Evidence Surfaces of John Durham Grand Jury – Team Following Deep State Rabbit Hole Leading to SSCI Effort…

Posted originally on The Conservative Tree House on October 8, 2020 by sundance

First, let me set the stage for new readers. No-one is more cynical of DC operations and manipulations than me. I do not sell nor promote ‘hope porn’, and I am not confident that anything is close to being revealed. Indeed, given the scale and scope of what took place in the last eight years, yes eight years; I have expressed doubts that anyone in government would ever actually expose it.

That said, in addition to my own cynicism I have been deep in this “spygate” or “Russiagate” rabbit hole; factually and physically inside the DC network; long enough to see the map of an investigative trail bringing up the rear.

During one great conversation a lawyer said to me: “All of this you know; all of this you have evidence for; but we don’t have the badges”. Thus began my 2020 effort, ultimately a successful effort, to drag the badges into the hole.  That’s the background for an update with new information:

A very important article was written yesterday in the New Yorker [SEE HERE]. While the topic of the article spotlights the ridiculous conspiracy theory surrounding Alfa bank, and the insufferable nonsense about Trump Tower servers having contact -electronic touch signals- with servers from the Russian banking organization, there are aspects to the story that show where the Durham probe has been forced to travel.

Within the article –which everyone should read– some names are very important. The article is framed around defending the New Yorker’s previous reporting on the Alfa Bank conspiracy theory, so the intent of the article is defensive. However, the events being described in the article, and more importantly the people being outlined in the article, are accurate. Especially Daniel Jones and his lawyer William Taylor; and the connection of both to Fusion GPS and Glenn Simpson.

According to the article there are two parallel efforts underway to untangle the background of how the false Alfa Bank story was originated. One effort is a set of civil lawsuits by the owners of Alfa bank against those who created the fraudulent story that flowed through Fusion GPS, into Chris Steele’s dossier, into the FBI, and ultimately into the Buzzfeed reporting therein. The owners of the bank are taking all of these entities into court and demanding discovery of sources who framed/created the false impression.

The second outlined effort is a set of subpoenas for some of the same names to appear before a grand jury being run by the John Durham probe. The witnesses are lawyered-up and attempting to avoid the grand jury subpoenas.

Part of the New Yorker story is constructed around wondering if the Alfa Bank team is working with the Durham team.  That is a false narrative created for political deflection only.  However, the article outlines factual evidence of the Durham grand jury; and by knowing what issues are being explored we can see -in advance- where this trail is going.

Good News Pause: John Durham has a grand jury impaneled and is issuing subpoenas.

Instead of me going through the Alfa Bank story, let me just take you though a process of where the Alfa Bank story ends up.  That’s where Durham/Aldenberg will ultimately be; and for transparency I have spoken with William Aldenberg about their destination.

Note in the New Yorker piece the subjects of the subpoenas and lawsuits are worried about being forced to identify the anonymous sources known as “Max” and “Tea Leaves”.

Additionally the group describes their worry about identifying how the electronic signals between the servers were originally discovered.

Let me say up front that is where this story connects to the scandal of intelligence community “contractor” access to the NSA database.

The SIGINT or signals intelligence, used to frame the false Alfa Bank story, appears to have come from entities with access to the NSA database who were doing work to assist the overall Trump-Russia narrative construction.  Those unlawfully obtained findings were manipulated and unlawfully extracted; then passed along to computer scientists who had the role to provide technical support for the media to use in selling  a false story.

If this sounds to you like the subject matter expertise and skill of Crowdstrike and Fusion-GPS you would not be missing the target.

[…] The Alfa Bank case has also become an object of interest for federal agents working for John Durham, the prosecutor appointed by Barr. Durham’s agents have summoned some of the same computer scientists to testify before a grand jury, and are asking for the same material that Alfa Bank is seeking. (They’ve asked Jones, the investigator, to testify as well.) Some agents told scientists that they were exploring a potential criminal charge—presumably against Max and Tea Leaves—for giving false information to the government. A number of those called to testify are seeking to quash the subpoenas, and it’s not apparent that anyone has testified so far.

There is no clear evidence that the Justice Department and Alfa Bank are working together, but some people involved in the case noted a striking alignment of purpose. “There’s a heck of a lot of mutual interest,” William Taylor, an attorney for [Dan] Jones, told me. (more)

Notice here that William Taylor in 2020 is representing Dan Jones. And Dan Jones is outlined as the central player in the Alfa Bank story construction; as pushed to media.

William Taylor was/is also the lawyer for Fusion-GPS, as noted in a 2017 Politico article: “Fusion lawyers William Taylor and Josh Levy wrote as they renewed their request for a temporary restraining order from U.S. District Court Judge Tanya Chutkan.”

Now, let me explain what this is all about…. and where this is going.

When President Trump won the November 2016 election all of those participants involved in the use of government offices and agencies for corrupt political intent had a real problem.  Immediately, a lot of strategic planning took place by a lot of desperate people.

One of the key needs of the corrupt intelligence apparatus was to find a way to stop the incoming administration from exposing their effort; that’s where the Senate Select Committee on Intelligence (SSCI) comes in.

Senator Dianne Feinstein was vice-chair of the SSCI in 2016.  Feinstein’s chief of staff was Dan Jones.  The post-election plan to protect the intel community would involve using the SSCI institution to cover for prior Obama-era operations.

Senator Feinstein was not a good fit for that role, so Feinstein abdicated her position in advance of the next congress.

In January 2017 Senator Mark Warner took over as SSCI vice-chair and Dan Jones left the SSCI to continue the operation as a freelance operative.   Warner was put into place to carry out the strategic objectives needed to protect the DOJ, NSD, CIA, FBI and ODNI operations against Donald Trump who was now the incoming president-elect.

Keep in mind with control of the SSCI the group inside the legislative branch could control who ran what intelligence agency because they held the power of confirmation; and they could control who would rise to be inspector general within the intelligence community, a position needed if a whistle-blower was to surface.

Additionally, the SSCI would control intelligence information and assist the Weissmann/Mueller special counsel after appointment.   The SSCI could work as a sword and a shield as needed.  Which is exactly what happened.

That background, the motive of the SSCI, explains every point of conflict and corruption we have seen from the SSCI toward the White House in the past four years.

Meanwhile Dan Jones went freelance and was given $50 million to fund an investigative outfit called the “Penn Quarter Group” and create a new organization called the Democracy Integrity Project.

“Jones told federal investigators that he had raised $50 million from “7 to 10 wealthy donors located primarily in New York and California.” (link)

Jones used both groups to continue selling and pushing the Trump-Russia narrative. Also it was important for those at risk to find an alternate route to keep financing their defense without using Clinton’s legal team within Perkins Coie.

Essentially, in 2017 Dan Jones, through his Penn Quarter Group, took over funding for Fusion-GPS and Glenn Simpson and kept paying Christopher Steele.  The payments to these entities and Steele always looked more like a pay-off to keep their mouths shut. Jones was essentially the bag-man for continued Trump-Russia operations outside government.

Jones’s second job was to keep pushing the Trump-Russia narrative in the media:

(RCP Investigations) 2019 […] The operation’s nerve center is a Washington-based nonprofit called The Democracy Integrity Project, or TDIP. Among other activities, it pumps out daily “research” briefings to prominent Washington journalists, as well as congressional staffers, to keep the Russia “collusion” narrative alive.

TDIP is led by Daniel J. Jones, a former FBI investigator, Clinton administration volunteer and top staffer to California Democratic Sen. Dianne Feinstein. It employs the key opposition-research figures behind the salacious and unverified dossier: Fusion GPS co-founder Glenn Simpson and ex-British intelligence officer Christopher Steele. Its financial backers include the actor/director Rob Reiner and billionaire activist George Soros.

