FBI producing more new memos to IG

The HillMemos the FBI is now producing to the Department of Justice (DOJ) inspector general and multiple Senate and House committees offer what sources involved in the production, review or investigation describe to me as “damning” or “troubling” evidence.

They show Strzok and his counterintelligence team rushing in the fall of 2016 to find “derogatory” information from informants or a “pretext” to accelerate the probe and get a surveillance warrant on figures tied to the future president.

In other words, they didn't want the truth, they wanted something they could use against Trump -- even if it was just a pretext. And what was the time limit that had them "rushing in the fall of 2016"? That would be the election.

The Hill
In one email exchange with the subject line “Crossfire FISA,” Strzok and Lisa Page discussed talking points to get then-FBI Deputy Director Andrew McCabe to persuade a high-ranking DOJ official to sign off on the warrant.

“Crossfire Hurricane” was one of the code names for four separate investigations the FBI conducted related to Russia matters in the 2016 election.

Four days later the same team was emailing about rushing to get approval for another FISA warrant for another Russia-related investigation code-named “Dragon.”

This is the first we've heard of an investigation named "Dragon", and there are two more investigations yet unnamed. Funny how Congress had to hold a floor vote threatening contempt before getting these documents.

The Hill
“I suggested we need to exchange our entire lists as we each have potential derogatory CI info the other doesn’t.” CI is short for confidential informants.

It’s an extraordinary exchange, if for no other reason than this: The very day after Trump wins the presidency, some top FBI officials are involved in the sort of gum-shoeing normally reserved for field agents, and their goal is to find derogatory information about someone who had worked for the president-elect.

More informants. More focus on derogatory information rather than the truth, and this is even after the election. We call that a coup.

The Hill
As the president-elect geared up to take over, the FBI made another move that has captured investigators’ attention: It named an executive with expertise in the FBI’s most sensitive surveillance equipment to be a liaison to the Trump transition.

On its face, that seems odd; technical surveillance nerds aren’t normally the first picks for plum political assignments. Even odder, the FBI counterintelligence team running the Russia-Trump collusion probe seemed to have an interest in the appointment.

Remember when Trump said he was wiretapped, citing CNN reports of leaks, and all the media said it was paranoid bullshit?

What if Trump actually was physically surveilled in his campaign or transition team headquarters?

Remember, Watergate involved a break in to a campaign headquarters and then a coverup. We have both elements here. Except unlike Nixon, Hillary did not win.

This entry was published Sun Jul 08 09:13:49 CDT 2018 by TriggerFinger and last updated 2018-07-08 01:42:51.0. [Tweet]

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