Judicial Watch Obtains Carter Page FISA Court Documents


(Washington, DC) – Judicial Watch President Tom Fitton made the following statement regarding today’s release of 412 pages of documents about FISA (Foreign Intelligence Surveillance Act) warrants targeting Carter Page, who had been a Trump campaign adviser:

These documents are heavily redacted but seem to confirm the FBI and DOJ misled the courts in withholding the material information that Hillary Clinton’s campaign and the DNC were behind the “intelligence” used to persuade the courts to approve the FISA warrants that targeted the Trump team. Given this corruption, President Trump should intervene and declassify the heavily redacted material.

The documents were due to Judicial Watch yesterday but were emailed around 5:30 pm today.

The warrants are controversial because the FISA court was never told that the key information justifying the requests came from a “dossier” that was created by Fusion GPS, a paid agent of the Clinton campaign and Democratic National Committee.  The initial Carter Page warrant was granted just weeks before the 2016 election.  Today’s document release supports criticisms by Republicans on the House Intelligence Committee who released a memo that criticized the FISA targeting.  The memo details how the “minimally corroborated” Clinton-DNC dossier was an essential part of the FBI and DOJ’s applications for surveillance warrants to spy on Page.

The document production comes in a February 2018 Judicial Watch Freedom of Information Act (FOIA) lawsuit filed after the DOJ rejected a July 19, 2017, FOIA request (Judicial Watch v. U.S. Department of Justice (No. 1:18-cv-00245)). The lawsuit is seeking:

Copies of all proposed and all final signed FISA applications submitted to the FISC relating to Russian interference in the 2016 election, allegations of collusion between people associated with the Trump campaign and Russia, and any known Trump associates regardless of context;

Copies of all FISC responses to the above-mentioned applications in which the Court notified the FBI or Justice Department that it would not grant the proposed applications or recommended changes. If any such FISC responses were provided orally, rather than in writing, please provide copies of FBI or Justice Department records memorializing or otherwise referencing the relevant FISC responses;

Copies of all FISC orders relating to the above mentioned applications, whether denying the applications and certifications, denying the orders, modifying the orders, granting the orders, or other types of orders.

In April, the DOJ told the court it was “processing for potential redaction and release certain FISA materials related to Carter Page,” and agreed to a production schedule for responsive records to be completed July 20, 2018.

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The Political War Against President Trump


 

The political war being waged against President Trump is both despicable and effective. Despicable because the basis of the animus — alleged collusion with Russia in the 2016 election — has no basis in fact, and effective because it is perpetrated by the U.S. legal and intelligence community who, in the minds of most Americans, are seen as defenders of the United States. 

The indictments by Deputy Attorney General Rod Rosenstein of Russian intelligence officers allegedly involved in the 2016 presidential election was rather transparently meant to undercut Trump and his summit with Vladimir Putin. Instead it looks like payback to the administration for having the temerity to question the intelligence community’s assessment that Russia interfered in the election.

The indictments gave lie to the assertion that the Justice Department and the intelligence community are not political. These indictments were meant for domestic political consumption. Their purpose was to arm the president’s political enemies with the on-going charge of Russian involvement in his election and to undercut his presidency. 

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One FBI Text Message In Russia Probe That Should Alarm Every American


 

Strzok texted his own handicap of the Russia evidence: “You and I both know the odds are nothing. If I thought it was likely, I’d be there no question. I hesitate in part because of my gut sense and concern there’s no big there there.”

So the FBI agents who helped drive the Russia collusion narrative — as well as Rosenstein’s decision to appoint Mueller — apparently knew all along that the evidence was going to lead to “nothing” and, yet, they proceeded because they thought there was still a possibility of impeachment.
 

By John Solomon
TheHill.com

Lisa Page and Peter Strzok, the reported FBI lovebirds, are the poster children for the next “Don’t Text and Investigate” public service ads airing soon at an FBI office near you.

Their extraordinary texting affair on their government phones has given the FBI a black eye, laying bare a raw political bias brought into the workplace that agents are supposed to check at the door when they strap on their guns and badges.

