GOP Led House Panel Votes to #ReleasetheMemo, Grassley Tightens Noose Around Steele and the British Putschists

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by Harley Schlanger, Rogue Money:

We now know, as the spotlight turns to Deputy Attorney General Rod Rosenstein, that Rosenstein approved a reauthorization of FISA surveillance against Page after the 2016 election. Today Page remains a free man, after months of leaks smearing his character and portraying him as a Russian intelligence asset, but with no proof or indictments presented to the public ever justifying the intense surveillance directed his way. Democrats and their allies hide behind protecting ‘sources and methods’ excuses, claiming other intelligence behind the curtain justified the FISA abuse. Thank God, the ultimate declassification authority lies with the Congress and the President, not with the career bureaucrats. Within five days or less, the public will be reading the memo that so disturbed GOP members of Congress. 

As for the supposed integrity of those the Dems and Fusion GPS payola’d fan boys and girls with press passes are defending, it’s telling that Deputy FBI Director Andrew McCabe resigned, or was told to resign, ahead of his designated retirement date, almost immediately after current director Christopher Wray viewed the Nunes memo in a designated classified viewing room on Capitol Hill. The weasely McCabe told then White House Chief of Staff Reince Priebus, that a CNN story about Trump campaign was false, only to later leak that Priebus had pressured the FBI into releasing a statement based on McCabe’s words.

The following extended quote from the longest serving western correspondent in Moscow, John Helmer, may be of interest regarding whether the Steele Dossier was used to launder fakeint manufactured by CIA and MI6 into the FBI and use it to justify surveillance of the Trump campaign. We know that one of the lines of inquiry Sens. Grassley and Graham have pursued is whether Steele lied to the FBI about the origins of his oppo research and its distribution to (likely Fusion GPS paid off) members of the press. Among the likely reasons why the Obama politicized FBI let Steele get away with lying to its agents are, 1) Comey, McCabe and others put agents sympathetic to Steele like Peter Strzok in charge of handling the Steele contacts 2) CIA thanks to its 5Eyes intel sharing partnership with the British overrode or overawed any voices at the FBI who may have objected to the use of Steele’s material without adequate vetting including its inclusion in briefs to the secret FISA court. — JWS

“How did Simpson know with such confidence what the “Intelligence Community” was “saying”, and who were Simpson’s and Steele’s sources in the “Intelligence Community”? Rooney failed to inquire. Instead, he and Simpson exchanged question and answer regarding the approach Simpson and Steele made to the FBI when they delivered their dossier. In the details of that, Simpson repeated what he had already told the Senate Judiciary Committee.

Rooney then asked what contact had been made with the CIA or “any other intelligence officials”. Simpson claimed he didn’t understand the question at first, then he stumbled.

Source: http://docs.house.gov/meetings/IG/IG00/20180118/106796/HMTG-115-IG00-20180118-SD002.pdf — page 61.

What Simpson was concealing in the two pauses, reported in the transcript as hyphens, Rooney did not realize. Simpson was implying that noone from Fusion GPS, his consulting company, had been in contact with the CIA, nor him personally. But Simpson left open that Steele had been in contact with the CIA. Rooney followed with a question about “anyone”, but that was so imprecise, Simpson recovered his confidence to say “No”. That was a cover-up – and the House Intelligence Committee let it drop noiselessly.

Intelligence community sources and colleagues who know Simpson and Steele say Simpson was notorious at the Wall Street Journal for coming up with conspiracy theories for which the evidence was missing or unreliable. He told the Committee that disbelief on the part of his editors and management had been one of his reasons for leaving the newspaper. “One of the reasons why I left the Wall Street Journal was because I wanted to write more stories about Russian influence in Washington, D.C., on both the Democrats and the Republicans… eventually the Journal lost interest in that subject. And I was frustrated…that was where I left my journalism career.”

Left: Glenn Simpson reporter for the Wall Street Journal in 1996, promoting his book, Dirty Little Secrets: The Persistence of Corruption in American Politics. Right: Simpson in Washington in August 2017.

When Simpson was asked “do you – did you find anything to — that you verified as false in the dossier, since or during?” Simpson replied: “I have not seen anything – “. Note the hypthen, the stenographer’s signal that Simpson was pausing.

“[Question]. So everything in that dossier, as far as you’re concerned, is true or could be true?”

“MR. SIMPSON: I didn’t say that. What I said was it was credible at the time it came in. We were able to corroborate various things that supported its credibility.”

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