July 31, 2019
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John Solomon has just cast some unflattering light on something we’d already been pondering: the curious role FBI Director Christopher Wray appears to be playing to protect the Bureau from efforts to uncover what they were doing in 2016 and 2017 –- perhaps even earlier –- to investigate Trump. The likely explanation: Wray is one of the swamp creatures himself.

 

Recall Solomon’s earlier story about State Department Deputy Assistant Secretary Kathleen Kavalec taking a meeting with Christopher Steele of “dossier” notoriety. Just the fact that Steele went to the State Department to meet with her sent up a red flag, and according to Solomon’s sources, Kavalec was so concerned about that and some other issues –- including Steele’s strong political bias –- that she sent a memo to the FBI alerting agents about potential problems with him as a source. Notably, she cast his work unfavorably by telling them about a blatant inaccuracy in his report: a reference to the Russian embassy in Miami, when no such embassy exists. If a mistake as big as that was in the report, what else might be wrong?

 

Steele, as you know, is the former member of MI6 British intelligence who was hired by Hillary Clinton through the law firm Perkins Coie, which in turn hired “oppo” research company Fusion GPS, to come up with anything he could to tie candidate Trump and/or his campaign to Russia. Incredibly, special counsel Robert Mueller, tasked with investigating Russian efforts to interfere with our election process, did not look into this at all and, in congressional testimony last week, would not say why. But I digress.

 

On July 10, in response to a Freedom Of Information Act request by Citizens United for a small number of documents the State Department sent to FBI agents from Steele (presumably including the Kavalec memo), the FBI actually filed a brief to fight it. They are pushing back. This begs the question: WHY are they pushing back?

 

The affidavit, sworn to by an FBI assistant section chief supporting the request to keep the documents secret, is laughable. It claims the “disparate details” in the documents might be analyzed by “terrorist organizations or other hostile or foreign intelligence groups,” who might “deduce means and methods...to defeat the U.S. government’s collection efforts.” That argument is bogus; agents could use those exact words to try to avoid releasing virtually anything.

 

It goes on to say that the FBI can’t afford “to jeopardize the fragile relationships that exist between the United States and certain foreign governments.” Ah, so our allies WERE involved. Presumably this statement is in reference to Great Britain, where much of the spying on Trump associates apparently took place; Australia, home to the Clinton-supporting diplomat Alexander Downer; and possibly Italy. (Side note: such international spying would not have taken place without the knowledge of then-CIA chief John Brennan.) If spying on the Trump campaign was done with the cooperation of foreign officials, it’s time for the truth to come out. Hey, I thought we WANTED to know about foreign interference in our elections.

 

The affidavit continues, and we come to the part that should bring chills to anyone who cares about government accountability. Incredibly, it asserts that “FBI special agents have privacy interests from unnecessary, unofficial questioning as to the conduct of investigations and other FBI business.”

 

Oh, really? Let’s go back and read that sentence again, slowly, and think about its implications. If FBI agents have “privacy interests” when it comes to official documents, why do we even bother to have a Freedom Of Information Act? (Come to think of it, Hillary claimed the 30,000 subpoenaed emails she had deleted were “personal,” so perhaps she was using the same argument.) This affidavit appears to be saying that the FBI is not answerable to the public, that it gets to decide for itself who can look at how it conducts its business and even what questioning of its agents is necessary. Wow, there’s some chutzpah.

 

But the most distressing thing about this filing is the understanding that it would not have been done without Director Chris Wray’s blessing, if not his order. What is going on here?

 

As Solomon points out, the information given by Steele to the State Department wasn’t “secret” by any means, as it was being provided to Hillary’s campaign and the DNC (but I repeat myself) and also leaked to the media. Steele was even fired from the FBI for his leaking, and the intelligence was garbage besides.

 

In fact, one of the documents –- five pages about the debunked theory concerning a computer at Alfa Bank in Russia and another at Trump Tower “pinging” back and forth –- was recently reviewed by Rep. Mark Meadows, who wrote Attorney General William Barr to tell him the information was based on open-source reporting and would not harm sources and methods if revealed. Also, the Alfa Bank story is so thoroughly discredited that even Robert Mueller testified that it wasn’t true.

