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Was the DNC/Clinton campaign-funded dossier used to obtain warrants on Trump team from the secret court?

The unverified dossier alleging connections between President Trump’s campaign and the Russians was used as evidence by the FBI to gain approval from a secret court to monitor members of Trump’s team, this reporter has learned.

A large portion of the evidence presented in the salacious 35-page dossier put together by former British spy Christopher Steele, has either been proven wrong or remains unsubstantiated. However, the FBI gained approval nevertheless to surveil members of Trump’s campaign and “it’s outrageous and clearly should be thoroughly investigated,” said a senior law enforcement source, with knowledge of the process.

Multiple sources told this reporter that the dossier was used along with other evidence to obtain the warrant from the Foreign Intelligence Surveillance Court, known as FISC. The sources also stressed that there will be more information in the coming week regarding systemic “FISA abuse.”

“(The dossier) certainly played a role in obtaining the warrant,” added another senior U.S. official, with knowledge of the dossier. “Congress needs to look at the FBI officials who were handling this case and see what, if anything, was verified in the dossier. I think an important question is whether the FBI paid anything to the source for the dossier.”

On Wednesday, Sean Hannity said he has also independently confirmed that the dossier was used to obtain the FISA (Foreign Intelligence Surveillance Act) warrant from three separate sources.

Listen to Sean Hannity here

One very senior source said the dossier played “a significant role” in obtaining the warrant Hannity said on his radio show Wednesday.

FBI officials could not be immediately reached for comment.

On Friday, members of the House Intelligence Committee went to the Justice Department to review the FBI and DOJ documents requested last August by Chairman Devin Nunes, congressional sources said. The information is essential to the committee’s investigation of Steele, the dossier and Fusion GPS.

In October, the Washington Post revealed that Democratic National Committee and Hillary Clinton campaign paid the now embattled research firm Fusion GPS to fund the research into the dossier. Marc E. Elias, who was a lawyer representing the Clinton campaign and the DNC allegedly retained Fusion GPS, but the campaign failed to disclose those payments on its finance records.

In April, CNN reported that the dossier was used to monitor communications of Carter Page, who volunteered as a national security advisor with the Trump campaign for a short period of time. But in December, a New York Times story seemed to suggest that the inquiry into the Trump campaign and its alleged ties to Russia began with George Papadopoulos, who worked as a foreign policy advisor to Trump campaign.

Sources told the New York Times that it was Papadopoulos’ conversation with a Australian diplomat at London bar in May 2016 that caught the attention of the FBI.

“Now that the dirt has spilled on the dossier, it looks like some officials are trying to deflect by saying the inquiry began with Papadopoulos,” said the senior law enforcement official.

 

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  1. You’re the best Sara!! Keep up the great work! Real journalists are few and far between..especially in this climate. Thanks for all your hard work!

  2. And no one still or most likely ever will be held accountable for any wrong doing or broken laws. This is the two-tier justice system at it’s finest. #lockemup

  3. I follow Sara’s reporting all the time. This article just brings home more information we knew was true from the moment we all heard of the “dossier” and the FISA warrant(s).

    Between this and Sara’s reporting on Uranium One/Rosatom, she and her team are true journalists.

    Keep it up!!!

  4. Can congress now tell the DOJ to call off the investigation into collusion since it was started based off of fictitious and phony dossier?

  5. Why isn’t anyone checking Federal Election Laws? Law firm misrepresented how campaigns funds spent. If it was dossier Clinton campaign showed as legal fees. Who investigates campaign finance laws? If it is Sessions will go no where. Is Sessions afraid of Clinton’s or have his fa been threatened? Time Scott Pruitt names AG. Trump should accept resignation letter Sessions offered last year.

  6. Sara, you are absolutely the best and one of the VERY few real journalists left. Keep up the excellent work!

  7. None of it will stick and result in convictions! Feinstein poisoned the evidence when she released a behind closed doors interview with Fusion’s Simpson!

    Anything from that point forward can’t be used as credible evidence in a court of law now!

    Feinstein needs to be sanctioned with contempt of congress. She poisoned ALL future interviews with this release.

  8. Obvious problem: even if the dossier had been used to get the FISA warrant on Carter Page, what it said about him was true. We know this because Page himself has admitted it.

    Also, I know of no details from the dossier that have been disproven, but a few have been publicly verified.

    I get it: you guys don’t care that the Trump campaigned colluded with a hostile foreign power. Party before country, right?

  9. Here is the story the left is buying into: Trump gets together with the Russians and they decide the way to beat hilary is for them to get hillary to pay for dirt on Trump to be used by the FBI/DOJ after he is elected

  10. Well I suppose I’d freely give her my wallet, not to mention my heart & the keys to my Maserati. 🙂

  11. How could the dossier have been used for a FISA warrant when the dossier was being put together after the FISA warrant was already issued?

  12. She poisoned the evidence by releasing the evidence? You might want to think that one through.

    Also, we have two convictions already. Try to keep up.

    Funny thing: if you read the transcript (as I have) you’ll see that the Republican members of the committee are completely uninterested in how the Trump campaign colluded with Russia. Instead, they’re trying — and failing — to poke holes in Simpson’s testimony.

