Nunes Memo Aftermath: Who Cracks First? Strzok, Page The Ho, McCabe, Comey, Rosenstein, Barsoomian, Nellie, Bruce Ohr, Chris “Fay” Wray, Baker, Priestap, Carlin, Yates, Lynch, Or Barack???

President Bill Clinton did one very smart thing during the Monica blue dress days: Bill Clinton lied to everyone. Everyone. No exceptions. President Bill Clinton told everyone, in private and in public, he “did not have sex with that woman, Monica Lewinsky”.

If you want to keep a secret, keep it secret, tell no one. Why was this smart? Because everyone Bill Clinton was close to could defend him in public, self-righteously, convinced Bill Clinton would not send them out to risk their reputations protecting a lie. Even if the defenders (especially Hillary) believed Bill Clinton was lying to them they could still justify to themselves and to the public that Bill Clinton denied the tales the blue dress eventually told. Bill Clinton was enough of a good lawyer to know not to tell his defenders and lawyers he was guilty. Even mediocre lawyers advise their clients not to tell them whether or not they committed the crime. Ignorance is bliss for a lawyer in court.

The only thing that could give Bill Clinton away was if evidence would turn up. There would be no evidence as long as he kept quiet. Monica was the only one who knew. She would keep quiet. No one would believe her. Even with his history, no one would believe her over him. “I’ll be OK as long as no evidence turns up!”

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In our last article, in the comments section, there was a brief discussion of the sentencing hearing postponement in the trial of Michael Flynn, requested by Robert Mueller. This smart article (note too the discussion on the “fruit of the poisonous tree” doctrine), is tickled pink by Mueller’s postponement of the sentencing hearing:

What happened to Comey? What recently happened to McCabe? What is about to happen to the COUNTLESS other FBI and DOJ officials involved in this debacle that will be revealed soon by the Inspector General, Horowitz?

I’ll give you a hint. Heads will roll. Didn’t you find it strange that Mueller decided to postpone Mike Flynn’s sentencing?

I certainly did, and now I think it is more clear why.

“Heads will roll” no doubt. Chris “Fay” Wray will continue to scream. But, as we ignore the anti-American NFL Superbowl and enjoy the Puppy Bowl, we’d rather consider who will sharpen the ax that chops off the heads.

Consider, like Michelle Obama pawing her lantern jaw in a Pep Boys automotive shop considering what fashion accessories to buy, all the dee-licious possibilities.

There you are, an FBI/CIA/DOJ/government official/former official or spouse of an official/former official, after the Nunes memo publication, knowing there are more memos to come – as well as the DOJ Inspector General’s report coming in early spring. You know what you did. You know what others did. You all tried to execute a soft coup against a duly elected president of the United States. You failed. And now you hear the barking of the blood hounds. They are getting closer every day.

WHO WILL BE THE FIRST TO CRACK?????????

Will it be Peter Strzok? Petey Strzok cheated on his wife with his ho Lisa Page and the whole world knows he cheated on his wife – so the wife can’t be too happy – which means his home life must be just as miserable as his professional life – in his new demoted position in the basement of the FBI building – with all his fellow employees giving him the skunk eye – not knowing if one of them is spying on him and reporting to the Inspector General or a prosecutor on his activities – and he knows all his phone calls are being recorded – and his cell phones have been taken by the IG – and his emails are all being read – and any other route of communication he used to evade the public records act is being sought after and also read – and eventually he will have to testify before the congress – or to prosecutors – and the President of the United States is looking right down at him – and you don’t know whom to trust – who is being nice to you to get you to give up some information – who is eyeing your soon to be vacant job – AND ALL THOSE PEOPLE WHO KNOW WHAT YOU DID LAST SUMMER – and at any moment one of them could break and turn state’s evidence – and TURN ON YOU AND TURN On YOU IN ORDER TO GET A LIGHTER SENTENCE FOR THEMSELVES – and “maybe I should turn on them before they turn on me, the bastards” – and “oh my God I can’t take the pressurrrrrrrrrrrrrrrrrrrrrrrrrrrrre”!!!!!

Will it be F.B.I. lawyer Lisa “the Ho” Page? “Why is everyone calling me a ho? a mistress? Petey is as much a ho as I am, and hey, he cheated on his wife… I should have known not to trust a cheater… why I bet you right now that ho-monger is planning to sell me out like a cheap ho in order to get himself a lighter sentence… he doesn’t want to be a prison ho for some sex starved prison inmate called Bruno Thunderthighs… why that slimy bastard is probably planning to sell me out right now before the IG report is filed… and I don’t even have my phone because the IG took those as well and no doubt all my communications and computers and everything is being monitored… I’m sure after I go to the bathroom someone sneaks in to see if I left something in there unflushed… the bastards… maybe I should turn state’s evidence before one of those bastards turns me in so they can get a lighter sentence… that Andy for one… he’s getting his full pension and probably has turned state’s evidence already… the bastard… can’t trust anyone in this stinking bureau… well maybe I’ll call up the IG and tell them I’ll be the whistle-blower and give up the goods on everyone else… they’d like me to deliver Comey to them… or I could give them Comey and Wray and that limp rod Rosenstein… that will get me a lighter sentence… I think… but I’ll have to act fast… those bastards are probably already sticking their knives in me already… well I’ll show them… I’ll be a ho for the IG and get him the goods to nail those bastards… I can even tell them I did it for love… that Petey, er, Peter Strzok used me like a ten cent ho because he doesn’t respect strong women like myself… they’re all out to get me… the bastards… why I’ll show them… I won’t crack under the pressure… I’ll go stab them in the back before they stab me in the back… the bastards…”

Or will it be… [fill in the blank]? “The bastards are all probably getting ready to stab me in the back. One of them is gonna work out a sweet deal. One of them is gonna talk. Yeah. Talk. The first one that talks is the one that will get the sweetest deal. That should be me. I’m not gonna be the one left holding the bag. I better stab them in the back. It’s eat or be eaten time. The sooner the better. Maybe it’s too late already? They’re all watching me now. All my phone calls are monitored. Every move I make is watched. It’s like that freaking Police song the one with the chorus “I’ll be watching you.” Hell, I can’t take this pressure. It’s too much. I better call. The sooner the better. I better call. Hell it might be too late already. I’ll show them they won’t make a fool out of me. I won’t be the fall guy, the dupe, the patsy. I was innocent. I just went along to get along. I thought I was doing the right thing. Damn, how could Trump win and mess up my life so badly? Well I better act fast. The walls are closing in. It’s not turning out the way I thought it would.”

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  1. Anyone who does not understand why we call F.B.I. Director Wray “Chris Fay Wray” should read the last article.

    Wbboei, we’re envious that you got to see Fay and what sounds like a fantastic car, possibly a Rolls Royce.

  2. Admin: By God it was a Rolls Royce. Your clairvoyance on that vignette and the entire political process is nothing short of remarkable.

    To the point of your article, it is the classic example of the Prisoners Dilemma. Only here there are so many prisoners that the calculation is no longer binary. In the classic hypothetical it is two criminals, and each of them must decide whether to clam up or confess because the prosecutor offers the deal to the first to confess, but if neither confesses the prosecutor has no case. When I say it is binary, I mean all they have to worry about is one other co conspirator, whereas here there are a dozen, each of whom is willing to sell the other out.

