I suspect that the year of 2022 will live in infamy. Historians may conclude that it is the year the United States became a banana republic. It is the year that a politically weaponized FBI raided the Florida home of former president Donald Trump in an effort to knock him out of the 2024 presidential election, including those associated with him and those who supported him or the MAGA movement. Alex Jones of Infowars, James O’Keefe of Project Veritas. Even Mike Lindell, now known as the infamous domestic pillow threat.
He was grabbing a bite to eat at a take-out window when the FBI waved him over and presented a warrant for his phone.
“I open my door and I say, ‘Who are you?’ And he says, ‘We’re FBI,’” Lindell recalled on his show, the Lindell Report. He said the FBI agents showed him their badges upon request and told him to pull over.
“He goes, ‘We’re taking your cellphone. We have a warrant for your cellphone.’ I go, ‘No.’ I said, ‘My whole company, I run five companies off of that. I don’t have a computer. My hearing aids run off of this. Everything runs off of my phone,’” Lindell said. “I said, ‘If I don’t give it to you, will you arrest me then?” At that point, the agents apparently handed him the search warrant for his phone.
Lindell said he was advised by his lawyer, whom he was allowed to call, to hand over his phone to the FBI. He added that he wasn’t given a chance to back up his phone.
Lindell claims the agents asked him questions about Colorado and Dominion voting machines, hinting at the purpose of the phone’s seizure. –WashingtonExaminer
This is just the latest in a series of warrants being handed out to a broad spectrum of Trump supporters, many of whom would normally be shielded by various forms of privilege, attorney-client or otherwise.
No other president in the history of the United States has had his residence served with a federal court search warrant after leaving office. News reports indicate that approximately 30 agents descended on Mar-a-Lago and that the raid lasted for nine hours.
I personally believe that President Trump has already been indicted by a corrupt D.C. grand jury and that the Democrats are planning a show trial against him in Washington, D.C. I also expect, regardless of the evidence, President Trump to be convicted if brought to trial. No prominent Republican can be acquitted of criminal charges in Washington, D.C. because of the anti-Republican bias of the trial court judiciary and the jury pool, where only 5% of the registered voters are Republicans. If you think Steve Bannon got a raw deal, wait until you see what happens to President Trump.
The FBI tormented President Trump during his presidency and has continued to do so after his leaving office. It has become a political weapon of the Democrat party and has forfeited its right to exist.
The FBI is beyond redemption. It needs to be dismembered and its remains scattered to the four winds. This article will offer suggestions of how to do so and why.
The FBI is our federal police force and is a huge organization. For fiscal year 2021, it had an enormous budget of just shy of 10.5 billion dollars. It has approximately 36,000 employees. Just for starters, inside the United States, it has 56 field offices and about 350 resident agencies. It also has a presence in 73 foreign countries. Here is its organizational chart.
The FBI has often been linked to illegal or questionable behavior. Scores of books and hundreds of articles have been written about FBI misfeasance and malfeasance. Here is just one list of infractions.
Congress has never demonstrated that it really has the stones to control the FBI. There is no reason to believe that this cowardice will change in the future. Congress does require periodic show appearances of FBI directors before congressional committees, where the congressmen say “tsk, tsk” but not much changes.
Congress has exacerbated the problem of FBI overreaching by giving it greatly expanded surveillance powers after 9/11. As pointed out in an in- depth study by the ACLU, many individual constitutional safeguards restraining FBI conduct were swept away primarily by FISA amendments and passage of the USA PATRIOT Act. The study gives many examples of egregious misconduct by the FBI.
So how can we get rid of the FBI? Here are some suggestions.
1. The best way to reduce the damage done by the FBI is to reduce its power. The best way to reduce its power is to break up the agency and move what’s left away from Washington.
2. Split off the domestic intelligence service from law enforcement. In Great Britain, Canada, New Zealand, and Australia, domestic intelligence is a separate agency from law enforcement. Having both in the same agency gives too much power to the FBI.
3. Send all traditional law enforcement employees to the U.S. Marshal’s Service, as it was before the FBI was created.
4. Send all the remaining employees to new agencies.
5. Make all the former FBI employees at will employees permitting them to be fired with or without cause. The FBI has demonstrated again and again that it will not punish its employees’ misconduct if those employees are politically connected Democrats. Making employment at-would greatly facilitate getting rid of bad apples.
