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Feb.  6, 2018


The Schiff memo has arrived at the White House, where it will be screened by legal and security experts. Word has it, it's full of political innuendo and personal attacks on Republican members of the House Intel Ctee. In typical fashion, Adam Schiff is very worried about political WH redactions. 

⏩ Chairman Nunes is now seeking the actual transcripts of the FISA court deliberations between the Obama DoJ and FBI officials and the Obama-appointed FISA court judges who rubber-stamped each of their FISA applications for orders to spy on Trump advisers (more).

⏩ In the meantime the Nunes memo raises the question: Did FBI violate Woods Procedures? 
There are strict rules requiring that each and every fact presented in an FBI request to electronically spy on a U.S. citizen be extreme-vetted for accuracy — and presented to the court only if verified. There’s no dispute that at least some, if not a great deal, of information in the anti-Trump “Steele dossier” was unverified or false. Former FBI director James Comey testified as much himself before a Senate committee in June 2017. Comey repeatedly referred to “salacious” and “unverified” material in the dossier, which turned out to be paid political opposition research against Donald Trump funded first by Republicans, then by the Democratic National Committee and the Hillary Clinton campaign. Presentation of any such unverified material to the Federal Intelligence Surveillance Act (FISA) court to justify a wiretap would appear to violate crucial procedural rules, called “Woods Procedures,” designed to protect U.S. citizens. Yet Comey allegedly signed three of the FISA applications on behalf of the FBI. Deputy Director Andrew McCabe reportedly signed one and former Attorney General Sally Yates, then-Acting Deputy Attorney General Dana Boente and Deputy Attorney General Rod Rosenstein each reportedly signed one or more. (More
⏩ Trump's Lawyers are in favor of second Special Counsel to investigate FBI, DOJ corruption during 2016 election. (More)

Feb. 5, 2018


Feb. 3, 2018 Stephan Molineux: The Truth About The FISA Memo | FBI/DOJ Exposed

Jerry Nadler’s Leaked Rebuttal of the Nunes Memo Is Very Weak
by Andrew McCarthy
Representative Jerrold Nadler of New York, the senior Democrat on the House Intelligence Committee, has written a six-page response to the FISA-abuse memo published Friday by the committee’s Republican staffers under the direction of Chairman Devin Nunes (R., Calif.). I won’t get sidetracked by the fact that Nadler’s “Dear Democratic Colleague” letter has been “exclusively obtained” by NBC News — i.e., that it was leaked to the media, whereas the so-called Nunes memo was provided to committee Democrats before publication so they could seek changes. The Nunes memo had to be subjected to a rules-based process because of classified-information issues. The Nadler memo does not seem to contain classified information; it just responds to what the Republicans have produced, which is now public record. 
I don’t agree with Jerry Nadler’s politics, but he is an able lawyer. What surprises me about his retort is how weak it is. He posits four points, the last two of which are strictly political red meat. Of the other two, one provides an inaccurate explanation of the probable-cause standard in the Foreign Intelligence Surveillance Act (FISA); the other is an ill-conceived argument about Christopher Steele’s credibility. (...) Steele is not the source of the information. For purposes of the warrant application, he is the purveyor of information from other sources. The actual sources of the information are Steele’s informants — anonymous Russians providing accounts based on hearsay three- and four-times removed from people said to have observed the events alleged. (More)zzz

⏩ The House Intelligence chair and his team found other examples of politically motivated "wrongdoing" across various agencies, including the FBI, the broader Justice Department, and the State Department (...) there could be as many as five additional memos or reports (...) there's no current plan to use the same extraordinary and highly controversial process they just went through, with a vote and ultimately a presidential approval to declassify sensitive information. (Source)

Feb. 2, 2018


Feb 2, 2018 Fox News: Bret Baier interview with Devin Nunes, chairman of the House Intel Ctee on the FISA memo.


The bottom line:
  • Andrew McCabe confirmed that no FISA warrant would have been sought from the FISA Court without the [questionable, unverified] Steele dossier information.
  • The political origins of the Steele dossier were known to senior DOJ and FBI officials, but excluded from the FISA applications.
  • DOJ official Bruce Ohr met with Steele beginning in the summer of 2016 and relayed to DOJ information about Steele's bias. Steele told Ohr that he, Steele, was desperate that Donald Trump not get elected president and was passionate about him not becoming president. 
  • And it's only the beginning! There's still the report of the Inspector General in the offing.
  • There's another document — an 8 page criminal referral - filed with the Justice Department by Chuck Grassley and Lindsey Graham (tweet).
  • Special Counsel Mueller is asking for a 90 day extension before sentencing General Flynn (tweet). Is Mueller calling it a day! 


Alex Jones reads the full declassified FISA memo on air

Feb 1, 2018 Dan Bongino On Mark Levin Show. 


The President has de-classified the memo and the White House has returned the memo to the House Intel Ctee. Nunes can release its 4 page summary at any moment (or wait until Monday).
  • FBI Officials have cleared the FISA Memo as factually correct (more).
  • It is rumored to contain four explosive revelations that have not yet been revealed (more).
  • And it's only the beginning!
  • Despite urgent requests from the FBI, the Ctee has said it will release the memo without redactions and names censored (more).
  • There's still the report of the Inspector General in the offing.
  • Not without importance, "all roads leading to Clinton (& watch - Obama too)". There's another document — an 8 page criminal referral - filed with the Justice Department by Chuck Grassley & Lindsey Graham (tweet). John Solomon reveals:
Congressional Republicans are seeking to make the case that the FBI’s investigation into President Trump’s campaign and possible collusion with Russia was based on flawed or politically tainted evidence connected to partisans loyal to Hillary Clinton. (...) Another document — an eight-page criminal referral filed with the Justice Department by Senate Judiciary Committee Chairman Chuck Grassley (R-Iowa) and Sen. Lindsey Graham (R-S.C.) — is also part of the GOP case. While the FBI has been protesting the release of the Nunes memo, it has been working behind the scenes to vet a version of the Grassley-Graham memo, which is expected to be released in redacted form soon. (...) 
Republicans believe both documents will back up arguments that evidence used to justify the FBI’s probe came from partisans loyal to Clinton, sources said. They are also expected to play into arguments from some Republicans that special counsel Robert Mueller’s probe into Russia is based on false information. Those suggestions have provoked a backlash from Democrats. Some Republicans have also expressed concerns, with GOP leaders saying Mueller should be allowed to continue his work. Speaker Paul Ryan (R-Wis.) on Tuesday backed releasing the Nunes memo but also offered support for Deputy Attorney General Rod Rosenstein. (More)

⏩ Adam Schiff and Nancy Pelosi meanwhile are yelling "Russians"! That the actual target of the memo is actually Special Counsel Mueller. Well, there's that, but you may call it 'collateral damage'. Thomas Wictor is opining that the release of the memo is in truth a distraction for Special Counsel Mueller postponing the trial of General Flynn (tweet). It may well signal Mueller is calling it a day! But that's another subject altogether.

⏩ Paul Ryan meanwhile is trying to explain to those in the Democrat frame of mind, what the memo is about. Far from an attack on the FBI, this is cleansing the organization from politicized bad apples (although something is clearly wrong with its autocratic culture).

Feb. 1, 2018


Update -- FBI director Wray is threatening to resign if the memo is released. Breaking news -- Nancy Pelosi is demanding speaker Ryan fires Intel Ctee chairman Nunes because of amendments made to the document approved by the Ctee last Monday. We explain herebelow. Latest reports are that the memo may only be released tomorrow morning. This afternoon at 06:30pmET the President is addressing the GOP retreat in West Virginia. In the meantime the following back and forth occurred between the Repubs and Dems in the House Intel Ctee on the one hand and the White House and the IC on the other.
In a last minute effort to block the executive approvals, Minority Chair of the House Intelligence Committee, Adam Schiff, claimed last night there were changes to the legislative work product. Intelligence Committee Chairman Devin Nunes shared with Adam Schiff some minor edits to the drafted memo that resulted from the executive branch (FBI Director Wray) making a request upon initial review:

Counting on people not to know the FBI is part of the executive branch, Schiff claimed, wrongly, that any changes made the initial work product contrary to that which was approved for submission by the House Intelligence Committee. A desperate attempt to stop the declassification by the White House, as quickly pointed out by Chairman Nunes: 

In the back-and-forth it becomes evident why we stated last week to pay attention to the process. The memo is classified legislative work product of the legislative branch. The legislative branch is asking the executive branch to declassify the memo. When Devin Nunes invited FBI Director Christopher Wray to review the memo on Sunday night he was inviting the executive branch to preview the work-product prior to submission. It would be ordinary for any minor executive-branch-requested adjustments to be made, prior to submission/approval for executive declassification. That’s exactly what happened. (...) 
Additionally, Minority Chair Adam Schiff, along with most corporate media, are trying to present the intelligence community (DOJ/FBI) as a fourth branch of government. As silly as it sounds, former DNI James Clapper attempted the same argument on Wednesday night during a CNN appearance. They’re not. All of the intelligence community resides under the executive branch and the Chief Executive is President Donald Trump. (...) As much as the formal and appropriate process annoys Representative Adam Schiff, all of the correct procedures have been followed. (More

⏩ In the meantime the Daily Beast engaged in some fake news, saying Nunes did not deny he wrote the memo in coordination with the White House:

⏩ Yesterday the FBI issued a warning of "grave concerns" over the memo, saying there are "material omissions of fact that fundamentally impact the memo’s accuracy"

⏩ Some general observations:

Jan. 30, 2018


Stealth Jeff #drawandstrike explains in above thread why it is so bad that the Obama regime politicized the institutions of state and used its power to spy and sabotage a political opponent. It is typical and noteworthy how the Democrats are reacting to the Republicans in the House Intel Ctee voting to release the memo with personal attacks and insinuations. Prepare for much more of this during the coming crisis.

⏩ President Trump's first State of the Union address, McCabe quitting the FBI and when the President will approve release of the FISA memo are subjects of speculation today. Rush Limbaugh thinks Trump may signal his approval directly after the SOTU, while others think more along traditional lines, reasoning he may not want to divert attention away from his speech. We'll see.

Jan. 29, 2018


The House Intel Committee is expected to vote today at 5pmET to release the Memo. Then President Trump has five days to approve the publication, or to reject it. The President has already indicated his approval. He may choose to delay the release until after his State of the Union address on Tuesday. Update: Hours After FBI Director Chris Wray Reviews House Intel Memo, Asst. FBI Director McCabe Resigns!

Jan. 27, 2018


Jan 21, 2018 Former federal prosecutor Joe diGenova sits down with Ginni Thomas of The Daily Caller Foundation.

In an interview with Ginni Thomas, former Federal Prosecutor Joe diGenova explains the contents of the House Committee's Memo. Reduced to the bare root, this is about elitist politicians and deep state operatives that went rogue, because they were convinced they knew better than the people who should rule America. Their crimes would be covered up, because they were convinced Hillary would win the elections. When she didn't, they had to cover their tracks retroactively. According to Laura Ingraham the House Intelligence Committee may release the memo as early as Monday or Tuesday before President Trump's State of the Union address. Or it may be as late as Wednesday or Thursday. When this political nuke drops, the following ten points will emerge per Joe diGenova's expose.

  1. Obama, his Justice Department and FBI officials violated the law by committing crimes to politicize law enforcement and surveillance against political opponents. 
  2. Former FBI Director James Comey conducted a fake criminal investigation of Hillary Clinton as they “followed none of the regular rules. He gave her every break in the book, immunized all kinds of people, allowed the destruction of evidence, with no grand jury, no subpoenas, and no search warrants. 
  3. The FBI worked closely with controversial Fusion GPS, a political hit squad paid by the Democrat Party and Hillary Clinton's election campaign to create and spread the discredited Steele dossier about President Donald Trump. 
  4. Without a justifiable law enforcement or national security reason, the FBI created false facts so that they could get surveillance warrants. Those are all crimes. 
  5. Using official FISA-702 “queries”, surveillance was done to create a false case against candidate-Trump, and then President Trump. In this video, DiGenova holds up an unreported April 2017 99-page FISA court opinion that “describes systematic and on-going violations of the law [by the FBI and their contractors using unauthorized disclosures of raw intelligence on Americans]. [PDF]
  6. Fusion GPS and Crowdstrike, the Democrat Party’s private security firm, were among the redacted contractors of the FBI. 
  7. House Intelligence Chairman Devin Nunes, who knows who the redacted contractors were, is expected to release more information. 
  8. It’s now believed that journalists were paid by Fusion GPS. If true, diGenova says, “it’s the complete antithesis of American journalism and the first amendment.” DiGenova says that “Law enforcement is being corrupted and media is being bought”. And noting the elite media’s supposed outrage about governmental power and institutions during Watergate, diGenova adds “the only thing the American journalism community seems to care about now is destroying Donald Trump.” 
  9. The real hero? NSA ADMIRAL MIKE ROGERS. Rogers, on his own initiative, briefed Trump when he was president-elect, on Nov. 17, 2016 about the Obama-backed controversial governmental surveillance on him and his campaign team, resulting in Trump’s presidential transition being moving out of Trump Tower to Bedminster, N.J. until it could be debugged. DiGenova also discusses the Uranium One scandal, the “tainted” Mueller special counsel investigation, and the heroism of Nunes. 
  10. Devin Nunes is under intense pressure from a united Democrat front. DiGenova has no doubt that if Democrats gain control in November, there will be an effort to impeach Trump. The Democrats are trying to stall and delay efforts by Republicans to find and expose the truth. It’s imperative, for the sake of preserving Trump's presidency, for the House to complete its work quickly. (Source) H/T Mary Pientka @mrsmpie

Jan. 25, 2018


The Democrats ascribing the effort to release the memo to the Russians should not come as a big surprise. It's pathological though. One wonders when they'll discover they're an embarrassment. But the Dems don't stop there! Schiff is now drafting his own version. Release of the memo has now become a really pressing matter. Should the Democrats beat them to it, that version will become conventional truth in the mainstream media. Trust the Republicans to snatch defeat from the jaws of victory! There is some panic in the FBI and the DoJ; there are demands for copies of the memo. To clarify, the underlying documents are not part of the memo and will not be disclosed. Kim Strassel: the committee does not have possession of the documents.

