House Intel Committee Reaches Agreement With Fusion GPS on Bank Records – (pdf of Judicial Order)…

Last week, the firm behind the contract for the Russian Dossier, Fusion GPS, requested that a U.S. District judge block congressional investigators from access, via a previous subpoena, to its bank records. The judge gave the House Intelligence Committee lawyers and Fusion GPS a week to see if they could work out a mutual agreement on the production of the records.

Yesterday the attorneys for Fusion GPS and the House Intelligence Committee agreed to terms for releasing the bank records.  The intel committee will receive the bank records to continue their investigation, but the documents will be sealed from public scrutiny:

During the week-long negotiations between Fusion GPS and congressional lawyers, multiple funding sources were mysteriously leaked.   One of the leaks showed The Washington Free Beacon and billionaire Paul Singer initially contracted with Fusion GPS in 2015 for initial opposition research against candidate Donald Trump, seemingly for the benefit of WFB and Singer’s preferred candidate Marco Rubio. That commissioned research ended in March/April of 2016 when it was clear that Rubio could not win the nomination.

Additionally, it was leaked that the Hillary Clinton campaign and Democrat National Committee entered into another contract with Fusion GPS for research into candidate Trump (general election) that eventually led to the June 2016 commissioned work by former British MI6 agent Christoper Steele.

Mr. Steele then used his Russian contacts to assemble a dossier, later called the “Russian Dossier” that became the centerpiece of Hillary Clinton’s “Vast Russian Conspiracy” narrative against candidate Trump and, after election victory, against President-Elect Trump.

The unknown aspect surrounding the dossier is the extent of the collaboration between the former Obama administration’s intelligence community (FBI, CIA, ODNI), the Clinton Campaign, Fusion GPS and Christopher Steele.  There have been numerous reports that parts of the Steele Dossier was used by the Obama intelligence groups, specifically the FBI, to gain FISA warrants to spy on the campaign activity of Donald Trump.

The timelines associated with the events, and the specific instances of activity within the timeline, indicate a particular level of collaboration between the FBI and Steele using the dossier (a collection of unfounded and salacious accusations) to construct a political narrative against the candidate, president-elect and later President, Donald Trump.

1. June 2016: FISA request. At the same time Christopher Steele begins work for the Clinton Campaign and DNC, 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: 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: 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: FISA request.   At the same time Christopher Steele presents the completed Russian Dossier to Fusion GPS, 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.

  • Election November 8th – Donald Trump wins.
  • NSA Director Admiral Michael Rogers had a visit with President Trump on Friday, November 16th. The next day the Trump transition team move operations from Trump Tower to Trump’s golf course resort in Bedminster, New Jersey.
  • In its final days, the Obama Administration expanded the power of the National Security Agency (NSA) to share globally intercepted personal communication with the government’s 16 other intelligence agencies before applying any privacy protections.
  • The new rules were issued under section 2.3 of Executive Order 12333 after approval by two Obama Administration officials: Attorney General Loretta Lynch and Director of National Intelligence Director, James Clapper.
  • 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

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.

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: 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: Simultaneous to Hillary Clinton and the DNC commissioning Christopher Steele (through Fusion GPS) to manufacture the ‘Russian Dossier’ – the Obama administration sought, and eventually obtained, authorization to eavesdrop on the Trump campaign; the FBI continued monitoring the Trump team even when no evidence of wrongdoing was found; then Obama Lynch and Clapper relaxed the NSA rules to allow evidence to be shared widely within the government, virtually ensuring that the information, including the conversations of private citizens, would be leaked to the media.



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233 Responses to House Intel Committee Reaches Agreement With Fusion GPS on Bank Records – (pdf of Judicial Order)…

  1. mccall1981 says:

    Assuming that it’s Manafort being indicted, will they also announce what the indictment is for, like announce that it’s for the Podesta stuff, or that it’s for money laundering or whatever? Or will they just say it’s him and not get into what it’s for?

    Liked by 1 person

    • Daniel says:

      I’m keeping a fully open mind on this one — I don’t have any set expectations about whether or not it’s Manafort. This is ALL coming from an apparent leak which other news groups will not touch.

      Could it all be a move to get certain people to flinch in some way? Perhaps to get them to destroy ‘evidence’ or attempt to flee? Could it all just be a way to recapture the Russian narrative? Could we find CNN confessing to having been fed ‘bad intel’ and say “whoops! my bad….” Or perhaps they will more characteristically go silent on the story tomorrow?

      I stop most speculation when it’s a leak of this nature. I halt all speculation when it’s only carried by a single news group with fruit identification problems.


