At this point, it is incontrovertible that the FBI deliberately misled the FISA court to get a warrant to spy (yes, SPY) on the 2016 Trump campaign.

 

On Thursday night, according to investigative reporter John Solomon at THE HILL, Rep. Mark Meadows of North Carolina confirmed with government officials that State Department notes about Christopher Steele’s partisan goals for his “dossier” were indeed transmitted to the FBI before they applied for the FISA warrant. By the time they applied for the warrant, they were in possession of four pieces of information that discredited Steele’s “evidence.” Here’s how Solomon breaks it down:

 

1) Christopher Steele had broken his FBI agreement by going to the State Department, as revealed in notes taken by State Department official Kathleen Kavalec and SHARED WITH THE FBI.

 

2) Steele had given the State Department what Kavalec identified as false information.

 

3) Steele had made it clear to Kavelec –-- and, by extension, the FBI –- that he had a political deadline of BEFORE the election to get the “dossier” out. (The FBI also knew of Steele’s political bias through Bruce Ohr at the DOJ.)

 

4) Steele had been leaking to the media; specifically, the Washington Post and New York Times.


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Ten days after knowing all this, they went ahead to the FISA court with information they knew to be false and politically biased. In other words, they deliberately misled the FISA court in a sworn document to secure permission to spy on the Trump campaign. Why would they do this? Well, according to former deputy FBI Director Andrew McCabe (currently under investigation), getting the warrant was dependent upon having the dossier. No dossier, no warrant, he has said.

 

Kavalec had easily debunked one of Steele’s claims in her notes. She quoted Steele as saying, “Payments to those recruited [by Moscow, to do computer hacking] are made out of the Russian consulate in Miami.” Then, in brackets, she commented, “It is important to note that there is no Russian consulate in Miami.” So they obviously knew the Steele information was rubbish.

 

The FBI swore to the FISA judges on October 21, 2016, that Steele’s “reporting has been corroborated and used in criminal proceedings” and that they had determined him to be “reliable” and that they were “unaware of any derogatory information information pertaining” to their informant. They were saying this about someone known to be working for a “client” (the DNC) who wanted the anti-Trump material out before election day and had been leaking to the media.

 

On Wednesday’s HANNITY show, Solomon reminded viewers that Rod Rosenstein is on record –- as recently as this month –- saying they check everything out to verify it before using it in these applications. Rosenstein himself signed off on the third renewal of the FISA warrant!

 

Incidentally, then-FBI Director James Comey signed off on the original application. He’s been making the media rounds lately to contradict Barr, saying the FBI “doesn’t ‘spy’ --- it investigates.” Right. Is he setting himself up for an insanity defense?


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As I’ve observed, the State Department chose to withhold the Kavalec memo from Devin Nunes and other Republican committee members who tried for many months to obtain any such information. It came to light only after litigation by the conservative group Citizens United forced them to turn it over. But now we know. AG Barr knows, too, and he has the power to do something about it. According to Mark Levin, he should start by empaneling a criminal grand jury and having the entire cast of characters testify, with either a special counsel or a U.S. attorney taking charge and getting to the bottom of what happened. Sounds good to me. Whichever takes less time.

 

There’s much more detail at the link to Solomon’s story. If Mueller knew all this, how could he get away with not addressing the use of Steele’s misinformation in his report on Russian election interference? He did make a passing reference to the “unverified” dossier but then just let it go. But David Bossie, head of Citizens United, has called for the rest of Kavalec’s information to be unredacted. (Stunningly, it was retroactively classified just a month ago by CHRISTOPHER WRAY’S FBI.  I digress.) “Christopher Steele was a political operative,” Bossie correctly observed. “The American people have a right to know why the FBI took this garbage to the FISA court.”

 

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  • Jan Johnson

    07/24/2019 12:02 AM

    Isn’t it amazing... you are always surprised when GOD answers prayer. It actually is like when you top the Ferris wheel and that moment when you lose your breath coming down.

  • Jerry Clamon

    05/13/2019 09:03 AM

    Start with Obama and work your way down and don't leave out the Clinton's.

  • Elaine Himphrey

    05/13/2019 08:05 AM

    Can we trust what David Bossie says? I thought he recently got the boot from the President because of his fundraising techniques??

  • Waylon Bush

    05/12/2019 07:07 PM

    Despite the good news coming out about the Russian hoax, FISA, and all the other dirty dealings, justice will never be done. All the major players will remain free to continue to lie. Maybe some poor smuck at the bottom rung of the ladder will be cited for whatever, but Comey, Hillary, Yates, Orr, Strozek, McCabe, Lynch, Strzok, Brennan, etc. will never pay for whatever the depth of their alleged roles in this coup. Ain't gonna happen! The best we get is exposing the truth, which most of us already know, and those "never trumpers" won't believe which will lead to more lies, accusations, lies, insinuations, lies, huffing and puffing, and did I say, lies already? Here's the deal: in 2020 go to the polls, encourage other registered voters to go with you, and play the "TRUMP" card.

