“SpyGate”, The Inspector General, and the Expanded FISA Investigation…

With much of the media, and indeed the President himself, fueling the ongoing headline discussion over the ramifications of the Obama administration setting up “surveillance”, “informants”, counterintelligence operations and “agent provocateurs” against their political opposition, ie. “SpyGate”, it is perhaps time for some mental sorbet.

Relating to the overall issue, on March 28th, 2018, the DOJ Office of Inspector General Michael Horowitz formerly announced an additional investigation of how the U.S. Department of Justice and Federal Bureau of Investigation engaged with the Foreign Intelligence Surveillance Court (FISC) in matters relating to the FISA Title-1 application filed against U.S. person Carter Page.  However, one part of the OIG notification was generously overlooked by a defensive and IC compliant media:

As part of this examination, the OIG also will review information that was known to the DOJ and the FBI at the time the applications were filed from or about an alleged FBI confidential source. Additionally, the OIG will review the DOJ’s and FBI’s relationship and communications with the alleged source as they relate to the FISC applications.  (pdf link)

Two months later on Monday May 21st, Deputy Attorney General Rod Rosenstein added a significant DOJ mandate to the Inspector General review.  Rosenstein expanded the original FISA review to include looking at whether officials within the intelligence community may have unlawfully used human intelligence assets to “spy” or “surveil” the Trump campaign:

“The Department has asked the Inspector General to expand the ongoing review of the FISA application process to include determining whether there was any impropriety or political motivation in how the FBI conducted its counterintelligence investigation of persons suspected of involvement with the Russian agents who interfered in the 2016 presidential election.” (link)

The overall FBI and DOJ corruption and political weaponization discussion has now shifted to issues of politically motivated spies, surveillance and the use of intelligence agents to conduct domestic operations.  There are obvious ramifications and seemingly and endless series of directions and outlines for evidence therein.

♦The first IG report, exposing the lies and media leaks from officials within the FBI, known as the IG Report on Andrew McCabe, was a derivative outcome from the original investigation into whether the FBI politicized their investigation of Hillary Clinton.  That report was published Friday April 13th, 2018.  {SEE HERE}

♦The second IG report, which is actually based on the original IG mandate, was completed on May 16th, 2018, and is being reviewed in draft report format prior to publication. It is widely anticipated that report will be made final and public in the first week of June.

♦The third IG report, again an outcropping from the original IG mandate, is the FISA review and use of the FISA Court (FISC) by the DOJ and FBI in their counterintelligence investigation of candidate Donald Trump.  As noted, this third investigation has now been expanded to include inquiry into how the larger intelligence apparatus might have been weaponized for political purposes; spies, surveillance, international agents, and such.

Here’s where a mental sorbet is in order.

While we await the IG report on the politicization of the DOJ and FBI and how they handled the Clinton Classified-Email Investigation, it is worth noting that much of the FISA investigation overlaps with the FBI intent during this timeline.

There’s obviously a boatload of investigative angles and questions that can possibly swirl around the FISC and IC (intelligence community) investigation. Heck, when any investigation is launched into the intelligence community, this is where you enter the land of the proverbial rabbit hole(s).

Having traveled through this IC matrix before, and with a firm grip on the seemingly slippery pathways therein, CTH has no desire to chase ourselves through the hall of mirrors.  We can, and perhaps at times will, go granular.  However, for current purposes what we would draw attention to are the ‘larger aspects’ being seemingly overlooked.

Obviously the FISA/IC investigation is going to go into the locations of the CIA, ODNI, NSA and their intersection with the Department of Justice National Security Division, DOJ-NSD.  The DOJ-NSD is the division within Main Justice that handles domestic intelligence operations from the position of legal intent and court engagement.

On these domestic counterintelligence issues, DOJ-NSD gives the instructions and authorization from Main Justice to the FBI counterintelligence officials; who then do the actual investigatory police work.   In the 2016 “small group” operation against the Trump campaign the DOJ-NSD officials worked in unity with FBI officials. In rooting out corruption therein, both the FBI side and the Main Justice side have issues.

