Reconciling ‘Spygate’ With The ‘Soft Coup’ – Five Phases That Explain The Behavior…

There have been a great many questions surrounding the activity that took place in 2017 after President Trump took office and how politicians and officials coordinated an apparent ‘soft coup’ attempt to remove President Trump.

Questions around DAG Rod Rosenstein, Andrew McCabe, James Comey and the larger intelligence community (to include the Gang-of-Eight) surrounding the Trump administration. Many of those questions can be reconciled with a review of the predicate.

There are five phases in the evolution of ‘Spygate’ into the ‘Soft Coup’; to reconcile the latter, which extends to today, a full review provides the clarity.

♦ Phase OneDecember 2015 through April 2016:  The first phase leading into ‘Spygate’ is the period of time where opposition research of the republican candidate field was taking place.  It is in this period where Fusion-GPS hired CIA Open Source researcher Nellie Ohr, wife of DOJ-NSD official Bruce Ohr, to do research.

In the background of this time period the FBI and NSA database was being exploited by unknown FBI contractors; it is highly suspected that Nellie Ohr and/or Fusion-GPS was one of those contracted agencies with access to the massive electronic and metadata files.

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♦ Phase TwoApril 18th through July 31st 2016: At the same time as NSA Director Mike Rogers discovered a significant and unauthorized uptick in FISA-702(16)(17) database queries, and subsequently blocked access (April 18th, 2016), candidate Donald Trump became the presumptive nominee for the presidential race.

It was within this period where Fusion-GPS was commissioned by Hillary Clinton to focus exclusively on candidate Trump.  Fusion held the prior search findings, and Fusion contracted Christopher Steele who later contacted the FBI through official channels. On July 31st, 2016, FBI counterintelligence operation Crossfire Hurricane became official.

An official investigation targeting the campaign of Donald Trump now held a legal, albeit sketchy and politically motivated, justification.  Under the auspices of investigating Russian involvement with George Papadopoulos, Carter Page, Paul Manafort and General Michael Flynn, the FBI was now conducting full-blown surveillance on the political campaign of Donald Trump.  Crossfire Hurricane was the legal cover; ‘Spygate’ begins.

♦ Phase ThreeAugust 1st through October 21st 2016.  With the FBI’s Crossfire Hurricane counterintelligence operation in full swing, the Obama intelligence community, the CIA, was conducting facilitating operations throughout.  In August 2016 CIA Director John Brennan brought the covert intelligence congressional oversight team known as the Gang-of-Eight into the picture.

The CIA angle was explained by Director John Brennan under the open auspices of the CIA operation looking at possible Russian interference with the election.  However, Brennan’s activity was more importantly, and intentionally, a supplement to the FBI activity.  Brennan provided FBI Director James Comey with the two-page “EC” or electronic communication document that initiated Crossfire Hurricane in July.

Brennan’s role is critical.  Brennan kicked-off Crossfire Hurricane; Brennan’s intelligence product was included in President Obama’s daily briefing (PDB); and specifically by design, very importantly, Brennan was the ONLY intelligence official briefing congress:

Brennan Testimony: “Third, through the so-called Gang-of-Eight process we kept congress apprised of these issues as we identified them.”

“Again, in consultation with the White House, I PERSONALLY briefed the full details of our understanding of Russian attempts to interfere in the election to congressional leadership; specifically: Senators Harry Reid, Mitch McConnell, Dianne Feinstein and Richard Burr; and to representatives Paul Ryan, Nancy Pelosi, Devin Nunes and Adam Schiff between 11th August and 6th September [2016], I provided the same briefing to each of the gang of eight members.”

“Given the highly sensitive nature of what was an active counter-intelligence case [that means the FBI], involving an ongoing Russian effort, to interfere in our presidential election, the full details of what we knew at the time were shared only with those members of congress; each of whom was accompanied by one senior staff member.”…

During this time-frame [Aug, Sept, Oct ’16]:  •Chris Steele was funneling the results of his collaborative work with Nellie Ohr into the FBI; •the FBI was conducting full surveillance upon the Trump campaign (CH/Spygate); •and Brennan was seeding the legal background, a plausible justification of sorts which might be needed later, with carefully worded briefings to the Gang-of-Eight.

