Posted by: Dr Churchill | July 11, 2018

SpyGate (Chapter Thirty Seven)

SpyGate
This book details the evidence and the reasons behind the recently failed Coup D’Etat against the American Democracy.
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“This is the most important existential threat that our country has faced since the inception of this Republic” —Dr Churchill
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This Book was written by Dr Pano Churchill
Copyright 2018
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Chapter Thirty Seven
“The Complicity of the FBI and it’s FISA abuse process, in the Coup D’Etat against America assisted by the NSA erasing all traces of their surveillance and by the Press & the MSM in pre-emptying public outrage about their NAZI/STASI methods”

 

Because we are still under the Spirit of Independence — July being Independence month — here below are some excerpts from a great speech on the 150th Anniversary of the Declaration of Independence by President Calvin Coolidge, on July 5th 1926:

“There is something beyond the establishment of a new nation, great as that event would be, in the Declaration of Independence which has ever since caused it to be regarded as one of the great charters that not only was to liberate America but was everywhere to ennoble humanity.”

“It was not because it was proposed to establish a new nation, but because it was proposed to establish a nation on new principles, that July 4, 1776, has come to be regarded as one of the greatest days in history.”

“Three very definite propositions were set out in its preamble regarding the nature of mankind and therefore of government. These were the doctrine that all men are created equal, that they are endowed with certain unalienable rights, and that therefore the source of the just powers of government must be derived from the consent of the governed.”

“If no one is to be accounted as born into a superior station, if there is to be no ruling class, and if all possess rights which can neither be bartered away nor taken from them by any earthly power, it follows as a matter of course that the practical authority of the Government has to rest on the consent of the governed.”

“If all men are created equal, that is final. If they are endowed with unalienable rights, that is final. If governments derive their just powers from the consent of the governed, that is final. No advance, no progress can be made beyond these propositions.”

“If anyone wishes to deny their truth or their soundness, the only direction in which he can proceed historically is not forward, but backward toward the time when there was no equality, no rights of the individual, no rule of the people. Those who wish to proceed in that direction can not lay claim to progress. They are reactionary. Their ideas are not more modern, but more ancient, than those of the Revolutionary fathers.”

“Amid all the clash of conflicting interests, amid all the welter of partisan politics, every American can turn for solace and consolation to the Declaration of Independence and the Constitution of the United States with the assurance and confidence that those two great charters of freedom and justice remain firm and unshaken.”

“In all the essentials we have achieved an equality which was never possessed by any other people. Even in the less important matter of material possessions we have secured a wider and wider distribution of wealth. The rights of the individual are held sacred and protected by constitutional guaranties which even the Government itself is bound not to violate.”

“If there is any one thing among us that is established beyond question, it is self-government – the right of the people to rule. If there is any failure in respect to any of these principles, it is because there is a failure on the part of individuals to observe them.”

“Governments do not make ideals, but ideals make governments.”

These excerpts come from a historic and powerful speech given by a quiet and thoughtful man President Calvin Coolidge, and delivered on a July 5th 1926 speech. One can read this speech in its entirety – as it is about the Constitution and our Natural Liberty and Independence that we have placed in mortal danger today.

It was our Declaration of Independence on July 2 1776 – a true and thoughtful act of real bravery – that led to the signing of our Constitution on September 18, 1787, eleven years later. These two towering documents – the Declaration of Independence and our Constitution – are uniquely intertwined in history.

From the introduction and preamble of our Declaration of Independence:

“When in the Course of human events, it becomes necessary for one people to dissolve the political bands which have connected them with another, and to assume among the powers of the earth, the separate and equal station to which the Laws of Nature and of Nature’s God entitle them, a decent respect to the opinions of mankind requires that they should declare the causes which impel them to the separation.”

“We hold these truths to be self-evident, that all men are created equal, that they are endowed by their Creator with certain unalienable Rights, that among these are Life, Liberty and the pursuit of Happiness. That to secure these rights, Governments are instituted among Men, deriving their just powers from the consent of the governed. That whenever any Form of Government becomes destructive of these ends, it is the Right of the People to alter or to abolish it, and to institute new Government, laying its foundation on such principles and organizing its powers in such form, as to them shall seem most likely to effect their Safety and Happiness.”

Our Declaration of Independence laid the foundation for our Constitution, and therefore our nation. For our Declaration of Independence called not only for independence from Britain but for the establishment of an entirely new set of governing principles.

As so rightly noted by President Coolidge:

“Three very definite propositions were set out in its preamble regarding the nature of mankind and therefore of government. These were the doctrine that all men are created equal, that they are endowed with certain unalienable rights, and that therefore the source of the just powers of government must be derived from the consent of the governed.”

“Those opening words from the Declaration of Independence ultimately led to our nation being gifted the greatest of American documents – our Constitution. A doctrine sprung from simple yet powerful principles contained in our Declaration – equality and unalienable rights which, in turn, require a government of, by, and for the people.”

“A mere 4,400 words (7,600 including the Amendments) and just four simple pages comprise the Constitution’s entirety. It is the oldest – and shortest – written Constitution in the world. And yet, it can be said nothing more important than the creation of those four pages has occurred in our history as a nation.”

