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August 2, 2020

       "The FBI also failed to disclose details that Steele’s primary source, Igor Danchenko, provided during interviews in January 2017. Danchenko, a Russia analyst, told the FBI that the dossier overstated information he had provided Steele...On Dec. 17, Judge Rosemary Collyer, who presided over the surveillance court at the time, said that the FBI provided “false information” to the court and withheld information that was “detrimental” to the case against Page."

https://dailycaller.com/2020/07/30/fbi-fisa-carter-page-russia-errors/

FBI Finds Two ‘Material’ Errors In Audit Of 29 FISA Applications. The Carter Page FISAs Had 17 ‘Significant’ Omissions

The FBI said Thursday that the bureau found just two “material” errors in an audit of 29 applications to surveil American citizens, an error rate that pales in comparison to the 17 “significant” problems discovered in applications for surveillance orders against former Trump campaign aide Carter Page.

In a statement, the FBI said that the two errors found in the 29 applications likely would not have changed the FISA Court’s decision to grant the underlying surveillance orders.

“None of the errors that had been identified by DOJ-OIG undermined or otherwise impacted the validity of the FISC’s orders,” the FBI said in a statement, according to Fox News.

That finding is in stark contrast to the Justice Department’s decision to invalidate two of four FISA orders granted against Page because they contained so many errors and omissions.

The FBI conducted the review of the surveillance orders in response to a Justice Department inspector general report that said that errors were found in all 29 FISA orders selected for a random audit. The IG conducted the audit due to the problems discovered in the Page case.

The FBI provided a preliminary update to the FISA Court last month saying that one material error had been found in a review of 14 of the 29 FISA applications.

The FBI’s findings suggest that the bureau’s problems with FISA are not systemic throughout the bureau. But while that paucity of errors might be a positive finding for the FBI overall, it raises questions about why so many discrepancies appeared in applications to surveil Page.

Republicans have accused the FBI of targeting Page for political reasons.

The FBI asserted in four FISA applications against Page, a former officer in the Navy, that he was working covertly as an agent of Russia. The FISA Court granted the first order on Oct. 21, 2016. The surveillance lasted through September 2017.

The IG said in a report released Dec. 9 that the FBI’s Crossfire Hurricane team omitted information that undercut the theory that Page was a Russian asset. An FBI agent and an FBI attorney withheld information from the CIA that Page was an “operational contact” for the spy agency through at least 2013.

Investigators also withheld evidence that undermined the Steele dossier, which asserted that Page was a central figure in a “well-developed conspiracy of cooperation” between the Kremlin and Trump campaign.

Christopher Steele, the dossier author, told FBI agents three weeks before the first FISA order was granted that an individual he believed to be a key source for the dossier was a “boaster” and “embellisher.” The FBI did not include that information in the initial FISA request.

The FBI also failed to disclose details that Steele’s primary source, Igor Danchenko, provided during interviews in January 2017. Danchenko, a Russia analyst, told the FBI that the dossier overstated information he had provided Steele.

The Justice Department deemed the final two FISA orders against Page to be invalid in large part because of the omissions from the Danchenko interviews.

On Dec. 17, Judge Rosemary Collyer, who presided over the surveillance court at the time, said that the FBI provided “false information” to the court and withheld information that was “detrimental” to the case against Page.

 
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From: WEBELIAHU DelphiPlus Member Icon8/2/20 4:31 AM 
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August 2, 2020

        "According to financial reports, Qatar has donated more than $22 million to the think tank since 2004. In fact, Brookings operates a satellite center in Doha, the capital of Qatar...Qatar also is a top state sponsor of terrorism, pouring billions into Hamas, al-Qaeda, and the Muslim Brotherhood, to name a few."

Brookings Institution Flush with Qatari Cash, NeverTrump Donors

Accepting millions from a state sponsor of terrorism, foisting one of the biggest frauds in history on the American people, and acting as a laundering agent of sorts for Democratic political contributions disguised as policy grants isn’t a good look for such an esteemed institution.

