James Wolfe indictment

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The James Wolfe indictment (United States v. James Wolfe), released June 8, 2018 contained details on how the Senate Select Committee on intelligence (SSCI) received a copy of the Carter Page FISA application on March 17, 2017.[1] Wolfe was not charged with leaking “classified information,” yet the indictment lays out specific details describing the “top secret” document that was leaked.

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The specific items on page #6, lines 17 through 20 have no bearing on what Wolfe was actually charged with - lying to the FBI. A month later, on July 21 the redacted FISA Title-1 application used against U.S. person Carter Page was released.[2] On page #54, 63, 65, 66, and 83 of the FISA application – the FISC Clerk copy stamp appears, drawing attention to the date of distribution, March 17, 2017. No other date appears in the 412 page document, other than the date of release, March 17, 2017 and the date of the FISA court's original issuance, October 21, 2016. All other dates are redacted.

In February 2018 text messages between Senate Intelligence Committee Vice-Chairman Mark Warner, and a lobbyist/lawyer named Adam Waldman were released.[3] The resulting sunlight showed Senator Warner seeking Waldman's assistance in setting up a private meeting/interview with Trump dossier author Christopher Steele.

On page #5 of the Warner text messages, we see the date March 17, 2017 again. The same date the Senate received the FISA application. This time we see that Warner was going into the Senate “skif” (Sensitive Compartmented Information Facility or SCIF) shortly after 4:00pm, presumably to review the Carter Page FISA application.

From the three documents taken together, the James Wolfe indictment, the Warner/Waldman text messages, and the Carter Page FISA application, it becomes clear that two months after President Trump took office and two months before Robert Mueller's appointment, the Senate Intelligence Committee and the Washington media establishment knew the Russia collusion narrative was false and the Obama Justice Department and FBI acted improperly.

Wolfe's defense

In July 2018 the Wall Street Journal reported that attorneys for Wolfe sent letters to all 15 senators on the Senate Select Committee on Intelligence, notifying them that their testimony may be sought as part of Wolfe's defense.[4]

Wolfe, who faced the lesser charge of lying to the FBI rather than the more serious charge of leaking classified national security information, apparently told the FBI he was acting on the instructions of his superiors when he leaked the Carter Page FISA application to reporter Ali Watkins in March 2017.

Sen. Warner likely instructed Wolfe to leak the content of the classified FISA application to Wolfe's media sources.

Significance

The first issue deals with funding the dossier. Democrats argue Hillary Clinton's fingerprints are in footnotes, and the FISA court was not hoaxed. Either way, it means the Senate Intel Committee and media outlets that gained access to the FISA application two months after President Trump was inaugurated knew it was Clinton's paid opposition research, and not the product of an FBI counterintelligence investigation.

The second and equally, if not more damning fact, was the lie the Obama Justice Department willfully told the FISA court about Carter Page. It was an outrageous betrayal of trust, and abuse of Carter Page's civil and constitutional rights.

Carter Page was a paid FBI informant before he volunteered for the Trump campaign. Russian intelligence had approached Page in 2013. Page reported the approach to the FBI and agreed to work with the FBI, wearing a wire, to apprehend Russian intelligence officers.

The initial 2013 approach was used in the FISA application to allege that Page was an "agent of a foreign power,"[5] the application left out the fact that Page had been vetted for his loyalties as a paid FBI informant, and the fact that he was thanked publicly for helping to secure a conviction of a Russian spy while his identity was kept secret.

Page was shamefully betrayed when his name was leaked, with an outrageous accusation that he was a Russian spy. Between 2013 and 2015 Page gathered the evidence that jailed a Russian spy, and against two others who fled the country to avoid arrest.

These facts were withheld from the FISA court, but were known to the Senate Intel Committee, and leaked to BuzzFeed, the Washington Post, the New York Times and other mainstream media. They all went forward with a fake news Russia collusion narrative to undermine the Trump presidency, and to hide wrongdoing in the Obama Justice Department and FBI[6] - to hide the fact that the Obama Justice Department and FBI actively worked to elect Hillary Clinton as President, and destroy to candidacy of Donald Trump.

Other reading

  • Putin 'niece' has a name, by Ali Watkins, November 9, 2017. Fake news published in Politico written by Wolfe's girlfriend, Ali Watkins. The article purports to give a name to a woman who was part of Brennan and Comey's entrapment operation against Trump volunteers. The name was leaked to Watkins by Wolfe.

See also

References

  1. James Wolfe Indictment, June 8, 2018.
  2. Carter Page FISA application - original and three renewals. Heavily redacted.
  3. Mark Warner - Adam Waldman text messages.
  4. https://www.wsj.com/articles/former-intelligence-committee-aides-lawyers-want-testimony-from-senators-1532692801?mod=e2tw
  5. The FISA warrant approved against Page granted the FBI authority to seek out and surveil Page's entire network of contacts under the "two hop rule," the entire Trump campaign.
  6. The Mueller probe was never intended to investigate Russia collusion, it was designed to thwart subpoenas from Republican House investigators into Obama DOJ and FBI abuse of power.