Critical to note – the Go8 was not being briefed on Crossfire Hurricane/Spygate, which was the FBI operation to conduct internal political surveillance of the Trump campaign.  The Go8 only knew what Brennan was informing them.  Those Brennan briefings were more of a disingenuous overview of generalized Russian interference.  James Comey never briefed the Go8 on his FBI operation. [In March 2017 Comey would tell congress his decision not to inform them was due to “the sensitivity of the matter”.]

Toward the end of October things took on a new sense of urgency.  All of the aggregate intelligence exploitation, FISA-702 database extraction, and ongoing campaign surveillance being conducted was seriously fraught with legal peril.  On October 21st, 2016, the FBI urgently applied for, and received, a FISA Title One surveillance warrant against U.S. person Carter Page.

That FISC approved warrant made all of the prior FBI surveillance on the Trump campaign completely legal.  In essence the FISA court approved all prior FBI conduct.  Presiding Judge Rosemary Collyer approved the warrant.  Sally Yates and James Comey were the application signatories.

A Title-One FISA warrant authorizes any and all surveillance methods; and establishes legal authority for retroactive review of all files and records associated with Carter Page; and anyone he comes into contact with; and anyone those contacts come into contact with.

In essence Title-One authority permits all electronic and physical surveillance, wiretaps, phone and electronic records, database extraction etc. The warrant is retroactive.  All of the previous actions against the Trump campaign were now authorized and legal.  A Title-One FISA Court warrant is the highest level of surveillance authority any court can grant.

♦ Phase FourOctober 21st, 2016, through January 20th, 2017:  The FBI received their FISC surveillance authority two weeks before the November 8th presidential election.

If Hillary Clinton won the 2016 election all of this would disappear; none of this would ever surface; and the entire operation would just evaporate into the ether of invisible DC history.  But Hillary didn’t win.  She lost.  Now, all downstream official action takes an entirely more urgent and important shift.

Shortly after Presiding Judge Rosemary Collyer authorized the FISA warrant, NSA Director Mike Rogers went to the FISC and informed the same judge of the FISA-702(16)(17) abuses that took place in the 2016 presidential election cycle.

Judge Collyer issues an explosive opinion lambasting the FBI for their allowed abuse of the system. The DOJ head of the National Security Division, John Carlin, resigned from his position.

Ten days after the election NSA Director Mike Rogers also travelled to Trump Tower without informing his boss ODNI James Clapper.

There has been a great deal of speculation as to what Rogers told President-elect Trump during that meeting.  It’s likely Director Rogers informed Trump about some of what he knew surrounding the unauthorized surveillance activity and FISA(702) exploitation. However, intelligence is highly compartmented; it’s also virtually guaranteed Rogers had no idea what the FBI did, or was doing, with the material and the larger ‘Spygate’ operation.

After Hillary lost the election, CIA Director John Brennan and ODNI James Clapper quickly put together an Intelligence Community Assessment (ICA) about Russian interference in the 2016 election. When the report was pushed into the media bloodstream NSA Director Mike Rogers did not hold the same level of confidence in the assessment.

[…]  A source close to the House investigation said Brennan himself selected the CIA and FBI analysts who worked on the ICA, and that they included former FBI counterespionage chief Peter Strzok.

“Strzok was the intermediary between Brennan and [former FBI Director James] Comey, and he was one of the authors of the ICA,” according to the source. (link)

Again, it is super important to remember congressional oversight has no idea about the FBI operation (CH/Spygate) during the election.  Congressional oversight, the ‘Gang-of-Eight’, only knows what John Brennan has briefed them about; there have been no Go8 briefings by FBI Director James Comey.

After the 2016 election the Go8 members also changed. Senator Dianne Feinstein abdicated her SSCI Vice-Chair position to Senator Mark Warner, and with the retirement of Harry Reid, Senator Chuck Schumer now became minority leader.

On January 5th, 2017, President Obama held an Oval Office meeting with VP Joe Biden, James Comey (FBI), Michael Rogers (NSA), John Brennan (CIA), James Clapper (ODNI), Sally Yates (DOJ) and Susan Rice.   At the conclusion of the briefing, President Obama asks Sally Yates and James Comey to remain.  Together with Susan Rice, this is where the “by the book” comment comes into play. As recounted by Rice:

“President Obama said he wants to be sure that, as we engage with the incoming team, we are mindful to ascertain if there is any reason that we cannot share information fully as it relates to Russia.”

