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As Trump rode the escalator to announce his candidacy, polls showed Hillary Clinton's collusion with Russia over the Uranium One deal was her biggest vulnerability. Deputy Attn. Gen. Sally Yates was taking steps to ban the Inspector General from oversight of the DOJ-National Security Division and hide FISA abuse.

FISA Court Judge James Boasberg issued a 19 page order. Boasberg found that James Comey, Andrew McCabe and the rest of the FBI small group were dishonest. They concealed from the court the fact that Carter Page worked for the FBI. They omitted that Carter Page had been honest about his contacts. They altered a key document. They hid the fact that the FBI determined Christopher Steele was biased and not credible. They covered up who paid for the information - the 2016 Clinton campaign and DNC. They deceived judges about news reports. They concealed multiple exculpatory evidence. Judge Boasberg determined that in January 2017 the FBI learned that the Steele dossier, the basis for the Trump Russia hoax - was phony and made-up, and they Obama FBI didn't shut down the investigation or stop the spying, instead they accelerated it.[1]

2015

June 2015

  • 2 June. Senate voted to pass the USA Freedom Act, at a vote of 67–32. John Carlin — informed the Foreign Intelligence Surveillance Court that the USA Freedom Act would allow for the National Security Agency's domestic surveillance to continue for another six months as part of a transition period, despite the fact that it had ‘officially’ shut down on May 30, 2015.[2]
  • Eric Ciaramella meets with Alexandra Chalupa at the White House. Also present were Alexandra Sopko, who at the time was a special assistant and policy advisor to the director of the Office of Intergovernmental Affairs, which was run by Valerie Jarrett, and Alexa Kissinger, a special assistant to Jarrett.[3]
  • 8 June. Maria Butina approaches Patrick Byrne, CEO of Overstock.com, at the Las Vegas Freedom Fest.[4]
  • 9 June. Obama lawyers asked FISA court to ignore public court's decision on spying.[5]
  • 11 June. Obama denies lethal aid to Ukraine.[6]
  • 26 June. Hillary Clinton internal polling reports:
Secretary Clinton's top vulnerability tested in this poll is the attack that claims as Secretary of State she signed off on a deal that gave the Russian government control over twenty percent of America's uranium production, after investors in the deal donated over one hundred and forty million dollars to the Clinton Foundation. Half of all likely voters (53%) are less likely to support Clinton after hearing that statement and 17% are much less likely to support her after that statement.[7][8]
Democrat operative Alexandra Chalupa (left) Deep State informant Eric Ciaramella (right).[9]
  • Summer. CIA officer Eric Ciaramella specializing in Russia and Ukraine detailed over to the National Security Council working under National Security Advisor Susan Rice and closely with Vice President Joe Biden.[12]
  • June or July. Sara Carter: U.S. Amb in Ukraine allegedly told Prosecutor to handle ‘Biden investigation with white gloves’[13]
  • Shokin attempted to continue the investigations into Hunter Biden but on or around June or July of 2015, the U.S. Ambassador Geoffrey R. Pyatt told him that the investigation has to be handled with white gloves, which according to Mr. Shokin, that implied do nothing. Shokin was fired in April 2016, and his case was “closed by the current Prosecutor General Yuriy Lutsenko.”

July 2015

Ten days after Hillary Clinton was referred to the FBI for investigation of her emails, Deputy AG Sally Yates issued a legal opinion barring Inspector General oversight of the DOJ-National Security Division.

  • 20 July. DOJ Dep. Attn. Gen. Sally Yates issues 58 page legal explanation denying the Office of Inspector General and Michael Horowitz oversight of the DOJ National Security Division.[14][15] DOJ IG Michael Horowitz raised concerns that his office would be required to seek the Department's permission. That procedure is “inconsistent with the Inspector General Act, impairs the OIG’s independence, and fails to account for the over 20 year record of Department and FBI compliance with OIG document requests,” according to the OIG's report.[16]
  • July. FBI hired CrowdStrike for a 1-year contract for a total of $150,000.00.[17]

November 2015

From November 1, 2015, to May 1st, 2016, thousands of illegal search queries were conducted. Nellie Ohr was employed by FusionGPS at the time this FISA abuse was detected.
  • 1 November. Minimisation requests started to be carried out in relation to FISAs, although they did not match the applicable minimisation procedures, at the National Security Agency.[18]
  • 9 November. Eric Ciaramella invites Alexandra Chalupa into the White House.</font>[19][20]
  • November. Joseph Mifsud joins London Centre of International Law Practice (LCILP).[21]
  • Alexander Downer attended a 2-day country retreat at the invitation of the private intelligence organisation Hakluyt & Co., followed by a cocktail soiree hosted by the same company at the Orangery in Kensington Palace.[22]

December 2015

Sundance of the conservativetreehouse.com summarizes:
December 2015 through April 2016: The first phase leading into ‘Spygate’ is the period of time where opposition research of the republican candidate field was taking place. It is in this period where Fusion-GPS hired CIA Open Source researcher Nellie Ohr, wife of DOJ-NSD official Bruce Ohr, to do research.
In the background of this time period the FBI and NSA database was being exploited by unknown FBI contractors; it is highly suspected that Nellie Ohr and/or Fusion-GPS was one of those contracted agencies with access to the massive electronic and metadata files.


Patrick Byrne begins reporting on Maria Butina more frequently to the FBI. Byrne became suspicious of the FBI motives because he warned FBI officials of a potential that his efforts, his reputation and those who trust him, may result in Butina gaining entry into campaign confidences. The FBI agents told Byrne that was exactly the intent; people high up in the FBI wanted Ms. Butina to gain deep access into the Trump campaign. Mr. Byrne became suspicious of a corrupt political motive, but didn’t say anything at the time.

  • 2 December. Dmitry Firtash announces hid intention to return to Ukraine to address the General Assembly of the Federation of Employers (FEU).
  • Joe Biden, President Poroshenko, and Ukrainian Minister of Internal Affairs Arsen Avakov took steps to prevent Firtash's return.[23]
  • 3 December. Politico reports:A Ukrainian oligarch’s foiled homecoming: The U.S. and the government in Kiev want Dmytro Firtash behind bars.
  • "Ukraine's Internal Affairs Minister Arsen Avakov announced on Sunday that, after consulting with U.S. officials, he instructed Ukrainian police to detain Firtash should he attempt to enter Ukraine."[24]
  • Photos of armed paramilitary groups were posted on Avakov's Facebook page; Politico reported the "commander of Ukraine’s nationalist Azov Battalion, said that his volunteer fighters would arrest Firtash themselves if government forces failed to do so. He later posted a Facebook photo of his armed men waiting at Kiev's Borispol airport.
  • 6 December. Biden meets with Poroshenko in Kiev.
Spygate: DOJ redacted the word, "lures". "Lures" are infiltrators, provocateurs, or spies who offer bait, in this case Hillary Clinton's emails. Oconus = outside contiguous United States. The message from Peter Strzok to Lisa Page reads, "You get all our outside contiguous US spies approved?" It was sent after Sally Yates ended independent oversight of the DOJ-National Security Division, while FBI contractors conducted over 5,000 illegal FISA 702 "About queries," and before Adm. Rogers cutoff outside FBI contractor access to the FISA database. The primaries, Hillary's whitewash, and official counterintelligence investigation were yet to come. Joseph Mifsud joined the London Center of International Law Practice (LCILP) a month earlier. Mifsud and Papadopoulos reportedly never crossed paths until March 14, 2016 - in Italy.
  • 7 December. Strzok texted Lisa Page that Jonathan Moffa was waiting for his job interview.
  • Joe Biden, His Son and the Case Against a Ukrainian Oligarch
  • Hunter Biden, Burisma Holdings, and its owner, Mykola Zlochevsky, who was Ukraine's ecology minister under former President Viktor F. Yanukovych before Hunter's boss, Zlochevsky, embezzled $5 Billion and became a fugitive from justice.
  • Zlochevsky hired Hunter Biden in 2014 while Vice President Biden oversaw U.S. loan guarantees to Ukraine.
  • Burisma is Ukraine's largest oil and gas produce; hunter Biden was appointed to the board of directors.
  • Hunter Biden was paid $166,000 a month, which was split with the nephew of Whitey Bulger.
  • Zlochevsky, a former Ukraine ecology minister, was under investigation by the new administration for embezzlement.
  • Prosecutors traced payments to Hunter Biden.
  • Vice President Biden threatened the new Ukrainian administration to withhold $1 Billion in U.S. allocated funds unless the prosecutor investigating Hunter Biden was fired.[25]
  • Biden addresses Ukrainian parliament (Rada) in Kiev.[26]
  • Before Flynn made the trip he alerted his former employer, the DIA. He then attended a “defensive” or “protective” briefing before he ever sat alongside Russian President Vladimir Putin at the Russia Today (RT) dinner, or before he talked with then-Russian Ambassador Sergey Kislyak. The briefing educated and sensitized Flynn to possible efforts by his Russian host to compromise the former high-ranking defense official and prepared him for conversations in which he could potentially extract intelligence for U.S. agencies such as the DIA. When Flynn returned from Moscow, he spent time briefing intelligence officials on what he learned during the Moscow contacts. Between two and nine intelligence officials attended the various meetings with Flynn about the RT event, and the information was moderately useful, about what one would expect from a public event.[29]
  • Joseph Mifsud also said to be in attendance.[30]
  • 18 December. Natural Gas Europe reports:
    "In 2015, Papadopoulos joined the London Center of International Law Practice as the director of the Center for International Energy and Natural Resources Law and Security. Papadopoulos focuses on the Eastern Mediterranean as well as the Caspian region.
    In 2015, he spoke to a business and energy convention in Israel, explaining the complex market for natural gas in the region. At the conference, he touched on issues of U.S.-Israel-Russia relations in an interview with Natural Gas Europe.[31]
  • 21 December. Brent Budowsky discusses Clinton strategy with John Podesta:
    Best approach is to slaughter Donald for his bromance with Putin.[32]
  • 23 December. FBI Director Comey names Bill Priestap as assistant director of Counterintelligence Division.
  • 29 December. Wall Street Journal reports that the Obama administration 'incidentally' collected private communications by members of Congress while it spied on Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu. In sweeping up “private conversations with U.S. lawmakers and American-Jewish groups… raised fears [of]—an ‘Oh-sh*t moment,’ one senior U.S. official said—that the executive branch would be accused of spying on Congress.”[33]
  • 31 December. Press release naming E.W. Priestap as Assistant Director of the FBI Counterintelligence Division.[34]

