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April 7, 2021
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I have no idea where special counsel John Durham is in his investigation of “Crossfire Hurricane,” but at this point one wonders if others who’ve been on the case might be way ahead of him. Paul Sperry of RealClearInvestigations has been following it all along, and he can now show, without a doubt, that there was never anything to it at all. I mean, NOTHING. At all.

And the FBI knew it.

Have a conversation about the Steele “dossier” with a Democrat even today, and that individual will likely say something like, “Oh, sure, there were some things that they never absolutely verified, like that wild prostitute story, but there were other allegations in it that were corroborated. So the rest of it is probably real, too.”

No. Nothing in the “dossier” was corroborated.

Sperry has seen the recently declassified documents with secret testimony by the FBI investigator who was in charge of corroborating it. Though the name of that person is still redacted, Sperry was able to find out through congressional sources that it is FBI Supervisory Intelligence Analyst Brian Auten.

Last October –- when the Senate was still run by Republicans –- Auten testified behind closed doors before staff investigators for the Senate Judiciary Committee, and he said under oath that neither he nor his team of half a dozen analysts could confirm a single one of Christopher Steele’s allegations, including those they included in FISA applications to use longterm electronic surveillance on several associates of Trump’s campaign.

Auten told the committee under oath that “the actual allegations and the actions described in those reports could not be corroborated.”

He and his team worked hard to find out if any of it was true. Auten is a leading specialist on Russia and was familiar with names and places mentioned in the dossier. They chased down every lead they could, even traveling overseas to interview Steele and others. All they could confirm were publicly available names, entities and positions of some people mentioned in the documents. They also found lots of obvious mistakes. There was nothing to warrant an investigation.

They easily debunked some parts of the dossier, such as the major claim that Michael Cohen went to Prague in the summer of 2016 as part of the Trump campaign to to work with Kremlin agents on hacking the election. As it turned out, when Cohen said, “I’ve never BEEN to Prague,” he was telling the truth. Yet Democrats kept the phony “Russian hacking” story going...and going.

I find it interesting that the media could spread a made-up story about Russians hacking the 2016 election for Trump, but if anyone even suggests today that Democrats and/or foreign influences might have done some hacking of their own four years later, they’re thrown off social media immediately and the curtain comes down.

As Sperry reports, “[Auten’s] testimony, kept secret for several months, is eye-opening because it’s the first time anybody from the FBI has acknowledged headquarters failed to verify any of the dossier evidence supporting the wiretaps as true and correct.”

It gets worse. Not only did they not corroborate any part of the dossier, but they also failed to inform the court of this. They were duty-bound to inform the FISA Court that they had nothing, but instead they reverently referred to their steaming pile of poo as “Crown material” (Steele's a Brit) and used it for all four warrants to spy on Trump campaign adviser Carter Page. According to testimony from former acting FBI Director Andrew McCabe, without the dossier, the warrants could not have been obtained. (I would note that a previous warrant application that didn't use the dossier had been rejected, so this is true.)

The warrant applications against Page, an American citizen, refer to him as a “Russian agent.” Recall that in January of this year, Kevin Clinesmith pleaded guilty to one count of falsifying evidence for altering a government document that had originally said Page had worked for the CIA as a confidential source. Clinesmith changed it to say that Page had NOT worked for the CIA. That’s the one criminal conviction that Durham has obtained so far.

Page, who after a year of being spied on was never charged with anything, is now suing the FBI, as well as Auten personally and some others who were involved. We wish him well in that endeavor. Sperry’s report doesn’t go into this, but since Hillary’s campaign funded the creation of the dossier through law firm Perkins Coie, I wonder if he might name any of them in the lawsuit as well. Marc Elias of Perkins Coie is still very active in engineering election outcomes; why, just last year, he traveled around the country pushing for unconstitutional changes in many states that made it easier to cheat. I’m not a lawyer and don’t know if it makes sense from a legal standpoint, but, gosh, it would be such fun to see him and Perkins Coie and even Hillary on a list of defendants. They’ve caused a lot of damage; Carter Page is just one example.

Anyway, Auten and his team put together a “spreadsheet” of information that appeared at first glance to be corroboration, but as it turned out, this was all in the form of media reports. They even included reports that had used Steele himself as the source --- Steele verifying Steele. No real evidence.

Sperry’s article –- highly recommended reading –- gives a lot more detail about what Auten was doing with the dossier and the cavalier way he spoke of its deficiencies in testimony and with colleagues.

Sperry quotes FBI Special Agent Michael Biasello as saying Auten should be “held accountable” for his role in what he described as FBI headquarters’ blatant disregard for the diligent process FISA warrants demand. “A FISA warrant must be fully corroborated,” Biasello said. “Every statement, phrase, paragraph must be verified in order for the affiant to attest before a judge that the contents are true and correct.” He said he’d seen agents and analysts “obsessed” with the accuracy of these documents.

