CNN Report: U.S. Government Wiretapped Former Trump Campaign Manager Paul Manafort…

There will be much discussion and speculation about a recent “leaked” FBI FISA warrant surrounding former Trump campaign manager Paul Manafort. However, the interesting aspect always falls upon the timeline, not necessarily the wiretapping itself per se’.

According to the CNN report the wiretapping and surveillance of Manafort started sometime in 2014 and then was discontinued after nothing of criminal value or significance was gained.  [NOTE: FISA warrants must be updated in 90 day increments; continued surveillance involving U.S. persons must be justified; if nothing exists the court orders the surveillance to cease the warrant is no longer valid.]  However, according to the same leaked source reporting from CNN the wiretapping began again in 2016.

The July/August 2016 time frame is interesting because that coincides with the surfacing of the ridiculous opposition research “Steele Dossier” on Presidential Candidate Donald Trump. Further recently revealed information about the “steele dossier”, interestingly surrounds the James Comey FBI paying for the information contained therein.

Bear with me on this… So the James Comey FBI paid a British informant, former MI6 operative Christopher Steele, for content within the Steele Dossier, which was originally financed by the Jeb Bush campaign and Never Trumpers, and later passed on to Hillary Clinton allies via continued investigative funding by Fusion GPS. Christopher Steele is the same guy the DNC contracted to research the “DNC hacking” (which many think was actually DNC leaking).

Sometime in July 2016 the James Comey FBI was denied a FISA warrant by the court (rarely done) and the general appearance is that Comey was interested in surveillance of the Trump campaign. Note Comey has never denied this allegation. However, in 2016 a FISA warrant to wiretap Paul Manafort is now the basis of this latest CNN story:

(Via CNN) […] A secret order authorized by the court that handles the Foreign Intelligence Surveillance Act (FISA) began after Manafort became the subject of an FBI investigation that began in 2014. It centered on work done by a group of Washington consulting firms for Ukraine’s former ruling party, the sources told CNN.

The surveillance was discontinued at some point last year for lack of evidence, according to one of the sources. The FBI then restarted the surveillance after obtaining a new FISA warrant that extended at least into early this year.

Sources say the second warrant was part of the FBI’s efforts to investigate ties between Trump campaign associates and suspected Russian operatives. Such warrants require the approval of top Justice Department and FBI officials, and the FBI must provide the court with information showing suspicion that the subject of the warrant may be acting as an agent of a foreign power. (continue reading)

We know the Steele Dossier was used by the FBI to justify a FISA warrant, we just didn’t know who it was targeted toward. –LINK–  We also know in congressional testimony from July 27th of this year, William Browder, CEO of Hermitage Capital, testified about the “Foreign Agents Registration Act” (FARA).

During Mr. Browder’s testimony the origin of the Fusion GPS ‘Russian Dossier’ was discussed.  Browder stated the Russian government actually paid Fusion GPS to create the Steele propaganda dossier on candidate Donald Trump.  That same dossier was used by the FBI in June/July 2016 to generate the FISA surveillance warrants against the Trump campaign. WATCH:

Yes, that actually means FBI Director James Comey was using propaganda commissioned by Russia, funded in part by the FBI, to attack Trump, as the framework to launch his FBI investigation into candidate Donald Trump and Russian collusion.

Expanding the reality from that testimony.  This means the Russian collusion narrative the U.S. media has been running with for a year to attack Trump, was actually factual collusion between Russia and the the U.S. FBI, via James Comey.

We also know the actual surveillance within these FISA warrants was carried out by the NSA. Additionally we know that NSA head Admiral Mike Rogers met with President-elect Donald Trump on Thursday November 17th without notifying ODNI James Clapper. The day after Admiral Rogers met with President-elect Trump, the entire transition team left Trump Tower and moved their work to New Jersey.  Admiral Mike Rogers still has his job as head of the NSA.

Additional Timeline for consideration:

1. June 2016: FISA request. The Obama administration files a request with the Foreign Intelligence Surveillance Court (FISA) to monitor communications involving Donald Trump and several advisers. The request, uncharacteristically, is denied.

2. July 2016: Russia joke. Wikileaks releases emails from the Democratic National Committee that show an effort to prevent Sen. Bernie Sanders (I-VT) from winning the presidential nomination. In a press conference, Donald Trump refers to Hillary Clinton’s own missing emails, joking: “Russia, if you’re listening, I hope you’re able to find the 30,000 e-mails that are missing.” That remark becomes the basis for accusations by Clinton and the media that Trump invited further hacking.

3. October 2016: Podesta emails. In October, Wikileaks releases the emails of Clinton campaign chair John Podesta, rolling out batches every day until the election, creating new mini-scandals. The Clinton campaign blames Trump and the Russians.