The project’s work has been largely shrouded in mystery. But a months-long examination by RealClearInvestigations, drawn from documents and more than a dozen interviews, found that the organization is running an elaborate media-influence operation that includes driving and shaping daily coverage of the Russia collusion theory, as well as pushing stories about Trump in the national media that attempt to tie the president or his associates to the Kremlin.  (Keep Reading)

While Senator Mark Warner -now a gang of eight member- took control over the SSCI, and by extension the aggregate intelligence apparatus controlled by legislative oversight, Dan Jones worked outside government on the same objectives.   Warner was controlling efforts inside the legislative branch that impeded and undermined the executive; and Dan Jones was controlling efforts outside government to weaponize media and attack the executive.

We see the synergy between Senator Warner and Dan Jones in the text messages with their mutual ally Adam Waldman (Chris Steele’s lawyer/handler). Senator Warner was texting with Adam Waldman about setting up a meeting with Chris Steele.  Waldman is a lobbyist/lawyer with a $40,000 monthly retainer to represent the U.S. interests of Russian billionaire Oleg Deripaska; Waldman was also Chris Steele’s lawyer/handler.

Senator Mark Warner was trying to set up a covert meeting.  In the text messages Adam Waldman is telling Senator Warner that Chris Steele will not meet with him without a written letter (request) from the Senate Intelligence Committee.  Steele was always the wild-card and needed to be kept under tight controls.

Senator Warner didn’t want the Republican members to know about the meeting.  Chris Steele knew this was a partisan political set-up; knew his own risk exposure from the 2016 operation; and was refusing to meet unilaterally with Senator Warner.   Steele’s lawyer Adam Waldman, a close vacationing friend with Warner, was playing the go-between:

(Text Message Source)

This is why I have said since 2018 that Chris Steele needs to be granted immunity in exchange for his testimony.   Steele is the fulcrum of the 2016/2017 operation; and it was reported earlier that Steele met with Durham investigators.

It seems obvious that Fusion-GPS used Nellie Ohr to send information to Chris Steele who them assembled the oppo-research into his dossier.  Steele then acts as a laundry for the Fusion intel and transmits it to the FBI for use.  The FBI use the Steele dossier to get the FISA useful for surveillance against the Trump campaign and administration.  All of that is transparently obvious now.

Dan Jones being subpoenaed by John Durham is a big deal.  Durham might be following the Alfa-bank breadcrumbs, but we already know where that leads…. into the exploitation of the NSA database, and then ultimately into the Senate Intel Committee.

Not defending the delay of the Durham probe to be public with its findings; but if they are willing to go all the way to the SSCI that could explain the reason for delay.

You might be wondering how we can know all of these connections and yet it is taking Durham’s team a long time to get through this rabbit hole.  Here’s a few things I can tell you from my personal experience and interaction with them:

(1) many of you have been in this rabbit hole with me longer than Durham’s team has; (2) these investigators take a long time to connect dots because they have to keep asking for permission, we don’t; (3) this is the biggest political scandal in U.S. history; and (4) the badges only recently (July) became aware of the SSCI scope.

FBI Announces Arrests of “Michigan Militia”, Actually Anarchists, For Plotting Against Governor Whitmer…

Posted originally on The Conservat6ive tree House on October 8, 2020 by sundance

By now the American electorate’s confidence in the FBI is hovering near zero.  FBI Director Chris Wray has done nothing to counter a reality of institutional corruption.

To the contrary, and factually, over the past several years the FBI have shown they are politically motivated in all their efforts. If the FBI was not political, they simply wouldn’t be seen taking a knee to express their political alignment with far-left causes:

From the FBI involvement in attempted election interference in 2015 and 2016; to their 2017/2018 efforts to overthrow the U.S. presidency of Donald Trump; to the 2018 Caesar Sayoc case, a transparently self-interested attempt to sway the 2018 mid-term election and protect themselves from further investigation; to the FBI involvement in the 2019 SWAT arrest of Roger Stone; to the 50 FBI agents who worked with Andrew Weissmann and Robert Mueller on the special counsel operation… all the way to this announcement today, everything the FBI does is wrapped in their political ideology.

There is a profound irony when considering how the political left decries Russia’s use of state police for political purposes; and yet we see the United States FBI carrying out identically motivated federal police operations. Think carefully about it.

Michigan – […] The [FBI] news conference comes after the filing of a federal affidavit Thursday morning that describes an alleged plot to overthrow the government and kidnap Gov. Gretchen Whitmer.

The plot involved reaching out to members of a Michigan militia, according to the affidavit and federal and state law enforcement officials.

“Several members talked about murdering ‘tyrants’ or ‘taking’ a sitting governor,” an FBI agent wrote in the Thursday affidavit. “The group decided they needed to increase their numbers and encouraged each other to talk to their neighbors and spread their message.”

[…] The complaint charges Adam Fox, Barry Croft, Ty Garbin, Kaleb Franks, Daniel Harris and Brandon Caserta with conspiring to kidnap Whitmer.

[…] On June 6, 2020, Croft, Fox and about 13 others from several states gathered for a meeting in Dublin, Ohio, near Columbus. Several talked about murdering the “tyrants” or “taking” a sitting governor.

Those present included an FBI confidential source who recorded the meetings. The source has been paid $8,600.

“The group talked about creating a society that followed the U.S. Bill of Rights and where they could be self-sufficient,” the FBI agent wrote.

Right about this point in the story-line if you find yourself wondering what is the difference between what has been described here, and the “Capitol Hill Occupy Movement”, or CHOP, you would not be mistaken.

Isn’t it strange how the FBI finds purpose in infiltrating this Michigan effort to support Governor Gretchen Whitmer, yet did/does nothing about Antifa or Blue State Occupy anarchists who physically took control over a major metropolitan area.  I digress…

“As part of that recruitment effort, Fox reached out to a Michigan-based militia group,” the agent added.

[…]  The FBI was already tracking the militia in March after a local police department learned members were trying to obtain addresses of local law-enforcement officers, the FBI agent wrote.

“At the time, the FBI interviewed a member of the militia group who was concerned about the group’s plans to target and kill police officers, and that person agreed to become a (confidential source),” the agent wrote.

In late June, Fox posted on Facebook a video in which he complained about the state’s judicial system and COVID-19 restrictions on gyms operating in Michigan.

“Fox referred to Governor Whitmer as ‘this tyrant b—-,’ and stated, ‘I don’t know, boys, we gotta do something,” according to the court affidavit. “You guys link with me on our other location system, give me some ideas of what we can do.”  (more)

Notice how the FBI and media use the term “militia” as a descriptive to cloud the fact this group was essentially anarchists.   The narrative as assembled is to conflate the ideology of the group as “right-wing extremists” when the actual ideology of the group is anarchy.

As a sidebar – this type of purposeful conflation was part of my own personal great awakening when U.S. media were proclaiming the Chinese govt crackdown upon students in Tienanmen Square as “hard right” government action. That conflation was completely false.  Communism or totalitarianism control is a far-left ideology; the creation of the ultimate state of oppressive government control is a move to the left.

There is a short space in the continuum between totalitarianism and anarchy.  Create the former and you will eventually devolve into the latter; it has always been thus.  This current narrative is an attempt to frame a false perspective; meanwhile civics is no longer taught in schools – this is not coincidental.

The FBI will not call Antifa a domestic terror group; yet the FBI will proclaim any “militia” as a domestic threat or “extremist group”.  The FBI definition of a “threat” is through the prism of big government preservation.  That perspective is part of the problem.

