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Michael Flynn breaks silence post-pardon with stirring remarks on 2020’s ‘war against the forces of evil’: ‘We must refuse to go to the funeral of our independence’

Gen. Michael Flynn, President Donald Trump’s former national security adviser, has broken his silence following his presidential pardon and said that he believes the country is in a “war against the forces of evil.”

In a remarks published in the Western Journal, Flynn insisted that the country must band together and refuse to “go to the funeral of our independence.”

His remarks come as the president and his supporters challenge the 2020 presidential election results in several states.

What are the details?

In his remarks, which were delivered on Saturday, Flynn said, “The battle we are engaged in cannot be fought with only human weapons: It requires the intervention of God because in a war against the forces of evil, only the Lord can obtain the victory.”

“[A]s American citizens, we must refuse to go to the funeral of our own independence,” he added. “We the people are proud to proclaim that the United States of America is ‘One Nation under God.'”

“In this public profession of faith in God, we recognize his Lordship over our country, and we proudly stand beneath the banner of Christ and our flag, in which millions have sacrificed their very lives for,” Flynn continued.

Flynn made the remarks from the steps of the Supreme Court in Washington, D.C., as thousands of demonstrators gathered and held pro-Trump signs in support of an ongoing challenge of the 2020 presidential election results.

Citing scripture, he pointed out that the Lord also said, “‘Whoever is not with me is against me.'”

“We do not want a world governed by tyrants whom no one has elected and who want to have power in order to destroy us,” he said. “We understand what their plan is: to eliminate dissent, subdue any criticism and outlaw those who do not submit unconditionally to the dictatorship of the ‘new world order.'”

“In this crucible moment of our time, we have to pray that truth triumphs over lies, justice triumphs over abuse and fraud, honesty triumphs over corruption,” the former national security adviser later added. “Our sacred honor triumphs over infamy.”

He also insisted that there are “still avenues” to secure a Trump re-election.

“[W]e’re fighting with faith, and we’re fighting with courage,” Flynn added.

Trump pardoned Flynn in November after Flynn pleaded guilty to lying to the FBI about contacts with a Russian envoy.

He later added, “The courts aren’t going to decide who the next president of the United States is going to be. ‘We the people’ decide.”

“[W]e’re only asking to show us a little transparency,” Flynn continued. “Why not recount? Why not look at the signatures? Why not look inside these [voting] machines? Why not? What are they afraid of? What are they hiding from? They’re hiding from something.”

Outright stating that fraud took place during the 2020 presidential election, Flynn insisted, “Our protest, our denunciation of electoral fraud is not only motivated by the fact that we are supporting Donald J. Trump as a candidate. It is above all a battle for justice and truth, which goes far beyond membership in a party or voting for a candidate.”

“Pray now that when the light shines in the coming days, it reveals the truth along with a new era of American patriotism,” he concluded.

The Electoral College is set to vote Monday on the results of the 2020 presidential election.

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Judge Sullivan finally dismisses case against Michael Flynn but is criticized for taking parting shots at DOJ

The D.C. judge presiding over the criminal case against former national security adviser Michael Flynn on Tuesday dismissed the case following President Donald Trump’s pardon of Flynn, making a point to emphasize that while the case is moot, the pardon does not mean Flynn is innocent of the charges.

In a 43-page opinion, U.S. District Judge Emmet G. Sullivan said that Flynn’s pardon “does not, standing alone, render [Mr. Flynn] innocent” of the charges that he lied to the FBI about his conversations with agents of the Russian government before Trump took office. He also said he likely would have denied the Department of Justice’s attempt to have the case dropped, which Attorney General William Barr pushed for after he found that the FBI had no valid reason to interview Flynn.

Sullivan’s opinion heavily criticized the Justice Department for making “pretextual” arguments to have the case against Flynn dismissed. He accused the “stated rationals” of the government of being “dubious.”

“President Trump’s decision to pardon Mr. Flynn is a political decision, not a legal one. Because the law recognizes the President’s political power to pardon, the appropriate course is to dismiss this case as moot,” Sullivan wrote.

He added that “the scope of the pardon is extraordinarily broad,” noting that it applies to “any and all possible offenses” with which Flynn might be charged in the future relating to special counsel Robert Mueller’s Russia investigation.

During the course of Mueller’s investigation, Flynn was interviewed by the FBI and later plead guilty to lying to investigators about his conversations with Russian Ambassador Sergey Kislyak on sanctions during the 2016 Trump transition. However, Flynn retracted his guilty plea and with the help of attorney Sidney Powell argued for his innocence by producing evidence that suggested he was unfairly targeted by the FBI.

Following the introduction of that evidence, the Department of Justice sought to have the case against Flynn dropped, but Judge Sullivan refused to grant the request. The case went back and forth from the District Court to the U.S. Court of Appeals until ultimately Sullivan was set to rule on the motion to dismiss. Before his ruling was completed, President Trump pardoned Flynn in November.

With the pardon complete, there is nothing for Sullivan to rule on, and so today he dismissed the case but not before blasting the government for seeking to have the case dismissed. He suggested that the executive branch’s view that the case should be dismissed may be “contrary to the public interest” and may have shown “favoritism” toward Flynn, noting that Trump was personally interested in the outcome of the case. He also brushed aside the DOJ’s argument that Flynn had a “faulty memory” and disregarded evidence that FBI investigators interviewed Flynn with the purpose of trying to “get him to lie,” which Flynn’s defense said shows how he was unfairly targeted.

With regard to Mr. Flynn’s alleged “faulty memory,” Mr. Flynn is not just anyone; he was the National Security Advisor to the President, clearly in a position of trust, who claimed that he forgot, within less than a month, that he personally asked for a favor from the Russian Ambassador that undermined the policy of the sitting President prior to the President-Elect taking office. With regard to the government’s concerns about the Assistant Director for Counter Intelligence’s contemplating the goal of the interview, an objective interpretation of the notes in their entirety does not call into question the legitimacy of the interview. Finally, and critically, under the terms of Mr. Flynn’s cooperation agreement, the government could have used his admissions at trial, see Plea Agreement, ECF No. 3 at 8 ¶ 11; but the government ignores this powerful evidence.

Reacting to Sullivan’s opinion, Sen. Tom Cotton (R-Ark.), one of Flynn’s most ardent defenders, slammed the “delusional ramblings of a Resistance lawyer affected with Trump Derangement Syndrome” and said Sullivan should be removed from the federal bench.

President Donald Trump congratulated Flynn after the case was dismissed.

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Michael Flynn: ‘I must have put the fear of God into Barack Obama’

Former national security advisor Mike Flynn took aim at former President Barack Obama. In his first television interview since his pardon, Flynn said he “must have put the fear of God into Barack Obama.”

President Donald Trump tapped Flynn to become his national security adviser on Nov. 18, 2016. Trump visited Obama on Nov. 10, 2016, where Obama allegedly warned the incoming POTUS about Flynn, according to Obama administration officials. Flynn previously worked under Obama as the head of the Defense Intelligence Agency from 2012 until 2014.

On Saturday, Flynn theorized as to why Obama would have sounded the alarm about him to the incoming administration.

“I must have put the fear of God into Barack Obama and still do because of this long four-year saga they put me, my family through, President Donald J. Trump, his family, and frankly the entire country,” Flynn told Fox News’ Jeanine Pirro. “One of these days, I’ll lay it out.”

Pirro pushed Flynn as to why Obama would issue a forewarning about him to Trump.

“When he chose me to be the national security advisor they knew that their little plan of spying on Donald Trump would fall apart and many other foreign policy blunders they got our country into, whether it was the Iran deal, issues going on in the Asian-pacific theater, trade, all sorts of issues that were in play that the last administration did to frankly run this country right into the ground,” Flynn said of his former boss.

“They knew those were the types of things I was aware of. Because let’s face it. Barack Obama appointed me twice. I was Senate confirmed twice during the time I was in the military,” Flynn retorted. “So, it’s amazing that would be what he would focus on during the transition for the United States of America. It’s outrageous, actually.”

Pirro asked Flynn about his former attorney Sidney Powell, who is currently challenging the results of the 2020 presidential election.

“I call Sidney Powell America’s guardian angel of justice,” Flynn stated. “Sidney Powell’s clients are the people of the United States of America. That’s who she is fighting for right now.”

“She has her teeth into Georgia, Arizona, Michigan, Wisconsin, and the stuff that she has laid out in her various filings, it is going to play out here,” Flynn continued.

“We have to stop all engines right now,” Flynn proclaimed. “All these governors and all these quote-unquote leaders of their states, they have to take responsibility and do something to stop what they are doing.”

Flynn advised, “Do not certify these elections and basically go back and do a far more detailed technical mail ballot and signature audit instead of just saying to the American people, ‘Hey, nothing to see here. We are just going to continue to move on to an inauguration.’ I’m sorry, that’s not what the American people want and they won’t stand for it.”

