Declassified Docs Reveal FBI Agents Didn’t Believe Russia Trump Conspiracy. When Will AG Barr Deliver Justice For The Nation?
Senate Judiciary Committee Chairman Lindsey Graham released declassified FBI documents Friday revealing that senior bureau officials, including those who led the Russia probe, were skeptical early on of stories suggesting President Donald Trump’s 2016 campaign was conspiring with Russia.
So when will there be justice?
For the past several years Americans have seen documents turning the narrative that suggested there was such a conspiracy on its head. So if the same senior Obama and law enforcement officials didn’t believe there was evidence to prove a conspiracy, or that one even existed, then who in power gave the directive to target the Trump campaign and continue investigating beyond the election?
Graham, who has promised to call former acting Attorney General Sally Yates, among others, to testify before his committee needs to focus on those very questions. For years, colleagues and friends of Trump have been the target of those in the FBI intent on proving what they appeared to have known was an obvious lie.
Moreover, strategically feeding those lies in newspapers, social media and cable news outlets throughout the world harmed America’s national security. It was a disinformation campaign unlike anything ever seen in U.S. politics and it was cultivated by former senior intelligence officials with extraordinary power. Lastly, and most importantly, the lies have harmed the American people and ripped the nation apart.
That’s why the discovery of documents revealing the truth is so important. It is the only way to begin to cleanse the nation. Graham made the documents public as part of his investigation into the origins of the Russia investigation. His ongoing probe coincides with a separate but ongoing criminal investigation being conducted by U.S. Attorney John Durham, who was appointed by Barr last year.
But Americans have witnessed over the past nearly four years investigation after investigation with no actionable results and no indictments. And Barr’s most recent statement that Durham’s investigation may not be completed until after the November election is beyond concerning.
I just don’t buy the excuse that the COVID-19 epidemic has set back Durham’s investigation, as suggested by Barr. I hope I’m wrong. But I haven’t seen any real results since first publishing stories more than three years ago on the subject.I’m starting to feel, like most people involved in exposing what has happed, like there’s no light at the end of the tunnel.
But I haven’t given up all hope.
Still, just look at what has already happened. The American public has been made privy to a trove of classified government documents, emails, text messages and internal communications between government officials involved in the Trump Russia investigation. Those documents have already been obtained by the DOJ, Congress and journalists and for the most part have been declassified. Judicial Watch, a government watchdog group, has also fought and obtained tens-of-thousands of pages of documents through FOIA. Still, the DOJ has yet to actually act on it.
For example, in Graham’s document dump the public learns again that the FBI did not believe that the Trump campaign was colluding with Russia. The documents re-enforce what we have already learned that the President was set up. In the documents, former FBI Special Agent Peter Strzok stated that he did not see any evidence linking the Trump campaign and Russia as suggested in a New York Times article dated Feb. 14, 2017.
“We have not seen evidence of any officials associated with the Trump team in contact with [intelligence officers]. We are unaware of ANY Trump advisors engaging in conversations with Russian intelligence officials,” stated Strzok at the time. He attached a copy of the NYT article to his notes.
Strangely, it was Strzok who suggested, however, in January, 2017 to keep an investigation into then Trump national security advisor Michael Flynn open. He did this despite and internal memo from bureau officials suggesting that no derogatory information had been found on Flynn, nor anyone associated with him. So why were Yates, Strzok, as well as former Deputy Director Andrew McCabe, then FBI Director James Comey all so bent on investigating Trump?
In there own words, and in numerous documents obtained after years of probes, congressional investigations and Judicial Watch’s Freedom of Information Act fights in the courts these senior Obama officials state that they had no evidence that there was a conspiracy between the Trump campaign and Russia. Still, even senior officials, such as former CIA Director John Brennan told Congress that he was aware of information that someone senior in the Trump campaign could be conspiring with Russia.
Former Director of National Intelligence James Clapper alluded to this as well in numerous television interviews. All of these officials – Clapper, Brennan and Comey – were aware of this information when they went to brief Trump in New York City on the fake dossier compiled by former British Spy Christopher Steele and paid for by the Hillary Clinton campaign and the Democratic National Committee.
So why has no one been prosecuted by the Department of Justice? Why have the most obvious questions not been answered by these former senior officials? More importantly, where is the justice for what appears to be a blatant attempt to soft coup a president of the United States?
It’s also extremely concerning that Barr is now indicating that Durham may not have a report or indictments until after the November Presidential elections. That seems absurd to me, since it’s been roughly four years and just look how fast the Justice Department operated under former Special Counsel Robert Mueller to target the president on these unfounded and false allegations.
A 57-page memo released by Graham also detailed the bureau’s interview with Steele. It suggested that the FBI agents were aware that the allegations against Trump were based on unreliable sourcing and shouldn’t be trusted.
Strzok also suggested that Steele wasn’t able to verify his own sourcing.
So we need to know once and for all who was behind targeting President Trump’s campaign, administration and the American people who voted for him?
The people of this country shouldn’t have to wait years for the truth and lawmakers shouldn’t drag out investigations that needed to be completed years ago.
The Justice Department must do its job and hold those who illegally targeted Trump accountable. Further, there is no time like the present to unleash justice.
