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Revision as of 23:48, 28 May 2018

The Trump transition lasted between November 9, 2016 and January 20, 2017.

Jeff Carlson noted,
For only the second time in our nation’s history a standing political party attempted to block the peaceful transition of power following an election.

The first being President Lincoln's 1860 election – leading into Civil War on April 12, 1861.[1]

Collusion hoax

The information the FBI collected, and the material Christopher Steele and FusionGPS manufactured, were used to create the fake news Trump-Russia conspiracy theory, and to manipulate the FISA court into granting a FISA warrant - what Peter Strzok called “the insurance policy” against Trump's election. When James Comey reopened the Clinton investigation ten days before the election in October 2016, and Hillary's lead in the polls started to drop, the "insurance policy" became operational: officially sanctioned leaks alleging collusion between Trump and Russia were rampant.[2]

When James Comey asked for a private meeting with Trump on January 6, 2017 to present Trump with Hillary Clinton's fictionalized opposition research as a supposed US intelligence product, Comey briefed Trump only on the sexual allegations and not a word about Carter Page, Michael Flynn, Paul Manafort, and Michael Cohen being targeted under the FISA Act. According to Comey, he acted on the instructions of John Brennan and James Clapper.[3] Clapper dutifully leaked the fact that Trump had been briefed on allegations that he consorted with prostitutes in a Moscow hotel in 2013 in an unsavory way to Jake Tapper of CNN.[4] CNN reported the made-up news from the supposed "intelligence report" and linked to the opposition research report on BuzzFeed, claiming it was some sort of official document in the hands of the US intelligence community that the Obama administration was acting on.

Shattered

Many Clinton supporters likened Hillary's loss, and Donald Trump's victory, to Edward Munch's The Scream.

According to Hillary Clinton, as millions of misogynist white women went to the polls on election day, Peter Strzok and Lisa Page wete following the election returns: Strzok - "f*****g terrifying." Lisa Page - “OMG THIS IS F****** TERRIFYING.”

  • Susan Rice's interest in unmasking NSA materials accelerates.
  • 9 November. As election returns flow in during the wee hours,
    Lisa Page - CNN projecting FL for Trump.
    Strzok - Damn
    Lisa Page - And there it is.
    Lisa Page - Analogous to the public editor article Bill [Priestap] handed out. n\nNews Media Yet Again Misreads America\u2019 Complex Pulse http://nyti.ms/2eCqXVM
    Strzok - Too hard to explain here. Election related. Which is also godawful bad. n\nSure
    Lisa Page - Are you even going to give out your calenders? Seems kind of depressing. Maybe it should just be the first meeting of the secret society.
    Lisa Page - And Christ, we should just hit those thumb drives now. Their opinion is totally irrelevant.
    Strzok - No. And yes.
    Lisa Page - I'll mention to Andy [McCabe].
    Strzok - Omg I am so depressed
    Lisa Page - Yes, maybe. I need to see what [redact] wants to do first.
  • 10 November. Facebook CEO & founder Mark Zuckerberg calls Clinton campaign & Deep State theory that Russian fake news influenced the U.S. presidential election "a pretty crazy idea."[5][6]
Michael Moore, a voracious producer and consumer of Leftist junk media, was duped by Putin's cybertrolls into leading an anti-Trump rally at Trump Tower.
  • 12 November. Michael Moore attends Russian organized BlackMattersUS march in front of Trump Tower.[7]
  • 17 November. Strzok texts Lisa Page "Sessions for AG," along with a profanity. Page replies, "Good god."
  • Congress renews calls for perjury charges against ODNI boss James Clapper.[8]
  • 22 November. Hillary's "computer scientists" urge election recount.[9]
  • 4 December. New Zealand Prime Minister resigns after getting caught giving $13.7 million in taxpayer money to the Clinton Foundation.[10]

