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The Obamagate timeline is a record of known facts about President Obama's misuse of foreign intelligence gathering for domestic political spying,[1] media manipulation, wiretaps, intimidation of journalists and critics, use of government intelligence agencies to influence domestic elections,[2] efforts to thwart the election of President Donald Trump, subversion of the new administration's personnel and agenda,[3] and to delegitimize and undermine his presidency.

During and immediately after that the 2016 Presidential election CIA director John Brennan along with the Department of Justice and the FBI targeted Donald Trump. This covert disinformation campaign became widely known in the fake news mainstream media as Trump-Russia, alleging collusion between Trump and associates with Russia. The side that actually colluded with foreign powers was that of Hillary Clinton.

After President Donald Trump took office in January 2017, seditious activity and an unwillingness to accept the results of a democratic election by Obama holdovers in the US Intelligence Community came to light.

Leading figures in what FBI Counterintelligence Deputy Peter Strzok referred to as the Espionage Machine Party. A small group within the FBI and intelligence community conspired to prevent the election of Donald Trump through the illegal use of FISA wiretaps, and as an "insurance policy" to remove him from office after he won.

2009-2015

See : Obamagate timeline 2009-2015

During a period of November 2015 through April 18, 2016, Justice Department political insiders and outside political contractors, including FusionGPS, accessed the NSA and FBI database using FISA-702(17) “About Queries”. They gathered information on political opposition of candidate Hillary Clinton, including Donald Trump campaign officials and affiliates. NSA Director Mike Rogers suspected illegal abuse and instructed the NSA compliance officer to conduct a full FISA audit. The NSA began querying DOJ and FBI activity.[4]

The unlawfully obtained FISA intelligence information end up with Fusion GPS. The key personel in FusionGPS are husband and wife Glenn Simpson and Mary Jacoby. Mary Jacoby’s relationship with the Clintons’ goes back to the Rose Law Firm.[5]

2016

A month after Donald Trump announced his intention to seek the presidency in 2015, Dep. Attn. Gen. Sally Yates blocked the Office of Inspector General (OIG) oversight of the DOJ National Security Division (DOJ-NSD). The OIG, Michael Horowitz, requested oversight and Sally Yates responded with a lengthy 58-page legal explanation saying essentially, ‘no – not allowed.’ All of the DOJ was subject to oversight, except the National Security Division.

President Obama’s political operatives within the DOJ-NSD were conducting illegal surveillance to monitor the Trump campaign. The NSD unit was working in coordination with Peter Strzok and others of the FBI Counterintelligence Division.

Sometime in early 2016 NSA Director Admiral Mike Rogers became aware of “ongoing” and “intentional” violations of the Foreign Intelligence Surveillance Act (FISA) - Section 702 surveillance. Specifically item #17 “About Queries” of US persons. Rogers suspected FISA 702 (#17 – email and phone calls) surveillance activity was being used for reasons he deemed unlawful. In mid 2016 Rogers ordered the NSA compliance officer to run a full audit on 702 NSA compliance. In October 2016 Rogers told the FISA court he became aware of unlawful surveillance and collection of US persons. The FBI counterintelligence division was monitoring Trump through FISA 702(17) upstream surveillance collected by a DOJ National Security Division that had no oversight.

Ten days after the election, on November 17, 2016, Dir. Rogers traveled to Trump Tower without telling DNI James Clapper. Rogers likely informed President-elect Trump of the illegal activity by the FBI and DOJ, including the probability that all of Trump Tower’s email and phone communication were being collected. Clapper then demanded Rogers be fired. It would appear Obama’s Director of National Intelligence, James Clapper, is complicit as well, although Clapper denies participating.[6]

The information the FBI collected, and the material Christopher Steele and FusionGPS manufactured, were used to create the fake news Trump-Russia conspiracy theory, and to manipulate the FISA Court into granting a FISA warrant - what Peter Strzok called “the insurance policy” against Trump's election.

January 2016

  • 4 January. John Podesta emails Facebook COO Sheryl Sandberg, "Look forward to working with you to elect the first woman President of the United States,” Sandberg replies she was “thrilled” by the progress that Clinton was making.[7]
  • 14 January. FBI inspector general notifies Senate that Hillary Clinton's servers had been flagged for classified information. Clinton servers are in New York; FBI Director James Comey runs case out of Washington office, Deputy Dir. Andrew McCabe put in charge. McCabe's wife received $675000 from Virginia Gov. Terry McAuliffe's political action committee for an unsuccessful state Senate bid in 2015.[8] McAuliffe. a former DNC chairman and Presidential campaign manager for Bill Clinton, and later Hillary Clinton in 2008, came under FBI investigation for illegal campaign donations from a Chinese businessman.[9][10] Despite evidence, McCabe refused to merge the McCauliffe investigation into the ongoing pay-to-play investigations of the Clinton Foundation.[11]
  • 17 January. Barack Obama announces final agreement on the Iran nuke deal. David Asher, Veteran US illicit finance expert of the Pentagon serving on the Project Cassandra task force investigating the Hezbollah criminal enterprise said Obama administration officials expressed concerns to him about alienating Tehran before, during and after the Iran nuclear deal negotiations. This was part of an effort to “defang, defund and undermine the investigations that were involving Iran and Hezbollah. The closer we got to the [Iran deal], the more these activities went away,” Asher said. “So much of the capability, whether it was special operations, whether it was law enforcement, whether it was [Treasury] designations — even the capacity, the personnel assigned to this mission — it was assiduously drained, almost to the last drop, by the end of the Obama administration.” Within months, task force officials said, Project Cassandra was all but dead. Some of its senior officials, including Jack Kelly the veteran DEA supervisory agent who created and led the task force, were transferred to other assignments. As a result, according to Politico, the US government lost insight into not only drug trafficking and other criminal activity worldwide, but also into Hezbollah’s illicit conspiracies with top officials in the Iranian, Syrian, Venezuelan and Russian governments — all the way up to presidents Nicolas Maduro, Bashar Assad and Vladimir Putin, according to former task force members and other current and former U.S. officials. The derailment of Project Cassandra also undermined U.S. efforts to determine how much cocaine from the various Hezbollah-affiliated networks is coming into the United States, especially from Venezuela, where dozens of top civilian and military officials have been under investigation for more than a decade.[12]

February 2016

  • 11 February. DNC Chair Debbie Wasserman Schultz tells CNN Superdelegates exist "really to make sure that party leaders and elected officials don’t have to be in a position where they are running against grassroots activists.”[13] Later news breaks that Wasserman Schultz quietly rescinded a 2008 ban on donations to the DNC from corporate lobbyists and PACs. The decision paves the way for the Hillary Victory Fund, a joint fundraising committee between the DNC and the Clinton campaign.[14]
  • 13 February. Supreme Court Justice Anton Scalia found dead in Texas.[15]

March 2016

  • 4 March. Strzok-Lisa Page text exchange during GOP presidential debate:
Peter Strzok (left) and Lisa Page (right), prime low level suspects in the Obama administration's efforts to influence the outcome of a US election, and later remove President Trump.

Lisa Page, a DOJ lawyer specializing in money laundering, makes more money than a Member of Congress, Senator, Cabinet Secretary or Supreme Court Justice, and only $1000 less than the Vice President.[16]

Many Obama Progressives view themselves as an enlightened self-anointed clique of anti-democratic elites in the mold of a Leninist revolutionary vanguard movement. Their self-importance confirmed by payscales above the nation's top leaders. They view their job as controlling the destiny of a nation through a corrupt and privileged bureaucracy, and to save the ignorant masses from their misguided impulses.
Page - God Trump is loathsome human.

Strzok – Yet he many win.

Strzok – Good for Hillary.

Page – It is.

Strzok – Would he be a worse president than Cruz?

Page –Trump?, yes I think so

Strzok – I’m not sure.

Strzok – Omg he’s an idiot.

Page – He’s awful

Strzok – America will get what the voting public deserves.

Page – That’s what I’m afraid of.
  • Later,
Strzok – God Hillary should win. 100,000,000-0.

Page – I know

Page – Also did you hear him make a comment about the size of his d**k earlier? This man cannot be president.

Strzok – Yes I did. In relation to this size of his hand. All the “Lil Marco” blah blah blah... Ok I may vote for Trump.

Page – What? Poor Kasich. He’s the only sensible man up there.

Strzok – He was pretty much calling for death for Snowden. I’m a single-issue voter. ;) Espionage Machine Party
  • 7 March. BakerHostetler, the law firm acting on behalf of Prevezon Holdings and its owner Denis Katsyv, makes a payment to FusionGPS. FusionGPS was hired by BakerHostetler to investigate Bill Browder who helped push through the Magnitsky Act. Glenn Simpson, founding partner of Fusion GPS, compiled the research for the anti-Browder project. He worked closely with Natalia Veselnitskaya, a Russian lawyer. Katsyv, a Russian businessman, and Prevezon sought to limit the impact of the Magnitsky Act sanctions. Through October 31, 2016 BakerHostetler paid FusionGPS $523,651.
  • 9 March. DOJ oversight personnel conducting a minimization review (minimization is the process of masking identities of US persons incidentally collected while monitoring foreign surveillance targets) of FBI FISA abuses learn that the FBI disclosed raw FISA information to private contractors.
  • Reuters reports:
    The FBI eavesdropped on meetings involving Russian intelligence personnel in New York City, including a suspected spy posing as a trade representative, by hiding recorders in binders containing supposedly confidential information about the energy sector, U.S. prosecutors said.
    The hours of covert recordings from 2013 were disclosed in papers filed in Manhattan federal court on Tuesday in the case of Evgeny Buryakov, a Russian citizen who U.S. prosecutors say posed as a banker while participating in a Cold War-style spy ring.
    ...According to prosecutors, in April 2012, Sporyshev met an undercover FBI employee posing as an analyst at a New York energy firm at an oil and gas industry conference.
    Over the next two years, they met to discuss the industry and other economic and political issues, prosecutors said, with Sporyshev providing gifts and cash for information.
    In 2013, the FBI employee began providing Sporyshev with the binders containing purported industry analysis he wrote, supporting documents, and “covertly placed recording devices,” prosecutors wrote.[17]
  • 11 March. DOJ press release announces: "Preet Bharara, the United States Attorney for the Southern District of New York, and John P. Carlin, Assistant Attorney General for National Security, announced that Evgrny Buryakov, a/k/a “Zhenya,” pled guilty today to conspiring to act in the United States as an agent of the Russian Federation, without providing prior notice to the Attorney General...The FBI obtained the recordings after Sporyshev attempted to recruit an FBI undercover employee (“UCE-1”) [UCE-1 = Carter Page] who was posing as an analyst from a New York-based energy company. In response to requests from Sporyshev, [Carter Page] provided Sporyshev with binders containing purported industry analysis written by [Carter Page] and supporting documentation relating to [Carter Page's] reports, as well as covertly placed recording devices."[18]
  • 12 March. Strzok-Page txt msg exchange:
Page – What the f is wrong with people? A Texas Candidate pushes the boundary to the far right. (NYT)[19]

Strzok – That Texas article is depressing as hell. But answers how we could end up with President trump

Page – Wasn’t it? Seriously, how are people so incredible ignorant?

Strzok – I have no idea, but it depresses me. Same people who drive more when they get extra daylight from daylight savings, I’m guessing.
  • 15 March. FusionGPS contract ends with Washington Free Beacon after Marco Rubio drops out of race. Free Beacon hired FusionGPS on 15 Oct 2015 to perform opposition research on Donald Trump and other Republican candidates. None of the research done for Free Beacon is related to the Steele dossier or Russia.
  • 16 March. FBI lawyer Lisa Page texts FBI counterintellgence investigator Peter Strzok, "I can not believe Donald Trump is likely to be an actual, serious candidate for president."
  • 30 March. Bloomberg interview with Carter Page;[20] Page describes himself as having advised the state-controlled natural gas giant Gazprom and helped it attract Western investors. Julia Ioffe reported for Politico Page was a mid-level executive at Merrill Lynch in Moscow who played no role in any of the big deals he boasted about. Almost no one in Moscow remembered Page. Until Trump read his name off a piece of paper handed to him during a March interview with the Washington Post, almost no one in the Washington foreign policy world had heard of Page either.[21]

April 2016

The Clinton Campaign and DNC hired Fusion GPS to conduct ‘Opposition Research’, with a Russian emphasis. FEC records show Obama for America also paid $972,000 to Perkins Coie, the surrogate law firm for FusionGPS, beginning in April 2016. Mary Jacoby, wife of Fusion GPS founder Glenn Simpson, visited the White House in April. FusionGPS then hired Nellie Ohr who specializes in Russian-centric counterintelligence. Nellie Ohr then collaborated with MI6 agent Christopher Steele to write the Steele dossier. A month later, in May 2016, Nellie Ohr’s husband inside the DOJ, Deputy Attn Gen. Bruce Ohr, was working with FBI counterintelligence deputy Peter Strzok. By June 2016 Peter Strzok, Bruce Ohr and DOJ Attorney Lisa Page applied for FISA approval against the Trump campaign, which was initially denied.

  • 1 April. FusionGPS is hired by DNC & HRC Campaign (via Perkins Coie lawfirm to protect client/attorney privilege) and tasked with further "opposition research." Perkins Coie's lead attorney representing DNC & HRC Campaign is Marc E. Elias (who is also HRC's personal attorney). In addition, Perkins Coie also employs former Obama White House Chief Legal Counselor, Robert Bauer.[22][23]
  • 2 April. FBI lawyer Lisa Page texts Hillary email investigator Peter Strzok: "So look, you say we text on that phone when we talk about Hillary because it can’t be traced, you were just venting, bc you feel bad that you’re gone so much but that can’t be helped right now."

Email exchanges from 2009 to 2011 exist in which both Mills and Abedin directly discussed or were involved in discussing Hillary Clinton’s private email server. Both denied knowledge of it to FBI investigator Peter Strzok. Neither were prosecuted for lying to the FBI despite the FBI being in possession of emails with condemning evidence they lied.

Huma Abedin lied to FBI investigator Peter Strzok.
  • 5 April. Huma Abedin lies to FBI investigator Peter Strzok. "Abedin did not know that Clinton had a private server until about a year and a half ago when it became public knowledge.”[24] Abedin and Cheryl Mills were involved in an Aug. 30, 2011 exchange in which State Department official Stephen Mull mentioned that Clinton’s “email server is down.” In a Jan. 9, 2011 email exchange, Cooper told Abedin that Clinton’s server had been malfunctioning because “someone was trying to hack us.” “Had to shut down the server,” wrote Cooper, who told the FBI in his interviews that he discussed Clinton’s server with Abedin in 2009, when it was being set up.
Cheryl Mills lied to FBI investigator Peter Strzok.
  • 9 April. Cheryl Mills lies to FBI investigator Peter Strzok. “Mills did not learn Clinton was using a private server until after Clinton’s [Department of State] tenure...Mills stated she was not even sure she knew what a server was at the time." Mills asked about it in a Feb. 27, 2010 email to Abedin and an aide to Bill Clinton who helped set up the Clinton Chappaqua server. “Ur funny. We are on the same server,” Cooper replied.
  • 10 April. Obama intervenes in an ongoing FBI criminal investigation when he publicly states that Hillary Clinton has shown “carelessness” in using a private e-mail server to handle classified information, but he insisted that she had not intended to endanger national security which is not an element of the criminal statutes relevant to her e-mail scandal. Obama acknowledged that classified information had been transmitted via Sec. Clinton’s server, but he suggested its importance was overstated.
  • Strzok texts Lisa Page that he was “increasingly profoundly bothered by JBs [FBI General Counsel James Baker] call and the lack of ANY heads up. Deeply. It was wrong given what I had already been asked to do...I’m not sure if I want to be part of this.” Page responded, “You are part of this and that’s not going to change. But I think you have every right to be angry and frustrated about being left out of the loop on your investigation, especially when you’re going to be left holding the bag. . . . Big big case, big big problems.”
  • 18 April. As a result of NSA Dir. Mike Rogers compliance review of FISA abuse inquiries by outside contractors authorized by Obama DOJ & FBI conspirators, contractor access to ongoing FISA intelligence was blocked.

After being shut out by the FISA Compliance Audit, and contracted by the Clinton campaign, FusionGPS still needed a back-door to access continued FISA information. FusionGPS hired Russian expert and CIA network ally Nellie Ohr, wife of DOJ Dep. AG Bruce Ohr. Nellie, a part of the CIA network, could use Bruce’s high level DOJ-NSD access to continue gathering FISA-702 data; and Nellie, Bruce and Simpson collaborated on other projects in the past.[25]

  • Wikileaks lawyer John Jones thrown in front of train in London. The death is ruled a suicide. Coroner's inquest later overturns ruling.[26]
  • 19 April. Mary Jacoby, wife of FusionGPS founder Glenn Simpson, shows up on White House visitor logs meeting with Obama officials.[27]
  • 27 April. Trump delivers major foreign policy speech: “We desire to live peacefully and in friendship with Russia and China. We have serious differences with these two nations, and must regard them with open eyes, but we are not bound to be adversaries. We should seek common ground based on shared interests. Russia, for instance, has also seen the horror of Islamic terrorism. I believe an easing of tensions, and improved relations with Russia, from a position of strength only, is possible, absolutely possible. Common sense says this cycle, this horrible cycle of hostility must end and ideally will end soon. Good for both countries. Some say the Russians won’t be reasonable. I intend to find out. If we can’t make a deal under my administration, a deal that’s great — not good, great — for America, but also good for Russia, then we will quickly walk from the table. It’s as simple as that. We’re going to find out.”
  • 29 April. DNC learns it's computer system has been breached. They claim to have been "tipped-off" that the hacking was by Russians.
  • 30 April. DNC hires CrowdStrike, a private firm, to install software that is meant to identify who gained access, when, and how. The next day, on May 1, CrowdStrike determines that the "intrusion had originated in Russia," although they would later retract.

Spring 2016. CIA Dir. John Brennan receives information from British GCHQ intelligence as part of an allegedly "routine" intelligence sharing agreement about Trump associates' business dealings in Russia.[28] The information is said to have originated with Estonian intelligence. Estonia is requesting a missile defence system at this time,[29][30] while Trump adviser Newt Gingrich refers to the country of 1.3 million inhabitants as a 'suburb of St. Petersberg', which has 5.3 million inhabitants. Gingrich, rumoured to be on the short list for Secretary of State, says he doubts American leaders would risk nuclear war over Putin's actions in the region.

  • CIA Director Brennan forms a Joint Counter-Intelligence Task Force based on aforementioned Estonia Intelligence, and Brennan continues intelligence sharing with GCHQ because the CIA cannot act domestically against American citizens. Allegedly, the information that triggered Brennan to act was a tape recorded conversation that mentioned money from the Kremlin to the Trump Campaign.
  • FBI begins investigation into Paul Manafort's associations. This investigation leads to the wiretapping of at least three Trump associates, Paul Manafort, Carter Page, and Roger Stone.[31]

May 2016

Senate Homeland Security chairman Ron Johnson stated, "The edits to Director Comey’s public statement,[32] made months prior to the conclusion of the FBI’s investigation of Secretary Clinton’s conduct, had a significant impact on the FBI’s public evaluation of the implications of her actions." Johnson stated the edits to Comey’s statements “raise profound questions about the FBI’s role and possible interference in the 2016 presidential election and the role of the same agents in Special Counsel Robert Mueller’s investigation of President Trump.”[33] The Homeland Security Cmte. found in February 2018

  • The FBI did not use a grand jury to compel testimony and obtain the vast majority of evidence, choosing instead to offer immunity deals and allow fact witnesses to join key interviews.
  • There were substantial edits to Dir. Comey’s public statement that served to downplay the severity of Sec. Clinton’s actions, and that the first draft of the memo was distributed for editing two months before key witnesses were interviewed.
  • Dir. Comey stated that he had not consulted with the Justice Department or White House, when text messages suggest otherwise. We have text messages in which two key investigators discuss an “insurance policy” against the “risk” of a Trump presidency, and “OUR task.”
  • Messages discuss “unfinished business,” “an investigation leading to impeachment,” and “my gut sense and concern there’s no big there there.”
  • Senior FBI officials—likely including Dep. Dir. McCabe— knew about newly discovered emails on a laptop belonging to Anthony Weiner for almost a month before Director Comey notified Congress.
  • Over the period of at least four months, the FBI did not recover five months’ worth of text messages requested by DOJ OIG and two Senate committees; however, when pressed, DOJ OIG was able to recover missing texts in less than one week.

  • 1 May. CrowdStrike determines that DNC system had an "intrusion that originated in Russia," although they would later retract.
  • 2 May. Comey writes internal memorandum saying Hillary Clinton and others guilty of gross negligence punishable by up to 10 years imprisonment;[34] Comey sends draft copies of his memo to Dep. Dir. Andrew McCabe, general counsel James Baker and chief of staff James Rybicki.[35]
  • The FBI admits it recovered thousands of State Dept. emails that originated or passed through Clinton’s private server — some which had been deleted — that were never turned over to the State Department as government records by Clinton’s team. Comey told Sen. Grassley that the FBI did investigate whether violations of Federal Records Act occurred.
  • 4 May. FBI lawyer Lisa Page and FBI Clinton email investigator Peter Strzok react to Trump sealing GOP nomination:
Page – And holy sh*t Cruz just dropped out of the race. It’s going to be a Clinton Trump race. Unbelievable.

Strzok – What?!?!??

Page – You heard that right my friend

Strzok – I saw Trump won, figured it would be a bit

Strzok - Now the pressure really starts to finish MYE….

Page - It sure does. We need to talk about follow up call tomorrow. We still never have.
  • “MYE” is a reference to “Mid Year Exam,” the FBI’s code name for the Clinton probe.[36]
  • 5 May. Lisa Page was in a meeting at the White House;[37][38][39] on the same day, WaPo had a ‘sources say’ story about the meeting. The subject was Hillary’s emails.[40]
  • Imran Awan mentioned in DNC emails;[41] members of the Awan klan were paid $5 million through the Wasserman Schultz Superdelegate machine and would have scant motive as being the source of WikiLeaks.[42]
  • 11 May. Wikileaks lawyer Michael Ratner dead in New York.
  • 12 May. Prevezon Holdings settles with the U.S. government for $6 million in a Russia money-laundering suit. Natalie Veselnitskaya remains in US to lobby for repeal of Russian sanctions. She has overstayed her immigration parole status which was specially authorized by Loretta Lynch's office because the clients she represents are on the Russian sanctions list. Veselnitskaya begins working for FusionGPS to illegally lobby for repeal of sanctions (the Magnitsky Act). Neither Veselnitskaya nor FusionGPS register as Russian agents under the Foreign Agents Registration Act (FARA).
  • Susan Rice says there are "too many whites in top National Security positions."[43]
  • 16 May. FBI Dir. James Comey meets with President Obama in the White House; [44] by afternoon Comey's revised draft memo is circulating among FBI leadership, Comey, Andrew McCabe, Bill Briestap, Peter Strzok, James Rybecki, Johnathan Moffa, James Baker, Trisha Anderson, David Bowdich and several other redacted names.[45][46]
  • Strzok changes the language of draft memo from "grossly negligent" to "extremely careless." The pre-edited statement of Comey’s May 2 memo stated that “we assess it is reasonably likely that hostile actors gained access to Secretary Clinton’s private email account.” However, Comey’s July 5 public statement read, “Given that combination of factors, we assess it is possible that hostile actors gained access to Secretary Clinton’s personal e-mail account.”
  • Sen. Grassley remarks 17 witnesses including Clinton were interviewed after the decision not to prosecuted was made. “Making a conclusion before you interview key fact witnesses and the subject herself violates the very premise of good investigation. You don't lock into a theory until you have the facts." The evidence shows the FBI locked into a theory that Clinton was innocent and then edited out the facts that contradicted it.
  • Podesta Group files disclosure notice with Senate on behalf of the Gulenist organization, the Alliance for Shared Values.[47] The group’s executive director Alp Aslandogan is also a Clinton donor.
  • 20 May. Paul Manafort, on the day after becoming Trump's Campaign Chairman & Chief Strategist, rebuffs George Papadopoulos attempts to arrange contact between Russian contacts and Trump campaign.
    Papadopoulos persisted, forwarding the same invitation to Manafort several weeks later. “Russia has been eager to meet with Mr. Trump for some time and have been reaching out to me to discuss,” Papadopoulos wrote. Manafort appears to have shrugged at the idea. He forwarded the message to his business partner, Rick Gates, saying that “We need someone to communicate that DT is not doing these trips.” Manafort’s response to Papadopoulos’ request is “concrete evidence that the Russia collusion narrative is fake news,” Manafort spokesman Jason Maloni told The Post. “Mr. Manafort’s swift action reflects the attitude of the campaign — any invitation by Russia, directly or indirectly, would be rejected outright.”[48]
Seth Rich (1989–2016), an American hero who wanted to reform the system from within and paid the ultimate price.
  • 21 May. WikiLeaks Director Gavin MacFadyen receives DNC email transfer from Seth Rich.
  • 22 May. DNC alerted to in-house breach
  • 23 May. Nellie Ohr applies for HAM radio license, a communication tool that would allow Nellie Ohr and Christopher Steele the ability to communicate outside the normal risk of communication intercepts.[49]
  • 24 May. Perkins Coie, the surrogate law firm acting on behalf of Hillary Clinton campaign and DNC, makes a payment of $91,500 to FusionGPS.
  • 25 May. Date of the last email in the Seth Rich/DNC Email Archive released by Wikileaks.

June 2016

Russian hacking claims relied entirely on a report by a private company the DNC hired called CrowdStrike of Irvine, CA. Crowdstrike was founded by Dimitry Alperovitch, a senior fellow at the Atlantic Council, a civilian conjunct of the NATO alliance, and is partially funded by Google which led a $100M 'Series C' investment round.[50]

Neither the FBI nor the Dept. of Homeland Security ever examined the DNC serves to determine if indeed they were hacked, or attempt to identify who the hacker might have been.

The mainstream media ran with the CrowdStrike version of a hack in an attempt to delegitimize Trump. Starting in June 2016 and continuing forward the DNC, Washington Post, New York Times, and other MSM outlets have been using CrowdStrike's allegations to stage a smear campaign against Donald Trump in an attempt to delegitimize the President while providing an excuse for Hillary Clinton's loss. From there followed claims that "Russia hacked the U.S. elections."


  • 9 June. Rinat Akhmetshin[51] and Natalia Veselnitskaya,[52] a Russian lawyer working for FusionGPS and Ike Kaveladze[53] meet with Donald Trump Jr. and Jared Kushner.[54] FusionGPS was hired by BakerHostetler to investigate Bill Browder, who helped push through the Magnitsky Act. Glenn Simpson, founding partner of Fusion GPS, compiled the research for the anti-Browder project and worked closely with Natalia Veselnitskaya. Simpson briefed Veselnitskaya hours before the meeting, and Simpson’s research ended up in the Trump Tower meeting in the form of a four-page memo carried by Veselnitskaya. She also shared Simpson’s work with Yuri Chaika, the prosecutor general of Russia. Prevezon Holdings and its Russian owner Denis Katsyv hired BakerHostetler to investigate Browder. Katsyv and Prevezon sought to limit the impact of the Magnitsky Act sanctions.
  • 10 June. FBI enters immunity deal with Cheryl Mills and Heather Samuelson that resulted in laptops with evidence being turned over to agents late in the probe. The decision to grant immunity to the Clinton advisers as well as the computer technician involved in the email deletions was made “with the idea it would be better to know all the circumstances” before the case was closed out.
Obama and one of his reliable henchmen, David Plouffe. Plouffe was urging action against Donald Trump even before Trump was nominated.
  • 12 June. FusionGPS hires Christopher Steele (former British Intelligence Officer) of Orbis Business Intelligence (Steele's London-based firm) to begin compiling anti-Trump "Dossier" showing ties between Trump and Russia. Steele discloses this and his period of employment with FusionGPS (12 Jun 2016 through 30 Oct 2016) in later court filings stemming from a lawsuit against him and his "Dossier." [55]
  • Steele was identified as a British spy in 1999, and head of the Russia desk when Russian assassins killed FSB defector Alexander Litvinenko in a sushi restaurant in London. As such, Steele was hardly in a position to make discreet inquiries to Russian intelligence.
  • Julian Assange tells UK TV of more Clinton leaks to come.[56]
  • 14 June. Washington Post puts out sensational fake news story of Russian hacking the DNC. CrowdStrike is reported as discovering the hack, but the hack has never been independently verified by the FBI or any other independent firm or government agency. CrowdStrike,[57] under contract to the DNC, is assisting the DNC to brace for embarrassing Wikileaks revelations of the document dumps procured by DNC whistleblower Seth Rich by blaming Russian hackers.[58][59][60]
  • DNC alleges Trump Opposition Research stolen in hack.[61]
  • 15 June. Someone purporting to be Guccifer2.0 claims responsibility for DNC hack and claims to be a source for Wikileaks. The first 5 documents he posts are purposefully tainted with 'Russian Fingerprints' and the first of those documents just so happens to be the Trump Opposition Research the DNC announce on the previous day.
  • 16 June. Obama operative David Plouffe declares war on Trump and the Trump movement. He tweets: "It is not enough to simply beat Trump. He must be destroyed thoroughly. His kind must not rise again."
  • 20 June. Christopher Steele files first report entitled Company Intelligence Report.
  • 22 June. Wikileaks publishes leaked documents that the DNC rigged the nomination for Hillary Clinton and obstructed Bernie Sanders campaign.[62] Sanders supporters vow lawsuits.
  • FBI conspirators Lisa Page & Peter Strzok exchange texts: "Page – Just leaving my meeting now. How we make law in this country is offensive and irresponsible." "Strzok – I know it is. Its why I LOATHE congress. Can’t wait to hear the story."
  • 27 June. Bill Clinton meets Attn. Gen. Loretta Lynch in a face-to-face meeting on board her plane at an airport hanger in Phoenix, an environment that eliminated a paper trail and to avoid NSA electronic metadata collection. It is said Lynch authorized the Justice Dept. to proceed with a FISA warrant application after this meeting.[63]
Bill Clinton/Loretta Lynch tarmac meeting, June 27, 2016. Phoenix airport. Lynch's long awaited announcement on the disposition of the Hillary Clinton email investigation never occurred when she compromised herself in a secret meeting with the husband of the accused. FBI Dir. Comey surprisingly announced days later he decided against recommending prosecution, usurping the authority of the Attorney General. The Justice Dept. immediately tried to cover up the meeting and denied it had any paper trail of its existence. While the substance of the meeting was never disclosed, Christopher Steele filed his first report days earlier, and Lynch's Justice Dept. days later was seeking FISA warrants against members of the Trump campaign.
  • 29 June. Justice Dept. and FBI begin efforts to kill the story about the Bill Clinton/Loretta Lynch tarmac meeting and Lynch's conflict of interest with regard to making a decision to prosecute Hillary Clinton for mishandling classified information.[64][65][66]
  • 30 June. The FBI investigation concluded that Sec. of State Clinton communicated with President Obama via email. The fact that President Obama and Hillary Clinton were emailing each other, indicates President Obama did in fact know of Clinton’s illegal email account. FBI Draft statement on Hillary's exoneration reads,
    We also assess that Secretary Clinton’s use of a personal email domain was both known by a large number of people and readily apparent. She also used her personal email extensively while outside the United States, including from the territory of sophisticated adversaries. That use included an email exchange with the President while Secretary Clinton was on the territory of such an adversary. [Emphasis added.] Given that combination of factors, we assess it is possible that hostile actors gained access to Secretary Clinton’s personal email account.[67]

From the txt msg. between Strzok and Lisa Page, we see that Asst. FBI Dir. W.H. “Bill” Priestap helped create the carefully worded announcement Dir. Comey delivered in July 2016 to extricate Clinton from her illegal problems.

Strzok – K. Rybicki just sent another version.

Page – Bill [Priestap] just popped his head in, hopefully to talk to him.

Strzok – Hope so. Just left Bill [Priestap]. Talked about the speed, the [redacted] stuff relating to the case, and what I told you about earlier.

Strzok – He [Priestap] changed "President" to "another senior government official".
  • Bill Priestap was Strzok’s direct boss. As head of FBI counterintelligence, Priestap would have to sign off on the use of FusionGPS (aka: Bean LLC, aka, Glenn Simpson), Crowdstrike, and/or any FBI contractor who was allowed access to, or received information from, the FBI database.[68] Priestap would have needed to authorize Strzok to engage with Christopher Steele over the Steele dosssier. Priestap would have to approve the underlying documents that were used for both FISA applications (June/July and Sept/Oct). Priestap would be the person to approve of paying, or reimbursing, Christopher Steele for the Steele dossier used in the FBI counterintelligence operation and subsequent FISA application.
  • Late June. Obama Justice Dept. seeks FISA warrant to eavesdrop on Donald Trump, Carter Page, Paul Manafort, and Boris Epshtyn. FISA court denies request.[69] Ordinary procedures call for the Justice Department to ask a FISA Court for a warrant. It is improbable that Attorney General Loretta Lynch acted on her own against a presidential nominee of another party without consulting President Obama.[70]
  • FBI agent Peter Strzok has direct contact with Christopher Steele and receives preliminary draft of the Steele dossier.[71] According to Robby Mook, the partial dossier information was also given to the DNC and Clinton campaign.

July 2016

Oversight protocol requires the FBI Director to tell the congressional intelligence Gang of Eight (Go8) of any counterintelligence operations. The Go8 has oversight into these operations at the highest level of classification. In July 2016 the time the Obama FBI Counterintelligence Division operation began, oversight was the responsibility of Speaker Paul Ryan, Minority leader Nancy Pelosi, Senate Majority leader Mitch McConnell, Senate Minority leader Cuck Schumer, House Intel chair Devin Nunes, ranking member Adam Schiff, Senate Intel chair Richard Burr, and ranking member Diane Feinstein. Comey and the Obama FBI kept hidden from the Go8 its counterintelligence operation against a presidential candidate, Donald Trump. FBI Agent Peter Strzok referred to the Obama administration's illegal counterintelligence operation as an “insurance policy”.