"To think the Crossfire team signed off on those FISA affidavits knowing the contents were uncorroborated is unconscionable, immoral and also illegal,” Biasello told Sperry. “All of them must be prosecuted for perjury, fraud and other federal crimes.”

According to the IG report prepared by Michael Horowitz, Auten said he wasn’t concerned by Steele’s animus towards Trump and also that it was “immaterial” that the dossier was paid for by Hillary’s campaign. (I am not kidding --- he really did.) He said the team was “justified” in opening cases against Page, Michael Flynn, Paul Manafort and George Papadopoulos –- even though they were concerned enough about what they were doing at the time to discuss taking out professional liability insurance.

So, where is Brian Auten today? To the surprise of no one, he’s still working in his job as a supervisory intelligence analyst at the FBI, under Director Christopher Wray.

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  • Linda Olds

    04/11/2021 03:25 PM

    It would be funny, if the covid shutdowns weren't such a horror for America, that the most shut down states have the worst covid numbers.
    Some doctors are saying that if the most vulnerable people had been protected, and covid allowed to run its course through the rest of the population, we'd be at herd immunity naturally, and with fewer deaths (especially if known safe and effective treatments had been allowed).
    Meanwhile, the present administration is saying that we need 80% of the population vaccinated to get to herd immunity; they purposely ignore those who are immunized by exposure to covid. The vaccines are just an artificial means of accomplishing what mother nature does.
    The covid disinformation is part of all the other disinformation and outright lies of the Dems and their propaganda machine (the mainstream media).

  • Joan Matthews

    04/11/2021 03:17 PM

    Great reporting. Thank you.
    Its about time the news cycle puts this above the fold again i fit can.

  • Ken Lawyer

    04/09/2021 04:10 PM

    Anymore, it is hard to distinguish "just who" is telling the truth about "anything!" I know what "I Want" to believe but for me to step out there and put my hand on the Bible and swear that I believe what I have heard from anyone aired on television or that I believe whatever is written in any type of communication (internet, paper, magazine, blog, etc.) then I wouldn't. I don't believe I am paranoid but I have been duped enough to refraining from swearing I believe what I read and hear. The continuous propaganda from the different ideologies has got to give every sane human being pause. If it weren't for my belief in the Bible (KJV) then I would probably have reservation in it, too.

  • Mark Beckstein

    04/08/2021 11:01 PM

    Thank you for all you do to keep us informed with the truth and not the bogus junk the media feeds us..keep fighting the good fight and we will keep praying for you and all of your behind the scene people...Blessings

  • Laura Vest

    04/08/2021 04:01 PM

    Time for the Ladies Prisons to teach Self Defense courses, especially the manuever of kneeing the Trannies in the gonads. That aside, have you met female prisoners? Many are hurky, huge and will thump any man unconscious. They will have the trannies crying like little girls!

  • Gary J. Rachuba

    04/08/2021 03:33 PM

    Governor, I totally do not understand how the Democrats was, over the past four years, able to bring so many charges against conservatives. Many of whom received jail/prison sentences. And not one Democrat who has obviously committed federal crimes have not been prosecuted for them. Isn't there anyone in the GOP who can start bringing charges against some of these criminals and getting some convictions. Also, if the GOP started getting some of the Democrats prosecuted and put in jail where they belong -- it might slow them down a little.

  • C. Roger Hall

    04/08/2021 12:22 PM

    It appears Durham's "investigation" was fluff from the start but this indicates a much more troubling thought; AG Barr was a party to it. Barr was trumpeted as a straight shooter, a paragon of virtue, an AG of AG's but his results as President Trump's AG was sorely lacking and I believe he was part of the insurrection all along. The scope and depth of the continuing overthrow of our republic is stunning.

  • Penny Purnell

    04/08/2021 11:44 AM

    Will Durham's report ever see the light of day? Will anyone ever be held accountable for their crimes?

  • Jim Reim

    04/08/2021 10:37 AM

    Way to go. Now time to get Brian Auten fired, Wray reprimanded, the FBI sued, Page et. al. exonerated and the DOJ brought under greater surveillance. Lets fix this.

  • Mindy Denham

    04/08/2021 10:13 AM

    Thanks so much for sharing the truth with us! Love your writing and your daughter Sarah! Keep up the good work!

