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Bombshell Report: Obama Admin Attempted To Take Over FBI’s Investigation into Trump
Do you remember when Obama said there were no scandals while he was in office? It seems like each and every day we are learning more and more about what kind of man Obama really was, and it's far from what liberals love to claim.
Oh, Peter Strzok and Lisa Page, you rogue FBI lovebirds. You are the swampy gift that keeps on giving.
Sure, Page may have left the FBI and Strzok may be buried in the depths of its HR department over their anti-Trump text message spree. However, every few weeks — like clockwork — their electronic history seems to pop up in the news and throw even further doubt on the multifarious federal investigations that swarmed around the 2016 presidential election.
The latest muddiness comes from a series of text messages sent in early August of 2016 which indicate that the Obama administration was trying to take over the FBI’s investigation into alleged links between low-level Trump campaign staffers and Russia.
While anyone could probably guess the administration was involved at some level, even Strzok and Page seem troubled by the administration’s willingness to hone in on the bureau’s territory.
The messages were also revealed as part of a longer report by The Hill’s John Solomon which detailed an unsettling pattern of an FBI that may have violated its own rules in regard to contacts with informants during the Trump investigation, and which hasn’t been completely forthcoming about the timeline of the probe.
First, the messages. On Aug. 3, 2016, as the Russian probe was ramping up and the Hillary Clinton email investigation was closing up shop, Page texted Strzok: “We’re not going to withstand the pressure soon.” Texts soon revealed the two believed that other political actors — including the Department of Justice, the Obama White House and the CIA — were looking to meddle in the investigation.
“This is MUCH more tasty for one of those DOJ aholes to leak,” Strzok said during a conversation regarding how long they could delay a bureau meeting with the CIA over the Trump investigation in order to “not play into the agency’s BS game.”
“‘We’re not going to withstand the pressure soon,’ FBI lawyer Page texted fellow agent Peter Strzok on Aug. 3, 2016, days after Strzok opened the official probe and returned from a trip to London. At the time, they were dealing with simultaneous challenges: the wrap-up of the Hillary Clinton email scandal and the start of the Russia-Trump probe,” Solomon explained.
Solomon wrote that the two then discussed, albeit in vague terms, meddling from the Obama administration.
“They voiced alarm when an FBI colleague — ‘Liz’ — suggested the Obama White House was about to hijack the investigation,” Solomon wrote. “‘Went well, best we could have expected,’ Strzok texted Page after an Aug. 5, 2016, meeting. ‘Other than Liz quote “the White House is running this.” Page then texted to assure Strzok of a paper trail showing the FBI in charge: ‘We got emails that say otherwise.’”
“The next day, they went into further detail about their White House concerns,” Solomon continued. “‘So maybe not the best national security president, but a genuinely good and decent human being,’ Page texted Strzok, referencing former President Obama. Strzok replied: ‘Yeah, I like him. Just not a fan of the weakness globally. Was thinking about what the administration will be willing to do re Russia.’”
The text messages are part of new allegations that the FBI investigation into Trump began earlier than initially expected.
Solomon claimed sources say the probe began in the spring of 2016 in London, “where foreign figures contacted Trump campaign advisers and provided the FBI with hearsay allegations of Trump-Russia collusion, bureau documents and interviews of government insiders reveal. These contacts in spring 2016 — some from trusted intelligence sources, others from Hillary Clinton supporters — occurred well before FBI headquarters authorized an official counterintelligence investigation on July 31, 2016.”
Former FBI agent Kevin Brock said that he “sees oddities” in how the investigation was started, according to Solomon — namely, the fact that it was run centrally from the beginning as opposed to in a field office.
“These types of investigations aren’t normally run by assistant directors and deputy directors at headquarters,” Brock said.
“All that happens normally in a field office, but that isn’t the case here and so it becomes a red flag. Congress would have legitimate oversight interests in the conditions and timing of the targeting of a confidential human source against a U.S. person.”
And as you may have guessed, Congress is interested.
“The revelation of purposeful contact initiated by alleged confidential human sources prior to any FBI investigation is troublesome,” said Rep. Mark Meadows, a North Carolina Republican.