2016

January 2016

Ciaramella/Telizhenko meeting at the White House to discuss killing the Hunter Biden investigation and reviving allegations against Paul Manafort.[35]
The January 2016 gathering, confirmed by multiple participants and contemporaneous memos, brought some of Ukraine’s top corruption prosecutors and investigators face to face with members of former President Obama’s National Security Council (NSC), FBI, State Department and Department of Justice (DOJ)....Ukrainian participants said it didn’t take long — during the meetings and afterward — to realize the Americans’ objectives included two politically hot investigations: one that touched Vice President Joe Biden’s family and one that involved a lobbying [Manafort's] firm linked closely to then-candidate Trump.[38]
  • January. FBI initiates politically motivated money laundering and tax evasion investigation of Paul Manafort predicated on his activities as a political consultant to members of the Ukrainian government and Ukrainian politicians.[39]

October 2016

  • 15 October. John Carlin's last day. DOJ-NSD Principle Deputy Asst. Attorney General Mary McCord replaces Carlin. It was specifically John Carlin’s responsibility to ensure a valid legal basis for the FISA application submitted to the Foreign Intelligence Surveillance Court (FISC).
  • 20 October. Adm. Mike Rogers was briefed by the NSA compliance officer on findings from the 702 NSA compliance audit. The audit had uncovered numerous “About” Query violations (Senate testimony).[40]
  • 21 October. Rogers shut down all “About Query” activity. He reported his findings to the DOJ (Senate testimony & inferences from Court Ruling).
  • Same day, the DOJ & FBI seek and receive a Title I FISA probable cause order authorizing electronic surveillance on Carter Page from the FISA Court. At this point, the FISA Court is unaware of the Section 702 violations.

2017

January 2017

See also: Trump transition
  • 3 January. E.O. 12333 expanded.[41] Attn. Gen. Loretta Lynch signed off on new rules permitting the NSA to disseminate “raw signals intelligence information” with identities of American citizens caught up in foreign intelligence surveillance operations.[42] "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.[43] The expansion of the order makes it difficult to narrow in on leaks. This constitutes Obama's amending Executive Order 12333.[44] DNI James Clapper previously signed off on 15 December 2016.
  • Tuesday early morning. Strzok exchanges texts with Lisa Page regarding conversation with Strzok's boss, Bill Priestap:
    Strzok - "“He [Priestap], like us, is concerned with oversharing [information with other agencies]"
    Strzok - “Doesn’t want Clapper giving CR cuts to WH (White House). All political just show our hand and potentially makes enemies.”

    Lisa Page - “Yeah, but keep in mind we were going to put that in the doc [Trump's briefing] on Friday, with potentially larger distribution than just the dni [Clapper]"

    Strzok - “the question is should we particularly to the entirety of the lame duck usic with partisan axes to grind.”
    Comey wanted to brief Obama and Trump about the Steele dossier. Priestap opposed briefing Obama, Biden, and Rice on salacious allegations in the Thursday Oval Office meeting. Priestap was overridden.
  • 4 January. Wednesday. Washington FBI field office recommends closing the FBI investigation of General Flynn due to “no derogatory information.”[45]
  • Peter Strzok immediately responds to the FBI team [main headquarters] saying: “don’t do it yet’.
  • Rod Rosenstein was aware of there was no basis for investigating Gern. Flynn;
  • Mueller team knew there was no derogatory information against Gen. Flynn from its outset in May 2017.
  • The Hill: FBI never examined hacked DNC servers itself: report.[46]
  • Intelligence Community Assessment (ICA) report completed, written by Brennan and Strzok, both classified and public versions. Some earlier reports refer to it as the Joint Assessment Report or JAR. Congressional investigators later found portions of Brennan's ICA "did not employ proper analytic tradecraft" and "deviated from established CIA practice."[47] Brennan attached two pages of sexual innuendo from the Clinton-Steele dossier to the assessment.[48]
  • 5 January. Thursday Morning. FBI Director James Comey testified to the Senate Intelligence Committee that the DNC refused multiple requests to examine their servers after allegations of hacking.[49] As of August 2018, the FBI still never examined the servers to see if any hacking indeed took place. DNC continues to deny FBI ever made any requests.[50] 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.”[51] 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?”[52] Comey additionally lied to Congress in a classified setting about the true origins of the Steele dossier.[53]
  • Afternoon. Oval Office meeting to frame the President-elect. Obama, Biden, Rice, Yates, Clapper, Brennan and Comey in attendance. Rice sent an email to herself about a secret Oval Office meeting where the Clinton-Steele dossier is discussed;[54][55][56] (the email was written and sent to herself 15 minutes after Trump was sworn in on Jan. 20):[57]
"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.

Director Comey affirmed that he is proceeding "by the book" as it relates to law enforcement. From a national security perspective, Comey said he does have some concerns that incoming NSA Flynn is speaking frequently with Russian Ambassador Kislyak. Comey said that could be an issue as it relates to sharing sensitive information. President Obama asked if Comey was saying that the NSC should not pass sensitive information related to Russia to Flynn. Comey replied, "potentially." He added that he has no indication thus far that Flynn has passed classified information to Kislyak, but he noted that "the level of communication is unusual."[58]

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."[59]
At the conclusion of the briefing, Obama asks Sally Yates and James Comey to remain. Together with Susan Rice, this is where the “by the book” comment comes into play. The 90-day surveillance period under the FISA warrant would have had just a bit over two weeks left to run — it was set to expire just as Trump was to take office. (Reporting suggests that there may also have been a FISA warrant on Paul Manafort around this time.) The Obama administration was therefore confronting a deadline if the FISA warrant was to be renewed while Obama was still in power. The officials in the meeting would need to figure out how the investigation could continue despite the fact that its central focus, Trump, was about to be sworn in as president. Rice’s “by the book” bunkum is transparent: Obama officials claimed to adhere to a book that forbade consultations between political leaders and investigators. But here they were consulting. So Rice tried to cover the tracks in her email: She revises history such that the consultation morphs into a mere friendly reminder that Obama wanted everything done by the book.[60]
  • Ruemmler later states [February 23] the meeting discussed "particularly Lt. Gen. Michael Flynn" who was cleared by the FBI as a national security rtisk the day before.
  • 6 January. Friday. DNI James Clapper issues Intelligence Community Assessment (ICA, also referred to as the Joint Analysis Report) a joint Brennan, Clapper and Comey document consisting of recycled reports on RT with 2 pages of sexual innuendo from the Clinton-Steele dossier. NSA Dir. Adm. Mike Rogers dissents from the report and did not attend the meeting.[61] WaPo is assured by Obama intelligence bosses that "the sources involved in the [Clinton-Steele dossier's] reporting were credible enough to warrant inclusion in the highly classified [presidential] report.”[62] Brennan however, in public testimony months later, said the dossier and its sources were not credible enough to incorporate in the Joint Intelligence Community Assessment on Russian election interference publicly leaked by the administration. Brennan swore the Clinton-Steele dossier did not “in any way” factor into the CIA's assessment that Russia interfered in the election to help Trump. Congressional investigators suggest a classified version of the Intelligence Community Assessment contradicts Brennan's sworn testimony.
  • Clapper briefed Jake Tapper of CNN on the Clinton-Steele dossier before Comey briefed President-elect Trump.
  • 9:44 A.M. FBI Chief of Staff Jim Rybicki sent an email to unspecified recipients stating "the director is coming into HQ briefly for an update from the sensitive matter team."[63]
  • Comey, Clapper and Brennan brief the President-elect. Comey, Clapper, Brennan and Mike Rogers travel to Trump Tower to brief President-elect Trump on the Intelligence Community Assessment of Russian election interference. At the end of the meeting Comey asks for a one-on-one briefing with President-elect. Comey tells President-elect of the "salacious" allegations manufactured by the Clinton campaign, makes no mention of their origin, or of the FBI's surveillance of Carter Page, Paul Manafort, and Michael Cohen based on the same Hillary Clinton opposition research, and represents it as supposed "intelligence". According to Comey, he acted on the instructions of Brennan and Clapper.[64][65] Comey states he acted on Clapper, not Obama's, instructions after the day prior Oval Office meeting to deceive the President-elect with bogus Hillary Clinton opposition research.[66] In his June 2017 Congressional testimony Comey swore the dossier was "salacious and unverified" although the FBI/DOJ used it to obtain FISA surveillance warrants of the Trump campaign three months earlier.
  • Comey to Clapper: Mission Accomplished. Comey memo 1 notes,
I said there was something that Clapper wanted me to speak to the PE [President-Elect] about alone or in a very small group.

I then executed the session exactly as I had planned.
I told him [President Trump] that I wanted to meet with him to tell him more about what is in the reports written by [redacted – likely Steele]. I said that the written reports themselves were [redacted] and the content known at IC senior level and that I didn’t want him to get caught cold by some of the detail.