It is no longer in dispute that they held animus for Donald Trump, who was a subject of their Russia probe, or that they openly discussed using the powers of their office to “stop” Trump from becoming president. The only question is whether any official acts they took in the Russia collusion probe were driven by those sentiments.

The Justice Department’s inspector general is endeavoring to answer that question.

For any American who wants an answer sooner, there are just five words, among the thousands of suggestive texts Page and Strzok exchanged, that you should read.

That passage was transmitted on May 19, 2017. “There’s no big there there,” Strzok texted.

The date of the text long has intrigued investigators: It is two days after Deputy Attorney General Rod Rosenstein named special counsel Robert Mueller to oversee an investigation into alleged collusion between Trump and the Russia campaign.

Since the text was turned over to Congress, investigators wondered whether it referred to the evidence against the Trump campaign.

This month, they finally got the chance to ask. Strzok declined to say — but Page, during a closed-door interview with lawmakers, confirmed in the most pained and contorted way that the message in fact referred to the quality of the Russia case, according to multiple eyewitnesses.

The admission is deeply consequential. It means Rosenstein unleashed the most awesome powers of a special counsel to investigate an allegation that the key FBI officials, driving the investigation for 10 months beforehand, did not think was “there.”

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Trump Has Been Set Up, Framed And Relentlessly Persecuted By The American Intelligence Community


By Sidney Powell | Former federal prosecutor
TheDailyCaller.com

The frenzied furor and fomented outrage over President Donald Trump’s reluctance to express blind trust for our “intelligence community” defy reason and reality. In their choreographed cries of contempt for Mr. Trump, the “left’s” increasingly shrill proclamations of political apocalypse make “Chicken Little” look rational. At least we’ve moved on from the impending annihilation from the nuclear war with North Korea.

Power is the only thing leftists worship, and they are unraveling in front of our eyes without it. They can’t control Mr. Trump. That alone drives them insane. They have no policies that work. Cities and states they control are criminal sanctuaries and bankrupt cesspools. Check out San Francisco, Portland and Chicago.

Each of the president’s remarkable accomplishments — from unprecedented high employment, our booming economy and the tax cuts to his historic summit with Kim Jong-un — highlights their abject failures and serves to prick their narcissistic egos. The country is doing better without them every day. Even worse, they are desperate to keep their countless crimes and abuses covered up.

We know that there are many honorable, dedicated and legitimate members of our multiple intelligence and law enforcement agencies who strive to protect us the right way every day. So, why might any of us not just declare blind trust for our “intelligence community” writ large? Let me count the ways.

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Lisa Page Confirms: The Chinese, Not The Russians, Hacked Hillary’s Emails


"The upper echelon of the FBI concealed intelligence confirming Chinese state-backed ‘assets’ had illegally acquired former Secretary of State Hillary Clinton’s 30,000+ “missing” emails, federal sources said."

 

By Patrick Howley
BigLeaguePolitics.com

WASHINGTON — Hillary Rodham Clinton’s Blackberry was hacked by the Chinese, according to Peter Strzok’s mistress Lisa Page, who testified behind closed doors about her role in Operation Crossfire Hurricane.

While her boyfriend Strzok stonewalled Congress, Page was open to cooperating behind the scenes with Republican lawmakers. Ohio’s Jim Jordan led the way in getting Page into backdoor meetings where she aided investigators in their probe of Page and Strzok’s collusion against the Trump government.

TruePundit reports: The embattled Page tossed James Comey, Andrew McCabe, Peter Strzok and Bill Priestap among others under the Congressional bus, alleging the upper echelon of the FBI concealed intelligence confirming Chinese state-backed ‘assets’ had illegally acquired former Secretary of State Hillary Clinton’s 30,000+ “missing” emails, federal sources said. The Russians didn’t do it. The Chinese did, according to well-placed FBI sources.

This fact victory is very important for me, because I reported at Breitbart during the first campaign that Hillary Clinton’s Blackberry was hacked by the Chinese. This is what forced Peter Strzok and the “Operation Crossfire Hurricane” people to snap into motion, making sure that James Comey did NOT find Hillary Clinton “gross and negligent” for purposes of the Espionage Act of 1913.

