Even after the release of a 568-page report documenting example after example of the stunning partisanship infecting our federal bureaucracy, new clues suggest we’re still just seeing the tip of the dirty old iceberg. Inspector General Michael Horowitz has now turned his attention to the “Trump/Russia” investigation, and with any luck, maybe it won’t take another year and a half to complete. Rep. Mark Meadows, chairman of the Freedom Caucus, said during his questioning of Horowitz that there is “growing evidence” that some of the FBI reports known as 302s have been changed. If this happened during the Hillary email investigation, it is the same as evidence tampering.
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Another compelling revelation is that it looks as though more spying was done than we knew about, this time by a different spy, and that the spying started in May rather than July, the “official” start of the FBI investigation. Someone with a long history of working as an FBI informant apparently approached both Michael Caputo and Roger Stone.
Michael Caputo, who had worked as an advisor to the Trump campaign, made news when he went public weeks ago to talk about the financial burden placed on those who were cooperating with the Mueller team. Even though he wasn’t a target or subject of the investigation, he said, the cost of compliance was high, as he had to have legal representation just to participate as a witness. To make money to pay his legal bills, he was thinking he’d have to sell his house in upstate New York and, regretfully, move his family to a big ciy where he could earn a bigger paycheck. It would have drastically changed their lives.
But he set up a GoFundMe page, and apparently it did well, because he raised enough to pay his lawyers and also to hire some investigators to look into one part of his experience with the special counsel that was really bothering him. In May of 2016, he had been approached by a man who identified himself as “Henry Greenberg” but who didn’t sound American. The man had wanted $2 million in exchange for damaging information on Hillary Clinton. Caputo’s investigators found that “Greenberg” had worked as an FBI informant for 17 years, so Caputo thinks the encounter may have been an attempt to spy on him and set a trap.
This person’s real name turns out to be Gennady Vasilievich Vostretsov, which sounds, um, extremely Russian. Caputo’s investigtors discovered that the 59-year-old Russian citizen has worked under several aliases and has a long history of criminal behavior –- some of it violent –- in both the United States and Russia. According to the “Greenberg Dossier” put together by Caputo and his team, Vostretsov spent years in prison in both Russia and America. He admitted under oath that he has been a longtime FBI informant. He is in this country, perhaps avoiding deportation because of his ties to the government.
Caputo was forthcoming about the encounter when he was called in to testify before the special counsel on May 2, and he got the impression from his questioner’s conduct that they already knew more about it than he did. Thus he suspected that their questions about it were intended as a perjury trap. The interviewer’s angry reaction to his transparency about the meeting with “Greenberg” also suggested that they had unsuccessfully set him up to trap him. That’s what raised his curiosity about the real purpose of the initial contact and caused him to hire detectives to find out what was really going on.
It appears that Caputo definitely got his money’s worth from his investigators; check out the full “dossier” at his website (link below). Again, we don’t yet have all the dots connected, but this story strongly suggests that more spying was taking place than we have confirmed at this point. If it is what it appears to have been, that means it was yet another “collusion” with foreign spies –- this one Russian –- to help not Donald Trump, but Hillary Clinton.
Speaking of 302s, Sara A.Carter has conducted a fantastic interview with a former senior FBI official that reveals how interrogations and 302s are supposed to work. It sheds a lot of light on what might have happened with Michael Flynn. Extremely informative –- check it out.
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