From the illegal FISA abuse to the Russia Collusion false story⏤the Obama administrations total effort is:
THE CLOSEST THING WE’VE EVER SEEN TO A COUP IN AMERICA!
As the Department of Justice’s Inspector General’s Report on FISA (Foreign Intelligence Surveillance Act) is now in the hands of Attorney General William Barr, the U.S. Attorney Jessie Liu has recommended moving forward with criminal charges at this time, because of the magnitude and extent of the evidence, Andrew McCabe, James Comey will face criminal charges over FISA abuses.
Over the weekend House Minority Leader Kevin McCarthy (CA-R), promised that guilty parties will be held accountable after Justice Department Inspector General Michael Horowitz releases his report on the FBI’s alleged abuse of FISA in the Russia investigation, and in all likelihood that former bureau leaders James Comey and Andrew McCabe will face criminal charges after what he described as an attempted “coup” to take down President Trump.
Regarding McCabe, who is accused of lacking candor and leaking sensitive information to the media, McCarthy said, “We will see an indictment.” If you recall, Horowitz told Congress last year “the evidence is substantial” that McCabe “knowingly and intentionally” misled, i.e.; investigators.
McCarthy went on to say; “Here’s the number two with the FBI who was going after individuals, trying to prosecute them, believing that they have lied, when he’s lying himself,” McCarthy explained. “When law enforcement doesn’t uphold the law, when it tries to put their thumb on the scale — that, to me, is where we really have to stand for accountability.”
When asked if there will really be accountability, McCarthy promised, “Yes.” noting; “In the end, I do NOT believe Jim Comey will get off,” further stating; “America sees that the president was correct about firing this individual.”
While the IG, Mr. Horowitz does not hold Grand Jury authority or authorization, Attorney General Division does and the Attorney General will automatically turn the report over to that office, The IG’s FISA report address concerns with whether or not the FBI acted improperly in obtaining FISA warrants to monitor former Trump campaign adviser Carter Page in the early stages of their investigation of Russian election interference and possible Trump campaign connections. The Inspector General’s office has already turned over a draft of its findings to Attorney General Barr, with the final report expected in the coming days.
As everyone is aware, James Comey and Andrew McCabe, who were the Director and Deputy Director of the FBI when the Russia probe began, have been the subjects of separate IG investigations, and Representative McCarthy believes they will both face consequences.
“We will see an indictment,” he said of McCabe, who is facing the prospect of federal charges after Horowitz faulted him in a separate inquiry over statements he made during a Hillary Clinton-related investigation. Attorney General Jeff Sessions fired McCabe in March 2018 after the inspector general found he had repeatedly misstated his involvement in a leak to The Wall Street Journal regarding an FBI investigation into the Clinton Foundation. The review found that McCabe “lacked candor” when talking with investigators, but the former FBI official has denied wrongdoing. Again, U.S. Attorney Jessie Liu recommended charges against McCabe after the DOJ rejected his appeal.
While James Comey was chastised in the first portion of the Horowitz report that addressed how Comey improperly maintained records of his conversations with President Trump, and leaked sensitive information about the investigation of former National Security Adviser Michael Flynn. As you recall, while the report found that Comey violated department policy, the DOJ opted not to press charges. McCarthy believes that there will be more to come for Comey, as I have been saying as well and again this will all come down to the IG FISA Report.
Representative McCarthy said “Anyone that has had any association with trying to create this coup should be held accountable.”
After President Trump fired Comey in May 2017, McCabe became acting director of the FBI. As noted, McCabe’s tenure at the FBI came to an end in March 2018 when Sessions fired him in the wake of the IG report of his misstatements. The FBI, under Comey and McCabe’s leadership, misrepresented, i.e.; lied about critical information in applying for the FISA warrant for Page in October 2016 — and three subsequent renewals — and improperly relied on fraudulent, false, and unverified dossier compiled by former British spy Christopher Steele. Horowitz’s inspection team had questioned why the FBI considered Steele a credible source, and why the FBI seemed would accept and use news (media articles) reports to bolster Steele’s credibility.
In recent weeks, appealed the decision of the U.S. attorney for Washington all the way up to Jeffrey Rosen, the current Deputy Attorney General, but he rejected that request. McCabe’s legal team said they received an email from the Department of Justice which said, “The Department rejected your appeal of the United States Attorney’s Office’s decision in this matter. Any further inquiries should be directed to the United States Attorney’s Office.”
McCabe’s legal team then met with U.S. Attorney Liu in person to make an appeal not to move forward with any prosecution. They also met with Rosen again, in person, for the same reason. McCabe’s team also sent an “extensive” letter to Rosen following the meetings, laying out their reasoning against moving forward with a prosecution, according to the source.