Trump warned

November 17 NSA Director Mike Rogers made an unannounced trip to Trump Tower to meet with President-elect Trump without notifying Clapper or the White House.[11] Rogers warned Trump of the Obama administration's illegal spying on Trump and the transition team. Trump immediately moved his transition headquarters to Trump National Golf Club in Bedminster, New Jersey the same day to interview candidates for the most sensitive positions to fill, Defense, State, CIA, and ODNI.[12] Two days later the Washington Post reported Defense Secretary Ashton Carter and DNI James Clapper recommended to the White House that Dir. Rogers should be fired. Rogers meeting with Trump "caused consternation at senior levels of the administration, according to officials."[13]


Sometime around Thanksgiving, Glenn Simpson of FusionGPS and Assistant Attn. Gen. Bruce Ohr met while President-elect Trump was selecting his cabinet. They discussed the Clinton campaign's Steele dossier, the Russia meddling investigation, and what Simpson considered the distressing development of Trump’s victory. Ohr's wife, Nellie Ohr worked for both FusionGPS and CIA. Nellie Ohr represented the CIA's "Open Source Works" group in a 2010 "expert working group report on international organized crime" along with Bruce Ohr and Glenn Simpson. Open Source Works, the CIA’s in-house open source analysis component, is devoted to intelligence analysis of unclassified, open source information. The directive that established Open Source Works is classified, as is the charter of the organization. CIA says the existence of any such records is a classified fact.

Meantime Hillary's "computer scientists" encouraged her to sponsor a recount.

KGB agent Jill Stein[14] accepted $2 million from Clinton donors to overturn the election of Trump[15] - more than she spent on her entire 2016 Presidential campaign.

IC threatens Trump

By "walking back" negative statements Trump made about the IC, in particular the CIA, and "going along" with congressional investigations into Russian collusion which ultimately would end in a whitewash, Trump could gain cooperation in deal making for career civil service employees and appointments. If not, hearing Trump's promise to drain the swamp, the Intelligence Community is "going to war."

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

Brennan. Brennan managed Obama's 'kill list' and created a false narrative of 'warrantless wiretaps' to mask information coming to him from the CIA's torture program, which he oversaw. When investigated, he hacked into the investigators' computers. The Guardian says over 1100 were killed targeting 41 individuals on the kill list.[16] He also oversaw stomping out negative press reporting of the Obama administration by harassing journalists. Brennan authored a fake memo which was widely circulated with unmasked names in the closing days of the Obama administration alleging President-elect Trump was a KGB agent and Putin-stooge. Leftist violence and attacks on Trump supporters were widespread. On Jan. 12 a Tweet came from an IC insider, "Their taking traitor Trump out now."

On December 10 IC goon John Schindler issued a series of threats and ultimatums in open source medium (SOCMINT or Social Media Intelligence, part of a 5th "domain of war") after the FBI established that DNC emails published by Wikileaks originated with Seth Rich, and not Russian hackers. Schindler maintains the official talking points of "for years" "the Kremlin is behind Wikileaks," the quick way to deny the veracity of anything, including future leaks.[17]

*ATTN @realDonaldTrump: going to war with the IC is a truly colossally stupid thing to do, per this tweetstorm [ link to CNN article[18] ] /1 5:47 AM - 10 Dec 2016
*I've been telling you for years—esp last few months—that the Kremlin is behind Wikileaks. Now the IC is saying so openly. Big deal. /2 5:48 AM - 10 Dec 2016
*IC has hard proof at TS+ level that Moscow used Wikileaks to hurt Hillary and help Trump in 2016. These are facts that will not go away.
[Ed. note: IC = Intelligence Community. TS+ = Top-Secret Plus.] /3 5:49 AM - 10 Dec 2016
*The investigation demanded by Congress will reveal what we already know—that Putin wanted US political chaos & if possible a Trump win /4 5:50 AM - 10 Dec 2016
*Team Trump now has to decide to go along with the investigation of Russian interference or fight it; seems they have chosen the latter. /5 5:50 AM - 10 Dec 2016
*Publicly attacking the IC as Trump has just done will end very badly for Don. Remember what happened when Hillary attacked the spooks? /5 5:51 AM - 10 Dec 2016
*Have you really forgotten about #EmailGate already, @realDonaldTrump? Mocking the IC in public will result in big things you won't like. /6 5:52 AM - 10 Dec 2016
*The IC dislikes you intensely and they hate Flynn. The spooks have much more on you than they had on Hillary. This is a #YUGE mistake. /7 5:53 AM - 10 Dec 2016
*Only way Trump can make the issue of Russian interference worse is by impugning American intelligence. Which Don just did. Get popcorn /8 5:54 AM - 10 Dec 2016
*IC knows the full picture of what happened this year. They're not happy with you, @realDonaldTrump. You have the weekend to walk it back. /9 5:55 AM - 10 Dec 2016
*If Don won't walk back his foolish attack on the IC, watch for leaked terms like KGB, FSB, SVR, kompromat, Mogilevich, Organizatsiya... /10 6:00 AM - 10 Dec 2016

