in SpyGate, as she was in charge of the CIA's London office while all the SpyGate activity was happening there. Her endgame is waiting and hoping for Trump to lose.

Trump apparently heard Nunes and is working on something related. (If Trump is in any danger from COVID, which thankfully no longer appears to be the case, he needs to make sure that in the event of his death or incapacitation everything gets released immediately). It does not seem like Barr has enough authority for public declassification by himself.

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Tue Oct 06 13:26:40 CDT 2020 by TriggerFinger. Comments [Tweet]

Durham focusing on McCabe? "and others"?

Sara Carter“McCabe and others were suppressing information, misrepresenting it or lying about the information that they had in order to purposefully undermine the Trump candidacy and that turned into the predication for undermining the Trump presidency,” said a source with direct knowledge of the situation.

The source alleged that McCabe is now a central figure in Durham’s investigation, along with several other senior FBI officials who were aware of the information but failed to disclose it.

The explosive information shed even more light on the internal corruption inside the bureau at the highest levels and the purposeful misuse of the agency to target a political presidential opponent. In fact, it raises serious concerns that these actions were not an aberration but could have been occurring for sometime inside the FBI and intelligence community, several U.S. intelligence officials and former FBI officials told this columnist.

“It’s beyond the pale and what’s worse no one has paid the price for attempting to oust – coup – a U.S. president,” said one former senior intelligence official. “What makes it worse is politicians who are using this information for political purposes – they do so at the detriment of the American system and republic.”

McCabe has now refused to testify before the Senate, citing fear of the coronavirus despite the Senate being willing to allow him to testify remotely (as in fact Comey did). It appears McCabe is feeling the heat and noticing that his name is unredacted in recent document releases.

Comey probably thinks he can slime through by claiming not to remember anything. McCabe knows he is a lot more vulnerable due to being closer to the investigation and his wife's campaign funds from Clinton-linked donors being a financial benefit. Getting a conviction on McCabe seems like a bare-minimum standard for Durham and friends.

Tue Oct 06 09:15:44 CDT 2020 by TriggerFinger. Comments [Tweet]

US Attorney investigating unmaskings resigns

This is troubling. His reasons for leaving are unclear. I can see this as being only bad news for this part of the investigation; either he's figured that there's nothing there, or there's nothing there he wants to pursue (for whatever reason, political, corrupt, or just a decision), or (perhaps) he's been effectively removed for some reason and isn't making a stink over it.

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Mon Oct 05 21:59:18 CDT 2020 by TriggerFinger. Comments [Tweet]

Durham takes over Huber investigation into Clinton Foundation...

Fox News. And also possibly into the FBI's refusal to pursue evidence and Weissman's position with DOJ Fraud Division and Mueller Special Counsel's Office.

On the one hand, it's good to see this being looked into by someone who is actually interested in doing something. Huber's silence for years has been unacceptable.

On the other hand, if Durham's scope keeps growing, how can he possibly deliver indictments before the election?

(Because if he waits until after the election and Biden wins, he won't get to deliver any indictments ever).

Sat Oct 03 02:07:39 CDT 2020 by TriggerFinger. Comments [Tweet]

Sidney Powell discusses explosive new text messages

Sidney Powell on Lou Dobbs with context from Conservative Treehouse. She's basically threatening to go straight to the Supreme Court if Sullivan doesn't dismiss instanter, which is a legal term that means right the fuck now. Analysis from Meaning in History.

It seems clear these messages are from FBI officials (or maybe just one who didn't wipe his phone because he thought everyone else was just joking about that?) who were not happy with the political nature of the investigation but felt they were not in a position to stop it or make decisions about it.

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Fri Oct 02 02:26:41 CDT 2020 by TriggerFinger. Comments [Tweet]

House Democrats call for investigating Durham for election interference

Well, the irony here is indeed rich. Before Durham has done anything publically known besides collect a guilty plea from an FBI agent for literally falsifying a document in an investigation that is alleged to be itself a case of election interference, House Democrats are calling for an investigation into his investigation. They even want it to be an "emergency" investigation. All this before Durham has actually done anything.

I like their fear. It suggests to me that Durham might actually be able to do something big.

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Thu Oct 01 01:05:34 CDT 2020 by TriggerFinger. Comments [Tweet]

Brennan briefed Obama about Hillary's Russian Collusion plot

What's important about this new Spygate bombshell is that Brennan found out about this plot to smear the Trump campaign with false accusations of Russian collusion from Russian sources (demonstrating the Russians knew of it, and thus could "helpfully" supply false accusations) and then briefed Obama (and presumably VP Biden) about it, demonstrating that Obama's decision to order the FBI to continue to investigate those false accusations was made while provably aware that the accusations were groundless.

In fact, the Intelligence Community allegedly referred the allegations about Clinton's Russian Collusion scheme to the FBI for investigation on September 7th, 2016, well before the election.

That's not "Hey, maybe the Trump campaign is colluding with Russia"; it's "Hey, the Clinton campaign is trying to spread false allegations that the Trump campaign is colluding with Russia".

And yet, the FBI already had an investigation open based on those false accusations and continued to pursue it, even well past the election.

If this claim by Brennan and the intel community can be proven, it would seem to put the FBI on the hot seat for knowingly pursuing false allegations against the Trump campaign and then the Trump administration.

UPDATE: Probably also worth noting specifically. When something is "referred to the FBI", the usual context appears to be referring a potentially criminal act for the FBI to investigate. So if Clinton's attempt to falsely link the Trump campaign to Russia is being referred to the FBI, it's not being referred because the FBI should investigate whether Trump is linked to the FBI (as actually happened); what the FBI should be investigating is whether Clinton is trying to frame her political opponent.

UPDATE: Sara Carter has more details.

UPDATE: I was probably wrong about this being a referral to investigate the Clinton campaign. Looks like the CIA referred this to the FBI to investigate Trump, knowing it was a Clinton plot of which the Russians were aware.

Wed Sep 30 10:28:39 CDT 2020 by TriggerFinger. Comments [Tweet]

Flynn hearing today

Just the NewsArmed with bombshell documents suggesting FBI misconduct, lawyers for Michael Flynn on Tuesday will try to persuade a skeptical judge to vacate the former national security adviser's guilty plea for lying and dismiss the charge.

Sullivan's goal appears to be to push Flynn's case past the election at any cost to his reputation as an impartial judge. Why is Sullivan so focused on that? What does the Deep State have on him?

UPDATE: Background on the hearing.

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Tue Sep 29 10:28:25 CDT 2020 by TriggerFinger. Comments [Tweet]

Steele's primary source believed to be Russian spy; FBI knew

Sara CarterIn a bombshell letter released a letter Thursday night by Graham’s committee from Justice Department Attorney General William Barr revealed a declassified summary from the bureau indicating that former British spy Christopher Steele’s primary sub-source in his debunked dossier was believed to be a Russian spy. Not only was the sub source believed to be a spy but the FBI knew about it and had conducted a counterintelligence investigation on the individual.

“In light of this newly declassified information, I will be sending the FISA Court the information provided to inform them how wide and deep the effort to conceal exculpatory information regarding the Carter Page warrant application was in 2016 and 2017,” said Graham. “A small group of individuals in the Department of Justice and FBI should be held accountable for this fraud against the court. I do not believe they represent the overwhelming majority of patriotic men and women who work at the Department of Justice and FBI.”

The investigation into Steele's source dates back to 2011, and had probable cause the man was a Russian agent (FBI planned to get a FISA before the source left the country). When the FBI interviewed the source in 2017, they did not ask about any connections to Russian intelligence despite the previous investigation, and they did not mention that previous investigation in any of the FISAs filed on Carter Page. That seems to tilt the scales heavily towards deliberate deception of the FISC.

It's worth noting that "It was all Russian disinformation" appears to be the FBI's line of defense on this topic, perhaps on the theory that incompetence is rarely criminal. Given the previous investigation into this man, the three FISA renewals that followed his interview, and the avoidance of the topic when interviewing him in 2017, it's hard to spin that as simple incompetence.

To borrow a phrase... they knew or should have known.

Also worth noting: It doesn't matter whether Steele's source and his information was actually a Russian disinformation campaign or not. Failing to disclose the possibility and the evidence for it in the FISA itself is a breach of the FBI's duty of candor to that court. The FBi is not entitled to think it over and make a judgement call about whether to include the information or not. They are required to disclose so that the FISC can make its own judgement call.

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Tue Sep 29 02:45:56 CDT 2020 by TriggerFinger. Comments [Tweet]

Anti-Trump FBI and CIA agents purchased liability insurance?!

Federal law enforcement officials do not need professional liability insurance when they are doing their jobs within the law. They are covered by a judicial doctrine called qualified immunity when they are following the law, the same doctrine that protests local police, prosecutors, and judges. Buying additional liability insurance on top of that should be viewed as an admission that their investigation into Trump was likely improper and lawless.

Read the article; it has newly released FBI text messages. These come from a new court filing by Sidney Powell, and includes the new information that FBI investigators abused the Patriot Act in their surveillance of Flynn by filing "National Security Letters" to obtain information about him. Those letters are never reviewed by courts, and at least one FBI agent admitted they were used as a pretext to find dirt on Flynn.

It's worth noting these messages come from agents who were expressing doubts and concerns about the legality of what they were doing. Some of them may be good folks who didn't ask to be caught up in a political investigation. Just following orders is never a good excuse, but these guys may already be cooperating with Durham or one of the other investigations.

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Mon Sep 28 01:53:13 CDT 2020 by TriggerFinger. Comments [Tweet]

Some developments in Durham's investigative course

There is now an admission by DOJ that all four Carter Page FISAs were deficient, previously only one or two of the applications were considered improper. Durham is requesting permission from the FISC to access the improperly collected information (from the Carter Page FISA) to conduct his investigation and potential prosecution. Read the whole article.

This is a generally positive sign. I'd worry that it could lead to delay, but the decision appears to be dated from June 25th, so Durham has had this information for a while.

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Sat Sep 26 02:25:13 CDT 2020 by TriggerFinger. Comments [Tweet]

More details about Brennan's anti-Trump task force

One member was alleged to be Andrea Kendall-Taylor, a Hillary Clinton donor and colleague of "whistleblower" Eric Ciaramella who was later an important figure in the failed plot to impeach Trump.

Brennan allegedly ignored evidence Putin actually favored Clinton. Analysts reported feeling political pressure to back Brennan despite weak underlying intelligence.

Durham is allegedly using a 50 page report produced by the House Intel Committee (before Schiff took over; Schiff promptly buried it) as a roadmap. This should make Brennan nervous despite his lawyer nervously interjecting that Durham promised he wasn't actually a suspect yet.

Worth noting: generally, Durham's team has not leaked. When we see leaks like this mentioning Durham, it's usually from the other side trying to control the narrative or slow-drip damaging revelations.

There's a lot of chatter.

Fri Sep 25 11:57:05 CDT 2020 by TriggerFinger. Comments [Tweet]

An important point about the wiped phones

Front Page MagIn my view, the Mueller team members who wiped their phones clean of data belong in jail. I don't say these things hastily or take these matters lightly. I give people every benefit of the doubt, even when they don't deserve it. But it is clear that it is statistically not feasible to have this all be "an accident" as claimed. This was obviously intentional.

It’s important to understand that even if evidence was destroyed pertaining to the illicit origins of the “Russian collusion” investigation, the mere destruction of the evidence constitutes a potential crime. Arguably, Mueller team members violated the federal records act by destroying federal records. They have destroyed evidence in the course of an investigation, and they have obstructed justice. The people they indicted during the course of their hefty taxpayer-funded witch hunt, went to jail for lesser crimes than these. They should be called in front of a grand jury and if they lie, then perjury charges should be slapped on them as well.

I fully agree here. I think the mass phone wipe constitutes destruction of evidence and obstruction of justice at worst, and at the least can be charged as destruction of federal records. In my opinion (I'm not a lawyer) the Mueller team committed a grave error that exposes everyone who participated in wiping their phones to criminal prosecution, which should prove very handy as leverage in convincing them to turn on each other chasing a plea deal.

It's also possible this was set up as a kind of mutual defense exercise. If they all wipe their phones and refuse to testify, then it becomes that much harder to prosecute anyone for crimes more serious than deleting government records.

But there's a lot of leverage in even low-level felony charges, especially if you throw in conspiracy against the whole group, and there may well be chargeable crimes within the special counsel's official actions that can be brought to bear as encouragement. And the wipe will certainly count as evidence of consciousness of guilt.

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Thu Sep 24 02:28:58 CDT 2020 by TriggerFinger. Comments [Tweet]

Twitter censoring ObamaGate film

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Wed Sep 23 02:25:48 CDT 2020 by TriggerFinger. Comments [Tweet]

Strzok has a book out

And he's in the media trying to distance himself and the investigation from the Steele dossier. But McCabe testified under penalty of perjury that without the dossier, there would have been no FISA against Page. And we've seen the actual FISA, so we know that it had nothing but the FISA itself for its core claims. .

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Tue Sep 22 01:41:07 CDT 2020 by TriggerFinger. Comments [Tweet]

Judicial Watch FOIA uncovers more SpyGate emails

Sara Carter discusses the emails, which appear to reference a confidential informant inside the White House.

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Thu Sep 17 02:52:31 CDT 2020 by TriggerFinger. Comments [Tweet]

Senate Judiciary Committee releases Steele subsource briefing doc

As of January 2017 Steele was fully discredited, and yet the investigation continued for years. More analysis here.

The activity by Durham behind the scenes appears to be picking up. That's making Mueller and his team nervous to the point of writing misleading opinion pieces attempting to defend their investigation.

Just The News has more information on the released documents. Noteable, Strzok himself (one of the agents on the case, and famously fired for being anti-Trump among other misconduct) fisks an article in the New York Times for extensive incorrect information against Trump.

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Wed Sep 16 02:37:32 CDT 2020 by TriggerFinger. Comments [Tweet]

Fallout..

Declassifying the FBI interview with Danchenko has shaken loose a lot of information and implications.

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Wed Sep 16 01:37:32 CDT 2020 by TriggerFinger. Comments [Tweet]

Amicus filed in Flynn case, assisted by attorney for a material witness

Gleeson filed his amicus brief in the Flynn case. No surprise, he's arguing that the dismissal should be denied and alleges without evidence that it is a pressure campaign by Trump for political purposes. (Clue: Trump is President and doesn't need pressure campaigns; he can validly issue orders if he so chooses. Barr has denied both orders and pressure campaigns.)

Notably, Gleeson was assisted in his brief by colleague David O'Neil, who is representing ex-DOJ official Sally Yates. Yates is a material witness to the events of the Flynn case and clearly has personal interests in how it is resolved.

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Sun Sep 13 01:44:20 CDT 2020 by TriggerFinger. Comments [Tweet]

Judicial Watch sues for notes of Jan 5th meeting

Note that even under Wray and Barr, they still have to sue.

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Sat Sep 12 02:03:56 CDT 2020 by TriggerFinger. Comments [Tweet]

Mueller team wiped at least 31 phones used in Russia probe

This mass phone wipe by Mueller's special counsel team is strong evidence that they knew they had something to hide. Weissmann apparently did this to two of three phones. Details.

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Fri Sep 11 11:47:12 CDT 2020 by TriggerFinger. Comments [Tweet]

Brennan's CIA task force to spy on Trump

A refresher on what we know about this task force. It's not much, but the existence seems solid.

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Fri Sep 11 02:49:30 CDT 2020 by TriggerFinger. Comments [Tweet]

Why is Strzok claiming that the FBI "did nothing wrong"?

Well, it's perhaps better to ask why he is making that claim now. It's because there is an FBI rule about making announcements that could influence election results within a 60 day window before the election, and we are just now inside the window. Strzok figures he is safe from being contradicted (or charged!) between now and the election. And he figures that if Biden wins, he's safe permanently.

He's probably right about being safe if Biden wins. But there's a flaw in the other part of the plan.

Almost no one was involved in the Spygate conspiracy is currently running for office. So Strzok and all of his FBI friends may not be as safe as they think. The only one involved who is actually running for anything is Biden, and no one expects Durham to actually try to reach that high. The rest of the conspirators are basically hiding under Biden's umbrella. If Durham is serious, that may not turn out well for them.

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Thu Sep 10 02:27:40 CDT 2020 by TriggerFinger. Comments [Tweet]

FBI continues to abuse intelligence authority

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Thu Sep 10 01:27:40 CDT 2020 by TriggerFinger. Comments [Tweet]

Pientka interviewed by Senate investigators

Pientka is one of the FBI figures involved in SpyGate who may have been cooperating with Durham. Now he's being interviewed by Senate investigators. This may mean his cooperate with Durham has come to a happy ending.

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Wed Sep 09 01:02:45 CDT 2020 by TriggerFinger. Comments [Tweet]

Mueller testimony contradicts documents regarding Trump meeting

Trump met with Mueller just one day before Mueller took the Special Counsel position investigating Trump. Trump has stated Mueller was interviewing to be FBI director. Mueller told Congress he was there to talk to Trump about the job not to interview for it. Judicial Watch has uncovered documents confirming Trump's side of the story, which means Mueller could be on the hook for lying to Congress.

The deception is also evidence of deceptive intent for the people involved, which Durham may find helpful.

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Tue Sep 08 15:56:15 CDT 2020 by TriggerFinger. Comments [Tweet]

Flynn case sent back to Judge Sullivan by en banc court

The DC Court of Appeals heard the writ of mandamus case en banc and denied the writ (overturning the 3-judge panel that had granted it). The case is now back in the hands of Judge Sullivan, who has already arranged to delay it past the election.

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Tue Sep 08 01:37:54 CDT 2020 by TriggerFinger. Comments [Tweet]

FBI investigated Trump's tweets criticizing them

This has passed into the realm of farce. It appears -- based on new Strzok emails -- that the FBI actually investigated whether Trumps' tweets criticizing them were criminal. The tweets were complaining that the FBI tapped his communications, which we now know they did (via the Carter Page FISA at a minimum, and possibly more).

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Mon Sep 07 02:47:21 CDT 2020 by TriggerFinger. Comments [Tweet]

Page FISA verification material "went missing", had to be recreated

Sara CarterThe original Woods file on former campaign advisor Carter Page went missing more than two years ago, and according to sources who spoke to SaraACarter.com, those documents had to be recreated by the FBI and former Special Counsel Robert Mueller’s team in 2018 from the Foreign Intelligence Surveillance Application used by the bureau to obtain the warrant on Page. That FISA was used in part to investigate President Donald Trump’s campaign and the now-debunked theory that it colluded with Russia during the 2016 election, according to several sources, with knowledge, who spoke to this reporter.

The "Woods file" is an element of the FISA process that records the results of verifying the claims within a FISA. It is intended to be documented proof that the FBI has investigated the claims they are making to the FISC, and that the claims are verified as true. This reporting indicates that the original Woods file for the FBI's verification efforts disappeared (while the FISA was still active!) and had to be recreated for the last renewal of the application by Mueller's team.

This does two things. First, it protects the main FBI personnel who worked on the FISA, because we all know that if there was a Woods file, the only thing it would possibly show is "unverified" next to just about everything. If that's gone missing, though, it's that much harder to prosecute people for those first three FISAs. In effect, the Woods file is evidence of misconduct surrounding those first three FISAs.

As for the last one -- the need to recreate the Woods file would give the FBI on Mueller's witch hunt a chance to do everything over. They knew they wouldn't, couldn't, verify the claims in the FISA based on what they had before. But maybe they could find new information in their records or the records of the campaign and transition team (which, remember, they acquired very early without normal process). They could put that into the recreated Woods file and maybe no one would look too closely at the dates.

It also provides the FBI a do-over about their investigation. They can talk to everybody again if they want to, and ask more or different questions. It's basically an opportunity to cover up any mistakes.

How successful they were can probably be measured by the fact that they got just one renewal from their efforts and then gave up.

But if the file "went missing"... well, that's destruction of evidence and obstruction of justice in light of the current investigation, isn't it?

It's amazing that this is the first we are hearing of it.

UPDATE: Analysis.

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Wed Sep 02 23:29:49 CDT 2020 by TriggerFinger. Comments [Tweet]

Mifsud 302 posted

Analysis. Bottom line: The interview with Mifsud was friendly and vague, probably deliberately; Mifsud's account appears to invalidate basically all the narratives since attributed to him, including Mifsud's "Russian Connections" (Mifsud says he introduced Papadopolous to just one Russian). Mifsud says he never discussed the DNC hack with Papadopolous, but did discuss cybersecurity in other contexts. And additionally, the interview actually supports Papadopolous's account of his status with the Trump campaign at the time (suggesting Papadopolous was being truthful, despite the FBI's later prosecution of him for false statements on that topic; see the Flynn case for why such guilty pleas should not be considered dispositive).

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Wed Sep 02 18:46:28 CDT 2020 by TriggerFinger. Comments [Tweet]

Ratcliffe says more declassifications are coming

Ratcliffe announces more declassifications, and implies he has held back on some of them to allow Durham's investigation time to make use of them. Analysis.

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Wed Sep 02 14:41:16 CDT 2020 by TriggerFinger. Comments [Tweet]

The role of the State Dept in Spygate

Both Steele and Jonathan Winer at State had connections to Russian oligarch Deripaska. Were Steele and Winer and others participating (perhaps unwittingly) in a Russian disinformation operation themselves? It's certainly possible. And that would turn the whole Russian collusion narrative upside down. It's bad enough as a political hoax, but this would be worse.

It also appears that both Winer and Steele destroyed evidence. The timing of the destruction of evidence is December 2016 and January 2017, right before Trump would take office. It's suggestive of a guilty conscience.

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Wed Sep 02 02:31:49 CDT 2020 by TriggerFinger. Comments [Tweet]

Explaining Clinesmith

Andy McCarthy describes (part 1, part 2, part 3) the events surrounding Clinesmith's participation in the Carter Page FISA, which led to Clinesmith's recent guilty plea. He's not impressed, and for good reason, with Clinesmith's claim to have not intended to deceive in his guilty plea.

To me the most significant element of that is that Clinesmith probably does not intend to cooperate fully. He's going to work out the best deal he can for himself (obviously), but he's also going to try to minimize his own knowledge and ill intent in order to protect the other conspirators in the hopes that they will assume he's still on their side and acting only under duress. With that in mind, Clinesmith may well refuse to volunteer information he thinks Durham can't otherwise obtain, and may be inclined to try to play games if he is called as a witness in other trials.

Durham would be well advised to keep Clinesmith on a very short leash.

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Tue Sep 01 02:05:54 CDT 2020 by TriggerFinger. Comments [Tweet]

DC Appeals Court votes to muzzle Flynn through the election

The DC Appeals court ruled en banc that Sullivan can do whatever he wants to prolong the Flynn case. This reads to me as a purely political result that is intended to keep Flynn from speaking out during the election season; it's too late for an appeal to SCOTUS to be settled before the election, I think.

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Tue Sep 01 01:05:54 CDT 2020 by TriggerFinger. Comments [Tweet]

Durham focused on senior levels of DOJ, FBI

While I don't think the CIA or other intel agencies should get a free pass, if Durham can collect Comey's scalp it will be at least some justice.

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Fri Aug 28 02:27:25 CDT 2020 by TriggerFinger. Comments [Tweet]

Senate SpyGate probe expands to State, CIA

Better late than never, but it won't matter if they can't produce anything before the election.

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Thu Aug 27 02:41:55 CDT 2020 by TriggerFinger. Comments [Tweet]

Brennan claims he is not a Durham target

Take with a grain of salt because it is coming from Brennan. If Durham isn't targeting Brennan, that leaves the crowd at the FBI at most risk (because they undeniably knew what was going on and continued to investigate and abuse the FISA process). Clapper and other CIA figures may also still be at risk. Still, Brennan was involved in briefing Congress about the Steele information and possibly in other activities before the FBI took up the baton.

Brennan does not deserve to escape scrutiny here, but if he has, it's an indication that Barr will not be pursuing this matter any higher, I think.

Mind you, it's pretty easy to become a target if you make a mistake and tell a provable lie during the interview, which reportedly took place over 8 hours in... Virginia, rather than DC, which would alter jury selection significantly if Brennan is charged for lying.

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Wed Aug 26 01:56:06 CDT 2020 by TriggerFinger. Comments [Tweet]

FBI subpoena'd for spygate docs

I think this may be the first actual subpoena in SpyGate.

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Tue Aug 25 01:50:06 CDT 2020 by TriggerFinger. Comments [Tweet]

Former NSA technical director: There was no Russian hack

I've long believedf that the evidence shows the DNC emails were leaked to Wikileaks in 2016 rather than being obtained via a Russian hack. A former NSA technical director agrees, and I was linked to the story by an individual associated with Wikileaks who may have been the one to receive the leaked information.

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Sun Aug 23 02:22:42 CDT 2020 by TriggerFinger. Comments [Tweet]

Pientka briefing memo declassified

News article. Analysis. Full memo. This is the briefing given to then-candidate Trump during the election, which Strzok and Pientka sought to abuse for the purposes of their improper investigation into nonexistent Russian collusion.

Worth noting that one of the FBI officials involved in the briefly is the same one accused by IG Horowitz of altering an email to falsify the Carter Page FISA (ie, to hide that Page had been identified by the CIA as an asset).

In the comments from the analysis link is an interesting suggestion: The precise nature of the notes combined with the fact that they were written by the person giving the briefing suggests that the briefer or someone else at the meeting weas wearing a recording device and working from that recording to generate their notes, which were then filed into the investigative casefiles rather than as Presidential (candidate) briefing material.

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Sun Aug 23 01:22:42 CDT 2020 by TriggerFinger. Comments [Tweet]

Did Susan Rice lie under oath about SpyGate?

It sure looks like she did. Which would provide Durham some leverage, if he has the stones to use it.

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Fri Aug 21 01:55:15 CDT 2020 by TriggerFinger. Comments [Tweet]

Clinesmith pleads guilty

Despite some feverish speculation about intent, Clinesmith pled guilty to altering an email. Frankly, it's a de-minimis charge, though still likely the end of his career in addition to a jail sentence. I'm not a lawyer, but I think that intent here refers to the act (modifying a document and presenting it as evidence) rather than the frankly stupid and pathetic excuse that he was trying to clarify it.

The question now is.. who did Clinesmith roll over on? There are hints in Durhams "criminal information" (like an indictment, but without the grand jury) that suggests Clinesmith was central to the Russiagate hoax investigation AND the Mueller special counsel investigation. if Clinesmith is actually cooperating, lots of his colleagues should be sweating, especially as the original, correct version of the email he modified went to Comey, McCabe, and others who had a duty to inform the FISC.

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Thu Aug 20 00:31:50 CDT 2020 by TriggerFinger. Comments [Tweet]

Sally Yates contradicts Strzok's notes about Jan 5th meeting

In her opening statement, she described the January 5th meeting, claiming she did not recall all the details but that the President and Vice President did not give any directions concerning the investigation of Flynn. This is contradicted by Flynn's notes ("make sure the right people are on it" attributed to Obama, and "Logan Act" attributed to Biden). There are additional places where her testimony conflicts with that from others.

Meaning in History has interesting analysis, and a detailed debunking of her factual errors at The Federalist.

The main takeaway from me is that Comey is the designated person who will be offered up to the wolves lead by Durham and Barr. The question is whether Comey will fall on his sword to protect Obama, or whether Comey flips and points the finger upwards.

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Wed Aug 19 01:11:15 CDT 2020 by TriggerFinger. Comments [Tweet]

FBI lawyer pleads guilty to false statement felony

So, it seems likely this plea is an indication that Clinesmith is cooperating. He's the obvious lever (given that he modified an email relied upon by the Carter Page FISA, that makes him an easy target) and assuming Barr and Durham are serious about going after higher ups, Clinesmith has probably already spilled everything he knows and will be expected to testify in court.

Clinesmith is what they call the first domino.

On the other hand, it's hard to reconcile that with his lawyer claiming he thought he was altering the email to be accurate. But those statements may just be spin.

In other Page-FISA news, the surveillance on Page included physical break-ins. Yes, just like Watergate.

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Fri Aug 14 14:52:14 CDT 2020 by TriggerFinger. Comments [Tweet]

Weissman is getting nervous

He recently wrote an op-ed arguing that FBI and DOJ employees should refuse to cooperate with the Durham probe. Not only would this violate a basic sense of justice and (probably) their employment contracts, it would seem to constitute obstruction of justice by Weissmann's own theories. When he was running the Mueller probe, he sought to advance the idea that Trump's tweets saying Russiagate was a hoax and asserting his innocence were not only obstruction of justice but worthy of impeachment. Luckily, saner heads prevailed, but that was Wiessmann's position when he held the other end of the stick.

This may be why he is getting nervous.

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Wed Aug 12 02:21:24 CDT 2020 by TriggerFinger. Comments [Tweet]

FBI Misled Senate Intel Committee on RussiaGate

Graham wants to know who gave the briefing to SSCI. I'm with Sundance in not believing Graham's outrage here; it's coming way too late to be real. The benefit here, small but real, is that lying to Congress about this is something that can actually be prosecuted. Except it never seems to be. As for Graham, he's promised to write a letter. Not even a strongly-worded one.

It seems likely Andrew McCabe and/or Scott Schools conducted the briefing. McCabe is a known figure in SpyGate, but Schools (from DOJ) is a new name. And regardless of who did the briefing, Weissman was probably involved as Mueller's immediate deputy (and remember, everything Russiagate was being run by Mueller).

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Wed Aug 12 01:21:24 CDT 2020 by TriggerFinger. Comments [Tweet]

Put Up Or Shut Up

Sara Carter is tired of waiting for Durham to indict someone. So am I. The strategy is absolutely transparent: delay as long as possible by whatever means necessary, and when there are no more delays, insist it's too close to the election to release anything because of the political impact, and then hope Trump loses.

Barr doesn't seem to be willing to play along with that, but ... is that itself a delaying tactic? He's declined McCabe and Comey already for leaking, even while DOJ prosecutes ordinary people for leaking.

It's time we got indictments.

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Mon Aug 10 02:14:25 CDT 2020 by TriggerFinger. Comments [Tweet]

Brennan agrees to Durham interview

The last person you interview is usually the target. Of course we don't know if Brennan is the last interview, but he certainly thinks he is in Durham's crosshairs. While we know a fair bit about the role of people at FBI and DOJ, we know a lot less (publicly) about Brennan's role, although we do know he was involved in briefing Congress on the Steele dossier and had access to the Steele information earlier than he has claimed to.

Hopefully, Durham knows a lot more details.

But NPR thinks Brennan is not a target.

So who is? I don't necessarily trust NPR's anonymous sources, but the lack of indictments so far is damning. A report, no matter how damning, is not sufficient. Crimes were committed.

If no ones is convicted, it will happen again.

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Mon Aug 10 01:14:25 CDT 2020 by TriggerFinger. Comments [Tweet]

US Judge requests Assange testimony in Seth Rich case

This could be explosive, if the UK court agrees. Assange could testify where he got the DNC emails, and specifically whether he got them from Seth Rich. Even if Assange merely testifies that he got them from an insider leak rather than a Russian hacker, it would blow up the whole Russiagate story.

The SpyGate plotters at the FBI and DOJ have been trying to keep Assange locked up under legal threat and out of the public eye, likely so he cannot expose this. Likely they will try to interfere if they can.

And ominously, "[Assange] is reportedly in dire health."

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Sun Aug 09 01:45:33 CDT 2020 by TriggerFinger. Comments [Tweet]

Strong doubts from CIA over including Steele dossier in ICA?

It must be emphasized that these claims must be taken with salt. The timeframe is December 2016, after Trump won, while the conspirators were still setting up their plans. Brennan, at CIA, was likely aware of Steele's allegations (but did not need them); Comey and McCabe at FBI, having relied on those allegations, would love to be able to share the blame with the CIA and other agencies.

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Tue Aug 04 02:58:15 CDT 2020 by TriggerFinger. Comments [Tweet]

What's the delay in the Flynn case?

One possibility is that the petition for rehearing en banc has been denied, and at least one judge would like to write a dissenting opinion.

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Sat Aug 01 02:28:05 CDT 2020 by TriggerFinger. Comments [Tweet]

How the FBI used FARA as a pretext to investigate Trump

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Fri Jul 31 02:30:57 CDT 2020 by TriggerFinger. Comments [Tweet]

DC Appeals court to rehear Flynn mandamus case en banc

The decision to rehear en banc is all about delay at this point. The election is three months away. By keeping these charges active, Flynn can be kept quiet, out of the election, and reduce the value of his testimony in Durham's grand jury proceedings. Even when there is zero legal ground to stand on, it only takes a majority vote by the (Dem-controlled) DC Appeals Court to hear the case and from there it will be easy for them to stretch it out past the election, after which, they hope, it will no longer matter.

This whole case is disgusting.

The new date for oral arguments is August 11th.

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Thu Jul 30 13:19:58 CDT 2020 by TriggerFinger. Comments [Tweet]

Judicial Watch forces DOJ to disclose McCabe text messages

This decision comes after the FBI tried to stonewall for four years. It was prompted by a FOIA request that sought McCabe's emails and text messages related to allegations that his wife's congressional campaign received large donations from Clinton figure Terry McAuliffe.

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Thu Jul 30 02:40:00 CDT 2020 by TriggerFinger. Comments [Tweet]

Everything you wanted to know about Steele's primary source

We know who he was now: a Russian living in DC by the name of Danchenko. He was a regular public drunk in Washington DC who was charged, convicted, and served time for same. He has friends who have been involved in the later impeachment efforts (Fiona Hill, who also knows Eric Ciaramella). He was once prosecuted by Rod Rosenstein. His sources for the rumors about Trump were his bar friends (mostly old friends from Russia, not people currently living in Russia or likely to have access to high level information).

Several of these figures are linked to the Brookings Institute, a tax-exempt nonprofit that is supposed to not be involved in politics. But of course for the left, the rules don't matter.

Danchenko himself confessed that he was "clueless" when Steele hired him.

We also have a new name: Brian Auten wrote the FBI interview memo.

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Sun Jul 26 02:54:21 CDT 2020 by TriggerFinger. Comments [Tweet]

Sally Yates to testify to Senate on SpyGate

Graham is finally producing some results. I am assuming testimony was previously blocked due to Durham's investigation, and witnesses will be allowed to speak publicly like this only once Durham is done with them.

But we still need to see indictments.

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Fri Jul 24 01:24:02 CDT 2020 by TriggerFinger. Comments [Tweet]

Analysis of FBI interview with Steele's source, and implications

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Thu Jul 23 01:20:23 CDT 2020 by TriggerFinger. Comments [Tweet]

Indictments by Labor Day?

John Solomon's sources seem to think so. I won't celebrate till we actually see them.

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Mon Jul 20 02:27:53 CDT 2020 by TriggerFinger. Comments [Tweet]

Durham to produce a "report" by end of summer

A report would be better than nothing, if it comes before the election, but justice demands indictments.

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Mon Jul 20 01:27:53 CDT 2020 by TriggerFinger. Comments [Tweet]

Don Surber is not impressed by Durham's record

At this point, I'm not impressed either. Durham appears to be trying to run out the clock past the election, when political orders from a Democrat in the White House can make it all go away.

Durham, it's time to file charges.

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Sat Jul 18 02:22:13 CDT 2020 by TriggerFinger. Comments [Tweet]

More declassification coming

Lindsey Graham has requested declassification of the FBI's report after interviewing Steele's sub-source. That's the guy who told the FBI that what he told Steele was bullshit and rumor. The interview took place in January 2017 -- meaning the FBI knew ever since then that their investigation was invalid. Despite that, they renewed the FISA on page and pressed forward with their investigation, even opening up the Mueller probe.

That interview, and the report based on it, constitutes yet more proof that the FBI acted knowingly and maliciously, and repeatedly lied to the FISC in a criminal conspiracy to depose the president.

Hopefully, the declassification request will be granted, and means Durham has finished making use of the document in his investigation.

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Fri Jul 17 01:53:29 CDT 2020 by TriggerFinger. Comments [Tweet]

Steele notes prove FBI knew he was working for Clinton

Evidence in a British court case strengthens the case against the FBI. Steele himself has been ordered to pay damages to people he defamed in the dossier.

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Thu Jul 16 01:45:06 CDT 2020 by TriggerFinger. Comments [Tweet]

More details about new Flynn evidence

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Wed Jul 15 02:36:47 CDT 2020 by TriggerFinger. Comments [Tweet]

Mueller to testify to Senate Judiciary

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Wed Jul 15 01:36:47 CDT 2020 by TriggerFinger. Comments [Tweet]

DC Circuit requests brief reply from Flynn, DOJ re hearing en banc

Not sure if there are any tea leaves to read here. Sullivan's petition for en banc hearing was very long (68 pages), these replies (Flynn ordered to reply, DOJ allowed to reply if desired) are only 3800 words.

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Mon Jul 13 02:47:22 CDT 2020 by TriggerFinger. Comments [Tweet]

Flynn files supplemental brief in support of motion to dismiss

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Sun Jul 12 02:52:14 CDT 2020 by TriggerFinger. Comments [Tweet]

Trump commutes Stone's sentence

I am not bothered by this commutation. The justice system failed Stone; he was convicted solely of process crimes related to the Russia Hoax, and both judge and jury in his case displayed strong evidence of bias. While some of his actions were poorly considered, the commutation of his sentence does not clear his record, so a substantial penalty remains. Given Stone's age, the obvious lack of risk to the public, the prevalence of COVID cases in the prison system along with other risks, and the painful comparison to SpyGate conspirators already let off the hook for similar and worse actions, commutation of his prison term seems entirely reasonable.

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Sun Jul 12 01:52:14 CDT 2020 by TriggerFinger. Comments [Tweet]

More information released to Flynn's lawyers

Trying to read the tea leaves about why it was released is probably futile. So long as the case is open, DOJ has an obligation to release material like this that they find. They might be releasing it as they find it, or they might be making the pointed decision to drip this stuff out to encourage Sullivan to comply with the writ of mandamus issued by the appeals court without showing their full hand.

It will be interesting to see the full documents, not just the summary description. In fact, since the documents were provided Tuesday, I'm a little surprised we haven't seen them already. But as usual, John Solomon has good sources.

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Fri Jul 10 02:28:54 CDT 2020 by TriggerFinger. Comments [Tweet]

Twitter restricts account of Sidney Power, Flynn's lawyer

More political censorship. They are afraid of what Flynn will say now that he can speak out.

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Wed Jul 01 01:57:22 CDT 2020 by TriggerFinger. Comments [Tweet]

Media Bias: Comey miniseries desperate to sway voters

Just The NewsShowtime miniseries based on former FBI Director James Comey’s memoir has been rescheduled to debut before Election Day, after its creator made an emotional plea for a chance to sway presidential voters.

Billy Ray, who wrote and directed “The Comey Rule,” recoiled after learning Showtime originally planned to debut it in late November.

Ray wrote an angry letter to his cast and crew about the post-election date obtained by Deadline.com. The note suggests a collective agenda behind the project...

I suspect this will be too radioactive to air by the time Durham is done, but that might well be after the election.

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Mon Jun 29 02:56:38 CDT 2020 by TriggerFinger. Comments [Tweet]

Flynn begins to talk

Lifezette“He was going to audit the intel agencies because he knew about the billions Brennan and company were running off the books,” Powell said.

Flynn has started talking, it seems. He may not be able to reveal details publicly, but I would be very surprised if he can't find a way to get the information into hands that will be able to use it effectively.

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Mon Jun 29 01:56:38 CDT 2020 by TriggerFinger. Comments [Tweet]

Flynn pretext investigation continued on Obama's orders

So says the just-released bombshell of Strzok's notes on the January 5th meeting, intended for Strzok's consumption. They appear to say that the Kisliyak call was legitimate, Biden proposed the Logan Act excuse, and Obama ordered the investigation to continue by saying "These are unusual times". Obama also said "Make sure you look at things" (ie, continue the investigation) and "have the right people on it" (ie, reliable Deep State folks).

I mentioned these yesterday before we knew what they contained. The Flynn case was ordered dismissed today by the appeals court.

It's worth noting there are still significant portions of the notes blacked out. There may be even more explosive information under those redactions.

UPDATE: Initially wrote that these were Comey's notes. They appear to be Strzok's notes from a conversation with Comey after the meeting.

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Wed Jun 24 14:23:51 CDT 2020 by TriggerFinger. Comments [Tweet]

Appeals court orders Flynn charges dismissed

At long last, justice is done. With the termination of the case should also come the termination of Judge Sullivan's gag order on Flynn preventing him from talking about the case in the media. If Flynn has anything to say to the public, he's now free to say it. And Trump is now free to put Flynn in a position of authority should he be so inclined.

UPDATE: Decision.

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Wed Jun 24 10:52:02 CDT 2020 by TriggerFinger. Comments [Tweet]

DOJ: New page of Strzok notes discovered

Just the NewsA source directly familiar with the discovery of the document told Just the News they include one paragraph of notes believed to be taken around Jan. 4, 2017, the date Strzok relayed a request from FBI leadership to the lead agent in the Flynn case asking him not to shut down the investigation as had been planned. The notes are "highly exculpatory," the source said, declining to describe them more fully because they are under seal.

Hey Barr... hurry the f up with the indictments, would ya?

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Tue Jun 23 14:25:30 CDT 2020 by TriggerFinger. Comments [Tweet]

AG Barr says the Kung Flu has slowed down the Durham investigation

I had already figured out that the virus was being used and overhyped for political purposes. The virus -- or more accurately the excessive hype and panic that induced and extended the economic lockdowns -- has effectively destroyed Trump's massive economic success in his first term. It serves as a very useful media distraction from anything related to Durham's investigation being declassified (in fact, the timing of that is particularly suspicious).

But I hadn't quite made the leap to realizing that shutting down grand juries due to virus concerns would inevitably delay Durham's work, particularly with respect to filing charges.

