Sketchy Inspector General Michael Atkinson Admits 'Whistle-blower' Never Informed Him of Contact With Schiff Committee…

The inspector general for the Intelligence Community is Michael Atkinson. He is very sketchy.  Atkinson was previously legal counsel for the DOJ-NSD during the ‘stop-Trump’ tenure of John Carlin and Mary McCord. As a result, Atkinson was a participant in the weaponizing of the DOJ-NSD via FISA abuse, along with NSA database exploitation and tenuous FARA legal theories used to target political opposition.
In short, Atkinson seems dirty.  At the very least he hangs around dirty characters.
Today, according to Fox News reporter Catherine Herridge, ICIG Michael Atkinson testified the anti-Trump CIA ‘whistle-blower’, likely to be Michael Barry, did not inform Atkinson that Barry and his legal team already contacted staff working for HPSCI Chairman Adam Schiff when he submitted his complaint.  More sketchy.

After he took the complaint, ICIG Michael Atkinson then changed the rules for the ICIG office allowing a second-hand hearsay complaint to be processed.  Again, sketchy.
According to New York Times reporting earlier this week, the ‘whistle-blower’ (likely CIA operative Michael Barry) first tried to push the hearsay claims to CIA management through a colleague.  Fearing CIA management would not take the gossip seriously “the officer then approached a democrat House Intelligence Committee aide, alerting him to the accusation against Mr. Trump.”  Chairman Schiff never told anyone.
Buckets of sketchy.

Mr. Sketchy – ICIG Michael Atkinson

What is occurring is becoming clear…

After the 2018 mid-terms, and in preparation for the House “impeachment” strategy, House Intelligence Committee Chairman Adam Schiff and House Judiciary Committee Chairman Jerry Nadler hired Lawfare Group members to become committee staff.
Chairman Schiff hired former SDNY U.S. Attorney Daniel Goldman (link), and Chairman Nadler hired Obama Administration lawyer Norm Eisen and criminal defense attorney Barry Berke (link), all are within the Lawfare network.  [You probably saw Berke questioning former Trump campaign chairman Corey Lewandowski.]
It now looks like the Lawfare network constructed the ‘whistle-blower’ complaint aka a Schiff Dossier, and handed it to allied CIA operative Michael Barry to file as a formal IC complaint.  This process is almost identical to the Fusion-GPS/Lawfare network handing the Steele Dossier to the FBI to use as the evidence for the 2016/2017 Russia conspiracy.
This series of events is exactly what former CIA Analyst Fred Fleiz said last week. Fleitz has extensive knowledge of the whistleblower process. Fleitz said last week the Ukraine call whistleblower is likely driven by political motives, and his sources indicate he had help from Congress members while writing it.
Additionally, prior to the “whistleblower complaint” the Intelligence Community Inspector General did not accept whistle-blower claims without first hand knowledge. However, the ICIG revised the protocol to allow this specific complaint to be registered by the CIA whistle-blower.
Now it surfaces that the ICIG Michael Atkinson didn’t even review the Trump-Zelenskyy phone call transcript before forwarding the complaint to congress [SEE HERE]
The Intelligence Community Inspector General (ICIG) is Michael K Atkinson. ICIG Atkinson is the official who accepted the ridiculous premise of a hearsay ‘whistle-blower‘ complaint; an intelligence whistleblower who was “blowing-the-whistle” based on second hand information of a phone call without any direct personal knowledge, ie ‘hearsay‘.
The center of the Lawfare Alliance influence was/is the Department of Justice National Security Division, DOJ-NSD. It was the DOJ-NSD running the Main Justice side of the 2016 operations to support Operation Crossfire Hurricane and FBI agent Peter Strzok. It was also the DOJ-NSD where the sketchy legal theories around FARA violations (Sec. 901) originated.
Michael K Atkinson was previously the Senior Counsel to the Assistant Attorney General of the National Security Division of the Department of Justice (DOJ-NSD) in 2016. That makes Atkinson senior legal counsel to John Carlin and Mary McCord who were the former heads of the DOJ-NSD in 2016 when the stop Trump operation was underway.
Michael Atkinson was the lawyer for the same DOJ-NSD players who: (1) lied to the FISA court (Judge Rosemary Collyer) about the 80% non compliant NSA database abuse using FBI contractors; (2) filed the FISA application against Carter Page; and (3) used FARA violations as tools for political surveillance and political targeting.
Yes, that means Michael Atkinson was Senior Counsel for the DOJ-NSD, at the very epicenter of the political weaponization and FISA abuse.
If the DOJ-NSD exploitation of the NSA database, and/or DOJ-NSD FISA abuse, and/or DOJ-NSD FARA corruption were ever to reach sunlight, current ICIG Atkinson -as the lawyer for the process- would be under a lot of scrutiny for his involvement.
Yes, that gives current ICIG Michael Atkinson a strong and corrupt motive to participate with the Pelosi-Schiff/Lawfare impeachment objective.  Sketchy!

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224 Responses to Sketchy Inspector General Michael Atkinson Admits 'Whistle-blower' Never Informed Him of Contact With Schiff Committee…

  1. Jim Hodgen says:

    Hmmmm…. how to get this into an actual Grand Jury and then a Federal court….

    • bertdilbert says:

      If people went to jail for impeachment farce #1, their would not be an impeachment farce #2.

      • Dr.Jay says:

        Aye, file a bunch of lawsuits.
        And get a big legal war chest and just start houding people. Again and again and again. Do not wait for formal prosecutions.
        Just private lawsuits for damages etc.
        Do unto others what they do unto thou.
        OK, perhaps not the correct quote 🙂

        • littleanniefannie says:

          Neither because they do no do unto others as you would have them do unto you nor do they do unto others what they do unto thou. They just jump, pout, make up a pack of lies to shout! Cry, wail, when they try to stick it in but fail.

        • Super Elite says:

          What you meant to quote was “An eye for an eye and a tooth for a tooth.”

      • albertus magnus says:

        Absolutely correct. And no one is going to jail for impeachment farce 2, impeachment farce 3, and all the rest that are sure to follow.
        But Hannity and others who tick-tock and angrily stomp their widdle feet out of anger will get what they want…attention, clicks, and listen-tos.
        Disgusting on all accounts.

    • MelH says:

      That’s THE question always! There are a bunch of fabulous brains in this Tree House. Not 0ne of them can answer that question?