Meadows has been a longtime ally of the president and, as Solomon noted, the “chairman of a House subcommittee that’s taking an increasingly aggressive oversight role in the scandal.”
“This new information begs the questions: Who were the informants working for, who were they reporting to and why has the (Department of Justice) and FBI gone to such great lengths to hide these contacts?” Meadow said.
Rep. Meadows raises a lot of interesting questions here. The FBI and DOJ are going to absurd lengths to protect the informants they used in the investigation, usually under some version of the guise that revealing them would violate the “norms” of FBI investigations.
The problem with that logic is that we have plenty of evidence that the norms have already been violated. Contact with human sources before an official investigation was opened, the centralization of the investigation at the highest levels from the start and alleged meddling by the White House may not seem huge in isolation (although that last one is pretty big), but they form part of an already established pattern in which the FBI and DOJ flagrantly disregarded their own rules and norms to chase after a Trump-Russia connection — a connection that doesn’t appear to actually be there.
This isn’t like the movies, where the FBI can be like the cop who doesn’t play by the book and nabs the rich cocaine dealer in a warehouse battle — eventually earning the respect of the angry captain who, at the beginning of the third act, was screaming “your gun, your badge, now!” in the precinct locker room.
Aside from the fact that it doesn’t actually look like they have a guilty suspect, the FBI now faces questions ranging from whether the Obama White House meddled in the investigation to credible allegations they had moles inside the Trump campaign.
In other words, sorry, Axel Foley. It’s well past time for you to turn over your notes to internal affairs. And, when it comes to your friend Strzok — well, your gun, your badge, now.
The unemployment level may be at an 18-year low, but it’s not exactly like the Democrats are giving the president or Republican-controlled Congress any credit for it. If anything, they’re downplaying it.
The occasion of the May jobs report — 3.8 percent unemployment, lowest black unemployment in the history of the statistic — was met not with glee by Nancy Pelosi but instead with an airing of grievances.
So, what did conservative actor and Twitter legend James Woods do? Well, first he attacked Pelosi and the Democrats, who he said were following a “strategy … based on welfare, illegal immigration, and taxing those who work and create.”
And then, he reminded Twitter users about what the past administration said about jobs — with a not-safe-for-work meme.
In fact, it’s so not safe for work, we’re not republishing it, but feel free to check it out here. (Bet you laugh out loud.)
Woods was referring to remarks Obama made during a town hall-style meeting during the 2016 campaign in Elkhart, Indiana.
During the meeting, one worker said, in reference to the Carrier plant job losses, that Obama was “doing a lot of things, but in Indianapolis, there’s nothing there for us.”
“I mean, what’s next? I mean, what can we look forward to in the future as far as jobs, employment, whatever? Because all of our jobs has left or in the process of leaving, sir,” he asked.
After Obama touted his economic record, he then noted that “those folks who’ve lost their job right now because a plant went down to Mexico, that isn’t going to make you feel better.
“And so, what we have to do is to make sure that folks are trained for the jobs that are coming in now, because some of those jobs of the past are just not going to come back. And when somebody says — like the person you just mentioned who I’m not going to advertise for — that he’s going to bring all these jobs back, well, how exactly are you going to do that? What are you going to do?”
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The lowest unemployment in recorded American history. Thank you, Mr. President. #TaxCutsWork
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“There’s no answer to it. He just says, well, I’m going to negotiate a better deal. Well, what — how exactly are you going to negotiate that? What magic wand do you have? And usually, the answer is he doesn’t have an answer.”
Well, apparently, 3.8 percent unemployment kind of says he does, especially after the dead cat bounce that was the “recovery” during the Obama years. Of course, any good economic news is attributable to the Obama administration by former Obama administration officials, but any retraction of the “magic wand” remarks seems unlikely.
Thankfully, we have James Woods and his memes to remind us that we could be dealing with Hillary Clinton and the Democrats’ ideas regarding job creation and wealth.
We saw where eight years of that got us. It turns out that simply reversing course from that was the only magic wand the president and GOP needed.
