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From: WEBELIAHU DelphiPlus Member Icon12/15/20 6:42 AM 
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December 15, 2020

        “In a previously unreported move, Durham enlisted a British law firm over the summer to take Steele to court in London, aiming to compel him to turn over notes he had taken of his meetings with the FBI in 2016, according to people with direct knowledge of the episode,”

https://www.dailywire.com/news/special-counsel-john-durham-is-adding-additional-prosecutors-in-criminal-investigation-of-russia-probe-origins

Special Counsel John Durham Is ‘Adding Additional Prosecutors’ In Criminal Investigation Of Russia Probe Origins

Fox News anchor Bret Baier tweeted, “US Attorney John Durham, who AG Bill Barr tapped to investigate the origins of the Trump Russia probe, is expanding his team by adding additional prosecutors, and is making, ‘excellent progress,’ according to a federal law enforcement official familiar w/ the situation.”

This latest development in the case comes after Politico reported over the weekend that Durham has been zeroing in on former British spy Christopher Steele, whose anti-Trump dossier helped kick off the entire counterintelligence investigation into the Trump campaign.

“In a previously unreported move, Durham enlisted a British law firm over the summer to take Steele to court in London, aiming to compel him to turn over notes he had taken of his meetings with the FBI in 2016, according to people with direct knowledge of the episode,” Politico reported. “The underlying context for the request, the people said, is that Durham believes Steele’s notes could contain evidence that FBI agents improperly disclosed classified information about Crossfire Hurricane, as the bureau dubbed its Russia probe, in the course of questioning Steele about his own findings regarding a potential conspiracy between the Trump campaign and Russia, the people said.”

Director of National Intelligence John Ratcliffe said last week that he thinks that Durham should release an interim report on the investigation because some Democrats have called for the investigation to end.

“The special counsel regulations not only require a final report, they allow for interim reports, so I’d like to see an interim report that talks about this from the angle of someone that has not only the intelligence community documents that I have, but the law enforcement documents that show there was no proper predicate for Crossfire Hurricane because there certainly wasn’t any given by the intelligence community to the FBI before this illegal spying began,” Ratcliffe told Fox News. “[House Intelligence] Chairman [Adam] Schiff has indicated he thinks that the Durham investigation should end, which is exactly why an interim report would be appropriate.”

“It would show whether or not there’s a good-faith basis to continue,” he added. “It would protect the work that’s been done. So I would encourage my colleagues over at the Department of Justice and at the FBI and, in particular, now Special Counsel Durham to consider doing that, so that the American people can get the full accounting that they deserve.”

Barr appointed Durham to be special counsel in October, writing in a scope order that Durham “is authorized to investigate whether any federal official, employee, or any other person or entity violated the law in connection with the intelligence, counter-intelligence, or law-enforcement activities directed at the 2016 presidential campaigns, individuals associated with those campaigns, and individuals associated with the administration of President Donald J. Trump, including but not limited to Crossfire Hurricane and the investigation of Special Counsel Robert S. Mueller, III.”

 
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From: WEBELIAHU DelphiPlus Member Icon12/22/20 6:25 AM 
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December 22, 2020

        "He said Sunday that Strzok’s messages show the FBI’s narrative “was always nonsense.”

https://www.wnd.com/2020/12/nunes-plans-criminal-referrals-following-release-strzoks-internal-fbi-messages/

THE DEEP STATE

Nunes plans criminal referrals following release of Strzok's internal FBI messages

Government officials denied they existed

Rep. Devin Nunes, the top Republican on the House Intelligence Committee, said Sunday he plans to make new criminal referrals to the Justice Department following the release of internal FBI messages from the account of Peter Strzok, the top FBI investigator on Crossfire Hurricane.

In an interview on Fox News’ “Sunday Morning Futures,” Nunes said the messages, which the Justice Department and FBI declassified earlier this month, should have been provided to Congress years ago when Republicans began investigating whether the FBI abused the Foreign Intelligence Surveillance Act (FISA) in order to surveil Trump campaign aide Carter Page.

