August 30, 2018

Nice work if you can get it.

Highly imaginative fiction writer and British ex-spy Christopher Steele was being paid by Hillary Clinton’s campaign and the Democratic National Committee, through law firm Perkins Coie and opposition research company Fusion GPS, to do something he’d probably do for free:  dig up any kind of salacious, unverified Russian gossip he could find on then-Presidential candidate Donald Trump and write it up as a “dossier” to give to the FBI.  Steele couldn’t stand Trump and had told Bruce Ohr at the Justice Department that he was “desperate” to keep Trump from winning the election.  He must have had a great time while raking in the money; they say that if you’d do it even if you weren’t getting paid, it’s not really work.

But in addition to being paid by Hillary for damaging Trump, Steele was also being paid by the FBI –- at the same time, for doing the same thing!  The FBI reportedly paid him on 11 occasions.  They dismissed him (at least officially) in November of 2016 for lying and leaking to the media, but then they continued to obtain information from him through a back channel conduit, Ohr, who at that time was fourth in command at the DOJ.  Curiously, although Ohr testified that the FBI knew of this connection, he said his colleagues at the DOJ were not aware of it.

Ohr and his wife Nellie were also profiting from Steele’s dirt-digging, as Nellie was being paid by the same firm, Fusion GPS, that was paying Steele.  Those funds had come originally from...the Clinton campaign.  And Ohr is still pulling down a paycheck at the Justice Department; I assume he still has his security clearance if he’s still working there.  Not sure if Nellie Ohr is still working for Fusion GPS.  But after all this time, neither Bruce nor Nellie Ohr has been interviewed by special counsel Robert Mueller.

Mueller has been much more interested in a young campaign advisor, George Papadopoulos, and his possible role in some sinister plot to collude with Russians to help Trump.  Yes, Papadopoulos apparently lied to FBI investigators asking him about some contacts he’d had.  But according to John Solomon, writing for THE HILL, European professor Josef Mifsud told the FBI in February of 2017 that there was nothing nefarious about his contacts with Papadopoulos.  He told them specifically that there was no talk of hacking Hillary Clinton’s emails or any other underhanded cybersecurity intentions.

In fact, just hours after his FBI interview, Mifsud followed up with an email, saying, “I re-affirm that the content of our conversations was always on wide geo-strategic issues.”  They had talked about “how the Trump then-campaign team looked to develop a conversation on Europe/UK...and with Russia” (which is not sinister –- it’s what any serious candidate for President would be needing to learn how to do) and “the fallout in policy in the deteriorating relationship between the major countries in the world today.”  In other words, it was very broad and general, having nothing to do with collusion or some sinister plot.

Mifsud had told the FBI that he’d introduced Papadopoulos to a Russian academic named Dr. Ivan M. Timofeev, whom he said was “a director of a think tank in Moscow with strong links to a number of U.S. institutions.”  In his letter, he clarified that “Dr. Timofeev and I have been collaborating for a number of years on a number of geo-strategic issues, mainly pertaining to publications/training for diplomats/international experts on energy security and their implications on international relations.”  What?  They were focused on insanely dry subjects like those, and not cloak-and-dagger spy stuff?

Mifsud went on to insist the connection they made had been intended “to create a mutual understanding on world affairs and how we can contribute to peace and security.”  What?  It wasn’t to make George Papadopoulos an agent of the Kremlin?

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To make one particular point crystal clear, he bold-faced this sentence in his email:  “Cybersecurity was never the direct emphasis of any of our communications.”  What?  They weren’t hatching a plot to hack Hillary’s emails?

Speaking of hacking Hillary’s emails, I wonder at this point who DIDN’T hack them.  The world didn’t need anyone associated with the Trump campaign to hack into her server.  We now know that the Chinese were accessing, real-time, virtually everything that went through that illegal, non-secure home-brew server.  That’s the kind of information that spies are known to kill for.  Recall that at one time Trump joked about the Russians perhaps finding Hillary’s deleted emails and turning them over to us; he could easily make the same joke about China.  They’ve probably got ‘em.  Why aren’t investigators more concerned about THAT?

It seems that all the enormous power of the federal government is focused in all the wrong places.  Obvious criminal Hillary Clinton gets a pass, on everything.  The President gets never-ending investigation when there is no evidence of crime.  Christopher Steele lies and participates in a plot to deceive the FISA court and gets to cool his heels in London.  George Papadopoulos takes innocuous meetings, is used as part of a set-up to investigate Trump and ends up in legal peril.  Former Trump campaign manager Paul Manafort had nothing to do with Russian “collusion” but faces probable life in prison for some old bank and tax charges.  Hillary’s campaign henchmen absolutely do fund Russian “collusion” yet go on with their lives.  Retired Gen. Michael Flynn appears not to have lied under oath or to have done anything else wrong but is still financially ruined.  Bruce and Nellie Ohr were part of the FBI’s FISA abuse plot and haven’t been questioned by either Robert Mueller or U.S. Attorney John Huber.  And though Bruce Ohr apparently didn’t tell his superiors at the DOJ about his role as conduit between Steele and the FBI, he still works there.