  2. jello333 says:

    Okay, the public doesn’t get to see this (at least for now)… only the members of the House Intelligence Committee do. We KNOW the media will throw around ever anti-Trump implication they can. But what I also want to know is if anyone on the Committee decides to leak info to the media, do we have anyone on OUR side who would be willing to counter that? Here’s the list of Committee members (I think it’s accurate)… are there any “good guys” on there?:

    Devin Nunes, California, Chair
    Mike Conaway, Texas
    Peter King, New York
    Frank LoBiondo, New Jersey
    Rick Crawford, Arkansas
    Trey Gowdy, South Carolina
    Tom Rooney, Florida
    Will Hurd, Texas
    Ileana Ros-Lehtinen, Florida
    Mike Turner, Ohio
    Brad Wenstrup, Ohio
    Chris Stewart, Utah
    Elise Stefanik, New York
    Adam Schiff, California, Ranking Member
    Jim Himes, Connecticut
    Terri Sewell, Alabama
    André Carson, Indiana
    Jackie Speier, California
    Mike Quigley, Illinois
    Eric Swalwell, California
    Joaquin Castro, Texas
    Denny Heck, Washington


    • Minnie says:

      King, 2nd Congressional District (Long Island), was endorsed by the local political rag last year, says a lot. He is a flip-flopper.

      Stefanik (upstate NY), didn’t she challenge Commie during his testimony earlier this year?

      Liked by 1 person

      • Maquis says:

        Yes, she trapped him into revealing that his political assasination/”investigation” of PDJT was not revealed to Congress at their quarterly meetings as is standard, but after nine long months and only, obviously, as he had no choice as the scam had become openly known.

        Remember seeing him freak and stall for more mental wheels spinning time by blurting out “Good question.”?
        It was, and there are ten-thousand more that this crap-weasel must be made to answer, and answer for.

        As the Witch shrieked, “…they will ALL hang from nooses!”.
        Such a happy thought.

        Liked by 2 people

    • Maquis says:

      Are they Congresspersons?

      ’nuff said.

      Liked by 1 person

  3. fleporeblog says:

    The POSs truly believed in three fallacies that will be their ultimate demise! They believed that HRC would win the Election. They never ever saw the Monster Vote sweeping in to save the day! All the cheating was not enough to overcome the MONSTER!

    Once elected, these same POS truly believed they would get our Lion 🦁 to either resign or be impeached! Everything SD described above was meant to take out our President. Little did they realize that our President has been preparing for the past 30 years for his Presidency. Every single scenario has been played out in his mind. Now we are witnessing the execution of his plan!

    The greatest mistake made by these POS is that they put their faith in the Devil! Up until now he has been victorious. God decided it was time to provide our country the man that will destroy the Devil and All his Creatures!

    Liked by 11 people

    • Daniel says:

      I believe many saw it all coming — monster vote included. There was a reason the polling was so incredibly skewed and varied. Nearly all of the polling was being manipulated so that Democrat voters wouldn’t stay home and perhaps Trump voters would stay home. Many knew what was coming. None had the guts to tell Hillary the prospects. If they truly believed Hillary would win, no such lies would be needed at all.

      Instead, I believe they thought they could change the election by making people believe one side would win and the other would lose.

      And while the open hostility against Trump supporters was real and genuine and that this was likely the reason some people didn’t participate in polling, the skew in sampling is not an excuse for this.

      As for the rest? President Trump may have been prepared to some degree, but not to the degree you are suggesting. No one could have predicted the unprecedented level of Trump opposition. His campaign was designed to mirror Reagan’s. Reagan also had opposition but NOTHING like this.

      The reason for their desperate struggle is not because of Hillary (whom I believe you are referencing as ‘the Devil’) but because their normal lives are now under threat of destruction. People fight the hardest when their normal lives are under threat.

      Liked by 3 people

  4. jeans2nd says:

    “3. October: Podesta emails”

    June 2015 Podesta email showed the Uranium One deal polled badly for Clinton among focus groups.
    Dec 2015 Podesta email said to highlight the Trump-Putin “bromance.”
    Both emails included instructions for the press to follow.

    It all traces back to Clinton and Uranium One. And a corrupt media.

    “Never attribute to malice that which can be adequately explained by stupidity, but don’t rule out malice”
    Heinlein’s Razor

    Since the financial docs are sealed from the public, then we must have public hearings on every other single thing relating to this. One wearies quickly of coverups now.

    Liked by 6 people

  5. Tonawanda says:

    Why is the Fake attribution of Russian hacking of the DNC server no longer mentioned?

    Wasn’t this the first Fake Story of the Fake Narrative?

