Grassley-Graham letter references Trump surveillance renewals through June 2017

 | – FEBRUARY 8, 2018

WASHINGTON, D.C. – The less highly-redacted version of the criminal referral letter written by Sen. Charles Grassley and Sen. Lindsey Graham made public on Tuesday provides evidence the Department of Justice and FBI were conducting FISA court-approved electronic surveillance of President Trump in the White House through at least June 2017.

The key sentences are on page 4 of the Grassley-Graham letter, reading as follows:

In defending Mr. Steele’s credibility to the FISC [Foreign Intelligence Surveillance Court], the FBI had posited an innocuous explanation for the September 23 [Yahoo News] article, based on the assumption that Mr. Steele had told the FBI the truth about his press contacts.  The FBI then vouched for him twice more, using the same rationale in subsequent renewal applications filed with the Foreign Intelligence Surveillance Court in April and June 2017.

That Steele had lied to the FBI regarding his multiple press contacts is clear in how the purpose of the Grassley-Graham letter was to refer Steele to the DOJ and FBI for criminal investigation for suspicion of violating 18 U.S.C. Section 1001, a section of the federal code that prohibits knowingly making false, fictitious, or fraudulent statements to the federal government.

The FBI and DOJ filed the first warrant application under FISA for Dr. Carter Page on Oct. 21, 2016, with multiple extensions filed; with the last extensions being filed in April and June 2017 suggesting the FISA court approved electronic surveillance began with the Trump campaign, continued throughout the Trump transition, and extended six months or longer into the Trump presidency.

The Grassley-Graham letter also made clear that in June 2017, former FBI Director Comey testified publicly before the Senate Select Committee on Intelligence that he had briefed President-Elect Trump on the dossier allegations in January 2017, “which Comey described as ‘salacious’ and ‘unverified.’”

Further support for the argument the DOJ and FBI were conducting FISA court-authorized electronic surveillance of the Trump administration after Donald Trump’s Inauguration can be found in the 99-page declassified memorandum and order released by the Foreign Intelligence Surveillance Court on April 26, 2017.

On page 5, the FISC order and memorandum discusses DOJ and FBI requested extensions of FISA court-authorized electronic surveillance on Carter Page, noting the government submitted an extension through May 26, 2017, that the court granted, but for a shorter period, extending only through April 28, 2017.

While the DOJ/FBI FISA court applications were targeted on Carter Page, a major point of the FISC order and memorandum released April 26, 2017, was to reprimand the DOJ and FBI for violating minimization requirements such that the electronic surveillance extended to a wide network of Carter Page’s associates and contacts, and perhaps beyond, to persons involved in more distant communication chains that linked back to Carter Page.

To this date, the DOJ and FBI have refused to release a complete list of all persons in the Trump campaign, the Trump transition, and the Trump administration that were under FISA court-approved electronic surveillance.

Still, the indications from the scandal over Obama administration officials, including Valerie Jarrett and Susan Riceunmasking names of those Trump associates whose communications were captured by the NSA suggests the FISA court-authorized electronic surveillance extended widely beyond Carter Page to include a large list of Trump associates whose communications were collected incidentally, as “collateral” contacts known to be in communication with Carter Page.

In conclusion, the record suggests Obama administration holdovers in the DOJ and FBI conspired to continue FISA court-authorized electronic surveillance over Donald Trump and his associates, starting during the 2016 presidential campaign, continuing into the transition, and not concluded until some six months after the Trump administration took over in the White House.

MARK LEVIN Goes After Obama: Where is he? Has he gone into the witness protection program?

Mark Levin made a great point tonight during his interview with Sean Hannity…He asked why Obama is suddenly silent. Levin made the point

that Brennan and others are out desperately attacking Republicans but wondered where the heck Obama could be. Why so quiet?