Throughout July, August and Sept 2016 Fusion GPS paid journalists from the New York Times, ABC, Ken Dilanian of NBC, Devlin Barrett of the Washington Post (formerly of the Wall Journal),[72] David Corn of Mother Jones, Michael Isikoff of Yahoo! News and others to listen to Christopher Steele and simultaneously shopping the fake Steele dossier to them. Court papers confirm payments.[73] The list of journalists and media outlets made aware of Steele’s investigations is extensive. Those journalists include New Yorker editor David Remnick, Atlantic editor Jeffrey Goldberg, former New Republic editor Franklin Foer, and Washington Post columnist Anne Applebaum. Reuters reported that it, too, was briefed on the dossier,[74] and while it refrained from reporting on it before the election, its national security reporter Mark Hosenball became an advocate of the dossier’s findings after Trump's victory in November 2016.[75] BBC's Paul Wood wrote in January 2017 that he was briefed on the dossier a week before the election. Newsweek’s Kurt Eichenwald likely saw Steele’s work around the same time, because he published an article days before the election based on a “Western intelligence” source (i.e., Steele) who cited names and data points that could only come from the DNC- and Clinton-funded opposition research.


  • 1 July. Lynch announces that she would accept whatever recommendation Comey and career prosecutors made about charging Clinton. Strzok and Lisa Page exchange txt msg saying that Lynch knew in advance of FBI's decision not to charge Hillary Clinton.
Strzok – Holy cow....nyt breaking [Matt] Apuzzo[76], Lync[h] will accept whatever rec[ommendation] and career prosecutors make. No political appointee input.

Strzok – Lynch. Timing not great, but whatever. Wonder if that's why the coordination language added.

Page – No way. This is a purposeful leak following the airplane snafu.

Strzok – Timing looks like hell. Will appear to be choreographed. All major news networks literally leading with "AG to accept FBI D[irector]'s recommendation."

Page – Yeah, that is awful timing. Nothing we can do about it.

Strzok – What I meant was, did DOJ tell us yesterday they were doing this, so D[irector] added that language.

Strzok – Yep. I told Bill [Priestap] the same thing. Delaying just makes it worse.

Page – And yes. I think we had some warning of it. I know they sent some statement to [Comey Chief of Staff James] rybicki, bc he called andy [McCabe].

Page – And yeah, it's a real profile in couragw [sic], since she [Lynch] knows no charges will be brought.
  • Shawn Lucas serves papers on DNC for lawsuit on behalf of Bernie Sanders supporters alleging election fraud.[77]
  • 2 July. Obama donor and "career" employee Dept. of Justice Chief of Counterintelligence David Laufman conducts long delayed personal interview with Hillary Clinton in email investigation. Peter Strzok, FBI Deputy Director for counterintelligence also participates. Cheryl Mills and Heather Samuelson were allowed to sit in. No video, transcript or oath is made. White House and Justice Department claim that the investigators are independent and nonpartisan.[78]
  • John Ashe, former President of the UN General Assembly, crushes his own throat days before slated to testify against Hillary Clinton in a corruption trial.[79]
  • 4 July. Franklin Foer writes in Slate, an article enitled Putin’s Puppet, which appears to come from Christopher Steele and the Steele dossier. Foer’s piece argues the Trump campaign was overly Russia-friendly. Foer discusses Trump’s team, including campaign convention manager Paul Manafort, who worked with former Ukrainian president Victor Yanukovich, and Carter Page.[80]
  • 5 July. Dir. James Comey usurps the power of the Attorney General and DOJ prosecutors to publicly announce his intention not to recommend prosecution of Hillary Clinton for felonious acts the which the investigation determined she and her staff committed. Comey violates longstanding departmental policy of the FBI not commenting on investigations in public.
  • Comey states that Sec. Clinton and staff were “extremely careless in their handling of very sensitive, highly classified information," and "there is evidence of potential violations of the statutes regarding the handling of classified information…There is evidence to support a conclusion that any reasonable person in Secretary Clinton’s position, or in the position of those with whom she was corresponding about the matters, should have known that an unclassified system was no place for that conversation." Comey referred the matter to the Justice Dept. for a prosecutorial decision. In the absence of prosecution, security or administrative sanctions are the norm.[81] Comey's decision to by-pass DoJ rules and take matters into his own hands may have been part of a counterintelligence operation.[82]
  • Comey lies about colluding with Lynch: “I have not coordinated or reviewed this statement in any way with the Department of Justice or any other part of the government. They do not know what I am about to say.”[83]
  • Christopher Steele meets with an FBI contact in London.
  • Businessman and former campaign associate Carter Page delivers graduation commencement speech at Moscow's New Economic School. President Obama addressed graduates of the same institution in 2009.[85] Page has no role in the campaign nor has ever met or briefed Trump. Nonetheless, Obama agents obtain a FISA warrant to monitor Page, convincing a judge there’s probable cause to believe Page is a Russian agent based on the speech which is critical of Obama's policy toward Russia. Surveillance of Page allows government officials to “incidentally” collect communications of the Trump campaign if they communicate with Page.[86]
  • 8 July. House Select Committee on Beghazi votes on final version of report. Report finds "Susan Rice’s comments on the Sunday talk shows were met with shock and disbelief by State Department employees in Washington. The Senior Libya Desk Officer, Bureau of Near Eastern Affairs, State Department, wrote: “I think Rice was off the reservation on this one.” The Deputy Director, Office of Press and Public Diplomacy, Bureau of Near Eastern Affairs, State Department, responded: “Off the reservation on five networks!” The Senior Advisor for Strategic Communications, Bureau of Near East Affairs, State Department, wrote: “WH [White House] very worried about the politics. This was all their doing.” [pg. 132][87]
  • 4:19 EDT. DNC IT staffer Seth Rich murdered. Rich had leaked the Podesta emails to Gavin MacFadyen of Wikileaks.
  • 4:20 EDT. Officers report beginning of incident with Seth Conrad Rich.
  • 5:57 EDT. Seth pronounced dead by unknown physician at unknown hospital.
  • Seymour Hersh states the FBI file says a .22 caliber pistol was used.
  • Seth Rich was not the source of Guccifer 2.0 materials. Rich was an inside DNC whistleblower who transferred information to Wikileaks; Guccifer 2.0 was a Clinton campaign false flag operation to discredit Wikileaks and establish a fake news cover story of Russian hacking.
  • Clinton operatives hope to cover the DNC whistleblower breach with a fake news story about Russia hacking DNC computers.
  • Strzok and Lisa Page discuss problem of getting Black Lives Matter protesters onboard the Democrat train: "Strzok – And meanwhile, we have Black Lives Matter protestors, right now, chanting “no justice no peace” around DoJ and the White House… Page – That’s awful."
  • 13 July. Florida Sanders supporters file suit alleging DNC’s favoritism of Hillary Clinton over Bernie Sanders amounted to fraud, misrepresentation, unjust enrichment, breach of fiduciary duty, and negligence.[88]
  • Ties emerge between Hillary Clinton and Fethullah Gulen.[89]
  • 14 July. FBI investigation of Seth Rich's computer discover copies of 44,053 emails and 17,761 attachments between Democratic National Committee leaders, spanning from January 2015 through late May 2016, were transferred from Rich to Gavin MacFadyen of WikiLeaks.
  • DC homicide investigators told to stand down.
  • FBI lawyer Lisa Page and 'Espionage Machine Party' operative Peter Strzok, who briefed Comey on obstructing justice in the Hillary email 'matter' by referring to criminal gross negligence as extreme carelessness, discuss backlash:
Page – Have you read this? It’s really frightening. For Whites Sensing Decline, Donald Trump Unleashes Words of Resistance http://NYTI/ms/29WCu5!

Strzok – I have not. But I think it’s clear he’s capturing all the white, poor voters who the mainstream republicans abandoned in all but name in the quest for the almighty $$$

Page – Yeah, it’s not good.

Strzok – Poll Finds Emails Weighing on Hillary Clinton, Now Tied With Donald Trump http://nyti.ms/29RV5gf

Page – It is
  • 15 July. Human Rights Accountability Global Initiative Foundation and others file formal complaint with the US Justice Department against FusionGPS alleging that Fusion GPS was working as a lobbyist for Russian interests and failed to register under the Foreign Agents Registration Act (FARA) and the Lobbying Disclosure Act of 1995.[90] The Obama administration ignores complaint.
  • Perkins Coie, the surrogate law firm acting on behalf of Hillary Clinton campaign and DNC, makes a payment of $107,399.74 to FusionGPS.
  • Gulenist coup attempt in Turkey;[91] Fethullah Gulen and many of his followers are Clinton Foundation donors.
  • 18 July. RNC Convention platform completed. It reads,
    Repressive at home and reckless abroad, their policies imperil the nations which regained their self-determination upon the collapse of the Soviet Union. We will meet the return of Russian belligerence with the same resolve that led to the collapse of the Soviet Union. We will not accept any territorial change in Eastern Europe imposed by force, in Ukraine or elsewhere, and will use all appropriate measures to bring to justice the practitioners of aggression and assassination.
    We support maintaining and, if warranted, increasing sanctions, together with our allies, against Russia unless and until Ukraine's sovereignty and territorial integrity are fully restored. We also support providing appropriate assistance to the armed forces of Ukraine and greater coordination with NATO defense planning.
  • Mainstream fake news reporting begins kenard based on Hillary Clinton's opposition research Steele dossier that Donald Trump "gutted" the RNC platform on support for an independent Ukraine.
  • 19 July. During the Republican National Convention FBI investigator Peter Strzok texts FBI lawyer Lisa Page. "TURN IT ON, TURN IT ON!!! THE DOUCHEBAGS ARE ABOUT TO COME OUT.” Page replied: "And wow, Donald Trump is an enormous d*uche."
  • Hours later Strzok texts Lisa Page, “Hi. How was Trump, other than a douche? Melania?" Page responds, "Trump barely spoke, but the first thing out of his mouth was 'we’re going to win sooo big.' The whole thing is like living in a bad dream.”
  • Strzok & Page go on to say they hope Trump’s “disorganization comes back to bite him hard in November,” with Strzok saying he feels “Panicked” about the election.
  • Strzok and Page also trade comments on other Republican leaders, calling Ben Carson “crazy-ass grain storage pyramid Ben Carson,” Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell “a turtle,” and Paul Ryan “a jerky.”
  • 21 July. Anne Applebaum of the Washington Post writes a “Trump presidency could destabilize Europe.” The issue, she explained, was Trump’s positive attitude toward Putin. “The extent of the Trump-Russia business connection has already been laid out, by Franklin Foer at Slate,” wrote Applebaum. She named Carter Page and his “long-standing connections to Russian companies.” Applebaum repeats the kenard that the “Trump’s campaign team helped alter the Republican party platform to remove support for Ukraine” from the Republican National Committee’s platform. Maybe, she hints, that was because of Trump aide Manafort’s ties to Ukrainian President Victor Yanukovich. The Manafort-Yanukovich relationship is an important part of the Steele dossier. So is the claim that in exchange for Russia releasing the DNC emails, “the TRUMP team had agreed to sideline Russian intervention in Ukraine as a campaign issue.” For Applebaum, it was hard to understand why Trump would express skepticism about the North Atlantic Treaty Organization, except to appease Putin. She referred to a recent interview in which Trump “cast doubt on the fundamental basis of transatlantic stability, NATO’s Article 5 guarantee: If Russia invades, he said, he’d have to think first before defending U.S. allies.”[92] The talking points appear to come directly from Hillary Clinton opposition research, FusionGPS and the Steele dossier.
  • Jeffrey Goldberg of the Atlantic publishes an article entitled, It’s Official: Hillary Clinton is Running Against Vladimir Putin using the same opposition research material from the Steele dossier paid for by Hillary Clinton: “The Republican nominee for president, Donald J. Trump, has chosen this week to unmask himself as a de facto agent of Russian President Vladimir Putin.” Trump’s admiration for Putin and other “equivocating, mercenary statements are unprecedented in the history of Republican foreign policymaking.” However, insofar as Trump’s fundamental aim was to find some common ground with Putin, it’s a goal that has been a 25-year U.S. policy constant across party lines. Starting with George W.H. Bush, every American commander-in-chief since the end of the Cold War sought to “reset” relations with Russia. But Trump, according to Goldberg, was different. “Trump’s understanding of America’s role in the world aligns with Russia’s geostrategic interests.” Goldberg alleged “watered down” the RNC’s platform on Ukraine and “questioned whether the U.S., under his leadership, would keep its [NATO] commitments,” including Article 5. Thus, Goldberg concluded: “Donald Trump, should he be elected president, would bring an end to the postwar international order.”[93]
  • 22 July. WikiLeaks publishes documents received from Seth Rich and 20,000 emails (sent/received,) between Jan. 2015 and May 2016 showing the collaboration of the DNC to rig the nomination process for Hillary Clinton and defeat the Sanders movement.[94]
  • DNC seeks to delay election fraud suit on behalf of Sanders supporters arguing, improper service of papers. Shawn Lucas, the process server, videotaped himself serving the papers along with an associate.
  • FBI offers $10,000 reward for Glock hand gun stolen between 12:00-2:00am, 10 July 2017.[95]
  • 24 July. ABC News, NPR, Rachel Maddow and other mainstream outlets report fake news that the Trump campaign "weakened the Republican platform on aid to Ukraine."[96][97][98] The fake news appears to come directly from Hillary Clinton's opposition research, the Steele dossier.
  • Rep. Mike Pompeo tweets, "Need further proof that the fix was in from Pres. Obama on down? BUSTED: 19,252 Emails from DNC Leaked by Wikileaks"[99]
  • 25 July. Wasserman Schultz resigns DNC chair amidst new revelations of improprieties and election rigging for Hillary Clinton.
  • 27 July. Strzok calls Bernie Sanders supporters “stupid*ass” and “idiots,” to which Lisa Page replies she “really really” likes former Vice President Joe Biden, apparently referring to Biden's convention speech attacking Trump. Strzok responds "Opened on Trump? If Hillary did, you know five field offices would…" Five field offices refer to five FBI field offices. If Hillary attacks Trump, five FBI field offices would support her.
  • 28 July. Kim Dotcom pledges to raise $1 million for Wikileaks after harassment, threats and reprisals against whistleblowers for Wilkileaks.[100]
  • FBI arrests Chinese businessman in NY wanted in connection with $1.2 million illegal campaign donations in the Chinagate scandal.[101]
  • 29 July. Perkins Coie, the surrogate law firm acting on behalf of Hillary Clinton campaign and DNC, makes a payment of $99,166.83 to FusionGPS.
  • The Obama Justice Dept. never acted on the formal complaint that FusionGPS itself was an unregistered Russian agent lobbying for repeal of the Magnitsky Act.
  • End of July. Peter Strzok signs document beginning Russia probe.

August 2016

Shawn Lucas at the DNC, from the viral video of Lucas serving papers in the election fraud lawsuit. DNC attorney's argued the papers were not properly served, and when Lucas was found dead, effectively delayed a hearing until after the November election.
  • 2 August. Shawn Lucas, 38 year-old process server for lawsuit against DNC on behalf of Sanders supporters alleging election fraud, found dead.[102] The lawsuit is now effectively delayed until after the November 8 election.
  • 3 August. David Remnick writes an article in the New Yorker entitled, Trump and Putin: A Love Story. Citing the “original reporting” of Franklin Foer’s July 4, 2016 Slate article, Remnick contends “that one reason for Trump’s attitude has to do with his business ambitions.” As Remnick elaborated, “one of Trump’s foreign-policy advisers," Carter Page, "has longstanding ties to Gazprom, a pillar of Russia’s energy industry.” Remnick also worried about Trump’s lack of support for Ukraine and the fact that Trump “has declared NATO ‘obsolete’ and has suggested that he might do away with Article 5.”[103]
  • 6 August. FBI lawyer Lisa Page sends Peter Strzok who a week earlier began the FBI's Russia investigation, an article about Khizr Khan who spoke against Trump at the Democratic National Convention.
Page – Jesus. You should read this. And Trump should go f himself. Moment in Convention Glare Shakes Up Khans American Life http://nyti.ms/2aHulE0

Strzok – God that’s a great article. Thanks for sharing. And F TRUMP.

Page – And maybe you’re meant to stay where you are because you’re meant to protect the country from that menace. To that end comma, read this:

Page – Trump Enablers Will Finally Have to Take A Stand http://nyti.ms/2aFakry

Strzok – Thanks. It’s absolutely true that we’re both very fortunate. And of course I’ll try and approach it that way. I just know it will be tough at times. I can protect our country at many levels, not sure if that helps
  • 9 August. Wikileaks offers a $20,000 reward for information leading to the conviction for the murder of DNC staffer Seth Rich.
  • Lisa Page and Strzok exchange messages: Page – He’s not ever going to become president, right? Right?! Strzok – OMG did you hear what Trump just said?
  • Mid August Strzok texts Lisa Page: “What the hell has happened to our country!?!?!??”
  • 15 August. CIA Dir. John Brennan gives an unusual private briefing to Democrat Minority Leader Harry Reid in which he told Reid the FBI should take the lead in an investigation of the Trump campaign because the FBI is the federal agency in charge of domestic intelligence and, unlike the CIA, can spy on U.S. citizens. Two days after Brennan’s special briefing, Reid sends a letter to FBI Dir. James Comey demanding he open an investigation targeting “individuals tied to Trump” to determine if they coordinated with the Russian government “to influence our election.” “The Trump campaign has employed a number of individuals with significant and disturbing ties to Russia and the Kremlin." Reid alludes to Carter Page and repeats an unproven charge from the Hillary Clinton's dossier that Page met with two Kremlin officials in Moscow in July 2016 to discuss removing U.S. sanctions on Russia. “Any such meetings should be investigated,” Reid asserted. Page has repeatedly denied the allegation under oath, swearing he never even met the Russian officials named in the dossier. Brennan is known to have given more than one briefing.[104]
  • FBI Russia investigator Peter Strzok texts Lisa Page:
    I want to believe the path you threw out for consideration in Andy [McCabe]'s office that there's no way he gets elected -- but I'm afraid we can't take that risk. It's like an insurance policy in the unlikely event you die before you're 40...[105]
  • 23 August. Turkish authorities issue arrest warrant and begin massive manhunt for Clinton donor Adil Oksuz, whom they accuse of coordinating the July 2016 coup attempt against the government.[107]
  • 25 August. Assange interview with Megyn Kelly.
  • Former DC homicide Detective Rod Wheeler has been hired to open parallel investigation into the murder of Seth Rich.[108]
  • 26 August. Strzok texts Lisa Page about a trip to a Walmart in southern Virginia and he could “SMELL the Trump support.…” Page responds she is out to lunch with [redacted] and said they both “hate everyone and everything.” Strzok responds “I want to be there and hate with you, or charm you back to happy.” Page says, “Just riffing on the hot mess that is our country.”
  • 30 August. Strzok and Lisa Page discuss to circumvent the law:
    Page - Have a meeting with turgal about getting iphone in a day or so
    Strzok - Oh hot damn. . . We get around our security/monitoring issues?
    Page - No, he’s proposing that we just stop following them. Apparently the requirement to capture texts came from [Office of Management and Budget], but we’re the only org (I’m told) who is following that rule. His point is, if no one else is doing it why should we. . . I’m told – thought I have seen – that there is an IG report that says everyone is failing. But one has changed anything, so why not just join in the failure.[109]
  • 31 August. Perkins Coie, the surrogate law firm acting on behalf of Hillary Clinton campaign and DNC, makes a payment of $157,753.61 to FusionGPS.
  • August. Christopher Steele goes to Sir Andrew Wood to ask him to act as a go-between to reach Sen. John McCain, trying to give his fake dossier credibility.[110]

September 2016

The Obama DOJ's illegal FISA warrant on Carter Page was built on an echo chamber of Hillary Clinton's opposition research among journalists, law enforcement and the intelligence community - all reinforcing each other with the manufactured allegations of the Steele dossier. Michael Isikoff’s September 23, 2016 Yahoo News article, provided by Christopher Steele, was used to corroborate the Obama DOJ's evidence to the FISA court, which likewise was provided by Christopher Steele.


  • 2 September. Lisa Page wrote about preparing talking points for Dir. James Comey because “potus wants to know everything we’re doing.”[111] The text raises questions about the extent of Obama’s personal involvement in on ongoing the FBI investigation.[112]
  • FBI releases documents in the terminated Hillary Clinton email investigation under the Freedom of Information Act.[113][114] The release includes interviews (FBI form 302). Some details from the July 2, 2016 (302) interview with Hillary Clinton is withheld.[115]
  • 10 September. Strzok texts Lisa Page:
    “there are VERY inflammatory things in the 302s we didn’t turn over to [Congress]…that are going to come out in FOIA and absolutely inflames Congress. I’m sure Jim and Trisha and Dave and Mike are all considering how things like that play out as they talk amongst themselves.”
  • "302s" is a reference to Hillary Clinton's July 2, 2016 FBI interview withheld from Congress;
  • “Jim” = FBI Chief Legal Counsel; “Mike” = FBI Asst. Director Public Affairs Michael Kortan; “Dave” DOJ – National Security Division, Deputy Asst. Attorney General in charge of counterintelligence David Laufman; “Trisha” = Office of Legal Counsel, FBI Trish Beth Anderson.
  • 14 September. Office of the Director of National Intelligence announces that no Intelligence Community-wide damage assessment into Secretary Clinton’s email practices would be conducted in violation of Intelligence Community Directive ICD 732. ODNI ignores all subsequent FOIA requests.
  • 16 September. CNN reports CIA Dir. John Brennan voted for the presidential candidate of the Communist party - an organization dedicated to the violent overthrow of the United States government[116] - in the immediate aftermath of the Vietnam war before he joined CIA.[117]
  • 21 September. Daily Mail publishes interview with 15 year old and her father alleging she had an online sexual relationship with Anthony Weiner beginning 23 January 2016. FBI New York Field office, led by Preet Bhahara, issues Weiner subpoena for his electronic devices shortly after.
  • 22 September. In motion to dismiss class action lawsuit brought by Sanders supporters, DNC lawyers argue plaintiffs knew that the DNC was biased toward Clinton over Sanders when they donated, so therefore how could they have been duped if they already knew.[118]
  • 23 September. Michael Isikoff of Yahoo News publishes an article which Christopher Steele leaked to Isikoff and several other media outlets at the direction of FusionGPS, which focusing on Carter Page's July 2016 trip to Moscow. The law firm of Perkins Coie hosted a meeting with Steele and FusionGPS where the matter was discussed. The Yahoo News article was cited as if it were independent corroboration of the Steele dossier in the DOJ's October 2016 FISA application.
  • Congress was briefed on the contents of the Steele dossier by the FBI, not Steele or Fusion GPS, according to a Fusion GPS-sourced story by Michael Isikoff for Yahoo! News.[119]
  • 26 September. Carter Page resigns from Trump campaign.
  • Obama administration files mandatory quarterly compliance report with the FISA court with key omissions.[120]
  • DOJ National Security Division (DOJ-NSD) begins setting up Dir. Mike Rogers of the NSA to take the fall for the DOJ-NSD unlawful conduct.
  • 27 September. Head of DOJ National Security Division, John P Carlin resigns likely related to the NSA compliance officer's investigation of the FISA Act 702(17) (About Queries) violations, i.e. illegal domestic spying and data collection on US persons.[121][122] It would have specifically been John Carlin’s responsibility to ensure a valid legal basis for the FISA application submitted to the Foreign Intelligence Surveillance Court (FISC). Carlin's resignation takes effect in a few weeks.
  • 28 September. FBI Dir. James Comey perjurors himself before the House Governmental Affairs Oversight Committee. In response to a question from Rep. Ratcliffe, Comey testified his decision not to recommend prosecution of Hillary Clinton came after her 2 July interview with the FBI. Subsequent internal FBI documents reveal Comey decided against recommending prosecution more than six weeks earlier, while the investigation was still in progress.[123]

Mr. RATCLIFFE. ...If there was ever any possibility that something Hillary Clinton might have said on July 2 could have possibly resulted in criminal charges that might possibly have resulted in a trial against her relating to this classified information, well, then, to use your words, Director, I don’t think that there is any reasonable prosecutor out there who would have allowed two immunized witnesses central to the prosecution proving the case against her to sit in the room with the interview, the FBI interview, of the subject of that investigation.

And if I heard you earlier today, in your long career, I heard you say that you have never had that circumstance. Is that—did I hear you correctly?

Mr. COMEY. That is correct, but——

Mr. RATCLIFFE. Okay. And I never have either, and I have never met a prosecutor that has ever had that.

So, to me, the only way that an interview takes place with the two central witnesses and the subject of the investigation is if the decision has already been made that all three people in that room are not going to be charged.

Mr. COMEY. Can I respond?

Mr. RATCLIFFE. Yes. Please.

Mr. COMEY. I know in our political lives sometimes people casually accuse each other of being dishonest, but if colleagues of ours believe I am lying about when I made this decision, please urge them to contact me privately so we can have a conversation about this.

All I can do is to tell you again, the decision was made after that, because I didn’t know what was going to happen in that interview...[124]
  • 30 September. Perkins Coie, the surrogate law firm acting on behalf of Hillary Clinton campaign and DNC, makes a payment of $144,643.46 to FusionGPS.
  • September. Christopher Steele admitted to Assoc. Dep. Attorney General Bruce Ohr he "was desperate that Donald Trump not get elected and was passionate about him not being president," according to Ohr and FBI documents. In the same period Ohr's wife, Nellie Ohr, was employed by FusionGPS to assist in writing the Steele dossier. Bruce Ohr's relationship with Steele and FusionGPS was concealed by the DOJ and FBI from the FISA court.

October 2016

Carter Page was working for the FBI. Carter Page was an FBI Under-Cover Employee [UCE-1 in court documents] and remained the primary FBI witness through early 2016. DOJ-NSD and FBI CoIntel wanted a "legal" way to spy on the Trump campaign. The highest levels of the Obama DOJ and FBI asked for and received FISA Title 1 surveillance of former FBI employee Carter Page in October 2016. The Obama DOJ National Security Division and the FBI Counterintelligence Division, knew Carter Page was not a Russian spy, misreprsented facts and perpetrated a fraud upon the FISA court. The authority became the "legal" (“the insurance policy”) cover their own criminal intent and actions.

The “Title I” designation as a foreign agent applied retroactively to any action taken by Mr. Page, and auto-generates an exponential list of other people he came in contact with. Each of those people, groups or organizations could now have their communication reviewed, unmasked and analyzed by the DOJ/FBI with the same surveillance authority granted upon the target, Mr. Page.

FISA Title I surveillance of U.S. citizens is the most intrusive, exhaustive and far reaching type of search, seizure and surveillance authority, permitting the FBI to look at every aspect of Mr. Page’s life. All communication, travel and contact can be opened and reviewed. All aspects of any of Mr. Page’s engagements are subject to being secretly monitored. This is an entirely different level of surveillance authority, the highest possible, and outside FISA-702 search queries (Title VII) of US persons.

Because “FISA Title I” surveillance authority against a US citizen is so serious, only a few people are authorized to even apply for such surveillance warrants. One of the four people authorized to make such a filing is the Asst. Attn. Gen. John P. Carlin who is head of the DOJ National Security Division. Carlin who, together with the FBI counterintelligence unit, conscripted Carter Page as an FBI Under-Cover Employee, gained a guilty plea from a Russian operative in early 2016, then turned around six months later and accused Page of being a Russian Spy. Carlin resigned as head of the DOJ-NSD days after the fraudulent warrant was granted by the FISA court.


  • 3 October. Story breaks of Hillary Clinton's suggestion to murder Julian Assange.[125]
  • WikiLeaks asks Donald Trump Jr. to ask Trump Sr. to tweet this link.
  • 5 October. Obama Justice Dept. abruptly drops charges against arms dealer which would have led to open disclosure of Hillary Clinton's role in arming the Islamic State.[126]
  • 7 October. WikiLeaks dumps a trove of emails from Clinton campaign chairman John Podesta’s personal email account. The emails inspire the Pizzagate conspiracy theory.[127]
  • 11 October. Hillary email to campaign manager John Podesta leaked that acknowledges Saudi Arabia and Qatar are “providing clandestine financial and logistic support to ISIL.”[128]
  • 15 October. Obama administration through FBI Agent Peter Strzok and DOJ Deputy Bruce Ohr, rewrites a narrower request to FISA court dropping Trump's name and citing only the Russian banks as direct targets.[129] While the BBC report suggests that the surveillance was meant to ferret out “transfers of money,” the Mensch article asserts that a “warrant was granted to look at the full content of emails and other related documents that may concern US persons.” FISA court approves request.
  • 18 October. Assange internet access cutoff by embassy.[130]
  • 20 October. NSA Dir. Mike Rogers is briefed by the NSA compliance officer on several strange 702 “About Queries” that were being conducted. These were violations of the Fourth Amendment (search and seizure), ie. unlawful surveillance and gathering. As a result of Rogers suspecting [FISA 702 (#17 – email and phone calls)] surveillance activity being used for reasons he deemed unlawful, in mid 2016 Rogers ordered the NSA compliance officer to run a full audit on 702 NSA compliance. Section 702 of the FISA Act is basically spying on Americans; the actual “spying” part is 702. Item 17 is “About Queries“, which allows queries or searches of content of email and phone conversations based on any subject matter put into the search field. Rogers ordered the “About Query” activity to stop, reported the activity to the DOJ, and then to the FISA court. Rogers also stopped “About Query” permanently.[131] I?
  • 21 October. DOJ and FBI sought and receive a FISA probable cause order (not under Title VII) authorizing electronic surveillance of Carter Page from the FISA court. Carter Page is a US citizen who served as a volunteer advisor to the Trump campaign. Consistent with requirements under FISA, the application first has to be certified by the Director or Deputy Director of the FBI. It then has to be certified by the Attorney General, Deputy Attorney General, or the Senate-confirmed Assistant Attorney General for National Security Division. The FBI and DOJ obtained one initial FISA warrant and three FISA renewals from the FISA court.
  • As required by statute, a FISA order on an American citizen must be renewed every 90 days by the FISA court and each renewal requires a separate finding of probable cause to avoid a 'fishing expedition'. Director James Comey signed three FISA applications on behalf of the FBI, and Deputy Director Andrew McCabe signed one. Deputy Attorneys General Sally Yates, Dana Boente, and Rod Rosenstein each signed one on behalf of the DOJ. In the case of Carter Page, relevant information and potentially exculpatory material was not provided to the FISA court on these four separate occasions over one year.
  • The bulk of the application consists of allegations against Page that were disclosed to the FBI by Christopher Steele and are also outlined in the Steele dossier. The application contains no additional information corroborating the dossier allegations against Mr. Page, although it does cite to a Sept 23, 2016 Yahoo News article that appears to be sourced to Mr. Steele's dossier as well.
  • The Steele dossier was compiled on behalf of the Hillary Clinton campaign and DNC and formed an essential part of the Carter Page FISA application.. Steele was paid $168,000 by the Clinton campaign and DNC. Neither the initial application nor any renewals disclose or reference the Clinton campaign or DNC in funding the dossier, although the origins of the dossier was known to the DOJ and FBI at the time. The FISA application does not mention that the FBI authorized payment to Steele for the same information.
  • 22 October. Wikileaks cofounder and Seth Rich contact Gavin MacFadyen dead "after a short illness."[132]
  • 26 October. The FISA court issues a decision that reveals that the upper echelon of the FBI, Comey, McCabe, Strzok and others deliberately gave unlimited and unsupervised access to the most private raw FISA data to FusionGPS. Assoc. Dep. AG Bruce Ohr was the lynchpin between Attn. Gen. Lynch, the FBI and FusionGPS. Ohr’s wife Nellie worked for FusionGPS on the Steele Dossier portions of which were presented to the FISA court to get the court’s approval for the FBI’s previous and continuing unlawful surveillance of Trump associates. The Court noted “an institutional ‘lack of candor’ on NSA’s part and emphasized that ‘this is a very serious Fourth Amendment issue.’” On March 9, 2016, the “DOJ oversight personnel conducting a minimization review of the FBI’s *** [redacted] learned that the FBI had disclosed raw FISA information, including but not limited to Section 702-acquired information....certain *** [redacted] contractors had access to raw FISA information on FBI storage systems. ***[redacted] the ***[redacted] contractors had access to raw FISA information that went well beyond what was necessary to respond to the FBI’s requests.” According to the Court, the “FBI discontinued the above-described access to raw FISA information as of April 18, 2016.” The court continued, noting “Restrictions were not in place with regard to the *** [redacted] contractors; their access was not limited to raw information for which the FBI sought assistance and access continued even after they had completed their work in response to an FBI request."
  • Pg. 83: "FBI gave raw Section 702–acquired information to a private entity [FusionGPS] that was not a federal agency and whose personnel [Simpson, Steele, Nellie Ohr] were not sufficiently supervised by a federal agency for compliance minimization procedures [protecting the Fourth Amendment rights of US persons]."
  • Footnote 68 of the Court’s decision includes the statement that “the government acknowledges that those disclosures were improper for other reasons.” In Footnote 69 the decision reads that “improper access granted to the * * *[redacted] contractors . . . * * *[redacted] . . . seems to have been the result of deliberate decision-making. * * *[redacted] access to FBI systems was the subject of an interagency memorandum of understanding (presumably prepared or reviewed by FBI lawyers), no notice of this practice was given to the FISC until 2016.”[133]
  • NSA Dir. Mike Rogers personally informed the FISA court of the Obama administration's 702(17) violations.
  • In the closed door hearing before the Foreign Intelligence Surveillance Court, Obama administration lawyers admit to routinely violating American privacy protections for the past five years while scouring through overseas intercepts. More than 5 percent, or one out of every 20 searches seeking upstream Internet data on Americans inside the NSA’s so-called Section 702 database violated the safeguards Obama and his intelligence chiefs vowed to follow in 2011.[134]
  • Deep state conspirators Peter Strzok and Lisa Page exchange messages,
Strzok: I am riled up. Trump is a f***ing idiot, is unable to provide a coherent answer.

Strzok - I CAN'T PULL AWAY, WHAT THE F**K HAPPENED TO OUR COUNTRY (redacted)??!?!

Page-- I don't know. But we'll get it back. We're America. We rock.

