On Tuesday, I brought news of some emails from the Obama State Department obtained by Tom Fitton of Judicial Watch that showed a connection between British spy Christopher Steele and Clinton allies working there. By Tuesday night, there was a lot more to this story, as Fitton appeared on Sean Hannity’s FOX News show to break brand-new details. He had just obtained even more State Department documents, these showing that the very anti-Trump Steele and Glenn Simpson of oppo-research firm Fusion GPS had SPECIAL ACCESS to an official at the State Department named Jonathan Winer, who worked under then-Secretary of State John Kerry.
In case you haven’t yet seen the Mark Tapscott article in The Epoch Times I linked to on Tuesday –- or if it’s just hard to keep track of all the players –- I’ll try to simplify what we know at this point. Winer was “the Libya guy” at the State Department. These newly-obtained documents show that after the 2016 election, Winer worked with Victoria Nuland at State and also a top aide for Rep. Steny Hoyer (D-Maryland) to target President-elect Trump.
So, judging from these documents, it certainly wasn’t just the FBI going after Trump. The Obama State Department was, as Fitton put it, “all hands on deck,” with Steele joining forces with longtime Clinton cronies Sidney Blumenthal and Cody Shearer to create the “Russia” material. There was more than one “dossier” (see link; remember the speculation that Cody Shearer had actually authored one?), and some of this material was apparently created by Winer within the State Department itself.
Documents show that Winer was in contact with Simpson in September of 2016 and then immediately contacted Nuland at the State Department. Later, after the election, they worked closely with Steny Hoyer’s aide on the “Russia” stuff, which Steele, of course, was helping on. According to Fitton, Steele was “extremely close” to Jonathan Winer, who had been his contact at the State Department for years.
Steele was able to launder the phony “Russia” information into the State Department through his pal Winer. (In that sense, Winer’s role sounds a lot like the one played by Bruce Ohr in getting the “dossier” to the DOJ and FBI.) In these emails, Winer admits that he moved some of that information from the State Department over to the DOJ.
Fitton pointed out that Victoria Nuland was at the State Department primarily to coordinate work on Libya; what was she doing working with Christopher Steele on “Russia”?
We know that someone at the State Department was feeding classified “Russia” information to certain members of Congress in the days right before Trump’s inauguration. In fact, Fitton characterized the State Department officials as “desperate” to get it to them. It sounds to me like sort of a “last hurrah” before they would have to turn the keys over to their political enemies, a last-ditch effort to undermine the new President. In fact, reporter Sara Carter has been speaking to numerous sources, including a State Department official who was there during the Obama administration, and she was told on Tuesday that “the genesis of this investigation will begin and end with members of the State Department.”
(Incidentally, Carter also thinks that some of our allies might have been used to spy on Americans without being aware of all the implications of what they were doing. They might very well be horrified that the role they unwittingly played is being exposed now and perhaps are eager to come clean with our Justice Department to set things right.)
Fitton now wants to know specifically which members of Congress knew about the “dossier,” what they knew about it and when they became aware. See, this goes way beyond Comey, Strzok, Page and the others at the FBI. This is the executive branch and the legislative branch as well. And why would that surprise anyone, now that we know that congressional Democrats on the separate House committees have signed “memoranda of understanding” that they will coordinate their efforts to go after Trump.
I know this seems like an ever-expanding conspiracy theory, and that’s what Democrats will call it, but the evidence is RIGHT THERE. It’s in these communications, which the bureaucracy “slow-walked” to Judicial Watch and others and would have deep-sixed if they could have. Thanks to the persistence of Judicial Watch, plus certain reporters and undeterred Republican committee members, these are finally seeing the light of day. (Need I remind you that if Hillary had been elected, we would never have known about these relationships and the “meddling” her people were up to?)
So now that Attorney General Bill Barr is conducting an investigation into how the “Trump/Russia” investigation got started, it seems he should enlist the aid of Secretary of State Mike Pompeo (who is also a former head of the CIA) to find out what was going on inside his department as well. When the letter sent from the deputy AG to House Judiciary Committee chairman Jerry Nadler announced that Barr’s review would be “broad in scope,” he wasn’t kidding. Obviously, that is of necessity, as the participants are spread out all over, even in some cases around the world.
Now it makes sense when we hear that the Inspector General’s report on the FISA warrant application may take longer than we’d been led to think. For a while, we were expecting it to drop “any day now,” but it just hasn’t come, and some have said it might not even be this month or even the next –-- more like October. It’s frustrating, I know, but sensing how huge this ol’ iceberg must be, we want Michael Horowitz and his team to take the time they need to map the whole thing. Of course, his investigation is unlike Barr’s in that it deals only with government employees, and he can’t indict. Barr, in contrast, can go anywhere he wants with his investigation, and, of course, he can press criminal charges. I get the feeling he wouldn’t hesitate one second to do that. It’s a nice feeling.
On Tuesday, the House voted along party lines to take Barr and former White House counsel John McGahn to court to try to force them to testify before the House Judiciary Committee. Then, if Barr and McGahn defy subpoenas, they’ll vote again to hold them in contempt of Congress. They just refuse to let the “Trump/Russia” investigation go, even after the Mueller report was released with no case against Trump or any other American. Trump wants to signal that this is OVER by simply ending cooperation, as he and his entire administration were transparent to the special counsel. He put up no obstacles to Mueller and even let McGahn testify behind closed doors for about 30 hours.
Barr was transparent as well –- much more so than the special counsel law required him to be, as he was not obligated to share the Mueller report at all. The special counsel does not exist to investigate for Congress. (Sorry, Congress.) And now Democrats want Barr to break the law by releasing grand jury material. The vote on this was so partisan, the only thing it really showed was that there are more Democrats in Congress right now than there are Republicans. Let’s hope that situation is rectified next year.