John Solomon's list: let the declassification begin!

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August 22, 2019

On Wednesday, I pointed you to John Solomon’s ‘preview of coming attractions,’ his list of 10 areas of declassification in the FBI’s investigation into phony Trump/Russian “collusion” that would likely, as he put it, “rock Washington.” In his Wednesday podcast, Dan Bongino called Solomon’s list a roadmap to what we can anticipate coming out. And it’s devastating. He offered his quick take on each item on the list.
First, we have the materials known as “1023” reports, which document everything that Christopher Steele and the FBI exchanged with each other during their contacts. In other words, it’s not just what Steele gave the FBI, but also what the FBI gave HIM. To boil this down, it’s possible that the FBI was actually briefing Steele on “Crossfire Hurricane,” feeding information that may have come from other sources, which meant that Steele –- who wasn’t even an American, and that brings in the matter of actual “collusion” with foreigners –- was in a position to pass this classified information about their investigation of Trump to Fusion GPS (through Bruce and Nellie Ohr) and ultimately to Hillary’s campaign and the DNC (same thing) during the election season. Unbelievable.

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Recall that news reports of the FBI investigating Trump’s ties to Russia were coming out very late in the campaign, just a week before the election, and labeled an “October surprise.” So, how would the media get hold of that potentially highly damaging and perfectly timed information? If it was leaked through Steele after he got it from the FBI, that would mean the FBI, indirectly through Steele, might have had an impact on votes in a presidential election. Talk about “meddling.”
According to Solomon, the FBI has released only two of these reports. This was in response to FOIA requests, and the reports were 100 percent redacted. Some release.
The second item on Solomon’s list includes 53 still-classified House interviews, some of which, according to his sources, reveal that a lawyer working with the DNC (the speculation is it’s Michael Sussman) had Russia-related contacts at the CIA. Sussman had a relationship with top FBI attorney James Baker, who was involved in getting the FISA warrants approved. This evidence makes for good dot-connecting between Democrat political figures and U.S. intel/law enforcement figures. As Bongino quipped, “This makes Cuba look like the God-given rights capital of the known universe.”
The third item on the list includes documents concerning Stefan Halper, a U.S. intelligence asset (SPY), and I’m aware that at this time, some readers feel like dropping off, as the story feels too big and unwieldy. But stay with me; this guy spied on associates of the Trump campaign. These documents will reveal which intel agencies worked with Halper, how much he was paid, who directed him, etc. Solomon’s sources tell him that some documents show Halper actually worked his way into the Trump team during and AFTER the transition, reaching as high as Trump advisors such as Peter Navarro in the summer of 2017. That’s right --- in the White House. If this is true (and Solomon hasn’t been wrong so far), then the outgoing Obama administration had a mole spying on the new administration.
Oh, there’s much more. We’re awaiting declassification of an FBI/DOJ email chain from November of 2016 that shows them discussing the various concerns they had about the Steele “dossier.” If those concerns weren’t conveyed to the judges who ended up granting the FISA warrant application (and three renewals) to spy on Carter Page, that is doubleplusungood.
The next item is something we’ve talked about: evidence that George Papadopoulos made exculpatory statements to the undercover agents (SPIES) talking to him, saying that the Trump campaign had not tried to obtain hacked Democrat documents from the Russian government and that to do so would be treason. If intel agents (SPIES) recorded him saying that and it was not conveyed to the FISA court, again, doubleplusungood.
Next, we have the briefing materials from a year ago, supplied by the FBI and DOJ to the congressional Gang Of Eight. These “identify shortcomings in the Russia collusion narrative” and, according to Solomon, changed the minds of some members of Congress who initially were skeptical about FISA abuse.
There’s also that spreadsheet the FBI put together on the Steele “dossier,” showing all its claims and rating them for reliability. Solomon’s sources have told him the FBI found that over 90 percent of Steele’s information could not be corroborated, was debunked, or turned out to be nothing more than open-source internet rumors. (I would add that Nellie Ohr was a specialist in gathering open-source materials.)
Also on the list is IG Horowitz’s approximately 16-hour interview with Christopher Steele. Some of what they must have covered, such as his political motivations, is already known, but according to Solomon’s sources, he was grilled specifically about his contacts within the FBI while working with Fusion GPS.
Another key ingredient: the still-redacted portions of the third FISA renewal signed by Rod Rosenstein and used to carry on the surveillance for several more months after Trump was sworn in as President. Solomon has been told that this includes information from a source the FBI had already interviewed and deemed untrustworthy, and also evidence of the tactics used by the government –- I’m assuming through spies such as Stefan Halper –- to infiltrate the Trump team. 
Last on the list are the records of allies’ assistance in the plot. We know this happened, and, as Bill Barr said after seeing this evidence, “The use of foreign intelligence capabilities against an American political campaign, to me, is unprecedented and it’s a serious red line that’s been crossed.”
Just look at all this. What happened in our country is monstrous. Can you believe that most major media treat it like a conspiracy theory and won’t even cover it? Journalism is, for the most part, dead, and we can only hope it will rise again like Lazarus, though we know that will take a lot longer than three days. (And surely it stinketh.) Most journalists will be happy if the above information is NEVER declassified. That’s the opposite of what a real reporter would want.
I know some are worried that much of this might not be declassified (see link below), but I don’t think it’s going to work out that way. Investigative reporter and author Gregg Jarrett agrees, saying this on Wednesday’s HANNITY: “You know, if Christopher Wray...and the intel chiefs had their way, everything would be hidden and covered up, and concealed from the American public. AG Barr’s not gonna allow that to happen; we know it already because, look what did he did with the Mueller report. Almost immediately, he made nearly all of it public. He’s dedicated to honesty and transparency, and that’ll follow through here. So when Lindsay Graham says –- and he’s not prone to hyperbole and exaggeration –- when he says this is gonna be ‘ugly and devastating’ for Obama administration officials and Comey’s FBI, he knows it already.”

