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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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From: WEBELIAHU DelphiPlus Member Icon1/14/21 7:33 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.

 

 
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.

 

 
From: WEBELIAHU DelphiPlus Member Icon1/20/21 1:04 PM 
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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.

 

 
From: WEBELIAHU DelphiPlus Member Icon1/20/21 1:05 PM 
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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.

 

 
From: WEBELIAHU DelphiPlus Member Icon2/16/21 8:18 AM 
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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:

 

 
From: WEBELIAHU DelphiPlus Member Icon2/22/21 8:40 AM 
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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.

 

 
From: WEBELIAHU DelphiPlus Member Icon3/1/21 6:38 AM 
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March 1, 2021

         "Halper provided significant exculpatory evidence to the FBI — including transcripts of conversations he recorded of targeted Trump advisers providing statements of innocence — that was never disclosed to the Foreign Intelligence Surveillance (FISA) Court that approved a year of surveillance targeting the Trump campaign, and specifically Page."

https://justthenews.com/subscribe/register?utm_source=justthenews.com&utm_medium=website&utm_campaign=exit-popup

Once-secret FBI informant reports reveal wider-ranging operation to spy on Trump campaign

Once-secret reports show the FBI effort to spy on the Trump campaign was far wider than previously disclosed, as agents directed an undercover informant to make secret recordings, pressed for intelligence on numerous GOP figures, and sought to find "anyone in the Trump campaign" with ties to Russia who could acquire dirt "damaging to Hillary Clinton."

The now-declassified operational handling reports for FBI confidential human source Stefan Halper — codenamed "Mitch" — provide an unprecedented window both into the tactics used by the bureau to probe the Trump campaign and the wide dragnet that was cast to target numerous high-level officials inside the GOP campaign just weeks before Americans chose their next president in the November 2016 election.

 Among the revelations, the memos make clear that:

  • Almost immediately after the FBI opened a Russia collusion probe on July 31, 2016 narrowly focused on the foreign lobbying of a single Trump campaign aide named George Papadopoulos, agents pressed Halper for information on more than a half dozen other figures, including future Attorney General Jeff Sessions, foreign policy adviser Sam Clovis, campaign chairman Paul Manafort, economic adviser Peter Navarro, future National Security Adviser Michael Flynn and campaign adviser Carter Page.
  • Halper provided significant exculpatory evidence to the FBI — including transcripts of conversations he recorded of targeted Trump advisers providing statements of innocence — that was never disclosed to the Foreign Intelligence Surveillance Court that approved a year of surveillance targeting the Trump campaign, and specifically Page.
  • While current FBI Director Chris Wray has insisted the bureau did not engage in spying on the Trump campaign, Halper's taskings include many of the tradecraft tactics of espionage, including the creation of a fake cover story (he wanted a job at the Trump campaign), secret recordings, providing background on targets, suggested questions to ask and even contact information for potential targets.

But the memos' most explosive revelations are the sheer breadth of the FBI's insufficiently predicated dragnet targeting the Trump campaign, and the agents' clearly stated purpose of thwarting any Trump campaign effort to get dirt from Russia that could hurt his Democratic rival.

"The Crossfire Hurricane investigative team is attempting to determine if anyone in the Trump campaign is in a position to have received information either directly or indirectly from the Russian Federation regarding the anonymous release of information during the campaign that would be damaging to Hillary Clinton," one of the early FBI electronic communications (ECs) from Halper's undercover work stated.

You can read the memos here.

Ordinarily, FBI counterintelligence investigations that target Americans legally must be predicated on specific allegations that narrowly focus the bureau's spy powers on limited targets to avoid unnecessary infringement of privacy and civil liberties. But the Halper documents reveal a large, unfocused FBI search with little substantiation of alleged wrongdoing, and significant evidence that undermined the core allegations, experts told Just the News.

Former FBI Assistant Director for Intelligence Kevin Brock said the information about Papadopoulos' foreign lobbying that the bureau used to open the Russia collusion probe failed to meet the bureau's own legal standards to justify the larger dragnet that encompassed Page and many other Trump officials.