Fred Fleitz Discusses Ratcliffe Declassification, Durham Probe and Ongoing Intel Issues…

Posted originally on The Conservative Tree House on October 7, 2020 by sundance

Fred Fleitz is the President and CEO, Center for Security Policy; a former NSC Chief of Staff, CIA analyst and House Intel Com staff member. Tonight he appeared with Lou Dobbs to discuss the ongoing issues with the intelligence apparatus and the requests by President Trump to release all documents without redaction.

Director of National Intelligence John Ratcliffe released the following statement today:


USAO Jensen Provides Flynn Defense With Meeting Notes from DOJ-NSD and FBI Meeting Day After Flynn Interview…

Posted originally on The Conservative Tree House on October 7, 2020 by sundance

Missouri U.S. Attorney Jeff Jensen has provided additional information to the Flynn defense team highlighting a January 25th meeting between officials in the DOJ-NSD and FBI the day after Michael Flynn (code-named Razor) was interviewed in the White House.

The DOJ officials attending the meeting included: Mary McCord (NSD head), George Toscas (NSD principal deputy), Stu Evans, Tashina Guahar, and “Matt A” (possibly Matthew Axelrod (lawyer for the Deputy Attorney General).  Additionally, from the FBI there was: James Baker (chief legal counsel), Bill Priestap (CoIntel head) and a redacted name.  It is clear from the meeting notes the group was trying to find something to target Michael Flynn and brainstorming on what approach to take.

As noted they discussed the “Logan Act” yet found there was no reasonable way to use it and Flynn’s contact with Russian Ambassador Kislyak, during the transition, was normal.

FBI Legal Counsel James Baker asked how could you prosecute Flynn for a 1001 violation (lying to FBI officials) when you couldn’t prosecute any underlying crime because the contact with Kislyak was normal.

The “truth of something being falsely stated to the public” surrounds the January 15, 2017, CBS interview with Vice-President Mike Pence who conflated a question about contact with Russians during the election; with Flynn’s contact with Kislyak in the transition period.

John Dickerson: Just to button up one question, did any advisor or anybody in the Trump campaign have any contact with the Russians who were trying to meddle in the election?

MIKE PENCE: Of course not. And I think to suggest that is to give credence to some of these bizarre rumors that have swirled around the candidacy. (link)

The DOJ/FBI team was going to hang their hat on this conflation as a conflict between Pence and Flynn.   That’s the beginning of the Russian “blackmail” narrative.

The redactions following Stu Evans and Tashina Guahar are likely only purposeful in hiding more corrupt institutional evidence.  It’s doubtful those are sources and methods.

The last lines of the January 25th notes are very telling:

“assessment of whether [Flynn] is in a covert relationship with Russia ⇒ No, probably not based on facts to date and interview.”

They knew all along they were investigating a nothingburger.  That’s why they took no action from January until the special counsel came along in May and took the FARA approach in June as pressure to get Flynn to plea to a lie he never made.  It was all a set up.

Here’s the filing:

https://www.scribd.com/embeds/479125616/content?start_page=1&view_mode&access_key=key-b2s5WQaoTKo0oy365v64View this document on Scribd


And with that in mind, it’s worth taking all the current information and reviewing the fully cited (soup-to-nuts)  background of how the Pence -vs- Flynn ‘lying’ narrative was created.

♦In mid-December 2016 the Obama administration was deploying a full-court-press using their media allies to promote the Russia conspiracy. However, despite their extreme public proclamations DNI Clapper & CIA Brennan were refusing to give any specifics to congress.

The hard narrative was that Russia interfered. That was the specific push from within the Obama intelligence apparatus writ large. All IC officials, sans Mike Rogers (NSA), had a self-interest in pushing this narrative; after all, it was the defensive mechanism to justify their illegal spying operation and block Trump. This was their insurance policy.

The media was doing their part; and using the information leaked to them by those who were part of the 2016 operation(s) began battering the Trump transition team every hour of every day with questions about the Russia hacking narrative; thereby fertilizing the seeds of a collusion conspiracy.  The Trump-Russia narrative was relentless.

On December 29, 2016, the IC produced, and rushed to completion, a ridiculous document to support their false-premise. This was called the Joint Analysis Report which claimed to outline the details of Russia’s involvement hacking into targeted political data base or computer systems during the election. Within the JAR we were introduced to “Grizzley Steepe” and a goofy claim of Russian hackers.

On the same day (12/29/16) President Obama announced a series of sanctions against Russians who were located in Maryland. This was Obama’s carefully constructed response to provide additional validity to the Joint Analysis Report. After fueling the Russia conspiracy for several weeks the Obama administration knew this action would initiate a response from both Russia and the incoming Trump administration.

On the day the JAR was released and Obama made the announcement, President-elect Donald Trump and some of his key members were in Mar-a-Lago, Florida. Incoming National Security Adviser Mike Flynn was on vacation in the Dominican Republic. As expected the Obama action spurred calls between Russian emissary Kislyak and Flynn.

The Obama IC were monitoring Kislyak communications and waiting for the contact. Additionally, it was suspected Flynn was under a surveillance warrant which seemed confirmed by the Weissmann/Mueller report.  Flynn was the target of an ongoing FBI investigation. He was codenamed “Crossfire Razor.”

The FBI intercepted, recorded, and later transcribed the December 29th conversation between Sergey Kislyak and incoming National Security Advisor Michael Flynn.

The media continued to follow the lead from the Obama White House and Intelligence Community (writ large) fueling a narrative that any contact with the Russians was proof of collusion of some sort. In addition, the communications team of the White House, DOJ, FBI and aggregate IC began pushing a narrative surrounding the obscure Logan Act.

The ridiculous Logan Act promotion was targeted to infer that any action taken by the Trump campaign prior to taking office was interference with the political Obama Russia action, and would be evidence of collusion. That was the plan. DOJ Deputy AG Sally Yates was in charge of pushing the Logan Act narrative to the media.

The first two weeks of January 2017 was now a merging of two necessary narratives: (1) Russian interference; and (2) the Logan Act against Flynn. Each deployed against any entity who would counter the Russia narrative story. The media were running this dual narrative 24/7 against the incoming Trump officials and demanding repeated answers to questions that were framed around this story-line.

On January 3rd, 2017, the new congressional year began. SSCI Vice-Chair Dianne Feinstein abdicated her position within the Gang-of-Eight, and turned over the reigns to Senator Mark Warner. Warner was now the vice-chair of the SSCI; and a Go8 member.

On January 4, 2017, the FBI was going to drop the investigation of Flynn because they found no derogatory evidence.  FBI Agent Peter Strzok demanded the investigation be kept open and the “7th Floor” agreed with him (FBI Director Comey and Deputy McCabe).

On January 5, 2017, FBI Director James Comey went to the White House for a briefing with President Obama, VP Biden, ODNI James Clapper, National Security Advisor Susan Rice, and Deputy Attorney General Sally Yates.

DAG Yates had no idea the content of the Flynn Kislyak call was captured; and she had no idea ODNI James Clapper had briefed President Obama about the call.

President Obama asked Sally Yates and James Comey to remain behind after the briefing.  This was memorialized by Susan Rice:

On January 6, 2017, FBI Director James Comey and ODNI James Clapper went to Trump Tower to brief the incoming administration.  Simultaneously the Obama White House published the Intelligence Community Assessment, and declared:

We assess Putin and the Russian Government aspired to help President-elect Trump’s election chances when possible by discrediting Secretary Clinton and publicly contrasting her unfavorably to him. All three agencies agree with this judgment. CIA and FBI have high confidence in this judgment; NSA has moderate confidence. (pdf link)

It is not coincidental the ICA was “high confidence” by Brennan and Clapper; and less confidence by Mike Rogers (NSA).