“They knew that we were investigating FISA abuse, why would this not have been given to Congress? This is just another example. We’re going to have to do another criminal referral,” Nunes said Sunday.

The messages in question are from Strzok’s Lync account, the FBI’s internal messaging system. The messages, which The Daily Caller News Foundation published on Thursday, show Strzok discussing details of Crossfire Hurricane, the FBI’s counterintelligence investigation of the Trump campaign.

The messages show Strzok, who was fired from the FBI in August 2019, commenting on July 28, 2016, about open counterintelligence investigations related to Trump. The FBI has insisted that the bureau was not investigating Trump before Strzok opened Crossfire Hurricane on July 31, 2016.

Nunes has long doubted the FBI’s official claims about the beginning of its investigation of the Trump campaign.

He said Sunday that Strzok’s messages show the FBI’s narrative “was always nonsense.”

Strzok sent a message to another FBI employee on Sept. 23, 2016, asserting that former British spy Christopher Steele had spoken to a news outlet regarding a dossier he compiled on Donald Trump in order to “influence” the FBI’s investigation.

The Justice Department inspector general blasted the Crossfire Hurricane team for withholding exculpatory information regarding the Steele dossier in its applications for FISA warrants against Carter Page.

Nunes did not identify who he plans to refer for criminal investigation, but he asserted that Justice Department and FBI officials lied to Congress regarding the existence of documents like the latest batch of Strzok messages.

“This is clearly lying and obstructing Congress. This is information that we asked for numerous times,” Nunes said.

“We sat in meetings with DOJ and FBI and they sat there and stone cold said ‘Oh, there’s no more information, there’s no more text messages,'” Nunes said, adding that “these were the text messages that we really needed to run a proper investigation.”

Nunes has submitted more than a dozen other criminal referrals to the Justice Department regarding the investigation of the Trump campaign. He has called for probes into leaks to the media regarding Trump associates, and has also issued referrals on FBI officials discussed in the inspector general’s report on Crossfire Hurricane.

The status of those referrals is unclear, though many of the issues in the referrals appear to be part of an investigation led by U.S. Attorney John Durham into the origins of the Trump-Russia probe.

Nunes also said that Durham has enough evidence to issue indictments for lying to Congress.

“I don’t see how John Durham can’t bust several people for lying and misleading Congress. At a minimum there ought to be several indictments on that.”

Republicans who have investigated the FBI’s abuse of FISA and the Steele dossier have accused Steele, a former MI6 officer, of lying to the FBI regarding his contacts with the media. Sens. Chuck Grassley and Lindsey Graham referred Steele to the Justice Department and FBI for investigation in January 2018.

Other Republicans have accused Glenn Simpson, the founder of Fusion GPS, which hired Steele to investigate Trump on behalf of the DNC and Clinton campaign, of potentially making false statements to Congress regarding his interactions with former Justice Department official Bruce Ohr.

Simpson testified in 2017 that he did not meet Ohr until after the 2016 election. Ohr told Congress that they met in August 2016 to discuss Fusion GPS and Steele’s investigation of the Trump campaign.

Grassley said in a letter sent Dec. 3, 2018 that Simpson made “extremely misleading” statements in a deposition before the Senate Judiciary Committee on Aug. 22, 2017.

 

 
From: WEBELIAHU DelphiPlus Member Icon12/23/20 10:57 AM 
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December 23, 2020

       "For years the DOJ and FBI resisted the release of the “electronic communication” used to launch the scam investigation because it revealed the entire spying operation was a scam...Under previous DOJ rules and regulations the Attorney General needed consent from the specific classifying agency which allowed Deep Staters in the CIA to stonewall release of documents."

https://www.thegatewaypundit.com/2020/12/president-trump-signs-order-giving-durham-authority-present-classified-information-grand-jury-investigating-crossfire-hurricane/

President Trump Signs Order Giving Durham Authority to Present Classified Information to Grand Jury Investigating Crossfire Hurricane

The White House announced on Tuesday that President Trump signed an order on December 18 giving US Attorney from Connecticut John Durham the authority to present classified information to a grand jury investigating Crossfire Hurricane. Under previous DOJ rules and regulations the Attorney General needed consent from the specific classifying agency which allowed Deep Staters in the CIA to stonewall release of documents.

