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Credible allegations of spying on political opponents

If it is true that President Barack H. Obama and his closest advisors used the intelligence-gathering machines of the federal government to conduct surveillance and/or wiretapping to collect information about the opposing party's nominee for political purposes, that would be the biggest political scandal since Watergate, which resulted in the resignation of President Nixon.  President Obama is no longer in office, of course, but those who engaged in this alleged surveillance could face serious legal consequences.

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Five Years Later:  The Spawn of Crossfire Hurricane.  Five years ago this week, Glenn Simpson, co-founder of Fusion GPS, boarded a train in Washington, D.C. bound for Philadelphia.  The Democratic National Convention was in chaos after WikiLeaks released emails that showed party officials rigged the primary process in favor of Hillary Clinton.  Bernie Sanders supporters were mutinous; Debbie Wasserman Schultz, then-head of the Democratic National Committee, resigned on July 25, 2016.  Simpson and his business partner hightailed it to the City of Brotherly Love to woo the media away from the escalating scandal.  The well-connected pair met with top journalists and editors, including New York Times executive editor Dean Baquet, to spin a dark tale about the Trump campaign's ties to Russia including rumors of prostitutes in a Moscow hotel.  It worked like a charm.  "The WikiLeaks dump had forced every publication to devote multiple reporters to dig through the cache of emails," Simpson wrote in his 2019 book, Crime in Progress.

I Helped Write FISA. Let's Destroy It.  Circa March 2016, as it appeared that Donald Trump would be the Republican Party's presidential nominee in the forthcoming election, someone with White House authority — we do not yet know who or through what channel — directed the National Security Agency electronically to surveil communications in and out of Trump's campaign headquarters in New York's Trump Tower.  At the same time, the CIA and FBI were vectoring longstanding CIA assets, including Stefan Halper in Britain and Joseph Mifsud in Italy as well as Australia's Alexander Downer not so much to gather information about low-level Trump advisers' contacts with the Russians, but to provide pretexts for further surveillance of Trump and, above all, for press stories implicating Trump with Russia.  By July 2016, the FBI and CIA had encompassed the Trump campaign in formal counterintelligence and criminal investigations, while shopping suggestive allegations to the press.  The so-called Steele dossier, alleging a host of details, some lurid, all false, was part of this classic political agitprop.  This effort was the product of a homogeneous mixture of persons official and officious, including John Brennan and James Comey, directors of the CIA and FBI, respectively, James Clapper, director of National Intelligence, along with some of the highest officials of these agencies, of the Department of Justice and of State.  These people are related to one another socially, politically, financially, professionally, maritally and extra-maritally.  They served Democratic President Barack Obama while furthering the election of his chosen Democrat successor, Hillary Clinton.  The notion that they acted without at least his tacit approval is not worth a second thought.

A Retrospective on The Past Four Years of Fake News Trump Hysteria.  The SpyGate plotters in the FBI start spying on Donald Trump and his team in 2015. They claim they started in late July of 2016, but that's a lie.  Their spying is cloaked as a counterintelligence investigation.  The FBI lies to the FISA Court saying they have "probable cause," alleging they have solid, verified evidence that Carter Page is acting as an agent of a foreign power.  They also "suspect", Lt. Gen. Michael Flynn, George Papadopoulos and Paul Manafort are doing the same.  To get FISA warrants to spy on Trump's campaign, the FBI uses a fake Trump/Russia dossier.  That dossier came from a Clinton political operative, former MI6 spy Christopher Steele.  The spying continues after Trump wins the election.  They spy on his transition team, and they spy after Trump enters the White House.

When Does It Count as a Coup?  Here are the incontrovertible facts:
  •   Under the Obama Administration, CIA Director John Brennan and FBI Director James Comey initiated Operation Crossfire Hurricane, the first-ever counterintelligence operation in America history targeting a presidential campaign.
  •   During the operation, the CIA and FBI deployed multiple human intelligence assets to attempt the entrapment of members of the Trump campaign and link them to Russia.
  •   Knowing it would be illegal to spy on Americans without a crime having been committed, or without even the predicate of a crime, John Brennan circumvented the Constitution and used British intelligence to target Obama's and Hillary Clinton's political adversaries.
  •   Clinton and the DNC paid millions of dollars to a former British spy, Christopher Steele to manufacture an opposition research file using Russian propaganda in order to smear candidate Trump.
  •   Comey's FBI and Loretta Lynch's Justice Department used that propaganda dossier to obtain secret surveillance warrants illegally from the FISA courts to spy on members of the Trump campaign, illegal because the FBI and the Justice Department deliberately hid from the FISA judges exculpatory information as to the political origins of the dossier and the political agenda of Christopher Steele.
  •   The DNC itself sent a Ukrainian American, Alexandra Chalupa, to the Ukrainian embassy in D.C. to coordinate further smears against candidate Trump.
  •   The National Security Agency's unparalleled surveillance capabilities were repeatedly abused by contractors to spy on the Trump campaign, contractors who weren't even allowed to access NSA databases, until Obama's NSA Director Mike Rogers took it upon himself to warn President-elect Trump of the operation against him. [...]
Each of the above represents a far greater crime than the bungled burglary that would become the historic Watergate scandal.  Together they constitute an attempted coup for which not one person has gone to jail.