Last month, Flynn was granted a full pardon by Trump after the retired Army lieutenant general originally pleaded guilty in December 2017 to lying to the FBI over conversations that he had with a Russian envoy. Flynn later withdrew his guilty plea after Powell brought evidence suggesting that he was targeted. The Justice Department sought to drop Flynn’s case in May.

Flynn served as Trump’s national security adviser for 25 days before being dismissed over the allegations that he had lied to FBI agents.

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BREAKING: Michael Flynn granted full pardon by President Donald Trump

Former national security adviser Michael Flynn has been granted a full pardon by President Donald Trump, just in time for the holidays.

What are the details?

“It is my Great Honor to announce that General Michael T. Flynn has been granted a Full Pardon,” the president tweeted Wednesday afternoon. “Congratulations to @GenFlynn and his wonderful family, I know you will now have a truly fantastic Thanksgiving!”

The day before, Axios cited two sources who said the president had plans to pardon the retired Army lieutenant general, who was prosecuted under special counsel Robert Mueller’s investigation into Russian collusion.

Flynn originally pleaded guilty to lying to the FBI over conversations he had with a Russian envoy, but then withdrew his guilty plea and insisted on his innocence after obtaining a new legal team — led by attorney Sidney Powell — who produced a cache of evidence suggesting Flynn was targeted.

The Department of Justice then moved to drop the case, but presiding Judge Emmet Sullivan has refused to do so. Now, the case is over after years of court battles.

Prominent conservatives hailed the decision. Fox News host Sean Hannity tweeted in response to the news, “Happy Thanksgiving to General Flynn and the Flynn Family. The way this war hero and his family were treated by the Government of the US, the deep state, and democrats has been a repulsive injustice. After 4 years of hell, they can rebuild their lives. This can never happen again.”

Meanwhile, high-profile Democrats expressed outrage, with Rep. Adam Schiff (D-Calif.) — who led the impeachment proceedings against Trump — tweeting, “Donald Trump has repeatedly abused the pardon power to reward friends and protect those who covered up for him. This time he pardons Michael Flynn, who lied to hide his dealings with the Russians. It’s no surprise that Trump would go out as he came in — Crooked to the end.”

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President Trump plans to pardon Michael Flynn: Reports

President Donald Trump is planning to issue a pardon to his former national security adviser Michael Flynn, according to multiple reports.

What are the details?

Axios’ Jonathan Swan first reported in an exclusive story Tuesday night that the president “has told confidants he plans to pardon” Flynn, citing “two sources with direct knowledge of the discussions.” Swan added that sources also said “Flynn will be part of a series of pardons that Trump issues between now and when he leaves office.”

Flynn has spent years battling the government in court, exhausting his resources and even being forced to sell his home after becoming a target of special counsel Robert Mueller’s investigation into Russian collusion claims. The
Washington Examiner noted that Flynn “pleaded guilty in December 2017 to lying to FBI investigators about his December 2016 conversations with a Russian envoy.”

Flynn sought to withdraw his guilty plea and claimed his innocence after obtaining a new legal team led by attorney Sidney Powell, who uncovered a cache of exculpatory evidence, and the Department of Justice moved to drop its prosecution of the retired Army lieutenant general.

But Judge Emmet Sullivan, who is presiding over the case, has refused to let it go and continues his fight to carry through with prosecution.

The Examiner’s Daniel Chaitin tweeted after the Axios news story, “Fox News’s Gregg Jarrett says just now Michael Flynn ‘doesn’t want a pardon. He wanted full exoneration and the case dismissed.’ He goes on to say ‘it’s clear’ the presiding judge, Emmet Sullivan, is trying to run out the clock till Biden takes office and says Trump should pardon.”

Fox News also reportedly “confirmed” the president’s plans.

Anything else?

CNN cited three sources in reporting White House discussion of a possible Flynn pardon, adding, “However, those sources cautioned that Trump could change his mind about making such a move. There have been discussions about pardoning multiple people in the President’s orbit.”

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Top Obama adviser admits Biden talking with foreign leaders about plans

Former Vice President Joe Biden, whom the media has declared the president-elect, is reportedly already talking to foreign governments about his planned agenda as president.

According to Ben Rhodes, one of former President Barack Obama’s top foreign advisers and speechwriters, Biden has begun actively preparing his foreign policy agenda by talking to foreign leaders.

What did Rhodes say?

Speaking on MSNBC Monday, Rhodes said that no matter what legal challenges Trump’s team launches, none will stick, and Biden is already acting like the definite election winner.

“But here’s the thing. This is going to happen anyway,” Rhodes said of a presidential transition.

“The Trump people seem to be talking like they have some agency here. We’re going to have the pageantry already of the president-elect announcing his advisory board. He’s going to start announcing cabinet secretaries. The center of political gravity in this country and the world is shifting to Joe Biden,” he continued.

“Foreign leaders are already having phone calls with Joe Biden, talking about the agenda they’re going to pursue January 20th,” Rhodes admitted. “If that reality hasn’t sunk in yet for some people in the White House, it will sink in when they have to leave on January 20th. And they’re going to be in for a rude awakening here.”

What about the Logan Act?

Rhodes’ comments immediately generated allegations that Biden is potentially violating the Logan Act, the 18th-century law that criminalizes unauthorized communication with foreign governments by American citizens.

The law reads:

Any citizen of the United States, wherever he may be, who, without authority of the United States, directly or indirectly commences or carries on any correspondence or intercourse with any foreign government or any officer or agent thereof, with intent to influence the measures or conduct of any foreign government or of any officer or agent thereof, in relation to any disputes or controversies with the United States, or to defeat the measures of the United States, shall be fined under this title or imprisoned not more than three years, or both.

Americans are, of course, familiar with the Logan Act because Michael Flynn, Trump’s first national security adviser, was accused of violating the law during the Trump transition period when he engaged in discussions with then-Russian Ambassador Sergey Kislyak. That conversation came after the Obama administration imposed sanctions on Moscow for election interference.

Journalist Glenn Greenwald tweeted, “Obama Official Ben Rhodes Admits Biden Camp is Already Working With Foreign Leaders: Exactly What Michael Flynn Did.”

As a timeline of the Flynn incident outlines, Flynn’s alleged sin was not simply that he talked to officials from another government, but that he allegedly did so to potentially benefit himself due to his personal and business interests involving Turkey.

Still, as the Washington Post noted, incoming presidential officials customarily begin talking with foreign governments, for they will soon have to work with them as the official U.S. government apparatus. But Flynn’s seemingly commonplace communication was framed as if he had violated the Logan Act outright, as this Atlantic article implies.

Ultimately, Flynn was never charged with violating the Logan Act; he was criminally prosecuted for lying to FBI investigators.

But the irony should not be lost that, as TheBlaze reported, it was Biden who suggested in the final days of the Obama administration that investigators should use the Logan Act to go after Flynn.

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Michael Flynn wins: Federal appeals court rules district judge must drop charges against him

A federal court on Wednesday ordered U.S. District Court Judge Emmet Sullivan to immediately dismiss the criminal charges against Michael Flynn.

The ruling was a significant victory for the Justice Department, which took the unusual move last month to dismiss charges against Flynn, who had pleaded guilty to lying to FBI investigators.

Sullivan, however, refused to grant the Justice Department’s request, and instead sought to determine whether the request was politically motivated. Sullivan even took the highly unusual step of inviting outside counsel — former U.S. District Judge John Gleeson — to argue against the Justice Department.

Flynn’s legal team responded by asking the U.S. Circuit Court of Appeals for the District of Columbia to intervene, requesting the court force Sullivan to comply with the Justice Department’s request.

The appeals court, in a 2-1 ruling, sided with Flynn on Wednesday.

The court ruled that allowing Sullivan to examine the motive behind the Justice Department’s request would interfere with the constitutional separation of powers.

“In this case, the district court’s actions will result in specific harms to the exercise of the Executive Branch’s exclusive prosecutorial power,” Judge Neomi Rao wrote in the majority opinion. “The contemplated proceedings would likely require the Executive to reveal the internal deliberative process behind its exercise of prosecutorial discretion, interfering with the Article II charging authority.”

“If evidence comes to light calling into question the integrity or purpose of an underlying criminal investigation, the Executive Branch must have the authority to decide that further prosecution is not in the interest of justice,” Rao explained.

Judge Robert Wilkins dissented, saying his own court overstepped its boundaries.

“It is a great irony that, in finding the District Court to have exceeded its jurisdiction, this Court so grievously oversteps its own,” Wilkins wrote. “This appears to be the first time that we have issued a writ of mandamus to compel a district court to rule in a particular manner on a motion without first giving the lower court a reasonable opportunity to issue its own ruling.”

President Donald Trump celebrated the ruling.

