Just as the Democrats have started in AGAIN, this time for 2020, with their frantic cries of “Russia, Russia, Russia!,” Lindsay Graham, chairman of the Senate Judiciary Committee, has announced the formal start of his investigation this coming week into FISA abuse and the origins of the “Trump/Russia” hoax.

Sen. Graham told Maria Bartiromo on SUNDAY MORNING FUTURES that he doesn’t “have jurisdiction” over the whistleblower (you know, ERIC CIARAMELLA) --- which would belong to the Senate Intelligence Committee, I suppose because of highly classified material --- but in light of the current DOJ’s decision that the last two FISA renewals to spy on Carter Page were illegal, he plans to call a long list of people to determine what Andrew McCabe and James Comey knew about the fictional nature of the Christopher Steele “dossier,” and how early in the process they knew it.

We still don’t have determinations on the legality of the original FISA warrant application and the first renewal; those are pending. But we know for sure that way back in January of 2017, Steele’s primary Russian “subsource” told four members of the DOJ and FBI that the dossier was nothing but “bar-talk and hearsay,” as Graham put it. For an investigation so important –- into a major-party nominee for President, no less –- how could the director and deputy director of the FBI not have known about this? (Answer: THEY DID, but they’ve already lied so much, I wouldn’t expect the truth from them about this, either.) Yet they kept pursuing their bogus investigation, to the point at which the whole issue was handed off to Robert Mueller’s special counsel. The four people who heard directly from the subsource are at the top of the list Graham intends to call.

Recall that the first FISA application was made after a previous effort to get a warrant, in July of 2016, was turned down by the court. On Sunday, Sen. Graham mentioned something quite interesting: It was McCabe, at that time the deputy FBI Director, who then advised the FBI Washington, DC, office to go to the New York office, saying “they have something” that might help them get a warrant. That “something” was the Steele dossier.

So….how did McCabe know about the dossier? Who had been in touch with McCabe about it? (We know that stupid dossier was being floated around by then-CIA Director and known liar John Brennan; if I were investigating this, I’d focus on him.) Also, did Rod Rosenstein, who signed off on the last FISA renewal, know that the dossier had already been debunked? How could he possibly not have known that?

The interviews with McCabe and Comey won’t be happening right away. Before Graham calls them, he needs to lay the groundwork. So his staff will be interviewing other witnesses first to assemble the necessary foundation.

We know they kept renewing the FISA warrant after they knew the dossier on which it had been based was a pile of trash. Why did they keep going –- not just within the FBI but two more years with a special counsel, when there was no evidence of any underlying crime? In Sen. Graham’s words, “This whole thing is fishy as hell.”

https://www.realclearpolitics.com/video/2020/02/23/lindsey_graham_says_he_will_call_21_people_to_testify_in_senate_judiciary_investigation_into_fisa_abuses.html

Over in the House Judiciary Committee, they’re supposedly looking at the FISA issue as well and are scheduled to work this week on a “markup” of new legislation. But under the control of impeachment-mad Jerrold Nadler, the focus has not been on determining what is wrong with that process. Ranking member Doug Collins wanted to have Inspector General Horowitz come in and give testimony about the problems he found with the FBI’s use of the FISA court, but that hasn’t happened. It’s no surprise that Nadler isn’t going to get into all that. “And now,” Collins said, “we’re going to put forward a bill that, really, I don’t think is going to address the issues. We’re gonna have some say about that; wait for what we’re gonna be putting forward. I think we’re gonna find ways to understand it. We need to restore the American people’s trust in [FISA], and if that cannot be done, then people will not have confidence that our intelligence communities are doing what they need to be doing and being able to use this court properly.”

Attorney General Bill Barr goes before the House Judiciary Committee at the end of March. Rep. Collins wants to know, as we all do, why Andrew McCabe was not charged. He also wants to make sure that the Durham criminal investigation has all the resources it needs to go forward. There are questions for FBI director Christopher Wray as well. But Nadler and the Democrats will be too busy trying to trash Barr as someone just trying to protect the President to drill down on these important issues.

https://www.washingtonexaminer.com/news/barr-hearing-will-address-whether-john-durham-has-adequate-resources

My take-away: ELECTIONS MEAN THINGS. If Democrats hadn’t taken control of the House in 2018, we already would have been able to look into all of this. Instead of FISA reform, we got Pelosi, Schiff, Nadler and the ginned-up impeachment. It’s so important that the House be taken out of their hands with the 2020 election.