6. Close the FBI headquarters in D.C.
7. Increase whistleblower protection for all intelligence agency employees. Statistically, most corruption inside large organizations is disclosed by insiders. The protections provided by the federal Whistleblower Protection Act do not apply to federal government intelligence employees. The law needs to be amended so that intelligence agency misfeasance and malfeasance can be reported without reprisals.
Funny story, former FBI Washington Field Office Assistant Special Agent in Charge Tim Thibault was reportedly escorted out of the bureau August 26, amid whistleblower allegations that he showed political bias in his handling of politically sensitive investigations.
The Washington Times reported eyewitness accounts that “Thibault was seen exiting the bureau’s elevator last Friday escorted by two or three ‘headquarters-looking types.'”
On Tuesday, Thibault through attorneys addressed his departure and the bias accusations, saying he retired as planned and that politics never interfered with his FBI work.
“Claims to the contrary are false,” he said in the statement.
The statement released through the law firm Morrison & Foerster LLP, which is representing Thibault pro bono, says Thibault played no part the bureau’s Aug. 8 raid of former President Trump’s Mar-a-Lago estate.
On allegations Thibault was involved in the investigation of Hunter Biden’s laptop, the carefully worded statement says he “did not supervise” the probe, was “not involved in any decisions related to the laptop” and “did not seek to close the investigation.”
The original Time story was updated to state that Thibault “abruptly resigned” but that he was “forced to leave his post” and cites two unnamed former FBI officials.
CBS News reported Tuesday that two U.S. officials have confirmed that Thibault resigned and was escorted from the building.
“But these officials also said that Thibault had reached retirement age,” reported the network’s Catherine Herridge, “and they added that all of those who retire hand over their badge and gun and are escorted out of the building.”
We have not independently confirmed the Times and CBS reports.
Whistleblowers alleged that Thibault concealed the partisan nature of evidence from FBI Director Christopher Wray and Attorney General Merrick Garland to secure their approval to open an investigation into former President Donald Trump in 2020 unrelated to the raid, according to information made public by Sen. Charles Grassley (R-IA).
Those whistleblower allegations have raised questions about the bureau as it also deals with the fallout of the raid on Trump’s home earlier this month.
In that matter, the public release of the affidavit that accompanied the search warrant revealed the warrant application relied heavily on information from news articles, including a CBS Miami piece titled “Moving Trucks Spotted At Mar-a-Lago” and a Breitbart News article in which former Trump adviser Kash Patel discussed the classified status of documents the bureau previously removed from the estate on behalf of the National Archives.
Grassley confirmed to Just the News prior to the raid that Thibault had been removed from his post and reassigned to an unspecified position.
The FBI declined to comment on the matter.
They Are a Political Tool for the Democratic Party
Let me just say I am shocked CBS News allowed this to be published. It’s from former Fox News reporter Catherine Herridge. It’s about something we all know well in the DC swamp. The Department of Justice and the Federal Bureau of Investigation are out of control. They worked hard to hamstring Donald Trump.
They spied on his campaign in 2016 through Crossfire Hurricane. And they worked on manufacturing evidence to prop up a bogus story about the Kremlin tilting the election in Trump’s favor. The Russian collusion was a total myth. Then-FBI Director James Comey knew that it was a myth. He had to have known.
He knew the Trump dossier was a Hillary Clinton campaign-funded opposition research project compiled by ex-MI6 spook Christopher Steele. Still, they went along with it. DOJ officials doctored evidence to secure FISA spy warrants on specific Trump campaign officials, like Carter Page.
Now, the FBI is running amok again with Hunter Biden stories. Whistleblowers have been coming out of the woodwork to Sen. Grassley, alleging that there is a coordinated effort at the FBI and DOJ to suppress negative stories about the president’s son.
Protecting the crackhead son at all costs is the overall objective here. According to Herridge, rivers of damning information about Hunter were probably characterized as disinformation before any actual review took place. It’s classic interference (via CBS News):
“Highly credible” whistleblowers have come forward to a senior Senate Republican alleging a widespread effort within the FBI to downplay or discredit negative information about President Joe Biden’s son, Hunter Biden, according to letters reviewed by CBS News.
“The information provided to my office involves concerns about the FBI’s receipt and use of derogatory information relating to Hunter Biden, and the FBI’s false portrayal of acquired evidence as disinformation,” GOP Sen. Chuck Grassley wrote FBI Director Christopher Wray and Attorney General Merrick Garland on July 25. “The volume and consistency of these allegations substantiate their credibility and necessitate this letter.”