“Great! Appeals Court Upholds Justice Departments Request To Drop Criminal Case Against General Michael Flynn!” he wrote on Twitter.

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Top FBI lawyer at center of Flynn scandal, who signed FISA warrants, reportedly ousted from job

FBI General Counsel Dana Boente, a central figure in the revived Michael Flynn scandal, has reportedly been ousted from his job.

FBI Director Christopher Wray asked for Boente’s resignation on Friday. However, the decision to oust Boente came from “high levels” in the Justice Department — not originally from Wray, according to NBC News.

Boente has come under increased scrutiny for his role in the Michael Flynn case following the Justice Department’s shock decision to drop prosecutorial action against Flynn, who had pleaded guilty to lying to the FBI.

Boente is also responsible for signing one of the FISA warrants renewing the FBI’s ability to conduct surveillance on Trump campaign associate Carter Page.

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Boente signed one of the warrants renewing the FBI’s authority to surveil [Carter Page]. The warrants, known as FISA warrants, were renewed several times and had to be approved by a judge.

Boente also said in a recently leaked memo that material put into the public record about Flynn was not exculpatory for the former national security advisor. The memo undermines the Justice Department’s latest position that material about Flynn was mishandled by prosecutors.

Wray picked Boente to serve as the FBI general counsel in January 2018. Boente has served at the Justice Department for 38 years, including a 9-day stint as attorney general in the early days of the Trump presidency.

“Few people have served so well in so many critical, high-level roles at the Department,” Wray said in a statement. “Throughout his long and distinguished career as a public servant, Dana has demonstrated a selfless determination to ensure that justice is always served on behalf of our citizens.”

Boente’s resignation will take effect on June 30.

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Judge at center of Michael Flynn case hires high-profile attorney to defend himself

United States District Judge Emmet Sullivan, who refused to immediately drop the charges against Michael Flynn at the request of the Justice Department, has now hired a high-profile attorney.

Sullivan has come under intense scrutiny in recent weeks for making several unusual decisions in the Flynn case.

First, after refusing the Justice Department’s request, Sullivan invited outside groups to file amicus curiae, or “friend of the court,” briefs. This was unusual because such petitions are typically only allowed in appellate courts and civil cases — not criminal cases.

Second, Sullivan tapped retired federal judge John Gleeson to both argue against the Justice Department and examine whether Flynn committed perjury for pleading guilty to lying to FBI agents.

In response, Flynn’s attorneys formally petitioned the U.S. Court of Appeals for the District of Columbia to force Sullivan to comply with the Justice Department’s request. On Thursday, the appellate court gave Sullivan just 10 days to justify his actions.

To defend himself, Sullivan has retained Beth Wilkinson, according to the Washington Post. She will be tasked with helping formulate Sullivan’s defense.

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Wilkinson, a go-to advocate for prominent officials snared in major Washington investigations and high-stakes legal battles, now joins the fray. Wilkinson represented Brett M. Kavanaugh when he was a Supreme Court Justice nominee and battling accusations he had sexually assaulted Christine Blasey Ford when they were both teens. Her firm also represented the lawyer and longtime confidant of Hillary Clinton amid an investigation into whether Clinton, then secretary of state, had mishandled classified information while trying to avoid using government emails.

Wilkinson is expected to file a brief within the week notifying the court that she is representing Sullivan.

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Appeals court to Flynn judge: Why haven’t you dismissed this case?

The federal judge presiding over the case against former national security adviser Michael Flynn has been ordered by an appeals court to justify his reasoning for refusing to dismiss the case, weeks after the Department of Justice asked that all charges against the retired lieutenant general be dropped.

What are the details?

A panel of three judges of the U.S. Court of Appeals for the District of Columbia Circuit issued an order on Thursday, demanding that U.S. Circuit Judge Emmet Sullivan file a response within ten days addressing Flynn’s petition asking the higher court to force Sullivan to honor the government’s request and drop the case.

The appeals court also offered the Department of Justice the same 10-day period to respond.

Politico reported that “the Appeals Court order is the latest twist in a remarkable series of events that have thrown the Flynn case into turmoil on the eve of his sentencing for pleading guilty to lying to the FBI.”

Last week, Judge Sullivan made an unusual move, himself. After refusing to immediately dismiss the case against Flynn, he issued an order naming a retired judge to argue against the DOJ’s request for dismissal, and to “address whether the Court should issue an Order to Show Cause why Mr. Flynn should not be held in criminal contempt for perjury.”

In response, Flynn’s attorney’s took the issue over Sullivan’s head to the D.C. Appeals Court, asking them to force Sullivan’s hand and to “reassign the case to another district judge as to any further proceedings.”

Following the order handed down to Sullivan by D.C. Circuit Judges Karen LeCraft Henderson, Robert Wilkins, and Neomi Rao, Flynn’s lead attorney, Sidney Powell, told The Washington Post, “Obviously the court is taking the issue very seriously, as it should.”

What’s the background?

Flynn was prosecuted as a result of the Mueller investigation that failed to find any collusion between the Trump campaign and Russia. The former national security adviser for President Donald Trump eventually pleaded guilty to lying to the FBI, but later retracted his guilty plea after obtaining new counsel.

The retired lieutenant general says he knew he was innocent all along, but agreed to plead guilty after authorities threatened to also prosecute his son. Recently released documents indicate Flynn was targeted by FBI agents who privately expressed their frustration over President Trump being elected.

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Michael Flynn asks appeals court to force judge to drop case against him

Attorneys for former national security adviser Michael Flynn have asked an appeals court to intervene and force the federal judge presiding over the case against him to drop the charges against the retired lieutenant general as the Department of Justice has requested.

What are the details?

CBS News reported that Flynn’s chief attorney, Sidney Powell, “filed a petition for a writ of mandamus with the U.S. Court of Appeals for the District of Columbia Circuit on Tuesday that would force U.S. District Judge Emmet Sullivan to approve the Justice Department’s motion” to dismiss the case against her client.

The filing reads, “Petitioner respectfully requests that this Court order the district court immediately to (1) grant the Justice Department’s Motion to Dismiss; (2) vacate its order appointing amicus curiae; and (3) reassign the case to another district judge as to any further proceedings.”

The DOJ requested on May 7 that the case against Flynn be dropped. But Judge Sullivan has thus far refused to honor the motion to dismiss, and even called on a retired judge to step in and “present arguments in opposition to the government’s motion to dismiss” and “address whether the Court should issue an Order to Show Cause why Mr. Flynn should not be held in criminal contempt for perjury.”

Flynn was prosecuted as a result of the Mueller investigation that failed to find any collusion between the Trump campaign and Russia. The retired lieutenant general maintains that he only pleaded guilty to the charges brought against him because the FBI threatened to prosecute his son. Recently-released documents show Flynn was targeted by the FBI and agents who spoke out against the election of President Donald Trump.

Powell lambasted Sullivan in her request to the higher court on Tuesday, writing that “the district judge in this case has abandoned any pretense of being an objective umpire—going too far as to suggest that a criminal defendant who succumbs to a coerced and unfair plea bargain should be prosecuted for contempt.”

She added, “In the midst of a national election season, with unprecedented acrimony on all sides of the civic debate, the district judge has dragged the court into the political hurricane—cementing the notion that judges are politicians in robes who use their authority to thwart what they consider the ‘corruption,’ ‘impropriety,’ and ‘improper political influence’ of another one of the political branches.”

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Ted Cruz helps clueless liberal commentator understand why Obamagate is such a massive scandal

Sen. Ted Cruz (R-Texas) took to Twitter Monday to explain in clear terms to a liberal commentator why the “Obamagate” scandal is such a huge deal.

Gabriel Sherman, an opinion writer for the left-wing magazine Vanity Fair, was apparently confused about what conservatives find to be unseemly about the Obama administration’s unmasking of American citizens, including retired Gen. Michael Flynn, in December 2016. Flynn, who was tapped to be President Donald Trump’s first national security adviser, was surveilled in conversation with former Russian Ambassador Sergey Kislyak.

“Serious questions for Trumpers,” Sherman wrote on Twitter last Friday. “What is the scandal of unmasking an American official caught on an intercept discussing US sanctions policy with Ambassador of a hostile foreign country that had just launched a massive cyber attack on our election?”

Sherman attempted to explain away the matter by suggesting that to unmask an American “caught” communicating with a foreign official of a hostile country is routine, even advisable. But the question frames the matter incorrectly.

Thankfully, Cruz was there to answer Sherman’s question to perfection:

“Uhh, he was the incoming National Security Advisor & a 3-star general. He’s SUPPOSED to discuss sanctions policy. That’s his job,” Cruz explained. “The unmasking was part of outgoing admin launching a massive sting operation to try to entrap him. Maybe this helps: imagine Bush doing same to Obama.”