Democrats' New Favorite Word to Bludgeon Trump: 'Ethical'.  Every few months, progressives shift their attack, introducing or recycling one theme after another.  First, it was "collusion."  Then, it was "obstruction."  Now the word is "ethical."  Apparently, it's not ethical to pick up the phone and listen when someone calls you.  Even if you intend to call the FBI if there's something wrong.  Obviously, the Clinton campaign went far beyond that when it paid for the services of a foreign national to compile the dirty dossier on the president.  But it's not just the Steele dossier.  Charges of involvement by Obama's FBI, CIA, and Justice Department, if substantiated, will amount to the worst political conspiracy in our history.  The list of those involved will be long, and it could stretch from Peter Strzok and Lisa Page at the bottom all the way up to Biden and Obama at the top.  That sort of conspiracy, involving top federal agency and department heads and perhaps the president and vice president himself, would go so far beyond "unethical" as to make an ethics charge seem laughable.

Lyin' Biden:  Not a 'hint of a scandal' during Obama administration?  Please!  Officials in their administration secured wiretapping warrants — with suspect backing — to spy on Mr. Trump, who they feared might just pull off the win in 2016.  "I think spying did occur," Attorney General William Barr testified before Congress in April, adding that "I'm not talking about the FBI necessarily, but intelligence agencies more broadly."  The authorization to spy on the campaign was approved by a secret court based on a bogus dossier funded by the Hillary Clinton campaign.  After his win, the dossier was used to impose a special counsel to investigate the spurious allegations that Mr. Trump colluded with Russia to influence the election.  Special counsel Robert Mueller, after a 22-month probe, found no collusion whatsoever.

The Left's hypocrisy knows no bounds.  The Steele dossier was phonied up by a foreign national, Steele, and the rest of the setup involved the help of several other Western intel assets from the U.K., Italy, and Australia.  Together with their partners in crime within our FBI and CIA, they had quite an operation going.  So arrogant and drunk on power, they were certain they could take down the president they decided was an interloper, not a member of their elite club.  But they got caught.  The Steele dossier was so poorly written that legitimate CIA and FBI agents say no professional intelligence officer would have fallen for it for one minute.  But it was used as "evidence" to begin surveilling the Trump family, friends, Cabinet members, and acquaintances.  Hundreds of innocent civilians were unmasked and spied upon in search of a crime.

The doggedness of William Barr.  For the past two-plus years, elements of the Obama administration, then the Obama administration in exile, have been swarming like termites over the enterprises of Trump, Inc., first his campaign and then his administration.  The vast apparatus of the United States intelligence services, the Department of Justice, and other representatives of the Executive Branch have busied themselves burrowing into the record of Donald Trump's business dealings, his foreign contacts, and contacts between anyone associated with him or his campaign and the outside world.  Low-level staffers such as George Papadopoulos were set up by British or Australian-run intelligence assets.  A fake, completely unverified dossier, compiled from dubious sources, paid for by the Democratic National Committee and the Hillary Clinton campaign, was the chief, possibly the only 'evidence' used to obtain a FISA surveillance warrant against Carter Page, an American citizen, as a pretext to tap into (or, in the vernacular, 'spy') on the Trump campaign and then his administration.  The compiler of the dossier, ex-British spy Christopher Steele, has admitted that he was desperate to have the dirt he had hoovered up about Donald Trump air before the election.

Sally Yates -vs- Michael Flynn.  After the November 8th, 2016, election everyone within the Obama network associated with the Trump surveillance operation was at risk.  This is the impetus for the "Muh Russia" collusion-conspiracy narrative that was used as a mitigating shield.  Within a few days after the election ODNI James Clapper and CIA Director John Brennan began pushing the Russia election interference narrative in the media.  Without notifying anyone, NSA Director Mike Rogers went to Trump tower on November 18th, 2016.  Despite his compartmentalization it appears Rogers identified the NSA database abuse as the likely underpinning for some form of political surveillance.  By mid-December 2016 the Obama administration was deploying a full-court-press using their media allies to promote the Russia conspiracy.  However, despite their public proclamations Clapper and Brennan were refusing to give any specifics to congress.

ObamaGate: No Misdemeanors, Only High Crimes.  It would be impossible to detail in this one article all of the things the Obama Administration did to subvert the Trump campaign through the use of the intelligence community (IC) for political ends.  Moreover, we are only just beginning to chronicle of the depth and breadth of the corruption involved. [...] Nevertheless, these are the key facts:  The CIA, the FBI, the Justice Department, and the Obama White House were all involved in a series of codename operations (including "Crossfire Hurricane") that involved foreign governments, (Australia, Great Britain, and Italy), and their intelligence agencies, including the British equivalent of the National Security Agency, GCHQ, in targeted espionage against members of the Trump campaign. [...] Simply put: the Obama Administration used the most powerful intelligence capabilities in the world to attempt a penetration and subversion of the presidential campaign of the the opposing party.  When that failed, they used a special prosecutor to divert attention away from that activity, log-jam the work of the new president, and clean up the evidence of what had been done to him and his team.  And most un-American of all: the former intelligence leadership of the Obama Administration continued to spy illegally on Donald Trump and his closest advisers after they had moved into the White House.