    Meanwhile, they have got Rosenstein by the short hairs. His blatant threats against members of the constitutional body charged with oversight merits removal, and anyone who claims otherwise is an idiot. Sure the dims will object, but the public will see that in so doing they are condoning a crime. The question however is not whether or when to remove Rosenstein, but how this fits into the overall strategy of bringing down the deep state. He could be the John Dean of this greater than Watergate. Pop goes the weasel.

  3. Either way, they need to drill down on that threat.

    It is the sword of Damocles which the deep state has hung over every pubic official in Washington since the days of Hoover, only until now it has been implicit, not explicit.

    Rod Rosenstein, bless his depraved heart, has done the nation a great service, by revealing how the Deep State works, which was merely alluded to by that grease ball Schumer, when he said the intelligence community has many ways to get to Trump ergo back off.

  4. James Comey

    @Comey
    Got to dress up for a family event tonight and was proud to wear my FBI cufflinks. https://www.instagram.com/p/Bewk1QogKoM/

    10:22 PM – Feb 3, 2018
    6,810 6,810 Replies 5,180 5,180 Retweets 46,389 46,389 likes
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    Did he think it was smart to tweet about ‘cuffs’ anything after the release of the FISA memo on Friday? At this point, we are starting to wonder if the guy is eating paint chips or TIDE PODS.

  5. Wbboei, how would you like to be an F.B.I./D.O.J. official facing a possible term in prison knowing the prisoners are not likely to be friendly to a former police official?

    Foxyladi14, Barack Obama is ultimate target of this investigation whether anyone admits it or not. Lynch better give Obama up or face prison herself.

  6. admin
    February 4, 2018 at 11:41 am
    Wbboei, how would you like to be an F.B.I./D.O.J. official facing a possible term in prison knowing the prisoners are not likely to be friendly to a former police official?
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    Given a choice, I would prefer to be snorkeling in the clear blue waters of the Virgin Islands. Why?
    Because I prefer sun tan lotion to vaseline.

  7. Merlintobie, proof? Let us hope that, for the sake of St. Valentine, Petey and the Ho were not lovers, that it was all a cover story. Not only would this restore our sense of romance it would be an even more incriminating twist in this already twisted tale.

    If Petey and the Ho were not lovers think what this would mean. It would mean that Petey and the Ho, along with their co-conspirators planted the story in the papers in order to hide their conspiracy behind a fake love affair which provided the cover story for their increased contact in secrecy. Prosecutors would have a field day digging into the private lives of these two. Prosecutors could investigate whether the cover story betrayed their consciousness of guilt by delving into every salacious aspect of their lives and computer porn viewing.

    More hilarious is that Petey’s wife would still believe Petey was dating the Ho because of the news reports. Poor Petey! He would get his wife angry at him, humiliate his family, and still not “be getting any”. Hardy har har.

  8. I see where Wallace has Leon Panetta on to put everything in perspective.

    Anyone who is inclined to give credence to what Panetta might say should reflect on the fact that he refused to testify on the question of whether Obama gave the order to save the heroes at Benghazi.

    Panetta is a political hack.

    Nothing more. Nothing less.

    I changed the channel/

  9. …saw Gowdy on TV this am, think Face the Nation, he definitely sounded like he angling to get on some court…I didn’t get aspirations for AG from him…he went on about being a failure as a politician and how being “fair” was most important to him and that politics was all about winning…and having lots of friends on the other side of the aisle and not believing in ruining careers for essentially mistakes or doing things not the way they should be done, etc,etc, etc…basically ‘not wanting to “criminalize” misguided actions’

    imo…he sounded kind of passive/aggressive even though I know he likes to charge ahead…I do think he is trying for some court, perhaps what Wbboei is hearing is what is the works…

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    on another note it is unbelievable that Rosenstein would actually threaten Nunes and that essentially is ignored by BM…

    I hope Admin’s analysis proves correct…many of us are putting big hopes into IG & it seems founded as he was the once that exposed HC & server…and found the missing FBI emails…although @ 70% of them have not been turned over to Congress as yet…
    I guess what bothers me the most is that the echo chamber of distraction is so loud that the basic fact that PDT was indeed spied on & “tapped” seems to be inconsequential to the back & forth discussion…except for on twitter & with Sara Carter & Hannity’s exposes….

    let us all hope that the IG is ‘the man’ and he connects all the dots…
    maybe he can create the atmosphere that is respected regarding an ‘investigation of the investigators’ …so far that is relatively muted…

    I do remain confident in Nunes, Jordan, DeSantis, Meadows, Gaetz, Gowdy and Grassley and include Goodlaite (sp) & Johnny H
    they have a tough fight to get people actually put in jail when at this point they many just get transferred and go deeper undercover

  10. wbboei…so is Wallace…he always finds a way to minimize anything that is positive towards PDT…always…he is like the elder Shepherd Smith at Fox

  11. for the legal eagles here one does hear the term “malicious prosecution” being mentioned in regards to Mueller & Flynn & postponement…

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    for me a big concern are these judges, reflecting on blatant behavior of the 9th circuit court, and reflecting on the fact that these FISA judges being appointed by O from what I have seen reported…well we can all draw our own suspicions and conclusions on what that might mean…a blind eye… a see no evil, hear no evil…?

  12. Not watching the game either as I can’t stand the Patriots or Eagles. Despite many players kneeling, I am sure it will get all time high ratings as Brady going for his 6th ring and most people, even not football fans, like to watch. My daughter wants to see the halftime show and I told her she would have to watch it upstairs as I can’t stand Justin Timberlake as well. My wife mentioned to me that I am a miserable , unhappy person who doesn’t like anything, but otherwise OK 🙂

  13. S
    February 4, 2018 at 2:44 pm
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    Correct. He is a heterosexual version of SS–Shepard Smith.

    And then there is that jackal Jimmy Kimble.

    “Jimmy” being liberal is a sign of intelligence.

    If that were true, why would they watch an idiot like him?

    The progressive is defined by a contempt for white people and opposition to traditional values.

    That is all there is to it.

    It leads them to favor central planning, because they do not trust markets.

    And it leads them to favor the administrative state run by experts where the people have no power.

    Theirs is the world of Franz Kafka.

    And it is not their intelligence, but their lack of intelligence that makes them perfect lackeys for those who seek to disenfranchise the American People.

  14. S
    February 4, 2018 at 2:44 pm
    wbboei…so is Wallace…he always finds a way to minimize anything that is positive towards PDT
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    Another one who doses that routinely, pathologically, is that RINO Paul Gigot. The only reason I watch that show is to hear what Kimberly Strassel has to say.

  15. re: Gowdy

    I’ll stand on my prediction. Gowdy AG..
    Is there anyone beside a ‘judge’ that is/can be politically motivated
    by an influential stinging partisan. ie. Obama?
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    The GOP memo proves the ‘deep state’ is real

    by Michael Goodwin

    Now that we know what the declassified House memo says about government misconduct, we also know what it means: The Washington swamp — the deep state — is bigger, more vicious and more dangerous to American liberty than even a cynic could have imagined.

    Because of the memo and previous revelations, we know that swamp creatures are embedded in the top of the FBI and the Department of Justice. Some used their power to try to tip a presidential campaign based on their personal politics.

    They conducted a sham investigation of the Democratic candidate and misled federal judges to spy on at least one associate of her Republican challenger.

    To block exposure of their misdeeds, these officials falsely claimed that national security would be damaged. Add that despicable lie — issued in the name of the FBI itself — to their shameful records.

    Thanks to the battle over the memo, we also know with 100 percent certainty that the mainstream media is part of the swamp. The efforts by The New York Times and The Washington Post, among others, to keep the memo from ever seeing sunshine were appalling.

