Evening Edition - July 17

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July 17, 2019

When the FBI sent an application to the FISA court for a warrant to spy on Trump campaign associate Carter Page under the Foreign Intelligence Surveillance Act, the cover sheet displayed the word “VERIFIED” in bold letters. This was not true. A more appropriate and accurate word would have been “CONCOCTED.” We now have tangible evidence, in the form of a document laid out like a spreadsheet, that the FBI tried and failed to verify the information in Christopher Steele’s “dossier” but had gone ahead and used it as the central piece of evidence of a Trump/Russia conspiracy (and of Carter Page being a Russian agent). They even used it for three subsequent renewals.

John Solomon has talked to multiple sources who saw the “spreadsheet” used by FBI agents to try to fill in the blanks left by Steele’s improbable dossier. These sources told him that the vast majority of Steele’s claims were determined to be wrong –- some quite obviously and immediately so –- “or could not be corroborated even with the most awesome tools available to the U.S. intelligence community.” One source estimated that over 90 percent of Steele’s claims were either wrong, non-verifiable, or available through open sourcing on Google. (Come to think of it, wasn’t Nellie Ohr’s area of specialization open-sourced information? Perhaps much of this material came from her, at Fusion GPS.)

We already know that Steele talked with an official high in the State Department –- this in itself was inappropriate –- who had sent a memo to the FBI about his weakness as a witness. Steele had told her that he really, really wanted the material he had compiled to be out before Election Day, as he really, really did not want Donald Trump to be elected President. Again, inappropriate. Plus the State Department had already found blatant inaccuracies in his material. (For example, there is no Russian embassy in Miami.) Red flags all over the field.

In early 2017, it got worse. The FBI interviewed one of Steele’s main sources, who according to the dossier had spun a tale of Carter Page meeting with two Putin associates in Moscow in July 2016 as part of the “collusion” effort. But this source told the FBI that the meetings Steele had described in the dossier didn’t happen. The dossier also contained a claim that experts dismissed as “preposterous”: that Carter Page had been promised a huge finder’s fee –- as in, billions of dollars –- for getting Trump to lift sanctions on Moscow.

Even the infamous story about sex tapes of Trump and a couple of incontinent prostitutes in a Moscow hotel room hit a dead end, with the source telling the FBI that he’d heard the tapes were fake.

The FBI concluded that about 90 percent of the dossier material was inaccurate or unable to be verified. We’ve been aware of some of these inaccuracies, but now we know of actual evidence that the FBI was trying to verify the dossier and couldn’t. Yet they presented the information as verified, thereby knowingly committing fraud on the FISA court.

The IG recently talked with Steele at length, and this interview was followed by news reports trying to elevate his credibility as a source. But these impressions are apparently inaccurate –- mere wishful thinking on the part of those who still want to believe Trump “colluded” with the Ruskies. As Solomon put it, “Any effort to use Steele’s belated cooperation with the inspector general to prop up the credibility of his 2016 anti-Trump dossier or the FBI’s reliance on it for the FISA warrant is deeply misguided.”

Indeed. Add “FBI spreadsheet” to the list of materials currently still classified but which should see the light of day before long, evidence of the incredible hoax that was the “Trump/Russia” investigation.

https://thehill.com/opinion/white-house/453384-fbis-spreadsheet-puts-a-stake-through-the-heart-of-steeles-dossie

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For over a year, we were told that the Mueller Report would be the most solid, unchallenged and important statement since God handed down the 10 Commandments on stone tablets.  But Mueller’s Magnum Trumpus has turned out to be more like a poorly nailed-together shack that’s already starting to fall apart, piece by piece.

Elsewhere in today’s issue, you can read about the revelation that “Russian dossier” material that was known to be concocted or at least unverified was fraudulently used as verified evidence to obtain and renew warrants in violation of FISA court laws.  Now, here’s the latest shingle to blow off Mueller’s shaky shack:

https://www.westernjournal.com/ct/judge-issues-blistering-rebuke/

In a ruling that was only recently unsealed from the case of one of the Russian companies accused by Mueller of trying to interfere in the 2016 election through social media posts, federal Judge Dabney Friedrich blasted Mueller’s office and the DOJ for making statements that implied the company was working on behalf of the Russian government, and prejudicial statements about their guilt, when they presented little to no evidence of any connection between the Russian trolls and the Kremlin.

