On a day with so much ‘deep state’ news, there’s a common theme: vindication at last for those caught up in phony-baloney investigations such as the “Trump/Russia” probe, and the lingering concern about what will be done to expose the remaining cover-ups. Here’s a round-up of stories to illustrate...

First, from Rowan Scarborough at the WASHINGTON TIMES, here’s news that in a more rational world would be the last nail in the coffin of the whole trumped-up “Trump/Russia” investigation. This information is in IG Michael Horowitz’s 436-page report, even though Horowitz himself summarized it by saying there was adequate “predication” (reason) for the FBI to open their investigation. Good grief, did he (like Robert Mueller, apparently) not read his own report?

This is why Americans should never depend on headline writers for their news. Yet that’s what busy people do, and it’s why “narratives” are so easy to shape.

The FBI originally targeted four individuals: Lt. Gen. Michael Flynn (President Trump’s first choice for national security adviser), campaign manager Paul Manafort, and campaign advisers Carter Page and George Papadopoulos. But an internal August 2016 memo outlining why these probes were opened offered no acceptable “predication” for the targeting of any of these individuals –- no evidence of a conspiracy with Russia. All the FBI had was the “dossier,” a politically-financed work of fiction, evidence of nothing.

Never mind former FBI Director James Comey’s claim that the Trump probe was based on a “mosaic” of information. That was a lie. Never mind former CIA Director John Brennan’s claim that British ex-spy Christopher Steele’s Trump/Russia dossier wasn’t even part of the “corpus” of information on which they based their investigation. That was a lie, too. It was the dossier --- ONLY the dossier --- that “predicated” this investigation. As you recall, Steele was paid $165,000 through Fusion GPS, which was paid millions through the law firm Perkins Coie by the Hillary Clinton campaign and the DNC (same thing).

According to Horowitz’s report, the FISA warrant application to surveil Page on October 21, 2016, contained claims of Russian conspiracy that ALL came from the dossier. None of these claims were corroborated. And there was no documentation of probable cause to support surveilling any other Trump figure; that’s why the application was for Page only. Since surveillance can time-travel to include the subject's communication history, Page would be the “way in” to spy on the campaign.

Page is calling on U.S. Attorney John Durham to investigate his ordeal, in particular the origination of his meeting with Stefan Halper. Here’s Sara Carter’s account of their recent conversation…

https://saraacarter.com/carter-page-says-fbis-spygate-is-just-the-tip-of-the-iceberg-hints-at-future-legal-action/

Of course, the dossier was a mess of hearsay and gossip, containing significant inaccuracies. And top-tier FBI officials were given a heads-up about that from Kathleen Kavalec at the State Department. Bruce Ohr, also at State, advised them of Steele’s intense political bias. The FBI ran with the dossier anyway.

A look at the “predications” for investigating these four individuals shows how tissue-thin they were, especially as justification for something as momentous as investigating a presidential campaign. In the case of Papadopoulos, there’s only the claim that he heard a story about the Russians having Hillary’s emails and mentioned it to the Australian ambassador. (It seems obvious now that Papadopoulos was set up.) That’s all they had, yet it’s what they used to open “Crossfire Hurricane.”

After President Trump fired Comey in May 2017, then-deputy FBI Director Andrew McCabe opened a counterintelligence investigation against the President, though they knew there was no evidence of a Russian conspiracy.

Horowitz concluded on "Crossfire Hurricane" that the “quantum of evidence...was sufficient to satisfy the low threshold established by the Department and the FBI.” If the threshold is that low, it must be true that not only can you indict a ham sandwich, you can open a counterintelligence investigation on one, too.

https://www.washingtontimes.com/news/2020/jan/12/fbi-crossfire-hurricane-probe-source-trump-conspir/

FBI Director Christopher Wray, with his tepid, inadequate response to the report, is another big part of the problem.

https://www.redstate.com/streiff/2020/01/11/764106/

And the FISA court itself failed in its responsibility. This article by Margot Cleveland at THE FEDERALIST gets pretty far into the weeds, but if you have the time and inclination to read it, you will understand how the four federal judges who signed the surveillance orders failed Carter Page.

https://thefederalist.com/2020/01/10/the-fisa-court-is-complicit-in-the-fbi-abuses-its-raising-cain-over/