As TGP previously reported, Attorney General Bill Barr appointed U.S. Attorney John Durham as a Special Counsel in October tasked with investigating the Crossfire Hurricane investigation targeting the Trump campaign and administration.

Barr said Durham’s probe has narrowed to the conduct of the FBI. Durham was initially appointed by Barr in 2019 to investigate the Russia collusion hoax investigation and so far has only produced one guilty plea: former FBI lawyer Kevin Clinesmith who pled guilty last August to one felony count of making a false statement over altering a government email in the Carter Page investigation.

In July of 2016, Peter Strzok opened a counterintel investigation into Trump’s camp dubbed “Crossfire Hurricane” on suspicions (based on no evidence) that the Russians had infiltrated Trump’s circle.

For years the DOJ and FBI resisted the release of the “electronic communication” used to launch the scam investigation because it revealed the entire spying operation was a scam.

The “electronic communication” that launched Crossfire Hurricane was written by Peter Strzok and obtained by Judicial Watch as the result of a FOIA lawsuit.

The document was declassified and released with redactions.

The EC reveals Peter Strzok opened Crossfire Hurricane based on third-hand information that the Russian government “had been seeking prominent members of the Donald Trump campaign in which to engage to prepare for potential post-election relations should Trump be elected U.S. President.”

 

 
From: WEBELIAHU DelphiPlus Member Icon1/14/21 7:32 PM 
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January 14, 2021

        "On Thursday night Lou Dobbs reported that President Trump ordered the release of the Obamagate intelligence documents...The documents will reportedly show the involvement in the United States and overseas to set up Donald Trump in the Russia lie. "

https://www.thegatewaypundit.com/2021/01/breaking-president-trump-declassifies-russia-collusion-documents-sen-grassley-devin-nunes-given-copies/

President Trump Declassifies Russia Collusion Documents — Coming as Soon as Friday

On Tuesday The Gateway Pundit got word that President Trump was going to declassify all of the Russian hoax investigation documents. We reported previously that Deep State operatives, including people inside the White House and ostensibly on “his” side, were urging the President to keep the information from the public.

In fact, President Trump promised several times that he would release everything on the Russian hoax before he left office. On Thursday night Lou Dobbs reported that President Trump ordered the release of the Obamagate intelligence documents.

Lou Dobbs: President Trump is declassifying top-secret documents all related to Obamagate. That is the coordinated and years-long spying against a presidential candidate and ultimately the President of the United States and his administration, that of Donald J. Trump.

The documents will reportedly show the involvement in the United States and overseas to set up Donald Trump in the Russia lie.

 

 
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January 14, 2021

        "On Thursday night Lou Dobbs reported that President Trump ordered the release of the Obamagate intelligence documents...The documents will reportedly show the involvement in the United States and overseas to set up Donald Trump in the Russia lie. "

https://www.thegatewaypundit.com/2021/01/breaking-president-trump-declassifies-russia-collusion-documents-sen-grassley-devin-nunes-given-copies/

President Trump Declassifies Russia Collusion Documents — Coming as Soon as Friday

On Tuesday The Gateway Pundit got word that President Trump was going to declassify all of the Russian hoax investigation documents. We reported previously that Deep State operatives, including people inside the White House and ostensibly on “his” side, were urging the President to keep the information from the public.

In fact, President Trump promised several times that he would release everything on the Russian hoax before he left office. On Thursday night Lou Dobbs reported that President Trump ordered the release of the Obamagate intelligence documents.

Lou Dobbs: President Trump is declassifying top-secret documents all related to Obamagate. That is the coordinated and years-long spying against a presidential candidate and ultimately the President of the United States and his administration, that of Donald J. Trump.