Read the link for more details.  It’s likely nothing much will come of this revelation in the way of government officials paying a price for abusing the power of their offices and ignoring the rules to mislead the public.  It’s just further proof that the Mueller Report was not a well-researched, dispassionate attempt to get to the truth, but a case hammered together out of substandard parts by a bad contractor who was determined to build something that looked impressive, even if it collapsed after a month. 

 

 

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  • Elaine Liming

    07/18/2019 07:47 PM

    Thanks for the update. However once again; when is justice for the American people going to happen. When will the DOJ act? When will these acts of treason by these so called public servants be dealt with? We wait and pray.

  • rodney burke

    07/18/2019 06:24 PM

    truly, Mike you can't make this stuff UP! If it wasn't true it would be the worst spy novel of the century or the last century. So Mueller now has zero creds and if nothing else, is a criminal mind. I wonder how long he has had that criminal mind? 20 years? Did he get it in Viet Nam? Best part, is they didn't hide anything because they asSUMED hilary would win. The tribunals are going to have a field day with this stuff.

  • ALFRED NAGEL

    07/18/2019 03:04 PM

    WHY AREN'T THESE PEOPLE IN PRISON? THE LEFT HAS PEOPLE THEY DON'T LIKE IN PRISON, THIS NEEDS TO COME TO A HEAD.

  • Nelda White

    07/18/2019 12:23 PM

    It is now time for the government, with the judges blessing, to restore everything to the men arrested and sent to jail because their warrants were all fake. They were such lazy people they could not do any of it right and used SS tactics to get what they wanted, not what was right or legal. In the bible, it says something about restoring seven times. All the ones involved including Mueller, because he closed his eyes, should have a taste of jail to remind them why we have the good laws we have that they violated.

  • Dot Whitley

    07/18/2019 11:50 AM

    Praise the Lord for every conservative republican person in America. Praise the Lord for good men such as Trump, Huckabee, Thomas Sowell, Walter Williams, and many many more such men.
    I'm not a robot.
    Dot

  • Mark Mittelstaedt

    07/18/2019 09:41 AM

    As I've been saying for...years ! Steele made the whole thing up - and not even out of whole cloth - he recycled a pair of shredded denim jeans. I read the " dossier " when it was first put onto the net. I only got a couple of pages in and...LOL ;-}

  • Jerry

    07/18/2019 09:32 AM

    About a month ago I Cautioned your readers not to get too excited about AOC Omar and the rest of the American Haters their ideology would come to backfire on them. I encouraged them to keep talking for the hole they are digging isn't quite deep enough yet they took my advice and are still talking showing the effects as to what fools they are. It is bad that our President has to get into the mud with them I will settle for any tactic to preserve a decent America for my Grandchildren. Little by little America is being exposed to what these Socialist and Communists want to do to America. Change remember how that went we have spent 2 1/2 years undoing that destructive behavior. Let Harris Booker and the squad continue to talk other than all the great things that have happened with our current President , the talking should reelect him keep talking fools we need ya.

  • Becky Aheren

    07/18/2019 08:58 AM

    I have been reading a story of a lawyer suing in regard to Seth, the man killed, and investigation buried. It is about a woman, that met with Assange, and he said it was Seth and another person that gave him the dnc hacked information, not the Russians. If this is true, it blast another one of Mueller report that said the Russians did it, even though the Democrats will not let the FBI see their server. They have no evidence, except some doctored up report. Have you hear about this story, and is there any credence to it?

  • JC Holland

    07/18/2019 06:49 AM

    I agree with everything you said, BUT still no charges. WHY?

  • Anita Mae Barker

    07/18/2019 05:24 AM

    Such convoluted goings on.
    Thanks for explaining.
    Bless you, Anita.

  • Barbara Pierson

    07/18/2019 01:27 AM

    We regular Patriots are thoroughly disgusted by all of this and we do want action asap. Treason has been committed, gross abuse of presidential power by Obama who I’m not sure was ever eligible to be president. We want anyone who even visited Epstein’s island to go down. I have a feeling that’s what they have on SCOTUS Robert’s and something bad on Ryan too. Heck, my 24 yr old son could do better than nearly all of these horrible people in our government. Thanks for all you do. We sure miss your daughter! Grateful for everything being done.