Strzok-- Donald just said "bad hombres"

Strzok-- Trump just said what the FBI did is disgraceful.
  • Strzok quoting Trump "what the FBI did is disgraceful" relates to Comey & Strzok's obstruction of justice in the Hillary Clinton email scandal.
  • Evelyn Farkas tells Warsaw Security Forum "if Donald Trump were elected I believe he would be impeached pretty quickly or somebody else would have to take over government. And I am not even joking."[135] Farkas, who left government in Sept. 2015, later admitted to being the recipient of intelligence information on Donald Trump in the summer of 2016: "last summer I was getting winks and hints from inside that there was something really wrong here." At the forum Farkas discussed the rise of Trump from a purely domestic, partisan, political perspective and urged something must be done to counter the forces of nationalism and populism.[136]
  • 28 October. Dir. Comey reopens email investigation based on 600,000 classified State Department emails found on Anthony Weiner's computer. Attn. Gen. Loretta Lynch opposes notifying Congress, but aides persuade her firing Comey for doing so would put Lynch in the midst of a firestorm.[137] Comey's hand was forced by New York Police Department (NYPD) investigators who seized him Weiner's laptop and turned it over to the FBI late in the game. Comey's surprise letter to Congress has thrown the Clinton campaign and poll numbers into a tailspin. Strxoks "insurance policy" becomes operational: allegations of collusion between Trump and Russia.
  • Lynch pleads 5th Amendment in probe of Obama administration illegal secret payment to Iran in ransom deal.[138]
"Computer scientists" is a code word for government surveillors. How did Hillary get information gathered by a FISA warrant issued two weeks earlier, clearly used here for domestic political purposes? Ironically, the New York Times reported the FBI gave Trump a clean bill of health the same day.
  • Peter Strzok and Lisa Page exchange texts while leaking fake news to Wall Street Journal reporter Devlin Barrett to kill Hillary email story:
    Page: 5:19pm “Still on the phone with Devlin [Barrett of WSJ]. Mike’s phone is ON FIRE.”

    Strzok: 5:29pm “You might wanna tell Devlin he should turn on CNN, there’s news on.”

    Page: 5:30pm “He knows. He just got handed a note.”

    Strzok: 5:33pm “Ha. He asking about it now?”

    Page: 5:34pm “Yeah. It was pretty funny. Coming now.”
  • At 5:36pm Devlin Barrett tweets:
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  • Perkins Coie, the surrogate law firm acting on behalf of Hillary Clinton campaign and DNC, makes a payment of $365,275,33 to FusionGPS.
  • 30 October. Christopher Steele suspended and then terminated by the FBI for what the FBI defines as the most serious of violations - unauthorized disclosure to the media of his relationship with the FBI in a Mother Jones article by David Corn.[139] Steele could have been terminated earlier for his previous undisclosed contacts with Yahoo News and other media outlets in September 2016 - before the Carter Page application was submitted to the FISA court in October 2016 - but Steele improperly concealed and lied to the FBI about earlier contacts. Before and after Steele was terminated as a source, he maintained contact with the DOJ thru Assoc. Dep. Attorney General Bruce Ohr, a senior DOJ otficial who worked closely with Sally Yates and later Rod Rosenstein. Shortly after the election, the FBI began interviewing Bruce Ohr, documenting his communications with Steele.
  • Democrat Minority leader Harry Reid issues open letter to James Comey: Reid says from his communications with “other top officials in the national security community [John Brennan for example, August 15, 2016] it has become clear that you possess explosive information about close ties and coordination between Donald Trump, his top advisers and the Russian government."[140]
  • 31 October. David Corn of Mother Jones magazine article appears: A Veteran Spy Has Given the FBI Information Alleging a Russian Operation to Cultivate Donald Trump: Has the bureau investigated this material?, the first public hint of the Steele dossier in print.
    [A] former senior intelligence officer [Christopher Steele] for a Western country [UK] who specialized in Russian counterintelligence tells Mother Jones that in recent months he provided the bureau with memos, based on his recent interactions with Russian sources, contending the Russian government has for years tried to co-opt and assist Trump—and that the FBI requested more information from him...

    Does this mean the FBI is investigating whether Russian intelligence has attempted to develop a secret relationship with Trump or cultivate him as an asset? Was the former intelligence officer and his material deemed credible or not?...

    In June, the former Western intelligence officer—who spent almost two decades on Russian intelligence matters and who now works with a US firm [FusionGPS] that gathers information on Russia for corporate clients—was assigned the task of researching Trump’s dealings in Russia and elsewhere, according to [Steele] and his associates in [FusionGPS]....Before [Steele] was retained, the project’s financing switched to a client allied with Democrats...

    This was, [Steele] remarks, “an extraordinary situation.” He regularly consults with US government agencies on Russian matters, and near the start of July on his own initiative—without the permission of the US company that hired him—he sent a report he had written for [FusionGPS] to [Peter Strzok] at the FBI, according to [Steele] and his American associates...[Steele] says he concluded that the information he had collected on Trump was “sufficiently serious” to share with the FBI...

    Mother Jones has reviewed that report and other memos [Steele] wrote....

    [Steele] says the response from the FBI was “shock and horror"...in August, they say, the FBI asked him for all information in his possession...[Steele] forwarded to the bureau several memos—some of which referred to members of Trump’s inner circle. After that point, he continued to share information with the FBI. “It’s quite clear there was or is a pretty substantial inquiry going on,” he says. “This is something of huge significance, way above party politics"....

    There’s no way to tell whether the FBI has confirmed or debunked any of the allegations contained in [Steele's] memos.[141]
  • New York Times headlines, Investigating Donald Trump, F.B.I. Sees No Clear Link To Russia:
    For much of the summer, the F.B.I. pursued a widening investigation into a Russian role in the American presidential campaign. Agents scrutinized advisers close to Donald J. Trump, looked for financial connections with Russian financial figures, searched for those involved in hacking the computers of Democrats, and even chased a lead – which they ultimately came to doubt – about a possible secret channel of email communication from the Trump Organization to a Russian bank.

    Law enforcement officials say that none of the investigations so far have found any conclusive or direct link between Mr. Trump and the Russian government...

    Hillary Clinton’s supporters, angry over what they regard as a lack of scrutiny of Mr. Trump by law enforcement officials, pushed for these investigations.[142]
  • FBI Dir. James Comey, the man entrusted to investigate leaks, later admits to being an anonymous source for the New York Times.
  • Hillary Clinton leaks classified information from Obama's domestic spying when she tweets about a webserver in Trump Tower and a Russian bank, "computer scientists" being a code word to mask her source.[143] The information was gathered under authority granted by the Oct. 15 FISA warrant, and "computer scientists" is used to mask the US intelligence community as the source.[144] Some speculate the server was hacked by the CIA with malware in order to obtain a FISA warrant.[145] Either way, neither the FBI nor the chief spokesman for the intelligence community, Dir. Clapper, ever found evidence to impugn Trump or any associates. Trump Tower is a mixed use skyscraper in which thousands of people rotate in and out regularly.
  • BakerHostetler, the law firm acting on behalf of Prevezon Holdings and its owner Denis Katsyv, makes final payment to FusionGPS. FusionGPS was hired by BakerHostetler to investigate Bill Browder who helped push through the Magnitsky Act. Glenn Simpson, founding partner of Fusion GPS, compiled the research for the anti-Browder project. He worked closely with Natalia Veselnitskaya, a Russian lawyer. Katsyv, a Russian businessman, and Prevezon sought to limit the impact of the Magnitsky Act sanctions. Payments from BakerHostetler to FusionGPS since March 2016 total $523,651.
  • Senate Democratic Leader Harry Reid files complaint with FBI against Dir. Comey alleging misconduct as does former George W. Bush White House counsel Richard Painter files complaint with the Government Ethics Office alleging Hatch Act violations.[146]
  • October. Jared Kushner’s real estate company finalizes a $285 million loan with Deutsche Bank as part of a refinancing package for its property near Times Square. In total, the refinancing deal reportedly results in Kushner’s company receiving $74 million more than it had paid for the property in 2015, when Kushner had negotiated the purchase with Lev Leviev, an Uzbek-born Israeli citizen who is one of the world’s wealthiest men. Deutsche Bank was negotiating to settle New York state regulators’ charges that it had aided a possible Russian money-laundering scheme. Eventually, the state cases were settled in December and January.
  • FBI offers to pay Christopher Steele for work on the Steele dossier.

November 2016

  • 1 November. Kim Dotcom says more Clinon emails to be released and; Hillary Clinton is in "serious trouble."[147]
  • Former Clinton Administration-era FBI Assistant Director James Kallstrom says in radio interview the Clinton's are a crime family, the Clinton Foundation is a cesspool of corruption, Attn. Gen. Loretta Lynch impeded the email investigation by empaneling a grand jury, and that Dir. James Comey and the top leadership held back the investigation.[148]
  • 2 November. True Pundit reports
    New York Police Department detectives and prosecutors working an alleged underage sexting case against former Congressman Anthony Weiner have turned over a newly-found laptop he shared with wife Huma Abedin to the FBI with enough evidence “to put Hillary (Clinton) and her crew away for life,” NYPD sources told True Pundit.
    NYPD sources said Clinton’s “crew” also included several unnamed yet implicated members of Congress in addition to her aides and insiders.
    The NYPD seized the computer from Weiner during a search warrant and detectives discovered a trove of over 500,000 emails to and from Hillary Clinton, Abedin and other insiders during her tenure as secretary of state. The content of those emails sparked the FBI to reopen its defunct email investigation into Clinton on Friday.
    But new revelations on the contents of that laptop, according to law enforcement sources, implicate the Democratic presidential candidate, her subordinates, and even select elected officials in far more alleged serious crimes than mishandling classified and top secret emails, sources said. NYPD sources said these new emails include evidence linking Clinton herself and associates to: Money laundering, Child exploitation, Sex crimes with minors (children); Perjury; Pay to play through Clinton Foundation; Obstruction of justice; Other felony crimes.
    NYPD detectives and a NYPD Chief, the department’s highest rank under Commissioner, said openly that if the FBI and Justice Department fail to garner timely indictments against Clinton and co- conspirators, NYPD will go public with the damaging emails now in the hands of FBI Director James Comey and many FBI field offices.
    “What’s in the emails is staggering and as a father, it turned my stomach,” the NYPD Chief said. “There is not going to be any Houdini-like escape from what we found. We have copies of everything. We will ship them to Wikileaks or I will personally hold my own press conference if it comes to that.”
    The NYPD Chief said once Comey saw the alarming contents of the emails he was forced to reopen a criminal probe against Clinton.
    “People are going to prison,” he said.
    Meanwhile, FBI sources said Abedin and Weiner were cooperating with federal agents, who have taken over the non-sexting portions the case from NYPD. The husband-and-wife Clinton insiders are both shopping for separate immunity deals, sources said.
    “If they don’t cooperate they are going to see long sentences,” a federal law enforcement source said.
    NYPD sources said Weiner or Abedin stored all the emails in a massive Microsoft Outlook program on the laptop. The emails implicate other current and former members of Congress and one high-ranking Democratic Senator as having possibly engaged in criminal activity too, sources said.
    Prosecutors in the office of US Attorney Preet Bharara have issued a subpoena for Weiner’s cell phones and travel records, law enforcement sources confirmed. NYPD said it planned to order the same phone and travel records on Clinton and Abedin, however, the FBI said it was in the process of requesting the identical records. Law enforcement sources are particularly interested in cell phone activity and travel to the Bahamas, U.S. Virgin Islands and other locations that sources would not divulge.
    The new emails contain travel documents and itineraries indicating Hillary Clinton, President Bill Clinton, Weiner and multiple members of Congress and other government officials accompanied convicted pedophile billionaire Jeffrey Epstein on his Boeing 727 on multiple occasions to his private island in the U.S Virgin Islands, sources said. Epstein’s island has also been dubbed Orgy Island or Sex Slave Island where Epstein allegedly pimps out underage girls and boys to international dignitaries.
    Both NYPD and FBI sources confirm based on the new emails they now believe Hillary Clinton traveled as Epstein’s guest on at least six occasions, probably more when all the evidence is combed, sources said. Bill Clinton, it has been confirmed in media reports spanning recent years, that he too traveled with Epstein over 20 times to the island.
    Laptop Also Unveiled More Classified, Top Secret Breaches.
    According to other uncovered emails, Abedin and Clinton both sent and received thousands of classified and top secret documents to personal email accounts including Weiner’s unsecured campaign web site which is managed by Democratic political consultants in Washington D.C.
    Weiner maintained little known email accounts that the couple shared on the website anthonyweiner.com. Weiner, a former seven-term Democratic Congressman from New York, primarily used that domain to campaign for Congress and for his failed mayoral bid of New York City.
    At one point, FBI sources said, Abedin and Clinton’s classified and top secret State Department documents and emails were stored in Weiner’s email on a server shared with a dog grooming service and a western Canadian bicycle shop.
    However, Weiner and Abedin, who is Hillary Clinton’s closest personal aide, weren’t the only people with access to the Weiner’s email account. Potentially dozens of unknown individuals had access to Abedin’s sensitive State Department emails that were stored in Weiner’s email account, FBI sources confirmed.
    FEC records show Weiner paid more than $92,000 of congressional campaign funds to Anne Lewis Strategies LLC to manage his email and web site. According to FBI sources, the D.C.-based political consulting firm has served as the official administrator of the anthonyweiner.com domain since 2010, the same time Abedin was working at the State Department. This means technically Weiner and Abedin’s emails, including top secret State Department emails, could have been accessed, printed, discussed, leaked, or distributed by untold numbers of personnel at the Anne Lewis consulting firm because they can control where the website and it emails are pointed, FBI sources said.
    According to FBI sources, the bureau’s newly-minted probe into Clinton’s use and handling of emails while she served as secretary of state, has also been broadened to include investigating new email-related revelations, including:
  • Abedin forwarded classified and top secret State Department emails to Weiner’s email
  • Abedin stored emails, containing government secrets, in a special folder shared with Weiner warehousing over 500,000 archived State Department emails.
  • Weiner had access to these classified and top secret documents without proper security clearance to view the records
  • Abedin also used a personal yahoo address and her Clintonemail.com address to send/receive/store classified and top secret documents
  • A private consultant managed Weiner’s site for the last six years, including three years when Clinton was secretary of state, and therefore, had full access to all emails as the domain’s listed registrant and administrator via Whois email contacts.
    Because Weiner’s campaign website is managed by the third-party consultant and political email guru, FBI agents are burdened with the task of trying to decipher just how many people had access to Weiner’s server and emails and who were these people. Or if the server was ever compromised by hackers, or other actors.
    Abedin told FBI agents in an April interview that she didn’t know how to consistently print documents or emails from her secure Dept. of State system. Instead, she would forward the sensitive emails to her yahoo, Clintonemail.com and her email linked to Weiner.
    Abedin said, according to FBI documents, she would then access those email accounts via webmail from an unclassified computer system at the State Dept. and print the documents, many of which were classified and top secret, from the largely unprotected webmail portals.
    Clinton did not have a computer in her office on Mahogany Row at the State Dept. so she was not able to read timely intelligence unless it was printed out for her, Abedin said. Abedin also said Clinton could not operate the secure State Dept. fax machine installed in her Chappaqua, NY home without assistance.
    Perhaps more alarming, according to the FBI’s 302 Report detailing its interview with Abedin, none of the multiple FBI agents and Justice Department officials who conducted the interview pressed Abedin to further detail the email address linked to Weiner. There was never a follow up, according to the 302 report.[149]
  • DoJ Assistant Attorney Peter Kadzik outed as a mole for Hillary Clinton campaign.[150]
  • 3 November. Lisa Page wrote to Strzok, “The nyt [New York Times] probability numbers are dropping every day. I’m scared for our organization,” a reference to the New York Times presidential election forecast, which gave Hillary Clinton as high as a 93% chance of winning on October 25, before dropping to an 85% change as of November 3. <--!International Business Times reports child victim of Anthoney Weiner writes to Dir. Comey accusing Comey of outing her identity to reporters and victimizing her again.[151]-->
  • 7 November. Louise Mensch of HeatStreet reports two separate sources with links to the counter-intelligence community confirmed that the FBI was granted a FISA court warrant in October, giving counter-intelligence permission to examine the activities of ‘U.S. persons’ in Donald Trump’s campaign.[152]
Michael Moore, a voracious producer and consumer of Leftist junk media, was duped by Putin's cybertrolls into leading an anti-Trump rally at Trump Tower.
  • 8 November. Donald Trump elected president. FBI investigator Peter Strzok texts FBI lawyer Lisa Page, "f*****g terrifying."
  • Lisa Page text to Strzok, “OMG THIS IS F****** TERRIFYING.” Strzok responds, “Omg, I am so depressed.”
  • 10 November. Facebook founder Mark Zuckerberg says "the idea that fake news on Facebook ― of which it’s a small amount of content ― influenced the election in any way is a pretty crazy idea.”[153]
  • 11 November. Facebook CEO & founder Mark Zuckerberg calls Clinton campaign & Deep State theory that Russian fake news influenced the U.S. presidential election "a pretty crazy idea."[154]
  • 12 November. Michael Moore attends Russian organized BlackMattersUS march in front of Trump Tower.[155]
  • 17 November. NSA Director Mike Rogers makes unannounced trip to Trump Tower to meet with President-elect Trump without notifying the White House.[156] Rogers warned Trump of Obama administration illegal spying on Trump and the transition team. Trump immediately moves transition headquarters from Trump Tower to Trump National Golf Club in Bedminster, New Jersey to interview and discuss the most sensitive positions to fill, Defense, State, CIA, ODNI.[157]
  • Congress renews calls for perjury charges against ODNI boss James Clapper.[158]
  • Strzok texts Lisa Page "Sessions for AG," along with a profanity. Page replies, "Good god."
  • United States votes against Russian sponsored resolution entitled "Combating glorification of Nazism, Neo-Nazism and other practices that contribute to fueling contemporary forms of racism, racial discrimination, xenophobia and related intolerance," in support of the Ukrainian government.[159]
  • 19 November. Washington Post reports Defense Secretary Ashton Carter and DNI James Clapper recommend to the White House NSA chief Rogers be fired. Rogers traveled to New York to meet with President-elect Trump days earlier at Trump Tower for warning Trump about the Obama administration illegal surveillance of the Trump team. "That caused consternation at senior levels of the administration, according to officials."[160]
  • 22 November. Hillary's "computer scientists" urge election recount.[161]
  • Sometime around Thanksgiving. Glenn Simpson of FusionGPS and Dep. Attn. Gen. Bruce Ohr meet while President-elect Trump is in the process of selecting his cabinet, and discussed the Clinton campaign's Steele dossier, the Russia meddling investigation, and what Simpson considered the distressing development of Trump’s victory. Ohr's wife, Nellie Ohr worked for both FusionGPS and CIA. Nellie Ohr represented the CIA's "Open Source Works" group in a 2010 "expert working group report on international organized crime" along with Bruce Ohr and Glenn Simpson. Open Source Works, the CIA’s in-house open source analysis component, is devoted to intelligence analysis of unclassified, open source information. The directive that established Open Source Works is classified, as is the charter of the organization. CIA says the existence of any such records is a classified fact.

December 2016

Hillary made an early accommodation with the IC, in exchange for promises of future appointments and promotions of certain careerists inside the IC, she was given a free pass. The same deal is being offered to Donald Trump. By "walking back" negative statements Trump made about the IC, in particular the CIA, and "going along" with congressional investigations into Russian collusion which ultimately would end in a whitewash, Trump could gain cooperation in deal making for career employees and appointments. If not, hearing Trump's promise to drain the swamp, the Intelligence Community is "going to war."

With the creation of ISIS, the Obama White House and Intelligence Community had much to hide. The Benghazi massacre derailed their plans; rather than a quick overthrow of Assad it led to Russian involvement and a continuing war of attrition. Anyone involved in fomenting the atrocity which is the Syrian war, the crimes against peace and crimes against humanity, felt vulnerable.


  • 4 December. New Zealand Prime Minister resigns after getting caught giving $13.7 million in taxpayer money to the Clinton Foundation.[162]
  • 5 December. FBI Dep. Dir. of Counterintelligence Peter Strzok gives false and misleading briefing to House Intelligence Committee investigators into Hillary Clinton's Steele dossier. House Intelligence Committee investigators later were contacted by an informant suggesting that there was “documentary evidence” that Strzok was obstructing the House probe into the Steele dossier.[163]
Brennan. Brennan managed Obama's 'kill list' and created a false narrative of 'warrantless wiretaps' to mask information coming to him from the CIA's torture program, which he oversaw. When investigated, he hacked into the investigators' computers. The Guardian says over 1100 were killed targeting 41 individuals on the kill list.[164] He also oversaw stomping out negative press reporting of the Obama administration by harassing journalists. Brennan authored a fake memo which was widely circulated with unmasked names in the closing days of the Obama administration alleging President-elect Trump was a KGB agent and Putin-stooge. Leftist violence and attacks on Trump supporters were widespread. On Jan. 12 a Tweet came from an NSA insider, "Their taking traitor Trump out now."
  • 10 December. IC goon John Schindler issues series of threats and ultimatums in open source medium (SOCMINT or Social Media Intelligence, part of a 5th "domain of war") after the FBI established that DNC emails published by Wikileaks originated with Seth Rich, and not Russian hackers. Schindler maintains the official talking points of "for years" "the Kremlin is behind Wikileaks," the quick way to deny the veracity of anything, including future leaks.[165]
*ATTN @realDonaldTrump: going to war with the IC is a truly colossally stupid thing to do, per this tweetstorm [ link to CNN article[166] ] /1 5:47 AM - 10 Dec 2016
*I've been telling you for years—esp last few months—that the Kremlin is behind Wikileaks. Now the IC is saying so openly. Big deal. /2 5:48 AM - 10 Dec 2016
*IC has hard proof at TS+ level that Moscow used Wikileaks to hurt Hillary and help Trump in 2016. These are facts that will not go away.
[Ed. note: IC = Intelligence Community. TS+ = Top-Secret Plus.] /3 5:49 AM - 10 Dec 2016
*The investigation demanded by Congress will reveal what we already know—that Putin wanted US political chaos & if possible a Trump win /4 5:50 AM - 10 Dec 2016
*Team Trump now has to decide to go along with the investigation of Russian interference or fight it; seems they have chosen the latter. /5 5:50 AM - 10 Dec 2016
*Publicly attacking the IC as Trump has just done will end very badly for Don. Remember what happened when Hillary attacked the spooks? /5 5:51 AM - 10 Dec 2016
*Have you really forgotten about #EmailGate already, @realDonaldTrump? Mocking the IC in public will result in big things you won't like. /6 5:52 AM - 10 Dec 2016
*The IC dislikes you intensely and they hate Flynn. The spooks have much more on you than they had on Hillary. This is a #YUGE mistake. /7 5:53 AM - 10 Dec 2016
*Only way Trump can make the issue of Russian interference worse is by impugning American intelligence. Which Don just did. Get popcorn /8 5:54 AM - 10 Dec 2016
*IC knows the full picture of what happened this year. They're not happy with you, @realDonaldTrump. You have the weekend to walk it back. /9 5:55 AM - 10 Dec 2016
*If Don won't walk back his foolish attack on the IC, watch for leaked terms like KGB, FSB, SVR, kompromat, Mogilevich, Organizatsiya... /10 6:00 AM - 10 Dec 2016
  • 13 December. Sen. McCain receives copy of Steele dossier.[167]
  • 15 December. DNI Clapper signs off on NSA directive for new rules of circulating raw wiretapping evidence; needs Attn. Gen. Loretta Lynch's signature to take effect.
  • 16 December. Inspector General Empowerment Act of 2016 signed into law giving the OIG access to all information that a target agency possesses, reversing Obama administration's stonewalling IG investigations. This access not only includes the agency's internal documentation and data, but also that which the agency externally collected and documented.
  • 22 December. December 22, right after this resolution was proposed, a “very senior member” of Trump’s transition team — who has been identified as Jared Kushner direct Michael Flynn to contact officials of the various foreign governments on the UN Security Council to inform them Trump opposed an Obama orchestrated resolution condemning Israeli settlement activity.
  • 23 December. Russian Amb. Sergei Kislyak informs Flynn that Russia would not vote against the Obama administration's resolution condemning Israel despite Trump's opposition to it.[168]
  • 28 December. Perkins Coie, the surrogate law firm acting on behalf of Hillary Clinton campaign and DNC to write the Steele dossier, makes a payment of $58,669 to FusionGPS. Payments total $1,024,408 since May. Donna Brazille later reveals the Clinton campaign was in control of the DNC budget since mid 2015.
  • Obama signs executive order with new round of sanctions against Russia. Flynn seeks guidance from K.T. McFarland about what to tell Kislyak. Flynn and McFarland discuss how the sanctions might affect Trump foreign-policy goals. McFarland tells Flynn that the transition team did not want Russia to escalate the situation — meaning, not to respond aggressively to Obama’s move.
  • Flynn calls Kislyak, asking that Russia not escalate — that it restrict itself to a measured, reciprocal response.
Mainstream news sources repeated fake news put out by the Obama administration stirring up anti-Russian hysteria to justify the illegal surveillance of Gen. Michael Flynn's conversations with the Russian ambassador.
  • 29 December. Obama announced sanctions against Russia as retribution for alleged hacking activities. From this date until Trump’s inauguration January 20, the White House aggressively pumps into the media two streams of information: one about Russian hacking; the other about Trump’s Russia connection. The two streams are merged into one in the hands of sympathetic reporters.[169]
  • 30 December. CrowdStrike claim of Russian hacking, reiterated by the Obama White House, debunked.[170]
  • Washington Post falsely reports on a Russian effort to penetrate the electrical grid by hacking into a Vermont utility. The story offers a senior administration official speculating on Russian motives. The infrastructure hack is reported to be part of a broader hacking campaign that includes election hacking. The story then moves to Trump: “He…has spoken highly of Russian President Vladimir Putin, despite President Obama’s suggestion that the approval for hacking came from the highest levels of the Kremlin.”[171] The story is repeated by news organizations throughout America. Only later the Washington Post retracts it regarding how far the Russian compromised computers.
  • Mainstream fake news hysteria over "Russian vote hacking" put out by the Obama administration.[172]
  • Putin announces that Russia will not take retaliatory measures agwinst Obana sanctions at that time.
  • 31 December. Kislyak explains to Flynn no retaliatory measures to Obama sanctions was done in deference to Flynn’s request. Flynn made no promises to Russia about the sanctions.

2017

January 2017

John Brennan attached Hillary Clinton's opposition research dossier to the official Presidential daily intelligence briefing for Obama. Obama ordered the briefing to be shared with Trump. The special classified briefing was then leaked to the Washington media, allowing them to use the presidential briefing to justify publication of unsubstantiated claims journalistic standards prevented them from using up to that point.

When CNN broke the story of the dossier, co-written by Evan Perez - a friend and former colleague of FusionGPS principal Glenn Simpson, it cleared the way for BuzzFeed to publish the dossier, and signaled that the intelligence community was implementing the "insurance policy". This completed a circular echo chamber, binding the intelligence community - chartered to steal and keep secrets, to the media - embodying the right to free speech.

Russiagate was no longer part of Hillary Clinton's political campaign directed at Trump, it was now a disinformation operation aimed at the American public, as the pre-election media coverage resonated more fully with the Steele dossier in the open. You see, said the press: everything we published about Trump and Putin is really true—there’s a document proving it. What the press corps neglected to add is that they’d been reporting the same talking points from the same opposition research since before the election, and were now showcasing the same “evidence” to prove it was all true.