Grassley, the ranking member on the Senate Judiciary Committee, said the whistleblowers alleged that legitimate streams of information and intelligence about the president’s son were characterized as likely disinformation or prematurely shut down leading up to the 2020 presidential election.
CBS News first reported in April that more than 150 financial transactions involving either Hunter or James Biden’s global business affairs were flagged as concerning by U.S. banks for further review. CBS News previously reported the U.S. attorney in Delaware has been investigating potential tax fraud, money laundering and foreign influence peddling.
A spokesperson for Delaware U.S. attorney David Weiss declined to comment on whether he was aware of whistleblower allegations that credible reporting about Hunter Biden was allegedly labeled misinformation by the FBI and whether these allegations had been factored into his probe.
In the correspondence, Grassley cited a 2020 FBI intelligence assessment that was “used by an FBI headquarters team to improperly discredit negative Hunter Biden information as disinformation.” He continued, “Based on the allegations, in at least one instance, verified and verifiable derogatory information on Hunter Biden was falsely labeled as disinformation.”
In October 2020, one month before the election, “an avenue of derogatory Hunter Biden reporting was ordered closed” by a senior FBI agent at the bureau’s Washington Field office. An earlier letter from Grassley identified the agent as Timothy Thibault.
We won’t be able to look into this until the Republicans retake the Senate. Democrats are not going to investigate Hunter. As of now, retaking the Senate is a tall order for the GOP come November. The House is a lock for the Republicans, but news of an economic recession could improve conditions for the GOP. We’ll see.
There’s still a lot of time between now and Election Day, but the DOJ going rogue to protect Democrats is becoming the norm, and that’s not a good thing. We have de facto secret political police operating right now. It is also our preeminent law enforcement and domestic intelligence gathering agency. First order of business for the new Republican president is to do a deep clean at the J. Edgar Hoover Building.
Raiding of Trump Supporters
In 1931, Hitler’s Brownshirts were infamous for operating outside of the law. They used intimidation and violence to force compliance of Jewish citizens in Germany.
Today, Joe Biden’s America is starting to feel an awful lot like Hitler’s Germany, and Trump supporters are starting to understand what it means to be targeted and punished for being part of a group that must be purged and destroyed.
Joe Biden appears to be finishing the work started by his boss, Barack Obama, in 2008, when the Saul Alinsky disciple set out to divide America:
Alinsky RULE 8: “Keep the pressure on. Never let up.” Keep trying new things to keep the opposition off balance. As the opposition masters one approach, hit them from the flank with something new.
Last week, it was revealed that the residences of 35 Trump supporters were raided by Joe Biden’s FBI. Of course, the FBI couldn’t be bothered to investigate Joe Biden’s crackhead son’s laptop before the election that contained evidence that should have landed both Joe and Hunter in prison, but they can be bothered to raid the homes of 35 Trump supporters in an effort to intimidate Trump loyalists like Boris Epshteyn (who is Jewish) was allegedly part of the sweeping raid.
“There were 35 FBI raids yesterday. There were 35 senior members of MAGA, supporters of Donald Trump, that the FBI rolled in on when they didn’t have to do it. The jackbooted gestapo got to show up at their door and make a big display of this.”
Watch Steve Bannon explain the details of the raids to Charlie Kirk on his WarRoom show, where he calls them the “Gestapo” and revealed that the FBI didn’t go to the lawyers of the individual’s homes they raided. The only name Bannon, who is also part of the Brownshirt roundup by Biden and fellow Democrat thugs, was Boris Epshteyn. We will continue to update this story as more names become available.
Trump ally and top lawyer Harmeet Dillon confirmed the raids on the homes of “many Trump allies” she knows in a tweet:
They Are Not Protecting the Innocent Any More
Last year, the Justice Department’s independent inspector general released a scathing report Wednesday revealing a cascade of failures by the FBI in its investigation of former U.S. Gymnastics physician Larry Nassar that enabled him to abuse dozens of other athletes.
The watchdog blamed two FBI field offices in Indianapolis and Detroit for “limited follow-up” on the initial allegations made in 2015, saying the agents there “did not take any action to mitigate the risk to gymnasts that Nassar continued to treat.”
The end result was 70 more athletes being subjected to sexual abuse “under the guise of medical treatment,” the report said.