  2. cboldt says:

    This is getting messy.

    • Don McAro says:

      He will be gone very shortly…..thats the buzz here at my job in media

    • I truly believe that BAN (Big @$$ Net) I’ve been mentioning for a long time now is just filling up with buckets and buckets of very sketchy people.
      Because TRUMP.
      That is all. Well, no, it’s not.
      A big thank you to Sundance and Crew. Awesome barely scrapes the surface of what is done here.

    • Jaap Titulaer says:

      Epic:
      https://www.zerohedge.com/political/flat-out-false-wapo-calls-out-adam-schiff-lying-about-whistleblower
      Even the WaPo calls out his lies now! Amazing. LOL.

      After it was revealed that the whistleblower approached Schiff’s panel – which then directed him to a Democrat attorney, the Post gave Schiff four Pinocchios for his statement, which they called “Flat-out false.”
      “Schiff on ‘Morning Joe’ clearly made a statement that was false,” said the fact-checker. “He now says he’s was answering the wrong question, but if that was the case, he should have quickly corrected the record. He compounded his falsehood by telling reporters a few days later that if not for the [inspector general’s] office, the committee would not have known about the complaint. That again suggested there had been no prior communication.”
      “The explanation that Schiff was not sure it was the same whistleblower especially strains credulity,” added WaPo. “Schiff earns Four Pinocchios.”
      For those keeping track, Schiff has now lied about his panel’s contacts with the ‘whistleblower’ and fabricated quotes from the Trump-Zelensky phone call, which he later scrambled to call a parody.

      🙂

    • The Demon Slick says:

      Sean (Trende?) at the federalist is reporting that the statute requires the whistle blower to notify the icig if there’s any contact with congress. Atkinson is pretending that he wasn’t told about the meetings even though we know he probably sat in. Leaving it out of the complaint was no accident obviously but it might be a criminal violation.

  3. USMC 1833 says:

    When is it time to go “Hot” ?

  4. Nice reporting Sundance.
    Can any legal beagles out there help with:
    WHO can legally remove Atkinson for his actions?
    WHO can legally remove that heresay allowance?
    If this whole thing can be thrown out because of Atkinson’s bias WHO can do it?
    Thanks Treeps.
    MAGA

    • Jaap Titulaer says:

      Just openly state that you will ignore them and send teams of lawyers after them for any real or imagined infraction that you can think off Doesn’t matter what.
      The second they are unpolite on a news-show: one lawsuit to complain of libel, another lawsuit just to harras (that may be against a family-member, friend etc.)
      Just do the same as the Democrats do until they get the message.
      And still, investigate and prosecute them and their cronies for their ACTUAL crimes.

    • doofusdawg says:

      The odds that Atkinson was not interviewed by Horowitz in fisa probe are probably slim to none. That seems like it might be important.

      • cboldt says:

        Atkinson is in a different department (not DOJ) so is out of Horowitz purview.

        • dwpender says:

          Sundance points out that Atkinson was in the DOJ-NSD at the time the FISA shenanigans were going on. It will be interesting to see if he’s mentioned in Horowitz’s report. Wouldn’t it be even more interesting if he were one of many referred to DOJ for possibile prosecution? That would really put a cherry on top his latest sketchy activities!

          • RAC says:

            Yes, if he knew he was likely to take a fall, desperation could account for his obviously crooked assistance to the WB.

    • I don’t think House Speaker Pelosi has any intention of withdrawing the impeachment inquiry now…. no matter how much bogus information is exposed.

    • cboldt says:

      50 USC 3033(c)(4) The Inspector General may be removed from office only by the President. The President shall communicate in writing to the congressional intelligence committees the reasons for the removal not later than 30 days prior to the effective date of such removal. Nothing in this paragraph shall be construed to prohibit a personnel action otherwise authorized by law, other than transfer or removal.
      The contents of the submission form will change back “organically” because whistleblowers have a much tough time winning a retaliation claim (totally different state, 5 USC something) if the original report is not firsthand. Technically there is no legal “requirement” for firsthand info, just like there is no strict rule against hearsay evidence in court (see list of hearsay exceptions, long as your arm). As a function of administrivia, the smae “forms departement” Atkinson pointed out in his 4 page missive can change it back or however the ICIG deals with forms. Bureaucratic nonsense.

  5. markone1blog says:

    They need to convene a Grand Jury outside of Washington DC.

  6. Daniel says:

    What’s great about this is how fast this was discovered and how much parallelism exists between the first effort and this one.
    https://youtu.be/KjmjqlOPd6A
    Now that this has been established as a pattern of deliberate wide-spread corruption, when the charges get filed about BOTH of these things the “plausible deniability” excuse flies OUT THE WINDOW!
    Are we sure this wasn’t a kind of sting?

    • QCM says:

      Consider how the facts of the transcript and the allegations in the complaint don’t match. Makes one wonder who was leaked that PDJT mentioned the Bidens 8x (v. The folks who were leaked it was 5x, 6x, 7x, 9x, etc.) on the call with the Ukrainian President. That’s how one puts leakers, leak different versions of a situation, change details slightly in each version, see which details show up in leaks, follow the details back to the individual leakers.
      Also, consider that this is not the first time a FANTASTIC leak has appeared, only to quickly be proven false. I believe there has been an ongoing sting to get the leakers and get rid of moles.

      • rvsueandcrew says:

        I’m confused. If one has no reservations about making things up, why is a leaker ,? As bert says, they “create a complaint out of thin air.”

        • rvsueandcrew says:

          sorry.…. why is a leaker necessary?

          • GB Bari says:

            Because there was no “normal” channel in which to begin the smear attempt (the Schiff Dossier as we now call the WB’s complaint) without bringing immediate attention to its shady origin.
            So, by disguising their fraudulent rumor document to be a “legal” Whistleblower complaint, the Deep State conspirators thought they’d immediately garner sympathy from the public and make the President look like he’s trying to bully a small time government employee who is trying to expose fraud.

          • GB Bari says:

            Remember, the Deep State is getting nervous because it is becoming apparent that President Trump’s success with many of his major MAGA initiatives especially the economy is making him impossible to beat next year. Add to that the DemonRATs’ huge field of candidates is absolutely flat and generates zero excitement among their constituency. So they are trying to do a hurry-up frame-up of the President to try and shame him or impeach him out of his office.