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Video: William Binney, Former Technical Director of NSA Goes Over The Proof That The DNC Emails Were Not HACKED.


 
 
 

 

William Binney, former Technical Director of NSA goes over the proof that the DNC emails published by Guccifer 2.0 were downloaded locally and not hacked remotely, as perpetrated by the Establishment politicians, the US Department of Justice and in an Intelligence Community Assessment Report by selected analysts from NSA, CIA and FBI issued in January 24, 2017.

Binney takes us back to the chaos of the summer of 2016, during the height of the presidential campaign, with leaks and hacks being reported and published virtually every week. Binney says, “First of all, the original Guccifer was Romanian hacker who was picked up and arrested…then, in July [2016], when WikiLeaks was getting ready to publish a lot of the emails, all of a sudden, Guccifer 2.0 appeared. The original Guccifer thought that this Guccifer 2.0 was a fabrication…

“Guccifer 2.0 started claiming that he hacked the DNC and he had data from the DNC and he was doing it for the Russians. So he then later on, put this data out on the web as the data that he’d hacked from Russia from the DNC.”

Binney continues, “So, he [Guccifer 2.0] claimed that. So now we had some data to look at, forensically to look and see exactly what we could tell from the data, itself; what it meant and whether or not it was really a hack – and that’s exactly what we did.”

Binney says the highest transfer rate was 49.1 megabytes per second, which is much faster than possible from a remote online connection. He says some colleagues challenged this assumption and ran various tests, from the Netherlands, Albania, Belgrade and in the UK and he says, “The fastest rate we got was from a data center in New Jersey…to a data center in the UK and that was 12 megabytes per second, which is less than a fourth of the rate necessary to transfer the data, as it was listed from Guccifer 2.0…However, it is the perfect download rate for a thumb drive.” He says their findings don’t prove who did it but they do prove that the data breach was local and did not consist of an overseas hack.

The next observation made by Binney seems to mesh with statements recently made by alleged Seth Rich murder witness, “Luke” who claims that US Deputy Attorney General Rod Rosenstein had long been running an operation to monitor and to manipulate the DNC’s emails.

Guccifer 2.0 posted data on July 5th and on September 1st, 2016. “If you looked at it and you ignored the hour and the date but looked at minutes seconds and milliseconds, those two datasets merged just like that. So, that meant that Guccifer 2.0 was manipulating the data. He was taking one file down, splitting it into two parts, issuing one for the 5th of July and one for the 1st of September; so he’s fabricating…this shows he’s manipulating and and changing the data and so, the whole thing about Guccifer 2.0 is a fabrication…it’s worse than that, though…”

Binney makes a face and describes how the FBI and the CIA were basing their whole case about Russian hacking on this fabricated data and more embarrassingly for him, since he worked there for decades, NSA officially stated that it had “moderate confidence” that the emails were authentic.

Binney says NSA has access to all Internet traffic and are able to categorically say who hacked what from where. The fact that they never came forward with these details is what initially told him that the US Government’s allegations about the DNC emails are false.

Former FBI Director James Comey, former CIA Director John Brennan and other members of the US political establishment are using this fabricated Guccifer 2.0 data as evidence of Russian hacking. Their chicanery is based on digital manipulation that is easy for anybody to understand. Even worse, they and other establishment Democrats keep repeating that “17 US intelligence agencies” have vouched for the authenticity of these Guccifer 2.0 logs, which is a lie.

Meanwhile, WikiLeaks publisher, Julian Assange has offered to give proof from his end that the DNC emails were not hacked by the Russians and Kim Dotcom, New Zealand founder of MegaUpload has offered to provide evidence that Seth Rich was the leaker.

Binney confirms that an FBI report exists, which says that Seth Rich’s computer had information going back and forth to WikiLeaks and that NSA would easily be able to substantiate this report.