Democrats' railings about Barr and spying are going to end badly for them.  When AG Barr stated that he would be investigating the "spying" on the Trump campaign, the Democrats on the committee were shocked, truly stunned.  How dare he suggest such a thing!  These folks, for over two years, have had their heads deep in ostrich sand.  They are apparently completely unaware, or pretend to be, of the massive amounts of actual proof that the Obama administration illegally attempted to eliminate Trump from the running by trying to plant their own spies in the campaign and surveil under prohibited pretexts. [...] Is it actually possible that they have not read a word of Gregg Jarrett's book, Dan Bongino's book, the multiple well-researched columns of John Solomon, Sara Carter, Margot Cleveland, Jeff Carlson, Lee Smith, et. al.?  Have they not bothered to read the numerous transcripts of closed-door interviews with the principals involved?  Obviously not. [...] It has for nearly two years been clear, proven beyond all doubt, that a self-important faction at the FBI and DOJ, with covert approval of then-President Obama, conspired to see that Trump would not be elected.

Ilhan Omar Is Right:  Obama Did Get Away With Murder.  [Scroll down]  The most-dastardly misdeed of all, though, is only coming into view since Obama left office.  Whatever one's opinion of President Donald J. Trump, the fact remains that he and his inner circle have been the subject of one of the most corrupt federal investigations in history.  Having won in 2016 by defeating the highly favored Democratic candidate, Hillary Clinton, Trump has been made to endure endless rounds of a special prosecution investigation alleging he and his campaign "colluded" with Russia to rig the 2016 election in Trump's favor.  After three years, most of these claims have not only been disproven, but they've been proven to be a lie.  In fact, all of the claims were based off a salacious opposition research document compiled by a former British spy — who was supportive of Trump's political opponents in 2016.  Rather than having been met with skepticism, though, the Obama era intelligence community accepted the dossier alleging Trump-Russia collusion and used that as the pretext to spy on the Trump Campaign; to pursue Trump campaign officials legally; and to stymie the ability of the Trump Administration to govern effectively. On his way out of office, Obama and his minions made moves to ensure that the incoming Trump Administration could neither defend itself fairly from these unsubstantiated attacks nor simply end the baseless "investigation."  Here is the true legacy of Barack Obama.

Reconciling 'Spygate' With The 'Soft Coup'.  There have been a great many questions surrounding the activity that took place in 2017 after President Trump took office and how politicians and officials coordinated an apparent 'soft coup' attempt to remove President Trump.  Questions around DAG Rod Rosenstein, Andrew McCabe, James Comey and the larger intelligence community (to include the Gang-of-Eight) surrounding the Trump administration.  Many of those questions can be reconciled with a review of the predicate.  There are five phases in the evolution of 'Spygate' into the 'Soft Coup'; to reconcile the latter, which extends to today, a full review provides the clarity.

Reporter: Obama Spied on Me, and I'm Not the Only One.  Former CBS reporter Sharyl Attkisson testified in front of lawmakers on Tuesday about evidence she'd collected proving that the Obama administration illegally spied on her by planting remote access software on her home computer.  Attkisson has long maintained that Obama officials were not only keeping tabs on her, but was actively pressuring her bosses at the network to "kill" stories she was pursuing that would not have been favorable to the president.  Unfortunately, she told the House Oversight and Reform Committee, despite her evidence of wrongdoing, the Department of Justice has taken no steps to investigate the scandal. [...] All of this happened in 2012, as Attkisson was closing in on Benghazi reporting that would have been severely damaging to the administration and might have hurt the president's chances in November.

Unholy Alliance:  Did Us Intelligence Agencies Collude With Clinton to Influence the 2016 Election?  As controversial as the Steele dossier has become, it may well prove key to a political corruption scandal far more insidious than anyone has presently suggested.  To be sure, critics have blasted its seeming partisan falsity, and many also have declaimed that it enabled the FISA warrant to spy on the Trump campaign.  And there is evidence that the opening of the "Russiagate" investigation was itself premised strongly on this "salacious and unverified" report.  But little attention has been paid to the role of American intelligence agencies in its creation, which now is appearing substantial, and which would implicate a governmental conspiracy making Watergate look like child's play.