I said I wasn’t saying this was true, only that I wanted him to know both that it had been reported and that the reports were in many hands. I said media like CNN had them and were looking for a news hook. I said it was important that we not give them the excuse to write that the FBI has the material or [REDACTED] and that we were keeping it very close-hold. [bolden added]
DNI James Clapper instructed Comey to alert President-elect Trump of the alleged blackmail information in the hands of the Obama intelligence community and then turned around and leaked to CNN to smear the President-elect.[67]
  • Comey's meeting with Trump was not an intelligence briefing, as reported. It was in fact treated as part of the FBI's evidence gathering counterintelligence investigation, to see how the President-elect reacted.
  • Comey told the OIG that his judgment was that the information “ought to be treated…[like] FISA derived information or information in a [counterintelligence] investigation,” the “standard classification” for which is “SECRET//ORCON/NOFORN.”[68] The media had widely dismissed the Steele dossier as unsubstantiated and unreportable. Clapper's second leak to CNN - that Comey had briefed President-elect Trump - created the news hook CNN was looking for.
  • Immediately upon returning to the FBI NY field office, Comey debriefed James Baker (DOJ), Jim Rybicki, Andrew McCabe, Lisa Page and Peter Strzok via video conference.
  • 8 January 12:08 P.M. McCabe sends email to Comey, Rybicki, Bowdich and Kortan with the subject line "Flood is coming". McCabe wrote "CNN is close to going forward with the sensitive story...the trigger for them [CNN] is they know the material was discussed in the brief and presented in an attachment."
  • 12:55 P.M. McCabe emails Sally Yates and PADAG Matthew Axelrod with the subject line "News." McCabe wrote "Just an FYI, and as expected, CNN is close to running a story about the sensitive reporting."
  • 10 January. Clapper leaks to CNN.[69] Clapper leaks briefing the President-elect on the Clinton campaign's allegations that Trump consorted with prostitutes in a Moscow hotel to Jake Tapper of CNN, creating the "news hook" CNN wanted to report details.[70] One hour later CNN links to BuzzFeed making the Clinton-Steele dossier public.[71] The Clinton opposition research is presented to the public as some sort of official "intelligence report" with mysterious origins that the Obama administration was acting on.
  • Comey tells Senate Intel Committee that the DNC refused to let the FBI see DNC servers.[72]
  • Strzok discusses now that the fake dossier has been leaked by the Obama intelligence community, it will be used to set a perjury trap for Flynn and others. Strzok texts Lisa Page,
    Strzok - "Sitting with Bill watching CNN. A TON more out”

    Strzok - “Hey let me know when you can talk. We’re discussing whether, now that this is out, we use it as a pretext to go interview some people.'”[73]
  • Clinton campaign chairman John Podesta, who with the DNC paid FusionGPS $1,024,408 for the Clinton-Steele dossier, secretly met with FusionGPS boss Glenn Simpson.[74]
  • 11 January. Politico investigation reports:
  • A Ukrainian-American operative consulting for the Democratic National Committee (DNC) met with top officials in Ukraine’s U.S. embassy to publicize ties between Trump, his top campaign aide Paul Manafort and Russia. (It worked.)
  • Ukrainian officials tried to help Clinton and undermine Trump by publicly questioning his fitness for office.
  • Ukrainian officials “disseminated documents implicating a top Trump aide in corruption and suggested they were investigating the matter, only to back away after the election.”
  • Ukrainian officials helped Clinton allies dig up damaging information on Trump and his advisers.
  • “The Ukrainian efforts had an impact in the race, helping to force Manafort’s resignation and advancing the narrative that Trump’s campaign was deeply connected to … Russia.”
  • According to Politico:
“In an interview this month, at the DNC this past election cycle centered on mobilizing ethnic communities — including Ukrainian-Americans — she said that, when Trump’s unlikely presidential campaign. Chalupa told Politico she had developed a network of sources in Kiev and Washington, including investigative journalists, government officials and private intelligence operatives. While her consulting work began surging in late 2015, she began focusing more on the research, and expanded it to include Trump’s ties to Russia, as well.”[75]
  • According to the Politico article, Alexandra Chalupa was meeting with the Ukrainian embassy in June of 2016 to discuss getting more help sticking it to candidate Trump. At the same time she was meeting, the embassy had a reception that highlighted female Ukrainian leaders. Four Verkhovna Rada [parliament] deputies there for the event included: Viktoriia Y. Ptashnyk, Anna A. Romanova, Alyona I. Shkrum, and Taras T. Pastukh.
  • George Eliason reports:[76]
  • According to CNN [7/12/17], DNC sources said Chalupa told DNC operatives the Ukrainian government would be willing to deliver damaging information against Trump’s campaign. Later, Chalupa would lead the charge to try to unseat president-elect Trump starting on Nov 10, 2016.
  • Accompanying them Kristina Dobrovolska who was a U.S. Embassy-assigned government liaison and translator who escorted the delegates from Kyiv during their visits to Albany and Washington.
  • Kristina Dobrovolska is the handler manager working for Nestor Paslawsky; Paslawsky is the surviving nephew to the infamous torturer The WWII OUNb leader, Mykola Lebed.
James Clapper's false press statement. Clapper was complicit in the effort smear President-elect Trump with false allegations.
  • Trump responds to Obama IC bosses smears 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?”[77]
    Trump states that he was not briefed on the full contents the Clinton-Steele dossier or its origins. NBC News independently verifies Trump's account,[78] as does FOX News.[79]
  • DNI Clapper issues press release stating that he only now, not days earlier on January 6, discussed the Clinton-Steele dossier with Trump.[80]
  • Jake Tapper of CNN reports that government sources confirm it was the wrong "Michael Cohen" in Prague,[81] further debunking the Steele dossier.
    in this uncorroborated report, it talks about Michael Cohen, Trump’s official corporate lawyer, making a trip to the Czech Republic. My reporting suggests that, er, people did try to run that down, and that they concluded that it was a different Michael Cohen. It was a Michael Cohen with a passport from another country, the same birth year, different birth date. So for Michael Cohen to dispute that he was in the Czech Republic completely confirms and conforms with our reporting
    Observers note the wrong 'Michael Cohen' in the Steele dossier could only be the result of a mistaken and illegal FISA 702 search query.[82] Cohen becomes specifically targeted - if the 'Michael Cohen in Prague narrative unravels, the entire anti-Trump operation and FISA abuse scandal are exposed.
  • 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.[83]
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 was viewed as a threat to the NATO alliance for demanding NATO allies shoulder their share of the cost burden.
  • 12 January. FBI lies again to the FISA court in surveillance application renewal. First of three 90 day renewals giving the Comey, McCabe, Strzok, Lisa Page et al virtual unlimited access to the new administration's electronic communications under the "two hop" rule.[85]
  • Former NSA official John Schindler tweets, "When @IgnatiusPost speaks, Langley's 7th floor lips are moving. They are taking traitor Trump out now."[86] Langley's 7th floor is a reference to John Brennan's office.
  • In the renewal application Obama operatives again address Chris Steele credibility. They note that the FBI suspended its relationship with the foreign spy 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 Comey's notification to Congress about reopening 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] to an identified news organization [Mother Jones]."
    The FBI cited Steele's past work 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 misrepresented to the Court 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 maintained 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 disclosure to David Corn of Mother Jones 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.
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  • 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, Yahoo News, the New Yorker, and CNN" were "briefed at the 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 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 Nellie Ohr also worked for Fusion GPS on the Russia project.
  • 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."[87] Susan Rice “unmasked” Flynn’s name and it was leaked to Ignatius.[88] 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.[89]
  • Adam Lovinger was was working in the Office of Net Assessment (ONA) as a strategist. His position within the specialized think tank required a top-level security clearance. Lovinger had grown increasingly concerned over the ONA’s use of outside contractors, due in part to the “problem of cronyism” and a growing “revolving door policy." Lovinger wrote an October 2016 email to ONA’s new director, James H. Baker (DOD) who had recently been appointed by Obama’s Defense Secretary. From Lovinger’s October 2016 email:
    “the moral hazard associated with the Washington Headquarters Services contracting with Stefan Halper.”[90][91]
    Halper
    "was being used by Net Assessment to go out essentially and engage with foreign government officials. As a contractor that’s totally illegal.”[92]
    Halper had been awarded $1.06 million in contracts through five payments beginning in 2012.[93] Lovinger was invited by General Michael Flynn to serve as a Senior Director on the White House Security Council, along with Ezra Cohen-Watnick. On that same day, James H. Baker (DOD) filed four separate charges against Lovinger.[94]
  • 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.[98]
  • Biden schedules meeting with Poroshenko in Ukraine for January 15, 2017 after yesterday's Politico leak about DNC/Ukrainian collusion in 2016 election.[99]
  • January. After Carter Page FISA renewal. FBI interviews Steele dossier Primary Sub-source. Sub-source disavows Steele's claims about (a) Trump pee-pee memo, (b) Carter Page/Sechin meeting and offer of Rosneft stock, etc.[100]
  • FBI re-interviews Primary Sub-source in March and May 2017.
  • Steele did not identify the Sub-source.
  • 13 January. Chuck Ross of the Daily Caller identifies FusionGPS, Christopher Steele's employer, and Glenn Simpson its founder is the same group that lobbyied on behalf of the Kremlin in July 2016 for efforts to repeal Russian sanctions,[101] 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.”[102] Ross stated that part of Simpson’s work involved passing stories to his deep network of journalism contacts in order to undermine the law.
  • UK cover-up. UK government issues a Defence Advisory Notice in an attempt to coverup the identity of Chtistopher Steele:
    “A request to news editors not to publish or broadcast items on specified subjects for reasons of national security.”[103]
    In September 2018 Trump will delay release of de-classified FISA warrants at the request of "key allies."[104][105][106]
  • 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.[107]
  • 14 January. Flynn-Kislyak Dec. 29, 2016 conversation leaked to the Washington Post, likely by McCabe.[108] The leak was about establishing the framework for a preexisting investigation, based on a false premise, that would protect the DOJ and FBI.
  • Former Clinton era DOJ Inspector General Michael Bromwich welcomes Inspector General Michael Horowitz's investigation of Andrew McCabe and the DOJ. Bromwich later is hired as McCabe's attorney. Bromwich writes in a WaPo op-ed:
    The announcement by the Justice Department’s inspector general that his office will look into FBI Director James B. Comey’s handling of Hillary Clinton’s emails reopens painful questions about the 2016 election, but it is also welcome news. The country needs this — an objective, independent and thorough investigation of issues that have roiled the country for months and continue to stir heated debate.