One would be hard-pressed to name a more influential think tank than the Brookings Institution. The Washington, D.C.-based nonprofit routinely ranks at the top of the list of the best think tanks in the world; Brookings scholars produce a steady flow of reports, symposiums, and news releases that sway the conversation on any number of issues ranging from domestic and economic policy to foreign affairs.

Brookings is home to lots of Beltway power players: Ben Bernanke and Janet Yellen, former chairmen of the Federal Reserve, are Brookings fellows. Top officials from both Republican and Democrat presidential administrations lend political heft to the organization.

From 2002 until 2017, the organization’s president was Strobe Talbott. He’s a longtime BFF of Bill Clinton; they met in the 1970s at Oxford University and have been tight ever since. Talbott was a top aide to both President Bill Clinton and Secretary of State Hillary Clinton.

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Danchenko, a Russian, has a thin résumé; his top credential appears to be his past work at—you guessed it—Brookings. From 2005 until 2010, Danchenko was a senior research assistant at the think tank, which would have intersected with Talbott’s tenure. (Talbott left in October 2017.) Fiona Hill, Trump’s onetime foreign affairs advisor-turned impeachment witness, co-authored a paper with Danchenko about Russian energy policy. Hill, following her failed attempt to oust Trump from office, is back at Brookings as a senior fellow.

So who and what have been funding the anti-Trump political operation at Brookings over the past few years? The think tank’s top benefactors are a predictable mix of family foundations, Fortune 100 corporations, and Big Tech billionaires. But one of the biggest contributors to Brookings’ $100 million-plus annual budget is the Embassy of Qatar. According to financial reports, Qatar has donated more than $22 million to the think tank since 2004. In fact, Brookings operates a satellite center in Doha, the capital of Qatar. The wealthy Middle Eastern oil producer spends billions on American institutions such as universities and other think tanks.

Qatar also is a top state sponsor of terrorism, pouring billions into Hamas, al-Qaeda, and the Muslim Brotherhood, to name a few. “The nation of Qatar, unfortunately, has historically been a funder of terrorism at a very high level,” President Trump said in 2017. “We have to stop the funding of terrorism.”

 
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The Tides Center and Open Society Foundations, backed by George Soros, are listed as top Brookings’ donors. Ditto for Tom Steyer, the California hedge-fund billionaire and failed Democratic presidential candidate.

 

 
From: WEBELIAHU DelphiPlus Member Icon8/3/20 11:34 AM 
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August 3, 2020

         "This comes after the news last week that Ron Johnson and the Senate Homeland Security Committee approved 35 more subpoenas. Johnson is digging deeply into “the FBI’s probe into the Trump campaign and transition officials.”

http://newshourfirst.com/2020/06/15/lindsey-graham-is-now-granted-the-power-to-drop-the-hammer-on-obama-admins/

Lindsey Graham is Now Granted the Power to Drop the Hammer on the Obama Administration

The Senate Judiciary Committee just gave Lindsey Graham broad power to “subpoena former Obama administration officials,” about the Deep State Obamagate roles they played to overthrow President Donald Trump. The committee voted along party lines to allow the to South Carolina republican to drop the hammer on the conspirators.

Liberal media outlet Axios is terrified that the committee gave Senator Graham that much power, noting, “Graham now has sweeping authority to subpoena documents and more than 50 individuals related to the Russia investigation, including former FBI director James Comey, former CIA director John Brennan and former Director of National Intelligence James Clapper.”

This comes after the news last week that Ron Johnson and the Senate Homeland Security Committee approved 35 more subpoenas. Johnson is digging deeply into “the FBI’s probe into the Trump campaign and transition officials.”

 

 
From: WEBELIAHU DelphiPlus Member Icon8/6/20 5:36 AM 
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August 6, 2020

Media Silent As Christopher Steele ‘Hero’ ‘Spymaster’ Narrative Crumbles

With such shoddy information collection and analysis methods, there was never any reason to give credence to any of the salacious allegations in the dossier. That didn't stop corporate media.