As for the renewed “Russia” hysteria, the media will cooperate at every step with Democrats trying to spread it. Adam Schiff likely leaked information –- somebody did, and he’s the most likely suspect –- from a classified briefing to THE NEW YORK TIMES, who grabbed on to the old “Trump is an agent of Putin” idea” with no supporting evidence at all. Why would it surprise anyone that big-time leaker Schiff would leak classified information? Likewise, why would it surprise anyone that the Russians, Ukrainians, Chinese or anyone else might try to interfere with our elections, in 2016 or 2020 or any year, past, present or future? It would be weird if they DIDN’T. We know that Russia –- along with Ukraine and surely other foreign entities –- “meddled” in 2016 to create chaos (which we got), but keep this in mind: Foreigners may have “meddled,” but Democrats in our own government helped them when they “peddled”...the Steele dossier. And now they’re peddling the same garbage.

The media are ready partners in that effort, and this “Russia” story lingers and spreads like a political coronavirus. Here’s a piece from last December that seems even more significant now in light of what we know…

https://pjmedia.com/trending/reporters-lied-steele-dossier-carter-page-fisa-warrants/

Now here’s a new story on the latest “peddling,” and it should surprise no one who is leading the charge…

https://thefederalist.com/2020/02/21/hillary-clinton-peddles-russia-collusion-2-0-labels-trump-putins-puppet/

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  • Longfei Hu

    02/25/2020 12:40 PM

    I hope and pray that Sen. Lindsey Graham will do it for sure but I do have concern that he seems talking a lot but actiong a little! God bless America and give Sen. Graham courage to do the right thing!

  • Amelia Little

    02/25/2020 12:17 PM

    And the poor democrats are crying (in fear, actually) that there would be investigations into things that will show their nefarious complicity. HOW DARE there be any investigations? Why, it's just retaliation for all the phony balony they spent 3 years on, just let it go!!! In the meantime, shiff and God knows how many others will continue to see what they can make up about the 2020 elections. And, you know, any investigations announced (and carried out) by Lindsay Graham, AG Barr, ATT Durham, etc will interfere with their latest machinations.

  • Jean Primrose

    02/24/2020 10:05 PM

    Drain the swamp. Stick with President Donald Trump.

  • Dusty

    02/24/2020 06:00 PM

    Russia interfered how by doing what in the 2016 against Hillary. Now we still get Russia Russia WHY? They if tried anything did not do anything to my vote per I would never had voted for her as a woman myself. Never ever liked her. Van Jones media wants to ignore what he discovered after the campaign he was in shock over her losing could not be real. He went out across the country to the states that voted for Trump and those did not follow through for Hillary and being one of the more honest on CNN he told the truth. On this trip he was again shocked on why they the workers did not vote for her. Even blacks who said she did not come to them? Not the Russians who have created this nastiness of trying to say Pres Trump and others were using the Russians? Ukraine and trying to again just use a stupid phone call to IMPEACH. Who is this Congress who are these idiots and many on both sides. We have this terrible Virus now that could kill millions and not a good thing. Stop the insanity and the lies and fake news.

  • Patricia Stevens

    02/24/2020 05:34 PM

    Good grief. Why wasn't this started sooner? I can tell you why, some people needed to be shown just how far politicians will go to try and get their way. It didn't work out. I for one am sick and tired of all the political hoaxes being formulated to use tax payers money, instead of balancing the budget, lowering taxes, repealing the ACA, and passing bills that will benefit the entire country, not just certain constituents in certain counties in certain states.

  • Joyce Birch

    02/24/2020 05:18 PM

    I hope Attorney Barr & Durham have a "big broom" for a clean sweep. Did you see Clint Eastwood would support Mike Bloomberg over President Trump, because of his tweets & name calling!! Russia again?? This is insanity at it's best.

  • Cathy Wentz

    02/24/2020 03:17 PM

    It's funny that reports also state that the Russians are trying to help Sanders too. And yes, Hillary tries to accuse anyone who she feels threatened by (for whatever reason). As that last article referred to said, Hillary accused Tulsi Gabbard of being a Russian asset. So now she is getting sued for that.

  • Allison Boyle Runkles

    02/24/2020 03:15 PM

    Mike, this might help in understanding the corrupt media.

    Fake news ...and The Swamp
    .....................
    .
    Yes, Gavin Newsome, California’s governor Is Nancy Pelosi's Nephew.

    And Yes, Adam “shifty” Shiff's Sister Is Married To George Soros.