    Immediately after that hearing, Grassley and Graham proceeded to lie shamelessly: they said he was uncooperative (laughably untrue), that he “colluded” with Russians, (also untrue), that Steele “shopped around” the dossier (a bald faced lie), etc.

    So why would Republicans refuse to ask about collusion, suppress testimony that presents evidence of collusion, and then lie about that testimony?

    There’s only one reason: Trump and many of his associates are guilty.

  13. Good point! Who cares that the Trump campaign colluded with a hostile foreign government who criminally hacked into the DNC and DCCC servers? The real issue is that Hillary’s campaign may or may not have filed the right paperwork on a subcontractor of a subcontractor.

    Party over country!

  14. Any security official will tell you that the dossier, standing alone, would never be sufficient for a FISA court to approve a warrant. Some of the allegations in the dossier would have to be proven independently by the FBI. If the FBI independently verified some of the dossier, and this was all presented before a FISA court, what exactly is the problem?

  15. Good JOB Sara!!! Watch your back baby girl–I’m worried about you. These are the most evil people on the planet and they’ve killed a lot of people already. I don’t want you to get Arkancided like poor Seth Rich. I don’t trust any reporting other than you and Sharyl Attkisson. BE CAREFUL and GREAT work!!!!

  16. Here’s the conservative “thought” on this: The Trump campaign did nothing wrong, but Hillary’s campaign paid a British spy to develop a bogus dossier. The FBI, which skews Republican, then decided to perjure themselves in front of a FISA court and get a FISA warrant on Page and maybe Trump. Although that bogus testimony would have put those agents in jail if it were discovered, the FBI and Obama administration then did nothing with the information they found on the wiretaps.

    See — all you have to do is suspend the laws of logic and invent a fable and it all makes sense!

    Slightly OT: this absurdly antiquated comment system is perfect for this laughable blog.

  17. I am so glad that this is getting closer to being over.the President and his family needs an ending. Our country deserves answers to all of this and jail time needs to be handed out for this. We have to restore our laws of right and wrong.

  18. Yes, I’m the one who’s not paying attention. Thank you for that insightful and not at all fact free response.

  19. SENATE JUDICIARY COMMITTEE INTERVIEW OF: GLENN SIMPSON
    Q. Do you know who paid for Mr. Steele’s trip to Rome to meet with the FBI?
    A. I have read recently that — I think in a letter from Senator Grassley that the FBI reimbursed the expense, but to be clear, I mean, that’s it. He was, to my knowledge, not been compensated for that work or any other work during this time.

    https://www.grassley.senate.gov/news/news-releases/senators-grassley-graham-refer-christopher-steele-criminal-investigation

    The attachment is Classified, but Mr. Simpson thinks he was reimbursed at a minimum for a plane trip to Rome from the FBI.

  20. In the article there is a quote from a senior US official.
    “I think an important question is whether the FBI payed anything to the source for the dossier.”

    That question is answered in the Glenn Simpson testimony. The FBI paid at minimum for a trip to Rome to Christopher Steele. If that is also the max they paid him then that is not so bad, but if they paid him more… that is another story.

  21. There is more evidence out there that the DNC was not a hack by the Russians and there is for that theory.

    In a memo to President Trump, a group of former U.S. intelligence officers, including NSA specialists, cite new forensic studies to challenge the claim of the key Jan. 6 “assessment” that Russia “hacked” Democratic emails last year.

    https://consortiumnews.com/2017/07/24/intel-vets-challenge-russia-hack-evidence/

    This was reported in multiple Left leaning magazines:

    https://www.thenation.com/article/a-new-report-raises-big-questions-about-last-years-dnc-hack/

    https://www.salon.com/2017/08/15/what-if-the-dnc-russian-hack-was-really-a-leak-after-all-a-new-report-raises-questions-media-and-democrats-would-rather-ignore/

  22. What evidence do you have that says the Trump camp colluded with Russia. Present me evidence and then I will become concerned… till then I will follow the facts.

    To save you some time here is the ODNI report. The only evidence the government has ever presented as evidence of Russian collusion.
    https://www.dni.gov/files/documents/ICA_2017_01.pdf

    This report is all the Russia collision evidence there is. It talks about facebook ad buys and being 80% confident. No evidence.

    In answer to your question. “Party before country?” No

    Can I ask you some questions? Did you know Hillary broke election law by not disclosing funding the dossier? Did you know Hillary laundered money through the DNC to get around the individual cap allowing the rich to donate way over the cap to her campaign? Did you know the FBI was more worried about people finding out about the Clinton/Lynch tarmac meeting than the possibility of it being a conflict to the credibility of their investigation into Clintons emails? Did you know that security was so lax that on her server that classified emails ended up on Anthony Weiner’s laptop?

    What about you… Party before country, right?

  23. Besides the fact that there’s no evidence that they did, why would that matter?

    Let’s start from the beginning: there’s no way a FISA court would issue a warrant based solely on unverified intelligence. Also, the evidence indicates that both the FISA warrant and investigation into Russian collusion started before the FBI took Steele seriously: nothing seems to have happened after the Rome meeting, and it wasn’t until the fall that the FBI really interviewed him.

    So there’s really only one question: how much of the dossier did the FBI verify? Steele himself said it was probably 70%-90% accurate, but Carter Page — who was the subject of a FISA warrant — confirmed its claims about him.