It turns out Christopher Steele wasn’t 007.

For years, the media assured Americans that the dossier alleging treasonous collusion between Donald Trump and Russia was based on the scrupulous work of a mastermind British ex-spy and his vast network of credible and well-connected sources spread throughout Europe. It wasn't true.

Steele did not personally collect any of the factual information in his reports. The “vast network” was instead a “social circle” of an American-based former Brookings Institute junior staffer, recently identified for the first time as Igor Danchenko. The friends didn’t have well-documented claims so much as rumors, drunken gossip, and outright brainstorming, conjecture, and speculation. Even that information was “multiple layers of hearsay upon hearsay” before it got to Steele, who then hyperbolically overstated it. And the damning claims of “collusion” appear to have been scandalously misattributed or invented out of whole cloth.

With such shoddy information collection and analysis methods, there was never any reason to give credence to any of the salacious allegations in the dossier, whether it was claims of secret deals with Russian oil concerns, secret meetings in foreign capitals, prostitutes urinating on Moscow hotel room beds, files of compromising information, or the careful cultivation of Trump, yes Trump, into the most effective Russian agent in history.

The media have a problem, then, given that they repeatedly led viewers and readers to believe Steele was a master spy. They can almost get away with ignoring the recent news that once again shows their previous reporting was catastrophically wrong. In fact, some media outlets did just that.

But after breathlessly reporting — day in and day out for years —  what they claimed were important updates buttressing Steele’s collusion narrative, they can’t completely hide the on-the-record revelations showing how the collusion narrative was invented and used to undermine the Trump campaign and administration.

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The Times begrudgingly admits late in the story that “[t]he Steele dossier was deeply flawed,” and that “Danchenko’s statements to the F.B.I. contradicted parts of the dossier, suggesting that Mr. Steele may have exaggerated the soundness of other allegations, making what Mr. Danchenko portrayed as rumor and speculation sound more solid.”

It’s a remarkably dry way to describe the seriousness of the wrongdoing.

 

 
From: WEBELIAHU DelphiPlus Member Icon8/6/20 5:59 AM 
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August 6, 2020

         Comey did NOT go rogue. Comey was following his orders. Obama's deep state WANTS you to think that Comey went rogue. Why? Because if Comey went rogue, that means that everyone else was a straight arrow. About Ex Obama Attorney General Sally Yates. Durham already knows everything about Sally Yates, and as signatory on two of the four Carter Page spying warrants, she may be in big trouble. So what can Yates say to take some of the heat off Obamam's Deep State, where she can lie but still sound reasonable enough to probably protect her from prosecution? She can say, "Comey went rogue." Comey is obviously being thrown under the bus, but Comey was already under the bus, and, from what I understand, I would think his only chance of being saved, is if Joe Biden wins. Therefore Comey can be used sacrificially.

https://www.bizpacreview.com/2020/08/04/msnbc-producer-pens-open-letter-on-why-she-quit-trump-obsessed-network-puts-politics-before-science-stokes-racial-division-955637

Gregg Jarrett: Sally Yates says James Comey went 'rogue,' but she was just as unscrupulous

Like Alice in Wonderland, Sally Yates embraces a contorted view of reality

Sally Yates, who served as Deputy Attorney General during a critical period as the Russia collusion hoax evolved in 2016-17, trashed fired FBI director James Comey during her testimony Wednesday before the Senate Judiciary Committee. 

She readily agreed that Comey went “rogue” in his unauthorized pursuit of former national security adviser Michael Flynn.  But that, of course, was stating the obvious.  It was too easy.  Comey managed to turn himself into a human piñata when he engaged in blatant acts of corruption.

Like Comey, Yates was a model of prevarication and insincerity on nearly all other matters.  She minimized her own negligence and incompetence while blaming everyone else. Some of her testimony was factually wrong and demonstrably so.

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Declassified documents recently made public show that the FBI debunked the dossier a mere four days after Trump was inaugurated. The primary source for the information, Igor Danchenko, advised Comey’s FBI that it was nothing more than multiple hearsay and unreliable fables gathered from “random associates” and his drinking buddies.