On the FBI side Director Comey, Asst. Director McCabe, as well as a host of downstream officials were caught in the investigative net.  Some were fired (Comey, McCabe); some demoted (Baker, Strzok); some quit (Rybicki, Kortan, Baker); and one -Peter Strzok- remains; likely cooperating with Phase III of the IG FISA/IC investigation.  The head of the FBI Counterintelligence Operation, Bill Priestap, has never been touched.

In essence, the corrupt officials within the FBI side have been purged.

On the Main Justice side things are slightly more complex because there’s much bigger stakes at play and legal risks that extend far beyond the DOJ-NSD.  While a host of DOJ-NSD officials have been removed or quit (John Carlin, Mary McCord, David Laufman) many more remain.  Trish Beth “Trish” Anderson, Tashina “Tash” Gauhar, George Toscas to name a few.  Then there’s Bruce Ohr, demoted twice and remaining likely for cooperation.  In addition, the entire apparatus of the Office of Legal Counsel (OLC) appears to have been involved in creating plausible legal justification.

In essence, many of the corrupt officials within Main Justice HAVE NOT been purged.

Almost every current media leak is from inside the remaining Main Justice and DOJ-NSD officials who remain in place protecting the interests of the former corrupt officials.  All are lawyers, and all have alignment with their external allies in the Lawfare Blog Group.

The Obama Main Justice officials remaining inside the permanent political state are the types Shakespeare was referring to in Henry-VI. Says Dick the Butcher: “the first thing we do, let’s kill all the lawyers“.  Despite his socialist tendencies and moral failings we can all relate to Dick the Butcher.  So that’s challenge number one.

Challenge number two is how to bring national security intelligence information into investigative review while simultaneously avoiding the exhaustive defense systems of the Deep State.

The terms “classified” and “top secret” have been so abused by the administrative state as a deployment mechanism to hide their $5000 latte machines and $70,000 conference tables, when the IG actually begins digging into FBI, CIA, NSA, FISC, and DOJ-NSD network communication we can only imagine the non-disclosure schemes.

Then again, perhaps, just perhaps, such specific subject-matter-expertise is the entire reason why AG Sessions selected John Huber from Utah (NSA HQ), and more recently brought in Ezra Cohen-Watnick as National Security Advisor to Attorney General Jeff Sessions.  (NOTICE THE TIMING)

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699 Responses to “SpyGate”, The Inspector General, and the Expanded FISA Investigation…

  1. Craig from Scotland says:

    Hi folks,

    I’m not sure if this has been specifically mentioned in this thread but to look back to Susan Rice CYA ‘by the book’ email two weeks after WH briefing by Comey.
    It is crystal clear from this email memorandum that Comey was providing a briefing to his superior at the time about the FBI operation, running and instructing spying.

    Susan Rice email as link below, see paragraphs 3 & 4 of her email about restricting certain information available to President Trump and incoming team.
    Setting aside the audacity of the suggestion, the email is proof of the incumbent administration –
    [1] Colluding with the FBI to withhold information about the spying activities and wider issues.
    [2] Comey fully accepting same and agreeing to any further updates.
    [3] 100% proof BO and senior officials had full knowledge of FBI activities.

    Furthermore, the email attempts to suggest a hands off approach while the content including clear instruction from BO to FBI about restricting knowledge and rightful access to information suggests the complete opposite. The basis being that BO is in cahoots with Comey with reference to the activities, one cannot issue instructions not knowing what the subject and/or information is.

    https://www.judiciary.senate.gov/imo/media/doc/2018-02-08%20CEG%20LG%20to%20Rice%20(Russia%20Investigation%20Email).pdf
    Letter to Susan Rice, February 8, 2018.
    Rice email at page 5 of 6.

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  2. RAC says:

    “The Obama Main Justice officials remaining inside the permanent political state are the types Shakespeare was referring to in Henry-VI. Says Dick the Butcher: “the first thing we do, let’s kill all the lawyers“. Despite his socialist tendencies and moral failings we can all relate to Dick the Butcher. So that’s challenge number one.”

