Paul Wood: “I have spoken to one intelligence source who says Mueller is examining ‘electronic records’ that would place Cohen in Prague.”…

It is an inarguable fact that ideologues within the U.S. Department of Justice and Federal Bureau of Investigation used their official positions to conduct a political operation against the candidacy of President Trump. It is also an inarguable fact that DOJ/FBI contractors were exploiting the NSA/FBI database for opposition research as evidenced in the FISA 702(16)(17) abuses admitted by the DOJ and outlined in a FISA ruling by presiding FISA Judge Rosemary Collyer.  There is currently an Office of Inspector General investigation by Michael Horowitz into FISA abuse to discover the scale of the corrupt use.

Major HatTip @JohnWHuber – Today in the Spectator U.K. another sketchy journalist with deep ties to the intelligence apparatus, and specific ties to leaks from former CIA Director John Brennan, outlines that Robert Mueller has “electronic records” showing Michael Cohen travel to Prague:

[…]  The more important question is whether Cohen has even been to Prague. Steele’s dossier claims he did go, in 2016, to meet Russian hackers and Russian intelligence officers. Cohen was asked by The Atlantic magazine about this claim, and about Russia. He responded: ‘I’m telling you emphatically that I’ve not been to Prague, I’ve never been to [the] Czech [Republic], I’ve not been to Russia.’ If my ‘eyewitness’ to the Moscow meeting is telling the truth, then perhaps Cohen was, in the same breath, being misleading about Prague, too — and the whole Russia ‘conspiracy’ starts to unravel. I have spoken to one intelligence source who says Mueller is examining ‘electronic records’ that would place Cohen in Prague. (link)

Michael Cohen has never been to Prague; even Cohen’s anti-Trump lawyer Lanny Davis admits the Cohen claims inside the Steele dossier are nonsense.  CNN, again another anti-Trump voice, confirmed in January Cohen was never in Prague as the dossier claimed.  Quite simply, Trump’s lawyer Michael Cohen has never been to Prague.

However, the Paul Wood source, likely Brennan, is claiming there are “electronic records” that would place a Michael Cohen in Prague.  Accepting this claim as possibly true, this actually confirms our initial research into this issue.  The intelligence apparatus, either in the U.S. or connected to Brennan’s international CIA objectives (U.K and Australia), extracted electronic FISA records mistakenly identifying the wrong Michael Cohen.

The issue is two-fold.  (#1) the mistake is inside the Steele Dossier: meaning the intelligence community was feeding Steele information and vice-versa; and (#2) by extension this shows an official IC conspiracy attached to the use of the dossier.

The Cohen-travel-mistake almost certainly links the use of FBI and NSA database searches to the intelligence laundry scheme between the Clinton campaign, Fusion GPS, Nellie Ohr and the Christopher Steele Dossier….. washed through the DOJ (Bruce Ohr) and passed on to the FBI (Peter Strzok); and then reconstituted for a FISA surveillance application:

The FISA-702(16)(17) abuses lie at the heart of the initial opposition research being conducted against all of Clinton’s opponents.  Indeed, as outlined by FISA Judge Collyer, from November 2015 through May 2016 eighty-five percent of the thousands of search queries were unlawful violations of the Foreign Intelligence Surveillance Act:

85% of all FISA search queries were in violation.  85%  !!!

The intelligence mistake of Michael Cohen traveling to Prague, is a fingerprint connecting the FBI/DOJ/IC FISA(702)(16)(17) database searches to the Intelligence Community, Fusion-GPS, contractors, and the Steele dossier.

This Cohen-travel-mistake then becomes a risk.  As such there would be a very strong motive for similarly aligned political entities within the U.S. intelligence apparatus to cloud the connection.

Thus the origin of the July 31st, 2016, FBI Counterintelligence Operation against candidate Trump began as an unofficial outcome of an unofficial CIA referral (John Brennan) connected to unofficial contacts with political and intelligence people within the U.K and Australia.  An unofficial and Machiavellian construct.

After Donald Trump won the election, all of the aligned intelligence entities -including Obama officials therein- were now at risk.  Hence “the insurance policy”. The issues extend beyond the unlawful activity of the DOJ and FBI; however, one of the trails of their collective activity ended up inside the Steele Dossier with the false fact surrounding Michael Cohen in Prague.

