The FBI scandal began as a series of abuses within the Obama administration, principally
- the cover-up of the Hillary Clinton email scandal; and
- the Russian collusion hoax in which the FBI collaborated with foreign governments to spy on the Trump campaign, to thwart Trump's election and undermine democracy; and
FBI Director James Comey, FBI Asst. Director Andrew McCabe, FBI Chief Legal Counsel James Baker, Chief of staff of the Director James Rybicki and FBI Deputy Director of Counterintelligence Peter Strzok were all involved. Additionally Attorneys General Eric Holder, Loretta Lynch, Deputy Attns. Gen. Sally Yates, Bruce Ohr, DOJ National Security Division head John P Carlin, and FBI/DOJ lawyer Lisa Page were also implicated.
- 1 Uranium One
- 2 Clinton email server
- 3 Trump-Russia scandal
- 4 The Scheme Team
- 5 See also
- 6 External links
- 7 References
- Main article: Uranium One bribery scandal
As the Russians gradually assumed control of Uranium One in three separate transactions from 2009 to 2013, the New York Times reported, Uranium One's Canadian chairman, Ian Telfer, used his family foundation to make four donations totaling $2.35 million to the Clinton Foundation. Those contributions were not publicly disclosed by the foundation, the Times reported, despite Sec. Clinton's Memorandum of Understanding with the Obama administration and Senate to publicly identify all donors. Others associated with Uranium One also donated to the Clinton Foundation, according to the Times.
The U.S. ambassador to Kazakhstan raised concerns in cables to Clinton's State Department that Rosatom was acting on behalf of Russia's military intelligence agency, the GRU, to gobble up uranium mines after Russia felt "squeezed" by having their uranium imports limited by other countries. Sen. John Barrasso of Wyoming also raised objections to the sale, saying it would "give the Russian government control over a sizable portion of America's uranium production capacity."
Nonetheless, the Committee on Foreign Investment in the United States, known as CFIUS, approved the deal by a unanimous vote, according to public reports. Clinton was a member of the nine member CFIUS by virtue of her role as Secretary of State. The other eight members of CFIUS came from Treasury, Homeland Security, Commerce, Defense, Energy, the Office of the U.S. Trade Representative, the Office of Science & Technology, and the Justice Department.
According to court filings in the United States District Court for the District of Maryland, in 2009, the FBI began an investigation into corruption and extortion by senior managers of Tenex, a subsidiary of Rosatom, a Russian entity. Robert Mueller was FBI Director at the time the investigation into the Rosatom subsidiary began.
The investigation began as an intelligence probe into Russian nuclear officials. Mueller's investigation also obtained an eyewitness account known as CS-1 — backed by documents, recordings, and emails — indicating Russian nuclear officials routed millions of dollars to the U.S. designed to benefit former President Bill Clinton’s foundation during the time Secretary of State Hillary Clinton served on the Committee on Foreign Investment, a government body that provided the approval of the sale of Uranium One to Rosatom.
During the investigation, federal agents attempted to convince Mikerin to turn on his Russian colleagues by showing him evidence of relationships between “shell companies and other Russian energy officials, including President Vladimir Putin.” He refused to expose them and was subsequently arrested on charges of criminal conspiracy to extort kickbacks for lucrative contracts to transport imported uranium of dismantled Russian warheads to power plants within the United States.
TASS reported "the US authorities tried to exert pressure on Mikerin and persuade him to secretly cooperate against Russia." Mikerin's arrest was scheduled for early summer, but later in August the decision was overturned by prosecutors Rod Rosenstein and Adam Aik, according to the court documents. The appeal, signed by Rosenstein and Aik, urged Judge William Connelly to cancel Mikerin's arrest order since the law enforcement agents were allegedly hoping that Mikerin would secretly collaborate with them against high level Rosatom officials. In a statement to the press the US Attorneys office commented, "This is a sealed document, I'm not sure how it found its way into the proceedings," in an attempt to object to the defense discussing the motion publicly. Defense attorney Dan Hurson remarked "In my 40 years [of legal practice] I haven't seen anything like that."