The issue is not that Flynn was in conversations with Kislyak, as Cruz clarified, but rather that the surveillance and subsequent alleged perjury trap of Flynn appear to show an effort by the outgoing Obama administration to frame the incoming Trump administration for wrongdoing.

“Unmasking” is the action taken by national security officials to reveal the identity of an American citizen who is picked up in surveillance of foreign officials. While it’s true that “unmasking” is not an uncommon process, the compounding evidence surrounding the incident is what has drawn the attention of Trump supporters as well as Republicans in Congress.

Such compounding evidence includes the extremely long list of ex-Obama officials who requested the unmasking of Gen. Flynn — a list that includes former Vice President Joe Biden, former FBI Director James Comey, and former Director of National Intelligence James Clapper.

Furthermore, it’s odd that Obama officials were concerned about Flynn talking to Kislyak, since in early 2017, the State Department announced that it would help incoming Trump officials make contact with foreign officials.

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Flynn lawyer Sidney Powell hits back at Obama over his comments about her client’s case

Attorney Sidney Powell, who represents former national security adviser Michael Flynn, is hitting back after former President Barack Obama complained that the “rule of law is at risk” following the Department of Justice’s move to drop its charges against her client.

What are the details?

After the DOJ asked a judge last week to dismiss the case against Flynn, Obama reportedly told a group of former staffers: “The news over the last 24 hours I think has been somewhat downplayed—about the Justice Department dropping charges against Michael .Flynn.”

“And the fact that there is no precedent that anybody can find for someone who has been charged with perjury just getting off scot-free,” he continued. “That’s the kind of stuff where you being to get worried that basic—not just institutional norms—but our basic understanding of rule of law is at risk. And when you start moving in those directions, it can accelerate pretty quickly as we’ve seen in other places.”

Ms. Powell responded in an open letter to Obama on Wednesday, telling the former president his “statement is entirely false” and calling him out along with several officials from his administration.

The lawyer laid out seven points regarding Obama’s “failure to find precedent for Flynn dismissal,” correcting the former president by correctly noting that “General Flynn was not charged with perjury” before writing, “A perjury prosecution would have been appropriate and the Rule of Law applied if the Justice Department prosecuted your former FBI Deputy Director Andrew McCabe for his multiple lies under oath in an investigation of a leak on he knew he caused.”

She went on to remind Obama of actions carried out by his “‘wingman’ Eric holder” and several other administration officials, telling the former president, “the inability of anyone in your alumni association to find ‘anybody who has been charged [with anything] just getting off scot-free’ would be laughable were it not so pathetic.”

In closing, Powell wrote, “‘the ‘leaked’ comments from your alumni call further evinces your obsession with destroying a distinguished veteran of the United States Army who has defended the Constitution and this country ‘from all enemies, foreign and domestic,’ with the highest honor for thirty-three years. He and many others will continue to do so.”

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Judge considering holding Flynn in contempt, taps retired judge to argue against dismissal

The federal judge presiding over the case against Michael Flynn is now considering holding the former national security adviser to President Donald Trump in criminal contempt, and has appointed a retired judge to argue against the Department of Justice’s move to drop the case.

What are the details?

U.S. District Judge Emmet Sullivan issued an order Wednesday naming retired judge John Gleeson to “present arguments in opposition to the government’s motion to dismiss,” and to “address whether the Court should issue an Order to Show Cause why Mr. Flynn should not be held in criminal contempt for perjury.”

Politico reported that the second order was “apparently for [Flynn] declaring under oath at two different court proceedings that he was guilty of lying to the FBI, before he reversed course in January and claimed he had never lied.”

But recently-released documents from the investigation into Flynn show the retired lieutenant general was targeted by the FBI and agents who spoke out against the election of President Trump. Flynn maintains that he only pleaded guilty because the FBI threatened to prosecute his son.

Sullivan’s latest move further intensifies the politics surrounding the case.

Flynn was prosecuted as a result of the Mueller investigation that failed to find any collusion between the Trump campaign and Russia, and several Democrats cried foul and accused Attorney General William Barr of bending to pressure after the Department of Justice moved last week to have the case dismissed.

Meanwhile, Sullivan, a Clinton appointee, named Gleeson, another Clinton appointee, to step in and argue against the government’s position under a Republican administration. Earlier this week, Gleeson co-wrote an opinion for The Washington Post arguing that “the Flynn case isn’t over until the judge says it’s over.”


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Biden campaign aide excoriated for attacking respected journalist who reported Flynn ‘unmasking’ list

An aide representing the Joe Biden campaign online attacked CBS News Chief Investigative Correspondent Catherine Herridge on Wednesday, after the journalist reported the list of officials—which included Biden—who purportedly sought to “unmask” Gen. Michael Flynn during the Obama administration.

The attempt to smear Herridge did not go over well.

What are the details?

Herridge—an Ivy League-educated journalist who joined CBS News in November after a long tenure at Fox News—tweeted, “SCOOP: @CBSNews obtains @RichardGrenell notification to congress declassified ‘unmasking list’ Flynn between late 2016 and January 2017 – Read 3 pages provided by NSA here.”

The accompanying attachments showed that former Vice President Joe Biden was the last person named on the list “who may have received Lt. Gen. Flynn’s identity in response to a request processed between 8 November 2016 and 31 January 2017 to unmask an identity that had been generically referred to in an NSA foreign intelligence report.”

The date listed next to Mr. Biden’s name was Jan. 12, 2017, just days before President Donald Trump was inaugurated.

In reaction, the Biden campaign’s director of rapid response, Andrew Bates, replied, “SCOOP: Catherine Herridge is a partisan, rightwing hack who is a regular conduit for conservative media manipulation ploys because she agrees to publicize things before contacting the target to ask for comment.”

Pundits, journalists, and politicos across the spectrum roundly lambasted Bates for his attack, defending Herridge and letting the Biden aide know that Herridge has one of the best reputations in the business for delivering solid, fair, unbiased reporting. Several called on the Biden campaign to apologize.

Attorney Mark Zaid, who represented the whistleblower that spurred the impeachment of President Donald Trump, replied, “I’ve worked with @CBS_Herridge for many years & this isn’t true. It is also beneath the integrity of Biden campaign. You do not help your candidate by going maliciously low like Trump and his campaign. You should apologize and delete this tweet. Be better than this.”

Jake Tapper, anchor for left-leaning network CNN, tweeted, “Gross. Personal attacks on journalists for sharing facts is obnoxious and indecent. @JoeBiden approves this message?” Tapper went on to add, “not only does the Trump campaign do this regularly, the White House and the president do it as a matter of policy.”

Bates eventually deleted the tweet amid waves of backlash.

The Daily Caller‘s Henry Rodgers noted, “Looks like @AndrewBatesNC realized how awful his take was on REAL news and deleted this tweet. Good for you, bud! Still amazing you thought that was a good idea.”

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Joe Biden, James Comey, and Obama’s chief of staff on list of officials who requested to ‘unmask’ Michael Flynn

Former Vice President Joe Biden and other high-profile Obama administration officials were included on a list of people who may have requested to “unmask” Michael Flynn’s identity, which had previously been obscured in an NSA foreign intelligence report, Fox News reported.

Other officials on the list included former FBI Director James Comey, former CIA Director John Brennan, former Director of National Intelligence James Clapper, and former President Barack Obama’s then-chief of staff, Denis McDonough.

What does this mean? Flynn, former national security adviser to President Donald Trump, had his December 2016 calls with former Russian Ambassador Sergey Kislyak picked up in surveillance. The identity of U.S. citizens in such conversations are protected if their participation is incidental.

The NSA report referred to Flynn generically, not by name. However, certain national security officials have the ability to request that the identity of individuals in such reports be revealed; this is the “unmasking.” It’s not an uncommon process; according to Politico, there were nearly 8,000 different “unmasking” requests made last year.

The list declassified by current acting Director of National Intelligence Richard Grenell shows Obama administration officials who “may have received Lt. Gen. Flynn’s identity in response to a request processed between 8 November 2016 and 31 January 2017 to unmask an identity that had been generically referred to in an NSA foreign intelligence report.”

Grenell sent this list to GOP Sens. Chuck Grassley (Iowa) and Ron Johnson (Wis.), who have been actively looking into the origins of the Russia investigation for potential wrongdoing.

What are the implications? Flynn was fired in February 2017 after being caught lying to the FBI about his conversations with Kislyak. In December 2017, he pleaded guilty to lying to the FBI. Last week, however, the Justice Department moved to drop the charges against Flynn.

Handwritten FBI notes from the FBI agents who interviewed Flynn appeared to show them considering setting a perjury trap for Flynn, asking “What is our goal? Truth/Admission or to get him to lie, so we can prosecute him or get him fired?”

The list of Obama administration officials seeking to unmask Flynn in the last days of Obama’s presidency fuels accusations that they were targeting incoming Trump administration officials like Flynn.