Here’s what he had to say LAST MARCH…Yes, one year ago he had this all figured out:

Breitbart News reports:

Radio host Mark Levin used his Thursday evening show to outline the known steps taken by President Barack Obama’s administration in its last months to undermine Donald Trump’s presidential campaign and, later, his new administration.
Levin called Obama’s effort “police state” tactics, and suggested that Obama’s actions, rather than conspiracy theories about alleged Russian interference in the presidential election to help Trump, should be the target of congressional investigation.

Drawing on sources including the New York Times and the Washington Post, Levin described the case against Obama so far, based on what is already publicly known. The following is an expanded version of that case, including events that Levin did not mention specifically but are important to the overall timeline.

1. June 2016: FISA request. The Obama administration files a request with the Foreign Intelligence Surveillance Court (FISA) to monitor communications involving Donald Trump and several advisers. The request, uncharacteristically, is denied.

2. July: Russia joke. Wikileaks releases emails from the Democratic National Committee that show an effort to prevent Sen. Bernie Sanders (I-VT) from winning the presidential nomination. In a press conference, Donald Trump refers to Hillary Clinton’s own missing emails, joking: “Russia, if you’re listening, I hope you’re able to find the 30,000 e-mails that are missing.” That remark becomes the basis for accusations by Clinton and the media that Trump invited further hacking.

3. October: Podesta emails. In October, Wikileaks releases the emails of Clinton campaign chair John Podesta, rolling out batches every day until the election, creating new mini-scandals. The Clinton campaign blames Trump and the Russians.

4. October: FISA request. The Obama administration submits a new, narrow request to the FISA court, now focused on a computer server in Trump Tower suspected of links to Russian banks. No evidence is found — but the wiretaps continue, ostensibly for national security reasons, Andrew McCarthy at National Review later notes. The Obama administration is now monitoring an opposing presidential campaign using the high-tech surveillance powers of the federal intelligence services.

5. January 2017: Buzzfeed/CNN dossier. Buzzfeed releases, and CNN reports, a supposed intelligence “dossier” compiled by a foreign former spy. It purports to show continuous contact between Russia and the Trump campaign, and says that the Russians have compromising information about Trump. None of the allegations can be verified and some are proven false. Several media outlets claim that they had been aware of the dossier for months and that it had been circulating in Washington.

6. January: Obama expands NSA sharing. As Michael Walsh later notes, and as the New York Times reports, the outgoing Obama administration “expanded the power of the National Security Agency to share globally intercepted personal communications with the government’s 16 other intelligence agencies before applying privacy protections.” The new powers, and reduced protections, could make it easier for intelligence on private citizens to be circulated improperly or leaked.

7. January: Times report. The New York Times reports, on the eve of Inauguration Day, that several agencies — the Federal Bureau of Investigation (FBI), the Central Intelligence Agency (CIA), the National Security Agency (NSA) and the Treasury Department are monitoring several associates of the Trump campaign suspected of Russian ties. Other news outlets also report the exisentence of “a multiagency working group to coordinate investigations across the government,” though it is unclear how they found out, since the investigations would have been secret and involved classified information.

8. February: Mike Flynn scandal. Reports emerge that the FBI intercepted a conversation in 2016 between future National Security Adviser Michael Flynn — then a private citizen — and Russian Ambassador Sergey Kislyak. The intercept supposedly was part of routine spying on the ambassador, not monitoring of the Trump campaign. The FBI transcripts reportedly show the two discussing Obama’s newly-imposed sanctions on Russia, though Flynn earlier denied discussing them. Sally Yates, whom Trump would later fire as acting Attorney General for insubordination, is involved in the investigation. In the end, Flynn resigns over having misled Vice President Mike Pence (perhaps inadvertently) about the content of the conversation.

9. February: Times claims extensive Russian contacts. The New York Times cites “four current and former American officials” in reporting that the Trump campaign had “repeated contacts with senior Russian intelligence officials. The Trump campaign denies the claims — and the Times admits that there is “no evidence” of coordination between the campaign and the Russians. The White House and some congressional Republicans begin to raise questions about illegal intelligence leaks.