The insurance policy

As of December 5, 2016, the Obama administration had not acknowledged any attempt by Moscow to influence the election in favor of candidate Trump. However, four days later on December 9, Adam Entous, Ellen Nakashima, and Greg MIiier of the Washington Post reported that Brennan's CIA concluded a new assessment that Russia intervened in the 2016 U.S. presidential election to help Trump. Obama ordered a full presentation in 30 days.

In reviewing the various leaks both before and after November 8, 2016, a trend becomes evident - prior to the election, leaks of potentially classified information focused on Russia's attempts to sow discord with the U.S. presidential election. Leaks after the election focused on an alleged desire of Russia for Trump to win the presidency, rather than for the sole purpose of undermining confidence in the U.S. electoral system.[19]


On December 5 Obama ordered Brennan to prepare a report on Russian meddling.[20] Meanwhile FBI Dep. Dir. of Counterintelligence Peter Strzok delivered a false and misleading briefing to House Intelligence Committee investigators into the Steele dossier. House Intelligence Committee investigators later were contacted by an informant suggesting that there was “documentary evidence” that Strzok was obstructing the House probe into the Steele dossier.[21]

On December 15 DNI Clapper signed off on a directive for new rules of circulating raw wiretapping evidence; Attn. Gen. Loretta Lynchs signed off a few weeks later. The new rules permit the dissemination of “raw signals intelligence information” which include the identity of American citizens "incidentally collected" in surveillance operations.[22] "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.[23] The expansion of the order makes it difficult to narrow in on leaks. This constitutes Obama's amending Executive Order 12333.[24]

On January 4 the Intelligence Community Assessment (ICA) report was completed, both classified and public versions. Congressional investigators later found portions of Brennan's ICA "did not employ proper analytic tradecraft" and "deviated from established CIA practice."[25] Brennan attached two pages of sexual innuendo from the Clinton-Steele dossier to the assessment.

The next day FBI Director James Comey testified to the Senate Intelligence Committee that the DNC refused multiple requests to examine their servers after allegations of hacking.[26] As of April 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.[27] 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.”[28] 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?”[29] Comey additionally lied to Congress in a classified setting about the true origins of the Steele dossier.[30]


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

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

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

On Tuesday January 10, 2017, CNN stated President-elect Trump was briefed on the Clinton-Steele dossier. An hour later Buzzfeed published the dossier. The next day, Wednesday January 11, Trump said he was not briefed on the dossier. NBC confirmed Trump wasn’t briefed. Fox News confirmed Trump wasn’t briefed. Later that night Wednesday January 11, DNI James Clapper issued a press statement noting that he had just now briefed President-elect Trump on the dossier moments before. Clapper's press release stated, “The IC has not made any judgment that the information in this document is reliable," yet Clapper's intelligence community used that same dossier with no other evidence to obtain a FISA warrant for direct surveillance of the Trump campaign three months earlier. The fact the "evidence" originated as a political smear campaign from the Clinton campaign and Democratic party was never told to the FISA court.