    The investigation will address allegations that Comey violated established Justice Department and FBI policies and procedures in his July 5, 2016, public announcement concerning the Hillary Clinton email investigation. And it will explore allegations that Comey’s Oct. 28 and Nov. 6 letters to Congress, which jolted the presidential election — and may have changed its outcome — were improper. The impact of Comey’s actions can never be definitively known. But it is important, for the Justice Department and for the country, to obtain a detailed accounting of what happened and why; to assign blame where it is warranted; and to understand how similar situations can be prevented.

    In addition to looking into the actions of the FBI director regarding the email investigation, the probe will look into whether the FBI’s deputy director [McCabe] should have recused himself from the investigation because of his wife’s political involvement; whether a high-ranking Justice Department official or others improperly disclosed non-public information to both the Clinton and Trump campaigns; and whether the timing of the FBI’s election eve Freedom of Information Act disclosures relating to Bill Clinton’s 2001 pardon of Marc Rich was based on inappropriate considerations.[109]
  • 15 January. Flynn-Kislyak leak led to Vice-President Mike Pence being hammered during a CBS Face the Nation interview about Trump campaign officials in contact with Russians. Pence was unprepared to answer the questions. The media blended questions about campaign contacts with necessary transition team contacts.
    JOHN DICKERSON: [D]id any advisor or anybody in the Trump campaign have any contact with the Russians who were trying to meddle in the election?
    MIKE PENCE: Of course not. And I think to suggest that is to give credence to some of these bizarre rumors that have swirled around the candidacy.
  • Famed Watergate reporter Bob Woodward criticizes CNN, Jake Tapper, John Brennan and James Clapper for false statements and politicization of the intelligence community. Four political operatives at CNN Jake Tapper, Jim Sciutto, Evan Perez and Woodward's former colegue Carl Bernstein, colluded with two highly politicized top level Obama administration intelligence officials, ODNI James Clapper and CIA Director John Brennan, under the auspices of leaks from “anonymous senior intelligence officials” – on the construct of Russian narrative to undermine the incoming presidency of Donald Trump."[110]
  • Alex Younger gives his first public speech as head of the Secret Intelligence Services in UK after he received the dossier from Steele directly.[111] Some of the information that in Younger's speech came from Steele.[112] The dossier was passed throughout UK's intelligence services, including GCHQ, who provided their assessment to the NSA.
  • 16 January. Strzok's supervisors are informed that Peter Strzok failed his lie detector test in relation to the October 2016 Devlin Barrett Wall Street Journal leak and is a national security threat, yet Strzok remains on the Russia investigation and in May 2017 is assigned to the Mueller probe.
  • 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.[113]
  • Adam Lovinger received a letter from Secretary of Defense Ashton Carter citing “Lovinger’s exceptional performance on collaborative net assessment with the Government of India.” In that same review, James H. Baker (DOD) disagreed, noting, “I do not endorse the characterization set forth in the employee input (that) Adam performed successfully.” Baker assigned two officers to investigate Lovinger, ONA Chief of Staff Cmdr. Anthony Russell (USCG) and Marine Lt. Col. Brian Bruggeman.[114]
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.[115] The headline has been changed for its online version.[116]
  • Obama’s top intelligence and law-enforcement deputies meet to talk about Flynn’s conversation with Kislyak.[117]
  • Eric Ciaramella invites Ukrainian National Anti-Corruption Bureau NABU director Artem Sytnyk to the White House.[118] Artem Sytnyk was convicted on December 10, 2018 of interference in the U.S. presidential election along with Serhiy Leshchenko in a Ukrainian court.[119] Sytnyk and Leshchenko gave Chalupa and Ciaramella official documents critical of Paul Manafort, leading to Manafort's resignation as Trump's campaign manager. Russian oligarch Oleg Deripaska suing Manafort over a failed Ukrainian cable TV investment. Leaked tapes of Sytnyk confirm that that Ukrainian officials colluded with the DNC to hurt Donald Trump and help the Clinton campaign.[120]

  • 20 January 12:00 PM. Donald Trump inaugurated president.
  • 12:15 PM. Susan Rice emails herself a non-contemporaneous memo covering January 5, 2017 Oval Office meeting with Comey, Clapper, Brennan, Yates, and Biden detailing what information Trump will be briefed on the next day. Trump was briefed about the Steele dossier sexual innuendo and that it had already been leaked to CNN.
  • Glenn Simpson emails Bruce Ohr, "Can you call me please?" Ohr reports to the Pientka three days later.
  • Byron York states that the Bruce Ohr emails raise a clear question of whether Christopher Steele was working, directly or indirectly, with Oleg Deripaska at the same time Steele was compiling the dossier — and whether the Justice Department, along with Simpson and Fusion GPS, was part of the project.[121]
  • 21 January. Steve Bannon calls Carter Page,[122] bringing Bannon, and all Bannon's contacts and communications, under FISA surveillance under the "two hop" rule. Bannon at this time holds the position of White House Strategist.
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  • 23 January. Washington Post reports FBI found nothing illicit in Flynn's call with Amb. Kislyak.[124] Leaking Flynn's name was a violation of law. Likely leaked by Andrew McCabe.[125]
  • GCHQ Director Robert Hannigan resigns. The Guardian reports,
    His sudden resignation...prompted speculation that it might be related to British concerns over shared intelligence with the US in the wake of Donald Trump becoming president.[126]
  • Bruce Ohr's sixth interview with the FBI; FD-302 dated 1/31/16 (interviews are numbered by FD-302 date, not necessarily in chronological order).[127]
  • Strzok/Lisa Page exchange messages:
    Lisa Page - I can feel my heart beating harder, I’m so stressed about all the ways THIS has the potential to go fully off the rails.

    Strzok - I know. I just talked with John, we’re getting together as soon as I get in to finish that write up for Andy [McCabe] this morning. I reminded John about how I told Bill [Priestap] and the entire group that we should wait 30 to 60 days after the inauguration to change how we were managing this stuff. As it is, he went ahead, and everything is completely falling off the rails. I think our stuff is good on our cases, but I have no hope or understanding about what they’re doing on Jen [Boone, FBI counterproliferation division]'s side of the house.
    Lisa Page is nervous about the trap being laid for Flynn to contradict Mike Pence's public statements on Jan. 15 and Flynn's Dec. 29, 2016 transition conversation with Kislyk going off the rails.
  • Strzok files FBI Form 302 interview report claiming Flynn did not lie. 302 report is later altered by Andrew McCabe to imply Flynn did lie so Special Counsel Robert Mueller could prosecute Flynn to make him "flip."[129]
What gave more weight, and added culpability, to these reports of alteration of testimony was Flynn attorney Sydney Powell's April 24, 2020 "motion to dismiss for egregious government misconduct" filing for her client, based on a finding from released Brady documents for reason that, in her words:
“This afternoon, the government produced to Mr. Flynn stunning Brady evidence that proves Mr. Flynn’s allegations of having been deliberately set up and framed by corrupt agents at the top of the FBI. It also defeats any argument that the interview of Mr. Flynn on January 24, 2017 was material to any ‘investigation.’ The government has deliberately suppressed this evidence from the inception of this prosecution—knowing there was no crime by Mr. Flynn.”[130]
  • Business Insider reports that U.S. intelligence agencies had been investigating people in Trump's presidential campaign throughout the campaign season.[131]
  • 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.”
  • Bruce Ohr's seventh FBI interview; FR-302 dated 1/27/16.
  • 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. Yates traveled to the White House along with a senior member of the DOJ’s National Security Division, Mary McCord 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 Yates testimony, she and Mary McCord 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. Steele and Bruce Ohr exchange emails:
    Steele: Hi B! Our guy’s [Deripaska] in OK for the time being but I would like to keep our channel open on him and his situation if that’s all right? Many thanks for your support and Best wishes.

    Ohr: Understood. We will be available if needed. Just let me know.[132]
  • Bruce Ohr's fifth interview with the FBI; FD-302 dated 1/27/17.
  • 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." 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 dinner with Comey. FBI director Comey assures the President:
    "...during the salad, before the shrimp scampi I explained I don't do sneaky things. I don’t leak, I don’t do weasel moves."[133]
  • At the same time Comey was personally scrutinizing the president during meetings in the White House and phone conversations from the FBI, he had an agent inside the White House working on the Russia investigation, where he reported back to FBI headquarters about Trump and his aides.[134] Comey carved out an extraordinary new position for the agent, Anthony Ferrante,[135] who specialized in cyber crime, which allowed him to remain on reserve status at the FBI while working in the White House as a cybersecurity adviser. Ferrante left the White House around the same time Comey was fired and joined a security consulting firm, where he contracted with BuzzFeed to lead the news site’s efforts to verify the Steele dossier, in connection with a defamation lawsuit.[136]
  • Papadopoulos interviewed by FBI, which results in his eventual indictment for lying to FBI.
  • 28 January. Comey Memo 2.
  • A portion of Memo 2 summarizes a discussion between Trump and Comey concerning the “salacious” material and Trump's wondering whether “he should ask [Comey] to investigate the whole thing to prove it was a lie.” According to Memo 2, Comey replied that the decision about whether to initiate an investigation was up to Trump, but that Comey said he “wouldn't want to create a narrative that [the FBI was] investigating him, because [the FBI was] not, and [Comey] worried such a thing would be misconstrued.” (OIG Comey report, page 20)
Attorney for Deep State informant Eric Ciaramella, Mark Zaid, tweets "coup has started."
  • 30 January. Flynn cleared of being a Russian agent.[137]
  • Sally Yates fired for insubordination; replaced by Dana Boente. Boente lifts Yates order denying Inspector General oversight of the DOJ-National Security Division.
  • 31 January. Steele and Bruce Ohr exchange emails:
    Steele: B, doubtless a sad and crazy day for you-SY [Sally Yates]. Just wanted to check you are OK, still in situ and able to help locally as discussed, along with your Bureau colleagues, with our guy [Oleg V. Deripaska, a Russian oligarch with close ties to the Kremlin, has faced credible accusations of extortion, bribery and murder[138]] if the need arises? Many Thanks and Best as Always, C

    Ohr: Yes, a crazy day. I’m still here and able to help as discussed. I’ll let you know if that changes. Thanks

    Steele: Thanks. You have my sympathy and support. If you end up out though, I really need another (Bureau?) contact point/number who is briefed. We can’t allow our guy [Deripaska] to be forced to go back home. It would be disastrous all round, though his position now looks stable. A million thanks. C

    Ohr: Understood. I can certainly give you an FBI contact if it becomes necessary.