At the risk of causing information overload, I’ll also include this great commentary on Wray that references Cleveland’s article.

https://www.amgreatness.com/2020/01/11/christopher-wray-isnt-the-right-man-to-fix-the-fbi/

Our next installment on phony investigations concerns the phony “whistleblower” complaint that sparked Adam Schiff’s phony congressional impeachment “inquiry.” Devin Nunes’ January 11 letter to Intel Committee Inspector General (ICIG) Michael Atkinson demanded answers to inconsistencies found in the complaint. He wrote because Republicans have been waiting since September for him to respond to their request for emails and other documentation about how it’s possible for someone with nothing more than secondhand information to be a “whistleblower” when that wasn’t stated on the form. What they got back in October was, as Nunes said to Maria Bartiromo on SUNDAY MORNING FUTURES, “a non-answer answer.” When Schiff’s committee started its “inquiry,” Nunes said, “We’re not finished with the ICIG.”

As I mentioned recently, the testimony from ICIG Atkinson about the “whistleblower” complaint is THE ONLY testimony that Schiff has still not released from his committee’s hearings. Atkinson is trying to maintain that “mistakes were made,” that it was a just matter of incompetence. Not buying it. If they’re really that incompetent, they need to show that, with documentation. Are they so incompetent that they are unable to document their own incompetence?

Nunes says it’s important that the ICIG provide answers by Friday, because “this is the guy who lit the fuse for this impeachment scam that’s now going to be on trial in the Senate.” And some of Atkinson’s connections are eyebrow-raising, as “he was a lawyer for some of the very people who were involved in the FISA abuse scam.” As someone who ostensibly works for Congress, it’s odd that this ICIG is reluctant to provide evidence to them.

Also, presiding FISA judge Boasberg’s naming of ex-DOJ official David Kris to review FISA reforms suggested by FBI Director Christopher Wray raises eyebrows even higher, maybe higher even than Nancy Pelosi’s. Back when Nunes released his memo on the FBI investigation, which turned out to be absolutely true –- as opposed to Adam Schiff’s memo, which turned out to be untrue –- Kris lied about Nunes’ work. Why should Kris, of all people, be given this responsibility? Obama-appointed judge appoints Obama-era national security leader and anti-Trump activist who has called the deep-state coup a “conspiracy theory” to clean up the swamp?? This is not going to allay concerns about problems at the FBI.

https://www.redstate.com/nick-arama/2020/01/12/764485/

Finally, today’s discussion of phony investigations would not be complete without the latest on U.S. Attorney John Huber’s “investigation” of the Hillary probe. Reports that Huber wasn’t doing anything turned out to be spot-on accurate. All he did was DELAY; Durham has taken it over now. The infuriating details are at the link.

IT WAS ALL A HEAD FAKE: Clinton Foundation Whistleblowers Say HUBER Lost Their Evidence -- Had to Send It 3 Times -- Huber Never Even Looked at it - And Now the Probe Is Over

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  • Joseph D’Ambrosio

    01/13/2020 12:31 PM

    This is why we need the Republican Senators to get together and come up with a “cohesive” defense of our country

  • Melana MacLeod

    01/13/2020 12:06 PM

    While I love your daily posts Governor I do tire of reading about how horrible these people are, what terrible things they have done, what lies they have told. We can all be as outraged as we should be...but what or where does it get us? Nothing...The "deep state", the "swamp" the elite and powerful will never really be challenged now will they? I don't believe for a minute they will. They will never be proven liars, they will never be tried they will never go to jail. The government agencies involved are corrupt. The DOJ, the "fake" FISA court system, the FBI all the way up to and including Obama's office. And to top all that off our own House and Senate are also culpable in a multitude of lies and conspiracy theories. I tire of it all. I am at the point that I really don't give a rats backside to even HEAR anything about it because it's all so ludicrous. I have stopped reading newspapers, watching cable news (the new "state" run stations). I have "un" subscribed to all of the YouTube channels I watched etc. We have been played like puppets on a string for years and years...decades if you will. And now the "woke" are truly the conservatives in this country. We have been silent for way to long and are now being "silenced" by the left. I'm tired of it, I'm tired of being angry I'm tired of being run over and I'm tired of being upset about all of this. Somebody should be doing SOMETHING....but it seems like we are always waiting for the next "investigation" and then the next "report coming out"....and what do we get? Just another bunch of time and money spent to spin the truth and find out that the "investigator or investigators" are also "in" on the scam. I wonder if Politicians realize we no longer believe a word they say...and that's left OR right! I'm gonna wait (not hold my breath) but wait and just see if anything will EVER be done about any of this. I'd like to see a whole slew of people in jail...IN JAIL. I'd like to see someone that actually give a darn clean house in Washington and put the people first again. Lord knows President Trump is trying but with all the extra baggage hanging out in DC nothing is getting done. I ramble....but then as I said...I'm tired of it all, I'm disgusted. There is NO "justice" in this country for those that truly deserve to be tried and imprisoned.

