FBI Director Chris Wray Declassifies Large Portions of Grassley Memo…

A few moments ago Senator Chuck Grassley released an updated version of his memo which substantiates his prior Criminal Referral, against Christopher Steele, to the Department of Justice.

Last Friday Chairman Grassley asked FBI Director Chris Wray to remove the prior redactions and declassify the underlying supportive documents; known as the “Grassley Memo”.  FBI Director Wray did not remove all redactions; but did remove most.  Here is the newest version (pdf link here):

BACK-STORY BELOW:

With the HPSCI memo now in the rear-view mirror, and the content in the bloodstream of the U.S. electorate, Senate Judiciary Chairman Chuck Grassley is next.

Toward the end of December, the FBI provided the Senate Judiciary Committee, Chuck Grassley, with FBI investigative documents (likely FD-302’s) from their contacts with Christopher Steele. According to most reasonable timing we can discover Steele met with FBI officials sometime around October 1st, 2016.

From the U.K. lawsuit against Christopher Steele (pdf here), Steele admits to having shopped the Clinton-Steele dossier to U.S. media outlets “in person” in late September (New York Times, WaPo, New Yorker and CNN), and mid-October, 2016 (New York Times, WaPo, and Yahoo News), per instructions from Glenn Simpson (Fusion GPS):

(Source – Page #8, pdf)

Additionally, in late October, 2016, Christopher Steele briefed Mother Jones via Skype.

According to the released HPSCI intelligence memo, the FBI sought a FISA application based on the Steele Dossier on October 21st, 2016. From those UK court records at least two briefings with reporters, containing five outlets, took place prior to the FBI using the Clinton-Steele dossier in their FISA application.

The “late September” briefings with the New York Times, Washington Post, Yahoo News, New Yorker and CNN took place prior to Christopher Steele meeting with FBI officials early October. The implication therein is that the FBI had to know prior to their October 21st, 2016, court application that the information they were presenting to the FISA court was being heavily shopped to media outlets. This would be immediately disqualifying.

 

However, in the released HPSCI memo, it is noted that Christopher Steele lied to the FBI about those media engagements taking place. See:

The HPSCI memo notes the FBI relationship with Christopher Steele was terminated after the FISA application (Oct. 21st, 2016), as a result of the Mother Jones article from October 30th, 2016. Media contact by an FBI material witness is immediately disqualifying.

The question is: did the FBI submit the FISA application under false pretenses? Did the FBI actually know Christopher Steele was shopping the dossier to the media prior to their FISA court submission?

The HPSCI memo gives the FBI the benefit of doubt by presuming the FBI were unaware or “lied to“. The FD-302’s (FBI investigative interview notes), which appear to have been turned over to Senate Chairman Chuck Grassley, would contain the evidence to support the FBI being duped – OR – show the FBI knew, and proceeded in using the dossier despite disqualifying knowledge of media involvement.

The answers to those important questions appear to be the looming in the FBI classified documents behind the Grassley criminal referral.

In an effort to get the answer to those questions into sunlight; and with the understanding that Chairman Grassley has the FBI documents; Grassley has produced a memo for declassification that facilitates understanding how the FBI used the Clinton-Steele dossier.

Like the underlying documents behind the HPSCI (Nunes) memo, the Grassley memo cannot declassify the underlying information (ie. the FBI FD-302’s). However, unlike the process in the House, Senator Grassley cannot declassify the memo and submit it for public review without approval from the DOJ, Rod Rosenstein, and FBI Director Christopher Wray.

On January 5th, 2018, The Grassley Memo approach surfaces. Grassley issues a statement on the reason for the criminal referral. He lets us know that he ALSO has a classified memo that he is trying to get released! Unlike Nunes he needs to go through DOJ:

January 24th, 2018, Grassley Speech: “Hiding From Tough Questions” – In his 17 minute speech Grassley reveals important details about his investigation into Steele and the FBI.

Thanks to the brilliant work of DaveNYviii we can walk through this carefully, and watch the outline in a logical sequence.

FIRST – The Criminal Referral:

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SECOND – The Discrepancies: “If those [FBI] documents are not true, and there are serious discrepancies that are no fault of Mr. Steele, then we have another problem—an arguably more serious one.

