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October 2, 2020

        James Comey testifies before the Senate Judiciary Committee probing the (fraudulent) Russia probe.

https://www.foxnews.com/politics/comey-claims-ignorance-of-dossier-details-carter-page-warrant-i-dont-know

Republicans grow frustrated as Comey claims ignorance over Russia probe: 'You don't seem to know anything'

Former FBI director James Comey was grilled by the Senate Judiciary Committee over exactly what he knew regarding FBI actions in the early stages of the Russia investigation – but throughout the hearing claimed ignorance of virtually every act that was mentioned during questioning.

A Justice Department Inspector General (DOJ IG) report previously found that the warrant application and subsequent renewals applications for surveillance of former Trump campaign adviser Carter Page contained inaccuracies and omissions and relied on the Steele dossier despite evidence that it was unreliable.

Comey opted not to deliver an opening statement Wednesday but welcomed questions. Committee Chairman Sen. Lindsey Graham, R-S.C., got right to the point and asked what efforts the FBI made to verify the dossier.

"I don't know," Comey said.

Graham also asked what Comey knew about former FBI lawyer Kevin Clinesmith, who has pleaded guilty after being accused of altering an email to say that Page was not working with the CIA despite the FBI having knowledge that Page was working with the agency.

"I know nothing of Mr. Clinesmith," Comey said.

Comey passed blame for the warrant, claiming he only signed the certification for it, not the affidavit it was based on, but when asked who the committee should look to in terms of who was accountable for misleading the court, Comey again came up empty.

First Comey said to look at the IG report, but when pressed on whether he knew, he gave a familiar response.

"I do not," he said.

Graham later discussed ex-spy Christopher Steele's sub-source, whom the FBI interviewed. The sub-source told the FBI that the information in the dossier was unreliable and was based on rumor. Graham noted that the sub-source was known by the FBI to be a possible Russian spy. Confronted with these details, Comey again pleaded ignorance.

"I don’t remember learning anything about Steele’s sources," he said. When asked if he knew that the FBI interviewed the sub-source in January 2017, Comey again said, "I don't remember."

Asked again, Comey later said he did "not remember being told of any interview." When asked if he should have been told, Comey said he could not answer.

Graham grew noticeably frustrated by Comey's responses.

"Was this an important case for the FBI or was this a run of the mill thing?" he asked at one point, commenting on the lack of information Comey appeared to have.

Graham also brought up a U.S. intelligence community report that included information that salacious details about Trump in the dossier came from Russian intelligence.

"Did you know that when it came out?" Graham asked, emphasizing that parts of Steele's dossier were believed to be Russian disinformation, yet the FBI continued to rely on it anyway.

Graham went on to cite false details in the dossier, such as a reference to a Russian consulate in Miami that does not exist, and a trip that Trump attorney Michael Cohen was said to have taken to Prague that has since been debunked.

"They never corrected all the misinformation in the dossier," Graham said. "It was used over and over again, and they never told the court about how unreliable it was. Is that a small thing or a big thing?"

"Any time there are material omissions in an application to a judge of any kind, but especially an ex parte proceeding, it's a very important issue," Comey said.

 
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Senator Josh Hawley Questions James Comey

 

 
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October 5, 2020

        "This is why Gina Haspel, who was hand-picked by John Brennan to run the CIA’s operations in London during the 2016 election — Christopher Steele’s hub, is blocking the release of more documents... Many of the people blocking these documents are likely implicated by them. You have these career bureaucrats whose careers may be destroyed by the facts within them.”

https://www.thegatewaypundit.com/2020/10/cia-director-gina-haspel-personally-blocking-declassification-remaining-explosive-russiagate-documents/

CIA Director Gina Haspel Personally Blocking Declassification of Remaining Explosive Russiagate Documents

CIA Director Gina Haspel is blocking the declassification of remaining Russiagate documents according to Sean Davis of The Federalist.

DNI John Ratcliffe earlier this week declassified and released bombshell intel revealing Hillary Clinton hatched the Russia hoax on July 26, 2016 in order to pin the DNC ‘hacking’ on Donald Trump.

The Obama-Biden White House was briefed on it by then-CIA Director John Brennan.