The investigation found some kickbacks paid in cash and some in foreign wire transfers. From April 2009 to April 2011, the wire transfers went to Wiser Trading, registered in the Seychelles. From July 2011 to July 2013 - to the British Leila Global Limited account in a Latvian bank. And from August 2013 to May 2014 - to Ollins Development in the British Virgin Islands.
The Director of British Leila Global Denny Banger, a Latvian citizen, appeared as a nominal director in a hundred organizations. Latvian journalists, participants in the Organized Crime and Corruption Reporting Project (OCCRP), found Banger. He was listed as the head of several firms related to the "Magnitsky case".
Mueller's investigation was centered in Maryland, Tenam’s home base. There, the U.S. attorney was Obama appointee Rod Rosenstein — now deputy attorney general, and the man who appointed Robert Mueller as special counsel to investigate President Trump.
The Maryland District Court indictment of Mikerin and three others said that the FBI paid attention to suspicious financial transactions after a tip from a "confidential source" (in the indictment, he is called CS-1). Two friends of Mikerin and a person close to Rosatom believe that this is an employee of the American consulting company Sigma Transnational. CS-1 is now represented by prominent Washington DC attorney Victoria Toensing. Toensing said the FBI informed her client President Obama was briefed on the matter while the investigation was ongoing. In November 2017 CS-1 was identified as William J. Campbell.
Sigma's website says its expertise in business and political consulting is based on 90 years of experience. The firm manages projects in a variety of fields, including energy and biotechnology, works with the US Department of Defense and provides advisory services to businesses related to nuclear materials and import-export operations. The Sigma website mentions that it provided services to Tenex and assisted Tenex in approving and completing contracts for $1.2 billion with 13 US companies.
The "confidential source" told the FBI that he had a longtime acquaintance with Mikerin which was revived in 2003 thanks to a man from Florida, whose name is not disclosed. But the source believes that this man from Florida is associated with Russian and Eurasian "organized crime", the indictment says.
In 2009, according to the prosecution, Mikerin askd CS-1 for kickbacks for the right to sign a contract with Tenex for lobbying and consulting services, as well as assistance in public relations for the Russian nuclear industry. These payments, according to CS-1, Mikerin called the "system" or "window". CS-1 was worried about this agreement and went to the FBI, where he was asked to continue to participate in the kickback scheme, giving the bureau all the information. He told everything in detail.
According to CS-1's testimony the consulting company paid $460,000 as kickbacks. Moreover, the appetite of the recipients grew. For implementation of the first contract in 2009, Tenex was supposed to pay the consulting company $150,000 for three months, and Mikerin wanted a third of this sum as a kickback. Payments under the second contract were $550,000 for 11 months, and Mikerin required about half as a kickback.
In 2011, Mikerin allegedly extended the contract for 11 months in the interests of Tenex.
Mikerin was arrested on a complaint describing a racketeering scheme that stretched back to 2004 and included extortion, fraud, and money laundering. Money-laundering carries a penalty of up to 20 years’ imprisonment — not only for conspiracy but for each act of money laundering (at section 1956 of the penal code). But Mikerin was permitted to plead guilty to an offense charged under the catch-all federal conspiracy provision (section 371) that criminalizes agreements to commit any crime against the United States. Section 371 prescribes a sentence of zero to five years’ imprisonment.
The plea agreement shows that the Obama DOJ’s Fraud Section was then run by Andrew Weissmann, who is now one of the top prosecutors in Robert Mueller’s special-counsel Trump-Russia investigation.
