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

  1. scrap1ron says:

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

    Liked by 15 people

    • 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

      Liked by 8 people

      • The Devilbat says:

        How about “seditionary” instead of sketchy?

        Liked by 7 people

      • Rhoda R says:

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

        Liked by 1 person

      • 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.

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    • 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.

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  2. 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.

    Liked by 11 people

  3. 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.

    Liked by 12 people

  4. 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.

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  5. 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

    Liked by 4 people

    • nimrodman says:

      … and no one ever gets polygraphed, apparently

      Liked by 2 people

    • 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.

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    • anthony says:

      They haven’t had to…

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  6. 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.

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    • 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?

      Liked by 1 person

      • 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.

        Liked by 1 person

      • noswamp says:

        Confusing article. No one cares.

        Like

      • 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.

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  7. 2013gti says:

    I absolutely love being a witness to Devine Intervention!

    Liked by 3 people

  8. 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.

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  9. 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.

    Liked by 1 person

    • 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.

      Liked by 3 people

  10. Sassy says:

    Can Goldman be considered an “aide”?

    Like

  11. dwpender says:

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

    Like

  12. 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?

    Liked by 1 person

  13. 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/

    Liked by 3 people

  14. 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/

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  15. 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.
    https://theconservativetreehouse.com/2019/09/27/icig-whistleblower-form-recently-modified-to-permit-complaint-heard-from-others/

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  16. 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/

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    • 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!

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  17. cambee99 says:

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

    Liked by 3 people

  18. KCBEACH says:

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

    Liked by 1 person

  19. 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?????

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    • Chewbarkah says:

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

      Liked by 2 people

    • 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.

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  20. 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?

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  21. 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.

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  22. 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.

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  23. noswamp says:

    I crooked IC IG. Imagine that.

    Liked by 1 person

  24. 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”.

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  25. 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.

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  26. 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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