 

So it’s not national security secrets the Bureau is trying to protect, but the Bureau’s reputation. These documents prove that Steele received a negative assessment as an informer. That fact should have been conveyed to the FISA court and it was not.

 

None of this happened on the current director’s watch, but Christopher Wray is being way too protective. Suspiciously so. To put it bluntly, he’s acting like one of the swamp dwellers. If he thinks he’s helping preserve the FBI’s integrity by holding back documents, he’s mistaken. With the inspector general’s investigation and the broader one by U.S. Attorney John Durham, more will be coming out whether the FBI considers it “private” or not. The best –- the only –- strategy for Wray: come clean.

 

https://thehill.com/opinion/white-house/455228-chris-wrays-fbi-continues-to-cover-for-team-comeys-russia-shenanigans

 

 

 

 

 

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  • Floyd Hale

    07/31/2019 01:20 PM

    I have alway felt that Wray was not atrue patriot , he needs to be removed !!!!!

  • Helen Tritt

    07/31/2019 01:16 PM

    I really enjoy your refreshing and honest newsletter, Governor, so please keep them coming. Do you believe Wray will continue to be a Director of the Corrupt FBI for very long in the near future? He is doing nothing but taking the FBI further down into the TANK of no credibility if he persists in that job...he should go too.
    God Bless you and all of what you do in helping people see how much evil and destruction is going on in America.

  • joseph orsini PhD

    07/31/2019 01:06 PM

    READ THE DOCUMENTS! "Russian efforts to interfere with our election process" is in the transmittal letter; the actual charge to Mueller's group says only to investigate the Russia-Trump connections.

  • Kathy Wingate

    07/31/2019 01:02 PM

    I do hope these FOIA documents are obtained and released before the election. If POTUS succeeds. in draining the FBI/INTEL swamp, it should help him win, unless the general public loves having swamp creatures in government.
    I, for one, at the outset, never suspected the FBI was such a large part of the swamp. But too many in Congress have managed to hold onto their seats, and those need to go, also. The wheels just turn too slowly for some of us. I'm impatient to see some like Cummings, Schiff, Schumer, Pelosi go, and now, add " The Squad".

  • Margaret Pugh

    07/31/2019 01:00 PM

    Thank you for your "brief notes" on the current daily news. I choose not to have cable or newspaper, so I read your news first to see what is important and then go to the Conservative Treehouse for my continuing political education. God bless you, Sundance, President Trump and our USA!
    Margaret

  • Joan Smith

    07/31/2019 12:55 PM

    I really hope that what you've said about Christopher Wray turns not to be what you think. My daughter has met him casually through work and she admires how he handles himself, says that he seems to be a really nice person and smart. I would hate for her to be disappointed . . . He can't hide things from our new Attorney General Barr, can he? Perhaps all of this "stuff" will be revealed when all of the reports come out . . . someday. I've watched Jon Solomon on Hannity, and he is really something . . . the definition of investigative reporter. He's kept us ahead of all of the things that have come out over the past two years. I have to believe that his steps are being led by the Lord.

    One more thing . . . we've all been reminding the Democrats that the presumption of innocence should be applied in all circumstances of allegation, and don't you think that means to Christopher Wray, too? Seems to me that before we start conjecturing about his guilt in all of this, shouldn't we avoid sending out our conjectures in print that smear his reputation for integrity before we have any proof?

  • Robert McFate

    07/31/2019 12:29 PM

    Looks like Trump needs to fire another FBI director!

  • Lawrence E. Foster

    07/31/2019 12:15 PM

    It's clear the FBI has slipped back into J. Edgar Hoover mode. Now is the time to disband the FBI, and set up two separate agencies - one for Counterintelligence, and one for criminal investigation.
    In hiring current FBI agents for either of these two agencies, a thorough review of their activities over the course of their career would need to be done. We need two agencies because criminal investigators make crummy Counterespionage operators, and vice versa.

  • Richard Quitliano

    07/31/2019 11:46 AM

    He seemed a little too chummy with the Democrats at the last hearing he testified in. I've never liked or trusted him!

  • Tarrie Geiger

    07/31/2019 11:42 AM

    Hmmm - President Trump was very vocal in saying that he was going to the Presidency to clean out the swamp. Looks like the snakes in the swamp don't like that idea and are hiding and being very dishonest in what they say, hoping the swamp does not get totally drained!!