Biden, the presumptive Democratic presidential nominee, will also have to answer for his involvement as the election season progresses. He stumbled over his answer on “Good Morning America” this week when asked about the investigation into Flynn, first saying he knew nothing about it, then backtracking and saying that he thought the question was about prosecution. Biden then said he was aware that “they asked for an investigation.”

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“OBAMAGATE!” Trump Tweets Tucker Carlson’s Crushing Breakdown Why The Former President Should Be Panicking

This article was originally published by Tyler Durden at ZeroHedge. 

Why is former President Obama calling forth all his defensive resources now?  Why did former national security advisor Susan Rice write her CYA letter?  Why have republicans in congress not been willing to investigate the true origins of political surveillance?  What is the reason for so much anger, desperation, and opposition from a variety of interests?

In a single word in a single tweet tonight, President Trump explained it perfectly – with help from Fox News’ Tucker Carlson’s detailed breakdown” “OBAMAGATE!”

As around 2:15 in the clip above, Carlson explains that then-president of the United States Barack Obama turned to the head of the FBI – the most powerful law enforcement official in America, and said: “Continue to secretly investigate my chief political rival so I can act against him.”

Comey’s response? “Yes, sir.”

Having watched that clip in detail, here is ‘sundance’ from TheConservativeTreehouse.com laying out the details surrounding political surveillance in the era of President Obama…

With the release of recent transcripts and the declassification of material from within the IG report, the Carter Page FISA, and Flynn documents showing FBI activity, there is a common misconception about why the intelligence apparatus began investigating the Trump campaign in the first place.  Why was Donald Trump considered a threat?

In this outline we hope to provide some fully cited deep source material that will explain the origin; and specifically why those inside the Intelligence Community began targeting Trump and using Confidential Human Sources against campaign officials.

During the time-frame of December 2015 through April 2016 the NSA database was being exploited by contractors within the intelligence community doing unauthorized searches.

On March 9, 2016, oversight personnel doing a review of FBI system access were alerted to thousands of unauthorized search queries of specific U.S. persons within the NSA database.

NSA Director Admiral Mike Rogers was made aware.

Subsequently, NSA Director Rogers initiated a full compliance review of the system to identify who was doing the searches; & what searches were being conducted.

On April 18, 2016, following the preliminary audit results, Director Rogers shut down all FBI contractor access to the database after he learned FISA-702 “about”(17) and “to/from”(16) search queries were being done without authorization. Thus begins the first discovery of a much bigger background story.

When you compile the timeline with the people involved; and the specific wording of the resulting review, which was then delivered to the FISA court; and overlay the activity that was taking place in the GOP primary; what we discover is a process where the metadata collected by the NSA was being searched for political opposition research and surveillance.

Additionally, tens-of-thousands of searches were identified by the FISA court as likely extending much further than the compliance review period: “while the government reports it is unable to provide a reliable estimate of the noncompliant queries since 2012, there is no apparent reason to believe the November 2015 [to] April 2016 period coincided with an unusually high error rate”.

In short, during the Obama administration, the NSA database was continually used to conduct surveillance. This is the critical point that leads to understanding the origin of “Spygate”, as it unfolded in the Spring and Summer of 2016.

It was the discovery of the database exploitation and the removal of access as a surveillance tool that created their initial problem. Here’s how we can tell.

Initially, in December 2015 there were 17 GOP candidates, and all needed to be researched.

However, when Donald Trump won New Hampshire, Nevada, and South Carolina the field was significantly whittled. Trump, Cruz, Rubio, Kasich, and Carson remained.

On Super Tuesday, March 2, 2016, Donald Trump won seven states (VT, AR, VA, GA, AL, TN, MA) it was then clear that Trump was the GOP frontrunner with momentum to become the presumptive nominee. On March 5th, Trump won Kentucky and Louisiana; and on March 8th Trump won Michigan, Mississippi, and Hawaii.

The next day, March 9th, NSA security alerts warned internal oversight personnel that something sketchy was going on.

This timing is not coincidental. As FISA Judge Rosemary Collyer later wrote in her report, “many of these non-compliant queries involved the use of the same identifiers over different date ranges.” Put another way: attributes belonging to a specific individual(s) were being targeted and queried, unlawfully. Given what was later discovered, it seems obvious the primary search target, over multiple date ranges, was Donald Trump.

There were tens-of-thousands of unauthorized search queries; and as Judge Collyer stated in her report, there is no reason to believe the 85% noncompliant rate was any different from the abuse of the NSA database going back to 2012.

As you will see below the NSA database was how political surveillance was being conducted during Obama’s second term in office. However, when the system was flagged, and when NSA Director Mike Rogers shut down “contractor” access to the system, the system users needed to develop another way to get access.

Mike Rogers shuts down access on April 18, 2016. On April 19, 2016, Fusion-GPS founder Glenn Simpson’s wife, Mary Jacoby visits the White House. Immediately thereafter, the DNC and Clinton campaign contract Fusion GPS… who then hired Christopher Steele.

Knowing it was federal “contractors”, outside government with access to the system, doing the unauthorized searches, the question becomes: who were the contractors?

The possibilities are quite vast. Essentially anyone the FBI or intelligence apparatus was using could have participated. Crowdstrike was a known FBI contractor; they were also contracted by the DNC. Shawn Henry was the former head of the FBI office in DC and is now the head of Crowdstrike; a rather dubious contractor for the government and a politically connected data security and forensic company. James Comey’s special friend Daniel Richman was an unpaid FBI “special employee” with security access to the database. Nellie Ohr began working for Fusion-GPS on the Trump project in November 2015 and she was a CIA contractor, and it’s entirely likely Glenn Simpson or people within his Fusion-GPS network were also contractors for the intelligence community.

Remember the Sharyl Attkisson computer intrusions? It’s all part of this same network; Attkisson even names Shawn Henry as a defendant in her ongoing lawsuit.

All of the aforementioned names, and so many more, held a political agenda in 2016.

It seems likely if the NSA flags were never triggered then the contracted system users would have continued exploiting the NSA database for political opposition research; which would then be funneled to the Clinton team. However, once the unauthorized flags were triggered, the system users (including those inside the official intelligence apparatus) needed to find another back-door to continue… Again, the timing becomes transparent.

Immediately after NSA flags were raised March 9th; the same intelligence agencies began using confidential human sources (CHS’s) to run into the Trump campaign. By activating intelligence assets like Joseph Mifsud and Stefan Halper the IC (CIA, FBI) and system users had now created an authorized way to continue the same political surveillance operations.

When Donald Trump hired Paul Manafort on March 28, 2016, it was a perfect scenario for those doing the surveillance. Manafort was a known entity to the FBI and was previously under investigation. Paul Manafort’s entry into the Trump orbit was perfect for Glenn Simpson to sell his prior research on Manafort as a Trump-Russia collusion script two weeks later.

The shift from “unauthorized exploitation of the NSA database” to legally authorized exploitation of the NSA database was now in place. This was how they continued political surveillance. This is the confluence of events that originated “Spygate”, or what officially blossomed into the FBI investigation known as “Crossfire Hurricane” on July 31.

If the NSA flags were never raised; and if Director Rogers had never initiated the compliance audit; and if the political contractors were never blocked from access to the database; they would never have needed to create a legal back-door, a justification to retain the surveillance. The political operatives/contractors would have just continued the targeted metadata exploitation.

Once they created the surveillance door, Fusion-GPS was then needed to get the FBI known commodity of Chris Steele activated as a pipeline. Into that pipeline, all system users pushed opposition research. However, one mistake from the NSA database extraction during an “about” query shows up as a New Yorker named Michael Cohen in Prague.

That misinterpreted data from a FISA-702 “about query” is then piped to Steele and turns up inside the dossier; it was the wrong Michael Cohen. It wasn’t Trump’s lawyer, it was an art dealer from New York City with the same name; the same “identifier”.

A DEEP DIVE – How Did It Work?

Start by reviewing the established record from the 99-page FISC opinion rendered by Presiding Judge Rosemary Collyer on April 26, 2017. Review the details within the FISC opinion.

I would strongly urge everyone to read the FISC report (full pdf below) because Judge Collyer outlines how the DOJ, which includes the FBI, had an “institutional lack of candor” in responses to the FISA court. In essence, the Obama administration was continually lying to the FISA court about their activity and the rate of fourth amendment violations for illegal searches and seizures of U.S. persons’ private information for multiple years.

Unfortunately, due to intelligence terminology, Judge Collyer’s brief and ruling is not an easy read for anyone unfamiliar with the FISA processes. That complexity also helps the media avoid discussing it, and as a result, most Americans have no idea the scale and scope of the Obama-era surveillance issues. So we’ll try to break down the language.

Top Secret FISA Court Order… by The Conservative Treehouse on Scribd:

For the sake of brevity and common understanding CTH will highlight the most pertinent segments showing just how systemic and troublesome the unlawful electronic surveillance was.

