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BIG: James Clapper Admits He Was Following Orders From His ‘Commander-In-Chief, President Obama’

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In the transcript and the video below, Obama’s Director of National Intelligence, James Clapper, speaks to CNN’s Jim Sciutto and makes the stunning admission that he’d been following Obama’s orders – and he says it twice.

This is very big news because it’s the first time a member of the deep state has admitted that President Obama was not only aware of the investigation, but was issuing orders to his team. “What were we supposed to have done…blown off what the then commander-in-chief, President Obama, told us to do?” And, as if we missed it the first time, he says it again. “It’s kind of disconcerting now to be investigated for, you know having done our duty and done what we were told to do by the president.”

Jim Sciutto: As you know, the President has members of this government, you have the Attorney General traveling the world now meeting with U.S. intelligence partners trying to find out, in his view, whether they participated in some sort of Obama administration led effort to undermine President Trump in the last election here. You also know that John Durham who is a prosecutor here, a senior justice department official, he’s pursuing his own investigations on the origins of that probe. Are you concerned that Barr’s or Durham’s investigation will find wrongdoing and seek to punish former intelligence officials?

James Clapper: Well, I uh, I don’t know. I, I, I don’t think there was any wrongdoing. I think at the time all of us were trying to navigate a very, very difficult, politically fraught, highly charged situation. I know, for my part, my main concern was the Russians, and the threat posed by the Russians to our very political fabric. The message I’m getting from all this is, apparently what we were supposed to have done was to ignore the Russian interference, ignore the Russian meddling and the threat that it poses to us, and oh, by the way, blown off what the then commander-in-chief, President Obama, told us to do, which was to assemble all the reporting that we could that we had available to us — and put it in one report that the president could pass on to the Congress and to the next administration. And while we’re at it, declassify as much as we possibly could to make it public, and that’s what we did.

Jim Sciutto: One issue I’m — (crosstalk)

James Clapper: It’s kind of disconcerting now to be investigated for, you know having done our duty and done what we were told to do by the president.

Clapper makes these statements in such a deadpan voice, we don’t realize at first the gravity of his words. But this is the first time a deep state insider has connected Obama to this travesty.

Rush Limbaugh was over the moon as he read this transcript to his listeners on Monday. He said:

I’ve been waiting for this. A lot of people have been waiting for this. Here’s Clapper saying, “I didn’t do anything wrong! We didn’t do anything wrong, ’cause we were doing what Obama told us to do.” The question he was asked is (summarized), “Are you worried about this investigation that Barr and he’s team’s running against you? Are you worried? You, Clapper and Brennan, are you guys worried?” (muttering) “Oh, no. Of course not. Why? (muttering) The president told us to do all that! (muttering) Obama was the president of the United States. Uhhh, the chief executive, uh, commander-in-chief told us to do all that.”

Really?

Folks, can you say in any other time and place “bombshell”?

In a text message dated September 2, 2016, from former FBI lawyer Lisa Page to fired FBI official Peter Strzok, she wrote: “potus wants to know everything we’re doing.” The two were putting together a list of talking points for then-FBI Director James Comey who was scheduled to meet with Obama.

I suppose we’ve just heard Clapper’s defense. I was just following orders.

I’ve heard that’s what the Nazi’s said at the Nuremberg trials.

I’m willing to bet that wherever Obama is right now, he’s not too happy!

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Senior FBI Official Who Took Illegal Gifts From CNN and Lied to Investigators Was Not Prosecuted and Allowed to Retire With Full Benefits

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Back in early 2018, as the text messages between adulterous FBI lovebirds, Peter Strzok and Lisa Page, became the stuff of late night television gags (or would have been had late night comedy been suffering from Stage 5 TDS and was only capable of chanting “OrangeManBad”) several senior FBI personnel bailed out or were defenstrated:

Two more senior government officials who were prominently discussed in text messages exchanged by FBI personnel formerly assigned to the Trump-Russia investigation are leaving their positions.

Mike Kortan, FBI assistant director for public affairs, is set to retire next week, an FBI spokeswoman confirmed. In addition, the chief of the Justice Department’s Counterintelligence and Export Control Section, David Laufman, resigned this week, a department spokesman said.

The list of officials frequently discussed in the texts who are no longer in their jobs seems to grow by the day. It includes former FBI Director James Comey, who was fired by Trump; former Deputy Director Andrew McCabe; Comey’s chief of staff, James Rybicki; FBI General Counsel James Baker; as well as Strzok, who was booted off the special counsel investigation and sent to a job in the FBI’s personnel division.

At the time this was all hinted at being the move of men with “muh principles” of the highest order refusing to serve the lawless Trump.

Now some more light has been shined upon at least one of the cases.

The FBI’s top press officer during the Hillary Clinton and Trump-Russia investigations accepted tickets to a Washington Nationals game from a CNN correspondent and lied about it repeatedly during interviews with the Justice Department’s inspector general, according to a report obtained by the Daily Caller News Foundation.

Kortan accepted Nationals tickets from the reporter at least twice, for a May 9, 2016 game and another on Sept. 30, 2016. He also accepted tickets from a New York Times reporter in either 2014 or 2016.

The OIG report cites text messages which indicate that the FBI official attended the May 9, 2016 game with the reporter. The reporter contacted Kortan on Sept. 27, 2016, offering up four tickets.

“Nats v Marlins Friday night. I have to be away,” the reporter wrote on Sept. 27, 2016. “Can you use four tix?”

“I’m good for 2 tix if that’s OK,” replied Kortan.