From 9/11 to Spygate:  The National Security Deep State.  [Scroll down]  We know some of what Mueller was doing.  The same official who paved the way for raiding the president's lawyer, who illegally seized material from the Trump transition team and whose case is based in no small part on illegal eavesdropping, fought alongside Comey against surveilling terrorists.  Materials involving the Muslim Brotherhood were purged.  Toward the dawn of the second Obama term, Mueller met with CAIR and other Islamist groups and a green curtain fell over national security.  But the surveillance wasn't going anywhere.  Instead it was being redirected to new targets.  Those targets were not, despite the wave of hysterical conspiracy theories convulsing the media, the Russians.  Mueller's boss was still quite fond of them.  Barack Obama did have foreign enemies that he wanted to spy on.  And there were plenty of domestic enemies who could be caught up in that trap.

A Guide to Spygate.  The FBI is many things to many people, but seen from the inside where I spent my career as an FBI agent, most of all it is a bureaucracy.  The evident abuses of the vast investigatory powers of the Bureau to surveil the campaign of Donald Trump has left a paper and electronic trail as it jumped through the many procedural hoops required for Spygate to unfold.  Based on a clue from the Strzok-Page texts and my understanding of the rules the FBI has to play by, it is possible to piece together a picture of how and why surveillance of the Trump campaign probably unfolded.

Watergate redux.  President Obama, although appearing confident of a Clinton victory, apparently feared a Trump win would undo his legacy — which is precisely what has happened — and thus it had to be prevented by whatever means.  The leadership of the Justice Department, IRS, FBI, CIA and others in the Obama administration have been, and continue to show themselves to be, fierce Democratic partisans.  Again, their motivations for what increasingly appears as extensive inappropriate and illegal behavior seem to be much like their Watergate predecessors.  Former FBI Director James Comey, former CIA Director John Brennan, and former director of National Intelligence James Clapper have all publicly stated that they do not believe Mr. Trump is fit to be president — with the implicit argument that stopping him is their patriotic duty — the law [notwithstanding].

Spygate:  The Coming Storm.  A growing segment of the American public now knows that the country's intelligence community was spying on the Trump campaign, and then attempting to sabotage the Trump Administration with false allegations of "Russian collusion."  That's #Spygate in a sentence.  A long and tawdry web composed of lies, obstruction, and leaking has slowly been unraveled until the falsehoods of the FBI, the CIA, the Justice Department, and other assorted deep state actors were revealed.  FBI Deputy Director Andrew McCabe has been fired, and is counting his GoFundMe cash in preparation for large legal bills.  Former FBI Director James Comey publicly set fire to his reputation during his recent book tour.  James Clapper was hired recently on CNN to analyze all the nefarious stuff he did as the former director of national intelligence.  Last, but certainly not least, former CIA head John Brennan has had to settle for pompous raging on Twitter — which is just about the most amateur thing that an ex-spymaster can possibly do.  The erstwhile leaders of our "intelligence community" have proven to be not very intelligent at all.

What Obama and his political Choom Gang did is far worse than Watergate.  The Obama administration — with or without the knowledge and direction of President Obama himself — perverted one of the most powerful, clandestine spying operations in the world and used it at the very height of a presidential campaign to spy on political opponents, punish them and, ultimately, silence them through extortion.  If this was orchestrated without the express knowledge of Mr. Obama, then it reveals just how blatantly he instructed by example the weaponizing of the entire federal government to carry out his low, dishonest and unjust ideology.  By any means necessary, one might say.  Only instead of being driving by visions of justice, these people were driven by visions of undying power.

Are There Any Adults Left in Washington, D.C.?  This is how our government works:  the peaceful transition of power from one president to the next.  At least, this is how it is supposed to work and has for the first 44 American presidents.  Instead, we had an outgoing administration, using its vast intelligence and judicial powers to influence a presidential election.  Perhaps "influence" is too kind a word, as even an endorsement from the outgoing president is meant to influence.  Far better would be a word like "rig" or "fix," deliberately dictating the outcome despite the constitutional process and the will of the people.  That's exactly what the Obama administration did.  A lie, dressed up as intelligence, was used to fraudulently justify spying on a presidential campaign before the election.

Let me get you up to speed, champ.  One more time : after the GOPe oppo research gig on Trump died, Fusion GPS was hired by the DNC and Clinton campaign, to create a dossier backing up the Trump-Russia lie.  The effort was funded by (at least) the Clinton Campaign, Obama for America and a group of wealthy billionaires.  To conceal the origin and funding, they used Perkins Coie, a law firm, to launder instructions and payment.  Hillary Clinton denied knowing who had created the dossier (ie she lied), before finally admitting her involvement in late 2017. [...] Obama illegally deployed his entire corrupt administration to spy on & target Team Trump.  He worked with Clinton to do this, communicating with her via pseudonyms, on Gmail.  The aim was to rig the election & in the event of a Trump win, to destroy an elected POTUS, by targeting his appointments [... and] laying the ground for a Special Counsel, with eventual impeachment of POTUS Trump the goal.  Yes, it is the greatest crime and illegal abuse of power seen in American history.  The fatal weakness in the scheme was the certainty among the conspirators that Clinton would win & that they'd be rewarded.  Instead, many are looking at long jail sentences for extremely serious crimes.