“According to his handwritten notes, former CIA Director Brennan subsequently briefed President Obama and other senior national security officials on the intelligence, including the “alleged approval by Hillary Clinton on July 26, 2016 of a proposal from one of her foreign policy advisors to vilify Donald Trump by stirring up a scandal and claiming interference by Russian security services.” Ratcliffe said.

This is why Gina Haspel, who was hand-picked by John Brennan to run the CIA’s operations in London during the 2016 election — Christopher Steele’s hub, is blocking the release of more documents.

Sean Davis said that getting these documents declassified was difficult and Haspel is personally blocking other damning Russiagate records.

“I’m told that it is Gina Haspel personally who is blocking continued declassification of these documents that will show the American people the truth of what actually happened,” Davis said.

“Many of the people blocking these documents are likely implicated by them. You have these career bureaucrats whose careers may be destroyed by the facts within them,” Sean Davis told Tucker Carlson Wednesday night.

“We need transparency and the American people I think at this point, we need the president, Donald Trump, to step in and say, ‘No more obstruction. No more blocking.’ need to hear the truth.”

 

 
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October 5, 2020

        "An invitation for the July 18, 2013, fundraiser, posted online, invited guests to Pasternak’s home on Capitol Hill. “Please join Igor Pasternak for a taste of Ukraine Reception honoring Congressman Adam Schiff...The invite said checks were payable to “Adam Schiff for Congress.”

https://www.foxnews.com/politics/adam-schiffs-own-ukraine-connection-comes-under-scrutiny

Adam Schiff-Ukraine connection comes under scrutiny

House Intelligence Committee Chairman Adam Schiff, who has played a leading role in investigating the Trump-Ukraine scandal, is facing questions about his own connection to a Soviet-born businessman who has raised money for his campaign and whose company has received lucrative defense contracts from Ukraine's government.

That man is Igor Pasternak, the founder and CEO of Worldwide Aeros Corp., which makes blimps for military and commercial customers. His business has also been involved in weapons manufacturing, working with the Ukrainian Ministry of Defense to produce a modified version of the M4 and M16 rifles, according to reports.

In 2013, Pasternak hosted a fundraiser in Washington for Schiff, who later came to embrace a strong stance in support of the United States sending military aid to Ukraine during its conflict with Russia.

“Before this time, Schiff rarely, if ever, mentioned Ukraine,” Fox News’ Laura Ingraham said on her show Thursday night, after detailing Schiff's connection to Pasternak. “But after the fundraiser, he used multiple television appearances to basically demand that we send money and arms to them.”

Neither Schiff nor Pasternak returned requests from Fox News for comment on Thursday.

But in a February 2015 appearance on CNN, Schiff was asked by anchor Wolf Blitzer, “You want the United States right now to not only provide humanitarian aid to Ukraine, but also start providing serious weapons, right?”

He replied: “I do. And I think it's overdue.”

In another appearance on CNN in February 2015, Schiff said, “I think that the United States should be very forward-leaning on Ukraine.”

According to his online biography, Pasternak was born in the former Soviet Union, started his first company in Ukraine, immigrated to the United States in 1993 and is now a U.S. citizen. Since that time, Pasternak’s company has been awarded Ukraine defense contracts.

An invitation for the July 18, 2013, fundraiser, posted online, invited guests to Pasternak’s home on Capitol Hill. “Please join Igor Pasternak for a taste of Ukraine Reception honoring Congressman Adam Schiff,” the invite said.

To attend the fundraisers, sponsors were encouraged to contribute $2,500, and guests were asked to pay $1,000. The invite said checks were payable to “Adam Schiff for Congress.”

An online search of donor records shows that Pasternak has donated money to politicians and organizations of both parties.

Pasternak’s airship company, Worldwide Aeros Corp., is based in Montebello, Calif. The company has won Pentagon contracts to develop airships for surveillance and cargo delivery -- including one contract reportedly worth $50 million.

 

 
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October 6, 2020

        "FBI Director Chris Wray and CIA Director Gina Haspel are sitting on this evidence and refuse to work with congressional investigators."

         However, Wray and Haspel work for Donald Trump, and he has just given them an ORDER! Now what will they do?

https://www.thegatewaypundit.com/2020/10/huge-chief-staff-mark-meadows-announces-president-trump-requested-declassification-critical-spygate-documents-including-danchenko-interviews-video/

HUGE! Chief of Staff Mark Meadows Announces President Trump Has ORDERED Declassification of Critical Spygate Documents including Danchenko Interviews

Chief of Staff for President Trump, Mark Meadows, joined FOX and Friends this morning to give an update on President Trump’s health and recovery. During the interview Meadows announced President Trump had ordered him to release requested documents from the Deep State Spygate scandal.