The background context here is important. The outgoing Obama white house team knows what has taken place throughout.  Obama’s PDB’s have included information about the Trump campaign officials who were under active surveillance.  As the Trump transition team enters into office the FBI surveillance is still ongoing. The counterintelligence operation against the incoming administration, and every participating member, remains in full swing.

The day after Obama’s oval office meeting, when President-elect Trump is briefed on the Steele Dossier, ODNI James Clapper and FBI Director James Comey cannot brief the target within their investigation on the granular material they used to gain the FISA warrant against the candidate who is now the President-elect.

Their target was Trump.

Trump is now the President-elect.

That’s why Comey only briefed Trump on the salacious material… the ‘pee tapes’ and ‘Russian hookers’ nonsense was not part of the FISA application.  The material that was part of the FISA application; the material that outlined candidate Trump as a target; was not shared with the President-elect because it would have amounted to Trump discovering the factual origin of an ongoing counterintelligence operation against him.

Simultaneous to this transition taking place, all the Trump officials within his team were still under an active FISA Title-One surveillance warrant. This surveillance also included the capture of all of their transition email accounts, the content was later given -without transition team approval- to Robert Mueller by the GAO.  The legal authority for that controversial event was inside the FISA Title-One surveillance warrant.

The FISA warrant was reauthorized on January 12th, 2017, about a week before the inauguration of Trump with DAG Sally Yates and James Comey again approving.

♦ Phase FiveJanuary 20th, 2017, through today:  Here’s where the current background of multiple issues and questions begins to make sense.

Remember, as the Trump administration takes office, congressional oversight (Go8) still has no idea what is taking place within the ongoing counterintelligence operation against President Trump and all those around him.  Crossfire Hurricane, aka ‘Spygate’, is mostly invisible in the background.

The need to put factual teeth behind a fraudulently created investigative predicate means the FBI needs to start getting serious about the investigative targets.  Thus in January, for the first time since CH/Spygate began, the FBI reaches out to question George Papadopoulos.  Additionally, on January 24th, 2017, investigators question another origination target, National Security Advisor Michael Flynn.

Evidence of CH/Spygate surfaces in the actions against appointed National Security Advisor Michael Flynn and George Papadopoulos; however, despite President Trump and FBI Director James Comey twice being together (January 27th and Feb 14th), only the small group within the FBI and DOJ-NSD are aware of the operation as incoming Trump intelligence officials replace outgoing Obama intelligence officials.

All of that changes mid-March 2017.

Around March 14th, 2017, amid the Flynn fiasco, multiple swirling contradictions, massive intelligence leaks to the media and Trump administration officials beginning inquiries about what the heck is going on…. FBI Director James Comey how has to brief congressional oversight.  This is the first time the 2017 Gang-of-Eight is officially informed about the counterintelligence operation known as Crossfire Hurricane.

This necessary shift toward oversight briefing leads to the Senate Intelligence Committee receiving a March 17th copy of the FISA application.  Go8 members Richard Burr and Mark Warner receive the original October 21st, 2016, FISA application and the first renewal.

A few days later, March 20th, 2017, James Comey testifies to congress and tries to explain why oversight was not informed of the operation since it began in July 2016. [Note, if Clinton had won the election no-one would ever have needed to be informed] WATCH:

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Now, it’s unknown to what extent FBI Director Comey explained the level of FBI investigation into candidate and President-elect Trump; it’s also unknown whether or not Comey gave the Go8 all of the details to include the origination of Crossfire Hurricane and the FISA Title-One surveillance warrant authority received by the investigative unit in October 2016; the distribution date of the FISC copy, March 17th, would indicate that he did..

However, immediately after this public testimony on March 20th, HPSCI Chairman Devin Nunes, a Go8 member who would have been part of the briefing, gets information about the Trump campaign officials and transition team officials under surveillance and being unmasked.  Watch and listen carefully:

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Presumably if FBI Director James Comey was fulsome with his briefing Devin Nunes would not have been surprised; OR, it could be the surprise was not about the investigation itself per se’, but rather that Obama political officials would be part of the pipeline of information about an ongoing covert counterintelligence operation against a political campaign.  The latter seems to be the most likely cause of alarm and concern.

After Nunes’ March 22nd, 2017, Press announcement, and the subsequent democrat/media outrage therein, House Speaker Paul Ryan somewhat removes Devin Nunes from his committee responsibilities as they pertain to oversight on the Trump-centric investigative matters, and Nunes is placed under an ethics investigation.