    Before it saw the memo, the Times’ editorial page called it proof of “The Republican Plot Against the FBI.” A Washington Post columnist warned President Trump he would be making a historic mistake in releasing it.

    “Presidents don’t win fights with the FBI,” Eugene Robinson wrote, seemingly endorsing the blackmailing habits of the disgraced J. Edgar Hoover.

    Oddly, the campaign by those papers coincided with the celebration of their roles in releasing the Pentagon Papers nearly 50 years ago, as heroically depicted in the movie “The Post.”

    Then, those papers took great risks in standing up for the First Amendment in the face of government threats and financial pressures. Now, those same papers take the side of butt-covering secrecy and demonize those who demand transparency.

    Those organizations are betraying their legacies and their duties as journalists. They share with corrupt officials a hatred of Donald Trump and believe that ending his presidency justifies any and all means.

    Their motives are as partisan as that of the Democrats who fought tooth and nail to scuttle the memo.

    Talk about being on the wrong side of history.

    The details of the memo make a strong case that current and former officials committed crimes by misleading FISA court judges in seeking four surveillance warrants against Carter Page, a bit player in the Trump campaign ­orbit.

    Those details seal the sordid legacy of former FBI Director James Comey. He signed off on three warrant requests, reportedly without informing the judges that the essential piece of evidence against Page was the infamous Russian dossier paid for by Hillary Clinton’s campaign and the Democratic National Committee.

    Months later, Comey himself told Congress the dossier was “salacious and unverified,” yet was secretly willing to use it in court against Page.

    Its author, Christopher Steele, a former British spy, never went to Russia to interview his paid sources, some of whom were Kremlin officials. Did the judges know any of that before letting the FBI read Page’s e-mails and listen to his phone calls?

    Steele was hired by the FBI, then fired when he shared his dossier with the press and lied about it. He also confided to an agent that he loathed Trump and “was passionate about him not ­being president.”

    Did the agent, Bruce Ohr, whose wife worked for the same firm as Steele, Fusion GPS, tell the judges that? Did Comey? The memo says no.

    Without knowing that partisan link, the court was deprived of evidence that would have called into question the surveillance request. Indeed, the memo claims that Andrew McCabe, the former deputy FBI director removed for his conduct during the separate Clinton investigation, testified that no warrant would have been sought “without the Steele dossier information.”

    Not incidentally, current FBI Director Christopher Wray and his team read the memo before it was released, and did not dispute ­McCabe’s claim.

    To the Trump haters, these facts don’t matter. He is, in their minds, unfit to be president, so nothing short of assassination is out of bounds.

    Yet it is a mistake to view the memo’s revelations through the lens of whether you like Trump, or what you think of Carter Page. The ultimate issues are no more limited to them than were other landmark moments in American history limited by the personal ­interests of the parties involved.

    The case in which Nazis were permitted to march in the Jewish neighborhood of Skokie, Ill., was not an approval of Nazis. The issue was whether repugnant speech has the same rights as popular speech.

    The Supreme Court effectively said it did in a 1977 ruling that strengthened First Amendment rights for all Americans.

    Similarly, the “Miranda warning” that allows a suspect in police custody to remain silent to avoid self-incrimination stems from a case involving a hideously violent criminal. Ernesto Miranda ultimately was convicted of kidnapping and rape, yet all suspects, innocent and guilty, benefit from the 1966 Supreme Court ruling in his favor.

    Rulings like those weave the Founders’ ideals of equality into the fabric of contemporary life and make America the beacon of hope to the world.

    Something even larger is now at stake. Trump is the great disrupter who has overthrown the established political order like no one in modern history, and many opponents have lost their bearings in resisting his presidency.

    In their rage and bigotry, they are willing to abandon fundamental principles. We only know this because he won the election; none of this shocking misconduct would have been revealed under a Hillary Clinton presidency.

    The claims in the memo that FBI and Justice officials acted corruptly should concern all fair-minded Americans, regardless of political preference. Those claims force us to ask whether we are a nation of laws that apply equally to all.

    If not, we are no longer America. We are a banana republic where it’s acceptable for the government to use its police powers against political opponents.

    The choice we face is especially stark given that the case at hand potentially implicates other top aides to former President Barack Obama. Recall that Page and others linked to Trump were accused of having ties to Russia, then their names were leaked to the media in a bid to sway the election and then to topple the president. There may be other flimsy FISA applications covering other Trump associates we don’t yet know about.

    The memo is a giant step in ­uncovering what appears to be an unprecedented conspiracy, but it is not the endgame. More documents, congressional hearings, investigations and criminal prosecutions are unavoidable.

    Hysterical Trump haters greeted the memo’s release by declaring that we face a constitutional crisis. They are right — and they are creating it.

    https://nypost.com/2018/02/03/the-gop-memo-proves-the-deep-state-is-real/

  16. Admiral Rogers is head of the National Security Agency (NSA), Commander of the U.S. Cyber Command (USCYBERCOM) and Chief of the Central Security Service (CSS) since April 3, 2014.

    In mid 2016, his officers noticed strange activity at the Department of Justice and the FBI. He did an audit to confirm this, and it revealed that top secret information was being transmitted by those agencies to vendors associated with the DNC and the Hillary campaign. He went to the FISA court to tell them about this. But the fact of the audit leaked out and the bad guys went to the FISA court before he got there, and pretended that they had discovered it. But this was of no moment because either way the FISA court knew that these leaks were occurring and they issued a 91 page opinion that this was a violation of the law. The names were redacted, but Nunez has them. When Donald Trump became president, Rogers warned him and that was the genesis of his claim, ridiculed by big media that Obama was spying on him. Therefore, he moved his transition team from Trump Tower on Fifth Avenue to his private golf club in Bedminister NJ, until they could sweep Trump Tower for listening devices.

    With this background, it is shocking to me that the FISA court would authorize secret surveillance requested by the very same organization that had engaged in illegal activity. At a minimum, he who seeks equity, must do equity—the equitable doctrine of unclean hands. And when one examines the salacious nature of the material, I wonder whether this court of the star chamber ever bothered to read it. Perhaps some of them have been under surveillance by the FBI as well, while they were surveiling members of Congress and the Media. But if the republicans are correct, and the deep state actors who presented the dirty dossier to the court in support of their request to wire tap Trump associates concealed from the court the fact that it was paid for by the Clinton campaign, and was not the work product of the FBI who by their subsequent admission they were never able to verify, then those Judges were cuckolded and it is up to them to rectify that situation.

  17. Earlier today, I suggested that Rosenstein might be the John Dean of this scandal.

    There will be a John Dean, but it will not be that slimeball Rosenstein.

    The most likely candidate is another John–John Carlin, who was the Assistant US Attorney who signed the pleadings that went to the FISA court, which mislead the court into issuing the warrant. One day later, he resigned and has not been heard of since.

    https://youtu.be/aa95jLxZfc4 @ 31:18

  18. A fitting epitaph for Robert Mueller:

    The concept of an independent counsel is a bad thing. It’s like what Justice [Antonin] Scalia said in Morrison v. Olson, which is that nothing good is going to come from giving a lawyer a case, an unlimited budget, and a single target.

  19. Mike Walsh at PJmedia:

    The Democrats’ geriatric leadership and their Baby Boomer allies in the media have thrown everything they have against Trump, and so far have only succeeded in embarrassing themselves and corrupting mainstream journalism beyond repair.