Durham doesn’t need to wait until after the election to shed light on what happened over the past four years because everyday the evidence reveals that there was an attempt to undo a U.S. election.
Those former senior Obama officials who led the attempted soft-coup against Trump need to be exposed and indicted. If not, we’ll no longer be the nation based on the principals of justice and liberty we believe ourselves to be but something all-together different.
I just can’t imagine that’s who we are.
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Jim Jordan demands IRS explain unexpected visit to Matt Taibbi’s home during testimony
Matt Taibbi, a journalist who has been the top of the headlines for exposing alleged corruption between Twitter censorship and the Department of Justice’s role in removing content they didn’t want the American people to see, had a surprise visit from an IRS agent at his home.
This visit occurred the same day that he was testifying before the Subcommittee on the Weaponization of the Federal Government about what he had discovered inside of the Twitter files. The IRS did not immediately respond to Fox News digital when asked for comment. Now, Judiciary Committee Chairman Jim Jordan, R-Ohio, demands to know why.
SaraACarter.com contacted the IRS media relations office Tuesday afternoon and was told by an IRS representative to send an email to their media relations office for comment. As of Tuesday evening the IRS has yet to respond to the immediate inquiry.
Jordan sent a letter Tuesday to the IRS questioning the visit by the agent to Taibbi’s home in New Jersey. Jordan could not immediately respond for comment.
In his letter, however, Jordan demanded that Treasury Secretary Janet Yellen turn over documents and provide all information requested by the committee.
“As the Committee continues to examine how to best protect Americans’ fundamental freedoms and to assist the Committee in its oversight, we ask that you please provide the following documents and information:
All documents and communications referring or relating to the IRS’s field visit to the residence of Matthew Taibbi on March 9, 2023;
All documents and communications between or among the IRS, Treasury Department, and any other Executive Branch entity referring or relating to Matthew Taibbi; and
All documents and communications sent or received by Revenue Officer [James Nelson] referring or relating to Matthew Taibbi.”
Jordan noted in the letter that his committee is committed to examining “the mounting evidence that the federal government pressured, coerced, and even directed technology companies to take certain actions related to digital content.”
The Republican lawmakers were astonished that “an Internal Revenue Service (IRS) agent visited, unannounced and unprompted, the home of one of the hearing witnesses, Matthew Taibbi, an independent journalist who has reported extensively on government abuse. In light of the hostile reaction to Mr. Taibbi’s reporting among left-wing activists, and the IRS’s history as a tool of government abuse, the IRS’s action could be interpreted as an attempt to intimidate a witness before Congress. We expect your full cooperation with our inquiry.”
The letter went on to say that “Mr. Taibbi joined fellow journalist Michael Shellenberger in testifying before the Select Subcommittee during its March 9 hearing. During the hearing, Mr. Taibbi described the serious government abuse on which he had been reporting and on which he testified to the Select Subcommittee. As he explained:
The original promise of the internet was that it might democratize the exchange of information globally. . . . What we found is in the [Twitter] files was a sweeping effort to reverse that promise and use machine learning and other tools to turn the internet into an instrument of censorship and social control. Unfortunately, our own government appears to be playing a lead role.”
Jordan’s inquiry into the IRS is not the first time the Congress has questioned the actions of this private government contracted agency.
In 2013, the IRS admitted that it had been targeting conservative groups that were seeking tax-exempt status. Lois Lerner, who had then headed the IRS, stated that her agency had been scrutinizing groups that had “tea party” or “patriots” in their names. These were almost all conservative non-profit organizations.
Those inquiries by the IRS mainly took place in 2009 and 2010, and as reported in NPR “hundreds of groups affiliated with the party had sought tax-exempt status as 501(c)(4) “social welfare” organizations. IRS demands for documents left many of them in bureaucratic limbo for a year or more.”
Taibbi’s investigation into Twitter’s actions prior to Elon Musk’s takeover revealed major concerns expressed by former President Donald J. Trump and his supporters that the social media giant was censoring supporters.
The investigations by Taibbi proved that shadow-banning was occurring and it was targeting primarily Republican activists, journalists, and politicians using the platform. The evidence proved the the FBI had advised Twitter to not allow stories or posts that revealed the Hunter Biden laptop scandal that had first been reported by the New York Post. Those accurate stories were censored by Twitter and later it was revealed that the laptop did belong to Hunter Biden.
Senate Republicans are also deeply concerned about the actions taken Taibbi. Sen. Ted Cruz, R-Texas, tweeted Tuesday that the IRS visit to Taibbi “this absolutely stinks to high heaven” because the “IRS has a troubling history of targeting the political enemies of Democrats.”
This absolutely stinks to high heaven. The IRS has a troubling history of targeting the political enemies of Democrats.
The IRS should NEVER be in the business of harassing the American people. https://t.co/twY3KBcgXx
— Ted Cruz (@tedcruz) March 28, 2023
Two Democrat lawmakers at the hearing were attempting to get Taibbi to reveal his sources, which is unconstitutional. Taibbi refused to answer Representatives Sylvia Garcia, D-Texas, and Stacey Plaskett, D-Virgin Islands questions.
It was during his testimony that Taibbi’s house was being raided by the IRS.
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