The Ticking Memo.  Apparently, no FBI or DOJ officials informed the court over the duration of these various requests that a) the dossier was paid for by the Clinton campaign, b) the FBI in turn apparently paid to obtain it, c) supporting news stories used to substantiate the dossier were the result of deliberately leaking the same document to seed stories in media organizations, or d) a DOJ official both met the author of the dossier and informed the FBI that he was a biased source — but either did not inform other DOJ and FBI officials that his own spouse was a collaborator who worked on the dossier, or such knowledge was known to DOJ and FBI officials but not passed on at some point to the FISA judge, apparently because the court might not have otherwise approved of the request or might have acted to revoke prior requests. [...] If all this is not a scandal — then the following protocols are now considered permissible in American electoral practice and constitutional jurisprudence:  An incumbent administration can freely use the FBI and the DOJ to favor one side in a presidential election, by buying its opposition research against the other candidate, using its own prestige to authenticate such a third-party oppositional dossier, and then using it to obtain court-ordered wiretaps on American citizens employed by a candidate's campaign — and do so by deliberately misleading the court about the origins and authors of the dossier that was used to obtain the warrants.

Why Obama Really Spied On Trump.  Last week, CNN revealed (and excused) one phase of the Obama spying operation on Trump.  After lying about it on MSNBC, Susan Rice admitted unmasking the identities of Trump officials to Congress.  Rice was unmasking the names of Trump officials a month before leaving office.  The targets may have included her own successor, General Flynn, who was forced out of office using leaked surveillance.  While Rice's targets weren't named, the CNN story listed a meeting with Flynn, Bannon and Kushner.  Bannon was Trump's former campaign chief executive and a senior adviser.  Kushner is a senior adviser.  Those are exactly the people you spy on to get an insight into what your political opponents plan to do.  Now the latest CNN spin piece informs us that secret FISA orders were used to spy on the conversations of Trump's former campaign chairman, Paul Manafort.  The surveillance was discontinued for lack of evidence and then renewed under a new warrant.  This is part of a pattern of FISA abuses by Obama Inc. which never allowed minor matters like lack of evidence to dissuade them from new FISA requests.  Desperate Obama cronies had figured out that they could bypass many of the limitations on the conventional investigations of their political opponents by 'laundering' them through national security.

How a Civil War Happens.  Now we're seeing what the pros do when amateurs try to walk in on them.  They spy on them, they investigate them and they send them to jail.  They use the tools of power to bring them down.  That's not a free country.  It's not a free country when FBI agents who support Hillary take out an "insurance policy" against Trump winning the election.  It's not a free country when Obama officials engage in massive unmasking of the opposition.  It's not a free country when the media responds to the other guy winning by trying to ban the conservative media that supported him from social media.  It's not a free country when all of the above collude together to overturn an election because the guy who wasn't supposed to win, won.  We're in a civil war between conservative volunteer government and leftist professional government.

Did the DOJ Misuse the Steele Dossier — to Spy on the Trump Campaign?  [Scroll down]  Combined with several other irregularities, this had the makings of a real scandal.  First, just as his administration was about to end, President Obama suddenly ordered wider dissemination of raw intelligence throughout the spy agencies.  Second, there was a torrent of classified leaks, which made it clear that there had been spying on Trump associates.  Third, a former Defense Department official, Evelyn Farkas, acknowledged — bragged would be a better word — that her friends in the Obama administration were quietly encouraging Congress to demand intelligence regarding Trump and Russia.  "That's why you have the leaking," she chirped.  Combine this with the facts that (a) Susan Rice, Obama's national-security adviser, initially denied knowing anything about the unmasking before it was confirmed that she was involved (as our David French has detailed); and (b) hundreds of unmasking requests were made in the name of Samantha Power, Obama's U.N. ambassador, a position in which the need to know so many unmasked American identities is not apparent.  Alarmingly, Power now denies that she personally made most of those requests.  All together, it adds up to reasonable suspicion that there was a conspiracy to leak classified information in a manner that would damage Trump politically.

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How TDS Destroyed the Democrats.  The deep state did its part by having the FBI spy on Trump campaign advisors Carter Page, George Papadopoulis, and Sam Clovis.  In addition, FBI agent Kevin Clinesmith pled guilty to altering an email that facilitated renewal of the spy warrant.  Later, Alexander Vindman, an advisor on the National Security Council, pompously testified about Trump's phone call with Ukrainian President Zelenskyy.  Trump's crime?  Asking Zelenskyy to let our DoJ know of any corruption associated with Joe Biden's threats concerning the Ukrainian prosecutor who had been investigating Burisma Holdings (and Hunter).  I guess Vindman and the Democrats think an American president has no right to inquire about corruption.

Barack Obama and the Stupidity of the American Voter.  [Scroll down]  So, as president, Barry pretty much had his way for eight years, growing government; siccing the FBI, CIA, and IRS on his opponents; using the imbecile Joe Biden as impeachment insurance; and making our country just as gay as a man who dreams daily about sodomy with other men could.  And when Obama's time in office was almost up, his DNC purposely screwed over every candidate but Crooked Hillary, his media minions pretended she was Albert Einstein with ovaries, and the FBI lied to a compliant FISA court to start spying on Donald Trump's campaign.

