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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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FBI Deputy Assistant Director Peter Strzok, testifies before a House Judiciary Committee joint hearing on “oversight of FBI and Department of Justice actions surrounding the 2016 election” on Capitol Hill in Washington, Thursday, July 12, 2018. (AP Photo/Manuel Balce Ceneta)

 

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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Intel Community Inspector General asked to investigate leaks mentioned in Peter Strzok texts

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Senators Ron Johnson and Chuck Grassley wrote a letter to Intelligence Community Inspector General Michael Atkinson asking him to investigate leaks that may have come from the CIA or other agencies regarding the Russia investigation. The letter was prompted by texts sent by former FBI agent Peter Strzok to lawyer Lisa Page:

We write today to highlight other information regarding the FBI’s apparent awareness of leaks by other agencies or entities to the media. Specifically, in a December 2016 text message between Mr. Strzok and Ms. Page, Strzok told Page:

Think our sisters have begun leaking like mad. Scorned and worried and political, they’re kicking in to overdrive.

Later, in April 2017, Strzok e-mailed FBI colleagues and once again discussed leaks by others to the press. Specifically, with regard to the publication of an article in The Guardian titled, “British spies were first to spot Trump team’s links with Russia,” Strzok said:

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.

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”?

The question is how all of this ties into other stories that have been in the news recently. For instance, the woman who the FBI sent to a meeting with George Papadopoulos posing as Stephan Halper’s research assistant has been described as a “government investigator.” However, Papadopoulos said he had the impression she barely spoke English. Was she FBI or CIA? And what about Joseph Mifsud? Who was he working for when he claimed to introduce Papadopoulos to Putin’s niece. And what about the two DIA agents who contacted Papadopoulos out of the blue after his meeting with Mifsud?

If Strzok, who was clearly no fan of Trump, felt these agencies were acting “worried and political” after the election, it seems important to know why they felt that way. That’s especially true because we know who was running the CIA at the time: John Brennan. Brennan has become one of the promoters of the Russian collusion narrative and a frequent partisan critic of President Trump, even accusing him of treason last year. And about a year ago Real Clear Investigations reported that it was Brennan who selected Peter Strzok to author the January 2017 Intelligence Community Assessment concluding the Russian’s goal in meddling in the election was to help Trump win (as opposed to primarily wanting Hillary to lose over a personal beef).

There’s also the ongoing question of how word of the Steele dossier being briefed to Obama and Trump almost immediately made its way back to CNN. Maybe we’ll find out more when the DOJ IG releases his report next month. But it seems like a good idea to have the Intel Community IG looking into all of this as well.

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Kevin McCarthy Calls the Russia Collusion Hoax a Coup Attempt and He’s Right

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Back in 2017 and 2018 as word began to leak out about the extraordinary surveillance…and equally extraordinary lack of a defensive briefing to candidate Trump…some people became convinced that we were seeing the work of a highly politicized and partisan intelligence apparatus working to defeat Donald Trump’s attempt to be president and then, when he won, one could see the same apparatus begin an attempt to force him from office.

Of course, the Vichy Republicans would hear nothing at all of this. To hear them tell it, everything was completely above board because the Obama regime would simply never do something wrong and the intelligence community would never ever break rules or lie to please their political masters.

The Mueller report left several rather large and surly gorillas in various corners. How did a hear-say report of a bullsh** session in a bar constitute probable cause to open any kind of investigation? Who did Christopher Steele talk to? What was the role of Bruce Ohr’s wife, Nellie? How did a Russian lawyer who had been banned from the US get permission to enter? Why did that lawyer meet with Fusion GPS honcho Glenn Simpson before and after the Trump Tower meeting? What about those leaks? What kind of validation was the Steel dossier given? How did a long time FBI informant end up being portrayed as a potential Russian contact? Why was there no mention of Fusion GPS’s links to Russian oligarch Oleg Deripaska and why is there no mention that Deripaska had a relationship with the FBI? Why did the FBI at first dispute John Brennan’s characterization of Russia’s goals in the 2016 election meddling and then meekly roll over for him?

Yesterday, Attorney General Bill Barr wondered aloud about he provenance of the dossier:

This, of course, calls into question what the FBI and the CIA knew and when they knew it and if they were complicit in using a Russian information operations document and using it to create an investigation of a presidential campaign and a president. And Barr expressed some skepticism that we know the totality of the FBI’s efforts.

Now the stench has become so overpowering that even people who have a vested interest in protecting the status quo and not upsetting figurative apple carts are saying the obvious. There was an apparent scheme afoot to remove a duly elected president.

Here is House Minority Leade–and Speaker-in-Exile–Kevin McCarthy at a Washington Post event. The disembodied head he’s talking to is Robert Costa.

Start at 0:56.