Kortan initially told investigators with the OIG in a March 29, 2017 interview, that he reimbursed the reporter for the tickets, and denied accepting any gifts from members of the press.

“Kortan described the CNN correspondent as one of his ‘top five’ contacts with the press as part of his job,” the report says. Kortan denied having a personal relationship with any of the reporters, saying that he didn’t “consider anybody a friend.” (RELATED: Strzok Text Messages Shed Light On FBI Interactions With The Media)

He also said that he had “probably daily contact” with the CNN reporter to discuss “the news of the day.”

When asked whether he paid for the tickets, Kortan was initially adamant that he did.

“I have never accepted them without reimbursement,” he said in the March 29, 2017 interview, referring to the tickets. “I always reimburse the amount of the ticket as a routine, just because I do.”

But he was actually a lying sack of ordure which the IG discovered by observing that his lips were moving actually visiting the ball park and finding the tickets were in a reserved section.

Like with McCabe, this simply underscores the two-tiered justice system in this country. The elites can break laws with impunity in regards to the handling of classified information or taking bribes and nothing happens. But if you, Joe Citizen, does the same you will be hammered and DOJ will issue a press release spelling out your crimes against the Republic. In this case, despite (or because) of the fact that he was a senior executive who knew better, and who lied on multiple occasions, Kortan was allowed to retire with full benefits. The case was referred to Department of Justice Criminal Division and they declined to prosecute.

At some point, someone needs to remind these people that they are servants, not masters, of the people and the weight of the judicial system should fall much more heavily upon an FBI agent how tells multiple lies to investigators to cover up illegal acts than it should on some run of the mill street criminal.

DOJ OIG report on Michael K… by Chuck Ross on Scribd

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If This Article is Correct, Republicans May be Disappointed with the IG’s FISA Abuse Report

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Last week, House Minority Leader Kevin McCarthy told Fox News‘ Maria Bartiromo, “I do not believe that Jim Comey will get off.” All of us long-suffering Trump supporters were pleased to hear that.

Unfortunately, Real Clear Investigation’s Paul Sperry published an article on Monday which suggests that DOJ Inspector General Michael E. Horowitz’ report on the FBI’s alleged FISA abuse may disappoint.

According to Sperry, skeptics are saying that despite the fact that Horowitz, an Obama appointee, is highly respected, he is, at heart, a Democrat. He is “more political than widely believed, and may be naturally inclined to protect the FBI and the DOJ. Their main complaint is that he pulls his punches…His work has long been hampered by biases, conflicts and a tendency to play favorites.”

As an example, they cite his conclusions in the June 2018 report on the FBI’s investigation of Hillary Clinton’s use of a private server during her tenure as Secretary of State. Horowitz, who worked under James Comey in the SDNY in the 1990s, found that while “many of Comey’s explanations for his dubious actions were “unconvincing,” he stopped short of saying that Comey had lied to investigators.” Specifically:

Comey asserted implausibly that he delayed acting on a mountain of new Clinton email evidence discovered on a laptop in New York because he was never briefed about it until nearly a month after his top aides found out about it in September 2016.

In probing whether Comey illegally leaked classified information to the New York Times, Horowitz in the end accepted his argument that the memo of a conversation with President Trump was sensitive but “not classified” – even though the memo contained information about the FBI’s ongoing counterintelligence investigation of the president’s national security adviser.

Sperry spoke to Chris Swecker, a 24-year FBI veteran, who said, “I see a pattern of him pulling up short and trying to be a bit of a statesman instead of making the hard calls…I’m afraid he’s going to do the same thing with the FISA report – a finding that sounds tough, but in the end, ‘No harm, no foul.’”

They also cite his work as a campaign volunteer for Democratic candidates in college and several subsequent campaign contributions to Democrats. Horowitz’ wife is “a former political activist who helped run campaigns for liberal Democrats before producing programming for CNN out of its Washington bureau.”

Sperry interviewed several former inspectors general, and none of them expect Horowitz will issue a criminal referral against Comey. They also pointed to a law which requires an inspector general to “report evidence of potential violations of federal criminal law to the Attorney General as soon as it is uncovered, rather than deferring such action until the completion of their report.” If I recall correctly, Horowitz issued a criminal referral for Andrew McCabe to then-Attorney General Jeff Sessions months before his report was released.

Sperry and his team, aided by “seasoned federal investigators, deconstructed previous probes by his office, combing through the footnotes and appendices of his reports. RCI found numerous instances in which Horowitz stopped short of pursuing evidence and was content to take high-level officials at their word, even in the face of conflicting evidence.” They “uncovered [Horowitz’] tendency to defer to those in authority.”

During his investigation into Clinton’s use of a private server, “Horowitz relied on key Clinton aides produce evidence on their own.”

He repeatedly declined to use his subpoena power, trusting key players to produce evidence on their own. He allowed the two lead FBI officials who ran both the investigation of Clinton and the probe of the Trump campaign — FBI Counterintelligence Chief Peter Strzok and FBI lawyer Lisa Page – to decide which communications on their personal devices and email accounts were FBI “work-related” and which were “personal,” according to footnotes and Strzok’s testimony. Both claimed they couldn’t find any work-relevant evidence to hand over, even though text message exchanges between them on their FBI phones indicated they had discussed FBI meetings in private Gmail accounts and iMessages.

Horowitz subsequently learned through interviews that Strzok drafted classified investigative documents and communicated with Page about them on their private email in violation of department rules, which require officials to communicate through government channels — the same basis for the Clinton email probe. Yet neither was compelled to turn over the emails.