The Justice Department instructs prosecutors that when Congress has given a federal offense its own conspiracy provision with a heightened punishment (as it has for money laundering, racketeering, narcotics trafficking, and other serious crimes), they may not charge a section 371 conspiracy. Section 371 is for less serious conspiracy cases. Using it for money laundering — which caps the sentence below Congress’s intent for that behavior — subverts federal law and signals to the court that the prosecutor does not regard the offense as major.
Yet, that is exactly what Rosenstein’s office did, in a plea agreement his prosecutors co-signed with attorneys from the Justice Department’s Fraud Section. (See in The Hill’s report, the third document embedded at the bottom, titled “Mikerin Plea Deal.”) No RICO, no extortion, no fraud — and the plea agreement does not to mention any of the extortions in 2009 and 2010, before Committee on Foreign Investment in the US approved Rosatom’s acquisition of Uranium One. Mikerin just plead guilty to a nominal “money laundering” conspiracy charge, insulating him from a longer sentence. Thus, he got a term of only four years’ for a major national security crime.
Clinton email server
- Main article: Hillary Clinton email scandal
Federal Bureau of Matters
The fix was in for Hillary Clinton from the gitgo. The very codename selected for the "matter" - Midyear Exam - suggests the collegial nature of the exercise pointing to final graduation and promotion - Hillary Clinton's election as president. From its origins Deputy Attorney General Sally Yates and FBI Director Jimmy Comey treated the "matter" as "time sensitive," i.e. working under a deadline to clear Hillary Clinton before the 2016 Democratic Nominating Convention.
On September 28, 2015, Loretta Lynch, Matthew Axelrod, and George Toscas met with Jimmmy Comey, James Rybicki, and then FBI Deputy Director Giuliano to coordinate what to say in media and congressional appearances. Lynch instructed Comey not to refer to it as an "investigation," but rather as a "matter," reflecting Clinton campaign talking points. Toscas said to Comey, "I guess you're the Federal Bureau of Matters now," provoking laughter around the room.
Two weeks later Obama intervened on behalf of Clinton on 60 Minutes. The OIG found that some people in the DOJ and FBI became suspicious of political bias because of Obama's comments. Calls for a Special Counsel to take over mounted. Comey told the OIG that he never considered a Special Counsel after Lynch’s instruction to use the term "matter," or President Obama’s public comments and intervention in the investigation.
PADAG Matthew Axelrod didn't consider the email scandal a criminal investigation, although everyone else in the DOJ and FBI did. Axelrod claimed it was a security breach in the intelligence community where agencies outside the State Department wanted their classified material back.
So while the FBI rushed to clear Hillary in the email scandal before her July nomination, Yates and Axelrod then sought to tamp down the ongoing Clinton Foundation investigation before the November election.
The OIG report is replete with denials by Yates and Axelrod of interference by political appointees, and self-serving statements limiting their involvement to offering the FBI adequate "resources" and "everything they need" -- "resources" and "everything they need" meaning more people involved in the case. They had already taken the investigation away from the New York DOJ and FBI offices, where the crime was committed, and given it to the DOJ National Security Division and Washington FBI field office so as to purposely limit the number people with knowledge and direct involvement in the case.
The DOJ's decision to share blame with the FBI for bad decisions in the Hillary Clinton "matter" appears to have been pushed by Axelrod and a few others. Comey's self-righteous ego lent him to manipulation. Eventually his penchant for upstaging his bosses led him, twice, to make himself the perfect fall guy for DOJ leadership. Comey justified playing hero and martyr with pathetic pronouncements about preserving the integrity of institutions which had delivered a predetermined outcome of the "matter" in July, and in October failed to investigate the Weiner laptop at all, after supposedly re-opening the "matter" to review and clear 600,000 Clinton emails of classified information in six days.