Paul Wood isn’t the first person to claim Robert Mueller has records. In April of this year, McLatchy, leaking from Mueller’s team, also claimed “electronic record” evidence:

The Justice Department special counsel has evidence that Donald Trump’s personal lawyer and confidant, Michael Cohen, secretly made a late-summer trip to Prague during the 2016 presidential campaign, according to two sources familiar with the matter.

Confirmation of the trip would lend credence to a retired British spy’s report that Cohen strategized there with a powerful Kremlin figure about Russian meddling in the U.S. election. (read more)

It is almost certain that CIA Director John Brennan was the source for the most recent U.K. statement about Mueller having electronic records claiming Michael-Cohen-Travel.  This is pertinent because in a recent interview with Rachel Maddow the former CIA Director made some remarkable admissions.

As noted by Jeff at Marketswork:

Now we come to the segment where I believe Brennan may have slipped badly – and exposed some potentially illegal tactics (19:18 mark):

BRENNAN: When I left office on January 20th of 2017, I had unresolved questions in my mind about whether or not any of those U.S. persons were working in support of the Russian efforts.

MADDOW: And those were referred, those concerns about specific U.S. persons referred to the FBI.

BRENNAN: We call it incidental collection in terms of CIA’s foreign intelligence collection authorities. Any time we would incidentally collect information on a U.S. person, we would hand that over to the FBI because they have the legal authority to do it. We would not pursue that type of investigative, you know, sort of leads. We would give it to the FBI.

So, we were picking things up that was of great relevance to the FBI, and we wanted to make sure that they were there – so they could piece it together with whatever they were collecting domestically here.

That’s not how incidental collection is supposed to work. And the collection doesn’t sound incidental.

FISA Title I and III provisions relate to the conduct of electronic surveillance and physical searches for foreign intelligence purposes of persons, facilities, or property inside the United States.

Section 702 permits the government to target for surveillance foreign persons located outside the United States for the purpose of acquiring foreign intelligence information. To carry out monitoring under Section 702, the government chooses targets, which cannot be individuals known to be US persons.

The law specifies that a “significant” purpose of the monitoring must be to obtain “foreign intelligence information”. Again, U.S. Citizens cannot be the primary target.

Targeting procedures are designed to ensure that only foreign persons located outside the U.S. are targeted for foreign intelligence collection purposes. Minimization procedures are intended to protect any U.S. person information that is incidentally acquired in the course of Section 702 collection.

There are many loopholes to the entire process. The FBI can query acquired Section 702 data. And they can do so using U.S. person inquiries – without a warrant. But U.S. persons are not supposed to be a target of the initial Section 702 collection.

Here’s why Brennan probably chose the surveillance route he did.

Unlike Title I and Title III FISA surveillance, Section 702 collection is not subject to individual formal FISA Court approvals. Due to frequency of collection, instead of issuing individual court orders, the FISC approves annual certifications submitted by the Attorney General and the Director of National Intelligence.

What Brennan discussed sounds eerily similar to what Devin Nunes uncovered in March 2017:

Devin Nunes– “I recently confirmed that on numerous occasions, the intelligence community incidentally collected information about U.S. citizens involved in the Trump transition. I have seen intelligence reports that clearly show the President-elect and his team were at least monitored and disseminated out in intelligence, in what appears to be raw—well I shouldn’t say raw—but intelligence reporting channels.

Details about persons associated with the incoming administration, details with little apparent foreign intelligence value were widely disseminated in intelligence community reporting. From what I know right now, it looks like incidental collection. We don’t know exactly how that was picked up but we’re trying to get to the bottom of it. This is normal incidental collection. It was normal foreign surveillance.

I think the NSA’s going to comply. I am concerned – we don’t know whether or not the FBI is going to comply.”

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434 Responses to Paul Wood: “I have spoken to one intelligence source who says Mueller is examining ‘electronic records’ that would place Cohen in Prague.”…

  1. railer says:

    The Spectator is the equivalent of today’s Weekly Standard, except even more leftist. Decades ago, it was a respected conservative publication, but when I was into it over 10 years ago, it was fully going over to the Establishment globalist, neocon, neolib cabal. It was gone. The frolicking children they employed were simply useless muppets. It was gone.