    But it’s interesting that so many people are completely indifferent to the fact — and it is a fact — that the Trump campaign repeatedly colluded with Russians, and repeatedly lied about it, sometimes under oath.

  24. Shortly after the Russians hacked the DNC and DCCC servers — and before that had been announced in the news — George Papadopolous told an Australian diplomat that the Russians had thousands of emails related to Clinton. How did he know that?

    The Trump Tower meeting was straight-up collusion: Fredo was told a representative of the Russian government had dirt on Hillary and he, Kushner, and Manafort met her. They repeatedly lied about the meeting, first denying it happened, then saying it was only about adoptions.

    Every American, regardless of party, should agree that’s both despicable and idiotic. They should have immediately gone to the FBI, not just because any American should do that, but also because it could have been a blackmail setup.

    After the election, Jared Kushner tried to set up a secret backchannel in the Russian embassy to hide communications from *American* intelligence agencies.

    And, of course, Sessions, Flynn, Page, and Papadopolous, ina ddition to Kushner, Manafort, and Trump Jr., have all repeatedly lied, sometimes under oath, about their meeting with Russians.

    They’re either guilty, or these are the stupidest people ever to disgrace the White House.

    Or both.

  25. Do you really think I’m going to trust a crappy blog over the CIA, FBI, NSA, virtually every Republican member of Congress, and Trump’s own intelligence people?

    And here’s the deal: even if the DNC — and DCCC — were not hacked (and they were) the fact still remains that the Trump campaign knew the Russians had dirt on Hillary and never went to the FBI.

    That’s not treason, but it’s not far off.

  26. You have yet to present any evidence of Russian collusion with Trump to win the election. There is hard fact that says the leak of emails was transferred at a speed that needed to be locally.

    I presented evidence Guccifer 2.0 was not who he said he was.
    I present evidence the FBI paid Steele but you deny that.

    The FISA court did use this as evidence to get a warrant to collect communications from a trump tower server. Was it the only evidence no. You bring up Papadopolise testimony. You ask, “How could he have known Russia has dirt on Hillary?” That is your quote. Hillary has been in politics how long? You think that over that period of time Hillary was so perfect that no one has dirt on Hillary. Let along knew that people had dirt on Hillary when her server was so leaky. The FBI even said it was probable the Russian had hacked her email. LOL

    Your only evidence is the belief that “there is no way Hillary would do that.” when in 8 hours of Testimony Glen Simpson chose to exercise his rights and not answer when asked if his client told him to release the memos to the media.

    Hillary is allowed to collude with foreign powers, the FBI, and the DOJ but we still have no evidence Russia colluded with Trump.

    But you are right we should start from the beginning. How did this whole Russian narrative start?

  27. Everyone knows that “Guccifer” was not who “he” said he was. it’s long been common knowledge that that’s a deceptive tag hiding the identities of a number of hackers.

    The transfer speed “evidence” was immediately dismissed for an obvious reason: those files were almost certainly copies to begin with. Did you really think *every* intelligence agency — including Trump’s hand-selected people — would miss something so obvious?

    And, in fact, I presented lots of evidence. Let me cut and paste: Shortly after the Russians hacked the DNC and DCCC servers — and before that had been announced in the news — George Papadopolous told an Australian diplomat that the Russians had thousands of emails related to Clinton. How did he know that?

    The Trump Tower meeting was straight-up collusion: Fredo was told a representative of the Russian government had dirt on Hillary and he, Kushner, and Manafort met her. They repeatedly lied about the meeting, first denying it happened, then saying it was only about adoptions.

    Every American, regardless of party, should agree that’s both despicable and idiotic. They should have immediately gone to the FBI, not just because any American should do that, but also because it could have been a blackmail setup.

    After the election, Jared Kushner tried to set up a secret backchannel in the Russian embassy to hide communications from *American* intelligence agencies.

    And, of course, Sessions, Flynn, Page, and Papadopolous, ina ddition to Kushner, Manafort, and Trump Jr., have all repeatedly lied, sometimes under oath, about their meeting with Russians.

    They’re either guilty, or these are the stupidest people ever to disgrace the White House.

  28. Still no evidence. You ask how did Papadopoulos know? A question… and then use it as evidence that Trump colluded. Quite the leap in logic.

    Was Papadopoulos at the Trump tower meeting? No, then we have no idea how Papadopoulos knew. Info on how Papadopoulos testimony was useful. It does not amount to any smoking gun though.

    https://www.bloomberg.com/news/articles/2017-10-31/papadopoulos-claimed-trump-campaign-approved-russia-meeting

    If we knew that information then that would be evidence. because he could have know through the FBI investigation?

    You state the DNC servers were hacked… but provide no evidence. Hillary stated that 17 intelligence agencies at first believed it was the Russians. Then that was deemed not true and only 3 agreed with that sentiment. FBI, CIA, and ODNI. The only one to release a report was the ODNI, and the FBI never verified the DNC servers were hacked. They relied on Crowd strike, a firm paid by Hillary. The NSA though is a different story. Ex NSA officials think it was a leak.

    https://lawandcrime.com/high-profile/bombshell-nsa-experts-say-dnc-hack-was-actually-a-leak-and-inside-job/

    And the Head of the NSA ran to Trump the day he was elected to let him know about the people violating his 4th amendment rights.