  • Linda Rath

    07/31/2019 11:37 AM

    I'm sure President Trump is being made aware of this. Can he not replace Wray with someone else? Gov. Huckabee - would YOU be willing to be the FBI Director??? Or how about the AZ sheriff?? Surely there are qualified people out there with integrity who could serve in that job....

  • Hunt Hamill, Jr

    07/31/2019 11:11 AM

    wray is a swamp rat of the comey variety. To expect honesty and loyalty to duty from the sob is about as likely as pete stroke and lisa p wearing MAGA hats at Walmart. Good luck.

  • Angela L Lawson

    07/31/2019 10:59 AM

    It bothers me to even think for a minute that Wray is a part of the SWAMP. I am not ready to throw him under the bus as yet. He does not seem to me to be someone that could be "bought". I could be wrong though, because my Grandmother always said, "Everyone has their price.", and she was the most intelligent person in my life. I cannot believe that President Trump in all of his business dealings and in his presence in this life could be such a poor judge of character. I am going to stay hopeful regarding Wray.......call me Pollyanna.....that is not such a horrible name

  • Mark Mittelstaedt

    07/31/2019 10:58 AM

    Like I keep telling you - Steele MADE THE WHOLE THING UP !!!! He must have been LHFAO all the way to the bank ;-}

  • Connie Murphy

    07/31/2019 10:48 AM

    I have doubted Christopher Wray from the beginning. If he was hired by Hillary Clinton at one time, would it not be reasonable to “assume” he might not be an advocate for President Trump?

  • Allen Ballard

    07/31/2019 10:46 AM

    I've thought from the beginning that Wray was another bad choice forced on Trump by yet another swamp dweller. Wray should cough up the documents on shuffle or Trump should fire Wray. At some point the FBI needs to come clean, take their well-deserved management lumps and then begin the healing process.

  • Cecile Basilone

    07/31/2019 10:45 AM

    Dear Gov. Huckabee - things like this make people totally distrust the FBI. From Comey down, he has disgraced a once distinguished and much admired branch of the government. The corruption and deceit is beyond belief. I can only thank God that President Trump is president and shudder to think if Hillary Clinton became president.
    God bless you and your efforts to make these things known to the public, although I doubt the democrats or liberals will ever agree to this.

  • Donna Kleister

    07/31/2019 10:36 AM

    This is not a suprsie to me. Observing him as a witness after his appointed has left me to believe that he also is compromised and non-transparent. He has been in the swamp for a time and perhaps also another tainted swamp creature.

  • Bruce Kimball

    07/31/2019 10:32 AM

    This is another of the hundreds of examples where nobody is going to get punished. Not one important person has been convicted and served time. My faith in our judicial system is gone.

  • william fuhrer

    07/31/2019 10:27 AM

    Saul Alinsky boasted he worked for SATAN and the FBI could not find any evidence he was an ATHEISTIC COMMUNIST. After watching FBI STORY I thought about how the FBI must be on to of every subversive group in the United States

  • Mary Ann Gillispie

    07/31/2019 10:26 AM

    The first time I heard Mr. Wray testify I knew he was secretive and would betray the President. He must be replaced!

  • Lauren Ann Perkins

    07/31/2019 10:24 AM

    Since you have the President's ear and Wray serves at the pleasure of the President, could you please tell him to tell Wray "YOU'RE FIRED!"

  • Joyce Brewer

    07/31/2019 10:23 AM

    Wray needs to be replaced! The American People deserve the truth! I am tired of crooked people getting away with crimes!

  • grace bryson

    07/31/2019 10:19 AM

    we all knew ratwray was a swamp creature the minute trump announced yet another swamp creature pick to pair up w/ sessions, coats, mcmaster and so many others. please report why trump cant or is afraid to hire outside the swamp w/ a real law and order person who never worked for the american kgb. someone like a john gilliam ? Trump likes to dig his own grave and we are sick of the insider picks. he is draining nothing. fbi should be shut down

  • De Dickey

    07/31/2019 10:14 AM

    His persona just exudes that without even knowing him.
    Thought that when I first saw him.
    Thank you Mike

July 31, 2019
|

John Solomon has just cast some unflattering light on something we’d already been pondering: the curious role FBI Director Christopher Wray appears to be playing to protect the Bureau from efforts to uncover what they were doing in 2016 and 2017 –- perhaps even earlier –- to investigate Trump. The likely explanation: Wray is one of the swamp creatures himself.