  • 1 January. Washington Post retracts fake news story about Russian hacking into the power grid; however, slanders, speculation, and innuendo about election hacking, Trump-Putin relations, and Kremlin directives remain unretracted.[173]
  • 3 January. Attn. Gen. Loretta Lynch signs off on new rules permitting the NSA to disseminate “raw signals intelligence information.”[174]
  • "In its final days, the Obama administration has expanded the power of the National Security Agency to share globally intercepted personal communications with the government’s 16 other intelligence agencies before applying privacy protections," the New York Times reports on 12 January; basically, an authorization to circulate the Brennan memo to be issued three days hence (6 January) currently in the works.[175] The expansion of the order makes it difficult to narrow in on leaks. This constitutes Obama's amending Executive Order 12333.[176] DNI James Clapper previously signed off on 15 December 2016.
  • Julian Assange tells Sean Hannity Russia not source of DNC emails.
  • 5 January. FBI Director James Comey testifies to Senate Intelligence Committee that the DNC refused multiple requests to examine their servers after allegations of hacking.[177] As of April 2017, the FBI still never examined the servers to see if any hacking indeed took place. DNC continues to deny FBI ever made any requests.[178]
  • Trump tweets, "The Democratic National Committee would not allow the FBI to study or see its computer info after it was supposedly hacked by Russia.”[179] Trump sends follow up tweet, "So how and why are they so sure about hacking if they never even requested an examination of the computer servers? What is going on?”[180]
  • Susan Rice sends email to herself about a meeting where the Steele dossier was discussed:[181][182][183]
    "On January 5, following a briefing by IC leadership on Russian hacking during the 2016 Presidential election, President Obama had a brief follow-on conversation with FBI Director Jim Comey and Deputy Attorney General Sally Yates in the Oval Office. Vice President Biden and I were also present.
    President Obama began the conversation by stressing his continued commitment to ensuring that every aspect of this issue is handled by the Intelligence and law enforcement communities "by the book". The President stressed that he is not asking about, initiating or instructing anything from a law enforcement perspective. He reiterated that our law enforcement team needs to proceed as it normally would by the book.
    From a national security perspective, however, President Obama said he wants to be sure that, as we engage with the incoming team, we are mindful to ascertain if there is any reason that we cannot share information fully as it relates to Russia.
    [Redacted section]
    The President asked Comey to inform him if anything changes in the next few weeks that should affect how we share classified information with the incoming team. Comey said he would."[184]
  • 6 January. Congress certifies Donald Trump's victory with 306 Electoral votes.
  • CIA Director John Brennan issues Joint Analysis Report, a joint Comey, Clapper and Brennan document consisting of old reports on RT with innuendo from the Steele dossier alleging Russian collusion. NSA Dir. Mike Rogers dissents.[185]
  • The Washington Post was assured by Obama intelligence officials that "the sources involved in the [dossier's] reporting were credible enough to warrant inclusion of their claims in the highly classified [presidential] report.”[186] John Brennan however, in public testimony months later, said the dossier and its sources were not credible enough to incorporate the information in the separate January 2017 intelligence report on Russian election interference publicly released by the administration. Brennan swore the Steele dossier did not “in any way” factor into the CIA's assessment that Russia interfered in the election to help Trump. However, congressional investigators suggest a classified version of the January 2017 intelligence report contradicts Brennan's sworn testimony.
  • James Comey runs entrapment sting on President-elect Trump, allegedly alerting him of the contents of the bogus Steele dossier,[187] yet in his June 2017 Congressional testimony Comey said it was "salaciouand unverifed." In December 2017 Dep. Dir. Andrew McCabe testified no surveillance warrant would have been sought from the FISA court without the Steele dossier.
  • Trump critics launch xenophobic anti-Russian hate and smear campaign.[188]
  • 9 January. Attn. Michael Cohen files defamation suit against Glenn Simpson and FusionGPS.[189]
  • 10 January. Obama and CIA leak the phony Steele dossier alleging Russian collusion with the Trump campaign[190] and a video of a prostitute urinating in Trump's face in a Moscow hotel room in 2013. Steele personally was paid $168,000 to write the dossier which made its way into the hands of the FBI and was used to procure FISA warrants.
  • CNN & BuzzFeed jointly make Steele dossier available to the public; Clinton campaign chairman John Podesta, who with the DNC paid FusionGPS $1,024,408 for the dossier, secretly meet with FusionGPS boss Glenn Simpson.[191]
  • 11 January. Trump responds to Obama administration slanders on twitter: "I win an election easily, a great "movement" is verified, and crooked opponents try to belittle our victory with FAKE NEWS. A sorry state! … Intelligence agencies should never have allowed this fake news to ‘leak’ into the public. One last shot at me. Are we living in Nazi Germany?”[192]
  • The UK Guardian reported that "the FBI applied for a warrant from the foreign intelligence surveillance (Fisa) court over the summer in order to monitor four members of the Trump team suspected of irregular contacts with Russian officials. The Fisa court turned down the application asking FBI counter-intelligence investigators to narrow its focus." The Guardian further stated unconfirmed reports claim a warrant was obtained in October.[193]
  • Steele dossier authored by same group hired by Planned Parenthood to refute charges it was selling body parts.[194]
Langley's 7th floor is a reference to CIA headquarters. The 20 Committee originated with British counter-intelligence during World War II, known as the XX Committee, or Double Cross Committee. It used the "Double Cross system" of compromising foreign agents and getting them to feed false information back home (hence the objective of a counter-intelligence investigation is not to make arrests or bring indictments). Participation by Americans today represents joint American-British counter-intelligence against a common enemy throughout the Cold War all the way back to Hitler. Trump is viewed as a threat to the NATO alliance for demanding NATO allies shoulder their share of the cost burden.
  • 12 January. Former NSA official John Schindler tweets, "When @IgnatiusPost speaks, Langley's 7th floor lips are moving. They are taking traitor Trump out now."[195] Langley's 7th floor is a reference to CIA headquarters.
  • David Ignatius of the Washington Post publishes illegal leak of unmasked details of Michael Flynn's phone call with the Russian Ambassador obtained by FISA warrant. "What did Flynn say, and did it undercut the U.S. sanctions?" Ignatius asked. "The Logan Act (though never enforced) bars U.S. citizens from correspondence intending to influence a foreign government about 'disputes' with the United States."[196]
  • Susan Rice “unmasked” Flynn’s name and it was leaked to Ignatius.[197] The leaking of the unmasked identity of a US citizen's name gathered in a foreign intelligence operation is a criminal and civil rights violation.[198]
  • Inspector General (IG) begins review of Andrew McCabe, FBI Deputy Dir. and others for conflict of interest in the Hillary Clinton email probe.[199] McCabe, who assisted in writing the bogus Benghazi talking points for Susan Rice and oversaw the whitewashing of Hillary's email investigation, is married to a candidate for the Virginia state Senate who took $700,000 from Terry McAuliffe's PAC while the FBI’s investigation of Clinton's emails was ongoing. McAuliffe simultaneously with Clinton was under FBI investigation for pay-to-play schemes involving a Chinese businessman.[200] McAuliffe ran Bill Clinton's 1996 presidential campaign which was marred by a foreign influence peddling scheme known as Chinagate. McAuliffe was Hillary's 2008 campaign manager.
  • Inspector General also begins looking into allegations of FBI misconduct in the Hillary Clinton email scandal. The IG will review allegations that DOJ “policies or procedures were not followed in connection with, or in actions leading up to or related to” Dir. Comey’s July 2016 announcement that Democratic presidential nominee Hillary Clinton would not be charged in her use of a private email server while secretary of state. This investigation uncovered the conspiratorial Strzok-Page txt msgs exchange.[201]
  • 13 January. Chuck Ross of the Daily Caller identifies FusionGPS, Christopher Steele's employer, and Glenn Simpson its founder as the same group that lobbyied on behalf of the Kremlin in July 2016 for efforts to repeal the Magnitsky Act,[202] remove the name “Magnitsky” from the Global Magnitsky Act, delay the bills passage, and cast doubt on the Justice Dept.’s version of events prior to the passage of the Magnitsky Act. The defrauded complaintant referred to Simpson, who was hired by the Clinton campaign and DNC as "a professional smear campaigner.” “Glenn Simpson knowingly spread false information on behalf of people connected to the Russian government to try to protect Russian torturers and murderers from consequences.”[203] Ross stated that part of Simpson’s work involved passing stories to his deep network of journalism contacts in order to undermine the law.
  • Obama signs Executive Order removing US Attorney Dana Boente from the line of succession to be acting Attorney General placing Sally Yates in his stead.[204]
  • 16 January. Susan Rice says on NPR, "We were able to find a solution that actually removed the chemical weapons that were known from Syria in a way that the use of force would never have accomplished."[205]
  • 17 January. Obama releases four terrorists deemed a threat to national security.[206]
  • 18 January. McClatchy News Service headlined a story that the FBI, the CIA, the National Security Agency, the Justice Department, the Treasury Department’s Financial Crimes Enforcement Network and representatives of the Director of National Intelligence (DNI) collaborated for months in an investigation of Donald Trump, according to two anonymous sources.[207]
The New York Times ran a fake news headline as Trump arrived in Washington to be inaugurated. The illegally procured wiretap data was based on opposition research materials paid for by Clintonites and the FBI, slandering Trump and associates. It had the effect of suppressing Trump approval ratings to record lows his first 100 days and derailing Trump appointments and legislative agenda. Media manipulation for political purposes by the Obama intelligence community violates US law.
  • 19 January. The New York Times carried a frontpage headline, Wiretapped Data Used in Inquiry of Trump Aides. The article stated "investigators have accelerated their efforts in recent weeks but have found no conclusive evidence of wrongdoing, the officials said. One official said intelligence reports based on some of the wiretapped communications had been provided to the White House.[208] The headline has been changed for its online version.[209]
  • 20 January. Donald Trump inaugurated president.
  • 21 January. White House Chief Strategist Steve Bannon calls Carter Page, bringing Bannon under FBI Title I FISA surveillance.[210]
  • 23 January. Washington Post reports FBI found nothing illicit in Flynn's call with Amb. Kislyak.[211] Leaking Flynn,'s name was a violation of law.
  • 24 January. Business Insider reports that U.S. intelligence agencies had been investigating people in Trump's presidential campaign throughout the campaign season.[212]
  • Mike Flynn interviewed by Peter Strzok at the White House by the FBI.[213]
  • 25 January. Department of Justice receives detailed readout from the FBI agents who had interviewed Flynn. Acting AG Sally Yates said she felt “it was important to get this information to the White House as quickly as possible.”
  • 26 January. Yates calls WH Counsel Don McGahn to tell him she had “a very sensitive matter” that had to be discussed face to face. McGahn agrees to meet with Yates in the afternoon.
  • Sally Yates travels to the White House along with a senior member of the DOJ’s National Security Division, Bill Priestap, who was overseeing the matter. This was Yates’ first meeting with McGahn in his office, which also acts as a sensitive compartmented information facility (SCIF).
  • Yates said she began their meeting by laying out the media accounts and media statements made by Vice President Mike Pence and other high-ranking White House officials about General Flynn’s activity “that we knew not to be the truth.”
  • According to Sally Yates testimony, she and Bill Priestap reportedly presented all the information to McGahn so the White House could take action that they deemed appropriate. When asked by McGahn if Flynn should be fired, Yates answered, “that really wasn’t our call.”
  • Yates also said her decision to notify the White House counsel had been discussed “at great length.” According to her testimony: “Certainly leading up to our notification on the 26th, it was a topic of a whole lot of discussion in DOJ and with other members of the intel community.”
  • 27 January. White House Counsel Don McGahn calls Yates and asks if she could come back to his office. According to her testimony, Sally Yates returned to the White House late that afternoon. One of McGahn’s topics discussed was whether Flynn could be prosecuted for his conduct. Specifically, according to Yates, one of the questions McGahn asked Yates was, “Why does it matter to DOJ if one White House official lies to another?” She explained that it “was a whole lot more than that,” and reviewed the same issues outlined the prior day.
  • McGahn expressed his concern that taking action might interfere with the FBI investigation of Flynn, and Yates said it wouldn’t. “It wouldn’t really be fair of us to tell you this and then expect you to sit on your hands,” Yates told McGahn.
  • McGahn asked if he could look at the underlying evidence of Flynn’s conduct, and she said they would work with the FBI over the weekend and “get back with him on Monday morning.”
  • Trump has dinner with FBI Director James Comey where President Trump asked if he was under investigation.
  • 28 January. Navy SEAL William Ryan Owen killed during intelligence gathering operation against al-Qaeda in Yemen.
  • January. Evidence suggests either Christopher Steele lied in sworn court depositions and testimony, or the FBI lied in to the FISA court in warrant renewal applications.
  • In the FBI/DOJ renewal application to the FISA court for continued Title I surveillance of Carter Page, Obama operatives again address Christopher Steele's credibility. The FBI noted that it had suspended its relationship with Steele in October 2016 because of Steele's "unauthorized disclosure of information to the press." The FBI relayed to the court that Steele had been bothered by the FBI's notification to Congress in October 2016 about the reopening of the Clinton investigation, and as a result "[Steele] independently and against the prior admonishment from the FBI to speak only with the FBI on this matter, released the [Steele dossier allegations against Page] to an identified news organization." However, the FBI continued to cite to Steele's past work as evidence of his reliability, and stated that "the incident that led to the FBI suspending its relationship with [Steele] occurred after [Steele] provided" the FBI with the dossier information described in the application. The FBI further asserted in footnote 19 that it did not believe that Steele directly gave information to Yahoo News that "published the September 23 News Article". The FBI represented to the court that they believed Steele's claim that he had only provided the dossier information to the FBI and FusionGPS - and not to the media - prior to his October media contact that resulted in the FBI suspending the relationship. Accordingly, the FBI still deemed the information he provided prior to the October disclosure as reliable. After all, the FBI already believed Steele was reliable, he had previously told the FBI he had not shared the information with the press - and lying to the FBI is a crime.
  • In defending Steele's credibility to the FISA court the FBI had posited an innocuous explanation for the September 23, 2016 Yahoo News article, based on the assumption that Steele had told the FBI the truth about his press contacts. The FBI then vouched for him twice more, using the same rationale, in subsequent renewal applications filed with the Foreign Intelligence Surveillance Court in April and June 2017. However, public reports, court filings, and information obtained by the Senate Judiciary Committee indicate that Steele not only provided dossier information to the FBI, but also to numerous media organizations prior to the end of his relationship with the FBI in October 2016. In Steele's sworn court filings in litigation in London, he admitted that he "gave off the record briefings to a small number of journalists about the pre-election memoranda [i.e., the dossier in late summer/autumn 2016] In another sworn filing in that case, Steele·further stated that journalists from "the New York Times, the Washington Post, Yaboo News, the New Yorker, and CNN" were "briefed at tbe end of September 2016 by [Steele] and Fusion at Fusion's instruction." The filing further states that Steele "subsequently participated in further meetings at Fusion's instruction with Fusion and the New York Times, the Washington Post, and Yahoo News, which took place mid-October 2016." According to these court filings, " the briefings involved the disclosure of limited intelligence regarding indications of Russian interference in the US election process and the possible co-ordination of members of Trump's campaign..team and Russian government officials." In his interview with the Committee, Glenn Simpson of FusionGPS confirmed this account by Steele and his company as filed in the British court. The first of these filings was pUblicly reported in the U.S. media in April of 2017, yet the FBI did not subsequently disclose to the FISC this evidence that would suggest that Steele had lied to the FBI. Instead the application still relied on his credibility prior to the October media incident. The FBI received similar information from a Justice Department official, Bruce Ohr, who maintained contacts with Simpson and Steele about their dossier work, and whose wife also worked for Fusion GPS on the Russia project.

February 2017

  • 2 February. Politico reports 5 House IT staffers, including 3 brothers later identified as Abid, Imran, and Jamal Awan, and two their wives were relieved of access to House computers and had been under criminal investigation since late 2016.[214] While full details were not disclosed, subsequently it was learned they managed office information technology for Democratic members of the House Intelligence Committee handling matters on war and terrorism.[215] It was also learned later Imran Awan worked for ex-DNC Chair Debbie Wasserman Schultz,[216] had access to her iPad and password,[217] took $100,000 in cash from an Iraqi company,[218] and was a suspect in the leaking of DNC emails to Wikileaks. Despite verbose allegations of "Russian hacking," the DNC never allowed the FBI to examine its servers to determine if indeed the DNC had been hacked, or did the leaks come from an inside source.[219] The suspects may have been involved in a leak of information that lead to the ambush and death of Navy SEAL William Ryan Owen.[220] Furthermore, because the suspects were Muslim,[221] their activities were covered up and they were not fired til after the death of Owen. Even then, they were initially relieved of duties without their names being released, two weeks later fired,[222] and three weeks after that in a series of press leaks identified as prime suspects in what the media called the "Russian hacking" scandal.
  • Both Australia and the White House deny they were behind the leak of a phone conversation between Trump and the Australian prime minister which received widespread media reporting critical of President Trump.[223]
  • Politico reports “Federal workers turn to encryption to thwart Trump...Whether inside the Environmental Protection Agency, within the Foreign Service, on the edges of the Labor Department or beyond, employees are using new technology … to organize letters, talk strategy, or contact media outlets and other groups to express their dissent...Fearing for their jobs, the employees began communicating incognito using the app Signal shortly after Trump’s inauguration...[T]he goal is to “create a network across the agency.” This may be an effort to evade Congressional oversight.
  • 6 February. Trump blames ‘Obama people’ for leaking details of calls with foreign leaders.[224]
  • 9 February. New York Times reports fake news narrative "Flynn is Said to Have Talked to Russians About Sanctions Before Trump Took Office,"[225] based upon material gathered by the FISA court warrant.
National Security Advisor Gen. Mike Flynn, Rice's successor. Flynn was fired from the Obama administration because he saw the jihadis as an enemy rather than Russia. Trump brought him back. Flynn's civil rights were violated by Obama's spy apparatus and was an early victim of Obama's efforts to sabotage Donald Trump. With Flynn's resignation went hopes for a raprochament with Russia. An arms race or hot war with Russia, Iran, and North Korea is now a possibility, unless President Trump can "drain the swamp" of Obama holdovers among the 15,000 strong national security establishment and Intelligence Community (IC).
  • 11 February. National Security aide to National Security Advisor Michael Flynn is denied a security clearance, in effect, the CIA exercising veto power over the President's management of national security affairs. The action was unprecedented and without cause. Reports say the CIA did not like the aide's attitude toward the agency.[226] “They believe this is a hit job from inside the CIA on Flynn and the people close to him," because the aide "believes that the CIA doesn’t run the world.”[227]
  • 12 February. The Observer reports a Senior Department of Defense official saying since January 20, we’ve assumed that the Kremlin has ears inside the SITROOM".[228]
  • 13 February. Flynn resigns. Reports say Sally Yates warned Don McGahan that Flynn was vulnerable to Russian blackmail;[229] Yates states later, “We weren’t the only ones that knew all of this… the Russians also knew about what General Flynn had done, and the Russians also knew that General Flynn had misled the vice president and others… Not only did we believe that the Russians knew this, but that they likely had proof of this information, and that created a compromise situation––a situation where the national security advisor essentially could be blackmailed by the Russians.”[230]
  • Consortiumnews asks,
senior Justice Department holdovers from the Obama administration concocted an argument that Flynn might be vulnerable to Russian blackmail.
The argument is dubious because the Russians would know that the U.S. government knew exactly what the conversations entailed, so how would the blackmail work?
  • Consortiumnews reports, "Flynn’s real “offense” appears to be that he favors détente with Russia rather than escalation of a new and dangerous Cold War. Trump’s idea of a rapprochement with Moscow – and a search for areas of cooperation and compromise – has been driving Official Washington’s foreign policy establishment crazy for months and the neocons, in particular, have been determined to block it."[231]
  • 14 February. Charles Krauthammer on unmasking of Flynn, "When the conversation involves an American, there are extremely strict procedures to blur the identity, to hide the identity and to protect the information coming from the American. This is the exact opposite of that and it is scary."[232]
After the sacking of Flynn, the IC spokesmen nolonger were making threats against a candidate or president-elect's life, they were calling for open sedition.
  • 15 February. Intelligence Community frontline goon tweets second open threat against the personal safety of the President of the United State.[233]
  • FBI Assistant Director Andrew McCabe tells Chief of Staff Reince Priebus at a one-on-one meeting the New York Times Russia and Trump campaign story was a “bunch of BS”.[234] Priebus asks McCabe if McCabe would be able to say that publicly. McCabe said he would check. Later, McCabe calls back and said he couldn’t issue a statement about it.
  • 16 February. At a press conference Trump lashes out at the tapping of his Oval Office phone conversations with other heads of government. Trump says, "I called, as you know, Mexico. It was a very, very confidential, classified call... I spoke to the president of Mexico; I had a good call. All of a sudden, it's out there for the world to see. It's supposed to be secret. It's supposed to be either confidential or classified, in that case. Same thing with Australia. All of a sudden, people are finding out exactly what took place [in a presidential Oval Office phone call]. The same thing happened with respect to General Flynn. Everybody saw this. And I'm saying -- the first thing I thought of when I heard about it is: How does the press get this information that's classified? How do they do it? You know why? Because it's an illegal process and the press should be ashamed of themselves. But more importantly, the people that gave out the information to the press should be ashamed of themselves, really ashamed."[235]
  • Glenn Greenwald says on Democracy Now!, "to urge that the CIA and the intelligence community empower itself to undermine the elected branches of government is insanity. That is a prescription for destroying democracy overnight in the name of saving it. And yet that’s what so many, not just neocons, but the neocons’ allies in the Democratic Party, are now urging and cheering. And it’s incredibly warped and dangerous to watch them do that."[236]
  • Obama-era Treasury official, Katherine Bauer, in written testimony to the House Committee on Foreign Affairs, acknowledged that “under the Obama administration … these [ Project Cassandra Hezbollah-related ] investigations were tamped down for fear of rocking the boat with Iran and jeopardizing the nuclear deal.”[237]
  • According to Katherine Bauer, some Hezbollah operatives were not pursued via arrests, indictments, or Treasury designations that would have blocked their access to U.S. financial markets. Bauer, a career Treasury official, served in its Office of Terrorist Financing as a senior policy adviser for Iran. Other “Hezbollah facilitators” arrested in France, Colombia, Lithuania have not been extradited — or indicted — in the U.S., Bauer testified.
  • Ezra Klein interview with Evelyn Farkas published on Vox. Farkas goes on the record with some background on her participation in the conspiracy.[238]
  • 17 February. Kucinich says Intelligence Community and the owner of the Washington Post are trying to influence US foreign policy.[239]
  • 19 February. Breitbart reports Obama's Organizing for Action, formerly Organizing for America, partners with the Soros-funded Indivisible Project to disrupt the Trump agenda.[240] Indivisible provides online training for the 'Resistance' movement.[241] Indivisible claims to follow the Tea Party model rather than the Occupy Wall Street or Black Lives Matter; however the Tea Party is not known to have focused on rudeness and violence.
  • 20 February. Daily Caller reports in 2009 the Awan brothers operated a Northern Virginia car dealership, with Abid as its day-to-day manager. The dealership received a $100,000 loan that was never repaid from Dr. Ali Al-Attar, a former Iraqi politician who fled the US on tax charges and who reportedly has links to Hezbollah.[242]
  • 21 February. John McCain suspected of having access to the content of President Trump’s private, classified telephone calls with world leaders. Analysis of McCain’s public statements by White House officials believe the senator has inside knowledge of a number of President Trump’s telephone conversations. Officials believe McCain is sharing this sensitive information with colleagues and mainstream media journalists in a clandestine campaign to damage Trump’s presidency before it has a chance to succeed.[243] McCain, like John Brennan, was deeply involved in weapons transfers to jihadis who formed the Islamic State.
FBI Dep. Dir. Andy McCabe tells WH Chief of Staff Reince Priebus "the story in the New York Times in regards to the FBI investigating Trump campaign people contacts and Russian intel is BS."
  • 28 February. Reports indicate author of the slanderous Steele dossier was paid.
  • Mike Cernovitch identifies David Laufman as source of national security leaks. Laufman is the DOJ's Chief of Counterintelligence​. As chief, Laufman handles all classified information regarding espionage. Laufman is a donor to Barack Obama's campaigns. Laufman was in charge of the Hillary Clinton email investigation, and has the power to kill any investigation.[244]

March 2017

  • 1 March. New York Times reports "In the Obama administration’s last days, some White House officials scrambled to spread information about Russian efforts to undermine the presidential election — and about possible contacts between associates of President-elect Donald Trump and Russians — across the government.[245] "Low level" leaks of "Russian hacking" plagued the Executive Branch and among Congressional staffers with fake news since early January. This is commonly known as Obama's amendments to E.O. 12333.
  • Daily Mail reports Valerie Jarrett moves into Barack and Michelle Obama's DC home, the "nerve center of the mounting insurgency against" Donald Trump. "Obama's goal, according to a close family friend, is to oust Trump from the presidency."[246]
Bill Clinton with Imran Awan. Awan was arrested at the airport with $12,000 in cash after illegally bank wiring $300,000 to Pakistan. The Awan clan had been employed by Democrats for a dozen years and are implicated in hacking, international money-laundering, insurance fraud, kidnappings in Pakistan, and possibly the mysterious death of DNC whistleblower Seth Rich. The Awans were among the highest paid Democratic staffers on Capital Hill.
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  • Daily Caller reports Awan family was paid $5 million by Democratic congressmen over several years many of whom serve on the intelligence, homeland security and foreign affairs committees. The Awans appeared at one time or another on an estimated 80 House Democrats’ payrolls. Current members are Marcia Fudge, Tim Ryan, Jim Costa, Sander M. Levin, Debbie Wasserman Schultz, Yvette D. Clarke, Gregory W. Meeks, John P. Sarbanes, Jackie Speier, Diana DeGette, Frederica S. Wilson, Cedric L. Richmond, David Loebsack, Karen Bass, Joyce Beatty, Emanuel Cleaver, Lois Frankel, Daniel T. Kildee, Tony Cardenas, Michelle Lujan Grisham, Robin L. Kelly, Katherine M. Clark, Mark Takano, Julia Brownley, Pete Aguilar, Andre Carson, Joaquin Castro, Ted Deutch, Ted Lieu, Hakeem S. Jeffries, and Kyrsten Sinema. The Awans had full access to the emails and office computer files of members. Focus of the investigation by the U.S. Capitol Police is an off-site server on which congressional data was loaded.
  • There are more than 15,000 congressional staff on Capitol Hill; four of the 500 highest-paid House staffers are Awans. Median salary for legislative assistants is $43,000 annually; Imran Awan has collected $1.2 million in salary since 2010, and his brother Abid and wife Hina Alvi were each paid more than $1 million. Imran first came to Capitol Hill in 2003 and Abid joined him in 2005. Imran’s wife Hina Alvi was added to the payroll in 2007, while Abid’s wife, Natalia Sova, appeared in 2011. In 2014 the youngest brother, Jamal, was added to the payroll in 2014 at the age of 20 with a salary of $160,000.
  • Politico reports Wasserman Schultz and Rep. Gregory Meeks declined to fire Imran, and that both members have a “friendly personal relationship with Awan and his wife, according to multiple sources.”[248]
  • 2 March. Elizabeth Farkas, the Deputy Assistant Secretary of Defense for Russia/Ukraine/Eurasia under Obama, while interviewed on MSNBC's Morning Joe, a smoking gun went off: “I was urging my former colleagues and, frankly speaking, the people on the Hill, it was more actually aimed at telling the Hill people, get as much information as you can, get as much intelligence as you can, before President Obama leaves the administration. Because I had a fear that somehow that information would disappear with the senior people who left. So, it would be hidden away in the bureacracy, that the Trump folks, if they found out how we knew what we knew about their -- the staff, the Trump staff's dealing with Russians, that they would try to compromise those sources and methods... So I became very worried because not enough was coming out into the open and I knew that there was more."[249] Farkas was not employed by the Obama administration at the time the Russian allegations arose. According to Pentagon records, Farkas resigned in September 2015.
  • While serving a senior foreign policy advisor for Presidential candidate Hillary Clinton, both Farkas and Clinton still held security clearances outside government.[250]
  • Farkas' use of "people on the hill" refers to Congressional staff which numbers into the tens of thousands, some of which have press contacts and are the source of leaks. Once the materials fell into their hands, many partisan staffers then became armchair counter-intelligence sleuths, combing through the leaked material, feeding their mainstream sources with their latest pet theories on Donald Trump being in the pay of the KGB, and taking to Twitter threads with extended narratives to document their speculation.
  • As Dep. Asst. Sec. of Defense, Farkas had daily access to Obama's Presidential Daily Briefing, which includes SCIF.
  • Washington Post reports the inquiry focused on contacts Sessions had “while serving as Mr. Trump’s foreign-policy adviser in the spring and summer of 2016,”[251] implying (a) surveillance occurred on a U.S. Senator,[252] and (b) surveillance may have occurred without a warrant.
  • Comey testifies to a closed session of the House Intelligence Committee that, while Flynn may have had some honest failures of recollection during his FBI interview, Strzok who questioned him concluded that he did not lie.[253][254]
  • Ranking Democrat Vice-Chair of the House Intelligence Committee Adam Schiff accuses Comey of withholding information from Congressional Overseers. Lindsey Graham says, "Somebody is leaking this crap. It's putting people like me in a terrible spot."[255]
  • 4 March. Trump sends out several tweets: "Terrible! Just found out that Obama had my "wires tapped" in Trump Tower just before the victory. Nothing found. This is McCarthyism!; "How low has President Obama gone to tapp my phones during the very sacred election process. This is Nixon/Watergate. Bad (or sick) guy!"; "I'd bet a good lawyer could make a great case out of the fact that President Obama was tapping my phones in October, just prior to Election!"; "Is it legal for a sitting President to be "wire tapping" a race for president prior to an election? Turned down by court earlier. A NEW LOW!"; "Just out: The same Russian Ambassador that met Jeff Sessions visited the Obama White House 22 times, and 4 times last year alone." Obama speechwriter Jon Favreau parses Obama response, "I'd be careful about reporting that Obama said there was no wiretapping. Statement just said that neither he nor the WH ordered it."[257]
  • Wikileaks releases list of Obama wiretaping targets.[259]
  • 6 March. Robby Mook, Hillary Clinton's 2016 Presidential election campaign manager told Fox News he knew of electronic surveillance on Trump during the campaign and was told by US intelligence. Mook is not a government employee and had no right to access of that information.[260]
  • Judiciary Committee Chair Sen. Grassley inquires of the FBI's plan to pay FusionGPS operative for spying on Trump during the campaign, sparking questions of Obama administration’s use of federal authorities for political gain.[261][262]
  • Daily Caller reports Tony Podesta was paid $170,000 over a six-month period in 2016 to represent Sberbank, Russia’s largest bank, seeking to end one of the Obama administration’s sanctions against that country. Podesta, founder and chairman of the Podesta Group, is listed as a key lobbyist on behalf of Sberbank, according to Senate lobbying disclosure forms. His firm received more than $24 million in fees in 2016, much of it coming from foreign governments, according to the nonpartisan Center for Responsive Politics.[263]
  • 7 March. Sen. Tom Cotton of the Senate Intelligence Committee confirms Mike Flynn was wiretapped and reveals that he is aware of the agency that surveilled him. Also, he is aware of which agency leaked the transcript of the phone call between Mike Flynn and Sergei Kislyak and suggests it is the Department of Justice.[264]
  • Cause of Action Institute files FOIA request with the FBI regarding money paid to Christopher Steele, author of the Steele dossier.[265] “If a former spy who was being paid to do opposition research on a U.S. presidential nominee was also on the FBI’s payroll, there are serious concerns about the agency’s independence. We need to better understand this financial relationship to ensure the FBI was not misusing taxpayer money to interfere in a presidential election on behalf of one of the candidates.”
  • Sens. Lindsey Graham and Sheldon Whitehouse of the Senate Crime and Terrorism Subcommittee request of Director Comey warrant applications and court orders related to wiretapping of Donald Trump and associates.[267] Google, Microsoft, Apple, Samsung react to Vault 7 revelations.[268]
  • 9 March. Comey meets with House and Senate Congressional leaders, and leaders of House and Senate Intelligence Committees, Sens. McConnell, Schumer, Burr, Warner, and Reps. Paul Ryan, Pelosi, Nunes and Shiff (the "gang of eight").[269] Justice Dept. official responds 'no comment' when asked by the New York Times to confirm Trump isn't under investigation.[270]
  • 14 March. TruePundit reports,
    days before Gen. Michael Flynn was sacked as national security advisor, FBI Deputy Director Andrew McCabe gathered more than a dozen of his top FBI disciples to plot how to ruin Flynn’s aspiring political career and manufacture evidence to derail President Donald Trump, according to FBI sources.
    McCabe, the second highest ranking FBI official, emphatically declared at the invite-only gathering with raised voice: “F*** Flynn and then we F*** Trump,” according to direct sources.
    This was one of several such meetings held in seclusion among key FBI leaders since Trump was elected president, FBI sources confirm. At the congregation where McCabe went off the political rails and vowed to destroy Flynn and Trump, there were as many as 16 top FBI officials, inside intelligence sources said. No lower-level agents or support personnel were present.
    ...Days after the McCabe tirade, Flynn was forced to resign. That was no coincidence. ...
    Part of the plan hatched at that gathering was to make sure Flynn’s wiretapped conversations were leaked to the media, FBI and intelligence sources said.
    ...James Comey did not attend these private meetings of his interoffice revolutionaries, sources said, though he was aware of the gatherings yet did not discourage them or McCabe’s inflammatory and dangerous rhetoric. ...
    ...The FBI’s secret plan to ruin Flynn worked. And fast. Flynn is long gone. Now they can focus on ruining President Trump. ...
    ...McCabe’s dictatorial tone ruffled a number of agents at FBI headquarters who still believe the mission of the bureau is not to wage clandestine warfare against the sitting president and his administration....
    Democratic factions controlled by a Hillary Clinton insider paid the deputy director of the FBI’s wife almost $700,000 in campaign funds before McCabe, who was supervising Clinton’s investigation, lobbied against charging her criminally, according to records and interviews obtained by True Pundit.
    Dr. Jill McCabe was a Virginia state senate candidate in 2015. Longtime Clinton family consigliere and Virginia Gov. Terry McAuliffe, sent her approximately $675,000 to fund the Democrat hopeful’s campaign coffers. Dr. McCabe, a physician, is married to the FBI deputy director. Mrs. McCabe is a registered Democrat. FBI agents who work with McCabe say he and his wife were both staunch Hillary Clinton supporters.
    According to one FBI insider, the McAuliffe-generated campaign funds may have ultimately bought Clinton some strategic breathing room.
    “McCabe was one of the few people who backed Comey’s decision not to refer Hillary Clinton to the Justice Department for indictment,” a FBI source said of the July 2016 decision not to refer Clinton for criminal charges for violating email and document safeguards for classified and Top Secret national security intelligence. “McCabe and Comey are both lawyers. They aren’t street agents. They’re more political. We wanted her (Clinton) indicted. They did not.”
    Gov. McAuliffe has been an important Clinton family insider for decades. During Bill Clinton’s presidential candidacy and subsequent reelection, McAuliffe often spearheaded investigations into Clinton critics and helped silence women who alleged Bill Clinton harassed or sexually assaulted them, sources said.
    Ironically, McAuliffe is currently under investigation by the FBI for alleged campaign-related finance infractions.
    McAuliffe’s contributions to Dr. McCabe’s campaign match the exact time frame of the FBI’s parallel Clinton investigation. No contributions were made prior to the FBI’s probe of Clinton. McCabe was overseeing personnel decisions, including assigning agents to the Clinton investigation team, at the FBI’s Washington D.C.’s field office when his wife began her 2015 campaign. His wife lost the election after spending an estimated $1.8 million on the senate run. Three months later, Comey promoted McCabe to FBI Deputy Director in February 2016. The promotion helped fill a very large void created by the retirement of John Giacalone, who was the supervisor of the bureau’s National Security Branch and also the FBI brains and genesis behind the Clinton email and private server investigation. Since the inception of the case, Giacalone had spearheaded the Clinton investigation, and helped hand select top agents who were highly skilled but also discreet. Many of those agents were concerned when Giacalone abruptly resigned in the middle of the investigation.
    FBI insiders said Giacalone used the term “sideways” to describe the direction the Clinton probe had taken in the bureau. Giacalone lamented privately he no longer had confidence in the direction the investigation was headed. He felt it was simpler to quietly step aside, walk away instead of fight to keep the investigation on its proper track. Giacalone was a true heavyweight agent at FBI. In fact, he likely should have been running the entire show. His pedigree included running and creating FBI divisions in New York, Philadelphia, Washington D.C. and even serving as deputy commander in the Iraqi theater of operations. But in the midst of the Clinton investigation, Giacalone handed the bureau his retirement papers in February 2016.
    The day after Giacalone’s departure, Comey tapped McCabe to help oversee the ongoing Clinton case and personally serve “as the eyes and ears” for Comey, sources confirmed. Since early July 2016, Comey has come under intense fire from critics and the majority of Americans who believe he granted Clinton a get-out-of-jail-free card by refusing to refer the case to the Justice Department for a probable slam-dunk indictment on at least one of potential dozens of criminal charges.
    ...personal and political philosophies have crept into the FBI and commandeered the bureau’s powerful reach and resources to tamper with law-abiding White House personnel, including the president. That’s called public corruption, a crime the FBI is tasked with investigating.
    Just like it “investigated” $700,000 in donations from the Clinton family to the wife of the FBI’s deputy director who, during the exact time frame was tasked with overseeing the investigation of Hillary Clinton. She ultimately was never charged with any crime and McCabe received a FBI promotion...[273]
  • 15 March. Sen. Lindsey Graham makes public statement: "If there is no warrant than the only way to surveil would have clearly been illegal;"[274]
  • Comey briefs Sens. Chuck Grassley and Diane Feinstein. House Intelligence Committee asks FBI for information about the illegal unmasking of Michael Flynn's identity while the Obama administration had the Trump transition team under surveillance.
  • 16 March. Dan Coats confirmed as new DNI, James Clapper's replacement.
  • White House press secretary Sean Spicer claims the “British spying agency” GCHQ was spying on Trump.[275]
  • Judge Andrew Napolitano cites NSA-UK intelligence sharing (aka shell-game eavesdropping) agreement as another way for President Obama to obtain, legally, wiretap information on American citizens without a surveillance warrant.[276]
  • Former CIA acting director Michael Morell slated to be Hillary Clinton's choice to head the CIA told NBC News “On the question of the Trump campaign conspiring with the Russians, there is smoke, but there is no fire, at all. There’s no little campfire, there’s no little candle, there’s no spark. And there’s a lot of people looking for it.”[277]
  • 17 March. Britains GCHQ spying agency denies spying on Trump.[278]
  • Congress demands investigation into Obama's interfering in foreign elections.[279]
  • Democrat Rep. Seth Moulton of the House Armed Services Committee warns of nuclear war with Russia, cites the outdated doctrine of Mutually Assured Destruction as basis for his claim.[280] MAD was replaced by Reagan's Assured Survival doctrine more than 30 years prior. Critics reacted to Moulton's claim as another Russophobic scare tactic having failed with Russian hacking claims.
  • 18 March. Byron York in the Washington Examiner debunks Hillary Clinton and mainstream media fake news reporting that Trump "gutted" the RNC platform in favor of Putin.[281]
  • 19 March. Federal judge denies motion to dismiss case brought by former CBS anchor Sharyl Attkisson against Eric Holder and other Obamagate conspirators. Attkisson reported on Operation Fast and Furious, the Benghazi massacre coverup, and exposed the hoax reporting of Hillary Clinton landing under sniper fire. For this she was wiretaped and resigned from CBS. In her Best Seller, Stonewalled: One Reporter's Fight for Truth Against the Forces of Obstruction, Intimidation, and Harassment in Obama's Washington,[282] Attkisson details her story. The judge transferred the case allowing it to go forward.[283]
Comey meeting with several active coup plotters: Comey (on couch); Susan Rice (behind); Barack Hussein Obama; Loretta Lynch (to Obama's immediate right).
  • 20 March. FBI Director James Comey, in sworn testimony before the House Intelligence Committee, Comey, testifies the FBI was probing possible coordination between Trump’s campaign and Kremlin interference in the election.
  • Comey admits to Congress he intentionally withheld notification to the Gang of Eight (Congressional oversight board) of a counter-intelligence investigation that began in July 2016 citing recommendation of Bill Priestap, Asst. Director of Counter Intelligence.[284] Priestap is married to Sabina Menshell a self-employed “consultant” with a donor history to Hillary Clinton and other Democrats.
  • Comey testified that he did not fulfill his statutory requirement to report to congressional oversight that he was investigating presidential candidate Donald Trump for nine months because the FBI Director of Counterintelligence, Bill Priestap, suggested he not do so.[285][286]
  • Comey confirms Barack Obama, Loretta Lynch, Sally Yates, Susan Rice, John Brennan, and James Clapper all had access to sensitive wiretap information which contained the name of Trump National Security Advisor Michael Flynn. Comey was uncertain if Ben Rhodes, a National Security Council aide, had access. Leaking to the press the identity of Flynn is a felony because the information was part of a confidential intelligence gathering operation and the information had been “masked” to protect Flynn's identity.[287]
  • FBI investigation includes a Breitbart, InfoWars, and other news sites.[288]
  • Dir. Comey was further asked about purported claims Russia hacked into DNC severs: “Well, we never got direct access to the machines themselves...The DNC in the spring of 2016 hired a firm [CrowdStrike] that ultimately shared with us their forensics from their review of the system.” Dir. Rogers also stated the NSA never asked for access to the DNC hardware: “The NSA didn’t ask for access. That’s not in our job.”
  • FBI Director Comey says classified leaks to the media have been "unusually active" recently.[289]
  • NSA Dir. Rogers tells Congress unmasking individuals endangers national security.[290]
  • Dir. Comey says Obama's White House had the ability to "unmask" American citizens.[291]
  • Chairman Nunes asked anyone with information about the matters before the committee to come forward.
  • President Trump took to Twitter using the White House @POTUS account unlike the March 4 tweets made from his personal user account. The President tweeted: FBI Director Comey refuses to deny he briefed President Obama on calls made by Flynn to Russia.[292]
  • 22 March. Chairman Devin Nunes travels to the Eisenhower Executive Office Building (EEOB) Information Facility to review to review White House SCIF material, most likely Obama's PDB made accessible by DNI Coats in the White House facility. Nunes reported the intelligence product he reviewed was “not related to Russia, or the FBI Russian counter-intelligence investigation”.[293] Nunes stated he has been provided intelligence reports brought to him by unnamed sources that include ‘significant information’ about President-Elect Trump and his transition team.[294]
  • Attorney for Freedom Watch representing a whistleblower[295] sends letter to Chairman Nunes imploring the Intelligence Committee to investigate allegations and evidence his client presented that "spy agencies were engaged for years in systematic illegal surveillance on prominent Americans, including the chief justice of the Supreme Court, other justices, 156 judges, prominent businessmen such as Donald Trump... Working side by side with Obama's former Director of National Intelligence (DNI), James Clapper, and Obama's former Director of the CIA, John Brennan," his client "witnessed 'up close and personal' this 'Orwellian Big Brother' intrusion on privacy, likely for potential coercion, blackmail or other nefarious purposes."[296] Further, that "the FBI director recently claimed publicly, I believe falsely, that there is ‘no evidence’ of surveillance on President Trump and those around him by the Obama administration."
  • After briefing the President on new whistleblower information the House Intelligence Committee chairman confirmed "on numerous occasions, the intelligence community incidentally collected information about U.S. citizens involved in the Trump transition. Details about U.S. persons associated with the incoming administration, details with little or no apparent foreign intelligence value, were widely disseminated in intelligence community reporting. None of this surveillance was related to Russia or the investigation of Russian activities."[297][298]
  • Susan Rice tells PBS, “I know nothing about this…I really don’t know to what Chairman Nunes was referring,” and denies any spying took place.[299]
  • Two days after Dir. Comey's extraordinary testimony, Chairman Nunes reveals the FBI and other agencies is still stonewalling Congressional investigation of illegal Obama administrations leaks.[300]
  • 23 March. GOP U.S. Representative Devin Nunes revealed that some of the Trump Team's conversations had been spied upon.[301] National Security expert and journalist Bill Gertz who has lectured on defense, national security, and media issues at the Defense Department’s National Security Leadership Program, Johns Hopkins University School of Advanced International Studies, the FBI National Academy, the National Defense University, and the CIA reported it is possible "Nunes himself was among those whose communications were improperly monitored."[302]
  • US Justice Dept. sued under Freedom of Information Act to disclose all documents related to Attn. Gen. Loretta Lynch's secret meeting with Bill Clinton on board the Attn. Gen.'s plane at the Phoenix airport prior to the wiretapping of Trump campaign associates.[303]
  • Russian hacking further discredited.[304]
  • Famed Journalist Bob Woodward labels' Obama actions a gross violation and possibly criminal. Under the rules the name of a US citizen who is wiretaped during a foreign intelligence surveillance operation is to be 'minimized', and in transcripts their identity is to be 'masked'. Only 20 persons in the Intelligence Community have the ability to 'unmask' a US citizen's name who in incidentally caught up in a foreign intelligence gathering operation.[305]
  • 24 March. Sen. Grassley demands more information on the funding of the Steele dossier. "When political opposition research becomes the basis for law enforcement or intelligence efforts, it raises substantial questions about the independence of law enforcement and intelligence from politics."[306]
  • Nunes says he will recall Dirs. Comey and Rogers for private hearing after concern is raised over their public testimony.[307]
  • Kucinich calls for Comey's recusal from investigation.[308]
  • Comey makes late afternoon unscheduled, unannounced one hour meeting at White House with President Trump.
  • 25 March. NSA whistleblower Bill Binney corroborates massive domestic spying on Supreme Court, Joint Chiefs of Staff, House, Senate, and White House.[309]
  • palmerreport.com posts article, "Report: judge-granted FISA warrant defined Donald Trump as a Russian agent of influence. Trump, Manafort, Page, and Boris Epshteyn named in FISA warrant". The article was widely circulated but deleted after the Washington Post reported on April 11 a FISA warrant was issued for Page, and after MSNBC’s Joy Reid tweeted, “Source: Carter Page isn’t the only Trump campaign ally who was the subject of a FISA warrant. A second target was recorded also. Tick tock”. Rumors are Epshteyn is SOURCE E in the Steele dossier,[310] and he was abruptly fired from the White House March 25 because he unwittingly set Trump up by talking with Steele who gained his confidence and authored the "pee pee memo" using Epshteyn as an insider source to give the dossier in some quarters veracity.
  • 27 March. In an attack on Chairman Nunes, Louise Mensch[311] now gives the names of the four individuals whom the FISA warrant was denied in July 2016, emphasizing the new cover story to justify the wiretaps, not as political spying, but against "unwitting" foreign "agents of influence." This may give legal cover for using foreign intelligence apparatus for domestic spying, but does not justify the criminal civil rights violations in leaking an American citizens name "incidentally" caught up in a foreign intelligence gathering operation. Instead, Mensch accuses Nunes of leaking information about FBI and NSA surveillance operations.[312]
  • 29 March. CrowdStrike forced to retract bogus Russian hacking claims:[313]</ref> FBI yet to examine DNC servers.[314]
  • Evelyn Farkas admits again that the Obama Administration attempted to gather as much intelligence as possible on Trump's alleged ties to Russia after the 2016 election and that it tried to hide their intelligence sources from the incoming Trump Administration.[315][316]
McCabe (left) with co-conspirator Attn. Gen. Loretta Lynch (right). McCabe took $700,000 from a Clinton campaign operative to fix the email investigation and save Hillary's nomination. Later McCabe illegally raided the home of Paul Manafort to seize documents related to Congressional investigations that were off limits by warrant.
  • Sen. Grassley inquires of Dir. Comey about the status of Deputy Dir. Andrew McCabe in relation to the Russia investigation. According to public reports, the FBI agreed to pay the author of the unsubstantiated dossier alleging a conspiracy between Trump associates and the Russians. It reportedly agreed to pay the author, Christopher Steele, to continue investigating Mr. Trump. The Clinton campaign paid Steele to create this political opposition research dossier against Mr. Trump. The FBI has not yet responded go Sen. Grassley's March 6 inquiry on the reports. McCabe is currently under investigation by the Department of Justice Office of the Inspector General to examine whether the political and financial connections between his wife’s Democratic political campaign and Clinton associates warranted his recusal in the FBI’s Clinton email investigation. While McCabe recused himself from public corruption cases in Virginia—presumably including the reportedly ongoing investigation of McAuliffe regarding illegal campaign contributions—he failed to recuse himself from the Clinton email investigation, despite the appearance of a conflict of interest created by his wife’s campaign accepting $700,000 from a close Clinton associate during the email investigation. The fact is that McCabe participated in the controversial, high-profile Clinton investigation even though his wife took money from McAuliffe. FBI’s senior leadership should never have allowed that appearance of a conflict to undermine the Bureau’s important work. The Senate Committee wises to know if McCabe was involved in approving or establishing the FBI’s reported arrangement with Christopher Steele, or if McCabe vouched for or otherwise relied on the politically-funded dossier in the course of the investigation. Simply put, the American people should know if the FBI’s second-in-command relied on Democrat-funded opposition research to justify an investigation of the Republican presidential campaign.[317]
  • Constitutional lawyer, retired Chief of staff of the US Attorney General, and President of the Landmark Legal Foundation Mark Levin calles for the recusal of House Intelligence Committee ranking Democrat Adam Schiff[318] "given the fact that he was such an avid supporter of Hillary Clinton for President of the United States. Given the fact that he was a cover up artist during the Benghazi operation, given the fact that he’s demonstrated his unwillingness to be bi-partisan by his calls for Jeff Sessions to step aside. …Adam Schiff has shown himself to be a radical leftist partisan hack, who cannot be trusted in an independent investigation of any sort on the intelligence committee."
  • State Dept. employee hired by Clinton administration during Chinagate scandal arrested for accepting bribes and gifts from Chinese intelligence.[319]
  • 30 March. Farkas questioned on CNBC: "you actually said that “I knew that there was more. I became very worried because not enough was coming out into the open, and I knew that there was more.” And then, you actually said that that’s why you have all the leaking, to make sure we get it out. I mean, people are accusing you, Evelyn, of admitting that was surveillance, admitting that there was unmasking, and urging people, or, at least, saying that intelligence leaking, which could be a felony, is the way that it should get out. And you weren’t even part of the government at that point."[321]
  • Sen. Grassley asks of the State Department the status of security clearances for Hillary Clinton and 6 of her "research assistance" involved in mishandling classified materials, and any steps the department is taking to review whether the clearances should be suspended or revoked. “Any other government workers who engaged in such serious offenses would, at a minimum, have their clearances suspended pending an investigation. The failure to do so has given the public the impression that Secretary Clinton and her associates received special treatment,” Grassley wrote. Following FBI’s investigation into Clinton’s email server, Dir. Comey noted that “there is evidence of potential violations of the statutes regarding the handling of classified information,” and that individuals who are careless with such material are “often subject to security or administrative sanctions.” The Obama State Dept. previously told Grassley’s office that it would wait until after the FBI concluded its investigation before determining whether those involved should face consequences for mishandling sensitive material. While the investigation has been over for months, it remains unclear whether any such review has taken place. Sen. Grassley sent two letters inquiring about such a review (August 24, 2015, May 19, 2016) to John Kerry and both were ignored.[322] The question remains unanswered - whether Hillary Clinton and her 6 staffers still hold security clearances more than 4 years later - longer than the amount of time she served in office.[323]
  • 31 March. Senate Judiciary Committee Chairman Grassley inquired of the Justice Dept. about a complaint filed in July 2016 alleging FusionGPS, authors of the Steele dossier, acting as an unregistered agent of Russia in a lobbying campaign to rewrite and overturn the Magnitsky Act, a law named for a whistleblower who was allegedly murdered while in custody in Russia. The law imputed sanctions against certain Russian officials. Grassley wrote that when FusionGPS reportedly was acting as an unregistered agent of Russian interests, it simultaneously was creating the Steele dossier of unsubstantiated allegations of conspiracy between the Trump campaign and the Russians. The Obama Justice Dept. had done nothing since July 2016 to respond to the complaint of FusionGPS' violation of the Foreign Agents Registration Act (FARA).
  • The committee is also seeking to determine the extent to which the FBI relied on the Steele dossier in its investigation. Chairman Grassley has requested documentation from Fusion GPS as to who hired and paid them, when Steele was hired, how the FBI got involved and whether Fusion GPS was aware of the FBI paying Steele.[324][325] Fox News reports both a Senate and House committee are investigating the FBI for leaks and civil rights violations.[326] Adam Housley reports "The person who did the unmasking is "very well known, very high up, very senior, in the intelligence world & is not in the FBI,"[327] and that "unmasking the names and then spreading the names was for political purposes that have nothing to do with national security."[328][329]

