seems the FBI and DOJ are still up to their old tricks, even after the Inspectors Report came out, even after Lisa Page resigned and Strzok was escorted out of the building… the stonewalling continues
and former intelligence officials say the implications could be ‘catastrophic’
>The Justice Department has turned over additional Foreign Intelligence Surveillance Act, or FISA, records related to the Russia investigation to House Republicans.
>Asked about the development, one former senior FBI official replied that the national-security implications could be “catastrophic.”
>Republicans say the DOJ has not responded to all their subpoena requests and indicated a willingness to hold deputy attorney general Rod Rosenstein in contempt of Congress if the department does not comply.
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>The Department of Justice (DOJ) has turned over additional records of President Donald Trump’s associates related to the Foreign Intelligence Surveillance Act (FISA) to House Republicans, according to two congressional sources with direct knowledge of the matter.
>The surveillance of Trump associates was conducted as part of the department’s Russia-related investigation, which is examining whether members of the Trump campaign colluded with Moscow to tilt the 2016 presidential election in his favor.
>The news was first reported by CNN, which said the DOJ also provided lawmakers with other FBI records related to the Russia probe and the investigation into Hillary Clinton’s use of a private email server when she was secretary of state.
>The move comes as House Republicans and the White House continue pressuring the DOJ and deputy attorney general Rod Rosenstein to comply with subpoena requests for classified information.
>While Republicans say the requests are part of their congressional oversight responsibility, Democrats accuse their colleagues across the aisle of using classified information to play politics and compromise the Russia investigation.
>Leading the Republican charge are House Judiciary Chairman Bob Goodlatte, House Intelligence Chairman Devin Nunes, and House Oversight Chairman Trey Gowdy.
>Nunes has been under the spotlight since last year, when it surfaced that he traveled to the White House to brief administration officials on classified information about the Russia probe before informing his colleagues on the panel. He has since been conducting a separate investigation into what he characterizes as surveillance abuses by the DOJ and FBI.
>Earlier this year, Nunes drew scrutiny for publicly disclosing FISA information about the former Trump campaign aide Carter Page. And in April, the DOJ turned over the document that first prompted the FBI to launch the Russia probe to House Republicans.
>Asked about lawmakers obtaining additional FISA records related to the Russia investigation, one former senior FBI official said it was “hard to put into words” how “damaging it could to be to national security if details about the US’s most sensitive intelligence-gathering process leaked out.”
>”It would be catastrophic,” they added. “Look at the damage that’s already been done.”
>The immediate concern, said former CIA operative Glenn Carle, is that turning over information related to FISA records could compromise sources and methods.
>”Congressional oversight is not operational control, it’s policy control,” Carle said. “So it’s not really appropriate for an oversight body and its members to have detailed knowledge of sources and methods, because they are not trained in how to handle that.”
>Republicans said Friday that the DOJ still has not complied with all their requests and indicated that they would be open to using all tools at their disposal to compel document production.
>Addressing the matter this week, House Speaker Paul Ryan said “we expect compliance.” Ryan met with Goodlatte, Nunes, and Gowdy on Friday morning, CNN reported.
>Nunes said there would be “hell to pay” if the DOJ does not comply with all document requests.
>A spokesperson for GOP Rep. Mark Meadows, the head of the ultra-conservative House Freedom Caucus, said in a statement to Business Insider that “if the Deputy Attorney General continues withholding documents and denying Congressional requests for oversight, there need to be consequences.”
>”Contempt is certainly an option on the table,” the spokesperson added.>>giphy.gif (2.21 MB, 480×446)
>Carle said it was telling that subpoena and document requests for intelligence related to the Russia and Clinton investigations have come from the Republican side of the aisle.
>”If something is coming from an entire committee, rather than a party, then the government is speaking through that committee,” he said. “If it’s coming from one party, that indicates political bias and could skew the outcome and fly in the face of the oversight function itself.”
>Meanwhile, Republican threats to penalize Rosenstein have attracted significant media coverage and speculation about what it could mean for the DOJ if its No. 2 official is held in contempt.
>In all likelihood, it would mean very little.
>When either chamber of Congress votes to hold an official in contempt, the case goes to the US attorney’s office in Washington, DC for criminal prosecution.
>In other words, if the House votes to hold the deputy attorney general in contempt, “they’d essentially be referring Rosenstein to himself for prosecution,” said Jeffrey Cramer, a longtime former federal prosecutor who spent 12 years at the DOJ.