    But I want to back track to your points. You say that the meeting was treasonous and dirt on Hillary was obtained. Why was it never used then? What was this material that was leaked to the press that sunk her? If you think it was the DNC emails then you are not following the evidence and instead have an objective you are trying to validate. Assange states it was not the Russians. Guccifer 2.0 was fake.

    So, in your book it is ok, Hillary did not disclose working with foreign agents to dig up dirt on Trump and leak it to the public to try and sway the election. We have evidence of all that. Instead we should focus on finding a connection between Trump and Russia colluding to release dirt on Hillary that was never released and that has so far produced no evidence. LOL. Let Mueller keep spinning his wheels. MAGA.

    PS. Setting up back channels after the election has been done and is encouraged by most presidents. It keeps the lines of communication open in the event War is imminent. It prevents catastrophes.

  29. Still no evidence. You ask how did Papadopoulos know? A question… and then use it as evidence that Trump colluded. Quite the leap in logic.

    Was Papadopoulos at the Trump tower meeting? No, then we have no idea how Papadopoulos knew. Info on how Papadopoulos testimony was useful. It does not amount to any smoking gun though.

    https://www.bloomberg.com/news/articles/2017-10-31/papadopoulos-claimed-trump-campaign-approved-russia-meeting

    If we knew that information then that would be evidence. because he could have know through the FBI investigation?

    You state the DNC servers were hacked… but provide no evidence. Hillary stated that 17 intelligence agencies at first believed it was the Russians. Then that was deemed not true and only 3 agreed with that sentiment. FBI, CIA, and ODNI. The only one to release a report was the ODNI, and the FBI never verified the DNC servers were hacked. They relied on Crowd strike, a firm paid by Hillary. The NSA though is a different story. Ex NSA officials think it was a leak.

    https://lawandcrime.com/high-profile/bombshell-nsa-experts-say-dnc-hack-was-actually-a-leak-and-inside-job/

    And the Head of the NSA ran to Trump the day he was elected to let him know about the people violating his 4th amendment rights.

    But I want to back track to your points. You say that the meeting was treasonous and dirt on Hillary was obtained. Why was it never used then? What was this material that was leaked to the press that sunk her? If you think it was the DNC emails then you are not following the evidence and instead have an objective you are trying to validate. Assange states it was not the Russians. Guccifer 2.0 was fake.

    So, in your book it is ok, Hillary did not disclose working with foreign agents to dig up dirt on Trump and leak it to the public to try and sway the election. We have evidence of all that. Instead we should focus on finding a connection between Trump and Russia colluding to release dirt on Hillary that was never released and that has so far produced no evidence. LOL. Let Mueller keep spinning his wheels. MAGA.

    PS. Setting up back channels after the election has been done and is encouraged by most presidents. It keeps the lines of communication open in the event War is imminent. It prevents catastrophes.

  30. Still no evidence. You ask how did Papadopoulos know? A question… and then use it as evidence that Trump colluded. Quite the leap in logic.

    Was Papadopoulos at the Trump tower meeting? No, then we have no idea how Papadopoulos knew. Info on how Papadopoulos testimony was useful. It does not amount to any smoking gun though.

    https://www.bloomberg.com/news/articles/2017-10-31/papadopoulos-claimed-trump-campaign-approved-russia-meeting

    If we knew that information then that would be evidence. because he could have know through the FBI investigation?

    You state the DNC servers were hacked… but provide no evidence. Hillary stated that 17 intelligence agencies at first believed it was the Russians. Then that was deemed not true and only 3 agreed with that sentiment. FBI, CIA, and ODNI. The only one to release a report was the ODNI, and the FBI never verified the DNC servers were hacked. They relied on Crowd strike, a firm paid by Hillary. The NSA though is a different story. Ex NSA officials think it was a leak.

    https://lawandcrime.com/high-profile/bombshell-nsa-experts-say-dnc-hack-was-actually-a-leak-and-inside-job/

    And the Head of the NSA ran to Trump the day he was elected to let him know about the people violating his 4th amendment rights.

    But I want to back track to your points. You say that the meeting was treasonous and dirt on Hillary was obtained. Why was it never used then? What was this material that was leaked to the press that sunk her? If you think it was the DNC emails then you are not following the evidence and instead have an objective you are trying to validate. Assange states it was not the Russians. Guccifer 2.0 was fake.

    So, in your book it is ok, Hillary did not disclose working with foreign agents to dig up dirt on Trump and leak it to the public to try and sway the election. We have evidence of all that. Instead we should focus on finding a connection between Trump and Russia colluding to release dirt on Hillary that was never released and that has so far produced no evidence. LOL. Let Mueller keep spinning his wheels.

    PS. Setting up back channels after the election has been done and is encouraged by most presidents. It keeps the lines of communication open in the event War is imminent. It prevents catastrophes.

  31. Since the DNC refused to allow their servers to be examined by the FBI or FBI counterintelligence, it cannot be known whether the DNC was hacked or if hacked, by whom. Assessments by the CIA, FBI, NSA, and others all carry the caveat that those assessments are based on unverified determinations made by the private security firm CrowdStrike.