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  • Judith Castor

    08/28/2019 10:16 PM

    Praise the good Lord for AG Barr who has the compassion and the determination to get to the bottom of this mess. What a tragedy for our country and this administration that this has happened!

  • Linda Olds

    08/27/2019 12:20 PM

    I hope the declassification is done quickly, though it seems that nothing is quick when it comes to investigating the left.
    The Dems depend on delay, spreading fake news about President Trump, and the reluctance of the conservatives to charge anyone with anything (only those associated with President Trump are charged with anything).

  • Kay DeWitt

    08/25/2019 07:02 AM

    In a nutshell...It's all EVIL..Therefore,.it's not of GOD! However, as I went to write this comment, I noticed an ad for the supposed "Revival" that is going to take place in Pennsacola on this website, and I cannot NOT add that this revival is also not of GOD because too many are FALSE PROPHETS!....And it is this lack of spiritual discernment, on the part of Christendom, as to what makes for one to be a true prophet,.that is part of the reason that the darkness of evil so pervades our country ....BECAUSE Christians don'T HAVE the spiritual discernment OF His true light to expose his darkness for what it is!

  • Michele Hale

    08/24/2019 09:00 AM

    If this were to be declassified as I believe it should, heads will roll. Hopefully the correct heads will roll. This may be a major step toward getting this country back on the right track and exposing these people for who and what they are.

  • DR J MASTRO

    08/23/2019 11:37 AM

    I AM TIRED OF REPORTS, WHAT IS GOING TO BE DONE & ACCOUNTABLE?.

  • Stephen Craig Manzene

    08/23/2019 10:15 AM

    I'm sorry America, and the American people have to go through this, we have so many other humanitarian issues to deal with but, I believe, ALL the participants in this unbelievable scandal should be held accountable..... from Lois Lerner to James Comey to Hillary Clinton. Until that happens, It will happen again.

  • Jacqueline Ceccorulli

    08/23/2019 08:48 AM

    And what will come of all this? The Republicans will keep their mouths shut and it will soon be forgotten. What does it take to make the Republican Party react? I am so tired of their inaction to everything that is said and done to our President. Enough already !!