    How many of them are there 10, 20…..50 ? How complex is their work and how long would it take for people with equal qualifications to get up to speed.
    Firing them en bloc may not be an option, but what complaint could they have if they were all put on indefinite paid leave. Their future could be decided after the dust has settled.

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  3. G. Combs says:

    I want to remind Treepers that IG Horrowitz is one of a horde of IG. 73 to be precise.

    Obama left the leadership of several of these positions vacant. ( WIKI has a decent general article with pointers to each office some are presidential appointments others are not.)

    Of special interest:

    https://www.cia.gov/offices-of-cia/inspector-general

    https://www.cia.gov/offices-of-cia/inspector-general/who-we-are.html

    Christopher Sharpley, who was nominated September 5, 2017 to be the inspector general of the CIA. On October 17th 2017, the Senate Select Committee on Intelligence held a hearing on Sharpley’s nomination. He has not been confirmed and is currently acting IG for the CIA.

    On Jan. 17, 2018 there was a confirmation hearing for Michael Atkinson, President Donald Trump’s nominee to be the next watchdog for the intelligence community, IG of National Intelligence. The Senate FINALLY confirmed his nomination last Monday.

    Robert Storch, was nominated in June as the NSA’s inspector general and confirmed in late December.

    OH in doing this research I ran across this Washington Times headline:
    David Hogg puts Publix in crosshairs, demands $1 million donation and anti-NRA pledge — Isn’t that BLACKMAIL???

    Someone needs to give this kid a good swift kick in the butt!… and a LOOOOoooong prison sentence.

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    • ladypenquin says:

      I commented yesterday that he (and others like him) should be classified as domestic terrorists. It’s one thing to protest peaceably on the public street, another to invade private property and cause mayhem. Which is what he is doing.

      It is extortion and blackmail – both felonies. Is there a way to bring the evil “kid” to POTUS’ attention? This kind of thing has to stop. Where were the local police? Better yet, the FBI? Domestic threats are not to be taken lightly in this day and age.

      Hogg is a threat and a menace – and is causing harm.

      Irony? Publix has stopped all their philanthropy donations – including the ones to Leftists’ causes.

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    • bayoukiki says:

      What IG would be responsible for investigating Debbie Wasserman Schultz and her cohorts who are apparently creating obstacles to investigations of what her IT guys did????? Talk about threats to national security!!!

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    • Mr. T. says:

      G. Combs, it’s actually called EXTORTION, threatening harm against a business or person unless they pay extortion money.

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    • Rita Camp says:

      G. Combs – Blame Mitch McConnell for the lack of confirmations on political appointees. He controls what goes to the floor. BTW – Publix folded – the wimps.

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      • Kaiser Derden says:

        Publix actually pulled a fast one on Hogg here … they cut off ALL donations to ALL groups and politicos … i.e. some anti-gun groups and Planned Parenthood for instance …

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        • jello333 says:

          Assuming this little scumbag is really 17 (I know there’s some debate about that), I’m wondering when his birthday is. And does anyone know if there’s a huge difference between punching a 17-yr-old right in the face, versus doing the same to an 18-yr-old? I mean… I’m trying to hold on till his birthday so the charge won’t be quite as bad. (Joke… at least as far as intentions go. The desire though, oh yeah 😀 ) And by the way, anyone who DOESN’T have fantasies about punching that freakazoid square in the mouth must have a huge Gandhi streak running through them. 😉

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  4. SW Richmond says:

    When did Valerie Jarrett dye her hair red?

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  5. Dave says:

    Anybody noticed an interesting coincidence this week that two days after his meeting with Rosenstein Jared Kushner gets his security clearance after 16 months. that would have required Mueller to sign off on it because it was his investigation that held it up in the first place. After a wild tweetstorm over the weekend Trump doesn’t demand a second special counsel he doesn’t declassify the documents the Congress has requested but instead accepts and IG investigation without subpoena power which means that 90% of the people involved in it don’t have to talk to him because they have left the Justice department. who does Huber answer to. who approves his subpoenas who approves the charges who approves the prosecutions. I hope this isn’t the art of the deal at work here I hope Bob Mueller signing off on the security clearance isn’t a signal to Trump deal accepted. Investigate all you want as long as none of the bigwigs are are charged and held accountable and your son-in-law Jared Kushner is safe. Jared Kushner – father to his grandchildren husband to his favorite child son of a convicted felon Shady businessman you remember him the chink in Trump’s armor. I hope that the Spygate allegations that leads straight to the top of the Obama Administration coming out isn’t the bargaining chip he’s been waiting for. Pure ridiculous speculation I’m quite sure that Sessions and Huber will prove me wrong once the IG report comes out just an interesting mind game.