  • Paul Forsberg

    05/12/2019 06:54 AM

    Why hasn't there been widespread arrests of these people yet?
    Is there EVER going to be accountability?
    What has happened to the legal system and politicians?
    Are they above the law?

  • AM Newcomer

    05/11/2019 06:01 PM

    We don't understand WHY it is taking SO long to START bringing charges to these Criminal Liberal Progressive Democrats that we KNOW have done illegal things?!!? They've BEEN being reported on for AT LEAST a year now!!!!! ????

  • Robert Arthur

    05/11/2019 03:07 PM

    So why hasn't there been one charge with all this proof already? Please explain....please!

  • rodney burke

    05/11/2019 02:20 PM

    Comey didn't mislead, he lied, flat out! Let's not be PC anymore. He KNEW it wasn't true and he KNEW he verified nothing! Barr has the final say over the definition of spy. Comey is hilary on steroids. He cannot bring himself to admit he did anything wrong. Classic narcissist, classic sociopath. And these are the kind of people who run our FBI. Man! If Rudi admits he never should have hired Comey, there is something VERY wrong. This entire affair was a nightmare from day one. Time to expose and take down. I hope GITMO is ready because it is going to have a TON of new inmates shortly.

  • Anne Turner

    05/11/2019 10:00 AM

    My understanding is that the only thing against this fast food restaurant is that the Owner, when ask, said that his religious beliefs supported traditional marriage. In response to a call locally, at that time, for a boycott, it was reported that business has never been so good. To my knowledge, they have never discriminated in any way, employment, customers, etc. What are the terrible organizations they support?

  • Jessie Teddlie

    05/11/2019 08:07 AM

    This just proves what we already knew because of FBI and others trying to stop Tea Party candidates and voters even before Trump! The power takers were there for Obama against the American people and they STILL are! Noting being done to take down the corruption in Congress and government departments is going to break this country! They need to all be taken down as the people doing all of this were provided money and power by higher ups in government! Citizens are already ready to rebel and will eventually if corrupt big government is not stopped!

  • Jean MC

    05/11/2019 12:38 AM

    This WHOLE 'operation' I has become worse than the fiasco of Richard Nixon's day
    In the end, it appears it will take down the majority of the Democratic leadership, DNC, even Maobama.. the paper trail which is emerging in an ever evolving amount definitely points in that direction.. SMH, what a shame that our 'leaders' resort to such teenage childish behavior..

  • joseph orsini PhD

    05/10/2019 07:10 PM

    COST of ILLEGALS - why do we see no computation of costs of illegals to Federal, State and local taxpayers? It has to be even worse with all the kids coming in: they will not be productive for over a decade, and will incur school costs over that period. Etc.

  • Ronald Carmony

    05/10/2019 06:45 PM

    Governor,
    It seems the more we know about the crimes that have been committed by Hillary, virtually every member of the Obama administration, the IRS, the FBI and dozens of members of the Democrat party, the less is done to bring them all to justice. At what point, will we as a country turn this ship (note, that's ship with a "p," but I digress) around and go after all of the perps, starting with Obama? Who's in a position to do that, since we can't trust the CIA or FBI and Congress is as worthless as you know what on a boar? God help us all.

  • Linda Walker

    05/10/2019 05:06 PM

    "There is no Russian Consulate in Maimi." I'm rolling on the floor laughing. Comey deserves to be toast for his arrogance and stupid that resulted in his breaking the law and his oath to the country.

  • Karen McKee

    05/10/2019 04:34 PM

    Thanks Mike! You made my weekend a bit brighter. I do wish I were more hopeful that Republican "leadership" was as ferocious in the fight (as Demwits are) to reveal the truth. Maybe there is much more around the corner but, as far as justice for President Trump, I don't see it coming. I am praying hard though for a complete drainage of the DC swamp eventually. God bless you!

  • Rev. Sam Martin

    05/10/2019 04:33 PM

    Those trying to charge Barr with a crime are the ones who need to be charged. They are just trying to cover their butts. It is time the real criminals in this case get charged and thrown into jail. When are they going to stop playing games. Are they afraid Hillary will try to kill them?

  • Jerry Korba

    05/10/2019 04:27 PM

    Good news, I will rejoice when I see the renegades prosecuted and I hope stripped of their assets and put behind bars. I can hope they get to Obama and work to get to the bottom person. In my view they all live on the bottom. Is it too much to ask that my employees,(Obama's cartel) People we have paid these thieves to honor the Oath of their office and agencies they were to lead, this is what they delivered Lies Deceit, Fraud, Federal Felonies, I really do not want to add Treason however they may have committed Treason and if convicted U know; Death. I would have them live out their life behind bars I will gladly pay for that they spent 8 years of trying to destroy our country and got paid to it. SO DISCUSTING If I seem a little bitter,I am.