The documents will reportedly show the involvement in the United States and overseas to set up Donald Trump in the Russia lie.

 

 
From: WEBELIAHU DelphiPlus Member Icon1/18/21 6:13 AM 
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January 18, 2021

       “I believe that Crossfire Hurricane was one of the most incompetent and corrupt investigations in the history of the FBI and DOJ," said Graham (R-S.C). "The FISA court was lied to. Exculpatory information was withheld on those being investigated. The investigators, with some notable exceptions, were incredibly biased and used the powers of law enforcement for political purposes."

https://justthenews.com/accountability/russia-and-ukraine-scandals/satfbi-state-officials-aware-early-steele-made-major

FBI, State officials aware early on Steele made major mistake in Russia reporting

FBI kept silent about flaws in Steele reporting, one of which was widely known.

Shortly before the FBI used his dossier to secure a surveillance warrant targeting the Trump campaign, Christopher Steele met with State Department officials and relayed information suggesting Moscow was running an operation out of the Russian consulate in Miami.

There was just one problem with his intelligence: The Russians didn't have a consulate in Florida's largest city.

The anecdote, captured in contemporaneous memos and newly released testimony, illustrates just how bad some of Steele's intelligence reporting was and how widely that was known inside the FBI, even as the Foreign Intelligence Surveillance Court was being assured by the bureau that Steele was deemed credible and there was no derogatory information about his work.

Kenneth Laycock, the FBI's current Executive Assistant Director, was a section chief for Eurasian intelligence in fall 2016 when Steele made a visit to Deputy Assistant Secretary of State Kathleen Kavalec at the State Department.

During the October 2016 meeting, Steele admitted he was leaking to the news media while working as an FBI informant, a violation of his confidential human source agreement. (He later was terminated for it.) And he also relayed the anecdote about the Russian operation out of the Miami consulate, which officials immediately flagged as false, according to Kavalec's own notes of the meeting.

"It is important to note that there is no Russian Consulate in Miami," Kavalec wrote.

Laycock said Kavalec relayed her concerns to the FBI and that others working on the now-discredited Russia collusion investigation codenamed Crossfire Hurricane were also aware of Steele's mistake.

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The anecdote is just another piece of evidence of how much the FBI knew about the flaws in Steele's reporting but kept from the courts and Congress. Senate Judiciary Committee chairman Lindsey Graham said Friday the Russia collusion probe was "a massive system failure by senior leadership."

“I believe that Crossfire Hurricane was one of the most incompetent and corrupt investigations in the history of the FBI and DOJ," said Graham (R-S.C). "The FISA court was lied to. Exculpatory information was withheld on those being investigated. The investigators, with some notable exceptions, were incredibly biased and used the powers of law enforcement for political purposes."

Graham on Friday released nearly a dozen transcripts of interviews his committee did with key players in the Russia probe as a prelude to President Trump's expected declassification of a trove of FBI documents expected to show widespread abuses and failures in the probe.

 

 
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January 20, 2021

       "Officials said they expected the first materials to surface in public by midday Wednesday."

          As I write this, that's today.

https://justthenews.com/accountability/russia-and-ukraine-scandals/breaking-trump-formally-declassifies-russia-documents

Trump formally declassifies Russia documents over objections of FBI

Trump says he approved materials in a foot-tall binder of FBI documents "be declassified to the maximum extent possible."

Just hours before departing office, President Trump on Tuesday evening formally completed the declassification of a large trove of Russia probe documents, overruling objections posed by the FBI in a last bid effort to keep memos secret.

Trump revealed in a statement issued by the White House that the materials were not previously shared with Congress or the public and he received them on Dec. 30 in a binder, determining they ought to be made public. The binder is about a foot tall, according to officials who have seen it.

"I determined that the materials in that binder should be declassified to the maximum extent possible," the president said.