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    • Exfiltration of Wealth says:

      What lovely pearls you’re clutching, Dave!

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    • G. Combs says:

      “…. IG investigation without subpoena power which means that 90% of the people involved in it don’t have to talk to him because they have left the Justice department. who does Huber answer to. who approves his subpoenas who approves the charges who approves the prosecutions…..”

      PLEASE get your facts straight BEFORE posting.

      IG investigation without subpoena power

      WRONG! Even WIKI mentions IGs have subpoena power or can be deputized by the US marshal service.

      Again read the AMENDED Inspector General Act

      “Each Inspector General shall report to and be under the general supervision of the head of the establishment involved or, to the extent such authority is delegated, the officer next in rank below such head, but shall not report to, or be subject to supervision by, any other officer of such establishment. Neither the head of the establishment nor the officer next in rank below such head shall prevent or prohibit the Inspector General from initiating, carrying out, or completing any audit or investigation, or from issuing any subpoena during the course of any audit or investigation.
      (b) An Inspector General may be removed from office by the President….”

      “…who does Huber answer to….”

      Sundance already answered that. It was AG Sessions who appointed Huber and AG Sessions who he answers to.

      “…who approves his subpoenas who approves the charges who approves the prosecutions…”
      Huber has a Grand Jury who can do ALL those things.

      Also Mueller and Rosenstink are skating on very thin ice called URANIUM ONE!

      Mueller was FBI director 2001 to 2011 while Hitlery was Sec of State and the Russians got 20% of our Uranium. Russia also wanted this deal to gain access to Uranium One’s extremely profitable uranium mines in Kazakhstan. Remember Billy Boy made the trip to Kazakhstan just before the deal went down

      Very good whose who on Uranium one: https://www.themarketswork.com/2017/12/21/a-uranium-one-primer-clinton-giustra-kazakhstans-uranium-assets/

      October 19, 2017 How Much Did Mueller and Rosenstein Know about Uranium One? By Daniel John Sobieski
      …..

      Please do try to keep up. It will settle your nerves.

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    • Brent Hull says:

      I do not think it is certain the Mueller had to sign off on this. In fact I think it is certain Kushner could have received this security regardless of Mueller.

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    • Perot Conservative says:

      I think the first large IG report will tell us how serious they are, and whether Huber has indictments unsealed same day or within a week or so? There should be a few plea deals, right?

      IG report, 3 key interviews (on TV?), and Huber moves. And expected date for FISA docs.

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    • CMDCMRET says:

      The enormity of this treasonous affair demands accountability…not merely to exact retribution…for the very survival of the republic. It is inconceivable that PDJT and many, many other good people do not realize this! Inconceivable…and that word means precisely what I think it means. 😂🤣. MAGA

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    • Mr. T. says:

      “Jared Kushner gets his security clearance after 16 months. that would have required Mueller to sign off on it because it was his investigation that held it up in the first place. “‘

      WRONG, Dave. Mueller has absolutely NOTHING to do with approving security clearances.

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    • Carrie2 says:

      When #3 OIG report come, you can be sure that Rosenstein is a wee bit antsy here since he signed off on a FISA. An O holdover who will now find his life is about to be changed big time.

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  6. G. Combs says:

    fleporeblog linked to a Rex VachelLindsay thread.
    The one below it by Rex is very interesting.

    “Yet another LIE from the increasingly suspicious @AshaRangappa_ , who is not only a rabid Trump hater, but desperately spinning, 24/7, on behalf of Comey’s FBI & Brennan’s CIA.”