None of this is right –- it’s all backwards.  As John Solomon points out, they’re criminalizing perfectly normal political conduct and letting the criminals go.





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  • MPH

    09/01/2018 11:49 AM

    He shouldn't have to be "looking for crime", as the crime should be quite evident. He's supposed to be looking for the perpetrator. If he's "looking for [a] crime", he's engaged in a with hunt.

  • Lou Scibelli

    08/31/2018 02:57 PM

    Mike. You have always made to much sense to be in politics. Please keep doing what you are doing. We need you!

  • John Fisher

    08/31/2018 10:04 AM

    Thank you once again for being so informative. Every time I hear of this I get sick to my stomach, seriously. To think that institutions of our federal government are so corrupt and that the actors involved are getting away with ruining people’s lives just sickens me even more.

    I pray that the President will take a hold of the DOJ and the FBI and clean house.
    Furthermore, I hope and pray that the President can Order an investigation of the investigation (Mullers). It seems that this investigation has not been narrowly defined but has become an investigation against Republicans, specifically the President, His Family and Associates. While ignoring the real culprits and conspirators.

    This is NOT ACCEPTABLE and it is NOT AMERICAN!
    May God Protect Us All!

  • David Palmer

    08/31/2018 09:36 AM

    Mueller is just evil protecting evil while trying to destroy Trump. Trump is like the rest of us, not perfect, but he is not evil and loves America and so do I. Trying to negotiate with evil is like arguing about whether it is daytime or nighttime outside. GO TRUMP we’ve got your back!

  • John Eastlund

    08/31/2018 08:20 AM

    It's disturbing that you aren't concerned about our national security just because you support trump for hard to fathom reasons. Trump is a lying crook and your daughter has the world's worst job having to cover for his lies. By every measure over the years Mueller has been a man of integrity and truth while trump is just the opposite. This is a McCarthy Era moment, "have you no sense of decency?" History will have harsh judgement on people who supported trump's obstruction of justice.

  • Richard Payne

    08/31/2018 08:18 AM

    So as I have told you before, nothing gets done. Why cant anyone do anything concerning Hillary, Orr, Fusion GPS? Where is Jeff Sessions? Good man, yes, competent no.

  • Wallace Hoffman

    08/31/2018 06:13 AM

    You are absolutely correct. Former Secretary of State Hillary Clinton should be investigated for her use of her private email server, which apparently led to the deaths of at least 15 patriotic, loyal CIA spies. She has done incalculable damage to the United States.

  • Kathleen Wood

    08/31/2018 02:28 AM

    I have zero confidence in Mueller whatsoever. I don't believe he has any good intent or cares about truth or justice. He's on somebody's payroll to do a deed, so he presses on as a part of the scheme. No wonder he looks so tired! I bet he has trouble sleeping at night. Frankly, I'm really tired of it too.

  • Mildred Nekesa wafula

    08/31/2018 12:43 AM

    Once the dust settles and I know for a fact the dust will settle, 'proper clean up' needs to be done. The whole thing was founded with ' evil intent'. God is still in command and they can be rest assured that even if they had to dig through the pit of hell,Trump ain't going no where.

  • Joyce Tennant

    08/30/2018 07:54 PM

    AND the Mueller investigation is costing the American taxpayers MILLIONS of dollars - all for nothing!

  • John Zupanc

    08/30/2018 05:46 PM

    Christopher Steele is a British ex-spy hired to help Hillary to win the election. Then why can’t the claim be made that the UK not the Russians was interfering with our elections?

  • Stauber Simon

    08/30/2018 05:09 PM

    Just as oil floats on water, the Truth
    shall surface in full clarity.

  • warren clinton rudy

    08/30/2018 05:04 PM

    This whole thing has been a witch hunt right from the start the real ones who need to go to jail are laughing at all of us because they think they will get away with this BS. It all comes back to Hillary Clinton, and her pal James Comey and I used to admire the FBI but this is going way to far and the ones responsible need to be in prison for a long time. The mainstream media is terrible and they act like two year olds the way they gang up on our president but even then president Trump is still winning in my opinion but something has to give here and that person is Jeff Sessions he acts like he is scared to really do his job and go after all of those who are really trying to bring down our country. May God Bless America and help us restore the greatest country on earth because if that doesn't happen they we all will lose and be ruled by the Muslim Brotherhood and we can't let that happened. I stand with president Trump and support him always and we also need to protect the first and second amendments to the constitution and we can't allow to give up our firearms at any cost. I remain! WCR!!!