In hindsight, and knowing the Comey Go8 briefing likely outlined Trump as a potential target within the FBI counterintelligence operation, Speaker Ryan’s action against Devin Nunes now makes more sense.  In essence, from Ryan’s perspective Nunes might be compromising the FBI’s investigation by communicating with the White House about information from the FBI shared to the Gang-of-Eight.  Even giving the impression that such communication might have occurred was enough for Ryan to act.

Then we move on to April 2017, when the FISA surveillance warrant was again reauthorized; and the FBI counterintelligence operation is continuing; this surveillance now includes almost the entire Trump administration.

By this time Sally Yates has been fired over her refusal to defend Trump’s travel ban.  Acting Deputy Attorney General Dana Boente and James Comey sign the second extension; everyone is keeping notes about every encounter with the President, yet President Trump doesn’t know he’s the ‘Soft Coup‘ target.

May 9th, 2017, President Trump fires the insufferably political FBI Director James Comey. Now Andrew McCabe, the lead initiator of the FBI Crossfire Hurricane operation, is Acting FBI Director.

In McCabe’s 2019 media tour he claims he was going bananas because his target was firing his team, yet McCabe appeared in front of congress on May 11th, 2017 and said President Trump firing James Comey two days earlier did not amount to any interference:

♦Senator Rubio: Thank you, Mr. Chairman. Mr. McCabe, can you–without going to the specifics of any individual investigation, I think the American people want to know, has the dismissal of Mr. Comey in any way impeded, interrupted, stopped, or negatively impacted any of the work, any investigation, or any ongoing projects at the Federal Bureau of Investigation?

Director McCabe. As you know, Senator, the work of the men and women of the FBI continues despite any changes in circumstance, any decisions. So there has been no effort to impede our investigation to date. Quite simply put, sir, you cannot stop the men and women of the FBI from doing the right thing, protecting the American people and upholding the Constitution.  (link)

In 2019 both Andrew McCabe and DAG Rod Rosenstein have admitted to conversations about the best way to proceed after Comey was fired.  Eventually a decision was reached to initiate a Special Counsel, Robert Mueller, to take over the entire probe.

Consider from their small group perspective in May 2017; knowing what actions had been undertaken from December 2015 through all phases of the investigative purposing; Andrew McCabe, FBI Chief Legal Counsel James Baker, Peter Strzok, Lisa Page and all team members would want to pass any investigative torch to a very tight and ideologically aligned crew.

If McCabe, Baker et al had to pass the baton, there would be an element of risk involved if the totality of all 2016 background information surfaced.  They would need an insider with a perfect set of specific tools to continue the operation and also avoid risk.  That person was Robert Mueller; and they leveraged maximum influence over DAG Rosenstein toward that end.

Now think about Robert Mueller being contacted by Rosenstein, briefed on the task at hand, and generally given a background overview of what was needed.  For Mueller this endeavor to investigate a sitting president would have all kinds of possibilities for going sideways and backfiring.  In addition, Mueller would be watching the news and he knows this entire crew before the phone call is even answered.

It stands to reason the only person Mueller wouldn’t know in this entire story is the target President Donald Trump.  That explains Rosenstein introducing Mueller to Trump on May 16th, 2017, and then a day later announcing Mueller’s appointment as special counsel.

The first priority Mueller would hold, after a briefing from McCabe, Comey, Baker and all the FBI team; and considering the claims and evidence used to obtain the legal warrants to conduct surveillance etc; would be to prioritize investigating whether POTUS was factually a Russian asset.

A few weeks later, June 2017, DAG Rosenstein and Deputy FBI Director Andrew McCabe signed the third -and final- FISA warrant reauthorization.

Shortly after Mueller begins the urgent review of POTUS as a Russian asset, in late June and July 2017, Robert Mueller is also forced to confront a paper trail of unavoidable evidence pointing to the extreme political bias (Lisa Page, Peter Strzok, Andrew McCabe) within the previous FBI investigative unit.  Mueller would have to be an idiot not to see the outline of what had taken place throughout 2016 all the way to his appointment.

As a result of the pre-Mueller moves by the FBI (McCabe) and DOJ (Yates), the FBI investigative unit already has Michael Flynn inside their investigative control system.  Mueller now moves to throw a bag over George Papadopoulos.