Remember that the Deep State's aim is simply to draw the matter out past the election. If they can beat Trump, they can shut down any investigations or prosecutions easily. That was also the aim of the Mueller investigation and even the impeachment proceedings -- it would be nice if either got Trump out of office, but it was always a long shot. The real goal was delaying any ability to investigate and prosecute past the election.

And a virus which conveniently shuts down court systems, and thus grand juries, for the 5 months or so between now and election day is just what the Deep State ordered.

Sundance noticed an anomaly in the second part of the interview, when discussing Mifsud. Maria asks the question -- wearing glasses. Barr answers. Maria discusses the answer a little and asks the next question -- without glasses. Barr answers, and Maria returns with glasses.

There was an edit made there. Why? If it was trying to hide something Maria said in her initial response, the insertion of a without-glasses response (presumably recorded later, hence the continuity blip) is odd and serves as a very easy to notice and very easy to fix indicator of the edit. So why didn't they get it right?

My guess is that Maria said something that Barr doesn't want to be public yet, but I have no idea why they would make the edit so obvious.

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Tue Jun 23 02:56:22 CDT 2020 by TriggerFinger. Comments [Tweet]

More background on the investigation into Trump's foreign policy team

Sundance lays out the case. Start with this twitter thread. This is a good piece for understanding how the investigations into Page, Papadopolous, Flynn, Manafort, and (recently revealed) Phares all link together, and also form the link from the pre-election illegal surveillance and the post-election Mueller investigation.

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Tue Jun 23 01:56:22 CDT 2020 by TriggerFinger. Comments [Tweet]

Intel Community Assessment "Annex A" released

And yes, its the Steele dossier. Which means all of the Russian Hoax was based on that information. That was all they had.

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Mon Jun 15 01:57:24 CDT 2020 by TriggerFinger. Comments [Tweet]

Over a dozen ObamaGate / SpyGate criminal referrals coming?

Promises. They are reportedly coming from Congress, some of them target the Flynn case and the Mueller probe.

So far, DOJ's record for acting on criminal referrals from Congress on this matter is a big fat zero.

Wake me when there are indictments.

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Tue Jun 09 01:14:00 CDT 2020 by TriggerFinger. Comments [Tweet]

Brennan buried evidence Putin favored Hillary in 2016 election

Daily Caller“More gravely, they said that [then-] CIA Director John Brennan suppressed facts or analysis that showed why it was not in Russia’s interests to support Trump and why Putin stood to benefit from Hillary Clinton’s election. They also told me that Brennan suppressed that intelligence over the objections of CIA analysts.”

The former NSC chief of staff further stated that “Brennan suppressed high-quality intelligence suggesting that Putin actually wanted the more predictable and malleable Clinton to win the 2016 election.”

Fleitz suggested that Brennan relied upon “low-quality intelligence that failed to meet intelligence community standards to support the political claim that Russian officials wanted Trump to win...”

It's not really a big deal which candidate Putin favored; it's a big deal that Brennan suppressed evidence to support his Russia Hoax narrative in the Intelligence Community Assessment.

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Fri Jun 05 02:32:32 CDT 2020 by TriggerFinger. Comments [Tweet]

Rosenstein testifies to the Senate Judiciary Committee

Feinstein, who was involved on the Senate Intel Committee when this was going on, is the ranking minority member. Lindsey Graham chairs the committee, a Republican whose bark is louder and more painful than his bite.

So far, my impression is that Rosenstein is not going to do well, and claim to be basically ignorant of anything. With regard to the FISA approval he signed, he claims he relied on what he was told was in the application -- meaning he is claiming he signed it without reading it. He can't identify anything McCabe lied to him about, even in hindsight, though he does admit there were some things that he felt McCabe was not candid about. So far he's trying to defend his decisions based on what he claims to have known at the time (versus what we know now). That's basically claiming ignorance of everything his subordinates were doing.

One sticky point is that he was asked if any of the investigative steps Mueller took relied upon the Steele dossier. Rosenstein says he doesn't know about individual steps. That's a dodge. Mueller got at least one renewal of the Page FISA which was almost entirely based on Steele's "information".

UPDATE: Rosenstein admits there was nothing there only 3 months after the Mueller investigation started.

Wed Jun 03 10:10:53 CDT 2020 by TriggerFinger. Comments [Tweet]

Dana Boente forced to resign from FBI over SpyGate

We get a kind of backwards confirmation that there were multiple FISA warrants on Flynn, because one of the justifications for letting Boente go was that he signed them. I'm not sure if that is accurate or if the story is confusing the warrants on Page with warrants on Flynn. But Boente was definitely involved and is now gone.

I call this progress, but justice will require more than resignations.

Wed Jun 03 02:23:40 CDT 2020 by TriggerFinger. Comments [Tweet]

Flynn-Kislyak transcripts released, no discussion of sanctions

What this means is that Flynn did not lie to the FBI when they interviewed him about the call; the FBI lied to Flynn, the court and the public about the contents of the call. They made it up.

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Tue Jun 02 02:50:09 CDT 2020 by TriggerFinger. Comments [Tweet]

Steele testifies Hillary knew about his work

Steele also testified he was paying his sources, meaning they had a financial incentive to make things up. Steele said he got some of his information from Hillary's lawyers, and names Susan Rice as someone at the high level of the Obama administration who knew or was involved as early as July. That's the first direct information linking this to Obama's inner cycle, aside from occasional Strzok-Page texts referring to the White House.

Details from Solomon's podcast below the fold.

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Mon Jun 01 02:00:26 CDT 2020 by TriggerFinger. Comments [Tweet]

Steele got Alfa Bank story directly from Clinton, DNC lawyer

Meaning In HistoryIn his testimony, Steele explicitly states that the Alfa story was provided to him by Sussmann and that Glenn Simpson, Steele's employer at Fusion GPS, "directed" Steele to write the story up as a report. In other words, Simpson told Steele to frame Sussmann's phony story as an "intelligence" report. The Clinton lawyers and Steele then peddled the story to the FBI, the State Department, and various media outlets.

So thje FBI knew this story was coming from the DNC and Clinton campaign when Sussman pitched to the James Baker, a top FBI official at the time. The two had worked together previously and so knew each other. The FBI can't claim ignorance of the politics by hiding behind Steele here. Steele was involved to give this frame-job a "credible" front, but it seems it was all made-up bullshit and Clinton lies.

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Mon Jun 01 01:00:26 CDT 2020 by TriggerFinger. Comments [Tweet]

AG Barr spins off yet another spygate investigation

This one is concerned with the unmasking requests.

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Sat May 30 02:12:00 CDT 2020 by TriggerFinger. Comments [Tweet]

Looks like Judge Sullivan is deep state

If true, it looks like Judge Emmet Sullivan has friends in all the right places. Remember, take Gateway Pundit with a grain of salt, and the connection is a little thin even if everything is as alleged.

But using personal and political connections in this case is hardly unprecedented. The judge who accepted Flynn's guilty plea almost immediately had to recuse himself when it became clear he was friendly on a personal level with the infamous Strzok, and the text messages suggest a desire by Strzok to discuss the case with the judge off-the-record using a personal event as cover.

More interesting reading from the comments at Meaning in History, linked above. It's speculation about the why behind this frantic cover up effort. The author thinks it's all about the Iran nuclear deal, and Flynn knows stuff about that that he can't talk about with criminal charges hanging over his head. That's part of it. But the other big thing that's being protected, I think, is the extensive use of the US (and allies) intelligence assets to manipulate elections. That's the prize that the deep state is frantic to protect.

Only time will tell if I am right.

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Thu May 28 01:11:34 CDT 2020 by TriggerFinger. Comments [Tweet]

Durham looking at Flynn files, talking to Barr every day

Fox NewsU.S. Attorney for Connecticut John Durham has reviewed the bombshell files released earlier this week showing FBI officials discussed whether they wanted to interview Michael Flynn in order to “get him to lie,” sources familiar with his investigation told Fox News, as the document drop renews attention on his probe of the law enforcement community's Russia case.

Sources even said charges could be justified against officials, and that those reviewing the Justice Department and the FBI's actions are building a "serious case." Durham and Attorney General Bill Barr are said to be speaking regularly.

“Durham has seen all of this already,” one source told Fox News, adding that they “could be sufficient for some charges against agents.”

I think we all know this goes a lot higher than just "agents". But agents are where you start, and then you get them to flip on their higher ups.

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Wed May 27 02:42:41 CDT 2020 by TriggerFinger. Comments [Tweet]

FBI opens internal investigation into Flynn case

I see two possibilities for why the FBI is finally opening an investigation into the Flynn case. The first is that Wray has had a change of heart, a come-to-Jesus moment, a self-realization that he's the baddie. The second is that every FBI official called before Congress on this matter from now until the election will refuse to answer questions based on the ongoing investigations.

I know which way I'm betting.

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Sun May 24 02:51:55 CDT 2020 by TriggerFinger. Comments [Tweet]

Ever wonder why we don't have declassifed documents from House Intel?

Just the NewsIn late September 2018 with a mid-year election approaching, the often bitterly divided House Intelligence Committee forged a rare bipartisan moment: Its Republican and Democratic members voted to make public the transcripts of 53 witnesses in the Russia collusion investigation.

But what was hailed as an act of transparency has not been fulfilled 19 months later, even though U.S intelligence has declassified and cleared the transcripts for release.

The answer why lies in the backroom dealings of Adam Schiff, the committee’s top Democrat and its current chairman, according to interviews and memos obtained by Just the News.

Turns out Schiff has been blocking the process, and now that we have an Acting DNI willing to start exposing things, John Solomon has sued under FOIA to get access to them.

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Fri May 22 02:10:43 CDT 2020 by TriggerFinger. Comments [Tweet]

Burr resigns from leadership of Senate Intel

In other somewhat unrelated news, Senator Burr is stepping down from the committee over an FBI investigation into insider stock trading around the Kung Flu.

I can't help but think this is merely convenient timing, and he's actually leaving for reasons related to SpyGate. Although the FBI investigation into his trading habits certainly justifies his removal by itself.

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Wed May 20 02:30:58 CDT 2020 by TriggerFinger. Comments [Tweet]

Rice memo released in full

Analysis. Basically Rice says that Comey had concerns about Flynn (as incoming National Security Advisor) speaking frequently to the Russian ambassador; not that classified information was being passed but that "the level of communication was unusual". There's some back and forth between Comey and Obama about whether they should hide information from Flynn.

The previously redacted portion is basically portraying all of this information about Flynn and the suggestions for how to deal with him as coming from Comey. I believe this to be defensively self-serving and untrustworthy.

UPDATE: I have an additional take here, upon reflection. It involves exactly what information the outgoing Obama admin is trying to hide from the incoming Trump administration. It's clearly not just generic sensitive information related to Russia. Such a policy would be impossible to enforce and would raise huge questions immediately. So it's not that. It's something specific.

It's the counterintelligence investigation into Flynn and Trump specifically. In other words -- the cover up.

UPDATE: Rice claims White House Counsel directed her to write the email. This increases the ass-covering factor (which was already obvious) significantly.

Tue May 19 20:24:25 CDT 2020 by TriggerFinger. Comments [Tweet]

Treasury whistleblower: Obama admin used Treasury to spy on Flynn, others

Including Congress, Manafort, senior staff on the Trump campaign, and Trump family members. At some point it has to become obvious that only the White House could be coordinating all these agencies, and that the targeting must be political. In fact the whistleblower says having a political predicate was routine.

It's now clear that Obama treated the United States exactly as a third-world dictator would.

Tue May 19 02:07:33 CDT 2020 by TriggerFinger. Comments [Tweet]

Barr says he does not expect criminal probe of Obama or Biden

Bill Quick finds this disappointing. I do too, but I think there's a bit of a different perspective. I've commented before that a lot of what happened in 2019 (and really, in 2017 and 2018 too) was a negotiation between the Deep State and Trump. The Mueller investigation threatened impeachment to paralyze the President while the House Intel Committee investigated the Deep State. The negotiation was simple: mutually assured destruction, or drop the investigations. In 2018 the roles swapped; the Dems took the House and threatened impeachment, but Trump and Barr shut down Mueller and begin seriously investigating the Deep State. This made impeachment inevitable, but the details were to-be-determined and essentially irrelevant. It was always going to be some pretext, and so it was. But Trump did not blink, and beat the impeachment. Given the Senate, impeachment was always more of a public relations and reputational threat, and Trump proved stronger than those who sought to intimidate him.

Now Trump, through Barr, is setting the terms. He's saying to the Deep State: I won't go after Obama or Biden criminally. I'll expose them, but not prosecute. I'll beat Biden to a bloody pulp (politically, in the election) but I won't prosecute him and I won't prosecute Obama. Everyone else who participated is fair game.

That's the last peace offer the Deep State gets. They can stop the BS and have a fair 2020 election for all the marbles (and likely lose because Biden is both pathetic and compromised in Obamagate), but have their two major leadership figures left with freedom if not reputations intact... OR, the Deep State can fight dirty, tooth and nail, bring another impeachment right before the election or whatever else they plan to do. And if they choose to fight dirty, Trump withdraws the offer of protection, leaving Obama and Biden to face the legal consequences of their actions if (when) he wins in 2020.

It would be very disappointing for Obama and Biden to escape consequences. But remember that Barr is speaking hypothetically here. He doesn't "expect" either of them to face a criminal investigation or charges. That can change.

UPDATE: Similar thoughts.

Mon May 18 19:50:12 CDT 2020 by TriggerFinger. Comments [Tweet]

DNI Grenell will release House Intel transcripts if Schiff refuses

Schiff has been keeping these transcripts under wraps, but DNI Grenell is now threatening to release them himself.

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Sun May 17 01:34:34 CDT 2020 by TriggerFinger. Comments [Tweet]

Mary McCord defends herself in the New York Times

The opinion piece is written by one of the people involved. She's staring at Durham getting ready to prosecute her. Of course she is going to try to defend her actions. Like all such defenses, take with a skeptical eye, and compare it to what the same people said under oath and important background information.

For a longer explanation of the sequence of events, complete with images of the evidentiary documents, see the Conservative Treehouse post. For a detailed timeline of what we now know, see this Federalist article.

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Sat May 16 01:56:58 CDT 2020 by TriggerFinger. Comments [Tweet]

List of Flynn unmaskers revealed

Fox NewsTop Obama administration officials purportedly requested to "unmask" the identity of former national security adviser Michael Flynn during the presidential transition period, according to a list of names from that controversial process made public on Wednesday.

The list was declassified in recent days by Acting Director of National Intelligence Richard Grenell and then sent to GOP Sens. Chuck Grassley and Ron Johnson, who made the documents public. The roster features top-ranking figures including then-Vice President Joe Biden -- a detail already being raised by the Trump campaign in the bare-knuckle 2020 presidential race where Biden is now the Democrats' presumptive nominee.

The list also includes then-FBI Director James Comey, then-CIA Director John Brennan, then-Director of National Intelligence James Clapper, and Obama's then-chief of staff Denis McDonough.

It's not necessarily improper to unmask someone, constitutional issues about the collection itself aside, if appropriate procedures are followed for an appropriate purpose. It is exceedingly improper (and, yes, illegal) to leak the unmasking as was done to Flynn. Logically, what should have happened in this case would be simple:

1) Obama kicks out Russian diplomats, creating an incident
2) Flynn, as incoming National Security Advisor, talks to the Russians and requests they do not escalate.
3) For whatever reason the conversation with the Russian ambassador gets intercepted and people ask who is this guy asking them not to escalate?
4) Flynn is unmasked to those individuals and they say "Oh, he's the incoming National Security Advisor. That makes sense." The issue gets dropped.

Instead, someone leaked the information to the press to create a scandal, which the FBI used to conduct an ambush interview and get Flynn fired.

So the question is: who leaked the call? That leak was illegal -- and likely it was one of the people on the unmasking list who did it.

Another part of the big news: Obama's chief of staff unmasked Flynn's name immediately before the January 5th meeting. Nunes says many more people on the Trump transition team than Flynn were unmasked.

Thu May 14 12:11:26 CDT 2020 by TriggerFinger. Comments [Tweet]

What Obama knew and when he knew it: a timeline

If you haven't been following the details closely, this timeline might help.

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Thu May 14 10:30:17 CDT 2020 by TriggerFinger. Comments [Tweet]

Crowdstrike admits no evidence of network extraction of emails

Their until-recently secret testimony indicates that the emails were "prepared for extraction" but they had no evidence the emails were actually extracted over the network. How else would they be extracted, save by an insider who had physical access to the server?

Thu May 14 10:28:41 CDT 2020 by TriggerFinger. Comments [Tweet]

Grenell declassified the Obama admin officials involved in unmasking

Daily WireActing Director of National Intelligence Richard Grenell has declassified the list of former Obama administration officials who were allegedly involved in the “unmasking” of then-incoming national security adviser Michael Flynn.

ABC News first reported the news but initially said in the title that Grenell was in the process of trying to declassify the list of Obama officials.

A source with knowledge of the matter told The Daily Wire that the list has already been declassified and now it’s on Attorney General William Barr to release the list.

It seems likely this list will be a bombshell when it finally gets out, and possibly expand Durham's investigation. It's worth noting that unmasking by itself isn't necessarily improper, but leaking the results definitely is, and that appears to have happened several times. The real question is whether those unmaskings can be provably linked to leaks, and whether the information reveals more activity than Barr was previously aware of.

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Thu May 14 10:28:02 CDT 2020 by TriggerFinger. Comments [Tweet]

Could the Flynn leak have come from the Obama White House?

Mary McCord testified that it could have. Oops. That may be one of the things that explains why Obama is panicing.

In his call with former officials, Obama says that the result of justice here puts the rule of law at risk. That is obviously bullshit; just look at the many Obama officials who lied to Congress and never even got charged with perjury for it. The actual threat to the rule of law comes from the Obama administration using the FBI and intelligence agencies to try to swing the outcome of an election, and then remove the duly-elected President in a political coup. The plot to frame Michael Flynn was only one of many actions taken by Obama that are better suited to a third world dictator than a US president.

Thu May 14 01:08:08 CDT 2020 by TriggerFinger. Comments [Tweet]

Fake News

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Wed May 13 02:42:21 CDT 2020 by TriggerFinger. Comments [Tweet]

Obama Admin official admits lying to promote Russia Hoax

She lied about having evidence of cvollusion on National TV, and then admitted it under oath. So did Clapper. So did Susan Rice and Samantha Power.

Tue May 12 01:27:21 CDT 2020 by TriggerFinger. Comments [Tweet]

Don't fall for it

Sultan Knish has a length article up saying the Russians had compromised Steele. This may well be true; Steele was friendly with Russians who had intel and government ties, and they may well have been feeding him information. Or more accurately, disinformation. But remember those same sources disclaimed the information, saying either Steele made it up or it was rumors and "bar talk".

"The Russians fooled us" is the FBI's fallback position to get out of trouble for deliberately abusing their counterintelligence powers to influence an election. We shouldn't let them evade responsibility that way.

And the proof of this is that the FBI interviewed Steele's sources and obtained those sources' disclaimer of the information even before the Mueller investigation began.

This was not a mistake. It was malfeasance.

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Mon May 11 01:21:37 CDT 2020 by TriggerFinger. Comments [Tweet]

Schiff to release House Intel transcripts

Only after Acting DNI threatened to release them himself. It appears he still plans to release selective portions rather than all of the material, despite the House committee having voted to release it all.

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Sat May 09 02:22:20 CDT 2020 by TriggerFinger. Comments [Tweet]

BOMBSHELL: Yates says Obama initiated the Flynn investigation

TownhallNewly released documents from the Department of Justice show President Obama informed former Deputy Attorney General Sally Yates of a phone call between former National Security Advisor Michael Flynn and Russian Ambassador Sergey Kislyak in December 2016. He did so in the Oval Office.

"Yates first learned of the December 2016 calls between [LTG Michael] Flynn and [Russian Ambassador to the United States, Sergey] Kislyak on January 5, 2017, while in the Oval Office. Yates, along with then FBI-Director James Comey, then-CIA Director John Brennan, and then-Director of National Intelligence James Clapper, were at the White House to brief members of the Obama Administration on the classified Intelligence Community Assessment on Russian Activities in Recent U.S Elections. President Obama was joined by his National Security Advisor, Susan Rice, and others from the National Security Council," the document states.

"After the briefing, Obama dismissed the group but asked Yates and Comey to stay behind. Obama started by saying he had 'learned of the information about Flynn' and his conversation with Kislyak about sanctions. Obama specified he did not want any additional information on the matter, but was seeking information on whether the White House should be treating Flynn any differently, given the information. At that point, Yates had no idea what the President was talking about, but figured it out based on the conversation. Yates recalled Comey mentioning the Logan Act, but can't recall if he specified there was an 'investigation,'" it continues.

This appears to be the January 5th meeting about which Susan Rice wrote her "by the book" memo-to-self. Despite Rice's attempted ass-covering, this puts Obama right in the crosshairs of whoever is investigating the Flynn case.

Remember the timing. This meeting came right after the FBI had already decided to close their Flynn investigation based on other (baseless) allegations. Strzok had to intervene to keep it open, saying his bosses were interested in the case. And his bosses -- Comey and Obama, at a minimum -- were in that meeting.

To be fair, Obama said he didn't want any more information about the case. But to me that sounds more like a mafia don than a President. It has that sort of vibe: I don't know what you are going to do to solve this problem for me, and I don't want to know. I just want it solved. Never speak of it to me again.

For bonus relevancy to this election: Biden was also there.

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Thu May 07 19:59:49 CDT 2020 by TriggerFinger. Comments [Tweet]

DOJ withdraws from Flynn case

Flynn vindicated. The prosecutor in the case, who was also involved in the Mueller Special Counsel investigation, is likely in a lot of trouble... having claimed in multiple court filings that he had provded all exculpatory information, and having over the past week been exposed repeatedly as a liar. We will likely continue to see more revelations, as Durham is known to be looking into this case as well.

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Thu May 07 14:53:10 CDT 2020 by TriggerFinger. Comments [Tweet]

Heat building up on FBI Director Wray

Jim Jordan accuses Wray of covering up abuses in the Flynn prosecution, as well as demanding interviews with Pientka and Priestap.

If those two are cooperating witnesses we probably won't get those interviews for a while. If we aren't going to see prosecutions, then we will get the interviews probably shortly after the decision not to prosecute is made.

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Thu May 07 14:46:54 CDT 2020 by TriggerFinger. Comments [Tweet]

More documents released in Flynn case

Even more documents from Flynn's former counsel turned over. And there have already been interesting new documents. Flynn's lawyer is asking for phone records from lawyers at the firm, including former AG Eric Holder. We may see this wrap up soon.

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Thu May 07 14:43:28 CDT 2020 by TriggerFinger. Comments [Tweet]

Legal leverage on Glenn Simpson of Fusion GPS?

Daily CallerThe new emails seem to implicate Fusion GPS co-founder Glenn Simpson in perjury. Fusion GPS had paid Steele, via funds from the Democratic National Committee (DNC) and Hillary Clinton’s campaign, to write the dossier. In testimony to the Senate Judiciary Committee in August 2017, Simpson said he was not aware of any version of the Steele dossier being given to the FBI. However, on January 10, 2017, the day that Buzzfeed broke the Steele dossier story, Strzok wrote that the Buzzfeed version of the report “has differences from what was given to us by [David] Corn and [Glenn] Simpson.”

I say, indict him and then invite him to discuss a plea deal by selling out everyone else involved.

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Wed May 06 02:24:09 CDT 2020 by TriggerFinger. Comments [Tweet]

Roger Stone alleges Special Counsel asked him to lie

Sara CarterLongtime Trump ally Roger Stone gave an explosive interview to the Sara Carter Show Monday, revealing that Special Counsel Prosecutor Jeannie Rhee had tried to pressure him on the contents of 29 phone conversations he shared with his good friend President Donald Trump during Special Counsel Robert Mueller’s investigation. He told this reporter that he refused to lie to the FBI and Special Counsel prosecutors against his friend and in the end that’s why the prosecutors brought erroneous charges against him that had nothing to do with their now-debunked Russia probe.

Stone, who is supposed to begin his 3-year jail sentence Friday, has seen his life and that of his family turned upside down. He has lost his home, his life savings, his insurance and his ability to make an income. He said in the end, he wonders if he’ll survive his jail sentence as a 67-year-old man due to the COVID19 outbreak, while others like disgraced lawyer Michael Avenatti have been released for 90 days due to the outbreak.

“On July 24th, 2019, the Mueller prosecutors offered my lawyers a deal,” said Stone. “If Stone will fess up, if he will re-characterize thirty phone conversations between myself and candidate Trump, which they had phone records of, but no tapes of. If I would correctly remember the way they wanted me to, they would recommend no jail time for me and I refused. That’s what this whole atrocity has been about.”

This is not quite surprising or detailed enough to be a bombshell. Of course the special counsel is going to "ask" Stone to implicate others in the matter he is investigating. Of course the special counsel is not supposed to solicit lies, but he is supposed to apply pressure to get to the truth. Exactly how outrageous this is depends a lot on the details of that pressure and whether Stone was explicitly asked or pressured to lie.

But in the larger context, knowing there was nothing to any of this, the pressure looks particularly suspicious and improper.

Tue May 05 01:59:30 CDT 2020 by TriggerFinger. Comments [Tweet]

Durham focusing on Brennan

Brennan and the CIA may be the current target, but he is far from the only person who did anything wrong here.

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Sun May 03 01:35:03 CDT 2020 by TriggerFinger. Comments [Tweet]

What Obama knew and when he knew it

The Federalist“Following the compilation of the above information, the [Crossfire Hurricane] team determined that [Flynn] was no longer a viable candidate as part of the larger CROSSFIRE HURRICANE umbrella case,” the memo continued. “A review of logical [redacted] databases did not yield any information on which to predicate further investigative efforts.”

“The FBI is closing this investigation,” the memo concluded.

So, they looked into Flynn, and asked other agencies for any derogatory information they have on him. (Gosh, do you think that information might also be useful to a political campaign?) They didn't actually get any, so the investigation was closed... except:

The FederalistText messages included in the latest court filings in Flynn’s ongoing criminal case show that Peter Strzok, who was fired from the FBI for misconduct, ordered an unnamed associate managing the investigation to not close the Flynn investigation, notwithstanding the fact that the FBI concluded there was no legal or factual basis to continue its investigation of Flynn.

So Strzok ordered that the investigation stay open, stating that "the 7th floor" was involved. The top level of the FBI -- meaning Comey, McCabe, etc -- have offices on the 7th floor. That was January 4th. What happened on January 5th?

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Fri May 01 08:32:39 CDT 2020 by TriggerFinger. Comments [Tweet]

New Flynn documents unsealed

John Solomon reports that notes from Bill Priestap concerning the Flynn interview questioned whether the FBI goal should be to get him to lie so "we could prosecute him or get him fired."

Getting someone to lie is not how this is supposed to work. That would be entrapment -- creating a crime where none existed.

The notes also indicate the FBI agents discussed whether to provide Flynn a Miranda warning and decided not to. It is becoming more and more clear that this whole case was a setup from beginning to end.

We'll see if the judge is willing to call a spade a spade soon, I suspect. More details here.

Given the magnitude of what is coming out at this point, and the fact that it took the involvement of a new special counsel to make it happen, I have to suspect people will be charged in this matter.

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Thu Apr 30 01:12:50 CDT 2020 by TriggerFinger. Comments [Tweet]

James Baker now a cooperating witness?

His notes seem to be behind the recent claims that Flynn would be exonerated this week.

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Wed Apr 29 01:25:27 CDT 2020 by TriggerFinger. Comments [Tweet]

Durham adding people to his investigation

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Tue Apr 28 01:26:14 CDT 2020 by TriggerFinger. Comments [Tweet]

Written proof FBI threatened Flynn's son to force a plea

BOOM. Forcing a plea by threatening someone else is ethically questionable to say the least, and this one involves a side deal with terms that were kept secret.

There's a lot more at the link, and even more here.

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Mon Apr 27 02:25:07 CDT 2020 by TriggerFinger. Comments [Tweet]

New evidence about source of DNC leak surfaces

Judicial WatchOn December 15, 2016, Strzok forwards to Page an article from the Daily Mail reporting that a former British diplomat, Craig Murray, claimed to have received emails that were stolen from the DNC and John Podesta. Murray said he received the emails near the grounds of American University in Washington, DC. The article says the emails were from an inside DNC source, not Russians. Strzok writes in his cover note to Page, “Shaddy sh*t at AU…;)”.

Craig Murray has a Twitter account and a blog wherein he comments on Seth Rich. The obvious logical leap is that he received the emails (or at least some emails) from Seth Rich at American University as mentioned above, or at least was aware of his role in leaking them. Which would sort of put an end to the idea that the Russians hacked the DNC to get them.

This article appears to be the one where Craig Murray describes receiving the emails.

I find myself wondering how I missed this at the time. It was published in December of 2016.

To be sure, Craig does not say outright that he got the emails from Seth Rich, but he does say where he got at least some emails and is linked to Wikileaks, and is also commenting on the Seth Rich case.

Best guess? There's more than one leaker, and Wikileaks is keeping quiet to protect the other(s) involved.

Mon Apr 27 01:25:07 CDT 2020 by TriggerFinger. Comments [Tweet]

Active measures to frame Trump with Alfa Bank allegations?

Just The NewsAfter an assessment by Ankura’s Cyber Threat Analysis and Pursuit Team (CTAPT) of possible DNS activity between the Trump organization, the marketing agency servers, and the Alfa Bank servers, the cyber experts found “no evidence that mail1.trump-email.com and trump1.contact-client.com were used by Alfa-Bank and the Trump organization for covert communications.”

The Ankura team did, however, find evidence that suggests so-called "threat actors" conjured the appearance of a connection between the Trump servers and Alfa Bank servers by creating false Domain Name System activity (DNS). If this is true, it "would constitute a potential violation of various U.S. laws," says the report.

If, in fact, someone was trying to fake the appearance of traffic between the two systems, it would represent a significant piece of evidence for an actual frame job rather than simply making up rumors. The first question people should be asking here is who controlled those two domains (trump-email.com and contact-client.com) at the time. If it wasn't Trump or Alfa Bank, who was it?

If either side of that transaction is controlled by Fusion GPS or Intel Agency assets, we have a frame job. And there are more ways to do a frame job even if those domains are controlled by some Trump-related org and/or Alfa Bank; DNS is not a very secure protocol).

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Sat Apr 25 05:19:21 CDT 2020 by TriggerFinger. Comments [Tweet]

More fruits of AG Barr's work on SpyGate

It looks like exculpatory information about Michael Flynn has been filed with the court in his case, under seal. This is likely the result of a new prosecutor examining the case. There are reports indicating the FBI director Wray opposed releasing the material, along with Dana Boente.

Boente was involved in SpyGate and thus this is not surprising news there. However, if Wray was also involved (the FBI denies it but who trusts them anymore?) it would be another sign that Wray is aligned with the Deep State rather than justice. If so, it would not be the first such sign, but perhaps the first one with a trail.

Flynn's attorney, Sydney Powell, has indicated that there is more exculpatory information not yet released:

Daily Caller“This afternoon, the government produced to Mr. Flynn stunning Brady evidence that proves Mr. Flynn’s allegations of having been deliberately set up and framed by corrupt agents at the top of the FBI,” Powell wrote in an additional filing. “The government has deliberately suppressed this evidence from the inception of this prosecution—knowing there was no crime by Mr. Flynn.”

“Since August 2016 at the latest, partisan FBI and DOJ leaders conspired to destroy Mr. Flynn,” she continued. “These documents show in their own handwriting and emails that they intended either to create an offense they could prosecute or at least get him fired.”

Powell claimed that more exculpatory evidence in the case will surface in the future.

If her claims are true -- and so far she has a better track record than the FBI -- that's quite an explosive collection of material the FBI released, and there's more to come.

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Fri Apr 24 21:15:42 CDT 2020 by TriggerFinger. Comments [Tweet]

Steele admits destroying evidence

Daily CallerChristopher Steele told a British court last month that he no longer has documents and other information from his meetings with the main source for his Trump dossier, suggesting that the former British spy has no way of backing up his side in a dispute with the Justice Department’s inspector general (IG), according to a deposition transcript obtained by the Daily Caller News Foundation.

Steele also told the court that his communications regarding the dossier, including with Fusion GPS, were “wiped” in December 2016 and January 2017, the transcript shows.

Just like when Hillary "wiped, like with a cloth?" her server, this should be taken as an admission of guilt.

UPDATE: Probably also worth noting. He also wiped his communications with Fusion GPS... and did so "in early January 2017". IE, shortly after Trump was elected and the question of how to cover everything up was undoubtedly very active...

UPDATE 2: Bongino points out that the date Steele deleted the emails is the same date as the January 5th meeting at the White House which Susan Rice documented in an email to herself January 20th stating that Obama emphasized everything about the Trump-Russia investigation should be handled "by the book". That is, of course, intended as coverup (as in, "We will all (pretend) we did this by the book, so cover up anything that says otherwise").

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Fri Apr 24 00:39:03 CDT 2020 by TriggerFinger. Comments [Tweet]

Steele not cooperating with Durham

ReutersThe former British intelligence officer who produced a ‘dossier’ linking Donald Trump and his presidential campaign to Russia has declined to give an interview to a prosecutor assigned by U.S. Attorney General William Barr to investigate aspects of the 2016 U.S. campaign, three sources familiar with the matter said.

Not surprising, since Steele should by rights be a target of the investigation. But if he was an honest actor, Steele would be cooperating.

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Sun Apr 19 01:34:27 CDT 2020 by TriggerFinger. Comments [Tweet]

Why is the President threatening to adjurn Congress?

It boils down to two linked issues: confirmations and recess appointments. Congress has for years (and probably decades -- the practice started under George W Bush IIRC, but even that was not the first use) used pro-forma sessions to block Presidents from making recess appointments while Congress was not in session. Why? Well, the Senate wants to exercise it's power to advise and consent in important positions, and if they go out of session, the President can appoint someone to the position and they lose their ability to block people they don't like -- at least temporarily.

But generally Presidents appoint a lot of people and the Senate, while often slow on confirming them all, usually manages to keep the important ones flowing and the less important positions are filled by "Acting" people. The people in "Acting" roles don't have full authority but do have enough to keep things moving. In short, normally the Senate doesn't have enough time to confirm everyone, but does confirm enough to keep the issue on the back burner.

So what's different now?

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Sat Apr 18 01:02:47 CDT 2020 by TriggerFinger. Comments [Tweet]

Daily Caller sues for FISA report materials

This lawsuit may reveal some of the source material behind the Horowitz report. And after seeing what is under some of the footnote redactions, I find it a lot harder to trust Horowitz to be honest or Barr to oversee an unbiased process. Remember, Barr saw what was under those redactions, and approved the redactions despite those redactions being clearly and obviously intended solely to protect the FBI's reputation.

Want to change my mind? Indictments, convictions, prison. Criminal referrals are nice, but so far none of them have gone anywhere.

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Thu Apr 16 02:40:41 CDT 2020 by TriggerFinger. Comments [Tweet]

Every aspect of Crossfire Hurricane was shady

National ReviewDOJ inspector general Michael Horowitz recently told the Senate that those FISA warrants used to spy on the Trump campaign were “entirely” predicated on information from that dossier. And we now know that virtually every one of those applications to spy on American citizens was rife with errors, misleading information, and “fraudulent” evidence. You know, just some endemic, comprehensive, and highly targeted “sloppiness.”

We now learn from a new CBS News report that the Papadopoulos evidence was also misrepresented in applications. Two weeks before Election Day, in the midst of a contentious presidential campaign, the Obama administration’s DOJ filled out surveillance warrant applications without including contradicting evidence — and then left out that evidence again on three subsequent renewals. Just another mishap.

It's not a "mishap". It was malice.

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Thu Apr 16 01:40:41 CDT 2020 by TriggerFinger. Comments [Tweet]

Court ruling: FBI violated rights, illegally spied in 2017 and 2018

Ace of Spades quoting Wall Street JournalThe intelligence community disclosed Tuesday that the Foreign Intelligence Surveillance Court last year found that the FBI's pursuit of data about Americans ensnared in a warrantless internet-surveillance program intended to target foreign suspects may have violated the law authorizing the program, as well as the Constitution's Fourth Amendment protections against unreasonable searches.

The court concluded that the FBI had been improperly searching a database of raw intelligence for information on Americans--raising concerns about oversight of the program, which as a spy program operates in near total secrecy.

The court ruling identifies tens of thousands of improper searches of raw intelligence databases by the bureau in 2017 and 2018 that it deemed improper in part because they involved data related to tens of thousands of emails or telephone numbers--in one case, suggesting that the FBI was using the intelligence information to vet its personnel and cooperating sources. Federal law requires that the database only be searched by the FBI as part of seeking evidence of a crime or for foreign intelligence information.

I think the violations of the law are obvious and indeed inherent -- the law being the Fourth Amendment. But the judges are actually talking about the authorizing law Congress passed, which is pretty bad, but at least attempts to provide some protections... which the FBI, CIA, and NSA evidently have been ignoring for at least 7 years (and probably a lot longer than that, but less politically).

Remember, this is after an earlier court ruling just a few years ago that criticized these exact practices (and in doing so, may have exposed SpyGate by forcing the perpetrators to change their methodology). And they are still bold enough to be doing this.

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Wed Apr 15 02:59:10 CDT 2020 by TriggerFinger. Comments [Tweet]

Additional docs disclosed in Flynn case

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Tue Apr 14 01:31:20 CDT 2020 by TriggerFinger. Comments [Tweet]

FBI says it didn't review file that tied Steele to Russian oligarchs

Just The NewsKey FBI officials failed to review an intelligence file identifying Christopher Steele's ties to Russian oligarchs and were later advised some of the information he provided agents in his dossier appeared to be misinformation planted by Russian intelligence, according to declassified information made public Friday.

The explosive revelations were contained in footnotes that had been originally redacted from Justice Department inspector general Michael Horowitz's December report on FBI failures in the Russia case. The information was provided to two Senate committees in recent days.

That's obviously a headline that will shock and horrify anyone with a decewnt bone in their body. Oh no! The FBI failed to review an intelligence file that would have exposed Steele's ties to Russia! They were negligent! They were incompetent!

Folks, we're well beyond negligent and incompetent here. The game being played is criminal indictments from Durham, and in that context, negligent and incompetent is a lot better than criminal charges -- especially when the reasonable punishments for negligence and incompetence (ie, losing your job) have already been applied.

So, this whole claim here boils down to "It wasn't our fault, we didn't know, we didn't look, we were stupid." But Steele was telling the FBI all about his Russian contacts; that was where he was claiming to get his information.

And what did his contacts say when the Mueller investigation interviewed them? They said it was all bullshit and bar talk that Steele either took out of context or make up completely.

So remember, the line that the Steele dossier was all Russian disinformation validates the claim that Russia interfered in the election (even if not as advertised, that will be glossed over) and remains an FBI defensive narrator to replace criminal culpability with aw-shucks-I-guess-they-got-me bullshit.

Don't buy it.

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Mon Apr 13 01:01:24 CDT 2020 by TriggerFinger. Comments [Tweet]

John Solomon on Hannity confirms multiple subpoenas from Durham

Subpoenas aren't indictments, but they do tend to suggest Durham is taking this seriously.

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Sun Apr 12 02:09:48 CDT 2020 by TriggerFinger. Comments [Tweet]

Papadopoulos transcripts released

The transcripts of the FBI's informant conversations with Papadopoulos have been released. They are exculpatory, and were not presented to the FISA court.

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Sat Apr 11 02:42:54 CDT 2020 by TriggerFinger. Comments [Tweet]

Footnotes from IG report on SpyGate to be declassified

Just The NewsU.S. intelligence has decided to declassify several redacted footnotes from a recent Justice Department report that will expose more problems with the FBI’s investigation into President Trump’s campaign, including that agents possessed evidence their main informant may have been the victim of Russian disinformation, Just the News has learned.

The previously redacted footnotes are likely to raise new concerns that the FBI ignored flashing red warning signals about the informant Christopher Steele and gave a false picture in briefing materials supplied to Congress.

It seems likely that Trump's recent actions in firing the ICIG Atkinson (who was clearly a Deep State operative whose involvement in SpyGate and QuidProQuoGate should have been notorious) and installing a new Acting DNI has allowed these actions to move forward. However, the matter is not quite so simple as that.

First, the content of the footnotes. In brief, the footnotes indicate that the FBI knew the Steele information was likely Russia disinformation and used it anyway. That's bad enough... but there is an argument that the classified footnotes themselves represent a Deep State defense, specifically that there really was a "Russian plot", but the plot was disinformation and thus the FBI was acting stupidly but in good faith.

Except of course they knew all along and used the information anyway.

At a minimum there's a point where they provably knew and continued with the Mueller probe anyway.

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Sat Apr 11 01:42:54 CDT 2020 by TriggerFinger. Comments [Tweet]

Trump fires ICIG Atkinson

Trump has fired ICIG Atkinson. This should not come as a surprise; Atkinson was involved in the impeachment attempt that followed from a so-called whistleblower complaint he allowed, despite that complaint being invalid under the rules and factually incorrect on top of that. And, of course, before he became ICIG Atkinson was working for DOJ and coordinating with the people investigating Trump in the Russia Hoax.

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Mon Apr 06 01:47:21 CDT 2020 by TriggerFinger. Comments [Tweet]

Looking into Crowdstrike

American GreatnessSo, to summarize, at the same time Perkins Coie hired Fusion GPS to dig up Russia-related dirt on Donald Trump, it hired CrowdStrike to investigate the hack of the DNC email systems. CrowdStrike, also at the same time, was working with the Obama Justice Department as the agency began investigating Trump campaign aides for suspected “collusion” with the Kremlin.