With the Flynn Dec. 29, 2016, transcript in hand, the DOJ and FBI began aiding the Logan Act narrative with Obama intelligence officials supporting the Russia Conspiracy claims and decrying anyone who would interfere or counter the official U.S. position.

On January 14th, 2017, the content of the communication between Flynn and Kislyak was leaked to the Washington Post by an unknown entity. Likely the leak came from the FBI’s counterintelligence operation.  ONA Col. James Baker is suspected of leaking the content.

The FBI CoIntel group (Strzok, McCabe etc.), and the DOJ-NSD group (Sally Yates, Mary McCord etc.) were the largest stakeholders in the execution of the insurance policy phase because they were the epicenter of spygate, fraudulent FISA presentations and the formation and use of the Steele Dossier for surveillance warrants.

The media leak of the Flynn conversation with Kislyak was critical because the DOJ/FBI were pushing a political narrative. This was not about legality per se’, this effort was about establishing the framework for a preexisting investigation, based on a false premise, that would protect the DOJ and FBI. The investigation they needed to continue evolved into the Mueller special counsel. This was all insurance.

The Flynn-Kislyak leak led to Vice-President Mike Pence being hammered on January 15th, 2017, during a CBS Face the Nation interview about Trump campaign officials in contact with Russians.

Pence was exceptionally unprepared to answer the questions and allowed the media to blend questions about campaign contacts with necessary, and entirely appropriate, transition team contacts.

Sunday January 15th, 2017 – Five Days before the inauguration VP-elect Mike Pence appears on Face The Nation. [Transcript Here]

JOHN DICKERSON: But there’s a distinction between that feeling about the press and legitimate inquiry, as you say, that the Senate Intelligence Committee is doing.

Just to button up one question, did any advisor or anybody in the Trump campaign have any contact with the Russians who were trying to meddle in the election?

MIKE PENCE: Of course not. And I think to suggest that is to give credence to some of these bizarre rumors that have swirled around the candidacy. (link)

*NOTE* The incoming administration was under a false-narrative siege created by the media. At the time (early Jan, 2017) ‘any contact’ with Russians was evidence of meddling/election-collusion with Russians. VP-elect Mike Pence poorly answered the question from Dickerson from a very defensive position.

The toxic media environment and Mike Pence speaking poorly during a Face The Nation interview now became a much bigger issue.  The FBI was prepared to pounce on this situation.

Once Vice-President Mike Pence made the statement that Flynn had no contact with anyone from Russia etc. any contradictory statement from Flynn would make Pence appear compromised.

NSA Advisor Michael Flynn is now contrast against Pence’s false point without clarification. As National Security Advisor Flynn was interviewed by the FBI on January 24th, nine days after Pence made his comments.

Tuesday January 24th – Lt. Gen. Mike Flynn was interviewed at the WH by the FBI.

During this ambush interview, disguised as a meeting, FBI Agent Peter Strzok and FBI Agent Joe Pientka were contrasting Vice-President-elect Pence’s statements to CBS against the known action of Mike Flynn. [Flynn has three options: either (1) Flynn contradicts Pence, or (2) he tells a lie; or (3) Flynn explains Pence misspoke, those were his options.]

How Flynn responded to the line of inquiry, and explained/reconciled the difference between Pence’s statement on Jan 15th and what actually took place on December 29th, 2016, is why the FBI ended up with the initial conclusion that Flynn wasn’t lying.

It is within this dynamic where the FD-302 reports, written by Strzok and Pientka, then became the subject of political manipulation by Asst. FBI Director Andrew McCabe.

The FBI knew the content of the Flynn call with Sergey Kislyak because they were listening in. The FBI were intercepting those communications. So when Pence said no-one had any contact on January 15th, the FBI crew IMMEDIATELY knew they had an issue to exploit.

We see the evidence of the FBI knowing they had an issue to exploit, and being very nervous about doing it, in the text messages between Lisa Page and FBI Agent Peter Strzok who would end up doing the questioning of Flynn.

The day before the Flynn interview:

January 23, 2017, the day before the Flynn interview, Lisa Page says: “I can feel my heart beating harder, I’m so stressed about all the ways THIS has the potential to go fully off the rails.” Weird!

♦Strzok replies: “I know. I just talked with John, we’re getting together as soon as I get in to finish that write up for Andy (MCCABE) this morning.” Strzok agrees with Page about being stressed that “THIS” could go off the rails… (Strzok’s meeting w Flynn the next day)

“John” is Jonathan Moffa and “Bill” is Bill Priestap, FBI Deputy Director in charge of Counterintelligence.  “Jen” is Jennifer Boone, FBI counterproliferation division.

So it’s the day before they interview Flynn. Why would Page & Strzok be stressed about “THIS” potentially going off the rails?

The answer is simple: they knew the content of the phone call between Mike Flynn and Sergey Kislyak because they were listening in, and they were about to exploit the Pence statement to CBS. In essence they were admitting to monitoring Flynn, that’s why they were so nervous.

They were planning and plotting with Andrew McCabe about how they were going to exploit the phone-tap and the difference in public statements by VP Mike Pence.  However, FBI Counterintelligence Director Bill Priestap has doubts about the validity of interviewing Flynn.  Priestap has a meeting with with “DD” Deputy Director McCabe to share his concerns:

FBI Agent Strzok is worried that his boss, Bill Priestap, may disrupt the plan.  He texts with Lisa Page (top of page): “I worry Bill isn’t getting the underlying distinction that I think is clear. But maybe I’m wrong.”

The day of the interview (bottom half of page above) Bill Priestap still has issues about the purpose of interviewing Flynn over a perfectly legitimate conversation.  Priestap has another meeting this time with “d” FBI Director Comey and “dd” Deputy Director Andrew McCabe.

FBI Agent Peter Strzok is stressed out; Bill Priestap could blow the plan if he doesn’t back down from his concerns.  Lisa Page says McCabe “is frustrated” with Bill Priestap’s reluctance to go along with the plan.

Priestap, sensing something could really backfire with the plan; and questioning the overall legality of their purpose; memorializes his concern with more hand written notes during their meeting:

The Interview Takes Place:

NSA Michael Flynn was honest but his honesty contradicted Pence’s national statement on CBS; and Flynn likely tried to dance through a needle without being overly critical of VP-elect Pence misspeaking. Remember, the alternative: if Flynn is brutally honest, the media now runs with a narrative about Vice-President Pence as a national liar.

Wednesday January 25th, 2017, – The Department of Justice, National Security Division, (at this timeframe Mary McCord was head of the DOJ-NSD) – received a detailed readout from the FBI agents who had interviewed Flynn. Yates said she felt “it was important to get this information to the White House as quickly as possible.”  That is the meeting where today’s notes come into play:

Sidney Powell Discusses Latest “Russiagate” Evidence and Intelligence Efforts to Control Information…

Posted originally on The Conservative Tree House on October 7, 2020 by sundance

Counsel to General Michael Flynn, Sidney Powell, comments on new unredacted information regarding the presidential transition scandal known commonly as ‘Russiagate,’ and the roles that President Barack Obama and Hillary Clinton may have played in the events in question. The interview is with Newsmax TV’s John Bachmanhttps://www.youtube.com/embed/hK1RKRohtqY?version=3&rel=1&fs=1&autohide=2&showsearch=0&showinfo=1&iv_load_policy=1&wmode=transparent

Heads up – More Flynn Exculpatory Information Likely Today…

Posted originally on The Conservative tree house on October 7, 2020 by sundance

An interesting letter from the DOJ provided to the Flynn defense team portends a release of handwritten notes, from the day after the January 24, 2017, Flynn interview, likely authored by Kevin Clinesmith as the FBI discussed next steps.