“The inspector general and I arranged an agreement where I would go through my personal accounts and identify any material that was relevant to FBI business and turn it over,” Strzok said in testifying before Congress. “It was reviewed. There was none. My understanding is the inspector general was satisfied with that action.”

Horowitz never referred Strzok for criminal sanctions for maintaining court-sealed documents on an unsecure computer. Strzok was nonetheless fired last year by the bureau for misconduct. He is now suing the department for unlawful termination.

The IG also failed to demand access to Comey’s private Gmail account, even though he, too, used it for official FBI business.

Horowitz is widely credited with uncovering biased texts sent by Strzok and Page, who were also having an extramarital affair, on their bureau-issued phones. In those texts they rooted for Clinton to win the 2016 election and promised to “stop” Trump – at a time when they were supposedly investigating the presidential candidates. But Horowitz found those messages only after congressional Republicans pressed him to recover several months’ worth of Strzok-Page texts the FBI claimed were missing from its archives. The inspector general brought the texts to the attention of Special Counsel Robert Mueller, who’d retained the two agents for his investigation, on July 27, 2017. But he kept the explosive information from Congress for the next five months, and shared it with legislators only after the media found out about it.

The inspector general still has not recovered all the missing texts. It appears he has given up trying, having accepted the FBI’s explanation that the records were lost in a technical snafu the bureau blames on the IT vendor that wrote the software for its archiving system.

The report rebuked Strzok and Page over their political bias, however, he did not believe that their bias influenced their investigative decisions. The report said that they “exercised extremely poor judgment.”

Swecker told Sperry that “Strzok’s state of mind was clear. That his bias was coming into play was an easy call to make, but Horowitz danced around it.”

Horowitz found that Clinton had been “extremely careless” but not “grossly negligent.”

Sperry cites at least a dozen more instances in which he believes Horowitz gave the benefit of the doubt to the various subjects of his investigations. He also discusses Horowitz’ past praise of Comey, his experience working under then-Attorney General Janet Reno and her then-deputy, Eric Holder and finally his leniency on then-Attorney Eric Holder in the Fast and Furious case.  (Here is the link.)

It should be noted that any officials who are mentioned in an IG report are offered the opportunity to “make changes, reviewing it for accuracy.” That means that Comey, Strzok, McCabe, Page and several others will take a whack at it before it’s released. This often has the effect of “watering down” the report. (Why wasn’t Trump availed a chance to review the whistleblower’s complaint for accuracy before it was made public?)

I clearly remember the anticipation of Horowitz’ June 2018 report on Hillary Clinton’s email investigation. We all had high hopes for that, but in the end, we were let down.

It’s frustrating to think that, after working on this investigation for 18 months, Horowitz might not deliver the goods for us.

Still, Horowitz did issue a criminal referral for Comey in July for mishandling sensitive information. The fired FBI Director had given memos he’d written after each meeting with President Trump to his law professor friend with instructions to leak them to the New York Times. He had hoped that once the Times reported the story, then-acting Attorney General Rod Rosenstein would appoint a special counsel. As we all know, Comey’s plan worked. The DOJ chose not to pursue the IG’s criminal referral because there was too much uncertainty about Comey’s intent. Many of us believe that the DOJ has their sights on Comey’s “bigger crimes.”

Rumor has it that Horowitz found that the FBI’s FISA applications for the original Carter Page warrant and three subsequent renewals were obtained fraudulently. I don’t see how he could conclude anything else. In any case, we’ll find out soon.

In the meantime, Attorney General William Barr and prosecutor John Durham have been hard at work on their deep dive into the origins of the Russian collusion investigation. Unfortunately, we have a long wait before that probe is completed.

Swecker points out, “Durham is serious and he has indictment authority.”

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FBI Lovebirds Is A Hilarious Glimpse Into DC

How a man handsome and talented enough to play Superman for four years manages to channel former FBI agent Peter Strzok in all his wiggly-shouldered, smirking glory is just one of the enjoyable things about the new effort from filmmakers Phelim McAleer and his wife Ann McElhinney (lately of the controversial film Gosnell) titled, “FBI Lovebirds: Undercovers”.

The play, filmed Thursday in front of a live audience at the Reagan Building’s amphitheater in downtown Washington, DC — and soon to be available on YouTube — tells the story of Strok and his lover, former FBI attorney Lisa Page, through their own words via text exchanges and hearing testimony.

Playing the leads are Dean Cain and former vampire slayer Kristy Swanson, neither of whom had ever done live theater before this production and who were both great fun to watch. And while the action such as it is (the characters never really interact with each other) takes place within the context of the Russia collusion probe and its aftermath, at its heart the play is the story of an affair.

And, with apologies to Lisa Page, who is portrayed by Swanson as a star-crossed, bored and snarky, possibly brilliant federal attorney with the emotional IQ of a teenager, it’s hilarious despite her heartbreak.

McAleer chose text exchanges that effectively fleshed out the personalities of the mercurial Page and Strzok, who apparently hated and pitied everyone. For example, when Page is moved onto the Mueller team, she laments the location of her new office because it will provide everyone with proof of how late she gets to work. Strzok on the other hand, offers his paramour a greasy apology later in the production for presenting an idea she came up with to a boss but, sadly, without being able to give her credit.

Cain approaches Strzok — who comes across as the less talented of the two lovers, but who knows a meal ticket when he sees one — in a way similar to that of his co-star Swanson. His Strzok is a narcissistic teenage boy who uses way too many exclamation points and emojis and is prone to dropping and doing pushups in between making fun of Trump supporters at Wal-Mart.