4. October 2016: FISA request. The Obama administration submits a new, narrow request to the FISA court, now focused on a computer server in Trump Tower suspected of links to Russian banks. No evidence is found — but the wiretaps continue, ostensibly for national security reasons, Andrew McCarthy at National Review later notes. The Obama administration is now monitoring an opposing presidential campaign using the high-tech surveillance powers of the federal intelligence services.

Question: Did James Comey use Manafort as the angle to get wiretaps authorized by the FISA court as a backdoor to monitor Donald Trump?  The timing would suggest YES.

5. January 2017: Buzzfeed/CNN dossier. Buzzfeed releases, and CNN reports, a supposed intelligence “dossier” compiled by a foreign former spy. It purports to show continuous contact between Russia and the Trump campaign, and says that the Russians have compromising information about Trump. None of the allegations can be verified and some are proven false. Several media outlets claim that they had been aware of the dossier for months and that it had been circulating in Washington.

  • Admiral Michael Rogers had a visit with President Trump on Thursday November 17th.
  • According to the Executive Order rule changes DNI James Clapper signed off on December 15th.
  • General Michael Flynn spoke to the Russian Ambassador on December 29th
  • Dec 29th 2016 – Obama announces sanctions on Russia

6. January: Obama expands NSA sharing. As Michael Walsh later notes, and as the New York Times reports, the outgoing Obama administration “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 powers, and reduced protections, could make it easier for intelligence on private citizens to be circulated improperly or leaked.

The new rules, which were issued in an unclassified document, entitled Procedures for the Availability or Dissemination of Raw Signals Intelligence Information by the National Security Agency (NSA), significantly relaxed longstanding limits on what the NSA may do with the information gathered by its most powerful surveillance operations.

These operations are largely unregulated by American wiretapping laws. Surveillances include collecting satellite transmissions, phone calls, and emails that cross network switches abroad, and messages between people abroad that cross domestic network switches.

The changes initiated by the Obama Administration in its waning days empowered far more agents and officials to search through raw intelligence data.

  • Jan 3rd 2017 – Loretta Lynch signs off on rule changes for phone taps.
  • Jan 12th 2017 –  WaPo reports On Phone Calls Anonymous Intel Sources
  • Jan 15th 2017 – VP Pence appears on Face the nation.
  • Jan 20th 2017 – Inauguration
  • Jan 23rd 2017 –  FBI reports nothing unlawful in content of Flynn call
  • Jan 26th 2017 – Sally Yates (acting DOJ) informs President Trump there might be a conflict between VP Pence’s stated TV version (was told by Flynn), and what Intel community communicate to Yates that Flynn actually expressed to Russia.
  • Jan 27th 2017 – White House counsel begins investigation to discrepancy.

7. January: Times report. The New York Times reports, on the eve of Inauguration Day, that several agencies — the Federal Bureau of Investigation (FBI), the Central Intelligence Agency (CIA), the National Security Agency (NSA) and the Treasury Department are monitoring several associates of the Trump campaign suspected of Russian ties.

Other news outlets also report the existence of a multi-agency working group to coordinate investigations across the government,” though it is unclear how they found out, since the investigations would have been secret and involved classified information.

8. February: Mike Flynn scandal. Reports emerge that the FBI intercepted a conversation in 2016 between future National Security Adviser Michael Flynn — then a private citizen — and Russian Ambassador Sergey Kislyak. The intercept supposedly was  part of routine spying on the ambassador, not monitoring of the Trump campaign. The FBI transcripts reportedly show the two discussing Obama’s newly-imposed sanctions on Russia, though Flynn earlier denied discussing them.

Sally Yates, whom Trump would later fire as acting Attorney General for insubordination, is involved in the investigation. In the end, Flynn resigns over having misled Vice President Mike Pence (perhaps inadvertently) about the content of the conversation.

9. February 2017: Times claims extensive Russian contacts. The New York Times cites “four current and former American officials” in reporting that the Trump campaign had “repeated contacts with senior Russian intelligence officials. The Trump campaign denies the claims — and the Times admits that there is “no evidence” of coordination between the campaign and the Russians. The White House and some congressional Republicans begin to raise questions about illegal intelligence leaks.

10. March: the Washington Post targets Jeff Sessions. The Washington Post reports that Attorney General Jeff Sessions had contact twice with the Russian ambassador during the campaign — once at a Heritage Foundation event and once at a meeting in Sessions’s Senate office.