If you haven't been following why, exactly, Trump and Barr investigating Crowdstrike is such a big deal, this is a good way to catch up. And if that describes you, ask yourself whether the media sources you trust to keep you informed have actually been doing that.

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Fri Apr 03 01:56:30 CDT 2020 by TriggerFinger. Comments [Tweet]

DOJ admits to two invalid FISAs

They are the latter two of those targeting Carter Page and (by extension) the Trump campaign. One of those was applied for by the Mueller Special Counsel. It's likely the cause of this admission is the Kevin Clinesmith faked emails.

The first two FISAs on Carter Page are still being looked into.

This should, logically, mean everything they found based on that information is fruit of the poisoned tree and inadmissible. But it's not clear they found anything from that warrant that was useful in criminal court. It was political intelligence they were after. If Mueller used it even just to generate leads to look into things (like the Cohen situation), that could rapidly run into problems. But we just don't know what role -- including an intermediate role without being directly submitted to a court -- the information collected from those wiretaps played in later prosecutions. DOJ will be looking into that.

There's potentially a lot of fallout here since it imperils the entire existence of the Mueller special counsel investigation, if that was predicated on anything found in the wiretaps.

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Wed Apr 01 02:57:04 CDT 2020 by TriggerFinger. Comments [Tweet]

Stefan Halper's handler was feeding info to Washington Post

Remember how the FBI "fired" Steele for talking to reporters, before using Bruce Ohr as a cutout to involve him again? Turns out, FBI informant and possible CIA operative Stefan Halper was also feeding information to reporters .

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Wed Apr 01 01:57:04 CDT 2020 by TriggerFinger. Comments [Tweet]

IG Horowitz releases scathing review of FISA process

First, I will point out that this is not the Page FISA that has gotten so much attention. It is a supplemental report from the IG on all the OTHER FISAs out there that were not controversial or in the public eye.

Sara CarterDepartment of Justice Inspector General Michael Horowitz released scathing findings Tuesday on his agency’s review of numerous FBI applications for warrants in the Foreign Intelligence Surveillance Court saying ‘we do not have confidence that the FBI has executed its Woods Procedures.’

“for all 25 FISA applications with Woods Files that we have reviewed to date, we identified facts stated in the FISA application that were: (a) not supported by any documentation in the Woods File, (b) not clearly corroborated by the supporting documentation in the Woods File, or (c) inconsistent with the supporting documentation in the Woods File. While our review of these issues and follow-up with case agents is still ongoing—and we have not made materiality judgments for these or other errors or concerns we identified—at this time we have identified an average of about 20 issues per application reviewed, with a high of approximately 65 issues in one application and less than 5 issues in another application."

For four of the FISA applications, they could not review the Woods file verification because it could not be found or did not exist.

He has basically found substantial flaws in every single application he reviewed. The FBI has demonstrated that this entire process cannot be trusted... that the FBI itself cannot be trusted.

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Tue Mar 31 12:31:51 CDT 2020 by TriggerFinger. Comments [Tweet]

More info from Mifsud's cell phones

Their SIM numbers are British, suggesting links to British intel rather than Russian.

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Tue Mar 31 01:09:28 CDT 2020 by TriggerFinger. Comments [Tweet]

FISC court finding rebukes FBI officials

Just The NewsBut in a little-noted passage in a recent order, U.S. District Judge James A. Boasberg, the new chief judge of the Foreign Intelligence Surveillance Court, took direct aim at the excuses and blame-shifting of these senior Obama administration FBI and DOJ officials.

In just 21 words, Boasberg provided the first judicial declaration the FBI had misled the court, not just committed process errors. "There is thus little doubt that the government breached its duty of candor to the Court with respect to those applications," Boasberg wrote...

"The frequency and seriousness of these errors in a case that, given its sensitive nature, had an unusually high level of review at both DOJ and the Federal Bureau of Investigation have called into question the reliability of the information proffered in other FBI applications," Boasberg wrote.

"The errors the OIG pointed out cannot be solved through procedures alone," he wrote. "DOJ and the FBI, including all personnel involved in the FISA process, must fully understand and embrace the heightened duties of probity and transparency that apply in ex parte proceedings."

Strong words. But just words.

If there are no prosecutions, it will happen. Again, and again, and again.

And no, this was not the first time it happened. Remember the 2012 IRS scandal?

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Mon Mar 30 01:15:18 CDT 2020 by TriggerFinger. Comments [Tweet]

Trump considering a pardon for Flynn

This would be wise, especially as DOJ seems reluctant to clear up this mess despite AG Barr's appointment of a special counsel to look into the matter.

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Wed Mar 25 01:46:29 CDT 2020 by TriggerFinger. Comments [Tweet]

Mueller's only Russian prosecution dismissed with prejudice

And, humiliatingly for those who believed in the Russia hoax, the prosecutors backed out. This was the only case brought by Mueller that had anything to do with Russia.

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Tue Mar 24 02:42:01 CDT 2020 by TriggerFinger. Comments [Tweet]

Was Stefan Halper working with the Clinton campaign directly?

There is information to suggest he was, although it could also have been part of the Obama administration's efforts to target Flynn. Either would be improper.

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Wed Mar 18 01:15:54 CDT 2020 by TriggerFinger. Comments [Tweet]

Is someone in the US intelligence community spying on Durham?

Conservative Treehouse quoting NBC then commentingA Western intelligence official familiar with what Durham has been asking of foreign officials says his inquiries track closely with the questions raised about the Russia investigation in right-wing media.
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So some entity in the intelligence community, likely outside the U.S. , is in contact with the small group and keeping them apprised of what Durham is doing? Interesting. Pay attention to what NBC is admitting here… Corrupt officials, co-conspirators, within the intelligence apparatus are monitoring John Durham; relaying information back to their allies; who then talk among themselves and coordinate media leaks based on the information they are able to extract from the tracking. That’s a big admission.

If they can catch the person doing that and leaking about it, it smells like obstruction of justice to me.

And sundance thinks he knows the source.

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Tue Mar 17 01:06:08 CDT 2020 by TriggerFinger. Comments [Tweet]

House passes FISC renewal, claims it has reforms

Fox NewsThe bill includes enhanced congressional oversight of the FISA process, penalties for those who abuse the Foreign Intelligence Surveillance Court (FISC) process for political purposes, and the requirement to have transcripts of court proceedings... The bill seeks to rein in a controversial portion of the surveillance powers, known as Section 215, which gives the government broad powers to demand “business records” from companies in the name of national security investigations. In an effort to better protect privacy, the legislation would prohibit using Section 215 to acquire information that would otherwise require a warrant and would ban obtaining GPS and cell site locations, Nadler said.

The National Security Agency (NSA) previously used Section 215 to collect bulk phone data records, which was highly controversial. In recent years, the bulk metadata collection was outlawed and a narrowly tailored program was allowed, but now that program would be officially ended under the legislation....

The new legislation also requires the attorney general to personally sign off on surveilling government officials.

I don't see how requiring the AG to sign off before surveiling government officials will prevent the CIA, NSA, DOJ, and FBI from spying on candidates in order to prevent them from becoming officials. Or protect the privacy rights of ordinary people at all. This may be better than a clean renewal, but not by much. Hopefully the Senate can make it stronger.

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Thu Mar 12 13:32:39 CDT 2020 by TriggerFinger. Comments [Tweet]

FISA renewal legislation introduced in the House

Not sure what changes are being proposed yet. But since it is being moved quietly, I suspect it is just a clean renewal, no reforms. Contact your representatives in the House and tell them no renewal without real reforms.

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Thu Mar 12 02:27:53 CDT 2020 by TriggerFinger. Comments [Tweet]

McCarthy: strange to prioritize individual liberty?

National ReviewLibertarians such as Senators Lee and Rand Paul prioritize individual liberty and appear to doubt that Americans should be subjected to national-security surveillance at all — even though we have seen our share of jihadists and clandestine foreign agents who are American citizens. They seem to believe the government has not established that foreign intelligence surveillance authorities meaningfully improve our security — that all we can say for sure is that these authorities hold great potential for abuse, and have, in fact, occasioned abuse. That is a debate worth having. But the senators should not be forcing us to have it under the gun, at the risk of a windfall for alien enemies.

It's strange that prioritizing civil liberties of individuals is NOT Andrew McCarthy's first thought after Obama demonstrated repeatedly (starting with IRS abuse of the Tea Party in 2010-2012 and continuing to 2019 with SpyGate) that national security agencies cannot be trusted to resist politicization by at least one side of the debate. Well, perhaps strange is not the best word. McCarthy was only reluctantly brought around to the view that the FBI, CIA, et all, abused their power for political purposes. It's not really surprising that he would prefer to go back to his default position of trusting even agencies proven untrustworthy.

But the rest of us should refuse.

Elements of the FISA law have been abused. Trump has declared he will not sign a renewal of the law that does not contain reforms. We should stand with Trump and demand reforms to protect our rights. Yes, even if that costs some degree of security -- and the track record of the programs at issue here is pathetically bad. You can't find a needle in a haystack, but you can sure find a lot of straw that looks like a needle, especially if it associates with a political campaign you don't like.

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Wed Mar 11 01:34:56 CDT 2020 by TriggerFinger. Comments [Tweet]

Uh-oh...

PJMedia“It was a spirited discussion. The president made it exceedingly clear he will not accept a clean re-authorization … without real reform,” said libertarian Senator Rand Paul, a Kentucky Republican. “He was told by the attorney general, we can massage around the edges and we can fix this through regulation, the president didn’t accept that, pushed back very vigorously and said ‘we’re not doing this.'”

Suddenly I have a lot less confidence in AG Barr.

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Sat Mar 07 02:36:07 CST 2020 by TriggerFinger. Comments [Tweet]

Translator at Trump Tower meeting said nothing happened

FBI 302s associated with the Mueller team are starting to come out. One of the latest and most important releases is the interview with the translator at the infamous Trump Tower meeting which was used to paint Trump (via his son who attended) as being in cahoots with the Russians. The meeting was actually almost certainly a setup by Fusion GPS (who met with the Russian representative shortly before and after the meeting).

What's news is that Mueller's team interviewed the translator less than four days after the news of that meeting leaked -- and found out that nothing untoward happened at the meeting, the only topic of discussion was sanctions under the Magnitsky act, and all of that from a man who didn't like Trump and had ties to Hillary and the State Department.

And the Mueller team continued to investigate and allow the Russian Collusion myth to persist for 2 years (and, not coincidentally, a midterm election) before finally releasing a report.

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Sat Mar 07 01:36:07 CST 2020 by TriggerFinger. Comments [Tweet]

DOJ still not declassifying Carter Page FISA

A judge ruled that Trump's public statements were not a declassification order. This in itself isn't a big deal, since the statements were walked back later. What's noteworthy is the effort DOJ is still willing to go to to hide the remaining redactions. Just declassify it already!

Because we evidently can't trust DOJ and FBI even under a friendly administration and AG, we need to repeal the Patriot ACT to stop abuse of national security and intelligence tactics for political abuse. Legislative reform is absolutely necessary here.

The renewal date is March 15th. Write your Congressmen and tell them not to renew. It's a small step, but a necessary one.

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Fri Mar 06 02:43:00 CST 2020 by TriggerFinger. Comments [Tweet]

Barr and Durham are looking into Australia's SpyGate role

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Wed Mar 04 02:22:55 CST 2020 by TriggerFinger. Comments [Tweet]

Judicial Watch sues FBI for Seth Rich records...

This lawsuit seeking records on Seth Rich may expose a lot of deep state malfeasance. If the DNC emails released by Wikileaks were leaked (for which Seth Rich is pretty much the only publicly known possibility) rather than hacked by the Russians, the entire Russia hoax falls apart.

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Fri Feb 21 03:40:49 CST 2020 by TriggerFinger. Comments [Tweet]

Trump, Wikileaks, and the pardon kerfluffle

Trump recently pardoned a few people; less than just about every other President in recent history. The media promptly freaked out about that, and are now claiming that Trump offered to pardon Assange (the man behind Wikileaks, who published the DNC leaked emails, and the Podesta emails) in return for saying where Assange got the DNC emails from. The implication is that Assange would be pardoned in return for a lie, and the pardon is thus a corrupt bargin and obstruction of justice.

There are problems with this narrative.

First, Trump did not pardon Assange and did not ask that a pardon offer be conveyed.

Second, Assange has always maintained he did not receive the DNC emails from a hacker, and has strongly suggested he got them from a leaker (Seth Rich) who was subsequently murdered under unusual circumstances. The FBI has something to hide about Seth Rich's murder, and the timing of the recent indictment strongly suggests they want Assange in custody and under control so he cannot speak out.

Third, the charges against Assange have pretty obviously been false from the beginning. In Europe he was accused of ... accidentally not wearing a condom during consensual sex and thus this is rape. Except those got dropped. The people involved seem likely to be plants, and not the kind you need to water every day. The other US charges are related to the Bradley (now Chelsea) Manning affair, and originate from the Deep State SpyGate team. They are also slim, revolving around helping with "hacking" that never happened.

So why the big stink about the pardon thing, when the Assange part wasn't in the news until the media injected it?

Because the Judicial Watch FOIA suggests more about Seth Rich will be coming out, and the idea of Trump getting Assange to testify somehow is obviously scaring the wits out of the Deep State. If Assange testifies that it wasn't Russia, and it was Seth Rich... all of Russiagate blows up.

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Fri Feb 21 02:46:38 CST 2020 by TriggerFinger. Comments [Tweet]

Alleged Mifsud recording denies offering dirt on Hillary to Page?

Fox NewsClaims that a Maltese academic offered “dirt” on Hillary Clinton to a former Trump campaign adviser are “absolutely … not true,” the professor is heard saying on a newly released audio recording, according to a British newspaper.

Professor Joseph Mifsud made the remarks in October 2017 to a reporter from The Telegraph of London, the newspaper claimed Thursday in a story promoting its “Crossfire” podcast.

The paper’s website includes an audio clip of 1 minute and 33 seconds of the reporter, Robert Mendick, purportedly talking with Mifsud, whose whereabouts have been unknown in recent years...

Fox News could not independently verify whether the voice was that of Mifsud, but his lawyer, Stefan Roh, expressed skepticism, given that much of the recording was centered on Mifsud insisting he did not work for "any service, secret service or intelligence or none of this kind.”

So, let's review.

If it IS Mifsud, he said he doesn't work for any intelligence agencies, and did not say anything to Papadopoulos about dirt on Hillary. This would seem at first glance to be bad news for the SpyGate folks since it goes against the Russian narrative -- but the FBI is not claiming their investigation began with Mifsud and Papadopoulos. They claim it began after that.

If it ISN'T Mifsud... as Mifsud's lawyer says... who is it and what motive do they have for the claims?

Cui Bono? Who benefits?

The US intelligence agencies who desperately want to cover up their own involvement in this farce. Producing a fake Mifsud recording and leaking it to the media seems an easy way to create confusion and doubt over their involvement with the man who seems to remain in hiding or perhaps dead.

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Fri Feb 21 01:53:20 CST 2020 by TriggerFinger. Comments [Tweet]

DOJ drops criminal probe against McCabe

This appears to relate to his leaks concerning the Clinton investigation and lies to investigators on that topic. That is, it does NOT mean McCabe is cleared of SpyGate conduct.

Given how the government has handled the Michael Flynn and Roger Stone cases, backing off of this case appears on its face to present a double standard. Democrats get a pass, especially if they are named Clinton. Republicans get nailed to the wall with the government asking nearly a decade in jail for similar acts.

If Barr wants Trump to stop tweeting criticism of DOJ, Barr needs to start delivering the prosecutions.

Wed Feb 19 02:59:53 CST 2020 by TriggerFinger. Comments [Tweet]

FBI agents violated the law to share secrets with Steele

Allegedly, of course. But the source is the IG report. The FBI receive most of Steele's information, but then meets with him in October. There, according to the IG report, they (several FBI agents from Crossfire Hurricane) shared with Steele the information they had gathered on alleged Trump-Russia links.

This would allow Steele to investigate -- or make up -- details the FBI needed to support their own investigation and obtain further FISA approvals. It would also allow Steele to ferry the FBI's collected information back to the Clinton campaign, effectively turning the FBI into an opposition research team for the Clinton campaign.

It probably also puts the agents involved in legal jeopardy.

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Wed Feb 19 01:59:53 CST 2020 by TriggerFinger. Comments [Tweet]

Depressing tweets about SpyGate

Meaning in HistoryBREAKING: Gabriel Sanz-Rexach is Obama official who was the FISA gatekeeper at DOJ in 2016 when the illegal warrant to spy on Trump campaign was authorized. Sanz-Rexach also happens to be the same official who just certified to the FISA court that DOJ & FBI would reform their ways.

BREAKING: Dana Boente was the hi-ranking DOJ official held over from the Obama admin who signed off on the now-invalid 3rd FISA warrant to spy on Trump aide Carter Page. Boente is now the FBI's GC who just certified to the FISA court the FBI would reform its FISA abusing.

BREAKING: FBI Director Wray is initiating FISA-reform training but only at FBI field offices -- even though the illegal FISA abuses took place primarily at FBI headquarters.

This is how the Deep State works.

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Tue Feb 18 01:47:33 CST 2020 by TriggerFinger. Comments [Tweet]

We sure had a lot of SpyGate related stuff happen last week

Unfortunately, we didn't get any arrests or indictments. We did get a LOT of other news. Look below the fold for the headlines, in case you missed anything.

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Mon Feb 17 02:25:05 CST 2020 by TriggerFinger. Comments [Tweet]

New discovery released in Flynn case

Immediately after Flynn files to withdraw his guilty plea, suddenly new documents are released.

If it wasn't exculpatory, they would not have held it until now.

The actual documents aren't publicly available yet, as far as I can tell.

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Sat Feb 15 04:58:16 CST 2020 by TriggerFinger. Comments [Tweet]

Audio recording proves Dem-Ukraine collusion to influence 2016 election?

Daily WireThe Blaze has released an audio recording that they recently obtained that appears to show Artem Sytnyk, Director of the National Anti-Corruption Bureau of Ukraine, admitting that he tried to boost the presidential campaign of Hillary Clinton by sabotaging then-candidate Donald Trump’s campaign.

The connection between the Democratic National Committee (DNC) and the Ukrainian government was veteran Democratic operative Alexandra Chalupa, “who had worked in the White House Office of Public Liaison during the Clinton administration” and then “went on to work as a staffer, then as a consultant, for Democratic National Committee,” Politico reported.

Is it still a conspiracy theory if there is a recorded admission from the conspirators?

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Sat Feb 15 04:58:01 CST 2020 by TriggerFinger. Comments [Tweet]

Ukrainian Collusion in 2016 -- with Obama

John Solomon at The HillAs Donald Trump began his meteoric rise to the presidency, the Obama White House summoned Ukrainian authorities to Washington to coordinate ongoing anti-corruption efforts inside Russia’s most critical neighbor.

The January 2016 gathering, confirmed by multiple participants and contemporaneous memos, brought some of Ukraine’s top corruption prosecutors and investigators face to face with members of former President Obama’s National Security Council (NSC), FBI, State Department and Department of Justice (DOJ).
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The agenda suggested the purpose was training and coordination. But Ukrainian participants said it didn’t take long — during the meetings and afterward — to realize the Americans’ objectives included two politically hot investigations: one that touched Vice President Joe Biden’s family and one that involved a lobbying firm linked closely to then-candidate Trump.

Read the whole thing. This is what they are trying to distract you from.

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Sat Feb 15 04:57:36 CST 2020 by TriggerFinger. Comments [Tweet]

Reading between the lines

Daily CallerBritish intelligence told the FBI that dossier author Christopher Steele sometimes showed questionable judgment regarding investigative targets, according to a report that could preview some of the findings in a highly anticipated Justice Department watchdog report of FBI surveillance against the Trump campaign.

"Questionable judgment". For an intel type, that's the kiss of death. They live on their judgment.

New York Times[Inspector General Michael] Horowitz has asked witnesses about an assessment of Mr. Steele that MI6, the British spy agency, provided to the F.B.I. after bureau officials received his dossier on Mr. [Donald] Trump in September 2016. MI6 officials said Mr. Steele, a Russia expert, was honest and persistent but sometimes showed questionable judgment in pursuing targets that others viewed as a waste of time, two people familiar with the assessment said.

In other words, these are probably people named in the assessment, having been given the chance to review it, and are now leaking to friendly reporters to soften the blow.

Daily CallerThe timeline of when the FBI received the MI6 assessment is likely critical to the OIG investigation.

It is unclear if the FBI had the MI6 assessment in hand prior to obtaining the first FISA warrant against Page. It is also not known if the FBI disclosed details of the assessment in the FISA applications.

In other words -- the FBI had the assessment in hand prior to the 2nd, 3rd, and 4th FISA renewals, and probably had it before the 1st application but think maybe that isn't provable. And they did not disclose it in the FISA application, but they think maybe they can stretch a vaguely worded footnote they put in to cover it.

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Sat Feb 15 04:57:28 CST 2020 by TriggerFinger. Comments [Tweet]

DoD IG report on Halper

Real Clear PoliticsThe report, completed by the Department of Defense inspector general, does not address Halper’s interaction with Papadopoulos and Page, nor does it question or answer whether Halper was a spy, a confidential human source, or just a curious professor. But it makes clear that Halper signed his richest contract award with the Department of Defense’s Office of Net Assessment — $411,575 for two studies on China’s economy — on Sept. 26, 2016, around the time Halper was meeting with Page and Papadopoulos.
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That helps explain how Halper was able to collect more than $1 million from the Pentagon in four years. The late ONA director, Andrew Marshall, presided over the first three of Halper’s studies looked at by the IG. The one in 2016 was approved by the current ONA director, James Baker. ONA "acquisition officers" are in charge of the paperwork.
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The question of whether the U.S. government funded spying on Americans, of course, hangs over the Defense Department IG review, but goes unmentioned. The IG also ignored the “potential partisan political” question and focused on the less fraught questions of waste, fraud, and abuse.

James Baker was heavily involved in SpyGate. And he was the one paying Halper in 2016. Game, set, match.

BUT: Horowitz's report may not deal with this aspect since it is under the umbrella of a different IG. And the DoD IG appears to be passing on the political aspects and simply pointing out Halper's expenses are BS. Is someone -- Durham? -- looking into what Halper was really doing?

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Sat Feb 15 04:56:29 CST 2020 by TriggerFinger. Comments [Tweet]

Former Reagan AG: Spying on Trump is Obama's Watergate

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Sat Feb 15 04:56:17 CST 2020 by TriggerFinger. Comments [Tweet]

McCabe confessed to lying, leaking...

Washington TimesFormer FBI Deputy Director Andrew McCabe admitted he misled investigators about his role in a media leak and apologized for it, according to transcripts of his interviews with investigators released Thursday.
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The U.S. Attorney in D.C. is currently mulling criminal charges against Mr. McCabe based on Mr. Howoritz’s conclusions. His attorneys have denied any wrongdoing. Mr. McCabe said he would refuse to accept a plea deal.

Last I heard they had actually decided not to charge him... but then the US Attorney for DC was reassigned. Now the new US attorney is "mulling" charges (like you would mull wine?).

There may be hope for justice yet.

UPDATE: Nope.

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Sat Feb 15 04:55:09 CST 2020 by TriggerFinger. Comments [Tweet]

Details on the FISA court ruling outlining FBI abuse

Sara CarterThe court stated that the FBI querying procedures did not require bureau personnel to document the basis for searching Americans. For example, a reasonable query would be done to obtain information regarding ‘foreign intelligence information or evidence.”

“Without such documentation and in view of reported instances of non-compliance with that standard, the procedures seemed unreasonable under FISA’s definition of”minimization procedures” and possibly the Fourth Amendment,” the court stated.
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“The FISC also concluded that the FBI’s querying and minimization procedures, as implemented, were inconsistent with Section 702 information and the Fourth Amendment, in light of certain identified compliance incidents involving queries of Section 702 information,” according to the website On The Record release from the Intelligence Community. The ruling noted that the “instances involved instances in which personnel either misapplied or misunderstood the query standard, such that the queries were not reasonably likely to return foreign intelligence information or evidence of a crime,” according to the IC.

In other words, the FBI is not tracking the justifications for searches of US persons. If they aren't tracked, at all, they can't be audited for compliance or punished for non-compliance. And they also aren't applying the rules put in place to protect US citizens from unjustified surveillance.

Sat Feb 15 04:54:22 CST 2020 by TriggerFinger. Comments [Tweet]

Papadopoulos expands the scope of the SpyGate abuse

Reading only a little between the lines, it appears Papadopoulos was targeted by the State Department in 2015 when he joined the Ben Carson campaign, and by intelligence officials who already knew all about him when he later joined the Trump campaign. That expands the scope of the campaign targeting to Republican campaigns other than Trump and substantially earlier than the FBI claims their investigation began. This activity is likely not from the FBI, but from intelligence operatives at the CIA and NSA, possibly with foreign intelligence assistance.

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Sat Feb 15 04:54:10 CST 2020 by TriggerFinger. Comments [Tweet]

Was Trump tricked into authorizing the spying on himself?

"Tricked" is perhaps not the best word. It appears he was deceived into issuing an executive order that changed the succession of authority, which had the effect of putting one of the SpyGate conspirators in place as Acting AG (given Sessions' recusal and the absence of a confirmed Deputy AG).

Stunning.

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Thu Feb 13 09:46:56 CST 2020 by TriggerFinger. Comments [Tweet]

Does Mifsud have Australia involvement too?

Looks like it, including a possible meeting with Comey.

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Tue Feb 11 18:33:17 CST 2020 by TriggerFinger. Comments [Tweet]

The Professional Theft of John Solomon's laptop

John Solomon is a reporter who has been doing excellent work reporting on SpyGate. This work got him fired from The Hill, likely due to political pressure, and he was in the process of setting up a new news agency.

Recently, his laptop was stolen from his car in Washington DC near the White House, using sophisticated techniques to defeat the lock without signs of forced entry. It was dumped the next morning in a place without surveillance camera coverage. All indications point to a someone seeking to find out what he knows.

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Fri Feb 07 14:44:44 CST 2020 by TriggerFinger. Comments [Tweet]

Carter Page sues DNC over Steele dossier

Finally, we may see some justice. Assuming we get to see the discovery, and the DNC doesn't settle quickly to avoid exactly that (and would Page accept a settlement?), the results are likely to lead to Clinton. And there are a LOT of people Page can sue over this.

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Sun Feb 02 02:47:21 CST 2020 by TriggerFinger. Comments [Tweet]

British Spy Expert: Steele made it all up!

This is hardly a surprise, but I am curious why it is only coming out now. He was hired to evaluate it in 2017. (Who hired him? A "US Republican law firm") And yet this transparent piece of political fakery was used to spy on the President for years.

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Sat Feb 01 02:47:21 CST 2020 by TriggerFinger. Comments [Tweet]

FBI hiding information about Seth Rich, and it involves Strzok

Details here. We don't know the exact content (it is mostly redacted), but we know Strzok was somehow involved, and the FBI was concerned about this enough that the person preparing the response declared under penalty of perjury that there were no responsive records... when there clearly were.

So why the coverup, FBI?

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Fri Jan 31 02:47:21 CST 2020 by TriggerFinger. Comments [Tweet]

Durham investigation expands to Office of Net Assessment

This is the office that was paying Stefan Halper significant money for "research papers" that were overpriced, not to spec, and possibly fraudulent (some of the people reported as coauthors don't remember working on the papers). If Halper was being paid by the US government for his already known activities related to the Trump campaign, Michael Flynn, and others... some of which predate the official start of the FBI investigation.. then who tasked him and authorized the pay?

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Sat Jan 25 02:58:02 CST 2020 by TriggerFinger. Comments [Tweet]

Stefan Halper was on Carter Page before FBI claims to have been

In fact, he may have suggested targeting Page to the FBI. Presumably, Halper was already tasked to dirty up Page along with Flynn and others by whoever was running him. CIA, and Brennan, being the likely candidate.

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Wed Jan 15 02:42:10 CST 2020 by TriggerFinger. Comments [Tweet]

Steele's dossier sources designed to exploit an FBI flaw?

The FederalistThere is a second significant problem bearing on the Page FISA applications that the IG exposed in his earlier audit of the CHS validation process: “The IG’s audit of confidential human sources reveals that the FBI did not maintain validation reports for sub-sources, defined in the report as individuals ‘who directly acquire[] information that is then provided to the FBI by an FBI CHS.’” Sub-sources, of course, are secondhand sources of information to FBI sources.

According to Horowitz, Delta “does not identify and track extraterritorial sub-sources.” That means that the CHS system “will lack complete and accurate information on its CHS coverage stemming from extraterritorial sub-sources.”
The FBI’s failure to maintain a database to identify and track sub-sources decimates the entire basis for the Carter Page surveillance warrants. According to the IG report, the FISA applications all disclosed that “Steele relied upon a Primary Sub-source who used a network of sub-sources, and that neither Steele nor the Primary Sub-source had direct access to the information being reported.” The FISA applications then “contained a separate footnote on each sub-source with a brief description of his/her position or access to the information he/she was reporting.”

Strange how Steele's resume and dossier came to the FBI perfectly prepared to exploit this flaw in the FBI's record keeping system. Steele was considered credible (albeit not by his original case handler!) and the FBI's system could only track his own credibility, not that of his foreign subsources.

This approach to the FBI really looks like it was designed by someone who knew the limitations fo the FBI's system and wanted to make it hard to identify and track the actual sources for Steele's information soi their credibility could be measured and potentially consequences applied. Instead Steele became the front man for everything.

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Wed Jan 15 01:42:10 CST 2020 by TriggerFinger. Comments [Tweet]

FISA abuser Dana Boente signs FBI response to FISC abuse

I think the official term for this is chutzpuh.

Worse, the proposes changes amount to more "training" and no accountability. This is not adequate, it's beyond embarrassing, it's insulting.

And the FISA court itself has appointed an advior who is on the record in a amicus brief to the court claiming the FBI did nothing wrong in this case.

So far, we have yet to see any accountability here. Firing or demoting a few people is not sufficient.

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Tue Jan 14 02:47:22 CST 2020 by TriggerFinger. Comments [Tweet]

Back and forth on the Steele dossier and the ICA

New York TimesBut C.I.A. analysts still wanted to leave the dossier out of the assessment, as it was not vetted. Mr. Brennan’s allies have said he was among the officials who wanted to omit the dossier from the assessment.

Here's the thing. Both Comey and Brennan are claiming the other wanted to include the "crown material" (ie, Steele dossier) in the assessment. They know that being the one left holding that is dangerous. We also know Horowitz has probably already had a look at Comey's emails, and Durham is now reading through Brennan's. One of them is lying, and they both have made statements under oath about this.

New York TimesAndrew G. McCabe, then the deputy director of the F.B.I., pushed back, according to the inspector general report, accusing the intelligence chiefs of trying to minimize Mr. Steele’s information.

Hmm... there's McCabe's name again. Remember, he's the whose wife's first run for political office got donations from Clinton-linked financiers to the tune of $700K or so. And he keeps showing up pushing the dossier. Durham should be scrutinizing McCabe very closely.

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Thu Jan 09 01:47:32 CST 2020 by TriggerFinger. Comments [Tweet]

2019 SpyGate revelations

A good summary of events for those who haven't been paying close attention.

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Sat Jan 04 02:13:49 CST 2020 by TriggerFinger. Comments [Tweet]

Comey caught in a lie to FISA court

Yes, personally. He certified to the court that a FISA warrant was the least intrusive way to get information about Carter Page, despite Page's letter directly to Comey volunteering to be interviewed by the FBI on their investigation. Again, the letter was to Comey directly (and cc'd to the Washington Post) and Comey personally signed a FISA afterwards.

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Sat Jan 04 01:13:49 CST 2020 by TriggerFinger. Comments [Tweet]

Does the Page FISA fraud invalidate all of the Mueller warrants too?

American GreatnessAccording to the recent inspector general’s report on the conduct of the FBI’s collusion investigation, several agents met with Steele’s primary source in early 2017 in order finally to get to the bottom of the Russia collusion claims Steele initiated. It would be another four months before then-Deputy Attorney General Rod Rosenstein would launch the reign of terror known as the “Mueller investigation.” Countless Americans would have their privacy invaded by 500 search warrants, 2,800 subpoenas, and 500 FBI interrogations.

Every one of those 500 search warrants must have been supported by an affidavit swearing the FBI had probable cause to suspect Trump was conspiring with Russia to affect the outcome of the 2016 election. Since we now know the FBI deceived the court in the Carter Page warrant applications at the dawn of the Trump/Russia collusion investigation, we have reason to wonder about the next 500 warrants issued in the same investigation.

Remember when Roger Stone was dragged from his house at gunpoint to search for evidence of Russia collusion? That was one of 500 warrants executed. The probe terrorized its political enemies at a rate of approximately one warrant per business day.

Remember, all of those warrants were based on the idea that Trump was colluding with Russia. And all of the Trump-Russia collusion was based on the hoax dossier.

Doesn't that invalidate not just the main FISA warrant against Carter Page and the Trump campaign, but also all the Mueller investigation warrants? At a minimum, those applied for after the dossier was known to be a hoax.

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Wed Dec 25 01:47:19 CST 2019 by TriggerFinger. Comments [Tweet]

Crowdstrike founder was special government employee?

The last time we heard about a special government employee, it was James Comey giving his lawyer friend classified access as a conduit for leaking classified memos. My guess would be that making the Crowdstrike founder a special government employee was also related to giving him access to classified materials. The question is what materials he was given access to, and why.

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Mon Dec 23 01:47:20 CST 2019 by TriggerFinger. Comments [Tweet]

Huge: McCabe pushed for Steele dossier in ICA citing request from Obama

This is pretty much written in plain language in the IG report (original tweet). It's not proof Obama knew, but at a minimum, McCabe cited his authority and claimed direct instructions to include the Steele material.

This puts McCabe in an even more central position regarding pushing the Clinton material into government investigations, undermines Comey's denials of pushing the Steele material into the ICA, and for the first time suggests Obama held an active rather than passive role in pushing the dossier material.

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Sun Dec 22 12:37:09 CST 2019 by TriggerFinger. Comments [Tweet]

Is Mifsud dead?

In my opinion, "dead" and "in hiding" are difficult to distinguish from each other. But, if he really is dead, I feel fairly confident in stating that Mifsud did not kill himself.

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Fri Dec 20 19:20:33 CST 2019 by TriggerFinger. Comments [Tweet]

FISC chastises FBI

Sara CarterCollyer emphasized that the ‘frequency with which representations made by F.B.I. personnel turned out to be unsupported or contradicted by information in their possession, and with which they withheld information detrimental to their case, calls into question whether information contained in other F.B.I. applications is reliable.”

How many other questionable FISAs are there?

Sundance infers that there are more.

Note that, however strongly worded the letter may be, it is effectively demanding new policies and procedures rather than issuing contempt of court orders. Thus, it is unlikely to deter further abuses as none of the people involved have suffered real consequences... at least so far. Durham is still in play.

Nunes is actually calling for the court to be dismantled.

Wed Dec 18 04:33:08 CST 2019 by TriggerFinger. Comments [Tweet]

The Hidden Hand

A good article that lays out what Horowitz should have been able to discern, but ultimately refused to see: The Hidden Hand that explains why many apparently disconnected events took place.

For example: why did a single drunken conversation between a low-level staffer and a foreign diplomat lead to a full blown FBI investigation? It's like someone at the FBI was waiting for it. And they probably were.

And, why did a lawyer on the investigative team falsify a document? It's something that will undoubtedly have hugely negative consequences for him personally. It's not a discretionary thing that can be explained away. It's a very serious matter with little apparent reason to do it.

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Tue Dec 17 01:47:32 CST 2019 by TriggerFinger. Comments [Tweet]

DOJ/FBI planning to blame CIA/NSA for SpyGate?

Sic Semper TyrannisOne simple fact emerges--six of the eight cases or incidents of alleged Trump Campaign interaction with the Russians investigated by the Mueller team, the pitch to "collude" with the Russian Government or Putin originated with FBI informants, MI-6 assets or people paid by Fusion GPS, not Trump or his people. There is not a single instance where Donald Trump or any member of his campaign team initiated contact with the Russians for the purpose of gaining derogatory information on Hillary or obtaining support to boost the Trump campaign. Not one.

Read the whole thing. The connections are damning.

As for the larger plan -- DOJ/FBI blaming CIA/NSA -- I think that's been their plan all along. Their argument is basically "We were dupes". That doesn't fly, because they had to swear things to the FISC that simply were not true, including that they had verified the unverifiable (ie, false) information they presented.

There must be accountability for the whole operation. FBI, DOJ, CIA, NSA, State Dept; all the way up to the White House.

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Mon Dec 16 02:47:32 CST 2019 by TriggerFinger. Comments [Tweet]

Why was the FBI spying on Papadopoulous before he joined Trump?

Red StateWhy was the FBI spying on George Papadopoulos before he was named as a Trump advisor?

Since Papadopoulos was a foreign policy advisor to the Ben Carson campaign before he moved to the Trump team, is it possible the FBI was prepared to spy on the campaign of whichever Republican candidate won the nomination?

This question may be the real can of worms.

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Sun Dec 15 01:47:33 CST 2019 by TriggerFinger. Comments [Tweet]

A note on the Horowitz report

Despite the lack of significant criminal referrals and the refusal to take anything short of a written confession as evidence of bad intent, the Horowitz report does do something significantly positive: it validates the reporting on the SpyGate controversy for one side, and destroys that reporting on the other. Nunes' initial memo outlining the problem is validated, and Schiff's counter-memo is exposed as a tissue of lies. The dossier is demonstrated to be the primary reason for granting the FISA, and is proven false. The FBI is proven to have known it was a pile of lies, yet continued to rely on it before the court, withholding exculpatory information and even falsifying data to the court.

While certain aspects are not proven (eg, the role of the intelligence agencies in creating the investigation using agents such as Mifsud), they are not disproven either.

So while the report is clearly imperfect and fails to bring the conclusions to their proper end with criminal referrals, it does significantly advance the ball for our side. If this was the final play, it would be a tie -- neither side got what they wanted. But it's not. Durham and Barr are clearly still pursuing matters.

So we're in the final quarter and the score is tied. It's up to Durham now.

UPDATE: A comment made late in the Senate hearing that I just noticed. Asked why the report doesn't specify criminal referrals, Horowitz responds that he felt the conduct within was so serious that he simply forwarded the whole report to DOJ/Barr to make those decisions. So, effectively, everyone mentioned in it has been referred for potential criminal prosecution.

And while some previous referrals have been declined, Barr has removed some of the decision-makers there.

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Thu Dec 12 01:47:33 CST 2019 by TriggerFinger. Comments [Tweet]

Horowitz report released

It's up at the DOJ IG website. There's a press release and the full report. It's 476 pages.

UPDATE: Initial conclusions are that Horowitz identifies a lot of errors, mistakes, problems, procedures that were not followed, and so on, but fails to bring it home. It's a hefty black eye for the reputation of the FBI but doesn't really offer consequences other than suggesting a lot of performance reviews. It's not a whitewash, more like a greywash.

The ray of hope: Both US Attorney Durham and AG Barr have issued statements disagreeing with the report's conclusion that the investigation was adequately predicated. That seems to indicate we will be hearing more from them.

As for Horowitz himself, this report combined with the Clinton email report strongly suggests that Horowitz (an Obama appointee, remember) is playing a sacrificial defense game. He's admitting what he has to, doesn't have all the necessary information, and refusing to draw the obvious conclusions.

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Mon Dec 09 12:21:23 CST 2019 by TriggerFinger. Comments [Tweet]

Sigh

Andrew McCarthya conspiracy theory that it was Ukraine, not Russia, that hacked the DNC email accounts. Regrettably, Trump has bought into this discredited notion, and he mentioned it to Zelensky during their discussion.

Unfortunately, as in this case, McCarthy doesn't always get it. There is no conspiracy theory that "Ukraine hacked the DNC email accounts" that Trump bought into. Here are the facts:

There is an argument that the DNC emails were leaked to Wikileaks by an insider rather than hacked. The likely candidate for the leaker is Seth Rich, a DNC staffer found murdered in DC after the publication of the emails. The only person who likely knows, Wikileaks founder Assange, has said nothing to contradict this and some things that seem to support it, including offering a reward for information leading to Rich's murderer. There is strong evidence that the emails were leaked (copied to a local USB device) rather than hacked (and transferred over the internet).

The involvement of Seth Rich is speculation. The conclusion that the server was hacked comes entirely from Crowdstrike (no one else has examined the server) and is forensically weak. Crowdstrike has a history of forensically mis-attributing things to Russian hackers, and Hillary Clinton was running an operation to tie Trump to Russians and election interference. That's a strong motive for misrepresenting the source of the emails, and preventing examination of the evidence (ie, the server) by neutral parties.

The Ukraine angle also comes from Crowdstrike, which has connections to the Ukraine and may have physical possession of the "hacked" server. Examination of the server would probably (if the evidence has not been destroyed at this point) prove or disprove the hack versus leak theory. Given that companies' links to the Ukraine, it is not unreasonable for Trump to ask Ukraine for help investigating Crowdstrike's involvement in the 2016 elections and possession of evidence related to the DNC hack.

That angle is not proven, but it's not a conspiracy theory either, and asking for evidence to determine the truth is not a characteristic of conspiracy theorists.