“Benjamin Franklin wept as he signed the Constitution – 81 years old and so infirm he required assistance – and yet he came, and he signed. And he wept.”

“Because he understood the moment given to him.”

“On leaving the Pennsylvania State House, Franklin was asked the type of government just created. Franklin responded, “A Republic, madam. If you can keep it”.”

“And somehow, someway, we have kept it through all these years.

“Yet, with great gifts come great responsibilities…”

“Great sacrifices have been made by many in defense of this great nation…”

“So that these States become and remain United and Free.”

“Our Declaration of Independence put forth a bold new set of governing principles based on inherent rights, forever held by its citizens. Unalienable rights which require and demand that government may exist only with the consent of those governed.”

“Celebrate that fact on this National Day – the Birthday of the United States of America…”

And yet here today we are trying to destroy all of that, ourselves, because we have allowed a Coup D’Etat in the making by the Nazi Gestapo and the Stasi of America, the FBI and the NSA respectively, to indulge themselves in this self serving hoax of the Russia witch-hunt against our President and against the Independence of our Republic.

That is why today, the Chairman of the Senate Intelligence Committee Senator Nunes asks President Trump to declassify all documents related and referred on the FISA warrants used to spy on the Candidate Donald J Trump Electoral Campaign.

Senator Nunes asks this simply because after all his research and all the interviews with all concerned — he now fully knows that the FISA warrants were “100 PERCENT FRAUDULENT” and were simply a tool to ensnare the President into a conundrum manufactured by Hillary Clinton.

The FBI and Justice Department officials gave Associated Press reporters a green light on information they gathered which ended up in a negative story on former Trump campaign manager Paul Manafort.

The OK came at what appears to be an unusual summit between four AP reporters, the FBI and Andrew Weissmann at Justice Department offices. Mr. Weissmann is a senior lawyer for Special Counsel Robert Mueller and is prosecuting the jailed Mr. Manafort in Virginia and D.C.

Mr. Weissmann set up the meeting on April 11, 2017, while heading the Justice Department’s fraud division, according to two internal FBI emails. He joined Mr. Mueller’s staff the next month and brought indictments against Mr. Manafort, starting in October 2017.

The indictments are nearly a carbon copy of what AP reporters told Mr. Weissmann and the FBI they had found on Mr. Manafort: Money laundering payments made by Ukrainian politicians; tax evasion on those funds and failure to register under the Foreign Agent Registration Act (FARA).

The public now knows about the AP-FBI alliance because Kevin Downing, Mr. Manafort’s attorney, has waged an aggressive campaign to force Mr. Mueller to disclose evidence. In this case, Mr. Downing accuses the government of leaking grand jury proceedings and false information about his client, feeding news stories that malign Mr. Manafort in the eyes of potential jurors.

Mr. Mueller began turning over documents, two of which are FBI memos from agents recounting their AP pow-wow. Mr. Downing then filed the memos in open court to bolster his request to U.S. District Court Judge T.S. Ellis to hold a hearing, with witnesses, on whether the Mueller team or FBI violated grand jury secrecy rules.

Around the damn same time, “suddenly” the NSA made the following announcement in the end of June 2018: “Consistent with NSA’s core values of respect for the law, accountability, integrity, and transparency we are making public notice that on May 23, 2018, NSA began deleting all call detail records (CDRs) acquired since 2015 under Title V of the Foreign Intelligence Surveillance Act (FISA).”

The Government relies on Title V of FISA to obtain CDRs, which do not include the content of any calls. In accordance with this law, the Government obtains these CDRs, following a specific court-authorized process.

NSA is deleting the CDRs because several months ago NSA analysts noted technical irregularities in some data received from telecommunications service providers. These irregularities also resulted in the production to NSA of some CDRs that NSA was not authorized to receive. Because it was infeasible to identify and isolate properly produced data, NSA concluded that it should not use any of the CDRs. Consequently, NSA, in consultation with the Department of Justice and the Office of the Director of National Intelligence, decided that the appropriate course of action was to delete all CDRs.

NSA notified the Congressional Oversight Committees, the Privacy and Civil Liberties Oversight Board, and the Department of Justice of this decision. The Department of Justice, in turn, notified the Foreign Intelligence Surveillance Court. The root cause of the problem has since been addressed for future CDR acquisitions, and NSA has reviewed and revalidated its intelligence reporting to ensure that the reports were based on properly received CDRs.

The NSA is effectively noting that collected call logs are infected with errors. The NSA cannot isolate or fix these errors. As a result, the NSA is actively purging all the data they have ever collected.

By all data I mean every bit of data collected under the USA Freedom Act of 2015 (Fact sheet here). About 685 million call logs.

Which is pretty odd given that this matter was supposedly addressed back in early 2017. From Page 23 of the April 26, 2017 FISA Court Ruling:

As embodied in the March 30, 2017 submission, the government has chosen a new course: [Redacted]; sequestering and then destroying raw upstream Internet data previously collected; and substantially narrowing the scope of upstream collection .