Jan. 24, 2018


Jan. 23, 2018 Rep. Matt Gaetz lays out a time path for the release of the memo.

And here we have the psychological problem of Democrats. They just can't accept that the people are rejecting them. It just can't be, so it must be the Russians! The pathology is extremely dangerous. This denial of reality is currently triggering a spate of censoring laws all over the EU!  Sen. Dianne Feinstein and Rep. Adam Schiff are asking Facebook and Twitter to investigate alleged "attempts by Russia-backed accounts that undermine special counsel Robert Mueller's probe with a hashtag campaign calling for the release of a GOP memo". #ReleaseTheMemo twitterati reacted at once with hashtag #WeAreNotBots
#ReleaseTheMemo is a campaign to pressure Republican lawmakers to release a classified memo written by House GOP aides that allegedly describes severe abuses in FBI surveillance, but which Democratic lawmakers say is misleading. If Russian accounts boosted the campaign, "we are witnessing an ongoing attack by the Russian government through Kremlin-linked social media actors directly acting to intervene and influence our democratic process," the lawmakers warned.  (More)
Meanwhile, Twitter's internal analysis of the hashtag has thus far found that authentic American accounts, not Russians, are driving #ReleaseTheMemo, according to The Daily Beast (More) It is reported that 200 Republicans and 1 Democrat out of 453 House members have now read the memo.

Jan. 23, 2018


Jan. 22, 2018 Hannity: Gregg Jarrett, Sara Carter, Rep. Matt Gaetz on the Gowdy memo.

Trey Gowdy turns out to be the originator of the memo: he had the 4 pages drawn up to facilitate proliferation throughout the membership of the House on the basis of documents collected by the Judiciary Commitee.  Some sources mention that approximately 19 days are required before the memo can re released. That is because all House members must be offered a chance to read the classified memo in a secured environment. All but one Democrat declined the offer till now. Other observers say the memo can be released to the public before the end of the month, perhaps as early as by the end of this week. The FBI has requested to view the memo; Gowdy points out the request is superfluous since the memo is based on their own FBI files!


Dec. 29, 2018 Lindsey Graham confirms Steele dossier was the basis for 2016 FISA Order.

Everyone suspected the sketchy Steele Dossier was what corrupt FBI and DOJ officials used to get the October 2016 FISA warrant against Trump. FBI and DOJ officials refuse to answer that question publicly. Despite a hundred different ways congressional investigators have asked the question, and despite numerous on-camera questions to FBI and DOJ officials about the 2016 FISA process, no-one had definitively confirmed the Christopher Steele ‘Russian Dossier’ was the underlying evidence for the 2016 FISA application to gain wiretaps and electronic surveillance upon presidential candidate Donald Trump. Until now. (More)

Jan. 22, 2018


After millions of Americans called on Congress to release the bombshell FISA abuse memo [which Schiff refers to as Russians bots], Rep. Dave Joyce (R-OH) announced Saturday that the process has officially begun. (More) The commitee is to vote ASAP after which the President has 5 days to approve it. Release is expected by the end of the month, or as early as end of this week. (More) Dem spokesman Schiff meanwhile told CNN that the public would just not understand what's in the memo. 

Jan. 19, 2018


Jan 19, 2018 Rep. Gaetz: Memo Will Be Released Soon - Heads Will Roll in DOJ and FBI.

A Bombshell House Intelligence report exposing extensive FISA abuse could lead to the removal of senior government officials

by Sara Carter

A review of a classified document outlining what is described as extensive Foreign Intelligence Surveillance Act abuse was made available to all House members Thursday and the revelations could lead to the removal of senior officials in the FBI and Department of Justice, several sources with knowledge of the document stated. These sources say the report is “explosive,” stating they would not be surprised if it leads to the end of Robert Mueller’s Special Counsel investigation into President Trump and his associates. The House Intelligence Committee passed the motion along party lines Thursday to make the classified report alleging extensive ‘FISA Abuse’ related to the controversial dossier available to all House members. The report contains information regarding the dossier that alleges President Trump and members of his team colluded with the Russians in the 2016 presidential election. Some members of the House viewed the document in a secure room Thursday. Rep. Peter King, R-N.Y., offered the motion on Thursday to make the Republican majority-authored report available to the members. “The document shows a troubling course of conduct and we need to make the document available, so the public can see it,” said a senior government official, who spoke on condition of anonymity due to the sensitivity of the document. “Once the public sees it, we can hold the people involved accountable in a number of ways.” (More)

Jan 19, 2018 Rep. Chris Collins (R-N.Y.) on calls to release a memo that allegedly reports government surveillance abuses.

In other related issues

Jan. 15, 2018


Jan. 13, 2018 Judge Jeanine & Jason Chaffetz on surveillance abuse by the FBI & DOJ.

According to media reports this week, the FBI did indeed “wiretap” the former head of Trump’s campaign, Paul Manafort, both before and after Trump was elected. If Trump officials — or Trump himself — communicated with Manafort during the wiretaps, they would have been recorded, too. But we’re missing the bigger story. If these reports are accurate, it means U.S. intelligence agencies secretly surveilled at least a half dozen Trump associates. And those are just the ones we know about. (More)

Jan. 11, 2018


Jan. 10, 2018 Fox News - Sean Hannity: "The Witch Hunt Continues". 

Senator Feinstein yesterday disclosed highly redacted documents on the August hearing of Fusion GPS's Glen Simpson. (Live Blog) David Harsanyi, senior editor at The Federalist deals with the matter, concluding that:
Michael Cohen, Trump’s personal attorney, is filing a pair of lawsuits — one in federal court against Fusion GPS and the other in New York against BuzzFeed — the truth may take on some renewed importance. Add to that the fact that Chuck Grassley and Lindsey Graham asked the Department of Justice to open a criminal investigation into Steele’s inconsistencies, and surely we can look forward to more clarifications and walkbacks in the future. This is likely what prompted Feinstein to release the transcripts — which, incidentally, excluded not only a number of important contextual exhibits from Simpson’s testimony but also redacted all sorts of relevant information about the players in the case. It doesn’t matter. At some point, we’re going to learn the whole story. And if it turns out that the political party in power used a dossier filled with raw, unsubstantiated information to spy on its opponents, it’ll be a massive scandal. (Source).
Last night Sean Hannity made an effort to enforce a breakthrough in the case, claiming he now has it from three independent sources that the FISA warrant that ordered spying on the Trump campaign was issued on the basis of the unverified, salacious Steele "dossier". This morning the President joined in with a number of tweets that are stunning DC.

⏩ In the media:

⏩ Dan Bongino is asking a basic question in respect of the FISA court order:

⏩ Senator Feinstein in the meanwhile was pressured and unpressured and then has a cold:

⏩ And yet another bombshell:

Jan. 2, 2018


Dec 31, 2017 Fox News: GOP Lawmakers Sets Jan. 3rd for FBI, DOJ to Comply with Subpoena on Trump Dossier.

Since the 'insurance policy' is turning out to be a pile of garbage (scroll to Dec. 27), the deep state has been leaking another approach over the New Year's weekend. It didn't survive long. In the meantime the ultimatum of the House Intel Ctee chairman Nunes is expiring tomorrow Jan. 3. WikiLeaks dropped proof that NYTimes colluded with Hillary Clinton. Another report emerged over the weekend in respect to Huma Abedin's emails on the laptop of her now jailed husband Anthony Weiner a.k.a. Carlos Danger and her sloppy password management.

⏩ Wiki After The New York Times on Saturday published a story headlined "Republican Attacks on Mueller and F.B.I. Open New Rift in G.O.P.," WikiLeaks couldn't stand it anymore. In a late-night post on Twitter, WikiLeaks revealed that a Times reporter used to feed State Department email updates of the stories the paper would be publishing DAYS before the stories appeared. At the time, Hillary Clinton was the Secretary of State. (More)

⏩ Rising Serpent has put together a comprehensive theory about the goings on in the background in a lengthy thread; for the buffs.

⏩ President Trump went after "Crooked" Hillary Clinton aide Huma Abedin on Tuesday, appearing to call on the “Deep State” Justice Department to look at potential security issues in her handling of classified material after a recent email dump. “Crooked Hillary Clinton’s top aide, Huma Abedin, has been accused of disregarding basic security protocols. She put Classified Passwords into the hands of foreign agents. Remember sailors pictures on the submarine? Jail!” Trump tweeted early Tuesday. “Deep State Justice Dept must finally act? Also on Comey & others.” (More)

Dec. 27, 2017


Andrew McCarthy has the latest update on the House Intelligence Committee investigations of the DoJ and the Steele dossier after the FBI’s deputy director Andrew McCabe testified Tuesday at a marathon seven-hour closed-door hearing. Including what led to the bias in the DoJ/FBI's A team and a time line.
(...) The Obama-era FBI and Justice Department had great faith in Steele because he had previously collaborated with the bureau on a big case. Plus, Steele was working on the Trump-Russia project with the wife of a top Obama Justice Department official, who was personally briefed by Steele. The upper ranks of the FBI and DOJ strongly preferred Trump’s opponent, Hillary Clinton, to the point of overlooking significant evidence of her felony misconduct, even as they turned up the heat on Trump. In sum, the FBI and DOJ were predisposed to believe the allegations in Steele’s dossier. Because of their confidence in Steele, because they were predisposed to believe his scandalous claims about Donald Trump, they made grossly inadequate efforts to verify his claims. Contrary to what I hoped would be the case, I’ve come to believe Steele’s claims were used to obtain FISA surveillance authority for an investigation of Trump. (More)

Dec. 13, 2017


Live Stream:: Deputy Attorney General Rod Rosenstein Testifies in House Judiciary Hearing on Robert Mueller's Investigation.

Dec. 4, 2017


House Intelligence Committee Chairman Devin Nunes, R-Calif., threatened the Department of Justice and FBI on Saturday night with a threat to hold both agencies in contempt of Congress for hiding details concerning the removal of a top FBI agent from special counsel Robert Mueller’s investigation into Russian election meddling. The censure came amid a bombshell Washington Post report on Saturday that Mueller dismissed FBI agent Peter Strzok from his team after the Justice Department’s Inspector General unearthed anti-Trump text messages between Strzok and his mistress, attorney Lisa Page–who worked for FBI Deputy Director Andrew McCabe and also served on the Mueller [ed.: and the Clinton, Weiner, Abedin] probe. The discovery of the extramarital affair and the biased text messages took place over the summer. Strzok–who interviewed Hillary Clinton in 2016 and was a leading agent on the Trump-Russia collusion probe–was not only removed from the Mueller investigation, but demoted to the FBI’s human resources department. (More)

Nov. 30, 2017


Nov. 29, 2017 House investigators seek contempt citations against FBI, DOJ.

Senior counsel for the House Intelligence Committee earlier this month urged Chairman Devin Nunes, R-Calif., to pursue contempt of Congress citations against the FBI and Justice Department for failing to turn over key documents and an FBI witness in the probe over whether the Obama White House used the unsubstantiated "Trump Dossier" to surveil Trump associates, Fox News Channel reports. "After eight months of ongoing verbal, written and subpoenaed requests — and engagement by Committee and House leadership at the highest levels — DOJ, FBI continues to impede the Committee's legitimate investigative efforts and hinders the Committee's ability to conduct oversight," wrote Kash Patel in the internal memo obtained by Fox News. (More)

Nov. 23, 2017


Unsealed court documents reveal that the firm behind the salacious 34-page Trump-Russia Dossier, Fusion GPS, was paid $523,000 by a Russian businessman convicted of tax fraud and money laundering, whose lawyer, Natalia Veselnitskaya, was a key figure in the infamous June 2016 meeting at Trump Tower arranged by Fusion GPS associate Rob Goldstone. In short, D.C. opposition research firm Fusion GPS is the common denominator linked to two schemes used to damage the Trump campaign. (...) Of note, the 34-page dossier created by Fusion was reportedly used to obtain a FISA surveillance warrant on one-time adviser to the Trump campaign, Carter Page. Quite a bit more notable is the fact that Glenn Simpson met with Natalia Veselnitskaya hours before the Trump Tower meeting, and also met with Hillary Clinton's campaign chairman John Podesta the day after the 34-page dossier was published by BuzzFeed.