In early April 2016 President Obama intervened in an ongoing FBI criminal investigation when he publicly stated on national television that Hillary Clinton has shown “carelessness” in using a private e-mail server to handle classified information. Obama insisted that Clinton had not intended to endanger national security. Intent is not an element of the criminal statutes relevant to the handling of classified information. Obama acknowledged that classified information had been transmitted via Sec. Clinton’s server, but he suggested its importance was overstated.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. The draft statement of 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 [Russia]. Given that combination of factors, we assess it is possible that hostile actors gained access to Secretary Clinton’s personal email account.
On May 2, 2016 FBI Dir. James Comey wrote an internal memorandum saying Hillary Clinton and others were guilty of gross negligence, punishable by up to 10 years imprisonment. On July 5 Comey announced 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. Comey's decision to by-pass DoJ rules and take matters into his own hands may have been part of a counterintelligence operation.
On January 12, 2017 the Office of Inspector General (OIG) began a review of FBI and DOJ misconduct in the Hillary Clinton email scandal. The IG reviewed 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. FBI Deputy Dir. Andrew McCabe and others were investigated for conflict of interest in the Hillary Clinton email scandal. The investigation uncovered the conspiratorial Strzok-Page txt msgs exchange and took a year.
In early May 2016 James Comey wrote an internal FBI draft memo saying Hillary Clinton was grossly negligent. Comey sent the draft to Dep. Dir. Andrew McCabe, General Counsel James Baker, Chief of Staff James Rybicki, FBI Counterintelligence Head Bill Priestap, FBI Counterintelligence Agent Peter Strzok, Jonathan Moffa, Trisha Anderson, David Bowdich and several others whose names have been redacted. Seventeen witnesses, including Clinton were yet to interviewed. When Hillary finally was interviewed she was not out under oath, no video or transcript, was produced by Strzok who conducted the interviewed Nonetheless after President Obama's intervention in the investigation the decision was made not to prosecute.
Strzok edited out the language of the draft from "grossly negligent" to "extremely careless." The original memo also 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.”
Senate Homeland Security chairman Ron Johnson stated, "The edits to Director Comey’s public statement, 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.”
On September 28, 2016 FBI Dir. James Comey perjured 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 July 2, 2016 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.
CNN finally reported on April 18, 2017 that the FBI used the Steele dossier to obtain FISA warrants. And that the FBI & the Clinton campaign paid Steele to write the opposition research attacks. The bogus document had been cited by FBI Dir. Comey in some of his briefings to members of Congress as one of the sources of information the bureau was relying on. The fake evidence was presented to the FISA court to win approval to surveillance on Carter Page. Page commented,
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...
"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."Americans for Limited Government president Rick Manning called 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."
On May 7, 2017 Eric and Donald Trump Jr. were summoned to FBI headquarters for an emergency meeting with bureau cybersecurity agents, CIA representatives, and Dir. James Comey. Comey was fired the next day.
Attorney Mark Corallo for Donald Trump, Jr. revealed in July that FusionGPS misrepresented themselves to arrange the Trump Tower meeting between Eric and Donald Trump Jr, and the Russian lawyer Natalie Veselnitskaya in the Summer of 2016 in an effort to compromise the Trump organization.
On October 18 papers were 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.'
Perhaps one of the sickest, most corrupt minds in the FBI scandal belongs to Deputy Director Andrew McCabe.
Former DNC Chairman and Clinton campaign manager, Gov. Terry McAuliffe's political-action committee, Common Good VA, donated $467,500 to the 2015 state Senate campaign of Dr. Jill McCabe, who is married to Andrew McCabe, who later became deputy director of the FBI. The Virginia Democratic Party, over which McAuliffe exerts considerable control, donated an additional $207,788 worth of support to Dr. McCabe’s campaign in the form of mailers, according to the records. That adds up to slightly more than $675,000 to her candidacy from entities either directly under Mr. McAuliffe’s control or strongly influenced by him. The figure represents more than a third of all the campaign funds Dr. McCabe raised in the effort. Responding to a Wall Street Journal exposé on the Clinton pay-to-play scandals, FBI issued a press release:
Months after the completion of her campaign, then-Associate Deputy Director McCabe was promoted to Deputy, where, in that position, he assumed for the first time, an oversight role in the investigation into Secretary Clinton’s emails.