Most significantly, the government will eliminate “abouts” collection altogether, which will have the effect of eliminating acquisition of the more problematic types of MCTs. These changes should substantially reduce the acquisition of non-pertinent information concerning U.S. persons pursuant to Section 702.

My first reaction was this must be related to the age-off process described in the FISA Court Ruling: “NSA will destroy such sequestered Internet transactions as soon as practicable through an accelerated age-off process. The government represents that the age-off may take up to one year to complete and verify.”

But the press release was clear: “NSA is deleting the CDRs because several months ago NSA analysts noted technical irregularities in some data received from telecommunications service providers.”

This doesn’t feel like a corrective action.

This feels like a purge.

President Trump sent out what I consider a telling tweet:

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Donald J. Trump

@realDonaldTrump
“Wow! The NSA has deleted 685 million phone calls and text messages. Privacy violations? They blame technical irregularities. Such a disgrace. The Witch Hunt continues!”
7:18 AM – Jul 3, 2018
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Now ask yourself why this tweet was sent the same day not as the NSA deletions were disclosed, but when the Mueller leaking to the Press the Grand Jury proceedings?

After all, the NSA made the announcement on June 28, 2018.

President Trump did NOT just find out about the NSA’s actions in destroying evidence of their malfeasance, and of the FBI and CIA spying on Americans and on an electoral campaign, nor about the ungodly amount of surveillance they had engaged against his campaign and against himself…

This is why the President referenced “The Witch Hunt” in his Twitter message about this matter of erasing all of 685 million conversations, phone call internets, recordings, and text messages. Imagine that. Just imagine the amount of stuff that the NSA just deleted: All 685 million phone calls and text messages, of the surveillance output of the Trump team surveillance and then tell me if they learned that trick from Hillary fvckin Clinton or what…

That’s what the President’s tweet felt like something much more serious than the NSA shitheads doing in their daily routine.

At the same time the compromised and fairly corrupt Democrats of the Senate Intelligence Committee sent out the following press release from Senator Burr’s office:

“The Committee finds that the Intelligence Community met President Obama’s tasking and that the ICA is a sound intelligence product. While the Committee had to rely on agencies that the sensitive information and accesses had been accurately reported, as part of our inquiry the Committee reviewed analytic procedures, interviewed senior intelligence officers well-versed with the information, and based our findings on the entire body of intelligence reporting included in the ICA.”

“The Committee finds the difference in confidence levels between the NSA and the CIA and FBI on the assessment that Putin and the Russian Government aspired to help President-elect Trump’s election chances” appropriately represents analytic differences and was reached in a professional and transparent manner.”

“In all the interviews of those who drafted and prepared the ICA, the Committee heard consistently that analysts were under no politically motivated pressure to reach any conclusions. All analysts expressed that they were free to debate, object to content, and assess confidence levels, as is normal and proper for the analytic process.”

Can you even get this much horseshit in one day?

The very name “Senate Intelligence Committee” is probably, the Mother of all Oxymorons. A committee fit for morons.

Despite attempts at explanation, Admiral Mike Rogers and the NSA did disagree with the Intelligence Community Assessment by stating that: “CIA and FBI have high confidence in this judgment; NSA has only moderate confidence.”

Actually, NSA Director Admiral Mike Rogers stated in Senate hearing testimony that his confidence did not reach even this threshold: “I wouldn’t call it a discrepancy, I’d call it an honest difference of opinion between three different organizations and in the end I made that call. It didn’t have the same level of sourcing and the same level of multiple sources.”

Admiral Rogers made this statement during Congressional Testimony. The loose translation of it is: “Liar, liar, pants on fire.”

Others shared his view.

The House Intelligence Committee released a declassified version of their complete report on Russian election interference – Report on Russian Active Measures. It noted the following:

“Finding #16: The Intelligence Community Assessment judgments on Putin’s strategic intentions did not employ proper analytic tradecraft.”

FISA Abuse & the FBI, are synonymous. As a matter of fact the incredible level of FISA Abuse by the FBI was uncovered by Admiral Mike Rogers and it is worth noting here that nobody yet got penalized for it…

As if this wasn’t enough, we also received notification on the Awan Case that: “The DOJ elected not to prosecute Imran Awan, as an assistant US attorney said Tuesday that he would not prosecute Imran Awan, a former systems administrator for Rep. Debbie Wasserman Schultz and other Democrats, for any crimes on Capitol Hill in a plea agreement that had him plead guilty to one count of bank fraud.

The Department of Justice said that: “It had found no evidence that Imran illegally removed House data from the House network or from House Members’ offices, stole the House Democratic Caucus Server, stole or destroyed House information technology equipment, or improperly accessed or transferred government information.”

The Awan Case has always been an odd one, but it fits in the larger scheme of things because if linked to the NSA’s CDR and text deletions, it feels remarkably like the end result of some far larger game being played on a field we can’t see, let alone being allowed to play on.

Now, Devin Nunes has sent a letter to Chairman Gowdy and Chairman Goodlatte.

In it, Nunes refers 17 highly recognizable names to the joint task force of the Committees on Oversight & Government Reform and the Judiciary for interviews.