The Post suggests that the two meetings contradict Sessions testimony at his confirmation hearings that he had no contacts with the Russians, though in context (not presented by the Post) it was clear he meant in his capacity as a campaign surrogate, and that he was responding to claims in the “dossier” of ongoing contacts.

The New York Times, in covering the story, adds that the Obama White House “rushed to preserve” intelligence related to alleged Russian links with the Trump campaign. By “preserve” it really means “disseminate”: officials spread evidence throughout other government agencies “to leave a clear trail of intelligence for government investigators” and perhaps the media as well.

In summary: the Obama administration sought, and eventually obtained, authorization to eavesdrop on the Trump campaign; continued monitoring the Trump team even when no evidence of wrongdoing was found; then relaxed the NSA rules to allow evidence to be shared widely within the government just prior to the inauguration; virtually ensuring that the information, including the conversations of private citizens, would be leaked to the media.

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321 Responses to CNN Report: U.S. Government Wiretapped Former Trump Campaign Manager Paul Manafort…

  1. SpanglishKC says:

    NEVER EVER FORGET WHO THESE PEOPLE ARE…. EVER.

    Don’t lose sight of all who have played a role directly or inderectly from BOTH political parties. Never forget those who have one foot on the Trump Train and the other on the Uniparty platform….looking at you Haley, etc, etc

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  2. WSB says:

    I am watching Field of Dreams right now. And the question of “What’s in it for me?” comes up.

    The understanding of the whole must be paramount. As long as we prevail and keep this republic Benjamin Franklin and Co.gave us, that is the goal.

    Please do not fold.

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  3. SharonKinDC says:

    Who has had enough of the corrupt b-tards in DC? The swamp is fetid with the rotting carcasses of past crimes. Leave our POTUS and his people the hell alone. I’m sick of the witch hunt while crooks like Hillary, Lerner, et al, are free as a bird, guilty as hell.

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  4. keeler says:

    “not to my knowledge”…

    Liked by 3 people

  5. andi lee says:

    Good grief!
    I completely forgot about most of this outline, Sundance.

    I do remember, *select* Republican Congressmen chanting, “Russia! Russia! Russia!” My Senator was one of them.

    I do remember, saying, “Where’s the evidence? Where is it?! You’re not showing us anything!”

    A couple days ago, I stumbled on a McClatchy article, and contents, of the deposition transcript of Senator John McCain / McCain Institute / Kramer, in response to a lawsuit filed in the UK Courts.

    I have been on the warpath since. Gathering links of what I found, posting it under Sundance’s “Presidential…” thread today.

    My absolute favorite:
    McCain’s round of questioning Comey (video), after learning of McCain’s UK deposition. It all made sense then. No brain cancer, no senility. Pure weak-in-the-knee FEAR. Oh …

    … guess what? 😁 Our congressmen *knew* the Trump – Russia collusion was fake news.
    Yeppers. Comey says just that in hearing testimony. 👇

    https://www.forbes.com/sites/paulroderickgregory/2017/06/11/three-overlooked-statements-by-comey-that-blow-apart-the-russian-collusion-narrative/#7fe5c9862583

    Winning!

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    • Kaco says:

      Then there’s Nunes, he was shown what went on, left him white as a sheet.

      Liked by 9 people

      • distracted2 says:

        So fearful was he after seeing it, he relinquished his position. And has kept a low profile since. This was a man with what appeared to be a bright political future. Now he’s just invisible.

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        • Isn’t he now? I have seen him briefly only a couple of times in recent weeks. I think Judge Napolitano hit the nail on the head: they do NOT want to prosecute any “insiders” in fear that those very same “insiders,” when back in power, will turn around and come after THEM!!! They ALL scratch each others’ backs and Congress is nothing but an incestuous cesspool!

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          • 4sure says:

            If they are afraid of someone coming after them. it proves they are all corrupt to the core. The rule of law is a has been notion established for a Judeo/Christain culture free of corrupt politicians and public servants. We now have neither. If those responsible for enforcing the laws and prosecuting the criminals are afraid that when out of office, they will then be prosecuted by the new criminals, we have evolved into a shithole banana republic.

            It’s time to water the tree of liberty. In fact, it’s waaaaay past time.

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        • Southern Son says:

          It Scared Feinstein too!
          Now she’s saying She wants out.
          People have Already died.
          More will, before the Sunlight is fully shown on the Treachery of DC.
          We know very little of what is being done at this moment.
          I am not a Trump psychophant.
          I follow No Man blindly.
          I only continue to have Faith, and Believe that the Truth will come.
          Maybe not all that I wish, but enough to put the rest of Crooked Politicians on notice, that We Are watching them now.
          And they will be held accountable.
          There is So much coming to light each day, that I wouldn’t doubt everyone of ’em is Involved.
          Believe what you will about AG Sessions, but put yourself in His shoes.
          Walkin’ on eggshells.
          In Real Danger!
          They will do Anything to thwart him.
          I Pray for Justice.
          I Pray for AG Sessions.
          I Pray for President Trump.
          I Pray for All Patriots.
          But most of all,
          I Pray for America.
          May God bring full Justice, to all the Crooks n Criminals in our lifetime.
          I remain Vigilant.

