Attorney General Barr’s Investigation into Why the U.S. Counter-Intelligence Establishment was Used to Spy on the GOP Presidential Candidate, is Now Firing with Live Rounds
We can forgive the planet’s population if they believe the United States of America has become a banana republic where the state security apparatus is used to investigate, spy on and penetrate an opponent’s political campaign.
The given rationale, used by senior Obama intelligence officials for the counter-intelligence investigation, makes this point emphatically. The Obama Administration rationale for the counter-intelligence investigation was the report that Fusion GPS was paid to write by the Hillary Clinton campaign for President.
This was a disinformation (dirty-tricks) operation run by the Hillary Clinton for President campaign, also known as OPPO, as in, opposition research.
Given what is now known, either the U.S. counter-intelligence apparatus at the FBI was duped by the report into launching an investigation, which is not likely, or the FBI was in on it from the beginning, and the report was merely needed to create a news story, to give the secret wiretapping court the raison d’etre to wiretap four individuals within the Republican Presidential candidate’s campaign.
Reportedly, FBI Deputy Director Andrew McCabe told Congress that the secret warrant to monitor Trump’s campaign calls, texts and emails would have never been granted, had it not been for the GPS Fusion report.
And just by way of background, a Justice Department official, Bruce Ohr, whose wife Nelie Ohr worked a Fusion GPS, passed contents of the Fusion GPS document to others in DOJ and the FBI. Bruce Ohr also stated that Christopher Steele, author of the GPS Fusion report paid for by the Clinton campaign, informed Ohr before the election that he “desperately wanted to prevent Donald Trump from being elected president.”
In order to present “evidence” before the secret court that authorizes wiretaps on American citizens, the FBI’s Hillary-Clinton-agents-in-place, Peter Paul Strzok II and FBI lawyer Lisa Page, urged the author of the Fusion GPS report to brief reporters. Then, after a news story appeared, it was used in the secret wiretap court as “evidence.”
But even though the secret Court asked the FBI four times if the GPS Fusion report was the source of the news story, four times the FBI denied it. The FBI went even farther than just denial, but pointed to the news story as independent corroboration of these reports about Trump, and emphasized their need to be investigated.
The FBI lied to the court, plain and simple.
Forgive the secret court for believing Strzok, he headed up the FBI’s counter-intelligence operations monitoring Russian ideological subversion and active measures operations in the United States.
Thus, the Russian collusion was based on a paid-for-by-the-Clinton-campaign oppo report that was fronted by the head of the FBI’s Russian counter-intelligence office; who used the oppo report to manipulate a reporter into publishing a story, without telling the reporter that the Clinton campaign paid for the “report.”
It does not sound like the FBI was duped.
Now, Attorney General Barr has expanded the scope and staff of U.S. Attorney John Durham’s investigation into the origins of the Russian collusion allegations and whether criminal activities occurred to manipulate the U.S. counter-intelligence infrastructure (we set it up to catch spies, not spy on our domestic political opponents) or to further the domestic political goals of the Democratic party.
The ultimate question, what was the degree of coordination between the Hillary Clinton for President campaign and Peter Strzok and his mistress Lisa Page, Bruce Ohr, his Fusion GPS employed wife and high-level Obama intelligence and Justice Department officials?
The conventional wisdom among those swamp-creatures who live inside-the-beltway is that the persons who had the position, ability and general orientation to oversee this counter-intelligence operation against the Trump campaign, would also be on the distribution list of the intelligence that was gathered. They authorized it because they wanted to see “the take” from the Trump campaign.
Those on the distribution list of the results of spying on the Trump campaign would have been a very small list. First on the list is President Obama himself. Next is a small number of people all who served President Obama: Susan Rice, former National Security Advisor, retired Air Force General John Clapper, former director of National Intelligence, John Brennan, former Director of the Central Intelligence Agency and James Comey, the former FBI Director, and likely his then deputies, Rod Rothenstein and Sally Yates.