 

Recall Solomon’s earlier story about State Department Deputy Assistant Secretary Kathleen Kavalec taking a meeting with Christopher Steele of “dossier” notoriety. Just the fact that Steele went to the State Department to meet with her sent up a red flag, and according to Solomon’s sources, Kavalec was so concerned about that and some other issues –- including Steele’s strong political bias –- that she sent a memo to the FBI alerting agents about potential problems with him as a source. Notably, she cast his work unfavorably by telling them about a blatant inaccuracy in his report: a reference to the Russian embassy in Miami, when no such embassy exists. If a mistake as big as that was in the report, what else might be wrong?

 

Steele, as you know, is the former member of MI6 British intelligence who was hired by Hillary Clinton through the law firm Perkins Coie, which in turn hired “oppo” research company Fusion GPS, to come up with anything he could to tie candidate Trump and/or his campaign to Russia. Incredibly, special counsel Robert Mueller, tasked with investigating Russian efforts to interfere with our election process, did not look into this at all and, in congressional testimony last week, would not say why. But I digress.

 

On July 10, in response to a Freedom Of Information Act request by Citizens United for a small number of documents the State Department sent to FBI agents from Steele (presumably including the Kavalec memo), the FBI actually filed a brief to fight it. They are pushing back. This begs the question: WHY are they pushing back?

 

The affidavit, sworn to by an FBI assistant section chief supporting the request to keep the documents secret, is laughable. It claims the “disparate details” in the documents might be analyzed by “terrorist organizations or other hostile or foreign intelligence groups,” who might “deduce means and methods...to defeat the U.S. government’s collection efforts.” That argument is bogus; agents could use those exact words to try to avoid releasing virtually anything.

 

It goes on to say that the FBI can’t afford “to jeopardize the fragile relationships that exist between the United States and certain foreign governments.” Ah, so our allies WERE involved. Presumably this statement is in reference to Great Britain, where much of the spying on Trump associates apparently took place; Australia, home to the Clinton-supporting diplomat Alexander Downer; and possibly Italy. (Side note: such international spying would not have taken place without the knowledge of then-CIA chief John Brennan.) If spying on the Trump campaign was done with the cooperation of foreign officials, it’s time for the truth to come out. Hey, I thought we WANTED to know about foreign interference in our elections.

 

The affidavit continues, and we come to the part that should bring chills to anyone who cares about government accountability. Incredibly, it asserts that “FBI special agents have privacy interests from unnecessary, unofficial questioning as to the conduct of investigations and other FBI business.”

 

Oh, really? Let’s go back and read that sentence again, slowly, and think about its implications. If FBI agents have “privacy interests” when it comes to official documents, why do we even bother to have a Freedom Of Information Act? (Come to think of it, Hillary claimed the 30,000 subpoenaed emails she had deleted were “personal,” so perhaps she was using the same argument.) This affidavit appears to be saying that the FBI is not answerable to the public, that it gets to decide for itself who can look at how it conducts its business and even what questioning of its agents is necessary. Wow, there’s some chutzpah.

 

But the most distressing thing about this filing is the understanding that it would not have been done without Director Chris Wray’s blessing, if not his order. What is going on here?

 

As Solomon points out, the information given by Steele to the State Department wasn’t “secret” by any means, as it was being provided to Hillary’s campaign and the DNC (but I repeat myself) and also leaked to the media. Steele was even fired from the FBI for his leaking, and the intelligence was garbage besides.

 

In fact, one of the documents –- five pages about the debunked theory concerning a computer at Alfa Bank in Russia and another at Trump Tower “pinging” back and forth –- was recently reviewed by Rep. Mark Meadows, who wrote Attorney General William Barr to tell him the information was based on open-source reporting and would not harm sources and methods if revealed. Also, the Alfa Bank story is so thoroughly discredited that even Robert Mueller testified that it wasn’t true.