Early in 2016, NSA Director Admiral Mike Rogers was alerted of a significant uptick in FISA-702(17) “About” queries using the FBI/NSA database that holds all metadata records on every form of electronic communication.

The NSA compliance officer alerted Admiral Mike Rogers who then initiated a full compliance audit on/around March 9th, 2016, for the period of November 1st, 2015, through May 1st, 2016.

While the audit was ongoing, due to the severity of the results that were identified, Admiral Mike Rogers stopped anyone from using the 702(17) “about query” option and went to the extraordinary step of blocking all FBI contractor access to the database on April 18, 2016 (keep these dates in mind).

Here are some significant segments:

The key takeaway from these first paragraphs is how the search query results were exported from the NSA database to users who were not authorized to see the material. The FBI contractors were conducting searches and then removing, or ‘exporting’, the results. Later on, the FBI said all of the exported material was deleted.

Searching the highly classified NSA database is essentially a function of filling out search boxes to identify the user-initiated search parameter and get a return on the search result.

? FISA-702(16) is a search of the system returning a U.S. person (“702”); and the “16” is a check box to initiate a search based on “To and From“. Example, if you put in a date and a phone number and check “16” as the search parameter the user will get the returns on everything “To and From” that identified phone number for the specific date. Calls, texts, contacts etc. Including results for the inbound and outbound contacts.

? FISA-702(17) is a search of the system returning a U.S. person (702); and the “17” is a check box to initiate a search based on everything “About” the search qualifier. Example, if you put a date and a phone number and check “17” as the search parameter the user will get the returns of everything about that phone. Calls, texts, contacts, geolocation (or gps results), account information, user, service provider etc. As a result, 702(17) can actually be used to locate where the phone (and user) was located on a specific date or sequentially over a specific period of time which is simply a matter of changing the date parameters.

And that’s just from a phone number.

Search an ip address “about” and read all data into that server; put in an email address and gain everything about that account. Or use the electronic address of a GPS enabled vehicle (about) and you can withdraw more electronic data and monitor it in real-time. Search a credit card number and get everything about the account including what was purchased, where, when, etc. Search a bank account number, get everything about transactions and electronic records, etc. Just about anything and everything can be electronically searched; everything has an electronic ‘identifier’.

The search parameter is only limited by the originating field filled out. Names, places, numbers, addresses, etc. By using the “About” parameter there may be thousands or millions of returns. Imagine if you put “@realdonaldtrump” into the search parameter? You could extract all following accounts who interacted on Twitter, or Facebook, etc. You are only limited by your imagination and the scale of the electronic connectivity.

As you can see below, on March 9th, 2016, internal auditors noted the FBI was sharing “raw FISA information, including but not limited to Section 702-acquired information”.

In plain English, the raw search returns were being shared with unknown entities without any attempt to “minimize” or redact the results. The person(s) attached to the results were named and obvious. There was no effort to hide their identity or protect their 4th amendment rights of privacy, and database access was from the FBI network:

But what’s the scale here? This is where the story really lies.

Read this next excerpt carefully.

The operators were searching “U.S Persons”. The review of November 1, 2015, to May 1, 2016, showed “eighty-five percent of those queries” were unlawful or “noncompliant”.

85% !! “representing [redacted number]”.

We can tell from the space of the redaction the number of searches was between 10,000 and 99,999 [six digits]. If we take the middle number of 50,000 – a noncompliant rate of 85 percent means 42,500 unlawful searches out of 50,000.

The [six digits] amount (more than 10,000, less than 99,999), and 85% error rate, was captured in a six month period, November 2015 to April 2016.

Also, notice this very important quote: “many of these non-compliant queries involved the use of the same identifiers over different date ranges.” This tells us the system users were searching the same phone number, email address, electronic identifier, repeatedly over different dates.

Specific person(s) were being tracked/monitored.

Additionally, notice the last quote: “while the government reports it is unable to provide a reliable estimate of” these unlawful searches “since 2012, there is no apparent reason to believe November 2015 [to] April 2016 coincided with an unusually high error rate”.

That means the 85% unlawful FISA-702(16)(17) database abuse has likely been happening since 2012.

2012 is an important date in this database abuse because a network of specific interests is assembled that also shows up in 2016/2017:

  • Who was the 2012 FBI Director? Robert Mueller, who was selected by the FBI group to become a special prosecutor in 2017.
  • Who was Mueller’s chief-of-staff? Aaron Zebley, who became one of the lead lawyers on the Mueller special counsel.
  • Who was the 2012 CIA Director? John Brennan (remember the ouster of Gen Petraeus)
  • Who was ODNI? James Clapper.
  • Remember, the NSA is inside the Pentagon (Defense Dept) command structure. Who was Defense Secretary? Ash Carter

Who wanted NSA Director Mike Rogers fired in 2016? Brennan, Clapper, and Carter.

And finally, who wrote and signed-off-on the January 2017 Intelligence Community Assessment and then lied about the use of the Steele Dossier? The same John Brennan, and James Clapper along with James Comey.

Tens of thousands of searches over four years (since 2012), and 85% of them are illegal. The results were extracted for?…. (I believe this is all political opposition use, and I’ll explain why momentarily.)

OK, that’s the stunning scale; but who was involved?

Private contractors with access to “raw FISA information that went well beyond what was necessary to respond to FBI’s requests“:

And as noted, the contractor access was finally halted on April 18th, 2016.

[Coincidentally (or likely not), the wife of Fusion-GPS founder Glenn Simpson, Mary Jacoby, goes to the White House the very next day on April 19th, 2016.]

None of this is a conspiracy theory.

All of this is laid out inside this 99-page opinion from FISC Presiding Judge Rosemary Collyer who also noted that none of this FISA abuse was accidental in a footnote on page 87: “deliberate decisionmaking“:

This specific footnote, if declassified, could be a key. Note the phrase: “([redacted] access to FBI systems was the subject of an interagency memorandum of understanding entered into [redacted])”, this sentence has the potential to expose an internal decision; withheld from congress and the FISA court by the Obama administration; that outlines a process for access and distribution of surveillance data.

Note: “no notice of this practice was given to the FISC until 2016“, that is important.

Summary:

The FISA court identified and quantified tens-of-thousands of search queries of the NSA/FBI database using the FISA-702(16)(17) system. The database was repeatedly used by persons with contractor access who unlawfully searched and extracted the raw results without redacting the information and shared it with an unknown number of entities.

The outlined process certainly points toward a political spying and surveillance operation, and we are not the only one to think that’s what this system is being used for.

Back in 2017 when House Intelligence Committee Chairman Devin Nunes was working to reauthorize the FISA legislation, Nunes wrote a letter to ODNI Dan Coats about this specific issue:

SIDEBAR:

To solve the issue, well, actually attempt to ensure it never happened again, NSA Director Admiral Mike Rogers eventually took away the “About” query option permanently in 2017. NSA Director Rogers said the abuse was so inherent there was no way to stop it except to remove the process completely. [SEE HERE] Additionally, the NSA database operates as a function of the Pentagon, so the Trump administration went one step further. On his last day as NSA Director Admiral Mike Rogers -together with ODNI Dan Coats- put U.S. cyber-command, the database steward, fully into the U.S. military as a full combatant command. [SEE HERE] Unfortunately it didn’t work as shown by the 2018 FISC opinion rendered by FISC Judge James Boasberg [SEE HERE]

There is little doubt the FISA-702(16)(17) database system was used by Obama-era officials, from 2012 through April 2016, as a way to spy on their political opposition.

Quite simply there is no other intellectually honest explanation for the scale and volume of database abuse that was taking place, and keep in mind these searches were all ruled to be unlawful. Searches for repeated persons over a period of time that were not authorized.

When we reconcile what was taking place and who was involved, then the actions of the exact same principle participants take on a jaw-dropping amount of clarity.

All of the actions taken by CIA Director Brennan, FBI Director Comey, ODNI Clapper, and Defense Secretary Ashton Carter make sense. Including their effort to get NSA Director Mike Rogers fired.

Everything after March 9th, 2016, had a dual purpose: (1) done to cover up the weaponization of the FISA database. [Explained Here] Spygate, Russia-Gate, the Steele Dossier, and even the 2017 Intelligence Community Assessment (drawn from the dossier and signed by the above) were needed to create a cover-story and protect themselves from the discovery of this four-year weaponization, political surveillance and unlawful spying. Even the appointment of Robert Mueller as special counsel makes sense; he was FBI Director when this began. And (2) they needed to keep the surveillance going.

The beginning decision to use FISA(702) as domestic surveillance and political spy mechanism appears to have started in/around 2012. Perhaps sometime shortly before the 2012 presidential election and before John Brennan left the White House and moved to CIA. However, there was an earlier version of the data assembly that preceded this effort.