    • bertdilbert says:

      It is pretty bad when democrats create a complaint out of thin air, send it to the IG, who has to change the rules to make it work. Then send it back as a valid complaint to the people who created it.
      Then the people who created it say they must act on the complaint.
      The only thing missing is two masked men shouting MAGA country!

  7. lansdalechip says:

    Why does a “whistle blower” need an attorney (ies) PRIOR to filing their complaint?
    Smells like my grandson’s socks to me.

    • TwoLaine says:

      OUCH.

    • markone1blog says:

      Smells more like my son’s diapers when he was an infant.
      Of course, since a number of Democrats fall into Nancy Pelosi’s age range, you could say it Depends.

      • littleanniefannie says:

        And the Boost they are getting from the furtive intelligencia probably causes the Depends to suffer from leaking and little Baby Ruth like Mounds as well as anal effluvium. If these irregularities occurred One-a-Day we might think it was just some Ageless Male needing to experience a day or two at Folly Beach. Instead, we have pinheads on Twitter acting self-righteously amidst the Snickers of those who are light years beyond the Milky Way Or those who are on Coke.

      • trump20162024 says:

        LOL

    • 56packardman says:

      It smells like the streets of Nancy P. Lousy’s home town of San FranFeces …

    • snellvillebob says:

      Buy him a second or third set of shoes and have him alternate them so they can dry out between wearings. In 2 weeks his socks will stop stinking.

    • GB Bari says:

      I have to step in here and bring you and some others back down to a little reality.
      I have second hand (but almost first hand) knowledge of a very serious whistleblower incident several decades back. The government employee (a GS-12 at that time) working in the US Dept of Labor in DC discovered a HUGE fraudulent scheme being used by management level federal employees in one of the more famous “agencies.” Without going into details as to how they did it, the scheme resulted in these mid-teen GS grade employees and several of their direct reports receiving huge payments for disabilities that they did not deserve nor qualify for.
      When the whistleblower first reported to it’s (i will avoid gender specific pronouns) supervisor, it was told to keep hush until the supervisor got back to it. Several months later when nothing had changed, the WB again asked the boss what was status and was told to leave it be because it was being looked at at higher levels.
      But the fraudulent payments continued so the WB asked its congressman what to do, and was told to get a lawyer, and was given several recommendations for lawyers. Very soon thereafter the WB began to notice cold treatment by its boss and others in management positions, people with whom the WB previously had a very good working relationship.
      Things got very serious and finally the congressman backed out of supporting the WB and the WB was all alone with no one willing to take the complaint. The lawyer was requiring a large retainer which the WB could not afford, so it stopped seeing the lawyer. The Wb also began having seizures brought on by the excruciating stress of the situation. Before the WB could take the case to anyone else, the WB passed away from a sudden and unexplained grand mal seizure. Autopsy was inconclusive.
      I do not question why any legitimate WB would speak to a lawyer. There are very vindictive corrupt people in the government who will go to extreme lengths if their fraudulent schemes are discovered.
      Yes, this particular WB is almost certainly a fraud but your statement was in general so I answered in the general sense.

  8. cboldt says:

    There is a separate IG for the CIA. I assume the office is staffed, but not sure. Acting CIAIG left some time ago. But the office and procedure are still there.
    WB is not sure how to get this public, goes to Schiff.
    Schiff’s staff knows a route, and it involves a DIFFERENT IG, one who is ready, willing and able.
    On its face this complaint stinks, and ICIG Atkinson knows it.
    Government, trading on public gullibility. Truly despicable.

    • zorrorides says:

      Good post by cboldt

      • littleanniefannie says:

        But the WB was supposed to have worked at both the WH and CIA. So are you two saying that someone with enough info to be a legitimate WB isn’t smart enough to know who to go to or how to Google who to go to? That being the case, the WB isn’t smart enough to keep the story straight!

      • cboldt says:

        Thank you zorro … you stumbled into one of my rare lucid moments …

    • ann says:

      watched the PBS interview Sundance posted yesterday, and utube fed a CNN one in.
      Was Shocked at the baseless but overt disrespect and rage directed at President Trump and pro MAGA.
      There is virtually no way to discern fact from opinion in media coverage. It’s as if
      history is expunged from their awareness , (as well as electronic archives) .
      I landed up so confused, however can “casual” members of the general public make any sense out of the projected delusions and complex mish mash the media broadcasts?

      • littleanniefannie says:

        Direct them to the Treehouse. Sundance never gets out over his skis and every article is carefully thought-through, is concise and is well-supported factually.

      • Rockindubya says:

        Ann, that is entirely their intention. I have an elderly neighbor. He is quite conservative. He has no internet, nor satellite/cable.But he is wise enough to know BS when he smells it. Although he is one of those “casual” members of the GP you refer to, I am fearful that many others may not be as wise and sage as he.

        • ann says:

          This caste of agitators and opportunist is who pose as statesmen and journalists make life miserable for Americans
          . We cannot even enjoy living in a country with secure borders. Or notoriously crooked clans of politicians so
          immune they can bunglie, start wars, defy facts & law and be fobbed off as flagship candidates!

      • Some of the people watching mainstream media will believe anything. Today my blood pressure tripled when some ladies I was sitting with started to talk about President Trump and the “alligators he was putting in moats” on the border. They really believed it. I was so surprised that I said “you ladies are crazy”! Their response was that I must watch Fox News. You can’t fix stupid.