DC residents will recognize these two malcontents as every other person they meet. Non-DC residents will get a rare glimpse of the inner brain workings of the entitled bureaucrats who help run the country.

But arguably the most enjoyable realization was that former South Carolina Rep. Trey Gowdy’s questioning as the Oversight Committee Chair (McAleer splices together Congressional testimony but Gowdy’s lines are immediately recognizable) are perfect as dialogue in a comedic stage play. And the line of questioning about how Trump supporters SMELL delivered by actor Bruce Nozick, who was brilliant, was laugh-out-loud funny.

There was some controversy surrounding the production as DC’s Mead Theater, part of the Studio Theater Group, backed out of hosting it at the last minute citing death threats. But McAleer, no stranger to controversy, had choice words for the venue.

In an email to the producers, a Studio representative wrote: “We have an institutional responsibility to protect the safety of our staff, patrons, rental guests, and community. In the best interests of all involved, we must ask that you find another venue for your event.”

McAleer says he’ll be doing just that.

“The people who run the Studio-Mead Theatre are hypocrites and they are cowards, scared of a play that tells the truth and might challenge their cozy bubble,” he said. “We will get a venue. The staged reading will go ahead. It will be filmed and released online and everyone will get to see the truth about how the upper echelons of the FBI tried to subvert democracy.”

In short, despite the controversy, the still-needed funding to pay for the last-minute venue change, and the leads’ inexperience in front of a live audience, the play deservedly received many heartfelt laughs and a standing ovation from a cynical DC crowd. Those not in attendance would do well to watch the YouTube video as soon as its available.

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Newly Released Strzok/Page Emails Show FBI ‘Gaps’ In Hillary Clinton Probe and Special Treatment To Her Lawyers

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Judicial Watch founder Tom Fitton has received 218 pages of emails between former FBI agent Peter Strzok and FBI lawyer Lisa Page from August 2016. The topic is the FBI’s investigation into Hillary Clinton’s use of a private email server during her tenure as Secretary of State.

The first revelation shows that FBI officials failed to write up 302 reports (summaries of interviews) for at least four witnesses in the investigation. In one email, Page tells Strzok, FBI intelligence analyst Jonathan Moffa and others that the reports “were never written.” Unfortunately, she doesn’t indicate who the subjects of those interviews were or why they were not written. She writes:[Redacted] discovered that there were four (I think) 302s that had never been written.”

If one 302 was missing or, for whatever reason, had never been written, it would be an oddity, but it wouldn’t necessarily raise a red flag.

When four are missing, however, it is a different story. Who were the witnesses? What did they tell the FBI interrogators? Something that didn’t quite fit their narrative? Something that perhaps incriminated the former Secretary of State. Because if witnesses close to Clinton simply told the truth, by definition the information would be incriminating to Clinton. We know she sent and received classified information over a private server.

It is significant that an FBI interviewer would fail write up a 302 which is standard FBI operating procedure after any witness contact. This is an anomaly that members of John Durham’s team, who is authorized to request related classified documents, can look into.

This is not the first time important documents related to the Clintons have ‘disappeared.’ According to Fox News, during the 2016 Clinton investigation, two “bankers boxes” of Clinton’s emails went missing. Just like that.

The other new information gleaned from the emails is that FBI officials, particularly then-FBI General Counsel James Baker, were exceedingly accommodating to the requests made by Clinton’s attorney, David Kendall.

On August 16, 2016, Baker emailed  then-Associate Deputy Director David Bowditch; Michael Steinbach, former executive assistant director for national security; former Acting Assistant Director Jason V. Herring; Page; former Principal Deputy General Counsel Trisha Anderson; Michael Kortan, FBI assistant director for public affairs, now retired; James Rybicki, former chief of staff to Comey; and others. He wrote:

I just spoke with David Kendall … I conveyed our view that in order to obtain the documents [FBI investigative material] they are seeking they need to submit a request pursuant to the Privacy Act and FOIA. I said they could submit a letter to me covering both statutes. They will send it in the morning. I said that we would process it expeditiously. David asked us to focus first on the Secretary’s 302 [FBI interview report]. I said OK. [Redacted] We will have to focus on this issue tomorrow and get the 302 out the door as soon as possible and then focus on the rest of the stuff.

The next day, Baker received FOIA/Privacy Act request on “behalf of former Secretary of State Hillary Rodham Clinton” and asked for “expeditious processing.” Baker emails the same group. He wrote:

In my view, we need to move as quickly as possible on this, but pursuant to David’s oral request last night, we should focus first on Secretary Clinton’s 302…. Is the end of this week out of the question for her 302?

Anderson replies that they need to “coordinate a plan for processing and releasing” Clinton’s 302. One official surprisingly “reminds others that they should process the request “consistent” with other requests.”

Additional emails say that Baker promises to give Kendall “a heads up before they posted the Clinton interview 302 publicly online. I said we would alert him shortly before it appeared on our website.” Which they proceed to do.

What do we make of the compliant behavior of top FBI officials? Did it have anything to do with the “agreement” between Clinton’s lawyers and top-ranking DOJ officials that we learned about from Strzok’s testimony last summer? It’s likely.

When you contrast this submissive behavior to the stone-walling faced by Rep. Devin Nunes’ (R-CA) or Sen. Chuck Grassley’s (R-IA) whether committees requested documents during the congressional investigations, the difference is night and day. There’s no doubt that Clinton’s attorneys received what Tom Fitton calls “special treatment.”

Fitton said, “These incredible documents show the leadership of the FBI rushed to give Hillary Clinton her FBI interview report shortly before the election. And the documents also show the FBI failed to timely document interviews in the Clinton email ‘matter’ – further confirming the whole investigation was a joke. AG Barr can’t reopen the Clinton email investigation soon enough.”