    That was 10 years ago. Make your own judgements today, about a publication operating in the decayed and authoritarian British society of today.

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    • vincentcuomo says:

      I have learned never to trust the print media and major networks as they are in the tank for Hillary and the Democrats.

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    • Good Job! says:

      Hmm, so “The Spectator” is British Intelligence’s second choice for leaking disinformation next to “The Guardian?”

      What is “leftist” about the article? The BS sources smell like British intel is worried, or the reporter is being catfished. Some years ago a fake source tricked Seymour Hersh with tales taken from the television programme “The Unit” and made Hersh believe it a real happening.

      But the “new” info with Michael Cohen has an American angle maybe. Earlier this year someone chose to use McClatchy newswire to plant a fake new story about new Prague details. May be that was planted to support a new warrant on Cohen, like they used news stories against Carter Page.

      It’s also proof that the “dossier” is still very important to protect. Rep. Schiff has not bothered to claim there is separate corroborating evidence for the dossier for a while.

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      • Good Job! says:

        Not that Paul Wood isn’t full of good information. Example his first 2017 article.

        On 15 October, the US secret intelligence court issued a warrant to investigate two Russian banks. This news was given to me by several sources and corroborated by someone I will identify only as a senior member of the US intelligence community. He would never volunteer anything – giving up classified information would be illegal – but he would confirm or deny what I had heard from other sources.

        Rosenstein suggested he didn’t know he was signing the Carter Page warrant application and was led to believe is was something else–was he misled it was about banks? Is that what the FBI told MI6 or Steele?

        Wood is also the source of info there were earlier applications, and the beginning of Brennan’s special group:

        Last April, the CIA director was shown intelligence that worried him. It was – allegedly – a tape recording of a conversation about money from the Kremlin going into the US presidential campaign.

        It was passed to the US by an intelligence agency of one of the Baltic States. The CIA cannot act domestically against American citizens so a joint counter-intelligence taskforce was created.

        The taskforce included six agencies or departments of government. Dealing with the domestic, US, side of the inquiry, were the FBI, the Department of the Treasury, and the Department of Justice. For the foreign and intelligence aspects of the investigation, there were another three agencies: the CIA, the Office of the Director of National Intelligence and the National Security Agency, responsible for electronic spying.

        Lawyers from the National Security Division in the Department of Justice then drew up an application. They took it to the secret US court that deals with intelligence, the Fisa court, named after the Foreign Intelligence Surveillance Act. They wanted permission to intercept the electronic records from two Russian banks.

        Their first application, in June, was rejected outright by the judge. They returned with a more narrowly drawn order in July and were rejected again. Finally, before a new judge, the order was granted, on 15 October, three weeks before election day.

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    • Y’all Know What Time It Is! says:

      “Brennan, is claiming there are “electronic records” that would place a Michael Cohen in Prague. ”. ……..if they are accurate. More smear tactics. Some of these reporters should be charged in the conspiracy.

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  2. GTOGUY says:

    All this espionage from a lawyer so stupid to plead guilty to a non-crime and who tapes his clients.

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  3. MikeN says:

    What if you are looking at this the wrong way?
    There are electronic records that place another Michael Cohen in Prague. That’s how Prague ended up in the dossier, in a memo dated one day before FBI applies for the FISA application.

    What if Mueller is looking at this? Investigating the framing of Michael Cohen and Donald Trump.
    Also, what if someone edited records to show the real Michael Cohen in Prague?
    Mueller could be looking into who did this editing.

    Meanwhile, the team of angry Democrats is being watched to see who they leak to.

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    • perpetuaofcarthage says:

      That would be great!

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    • SWOho says:

      It won’t be the first time the idiot dems took off on their hunt, chasing a person who was NOT the person they were actually after.

      Idiots all of them. POTUS Trump doesn’t have to do much except let mueller et al make fools of themselves once again.

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    • Good Job! says:

      Mueller is 100% still trying to validate the FBI’s reliance on the “dossier” which in turn is supposed to validate the FBI’s reliance on private intelligence sources like Fusion GPS and CrowdStrike.

      Mueller’s actions towards Stone and Cohen are right out of the dossier game plan. Papadopoulos was something that came up later when P. mentioned Mifsud, and the FBI/Mueller applied to him the same standard that if you talk about Hillary’s emails that means you knew the Russians would hack the DNC in the future.