Glenn gets around. InFusion of Funds The Daily Caller's Chuck Ross - who has done an outstanding job turning over stones and finding gold - now reports that the heavily redacted Fusion GPS bank records unsealed Tuesday reveal DNC law firm Perkins Coie paid Fusion a total of $1,024,408 in 2016 for opposition research on then-candidate Donald Trump - including the 34-page dossier. Ross also reports that law firm Baker Hostelter paid Fusion $523,651 between March and October 2016 on behalf of a company owned by Russian businessman and money launderer Denis Katsyv to research Bill Browder, a London banker who helped push through the Magnitsky Act - named after deceased Russian lawyer Sergei Magnitsky, who Browder hired to investigate Russian corruption. (More)

Nov. 17, 2017


FBI and Justice Department officials have told congressional investigators in recent days that they have not been able to verify or corroborate the substantive allegations of collusion between Russia and the Trump campaign outlined in the Trump dossier. (...) According to sources familiar with the matter, neither the FBI nor the Justice Department has provided documents in response to that part of the committee's subpoena. But in face-to-face briefings with congressional staff, according to those sources, FBI and DOJ officials have said they cannot verify the dossier's charges of a conspiracy between the Russian government and the Trump campaign. The news appears to contradict recent statements from some top Democrats. "A lot of it has turned out to be true," Rep. Adam Schiff, ranking Democrat on the House Intelligence panel, told the Wall Street Journal on Wednesday. (More)

Oct. 30, 2017


The House Intelligence Committee announced Saturday that it has reached a settlement to obtain bank records from the private intelligence firm that produced a controversial dossier alleging ties between President Trump and Russia. “The parties have reached an agreement related to the House Intelligence Committee’s subpoena for Fusion GPS’s bank records that will secure the Committee’s access to the records necessary for its investigation,” the committee said in a statement. (More)

⏩ On this weekend’s broadcast of “Fox News Sunday,” House Oversight Committee chairman Rep. Trey Gowdy (R-SC) discussed the opposition research conducted on President Donald Trump in the so-called Russian dossier. Gowdy said he was interested in looking into if the Hillary Clinton campaign attempted to “launder all of this through a law firm” to avoid transparency laws. (More)

⏩ And oh look, who all contributed to the dossier fund via an illicit law firm.
Former president Barack Obama’s official campaign organization has directed nearly a million dollars to the same law firm that funneled money to Fusion GPS, the firm behind the infamous Steele dossier. Since April of 2016, Obama For America (OFA) has paid over $972,000 to Perkins Coie, records filed with the Federal Election Commission (FEC) show. The Washington Post reported last week that Perkins Coie, an international law firm, was directed by both the Democratic National Committee (DNC) and Hillary Clinton’s campaign to retain Fusion GPS in April of 2016 to dig up dirt on then-candidate Donald Trump. Fusion GPS then hired Christopher Steele, a former British spy, to compile a dossier of allegations that Trump and his campaign actively colluded with the Russian government during the 2016 election. (More

⏩ Turns out the shady oppo research firm Fusion GPS originates and is linked to the media.

⏩ In related news:

Sep. 19, 2017


U.S. investigators wiretapped President Trump’s campaign chairman Paul Manafort, according to a report by CNN that vindicates the president’s earlier claims, which were mocked as a conspiracy theory. (...) a report Monday evening said U.S. investigators obtained a surveillance warrant on Manafort from a secret court and had monitored him before and after the election, including a “period when Manafort was known to talk to President Donald Trump.” The report said the secret court that handles the Foreign Intelligence Surveillance Act had authorized a surveillance warrant against Manafort for an investigation that began in 2014, looking into his firm, the Podesta Group, and another firm’s lobbying work for Ukraine’s pro-Russian former ruling party. “The surveillance was discontinued at some point last year for lack of evidence,” a source told CNN. However, the FBI then restarted the surveillance after obtaining a new FISA warrant that extended early into this year. The report notably does not say when the new warrant was obtained.

Manafort joined the Trump campaign as its chairman in May 2016. The new warrant was “part of the FBI’s efforts to investigate ties between Trump campaign associates and suspected Russian operatives,” according to the report. The report notes, “such warrants require the approval of top Justice Department and FBI officials” — but doesn’t specify which top Justice Department and FBI officials had approved it. Former Attorney General Loretta Lynch and former FBI Director James Comey were leading the agencies, respectively, at the time.

The report said the first warrant had already expired when Manafort had become the chairman in May. Before he left in August, FBI investigators “noticed what counterintelligence agents thought was a series of odd connections between Trump associates in Russia.” A some point, the FBI obtained the new FISA warrant and began monitoring Manafort again — who has a residence in Trump Tower. The story said it’s “unclear” whether the FBI surveillance took place there. The Justice Department and the FBI denied that Trump was being wiretapped. Comey later in March disputed Trump’s claims — in testimony that lawmakers could now find misleading. (More)

⏩Manafort's political and business dealings with Russian and Ukrainian officials are under scrutiny in the various investigations into Russian meddling in the 2016 election. Manafort has been singled out as one of the key players, to the point that the FBI carried out an early morning raid on his home earlier this summer. Manafort worked for Trump between May and August 2016 as campaign chairman and his dealings with Ukraine eventually led to his ouster. According to CNN, the court ordered surveillance against Manafort began again after his departure from campaign because FBI investigators noticed contacts between Trump associates and the Russian government. (...)

(...) The screws appear to be tightening on Manafort. On Sunday, California Sen. Dianne Feinstein, a Democrat, said it's "likely" the Senate Judiciary Committee will issue a subpoena for Manafort. And to make matters worse for the former Trump campaign chairman, the New York Times reported Monday special counsel Robert Mueller plans to indict Manafort. Manafort is under investigation for violations of tax law, money laundering, and failing to disclose his lobbying activities, according to the report. (More)

Sep. 14, 2017


Former national security adviser Susan Rice privately told House investigators that she unmasked the identities of senior Trump officials to understand why the crown prince of the United Arab Emirates was in New York late last year, multiple sources told CNN. The New York meeting preceded a separate effort by the UAE to facilitate a back-channel communication between Russia and the incoming Trump White House. The crown prince, Sheikh Mohammed bin Zayed al-Nahyan, arrived in New York last December in the transition period before Trump was sworn into office for a meeting with several top Trump officials, including Michael Flynn, the president’s son-in-law, Jared Kushner, and his top strategist Steve Bannon, sources said. Rice’s previously undisclosed revelation in a classified setting shines new light on a practice that had come under sharp criticism from the committee chairman, California Rep. Devin Nunes, and President Donald Trump, who previously accused Rice of committing a crime. But her explanation appears to have satisfied some influential Republicans on the committee, undercutting both Nunes and Trump and raising new questions about whether any Trump associates tried to arrange back-channel discussions with the Russians. (Source)

Sep. 6, 2017


(...) the House Intelligence Committee has quietly subpoenaed the Department of Justice and the FBI, in order to obtain documents relating to “Trump dossier” author Christopher Steele. Washington Examiner reports:

The subpoenas are an indication of growing frustration inside the committee over the FBI and Justice Department’s lack of cooperation in the Trump-Russia investigation. The committee issued the subpoenas — one to the FBI, an identical one to the Justice Department — on August 24, giving both until last Friday, September 1, to turn over the information. Neither FBI nor Justice turned over the documents, and now the committee has given them an extension until September 14 to comply. Illustrating the seriousness with which investigators view the situation, late Tuesday the committee issued two more subpoenas, specifically to FBI Director Christopher Wray and Attorney General Jeff Sessions (...) It’s time for those behind the phony Trump Dossier to come forward, and U.S. District Court Judge Ursula Ungaro thinks so too. A new report by Fox News says former MI-6 British Intelligence Officer Christopher Steele has been ordered to give a deposition in the lawsuit against Buzzfeed over the dossier. Recently, Glenn Simpson, co-founder of Fusion GPS, the firm behind the debunked ‘Russian dossier’ to smear Trump refused to tell Congress who the political sources are that commissioned the salacious document. (More)

Aug. 12, 2017


Aug. 8, 2017


Aug. 6, 2017 Mark Levin about the Chris Wallace/Rod Rosenstein interview on Fox News Sunday.

To what should be the surprise of no one, Deputy Attorney General Rod Rosenstein has tried to defend his conferral of boundless jurisdiction to special counsel Robert Mueller’s investigation of President Donald Trump. But the conferral is indefensible because Rosenstein failed to adhere to regulations that require a clear statement of the basis for a criminal investigation. This failure is not cured by the DAG’s stubborn insistence that there really are limits to Mueller’s jurisdiction . . . just not limits he can talk about. Interviewed by Chris Wallace on Fox News Sunday, the DAG claimed that there is a definite “scope of the investigation” because he and Mueller have agreed on one. Yet, he wouldn’t say what that scope is — only that if Mueller wants to probe “something that’s outside that scope,” he needs Rosenstein’s “permission to expand his investigation.” Pressed by Wallace, Rosenstein was reduced to tautology: Mueller is not engaged in a “fishing expedition,” you see, because “the special counsel is subject to the rules and regulations of the Department of Justice, and we don’t engage in fishing expeditions.” I see.  (More)

Aug. 5, 2017


A new email dump from the FBI via a FOIA request by the ACLJ reveals what appears to be collusion between the media and the DOJ to squash the story about the 2016 meeting between Loretta Lynch and Bill Clinton on the tarmac in Phoenix, AZ. Also Comey reportedly said the FBI had no documents related to this meeting to fill a prior FOIA request. That apparently isn’t true, given this new email dump. (More)
The results are shocking. First, the Comey FBI lied to us. Last July, we sent FOIA requests to both the Comey FBI and the Lynch DOJ asking for any documents related to the Clinton Lynch plane meeting. The FBI, under the then directorship of James Comey, replied that “No records responsive to your request were located.”
The documents we received today from the Department of Justice include several emails from the FBI to DOJ officials concerning the meeting. One with the subject line “FLAG” was correspondence between FBI officials (Richard Quinn, FBI Media/Investigative Publicity, and Michael Kortan) and DOJ officials concerning “flag[ing] a story . . . about a casual, unscheduled meeting between former president Bill Clinton and the AG.”
The DOJ official instructs the FBI to “let me know if you get any questions about this” and provides “[o]ur talkers [DOJ talking points] on this”. The talking points, however are redacted. Another email to the FBI contains the subject line “security details coordinate between Loretta Lynch/Bill Clinton?” (More

⏩Circa’s Sara Carter has reported that Rhodes’ name was added “to the growing list of top Obama government officials who may have improperly unmasked Americans in communications intercepted overseas by the NSA.” The intelligence committee, Sara Carter wrote, is “requesting the number of unmaskings made by Rhodes from Jan. 1, 2016 to Jan. 20, 2017.” Rhodes was the Obama-era official who boasted about creating “an echo chamber” in the press to sell the Obama administration’s disastrous Iran nuclear deal. Rhodes was subsequently reported to be part of “a small task force of Obama loyalists who deluged media outlets with stories aimed at eroding Flynn's credibility,” according to multiple sources cited by the Washington Free Beacon.  (More)

July 30, 2017


The chairman of the House Intelligence Committee is accusing top political aides of President Obama of making hundreds of requests during the 2016 presidential race to unmask the names of Americans in intelligence reports, including Trump transition officials. Intelligence Chairman Devin Nunes (R-Calif.), in a letter to Director of National Intelligence Dan Coats, said the requests were made without specific justifications on why the information was needed. “We have found evidence that current and former government officials had easy access to U.S. person information and that it is possible that they used this information to achieve partisan political purposes, including the selective, anonymous leaking of such information,” Nunes wrote in the letter to Coats. The letter was provided to The Hill from a source in the intelligence community. (...) “The committee has learned that one official, whose position had no apparent intelligence related function, made hundreds of unmasking requests during the final year of the Obama administration,” Nunes wrote. “Of those requests, only one offered a justification that was not boilerplate.” Sources familiar with the Nunes letter identified the official as then-U.N. Ambassador Samantha Power. (More)

July 27, 2017


The House Judiciary Committee has officially approved an effort to launch an investigation into former FBI director James Comey’s leaking activities and apparent mishandling of a federal investigation by former Attorney General Loretta Lynch. The new investigative effort, authorized by the passage of the amendment in the Judiciary Committee, 16-13 along partisan lines, digs deep requesting documents and information related to Comey’s leaks of conversations he had with President Donald Trump before Trump fired him. According to the Washington Post, Democrats on the committee were infuriated Republicans pressed forward with the probe. (...) The probe is wide-ranging and includes a mandate for the House Judiciary Committee to dig deep into:
  • Lynch’s order to Comey that he should refer to the criminal investigation into former Secretary of State Hillary Clinton’s illicit email server as a “matter,” not an “investigation.” 
  • Comey’s communication with Columbia University Law Professor Daniel Richman with the intent of using the media pressure spark the launching of the special counsel investigation of the Russia scandal. 
  • Comey’s decision to “usurp the authority” of Lynch by making his “unusual announcement” that Hillary Clinton would not face criminal charges over the email scandal. 
  • Comey’s knowledge of the oppo sleeze firm Fusion GPS, that made the fake news anti-Trump dossier that Comey brought to Trump’s attention when he was president-elect.
  • Collusion between Comey and Mueller, the special counsel leading the Russia probe.
  • Comey’s potential knowledge of “unmasking” of intelligence and surveillance collected on Donald Trump’s campaign or transition teams.
  • The role of former National Security Adviser Susan Rice played in that. 
  • Potential immunity deals given to co-conspirators in Hillary Clinton’s email server scandal, including specifically Cheryl Mills, Heather Samuelson, and John Bentel. 
  • Matters related to the Clinton Foundation’s influence from foreign governments and specifically the Uranium One deal exposed by Clinton Cash whereby Russians obtained ownership in U.S. uranium assets. 
  • The tarmac meeting between Bill Clinton and Loretta Lynch in Phoenix at Sky Harbor International Airport. (Source)

June 7, 2017


ObamaGate started with investigations under the false pretense that "Russia hacked the election". The House Intel Ctee chairman Nunes vindicated President Trump was surveilled (Senate probe). The Montgomery revelations confirmed this is not new. Then it transpired the discredited Steele "dossier" was the basis of the FISA warrant!