Unfortunately, for McCabe and Comey, the IG report faulted McCabe for leaking information to then-Wall Street Journal reporter Devlin Barrett for an Oct. 30, 2016 story titled “FBI in Internal Feud Over Hillary Clinton Probe.” The story — written just days before the presidential election – focused on the FBI announcing the reopening of the Clinton investigation after finding thousands of her emails on a laptop belonging to former Democratic Rep. Anthony Weiner, who was married to Clinton aide Huma Abedin. The WSJ’s account of the call said a senior Justice Department official expressed displeasure to McCabe that FBI agents were still looking into the Clinton Foundation, and that McCabe had defended the agent’s authority to pursue the issue. That leak confirmed the existence of the probe, the report said, which Comey had up to that point refused to conduct, so he claimed, hence the investigation of Hillary Clinton’s Emails was covered-up in order to allow her to run for the presidency.
The IG report said that McCabe “lacked candor” in a conversation with Comey when he said he had not authorized the disclosure and didn’t know who had done so. The IG also found that he lacked candor when questioned by FBI agents on multiple occasions since that conversation. Of course, McCabe has denied any wrongdoing and said the inspector general’s conclusions relied on mischaracterizations and omissions, including of information favorable to McCabe.
Last month, McCabe sued the FBI and the Justice Department over his firing, arguing it was part of Trump’s plan to rid the bureau of leaders he perceived as disloyal to him. McCabe argued in his complaint that the two officials responsible for demoting and then firing McCabe — FBI Director Chris Wray and Sessions — created a pretext to force him out in accordance with the president’s wishes. Of course, the stated reason for the firing was that McCabe had misled investigators over his involvement in a news media leak, but McCabe says the real reason was “his refusal to pledge allegiance to a single man.”
Trump has repeatedly urged the Justice Department to investigate McCabe, Comey, Mueller and other law-enforcement officials involved in the investigation, accusing them of political bias and conflicts of interest.
While Attorney General William Barr has authorized several investigations into the origins of the Russia probe, McCabe would be the first senior official to face criminal charges. As we know from the first portion of the Horowitz IG report in August, the report harshly criticized Comey’s actions in sharing sensitive law enforcement information and leaking some classified information to his lawyer, but the DOJ declined to bring charges. Horowitz looked closely at the FBI leadership’s actions with the FISA Court during his latest investigation.
Enter Attorney John Durham
In addition to the Horowitz report on FISA abuse now expected to be released in the coming weeks, Attorney General Barr is also conducting his own investigation of the investigators with U.S. Attorney John Durham.
Indictments are coming! Whatever your political persuasion, be assured they are coming! Oh yes, the day of the coming reckoning is upon us. U.S. Attorney John Durham has already empaneled a grand jury. The three masked contractors who James Comey granted illegal NSA access to⏤will most likely be spilling their guts (thereby avoiding long prison terms) to implicate all those I’ve mentioned in both this article and others.
What must be understood by thoughtful people across the political spectrum is the light this investigation may shed on abuses of government surveillance that have occurred under the Obama administration. Abuse of power is what President Trump’s defenders are expecting John Durham will prove. They want him to delve into whether the government gave a secret FISA court sufficient background about the political origins of the infamous Steele dossier used to justify warrants for Trump campaign officials under the FISA Act. They also want Durham – following up an internal investigation by Department of Justice Inspector General Michael Horowitz — to investigate the FBI’s selection of investigators who, National Review reporter said; “lived in a toxic stew of anti-Trump bias.”
Further, and of extreme importance for me and what I have been wanting to see for over two-years is, who was directly involved in ordering the “Unmaskings,” remember that word. Attorney Durham must investigate the extent to which “unmaskings” was used by the Obama administration against its opposition and its critics. This term ‘unmasking’ refers to the identification of American citizens or residents who inadvertently get caught up in government surveillance of foreigners. FISA, out of concern for Fourth Amendment prohibitions against warrantless “searches and seizures,” was drafted to generally protect the identities of “U.S. persons” – citizens and residents of the United States.
Unmasking is supposed to occur only when an official deems it necessary to know the identity of the “U.S. person” in the call to understand the underlying intelligence. Short-lived National Security Adviser Michael Flynn and his controversial call with the Russian ambassador was one such American deemed to be an enemy of the state who netted by the U.S. government’s massive surveillance trawler, and exposed, deliberated by Obama henchmen.
Why, because Obama and company (Comey, Brennan, Clapper, etc.) Flynn’s prior behavior and contacts justified such tracking him – Brennan and Obama wanted him gone. And of course, the real question that I want to know (actually I already know) why of all people, did President Obama’s U.N. ambassador, Samantha Power, request more than 260 other unmaskings?
The other question that arises — is there any truth to President Trump’s assertion to The New York Times that Susan Rice, Obama’s national security adviser, broke the law in her unmasking of Trump’s associates?
Why did Obama’s intelligence agencies’ searches of names of U.S. citizens in surveillance databases explode from 9,500 in 2013, to 30,355 in the election year of 2016? Is there a reason for this growth?
Did Obama officials view the surveillance of foreign nationals as a backdoor to collecting the communications of U.S. political opponents? Was as Michael Doran noted, a former senior director of Obama’s White House National Security Council, correct when he said, “Somebody blew a hole in the wall between national security secrets and partisan politics”?
You say you want scalps? Brace yourself.