10. March: the Washington Post targets Jeff Sessions. The Washington Post reports that Attorney General Jeff Sessions had contact twice with the Russian ambassador during the campaign — once at a Heritage Foundation event and once at a meeting in Sessions’s Senate office. The Post suggests that the two meetings contradict Sessions’s testimony at his confirmation hearings that he had no contacts with the Russians, though in context (not presented by the Post) it was clear he meant in his capacity as a campaign surrogate, and that he was responding to claims in the “dossier” of ongoing contacts. The New York Times, in covering the story, adds that the Obama White House “rushed to preserve” intelligence related to alleged Russian links with the Trump campaign. By “preserve” it really means “disseminate”: officials spread evidence throughout other government agencies “to leave a clear trail of intelligence for government investigators” and perhaps the media as well.

In summary: the Obama administration sought, and eventually obtained, authorization to eavesdrop on the Trump campaign; continued monitoring the Trump team even when no evidence of wrongdoing was found; then relaxed the NSA rules to allow evidence to be shared widely within the government, virtually ensuring that the information, including the conversations of private citizens, would be leaked to the media.

Levin called the effort a “silent coup” by the Obama administration and demanded that it be investigated.

In addition, Levin castigated Republicans in Congress for focusing their attention on Trump and Attorney General Sessions rather than Obama.


*(THIS IS WHY THEY WANT YOUR GUNS AMERICA) – Hypocrisy Rich As Clapper Attacks Rep Nunes For Exposing Treasonous Democrats

By Rick Wells

James Clapper tries to damage the credibility of Rep Devin Nunes, Intelligence Committee chairman, the messenger exposing Democrat sedition and likely Clapper’s own crimes to

Obama’s Director of National Intelligence, who likely had quite a bit of involvement in the abuses detailed in Intelligence Committee Chairman Devin Nunes’ memo, made an appearance on CNN to dismiss the uncovering of evidence and its potential release as mere partisan attacks.

Clapper should remember that it is now extremely likely that the evidence will come out and he’ll probably, at a minimum, be further exposed as the lying Democrat hack that he is and possibly as a suspect in espionage and criminal wrongdoing. At the same time he wants to try to mitigate the damage the release will unleash on the subversive Democrats as a whole.

Sounding almost desperate, Cuomo starts their propaganda session by asking, “What is the chance that this memo, in your opinion, can be accurate, that he has proof that you all, when you were in there before and after, that there were widespread abuses of surveillance to play to political gain for Democrats?” Of course he doesn’t expect a confession from this liar; it’s rhetorical to set up the discussion.

Without denying the allegations, since he doesn’t know how much Nunes knows, Clapper attempts to comment as a third party not directly involved in the criminality. He makes a generalized statement that it sounds “a bit hyperbolic” to him and attacks Rep Nunes with the flimsiest of question as rebuttals.

He criticizes Chairman Nunes for “running around the White House” compound, alerting President Trump when he first learned of unmasking abuses, which clapper claims, “to my knowledge there weren’t any.” He knows there were, that unmasking requests were supposedly made under Samantha Power’s name without her knowledge at a very high rate, for one example.

The DNI dunderhead says “there’s a couple of precautionary notes here. First, this was not bipartisan.” Of course it wasn’t, the Democrats are exposed as serious criminals undermining our government. There is no way that they would voluntarily have that revealed.

Clapper continues his effort to attack the messenger, Rep Nunes, claiming, “I do find it strange that if he found these profound irregularities, in both the Bureau as well as the Department of Justice, that he would not have shared that revelation immediately with the Trump-appointed director of the FBI, Director Wray as well as Attorney General Sessions.”

So he just got the words out of his mouth, criticizing Nunes for immediately reporting the information about the illegal unmasking to the President and the next thing he says is that it’s strange that he didn’t do the same thing with the dubious FBI Director and MIA Attorney General.