    Liked by 2 people

  6. scully7 says:

    Found a few things on The_D

    Liked by 5 people

  7. scully7 says:

    Contents deleted by request…

    Liked by 2 people

    • Sayit2016 says:

      PIPE DREAM— Please arrest John McCain ; )

      Liked by 2 people

    • scully7 says:

      Ad rem any chance you could modify my post which I think has just outed me and my computer by me, my mistake thanks

      Liked by 1 person

    • Maquis says:

      Well now, this is so different from the fashion in which Wet-Start McCain claimed he innocently came by this document, isn’t it? The reluctantly drafted concerned Citizen line appears to be the same old sh*t good old John has been playing all his life, lying his ass off, betraying comrades in arms, burning 147 Sailors and Naval Aviators to death, abandoning hundreds of POWs in ‘Nam and assaulting their grieving spouses and families, and, always, SELLING AMERICA OUT AT EVERY TURN!

      Forget cheering for Brain Cancer; Hang that Bastard Now!

      Liked by 5 people

      • whizzbang says:

        That is bull crap and had been disproven again and again. Please stop with the conspiracy theories. John McCain is a war hero. Since then he has proved himself to be a political whore.

        However, don’t make up sh|t about the USS Forrestal fire. Do you even KNOW what a wet start is?

        I have no empathy for that man, but give him his due. He served. He suffered. He endured. He then turned to the dark side but that does NOT diminish his service.

        Have YOU served?


        • Sharon says:

          Thank you. I am so sick and tired of people believing stuff for no good reason and then repeating it when they have no basis for trusting the information. Apparently they sometimes do that just to feel like one of the cool kids who knows stuff.. I’ve concluded there are many who just enjoy piling on.

          You have no idea how many hundreds of times I have chosen not to write a reply, along with an extracted quote from a comment. My reply would just be, “And you know this how?”

          I’ve been here since the doors opened in February of 2011 and have seen it all. This element is constant. One of the reasons I just don’t engage much any more. Too much work in a mess. Sundance’s work is stellar, as always, and I’m grateful he continues his reasearch, his thinking, his analysis. Fortunately, that stands on its own value and cannot be destroyed by the lack of quality too many of the comment threads.

          Tiresome stuff – anyway – just wanted to thank you.

          Liked by 1 person

        • Maquis says:

          Twenty-Five Years.

          Aircraft Maintenance, I do indeed know what a wet-start is.

          Gentleman below says he’s seen a training video purporting to show exactly what happened. Sure would be nice to actually see that, probably much more effective at making the points you claim than the rude assault you chose as your “persuasive” gambit.

          John McCain is no hero. Wasn’t. Isn’t.

          In any case, if Valor can be stolen, it can also be rendered of no consequence by one’s own actions. McCain more than destroyed any credit he ever earned in his Military career.

          I suppose y’all are going to dispute that McCain aided Nixon and Kissinger’s call to abandon several hundred POWs in Vietnam at war’s end and to claim that all Soldiers had been accounted for?

          That none were left behind? That he verbally assaulted their, likely, widows, as they sought Congressional assistance in learning of their fates?

          How the Hell could he have possibly accomplished anything so “heroic” as to not been utterly obliterated by such a traitorous unfaithful act?

          Answer, he didn’t. Ever.

          Ever ask yourself why he “went” to the Dark Side? Ever consider that he has been an arrogant selfish egotistical incompetent bastard all his days?

          It’s rather convenient for McCain that he was protected by his Admiral father and the subsequent sealing of his personnel record, don’t you think? Why would he feel the need to hide the truth?

          He has capitalized on his “war hero” status ever since, to a nauseating degree. Just hearing the phrase applied to him turns my stomach.

          Liked by 1 person

      • TexasDude says:

        McCain did not start any ship fires causing sailors to die. McCain has plenty of faults, but this is not one. For crying out loud, shipboard CCTV recorded him climbing out of burning plane after the plane next to his gets shot by a rocket that came from across the flight deck. It’s a training video that thousands upon thousands of sailors, including me, watched.


  8. susanphd says:

    Excellent report. Thanks.

    Liked by 1 person

  9. Trump has them by the shorthairs.

    Liked by 2 people

  10. Maquis says:

    I love Belushi in this pic! Hillarious. As for the others, eye-bleach, please…

    Liked by 3 people

  11. anthohmy says:

    Can anybody identify the foreign national on foreign soil identified as the target of a Foreign Intelligence Surveillance Court request? T

    he request couldn’t possibly have been to monitor American citizen Donald Trump or any of his presumable citizen advisers, they could only request permission to tap a foreign national. If we find the person or persons, the foreign national targets of the FISA orders, things will become clearer.

    We’ll have a concrete idea of which foreigners on foreign soil were colluding with the Trump campaign, discovered incidentally.

    Then this Russian bank thing, the tapping would be of the Russian bank, aka the “foreign national on foreign soil” not Trump a tap of Trump Tower looking for evidence in Russia.

    There is no justification, ever to tap Trump Tower’s wire’s using a FISA warrant, Steele Dossier, conversations between Flynn and Kisliyak, large bank deposits dropping in Trump’s bank accounts from Russians in exchange for lithium stores in Harney County, Oregon could not have even triggered a FISA warrant. American citizen, American soil. Disqualified.