    Not only is Asha a FORMER FBI AGENT she is married to ANOTHER FBI agent, Andrew Patrick Dodd. — H/T to Mark F Barnes. He also mentions in his twitter feed Asha’s mother is Jai Kumar Rangappa MD Director of Anesthesiology at United States Department of Defense. Jai seems to be a member of the North American Sankethi Association. (WHY don’t these people become AMERICANS or go back to the country they came from?)
    ……

    FBI agent, Andrew Patrick Dodd is interesting.

    “[…]Andrew P. Dodd, FBI special agent, computer intrusion program, in the bureau’s New Haven field office, told the nearly 100 participants assembled at the conference that credit unions and other financials should reach out to law enforcement any time there has been an intrusion into consumer information or other Internet crimes — and share what you know, regardless of loss. He also urged the group to collect as much information as possible, to help determine if an investigation will be opened and what, if any, public exposure the victim may face. He also emphasized that information should be collected before calling law enforcement. Once law enforcement becomes involved, he stated, restrictions on gathering evidence may attach.[…]” http://www.nascus.org/press_release/2015-press-releases/09.15.15%20CT%20cybersecurity%20wrap%20up%20PR.php

    Go back to a story that died. L. Jean Camp, an Indiana University researcher, ‘tea leaves’ her insider? and Alfa Bank.
    “…Alfa wants U.S. authorities to help unmask a computer inside the United States that it believes has been used to launch cyberattacks spoofing the appearance of a backdoor communication channel between Moscow and America’s 45th president, according to a source directly familiar with the bank’s request.

    The bank believes “these malicious attacks are designed to create the false impression that Alfa Bank has a secretive relationship with the Trump Organization,” the source said, speaking on condition of anonymity.[…]”
    http://www.truthandaction.org/report-hacker-set-russian-bank-trump-organization-create-illusion-inappropriate-communications/2/

    The extreme Leftest Rag, The Intercept: Russian Bank Accused of Trump Connection Tries to Clear Name by Pressuring U.S. Computer Researcher

    “[…] while some appeared to represent a rare and powerful (though not impossible or unheard of) ability to monitor the functioning of the internet. But all of the work done by these researchers, apparently led by a pseudonymous luminary in the internet infrastructure world named “Tea Leaves,” appeared carefully compiled and dispassionately argued.[…]”

    “…pseudonymous luminary in the internet infrastructure….” A FBI computer intrusion program specialist perhaps?

    Alfa Bank notified Camp that it’s pursuing “all available options” including litigation under the Computer Fraud and Abuse Act’s civil action provision This provision allows companies to sue for damages in the event of unauthorized computer access. The logs demonstrate no evidence of Trump Organization servers communicating back to Alfa Bank.

    https://www.cyberscoop.com/alfa-bank-l-jean-camp-donald-trump-cfaa-suit-dns-data/

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    • JMC says:

      Extremely interesting. Thanks!

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    • ladypenquin says:

      There is a problem with the incestuous relationship throughout the government, the media, academia, and other societal institutions. It wouldn’t be so bad, except that they’re mostly on the Left, and they’re using these connections to do damage in this country.

      I follow Vachel Lindsay and had been catching his tweets about Asa – IMO, she is spinning faster and faster because she might be caught up in the outcome and expected charges. 🙂

      If so, her husband’s security clearance should be pulled. These people don’t act in a vacuum and he would never have received his clearance if his wife was a person of interest. Of course, that’s how things work for little folks like us…where Lefties are involved, it’s not about the Law, or right and wrong, but the end justifies the means.

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  7. Jane Smith says:

    So, of all the important players involved in the “small group coup”, the only 2 who can still be questioned by the IG are Peter Strzok and Bill Priestap.
    Without subpoena power, all who have already left are out of bounds.
    How can the IG refer to Huber for criminal prosecution if the IG cannot force the guilty to be investigated?