    They’ve never grasped that Americans didn’t vote for Trump the man as much as for Trump the outsider and disrupter: they want Washington brought to heel, and there is almost nothing Trump could say or do — except not deliver — that will turn them against him. It’s not the man, it’s the movement.

    After eight years in the Obama Slough of Despond, that’s the message the GOP needs to keep delivering.

  20. Glad I’m not home to hear and see the crying- Gonzo
    Beer will be flowing many unable to show up for work tomorrow…

    You are correct, there was no autopsy for Scalia. At the time, they were reporting, the family was not inclined to have the procedure done.. Illogical- when a person in good health is suddenly found dead, the state examiner usually requires an autopsy.. afaik
    Somebody did some fast talking…
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    Oh-Oh.. The narrative is expanding closer to the top of the food chain…

    BO setting up, ready to throw the Clintons under the bus?

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    Obama DOJ Wouldn’t Have Sought FISA Warrant on Trump Advisor Without Clinton-Campaign-Funded Dossier

    By CNSNews.com Staff | February 2, 2018

    (CNSNews.com) – Then-Deputy FBI Director Andrew McCabe testified in the House Permanent Select Committee on Intelligence in December that the Obama Administration Justice Department would not have sought a Foreign Intelligence Surveillance Act warrant to put surveillance on volunteer Trump campaign advisor Carter Page without a dossier that had been funded by the Democratic National Committee and the Hillary Clinton presidential campaign, according to a memorandum released by the House Permanent Select Committee on Intelligence.

    The application for the FISA warrant did not inform the FISA court that approved the warrant that the DNC and Clinton campaign had been involved in financing the dossier that provided information used in the application.

    The memorandum written by the staff of the Intelligence Committee says:

    “On October 21, 2016, DOJ and FBI sought and received a FISA probable cause order (not under Title VII) authorizing electronic surveillance on Carter Page from the FISC. Page is a U.S. citizen who served as a volunteer advisor to the Trump presidential campaign. Consistent with requirements under FISA, the application had to be first certified by the Director or Deputy Director of the FBI. It then required the approval of the Attorney General, Deputy Attorney General (DAG), or the Senate-confirmed Assistant Attorney General for the National Security Division.

    “The FBI and DOJ obtained one initial FISA warrant targeting Carter Page and three FISA renewals from the FISC. As required by statute (50 U.S.C. 1805(d)(1), a FISA order on an American citizen must be renewed by the FISC every 90 days and each renewal requires a separate finding of probable cause. Then-Director James Comey signed three FISA applications in question on behalf of the FBI, and Deputy Director Andrew McCabe signed one. Then-DAG Sally Yates, then-acdtin DAG Dana Boente, and DAG Rod Rosenstein each signed one or more FISA applications on behalf of DOJ.”

    The memorandum goes on to say:

    “In the case of Carter Page, the government had at least four independent opportunities before the FISC to accurately provide an accounting of the relevant facts. However, our findings indicate that, as described below, material relevant information was omitted.

    “1) The ‘dossier’ compiled by Christopher Steele (Steele dossier) on behalf of the Democratic National Committee (DNC) and the Hillary Clinton campaign formed an essential part of the Carter Page FISA application. Steele was a longtime FBI source who was paid over $160,000 by the DNC and Clinton campaign, vial the law firm Perkins Coie and research firm Fusion GPS, to obtain derogatory information on Donald Trump’s ties to Russia.

    “a) Neither the initial application in October 2016, nor any of the renewals, disclose or reference the role of the DNC, Clinton campaign, or any party/campaign in funding Steele’s efforts, even though the political origins of the Steele dossier were the known to senior DOJ and FBI officials.”

    The Intelligence Committee memorandum then reveals that without this dossier the FBI would not have applied for the warrant:

    “4) According to the head of the FBI’s counterintelligence division, Assistant Director Bill Priestap, corroboration of the Steele dossier was in its ‘infancy’ at the time of the initial Page FISA application. After Steele was terminated, a source validation report conducted by an independent unit within FBI assessed Steele’s reporting as only minimally corroborated. Yet, in early January 2017, Director Comey briefed President-elect Trump on a summary of the Steele dossier, even though it was—according to his June 2017 testimony—“salacious and unverified.” While the FISA application relied on Steele’s past record of credible reporting on other related matters, it ignored or concealed his anti-Trump financial and ideological motivations. Furthermore, Deputy Director McCabe testified before the Committee in December 2017 that no surveillance warrant would have been sought from the FISC without the Steele dossier information.”

    https://www.cnsnews.com/news/article/cnsnewscom-staff/obama-doj-wouldnt-have-sought-fisa-warrant-trump-advisor-without

    …………

    The entire memorandum @ above link

  21. Gateway Pundit is doing a spectacular job gathering and piecing together from the OUTSIDE- IN the MO of the Obama Cabal,, as well as Admin forecasting events future direction..
    ……………….

    The info contained in this article gives some indication how long and how thorough our gangster governmenplanned to maintain control of events whether they won or lost the election- either way..
    ……..

    Obama Appointed FISA Court Judges Involved in Numerous Questionable and Controversial Actions
    The Obama team’s actions with the FISA Court were not just corrupt – they were criminal! Now his appointed judges are in the news for suspect deep state actions.

    The FISA Court was put in place in 1978 when Congress enacted the Foreign Intelligence Surveillance Act (FISA). The Court sits in Washington D.C., and is composed of eleven federal district court judges who are designated by the Chief Justice of the United States. Each judge serves for a maximum of seven years and their terms are staggered to ensure continuity on the Court. In addition, the entire FISA court in late 2016 was stacked with Obama appointees. The entire court as of March 2017 was Obama appointees.

    list of FISA Court Judges – at link..below

    As reported earlier by TGP, on April 26, 2017, an unsealed FISA Court Ruling unveiled a number of criminal activities that Barack Obama’s FBI and DOJ participated in during his time in office. The FISA Court Ruling shows widespread abuse of the FISA mandate.

    According to the report, Obama’s FBI and DOJ performed searches on Americans that were against their 4th Amendment rights. This went on for years. One paragraph in the report states that 85% of the Section 704 and 705(b) FISA searches made during this time were non-compliant with applicable laws and therefore criminal.

    In addition, the report cites that at the same time that Obama’s DOJ and FBI were illegally searching Americans against their rights and unbeknownst to them, Obama’s FBI was providing this information to outside contractors who had no business or legal cause or claim to the information. [Some people suspect that one of these contractors may have been Fusion GPS.]

    Now Obama appointed Judges to the FISA Court are in the news because of their suspect actions –

    1. On Friday the House Intelligence Committee released its FISA memo that described the corrupt actions taken by Obama’s FBI and DOJ to obtain warrants to spy on the Trump campaign. Obama’s DOJ and FBI used a document created from information by Hillary Clinton campaign and DNC funding to obtain multiple FISA Court warrants. The political anti-Trump sources of the information were not provided to the court when requesting the warrant and top DOJ and FBI officials were the ones partaking in these actions. As a result, Congressional leaders are calling for prosecution of FBI and DOJ officials involved in the criminal actions and FOX News’ Gregg Jarrett stated that the criminal acts by Obama’s scoundrels involved in the FISA crimes could qualify for sentences of up to 10 years in prison.

    It’s time to determine who signed off on the above warrants. Judges typically sit on the Court for one week at a time, on a rotating basis. Which judge signed off on the warrants with such flimsy information provided? The judge or judges who signed off on these warrants need to be investigated. Also, why have none of these judges announced that they are prosecuting the individuals who provided the fake information? This is their duty!