Russian sanctions

On November 17 Obama instructed the UN ambassador to vote against a Russian sponsored resolution "Combating glorification of Nazism, Neo-Nazism and other practices that contribute to fueling contemporary forms of racism, racial discrimination, xenophobia and related intolerance."[31]

Within a few weeks the Global Magnitsky Act[32] and the Inspector General Empowerment Act were passed. The OIG now had access once again to all information the Obama administration had been refusing to Inspectors General which created the FISA abuse scandal.

On December 22 right after an anti-Istaeli resolution was proposed at the UN by the US, a “very senior member” of Trump’s transition team — who has been identified as Jared Kushner directed Michael Flynn to contact officials of the various foreign governments on the UN Security Council to inform them Trump opposed an Obama orchestrated resolution condemning Israeli settlement activity. Russian Amb. Sergei Kislyak informed Flynn that Russia would not vote against the Obama administration's resolution condemning Israel despite Trump's opposition to it.[33]

On December 23 Obama signed an executive order with a new round of sanctions against Russia. Flynn sought guidance from K.T. McFarland about what to tell Kislyak. Flynn and McFarland discussed how the sanctions might affect Trump foreign-policy goals. McFarland told Flynn that the transition team did not want Russia to escalate the situation — meaning, not to respond aggressively to Obama’s move.

Flynn called Kislyak, asking that Russia not escalate — that it restrict itself to a measured, reciprocal response.

Mainstream news sources repeated fake news put out by the Obama administration stirring up anti-Russian hysteria to justify the illegal surveillance of Gen. Michael Flynn's conversations with the Russian ambassador.

The following day Obama announced the new sanctions as retribution for alleged hacking activities. From this date until Trump’s inauguration January 20, the White House aggressively pumped into the media two streams of information: one about Russian hacking; the other about about alleged collusion with Trump. The two streams were merged into one by mainstream media reporters.[34] The mainstream fake news rose to an hysterical pitch over "Russian vote hacking."[35]

The Washington Post falsely reported on a Russian effort to penetrate the electrical grid by hacking into a Vermont utility. The story offers a senior administration official speculating on Russian motives. The infrastructure hack is reported to be part of a broader hacking campaign that includes election hacking. The story then moves to Trump: “He…has spoken highly of Russian President Vladimir Putin, despite President Obama’s suggestion that the approval for hacking came from the highest levels of the Kremlin.”[36] The story is repeated by news organizations throughout America. Only later the false claims about the power grid were retracted, but the speculation and slanders about Trump and innuendo of Russian collusion and "vote hacking" never were retracted.[37]

By the end of the month CrowdStrike's claim of Russian hackingthe DNC, reiterated by the Obama White House, was debunked.[38] And Perkins Coie, the surrogate law firm acting on behalf of the Hillary Clinton campaign and DNC to write the Steele dossier, made a payment of $58,669 to FusionGPS. Payments total $1,024,408 since May. Donna Brazile later revealed the Clinton campaign was in control of the DNC budget since mid 2015.

Oval Office meeting

Susan Rice sent a CYA email to herself about a secret Oval Office meeting where the Clinton-Steele dossier is discussed;[39][40][41] (the email was written and sent to herself 15 minutes after Trump was sworn in on Jan. 20):[42]
"On January 5, following a briefing by IC leadership on Russian hacking during the 2016 Presidential election, President Obama had a brief follow-on conversation with FBI Director Jim Comey and Deputy Attorney General Sally Yates in the Oval Office. Vice President Biden and I were also present.

President Obama began the conversation by stressing his continued commitment to ensuring that every aspect of this issue is handled by the Intelligence and law enforcement communities "by the book". The President stressed that he is not asking about, initiating or instructing anything from a law enforcement perspective. He reiterated that our law enforcement team needs to proceed as it normally would by the book.
From a national security perspective, however, President Obama said he wants to be sure that, as we engage with the incoming team, we are mindful to ascertain if there is any reason that we cannot share information fully as it relates to Russia.