April 2017

  • 1 April. President Trump calls for investigation into the Clinton's.
National Security Advisor Susan Rice, Sept. 16, 2012. Rice blatantly misled the American people while an American outpost was under terrorist attack.
  • 2 April. Susan Rice identified as unmasking incoming Trump administration officials. Rice worked at the elbow of President Obama. As National Security Advisor to Obama, she unmasked the identity of Trump National Security Advisor Michael Flynn which was leaked to the press. The action caused harm to US national security, and is a felonious criminal act.[330][331] Questions remain if and why Rice would have violated the law on her own without President Obama's approval. Rice was denied the position of Secretary of State by the Democratic Senate in 2013 to succeed Hillary Clinton because of lying and deception about the Benghazi Massacre. Nevertheless, Obama kept her at his side in the White House as head of the National Security Council staff. It was to examine White House logs on the handling of classified information why Chairman Nunes made several trips to the White House that confirmed Susan Rice behind efforts to smear Trump and officials in a supposed foreign intelligence gathering operation.
  • 4 April. Susan Rice begins backpeddling early denials.[332] Rice tells Andrea Mitchell that Obama "requested the compilation of the intelligence, which was ultimately provided in January."
  • Rice tells Mitchell "sometimes it was necessary to find out who that U.S. official was.” Neither Trump, Flynn or others were U.S. officials.
  • Rice admits asking specifically for the names of members of Donald Trump’s transition team, but tries to deny it was "for political purposes."
  • Rice corroborates Dir. Comey's testimony the pace of requests picked up with increasing information particularly after August 2016.[333]
  • Several news organizations report Rice ordered U.S. spy agencies to produce spreadsheets revealing Trump associates picked up in surveillance of foreign officials and then leaked the names.[334]
  • NYT reports:
    Russian intelligence operatives tried in 2013 to recruit an American businessman and eventual foreign policy adviser to the Trump campaign who is now part of the F.B.I. investigation into Russia’s interference into the American election, according to federal court documents and a statement issued by the businessman.
    The businessman, Carter Page, met with one of three Russians who were eventually charged with being undeclared officers with Russia’s foreign intelligence service, known as the S.V.R.
    The F.B.I. interviewed Mr. Page in 2013 as part of an investigation into the spy ring, but decided that he had not known the man was a spy, and the bureau never accused Mr. Page of wrongdoing.
    The court documents say that Mr. Page [UCE-1 or FBI undercover employee in court documents, Carter Page] who founded an investment company in New York called Global Energy Capital, provided documents about the energy business to one of the Russians. ... To record their conversations, the F.B.I. inserted a listening device into binders that were passed to the Russian intelligence operatives during an energy conference, according to a former United States intelligence official.[335]
  • Carter Page was working for the FBI. Page was the “analyst from a New York-based energy company” who “began providing Sporyshev with the binders“, or FBI UCE-1 (Undercover Confidential Employee-1) in court documents. However, in this April 2017 fake news article, the New York Times conflates the FBI/Page relationship and attempts to entirely change the relationship between Carter Page and the FBI.
  • 5 April. Private security firm, CrowdStrike, employed by DNC which first claimed Russia hacked the election refuses to cooperate with Congressional investigations. DNC has yet to allow FBI to examine servers to establish whether or not the servers were hacked.[336] FBI continues its investigation into "Russian hacking" based on discredited information (Steele dossier) and unestablished facts (DNC hacking).
  • Reports say CIA Dir. John Brennan targeted Sean Hannity and Blackwater founder, Erik Prince between the election on November 8 and the inauguration in January, according to White House and House intelligence sources. Hannity was reportedly unmasked by Susan Rice at Brennan’s behest because of a perceived relationship with Trump and Julian Assange. Prince has long criticized the CIA’s incompetence, including the Brennan's handling of the drone program and its failure to target terrorists properly and the collateral damage done to Afghan civilians. Brennan was behind the removal of Flynn. The motivations for Brennan’s intense dislike of Michael Flynn date back years to when Flynn was producing intel documents that showed how the supposed 'Syrian moderates' were funded by persons and groups in Saudi Arabia and Qatar. Brennan also brought in to the CIA disgraced Syria analyst Elizabeth O’Bagy. O’Bagy was outed for manufacturing her credentials and for being paid by the Syrian rebels.[337]
  • 8 April. In direct messages released by actress-model Robin Young and Guccifer 2.0, Guccifer 2.0 claims Seth Rich was his whistleblower source and that he created the ruse that he was a Russian hacker to protect his source. In reality, Guccifer 2.0 is a Clinton false flag operation set up to discredit the Seth Rich revelations at Wikileaks.[338]
  • Susan Rice net worth estimated at $50 million, an increase of $30 million since she entered the White House. Rice has never worked in the private sector nor earned more than $172,000 has a career civil servant.[339]
  • 9 April. Washington Post Fact Checker gives Susan Rice four Pinocchios.
  • 10 April. Washington Post reports Rice herself asked to unmask the identities of some of the Trump associates and chronicles list of misleading statements.[340] Rice under fire over claims of destroying Syrian chemical weapons.[341][342]
  • 12 April. Podesta Group[343] discloses details of the lobbying it did from 2012 through 2014 on behalf of a Brussels-based non-profit, the European Centre for a Modern Ukraine. The lobbying firm run by Tony Podesta, brother of Hillary for America campaign chairman John Podesta, reported in its filing that it was paid more than $1.2 million.[344]
  • Trigger man in Fast and Furious scandal arrested.[345]
  • 13 April. Both House and Senate expand investigation into Susan Rice and the Obama administration's domestic spying for political purposes.[346]
  • FusionGPS, the firm which authored the Steele dossier, refuses to answer the Senate Judiciary Committee's question as to who in the Clinton machine hired them. The Steele dossier formed much of the basis for the Obama administration's attacks on Donald Trump and its authorization to use the US Intelligence Community to harass domestic political opponents. "When political opposition research becomes the basis for law enforcement or intelligence efforts, it raises substantial questions about the independence of law enforcement and intelligence from politics.”[347]
  • After first denying involvement, Britains GCHQ spying agency admits to spying on Trump since 2015 and sharing information with US intelligence since the spring of 2016,[348] corroborating the report of the NYT of March 2 cited by Mark Levin and pre-dating any FISA warrant or "incidental collection." This allegation has its roots in the Steele dossier and claims US involvement in the Trump investigation began in April 2016 when John Brennan received "routine" intelligence sharing information from British intelligence, including sharing activities from one of the Baltic States, now rumored to be Estonia. Some Estonian figures reacted negatively to Trump comments about defending the Baltics and making NATO allies pay their fair share.[349][350]
  • 14 April. Mike Cernovich who broke the story about Susan Rice's illegal activities assaulted during public speaking engagement.
  • 17 April. Senate to investigate Rice's contacts with Bannon, Clapper, and others.[353]
  • 18 April. CNN finally reports FBI used bogus Steele dossier to obtain FISA warrant. What's more, both the FBI & the Clinton campaign paid Steele to write the opposition research attacks.[354]
  • The bogus document has been cited by FBI Dir. Comey in some of his briefings to members of Congress in recent weeks, as one of the sources of information the bureau used to bolster its investigation.
  • The bogus evidence also was presented to the FISA court to win approval to surveillance on Carter Page. Page commented, "I look forward to the Privacy Act of 1974 lawsuit that I plan to file in response to the civil rights violations by Obama administration appointees last year. The discovery process will be of great value to the United States, as our nation hears testimony from them under oath, and we receive disclosure of the documents which show what exactly was done in 2016."
  • Cause of Action (CoA), a watchdog group, files suit seeking records on the relationship between the FBI and Christopher Steele, author of the Steele dossier. "According to a news report, Mr. Steele entered an agreement with the FBI a few weeks before the November 2016 election to investigate then-candidate Donald Trump while, at the same time, he was employed by an opposition research firm to collect information for Democratic presidential nominee Hillary Clinton."[355]
  • 19 April. Intelligence Community pushes to keep surveillance powers. Maintaining existing powers is "the intelligence community’s top legislative priority for 2017."[356][357]
  • 20 April. Americans for Limited Government president Rick Manning calls for Comey's firing: “The FBI’s incredible incompetence and outright complicity with the politicization of government spying removes the last shred of credibility that Director James Comey has and he needs to either resign or be fired. The failure to even secure and independently examine the DNC server while relying on the self-serving innuendo by the DNC’s computer consultant CrowdStrike for verification is unbelievable. But their reliance on an easily disprovable political hit piece dossier to get a FISA warrant against Carter Page, paid for by Democrat supporters of Hillary Clinton and produced by the private firm Fusion GPS, to attempt to undermine the Trump campaign in 2016 effort is inexcusable."[358]
  • 21 April. Landmark Legal Foundation files Amicus brief with FISA court.[359] Landmark submits that the Obama administration "abused the judicial process, placing the integrity of this Court and the constitutional rights of individuals at risk." Landmark asks the Court to examine:
1. Have this Court’s order or orders been used by intelligence and law enforcement entities of the federal government as a subterfuge to surveil private citizens and at least one United States Senator for political purposes?

2. Did government officials seek one or more national security surveillance warrants from this Court as a pretext to conduct an investigation for the purpose of affecting an ongoing national presidential campaign and subsequent transition of an incoming president?

3. When applying to this Court for one or more warrants in this matter, did the FBI inform this Court that it had apparently paid some of the expenses of a former British spy who prepared the dossier reportedly relied on, in whole or part, in its application to convince this Court to issue a warrant, and that it had apparently negotiated to make further payments to the former British spy, which efforts were ultimately unsuccessful?

4. When applying to this Court for one or more warrants in this matter, did the FBI inform this Court that the dossier it reportedly presented in pursuit of one or more warrants had originally been prepared by the former British spy for a Washington research firm conducting opposition research against the Republican nominee for president, candidate Donald Trump?
  • 22 April. New York Times reports FBI offered to pay Christopher Steel $50,000 if he could corroborate the Steele dossier; nothing has been paid.[360]
  • Document reveals Attn. Gen. Loretta Lynch instructed FBI Dir. Comey to cover-up Hillary investigation.[361]
  • 23 April. CIA Director John Brennen was indeed the first Obama administration official to handle the bogus evidence produced by Democrats to sick the US intelligence gathering apparatus on Trump with the intention to defeat him. The side that actually colluded with foreign powers was that of Hillary Clinton. Brennan’s goal was obvious, to retain his position as CIA director under Hillary Clinton. Brennan reportedly worked with British and Estonian spies in order to sabotage the 2016 election in favor of Clinton. Brennan utilized false intelligence as an excuse to set up a multi-agency investigation into Donald Trump. This led the FBI to conduct a search on a computer server connected to Trump Tower, giving Susan Rice and other Clinton supporters a shield in order to spy on Trump’s people. CIA acting under John Brennan leaked to the press that this investigation would be happening. His hope was to cause as much political damage to Trump’s campaign as possible. An official within the intelligence community explained that Brennan’s entourage of radicals didn’t even try to hide what they were doing.
  • 24 April. Politico reports on Obama concessions to Iran for Iranian nuke deal.[362]
  • 26 April. 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. FISA 705 warrants deal with US citizens outside of the country.[363][364]
  • 28 April. NSA press release announces suspension of President Obama's illegal 4th Amendment civil rights violations of American citizens.[365]
  • April. Vovan and Lexus, two Russian comedians, hoax ranking Democrat Adam Schiff into believing they had nude photos of Donald Trump from the Miss Universe Pageant in Moscow in 2013.[366]

May 2017

  • 1 May. Peter W Smith, a former equity adviser, was found dead around ten days after telling the Wall Street Journal he tried to acquire emails missing from Hillary Clinton’s server.[367]
  • 2 May. On book promotion tour, Hillary Clinton blames FBI Director James Comey, and bigotted white women who hate themselves, for her election loss.[368]
  • 3 May. Susan Rice refuses to give testimony before Senate Intelligence Committee.[369]
  • 7 May. Carter Page writes to the Senate Intel Cmte.:
    Related to the prior criminal activities by the Clinton/Obama regime last year which unsuccessfully sought to manipulate the 2016 presidential election in their favor, please note that several preliminary felonies have subsequently been revealed over the months since my first response in March. These recent developments have begun to turn the tables on last year’s deceitful perpetrators who helped lead your Committee and part of the American public astray. Today on CBS’s Face the Nation, Senator Manchin offered a perfect characterization of the vain steps to rig the 2016 election: “They'll do anything they can to disrupt any type of a freedom, if you will, or a democracy or an involvement where there's an orderly transfer of power. That's not for them.”2

    Although he was primarily referring to the unsubstantiated conspiracy theories suggested by the Clinton/Obama regime about Russia, the growing evidence surrounding their defeated regime’s own dishonest misinformation and influence campaign of 2016 perfectly fits the Senator’s description. In case you and your colleagues are unaware of the multiple recent eye-openers which have further exposed these crimes and thus significantly changed the landscape in the subsequent period, I would like to explain some of the related details and direct relevance of each in turn:

    Felony #1: Illegal leaking of my identity as “Male-1” [UCE-1 or FBI Undercover Employee-1 in court documents] in U.S.A. v. Evgeny Buryakov, Igor Sporyshev, and Victor Podobnyy – On April 3, 2017, reporters at ABC News3 and BuzzFeed News4 requested to meet in order to inform me that U.S. government operatives had unlawfully disclosed my identity as Male-1 in this 2015 case. This particular incident follows an increasing series of similar revelations about other politically-motivated unmaskings in 2016.5 It relates to my brief interactions in 2013 with Victor Podobnyy, a junior attaché assigned to the Permanent Mission of the Russian Federation to the United Nations.

    During my meeting with U.S. agents at New York’s Plaza Hotel in June 2013 in support of their ongoing investigation, I spoke with them at length about my research on international political economy which I had been completing as a Fellow at the Center for National Policy in Washington. I brought this up because it seemed to me that the resources of the U.S. Government might be better allocated towards addressing real national security threats, particularly given the recent Boston Marathon bombing of April 15, 2013. Without question, the harsh retribution subsequently taken against me marked a direct retaliation against my dissenting position. Per an article I had recently written and discussed with the U.S. agents (see Appendix), the Clinton/Obama regime had been, “Reflecting the highest principles of cronyism rather than democracy,” in many of their policy decisions. In my writings, I had also cited a recent quote from Maya Angelou which seemed of particular relevance given a range of ineffective policy approaches by Washington at the time: “The philosophers tell us that power corrupts and absolute power corrupts absolutely.”6 This had marked an earlier instance of the corrupt influence campaign and related domestic political intelligence operations in support of failed policies, which would eventually blossom in full glory with the obnoxious civil rights violations based on complete lies displayed during the 2016 election.

    With regards to the 2015 case where I agreed to provide support, the final scene of the movie “The Big Short” offers an instructive summary of the Clinton/Obama regime’s justice system, first led by their Attorney General from 2009 through 2015, Eric Holder.7

    After essentially achieving very little in his 6-years in office, it is understandable why Holder might want to target a token Russian banker during his final months in office8 since only Zurich-based Credit Suisse's Kareem Serageldin stood as another perfunctory accomplishment during his extended six-year term.

    As the journalist Matt Taibbi has described his activities in a 2015 article, which has more recently proven to offer an accurate representation of the Clinton/Obama regime more generally: “Holder doesn't look it, but he was a revolutionary. He institutionalized a radical dualistic approach to criminal justice, essentially creating a system of indulgences wherein the world's richest companies paid cash for their sins and escaped the sterner punishments the law dictated.”[370]

    Felony #2: Illegal leaking of classified information surrounding the completely unjustified FISA warrant against me, which further enabled part of the Clinton/Obama regime’s domestic political intelligence operations and influence campaign in the 2016 election – On April 12, 2017, the Washington Post published an article explaining that unnamed sources had revealed the completely unjustified FISA warrant to intercept my communications throughout the final months of the reign of the Clinton/Obama regime.[371] Given a growing list of unanswered questions and apparent abuses regarding this nonsensical invasion of privacy, it seems readily apparent that more revelations about these misdeeds will continue to be learned in the period to come.11 As I explained to you last week, my legal team and I are currently busy working on further steps to get to the bottom of this abuse. Whether or not you choose to support these efforts, I am highly confident that this endeavor will prove far more relevant than anything which might be gained in the preposterous forced labor tasks you suggested in your request of April 28, 2017.

    To put in context how outrageous your groundless comprehensive data requests would be, consider the case study of General Flynn. Frustrated in the wake of her failed attempt to circumvent the long-delayed introduction of effective immigration policies in the United States, de facto anarchist Sally Yates instead turned her attention to destroying the career of a distinguished American. Although I have never met General Flynn, his recent experiences make clear that any minor variation between his memory of a conversation during a vacation on the beaches of the Dominican Republic vs. the in-depth transcript kept by the deep state is framing him for severe personal damage. Comparing that one relatively recent conversation by General Flynn to the two years of records and recollections you’re instead asking me for helps illustrate how illogical your proposition is.

    Consistent with the suppression of dissent that this entire exercise has been from the start, Senator Feinstein admitted today: “…when I saw a three-star general in front of the Republican convention shouting ‘lock her up,’ I thought, oh my goodness. This would never happen, it never has happened before, this is a three-star general of the United States military doing this with no evidence. And it made a big impression on me.”12 Similar to my experiences, the retribution for this exercise of his First Amendment rights cuts to the core of the matter. In any event, the preponderance of evidence related to the cases General Flynn referred to during his speech in Cleveland greatly exceeds anything in the 2016 Dodgy Dossier which eventually became a cornerstone of the crooked initiative against me and other supporters of the Trump movement, first within the prior Administration and now amongst some actors in Congress. So it remains unclear to me on what basis you have assigned hundreds of hours of work with your request of April 28, based on literally nothing except lies from corrupt politicians.

    “THREE DAYS AGO, CARTER PAGE TOLD FOX NEWS HE WAS COOPERATING WITH THE COMMITTEE’S INVESTIGATION INTO RUSSIAN ACTIVITIES SURROUNDING THE 2016 ELECTION. TODAY WE HAVE LEARNED THAT MAY NOT BE THE CASE.

    To the contrary, I would like to reconfirm for you that I am still cooperating with the Committee’s investigation in the form of a future open testimony. But given the time horizon you noted above, let’s consider a few additional developments which have changed over the course of that 72-hours following the Fox News report you cited from May 2, 2017.13

    First, Mrs. Clinton gave a speech which dodged responsibility for her disastrous, tone-deaf campaign by instead pointing the finger at Director Comey and Russia.14 Further illustrating another related reason why I was originally targeted by the Clinton/Obama regime, it is worth bearing in mind a political science concept I previously defined which explains this dysfunctional avoidance of responsibility that has cut across decades of U.S. history:

    The Narcissistic Loony Tune School of Foreign Policy

    An underlying cultural phenomenon that has served as a foundation for the counterproductive narrative in Russia and beyond may be observed in a domestic context. In discussions with her best friend Diane Blair, Hillary Clinton previously defended her husband by referring to his mistress, former White House intern Monica Lewinsky, as a "Narcissistic loony tune. This personal example demonstrates a fundamental problem at the core of U.S. foreign policy that has been seen across party lines since well before her husband’s administration: the inclination to blame weaker parties for problems without examination of the decisions of top leaders that initiated these mistakes in the first place.[372]

    Not only did precisely that same continued pattern of abuse reflect her disparagement of Director Comey, it also underscores why I have remained a principal target of the Clinton/Obama regime’s surrogates including those in Congress. As a perceived weaker party, I have also been effectively and falsely characterized as a narcissistic loony tune amidst other far worse false accusations by the Clinton/Obama regime. In a revealing New York Times article based on illegal leaks, “The [Obama] Justice Department considered direct surveillance of anyone tied to a political campaign as a line it did not want to cross, the official added.”[373]

    In other words and consistent with the narcissistic loony tune school approach, they apparently decided it was fine to trample on human rights if someone is a low-level, junior, unpaid supporter rather than a fellow fat-cat career politician from the Washington swamp. Second, the real leadership shown by Senator Grassley, Senator Graham and others members of the Judiciary Committee last Wednesday in beginning to address the genuinely problematic interference in last year’s election offers new confidence that logic may now be restored in this overall process.[374]

    To help further illustrate how disgraceful both the spirit and substance of your original interrogation list is, the original source of a more precisely and carefully targeted question of this sort is worth bearing in mind: former Gang of Eight member Harry Reid. Characteristic of this ongoing investigation which he helped instigate and typical of his personal level of integrity, he has previously stated that making prior claims without any evidence in 2012 was “one of the best things I’ve ever done.”18 Although this is obviously the exact same thing which again happened against me and the Trump campaign last year, it is my hope that your Committee might restore its dignity by moving beyond the standards of such gangster tactics and the organized crime network that Reid supported during the Clinton/Obama regime.[375]

    Related to your question #5 and in addition to his standing as one of the early promoters of the 2016 Dodgy Dossier, Harry Reid previously made a federal case out of complete nonsense by asking Director Comey to investigate my investments in Gazprom and supposed conflicts of interest this might create.20 In response to your question, please note that I purchased 200 American Depository Receipts of PJSC Gazprom in June 2008 for $5,909.00. In response to these gangster-style witch hunt tactics led in the U.S. Senate by Reid, I divested my stake in August 2016 for $798.98 – a net loss of $5,110.02. Given the complete disaster that the Clinton/Obama regime made of U.S.-Russia relations and the related problems they inflicted on private industry across the Russian economy, I held no other financial or real estate holdings related to Russia between June 16, 2015 and January 20, 2016.

    In addition to my unanswered request from May 4, 2017 that we save time and hundreds of hours of forced labor by jointly corroborating the personal information illegally intercepted by the Obama Administration with the all-encompassing list of trivial questions you have posed to me, there is one other related question which I would like to ask. Whereas this bitter investigation based on false evidence on behalf of lying crooked politicians seems to be a nostalgic repeat of many of the corrupt Clinton/Obama regime’s practices of 2016, I am interested to learn if similar related information payoff propositions may be on offer in this instance. It has been reported that $50,000 was offered by the U.S. Government to the political research operatives of the Clinton campaign – apparently a special treat from the Obama Administration to supplement whatever undisclosed, presumably larger amount was already paid by Clinton associates for the 2016 Dodgy Dossier.[376]

    In light of this outrageous payoff precedent which precipitated the primary genesis of our interaction in the first place, can you please clarify what level of remuneration for my assigned work is on offer in this instance? While the complete lies that the Dodgy Dossier hastily assembled might have carried potentially disastrous results for the integrity of the 2016 election had voters fallen for their dishonesty, factual information of some form might prove infinitely more valuable and relevant.