The American Anti-Communist Revolution.  The revolution came when we elected a communist in 2008, on the back of a financial crisis, just the sort of backdrop all communists use to seize power.  We never should have been allowed to elect a non-citizen, but those in Washington turned a blind eye to his suspicious pedigree.  They executed their final betrayal of duty and for nearly twenty years we have suffered under direct Marxist exploitation.  When the people rebelled and elected a non-communist, they became furious and betrayed him at every turn, spied on him, infiltrated the executive branch to deny him the power he was elected to wield until they could get a puppet into office to further the communist agenda.  Fearing a repeat of that rebellion, they've now convicted him and endeavor to imprison him.  Sound familiar, I mean to those who read history?

Undercover: CIA Project Manager Admitted They Spied on Trump.  In an O'Keefe undercover video, a CIA contractor admitted the CIA Director withheld information from Donald Trump and spied on his Presidency.  Mr. Fseisi said the agencies got together and decided to keep information from Donald Trump because he'd leak it.  He said this decision came from the Director.  He believes the agencies are still spying on him.  Fseisi tried to say Trump colluded with the Russians without any evidence. [...] Does this man actually believe it's a democracy where the intelligence agencies spy on the President and decide what information they will give him?  It's doubtful.  Some of what he says sounds like gossip, but a lot of what he says rings true.  [Video clip]

CIA Operative Admits On Hidden Camera His Agency Spied On Trump And His Team.  O'Keefe Media Group's bombshell undercover footage supports earlier reports by investigative journalists Michael Shellenberger, Matt Taibbi, and Alex Gutentag that revealed how the American intelligence community illegally ran a spy operation against then-candidate Trump's presidential campaign in 2016 and illegally acquired intelligence that was later used to justify the Federal Bureau of Investigation (FBI) official probe, "Crossfire Hurricane," which in turn led to Special Counsel Robert Mueller's investigation that ultimately did not find evidence of Russia collusion by the 2016 Trump campaign.  Contractors like Fseisi hold the duty to withhold sharing confidential or national security information.  In denying his statements, Fseisi may have realized he could be held liable for violating internal agency provisions and federal laws like the Executive Agency ethics provisions, which restrict what he may share with others outside of his contracted-to agency.  [Video clip]

The Deep State's Accelerating Attacks On Trump Show A Consciousness Of Guilt.  The DOJ, FBI, CIA, and others targeted Donald Trump, Hillary's opponent in the 2016 election, by making up espionage claims to secure FISA surveillance warrants and then retargeting the espionage investigations to spy on Trump.  This continued with the bogus Russian Collusion narrative.  In 2020, they had the temerity to claim Hunter's laptop was the product of Russian disinformation when they knew otherwise.

The Intel Agencies of Government Are Fully Weaponized.  In the era shortly after 9/11, the DC national security apparatus was constructed to preserve continuity of government and simultaneously view all Americans as potential threats.  The Department of Homeland Security (DHS) and the Office of the Director of National Intelligence (ODNI) were created specifically for this purpose.  What Barack Obama and Eric Holder did with that new construct was refine the internal targeting mechanisms so that only their ideological opposition became the target of the new national security system.  This is very important to understand as you dig deeper into this research outline.  Washington DC created the modern national security apparatus immediately and hurriedly after 9/11/01.  DHS came along in 2002, and within the Intelligence Reform and Terrorism Prevention Act of 2004 the ODNI was formed.  When Barack Obama and Eric Holder arrived a few years later, those newly formed institutions were viewed as opportunities to create a very specific national security apparatus that would focus almost exclusively against their political opposition. [...] The DHS, ODNI, DOJ and FBI became the four pillars of this new institution.  Atop these pillars is where you will find the Fourth Branch of Government.

Congress Is Lying to You About FISA.  A few years ago, we learned conclusively that, in fact, the FBI and the federal intel agencies — the dozen or more federal intel agencies we have, for some reason — had been working secretly against Donald Trump's presidential campaign.  Trump had whispered about this, then shouted about it, was roundly denounced as a conspiracy nut, a lunatic.  But in the end, he was vindicated.  It was true.  These agencies spied on Trump, and they leaked some of what they learned to the media, which used it against Trump.  Then these agencies concocted false stories about Trump.  They tried to crush Trump completely in 2016 and then for the entire course of his presidency.  Then they did the same thing in 2020 during the presidential election.  And they're doing it still.  They're trying to put him in prison for the rest of his life.