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  6. Nailbanger says:

    Obammas people are criminals, they should be treated as traitors and the criminals they are,
    Lead and copper
    III%

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  7. scott467 says:

    I wonder if the chief law enforcement officer of the United States of America, Attorney General Jeff Sessions, is aware of any of this?

    If he’s not, we should tell him!

    And if he is, I wonder what, if anything, he intends to do about it?

    Both the Clintons and the Obama administration have made a wholesale MOCKERY of the law, the abuses of power and criminality are so over the top it’s breathtaking. It’s banana republic territory.

    I wonder if anyone at the Department of Justice has an interest in restoring the rule of Law, or if it is important to anyone in government to restore the confidence of We the People *IN* the rule of Law?

    If not, that’s fine. We haven’t been a nation of Law for a long time now. But if we are no longer a nation of Law and nobody intends to restore the rule of Law, the We the People have a right to know that it’s a free-for-all now.

    If we are not going to be a nation of Law, we have a right to know that, so that we can all begin to act accordingly, the same way our government official act and conduct themselves, without any regard for the Law whatsoever.

    We just need to know, one way or the other, which is it?

    Are we a nation governed by the rule of Law, or not?

    If no one in government has the courage to tell us, we will know our answer if the Clintons and the Hussein and all of their top level assistants are prosecuted.

    Or not.

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    • John Galt says:

      If Sessions isn’t aware of these things then he is every bit as clueless as he appears to be.

      Liked by 4 people

      • 4sure says:

        Greg Jarrett on Lou Dobbs said Sessions is incompetent and should resign.

        I agree.

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        • Freedom says:

          Jeff Sessions is a disgrace to the office and a detriment to Trump’s administration. Some think he is convening grand juries behind the scenes, the best we can hope for. He looks like a scared rabbit on tv…has he been threatened? Whatever the reason he is leaving Trump exposed, which simply can’t be tolerated any longer.

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          • As I have said before, Sessions is compromised. Remember insider trading within Congress? Session played the game just like all of them. COMPROMISED! Pence, Pompeo, Coats, any congress people are compromised. Even the military Generals are compromised.

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            • harleyd says:

              Here’s how it works.

              An influential swamp creature does a meaningful and profitable favor for a person or entity outside of government, who then profits mightily from the favor. The swamp creature certainly cannot be immediately compensated for his/her largesse. That would be illegal. Even a direct campaign contribution would be suspect.

              But later, just coincidently, said swamp creature gets a “tip” through carefully laundered intermediaries that an impending IPO (or the equivalent in any one of many other financial schemes) could be profitable. Said swamp creature takes the hint and “invests” through a third party financial institution. Voila – mega profits.

              Happens all the time folks. Just one way the swamp rolls.

              We need an outside the swamp Attorney General who will restore the RULE OF LAW.

              Sessions will just make noise on immigration, drugs, etc. All worth doing but just distracting attention from his mega failures on the big issues.

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            • bookman says:

              No. Congressmen and Senators are immune from insider trading laws.

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    • tony says:

      i agree all of this should have to be made public. no presidental libraries hiding documents. i dont really care what would happen to the people in govt. they do this to cover their own ass. we really need about 70% of them removed at one time to get back on track.

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    • tsb Scott says:

      Scott 467, tsb Scott here; I said it after the election, “show us the rule of law”….
      Still waiting🤔

      Liked by 1 person

    • vexedmi says:

      Restore the Rule of Law? Start with the Obama holdovers in the Department of Justice and remove them from their positions.
      In other words “drain the swamp.” If steps are not taken the Rule of Law will be gone forever.

      Liked by 2 people

      • unconqueredone says:

        Start in the current administration with those leaking information. A few in jail will slow the leaks to drops.

        Liked by 1 person

      • BobinFL says:

        As far as I am concerned there is mor than enough evidence of corruption and treason – at worst – and/or dereliction of duty, covering up malfeasance – at best – to fire half of the alphabet agencies right now. You may not have played an active role in the crime but plenty of beaurocrats sure as heck knew what was going on and did nothing. Even if they claim ingnorance they should have known and are just as ripe for firing. I can’t believe this is America – seems more like Zimbawe.

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      • Yes! Dept of State, too!