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Mon Dec 09 01:47:33 CST 2019 by TriggerFinger. Comments [Tweet]

The Plot Against the President

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Sun Dec 08 18:51:28 CST 2019 by TriggerFinger. Comments [Tweet]

Svetlana Lokhova gets into the SpyGate investigation

Meaning in HistorySvetlana Lokhova, the Russian born Cambridge historian who was smeared by the very creepy Stefan Halper with regard to Michael Flynn, has two Twitter threads up that provide extensive detail that strongly indicates that Halper was feeding "information" to Steele. Lokhova also illustrates that Halper's reporting was essentially laundered through Steele, almost certainly to make it appear that information was being provided by the former MI6 officer rather than by a CIA/FBI asset who was targeting the Trump campaign and Trump associates before the Crossfire Hurricane investigation was opened. I want to highlight just a few of Lokhova's points from her detail rich threads.

Her information and details suggest Halper played a central role -- and was paid for it with tax dollars via the Office of Net Assessment. The CIA was likely behind Halper's involvement, seeking to convince the FBI to open an investigation that could be used to keep surveillance on Trump active after the NSA's access got shut down. Steele's claimed Russian sources may well have been filtered through Halper at best -- and just made up by Halper or others at worst.

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Wed Dec 04 01:47:22 CST 2019 by TriggerFinger. Comments [Tweet]

Bombshells from the Schiff Report

Meaning In HistorySchiff in new impeachment report seems to spend more time investigating a journalist--ex-asst. AP bureau chief John Solomon--than Trump, inclg exposing Solomon's phone records & smearing him as "author of articles promoting debunked conspiracy theories about the Bidens"

As part of his "impeachment inquiry," Schiff investigated not just President Trump but his own committee vice chairman GOP Rep. Devin Nunes and Nunes' committee aide Derek Harvey, and even obtained Nunes' and Harvey's phone call records

Over at Meaning In History, they are reading the Schiff report. Among many other bits of horror, the report indicates that Schiff has been obtaining the phone records of his own committee members (specifically Congressman Devin Nunes and aides), the personal attorney to the President Rudy Giuliani, and journalists (specifically John Solomon).

This strikes me as hugely significant. Once more the Democrats are spying on their political opponents for political purposes, and they are doing it brazenly. Either they are in a desperate panic over what is about to come out about SpyGate, or... they have been doing this all along, and somehow it never got exposed previously. Or perhaps both.

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Wed Dec 04 00:20:47 CST 2019 by TriggerFinger. Comments [Tweet]

Narrative Engineering

The New York Times tries to spin parts of the IG FISA report, but there are some holes in their narrative. Readers, do not believe the leaks, because they are 100% certain to be disinformation and spin. Wait for the report. It may be good, it may be bad, and maybe a wise reader can gain some insight into the contents by reading the leaks. But don't believe the leaks.

Also...

If Barr has any brains, and according to previous reporting, individuals are being shown only those portions of the report that they are personally involved in. That means this leak likely comes from a small group of people around the individual featured most prominently in it. I'd say canary trap, but the report will be released soon anyway.

Promising signs: Durham is traveling to Italy (where Mifsud resides) rather frequently. Trump says he's been told the report is historic.

I'm going to lay this prediction marker down, just in case. I think the Horowitz report on FISA abuse will include one or more criminal referrals for specific improper acts (such as altering an email) while taking the broader position that the FBI (largely, with individual exceptions) believed they were acting in good faith, while Durham prosecutes the CIA players who arranged the setup, and possibly those involved in the Mueller investigation/coverup.

Remember, Horowitz has limited scope, and he was tasked with FISA abuse only. The CIA activities, involving Mifsud, Burina, Halper, and so on, are mostly outside of that scope... but not outside of Durham's scope.

UPDATE: Meaning In History has a similar take. And he also reminds us that that charge against Clinesmith (for altering an email) means Clinesmith is going to get squeezed for info on the Corrupt Organization known as the "resistance". It might even be appropriate to think of Clinesmith as "the first domino".

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Sat Nov 23 02:09:40 CST 2019 by TriggerFinger. Comments [Tweet]

Durham probe expands to Stefan Halper

It seems the work for which Halper was paid $1M in 2016 was not documented. Nor were any records kept of communications with him. The payments went through the Office of Net Assessment, which appears to be basically a CIA money laundry.

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Thu Nov 21 21:58:36 CST 2019 by TriggerFinger. Comments [Tweet]

State Dept confirmed "do not prosecute" list

The story here is that, as confirmed by John Solomon, Marie Yovanovitch (formerly ambassador to Ukraine) publicly interfered in the internal politics of that nation by calling for the firing of a certain prosecutor; presented a list of individuals to that government that they were instructed not to prosecute, some of which had criticized Manafort; and the State Department confirmed that a list of names was presented and associated with a request not to prosecute.

That certainly seems like the US embassy was exerting pressure on Ukraine to block prosecution of corruption. That seems questionable at best, and corrupt at worst... and it matches up quite well with what Biden bragged about (ie, getting a prosecutor investigating corruption fired by threatening to withhold aid), and combined with Biden's son (not to mention individuals associated with former SecState Kerry and other prominent Democrats) being paid by those under investigation... well, it looks like corruption followed by pressure to cover up the corruption.

There were also allegations Yovanovitch was making comments critical of Trump (which would certainly be grounds for removal, if any were needed, but a President can remove ambassadors at will).

That's exactly the sort of environment where a plot to influence an election might be hatched.

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Thu Nov 21 21:11:30 CST 2019 by TriggerFinger. Comments [Tweet]

Pieces are in motion...

Ciaramella scrubbed social media profile, some other folks conveniently forget about Ciaramella, and oh-by-the-way Rince Priebus (RNC chief and met with Paul Begala in September... and someone was watching them.

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Wed Nov 20 01:02:15 CST 2019 by TriggerFinger. Comments [Tweet]

Did Strzok lie in his Special Counsel exit interview?

Undercover Huber makes the case on Twitter. It has to do with the switcheroo over who took notes, who conducted the interview, and who wrote the FD-302. Note also that editing the 302 could also be a serious felony charge depending on the substance of the edits (eg, if it was edited to support a false-statements charge that wasn't supported by the actual interview); this is on top of that exposure.

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Mon Nov 18 02:47:22 CST 2019 by TriggerFinger. Comments [Tweet]

Former AG says IG report on FISA will be the most consequential in years

Sara Carter“I think it’s going to demonstrate that people took advantage of the [Foreign Intelligence Surveillance Court] process, where there’s no, nobody on the other side to argue in their own interests, ” Matt Whitaker, the former Acting Attorney General said on “The Story with Martha MacCallum” on Fox News.

“And I think we’re going to learn a lot about not only the Carter Page FISA [warrant] but how they do business generally and … I think some Americans are going to be troubled by what the inspector general is going to ultimately report.”

Anyone paying attention is already extremely troubled, but Whitaker is in a position to know better than most. Particularly the comment about "How they do business generally" suggests this will be a wide-ranging report rather than a narrowly focused one.

Still, the magic word is indictment, and he didn't say it.

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Sun Nov 17 16:59:05 CST 2019 by TriggerFinger. Comments [Tweet]

Is FISA IG report being held up to protect NSA data collection?

Sundance at Conservative TreeHouse has a theory.

UPDATE: Continuing resolution appears to have the renewal, which certainly seems to suggest Sundance was right. That said, it's a short term reauthorization rather than a long term or permanent one.

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Sun Nov 17 13:24:02 CST 2019 by TriggerFinger. Comments [Tweet]

"Damning" Horowitz report likely to contain criminal referrals

Sara CarterDepartment of Justice Inspector General Michael Horowitz’s much anticipated report on his investigation into the FBI’s probe into President Trump’s campaign is expected to be made public before Thanksgiving and the outcome is alleged to contain several criminal referrals, according to sources who spoke with SaraACarter.com.

This is more like it. I'm fed up with reports that it will give people indigestion, bar trouble, bad public relations experience or a limp dick with the illicit FBI lovergirl.

I want criminal referrals, followed by indictments, prosecutions, and convictions.

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Sat Nov 16 02:35:11 CST 2019 by TriggerFinger. Comments [Tweet]

The Brennan Dossier

Real Clear Investigations lays out the involvement of John Brennan with SpyGate, both before the start of the official FBI investigation and after the election.

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Fri Nov 15 15:04:39 CST 2019 by TriggerFinger. Comments [Tweet]

Did Comey edit some of his memos to create an obstrution trap?

Gateway Pundit speculates. There's an interesting coincidence: four of the memos, those specifically collected by the FBI from Comey, describe conversations with only Comey and Trump participating. And there may be earlier copies delivered to the Senate that could be used for comparison.

If true, this could hang Comey. But for now, it's just interesting speculation, unless someone can get access to the original documents that supposedly exist.

Thu Nov 07 01:47:33 CST 2019 by TriggerFinger. Comments [Tweet]

More evidence of SpyGate entrapment

Remember when the Democrats were making a big deal about the alleged Trump tower in Moscow? How Trump's lawyer, Cohen, was supposedly working hard to make some kind of secret deal during the election and that was supposedly proof of Trump's connections to and collusion with Russians?

The man pursuing that deal was FBI informant Felix Sater. At this point, it's well established that the Trump tower meeting with a few Russians was a setup arranged by Fusion GPS; that the mention of Hillary's emails by Papadopulous was incepted by Western intelligence associate Mifsud; that Carter Page, the purported target of the FISA, was a prior FBI informant; that the Russian moving in NRA circles was actually being directed and targeted towards high level politicians by Chris Bryne, CEO and ... yes... FBI informant. And let's not forget the Mike Flynn charges, which were a fraud from beginning to end and twice on Sundays. There's more I'm leaving out, including Halper, who was paid $600,000 in 2015 and 2016 to pretend to write papers while doing very odd things around Trump campaign staff.

People need to go to jail for this. All the way up to the top.

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Wed Nov 06 06:47:33 CST 2019 by TriggerFinger. Comments [Tweet]

Whistleblower revealed: ties to Ukraine SpyGate agent

The identity is not the big part; that's been known or suspected internally for a while. The big part is the link to Alexandra Chalupa, who was involved in trying to frame the Trump campaign for "Russian collusion".

Real Clear InvestigationsAnd Ciaramella worked with a Democratic National Committee operative who dug up dirt on the Trump campaign during the 2016 election, inviting her into the White House for meetings, former White House colleagues said. The operative, Alexandra Chalupa, a Ukrainian-American who supported Hillary Clinton, led an effort to link the Republican campaign to the Russian government. “He knows her. He had her in the White House,” said one former co-worker, who requested anonymity to discuss the sensitive matter.

So in other words, Ciaramella likely blew the whistle on a non-issue to protect himself and his activities related to SpyGate and the Russian Collusion Hoax.

And guess what?

Real Clear InvestigationsDocuments confirm the DNC opposition researcher attended at least one White House meeting with Ciaramella in November 2015. She visited the White House with a number of Ukrainian officials lobbying the Obama administration for aid for Ukraine.

Do you think maybe there was a little quid pro quo there? A little cheese in the form of aid for Ukraine, a little wine in the form of made-up information about Trump and/or Manafort?

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Thu Oct 31 11:54:16 CDT 2019 by TriggerFinger. Comments [Tweet]

Intelligence community IG Atkinson may have ties to FISA abuse

American Greatness One critical period in Atkinson's resume, however, has been overlooked - probably intentionally - by his boosters in the media: His work as a top deputy in the Justice Department in 2016 and 2017 during the very same time that the DOJ was investigating Trump campaign aides and, after the election, incoming administration officials. Atkinson worked directly for two figures involved in both the counterintelligence probe into the Trump campaign and the set-up of former National Security Advisor Michael Flynn...

Republicans should be raising several questions about Atkinson: Was he aware of or in any way involved in the Justice Department's investigation into the Trump campaign? Did he handle the FISA warrant against Carter Page? Did he know about the FISA on Page prior to April 2017? Did he meet with Andrew McCabe, Peter Strzok, Lisa Page or any of the collusion conspirators in 2016 or 2017? Was he aware of or involved in [FBI National Security Division Chief Mary] McCord's dealings with the White House regarding Michael Flynn?...

They should also be asking how he got the ICIG position and whether that was a planned attempt to pre-position him for their coverup and coup operations.

He's just admitted that he modified the whistleblower complaint rules in response to the Trump whistleblower complaint. That's practically an admission of malfeasance.

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Wed Oct 30 06:47:22 CDT 2019 by TriggerFinger. Comments [Tweet]

Barr conducting overseas investigations of FISA abuse

This is a hint that maybe some serious investigating is going on. But I'm still concerned by rumors the IG is planning a whitewash.

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Tue Oct 29 06:47:22 CDT 2019 by TriggerFinger. Comments [Tweet]

Evidence of entrapment in the Flynn case

The FederalistEarlier this week, Michael Flynn’s star attorney, Sidney Powell, filed under seal a brief in reply to federal prosecutors’ claims that they have already given Flynn’s defense team all the evidence they are required by law to provide. A minimally redacted copy of the reply brief has just been made public, and with it shocking details of the deep state’s plot to destroy Flynn.

Read the filing, too. "Evidence of entrapment" may even be understating the case here. I'd argue it's proof of entrapment.

UPDATE: Meaning in History points out that the prosecution of Flynn was conducted by the Mueller special counsel team, containing the same people who had interviewed Flynn and (initially) reported he was telling the truth. In other words, Mueller (or his team) knew and prosecuted him for years anyway.

UPDATE: More details here and here.

Did James Baker flip?

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Fri Oct 25 16:10:05 CDT 2019 by TriggerFinger. Comments [Tweet]

Durham's SpyGate investigation is now officially a criminal investigation

I'm honestly not sure why this step is only being taken now; it seems likely there was more than enough available evidence before. My guess is that Durham and Barr wanted to keep the investigation a non-criminal one as long as possible for some policy or procedural reason, and this change has some policy or procedural reason to be happening right now.

There are, I think, two possible events that caused Durham to officially open a criminal investigation.

First, Clapper and Brennan have been making noise in public about Durham wanting to interview them. Why would they make noise about that? The only reason that makes sense is that they think they are targets and would be at risk if they were interviewed. They are probably right about that; they are almost certainly targets, and sitting to an interview would make them sitting ducks for the kind of perjury trap that got Michael Flynn in so much trouble. So, likely they refused to be interviewed voluntarily, and they are no longer employed by the government, so IG Horowitz doesn't have any lever to make them agree. A criminal investigation can compel them to either talk, or plead the 5th.

Second, Horowitz recently announced he was basically done with his report and had started going through the classification review. Horowitz is basically handing off to Durham the results of his investigation.

It could be either of those. Likely it's both. Regardless, it's big news; the Deep State is now officially under criminal investigation.

Thu Oct 24 20:37:31 CDT 2019 by TriggerFinger. Comments [Tweet]

Glenn Simpson: Steele dossier went directly to Obama

Another bombshell, and this one pretty clearly implicates Obama in everything that was based on the Steele dossier (or any of its component parts).

Be alert for the attempts to tie the beginning of the effort to Republicans, and keep in mind that desperate the feverish efforts of the FBI, CIA, NSA, and Mueller, all of the Russian collusion was proven to be nonsense in Mueller's own report.

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Thu Oct 17 16:13:24 CDT 2019 by TriggerFinger. Comments [Tweet]

Boom? Does the FBI have possession of two Mifsud cell phones?

Mifsud is, of course, the "mysterious Russian agent" used to set up SpyGate; it's likely he's actually Western intelligence tasked with ... well, setting up SpyGate. He's been in hiding and seems to feel his life is in danger. Since he literally has information that could implicate both Clinton and Obama in the greatest abuse of government power in our national history, he's probably right. Just look at what happened to Epstein.

Now, Sidney Powell (representing Michael Flynn) files a motion stating that the FBI has two cell phones used by Mifsud to set him up. Potentially these could contain recordings of meetings, or potentially other communications.

This is not really a boom, yet; it's more like lighting the fuse. The boom will come if the FBI is forced to actually produce the phones.

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Wed Oct 16 15:21:29 CDT 2019 by TriggerFinger. Comments [Tweet]

Judicial Watch investigates monitoring of journalists

Judicial WatchThe prominent conservative figures — journalists and persons with ties to President Donald Trump — allegedly unlawfully monitored by the State Department in Ukraine at the request of ousted U.S. Ambassador Marie Yovanovitch include:
Jack Posobiec
Donald Trump Jr.
Laura Ingraham
Sean Hannity
Michael McFaul (Obama’s ambassador to Russia)
Dan Bongino
Ryan Saavedra
Rudy Giuliani
Sebastian Gorka
John Solomon
Lou Dobbs
Pamella Geller
Sara Carter

If this list is even halfway accurate, this is huge news. This list is filled with journalists who have been heavily reporting on the SpyGate scandal. If they were monitored, and the monitoring ordered by the ousted Ambassador to Ukraine (who was likely involved in SpyGate itself)... "BOMBSHELL" has been a bit overused but certainly explosive.

UPDATE: More information.

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Mon Oct 14 14:57:37 CDT 2019 by TriggerFinger. Comments [Tweet]

Durham expands SpyGate investigation

Fox NewsJohn Durham, the U.S. attorney reviewing the origins of the 2016 counterintelligence investigation into Russia and the Trump campaign, is probing a wider timeline than previously known, according to multiple senior administration officials.
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However, based on what he has been finding, Durham has expanded his investigation adding agents and resources, the senior administration officials said. The timeline has grown from the beginning of the probe through the election and now has included a post-election timeline through the spring of 2017, up to when Robert Mueller was named special counsel.

Does this mean the operation of the special counsel itself will come under scrutiny? We can hope so. The special counsel's operation was certainly part of the whole "insurance policy".

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Mon Oct 14 06:47:24 CDT 2019 by TriggerFinger. Comments [Tweet]

Was Journalist John Solomon spied on? How many others?

His sources say yes, and based on his journalism about SpyGate, he has very good sources. He's far from the only person to be inappropriately spied on lately, too. According to a new report from the FISA court, the FBI/CIA/NSA did not stop abusing their surveillance capability in 2016. They continued to abuse it through 2017 and 2018, with illegal searches in the tens of thousands.

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Wed Oct 09 23:37:19 CDT 2019 by TriggerFinger. Comments [Tweet]

The shine is statring to wear off of IG Horowitz

"A finding that sounds tough, but in the end, 'no harm, no foul'", and that's from an FBI veteran.

I'm reserving judgment on Horowitz until we see his report on FISA abuse. He's generated referrals before, even if they were not actually acted on. His report on the Clinton email investigation did seem tough, but generated little in terms of consequences. (No, "bias training" for all FBI employees is not "consequences").

Disturbingly, the linked article reports Horowitz did not interview Page, which seems a major oversight. And seeing articles like this appear -- with people expressing doubts -- sounds to me like battlespace preparation for a nothingburger. Not because there's no meat, but because the chef was unwilling to fry it.

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Tue Oct 08 06:47:33 CDT 2019 by TriggerFinger. Comments [Tweet]

Rep Ratcliffe: DOJ IG report on FISA abuse will be released within two weeks

AG Barr has the report, according to Rep Ratcliffe, and it will be released possibly by Friday.

Mon Oct 07 11:08:42 CDT 2019 by TriggerFinger. Comments [Tweet]

Did Obama order Democrats to get dirt on Trump from Ukraine?

Daily WireTrump lawyer and former New York City Mayor Rudy Giuliani suggested on Monday night that there was serious evidence that the Obama White House directed Democrats to work with Ukraine to dig up dirt on then-candidate Donald Trump.
“The reason why the president of the United States had an obligation to ask the president of Ukraine to follow up on these allegations because there is substantial — I don’t want to exaggerate it but pretty close to overwhelming evidence, including a finding by a Ukrainian court that Hillary Clinton and the Democrats cooperated with Ukrainians with the order coming directly from the White House … to dig up dirt on her political opponent, and they did,” Giuliani said.

Asking a foreign government to cooperate with an investigation of credible allegations of corruption with real evidence (even a video recording of an admission!) is legitimate, even if the suspect is running for the nomination to oppose you. You don't get a pass from corruption laws because you run for office -- or rather, you shouldn't, even though it seems to work that way for Democrats. Thatg's what Trump has been doing: asking for cooperation with legitimate investigations.

Giuliani seems to be saying Obama actually ordered Democrats to dig up "dirt" on an opposition candidate.

If true, there's a substantial difference between the two. A legitimate investigation versus a political hit job.

Now, we don't know yet what Giuliani is describing. We'll have to evaluate that when we see the evidence. But we do know what Biden admitted to doing -- conditioning US aid on firing a prosecutor investigating the company his son worked for. That seems corrupt on its face.

Mind you, we know a little about what came out of Ukraine in 2016 about Trump. This was the "black ledger" allegations against Manafort. There is speculation they might be straight up fakes. If that's what Obama ordered and what Ukraine delivered, it's election interference by fraud and abuse of office.

Obama has shown no reluctance to interfere in foreign elections himself, so it wouldn't be surprising to see him soliciting interference to help his party at home.

And of course we now have audio evidence.

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Mon Oct 07 10:54:01 CDT 2019 by TriggerFinger. Comments [Tweet]

Documents prove extensive Steele-State Dept relationship

Judicial WatchJudicial Watch and The Daily Caller News Foundation today released 146 pages of State Department documents revealing that former British spy and dossier author Christopher Steele had an extensive and close working relationship dating back to May of 2014 with high-ranking Obama State Department officials.

The documents obtained by Judicial Watch in a Freedom of Information Act (FOIA) lawsuit show that, from May 2014 to November 2015, Steele filed dozens of reports with his close associate at State, Special Coordinator for Libya Jonathan Winer, who would then pass them to Assistant Secretary of State Victoria Nuland. The reports focused mainly on the Russia-Ukraine crisis and U.S. sanctions on Russia.

The documents show that Steele’s work was also distributed to State Department Coordinator for Sanctions Policy Daniel Fried and Principal Deputy Assistant Secretary Paul Jones, whose focus in the Bureau of European and Eurasian Affairs was on Russia and Ukraine policy.

The documents are Orbis Business Intelligence reports that Steele provided to the State Department. Steele, a former MI6 spy, co-founded Orbis in 2009.

It seems that Steele had a much closer relationship with Obama's state department than was previously known.

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Thu Oct 03 06:47:33 CDT 2019 by TriggerFinger. Comments [Tweet]

SpyGate: The Big Picture

The Hill 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.

So far, the FBI, DOJ, and intel community have proven completely incapable of policing their own. They had to lose an election before any of their malfeasance was revealed, only a few people have been fired, no one has actually been charged. The contrast with the charges filed against Michael Flynn and a years-long special counsel investigation into the President himself on trumped-up charges (pun definitely intended) along with surveillance and entrapment schemes conducted against other innocent Americans for political reasons is very sharp.

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Wed Oct 02 06:47:33 CDT 2019 by TriggerFinger. Comments [Tweet]

The last gasp? Or a sudden strike?

The first intelligence whistleblower plot failed. Now, it's becoming obvious that AG Barr has been talking to foreign leaders about their interference in our 2016 election: Italy, Australia, Great Britain... Mifsud, Downer, Halper. Probably that's what panicked the Deep State into trying such a rushed ploy to begin with. Now, caught without a plan in the tattered remains of their coup attempt, the Deep State throws up another IG to try to create a roadblock. Will the State Dept IG claim that Barr's legitimate investigation into election interference in 2016 is really an attempt to interfere in the 2020 elections? Will there be desperate attempts to spin real investigations into impeachable offenses? No doubt. Only the details are unknown.

The spin is being cranked up to 11.

Most likely, this means big stuff is about to drop.

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Tue Oct 01 23:54:19 CDT 2019 by TriggerFinger. Comments [Tweet]

Another Deep State intel hit job on Trump

A so-called whistleblower claims Trump was speaking with a foreign leader and made some sort of promise the intel guy didn't like, so the intel guy ran to Congress and leaked the information. The Treehouse guys connect breadcrumbs and think the leaker is likely Sue Gordon, and her real motive is likely to get protections under whistleblower laws that would make it harder to fire her. There are also some suggestions that it may be an attempt to protect Biden.

Biden's quid pro quo here, protecting his son from a corruption investigation, was obviously corrupt itself. Undoing it and suggesting Ukraine restart he investigation we demanded them stop under a prior government seems legitimate. But the Democrats will try to spin it as political interference, gambling on no one knowing what Biden and his son were up to.

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Sun Sep 29 06:47:35 CDT 2019 by TriggerFinger. Comments [Tweet]

More evidence for the entrapment angle to SpyGate

It's now generally accepted, if not 100% proven, that the Trump Tower meeting between Trump campaign officials and a mysterious Russian woman was set up by Fusion GPS. Among other evidence, the woman met with Fusion GPS both before and after the meeting. And, of course, Fusion GPS was working with the Hillary campaign and Christopher Steele to convince the FBI to investigate the Trump campaign for Russian collusion that did not exist.

But Judicial Watch appears to have identified another element to the setup operation. They are suing DOJ for documentation about Felix Sater, an informant for the FBI and/or CIA, who was pushing Trump to engage in Russian real estate projects.

Beginning in late 2015, Sater repeatedly tried to arrange for [Trump attorney Michael] Cohen and candidate Trump, as representatives of the Trump Organization, to travel to Russia to meet with Russian government officials and possible financing partners.

Though his proposal appears to have been rejected by the Trump campaign, Sater persisted. “Into the spring of 2016,” the Mueller Report notes, “Sater and Cohen continued to discuss a trip to Moscow.” Sater emails Cohen that he is trying to arrange a meeting between “the 2 big guys,” Putin and Trump.

Sater’s re-emergence “suggests the possibility of a more sinister counter-narrative: that someone may have been trying to lure Trump into a trap—a politically damaging entanglement with Moscow money,” Morrison wrote.

As far as I know, this is new information, and it would be devastating to the FBI's narrative if they were directing Sater to encourage deals with the Russians while they were trying to investigate the Trump campaign for Russian connections. And, yes, the Russian building angle has been used in various Democrat attempts to smear Trump, most particularly with respect to Cohen's congressional testimony.

And, conveniently, Sater was mentioned in the Mueller report several times but not his status as an informant. That's not necessarily surprising (it's reasonable to put a high priority on protecting the names of sources) but when those sources are being used to entrap innocent people and conduct a political coup, the public interest outweighs the secrecy.

I'm not the only one thinking along these lines.

Wed Sep 18 13:24:10 CDT 2019 by TriggerFinger. Comments [Tweet]

Clinton judge dismisses DNC email lawsuit against Trump

Sat Sep 14 08:47:21 CDT 2019 by TriggerFinger. Comments [Tweet]

Who reviewed the classification status of Comey's memos?

Daily CallerIt 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.
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Horowitz tells us at page 42 and 43 that there were four people involved in that review and decisions, but the two of those four who were most experienced in making those determinations were named Peter Strzok and Lisa Page. If you will recall Horowitz, in his previous report, found basically hundreds of pages to document appalling bias against Trump, as well as monstrous love for and desire to see Hillary Clinton elected president.

How is it that these same people keep cropping up, clearing each other in investigations, and generally running rings around the people supposedly trying to investigate them?

It's not like these two weren't already known to be partisan hacks with heavy conflicts of interest before Comey was fired.

Fri Sep 06 07:47:33 CDT 2019 by TriggerFinger. Comments [Tweet]

UK disowned Steele before Trump inauguration, FBI likely knew

The HillMultiple witnesses have told Congress that, a week before Trump’s inauguration in January 2017, Britain’s top national security official sent a private communique to the incoming administration, addressing his country’s participation in the counterintelligence probe into the now-debunked Trump-Russia election collusion.

Most significantly, then-British national security adviser Sir Mark Lyall Grant claimed in the memo, hand-delivered to incoming U.S. national security adviser Mike Flynn’s team, that the British government lacked confidence in the credibility of former MI6 spy Christopher Steele’s Russia collusion evidence, according to congressional investigators who interviewed witnesses familiar with the memo.

Before Trump's inauguration also means before Mueller's investigation and before at least one and possibly two of the FISA renewals. There are people who claim Mueller's team interview them about it, meaning Mueller provably knew about it. And yet it's not in his report, and his investigation continued.

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Mon Sep 02 08:47:33 CDT 2019 by TriggerFinger. Comments [Tweet]

FBI tried to verify Steele dossier -- 90% false

We've heard brief mentions of the FBI's "verification log", essentially a spreadsheet laying out the claims that Steele made and what had been found when those claims were looked into. But now, John Solomon is reporting on the details of that spreadsheet, and it's messy. It also proves exactly how much the FBI knew about Steele's credibility when they applied for the warrants.

Sat Aug 24 07:47:33 CDT 2019 by TriggerFinger. Comments [Tweet]

Bruce Ohr 302s released

Bruce Ohr acted as a go-between for the FBI and their "fired" ex-informant Steele. The firing was a sham, part of the coverup process. The FBI continued to use Steele as a source, through Ohr, until two days prior to the Mueller special counsel appointment (!!!!!). Given that I would be very surprised if Mueller's team did not have continuing contact with Steele by some mechanism as well.

Sun Aug 18 07:47:33 CDT 2019 by TriggerFinger. Comments [Tweet]

Giuliani: Deliberate efforts to cover up wrongdoing

Meaning in History thinks Giuliani is pointing at Wray as the coverup artist. I'm not so sure that's what Giuliani is saying here, necessarily, but I do think Wray is neck-deep in covering up elements of SpyGate. What I think has been happening is that people in Europe (Ukraine, Italy at least, maybe in the UK) have been trying to reach the FBI to tell their side of the story, and the FBI has been ignoring those requests. That could be Wray, it could be underlings. As far as I can tell, it took these people (Mifsud in Italy, some elements of the Ukraine government) going to the media and getting media attention before they got officially noticed.

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Sun Aug 18 06:47:34 CDT 2019 by TriggerFinger. Comments [Tweet]

Has Lisa Page been cooperating?

Hannity thinks so. I think so, and I have for a long time, on a low-key way. Why? Some of the messages between Page and Strzok read, to me, like Page was very much not happy with Strzok towards the end. It sounded like a woman scorned and the end of an affair. (and, you know, having your "I had an affair with my coworker while plotting a coup" text messages published nationally seems likely to end an affair by itself). Not to mention she is still married (NOT to Strzok, but her original husband) which is not compatible with staying loyal to Strzok. And if that's the mindset she is in, cooperating is the logical course. Plus, trying to stay out of jail is a big incentive too.

So, yeah, it wouldn't surprise me a bit if Lisa is cooperating. But this is the first time we're seeing people talk about it...

Fri Aug 16 06:47:22 CDT 2019 by TriggerFinger. Comments [Tweet]

BOMBSHELL: Mifsud prepared to testify to setup operation

The HillMueller’s team alleges that Mifsud is the person who fed a story in spring 2016 to Trump campaign adviser George Papadopoulos about Moscow possessing purloined emails from former Secretary of State Hillary Clinton. It was the earliest known contact in the now-debunked collusion narrative and the seminal event that the FBI says prompted it on July 31, 2016, to open its probe into the Trump campaign.
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Mifsud was a “longtime cooperator of western intel” who was asked specifically by his contacts at Link University in Rome and the London Center of International Law Practice (LCILP) — two academic groups with ties to Western diplomacy and intelligence — to meet with Papadopoulos at a dinner in Rome in mid-March 2016, Roh told me.
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A few days after the March dinner, Roh added, Mifsud received instructions from Link superiors to “put Papadopoulos in contact with Russians,” including a think tank figure named Ivan Timofeev and a woman he was instructed to identify to Papadopoulos as Vladimir Putin’s niece.

Mifsud knew the woman was not the Russian president’s niece but, rather, a student who was involved with both the Link and LCILP campuses, and the professor believed there was an effort underway to determine whether Papadopoulos was an “agent provocateur” seeking foreign contacts, Roh said.

So here's the deal. Mifsud -- a man with extensive ties to Western intelligence agencies and politicians with documented photographic evidence -- says he was tasked with meeting Papadopoulos and feeling him information on Russian dirt about Hillary. Mifsud then says he was tasked with introducing Papadopoulos to Russians. Again, tasked. Later, Papadopoulos talks with Downer and mentions Russian dirt on Hillary. (No emails mentioned either time -- all three parties agree on this).

It seems certain now that this whole operation was a setup designed to give the FBI a deniable reason to get an investigation opened into the Trump campaign. And the deception continued past the election, past the inauguration, all the way into the Mueller report, which describes Mifsud as a Russian agent.

So who tasked Mifsud with setting up Papadopoulos? Let's follow that up the chain.

Thu Aug 15 20:57:03 CDT 2019 by TriggerFinger. Comments [Tweet]

A SpyGate speculative epiphany

Daily CallerFormer South Carolina Rep. Trey Gowdy urged the release of FBI transcripts Sunday that he indicated were taken from conversations a bureau informant had during the 2016 presidential campaign with former Trump adviser George Papadopoulos.

Gowdy, the former chairman of the House Oversight Committee, also said there are likely to be additional transcripts of FBI informant contacts with Trump aides.

“The one you referenced is a single transcript. There are going to be others,” Gowdy said in an interview with Fox News host Maria Bartiromo.

So I think I just made an important implied connection here. Let me walk you through it.

Gowdy is urging the release of transcripts of Papadopoulos' meetings with Halper and some sort of agent whose nom-de-plume was "Azra Turk". But why does he have to urge the release of those transcripts? Why can't Barr, to whom Trump just delegated declassification authority, just release them?

Answer: there's a process, and even after Trump or Barr starts the ball rolling, the "owning agency" controls release to some extent. If it was the FBI's agent and the FBI's transcript, the FBI would control release. But the FBI's director (Wray, a Deep State ally) can be overridden by Barr as DOJ. So why are the transcripts still being held up?

They are not being held up by Wray -- they are were being held up by DNI Coates, who Trump just fired. This is probably why Coates got fired. And it's probably why the Deep State is pushing Sue Gordon or someone else who will protect them in the role. They want these transcripts (and other declass issues, too) in safe hands. Safe for them.

But... if Wray doesn't control the transcripts related to Papadopoulos and Halper and the mysterious Azra Turk, and if it's Coates who was controlling them, then which agency was controlling Halper and Azra Turk?

Hint: It wasn't the FBI.

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Thu Aug 15 06:47:22 CDT 2019 by TriggerFinger. Comments [Tweet]

Does the FBI believe it's own bullshit?

Mark Wauck asks the question. I think the answer is no. The idea that the FBI honestly believed they were spying on Trump because he was a Russian agent is absurd. Remember, as just a few counterpoints among many, that Kavalec debunked at least three elements of Steele's claims before the FISA was applied for the first time: there is no Russian consulate in Miami, Michael Cohen has never been to Prague, there is no secret communications channel between Alfa Bank and Trump Tower; and the FISA application did not pass on any of this derogatory information about Steele and his story to the court. They were told directly it was BS and went ahead with it, swearing under penalty of perjury that the information was "verified" when it was not.

The idea that the FBI was fooled by Steele (and the story will eventually evolve into "and fooled by the intel agencies") is their version of an "Aw, shucks... but I meant well" cover story. It's a defensive posture that, if believed, paints them as good-faith actors who just got duped. And that gets them off scott-free of criminal charges.

Don't believe it for a second.

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Sun Aug 11 06:47:23 CDT 2019 by TriggerFinger. Comments [Tweet]

McCabe, Strzok sue ... alleging politically motivated firing

It's hard to believe these lawsuits (Strzok, McCabe) will have any merit after what the IG report has said about them and their behavior. McCabe already features prominently in one report that described him as "lacking candor" (ie, lying) to the IG, and both he and Strzok were major players in the Hillary email investigation (yes, another IG report on that topic) plus the currently unreleased report in progress on FISA abuse. These two should feel lucky they aren't in jail; instead they are suing...

But they have a reason, and I think I know what it is. If there are indictments coming down for them, as part of the IG's report, they'll need money for lawyers. Probably they have already found lawyers and have been prepping for this. Suing for unlawful termination is a useful move to prepare the battlefield in the media and invite a future jury to view any prosecutions through a political lens.

More importantly, with the lawsuits comes the ability to open up a gofundme account for "legal expenses" that will probably flow to the same lawyers preparing to defend them from criminal charges. And it's a lot easier to get people to donate to your lawsuit over "unlawful termination" than over your defense against criminal charges of lying, leaking, and spying.

It may also be useful as a shield against media inquiries when the IG report is released (as in "I can't comment on pending litigation").

Fri Aug 09 04:50:18 CDT 2019 by TriggerFinger. Comments [Tweet]

Sue Gordon out, and why

Sue Gordon is out of her position after an Oval Office meeting with Trump. She was Dan Coates deputy who will also be resigning. She was also the choice of many in the intelligence community and Congress to take over the role from Coates after he resigned... notably, though, she was the favorite of Trump's known enemies and weak friends.

So what's really going on?

We have active criminal investigations into the intelligence community's actions to spy on Trump. We have an IG report that is going through the review process before being released. We have a series of leaks in the media trying to frame the events of SpyGate. We have various other efforts to frame the narrative, including Strzok and McCabe suing for unlawful termination. There is, in short, a whole lot of activity by the Russia Hoax conspiracy.

They are the people who get to review and comment on the IG report before it is finalized and released. Dan Coates was the intelligence community member who would be required to authorize declassification of the contents of the report or its supporting documents. When he is removed, Sue Gordon takes that role until a replacement is confirmed.

So what's happening is this:
1) The IG report and related declassification requests go out
2) Coates refuses to declassify enough to satisfy Trump and/or Barr
3) Trump fires Coates and nominates a supporter from Congess
4) Under massive fire from the intel community, the nomination is withdrawn. The intel community practically demands Sue Gordon as the replacement. Given her posting as chief of station for CIA in London during the events in question, Sue is likely involved up to her neck in SpyGate and could be trusted to protect herself and other members of the conspiracy.
5) Trump calls Sue Gordon to a meeting and asks her to declassify. She refuses.
6) Trump fires Gordon based on her refusal.

What happens next? Trump finds out who is next in line after Gordon and asks them the same question until someone says yes. And then the IG report comes out.

UPDATE: Joseph Maguire is next in line.

UPDATE: No Oval Office meeting.

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Fri Aug 09 04:25:53 CDT 2019 by TriggerFinger. Comments [Tweet]

Looks like we're going to get declassification starting ... tomorrow?

... according to Joe DiGenova. The catalyst was removing DNI Coats, an Obama holdover. DiGenova also indicated in very strong terms that this is a criminal investigation of an attempted coup, not just an internal review.

UPDATE: Comments by Whitaker suggest Comey and his memos are also under criminal investigation.

UPDATE: Not yet. But lots of talk about how things take time. What changed between then and now?

UPDATE: Will we get to see Bruce Ohr 302s?

Tue Jul 30 02:09:46 CDT 2019 by TriggerFinger. Comments [Tweet]

Graham to call Papadopoulos to testify

The way these things usually work, when Graham calls Papadopoulos to testify to the Senate about SpyGate, IG Horowitz and prosecutor Durham will ahve already interviewed Papadopoulos and gotten everything they think they need.

What they need is presumably information on Mifsud, and there are rumors Mifsud has suddenly come out of hiding and is willing to be interviewed (perhaps already has been). Reports are also that as the release of the Horowitz FISA report approaches, people are coming to him to be re-interviewed to make sure they tell him all the things they suddenly remembered...

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Mon Jul 29 06:47:23 CDT 2019 by TriggerFinger. Comments [Tweet]

This is about as shady as it gets

A former Assistant Director of the FBI's Criminal Investigative Division describes the nature of the SpyGate scandal. People need to go to jail for this. And remember, as we talk about wrongdoing by Comey and the FBI, by figures in the DOJ and the State Department, by figures in the intelligence community who still remain somewhat enshadowed... in the end, it will all come to back a single text from Lisa Page: "potus wants to know everything we're doing."

Obama knew. Obama approved.

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Sat Jul 27 06:08:48 CDT 2019 by TriggerFinger. Comments [Tweet]

Weissman was desperately looking for dirt on Trump

So desperately, even early in the Mueller investigation, that he was offering plea deals with complete immunity to defendants in cases he had no authority over, and telling them what he wanted them to say. Apparently no one was willing to lie.

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Wed Jul 24 06:47:23 CDT 2019 by TriggerFinger. Comments [Tweet]

Biden threatens to use opposition research on opponents

Washington Examiner"I mean, I get all this information about other people’s pasts, and what they’ve done and not done. And you know, I’m just not going to go there. If we keep doing that -- I mean, we should be debating what we do from here," Biden told CNN in a Friday interview, referring to the crowded field of two dozen White House hopefuls.

The real question isn't whether Biden uses opposition research. The real question, given that he spent 8 years as Obama's vice president while Obama abused the FBA, CIA, and NSA as political tools, is: where did Biden get this opposition research?

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Fri Jul 12 06:47:19 CDT 2019 by TriggerFinger. Comments [Tweet]

FBI use of "black ledger" against Manafort suspect

John Solomon at The HillWhen the final chapter of the Russia collusion caper is written, it is likely two seminal documents the FBI used to justify investigating Donald Trump’s 2016 campaign will turn out to be bunk.

Well, we know the Steele dossier is bunk... wait, two documents?

John Solomon at The HillThe second document, known as the “black cash ledger,” remarkably has escaped the same scrutiny, even though its emergence in Ukraine in the summer of 2016 forced Paul Manafort to resign as Trump's campaign chairman and eventually face U.S. indictment.

In search warrant affidavits, the FBI portrayed the ledger as one reason it resurrected a criminal case against Manafort that was dropped in 2014 and needed search warrants in 2017 for bank records to prove he worked for the Russian-backed Party of Regions in Ukraine.

There’s just one problem: The FBI’s public reliance on the ledger came months after the feds were warned repeatedly that the document couldn’t be trusted and likely was a fake, according to documents and more than a dozen interviews with knowledgeable sources.

Once again, the FBI relied upon a document they knew was fake to open an investigation, obtain search warrants, conduct armed SWAT-style raids, and generally abuse their authority to violate civil rights under color of law.

And, in addition, it appears the FBI leaked information to reporters and then cited their stories in court.