 

So it’s not national security secrets the Bureau is trying to protect, but the Bureau’s reputation. These documents prove that Steele received a negative assessment as an informer. That fact should have been conveyed to the FISA court and it was not.

 

None of this happened on the current director’s watch, but Christopher Wray is being way too protective. Suspiciously so. To put it bluntly, he’s acting like one of the swamp dwellers. If he thinks he’s helping preserve the FBI’s integrity by holding back documents, he’s mistaken. With the inspector general’s investigation and the broader one by U.S. Attorney John Durham, more will be coming out whether the FBI considers it “private” or not. The best –- the only –- strategy for Wray: come clean.

 

https://thehill.com/opinion/white-house/455228-chris-wrays-fbi-continues-to-cover-for-team-comeys-russia-shenanigans

 

 

 

 

 

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Comments 26-50 of 51

  • Floyd Hale

    07/31/2019 01:20 PM

    I have alway felt that Wray was not atrue patriot , he needs to be removed !!!!!

  • Helen Tritt

    07/31/2019 01:16 PM

    I really enjoy your refreshing and honest newsletter, Governor, so please keep them coming. Do you believe Wray will continue to be a Director of the Corrupt FBI for very long in the near future? He is doing nothing but taking the FBI further down into the TANK of no credibility if he persists in that job...he should go too.
    God Bless you and all of what you do in helping people see how much evil and destruction is going on in America.

  • joseph orsini PhD

    07/31/2019 01:06 PM

    READ THE DOCUMENTS! "Russian efforts to interfere with our election process" is in the transmittal letter; the actual charge to Mueller's group says only to investigate the Russia-Trump connections.

  • Kathy Wingate

    07/31/2019 01:02 PM

    I do hope these FOIA documents are obtained and released before the election. If POTUS succeeds. in draining the FBI/INTEL swamp, it should help him win, unless the general public loves having swamp creatures in government.
    I, for one, at the outset, never suspected the FBI was such a large part of the swamp. But too many in Congress have managed to hold onto their seats, and those need to go, also. The wheels just turn too slowly for some of us. I'm impatient to see some like Cummings, Schiff, Schumer, Pelosi go, and now, add " The Squad".

  • Margaret Pugh

    07/31/2019 01:00 PM

    Thank you for your "brief notes" on the current daily news. I choose not to have cable or newspaper, so I read your news first to see what is important and then go to the Conservative Treehouse for my continuing political education. God bless you, Sundance, President Trump and our USA!
    Margaret

  • Joan Smith

    07/31/2019 12:55 PM

    I really hope that what you've said about Christopher Wray turns not to be what you think. My daughter has met him casually through work and she admires how he handles himself, says that he seems to be a really nice person and smart. I would hate for her to be disappointed . . . He can't hide things from our new Attorney General Barr, can he? Perhaps all of this "stuff" will be revealed when all of the reports come out . . . someday. I've watched Jon Solomon on Hannity, and he is really something . . . the definition of investigative reporter. He's kept us ahead of all of the things that have come out over the past two years. I have to believe that his steps are being led by the Lord.

    One more thing . . . we've all been reminding the Democrats that the presumption of innocence should be applied in all circumstances of allegation, and don't you think that means to Christopher Wray, too? Seems to me that before we start conjecturing about his guilt in all of this, shouldn't we avoid sending out our conjectures in print that smear his reputation for integrity before we have any proof?

  • Robert McFate

    07/31/2019 12:29 PM

    Looks like Trump needs to fire another FBI director!

  • Lawrence E. Foster

    07/31/2019 12:15 PM

    It's clear the FBI has slipped back into J. Edgar Hoover mode. Now is the time to disband the FBI, and set up two separate agencies - one for Counterintelligence, and one for criminal investigation.
    In hiring current FBI agents for either of these two agencies, a thorough review of their activities over the course of their career would need to be done. We need two agencies because criminal investigators make crummy Counterespionage operators, and vice versa.

  • Richard Quitliano

    07/31/2019 11:46 AM

    He seemed a little too chummy with the Democrats at the last hearing he testified in. I've never liked or trusted him!

  • Tarrie Geiger

    07/31/2019 11:42 AM

    Hmmm - President Trump was very vocal in saying that he was going to the Presidency to clean out the swamp. Looks like the snakes in the swamp don't like that idea and are hiding and being very dishonest in what they say, hoping the swamp does not get totally drained!!