      The Trump Tower meeting was another bit of luck for Mueller but not much, it doesn’t push the Clinton Campaign-dossier idea that Trump somehow colluded with Russians to commit future hacks and coordinate the release information.

      The core of Mueller is protecting the Dossier and private intel. You may think it’s a stupid focus, but that is only proof you are not thinking like them.

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      • railer says:

        Yes, after Mueller fails, delivers his report and walks out empty, Trump is going to investigate him and the entire conspiracy. This is the biggest scandal in US history, imo. The Swamp is fighting to hold back the tide, because they know, as Hillary said before the election, that if they lose they’ll all be going to jail. Trump continues to position himself and this country to see that they go to jail. He’s not surrendering, and I’m sure the offer has been made to him already, that if he agrees to forget about FISA-gate then the Mueller investigation will go away. He’s rejected that deal, if it’s actually been offered. I’m glad. Mueller’s got nothin’, and it’s only a matter of time before the tables turn.

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        • Sugarhillhardrock says:

          Railer,
          I’m with you.
          Mulehead will release a report that will be factually bankrupt. Guilliani will release a counter report repleat with detailed documentation and facts explaining the Coup and Muleheads insurance policy malfeasance.
          Mulehead is a T-54 about to get hit by a Hellfire.

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    • L. E. Joiner says:

      Interesting hypothesis, but not bloody likely. The Mueller gang is an essential part of the Strzok-Brennan ‘insurance policy’, aimed at framing President Trump with phony ‘collusion’, or at very least finding scandalous grounds for impeachment. Without the Special Counsel to find rocks to look under, the effort dies on the vine. /LEJ

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    • G. Alistar says:

      Could he really be that gullible?

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  4. Curt says:

    People, I understand Cohen was hired to pay off women who Trump had relations with. What I don’t understand is how a guy, with this guys lack of brains, would be considered a source of intelligence. After interviewing the guy, someone on Mueller’s team knows that this lawyer is a common hack who would never be used on such a sensitive issue as Russian negotiations and contacts in Prague……. As has been suggested will Cohen be pressured to sing out maybe even compose?

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    • Is already composing to save his butt from long sentences due to tax evasion on the taxi issue.

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    • Good Job! says:

      Lanny Davis said two things about Cohen. 1] Cohen knows Trump had foreknowledge of Trump Tower meeting and 2] Cohen may know Trump had foreknowledge of the DNC and Podesta hacks and releases.

      No. 2 is more important to Mueller, but no. 1 is a better story for the anti-Trump media. Davis knows both are important so he blathered about them forgetting he was not sitting as an MSNBC buffoon but as Cohen’s lawyer. No one asked him to correct or clarify or affirm the hack and release knowledge story because 1] even anti-Trumpers are fearful of the dossier and 2] the don’t understand Mueller’s investigation is not to seek the “truth,” but to validate the FBI’s belief in the dossier and their use of lucrative and suspect private contractors like CrowdStrike and the professional story tellers at Fusion GPS.

      Your opinion how they should research is irrelevant to them. They already believe in the dossier. That’s why Roger Stone is so important to them, which even MSNBC seems confused about.

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  5. SalixVeridi says:

    President Trump needs to declassify WAY before October. For the simple reason, as someone above already stated, the majority of conservatives/Republicans/Independents haven’t a clue of what we know here. Where are the pathetic Republicans on this issue. They should be loud and long singing it all out for their constituents. Instead, crickets.

    The Left is extremely mobilized. They don’t give a hang about Truth, our Constitution, the integrity of our intelligence agencies or that Obama/Hillary conspired in a coup against the American people. They will come out in droves at the mid-terms, only to try and scare the White Hats.

    Republicans MUST open their mouths. President Trump must release the docs NOW and give it enough play and exposure so that no one in America will be in the dark about the viciousness and bottomless pit of vice that the Democrat party has become!

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  6. Concerned says:

    However, the Paul Wood source, likely Brennan, is claiming there are “electronic records” that would place a Michael Cohen in Prague.

    The creditably of these people is gone. I would not believe anything coming out of the FBI, CIA or DOJ at this point.

    We all know that “electronic records” can be forged. And, the sources are not reliable. Brennan should be in jail along with the other conspirators.