  • Don Chenault

    08/23/2019 07:37 AM

    remember the "LOIS LERNER/IRS scandal and the "BENGAZI" scandal.. how many people were held accountable ? thats right NONE... look for the same results with the russia hoax... same powerful people behind the curtain...

  • Judy Johnson

    08/22/2019 10:05 PM

    I can't wait for all this information to come out. And I hope it all comes out soon!

  • Gary Stilwell

    08/22/2019 09:45 PM

    Looks like the swamp draineth----

  • James Evart

    08/22/2019 09:03 PM

    Does "doubleplusungood" above mean TREASON to you as it does to me? Could it be that we are a little less exact with the truth, bowing to social propriety and sensitivity (PC), than we need to be, such as calling murdering babies "killing" them? Is not the "unvarnished" truth better than its alternative, especially when these perpetrators of falsehood really need a good swift kick to their B---s?...... (OR WHEREVER)!?

  • Carl Smith

    08/22/2019 08:45 PM

    Since the media has been complicit in the Cover Up it stands to reason that slow walking this information is Intentional at all levels. Then consider no matter how deep this went into Govt. NO ONE is going to be brought to JUSTICE except for some low hanging fruit on the Food Chain. Good Lawyers never leave crumbs to convict the REAL Culprits. Money Talks and Bull Chit walks as usual. Just more proof of the TWO Tiered Justice system. I imagine our Founders are spinning like Gyro's in their graves. All that effort and Blood shed to give MORONS the keys to fame and fortune.

  • Barry Ligus

    08/22/2019 06:44 PM

    When are the wheels of justice going to start moving on this concerted effort of the Deep State to destroy our Nation? Surely there is someone with the necessary fortitude in government to pursue this.
    I'm afraid that if there is no action now, we will end up being another Venezuela where the corrupt in government are untouchable.

  • marida binsted

    08/22/2019 06:34 PM

    I don't know what the DNC is going to do when all of this stuff hits the fan, This stuff should have come out a long time ago. I thought Mr. Wray was a Trump appointee. The nation should be shocked. I don't understand why Mr. Trump didn't have that stuff released. I wish Mr. Barr would hurry up and show what he might have.

  • James C Kelly

    08/22/2019 06:06 PM

    Do you really think anything will come of this?
    "No one is above the law"
    Except assorted government employees

  • Ann Ault

    08/22/2019 06:05 PM

    Thank God for YOUR never-give-up reporting as well as folks like Sarah Carter and John Solomon, and all those other names that you've mentioned who are relentlessly fighting the GOD fight! I am such a fan of yours and these other courageous and TRUE journalists who are not afraid to follow the story wherever it goes ... and that includes the Swamp tar-pits that go deep!! And they're not afraid to tell it like it is!!! That takes plucknspunk these days!

  • Mary Clary

    08/22/2019 05:50 PM

    Will Barr do his job or just turn a blind eye?

  • Helen Corey

    08/22/2019 05:14 PM

    Illinois’ Governor is so worried about Dems losing next election, he’s setting up voting booths in IL prisons using the excuse that prisoners still waiting for their trial are legally allowed to vote. IL governor must not be aware of absentee voting which is available for prisoners awaiting trial. Imagine you’re a prisoner. How would you vote with a guard/camera/mirror looking over your shoulder? Between dead people, people in nursing homes, prisoners, state employees, teachers, ballot boxes in car trunks discovered after polls close—a win is firmly delivered to Dems from IL—again.

  • Ronald Besse

    08/22/2019 05:09 PM

    My guess is a large percentage of us that try to keep up with this will never see anyone actually prosecuted and convicted receiving fines and jail time. We can only hope. If the President doesn't win re-election then all of this will be swept under the rug like it never happened. One of might concerns is that there still are people in the FBI, DOJ, IRS, and NSA that quietly continue to undermine Trump and his administration. In all of my years (75) I never thought that these organizations did anything other than their appointed job. Guess I was wrong.