Political spying 1.0 was actually the weaponization of the IRS. This is where the term “Secret Research Project” originated as a description from the Obama team. It involved the U.S. Department of Justice under Eric Holder and the FBI under Robert Mueller. It never made sense why Eric Holder requested over 1 million tax records via CD ROM until overlaying the timeline of the FISA abuse:

The IRS sent the FBI “21 disks constituting a 1.1 million page database of information from 501(c)(4) tax exempt organizations, to the Federal Bureau of Investigation.” The transaction occurred in October 2010 (link)

Why disks? Why send a stack of DISKS to the DOJ and FBI when there’s a pre-existing financial crimes unit within the IRS. All of the evidence within this sketchy operation came directly to the surface in early spring 2012.

The IRS scandal was never really about the IRS, it was always about the DOJ asking the IRS for the database of information. That is why it was transparently a conflict when the same DOJ was tasked with investigating the DOJ/IRS scandal. Additionally, Obama sent his chief-of-staff Jack Lew to become Treasury Secretary; effectively placing an ally to oversee/cover-up any issues. Treasury Secretary Lew did just that.

Lesson Learned – It would appear the Obama administration learned a lesson from attempting to gather a large opposition research database operation inside a functioning organization large enough to have some good people that might blow the whistle.

The timeline reflects a few months after realizing the “Secret Research Project” was now worthless (June 2012), they focused more deliberately on a smaller network within the intelligence apparatus and began weaponizing the FBI/NSA database. If our hunch is correct, that is what will be visible in footnote #69:

How this all comes together in 2019/2020

Fusion GPS was not hired in April 2016 just to research Donald Trump. As shown in the evidence provided by the FISC, the intelligence community was already doing surveillance and spy operations. The Obama administration already knew everything about the Trump campaign and was monitoring everything by exploiting the FISA database.

However, after the NSA alerts in/around March 9th, 2016, and particularly after the April 18th shutdown of contractor access, the Obama intelligence community needed Fusion GPS to create a legal albeit ex post facto justification for the pre-existing surveillance and spy operations. Fusion GPS gave them that justification in the Steele Dossier.

That’s why the FBI small group, which later transitioned into the Mueller team, were so strongly committed to and defending the formation of the Steele Dossier and its dubious content.

The Steele Dossier, an outcome of the Fusion contract, contains three insurance policy purposes: (1) the cover-story and justification for the pre-existing surveillance operation (protect Obama); and (2) facilitate the FBI counterintelligence operation against the Trump campaign (assist Clinton); and (3) continue the operation with a special counsel (protect both).

An insurance policy would be needed. The Steele Dossier becomes the investigative virus the FBI wanted inside the system. To get the virus into official status, they used the FISA application as the delivery method and injected it into Carter Page. The FBI already knew Carter Page; essentially Carter Page was irrelevant, what they needed was the FISA warrant and the Dossier in the system {Go Deep}.

The Obama intelligence community needed Fusion GPS to give them a plausible justification for already existing surveillance and spy operations. Fusion-GPS gave them that justification and evidence for a FISA warrant with the Steele Dossier.

Ultimately that’s why the Steele Dossier was so important; without it, the FBI would not have a tool that Mueller needed to continue the investigation of President Trump. In essence by renewing the FISA application, despite them knowing the underlying dossier was junk, the FBI was keeping the surveillance gateway open for Team Mueller to exploit later on.

Additionally, without the Steele Dossier, the DOJ and FBI are naked with their FISA-702 abuse as outlined by John Ratcliffe.

Thankfully we know U.S. Attorney John Durham has talked to NSA Director Mike Rogers. In this video, Rogers explains how he was notified of what was happening and what he did after the notification.

After tonight’s tweets from President Trump, we should expect a full-court press from ‘the resistance’ to distract from the cracks appearing in the former President’s halo of invincibility…

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Trey Gowdy says he made a mistake ‘relying on the word of the FBI and the DOJ’ during Russian probe

Former Rep. Trey Gowdy (R-S.C.) on Monday explained comments he made defending the FBI in 2018 regarding the Russian probe, telling Fox News’s Tucker Carlson that his mistake at the time was “relying on the word of the FBI and the DOJ.”

What are the details?

During Carlson’s show, the host played a clip of Gowdy saying after an FBI briefing two years ago, “I am more convinced the FBI did exactly what my fellow citizens would want them to do when they got the information they got, and that it has nothing to do with Donald Trump.’

After the footage ran, Carlson told Gowdy, “I remember watching that and thinking, boy, I hope he is right.” The host then asked, “Do you still feel that way?”

“Oh gosh, no, no.” Gowdy replied. “I’ve made a lot of mistakes in life—relying on briefings and not insisting on the documents—it took me about three weeks, I went over the Department of Justice, I sat there for four hours.”

The former congressman said that was when he “saw for the very first time that it was the Trump campaign mentioned in that predicate document. They’d been telling us all along, ‘Trump’s not the target, the campaign’s not the target,’ so, yes, my mistake was relying on the word of the FBI and the DOJ and not insisting on the documents.” He added, “Luckily, it took me about three weeks to correct that mistake.”


Tucker presses Gowdy on his Russia investigation record

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Anything else?

Last week, Rep. Matt Gaetz (R-Fla.) attacked Gowdy over his comments from 2018, and for refusing to support an effort to subpoena Democrats back in 2017 when he had the power to defend Gen. Michael Flynn.

Gaetz told Fox News host Sean Hannity of Gowdy, ‘When he had control and could have run this to the ground in 2017, we didn’t send out one single subpoena, not one, and that’s a failure of our Republican leadership.”

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Report: Richard Grenell has declassified list of Obama officials who ‘unmasked’ Flynn

Acting Director of National Intelligence Richard Grenell has declassified a list of names purportedly containing the ex-Obama administration officials linked to the “unmasking” of Gen. Michael Flynn “in his conversations with the former Russian ambassador during the presidential transition,” ABC News first reported Monday.

What are the details?

ABC News cited an unnamed senior U.S. official who told the network that Grenell had the list with him during a visit to the Department of Justice during a visit last week.

The outlet noted that “Grenell’s visit came the same week that Attorney General William Barr moved to dismiss the criminal case against Flynn following his guilty plea for lying to the FBI about his conversations with [former Russian ambassador Sergey] Kislyak.”

The Daily Wire reported that a source informed them “that the list has already been declassified and now it’s on Attorney General William Barr to release the list.”

The Daily Caller explained:

Unmasking refers to a process where top U.S. officials can request information on American citizens picked up during electronic surveillance of foreigners. Flynn was unveiled as taking part in a Dec. 29, 2016 phone [call] with Sergey Kislyak, the Russian ambassador.

It is not illegal for U.S. officials to make unmasking requests. But the information on Flynn was leaked to The Washington Post, opening up the possibility that someone in the Obama administration illegally disclosed classified information.

Grenell became acting DNI in February, after serving for two years as the U.S. ambassador to Germany, a position he still holds.

Last week, he reportedly pushed for House Intelligence Committee Chairman Rep. Adam Schiff (D-Calif.) to release 6,000 pages of transcripts from his committee’s investigation into whether the Trump campaign colluded with Russia during the 2016 election.

The documents revealed that several Obama administration officials testified under oath that they did not find evidence of any such collusion, despite claiming otherwise to the press.

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Barack Obama pardoned a general who lied to the FBI in 2017. Now he’s saying the ‘rule of law is at risk’ over dropped Flynn charges.

Last Friday, former President Barack Obama complained that the “unprecedented” decision by the Department of Justice to drop charges against retired Gen. Michael Flynn put “the rule of law at risk” — only he must have forgotten about an eerily similar move he made at the end of his second term.

Obama blasted the move in a leaked phone conversation with former administration officials, arguing that “there is no precedent that anybody can find for someone who has been charged with perjury just getting off scot-free” in reference to Flynn’s updated situation.

But in 2017, the former president pardoned retired Marine Corps Gen. James Cartwright, who, like Flynn, had pleaded guilty to charges that he lied to FBI agents.

What are the details?

According to the New York Times, Cartwright, who served as vice chairman of the Joint Chiefs of Staff in Obama’s first term, was the president’s “favorite general” and a “key member of [his] national security team.”

Cartwright had been accused of leaking classified information about Iran’s nuclear weapons program and then lying to federal investigators who were looking into it.

Here’s more from the Times:

General Cartwright left government in 2011. The leak investigation that ensnared him began in June 2012, when David E. Sanger, a reporter for The New York Times, published a book, “Confront and Conceal,” and an article in The Times that described Operation Olympic Games, an American-Israeli covert effort to sabotage Iranian nuclear centrifuges with a computer virus. F.B.I. agents came to believe that General Cartwright had also been a source for a February 2012 Newsweek article that discussed cyberattacks against Iran.

But when F.B.I. agents interviewed the retired general about the book and articles, he initially lied about his discussions with the journalists, according to a government sentencing memo.