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  7. Why in h*** would the FBI be allowed to query 702 collections at all. Not to mention using “about ” queries with the use of a citizen’s name. If true, when did the 4th amendment get repealed? Warrantless search, plain and simple. Beyond scary… Orwell might even be aghast. This is very, very bad!

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  8. perpetuaofcarthage says:

    Does Cohen have strong proof of where he was on the day he is said to have been in Prague?

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    • JX says:

      Cohen said that during the time the report places him in Prague, he was actually with his son visiting USC and meeting with the baseball coach. A USC baseball source confirmed Tuesday night that Cohen and his son had visited USC on August 29th. Cohen said that he was in Los Angeles from the 23rd through the 29th of August, and that the rest of the month he was in New York. He said that his only trip to an EU country over the summer had been a vacation to Italy in July. In one instance, the dossier places the alleged Prague travel in “August/September 2016.” Cohen said he was in New York for the entire month of September. – https://www.theatlantic.com/politics/archive/2017/01/michael-cohen-it-is-fake-news-meant-to-malign-mr-trump/512762/

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  9. Holmes says:

    This comment might already have been made, but if Trump’s Michael Cohen has never been to Prague, why leak something that’s so easily refutable? Seems like something else might be going on under the hood.

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    • Sentient says:

      If the cabal’s reference to Michael Cohen in Prague can be framed as an honest mistake (wrong Cohen), they can continue to treat the dossier as having been sufficiently believable to justify the illegal FISA warrant applications. Mueller paying any attention to the dossier is just about protecting the “small group”. When it comes to impeaching the president, any excuse would suffice – payment to Stormy, tied his shoes wrong, whatever. Remember that they expect to take the House and even hope to take the senate. They expect Mity Romney and a few more Sasseholes to vote to expel.

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  10. Mule Skinner says:

    I may be way off base and completely going in the wrong direction, but I’m gonna give it a shot.
    We all know they got the wrong Micheal Cohen, but what if they got the wrong Donald Trump? Junior vs. Senior.
    I know a few families that are Senior/Junior and only when it comes to paperwork do they ever refer to themselves or each other as Junior or Senior.
    Just a thought that has been rolling around in my head.

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  11. chim says:

    Two years later they’re still working to reconcile the veracity the dossier………….Why was it used in the FIS application, again? Why was the FIS warrant even granted by any judge, again?

    It’s like we’ve caught the FBI/DOJ working on homework that should have been turned in and graded, already.

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  12. Wayne Robinson says:

    One unnamed intelligence source / here we goagain . Ifit was an intelligence source he is not very intelligent talking tothis guy .do not believe this crap it is white noise only

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  13. The legal doctrine “fruit of the poisoned tree” provides ammo for fighting everything from a subpoena to a legal judgment. Mueller’s investigation is without foundation — no real evidence. He is a prosecutor in search of a crime. Yet he remains unassailable under this doctrine because his mandate is to search for that alleged crime of Russian collusion, while he then tramples everything in his path. As a retired lawyer who sees the corruption of people like Rosenstein, etc., I am convinced Trump must go on the offense, HARD, soon. Guiliani is great, but he talks TOO MUCH. POTUS needs to declassify, and RR will likely be implicated — probably in several ways such as obstructing to prevent his embarrassment and those he protects. (At the press conference on the murder of Seth Rich, the witness clearly said RR ordered the hit. Listen to the tapes.) Then RR can be coerced into resigning. Then POTUS can get his guy in under that special succession legislation.

    Susan
    Retired lawyer – civil litigation in federal court — tax, constitutional

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    • Ipse Dipxit says:

      Curious about RR – there’s a story about the recent death of Jen Moore who was supposedly investigating child trafficking and yacht parties which showed a text expressing concern that “RR” would order a hit on their witness if they came forward too soon.

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  14. deqwik2 says:

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  15. Blondie says:

    702- to monitor foreign persons outside the US. I read a story many months ago that said the Michael Cohen who actually was in Prague the summer of 2016 was a Canadian antiques dealer who had gone on a trip to buy products for his antique store. He Had come forward and spoken to reporters because he had read the news about Michael Cohen in Prague. This is more info that links this intelligence to the FBI’s FISA abuse! Michael Cohen, who went to Prague was a foreigner!

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