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THIRD – The Grassley Memo: “Judiciary Cmte has access to the same information that House Intel Cmte saw before drafting ITS SUMMARY MEMO. Our committee doesn’t have the same authority to release classified information. We have to rely on the agency to review & potentially DECLASSIFY OUR MEMO”:

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In his speech, Senate Judiciary Chairman Chuck Grassley lets us know that unlike Devin Nunes and the HPSCI he has to get agency approval (DOJ) to declassify his memo.

Chairman Nunes had the clearance and a process to release his memo to the Full House, Executive Branch and then to the public. Senator Grassley does not have that same process or clearance availability… Yet.

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608 Responses to FBI Director Chris Wray Declassifies Large Portions of Grassley Memo…

  1. robert granholm says:

    “This is no doubt why Steele himself, in the libel cases against him, has taken the position that he cannot vouch for the truthfulness of the allegations in the dossier. Rather, he admits they were hearsay claims that he passed along because they seemed alarming, but that needed vigorous investigation by the FBI to determine their provenance and accuracy.” AM
    http://www.nationalreview.com/article/456093/jerrold-nadler-memo-rebuttal-weak-unpersuasive

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    • farrier105 says:

      Steele is a liar. He was pushing the thing on the media like a carnival barker shouting about the bearded lady and the dog-faced boy. He got Isikoff to write his piece about the dossier for Yahoo news.

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  2. SmilinJackAbbott says:

    Up til now I’ve been assuming they misled the court. But if Grassley’s memo’s correct they didn’t. In effect they straight up told the judge the intel presented didn’t meet the legal requirements for a warrant but give us one anyway because Steele’s a good guy who never steered us wrong before!

    I can see why the judge hasn’t criminally referred the warrant applicants. They told him they couldn’t satisfy the legal requirements and he gave them a warrant anyway. All of them need to be criminally investigated including the judge.

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    • David A says:

      The two, informing the judge that the information is unverified, and not informing the judge that
      it was funded by HRC – DNC – and Obama sources as well as not informing the judge that the news source was the very author of the dossier; are orthogonal and both can be true.

      I see no evidence that both are not true and considerable evidence that both are true.

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    • Donna in Oregon says:

      Where does it tell the judge that Carter Page was an undercover for an FBI sting on Russians in a case 3 months prior?

      I must have missed that part.

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    • farrier105 says:

      They misled the judge about Steele. He’s a joke who was posing as the compiler of the “dossier.” Jethro Bodine was more of a “Double-Nought” spy than Steele.

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  3. yakmaster2 says:

    Chief Justice Roberts needs to be looking hard into FISC abuses. If those appointed judges on FISC are so easily bamboozled by the FBI, THEY ARE NOT DOING THEIR JOBS! That Court was created to supposedly protect AMERICAN CITIZENS’ civil rights under the Fourth Amendment.
    They are answerable to the Supreme Court, yet I don’t hear a single pundit suggesting the SC should review this particular case.

    No, heaven forbid ANYONE should question the sanctity of FISA “warrants” or the Court that grants them—even if the FBI and DOJ declares an American a “foreign spy” in order to obtain permission to spy on everyone he comes in contact with, past or present!

    Well, I think the FISC is a Kangaroo Court. The term rubber stampers also comes to mind and I don’t feel the least “unpatriotic” for thinking it. Thanks, GW Bush (and spymaster Dad) for leaving us with this rot as part of your legacy.

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    • farrier105 says:

      This is how bad it really is. Those people tortured and murdered Kenneth Trentadue in his one-man cell in the Federal Transfer Facility in Oklahoma City over 20 years ago and got away with it. Watch the entire video. The FBI informant population is HUGE. They are spread all over the government, in the offices of judges, infiltrate defense attorney staffs, and Congressional Staffs. They penetrated the upper levels of ABC News.

      It is out of control.

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    • stenwin77 says:

      I think SCJ Roberts is key here. He was a Bush appointee. His ruling on Obamacare was beyond shocking… he is controlled by the Bushes. I believe Obama went to Bush to lean on John Roberts for the Obamacare decision.

