The day we’ve been waiting for (and I’ve been predicting) for over a year now has finally arrived. Or at least the beginning of it.
Two weeks after a dozen Republicans publicly begged him to do so, PDT has ordered our abjectly corrupt Justice Department and FBI to immediately declassify key documents related to the FBI’s investigation on Russian collusion during the 2016 campaign– including text messages from Leakin’ James Comey and other top officials.
Here is the full statement from Sanders:
“At the request of a number of committees of Congress, and for reasons of transparency, the President has directed the Office of the Director of National Intelligence and the Department of Justice (including the FBI) to provide for the immediate declassification of the following materials: (1) pages 10-12 and 17-34 of the June 2017 application to the FISA court in the matter of Carter W. Page; (2) all FBI reports of interviews with Bruce G. Ohr prepared in connection with the Russia investigation; and (3) all FBI reports of interviews prepared in connection with all Carter Page FISA applications.
In addition, President Donald J. Trump has directed the Department of Justice (including the FBI) to publicly release all text messages relating to the Russia investigation, without redaction, of James Comey, Andrew McCabe, Peter Strzok, Lisa Page, and Bruce Ohr.”
Now that we’ve heard from the White House itself, let’s examine what’s coming out and what it could mean.
THE CARTER PAGE FISA APPLICATION
Among the documents ordered declassified are a handful of pages of the June 2017 application to the Foreign Intelligence Surveillance Court (FISC) to continue surveillance of Trump campaign aide Carter Page, which originally began in 2016.
The fact that he is declassifying the continuation of surveillance is very important here. The reason being, if you’re looking for corruption, the subsequent FISA applications to the original is where you’ll find it. Yes, the original is sure to be chocked full of lies, but the bureau’s prior history of monitoring Page and his Russian contacts gives them somewhat of a bailout. They’re able to say, “See, it wasn’t all about the dossier!”
Here’s the rub, though. In order to justify subsequent warrants, they had to demonstrate just cause in what they’d found already. I’ve scrubbed the living hell out of the information we have regarding Page thus far, and there is absolutely zero reason to believe their investigation was bearing actual fruit.
So, filling in the logical blanks here, we can deduce that whatever was submitted to the FISC as surveillance justification was likely a bunch of BS, and there’s a very good chance it was BS straight from the pages of the pee-pee dossier. If so, that means unverified information was used to unleash the surveillance state against a political foe. That’s a very big deal, and very illegal.
Additionally, and very wisely, PDT has ordered the declassification of all FBI reports of interviews prepared in connection with all surveillance applications of Page. In other words, not only are we going to learn what information was actually inserted into the FISA application to justify surveillance, we’re going to see what actual evidence, if any, was gathered to establish that information.
Here’s a nifty piece of info to find out: Did the FBI actually include any reports that relayed info from Page himself, CONSIDERING HE WAS ALWAYS AN OPEN BOOK TO THE FBI?
Bottom Line: As we’ve been saying for over a year and recently saw confirmed by Peter Strzok’s own words, the Page warrant was never about protecting national security, getting inside the huddle of the Russians or any of the other insultingly transparent excuses we’ve been offered repeatedly.
The Page warrant was established for the sole purpose of giving the PutinGate probe legitimacy, which is exactly why Strzok was sure to get word of the warrant out to media outlets as soon as possible. Page was a prime target because he’d been on the bureau’s radar previously, so they could claim “multiple layers of information” justifying the warrant. In reality, they’d known good and well for several years that Page was nothing close to a Russian double agent. But as Strzok himself said (paraphrasing), with the dossier being given legitimacy by the FISA court, they could use it as a pretext to “interview other people.”
The bottom line is the FBI had to fill in a lot of BS where legitimate intel should have been. And that’s why this particular declassification is important; so we can see exactly what BS they used. It could also provide insight into the central organizing principle of the probe as a whole, meaning we may be able to spot similarities in other actions and begin to unravel the whole darn thing, not to mention all the exculpatory evidence that was likely omitted from the application.
What a time to be alive!