  • Michael Kamrath

    07/18/2019 01:19 AM

    " ... wrong, non-verifiable, or available through open sourcing on Google."
    Well, if it's not "available through open sourcing on Google", of course it's non-verifiable!
    This sounds like "if she drowns, she's innocent, but if she doesn't, she's a witch."

    Statements like these make your otherwise sound reasoning appear polemic.

  • Keethlyn Fletcher

    07/18/2019 01:06 AM

    I for one am tired of the anti American hoards getting away with running down our country, trampling our flag, and in general, behaving badly. If you are an American citizen you are expected to stand up proudly for our country. This country is a Christian nation founded by Godly Christian men. Many of whom were pastors of their own churches. We the people have been too lax in standing up for God. Now is the time to speak up and support our God. Support Israel. We are a Christian nation that believes in the statement " In God we trust" because we certainly can't trust our politicians or our news media. God bless America! And for those who fail to assimilate to American laws, customs and ways of life, go somewhere else. Look for your dream in another country. This country belongs to Almighty God.

  • Diane Rowlands

    07/18/2019 12:36 AM

    I'm upset with our government to let this happen. If this could happen, what else have they done that is improper with other matters?

  • patricia Fochs

    07/18/2019 12:16 AM

    Thanks for keeping us informed

    Blessings!!!

  • Rhonda Fulghum

    07/17/2019 11:33 PM

    Besides this website and Fox News, how does anyone else hear this news? There has to be a way to bring this to a level of higher importance than that given to the Dems bashing Trump. Until a well known name such as Comey, Clapper, Brennan, etc., is indicted for their abuse of power, the media may never shift their negative attention away from Trump.

  • william fuhrer

    07/17/2019 11:17 PM

    Democratic Justice The Democrats held their trial that President Trump was a RACIST way back at his inauguration. Black Justice plays out on the streets every time the Blacks riot aftert a bad result in a Black/ police office fatal encounter

  • Carl Smith

    07/17/2019 11:06 PM

    This has drug on way to long and the Americans Attention span that's equal to the time for a world champion Hot Dog eater to gulp one frankfurter will prove my original premise of over two years ago. NO ONE WILL PAY THE PRICE OF ATTEMPTING TO SUBVERT THE CONSTITUTION. If this is not proof of a TWO Tiered Justice system the vegetarian Tigers will rein supreme.

  • Amelia Little

    07/17/2019 11:02 PM

    I'm just wondering how long we are going to have to wait until the shoe drops on the criminals in this fiasco. All of them. Starting from the top.

    I guess I don't understand how AG Barr and Commerce Secretary can be held in contempt over the census question. The democrats got their way in BLOCKING putting citizenship on the census--so now they want documents? I would say, for what purpose, but I know--to just keep from having to do their congressional duty to pass legislation, to do anything about the crisis at the border--to just obstruct anything President Trump wants to accomplish.

    As for the failed impeachment attempt--I have yet to hear a single action of President Trump that they want to impeach him over. Shouldn't they have specifics? The minute the election results were in, they started hollering impeachment/treason--and never said exactly over what. Now, they want him impeached because he was less than kind to the group of 4. I guess it's quite all right for them--and actually for many of the wanna-be candidates--to say vile, dishonest stuff about the President, but he can't say anything back? And, as usual, picking and choosing which words they want to cry about. Of course, the left is so used to previous Republican Presidents to just take it all lying down.

  • Rafael ASalaz

    07/17/2019 10:57 PM

    Those four congress women and others deserve to be told to leave the United States. This is not racial . This is addressing the waste America has in congress and the Government as leadership. These people think America owns them just because of who they are or come from etc.

  • Rafael A Salaz

    07/17/2019 10:50 PM

    It’s time the Democrats to go do some work for which they were put in the position to do. The Democrats have spent their entire time with petty made up agendas and wasted effort to make President Trump look bad and hinder him in doing his Job. This has been going on since the President was voted in . Where is the top authority to stop this ?

  • Gary Stilwell

    07/17/2019 10:21 PM

    The muullerr report(hey, I don't really care how the man spells his name)-- Was destined to be nothing more than a blog-we knew that early on. Maybe you could tell me how I can get all my wasted tax dollars back for this.