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The findings create a problem for many media figures, including CNN, whose anchors and guests repeatedly defended the Steele dossier on the grounds that it had been corroborated in some fashion. Here’s a look at some examples:

“You ask your intel community. Your intel community has corroborated all the details.” — CNN host Alisyn Camerota to Rep. Jim Jordan (R-Ohio), 12/8/2017

“That takes you back to the infamous Steele dossier . . . that information collected by a former British intelligence officer about some of the allegations about the president’s activities in Moscow with women there. If that turns out to be true — and I think we have information that suggests the FBI has corroborated some of that — I could see a national security implication.” — Phil Mudd, CNN counterterrorism analyst, 3/26/2018

“Of course, we now know that the DNC did pay for this Steele dossier drafted by that British agent, Christopher Steele, containing allegations of coordination and the like with Trump and Russia. Some of those have been corroborated. Some of those have not been substantiated in that dossier.” — CNN correspondent Manu Raju, 12/18/2017

"A lot has been been verified.” — CNN anchor John Vause, 1/19/2018

“Listen, so we haven’t reported here on CNN the salacious details of that dossier, but much of the dossier has been corroborated.” — CNN anchor Don Lemon, 11/15/2017

CNN’s prism for viewing the dossier emerges from a story by CNN’s Jim Sciutto and Evan Perez on Feb. 10, 2017. It was titled, “US investigators corroborate some aspects of the Russia dossier.” So what “aspects” had CNN corroborated? Michael Cohen’s alleged trip to Prague? Those Trumpian “moles” inside the DNC? The wide-ranging and mutually backscratching alliance between the Trump campaign and Russia?

No, the “aspects” were “conversations between foreign nationals,” reported Sciutto and Perez. The story continued: “The dossier details about a dozen conversations between senior Russian officials and other Russian individuals. Sources would not confirm which specific conversations were intercepted or the content of those discussions due to the classified nature of US intelligence collection programs.” Though the story was silent on which particular allegations in the dossier drew strength from these findings, CNN indicated that the intercepted communications fostered “greater confidence” in the dossier among the authorities.

At the time, White House press secretary Sean Spicer said, “We continue to be disgusted by CNN’s fake news reporting.” It is here that some hindsight-assisted dossier accountability falls on the Erik Wemple Blog. After Spicer’s blast, we wrote a post criticizing the White House for its “authoritarian” response to the CNN story. Though the White House’s conduct was typically bush-league and anti-democratic, the Erik Wemple Blog should have spread some of the skepticism to CNN for its vague story. We did not — a pathetic media-criticism failure.

We have asked CNN to point us to any subsequent reporting — by special counsel Robert S. Mueller III, for instance, or the Horowitz report — that shores up the Sciutto-Perez story about confirmed communications from the dossier. Weeks after the CNN story surfaced, the New Yorker reported, too, that authorities had confirmed some of the dossier’s “less explosive claims, relating to conversations with foreign nationals.”

In any case, CNN dined out on the Sciutto-Perez story. On May 30, 2017, for instance, anchor Anderson Cooper said, “And regardless of the sourcing, it’s not accurate to say that dossier has been discredited. We’re not reporting on the details of it because some of it has yet to be confirmed or disproven. . . . To say, however, that it’s been completely discredited in part or in whole is simply not true. In fact, CNN reported in February, some parts of that dossier have been corroborated. For instance, the U.S. intelligence agencies found that some of the meetings and communications contained in the dossier indeed took place on the dates and . . . locations as described.” On June 7, 2017, anchor Wolf Blitzer said, “CNN, by the way, has corroborated some elements of that dossier.”

Roughly a month later, CNN exploded over the release of emails involving Donald Trump Jr. and that famous meeting at Trump Tower on June 9, 2016, between Trump campaign officials and a Russian lawyer, among others. Emails showed that Trump Jr. had reason to expect dirt on Hillary Clinton. In a July 11, 2017, appearance on CNN, Sciutto spotted good news for the dossier: “We already know and we have reported that the intelligence community has corroborated some of what was contained in that dossier,” said Sciutto, whom the Daily Caller’s Chuck Ross named the dossier’s foremost defender. “Some of those meetings took place. Here you have something that corroborates at least one of the main propositions of the dossier, right, was that there were meetings between Trump world and Russia with the intent to cooperate on releasing damaging information about Hillary Clinton.”

Upon further investigation, the Trump Tower meeting fell short of the “extensive conspiracy" allegations of the dossier. As the Mueller report put it: “Although damaging opposition research is surely valuable to a campaign, it appears that the information ultimately delivered in the meeting was not valuable.” One of the participants — Georgian-American businessman Ike Kaveladze — provided his daughter this assessment: “meeting was boring. The Russians did not have any bad info on Hilary.”

While Mueller and media figures investigated what happened — and didn’t happen — in that meeting, the dossier “corroboration” claims continued spilling from CNN airwaves.

Given the frequency of such commentary, the Erik Wemple Blog posed a question to the network: Just which parts of the dossier, in CNN’s view, have been corroborated? It’s an important question not only because of CNN’s claims, but also because the dossier itself is so vast, containing in excess of 100 paragraphs spread across 35 pages.