A former U.S. intelligence contractor [Dennis Montgomery] tells Circa he walked away with more than 600 million classified documents on 47 hard drives from the National Security Agency and the CIA, a haul potentially larger than Edward Snowden's now infamous breach. And now he is suing former FBI Director James Comey and other government figures, alleging the bureau has covered up evidence he provided them showing widespread spying on Americans that violated civil liberties. The suit, filed late Monday night by Dennis Montgomery, was assigned to the same federal judge who has already ruled that some of the NSA's collection of data on Americans violates the U.S. Constitution’s Fourth Amendment, setting up an intriguing legal proceeding in the nation’s capital this summer. Montgomery says the evidence he gave to the FBI chronicle the warrantless collection of phone, financial and personal data and the unmasking of identities in spy data about millions of Americans,. (More, inclusing video interview with Dennis Montgomery)


Mar 20, 2017 The Alex Jones Show on NSA Docs Showing Trump Surveillance.

A whistleblower claims to have evidence showing President Trump’s phone calls were spied on. As reported earlier — a massive amount of data on 47 hard drives from a government whistle blower was turned over to the Freedom Watch group recently. The information proves Obama and company spied on everyone. Via The Conservative Treehouse:
Freedom Watch notifies congress of a “Deep State” intelligence community whistle blower, Dennis Montgomery, with hundreds of millions of documents showing CIA and FBI and Intelligence Committees were spying on, and conducting surveillance on, American citizens for political purposes. Mr. Montgomery is trying to use a legal “whistle-blower” process and not follow the same approach as Edward Snowden.  (More, includes audio)
Here our posting dated March 19 on the subject:

March 19, 2017

TRUMP WAS SURVEILLED FOR YEARS! have obtained credible information from law enforcement sources regarding individual records of U.S. citizens under National Security Agency (NSA) electronic surveillance in the years 2004 through 2010 – a database that suggests both Donald J. Trump and Alex Jones were under illegal, unauthorized government monitoring during those years. Michael Zullo, formerly the commander and chief investigator of the Cold Case Posse (CCP), a special investigative group created in 2006 in the office of Joseph M. Arpaio, formerly the sheriff in Maricopa County, an Arizona State Certified Law Enforcement Agency, headquartered in Phoenix, Arizona, provided sections of the database to The electronic surveillance database, provided to Zullo by a whistleblower in 2013, was apparently created by the NSA as part of the NSA’s illegal and unconstitutional Project Dragnet electronic surveillance of U.S. citizens, first revealed by news reports published in 2005, as further documented by the revelations of whistleblower Edward Snowden in 2013. Sheriff Arpaio and Chief Investigator Zullo have identified dozens of entries at various addresses, including both Trump Tower in New York City and Mar-a-Lago in Palm Beach, Florida, under which Donald Trump was apparently under NSA electronic surveillance from 2004, during President George W. Bush’s term of office, through 2009, the first year of President Obama’s presidency. (More)

June 1, 2017


Three of the nation’s intelligence agencies received subpoenas Wednesday afternoon issued by the House Intelligence Committee, Fox News has confirmed, with each of the three demands for documents explicitly naming three top officials of the Obama administration: Susan Rice, who served as President Obama’s White House national security adviser; former CIA Director John Brennan; and former U.N. ambassador Samantha Power. The three subpoenas, among a total of seven signed by panel chairman Rep. Devin Nunes (R-CA), were served on the Federal Bureau of Investigation, the Central Intelligence Agency, and the National Security Agency, and all three explicitly referenced “unmasking” – a signal that the House panel is intensifying its investigation into allegations that Obama-era aides improperly demanded the “unmasking” of names of associates of President Trump that had appeared, in coded form, in classified intelligence reports, then leaked the data to news media organizations.

The other four subpoenas were issued at the behest of the committee’s ranking Democrat, Rep. Adam Schiff (D-CA), and were said to be duplicative of subpoenas already issued by the Senate Intelligence Committee, which is conducting a parallel probe. These four are focused, sources said, on persistent – but as yet unsubstantiated – allegations of collusion between the Trump campaign and the Russian government, as well as the case of Michael Flynn. (More)

May 31, 2017


The Republican led House Intel Committee have lost their balls again! The Democrats won't let Carter Page testify! They don't like the statements that Page has proffered. The media instead are attacking the President's tweets to divert attention away from the fact that the Democrats don’t want to hear what Page has to say under oath?

May 28, 2017


May 25, 2017 Sara Carter and John Solomon on 'Hannity' with Kimberly Guilfoyle.

Thanks to Circa News, we now know the National Security Agency under President Barack Obama routinely violated privacy protections while snooping through foreign intercepts involving US citizens — and failed to disclose the breaches, prompting the Foreign Intelligence Surveillance Court a month before the election to rebuke administration officials. The story concerns what’s known as “upstream” data collection under Section 702 of the Foreign Intelligence Surveillance Act, under which the NSA looks at the content of electronic communication. Upstream refers to intel scooped up about third parties: Person A sends Person B an e-mail mentioning Person C. Though Person C isn’t a party to the e-mail, his information will be scooped up and potentially used by the NSA.

Further, the number of NSA data searches about Americans mushroomed after Obama loosened rules for protecting such identities from government officials and thus the reporters they talk to. The FISA court called it a “very serious Fourth Amendment issue” that NSA analysts — in violation of a 2011 rule change prohibiting officials from searching Americans’ information without a warrant — “had been conducting such queries in violation of that prohibition, with much greater frequency than had been previously disclosed to the Court.” A number of those searches were made from the White House, and included private citizens working for the Trump campaign, some of whose identities were leaked to the media.

The revelations earned a stern rebuke from the ACLU and from civil-liberties champion Sen. Rand Paul. We also learned this week that Obama intelligence officials really had no good reason attaching a summary of a dossier on Trump to a highly classified Russia briefing they gave to Obama just weeks before Trump took office. Under congressional questioning Tuesday, Obama’s CIA chief John Brennan said the dossier did not “in any way” factor into the agency’s assessment that Russia interfered in the election. Why not? Because as Obama intel czar James Clapper earlier testified, “We could not corroborate the sourcing.” But that didn’t stop Brennan in January from attaching its contents to the official report for the president. He also included the unverified allegations in the briefing he gave Hill Democrats. In so doing, Brennan virtually guaranteed that it would be leaked, which it promptly was. (More)


May 15, 2017 Judge Andrew Napolitano on allegations Sen. Rand Paul and another senator were under surveillance by the Obama administration.

May 14, 2017


On Thursday, the House Intelligence Committee sent out witness invitations to several individuals to jumpstart their investigation into whether or not Russia interfered in the 2016 presidential election. (...) While several former Trump campaign members have offered to testify, Democrats seem to be stalling as they are running out of time to prove they have evidence of collusion with the Russians during the election. (...) the tables have shifted dramatically since Trump claimed in February that Obama wiretapped Trump Tower. Trump's claims went from baseless and unfounded to truthful and particularly accurate over the course of a few months. It was reported on Wednesday that Rice refused an invitation to testify before the Senate Judiciary subcommittee. The committee sought to give Rice the opportunity to discuss what she knew in relation to Russian interference in the 2016 presidential election and to further elaborate on whether or not she had any role in the "unmasking" of American citizens, particularly any associated with the Trump campaign. Rice declined the opportunity to refute Trump's claims, and that is very telling. She can expect a subpoena in the mail very soon. (Source)

May 5, 2017


May 4, 2017 Tucker Carlson talks to Joshua Galper, Founder of Trident GFP, about Susan Rice refusing to testify before Senate Judiciary subcommittee.

According to CBS News, Rice’s lawyers informed the Chairman of the Subcommittee on Crime and Terrorism, Senator Lindsey Graham, that the former National Security Adviser would not be testifying during the proceedings. Although Rice is refusing to testify over her alleged ‘unmasking’, she is willing to support lawmakers with their investigation in to possible Russian interference in the 2016 election, "because of the important national interests at stake, provided they are conducted in a bipartisan manner, and as appropriate, in classified session." (Source)

Trey Gowdy called out the inconsistencies in FBI Director James Comey’s handling of the US-Russia probe and Hillary Clinton’s email scandal. (Source) Rep. Trey Gowdy said that if they have to, they’ll subpoena former Obama National Security Advisor Susan Rice, but one way or another he’ll get to the bottom of her role in unmasking of Trump campaign officials. (...) “There are other ways to invite people other than via a letter,” Gowdy told Fox News host Bill Hemmer on “America’s Newsroom” Thursday. “There are things called subpoenas. You shouldn’t have to use them with a former national security advisor, but if you do, you do.” (Source)

April 18, 2017


Yesterday we learnt that the Trump campaign were not the sole subjects of the Obama regime spying on American citizens. They spied on opponents of the Iran deal as well. But wait, it just got better! Obama, the AG and FBI Director Comey relied on widely discredited Steele dossier to obtain the secret FISA warrant to spy on the Trump Campaign. No one knows who the Judges on the FISA Court are. Comey also used the "golden showers dossier" to inform Congress. You can't make this stuff up.

James Comey, the man who refused to bring charges against Hillary Clinton despite a mountain of concrete evidence that she, and several members of her staff, knowingly violated several federal laws, apparently used the largely discredited "Trump Dossier" to help secure a FISA warrant to secretly monitor Trump's former campaign aide, Carter Page, according to CNN. Among other things, the dossier alleged that Page met senior Russian officials as an emissary of the Trump campaign, and discussed quid-pro-quo deals relating to sanctions, business opportunities and Russia's interference in the election. Page has denied meeting the officials named in the dossier and says he never cut any political deals with the Kremlin. Per CNN:
The FBI last year used a dossier of allegations of Russian ties to Donald Trump's campaign as part of the justification to win approval to secretly monitor a Trump associate, according to US officials briefed on the investigation. The dossier has also been cited by FBI Director James Comey in some of his briefings to members of Congress in recent weeks, as one of the sources of information the bureau has used to bolster its investigation, according to US officials briefed on the probe. This includes approval from the secret court that oversees the Foreign Intelligence Surveillance Act (FISA) to monitor the communications of Carter Page, two of the officials said. Last year, Page was identified by the Trump campaign as an adviser on national security.
According to the Washington Post, the warrant to monitor Page was obtained in the summer of 2016 which indicates that the FBI was in possession of the now-infamous dossier well before President Obama supposedly received his first briefing on the material in December 2016. Of course, as we reported back in January (see "Here Is The Full 35-Page Report Alleging Trump Was "Cultivated, Supported And Assisted" By Russia") the dossier, compiled by ex-British intelligence official Chris Steele, was almost immediately discredited by the public at large after numerous glaring errors were quickly identified and salicious stories of 'golden showers' and other sexual acts were also dismissed as pure rubbish. Allegedly the dossier was even available to the Clinton campaign should they have chosen to use it to discredit Trump, but even they were quickly convinced that no one would buy it. (...) Meanwhile, Carter Page offered a simple reply to this latest revelation saying that he looks forward to the discovery process and testimony that will come from the lawsuit he plans to file in short order. (More)

April 17, 2017


The Tablet's Lee Smith says that the Russia story is a replay of how the former White House smeared pro-Israel activists in the lead-up to the Iran Deal. The accusation that the Obama administration used information gleaned from classified foreign surveillance to smear and blackmail its political opponents at home has gained new traction in recent days, after reports that former National Security Adviser Susan Rice may have been rifling through classified transcripts for over a year that could have included information about Donald Trump and his associates. (...)

In a December 31, 2016, Tablet article on the controversy, “Why the White House Wanted Congress to Think It Was Being Spied on By the NSA,” I argued that the Obama administration had merely used the appearance of spying on American lawmakers to corner opponents of the Iran Deal. Spying on U.S. citizens would be a clear abuse of the foreign-intelligence surveillance system. It would be a felony offense to leak the names of U.S. citizens to the press. Increasingly, I believe that my conclusion in that piece was wrong. I believe the spying was real and that it was done not in an effort to keep the country safe from threats—but in order to help the White House fight their domestic political opponents.

“At some point, the administration weaponized the NSA’s legitimate monitoring of communications of foreign officials to stay one step ahead of domestic political opponents,” says a pro-Israel political operative who was deeply involved in the day-to-day fight over the Iran Deal. “The NSA’s collections of foreigners became a means of gathering real-time intelligence on Americans engaged in perfectly legitimate political activism—activism, due to the nature of the issue, that naturally involved conversations with foreigners.

We began to notice the White House was responding immediately, sometimes within 24 hours, to specific conversations we were having. At first, we thought it was a coincidence being amplified by our own paranoia. After a while, it simply became our working assumption that we were being spied on.” This is what systematic abuse of foreign-intelligence collection for domestic political purposes looks like: Intelligence collected on Americans, lawmakers, and figures in the pro-Israel community was fed back to the Obama White House as part of its political operations.