Note that the names cut off at a certain political level. Below Sally Yates at DOJ, and below James Comey at the FBI, and bellow John Kerry at State. This is certainly by intent.

Without the IG Report on FISA Abuse, it’s too early to move any higher.

As unsatisfying as this may be, I consider it to be a good start. Most of these individuals – but not all – have left their positions so enforcement will prove interesting.

On July 5, 2018, Devin Nunes sent a third Referral Letter to Chairman Gowdy and Chairman Goodlatte.

A brief description of each individual is provided.

Nunes has now referred forty-two individuals to the joint task force of Committees on Oversight & Government Reform and the Judiciary for open-setting interviews. Most names should be recognizable to those following events.

The letter is as follows:

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“Dear Chairman Gowdy and Chairman Goodlatte:

The House Permanent Select Committee on Intelligence (the Committee) is conducting an ongoing investigation of FISA abuse and other matters related to certain actions taken by officials at the Federal Bureau of Investigation (FBI) and Department of Justice (DOJ).

During this investigation, the Committee discovered matters that likely fall within the purview of the joint task force of the Committees on Oversight & Government Reform and the Judiciary that is conducting ongoing oversight relating to FBI and DOJ. I refer to your task force these current and former FBI and DOJ employees who may have relevant information:

Trisha Anderson, DOJ lawyer
James Baker, former FBI general counsel
Gregory Brower, former FBI congressional liaison
John Carlin, former head of the DOJ’s national security division
Kevin Clinesmith, FBI lawyer
Tashina Gauhar, DOJ official
David Laufman, former head of DOJ’s counterintelligence division
Andrew McCabe, former FBI deputy director
Mary McCord, former DOJ lawyer
Jonathan Moffa, FBI official
Sally Moyer, FBI lawyer
Bruce Ohr, former associate deputy attorney general
Lisa Page, former FBI lawyer
Joseph Pientka, FBI agent
E.W. “Bill” Priestap, assistant director of the FBI counterintelligence division
Peter Strzok, FBI agent
George Toscas, DOJ official

For the sake of transparency and to keep the American people as fully informed as possible about these matters, the task force should consider interviewing these individuals in an open setting.”

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This was clearly a coordinated and planned effort. I would add a few names but overall this is a solid beginning.

The public information on the Carter Page FISA Application does not match the briefing Rosenstein received prior to signing the renewal. This is a highly significant revelation.

Those documents were sworn to – under oath – and vetted by FBI Agents. Consider the ramifications if they were false.

Perhaps its the leaks regarding what’s in the FISA Application that are false.

Rosenstein signed the final FISA Renewal – sometime around June 29, 2017. After Mueller’s appointment as Special Counsel on May 17, 2017.

On July 27 2017, IG Horowitz notified Mueller of the Strzok/Page texts. On August 2 2017, Rosenstein issued Mueller a revised “Scope of Investigation & Definition of Authority” Memo. It was heavily redacted.

I really want to see the instructions laid out in that Memo. I also want to know when and if Rosenstein discovered discrepancies regarding his briefing for the FISA Renewal. And what those discrepancies might be.

If Rosenstein was correctly briefed and the press reports are wrong, who leaked the information and how does it differ from the actual FISA Application.

The significance of Rosenstein’s statement is completely diminished by his portrayal.

Here’s a transcript of the Gaetz/Rosenstein Exchange:

“Rep. Gaetz: Did you read the FISA application before you signed it?

Deputy AG Rosenstein: I won’t comment about any FISA application.

Rep. Gaetz: You won’t say to the committee whether or not you read the document you signed that authorized spying on people associated with the Trump campaign.

Deputy AG Rosenstein: I dispute your characterization of what that FISA is about, sir.”

Rosenstein’s statement “I dispute your characterization of what that FISA is about” is inconsistent, because Page had left the Trump Campaign prior to the FISA Issuance. Nevertheless, the Page FISA Warrant allowed for two-step surveillance. People associated with Page – like those still involved in the Trump Campaign – could also be surveilled.

Now we get the payoff, because deputy AG Rosenstein said this at the time: “My responsibility at that time was to approve the filing of FISA applications. Because only three people in the department are authorized to sign it, the Attorney General, the Deputy, and the Assistant Attorney General for national security, which was vacant at the time.”

“We sit down with a team of attorneys from the Department of Justice. All of whom review that and provide a briefing for us for what’s in it. And I’ve reviewed that one in some detail, and I can tell you the information about that doesn’t match with my understanding of the one that I signed, but I think it’s appropriate to let the Inspector General complete that investigation. These are serious allegations. I don’t do the investigation — I’m not the affiant. I’m reviewing the finished product, sir.”

“If the Inspector General finds that I did something wrong then I’ll respect that judgment, but I think it is highly, highly unlikely given the way the process works.”

The Page FISA Application was discussed extensively in both the Nunes Memo and the Grassley Memo. It was later discussed in the Schiff Memo.