Does CNN believe that there was an “extensive conspiracy between [Trump’s] campaign team and Kremlin, sanctioned at highest levels and involving Russian diplomatic staff based in US”? Does CNN believe there was a two-way exchange of intelligence and that one “mechanism for transmitting . . . intelligence involves ‘pension’ disbursements to Russian emigres living in the US as cover . . .”

We didn’t receive an on-the-record response to that particular inquiry. The network, however, has issued this statement about its overall coverage: “CNN stands by our reporting. Our approach to the dossier has been consistent since day one. CNN only reported details when they were corroborated, part of a government filing, or publicly discussed by officials or those mentioned.”

Perhaps a more detailed answer lies in CNN’s January 2019 story under the headline, “Revisiting the Trump-Russia dossier: What’s right, wrong and still unclear?” Deference to Steele permeates the story. For instance, the CNN assessment says, “The dossier said that the hacks against Democrats, which were publicly released by WikiLeaks during the 2016 campaign, were part of a wider Russian hacking effort. That has since been confirmed in Mueller’s court filings.” Again, The Post — days before the first dossier report — made that clear. (In fact, an early Steele report plays up an alleged dossier against Hillary Clinton, consisting of “bugged conversations” and other eavesdropping on the veteran politico during her visits to Russia over the years. What happened to that?)

The CNN story also pads the dossier with this claim: “Another allegation that’s proven true: Steele’s sources noted that the Russian government had indirectly paid Michael Flynn to travel to Moscow, a reference to his attendance at a gala honoring the state-run broadcaster RT.”

Well. Flynn’s gala participation in December 2015 was promoted by RT and drew some coverage in the media as well, so the trip itself was no secret. As for the payment, Flynn himself confirmed it during an interview with Michael Isikoff of Yahoo News in July 2016. “Top Trump adviser defends payment for Russian speaking engagement,” reads the Yahoo News headline.

So, by July 2016, the world knew that Flynn had traveled to Russia for the gala, and that he’d been paid for it. The dossier memorandum containing this same claim about Flynn — and others — is dated Aug. 10, 2016. Therefore, Steele’s claim about Flynn appeared to be an aggregation job.

There’s a contradiction deep in CNN’s record on the dossier. On the one hand, its journalists talked about its alleged corroboration for years. On the other hand, the network was careful not to parrot particular claims from the dossier, as its own statement notes. That restraint stemmed from start of the dossier drama, after CNN itself — behind reporting from Perez, Sciutto, Jake Tapper and contributor Carl Bernstein — scooped in January 2017 that then-President-elect Trump had been briefed on the dossier. “At this point, CNN is not reporting on details of the memos, as it has not independently corroborated the specific allegations,” noted the story.

The FBI, as it turned out, didn’t independently corroborate key, specific allegations, either — as the Horowitz report found. Based on a massive document review as well as interviews with more than 100 witnesses, the Justice Department inspector general’s team discovered that the FBI had built a spreadsheet of Steele claims — as John Solomon reported in July — with very few, if any, checkmarks. The 400-plus page Horowitz report brims with credibility-diminishing information on the dossier and the methods used to compile it.

So how did CNN handle the news of the dossier’s non-corroboration?

“There was no spying and many parts of that dossier were later corroborated," said CNN anchor Christine Romans on Dec. 11, two days after the Horowitz report hit the streets.

The problem with such chatter lies in its suggestiveness. The dossier is best known to the public as a set of allegations alleging conspiracy with Russians by Trump campaign aides. By hyping small-bore “corroboration” — about “meetings" or “communications” or whatever — CNN programming bathed the dossier’s large-bore claims in credibility that they turn out not to deserve.
 
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Real reporting my ass.

Had it not been for Judical Watch suing over Benghazi documents and in the process stumbling over the existence of, and then going after Clinton over her private email outhouse server and all of the downstream effects (i.e., we have President Trump not Empress Hillary; exposure of the coup d'insurance policy and all the roaches that got exposed; the death of Russia collusion) the WAPO would fellating Hillary for something, likely "her leadership in getting the Iranian's a major Uranium Enrichment Contract for Russia's Americuranium."

If the Post wants to prove they are back doing unbiased investigative journalism, they need to do something like prove beyond any doubt that Obama, Jarrett, Holder, and Clinton illegally provided arms to the Mexican narcoterrorists under Operation Fast and Furious, in an attempt to so sully the Second Amendment Americans' would vote for its repeal.





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Feds Change Tune, Recommend Michael Flynn Get Six Months In Prison

https://www.zerohedge.com/poli...et-six-months-prison


Federal prosecutors have changed their tune in the Michael Flynn case, recommending that the retired three-star Army general receive up to six months in prison for lying to investigators regarding his contacts with Russian diplomat Sergey Kislyak.

Prosecutors had previously recommended no jail time for Flynn's cooperation.

Prosecutors noted in a Tuesday filing that while Flynn "has sought to assist and aid the government," there were periods "where the defendant has sought to thwart the efforts of the government to hold other individuals, principally Bijan Rafiekian, accountable for criminal wrongdoing."

Flynn is accused of failing to accept responsibility and "complete his cooperation" - as well as "affirmative efforts to undermine" the prosecution of Rafiekian."