        • ann says:

          Heart,
          I too often encounter this phenomenon:
          a cognitive subservience to absurd assertions of untruth?‍♀️
          In my sphere, Liberal Progressivist loyalists are thick In post grad vocations, service professionals, and inherited wealth .
          As such, they luxuriate in political tribes which are profoundly disconnected and find pragmatic policies and fact based discourse vulgar.
          This ignorance is a cultivated state of mind within well insulated upper level socioeconomic circles .
          Ive past the point of luncheon with this sort, whose maturity in geopolitics peaked UC Berkeley circa 1966. ,
          Heart, truly. formidable degree of self possession to patiently preserve a genteel circumspection with such company.
          ,
          Resist’s rigidity is as intolerant and reactionary as medieval peasantry.
          For contemporary Americans, whose birthright and duty is to be well informed responsible stewards,
          to indulge in Dominant Social Class Conformity .
          No, subservience to a sociopolitical ruling order which betrays the people we, as privledged elites, are raised to serve , is rank cowardice. economic political order Cowardice. of Conformity Social Class. Conformity. . indulging in contemporary Americans not constrained by meagre access to whose meager resources circumstances often knew no better. whose cocircumstances knew no better.
          , contemporary Americans without the , access to , rigidity repetitive hyperinflated myths solidify psychogenic co opted of lack of , bundled into a which consolidate into a myths untruths
          for the sake of inclusion within a group perceived as high status
          surrender of intellectual integrity, independent collective affirmation of extraordinarily intense investment in myths governing class rejection of dissonant information. defensive reaction, obtuse rejection deliberate refusal to accept what are plain, clear documented facts

  9. JL says:

    How in the world did this Atkinson guy make it from corrupt general counsel at the NSD to corrupt IC IG? It is unbelievable. Who wants to bet Coats had something to do with it?

  10. TwoLaine says:

    “By the book.”

  11. Mike in a Truck says:

    Sketchy? This guys the etch-a – sketch of swamp snakes. Just a series of 90 degree turns and they all lead back to the biggest snake of all BHO.

    • 56packardman says:

      Yes – but don’t forget that B. HUSSEIN O. is nothing but the sock puppet of Jarrett and Soros … Those 2 are the ones behind the curtain orchestrating all of this …

  12. Freepetta says:

    Does anyone have a picture of this piece of ? Michael Barry?
    Atkinson and Barry should be terminated pronto. Anyone remotely connected to the Lawfare Criminal Group should be terminated immediately!!
    President Trump should review all his important appointments at every level.

  13. Mark says:

    Atkinson is a scumbag. Can he be removed for failing to follow procedures or be transferred to somewhere he doesn’t want to go so he quits?

  14. TwoLaine says:

    Cancel his security clearance STAT and terminate immediately.
    These are the same idiots that didn’t look in Comey’s safe.
    Yes, they are all cut from the same crooked cloth…

  15. Waymore says:

    WB form asks WB if he or she has previously contacted anyone about complaints, including Congress members or Congress committees. WB must have said No, or failed to disclose since IG had no idea. This severely diminishes WB credibility.

  16. magatrump says:

    The swamp is so deep. Pray for justice.

  17. Avatar666 says:

    Sketchy Inspector General Michael Atkinson Admits ‘Whistle-blower’ Never Informed Him of Contact With Schiff Committee…
    That’s relevant information, wouldn’t you think General? Don’t worry, we knew all along you might be dirty.

    • gen micheal atkinson testimony is being hidden it needs to be brought out republicans 18 people testified and the dems are only saying 17 maria bartiroma spoke with rep john radcliff jan 26 about this 18th testimony

  18. Mncpo(ret) says:

    Let me get this straight: he didn’t read the transcript before lodging the WB complaint, he changed the rules to include hearsay for THIS case and he didn’t have a clue that the WB had been in contact with Schiff staff (even though it was probably written by an attorney on his staff).
    He’s WAY more than sketchy, he’s Deep State (DS) all the way.
    It’s so enjoyable to watch the DS implode in front of our eyes. This guy just did. He’s naked now.
    I love our President’s games.

  19. Don McAro says:

    I just saw this…do not know if its true or not…Catherine Herridge: The biased hearsay whistleblower, a registered Democrat, has been working for another presidential candidate.

  20. Terrance Connors says:

    who inspects the Inspectors General to insure they are not corrupt?

  21. From TheFederalist piece on Anti-Trump Whistleblower colluding w Dems. Acceptable procedure was not followed and appears those involved could have criminal liability—–
    “Under federal law, whistleblowers within the intelligence community are required to report any allegations of wrongdoing to the Intelligence Community Inspector General (ICIG) in order to receive statutory whistleblower protections for their disclosures. The law does not provide any protections to employees or contractors who bypass the process required by law and go directly to Congress, nor does it provide any avenue to disclose classified information to Congress without first going through the ICIG. If the complainant or a colleague leaked classified information to Schiff or his committee, those individuals could be subject to criminal liability for illegal and unauthorized disclosure of classified information.

    • Greg1 says:

      Would this not constitute at least one felony?
      How wonderful would it be if, in their zeal to get Trump, they committed FELONIES for which they can and will be prosecuted?
      Not to mention watching the impeachment farce getting fully exposed?

      • Rockindubya says:

        Apparently the minimum number of felonies committed prior to indictment is different some folks.

  22. TruDat says:

    So in short, Schiff’s team provided whole-cloth lies to the whistle-blower, who provided them to the ICIG who provided them to Schiff’s team. Sounds like a similar laundering to the drug cartels. Thank you, Michael (“Lie-Launderer”) Atkinson. May your misdeeds come down on your head.

  23. TwoLaine says:

    Keep in mind everyone, Lou Dobbs called this goy ourt to Rudy G the other night. Rudy was unaware of his background sketchiness and was truly shocked when he found out, but a you could see that a light bulb went on. Let’s hope he and his team are digging.

  24. Johnny says:

    Sketchy, Seditious, and Treasonous all close together in the dictionary.
    Trifecta of corruption, should get the electric chair.
    Impeachment is a political tool of the House of Represenatives, but I do not think criminality by a congressman is protected speech.

    • littleanniefannie says:

      Look at what this House put in HR1. Do you honestly think they won’t pass a bill or bills (aka BS) to absolve any guilty Congressmen of any criminal wrongdoing, slander, or sleazy behavior? Same chance as the House passing a bill tonight to have ICE round up all illegal aliens for immediate deportation. They rail at calling them illegal aliens, they prefer the term voters!

  25. karenanderson4632 says:

    THIS is where the #Whistleblower complaint will fail. Proper procedure was NOT followed and now appears there could be criminal liability. Per TheFederalist piece on Anti-Trump Whistleblower colluding w Dems–
    “Under federal law, whistleblowers within the intelligence community are required to report any allegations of wrongdoing to the Intelligence Community Inspector General (ICIG) in order to receive statutory whistleblower protections for their disclosures. The law does not provide any protections to employees or contractors who bypass the process required by law and go directly to Congress, nor does it provide any avenue to disclose classified information to Congress without first going through the ICIG. If the complainant or a colleague leaked classified information to Schiff or his committee, those individuals could be subject to criminal liability for illegal and unauthorized disclosure of classified information.”