Sen. Lindsey Graham, chairman of the Senate Judiciary Committee, appeared on Hannity last night and said the reason Hillary Clinton was not prosecuted is that the deep state wanted her to win. Graham said, “If you want her to win, you can’t prosecute her.” That’s why she and her attorneys received special treatment. He said, “Hillary Clinton committed obstruction of justice.”

Watch the clip below.

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Remember the Time That Jim Comey Sent Peter Strzok To Brief Donald Trump On the Danger From Russia

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One of the overarching mysteries of the whole Russia collusion hoax is why the FBI, despite it’s legitimate concerns about the activities of a few people in and associated with the Trump campaign, never warned the candidate about those concerns. This lack of warning was a stark break in departure from historical practice. It has, for instance, been reported the FBI did deliver such defensive briefing to Senator John McCain during the 2008 campaign and he removed a staffer who may have been a counterintelligence risk.

As it turned out, the FBI did deliver such a briefing to then-candidate Trump. The briefing was conducted by none other than Peter “Insurance Policy” Strzok at the direction of James Comey, himself.

A mid-August 2016 counterintelligence briefing for the Trump campaign did not specifically warn officials about Russian outreach to the Trump team, nor did it warn that two campaign aides, Mike Flynn and George Papadopoulos, were already under FBI investigation, Fox News has learned.

The new details about the so-called “defensive briefing” have emerged from congressional letters, text messages between FBI agent Peter Strzok and lawyer Lisa Page, and sources familiar with the matter. Such briefings are designed to warn the candidate and his team about national security threats.

“There was a defensive briefing of candidate Trump on Aug. 17 of 2016,” Texas Rep. John Ratcliffe, a member of the House Judiciary Committee, said Thursday on Fox News’ “America’s Newsroom.” “And I can tell you what he wasn’t told: He wasn’t warned about a Russia investigation that Peter Strzok had opened 18 days earlier.”

A source familiar with sensitive records documenting the August briefing told Fox News that Strzok was in a unique — and apparently conflicted — position. Strzok opened the FBI investigation into Russian outreach to Trump campaign aides, while at the same time he was supposed to be warning the Trump campaign about Russian activities.

Critics of the Russia and special counsel probes question whether the lengthy investigation could have been shorter, or whether it could have been avoided altogether, had Strzok and others provided adequate warning.

Of course he was conflicted. Strzok appears to have been, like the rest of FBI and Justice leadership, Hillary Clinton partisans. He could see the value of hammering the Trump campaign at some later time with allegations of “Russians in the Mist.” In fact, is was shortly before this that Strzok sent his mistress the text message that referred to the “insurance policy” and promising that Trump would never become president because they would “stop it.”

By the time that this briefing took place, the FBI already knew that George Papadopoulos didn’t know squat…he was spoonfed a rumor by another Western intelligence, if not FBI, asset. The sole person on the campaign with any major role still under suspicion was Manafort. Apparently, Mike Flynn had tickled the FBI’s sensors by making a hugely public appearance at an RT gala in Moscow. But, as far as we know, Flynn was not under any suspicion in August 2016 and he still retained his security clearances.

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Ratcliffe on Thursday questioned Strzok’s role.

“Why would Peter Strzok, who would participate at [former FBI director] Jim Comey’s direction in a defensive briefing designed to protect and warn a candidate, be the same person who is in fact at that time already investigating the candidate’s campaign? That shouldn’t happen. There should be answers to those questions,” he said.

We hope that John Durham’s investigation finds the answers because it would be interesting to hear the explanation of why the FBI refused to tell the man who would become the President of the United States that there were possible foreign agents in his inner circle so he could remedy the problem and, instead, elected to husband those allegations and use them to launch the Mueller investigation.

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Joe DiGenova: Deep State Coup Against Trump Is John Brennan’s ‘Rosemary’s Baby’

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Former FISA Court Judge and U.S. prosecutor Joe DiGenova told “Judicial Watch” that the anti-Trump targeting plot was initiated by Obama CIA Director John Brennan. In a recent interview, he called it “John Brennan’s Rosemary’s Baby.”

Brennan’s hatred of Trump was well known among those inside and close to the Obama administration. He worried obsessively that Donald Trump might win the presidency and began actively searching for “intelligence” to use against him.

DiGenova said:

John Brennan hated Trump and he used the powerful tools of the United States intelligence community to weaponize intelligence. He also may have done something else that people haven’t talked about. The 1947 National Security Act makes it illegal for the CIA to spy in the United States or to cause people to spy in the United States. John Brennan did that in this situation when he started this entire scheme and I think he should be held accountable for that and I think he will be.

People have to understand that this scandal has actually been wide open for everyone to see since April 26, 2017. That’s when Judge [Rosemary] Collyer of the FISA Court issued a 99-page opinion in which she outlined four years of illegal spying by FBI outside contractors who sought access to what are called 702 databases. These are the databases about Americans. You can go in there if you’re properly authorized and make what are called “about” inquiries. You want to find out something about American citizens. They did that illegally for four years and it is believed that those four years of obtaining that information illegally led to unmasking of people who should not have been unmasked – American citizens – and the leaking of that information to the press.

That is a scandal which as yet has gone unnoticed by the media and unpunished. And the hero in that story is Admiral Mike Rogers who was the head of the National Security Agency at the time. He discovered this, notified the FISA Court and for his efforts, [Secretary of Defense] Ash Carter and [Director of National Intelligence] James Clapper tried to get him fired. So, that’s the great story. Admiral Rogers is the great hero and all the lawyers are the crooks.