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      • mimbler says:

        Has anyone heard of Wray doing anything after taking over the FBI?
        I’m not expecting instant results, but I would expect to hear rumbles of action, and to see McCabe removed.
        Tillerson did a shakeup of State pretty quickly after he was confirmed,

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    • harleyd says:

      Let’s compare two cases:

      1. Sen. Menendez does some sketchy favors for a major donor. Gets some donations and travel perks and time on Lolita Island. His benefactor gets Medicare off his back and some Visas for young ladies. Pay to play prosecution is currently well underway and dominating his life. And he is a Democrat who was charged by the Obama administration.

      2. The Clinton Foundation orchestrates the sale of 20%+ of the US uranium interests, through a Canadian “firm”, to Russian interests. $140 million miraculously shows up in the Clinton Foundation coffers from the same Canadians who profited from the Uranium One deal. Hillary is Sec. State and her department had to approve the uranium sale. She could have stopped it in the name of national security. Note this is only one of dozens of pay to play schemes, all well documented.

      There are no comparisons between these two. Both are wrong but Menendez is (appropriately) having his life destroyed for “small change”. Hillary and company, on the other hand, skate while doing much bigger deals and endangering the national security of the United States.

      Will somebody give me one credible reason why a Grand Jury should not be empaneled re: the Clinton Foundation and pay to play evidence? A Grand Jury is not a prosecution, it is just the first step in the process. The process will then determine whether an indictment is justified.

      Sessions could impanel a Clinton Foundation Grand Jury with the stroke of a pen. Somebody needs to objectively explain to me why he has not.

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      • chbailey says:

        Law and Order is strategic. Operations take planning. Timing. We don’t know enough to make a determination. POTUS does not advertise tactics. And so on.

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        • Lulu says:

          Please, Sessions told the President that he would not resign and then had his Senate buddies inform the President that he would not have another AG if he fired Sessions. Sessions recusing himself, putting a Democrat in charge of going after the President and his family and employees, and the Senate making sure he couldn’t be removed was clearly planned all along.

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      • LivLovely101 says:

        I’m going to guess that Sessions et al do not want to play the Dead Pool game- which more than likely extends to family members, children, grandchildren and the family dog.

        So with 16 “intelligence agencies” ready to do absolutely anything needed to protect themselves and their ‘projects’, I’m sure that many Swamp critters- like Sessions- have been scared ‘witless’.

        I’m amazed that Admiral Rogers is still breathing; he must have his own protections in place.

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      • scott467 says:

        “Will somebody give me one credible reason why a Grand Jury should not be empaneled re: the Clinton Foundation and pay to play evidence?”

        _______________

        Nope.

        Nobody can give you one credible reason because there is no credible reason why a Grand Jury should not be empaneled re: the Clinton Foundation and LOTS of other crimes.

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    • Lulu says:

      He intends to do nothing. He has made it clear that the politically connected are above the law while at the same time going after teen gang members, pot smokers, and allowing Mueller to bankrupt and threaten anyone who worked on the Trump campaign.

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  8. The Devilbat says:

    The democrat party has always been corrupt. Here is an excerpt from a letter dated November 29 1934 from Nikola Tesla to the billionaire banker JP Morgan. Tesla was the inventor of our modern AC electrical system along with many other things. Did he get it right or what?

    “We are in the clutches of a political party which caters openly and brazenly to the mob and believes that by pouring out billions of public money, still unequalled, it can remain in power indefinitely. The democratic principles are forsaken and individual liberty and incentives are made a joke. The “New Deal” is a perpetual motion scheme which can never work but is given a semblance of operativeness by unceasing supply of the peoples capital. Most of the measures adopted are a bid for votes and some are destructive to established industries and decidedly socialistic. The next step might be the distribution of wealth by excessive taxing if not conscription.”

    Liked by 15 people

  9. andi lee says:

    Okay. What is this? I thought Flynn was cleared of no wrong-doing?

    Also, see on twitterverse they’re investigating Flynn’s son?

    This is absolutely frighening. Whistle-blower former CIA Agent Kevin Shipp said as much. Target family, threats of violence, bankruptsy, homeless. Speaking publicly saved his life.

    Gary Webb wasn’t so lucky.

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    • distracted2 says:

      Yes, it was reported this morning that his attorney fees have reached SEVEN figures. His brother gave a short interview and said that the entire family has banded together to help him fight these allegations. His brother said that Mike is a straight arrow and they are 100% behind him.

      I don’t know what he did, if anything, but what’s happening to him is, as you say, absolutely frightening.

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  10. andi lee says:

    UK Courts / Senator McCain Deposititon:

    Note: Opposition Research began in 2010. ???