February 2017

  • February. NSC staffers Eric Ciaramella and Sean Misko (who later joined Adam Schiff's congressional staff in 2019) openly discuss removing President Trump at a White House National Security Council meeting called by National Security Advisor Michael Flynn.[139]
  • 2 February. 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 that was critical of President Trump.[140]
  • 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.
FBI/CIA spy Joseph Mifsud (left) with UK prime minister Boris Johnson (center) two weeks after George Papadopoulos' plea agreement in the Mueller investigation.[141] The enite Trump-Russia conspiracy hoax was hatched by Obama CIA director John Brennan on the false allegation that Mifsud was a Russian agent. Mifsud had been working for Brennan and Jimmy the Weasel Comey all along.[142]
  • Russian tech mogul named in the Steele dossier files defamation lawsuits against BuzzFeed in the U.S. and Christopher Steele in the U.K. over the dossier’s claims he interfered in U.S. elections.
  • 6 February. Trump blames ‘Obama people’ for leaking details of calls with foreign leaders.[144]
  • Bruce Ohr's eighth interview with the FBI; FR-302 dated 2/8/27.
  • 8 February. Joseph Mifsud in Washington as a featured speaker for the U.S State Department's Office of International Visitors Global Ties program. Anatoli Samochornov, who attended the June 9, 2016 Trump Tower meeting with Donald Trump Jr., Jared Kushner, Paul Manafort, and acted as Natalia Veselnitskaya's translator, was an officer for the Global Ties program.[145] Samochornov has translated for Barack Obama, Hillary Clinton, Joe Biden, and John Kerry.[146][147] Samochornov has also done work for the FBI when Mueller was director.[148] While in Washington Mifsud was interviewed by the FBI in relation to the Papadopoulos case. The FBI did not arrest Mifsud as a Russian spy, despite Mueller contention a few months later that he was.[149]
  • 9 February. New York Times reports fake news narrative "Flynn is Said to Have Talked to Russians About Sanctions Before Trump Took Office,"[150] based on illegal FISA surveillance.[151]
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 rapprochement 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.[152] “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.”[153][154]
  • 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".[155]
  • 13 February. Coup plotters oust Flynn, sabotage Trump's foreign policy agenda. Flynn resigns.
  • Reports say Sally Yates warned Don McGahan that Flynn was vulnerable to Russian blackmail;[156] 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.”[157]
  • 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."[158]
  • 14 February. Comey meeting with Trump in the Oval Office.[159]
  • Comey alleges the President tried to obstruct justice in the Flynn case, when in fact the Department of Justice had cleared Flynn of allegations of being "an agent of Russia" two weeks earlier, on January 31, 2017.[160]
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  • Strzok/Lisa Page texts on Flynn interview report:
Strzok - Also, is Andy [McCabe] good with F 302?
Lisa Page - Launch on f 302.
Strzok - K thank you.
  • New York Times Michael S. Schmidt, Mark Mazzetti and Matt Apuzzo reported about supposed contacts between Trump campaign staff and “senior Russian intelligence officials.” Comey later testified “In the main, [the article] was not true."
  • 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."[161]
  • Bruce Ohr's ninth interview with Pientka of the FBI; FD-302 dated 2/15/17.
  • 15 February. First Flynn 302 completed; revised May 31, 2018 after Mueller appointment.[162] Within the case against Michael Flynn, prosecutor Brandon Van Grack later filed a cover letter attempting to explain the reason for the Flynn interview on January 24, 2017, and a delay in the official filing of the interview notes (FD-302) on February 15, 2017, and then another edit on May 31, 2017.[163] What the special counsel appeared to be obfuscating was a process of deliberation within the investigative unit, headed by FBI Deputy Director Andrew McCabe, surrounding the specific wording of the 302 report on the Flynn interview. Likely how best to word the FBI notes for maximum damage.
  • In late 2018 Prosecutor Brandon Van Grack was attempting to hide the length of the small group deliberations within the FBI. It appears Van Grack did not want the court to know Andrew McCabe was involved in shaping how the Flynn-302 was written. To explain the FBI delay, Van Grack claimed the FD-302 report “inadvertently” had a header saying “DRAFT DOCUMENT/DELIBERATIVE MATERIAL.” However, there was a deliberative process in place, seemingly all about how to best position the narrative, as seen in the Feb. 14 Lisa Page and Peter Strzok text messages. The Michael Flynn FD-302 was officially entered into the record on February 15th, 2017, per the report.[164] The interview took place on January 24th, 2017. The FD-302 was drafted on January 24th, and then later edited, shaped, and ultimately approved by McCabe, on February 14th, then entered into the official record on February 15th. It was a deliberative document from the outset. Thanks to the Strzok/Page text messages we know the cover letter from the Special Counsel is misleading. The Feb 15th, 2017, date was the day after McCabe approved it. May 17th, 2017, Robert Mueller was assigned as special Counsel. Then, the FD-302 report was re-entered on May 31st, 2017, removing the header; paving the way for Mueller’s team to use the content therein. Flynn didn’t lie; but the McCabe crew jumped on the opportunity to frame a lose/lose. Either Flynn accepts a version of the 302 report where he lied; or, Flynn has to take the position that Vice President Mike Pence lied to the nation in the CBS Face The Nation interview.
  • After Andrew Weissmann and Mueller enter the picture, they need to force Flynn to admit to the construct of the 302 as presented. The second scope memo was issued by Rod Rosenstein to Robert Mueller on October 20th, 2017. The transparent intent of the second scope memo was to provide Weissmann and Mueller with ammunition and authority to investigate specific targets, for specific purposes. One of those targets was General Michael Flynn’s son, Michael Flynn Jr.[165][166] This second scope memo allowed Weissmann and Mueller to target tangentially related persons and entities bringing in Michael Cohen, Richard Gates, Roger Stone and Michael Flynn Jr. Additionally this memo established the authority to pursue “jointly undertaken activity“. The four identified targets within the original July 2016 investigation, “Operation Crossfire Hurricane”, were George Papadopoulos, Michael Flynn, Paul Manafort and Carter Page.[167] General Flynn was under investigation from the outset in mid-2016. The fraudulent FBI counterintelligence operation, established by CIA Director John Brennan, had Flynn as one of the early targets when Brennan handed the originating electronic communication “EC” to FBI Director James Comey on/around July 31st, 2016. The investigation of General Flynn never stopped throughout 2016 and led to the second investigative issue of his phone call with Russian Ambassador Kislyak.[168] In combination with the October 2017 timing, the addition of Flynn Jr to the target list relates to the ongoing 2016/2017 investigation of his father for: (1) possible conspiracy with a foreign government; (2) unregistered lobbying; (3) materially false statements and omissions on 2017 FARA documents; and (4) lying to the FBI. This October 20th, 2017, request from Weissmann and Mueller aligns with the time-frame were special counsel team lawyers Brandon L. Van Grack and Zainab N. Ahmad were prosecuting Michael Flynn and cornering him into a guilty plea. Getting Rosenstein to authorize adding Mike Flynn Jr. to the target list (scope memo #2) meant the special counsel could threaten General Flynn with the indictment of his son as a co-conspirator tied to the Turkish lobbying issue (which they did) if he doesn’t agree to a plea: “jointly undertaken activity“. Forcing a plea for ‘lying to investigators” by threatening prosecution for FARA violations was the identical strategy used against George Papadopoulos and Michael Flynn. The October 20th, 2017, expanded scope memo authorized Mueller to start demanding records, phones, electronic devices and other evidence from Mike Flynn Jr, and provided the leverage Weissmann wanted. After all, Mike Flynn Jr. had a four month old baby. The amount of twisted pressure from this corrupt team of prosecutors is sickening.[169] A month later, General Flynn was signing a plea agreement.[170]

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."
  • Bruce Ohr 302 interview of the previous day is also dated February 15, 2017.
  • Adam Waldman texts Mark Warner about Waldman's efforts to arrange immunity talks between the US government and Julian Assange; Assange is threatening to go public with what he knows about Russian hacking, the Murder of Seth Rich, and more releases on the CIA's Vault 7:
Adam Waldman - Mark, I wanted to let you know that everyone I have spoken with in USG [United States Government] about this matter, each of whom I have also been entirely transparent with about my motives in trying to assist, has assured me that they understand and even as ppriciate my efforts. Perhaps that's wrong but I wanted to pass along to you. I told Assange just as I told the USG that I would end this pro bono role if I found that the objective (safe passage to discuss w USG the past and future leaks) could not be achieved. Br, adam
  • 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”.[171] 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.
After the sacking of Flynn, the IC spokesmen no longer were making threats against a candidate or president-elect's life, they were calling for open sedition.
  • John Schindler tweets another threat against the President of the United State.[172]
  • 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."[173]
"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."[174]
  • Adam Waldman texts Mark Warner, likely on the immunity deal for Julian Assange:
"Just want to underscore my opinion and the reason I got involved – this guy is going to do something catastrophic for the dems, Obama, CIA and national security. I hope someone will consider getting him to the US to ameliorate the damage.[175]
  • Politico falsely reports that the Pentagon had no record of Flynn's December 2015 visit to Moscow,[176] when in fact Flynn asked for permission, was briefed before hand, and was debriefed upon return.[177]
  • Ezra Klein interview with Evelyn Farkas published on Vox. Farkas goes on the record with some background on her participation in the conspiracy.[178]
Prof. Mifsud visited Washington as a featured speaker at a State Department conference. While in DC Mifsud was interviewed by the FBI in the Papadopoulos case. He was not arrested as a Russian spy, despite Muller's contention months later that he was.
  • Follow up interview with Papadopoulos after the FBI interviewed Mifsud (Papadopoulos Statement of Offense item 32). Kevin Clinesmith led the questioning. No questions on Mifsud.[179]
  • 17 February. Papadopoulos deactivates Facebook account (item 33).