If the notes are from Kevin Clinesmith, he is the former FBI lawyer from the office of general counsel who was charged by the DOJ for manipulating evidence, and potentially cooperating as part of his plea agreement. [Background] Remember, the DOJ only presented a Criminal Information status against Clinesmith with no grand jury, which suggests counsel for defendant approached DOJ to structure an agreement.  The plea agreement likely also included an agreement for method of public release. [LINK HERE]

During an interview last night, Sidney Powell said more truth-bombs are likely forthcoming.  If Clinesmith is “cooperating”; or if Clinesmith is merely informing the DOJ of activity that took place during the Flynn targeting, which is helping them locate evidence of the background events; this could be very helpful to the defense team.  We await specifics…

UPDATE: Clinesmith (?)  notes released (see below)


The January 25, 2017, notes indicate the majority of the discussion was about the pre-election Turkish lobbying agreement with the Flynn Intel Group.

“Turks + Flynn why hired and what doing about 951?” is a reference to a FARA (Foreign Agents Registration Act) investigation which was the preferred DOJ-NSD targeting tool for the administration’s political opposition.

[Remember, the DOJ under Obama completely overlooked all of the FARA-951 violations being carried out by the Clinton-aligned Podesta brothers…. which is why Tony Podesta shut down his lobbying agency as soon as it was obvious the DOJ was going to use FARA-951 as the targeting tool for Flynn, Manafort, Papadopoulos etc. The special counsel could not have that glaring hypocrisy visible or it would highlight the political motive]

“Efforts to influence”

“Satisfied registration obligation”

“No indication of [????] wilfulness”

This part of the notes, presumably written by Clinesmith, seems to highlight the Flynn Intel Group had fulfilled the obligations under the FARA requirements; and the discussion was conflicted by non-existing evidence of any unlawful conduct by Michael Flynn.

The notes are during a discussion back-and-forth about how to keep exploring the FARA-951 as a potential attack angle against Flynn and culminate (visibly) with:

“[???] Subpoena for Flynn Intel Group + more”

I cannot make out the name of who is identified as originating that approach.

Here’s a background on what leverage the DOJ holds to entice cooperation from Clinesmith:https://www.youtube.com/embed/sOwEf_7mv-8?version=3&rel=1&fs=1&autohide=2&showsearch=0&showinfo=1&iv_load_policy=1&wmode=transparent

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Trump Brings In The Big Guns -Tom Fitton

News broke this week that President Trump plans on appointing Conservative Superman Tom Fitton of Judicial Watch to a DC Court Oversight agency.  

Tom Fitton is president of Judicial Watch, a conservative watchdog organization founded in 1994, which has made headlines bringing Freedom of Information Act (FOIA) lawsuits to force the government to release evidence which may point to misconduct by government officials.

We wish Mr. Fitton the best of luck and know he will be a fantastic asset for our nation and Lady Justice,(she thinks he will do just fine).

Congratulations to Tom Fitton!

CIA Confirms RussiaGate Made up by Hillary

Armstrong Economics Blog/Corruption Re-Posted Oct 6, 2020 by Martin Armstrong

In all my years of having to deal with politicians around the world, I have NEVER witnessed such a complete collapse in all integrity. Even in this video, Bill looks quite disgusted himself at Hillary still harping it is the Russians. Now what has surfaced is a highly classified three-page memo dated Sept. 7, 2016 from the CIA writing to FBI Director James Comey and Agent Peter Strzok telling both of them that candidate Hillary Clinton had approved a plan to blame Russian computer-hacking on Donald Trump. This was just weeks after Strzok had opened the Crossfire Hurricane probe into the Trump campaign on suspicion of conspiring with the Kremlin.

What is clear is that the Deep State has been against Trump for the same reasons they were against Kennedy – both wanted to bring troops home. The Military-Industrial Complex is far too powerful and the money flows like water. The day before 911, Rumsfeld admitted there was back then $2.3 trillion missing from the Defense Department budget. That proved one point – the money indeed flows without any accountability. The very CONVENIENT fact that the plane that hit the pentagon targeted the precise room where all those records were. Hence, no investigation.

Once again, the office of Inspector General has come up with a huge hole in the Department of Defense with a missing $6.5 trillion. That has now grown to $6.5 trillion and counting. They have reported that the “Office of the Assistant Secretary of the Army (Financial Management & Comptroller) (OASA[FM&C]) and the Defense Finance and Accounting Service Indianapolis (DFAS Indianapolis) did not adequately support $2.8 trillion in third quarter journal voucher (JV) adjustments and $6.5 trillion in yearend JV adjustments1 made to AGF data during FY 2015 financial statement compilation. The unsupported JV adjustments occurred because OASA(FM&C) and DFAS Indianapolis did not prioritize correcting the system deficiencies that caused errors resulting in JV adjustments, and did not provide sufficient guidance for supporting system‑generated adjustments.”

Obama Budget

Source: White House

The sheer level of corruption is beyond all comprehension. I seriously doubt that even Trump could clean the swamp because it is an entire ocean.

President Trump Tweet-Storm: Reauthorizes Declassification of all Documents – Will This Time Make A Difference?…

Posted originally on The Conservative Tree House on October 6, 2020 by sundance

President Donald Trump has transmitted an epic tweet-storm seemingly targeted toward all officials within the executive branch; and the intelligence apparatus writ large:

One important note of caution: there is a big difference between “authorized” and “ordered”.  On May 23rd, 2019, President Trump authorized AG Bill Barr to declassify all documents and despite much optimism nothing happened {Go DEEP}.  However, President Trump references that lack of inaction in the next series of tweets:

Presumably “people” who “acted very slowly” would pertain to AG Bill Barr, FBI Director Chris Wray, CIA Director Gina Haspel, State Dept Secretary Mike Pompeo and former ODNI Dan Coats.   President Trump asks those agencies now to “Act!!!”

President Trump also expressed the same frustration many of us feel about how these agencies and institutions have operated only to protect their own interests.  He even re-tweeted the meme of Bill Barr to drive home the point.

Whether anything comes of this latest, seemingly stronger, emphasis and request from President trump is an unknown.  However, again, this is an authorization for release of documents and not a direct order.

There are likely legal reasons for this approach, and no doubt there are advisors around the office of the president who would want him to take a more cautious approach.

Several people are pointing toward an announcement of a press conference by the DOJ tomorrow and attempting to connect the tweet-storm to the presser.  However, my gut tells me they are two distinctly different topics; but we can keep our fingers crossed.

We will know if the two events are connected less than 12 hours from now.

Interestingly, albeit likely unrelated, the specific participants in the presser hold offices that are directly connected to the previous 2019 indictment of Julian Assange.

DNI John Ratcliffe Releases Underlying Documents Related to CIA Director Brennan Briefing White House on 2016 Clinton Inspired Trump-Russia Collusion Narrative…

Posted originally on The Conservative tree house on October 6, 2020 by sundance

CTH is delayed in analysis of this story because we are a stickler for source document origination. For some unknown reason the originating document source is identified as ODNI, yet the documents themselves are not officially released.  That is not comforting, and points toward controlled messaging.

According to reports today, most citations returning to [Federalist and Fox News], the Office of the Director of National Intelligence, John Ratcliffe, has released the background documents (pertaining to an earlier declassification of documents) showing handwritten notes by CIA Director John Brennan briefing the White House and the CIA referral to the FBI -of Clinton coordinating the Trump-Russia narrative- for operation Crossfire Hurricane.

The two releases today would be connected to the earlier release (red boxes) to the Senate Judiciary Committee.

Without an official originating source for the handwritten notes I am cautious to expand discussion.  The Federalist and Fox News appear to have received the notes.