John Solomon at The HillLiberal law professor Alan Dershowitz said FBI affidavits almost never cite news articles as evidence. “They are supposed to cite the primary evidence and not secondary evidence,” he said.

“It sounds to me like a fraud on the court, possibly a willful and deliberate fraud that should have consequences for both the court and the attorneys’ bar,” he added.

Meadows is asking the Justice Department IG to investigate. Good. But the courts need to get involved too, lest the requirement to testify truthfully become a dead letter.

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Mon Jun 24 06:47:22 CDT 2019 by TriggerFinger. Comments [Tweet]

Additional secret Mueller scope memos?

It certainly appears that Rosenstein was giving Mueller free reign to dig up pretty much anything Mueller wanted to dig up. Many of the elements of the additional scope memo(s?) remain redacted, but at least one concerned Manafort colluding with Russian officials to influence the 2016 election. Notably, Manafort was never even charged with that. And that was just in the expanded scope memo we knew about; it now appears a third secret scope memo exists, dated October 20th, 2017.

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Sun Jun 23 06:47:22 CDT 2019 by TriggerFinger. Comments [Tweet]

Bruce Ohr got bonuses even after demotion

Sara CarterDepartment of Justice official Bruce Ohr —who was a backchannel for the former British spy who compiled the anti-President Donald Trump dossier — received a total of $42,520 in performance bonuses from the Justice Department. He received those bonuses after being demoted for a conflict of interest and for not informing his superiors that his wife, Nellie Ohr, was working for the embattled research firm Fusion GPS, which hired former British spy Christoper Steele to compile the now debunked dossier.

According to documents unearthed by the government watchdog group Judicial Watch, after Ohr’s removal from his position as Associate Attorney General in 2017 and then later after his transfer from the Organized Crime Drug Enforcement Task Force to International Affairs in 2018, he “received a total of $42,520 in performance bonuses during the Trump/Russia investigation. Ohr’s bonus nearly doubled from $14,520 (received in November 2015) to $28,000 in November 2016.”

Tom Fitton, president of Judicial Watch stressed that the documents “raise questions as to whether the conflicted Bruce Ohr, who the FBI used to launder information from Christopher Steele was rewarded for his role in the illicit targeting of President Trump.”

More likely, rewarded in an addition to keep him quiet about his role in the illicit targeting of President Trump.

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Sun Jun 16 06:47:22 CDT 2019 by TriggerFinger. Comments [Tweet]

The SpyGate task force

Remember all those separate individuals at the FBI, CIA, and State Department who keep insisting they were all hearing about Trump and Russia from Steele independently?

Turns out there was a task force. Under direct Presidential supervision.

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Fri Jun 14 06:43:46 CDT 2019 by TriggerFinger. Comments [Tweet]

More evidence of deception in the Mueller report

Mueller alleges Russian intel ties in a Manafort contact... but the Russian in question is actually a source for the State Department. Sure, still a Russian. But a helpful Russian, apparently. And as an established agent, if Manafort or Trump were actually colluding with Russians, he would probably have mentioned it. And it's certainly foul play to smear Trump by association with a Russian who happens to be one of our informants. Not to mention smearing Trump for receiving a peace plan that Obama also received, but only mentioning the delivery to Trump.

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Tue Jun 11 06:47:21 CDT 2019 by TriggerFinger. Comments [Tweet]

Steele agrees to be questioned by US officials ... right after Trump meets with Queen

If he is honest this could be a major break in the case. But what are the odds he will be honest?

UPDATE: The scope will be limited to his contacts with US intelligence. That means he won't be able to talk about anything he did purely for Fusion GPS or Hillary. It may still provide valuable information, as current US intelligence agencies are run by people who were likely involved. In fact, if Steele talks about operations in London, he might well implicate current CIA Director Gina Haskell.

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Tue Jun 04 10:33:05 CDT 2019 by TriggerFinger. Comments [Tweet]

What was it that made Mueller perfect for the special counsel coverup?

Aside from his own personal connections to everyone already involved, and his own likely corruption (see the Whitey Bulger case), Mueller also happened to be FBI direct from 2001 to 2013. During that time, the FBI and CIA likely entered into a memorandum of understanding allowing CIA to use FBI contractor access to spy on domestic targets. It was that access that, when Admiral Mike Rogers shut it down, likely prompted the Steele dossier and special counsel investigation of Trump as an "insurance policy" to make sure Trump could be read out of the programs and hopefully removed.

And that arrangement, starting sometime in 2012, is at just about the right time to have influenced the 2012 election... which would be especially urgent as Obama's IRS spying operating on the Tea Party was focused on that same election, and Mueller was working with Lerner to target the Tea Party.

So, in other words...

Mueller worked with the IRS to target the Tea Party (political spying, not just delaying applications), and was then asked to investigate the Tea Party scandal and found no wrongdoing. Then Mueller set up an arrangement with the CIA around the time the Tea Party scandal started to become a problem; the arrangement started in 2012 and lasted until 2016 and allowed the CIA to use FBI access authority for domestic spying (likely with political motives). When THAT got shut down, Mueller -- who had left the FBI -- was brought back in as special counsel to "investigate" (ie, cover up) what he himself had set up.

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Fri May 31 06:47:18 CDT 2019 by TriggerFinger. Comments [Tweet]

Anti-Trump FISA application followed unusual approval path

Washington ExaminerIn front of a joint session of the House Judiciary and Oversight committees on Aug. 31, 2018, former FBI Deputy General Counsel Trisha Anderson said she was normally responsible for signing off on Foreign Intelligence Surveillance Act applications before they reached the desk of her superiors for approval. Anderson said the “linear path” those applications typically take was upended in October 2016, with FBI Deputy Director Andrew McCabe and Deputy Attorney General Sally Yates signing off on the application before she did. Because of that unusual high-level involvement, she didn’t see the need to “second guess” the FISA application.

So what is the takeaway here? Well, first, the FISA application clearly followed an unusual, top-down, very much not "by the book", dare I say political process. By the time it reached Trisha Anderson's desk, who would normally see it first, it had already been approved "informally" by McCabe and Sally Yates had already signed it.

McCabe is infamous for his pro-Hillary involvement in the Hillary email investigation, and for this anti-Trump involvement in the Trump investigation, and also for the $500,000+ in campaign donations his wife received from Hillary-linked donors while all this was going on.

Yates is infamous for getting herself fired over a relatively trivial policy position during the early Trump administration. It suffices to establish her anti-Trump bias.

Anderson clearly admits she didn't do her job to review the FISA because her superiors had already signed off on it.

Second point. Remember Susan Rice's last minute email to herself saying Obama said to do it all "by the book"? This is the last firewall before this scandal reaches Obama. "He said to do it all by the book!" This is clearly not by the book.

Third... whether we believe her that she didn't look at the application or not, she signed off on it. That makes her complicit. It's not the informal approvals that matter. It's her signature.

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Thu May 30 06:47:18 CDT 2019 by TriggerFinger. Comments [Tweet]

Lynch throws Comey's FBI under the bus

She tracks the start of the investigations into Trump to spring of 2016 rather than the summer of 2016 when Papadopoulos spoke with Downer. She says it started with Page instead.

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Wed May 29 06:47:18 CDT 2019 by TriggerFinger. Comments [Tweet]

"Russian Spy" sues Halper, media orgs for calling her a spy

Daily CallerA Russian-British academic is suing FBI informant Stefan Halper for defamation over what she claims is a conspiracy to smear her and former national security adviser Michael Flynn through the media, according to a lawsuit filed Thursday.

The academic, Svetlana Lokhova, is also suing several news organizations she accuses of publishing false information provided by Halper, a former Cambridge professor.

Important side point: Halper was the one who invited her and seated her next to Flynn. Halper was also the one who reported Flynn's interactions with her as suspicious. That smells like a setup to me.

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Sat May 25 06:47:20 CDT 2019 by TriggerFinger. Comments [Tweet]

SpyGate testimony

Wed May 22 08:47:19 CDT 2019 by TriggerFinger. Comments [Tweet]

Italian government requests resignations of intelligence officials

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Fri May 17 07:47:20 CDT 2019 by TriggerFinger. Comments [Tweet]

Strzok on the Spygate hot seat

The Kavalec email describing flaws in Steele's dossier went directly to Strzok well before the FISA warrant application was submitted. That means Strzok knew Steele's story had massive holes -- the most obvious being the routing of payments through a nonexistent Russian consulate in Miami.

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Fri May 17 06:47:20 CDT 2019 by TriggerFinger. Comments [Tweet]

Weissman knew about Papadopoulos entrapment scheme

The Conservative TreehouseRecently release FOIA documents into the special counsel team of Robert Mueller reveal the remarkable trail of a 2017 entrapment scheme conducted by Prosecutor Andrew Weissmann to target George Papadopoulos.

Before digging into the details it is important to note this is a DOJ/FBI entrapment operation being conducted in 2017 by the special counsel; this is not prior to the 2016 election. The detail surrounds a series of events previously discussed {Go Deep} where George Papadopoulos was approached by a known CIA operative named Charles Tawil.

The entrapment operation against Papadopoulos has been known for some time now. It was obvious from the first accounts we heard from Papadopoulos that it was an entrapment operation. However, this is the first evidence we have seen that Mueller's team was the one definitively behind it and knew what was going on in advance. This is more than just a tip that Papadopoulos was flying into the US with an undeclared $10,000 cash from some guy in Israel who tried to recruit him -- it's evidence Weissman was preparing the groundwork before the events.

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Wed May 15 07:47:20 CDT 2019 by TriggerFinger. Comments [Tweet]

AG Barr appoints US Atty Durham to review SpyGate

Attorney General William P. Barr has assigned the top federal prosecutor in Connecticut to examine the origins of the Russia investigation, according to two people familiar with the matter, a move that President Trump has long called for but that could anger law enforcement officials who insist that scrutiny of the Trump campaign was lawful.

John H. Durham, the United States attorney in Connecticut, has a history of serving as a special prosecutor investigating potential wrongdoing among national security officials, including the F.B.I.’s ties to a crime boss in Boston and accusations of C.I.A. abuses of detainees.

Durham's history of prosecuting national security abuses seems promising. And that bit about FBI ties to a crime boss in Boston? Mueller kept 4 innocent people in jail to protect an FBI informant.

Alan Dershowitz on NewsMax"He's the guy who kept four innocent people in prison for many years in order to protect the cover of Whitey Bulger as an FBI informer. Those of us in Boston don't have such a high regard for Mueller because we remember this story. The government had to pay out tens of millions of dollars because Whitey Bulger, a notorious mass murderer, became a government informer against the mafia . . .

"And that's regarded in Boston of one of the great scandals of modern judicial history. And Mueller was right at the center of it. So, he is not without criticism by people who know him in Boston."

So Mueller in particular may have reason to be especially worried.

Unanswered question: What happened to Huber? He was appointed under AG Sessions to look into basically the same thing.

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Tue May 14 18:58:56 CDT 2019 by TriggerFinger. Comments [Tweet]

IG Horowitz: final three FISAs obtained illegally, first one still in doubt

... and not in much doubt following the Kavalec email, where the State Dept calls out Steele as a political hack doing opposition research and smear operations, points out that anyone at the State Dept engaging with him is in violation of the Hatch Act (prohibiting campaign activities by government officials with government resources), and notifying the FBI of those concerns before the first FISA was issued.

Note that the report from IG Horowitz has not yet been released; this is a characterization of its current conclusions from DiGenova.

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Sat May 11 08:47:31 CDT 2019 by TriggerFinger. Comments [Tweet]

Consequences and cutouts

Sara CarterFormer FBI Director James Comey admitted at a CNN town hall that the text messages between former FBI Agent Peter Strzok and former bureau attorney Lisa Page made the entire agency look bad. It damaged the institution and it tarnished the Russia investigation.

“I think, given the standards that we have,” said Comey, “there should have been, and was, severe discipline around their behavior.”

“Everyone has opinions,” said Comey. “You can’t bring them to work and have them affect your work, there have to be severe consequences.”

Funny how Comey never applied those consequences when he was in a position to do so. It's only now, when AG Barr looks to be seriously investigating the whole of SpyGate, that Comey starts trying to feel Strzok and Page to the lion hoping he will be eaten last. Comey is hoping that Strzok and Page will act as cutouts -- a term of art in espionage whereby the cutout is caught and exposed as a spy, but doesn't or can't reveal anyone else involved in their operations. Especially not anyone higher up the chain.

But the evidence suggests Comey is not the only one feeding people to the lion. Comey himself is being fed to the lion. His FBI investigation itself -- the FISA warrant, the obstruction of justice, the special counsel, all of it -- is merely smoke and mirrors to cover the spying performed by the Obama administration on political opponents by the CIA and NSA. Not just on Trump and his campaign, either.

This stuff goes all the way back to 2012, which, as you will recall, is roughly when the Tea Party IRS scandal was exposed, which also involved... spying on political opponents.

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Sat May 11 07:47:31 CDT 2019 by TriggerFinger. Comments [Tweet]

Did Mueller pay Fusion GPS as part of his investigation?

Real Clear InvestigationsSpecial Counsel Robert Mueller spent more than $732,000 on outside contractors, including private investigators and researchers, records show, but his office refuses to say who they were. While it’s not unusual for special government offices to outsource for services such as computer support, Mueller also hired contractors to compile “investigative reports” and other “information."

The arrangement has led congressional investigators, government watchdog groups and others to speculate that the private investigators and researchers who worked for the special counsel’s office might have included Christopher Steele and Fusion GPS, the private research firm that hired Steele to produce the Russia collusion dossier for the Clinton campaign.

That's a hell of a lot of money for an "unverified, salacious" dossier. Read the whole thing, and then more analysis at Conservative Treehouse.

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Fri May 10 06:47:31 CDT 2019 by TriggerFinger. Comments [Tweet]

Steele admitted to FBI his work was political -- just 10 days before FISA application

The HillIf ever there were an admission that taints the FBI’s secret warrant to surveil Donald Trump’s campaign, it sat buried for more than 2 1/2 years in the files of a high-ranking State Department official.

Deputy Assistant Secretary of State Kathleen Kavalec’s written account of her Oct. 11, 2016, meeting with FBI informant Christopher Steele shows the Hillary Clinton campaign-funded British intelligence operative admitted that his research was political and facing an Election Day deadline.

And that confession occurred 10 days before the FBI used Steele’s now-discredited dossier to justify securing a Foreign Intelligence Surveillance Act (FISA) warrant to surveil former Trump campaign adviser Carter Page and the campaign’s ties to Russia.

That elements within the FBI are still covering this up by redaction indicates the FBI is still a compromised institution.

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Wed May 08 07:47:31 CDT 2019 by TriggerFinger. Comments [Tweet]

So, about the idea that the CIA wasn't spying on Trump...

Daily CallerPeter Strzok suspected CIA employees were behind inaccurate leaks to the press regarding possible Trump campaign contacts with Russia, according to an email the former FBI counterintelligence official sent to colleagues in April 2017.

“I’m beginning to think the agency got info a lot earlier than we thought and hasn’t shared it completely with us. Might explain all these weird/seemingly incorrect leads all these media folks have. Would also highlight agency as source of some of the leaks,” Strzok wrote in an email to FBI colleagues on April 13, 2017.

Strzok sure seems to have thought they were in it up to their necks.

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Wed May 08 06:47:31 CDT 2019 by TriggerFinger. Comments [Tweet]

McCarthy catches on to the coverup

National ReviewDowner’s report enabled the Obama administration to cover an investigative theory it was already pursuing with a report from a friendly foreign government, as if that report had triggered the Trump-Russia investigation. In order to pull that off, however, it was necessary to distort what Papadopoulos had told Downer.

To repeat, Papadopoulos never told Downer anything about emails. Moreover, the Mueller report provides no basis for Papadopoulos to have known that Russia was planning the anonymous release of information damaging to Clinton in order to help Trump; nor does the Mueller report allege that Papadopoulos actually told Downer such a thing.
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The State Department’s report to the FBI claiming that Papadopoulos had “suggested” these things to Downer was manufactured to portray a false connection between (a) what Papadopoulos told Downer and (b) the hacking and publication of the DNC emails. That false connection then became the rationale for formally opening the FBI’s Trump-Russia investigation — paper cover for an investigation of the Trump campaign that was already under way.

... that was already underway with no legitimate lawful predicate. In other words, spying, without even the legal figleaf of a warrant.

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Tue May 07 06:47:31 CDT 2019 by TriggerFinger. Comments [Tweet]

All 8 Russia-Trump contacts in Mueller report were entrapment schemes

Gateway PunditOne simple fact emerges–of the eight cases or incidents of alleged Trump Campaign interaction with the Russians investigated by the Mueller team, the proposals to interact with the Russian Government or Putin originated with FBI informants, MI-6 assets or people paid by Fusion GPS, not Trump or his people. There is not a single instance where Donald Trump or any member of his campaign team initiated contact with the Russians for the purpose of gaining derogatory information on Hillary or obtaining support to boost the Trump campaign. Not one.

Simply put, Trump and his campaign were the target of an elaborate, wide ranging covert action designed to entrap him and members of his team as an agent of Russia.

Read the whole thing.

Mon May 06 08:47:31 CDT 2019 by TriggerFinger. Comments [Tweet]

Did Strzok and Page use Trump campaign briefings to spy?

Fox NewsText messages between former FBI officials Peter Strzok and Lisa Page indicate they discussed using briefings to the Trump team after the 2016 election to identify people they could "develop for potential relationships," track lines of questioning and "assess" changes in "demeanor" – language one GOP lawmaker called “more evidence” of irregular conduct in the original Russia probe.

Just another abuse in a long chain of abuses at this point.

And yes, it seems likely they had a source inside the campaign.

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Mon May 06 07:47:31 CDT 2019 by TriggerFinger. Comments [Tweet]

Lynch "appeared to have amnesia" on Spygate

Sara CarterFormer Attorney General Loretta Lynch told Congressional lawmakers in closed door testimony that despite the DOJ having approved the FBI warrant and renewals to spy on Carter Page, she did not recall the applications, did not remember the details contained in the applications or the circumstances surrounding conversations about the warrant, according to testimony reviewed by SaraACarter.com.

Lynch “appeared to have amnesia” during her testimony that she delivered in December before the House Judiciary and Oversight committees, said one congressional official, who had knowledge of the hearing. The official said Lynch’s closed-door testimony on Page, a former Trump campaign volunteer, left lawmakers with more questions than answers.

If she's claiming memory loss that blatantly, she was involved up to her neck -- we just don't know exactly how yet.

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Sun May 05 08:47:31 CDT 2019 by TriggerFinger. Comments [Tweet]

Listening device discovered at White House

Yeah, Rosenstein, about your "sarcastic" proposal to wiretap the President?

I get the feeling your usefulness is at an end.

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Thu May 02 21:30:38 CDT 2019 by TriggerFinger. Comments [Tweet]

Ben Rhodes lies through his teeth about SpyGate

Sara CarterFormer deputy national security advisor to President Obama, Ben Rhodes said that Attorney General William Barr and the Department of Justice “will find nothing” on the Obama White House, according to PJ Media. Moreover, Rhodes said there is no evidence that the Obama White House was involved in the Trump campaign and Russian collusion investigation.

“No, no, I cannot be clear enough about this. We didn’t even know there was an FBI investigation of Trump. I didn’t. President Obama didn’t, like, we actually abided by the firewalls between – if there were any investigations that took place, those decisions were made in the Justice Department, in the FBI, not in the White House,” Rhodes said Thursday following a talk at Georgetown University about his book The World as It Is: A Memoir of the Obama White House.

On the dossier, Rhodes grew increasingly defensive saying,”We had nothing to do with this dossier. ”

Rhodes continued, “I’m not an investigator. I haven’t even read this whole dossier. You guys are focused on this. Have fun, have your witch-hunt. We did not initiate this.”

We have text messages from the Page/Strzok pair saying that the White House was running the investigation, or at least thinks they were. We have meetings between DOJ, FBI, and White House representatives. We have Rice's last minute "by the book" email proving that Obama knew at some point before the transition happened.

And we have allegations that the spying goes all the way back to 2012. Let me remind you that's about the same time the IRS spying stopped because they got caught.

When you start taking flak, you know you're over the target.

What did you know and when did you know it, Ben?

You know, if you have nothing to hide, you won't mind if Barr and Horowitz subpoena all of your emails and phone calls and meeting notes and go through them with a fine toothed comb, right? After all, the Special Counsel issued more than 2,800 subpoenas, executed nearly 500 search warrants, obtained more than 230 orders for communication records, issued almost 50 orders authorizing use of pen registers, made 13 requests to foreign governments for evidence, and interviewed approximately 500 witnesses.

The investigation into SpyGate should be at least as vigorous.

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Mon Apr 29 11:47:31 CDT 2019 by TriggerFinger. Comments [Tweet]

James Baker SpyGate testimony released

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Sat Apr 27 08:58:38 CDT 2019 by TriggerFinger. Comments [Tweet]

Investigation into SpyGate heating up under AG Barr

The HillThough it didn’t happen on his watch, Barr told Congress he will investigate how the FBI came to conduct a counterintelligence investigation against Donald Trump, then the Republican nominee for president, starting in the summer of 2016.

But Barr made clear Tuesday that his review is distinct and more far-ranging than IG Horowitz’s investigation. It goes back to the moment when a probe code-named Crossfire Hurricane was opened on July 31, 2016, by Trump-hating FBI counterintelligence agent Peter Strzok.

“The Office of the Inspector General has a pending investigation of the FISA process in the Russia investigation. I expect that will be complete in probably May or June, I am told,” Barr explained, giving the first concrete timetable for the IG probe to wrap up. “So hopefully we'll have some answers from Inspector General Horowitz on the issue of the FISA warrants.”

Then Barr volunteered his bigger news: “More generally, I am reviewing the conduct of the investigation and trying to get my arms around all the aspects of the counterintelligence investigation that was conducted during the summer of 2016.”

Indictments, prosecutions, convictions, prison terms.

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Sat Apr 27 07:58:38 CDT 2019 by TriggerFinger. Comments [Tweet]

SpyGate goes all the way back to 2012

Biz Pac Review“It has been evident from day one that there was a brazen plot to exonerate Hillary Clinton illegally, and then if she lost the election, to frame Donald Trump. This dossier was a knowing part of that. It was created by Hillary Clinton. It was created knowingly by John Brennan as part of a scheme to do everything they could to harm Donald Trump,” diGenova said Wednesday.

“The problem for Brennan and Clapper and Comey and Baker and all of them now is that the FISA court has already communicated with the Justice Department about its findings, and their findings are that for more than four years before the election of Donald Trump, there was an illegal spying operation going on by FBI contractors, four of them, to steal personal information, electronic information about Americans, and to use it against the Republican Party.”

Gosh. A political spying operation going on for more than four years before Donald Trump was elected, targeting Republicans? That would cover... Barack Obama's re-election campaign in 2012 against Mitt Romney.

Da-da-DUM.

Shoes are beginning to drop, folks.

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Sat Apr 27 06:58:38 CDT 2019 by TriggerFinger. Comments [Tweet]

The Obama Administration's SpyGate involvement


Epoch TimesThe Spygate scandal also raises a bigger question: Was the 2016 election a one-time aberration, or was it symptomatic of decades of institutional political corruption?

This article builds on dozens of congressional testimonies, court documents, and other research to provide an inside look at the actions of Obama administration officials in the scandal that’s become known as Spygate.

Read the whole thing. It's long, but worth it.

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Fri Apr 19 07:47:18 CDT 2019 by TriggerFinger. Comments [Tweet]

The arrest of Assange and SpyGate

So, Assange finally wore out his welcome in the Ecuadore embassy in London. This was probably inevitable, but the timing is interesting. Right after Mueller releases his report to Barr, Assange gets kicked out and immediately arrested? Timing does not seem coincidental, especially since the key Russian Collusion allegations are that Assange published the DNC emails which were allegedly obtained by Russian hackers. The alternative explanation -- as Assange tells it -- is that they were leaked to him by an insider within the DNC. Speculation is that the leaker was Seth Rich, who was subsequently murdered in what may -- or may not -- be a robbery gone wrong.

So we will have to wait and see what Assange is charged with. If he's charged with the DNC "hack" -- or more likely conspiracy with the DNC "hack" since he probably did not conduct it himself -- it means someone is trying to keep him locked up and under threat so he can't contradict the official story on those events... or else he actually did it.

If he's NOT charged with the DNC hack (and/or conspiracy), Russian Collusion is toast. No Russian hackers, no possible collusion, and Hillary's opposition research fairy tale goes up in smoke.

If he is charged with other hacking, especially Russian-linked espionage type hacking (eg his involvement with Bradley Manning) but not the DNC hacking, it may be a smokescreen to imply he was involved in the DNC hacking. There's another DNC-related hacked -- someone with an account there had their account phished via email -- and that would confuse the situation still further.

But the key thing to keep an eye on is whether Assange is charged with hacking the DNC in a criminal conspiracy to influence the 2016 election. If not, then not only is Russian Collusion dead, but so is Russian Hacking. It's all a hoax at that point.

At least so far, Assange has not been charged with hacking or criminal conspiracy with regard to the 2016 election. He's instead being charged with what appears to be a single count of helping Bradley (now calling itself Chelsea) Manning get someone else's password. That was a high profile case, but it has nothing to do with the DNC emails, the Russians, or Trump. And Assange's involvement in it appears trivial.

So unless more indictments appear later on, the idea that the Russians hacked the DNC emails and gave them to Assange can no longer be taken seriously. It, too, was part of the Russia Hoax. A DNC insider leaked them to Assange, probably someone annoyed that Bernie was being cheated out of the nomination.

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Wed Apr 17 07:47:18 CDT 2019 by TriggerFinger. Comments [Tweet]

How Obama Officials spied on Trump

Epoch TimesEven in the public domain, there has been an extensive body of information—such as court documents, media reports, text messages, emails, and congressional testimonies—that provide documentary evidence that the Trump campaign was spied on.

At this point in time, at least six different methods that the Obama administration used to spy on the Trump campaign have been made public:

If you were trying to ignore SpyGate until the Mueller report made it impossible, this is a quick way to catch up.

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Wed Apr 17 06:47:18 CDT 2019 by TriggerFinger. Comments [Tweet]

Page-McCabe texts show White House briefing

TownhallOn Oct. 14, 2016, Page again wrote to McCabe, this time concerning a meeting with the White House. “Just called," Page said to McCabe. "Apparently the DAG [Deputy Attorney General Sally Yates] now wants to be there, and WH wants DOJ to host. So we are setting that up now. ... We will very much need to get Cohen’s view before we meet with her. Better, have him weigh in with her before the meeting. We need to speak with one voice, if that is in fact the case.” ("Cohen" is likely then-Deputy CIA Director David Cohen.)

McCabe responded within the hour: "Thanks. I will reach out to David." On Oct. 19, Page wrote to McCabe that the "meeting with WH counsel is finally set up."

That's not the only set of texts that refers to the White House wanting know everything they are doing.

Thu Apr 04 06:47:21 CDT 2019 by TriggerFinger. Comments [Tweet]

A detailed accounting of media failures in the SpyGate case

It's a pity no one in the media will bother to read them. Their narrative bubble is apparently impenetrable.

Wed Apr 03 08:47:20 CDT 2019 by TriggerFinger. Comments [Tweet]

Dossier based on posts from "random individuals" on CNN website

American ThinkerThe dossier that launched several investigations into Donald Trump and his presidential campaign was based, in part, on posts from "random individuals" from a CNN website that allows the public to publish unverified information.

Christopher Steele made the admission in a deposition given in connection with a lawsuit against the dossier. The judge released portions of the deposition this week.

CNN is so tightly connected to the Clintons that it has been referred to as "Clinton News Network". Many commentators there are Clinton officials or campaign staff. If Steele was drawing "evidence" from random individuals posting to CNN's websites, what are the odds those "random individuals" would be connected to the Clinton campaign and/or researchers like Nellie Ohr or other people with access to intel databases who needed to covertly and deniably communicate their findings?

Of course, such "sources" don't exactly meet criteria for admissibility in court, either.

Tue Apr 02 08:47:20 CDT 2019 by TriggerFinger. Comments [Tweet]

Strzok: Mueller never asked about texts

PJMediaAfter the anti-Trump texts came to light, Mueller booted Strzok from the special counsel probe, but according to the FBI agent's testimony, Mueller's team never asked him whether the anti-Trump bias revealed in his text messages impacted his investigation of alleged collusion between Donald Trump's campaign and Russia.

In the June 2018 hearing, Strzok repeated over and over that Mueller's team never asked him about the anti-Trump bias in the texts or whether that bias impacted his work. This news seems particularly damning since it suggests the special counsel's team did not care whether Strzok's work was colored by anti-Trump bias.

Of course they didn't care. They were all equally biased, and they knew what they were there to do: keep the heat on Trump and sweep SpyGate under the rug.

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Sat Mar 30 07:47:19 CDT 2019 by TriggerFinger. Comments [Tweet]

Fake News Russian Collusion out, real Ukrainian collusion in

The HillAfter nearly three years and millions of tax dollars, the Trump-Russia collusion probe is about to be resolved. Emerging in its place is newly unearthed evidence suggesting another foreign effort to influence the 2016 election — this time, in favor of the Democrats.

Ukraine’s top prosecutor divulged in an interview aired Wednesday on Hill.TV that he has opened an investigation into whether his country’s law enforcement apparatus intentionally leaked financial records during the 2016 U.S. presidential campaign about then-Trump campaign chairman Paul Manafort in an effort to sway the election in favor of Hillary Clinton.
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Ukraine Prosecutor General Yurii Lutsenko’s probe was prompted by a Ukrainian parliamentarian's release of a tape recording purporting to quote a top law enforcement official as saying his agency leaked the Manafort financial records to help Clinton's campaign.

The parliamentarian also secured a court ruling that the leak amounted to “an illegal intrusion into the American election campaign,” Lutsenko told me. Lutsenko said the tape recording is a serious enough allegation to warrant opening a probe, and one of his concerns is that the Ukrainian law enforcement agency involved had frequent contact with the Obama administration’s U.S. Embassy in Kiev at the time.

To be fair, the Ukrainian collusion part is still alleged. But there's tape, a court ruling, an active criminal investigation, and contacts with the Obama administration via the US embassy in the Ukraine.

Sun Mar 24 20:06:10 CDT 2019 by TriggerFinger. Comments [Tweet]

Clinton cronies starting to see legal trouble from Mueller investigation

PJMediaFormer Obama White House counsel and Clinton impeachment attorney Greg Craig may soon be indicted by the Justice Department for engaging in illegal unregistered overseas lobbying, Fox News reported Tuesday. Craig appears to have been caught up in special counsel Robert Mueller's long-running investigation into possible collusion between the Trump campaign and Russia.

If charged, Craig would be the first Democrat to face prosecution in Mueller's Russia probe, according to Fox.Mueller referred the Craig case to New York federal prosecutors, as it fell outside his mandate. New York prosecutors subsequently forwarded the case to the Justice Department in Washington, D.C., where a final decision on charges is reportedly imminent.

According to Fox, New York prosecutors are also mulling charges against another Clinton crony, Tony Podesta.

Interesting. I wonder why these were just sitting there until very recently?

Sun Mar 24 20:05:56 CDT 2019 by TriggerFinger. Comments [Tweet]

The Russian Collusion Propaganda machine

Real Clear InvestigationsKey Democratic operatives and private investigators who tried to derail Donald Trump’s campaign by claiming he was a tool of the Kremlin have rebooted their operation since his election with a multimillion-dollar stealth campaign to persuade major media outlets and lawmakers that the president should be impeached.

The effort has successfully placed a series of questionable stories alleging secret back channels and meetings between Trump associates and Russian spies, while influencing related investigations and reports from Congress.

The operation’s nerve center is a Washington-based nonprofit called The Democracy Integrity Project, or TDIP. Among other activities, it pumps out daily “research” briefings to prominent Washington journalists, as well as congressional staffers, to keep the Russia “collusion” narrative alive.

Combine this story with Devin Nunes announcing he is suing twitter about shadowbanning and coordinated harassment campaigns, and you start to see what looks like a planned counteroffensive.

Sun Mar 24 20:05:30 CDT 2019 by TriggerFinger. Comments [Tweet]

Mueller report: No collusion

Barr reports to Congress (and the public) on the confidential Mueller Report. Bottom line, there was no collusion.

In his investigation, Mueller employed 60 people for 2 years, 3000 subpoenas (!!!!), 500 search warrants, 230 requests for communication records, 50 orders authorizing "pen registers" (wiretaps that only report who you talked to but not the content), 13 requests to foreign governments for evidence, and interviewed 500 people. It's not clear how many of those were focused on the process crimes and unrelated criminal matters Mueller was trying to use as leverage, but it's clear he left no stone unturned and found nothing regarding the central matter of his investigation.

The President and his 2016 campaign are completely vindicated.

The individuals whose prior criminal acts made them vulnerable are not, except to the extent their association with the President brought them under unprecedented and excessive scrutiny.

Mueller chose to examine the facts concerning allegations of obstruction of justice while leaving it to the Attorney General to decide whether those facts amounted to obstruction. The Attorney General determined they did not.

The letter suggests more information will be released when possible (ie, when the material that cannot be released, such as grand jury information, is identified and removed).

It's likely Congress will attempt to seize on the obstruction issue as grounds for impeachment, but this is very plainly a step too far that can only be taken due to political desperation at this point.

And now the tables turn. Prosecute those who abused the national security and law enforcement agencies of our government while seeking to dictate the results of an election. Drain the swamp. Lock Hillary up, and her little cronies too.

UPDATE: Wait a sec. Mueller asked for help from 13 foreign governments? That seems like a dangerous intrusion on the President's power to conduct foreign policy, especially in an investigation effectively (if not formally) targeting the President.

Sun Mar 24 18:29:32 CDT 2019 by TriggerFinger. Comments [Tweet]

Lisa Page's transcripts

Life is way too busy for me at the moment to be reading and trying to explain Lisa Page's transcripts, but that's ok, because someone else is.

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Sun Mar 24 08:47:19 CDT 2019 by TriggerFinger. Comments [Tweet]

Page: Russia investigation was insurance policy

Daily WireOne of the biggest revelations was that Page, who was having an affair with then-FBI agent Peter Strzok, said that the infamous "insurance policy" text message was referring to the Russia investigation.

"During her interview with the Judiciary Committee in July 2018, Page was questioned at length about that text — and essentially confirmed this referred to the Russia investigation while explaining that officials were proceeding with caution, concerned about the implications of the case while not wanting to go at 'total breakneck speed' and risk burning sources as they presumed Trump wouldn't be elected anyway," Fox News reported. "Further, she confirmed investigators only had a 'paucity' of evidence at the start."

Basically, in her testimony, Lisa Page admitted that both investigations were heavily political, that the Clinton investigation was swept under the rug (she says by DOJ's rules), and that the Trump-Russia investigation was started with no evidence and never managed to actually find any.

Tue Mar 19 06:47:32 CDT 2019 by TriggerFinger. Comments [Tweet]

Judicial Watch sues for Rosenstein communications

Judicial WatchJudicial Watch announced today that it filed a Freedom of Information Act (FOIA) lawsuit against the U.S. Department of Justice for all records of communications of Deputy Attorney General Rod Rosenstein between May 8 and May 17, 2017.

Judicial Watch filed the lawsuit after the DOJ failed to respond to a September 21, 2018, FOIA request (Judicial Watch v. U.S. Department of Justice (No. 1:19-cv-00481)). Judicial Watch seeks:

Any and all e-mails, text messages, or other records of communication addressed to or received by Deputy Attorney General Rod Rosenstein between May 8, 2017, and May 22, 2017.

Again, the fact that a "friendly" DOJ has to be sued to get answers means they are simply trying to cover up as much as possible. And it calls into question how "friendly" DOJ really is. Hopefully, Barr will change things.

Sat Mar 16 08:47:20 CDT 2019 by TriggerFinger. Comments [Tweet]

Democrat Adam Schiff met with Fusion GPS' Glenn Simpson

LidBlogThe Hill’s John Solomon is reporting Congressional leaker-in-chief Adam Schiff (D-CA) had an undisclosed meeting with the Glen Simpson, the founder of FusionGPS which is the company that produced the infamous and unverified Steele dossier, the primary evidence for the FBI’s FISA court surveillance warrant against Trump campaign adviser Carter Page. Schiff was the ranking member of the House Intelligence Committee, and he is suspected of being the primary source of leaks about the committee’s non-public hearings. With the Democrats’ takeover of the House, Schiff is now the chairman of that committee.

The meeting occurred this past July at a Security conference held in Aspen Colorado. Solomon found pictures of the two together at the event. He didn’t publish the photos but he confronted the offices of the two using the images as proof of the meeting.

He also coordinated with Michael Cohen prior to his testimony. Plotters plotting to bring down the President.

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Tue Mar 05 07:47:20 CST 2019 by TriggerFinger. Comments [Tweet]

Steele Deposition to be released

Daily CallerA federal judge in Florida on Thursday ordered the release of depositions given by former British spy Christopher Steele and a longtime associate of late Republican Arizona Sen. John McCain in a lawsuit filed against BuzzFeed regarding Steele’s anti-Trump dossier.

U.S. District Court Judge Ursula Ungaro overruled requests by Steele and David Kramer, the former McCain associate, to keep depositions they gave in the BuzzFeed lawsuit under seal. Ungaro dismissed a lawsuit filed against BuzzFeed on Dec. 19, 2018, by Aleksej Gubarev, a Russian businessman accused in the dossier of using his companies to hack into DNC computers.

It will be interesting to see what new information is contained within.

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Mon Mar 04 06:47:21 CST 2019 by TriggerFinger. Comments [Tweet]

Is this real?

Daily PunditLATEST: Sen. Mark Warner, D-Va., tells Cuck Todd that lawmakers have found “enormous evidence” of possible collusion between President Trump’s orbit and Russians during that election on #MTP. #IfiItsSunday https://t.co/kcRI51TrWr pic.twitter.com/ZNg3ulD1wt

Bill Quick asks if this is real. Pretty sure that's a negative. Telltales are all in the keywords: "Trump's orbit", rather than Trump, and "possible" collusion rather than simply collusion.

If they had anything on Trump directly, they would say that. They did not.

If they had evidence of actual collusion, they would say that. They did not.

In both cases, they used language to imply as much as possible while weaseling out of making the actual accusation. So what do they have?

Cohen, a convicted liar, told Congress that he overheard a phone call between Roger Stone and Trump telling Trump that Wikileaks was about to release something on Clinton. Problems: Wikileaks denies ever talking to Stone, Stone denies ever talking to Wikileaks, and Wikileaks had already publicly teased their release before the phone call allegedly happened. Maybe Cohen is telling the truth and Stone was implying he was in contact with Wikileaks when he was not. Maybe Stone is telling the truth and Cohen is making things up that are impossible to disprove based on publicly admitted allegations. Trump's response: "Wouldn't that be great?" is not the response of a man with insider knowledge engaged in illicit collusion. If he was engaged in such, he would know it was coming.

Cohen, a convicted liar, also told Congress he heard Trump Jr tell Trump Sr that "the meeting is all set up". Cohen assumes and alleges this referred to the Trump Tower meeting. There is, I think, no reason to believe this; how many meetings must both Trumps participate in on a daily basis? Even if the assumption is correct, everyone at the meeting says it went nowhere. The evidence suggests the meeting was set up by Fusion GPS deliberately to give the impression of Russian collusion.

If they had anything else, it would have leaked already.

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Sun Mar 03 19:18:17 CST 2019 by TriggerFinger. Comments [Tweet]

About that phone call between Trump and Stone about Wikileaks..

Wikileaks had already publicly announced. And both parties to the call Cohen alleges deny it ever happened. And Cohen has credibility problems so big even CNN can see them, and has been referred to DOJ for perjury prosecution for the lies he told, and has been disbarred for his prior perjury conviction (and other ethical challenges like taping his clients).

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Sun Mar 03 08:47:20 CST 2019 by TriggerFinger. Comments [Tweet]

Should Mueller and Horowitz release their reports simultaneously?

Roger Simon argues yes, in the interests of transparency and fairness. There's one problem with that; Horowitz has apparently not been interviewing witnesses, meaning his report can't possibly be ready at the same time. I believe, based on various reports, that Mueller is probably using his "Don't interfere with my investigation" card to stop IG Horowitz and his colleague prosecutor Huber from actually investigating anything until Mueller is done.

That makes a simultaneous report a non-starter; does anyone believe the Mueller report won't leak long before Horowitz and Huber are done when they haven't even started yet? Hell, I'd bet on the Mueller report leaking within the day.

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Thu Feb 28 07:47:20 CST 2019 by TriggerFinger. Comments [Tweet]

McCabe confirms: NatSec strategized removing the President

We're talking about a literal coup to overturn the results of an election they did not like. McCabe also claims Rosenstein's offer to wear a wire was serious, made more than once, and McCabe took it to FBI lawyers to discuss. Why is Rosenstein still in office? Never mind, I already know: because Mueller is threatening the President if Rosenstein is fired.

Thu Feb 14 08:55:02 CST 2019 by TriggerFinger. Comments [Tweet]

Stone's attorneys file motion alleging Mueller's office leaked indictment to CNN

I reported on the allegation earlier, but now a motion has been filed with those same facts before the judge in Stone's case. The chances that Mueller will have to face the music for his leaking have likely gone up. Judicial Watch has also filed a complaint with the Justice Department IG.

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Thu Feb 14 06:47:20 CST 2019 by TriggerFinger. Comments [Tweet]

This is what obstruction of justice looks like

Judicial Watch uncovered more emails and testimony from DOJ and FBI officials concerning the Clinton emails found on Weiner's laptop. Specifically, that Clinton lawyer David Kendall immediately (within hours) contacted FBI General Counsel James Baker when news of the letter to Congress notifying them of the email search broke.