At the time the Clinton email probe was launched in July 2015, McCabe was running the FBI’s Washington, D.C., field office, which provided personnel and resources to the Clinton email probe. At the end of July 2015, McCabe was promoted to FBI headquarters and assumed the No. 3 position at the agency. In February 2016, he became FBI Director James Comey’s second-in-command. As deputy director, McCabe was part of the executive leadership team overseeing the Clinton email investigation. McCabe was instrumental in supervising Hillary's investigation that subsequently clearing her. McCabe flagged the Clinton email for ‘special’ status."
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 inquired 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.
McCabe came 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.
In February 2017 McCabe told White House Chief of Staff Reince Priebus at a one-on-one meeting the New York Times Trump-Russia story was a “bunch of BS” Priebus asked McCabe if McCabe would be able to say that publicly. McCabe said he would check. Later, McCabe called back and said he couldn’t issue a statement about it.
At the time of McCabe's accession to the directorship, McCabe was under an internal FBI Inspector General review for conflict of interest. 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. McAuliffe ran Bill Clinton's 1996 presidential campaign which was marred by a foreign influence peddling scheme known as Chinagate. Despite evidence, McCabe refused to merge the McCauliffe investigation into the ongoing pay-to-play investigations of the Clinton Foundation. McAuliffe was Hillary's 2008 campaign manager.
Peter Strzok is a key figure in the Clinton email scandal and the Trump-Russia scandal. Strzok interviewed Hillary Clinton personally in the email investigation after Barack Obama directed the FBI to exonerate her, and then procured forr the FBI Hillary Clinton's Steele dossier in the Russia investigation. Strzok also conducted liaison with other intelligence community agencies, including the CIA led by Director John Brennan.
Cheryl Mills and Huma Abedin lied to FBI investigator Peter Strzok. Strzok reported “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....Abedin did not know that Clinton had a private server until about a year and a half ago when it became public knowledge.” The Hillary Clinton email archive records exchanges from 2009 to 2011 in which both Mills and Abedin directly discussed Clinton’s private server.
Mills asked about the private server in a Feb. 27, 2010 email to Abedin and an aide who helped set up the Chappaqua server. Mills and Abedin were also 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. Neither Mills or Abedin were recommended for prosecution by Strzok for lying to the FBI.
On March 7, 2016 Strzok had this exchange:
Strzok – God Hillary should win. 100,000,000-0.CNN reported that Strzok was the FBI official who signed the document in late July 2016 officially opening an investigation into Russian meddling during the 2016 presidential election. Two days later Strzok had this exchange with his cohort Lisa Page, an FBI lawyer working in Andy McCabe's office:
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
Lisa Page – He’s not ever going to become president, right? Right?!
Strzok - No. No he’s not. We’ll stop it.
Four days later, Strzok sent this text:
08/06/2016 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.The following week Strzok again sent on ominous and conspiratorial sounding text discussing a contingency being developed to link Russian meddling with allegations that the Trump campaign colluded with Russian actors:
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.
On October 15, 2016 Strzok and DOJ Deputy Bruce Ohr rewrote a narrower request to the FISA court dropping Trump's name and citing only Russian banks as direct targets. The Louise 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 approved the request.