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Audio: Devin Nunes Unplugged


House Intelligence Committee Chairman Devin Nunes sat for an interview with his Wisconsin colleague Sean Duffy. The interview was recorded for Rep. Duffy’s Plaidcast. Adam Kredo reports on the interview for the Washington Free Beacon in “Intel Chair: FBI, DOJ Obstructing Trump Probe in Hope of Dem Takeover in Congress.” I have tracked down an embeddable version of the podcast and posted it below (about 30 minutes).

I have found Rep. Nunes to be a reliable guide to the issues culminating in the appointment of Robert Mueller as Special Counsel. Although the interview covers some of the same ground that Nunes went over with Maria Bartiromo on FNC’s Sunday Morning Futures earlier this week, I think this is also worth your time.

Quotable quote: “After seven or eight months of stonewalling, we realized they
[the FBI and DOJ] had no intelligence in the opening of that
[counterintelligence] investigation.”

 

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Peter Strzok Was CIA And FBI At The Same Time, Say Experts



By Patrick Howley
BigLeaguePolitics.com

 

Washington is still reeling from Peter Strzok’s testimony on Capitol Hill, where House lawmakers grilled him about his efforts to use FBI government power to try to stop President Donald Trump’s campaign and current presidency.

Strzok was the main operative in “Operation Crossfire Hurricane,” a Deep State plot to run legal attacks on President Trump’s team.

Now we know that Strzok was really a CIA agent. He only held a ceremonial title in the Bureau, but was really operating under the leadership of the CIA, including Obama’s vindictive CIA director John Brennan.

intellihub reports: “A sheep-dipped Peter Strzok has been covertly operating as the Section Chief of the Central Intelligence Agency’s Counterespionage Group during his secret 24 year tenure with the agency while masquerading as Deputy Assistant Director of the Federal Bureau of Investigation’s Counterintelligence Division where he was in charge of investigating Hillary Clinton’s use of a personal email server along with the investigation into Russian interference in the 2016 United States elections.

The bombshell information published first on BrassBalls.blog reveals that the “joint CIA/FBI position was created by Congress in 1996” which allowed Strzok to hold both posts.

A unclassified document printed on FBI letterhead dated January 20, 2016, which contains the subject line “Supplemental Classification Review and Determination” was addressed to the Bureau of National Security’s

Assistant Secretary Gregory B. Starr from Peter Strzok who is listed as “Section Chief” of the “Counterespionage Section” in reference to Strzok’s CIA post. Keep in mind, this is not an FBI post as Strzok’s position at the FBI is “Deputy Assistant Director Counterintelligence Division” not “Section Chief” which is a CIA post.

 
 
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Conservatives Moving To Impeach Rosenstein Soon


Editor's Note:

Rosenstein is a career bureaucrat who knows full well he should have recused himself regarding the Mueller fiasco. After TWO YEARS OF THE RUSSIA COLLUSION GAS CLOUD HYSTERIA, most have completely lost sight of the fact that a Special Counsel is not someone who is supposed to be appointed unless there is clear evidence of a "CRIME" and when there is no confidence the DOJ can handle the investigation itself because of things like serious conflicts of interest.

In this case, the allegations supposedly justifying the appointment of a Special Counsel involved "COLLUSION", which 'IS NOT A CRIME", and a claim of obstruction of justice by Trump when he fired Comey. The allegation of obstruction was solely based on Comey's memos which Comey implied contained sufficient evidence to justify the appointment of a Special Counsel.

After the release of the Comey memos we now know they DID NOT CONTAIN ANY EVIDENCE TO SUPPORT AN ALLEGATION OF OBSTRUCTION. In fact, as Trey Gowdy pointed out quite some time ago, they actually constituted EXHIBIT A for Trump that there wasn't any effort to obstruct the FBI investigation into Russia collusion with the Trump campaign. So, there was no legitimate basis to justify the appointment of a Special Counsel from the get-go.

In addition, Devin Nunes revealed the 'NO OFFICIAL INTELLIGENCE WAS USED TO JUSTIFY STARTING AN INVESTIGATION IN THE TRUMP CAMPAIGN TO BEGIN WITH!"