      Frankly, I think the Bushes are in this FISA crap as much as the Clintons. Remember, Bill and W are “brothers”. And the Bushes hatred of Trump is just as strong as the Clintons (if not more so). Justice Roberts was told whom to appoint to the FISC from W and Papa Bush.

      Remember Jeb, with great certainty, telling people that Trump would be gone by Christmas. How would he have known that?

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      • yakmaster2 says:

        That may be true. All I’m seeing is that the FISC RARELY EVER denies a request from FBI for surveillance on anyone. Either the FBI never ever makes a mistake, meaning EVERY request is justified for legitimate reasons (which we see is NOT true), or FISC is just an arm of the FBI! I would find the influence of our Supreme Court judges by political operatives to be just as repulsive.

        I don’t doubt that elder Bush, former CIA Director, is probably still revered at the CIA and other IC and that he (and son) still have old connections there who leak to them whenever asked. Hence, their fear and hatred of Trump because he could upset their beloved vision of IC being all powerful AND THEIR CONNECTIONS. They need to take their spy love and NWO and walk into the sunset. Or off a short pier.

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        • dayallaxeded says:

          Put Justice Thomas in charge of FISC and there’ll be a quiet, but determined house-cleaning. He knows the lengths evil will go to stop good and I don’t think he’s ever wavered. I don’t have the strong aversion to Roberts that many here do, but given the revelations that keep coming, it certainly seems like a more “committed” hand needs to be over this dubious shadow court system.

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        • Mark McQueen says:

          IMO FISA was CONTRIVED as an arm of the IC. It exists as a semblance of Judicial “cover” for spying on whomever the IC chooses to spy on. It never functioned as a real Court would.

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    • 4sure says:

      Roberts needs to be impeached for incompetence or corruption.

      Liked by 1 person

  4. Convert says:

    Well, can’t sleep, so checking in to see what’s the latest– so bizarre and unbelievable, these Democrats. This isn’t just politics to them. It’s religion. This was their own little version of Jihad. They are perfectly willing to do anything to anyone, break any law, because their cause is just and righteous, praise be to Hilary.
    One thing I wish would come to the front would be the payment of journalists by the Clinton campaign? When is that going to come out?! It’s one super important aspect of this story–the American people will be totally disgusted and totally not surprised and it will help solidify the support for the good guys across the board to see how corrupt and incestuous the press and the Democrats are.

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    • nimrodman says:

      “payment of journalists by the Clinton campaign”

      I don’t really see that there needed to be much of that.
      They’re fellow travelers.
      The press holds the same beliefs, values, and worldview as the Clinton Campaign.

      The Campaign only needed to provide the narratives, the talking points.
      The press would dutifully push them out.

      Remember, they’re stenographers, not journalists.
      They’re not a free and impartial Press.
      They’re a wholly owned and operated propaganda arm of the Democrat Party.

      Don’t forget the photo, have you ever seen such fawning and unquestioning idolatry?

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  5. David A says:

    The two, informing the judge that the information is unverified, and not informing the judge that
    it was funded by HRC – DNC – and Obama sources as well as not informing the judge that the news source was the very author of the dossier; are orthogonal and both can be true.

    I see no evidence that both are not true and considerable evidence that both are true.

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  6. Luke of the D says:

    Wow! This is damning as hell! If Steele is not indicted, I’ll eat my hat! And if he is indicted, the entire Muh Russia conspiracy crumbles! Bang goes the drum!

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  7. justme928 says:

    Last sentence on page three of the memo, “…. generally matches the information about Page that [Steel] discovered doing HIS/HER research, …..”.

    What is with the HER part? Why would Steel be between [ ] ?

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    • That appears to be the manner in which these reports are written. Steele appears within brackets each time Grassley quotes the FISA application directly, In the second paragraph on the third page, we see, “Based on [Steele’s] previous reporting with the FBI”. It seems it’s part of the syntax for FISA requests.

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    • dayallaxeded says:

      It’s probably standard practice not to put the “informant’s” name in the report and to obfuscate their identity further by not attributing gender or other identifiers. The addition of [Steele] indicates it is information added by the Grassley or whomever the author of the current document may be.

