by Susan Duclos, All News Pipeline:
Three well-written, detailed, investigative reports have been issued by three different sources, which has dropped the hammer on a number a “deep state” heads as more and more dots are being connected, showing a true, vast conspiracy, involving a number of individuals, spanning multiple intelligence agencies, to take down president Trump.
One by John Solomon over at The Hill showing that Robert Mueller has some serious conflicts of interest in his being in charge of any investigation that involves Russia.
The second comes from the Real Clear Investigations website, showing that two former intelligence agency officials have contradicted Former CIA Director John Brennan’s congressional testimony regarding the use of the Steele Dossier.
Last but not least, Andrew McCarthy, former Justice Department prosecutor, digs deep into the thousands of text messages between FBI agent Peter Strzok and FBI lawyer Lisa Page to break down how the Trump-Russia investigation began.
OBAMA CIA DIRECTOR LIED ABOUT DOSSIER
Former CIA Director John Brennan has been publicly contradicted by two former intelligence community members, regarding testimony he presented before congress in May 2017.
Brennan had denied, in no uncertain terms, that the Kremlin sourced Steele Dossier, which was funded by the Hillary Clinton campaign and the DNC, played any part in “the intelligence community’s publicly released conclusion last year that Russia meddled in the 2016 election ‘to help Trump’s chances of victory’.”
Many may remember at the time the media, which later corrected itself, claimed that all 17 intelligence agencies had agreed with that assessment, when the Director of National Intelligence report itself stated that only three Intelligence agencies, The Central Intelligence Agency (CIA), The Federal Bureau of Investigation (FBI), and The National Security Agency (NSA), contributed to the report. A report that asserted at the very beginning that they would offer their assessment, but would not provide any evidence or basis to support those assessments.
Via Real Clear Investigation:
Recently retired National Security Agency Director Michael Rogers stated in a classified letter to Congress that the Clinton campaign-funded memos did factor into the ICA. And James Clapper, Director of National Intelligence under President Obama, conceded in a recent CNN interview that the assessment was based on “some of the substantive content of the dossier.” Without elaborating, he maintained that “we were able to corroborate” certain allegations.
These accounts are at odds with Brennan’s May 2017 testimony before the House Intelligence Committee that the Steele dossier was “not in any way used as the basis for the intelligence community’s assessment” that Russia interfered in the election to help elect Donald Trump. Brennan has repeated this claim numerous times, including in February on “Meet the Press.”
In a March 5, 2018, letter to House Intelligence Committee Chairman Devin Nunes, Adm. Rogers informed the committee that a two-page summary of the dossier — described as “the Christopher Steele information” — was “added” as an “appendix to the ICA draft,” and that consideration of that appendix was “part of the overall ICA review/approval process.”
His skepticism of the dossier may explain why the NSA parted company with other intelligence agencies and cast doubt on one of its crucial conclusions: that Vladimir Putin personally ordered a cyberattack on Hillary Clinton’s campaign to help Donald Trump win the White House.
The entire piece is definitely recommended reading, as it shows that Clapper himself broke with precedent in how he handled the DNI report by not allowing all agencies to weigh in. Considering the unverified dossier was used in a number of manners, including as part of the FISC application to obtain a warrant for surveillance of Trump campaign members. The fact that the other two groups that made up the three named in the DNI report, the FBI and the CIA, are now embroiled in scandals of their own over possible abuses of power, brings into question the validity of the entire “assessment” of the original DNI report on Russia.
Flashback interview from February 2018, in regards to Brennan’s testimony and the deceit the deep state members of the intelligence community throughout this whole process.
THE ORIGINS OF THE TRUMP-RUSSIA INVESTIGATION
This brings us to another one of the outstanding investigative reports over at National Review by Andrew McCarthy, who took it upon himself to go through the mind-numbing amount of text messages (502 page PDF here) between Strzok and Page to highlight portions, and offer a timeline of events in conjunction with the texts themselves.
Being a former prosecutor, McCarthy first highlights how the FBI puts the investigation into Hillary to bed in a manner that provided a “legal rationale for letting Clinton off the hook that might pass the laugh test,” before delving into the Strzok-Page texts which he specifies as “An Invaluable Narrative,” calling the texts a “goldmine of insight.”
McCarthy focuses on eight days of texts, from July 28 through August 5, 2016 because the Russia probe started in late July, as he painstakingly shows the interactions between Strzok and Page, as well as the mention of coordinating with other high level senior members (at least the members that didn’t have their names redacted) of the FBI to establish their “insurance policy,” to which we all now know was what Strzok considered the Russia investigation to be.
There truly is no way to adequately highlight the “tone” McCarthy captures with the texts he cites without copying and pasting the entire piece, so please head over and read it in full to see what the texts, and the highly questionable redactions indicate about how the FBI, from the top down, quite literally were preparing the Russia investigation in a manner that was purely a political witch hunt set up for the specific purpose of using it as an “insurance policy,” in the event that Donald Trump won the presidency.
More importantly, those texts show that it was not only the FBI, but it went straight up to the state department and it was the Obama White House that was running the show.