June 3, 2018
Conservative-leaning investigative journalist Mark Solomon (probably not Jewish) has written an article outlining new information about the FBI spy scandal targeting Trump and his team – a scandal which we still do not know the details of.
The spying has been admitted in part by the FBI and the entire government, but they are simply saying it wasn’t “spying” but “using informants to investigate” – see the bizarre series of interviews Trey Gowdy did recently for an attempt at explaining the difference between those two things.
It is clear that the ostensible investigation of Trump and his team began long before the whole Russia hoax exploded in the media. If the following information is true, this pushes it back from summer of 2016 to spring of 2016 and adds some more weird dimensions.
Solomon writes for The Hill:
The bridge to the Russia investigation wasn’t erected in Moscow during the summer of the 2016 election.
It originated earlier, 1,700 miles away in London, where foreign figures contacted Trump campaign advisers and provided the FBI with hearsay allegations of Trump-Russia collusion, bureau documents and interviews of government insiders reveal. These contacts in spring 2016 – some from trusted intelligence sources, others from Hillary Clinton supporters – occurred well before FBI headquarters authorized an official counterintelligence investigation on July 31, 2016.
The new timeline makes one wonder: Did the FBI follow its rules governing informants?
Here’s what a congressman and an intelligence expert think.
“The revelation of purposeful contact initiated by alleged confidential human sources prior to any FBI investigation is troublesome,” Rep. Mark Meadows (R-N.C.), an ally of President Trump and chairman of a House subcommittee that’s taking an increasingly aggressive oversight role in the scandal, told me. “This new information begs the questions: Who were the informants working for, who were they reporting to and why has the [Department of Justice] and FBI gone to such great lengths to hide these contacts?“
Possibly because the whole thing was being run by the CIA, with the FBI simply running cover for them?
We do know now that it was CIA chief John O’Brennan who initially introduced the pissgate dossier as a valid, important document – even while he was already fully aware that the document had been faked by Hillary Clinton’s team.
Kevin Brock agrees that Congress has legitimate questions. The retired FBI assistant director for intelligence supervised the rewriting of bureau rules governing sources, under then-director Robert Mueller a decade ago. Those rules forbid the FBI from directing a human source to target an American until a formally predicated investigative file is opened.
The CIA has no such rules.
For the record.
Brock sees oddities in how the Russia case began. “These types of investigations aren’t normally run by assistant directors and deputy directors at headquarters,” he told me. “All that happens normally in a field office, but that isn’t the case here and so it becomes a red flag. Congress would have legitimate oversight interests in the conditions and timing of the targeting of a confidential human source against a U.S. person.”
“We’re not going to withstand the pressure soon,” FBI lawyer Lisa Page texted fellow agent Peter Strzok on Aug. 3, 2016, days after Strzok opened the official probe and returned from a trip to London. At the time, they were dealing with simultaneous challenges: the wrap-up of the Hillary Clinton email scandal and the start of the Russia-Trump probe.
Over several days, they exchanged texts that appear to express fears of political meddling or leaking by the Obama White House, the Department of Justice (DOJ) and the CIA.
“This is MUCH more tasty for one of those DOJ aholes to leak,” Strzok wrote as the two FBI colleagues – then having an affair, the bureau later told Congress – debated how long they could delay a CIA-FBI meeting so as to “not play into the agency’s BS game.”
They voiced alarm when an FBI colleague – “Liz” – suggested the Obama White House was about to hijack the investigation. “Went well, best we could have expected,” Strzok texted Page after an Aug. 5, 2016, meeting. “Other than Liz quote ‘the White House is running this.’ ” Page then texted to assure Strzok of a paper trail showing the FBI in charge: “We got emails that say otherwise.”
“The White House is running this.”
We’ve had these text for almost a year.
Fuck Trey Gowdy. He is a traitor.
The next day, they went into further detail about their White House concerns. “So maybe not the best national security president, but a genuinely good and decent human being,” Page texted Strzok, referencing former President Obama. Strzok replied: “Yeah, I like him. Just not a fan of the weakness globally. Was thinking about what the administration will be willing to do re Russia.”
Yeah, somehow all of this stuff gets forgotten.
They were openly plotting against Russia as rogue FBI agents… under a rogue FBI director… who was apparently in league with a rogue CIA director who was manipulating an African occupation government.
In the end, the FBI secretly investigated the Trump campaign for months, engaging with other agencies on a more limited inquiry of Russian efforts to hack Clinton’s campaign.
The summer 2016 text messages are bookends to a series of London contacts that pre-date the official opening of the investigation and produced the evidence the FBI used that fall to justify its court-ordered surveillance of presidential campaign figures.