  • bill romano

    01/13/2020 12:03 PM

    Wow. Mike: so well done. It’s a shame that the DOJ will never really do anything about all this corruption. The deep state is so deep there’s hardly no one that doesn’t touch the corruption.

  • Paul Fleming

    01/13/2020 12:00 PM

    This kind of thing gets me so fuming mad. Is our government so incompetent and have such disregard for the American people that they allow such things to go on? This is proof that our government does NOT work for the people, but instead just line their pockets with our hard earned tax dollars. Millions of taxpayer dollars are flushed down the toilet so that these morons can play their fun and games at our expense. When is it going to come to an end? When will these idiots be held accountable for their actions? When will America stand up and say, "ENOUGH"!

  • Kevin Cooper

    01/13/2020 11:55 AM

    It's disheartening to realize that nothing will ever be rectified as the "deep state" is too deep for anyone to actually DO anything useful. There are too many arms on this octopus that could undermine the continuation of the USA as we know it.

  • Richard Lingenfelter

    01/13/2020 11:52 AM

    With all the Evidence you present on this article why didn't Congress open investigations onto these crimes. Congress has done nothing but go after an elected President who tried to drain the swamp. The Swamp Monster Congress went after him to protect their crimes of bilking America for money which is the reason most have stayed on office. For their Greed and not for America.

  • TOMMIE CLARK

    01/13/2020 11:49 AM

    I KEEP TELLING EVERYONE WRAY IS INVOLVED IN THIS , BUT NO ONE IS LISTENING AS USUAL, THEY DON'T WANT TO KNOW. HE ISN'T DOING ANYTHING BECAUSE HE IS PART OF IT

  • Donald Williams

    01/13/2020 11:15 AM

    And the DEEP STATE continues to rule the DOJ. We, the citizens are left with our top law enforcement agencies, FBI and DOJ, corrupt and untrustworthy. This all began when Obama appointed Holder, a totally corrupt individual, a communist, as AG. His later appointment of Lorreta Lynch was even worse. As a result, we cannot trust that our laws will be upheld by the top agencies responsible for protecting our Constitution and our laws.

On a day with so much ‘deep state’ news, there’s a common theme: vindication at last for those caught up in phony-baloney investigations such as the “Trump/Russia” probe, and the lingering concern about what will be done to expose the remaining cover-ups. Here’s a round-up of stories to illustrate...

First, from Rowan Scarborough at the WASHINGTON TIMES, here’s news that in a more rational world would be the last nail in the coffin of the whole trumped-up “Trump/Russia” investigation. This information is in IG Michael Horowitz’s 436-page report, even though Horowitz himself summarized it by saying there was adequate “predication” (reason) for the FBI to open their investigation. Good grief, did he (like Robert Mueller, apparently) not read his own report?

This is why Americans should never depend on headline writers for their news. Yet that’s what busy people do, and it’s why “narratives” are so easy to shape.

The FBI originally targeted four individuals: Lt. Gen. Michael Flynn (President Trump’s first choice for national security adviser), campaign manager Paul Manafort, and campaign advisers Carter Page and George Papadopoulos. But an internal August 2016 memo outlining why these probes were opened offered no acceptable “predication” for the targeting of any of these individuals –- no evidence of a conspiracy with Russia. All the FBI had was the “dossier,” a politically-financed work of fiction, evidence of nothing.