In July 2017 Mueller’s team executes the $10,000 sting operation using CIA asset Charles Tawil, and they arrest Papadopoulos under extremely suspicious and sketchy circumstances.  Papadopoulos is now shut down; any subsequent risk is under control. Again, the purposeful intent is to provide the originating CH/Spygate fraud with more necessary predicate authenticity.

By August 2nd, 2017, Robert Mueller has ensnared Flynn (lobbying & lying), Manafort (lobbying & taxes), and Papadopoulos (presumably lying).  Three of the originating four CH/Spygate targets as outlined to the FISA court.  The only one they didn’t capture, or perhaps some would say they didn’t try to capture because defense discovery would be problematic, is Carter Page.

On August 2nd, 2017, with the aforementioned Trump-Trio in various stages of legal limbo, Robert Mueller requests an updated “scope memo” from Rod Rosenstein:

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By outlining, in a specific mandate to Mueller, that the office of the president was currently the subject of an ongoing counterintelligence investigation, the special counsel would be authorized to block any congressional oversight requests for documents, material or evidence that would interfere in their investigation.

Deputy Attorney General Rod Rosenstein’s scope memo created a impenetrable firewall through which information could not be shared until Robert Mueller’s probe was complete.

The picture here is pretty clear:

So long as Team Obama can reasonably keep claiming the originating 2016 surveillance upon the Trump campaign was an outcome of a valid counterintelligence investigative probe; which is the underpinning of their need to perpetuate the Russian election conspiracy narrative; and so long as all Obama officials who were engaged within the process keep up the story that validates the fraudulent purpose; then it is likely all players will escape legal accountability for the unlawful weaponization of the intelligence apparatus to target political opposition.

In essence, “by the book” will have been successful.

This background reality is likely what new Attorney General William Barr has been absorbing over the past several days.

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556 Responses to Reconciling ‘Spygate’ With The ‘Soft Coup’ – Five Phases That Explain The Behavior…

  1. teeheeman says:

    Fabulous summary and timeline SD – incredulous stuff. I can only pray AG Barr reads this.

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  2. jmclever says:

    Part of the solution would be to remove the mechanism of Special Counsel and all its special operating privileges.No scope letter by one person should place any government action above oversight accountability.

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    • For Eyes says:

      That was done. The Congressional version was Special Prosecutor, and after the last run against Clinton all sides agreed it had to end, and they ended it. The Judge in the VA case against Manafort was on the study commission that came to that conclusion.

      THEN, DOJ on its own took it upon itself to outline what mechanisms and processes should be used in the future IN CASE they were ever called upon to do something. And they were called upon. And that process is what was supposedly used to hire and oversee Mueller.

      The whole thing is a bad idea that just won’t die. It is an easy bet to believe at the end of this event it will once again be “fixed” but kept in some fashion.

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      • clive hoskin says:

        So, now that everybody and his dog knows about the attempted coup,when can we expect arrests and trials to begin?If not,then at least you are still armed and ready to take the perps down.

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        • MAGAbear says:

          Everybody and his dog knows? Unless one is reading this website or a few others out there or listening to talk radio, they wouldn’t know a thing about this coup attempt. tt

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          • Hsssssss says:

            I just watched a campus interview where all of those interviewed could not even say what the State of The Union was – they had NO CLUE
            One guy actually gave an answer: Is that something about the wall?

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          • For Eyes says:

            MAGA:

            True. Very true.

            BUT, at LEAST a beginning is afoot. Step back just a bit and you can see MSM is searching for the right way to walk some of this back. For starters you have a broad push to prepare the left mentally that Mueller will not be publishing the smoking gun they have been waiting for.

            Is that the beginning of … first step in … getting across the idea, gently, that this has been a coup? I doubt they will go that far, but since they have taken the first step who knows how far they WILL go.

            The right waited for the IG to provide the smoking gun and was disappointed. The left has waited for Mueller to provide the smoking gun and it appears they will be disappointed. Sundance seems to be saying that from the structure of things do not expect convictions.

            It will still take Shiff / Cummings / Pelosi to formally drop their efforts to impeach in the House.

            Taking all of that at face value, this long and ugly episode ends in a draw, but with Trump still in office.

            It could be worse. I wish it were better.

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            • Thinker says:

              The real smoking gun is the Huma laptop. All of Hillary’s email AND Blackberry texts. Do you think there is incriminating evidence there? H*ll yes. Particularly Pay to Play. I hope, boy do I hope, this gets released.