  • Kucinich says Intelligence Community and the owner of the Washington Post are trying to influence US foreign policy.[180]
  • 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.[181] Indivisible provides online training for the 'Resistance' movement.[182] 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.
  • 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.[183] McCain, like John Brennan, was deeply involved in weapons transfers to jihadis who formed the Islamic State.
  • Ukrainian oligarch Dmyrto Firtash arrested on fabricated charges.[184]
  • 23 February. Kathryn Ruemmler, attorney for Susan Rice and former White House Counsel to President Obama, sends letter to Sens. Gassley and Graham:
The memorandum to file drafted by Ambassador Rice memorialized an important national security discussion between President Obama and the FBI Director and the Deputy Attorney General. President Obama and his national security team were justifiably concerned about potential risks to the Nation’s security from sharing highly classified information about Russia with certain members of the Trump transition team, particularly Lt. Gen. Michael Flynn.
[…] While serving as National Security Advisor, Ambassador Rice was not briefed on the existence of any FBI investigation into allegations of collusion between Mr. Trump’s associates and Russia, and she later learned of the fact of this investigation from Director Comey’s subsequent public testimony.
The letter implicates President Obama in FBI FISA abuse coverup and the Deep State coup 1.0 as the Gen Flynn had been cleared by FBI investigator of derogatory information as an agent of Russia on January 4, 2017 and Rice's memorandum to file implicating Obama, Biden, Rice, Yates, Clapper, Brennan and Comey in the criminal conspiracy against the newly elected Trump administration.
  • Papadopoulos changes cell phone numbers (item 34)
  • 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.[185]

2018

February 2018

  • 9 February. The media reported on text messages from 2017 between Senate Intelligence Committee Vice-Chairman Mark Warner and Chris Steele’s lawyer, a lobbyist named Adam Waldman. In 2017 and 2018 Mr. Waldman represented the interests of dossier author Chris Steele and Russian Billionaire Oleg Deripaska.
  • There was some initial media discussion of the text messages, and some eyebrows raised over why the Vice-Chairman of the SSCI would make statements saying “he would rather not have a paper trail” around the Steele communication, but generally speaking the DC media dropped the story quickly.

June 2018

  • 7 June. Indictment for Senate Select Committee on Intelligence Security Director James Wolfe was unsealed.
  • Wolfe was indicted for leaking information from within the SSCI to four journalists; and lying to FBI investigators.
  • Within the indictment we discover the FBI were conducting an ongoing leak investigation throughout 2017. Within that investigation a top-secret document was transferred to the custody of SSCI Security Director James Wolfe on March 17, 2017. The details inside that document were leaked to the media.
  • The indictment describes FBI investigators informing Mr. Wolfe in October of 2017 about their investigation of national security leaks. In December of 2017 Mr. Wolfe was confronted with evidence of his leaking to journalists including a woman now working for the New York Times named Ali Watkins, with whom he was having a sexual relationship – implied as a possible quid-pro-quo.
  • Wolfe left the SSCI quietly in mid-December 2018 and resigned shortly thereafter. No-one, outside of the principle characters involved, knows about the investigation until six months later, June 2018, when the indictment is made public. [Keep this in mind]
  • The June 2018 media coverage of the Wolfe indictment primarily focused on the affair with Ms. Watkins and Wolfe’s lying to investigators.
  • 8 June. Mark Warner texts were made public, on June 8th, 2018, another headline story surfaced. No-one drew a connection between the February ’18 publicity of SSCI Vice-Chairman Warner’s text messages and the June ’18 release of the FBI investigation of Wolfe from inside the SSCI the prior year (2017).

July 2018

  • 21 July. The DOJ/FBI declassified and publicly released the FISA application(s) used against former Trump campaign advisor Carter Page.[186]

The release was connected to a FOIA case filed by the New York Times the year prior [NOTE THIS]. There has never been a good explanation why the application was declassified and released. Despite the pre-existing NYT FOIA case, it never made sense why the DOJ/FBI did not attempt to deny the FOIA request. The request was a FOIA for FISA information, the highest security classification possible. It would have been very easy to deny the FOIA simply because the NYT was seeking classified documents. A no brainer for shielding any release. FISA is classified “Top-Secret”.

So, given the nature of the FISA application itself; and considering the DOJ had denied a similar request from congress; why did the DOJ/FBI suddenly decide it was okay to release the FISA application to the public?

[Short Answer (ah-ha moment): The DOJ/FBI knew the New York Times already had it.]

The media discussion of the FISA application release was very heavy. The story consumed a great deal of air time, print coverage and debate from the release on July 21st, 2018, all the way through to the Inspector General Horowitz report of December 2019, and that coverage continues through today. However, just like the Warner Texts; and just like the Wolfe indictment; no-one bothered to go back and connect the three component stories.

♦ Within the Wolfe indictment you’ll notice the “Top Secret” document picked-up by SSCI Director James Wolfe took place on March 17th, 2017:


♦ Within the Mark Warner text messages you’ll note the SSCI Vice-Chairman went into the SSCI Secured Compartmented Information Facility (SCIF) on March 17th, 2017, shortly after 4:00pm:

♦ Within the declassified and released FISA application you’ll notice the copy date from the FISA clerk for the FISA application was March 17th, 2017:


The information within the three events (Warner Text release, Wolfe Indictment release, and Carter Page FISA release) shows the connection of the events. James Wolfe took custody of the Carter Page FISA, delivered it to the SCIF, it was reviewed by SSCI Vice-Chair Mark Warner, and then leaked by James Wolfe.


It was the Carter Page FISA application that James Wolfe leaked to Ali Watkins as outlined within the unsealed June 2018 indictment.

Sidebar, a fourth albeit buried public release in December 14th 2018 confirmed everything. The FBI filed a sentencing recommendation proving it was the Carter Page FISA that was leaked:


I only share the sidebar (out of chronological sequence) to emphasize there is no doubt it was the FISA application that James Wolfe leaked. (Don’t get hung up here).

This explains (slightly, but there’s a much bigger story) why the DOJ/FBI released the FISA application in July 2018, as the result of a New York Times FOIA request.

The investigators within the DOJ/FBI knew the New York Times already had the FISA application from the James Wolfe leak to journalist Ali Watkins.

It’s going to get complex and I’m likely to lose all except the most dedicated readers who can understand what comes next…..

Keep in mind when the FISA court released the application copy to Wolfe on March 17th, 2017, there was only the original application from October 21st, 2016, and one renewal from January that existed. [The release was March 17th, 2017 – the April and June 2017 renewals had not taken place.]

Additionally, within the July 2018 public release (of the March 17th 2017 copy), the FBI investigators redacted all dates relating to the copy they released to Wolfe. AND, in all subsequent releases of any information from the FBI -through the declassification process- (including the initial version of the IG report on FISA) those dates were always redacted.

There has purposefully never been a clean copy release of the original FISA application and the three renewals. Therefore there has never been a clean copy release without date redactions – which includes the FISC copy dated March 17th.

When the DOJ/FBI released their July 2018 FOIA compliant set of FISA application(s) they didn’t just print a new copy, instead they re-released the Wolfe version and then added the last two renewals.

RECAP Chronology: February 2018 release of Warner Texts. June 2018 unsealed Wolfe Indictment. July 2018 release FISA application. All three of these releases are connected to one much larger story.

Knowing that James Wolfe was caught by the FBI and DOJ leaking the FISA application, why wasn’t the SSCI Security Director ever charged with leaking classified information?

Here’s where the poop hits the fan.

Here’s the cover-up.

Here’s where another event comes in.

Keep in mind SSCI Vice-Chairman Senator Mark Warner was the impetus for the FISA Court releasing the March 17th copy; also keep in mind the purpose of the text messages between Senator Warner and Chris Steele’s lawyer Adam Waldman.

During his initial summer and fall negotiations with the DOJ, James Wolfe threatened to subpoena the SSCI in his defense. The implication was that Wolfe was directed to leak the FISA by members of the committee; and/or Wolfe was operating independently but under the assumption of alignment with SSCI members who were not adverse to Wolfe’s leak.

The investigation of Wolfe (October through December 2017) explains how and why the Warner text messages surfaced in Feb 2018. It’s highly likely Warner’s communication with Waldman was intercepted by FBI investigators who then questioned the Vice-Chairman about those texts. Or it’s possible/probable the FBI investigators asked Warner if he was aware of Wolfe’s leaks.

That investigative scenario prompted Senator Warner to attempt to get out in front of the story about his secret and covert communication efforts to contact and meet with Christopher Steele. Thus in February 2018 the Warner texts hit the media. The texts go from February 2017 though May 2017 [SEE HERE] and encompass the exact period when Wolfe leaked the FISA application – March 2017 (with April discussion).