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A federal jury in July found General Flynn’s associate Bijan Rafiekian guilty of illegally lobbying for Turkey after just 4 hours of deliberation —

but Federal Judge Anthony Trenga, a George W. Bush appointee, dismissed the indictment because of ‘insufficient evidence to sustain the conviction.’

“The evidence was insufficient as a matter of law for the jury to convict Rafiekian on either count,” Judge Trenga wrote in a 39-page memorandum on Tuesday.


“There is no substantial evidence” that he agreed to cooperate subject to the direction/control of Turkey; no evidence of any implied agreement with Turkey.

“There is no evidence of discussions or suggestions, let alone an agreement, express or implied, to either avoid filing under FARA or to cause the filing of a false FARA registration statement,” Judge Trenga wrote.

https://www.thegatewaypundit.c...ubstantial-evidence/

Prosecutors new recommendation is in the range of 0 to 6 months of incarceration.

The prosecutors leaned heavily on Flynn not fully cooperating in the case against Rafiekian

IMO: Judge Sullivan has given several indications he is very antiTrump.
 
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another solid article by Victor Davis Hanson

https://www.nationalreview.com...le-dossier-bacillus/

The Steele Dossier Bacillus

Those who trafficked in the dossier’s concocted mess were infected, and their reputations are now declining

The public would take years to learn of the funding sources of Steele, because Clinton camouflaged her role through three firewalls: the Democratic National Committee; the Perkins-Coie legal firm; and Glenn Simpson’s Fusion GPS opposition-research firm.

Steele had collected rumor and gossip from mostly Russian sources in an effort to tar Trump as a Russian colluder and asset. We know now that his sources were either bogus or deliberately warped by Steele himself.

Almost everything in the dossier was unverified and later was proved fanciful. Yet with the help of high Obama administration and elected officials, the dossier’s gossip and rumor were leaked throughout the top echelons of Washington politics and the media.

Its lies spread because its chief message — Donald J. Trump was a fool, dangerous, should never be elected, and once elected had no business as president — was exactly what the establishment wished to hear. In other words, the dossier was infectious because it was deemed both welcome and useful.

The inspector general of the U.S. Department of Justice, Michael Horowitz, after an exhaustive study, found that the Steele dossier not just unverifiable but unethically and unprofessionally used to delude federal judges to issue warrants to surveil an American citizen.

Horowitz simply confirmed what a number of journalists had already discovered, namely, that Steele was both a pathological liar and an inveterate hater of Donald Trump who acted to ensure that Trump would not be president.

Although the befuddled special counsel Robert Mueller, in sworn testimony before Congress, seemed to have amnesia about the Steele dossier and its chief purveyor Fusion GPS, his own investigation was de facto repudiation of the entire Steele dossier in its conclusion that Donald Trump did not engage in collusion with the Russians to warp the 2016 election.

James Comey and the FBI. It is no exaggeration that James Comey, the former director of the FBI, knew intimately of the dossier, approved its use to spy on American citizens and to launch an investigation into Donald Trump’s purported Russian connection, and then serially lied about both the dossier’s authenticity and his own agency’s use of its author Christopher Steele, who at times was a paid informant for the FBI.

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This is some kind of claim by Sharyl Attkisson

https://www.politico.com/news/...-surveillance-097264

A TV journalist known for against-the-grain reporting is unleashing a new flurry of litigation on Friday alleging she was subjected to illegal surveillance by U.S. officials while covering Obama administration controversies

Now, Sharyl Attkisson says an informant has acknowledged a role in the snooping. The journalist and her attorneys believe that development may be enough to allow her to restart the litigation and demand answers from government officials.

New filings in federal court in Alexandria, Virginia and Baltimore are vague about the informant’s identity or his precise role, but say he stepped forward last summer and claims he was directly involved in spying on Attkisson.


“In August 2019 a former Government employee directly involved in the surveillance operation came forward to provide information about the illegal surveillance operation that
resulted in surveillance of the Attkissons,” attorneys Tab Turner and Andrew Baxter wrote. “As a result, for the first time the Attkissons can now name at least some of the Government officials who were directly involved in conducting the illegal surveillance and provide more detail about the surveillance operations itself.”

One of those Attkisson is now accusing of directing the surveillance is Rod Rosenstein

The suit claims that Attkisson, as well as her husband and daughter, were targeted by an interagency task force which was based in Baltimore and overseen by Rosenstein. A newly-filed suit asserts Rosenstein “ordered” four government employees “to conduct home computer surveillance on the Attkissons and other U.S. citizens.”

Rosenstein, who resigned from government service last year and just started as a law partner at the Atlanta-based firm King & Spalding, did not immediately reply to a message seeking comment. A Justice Department spokeswoman declined to comment.

Also named is Shaun Bridges. a Secret Service agent who specialized in computer forensics

He’s currently serving eight years in prison for stealing Bitcoins during his government work

Another prominent name is former FBI executive assistant director Shawn Henry . He now heads up the global cybersecurity firm CrowdStrike .

Attkisson’s lawyers are trying to leverage the 4th Circuit ruling by asking the trial judge who dismissed the case, Leonie Brinkema, to allow them to reopen it. In addition, they filed a new lawsuit in federal court in Baltimore Friday. It’s unclear whether the court there will permit them to proceed with a separate case relating to the same events.