Cuomo asks if “there is any good reason for withholding it,” noting that outwardly it looks like he doesn’t trust the FBI, that he’s sowing dissention.” Not trusting the FBI is about as good of a reason as is needed and, since the upper echelons of both the FBI and the DOJ are named as perpetrators, how much better of a reason would Cuomo hope to find to meet his standards?”

Clapper says he can’t think of a reason other than it might detract from the theatrics. He says that, in the interest of fairness, the FBI should be allowed to comment on the memo. There is no gag on Christopher Wray’s mouth or that of Andrew McCabe, his corrupt deputy believed to be named in the memo.

Once it is public, McCabe, Wray and Sessions will all have plenty of reporters mobbing them for their comments. Fairness to the corrupt leadership is not an issue. Fairness to the American people is.

Clapper and Cuomo go on to speculate that because the White House hasn’t yet released the information that they recognize there is no substance. Perhaps the White House recognizes that there is in fact a lot of substance and is doing everything in an overly cautious manner to diminish the opportunities for accusations of partisanship or a vendetta by guilty Democrats flailing and again attacking the messenger when they can’t hide their criminal activity.

Nunes is gathering support from the American people and his fellow GOP Representatives. Once it has reached sufficient levels to invalidate unfounded Democrat claims, it will be released and the White House will then be able to simply not object to the will of the people and Congress. It’s the right way for this to be done, the smart way.

Crapper goes on to claim in his sanctimonious way that what bothers him is the amount of time, now less than a week, that has been spent by a hand full of individuals as well as the Republicans who have taken the time out of fighting the obstructionist Democrats to read the four pages, has diverted attention away from the beating of the dead Russian horse by Robert Mueller.

Having just completed his attack on the messenger, Rep Devin Nunes, the self-righteous hypocrite Clapper denounces Nunes for “attacking the messengers,” and not focusing enough on the “Russia investigation.” It’s a comment so disjointed and idiotic that even Cuomo can’t seem to figure out where he was headed or the point he was trying to make, so he switches topics to Jared Kushner.


*(THIS IS WHY THEY WANT THEY WANT YOUR GUNS AMERICA) – ‘Convenient accident’: Twitter reacts after FBI ‘lost texts’ between Russia investigation staffers

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Reactions are rolling in after the FBI reportedly lost five months of text messages between staffers who worked on probes into Hillary Clinton’s emails and alleged collusion between Russia and Donald Trump’s campaign.

News of the reportedly ‘lost emails’ broke after Wisconsin Senator Ron Johnson, Chair of the Senate Homeland Security Committee, wrote in a January 20 letter that the FBI’s technical system had failed to preserve texts sent between two staffers. The texts were exchanged by lawyer-agent Peter Stroz and lawyer Lisa Page, his mistress, in the period December 14, 2016 to May 17, 2017.

Previous exchanges between Stroz and Page, originally obtained by Fox News, referred to Trump as an “idiot”and “loathsome human.”

Its release sparked suspicions of the FBI’s bias against Trump and preferential treatment of Clinton after the Bureau decided not to recommend criminal charges for her use of a personal email account while serving as secretary of state.

Michael Doran, a senior fellow at the Hudson Institute, sarcastically referred to the missing texts as a “weird coincidence.” He further noted the significance of the missing text messaging period ending on May 17 – the same day Special Counsel Robert Mueller was appointed to take over the FBI’s probe of possible collusion between Trump’s campaign and Moscow.

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Another person tweeted the missing texts are a “convenient accident,” citing other important information that have gone ‘missing’ while in the possession of the US government.

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Rep. Jim Jordan, a Republican from Ohio, used the information to urge for a second special counsel for the investigation. “First the IRS destroyed emails pivotal to our investigation of their political targeting. Now the FBI ‘failed to preserve’ texts between Peter Strzok & Lisa Page following the ’16 election. The time for a second special counsel is now,” he wrote.

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That sentiment was echoed by Mark Meadows, a Republican representative from North Carolina. “Unreal… If it wasn’t already clear we need a second special counsel, it’s abundantly clear now,” he tweeted.