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  8. thedoc00 says:

    Hopefully this also starts the narrative to knock out the last two legs of the Democrat defense against all these Republican revelations and memos, namely this information removes any and all ability to use Carter Page and Popadopolous as viable sources to support a FISA application.

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  9. mashall says:

    Does HRC or any of her former staff still have their Security Clearance/Access Credentials ?

    Why?

    Who called for or initiated removal of such Security Clearance/Access Credentials?

    Could they be accessing any of these probes/investigations and undermining them in “real time?”

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  10. G. Combs says:

    Two points people are missing.

    #1. Grassley has presented an EITHER – OR.
    Either Steele was lying
    OR
    The FBI was lying.

    #2.
    May 23, 2017
    “[…]Trump fired Comey earlier this month, just over nine months into the FBI’s probe of Russia’s hacking and disinformation campaigns that targeted Democrats during the election. That probe began in earnest when Robert Hannigan, then the chief of Britain’s Government Communications Headquarters, passed Brennan material related to conversations Trump associates had with suspected or known Russian agents in late 2015 and early 2016,….
    Brennan was so concerned about the intercepted communications that he established a counterintelligence task force, which included the FBI and the National Security Agency. (Former Director of National Intelligence James Clapper testified earlier this month that those communications had been picked up and handed over to US agencies, but he could not elaborate due to the “sensitive” nature of the intelligence.)[…]”
    http://www.businessinsider.com/john-brennan-russia-trump-collusion-testimony-2017-5

    Apr. 13, 2017
    “[…]Brennan reportedly established a counterintelligence task force, which included the FBI and the National Security Agency. That summer, Robert Hannigan, then the chief of the GCHQ, passed Brennan more material related to conversations Trump associates had with suspected or known Russian agents,[…]”http://www.businessinsider.com/british-spy-agency-trump-russia-ties-2017-4

    Hannigan resigned on Jan. 23, 2017. This was three days after Trump’s inauguration and shortly after the first allegations that former MI6 agent Christopher Steele was involved.

    FORGET RUSSIA, THE UK interfered with the US election and it is documented!!!

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    • Donna in Oregon says:

      Yes G! Brennan. Frickin’ Brennan. I keep mentioning him (I know, maybe obsessively) but I know that weasel is right in there.

      I want him excoriated! (Yes, I do mean part of his hide removed.) I think the fake Baltic Intel is what gave Brennan his ammo. And Soros was in Macedonia, pulling one of his banking schemes and using his CIA access Obama and Clinton gave him to start this whole muh Russia crap..

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    • dayallaxeded says:

      And the coms between a so-called “Trump campaign” person and muh Rooskies were probably nothing more than CPage’s contacts, pushed by FIB. What a tangled web they weave when they keep on practicing to deceive!

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  11. maggie0987 says:

    Not sure if I am posting this in correct place but is anyone reading these –
    https://www.hsgac.senate.gov/media/majority-media/chairman-johnson-releases-interim-report-including-strzok-page-fbi-text-messages
    What a pair these two are! Martin O;Malley is a douche, Kasich is gay Chris Wallace is a douche and as for Donald!!

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  12. PowerCord says:

    I did NOT see Senator Grassley entering this clusterfnck and be a freakin’ asset to POTUS, instead of just an a.s.s. Winning.

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  13. Donman says:

    We are forgetting one huge part of this, : Carter Page was an undercover FBI Confidential Informant working directly with the FBI to nab Russian Spies and even to go as far all the way to Russian a few times to “conduct biz” with them but he is really completely undercover and working with FBI to gather intel on the Russian Spies here in the states and all the way back to Russia, not trying to blow his cover. But then FBI turns around and uses Carter Page by claiming he is spying for Russia, then they can get FISA warrant and go snooping after Trump and wire tapping him. But how can FBI or DOJ get a real FISA warrant if Carter Page is one of them on the payroll working side by side? Impossible, FBI lied to FISA court about this, Carter Page was not a spy but rather undercover CI working with FBI to nail Russian spies!!! Unbelievable nobody has picked this up and made the connections that Carter Page was on FBI payroll and not some dumb foolish spy for Russia!!

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