Never mind former FBI Director James Comey’s claim that the Trump probe was based on a “mosaic” of information. That was a lie. Never mind former CIA Director John Brennan’s claim that British ex-spy Christopher Steele’s Trump/Russia dossier wasn’t even part of the “corpus” of information on which they based their investigation. That was a lie, too. It was the dossier --- ONLY the dossier --- that “predicated” this investigation. As you recall, Steele was paid $165,000 through Fusion GPS, which was paid millions through the law firm Perkins Coie by the Hillary Clinton campaign and the DNC (same thing).

According to Horowitz’s report, the FISA warrant application to surveil Page on October 21, 2016, contained claims of Russian conspiracy that ALL came from the dossier. None of these claims were corroborated. And there was no documentation of probable cause to support surveilling any other Trump figure; that’s why the application was for Page only. Since surveillance can time-travel to include the subject's communication history, Page would be the “way in” to spy on the campaign.

Page is calling on U.S. Attorney John Durham to investigate his ordeal, in particular the origination of his meeting with Stefan Halper. Here’s Sara Carter’s account of their recent conversation…

https://saraacarter.com/carter-page-says-fbis-spygate-is-just-the-tip-of-the-iceberg-hints-at-future-legal-action/

Of course, the dossier was a mess of hearsay and gossip, containing significant inaccuracies. And top-tier FBI officials were given a heads-up about that from Kathleen Kavalec at the State Department. Bruce Ohr, also at State, advised them of Steele’s intense political bias. The FBI ran with the dossier anyway.

A look at the “predications” for investigating these four individuals shows how tissue-thin they were, especially as justification for something as momentous as investigating a presidential campaign. In the case of Papadopoulos, there’s only the claim that he heard a story about the Russians having Hillary’s emails and mentioned it to the Australian ambassador. (It seems obvious now that Papadopoulos was set up.) That’s all they had, yet it’s what they used to open “Crossfire Hurricane.”

After President Trump fired Comey in May 2017, then-deputy FBI Director Andrew McCabe opened a counterintelligence investigation against the President, though they knew there was no evidence of a Russian conspiracy.

Horowitz concluded on "Crossfire Hurricane" that the “quantum of evidence...was sufficient to satisfy the low threshold established by the Department and the FBI.” If the threshold is that low, it must be true that not only can you indict a ham sandwich, you can open a counterintelligence investigation on one, too.

https://www.washingtontimes.com/news/2020/jan/12/fbi-crossfire-hurricane-probe-source-trump-conspir/

FBI Director Christopher Wray, with his tepid, inadequate response to the report, is another big part of the problem.

https://www.redstate.com/streiff/2020/01/11/764106/

And the FISA court itself failed in its responsibility. This article by Margot Cleveland at THE FEDERALIST gets pretty far into the weeds, but if you have the time and inclination to read it, you will understand how the four federal judges who signed the surveillance orders failed Carter Page.

https://thefederalist.com/2020/01/10/the-fisa-court-is-complicit-in-the-fbi-abuses-its-raising-cain-over/

At the risk of causing information overload, I’ll also include this great commentary on Wray that references Cleveland’s article.

https://www.amgreatness.com/2020/01/11/christopher-wray-isnt-the-right-man-to-fix-the-fbi/

Our next installment on phony investigations concerns the phony “whistleblower” complaint that sparked Adam Schiff’s phony congressional impeachment “inquiry.” Devin Nunes’ January 11 letter to Intel Committee Inspector General (ICIG) Michael Atkinson demanded answers to inconsistencies found in the complaint. He wrote because Republicans have been waiting since September for him to respond to their request for emails and other documentation about how it’s possible for someone with nothing more than secondhand information to be a “whistleblower” when that wasn’t stated on the form. What they got back in October was, as Nunes said to Maria Bartiromo on SUNDAY MORNING FUTURES, “a non-answer answer.” When Schiff’s committee started its “inquiry,” Nunes said, “We’re not finished with the ICIG.”

As I mentioned recently, the testimony from ICIG Atkinson about the “whistleblower” complaint is THE ONLY testimony that Schiff has still not released from his committee’s hearings. Atkinson is trying to maintain that “mistakes were made,” that it was a just matter of incompetence. Not buying it. If they’re really that incompetent, they need to show that, with documentation. Are they so incompetent that they are unable to document their own incompetence?