John Manly, a lawyer for Nassar’s victims, said that number is “incorrect,” and that the count should be more than 120 gymnasts.
“This is a devastating indictment of the FBI and the Department of Justice that multiple federal agents covered up Nassar’s abuse and child molestation. No one seems to give a damn about these little girls,” he said.
One survivor, Emma Ann Miller, now 18, who was molested during treatment sessions with Nasser as a competitive dancer in Michigan between the summers of 2015 and 2016, told The Daily Beast that she and other victims were well aware of the FBI’s failures.
“I think that all the girls and all the survivors and I knew this from the start, that the FBI did not do enough at all,” Miller said. “I think it’s kind of crazy because living in the U.S., everyone thinks that the FBI is supposed to be there to protect us—especially children who aren’t really able or old enough to be able to protect themselves yet… They failed multiple women and girls for years.”
Miller said she’s hopeful that those who mishandled the investigation will be held accountable. Her mother, Leslie Miller, agreed.
“I just think that criminal charges need to be brought to each one of the individuals who failed to protect our children, our athletes, and others that were affected by this,” Leslie Miller said. “Survivors should never have to fight to be heard.”
Army of Survivors, an organization that advocates for athletes who have been victims of sexual abuse and was founded by victims of Nassar, said in a statement, “It is unacceptable that multiple institutions, including the FBI, have failed to this extent and have put their selfishness above the wellbeing of young athletes.”
U.S.A. Gymnastics first reported allegations of sexual abuse against Nassar in July 2015. In September 2016, Michigan State University Police raided his house in response to dozens of complaints of sexual abuse and discovered thousands of pieces of child pornography. The 14-month delay by the FBI left Nassar free to continue seeing patients.
The report lays blame on the FBI field agents for not only disregarding the initial allegations but also making “materially false statements” in a bid to cover up their own mistakes.
The Indianapolis field office, and particularly its head supervisory special agent Jay Abbott, were cited in the report for “numerous and fundamental errors.” Abbott summarized an interview with one of Nassar’s earliest reporting victims, a person only identified as “Gymnast 1,” more than 17 months after the fact, and Abbott’s summary included several lies, according to the report. Abbott also lied to the inspector general’s office during two separate interviews in the course of the investigation into the FBI’s failures, the report states.
Abbott also spoke with the then-president of U.S.A. Gymnastics at the same time his office was fielding accusations against Nassar, a glaring conflict of interest. Abbott wanted a job on the Olympic Committee, which he eventually applied for but did not receive.
According to the report, after more than eight months of inaction, the FBI’s Los Angeles field office was made aware of allegations against Nassar. The office began to investigate, but it ultimately failed to notify the FBI in Lansing, state authorities, or local police of the allegations. The misstep led to more delays and allowed Nassar further freedom to abuse young athletes, according to the report.
Rachel Denhollander, the first woman to make allegations of sexual abuse against Nassar publicly, excoriated the FBI in a statement: “Had the FBI done their job I never would have been put in the position of having to relinquish every shred of privacy to stop the abuse and coverup.”
In particular, she lambasted the FBI’s delays in investigating that led to further abuse by Nassar: “The dozens of little girls abused after the FBI knew who Larry was and exactly what he was doing, could have and should have been saved. They deserve answers.”
Assistant FBI Director Douglas Leff said in a statement that the agency would make changes in response to the report: “The actions and inactions of the FBI employees described in the Report are inexcusable and a discredit to this organization and the values we hold dear.”
Nassar, who worked as a physician at Michigan State University from 1996 to 2016, was arrested in November 2016 on state sexual abuse charges in Michigan, followed shortly after by federal child pornography charges. He pled guilty to child pornography and tampering with evidence in 2017 and ten counts of sexual assault of minors in 2018 at trials that saw more than 100 alleged victims confront him in court. More than 300 women and girls have accused him of sexually abusing them. In all, Nassar was sentenced to more than 100 years in prison without parole, effectively a life sentence.
Olympic gymnast Simone Biles, who is leading Team USA in the Tokyo Games later this month, said she was among Nassar’s victims and has repeatedly spoken out about issues regarding how gymnasts’ concerns were handled. Olympic gold medalists Aly Raisman and McKayla Maroney have also accused him of abuse.