Senate Releases Unredacted Strzok-Page Texts Showing FBI Initiated Multiple Spies in Trump Campaign in December 2015
The US Senate today released over 500 pages of information related to the Spygate scandal.
Hidden in the information are unredacted Strzok – Page texts that show the FBI initiated actions to insert multiple spies in the Trump campaign in December 2015.
Once again Internet sleuths unearthed damning evidence that the FBI was engaged in Spygate long before they let on.
As we reported previously, according to far left Politico, Comey stated in March of 2017 under oath that the FBI investigation into the Trump – Russia scandal started in July 2016:
FBI Director James Comey told lawmakers Monday that his agency has been investigating possible coordination between the Trump campaign and Russian officials since last July .
The newly revealed timeline — which Comey detailed in a much-anticipated House Intelligence Committee hearing — means the FBI probe was occurring during the peak of an alleged Russian campaign to destabilize the presidential race and eventually help elect President Donald Trump.
But Comey appears to have lied about this.
A text message released today by the US Senate showed words that were redacted when the FBI released the same texts long ago. The texts show evidence of collusion and wrongdoing by Obama’s FBI.
I'd call this evidence of collusion and wrongdoing... https://twitter.com/Nick_Falco/status/1003673455496052736 …
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The texts released today from corrupt FBI investigator Peter Strzok to corrupt FBI attorney Lisa Page state the following:
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1) BOMBSHELL- From DECEMBER 2015–The word LURES is redacted by FBI but not OIG
OCONUS= Outside Contiguous US
LURES= In this context LURES = SPIES - multiple
Is this an admission that the FBI wanted to run a baited Sting Op using foreign agents against Trump?
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This is only the first day of the 500 pages of documents being released by the US Senate.
Give this a few more days. God only knows what’s here and what tomorrow’s Senate Hearing with corrupt Obama FBI agent Bill Preistap will reveal.
McCabe Seeks Immunity From Prosecution in Exchange For Testimony in Congressional Hearing
Andrew McCabe, the former deputy director of the FBI, is seeking immunity in order to testify before the Senate Judiciary Committee, according to documents released Tuesday.
“This is a textbook case for granting use immunity,” Michael Bromwich, an attorney for McCabe, wrote Monday in a letter to Republican Sen. Chuck Grassley of Iowa, the chairman of the judiciary panel.
“Mr. McCabe is willing to testify, but because of the criminal referral, he must be afforded suitable legal protection,” Bromwich said. “Accordingly, we hereby request that the Judiciary Committee authorize a grant of use immunity to Mr. McCabe.”
Grassley invited McCabe and other FBI officials to a hearing tentatively scheduled for July after the expected release of a Justice Department inspector general’s report on the FBI’s handling of the Hillary Clinton email investigation.
McCabe was fired in March, two days before his retirement, for a “lack of candor” during interviews with the office of the inspector general (OIG) and the FBI’s Office of Professional Responsibility about his role in authorizing FBI contacts with the media about the Clinton probe.
The OIG found McCabe gave misleading statements in three interviews when asked whether he authorized former FBI lawyer Lisa Page to talk to The Wall Street Journal about the investigation in October 2016. McCabe also falsely claimed he told then–FBI Director James Comey, his boss, about the media outreach.
Comey has gone on the record disputing McCabe’s claims.
Bromwich decried “a stream of leaks” from the Justice Department about McCabe’s case in his letter to Grassley. He said leaks from the agency revealed the OIG made a criminal referral on McCabe to the U.S. Attorney’s Office in Washington, D.C.
“Even though Mr. McCabe committed no crime, these leaks have forced us to acknowledge the criminal referral,” said Bromwich, who added that he and McCabe “are outraged by these leaks.”
Bromwich issued the complaint despite the leak allegations against his client. The OIG found McCabe attempted to blame other FBI officials for the very same media contacts that he authorized Page to make with The Wall Street Journal, according to a preliminary report released on April 13.
Bromwich noted the Senate Judiciary Committee is “eager to hear Mr. McCabe’s testimony” in his immunity pitch.
