FBI lawyer Lisa Page’s congressional testimony

A very important story came out on Friday from Jeff Carlson. I read it then but needed more time to research it, since it is quite a bit to go over.

Carlson received the transcripts of two closed-door testimonies by Lisa Page, the former assistant general counsel at the FBI from July 2018. I am only touching on one aspect of the transcripts, if interested please click on link to view the complete article.

Among the key revelations in the transcript is Obama CIA Director John Brennan’s early involvement in disseminating the information that would ultimately wind up in the Steele dossier. Brennan briefed President Obama in early August 2016 and Democratic leader Sen. Harry Reid of Nevada some days later.

These meeting are almost a month before the FBI would find out about the dossier and launch “Crossfire Hurricane” its probe resulting from the Steele dossier.

In Brennan’s earlier congressional testimony he stated: “In consultation with the White House, I personally briefed the full details of our understanding of Russian attempts to interfere in election to congressional leadership, specifically Senators Harry Reid, Mitch McConnell, Dianne Feinstein and Richard Burr; and to Representatives Paul Ryan, Nancy Pelosi, Devon Nunes and Adam Schiff between 11, August and 6, September.”

So what comes from Page’s testimony, which is the most surprising to me, is that the FBI “Crossfire Hurricane” probe into Russian collusion was a top down investigation perhaps ordered from the Obama White House resulting from CIA Director Brennan’s briefing.

Then FBI begins looking into the Steele Dossier, although they believe they are initiating the probe since Steele is an FBI asset.

Please give the full article a read.

Here are some other key findings from the testimony:

  • The FBI appears to have considered investigating President Trump for obstruction of justice both before and after FBI Director James Comey was fired.
  • Page says the DOJ refused to pursue “gross-negligence” charges against Hillary Clinton over her use of a private email server to send classified information.
  • FBI agent Michael Gaeta, head of the Eurasian Crime Squad, who received the dossier from former MI6 spy Steele in July 2016 is referred to in the transcript as Steele’s handler.
  • The FBI maintained a previously unknown verification file for the Steele dossier. Congressional investigators did not previously know of its existence.
  • John Carlin, the head of the DOJ’s National Security Division, was kept abreast of the FBI’s investigative activities through contact with then-Deputy FBI Director McCabe.
  • Page worked directly for DOJ official Bruce Ohr for at least five years and had met his wife, Nellie, once.
  • The role of FBI Agent Jonathan Moffa and DOJ official George Toscas may have been greater than initially assumed.
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Trainspotting with Maggie Haberman

I wrote two days ago about New York Times White House correspondent Maggie Haberman.

Well Haberman has been a topic on the drops from time to time, but has come to the fore recently. On Jan. 5th 2019 this drop was made again from the Podesta email leaks citing Haberman’s compliance with Hillary Clinton’s 2016 presidential campaign:

https://wikileaks.org/podesta-emails/emailid/7524📁
“We have has a very good relationship with Maggie Haberman of Politico over the last year. We have had her tee up stories for us before and have never been disappointed. While we should have a larger conversation in the near future about a broader strategy for reengaging the beat press that covers HRC, for this we think we can achieve our objective and do the most shaping by going to Maggie.”
You are not safe.
Q

On Jan. 6th 2019 we have these two drops:

Q!!mG7VJxZNCI

>>4616371
https://twitter.com/maggieNYT/status/1081974511598211072📁
Handler (Conductor):
Smoking can be bad for your health. Read the warning label. Deboard train and walk away. Once in the tunnel, there is no going back.
Q

 

Q!!mG7VJxZNCI
https://twitter.com/maggienyt/status/1009982937952079873?lang=en📁
https://twitter.com/maggienyt/status/1065100343846031362?lang=en📁
A stone sits idle while the world around it evolves. Evolution, depending on the stage, can be deadly.
https://twitter.com/maggieNYT/status/1081974511598211072📁
We can talk through code or we can act through transparency. The choice is yours. However, the clock is ticking, and, at a select point in time, that option will be expired. Regular service appointments should be made in order to maintain functionality.
Q
The Twitter links above referenced above are below. The code brought up in the drops seem to be referencing the use of the word train. What do train references mean (if anything)?
Is it the transportation mode or is it learning something well through rote? And who may be needing this information?
We can assume given her left-leaning bias that was released in the Podesta email, the prospective audience may be in the former Obama and Clinton camps.

 

People in White House sound as confused as everyone else about what happens after the president’s EO, which McGahn was against him signing. There’s inter-agency disagreement about what it means. Trump now essentially tunes his chief of staff out, Trump driving the train.

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On Jan.9th after all the back and forth with the drops, Haberman re-Tweeted this from an Asst. Managing Editor at the Times asking for a pic of people riding outside the train.

Now a bit of background. Dolnick is the grandnephew to former Times publisher Arthur Ochs “Punch” Sulzberger and cousin to the current publisher.
I’ll leave this post here for now, but this will need to be watched going forward on both sides to see if anything is dug up to clarify the communications. A warning has been issued.
Please watch the gap.