The Page FISA Application was viewed by the following members of Congress no later than January 31, 2018:

Chuck Grassley
Bob Goodlatte
Trey Gowdy
Lindsey Graham
Jerrold Nadler (or staff)
John Ratcliffe
Adam Schiff
Dianne Feinstein
Sheldon Whitehouse
On April 6, 2018, Assistant Attorney General Stephen Boyd took the unusual step of allowing all House and Senate Intelligence Committee Members to view the FISA Application (Boyd’s letter here):

The Department and the FBI agree to permit all members of the Committee to review the FISA applications and renewals in camera at the Department. The Department considers this an extraordinary accommodation based on unique facts and circumstances.

We are also extending this review opportunity to the members of the Senate Select Committee on Intelligence.

The DOJ agreed to allow all members of the House Intelligence Committee and the Senate Intelligence Committee to review the Carter Page FISA Application.

And here we have the full significance of Rosenstein’s statement.

Rosenstein was stating that what he’d been formally briefed on by DOJ lawyers was different than what had been disclosed in any of the three Congressional Memos detailing the FISA Application.

What Rosenstein was formally briefed on was different than the FISA materials put before the House and Senate Intelligence Committees by the DOJ.

We know that Goodlatte wrote the presiding judge of the FISA Court, Rosemary M. Collyer on January 16, 2018, requesting the contents of the Carter Page FISA Application and Order. Judge Collyer’s response letter is here.

Collyer is the FISA Judge who wrote the 99 page April 26, 2017 Memorandum Opinion and Order regarding the findings by NSA Mike Rogers. This FISA Court ruling, unsealed by DNI Dan Coates, revealed some grave FISA abuses.

The implication of Goodlatte’s letter was significant. Goodlatte wanted to compare the FISA Court’s Carter Page FISA Applications with the ones provided to him – and later to the House and Senate Intelligence Committees.

Note: As far as I know, there was no follow-up from Goodlatte regarding Collyer’s response letter.

Goodlatte’s letter is all the more intriguing given Rosenstein’s statement – which leaves us with several possibilities, the briefing given to Rosenstein by DOJ lawyers was factually inaccurate (one set of FISA documents).
The FISA Application used to brief Rosenstein does not match the FISA Application presented to the FISA Court (two sets of FISA documents).
The FISA Application presented to the FISA Court does not match the FISA documents given to Congress (two sets of FISA documents).
The FISA Application given to the FISA Court does not match documents given to Congress or Rosenstein (three sets of documents).

All of the scenarios presented are extremely serious. Options 2-4 are the most serious given the required creation and existence of differing sets of actual documents. Option 4 is probably the least likely.

Although we are not privy to the actual FISA Documents, the Nunes, Grassley and Schiff Memos all detail the same basic information on the Page FISA Application.

Nunes Memo, on October 21, 2016, DOJ and FBI sought and received a FISA probable cause order (not under Title VII) authorizing electronic surveillance on Carter Page from the FISC. Page is a U.S. citizen who served as a volunteer advisor to the Trump presidential campaign.

The “dossier” compiled by Christopher Steele (Steele dossier) on behalf of the Democratic National Committee (DNC) and the Hillary Clinton campaign formed an essential part of the Carter Page FISA application.
The Carter Page FISA application also cited extensively a September 23, 2016, Yahoo News article by Michael Isikoff, which focuses on Page’s July 2016 trip to Moscow.

The Page FISA application also mentions information regarding fellow Trump campaign advisor George Papadopoulos, but there is no evidence of any cooperation or conspiracy between Page and Papadopoulos. The Papadopoulos information triggered the opening of an FBI counterintelligence investigation in late July 2016 by FBI agent Pete Strzok.

Grassley Memo: “On March 17, 2017, the Chairman and Ranking Member were provided copies of the two relevant FISA applications, which requested authority to conduct surveillance of Carter Page. Both relied heavily on Mr. Steele’s dossier claims, and both applications were granted by the Foreign Intelligence Surveillance Court (FISC).”

The documents we have reviewed show that the FBI took important investigative steps largely based on Mr. Steele’s information – and relying heavily on his credibility. Specifically, on October 21, 2016, the FBI filed its first warrant application under FISA for Carter Page. This initial application relies in part on alleged past Russian attempts to recruit Page years ago. That portion is less than five pages. The bulk of the application consists of allegations against Page that were disclosed to the FBI by Mr. Steele and are also outlined in the Steele dossier.

Although here Grassley again hints, that the FBI repeatedly represented to the court that Mr. Steele told the FBI he did not have unauthorized contacts with the press about the dossier prior to October 2016. The FISA applications make these claims specifically in the context of the September 2016 Yahoo News article. But Mr. Steele has admitted publicly before a court of law that he did have such contacts with the press at this time, and his former business partner Mr. Simpson has confirmed it to the Committee. Thus, the FISA applications are either materially false in claiming that Mr. Steele said he did not provide dossier information to the press prior to October 2016, or Mr. Steele made materially false statements to the FBI when he claimed he only provided the dossier information to his business partner and the FBI.