    It is known that John Podesta’s emails were not hacked by anyone. Podesta voluntarily turned his password over to unknown parties via a phishing scam. There was no hacking involved.

    And to date, there is no evidence, or even a suggestion that the Trump campaign “knew the Russians had dirt on Hillary and never went to the FBI.” All we know is that the Trump campaign was approached by people CLAIMING to be connected to the Kremlin and that those people CLAIMED that Russia had dirt on Hillary. We know that those CLAIMS turned out to FALSE. We know that George Papadopoulos went to meeting that was attended by someone CLAIMING to be Putin’s niece who had access to “Clinton’s emails,” but that CLAIM was FALSE. We know that Trump Jr. attended a meeting with Natalia Veselitskaya who CLAIMED to have “dirt on Hillary” but that CLAIM was FALSE.

  32. It’s well known that Fusion GPS (which Grassley referred to, not Steele) shopped the “dossier” around more than a year ago to The New York Times, the Washington Post, Yahoo News, The New Yorker and CNN before Buzzfeed finally published it.

    It’s also well known that Fusion GPS has been fighting tooth and nail through the courts to prevent congressional committees from obtaining documents needed to investigate Russian meddling in the election.

    Fusion GPS principles have repeatedly refused to answer questions posed by congressional committees by taking the 5th. In this latest testimony, Glenn Simpson refused to say whether Fusion GPS was paid to get criminal investigations launched against the targets of its opposition research.

    It’s also well known that Fusion GPS funneled money to Russian FSB operatives to get their cooperation in concocting the dossier to influence the U.S. presidential election. That is the “collusion” referred to.

    It seems DiTurno, that it is you who is lying and not Graham or Grassly.

  33. There is no evidence that certain allegations made about Carter Page in the “dossier” are true.

    In testimony before the House Intelligence Committee last November, Page denied meeting a Russian official, Igor Divyekin, that Steele’s dossier alleged he had “met secretly” with in July 2016. Steele’s document said Divyekin allegedly discussed a Russian dossier of “kompromat” on Hillary Clinton with him.

    Page also denied the dossier’s allegation that Page had a secret meeting with Russian President Vladimir Putin’s close associate Igor Sechin, the CEO of Russia’s state-owned oil company Rosneft, who is under U.S. sanctions.

  34. DiTurno: “George Papadopolous told an Australian diplomat that the Russians had thousands of emails related to Clinton. How did he know that?”

    Papadopoulos got that information from Joseph Mifsud, a professor who touted his close ties to Russian officials and told Papadopoulos in late April 2016 that he had learned on a trip to Moscow that the Russians had “dirt” on Hillary Clinton in the form of “thousands of emails.”

    DiTurno: “The Trump Tower meeting was straight-up collusion: Fredo was told a representative of the Russian government had dirt on Hillary and he, Kushner, and Manafort met her.”

    The meeting was with former Fusion GPS employee Natalia Veselnitskaya who brought a five-page talking points memo that presented Veselnitskaya’s case to repeal the Magnitsky Act to improve US-Russia relations, with a passing reference to allegations of fraud in Russia by a possible financer of Clinton’s campaign. The idea that the Clinton and Trump campaigns’ collection of opposition research from Fusion GPS’ Russian contacts is somehow “despicable” is ridiculous.

    DiTurno: “After the election, Jared Kushner tried to set up a secret backchannel in the Russian embassy to hide communications from American intelligence agencies.”

    At a public conference this past fall, then-CIA Director John Brennan led a discussion with intelligence service leaders from Britain, Afghanistan and Australia. The intelligence chiefs briefly touched on the role that intelligence back-channels play in facilitating dialogue between nations that might have difficulty discussing certain issues through overt diplomatic channels. As Brennan described, “It’s a balancing of openness, which, being here on this stage we are trying to engage with the public about our work. And at the same time, we have a responsibility to make sure we keep certain things secret, and using these very discreet, and secret intelligence channels, allows things to happen and to take place between governments that are out of the spotlight, that maybe the diplomatic realm is not able to have that same type of discretion.”

  35. The problem is two-fold. First, the FBI apparently did not verify the dossier allegations against Carter Page and, as the CNN reported, it is those unverified allegations against Page that were presented to the FISA court to justify the wiretapping of the Trump campaign. Second, Senator Lindsey Graham, who has inspected the relevant classified documents, indicated that the Justice Department used the dossier in its application without disclosing its partisan political genesis to the FISA court.

  36. Good investigative article, Sara!

    All of these covert actions through Secret Court Orders, reminds me of a parallel fiction movie called: “The Star Chamber”

    Synopsis: “Michael Douglas is Stephen Hardin, a young superior court judge in L.A. who’s frustrated with having to set guilty criminals free on technicalities. Hal Holbrook plays the older Judge Caulfield who initiates him into a group of judges who run an illegal secret court that reviews cases then votes to convict and sentence to death…”
    tvtropes.org/pmwiki/pmwiki.php/Film/TheStarChamber

    In this case with President Trump, it is “allegedly” the Criminal Politicians running the Secret Court; however, that will depend on what your definition of “IS” is. Fiction becomes reality?