  • Sarah Menne

    08/30/2018 04:35 PM

    We, the people, are sick and tired of Mueller, of the nefarious attacks on our President, of all fake and misleading news, and especially angry that Clinton and her cronies commit seemingly truly criminal acts and are "not" investigated or punished. This must end. As you stated, everything is backward and it's definitely time to turn around, drain the swamp, and put honest people who truly love our country and believe in our Constitution into positions of authority. We surely do appreciate your honest reporting and witty remarks. Your newsletter makes my day!

  • Sarah Menne

    08/30/2018 04:31 PM

    We, the people, are sick and tired of Mueller, of the nefarious attacks on our President, of all fake and misleading news, and especially angry that Clinton and her cronies commit seemingly truly criminal acts and are "not" investigated or punished. This must end. As you stated, everything is backward and it's definitely time to turn around, drain the swamp, and put honest people who truly love our country and believe in our Constitution into positions of authority. We surely do appreciate your honest reporting and witty remarks. Your newsletter makes my day!

  • sharon ruetz

    08/30/2018 04:31 PM

    Woe to those who call evil good, and good evil.

  • Mary Girgan

    08/30/2018 04:20 PM

    Why hasn't anyone done anything about this..why hasn't the Republican Congress done more to press these issues... I am getting very tired of all this as I am sure most are. It amazes me all that has gone on and all they want is President Trump. What hold or power do the Clintons have. They should have both been thrown in jail years ago.

    I pray everyday for our President and our country as well as the world...

  • richard van bueren

    08/30/2018 04:06 PM

    what a tangled web we weave. I am 76 years young and do hope that I will see the day when justice will be well served. then again we trust that HE has a plan. if only I can be patient enough to see it unfold.. thanks for all that you do to keep us informed..God BlessRichard

  • Sharon Rodden

    08/30/2018 03:16 PM

    When is this upside down Justice/FBI nonsense going to end? Is there no one that can do anything? Are the Clintons, et al, totally insulated? Will justice ever be served? I am so frustrated I want to scream!!! When do the "good guys" win and the "bad guys" get their just desserts?

  • Anne Turner

    08/30/2018 02:39 PM

    It doesn’t matter. The rabid left has such a hold on the media and the internet providers that most people do not get the truth. Most people are not intellectually curious. They just want to enjoy their lives as much as possible. The far left has become positively scary. Violence is okay as long as it is for a good cause. It’s okay to embarress and threaten the press secretary, an acquaintance of yours, and her family. Distress young children as long as they aren’t illegal immigrants. They brainwash our young people who are so easily persuaded to what sounds nice. They think they have a conscience but they do not. However, even those who agree with the Trump policies do not like him very much. They are fundamentally racist, otherwise they would not want to make dark skinned people dependent on them. The President could have done things so much better in his communication style. It is hard to like someone who complains all the time and calls people names. He must start rising above this and show he is the better man. If there is a blue wave this fall, I lay that directly at the feet of the President. Not for what he has actually done but for his constantly stirring things up. This overshadows the good things and makes him appear totally self absorbed.


    08/30/2018 02:32 PM

    Same old Clinton garbage that has been going on since they were in Arkansas. Crime after Crime with no


    08/30/2018 01:49 PM

    This Mueller witch hunt needs to stop, I do not care what the "press" thinks of the President or how bad they will make him look, it needs to stop. Sessions needs to go also, I am so surprised that the President did not discuss his job description prior to his appointment, bad idea not to have, now we are in a pickle and he needs to go.
    Carmen Price

  • Trudie Jo Benham

    08/30/2018 01:39 PM

    I thank you for your truthful information it is so refreshing to hear the truth. But I do have a question if we know all of this then when is the DOJ going to do something. I watch Fox &Friends I hear all of this but what I don't hear is what can we do about it. I pray about this and for the President& how family and now also for all his administration. So sad to see this great country of tour's takein this path. Will be praying. Thank you again keep up the good work. Have a great & blessed day.

  • Patricia Slyter

    08/30/2018 01:37 PM

    I actually feel ill reading and thinking about all the corruption that is going on in our government. There must be a way to end this crazy sham and get our country back on track as the Christian nation that we are meant to be. I hope, by now, everyone in the country, unless brainwashed, is able to see what the Democrats have been up to for decades (and some Republicans we call RINOs). It is time for all who care about our country to stand up and loudly proclaim "No More"! Time for truth and for them to suffer the consequences of their actions!

  • Amelia Little

    08/30/2018 01:16 PM

    Of course mueller and his henchmen aren't going to question the orhs. They KNOW these people have nothing that would point to Trump/Russian collusion. And they KNOW that, unless the orhs LIE to their kangaroo court, all will point to the real culprits. Can't have that. After all, they aren't looking at ANYONE else--especially hilary, unless it's someone who breathed the same air sometime as Donald Trump. And, since they aren't going to get collusion on them--they'll go after years old taxes and other stuff.