Schiff Memo on DOJ’s activities: October 21, 2016 FISA application and three subsequent renewals carefully outlined for the Court a multi-pronged rationale for surveilling Page, who, at the time of the first application, was no longer with the Trump Campaign. DOJ detailed Page’s past relationships with Russian spies and interaction with Russian officials during the 2016 campaign, [Redacted] DOJ cited multiple sources to support the case for surveilling Page – but made only narrow use of information from Steele’s sources about Page’s specific activities in 2016, chiefly his suspected July 2016 meetings in Moscow with Russian officials.

“As DOJ informed the Court in subsequent renewals, [Redacted] Steele’s reporting about Page’s Moscow meetings [Redacted] DOJ’s applications did not otherwise rely on Steele’s reporting, including any “salacious” allegations about Trump, and the FBI never paid Steele for this reporting.”

In its October 2016 FISA application and subsequent renewals, DOJ accurately informed the Court that: “The FBI initiated its counterintelligence investigation on July 31, 2016, after receiving information [Redacted].”

“FISA was not used to spy on Trump or his campaign. DOJ’s warrant request was based on compelling evidence and probable cause to believe Page was knowingly assisting clandestine Russian intelligence activities in the U.S.”

All three Memos provide slightly different takes from slightly different angles – but the primary information is essentially the same. A FISA Title I Warrant on Carter Page that relies heavily on information from the Steele Dossier.

So what exactly, was Deputy AG Rosenstein briefed on prior to signing that final FISA Application on or about June 29, 2017…

And which DOJ Lawyers did the Rosenstein briefing.

There is another issue as well. From my Rosenstein article:

Rosenstein signed the final FISA Renewal – sometime around June 29, 2017. After Mueller’s appointment as Special Counsel on May 17, 2017.

On July 27 2017, IG Horowitz notified Mueller of the Strzok/Page texts.

On August 2 2017, Rosenstein issued Mueller a revised “Scope of Investigation & Definition of Authority” Memo. It was heavily redacted.

When Rosenstein issued his revised directive to Mueller, he would have been doing so based on his FISA Briefing by the DOJ Lawyers.

We already know the Inspector General is investigating FISA Abuse. Now we know the IG is investigating the discrepancies noted by Rosenstein: “I can tell you the information about that doesn’t match with my understanding of the one that I signed, but I think it’s appropriate to let the Inspector General complete that investigation. These are serious allegations.”

There are two huge missing puzzle pieces. The unredacted contents of Rosenstein’s August 2, 2017 Memo to Mueller. And the FISA Court’s Carter Page FISA Application.

Much could be revealed from these two sets of documents.

Note: The Schiff Democrat Memo specifies that Page FISA Application and renewals were approved by four different Federal (FISA) Judges and appointed by the following: One by Reagan. One by G.H.W. Bush (elder). Two by G.W. Bush (younger).

Judge Contreras was appointed by Obama. Despite speculation, Contreras did not sign a Page FISA Application or Renewal.

Anne Conway signed a Page FISA Application or Renewal.

Either Raymond Drearie or Martin Feldman (FISA Court 5-19-10 to 5-18-17) signed FISA Application or Renewal.

Two of the following Judges signed a FISA Application or renewal: Collyer, Egan, Kugler, Mosman, Saylor…

Yours,

Dr Churchill

PS:

Here is the Nunes List of Forty-Two Names Referred to be Interviewed in an open session. The list is growing

On July 5, 2018, Devin Nunes sent a third Referral Letter to Chairman Gowdy and Chairman Goodlatte (earlier referrals discussed here). A brief description of each individual is provided.

Nunes has now referred forty-two individuals to the joint task force of Committees on Oversight & Government Reform and the Judiciary for open-setting interviews. Most names should be recognizable to those following events.

The names referred by Nunes are thus far loosely grouped into three categories:

DOJ & FBI Officials
State Department Officials & Some Obama/Clinton Officials
Non-government individuals. Many related to Fusion GPS
Once again, please note that names cut off at a certain political level. Below Sally Yates at DOJ. Below Comey at FBI. Below Kerry at State.

All Names appear to be tied/related to Steele Dossier.

The List being compiled by Nunes is beginning to encompass many of the significant middle-tier players in the Steele Dossier. Most of these individuals were intimately involved in the formation, use and/or dissemination of the Steele Dossier which led to the October FISA Warrant on Carter Page.

There are many inter-relations:

Bruce Ohr and Nellie Ohr are married. Bruce was a senior DOJ Official. Nellie works at Fusion GPS.
Shailagh Murray and Neil King are married. Murray was an Assistant to Obama and Senior Advisor for Strategic Communications. King works at Fusion GPS.
Glenn Simpson and Mary Jacoby are married. Simpson is the founder of Fusion GPS. Jacoby visited the White House the day after Mike Rogers shut down FBI/DOJ contractor access to the FISA Search System.
Most of these individuals had direct contact with many others on list. All are tied to the Steele Dossier in some fashion.