    • trump20162024 says:

      Is there any doubt that the dhimmis will use voter fraud, leaks, lies, deceit, bribery, slander, human trafficking, murder, sedition, or treason to defeat the Trumpster in 2020?

  26. Lulu says:

    There are probably thousands of these traitors (tens of thousands or hundreds of thousands) embedded throughout the federal government. We need to shrink the federal government it’s the only way to save the country.
    And we could start by abolishing DOJ, FBI, CIA, NSA, and move on from there.

  27. TwoLaine says:

    50 Shades of Sketchy Atkinson.

  28. Patience says:

    How ‘incestuous’! Bigger mafia than the “mafia”.
    >Stay strong and focused, Mr. President!

    • QCM says:

      Bigger? It IS the mafia! Where did you think they went when they got broken up? Politics and government “service.”

      • ann says:

        Oh.
        QCM. I had not thought of it from that perspective. Of course, they had to accrue immense PERMANENT institutional power
        Ahhhh! I’m well educated yet so irredeemably naive to be functionalky Stupid !

  29. Don McAro says:

    By President Trump releasing the Ukraine transcript..he completely destroyed Adam Schiffs “date” to remove a duly elected president….all of this filth would have been buried…..

  30. JoeMeek says:

    Hersey “evidence” is the stuff of lynch mobs.

  31. Beigun says:

    When there is Sedition in the Ship of State the engine room often becomes sabotaged by mutineers. The best way to reel in the wayward lot is to have some walk the plank!

    • bofh says:

      If even a few of these creeps get hit really, REALLY HARD, the vast majority of the rest of the “resistance” embeds will go cold.

    • ann says:

      Put their damn engine room on lock down and weld the exhaust vents shut.
      That’s gruesome, but , after twenty plus years, they’ve had plenty of choices to clean up and fly straight, I’m plumb fed up.

  32. Charlotte Willson says:

    This is exactly why the “hoax” needs to be investigated! People need to be indicted and convicted to end this madness.

  33. Gary Lacey says:

    Folks this has the Democrat party’s fingerprints all over it. Probably every Democra member in the house is a co-conspirator.
    The conspiracy is too wide spread for it to be just a few Democrats.

    • Rockindubya says:

      Can’t argue with your theory, but you do have to give them credit. ??????? is ever leaked from the Demokrats.

  34. Bulldog84 says:

    I suppose this “inspector” is claiming he didn’t have time to “inspect” the complaint yet. He just had time to find it credible. Why shouldn’t we conclude he never intended to “inspect” a darn thing?
    We call that an “errand boy.”

  35. L4grasshopper says:

    SD: a few days ago several GOP lawmakers sent a letter to Atkinson with a series of detailed questions about who, how, when, and why the rules were changed regarding the req for a WB to have first hand knowledge of what he or she was allegeing.
    As I recall, the deadline for response was yesterday.
    Did the IG respond? I can’t find any ref to this anywhere.

  36. Heika says:

    Paul Sperry has been circling around Barr’s ‘subtle behaviour’ more and more clearly. He is ahead of the game because he simply stopped assuming (that Barr is a good guy) – and started looking at the facts and evidence. As he points out here – Barr is involved and implicated in this and much much more. We wonder why all this ‘blatantly obvious crime’ keeps on just getting quietened down, swept under the carpet, and just not dealt with (like the FBI – who Barr is the boss of) simply not convicting any of its own even when the ‘left wing democrat Horowitz’ recommends charges. Its becoming very difficult to see that something is so rotten in Rome – and instead of it being cleaned up, the putrid mould is multiplying – since Barr arrived. Sorry Barr hopefuls, but I am on Sperry’s side of skeptic
    https://twitter.com/paulsperry_/status/1180224120249864199

  37. Greg1 says:

    With Atkinson admitting the whistleblower never informed him of contact with Schiff or his staff, or however it happened, is he not duty bound to investigate the whistleblower for a felony? Not to mention pointing that out before the commitee?
    Does Schiff get nailed for a felony? His staffers?
    If not, why not?

  38. After he took the complaint, ICIG Michael Atkinson then changed the rules for the ICIG office allowing a second-hand hearsay complaint to be processed. Again, sketchy.

    The language about that “checked box” seems a bit, STRAINED. I wonder if the HPSCI/Whistleblower attorneys actually checked the box instead of the actual client.

    It now looks like the Lawfare network constructed the ‘whistle-blower’ complaint aka a Schiff Dossier, and handed it to allied CIA operative Michael Barry to file as a formal IC complaint.

    I have to disagree. The Lawfare attorneys are, at least generally, competent.
    THIS complaint is addressed to Adam Schiff/HPSCI and Burr/SSCI.
    It makes absolutely NO sense to put together a formal Whistleblower complaint and THEN include the wrong address on the salutation. Especially in DC, where the honorifics and titles often stretch for a page or two.
    I’m beginning to suspect that, THIS WAS HPSCI triage. They had a CIA whistleblower they could work with, but the CIA guy sent Schiff the information directly. This touched off an immediate crisis where Schiff/Congressional Democrats called in their attorneys to clean things up and get this hot-mess over to the ICIG to preserve the optics and plausible deniability of “this is a Whistleblower against Trump” instead of “this is a leak to HPSCI”.
    That is about the ONLY explanation I can come up with for an experienced legal team putting the WRONG name and salutation on a document as important as a Whistleblower complaint.

  39. MaineCoon says:

    Corruption is so rampant in our government/politicians that citizens like us read the new criminal exposures and just move on to the next CTH article without hardly revisiting the corrupt-politician issues. Why waste time and emotional energy when the likelihood is that nothing will be done to uphold the rule of law.
    The absolute lack of criminal charges is appalling.

  40. donnyvee says:

    From Soylent Green.”The scoops are on their way. The scoops are on their way. ” And I hope they scoop up at least a hundred dirty politicians. I wish I knew how to include a picture of them.

  41. I don’t believe for one minute that Atkinson didn’t know about the contact! He insults our intelligence with that bull schiff. He’s been part of the coup since crossfire hurricane started.

  42. Finbar O'Shaunnessey says:

    The audacity of the DemoKKKrats is exceeded only by their stupidity.