[Redacted section]

The President asked Comey to inform him if anything changes in the next few weeks that should affect how we share classified information with the incoming team. Comey said he would."[43]
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” CYA 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.[44]

The following day DNI James Clapper released a public version of the 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 dissented from the conclusions and did not attend the meeting the day prior Oval Office meeting.[45] WaPo was 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.”[46] 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 CNN on the Clinton-Steele dossier before Comey briefed President-elect Trump.

Trump meets Brennan, Clapper and Comey

In later testimony Comey said he thought it inappropriate to speak alone with Trump, nonetheless on the morning he requested to speak privately with Trump his chief of staff Jim Rybicki sent an email to unspecified recipients about a "sensitive matter" team: "the director is coming into HQ briefly for an update from the sensitive matter team."[47]

The day after the Oval Office meeting with Obama where what was to be shared with Trump was discussed, Brennan, Clapper, and Comey travelled from Washington to Trump Tower to brief President-elect Trump on the Intelligence Community Assessment (ICA) of Russian Election interference. At the end of the meeting Comey asked for a one-on-one briefing with Trump.

Comey only told Trump of the "salacious" allegations with no mention they had been manufactured by the Clinton campaign. Comey did not inform Trump of the FBI's surveillance of Carter Page, Paul Manafort, and Michael Cohen based on the same Hillary Clinton opposition research. Comey represented the information as supposed "intelligence". According to Comey, he acted on the instructions of Brennan and Clapper.[48][49][50] In his June 2017 Congressional testimony Comey swore the dossier was "salacious and unverifed," yet the FBI/DOJ used it to obtain FISA warrants on the Trump campaign three months earlier.

Comey's memo 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]
The media had widely dismissed the Steele dossier as unsubstantiated and unreportable. Clapper's second leak to CNN - after Comey reported mission accomplished - created the news hook CNN was looking for.[51] McCabe sent an email to Comey, Rybicki, Kortan and Bowdich with the subject line "Flood is coming". A flood of reporter's questions. 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." Fourty-five minutes later McCabe gave a heads up to Sally Yates and PADAG Matthew Axelrod of the impending leaks with the subject line "News." McCabe wrote, "Just an FYI, and as expected, CNN is close to running a story about the sensitive reporting."

An hour after Clapper's leak, CNN linked to BuzzFeed making the Clinton-Steele dossier public.[52] 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.

Clinton campaign chairman John Podesta, who with the DNC paid FusionGPS $1,024,408 for the Clinton-Steele dossier, secretly meet with FusionGPS boss Glenn Simpson the same day.[53]

On January 11 Trump responded 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?”[54] Trump stated that he was not briefed on the full contents the Clinton-Steele dossier or its origins. NBC News independently verified Trump's account,[55] as does FOX News.[56]

Later that day DNI Clapper issued a press release stating that he only now, not days earlier on January 6, discussed the Clinton-Steele dossier with Trump.[57]

The Clinton-Steele dossier ignited a firestorm with denials on both sides - Trump on its veracity and Obama operatives on its origins. Trump attorney Michael Cohen denied that he had ever been to Prague as Christopher Steele had alleged, which cast doubt on the documents veracity. Jake Tapper reported that government sources confirmed it was the wrong "Michael Cohen" in Prague,[58] and provided evidence that Steele had received raw FISA 702 "About queries" from the FBI that captured the wrong "Michael Cohen" to write his dossier.

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.

Former NSA official John Schindler tweeted on January 12, "When @IgnatiusPost speaks, Langley's 7th floor lips are moving. They are taking traitor Trump out now."[59] Langley's 7th floor is a reference to John Brennan's office.