  37. DiTurno, no collusion charges have been brought. After a year of intense, million dollar investigations. None. nothing. Nada.

  38. If the Trump tower meeting with the Russian lawyer is collusion in your view I would gather you consider her meeting with fusion before and after the Trump tower meeting collusion with the DNC and the Clinton campaign… I would also suspect you consider the Obama administration in collusion being they allowed her in the US…also strange that she was a speaker at the conference in Canada… the conference at which the Steele associate approached John Mcain about the dossier….all coicedence I suppose

  39. Kemald, your first sentence is objectively false. Here’s the DNI report: “We assess Russian President Vladimir Putin ordered an influence campaign in 2016 aimed at the US presidential election. Russia’s goals were to undermine public faith in the US democratic process, denigrate Secretary Clinton, and harm her electability and potential presidency. We further assess Putin and the Russian Government developed a clear preference for President-elect Trump. We have high confidence in these judgments.”

    There is no “caveat” about Crowdstrike. None.

    Your suggestion that “And to date, there is no evidence, or even a suggestion that the Trump campaign “knew the Russians had dirt on Hillary and never went to the FBI” is, frankly, idiotic. We know the Russians hacked the DNC. We know that Fredo, Kushner, and Manafort met with a woman they thought was a Russian agent to get dirt. We know Papadopolous was drunkenly bragging that the Russians had dirt.

    That’s not evidence? Come on.

    And here’s the think: even if those were only “claims,” the Trump campaign should have immediately gone to the FBI. They didn’t. They’re traitors, and you’re fine with that.

  40. Kemald, you have no idea what you’re talking about. This is a lie:

    “t’s also well known that Fusion GPS has been fighting tooth and nail through the courts to prevent congressional committees from obtaining documents needed to investigate Russian meddling in the election.”

    In fact, Grassley refused to release Simpson’s transcript, and Grassley has made it absolutely clear he has no interest in investigating Russian meddling. Instead, he is actively suppressing that investigation.

    This also is a lie:

    “It’s also well known that Fusion GPS funneled money to Russian FSB operatives to get their cooperation in concocting the dossier to influence the U.S. presidential election. That is the “collusion” referred to.

    Steele has explicitly said he paid no money to FSB.

    I love the word “concocting,” too. You should ask Carter Page if that was concocted.

    I get it: you’re a good little authoritarian and you’re fine with the fact that the Trump campaign colluded with a hostile foreign power.

  41. Kemal, you are never right about anything:

    “The House Intelligence Committee on Monday released the full transcript of the former Trump campaign adviser Carter Page’s testimony before the panel last week, portions of which support details in an explosive collection of memos outlining alleged collusion between the campaign and Moscow before the 2016 US election.

    Page revealed during his testimony that he met with members of Russia’s presidential administration and the head of investor relations at the Russian state-owned oil giant Rosneft during his trip to Moscow in July 2016.

    He also congratulated members of the Trump campaign’s foreign-policy team on July 14 for their “excellent work” on the “Ukraine amendment” — a reference to the Trump campaign’s decision to “intervene,” a representative previously told Business Insider, to water down a proposed amendment to the GOP’s Ukraine platform.”

    Hey, Justice Warrior, do you know what “collusion” means?

    No, you don’t.

  42. Kemal, seriously, this is clownish. Think through your claim about Mifsud: if he was the source of Papadopolous’ claim, that’s because the Russian government wanted the Trump campaign to know. That means that the Trump campaign, and almost certainly Trump himself, are traitors. So thanks for confirming that.

    Veselnitskaya was never a fusion GPS employee. So you really think she promised “dirt” on Hillary and then showed up with nothing but talking points at a meeting with Trump’s son, son-in-law, and campaign manager. Sure. And that’s why the Trump campaign — and Trump himself — repeatedly lied about the meeting — because it was a big nothingburger!

    Your quote from Brennan shows you have no idea what a backchannel is. Perhaps you should have read the rest of the article you were quoting from:

    “Given this professional judgment on Russia by the Director of National Intelligence, the notion that a senior transition team or White House official would either propose—or even be open to discussing—using Russian secure communications channels is, to the say the least, unsettling. It indicates that individuals who occupy senior positions in the White House considered putting into place a system that would give the Russians an intelligence collection advantage by bypassing the U.S. intelligence community.

    Did Kushner and Flynn realize that using Russian communications channels would either evade or appear to evade the U.S. intelligence community’s own foreign intelligence surveillance activities? It’s hard to believe they didn’t. Of course, it’s possible that the information they were going to share with the Russians wouldn’t have undermined the U.S. But if that’s the case—if they were just going to talk about Syria military de-confliction, or the future of counter-ISIS activities—why would they want to deliberately hide that from their own government? It is the role of the U.S. intelligence community, after all, to provide both tactical and strategic information to our own military and intelligence personnel who may be in harm’s way, as well as to our allies in the region.”

    This, obviously, would not have been a back-channel: Russian intelligence services and the Russian government would know all about it, but the American intelligence agencies would not.

    Why would Flynn and Kushner want to do that? There are two options: they’re idiots, or they’re criminals.

    Or both.

  43. Scarlet, two convictions for lying to the FBI about meeting with Russians in nada? Why would you lie to the FBI? I can think of two reasons: I committed a felony, or I was covering for someone who committed a felony.