>In the event that Rosenstein is referred to the DOJ for prosecution and the department does not pursue the case — which, in all likelihood, it won’t — then congressional Republicans could pursue civil charges against him.
>But as of now, Cramer said, “They’re just shaking their fists and making a lot of noise.”
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15 and 16 super interesting.
>When asked directly, none of the interviewed witnesses provided any evidence of collusion, coordination, or conspiracy between the Trump campaign and the Russian government
>The committee found no evidence that president trumps pre campaign dealings formed the basis for collusion during the campaignFile: Screenshot_20180322-175340.png (1.5 MB, 2560×1440)
>CH 5 #44
>James “glownigger” clapper perjured himself before this committee about his communications with CNNFile: Screenshot_20180322-162003.png (2.01 MB, 1440×2960)
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Chapter 3, #14 and #15
IC got dunked like a bunch of stillbourne PvE noobs
Investigation into alleged collusion between 2016 GOP presidential nominee and Russia is fatally flawed, ‘The Ingraham Angle’ is told
It’s likely that all four sources the FBI used to start spying on President Donald Trump’s 2016 campaign have connections to Bill and Hillary Clinton, according to a top investigative journalist.
Cody Shearer and Sidney Blumenthal, both longtime political hit men for the couple, are tied to a “pipeline of Clinton-related information” that led into the Department of State, forming a second “dossier” of dirt on that was used to get spy warrants.
Another source of information to the FBI was Fusion GPS, which was being paid by a prominent Washington, D.C., law firm, using funds from Hillary Clinton’s presidential campaign and the Democratic National Committee.
“When that is all put together … four out of four things the FBI used to start listening in on the Trump campaign comes back to the Clinton family,” said John Solomon, an award-winning investigative journalist and executive vice president of The Hill.
The FBI may be guilty of some politics in the so-called Trump-Russia collusion case, said former Utah Republican Rep. Jason Chaffetz, sitting in Friday night for host Laura Ingraham on Fox News’ “The Ingraham Angle.”
Deputy Attorney General Rod Rosenstein appointed former FBI Director Robert Mueller in May 2017 as special counsel to investigate the collusion allegations. Rosenstein made the appointment after Attorney General Jeff Sessions recused himself from the case as a result of his having met, as a U.S. senator, with a Russian diplomat.
Chaffetz asked Solomon where the latest intrigue in the Trump-Russia investigation will go. Solomon said the very first report on so-called collusion, by an Australian ambassador in mid-2016, could show he had loyalties to the Clintons.
Last week, Rep. Devin Nunes (R-Calif.), chairman of the House Permanent Select Committee on Intelligence, released a four-page summary of classified information obtained by the panel. It claimed the Department of Justice (DOJ) and the FBI relied almost entirely on a dubious dossier alleging Russian influence.
The dossier was produced by Christopher Steele, a former British spy and a long-time FBI resource, based mainly on material provided to him by sources linked to Russian government and business interests.
The government used the dossier to persuade the Foreign Intelligence Surveillance Act (FISA) court to issue warrants for wiretapping Carter Page, a former volunteer Trump campaign aide who worked briefly on the election effort.
Solomon said another thing to watch for is the forthcoming report on the issue from the DOJ inspector general.
Solomon said another thing to watch for is the forthcoming report on the issue from the DOJ inspector general (IG). The IG previously embarrassed the FBI by releasing thousands of damaging text messages between two FBI employees involved in the collusion investigation. Many of the texts included outright partisan bias against Trump.
“It will be one of the most seminal moments in this whole thing,” said Solomon. “It will help to resolve how much politics was involved, and how much legitimate law enforcement [was involved]. When we see the full breadth of what the independent IG does, I think we’re going to see a more complete picture, and this debate may take an entirely different tack. It will.”
Minority House Intelligence Schiff Memo Reveals Sources and Methods. Memo includes classified information intentionally so that redactions occur.
Preserve FAKE talking points at ALL cost.
Liberals keeping up their lies to brainwash.
Dem Senator Mark Warner texted Russia about Trump dossier! Ed Henry reports.
EXCLUSIVE – Sen. Mark Warner, the top Democrat on the Senate Intelligence Committee who has been leading a congressional investigation into President Trump’s alleged ties to Russia, had extensive contact last year with a lobbyist for a Russian oligarch who was offering Warner access to former British spy and dossier author Christopher Steele, according to text messages obtained exclusively by Fox News.
“We have so much to discuss u need to be careful but we can help our country,” Warner texted the lobbyist, Adam Waldman, on March 22, 2017.