Note who & what is thus far missing:

Higher level names – Susan Rice, Samantha Power, Sally Yates, Loretta Lynch, James Comey, James Clapper, John Brennan, Rod Rosenstein, & all the FBI top brass during the Obama years.
Christopher Steele – Grassley has already referred.
FBI Agent Mike Gaeta – received permission from Nuland to meet with Steele in London.
David Kramer – At the direction of John McCain, Kramer would fly to London in November 2016 to meet with Dossier author Christopher Steele.
Adam Waldman – DC lawyer, lobbyist and registered foreign agent for Oleg Deripaska and Sergey Lavrov. Waldman offered Senator Warner access to Dossier author Christopher Steele (texts here).
Natalia Veselnitskaya – Attended Trump Tower Meeting w/Akhmetshin to argue against Magnitsky Act. Hired Fusion GPS for Prevezon in 2013 through law firm BakerHostetler.
Sergei Millian – Source D in Steel Dossier.
Also missing – but understandably so: Any foreign-related names – Alexander Downer, Stefan Halper, Joseph Mifsud. Any UK Intelligence names – Robert Hannigan, Sir Andrew Wood, Richard Dearlove.

Two other notable omissions: George Papadopulos, & Carter Page. There are many more names that should or could be included. For a more complete list of individuals with possible involvement or affiliation in Trump Surveillance, Steele Dossier and/or the Russia Narrative, read bellow, because Devin Nunes growing list of individuals referred to the joint task force for open-setting interviews are names that were cut off at a certain high political level. The list stops below Sally Yates at DOJ, below James Comey at FBI, and below John Kerry at the State Department. All these names appear to be related to the salacious Steele Dossier about Donald Trump in Moscow that was prepared on the orders of Hillary Clinton.

Original Names – Group 1 – June 29, 2018: This group is comprised of DOJ & FBI officials.

Trisha Anderson – DOJ lawyer – Adviser in the Justice Department’s Office of Legal Counsel, was previously an attorney at Attorney General Eric Holder’s former firm, Covington & Burling.

James Baker – Former FBI General Counsel – demoted and reassigned on December 20, 2017. Working member of “Insurance Policy” group. Senior-most legal counsel at FBI.

Gregory Brower – Former FBI Congressional Liaison. Assistant Director for the Office of Congressional Affairs. Resigned suddenly on March 30, 2018.

John Carlin – Former Assistant Attorney General – Head of DOJ’s National Security Division – announced resignation on September 27, 2016 after filing the Government’s proposed 2016 Section 702 certifications on September 26, 2016. The filing does not disclose known FISA Abuses.

Kevin Clinesmith – FBI lawyer. Outed as “FBI Attorney 2” on Mueller Team. Removed by IG/Mueller.

Tashina Gauhar – DOJ official. Deputy Assistant Attorney General. National Security Division. FISA lawyer. Appears in Strzok Texts as “Tash”.

David Laufman – DOJ National Security Division, Former Deputy Asst. Attorney General in charge of counterintelligence – resigned on February 7, 2018. Laufman “played a leading role in the Clinton email server and Russian hacking investigations.”

Andrew McCabe – Former Deputy FBI Director – on December 23, 2017 announced retirement effective March 22, 2018. Forced to resign active position on January 29, 2018. Fired on March 16, 2018. Involved in all aspects. Subject of IG Report

Mary McCord – Former Acting Assistant Attorney General – Acting Head of DOJ’s National Security Division (replacing John Carlin) – announced resignation on April 17, 2017 – Left on May 11, 2017. Complicit in Flynn Surveillance and surveillance of Trump Campaign.

Jonathan Moffa – FBI official. Copied on Comey’s Draft Statement exonerating Clinton of Email Scandal. Mentioned in Strzok/Page texts. Surprisingly hard to find any information on Moffa.

Sally Moyer – FBI lawyer. Outed as “FBI Attorney 1” on Mueller Team.

Bruce Ohr – Former Associate Deputy Attorney General – demoted twice. Stripped of Associate Deputy Attorney General title on December 6, 2017. Removed as head of the Organized Crime Drug Enforcement Task Force January 8, 2018. Unofficial liaison between Fusion GPS and FBI/DOJ. Wife worked at Fusion. Long-standing ties to both Christopher Steele and Glenn Simpson/Fusion GPS.

Lisa Page – Former FBI/DOJ Lawyer – forced off Mueller’s team – demoted August 16, 2017. IG Horowitz discovered texts July 27, 2017. Working member of “Insurance Policy” group. Page resigned/fired May 4, 2018.

Joseph Pientka – FBI Agent – Counterintelligence Division. Pientka potentially identified by Grassley as second FBI Agent (Strzok the other) present at Flynn Interview.

E.W. “Bill” Priestap – Assistant Director – Head of FBI Counterintelligence – Holds same position. Strzok’s boss – reported directly to McCabe. More here, here and here.

Peter Strzok – Deputy Assistant Director of FBI’s Counterintelligence – forced off Mueller’s team – demoted August 16, 2017 to FBI’s Human Resources. IG Horowitz discovered texts July 27, 2017. Strzok involved in all facets of Clinton exoneration. Working member of “Insurance Policy” group.

George Toscas – Deputy Assistant Attorney General in the National Security Division. Toscas contacted by NY Prosecutors (possibly Preet Bharara) about Weiner investigation re: HRC/Huma emails on Weiner computer. Toscas contacts FBI, forcing McCabe to tell Comey of emails.