    On one hand, Senator Dianne Feinstein has demonstrated admirable honesty by admitting that there has been no evidence of collusion between anyone associated with the Trump campaign and Russia following recent briefings with the U.S. intelligence community despite harshly invasive surveillance and millions of dollars wasted on this investigatory endeavor.[377] Meanwhile, another California politician, Congressman Eric Swalwell has perpetuated more baseless innuendos and lies in loyal support of certain political allies.23 One would hope that SSCI follows Senator Feinstein’s lead by taking the high road in this instance.

    As one person experienced in the workings of the DC swamp accurately summarized the laundry list of requests that you sent on April 28, 2017: “Tell us everything so we can have our snotty-nosed Ivy Leaguers pore over it and try to put you in the worst light possible. Oh, and you should count on minority staff leaking anything possible to embarrass you or the President.” This analysis and prediction would certainly parallel many of my experiences over the past year given the extreme transgressions of the Clinton/Obama regime. This accurate reference to the ongoing history of selective leaking for maximum personal damage of a private citizen (e.g. Felony #1 and Felony #2, above) is another reason making it essential that our future interaction be held in open session.

    Since you have been praised as the bipartisan adults here24, it is my hope that your continued unity now helps to break through lame partisan-based excuses attempted earlier by those who have still consider themselves above the law.25

    The urgency of getting to the bottom of the abysmal human rights record of those actions taken by the Clinton/Obama regime during the 2016 election is an immediate national priority. Finally moving beyond the dark cloud of the civil rights abuses which occurred last year might help encourage capable leaders and essential allies such as Philippine President Rodrigo Duterte to again feel safe in visiting the United States.26

    “THE COMMITTEE WILL CONTINUE TO PURSUE ITS INQUIRY INTO ISSUES SURROUNDING RUSSIA’S INVOLVEMENT IN THE 2016 PRESIDENTIAL ELECTION; IT IS OUR EXPECTATION THAT MR. PAGE WILL LIVE UP TO HIS PUBLICLY-EXPRESSED COOPERATION WITH OUR EFFORT.”

    I would close by reminding you of the excerpt from the 1976 report by the Church Committee that I quoted in my March 5, 2017 letter, the findings of which led to the founding of the U.S. Senate Select Committee on Intelligence:

    “Too many people have been spied upon by too many Government agencies and too much information has been illegally collected. The Government has often undertaken the secret surveillance of citizens on the basis of their political beliefs, even when those beliefs posed no threat of violence or illegal acts on behalf of a hostile foreign power…”[378]

    While the earliest indications at the time had already hinted that the Church Committee’s conclusions might parallel the injustices committed against me and countless other American citizens last year, few public observers could have imagined way back in March 2017 the growing evidence of corrupt dealings by the Clinton/Obama regime which has subsequently been revealed surrounding their failed attempt to influence the 2016 election. Let us please move beyond the noise of last year’s pathetic lies by a bitter losing campaign as we jointly refocus our attention on substantive and relevant matters that can help fix the direction of your Committee and this country.[379]
  • Yates cited for bias in Inspector General report.[380]
  • Newsweek reports FBI offered a petty hacker, who was arrested in Prague on unrelated charges stemming from 2012, fifteen million dollars, US citizenship, and an apartment if he would lie and confess to hacking Hillary Clinton's email account on orders from Vladimir Putin. The FBI is desperate at this point to find someone to hang the allegations on and justify the investigation.[381]
  • 8 May. Sally Yates testifies under oath to the Senate Judiciary Committee, "And the Russians also knew that General Flynn had misled the vice president and others, because in the media accounts, it was clear from the vice president and others that they were repeating what General Flynn had told them, and that this was a problem because not only did we believe that the Russians knew this, but that they likely had proof of this information. And that created a compromise situation, a situation where the national security adviser essentially could be blackmailed by the Russians. Finally, we told them that we were giving them all of this information so that they could take action, the action that they deemed appropriate. I remember that Mr. McGahn asked me whether or not General Flynn should be fired, and I told him that that really wasn't our call, that was up to them, but that we were giving them this information so that they could take action, and that was the first meeting."[382]
  • Eric and Donald Trump Jr. summoned to FBI headquarters for emergency meeting with Dir. Comey, bureau cybersecurity agents and CIA representatives.[383]
  • 9 May. Deputy Attorney General Rod Rosenstein writes memorandum to Attn. Gen. Sessions which includes in part:[384]
the FBI's reputation and credibility have suffered substantial damage, and it has affected the entire Department of Justice. That is deeply troubling to many Department employees and veterans, legislators and citizens.

... I cannot defend the Director's handling of the conclusion of the investigation of Secretary Clinton's emails, and I do not understand his refusal to accept the nearly universal judgment that he was mistaken....

The director was wrong to usurp the Attorney General's authority on July 5, 2016, and announce his conclusion that the case should be closed without prosecution.

It is not the function of the Director to make such an announcement. At most, the Director should have said the FBI had completed its investigation and presented its findings to federal prosecutors. The Director now defends his decision by asserting that he believed attorney General Loretta Lynch had a conflict. But the FBI Director is never empowered to supplant federal prosecutors and assume command of the Justice Department. There is a well-established process for other officials to step in when a conflict requires the recusal of the Attorney General. On July 5, however, the Director announced his own conclusions about the nation's most sensitive criminal investigation, without the authorization of duly appointed Justice Department leaders.

Compounding the error, the Director ignored another longstanding principle: we do not hold press conferences to release derogatory information about the subject of a declined criminal investigation. Derogatory information sometimes is disclosed in the course of criminal investigations and prosecutions, but we never release it gratuitously. The Director laid out his version of the facts for the news media as if it were a closing argument, but without a trial. It is a textbook example of what federal prosecutors and agents are taught not to do.

In response to skeptical question at a congressional hearing, the Director defended his remarks by saying that his "goal was to say what is true. What did we do, what did we find, what do we think about it." But the goal of a federal criminal investigation is not to announce our thoughts at a press conference. The goal is to determine whether there is sufficient evidence to justify a federal criminal prosecution, then allow a federal prosecutor who exercises authority delegated by the Attorney General to make a prosecutorial decision, and then - if prosecution is warranted - let the judge and jury determine the facts. We sometimes release information about closed investigations in appropriate ways, but the FBI does not do it sua sponte (Latin for “of one’s own accord; voluntarily).”
  • Dir. Comey fired; Andrew McCabe assumes position as acting FBI Director. McCabe is under DOJ Inspector General's investigation for mishandling the Clinton email scandal. McCabe also has been implicated in the Steele dossier and the FBI's offer to pay Christopher Steele for more fabricated information. McCabe has not recused himself from the Russia investigation either, despite failing to act on a FARA (Foreign Agents Registration Act) complaint against FusionGPS, Christopher Steele's employer, being an unregistered foreign agent of the Russian government.
  • 10 May. Accuracy in Media says Washington Post wants desperately to divert attention away from the fact that its reporter, David Ignatius, can be prosecuted under the law, calls for investigation of Ignatius and Jeff Bezos.[385]
  • McCabe compromised by serious conflict.[386]
  • 11 May. Sen. Grassley calls on FBI to end ‘wild speculation’ surrounding Trump; insinuations that the President is the target of a probe are nothing more than “unsubstantiated statements” from political opposition and media. Grassley said in context that the intelligence community stated one of the Russians’ primary objectives is to undermine the American public’s faith in our democratic institutions and leadership. With the goal of scoring political points, Democratic allegations and wild rhetoric have given Vladimir Putin exactly what Putin wanted.[387]
  • Comey leaks of privileged information published in NYT.[388]
  • 12 May. Comey scuttled the Susan Rice unmasking investigation because it implicated himself.[389]
  • 16 May. Federal investigator confirms FBI forensic report generated within 96 hours after Rich's murder of contact between Seth Rich and Wikileaks. The computer was used to transfer copies of 44,053 emails and 17,761 attachments between Democratic National Committee leaders, spanning from January 2015 through late May 2016 to Gavin MacFadyen of WikiLeaks, who was living in London at the time.[390]
  • Private investigator hired by the famiy reports, "My investigation shows someone within the D.C. government, Democratic National Committee or Clinton team is blocking the murder investigation from going forward.”[391]
  • Second Comey leak of privileged information published in NYT.[392]
  • 17 May. Jake Novak of CNBC says latest Trump-Russia leaks sounds like a coup attempt. Novak noted "Someone at the highest levels of government has leaked information to the news media about President Trump's discussions with Russian officials...candidate Donald Trump indeed insulted the intelligence community during the election, and many have concluded that this is their plotted revenge...we have some very powerful people in Washington who really don't like how democracy played out this time around and what they do to attack it next isn't going to be any better than what they're doing now."[393]
  • Gubarev, et al. v. Orbis. Business Intelligence Limited and Christopher Steele, Claim No. HQ17D00413, defamation suit filed in the High Court of Justice in UK.[394]
  • Lawyers in DNC class action lawsuit perplexed​ by media blackout.[395]
  • 18 May. Steele admits in British High Court lawsuit that he briefed the New York Times, Washington Post, Yahoo! News, the New Yorker, and CNN. In October 2016 Steele talked to Mother Jones reporter David Corn by Skype. It was Corn’s October 31, 2016 article anonymously sourced to Steele that alerted the FBI their informant was speaking to the press. The FBI suspended Steele, however continued to use his dossier to hoax the FISA court for another nine months.[396]
  • Former DNC Chair Debbie Wasserman Schultz threatens Capital police chief for impounding evidence in the Awan investigation (See 2 February 2017). The Awan brothers were former IT specialists working for Wasserman Schultz with access to DNC data, and for House Democrats on the Intelligence Committee.[397]
  • 19 May. Sources say Sweden dropped charges against Julian Assange in effort to lure him outside Ecuador embassey.
  • Russian State Duma considers reprisal actions for US media and intelligence interference in 2016 Russian Duma elections. Some US media organizations have budgets larger than the Russian Foreign Ministry. Also, foreign NGOs train journalists and opposition activists.[398]
  • 19 May. Strzok indicates to his girlfriend Lisa Page his reluctance to join the Mueller team: wrote:
    “You and I both know the odds are nothing. If I thought it was likely, I’d be there no question. I hesitate in part because of my gut sense and concern that there’s no big there there.”[399]
  • 22 May. Wife of Imran Awan, herself a suspect in the Capital Hill Wasserman Schultz hacker breach, reportedly fled to Pakistan "where her family has significant assets and VIP-level protection."[400]
  • 23 May. After Mueller's appointment as special counsel in the investigation into alleged Russian interference in the 2016 Presidential election, Kim Dotcom issues public statement agreeing to turn evidence over to Mueller:[401][402][403][404]
I KNOW THAT SETH RICH WAS INVOLVED IN THE DNC LEAK.

I know this because in late 2014 a person contacted me about helping me to start a branch of the Internet Party in the United States. He called himself Panda. I now know that Panda was Seth Rich.

Panda advised me that he was working on voter analytics tools and other technologies that the Internet Party may find helpful...

I have consulted with my lawyers. I accept that my full statement should be provided to the authorities and I am prepared to do that so that there can be a full investigation. My lawyers will speak with the authorities regarding the proper process.

If my evidence is required to be given in the United States I would be prepared to do so if appropriate arrangements are made. I would need a guarantee from Special Counsel Mueller, on behalf of the United States, of safe passage from New Zealand to the United States and back. In the coming days we will be communicating with the appropriate authorities to make the necessary arrangements.
  • SuperStaion95 killed in cyberattack.[406]
US Asst. Attn. Beranton J. Whisenant Jr. found dead with a bullit in his head on a beach in Debbie Wasserman Schultz's home district. Whisenant is only the 15th prosecutor killed in the United States in the past century.
  • 24 May. Federal prosecutor Beranton J. Whisenant Jr.[407] murdered in Florida with a bullet in his head.[408][409][410] Whisenants body was found on a beach in the 23rd congressional district of Florida which Debbie Wasserman Schultz represents in Congress.[411] It is also the district where the DNC fraud lawsuit against Wasserman Schultz is pending.
  • UK halts intelligence sharing with US Intelligence Community on the Manchester Arena attack over US Intelligence Community leaks to the New York Times which threaten compromising an investigation into radical Islamic terrorist attack on children. Sharing is resumed hours later.[412][413]
  • 25 May. Rep. Blake Farenthold calls for federal investigation into the assassination of Seth Rich.[414]
  • 26 May. One America News Network (OANN) endures Direct Denial of Service (DDoS) attack for using HTTPS protocol and offering $100,000 reward for information in the Seth Rich murder.[415][416] OANN reappeared online without the OANN.com registration, but a new one named v2.OANN.com having the Seth Rich report removed from it.
  • 27 May. Web browsers told via updates to block people from viewing Seth Rich content on web sites. The tactic is to call the web site "unsafe, poorly configured, or an attack site" and then "for your safety, you will not be permitted to proceed".[417]
  • 31 May. House Intelligence Committee issues seven subpoenas to FBI, CIA and NSA requesting information on unmasking activities of Susan Rice, John Brennan, and Samantha Power.[418]
  • Asst. US Attn. for the District of Columbia Steve Wasserman, brother of Debbie Wasserman Schultz, suspect of shutting down investigation in the murder of Seth Rich.[419]

June 2017

Lead attorney's in the DNC fraud suit received an ominous call from the office of Debbie Wasserman Schultz.[420]
  • 1 June. Elizabeth Lee Beck and Jared Beck, lead attorneys in the case of Wilding et al v. DNC et al class-action lawsuit on behalf of Bernie Sanders supporters reported to social media:[421]
Our co-counsel Cullin O'Brien now getting anonymous callers, talking about Cullin's family and how federal prosecutor @BerantonWhisenant washed up dead on Hollywood Beach, same county as Cullin.

We are sitting ducks.
  • The Becks ask for reader's prayers.[422]
  • Sen. Grassley opens Senate Judiciary investigation into Hillary Clinton's intervention with the government of Bangladesh on behalf of a Clinton donor, Mohammad Yunus, to end an investigation.[423]
  • 2 June. FBI raids home in Dearborn, Michigan.[424][425][426] The home is said to owned by a front company owned by the brother of Huma Abedin.
  • 3 June. Home of Angela Monson, a plaintiff in the DNC fraud lawsuit, broken into and her laptop tampered with.[427]
  • 5 June. Former FBI Director James Comey sued by David Montgomery, alleging Comey and other government officials covered up evidence[428] showing widespread illegal spying on 20 million Americans.[429] Montgomery presented evidence that “[t]his domestic surveillance was all being done on computers supplied by the FBI...these supercomputers, which are FBI computers, the CIA is using them to do domestic surveillance." More than 20 million American identities were illegally unmasked - credit reports, emails, phone conversations and Internet traffic, were some of the items the NSA and CIA collected. The suit divulges evidence that the FBI has a ”pattern and practice of conducting illegal, unconstitutional surveillance against millions of Americans, including prominent Americans such as the Chief Justice of the U.S. Supreme Court, other justices, 156 judges, prominent businessmen, and others such as Donald J. Trump."[430][431] The suit also named other defendants as well, including current NSA Dir. Mike Rogers, former CIA Dir. John Brennan and Barack Obama.[432][433]
  • a 25-year-old #resist anti-Trump climate change activist and pro-Iranian terrorist who subcontracted for the NSA arrested for leaking classified material.[434]
  • Obama suspected of violating Logan Act.[435]
  • 8 June. In sworn testimony before the Senate Intelligence Committee, former FBI Director James Comey admits to leaking information relevant to an FBI investigation to the media.[436]
  • Comey claims he was motivated by Trump tweets, although the first leak was published on May 11, 2017 before Trump tweeted, raising the possibility Comey may have misled Congress in his testimony.
  • Comey implicates Loretta Lynch in the Justice Dept. cover-up of the Hillary Clinton criminal investigation.
  • Comey further states, "I understood that I could be fired by a president for any reason or for no reason at all."[437]
  • Trump Jr. sends out 80 tweets during hearings critical of Comey.[438]
  • 9 June. Comey leak courier goes into hiding.[439]
  • NSA leaker Reality Winner held without bail.
  • Jared Beck, lead attorney for plaintiff in the DNC fraud lawsuit, files a motion for protection of the plaintiffs and their families, as well as all potential witnesses, citing "the untimely death of our process server, Shawn Lucas; the unsolved murder of DNC employee, Seth Rich. We believe Mr Rich might have been a potential witness in this case. We have also cited the recent untimely death of federal prosecutor Beranton Whisenant in South Florida. Also recent bizarre and disturbing conduct, including threats, that has been directed at plaintiffs, their counsel, and employees."[442]
  • 14 June. Patrick Howley comments,
"Russia" special counsel Robert Mueller has formed a political team with his friend, fired FBI director James Comey, and the current FBI director Andrew McCabe to work together against President Donald Trump. But Mueller and Comey are not the ringleaders. Surprisingly, it’s McCabe.

An inside source told Big League Politics that McCabe is “running the show,” and “he’s the key.”

“Mueller and McCabe are assembling a better political operation than Hillary had in the campaign. The trio of Mueller/McCabe and Comey are all creatures of the swamp,” the source explained. “Any Republican who thinks this isn’t a political operation and isn’t geared toward impacting 2018 and beyond is absolutely nuts.”

“I think McCabe is the most politically savvy given how he navigated the controversy with his wife’s campaign donations and the Clinton investigation,” the source continued.

McCabe took over when Comey got fired and quickly set up the team’s power play. McCabe said that Comey did not get fired from the FBI for performance issues. That sets up the premise for a potential obstruction of justice move by the McCabe-Mueller-Comey trio.[443]
  • 15 June. Leaks from the Mueller investigation allege Trump under criminal investigation.[444]
  • 18 June. Presidential historian Doug Wead says the Deep State is attempting a coup d’état of President Trump.[445]
  • 21 June. It was reported that despite knowing about Russian interference, the Obama Administration did nothing about it.[446][447][448][449][450] On the same day, former DHS Secretary Jeh Johnson admitted that there was no evidence of Russian collusion with Trump[451] and that no votes were changed by the Russians.[452] Johnson also revealed that the DNC rejected DHS offers to help protect their network after a cyber attack on their servers, and it refused to hand their servers over to the DHS.[453][454]
  • 22 June. Career NSC officials slow walking compliance with House Intelligence subpoenas for Susan Rice's unmasking requests.[455]
  • President Trump was able to turn the narrative around to Obama, asking why he did nothing about alleged Russian interference during the election.[456]
  • 24 June. Mainstream media begins to report on FBI collusion with Democratic party opposition research firm, FusionGPS, to smear Donald Trump.[457]
  • Mary Jacoby, wife of FusionGPS founder Glenn Simpson, posts on Facebook, “It’s come to my attention that some people still don’t realize what Glenn’s role was in exposing Putin’s control of Donald Trump. Let’s be clear. Glenn conducted the investigation. Glenn hired Chris Steele. Chris Steele worked for Glenn.”[458] Jacoby also states the CIA “hopped to and immediately worked to verify it. By August 2016 the CIA had verified the key finding of the dossier to the point that, as The Washington Post revealed, it was “having ‘eyes only’ top secret meetings with Obama about it,”[459] contradicting Brennan's sworn testimony of May 23.
  • A Bureau of Alcohol, Tobacco, Firearms, and Explosives whistleblower stated that the Obama Administration obstructed justice by covering up any link between Operating Fast and Furious and Brian Terry’s death.[460]
  • 25 June. CNN reported to have imposed new rules on its slanderous and irresponsible fake news coverage of the Trump-Russia conspiracy theory.[461]
  • 28 June. Acting FBI Dir. Andy McCabe now the subject of three separate investigations into his conduct.[462]
  • 30 June. Consumer Financial Protection Bureau (CFPB) pays $14,794,130 to Jim Margolis' GMMB,[463][464] a Democratic consulting and advertising concern.[465]

July 2017

  • 2 July. Klaus Eberwein, a former Haitian government official who was expected to testify about Clinton Foundation's theft of $10 billion from the Haitian Eathquake Relief Fund found dead in Miami with a gunshot wound to the head.[466]
  • 5 July. Awan investigation expanded to include money-laundering, tax fraud, extortion, bankruptcy fraud and insurance fraud and the money could have been funneled oversea.[467]
  • 8 July. Mark Corallo, attorney for Donald Trump, Jr. revealed that FusionGPS, a firm employed by the Clinton campaign and the DNC, had misrepresented themselves to arrange a meeting between Donald Trump Jr, and a Russian lawyer in the Summer of 2016 in an effort to compromise the Trump organization.[468]
  • Obama suspected of violating Logan Act.[469]
  • 10 July. Russian lawyer who met with Donald Trump Jr linked to FusionGPS & the Steele Dossier.[470]
  • 11 July. Don Trump Jr posts email chain with FusionGPS operatives online.[471]
  • Ed Klein reports Acting Dir. McCabe receives report US Antifa faction meets with ISIS & Al Qaeda leaders in Germany during G20 protests.[472]
  • 12 July. Evidence is made public by a federal judge that SCOTUS Chief Justice John Roberts was hacked in an operation overseen by John Brennan and James Clapper. Roberts inexplicitly voted to uphold the constitutional legality of Obamacare and may have been blackmailed by Obama.[473]
  • 13 July. News reports indicate Natalia Veselnitskaya, the Russian lawyer and FusionGPS operative who represented Prevezon Holdings and lobbied for repeal of Russian sanctions (the Magnitsky Act), was granted special immigration parole status by Attorney General Loretta Lynch's office, so she could represent her Russian client Denis Katsyv and his company Prevezon Holdings Ltd.,[474]
  • 14 July. More Clinton emails show collusion between State Department and Clinton Foundation.[475]
  • 20 July. Fox News reports Wasserman Schultz to begin cooperating with federal investigations into Awan brothers.[477]
  • 21 July. Sen. Grassley to subpoena Glenn Simpson, founder of FusionGPS in the matter of unregistered lobbying on behalf of Russian clients (FARA violations) for the repeal of sanctions (the Magnitsky Act).[478]
  • Terrorized lead attorney in the DNC fraud suit, Elizabeth Beck, pleads for public exposure in the wake of the deaths of Beranton Whisenandt, Peter W. Smith, and Klaus Eberwein.[479]
  • 23 July. Patrick Howley comments
Mueller’s 13-member Dream Team is comprised of anti-Trump stalwarts including three Democratic Party donors, legal representatives for Hillary Clinton during her email scandal, and vociferous anti-Trump tweeter Preet Bharara, who was fired by Trump from his position as a U.S. Attorney within the Department of Justice. These conflicts of interests, especially pertaining to Clinton, make it necessary for some members of the team to recuse themselves. If they don’t, they can be disbarred.”[480]
  • Reports confirm FBI now involved in Awan investigation. FBI has seized a cache of smashed hard drives from Awan home.[481]
  • 25 July. Imran Awan arrested at airport while trying to flee the country after being investigated on bank fraud charges. Debbie Wasserman Schultz finally fired him after the arrest.[482] Prosecution of Awan will be assigned to Steven Wasserman, US Attorney for the District of Columbia, and brother of Debbie Wasserman Schultz.
  • 26 July. House Judiciary Committee launches probe into FBI Dir. James Comey’s leaking activities and mishandling of a federal investigation by Attn. Gen. Loretta Lynch. It will inspect Comey’s knowledge of FusionGPS, the firm that produced the Steele dossier. The investigation will dig into Comey’s decision to “usurp the authority” of Lynch by making an “unusual announcement” that Hillary Clinton would not face criminal charges. It will investigate the infamous tarmac meeting between Bill Clinton and Loretta Lynch in Phoenix at Sky Harbor International Airport. It will look into matters related to the Clinton Foundation’s influence from foreign governments, specifically the Uranium One deal exposed in Clinton Cash—whereby the Clintons personally profited from Russians gaining ownership in U.S. uranium assets. The probe will dig into immunity deals given to “co-conspirators” in the Hillary Clinton email scandal, including Cheryl Mills, Heather Samuelson, and John Bentel. The probe will look at any “collusion” between Comey and Mueller—the special counsel leading the Russia probe—especially regarding Comey’s leak through Columbia University Law Professor Daniel Richman to the media. The probe will press for document production regarding Comey’s communication with Richman, Comey’s friend, of conversations Comey had with President Trump. Richman was the vessel through which Comey leaked to the media details of those conversations with the president after his firing, with an apparent intent of using media pressure from said leaks to spark the launching of the special counsel investigation of Russian involvement. That special counsel investigation is being led by Comey’s longtime friend Robert Mueller, another former FBI director. The probe, too, will look into Comey’s knowledge of “unmasking” of intelligence and surveillance collected on Donald Trump’s campaign or transition teams—and specifically any role that former National Security Adviser Susan Rice played in that.
  • Reports say FBI General Counsel James A. Baker under a Department of Justice criminal investigation for leaking classified national security information to the media.[483] it was reported Baker colluded with Dir. Comey on handle confidential information Comey later confessed to leaking.
  • Republicans get agreement on Russia, North Korea sanctions.[485]
  • 27 July. DOJ Inspector General (IG) reports on the existence of Strzok-Page texts. IG probe of the entire situation remains ongoing.
  • FBI agent Peter Strzok fired by Robert Mueller for anti-Trump texts and other comments that favor Clinton with FBI lawyer Lisa Page.[486] Strzok played a key role in the Hillary Clinton email investigation and Russia investigation. Page, an expert in money-laundering, was fired about a month later.
  • Bob Goodlatte, House Judiciary Committee Chairman and members write to Attn. Gen. Jeff Sessions and Deputy Attn. Gen. Rod Rosenstein to request appointment of a Special Counsel to

1.Investigate, consistent with appropriate regulations, the following questions, many of which were previously posed by this Committee and remain unanswered:
2.Then-Attorney General Loretta Lynch directing Mr. Comey to mislead the American people on the nature of the Clinton investigation;
3.The shadow cast over our system of justice concerning Secretary Clinton and her involvement in mishandling classified information;
4.FBI and DOJ’s investigative decisions related to former Secretary Clinton’s email investigation, including the propriety and consequence of immunity deals given to potential Clinton co-conspirators Cheryl Mills, Heather Samuelson, John Bentel and possibly others;
5.The apparent failure of DOJ to empanel a grand jury to investigate allegations of mishandling of classified information by Hillary Clinton and her associates;
6.The Department of State and its employees’ involvement in determining which communications of Secretary Clinton’s and her associates to turn over for public scrutiny; WikiLeaks disclosures concerning the Clinton Foundation and its potentially unlawful international dealings;
7.Connections between the Clinton campaign, or the Clinton Foundation, and foreign entities, including those from Russia and Ukraine;
8.Mr. Comey’s knowledge of the purchase of Uranium One by the company Rosatom, whether the approval of the sale was connected to any donations made to the Clinton Foundation, and what role Secretary Clinton played in the approval of that sale that had national security ramifications;
9.Disclosures arising from unlawful access to the Democratic National Committee’s (DNC) computer systems, including inappropriate collusion between the DNC and the Clinton campaign to undermine Senator Bernie Sanders’ presidential campaign;
10.Post-election accusations by the President that he was wiretapped by the previous Administration, and whether Mr. Comey and Ms. Lynch had any knowledge of efforts made by any federal agency to unlawfully monitor communications of then-candidate Trump or his associates;
11.Selected leaks of classified information related to the unmasking of U.S. person identities incidentally collected upon by the intelligence community, including an assessment of whether anyone in the Obama Administration, including Mr. Comey, Ms. Lynch, Ms. Susan Rice, Ms. Samantha Power, or others, had any knowledge about the “unmasking” of individuals on then candidate-Trump’s campaign team, transition team, or both;
12.Admitted leaks by Mr. Comey to Columbia University law professor, Daniel Richman, regarding conversations between Mr. Comey and President Trump, how the leaked information was purposefully released to lead to the appointment of a special counsel, and whether any classified information was included in the now infamous “Comey memos”;
13.Mr. Comey’s and the FBI’s apparent reliance on “Fusion GPS” in its investigation of the Trump campaign, including the company’s creation of a “dossier” of information about Mr. Trump, that dossier’s commission and dissemination in the months before and after the 2016 election, whether the FBI paid anyone connected to the dossier, and the intelligence sources of FusionGPS or any person or company working for FusionGPS and its affiliates; and

14.Any and all potential leaks originated by Mr. Comey and provide to author Michael Schmidt dating back to 1993.[487]
  • Chairman Devin Nunes accuses top Obama political aides of making hundreds of requests during the 2016 presidential race to unmask the names of Americans in intelligence reports, including Trump transition officials. In a letter to Director of National Intelligence Dan Coats, said the requests were made without specific justifications on why the information was needed. “We have found evidence that current and former government officials had easy access to U.S. person information and that it is possible that they used this information to achieve partisan political purposes, including the selective, anonymous leaking of such information,” Nunes wrote in the letter to DNI Dan Coats. "The committee has learned that one official, whose position had no apparent intelligence related function, made hundreds of unmasking requests during the final year of the Obama administration,” UN Amb. Samantha Powers is said to be the one making requests.[488]
  • Reports surface D.C. homicide investigators in the Seth Rich murder cancelled information sharing meeting with Capital Hill police in the summer of 2016.[489]
  • FusionGPS has in the past sheltered its clients’ true identities by filtering money through law firms or shell companies (Bean LLC and Kernel LLC).[490]
  • 28 July. Bill Browder testifies before Senate Judiciary Committee on Russian employment of FusionGPS. FusionGPS simultaneously was employed by Clinton operatives and was offered cash by James Comey for corroborative evidence to the bogus Steele dossier which FusionGPS manufactured with the help of the KGB to smear Donald Trump.
  • Sara Carter of Circa News reports that National Security Advisor, H.R. McMaster has been communicating White House internal information to Acting FBI Director Andy McCabe.[491] Mike Pompeo rumored to be McMaster's replacement.
  • Acting FBI Dir. Andy McCabe, under investigation in three separate inquires, grandstands one week before being ousted by Christopher Wray as new FBI director with a highly publicized raid on Paul Manafort's home.[492]
  • In the raid, the FBI illegally seized a transcript of Manafort's closed door Congressional testimony, guarded by immunity agreements with Congress and attorney client privilege.[493]

August 2017

  • 1 August. National Security Subcommitte Chairman Ron DeSantis of the House Oversight Committee requests a briefing from the Capitol Police on the Awan investigation and Rep. Debbie Wasserman Schultz and are taking steps to begin a Congressional probe into why taxpayer funds were used to pay the former DNC Chair woman's advisor after he was removed from access to House computing network.[494]
  • House Judiciary member calls for immediate resignation of Special Counsel Robert Mueller.[495]
  • 2 August. Seymour Hersh reports the Trump-Russia collusion story was invented by the US Intelligence Community to help defeat Donald Trump in 2016 Presidential election and discredit him in the event he might win. The scam was invented by CIA Dir. John Brennan, DNI James Clapper and Director of the NSA Mike Rogers. He attributed their treachery to wanting to keep their jobs in a Hillary Clinton administration. Hersh says Seth Rich leaked DNC emails to WikiLeaks and the FBI knew it. The DC police were unable to open Rich’s computer so they asked the FBI’s cyber unit to assist with getting access to it. So they called the FBI cyber unit. The FBI got through the password-protection on Rich’s computer, and the computer contents show that Rich had successfully made contact with Wikileaks some time in late spring or early summer of 2016. This is according to the FBI report. Rich told friends about what he’d done and provided the password to the dropbox in case anything would happen to him. Wikileaks got access to the dropbox before Rich was killed, but after his death the flow of emails stopped.[496]
  • 3 August. Wasserman Schultz stands by decision to retain Imran Awan on payroll at taxpayer expense.[497]
  • 8 August. Nation magazine reports NSA experts say DNC as mot hacked at all, but an inside job leaked by someone with access to the DNC’s system. "The metadata established several facts in this regard with granular precision: On the evening of July 5, 2016, 1,976 megabytes of data were downloaded from the DNC’s server. The operation took 87 seconds. This yields a transfer rate of 22.7 megabytes per second."[498]
  • Federal judge orders State Dept. to resume search for missing Hillary Clinton emails and other records related to the 2012 Benghazi massacre. Document include communication between Hillary Clinton, Huma Abedin, Cheryl Mills and Jake Sullivan.[499]
  • Jay Sekulow uncovers evidence of White House & Comey involvement in Lynch tarmac meeting.[500]
  • 9 August. POTUS & Political Warfare memorandum authored by Rich Higgins dated May 2017 published by Foreign Policy magazine. The 7-page document was reviewed by the president. The memo states
    The administration has been maneuvered into a constant back-pedal by relentless political warfare attacks structured to force him to assume a reactive posture that assures inadequate responses...Having become the dominant cultural meme, some benefit from it while others are captured by it; including ‘deep state’ actors, globalists, bankers, Islamists, and establishment Republicans
    One source said, "It was about H.R. McMaster. So, when he starts reading it, [McMaster] knows it’s him and he fires [Higgins].” [501]
  • ZOA group calls for National Security Advisor H.R. McMaster to be reassigned elsewhere citing a pattern of behavior hostile to Trump foreign policy agenda, including the firing of Trump & Flynn appointees, and hiring of Obama holdovers.[502]
  • Washington Freebeacon reports an attorney, Paige Helwig, formerly in the Justice Dept. who participated in the cover up of Loretta Lynch's tarmac meeting with Bill Clinton, is now working as a deputy counsel for Senate Democrats investigating Lynch's tarmac meeting and Lynch's efforts to influence Comey and the FBI’s investigation of Hillary Clinton.[503]
Jason Kessler, organizer of the "Unite the Right" protest in Charlottesville which left one dead seen here as an Occupy Wall Street organizer. Kessler was an Obama supporter until November 2016, then organized the Unite the Right movement in January 2017. Previously Kessler worker as a CNN Assignment Editor and with Democratic operative Brennan Gilmore,[504] who was on hand to film a schizophrenic man drive a car into a crowd of leftist protesters,[505] killing one woman.
  • 14 August. DOJ requests subpoenas for Dreamhost, a web hosting site for organizers and participants in anti-Trump riots.[508]
  • 17 August. Bill Browder reconfirms FusionGPS was paid by Russia, through the Katsyv family, headed by Pyotr Katsyv, Vice President of ‘Russian Railways’, a huge Russian transportation company, in which the Russian government is the sole shareholder.[509]
  • Imran Awan and his wife Hina Alvi indicted; National Review's Andrew McCarthy points out irregularities in indictment.[510]
  • 22 August. Glenn Simpson, FusionGPS founder refused to identify who hired FusionGPS to produce the bogus Steele dossier in closed door session with Senate Judiciary Committee investigators.[511]
  • 24 August. Chairman Nunes subpoena's FBI & DOJ for information on the Steele dossier and reassignment of FBI agent Strzok.
  • 29 August. Kurt Smolek of the State Dept. Diplomatic Security service, missing since 28 August, body pulled from the Potomac River.
  • 30 August. FBI documents reveal Dir. James Comey decided not to prosecute Hillary Clinton long before the investigation was over.[512] This contradicts Comey's earlier sworn Congressional testimony that a decision on Hillary Clinton's mens rea was not made until after her personal FBI interview.[513]

September 2017

  • 11 September. Maryland judge orders the state bar to open an investigation into the three lawyers who helped Sec. Clinton delete emails. Anne Arundel County Circuit Court Judge Paul F. Harris Jr. said the complaints lodged against David E. Kendall, Cheryl Mills and Heather Samuelson were egregious and the state bar couldn’t dismiss them as frivolous. “There are allegations of destroying evidence.”[515]
  • Freedom Watch files complaint against Robert Mueller to have him removed as special council for illegal Grand Jury leaks.[516]
  • 17 September. Former US Attn. Pete Bharara says it's "odd and unusual" that Rosenstein could serve as a witness in the investigation while also while overseeing it, adding, "It would seem that there's a conflict."[517]
  • 18 September. Hillary Clinton lends her name to coup.[518]
  • 19 September. Manafort demands investigation into Obama administration's illegal wiretapping of political opponents.[519]
  • 20 September. Sen. Chuck Grassley inquires of FBI Dir. Chris Wray why Sen. John McCain was given a briefing on Russian Intelligence efforts to penetrate his 2008 presidential campaign, but Donald Trump was not afforded the same courtesy. Former director Comey testified under oath that Donald Trump was never under criminal or counterintellgence investigation. Sen. Grassley wrote,
After he was fired, Mr. Comey acknowledged in public testimony before the Senate Intelligence Committee that President Trump had never been one of the individuals under investigation. Recent news articles have claimed that Paul Manafort was one of the campaign associates under FBI investigation.1 This raises the question of whether the FBI ever alerted Mr. Trump to the FBI’s counter-intelligence concerns regarding his campaign manager and others associated with the campaign—so that he could take defensive action to prevent the campaign from being infiltrated.2 Such briefings are one of the tools that the FBI often uses to thwart attempts by foreign intelligence services to infiltrate organizations or compromise U.S. citizens. Such a briefing allows innocent, unwitting organizations and individuals to take defensive action to protect themselves.