Nassar’s abuse of hundreds of young women ensnared other high-profile figures within the gymnastics world. Multiple victims described situations in which authority figures dismissed their accounts of abuse because they could not fathom such conduct by a well-known figure. Steve Penny, the former U.S.A. Gymnastics head, was arrested in 2017 for tampering with evidence related to Nassar’s abuse, and his successor resigned in 2018 over criticism of the organization’s handling of the allegations.
U.S.A. Gymnastics filed for bankruptcy in 2018 after more than 300 gymnasts sued the organization, alleging it failed to shield them from harm. A congressional report found that members of the U.S. Olympic Committee failed to act on evidence they had received of Nassar’s abuse.
Defending Pedophiles and Child Rapists
According to Austin Ruse, all of the members of the Fairfax County and Loudoun County School Boards (except one) in Northern Virginia are little more than pipsqueaks and perverts.
He says they are power-hungry, low-level bureaucratic hacks who don’t give two shits for the children under their care except to inculcate these children into the mores of the radical Left, especially the sexual Left. They mandate all manner of sexual sickness and madness upon even the littlest ones. Their work is akin to grooming.
He holds these members in complete and utter contempt.
“I am aware they feel the same way about the parents of the children under their thumb. After all, they now make parents stand outside in the cold before they are allowed in, one at a time, and given 60 seconds to address their majesties.”
These people are a clear and present danger to the children under their care.
Austin was born and lives in Fairfax County. He has school-age children. His neighborhood is full of kids who attend these schools. So, he and his wife has a stake in what happens in these sexual indoctrination centers. These school boards are little more than hard-Left sexual and racial buccaneers. These creeps insist that their children learn their new sexual and religious dogma, such as “sex is assigned at birth.” They insist that their children learn about masturbation, homosexuality, even anal sex.
“Oral sex” is introduced by these monsters to children as young as 12. They insist that children as young as 13 hear about “anal sex” 18 times in one year’s lessons. If an adult did this outside a classroom setting, rightfully he would be arrested. These folks do it with impunity.
Nothing illustrates the Stalinist nature of these bodies than a meeting they attended a few years ago. Called the FLECAC committee, it was made up of two dozen people appointed by the Fairfax County School board. Four kids were on the committee, chosen from the student LGBT clubs. Most of the other members were not parents but rather teachers and school bureaucrats.
Two regular citizens happened to be appointed by the one lone sane Board Member, Elizabeth Schultz, who was later voted out. One of these regular folks made a motion to change “sex assigned at birth” to merely “sex.” The larger committee voted 23-3 not to allow debate on the issue. A roll call was called so that the 23 would be on record stopping debate about this dangerous religious dogma of the sexual Left. This was killed by a voice vote. No debate. So, whenever the kids hear the word “sex,” it is accompanied by “assigned at birth.”
An attempt was made to ensure that kids were taught about health risks related to contraceptives. This was voted down 23-3. Again, they called for a roll call, which was shouted down. No debate. They tried to suggest that “transitioning” came with health risks. Puberty blockers for kids cause bone loss and much else. No debate. Voted down.
One county employee asked why there was no lesson on anal sex for seventh graders. There was oral sex in the lesson, why not anal sex? The chairman assured her that anal sex began in the 8th grade. The chairman actually apologized for using the phrase “anal sex” in front of the room of adults yet was quite adamant that the kiddies must hear it and plenty.
At a subsequent meeting of this committee, which was deciding the sex-ed curriculum, committee member Laura Murphy moved that the phrase “biological sex” come back into the curriculum. She cited numerous sources for this: the American Psychological Association, the National Institutes of Health, the World Health Organization. She demonstrated how doctors prescribe certain drugs differently based on biological sex. Murphy’s three minutes ran out and she requested 30 more seconds. Denied. The committee voted against her motion, 24-2.
Laura Murphy because was in the news recently regarding the governor’s race in Virginia. Several years ago, she discovered pornographic material in her son’s reading assignments. Murphy went to the state legislature and through a bipartisan effort passed a bill that parents had to be informed if illegal sexual activity was in the students’ assigned reading. All they asked was that parents would be “informed.” This common-sense legislation to protect children passed both houses of the Virginia legislature with Democratic and Republican support. But then-Governor Terry McAuliffe vetoed it. This is the Clinton hack who ran again to be pervert in chief of the Commonwealth of Virginia. In his campaign he has quite famously said that parents have no right to determine the education of their children.
As an aside, Murphy tried to send the pornographic passages to each legislator through the legislative email system, but it was blocked. Yet this is the stuff they want the kids to read.