 

 
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March 1, 2021

https://justthenews.com/accountability/russia-and-ukraine-scandals/john-durham-steps-down-us-attorney-will-remain-charge-if

John Durham steps down as U.S. attorney but will remain in charge of Russia probe

Resignation in Connecticut was expected, Durham to move to DC to finish Russia probe.

John Durham, a decorated career prosecutor, announced Friday he is stepping down at the end of the month as a U.S. attorney in Connecticut but will continue as special prosecutor investigating the origins of the Russia collusion probe that dogged the early Trump presidency.

Durham's announcement, which was widely expected as part of the transition inside the Biden Justice Department, allows him to focus on wrapping up the Russia investigation from Washington DC where the probe has been ongoing since 2019.

“My career has been as fulfilling as I could ever have imagined when I graduated from law school way back in 1975,” Durham said. “Much of that fulfillment has come from all the people with whom I’ve been blessed to share this workplace, and in our partner law enforcement agencies. My love and respect for this Office and the vitally important work done here have never diminished.”

Durham will be succeeded in Connecticut in the interim by his deputy Leonard Boyle.

Durham’s special counsel probe is focused on whether the FBI inappropriately opened an investigation into the Trump campaign in the summer of 2016 or committed any criminal acts by continuing the investigation and seeking FISA warrants that contained inaccurate or omitted information.

He has secured one criminal conviction of the former FBI lawyer Kevin Clinesmith for doctoring evidence submitted to the FISA court. And in December, the Justice Department signaled Durham’s investigation had found further criminal activity, upgrading him to the position of special counsel.

 

 
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March 10, 2021

        "Despite secret recordings showing Carter Page clearly had no idea about any Russian connections to the campaign, or people within it...the FBI still went forward with a Title-1 FISA surveillance warrant against Page and never informed the court of the exculpatory recordings."

https://www.thegatewaypundit.com/2021/03/confirmed-fbi-hired-known-drug-addict-stefan-halper-set-bring-president-united-states-anyone-connected/

FBI Hired Known Drug Addict Stefan Halper to Set Up and Bring Down the President of the United States and Anyone Connected to Him

It’s now confirmed that the FBI used a known drug addict in an effort to set up and bring down the President of the United States, Donald J. Trump, and anyone connected to him.

This is today’s FBI – set up innocent individuals with crimes while ignoring real obvious crimes like those involved in the 2020 election.

In late February documents were released surrounding one of the FBI’s spies hired to set up and discredit members of the Trump team in 2016.  The Conservative Treehouse noted:

The FBI documents outline how Stefan Halper was enlisted by the FBI for their operation to target the campaign of Donald Trump in 2016. Halper agreed to become a confidential human source (CHS) or spy for the FBI, and record contacts with several members of the Trump campaign in order to frame the Russian collusion narrative.

Despite secret recordings showing Carter Page clearly had no idea about any Russian connections to the campaign, or people within it; and despite Page clearly rebuking any effort to draw those inferences; the FBI still went forward with a Title-1 FISA surveillance warrant against Page and never informed the court of the exculpatory recordings.

The documents were released by John Solomon at Just the News:

The memos show that the FBI instructed Halper in August 2016 not to focus on Papadopoulos first, but rather on Page, whom the FBI described as an “opportune target.” Papadopoulos was given the code name Crossfire Typhoon (CT), while Page was given the codename Crossfire Dragon (CD) in the memos.

“The main goal of the operation is to have CD admit that he has direct knowledge of and is either helping coordinate or assisting the RF [Russian Federation] conduct an active measure campaign with the ‘Trump Team,’” stated an Aug. 24, 2016 report detailing the FBI’s interactions with Halper that week.

If the Page operation failed, the FBI “team would then change its posture and move forward with an operation against CROSSFIRE TYPHOON,” the memos stated.

It was all a setup – there was no crime but the FBI wanted to create one.

 

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