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  3. jmclever says:

    There is also the chapter of this story that includes so called allies like UK and Australia intelligence officials working with Brennan et al to complete the soft coup

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    • concerned3 says:

      For reasons, that are still not clear to me the 5Eyes portion of this story has not been made clear. Why, if you were president, would you be interested in a FISA warrant on Carter Page when all you had to do is to ask one of your 5Eyes parters to simply perform surveillance on him? Why, if you were president, would you be willing to risk discovery by requesting a warrant of the opposing parties campaign?

      No, I am still convinced that the FISA warrant on Carter Page was just a cover for more than one reason.

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      • smartyjones1 says:

        At a certain point, then-candidate Donald Trump becomes a viable and then-presumptive nominee. Why would any Five Eyes country want to inject themselves into a campaign where retribution could follow with an eventual election victory?

        The answer; they wouldn’t. They would get out and only “allow” a “former MI-6 agent carry the ball in the ongoing operation.

        That’s what they did and then days after President Trump’s inauguration, the UK equivalent of the NSA, GCHQ head Hannigan shockingly resigned as reported in the UK Telegraph among others.

        Hannigan got out of dodge as a signal of complicity and humility to the new US President.

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        • concerned3 says:

          At a certain point, then-candidate Donald Trump becomes a viable and then-presumptive nominee. Why would any Five Eyes country want to inject themselves into a campaign where retribution could follow with an eventual election victory?

          Let’s tell Obama that we will no-longer be tracking/surveillance of President Elect Trump’s campaign after October, of 2016. Obama’s officials go into cover-up mode. And, FISA warrant idea was born.

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    • concerned3 says:

      So how do we know that Obama was following if not directing surveillance? By the following.

      “Obama’s PDB’s have included information about the Trump campaign officials who were under active surveillance. As the Trump transition team enters into office the FBI surveillance is still ongoing. The counterintelligence operation against the incoming administration, and every participating member, remains in full swing.”

      So why did the Director of GCHQ a member of 5Eyes decide it was time to retire in very early January of 2017. Was he afraid of being caught spying on the current President of the Unites States. You, might want to leave town.

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    • seth rich says:

      Right Halper, Mifsud and the other Judas, Downer were just more insurance policies. The more people they could entrap the better to to the same thing, justify the FISA warrants and make the coup legal.

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  4. concerned3 says:

    What we are expected to believe: Go8 members Richard Burr and Mark Warner receive the original October 21st, 2016, FISA application and the first renewal. And say to themselves, this is nice, let’s not do anything with it.

    By looking at the date provided, October 21st, 2016 the Gang-Of-Eight members Richard Burr and Mark Warner knew about the effort to spy on Present Trump’s campaign. Why did Richard Burr and Mark Warner not tell the other Gain-Of Eight members? Why did Richard Burr and Mark Warner not seek to perform their oversight responsibilities since clearly the contents of the dossier was at best very suspicious? Why did Richard Burr and Mark Warner not talk with Judge Collyer about the Dossier, after all, we are talking about a Republican candidate for president, and his campaign staff.

    Brennan, I PERSONALLY briefed the full details of our understanding of Russian attempts to interfere in the election to congressional leadership; specifically: Senators Harry Reid, Mitch McConnell, **Dianne Feinstein and **Richard Burr; and to representatives Paul Ryan, Nancy Pelosi, Devin Nunes and Adam Schiff between 11th August and 6th September [2016], I provided the same briefing to each of the gang of eight members.”

    It seems to me that the Gang-Of-Eight have known about the FISA warrant and it’s contents but more importantly decided not to investigate what had to be a very unusual Dossier by October 21st, 2016.

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    • Justin Green says:

      Because they’re all traitors. That’s why. And unless they go to prison, this is all wasted time.

      I’m out. I’m tired of following this pipe dream. It’s NEVER going to get resolved until entire states start seceding from the union.

      Liberal states have already seceded. They don’t enforce immigration laws. We should do the same. It’s past time for blue states to simply die from socialism. They can starve their people to death, allow illegal immigrants to rape everyone, walk through piles of homeless feces and drug needles, and ride trains across the damned oceans. I’m out. I’m done.

      Far too long with 0 done. Zero. Zilch. Nada. Not ONE single conviction for ANY treasonous perp. Not one. Not with Sessions. Not with Whitaker. None. They haven’t done squat.