Lt. Gen. Flynn is the ‘keystone’ to FISA and Russian collusion plan

Lt. General Michael Flynn was the driving force behind the Russian collusion plan to undermine the Trump administration from the beginning.

Flynn was the Director of the Defense Intelligence Agency in the Obama administration from 2012-2014. He was a critic of the administration’s dealings with radical Islamists. Flynn lost a battle to CIA Director John Brennan — a Muslim by faith — and the White House of his assessment of the US involvement in Syria.

Flynn was feared and despised by the Obama White House for his views on radical Islamist and his deep knowledge of State Department and CIA involvement with Islamist extremists in Iran and Syria.

After leaving the Obama White House, Flynn traveled to Russia and meets with Russia government officials as a civilian. He is attends a dinner with Russian leader Vladimir Putin.

While Flynn did all the appropriate actions for the Russian trip — he met with DIA staff before leaving to let them know of the trip, he was briefed before on how to deal with the Russian questions and he was debriefed on what he discovered afterward. All above-board and reportedly helpful to the intelligence community.

So in 2015 Flynn begins speaking with the Trump campaign. Obama’s staff is furious and knows it needs to silence Flynn because he knows too much.

In late 2015 enter Stefan Halper, a career CIA asset working then as a Senior Fellow at Cambridge University. I believe Halper was brought in by Brennan to set up Flynn as colluding with the Russians. That’s where the whole Russian plan was hatched.

Halper was key to bringing in Fusion/GPS and Christopher Steele to produce the dossier with its first target being Flynn.

Flynn was most likely the subject of the first FISA application in the late spring of 2016 for his trip to Russia. However, the FISA court turned down the application because it did not show Flynn broke any laws.

In order to get the FISA court to approve spying on American citizens you need to show: a) The citizen was working with a foreign government, which in and of itself is not unlawful and b) broke the law like fraud or providing classified information.

The original application had no law broken, so it was denied. The Halper and Co. then went after Carter Page in the FISA court later in 2016 to spy on the Trump administration.

This is why Flynn remains free even after admitting guilt to minor charges brought by the DOJ/FBI for speaking with Russians after Trump’s election, but before he took office. Ironically FBI’s Peter Strzok was the agent that interviewed Flynn at the White House without a lawyer and brought these charges.

Obama administration still needed to silence Flynn from joining the Trump team as the National Security Advisor since he knew where all the Obama bodies are buried.

One last “indictment” on Flynn. When Trump meets with Obama after the election the only name brought up by Obama is Flynn telling Trump not to trust him.

This is why I say Lt. General Michael Flynn is the keystone to the whole Russian dossier.

2018 is done and we are still waiting on the ‘glorious’ revolution

As the closing hours of  2018 tick off, it’s time to take a moment to assess the year that was.

It was promised to be glorious eight times in various drops. It was going to be quite notable. It failed on both measures although the goalposts were moved many, many times.

While there have been some wins, the Senate majority increase. Some ugly wins such as the Brett Kavanaugh appointment to the Supreme Court. Some wins appear to be hollow, like President Trump’s decision to declassify the FISA courts documents.

However we still have Rod Rosenstein at the Justice Department. Trump has replaced Attorney General Jeff Sessions with Acting AG Matt Whitaker, but still no movement on the release of the burning documents.

We also see Special Counsel Robert Mueller entering his third calendar year without any charges being brought against President Trump or his campaign for colluding with the Russians on the 2016 presidential election.

2018 left without any further information from any authorities concerning the whereabouts and contents of Hillary Clinton’s  private email server(s) or the Clinton Foundation’s lack of transparency and involvement in financing the Fusion/GPS Russian collusion report.

In another example of moving the goalposts, we are told the Executive Order, which goes into effect on Jan.1, 2019, will allow for greater leeway for federal prosecutors to bring charges under military tribunal rule of law.

Well we don’t have to wait very long to see how this plays out.

Will 2019 be glorious? I don’t need the bar to be that high. I just want it to be proactive.

Dark forces in the stock market

What we are witnessing in the stock market is unprecedented with moves mostly lower, but with a record-breaking break out to the upside on Wednesday.

The 1,086 point move on the Dow was the highest point move ever. The question Tuesday morning is why will we give back more than 400 points to the downside?

These moves and the huge slide before Christmas feel like a tug of war between two factions.

One with a need to damage the economy along with President Trump’s claims that he is succeeding where his predecessor failed.

The other side is somewhat muted in its response to this highjacking of the markets.

How else do you describe the latest moves?

Fed chief Jay Powell appears to be in with the first camp. How else to categorize four rate rises this year while enjoying full unemployment without finding inflation in the couch cushions.

In all my years of market watching I have no other idea of what we are witnessing in the markets. The moves are unprecedented, so therefore a new thought n the cause is needed.

The dark forces in the market are attempting to take the economy into recession through cratering consumer confidence by taking the wealth effect away from Americans. Next will be to repeal the tax cut in the House in 2019.

With these initiatives the Democrats feel they have a better shot of gaining the White House in 2020. It’s a nefarious plan backed by Democratic money in the markets.

Let’s see who will ultimately will win the war for hearts, minds and wallets.