  43. willthesuevi says:

    “Now it surfaces that the ICIG Michael Atkinson didn’t even review the Trump-Zelenskyy phone call transcript before forwarding the complaint to congress”
    That is just sloppy lawyering. Bet he wishes he had “do overs” today.

  44. scrap1ron says:

    Sketchy? This is criminal abuse of authority and a willful act of sedition.

    • nimrodman says:

      yes, “sketchy” is not quite the right word, is it?
      It used to mean little more than “poorly defined” as in a sketch
      Although recently it’s taken to mean “questionable, as in a questionable character
      A better choice for the current intent in this article might be
      “in all likelihood, a highly corrupt” inspector general …
      just sayin’
      Definition of sketchy
      1 : of the nature of a sketch : roughly outlined
      2 : wanting in completeness, clearness, or substance : slight, superficial the details are sketchy
      3 : questionable, iffy got into a sketchy situation a sketchy character
      https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/sketchy

      • The Devilbat says:

        How about “seditionary” instead of sketchy?

      • Rhoda R says:

        How about adding: 4: abuse of position under color of law.

      • Orville R. Bacher says:

        Atkinson is just another Apparatchik infested in the Washington Mob, with an “official-sounding” title, taking his marching orders from criminals.
        Changing rules, unilaterally, against the foundation of American Law. How convenient.
        These people sold out America to Foreign interests, a long time ago.
        You can see before your very eyes how they shuffle the cards, hide the obvious, and have absolute disgust for the American People.

    • Contrarymary says:

      I don’t understand why this ICIG isn’t under investigation for leaking. The Whistle-blower act was specifically designed for whistleblowing on agencies or a person in an agency. How can they leak the presidents phone call, take it to the ICIG, and together they leak it to many other people, including Schiff, his lawyers and probably some hangout bar with all his buddies while they’re laughing about it. This report should never have been accepted. On top of that, he was guessing what the president said, because it wasn’t even factual, or they were pretty sure the president wouldn’t release the actual transcript, and they’d get by with a lie. Atkinson was up to his eyebrows in this collusion. He helped arrange the lie.

  45. Retired USMC says:

    There is only one way to stop sedition…with a rope and a drop…in the public square. This type of garbage will continue until that is done.

    • The Devilbat says:

      In defense of the accused and in all fairness to them, they should be allowed to choose between hanging, the electric chair or a firing squad.

      • gary says:

        how about sadddams plastic shredder. one limb per month, till yer gone.

      • MD says:

        A few months back AG Barr re-instituted the option of the death penalty for federal crimes. Wonder if that threat may be used to get some people talking that are involved in this?

  46. Coast says:

    Our oldest son worked for the IG up until a year ago (State Dept / USAID). After two years he was sick of them and decided to leave.

  47. Donzo says:

    Spygate was a highly sophisticated operation involving a great many coordinated bad actors who almost pulled off the coup of the ages. Phonegate, for lack of a better name, was the bungled efforts of a few monumentally idiotic dipshits including the leader, A-damn Shame Schiff, whose only success was in exposing themselves and the Dimms in general as utterly corrupt buffoons. I wouldn’t be surprise to find out in 50 years that the WB was a Trump plant.

  48. Do you think ANYBODY in the swamp follows the rules -so you leak -so what ,so you lie on forms-so what ,so you lie in testimony so what. If you are in the “club” , just minor details which can be ignored with little worry

    • nimrodman says:

      … and no one ever gets polygraphed, apparently

      • Rhoda R says:

        I expect that CIA types have been trained in how to lie and not be detected in polygraphs. They aren’t all that reliable.

    • Raptors2020 says:

      President Trump must move urgently on subdividing the D.C. bureaus around the country. Place them in the poorest towns and counties. Present it as make-work and wealth re-distribution project: how could the Democrats object?
      Announce a large government office will be placed in Elijah Cummings’ Baltimore district, for example. Let Elijah have a large share of the credit; divide and conquer the Democrats.
      The Resistance to Trump’s agenda will only get worse in the 2nd term. As we’re seeing now with the Ukrainian hoax, the bureaucracy/Deep State is a greater enemy and threat to the President than the other Party.
      The Democrats don’t see it yet, but as the Deep State is now a Praetorian Guard, they will be giving orders to all politicians, not taking them.
      What we’re seeing from the bureaucracy/Deep State now is intense tribalism. Tribal people will sacrifice all for the tribe. Physical separation is essential; the tribe member loses a large part of his identity when split off from the tribe.

      • Donzo says:

        In the internet age there no longer is any need to have the departments located in the capital. Love to see DC property values plummet.

      • Susan Bolle says:

        The EPA was moved and many of the entrenched lifers resigned or transferred.

      • Electra says:

        Ooooh, the possibilities! Let’s have the IRS in Bismarck, North Dakota, the FBI in Kingman, Arizona, and perhaps the EPA in Baltimore. ?

    • anthony says:

      They haven’t had to…

  49. Jim in TN says:

    This is all beyond sketchy. They are still hiding information. Things do not magically, coincidentally happen. This is a highly coordinated attack. One that required the change in whistleblower to accept hearsay. No hearsay, no attack.
    As an aside, they clearly think they are smarter than everybody else and act from their arrogance. Sundance is right that they plot out all their plans in great detail, laying snares and traps and gotchas and setting up no win scenarios for their opponents. But they struggle to adapt when they execute their plans. And they rely much too much on the media to cover for them.
    Unfortunately, I think they are going to impeach, come hell or high water. It did not matter that Trump is innocent, just doing his job, will not be indicted. They must impeach. It does not matter that this is falling apart around them. They will impeach. They planned impeachment since before his inauguration. They will not be deterred. They shall impeach.
    Also, they have spent all this time telling the country that impeachment is purely political. They have failed. Impeachment is for extremely serious transgressions, not some political game of mudslinging and defaming opponents. The American people will not tolerate impeachment being used as a veto of our votes.
    Lucky for us, their arrogance prevents them from seeing their own mistakes. It is rather like watching Dreyfus step on rakes near the pond in the asylum at the beginning of that Pink Panther sequel.
    Unlucky for us, they will not stop no matter how much it hurts them. They are as crazy as Dreyfus, and as intent on destroying everything in order to take down their nemesis as he was.
    We must start putting them in the dock, and start holding them accountable for breaking the law. If not, they will keep getting worse.