As the Wolfe defense team discussions with the DOJ played out throughout the fall of 2018, there was little movement. Then came another event, the November 2018 mid-term election where Democrats took control over the House.

Meanwhile, in the lame-duck congressional period Senators on the SSCI asked the DOJ to go easy on Wolfe:


Immediately after the 2018 mid-terms DC Attorney Jessie Liu dropped most of the charges against Wolfe, and he was allowed -under a plea agreement- to plead guilty to only one count of lying to investigators.

December 11th, DOJ sentencing memo [HERE], and then a very pissed-off FBI follow-up within the DOJ response to the Defense sentencing memo [HERE] dated December 14th.

In essence, after the November election, SSCI Director Wolfe was allowed to avoid prosecution for leaking top-secret classified documents; and the bigger issue was covered-up.

DAG Rod Rosenstein was in charge; the Mueller investigation was ongoing; and DC U.S. Attorney Jessie Liu signed-off on the plea deal.


OPPORTUNITY – Ms. Jessie Liu is scheduled for her confirmation hearing on Thursday at 10:00am. Ms. Liu will be under oath. If any Senator on that committee is brave enough, they would ask:

♦ Did the DOJ or FBI have evidence that SSCI Security Director James Wolfe leaked the Carter Page FISA application to the media? We know the honest answer is yes.

The next follow up:

♦ Why was James Wolfe not prosecuted for that leak of classified information? And then things would get really interesting… Consider the ramifications.

An honest answer would prove the media lied for 18 months about the content of the FISA application. They’ve had it since March 2017. That’s how the New York Times knew to FOIA it. That’s why the New York Times filed the FOIA, to use it more openly.

An honest answer would prove the Senate Select Committee on Intelligence (SSCI) was a participating entity in the coup effort.

An honest answer would explain why the SSCI would only approve of nominees who would not expose their activity. Remember, the CIA, FBI, DOJ, ODNI, DNI, etc. all require confirmation from the SSCI (including Chair and Vice-Chair); and the answer would highlight SSCI members were engaged in a seditious conspiracy against the office of the presidency.

An honest answer would explain how Vice-Chairman Mark Warner’s text messages surfaced. Mark Warner entered the dragnet of the FBI investigation of James Wolfe…. and he was questioned by the FBI about his text messages. THAT is why Warner got out in front of them.

An honest answer would also explain why former DOJ-NSD lawyer Michael Atkinson was recommended to become Intelligence Community Inspector General…. And why the SSCI approved. An honest answer would explain why ICIG Atkinson participated in the second soft-coup effort via the “whistle-blower.”

An honest answer would explain the unique nature of all the interests in/around Adam Schiff, Mark Warner, the House intel committee, the SSCI, the DOJ-NSD… Almost everything reconciles within the sunlight of an honest answer.

An honest answer would highlight several members of the 2016 U.S intel community oversight known as the “gang of eight” were participating in a covert effort against candidate Trump; and how some of the current Go8 members have legal exposure.

The ramifications are far reaching:

Who was Deputy AG Rod Rosenstein and DC Attorney Jessie Liu protecting? What institutional interests did Rod Rosenstein and Jessie Liu consider too stunning, too damaging, too overwhelming, to confront in their decision to allow such a weak plea contrast against such severe criminal conduct? It is even possible for the United States Dept. of Justice to conduct a trial where members of the Gang of Eight were implicated in the activity? How could the institutions of the United States government survive the publicity of members within the Senate Select Committee on Intelligence conspiring with foreign and domestic actors to eliminate the President of the United States? How could the highest and most widely recognized U.S. media institutions (NYT, WaPo, CNN and more) survive exposure within that same trial. The media caught participating in a government effort (receiving leaked classified information) intended to eliminate the presidency of Donald John Trump? The downstream consequences are quite dramatic. The answer to those questions could create an explosion strong enough to split the atom within the swamp.


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…”Ms. Liu, did the DOJ have evidence that SSCI Security Director James Wolfe leaked the FISA application used against U.S. Person Carter Page?”…

2019

May 2019

  • 13 May. John H. Durham, United States Attorney for the District of Connecticut, appointed by Attorney General William Barr "to conduct a comprehensive investigation of counterintelligence decisions made by the Federal Bureau of Investigation (FBI) and the Department of Justice (DOJ) in the context of the 2016 presidential election."[187]

October 2019

  • 10 October. The Federalist: Anti-Trump alleged "whistleblower" attorney threatened to use his clients’ intelligence capabilities to dox a random Twitter user who irritated him.[188]

November 2019

  • 22 November. The Washington Post Helps Identify FBI Lawyer Who Altered FISA Docs[189]
  • 24 November. Liars Club – Fusion GPS Glenn Simpson Claims He was Tricked by Russian Operative Natalia Veselnitskaya.[190]
  • 28 November. CTH: Did U.S. Attorney John Durham Interview Patrick Byrne? – If So, How Does DOJ/FBI Reconcile Running Russian Operative Into Trump Campaign in 2015?[191]

December 2019

  • 6 December. Joe diGenova: What To Expect From The Horowitz IG Report.[192]
  • 8 December. Jeff Carlson: An Examination of the Irregularities in the FBI’s FISA Application on Carter Page.[193]
  • 20 December. Jeff Carlson: Top FISA Court Judge Condemns FBI for Providing ‘False Information’ to Court, Demands Prompt Government Response.[194]
  • 21 December: CTH: Did Mueller Place Special Counsel CYA in Report Footnote? – Proactive Distancing from Known Clinesmith Wrongdoing.[195]
  • 27 December. Dirty Spooks Concerned About Barr and Durham.[196]
  • 28 December. CIA Director Gina Haspel Is Feeling the Heat as John Durham’s Investigation Focuses on CIA Misconduct.[197]

2020

January 2020

  • 3 Times The IG Report Suggests Spygate Is Worse Than We Thought.[198]
  • ‘Strong Paper Trail’ Leads Durham Investigators to January through May 2017 Time Frame.[199]
  • Comey under investigation for leaking Soros-Wasserman Schultz emails obtained by Dutch intelligence.[200]
  • Grassley Letter Asks Whether Taxpayers Paid Russian Agent To Help Start The Collusion Hoax.[201]
  • ‘SHADY as Hell’: Matt Wolking’s must-read thread exposes HUGE scandal at heart of #Spygate involving DOD and Stefan Halper.[202]
  • Sen. Grassley Demands Answers From Pentagon On FBI Spy Stefan Halper’s Questionable Defense Contracts.[203]
  • Sen. Chuck Grassley expanded his investigation into the DOD's Office of Net Assessment.[204]
  • DOJ Admits Two FISA Applications Lacked Cause – FISA Court Requests Information on Consequences: What Other Prosecutions Relied on the Invalid Warrants?[205]
  • DOJ Determines 2 FISA Spy Warrants on Trump Campaign Adviser Were “Not Valid”.[206]
  • Spy Court Admits FISA Warrants Against Carter Page Were ‘Not Valid’.[207]
  • FBI Must “Sequester All” Information Related to Fraudulent Carter Page FISA Warrant Indicating Related Indictments May Be Voided.[208]
  • DOJ/FBI Quietly Request Deadline Extension from FISA Court – Deadline Moved to February 5th.[209]
  • Ukrainian Official Who Attended Jan 2016 White House Meeting on Biden/Burisma Blows Up Schiff’s Narrative.[210]
  • Laura Ingraham shows emails tying alleged Ukraine whistleblower to Obama White House meeting on Burisma.[211]
  • Johnson, Grassley Call for AG Barr to Declassify Four Significant Footnotes in DOJ OIG Report About Crossfire Hurricane Investigation.[212]
  • UK MI6 dumps Steele in plan to mend fences with Trump White House.[213]
  • The night before the Senate impeachment trial began investigative reporter John Solomon’s car parked near the White House broken into and laptop containing notes on his Ukraine investigation and Joe Biden stolen.[215]
  • Secret Service and DC Metropolitan Police are investigating the theft which occurred in a high security area across from the Eisenhower Executive Office Building just outside the White House perimeter. The location had no security cameras, and there is no known video surveillance footage that can be reviewed. Authorities described it as one of the few “dark spots” in the area.
  • No windows were broken, and there were no other signs of forced entry. Authorities suspect the thief or thieves used an electronic jamming device to open the car door lock. The break-in appears to be a professional job.
  • House impeachment manager Adam Schiff cited Solomon no fewer than 35 times in his impeachment report. He added Solomon’s phone call history in a spreadsheet he compiled in the footnotes section of the report, which claimed Solomon reported “conspiracy theories” in The Hill to help President Trump “push false narratives” about Ukrainian interference in the 2016 election in favor of Hillary Clinton, as well as Biden’s attempts as vice president beginning late 2015 to fire a Ukrainian prosecutor investigating a gas industry oligarch whose company paid his son millions of dollars.
  • Solomon is reported to say that Schiff was singling him out as part of a smear campaign.

February 2020

  • CTH: FBI Corruption is Far Worse Than We Currently Imagine – President Trump Authorized His Own Surveillance.[216]
  • The original FISA application was October 21st, 2016. The first FISA renewal was January 12, 2017 (84 days from origination) and prior to the inauguration of President Trump. The second renewal was April 7, 2017 (85 days from prior renewal). The third renewal was on June 29th, 2017 (83 days from prior renewal).
  • review of the internal FBI & DOJ scheme to obtain the fraudulent April warrant shows FBI Director James Comey couldn’t get the renewal unless he convinced Main Justice to trick the President into issuing an executive order to grant surveillance on himself.