We do know that President Obama knew about all of this counterintelligence activity. We know that from Susan Rice’s memo to the electronic file. But this is Brennan’s baby. This John Brennan’s Rosemary’s baby.

Neumayr wrote that John Brennan’s CIA “operated like a branch office of the Hillary campaign” and nothing could be more true.

He said that Brennan began pushing the FBI to open a counterintelligence investigation in the spring of 2016.

Brennan would present the FBI with what he called evidence. Neumayr says that Brennan would “shake down” foreign intelligence officials looking for anything to hang on Trump. In fact, the “original source of the intelligence” that Brennan was receiving from his overseas counterparts was British spy Christopher Steele.

He would present this information to then-FBI agent Peter Strzok and other government officials. Strzok, as much as he hated Trump, famously told his paramour, then FBI-lawyer Lisa Page, that “there’s no there there.”

Neumayr explains:

Brennan’s alleged intelligence from the British on Trump-Russia collusion was just laundered Steele opposition research for Hillary (Steele had been feeding his work to British spies, who contacted Brennan). At the center of almost all the streams of phony intelligence flowing into the FBI was Steele. Through his relationship with the FBI, he served as a direct stream of bad intelligence. Through foreign intelligence agencies, he became an indirect stream of bad intelligence (with anything he gave those agencies re-routed to the FBI through Brennan). He also served as a conduit for opposition research from Hillary partisans at or connected to the State Department (Cody Shearer, a Hillary hatchet man, passed his opposition research through John Kerry aide Jonathan Winer to Steele, who then fed it back to the FBI).

Brennan leaked news of his “probe” to then-Senator Harry Reid, who told reporters that “Brennan had an ulterior motive in leaking the existence of the probe to him. The very thought of Donald Trump as president made Brennan see red and caused him to lose all judgment.” But, regardless of what Reid believed, he wrote an open letter anyway to James Comey on August 27, 2016 about the Trump-Russian collusion he had just been made privy to and then the world knew about it.

The FBI knew they could not start an investigation based on the rubbish that Brennan was presenting to them. They needed to find a reason. When Australian diplomat, Alexander Downer, had drinks in a London bar with then-Trump campaign junior advisor George Papadopoulos, who told Downer that he had been approached by a Russian who offered to provide “dirt” on Hillary Clinton, that became a talking point for the FBI.

American Enterprise Institute fellow called Brennan “the most sinister of them all.” He said that Brennan “used his authority as CIA Director to suggest that Trump was a traitor and a compromised Russian asset. After Trump’s Helsinki summit, Brennan declared “he is wholly in the pocket of Putin.”

There is no question that Brennan abused his power in order to fabricate a case against Donald Trump. Unfortunately for them, Hillary lost the race and America is slowly learning the truth.

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Comey: Yeah, Strzok and Page made us all look bad, huh?

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Fact check: True, but likely not a comprehensive list. For some strange reason, CNN held an election-style town hall featuring former FBI director James Comey last night, with questions covering the gamut of the now-closed Russiagate investigation. This format is used by the broadcaster almost exclusively for presidential candidates these days.  Does CNN believe that Comey’s running for office? Or perhaps running from something else?

At any rate, the very first question that came to Comey from the audience after a lengthy interview with Anderson Cooper didn’t have to do with Russia, but with biased investigators. Hilariously, Cooper felt as though he had to explain who Peter Strzok and Lisa Page are before taking the question, a point which reflects not only on Cooper’s lack of interest in the topic during the interview period but also on Cooper’s apparent impression that CNN viewers aren’t terribly well informed.

COOPER: We’ve got a question — I want to preface a little bit just for our viewers at home, in case they haven’t been following it. The question is going to be about Peter Strzok and Lisa Page and Andrew McCabe. Just for folks at home, Strzok and Page are former FBI officials who exchanged texts bashing then-candidate Trump in 2016, raising questions of bias. Strzok played a key role in the Hillary Clinton investigation, worked briefly on Mueller’s team. Strzok was eventually fired. Page resigned. McCabe was Direct Comey’s deputy at the FBI, lied to internal investigators about leaking information to the press. He was fired last year.

“In case they haven’t been following it”? The two have been headline material for months and got hauled into Congress to explain themselves. One doesn’t have to watch Fox News to know who Strzok and Page are and their significance to an investigation that ended up proving nothing at all. If CNN viewers aren’t well informed on Strzok and Page, whose fault is that?

Comey told the questioner — herself a law-enforcement expert that acts as an outside consultant to several agencies — that Strzok and Page got what they deserved for their inability to separate their political opinions from their work. Comey defended Andrew McCabe on this point, however, saying that the pair would “never let him see” those texts for fear of getting fired by McCabe. Given that McCabe himself was fired for lying to investigators, that might be a bit tough to credit.

Cooper followed up with a more specific question about Strzok and Page, and its impact on the FBI’s credibility in this probe:

COOPER: So do you acknowledge that this whole episode with Strzok and Page, that it damaged the reputation of the FBI and perhaps tarnished the investigation?

COMEY: Definitely. Yeah, very painful. It was important that it be investigated and important that there be discipline that follows it, but, yeah, it made us all look bad. Peter Strzok is a very talented agent. It’s a personal tragedy for him. But as much as I care about individuals, I care about the institution more. It hurt the institution.