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    • G. Combs says:

      Jane,
      See my comment ABOVE

      That is Disinfo from the hand wringers and trolls. I keep trying to kill it with reference to primary sources like LAWS:

      AMENDED Inspector General Act:
      http://legcounsel.house.gov/Comps/Inspector%20General%20Act%20Of%201978.pdf

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    • Auntie Lib says:

      The guilty have already been questioned, re-questioned, and investigated up the ying-yang – remember??? The IG’s report has been submitted. They don’t have to be collecting a government paycheck to be indicted and convicted. Why leave them in place and continue to pay them when the fat lady already knows the song and is doing her warm up exercises in the wings while the orchestra is playing the overture? If Huber has additional questions, he can ask nicely or pull them into the Grand Jury any time he wants. Not to fret.

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    • Perot Conservative says:

      I think Huber can call them before a Grand Jury. Sundance has noted we have crumbs proving a GJ impaneled?

      Slimey Lindsey Graham asked an interesting point last night, what resources does Huber have? Does he have as many attorneys as Mueller?

      I thought way back when Sundance first reported the announcement of Huber, he may have listed a number of (Huber) lawyers. SUNDANCE HELP??

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    • CMDCMRET says:

      Seems to me that they, those who have left the organization, can give voluntary statements. No? I’d be surprised if enough of those who’ve left already wouldn’t be willing to trade what they know for at least a larger cell, if not a shorter sentence. I’m just a stupid rule follower but it seems to me if I were a conniving piece of shat I’d be willing to sell out a bunch of traitors to ease my burden at this point. Remember that these folks do not have some overarching deeply held beliefs that bind them together…animus, hatred, greed…i’d be surprised if those things motivate esprit de corps or faithfulness amongst their adherents. They are, nearly every one, isolated from one another (communicating would be unbelievably dangerous in such a situation) and facing the greatest challenge of their lives with nothing to fall back on but the cameraderie of thieves and liars? The song birds are singing….

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  8. Dr Kent says:

    I want to share this to gab.ai can anyone help me with how to do this using my android phone?

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  9. TomA says:

    “Keep your friends close, and your enemies closer.” Don Corleone

    Don’t forget about the offsite surveillance operation in Saudi Arabia. The Fifth Columnists within DOJ & the IC are being watched. Many will flip in the months ahead.

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  10. Thinking back and knowing a lot of the sequencing , I think the big “ tell “ for Spygate was when Clapper tried to get Admiral Rogers fired and removed from the NSC in mid October 2016 – the rats realized Rogers was on to something and was in process of unraveling and discovering their plans and operations . They must have thrown a lot of lamps and rubber balls across the room when they heard after the fact that Admiral Rogers had met with President elect Trump a few days after election . I’m sure their plans went into high gear after that . I hope we find some truth here .

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    • Jbrownlow says:

      Clarice Feldman on American Thinker . com today has a day by day count of the events leading to Clappers attempt to fire Admiral Rogers. It is very detailed

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    • Rita Camp says:

      We owe a huge debt to a Mike Rodgers. His integrity and what he has said privately, hopefully will provide answers.

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  11. Let us not forget Obama instructing the world press, and grinning whilst doing it “There is no Russian Collusion”

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  12. Deplorable_Vespucciland says:

    “Are you trying to tell me that every phone in the country is tapped?”
    “That’s what’s in my head.”
    “Tom, this is America not Russia!”
    “What do you want from me?”

    Time flies. That movie was 50 years ago . . .

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    • Stab, the unstoppable hero says:

      Very entertaining but overlooked movie. Many people have been comparing the current happenings to the classic thriller SEVEN DAYS IN MAY which depicted a “hard” (military) coup as opposed to a “soft” coup.
      Honestly, in a cultural context, the situation we are watching would be almost comedic if it weren’t for the objectives involved. We have these transparently idiotic media figures in cahoots with a gallery of inept stooges who were desperately pulling the levers of power with no consideration of ANY repercussions. Can anyone here at CTH keep from laughing when you compare Comey, Brennan & Clapper to Larry Moe & Curly Joe?
      Unfortunately the American movie industry is locked into a never-ending cycle of super hero and Star Wars movies for the sheeples. This whole mess is a classic film waiting to be made.

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      • Perot Conservative says:

        Three part.

