The IG report runs over 400 pages, but some of the most intriguing information –- which so far has largely escaped public scrutiny –- is contained in one measly footnote.

I’ll try to outline this very simply and clearly because when Dan Bongino tried to explain it in his Friday podcast, even his producer was so confused that he piped in, “Information overload, man.” But it’s really important, as it has to do with WHEN the FBI actually got the DNC (Hillary)-funded information from Fusion GPS and WHY they kept this out of the timeline for “Crossfire Hurricane.” It also sheds light on WHY one FBI official faces criminal charges for “doctoring” a particular document.

The FBI, according to Footnote 461, was approached by a former spy (not identified by name) in late July 2016. Recall that “Crossfire Hurricane” was opened on July 31, 2016. The problem with this is, the FBI can’t be seen as having opened an investigation into a political candidate based on information from the DNC, which is what he brought them. It would look soooo much better to say that it started with the manufactured Papadopoulos story about Russia having Hillary’s emails; this had already been documented in a May 11 cable sent by Australian diplomat Alexander Downer. (Consistent with that, we know from the Strzok/Page texting on May 11 that something happened that day involving the State Department.) The FBI has maintained they learned about Downer’s tip in mid-July, not in May, likely because that time frame fits better with the July 31 opening of the Trump case.

With these points in mind, and also the fact that “CHS” means “SPY,” here’s Footnote 461 (or you can just skip down to my TRANSLATION)::

"The only express direction we found that McCabe made regarding the use of a CHS concerned a former FBI CHS, who contacted an FBI agent in an FBI field office in late July 2016 to report information from “...a colleague who runs an investigative firm...hired by two entities (the Democratic National Committee [DNC] as well as another individual...[who was] not name[d]) to explore Donald Trump’s longlasting ties to Russian entities.” The former CHS also gave the FBI agent a list of “individuals and entities who have surfaced in [the investigative firm’s] examination,” which the former CHS described as “mostly public source material.” In mid-September 2016, McCabe told SSA1 to instruct the FBI agent from the field office not to have any further contact with the former CHS, and not to accept any information regarding the Crossfire Hurricane investigation. McCabe told the OIG [Office of the Inspector General] he did not remember giving those instructions, and could not tell us why he might have done so. We found no evidence that the FBI reopened the CHS for the Crossfire Hurricane investigation, or tasked the former CHS in connection with the Crossfire Hurricane investigation.”

TRANSLATION: The IG found only one direction from McCabe regarding the use of a spy. This involved a former confidential source (SPY) who in late July 2016 contacted the FBI at one of their field offices to give them information about Trump’s Russian ties; the information originated with someone who is almost certainly Glenn Simpson (or his business partner) of Fusion GPS, who had been hired by the DNC and Hillary Clinton (or a crony). The source provided the FBI with “mostly open source material” (note: that’s what Nellie Ohr was pulling together) about Russian entities whose names had “surfaced.” In mid-September 2016, McCabe, knowing this “colluding” with such political sources looked REALLY BAD, directed that the agent at the field office not have additional contact with this confidential source (SPY) and to accept nothing from him relevant to Crossfire Hurricane. As far as the IG could tell, this directive was followed. Later, when questioned for the IG report, McCabe said he didn’t remember giving those instructions and couldn’t say why he might have done so.

Is it coming together now? The FBI says it didn’t get Steele’s information until September 19 and so the opening of Crossfire Hurricane couldn’t have been based on it. But it actually got that stuff in July, BEFORE opening Crossfire Hurricane, and that is very inconvenient for their timeline. So, in “mid-September 2018,” McCabe is telling agents to write off the source who’d approached them in July and not have contact with that person.

Keep in mind, the FBI is getting ready to open a FISA surveillance (SPY OPERATION) but by mid-September they know they have no evidence against Carter Page. (They apply for the warrant in October.) As Bongino explains it, they realize the “dossier” is a piece of politically-motivated garbage and that they have nothing of any substance on Page, Papadopoulos or Lt. Gen. Flynn. In fact, (AND THIS IS VERY IMPORTANT), the only interaction of any substance that Page had with Russians was in his previous work as an informant for our own government.

This surely is why one FBI official is facing criminal charges for “doctoring” one piece of evidence, a memo that originally said Page had worked as an informant for the U.S. Unbelievably, it was changed to say the opposite –- that Page had NOT worked in this capacity.

(Aside: Bongino theorizes that, in their own minds, these people justified engineering the start of Crossfire Hurricane because they truly believed Trump was in with the Russians and that if they just kept digging the evidence would turn up. I’m not sure I buy that. I think that ultimately, they didn’t care whether it was true or not --- they were going to make it look true. I mean, look at them: Comey and the rest of that sorry lot are STILL LYING.)