Attkisson became concerned about alleged surveillance beginning in 2012, when she experienced problems with her computers and cell phones. Experts she called in to look at the issue found a series of suspicious signs, including a dangling fiber optic cable at her home and computers that were turning on and off by themselves. They said she seemed to be the focus of a highly sophisticated hacker or surveillance crew.

A Justice Department inspector general inquiry found no signs of illegal surveillance and suggested the problems could be due to mundane issues, like a stuck laptop key

Attkisson said she also hopes her case will be bolstered by another recent development: one of the individuals involved in checking Attkisson’s equipment who had previously asked to remain anonymous has now agreed to be identified. Leslie Szwajkowski, a retired FBI agent who once was the head of the bureau’s Electronic Surveillance Technology Section.

“I, and my associates involved, were quite shocked at what we found,” the ex-FBI official said in an affidavit submitted by Attkisson’s attorneys. “We felt that what was transpiring, and had transpired, was outrageous.”

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https://bongino.com/report-for...tein-was-ringleader/
 
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...the problems could be due to mundane issues, like a stuck laptop key
I'm going to have to remember that one, that's pure gold! Roll Eyes


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straight from the Attkisson court filing




https://amgreatness.com/2020/0...ttkissons-computers/

The summary states that in March of 2019, an appellate panel of three judges determined the former Attorney General Eric Holder had immunity from Attkisson’s claims

Two of the three judges ruled Attkisson’s claims should be dismissed because she took too long , three years— and without success—to determine the names of the “John Doe” federal agents involved in the intrusions of her computers.

A third judge rightly dissented, understanding that Attkisson consistently attempted to identify the John Does but the Department of Justice continuously blocked discovery, filed protective orders and filed motions to dismiss in an attempt to obstruct. The government did not turn over a single piece of paper in response to more than a dozen subpoenas.

sure sounds familiar

The dissenting judge called the government’s actions “Kafkaesque” for obstructing Attkisson and then blaming her for “taking too long.”

“We have just filed a new complaint which I hope satisfies one of the issues a judge had that we’ve not been able to name the actual names of the government agents involved in the intrusion,” Attkison announced in her video. “Of course we argued we could not name the names because the government and courts would not permit us discovery to learn the names!”

She added: “We did some additional detective work. We have five names to present to the court—names based on our information that were directly involved in the surveillance of my computers. One of them is Rod Rosenstein, then U.S. Attorney in Baltimore, a former Department of Justice official.”
 
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Revealed: Identity of top FBI official who leaked secret information to media

https://www.washingtonexaminer...information-to-media

The name of a former top FBI official who leaked sensitive information over the course of hundreds of communications with at least six reporters can be revealed by the Washington Examiner.

His identity is contained in a 21-page report obtained through a Freedom of Information Act request. The report reveals that investigators for Department of Justice Inspector General Michael Horowitz determined that Bryan Paarmann, 53, the deputy assistant director of the FBI’s international operations division from 2016 to 2017, “improperly disclosed court-sealed and law enforcement sensitive information to the media” in violation of FBI rules.

The incident is one Horowitz included as part of what his June 2018 report called the FBI’s “culture of unauthorized media contacts.” A one-page summary of the investigation was released last May.

Although most identifying details about the reporters in question and the cases Paarmann was leaking details of were redacted, the Washington Examiner was able to identify one of the reporters in question, Los Angeles Times reporter Del Wilber, and two of his stories that the DOJ’s watchdog alleged contained details leaked by Paarmann.

A West Point graduate and former U.S. Army officer, Paarmann's website features a photograph of him standing next to Mitt Romney, the junior U.S. senator for Utah and the 2012 Republican presidential candidate, and states: "C. Bryan Paarmann FBI is a 30+ year career public servant who has faithfully and honorably served the United States in a variety of different positions." Another page on his site states: "Bryan Paarmann is protective of his country and is a proud American. In many ways, he has faithfully and honorably served his homeland."

Horowitz’s team reviewed Paarmann’s communications from 2012 through 2017, which showed “extensive contacts” with members of the media, especially in 2016 and early 2017, laying out interactions with at least six reporters. These contacts included hundreds of texts, calls, and emails; over a dozen rounds of golf, including one where the reporter paid for both and another where Paarmann did; private drinks and dinners, including instances where investigators couldn’t determine who paid; a media member’s housewarming party where Paarmann brought wine as a gift; and a $225-ticket dinner, which was free of charge thanks to a member of the media, in violation of FBI rules.

Paarmann and Wilber exchanged 55 calls and emails and met for dinner or drinks four times. The watchdog report pointed to a 2016 article citing a “U.S. law enforcement official,” a “counterterrorism official,” and a “law enforcement official,” which, by matching the phrases, is an article by Wilber about Orlando Pulse nightclub mass shooter Omar Mateen. The report cited another 2016 piece that quoted “a federal law enforcement official who was not authorized to speak publicly about the case,” a phrase that appears in a co-authored piece by Wilber and two others on Dallas cop killer Micah Johnson.