According to press reports, it appears that during at least one previous presidential election, U.S. intelligence has raised these types of concerns to campaign staff, including concerns about Mr. Manafort’s ties.3 The concerns allegedly involved work performed by Mr. Manafort and his business partner at the time, Rick Davis, on behalf of Ukrainian Prime Minister Viktor Yanukovych, who was backed by Putin.4 Mr. Davis became Senator McCain’s campaign manager. Moreover, Mr. Manafort and Mr. Davis reportedly had previously arranged for Russian oligarch Oleg Deripaska to meet Senator McCain twice.5 According to John Weaver, a former top campaign advisor to Senator McCain: “My sense is that Davis and Manafort, who were already doing pro-Putin work against American national interests, were using potential meetings with McCain—who didn't know this and neither did we until after the fact—as bait to secure more rubles from the oligarchs.”6

Mr. Weaver further stated that “U.S. intelligence raised concerns to McCain’s staff about the Davis Manafort work.”7 A recent report quoted an anonymous U.S. counterintelligence official who had been involved as saying: “Before there was Trump, there were concerns about some of the same people being around McCain about 10 years ago, and we alerted his team to those concerns and they appeared to take some defensive action.”8 Indeed, earlier, Senator McCain’s inner circle was reportedly cautioned by U.S. intelligence to distance itself from a Russian advisor who U.S. intelligence believed might have ties to the Russian military, and the McCain team subsequently asked the advisor to leave.9

In short, if these accounts are accurate it appears that in at least one prior presidential campaign, U.S. intelligence alerted a candidate’s team about counterintelligence concerns it had regarding campaign associates’ connections with Russia. This makes sense, given that sophisticated foreign intelligence services likely seek to exploit presidential campaigns through various means. The circumstances leading to those prior alerts to a campaign by U.S. intelligence seem substantially similar to the circumstances surrounding President Trump’s campaign.

If the FBI did provide a defensive briefing or similar warning to the campaign, then that would raise important questions about how the Trump campaign responded. On the other hand, if the FBI did not alert the campaign, then that would raise serious questions about what factors contributed to its decision and why it appears to have been handled differently in a very similar circumstance involving a previous campaign.
  • Fox News reports Obama UN Rep. was unmasking US citizens daily throughout 2016, in excess of 260 victims.[520]

TruePundit reports six US agencies conspired to illegally to wiretap Trump. British intel was used as an NSA front to spy on the Trump campaign.[521] Paul Manafort, Carter Page, Donald Trump Jr., Jared Kushner, Michael Flynn and likely others were illegally wiretapped. The report says

  • six US agencies created a stealth task force, spearheaded by CIA Dir. John Brennan, to run domestic surveillance on Trump associates and possibly Trump himself.
  • To feign ignorance and to seemingly operate within U.S. laws, the agencies outsourced the wiretapping of Trump associates through intelligence sharing agreements with the British spy agency GCHQ.
  • The decision to insert GCHQ as a back door to eavesdrop was sparked by the denial of two FISA Court warrant applications filed by the FBI to seek wiretaps of Trump associates.
  • GCHQ did not work from London or the UK. GCHQ worked from NSA’s headquarters in Fort Meade, MD with direct NSA supervision and guidance to conduct sweeping surveillance on Trump associates.
  • The illegal wiretaps were initiated months before the Christopher Steele compiled his fake dossier for Hillary Clinton.
  • Obama DOJ and FBI set up the meeting at Trump Tower between Trump Jr., Manafort and Kushner with controversial Russian officials to make Trump’s associates appear compromised.
  • Following the Trump Tower meeting, GCHQ began digitally wiretapping Manafort, Trump Jr., and Kushner.
  • After the concocted meeting by the Deep State, the GCHQ could officially justify wiretapping Trump associates as an intelligence front for NSA because the Russian lawyer at the meeting Natalia Veselnitskaya was considered an international security risk and prior to the Trump Tower meeting was not even allowed entry into the United States or the UK, federal sources said.
  • By using GCHQ, the NSA and its intelligence partners had carved out a loophole to wiretap Trump without a warrant. While it is illegal for US agencies to monitor phones and emails of US citizens inside the United States absent a warrant, it is not illegal for British intelligence to do so. Even if the GCHQ was tapping Trump on US soil at Fort Meade. This is a longstanding intelligence sharing agreement that pre-dates World War II.
  • The wiretaps, secured through illicit scheming, have been used by US Special Counsel Robert Mueller’s Russia probe of the 2016 election, even though the evidence is considered fruit of the poisonous tree.
  • Veselnitskaya may have been paid by the Obama administration as well.
  • The illegal eavesdropping by GCHQ started long before the Steele dossier. Federal sources said the wiretaps on Trump insiders began in late 2015, almost a year before the 2016 election. The targets then were Flynn and Page, sources confirmed. When no smoking gun was recovered from those initial taps, US intelligence agencies moved to broaden the scope of their eavesdropping.
  • 22 September. John McCain is not happy with Sen. Grassley's inquiry into he FBI about Paul Manafort's connection to McCain's 2008 presidential campaign.[522]
  • 26 September. House Judiciary Committee repeats call to DOJ for Special Counsel, pointing out former FBI Dir. James Comey lied to Congress when he said that he decided not to recommend criminal charges against Hillary Clinton until after she was interviewed, when in fact Comey had drafted her exoneration before said interview. "They have Comey dead to rights," awaiting IG report release in January 2018 and appointment of a Special Prosecutor.[523]
  • 27 September. Congressional investigators renew focus on efforts by Obama administration to obtain highly classified intelligence information on Trump administration allies in what was an effort to undermine the president and his national security team. "The misuse of intelligence information by members of the Obama administration is a serious issue that requires an exhaustive investigation and accountability," said Rep. Ron DeSantis, chair of House Subcommittee on National Security.[524]
  • 28 September. Attn. Gen. Jeff Sessions meets with Chairman Matt Gaetz, Reps. Bob Goodlatte, Jim Jordan, Ron DeSantis and Louis Gohmert of the House Judiciary Committee.[525]

October 2017

  • 6 October. Former Clinton White Communication Director George Stephanopoulos interviews Lisa Bloom, daughter of Gloria Allred about the Democrat mega-donor Harvey Weinstein scandal.[527] Stephanopoulos masterminded the Clinton administration's public defamation and smears of sexual assault victims of Bill Clinton and Weinstein bankrolled the controversial Clinton legal defense fund. The Clinton Presidential Legal Expense Fund accepted donations from lobbyists. The Office of Government Ethics (OGE) took the position that although the president was not subject to rules limiting the acceptance of gifts, the Clinton's and their agents, such as the fund itself and its officials, were subject to laws forbidding executive branch officials from soliciting gifts.[528]
  • 8 October. No original hardcopy documents to be housed at the Barack Obama Presidential Library complicating the declassification process and making the facility only of marginal usefulness to students, scholars and researchers.[529]
  • 9 October. TruePundit, which reported on Anthony Weiner's laptop prior to the election, reports Sen. John McCain was among financiers of FusionGPS and the Steele Dossier along with FBI, the McCain Institute for International Leadership, and Hillary Clinton-backed campaign operatives who paid $1 million for the research.[530]
  • 11 October. Chairman Nunes asks deputy attorney general Rod Rosenstein for information about FBI investigator Peter Strzok's dismissal.
  • 12 October. Sen. Grassley inquires of the Office of Science and Technology Policy of the Executive Office of the President, "The fact that Rosatom subsidiaries in the United States were under criminal investigation as a result of a U.S. intelligence operation apparently around the time [Committee on Foreign Investment in the United States] CFIUS approved the Uranium One/Rosatom transaction raises questions about whether that information factored into CFIUS’ decision to approve the transaction." Bill & Hillary Clinton received joint income (emoluments) from a Russian government controlled bank which financed the purchase.
  • 16 October. Journalist Daphne Galizia, who was investigating the Panama Papers, killed when in her car was bombed.[531]
  • 17 October. The Hill reports
the FBI had gathered substantial evidence that Russian nuclear industry officials were engaged in bribery, kickbacks, extortion and money laundering designed to grow Vladimir Putin’s atomic energy business inside the United States, according to government documents and interviews.

Federal agents used a confidential U.S. witness working inside the Russian nuclear industry to gather extensive financial records, make secret recordings and intercept emails as early as 2009 that showed Moscow had compromised an American uranium trucking firm with bribes and kickbacks in violation of the Foreign Corrupt Practices Act, FBI and court documents show.

They also obtained an eyewitness account — backed by documents — indicating Russian nuclear officials had routed millions of dollars to the U.S. designed to benefit former President Bill Clinton’s charitable foundation during the time Secretary of State Hillary Clinton served on a government body that provided a favorable decision to Moscow, sources told The Hill.

The racketeering scheme was conducted “with the consent of higher level officials” in Russia who “shared the proceeds” from the kickbacks, one agent declared in an affidavit years later.

Rather than bring immediate charges in 2010, however, the Department of Justice (DOJ) continued investigating the matter for nearly four more years, essentially leaving the American public and Congress in the dark about Russian nuclear corruption on U.S. soil during a period when the Obama administration made two major decisions benefiting Putin’s commercial nuclear ambitions...

Attorney General Eric Holder was among the Obama administration officials joining Hillary Clinton on the Committee on Foreign Investment in the United States at the time the Uranium One deal was approved. Multiple current and former government officials told The Hill they did not know whether the FBI or DOJ ever alerted committee members to the criminal activity they uncovered.[532]
  • 18 October. Calls for Special Prosecutor Robert Mueller's resignation mount over evidence tampering in the Russian bribery scandal of Hillary Clinton and the Clinton Foundation.[533]
  • New York Post reports on team Obama's cover up of Russia crimes.[534]
  • Obama Attn. Gen. Loretta Lynch blocked an FBI informant from testifying to Congress about his information that the Russian's wanted to gain access to former Pres. Bill Clinton and Sec. of State Hillary Clinton to influence the Obama administration's decision on the purchase of Uranium One.[535]
  • Papers filed to disbar James Comey. “Insofar as Mr. Comey gave materially false testimony to Congress, it appears that he violated Rules 1.0(w), 3.3(a)(1), and 8.4 of the New York Rules of Professional Conduct.'[536]
  • Peter Fritsch and Thomas Catan, co-founders of FusionGPS, plead the Fifth Amendment right against self-incrimination “to every question asked of them" in House Committee investigation.[537] FusionGPS owners and founders are refusing to identify the Hillary Clinton campaign and the DNC to produce the bogus Steele dossier intended to defame Donald Trump.
  • 19 October. Newsweek reports
    Before the [Uranium One] deal was brokered in 2009, the FBI under Robert Mueller—who is now special counsel in the Russia investigation into potential collusion with the Trump campaign—had begun an investigation into corruption and extortion by senior managers of a company owned by the Russian government’s nuclear company, Rosatom. According to court filings revealed by The Hill Tuesday, in 2009 the FBI found enough evidence to suggest Vadim Mikerin, who headed the Rosatom subsidiary Tenex, was corrupt and high-level officials at Rosatom knew about his bribery scheme. In 2014, he pled guilty in a U.S. court case to orchestrating more than $2 million in bribe payments through shadowy accounts in Cyprus, Latvia, and Switzerland.[538]
  • 20 October. FusionGPS seeks to block subpoena for financial records.[539]
  • 23 October. NBC News confirms Tony Podesta under investigation by Robert Mueller.[540]
  • House Oversight Committee also investigating Obama administration criminal activity involving Robert Mueller, Hillary Clinton, Eric Holder, et al in relation to bribery scams and national security breaches over Mueller, Clinton, and Holder's approval of Russian oligarchs purchase of uranium reserves while under criminal investigation for extortion and money laundering.[541]
  • 24 October. Washington Post finally admits "Hillary Clinton campaign and the Democratic National Committee helped fund research that resulted in a now-famous dossier containing allegations about President Trump’s connections to Russia and possible coordination between his campaign and the Kremlin...The Clinton campaign paid Perkins Coie $5.6 million in legal fees from June 2015 to December 2016, according to campaign finance records, and the DNC paid the firm $3.6 million in “legal and compliance consulting’’ since November 2015.[542][543]
  • CIA Director Mike Pompeo meets with William Binney to discuss DNC whistleblower leak.[544]
  • 25 October. Sessions approves key witness to testify as to why FBI Dir. approved the transfer of a strategic asset to Russia.[545]
  • Campaign Legal Center files a complaint with the FEC alleging the Democratic National Committee and Hillary Clinton’s 2016 campaign committee violated campaign finance law. They failed to accurately disclose the purpose and recipient of payments for the dossier of research alleging connections between then-candidate Donald Trump and Russia, effectively hiding these payments from public scrutiny, contrary to the requirements of federal law.[546]
  • WaPo Oped: "Steele's dossier does include information it says was obtained from "a senior Russian Foreign Ministry figure and a former top level Russian intelligence officer still active inside the Kremlin." In other words, the Clinton camp and the DNC were essentially paying for information allegedly obtained from inside the Russian government."[547]
  • Wasserman Schultz denies knowledge of payments to FusionGPS.[548]
  • Wall Street Journal calls for Robert Mueller's resignation.[549]
  • Newsweek reports on Obama administration granting visa & visa renewals to Vadim Mikerin of on Temam.[550]
  • 26 October. CNN reports John Podesta and former DNC Chair Debbie Wasserman Schultz both privately denied to Congressional Russia investigators that they had knowledge of funding FusionGPS. "Podesta was asked in his September interview whether the Clinton campaign had a contractual agreement with Fusion GPS, and he said he was not aware of one, according to one of the sources. Sitting next to Podesta during the interview: his attorney Marc Elias, who worked for the law firm that hired Fusion GPS" to write the Steele dossier for the Clinton campaign and DNC.[552]
  • Investors Business Daily calls for Mueller's firing, Trump-Russia is fake news, and an end to the bogus investigation.[553]
  • 27 October. How team Hillary hoaxed the press.[554]
  • Former Obama CIA Dir. Leon Panetta calls for Senate Intelligence Committee to look into the Clinton campaign and DNC funding of the Steele dossier.[555]
  • 28 October. CNN's undisclosed ties to FusionGPS.[556]
  • 29 October. FEC records show Hillary For America paid just under $5.1 million and the DNC paid nearly $5.4 million to the law firm of Perkins Coie in 2016 for the Steele dossier. FEC records show Obama for America also paid $972,000 to Perkins Coie beginning in April 2016, the same time Hillary for America & DNC contracted with FusionGPS through Perkins Coie to write the Steele dossier.[557]
  • More evidence of Paul Manafort's civil rights being violated.[559]
  • Podesta Group named in Manafort indictment.[560] The indictment accuse Manafort of hiring the Podesta Group to lobby for an ostensibly independent nonprofit that “was under the ultimate direction” of the Ukrainian president, his party and the Ukrainian government.[561]
  • Tony Podesta resigns from Podesta Group;[562] longtime GOP operative Kim Fritts takes over.[563][564]
  • Prosecutorial abuse alleged against Special Prosecutor Robert Mueller.[565]
  • Attorney for Tony Podesta sends cease and desist order to Tucker Carlson for reporting on Podesta and the Podesta Group.[566]
  • Rep. Vern Buchanan rejects IRS apology for abuse of Tea Party victims, calls for prosecution of former IRS Commissioner Lois Lerner.[567]
  • 31 October. House Intel Committee staff meeting with the FBI; bureau officials refuse a request for information about Peter Strzok.

November 2017

  • 2 November. Former DNC Chair Donna Brazille admits Obama cleaned out the party, Hillary stole it and laundered money, Bernie Sanders was robbed.[569] Elizabeth Warren says DNC was rigged.,[570]
  • Hillary Clinton defends subverting democracy and treason when she paid for the Steele dossier.[571]
  • Hillary Clinton wins Democrat of the year award.[572]
  • Twitter deactivates President Trump's Twitter account.[574]
  • 3 November. Manafort attorneys ask court to address Robert Mueller's due process and civil rights violations, challenging "the legal basis for and sufficiency of the charges, the suppression of evidence improperly obtained by search warrant, subpoena or otherwise”.[575]
  • Legislation introduced in the House by Reps. Matt Gaetz, Andy Biggs and Louis Gohmert calling for resignation of Robert Mueller from Trump-Russia scandal investigation due to his conflict of interest and cover-up of the Uranium One bribery scandal. The legislation states,
that Russian officials were engaging in bribery and extortion, tainting the American uranium industry in violation of the Foreign Corrupt Practices Act to strengthen their own nuclear program; Whereas investigations into Russia’s corruption of American uranium-related businesses were supervised by then-United States Attorney Rod Rosenstein, currently serving as Deputy Attorney General, and then-Assistant FBI Director Andrew McCabe, currently serving as Deputy Director of the FBI;

Whereas ...neither the Department of Justice nor the Federal Bureau of Investigation under the leadership of Mr. Mueller brought charges; Whereas the Department of Justice actively threatened the liberty of a confidential informant embedded within Russia’s nuclear program who wished to inform Congress about Russian corruption of American uranium-related companies, ...depriving Congress of information vital to national security and Congressional oversight authority;

Whereas Members of Congress ... raised these concerns in official correspondence to then-President Obama as early as 2010; Whereas in 2010, when the Russian Federation needed American approval of uranium sales, former President William Jefferson Clinton received hundreds of thousands of dollars in speaking fees from Kremlin-linked institutions, and requested approval from the State Department to meet with central figures in Russia’s nuclear industry, and eventually met with Russian leader Vladimir V. Putin ...

Whereas the Clinton Foundation has either directly or indirectly received undisclosed donations totaling millions of dollars from Russian-linked sources, including from officials in Russia’s nuclear program; Whereas in 2010, Hillary Clinton, founder of the Clinton Foundation, wife of former President Clinton, and then Secretary of State, approved the sale of Uranium One to a Russian state-owned nuclear technology corporation; ...

Whereas under 28 CFR 45.2, no individual can participate in a criminal investigation if he has a personal or political relationship with any organization substantially involved in the conduct that is subject of the investigation; Whereas under 28 CFR 45.2, ... Whereas the Code of Federal Regulations, applied to Mr. Mueller, demonstrates that he cannot be allowed to investigate his former colleagues, supervisors, and subordinates; and

Whereas these obvious conflicts of interest are unacceptable to the United States justice system and the American people: Now, therefore, be it Resolved, That House of Representatives expresses its sense that Robert Mueller is compromised and should resign from his special counsel position immediately.[576]
  • Former DNC vice chair says DNC secretly chose Hillary Clinton as nominee before the primaries even started.[577]
  • Sen. Rand Paul assaulted by registered Democrat; FBI confirms attack is political in nature.[578]
  • 4 November. Hillary Clinton campaign manager Robbie Mook confesses to ordering up the Steele dossier.[579]
  • 5 November. House Oversight Committee suspects MSM journalists were bribed by FusionGPS to report fake Trump-Russia scam.[580]
  • Tony Podesta’s lobbying firm, the Podesta Group, represented the Russian-owned company Uranium One during former President Barack Obama’s administration and did not register under the Foreign Agents Registration Act, The Daily Caller News Foundation has determined. Podesta collected lobbying fees of $180,000 from Uranium One, according to the non-partisan Center for Responsive Politics, that discloses lobbying documents filed with Congress. The uranium company states on its web site it is a “wholly owned subsidiary” of RUSANO, the Russian State Corporation for Nuclear Energy, a Rosatom entity.[581]
  • Clinton campaign operatives Huma Abedin, Robby Mook, Jennifer Palmieri and John Podesta accuse DNC chair Donna Brazille, who replaced Wasserman Schultz after the Seth Rich episode, of spreading "false Russian-fueled propaganda."[582]
  • Sen. Lindsey Graham calls for Special Prosecutor to investigate Hillary Clinton.[583]
  • 7 November. Donna Brazille's theory on the murder of Seth Rich.[584]
  • Hillary Clinton reported in talks with Christopher Steele to create second dossier of alleged Trump affairs.[585]
  • Prince Bandar bin Sultan, head of Saudi intelligence, arms dealer, and former longtime ambassador to the United States, arrested in Crown Prince Mohammed bin Salman's consolidation of power.[586]
  • 9 November. Washington Times questions Obama administration coup attempt motives:
    It was a watershed moment: the CIA, National Security Agency and FBI challenging the legitimacy of a U.S. presidential victory. The conclusions in the Jan. 6 document were sharp, but the findings unraveled 10 months later, raising questions about the basis for the evidence and the motives of the Obama appointees leading the nation’s intelligence and law enforcement agencies.[587]
  • The Atlantic reports during the Obama administration Russian oligarchs owned 5% of Facebook and Twitter.[588]
  • 10 November. New York Times reports "After the postelection publication of a dossier by a former British spy into those connections — which included some salacious claims — John Podesta met with Glenn Simpson, the co-founder of the firm that commissioned the opposition research, to compare notes on Russia’s involvement, according to an associate of Mr. Podesta." John Podesta has previously sworn under oath before the Senate Intelligence Committee that he didn’t know anything about the dossier, including who paid for it.[589]
  • Mifsud, likely an MI5 operative working with Christopher Steele, vanishes.[590]
  • Mueller probes Michael Flynn's role in alleged plot to hand over Fethullah Gulen to Turkey.[591] Gulen and others are big donors to Ready for Hillary PAC.
  • 11 November. Podesta Group not likely to survive til end of the year.[592]
  • 14 November. Rep. Jim Jordan calls for appointment of a Special counsel to investigate the Clintons campaign and DNC's role in creating the Steele dossier and Obama Justice Dept.'s procurement of FISA warrants.[594]
  • 15 November. The Hill reports Andy McCabe “wrote an email on his official government account stating that the Hillary Clinton email probe had been given ‘special’ status."
  • Rep. Mark Meadows calls for appointment of a Special counsel to investigate the Clintons campaign and DNC's role in creating the Steele dossier and Obama and why Obama's FBI was involved.[595]
  • Steve Mostyn,[596] Democrat mega donor to Hillary Clinton and Barack Obama, found dead of gunshot wound to the head. Mostyn was a co-founder of the Ready for Hillary PAC.[597][598] Fethullah Gülen and other Gulenists were big donors to Ready for Hillary PAC. Mostyn in 2012 was the 10th largest donor in the United States.[599]
  • DIA denies FOIA request for records relating to Mike Flynn's tenure as DIA director.[600]
  • 19 November. WaPo runs Op-ed by Marc Theisen, Yes, the Clinton's should be investigated.[601]
  • 20 November. House Intel Committee again requests an interview with Peter Strzok. Strzok met with the Senate Intelligence Committee on Nov. 27.
  • 21 November. Fusion GPS bank records show Russia-related payments.[602]
  • Perkins Coie, the law firm that represented the Clinton campaign and DNC, paid Fusion a total of $1,024,408 between May 24, 2016 and Dec. 28, 2016.
  • The records show that Fusion was also paid $523,651 by the law firm BakerHostetler between March 7, 2016 and Oct. 31, 2016. FusionGPS was hired by BakerHostetler to investigate Bill Browder, who helped push through the Magnitsky Act. Glenn Simpson, founding partner of Fusion GPS, compiled the research for the anti-Browder project and worked closely with Natalia Veselnitskaya, a Russian lawyer. Simpson’s research ended up in the Trump Tower meeting in the form of a four-page memo carried by Veselnitskaya. She also shared Simpson’s work with Yuri Chaika, the prosecutor general of Russia. Prevezon Holdings and its Russian owner Denis Katsyv hired BakerHostetler to investigate Browder. Katsyv and Prevezon sought to limit the impact of the Magnitsky Act sanctions. Natalia Veselnitskaya met with Donald Trump Jr. in Trump Tower on June 9, 2016.
  • The committee also sought records “related to Fusion’s payments to journalists who have reported on Russia issues relevant to its investigation.” Lawyers for the House Committee said they are seeking transactions related to “three individual journalists…each of whom have reported on and/or been quoted in articles regarding topics related to the Committee’s investigation, some of which were published as recently as October 2017.”[603]
  • 27 November. Intelligence Community Inspector General Charles McCullough III who uncovered the Hillary Clinton email scandal said that he, his family and his staff faced a backlash from Clinton allies and the Clinton campaign put out word that it planned to fire him if Clinton won the 2016 election.[604]
  • Consevativetreehouse reports: "Elizabeth Warren set up the [CFPB] to operate above any oversight. Additionally, the bureau was placed under spending authority of the federal reserve. The CFPB gets it’s operating budget from the Federal Reserve, not from congress. Again, this was set-up to keep congress from defunding the agency as a way to remove it....Mick Mulvaney is now in a position to look at the books, look at the prior records within the bureau and expose the political agenda within it to the larger public...Most likely President Trump will not appoint a replacement until Mulvaney has exposed the corruption within it. That sunlight is toxic to Elizabeth Warren and can potentially be politically destructive to the Democrats. If the secrets within the bureau are revealed, there’s a greater likelihood the bureau will be dissolved. There are billions of scheme and graft at stake. Within the record-keeping there are more than likely dozens of progressive organizations being financed by the secret enterprise. That’s the risk to the SWAMP."[605]
  • Deep state coup continues as Obama crony refuses to step aside at CFPB for Mike Mulvaney, President Trump's appointment.[606]
  • Larry Klayman of FreedomWatch files suit to force the Justice Department to investigate leaks from the Robert Mueller and “the obvious conflicts of interest among staff.”[607]
  • 28 November. Court rules against Obama coup plotter, the President is in charge of his administration.[608]
  • 29 November. Sen. Ron Johnson, Chairman of the Homeland Security and Governmental Affairs Committee, begins investigation into an Obama coup plotter who, as a political appointee in OMB, "burrowed" into civil service and attempted a takeover of the Consumer Financial Protection Bureau (CFPB) in defiance of the President.[609]
  • Chairman Nunes again speeks with Rod Rosenstein to discussed Peter Strzok. No action.
  • Hard drive central to Awan case. Hearng delayed til January 8, 2018 due voluminous documents in the discovery process.[610]
  • Victor David Hanson calls for oversight of Special counsels.[611]
  • 30 November. Wasserman Schultz husband, Steve Schultz, accused of ripping off elderly investor of $4 million.[612]

December 2017

  • 1 December. Gen. Michael Flynn pleads guilty to one count of lying to the FBI, which includes this charge: "an op-ed published by Flynn in The Hill on November 8, 2016 was written at his own initiative."[613] The op-ed reads in part:
    Turkey is really our strongest ally against the Islamic State in Iraq and Syria (ISIS), as well as a source of stability in the region. It provides badly needed cooperation with U.S. military operations. But the Obama administration is keeping Erdoğan’s government at arm’s length — an unwise policy that threatens our long-standing alliance.
    The primary bone of contention between the U.S. and Turkey is Fethullah Gülen, a shady Islamic mullah residing in Pennsylvania whom former President Clinton once called his “friend” in a well circulated video.[614]
    Gülen portrays himself as a moderate, but he is in fact a radical Islamist. He has publicly boasted about his “soldiers” waiting for his orders to do whatever he directs them to do. If he were in reality a moderate, he would not be in exile, nor would he excite the animus of Recep Tayyip Erdoğan and his government...[615]
    To professionals in the intelligence community, the stamp of terror is all over Mullah Gülen’s statements in the tradition of Qutb and al Bana. Gülen’s vast global network has all the right markings to fit the description of a dangerous sleeper terror network. From Turkey’s point of view, Washington is harboring Turkey’s Osama bin Laden.
    Washington’s silence on this explosive topic speaks volumes when we hear the incredulous claim that the democratically elected president of Turkey staged a military coup, bombed his own parliament and undermined the confidence in Turkey’s strong economy, just so that he could purge his political opponents....
    To add insult to injury, American taxpayers are helping finance Gülen’s 160 charter schools in the United States. These schools have been granted more H1-B visas than Google. It is inconceivable that our visa officers have approved thousands of visas for English teachers whose English is incomprehensible. A CBS “60 Minutes” program documented a conversation with one such imported English teacher from Turkey. Several lawsuits, including some in Ohio and Texas, point to irregularities in the operation of these schools.
    However, funding seems to be no problem for Gülen’s network. Hired attorneys work to keep the lucrative government source of income for Gülen and his network going. Influential charities such as Cosmos Foundation continue their support for Gulen’s charter schools.[616]
    Incidentally, Cosmos Foundation is a major donor to Clinton Foundation. No wonder Bill Clinton calls Mullah Gülen “his friend.” It is now no secret that Huma Abedin, Hillary Clinton’s close aide and confidante, worked for 12 years as the associate editor for a journal published by the London-based Institute of Minority Muslim Affairs. This institute has promoted the thoughts of radical Muslim thinkers such as Qutb, al Bana and others.
    The American public is being lulled into believing that Gülen is a Sufi scholar who promotes the teachings of Rumi, the Persian poet, works to expand interfaith dialogue and does a great job of providing American youth high-quality education in math and science as well as English.
    Voices of concern about this shady character are quickly muffled by his vast network of public relations and legal professionals. He has established a false façade that he is a moderate at odds with Turkey’s autocratic leader.
    ...It is unconscionable to militate against Turkey, our NATO ally, as Washington is hoodwinked by this masked source of terror and instability nestled comfortably in our own backyard in Pennsylvania. ...
    The forces of radical Islam derive their ideology from radical clerics like Gülen, who is running a scam. We should not provide him safe haven. In this crisis, it is imperative that we remember who our real friends are.[617]
  • 1 December. House Intel Committee again requests to speak with former Mueller team investigator Peter Strzok.
  • 2 December. Chairman Nunes threatens Rosenstein and McCabe with contempt citations for willfully refusing to comply with an Aug. 24 subpoena and refusing the committee's request "for an explanation of Peter Strzok's dismissal from the Mueller probe;...By hiding from Congress, and from the American people, documented political bias by a key FBI head investigator for both the Russia collusion probe and the Clinton email investigation, the FBI and DOJ engaged in a willful attempt to thwart Congress’ constitutional oversight responsibility."[618]
  • WaPo reports "Among federal law enforcement officials, there is great concern that exposure of the texts they exchanged may be used by the president and his defenders to attack the credibility of the Mueller probe and the FBI more broadly."[619] New York Times reports that "the existence of the text messages is likely to fuel claims by Mr. Trump that he is the target of a witch hunt."[620]
  • Fox News reports Peter Strzok under internal FBI Inspector General investigation. Strzok, former FBI Deputy Director for Counterintellgence, interviewed Hillary Clinton personally during the Clinton email scandal and later was fired from Robert Mueller's Russia probe for exchanging pro-Hillary, anti-Trump personal text messages with another FBI lawyer. Strzok is considered a key figure Strzok as a key figure in procuring the Clinton campaign's fraudulent Steele dossier for the FBI. Strzok also conducted liaison with other intelligence community agencies, including the CIA led by Director John Brennan.[621]
  • 5 December. Judicial Watch obtains emails on Andrew Weissmann praised acting Acting Attn. Gen. Sally Yates for refusing a White House order to defend the president’s travel ban on Muslim-majority countries, according to internal emails. “I am so proud,” Weissmann wrote to Yates when he was the head of the Obama Justice Department’s criminal fraud division. “And in awe. Thank you so much. All my deepest respect.” Weissmann donated to Obama and is now Special Prosecutor Mueller’s deputy. He oversaw the investigation of Paul Manafort, including a pre-dawn FBI raid on his condo and an in-bed frisking of his wife.[622]
  • Hugh Hewitt in the Washington Post calls for a new Special Counsel to investigate the FBI and Justice Dept. after revelations of Peter Strzok's activities.[623]
  • No oath, transcript, or tape produced by Peter Strzok during July 2, 2016 interview of Hillary Clinton.[624]
  • 6 December. Chairman Goodlatte of the House Judiciary Committee summons FBI Dep. Dir. Rod Rosenstein to testify in the FBI scandal and Mueller investigation abuses.
  • Reps. Matt Gaetz, Jody Hice, Jim Jordan, Andy Biggs, Scott Perry, and Mark Meadows call for investigation into the FBI’s handling of the Clinton investigation. The FBI investigation was deemed as “special,” according to FBI Deputy Director Andrew McCabe.[625]
  • 7 December. Associate Deputy Attorney General Bruce G. Ohr stripped of his post and demoted. Ohr met during the 2016 campaign with Christopher Steele, author of the Steele dossier. Ohr also met shortly after the election with Glenn Simpson, founder of FusionGPS – the opposition research firm that hired Steele to compile the dossier with funds supplied by the Hillary Clinton campaign and the Democratic National Committee. By then, the dossier had been in the hands of the FBI for some five months, and the surveillance on Carter Page, an adviser to the Trump campaign, had started more than two months prior. Attn Gen. Loretta Lynch used the paid opposition research to justify a foreign surveillance warrant (FISA) against Page. DOJ and FBI have “stonewalled” a House investigation Speaker Paul Ryan stated in a rare public statement in October. The demotion of Ohr marks the second time the Justice Department and the FBI have disciplined for misconduct a senior official connected to the Trump-Russia hoax.
  • Evidence suggests Ohr and Simpson were placed in touch by Steele, whose contacts with Ohr are said by senior DOJ officials to date back to 2006. Chairman Nunes, who has instructed staff to draft contempt-of-Congress citations against Rod Rosenstein and the FBI issued a fresh subpoena on Thursday specifically covering Ohr and his files.[626]
  • Judge who presided over Michael Flynn's plea conviction abruptly recused himself from sentencing phase. The judge also heard bogus FISA warrant requests based on the Hillary Clinton's Steele dossier that the Obama Justice Dept. used to hoax the FISA court and harass the Trump campaign.[627]
  • House Ethics Committee clears Chairman Nunes in Democrat's ethics complaint, asks for full release of proceedings transcripts:
On April 6, 2017, the Ethics Committee announced that it would investigate allegations that I made unauthorized disclosures of classified information. I’d like to thank the Ethics Committee for completely clearing me today of the cloud that was created by this investigation, and for determining that I committed no violation of anything—no violation of House Rules, law, regulations, or any other standards of conduct.
“While I appreciate the Ethics Committee’s work, I need to reiterate that the allegations against me were obviously frivolous and were rooted in politically motivated complaints filed against me by left-wing activist groups. I respect the ethics process, but I remain dismayed that it took an unbelievable eight months for the Committee to dismiss this matter.
“Furthermore, as Chairman of the House Permanent Select Committee on Intelligence and as a Member of Congress, I am concerned about the unprecedented step the Ethics Committee took in both taking up allegations of unauthorized disclosures of classified information—a review that has historically been undertaken by non-partisan professional staff within the respective congressional committees—and how it ultimately reviewed this specific matter.
“I am also concerned by public statements made by four of the Ethics Committee’s five Democrats that appeared to prejudge this matter before they began investigating the complaint.
“I therefore call on the Ethics Committee to publicly release all its transcripts related to my case. The Committee can work with me and my staff to ensure that any necessary protocols regarding classified information be adopted prior to any such release. Both this House and the American people would undoubtedly benefit from such an act of transparency and accountability to bolster confidence that partisanship does not infect the Ethics Committee’s investigations.[628]
  • Rep. Jim Jordan accuses FBI of paying for Steele dossier, Strzok using it to bring request to FISA court to wiretap Trump.[629]
  • Paul Sperry of the Hoover Institution tweets, "Just got this from 25yr vet of FBI who spent 10 years in counterintelligence: Steele’s dossier was used as predication for that FISA and submitted by that p*** Strzok. I pray there are strong consequences. The entire hierarchy was corrupted.”
  • 9 December. Journalist Glenn Greenwald writes:
    "Friday was one of the most embarrassing days for the U.S. media in quite a long time. The humiliation orgy was kicked off by CNN, with MSNBC and CBS close behind, and countless pundits, commentators, and operatives joining the party throughout the day...

    the Most Trusted Name in News™ spent 12 straight minutes on air flamboyantly hyping an exclusive bombshell report that seemed to prove that WikiLeaks, last September, had secretly offered the Trump campaign, even Donald Trump himself, special access to the Democratic National Committee emails before they were published on the internet. As CNN sees the world, this would prove collusion between the Trump family and WikiLeaks and, more importantly, between Trump and Russia, since the U.S. intelligence community regards WikiLeaks as an “arm of Russian intelligence,” and therefore, so does the U.S. media.