The notes would pertain to a July 26, 2016, discussion between CIA Director John Brennan and an advisor to Hillary Clinton.  That discussion subsequently led Brennan to brief President Obama, Denis McDonough, Susan Rice and possibly James Comey on July 28, 2016, as noted by Brennan himself in a recent op-ed.

[…]  on the afternoon of July 28, 2016, I informed [President Obama] in a hurriedly scheduled meeting that Russian President Vladimir Putin had authorized his intelligence services to carry out activities to hurt Democratic candidate Hillary Clinton and boost the election prospects of Donald Trump. (link)

Candidate Hillary Clinton proposing the strategic deployment of a Russian collusion narrative on July 26, 2016, is additionally important because only one day earlier, July 25, 2016, Clinton campaign Manager Robby Mook advocated for this exact narrative on the first day of the 2016 Democrat National Convention in Philadelphia.

  • April 2016 – Fusion GPS hired to dig up dirt on Trump.  Fusion hires Chris Steele to write his fabricated Trump-Russia Dossier.
  • June 2016 – Clinton campaign coordinates with State Dept. allies to introduce Veselnitskaya to Donald Trump Jr.
  • July 2016 – Clinton campaign pushes Russian conspiracy narrative to allies in intelligence community, John Brennan.   Peter Strzok begins Trump-Russia investigation; FBI, DOJ and aggregate intelligence community weaponized to assist.
  • August 2016 – Clinton campaign advisor, former Acting CIA Director Mike Morell, writes op-ed in New York Times postulating Trump-Russia collusion narrative.
  • September 2016 – U.S. intelligence officials forwarded an investigative referral to FBI Director James Comey and Deputy Assistant Director of Counterintelligence Peter Strzok regarding “U.S. Presidential candidate Hillary Clinton’s approval of a plan concerning U.S. Presidential candidate Donald Trump and Russian hackers hampering U.S. elections as a means of distracting the public from her use of a private mail server.” (link)

Which brings us to the second release today.  The release of the September 2016 referral.

This is the referral from Brennan to James Comey and Peter Strzok, perhaps a CYA of sorts, telling the FBI about the Clinton campaign involvement.

[fyi the font of the date on this document seems different]

Here’s the investigative referral as released:

https://www.scribd.com/embeds/478987772/content?start_page=1&view_mode&access_key=key-ErWWSZsTY0WfYyNBpE66View this document on Scribd


Here’s where we need to go back to TWE’s exceptional review of Brennan’s working group:

[…] On June 27, 2016, Director James Clapper signed the “Coordination of Clandestine Human Source and Human-Enabled Foreign Intelligence Collection and Counterintelligence Activities in the United States”. The same day, Director Brennan and Chief Alex Younger spoke with each other.

Two days later, on June 29, 2016, Director Brennan gave remarks at the Council On Foreign Relations.

The next month, in July 2016, the Central Intelligence Agency’s Counterintelligence Mission Center served as a conduit to the Federal Bureau of Investigation by using contacts developed by the Central Intelligence Agency between Russian individuals and members of the Trump campaign.

“The unit helped trigger the investigation into possible collusion between the Trump campaign and Russia by serving as a conduit to the FBI last year for information the CIA develooped on contacts between Russian individuals and Trump campaign associates, officials said.” — The Washington Post

“Last year, the center played an important part in detecting Russian efforts to cultivate associates of the Trump campaign. Former CIA director John Brennan testified in May that he became ‘worried by a number of contacts that the Russians had with U.S. persons’ and alerted the FBI.” — The Washington Post

On July 2, 2016, Special Agent Strzok, David Laufman, the boyfriend of Sally Moyer, [REDACTED] and [REDACTED] interviewed Hillary Clinton at the Federal Bureau of Investigation Headquarters, with David Kendall, Katherine Turner, Cheryl Mills, Heather Samuelson and [REDACTED] attending the interview.

Strzok then listened to Hillary’s phone interview on CNN, where she denied sending classified information, as he and Page texted each other about Director Comey’s intention to announce that they were nearly complete with the Midyear Exam investigation. Director Comey also engaged in a discussion over the telephone with the Midyear Exam investigation team about Hillary’s interview.

GEORGE STEPHANOPOULOS: “You interview Hillary Clinton I guess it was July 2nd– 2016. But actually, you’re not there?”
JAMES COMEY: “No ’cause I’m the dir– at that point, the director of the F.B.I. Only on TV is the director jumping out of helicopters and conducting interviews. My job is to make the final decisions. The pros will do the interview, the agents who had actually been investigating her and crawling all around her life for a year. And that’s the way it should be.”
GEORGE STEPHANOPOULOS: “And after the interview, what did you learn?”
JAMES COMEY: “Spent a lotta time on the phone with the team that afternoon and learned that we didn’t find anything, the team didn’t, that changed their view of the case. That this was a case that the Department of Justice would never prosecute. And, most importantly, they didn’t want to do additional investigation. There was nothing she said that they believed we could prove was false. And there was nothing else they needed to run down to see if she was testifying to us falsely. And so the view of the team was, ‘We’re done here. Our view of this case is firm. No prosecutor would prosecute this case.” — ABC News

On July 5, 2016, Director Comey announced that the Federal Bureau of Investigation would be closing the Midyear Exam investigation, with zero recommendations for charges for Hillary Clinton. The next day, Attorney General Lynch released her statement that there would be no charges.

On June 13, 2016, Director Brennan — introduced by General John Allen and moderated by Bruce Riedel — hosted a discussion titled “CIA’s Strategy In the Face of Emerging Challenges” at the Brookings Institution in Washington, DC.

A few days later, on July 19, 2016, Director Brennan attended a Leadership Dinner at the Intelligence and National Security Alliance, where he discussed the modernisation of the Central Intelligence Agency and the Open Source Enterprise.

Two days later, on July 21, 2016, a number of White House officials attended a high-level security meeting, which featured people from the National Security Council, the United States Department of Defense, the Federal Bureau of Investigation and the Department of Homeland Security. During the meeting, they discussed the reports that the Russian Government had hacked into the servers of the Democratic National Committee.

Hours later, on July 22, 2016, WikiLeaks started to publish the e-mails from the Democratic National Committee. At the same time, American intelligence started to collect conversations where Russian officials discussed contacts with Trump associates.

“The warning signs had been building throughout the summer, but were far from clear. As WikiLeaks was pushing out emails stolen from the Democratic National Committee through online publication, American intelligence began picking up conversations in which Russian officials were discussing contacts with Trump associates, and European allies were starting to pass along information about people close to Mr. Trump meeting with Russians in the Netherlands, Britain and other countries.” — The New York Times

The next day, on July 23, 2016, Alexander Downer informed Elizabeth Dibble at the United States Embassy in London of his conversation with Papadopoulos from May 10, 2016. The information was then transmitted from the United States Department of State to the Federal Bureau of Investigation’s Headquarters.

Four days later, on July 27, 2016, Trump hosted a press conference, where he said: “Russia, if you’re listening, I hope you’re able to find the 30,000 e-mails that are missing. I think you’ll be rewarded mightily by our press.” At the same time, the Aspen Security Forum started, which was attended by Director Brennan, Director Clapper, Director Comey, John P. Carlin and Representative Adam Schiff.

Towards the end of July 2016, American intelligence agencies proceeded to inform the White House that the Russian Government was behind the hacking of the Democratic National Committee.

On July 29, 2016, Strzok and Page texted each other about a new case and whether Page had discussed it with Deputy Director McCabe. The next day, on July 30, Strzok texted Page and wondered if he would be able to bring her to London with him.

On July 31, 2016, the Federal Bureau of Investigation opened the Crossfire Hurricane investigation, as Strzok texted Page about the importance of his visit to London.