Paarmann acknowledged making many improper disclosures when confronted during an interview with the DOJ’s watchdog, telling investigators in one instance: “I may have dorked that one up.”

But, when texts pointed to lengthy phone calls with reporters regarding investigations but didn’t explicitly show what the conversations were about, he denied leaking. Horowitz’s team didn’t believe Paarmann, saying his demonstrated willingness to divulge sensitive information to these reporters, his knowledge of the cases they were writing about, and his failure to report his media contacts to the FBI made it “more likely than not that Paarmann violated FBI policy by providing law enforcement sensitive information to these reporters.”

Paarmann claimed to investigators that a member of the FBI’s office of public affairs instructed him to “develop friendly cordial relations with the media so that it wasn’t adversarial every time we talked to them and basically be able to educate them.” But the public affairs employee denied this. “I don’t remember giving any type of explicit or implicit guidance to go out and do anything independent of the office of public affairs,” the employee said. “Especially socially.”

The DOJ decided not to prosecute Paarmann. The FBI declined the Washington Examiner's request for comment. Wilber declined to comment.

FBI Director Christopher Wray moved Paarmann into running the FBI’s counterterrorism operations in NYC in 2017, but he has since retired.


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Anybody still believe the FISA court is on our side ?

Part 1:

https://www.law.com/nationalla...eturn=20200011171346

A secretive federal court in Washington on Friday appointed David Kris ,

a former Obama-era national security leader at the Justice Department, to review changes the FBI has proposed to its surveillance application process in the aftermath of an inspector general report that exposed misconduct in the bureau’s handling of applications related to the monitoring of a Trump campaign adviser.

Part 2:

David Kris tweet July 2018

"I suspect that POTUS and his closest advisors are and should be worried that, depending on the evidence, Mueller's next steps will make it feel like the walls are closing in"

David Kris tweet Dec 2019

"First, the report repudiates the claims of a coup and related deep-state conspiracies in the FBI as advanced by President Trump and his supporters"

"The IG found no improper purpose, political bias, or First Amendment concerns with the conduct of any of the investigations or with the FISA applications"

"Given the immense seriousness of these claims – the idea that our security services might exert political bias to undermine a political campaign – and the vigor with which they have been promoted, this is the most important take-away from the IG’s report"

"But second, the report finds multiple and significant errors in the conduct of the FBI investigation, and in the FBI’s handling of the FISA applications, as well as areas for improvement in FBI procedures."

"These errors are very serious, although again they don’t support any claim of deep-state conspiracy or political bias."

"These FBI errors weren’t political, the IG concluded, but neither are they acceptable, particularly in an investigation involving a presidential campaign"

Davis Kris wrote reports under the Benjamin Wittes Lawfare blog

Wittes - arch enemy of Donald Trump.

Wittes Oct 2016

"But this election is a different kettle of fish, one that pits a normal candidate—that is, a woman with flaws, virtues and policy ideas—against a man who menaces American democracy."

"In the event of a Trump win, as I’ll describe in the final installment, it will require an intense mobilization of all democratic forces to defend the institutions the candidate has promised to corrupt and to attack."

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The FISC court should be shutdown or all new people should replace the judges. People we can trust

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if my account above is confusing, this post from Powerline is more clear

https://www.powerlineblog.com/...w-the-kris-cross.php


David Kris served as Assistant Attorney General for the Department of Justice under President Obama and Attorney General Holder. He drew on his prestige as a former senior official in the Department of Justice to disparage Rep. Devin Nunes in his exposure of the FBI’s misconduct in the Russia haox and assure anyone who would listen to him that all was in order. He is an apologist for FBI misconduct who gives the Department of Justice Inspector General report on the FBI’s FISA misconduct the stupidly credulous reading that absolves the FBI of political bias in the matter.

That is what new FISA court presiding judge James Boasberg did late yesterday afternoon

Boasberg - Judge of the United States District Court for the District of Columbia

appointed by Barack Obama

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more on this

https://dailycaller.com/2020/0...a-carter-page-nunes/

A former Justice Department official picked Friday to oversee the FBI’s reforms of its surveillance procedures in the wake of a damning inspector general’s report was one of the many pundits during the Russia probe to defend the bureau’s surveillance of Trump campaign aide Carter Page.

David S. Kris, a former assistant attorney general for national security, was also an outspoken critic of Rep. Devin Nunes and other congressional Republicans who accused the FBI of misleading the Foreign Intelligence Surveillance Court (FISC) in applications to wiretap Page.

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more from the Lawfare group of coup plotters

Susan Hennessey - Lawfare Executive Editor, Brookings Senior Fellow, CNN National Security and Legal Analyst, Former IC attorney.

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NBC reports that

Responding to criticism of congressional briefings, VP Pence asserts to @SavannahGuthrie that admin. could not share with the US Congress some of "most compelling" intel around the Iran strike because doing so "could compromise sources and methods."


Hennessey tweets back:

There is no intelligence that is too sensitive to share with the Gang of Eight. None.

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so did Miss Hennessey condemn the former FBI leader Comey when he didn't brief congress on his counterintel investigation into Donald Trump and the Trump campaign ?