  • Elaine Liming

    08/22/2019 05:03 PM

    Wow! The beat goes on. I hope soon these scumbags are all arrested. No wonder Obama was pushing for a third term. To think this will be part of our Nation's history.

  • Brenda Tannehill

    08/22/2019 04:53 PM

    I can hardly wait for all this to become public! Hopefully this will bring an end to the swamp rats! Possibly an end to the Democratic Party!!

  • rodney burke

    08/22/2019 04:41 PM

    the more that is revealed, the more ugly it gets. The criminality of the players is almost beyond words. Sean Hannity said it best. "Journalism ided in 2009" and Mike I am sure you will agree. Revival? That isn't strong enough, we need some divine intervention in the worst way and I hope and pray it is in action behind the scenes. the more Fox talks, the uglier it gets, the corruption is beyond words. as well. The utter contempt shown for the rule of law and the constitution is so bad it needs public punishment.

  • Joe Wilkerson

    08/22/2019 04:23 PM

    I am so grateful that Barr in in control of all this. If one cannot see all this leads to the anti-christ and his take over of the govt., they are blind. With such people as this his take over will be fast and sure.

  • Lawrence Foster

    08/22/2019 04:09 PM

    When the FISA warrants are declassified, and we see the lies the FBI told FISA court judges, expect the judges to react with shock and indignation. But maybe not so fast. Several of those judges who were appointed by Obama certainly should have asked more questions (normally at a FISA hearing the judge asks lots of questions, especially when the target is a US citizen). Itis highly likely at least a couple of FISA court judges may have been complicit in the deception as well as the FBI.

  • Rosalie Gilliland

    08/22/2019 03:53 PM

    I"m relieved to know that several critically significant people, such as Lindsay Graham, are aware of these findings in case something were to happen to AG Barr. With information that will blow the lid off the DNC and the intelligence community, alot of people are scared and desperate. But they can't knock off numerous people all at once. Even the Dems aren't THAT stupid.

  • Ron

    08/22/2019 03:50 PM

    All of this sounds great.. Finally we might see some justice.. But the problem is, will those on the left believe it? If people actually face punishment and are served Justice, will the democrats or those on the left accept this as truth and that justice is really being served or will they say that it isn't to be trusted, that it's a travesty of justice and that the GOP or Trump are committing acts of treason because they bribed people or are corrupt or just simply find fault with it... As irrational as they have been with the election of Trump, how irrational are they going to be when people actually face real justice? "How dare they accuse Obama of anything!" Or, may be all of this is just the smoke of hope being blown up our collective rear ends.

  • Richard Jones

    08/22/2019 03:13 PM

    I'm getting excited! Thanks for the update Mr. Huckabee.

  • Everett Coates

    08/22/2019 03:10 PM

    The fact that it would be devastating to the Obama administration and the leadership of the FBI, CIA, etc. likely means that nothing will ultimately happen. They've nearly run out the clock on Trump's first term and likely can hold out for five more years if they have to. Remember that there's no Woodward and Bernstein digging for the truth this time. And even if there was it's already been demonstrated that no news outlet, except maybe Fox News, would publish it for the rest of the public. Oh, sorry, does that sound cynical?

  • Mrs. Rene' Esswein

    08/22/2019 02:58 PM

    Dear Governor Huckabee ------- I REALLY LIKE THIS PART YOU WROTE!!!!!!!!!!!!! " So when Lindsay Graham says –- and he’s not prone to hyperbole and exaggeration –- when he says this is gonna be ‘ugly and devastating’ for Obama administration officials and Comey’s FBI, he knows it already.”

    I am SO GLAD that your WONDERFUL DAUGHTER SARAH is going to be a CONTRIBUTOR on FOX NEWS!!!!!!!!!!!!!! THAT IS SOOOOO AWESOME!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

    Thanks & God Bless You!!!!!!!
    Mrs. Rene' Esswein (S-Vine)

  • Charlene Mann

    08/22/2019 02:46 PM

    I'm hopeful but wonder how many more dead bodies will show up or how many knowing that possibility will keep quiet. I cautiously optimistic.