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      • Perot Conservative says:

        Imagine the first movie, we could show the Conspirators living it up in London, spinning their conspiracy, worshiping Obama, Page & Strzok canoodling in between picking up children… texting at work all day, never getting work done, neglecting their spouses… Hillary discussing what color drapes she will put in the WH with Huma, ValJar telling Obama, smoking a cigarette and watching NCAA basketball, what to do… so delicious…

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  13. Perot Conservative says:

    FWIW, Stefan Halper has 3 residences.

    He has 2 (two) million dollar homes in Virginia.
    The first is in Fairfax, VA.

    The second is a 7-acre farm in Great Falls, VA. An affluent suburb near a CIA facility, the average household income is $200,000.

    Third residence in Cambridge.

    Were we paying for his third residence in the UK, even though it appears he and his wife taught there?

    Interesting point in recent NY Post article where Carter Page says this #SpyGate destroyed his life. “Stef” Halprin had befriended him, but contact ceased once the FISA warrant expired on Page.

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  14. Perot Conservative says:

    Paul Sperry, who had the one IG Leak, now reports on a BBC interview Stefan Halprin gave to the BBC in 2017.

    Paul Sperry@paulsperry_

    1. “…Halper compared the Russian collusion investigation to the Watergate scandal: it’s “moving in that direction.” He also repeated criticism Trump is “erratic” & has “a short attention span.” “There is a broad sense that this president may not have the proper skills for this job” ”

    And this.

    2. “#FollowTheMoney

    “Simpson had $1.02 mil (less Steele’s $168k cut) to throw around

    Halper had $1 mil to hire his own “experts” to conduct research,prepare reports

    “Jones has a $50 mil war chest

    “What other mercenaries r out there helping sabotage Trump & subvert the people’s will?”

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  15. Dutchman says:

    Eeyores, or why “no one goes to jail, nothing happens”;
    Otherwise known as how to have a ‘scandal free admin’.
    Subvert FBI; Impose rule (thank you mr.mueller) requiring field agents to move to d.c., work at FBI main, after so many years. As has been detailed elsewhere, this had the effect of driving out good agents, and enabled ‘screening’ and/or ‘programing’ of agents, while at FBI main, to be deep state, or at least incompetent desk riders.
    Similarly, at DOJ, embed DSUP, (Deep State Uni-Party) operatives at DOJ, and drive out white hats. Embedded, they arent political appointees, but civil servants, immune to influence from AG, or District fed. Pros., appointed by Pres.

    “We’ve HAD Congressional hearings, on Bengazi, IRS, Fast/Furious, and NO perpwalks! No one WENT to jail, and no ones Going to go to jail, deepstate protects its own”, says the eeyore.
    Congress is LEGISLATIVE branch, it WRITES the laws, doesn’t ENFORCE the laws. Have ‘oversite’ of executive, as PART of legislative function, and balance of power, but cant convene grand juries, or prosecute, or jail anyone; those are EXECUTIVE functions.
    And DSUP plan, over many years, culminating in Obummer years, was to subvert/corrupt ANY accountability.
    So, corruption of FBI and DOJ, started under Clinton, continued during Bush 2, and completed under O.
    Neglect to appoint IG for State dept, so Hillary could work as bag lady, flying around the world selling influence, without oversite, set up bathroom server to also avoid scrutiny.
    Nueter IG’s, by passing executive order severely restricting authority.
    And, long standing political process of BOTH parties insuring DSUP candidates win, regardless of party, using blackmail, coercion, corruption to insure Congress toes the line.
    Sure, let them investigate, and hold hearings. Its a way to deflate impact of potential scandals, part of whole “what does it matter, old news, nothing here move on”, and even encourages eeyore attitude in American public.
    So, the battle SEEMS impossible; how can we POSSIBLY clean up such a mess?
    DSUP has subverted ‘free’ press, media, public education system, BOTH political parties, and much of all 3 branches of government.
    How can we POSSIBLY prevail, given the forces aligned against us?
    Why, it would be like one honorable man, with an incredibly small campaign staff, running for President, NO previous political experience, with the media, hollywood, BOTH ‘parties’ (Uniparty) against him, …the IC, etc.
    Obviously, COULDN’T HAPPEN, ,…right?
    I UNDERSTAND the ‘eeyore’ attitude; we get our hopes up, only to have them dashed, time after time. Eventually, we lose hope, and faith. Its one of Satans sneaky techniques. WE cannot possibly prevail against the forces aligned against us. Only GOD can. So, much as I LOVE him, I wouldn’t suggest you put your FAITH in DJT, or SESSIONS.
    Put your faith in GOD, and pray for HIS Divine will to be done. While its tempting to say “DJT has ‘got this’, and I may well say it at times, truthfully it is GOD who’s ‘got this’. My blood pressure remains low, and there is a song in my heart, every minute of every day. I NOTE when some days it seems like satan wins a round, but I dont fret, or get discouraged. HE has it covered.
    If it is his plan, and will, that the swamp be truly drained, it will happen.
    Satan is wily: he lies, cheats, steals, subverts and corrupts; he doesnt ‘play by the rules’. In the end, it matters not.
    Praise JESUS, and all will be well.
    Or, as Dad used to say “EVERYTHING always turns out all right, in the end.
    So, if things are going badly, don’t stress; your not at the end, yet.