“I was going to write a conclusion to this column challenging U.S. Attorney General Merrick Garland to come and get me. After all, he has sicced the FBI onto parents who might “annoy” school board members.”
Indeed, FBI agents stalked the Fairfax County school board meeting.
“But I have toned the column down. I am not challenging Garland to “come and get me.” However, that I felt obliged to tone down my challenge means something terrible. I live in fear of my own government.
Only a few minutes ago I heard an FBI ad on talk radio asking people to report “hate crimes” against LGBTs. This includes so-called “hate speech.”
Am I going to get a phone call or worse, a visit from the FBI? Even to ask this question on matters of free political speech is chilling. And this is the purpose. This is what the Left wants. They want us to shut up. They are using the FBI for this purpose. But I won’t shut up. You shouldn’t either.”
They Have Been Completely Corrupted
Amid a series of documents released by the Senate Judiciary Committee in April of 2020 there is a rather alarming letter from the DOJ to the FISA Court, dated July of 2018, that highlights a direct and unequivocal institutional cover-up.
Before getting to the substance of the letter, it’s important to put the 2020 release in context. After the FISA Court reviewed the DOJ inspector general report on the Carter Page FISA application assembly (2019), the FISC ordered the DOJ-NSD to declassify and release documents related to the Carter Page FISA application.
In the cover letter for this specific release to the Senate Judiciary and Senate Intelligence committees, the DOJ, then being run by AG Bill Barr, cites the January 7, 2020, FISA court order:
Keep in mind that prior to this release only the FISA court had seen this letter from the DOJ-National Security Division (DOJ-NSD). As we walk through the alarming content of the letter, I think you’ll identify the original motive behind the FISC order to release it.
First, the letter in question was sent by the DOJ-NSD to the FISA Court on July 12, 2018. It is critical to keep the date of the letter in mind as we review the content. The Weissmann/Mueller team was in full control of Main Justice.
Aside from the date the important part of the first page is the motive for sending it. The DOJ is telling the court in July 2018: based on what they know the FISA application still contains “sufficient predication for the Court to have found probable cause” to approve the application. The DOJ is defending the Carter Page FISA application as still valid.
However, it is within the justification of the application that alarm bells are found. On page six the letter identifies the primary participants behind the FISA redactions:
As you can see: Christopher Steele is noted as “Source #1”. Glenn Simpson of Fusion-GPS is noted as “identified U.S. person” or “business associate”; and Perkins Coie is the “U.S-based law firm.”
Now things get very interesting.
On page #8 when discussing Christopher Steele’s sub-source, the DOJ notes the FBI found him to be truthful and cooperative.
This is an incredibly misleading statement to the FISA court because what the letter doesn’t say is that 18-months earlier the sub-source, also known in the IG report as the “primary sub-source”, informed the FBI that the material attributed to him in the dossier was essentially junk.
Let’s look at how the IG report frames the primary sub-source, and specifically notice the FBI contact and questioning took place in January 2017 (we now know that date to be January 12, 2017):
Those interviews with Steele’s primary sub-source took place in January, March and May of 2017; and clearly the sub-source debunked the content of the dossier itself.
Those interviews were 18-months, 16-months and 14-months ahead of the July 2018 DOJ letter to the FISC. The DOJ-NSD says the sub-source was “truthful and cooperative” but the DOJ doesn’t tell the court the content of the truthfulness and cooperation. Why?
Keep in mind this letter to the court was written by AAG John Demers in July 2018. Jeff Sessions was Attorney General, Rod Rosenstein was Deputy AG; Christopher Wray was FBI Director, David Bowditch is Deputy, and Dana Boente is FBI chief-legal-counsel.
Why would the DOJ-NSD not be forthcoming with the FISA court about the primary sub-source? This level of disingenuous withholding of information speaks to an institutional motive.
By July 2018 the DOJ clearly knew the dossier was full of fabrications, yet they withheld that information from the court and said the predicate was still valid. Why?
It doesn’t take a deep-weeds-walker to identify the DOJ motive.
In July 2018 Robert Mueller’s investigation was at its apex.
This letter justifying the application and claiming the current information would still be a valid predicate therein, speaks to the 2018 DOJ needing to retain the validity of the FISA warrant…. my research suspicion is that the DOJ needed to protect evidence Mueller had already extracted from the fraudulent FISA authority. That’s the motive.