The administration got the drop on its opponents by using classified information, which it then used to draw up its own game plan to block and freeze those on the other side. And—with the help of certain journalists whose stories (and thus careers) depend on high-level access—terrorize them. Once you understand how this may have worked, it becomes easier to comprehend why and how we keep being fed daily treats of Trump’s nefarious Russia ties. The issue this time isn’t Israel, but Russia, yet the basic contours may very well be the same. (More)

April 14, 2017


The Left today is convinced they finally got Trump. "Investigators now have concrete impeachment-level evidence of collusion between Trump's campaign and Russian Intel", they tweet. The British Intel Service GCHQ is said to have alerted US agencies after becoming aware of contacts in 2015. Fox News' legal contributer Judge Andrew Napolitano said exactly that just a few weeks ago and was suspended for it. Today The British Newspaper The Guardian is confirming the story. And it's not just British spies that were on the case. The conspiracy against Trump involves Germany, Estonia, Poland. Australia, the US, UK, Canada, New Zealand, the Netherlands and the French. The allies were basically conspiring against Trump. Its aim was not to prevent Trump from winning, because they thought he couldn't win. It was to disqualify Trump, but despite their widespread efforts they came up empty. If there was something, we would know about it! But now they think the conspiracy is paying off. This is "impeachment-level evidence of collusion". The Guardian:
Britain’s spy agencies played a crucial role in alerting their counterparts in Washington to contacts between members of Donald Trump’s campaign team and Russian intelligence operatives, the Guardian has been told. GCHQ first became aware in late 2015 of suspicious “interactions” between figures connected to Trump and known or suspected Russian agents, a source close to UK intelligence said. This intelligence was passed to the US as part of a routine exchange of information, they added. Over the next six months, until summer 2016, a number of western agencies shared further information on contacts between Trump’s inner circle and Russians, sources said. Donald Trump's first 100 days as president – daily updates Read more The European countries that passed on electronic intelligence – known as sigint – included Germany, Estonia and Poland. Australia, a member of the “Five Eyes” spying alliance that also includes the US, UK, Canada and New Zealand, also relayed material, one source said. Another source suggested the Dutch and the French spy agency, the General Directorate for External Security or DGSE, were contributors. It is understood that GCHQ was at no point carrying out a targeted operation against Trump or his team or proactively seeking information. (More)
Last night former FBI assistant director James Kallstrom went on the record in #First100 Days and told Martha McCallum that "No FISA judge is going to approve something that isn't pretty thick and pretty full of probable cause". On the other hand we have Carter Page saying he had nothing to do with Russia. The entire Trump collusion with Russia meme hangs on the marginal campaigner, Carter Page who is denying having any relations with the Kremlin. The plot is thickening!

Apr 13, 2017 Marginal Trump campaigner Carter Page on Bill O'Reilly. 

The House and Senate intelligence committees are expanding their investigation into the so-called “unmasking” controversy, Fox News has learned, to examine whether other candidates or lawmakers beyond President Trump’s associates were affected. Until now, the investigation focused on how the identities and communications of Trump transition members were collected by U.S. intelligence agencies and then revealed to, and disseminated among, high-ranking members of the Obama administration. House Intelligence Committee Chairman Devin Nunes, R-Calif., now plans to audit files from the National Security Agency and White House to determine whether identities and conversations of presidential candidates — or members of Congress — also were swept up during NSA surveillance of foreign leaders. He also plans to review whether Obama’s National Security Council and White House counsel collected and distributed the intelligence for reasons unrelated to foreign intelligence. “We will be performing an accounting of all unmasking for political purposes focused on the previous White House administration,” a member of the committee told Fox News. “This is now a full-blown investigation.” (More)

April 12, 2017


So the FBI obtained a secret FISA court order last summer to spy on a marginal Trump campaigner, a former investment banker, ex-Trump advisor Carter Page who never even met Trump or even spoke with him. But he was the only American surveilled via FISA in the Russia probe. And still there is no smoking gun! Various Intelligence agencies have been investigating the ‘Russia probe’ for many many months now and they have come up empty. What we do have evidence of, however is the Obama administration spying on and unmasking Trump and his private associates This Russian hoax is a way to distract from the real crimes committed by Obama and his cohorts. Carter Page was the only American included in the FISA warrant, but many people on the Trump transition were unmasked. Carter was just cover to spin off and spy on the entire Trump campaign. This makes Watergate look like kindergarten. It will be interesting to learn on what grounds the FISA fishing expedition was issued.

The FBI obtained a secret court order last summer to monitor the communications of an adviser to candidate Donald Trump, part of an investigation into possible links between Russia and the campaign, law enforcement and other U.S. officials said. The FBI and the Justice Department obtained the warrant targeting Carter Page’s communications after convincing a Foreign Intelligence Surveillance Court judge that there was probable cause to believe Page was acting as an agent of a foreign power, in this case Russia, according to the officials. This is the clearest evidence so far that the FBI had reason to believe during the 2016 presidential campaign that a Trump campaign adviser was in touch with Russian agents. Such contacts are now at the center of an investigation into whether the campaign coordinated with the Russian government to swing the election in Trump’s favor. Page has not been accused of any crimes. During an interview with the Washington Post editorial page staff in March 2016, Trump identified Page, who had previously been an investment banker in Moscow, as a foreign policy adviser to his campaign. Campaign spokeswoman Hope Hicks later described Page’s role as “informal.” (WaPo)

April 5, 2017


From "I know nothing about that" to "I leaked nothing to nobody" and "I disclosed nothing for political purposes" it is becoming clear what Susan Rice's role was in the unmasking of officials in the Trump team. We must keep two things in mind. The Democrats were convinced they were going to retain power. And political appointees like Rice, do not conduct any investigations. These are done by the FBI, the CIA and the NSA. Admiral Mike Rogers (NSA) and James Comey (FBI) have to explain to Congress how they could be involved in the unmasking of Americans on this scale! Clearly that is not as the law intended. Former NSA spook and Russophobe, John Schindler describes the procedure in a posting on the Observer.
(...) If you’re a top dog inside the Beltway, you would then ask the NSA to let you know who the mystery USP-3 is. There’s nothing sinister about this—it happens all the time in Washington. When the NSA receives a request to “unmask” that American’s identity, to use the proper spy-term, the Agency office which issued the report is asked if they’re ok with the unmasking. The request then goes up a chain, potentially as high as the NSA director, for final approval. As Admiral Mike Rogers, the Agency’s director, recently informed the House Intelligence Committee in open session, the number of NSA officials authorized to unmask USPs is only about 20—including the director himself. 
Neither is this any sort of rubber stamp. The NSA reserves the right to decline unmasking requests, if they think the request is inappropriate or would reveal sensitive intelligence sources and methods. Denials are hardly uncommon. Even if unmasking approval is granted, the USP’s identity is shared only with the requester, in top-secret channels, and cannot be shared more widely. At all times, the NSA retains control of the information and it must be protected per stringent Agency regulations. (...) 
Most of the reports in question involve senior officials of foreign governments discussing the still-forming Trump administration, including speculation about potential cabinet appointments. (...) Although it’s all but impossible to prove, if Rice asked for those identities for political—not national security—reasons, there’s a problem. Then there’s the possibility that she may not have adhered to NSA’s rigid rules about protecting the identities of those unmasked USPs. If she informed White House staffers without a need to know who those Americans were, the FBI may have something to investigate. (...) 
Susan Rice is a deeply unpopular figure with our Intelligence Community. Her abrasive personality and overall incompetence grated on the IC. Her habitually coarse language was inflicted on senior intelligence officials more than once, while nobody outside Obama’s inner circle considered Rice even marginally competent at her job. (...) Rice didn’t like to play by the rules, including the top-secret ones. On multiple occasions, she asked the NSA to do things they regarded as unethical and perhaps illegal. 
When she was turned down—the NSA fears breaking laws for any White House, since they know they will be left holding the bag in the end—Rice kept pushing. As a longtime NSA official who experienced Rice’s wrath more than once told me, “We tried to tell her to pound sand on some things, but it wasn’t allowed—we were always overruled.” On multiple occasions, Rice got top Agency leadership to approve things which NSA personnel on the front end of the spy business refused. This means there may be something Congress and the FBI need to investigate here. (Source)
In the interview above with NBC Rice describes routine requests for unmasking, so as to better understand the context of intelligence reports. But USP1, USP2, etc. are there for as very good reason! To protect Americans against overreaching statists like herself. Either she doesn't know (incompetence) or she doesn't care (abuse of power). If necessary she has Obama leaning on the NSA to unmask the Americans "incidentally collected" in the surveillance. Clearly this is against the spirit of the law.

The Democrats are harping on the "incidental collection" narrative because they like the "incidental" part. Truth is, the IC is well aware of another term: "reverse targetting", in which foreign agents are specifically surveilled for the sole purpose of targetting their American interlocaters. We can't put that past either the Obama White House or their politicized Intel agents.

If Rice did the unmasking, someone must have illegally disseminated and leaked it. If the report in the Daily Caller is true that Rice logged her highly classified information in a spreadsheet (which Rice denies), that would have contributed no end to this process. A lost or (intentionally) mislaid password would have done the trick of delivering Evelyn Farkas' idea of spreading as much information as possible among Obama loyalists and political appointees to sabotage the Trump presidency.

Rice's personality matters. From Schindler we learn she can be rude and abrasive. This is confirmed in a piece by Charles Johnson in which she is recorded as saying: "People know not to mess with me. And if they haven’t learned, and they try, then they will learn."  On the other hand she knows how to be a loyal servant, as witnessed by her lying four times on national television about the Benghazi attack.

Fox News reporter Malia Zimmerman thinks the shoe might well have been on the other foot. That someone in the IC prompted her to request the unmasking of the identities of the Trump campaigners. If Schindler is to be believed there are plenty of agents in the IC who may have orchestrated this coup.

April 4, 2017


UPDATE: It is now becoming clear why the Democrat Media Complex required a cover like "Russia hacked the elections for Trump". It is not just a psychological coping devize for the trolls to deal with the defeat. It is also an imperative for political reasons. How else could they justify the National Security Adviser unmasking (and possibly disseminating and leaking) the identities of private citizens and political opponents? It requires a matter of national security or a criminal investigation. Enter, "Russia hacked the elections". But Devin Nunes who viewed the information could not imagine a security relation or a connection with Russia. 

Justifications by the Democrat Media Complex come thick and fast. Breitbart:
Trump critics and former Obama NSC officials did not dispute the report, but argued that Rice did nothing “illegal.” Trump administration officials have not argued that unmasking was “illegal,” only that leaking to media the identities of those unmasked was illegal, which happened to then-incoming National Security Adviser Michael Flynn. (More
The problem? Susan Rice herself denied it all only a 12 days ago.

Mar 22, 2017 Susan Rice on PBS. 
Former National Security Adviser Susan Rice had tough words in The Washington Post for President Trump and his administration on Wednesday, warning about the "profound dangers" of making false statements. In her first interview since leaving the White House, Rice joins Judy Woodruff to discuss the importance of U.S. credibility, as well as the intelligence probe into Russian interference.
What's more, the White House is not equiped to carry out any investigations. It requests the FBI, the CIA or the NSA to do probes on its behalf. So Susan Rice has no business being involved in this for legitimate reasons. The NSA has something to explain why they gave Rice access to this information. As John Bolton explained, the CI are the custodians of raw information. If the White House requests it, they will still have to come up with a darned good reason. There is a wall between the powers that has been breached here, at the expense of the privacy of citizens. 

A clear effort to change the subject is a red herring in WaPo yesterday, describing an intricate plot involving Erik Price, the founder of Blackwater and brother of Education Secretary Betsy Devos, exploring a back channel with a Putin aide on the Seychelles in January, facilitated by the Emirates. When you read pages and pages full of insinuations and innuendo and have Barry Faure, the Seychelles secretary of state for foreign affairs saying that the Seychelles is "ideal for clandestine gatherings" you know you're looking at a bunch of propaganda. (Source)

The Daily Caller is reporting today that Susan Rice ordered US spy agencies to produce “detailed spreadsheets” of legal phone calls involving Donald Trump and his aides when he was running for president, according to former U.S. Attorney Joseph diGenova. (Source)

GateWay Pundit has a piece stating that the computer logs left behind show Rice's interest in gathering intelligence on Trump accelerated AFTER the election. (Source)

Of no small interest is how this story broke. Eli Lake is claiming the scoop, saying he has been reporting about it for a week (tweet). Presumably on Bloomberg. That's curious. We learnt about it on Sunday when Mike Cernovich exploded the bombshell. But is doesn't stop there! Zero Hedge:
Cernovich didn't need a 'deep throat' within the NSA or CIA for his blockbuster scoop, all he needed was some well-placed sources inside of a couple of America's corrupt mainstream media outlets. As Cernovich explains below, his sources for the Susan Rice story were actually folks working at Bloomberg and the New York Times who revealed that both Eli Lake (Bloomberg) and Maggie Haberman (NYT) were sitting on the Susan Rice story in order to protect the Obama administration. 
"Maggie Haberman had it. She will not run any articles that are critical of the Obama administration." "Eli Lake had it. He didn't want to run it and Bloomberg didn't want to run it because it vindicates Trump's claim that he had been spied upon. And Eli Lake is a 'never Trumper.' Bloomberg was a 'never Trump' publication."  (More)

April 3, 2017


Eli Lake on Bloomberg clarifies the latest revelation and makes a point of stating that Rice's unmasking requests "do not vindicate Trump's own tweets from March 4 in which he accused Obama of illegally tapping Trump Tower. There remains no evidence to support that claim". This however is a ripe example of the stupidity of the power establishment. At the time we said that this is a Dutch technique known as "tossing a stick in to the hen house," causing the hens to fly up, revealing stuff that in normal circumstances would remain under wraps. It caused panic in the ranks, triggered a number of investigations, culminating now in the outing of the Top Obama Official, National Security Adviser Susan Rice.  The President is very adept at this kind of stuff, running circles around the poor, hapless bureaucrats.

Top Obama Adviser Sought Names of Trump Associates in Intel 

White House lawyers last month learned that the former national security adviser Susan Rice requested the identities of U.S. persons in raw intelligence reports on dozens of occasions that connect to the Donald Trump transition and campaign, according to U.S. officials familiar with the matter. The pattern of Rice's requests was discovered in a National Security Council review of the government's policy on "unmasking" the identities of individuals in the U.S. who are not targets of electronic eavesdropping, but whose communications are collected incidentally. (...) The National Security Council's senior director for intelligence, Ezra Cohen-Watnick, was conducting the review (...)