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  11. Publius2016 says:

    Total witch hunt from the beginning. SICK! Remember these are 21st Century surveillance tools and involve 100% intrusion into someone’s life, home, and family. The real “news” will come out soon about the Obama Administration. As we’ve already seen, the Congress is 90% RINOs, Nevertrumpers, and Dems and they are all compromised and corrupted.

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  12. Convert says:

    Fantastic– doing the job the worthless NYT won’t do. And absolutely mind-blowing. What breathtaking corruption. And all Trump’s tweets vindicated, by the way. This should be emailed to everyone, everyone in this country, in the media, in government. Wow.

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  13. i'm just sayin'.. says:

    Drill baby, drill!

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  14. jeans2nd says:

    “the Steele Dossier, which was originally financed by the Jeb Bush campaign and Never Trumpers, and later passed on to Hillary Clinton allies via continued investigative funding by Fusion GPS.”

    “Browder stated the Russian government actually paid Fusion GPS to create the Steele propaganda dossier on candidate Donald Trump.”

    “October 2016: Podesta emails” which contain the Podesta email from Dec 2015 that states they will be using the “Trump-Putin bromance” to discredit Donald Trump.

    “originally financed” “to create”
    Who actually initiated and paid for the creation of the Steele Dossier? It cannot be both Bush/NeverTrumpers/Clinton and Russia. Unless all parties were colluding.
    still maintain Browder is a lying nutjob who also should be registering as a foreign lobbyist

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    • PDQ says:

      UNIPARTY.

      Same snake, many heads.
      Disgusting.

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    • Jim in TN says:

      This is not a contradiction as much as it is a sign of intelligence work. The real question should be who was influencing all these disparate groups, and in what order? Is the O administration a gullible greedy victim of R propaganda, or just colluding with R intelligence?

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    • WSB says:

      From what I have read, a Jeb Bush donor originally paid for the information during the primaries. When DJT won the primaries, the Bush donor dropped all payments. Then Steele was stuck with his dossier so he shopped it to the Clinton camp. Now, that could just be Steele attempting to be paid twice, so who knows?

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  15. georgiafl says:

    So, did Steele also do the ‘wet work’ on Seth Rich?

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  16. Jim in TN says:

    A couple details that might be worth considering.

    Comey testified that the FISA filings are huge things with lots of stuff in them. I believe he was putting off a question about using the dossier to justify FISA warrant. This is a good hint that the old stuff was dredged up, despite having gone nowhere, to help buffalo the judge. Including Carter Page.

    The shift from an intelligence operation to a criminal investigation did not happen until after the election. There are stories that this part began with the sore loser herself, within a few hours of losing. She was in on both. And she is still pushing his win as illegitimate.

    The Never Trump wacko birds in Congress are involved, at least tangentially. And they have been using this to attack Trump, to avoid working on Trump’s agenda and their own responsibilities, to tear down his poll numbers, and to hide behind when they step up and block important bills.

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    • skaebne says:

      There is another critical detail that Sundance neglected to mention: What was the ‘suspicious activity’ between the computer in the Russian bank and a server in Trump Towers? The Russian computer was broadcasting spam.

      That was the legal basis for initiating the entire surveillance operation against Trump.

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      • AghastInFL says:

        I like your comment but the detail is somewhat lost in format…
        Your question:
        What was the ‘suspicious activity’ between the computer in the Russian bank and a server in TrumpTower?

        Answer:
        The Russian computer was broadcasting spam.

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  17. 4sure says:

    Sooner or later, maybe someone will take it upon themselves to fix this crap. It will have to be done by citizens because the gov’t is too corrupt to ever fix it.

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  18. Adjudicator says:

    With AG Sessions utterly failing to investigate, yet alone to arrest or to convene a grand jury, the known criminals and traitors like Clinton, Obama administration officials, Comey, Clapper, and Brennan, et al., one has to wonder how many Trump appointees and Congress members are being blackmailed by the deep state/shadow government? Our intelligence agencies were engaged in widespread (illegal) spying under the Obama administration. Only a fool would not believe that the snooping was/is being used for political purposes.

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  19. wyntre says:

    TCTH has published many brilliant articles but in my book this one is one of the very best!

    Please, everyone, if you have any contacts in DC, send it to them.

    Everyone else, share, share, share on FB, on Twitter, in comments sections.

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  20. DeWalt says:

    Question for Sundance. What are the Statues of Limitations on the various criminal actions if we break them down by counts? Beginning with the most significant to the least. Can we create a list of Federal codes broken, when, and by whom ? This will show what the Uniparty’s goals are and may be predictive of who will take the fall.
    I believe the show we are watching is the old prosecutor trick of running the clock out when they don’t want to prosecute. Most of us know that these Congressional Investigations have no teeth.