Nunes says it’s important that the ICIG provide answers by Friday, because “this is the guy who lit the fuse for this impeachment scam that’s now going to be on trial in the Senate.” And some of Atkinson’s connections are eyebrow-raising, as “he was a lawyer for some of the very people who were involved in the FISA abuse scam.” As someone who ostensibly works for Congress, it’s odd that this ICIG is reluctant to provide evidence to them.

Also, presiding FISA judge Boasberg’s naming of ex-DOJ official David Kris to review FISA reforms suggested by FBI Director Christopher Wray raises eyebrows even higher, maybe higher even than Nancy Pelosi’s. Back when Nunes released his memo on the FBI investigation, which turned out to be absolutely true –- as opposed to Adam Schiff’s memo, which turned out to be untrue –- Kris lied about Nunes’ work. Why should Kris, of all people, be given this responsibility? Obama-appointed judge appoints Obama-era national security leader and anti-Trump activist who has called the deep-state coup a “conspiracy theory” to clean up the swamp?? This is not going to allay concerns about problems at the FBI.

https://www.redstate.com/nick-arama/2020/01/12/764485/

Finally, today’s discussion of phony investigations would not be complete without the latest on U.S. Attorney John Huber’s “investigation” of the Hillary probe. Reports that Huber wasn’t doing anything turned out to be spot-on accurate. All he did was DELAY; Durham has taken it over now. The infuriating details are at the link.

IT WAS ALL A HEAD FAKE: Clinton Foundation Whistleblowers Say HUBER Lost Their Evidence -- Had to Send It 3 Times -- Huber Never Even Looked at it - And Now the Probe Is Over

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  • Joseph D’Ambrosio

    01/13/2020 12:31 PM

    This is why we need the Republican Senators to get together and come up with a “cohesive” defense of our country

  • Melana MacLeod

    01/13/2020 12:06 PM

    While I love your daily posts Governor I do tire of reading about how horrible these people are, what terrible things they have done, what lies they have told. We can all be as outraged as we should be...but what or where does it get us? Nothing...The "deep state", the "swamp" the elite and powerful will never really be challenged now will they? I don't believe for a minute they will. They will never be proven liars, they will never be tried they will never go to jail. The government agencies involved are corrupt. The DOJ, the "fake" FISA court system, the FBI all the way up to and including Obama's office. And to top all that off our own House and Senate are also culpable in a multitude of lies and conspiracy theories. I tire of it all. I am at the point that I really don't give a rats backside to even HEAR anything about it because it's all so ludicrous. I have stopped reading newspapers, watching cable news (the new "state" run stations). I have "un" subscribed to all of the YouTube channels I watched etc. We have been played like puppets on a string for years and years...decades if you will. And now the "woke" are truly the conservatives in this country. We have been silent for way to long and are now being "silenced" by the left. I'm tired of it, I'm tired of being angry I'm tired of being run over and I'm tired of being upset about all of this. Somebody should be doing SOMETHING....but it seems like we are always waiting for the next "investigation" and then the next "report coming out"....and what do we get? Just another bunch of time and money spent to spin the truth and find out that the "investigator or investigators" are also "in" on the scam. I wonder if Politicians realize we no longer believe a word they say...and that's left OR right! I'm gonna wait (not hold my breath) but wait and just see if anything will EVER be done about any of this. I'd like to see a whole slew of people in jail...IN JAIL. I'd like to see someone that actually give a darn clean house in Washington and put the people first again. Lord knows President Trump is trying but with all the extra baggage hanging out in DC nothing is getting done. I ramble....but then as I said...I'm tired of it all, I'm disgusted. There is NO "justice" in this country for those that truly deserve to be tried and imprisoned.

  • bill romano

    01/13/2020 12:03 PM

    Wow. Mike: so well done. It’s a shame that the DOJ will never really do anything about all this corruption. The deep state is so deep there’s hardly no one that doesn’t touch the corruption.

  • Paul Fleming

    01/13/2020 12:00 PM

    This kind of thing gets me so fuming mad. Is our government so incompetent and have such disregard for the American people that they allow such things to go on? This is proof that our government does NOT work for the people, but instead just line their pockets with our hard earned tax dollars. Millions of taxpayer dollars are flushed down the toilet so that these morons can play their fun and games at our expense. When is it going to come to an end? When will these idiots be held accountable for their actions? When will America stand up and say, "ENOUGH"!

