Well, here we go with more political soap opera, and soap opera it is. Following a report that the finger pointing of the former CIA-Islamic stooge John Brennan claiming it was former FBI Director James Comey that pushed the now debunked Steele dossier, the pages have turned and it’s Brennan who is under the gun as there are alleged email implicating Brennan as the one who pushed the fake dossier in the intelligence community (IC) report regarding the dossier.
First, here’s Fox News’ Catherine Herridge pointing to the first round of Comey/Brennan WWE.
According to the video description, “A former CIA official puts the blame on former FBI Director Comey after an email chain implicates former CIA Director Brennan.”
Yet, on Wednesday, Herridge claims that there is an email from fired FBI Director James Comey from December 2016 that indicates it was John Brennan who pushed the dossier to be included in the IC report.
Yet, an unnamed source inside the CIA claims it was Comey that included the dossier.
Yet, former South Carolina Congressmen Trey Gowdy spoke out on the issue in an interview with Marth MacCallum on Tuesday about what was going on.
MARHTA MACCALLUM, FOX NEWS: We begin tonight with Trey Gowdy. Former House Oversight Committee chairman, and now, a Fox News contributor. Trey, always good to see you. Thank you for being here tonight.
FMR. REP. TREY GOWDY (R-SC), FOX NEWS CONTRIBUTOR: Yes, ma’am. Yes, ma’am.
MACCALLUM: You know, I want to get actually first to the sound bite that we just played. You say that whoever is looking into this. In this case, it’s Mr. Durham, and I want to get your thoughts on that in a minute. But you say they should definitely look at the Brennan-Comey FBI e-mails in summer of 2016?
GOWDY: December of 2016.
MACCALLUM: December of 2016, thank you.
GOWDY: You know, over the weekend, Senator Graham is really, really exercised over the lack of corroboration of this dossier that was used in court filings. So, the question then becomes, was it unverified, uncorroborated when you used it? And then, when did you began to corroborate it?
And what I’m telling Mr. Durham, or whoever is going to look into this, I think you’ll see late in 2016. Well, after it had been used, it was still unverified. And the people responsible for we’re referring to it as unverified. And one of the other demanded that it be included in the intelligence assessment which then leaked, which then prompted the discussion you and I are having now publicly.
MACCALLUM: Yes, there is a statement that just came out this evening, that Catherine Herridge has been reporting, and I think we have that. We can put on the screen, but the gist of it is that, that Brennan — John Brennan is pushing back on all of this today.
So clearly, he knows that there is now another investigation into it. He heard, of course, Attorney General Barr, say that “I’m not just interested in the FBI, I’m also interested in the other agencies which, of course, would point sensibly at John Brennan who was the head of the CIA at the time.
So, the statement tonight, or the finding in the reporting of Catherine Herridge tonight says, that John Brennan says that he and James Clapper did not want to include the dossier. That it was James Comey, who insisted on including the dossier, as they were doing the investigation and also in the intelligence report that was presented to President Trump. What do you think about that, Tray?
GOWDY: I think that it’s one more place for Mr. Durham to start. That’s a pretty easy thing to sort out who insisted that the dossier or the unverified material from Chris Steele be included.
But Martha, sometimes, when you have two people and tell you having been in a courtroom, sometimes when two people are blaming each other, they’re both right — it’s both of them. And I think it’s interesting Brennan and Comey right now, the only thing they seemed this year is a hatred for Donald Trump. It’s going to be interesting if they begin to turn on one another.
I’ve seen the document, I’m not going to describe it any more than that. Comey has got a better argument than Brennan, based on what I’ve seen.
MACCALLUM: Well, that’s interesting. Comey-Brennan was talking about this, this afternoon on another cable channel. And he — you know, he’s very defensive, obviously, about the need for any further investigation here. And here is what he said about what they were — what they were doing, what they were looking into.
(BEGIN VIDEO CLIP)
JOHN BRENNAN, FORMER DIRECTOR, CENTRAL INTELLIGENCE AGENCY: I think they’re just trying to — you know, demonstrate that there was — you know, problems with what the Obama administration did as far as, as it pursued this investigation.