According to documents and government interviews, one of the FBI’s most senior counterintelligence agents visited London the first week of May 2016. Congress never got the FBI to explain that trip – but, soon after it, one of the most consequential moments of the scandal occurred: On May 10, Australian diplomat Alexander Downer met in a London bar with Trump adviser George Papadopoulos, who boasted of knowing that Russia would release dirt on Clinton.
Remember that we were told a while ago that this is when the investigation began.
That Papadopoulos was drunk and started bragging about Russian contacts in an Australian bar.
That contact was not immediately reported to U.S. intelligence.
By early June, a second overture to a Trump campaign adviser occurred in London. In a “Dear Carter” email, a Cambridge University graduate student invited Trump campaign adviser Carter Page to attend a popular July security conference in London.
Carter Page declined to tell me the student’s identify but confirmed the student studied under Stefan Halper, a Cambridge University professor who helped organize the conference and has been identified in media reports as a confidential FBI source.
Halper is a CIA asset.
Right now, we’re being told that he was on loan to the FBI.
But again: the obvious thing here is that the CIA was running this whole operation, with O’Comey running cover for O’Brennan.
Carter Page said conference organizers paid his airfare and provided him dorm lodging, and Halper spent time with him during the conference, then continued conversations with him for months.
He says Halper asked to be introduced to a high-ranking Trump campaign official, Sam Clovis. On July 16, 2016, Carter Page relayed the overture to Clovis: “Professor Stef Halper spends part of the year in Virginia where he has a home in Falls Church; he’s a big fan of yours having followed you on CNN and offered a range of possibilities regarding how he and the University might be able to help.”
Halper, a month later, emailed Clovis, referencing his contacts with Carter Page. “May I suggest we set a time to meet when you are next in Washington?” Halper invited on Aug. 29, 2016.
In the ensuing months, Carter Page, Clovis and Papadopoulos all became FBI focuses. Papadopoulos pleaded guilty in 2017 to a misleading statement about his knowledge of facts in the Russia case. Page become the subject of four surveillance warrants, and Clovis was interviewed by special counsel Robert Mueller; neither has been accused of wrongdoing.
A week before Carter Page left for London, the FBI was contacted by former MI6 agent Christopher Steele, recently hired by the Fusion GPS research firm to find Trump-Russia dirt; Fusion was paid by the Clinton campaign and Democratic Party.
The FBI did not act on Steele’s July 5, 2016, overture but, weeks later, Steele began working with agents. His now-infamous dossier became a key document justifying the surveillance warrants against Carter Page.
On July 23, 2016, shortly after WikiLeaks released the first hacked Clinton campaign emails, the Australian government contacted the State Department’s deputy chief of mission in London about Downer’s May 10 conversation with Papadopoulos. State forwarded the information to FBI headquarters.
A decade earlier, as Australia’s foreign minister, Downer arranged a $25 million grant to the Clinton family foundation to help fight AIDS.
Downer’s information moved FBI headquarters into action. Strzok was dispatched to London; a formal investigation was opened by month’s end.
“There is no doubt the FBI kept getting ‘snowflakes’ in spring 2016 pointing toward Russia and Trump, and the bridges to the case … clearly were built in London,” a U.S. official with direct knowledge of the investigation said.
We now know that the Trump-Russia thing is a complete and total hoax.
There is simply no way Mueller could be doing this investigation for a year and produced absolutely nothing.
So who was arranging all of this?
It wasn’t the FBI. At least it doesn’t look like it was the FBI.
And the only purpose of arranging it was to stage the Russia “investigation” in the event that Trump won. If Hillary had won, we wouldn’t be hearing about any of this.
The fact that so much of this took place outside of the country certainly implies that it was being run by the CIA. Arranging meetings in London ensures much less oversight from the FBI, let alone any other domestic law enforcement or court system.
So, moving the timeline back to May, and having it begin in London, significantly changes the entire situation.
The bottom line here is: we know so much illegal stuff was going on, so many dirty tricks are fully documented and open in the public realm and admitted to, that it is insane we still don’t have an investigation.
The texts alone.
Or the fact that the FBI lied to the FISA judge to get the warrants.
Or the way the Obama Administration compiled files based on the illegal wiretaps.
Or the fact that Hillary faked this intelligence file in the first place. The fact that Brennan vouched for it.
All of the Comey lies under oath…
This entire situation is nuts and it just keeps getting nuttier.
We need nothing less than a full investigation of the FBI, the DoJ, the CIA, Hillary Clinton and her foundation and the Obama administration.
We need subpoenas.
Somebody has to go down for this.
Instead, even with all of this laid out, the Mueller investigation – proved to be based on illegal warrants gotten through a fake document – is still ongoing.
It. Is. Insane.