Crossfire Hurricane had four targets:

  • George Papadopoulos — The May 2016 Downer meeting.
  • Carter Page — The 2013 Russian intelligence incident.
  • Lt. Gen. Michael Flynn — The Russia Today dinner.
  • Paul Manafort — The Ukraine investigation.

The next month, in August 2016, Carter Page left the Trump campaign.

Now this is where we to have split it between two articles. This will focus on the Working Group. We will return the bigger half later.

At some point, Director Brennan received intelligence from an intelligence agency in the Baltic States — the Estonian Information Board — which featured a recording about money being moved from the Kremlin into an American presidential campaign.

“Last April, the CIA director was shown intelligence that worried him. It was — allegedly — a tape recording of a conversation about money from the Kremlin going into the US presidential campaign.

It was passed to the US by an intelligence agency of one of the Baltic States. The CIA cannot act domestically against American citizens so a joint counter-intelligence taskforce was created.” — Paul Wood, BBC News

“According to the BBC, the justice department’s request came after a tipoff from an intelligence agency in one of the Baltic states. This is believed to be Estonia.” — The Guardian

As previously discussed, it should be noted that the Estonian Information Board conducted intelligence gathering on a meeting in the Czech Republic maintained by the organisation Rossotrudnichestvo, a meeting described within the Steele dossier, which allegedly featured Michael Cohen. It should also be noted that the Federal Bureau of Investigation were aware of Sergei Millian through a 2011 investigation into Yury Zaytsev, the head of Washington’s Rossotrudnichestvo.

Director Brennan would also meet with Director Robert Hannigan of GCHQ and receive intelligence at “director level”, despite the two not being counterparts.

This Working Group was either formed in April or in August.

“The informal, inter-agency working group began to explore possible Russian interference last spring, long before the FBI received information from a former British spy hired to develop politically damaging and unverified research about Trump, according to the sources, who spoke on the condition of anonymity because of the sensitive nature of the inquiry.” — McClatchy

The McClatchy article, if taken at face value, would suggest that the Working Group was active months before mid-September 2016, which is the moment that the Crossfire Hurricane team received the Steele memos.

Alternatively, The Washington Post suggests that the Working Group was formed in August 2016, which contained several dozen analysts. For the purposes of these articles, we will be using the August 2016 start time.

After the beginning of August 2016, Director Brennan convened a secret task force — the “Working Group” — which was composed of agents from multiple agencies:

  • Central Intelligence Agency — Foreign
  • Federal Bureau of Investigation — Domestic
  • National Security Agency — Foreign
  • Office of the Director of National Intelligence — Foreign
  • United States Department of Justice — Domestic
  • United States Department of the Treasury’s Financial Crimes Enforcement Network — Domestic

The Working Group operated out of the Central Intelligence Agency Headquarters, where it worked in secrecy away from the other members of the various intelligence agencies. Agents that participated in the Working Group had to sign non-disclosure agreements to access the shared intelligence of the Central Intelligence Agency, the Federal Bureau of Investigation and the National Security Agency. It has also been described as “informal”.

The Working Group would also report to two different sets of people:

  • President Barack Obama and less than fourteen (14) senior United States Government officials.
  • Operations specialists at the Central Intelligence Agency, the Federal Bureau of Investigation and the National Security Agency
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The Working Group had a number of tasks to accomplish in their investigations of Donald Trump, his campaign and Russian interests.

  • The transfer of money from the Kremlin to assist the Trump campaign through the use of a system which paid thousands of Russian-American pensioners by funnelling the monies to e-mail hackers in the United States, or to funnel that money to intermediaries.
  • Locate the main financier behind the e-mail hacks of both the Democratic National Committee and John Podesta.

Attorneys at the United States Department of Justice’s National Security Department then attempted to file a FISA application with the Foreign Intelligence Surveillance Act Court to intercept electronic records for two Russian banks — SVB Bank and Alfa Bank.

The Crossfire Hurricane investigation team, in conjunction with a number of agents at the Eastern District of Virginia under United States Attorney Dana Boente, reported to the Working Group, including the Central Intelligence Agency. During this time, they investigated the four main targets of Crossfire Hurricane, and they also investigated Roger Stone as part of their expanded WikiLeaks investigation.

“The F.B.I.’s thinking crystallized by mid-August, after the C.I.A. director at the time, John O. Brennan, shared intelligence with Mr. Comey showing that the Russian government was behind an attack on the 2016 presidential election. Intelligence agencies began collaborating to investigate that operation. The Crossfire Hurricane team was part of that group but largely operated independently, three officials said.” — The New York Times

As part of the secrecy surrounding the Working Group and Crossfire Hurricane, the Crossfire Hurricane team was provided their own source of funding, and they worked in a secure area, titled the “war room”, within the Federal Bureau of Investigation’s Headquarters, which required special clearance to enter.

Meanwhile, the United States Department of the Treasury’s Financial Crimes Enforcement Network warned officials and United States Congress that both American citizens’ and residents’ banking and financial data had been illegally searched and stored. Those breaches extended to other intelligence agencies, including the National Security Agency, the Central Intelligence Agency and the Defense Intelligence Agency.

This was accomplished as the Office of Intelligence and Analysis opened a back door to give access to the intelligence agencies. Another aspect was that the United States Department of the Treasury attempted to transfer the work of the Financial Crimes Enforcement Network to the Office of Intelligence and Analysis, which was fought back by employees at the Financial Crimes Enforcement Network.

At the time, the Office of Intelligence and Analysis was ran by the Assistant Secretary For Intelligence and Analysis, S. Leslie Ireland, whom also simultaneously worked as the National Intelligence Manager For Threat Finance at the Office of the Director of National Intelligence. She started both positions in July 2010, and left both positions in November 2016.

The Financial Crimes Enforcement Network, in the summer of 2016, also inquired about reviewing the Office of Intelligence and Analysis’ guidelines under Executive Order 12333, but they were ultimately removed from the e-mail chain surrounding the issue.

The National Security Agency successfully collected the records of 151 million American phone calls through the use of Foreign Intelligence Surveillance Court orders to collect information from 42 individuals. This involved the distribution of 3,914 reports which contained information about Americans gathered in warrantless surveillance programs. The National Security Agency also collected metadata through pen register orders for 41 targets.

For a visual aide, you can use this interactive image from The Guardian to showcase how the two hop system works.

The Federal Bureau of Investigation, the Central Intelligence Agency, the National Security Agency and the United States Department of the Treasury all collectively worked on the investigation into Lt. Gen. Michael Flynn as they scrutinised his communications to determine the extent of his communications with Russian Government contacts.

In August 2016, Paul Wood of BBC News contacted a retired spy, where the spy mentioned that they had heard of the existence of Russian blackmail on Trump from “the head of an East European intelligence agency”. The same month, Director Brennan shared intelligence with Director Comey, which contained information showing that the Russian Government was behind the interference of the 2016 United States presidential election. Directors Brennan and Comey would engage in further conversations as summer rolled on.

On August 2, 2016, Strzok and another agent at the Federal Bureau of Investigation met with Downer in London, where they discussed Papadopoulos. This led to concern from Deputy Director McCabe about information control, while the United Kingdom requested Strzok not to disclose any identities outside of the Federal Bureau of Investigation.

The next day, on August 3, 2016, the Russian Foreign Ministry transferred $30,000.00 to the Russian Embassy’s Citibank account in Washington, DC, where they left a memo line: “to finance election campaign of 2016”.

On August 19, 2016, Paul Manafort resigned from the Trump campaign, as a ramification of the actions of Ukraine.

In September 2016, Paul Ahern argued with numerous employees at the United States Department of the Treasury’s Financial Crimes Enforcement Network about the Office of Intelligence and Analysis’ powers over searching American citizens’ bank accounts and financial details as there were draft guidelines which authorised it, although the guidelines were never finalised.