  • Kevin Cooper

    01/13/2020 11:55 AM

    It's disheartening to realize that nothing will ever be rectified as the "deep state" is too deep for anyone to actually DO anything useful. There are too many arms on this octopus that could undermine the continuation of the USA as we know it.

  • Richard Lingenfelter

    01/13/2020 11:52 AM

    With all the Evidence you present on this article why didn't Congress open investigations onto these crimes. Congress has done nothing but go after an elected President who tried to drain the swamp. The Swamp Monster Congress went after him to protect their crimes of bilking America for money which is the reason most have stayed on office. For their Greed and not for America.

  • TOMMIE CLARK

    01/13/2020 11:49 AM

    I KEEP TELLING EVERYONE WRAY IS INVOLVED IN THIS , BUT NO ONE IS LISTENING AS USUAL, THEY DON'T WANT TO KNOW. HE ISN'T DOING ANYTHING BECAUSE HE IS PART OF IT

  • Donald Williams

    01/13/2020 11:15 AM

    And the DEEP STATE continues to rule the DOJ. We, the citizens are left with our top law enforcement agencies, FBI and DOJ, corrupt and untrustworthy. This all began when Obama appointed Holder, a totally corrupt individual, a communist, as AG. His later appointment of Lorreta Lynch was even worse. As a result, we cannot trust that our laws will be upheld by the top agencies responsible for protecting our Constitution and our laws.

On a day with so much ‘deep state’ news, there’s a common theme: vindication at last for those caught up in phony-baloney investigations such as the “Trump/Russia” probe, and the lingering concern about what will be done to expose the remaining cover-ups. Here’s a round-up of stories to illustrate...

First, from Rowan Scarborough at the WASHINGTON TIMES, here’s news that in a more rational world would be the last nail in the coffin of the whole trumped-up “Trump/Russia” investigation. This information is in IG Michael Horowitz’s 436-page report, even though Horowitz himself summarized it by saying there was adequate “predication” (reason) for the FBI to open their investigation. Good grief, did he (like Robert Mueller, apparently) not read his own report?

This is why Americans should never depend on headline writers for their news. Yet that’s what busy people do, and it’s why “narratives” are so easy to shape.

The FBI originally targeted four individuals: Lt. Gen. Michael Flynn (President Trump’s first choice for national security adviser), campaign manager Paul Manafort, and campaign advisers Carter Page and George Papadopoulos. But an internal August 2016 memo outlining why these probes were opened offered no acceptable “predication” for the targeting of any of these individuals –- no evidence of a conspiracy with Russia. All the FBI had was the “dossier,” a politically-financed work of fiction, evidence of nothing.

Never mind former FBI Director James Comey’s claim that the Trump probe was based on a “mosaic” of information. That was a lie. Never mind former CIA Director John Brennan’s claim that British ex-spy Christopher Steele’s Trump/Russia dossier wasn’t even part of the “corpus” of information on which they based their investigation. That was a lie, too. It was the dossier --- ONLY the dossier --- that “predicated” this investigation. As you recall, Steele was paid $165,000 through Fusion GPS, which was paid millions through the law firm Perkins Coie by the Hillary Clinton campaign and the DNC (same thing).

According to Horowitz’s report, the FISA warrant application to surveil Page on October 21, 2016, contained claims of Russian conspiracy that ALL came from the dossier. None of these claims were corroborated. And there was no documentation of probable cause to support surveilling any other Trump figure; that’s why the application was for Page only. Since surveillance can time-travel to include the subject's communication history, Page would be the “way in” to spy on the campaign.

Page is calling on U.S. Attorney John Durham to investigate his ordeal, in particular the origination of his meeting with Stefan Halper. Here’s Sara Carter’s account of their recent conversation…

https://saraacarter.com/carter-page-says-fbis-spygate-is-just-the-tip-of-the-iceberg-hints-at-future-legal-action/

Of course, the dossier was a mess of hearsay and gossip, containing significant inaccuracies. And top-tier FBI officials were given a heads-up about that from Kathleen Kavalec at the State Department. Bruce Ohr, also at State, advised them of Steele’s intense political bias. The FBI ran with the dossier anyway.