If Yates had done her job conscientiously, she would have known this and tossed the dossier in the nearest garbage can. On Wednesday, Yates still refused to admit that the dossier was “junk.” She admitted that all the errors and omissions identified by the DOJ’s Inspector General were “unacceptable.”

Yet, she was the one who accepted them without question. So much for diligence or responsible leadership. 

The most stunning moment during Wednesday’s hearing occurred when Yates asserted that Flynn was not truthful with the FBI when he was questioned about his conversations with Russian Ambassador Sergey Kislyak. That was a lightning bolt of myth and mirth. 

Did Yates ever speak with the agents, Peter Strzok and Joe Pientka, who interviewed Flynn? Did she even bother to read their report?

A summary of their conclusions in an FBI memo declares the following: “Strzok and (redacted FBI agent) both had the impression at the time that Flynn was not lying or did not think he was lying.” The two agents wrote that Flynn “did not give any indicators of deception.”

Yates, who was not present when Flynn was interviewed, now claims that Flynn lied –“no doubt” in her mind, she said. The two agents who actually conducted the interview confirmed that he did not. Yet, Yates somehow knows better?

Like Alice in Wonderland, Yates embraces a contorted view of reality. She refused to concede obvious truths, diminishing her own credibility. For example, secret government recordings of Papadopoulos’ conversations with an undercover informant do not constitute “surveillance” in the twisted world inhabited by Yates.

She also insisted that wiretaps on Page did not qualify as surveillance of the Trump campaign, since Page was a “former” adviser. This was ludicrous since the warrant Yates obtained allowed the FBI to access communications retroactively into the campaign.  Yates was counting on the senators not knowing that.  They did not disappoint.

The most laughable canard peddled by Yates came as she refused to admit any bias on the part of FBI agents. Really? How about the agent who fraudulently altered an FBI document so as to hide exculpatory evidence while incriminating Page in one of the warrant applications signed by Yates?

What about all the profanity-laced tirades exchanged by Strzok and his lover Lisa Page directed at the very man they were investigating, Donald Trump?  No bias there, claimed Yates.

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Yates trashed Comey for going “rogue.”  But the record is clear -- so did Yates. Both are equally unprincipled and unscrupulous. Their mutual goal was to wreak havoc on the incoming president and generate a public scandal that would damage Trump. Sadly for the nation and the institution of the presidency, they managed to accomplish it.

 

 
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Senator Graham Questions Former Obama Attorney General

             Sally Yates At Hurricane Crossfire Hearing

 

 
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Senator Josh Hawley Questions Former Obama Attorney General

               Sally Yates At Hurricane Crossfire Hearing

 

 
From: WEBELIAHU DelphiPlus Member Icon8/9/20 4:41 AM 
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August 9, 2020

https://www.thegatewaypundit.com/2020/08/breaking-president-trump-doj-investigations-obamagate-hear-breathtaking-found-video/

President Trump on DOJ Investigations into Obamagate: “I Do Hear It’s Breathtaking What They Found”

President Trump joined Lou Dobbs on Tuesday night.

During their conversation President Trump told Dobbs “it’s a horrible thing that took place”

President Trump: We caught them spying. Now it’s up to our Attorney General. As you know I wanted them to do it. I didn’t want to get overly involved… I do hear it’s breathtaking what they found that’s all I can say.

 

 
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August 10, 2020

        "We now know that the DOJ sent garbage to Steele that was later included in the garbage Steele dossier that Obama’s corrupt FBI and DOJ used in the Carter Page FISA warrant application providing them cover to spy on candidate and President Trump."

https://www.thegatewaypundit.com/2020/08/confirmed-obamas-doj-fed-christopher-steele-garbage-included-infamous-steele-dossier/

Confirmed: Obama’s DOJ Fed Christopher Steele Garbage Included in His Infamous Steele Dossier

On July 19th we broke the story that the Primary Sub-Source (PSS) for the Steele dossier was Igor Danchenko – the individual behind most of the made up lies in the Steele dossier.