    You know Trump hasn’t even been questioned — and that he’s said he might not agree to be questioned.

    Innocent people do that all the time, right?

  44. Dude, like I said, it depends on who you think the bad guys are.

    Even though the deeds of ‘good’ and ‘evil’ are opposites, reality and circumstance are the factors that will define what is right and wrong in the eyes of the beholder. E.g. two Countries go to war against each other, fighting in the name of God. Who is right and who is wrong?

  45. I would WARN HER, *strongly* that there’s a serious possibility she is being used by her SOURCE to dilute damage against the “small group” co-conspirators.Visit: ConservativeTreehouse.com

  46. “Deep state Clinton group” is a series of random words, like “socialist Benghazi server” or “neoliberal uranium Foundation.”

    I’ll make it really simple: Trump and his campaign colluded with a hostile foreign government in an attempt to win the election. They’re criminals and traitors.

  47. That’s literally gibberish. It sounds like a 3 am monologue from a stoned Philosophy major who’s too lazy to actually read anything.

  48. You work for Sinclair Media – who literally have a commercial agreement to promote Trump.

    And when this is all over, all you’re going to be remembered for, is being one of the useful idiots, who tried, in vain, to protect one of the most notorious criminals of the 21st century

  49. Both the CIA and FBI have testified, that they’re also investigating people within the “right wing media”, and GOP, who they think are “local actors”………..ie. working for Russia as well.

    When they say that, they probably mean guys like Sean Hannity and Devin Nunes. Guys who seem pretty desperate for Mueller to stop investigating

  50. Dan Bongino does a great job in this interview. Sara Carter, plays the role of controlled opposition. Carter shiftily helps Hillary Clinton deal with her “Dossier Problem“.

    Unfortunately, but not unpredictably, Sara Carter begins deploying deep state ‘countermeasures’ from her ‘sources’ that are telling her Fusion GPS, Christopher Steele and Hillary Clinton was hoodwinked by a comprehensive Russian disinformation campaign; carried out by professional Russian intelligence agents; who duped the Clinton Campaign into THINKING Trump was a proxy political agent of Russia.

    Ergo,… the ever patriotic Clinton campaign had no other option, except to do their civic duty, and inform the FBI of the Russian claims… and that led to the entire FBI operation investigating candidate Donald Trump. Thankfully, Donald Trump wasn’t a Russian spy.

    Well, there’s the trial balloon narrative from those at risk within the Deep State Clinton group, and there’s Sara Carter testing it out for them:

    https://theconservativetreehouse.com/2018/01/13/trial-balloon-sara-carter-and-dan-bongino-discuss-the-steele-dossier-and-the-doj-fbi-fisa-abuse/#more-144540

  51. “Hey guys, here’s a theory that makes no sense and is contradicted by all available evidence. What do you think?”

  52. 1. CNN reported nothing of the sort.
    2. Its “partisan political genesis” has nothing to do with whether its true.
    3. Chris Steele is not a partisan.

  53. DiTurno: Like it or not, the DNI’s assessment carries the caveat that it is based on unverified determinations made by CrowdStrike.

    “The FBI repeatedly stressed to DNC officials the necessity of obtaining direct access to servers and data, only to be rebuffed until well after the initial compromise had been mitigated,” a senior law enforcement official told CNN. “This left the FBI no choice but to rely upon a third party for information.”

    In testimony before the Senate Intelligence Committee James Comey said,”We’d always prefer to have access hands-on ourselves if that’s possible,” Comey said, noting that he didn’t know why the DNC rebuffed the FBI’s request.

    The bureau made “multiple requests at different levels,” according to Comey, but ultimately struck an agreement with the DNC that a private company would get access and share what it found with investigators.

    So we don’t know wether the DNC was hacked, or if it was, by whom.

    And again, you offer no evidence that anyone associated with the Trump campaign knew the Russians had “dirt.” Papadopoulos was told by Misfud the Russians had “dirt” and it looks like he believed it. He even told Alexander Downer that the Russians had some political dirt on Hillary.

    So Papadopoulos clearly didn’t know the Russians had dirt. He knew what he had been told by Misfud and maybe he believed it. But he certainly didn’t “know” the Russians had “dirt.”

    Likewise, we know that Trump Jr., Kushner, and Manafort were told that the Russians had political dirt on the Clinton campaign and met with Veselnitskaya to find out if that was true. They found out it was not true.

    And yes, I’m fine with Papadopoulos meeting with a Maltese academic with intimate knowledge of Russian foreign affairs as part of his efforts to set up diplomatic ties with Russia.

    And I’m fine with Trump Jr. meeting with former Fusion GPS employee Veselnitskaya to find out if there was anything to the claims—anything that would warrant involving law enforcement or the FBI, or anything that might constitute “opposition research.”

  54. “Company behind anti-Trump intel dossier asks court to block Congress from reviewing records” –The Washington Times–Friday, October 20, 2017:

    “Fusion GPS filed a complaint Friday in federal court to prevent its bank from turning over records subpoenaed by the House Permanent Select Committee on Intelligence.