Chief of Staff Mark Meadows: He’s already tasked me with getting some declassification rolling in a follow up to some of the requests Devin Nunes and others have made.

Mark Meadows is referring to the classified interviews with former Brookings Institute researcher Igor Danchenko who is the source for the bogus Steele dossier.

The primary "source" for the anti-Trump dossier authored by ex-British intelligence agent Christopher Steele “was a Russian spy, and our FBI [director] James Comey… knew it the entire time. Comey ran with the spying on the Trump campaign knowing the entire investigation was based on a lie.

FBI Director Chris Wray and CIA Director Gina Haspel are sitting on this evidence and refuse to work with congressional investigators.

 

 
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October 6, 2020

https://www.thegatewaypundit.com/2020/10/want-every-damn-bit-evidence-devin-nunes-unloads-crooked-intel-agencies-media-maybe-time-shut-agencies-video/

“This Is Over! We Want Every Damn Bit of Evidence!” – Devin Nunes UNLOADS on Crooked Intel Agencies and Media “Maybe It’s Time to Shut Those Agencies Down?”

Nunes WENT OFF on the corrupt FBI, DOJ and intelligence communities who lied about Democrat grift with Russia and pushed the Hillary Clinton promoted fake Russia collusion garbage.

According to Maria Bartiromo there is more information that implicates Hillary Clinton in the Trump-Russia hoax yet to be released.Rep. Nunes told Maria Bartiromo that every person in the Group of 8 including Nancy Pelosi knew the information behind the Trump-Russia collusion hoax came from the Democrat party.

Rep. Devin Nunes: The documents that are underlying that we now have seen, I’ve only seen a few of those. They’re definitely smoking guns. That information definitely needs to be made available to the American public. And from what I understand there’s even more underlying evidence that backs up what director Ratcliffe puts out… You have corrupt officials. And I think that’s the point here. Are you going to go back to elect somebody like Biden who just the other night, Maria, had the audacity to go after President Trump for once again, for what? I think he said that he had Putin wrapped around his finger. And then he didn’t answer the question on why did his son get $3.5 million from a Russian oligarch with ties to Putin? If Ivanka Trump had bit a Big Mac in Red Square by a Russian oligarch they would have locked her up and said this is evidence of collusion. Here you have the media which is the propaganda arm of the Democratic Party ignoring all of this! Ignoring all of this for the last four years. And now you have from a debate stage you have, “Why did your son get paid $3.5 million from a Russian oligarch?” So here you have them blaming Republicans this whole damn time for having something to do with Russia when THEY have something to do with Russia! I think they believe it is OK for them to take all this money and grift. And they’ll just take it and accuse Republicans of doing it to cover up their tracks… And now we know the Clinton Campaign created all of this because they knew the 33,000 emails were out there… So what did they do? They created a sick fantasy… Every Republican should be saying, “This is over! We want every damn bit of evidence every intelligence agency has. Or it’s maybe time to shut those agencies down. Because at the end of the day our liberties are more important than anything else we have in this country and they have been stampeded over by these dirty cops and the Democratic Party and the media who fails to report on it.

 

 
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October 7, 2020

           “I have fully authorized the total Declassification of any & all documents pertaining to the single greatest political CRIME in American History, the Russia Hoax. Likewise, the Hillary Clinton Email Scandal. No redactions!”

https://www.breitbart.com/politics/2020/10/06/trump-authorizes-total-declassification-of-any-and-all-documents-pertaining-to-russia-hoax-and-clinton-email/

Trump Authorizes ‘Total Declassification’ of ‘Any’ and ‘All Documents’ Pertaining to Russia Hoax, and Clinton Email

President Donald Trump on Tuesday night tweeted that he has “fully authorized” the “total Declassication” of any and all documents pertaining to the FBI’s investigation into the Trump campaign and Hillary Clinton’s private email server.

“I have fully authorized the total Declassification of any & all documents pertaining to the single greatest political CRIME in American History, the Russia Hoax. Likewise, the Hillary Clinton Email Scandal. No redactions!” Trump tweeted.