Obama's CIA Asked Foreign Intel Agencies to Spy on Trump Campaign.  The revelation that the U.S. intelligence community, under the Obama administration, sought the assistance of the "Five Eyes" intelligence alliance to surveil Donald Trump's associates before the 2016 election is a chilling reminder of the lengths to which the deep state will go to protect its interests and challenge its adversaries.  (The Five Eyes countries are the United States, the United Kingdom, Canada, Australia, and New Zealand.)  This bombshell, reported by a team of independent journalists, exposes a dark chapter in American political history, where foreign intelligence services were reportedly mobilized against a presidential candidate.  The alleged operation against Trump and his associates, which predates the official start of the FBI's Crossfire Hurricane investigation, is a stark example of political weaponization of intelligence.  The involvement of foreign allies in surveilling American citizens under the pretext of national security raises serious questions about the integrity of our democratic processes and the autonomy of our nation's intelligence operations.

Shellenberger exposes Obama's CIA.  Independent journalist Michael Shellenberger has broken a story on Substack this week exposing Barack Obama's CIA both before and after the 2016 election:
  [#1]   Lying about Trump and Russia and Clinton (Hillary was actually Russia's preference, but the CIA manipulated their own intelligence findings to stand the real conclusions on their heads and point to Trump as the Russian preference; and
  [#2]   Using international intelligence networks dominated by the U.S., to put out queries/ a.k.a. commit espionage upon 26 of Trump's associates — including Ben Carson.
Tom Fitton brings up a solid point on the Shellenberger bombshells:  it is the U.S. Congress that now must secure the hidden CIA documents, referenced by reliable witnesses, on the agency's efforts to undermine Trump before the 2016 and 2020 elections.  Further, it is necessary that Obama be subject to the same investigative furor to which Trump has been subject to — undoubtedly under Obama's direction.

More on the Secret Binder That Could Expose Officials in Russia Collusion Hoax.  I reported earlier about the bombshell report that blew apart the "official" account of the start of the Russia collusion hoax and explained that it was started by the Obama CIA.  The report — written by Michael Shellenberger, Matt Taibbi, and Alex Gutentag — details how the Obama administration CIA allegedly and improperly called on foreign allies from the "Five Eyes Nations" (the U.S., UK, Canada, Australia, and New Zealand) to surveil 26 Trump aides as "targets for collection and misinformation."  The journalists got this information from sources close to a House Permanent Select Committee on Intelligence (HSPCI) investigation.  That's big news.  Shellenberger told Fox News that it was both illegal and election interference.  Some of the information on this is in a binder, Shellenberger said.  There has been a rumor about the binder and speculation that Mar-a-Lago was raided because of information that former President Donald Trump may have had on Crossfire Hurricane.  Shellenberger is now talking about his and fellow journalist's new report that gives more information about the secret binder.  [Tweet]

Sources Say U.S. Intelligence Agencies Tasked Foreign Partners With Spying On Trump's 2016 Campaign.  The U.S. Intelligence Community asked fellow members of the "'Five Eyes' intelligence alliance to surveil Trump's associates and share the intelligence they acquired with US agencies," sources told a small team of independent reporters who broke the story yesterday.  In "CIA Had Foreign Allies Spy on Trump Team, Triggering Russia Collusion Hoax, Sources Say," journalists Michael Shellenberger, Matt Taibbi, and Alex Gutentag reported that top-line takeaway, along with several other key details.  According to the authors, "multiple credible sources," said that "the United States Intelligence Community (IC), including the Central Intelligence Agency (CIA), illegally mobilized foreign intelligence agencies to target Trump advisors long before the summer of 2016."

CIA's Brennan got allied countries to spy on 26 Trump associates for him -report.  Is there no bottom to what the Deep State was capable of against Donald Trump?  That's the only thing one can conclude upon reading a report like this, from investigative aces Michael Shellenberger, Matt Taibbi, and Alex Gutentag, who got hold of more evidence of deep-state conniving:  ["]Last year, John Durham, a special prosecutor for the Department of Justice (DOJ), concluded that the Federal Bureau of Investigation (FBI) should never have opened its investigation of alleged collusion by then-presidential candidate Donald J. Trump and Russia in late July of 2016.  Now, multiple credible sources tell Public and Racket [Shellenberger's and Taibbi's web sites] that the United States Intelligence Community (IC), including the Central Intelligence Agency (CIA), illegally mobilized foreign intelligence agencies to target Trump advisors long before the summer of 2016.  The new information fills many gaps in our understanding of the Russia collusion hoax and is supported by testimony already in the public record.["]

Here's the Russian Collusion File That Has the Deep State Trembling.  The intelligence community's dirty laundry will be aired this week by Michael Shellenberger, Matt Taibbi, and Alex Gutentag.  The same crew exposed the public opinion influencing operation between Twitter and the FBI.  Yesterday, they exposed how the CIA worked with the top intelligence agencies of our allies to spy on Trump associates long before the FBI signed off on their official counterintelligence probe in the summer of 2016.  The CIA pegged 26 Trump associates to be surveilled illegally — all conducted to take down Trump.  And now, there's this binder cataloging these felonious intelligence operations that's now in the open.  It disappeared during the Trump presidency, but it's also fitting that CNN left the first breadcrumb, written by the IC's favorite scribe — Natasha Bertrand — who just got a promotion.