  • William Hill

    05/10/2019 03:56 PM

    How disgusting !!!!! How can the law let them get away with it!!!! All the stuff is kill our country and our President and His agenda!! Nothing in Congress is getting done. Start infrastructure start healthcare start Leaving Medicare alone. Start doing your real job. People of America you voted them in!!!!!!’n in 2020 YOU cane VOTE them OUT!!!!!!! God Bless!!!!’

  • Susie Wilson

    05/10/2019 03:53 PM

    I have been praying for the truth to be revealed since early 2016 regarding Trump, Hillary and Obama. The media was so awful I just prayed for the Lord to expose the Truth. Never did it occur to me how bad the FBI really was. God help us as we move forward to expose more truths.

  • melanie zupan

    05/10/2019 03:08 PM

    Since when is "false information" needed for the FISA COURT? With oboma's executive order, he took "ACCOUNTABILITY" out of the senario for the "war on terror" with executive orders that allowed law enforcement to merely state that the surveillance is due to "terrorism suspicions. Consequently, we had law enforcement over here in arizona......"conducting personal agendas" thru FISA warrants......where citizens who had NEVER committed a crime, (but either had a custody battle with an ex cop, or was friends with a person in a custody battle with a former cop)....were put under what is called, " a 6 month intimidation campaign." Where surveillance equipment was used with "engineered noises" in there, that were engineered to "frighten, disturb, annoy and panic" those under this illegitimate "surveillance" tho certainally, could also see every movement and hear every sound from below. Also entered the apartment when resident left, searching for who knows what? (people with information on the cops) Even breaking into the computer. Then leaving the surveillance equipment behind for months, after which, the mentally ill guy upstairs, whose apartment it was left in.....began stalking and terrorizing the female down below. Thinking this was "virtual reality" or something, loses touch with reality.....screaming at her thru the ceiling "you are mine!" Enuf excuses over the FISA court, it did what oboma intended.....took ACCOUNTABILITY out of the senario, so the instances of "personal agendas" went rampant!

  • Joe Wilkerson

    05/10/2019 02:39 PM

    Hooray hooray, hooray! Now, let's get something done! It seems like we have the facts, so let's not delay bringing this before the American people before 2020 as they brought all of their garbage out before the 2016 election. Someone has got to be held accountable; the higher up the better. I can think of several off the top of my head right now.These people will continue to be anti-Trump as long as possible. The ones who filed the fisa warrant should be the first as they stood right there and LIED to the judge of the fisa court. I am fed up with the elites getting away with everything.

    On another note, let's get this lower court thing straightened out. Go Niel and Brett!!!

  • Toni L Hanson

    05/10/2019 02:37 PM

    I am so tired of the dirty evil doers in Washington. Thank you for standing for truth. It's refreshing to know that there are a few folks that can be believed when they open their mouths!! I am a 100% Trump supporter, Q following rally attendee! I wear political tshirts every day, and anytime I open MY mouth, it's in support of the good plans for our nation.

    I love the fact that the prophets of God knew years ago what would happen in 2016, and that in the Trump presidency, the corruption will be removed from the White House! Taking our country back for God!!!!!!!!

  • Emma Bodley

    05/10/2019 02:27 PM

    Dear Mr Huckabee, thank you for your commentaries! I sure do hope our republicans take this information on the Steel dossier and go after those involved and that justice may prevail. I am so sick and tired how the democrats are always putting themselves above the law. "Where law cease to exist, tyranny will" We pray for our country everyday and for our president who has to go up against so much. But I know our hope is not in government but in the Lord.

  • Robert McFate

    05/10/2019 02:12 PM

    There is also something that was reported over a year ago that has been forgotten, there was a report that the FBI had attempted to get a FISA warrant before they got one that had been turned down. This would blow their whole argument as to when this supposable was started. It is imperative that someone does some digging into that report and find out if it is true!

  • Anna Angeline Angel Bakos

    05/10/2019 02:07 PM

    Gov.Huckabee,
    It doesn’t seem to matter how much evidence is against the likes of the Clinton’s, the Obamas, Biden or Comey; they are never taken to court & will never be punished for the collusion, corruption & impropriety. Congress only cares about the money they receive from lobbyists so they have funds to never-elected.
    I never thought I’d ever lose faith in our system but my latest read, “ Secret Empires” has completely destroyed in any
    hope of justice!
    I will continue to support President Trump but believe that the parties are so entrenched in hatred & jealousy that the President will never succeed!
    Until lobbyists are banned & candidates are not allowed to accept any money except from our taxes, American citizens will continue to be ignored & suffer from the actions of traitors!