Trump’s tweet was in response to a tweet by RealClearInvestigations journalist Paul Sperry, who had tweeted earlier: “When all the documents are finally declassified, and all the redactions removed from reports, the nation will see that the FBI and CIA not only knew the Russia ‘collusion’ allegations against Trump were a political dirty trick, but that they were in on the trick.”

Sperry’s tweet came after Director of National Intelligence John Ratcliffe declassified handwritten notes from then-CIA Director John Brennan after briefing then-President Obama on an alleged plot by Clinton to distract the public from her use of a private email server by tying the Trump campaign to a Russian hack of Democratic National Committee emails.

 

 
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October 13, 2020

          As we creep closer and closer, and the left gets ever more desperate by the day to steal the election.
https://justthenews.com/accountability/russia-and-ukraine-scandals/gregg-jarrett-lambastes-media-willing-accessories-russia

Gregg Jarrett lambastes the media as 'willing accessories to the Russia hoax'

'When all of it is declassified there will be a mountain of damning, incriminating evidence about just how devious and corrupt these government officials were in the Russia hoax.'

Fox News legal analyst Greg Jarrett believes that there will be troves of proof demonstrating government officials' egregious misconduct during the Russia collusion probe once all of the materials get declassified.

Jarrett told the "John Solomon Reports" podcast remarked that he thinks "when all of it is declassified there will be a mountain of damning, incriminating evidence about just how devious and corrupt these government officials were in the Russia hoax."

He said that recent revelations regarding the handwritten notes of former CIA Director John Brennan confirm his long-held suspicion that Hillary Clinton was responsible for the false Trump-Russia story.

Jarrett sharply criticized the media, asserting that it perpetuated the false narrative.

"You know the media will never admit that they were complicit and you know willing accessories to the Russia hoax. They drove the narrative," Jarrett said, mentioning two outlets that "received Pulitzer prizes for getting this story wrong. So they will never apologize or retract or admit their own wrongdoing, they will simply move on, you know, to the next hoax," Jarrett remarked. "They're devoid of principle and conscience. They are unscrupulous."

 

 
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October 27, 2020

      "Wray and Haspel are despised and distrusted almost universally in Trump's inner circle. He would have fired both already, one official said, if not for the political headaches of acting before Nov. 3."

https://www.zerohedge.com/political/trump-immediately-fire-fbi-cia-directors-if-reelected

Trump To 'Immediately Fire' FBI, CIA Directors If Reelected

President Trump will 'immediately' move to fire FBI Director Christopher Christopher Wray and CIA Director Gina Haspel, along with Defense Secretary Mark Esper, according to Axios - which spoke to "people who've discussed these officials' fates with the president."

And while the list of pink slips is allegedly much longer, Trump's top priority is getting rid of Wray - whose FBI sat on alleged evidence of Biden corruption in Ukraine contained on Hunter Biden's laptop (along with alleged child porn), while Trump was impeached for asking the Ukrainians to investigate exactly that.

According to Axios:

  • Wray and Haspel are despised and distrusted almost universally in Trump's inner circle. He would have fired both already, one official said, if not for the political headaches of acting before Nov. 3.

Recall that Haspel served as station chief for the CIA's London branch, and was - in Senator Rand Paul's words, "a close acolyte of John Brennan" (who, as CIA chief, couldn't legally spy on Americans on domestic soil). And what took place in London? For starters, the FBI's spy operation spy operation on Trump campaign aides conducted by US intelligence operative Stephan Halper. Most notably, the UK-based Cambridge professor (and longtime US intelligence asset whose father-in-law was former director of the CIA, and who allegedly spied on the Carter administration), lured Trump aide George Papadopoulos into an espionage operation aimed at the Trump campaign - predicated on 'Russian dirt' rumors allegedly fed to him by a Clinton ally, Joseph Mifsud.

London was also the venue for a summer, 2016 meeting between former FBI agent Peter Strzok and Australian Diplomat Alexander Downer - another Clinton ally who claimed that Papadopoulos drunkenly admitted to knowledge that the Russians had Hillary Clinton's emails.

More recently, Haspel was accused of personally blocking the release of documents exposing the Russiagate hoax. "This isn't just a scandal about Democrat projection, this is a scandal about what was a coup planned against the incoming administration at the highest levels and I can report here tonight that these declassifications that have come out," The Federalist's Sean Davis told FOX News host Tucker Carlson last month. "Those weren't easy to get out and there are far more waiting to get out."