The email contained "requests" and Baker conveyed a meeting within 24 hours to discuss it. The people Baker notified were: Comey, associate Deputy Director Bowdich, assistant director for national security Steinbach, assistant director for counterintelligence Priestap, Comey's chief of staff Rybicki, analyst Moffa, assistant director (acting) Herring, assistant director for public affairs Kortan, deputy general counsel Trisha Anderson, and of course the two lovebirds Strzok and Page. If I remember correctly, this was the week before the election.

There was in fact a conference call scheduled among those people as a result, and of course, Comey issued another letter two days before the election "clearing" Clinton. There are multiple lies documented, including Strzok lying that no new classified emails were found on the laptop. A lie by omission, as well, as they had only examined approximately 3,000 of the 340,000 emails on the laptop.

The emails obtained also document an offer of a quid pro quo: more funding for FBI positions in return for downgrading the reason for redacting released material to "from classified to something else."

We don't know what happened in that conference call, but we know the results: Comey's second letter falsely claiming to exonerate Clinton two days before the election, the examination of the laptop was halted pretty much immediately (long before the contents could be properly examined), and, of course, the return of Strzok, Page, and the rest of the conspirators to looking desperately for dirt on Trump as an insurance policy.

More analysis here.

Tue Feb 12 07:47:19 CST 2019 by TriggerFinger. Comments [Tweet]

Ukrainian Collusion

Daily CallerA member of the Ukrainian parliament accused in his home country of interfering in the 2016 U.S. presidential election was identified in congressional testimony in October as a source for opposition research firm Fusion GPS.

Nellie Ohr, a former contractor for the Washington, D.C.-based Fusion GPS, testified on Oct. 19 that Serhiy Leshchenko, a former investigative journalist turned Ukrainian lawmaker, was a source for Fusion GPS during the 2016 campaign.

“I recall … they were mentioning someone named Serhiy Leshchenko, a Ukrainian,” Ohr said when asked who Fusion GPS’s sources were, according to portions of Ohr’s testimony confirmed by The Daily Caller News Foundation.

Hmm. "They were mentioning" is a rather weak and passive way to answer.

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Mon Feb 11 08:47:19 CST 2019 by TriggerFinger. Comments [Tweet]

Mystery calls before Trump Tower meeting were not to Trump

Sat Feb 09 06:57:36 CST 2019 by TriggerFinger. Comments [Tweet]

Priestap's testimony leaks, contradicts Comey

The Epoch Times has the leak, and Meaning In History points out the contradiction. Comey claimed Priestap advised him not to brief Congress.

A reminder: Priestap was head of FBI's counterintelligence during the time this was going on, and he's generally considered to be a cooperating witness with the investigation into SpyGate. But for some reason, he can't talk about some of the trips he took to London during the same timeframe; supposedly they are connected to the Mueller investigation but he claims he didn't meet the known London players. So who did he meet and why was he there? And why can't he tell Congress?

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Fri Feb 08 07:57:36 CST 2019 by TriggerFinger. Comments [Tweet]

FISC called on Mueller to explain surveillance abuses

The HillRobert Mueller, the former FBI director and current special prosecutor in the Russia case, once was hauled before the nation’s secret intelligence court to address a large number of instances in which the FBI cheated on sensitive surveillance warrants, according to evidence gathered by congressional investigators.

For most of the past 16 years, Mueller’s closed-door encounter escaped public notice because of the secrecy of the Foreign Intelligence Surveillance Court (FISC).

But thanks to recent testimony from a former FBI lawyer, we now have a rare window into documented abuses of Foreign Intelligence Surveillance Act (FISA) warrants and how the courts handled the matter.

In other words... Mueller has a pattern of covering up for FISA abuses, specifically involving omission of relevant information, and he's successfully covered up those abuses for the past 16 years. That likely puts the abuses in 2003 or 2002. And it highlights his involvement now in covering up similar FBI abuses that violated the Woods procedure he promised then would prevent future abuses like those he covered up.

Why, then, aren't the current FISC judges willing to enforce the laws in the way that the earlier ones were? Why aren't FBI and DOJ supervisors?

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Fri Feb 08 06:57:36 CST 2019 by TriggerFinger. Comments [Tweet]

Nellie Ohr admits investigating travels of Trump family

Daily Caller Nellie Ohr, the wife of Justice Department official Bruce Ohr, told Congress in October that she investigated President Donald Trump’s children on behalf of Fusion GPS, the opposition research firm behind the Steele dossier.
Nellie Ohr, who worked as a contractor for Fusion GPS, looking into Donald Trump Jr. and Ivanka Trump’s business dealings and their travel.

This is confirmation of a theory long pushed by the Conservative Treehouse: Nellie Ohr, working for Fusion GPS, almost certainly used her access to the NSA databases to investigate Trump and his children. (Where else could she research their travel? She was a contractor and had access.)

This is also significantly -- hugely significant -- because it confirms that the investigation targeted the Trump family all along. She frames her research as being superficial and into the children's travel and Trump's real estate dealings, which are topics suitable for opposition research, but not for a federal contractor using intelligence databases.

It also confirms the timing of the investigation (as contractor access to the NSA databases was cut off before the election, on April 18th, probably by Mike Rogers, which forced the FBI to seek a warrant from the FISC).

It is shocking to me that this admission -- which took place in October, and has only recently been leaked to the press -- did not result in Ohr immediately being arrested for her crimes.

The only thing missing here, as I see it, is that Nellie is not quoted as using her access to NSA and other law enforcement/intelligence databases to do the research. In theory, as these are public figures, she could have used Google. But anyone could do that. You wouldn't need someone like Nellie, with her access, to do Google searches on the public net for press releases and news articles about semi-famous people traveling around.

Wed Jan 30 16:14:13 CST 2019 by TriggerFinger. Comments [Tweet]

Mueller charges Roger Stone with process crimes

Power LineThis morning brings news that Roger Stone has been charged in a seven-count indictment handed up by the grand jury in the Mueller probe: one count of obstruction of an official proceeding, five counts of false statements and one count of witness tampering. Stone was arrested by the FBI in Fort Lauderdale this morning. The New York Times has just posted Mark Mazzetti’s story here (accessible here via Outline). I have posted the indictment below via Scribd. It’s all about WikiLeaks and a path senior officials in the Trump presidential campaign.

In all those alleged crimes, not a single one would exist without the Mueller probe. We already know Mueller is willing to basically make up false statements charges from whole cloth (based on interviews where the FBI interviewer didn't think there was any intention to deceive; see the Mike Flynn case). In this case we've seen the basic allegations before. Some of Stone's emails vaguely reference what WikiLeaks will release next, basically guessing what it might be, and Mueller is claiming that was actual foreknowledge that Stone is lying about when he says it was just a guess.

So the factual question is whether Stone was actually communicating with "Guccifer 2.0" or Wikileaks, or whether he was just bragging to puff himself up and give the impression he had inside information. Notably, Mueller has not charged him with hacking or conspiracy to hack, or anything related to hacking, and Wikileaks has denied communicating with Stone. Just to lying and "obstructing" (which probably translates to not cooperating and encouraging other people not to cooperate).

The media (CNN) was informed so they could be present at the arrest, which was a full tactical armed raid. That shows a certain amount of inappropriate public relations thinking on the part of whoever leaked the information. Did this guy really need a pre-dawn raid by a team of tactical FBI agents in armor, aired on CNN? No. The whole thing was staged for media impact.

Given the steady drip drip drip of incredibly damaging quotes from congressional testimony on this topic, and the failed attempt to refocus attention on Trump via the false Buzzfeed story alleging Cohen was ordered to lie, indicting Stone and arresting him in this very visible way feels like an attempt to redirect the narrative.

Another interesting question: Where did they find the money?

UPDATE: Borepatch has a good take on it.

UPDATE: Conservative Treehouse points out that someone above Mueller would probably be required to approve the raid. Who was that? They think it was Rosenstein, but Whitaker is Acting Attorney General and supposed to be the one supervising Mueller at this point. Finding out who approved a pre-dawn raid on Stone instead of just calling his lawyer, and the process that request took within the DOj and FBI, would tell us a lot about who is on who's side here.

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Fri Jan 25 11:24:30 CST 2019 by TriggerFinger. Comments [Tweet]

Yates, McCabe read FISA application "line-by-line"

Meaning in History“The sensitivity level of this particular FISA resulted in lots of very high level attention both within the FBI and DOJ. The general counsel (Baker) … personally reviewed and made edits to the FISA, for example. The deputy director (McCabe) was involved in reviewing the FISA line-by-line. The Deputy Attorney General (Yates) over on the DOJ side of the street was similarly involved, as I understood, reviewing the FISA application line-by-line.”

“I would not say that this was a circumstance where there was any deference given to Jim Baker. In other words, when Andy McCabe looked at it, certainly when Sally Yates looked at it, I don’t believe they were simply relying on the judgment of Jim Baker having reviewed the application,” Anderson said. “My understanding and my impression at the time was that they very much gave it their own de novo independent review and that, you know, it was very carefully reviewed by those individuals.”

On the one hand, this shows them paying careful attention to what they signed -- a much better professional look than Rod Rosenstein's (paraphrased) "I don't really need to read the things I sign". On the other hand, it puts McCabe and Yates in the uncomfortable position of having still signed at least one FISA application based on Hillary's dossier, despite their careful review, and not including information about Steele's personal and financial partisan motives, despite being warned about them by Ohr.

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Fri Jan 25 07:47:32 CST 2019 by TriggerFinger. Comments [Tweet]

Mueller looking into Trump-NRA connections now

CNNSpecial counsel Robert Mueller's team has expressed interest in the Trump campaign's relationship with the National Rifle Association during the 2016 campaign.
"When I was interviewed by the special counsel's office, I was asked about the Trump campaign and our dealings with the NRA," Sam Nunberg, a former Trump campaign aide, told CNN.
The special counsel's team was curious to learn more about how Donald Trump and his operatives first formed a relationship with the NRA and how Trump wound up speaking at the group's annual meeting in 2015, just months before announcing his presidential bid, Nunberg said.
Nunberg's interview with Mueller's team in February 2018 offers the first indication that the special counsel has been probing the Trump campaign's ties to the powerful gun-rights group. As recently as about a month ago, Mueller's investigators were still raising questions about the relationship between the campaign and the gun group, CNN has learned.

The relationship is pretty simple. Trump ran as a Republican. De facto, the NRA supports Republicans nationally. (This is because the Democrats demonstrated they could not be trusted, as a whole, but individuals are evaluated as individuals when running for office). The NRA spent a lot of money on this election in particular because there was an open Supreme Court seat at stake, and it was previously held by a very pro-gun Justice. Of course the stakes were high.

But the implication here is insane.

CNNThe NRA had already come under scrutiny from lawmakers for its massive spending in support of Trump in 2016 and its ties to Russian nationals.
Maria Butina, a Russian national, pleaded guilty in DC federal court in December to engaging in a conspiracy against the US. As part of her plea, she acknowledged that she attempted to infiltrate GOP political circles and influence US relations with Russia, in part by building ties with prominent members of the NRA.

She also admitted she was working at the direction of a prominent former Russian central banker, Alexander Torshin, who was sanctioned by the US Treasury Department last year for his role in the Russian government. Torshin is also a lifetime member of the NRA.
Law enforcement has not accused the NRA of any wrongdoing.

Emphasis mine. This is just an attempt to smear Trump by association with the NRA by association with a single Russian possible agent.

CNNIn letters to Wyden, the NRA revealed it had received contributions from more than 20 Russian nationals in the US or people associated with Russian addresses since 2015. But the donations amounted to a little more than $2,500, according to the NRA's letter. The group also insisted it did not use foreign funds for election-related purposes.

So, an entirely trivial amount of money, no accusations of wrongdoing on the part of the NRA, no crime for Mueller to investigate, and yet he has a budget of millions to spend -- and will force his targets to spend even more defending themselves from baseless political charges.

Fri Jan 25 06:47:32 CST 2019 by TriggerFinger. Comments [Tweet]

Barr on Mueller

BreitbartGraham said Barr also told him about his longtime relationship with Mueller. Barr and Mueller worked together when Barr was Bush’s attorney general from 1991 to 1993 and Mueller oversaw the department’s criminal division. Graham said that the two men were “best friends,” that their wives attended Bible study together and that Mueller had attended the weddings of Barr’s children.

“So his opinion of Mr. Mueller is very, very high in terms of ethics and character and professionalism,” Graham said.

Graham listed a number of questions that he had put to Barr: “I asked Mr. Barr directly, ‘Do you think Mr. Mueller is on a witch hunt?’ He said no. ‘Do you think he would be fair to the president and the country as a whole?’ He said yes. ‘And do you see any reason for Mr. Mueller’s investigation to be stopped?’ He said no. ‘Do you see any reason for a termination based on cause?’ He said no. ‘Are you committed to making sure Mr. Mueller can finish his job?’ ‘Yes.’"

Given those answers -- especially Barr's long-standing personal and professional relationship with Mueller -- I cannot see how Barr can be expected to provide the restraint Mueller's special counsel role has so far been lacking.

I wonder if Trump knew that when he nominated Barr? Somehow, I doubt it.

Someone should tell him before Barr is confirmed, in case he wants to nominate someone without such conflicted personal relationship.

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Tue Jan 15 06:47:20 CST 2019 by TriggerFinger. Comments [Tweet]

Huber not interviewing witnesses

Washington TimesTop Republicans on two House committees Monday demanded U.S. Attorney for Utah John Huber provide an update on his investigation into allegations of bias at the FBI and Justice Department during the 2016 election.

The lawmakers say a refresher on the more than nine-month investigation is warranted because key witnesses said they had not spoken with Mr. Huber, according to a letter sent by Reps. Jim Jordan of Ohio and Doug Collins of Georgia.

Huber is being blocked by Mueller's investigation. He can't see or do anything until Mueller is done. And Mueller will make sure that he doesn't end his investigation before he has make sure all evidence is thoroughly cleaned up.

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Fri Jan 11 06:47:31 CST 2019 by TriggerFinger. Comments [Tweet]

Graham files legislation seeking to protect Mueller

Washington TimesRepublicans and Democrats on the Senate Judiciary Committee are renewing their attempt to protect special counsel Robert Mueller’s job, sending a signal to President Donald Trump as he keeps up his criticism of Mueller’s Russia investigation.

The legislation, sponsored by incoming Senate Judiciary Committee Chairman Lindsey Graham, R-S.C., and three other members, is expected to be introduced this week. The same bill was approved by the panel in April but later blocked by Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell, who said it was unnecessary and who allowed the legislation to expire at the end of the year.

Linsey Graham was a major McCain ally and well-known RINO until very recently -- specifically, he seemed to find his spine during the Kavanaugh hearings. Since then he seems to have lost it again. On Mueller specifically, remember that Graham is closely linked to McCain, and McCain was involved with retrieving a copy of the dossier, giving it to the FBI, and providing it to the media.

In other words, it is likely Graham's public statements are an attempt to get on Trump's good side in public while in official actions and legislation threatening Trump with Mueller to protect the Deep State and possibly his own involvement in SpyGate.

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Thu Jan 10 06:47:31 CST 2019 by TriggerFinger. Comments [Tweet]

Spygate gets bigger

Remember the news about the Russian bot campaign that was supposed to discredit Roy Moore in the Alabama Senate race? Turns out, the people who generated that campaign have links to the US military and intelligence community. There are also companies in the UK, also populated by ex-intel people, who are involved with similar efforts and -- yes -- have links to Christopher Steele, infamous dossier author.

Read the whole thing. Follow the links.

It seems to me the intelligence community has been picking winners and losers in the US elections for some time now, and Trump's surprise win has thrown a wrench in their election machine. We get this under control now -- in the next two years, before Trump's re-election campaign in 2020 -- or we lose the chance.

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Mon Jan 07 06:47:31 CST 2019 by TriggerFinger. Comments [Tweet]

Reason to believe the FBI 302s for the Flynn interview were altered?

We've heard before that the 302s from the Michael Flynn interview may have been altered. Power Line notices that the dates on the 302s were 7 months after the interview. That's strongly suggestive of alteration.

UPDATE: It turns out the 302s from seven months later were an interview of Strzok describing the interview of Flynn. The original 302s were filed under seal. (One marked draft, one not). The timeframe on the original 302s confirm that they were referred to by Strzok and Page in already released text messages discussing approval by McCabe. They are also redacted in significant portions, which makes it hard to evaluate Flynn's honesty closely without the matching transcript of the call.

Let's not forget that leaking the transcript of the call itself was a felony. No one seems to be looking into who leaked that.

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Sun Jan 06 06:47:32 CST 2019 by TriggerFinger. Comments [Tweet]

Summarizing and Contrasting Spygate

National ReviewRobert Mueller’s legal team may write a damning report on Trump’s ethics, based mostly on flipping minor former business associates of Trump’s and transient campaign officials by threatening them with long prison sentences...

In the subsequent 18 months, Robert Mueller assembled a highly partisan team of lawyers and investigators that included a number of Clinton donors; lawyers who had represented either the Clinton Foundation, a Clinton aide, or an Obama official; and rank anti-Trump partisans such as Lisa Page and Peter Strzok. Their task was to investigate the charges of Russian collusion as planted by those in government and Christopher Steele and his abettors.

Such skullduggery poses the question of whether Mueller’s investigation has been simply derailed by partisanship. Or has it effectively served as a deliberate distraction from the felonious behavior of dozens of Obama-administration and Clinton-campaign officials — all determined to ensure, by any means necessary, that Trump would never be president?

If you can pin down a liberal over the holidays long enough to make them read one article about Spygate, this might be a good choice.

Fri Jan 04 07:47:18 CST 2019 by TriggerFinger. Comments [Tweet]

Red State thinks Trump will be impeached

The idea is that Cohen's payments to two bimbos were technically campaign contributions intended to influence the election rather than to shut them up to prevent generic reputational damage to Trump's marriage. Looked at objectively, that's somewhat flimsy, and charging a campaign finance violation like that as a felony is almost unprecedented. As potential felony charges, these could be treated as the basis of impeachment by the now-Democrat House. And of course there is huge demand for impeachment, stoked and stroked for two years now by the media and the Deep State on both sides of the political aisle.

But the Senate is extremely unlikely to convict and remove. Democrats would need 20 GOP votes in the Senate, and it seems unlikely they will get that. Any GOP member voting to remove a Republican president can expect enough of his base to stay home in the next election to doom him, even if they have to wait a few years. There would be dramatic losses among those up in the next election, even if they voted against, simply as a matter of getting to who you can get to. Within the Republican party it would mark the transition from a cold war of paperwork and politics for control of the party to an open party split.

So what's really going on?

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Wed Jan 02 08:47:18 CST 2019 by TriggerFinger. Comments [Tweet]

All of their accusations are projection

Jennifer "Not really a conservative but I play one on TV" Rubin“I would predict here on MSNBC that when Trump leaves office he will resign the presidency 10 minutes before Mike Pence leaves office, allowing Pence to pardon him if there is not a Republican president to follow him,” Rubin said on “AM Joy” on Sunday.

You know who else tried a last-minute legal move to escape justice for their crimes while in office? Yes, that's right... Susan Rice wrote an email in the last 20 minutes of Obama's presidency to cover Obama's ass.

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Mon Dec 31 07:47:18 CST 2018 by TriggerFinger. Comments [Tweet]

Is there an obstruction of justice investigation?

The FederalistAlthough the scope of the Mueller probe is unknown, during questioning Comey stated that he could not answer whether he believed Trump’s firing of him constituted evidence of obstruction of justice, “because I’m a witness, in a sense.” The FBI’s attorney seemingly confirmed that point when she interjected “to the extent that question goes — again, goes to Mueller’s investigation into obstruction, the witness will not be able to answer.”

When the FBI attorney again noted that Comey “also stated that he is also a witness in the investigation,” Gowdy caught the slip, and asked, “Which investigation? Is there an obstruction of justice investigation?” FBI counsel then realized her misstep and asked Gowdy to rephrase his question to Comey and then began calling Comey “a potential witness.”

Obviously there is. But Comey's answers appear to be the first public confirmation of it.

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Mon Dec 31 06:47:19 CST 2018 by TriggerFinger. Comments [Tweet]

Did Comey lie to Congress?

The FederalistSolomon reported claims from sources that email exchanges from early- to mid-October 2016 showed the FBI was aware, prior to its first application to surveil former campaign advisor Carter Page, that Steele had contacts with the news media. The email exchanges also evidenced concerns by the intelligence community about the reliability of Steele’s dossier. If the sources are accurate, these facts provide strong evidence that the Obama administration’s DOJ and FBI intentionally withheld or misrepresented evidence to the FISA court.

Further, according to Solomon’s sources, the email chains included then-FBI Director “Comey, FBI investigators in the Russia probe and lawyers in the DOJ’s national security division.” Yet on Friday, in response to questioning by Jordan, Comey testified he didn’t know anything about those emails.

Maybe the sources were wrong. Or maybe Comey forgot. But if Comey was included on such an email chain, keeping him in the loop would be the exception because as Comey’s answers — or lack thereof — from Friday’s hearing make clear, the agents running Crossfire Hurricane intentionally cut Comey out of the information flow.

If, in fact, Comey was on those email chains, he's on the hook for lying -- or, the most favorable explanation for him, having a very selective memory.

Of course, for this to be prosecuted, the DOJ would have to either go after a past FBI Director, or appoint a special counsel to do it. The odds of that seem low at the moment.

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Sun Dec 30 08:47:18 CST 2018 by TriggerFinger. Comments [Tweet]

A point of weakness in Comeys' testimony

He told Congress recently that when he was fired, the dossier had still not been verified, and the FBI was still trying to do so. But before that, he told Congress that when Trump asked him to investigate the origins of the dossier, he pushed back on that request. So which is right?

I don't think Comey necessarily lied to Congress here. I think he pushed back on Trump's request to investigate the origin of the dossier because he knew where it came from (and yes, he did probably lie to Congress about that). But his FBI was already trying to verify the dossier ... meaning, find out whether or not it was true.

I think the FBI's efforts to verify the dossier consisted of trying to get warrants on the four people named in the FISA warrant application. That is, instead of presenting the FISA court with verified information containing probable cause of a crime, they presented the FISA court with a line of bullshit and hoped their wiretap would be retroactively self-verifying.

That's not how it is supposed to work.

Sun Dec 30 07:47:18 CST 2018 by TriggerFinger. Comments [Tweet]

Will Trump be charged with campaign finance violations?

Andy McCarthy thinks so. I don't, but mostly because DOJ policy forbids indicting a sitting president. I think Mueller will write a report saying he would have indicted Trump if Trump was not the president. He will then pass it off to Congress and invite them to consider impeachment.

Will they? The Democrats just took the House. Of course they will at least consider it. They have the votes to do it if everyone votes straight party. They can even afford to lose quite a few weak seats if they want to try to protect them. On the other hand, trying to get Trump removed from the Senate is a political non-starter, needing 67 votes when they have only 47 or so. So, to the extent that they try to impeach, they will use it as a political weapon to damage his reelection chances.

Should they? Using very weak campaign finance charges combined with even weaker lying about sex and/or lying about Moscow hotel deals, all taking place before Trump became president, none of which at this point appears to involve Trump directly but merely his campaign, to try to remove a president is facially absurd. So far there's basically no proven personal nexus to Trump's actions; campaign finance violations are usually cured by fines not felonies; Trump has the "I trusted my lawyer to do it legally" defense; Cohen's cooperation and credibility have been destroyed by his admissions of lying and the violation of attorney-client privilege. You couldn't get a conviction in an ordinary court after the necessary cross-examination and tossing out of the tainted evidence.

Historically, lots of presidents have had various affairs, including payoffs, without facing impeachment. Clinton did face impeachment for lying about it, but not removed... and his impeachment was considered one of the biggest political mistakes in modern history. (I supported it, but mostly because of all the other crap he had done, ie, Waco, etc). Edwards, as a candidate in the primary, was charged with campaign finance violations for paying off his mistress in a similar but not identical scheme. He was not convicted, as I recall.

Mark Levin has convincingly argued that using personal money to make such payoffs is both legal and necessary as they are not "campaign expenses", which would negate any disclosure requirements. (Edwards used money from supporters to make the payoffs; the exact financial structure of Trump's payoffs is unknown).

As a layman, all I can tell you is that campaign finance laws are a legal morass that appears to be impossible to avoid violating. Politicians are regularly caught up in violations and pay fines. I can't recall any of them being removed from office over the matter.

Sat Dec 29 06:47:20 CST 2018 by TriggerFinger. Comments [Tweet]

FBI releases dossier briefing document

It's short -- two pages -- and practically all of them are redacted. Notably, though, the unredacted portions do not faithfully describe who paid for the dossier. The description is technically accurate, but does not mention the Clintons, the Democrats, or political opposition research. Instead, the funding is described as coming from "private clients" only.

Remember, the FBI and DOJ knew where this was coming from. There is no way to spin this briefing document, being presented to the President, as anything less than deliberately deceptive. It was a weasel move, by a weasel of a man who does weasel things.

This release takes on a certain new significance given that Comey recently testified to Congress that he only knew the funding came from "private clients", not specifically who those clients were. It could even be argued that the release was timed to tell Comey what the documents said, so he could claim not to know anything more than what was in the documents.

Fri Dec 21 12:54:48 CST 2018 by TriggerFinger. Comments [Tweet]

State Dept disseminated Russiagate documents hours before Trump took office

Judicial WatchJudicial Watch today released two sets of heavily redacted State Department documents, 38 pages and 48 pages, showing classified information was researched and disseminated to multiple U.S. Senators by the Obama administration immediately prior to President Donald Trump’s inauguration. The documents reveal that among those receiving the classified documents were Sen. Mark Warner (D-VA), Sen. Ben Cardin (D-MD), and Sen. Robert Corker (R-TN).

Judicial Watch obtained the documents through a June 2018 Freedom of Information Act (FOIA) lawsuit filed against the State Department after it failed to respond to a February 2018 request seeking records of the Obama State Department’s last-minute efforts to share classified information about Russia election interference issues with Democratic Senator Ben Cardin (Judicial Watch v. U.S. Department of State (No. 1:18-cv-01381)).

The documents reveal the Obama State Department urgently gathering classified Russia investigation information and disseminating it to members of Congress within hours of Donald Trump taking office.

We knew there was an effort to do this before, but we didn't know the details. Now we know more. It's noteworthy that Senator Corker, a Republican, is on the list of recipients. I seem to recall Corker was instrumental in getting the Iran deal through the Senate by pretending it wasn't a treaty (which would need a two-thirds vote). It's also noteworthy that this effort took place after Trump had won the election. In other words, rather than treating Trump as the incoming president due (at a minimum) respect, they conspired against him.

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Fri Dec 21 06:47:19 CST 2018 by TriggerFinger. Comments [Tweet]

Comey testifies, part 2

Transcript here. You may be interested in my take on the first day of testimony and Comey's media interview after talking to Congress.

Detailed comments below the fold. My overall impression is that we, again, lost out by having this held in a public forum. Comey can hide behind that to avoid answering important questions. He can also hide behind the Mueller investigation. I'd like to see this all public, but getting there requires investigators to be able to ask about classified things so the answers can then be declassified.

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Thu Dec 20 07:14:43 CST 2018 by TriggerFinger. Comments [Tweet]

Sullivan throws a wrench into the Flynn sentencing, but for the wrong reasons

Because Judge Sullivan has previously seen some political schemes and machinations from the FBI (notably the Ted Stevens case), some people were hopeful that he would see through the FBI bullshit. Instead he seems to have latched on to the failure to register as a foreign agent charges (which Flynn got out of by way of the plea bargain with Mueller) and threatened Flynn into cooperating more. Disappointing.

Gotta wonder if the Deep State got to Sullivan.

UPDATE: For clarity, the failure to register charges involved Turkey, not Russia.

UPDATE: Conservative Treehouse has a more positive take on this.

Tue Dec 18 12:54:31 CST 2018 by TriggerFinger. Comments [Tweet]

Why it's time to fire Rosenstein

The FederalistOn Thursday, Fox News reported that Deputy Attorney General Rod Rosenstein received prior notice of former Donald Trump private attorney Michael Cohen’s plea deal before Acting Attorney General Matthew Whitaker did.

Rosenstein seems like an affable guy who continuously demonstrates his wickedly dry humor with ironic speeches claiming fealty to the rule of law. But his mere presence in the Department of Justice is now demonstrably undermining its change in leadership. That the special counsel first checks in the deputy attorney general before the AG proves Rosenstein is still in charge.

Mueller cannot accept Whitaker as his boss and still complete the tasks he was given as special counsel. The real tasks, that is: keeping the attention on Trump and off of the Clintons' and Obama's malfeasance with our intelligence agencies and other crimes. So, of course he's going to report to Rosenstein first for as long as he can do so.

And that means Rosenstein has to go. Read the whole thing; there are 9 more reasons to fire Rosenstein immediately.

Tue Dec 18 08:47:18 CST 2018 by TriggerFinger. Comments [Tweet]

Comey talks to the media following second testimony

Comey testified to Congress for the second time today. He talked to the media afterwards. We should get a transcript sometime soon.

He says he was asked about "which form people filled out". This is either a reference to the 302s about the Flynn interview, or the procedures necessary to initiate a sensitive political investigation (which he previously admitted to not knowing or following).

He admits that he "took a decision away from Sally Yates" to avoid the appearance of political bias, which is the same reasoning he used when announcing that he would not recommend prosecuting Clinton himself (because Lynch was compromised by the tarmac meeting and other, unspecified, information). He says he did this "to make it necessary for Trump to burn down the entire FBI to stop the investigation" and was shocked that Trump was willing to do just that. He seems to think he is acting in a completely non-partisan manner and all his actions, no matter how improper or obviously partisan, are above reproach. It's disgusting.

Asked if he takes any responsibility for the hit the reputation of the FBI has taken, he blames Trump for "lying". That's bullshit; Comey was at the head of the agency while it behaved in a nakedly partisan manner to influence the Presidential election in 2016. Blaming Trump for the actions in which Trump was a victim is absurd, and he wasn't in office for the Clinton investigation.

He blames others and says they should be ashamed for being silent. This is the man who said he couldn't remember or didn't know under oath over 200 times.

He's "proud" of the way the FBI interviewed Flynn, despite admitting previously he "took advantage" of the chaos in the incoming administration.

He won't comment on whether the memos he leaked were classified. Of course not. That would embarrass him.

Guess what, Comey? You are a weasel who does weasel things.

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Tue Dec 18 07:56:54 CST 2018 by TriggerFinger. Comments [Tweet]

About that insurance policy...

Meaning In HistoryMr. Steele wrote: “Fusion’s immediate client was law firm Perkins Coie. It engaged Fusion to obtain information necessary for Perkins Coie LLP to provide legal advice on the potential impact of Russian involvement on the legal validity of the outcome of the 2016 US Presidential election.

“Based on that advice, parties such as the Democratic National Committee and HFACC Inc. (also known as ‘Hillary for America’) could consider steps they would be legally entitled to take to challenge the validity of the outcome of that election.”

Read the whole thing. But at least part of this answer is explained by the Hillary campaign needing a reason to pay Perkins Coie for legal services rather than opposition research. Casting Steele's dossier as legal services is batshit fucking insane, but that appears to be what they are trying to do. Imagining that they could challenge Trump's election if they lost on the basis of phantom Russian collusion should be even more batshit fucking insane, but it seems to be working so far.

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Tue Dec 18 07:47:18 CST 2018 by TriggerFinger. Comments [Tweet]

Original 302 of Flynn interview posted

Document here. Power Line analyzes it briefly, and finds that the denials that resulted in Flynn's guilty plea are actually pretty weak. Of the four things he supposedly lied about, two of them were more of a "I don't remember" than a lie, and the remaining two are still less than a firm denial. Given that Flynn was the incoming National Security Advisor and the conversations themselves were perfectly legitimate, I just don't see criminality here. Obviously a person will not remember his conversations with the perfect accuracy of a transcript. That's just how memory works.

If in fact Flynn did not accurately inform his superiors (Trump, Pence, etc) about the content of the conversation, that's a different question and possibly a firing offense regardless of intent. It's awkward, even potentially dangerous, to have your National Security Advisor talking to Russia and asking for things without passing that on. But that's a matter for Trump and Pence to consider, not something that criminal law really embraces. Especially not in a blatant perjury trap like this.

Actually, calling this a perjury trap seems inaccurate. A perjury trap is giving someone the opportunity to lie deliberately, knowing you can catch them in the lie. This was more like going to Flynn with the determination to manufacture a lie.

UPDATE: Did Flynn agree to plea deal to avoid being charged with failing to register as a foreign agent during his dealings with Turkey? Seems likely.

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Mon Dec 17 23:43:18 CST 2018 by TriggerFinger. Comments [Tweet]

Another motive to go after Flynn?

PJMediaI’ve been told, I believe reliably, that General Flynn had either ordered, or intended to order, a full accounting of decades of intelligence community malfeasance. This was likely to reveal vast sums of money that were never spent to carry out the missions for which they were appropriated. This would have intensified the IC’s desire to get rid of him.

We're already pretty sure that the dossier on Trump and the Carter Page FISA warrant came from a desperate attempt to get legal authority for spying that Mike Rogers, as NSA Director, had cut off (and initiated an audit of). If Mike Flynn had intended to order an even broader audit, and this became known, and if the abuses were as common and as significant as they seem to be, then this would represent a huge motive for the entire Obama administration to go after him. They could safely fire Flynn to block his audit while the Obama administration was in power, but when Trump hired him, the Obama administration would surely realize the audit was back on the table.

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Mon Dec 17 06:47:19 CST 2018 by TriggerFinger. Comments [Tweet]

Mueller refuses to turn over original interview notes for Flynn?

Note that Mueller is defying a court order on this. He was ordered to turn over the original 302 (FBI term for interview notes) and instead turned over a 302 of Peter Strzok being interviewed about the Flynn interview. We must see the original Flynn 302 likely written by Pientka.

Also -- the 302 on which they are basing the whole Flynn prosecution is an interview of Strzok after Lisa Page was fired and days before Strzok was fired. They were fired because the texts revealing their bias came out. Those texts came out at the same time. Therefore, Mueller know Strzok was compromised when he conducted this interview, and I can only assume Mueller kept Strzok on for a few more days solely or primarily to conduct this interview which he then used to charge Flynn. Why else keep him on for a few more days?

It seems the judge has noticed Flynn is being railroaded and hopefully is going to get the facts. I hope he does get them and throws out the charges. Better justice delayed than justice denied.

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Fri Dec 14 22:27:54 CST 2018 by TriggerFinger. Comments [Tweet]

New emails reveal FBI knew FISA warrant on Page was fatally flawed

The HillJust before Thanksgiving, House Republicans amended the list of documents they’d like President Trump to declassify in the Russia investigation. With little fanfare or explanation, the lawmakers, led by House Intelligence Committee Chairman Devin Nunes (R-Calif.), added a string of emails between the FBI and the Department of Justice (DOJ) to their wish list.

Sources tell me the targeted documents may provide the most damning evidence to date of potential abuses of the Foreign Intelligence Surveillance Act (FISA), evidence that has been kept from the majority of members of Congress for more than two years.

The email exchanges included then-FBI Director James Comey, key FBI investigators in the Russia probe and lawyers in the DOJ’s national security division, and they occurred in early to mid-October, before the FBI successfully secured a FISA warrant to spy on Trump campaign adviser Carter Page.

The email exchanges show the FBI was aware — before it secured the now-infamous warrant — that there were intelligence community concerns about the reliability of the main evidence used to support it: the Christopher Steele dossier.

I used "flawed" in the headline to keep it short. We don't know exactly what the emails say, but read the article. It says the emails say the FBI knew pretty much everything we know now: the media contacts, the circular reporting used as evidence, Steele's bias and paid opposition research role, everything.

There is speculation this was leaked to allow Comey to prepare for his testimony (ie, to tip him off that Congress knew about the email chain).

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Fri Dec 14 08:47:20 CST 2018 by TriggerFinger. Comments [Tweet]

Robert Mueller's Plan

Andy McCarthy reminds us that Mueller is planning to write a report not file charges. He intends to produce a narrative that implies collusion, even though his witnesses in a trial would have no credibility as convicted liars.

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Fri Dec 14 07:47:20 CST 2018 by TriggerFinger. Comments [Tweet]

Grassley may want answers, but he won't get them

The FBI and DOJ bet the farm they could outlast two years of a Republican House by stonewalling and playing political games. They won that bet. But they made a similar bet with Trump about 2020, and that one is still in play.

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Fri Dec 14 06:47:20 CST 2018 by TriggerFinger. Comments [Tweet]

Mueller deleted text messages from Page, Strzok phones

Conservative TreehouseThe DOJ Office of Inspector General has filed a 35-page report (full pdf below) outlining the issues with recovery of text messages from devices belonging to FBI attorney Lisa Page and FBI agent Peter Strzok.

Page and Strzok transferred to the special counsel team when Robert Mueller took over the counterintelligence investigation, ie. “muh Russia”. Within the report the IG notes that after the special counsels office was notified of the biased text messaging identified by Strzok and Page; and after Mueller removed them from the investigative team; the phones issued to Ms. Page and Mr. Strzok were reset removing any communication during their time on the special counsel team from discovery.

These were the phones used by Page and Strzok, now infamous for their thousands of biased text messages while they worked to exonerate Clinton and smear Trump, after the joined Mueller's team but before their texts were exposed. When those texts were exposed, they were forced to leave Mueller's team... and their phones were reset,destroying any text messages they had exchanged while working for Mueller.

The IG report proceeds to whitewash this clear destruction of evidence.

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Thu Dec 13 18:13:15 CST 2018 by TriggerFinger. Comments [Tweet]

Comey Interview (Part 1)

Transcript here. My comments below the fold.

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Sat Dec 08 21:22:08 CST 2018 by TriggerFinger. Comments [Tweet]

BOMBSHELL: Comey likely knew about the Trump tower meeting in June 2016

Why is this important? The meeting happened June 9th, and the investigation didn't open until the end of July, and Comey says he can't answer because the question touches on Mueller's investigation. But if he didn't know about the meeting he could answer that. If he knew, and can't answer, it's because it was related to the Mueller investigation -- which didn't exist at the time.

So Comey knew about the meeting before the investigation opened in July.

How? Did he get the information from Steele, or Perkins-Coie through Baker, or surveillance on Trump?

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Sat Dec 08 21:18:04 CST 2018 by TriggerFinger. Comments [Tweet]

BOMBSHELL: Comey stumbles on Baker's contact with Perkins-Coie

Baker, FBI general counsel at the time, has testified that he received information from Perkins-Coie and passed it on to others. He said this was unusual ("unique", even). Comey is claiming to have absolutely no knowledge of this. Would Baker have done that and never mentioned it to Comey? Seems unlikely. My gut tells me Comey is lying here, and that he knew it was going on. Comey is claiming tips like that happened all the time, and he wants to see what Baker testified to before he answers. This is serious stumbling by Comey.

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Sat Dec 08 18:43:39 CST 2018 by TriggerFinger. Comments [Tweet]

BOMBSHELL: Comey can't hold the end of July timeline!

Comey can't dance fast enough. He first denies any information gathering about Trump at the FBI before the last week of July, then walks it back and admits "it's possible I knew at the time." It was absolutely going on, and he absolutely knew about it (and still does, but he has to claim a memory lapse to avoid talking about it).

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Sat Dec 08 18:29:55 CST 2018 by TriggerFinger. Comments [Tweet]

BOMBSHELL: Comey's lawyers agreed believing the testimony would be essentially public

I've discussed before that Comey and others are hiding behind classification rules and the fiction of a continuing investigation exception to protect themselves from answering dangerous questions. That's why Congress insisted that this testimony be taken behind closed doors. But Comey's lawyers seem to think that the agreement between Comey and Congress precludes such topics, effectively making the setting public and defeating the point of a closed hearing.

The full exchange is below the fold. The whole transcript is here.

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Sat Dec 08 18:04:24 CST 2018 by TriggerFinger. Comments [Tweet]

Comey claims William Barr is a friend of his

Transcript of Comey's testimonyMr. Comey, Congressman Jimmy Gomez from California.
A few questions. There have been a lot of discussion about bias here. I wanted to bring up the potential nominee for the next Attorney General of the United States, Bill Barr. Bill Barr has stated that he sees more reason for the Department of Justice to investigate Hillary Clinton's tenure as Secretary of State than investigate conspiracy between the Trump campaign and Russia.
Do you think this is a useful and reasonable allocation of DOJ or FBI resources?
Mr. Comey. I don't. So it's hard for me to react, Congressman, to a statement. I don't know what he meant by that or what the full context was. Unless there are facts that I didn't see when I was Director of the FBI, I don't see a basis for continued investigation on the email front. I don't know what he -- I can't imagine he saw something as a private citizen, so I don't know what to think of that. And I think very highly of him. I mean, I used to work for him. I probably know him better than I know Bob Mueller. I probably just damned him by saying he's a friend of mine, but I respect him. I just don't know what he meant by that.

Was this nomination an own-goal by Trump? It's starting to look like it.

Earlier in the transcript, Comey was unwilling to describe Mueller as a friend of his despite working with him for years. But Barr is a friend? He knows Barr better than Mueller?

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Sat Dec 08 17:34:38 CST 2018 by TriggerFinger. Comments [Tweet]

Manafort's passports do not show trips to meet Assange

Washington TimesPaul Manafort’s passports don’t show he entered London in all the years claimed by Guardian newspaper when it said he met secretly with WikiLeaks Julian Assange.

The Guardian said he met with Mr. Assange in London in 2013, 2015 and 2016.