The effort to release the materials, however, hit a bump when the FBI objected on Sunday to a complete release of the information. The president nonetheless ordered them released but allowed for some modest redactions to be made.

"As part of the iterative process of the declassification review, under a cover letter dated January 17, 2021, the Federal Bureau of Investigation noted its continuing objection to any further declassification of the materials in the binder and also, on the basis of a review that included Intelligence Community equities, identified the passages that it believed it was most crucial to keep from public disclosure. I have determined to accept the redactions proposed for continued classification by the FBI in that January 17 submission."

Just the News has already reported the materials include an FBI memo summarizing an interview agents did in fall 2017 with anti-Trump dossier author Christopher Steele, in which he acknowledged his motives for leaking the Russia collusion narrative during the 2016 U.S. election as well as tasking orders for another confidential human source to spy on the Trump campaign by posing as someone seeking a job.

Officials said they expected the first materials to surface in public by midday Wednesday.

 

 
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January 20, 2021

       "Officials said they expected the first materials to surface in public by midday Wednesday."

          As I write this, that's today.

https://justthenews.com/accountability/russia-and-ukraine-scandals/breaking-trump-formally-declassifies-russia-documents

Trump formally declassifies Russia documents over objections of FBI

Trump says he approved materials in a foot-tall binder of FBI documents "be declassified to the maximum extent possible."

Just hours before departing office, President Trump on Tuesday evening formally completed the declassification of a large trove of Russia probe documents, overruling objections posed by the FBI in a last bid effort to keep memos secret.

Trump revealed in a statement issued by the White House that the materials were not previously shared with Congress or the public and he received them on Dec. 30 in a binder, determining they ought to be made public. The binder is about a foot tall, according to officials who have seen it.

"I determined that the materials in that binder should be declassified to the maximum extent possible," the president said.

The effort to release the materials, however, hit a bump when the FBI objected on Sunday to a complete release of the information. The president nonetheless ordered them released but allowed for some modest redactions to be made.

"As part of the iterative process of the declassification review, under a cover letter dated January 17, 2021, the Federal Bureau of Investigation noted its continuing objection to any further declassification of the materials in the binder and also, on the basis of a review that included Intelligence Community equities, identified the passages that it believed it was most crucial to keep from public disclosure. I have determined to accept the redactions proposed for continued classification by the FBI in that January 17 submission."

Just the News has already reported the materials include an FBI memo summarizing an interview agents did in fall 2017 with anti-Trump dossier author Christopher Steele, in which he acknowledged his motives for leaking the Russia collusion narrative during the 2016 U.S. election as well as tasking orders for another confidential human source to spy on the Trump campaign by posing as someone seeking a job.

Officials said they expected the first materials to surface in public by midday Wednesday.

 

 
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February 16, 2021

        "That said, we are not able to sufficiently corroborate the reporting to include it in the body of the report."

https://justthenews.com/accountability/russia-and-ukraine-scandals/comey-told-intel-chief-steele-dossier-was-not

Smoking gun: Comey told Clapper FBI unable to 'sufficiently corroborate' Steele — then signed FISA

In January 2017 email to intel chief coughed up under court order, the former FBI director contradicted sworn avowal to FISA court that Steele dossier was verified.

The very day in January 2017 that then-FBI Director James Comey signed a FISA surveillance warrant application declaring content from Christopher Steele's dossier had been "verified," he wrote President Obama's outgoing intelligence community chief with a very different assessment of the British spy's intelligence on Russia collusion, a newly released memo shows.

"We are not able to sufficiently corroborate the reporting," Comey wrote in a Jan. 12, 2017 email to then-Director of National Intelligence James Clapper that was declassified and made public through an open records lawsuit by the Southeastern Legal Foundation.

The memo recounts an internal debate inside the U.S. intelligence community during one of the most delicate moments in the FBI's then six-month old Crossfire Hurricane probe.