 

 
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November 1, 2020

            "We did have evidence to show that early collusion allegations against Trump and Manafort were created or propagated by people who either worked for the DNC or the Clinton campaign, including some efforts that went beyond the Steele dossier..."The second issue was an email exchange I had with Tony Podesta in spring 2016 requesting Tony's help and support about a political opposition project that was being orchestrated by the DNC against Paul Manafort to falsely tie him to Russia as a means of suggesting Trump was tied to Russia,"

https://justthenews.com/accountability/russia-and-ukraine-scandals/mueller-gathered-evidence-dnc-clinton-dirty-trick-russia

Mueller gathered evidence suggesting DNC, Clinton camp manufactured Russia collusion story

Special Counsel Robert Mueller's office gathered evidence suggesting that Hillary Clinton's campaign and the Democratic National Committee launched a political "smear job" in spring 2016 tying Donald Trump to Russia collusion through the lobbying work of his campaign chairman Paul Manafort in Ukraine, according to memos that were excluded from the prosecutor's final report.

The evidence, reviewed by Just the News, includes information obtained by State Department officials from a trusted Ukrainian source, a private investigator's report, and an email exchange suggesting Tony Podesta — a Manafort business associate and brother of Clinton campaign chairman John Podesta — tried at one point to slow down the opposition research project.

The evidence — which is additional to records showing the law firm for the Clinton campaign and the DNC funded the infamous "Steele dossier" given to the FBI — was never mentioned in last year's vast, two-volume Mueller Report, which concluded that no Americans colluded with Russia to influence the 2016 election.

The newly surfaced evidence bolsters separate intelligence reporting that Director of National Intelligence John Ratcliffe made public recently showing the Obama CIA also believed Clinton's campaign had launched a political dirty trick to "vilify" Trump on Russia in an effort to distract from her own controversies.

"We did have evidence to show that early collusion allegations against Trump and Manafort were created or propagated by people who either worked for the DNC or the Clinton campaign, including some efforts that went beyond the Steele dossier," a person with direct knowledge of the Mueller probe told Just the News.

The person spoke only on condition of anonymity because the person did not have permission to speak to the news media.

Asked why the Mueller report did not mention the Clinton campaign tactics, the source answered: "Our job was to report on and prosecute crimes, not write an essay on how political opposition research was conducted by the two parties."

Unredacted emails and other documents gathered by Mueller's team suggest the earliest hint of the Democrats' Russia collusion smear campaign emerged in a May 2016 email exchange between Democratic super-lobbyist Tony Podesta and Manafort's lead business manager in Ukraine, Rick Gates, who also worked as a deputy campaign manager for the Trump campaign. The thread appeared under the subject line: "DNC and Paul Manafort."

Though on opposite sides of the political spectrum, Tony Podesta, Manafort and Gates worked together on lobbying and political consulting projects related to Ukraine's Party of Regions and former President Viktor Yanukovych, who was ousted from power in 2014.

"Last Friday APAC had a meeting at DNC organized by their ethnic outreach office, presenting Democratic Party strategies for presidential elections," Gates emailed Tony Podesta on May 17, 2016. "One of the subjects was a smear campaign against Paul Manafort, which will be launched in a couple of days. The head of the ethnic outreach is of Ukrainian descent and has connections in Ukraine.

"She was able to produce documents linking Manafort to Moscow during his time as adviser to Victor Yanukowych (cq), ousted former Ukrainian president. They will try to link Donald Trump to Putin through Manafort's engagement and money trail of over [a] billion dollars. This was a formal presentation on the part of DNC — I am trying to obtain an audio tape from the meeting. I just wanted to share this with you to make you aware before they start."

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"The second issue was an email exchange I had with Tony Podesta in spring 2016 requesting Tony's help and support about a political opposition project that was being orchestrated by the DNC against Paul Manafort to falsely tie him to Russia as a means of suggesting Trump was tied to Russia," he added. "I told the Special Counsel I reached out to Tony at Paul's request to see if he could help.

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Whatever the case, the Gates-Manafort email exchange provided Mueller's team with evidence that Democrats were working to create a narrative of Trump-Russia collusion. It wasn't the only evidence.

 

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