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Another posted on Twitter that the “texts are out there somewhere,” pointing out that the National Security Agency (NSA) “records every phone call, email, and text.”

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I am not at all surprised the texts went “missing” and the investigation is a “witch hunt perpetrated by Democrats,” tweeted one more.

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The integrity of Mueller’s investigation team has been questioned numerous times, as many of his prosecutors have reportedly made campaign contributions to Clinton and other Democratic candidates. Reports also emerged in December that investigator Andrew Weissmann attended Clinton’s election-night party in New York City.



President can’t be controlled and is fighting back against the shadow government, says whistleblower

 | – JANUARY 15, 2018

President Trump is shaking up the Deep State in such a way they’ve ordered the corporate media to attack him nonstop, according to former top CIA officer Kevin Shipp.

“Donald Trump is questioning the Deep State and the shadow government,” Shipp said in a USAWatchdog interview on Sunday.

“He’s rocking that place left and right. The news media is terrified of that. Their editors are telling them to attack him just like they are attacking him from the inside. It’s just dirty pool because they want him taken out.”

Shipp elaborated on the infrastructure of the Deep State and shadow government apparatuses within the government to explain how they can go after a sitting president without oversight.

“I differentiate between the ‘Deep State’ and the shadow government. The shadow government are the secret intelligence agencies that have such power and secrecy that they act even without the knowledge of Congress,” he said.

“There are many things that they do with impunity. Then there is the ‘Deep State,’ which is the military industrial complex, all of the industrial corporations and their lobbyists, and they have all the money, power, and greed that give all the money to the Senators and Congressmen. So, they are connected, but they are really two different entities. It is the shadow government . . . specifically, the CIA, that is going after Donald Trump. It is terrified that some of its dealings are going to be exposed. If they are, it could jeopardize the entire organization.”

Shipp had previously emerged from obscurity to blow the whistle on the Deep State in September, warning the CIA and NSA are the central “hub” of the shadow government which can manipulate the president and political decisions, and has the power to start wars, torture, initiate coups, and commit false flag attacks.


Did Judge Contreras OK electronic surveillance of Trump campaign?

Jerome Corsi | – DECEMBER 8, 2017

WASHINGTON, D.C. – The mystery why U.S. District Court Judge Rudolph Contreras was recused from the case overseeing the prosecution of Gen. Michael Flynn was solved Friday when the Conservative Tree House reported that Contreras is one of a small number of judges on the FISA Court.

The FISA court came to center stage on Thursday during the House Judiciary Committee hearings with FBI Director Christopher Wray when Rep. Jim Jordan, Rep. – OH, questioned Wray whether the now discredited Fusion GPS “Russia dossier” had been used by the FBI under former Director James Comey as the basis to obtain NSA electronic surveillance of principals in Donald Trump’s presidential campaign.

Although Wray declined to answer, various published reportsdocument that FBI counterintelligence agent Peter Strzok, previously assigned with heading the FBI’s investigation into allegations the Trump campaign was colluding with Russia, was in direct contact with Christopher Steele, the former British spy who was hired by opposition research firm Fusion GPS to create the now discredited “Russia dossier.”

Strzok is the FBI agent forced to resign from Mueller’s Special Prosecutor’s team after being discredited by some 10,000 messages to his lover, FBI prosecutor Lisa Page, were found to be laden with hate-Trump language.

On Thursday, Fox News correspondents James Rosen and Jake Gibson reported that Bruce G. Ohr, a senior DOJ official was demoted this week amid an ongoing investigation into his contacts with Fusion GPS, the opposition research firm responsible for the Trump dossier.

“There is a very real possibility that Judge Contreras signed off on the FISA warrant in October 2016 that initiated the counterintelligence wiretapping and surveillance of the Trump campaign,” the Conservative Tree House reported. “That wiretapping and surveillance ultimately led to the questioning of Michael Flynn; the consequence of which brings Flynn to Contreras courtroom.”