Strzok had given false and misleading information to the House Intelligence Committee's investigation into Hillary Clinton's Steele dossier shortly after the election. House Intelligence Committee investigators were contacted by a whistleblower suggesting that there was “documentary evidence” that Strzok was obstructing the House probe into the dossier. The Steele dossier had been used to obtain fruit of the poisonous tree evidence against National Security Advisor Mike Flynn. In January 2017 Strzok interviewed Flynn at the White House in what appears to be an entrapment sting using the falsified FISA evidence. Flynn was later convicted of misleading Strzok, although Flynn later said he merely didn't recall minor details during the questioning. By midsummer the Inspector General (IG) reported on the existence of the Strzok-Page texts deemed prejudicial to the investigation. Special Counsel Robert Mueller finally fired Strzok from the Trump-Russia investigation for his blatantly anti-Trump texts. Strzok's cohort Lisa Page was fired a month later. After Flynn's conviction on a process charge the Judge who presided over former National Security Advisor Mike Flynn's plea agreement abruptly recused himself from the sentencing phase when the FISA warrant abuses became more widely known. It was the same judge who heard the bogus FISA warrant requests based on Hillary Clinton's Steele dossier.
- Main article: Trump-Russia
Fox News' Greg Jarrett described the Trump-Russia scam as "partisans within the FBI and the Justice Department, driven by personal animus and a sense of political righteousness, surreptitiously conspired to subvert electoral democracy itself in our country." The Clinton and Obama administration operatives and holdovers in the US intelligence community are alleged to have:
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,fraud on the American people for nearly a full year by manipulating and abusing the investigatory and prosecutorial powers of the Department of Justice.
Donald Trump declared his intention to seek he Office of the Presidency on June 16, 2015. Obama received his first briefing on Trump shortly thereafter. On July 20, 2015 DOJ Dep. Attn. Gen. Sally Yates issued a 58-page legal explanation denying the Office of Inspector General (OIG) and Michael Horowitz oversight of the DOJ National Security Division.
Beginning in November 2015 President Obama’s political operatives within the Depart of Justice National Security Division (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.
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.
- Main article: Steele dossier
Throughout July, August and September 2016 FusionGPS paid journalists from the New York Times, Devlin Barrett of the Washington Post, ABC News, Ken Dilanian of NBC News, David Corn of Mother Jones, Michael Isikoff of Yahoo! News and others to listen to Christopher Steele and shop the Steele dossier narrative for mainstream publication. Court papers confirm payments.
Although the Obama administration illegally kept secret from Congressional oversight the FBI's surveillance of Trump and the Trump organization, on September 23, 2016 the first fake news story from the joint Obama FBI/FusionGPS operation appeared in the mainstream media. A story in Yahoo! News by Michael Isikoff about an FBI briefing for Congress sourced to the FBI and not Hillary Clinton's opposition researchers at FusionGPS or Christopher Steele was based on the contents of the Steele dossier. Strzok offered to pay Steele to continue work on the fake dossier.
On October 31, 2016 New York Times published a story with the headline, Investigating Donald Trump, F.B.I. Sees No Clear Link To Russia; The Clinton campaign fell into a tailspin as the FBI reopened the Clinton email investigation over reports classified emails were going on Anthony Weiner's computer. The same day the Times article appeared DNC operative David Corn of Mother Jones magazine reported Steele’s fake news allegations under the headline, A Veteran Spy Has Given the FBI Information Alleging a Russian Operation to Cultivate Donald Trump: Has the bureau investigated this material?
January 10, 2016 James Clapper leaked the phony Steele dossier to CNN & BuzzFeed who jointly made it available to the public. Clinton campaign chairman John Podesta, who with the DNC paid for the dossier, secretly met with Simpson. The dossier alleges Russian collusion with the Trump campaign. Steele personally was paid $168,000 to write the phony dossier.
In November 2017 it was reported that Hillary Clinton was again in talks with Christopher Steele to create second dossier of alleged Trump affairs.
By December outrage of the Obama FBI abuses was omnipresent; in seven hours of testimony before House Permanent Select Intelligence Committee (HPSCI) Dep. Dir. Andrew McCabe 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 cite 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 documents with McCabe’s own signature on them establishing his the fact of his knowledge of the dossier’s financing and provenance.