A review of Manafort’s two passports shows he entered Heathrow Airport since 2008 on two occasions, in 2012 and on another time where the customs stamp year is blurred. It appears to be either 2010 or 2016.

So, maybe one stamp in 2016, but it might also be 2010. I imagine the date of that last stamp can probably be proven with other data. Even if Manafort was in London, it doesn't prove he met with Assange, but the lack of stamps relevant to all of the claimed meetings throws serious doubt on the accusations.

Fri Dec 07 07:47:19 CST 2018 by TriggerFinger. Comments [Tweet]

Nunes calls for more declassified emails

Sara CarterHouse Intelligence Committee Chairman Devin Nunes (R-CA) told Fox News’ Maria Bartiromo yesterday that he wishes to see a “fourth bucket” of emails declassified, saying it would reveal evidence that the Department of Justice and FBI withheld information from the Foreign Intelligence Surveillance Court (FISC).

Nunes said the first of three “buckets” were Russia-related documents which President Trump–after calling for their release–had to backtrack on after Deputy Attorney General Rod Rosenstein intervened and suggested the Inspector General review them first.

“The new fourth bucket that we’re asking to be declassified now is — for months we have been reviewing emails between FBI, and DOJ, and others that clearly show that they knew about information that should have been presented to the FISA court,” he said. “So it is real evidence that people within the FBI withheld evidence from the FISA court.”

The more information we can get into the public domain about this the better.

Sat Nov 24 06:47:20 CST 2018 by TriggerFinger. Comments [Tweet]

Lame-duck Congress subpeonas Comey and Lynch over Hillary probe

The fact that they waited to issue these subpoenas until after they lost the election is an indication that they weren't taking them seriously in the first place.

Comey demanded there be a public hearing -- which would of course prevent him for talking about anything related to classified information, a shield he could and would hide everything behind.

The dates are November 29th and December 5th.

Fri Nov 23 08:47:20 CST 2018 by TriggerFinger. Comments [Tweet]

A new tidbit about Alexander Downer, Australian 007

The Australian diplomat who spoke to George Papadopoulus in a wine bar about Russians and may or may not have spoken about emails turns out to be a former Australian Minister of Foreign Affairs. The Australian counterpart to the CIA reports directly to that position.

Gee, that doesn't sound like a setup at all, does it?

Fri Nov 23 06:47:20 CST 2018 by TriggerFinger. Comments [Tweet]

SpyGate shifting

Mifsud's lawyer is claiming he was instructed to remain in hiding. Who instructed him? It seems the Senate wants to talk to Mifsud. That seems like good news at first. The Senate is still controlled by Republicans. But he Senate and its Intel Committee Republicans have been less than helpful in investigating SpyGate.

Still, it's probably better than nothing. Now that the House has changed hands, perhaps the Senate will step up.

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Wed Nov 21 08:47:20 CST 2018 by TriggerFinger. Comments [Tweet]

Mueller witness accuses prosecutor of conflict of interest

Daily CallerAn attorney who appeared as a witness before the Mueller grand jury is accusing the special counsel’s office of a conflict of interest because one of the prosecutors involved in the special counsel’s case has worked for Hillary Clinton and the Clinton Foundation.

The prosecutor, Jeannie Rhee, has questioned witnesses about Roger Stone, the Trump confidant who is one of the targets of the investigation, numerous sources tell The Daily Caller News Foundation. Rhee questioned Tyler Nixon, an attorney for Stone, just before his grand jury appearance on Nov. 2.

Let's not kid around. All of the prosecutors on Mueller's team have conflicts of interest. Those conflicts are why they were chosen.

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Thu Nov 15 07:01:24 CST 2018 by TriggerFinger. Comments [Tweet]

A confrontation is about to take place

The Democrats are clearly terrified that replacing AG Sessions with acting-AG Whitaker will have dire consequences for their control and the dual sword and shield role he has played in preventing Trump from draining the national security swamp. They are openly threatening Whitaker should be exercise oversight over Mueller and his witch hunt. Given Mueller's utter lack of results related to the President and his campaign, that terror strongly suggests that Rod was covering for them and they know it. Without Rod and with Mueller neutered, their goose is cooked.

Luckily, Rod himself has already established the precedent for how the DOJ can handle subpoenas from the House of Representatives. Silence and counter-investigations.

What infuriates me is that Republicans held the House for years and held endless hearings without ever seriously taking the issues to court or otherwise seriously challenging the swamp creatures in DOJ and FBI. They had the chance to blow this thing wide open and they wimped out.

But this situation may not play well for the Democrats in 2020. When Republicans held the House, the Senate, and the White House, they were uneasy allies... a mix of true believers and swamp creatures surrounding Trump, a slugger with nothing to punch because they all pretended to be friends. If the Democrats give Trump something to punch for the next two years, they may end up regretting it.

Note: I don't endorse those tactics in general, but the Democrats badly need several large doses of their own medicine.

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Tue Nov 13 06:34:56 CST 2018 by TriggerFinger. Comments [Tweet]

Explaining a puzzler

Over at Conservative Treehouse, there's a good explanation for something that has been puzzling me: the bizarre plea bargain of James Wolfe, which transformed the crime of leaking classified information to the media into a much lesser charge of lying to the FBI. The transition from a full-bore prosecution of leakers to a much reduced plea bargain now makes sense. What happened?

First, Sessions ordered a leak investigation, and that took place. It turned up (presumably among others) James Wolfe, who (as a staffer for the Senate intelligence committee) leaked classified information to (again among others) Ali Watkins. Everything was going swimmingly; he was arrested, charges were in the process, and so on.

Second, James Wolfe said he would go to trial, and that he would call Senators to testify in his defense. Presumably, he would say they ordered him to release the information, so it was not unauthorized. This became publicly known, and functions essentially as a blackmail threat, only in public. Suddenly, Senators are interested in helping with his defense.

Third, details of the indictment against Wolfe are leaked. The details basically prove that Wolfe leaked the unredacted Carter Page FISA warrant to the media.

Fourth, suddenly Wolfe gets a sweet plea deal and no need to call Senators to testify at his trial, which won't happen.

The question is, what happened between steps Three and Four?

The answer appears to be: The revelation that the leaked material was involved in the Russian Collusion investigation shifted supervision of the leak inquiry from AG Sessions to Rod Rosenstein due to Sessions' recusal from Russia matters. Rosenstein promptly plea-bargained with Wolfe to protect the Senators who participated in SpyGate.

That plea bargain demonstrates conclusively which side Rosenstein is on, and it isn't the side of Truth, Justice, and the Trump way.

Rosenstein must be removed from supervision of anything related to SpyGate. Removing Sessions, and his recusal bubble, is the simplest way the President can do that. And preventing a Senate-confirmed non-conflicted AG from taking over Rosenstein's current supervisory role is why Whitaker is under withering attack and the vote counts in Florida and possibly Arizona are being manipulated to keep the Republicans in the Senate from having a strong enough majority to confirm someone willing and able to properly cut this Gordian knot.

Mon Nov 12 04:24:45 CST 2018 by TriggerFinger. Comments [Tweet]

Mueller begins writing his final report

The HillSpecial counsel Robert Mueller's team has started writing its final report after a months-long investigation into possible ties between President Trump's presidential campaign and Russia, multiple sources told CNN on Thursday.

Funny how a supposedly non-political investigation had to wait until after the elections to begin writing their final report. I mean, I could understand waiting until after the elections to release it. But if you start writing immediately after the elections, it sort of suggests that you needed to know the outcome of those elections to determine what you would write.

Fri Nov 09 06:02:35 CST 2018 by TriggerFinger. Comments [Tweet]

Rosenstein removed from supervising Mueller, may resign

Sources say. This was prompted by Jeff Sessions resigning.

The new acting AG will take over. This is normal. (Sessions was recused from Russian matters because he helped Trump with his campaign; the new acting AG has no such potential conflicts). I don't think anyone has a feel for the Acting AG on this issue yet -- except presumably Trump. So Rosenstein losing his supervision of Mueller is normal.

Rosenstein resigning on the other hand is not.

Did Trump finally accept the resignation Rosenstein had reportedly offered? Did the new acting AG ask for a resignation? Did Trump?

It looks like Trump is moving fast following the elections.

UPDATE: Acting AG Matthew Whitaker has criticized the Mueller probe. A good sign that we may finally get some adult supervision at DOJ.

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Wed Nov 07 15:58:08 CST 2018 by TriggerFinger. Comments [Tweet]

Trump Jr expecting to be indicted?

Sara CarterOn the heels of the Vanity Fair article reporting that White House staffers were “worried” about Donald Trump Jr. and the Mueller probe, Politico reported Wednesday that the president’s son is expecting to be indicted.

According to the report, Donald Trump Jr. “has told friends in recent weeks that he believes he could be indicted…”

In a sane world, taking a meeting in which nothing of substance was offered and no money changed hands would be less serious than paying myriad unidentified Russian intelligence sources to lie about your political opponent and enable your own government to spy on said opponent.

Apparently we do not live in a sane world.

If the Dems won the House, Mueller was always going to come up with something to keep threatening Trump and avoid the full declassification that would expect the FBI, DOJ, CIA, etc to full sunlight.

I guess this is it. Mueller can effectively threaten Trump Jr with prosecution for that meeting and keep the threat live for another two years while Trump has to run for re-election.

On the other hand, Sessions just resigned, meaning Mueller will have a new boss shortly.

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Wed Nov 07 14:12:33 CST 2018 by TriggerFinger. Comments [Tweet]

Bongino interviews Papadopoulos

Setup and background show
Interview

What follows is my own summary of key information from the interview, but I urge you to listen to the whole interview at a minimum.

George was working (unknowingly) for an CIA-FBI front group. His employers set up the meeting with Mifsud (the supposed Russian agent) in a facility in Rome used to train western intelligence agents. The person who set up the meeting is the FBI's chief legal counsel in the UK. The people introducing Mifsud's companion as "Putin's niece" (she's not) were Director-level positions at the center, meaning they are all in the scheme.

George speculates (based on two news sources contacting him to ask about it) that there was a FISA warrant on him. That would be an explosive bombshell revelation, because we have only heard about the FISA warrant on Carter Page so far.

George describes traveling to Israel and being arrested and interrogated about social media campaign influence in the US. "Arrested" is perhaps an understatement; he said he was afraid for his life. (These were the people who gave him $10K intended to entrap him on returning to the US; George also suspects the bills were marked).

George describes a number of people offering him money and introducing him to women ("honeytraps"). One of them offered him $30K/mo and an office in New York... if he worked simultaneously for the Trump administration. That guy set up a lot of behavioral red flags and was recording the conversation. Papadopoulos refused the offer.

One of the honeytraps is named "Azra Turk" (a Turkish national). George suspects she is a CIA or western intelligence asset rather than FBI, which would also expand the scandal.

George describes a number of times when he was probably recorded, at least one in a meeting with Halper, and refuses to cooperate and asks to be left alone.

George describes his meeting with Australian ambassador Downer. It also included Downer's "girlfriend" an Australian intelligence officer. It was not a chance meeting, it was orchestrated. And George thinks that conversation was being recorded, and says emails did not come up during that conversation at all. George says that is false. George also says neither of the participants were drunk (one drink each) and that it was not a friendly meeting.

George says there was someone inside the Trump campaign acting as a confidential source and probably feeding information out to the FBI. Congress knows who they are. Hopefully the rest of the world will find out soon as the truth of this whole operation comes out.

Mon Nov 05 10:26:12 CST 2018 by TriggerFinger. Comments [Tweet]

Rosenstein declines to testify to Congress

Conservative Treehouse quoting the Washington Post Deputy Attorney General Rod J. Rosenstein’s interview with a joint House panel reviewing the Justice Department investigation of President Trump’s alleged Russia ties will not take place this week as expected, according to congressional aides involved with the planning.

The House Judiciary and Oversight and Government Reform committees were expected to speak with Rosenstein behind closed doors Thursday as part of their probe into federal law enforcement’s conduct during the investigations of Trump’s campaign and former secretary of state Hillary Clinton’s use of a private email server. But a dispute over the interview’s terms prevented the committees and the Justice Department from reaching a deal to hold the meeting, according to people familiar with the discussions.

So what's really going on?

Without the threat of immediate declassification hanging over his head, Rosenstein is feeling his Wheaties. If he went before Congress and testified honestly, it would be a disaster for him and fuel continued leaks to the press about what he said -- leaks that would be very personally damaging. And if he went before Congress and testified falsely, he would face criminal liability. Rosenstein feels like he's worked something out with Trump that will let him thumb his nose at Congress temporarily. Probably only temporarily, because his position still sucks. But long enough, perhaps, to get past the midterms.

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Thu Oct 11 04:36:18 CDT 2018 by TriggerFinger. Comments [Tweet]

Should Rosenstein be removed from Mueller investigation?

Sara CarterRosenstein’s suspected misconduct and malfeasance, compounded by clearly disqualifying blatant conflicts of interest, demand that he step aside from overseeing the Mueller investigation. No one can have confidence in the credibility and integrity of any report on the Mueller probe with Rosenstein at the helm.

The latest evidence that Rosenstein is appallingly compromised comes from former FBI General Counsel James Baker. Baker reportedly told Congress last week that Rosenstein was “serious” when he proposed secretly recording the president to try to gain damaging information about him.

I think Rosenstein is clearly conflicted in the investigation, and has mistakes of his own to cover up. At the same time, Trump's threat to declassify material that would reveal Rosenstein's role gives Trump a certain amount of leverage on Rosenstein -- and thus on Mueller. To restrain Mueller, is it worth allowing Rosenstein to manage to exposure and cleanup of the FBI and DOJ corruption?

Maybe.

I don't trust Rosenstein and I don't want him in charge of anything. I don't think Rosenstein is a friend of the President. But I'm suspicious of leaks from McCabe (a known hostile) and testimony from James Baker (not known to be friendly) implying Rosenstein was a part of their operation and should be fired. Why would those two suddenly be talking up the coup unless they are trying to get Rosenstein fired? And why would they be trying to get Rosenstein fired unless they felt he was inimicable to their current interests?

My take is this:

1) The coup discussion was serious. We've had lots of press leaks about 25th amendment being invoked, and the meeting where this all started was right after James Comey got fired and right before Mueller was appointed. The obvious conclusion is that they decided at the meeting to get Mueller in place, meaning they rejected the other options.

2) The "wear a wire" comment was probably sarcastic. Wearing a wire to spy on the president would be suicidally stupid even for a trusted cabinet member. So Rosenstein was probably being sarcastic (not quite the same as joking...) about this but not about the rest.

3) The situation has changed a lot since then. Rosenstein, like Comey, is a weasel. Unlike Comey, Trump knows Rosenstein is a weasel and has a firm grip. Rosenstein has incentives to be a good little weasel until Trump is done with him, which should be as soon as Trump has put Mueller to bed and found a confirmable replacement for Rosenstein.

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Thu Oct 11 03:36:18 CDT 2018 by TriggerFinger. Comments [Tweet]

Nunes: "Absolute proof of FISA abuse"

Washington Examiner"Numerous officials at the DOJ and the FBI have told us under oath ... nobody at FBI or DOJ knew anything about that the Democratic Party being behind the Clinton dirt," Nunes said. "Now you have one of the top lawyers for the Democrats and the Clinton campaign who was feeding information directly to the top lawyer at the FBI."

"Before even the FISA warrant," he continued. "Now you have absolute proof that that wasn't told to the FISA court. So you want your the evidence of FISA abuse? There it is right there."

Baker was a key player in successfully obtaining multiple warrants for Page. According to a Daily Caller report, Baker, who served as the FBI's top lawyer until May, told Congress on Wednesday that Michael Sussmann, of Perkins Coie, passed on documents to him about Russian efforts to influence the 2016 election. Baker said he did not read all the information provided by Sussmann, but described the meeting as "atypical."

We need to get these documents declassified already!

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Wed Oct 10 06:35:37 CDT 2018 by TriggerFinger. Comments [Tweet]

Susan Rice wants to be a Senator

That might be awkward for her, as people still remember her lies about what happened in Benghazi, and there are outstanding questions regarding her role in SpyGate unmasking.

Tue Oct 09 02:08:52 CDT 2018 by TriggerFinger. Comments [Tweet]

BOMBSHELL: FBI met with DNC lawyers on dossier

The HillCongressional investigators have confirmed that a top FBI official met with Democratic Party lawyers to talk about allegations of Donald Trump-Russia collusion weeks before the 2016 election, and before the bureau secured a search warrant targeting Trump’s campaign.

Former FBI general counsel James Baker met during the 2016 season with at least one attorney from Perkins Coie, the Democratic National Committee’s private law firm.

That’s the firm used by the DNC and Hillary Clinton’s campaign to secretly pay research firm Fusion GPS and Christopher Steele, a former British intelligence operative, to compile a dossier of uncorroborated raw intelligence alleging Trump and Moscow were colluding to hijack the presidential election.

Sounds like James Baker is singing like a bird.

The HillBaker was interviewed by lawmakers behind closed doors on Wednesday. Sources declined to divulge his testimony, other than to say it confirmed other evidence about the contact between the Perkins Coie law firm and the FBI... “The interview was one of the most productive we had and it opened up many new investigative leads,” one source said.

"Confirmed other evidence", which we haven't seen yet. That's going to be interesting when it comes out.

The Hill“There’s a strong suggestion that confidential human sources actually taped members within the Trump campaign,” Meadows told Hill.TV hosts Krystal Ball and Ned Ryun.

Those tapes should be interesting to hear, too. They will likely answer the question of whether the spies approaching various Trump campaign staff actually got anything worth opening an investigation. I suspect they did not, and the tapes will offer proof of that.

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Thu Oct 04 07:49:31 CDT 2018 by TriggerFinger. Comments [Tweet]

Who was the second source on the Page FISA?

Meaning in HistoryThe most important aspect of Baker's testimony today, which Rep. Jim Jordan characterized as "pretty explosive", appears to have been the new information that Baker provided about the sourcing for the FISA application. To this point it has been assumed that the probable cause for the FISA application largely rested on the so-called Steele "dossier"--both Comey and McCabe have confirmed that. However, today Baker told Congress that there was another source as well.

Who, or what, is the second source and why is it explosive?

We know about foreign intelligence helping out already, but we don't have official confirmation. And "key allies" practically begged Trump not to declassify, so something related to foreign intelligence is probably hiding behind the redactions. But what are the specifics?

Thu Oct 04 02:11:44 CDT 2018 by TriggerFinger. Comments [Tweet]

House to interview James Baker about FBI, DOJ election meddling

The HillFormer FBI general counsel Jim Baker is expected to meet with congressional investigators next week as part of a joint probe examining the decision-making of FBI and Justice Department (DOJ) officials during the 2016 election, The Hill has learned.

Baker's appearance on Capitol Hill is slated to take place next Wednesday, a spokesperson for the House Judiciary Committee confirmed.

The meeting comes after House Republicans threatened this month to subpoena Baker if he did not agree to voluntarily testify before the House Judiciary Committee and the Oversight and Government and Reform panel, which are conducting a joint investigation.

I don't think we know much about what Baker did in this whole mess yet. It will be interesting to find out.

Mon Oct 01 03:02:27 CDT 2018 by TriggerFinger. Comments [Tweet]

Brennan confirms my analysis: declassify or resign

Washington ExaminerIf Mr. Trump and the White House does not relent, well then I think they have some decisions to make, whether or not they are going to just not follow that direction and be fired, or to resign," Brennan said, name-checking FBI Director Christopher Wray, Director of National Intelligence Dan Coats, and Deputy Attorney General Rod Rosenstein.

Not the first place I would have looked to for confirmation, but hey...

Undoubtedly Brennan hopes they will resign instead of releasing the documents. That would create a distraction from the content of the documents.

Ironically, at the end of the article:

Washington ExaminerBrennan was stripped of his security clearance by Trump in August for "erratic" behavior. Brennan, an MSNBC commentator, has used his public platform to criticize Trump as being "abnormal. He has served a bipartisan collection of presidents over the course of his career.

"Abnormal" is a coverup. He claimed Trump committed treason.

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Thu Sep 20 12:14:56 CDT 2018 by TriggerFinger. Comments [Tweet]

Red Lines on the Spygate declassification

Fox NewsSchiff claims that the current FBI Director, Robert Wray, and Deputy Attorney General, Rod Rosenstein, have proclaimed that the president’s declassification order “crossed a red line.”

While Schiff is notorious for hyperbole, his assertion of a “red line” is rather stunning. Does it mean Rosenstein and Wray will defy the president’s direct order and continue to obstruct lawful subpoenas issued by congress? If so, they should be fired for rank insubordination.

The public order to declassify without redaction is Trump's red line. A publicly issued order makes it impossible to delay, to obstruct, to #resist, without being exposed and giving the President cause to fire you for defying the direct order.

Fox NewsIn the alternative, they may endeavor to delay or “slow roll” the release of documents hoping that the political winds may shift or that control of Congress itself will change hands in the upcoming election.

That has certainly been the plan up until now. But Trump's order contains the word "immediate". And if they try to redact what they release, it also contains the words "without redaction".

Why would the DOJ defy such a Presidential order?

Fox NewsRosenstein has every reason to suppress the records. They may incriminate him. He affixed his signature to the final renewal of the FISA warrant application to continue spying on Carter Page. He vouched for the authenticity and veracity of the information contained therein. But if it was largely based on a “dossier” that was unverified and uncorroborated, Rosenstein may have been complicit in misusing his position of power in pursuit of a president who was wrongfully targeted by the FBI and DOJ.

Either way, the future does not bode well for Rod Rosenstein. He appointed a special counsel without proper authority.

He then refused to recuse himself as a key witness in the very case he oversees.

All along the way, he has been obstructing Congress by withholding records they are entitled to have.

He surely knows what the declassified documents portend for himself.

Rosenstein is toast. He incriminates himself by the public release of these documents, or he resigns in protest and they get released anyway, or he gets fired and they get released anyway. When you play the Game of Coups, you win or you go to jail, and it looks like Rosenstein is going to jail.

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Wed Sep 19 13:56:56 CDT 2018 by TriggerFinger. Comments [Tweet]

It's not just Brennan

PJMediaNo doubt the FBI/DOJ will do their best to slow-walk the release just as they have before. The solution is simple. Trump should give them a deadline. If they still delay, he should fire them. If they use the oh-so-tired-and-ridiculous "sources and methods" excuse, he should fire them nine ways to Brooklyn and shoot them through a cannon. That's the biggest piece of self-serving bull around. Enough of this Stasi-NKVD behavior.

Roger Simon also agrees that the public order to declassify is a prelude to necessary firings.

PJMediaThe greatest fear is that the actual provenance of this attempted coup will be revealed. Just how high did it go? There's a reason Susan Rice wrote that odd ex-post facto email saying Obama told the other officials to do things "by the book."

I'm afraid we already know this answer. As Lisa Page wrote to Peter Strzok, "potus wants to know everything we are doing". For those who don't know, POTUS is an acronym for President of the United States.

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Wed Sep 19 12:56:56 CDT 2018 by TriggerFinger. Comments [Tweet]

President Trump orders declassification of FISA warrant, texts

White HouseAt the request of a number of committees of Congress, and for reasons of transparency, the President has directed the Office of the Director of National Intelligence and the Department of Justice (including the FBI) to provide for the immediate declassification of the following materials: (1) pages 10-12 and 17-34 of the June 2017 application to the FISA court in the matter of Carter W. Page; (2) all FBI reports of interviews with Bruce G. Ohr prepared in connection with the Russia investigation; and (3) all FBI reports of interviews prepared in connection with all Carter Page FISA applications.

In addition, President Donald J. Trump has directed the Department of Justice (including the FBI) to publicly release all text messages relating to the Russia investigation, without redaction, of James Comey, Andrew McCabe, Peter Strzok, Lisa Page, and Bruce Ohr.

This is interesting. Obviously for anyone following SpyGate it's likely to be a gold mine of new information and confirmation of existing suspicions if and when it happens. But the manner in which is may happen seems interesting.

We're not just getting, say, leaks from Congressional staffers describing what they have seen in private, or yet another partial release of slightly less redacted material. The statement says "no redactions".

And we got it as a statement from the White House, not as an actual document release from DOJ. And we know Trump has been publicly (via Twitter and otherwise) pushing for this for some time, and (via less public channels) getting resistance and pushback. So what that tells me is that Trump is, publicly, through White House channels, issuing an order to his subordinates to declassify and release the documents.

Either those subordinates will follow the orders, or they will refuse and resign, or they will be fired.

That's why the order is public. It's to justify the firing if the order is refused.

We'll see what happens. But any of those three options lead to fireworks.

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Mon Sep 17 17:53:54 CDT 2018 by TriggerFinger. Comments [Tweet]

SpyGate update

Bob Woodward found no evidence of Russian collusion, despite finding lots of other things people supposedly told him that they now deny telling him. I get the feeling he sold the book on Watergate 2 and then had to make up a lot of thinly sourced quotes when he didn't find shit.

We have confirmation from new Strzok text messages that he wanted to open a case and file charges within 2 hours of Comey being fired "while Andy is acting" (as in, presumably, while Andrew McCabe was acting as FBI director). More evidence the whole thing was planned out to target the President with an internal coup.

Lisa Page's deposition indicates that more than 9 months into their investigation of the Trump campaign, they had found no evidence of collusion, despite their use of national-security wiretap authority and multiple human sources. She frames it as "we still couldn't answer the question." A better characterization seems to be that they didn't like the answer.

Nellie Ohr will testify to Congress this week. If certain allegations about contractor access to NSA databases are accurate, and she is honest, her testimony could be significant.

Nunes expects to release 70 depositions in the next few weeks.

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Mon Sep 17 14:18:52 CDT 2018 by TriggerFinger. Comments [Tweet]

Judicial Watch sues for Bruce Ohr 302s

Judicial WatchJudicial Watch announced today that it filed a Freedom of Information Act (FOIA) lawsuit against the Department of Justice for details of the 302 interviews the FBI conducted with Bruce Ohr, who was removed from his position as U.S. Associate Deputy Attorney General in December 2017. The interviews could be key to understanding how anti-Trump dossier author, British spy Christopher Steele’s information was transmitted to the FBI.

It's amazing that it takes pressure from Congress, pressure from the President, and pressure from the legal system via groups like Judicial Watch to get these documents. It's almost like the FBI and DOJ, including the people making the decisions about what to release and what to withhold or redact, have something to hide.

Thu Sep 13 11:56:48 CDT 2018 by TriggerFinger. Comments [Tweet]

Google openly opposed Trump, supported Hillary during campaign

ZerohedgeTucker Carlson just blew the cover off the 2016 election influence charade, after he read an internal email on Monday night's show from a senior Google employee who admitted to using company resources to make a "silent donation" to a liberal group that was creating ads and donating funds to bus Latinos to voting stations during the 2016 election in key swing states, in an effort to help Hillary Clinton win.

I'm honestly not sure what the rules are here. This is clearly a lot more campaign-related than paying off a bimbo eruption, and it's not a person but a corporation doing it. And we have email proof not only that it happened, but that it was motivated to help one candidate rather than being non-partisan. Does that matter?

Read the whole article for more, including hints of a smart-phone-based voter record that "aggregates all that is known about them".

I'm skeptical about campaign finance regulation as a matter of principle, but there are all sorts of other potential issues here, including user privacy and abuse of a dominant market position.

Wed Sep 12 09:17:26 CDT 2018 by TriggerFinger. Comments [Tweet]

Dan Bongino runs through the whole of SpyGate

Listen to the whole thing, especially if you haven't been keeping up. Dan covers the whole chain of events, from the NSA shutting down FBI contractor access to their database (were some of those contractors Fusion GPS and Nellie Ohr?), to the efforts to get a FISA warrant based on the dossier that likely came from that NSA database (due the Michael Cohen in Prague mistake), to the efforts to set up Page and Popadopoulos, to the Trump Tower meeting setup.

He picks up on a couple new points that I had missed. One is that Nellie Ohr was working for Fusion GPS all the way back to 2015. That means she was working at Fusion GPS while the FBI contractors (still unspecified) were abusing the NSA database (85%!!! of the accesses to the database did not comply with the appropriate privacy procedures).

A second is that Andrew Weissman was being kept in the loop by Bruce Ohr during the investigation and was then hired by Mueller for his special counsel investigation. So, Weissman (along with, at least, Peter Strzok and Lisa Page), was effectively investigating events he was involved in and likely has criminal liability in. And Weissman is still on Mueller's team.

Finally, Bongino goes through the links Mueller has to practically every significant figure involved in this case. Mueller is linked to Comey, to Russian oligarchs who helped the FBI investigate, to Hillary lawyers... the list goes on and on. Mueller practically knows every key player personally.

Is he going to rat on his friends? Of course not.

He's going to sweep the whole thing under the rug by keeping the focus on Trump.

Except maybe he just realized he can't quite do that.

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Sun Sep 09 14:29:49 CDT 2018 by TriggerFinger. Comments [Tweet]

Congressman Meadows sends letter demanding Ohr investigation

Sara CarterCongressman Mark Meadows (R-NC) sent a letter Tuesday to Department of Justice Attorney General Jeff Sessions demanding that Inspector General Michael Horowitz and recently appointed DOJ attorney, John Huber interview now embattled DOJ official Bruce Ohr and investigate “critical violations” in connection with the FBI’s handling the Russia investigation and the bureau’s process to obtain a highly secret warrant to spy on a short term-volunteer for the Trump campaign.

Not much actual news here; a Congressman sending a letter happens pretty often. But the demand to investigate Bruce Ohr and his involvement in Spygate is significant, as it indicates growing Congressional discontent with AG Sessions and John Huber, the prosecutor Sessions appointed to investigate Spygate. We have heard basically nothing about Huber's investigation so far, which could be good or bad; hearing nothing could mean there are no leaks or it could mean there is no activity to leak. Finding out that Ohr had not yet been interviewed when he testified to Congress on these matters appears to indicate that the needle is pointing more towards no activity to leak.

Sun Sep 09 13:29:49 CDT 2018 by TriggerFinger. Comments [Tweet]

Mueller subpoenas Jerome Corsi

Apparently, it's because Jerome Corsi is connected to Roger Stone. Stone is an associate of Trump, apparently, and works with the National Enquirer. I assume this is Mueller following up on Cohen's guilty plea to "campaign finance" charges that involved shell corporations and payoffs to bimbo eruptions.

I use the term advisedly. Clinton was credibly alleged to have groped and even raped people, although his most famous affair with Lewinsky was consensual. Trump has been accused of having consensual sex and paying the women to keep quiet about it. When they don't, that's a bimbo eruption. Sorry, Stormy.

In any event, the odds that either Jerome Corsi or Roger Stone have anything to do with Russian collusion to influence the 2016 election -- which is Mueller's only area of authority -- seems very low. Mueller is likely looking for more "campaign finance" crimes he can use to coerce guilty pleas that purport to implicate Trump. And he wants those because he desperately needs leverage.

Here's how I see things.

We got a bunch of new information on Spygate earlier this week, probably in delayed response to the Cohen plea. We also got a hint that Trump may declassify some of the Spygate documents. Mueller responded to that by shifting his negotiating position on a Presidential interview. Now he's backing that up with a new threat to go after Corsi. By implication, if the President consents to an interview (which Mueller will undoubtedly seek to abuse), Mueller may wrap things up. If not, he'll go after Corsi, and probably Stone, and continue to coerce guilty pleas by using the his effectively unlimited resources against Trump friends and associates on trumped up charges. Classic carrot and stick.

One thing that is clear: there's no Russian collusion angle to this. Mueller is outside his mandate and needs to be shut down.

Fri Sep 07 09:16:55 CDT 2018 by TriggerFinger. Comments [Tweet]

Trump may declassify requested FISA documents

I have a hunch that this declassification process is what prompted Mueller's public negotiation attempt. Mueller's job (his real job) is to protect Obama, the intelligence community, the law enforcement community, and the Clintons, probably in that order. (There's a non-zero chance Obama is actually just above the Clintons on Mueller's priority list; if that's the case Obama should be very worried). Mueller needs to protect them because they went way, way out on a limb to spy on Trump during the presidential campaign, and if the full extent of their interference is exposed, it could easily lead to outrage or even criminal charges.

Declassifying documents so the general public can see them renders the FBI attempt to protect those documents moot, and plants a massive egg on the face of everyone involved -- including the intelligence community actors who have so far received relatively little scrutiny, and possibly (if not in these documents, then in later batches) on the political actors. If Trump starts declassifying things, that opens a can of worms that probably can't be closed. All the schemes would be exposed and the information out in public.

That's good for Trump, assuming he's innocent of the Russian collusion charge. That's why Mueller has been desperately digging for something else he can use as leverage. He's nailed a few people for tax issues and rarely-used registration laws, flipped Michael Cohen for more tax issues and got him to plead to a probably-invalid campaign finance crime, but it hasn't given him any real leverage on Trump. And it's Trump he needs leverage on to avoid the declassification scenario.

Thu Sep 06 16:49:39 CDT 2018 by TriggerFinger. Comments [Tweet]

Why didn't the FBI ask Papadopoulos to approach Mifsud?

The FederalistIn addition to playing up the irrelevant, the press passed on the noteworthy: Papadopoulos’ sentencing memo reveals new evidence that further indicates the FBI’s goal in Crossfire Hurricane was to investigate Trump—not Russia’s interference with the presidential election.

In the memo, Papadopoulos’s lawyers detailed the FBI’s January 27, 2017, questioning of their client, explaining that for two hours, Papadopoulos answered questions about professor Joseph Mifsud, Carter Page, Sergei Millian, the “Trump Dossier,” and others on the campaign. According to Papadopoulos, “[t]he agents asked George if he would be willing to actively cooperate and contact various people they had discussed.” Papadopoulos said he would be willing to try.

Yet when Mifsud—the Maltese professor who in late April 2016 told Papadopoulos that the Russians had “dirt on Hillary” in the form of “thousands of emails”—visited the United States just two weeks later to speak at a State Department-sponsored conference, the FBI didn’t even bother to have Papadopoulos reach out to his former colleague.

Of course, they didn't bother because Mifsud was working for western intelligence when he approached Papadopoulus. By that time they were in cover-up-and-shut-up mode.

Thu Sep 06 14:49:39 CDT 2018 by TriggerFinger. Comments [Tweet]

The deep state will try to defend Ohr

They didn't put up much of a fight over firing Strzok, Page, and so on. But there's a very odd op-ed over at the Washington Examiner...

Washington Examiner
National security attorney Mark Zaid once represented a client who was at risk of losing his security clearance "because he stole pens from an embassy when he was 14 years old," or so the agency he was at odds with claimed. The "ludicrous" example, as Zaid described it, was used to block his client from accessing sensitive information, thus precluding him from performing the duties of his job after he fell "out of favor" with his boss.

It's that sort of thing — the stealing of pens as an adolescent or the failure to report meetings with foreign officials as set forth by guidelines — that President Trump could rely on to strip Justice Department official Bruce Ohr of his security clearance.

Yes, he's seriously going to compare what Bruce Ohr did to stealing pens from am embassy at 14.

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Fri Aug 17 13:45:25 CDT 2018 by TriggerFinger. Comments [Tweet]

Who assigned Ohr to work on Spygate?

Rosenstein said it wasn't him. The Federalist makes a good case it was Sally Yates, who resigned rather than defend Trump's travel ban in court. That decision may have made headlines at the time, but it may also have removed her from a position where she could influence ongoing events in the Spygate matter. Oops.

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Thu Aug 16 15:28:03 CDT 2018 by TriggerFinger. Comments [Tweet]

Well, isn't this interesting?

The Obama admin stripped a Trump-supporting Pentagon analyst of his security clearance after the analyst complained about contracts with one Stefan Halper.

Washington Times“Nobody in the office seemed to know what Halper was doing for his money,” Mr. Bigley said. “Adam said Jim Baker, the director, kept Halper’s contracts very close to the vest. And nobody seemed to have any idea what he was doing at the time. He subcontracted out a good chunk of it to other academics. He would compile them all and then collect the balance as his fee as a middleman. That was very unusual.”

We are now pretty sure what Halper was doing for the money. He was trying to rig the election. And the White House stripped his clearances to shut him up -- both in general, and to prevent him accessing anything Halper was doing with his clearances.

Never mind that the other person he complained about was Chelsea Clinton.

Thu Aug 16 09:28:10 CDT 2018 by TriggerFinger. Comments [Tweet]

White House revokes ex-CIA director Brennan's security clearance

PJMediaThis just in: The White House has revoked the security clearance of John Brennan, former director of the CIA, who has been a vocal critic of President Trump:

I hope they ran a few canary traps across his desk before they cut off access.

UPDATE: This part reads like the velvet glove over the iron fist.

Politico "More broadly, the issue of Mr. Brennan's security clearance raises larger questions about the practice of former officials maintaining access to our nation's most sensitive secrets long after their time in government has ended," Sanders said.

If that isn't a veiled threat to Obama and Clinton, who are both "former officials" who presumably maintain their prior security clearances, I'll eat a MAGA hat.

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Wed Aug 15 15:52:04 CDT 2018 by TriggerFinger. Comments [Tweet]

FBI paid Steele for dossier

One of the other big revelations from this Friday's document dump was the fact that the FBI did in fact pay Steele for his dossier work. This was rumored before, but now we know. This raises some interesting questions (like, was he getting paid twice for the same work?), but the main impact of this fact is that the FBI was funding Clinton's opposition research and smear campaign. Almost certainly knowing about his political motives and source of other funding.

It's one thing to take in information passively about a political figure, and investigate it if there is some merit and the information can be confirmed. It's quite another to pay the opposition research out of FBI coffers while he is no doubt continuing to dig up dirt. By nature of his employment, you can't trust the oppo guy to give you good information, and you certainly can't fund his efforts to get (or make up) more for political purposes.

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Sun Aug 05 09:57:54 CDT 2018 by TriggerFinger. Comments [Tweet]

IG Horowitz is a coverup artist

Daily SignalGohmert asked Strzok about his meeting in 2016 with Frank Rucker and Janette
McMillan, an investigator and lawyer, respectively, for then-Intelligence Community Inspector General Chuck McCullough (an Obama appointee).

McCullough sent them to see Strzok, who was the FBI’s deputy assistant director for the Counterintelligence Division, to brief him and three other FBI personnel about an “anomaly” that their forensic analysis had found in Clinton’s server.

According to Gohmert, the inspector general discovered that, with four exceptions, “every single one” of Clinton’s emails—more than 30,000—“were going to an address that was not on the distribution list.”

In other words, according to the information Gohmert received from the intelligence inspector general, something was causing Clinton’s server to send copies of all of her email communications outside of the country “to an unauthorized source that was a foreign entity unrelated to Russia.”

One of the other disturbing bits of information that came out of this exchange was that, according to Gohmert, the Office of the Intelligence Community Inspector General called Michael Horowitz, the inspector general of the Department of Justice, “four times” because it wanted to brief Horowitz about this forensic analysis and this security breach. But, according to Gohmert, Horowitz “never returned the call.”

The fact that Horowitz refused to take calls on this casts his entire report into doubt. His job wasn't to fix the problems, it was yet another modified limited hangout. Drop the information already known, but keep the remedies in-house and out of course by refusing to admit to bias actually influencing anything even in the face of overwhelming evidence.

Sat Jul 28 10:45:03 CDT 2018 by TriggerFinger. Comments [Tweet]

Mueller now scrutinizing Trump's tweets

American SpectatorThe New York Times reports that special counsel Robert Mueller “is scrutinizing tweets and negative statements from the president about Attorney General Jeff Sessions and the former FBI director James B. Comey.” “Mr. Mueller wants to question the president about the tweets,” a line in the New York Times reads.

This is just getting absurd.

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Fri Jul 27 13:04:59 CDT 2018 by TriggerFinger. Comments [Tweet]

Articles of Impeachment introduced against... Rosenstein?

The only problem with the idea of impeaching Rosenstein is that the Senate will never vote to convict. That said, a vote to impeach in the House would give Trump political cover to remove Rosenstein without being credibly accused of obstruction of justice. ("I don't want anyone in my administration who has been impeached by the House" is an entirely justifiable reason for firing Rosenstein). Similar rules can be applied to lower level officials with a simple majority in the House; the Senate might need some fiddling but putting the rule in a reconciliation bill should let it through with a simple majority. And the principle would be a significant step towards accountability when the President is, unfortunately, politically hamstrung by a conspiracy against him among his own officials.

Fri Jul 27 11:05:05 CDT 2018 by TriggerFinger. Comments [Tweet]

More Cohen data leaked in violation of attorney-client privilege

Details here. Fox says the tape came from Lanny Davis, Cohen's attorney, rather than the police who raided Cohen. Whether this represents Cohen being cooperative, or Cohen making a desperate cry for help from Trump (financial or otherwise), is unknown. As far as I am concerned, the contents of the tape are a nothingburger; it's Trump discussing whether and/or how to pay off a playboy playmate to keep quiet about an alleged affair from over 10 years ago. If there's a crime here, it's blackmail, and Trump is the victim, and then doubly so for Cohen, his attorney, violating attorney-client privilege to release the tape, never mind taping his client in the first place. I don't give a shit about an alleged consensual affair while Trump was a private citizen.

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Wed Jul 25 12:40:02 CDT 2018 by TriggerFinger. Comments [Tweet]

The Buck Stops at the Obama White House

Investor's Business DailyHere's what Obama's Director of National Intelligence, the nation's former spy master, James Clapper, told CNN's Anderson Cooper:

"If it weren't for President Obama we might not have done the intelligence community assessment that we did that set up a whole sequence of event which are still unfolding today, including Special Counsel (Robert) Mueller's investigation. President Obama is responsible for that. It was he who tasked us to do that intelligence community assessment in the first place."

Remember Strzok's text: "The White House is running this."