    2. One Obama FISA appointee was also involved in General Flynn’s criminal case. We know this because he recused himself from the Flynn case. Obama FISA Court appointee and U.S. District Judge Rudolph Contreras recused himself from former National Security Advisor Michael Flynn’s criminal case in December. It’s yet unknown the reason for why Contreras recused himself. Why did he recuse himself and did he also sign off on any of the FISA warrants given to Obama cronies?

    3. On Friday another Obama appointed FISA Court judge, U.S. District Judge James Boasberg sidedwith the Department of Justice after multiple news organizations, including CNN and USA Today, sued for the public release of Comey’s memos after their Freedom of Information Act requests were denied. (read more). The fact that any judge would currently side with this corrupt Department of Justice is suspect. What is in the memos and why is this being hidden from the public?

    The current group of FISA Court judges needs to be investigated and if corrupt or criminal, removed from the court.

    http://thegatewaypundit.com/2018/02/obama-appointed-fisa-court-judges-involved-numerous-questionable-controversial-actions/

  22. Senator Grassley has a report focused on the State Department which he will start the process for release this week. Then there will be a second memo from the House:

    http://thegatewaypundit.com/2018/02/sara-carter-deep-state-terrified-second-anti-trump-dossier-thats-coming-video/

    Sara Carter: The second memo that the House Intelligence Committee is putting together. We’re still waiting for the Inspector General’s report that is going to be coming out. That’s going to be directed at Andrew McCabe, now former director Andrew McCabe, and others. And I think they’re terrified what’s going to come out here.

    Here’s what we know. There was a second dossier that was put together by a person named Cody Shearer. He is a very controversial activist, a former reporter who worked with the Clintons in the past. And the FBI was also using this second dossier as part of what they were doing to back up the other dossier by Christopher Steele, an unverified dossier. And we believe Chistopher Steele was also sending information to the State Department in bits and snippets. But I think the most important thing here and one of the things they are going to be looking at very closely are the leaks. There were a number of leaks out unverified information by possibly senior members of the Obama administration.

  23. Would have been nice to hear more from Sara Carter in that video..
    John (stumblebum) Kerry. Makes a public statement one or twice a year and spends
    the rest of the time getting his foot out of his mouth.

  24. imho…

    Gonzotx…the only thing I can think of is that Nunes & Gowdy are trying to box in Rosenstein & Wray (why else has Rosenstein in particular been going crazy with threats)…if GOP are going to continue to release incriminating & threatening facts on Rosenstein’s actions & now with Wray at the top and expose them…the GOP’s approach may be to corner them…maybe force a resignation by Rosenstein or force both of them to acknowledge conflicts of interest & corruption & make changes in how agencies are run (McCabe has already been sacked)…it seems the best weapon the GOP has is “exposure” / transparency…let tall come out…and then the IG connect all the dots & confirm what has been going on…

    evidently the only one that can actually fire them is PDT or Sessions?… Sessions so far is useless, very doubtful he would have the kahunas to do anything like that…and PDT realistically cannot fire either of them in this climate…
    so the GOP warriors must press on and attack with facts & transparency…

    so much respect for Nunes…and his posse…and Grassley

  25. White House Issues Statement On Today’s Historic Market Crash

    Today, the Dow Jones suffered (including the plunge after hours) its biggest point crash in history, turning negative for the year, which for a president who takes particular delight in every uptick in the market, was terrible news.

    So, as many expected, the White House issued a statement after the close, commenting on today’s market crash.

    Predictably, there was little commentary of the “day to day” moves, and instead Trump deflected by pointing out that he is now focusing on the economy’s “long-term fundamentals” instead.

    Full statement below:

    “The President’s focus is on our long-term economic fundamentals, which remain exceptionally strong, with strengthening U.S. economic growth, historically low unemployment, and increasing wages for American workers. The President’s tax cuts and regulatory reforms will further enhance the U.S. economy and continue to increase prosperity for the American people.

    Translation: Trump will never again tweet about the market.

    https://www.zerohedge.com/news/2018-02-05/white-house-issues-statement-todays-historic-market-crash

  26. I know this isn’t very nice…but I was on twitter and people are going after Adam Schiff
    one person said…”he’s lucky PDT called him ‘little Schiff’ I could think of a few other things to call him”

    oh yes, one’s mind runs wild, it’s too easy…

  27. for some comic relief
    example: Schiff is about to hit the fan…etc, etc,etc

    thebradfordfile‏
    @thebradfordfile
    Following Following @thebradfordfile

    Little Adam Schiff should be happy. I could think of a few more nicknames. #ObamaGate

  28. also Iranian women are protesting and taking off their hijabs, video clips on twitter
    Progressive women are wearing pink hats & pushing Americans to wear the hijab

    Heshmat Alavi‏ @HeshmatAlavi · Feb 2

    #HappeningNow
    Feb 2 – Tehran, #Iran
    Imam Ali Highway
    Four more brave women seen taking off their headscarves in public & showing victory signs, protesting the mullahs’ unjust compulsory #Hijab laws.
    #IranProtests #IranUprising continue.

  29. And here in America the women wear their hijabs proudly, almost in your face, especially in left wing cities like DC, Austin… they also are driven, or drive in groups in very expensive cars, certainly not any I could afford

  30. Schiff is Moon Mullins–bug eyed and all.

    He violates two common sense principles”

    1. Never defend an indefensible position

    2. Never advance an argument that can be easily refuted.

    In essence, never do something that makes you look stupid.

    But that does not stop Moon Mullins aka Adam Schiff.

    Moon Mullins was an American comic strip which had a run as both a daily and Sunday feature from June 19, 1923 to June 2, 1991. Syndicated by the Chicago Tribune/New York News Syndicate, the strip depicts the lives of diverse lowbrow characters who reside at the Schmaltz boarding house. The central character, Moon (short for Moonshine), is a would-be prizefighter—perpetually strapped for cash but with a roguish appetite for vice and high living. Moon took a room in the boarding house at 1323 Wump Street in 1924 and never left, staying on for 67 years.

  31. Well, well, well.

    We now know who the FISA judge was who rubber stamped the dirty dossier and granted a surveillance warrant to spy on the Trump campaign.

    Not surprisingly, he is the same judge who was removed from the Flynn case, for reasons which were never disclosed, but more than likely for bias toward Trump.

    His name is Rudolph Contreras.

    He was hired by Eric Holder in 1992.

    He was nominated to the DC District Court in 2016.

    And, he was assigned to Court of the Star Chamber by mushball John Robert.

    His admirers describe him as a boyscout who always strives to do his best.

    Like the day he violated the 4th Amendment rights of a US citizen by failing to read the dossier.

    If he had read that dossier, he would have seen it was National Enquirer stuff, and asked many many questions, at the conclusion of which he would have denied the warrant.

  32. wbboei
    February 6, 2018 at 12:20 am

    Well, well, well.

    Thanks wbboei for just spitting it out. Contreas is a dirty judge. He was placed in a position to do maximum harm. Since the “recusal” (which was non-voluntary) endless excuses, rationalizations, obfuscations have been thrown about to cover his worthless rear end. The Obama infection runs deep. Every single judicial appointment that came out of that nest of Chicago corruption is now suspect. Every legal decision tainted by filth. All of the off the wall mess they created makes sense. That stooge John Roberts who let it happen with a slack jawed grin needs to retire. A clean out is due. And the Democrats are going to lose what is left of their minds.