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  5. I am a proud and grateful citizen of the United States of America, and Donald J. Trump is MY President. https://thepointman.files.wordpress.com/2019/02/trump-with-kid-mowing-the-lawn.jpg

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  6. Justin Green says:

    Who cares anymore? This ISN’T going to get resolved. Period. Who’s going to do it? Barr? Right. Where have we heard that song and dance before.

    Secession is where I’m focused now. This is ridiculous. I’ll vote Trump in 2020, and my local rep can burn in Hell. He hasn’t done squat.

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    • sat0422 says:

      You know the elected Congress critters that claim to be “with” Trump don’t do squat. They all need to be back home making speeches and promoting a conservative agenda.
      Just think about how in our faces they are with campaign ads when the election is around the corner and once elected, they leave Trump paddling the boat alone.
      It’s no wonder that so many have bought into Socialism. The socialists are always on a stump and that my story……..

      We need an all out effort = or better than the Tea Party movement.

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  7. All this is very complicated, we may need more time to understand the situation.
    We need to extend the “statute of limitation” for crimes committed by these people, so they do not time out.

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  8. The Boss says:

    I just returned from a weekend trip. Perhaps this point has been raised….

    If the FISC can giveth legal cover to the coup plotters (by approving the FISA warrant in October 2016), can it not taketh that same legal cover away? If the granting of cover was based upon fraudulent representations from the FBI, it would seem to me that rescinding the cover would be a relatively easy ruling to make.

    If so, that would help explain the recent reports that the Mueller SC investigation is wrapping up, as well as the dems demands that Barr release Mueller’s report virtually intact.

    Might Barr also be reviewing the unredacted April 2017 FISC ruling by Judge Collyer as he decides his next move?

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  9. TPW says:

    Phase 1 definitely involves Obama directly and the reason for the cover up. It is where the unusual amount of unmasking occurred and absolutely NO ONE other than Sundance is talking about it.

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  10. sysconfig says:

    Graham wants to look call them to a meeting to see if they were serious about a 25th amendment challenge to the President. I always thought he was well aware..from the very beginning


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  11. Zorro says:

    Rodney, you can leave today, we really need to move forward.

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  12. cathy m says:

    Turley: ‘You Have to Call Them as You See Them’ — ‘No Evidence’ of Trump-Russia Collusion

    “it is quite unlikely if you were a KGB spymaster, would you really collude with Donald Trump and put yourself one tweet away from destruction on perhaps the most secret operation in recent history?”

    Well, he’s got a point there! LOL!!

    https://www.breitbart.com/clips/2019/02/23/turley-you-have-to-call-them-as-you-see-them-no-evidence-of-trump-russia-collusion/

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  13. cathy m says:

    Turley: ‘You Have to Call Them as You See Them’ — ‘No Evidence’ of Trump-Russia Collusion

    “it is quite unlikely if you were a KGB spymaster, would you really collude with Donald Trump and put yourself one tweet away from destruction on perhaps the most secret operation in recent history?”

    Well, he’s got a point there! LOL!!

    https://www.breitbart.com/clips/2019/02/23/turley-you-have-to-call-them-as-you-see-them-no-evidence-of-trump-russia-collusion/

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  14. Bogeyfree says:

    The second Mueller’s report gets into Barr’s hands and he tells Congress No Collusion & No Obstruction, I hope PT tweets……..

    Now it’s my turn!

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  15. Has anyone asked Loose Lips McCabe for an explanation of how Carter Page went from being an FBI employee/asset in March 2016 to being a suspected spy in October 2016?

    https://theconservativetreehouse.com/2018/02/05/in-march-2016-carter-page-was-an-fbi-employee-in-october-2016-fbi-told-fisa-court-hes-a-spy/

    Has anyone asked Brennan why he spoke to the Go8 members individually – instead of having them all hear the same information at the same time? Obviously Mr. Nunes didn’t get the same story as the others.

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    • dawg says:

      Such a good point that never gets raised. Page was a paid FBI informant/asset! They knew damn well he wasn’t a spy! That’s probably the reason they never charged him.

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  16. Kathy Kavanagh says:

    Great job on the timeline and analysis. But I disagree with one premise; the FISA warrants should still be subject to challenge because although they were signed by a judge, the government was not acting in “good faith”. They violated DOJ and FBI guidelines in the steps they took in seeking a counteri intelligence warrant. The dates they finally started using human intel, and conducting Interviews of “suspects” is prima facie evidence of their bad faith. A fair minded court should be able to see through this “after the fact” justification effort.