A look at the “predications” for investigating these four individuals shows how tissue-thin they were, especially as justification for something as momentous as investigating a presidential campaign. In the case of Papadopoulos, there’s only the claim that he heard a story about the Russians having Hillary’s emails and mentioned it to the Australian ambassador. (It seems obvious now that Papadopoulos was set up.) That’s all they had, yet it’s what they used to open “Crossfire Hurricane.”

After President Trump fired Comey in May 2017, then-deputy FBI Director Andrew McCabe opened a counterintelligence investigation against the President, though they knew there was no evidence of a Russian conspiracy.

Horowitz concluded on "Crossfire Hurricane" that the “quantum of evidence...was sufficient to satisfy the low threshold established by the Department and the FBI.” If the threshold is that low, it must be true that not only can you indict a ham sandwich, you can open a counterintelligence investigation on one, too.

https://www.washingtontimes.com/news/2020/jan/12/fbi-crossfire-hurricane-probe-source-trump-conspir/

FBI Director Christopher Wray, with his tepid, inadequate response to the report, is another big part of the problem.

https://www.redstate.com/streiff/2020/01/11/764106/

And the FISA court itself failed in its responsibility. This article by Margot Cleveland at THE FEDERALIST gets pretty far into the weeds, but if you have the time and inclination to read it, you will understand how the four federal judges who signed the surveillance orders failed Carter Page.

https://thefederalist.com/2020/01/10/the-fisa-court-is-complicit-in-the-fbi-abuses-its-raising-cain-over/

At the risk of causing information overload, I’ll also include this great commentary on Wray that references Cleveland’s article.

https://www.amgreatness.com/2020/01/11/christopher-wray-isnt-the-right-man-to-fix-the-fbi/

Our next installment on phony investigations concerns the phony “whistleblower” complaint that sparked Adam Schiff’s phony congressional impeachment “inquiry.” Devin Nunes’ January 11 letter to Intel Committee Inspector General (ICIG) Michael Atkinson demanded answers to inconsistencies found in the complaint. He wrote because Republicans have been waiting since September for him to respond to their request for emails and other documentation about how it’s possible for someone with nothing more than secondhand information to be a “whistleblower” when that wasn’t stated on the form. What they got back in October was, as Nunes said to Maria Bartiromo on SUNDAY MORNING FUTURES, “a non-answer answer.” When Schiff’s committee started its “inquiry,” Nunes said, “We’re not finished with the ICIG.”

As I mentioned recently, the testimony from ICIG Atkinson about the “whistleblower” complaint is THE ONLY testimony that Schiff has still not released from his committee’s hearings. Atkinson is trying to maintain that “mistakes were made,” that it was a just matter of incompetence. Not buying it. If they’re really that incompetent, they need to show that, with documentation. Are they so incompetent that they are unable to document their own incompetence?

Nunes says it’s important that the ICIG provide answers by Friday, because “this is the guy who lit the fuse for this impeachment scam that’s now going to be on trial in the Senate.” And some of Atkinson’s connections are eyebrow-raising, as “he was a lawyer for some of the very people who were involved in the FISA abuse scam.” As someone who ostensibly works for Congress, it’s odd that this ICIG is reluctant to provide evidence to them.

Also, presiding FISA judge Boasberg’s naming of ex-DOJ official David Kris to review FISA reforms suggested by FBI Director Christopher Wray raises eyebrows even higher, maybe higher even than Nancy Pelosi’s. Back when Nunes released his memo on the FBI investigation, which turned out to be absolutely true –- as opposed to Adam Schiff’s memo, which turned out to be untrue –- Kris lied about Nunes’ work. Why should Kris, of all people, be given this responsibility? Obama-appointed judge appoints Obama-era national security leader and anti-Trump activist who has called the deep-state coup a “conspiracy theory” to clean up the swamp?? This is not going to allay concerns about problems at the FBI.

https://www.redstate.com/nick-arama/2020/01/12/764485/

Finally, today’s discussion of phony investigations would not be complete without the latest on U.S. Attorney John Huber’s “investigation” of the Hillary probe. Reports that Huber wasn’t doing anything turned out to be spot-on accurate. All he did was DELAY; Durham has taken it over now. The infuriating details are at the link.