  33. Christopher Steele reportedly didn’t show up for a court appearance in the libel case against him. MI6’s plan to install Hillary and not have to deal with Trump has gone sideways. Always ready to help out a globalist pal and manipulate international politics and make a buck on the oil markets, the UK is not what it used to be. This old Cambridge pinko is now in a jam. If I was he I wouldn’t show up either to get stuck by a Russian umbrella. Do Not Libel Vladimir.

  34. Looks like the bubble burst, we will see. For sure the FED and central banksters are manipulating. Harry Dent is saying the DJIA will hit 6000. Critical analysis over at Zerohedge this morning.

    Trump will be tested. Will he fund corporate welfare with a “stimulus” or does he have a plan? Maybe the one that got Kennedy assassinated? I pray every day for his safety and hope he is wearing his bullet proof vest.

  35. Lu4PUMA
    The market uptick has been based on real growth and anticipated real growth. No market can go up steadily forever without adjustments. This pull back has been anticipated for awhile and I know my investment broker was well prepared and positioned for it. My retirement account is up 18% since the election after years of losses and I had minimal loss yesterday.
    Unlike the hedge fund $ of the Obama years which was based on betting on stocks going up or down, this upmarket has been based on growth of American companies, especially manufacturing and higher employment.
    The strong economy will take us back to more normal interest rates…which is especially good for seniors and savers. It also will send more $ to safe, secure investments and away from riskier stocks. No problems here. The future looks bright. At the right prices, $ will flow back into the market.

  36. To put it euphemistically, the (dis)honorable Adman Shit is Inebriated with the exuberance of his own verbosity, and gifted with an egotistical imagination.

  37. Momaer, Contreras is a dirty judge.

    It is not just the fact that he worked for Holder, was appointed by Obama, and was removed from the Flynn case for what may well have been bias–we do not know for sure.

    It is the fact that he failed to question a dossier which was fraudulent on its face.

    But even that is not dispositive of the issue.

    What IS dispositive of the issue is something big media has been covering up, but is revealed by the great lawyer Joe DiGenova (whose family were opera singers) :

    PRECEDENT. STARE DECISIS.

    Another Judge on the FISA court wrote a blistering opinion accusing the FBI and the Justice Department of LYING to the Court in connection with surveillance activities.

    As a sitting member of the FISA court, removed for cause on another sensitive matter, Contreras would have known of this decision, and granted a surveillance warrant requested by an organization with little credibility, based on a dossier which was fraudulent on its face, is the imprimatur of judicial corruption.

    It cannot be otherwise.

    I say that with reluctance, but I cannot imagine any other explanation.

    The next move will be up to Roberts to do nothing will create a cloud over the entire judicial branch. But to acknowledge what occurred could open Pandora’s Box. And lest we forget, Roberts is the one who appointed him. Given his lethargic nature, I doubt he will do anything.

    In the meantime, here is Joe on the Laura Ingraham show, to which I say brave, belissimo! (And fuck Adman Shit)

    https://youtu.be/zKr6MSe9XiQ
    It is surprising to me because he is the son of parents who fled Cuba when Castro took over, therefore, he should have

    The motive throw the case before him is clear: he worked for Holder, and was appointed by Obama, and was removed from the Flynn case for what one might reasonably conclude was bias. All that shows, frankly, is motive.

    The gravamen of the complaint is two fold:

    https://youtu.be/zKr6MSe9XiQ

  38. Correction: the last three paragraphs were from a prior draft and should be deleted. However, they do reflect the irony that a Cuban American whose parents fled Cuba when Castro took over would ally himself with the left. I expect that irony will be lost on most people, but not on me. My friend, the Cuban bankers parents fled Cuba as well, and he wants nothing to do with the left, and sees it as the force that killed innocent people and enslaved a nation which was once the center of commerce and learning of the Spanish empire, with the best gene pool to draw on.

  39. Optimist

    Lucky you and your well named. I think we all knew this gang banger djia couldn’t go on forever without a correction, but a drop over a thousand, and probably more to come was a bit unnerving. I do think there is some manipulation by the nefarious …. any opportunity.
    That being said, reasonable higher interest rates, more stability is welcomed as now I am officially a senior

  40. The Republican position, such as it is, seems to be this:

    The FBI (problably Struck) and Justice Department (probably Carlin) lied to the FISA judge to get the warrant, and the judge trusted them.

    But given the fact that those same entities had lied to the FISA Court previously, there was no LEGITIMATE basis for him to have trusted them.

    Judicial corruption is not an unprecedented event. Cook County, for example, was known for it. And of course there is the famous case of Judge Martin Manton of the Second Circuit court of Appeals who was sent to the penitentiary for taking money from both sides, and refunding to the loser.

    Is that what happened here. I doubt it. It goes back to an observation made by the famous San Francisco defense lawyer of the 1940s and 1950s, who was the inspiration for the television show Sam Benedict on that subject.

    You can bribe one man out of a hundred with gold, and a high percentage of the rest with social and professional approbation.

    If you apply the principle to Contreras, it seems likely that his motive was to remain in good standing with the pro democrat group and circles in which he moved. Therein lay the friendships, the fealty and the hope for promotion. That is PROBABLY why this happened.

  41. I agree with those who see the stock market plunge/crash as a staged, concerted effort by the deep state to destroy Trumo’s presidency! Here are a few reasons making their appearance apparent.

    Democratic AGs swarm Trump administration with lawsuits

    Nancy Pelosi. Chuck Schumer. The Russia probe. The “deep state.” Of all the obstacles that could potentially thwart the Trump agenda, add to that tempest the flood of lawsuits now being plotted by blue-state attorneys general who have made no secret of their disdain for the administration’s policies.

    The Democratic Attorneys General Association (DAGA), a political fundraising group, touts the AGs as “the first line of defense” against Trump’s agenda.

    “The Trump administration has trouble understanding the rule of law and that’s the reason Democratic attorneys general are filing lawsuits and winning them,” Sean Rankin, DAGA’s executive director, told Fox News.

    http://www.foxnews.com/politics/2018/02/06/democratic-ags-swarm-trump-administration-with-lawsuits.html

    ………….

    Savage Thinks Stock Market Plunge is a Deep State Plot to Destroy Trump

    https://www.infowars.com/michael-savage-thinks-stock-market-plunge-is-a-deep-state-plot-to-destroy-trump/

    “They are trying to hurt you” ( hurt you? Really? The Deep State wants to ‘Kill You!’ )

  42. Mark Levin on FISA Memo Revelations: ‘Hillary Clinton Paid for a Warrant — That’s the Easiest Way to Put It’</bMonday on Fox News Channel’s “Hannity,” conservative talker Mark Levin laid out his case arguing the release of a FISA memo by the House Intelligence Committee last week raised questions about the previous administration. That included some of those holdovers involved in the day-to-day operations of the Department of Justice, including Rod Rosenstein and Robert Mueller.

    Levin argued those were the questions that should be asked and summed up the circumstances as 2016 Democratic presidential nominee Hillary Clinton having “paid for a warrant.”

    Partial transcript as follows:

    This is bad. Let me tell you a couple of things here. Now we know why [Adam] Schiff and the rest of them are fighting so hard. Now we know why the left-wing praetorian guard Democrat media are fighting so hard, trashing [Devin] Nunes, me, you, and others. Let’s walk through this quickly. Who are they trying to protect? Hillary Clinton. Sean, who else are they trying to protect? Barack Obama. His name never comes up.