Comey: "It was too sensitive"
 
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important update by blogger Techno Fog

https://twitter.com/Techno_Fog

FBI Agent Joe Pientka – who lied to the FISA Court and later interviewed Flynn – was promoted and moved to the SF area AFTER the FBI learned of serious problems in his FISA application.

The SF FBI Field Office has scrubbed him from their site.







Public records reflect that Pientka relocated from DC to SF in the summer of 2019, after which he was listed as a SF Field Office Ass't Special Agent in Charge.

This was a year after the DOJ notified the FISA Court of *some* (but not all) of his FISA deficiencies in July 2018

Pientka was moved from DC once the IG Report was finishing up.

Putting this into context - the FBI/Wray has been keeping Pientka from the public spotlight and Congressional inquiry since 2018.

The FBI is certainly interested in taking care of Pientka. The reasons are apparent.

Now FBI Manager Pientka's lies and omissions to the FISC were material - and made under penalty of perjury.

He knew the dossier was fraudulent.

He knew of witness denials.

He lied about its accuracy.


Plus - he joined Strzok to ambush Gen Flynn

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Another coincidence, Wray sent Pientka to Nancy Pelosi's district in California

Did you know that Pelosi's district is completely contained in the city of San Francisco? Her district is the smallest by area outside of NYC.

I used to have such trust and respect for the FBI. Now I am afraid of them.
 
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You wouldn't know it from watching MSM, but a lot has been breaking recently.

Remember Comey repeatedly saying the dossier wasn't a critical piece of the FISA warrants?

This report claims that the DoJ IG report tags James Comey and Andrew McCabe as the leaders in trying to inject the Steele dossier into the intelligence reporting going to the WH.


https://www.breitbart.com/poli...-and-comey-approved/

An email proves disgraced ex-FBI Director James Comey personally approved an FBI effort to have the wild and unsubstantiated “golden showers” claim about President Trump included in material to be considered for publication in the U.S. Intelligence Community’s official report on alleged Russian interference in the 2016 presidential election.

The Comey email, which has not received media attention until now, was revealed inside the Justice Department’s recently released 476-page Inspector General report on the FBI’s Russia collusion investigation.

The IG report further discloses a separate email in which Andrew McCabe, who served under Comey as the FBI’s deputy director, specifically wanted dossier author Christopher Steele’s unverified “pee” charges against Trump to be included in the body of the January 6, 2017 U.S. Intelligence Community report, known as the ICA, assessing alleged Russian interference efforts.

McCabe opposed a CIA compromise to only reference Steele’s controversial dossier in an appendix of the ICA report, with McCabe arguing for it to be included in the body of the report where it would clearly get more attention.

In his email on the subject, McCabe seemed to be speaking on behalf of Comey’s FBI, using the noun “we.”

Comey himself personally approved of the inclusion of Steele’s wild claims in the ICA assessment, an email published in the IG report discloses. The IG report relates that the CIA did not want Steele’s claims to be included at all, downgrading Steele’s charges to “internet rumor.” Still, Comey and McCabe pushed for the wild anti-Trump claims to be part of the ICA assessment, which was ultimately made public.
 
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McCabe opposed a CIA compromise to only reference Steele’s controversial dossier in an appendix of the ICA report, with McCabe arguing for it to be included in the body of the report where it would clearly get more attention.

In his email on the subject, McCabe seemed to be speaking on behalf of Comey’s FBI, using the noun “we.”

Comey himself personally approved of the inclusion of Steele’s wild claims in the ICA assessment, an email published in the IG report discloses.

I hope Barr knows that if these two skate no one will ever trust the FBI again.



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Highly recommended post at CTH

https://theconservativetreehou...le-blower-complaint/

including this interview w Devin Nunes:

Nunes says we need to abolish the FISC court and build something new


https://youtu.be/o0ySSb8tl5g



The other part of the CTH post is about Mary McCord and ICIG Atkinson.

In another thread I wrote that Atkinson is dirty. Even "dirtier" than I thought.

The key to understanding the corrupt endeavor behind the fraudulent “whistle-blower” complaint, doesn’t actually originate with ICIG Atkinson. The key person is the former head of the DOJ National Security Division, Mary McCord .

Prior to becoming IC Inspector General, Michael Atkinson was the Acting Deputy Assistant Attorney General and Senior Counsel to Mary McCord.

McCord was the senior intelligence officer who accompanied Sally Yates to the White House in 2017 to confront then White House Counsel Don McGahn about the issues with Michael Flynn and the drummed up controversy over the Russian Ambassador Sergey Kislyak phone call

Additionally, Mary McCord, Sally Yates and Michael Atkinson worked together to promote the narrative around the incoming Trump administration “Logan Act” violations. This silly claim (undermining Obama policy during the transition) was the heavily promoted, albeit manufactured, reason why Yates and McCord were presumably concerned about Flynn’s contact with Russian Ambassador Sergey Kislyak. It was nonsense.

However, McCord didn’t just disappear in 2017 when she retired from the DOJ-NSD. She resurfaced as part of the Lawfare group assembly after the mid-term election in 2018.

Mary McCord is now working w the House DEMs to support impeachment

McCord: “We see the breakdown of the whole rule of law. We see the breakdown in adherence to the Constitution and also constitutional values.”