  • Sen. Johnson letter to Barr and Wray about govt. spying on journalist Attkisson.[217]
  • Senators: IG FISA Abuse Report Misled Public About Crossfire Hurricane.[218]
  • Judge Overseeing Michael Flynn’s Sentencing Just Dropped A Major Bombshell.[219]
  • DOJ Sought Continuance Of Flynn Case To ‘Vindicate’ Public Reputation Of His Former Legal Team.[220]
  • Mueller Prosecutor Departs DC Team After Setting Sentencing Trap in Roger Stone Case.[221]
  • top DOJ officials were stunned by the 7 to 9 year prison sentence recommendation; and that DC prosecutors were rogue in this decision and had not informed DOJ leadership.
  • DOJ informed the court “they would clarify its position later today with the court after calling the 7-9 year sentencing recommendation for lying and obstructing congress “extreme, excessive and grossly disproportionate to Stone’s offenses.”
  • Hours later Aaron Zelinsky, who worked as a prosecutor for Team Mueller, “resigned effective immediately… as a Special Assistant US Attorney for the District of Columbia,” according to a filing in the Roger Stone case.
  • Roger Stone jury foreperson’s anti-Trump social media posts surface, other jurors scrutinized.[222]
  • Mueller ‘pitbull’ Weissmann appears to let slip they were trying to oust Trump by setting a perjury trap.[223]
  • Lou Dobbs Reveals Stunning Information about U.S. Attorney Jessie Liu Connected to Wolfe Case Cover-up.[224]
  • Trump Withdraws Nomination of Jessie Liu.[225]
  • Jessie K Liu Senate Confirmation Hearing.[226]
  • Prosecutors Dodge Michael Flynn’s Best Arguments, Attempt To Hide Evidence.[227]
  • Twitter Takes Away ALL OF PEOPLE the Wife of General Flynn WAS FOLLOWING After She Defends Her Husband.[228]
  • The Vindman Caper: Lee Zeldin and Victor Davis Hanson Nail the Obama-Fomented Subterfuge in the National Security Council.[229]
  • House Schedules Backroom FISA Reauthorization Hearing Without Sunlight, While FISA Court and DOJ Delay.[230]
  • CTH: Why is The New York Times Outing Lower Level FBI Spygate Operatives? Case Agent 1: Stephen M. Somma.[231]
  • John Solomon: Ex-FBI unit chief blows whistle on Comey, McCabe over warrantless spying.[232]
  • British University Deserves More Scrutiny Over Stefan Halper Ties, Says Researcher Who Knows FBI Informant.[233]

March 2020

  • FISA Court Reprimands FBI, But Makes a Notable Error Itself.[234]
  • Federal Judge Questions AG Bill Barr Credibility, Orders Review of Unredacted Mueller Report.[235]
  • Dan Bongino Explains the Relevance and Implications of Newly Declassified FBI 302 in Russia Hoax.[236]
  • DOJ Political Surveillance – From the IRS in 2011 to the FISA Court in 2016.[237]
  • FISA Deal – House Rules Committee Releases Text of FISA Agreement.[238]
  • DOJ Inspector General Identifies 93 Percent Non-Compliance Within FISA Review – Issues So Bad IG Presents Interim Report Before Reviewing Details.[239]

April 2020

  • Flynn lawyer says client was prepared to 'audit' Obama spy officials before getting 'set up'.[240]
  • Durham investigation intensifies focus on John Brennan.[241]
  • FISA Court Requires DOJ/FBI To Provide Names of Targets Within Corrupt Surveillance Applications.[242]
  • Exculpatory Papadopoulos Transcript – FBI Surveillance Wire – Declassified and Released.[243]
  • FBI failed to review Steele's ties to Russians, warned some of dossier was Moscow disinformation.[244]
  • Jeff Carlson: Declassification Raises Further Questions About Timing of Obama Data Sharing Order.[245]
  • Margot Cleveland: 7 Devastating Revelations About Crossfire Hurricane In New Releases.[246]
  • Brennan Buried Evidence That Putin Actually Favored Hillary In 2016.[247]
  • Sean Davis: Newly Filed Court Documents Include Exculpatory Evidence For Michael Flynn.[248]
  • Flynn Defense Files Supplement For Motion to Dismiss – New Evidence of Mueller Blackmail Using Threat Against Flynn Jr.[249][250][251]
  • Brennan Nixed Intel Showing Kremlin Favored Hillary Clinton in 2016 Election.[252]

May 2020

  • Crowdstrike admits ‘no evidence’ Russia stole emails from DNC server.[253]
  • Hoft: Judge Sullivan’s Appointed ‘Stand-in’ Judge Gleeson Represented Crooked Sally Yates and Worked with Mueller’s Pitbull Andrew Weissmann.[254]
  • Andrew McCarthy: Unmasking? The Real Story Is When Flynn Was Not Masked in the First Place.[255]
  • Treasury Department whistleblower claims that the Obama Administration regularly spied on General Flynn, Paul Manafort and the Trump family.[256]
  • How Russiagate Began With Obama’s Iran Deal Domestic Spying Campaign.[257]
  • AG Barr Appoints West Texas U.S. Attorney to Support Durham Investigation – Review Unmasking Before and After 2016 Election.[258]
  • Dana Boente removed.[259]

June 2020

July 2020

August 2020

Marxist subversive Kevin Clinesmith declared his loyalty to the Resistance early and texted during the Mueller probe, "I have initiated destruction of the Republic."[265]
  • U.S. intel won't answer whether agencies spy on Congress.[266]
  • Graham Releases FBI Talking Points for SSCI Briefing February 14, 2018 – Graham Positioned to Defend SSCI.[267]
  • FBI False Dossier Talking Points Feb 14, 2018, to SSCI – Same Day As Andrew McCabe SSCI Testimony/[268]
  • Sara Carter: Declassified Document Indicates FBI Misled Congress on Reliability of Steele Dossier.[269]
  • Steven Schrage - The Man Who Introduced Spy Stefan Halper to Carter Page Holds First Interview.[270]
  • Schrage fingers Halper.[271]
  • Matt Tiabbi: The Spies Who Hijacked America.[272]
  • Jason A. Jones Named FBI General Counsel.[273]
  • Bill Priestap, the FBI's former head of counterintelligence, referred for criminal investigation for giving misleading information to the Senate Intelligence Committee.[274]
  • Clinesmith indicted.[275]
  • Reddit Shuts Down Bill Binney While He Provides Evidence Refuting the Russia Collusion Sham.[276]

September 2020

  • Mifsud 302s released.[277]
  • CTH: Brennan Transmits His Durham Briefing to the Crew.[278]
  • CTH: Clinton Emails and FBI Activity Back in News as NY FBI Agent Talks – Fills-in CTH Background Research.[279]
  • Red State: Remember the Strzok-Page “Insurance Policy” Exchange – FBI Special Agent Barnett Exposes the Hole Card.[280]
  • the new information from Special Agent Barnett strongly suggests the “Insurance Policy” was none other than General Michael Flynn himself.  :*Four “sub-investigations” were opened by the Crossfire Hurricane team under the “umbrella” of the Crossfire Hurricane investigation. The sub-investigations of Carter Page, George Papadopolous, and Paul Manafort were opened on August 10, 2016, according to the “Four FISA” report of the Inspector General, at page 59. The IG report also establishes that the fourth sub-investigation of General Flynn was opened six days after the others — on August 16, 2016, the day after the meeting in Andy McCabe’s office. Agent Barnett’s 302 says he was the Case Agent for both the Manafort investigation and the Flynn investigation. But then he also says the following:
  • From September 2016 to November 2016, Barnett advised that very little was being done on the Razor investigation.
  • Lisa Page’s comments to Rachel Maddow, the “insurance policy” was needed in case candidate Trump won the election and some member of his campaign associated with Russia would then have access to classified information. It seems pretty clear that the reference about an “insurance policy” is a reference to having something to do with a person in the campaign who might go into the Administration if Trump won. A decision to open a new investigation was made earlier that day in the meeting with McCabe, the next morning Crossfire Razor was opened with Gen. Flynn as the target.
  • Barrett had to ask [Analyst 1] for files concerning the Razor investigation. Barnett found the Razor investigation to be unclear and disorganized. Barnett thought the predicate for the Razor investigation was “not great.” Barnett was not clear on what the persons opening the case wanted “to look for or at.” The Razor investigation continued to remain in a holding pattern through late 2016, with no one making a specific request for him to close the investigation and no one pushing for further investigative activity to be conducted.
  • And right there is the lie being told by the partisans who want to say the interview of Gen. Flynn on January 24, 2017, was “material” to an ongoing investigation. There was never an investigation of General Flynn. There was a file opened. But nothing was ever done according to Agent Barnett. And nothing would have ever been done if Donald Trump had not won the election — according to Page and Strzok.
  • The opening of an investigation of General Flynn — “Crossfire Razor” — was the “insurance policy” in the event Donald Trump was elected. Page, Papadolopous, and Manafort were not going to be in the Trump Administration — all had left the campaign by the fall of 2016, so they would not have access to classified information or otherwise be helpful to the Russians. But Comey, McCabe, Strzok, and Page knew Flynn would be in the Administration. Having Crossfire Razor open BEFORE the election meant the FBI could continue investigating the Trump Administration after candidate Trump became President-Elect Trump, and then after the inauguration as well, without having to say they only opened the investigation after Trump’s victory.
  • Barnett said there wasn’t much “predicate” to support the investigation of General Flynn, yet on August 15, 2016, Lisa Page and Peter Strzok have already concluded that General Flynn has connections to Russia and Putin that meant he should not have access to classified information. It is a violation of FBI policy to open a counterintelligence case file on a US Person with no present intention to conduct a counterintelligence investigation of the US Person. It might even be a crime. And yet that is exactly what Special Agent Barnett says FBI Deputy Assistant Director for Counterintelligence Peter Strzok did with regard to General Michael Flynn, decorated U.S. war hero. He opened a counterintelligence case file on General Flynn, then put it in his “back pocket” just in case it turned out that he needed to have such a file open later on — depending on who won the election.
  • OIG release: Notification of Concerns Identified in the Federal Bureau of Investigation’s Contract Administration of a Certain Classified National Security Program.[281]

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See also

References

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