  • James W DeCoursin

    08/22/2019 02:40 PM

    Mike,

    Thanks for the fine overview report on the Trump spying program by the Democrats.

    All the best,

    Jim DeCoursin

  • Jim Spaulding

    08/22/2019 02:40 PM

    As my mother would've said, "Land's sakes, child!"

  • Francis Xavier Rullan

    08/22/2019 02:39 PM

    Modern Washington DC politics has become a blood sport but the liberals just want conservatives to accept a participation trophy. Liberals will soon find out what it is like to be on the receiving end of the sword they have been swinging.

  • Martin Shaw

    08/22/2019 02:38 PM

    We must prosecute ALL of the bad Actors. I consider them all guilty of TREASON.

  • Rocco W DeCarlo

    08/22/2019 02:35 PM

    I wish the mainstream media would live up to their responsibilities in protecting our Democracy by reporting the facts and stop promoting the liberal agenda

  • Pat J Green

    08/22/2019 02:35 PM

    It just seems to me that the FBI leadership has not gotten to far away from the Hoover influence

  • Alvin Reed

    08/22/2019 02:29 PM

    There are two sets of laws, one for us and one for them.

  • Tom Buttram

    08/22/2019 02:23 PM

    Just let it happen....just let it all out...

  • Linda Bartlett

    08/22/2019 02:23 PM

    Patience is a virtue, Gov Huck, but this is taking way longer than anyone expected it to! The American people will be FURIOUS if all this is swept under the rug. You know that you or I would already be in jail for half the crap they have pulled on this fabulous hard working President and his supporters. I'm still very angry that Mad Maxine Waters has not been held accountable for inciting people to VIOLENCE against all Trump supporters either. If that had been reversed, and they were attacked on their side - encouraged on by repubs, we'd never hear the end of it. How fortunate we are as citizens that there are actually some government employees with integrity that are willing to stand with our President like we Trump Train passengers! I also think Paul Ryan and John McStain are a disgrace for advancing what they pulled on us all along with all the other rinos. JUST PLAIN SHAMEFUL.
    BTW-We loved Sarah, and we love you too!!

  • Richard Petersen

    08/22/2019 02:13 PM

    5 will get you 10
    These @&$; Dems will weasel out of all this and there will be no repercussions
    Some if not all of them need to go to JAIL for along time from hilary and billy boy on down ( schiff included)

  • Kathy Gibbons

    08/22/2019 02:12 PM

    It is the 22nd of August....are these documents finally coming out before the end of the month ?
    Sometime in September? This process is taking along time !!!???

  • d c oliver

    08/22/2019 02:11 PM

    Sad thing is all this wrong doing may be exposed and no one will be penalized. Don't know that the American public will gain any confidence in the law system as it pertains to the Washington elite. But the common people would already be in jail. Too wrong.

  • Angela L Lawson

    08/22/2019 02:11 PM

    Republicans just continue to "do nothing" in the meantime people who could testify end up committing suicide, killing themselves with two bullets, cellphones get beat to a pulp with hammers, and hard drives get bleach- pitted......The Criminal Liberals in this country are "seasoned and expert thugs" and so like a bunch of cats in a litter box covering up "crap". Yeah, keep taking your time, investigating the investigation, and give the criminals here more and more time to commence with their cover-ups!!!! I say it is time Republicans grew some gonads.......

  • Robin Gonsalves

    08/22/2019 02:07 PM

    Still not holding my breath...I’ll wait for the first head to roll in the basket or the first firing squads round of bullets... then maybe I’ll think about holding my breath!

  • Michael J Minch

    08/22/2019 01:58 PM

    I have given up following this story. After two or more years justice is never ever going to happen and tired of hearing about it. Too many people on the take. Barr is probably one of them.

  • Darla Faulks

    08/22/2019 01:32 PM

    All responsible for this travesty of our laws and government should be prosecuted to the FULL extent of the law or this will keep going on and on! It MUST be stopped by punishing all involved---whoever they may turn out to be! We have to get back our trust in lawful process or we are doomed as a nation. Thank you for keeping us in the loop of how/what/when etc.