Cooper also hits the Steele dossier, but only briefly, and only to allow Comey to defend some earlier comments made shortly after he got fired. Cooper mentions that the Mueller team couldn’t verify most of the dossier, but Comey says he was working on that effort when he got fired. Nothing is mentioned about the origins of the dossier nor how much the FBI knew was false when relying on it for the FISA warrant on Carter Page. That small portion of the town hall wasn’t just a softball, it was a snowball.

However, Cooper gives Comey plenty of room to explain how Donald Trump “eats your soul in small bites”:

COOPER: I want to follow up on that, because you wrote something that I found really interesting. You wrote an op-ed in the New York Times last week. It’s called “How Trump Coopts Leaders like Big Barr.” And in it, you said, part of it, you said, quote, “Accomplished people lacking inner strength can’t resist the compromises necessary to survive Mr. Trump, and that adds up to something they will never recover from. It takes character, like Mr. Mattis’, to avoid the damage because Mr. Trump eats your soul in small bites.” I mean, explain how you believe the president of the United States is eating peoples’ souls and how that process takes place.

COMEY: Yeah. And it doesn’t make me happy to write that, but it’s what I believe. This president, because he’s an amoral leader, shapes those around him. And that shaping sometimes pushes out someone who is a strong person of integrity who stands up and says, “Not going to have it,” but far more often, it shapes and bends and pulls in weaker souls. And he does it. I’ve seen him — it’s happened to me. The man lies constantly. In public, you’ve seen it. In private, the same thing happened. And he talks constantly. And so I sat there at dinner with him and he went on about how he had the biggest inauguration crowd in history, he didn’t make fun of a disabled reporter, and all of these lies are coming at you. And you’re sitting there over your salad, thinking, “That’s not true, that’s not true, that’s not true.”

But you don’t interrupt the president of the United States and say, “Mr. President, I saw the tape, you made fun of a disabled reporter.” Instead, it washes over you. And all of a sudden, you finish the dinner or the meeting and you realize, “Oh, my god, I’m part of a silent circle of assent. Did I just agree that that’s true because I didn’t speak?” And then there are ritual — these rituals of praise of the leader. And pretty soon you’re wrapped so tightly in this web that there’s no way out for you.

This isn’t probably far from the truth, as anyone who honestly watches Trump in public should know. It’s also probably not far from the truth for many politicians, perhaps even a couple who have risen to the office of the president — or tried very hard to do so. Very few people rise that high without having some helium in their egos, although perhaps Trump might have more than most.

But does everyone in Trump’s circle become zombies, unable to distinguish truth from lies, light from darkness, and mayonnaise from Miracle Whip? Paul Mirengoff scoffs at the notion and points to the Mueller report for validation:

Comey must not have read Robert Mueller’s report very carefully. One of Mueller’s findings is that members of Trump’s team didn’t carry out his instructions when they believed the instructions were wrongful.

Don McGahn, then the White House counsel, is perhaps the main example, but he’s certainly not the only one. The report cites Jeff Sessions, Rod Rosenstein, Reince Priebus, Rob Porter, K.T. McFarland, and others, including Comey himself.

Even Cory Lewandowski was among the “refuseniks.” According to Mueller, Trump twice pressured Lewandowski to ask Sessions to give a speech walking back his recusal from the Russia investigation. Lewandowksi didn’t do it.

His soul, and those of the others, remained intact.

Clearly, Comey isn’t writing honestly about Trump’s team. Is he writing honestly about himself?

As Paul concludes, it’s more likely that Comey’s trying to pin this characterization on William Barr. The attorney general is presently looking much more closely at the FBI’s handling of the Steele dossier and its use in getting FISA warrants, and the answers to those questions might put James Comey himself on the list of people who made the FBI look bad. It’s a shame that Cooper didn’t think to ask those questions last night, but given CNN’s weird promotion of Comey as a town hall star, it’s not terribly surprising.

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Newly Released Strzok Texts, Emails Suggest CIA Leaked False Information About Trump Campaign

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Newly released text messages between former FBI agent Peter Strzok and former FBI lawyer Lisa Page show them questioning the origin of various stories they were seeing in the news.   

Senate Homeland Security Committee Chairman Ron Johnson, R-Wis., and Finance Committee Chairman Chuck Grassley, R-Iowa, sent a letter to Intelligence Community Inspector General Michael K. Atkinson to find out if he’s launched a probe “into these apparent leaks.” They wrote:

These texts and emails raise a number of serious questions and concerns. For example, who are the ‘sisters’ and what does it mean to say that the ‘sisters have [been] leaking like mad’?  What are they worried about, and what are they kicking into ‘overdrive’?  Which ‘agency’ is he referring to and why does Strzok believe the referenced news article highlights that ‘agency as [a] source of some of the leaks’?

On December 16, 2016, Strzok sent a text to Page: “I think our sisters have begun leaking like mad. Scorned and worried and political, they’re kicking into overdrive.” “Our sisters” is a reference to the CIA, which is the sister agency to the FBI. John Brennan was the CIA Director at the time.

On April 13, 2017, Strzok sent an email to members of his counterintelligence team which said, “I’m beginning to think the agency got information a lot earlier than we thought. They haven’t shared it completely with us. They’re leaking it. Might explain all these weird seemingly incorrect leads all these media people have.”

Rush Limbaugh addressed these communications on his radio show on Tuesday. He said:

Strzok and Page are seeing stories appearing in the media about the Trump-Russia investigation and they know the information is incorrect. And they immediately think that this stuff is coming from the CIA.

Now, this is significant, because we now know that there was no evidence of Trump-Russia collusion. So it looks like — and the source for this is Strzok and Page, the FBI agents. It looks like the CIA was, in fact, leaking false Trump-Russia stories to the press to undermine Trump. These are leaks that even the FBI agents running their own version of a coup thought were wrong and incorrect.

