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Mark Warner was texting with a Russian lobbyist about the dossier

February 8, 2018

As I wrote yesterday, thing are getting very interesting in regards to the Russia collusion investigation. For all intents and purposes it now appears as if the Clinton campaign and the Democratic National Committee were colluding with a foreign agent on behalf of Russia to dig up dirt on Donald Trump. But that is just the beginning. Here is more from America’s Watchtower from yesterday:

We learned that the FBI used the Russian dossier as well as a Yahoo! article to gain a FISA warrant to spy on the Trump campaign and transition teams while neglecting to tell the court the dossier was unconfirmed as well as failing to inform the FISA court that the dossier was funded by the Democratic National Committee and the Clinton campaign. In other words the FBI did not disclose to the FISA court all available information, which is a crime.

  We also learned that while the Yahoo! article was used as a “second source” to gain the warrant that Christopher Steele was behind the Yahoo! article, meaning that there was only one source using two different platforms to get his (and the DNC’s and the Clinton campaign’s) message out there. And the mainstream media was complicit in this as well.

  Now Julian Assange is claiming that the man who wrote the Yahoo! article was also “working with” the Democratic National Committee for several weeks

  Earlier today it was reported here that two more high-ranking government officials are stepping down after having been named in the text between Peter Strzok and Lisa Page but that it not the big news of the day.

  The big news of the day is this report that the top Democrat on the Senate Intelligence Committee, Senator Mark Warner, was in contact via text messages with a Russian lobbyist seeking to set up a private meeting over the discredited Democratic Party funded Russian dossier. Here is more:

Sen. Mark Warner, the top Democrat on the Senate Intelligence Committee who has been leading a congressional investigation into President Trump’s alleged ties to Russia, had extensive contact last year with a lobbyist for a Russian oligarch who was offering Warner access to former British spy and dossier author Christopher Steele, according to text messages obtained exclusively by Fox News.

“We have so much to discuss u need to be careful but we can help our country,” Warner texted the lobbyist, Adam Waldman, on March 22, 2017.

“I’m in,” Waldman, whose firm has ties to Hillary Clinton, texted back to Warner.

Secrecy seemed very important to Warner as the conversation with Waldman heated up March 29, when the lobbyist revealed that Steele wanted a bipartisan letter from Warner and the committee’s chairman, North Carolina Republican Sen. Richard Burr, inviting him to talk to the Senate intelligence panel.

Throughout the text exchanges, Warner seemed particularly intent on connecting directly with Steele without anyone else on the Senate Intelligence Committee being in the loop — at least initially. In one text to the lobbyist, Warner wrote that he would “rather not have a paper trail” of his messages.

  I am sure Mark Warner will claim this was done as part of the investigation into Donald Trump but if so why the secrecy? Why did he not want anybody else on the Intelligence Committee to know what he was up to if he simply had a lead he was following up on?

  And of course there are ties to Hillary Clinton:

Over the course of four months between February and May 2017, Warner and Waldman also exchanged dozens of texts about possible testimony to the Senate Intelligence Committee from Deripaska, Waldman’s primary Russian billionaire client.

In January 2009, Harper’s Magazine reported that Deripaska had hired an advisory firm with close ties to Hillary Clinton to help him get a visa to enter the United States.” 

  At this point I have to admit it is hard for me to keep all of this straight, it is getting more complicated by the day, but the one thing I do know is that it looks as if the truth is 180 degrees opposite of what the Democrats and the mainstream media would have us believe.

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Julian Assange claims the man who wrote the Yahoo! article used to justify spying on Donald Trump was ‘working with’ the Democratic National Committee

February 7, 2018

  Things have become very interesting over the last several days in regards to the Russian collusion investigation with the release of the GOP memo. We learned that the FBI used the Russian dossier as well as a Yahoo! article to gain a FISA warrant to spy on the Trump campaign and transition teams while neglecting to tell the court the dossier was unconfirmed as well as failing to inform the FISA court that the dossier was funded by the Democratic National Committee and the Clinton campaign. In other words the FBI did not disclose to the FISA court all available information, which is a crime.

  We also learned that while the Yahoo! article was used as a “second source” to gain the warrant that Christopher Steele was behind the Yahoo! article, meaning that there was only one source using two different platforms to get his (and the DNC’s and the Clinton campaign’s) message out there. And the mainstream media was complicit in this as well.

  Now Julian Assange is claiming that the man who wrote the Yahoo! article was also “working with” the Democratic National Committee for several weeks:

  If this is true what an incestuous relationship is being uncovered! I have been saying for weeks the Democrats may rue the day they decided to push this narrative and now it might be coming to fruition.