On September 14, 2016, Special Agent Strzok attended a briefing hosted by the National Security Agency.

On September 26, 2016, John Carlin filed a notification with the Foreign Intelligence Surveillance Act Court. These efforts to acquire a FISA on Carter Page were discussed at the Federal Bureau of Investigation, as Lisa Page learned of the plans around this time.

“According to Page’s testimony, she first learned of plans to obtain a FISA warrant on Trump campaign adviser Carter Page approximately a month before the FISA was granted on Oct. 21, 2016.” — Jeff Carlson, The Epoch Times

By the end of September 2016, agents at both the Federal Bureau of Investigation and the Central Intelligence Agency, people at Capitol Hill, and other people at other intelligence agencies were leaking information surrounding the investigation of Trump and Russia to The New York Times, which was investigated in an effort led by Eric Lichtblau and Steven Lee Myers.

On October 21, 2016, the Federal Bureau of Investigation and the United States Department of Justice — signed off by Director Comey and Deputy Attorney General Sally Yates — formally filed their Foreign Intelligence Surveillance Act request with the Foreign Intelligence Surveillance Act Court to monitor the communications of Carter Page, in a document containing over 50 pages.

The secret surveillance order was then approved by Judge Rosemary Collyer at the Foreign Intelligence Surveilance Act Court, which granted permission to conduct electronic surveillance on Carter.

The FISA order was ultimately used by Director Brennan’s Working Group, as the information gathered gave them multiple investigative leads into the Trump campaign. This was most likely used in conjunction with Paul Manafort’s own active FISA, which was also being used for surveillance.

The FBI and other US agencies have been combing through information obtained through that FISA as part of its ongoing investigation into the Trump campaign’s links to Russia.” — CNN

“A secret order authorized by the court that handles the Foreign Intelligence Surveillance Act (FISA) began after Manafort became the subject of an FBI investigation that began in 2014. It centered on work done by a group of Washington consulting firms for Ukraine’s former ruling party, the sources told CNN.

The surveillance was discontinued at some point last year for lack of evidence, according to one of the sources.

The FBI then restarted surveillance after obtaining a new FISA warrant that extended at least into early this year.” — CNN

As a reminder:

“Here is one hypothetical scenario. The NSA requests approval from the FISA court to collect the communications of the Arab-American Civil Rights League on the grounds that it suspects some dubious characters have been using its facilities. Over a period of months (if there a restriction on the duration of electronic surveillance under FISA rules), they register 1,000 communications. Using ‘first hop’ privileges they identify 250 persons whose own communications they wish to tap. Using “second hop” privileges they next identify a total of 1,500 more people whose communications they wish to tap. That makes a total of 2,700 persons whose telephone calls they are monitoring and storing. Each year, the NSC requests warrants from the FISA courts about 500 times. Hence, we can project more than 1 million telephone numbers now under surveillance for an indefinite period of time. For we should further note that once an official investigation is begun the records acquire the status of legal documents in a judicial or quasi-judicial proceeding.” — Michael Brenner, The Huffington Post

Between November 1–6, 2016, Paul Wood met with Glenn Simpson at BBC News’s Washington station to have lunch, where Simpson provided Wood with a redacted copy of the Steele memos. Shortly after this, Wood then contacted the Central Intelligence Agency in an attempt to corroborate the information, where he received an unofficial intermediary whom said they the Steele memos were credible and they had numerous outside sources to it.

Mr Wood said he had asked the CIA about the allegations made in the dossier, which is said to have circulated for months among major media outlets, who were not able to corroborate its contents, before it was published by BuzzFeed.
I sent a message to the CIA at the beginning of November to ask them about these allegations,’ said Mr Wood.
‘It was illegal for any official to talk to me about them, but I got a message back through an intermediary that said the allegations were regarded as credible. And more than that, there was more than a single source for them, not just this MI6 man.’” — The Independent

On December 9, 2016, President Obama ordered a review to be carried out by American intelligence agencies to research Russian interference in United States elections going back to 2008. The same day, Adam Entous, Ellen Nakashima and Greg Miller — with assistance from Julie Tate — published the article “Secret CIA assessment says Russia was trying to help Trump win White House” in The Washington Post, while David E. Sanger and Scott Shane published “Russian Hackers Acted to Aid Trump in Election, U.S. Says” in The New York Times.

As part of the development of the Intelligence Community Assessment, Director Brennan hand-picked a number of agents from both the Central Intelligence Agency and the Federal Bureau of Investigation, one of whom was Special Agent Peter Strzok, whom worked as an intermediary between Director Comey and Director Brennan.

The next day, on December 10, 2016, Nakashima and Entous — again with Tate’s assistance — published the article “FBI and CIA give differing accounts to lawmakers on Russia’s motives in 2016 hacks” in The Washington Post. A reporter, meanwhile, sent an inquiry to the Federal Bureau of Investigation, where they asked whether they agreed with the conclusion that Russia assisted President-elect Trump with his election victorr, which was responded to by Special Agent Strzok.

Three days later, on December 13, 2016, Eric Lipton, Sanger and Shane, with contributions from Kitty Bennett, published the article “The Perfect Weapon: How Russian Cyberpower Invaded the U.S.” in The New York Times. On the same day, Mark Hosenball and Jonathan Lindsay published the article “Exclusive: Top U.S. spy agency has not embraced CIA assessment on Russia hacking — sources” in Reuters, which was about the Office of the Director of National Intelligence.

This resulted in Director Clapper, Director Brennan, Director Comey and Director Vincent Stewart all collectively declining to brief the House Intelligence Committee on the issues surrounding their conflicting assessments on the Russian cyber attacks. At the same time, Strzok and Page’s texts allegedly stopped being stored internally, as the initial batch of texts messages end on December 13.

Two days later, on December 15, Strzok and Page texted each other about a sister organisation leaking to the mainstream media. The next day, December 16, Strzok texted Page again, this time to discuss an article in The Washington Post“FBI in agreement with CIA that Russia aimed to help Trump win White House”, where Strzok argued that the Central Intelligence Agency is more capable of manipulating the press and that the Federal Bureau of Investigation had the initial position, not the Central Intelligence Agency.

Two days later again, on December 18, 2016, Strzok and Page discussed his intelligence submissions to the Intelligence Community Assessment on Russian interference. Strzok expressed concern that the White House would scapegoat the Federal Bureau of Investigation using the classified portion of the report. One day later, on December 19, Page texted Strzok about the number of mainstream media stories where they actively played a personal role in, as Strzok questioned whether he should have done anything differently to prevent the rise of Donald Trump.

On January 5, 2017, Director Comey, Director Brennan, Director Michael Rogers and Director Clapper briefed President Obama and Vice President Joe Biden on the Intelligence Community Assessment and a 2-page synopsis of the Steele dossier. But we’ll talk more about this later.

On January 18, 2017, Peter Stone and Greg Gordon published the article “FBI, 5 other agencies probe possible covert Kremlin aid to Trump” in McClatchy.

On January 21, 2017, Zeeshan Aleem published the article “6 different agencies have come together to investigate Trump’s possible Russia ties” in Vox.

On January 22, 2017, Carol E. Lee, Devlin Barrett and Shane Harris published the article “U.S. Eyes Michael Flynn’s Links to Russia” in The Wall Street Journal.

On June 9, 2017, Special Agent Strzok received an agency coin with the signature of Director Brennan. Agency coins are handed out to “exceptional employees” recognised by the Agency.

On September 20, 2017, John Brennan created his Twitter account.

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And he’s been tweeting threats towards President Trump ever since, to the point that his national security clearance was revoked.

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