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  21. youme says:

    The FBI and Justice Department stated in a court filing made public Sept. 1 they had no records related to wiretaps on Trump Tower.
    http://www.newsweek.com/trump-russia-investigation-wiretap-fbi-obama-658888

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    • youme says:

      The Department of Justice’s National Security Division and the FBI “can again confirm that they have no records related to wiretaps as described by the March 4, 2017 tweets,” according to a Motion for Summary Judgment filed in response to a Freedom of Information Act request by American Oversight, a government watchdog group. American Oversight had requested, “Warrant applications or records requesting a court order to intercept communications related to candidate Donald Trump, Trump Tower, entities housed in Trump Tower, or any person affiliated with Mr. Trump’s campaign; court orders approving or rejecting those requests; records of those wiretaps, and; communications between the FBI or DOJ and Congress relating to these issues.”

      https://www.documentcloud.org/documents/3985960-DOJ-Motion-for-Summary-Judgment-in-Trump-Tower.html

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    • 4sure says:

      They also said they had no notes on the Bill Clinton/Loretta Lynch tarmac meeting, but we now know that was a lie. The FBI has lied over and over re. anything they have touched and screwed up under Comey/Obama. That cesspool needs to be abolished.

      I’m serious. It needs to be abolished. It cannot ever be trusted again. The CIA, the NSA, all deep state IA’s need to be abolished. They are more dangerous to this country than any outside force.

      We are in serious danger of losing our freedom.

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  22. Thecleaner says:

    I have followed this blog for about a year now, but this is my first post.
    Maybe somebody can explain something to me. Mueller was appointed as Special Counsel..,this position gives him the authority to investigate, not prosecute…he is not a special prosecutor.
    Having said that, how can it be that the MSM is rabidly reporting that Mueller and his team have notified Manafort that they will indict him? They simply have no authority to indict him or anybody else. They could recommend an indictment to DOJ, but have no independant authority to do so on their own, or decide if an indictment will ultimately drop on Manafort or anybody else…bs meter ringing loudly here.

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    • WeeWeed says:

      Welcome Cleaner!

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    • youme says:

      As special counsel, Mueller has the power to issue subpoenas, hire staff members, request funding, and prosecute federal crimes in connection with the election interference.
      https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/2017_Special_Counsel_investigation

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      • Thecleaner says:

        My understanding of the difference between a special counsel vs special prosecutor is that a special prosecutor operates independant of the DOJ, and that a special counsel is a creature of the DOJ, and although they have broad powers, prosecutions must be green lighted or authorized by the DOJ, and can be terminated by the DOJ at any time, or have their scope limited.
        In short, the special counsel is not independant and can only prosecute with the blessing of and through the DOJ structure. I may be wrong, but my understanding would seem to limit Mueller to presenting his findings and seeking instruction from his client..the DOJ.

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        • youme says:

          If true, he will get his marching orders from his friend Deputy AG Rosenstein since Sessions recused himself.

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          • Thecleaner says:

            True enough….I think we need to be very skeptical of any claims asserting that Mueller is gonna do this or that, flip Manafort with indictments etc..if Mueller had the goods on anybody in relation to the actual scope of his investigation then he would simply turn it over to the DOJ and recommend an indictment….I simply do not buy that he can indict anybody he wants on some unrelated allegation in order to “flip” them.
            They were wire tapping Manafort a year before Trump even announced he was running, so the investigation was clearly not about Russian meddling in the 2006 election, which is Muellers purview.
            It would stretch credibility to think that Russia had decided to collude with a person who had not yet even indicated would run for office. So what were they looking for in 2014 when they first tapped Manafort?….it certainly wasnt Russian election collussion with Trump

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            • LBB says:

              From the CNN article.

              “…A secret order authorized by the court that handles the Foreign Intelligence Surveillance Act (FISA) began after Manafort became the subject of an FBI investigation that began in 2014. It centered on work done by a group of Washington consulting firms for Ukraine’s former ruling party, the sources told CNN.”

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              • Thecleaner says:

                Exactly!!!! Not Muellers business. However watch how the slimy MSM is reporting it on TV. HEADLINE: FBI uses warrant from secret court to monitor Trump campaign chair before and after the election..
                Yup, 2014 was absolutely before the election, but they try to conflate the warrant as having something to do with Trump by not reporting the date the warrant was obtained, and that it expired due to lack of evidence…although it is mentioned in the online article….that most people will not have read of course…

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                • 4sure says:

                  This is not supposed to be in the purview of the SC investigation. He is on a fishing exepedition, as everyone knew it would turn out. It always does. Mueller is corrupt.Trump should order Sessions to fire Mueller. That’s why he was chosen. If Sessiions refuses, fire his sorry azz. If Rosy refuses, fire his sorry azz. On down the line until someone fires him.