Immunity is warranted because “Mr. McCabe is eager to give such testimony; he has a legitimate fear of criminal prosecution based on the criminal referral that has already been made, the irregularities in the process by which he was terminated, and the improper command influence that continues to be exercised by the President of the United States.”
Bromwich has accused President Donald Trump of improperly targeting McCabe in a series of tweets about political donations that McCabe’s wife received in 2015 from then–Democratic Gov. Terry McAuliffe of Virginia, a longtime Clinton ally.
Grassley said he plans to consult with California Sen. Dianne Feinstein, the top Democrat on the judiciary panel, to consider the immunity request.
He noted an immunity order would require a two-thirds majority vote and that “even if that were to occur, the Justice Department would then have a formal opportunity to delay any testimony and attempt to persuade the Committee not to proceed.”
The Obama Administration LIED To The American People. Repeatedly. Here’s The Proof.
New Comey Emails Reveal Details About Corrupt “Tarmac Meeting”
Jun 8, 2018
When is enough, ENOUGH? Let's jail this guy already...
Judicial Watch today released 16 pages of Federal Bureau of Investigation (FBI) documents related to the June 2016 tarmac meeting between former Attorney General Loretta Lynch and former President Bill Clinton showing involvement of the FBI’s former Chief of Counterespionage Peter Strzok.
The FBI originally informed Judicial Watch they could not locate any records related to the tarmac meeting. However, in a related FOIA lawsuit, the Justice Department located emails in which Justice Department officials communicated with the FBI and wrote that they had communicated with the FBI. As a result, by letter dated August 10, 2017, the FBI stated, “Upon further review, we subsequently determined potentially responsive documents may exist. As a result, your [FOIA] request has been reopened …” This is the second batch of documents the FBI produced since telling Judicial Watch they had no tarmac-related records.
The new documents were obtained by Judicial Watch in response to an October 2016 Freedom of Information Act (FOIA) lawsuit (Judicial Watch v. U.S. Department of Justice (No. 1:16-cv-02046)) filed after the Justice Department failed to comply with a July 7, 2016, FOIA request seeking:
All FD-302 forms prepared pursuant to the Federal Bureau of Investigation’s investigation of former Secretary of State Hillary Clinton’s use of a private e-mail server during her tenure.
All records of communications between any agent, employee, or representative of the Federal Bureau of Investigation regarding, concerning, or related to the aforementioned investigation. This request includes, but is not limited to, any related communications with any official, employee, or representative of the Department of Justice, the Executive Office of the President, the Democratic National Committee, and/or the presidential campaign of Hillary Clinton.
All records related to the meeting between Attorney General Lynch and former President Bill Clinton on June 27, 2016.
In a previously unseen email, on July 1, 2016, Strzok forwarded to Bill Priestap, assistant director of FBI counterintelligence, and other FBI officials an article in The New York Times titled then “ Lynch to Remove Herself From Decision Over Clinton Emails, Official Says.” Priestap comments on it, saying: “The meeting in PX is all over CNN TV news this morning …” Strzok replies: “Timing’s not ideal in that it falsely adds to those seeking the ‘this is all choreographed’ narrative. But I don’t think it’s worth changing … later won’t be better.” Priestap responds “Agreed.”
In November 2017, Judicial Watch revealed 29 pages of FBI documents showing officials were concerned about a leak that Bill Clinton delayed his aircraft taking off in order to “maneuver” a meeting with the attorney general. The resulting story in the Observer was discussed in this production of documents. The Strzok email was absent from this production.
Another Strzok email suggest the decision on the Clinton email matter has been under discussion since April 2016—three months before then-FBI Director James Comey announced he would recommend no prosecution.