Trump also ordered the declassification of all FBI reports of interviews DOJ official Bruce Ohr prepared in connection with the Russia investigation. Ohr, you’ll recall, had a close relationship with former British spook Christopher Steele, the author of the pee-pee dossier. Steele was hired by Fusion GPS, the same opposition research firm that Bruce Ohr’s wife, Nellie Ohr, was contracted by.
Ohr acted as the go-between for the bureau and Chris Steele. He was the conduit through which the pee-pee dossier flowed. Even when the bureau was forced to fire Steele for reaching out to the media – hypocrisy bordering on schizophrenia – they continued to communicate with him unofficially.
The firing of Steele was nothing more than window dressing. It didn’t slow down the operation one bit. And their continuance of the Ohr/Steele connection subsequent to his “firing” proves beyond a shadow of a doubt that this probe was never on the level.
The exposition of Ohr’s role in this whole corrupt saga has the potential to be very explosive. Ohr was critically important to the operation and the go-to guy for anything related to Christopher Steele. And as we’ve learned over the past couple years, Steele was at the center of everything, possibly (likely) even the overseas shenanigans in Britain.
Simply put, Ohr was where the rubber met the road in terms of the FBI’s relationship with the pee-pee dossier. Talk about knowing where the bodies are buried.
PDT also directed the Justice Department and FBI “to publicly release all text messages relating to the Russia investigation, without redaction,” of Comey and Ohr, as well as former FBI Deputy Director Deep State McCabe.
The text messages of Peter Strzok and Lisa Page were also ordered to be released without redaction (that should be fun!). As you all well know by now, the Strzok/Page texts are the gift that keeps on giving, much like the herpes Strzok likely contracted while cheating on his wife. More importantly, Strzok and Page were both part of the FBI’s investigation into Hillary’s illegal bathroom server, as well as the Russia investigation.
In fact, the Trump counterintel probe, or “Crossfire Hurricane,” was launched by a memo written by Strzok. And he wrote it at the same exact time he was ignoring over 700K Hillary emails that had been found on Spanky Weiner’s laptop. In one previously released text, Strzok expresses his determination to ditch the Hillary probe and get started on Trump because “that probe really matters.”
I hate to sound like a broken record here but this declassification item, too, has the potential to be very explosive. PDT gave us a hint today on Twitter of what may be inbound:
“Immediately after Comey’s firing Peter Strzok texted to his lover, Lisa Page ‘We need to Open the case we’ve been waiting on now while Andy (McCabe, also fired) is acting. Page answered, ‘We need to lock in (redacted). In a formal chargeable way. Soon.’ Wow, a conspiracy caught?”
Yes, Mr. President, that’s exactly what it is. Strzok is outright saying that they need to move the ball with the Trump probe while their deep state buddy McCabe is (was) the acting FBI director. Remember, it was “Andy’s office” in which they discussed their infamous “insurance policy” against candidate Trump. McCabe, whose actions are now the subject of a grand jury investigation, was clearly neck deep in everything going on, which makes it really hard to believe that Leakin’ James Comey wasn’t also in the loop. Not to mention the Obama White House, who were regularly enjoying the fruits of the bureau’s illegal surveillance (remember unmasking?).
But good news, we get Comey’s texts, too! I wouldn’t get my hopes up too high with that one, though, because as corrupt as Comey is, he’s not nearly as stupid as Strzok or Page. I can’t see him saying many incriminating things via FBI-issued phone.
It will be interesting to learn just who the 7th floor gang was looking to get “locked in” in a “formal chargeable way.” Could it be Mike Flynn, who was interviewed by Strzok and later charged with lying to the FBI about something that isn’t even a crime, which was discussing future anti-Israel UN votes with his Russian counterparts? Is it Paul Manafort, who was rolled up on foreign lobbying charges for which half of DC could be charged?
The person in question isn’t nearly as important as the action, which was to target a Trump associate for the purpose of giving the probe continued legitimacy as the “insurance policy” was carried out.
All in all, the declassification of these texts is bound to shine more light on what was going on behind the bureau’s closed doors for the last 2-3 years.
HOW LONG WILL THIS TAKE?