                  Yeah, Trump will catch hell, but we have his back. It’s time we have a constitutional crisis over the rule of law. W/O the rule of law, nothing else in this country matters. Time to go to the mattresses.

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    • Jim in TN says:

      § 600.4 Jurisdiction.

      (a)Original jurisdiction. The jurisdiction of a Special Counsel shall be established by the Attorney General. The Special Counsel will be provided with a specific factual statement of the matter to be investigated. The jurisdiction of a Special Counsel shall also include the authority to investigate and prosecute federal crimes committed in the course of, and with intent to interfere with, the Special Counsel’s investigation, such as perjury, obstruction of justice, destruction of evidence, and intimidation of witnesses; and to conduct appeals arising out of the matter being investigated and/or prosecuted.

      (b)Additional jurisdiction. If in the course of his or her investigation the Special Counsel concludes that additional jurisdiction beyond that specified in his or her original jurisdiction is necessary in order to fully investigate and resolve the matters assigned, or to investigate new matters that come to light in the course of his or her investigation, he or she shall consult with the Attorney General, who will determine whether to include the additional matters within the Special Counsel’s jurisdiction or assign them elsewhere.

      Here is a link to this part of the special counsel law.
      https://www.law.cornell.edu/cfr/text/28/600.4

      Also, here is the letter of appointment. It also references power to prosecute.
      https://www.justice.gov/opa/press-release/file/967231/download

      Here is his charter, (from the appointment letter)

      (b) The Special Counsel is authorized to conduct the investigation confirmed by then-FBI
      Director James 8. Corney in testimony before the House Permanent Select Committee on
      Intelligence on March 20, 2017, including:
      (i) any links and/or coordination bet ween the Russian government and individuals
      associated with the campaign of President Donald Trump; and
      (ii) any matters that arose or may arise directly from the investigation; and
      (iii) any other matters within the scope of 28 C.F.R. § 600.4(a).

      Mueller is likely on safe ground investigating the hodgepodge of garbage piled on to the FISA warrant, even if it is unrelated and prior to any interaction with the campaign. It was already part of the Comey investigation that Mueller is charged to investigate. And, these are prexisting links between the Russian government and a person associated with the campaign of President Trump.

      Rosenstein failed to follow the law. It requires that he determine a criminal investigation is warranted. (600.1) And provide a SPECIFIC FACTUAL STATEMENT of the matter to be investigated. Instead, he asked for a completion of the intelligence matter mentioned in Comey’s testimony. And he wrote an open ended charge that can be stretched ad infinitum with ease.

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      • mimbler says:

        Yes, and if the republicans in congress weren’t on board with the democrats they would be using your last paragraph like a club and shut this thing down, as well as demanding rosie be fired (which would take the heat from PDJT).

        Definitely reveals their true colors, if there was any doubt.

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      • Thecleaner says:

        Thanks Jim,
        So Mueller has been given authority to investigate the Russia fairy tale.
        His statutory charter appears to allow him to prosecute “interference or obstruction” with that investigation, but not prosecutorial power over the underlying investigation.
        I know it seems like semantics, but its important when we hear the MSM bleating on about Mueller apparently threatening to indict people. I just dont think he has the authority outside of perjury or obstruction charges.

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  23. Travis McGee says:

    Hard to Drain the Swamp if you don’t pull the plug. Our government is corrupt to the core and I don’t see it changing anytime soon if ever. Trump could use his bully pulpit to start educating the people on just how corrupt it is like he did in his campaign. Maybe the “Big Ugly” will start the process whenever it really gets going. Our biggest challenge is right here on our shores.

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    • Orygun says:

      Very true and it is up to us the voter to start the swamp draining in 2018. President Trump is dancing around on the head of a needle trying to keep the country going and clean up what he can without turning the entire Congress against him.

      The corruption in DC is so huge that they could rig an impeachment process and remove him from office. That vote in the Senate was to let him know who has the power when they chose to stay in session. Our President needs more support in DC before he can make any real big moves or the corruptocrats will try to remove him.

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  24. uptothere says:

    Excellent compilation and presentation! This is what Mueller should be looking into if he is truly worried about abuse of power.

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  25. shadowcole says:

    My husband and I just watched “Snowden” for the first time, I recommend this movie as it gives the backstory to why he did what he did.

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  26. positron1352 says:

    Amazing work as usual, Sundance.

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