“I’m in,” Waldman, whose firm has ties to Hillary Clinton, texted back to Warner.
Steele famously put together the anti-Trump dossier of unverified information that was used by FBI and Justice Department officials in October 2016 to get a warrant to conduct surveillance of former Trump adviser Carter Page. Despite the efforts, Steele has not agreed to an interview with the committee.
Secrecy seemed very important to Warner as the conversation with Waldman heated up March 29, when the lobbyist revealed that Steele wanted a bipartisan letter from Warner and the committee’s chairman, North Carolina Republican Sen. Richard Burr, inviting him to talk to the Senate intelligence panel.
Throughout the text exchanges, Warner seemed particularly intent on connecting directly with Steele without anyone else on the Senate Intelligence Committee being in the loop — at least initially. In one text to the lobbyist, Warner wrote that he would “rather not have a paper trail” of his messages.
An aide to Warner confirmed to Fox News that the text messages are authentic. The messages, which were obtained from a Republican source are all marked “CONFIDENTIAL” and are not classified, were turned over to the Senate panel by Waldman last September.
Waldman, who did not return calls seeking comments, runs the Endeavor Group in Washington.
Waldman is best known for signing a $40,000 monthly retainer in 2009 and 2010 to lobby the U.S. government on behalf of controversial Russian billionaire Oleg V. Deripaska. Deripraska had his visa revoked by the State Department in 2006 because of charges, which he has denied, that he has organized crime ties.
An aide to Burr, the Republican chairman, told Fox News that Burr was aware of the “contact” Warner made with Steele’s representative but added, “I don’t believe he was aware of the content of the text messages” initially.
The senators released a joint statement to Fox News stressing they are working together, while blasting the “leaks of incomplete information.”
They said the committee has been in possession of this material for several months and committee investigators have pursued all relevant investigative leads related to the material.
“From the beginning of our investigation we have taken each step in a bipartisan way, and we intend to continue to do so,” Warner and Burr said in the statement. “Leaks of incomplete information out of context by anyone, inside or outside our committee, are unacceptable.”
The conversation about Steele started on March 16, 2017, when Waldman texted, “Chris Steele asked me to call you.”
Warner responded, “Will call tomorrow be careful.”
The records show Warner and Waldman had trouble connecting by phone. On March 20, Warner pressed Waldman by text to get him access to Steele.
“Can you talk tomorrow want to get with ur English friend,” Warner texted.
“I spoke to him yesterday,” Waldman texted.
“We have so much to discuss u need to be careful but we can help our country”
The two men appear to have finally connected about Steele by phone on March 22, according to the records.
“Hey just tried u again gotta give a speech but really want to finish our talk,” Warner texted.
Waldman, at one point, texted back that Steele really wanted a bi-partisan letter requesting his testimony first. He added that Steele was concerned about word leaking to the media that they were talking.
In one text, Warner suggested he did not want Burr or any other senator included in the discussions: “Ok but I wud (sic) like to do prelim call u me and him no one else before letter just so we have to trail to start want to discuss scope first before letter no leaks.”
Waldman noted repeatedly that Steele was concerned about leaks and was “spooked” by all of the attention he had received around the world. Steele, he said, was skittish about talking to Warner.
Warner texted back on March 30: “We want to do this right private in London don’t want to send letter yet cuz if we can’t get agreement wud rather not have paper trail.”
On April 5, Warner texted, “Any word on Steele.”
“Yes seems to have cold feet from the leaks. Said he wanted a bipartisan letter followed by written questions,” texted Waldman, adding that the Wall Street Journal had contacted him asking if he was an intermediary between the panel and Steele.
In the text messages, Warner also discussed the possibility of a trip to see Steele.
On March 23, Warner texted, “Need to coordinate date for trip can u talk with my scheduler also want to discuss Paul,” an apparent reference to former Trump campaign chairman Paul Manafort, whose initials are used in the next text by Waldman.
On March 26, Warner texted, “Really need to set date things r going to really pick up.”
“Standying by to do it,” texted Waldman. “Awaiting call from your scheduler and also the letter he (Steele) would like they(sic) we discussed. And have second interesting thing to raise. Pls call.”
But after calls back and forth, Warner made clear that he wanted to talk to Steele directly without Burr or anyone else being involved, even though Steele was insisting through Waldman that the contact start with a bipartisan letter inviting him to cooperate with the Senate panel.
“Hey can’t we do brief (off the record) call today before letter so I can frame letter,” Warner texted Waldman on March 29.
“Steele wants to have letter first. Or did you mean call w me?” Waldman texted back.