David Ignatius of the Washington Post published a felonious leak with the unmasked details of Michael Flynn's phone call with the Russian Ambassador which was obtained by the Obama DOJ abuse of the FISA court. "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."[60] Susan Rice “unmasked” Flynn’s name and it was leaked to Ignatius.[61] 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.[62]

Chuck Ross of the Daily Caller identified FusionGPS, Christopher Steele's employer, and Glenn Simpson its founder as the same group that illegally lobbied on behalf of the Kremlin in July 2016 for efforts to repeal Russian sanctions - the Magnitsky Act, to remove the name “Magnitsky” from the Global Magnitsky Act, delay the bills passage, and to cast doubt on the Justice Department’s version of events prior to the passage of the Magnitsky Act.[63] 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.”[64] Ross stated that part of Simpson’s work involved passing stories to his deep network of journalism contacts in order to undermine Russian sanctions.

On January 15 famed Watergate reporter Bob Woodward criticized Jake Tapper, James Clapper, John Brennan and CNN 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."[65]

Simultaneously Inspector General (IG) Michael Horowitz began a review of the Hillary Clinton email scandal and Andrew McCabe's conflict of interest.[66][67] McCabe, who assisted in writing the bogus Benghazi talking points for Susan Rice, is married to a candidate for the Virginia state Senate who took $700,000 from Terry McAuliffe's PAC while the FBI’s investigation of Clinton's emails was ongoing. McAuliffe was under FBI investigation for pay-to-play schemes involving a Chinese businessman and donations to Clinton, yet the investigations were never merged.[68] McAuliffe ran Bill Clinton's 1996 presidential campaign which was marred by a foreign influence peddling scheme known as Chinagate. McAuliffe was Hillary's 2008 campaign manager.

The Inspector General will look into FBI misconduct and 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.[69]

Former Clinton era DOJ Inspector General Michael Bromwich welcomed Inspector General Michael Horowitz's investigation of Andrew McCabe and the DOJ. Bromwich later was hired to defend McCabe. 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.[70]
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.

Obama removed Dana Boente from succession as acting Attorney General by Executive Order the same day, placing Sally Yates in his stead.[71]

On the eve of inauguration 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.[72] The headline has been changed for its online version.[73] WaPo reported Obama’s top intelligence and law-enforcement deputies met to talk about Flynn’s conversation with Kislyak.[74] Trump was sworn in the next day.

