Before getting into John Solomon’s latest revelation of what the FBI was doing in the fall of 2016 –- yes, it’s even worse –- it might be good to preface that with the finding in a new poll by THE HILL that a majority of Americans support investigating the FBI’s conduct at the start of the “Russia” investigation. They're finally catching a whiff of the rat we’ve been smelling for close to three years now --- in fact, for many of us, the smell of this rat is enough to knock us over. It’s only the most partisan Democrats who are still wearing giant nose clips.
And another preface: there is a clear contradiction between former Attorney General Loretta Lynch and former FBI Director James Comey concerning his claim that she told him to call the Hilary email investigation a “matter.” (I’d say that from the way they conducted their “investigation,” it really WAS more like a matter, in that they didn’t seriously investigate Hillary at all.) We know about this because of more closed-door congressional testimony released by Rep. Doug Collins of Georgia. According to the Washington Examiner, she also answered “Never” when asked by Jerry Nadler if Obama ever demanded or requested that the FBI or DOJ infiltrate or surveil the Trump campaign for political purposes.
Keep in mind, though, she also testified that she KNEW the FBI and/or DOJ never got political in their handling of the “Russia” inquiry. Um...really?? Listen, if anyone can weasel out of legal jeopardy and assist Obama in doing the same, it’s Lynch, whose superpower is smoothly avoiding answering. She’s as deft as Bill Clinton at creating sentences that have to be “parsed.” More on this story as it develops; it’s fun to watch this cast of characters start to contradict each other and cast aspersions.
Also, we’ve learned Democrat Congresswoman Sheila Jackson Lee claimed during a closed-door session with Lynch last fall that FOUR Trump campaign associates –- Carter Page, George Papadopoulos, Paul Manafort and Michael Flynn –- were subjects of FISA warrants. So far, we’ve only seen the one application (plus the three renewals) for Carter Page; if Lee is correct about all these FISa applications, where are the other three? That’s a lot of spying, with or without warrants.
All right, back to Solomon’s latest story on abuse of the FISA court. Over a week before the first FISA application was made, State Department official Kathleen Kavelec emailed the FBI about her meeting with Christopher Steele, a meeting which in itself was a violation of policy. Of course, we already knew about that, but today there’s a new wrinkle: namely, that Kavalec also passed along information from Steele that the FBI had already seen and debunked, and that a week later they conveniently did not mention this in the FISA application to spy on Carter Page.
It wasn’t that the FBI could have debunked the information but failed to --- it was that the information had ALREADY BEEN deemed unreliable by the Bureau. Hillary Clinton backers had apparently spread this particular bit of fiction around the internet, where it was received by a lawyer for her campaign who took it to the FBI in the summer of 2016.
The piece of "intelligence" at issue was a far-fetched allegation of a back-door computer channel at Alfa Bank in Moscow, in which a series of data pings between Trump Tower and Alfa was a way to alert the Trump and Putin teams that it was time to “collude” on their plan to hijack the American presidential election.
The story was debunked by the FBI yet made its way to CNN, The New York Times, Slate, and –- this past fall –- The New Yorker. But here’s the point: once it was debunked, the FBI should not have been using the source that had provided it to them. And that was Christopher Steele.
He gave it to them after then-FBI chief counsel James Baker had already received it from the DNC’s and Hillary’s lawyer (Solomon’s story doesn’t name him, but I’m guessing it was Marc Elias of Perkins Coie. Did you know he’s in the same role now for Kamala Harris’ campaign? I digress.), and it had already been investigated by both the FBI and Alfa Bank. The “pings” were determined to be “innocuous” contacts, probably related to spam.
This should have been a clear signal to the FBI that they needed to check Steele’s credibility before offering him to the FISA judges as a reliable source. Had they checked with Kavalec, they would have found out even more that cast a shadow on his veracity, such as that he had provided other demonstrably false information (guess what? --- there ISN’T a Russian embassy in Miami), was working for the DNC under an Election Day deadline to get his “dossier” out, and had been leaking his "intelligence" to the media. But they obviously didn’t care to exercise their due diligence. A week later, they swore under oath in the FISA application to spy on Carter Page that all their sources were reliable and all their information was verified.
As Rep. Mark Meadows of South Carolina told Solomon, “Each day we receive additional confirmation that those at the highest levels of the FBI were fully aware of the bias and lack of credibility that the whole investigation was initiated upon.” And it’s going to get a lot worse in the next week or two, as President Trump is getting ready to declassify documents that are expected to show that the FBI possessed –- but did not share with the FISA judges –- exculpatory evidence including transcripts of recorded conversations with campaign aides, such as George Papadopoulos, that attest to the innocence of the Trump campaign when it came to any “collusion” with Russia.
By the way, a week or two should give you plenty of time to read Papadopoulos’ book, DEEP STATE TARGET, which I recommend highly. Then, when the Papadopoulos recordings turn out to be “the” exculpatory piece that blasts the whole “Russia” scam to smithereens –- as is looking increasingly likely –- you’ll already know the backstory.