In February Cohen-Watnick discovered Rice's multiple requests to unmask U.S. persons in intelligence reports that related to Trump transition activities. He brought this to the attention of the White House General Counsel's office, who reviewed more of Rice's requests and instructed him to end his own research into the unmasking policy. The intelligence reports were summaries of monitored conversations -- primarily between foreign officials discussing the Trump transition, but also in some cases direct contact between members of the Trump team and monitored foreign officials. One U.S. official familiar with the reports said they contained valuable political information on the Trump transition such as whom the Trump team was meeting, the views of Trump associates on foreign policy matters and plans for the incoming administration. Rice did not respond to an email seeking comment on Monday morning. (More)


Mike Cernovich outed Susan Rice yesterday as the person high up in the Obama regime who signed off on the unmasking of General Flynn and other Trump campaign officials. The reasoning behind this conclusion is the following: the three persons who were authorised to order the unmasking were cross checked against the persons who logged into the secret documents. This matches the name of Susan Rice. Here's the story:
Susan Rice, who served as the National Security Adviser under President Obama, has been identified as the official who requested unmasking of incoming Trump officials, Cernovich Media can exclusively report. The White House Counsel’s office identified Rice as the person responsible for the unmasking after examining Rice’s document log requests. The reports Rice requested to see are kept under tightly-controlled conditions. Each person must log her name before being granted access to them. 

Upon learning of Rice’s actions, H. R. McMaster dispatched his close aide Derek Harvey to Capitol Hill to brief Chairman Nunes. (...) Three people close to President Obama, including his “fall guy” for Benghazi (Susan Rice), had authorization to unmask. Among those cleared to request and consume unmasked NSA-based intelligence reports about U.S. citizens were Obama’s national security adviser Susan Rice, his CIA Director John Brennan and then-Attorney General Loretta Lynch. (...) 
According to WaPo, there were three sources for the reports, with Michael Ellis ultimately being blamed by WaPo and AP. What’s striking about the Times story is the spin it took. Trump had previously claimed he had been “wire tapped” (quotation marks in his original Tweet), leading to media screams that he prove it. The Times’ own reporting proves that President Trump and his associates were spied on. The Times, rather than admit Trump had been vindicated, instead focused its attention on the question of who leaked the reports to Nunes (...) 
Since when did journalists attempt to unmask sources? The Times, WaPo, and other outlets rely on anonymous sources in nearly every article about national security. It’s clear they have an agenda — that agenda is not telling the truth. This reporter has been informed that Maggie Haberman has had this story about Susan Rice for at least 48 hours, and has chosen to sit on it in an effort to protect the reputation of former President Barack Obama. (Source)

Yesterday ranking Intel Democrat Adam Schiff went on the Sunday shows:

April 2, 2017


All the revelations about Obamagate must viewed from the prism that Obama and his intel officials thought they could freely  commit crimes against Trump because they thought Hillary would win and they would keep control of the Justice Dept. The Friday Fox News report cited a number of sources saying that Nunes knew of the information in January. The agencies where the information came from had blocked Nunes from gaining access to it. The two people in the White House named in Thursday’s reports as the sources of the information were not Nunes sources at all! The media have somehow managed to make this an argument to debunk or exculpate the crime. As it turned out, these two were not the source, but what would it have mattered? 

Nunes learned about this unmasking and who ordered it, back in January. It took a number of weeks to figure out a way for him to see this intelligence, because the agencies were stonewalling. Housley reported:
“This is all coming from folks that are in these agencies and frustrated with the politics that is taking place in these agencies. We’re told that the main issue here is not only the unmasking of the names, but the spreading of names for political purposes that have nothing to do with national security and everything to do with hurting and embarrassing Trump and his team.” 
The Fox report added that there were only two places where Nunes could have viewed the information. One was at the agencies where the information came from, which the reporting notes would have put the source at risk, and the other location was on the 18-acre White House grounds. Housley noted that the Old Executive Office Building is on White House grounds. 

Interesting is also the reaction of the ranking Democrat, Adam Schiff after he viewed the information for himself. Or rather, what Adam Schiff did not say. He didn't say that no crimes have been committed. That there was no spying on Trump. There was no wrong doing. No. He whined about the process. (Notice that when content is absent or unfavorable, the emphasis is on form.)

In the meantime Congressman Trey Gowdy (R- South Carolina) presented a federal judge with a witness list and set of affidavits asking for warrants to monitor and search the electronic communications of Barack Obama and Joe Biden along with several other key members of Obama’s secret regime. Gowdy will be putting together a new panel to investigate that will only include one Democrat since all of the others are listed as potential witnesses or defendants. Also included on the lost of possible defendants for treason are Speaker Paul Ryan and no less than 6 Republican senators and representatives. (More)

April 1, 2017


There have been unconfirmed tweets from reliable sources (among others from Dr. Corsi) that the unmasking and dissemination of the names of Trump and Co. has been ordered by the former Secretary for Homeland Security, Jeh Johnson. The Dept. of Homeland Security of course is a domestic service. Their mission isn't the collection of intel on foreign nationals. Which makes sense, since Trump was at the time a private American citizen and according to Nunes, the investigation had nothing to do with the surveillance of Russian agents. Standing by for confirmation. 

The Democrat ranking member of the House Intel Committee, Adam Schiff for his part yesterday visited the SCIF on the White House grounds that houses the safe computer. He couldn't comment on what he saw, but he's standing by his original standpoint that the intel should have been shared with the full committee, and that Nunes shouldn't have briefed the President (or something). 


Fox News has come out with a new report with multiple sources in the intelligence community that appears to vindicate Devin Nunes amid all of this scandalous and breathless media coverage. Here are a few of the highlights:

1. The surveillance that led to the unmasking started way BEFORE Trump was the GOP nominee.
2. The person who did the unmasking is very high up in the intelligence world and is not in the FBI.
3. The people reported by the NY Times were not Nunes sources. They only helped him navigate the intelligence.
4. Nunes was told about the unmasking of Trump’s team back in January BEFORE Trump’s tweet about Obama’s spying.
5. It took a while to coordinate Nunes seeing the intelligence reports in order to protect his source. They chose the White House because it was the only other location they could view the reporting without outing the source.
6. None of this has anything to do with Russia. (More)

The person who unmasked, or exposed Trump associates (private citizens) in intel reports is a “very high ranking senior intel official” according to Fox News sources. The person is NOT a member of the FBI. It is VERY RARE for an American citizen to be listed like this in intel docs. Typically, the American is a suspect in a crime, is in danger or has to be named to explain the context of the report. Reporter Adam Housley sent out a series of tweets on the breaking bombshell. The U.S. intelligence official who “unmasked,” or exposed, the names of multiple private citizens affiliated with the Trump team is someone “very well known, very high up, very senior in the intelligence world,” a source told Fox News on Friday. (...)

Nunes has known about the unmasking controversy since January, when two sources in the intelligence community approached him. The sources told Nunes who was responsible and at least one of the Trump team names that was unmasked. They also gave him serial numbers of reports that documented the activity. This was long before Trump sent out his now-infamous March 4 tweets claiming then-President Barack Obama “wiretapped” Trump Tower during the 2016 election. Nunes had asked intelligence agencies to see the reports in question, but was stonewalled. He eventually was able to view them, but there was only one safe place to see the documents without compromising the sources’ identities — the old executive office building on White House grounds, which has a Sensitive Compartmented Information Facility (SCIF) required to view classified or top secret reports.

The White House did not tell Nunes about the existence of the intelligence reports, but did help him gain access to the documents at his request, the source said. The White House, meanwhile, is urging Nunes and his colleagues to keep pursuing what improper surveillance and leaks may have occurred before Trump took office. They’ve been emboldened in the wake of March 2 comments from former Obama administration official Evelyn Farkas, who on MSNBC suggested her former colleagues tried to gather material on Trump team contacts with Russia. White House Press Secretary Sean Spicer said Friday her comments and other reports raise “serious” concerns about whether there was an “organized and widespread effort by the Obama administration to use and leak highly sensitive intelligence information for political purposes.” “Dr. Farkas’ admissions alone are devastating,” he said.

March 31, 2017


Adam Housley stresses in his last tweet that " sources are "not Trump people." They are "just frustrated with the politicalization of our intelligence agencies."


Mar 30, 2017 Hannity: Evelyn Farkas spins her own words. 

How Farkas got her information while working on the Hillary campaign is no longer a mystery. When Hillary Clinton resigned as Secretary of State in 2013, she negotiated continuing access to classified and top-secret documents for herself and six staffers under the designation "research assistants," according to Sen. Chuck Grassley (R-Iowa) who notes that Clinton was later deemed "extremely careless" with such information. The staff apparently retained access even after Clinton announced her run for president in April 2015. The access was ostensibly granted to facilitate work on Clinton's memoir, but Grassley said he was only able to verify it after the Obama administration left the White House. (More

GatewayPundit has more information on Farkas'  impressive resume (tweet below). 

Thomas Wictor has a very interesting sting theory about Trump's dealings with the leakers that is worth a read (cache version).

Less speculative is a report on The Last Refuge about White House Deputy Chief-of-Staff Katie Walsh being reassigned to jobs outside the White House since she was caught leaking information to her pal at the NYT, Maggie Haberman. Walsh was effectively set up when she leaked the identities of two National Security Council members as the people who facilitated the intelligence information for Devin Nunes. The article written by Maggie Haberman explains why Nunes acted "cloak and dagger style", per Adam Schiff, which was actually a set up for Walsh: […]
The congressman [Nunes] has refused to identify his sources, saying he needed to protect them so others would feel safe coming to the committee with sensitive information. He disclosed the existence of the intelligence reports on March 22, and in his public comments he has described his sources as whistle-blowers trying to expose wrongdoing at great risk to themselves. Several current American officials identified the White House officials as Ezra Cohen-Watnick, the senior director for intelligence at the National Security Council, and Michael Ellis, a lawyer who works on national security issues at the White House Counsel’s Office and formerly worked on the staff of the House Intelligence Committee. (...)
The Last Refuge concludes:
Once Ranking Member Adam Schiff and Committee Vice-Chair Senator Mark Warner review the intelligence information they will no longer be able to claim President Trump WAS NOT under political surveillance by former President Obama. The information is also available to the other oversight members of the Gang of Eight: Paul Ryan, Nancy Pelosi, Mitch McConnell and Chuck Schumer. The most visible and vocal democrat opposition to the White House is now painted into a corner. (More).

March 30, 2017


Mar 29, 2017 Hannity talks to Sara Carter and John Solomon. 

A former top Obama administration official acknowledged efforts by her colleagues to gather intelligence about possible Trump team ties to Russia before he took office, MSNBC reported. Deputy assistant secretary of defense Evelyn Farkas said she urged people on the Hill to get "as much information as you can ... before President Obama leaves the administration." “Because I had a fear that somehow that information would disappear with the senior [Obama] people who left, so it would be hidden away in the bureaucracy ... that the Trump folks -- if they found out how we knew what we knew about their ... the Trump staff dealing with Russians -- that they would try to compromise those sources and methods, meaning we no longer have access to that intelligence,” she said. (More)

The person in question is denying any knowledge, blaming someone "on the dark net" for twisting her words. Check this thread:

The chronology is interesting.
June 2015 Trump declares running for President.
Sept. 2015 Farkas leaves State Dept, joins Hillary campaign.
Earlier this month on an episode of Judge Jeanine Pirro Democrat spokeswoman Marian Marsh blurts out that the Trump campaign was under Obama investigation since the spring of 2015!

In the meantime:

March 26, 2017


Back momentarily to the Montgomery revelations, Freedom Watch have taken up the matter about unanswered questions with chairman Nunes of the House Intel Ctee in a letter, "despite a myriad of evidence, direct and circumstantial, of the illegal and unconstitutional surveillance disclosed by the FBI by Montgomery (...)". PDF of the letter.

March 24, 2017


Mar 24, 2017 Chairman of the House Intel Ctee Devin Nunes informs reporters on Friday morning. 

Devin Nunes informed the media this morning of 4 late developments. The heads of the NSA and the FBI will be heard in closed session on Tuesday. Documents from NSA are expected later today or early next week. Mollie Hemingway has a succint summing up of the matter in hand:
Many of the reporters present didn’t seem to grasp the significance of what Nunes revealed [on Wednesday March 22 presser]. You can — and should — watch that press conference here. (...) 1) Information was collected on the Trump team by Obama administration agencies. 2) This information had no reason to be shared in intelligence reports to Obama officials. 3) Obama officials may have flouted legally required attempts to minimize and mask personal identifying information. 4) This had nothing to do with Russia. (...) 
Nunes says “it was essentially a lot of information on the president-elect and his transition team and what they were doing.” He also said, “What I read was clearly significant information about president-elect Trump and his team.” (...) When an administration is spreading around reports of political and personal discussions, failing to mask that information, and the information itself isn’t of foreign intelligence value, you have the makings of a huge scandal. (...) 
Imagine that President George W. Bush had listened in on Obama transition team discussions and spread that information throughout the bureaucracy. Can you imagine how outraged the entire press corps would have been? And rightly so! Abusing foreign surveillance machinery to collect and spread information on political opponents is wrong. Selectively leaking that information via a coordinated campaign to a receptive media complex in order to give an unsubstantiated impression that a political opponent is illegitimate or compromised is also not great. (More

March 23, 2017


Nunes reported something new: that the surveillance did not involve the ongoing Federal Bureau of Investigation (FBI) inquiry into Russia’s alleged involvement in the 2016 presidential election. Commentators keep forgetting this aspect. Nunes also stressed that none of the surveillance had any specific intelligence value. The question, he said, was why names of those swept up in the surveillance had been leaked. The collection of the intelligence appeared to have been legal, but the leaking may have been illegal. Most of the activity occurred during the transition period from November to January. Nunez added that the new information had come to light after Monday’s hearing with FBI Director James Comey, when the congressman had appealed to anyone with new information to come forward. He said the new revelations had been “legally brought to me by sources who thought that we should know it. But there's more! 