“That’s why you’re seeing lawyers come out and being very willing to put in extraordinary amounts of time and effort to litigate these cases,”

When McCord was in DoJ, she helped oversee the FBI’s probe into Russian interference in the 2016 presidential election

Former DOJ-NSD Head Mary McCord is currently working for the House Committee (Adam Schiff) who created the impeachment scheme.

The coordination between Mary McCord, the Whistle-blower and Michael Atkinson is why HPSCI Chairman Adam Schiff will not release the transcript from Atkinson’s testimony.

It now looks like the Lawfare network constructed the ‘whistle-blower’ complaint aka a Schiff Dossier, and handed it to allied CIA operative Eric Ciaramella to file as a formal IC complaint. This process is almost identical to the Fusion-GPS/Lawfare network handing the Steele Dossier to the FBI to use as the evidence for the 2016/2017 Russia conspiracy.

There’s a very strong likelihood this entire impeachment construct was manufactured out of nothing.

National Security Council resistance member Alexander Vindman starts a rumor about the Trump-Zelenskyy phone call, which he shares with CIA operative Eric Ciaramella (a John Brennan resistance associate). Ciaramella then makes contact with resistance ally Mary McCord in her role within the House. McCord then helps Ciaramella create a fraudulent whistle-blower complaint via her former colleague, now ICIG, Michael Atkinson….

…And that’s how this entire Impeachment operation gets started.

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We have never previously experienced a former administration creating lies and false charges on a profound scale to overturn the results of a presidential election.

The obama administration was the most corrupt and fundamentally anti-American administration in our history . If you doubt that, name any that were worse. Name one that, in an organized manner, weaponized federal agencies to attack the new administration. Weaponized both past and current employees of the FBI, DoJ, CIA, State Dept, etc . All with the full enabling power of the major news media.
 
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Michael Flynn to withdraw his guilty plea

from Techno Fog twitter

General Flynn has moved to withdraw his guilty plea due to the "government's bad faith, vindictiveness, and breach of the plea agreement."

Prosecutors (Van Grack) knowingly sought to induce false statements from Flynn relating to his FARA registration.

"The prosecutors concocted the alleged 'false statements' (relating to FARA filing) by their own misrepresentations, deceit, and omissions."

Van Grack demanded "false testimony from Mr. Flynn about the alleged 'false statements' in the FARA filing - despite Flynn explaining how he learned things in "hindsight" in June 2018

After Flynn refused to lie for prosecutors (Van Grack), they retaliated by:

1) Reversing course and labeling Flynn a co-conspirator

2) Improperly contacted Flynn's son

3) Put Flynn's son on the witness list for intimidation purposes (never called as a witness)

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Judge Sullivan is very suspect. I think he is antiTrump. We will see

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“Michael T. Flynn hereby moves to withdraw his plea because of the government’s bad faith, vindictiveness, and breach of the plea agreement.” Flynn asks to postpone Jan. 28 sentencing for 30 days, to Feb. 27.

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we've gutted the entire upper management of the FBI because of lies and deceit, but DoJ still persecutes Michael Flynn. Even though Comey has admitted he set Flynn up using tactics no "normal" administration would have tolerated.
 
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I knew Brennan was a Communist,but never knew Comey was. Very long video that explains the multi generational battle we are in.



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another excellent post by CTH

I mentioned earlier this same issue in a previous post but CTH hammers it.

https://theconservativetreehou...version/#more-180921

There was a major discrepancy in the Inspector General report on FISA abuse, that appears to have been overlooked and casts a considerable cloud upon the DOJ Office of Inspector General and Michael Horowitz.

In chapter ten of the report, on page #312 you will find the following information. The claim is that no-one in the FBI initiated any use of “Confidential Human Sources” into the campaign prior to opening the Crossfire Hurricane investigation

But later in the report, it says several Confidential Human Sources had multiple interactions w Geo Papadopoulos and Carter Page before and after they were affiliated w the campaign

The two statements are completely contradictory .

Carter Page and George Papadopoulos started working for the Trump campaign in early March 2016. The Crossfire Hurricane investigation began on July 28th, 2016.

If no investigative steps “of any type” were taken prior to July 28th, 2016, then how does George Papadopoulos run afoul of meeting(s) being monitored in March 2016 with the “overseas professor” Joseph Mifsud

Indeed the original IG report text would indicate that George Papadopoulos was subject to Confidential Human Sources (CHS’s) and/or Undercover Employees (UCE’s) during the earliest part of his activity with the Trump campaign (literally within a week), and would refute the claim “we did not find any evidence that the FBI used CHSs or UCEs to interact with members of the Trump campaign prior to the opening of the Crossfire Hurricane investigation” (July 31st, 2016).

The FBI sticking to the statement that: “all of the members of the Crossfire Hurricane team told the OIG that no investigative steps of any type were taken prior to receipt of the predicating information for the Crossfire Hurricane investigation on July 28, 2016” is a very strong motive to bury Maltese Professor Joseph Mifsud.

Is that why Mifsud was disappeared?

The FBI wouldn’t try to lie and cover-up to protect themselves right?

Right?

Boy, if the FBI is lying to the IG about predictation that would put Durham and Barr in a precarious position.

Preserve the institution, or highlight that FBI leadership have lied?