  • Linda Rath

    07/31/2019 11:37 AM

    I'm sure President Trump is being made aware of this. Can he not replace Wray with someone else? Gov. Huckabee - would YOU be willing to be the FBI Director??? Or how about the AZ sheriff?? Surely there are qualified people out there with integrity who could serve in that job....

  • Hunt Hamill, Jr

    07/31/2019 11:11 AM

    wray is a swamp rat of the comey variety. To expect honesty and loyalty to duty from the sob is about as likely as pete stroke and lisa p wearing MAGA hats at Walmart. Good luck.

  • Angela L Lawson

    07/31/2019 10:59 AM

    It bothers me to even think for a minute that Wray is a part of the SWAMP. I am not ready to throw him under the bus as yet. He does not seem to me to be someone that could be "bought". I could be wrong though, because my Grandmother always said, "Everyone has their price.", and she was the most intelligent person in my life. I cannot believe that President Trump in all of his business dealings and in his presence in this life could be such a poor judge of character. I am going to stay hopeful regarding Wray.......call me Pollyanna.....that is not such a horrible name

  • Mark Mittelstaedt

    07/31/2019 10:58 AM

    Like I keep telling you - Steele MADE THE WHOLE THING UP !!!! He must have been LHFAO all the way to the bank ;-}

  • Connie Murphy

    07/31/2019 10:48 AM

    I have doubted Christopher Wray from the beginning. If he was hired by Hillary Clinton at one time, would it not be reasonable to “assume” he might not be an advocate for President Trump?

  • Allen Ballard

    07/31/2019 10:46 AM

    I've thought from the beginning that Wray was another bad choice forced on Trump by yet another swamp dweller. Wray should cough up the documents on shuffle or Trump should fire Wray. At some point the FBI needs to come clean, take their well-deserved management lumps and then begin the healing process.

  • Cecile Basilone

    07/31/2019 10:45 AM

    Dear Gov. Huckabee - things like this make people totally distrust the FBI. From Comey down, he has disgraced a once distinguished and much admired branch of the government. The corruption and deceit is beyond belief. I can only thank God that President Trump is president and shudder to think if Hillary Clinton became president.
    God bless you and your efforts to make these things known to the public, although I doubt the democrats or liberals will ever agree to this.

  • Donna Kleister

    07/31/2019 10:36 AM

    This is not a suprsie to me. Observing him as a witness after his appointed has left me to believe that he also is compromised and non-transparent. He has been in the swamp for a time and perhaps also another tainted swamp creature.

  • Bruce Kimball

    07/31/2019 10:32 AM

    This is another of the hundreds of examples where nobody is going to get punished. Not one important person has been convicted and served time. My faith in our judicial system is gone.

  • william fuhrer

    07/31/2019 10:27 AM

    Saul Alinsky boasted he worked for SATAN and the FBI could not find any evidence he was an ATHEISTIC COMMUNIST. After watching FBI STORY I thought about how the FBI must be on to of every subversive group in the United States

  • Mary Ann Gillispie

    07/31/2019 10:26 AM

    The first time I heard Mr. Wray testify I knew he was secretive and would betray the President. He must be replaced!

  • Lauren Ann Perkins

    07/31/2019 10:24 AM

    Since you have the President's ear and Wray serves at the pleasure of the President, could you please tell him to tell Wray "YOU'RE FIRED!"

  • Joyce Brewer

    07/31/2019 10:23 AM

    Wray needs to be replaced! The American People deserve the truth! I am tired of crooked people getting away with crimes!

  • grace bryson

    07/31/2019 10:19 AM

    we all knew ratwray was a swamp creature the minute trump announced yet another swamp creature pick to pair up w/ sessions, coats, mcmaster and so many others. please report why trump cant or is afraid to hire outside the swamp w/ a real law and order person who never worked for the american kgb. someone like a john gilliam ? Trump likes to dig his own grave and we are sick of the insider picks. he is draining nothing. fbi should be shut down

  • De Dickey

    07/31/2019 10:14 AM

    His persona just exudes that without even knowing him.
    Thought that when I first saw him.
    Thank you Mike