  Recently revealed texts between Peter Strzok and Lisa Page show they were terrified and depressed at Donald Trump’s election and in light of this news one has to wonder if they were worried all of this would see the light of day after fully expecting Hillary Clinton would become President because all of this would have been buried.

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New Peter Strzok texts on Clinton email investigation: Barack Obama ‘wants to know everything’

February 7, 2018

  When Barack Obama was pressed by Chris Wallace about whether or not he was involved in the Hillary Clinton email investigation the President claimed he never got involved in ongoing investigations. Here is what he said:

“I do not talk to the attorney general about pending investigations. I do not talk to FBI directors about pending investigations,” he insisted.

“I guarantee that there is no political influence in any investigation conducted by the Justice Department or the FBI — not just in this case, but in any case. FULL STOP. PERIOD. Guaranteed. Nobody gets treated differently when it comes to the Justice Department,” he said.

  However, newly released text messages between Peter Strzok and his lover Lisa Page call into question Barack Obama’s claim. Here is more:

Newly revealed text messages between FBI paramours Peter Strzok and Lisa Page include an exchange about preparing talking points for then-FBI Director James Comey to give to President Obama, who wanted “to know everything we’re doing.”

The message, from Page to Strzok, was among thousands of texts between the lovers reviewed by Fox News. The pair both worked at one point for Special Counsel Robert Mueller’s probe of alleged collusion between the Trump campaign and Russia.

Page wrote to Strzok on Sept. 2, 2016, about prepping Comey because “potus wants to know everything we’re doing.” According to a newly released Senate report, this text raises questions about Obama’s personal involvement in the Clinton email investigation.

  It certainly looks like Barack Obama was involved, or at least kept informed, about FBI investigations and even if it is the latter it still shows the President was not truthful when he spoke to Chris Wallace.

  But there is another newly released text I find interesting and this one was sent by Peter Strzok to Lisa Page on election day and it read, “OMG THIS IS F***ING TERRIFYING.” To which Lisa Page responded, “Omg, I am so depressed.”

  After reading these new revelations I have to wonder if Peter Strzok and Lisa Page were terrified and depressed because Donald Trump was elected and they opposed him politically or if they were actually worried that the public would learn what Barack Obama, the FBI, and the Department of Injustice were up to…

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The Senate is on the verge of passing a massive budget deal

February 6, 2018

  I do not know about you but I am growing tired of the almost constant threat of a government shutdown because the Congress cannot get its act together and pass a budget. But it is that time once again, and this time it is being reported here that the Senate is on the verge of passing a massive budget deal which would likely be attached to the House stopgap measure.

  Here is more:

The Senate is on the verge of a massive budget deal that would increase spending levels for both domestic and defense programs over the next two years, according to congressional leaders and people briefed on the negotiations.

Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell and Senate Minority Leader Chuck Schumer met on Tuesday morning to discuss adding that deal into a must-pass spending bill this week, people briefed on the talks said. No final agreement has been reached, but Democrats and Republicans expect one within the day.

The two leaders said after their meeting that they were close to clinching a deal that has eluded Congress for months.

The deal is expected to bust budget caps by $300 billion for both domestic and defense programs over the next two years. It will also achieve near parity between defense and domestic funding increases — a key priority of Democrats — and approach $150 billion in new defense spending to satisfy hawks, according to a person briefed on the talks.

  Apparently the Republicans are no longer interested in cutting the budget or in reigning in spending, they are more interested in avoiding any blame for shutting the government down and taking a possible hit in November. In other words, they are blinking because all they really care about is doing whatever they feel it takes to hold on to power.

  Donald Trump has threatened to let the government shut down if immigration reform is not dealt with but there is no mention of the wall, DACA, border security, chain immigration, or the VISA lottery program in the article I linked to above, leading me to believe none of this is in there.

  I would guess that these issues are going to be dealt with on some level in the House stop gap measure and then attached to the Senate deal but will whatever the House comes up with be enough to satisfy the President or will be follow the lead of the Senate Republicans and blink?

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Charles Grassley is seeking a criminal probe of Christopher Steele

February 5, 2018

  As you all know, Fusion GPS was being paid by the Democratic National Committee and the Clinton campaign at the time the Russian dossier was being compiled by foreign agent Christopher Steele. This dossier was used as justification to gain a FISA warrant to spy on Trump Tower but this information was withheld from the FISA court.

  We also know now that the so-called “second source” which was used to leak information to the mainstream media was also Christopher Steele, it was not really a second corroborating source–it was the same source. 

  Now we are learning that Christopher Steele was gathering more information from Democratic sources which happened to be allies of Hillary Clinton and Charles Grassley is seeking a criminal investigation into the foreign agent who meddled in the 2016 election in an attempt to help Hillary Clinton defeat Donald Trump.