Parallel to the Nunes revelation plays the uncovering of proof of spying on Trump and Alex Jones by whistleblower Montgomery as reported over the last few days by Alex Jones and Dr. Corsi (scroll down) who are now hot on the trail of a supercomputer called " The Hammer". 

March 22, 2017


March 22, 2017 Nunes President Trump's Transition Team Was Under Surveillance.

As the mainstream media and authorities continue to ignore the revelations in the last few days by Sara Carter and Alex Jones, House Intelligence Chairman Devin Nunes is on his way to the White House as we speak to inform the President of what he has uncovered during his investigations.
Members of the Donald Trump transition team, possibly including Trump himself, were under U.S. government surveillance following November’s presidential election, House Intelligence Chairman Devin Nunes (R-Calif.) told reporters Wednesday. Nunes said the surveillance appeared to be legal but that he was concerned because it was not related to the FBI’s investigation into Russia’s meddling in the election and was widely disseminated across the intelligence community. 
“I have seen intelligence reports that clearly show that the president-elect and his team were, I guess, at least monitored. It looks to me like it was all legally collected, but it was essentially a lot of information on the president-elect and his transition team and what they were doing.” 
Nunes said he is heading to the White House later Wednesday to brief Trump on what he has learned, which he said came from “sources who thought that we should know it.” He said he was trying to get more information by Friday from the FBI, CIA and NSA. Nunes described the surveillance as most likely being “incidental collection.” This can occur when a person inside the United States communicates with a foreign target of U.S. surveillance. In such cases, the identities of U.S. citizens are supposed to be kept secret — but can be “unmasked” by intelligence officials under certain circumstances. Nunes said his new information appears to show that additional members of the Trump transition team — beyond former National Security Adviser Michael Flynn — were unmasked. 
This means they were identified in U.S. intelligence reports. He said the information that he had seen and was disseminated across the intelligence community appeared to him to have "little or no apparent intelligence value." He also said he did not know yet whether the Trump transition team members who were unmasked were communicating from Trump Tower. Earlier Wednesday, Trump claimed in a series of Tweets that former President Barack Obama ordered a wiretap of the phones at Trump Tower — something Nunes reiterated on Wednesday did not happen. Nunes said he briefed House Speaker Paul Ryan (R-Wis.) on the information on Wednesday morning.  (Source)

March 20, 2017


Mar 20, 2017 Live Stream: The Alex Jones Show - NSA Docs Show Trump Surveillance.

March 19, 2017

TRUMP WAS SURVEILLED FOR YEARS! have obtained credible information from law enforcement sources regarding individual records of U.S. citizens under National Security Agency (NSA) electronic surveillance in the years 2004 through 2010 – a database that suggests both Donald J. Trump and Alex Jones were under illegal, unauthorized government monitoring during those years. Michael Zullo, formerly the commander and chief investigator of the Cold Case Posse (CCP), a special investigative group created in 2006 in the office of Joseph M. Arpaio, formerly the sheriff in Maricopa County, an Arizona State Certified Law Enforcement Agency, headquartered in Phoenix, Arizona, provided sections of the database to The electronic surveillance database, provided to Zullo by a whistleblower in 2013, was apparently created by the NSA as part of the NSA’s illegal and unconstitutional Project Dragnet electronic surveillance of U.S. citizens, first revealed by news reports published in 2005, as further documented by the revelations of whistleblower Edward Snowden in 2013. Sheriff Arpaio and Chief Investigator Zullo have identified dozens of entries at various addresses, including both Trump Tower in New York City and Mar-a-Lago in Palm Beach, Florida, under which Donald Trump was apparently under NSA electronic surveillance from 2004, during President George W. Bush’s term of office, through 2009, the first year of President Obama’s presidency. (More)

March 18, 2017


Mar 15, 2017 Hacker Faking Pings Between Trump Server & Alpha Bank - Sara Carter - Sean Hannity

Since breaking the news about the FISA requests on Sean Hannity, Sara Carter and her colleague John Solomon have been on the show every night with a story that is reminiscent of an episode of the series "Homeland", or a title of an Agatha Christie mystery novel.

Mar 15, 2017 Sara Carter joins Hannity to set the record straight on the two FISA requests.

On March 17 they broke more news about the mysterious pings which they allege have been produced by a hacker into the connection between the Russian Alfa Bank and a server offsite but related to Trump Tower. Which raises the question:

Apparently CNN has now broken Sara Carter's and John Solomon's investigations without crediting them.

March 9, 2017


Mar 8, 2017 Fox News: @Circa News' Sara Carter talks to Sean Hannity. 

Sara Carter, a national security correspondent told Sean Hannity on Wednesday evening that Circa News has revealed that there are two separate investigations of Trump’s servers.

The FBI investigated a Trump server in its Russia probe, but no charges are expected by John Solomon and Sara Carter
Intelligence sources say that the FBI investigated a computer tied to Donald Trump's business but there's no evidence to date that would warrant criminal charges against any of the president’s associates. 1 of 32 The months-long FBI counterintelligence investigation into Russian efforts to influence the 2016 presidential campaign briefly investigated a computer server tied to Donald Trump's businesses near the end of the election but has not gathered evidence of election tampering to date that would warrant criminal charges against any of the president’s associates, Circa has learned. (Source)

Update March 9, 2017:

March 8, 2017


Obama was afraid Trump would stop the internal investigation of "the Russians hacked the election for Trump" meme. So Obama had the DoJ widely disseminating raw information among thousands of intelligence operators and political appointees, thus assuring illegal leaking to the Democrat Media Complex. Both Houses of Congress are now on the case, raising concern about these Obama booby traps. Former Secret Service man Dan Bongino has a great idea how Trump found out. His idea has the beauty of simplicity.

March 7, 2017


Even though the Democrat media complex has been alleging Trump collusion with Russia on the flimsiest grounds, they are now demanding Trump proves that Obama has been wiretapping the Trump campaign or his associates. The tapping of Flynn is a fact. It is also a fact that the raw data -- the transcripts -- were illegally leaked to the media, primarily to unhinged NeverTrumper Louise Mensch of Heat Street and her connection to NeverTrump candidate and former CIA agent, Evan McMullin. Two things though. We should not be blind sighted by the FISA requests. The federal Government has an array of technologies at its disposal to locate and eavesdrop on citizens (stingray) without any warrants. NSA has access to landlines, cell phones, key boards and what not. They resort directly under the President and operate highly independent. Edward Snowden (dossier) revealed all that! Update: The latest Vault 7 Wikileaks dump reveals CIA capability to turn smart TVs and vehicle control systems (more) into tapping devizes and identify CIA hacks as Russian or Chinese. The Obama regime has a reputation of going after whistleblowers and critical journalists.  President Trump thinks five steps ahead. It is very well possible Trump has paper trail proof: after all, he is now in charge of the executive branch. Perhaps he wants Congress to conduct the investigation for a reason. He doesn't want the results to be buried, like the outcome of their probe into his Russian collusion. They came up with nothing to date, but the Dems are continuing their insinuations. This investigation is supposed to go on into eternity.


Mar 6, 2017 Former NSA Agent Binney on Lou Dobbs.

March 5, 2017


While President Trump is the victim of Democrat overreach, the media are attacking Trump for making an accusation against Obama "without evidence", even though they themselves ARE the evidence. The story of the FISA Court wire tapping was first published in Heat Street, and later independently reported by The Guardian and the BBC. Today Heat Street -- a Murdoch outlet managed by NeverTrumper Louise Mensch -- explains:
The White House on Sunday called for Congress to investigate whether the Obama Administration was abusing its investigative powers last year and secretly wiretapping the Trump campaign prior to the election. The existence of a warrant to surveil Trump officials for allegedly improper ties to Russia was first reported in November by Heat Street. (...) 
The Washington Post noted that the president was likely reacting to a Friday article by Breitbart which cited Heat Street‘s report. In that November report, Louise Mensch described the existence of a secret “FISA warrant”, approved by a court, which allowed FBI agents to do electronic surveillance of Trump’s campaign and associates. According to Heat Street, the FBI was first turned down by a court but was later successful. (...) 
On Saturday, a spokesman for Obama categorically denied that the President “nor any White House official under Obama has ever ordered surveillance on any US citizen. Any suggestion is unequivocally false.” The denials from Obama-era officials continued Sunday morning. 
Former Director of National Intelligence James Clapper, who left his post when Mr Trump took office on January 20, told NBC’s Meet the Press: “There was no such wire-tap activity mounted against the president-elect at the time, as a candidate, or against his campaign.” But on This Week on ABC, Former Attorney General Michael Mukasey said he believed the President. “I think he’s right in that there was surveillance and that it was conducted at the behest of the attorney general – at the Justice Department,” he said. 
Also on This Week, Deputy White House Press Secretary Sarah Huckabee Sanders stressed that the Trump Administration was only asking for a thorough investigation to find out if the wiretapping had indeed occurred. “There are multiple news outlets that have reported this,” she said “And all we’re asking is that we get the same level of look into the Obama Administration and the potential that they had for a complete abuse of power.” 
ABC host Martha Raddatz who was interviewing Sanders cited Heat Street as she tried to clarify where Trump got his information that he was wiretapped. “The President said it did take place,” Raddatz began. “Why does he believe these articles that you say you cite, and I’m saying they are not definitive. The Breitbart brings them all together: Heat Street had two sources with links to the counterintelligence community. That’s it. Anonymous sources.” The White House is also pursuing an investigation of its own. 
The New York Times reported Saturday that White House Counsel Donald McGahn is now searching for the alleged FISA warrants or warrants. (Source)


Mar 5, 2017 Mark Levin lays out the facts on Obama wire tapping Trump Tower on Fox and Friends. 

Conservative Review Editor-in-Chief Mark Levin made waves Thursday by showing how the phony, alleged scandal concerning Attorney General Jeff Sessions and his contact with the Russian ambassador pales in comparison to the real scandal: a “silent coup” by unelected Obama-era bureaucrats against the elected president of the United States. He also criticized Republicans who took cheap political shots at Sessions instead of asking serious questions about how Obama holdovers are attempting to undermine Trump. (...)
"There's a much bigger scandal here,” Levin said Thursday. He continued, saying: We have a prior administration – Barack Obama and his surrogates – who are supporting Hillary Clinton and her party, the Democratic Party. Who were using the ... intelligence activities to surveil members of the Trump campaign, and to put that information out in the public. 
"The question is: Was Obama surveilling top Trump campaign officials during the election?" he asked. Levin recounts how in June of 2016, the Obama administration filed a request with the Foreign Intelligence Surveillance Court (FISA) to monitor communications involving Donald Trump and his advisers, a request that was denied. In October, as Andy McCarthy reported at National Review, the Obama administration tried again, an attempt that was met with success. Top Trump associates became the targets of several intelligence agency investigations.

What happened next? Leaks to the press from national security agencies caused the president’s national security adviser Michael Flynn to resign. Now the attorney general has recused himself of investigations related to the 2016 campaign. These are “police state tactics,” Levin warned. If the unelected members of the federal bureaucracy can willfully violate the will of the elected president and undermine his authority as these Obama-administration holdovers appear to have done, how can the United States be said to be a country where the people are sovereign and governed by their consent? (Source)

The White House asked Congress on Sunday to examine whether the Obama administration abused its investigative authority during the 2016 campaign, as part of an ongoing congressional probe into Russia's influence on the election. White House spokesman Sean Spicer said Trump and administration officials would have no further comment on the issue until Congress has completed its probe.

Obama on Trump's case since spring of 2015?

Last night's episode of Judge Jeanine Pirro yielded some remarkable statements. Cory Lewendowski interpreted the two meetings of AG Sessions with the Russian Ambassador as the result of taps on then Senator Sessions. If that is true, this is a huge problem. But probably this is just the former campaign manager's understanding of the situation. A second statement was by Democrat spokeswoman Marian Marsh blurting out that the Trump campaign was under Obama investigation since the spring of 2015! Amazing stuff!

March 4, 2017


A number of Obama lieutenants as well as his media lapdogs are assuring us Obama never ordered the wire taps. Well, he didn't have to, did he? An application must be made by the FBI at the FISA Court, and the Court approves it if there is probable cause that someone is acting as a foreign agent. It is approved on flimsical evidence at best and rarely denied, as was the case with the earlier FISA request in June. The FISA Court is secret and the information is highly confidential because totally innocent citizens could be caught up. Yet the information was illegally disclosed and leaked to Heatstreet, The Guardian and NYT. If there are criminal activities involved, a criminal wire tap would have to be applied for, not a FISA request. Manafort had not yet joined the campaign in June and the left before the October request. Obama's spox and lieutenants do not deny that wiretaps existed. They just deny that Obama ordered it. At the very least Obama must have been aware of the FBI's fishing expedition. Obama’s former speechwriter Jon Favreau warned reporters against saying there was no wiretap.

And Favreau endorsed a Twitter feed [linking to Justin Hendrix thread] that laid out the reporting about the existence of the wiretaps. Breitbart:
In other words, these ex-Obama officials are subtly confirming the accuracy of the reporting (...) but they say the president himself and the Obama White House was not involved in the decision. What’s more, Philip Rucker, the White House bureau chief at the Washington Post, says the same thing (...) 
This appears to be the calculus: either the wiretaps exist, as Trump suggests, and the president will use them to bludgeon the Obama administration and the media for impropriety and overreach; or, there were no wiretaps, which suggests the previous administration had no reason to suspect Trump colluded with a foreign government. (Source)



It looks like Democrats have overplayed their hand when they yelled "perjury" demanding the resignation of Attorney General Jeff Sessions. Then Senator Jeff Sessions provides the context of Al Franken's question himself during the confirmation hearings: “I have been called a surrogate at a time or two in that campaign and I did not have communications with the Russians.” Inept? Don't think so. Perjury requires intent to mislead, which there clearly wasn't. The most important fact so far about the larger Trump-Russia collusion intrigue is that there are so few facts.