Tue Jul 24 16:52:25 CDT 2018 by TriggerFinger. Comments [Tweet]

House Intel committee asks POTUS to declassify part of FISA app

Sara CarterIn a letter released Sunday night, the House Permanent Select Committee on Intelligence is requesting that President Donald Trump declassify roughly 19 pages of the fourth application of the Foreign Intelligence Surveillance Act (FISA) warrant on Carter Page. The committee claims this effort is necessary to expose the irregularities in how the FBI and Department of Justice obtained the renewal warrants that lasted for nearly a year.

I sure would like to know what the House Intel committee thinks is under the redactions on those pages. You may also be interested in the broader summary of issues with the application. And they are serious issues. Andrew McCarthy, who spent some time defending the FISA application before he actually saw it, said this:

Andrew McCarthy at National ReviewIn my public comments Sunday morning, I observed that the newly disclosed FISA applications are so shoddy that the judges who approved them ought to be asked some hard questions.
[...]
It turns out, however, that the crazies were right and I was wrong. The FBI (and, I’m even more sad to say, my Justice Department) brought the FISA court the Steele-dossier allegations, relying on Steele’s credibility without verifying his information.
[...]
I am embarrassed by this not just because I assured people it could not have happened, and not just because it is so beneath the bureau — especially in a politically fraught case in which the brass green-lighted the investigation of a presidential campaign. I am embarrassed because what happened here flouts rudimentary investigative standards.

One of the questions that needs to be asked is "Is this the usual evidentiary standard for FISA cases?"

If so, the court needs to be shut down as a rubber stamp and the entire process redesigned and reformed.

If not, the judges who approved this application need to be examined for evidence of bias along with the FBI, DOJ, and intelligence community.

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Tue Jul 24 09:52:25 CDT 2018 by TriggerFinger. Comments [Tweet]

Trump considering revoking clearances of some Obama officials

TwitterPress Sec. Sanders: "Not only is the president looking to take away Brennan's security clearance, he's also looking into the security clearances of Comey, Clapper, Hayden, Rice, and McCabe...because they've politicized and in some cases monetized their public service."

With the exception of Hayden, whose name I don't recognize offhand, all of these people deserve to lose their clearances.

Comey: leaking to the press in an effort to impeach the president, lying to the president, being a weasel and doing weasel things.

Clapper: Involvement in the FISA abuse against the Trump campaign and administration, and leaking.

Brennan: Involvement in the FISA abuse against the Trump campaign and administration, and leaking. Plus voting for a communist party candidate.

Hayden: Unknown?

Rice: Unmasking and lying about it.

McCabe: Already fired for lying and leaking, participated in the FISA abuse, and his wife took political contributions from Clinton while he was running the investigation into her emails.

UPDATE: Hayden was a CIA director for Bush and has been outspokenly anti-Trump. I'm not sure if frothing at the mouth while calling the current president Hitler is outside the bounds people holding a security clearance, but this one still seems a little questionable to me. Given their involvement in abusing the intelligence agencies against Trump, however, the rest should lose their clearances immediately.

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Mon Jul 23 15:11:40 CDT 2018 by TriggerFinger. Comments [Tweet]

House Judiciary Committee passes resolution demanding docs

Sara CarterThe House Judiciary Committee approved for the first time a resolution Tuesday demanding that Deputy Attorney General Rod Rosenstein turn over all requested documents regarding the FBI’s handling of the Russia investigation during the presidential election after seven days or face possible impeachment or contempt.

The decision to move forward with the resolution came after a year of battles with the Justice Department and FBI to turn over requested documents. The committee voted on party lines 15-11 to pass the resolution directing Rosenstein to comply within the next seven days or face the consequences.

Rep. Jim Jordan, R-Ohio, who has been one of the lawmakers at the frontlines of the committee’s investigation, said the resolution is the result of the frustration felt among lawmakers conducting oversight. He noted that it will be up to House Republican leaders to decide whether or not to take it to the full House for a vote...

House Speaker Paul Ryan, R-Wis., said last week they are not taking contempt charges off the table. He told reporters on Tuesday “we do expect full compliance very, very soon, and if we do not get that then we will keep every single option available to us.”

Speaker Ryan has been generally squishier than I would like on this, but he appears to be on board for the moment. Presumably the testimony from Wray and Rosenstein Thursday will be their last chance to make excuses.

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Tue Jun 26 16:18:38 CDT 2018 by TriggerFinger. Comments [Tweet]

Trump tower meeting a nothingburger, says translator for Veselnitskaya

Washington ExaminerOne person who was listening closely in the meeting and is thought to have an unbiased view of events was a man named Anatoli Samochornov, who was there as a translator for Veselnitskaya, who knew very little English.

Samochornov was in the room for the entire meeting and did not remember anyone bringing up Goldstone's original email promising dirt on Clinton. He did not remember Trump Jr., Manafort, or Kushner asking any of the Russians any questions. He did not remember anyone mentioning that any sort of information might be provided in the future. He did not remember anyone mentioning Hillary Clinton, or negative information on Hillary Clinton. He did not remember anyone discussing a future meeting. (Samochornov also testified about a lunch the Russian participants had before the Trump Tower meeting. He did not remember anyone mentioning providing negative information about Clinton, or anyone mentioning Clinton at all.)

Samochornov did remember one thing that Donald Trump Jr. said during the meeting. At the end, he testified, Trump Jr. said that "if or when my father becomes president, we will revisit this issue."

Investigators asked what Samochornov thought Trump Jr. meant by that. "Frankly, if you are asking for my reaction, it was a very polite way of saying, 'Thank you very much. It's time for you to go. The meeting's over.'"

We don't have to take just his word for it. Remember, Fusion GPS was taking money from Russians to lobby Trump about the Magnitsky Act even as they were taking money from Hillary to "investigate" Trump. They could kill two birds with one stone by setting up a meeting with Trump Jr under false pretenses of providing dirt on Hillary and using it to try to sell Trump Jr on the Magnitsky act changes they wanted.

Fri Jun 22 15:52:55 CDT 2018 by TriggerFinger. Comments [Tweet]

Reading between the lines

PJmediaSenate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell (R-Ky.) said there was "nothing particularly surprising" revealed in a classified briefing Thursday about oversight of the FBI's campaign-season investigation into Russia's influence operation and possible Trump campaign contacts...

Nunes did not comment after the meeting. CNN reported that he and Gowdy didn't get to see all of the documents they were wanting to view.

McConnell is one of the "gang of eight" Brennan briefed about the operation. Of course he wasn't surprised; he's heard it all before, at least assuming Brennan's individual briefings to each Gang of 8 member actually contained the same information. (I'm skeptical about that; why brief them individually then?)

So I'm not surprised that McConnell isn't surprised. McConnell is a swamp creature. The sooner he circles the drain, the better.

Despite the White House chief of staff showing up before the meeting to state the President's position that all possible information should be shared, the FBI and DOJ are still covering things up.

Mon Jun 18 10:28:45 CDT 2018 by TriggerFinger. Comments [Tweet]

The special counsel as political tool

LifezetteTo media critics of President Donald Trump, suggestions that independent counsel Robert Mueller may “meddle’ in this year’s midterm elections were beyond the pale. But a trip through the history pages reveals just how impactful a special counsel can be on voting.

In 1992, special prosecutor Lawrence Walsh got a grand jury to return a high-profile indictment in the Iran-Contra affair days before the election. Many outside observers believe the timing was no coincidence.

“It may have cost George Bush the election, because he was making up a point a day (in the polls) … Those indictments just ruined Bush’s momentum,” presidential history Craig Shirley said.

Of course this is what Mueller is going to do. There was never any doubt. Right before the election, he delivers his big indictments (or his report, if he can't actually get anything solid enough to indict), setting up a "blue wave" in the House followed immediately by impeachment hearings that last two more years and culminate in an impeachment vote immediately before the 2020 presidential election.

Derailing that won't be easy, but throwing Clinton and Obama and their minions in jail for abusing the national security infrastructure to steal a national election might just do it.

Sun Jun 17 15:27:46 CDT 2018 by TriggerFinger. Comments [Tweet]

Rosenstein should recuse himself from Mueller investigation

Ace of SpadesWe have here an allegation by the former Deputy Director of the FBI that Rosenstein participated in a cover-up of Trump's alleged obstruction of justice (consisting of the firing of Comey). In McCabe's view, Rosenstein's memo was written just to justify an illegal act.

And Rosenstein went along with it.

And McCabe has passed this memo along to Mueller -- who is, technically, Rosenstein's subordinate.

That puts Rosenstein in the same position that Sessions was in when he recused himself -- overseeing an investigation in which he himself might become a subject, and whose presence in the chain of command would be read as a "back off' signal to any subordinate digging into his role.

Sessions recused himself.

Why hasn't Rosenstein?

Where is the call for Rosenstein's recusal?

I've got your call for Rosenstein's recusal right here.

Sun Jun 17 15:27:40 CDT 2018 by TriggerFinger. Comments [Tweet]

The cover story changes once again

National ReviewWell, well, well. The bipartisan Beltway establishment has apparently had its fill of this “Trump colluded with Russia” narrative — the same narrative the same establishment has lustily peddled for nearly two years. The Obama administration recklessly chose to deploy the government’s awesome counterintelligence powers to investigate — and, more to the point, to smear — its political opposition as a Kremlin confederate. Now that this ploy has blown up on the Justice Department and the FBI, these agencies — the ones that went out of their way, and outside their guidelines, to announce to the world that the Trump campaign was under investigation — want you to know the president and his campaign were not investigated at all, no siree.

They are backpedaling frantically because they know they found nothing, and because their found nothing, their actions in Spygate open them to criminal prosecution. So, suddenly, they weren't investigating the Trump campaign at all, they were just trying to protect it from the Russians.

Bullshit.

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Sun Jun 17 13:27:40 CDT 2018 by TriggerFinger. Comments [Tweet]

Brennan was after Trump as early as 2015

The Daily CallerIt is now coming to light that the FBI was setting up Trump ever since he became a likely presidential nominee. In late 2015, Brennan embraced a false tip from Estonia that Putin was seeking to support Trump financially, and brought Comey into an ‘intra-agency” group targeting Trump. On March 21, 2016, candidate Trump met with The Washington Post editorial board, which asked about his foreign policy credentials. To bolster his team’s strength, perhaps inflationarily, he named lowly, clueless hangers-on George Papadopoulos and Carter Page as part of his team with Russian experience — literally true, but nonetheless a strenuous stretch. It was then that the entrapping forces of Comey, Clapper, and Brennan, partisans all, went to work.

Remember all the news stories about how Trump didn't have a foreign policy team and asking who his foreign policy advisers were? The questions from the media that prompted Trump to prepare a list of advisers hastily and get it out there?

I wonder how many of those news stories could be traced back to Hillary and her campaign?

Sat Jun 16 15:50:25 CDT 2018 by TriggerFinger. Comments [Tweet]

James Comey colluded with DOJ, FBI, Mueller prior to testimony before Congress

Victory Girls“I can’t rely on anything I see in the media because there are no leaks coming out of Robert Mueller’s operation, so I don’t know what he knows,” Comey said. “I really don’t know what he has. What I do know is that he and his team are an all-star team of pros.”

My god, the man ran the FBI for years and he is still that naive?

Victory GirlsDirector:

In response to your emails below we have consulted with executive management here, including the General Counsel, and recommend the following:

That your counsel convey any acceptance or declinations to invitations to testify directly to the Committees.

That your counsel consult with Special Counsel Mueller to determine the timing of any such testimony and,

The Office of General Counsel stands ready to discuss with you in consultation with the Department of Justice and the Special Counsel, institutional privileges or prerogatives that may be presented by any such testimony.


Victory GirlsComey was in charge of the FBI when the entire Steele dossier thing started. He was the one who presented to Trump info regarding the dossier even while knowing a significant portion of it was completely fabricated. He was the one in charge of that investigation that used a top-secret source, and as Kimberly Strassel reports, that that critical information was kept hidden from a major Congressional investigation.

I'll just point out here that when Comey presented the dossier to Trump, he mentioned the most salacious parts, and left out the parts about, you know, collusion with the Russians.

Sat Jun 16 15:50:18 CDT 2018 by TriggerFinger. Comments [Tweet]

Did FBI embed spies in Trump campaign in December 2015?

Judicial Watch's Chris Farrel lays out the case. There's not much new here, but sometimes you have to say things over and over again until they start to sink in.

Sat Jun 16 13:50:18 CDT 2018 by TriggerFinger. Comments [Tweet]

Spygate winning in the polls

BreitbartA majority of 51 percent of voters now believe “senior law enforcement officials are likely to have broken the law in an effort to prevent Trump from winning the presidency,” according to a poll from Rasmussen Reports.

The media can choose what to report, but they can't choose what people think about it.

Fri Jun 15 16:31:28 CDT 2018 by TriggerFinger. Comments [Tweet]

What about Avenatti's bank records?

The HillHe wants to make the discussion all about where Michael Cohen, President Trump’s personal attorney, got his money but, to have clean hands, Avenatti needs to come forward with exactly who is financing his operation, who his sources were for detailed banking information, and whether he really is an attorney solely representing Stormy Daniels or just using her as cover to wage a political operation.

Of course he's using her as cover to wage a political operation. That's been obvious since day one.

Avenatti needs to come forward with his sources for the banking information because it was almost certainly obtained illegally and certainly was leaked illegally.

The HillThis week, Avenatti released to the media a report detailing consulting payments to Cohen, and much of it, despite a few errors, has been verified. AT&T, Novartis and a real estate firm acknowledge having hired the president’s personal attorney for insights on the incoming administration. Mueller appears to have investigated all of this months ago, and it is highly unlikely that the theory Avenatti is pounding away at — that Russians paid for Daniels — holds any water or Robert Mueller would not have passed the investigation on to U.S. attorneys in New York. Russia, actually, is the special counsel’s bailiwick.

I'm not sure on the ethics of anyone hiring Trump's personal lawyer for advice on the incoming administration. That seems an ethical minefield. But it seems like that's on Cohen's ledger, not Trump's, even if it's true. The payments may be true, though some involve the wrong Michael Cohen, but why should we believe the alleged reason for them without proof? Avenatti is just as much a paid Democrat operative as Fusion GPS.

And I doubt Avenatti or other Democrat operatives could stand to have their financial records subjected to similar scrutiny. They won't like the new rules when Trump's DOJ and FBI find excuses to raid their lawyers' offices.

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Fri Jun 15 15:31:22 CDT 2018 by TriggerFinger. Comments [Tweet]

A gate of water by any other name would smell as foul

Conservative TreehouseLast week, in an effort to target President Trump lawyer Michael Cohen, sketchy porn-lawyer Michael Avenatti received and released stolen financial records for a group of people who held the name Michael Cohen. At least two of the people who had their records released were the wrong Michael Cohen.

In a New Yorker article today, far-left playtime ‘journalist’ Ronan Farrow writes about his contact with the law-enforcement official who stole the Cohen financial records and gave them to the sketchy porn lawyer.

Fire them, reveal their name and crimes publicly, and prosecute them to the fullest extent of the law. The raid on Cohen's offices -- the personal lawyer of the President of the United States -- is quite literally worse than Watergate, because it was done under color of law.

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Fri Jun 15 13:31:22 CDT 2018 by TriggerFinger. Comments [Tweet]

The discovery trap Mueller fell into

SpectatorAgainst all expectations, in April, lawyers for one of the Russian corporate defendants, Concord Management and Consulting, LLC, entered their appearances in the U.S. District Court for the District of Columbia. They followed up by serving extensive discovery requests on Team Mueller seeking full disclosure of the government’s case and investigation including sensitive national security and intelligence information.

This type of discovery is called “graymail” (as distinguished from blackmail) in which the government is faced with having to disclose closely guarded state secrets in order to proceed with the prosecution. The alternative is to drop the charges.

Given that the maximum penalty against Concord is an uncollectable $500,000 fine or equally uncollectable compensation to anyone damaged by the alleged conspiracy, the choice is all the more bitter for Team Mueller. Should they litigate the discovery requests? If they lose and are faced with having to disclose sensitive intelligence information about the case and their investigation, should they withdraw the indictment against Concord? And, if they drop the charges, are they prepared for the resulting public mockery and howls of derision?

Technically, Mueller doesn't have to care about public mockery and derision. But being taken seriously is the only defense he has against Trump simply choosing to fire him. It seems likely being forced to drop the charges against the Russians would effectively end Mueller's probe, being an admission that he doesn't have anything related to his mandate. If he failed to do so, Trump would easily be able to afford the political cost of firing him.

Fri Jun 15 10:31:22 CDT 2018 by TriggerFinger. Comments [Tweet]

Fake, but accurate

Page: "Please, my love, caress me and reassure me that Trump will never be my president."

Strzok: "Don't worry, my petunia. We'll stop him."

IG: "Because Strzok did not write down how, exactly, he would stop Trump becoming president, we cannot link this clear and obvious evidence of bias to any specific investigative act, therefore, no harm, no foul. However, we recommend a banner on all FBI-owned mobile devices reminding users they have no expectation of privacy while using them, to ensure such an embarrassing incident is never again revealed to the public."

Thu Jun 14 14:55:25 CDT 2018 by TriggerFinger. Comments [Tweet]

FBI agent who interviewed Michael Flynn found him honest and forthcoming

Sara CarterFBI Special Agent Joe Pientka, if subpoenaed, will provide testimony regarding the circumstances surrounding his interview with former National Security Advisor Army Lt. Gen. Michael Flynn, sources with knowledge have been telling this reporter for more than a year.

So why won't Congress get off their collective ass and issue those subpoenas?

Wed Jun 13 14:57:11 CDT 2018 by TriggerFinger. Comments [Tweet]

Andrew McCabe was writing memos too

His memo was about Comey's firing and what Rosenstein claimed Trump asked him to include in the memo. He gave the memo to Mueller. This appears to be part of a consistent pattern among the Obama administration holdovers and specifically the scheme team implicated in Spygate.

Wed Jun 13 14:57:05 CDT 2018 by TriggerFinger. Comments [Tweet]

Who was spied on? (that we know of)

The HillSecret surveillance was conducted on no fewer than seven Trump associates: chief strategist Stephen Bannon; lawyer Michael Cohen; national security adviser Lt. Gen. Michael Flynn; adviser and son-in-law Jared Kushner; campaign chairman Paul Manafort; and campaign foreign policy advisers Carter Page and George Papadopoulos.

The FBI reportedly applied for a secret warrant in June 2016 to monitor Manafort, Page, Papadopoulos and Flynn. If true, it means the FBI targeted Flynn six months before his much-debated conversation with Russia’s ambassador, Sergey Kislyak.

The FBI applied four times to wiretap Page after he became a Trump campaign adviser starting in July 2016. Page’s office is connected to Trump Tower and he reports having spent “many hours in Trump Tower.”

CNN reported that Manafort was wiretapped before and after the election “including during a period when Manafort was known to talk to President Trump.” Manafort reportedly has a residence in Trump Tower.

Most of the discussion of spying has been about Carter Page, because the FBI filed for a FISA warrant to spy on him based mostly on the Clinton-funded opposition research Steele dossier. But he's not the only direct individual victim. He's just the one we have the (obviously fraudulent and deficient) paperwork for. The others we know have been spied on via leaks, but not what legal justification was used.

Michael Flynn may have been intercepted talking to the Russian ambassador. It would be legal to wiretap the Russian ambassador pretty much constantly. But they waved BS Logan act violations around when he was the issue, which makes me think they got a warrant based on those allegations.

The rest we just don't know.

And don't forget the hundreds of "unmaskings" which are technically within the powers of some officials, but which were likely done in service of political motives.

Wed Jun 13 13:57:05 CDT 2018 by TriggerFinger. Comments [Tweet]

McCabe sues DOJ over his firing

The Conservative TreehouseIn what can only be seen as a dubious political stunt, Andrew McCabe, through his attorney Michael Bromwich, is suing the DOJ and Inspector General for documents relating to his firing. Apparently the 39-page IG report, documenting the reasoning, along with the Office of Professional Responsibility (OPR) isn’t enough for McCabe.

I'm sure McCabe just hopes he can get a friendly lawyer to settle with.

Wed Jun 13 12:57:11 CDT 2018 by TriggerFinger. Comments [Tweet]

Mueller tries to delay collusion trial and hide evidence

The Conservative TreehouseMueller asked a federal judge in Washington for an order that would protect the handover of voluminous evidence to lawyers for Concord Management and Consulting LLC, one of three companies and 13 Russian nationals charged in a February indictment. They are accused of producing propaganda, posing as U.S. activists and posting political content on social media as so-called trolls to encourage strife in the U.S.

When you charge people in the US system, they have a right to see the evidence. Apparently Mueller doesn't want the evidence to come out. Oops.

Wed Jun 13 12:57:05 CDT 2018 by TriggerFinger. Comments [Tweet]

Sessions defends Rosenstein's subpoena threat

LifezetteAttorney General Jeff Sessions, who recused himself early on from the Russia probe, appeared on Fox News' "Tucker Carlson Tonight," also on Tuesday evening. Sessions defended Rosenstein, reiterating the DOJ's contention that the nature of the staffers' emails had been mischaracterized.

"I am confident that Deputy Rosenstein, 28 years in the Department of Justice, did not improperly threaten anyone on that occasion," said Sessions on the show, referring to the alleged threat detailed in emails from House Intelligence Committee staffers.

I'm starting to think Sessions may be a little soggy.

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Wed Jun 13 09:30:58 CDT 2018 by TriggerFinger. Comments [Tweet]

House resolution to compel Rosenstein to release SpyGate documents

LifezetteReps. Mark Meadows (R-N.C.) and Jim Jordan (R-Ohio) announced their intention Tuesday night to submit a resolution for a House vote compelling Deputy Attorney General Rod Rosenstein to produce requested documents — ones relating to special counsel Robert Mueller’s probe into allegations of collusion between President Donald Trump’s campaign and Russian interests.

Gowdy and Ryan have previously expressed support for the FBI's position here, but Ryan is part of the Gang of 8 who would see them anyway (and who was probably briefed on at least some of the investigation earlier than the rest of Congress, so is somewhat tainted by it). Gowdy is probably just a blowhard who is easily talked into supporting law enforcement.

But the article says Jordan and Meadows spoke with Ryan and Gowdy before this announcement, so I assume they are behind it.

If so, let's hold the vote ASAP and force the FBI to start submitting to oversight. They have slow-walked long enough.

Wed Jun 13 09:26:21 CDT 2018 by TriggerFinger. Comments [Tweet]

Rosenstein threatened to subpoena emails of Congressmen investigating Spygate

This explains Gowdy and Ryan's weak knees. Rod Rosenstein allegedly threatened to subpoena emails and phone records of Congressmen and staffers investigating origins of Russia probe. If Congress had the power to bring criminal charges, this would be obstruction of justice. As it is, I think it's actually simple blackmail, coated in chutzpah, with a cherry of contempt on top.

As for Ryan and Gowdy, both, apparently, have closets with flesh-challenged bones in them. Not really a surprise.

Fox News“The DAG [Deputy Attorney General Rosenstein] criticized the Committee for sending our requests in writing and was further critical of the Committee’s request to have DOJ/FBI do the same when responding,” the committee's then-senior counsel for counterterrorism Kash Patel wrote to the House Office of General Counsel. “Going so far as to say that if the Committee likes being litigators, then ‘we [DOJ] too [are] litigators, and we will subpoena your records and your emails,’ referring to HPSCI [House Permanent Select Committee on Intelligence] and Congress overall.”

A second House committee staffer at the meeting backed up Patel’s account, writing: “Let me just add that watching the Deputy Attorney General launch a sustained personal attack against a congressional staffer in retaliation for vigorous oversight was astonishing and disheartening. ... Also, having the nation’s #1 (for these matters) law enforcement officer threaten to 'subpoena your calls and emails' was downright chilling.”

The committee staffer noted that Rosenstein’s comment could be interpreted as meaning the department would “vigorously defend a contempt action" -- which might be expected. But the staffer continued, "I also read it as a not-so-veiled threat to unleash the full prosecutorial power of the state against us.”

Note to Congress: start playing hardball. Appealing to Trump won't do much; he cant really interfere much while Mueller is active. It's up to Congress and oversight to get the information out there to help Huber.

Note to the DOJ: When you are denying that your official threatened Congressmen conducting legitimate oversight, it is not wise to repeat the threat:

Fox News“The Deputy Attorney General was making the point—after being threatened with contempt — that as an American citizen charged with the offense of contempt of Congress, he would have the right to defend himself, including requesting production of relevant emails and text messages and calling them as witnesses to demonstrate that their allegations are false,” the official said. “That is why he put them on notice to retain relevant emails and text messages, and he hopes they did so. (We have no process to obtain such records without congressional approval.)”

Further, the official said that when Rosenstein returns to the United States from a work trip, “he will request that the House General counsel conduct an internal investigation of these Congressional staffers’ conduct.”

As far as I am concerned, this is clear and unambiguous grounds for Trump to fire Rosenstein, and I wouldn't be surprised if that is exactly why it leaked.

Tue Jun 12 17:23:02 CDT 2018 by TriggerFinger. Comments [Tweet]

The truth that scares them

Washington ExaminerFox News contributor Katie Pavlich claimed Monday that Hillary Clinton "gave" money to Russians during the 2016 presidential election.

“We have seen the result of all of this boomerang on the other side, on the Clinton campaign, which was more directly connected to the Russians than we’ve seen any evidence of with the Trump campaign," Pavlich said Monday.

The remarks caused former Clinton communications director Adrienne Elrod, who was also a guest during the segment, to burst out laughing.

“They gave them money,” Pavlich exclaimed.

“I don’t even know where to start here,” Elrod said. “The Clinton campaign did not have any collusion with Russia, let’s just put that forward.”

“They paid someone working with Russians money for opposition research on Donald Trump,” Pavlich cut in.

Not said: the "someone working with Russians" is Christopher Steele, and he admitted paying Russians for the information compiled in the dossier. So, yes, Hillary (through several layers of cutouts) paid Russians to (probably) lie about Trump to produce opposition research. Probably the Hillary campaign, through Steele and Fusion GPS, were paying the Russians to cooperate in setting up the Trump campaign -- specifically the meeting with Veselnitskya.

The fact that Mueller, whose theoretical remit includes Russian interference in the US election, is not investigating this publicly known Russian collusion with the Hillary campaign is enough by itself to discredit his investigation.

Tue Jun 12 16:34:10 CDT 2018 by TriggerFinger. Comments [Tweet]

FBI agents afraid to testify?

Daily CallerEven as a new Rasmussen poll shows a majority of voters believe senior law enforcement officials broke the law to stop Donald Trump from beating Hillary Clinton in the 2016 election, rank-and-file FBI agents who want to testify against their superiors to Congress feel they can’t due to an ineffective whistleblower protection law.

These agents believe the sluggishness of the law exposes them to an inordinate risk of reprisal, so they have remained in hiding and afraid to speak the truth...

He continued, “You still have a ton of bad people in place. Unless that changes, and I haven’t seen any degree of seriousness on the part of ranking members nor staffers, I’m not meeting with anyone nor willing to be subpoenaed. I’m not coming forward until they get their act together. Right now, it’d be sacrificing a career for cheap political points.”

TheDC has learned that the bureau has already warned agents that the agency will come back viciously against all those “behind destroying their narrative, and will go after their families and friends, too.”

The Democrats are hoping they can keep a lid on this until November, then win the House and shut down the investigations. Agents are probably right to fear massive retaliation, both political and personal.

Tue Jun 12 15:34:16 CDT 2018 by TriggerFinger. Comments [Tweet]

Mueller and Rosenstein -- an unwritten agreement

Washington ExaminerSpecial counsel Robert Mueller's recent admission that the May 17, 2017, Justice Department order defining the scope of his investigation was just for show, and that the real extent of his probe is a secret, is reverberating on Capitol Hill.

In court before Ellis, Mueller lawyer Michael Dreeben revealed that the May 17 appointment order is not a "factual statement" of Mueller's assignment. "The regulations nowhere say that a specific factual statement needs to be provided publicly," Dreeben added. "The specific factual statement … was conveyed to the special counsel upon his appointment in ongoing discussions [between Rosenstein and Mueller] that defined the parameters of the investigation."

Dreeben explained that those discussions between Rosenstein and Mueller, incorporated in the Aug. 2 memo, established that Mueller had the authority to investigate Paul Manafort's financial dealings that Manafort contends are beyond the scope of Mueller's investigation into allegations of Trump-Russia collusion in the 2016 election.

What Mueller appears to be claiming is that he received his full mandate as special counsel from Rosenstein exclusively in verbal communications, meaning that only Rosenstein and Mueller together could agree on what was within or without the scope of the investigation.

I do not see how such a claim could possibly be valid or stand up to legal challenge.

Mueller is essentially claiming that, due to the lack of a written mandate, his authority derives from Rosenstein the man rather than the lawfully appointed (Acting) Attorney General. His unwritten mandate is fluid, and can change to meet the needs of the moment he finds himself in.

This is not consistent with the rule of law.

But of course, Rosenstein couldn't risk giving Mueller a well-defined mandate, because Mueller was going on a fishing expedition; he didn't know what he would find, but to be politically useful, he had to pursue whatever he found.

Tue Jun 12 12:34:10 CDT 2018 by TriggerFinger. Comments [Tweet]

Review of Cohen's seized files not going well for prosecution

Legal InsurrectionBased on the wording of the recommendation, it appears that the Special Master upheld the challenges in all but three cases. So Cohen and/or Trump’s claims of privilege were upheld in 162 of 165 challenges.

These recommendations now go to the Judge.

There is a lot we don’t know about the challenges and recommendations. For example, of the 12,543 pages in the eight boxes, we don’t know how many of those pages were consumed by the 14 privileged documents; a document obviously could be a page, or hundreds of pages. As to the two phones and iPad, how many of the 291,770 “items” were system and other non-substantive files, and how many were substantive files; so we don’t know what percentage of the substantive items were privileged.

162 privileged and 10 “Highly Personal” files is very substantial, particularly keeping in mind this is just the first batch of documents reviewed from a much larger group of electronic records.

That means the federal government, but for Cohen’s lawsuit, would have been able to review and potentially use a total of 172 documents that the federal government never should have seen.

Remember, if it's privileged, the government should never have been able to see it at all. A warrant doesn't get around attorney-client privilege, the bar is much higher than that. And if it's not privileged, that doesn't mean it is in any way criminal. It just means the government got a warrant and can legally look at it and use the material.

Tue Jun 12 10:34:10 CDT 2018 by TriggerFinger. Comments [Tweet]

FBI to share more details of informant with Congress?

Politico"The Department and FBI are prepared to brief members on certain questions specifically raised by the Speaker and other members," the DOJ official said. "The Department will also provide the documents that were available for review but not inspected by the members at the previous briefing along with some additional material."

I'll believe it when the members of Congress release the information publicly.

PoliticoRyan said Wednesday morning that he's seen "no evidence" to back up Trump's claim and endorsed the "initial assessment" of another senior GOP lawmaker — Rep. Trey Gowdy (R-S.C.) — who said the FBI appropriately used an informant to follow leads about suspect contact between Trump campaign associates and Russia.

If you want to see the evidence, Ryan, you have to actually look at it.

PJMediaThe source has been identified as a professor living in London who had been providing the FBI with information on a variety of cases for many years and did not work on the campaign.

President Trump has interpreted the existence of the source as the FBI planting a spy in his campaign, according to his many recent tweets on the subject.

So here's the catch: Halper didn't work on the Trump campaign. He only met with at least three members of the campaign, pumped them for information, and applied for a job with the campaign that he did not get.

So Halper -- who probably works for the CIA, not the FBI -- was certainly engaged in intelligence gathering from the Trump campaign. He was certainly spying on the campaign. If he was not "an informant within the campaign", it wasn't for lack of trying.

Mon Jun 11 16:47:28 CDT 2018 by TriggerFinger. Comments [Tweet]

Report: Comey defied authority, Lynch rebuked in IG report

ABC NewsThe Justice Department's internal watchdog has concluded that James Comey defied authority at times during his tenure as FBI director, according to sources familiar with a draft report on the matter.

One source told ABC News that the draft report explicitly used the word "insubordinate" to describe Comey's behavior. Another source agreed with that characterization but could not confirm the use of the term.

Given the timing and the subject matter covered, that means insubordinate to Obama's officials. I'm not sure exactly what that means, but the examples given by the leaker seem to be pointing towards Comey's decision to personally announce he would not recommend charges and to inform Congress that he was reopening the investigation shortly before the election.

Frankly, that sounds like a pro-Comey spin calculated to appeal to both sides. On the right, it reads as, "Gosh, look at this upright moral figure defying Obama's DOJ to do what he thought was right!" On the left, it reads as, "It's all Comey's fault Hillary lost! He should never have defied authority!"

Supposedly the report cites Comey for failing to consult with Lynch before his announcement. I don't know if he consulted her or not. I know that Lynch had publicly said she would take his recommendation while privately refusing to recuse herself after the tarmac summit, and I also know (from Page-Strzok texts) that Lynch knew damn well Hillary would be exonerated. So I'm not sure I buy this part.

In fact, the whole article reads like spin doctoring. I don't trust it. I want the real report.

ABC NewsIn the draft report, Inspector General Michael Horowitz also rebuked former Attorney General Loretta Lynch for her handling of the federal investigation into Hillary Clinton's personal email server, the sources said.

No details on exactly what she was rebuked for, aside from (obviously) the tarmac meeting, but we've heard enough hints that there are more things she did that deserve rebuking.

Remember as you read that the article is based on leaks, and the leaks are likely coming from people with a personal stake in softening the report or directing the attention it gets in one direction or another.

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Thu Jun 07 10:47:17 CDT 2018 by TriggerFinger. Comments [Tweet]

Caputo claims government contractor tried to pass him Hillary emails

This is at least one more informant, possibly two more, and this one involved someone in the US government trying to pass Hillary emails to the Trump campaign. It's a big deal, because it makes it very obvious that there was a setup attempt. If Caputo had accepted those emails, it would have been used to falsely link the Trump campaign to being involved in illegally hacking them.

And Caputo claims he raised the issue with Mueller's team, and they did not bother to reach out to the person who was offering Hillary's emails to Caputo.

Wed Jun 06 11:43:11 CDT 2018 by TriggerFinger. Comments [Tweet]

McCabe requests criminal immunity in return for testimony

The Conservative TreehouseWait, what? We’ve obviously come a full 180° from the place where Democrats were proclaiming McCabe’s innocence; and we’ve entered the phase where McCabe is requesting criminal immunity in exchange for testimony about what he knows of the corrupt FBI operations in 2016 and 2017.

Should he get it? I will answer in six words. "The White House is running this." Except that McCabe has already been fired for lying to the FBI, so whether his testimony can be trusted is open to question.

I'd like to know what McCabe knows and who he can implicate, but this should be a plea bargain, not an immunity deal.

Wed Jun 06 09:13:28 CDT 2018 by TriggerFinger. Comments [Tweet]

Papadopoulos was colluding with ... Israel?

Daily CallerGeorge Papadopoulos’ wife, Simona Mangiante, said her husband was not involved in collusion between the Trump campaign and the Russian government and that he pleaded guilty in the special counsel’s investigation to avoid facing charges that he was an agent of the Israeli government.

Even assuming he actually was colluding with Israel -- which I don't actually assume, other than hypothetically -- this is a long ways away from colluding with Russia. And Mueller's brief only covers colluding with Russia.

At some point, you have to stop Mueller from charging people with made-up crimes unrelated to his limited special counsel mandate just to get leverage.

And before saying Trump should just start pardoning people, there's an argument that's what Mueller wants. While there's an active investigation Mueller can claim was being "obstructed", Trump would be wise to avoid any directly connected pardons. Not because use of the pardon power could be criminal obstruction of justice, but because Mueller would certainly describe it that way to Congress in an impeachment report.

I don't know if Papadopoulos was colluding with Israel, or Russia, or anyone at all. I do know that Dan Bongino's show from June 5th, 2018, floated the interesting idea that Papadopoulos was arrested in a hurry -- without even getting a warrant ahead of time -- on the same day the IG notified Mueller's team of the text messages from Peter Strzok and Lisa Page, and also that Papadopoulos mentioned the "Maltese Professor" Mifsud before being very vigorously told to shut up. Bongino speculates that Mifsud was the push component, trying to put information about Hillary's emails from Russians into the Trump campaign, so that Halper and others could try to pull the information out and use it against Trump.

If that read is accurate, Papadopoulos was arrested to shut him up so that the information about Mifsud and the entrapment side of the operation would stay quiet.

I don't think it's going to stay quiet. I think it's out there now, and the effort to shut Papadopoulos up was too little too late.

Wed Jun 06 09:11:48 CDT 2018 by TriggerFinger. Comments [Tweet]

Comey, McCabe, Rybicki, others discussed CNN story about dossier

The FederalistHours before Comey briefed Trump, FBI chief of staff James Rybicki e-mailed staff that Comey “is coming into HQ briefly now for an update from the sensitive matter team.” Just as the same officials dubbed the Clinton e-mail investigation the “mid-year exam” and the anti-Trump counterintelligence investigation “Crossfire Hurricane,” they also used various phrases using “sensitive” to refer obliquely to the dossier.

Two days after the briefing, on January 8, 2017, former FBI deputy director Andrew McCabe, who earlier this year was fired and then referred for criminal prosecution by the DOJ inspector general for repeatedly lying about media leaks, wrote an e-mail to top FBI officials with the subject, “Flood is coming.”

“CNN is close to going forward with the sensitive story,” McCabe wrote to Comey, Rybicki, and two others. “The trigger for them is they know the material was discussed in the brief and presented in an attachment.” He did not detail how he came to know what CNN’s “trigger” was for publishing the dossier briefing story.

McCabe was likely the leaker, or possibly others, but this ties Comey pretty closely to knowledge of the leaking.

Fri Jun 01 11:35:04 CDT 2018 by TriggerFinger. Comments [Tweet]

When leaks are propaganda...

John Solomon, of The Hill, has two pieces of supposedly breaking news about Spygate. The only thing actually new in his breaking news is the justifications and excuses his sources are offering to try to spin the story.

The first is that the FBI began spying on the Trump campaign before the investigation had an official predicate:

PJMedia[T]he FBI began spying on members of the Trump campaign to gather the intelligence that ultimately justified the collusion investigation, weeks or even months before the FBI had a formal predicate.

"That's very important. The rules say you can't use sources until you have a predicated investigation. The predication is July 31, 2016," Solomon told Fox host Sean Hannity. The investigative reporter said he had sources and documents backing up his claim that he would be making public in his report in The Hill on Friday.

He stressed that informants were making contacts with the Trump officials and providing information to the FBI "much, much earlier than July 31."

That's not so much a scoop as an admission. We've known that the investigation, including the actions by the spy Halper, took place earlier than July, and that the investigation supposedly started in July. There have been efforts to try to push the date backwards, but those have now failed; Solomon's sources appear to be admitting the approaches by Halper started before the official investigation was opened, and that that was a violation of the the rules.

But it's also there to conceal the big admission: the Obama White House was involved.

PJMediaThe second part of his bombshell report, Solomon explained, deals with internal FBI communications between former counterintelligence agent Peter Strzok, his mistress Lisa Page, and others discussing how the Obama White House was trying to take over the investigation.

"The words 'the White House is running this' are clear in the text message," Solomon told Hannity, adding that "the FBI agents who opened this case feared that Barack Obama was weak on national security and wouldn't do what they needed for Russia."

He said, "The political elements of the administration were trying to intrude on the FBI investigation."

Those words (bolded above) were redacted in the original release, if I remember correctly. And the spin is where Solomon says the White House was trying to take over the investigation. That's not what the message says. The White House is running this. Not trying to, and being rebuffed by loyal nonpartisan FBI agents. Is Running.

And it's not just two FBI agents speculating. We have Rice's self-justifying "by the book" memo to herself.

In other words, we have documentary evidence (and likely testimony from Page and Strzok as cooperating witnesses, at a minimum) that the political spying on Trump was run from the White House, and Rice's email to herself demonstrates that it was run right from the top -- Obama himself. Mind you, Rice was trying to cover for him by saying Obama told them to do it all "by the book". But the evidence is that the FBI, CIA, NSA, and others did not do it "by the book". The evidence makes Rice's email a transparently self-serving cover story. It also exposes as a lie Ben Rhodes' claim in his book that Obama did not know about the investigation until he left office. Oops; in their hurry to cover their own ass they forget to coordinate their stories.

Unless Obama left a paper trail of secret pardons on his way out the door, people will be going to jail for this.

Fri Jun 01 10:43:32 CDT 2018 by TriggerFinger. Comments [Tweet]

Why hasn't Mueller indicted the hackers?

The HillIn the year since the start of special counsel Robert Mueller’s investigation, one thing has been notably absent: a public indictment of any Russians for the hacking of the Democratic National Committee (DNC).

My take is that the DNC was not "hacked." The emails were leaked by an insider, via USB device, to Wikileaks directly. The leaker may have been Seth Rich, who was found murdered in an alley, although the Awan brothers from Pakistan who were running IT for Debbie Wasserman Schultz are also good candidates.

But Mueller can't admit that (if he even knows) because it would destroy the Russian collusion narrative. The DNC email "hack" is the black hole that the whole scandal revolves around without ever shedding any light.

Fri Jun 01 09:35:04 CDT 2018 by TriggerFinger. Comments [Tweet]

Fusion GOS founder Glenn Simpson lied to Congress

When, exactly, will he be indicted for claiming he had no Trump-Russia client to continue his "investigation"?

This is the Mike Flynn standard, folks. Logan Act violations. Little white lies... or you know, $50 million dollar lies, especially to Congress.

Thu May 31 10:40:30 CDT 2018 by TriggerFinger. Comments [Tweet]

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