These FBI people are looking at a bunch of stuff in the media that isn’t true, at least as far as they know it.

And they’re concluding that Brennan and the CIA are leaking and putting this stuff in the media that they, then, have to deal with themselves. And they are concluding here, these are “incorrect leads all these media folks have.” That is a solid indication that the FBI’s looking at this as it’s happening, and that the CIA is releasing a bunch of BS that even the FBI thought was BS. And the media was just swallowing it all up, not questioning any of it.

And that’s because it came from Obama’s CIA, which they revere.

On December 14, 2016, NBC News published an article entitled “U.S. Officials: Putin Personally Involved in U.S. Election Hack.”

It says:

U.S. intelligence officials now believe with ‘a high level of confidence’ that Russian President Vladimir Putin became personally involved in the covert Russian campaign to interfere in the U.S. presidential election, senior U.S. intelligence officials told NBC News…Two senior officials with direct access to the information say new intelligence shows that Putin personally directed how hacked material from Democrats was leaked and otherwise used. The intelligence came from diplomatic sources and spies working for U.S. allies, the officials said.

Strzok and Page know they didn’t leak this information and assume their “sisters” at The Agency did. And the timing of the NBC article coincides with Strzok’s December text.

Limbaugh said:

This is a flat out lie. Either somebody literally made this up, or they got scammed by some agents in Russia who are running a scam on Brennan and they knew what Brennan wanted to hear, so they told him. Who knows how it happened, where it was originally sourced? But this has to be somebody at The Agency telling this to NBC.

This is the kind of crap that was going on. I was infuriated. I was. I cannot tell you how enraged I was during these entire two years. Every day, there was stuff like that. Every day, and four times a day, because once NBC ran it then it was picked up by the New York Times and the Washington Post, and it was an echo chamber for every one of these cockamamie, lying assertions such as that.

John Brennan and James Clapper, who was the Director of National Intelligence at the time will have to account for this and much more.

DOJ Inspector General Michael Horowitz report due in about three weeks will address FBI leaks to the media, in addition to their alleged FISA abuses. Leaks by the CIA and any other intelligence agencies implicated in this conspiracy will require a separate investigation. It’s likely that Attorney General William Barr’s DOJ is already on it.

We learn new information every day, but we can be sure that Barr knows a great deal more.

The Democrats feel the walls closing in on them and as their fear increases, their narrative becomes more and more desperate. Consider how little time it took to turn William Barr into a villain. It’s as if the Deep State has a formalized “central command” which issues the orders and the talking points.

The problem is that many Americans believe the rubbish they hear from the mainstream media. Half of America probably thinks William Barr is a criminal.

The Trump/Barr camp has to start fighting back even though they may not have all the answers yet.

Something must be done to stop the madness.

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YOU’RE KIDDING. Peter Freakin Strzok Was Concerned That This Agency Had Political Bias

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Iowa Senator Charles Grassley and Wisconsin Senator Ron Johnson, chairmen of the Senate Finance and Homeland Security committees, respectively, turned the heat up on the Department of Justice last week, asking Attorney General Bill Barr about an apparent plan by disgraced former FBI counterintelligence guru Peter Strzok and his paramour, Lisa Page, to recruit informants inside Vice President Mike Pence’s transition team (see You’ll Never Believe Who The FBI Thought They Could Recruit As A Spy In The Trump White House). Now they’ve turned their eye upon the Intelligence Community.

There are a lot of stray factoids that indicate that the CIA, directly and by using its Five Eyes partners as cut-outs, was instrumental in creating a narrative that the Trump campaign was under Russian influence and it is a fact that disgraced former director of the CIA, John Brennan, was instrumental in pushing that narrative into the public’s consciousness. Many of the most inflammatory leaks seemed to originate from within the Intelligence Community. And now Grassley and Johnson are exploring those links.

In a letter dated today, May 6, the two senators ask the IC IG for some answers:

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(Read the whole letter)

There are two points to pause and consider for a moment.

Why would the CIA leak to the media information they hadn’t shared with the FBI? The answer that immediately comes to mind is that they did it for the same reason that Christopher Steele did a road tour to pitch his dossier to the media. Those media stories then became evidence used to bolster the credibility of the dossier, itself. The media are seemingly credulous and enthralled whenever a spook deigns to speak to them and fall into the stenographer role they usually reserve for interviewing progressive politicians. The public narrative emanating from the IC needs no proof beyond its source. Here you can see that Strzok immediately assumes that the IC has held back information from him rather than this is just the IC peddling unfalsifiable bullsh**. (This is the story he’s referring to.) The fact that these alleged contacts are not mentioned in the Mueller report speaks volumes for the veracity of the account.

And Strzok refers to the CIA and other IC organizations as “political.” It is no secret that the CIA has been a hotbed of Democrat activists since…well…a long, long time. If you recall, during the 2004 election, the CIA gave expedited clearance to a book called ‘Imperial Hubris’ which was written by an active CIA officer that amounted to an in-kind contribution to John Kerry’s campaign. The same agency relentlessly leaked classified “Aardwolf” report series which were hypercritical and pessimistic about the Iraq War. All in all, the CIA seemed hellbent on using its position to sandbag a sitting president. But, Peter Strzok is the insurance policy guy, he’s the guy who says Trump won’t be president on his watch. If he’s calling the CIA political, consider what that means in practical terms. That is like being the British cavalry officer who was so stupid that even the horses had started to notice.

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