    Birther, part deux.

    There is an entirely different mechanism for surveillance of US citizens, whoops.

    So either the whole story is malarkey – there were no attempts to get FISA warrants on American citizens on US Soil and that isn’t how Flynn came to be tapped or a computer at Trump Tower came to be tapped,

    Wait-a-minute here, Clapper and Yates already admitted to tapping Kisliyak on American soil. Did they identify what foreign switch the call passed through on the way from Virginia to New York? They can’t order up an unnecessary switch on foreign soil just to meet that technicality, can they?

    I imagine that would require a separate court order, delivered to the phone or email carriers. “Please reroute all calls from phone number A through a foreign country, before the call goes to the in-country recipient”.

    I have yet to read of an instance of a legally obtained surveillance, to begin with, so the expanded sharing permissions granted in January are a moot point.

    Of course, every single person who gained access would realize it was illegal surveillance immediately and then,

    Oh wait.

    and then what? what could they do, safely?

    Liked by 1 person

    • lastinillinois says:

      Perhaps its the woman who requested the meet with Don Jr?

      That would explain why the Obama admin allowed her entry into US even though she was on a watch list?


      • lastinillinois says:

        What has become obvious – to myself, anyway – is that the entire FISA Warrant escapade, and every single item associated with it, was a complete and total setup by the Obama admin to discredit the incoming Trump Admin so that the public would reject the new admin and demand a continuation of the prior rogue regime.

        They had hoped that just the hype of the nonsensical ‘dossier’ would confirm that Don “grab ’em by the p….” Trump wasn’t qualified to be our Pres.

        But, just in case the American public isn’t quite dumbed-down enough yet to believe that garbage, we can then have on record the fact that several members of the incoming campaign were being monitored by national intelligence for purposes of national security:
        that’s really, really suspicious, right stupid-half-of-Americans-whom-would-actually-vote-for-a-heinous-hog-Hillary?!?!?!


      • anthohmy says:

        How many calls with Trump campaign were picked up incidentally while surveilling her outside of the US? Did she ever speak with or communication with Trump campaign other than in person? No way to sweep them up, incidentally then.


  12. daughnworks247 says:

    There was no reason to bargain.
    Public should see the records.
    We’re talking about trust in institutions.
    It’s time for them to ALL come clean.

    Liked by 1 person

    • iRockie says:

      Subpeana the bank; subpeana Fusion GPS; seize the records with warrant under FBI; indict for noncompliance under DOJ. Finally something for AG Session to do other than recuse.


  13. MAGA-choose-it says:

    is what I’ll call this story just out today. Read the entire story. Apologies if it’s already been posted, but it’s bigly YUGE! It goes way beyond the headline.

    Liked by 2 people

    • iRockie says:

      Hillary Clinton paid Fusion GPS and Russian agents to create the Trump Dossier.
      DNC paid Fusion GPS and Russian agents to create the Trump Dossier.
      Obama For America paid Fusion GPS and Russian agents to create the Trump Dossier.
      FBI paid (reimburse is paid) Fusion GPS and Russian agents to create the Trump Dossier.

      Paying for this common purpose must be illegal campaign coordination.


  14. Deedee says:

    REPORT: Obama Paid Nearly $1 Million To Law Firm That Hired Fusion GPS

    “At the same time that Hillary’s campaign, Obama’s campaign organization, and the DNC were simultaneously paying Perkins Coie, the spouse of one of Fusion GPS’s key employees was working directly for Obama in the West Wing.”


  15. Summer says:

    I was listening to Rush for a couple of days and he was livid over the media claim that “Republicans initiated” the collection of fake Intel that formed the basis of the “dossier.” I was wondering why he was so upset about this particular aspect (after all, CNN et al. are fake news anyway) and then it dawned on me that the Republican in question was not Jeb! as we all thought but Marco Rubio, the deep throated Conservative Rush was pushing during that period. Rather awkward.


    • iRockie says:

      “Republicans initiated…” was a rhetorical trick by Democrats providing friendly media a fake line of reasoning.

      1) “Republican” hired Fusion GPS for oppo research on Trump (maybe on all primary candidates).
      2) Hillary Clinton hires Fusion GPS maybe to continue oppo research but definitely to fabricate the Trump Dossier.
      3) Let the media conclude the Republican initiated the Trump Dossier when in reality it was initiated by the Hillary Clinton campaign or other Democrat entities. The Republican didn’t hire Fusion GPS to fabricate the Trump Dossir.


  16. tonyE says:

    So, an Obola appointed Judge got to help the Black Hats by keeping their info hidden from the public.

    Time for a White Hat to release (leak) all the info.

    Liked by 1 person

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