  Here is more:

Two senior GOP senators on Monday released a copy of their request for a criminal probe of Christopher Steele, the author of a controversial dossier on President Donald Trump’s ties to Russia, which alleges that he received information from an ally of Hillary Clinton while the Democrat’s campaign was financing his work.

Senate Judiciary Committee Chairman Chuck Grassley (R-Iowa) and Sen. Lindsey Graham (R-S.C.) released their referral for a Steele investigation, sent last month, after approval from the FBI.

That surveillance application, Republicans have said, improperly involved research conducted by Steele that was paid for by the Clinton campaign. Republicans on Friday released a declassified memo they wrote on the subject.

The referral document released Monday regarding Steele cites a second, unpublished research document prepared by Steele, based on material given to him by a source who received it from “a friend of the Clintons.”

This is what Charles Grassley and Lindsey Graham wrote in their request:

“It is troubling enough that the Clinton campaign funded Mr. Steele’s work, but that these Clinton associates were contemporaneously feeding Mr. Steele allegations raises additional concerns about his credibility,” Grassley and Graham wrote in the Jan. 5 referral.

“Simply put, the more people who contemporaneously knew that Mr. Steele was compiling his dossier, the more likely it was vulnerable to manipulation,” the senators wrote.

  I also believe this is troubling and it needs to be investigated. This would be a step in the right direction, however I think the Democratic National Committee and the Clinton campaign also need to be investigated for their role in the Russian dossier. It is possible they were simply compiling opposition research and had no idea the dossier would be used to spy on Trump Tower but at the same time they had to have known that Christopher Steele was a foreign agent.

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Sunday, February 4th open thread: ‘Citizen Erased’

February 4, 2018

 open-thread Here is the open thread for Sunday, February 4th. Please feel free to post links to interesting articles and to discuss whatever issues arise during the course of the day. Nothing is off-topic here.

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  “Teach us to lie, cover up what shouldn’t be shared. And the truth’s unwinding, scraping away at my mind.” This week’s musical selection is dedicated to the FBI, here is Muse performing “Citizen Erased” live from 2010.

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GOP memo claims the FBI withheld information from the FISA court when it sought surveillance

February 2, 2018

  deep stateI have to admit I was a little disappointed with the GOP memo which was released today because for the most part it just reaffirmed what some of us have been writing for quite awhile now.

  We already knew the Russian dossier was used by the FBI in order to obtain a FISA warrant but I think the one big story to come from this memo is that the FBI withheld information from the FISA court when it sought surveillance of Trump Tower.

  When the FBI went to the FISA court with the Russian dossier the department failed to inform the secret court that the dossier was unconfirmed and it also failed to disclose that it was paid for by Hillary Clinton and the Democratic National Committee even though they knew this was the case at the time.

  Here is more:

The memo prepared by staff of House Intelligence Committee Chairman Devin Nunes (R-Calif.) was released today, alleging as expected that the FBI withheld information from the FISA court and going hard after the British intelligence operative who crafted a controversial dossier.

Renewal by the FISA court, the memo states, “is necessarily dependent on the government’s production to the court of all material and relevant facts,” and “should include information potentially favorable to the target of the FISA application.”

“In the case of Carter Page, the government had at least four independent opportunities before the FISC to accurately provide an accounting of the relevant facts,” the memo alleges. “However, our findings indicate that, as described below, material and relevant information was omitted.”

The memo states that the Democratic National Committee “paid over $160,000” to former MI6 operative Christopher Steele, referred to as “a longtime FBI source,” via law firm Perkins Coie and research firm GPS “to obtain derogatory information on Donald Trump’s ties to Russia.”

The October 2016 FISA application to the court, as well “any of the renewals,” the memo continues, didn’t “disclose or reference the role of the DNC” or “any party/campaign in funding Steele’s efforts, even though the political origins of the Steele dossier were then known to senior DOJ and FBI officials.” 

  It has also been reported in the past that other requests by the FBI for surveillance were turned down by the FISA court it one would think that if the FBI disclosed this information this attempt would have been denied as well.

  I have heard the term “fruit of the poisonous tree” bandied about the last couple of days. I had not heard the term before but basically if evidence is gathered illegally it is not admissible in court.

  Does this fall into this category?  I am not sure but the FBI was required to disclose all relevant information to the FISA court and the department failed to do so, which would mean the FBI got the FISA warrant fraudulently. Or illegally…

  If the GOP memo is true and it can be proved I would expect somebody to make this challenge in court. I do not expect anyone to go to jail over this except maybe lower level employees who are forced to fall on the sword to protect the deep state but perhaps this could be the beginning of the end of this witch hunt or, if you prefer, this fishing expedition. Perhaps this is why Robert Mueller is delaying Michael Flynn’s sentencing.

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