FBI Chief Counselor James Baker was fired two hours after McCabe's testimony. Associate Dep. Attn. Gen. Bruce Ohr withheld from his boss, Rod Rosenstein, his secret meetings with Steele and Simpson and the fact his wife Nellie Ohr helped author the phony dossier. Ohr was demoted, and there were calls for McCabe's firing. The House Committees began investigating possible criminal activity among Obama holdovers in DOJ & FBI.Rep. Jim Jordan said
"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....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."
Rep. Andy Biggs in USA Today Op-ed called for an end of the Mueller witch-hunt, and Sen. Rand Paul called for an investigation of Obama officials who tried to prevent the election of Donald Trump.
The Scheme Team
The FBI agent who questioned National Security Advisor Michael Flynn in January 2017 was Peter Strzok. Strzok's personal friend, Judge Rudy Contreras, presided over Flynn's plea. Despite Contreras conflict of interest, Contreras did not recuse himself. Six days later, December 7, 2017, reports stated that Contreras “was recused” from the Flynn case.
Between Flynn's pleading on December 1 and Contreras' recusal on December 7, 2017 reports of gross malfeasance within the Dept. of Justice and FBI "went from a snowball to an avalanche". Peter Strzok was demoted, Lisa Page was removed, Bruce Ohr was twice demoted, Ohr's wife Nellie worked on the bogus Clinton-Steele dossier; FBI Chief legal counsel James Baker was demoted; evidence of FBI Dep. Dir. Andy McCabe’s involvement in a small group conspiracy was placed on terminal leave; FBI chief press officer Mike Kortan was outed among the conspirators and quit; McCabe’s Chief of Staff James Rybicki was outed and quit; and Judge Contreras was removed from the sentencing phase after Flynn's guilty plea for allegedly lying to Strzok in an FBI interview.
Strzok originally stated in his interview report that Flynn did not lie; McCabe altered the report to imply Flynn did lie and turned it over to Special Counsel Robert Mueller for prosecution.
Lisa Page is a lawyer in the Justice Department specializing in money laundering. As such, Lisa Page earned $239,000 per year - more than Members of Congress, Cabinet Secretaries, and Supreme Court Justices. As such, Lisa Page felt she was more qualified to decide who should be the President of the United States.
In October 2016, weeks before the 2016 Presidential election, Lisa Page was acting as legal counsel for FBI Deputy Director Andrew McCabe. McCabe had whitewashed the criminal investigation into Hillary Clinton's mishandling and destruction of government documents, exonerating Clinton, and paving the way for Clinton's nomination as Democratic presidential candidate. McCabe's family received $700,000 from Clinton donors. McCabe instructed Lisa Page to leak details of the ongoing Clinton investigations to the Wall Street Journal as Hillary Clinton's poll number slid when evidence of more Clinton wrongdoing came to light.
In July 2017 Lisa Page turned states evidence when she provided text messages to investigators proving her FBI boss, Andrew McCabe, authorized illegal leaks. McCabe was subsequently fired for making false statements to investigators denying he authorized the illegal leaks.
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. Priestap would have needed to authorize Strzok to engage with Christopher Steele over the Steele dossier. 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.
Priestap was agent Peter Strzok’s immediate boss; however, it is unknown how much influence Priestap held over the activity of Strzok. Released text messages indicate Strzok was reporting more to Andrew McCabe during both the Clinton email whitewash and Trump FISA abuse operations.
Priestap is the only central character within the Obama-era FBI leadership apparatus that remains entirely intact despite his central role in the counterintelligence operation against candidate Donald Trump, giving indications that Priestap is cooperating with the Inspector General and prosecutors' investigations into the Obama administration's criminal misconduct.