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  16. OldSaltUSNR says:

    Earlier this year, I read CTH and Sundance’s analysis with great interest. Much of what he and other conservative pundits have covered was found no where else, and was quite interesting, if not entirely accurate.

    However, at this point, there’s a whole lotta investigating going on, but no results Congress and supposedly Justice are investigating, but there’s more evidence of obstruction of Justice by Sessions and Rosenstein than of active criminal investigations of the Coup plotters, FISA, Clinton email servers, Obama Admin, etc.. The meme is that DOJ can’t release certain information requested by Congress that’s almost certain to be incriminating to persons at Justice, FBI, and the Obama White House, because of “ongoing criminal investigations”. That was the same tactic that Obama’s DOJ used to stonewall Congress for “Fast and Furious”, the IRS scandals, and many other likely crimes. As I’ve admittedly harped, over and over, a criminal investigation is a “building” enterprise. If there are no lower level subpoenas, indictments, plea bargains, immunized witnesses, and so forth, then there is no investigation worth anything. If evidence is not seized and held, it is compromised. If lower level suspects aren’t flipped, no charges will ever be brought against those that designed and directed the anti-Trump Coup d’atat. Two to three years after the events, there will be little evidence to discover, or untainted witnesses. If the evidence is not already sitting in the electronic files at Justice. It’s gone. It’s a cold case.

    I believe Session and Rosenstein’s maximum effort obstruction is working to turn all of this into unprosecutable cold cases, so that there can be no prosecutions leading to indictments of the primary coup instigators. They are so protected at this point, due to the delays and obstruction at DOJ, that even if indictment are brought, no convictions will result. After the first two or three suspected perps are “exonerated” at trial, the entire supposed “investigation”, and the Marxist-Democrats will claim both vindication and Senate and House seats, and maybe even the Presidency as a backlash to the “overreaching Trump Justice department”.

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    • Perot Conservative says:

      Aren’t you assuming a lot, and negatively so?

      Investigation was begun Jan, 2017. This isn’t a case in private business. We have, on virtually every player, emails, texts, schedules, public statements, work schedules work documents, in the TENS OF THOUSANDS. Right?

      Indictments may already be logged and sealed, as are plea deals. Logical speculation leads experts like Sundance to conclude that 5 individuals have struck plea deals, several or all 5 may have flipped.

      Reasonable people have concluded there us a grand jury in session. I just learned IG can subpeona documents, just not witnesses. I believe prosecuting attorney John Huber can, and grand juries are secret.

      Several IG reports out the next few months. Buckle up.

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      • Perot Conservative says:

        P.S. That is Tens of Thousands for each individual player.

        Some may have hundreds of thousands of texts, emails, schedules, receipts, documents, interviews, work product, even DRAFT documents and emails, etc.

        All backed up real time by Federal servers, backup systems, and NSA. Right?

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  17. noswamp says:

    “Let us not forget Obama instructing the world press, and grinning whilst doing it “There is no Russian Collusion”

    Not a smidgen!

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