In July 2018 if the DOJ-NSD had admitted the FISA application and all renewals were fatally flawed Robert Mueller would have needed to withdraw any evidence gathered as a result of its exploitation. The DOJ in 2018 was protecting Mueller’s poisoned fruit.
If the DOJ had been honest with the court, there’s a strong possibility some, perhaps much, of Mueller evidence gathering would have been invalidated… and cases were pending. The solution: mislead the court and claim the predication was still valid.
This is not simply a hunch, because that motive also speaks to why the FISC would order the current DOJ to release the letter.
Remember, in December 2019 the FISC received the IG Horowitz report; and they would have immediately noted the disparity between what IG Horowitz outlined about the FBI investigating Steele’s sub-source, as contrast against what the DOJ told them in July 2018.
The DOJ letter is a transparent misrepresentation when compared to the information in the Horowitz report. Hence, the court orders the DOJ to release the July letter so that everyone, including congressional oversight and the public can see the misrepresentation.
The court was misled; now everyone can see it.
The content of that DOJ-NSD letter, and the subsequent disparity, points to an institutional cover-up; and as a consequence the FISC also ordered the DOJ to begin an immediate sequestration effort to find all the evidence from the fraudulent FISA application. The proverbial fruit from the poisonous tree.
Two more big misstatements within the July letter appear on page #9. The first is the DOJ claiming that only after the application was filed did they become aware of Christopher Steele working for Fusion-GPS and knowing his intent was to create opposition research for the Hillary Clinton campaign. See the top of the page.
According to the DOJ-NSD claim the number four ranking official in the DOJ, Bruce Ohr, never told them he was acting as a conduit for Christopher Steele to the FBI. While that claim is hard to believe, in essence what the DOJ-NSD is saying in that paragraph is that the FBI hoodwinked the DOJ-NSD by not telling them where the information for the FISA application was coming from. The DOJ, via John Demers, is blaming the FBI.
The second statement, equally as incredulous, is at the bottom of page nine where the DOJ claims they had no idea Bruce Ohr was talking to the FBI throughout the entire time any of the FISA applications were being submitted. October 2016 through June 2017.
In essence the claim there is that Bruce Ohr was working with the FBI and never told anyone in the DOJ throughout 2016 and all the way past June 29th of 2017. That denial seems rather unlikely; however, once again the DOJ-NSD is putting the FBI in the crosshairs and claiming they knew nothing about the information pipeline.
Bruce Ohr, whose wife was working for Fusion-GPS and assisting Christopher Steele with information, was interviewed by the FBI over a dozen times as he communicated with Steele and fed his information to the FBI. Yet the DOJ claims they knew nothing about it.
Again, just keep in mind this claim by the DOJ-NSD is being made in July 2018, six months after Bruce Ohr was demoted twice (December 2017 and January 2018). If what the DOJ is saying is true, well, the FBI was completely off-the-rails and rogue.
Neither option speaks well about the integrity of either institution; and quite frankly I don’t buy the DOJ-NSD spin. Why? The reason is simple, the DOJ is claiming in the letter the predication was still valid… if the DOJ-NSD genuinely didn’t know about the FBI manipulation, they would be informing the court in 2018 the DOJ no longer supported the FISA application due to new information. They did not do that. Instead, in July 2018, they specifically told the court the predicate was valid, yet the DOJ-NSD knew it was not.
The last point about the July 2018 letter is perhaps the most jarring. Again, keep in mind when it was written Chris Wray is FBI Director, David Bowditch is Deputy and Dana Boente is FBI chief legal counsel.
Their own FBI reports, by three different INSD and IG investigations; had turned up seriously alarming evidence going back to the early 2017 time-frame; the results of which ultimately led to the DC FBI office losing all of their top officials; and knowing the letter itself was full of misleading and false information about FBI knowledge in/around Christopher Steele; this particular sentence is alarming:
“The FBI has reviewed this letter and confirmed its factual accuracy?”
As we have just shared, the July 2018 letter itself is filled with factual inaccuracies, misstatements and intentional omissions. So who exactly did the “reviewing”?
This declassification release raises more questions than any other in recent memory. Not a single person in legislative oversight ever asked these direct questions to FBI Director Christopher Wray.
Here’s the full letter. I strongly suggest everyone read the 14-pages slowly. If you know the background, this letter is infuriating.
This is the institutional corruption the DOJ and FBI are trying to keep from the public. This is just one example of the type of evidence they are seeking to remove from the custody of Donald Trump.
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