But as you point out, it went through a rigorous due process within the Department of Justice, the FBI. It was approved by the FISA Court. It went through all of those steps.
(END VIDEO CLIP)
MACCALLUM: You know, the other thing that they made — that they were emphatic about in that interview was that the FISA Court has an extremely high bar. They said there’s no way that they would have approved to any wiretap, any — you know, surveillance of Carter Page if they didn’t have that whole thing down cold.
They say they don’t just to prove these things willy-nilly. We’ve heard differently that they — that the bar is actually quite low for approving them. What do you say?
GOWDY: Well, the judges are not investigators, they’re only as good as the information presented to them, which is why you make the applicant swear out. You swear out an application. And when the FBI is telling you that this information has been verified, and when they’re telling you it’s been investigated, and it’s been corroborated.
The judge has to rely on that. They don’t get to go conduct their own separate investigations, which is why it’s really important to ask the FBI agents and Comey, if you verify this information before it’s used, which we know you did not. But if your position is you did, tell us how.
I’m seeing the spreadsheet, Martha. I have seen each factual assertion listed in that dossier, and then I’ve seen the FBI’s justification. And when you’re citing newspaper articles as corroboration for a factual assertion that you have made, you don’t need an FBI agent, you go do a Google search. And when the name Sidney Blumenthal is included as part of your corroboration, and you’re the world’s leading law enforcement agency, you have a problem.
And you can blame it on the FISA Court if you want to, but I hope Brennan is smart enough to know judges don’t investigate, they have to rely on the honest word of the people presenting it to them. And if that honest word is missing, then the judge is going to make the wrong decision.
MACCALLUM: All right, there’s another report tonight coming in from The New York Times, which suggests, you know, citing sources that are close to Mr. Durham or the Department of Justice or both. That this is just a review that he’s just going to look over the Mueller report, and he’s going to figure out whether or not there needs to be an investigation.
Now, my understanding, and I want to hear what you think about this, is that the reason that they — that the DOJ wanted to have a U.S. attorney look into this is because they actually have a prosecutorial power. They might be able to actually get to the bottom of this if there is indeed some sort of criminal behavior, and, you know, that’s way off at this point.
The other difference is that unlike in an Inspector General at an agency, they can look at people who used to work there. Not just people who work there. Is that accurate?
GOWDY: Yes ma’am, you put your finger. I’m a big Michael Horowitz fan, but you put your finger on the reason that many of us called for a second special counsel. A year ago, Horowitz doesn’t have access to the grand jury. He doesn’t have access to former employees. He’s a wonderful investigator, but he’s only as good as the tools he’s given.
Durham has access to a grand jury, and he has access to search warrants, and he has access to subpoenas, and he’s got access to any witness he wants to talk to. So, that’s your A-number one investigation.
GOWDY: But, you know, Horowitz is the one who found the Strzok-Page text, and Horowitz is the one who dinged Jim Comey for that press conference.
MACCALLUM: That’s right.
GOWDY: So, the more the merrier. I just — it’s been two years now. And I think the country would like to know from someone they can trust what was the factual predicate, not for the Russia investigation, but for the inter melding of the Russia investigation with the Trump campaign. Give us the factual predicate, and we’ll decide whether or not it was sufficient or not.
MACCALLUM: Trey, thank you very much. Trey Gowdy, good to see you tonight, sir.
GOWDY: Yes, ma’am. You, too.
Frankly, after all the years in office and a failure to bring any resolve, I don’t care much for Gowdy, but he makes some good points.
I think it’s clear though that all these people were involved in what went on and to get a rise out of the American people through a WWE Royal Rumble, we are against seeing how they play the “Bread and Circus” show for the political junkies who want their daily fix on this stuff while never quite seeing what they desire,… justice.
Art Moore points out:
Paul Sperry reported Wednesday for RealClearInvestigations that Durham’s investigation is an inter-agency effort, working closely with CIA Director Gina Haspel, Director of National Intelligence Dan Coats and FBI Director Christopher Wray regarding spying on the Trump campaign.