The next question is, did any of the individuals with access to the take from spying on the Trump campaign, give any of it to the Clinton campaign, which Obama was campaigning for and vigorously publicly supporting.
It is likely, now that the news is out that Attorney General Barr and U.S. Attorney Durham’s trip to Italy turned up the evidence that Barr used to expand Durham’s investigation into a criminal one and substantially increased Durham’s staff and scope of the investigation, that it will become clear publicly, in a relatively short time, the degree to which the Obama Administration used official U.S. government channels to rope foreign governments into creating the rationale for U.S. spying on the Trump campaign, and/or to bestow credibility on the Fusion GPS report that was bought and paid for by the Hillary Clinton campaign.
It really is despicable. To use our counter-intelligence apparatus as dupes in a campaign opposition research operation is contemptible.
Given Susan Rice’s insistence of tracking allied (Saudi) foreign intelligence officials who were meeting with the Trump transition team, she was likely to be the most quickly suspected to be at the center of turning the FBI’s spy eye on the Trump campaign. (Her shrill reaction to Trump’s Syria pullout provides insight into her profound emotional opposition to Trump and possible motivations to use our nation’s counter-intelligence apparatus for political reasons under the color of concern about Russia — based on a disinformation report she knew was paid for by the Clinton campaign.)
Rice may have been the leading suspect, that is until General John Clapper went on CNN (see the video by clicking on link below) sometime after the Durham inquiry was given additional staff, resources and was expanded into a criminal investigation, apparently as a result of meeting with Italian intelligence officials:
As the CNN anchor states, Barr and Durham met with “U.S. intelligence partners,” specifically representatives of the Italian foreign intelligence agency the AISE, and their domestic intelligence agency, the AISI, both part of the Italian Department of Security Information, which oversees Italian domestic and foreign intelligence operations.
What is even more interesting is that Snoops says very emphatically that retired General Clapper did not say, what he in fact said.
After watching the video of Clapper on CNN (above) can Snopes make the claim they make here?
Well, no, not really. If the predicate notion is that the “Russia hoax,” is not a hoax, then it is clear Snopes could say that Clapper did not say President Obama tasked him with an investigative hoax. But, as you can see from the video interview of Clapper on CNN, Clapper is quite clear that he was following orders. And Clapper clearly laid his actions directly at the feet of “the Commander in Chief.”
Here is what Clapper said: “I do not think there was any wrongdoing. I think at the time all of us were trying to navigate a very, very difficult, politically fraught, highly-charged situation.”
You mean, like using our national counter-intelligence apparatus to investigate the Republican Presidential candidate? I can see how that would be “fraught,” and “highly-charged.”
“I know for my part, my main concern was with the Russians and the threat posed by the Russians to our very political fabric.” In other words, Clapper says his motives were not political, purely national security and counter-intelligence motives only.
Clapper goes on to say we could not just sit around and do nothing: “And the message I’m getting from all of this, is apparently what we were supposed to have done, is to ignore the Russian interference, ignore the Russian meddling and the threat it poses to us.”
And then, unsolicited by CNN’s Jim Sciutto, Clapper says this:
“And oh, by the way, blow off what the Commander-in-Chief President Obama told us to do, which was to assemble all the reporting we could, that we had available to us and put it into one report that the President could pass on to the Congress and to the next administration, and while we were at it, declassify as much as we possibly could to make it public, and that’s what we did.”
And then as CNN’s Sciutto tries to follow up, Clapper ignores him and talks over Sciutto, to say this: “It’s rather disconcerting to be investigated now for having done our duty and what we were told to do.”
All of this news, as well as any future indictments or prosecutions of Obama Administration officials, will be occurring, ironically, as the U.S. House investigates Trump for asking the Ukrainians to investigate Biden and Biden’s son.
At some point, it could be possible that both sides may just agree that they will decline each other’s penalties and just walk away.
But to some, we’ve come too far for that to happen, for others, we haven’t come far enough.
Given the environment we now live in, jury trials are a reasonable prediction, as a result of the Durham investigation.