Is that why FBI Agent SSA-1, Joseph Pientka, the primary culprit in this mess, was shipped to San Francisco and then scrubbed?

I mean we’re putting a ton of ‘hope’ on the moral character of John Durham and Bill Barr to tell the truth here…. and there are clear and present signals the current FBI backstory is full of lies, bigger than what is currently known.

Joseph Mifsud is the key. No surprise he disappeared.

What would the intelligence community, especially the CIA and FBI, do to retain their lies?

Unfortunately, I think we all know the answers to most of those questions
 
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articles in the NYT and Wash Post are always tricky

they will be slanted to hurt Donald Trump, but they frequently reveal details inside the ongoing investigations. You need to put a strong filter on what they say.

This article may actually be very interesting. When Comey talked about the investigation into Clinton emails, he several times made reference to a "highly classified" report that influenced his decision.

There has been lots of internet speculation about the classified report. Here is the NYT version

https://www.nytimes.com/2020/0...ion-james-comey.html

of course the NYT finds it highly suspicious anyone would investigate a leak after a year or two.

Justice Dept. Investigating Years-Old Leaks and Appears Focused on Comey

Law enforcement officials are scrutinizing at least two news articles about the F.B.I. and Mr. Comey, published in The New York Times and The Washington Post in 2017, that mentioned the Russian government document, according to the people familiar with the investigation.

Hackers working for Dutch intelligence officials obtained the document and provided it to the F.B.I., and both its existence and the collection of it were highly classified secrets, the people said.

The document played a key role in Mr. Comey’s decision to sideline the Justice Department and announce in July 2016 that the F.B.I. would not recommend that Hillary Clinton face charges in her use of a private email server to conduct government business while secretary of state.

a key role to have Comey take over for DoJ because the doc said Loretta Lynch would not prosecute Clinton


The latest investigation involves material that Dutch intelligence operatives siphoned off Russian computers and provided to the United States government.

The information included a Russian analysis of what appeared to be an email exchange during the 2016 presidential campaign between Representative Debbie Wasserman Schultz, Democrat of Florida who was also the chairwoman of the Democratic National Committee at the time, and Leonard Benardo, an official with the Open Society Foundations, a democracy-promoting organization whose founder, George Soros, has long been a target of the far right.

In the email, Ms. Wasserman Schultz suggested that then-Attorney General Loretta E. Lynch would make sure that Mrs. Clinton would not be prosecuted in the email case . Both Ms. Wasserman Schultz and Mr. Benardo have denied being in contact, suggesting the document was meant to be Russian disinformation.

That document was one of the key factors that drove Mr. Comey to hold a news conference in July 2016 announcing that investigators would recommend no charges against Mrs. Clinton

Typically, senior Justice Department officials would decide how to proceed in such a high-profile case, but Mr. Comey was concerned that if Ms. Lynch played a central role in deciding whether to charge Mrs. Clinton, Russia could leak the email.

but this wasn't enough to trigger a counterintel op ? but some vague comment by papadopoulos was enough to trigger a counterintel op ? The Russians had blackmail material on Loretta Lynch?



Whether the document was fake remains an open question. But American officials at the time did not believe that Ms. Lynch would hinder the Clinton email investigation, and neither Ms. Wasserman Schultz nor Mr. Benardo had any inside information about it

says the NYT

Still, if the Russians had released the information after the inquiry was closed, it could have tainted the outcome, hurt public confidence in the Justice Department and sowed discord.

but it was ok to do counterintel against the Trump campaign ??

Prosecutors are also looking at whether Mr. Richman might have played a role in providing the information to reporters about the Russia document and how it figured into Mr. Comey’s rationale about the news conference, according to the people familiar with the investigation. Mr. Comey hired Mr. Richman at one point to consult for the F.B.I. about encryption and other complex legal issues, and investigators have expressed interest in how he operated.

Mr. Richman was quoted in the April 2017 article in The Times that revealed the document’s existence. A month later, The Post named Ms. Wasserman Schultz and Mr. Benardo as subjects of the document in a detailed article. A lawyer for Mr. Richman declined to comment.

Additionally, investigators could also decline to open an investigation into an older leak because it might further harm national security if the information once again made headlines, as in this inquiry.

at this point "national security" means lets protect the FBI from being exposed

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so if the report is false disinformation, Comey was duped into using that info


if the report was true, .......

"In the email, Ms. Wasserman Schultz suggested that then-Attorney General Loretta E. Lynch would make sure that Mrs. Clinton would not be prosecuted in the email case"
 
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What a surprise – the libs don’t like the Durham investigation. Roll Eyes

“John Durham, the federal prosecutor chosen by Attorney General William P. Barr to examine the origins of the Russia investigation, is reportedly reviewing the intelligence community’s conclusions about Russian interference in our election. Although Durham has not confirmed the precise scope of his investigation, if these reports are correct, it is a worrisome development.

We have served in the intelligence community, in analytical, managerial and legal capacities, and in the Justice Department as a line prosecutor and at a policy level. Assuming reports of Durham’s intentions are accurate, we are profoundly disturbed that a prosecutor — even one as experienced and respected as Durham — would seek to review the conclusions of intelligence analysts…”

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