Sperry reported in December Brennan may have perjured himself when he testified to
Congress in May 2017 that the dossier was not included in the Intelligence Community Assessment.
“John Brennan did more than anyone to promulgate the dirty dossier,” an investigator told Sperry. “He politicized and effectively weaponized what was false intelligence against Trump.”
Michael Isikoff, whose reporting citing dossier author Christopher was used by the Obama administration in a circular fashion to verify the contents of the dossier, interviewed former FBI chief counsel James Baker on Wednesday.
Baker said senior FBI officials were concerned that Comey would appear to be blackmailing Trump when he briefed the then-president-elect on the salacious claim in the dossier that he had consorted with prostitutes in Moscow.
“We were quite worried about the Hoover analogies,” Baker said, referring to FBI Director James Edgar Hoover, “and we were determined not to have such a disaster happen on our watch.”
Baker told the Yahoo News podcast Skullduggery that he and Comey determined the bureau had an obligation to tell Trump of the uncorroborated allegations because “the press has it; it’s about to come out.”
It goes further.
Judicial Watch released Justice Department emails showing former Associate Deputy Attorney General Bruce Ohr and State Department official Kathleen Kavalec used Steele dossier material to target Trump after he won the 2016 election.
According to Judicial Watch:
Judicial Watch today released four pages of documents from the U.S. Department of Justice showing a conversation between former Deputy Assistant Secretary of State for the Bureau of European and Eurasian Affairs Kathleen Kavalec and former Associate Deputy Attorney General Bruce Ohr, discussing the targeting of Donald Trump with Steele dossier material.
In discussing a meeting with the potential source for a Mother Jones article accusing the Trump campaign of taking money from a Russian-American oil magnate, as well as Christopher Steele’s connection to that source, Kavalec emails Ohr citing the accusatory Mother Jones article. Ohr says, “I really hope we can get something going here.”
In a November 21, 2016, email exchange Kavalec thanks Bruce Ohr for “coming by” to discuss the work of the OCDETF (Organized Crime Drug Enforcement Task Force). Kavalec provides Ohr with links to Mother Jones and Open Secrets articles that suggest a Russian-American oil magnate gave money to Trump’s campaign. Ohr responds, “I really hope we can get something going here.… We will take another look at this.”
Kavalec then replies to Ohr, saying that she had just reviewed the notes from her October 2016 meeting with Steele stating, “I see Chris [Steele] said [Simon] Kukes has [sic] some connection to Serge Millian.” Millian is an Belarus-born businessman who was an alleged source for the anti-Trump dossier. He developed a relationship with Trump campaign aide George Papadopoulos in 2016.
Kavalec recently came to national attention when her notes from her October 11, 2016, meeting with Dossier author Steele were revealed. In her notes, Kavalec said Steele told her of “a technical/human operation run out of Moscow targeting the election.” In Kavalec’s notes, she disputes some of the details asserted by Steele—indicating these were both researched, and disproven. Kavalec reported her findings directly to the FBI.
“These documents are a shocking example of the Deep State plotting against President Trump – just weeks after he was elected,” said Judicial Watch President Tom Fitton. “There’s now no doubt that Bruce Ohr and the Obama State Department were working the Clinton gang to target President Trump.”
Well, yes, and while I am adamantly behind the fact that these were abusing power and violating law to spy on a presidential campaign, why are we not hearing the same kind of rhetoric and “up in arms” complaints over the federal government’s own unlawful spying on the American people of which we were warned by Edward Snowden and Wikileaks, which just so happens to be in the crosshairs of the current administration?
Smoke, mirrors, deflection and diversion.
Trust me, none of the people mentioned here will be doing a perp walk.
This is all to get the voter base riled up to vote in 2020, and it seems to be working because the American people have not yet figured out how they are being played.
Still, we know who deserves justice. The problem is in having someone with the resolve to stop talking, texting and tweeting about it and bring the resolve to actually dispense with justice.
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