The memo said the agents showed the general emails that contradicted his account, and he passed out and was hospitalized. Several days later, when the interview resumed, he changed his account of the discussions.

Cartwright eventually agreed to a plea deal in which he admitted to misleading FBI agents but not to the unauthorized disclosure of information. His legal team was requesting one year of probation and 600 hours of community service while prosecutors were seeking a two-year prison sentence.

Of course, he was spared any such punishment due to his pardon.

What’s the background?

Flynn, President Donald Trump’s first national security adviser, had pleaded guilty to lying to the FBI but later attempted to withdraw the plea after being made aware of previously withheld evidence. Lawyers for the retired general argued that he had been “deliberately set up and framed by corrupt agents at the top of the FBI” in what amounted to a perjury trap.

Newly released documents from the investigation appear to show that federal agents unfairly targeted Flynn and even manipulated a key report in order to secure charges against him.

Yet despite that, Obama suggested that the dropped charges amount to “the kind of stuff where you begin to get worried that basic — not just institutional norms — but our basic understanding of rule of law is at risk.”

“When you start moving in those directions, it can accelerate pretty quickly as we’ve seen in other places,” he added.

One last thing: Adding fuel to the fire, Flynn’s lead attorney, Sidney Powell, made the stunning accusation Sunday that Obama himself was involved in the plot to frame her client.

(H/T: PJ Media)

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CNN’s Brian Stelter complains about ‘right-wing media’ covering Flynn case. Trump responds.

CNN media watchdog Brian Stelter complained Sunday that the “right-wing media” was giving too much coverage to the Michael Flynn story.

Last week’s news that the Justice Department was dropping its charges against Lt. Gen. Michael Flynn was very significant. After all, the media and Democrats spent years claiming President Donald Trump’s campaign and his associates colluded with Russia to undermine the 2016 election. They claimed that Flynn’s communication with Russian Ambassador Sergey Kislyak, and Flynn’s subsequent dishonesty to the FBI, was proof of the Trump-Russia conspiracy.

But according to Stelter, right-leaning media should not rigorously cover this news story, suggesting that doing so negates the seriousness of the pandemic.

“It’s so disappointing to look at what we’re seeing from right-wing media these days,” Stelter said Sunday. “Where there is such an obsession with the deep state and these revelations about the Russia probe, and the decision about Michael Flynn.”

“They’re treating the Michael Flynn story like it’s a bigger deal than the deaths of 2,000 Americans a day,” Stelter added.

Stelter went on to criticize Fox News’ “Fox & Friends” for asking the president about the Flynn case in a recent interview instead of focusing on the pandemic.

“In what right mind is any scandal, any political scandal, any Department of Justice story more important to ask the president about than the pandemic that’s raging?” Stelter asked. “Ultimately, that’s about news judgment, it’s about lack of judgment, but I find it befuddling that some people are acting like this death toll is just normal and accepted and common.”

In response, Trump said Stelter “is just a poor man’s lapdog for AT&T.”

AT&T owns CNN.

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DOJ spokesperson ‘very disappointed’ in Chuck Todd for ‘deceptive editing’ of Barr’s comments on Flynn case

A spokesperson for the Department of Justice accused Chuck Todd of deceptively editing a video clip of William Barr. Todd played a clip on “Meet the Press” that appeared to be purposely cut short to misinterpret Barr’s comments about the charges being dropped against former national security adviser Michael Flynn.

On Sunday morning, Todd played a clip from Barr’s recent interview with Catherine Herridge on CBS News. However, the clip played did not provide Barr’s full answer, which told a completely different story than the snippet given.

Herridge asked Barr, “When history looks back on this decision, how do you think it will be written?”

“Well, history is written by the winner. So it largely depends on who’s writing the history,” Barr replied.

After playing the short clip, Todd said, “I was struck, Peggy, by the cynicism of the answer. It’s a correct answer, but he’s the attorney general. He didn’t make the case that he was upholding the rule of law. He was almost admitting that, yeah, this is a political job.”

However, Barr’s full response to Herridge puts his answer in a completely different context.

“Well, history is written by the winner. So it largely depends on who’s writing the history,” Barr told Herridge. “But I think a fair history would say it was a good decision because it upheld the rule of law, it upheld the standards of the Department of Justice, and it undid what was an injustice.”

DOJ spokesperson Kerri Kupec wrote on Twitter:

Very disappointed by the deceptive editing/commentary by @ChuckTodd on @MeetThePress on AG Barr’s CBS interview. Compare the two transcripts below. Not only did the AG make the case in the VERY answer Chuck says he didn’t, he also did so multiple times throughout the interview.

Todd accused Barr of not mentioning anything about “the rule of law” when in reality, the attorney general literally said the ruling “upheld the rule of law.”


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Michael Flynn’s top lawyer makes stunning accusation about Obama’s involvement in Flynn case

Michael Flynn’s lead attorney, Sidney Powell, claimed on Fox News Sunday that former President Barack Obama was involved in the plot by the Justice Department and FBI to frame Flynn.

Speaking on “Sunday Morning Futures,” Powell explained how FBI agents “schemed” against Flynn.

“These agents specifically schemed and planned with each other how to not tip him off that he was even the person being investigated. In fact, according to Comey’s testimony that’s attached to the exhibits they filed in the motion to dismiss, they just simply said, ‘we’d like to send a couple agents by to talk to you,'” Powell said.

“And, of course, General Flynn said sure. And he saw them as allies. They encouraged him to stay that way. They deliberately did not tell him about [the federal statute about lying to federal agents] because they didn’t want to trigger the slightest suspicion in his mind that he was being investigated or should be concerned about anything,” she continued.

“So they kept him relaxed and unguarded deliberately as part of their effort to set him up and frame him,” Powell explained.

Recently released documents reveal that Obama knew about Flynn’s conversations with then-Russian Ambassador Sergey Kislyak before the FBI interviewed Flynn.

From Fox News:

According to recently released testimony, President Obama revealed during an Oval Office meeting weeks before the interview that he knew about Flynn’s phone call with Russian Ambassador Sergey Kislyak, apparently surprising then-Deputy Attorney General Sally Yates.

After the meeting, Obama asked Yates and then-FBI Director James Comey to “stay behind.” Obama “specified that he did not want any additional information on the matter, but was seeking information on whether the White House should be treating Flynn any differently, given the information.”

After the Jan. 5 meeting in the Oval Office, and after CNN and BuzzFeed reported on the unverified, salacious Trump dossier, Powell explained that then-senior FBI agent Peter Strzok texted then-FBI counterintelligence assistant director Bill Priestap that they should use the dossier story “as a pretext to go interview some people.”

“The whole thing was orchestrated and set up within the FBI, Clapper, Brennan, and in the Oval Office meeting that day with President Obama,” Powell said.

When show host Maria Bartiromo asked Powell if she believed Obama was directly involved, Powell replied, “Absolutely.”

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Liberal law professor punches back at Obama for claiming Flynn dismissal puts ‘the rule of law at risk’

Constitutional scholar Jonathan Turley hit back at former President Barack Obama on Saturday over his assertion that the “rule of law is at risk” after the Department of Justice dropped all charges against Michael Flynn.

Obama said on Friday, Yahoo News reported:

The news over the last 24 hours I think has been somewhat downplayed — about the Justice Department dropping charges against Michael Flynn.

And the fact that there is no precedent that anybody can find for someone who has been charged with perjury just getting off scot-free. That’s the kind of stuff where you begin to get worried that basic — not just institutional norms — but our basic understanding of rule of law is at risk. And when you start moving in those directions, it can accelerate pretty quickly as we’ve seen in other places.

According to Turley, a self-avowed liberal, Obama’s comments reveal how personally invested he was in the Flynn case.

“It is a curious statement. First and foremost, Flynn was not charged with perjury,” Turley began.

“Second, we now know Obama discussed charging Flynn under the Logan Act which has never been used successfully to convict anyone and is flagrantly unconstitutional,” he continued. “Third, this reaffirms reports that Obama was personally invested in this effort.”

But, according to Turley, there is precedent for the Justice Department’s sudden decision — and Obama should look no further than his own attorney general, Eric Holder.

“Finally, there is precedent,” Turley wrote. “There is a specific rule allowing for this motion under Federal Rule of Criminal Procedure 48(a). There are specific Supreme Court cases like Rinaldi v. United States addressing the standard for such dismissals.”

“The Justice Department has dismissed cases in the past including the Stevens case,” Turley explained. “That was requested by President Obama’s own Attorney General Eric Holder for the same reason: misconduct by prosecutors. It was done before the same judge, Judge Sullivan. How is that for precedent?”

“While people of good faith can certainly disagree on the wisdom or basis for the Flynn motion, it is simply untrue if President Obama is claiming that there is no precedent or legal authority for the motion,” Turley wrote on his website.

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