Anyway, to make their preferred timeline work, the FBI had to maintain that they hadn’t received the Fusion GPS DNC-funded “oppo research” in July. That’s why, just around the time in mid-September when they got the Steele “dossier,” they cut ties with their original source (SPY) who’d peddled essentially the same material. That’s why McCabe gave the order that he can’t remember giving.

Bongino thinks this little footnote may be the most explosive finding of the IG report, as it shows the FBI couldn’t reveal the actual reason for the start of their investigation --- information paid for by the DNC and Hillary. They needed a cover story, which came in the form of the Alexander Downer tip about Hillary’s email, which he had heard from George Papadoopoulos, which had been “fed” to him though covert means. 

I hope I’ve clearly explained the problem with the FBS’s sourcing --- and their attempts to hide the political nature of their evidence --- because this information is so important. If you have some time and would like to dig deeper into the grave misconduct uncovered by the IG report, Glenn Greenwald has a superb new article. It might be the definitive critique, as it shows that this is not just a massive FBI scandal, but also a tremendous media scandal that has “deceived and misled millions of Americans into believing things that are simply untrue.”

https://theintercept.com/2019/12/12/the-inspector-generals-report-on-2016-fb-i-spying-reveals-a-scandal-of-historic-magnitude-not-only-for-the-fbi-but-also-the-u-s-media/

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  • Michael Brown

    12/23/2019 05:30 PM

    I absolutely believe the fix was in when they blamed Russia for the DNC server hack. Pre-dating anything we've heard from anyone. So when did Crossfire Hurricane actually begin? They needed someone to hang their hat on to move forward. And that's why they involved Australia.

  • Norma W Hansen

    12/19/2019 04:48 PM

    ALL OF THESE PEOPLE THAT WERE INVOLVED IN THIS LIE NEEDS TO BE PROSECUTED LIKE THE DNC AND HILLARY CLINTON JAMES COMEY LISA PAGE AND WHOEVER ELSE WAS IN ON THIS LIE

  • Debra Deltoro

    12/18/2019 07:19 PM

    Donald Trump was and is the best thing that ever happened for all of us!!!

  • Kathleen Kemmer

    12/17/2019 03:33 PM

    Your translation was a big help, Mike. I was indeed confused on Bongino's explanation last Friday. And I have read both his books! I think you finally resolved my confusion. I would like to hear your opinion about the Senate trial. Is it better to dismiss the imaginary articles of impeachment immediately, or to go through the entire defense, no matter how long it may take? There seem to be trade offs in this decision. Also, according to Tom Fitton, "Bull" Durham has not taken any steps to initiate any grand jury or to take action about the FBI malfeasance. Likewise, I don't see Barr doing anything affirmative to hold Christopher Wray's feet to the fire and clean out the FBI. I'm tired of waiting for reports; I want real action.

    Kat Kemmer

  • Michael Brown

    12/17/2019 12:41 PM

    Wow! Thanks for posting this. I never would have discovered the level of corruption without understanding the time stamps! Crossfire Hurricane was about Trump. McCabe knew he needed some separation from Fusion GPS because Fusion GPS was connected with the DNC and Hillary - which he already knew! Wow wow wow!

  • Dolores

    12/17/2019 08:52 AM

    Every House repwho values his/her career needs to catch the flu and stay home for the impeachment vote. Ditto for the President, who should avoid a Senate trial like the plague. Just acquit him and let’s get rid of the democratic majority in the House. Don’t be fooled by their promises to reform and get to the business of representing you. They’re lying. I especially love the way they mouth platitudes about following their consciences and then slam Rep Van Drew for following his. Special place near the fire for you hypocrites! And since Jesus Himself called Satan the father of all lies, things are looking bad for most of the Dems.

  • Dr. Budd Kendrick

    12/17/2019 01:07 AM

    Mr. Huckabee, you explanation was about as confusing as was Bonjinos!

  • Robin Rebhan

    12/16/2019 10:24 PM

    Thank you Governor for digging into a palimpsest of impenetrable jargon and exposing the corruption in what I call " The Bureaucratic Socialist Democratic Party ".
    " The truth is so valuable it is surrounded by a bodyguard of lies " ( Winston Churchill ).
    " For we have made lies our refuge and under falsehood have we hid ourselves " KJV Bible

    Just a side note Larry P. Arnn President of Hillsdale College wrote a wonderful biography "Churchill's Trial " ( Winston Churchill and the salvation of free government ). Churchill offers deep insights into todays politics, And is an easy read, I'd say reading level is about high school level ( or what it should be ). <---- hint, would be a great guest on the Huckabee Show on TBN

  • Skipper

    12/16/2019 07:45 PM

    these criminals have to pay for their crimes

  • Renee Lee

    12/16/2019 06:16 PM

    I am certain not one thing will happen to Hillary or probably anyone involved in this

  • Linda J Fluke

    12/16/2019 02:02 PM

    Thank YOU so much! This definitely Makes it more clear as How the FBI and the Democrats have “deceived and misled millions of Americans into believing things that are simply untrue.” Bravo!!