It is highly likely Priestap has been cleared for any intentional wrongdoing and has no issues cooperating with the FBI's Inspection Division and Inspector General investigators. Because of the importance of his role, Priestap likely knows the full context of how the FISA Title-1 application against U.S. person Carter Page was assembled and used. Priestap is also mentioned in the Nunes FISA memo contradicting the claims of James Comey, Andrew McCabe, John Brennan and James Clapper.On June 5, 2018 Priestap testified in a closed door hearing to the joint House Judiciary and Oversight committee. Curiously, only Reps. Jim Jordan (R), Mark Meadows (R), and Raja Krishnamoorthi (D) were allowed to attend. Chairmen Trey Gowdy and Bob Goodlatte did not attend. Jim Jordan said,
"There was a number of times, I would say maybe four different times in that, where he would have the words, 'Peter Strzok' and 'expert' in the same sentence. It has kind of confirmed what I've suspected for a long time, that Strzok was a central figure in all of this — the Clinton investigation and the Russia investigation."
- 2016 Hillary Clinton presidential campaign
- Obamagate timeline 2009-2015
- Obamagate timeline 2016 election year
- Russiagate timeline 2017
- Russiagate timeline 2018
- Liberal Smear Machine
- The indictment of 12 Russian nationals, 13 July 2018
- Oleg Deripaska
- Glenn Simpson
- All the president's enemies, by The Washington Times
- Government’s Response to Defendant’s Motion to Dismiss for Pre-Indictment Delay, United States v. Vadim Mikerin, Criminal No. TDC-14-0529 (D. MD) at 1. http://fcpa.stanford.edu/enforcement-action.html?id=583
- Joel Schectman, U.S. sentences Russian nuclear official to four years for bribe scheme, Reuters (Dec. 15, 2015). The “Megatons to Megawatts” program converted uranium from thousands of Russian nuclear warheads for civilian use in U.S.nuclear power plants.
- Banger played on a basketball team for a Latvian bank and told reporters someone had used his personal information without his knowledge. The front companies identified in the Mikeran indictment are firms that receive money for third parties and transfer them for a fee, according to a partner of Paragon Advisory Group, Alexander Zakharov. They serve the interests of a different set of people.
- Horowitz Report, pp. 52, 167.
- Horowitz Report, pp. 170-171, 174.
- A predetermined endgame differs from a typical "open-end" criminal, counterintelligence, or Special Counsel investigation that sometimes becomes a fishing expedition beyond the original scope or mandate, such as the Whitewater real estate investigation leading to charges of sexual harassment, perjury, and impeachment, the Trump-Russia scam, or the break-in to Trump attorney Michael Cohen's office.
- Horowitz Report, p. 60.
- Matt Apuzzo et al., In Trying to Avoid Politics, Comey Shaped an Election, N.Y. TIMES, Apr. 23, 2017.
- Horowitz Report, p. 66.
- Horowitz Report, p. 175 fn 131.
- Horowitz Report, p. 46.
- Horowitz Report, pp. 348-349.
- Horowitz Report, pp. 50-51, 53.
- Horowitz Report, pp. 64, 169-170, 176-177, 184-185, 215-217.
- Horowitz Report, pp. 223-230, 369, 376-377.
- Horowitz Report, p. 172.
- Horowitz Report, pp. 304-305 fn 171.
- Horowitz Report, pp. 355-364, 392-393.
- Statement by Director James Comey on the Investigation of Secretary Hillary Clinton’s Use of a Personal E-Mail System (July i5, 2015).
- OVERSIGHT OF THE FEDERAL BUREAU OF INVESTIGATION, HEARING BEFORE THE COMMITTEE ON THE JUDICIARY HOUSE OF REPRESENTATIVES ONE HUNDRED FOURTEENTH CONGRESS SECOND SESSION, SEPTEMBER 28, 2016 page 88 PDF
- Mary Anne Marsh, Justice with Judge Jeanine, Fox News, 31 March 2017.
- later FBI Director. James Comey, the name entrusted to investigate government leaks, admits to being an anonymous source for the New York Times. https://www.nytimes.com/2016/11/01/us/politics/fbi-russia-election-donald-trump.html