See also

References

  1. https://www.themarketswork.com/2018/05/21/the-dams-about-to-break-an-interview-with-devin-nunes-a-white-house-announcement/
  2. https://www.motherjones.com/politics/2016/10/veteran-spy-gave-fbi-info-alleging-russian-operation-cultivate-donald-trump/
  3. "the leaders of the intelligence community agreed he needed to be told about because we knew it and thought it was about to become public." http://transcripts.cnn.com/TRANSCRIPTS/1804/19/cg.01.html
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  22. PROCEDURES FOR THE AVAILABILITY OR DISSEMINATION OF RAW SIGNALS INTELLIGENCE INFORMATION BY THE NATIONAL SECURITY AGENCY UNDER SECTION 2.3 OF EXECUTIVE ORDER 12333 (RAW SIGINT AVAILABILITY PROCEDURES). OFFICE OF THE DIRECTOR OF NATIONAL INTELLIGENCE. UNCLASSIFIED
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  52. 4. One of the seventeen reports in the Dossier—CIR 112—accused the Plaintiffs of criminal conduct and participation in an alleged Trump-Russia scheme to influence the 2016 presidential election. Defendants knew that this Report was not verified, and that it defamed Plaintiffs on its face. Defendants could easily have removed that Report from the Dossier before they started peddling the Dossier to media and journalists in September and October 2016. They chose not to do so. Nor did they attempt to determine the veracity of that Report with the Plaintiffs themselves. 5. At all times during the Defendants’ engagement of Orbis and Steele, it was either intended or clearly foreseeable that the Dossier’s contents would be republished (in whole or in part) to third parties, either by the Defendants themselves or their clients. Indeed, that is the entire purpose of “oppo research” in politics. Those third parties included government officials, as well as news media and journalists who could make its content public. 6. On information and belief, Defendants arranged for Steele to brief selected members of the print and online media about the information he was compiling on candidate Trump. Consistent with the intended purpose of “oppo research” to publicly discredit its target, Steele’s briefings were designed to generate interest in the Dossier and secure its eventual public dissemination. Briefings were held for journalists from the New York Times, the Washington Post, CNN, Yahoo News, and others in September 2016. Shortly thereafter, Yahoo News published an article by Michael Isikoff that described some of the content of the Dossier (referred to there as “intelligence reports” and “reports”), which was still being compiled at that time.1 Many other media articles reported speculative accounts of the Dossier’s existence and contents. In October 2016, Steele was interviewed by David Corn, a writer for Mother Jones, which on October 31, 2016 published an article headlined “A Veteran Spy Has Given The FBI Information Alleging a Russian Operation to Cultivate Donald Trump.”2 The Corn article stated that it had “reviewed” the early reports in the Dossier, and then quoted from those reports as well as statements made by Steele in the interview. The public dissemination of the Dossier’s content had begun in earnest. 7. In addition to cultivating media interest, the Defendants also organized or approved a meeting in Great Britain between Steele and David Kramer, a director of a private foundation led by U.S. Senator John McCain. The purpose of that meeting was to brief Kramer on behalf of Senator McCain, who at the time was an outspoken critic of Trump’s candidacy. Subsequently, in November 2016, Defendants provided a copy of the Dossier’s first sixteen reports, including the Report that falsely accused and defamed Plaintiffs, to Kramer for redelivery to Senator McCain. 8. As the 2016 presidential election neared, both print and online media in the United States and abroad began to expand their coverage of the Dossier and its alleged content. That coverage only intensified after Trump won the election. On January 10, 2017, one of those media entities, BuzzFeed, Inc., published the entire Dossier on the Internet, describing it as “explosive.” The copy of the Dossier that BuzzFeed published included the false and defamatory allegations about the Plaintiffs and Alfa, along with an article entitled “These Reports Allege Trump Has Deep Ties to Russia.”3 The Dossier misspells Alfa’s name throughout, incorrectly spelling it as “Alpha.” In a recent court filing, Fusion admitted that it had “pre-publication” communications with BuzzFeed about its publication.4 9. The Defendants intended, anticipated, or foresaw a high likelihood that allowing their clients and/or the media access to the Dossier’s defamatory content would result in its republication by news media outlets, including online news media such as BuzzFeed. 10. Plaintiffs seek an award of compensatory and punitive damages for the harm to their personal and professional reputations, current business interests, and the impairment of business opportunities that resulted from the blatantly false and defamatory statements and implications about them published by the Defendants and republished by BuzzFeed and countless other media around the world. https://www.courthousenews.com/wp-content/uploads/2017/10/Dossier.pdf
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  64. Ross's article expounds: The main proponent of that law, a British-American businessman named Bill Browder, tells DC..."Glenn Simpson’s job was to knowingly and dishonestly change the narrative of how Sergei Magnitsky came to die from murder to natural causes, and to change the narrative that Sergei Magnitsky was a criminal and not a whistleblower," ... Magnitsky, who helped Browder investigate many of the corrupt Russian firms, was arrested in Nov. 2008 and accused of engaging in fraud and tax evasion. Magnitsky was tortured for months in a Russian prison and deprived of medical treatment, all in order to elicit a false confession that he and Browder were engaged in fraud and tax evasion, Browder has alleged. After Magnitsky’s health deteriorated, he was transferred to another jail. There, the lawyer was allegedly beaten with blunt objects by prison guards. He died on Nov. 16, 2009 at the age of 37. Soon after his friend’s murder, Browder began lobbying American lawmakers — Maryland Sen. Ben Cardin and Arizona Sen. John McCain, in particular — to pass a law that would provide a mechanism to punish Kremlin-linked Russian criminals. http://dailycaller.com/2017/01/16/think-tank-appears-to-cut-ties-with-oppo-researcher-behind-trump-dossier/#ixzz4d5c0xHTC
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