  • William Schlumpf

    12/16/2019 01:40 PM

    This was a dirt digging operation from the start. These are people who knowing how corrupt they are and how difficult it is to keep their own closet doors closed being overloaded with skeletons, naturally presumed Trump was corrupt as they. They thought Trump, having attempted to build a hotel in Russia had engaged in behavior which comes all so natural to democratic pols and businessmen and law professors and journalist pretenders. They presumed that by investigating Trump's failed attempt to do business in Russia they would uncover something anything embarrassing or illegal that he and/or his associates had engaged in. With that spectacular failure they are looking into his business dealings here in the states and his income tax records hoping to find the elusive soiled fleece. That's why the the term "dig up dirt" has become ubiquitously applied to Trump's telephone call to Zelensky. They have been trying to "dig up dirt" on Trump since his presidential campaign became more than just a way for the media and DNC to topple the front runners in the Republican primary and now they have buried themselves in it. Reading poor Schiffty's mind I see the same neverending repetitive loop "why oh why are these Republicans so scrupulous, oh why? Why cant they be like us?" Someone ought to send him a staightjacket for Christmas.

  • Gerald Cohen

    12/16/2019 01:19 PM

    Thank God the Senate is Republican........

    Could this Happen((IN THEORY)) President Trump Loses in November .... Biden and VP are Elected.... Congress and Senate are both Republican ......Congress Impeaches Both President and VP at the same time . Senate tries both at same time or at least announces findings at the same time. Democrat speaker of the house becomes President....Who could with a bit of Magic possibly become Trump.

    What a scary thought.. It seems that could be a realistic Coup... Senate and House seems that they can make up their own rules and change them if they have a majority,,,,

  • William Schlumpf

    12/16/2019 01:09 PM

    This was a dirt digging operation from the start. These are people who knowing how corrupt they are and how difficult it is to keep their own closet doors closed being overloaded with skeletons, naturally presumed Trump was corrupt as they. They thought Trump, having attempted to build a hotel in Russia had engaged in behavior which comes all so natural to democratic pols and businessmen and law professors and journalist pretenders. They presumed that by investigating Trump's failed attempt to do business in Russia they would uncover something anything embarrassing or illegal that he and/or his associates had engaged in. With that spectacular failure they are looking into his business dealings here in the states and his income tax records hoping to find the elusive soiled fleece. That's why the the term "dig up dirt" has become ubiquitously applied to Trump's telephone call to Zelensky. They have been trying to "dig up dirt" on Trump since his presidential campaign became more than just a way for the media and DNC to topple the front runners in the Republican primary and now they have buried themselves in it. Reading poor Schiffty's mind I see the same neverending repetitive loop "why oh why are these Republicans so scrupulous, oh why? Why cant they be like us?" Someone ought to send him a staightjacket for Christmas.

  • George Loomis

    12/16/2019 01:02 PM

    It’s way past time for some good old fashioned frontier justice ... figurative or literal

  • Bob N Gibson

    12/16/2019 12:37 PM

    Anyone who broke the law, lied to the FBI, congress, or congressman that lied TO THE AMERICAN PEOPLE , must do time in a Federal Prison !!!

  • Steve Strickland

    12/16/2019 12:01 PM

    Who originated the name “crossfire hurricane “, exactly when and what is the meaning of that name in the bureau, who and why was their crossfire??

  • Rick Garrett

    12/16/2019 11:55 AM

    Thank you so much for explaining and presenting the facts as they actually are/were. Appreciate you and what you stand for.

  • Mike Horst

    12/16/2019 11:31 AM

    Mike...You really have to love President Trump...The toughest man alive. Trump was truly meant to be the president and I really think he loves being POTUS. There are other people...such as yourself...I think would be a great president as well but I must say that I am pleasantly surprised what a great job Trump has done. In 2016 my wife and I voted for Trump for a couple of reasons...The fact that we are solid Republicans and that we wanted to make sure that an originalist jurist would be nominated to the Supreme Court. I have to say that we were sceptical that Trump would be elected. To hear the lamestream media you would have thought he wouldn't carry a single state. Again,for many reasons since that time, I am thrilled that President Trump won and is in office hopefully until January 2025.

  • joseph orsini PhD

    12/16/2019 10:58 AM

    Public sector UNIONS' retirement accounts are valued on the performance of their stock market-related values. Republicans should use these improved values to appeal to public sector union voters.

  • joseph orsini PhD

    12/16/2019 10:55 AM

    This whole narrative DESPERATELY needs a diagram illustrating the key points.

  • Kathryn Darby

    12/16/2019 10:49 AM

    Is there any chance that this will have follow up investigations/consequences? All the folks involved manufacturing "evidence" for both the Russia investigation and this impeachment farce should be prosecuted and go to jail. WHOMEVER they are.