 

The reason Rosenstein should have recused himself on this issue was that HE WROTE A SUBSTANTIVE LETTER DETAILING EXACTLY WHY COMEY SHOULD HAVE BEEN FIRED BEFORE COMEY WAS ACTUALLY FIRED! Now we also have the IG report that goes into even more detail about why Comey should have been fired as well.

Rosenstein should have recused himself because he is a potential main witness in a case against Trump for obstruction of justice for firing Comey. YOU CANNOT BE A POTENTIAL MAIN WITNESS AND ALSO BE IN CHARGE OF AN INVESTIGATION INTO A CHARGE OF OBSTRUCTION OF JUSTICE. Rosenstein absolutely knows this. He's known this from the very beginning. He needs to be removed from office for this and a whole host of other reasons!!
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By
TheHill.com

Conservative lawmakers in the House are preparing to impeach Deputy Attorney General Rod Rosenstein, Politico reported Friday.

Sources told the publication that conservatives have been preparing to have Rosenstein impeached for weeks over allegations that he’s held up their investigation into FBI agents who some lawmakers say are biased against President Trump.

House Freedom Caucus leaders Reps. Mark Meadows (R-N.C.) and Jim Jordan (R-Ohio) are leading the effort, and the impeachment document could be filed as soon as Monday, according to Politico.

Ben Williamson, a spokesman for Meadows, declined to rule out if it would be filed next week, Politico reported.

The news comes the same day that Rosenstein announced charges against 12 Russian intelligence officials for allegedly hacking the Democratic National Committee.

Rosenstein has long been a target for Republicans who are frustrated over special counsel Robert Mueller’s probe into election meddling by Russia and possible collusion between Moscow and the Trump campaign. He is overseeing the probe after Attorney General Jeff Sessions recused himself from the Russia investigation, and some argue that he's the only person with the legal authority to fire Mueller.

The deputy attorney general testified before the House Judiciary Committee in a tense hearing last month, with Republicans grilling him over the Mueller probe.

Speculation that Trump could fire Rosenstein increased in April after the FBI raided the home and office of Trump’s former personal lawyer Michael Cohen.

Trump later responded to news reports that he may fire Mueller or Rosenstein by noting that “they’re still here.”

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Video: ‘That’s scary!’ – Jim Jordan Explains Explosive Revelation From Peter Strzok Testimony



 

By Carlos Garcia
TheBlaze.com

Rep. Jim Jordan (R-Ohio) explained the pivotal piece of the puzzle about the origins of the Russian investigation that was revealed by Peter Strzok in his testimony before Congress Thursday.

“That’s scary!”

Jordan explained that the justification of the Russian investigation came from flawed documents including the “Trump dossier” that was created through the efforts of Democrat-linked entities like Fusion GPS.

“Today, think about that, the top DOJ official Bruce Ohr actually hands parts of the dossier to the FBI,” Rep. Jordan told Sean Hannity on his show Thursday.

“And remember Bruce Ohr’s wife Nellie worked for Fusion GPS, who was paid by the Clinton campaign to put this entire dossier together,” he explained. “This is the first time to my knowledge the FBI has admitted they got parts of the dossier from Bruce Ohr, a fellow DOJ employee.”

“That’s scary!” he emphasized.

“Bruce Ohr, the fourth ranking official at the Department of Justice, his wife works for Fusion GPS, in the summer, he gets information, passes it to the FBI, that becomes the basis to spy on the Trump campaign, plain and simple,” Jordan continued. “This is the first time to my knowledge the FBI has admitted that, and it was good that we got some of that information out today.”

“I’ll tell you what, this investigation started flawed with the dossier,” he concluded.

Watch the interview with Jim Jordan by Sean Hannity:

Strzok’s admission helps substantiate the Republican narrative that special counsel Robert Mueller’s investigation into Russian election interference and alleged collusion with the Trump campaign was flawed from the beginning and politically motivated.

Strzok attempted to defend the anti-Trump texts he sent to his paramour Lisa Page on an official FBI phone during his testimony by saying that they did not reflect any bias he had in his professional capacity as an FBI investigator.

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