CIA officials had already informed Comey's FBI that the target of the FISA warrant, Carter Page, wasn't a Russian spy but rather an asset helping U.S. intelligence. The bureau had received warnings about Steele and the reliability of his source network, including that it might have been compromised by Russian disinformation. Agents had also just recommended on Jan. 4, 2017 shutting down the probe's inquiry into incoming National Security Adviser Michael Flynn for lack of evidence.

The FBI had been warned the previous summer that Hillary Clinton's campaign may have planted the false Russia collusion story as a way to "vilify" Trump and distract from her email scandal, and agents were about to interview Steele's primary sub-source, who would discount much of the information in the dossier attributed to him as bar talk and unconfirmed rumor not worthy of official intelligence.

And the larger intelligence community had decided it did not want to vouch for the Steele dossier in its official Intelligence Community Assessment about Russian meddling in the 2016 U.S. election.

It was in that environment in the final days of the Obama administration that Clapper had written Comey earlier on Jan. 12, 2017 to inform the FBI that Clapper had decided to release a public statement declaring that the Steele dossier was only mentioned in an appendix to the intel community's report because the "IC has not made any judgment that the information in the document is reliable."

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Then Comey added the line that undercut his argument: "That said, we are not able to sufficiently corroborate the reporting to include it in the body of the report."

You can read the full memo here:

 

 
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February 22, 2021

        "But if ever there were red lights screaming for the FBI to end the counterintelligence probe, they were flashing during a harrowing 20-day window in January 2017 as Barack Obama was leaving office and Trump was coming in...During that period, "nearly every major assumption of the FBI's Russia collusion theory was gutted."

https://www.wnd.com/2021/02/russia-collusion-debunked-trump-took-office/

Russia collusion debunked before Trump took office

Newly declassified documents show the 'evidence yelled stop'

Newly declassified memos show the Trump-Russia collusion conspiracy theory was debunked before President Trump took office, reports John Solomon of Just the News.

Instead Trump's opponents pursued their investigations for more than two more years, culminating with Robert Mueller's special counsel probe, which couldn't find evidence to support the claim.

Solomon reported the new evidence confirms there were "warning signs" throughout the probe. FBI agents were told that the Hillary Clinton-funded Steele dossier, which was used to obtain warrants to spy on the Trump campaign, likely had been compromised by Russian intelligence disinformation.

And the agents learned, Solomon wrote, that Clinton herself "might be carrying out an epic dirty political trick to vilify Trump with false information to distract from her own scandals."

"But if ever there were red lights screaming for the FBI to end the counterintelligence probe, they were flashing during a harrowing 20-day window in January 2017 as Barack Obama was leaving office and Trump was coming in," he wrote.

During that period, "nearly every major assumption of the FBI's Russia collusion theory was gutted."

The newly declassified evidence confirmed a Senate Intelligence Committee report that found no evidence that the Trump campaign conspired with the Russian government to influence the 2016 election.

The report featured a scathing criticism of the FBI's handling of the dossier produced by former British spy Christopher Steele.

"The FBI gave the Steele Dossier unjustified credence, based on an incomplete understanding of Steele’s past reporting record," the report said. "The Committee found that, within the FBI, the dossier was given a veneer of credibility by lax procedures and layered misunderstandings."

For one thing, agents ignored the fact that Steele had been dismissed as an intel source because of his leaks to media.

In the declassified documents, Solomon said, there was "no derogatory information" about Trump adviser Mike Flynn. Two separate informant recordings verified adviser Carter Page's innocence, and U.S. intel operatives found that a key claim by Steele was Russian disinformation.

"And yet somehow, some way, the FBI accelerated the investigation even though overwhelming evidence showed — as lead investigative agent Peter Strzok would later text his colleague — there was 'no big there, there,'" Solomon wrote.

He quoted a senior law enforcement official saying, "The evidence yelled stop, and we just hit the go button anyways."

Those activities could be under review by U.S. Attorney John Durham, who was appointed by former Attorney General William Barr to investigate the Obama administration's Trump-Russia probe.

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Only about 15% of the thousands of pages of material Trump ordered declassified have been released.

 

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