    • Sassy says:

      Does this story indicate a pivot? https://www.thedailybeast.com/natalia-veselniskaya-email-leak-exposes-trump-tower-russians-dirty-lobbying-operations
      Or is this some kind of pressure on her to get her to compose a song?

      • jnr2d2 says:

        Nothing to compose. That Trump tower was investigated like a needle in a hay stack. And a big fat nothing burger!!! On the other hand, what was Fusion’s role w her and Hostetler and the Trump set up.

      • noswamp says:

        Confusing article. No one cares.

      • Electra says:

        It’s a very strange article. CTH readers will recognize most of the principal characters from their involvement in Spygate. The law firm Baker Hostetler worked for Hillary Clinton’s campaign and they hired the infamous Fusion GPS. Natalia Veselnitskaya and Rinat Akhmetshin are shady Russians who were used by Fusion GPS to conduct the Trump Tower sting operation. Yet you won’t find any of these associations mentioned in the Daily Beast article. According to them, Baker Hostetler is a firm known for working with Republicans. Fusion GPS and Glen Simpson aren’t even named. Instead, there’s an attempt by the writers to associate Donald Trump Jr., Jared Kushner, and Jeff Sessions–of all people–with some nasty dealings by Preveson, the corrupt company that employed the two Russians. All this is based on emails that were hacked from Veselnitskya, and apparently the Daily Beast is the only news outlet that has them. I’m wondering if there is incriminating stuff on Fusion GPS in those emails and if this Daily Beast article is a way to get ahead of the story and put the Deep State spin on it.

  50. 2013gti says:

    I absolutely love being a witness to Devine Intervention!

  51. Anon says:

    Also the CIA top lawyer, Courtney Elwood is apparently a never-Trumper, married to a never-Trumper, both of whom never spent more than a year of their professional lives outside of DC/VA. (They are 60+ years old). Swamp if there ever were. Check out their donation history – donated to McCain, Romney, Rubio – then Cruz in March 2016 when he was the last desperate hope of the never Trump swamp, then withheld donations to Trump general election campaign. Both parents also swamp.
    Lawfare was so excited by her appointment they put out a blog post endorsing the pick. Ditto for her husband, top DoD lawyer.

  52. Greg Dane says:

    “Sketchy” is PC speak for another traitor wanting to bring down the country and the President with lies, innuendos, fairy tales and rule changes to fit the narrative. In other words another swamp dweller who has shown himself to be a liberal anti-America communist socialist progressive.

    • willthesuevi says:

      Greg,
      I doubt anyone here is going to disagree with the majority of your comment.
      I will say, you may be the first to accuse Sundance of being politically correct. ?
      Situational awareness is key to success on this board. If I am out of line I am sure the moderator correct me.

  53. Sassy says:

    Can Goldman be considered an “aide”?

  54. dwpender says:

    Sundance — Can we stop calling these activists “Whistleblowers?” They are “Wolfcriers.”

  55. justlizzyp says:

    With all the talk about Inspectors General lately I was wondering – did the Trump Administration ever ‘undo’ Yates’ ‘nope – not allowed’ policy regarding IG oversight of the DOJ- NSD?

  56. litenmaus says:

    When David Laufman is being used as your spokesman, you’re SKETCHY as F%#&.
    …September 23, 2017….
    ‘Michael is a careful, temperate, and thoughtful lawyer,’ said David Laufman, who worked with Atkinson in the Justice Department’s National Security Division. ‘He would not have gone down this road unless he believed he was on sound legal footing.’”
    https://www.rawstory.com/2019/09/oh-sht-this-is-real-watchdog-at-the-center-of-the-ukraine-scandal-is-a-well-known-and-respected-trump-appointee/

    • jnr2d2 says:

      Notice Trump appointee, he must be being honest. Rather than him being along time DOJ Demo.

    • romy911 says:

      David Laufman, another ex-DOJ NSD Lawfare Lawyer. He represented Monica McLean, Christine Ballsy Ford’s beach friend, who helped her compose her false accusations. The same names keep popping up.

  57. Mark W says:

    Recently released text messages between top US Diplomats reveal that the “PRESIDENT HAS BEEN CRYSTAL CLEAR NO QUID PRO QUO OF ANY KIND.”
    https://www.investmentwatchblog.com/recently-released-text-messages-between-top-us-diplomats-reveal-that-the-president-has-been-crystal-clear-no-quid-pro-quo-of-any-kind/

  58. Average joe says:

    Slide whistle BLOWER

  59. Average joe says:

    Slide whistle BLOWER

  60. islandpalmtrees says:

    When was the House Intelligence Committee Contacted By CIA ‘Whistle-blower’: Days Before He Filed the Complaint.
    When was the complaint given to Adam Schiff: August 12th
    When was the whistle-blowers” Complaint form changed”: August 13th
    Did Adam Schiff(House Intel Panel) and the Atkinson(IG) change the “whistle-blowers” rules to match the new “whistle-blowers” complaint?
    When did Michael Atkinson know that Sctiff’s aid was talking with the CIA Whistle-blower?
    According to Fox News reporter Catherine Herridge, inspector general Michael Atkinson told lawmakers that he had “no knowledge” of the officer’s contacts with the House Intel panel aide. This week, a New York Times report revealed that the officer and staff member first discussed the allegations against the president before the inspector general received the complaint.
    http://www.breitbart.com/politics/2019/10/04/report-whistleblower-never-disclosed-contact-with-house-intel-panel-staffer-to-inspector-general/
    House Intelligence Committee Chairman Rep. Adam Schiff (D-CA) knew about the “whistleblower” complaint days before it was officially filed, it was reported on Wednesday
    http://www.breitbart.com/politics/2019/10/02/adam-schiff-knew-of-the-whistleblower-complaint-days-before-it-was-filed/
    President Trump announced Joseph Macguire as the Acting ODNI on August 8th, 2019. (link) The CIA operative “whistle-blower” letter to Adam Schiff and Richard Burr was on August 12th (link). Immediately following this letter, the ICIG rules and requirements for “whistle-blowers” was modified, allowing hearsay complaints. On August 28th Adam Schiff begins tweeting about the construct of the complaint.
    http://theconservativetreehouse.com/2019/09/27/icig-whistleblower-form-recently-modified-to-permit-complaint-heard-from-others/