COSTA: Congressman Meadows was here, and others have talked about the President’s language. He uses the word “coup.” “Coup attempt.” That’s how he described the investigation. It was not only a hoax, but it was an attempt to have a coup d’etat of his own administration. Do you share that perspective that President Trump has?

McCARTHY: I don’t think it’s President Trump’s. I think when you read the texts between individuals they use it as well. I believe, yes, a few individuals wanted…

COSTA: They don’t use the word “coup.”

McCARTHY: Their actions are a coup.

COSTA: Their actions are a coup attempt?

McCARTHY: Yeah. Very much so.

This is pretty strong stuff and it is very justified. From Bill Barr’s comments, it is clear that he has some of the same concerns. While this may not have started out as anything more than a way of sandbagging Trump’s presidential campaign, it is clear that it morphed rapidly into a means of getting rid of Trump. For instance, there is no way in hell that any part of the collusion hoax wasn’t known to be false no later than the day that Mueller was appointed special counsel. So why did the investigation drag on for two years? To show due diligence? Or to create Volume Two for use by a Democrat House committee?

I think the next three or four months are going to be some of the most amazing in American political history as the IG report is presented, as leak investigations are finalized, and as Barr makes decisions on how to deal with the prime movers in this grotesque narrative: Brennan and Comey.

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Mazie Hirono Accuses Barr of Lying to Congress, Makes Otherwise Stupid Remarks

When one a junior Senator on a Senate Judiciary Committee packed with career blowhards and 2020 Presidential hopefuls, one must find a way to stand out from the crowd.

Logic would dictate that the way to stand out is to showcase one’s stellar intellect, unique insights, or, more simply, to look smart. Today’s progressives aren’t too keen on following logic, though, and it seems that the most head-scratching takes are rewarded. So, that was the path Sen. Mazie Hirono (D-HI) chose to follow in her “questioning” of Attorney General Bill Barr.

She started off with a bang:

“Mr. Barr, now the American people know that you are no different from Rudy Giuliani or Kellyanne Conway or any of the other people who sacrificed their once decent reputation for the grifter and liar who sits in the Oval Office.

“To start with, you should have never been involved with supervising the Robert Mueller investigation….And you also should have insisted that Deputy AG Rod Rosenstein recuse himself. He wasn’t just a witness to some of the president’s obstructive behavior. We now know he was in frequent personal contact with the president, a subject of the investigation.”

Wait, what? Poor Rosenstein isn’t a darling of the left anymore. Hirono continues, in a scolding, condescending tone:

“You should have left it to career officials.”

Of course. Because with career officials, like Peter Strzok and Lisa Page, the will of the DNC might be done.

“Once the report was delivered by the Special Counsel, you delayed its release for more than two weeks. You let the president’s personal lawyers look at it before you even deigned to let Congress or the public see it.  During the time you substituted your own political judgment for the special counsel’s legal conclusions in a four-page letter to Congress.

“And now we know, thanks to a free press, that Mr. Mueller wrote you a letter objecting to your so-called summary. When you called Mueller to discuss his letter, the reports are that he thought your summary was giving the press, Congress, and the public a misleading impression of his work. He asked you to release the report summaries to correct the misimpression you created, but, you refused….But when we read the report we knew Robert Mueller’s concerns were valid and that your version of events was false.”

Psst, Sen. Hirono – instead of quoting “reports,” you could quote what Barr himself said just a few hours ago in the hearing regarding that phone call, or even admit that the “reports” that came out prior to the hearing also included the fact that Mueller’s beef was with the press misinterpreting the letter, not with the accuracy of Barr’s work. As the saying (sort of) goes, Barr can give people the facts, but he can’t make people understand them.

Hirono wouldn’t take Barr’s word, though, because she thinks he’s a liar and flat-out accused him of it.

“Finally, you lied to Congress. You told Rep. Charlie Crist that you didn’t know what objections Mueller’s team might have to your March 24th so-called summary….But you knew. You lied. And now we know.”

Again, this topic was a subject of multiple questions in the morning session of the hearing, but either Hirono lacks the capability to edit the screed penned pre-hearing and/or she simply doesn’t care about getting to the truth. But she’s not done with Barr yet.

“That’s why, before the bombshell news of yesterday evening, 11 of my Senate colleagues and I called on the Department of Justice Inspector General and Office of Professional Responsibility to investigate the way you have handled the Mueller Report.”

She continued until Cocaine Lindsey, who had recovered from the excitement of saying the F word on live television, had had enough.

“Not really — to this line of questioning. Listen. You slandered this man….you slandered this man from top to bottom. If you want more of this, you’re not gonna get it.

Watch him scold her below:

More than one Twitter commentator noted that Hirono might be the most stupid person in the United States Senate.

Fortunately for Hirono, she spoke before Cory Booker.

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