    “Fusion, headed by former Wall Street Journal reporter Glenn Simpson, has resisted numerous efforts this week by congressional investigators to obtain more information about the dossier as they probe Russian interference in the 2016 presidential election and any possible coordination with members of the Trump campaign.

    “Company officials invoked the Fifth Amendment this week rather than testify on Capitol Hill about Fusion’s role in commissioning and compiling the dossier. The company has also refused to hand over certain documents to the Senate Judiciary Committee citing its First Amendment rights.

    “The general counsel for the House of Representatives filed a motion Saturday to intervene in the Fusion dispute, writing that ‘the key’ to answering a number of outstanding questions about the dossier lies with information held by Fusion.

    “Fusion GPS’ lawyers have asked the court to declare the subpoena “unauthorized, invalid, and not a legitimate legislative activity” and to enjoin the unnamed bank from releasing the company’s financial records to the committee.”

    You must’ve also missed the reports that Steele was paying Russians for their information and used intermediaries. Former acting CIA director and Hillary Clinton campaign surrogate Michael Morrell said that was discrediting to the dossier:

    ‘Then I asked myself, why did these guys provide this information, what was their motivation? And I subsequently learned that Steele paid them. That the intermediaries paid the sources and the intermediaries got the money from Christopher Steele. And that kind of worries me a little bit because if you’re paying somebody, particularly former [Russian Federal Security Service] officers, they are going to tell you truth and innuendo and rumor, and they’re going to call you up and say, ‘Hey, let’s have another meeting, I have more information for you,’ because they want to get paid some more,’ Morrell said.

    Yes, it was Carter Page who also claims the “dossier” was concocted and he vehemently denied its claims about him before the House Intelligence Panel. Page denied meeting a Russian official, Igor Divyekin, that Steele’s dossier alleged he had “met secretly” with that month. Page also denied the dossier’s claim that he met and discussed sanctions with Igor Sechin.

  55. Yes, Page testified that he met with the head of investor relations at the Russian state-owned oil giant Rosneft but denied the dossier’s claim that he met with Igor Sechin, the CEO of Russia’s state-owned oil company Rosneft. Page also attacked the dossier claim that he “secretly met” with Igor Divyekin.

    And yes, Carter Page did support the excellent work finalizing the anti-Russia “Ukraine amendment.”

  56. DiTurno: No, you are mistaken again. Washington Post, July 11, 2017:

    “Fusion GPS says … it did work on a lawsuit that involved Veselnitskaya for more than two years….

    “Fusion GPS has said that it was working for the law firm BakerHostetler, which was representing Prevezon, a Russian holding company based in Cyprus…. Veselnitskaya was Prevezon’s lawyer [at that time]. Fusion GPS started working on the case in 2013 and the case settled in May….”

    Fusion GPS had oversight of Veselnitskaya for two years.

    “Why would Flynn and Kushner want to do that? ”

    They knew there were leaks of conversations between Kislyak and Flynn and probably suspected that their own team had been wiretapped. They were correct. A Russian Embassy backchannel would cut out U.S. intelligence and thereby stop the leaks to the news media which would undoubtedly interfere with future negotiations with Russia.

  57. 1. CNN, April 17, 2017 – “FBI used dossier allegations to bolster Trump-Russia investigation”:

    “Washington (CNN) – The FBI last year used a dossier of allegations of Russian ties to Donald Trump’s campaign as part of the justification to win approval to secretly monitor a Trump associate, according to US officials briefed on the investigation….

    “This includes approval from the secret court that oversees the Foreign Intelligence Surveillance Act (FISA) to monitor the communications of Carter Page, two of the officials said.”

    2. Fusion GPS was paid by the Clinton campaign to hire Steele to conduct “opposition research.” In case you haven’t heard, the Clinton campaign is a partisan organization that was supported by the Democratic Party. That has a lot to do with the truth of the research.

    3. Steele was hired by Fusion GPS to conduct partisan “opposition research” for the Hillary Clinton Campaign.

  58. Tere were two FISA warrants against Carter Page, one issued after the FBI had gotten hold of parts of the dossier.

  59. Were the unlawful FISA “about” queries on Trump campaign conducted by Fusion GPS and/or intelligent agencies?
    The FISA court order found unlawful FISA ” about” queries were conducted on American citizens. The OIG report will show the names of the American citizens who were subject to the unlawful FISA “about” queries and if these queries were of Trump campaign members and the names of those who did the unlawful queries.

    The order also says the FISA database was unlawfully accessed by third parties who were not authorized to have access to the database. The order states the names of the third party contractors but their names are redacted. The OiG report will show who these third parties were and if these third parties were GP Fusion and Crowdsource – the DNC’s computer tech firm. The order also reflects these third parties unlawfully accessed the FISA database before Steel was hired for the Trump dossier.

    Everyone just hold on and let’s see what the OIG report says. The OiG report will also tell us whether these unlawful FISA searches were laundered to Steel to be included in Steel’s dossier and to give Steel’s dossier some semblance of credibility for a FISA warrant on the Trump campaign. This was the only way Trump campaign surveillance could be continued since the Court put an end to the unlawful FISA “about” queries by intelligence and third parties who had access to the FISA database.

  60. Thank you for that fact-free conspiracy theory.

    Let me know when your posts are actually based on something, you know, true.

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