  • Anne Turner

    04/08/2021 10:07 AM

    I live in a small college town. You guessed it, liberal as they come. I have even seen a few retired military in my community right outside of the town go over to the dark side. However, my state, mostly registered Democrats, went overwhelmingly for Trump, twice. One of my Senators, Manchin. What has happened to the Dem party? Where is the party of Roosevelt, Truman, Kennedy and even Carter? If they were here now they would be cancelled. These new Dem leaders are ignorant, profoundly racist, obsessive, power hungry, and socialist to the core. They do not think beyond the immediate gratification of “doing good”. There is a time limit on how long they can blame Trump for everything that goes wrong, maybe twenty years or so. They are sheep who will follow the head sheep over the ledge. I simply do not understand them and have lost respect for many of my friends and neighbors. I actually do not blame Biden, as he is impaired and only does what he is told to do. I wonder if it bothers Jill that her husband is being so used. Oh, I forgot, the end justifies the means. This will not end well.

  • louis zachman

    04/08/2021 09:17 AM

    i read your newsletter every day and appreciate your investigation to provide us with the facts and not some media nonsense but honestly Mike it makes me even more frustrated and angry about the path this country is on. What's the point of informing me of all the lies and law breaking the democrats are doing and have been doing when NO ONE in washington evidently cares enough to do something about it.

  • Darrell Parks

    04/08/2021 08:51 AM

    In reference to the California prison story, the woke citizens of California are well aware that the men in prison are all there unjustly, no doubt victims of the right-wing "Nazis and Fascists". No way would they ever believe that a prisoner would lie.

  • Mike Lohbeck

    04/08/2021 08:16 AM

    Everyone involved in this lie should be prosecuted for fraud and treason.

  • Cathy Snyder

    04/08/2021 12:25 AM

    I am also a fan of Dan Bongino. Have you ever seen him or listened to his podcast? You both make such good points and I try to share it on my fb wall. I pray for your readers as I pray at Mass, that our ears be open so that we might hear and may our hearts be open so we might feel. God bless you Governor Huckabee.

  • Jane Brandenburg

    04/07/2021 11:20 PM

    In regards to the male prisoners claiming to be female, I say let them go to the women's prison AFTER they are castrated. After all, if they claim to be female, they would not want to have balls, right? I'd be willing to bet that most if not all of them would withdraw their declarations of being women.

  • Carol K Landmann

    04/07/2021 11:15 PM

    I don't quite understand what you're saying about the Crossfire Hurricane investigation. Are you saying that John Durham did nothing, no investigating and the whole thing with Bill Barr assigning him and reporting on his progress was all sham and for show?

  • Leslie Howard

    04/07/2021 07:19 PM

    Thanks for sharing all of this information with everybody.

  • Bruce Higham

    04/07/2021 07:03 PM

    I have a comment about the total number of deaths contributed to Covid. I know personally that some deaths are counted as covid when the person was given just a few weeks to live from a long battle with cancer.
    Does anyone have statistics on how many would normally have died in 2020 from heart disease, TB, diabetics, cancer compared to actual cases counted in those diseases. I am wondering if the covid deaths numbers, (and don't get me wrong, it is a real disease and kills) are inflated by counting anyone who dies testing positive, but would have died with or without covid?????
    I would love for someone who has access to this kind of information to share it.
    Your friend,
    Bruce Higham

  • Debby Baker

    04/07/2021 07:02 PM

    It IS what it IS……with ALL of them………… UNTIL AMERICA STANDS UP STRAIGHT AND SAYS NOOOOOOOOOOOOO.... it will be just WHAT IS……and MORE ……not less. Is what it is.

  • Judy Radley

    04/07/2021 06:48 PM

    Reads like proof to me that the Democrats can create anything they want, even the fraudulent outcome of an election for their candidate to win, even though he didn't win legitimately nor legally. Maybe the 'dossier' thing was just a trial run of how they could easily manipulate an election to swing in their favor, even though the truth proves the election did NOT swing in their favor.

  • RonBailiff

    04/07/2021 06:42 PM

    I guess only “we the people” are accountable for breaking the law. It seems that all those within the beltway are immune to prosecution. Our forefathers are watching and waiting for “we the people “ to take appropriate action to reinstate the laws of our country to all people! Will they confiscate firearms so that there is no ‘New’ revolution?

  • Ron Besse

    04/07/2021 06:00 PM

    It has become more and more obvious everyday that nothing will happen. Brennen, Clapper, etc. have gotten a free pass and will never see a courtroom or a jail cell. Even if it came to that Uncle Joe will give them a pardon. Maybe its time to just focus on the current disasters of the current administration and hope the mid-terms will swing back our way in both the House and Senate.

  • Denise Miller

    04/07/2021 05:51 PM

    No surprise that Brian Auten is still working. Look at Swalwell. He's still working on the Intelligence Committee. I really wish we had justice for all of these democrats but I don't ever see it happening.

  • Charles Simmons

    04/07/2021 05:47 PM

    The heavily redacted Durham report may be released along with the files of the 1963 Kennedy fiasco, well after all implicated parties have expired.