Added Names – Group 2 – July 2nd 2018:

Note: This group is comprised of State Department Officials & Some Obama/Clinton Officials (Kahl, Murray, Sullivan).

Elizabeth Dribble – Chargé d’affaires & former Deputy Chief of the Mission in London – received tip on Papadopoulos via Downer (h/t @JohnWHuber).

Jonathan Finer – Chief of Staff and Director of Policy Planning for former Secretary John Kerry.

Colin Kahl – National Security Advisor to former VP Biden and Deputy Assistant Secretary of Defense for the Middle East.

Kathleen Kavalec – Deputy Assistant Secretary – Department of State, Bureau of European and Eurasian Affairs. Served under Nuland.

Lewis Lukens – Deputy Chief of Mission of the U.S. Embassy in London – also likely involved in Downer interactions.

Shailagh Murray – Assistant to Obama and Senior Advisor for Strategic Communications. Married to Neil King who works at Fusion GPS.

Victoria Nuland – former Assistant Secretary of State for European and Eurasian Affairs at State Department. Gave permission for FBI Agent Michael Gaeta to meet with Christopher Steele in London. Received abbreviated copy of Steele Dossier directly from Steele in mid-July 2016 (see here).

Jake Sullivan – Senior Policy Advisor to Clinton Campaign – expertise in foreign policy. Along with Jennifer Palmieri, Sullivan took the lead in briefing the press on the Trump-Russia collusion story.

Thomas Williams – Deputy Chief of Mission – State Department.
Jonathan Winer – Former Deputy Assistant Secretary of State for International Law Enforcement and former Special Envoy for Libya. Received copy of Shadow Dossier from Blumenthal. Also received copy of Steele Dossier in September 2016. Has known Steele for some years.

Added Names – Group 3 – July 5, 2018:

Note: This group is primarily comprised of non-government individuals. Many related to Fusion GPS.

Rinat Akhmetshin – Russian-American lobbyist and former Soviet counterintelligence officer. Attended Trump Tower Meeting w/Veselnitskaya.
Edward Baumgartner – Co-founded UK-based intelligence consultancy Edward Austin. Hired by Fusion to work w/Veselnitskaya on Prevezon and work w/Steele on Dossier.

Sidney Blumenthal – Clinton Confidant. Received Shadow Dossier from Shearer. Passed copy to Jonathan Winer at State Department.
Thomas Catan – Fusion GPS Partner.

Alexandra Chalupa – A Ukrainian-American operative who was consulting for the Democratic National Committee. Chalupa met with top officials in the Ukrainian Embassy in Washington in an effort to expose ties between Trump, Paul Manafort and Russia. The DNC paid her $412,000 from 2004 to June 2016, according to Federal Election Commission records.

Marc Elias – Partner at the law firm Perkins Coie. Head of its Political Law practice. Elias was General Counsel for Clinton’s Campaign and Kerry’s 2004 Campaign. Elias retained Fusion GPS and paid for Steele Dossier on behalf of DNC. Appears to be involved in multiple facets. Lied to NYT reporters regarding Fusion’s employment. On the board of Democrat Super PAC Priorities USA Action. Led efforts against voter identification laws.

Peter Fritsch – Fusion GPS Co-Founder. Surprisingly little information on Fritsch is available.
Mary Jacoby – Simpson’s wife. Visits White House the day after Mike Rogers shuts down FBI/DOJ contractor access to the FISA Search System.

Daniel Jones – Heads Penn Quarter Group. Ex-Feinstein Staffer. PQG funded by 7-10 Silicon Valley Billionaires – $50 million. PQG Hired Steele and Fusion post-election to continue opposition research into President Trump. Linked to lobbyist (Adam Waldman) for Russian oligarch Oleg Deripaska who was offering Warner access to former British spy and dossier author Christopher Steele (texts here). Notes Jones was speaking w/Senator Mark Warner.

Neil King – Works for Fusion GPS. Married to Shailagh Murray – former Assistant to Obama and Senior Advisor for Strategic Communications.
Robby Mook – Campaign Manager for Clinton Campaign. On July 25, 2016, Mook stated Russia was helping Trump.

Nellie Ohr – Wife of former Associate Deputy AG – Bruce Ohr. Conduit for documents passed to FBI through DOJ’s Bruce Ohr. Simpson and Bruce & Nellie Ohr have known each other since at least 2010.

Cody Shearer – Compiled a “shadow” dossier that was similar in make-up to the Steele Dossier. Shearer gave this “shadow dossier” to Sidney Blumenthal who passed Shearer’s dossier on to Jonathan Winer in September 2016. Winer would then share this information with Steele.

Glenn Simpson – Fusion GPS Founder. Hired by the DNC and Clinton Campaign – through Perkins Coie – to produce the Steele Dossier on President Trump. The Dossier would be used by the FBI to obtain a FISA Warrant on Carter Page. Fusion GPS was employed by Russian lawyer, Veselnitskaya (Prevezon Case) through law firm Baker Hostetler during the same period that Fusion commissioned the Steele Dossier.

Michael Sussmann – Partner at the law firm Perkins Coie. Responsible for retaining Crowdstrike to examine DNC servers after hacking incident.


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