Warner’s text messages were quietly given to the intelligence committee after he and Burr signed a joint request for the messages last June. Warner and Burr privately informed the rest of the Democratic and Republican senators on the panel of Warner’s text messages in a meeting last October.
A Warner aide acknowledged that Warner and Burr revealed the texts to their colleagues on the panel because “they realized out of context it doesn’t look great.” But aides to Warner and Burr both stressed that the chairman was kept apprised of Warner’s efforts.
An aide to Burr knew there was a “back channel” Warner was using to try and get to Steele and was not concerned that Warner was freelancing on the matter.
Warner began texting with Waldman in February 2017 about the possibility of helping to broker a deal with the Justice Department to get the WikiLeaks founder Julian Assange to the United States to potentially face criminal charges. That went nowhere, though a Warner aide told Fox News that the senator shared his previously undisclosed private conversations about WikiLeaks with the FBI.
Over the course of four months between February and May 2017, Warner and Waldman also exchanged dozens of texts about possible testimony to the Senate Intelligence Committee from Deripaska, Waldman’s primary Russian billionaire client.
In January 2009, Harper’s Magazine reported that Deripaska had hired an advisory firm with close ties to Hillary Clinton to help him get a visa to enter the United States.” The magazine quoted Waldman as saying his firm does not lobby, though he filed paperwork with the Justice Department to represent Deripaska before the U.S. government.
In the dozens of text messages between February 2017 and May 2017, Waldman also talked to Warner about getting Deripraska to cooperate with the intelligence committee. There have been reports that Deripraksa, who has sued Manafort over a failed business deal, has information to share about the former Trump aide.
In May 2017, the Senate and House intelligence committees decided not to give Deripraska legal immunity in exchange for testimony to the panels. The text messages between Warner and Waldman appeared to stop that month.
-The memo states that Devin Nunes and the other Republican members of the House Permanent Select Committee on Intelligence believe that the authorization for surveillance of Carter Page (and only Carter Page) was primarily based on the Steele Dossier and that information about the origins of the dossier were not included in the initial request for authorization.
-The FBI disagrees that the Steele Dossier was the primary basis for surveillance of Page and has stated that it was only one piece of evidence among others considered when the warrant was approved.
-Trump is not going to declassify the warrant application so we have no way of seeing what other information went into the approval and reapproval of the application.
-We do however know that Trump appointee Rod Rosenstein personally approved one of the renewals which implies that whatever evidence was contained in the application was substantial enough for the Trump appointee to reauthorize surveillance after Trump had already taken office.
-Lastly, the memo states that the Steele Dossier was not a central factor in the decision to open an investigation into the ties between Trump campaign officials and the Russian government and that that investigation was actually started in relation to evidence gathered against Trump campaign adviser George Papadopolus who plead guilty on October 3rd 2017 of making knowingly false statements to the FBI.
Why would he lie about it if he did nothing wrong?
>If the FBI for instance had a FISA court order for surveillance would that be information you would know or not?
>At this point you can’t confirm or deny if something like that exists
I can deny it
>There is no FISA court order
Not to my knowledge
>Of anything at Trump Tower?
The DNC rigs the Democratic Primary Election against Bernie Sanders so Hilliary can win the nomination. Obama’s administration starts to request surveillance on Trump, his family, his transition team, and anyone associated with him. Donna Brazil gives Hilliary the questions to a debate. The DNC pays Christopher Steele to come up with a smear dossier about Trump. The mainstream media releases a taped conversation about Trump talking about grabbing women parts. After all this Trump still wins the General Election.
Obama orders an investigation into Russia meddling in our elections. Obama changes Executive Order 12333 to allow more agencies to have access to surveillance data. The Democratic Party comes up with a scandal that Trump Colluded with Russia to win the election with no evidence or proof. This wild claim is backed up by the mainstream media.
Obama hold overs start unmasking Trump’s transition team and staff members then release the classified information to the mainstream media. Why? Because the DNC and the Obama administration colluded with the intelligence community to thwart Trump’s campaign efforts to get him elected president. All this Russia collusion is an attempt to cover up the fact that the Obama administration, the intelligence community, the DNC, along with the mainstream media used our nations surveillance as a political tool to try to get Hilliary elected President. This makes Watergate look like a kindergarten play. Let that sink in.
This is plainly treason. Americans subverted by their own banana republic government that decides who will take rule, DOJ/Obama/FBI implicated directly. The government proven to subvert all US citizens in an act of treason. What a day…