  • The dossier of supposed contacts between Trumpists and Russians published by BuzzFeed has never been corroborated.
  • Democrats on the House and Senate intelligence committees investigating the ties have come up empty.
What we have on the evidence so far seems to the second crimeless coverup. But when you go deeper into the rabbit hole an entirely different scandal emerges. That of a regime that is investigating a political rival in a manner reminiscent of police states. Intelligence agencies have been wire tapping Trump Tower in order to investigate people who left the campaign months before. Breitbart provides the time line:

Radio host Mark Levin used his Thursday [March 2] evening show to outline the known steps taken by President Barack Obama’s administration in its last months to undermine Donald Trump’s presidential campaign (...) drawing on sources including the New York Times and the Washington Post, Levin described the case against Obama so far, based on what is already publicly known. The following is an expanded version of that case, including events that Levin did not mention specifically but are important to the overall timeline. [ annotations in brackets].

[Before June: The Obama regime is investigating if the Trump campaign is colluding with Russia, resulting in the first FISA request.]
1. June 2016: FISA request. The Obama administration files a request with the Foreign Intelligence Surveillance Court (FISA) to monitor communications involving Donald Trump and several advisers. The request, uncharacteristically, is denied. [The request mentions the name of the "US person Trump" and fails to show probable cause that said "Trump" is "an agent of a foreign power"; hence the request is denied.] 
2. July: Russia joke. Wikileaks releases emails from the Democratic National Committee that show an effort to prevent Sen. Bernie Sanders (I-VT) from winning the presidential nomination. In a press conference, Donald Trump refers to Hillary Clinton’s own missing emails, joking: “Russia, if you’re listening, I hope you’re able to find the 30,000 e-mails that are missing.” That remark becomes the basis for accusations by Clinton and the media that Trump invited further hacking. 
3. October: Podesta emails. In October, Wikileaks releases the emails of Clinton campaign chair John Podesta, rolling out batches every day until the election, creating new mini-scandals. The Clinton campaign blames Trump and the Russians. 
4. October: FISA request. The Obama administration submits a new, narrow request to the FISA court [not naming Trump], now focused on a computer server in Trump Tower suspected of links to Russian banks [Paul Manafort, Roger Stone and Carter Page, who have all left the campaign months before then and deny allegations]. No evidence is found — but the wiretaps continue, ostensibly for national security reasons, Andrew McCarthy at National Review later notesThe Obama administration is now monitoring an opposing presidential campaign using the high-tech surveillance powers of the federal intelligence services.  [Sources are The Guardian, NYT and Heatstreet
5. January 2017: Buzzfeed/CNN dossierBuzzfeed releases, and CNN reports, a supposed intelligence “dossier” compiled by a foreign former spy. It purports to show continuous contact between Russia and the Trump campaign, and says that the Russians have compromising information about Trump. None of the allegations can be verified and some are proven false. Several media outlets claim that they had been aware of the dossier for months and that it had been circulating in Washington. 
6. January: Obama expands NSA sharing. As Michael Walsh later notes, and as the New York Times reports, the outgoing Obama administration “expanded the power of the National Security Agency to share globally intercepted personal communications with the government’s 16 other intelligence agencies before applying privacy protections.” The new powers, and reduced protections, could make it easier for intelligence on private citizens to be circulated improperly [unauthorized i.e. illegal] or leaked. 
7. January: Times report. The New York Times reports, on the eve of Inauguration Day, that several agencies — the Federal Bureau of Investigation (FBI), the Central Intelligence Agency (CIA), the National Security Agency (NSA) and the Treasury Department are monitoring several associates of the Trump campaign suspected of Russian ties  [i.e. Paul Manafort, Roger Stone and Carter Page]. Other news outlets also report the exisentence of “a multiagency working group to coordinate investigations across the government,” though it is unclear how they found out, since the investigations would have been secret and involved classified information.  
8. February: Mike Flynn scandal. Reports emerge that the FBI intercepted a conversation in 2016 between future National Security Adviser Michael Flynn — then a private citizen — and Russian Ambassador Sergey Kislyak. The intercept supposedly was part of routine spying on the ambassador, not monitoring of the Trump campaign. The FBI transcripts reportedly show the two discussing Obama’s newly-imposed sanctions on Russia, though Flynn earlier denied discussing them. Sally Yates, whom Trump would later fire as acting Attorney General for insubordination, is involved in the investigation. In the end, Flynn resigns over having misled Vice President Mike Pence (perhaps inadvertently) about the content of the conversation. 
9. February: Times claims extensive Russian contacts. The New York Times cites “four current and former American officials” in reporting that the Trump campaign had “repeated contacts with senior Russian intelligence officials. The Trump campaign denies the claims — and the Times admits that there is “no evidence” of coordination between the campaign and the Russians. The White House and some congressional Republicans begin to raise questions about illegal intelligence leaks. 
10. March: the Washington Post targets Jeff Sessions. The Washington Post reports that Attorney General Jeff Sessions had contact twice with the Russian ambassador during the campaign — once at a Heritage Foundation event [now turned out organized by the State Department] and once at a meeting in Sessions’s Senate office. The Post suggests that the two meetings contradict Sessions’s testimony at his confirmation hearings that he had no contacts with the Russians, though in context (not presented by the Post) it was clear he meant in his capacity as a campaign surrogate, and that he was responding to claims in the “dossier” of ongoing contacts. 
The New York Times, in covering the story, adds that the Obama White House “rushed to preserve” intelligence related to alleged Russian links with the Trump campaign. By “preserve” it really means “disseminate”: officials spread evidence throughout other government agencies “to leave a clear trail of intelligence for government investigators” and perhaps the media as well. (Source)
The New York Times reports that political appointees signed off on surveillance of “associates” of the Trump campaign, though “the nature of these contacts remains unknown.”

The officials then spread this raw intelligence throughout the government and to foreign counterparts, ensuring they’d be widely read and supposedly to prevent their Trump successors from covering up the truth.

Only days before the inauguration, President Obama also signed an executive order that allows the National Security Agency to share raw intercepts and data with the 16 other agencies in the intelligence community. NSA analysts used to filter out irrelevant information and minimize references to Americans. Now such material is being leaked anonymously. (Source)
Recommended: Scroll down to entries entitled "WHITE HOUSE VERSUS THE SHADOW WARRIORS" on Feb. 15, 2017 and "PRESIDENT TRUMP HITS BACK AT THE DEEP STATE" on Feb. 16, 2017 for more background and commentary on wire tapping. 
This is far more troubling than a meeting with an ambassador.

Joel B. Pollak on Breitbart concludes that:
  • The Obama administration eventually got authorization to wire tap the Trump campaign, possibly on false grounds since the targets had already left the campaign months prior to the second FISA request. 
  • The Obama regime continued monitoring the Trump team even when no evidence of wrongdoing was found; 
  • They then relaxed the NSA rules to allow evidence to be shared widely within the government, virtually ensuring that the information, including the conversations of private citizens, would be leaked unauthorized to the media.
We need an urgent investigation of the investigation! 

Feb. 22, 2017

The stunning question is why the establishment applauds illegal surveillance by the intelligence community of the democratically elected Government and unauthorized disclosures by shadow warriors to the media. The President wonders, "why are there so many illegal leaks coming out of Washington? Will these leaks be happening as I deal on North Korea etc?"  =


Feb 16, 2017 Russian pranksters call Mccain.

This could be the beginning of the end for embattled Sen. John McCain’s life in politics. According to White House officials, McCain [Chairman of the Senate Armed Services Committee] is believed to have somehow gained access to the content of President Donald Trump’s private, classified telephone calls with world leaders. And he isn’t keeping quiet about what was talked about either. (...) McCain has been lambasting Trump to anyone and everyone who will listen since the newly minted president’s inauguration. This includes a Russian comedian who pranked McCain posing as Ukraine Prime Minister Volodymyr Groysman. Even during that troubling conversation, where McCain shared sensitive U.S. intelligence with an imposter, White House aides said. McCain unknowingly exposed himself as having inside knowledge of Trump’s telephone conversations. “He has been given transcripts or actually listened to the calls and is sharing what he has heard,” an administration insider said. “There is no doubt. He is one of the major leaks.” (More)

Feb. 19, 2017


One of the sources of the leaks may have been identified. Fingers are pointed at Reince Priebus' Deputy Chief of Staff, NeverTrumper Katie Walsh @KMWalsh_GOP. These nihilistic purists have proven time and again how extraordinarily destructive they are. (Source)

Feb. 18, 2017


Feb 17, 2017 Jay Sekulow explains Obama's eleventh hour new powers for the NSA that explains the ' soft coup' against Trump and Flynn.

In its final days, the Obama administration has expanded the power of the National Security Agency to share globally intercepted personal communications with the government’s 16 other intelligence agencies before applying privacy protections. The new rules significantly relax longstanding limits on what the N.S.A. may do with the information gathered by its most powerful surveillance operations, which are largely unregulated by American wiretapping laws. These include collecting satellite transmissions, phone calls and emails that cross network switches abroad, and messages between people abroad that cross domestic network switches. The change means that far more officials will be searching through raw data. Essentially, the government is reducing the risk that the N.S.A. will fail to recognize that a piece of information would be valuable to another agency, but increasing the risk that officials will see private information about innocent people. (More)

Feb. 16, 2017


Chairman of the House Oversight Committee Jason Chaffetz has formally asked the Dept. of Justice Inspector General to conduct an investigation. President Trump has called a news conference for Thursday Feb. 16 in which he is expected to announce a wide ranging investigation into the situation of unauthorized disclosures by rogue elements in the Intelligence Community (IC) (more). Update: Pres. Trump did not announce his own investigation although he has asked the DoJ to investigate. He denied reports in WSJ that the IC was withholding information because they "don't trust the administration". The House Intel and the House Oversight Committees are also on the case.


Feb 15, 2017 Piers Morgan joins Sean Hannity and Joe Digenova to discuss the media bias against Trump. 

Feb. 15, 2017


The shadow warriors are reacting today to President Trump's tweets. But instead of the President dying "in jail" they themselves are looking potentially at 10 years in prison for violating the espionage act:

The former NSA spook John Schindler and national security columnist for the Observer (owned by Trump's son in law) published an article on Sunday titled “The Spy Revolt Against Trump Begins,” asserting that the shadow warriors are rebelling against Trump over alleged ties to the Kremlin. The situation is so bad, according to Schindler, that they are now beginning to withhold intelligence from the White House.

Update: the shadow warriors are seriously out of control. We tend to think in political allegiances or Left versus Right, but the deep state is oriented towards the enemies of the state. These old dogs, having lived through the Cold War seem to be unable to shake the Russo phobia. They can't bear the idea of detente. President Trump might get some advice from Henry Kissinger, who dealt with a similar problem in the Nixon administration known as the Pentagon Papers.

Meantime the House Intel Committee is preparing to investigate the unauthorized disclosures and attacks on the democratically elected Government of President Trump. Investigations into "Russian meddling" have already proved groundless.

Feb. 15, 2017


Feb 14, 2017 Sean Hannity talks to Eli Lake (Bloomberg), Sara Carter (Circa) and Paul Sperry (New York Post - more).

General Mike Flynn resigned Monday Feb. 14 when his position became untenable after embarrassing the VP. The core problem is that on Obama's watch the President Elect's National Security Adviser's calls with the Russian Ambassador were taped by NSA and FBI, and transcripts were handed to acting Attorney General at the Justice Dept. Sally Yates (since fired by Trump) and leaked to the Washington Post. Flynn did no more than his job. Even the New York Times is again (!) admitting there is no evidence of Russian involvement in the elections.

House member Trey Gowdy (chairman Select Committee on Benghazi) said this morning no evidence was found of Russian involvement in the elections, but the media and the Democrats are still insinuating collusion with Russia. This is the globalists' narrative also for the upcoming elections in the Netherlands, France and Germany. The tenacity with which the globalists persist is no doubt that it serves as cover for their losses. The denial of the idea that the voters would actually reject their ideology, is an integral part of it.

In the minds of the media, the Trump administration is already rendered incapable of implementing its agenda. The media are manipulating the minds of the public. The few voters they have not already lost, are the true believers who are ready to accept anything.

It is perhaps the best if an independent enquiry looks into the matter of the criminal disclosures. President Trump suspects Obama holdovers, that are going to lose their job one way or another. Or it might be misguided 'intel community' loyalists who think they are saving the country from Putin.

Here the most noteworthy articles on the matter.

⏩ Former Obama Officials, Loyalists Waged Secret Campaign to Oust Flynn, by Adam Kredo (Free Beacon)

⏩ The Political Assassination of Michael Flynn 
By Eli Lake (Bloomberg)

⏩ The CIA Really Is Out to Get General Flynn 
By David P. Goldman (PJMedia)

Here's how the NWO itself is seeing the situation. In a mind boggling article, short on fact, long on building the straw man, they are pressing on the Russians that Trump is the true revolutionary that even they may come to regret. Vladimir Putin's entourage cheered the outcome of the U.S. election – until they saw exactly what they were dealing with. It's outrageous demonization!

⏩ The Kremlin Is Starting to Worry About Trump (Foreign Policy)