In the latest development regarding the Steele “dossier,” ranking member of the House Intelligence Committee Devin Nunes of California has sent a letter to President Trump asking him to talk with British Prime Minister Theresa May about her country’s role in spying on American citizens working for the Trump campaign. He’s even put together a helpful list of questions for the President to ask her during his upcoming visit to the U.K.
Nunes said on HANNITY Wednesday night that we can be sure someone was “running operations” on foreign soil (British and possibly Italian, that we know of) against Trump campaign people. This might have been done by the American government, the British government, or some other entity. Members of his committee have been asking the FBI about this but to no one's surprise have not gotten any answers.
Nunes pointed out that President Trump will be heading to London in a couple of weeks and will spend some time with the Queen. Nunes himself has “spent a lot of time with intelligence officials from the U.K.,” he said, and he got the impression that they must know more.
“They’re not idiots...” he said of the British intel people. “There is no possible way that British intelligence folks read the Christopher Steele ‘dossier’ and didn’t just laugh. Okay? So I actually believe that Mueller that the...dossier team KNEW that the Brits actually, I think, did give us some warning. But we can’t get that information.”
Nunes believes the Brits must have raised concerns about Steele’s credibility. (Of course, so did our own State Department, as we’ve just found out. And Bruce Ohr of the DOJ did as well.) He hasn’t been able to get the documentation he's looking for and hopes U.S. Attorney John Durham is able to do that.
Nunes and his colleagues have submitted criminal referrals that allege conspiracies to defraud the FISA court and to manipulate intelligence. He’s hoping the FISA court itself will come forward on this and take action against the top-level people at the DOJ and FBI who misled them with fraudulent information. In expressing this hope, he makes an outstanding point: “It’s not going to be believable [acceptable?] that we should have a secret court in this country if they can’t take action to enforce [laws against] people that deliberately lie to them.” In other words, there needs to be accountability.
It occurs to me, though Nunes didn’t specifically mention this, that Trump having a talk with the British prime minister about the spying might be an important step to take before declassifying any documents implicating the British government or other entities. This concern may be why Trump changed his mind the first time after announcing months ago that he would declassify right away. We know he does plan to declassify soon, so he might not need much convincing from Nunes to talk with May. For all we know, he’s talked with her about this already.
Sara A. Carter offered her own insight into the spying on foreign soil. “Carter Page and George Papadopoulos apparently...told Stefan Halper,” she said, “who was spying on them for the FBI, that they were in no way...involved with the Russians and they had no idea what Stefan Halper was trying to tell them about...I think what Devin Nunes did today in his letter to the President is going to reveal extraordinary information. I know --- I spoke tonight [Wednesday] to several sources in the U.S. intelligence community that said there would be NO WAY that...British MI-5, British MI-6 senior executives, the directors of those agencies, would know about this dossier and then not share that information with John Brennan.” So, information will be coming out, she said, on what Brennan, Comey and Clapper knew and the details of how foreign intelligence played a role in the FBI’s “Trump/Russia” probe.
I realize the story of what happened with our FBI and the Justice Department as a whole has grown to encompass a huge cast of characters, even spreading around the world, plus a timeline that continues to grow in complexity. Remember, the people who did this hope that most Americans will throw up their hands in confusion and give up trying to piece everything together. My hope is that you will not let it go –- that you’ll seek answers just as single-mindedly as John Solomon, Sara Carter, Tom Fitton and some members of Congress (and we on the Huckabee team, who’ve called the investigation a “bloodless coup” from the start) continue to do –- as this is a shameful scandal, one that very likely will turn out to be the greatest political scandal in American history. (Why does it seem inevitable that the greatest political scandal in American history would involve the Clintons?)
Because this story is so important, I’d like you to have as much background as possible. What happened to George Papadopoulos turns out to be absolutely key, and for that reason I’m recommending his book DEEP STATE TARGET and also linking to Parts I and II of a long-form Mark Steyn interview with him. Part I is close to an hour in length, but when you have some time, I encourage you to watch it, as it’s much more in-depth than the brief segments shown on TV news. Papadopoulos is a serious, well-educated, patriotic young conservative man, and it’s easy to see (especially if you read the book) how he might have found himself, even in his late twenties, working on Trump’s campaign as a foreign policy adviser. At the time Steyn recorded this show, John Durham had just been appointed by Attorney General Bill Barr to investigate. Here’s Part I...
And here’s Part II, just over half an hour long…
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