    So, let me help everybody with this. Loretta Lynch knew about these FISA warrants. [Sally] Yates, the deputy attorney general, the extensions Rod Rosenstein, now the deputy attorney general. He knew. FBI Director [James] Comey, Deputy Director [Andrew] McCabe, [Peter] Strzok, the head of counterintelligence, [Lisa] Page — his girlfriend.

    Who else would know these FISA applications and warrants? Let me tell you a little secret. These are counterintelligence efforts. You have to assume the National Security Council and the White House knew. Why would the FBI, Justice Department, keep that from the National Security Director in the White House? Why would they keep it from the deputy director in the White House?

    So why would be left out of the president’s daily intelligence briefing? Which I meantioned in March Congress also needs to get a hold of. I am telling you, we’re looking at the FBI, we’re looking at the Department of Justice, we are not looking at all at the White House. Hillary Clinton paid for a warrant. That’s the easiest way we can put it. Hillary Clinton colluded with the Russians. But it appears the FBI at the seniormost levels colluded with the Russians, too. Whether it was witting or unwitting, it doesn’t matter. That’s a fact.

    So, the senior level of the FBI tried to interfere with this election as well. This is why it’s such a big deal. Now, I know Republicans are bending over backwards saying this has nothing to do with Mueller. This has everything to do with Mueller.

    It has everything to do with Mueller because it transitions from the counterintelligence investigation into a criminal investigation after Comey, of all things, confesses of all things to being a leaker. And Mueller — Mueller is the former FBI director. Those are his people. That is his environment. He’s not out there as some independent force.

    But I want to get back to Barack Obama. It’s his FBI, his Department of Justice, his State Department, his candidate. I cannot believe for a minute that the National Security Council didn’t know about this.

    And to show you how elaborate this is, now that more information is coming out, we haven’t even gotten to the incidental collection of intelligence on people, including, by the way, [Jeff] Sessions when he met with and spoke with the Russian ambassador, Michael Flynn when he spoke to the Russian ambassador, the unmasking and leaking of his name, the record number of unmasking of American citizens in the Trump world and so forth and so on.

    And the American people have been subjected to a massive propaganda and misinformation campaign by the Clinton campaign, by the Obama administration. Let me ask you a logical question, Sean.

    Why would the Russians want Donald Trump to be president of the United States when they could get everything they want from Hillary Clinton — whether it’s uranium, whether it’s undermining defense by cutting military spending, by refusing to secure our border? Why in the world with the Russians want Trump as to Hillary Clinton?

    http://www.breitbart.com/video/2018/02/05/mark-levin-fisa-memo-revelations-hillary-clinton-paid-warrant-thats-easiest-way-put/

  43. Listening to this scripted partisan should be an interesting interlude with the Truth…

    FBI Farewell Party Flyer Celebrated Comey Assistant Going To ‘CNN To Defend’ The FBI

    Photo of Saagar Enjeti

    An official goodbye party flyer for former assistant to FBI Director James Comey, Josh Campbell, told attendees they could celebrate his new position at CNN, where he would “defend the bureau” on air, FBI veteran Jimmy Gagliano writes in a new op-ed for The Hill.

    Gagliano confirmed to The Daily Caller he reviewed a copy of the flyer which told attendees of the party they could “celebrate [Josh’s] new endeavor defending the Bureau as a CNN Law Enforcement Analyst.”

    An FBI spokesman declined to respond to TheDC’s request for comment on the party, saying the bureau does not confirm or deny any official or unofficial communications.

    Campbell authored a recent op-ed for The New York Times declaring that he was leaving the bureau “so I can join the growing chorus of people who believe that the relentless attacks on the bureau undermine not just America’s premier law enforcement agency but also the nation’s security.” CNN announced Campbell as a law enforcement analyst Monday when he made his television debut.

    He also took aim at Republican House intelligence committee members for authoring a recent memo showing alleged political abuse of surveillance powers by top officials at the FBI and the Department of Justice. “These political attacks on the bureau must stop. If those critics of the agency persuade the public that the F.B.I. cannot be trusted, they will also have succeeded in making our nation less safe,” he wrote.

    The op-ed drew praise from Comey who lamented his resignation from the FBI but added that Campbell’s “voice is an important addition to the national conversation.”

    Special Agent Josh Campbell will be missed at the FBI, but his voice is an important addition to the national conversation. @joshscampbell https://t.co/TETeRrou8C

    — James Comey (@Comey) February 3, 201
    http://dailycaller.com/2018/02/05/fbi-farewell-party-flyer-celebrated-comey-assistant-going-to-cnn-to-defend-the-fbi/

  44. Intelligence community threatens to withhold intelligence reports, because they think they shouldn’t be accountable to the Government of the people…
    ————
    From ACE

    AP: Congress’ Insistence on Conducting Legal Oversight May “Cause” Intelligence Agencies to Stop Providing Congress with the Information They are Legally Required to Provide It With
    —Ace

    Shorter Deep State: Lawful Congressional actions to hold us accountable jeopardize national security, by which we mean “our job security,” so we’re now forced to make ourselves even less accountable, and start breaking the law even more brazenly.

    But let’s get back to that in a moment.

    The idea that The Memo will jeopardize intel agencies complying with Congressional demands for information (which they already routinely illegally refuse) is based on the idea that The Memo allegedly revealed national security secrets.

    That’s a lie. They made that claim when they were seeking to block the release of The Memo, and then, when it came out and it was seen by all that there was nothing compromising to national security in the memo, they pretended they’d never made that dishonest claim about national security and, get this, the media pretended along with them, and completely memory-holed that dishonest claim.

    Derek Hunter makes this point in a column titled, bluntly, Journalism Is Dead.

    This week we saw a perfect example of how corrupt journalism has become. There was an opportunity to report the news and journalists and their fellow travelers in the pundit class balked. While that wasn’t unusual, what was is how they did it in the lead up to the news, not bothering to wait until they’d seen what they were attempting to discredit. There was an unprecedented attempt to make the release of the FISA memo NOT NEWS before anyone knew what was in it.
    Over the past two weeks, Democrats scrambled to “warn” the public that the release of the FISA memo would “damage national security” were it released. Journalists picked up the mantra and ran with it, unquestioningly parroting it in badgering Republicans about why they would support its release considering this charge. There was virtually no discussion as to whether or not this allegation was true or an attempted partisan distraction, it was simply accepted and repeated as if it had been carved into stone tablets by a burning bush and sent directly to the teleprompter in their TV studios.

    The memo, of course, was nothing of the sort. There was nothing that was a threat in any way to national security, no remote mention of sources or methods. It was all a Democratic Party lie immediately adopted by journalists. As with past false stories that needed to be retracted or corrected, there was no comeuppance for those who spread the lie to the media, nor the media figures who regurgitated it. It happened, and when it was proven to be a lie, it was memory-holed. (This story on the subject to not even mention it.)

    The lying by Democrats in the lead up to the memo’s release wasn’t surprising, nor was the complicity of journalists in spreading that lie. What was is how there was virtually no curiosity or interest in the memo and its contents in the days leading to its release from the people whose job it is supposed to be to convey information to the public. All journalists did was attempt to taint it’s release so as to foster disinterest in it in their audience when they could finally see it.

    Of course, that charge of dishonesty also applies to the intelligence agencies and the FBI. The FBI originally claimed that the memo exposed national secrets, and then later walked that back to “misleadingly omits material information.