Danchenko is the one individual those looking into the Trump – Russia collusion fraud wanted to identify – the PSS – the individual who was behind the material amount of Steele dossier lies.  The Deep State kept Danchenko’s name hidden for nearly four years.

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We reported a couple days later on the relationship Danchenko had with his former professor Fiona Hill – they both worked at the Brookings Institute:

The connection to Fiona Hill is huge because it shows that Adam Schiff’s disgusting unconstitutional impeachment proceeding with his star witness, Fiona Hill, is closely connected to the Russian scandal and the PSS. No wonder the Deep State wanted Danchenko’s name hidden. They’ve kept it hidden for four years.

(Of course according to her resume Fiona Hill worked for the George Soros Open Society Institute from 2000-2006, just 13 years ago.)

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Now today another bomb shell

According to transcripts from Steele’s recent court case in the UK, Steele noted that he was provided theories to add to the dossier now infamous and connected to Steele – the Steele dossier.  The information didn’t come from sources, it was fed to Steele from the DOJ and Fusion GPS, the firm paid by Hillary Clinton’s campaign and the DNC to create the dossier!

We don’t know yet if the FBI was complicit but we do know that the Steele memos were fabricated based on theories fed to Steele from at least one individual in the DOJ.

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We now know that the DOJ sent garbage to Steele that was later included in the garbage Steele dossier that Obama’s corrupt FBI and DOJ used in the Carter Page FISA warrant application providing them cover to spy on candidate and President Trump.

 

 
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August 12, 2020

      "Yes, I just wanted to make clear that it may be possible that the attorney general had before him information that he was not able to share with the court..."

       Remember, Flynn is very much a part of Durham's Obamagate investigation, and there is material that simply has to be kept secret until the appropriate time. This is also one of the reasons why there is a separation of powers. Judge Sullivan (Judicial Branch) does not know as much as the Justice Department (Executive Branch) prosecutors, and he is not to usurp their role in addition to his own. Sullivan is a judge, and not a prosecutor, but his actions are not the actions of a judge, they are the actions of something playing deep and dirty politics.

https://www.thegatewaypundit.com/2020/08/blow-mail-voting-scientists-find-no-connection-long-lines-spread-covid-19/

DOJ lawyer suggests possibility that undisclosed info factored into Flynn case dismissal request

A judge has yet to dismiss the Flynn case even after the DOJ requested the dismissal.

As the ongoing legal saga surrounding former Trump National Security Adviser Michael Flynn continued on Tuesday, a Justice Department lawyer suggested that the DOJ's move to dismiss the case could have had rationales not laid out in the government's motion.

"Yes, I just wanted to make clear that it may be possible that the attorney general had before him information that he was not able to share with the court, and so what we put in front of the court were the reasons that we could, but it may not be the whole picture available to the executive branch," acting Solicitor General Jeff Wall told the U.S. Court of Appeals for the District of Columbia Circuit.

"We gave three reasons," Wall said. "One of them was that the interests of justice were no longer served in the attorney general's judgment by the prosecution. The attorney general made that decision or that judgment on the basis of lots of information. Some of it is public and fleshed out in the motion. Some of it is not.” 

Ten of the court's judges listened to arguments on Tuesday after three judges on that court had ruled 2-1 in June that Sullivan should dismiss the Flynn case.. 

Flynn's attorney Sidney Powell is working to have the case against her client dismissed. U.S. District Judge Emmet Sullivan has not yet dismissed the case against Flynn even though the Department of Justice has requested the dismissal.

The issue at hand on Tuesday concerned "whether Flynn's attorney is entitled to leapfrog Sullivan and get an order from the appeals court forcing him to dismiss the prosecution before Sullivan himself has had the chance to rule," according to the Associated Press.

"A ruling against Flynn would not undo his guilty plea or end the case but simply return it to Sullivan for a hearing on the government's request to dismiss," the outlet explained.

 

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