On July 3, 2016, an email with the subject line “Must Read Security Article” someone from the FBI’s Security Division (SECD) forwards the article in the Observerand reveals concern:
I believe that the source quoted in the article is one of the local Phoenix LEO’s [law enforcement officers]. Needless to say that I have contacted the Phoenix office and will contact the local’s [sic] who assisted in an attempt to stem any further damage. This is exactly why our Discretion and Judgement are the foundation of the AG’s trust in our team, which is why we can never violate that trust, like the source did in this article.” [Emphasis in original]
A July 1, 2016, email from an unidentified official in the FBI Security Division sent to officials in several FBI offices with the subject line “Media Reports***Not for Dissemination***”, sent in the wake of the tarmac meeting, an FBI official warns his colleagues (with emphasis) “Our job is to protect the boss from harm and embarrassment.” [Emphasis in original] He emphasizes that FBI officials should ask themselves “What issues are currently being reported in the media? And what actions/interactions/situations that the Director may be in could impact them.” The official then cites an example of a public relations disaster near-miss when Comey’s plane “literally just missed Clinton’s plane” when they flew into the White Plains, NY airport (HPN) a few months earlier, and saying, “Imagine the optics and the awkward situation we would have put the Director in we would have been at the FBO at the same time as Secretary Clinton.”
In a July 1, 2016 email exchange FBI Section Chief Rachel Rojas warns a colleague to “stay away” from discussion of the Clinton Lynch tarmac meeting following publication of the meeting, unless they hear from a “higher up”. The colleague responds the next day, telling Rojas not to worry because, “I know better <winking.>” He/she adds that “it was DOJ opa [Office of Public Affairs] who threw us under the bus.” Rojas replies “Doj is likely overwhelmed so in [sic] hoping it wasn’t intentional.
I know it wasn’t you guys because I know you have great judgement. Nothing good would come from that. Her staff should have avoided that scenario. The bu[reau] will be fine but obviously disappointed on how this is happening. Unfortunately, she’s taking heat from all over the place and I feel bad for her. I know she didn’t want this on her plate or for this to happen.” The colleague then concludes by saying that he/she thought the leaker was “a Phoenix cop assisting with the motorcade.”
“These emails are astonishing, no wonder the FBI hid them from Judicial Watch and the court,” stated Judicial Watch President Tom Fitton. “They show anti-Trump, pro-Clinton FBI Agent Peter Strzok admitting the decision not to prosecute the Clinton email issue was made back in April 2016 – long before even Hillary Clinton was interviewed. And the new emails show that the FBI security had the political objective of protecting then-Director Comey from ‘embarrassment’—which is, frankly, disturbing.”
On June 27, 2016, Attorney General Loretta Lynch met with former President Bill Clinton on board a parked plane at Sky Harbor International Airport in Phoenix, Arizona. The meeting occurred during the then-ongoing investigation of Mrs. Clinton’s email server, and only a few days before she was interviewed the Justice Department and FBI. (Judicial Watch filed a request on June 30 that the U.S. Department of Justice Office of the Inspector General investigate that meeting.)
The tarmac meeting also came just days before former FBI Director James Comey held the July 5, 2016, press conference in which he announced that no charges would be filed against Mrs. Clinton. In his subsequent, May 3, 2017, testimony before the Senate Judiciary Committee, Comey said the Lynch-Clinton tarmac meeting was the “capper” among “a number of things” that had caused him to determine that Department of Justice leadership “could not credibly complete the investigation and decline prosecution without grievous damage to the American people’s confidence in the justice system.”
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Remember when the Democrats and the Congressional Budget Office predicted economic catastrophe under a Trump presidency? Well, we’ve now reached 3.8% unemployment, another all-time record low African-American and Hispanic unemployment, and the lowest unemployment for women in 19 YEARS! The swamp in Washington has been all wrong about Donald Trump. With an economy this good, even the Failing New York Times said they ran out of words to describe our record growth under President Trump.
The Vice Chairman of North Korea just visited the White House, days before the historic June 12th summit between Kim Jong Un and President Trump. Now the world waits as President Trump prepares for a meeting that will hopefully lead to an unprecedented deal for the denuclearization of Korea permanently.
CARING FOR OUR VETERANS
President Trump signed the VA Choice and Quality Employment Act into law this week. This legislation authorizes $2.1 billion dollars to ensure better healthcare for Veterans and give them more options to see a doctor. This once again demonstrates President Trump’s unshakable commitment to our heroic veterans.
Mark Meadows: ‘Growing Evidence’ FBI Altered Docs In Russia, Clinton Probes