    But they’d already injected the lie into the public bloodstream, which Democrats were happy to spread further.

    Jonathan Turley also wants to know where all this “national security/sources and methods” information is, and why the FBI and intel agencies claimed it was in the memo when it, now obvious to all, was not.

    [M]y greatest concern is what is not in the dossier: classified information “jeopardizing national security.” Leaders like Minority Leader Nancy Pelosi (D-Calif.) declared that the committee had moved beyond “dangerous irresponsibility and disregard for our national security” and “disregarded the warnings of the Justice Department and the FBI.”
    Now we can read the memo. There is a sharp and alarming disconnect between the descriptions of Pelosi and the House Intelligence Committee’s Ranking Minority Member Adam Schiff (D-Calif.) and the actual document. It clearly does not contain information that would reveal sources or methods.

    The memo reaffirms concerns over the lower standards that apply to FISA applications as well as the misuse of classification authority. Most of this memo references what was already known about the use of the dossier. What was added was testimonial evidence and details to the publicly known information. Yet, the FBI vehemently objected to the release of the memo as threatening “grave” consequences to national security ground.

    However, even before the release, the FBI seemed to be objecting to the framing of the facts rather than the disclosure of “sources and methods.” The FBI said publicly that it had “grave concerns about material omissions of fact that fundamentally impact the memo’s accuracy.” That is not an objection to classified material but the fairness of the portrayal. For years, many of us have objected that the intelligence agencies classified material for improper purposes to frame public debate or conceal embarrassing information. Unless there was a material change in this memo, it proved to be an empty “grave” after weeks of overheated hyperbole.

    The FBI opposition to declassification of this memo should be a focus of both Congress and the public.

    So now we have the intelligence agencies and FBI warning Congress that they may no longer play the game of partial, slow-walked compliance with Congressional subpeonas, but may just cut out the middleman and announce that they are now Sovereign Government Agencies unaccountable to the public and independent of any oversight or direction from the elected branches of government.

    Top intelligence and law enforcement officials warn that last week’s release of a congressional memo alleging FBI surveillance abuse could have wide-ranging repercussions: Spy agencies could start sharing less information with Congress, weakening oversight.
    Agree to our very stingy idea of what “oversight” is or we will empower ourselves to end constitutional governance as we know it and just declare ourselves oversight-immune.

    Lawmakers will try to declassify more intelligence for political gain. Confidential informants will worry about being outed on Capitol Hill.
    Christopher Steele was “outed” by his own actions and his own fellow partisans, who wanted to use his supposed “Brand Name” to sell this dodgy dossier.

    This “confidential informant” did what few CI’s do: He talked to lots of people in the press, under his own name.

    Yeah, some “confidential informant.”

    Remember Starsky and Hutch? Yeah, well, there were zero episodes where their CI “Huggy Bear” did multiple rounds of Press Availabilities with the NYT, CNN, the AP, Mother Jones and fucking Yahoo News.

    They guy was basically Lisa Bloom with a British accent.

    Press whores don’t get to call themselves “confidential informants.”

    Former CIA Director Mike Hayden worries that the memo’s release will damage congressional oversight and the effectiveness of law enforcement.

    “We are chiseling away at processes and institutions on which we currently depend– and on which we will depend in the future,” said Hayden, who has worked for both Democratic and Republican administrations.

    Again, the “processes and institutions” he’s talking about being weakened are the FBI and intel agencies acting as if they are sovereign entities that answer to no authority but whatever political stooge happens to have been appointed as their boss for 4 or six years.

    As far as the public, the Congress, and the President: Fuck them. What do they know? We’re the Priesthood of Intelligence. No one gets to contradict us, critique us, or even us orders.

    Who knows, maybe that’s been their goal all along. Or maybe they were just operating 99% under that mindset and now, peeved by someone challenging their 99% lack of accountability, are threatening to unconstitutionally arrogate to themselves the status of being fourth, fifth, and sixth co-equal branches of government, that are really better than the other three branches, because they’re entirely untainted by that “democratic election” and “consent of the governed” and “public accountability” baggage.

  45. Trey Gowdy on with Martha McCallum for full hour

    he says he is going into private practice, will never run for politics again
    he sounded very non partisan and seems to give a lot of people a pass, inc Rosenstein and falls more on the side of improper practices vs “conspiracy” to get PDT

    interestingly, Gowdy says he has never met PDT…

  46. S
    February 6, 2018 at 7:51 pm
    ————-
    Sounds like he is going to go collect payment for selling us out.

  47. https://www.google.com/search?q=inspector+clouseau+photo&rlz=1C1CHBD_enUS771US771&tbm=isch&source=iu&ictx=1&fir=U4gOY_mWaSfMWM%253A%252Ctfp8uBnjycIYYM%252C_&usg=__udpd_vTibK1ZvVVX1cAvMuI7wvU%3D&sa=X&ved=0ahUKEwiln4jV_pLZAhUKk1kKHe7bB_0Q9QEIMjAC#imgrc=U4gOY_mWaSfMWM:
    ——-

    As they say in the world of intelligence,

    I assess

    that Schiff’s office was operating at Schiff’s usual level of veracity.

    ————–

    ADAM SCHIFF ON THE CASE

    The Daily Mail’s Alana Goodman reports on one piece of the investigative work ranking House Intelligence Committee member Adam Schiff has performed in search of the Trump campaign’s collusion with Russia and posts the companion audio below. This is great stuff. I can’t wait for the customary press conference.

    Tim Haims provides this useful summary of Schiff’s work at RealClear Politics:

    In this audio posted on YouTube by Russian pranksters, Rep. Adam Schiff can be heard discussing claims that the FSB has naked pictures of President Trump….

    The Daily Mail reports that Schiff sent his staff to try and collect “classified materials for the FBI” after the prank callers told him Putin has naked blackmail pictures of President Trump.

    Schiff can be heard discussing the Russia investigation with a man who claimed to be Andriy Parubiy, the chairman of the Ukrainian Parliament.

    The call, made a year ago, was reportedly from two Russian comedians nicknamed “Vovan” and “Lexus” who have become notorious for their phony calls to high-ranking American officials and celebrities, including UN Ambassador Nikki Haley and Elton John. The call was first reported in The Atlantic’s Jan/Feb 2018 issue, where a spokesman for Schiff said: “Before agreeing to take the call, and immediately following it, the committee informed appropriate law-enforcement and security personnel of the conversation, and of our belief that it was probably bogus.”

    “There were pictures of naked Trump,” one of the pranksters told Schiff, explaining that they were obtained by Putin’s goddaughter.

    Schiff asks: “And the materials you can provide to the committee and to the FBI, would they corroborate this allegation? … So you have recordings… where they’re discussing the compromising material?”

    “Obviously we would welcome the chance to get copies of those recordings,” Schiff tells them. “So we will try to work with the FBI to try to figure out how we can take copies of those… I’ll be in touch with the FBI about this, and we’ll make arrangements with your staff. I think it would be best to provide these materials to both our committee and the FBI. We’ll make arrangements between my staff and yours on how to facilitate that.”

    Goodman notes that Schiff’s office said Schiff suspected the call was “bogus” from the beginning and reported it to authorities afterward. But in a recording of the eight minute conversation, Goodman adds, Schiff appeared to take the call seriously and emails from the Democrat’s staff to the fake politician afterwards said he had found it “productive.”

    Let me put the skills I have developed in this matter so far to good use. As they say in the world of intelligence, I assess that Schiff’s office was operating at Schiff’s usual level of veracity.

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