    And Yes, John Kerry's Daughter Is Married To A "Mullah's Son In Iran.

    This is what you call a "stacked deck."

    If you had a hunch the news system was somewhat rigged and you couldn't put your finger on it, this might help you solve the puzzle.

    ABC News executive producer Ian Cameron is married to Susan Rice, Obama's former National Security Adviser.

    CBS President David Rhodes is the brother of Ben Rhodes, Obama's Deputy National Security Adviser for Strategic Communications.

    ABC News correspondent Claire Shipman is married to former Obama White House Press Secretary Jay Carney

    ABC News and Univision reporter Matthew Jaffe is married to Katie Hogan, Obama's former Deputy Press Secretary.

    ABC President Ben Sherwood is the brother of Obama's former Special Adviser Elizabeth Sherwood.

    CNN President Virginia Moseley is married to Hillary Clinton's former Deputy Secretary Tom Nides.

    This is “Huge” and is a 'partial' list since the same incestuous
    relationship holds true for NBC/MSNBC and most media outlets. Trump has been right all along. Fake News is generated by this incestuous relationship.

    But ya think there might be a little bias in the news?..

    Ya Think?
    My research cousin shared this info with me.

  • Dale P. Ferguson

    02/24/2020 02:33 PM

    Your discussion of Russian meddling reminds me of the day President Kennedy was assassinated. I was listening to KNX News Radio in Los Angeles, and they said that Radio Moscow the President had been assassinated by "right wing elements" and suggested that Earl Warren be made head of a committee to investigate. That statement was broadcast only once! I remember being extremely upset at Russia telling us what to do. The rest is history, and Russia has always tried to influence our elections.

  • Bruce Vanderhoef

    02/24/2020 02:22 PM

    I hope Bill Barr takes a big broom to sweep the refuse out of the deep state intelligence agencies silencing (yeah right) the compost coming out of the mouths of "Russia collusion" libs on the left. Then disinfect any remaining filth. The Bible verse. "be sure your sin will find you out"is still true....

    Do the democrats seriously think that Putin prefers Trump over the socialist-communist Bernie? They really ARE crazy with their Trump derangement syndrome.

  • Scott J

    02/24/2020 01:54 PM

    Unfortunately, until the guilty are finally prosecuted and incarcerated (hopefully for a very long time), I will continue to doubt any rhetoric, and only believe it when it actually happens. It's getting to tge point where every statement by politicians should start with "once upon a time".

    PS: I'll still be happily voting (again) for DJT when Nov. 2020 arrives.

  • Doug Johnson

    02/24/2020 01:24 PM

    I’ve said it before, President Trump needs to clean house! When he gets re-elected in 2020 he needs to setup a H.R. group the review all of obama hired or appointed personal and get rid of them. His life would be a lot easier on him, not having to fight the politics in the house and have all the back stabbing in his house. I say again clean house. Thank you for all you do Governor.

  • Linda Orf

    02/24/2020 01:18 PM

    Personally, I don’t know why Graham is bothering with this investigation when Durhams report should be coming out soon.

  • Amy Welch

    02/24/2020 01:18 PM

    Pray that Sen. Graham can pinpoint the leaks and start to get prosecution started........first up, hopefully, will be the wicked witches of the East and Eest, Pelosi and Killary Clinton.....

  • Mark Stripling

    02/24/2020 01:17 PM

    Many of us have given up on "and justice for all." All we have witnessed in 3 plus years is just "talk." What do we "see?" 1. Conservatives go to prison for "Trumped up" process crimes. 2. Anyone who could testify against leftist criminals "commits suicide." 3. Leftists who have committed the same or worse crimes send celebratory, mocking tweets to one another as word is released that they will face no charges for their criminal activities. If there is justice for all, Senator, then prove it!

  • Jerry korba

    02/24/2020 12:48 PM

    I welcome any help to get rid of Pelosi and her mob of communis and socialists before our country can get healthy we have to remove the infection the left and it’s toxic behaviors needs removal now have sanders ask Putin to reinstate conservatives to the house Schiff seems to think Putin controls our election validmer is tired of all accusations

  • Mark Mittelstaedt

    02/24/2020 12:32 PM

    Like I've been telling you for years - the whole " dossier " is completely made up. Steele laughed all the way to the Bank of England, playing the Clinton campaign and the FBI deep-staters for suckers. He had as much " evidence " for his claims as...Bishop Ussher had for the date of the creation of the universe ;-}