  61. litenmaus says:

    Took me awhile to track her down…..Attorney Kathryn Cameron Atkinson – spouse of ICIG Michael Atkinson…she works for Miller Chavalier Law Firm….From the site bio:
    Kathryn Cameron Atkinson is the Chair of Miller & Chevalier. Her practice focuses on international corporate compliance, including, in particular, the Foreign Corrupt Practices Act (FCPA), as well as economic sanctions and export controls, and anti-money laundering laws. She advises clients on corruption issues around the world. This advice has included compliance with the FCPA and related laws and international treaties in a wide variety of contexts, including transactional counseling, formal opinions, internal investigations, enforcement actions by the U.S. Department of Justice (DOJ) and the Securities and Exchange Commission (SEC) and resulting monitorships, as well as commercial litigation raising improper payment issues. Ms. Atkinson has twice been appointed as an Independent Compliance Monitor by the DOJ and SEC. She was a member of the original Transparency International task force that developed a compliance toolkit for small and medium-sized entities. She co-produced, with Homer E. Moyer, Jr., “Comply But Compete,” a versatile, video-based FCPA training program.
    Miller Chavalier corruption survey……Oh the irony…..
    FTA –
    Based on the survey responses, the ECA countries can be largely divided into three categories as highlighted throughout this report, though, of course, with some exceptions. There are countries with viable anti-corruption systems that are showing positive results (Estonia and Lithuania); countries where corruption continues to present a significant challenge for businesses (Azerbaijan, Belarus, Kazakhstan, Moldova, Russia, and Ukraine); and countries where, despite corruption issues, there are reasons to be optimistic about the ability to do business in compliance with accepted anti-corruption norms (Georgia and Latvia).
    https://www.globaltrademag.com/global-trade-daily/miller-chevalier-releases-inaugural-2018-europe-caucasus-asia-corruption-survey/

    • johnps30 says:

      Kathryn Atkinson was nominated by GPS Fusion’s Mary Jacoby to the Globalist Investigator Review’s: Women Investigators, 2015 issue. The wife of Ukraine hoax ICIG Atkinson is close pals with GPS Fusion’s Glenn Simpson’s wife. How cozy!

  62. cambee99 says:

    Wondering if Michael Berry is the mole that wrote the 2018 NYT oped piece about resisting Trump in the bureaucracy?

  63. KCBEACH says:

    Sketchy?!?!?!?! How about Co-onspirator!

  64. California Joe says:

    Why wasn’t IG Michael Atkinson concerned much less outraged about the CIA, FBI and DOJ attempt to frame the President of the United States for a crime that not only he didn’t commit but a crime that never even happened or the unmasking of dozens of Americans who worked on President Trump’s campaign or the intentional leaking of classified documents by the intelligence agencies to the news media to damage President Trump’s reputation or Samantha Power unmasking hundreds of political opponents who were against Palestinian independence? Why wasn’t IG Michael Atkinson concerned about any of those real violations of the law instead of another fabricated bullshit attempt to frame Donald Trump?????

    • Chewbarkah says:

      Excellent point. Where is Atkinson’s report on the gross misuse of authority by Brennan?

    • justlizzyp says:

      He can’t issue a report about the conspiracy against the President because he was involved. He was Senior Legal Counsel for the DOJ-NSD and therefore was involved in the whole FISA warrant process. Directly involved. I see this as an offensive move to discredit Trump and Barr in advance of the IG report in which his actions will be discussed. Early media reports talked about him as a stand up, non-partisan guy who’s worked for people on both sides of the aisle but they all left that piece out of his CV. Which suggests that it is relevant and inconvenient to the narrative.

  65. justlizzyp says:

    I just read that Catherine Herridge is reporting that the supposed WB worked on a campaign for one of the currently running Democrats some time in the past. Anyone else see that – did I read that correctly?

  66. Minuteman says:

    Atkinson, Atkinson. in the DOJ NSC? That Atkinson?
    Is that the same DOJ NSD that Yates wrote a 58 page letter that blocked the DOJ IG from reviewing their activities?
    Atkinson is pure as the driven snow. Snow mixed with sewage.

  67. Pyrthroes says:

    If there is an IC Inspector General who inspects all those, and only those, who do not inspect themselves, does this ICIG inspect himself? If he does, he doesn’t; but if he doesn’t, then he does.
    This of course is Epimenides of Crete’s classic “Liar’s Paradox” of contradictory self-reference, a formally undecidable proposition finally resolved in 1932 by mathematical logician Kurt Godel’s “consistency proof” to effect that –for any system more complex than Euclidean Geometry– “a complete set of axioms is inconsistent, a consistent set of axioms is incomplete.”
    In Deep Schiffian context, an IC Inspector General (or any other such oversight official) either stands above the fray, presumed impartial and thus immune to scrutiny, or anything whatever he blats forth is a circular — thereby invalid, self-referential– proposition by definition invalid in-and-of itself. On this basis, whatever subsequent self-contradictory events transpire, nothing that Schiff & Co. extrude like porkrolls from a sausage-mill has any claim to propositional validity whatever.
    However ignorant and even stupid these Rat asininities, their closet conspirators stand doomed by the very methods they so scurrilously employ.

  68. noswamp says:

    I crooked IC IG. Imagine that.

  69. 8675310 says:

    When will we learn? Any person appointed by 0bama, ANY person, was not appointed to be true to the Constitution, but to subvert the government to the goals of 0bama and the DNC. I remember when he was appointing advisers, and they would have to scrub there internet profiles to erase their communist affiliations. IG Horowitz at the DOJ is no different. Huber in the DOJ Utah is no different. They would not have ever been appointed if 0bama wasn’t convinced that they were loyal to “the cause”.

  70. Alan Reasin says:

    If I was POTUS, I would have a serious talk with the person who told me I should hire him as ICIG. Apparently there are few people around the President who can be trusted. Picking 25 people randomly out of the census data might serve him better. In my days with a clearance, you could be polygraphed without notice and again if I was POTUS everyone who ever had knowledge of my leaked phone calls to foreign heads of state would be questioned and polygraphed.

  71. agentcommonsense says:

    Ok this is disturbing..CIA Michael Barry Wikipedia page excerpt
    Barry allegedly worked on a CIA sponsored assassination program to kill terrorists with Erik Prince.

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