IT WAS ALL A HEAD FAKE: Clinton Foundation Whistleblowers Say HUBER Lost Their Evidence -- Had to Send It 3 Times -- Huber Never Even Looked at it - And Now the Probe Is Over

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  • Joseph D’Ambrosio

    01/13/2020 12:31 PM

    This is why we need the Republican Senators to get together and come up with a “cohesive” defense of our country

  • Melana MacLeod

    01/13/2020 12:06 PM

    While I love your daily posts Governor I do tire of reading about how horrible these people are, what terrible things they have done, what lies they have told. We can all be as outraged as we should be...but what or where does it get us? Nothing...The "deep state", the "swamp" the elite and powerful will never really be challenged now will they? I don't believe for a minute they will. They will never be proven liars, they will never be tried they will never go to jail. The government agencies involved are corrupt. The DOJ, the "fake" FISA court system, the FBI all the way up to and including Obama's office. And to top all that off our own House and Senate are also culpable in a multitude of lies and conspiracy theories. I tire of it all. I am at the point that I really don't give a rats backside to even HEAR anything about it because it's all so ludicrous. I have stopped reading newspapers, watching cable news (the new "state" run stations). I have "un" subscribed to all of the YouTube channels I watched etc. We have been played like puppets on a string for years and years...decades if you will. And now the "woke" are truly the conservatives in this country. We have been silent for way to long and are now being "silenced" by the left. I'm tired of it, I'm tired of being angry I'm tired of being run over and I'm tired of being upset about all of this. Somebody should be doing SOMETHING....but it seems like we are always waiting for the next "investigation" and then the next "report coming out"....and what do we get? Just another bunch of time and money spent to spin the truth and find out that the "investigator or investigators" are also "in" on the scam. I wonder if Politicians realize we no longer believe a word they say...and that's left OR right! I'm gonna wait (not hold my breath) but wait and just see if anything will EVER be done about any of this. I'd like to see a whole slew of people in jail...IN JAIL. I'd like to see someone that actually give a darn clean house in Washington and put the people first again. Lord knows President Trump is trying but with all the extra baggage hanging out in DC nothing is getting done. I ramble....but then as I said...I'm tired of it all, I'm disgusted. There is NO "justice" in this country for those that truly deserve to be tried and imprisoned.

  • bill romano

    01/13/2020 12:03 PM

    Wow. Mike: so well done. It’s a shame that the DOJ will never really do anything about all this corruption. The deep state is so deep there’s hardly no one that doesn’t touch the corruption.

  • Paul Fleming

    01/13/2020 12:00 PM

    This kind of thing gets me so fuming mad. Is our government so incompetent and have such disregard for the American people that they allow such things to go on? This is proof that our government does NOT work for the people, but instead just line their pockets with our hard earned tax dollars. Millions of taxpayer dollars are flushed down the toilet so that these morons can play their fun and games at our expense. When is it going to come to an end? When will these idiots be held accountable for their actions? When will America stand up and say, "ENOUGH"!

  • Kevin Cooper

    01/13/2020 11:55 AM

    It's disheartening to realize that nothing will ever be rectified as the "deep state" is too deep for anyone to actually DO anything useful. There are too many arms on this octopus that could undermine the continuation of the USA as we know it.

  • Richard Lingenfelter

    01/13/2020 11:52 AM

    With all the Evidence you present on this article why didn't Congress open investigations onto these crimes. Congress has done nothing but go after an elected President who tried to drain the swamp. The Swamp Monster Congress went after him to protect their crimes of bilking America for money which is the reason most have stayed on office. For their Greed and not for America.

  • TOMMIE CLARK

    01/13/2020 11:49 AM

    I KEEP TELLING EVERYONE WRAY IS INVOLVED IN THIS , BUT NO ONE IS LISTENING AS USUAL, THEY DON'T WANT TO KNOW. HE ISN'T DOING ANYTHING BECAUSE HE IS PART OF IT

  • Donald Williams

    01/13/2020 11:15 AM

    And the DEEP STATE continues to rule the DOJ. We, the citizens are left with our top law enforcement agencies, FBI and DOJ, corrupt and untrustworthy. This all began when Obama appointed Holder, a totally corrupt individual, a communist, as AG. His later appointment of Lorreta Lynch was even worse. As a result, we cannot trust that our laws will be upheld by the top agencies responsible for protecting our Constitution and our laws.