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  17. Big N. Rich says:

    I don’t think the FISC’s hands are clean in this. The rudy contreras incident with General Flynn was a red flag. And if I were collyer, and my hand were caught in the cookie jar, I would have taken the same course of action:

    collyer: “Well mr. carlin, do explain yourself sir!”
    carlin: “Uh, you winked at me when we applied for the warrant, same team, yeah?”
    collyer: “Why mr. carlin, I had a bit of dust in my eye, how absolutely dare you sir! I will have you thrown in jail if you besmirch muh characta again!”
    carlin: “GOD DAMN IT TO HELL SHE WASN’T SUPPOSED TO LOSE!!!”

    Sorry but I think obama dirtied up the entire FISC from roberts on down. He used his “get you six ways from Sunday” intelligence agencies to bring the black robes to heel.

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    • smartyjones1 says:

      There’s no FISC hearing in most of these cases. Signed oaths attest to the facts in the application. Focus on the first surrounding Carter Page is the nuclear battle and everyone know it

      Judge Collyer announced massive violations in April 2017 and former NSA head Admiral Rogers blew the whistle.

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  18. Facts says:

    Hopefully the counter-report by Trump’s lawyers will include the spy gate timeline along with lots of other details including unredacted material. Perhaps Mueller is hesitant to issue a report because the counter-report will implicate him and those he associates with.

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  19. OldSaltUSNR says:

    9 years after Uranium One, 8 years and two Presidential elections after Benghazi, 8 years after the IRS was weaponized to act as a partisan arm of the DNC to re-elect Obama via criminal prosecution or policy decisions against his political opponents, three years after the Coup d’etat began, 9 years since Obama weaponized NSA intercepts against political enemies, I’m not sure a successful investigation or legitimate case can be brought to court against the Marxist-Democrat perps.

    If no Democrat goes to jail, then history will record, the Marxist-Democrats and their media will repeat for the next 25 years, and your children will be taught in school, that everything Sundance just wrote above was a lie, and a result of “political dirty tricks” by GOP law makers and “right wing” media. That’s the cost of Session’s Justice Department’s failure to investigate or prosecute, based only on the political party of the suspected perps involved.

    There’s nothing that Sundance wrote about that will mean anything going forward. I don’t believe Barr will turn Justice on it’s proverbial head to investigate crimes of three years or a decade ago. “Trust the plan” was a smoke screen for Democrat obstruction of justice. It always was. The Qanon fraud was a Marxist-Democrat and Bernie Socialist inspired prank, which Trumpster conservatives bought hook, line, and sinker. If they had spent their time in Congressional offices or barricading themselves in at Justice and the FBI in DC until Session’s appointed a Special Counsel to investigate the Democrat crimes, some Justice might have been realized. Now, they “Trust(ed) the Session’s Plan”, and Session’s is laughing his ass off back in Alabama, where he’s realized whatever reward he was promised for thwarting justice, at Justice. The Marxist-Democrat’s (and maybe GOP RINO) plan for obstruction of justice, is complete, and neither Graham nor Barr will change anything.

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  20. CM-TX says:

    I don’t buy the FISA on Carter Page would somehow negate all the prior illegal activity. The spying was done to help the opposing candidate, & tamper with the election. Any investigation started was based solely off manufactured evidence & opposition research. Evidence they all KNEW was FALSE.

    It also ignores the intentional placement/or utilization of a plant (aka. Carter Page) within the campaign. It’s already been established he had prior ties to the FB!. Further, we know they directly engineered the set-up scenarios they tried to claim as further cause for any FISA.

    It should never have reached the point it did. When it became clear PDJT could actually win, obtaining the FISA was their attempt to cover-up what they’d been doing, & so to only continue doing.

    Obtaining a fraudulent FISA knowingly, does NOT somehow cancel out all the criminal activity that preceded it, or was used to create the FALSE need for ever needing one.

    Whether or not the FISC judge is liable for failure to question or catch it– is debatable. More likely the rubber-stamping process used to approve these type warrants is the far greater issue, one that urgently needs addressed.

    It seems they’ve convinced PDJT that exposing the fraudulent evidence behind these investigations/Mueller SC, would be seen as Obstruction of Justice. But to do so would be a distortion of the Law. One that requires ignoring the content of the evidence in question– & it reveals the actual criminal conduct & conspiracy was by the investigators.

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