    This entire revelation was based on an email that CNN strongly implied it had exclusively obtained and had in its possession. The email was sent by someone named “Michael J. Erickson” — someone nobody had heard of previously and whom CNN could not identify — to Donald Trump Jr., offering a decryption key and access to DNC emails that WikiLeaks had “uploaded.” The email was a smoking gun, in CNN’s extremely excited mind, because it was dated September 4 — 10 days before WikiLeaks began promoting access to those emails online — and thus proved that the Trump family was being offered special, unique access to the DNC archive: likely by WikiLeaks and the Kremlin. It’s impossible to convey with words what a spectacularly devastating scoop CNN believed it had...There was just one small problem with this story: It was fundamentally false, in the most embarrassing way possible...

    The email was not dated September 4, as CNN claimed, but rather September 14 — which means it was sent after WikiLeaks had already published access to the DNC emails online. Thus, rather than offering some sort of special access to Trump, “Michael J. Erickson” was simply some random person from the public encouraging the Trump family to look at the publicly available DNC emails that WikiLeaks — as everyone by then already knew — had publicly promoted. In other words, the email was the exact opposite of what CNN presented it as being.

    ...Democratic Party pundits, operatives, and journalists with huge social media platforms predictably jumped on the story immediately, announcing that it proved collusion between Trump and Russia (through WikiLeaks). One tweet from Democratic Rep. Ted Lieu, claiming that this proved evidence of criminal collusion, was retweeted thousands and thousands of times in just a few hours (Lieu quietly deleted the tweet after I noted its falsity, and long after it went very viral, without ever telling his followers that the CNN story, and therefore his accusation, had been debunked).

    Brookings Institution’s Benjamin Wittes, whose star has risen as he has promoted himself as a friend of former FBI Director Jim Comey, not only promoted the CNN story in the morning, but did so with the word “boom” — which he uses to signal that a major blow has been delivered to Trump on the Russia story — along with a GIF of a cannon being detonated. Incredibly, to this very moment — almost 24 hours after CNN’s story was debunked — Wittes has never noted to his more than 200,000 followers that the story he so excitedly promoted turned out to be utterly false, even though he returned to Twitter long after the story was debunked to tweet about other matters. He just left his false and inflammatory claims uncorrected.

    Talking Points Memo’s Josh Marshall believed the story was so significant that he used an image of an atomic bomb detonating at the top of his article discussing its implications, an article he tweeted to his roughly 250,000 followers. Only at night was an editor’s note finally added noting that the whole thing was false.

    It’s hard to quantify exactly how many people were deceived — filled with false news and propaganda — by the CNN story. But thanks to Democratic-loyal journalists and operatives who decree every Trump-Russia claim to be true without seeing any evidence, it’s certainly safe to say that many hundreds of thousands of people, almost certainly millions, were exposed to these false claims.

    ...CBS News claimed that it had independently “confirmed” CNN’s story about the email and published its own breathless article discussing the grave implications of this discovered collusion.

    Most embarrassing of all was what MSNBC did. You just have to watch this report from its “intelligence and national security correspondent” Ken Dilanian to believe it. Like CBS, Dilanian also claimed that he had independently “confirmed” the false CNN report from “two sources with direct knowledge of this.” Dilanian, whose career in the U.S. media continues to flourish the more he is exposed as someone who faithfully parrots what the CIA tells him to say (since that is one of the most coveted and valued attributes in U.S. journalism), spent three minutes mixing evidence-free CIA claims as fact with totally false assertions about what his multiple “sources with direct knowledge” told him about all this. Please watch this — again, not just the content but the tenor and tone of how they “report” — as it is Baghdad Bob-level embarrassing.

    Think about what this means. It means that at least two — and possibly more — sources, which these media outlets all assessed as credible in terms of having access to sensitive information, all fed the same false information to multiple news outlets at the same time. For multiple reasons, the probability is very high that these sources were Democratic members of the House Intelligence Committee (or their high-level staff members), which is the committee that obtained access to Trump Jr.’s emails, although it’s certainly possible that it’s someone else. We won’t know until these news outlets deign to report this crucial information to the public: Which “multiple sources” acted jointly to disseminate incredibly inflammatory, false information to the nation’s largest news outlets?

    ...Did these “multiple sources” who fed not just CNN, but also MSNBC and CBS completely false information do so deliberately and in bad faith? Until these news outlets provide an accounting of what happened — what one might call “minimal journalistic transparency” — it’s impossible to say for certain. But right now, it’s very difficult to imagine a scenario in which multiple sources all fed the wrong date to multiple media outlets innocently and in good faith...

    No matter your views on those political controversies, no matter how much you hate Trump or regard Russia as a grave villain and threat to our cherished democracy and freedoms, it has to be acknowledged that when the U.S. media is spewing constant false news about all of this, that, too, is a grave threat to our democracy and cherished freedom.

    So numerous are the false stories about Russia and Trump over the last year that I literally cannot list them all. Just consider the ones from the last week alone: ABC News suspended a star reporter, Brian Ross, after an inaccurate report that Donald Trump had instructed Michael T. Flynn, the former national security adviser, to contact Russian officials during the presidential race. The report fueled theories about coordination between the Trump campaign and a foreign power, and stocks dropped after the news. In fact, Mr. Trump’s instruction to Mr. Flynn came after he was president-elect. Several news outlets, including Bloomberg and The Wall Street Journal, also inaccurately reported this week that Deutsche Bank had received a subpoena from the special counsel, Robert S. Mueller III, for President Trump’s financial records.

    ...Here is just a sample of incredibly inflammatory claims that traveled all over the internet before having to be corrected, walked back, or retracted — often long after the initial false claims spread, and where the corrections receive only a tiny fraction of the attention with which the initial false stories are lavished:

    *Russia hacked into the U.S. electric grid to deprive Americans of heat during winter (Wash Post)
    *An anonymous group (PropOrNot) documented how major U.S. political sites are Kremlin agents (Wash Post)
    *WikiLeaks has a long, documented relationship with Putin (Guardian)
    *A secret server between Trump and a Russian bank has been discovered (Slate)
    *RT hacked C-SPAN and caused disruption in its broadcast (Fortune)
    *Russians hacked into a Ukrainian artillery app (Crowdstrike)
    *Russians attempted to hack elections systems in 21 states (multiple news outlets, echoing Homeland Security)
    *Links have been found between Trump ally Anthony Scaramucci and a Russian investment fund under investigation (CNN)

    That really is just a small sample. So continually awful and misleading has this reporting been that even Vladimir Putin’s most devoted critics — such as Russian expatriate Masha Gessen, oppositional Russian journalists, and anti-Kremlin liberal activists in Moscow — are constantly warning that the U.S. media’s unhinged, ignorant, paranoid reporting on Russia is harming their cause in all sorts of ways, in the process destroying the credibility of the U.S. media in the eyes of Putin’s opposition...

    At minimum, these networks — CNN, MSNBC, and CBS — have to either identify who purposely fed them this blatantly false information or explain how it’s possible that “multiple sources” all got the same information wrong in innocence and good faith. Until they do that, their cries and protests the next time they’re attacked as “Fake News” should fall on deaf ears, since the real author of those attacks — the reason those attacks resonate — is themselves and their own conduct."[631]
  • 10 December. Inspector General Michael Horowitz reports to Senate Judiciary Committee Chuck Grassley and HSGAC Chairman Ron Johnson, a letter in which he claims he received texts messages from the FBI between Peter Strzok and Lisa Page for the period between December 24, 2016 to May 27, 2017. Horowitz reports he received them on August 10, 2017.[632] This may be mistake from the IG's office as in January 2017, the IG will tell Sessions he has not received the msgs and the FBI will report the msgs are lost.
  • 11 December. Nellie Ohr, the wife of disgraced DOJ official Bruce Ohr, was employed at Fusion GPS last year. Her term of employment overlapped with the period when the Trump dossier was being compiled. Though Fox was unable to discern the exact nature of her role at the firm, its reporters discovered that she has done extensive research on Russia-related topics for think tanks based in the Washington, DC area.
  • Fox News reports: "A senior Justice Department official demoted last week for concealing his meetings with the men behind the anti-Trump “dossier” had even closer ties to Fusion GPS, the firm responsible for the incendiary document, than have been disclosed, Fox News has confirmed: The official’s wife worked for Fusion GPS during the 2016 election...investigators for the House Permanent Select Committee on Intelligence (HPSCI) confirmed that Nellie H. Ohr, wife of the demoted official, Bruce G. Ohr, worked for the opposition research firm last year. The precise nature of Mrs. Ohr’s duties – including whether she worked on the dossier – remains unclear but a review of her published works available online reveals Mrs. Ohr has written extensively on Russia-related subjects. HPSCI staff confirmed to Fox News that she was paid by Fusion GPS through the summer and fall of 2016.[633]
  • Nellie Ohr not only worked for FusionGPS, but also represented the CIA's "Open Source Works" group in a 2010 "expert working group report on international organized crime" along with Bruce Ohr and Fusion GPS co-founder Glenn Simpson. Open Source Works is described as the "CIA's in-house open source analysis component, devoted to intelligence analysis of unclassified, open source information."
  • Open Source Works, the CIA’s in-house open source analysis component, is devoted to intelligence analysis of unclassified, open source information.... the directive that established Open Source Works is classified, as is the charter of the organization. CIA says the existence of any such records is a classified fact. “The CIA can neither confirm nor deny the existence or nonexistence of records responsive to your request,” wrote Susan Viscuso, CIA Information and Privacy Coordinator, in a November 29 response to a Freedom of Information Act request from Jeffrey Richelson of the National Security Archive for the Open Source Works directive and charter.
  • “The fact of the existence or nonexistence of requested records is currently and properly classified and is intelligence sources and methods information that is protected from disclosure,” Dr. Viscuso wrote. This is a surprising development since Open Source Works — by definition — does not engage in clandestine collection of intelligence. Rather, it performs analysis based on unclassified, open source materials. -FAS
  • 12 December. FBI Dep. Dir. Andrew McCabe abruptly cancels closed door testimony with the House Intelligence Committee as news emerged that the wife of Senior DOJ official Bruce Ohr worked for FusionGPS. Fox News reporter Chad Pergram's sources say "McCabe has an Ohr problem," and they believe "FBI Dep Dir McCabe not coming to Hse Intel Cmte tomorrow because he'd be asked about Bruce Ohr & Ohr's wife Nellie who worked for Fusion GPS," adding "something far more sinister."[634]
  • The Hill's John Solomon reported that Rep. Ron DeSantis interviewed a retired FBI supervisor who told him he was instructed by Dep. Dir. Andrew McCabe not to call the 2012 Benghazi attack an act of terrorism when distributing the FBI's findings to the larger intelligence community - despite knowing exactly who conducted the attack. The agent found the instruction concerning because his unit had gathered incontrovertible evidence showing a major al Qaeda figure had directed the attack and the information had already been briefed to President Obama. This means McCabe lied for the Obama administration in a clear, partisan violation of the FBI's mandate to "detect and prosecute crimes against the United States," not "lie for the President so as not to offend Islam." As Rep. DeSantis told The Hill: "What operational reason would there be to issue an edict to agents telling them, in the face of virtually conclusive evidence to the contrary, not to categorize the Benghazi attack as a result of terrorism? By placing the interests of the Obama administration over the public's interests, the order is yet another data point highlighting the politicization of the FBI."
  • Rep. Matt Gaetz says
    "We are at risk of a coup d’etat in this country if we allow an unaccountable person with no oversight to undermine the duly-elected President of the United States. And I would offer that is precisely what is happening right now with the indisputable conflicts of interest that are present with Mr. Mueller and others at the Department of Justice."[635]
  • New judge in the Michael Flynn case orders Special Prosecutor Robert Mueller "to produce to [Flynn] in a timely manner — including during plea negotiations — any evidence in its possession that is favorable to defendant and material either to defendant's guilt or punishment," and "to produce all discoverable evidence in a readily usable form." Judge Emmett G. Sullivan declared that "if the government has identified any information which is favorable to the defendant but which the government believes not to be material, the government shall submit such information to the Court for in camera review."[636] In other words, Sullivan declared that he, not Mueller, would be the judge of what evidence should be produced.[637]
  • Lee Smith of Tablet writes:
    On the face of it, it’s hard to describe Mueller’s team as impartial. His dream team of investigators, celebrated by Twitter legions of newly-minted left-wing law-and-order nuts and Russia-phobes, have included an FBI counterintelligence officer who exchanged anti-Trump text messages with his lover, who was also an FBI employee; a Department of Justice lawyer who sent an email applauding his superior Sally Yates for blocking Trump’s travel ban and partied with Hillary Clinton on Election Night; a former Clinton Foundation lawyer who also was former Obama deputy Ben Rhodes’ personal lawyer; a lawyer who represented a key figure in the Clinton email controversy; an associate deputy attorney general who met with Christopher Steele, the former British spy who authored the controversial anti-Trump dossier, as well as Glenn Simpson, one of the principals of Fusion GPS, the Washington, D.C.-based opposition-research firm that packaged and distributed the dossier. And now it appears that the wife of the above mentioned associate deputy attorney general worked for Fusion GPS while the dossier was being assembled and disseminated to the press.
    ***
    What Russiagate revealed is that the press no longer functions as an independent power center in America. It lacks the resources or the control over the medium in which it reaches its audience. As a result, it is defined by more powerful actors and channels, instead of defining them. There is no longer any class of independent journalists and editors who joust with presidents, and very few sharp-witted wiseguys who tell it like it is, without fear or favor, no matter what side of the aisle the truth is living this week or this month.[638]
  • 13 December. Glenn Simpson acknowledges in a court document that Nellie Ohr was hired by FusionGPS to assist in preparing the slanderous Steele dossier.[639]
  • Strzok-Lisa Page txt msgs released; Both often reference meetings and communications with Dir. James Comey, Dep. Dir. Andrew McCabe, Chief of Staff Jim Rybicki, and General Counsel Jim Baker, as well as senior Justice Department officials. The messages paint a picture of bias, animus, and corruption. Strzok declared his allegiance to the "Espionage Machine Party".[640]
  • Rep. Jim Jordan calls for Judiciary Cmte. subpeaonas of Deputy FBI Director Andrew McCabe, FBI senior official Peter Strzok, and senior Justice Department official Bruce Ohr and his wife Nellie Ohr.
  • 14 December. Judicial Watch released new U.S. Department of State documents showing former Secretary Hillary Clinton and her then-Deputy Chief of Staff Huma Abedin were permitted to remove electronic and physical records under a claim they were “personal” materials and “unclassified, non-record materials,” including files of Clinton’s calls and schedules, which were not to be made public. The documents show the Obama State Department records would not be “released to the general public under FOIA.” The new records also show that Huma Abedin was allowed to take five boxes of “physical files” out of the State Department that include records described as “Muslim Engagement Documents.”[641] Judicial Watch obtained the reports about the records from a Freedom of Information Act (FOIA) request for: Any and all DS-1904 (Authorization for the Removal of Personal Papers and Non-Record Materials) forms completed by, or on behalf of, any of the following individuals: Former Secretary Hillary Clinton; Former Chief of Staff Cheryl Mills; Former Deputy Chief of Staff Huma Abedin; Former Deputy Chief of Staff Jacob Sullivan. The documents include a list of official and personal calls and schedules that Clinton removed, which carry a special notation that the documents were not to be made public records.[642]
  • TruePundit reports, "John McCain is reportedly preparing to pull back from the U.S. Senate, according to Beltway insiders who say new demands to answer for his role in either underwriting or promoting the Trump phony dossier are stressing the Arizona senator’s fragile health...It is hard to tell if McCain’s health is genuinely declining or not because he has played that card often to slip and slide out of answering questions for his role in Fusion GPS’ bogus Trump dossier.
  • 16 December. Trump transition lawyers in a letter to congressional committees charge that "career staff at the General Services Administration ... have unlawfully produced [transition team] private materials, including privileged communications, to the Special Counsel's Office."
  • 17 December. POLITICO reports the Obama administration is accused of protecting Hezbollah drug and human trafficking rings to ensure the Iran nuke deal. Obama administration officials threw an insurmountable series of roadblocks in the way of Project Cassandra. Project Cassandra was a Drug Enforcement Agency effort to counter Hezbollah ambitions to develop a global narcotics trafficking ring as a revenue source for terrorist operations. When Project Cassandra leaders sought approval fotr investigations, prosecutions, arrests and financial sanctions, officials at the Obama Justice and Treasury departments delayed, hindered or rejected requests. The Justice Department declined requests by Project Cassandra and other authorities to file criminal charges against major players such as Hezbollah’s high-profile envoy to Iran, a Lebanese bank that allegedly laundered billions in alleged drug profits, and a central player in a U.S.-based cell of the Iranian Quds force. The Obama State Department rejected requests to lure high-value targets to countries where they could be arrested.
  • TGP reported, “This was a policy decision, it was a systematic decision,” said David Asher, seasoned illicit finance expert who helped establish and oversee Project Cassandra as a Defense Department illicit finance analyst. "They serially ripped apart this entire effort that was very well supported and resourced, and it was done from the top down.”[643]
  • The Obama administration is believed to have deliberately put the kibosh on charging numerous drug dealers and arms dealing, such as Hezbollah operative nicknamed the ‘Ghost,’ and Abdallah Safieddine, the terrorist organization’s de facto envoy to Iran. All the while both Hezbollah and Iran made massive sums selling “drugs, weapons and used cars, [along with] diamonds, commercial merchandise and even human slaves,” say ex-Project Cassandra agents. Project Cassandra’s finding were so damning that the Obama administration believed they threatened nuclear negotiations with Iran. Senior Obama administration officials were alarmed by how far Project Cassandra’s investigations reached into the leadership of Hezbollah and Iran. Project Cassandra was viewed as a threat to the Obama administration’s efforts to secure a nuclear deal, and the top-secret prisoner swap. “During the negotiations, early on, they [the Iranians] said listen, we need you to lay off Hezbollah, to tamp down the pressure on them, and the Obama administration acquiesced to that request,” a former CIA agent revealed to POLITICO.
  • Rep. Ron DeSantis and others are examining ‘potentially criminal’ evidence that could implicate former top Obama officials, including NatSec official Ben Rhodes. "I’ve long believed that the Obama administration could not have done any more to bend over backwards to appease the Iranian regime, yet news that the Obama administration killed the investigation into a billion dollar drug ring that lined the terrorist group Hezbollah’s pockets in order to save its coveted Iran deal may very well take the cake,” DeSantis said. “Hezbollah is a brutal terrorist group with American blood on its hands and it would be unconscionable for American policy to deliberately empower such a nefarious group,” he said. “Congress will be investigating this thoroughly and my National Security subcommittee will be particularly interested in how such a decision came about and whether it was driven by key Iran deal architects such as Ben Rhodes,” DeSantis said.[644]
  • 18 December. Members of the House Permanent Select Committee on Intelligence (HPSCI) demand inquiry into improper sharing of confidential information to the media by certain members of the committee; "any Members or staff responsible for violating rules by improperly releasing communications to the media must be removed from this investigation."
  • “We write to you to address serious concerns regarding the integrity of investigations currently being undertaken by the House Permanent Select Committee on Intelligence (HPSCI). Improper release of information to the media by committee members or staff is a serious violation of committee and House rules,” members wrote. “Significant evidence that serious leaks have occurred in relation to the HPSCI investigation into alleged Russian meddling of the 2016 election must be immediately addressed. Members or staff who may have violated rules by leaking sensitive information to the press or other outside entities must be promptly removed from this investigation and proper inquiries undertaken without delay.” Concerns are "centered around but not limited to" the leaks of confidential, non-public information that took place during Donald Trump Jr.'s interview with the committee on December 6, 2017. "Under committee and House rules, the details of this non-public interview were not to be released publicly unless the committee voted to do so," the lawmakers wrote. "Even with such a vote, the rules still allow for a witness and his or her counsel to review the transcript before public release."
  • "As the committee’s eight hour interview of Donald Trump, Jr. was still underway, information from this closed session of the committee was clearly being leaked to the press. This is evidenced in multiple tweets and online articles that contained privileged information that only members or staff present for the interview would have been privy to. The leaking of privileged information continued after the interview had concluded. These serious violations need to be investigated and any members responsible for such violations must no longer serve as part of this investigation. Any staff who have violated committee or House rules must also face appropriate disciplinary action."[645]
  • Hooded intruders raid offices of the head of Wikilealks legal team Baltasar Garzón in Madrid.
  • 19 December. Grassley calls for McCabe's firing.[647]
  • Israeli politicians demand Obama return Nobel Peace Prize after revelations Obama facilitated Hezbollah drug trafficking.
  • Ben Rhodes and others of Obama's media attack machine beginning walking back news of the Obama-Hezbollah drug trafficking scandal.
Clinton-Obama FBI and NSA apparatchiks who:

1) Politically weaponized the federal government’s electronic intelligence capabilities to spy on a presidential candidate and his campaign,

2) Colluded with foreign and non-state intelligence agents to manufacture evidence used as false pretexts for securing FISA warrants(s) that employed the national security laws of the United States to give illicit, illegal cover to this political espionage,

3) Used the fruits of this political espionage activity to damage or otherwise hinder this candidate once they had become president-elect and eventually President of the United States through surreptitious releases of the criminally-procured information,

4) Fabricated and instigated false allegations about foreign state collusion implicating the president’s election campaign and family members, and

5) Perpetuated this massive criminal fraud on the American people for nearly a full year by manipulating and abusing the investigatory and prosecutorial powers of the Department of Justice.[648]
  • House Committees investigating possible criminal activity among Obama holdovers in DOJ & FBI.[649]
  • Rep. Jim Jordan tells CNN's Anderson Cooper 360, “We know, for a fact, the Clinton campaign paid Russians to influence the election...Most of Mueller’s team is anti-Trump. We know that. What concerns me is the intent to carry out a plan to disrupt the election. Because as Mr. Strzok said, we can’t afford to leave this in we the people’s hands.”
  • In seven hour testimony before House Permanent Select Intelligence Committee (HPSCI) Dep. Dir. Andrew McCabe’s made statements that contradicted evidence and was unable to provide any substantive examples of verified allegations in the Steele dossier. When pushed for examples of what was verified in the anti-Trump dossier, McCabe was only able to identify the fact that Trump campaign advisor Carter Page traveled to Moscow — McCabe could not verify anything about the meetings that Page supposedly had. McCabe claimed he could not recall — despite reported existence of documents with McCabe’s own signature on them establishing his knowledge of the dossier’s financing and provenance."[650]
  • FBI Chief Counselor James Baker fired hours after McCabe testimony.[651] Dana Boente replaced him.
  • Bruce Ohr withheld from "superiors", possibly Rosenstein, his secret meetings in 2016 with Christopher Steele, author of the Steele dossier with input from Russian sources; and with Glenn Simpson, founder of Fusion GPS, the opposition research firm that hired Steele with funds supplied by the Hillary Clinton campaign and the Democratic National Committee. Bruce Ohr did not disclose his wife Nellie Ohr's employment with FusionGPS either.[652]
  • Hillary Clinton and DNC charged in complaint with the Federal Election Commission in money laundering scheme alleging Clinton and the DNC used state party chapters to launder at least $84 million through state party budgets and back to Clinton to exceed donation limits in what might be the single largest campaign finance scandal in U.S. history.[653]
  • Sen. Rand Paul calls for investigation of Obama officials who tried to prevent the election of Donald Trump.[655]
  • 22 December. Attn. Gen. Sessions orders DOJ review of Obama administration scuttling Project Cassandra and giveng Hezbollah a pass to get Iran nuke deal.[656]
  • 23 December. McCabe announces retirement, trying to hold onto his position til early March 2018 to qualify for full retirement benefits.
  • Rep. Jim Jordan states
    "I’m convinced now the FBI actively seeking with intent, actively trying to stop Donald Trump from being president of the United States. Everything points to the fact that there was an orchestrated plan to try to prevent Donald Trump from being the next president of the United States."[657]
  • 24 December. Julian Assange Twitter account deleted.
  • 25 December. FBI cannot corroborate Hillary Clinton's Steele dossier.[658]
  • 26 December. Rep. Andy Biggs in USA Today Op-ed calls for end of Mueller witch-hunt.[659]
  • New York Attorney General Eric Schneiderman, working with special prosecutor Robert Mueller, publishes an article on Medium bragging about his “resistance” to President Trump’s agenda and policies. The article is a list of actions taken by his office to hamper, subvert, and outright block actions and policies by the Trump administration. Schneiderman was tapped by Mueller to assist the investigation former Trump campaign chairman Paul Manafort. Critics question Schneiderman ability to be an impartial investigator.[660]
  • 27 December. Former State Department official David Kramer subpoenaed by House Intel Cmte. Kramer traveled to London in late November 2016 to receive a briefing and a copy of the Steele dossier from Christopher Steele. Kramer then returned to the U.S. to give the document to Sen. John McCain. McCain later took a copy of the dossier to FBI Dir. James Comey but the FBI already had the document; Steele himself gave the dossier to the bureau in installments, reportedly beginning in early July 2016.[661]
  • 28 December. A report released by a government watchdog group found a “systemic” issue in how the Obama Justice Department handled sexual harassment complaints: employees that behaved inappropriately did not receive a proper reprimand and, in some cases, were reportedly promoted instead of punished.[662]
  • 29 December. State Department releases a batch of classified Huma Abedin emails found on Anthony Weiner's laptop in late October 2016.[663]
  • 31 December. Fox reports Hillary Clinton backer paid $500,000 to fund women making public accusations against Trump of sexual misconduct before 2016 election.[665]
  • NYT colluded with Clinton State Dept. to cover up Clinton crimes. Documentation shows New York Times handed over Cablegate's publication schedule to the US government giving the State Department, then headed by Hillary Clinton, up to 9 days in advance to spin the revelations or create diversions.[666]
  • December. Sens. Grassley, Feinstein, and Graham review a total of four FISA applications relying on the Steele dossier to seek surveillance of Carter Page, as well as numerous other FBI documents relating to Christopher Steele.

2018

See also

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  190. 4. One of the seventeen reports in the Dossier—CIR 112—accused the Plaintiffs of criminal conduct and participation in an alleged Trump-Russia scheme to influence the 2016 presidential election. Defendants knew that this Report was not verified, and that it defamed Plaintiffs on its face. Defendants could easily have removed that Report from the Dossier before they started peddling the Dossier to media and journalists in September and October 2016. They chose not to do so. Nor did they attempt to determine the veracity of that Report with the Plaintiffs themselves. 5. At all times during the Defendants’ engagement of Orbis and Steele, it was either intended or clearly foreseeable that the Dossier’s contents would be republished (in whole or in part) to third parties, either by the Defendants themselves or their clients. Indeed, that is the entire purpose of “oppo research” in politics. Those third parties included government officials, as well as news media and journalists who could make its content public. 6. On information and belief, Defendants arranged for Steele to brief selected members of the print and online media about the information he was compiling on candidate Trump. Consistent with the intended purpose of “oppo research” to publicly discredit its target, Steele’s briefings were designed to generate interest in the Dossier and secure its eventual public dissemination. Briefings were held for journalists from the New York Times, the Washington Post, CNN, Yahoo News, and others in September 2016. Shortly thereafter, Yahoo News published an article by Michael Isikoff that described some of the content of the Dossier (referred to there as “intelligence reports” and “reports”), which was still being compiled at that time.1 Many other media articles reported speculative accounts of the Dossier’s existence and contents. In October 2016, Steele was interviewed by David Corn, a writer for Mother Jones, which on October 31, 2016 published an article headlined “A Veteran Spy Has Given The FBI Information Alleging a Russian Operation to Cultivate Donald Trump.”2 The Corn article stated that it had “reviewed” the early reports in the Dossier, and then quoted from those reports as well as statements made by Steele in the interview. The public dissemination of the Dossier’s content had begun in earnest. 7. In addition to cultivating media interest, the Defendants also organized or approved a meeting in Great Britain between Steele and David Kramer, a director of a private foundation led by U.S. Senator John McCain. The purpose of that meeting was to brief Kramer on behalf of Senator McCain, who at the time was an outspoken critic of Trump’s candidacy. Subsequently, in November 2016, Defendants provided a copy of the Dossier’s first sixteen reports, including the Report that falsely accused and defamed Plaintiffs, to Kramer for redelivery to Senator McCain. 8. As the 2016 presidential election neared, both print and online media in the United States and abroad began to expand their coverage of the Dossier and its alleged content. That coverage only intensified after Trump won the election. On January 10, 2017, one of those media entities, BuzzFeed, Inc., published the entire Dossier on the Internet, describing it as “explosive.” The copy of the Dossier that BuzzFeed published included the false and defamatory allegations about the Plaintiffs and Alfa, along with an article entitled “These Reports Allege Trump Has Deep Ties to Russia.”3 The Dossier misspells Alfa’s name throughout, incorrectly spelling it as “Alpha.” In a recent court filing, Fusion admitted that it had “pre-publication” communications with BuzzFeed about its publication.4 9. The Defendants intended, anticipated, or foresaw a high likelihood that allowing their clients and/or the media access to the Dossier’s defamatory content would result in its republication by news media outlets, including online news media such as BuzzFeed. 10. Plaintiffs seek an award of compensatory and punitive damages for the harm to their personal and professional reputations, current business interests, and the impairment of business opportunities that resulted from the blatantly false and defamatory statements and implications about them published by the Defendants and republished by BuzzFeed and countless other media around the world. https://www.courthousenews.com/wp-content/uploads/2017/10/Dossier.pdf
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