The process to declassify will likely not be immediate, as the documents still have to be examined by the Justice Department, FBI and Office of the Director of National Intelligence.
Here’s the thing about classified info — very little actual info is classified. Our primary concern is protecting the sources and methods from which our information is gathered. It’s common sense, really. The info itself isn’t as important as where it came from, because so long as the source is protected, information can keep coming in. Expose the sources and methods and the information pipeline is shut down.
That’s what will essentially be happening over the next days to weeks; scrubbing to ensure that sources and methods are protected.
Now, in a perfect world, where the FBI and DOJ weren’t proud members of the Swamp, this entire process could be completed inside a week, if not sooner. But it’s important to remember who we’re dealing with here. These people have been stonewalling ever since PDT took office and they don’t seem any more enthusiastic about coming clean now.
If you’ll recall, the bureau fought against the Nunes memo being released because of its potential “danger to national security,” which turned out to be complete bunk. So while I would love to tell you as a former intelligence professional that everything will be kept above-board and transparent, we’d be naive to expect such cooperation.
Remember folks, we’re ordering government institutions to reveal their own corruption. That on its face is a tricky proposition, to put it charitably.
The good news is, PDT or someone in his administration did their homework before putting out this declassification order. Notice how the pages of the FISA applications are specific, along with the names of the people whose texts we need to read and the subject involved. The Donald is hitting all the erogenous zones, ensuring that what’s released will be incriminating regardless of what tricks are played on the other end. In other words, they may try a redaction or two here and there, but there’s no way possible to make these items look better. The information that’s withheld will likely be easily attainable via context clues and information that can be found in other areas of the investigation.
The first item to be released will almost certainly be the Carter Page FISA application, as it’s the most specific and least voluminous search. I do foresee some big fights regarding redactions, though, as that type of document allows for a lot of “national security” cover.
Next will likely be any and all reports related to the Carter Page warrant, meaning the actual evidence they were using to continue surveillance, which should be interesting since it likely doesn’t exist.
The text messages are sure to take the longest of everything, if for no other reason than the sheer volume. We won’t even get into the fights that will undoubtedly happen to save the Swampers involved in this mess.
All in all, we should get everything by the midterms, but no one can put out an exact timeline because it doesn’t exist.
Make no mistake — this is an exciting time, but also a dangerous one.
We mustn’t lose sight of the fact that the Deep State is staring down the barrel of their worst nightmare: sunlight. These are cornered animals and we can’t expect them to go down without a fight.
Thankfully, Devin Nunes and the few other actually useful Republicans in Congress have done a great job of painting a picture over the last year, and now it’s more a matter of filling in the remaining blanks than exposing corruption. The corruption has been pretty well established, now it’s just a matter of details. It will be nice to have things in black and white, though, so coochie caps can no longer dismiss legitimate concerns as baseless speculation. Well, theoretically anyway. Cognitive dissonance always finds a way.
We need to be ready for the forthcoming narrative, which will be that PDT is “abusing his power” to derail an investigation into his own dealings. They’ll say he’s endangering national security, that he’s selectively leaking and that the poor little Justice Dept. is under attack by OMG LITERALLY NIXON.
Of course, this relies upon the ignorance of the American public, as it requires one to completely dismiss all the shady information that has been revealed since PDT took office. PDT absolutely has just cause to order this declassification; the only question was what took so long (he has reasons for his timing, #BelieveMe). But Dims learned a long time ago that the ignorance of their voting base springs eternal, so the risk is minimal.
Don’t rule out the possibility of government officials resigning in protest due to these supposed Nixonian moves, especially when it’s time to release the juicy stuff. Again, we’re asking the federal government to come clean about its own corruption. If you don’t expect shenanigans, you simply haven’t been paying attention.
One fact remains, though — the truth will come out. All the sound and fury of Ambien Schiff and his shameless deep state operatives won’t change that. They’ll muddy the waters, to be sure, but sunlight is inevitable.
In the words of Winston Churchill, as quoted on Twitter by James Comey:
“The truth is incontrovertible. Malice may attack it, ignorance may deride it, but in the end, there it is.”
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