Report: CIA Started Russia Collusion Hoax By Asking Foreign Governments To Spy On Trump Campaign.  The Central Intelligence Agency (CIA) set off the Russian collusion hoax in 2016 when U.S. intelligence officials recruited foreign governments to spy on Democrats' American political opponents.  On Tuesday, Substack publications Public and Racket revealed new details about the origins of the Spygate hoax the U.S. federal government perpetrated on the Donald Trump presidential campaign.  "Multiple credible sources tell Public and Racket that the United States Intelligence Community (IC), including the Central Intelligence Agency (CIA), illegally mobilized foreign intelligence agencies to target Trump advisors long before the summer of 2016," the publications reported.  "The US [intelligence community] asked the 'Five Eyes' intelligence alliance to surveil Trump's associates and share the intelligence they acquired with US agencies, say sources close to a House Permanent Select Committee on Intelligence (HSPCI) investigation."

Report: Obama CIA Triggered the Russia Collusion Hoax - What Happened to the Secret Binder?  Fox's Jesse Watters featured a bombshell story from Michael Shellenberger and Matt Taibbi on his show on Tuesday:  that the Obama CIA had foreign allies surveil Trump aides, setting off the Russia collusion hoax.  The official story to this point has been that Australian officials informed U.S. officials that a Trump aide told an Australian diplomat that Russia had damaging information on Hillary Clinton.  [Tweet with video clip]  So that was how the "suspicious" information was picked up and then passed back to the U.S. officials to ultimately be investigated by the FBI.  How long had this been going on? [...] Some of that information about the surveillance and the FBI investigation is in a 10-inch binder, according to this report.  Trump ordered that material be declassified prior to leaving office.  So, what happened to the binder?

CIA Had Foreign Allies Spy On Trump Team, Triggering Russia Collusion Hoax, Sources Say.  Last year, John Durham, a special prosecutor for the Department of Justice (DOJ), concluded that the Federal Bureau of Investigation (FBI) should never have opened its investigation of alleged collusion by then-presidential candidate Donald J. Trump and Russia in late July of 2016.  Now, multiple credible sources tell Public and Racket that the United States Intelligence Community (IC), including the Central Intelligence Agency (CIA), illegally mobilized foreign intelligence agencies to target Trump advisors long before the summer of 2016.  The new information fills many gaps in our understanding of the Russia collusion hoax and is supported by testimony already in the public record.  Until now, the official story has been that the FBI's investigation began after Australian intelligence officials told US officials that a Trump aide had boasted to an Australian diplomat that Russia had [embarrassing] material about Democratic presidential candidate Hillary Clinton.

New Report Says Obama CIA Worked With International Spy Agencies to Get Trump.  When the Trump-Russia operation began unraveling, it was clear that there was an international cast of characters involved in the frame-up.  The operation to get Trump — in time to torpedo his election in 2016 and then subvert his presidency — involved the Hillary Clinton campaign, the CIA's John Brennan, who informed President Obama and Vice President Joe Biden of the operation, the FBI, which appeared to cover it up, a reputed Russian spy working for a Democrat think tank, a mysterious Maltese professor, an international honeypot, an Australian diplomat, and a British spy.  It was the earthly equivalent of the Star Wars cantina scene.  The "Six Ways from Sunday" crowd tried to trap Trump World into revealing that they were working with the Russians to win the election.  When Trump won, the FBI continued the frame-up and attempted to hog-tie the Trump campaign in investigation after investigation during his presidency.  Indeed, the Durham special counsel report said that the FBI had no — zero — reason to open the investigation into Trump but did it anyway.  "Witch hunt" doesn't begin to do this operation justice.

CIA and foreign intelligence agencies illegally targeted 26 Trump associates before 2016 Russia collusion claims: report.  The US Intelligence Community asked foreign spy agencies to surveil 26 associates of Donald Trump in the run-up to the 2016 election, which triggered the allegations that the former president's campaign had been colluding with Russia, according to a report.  Former CIA Director John Brennan identified and presented the targets to the US's intelligence-sharing partners in the so-called "Five Eyes" agencies — the intelligence-gathering organizations in the US, United Kingdom, Canada, Australia and New Zealand — according to a report published Monday on Michael Shellenberger's Public Substack.  The report by independent journalists Shellenberger, Matt Taibbi and Alex Gutentag has not been confirmed by The [New York] Post.

Was Barack Obama guilty of insurrection?  According to the 14th Amendment of the Constitution, no person shall be eligible to hold federal office who "shall have engaged in insurrection or rebellion."  Although all parties know the "insurrection or rebellion" clause refers specifically to recently completed Civil War, the Department of Justice argues for a much more elastic definition, all the better to hang Donald Trump with.  Yet if there were one president guilty of insurrection in recent years, that president would have to be Barack Obama.  In late 2016 and early 2017, Obama knowingly conspired with others to subvert the presidency of Donald Trump.  Thanks to the zealous note taking of his once and future factotum, Susan Rice, we have documentation of this flagrant act of sedition.

Joe Biden's dull-witted campaign, plagiarized from Obama.  Anybody smell the aroma of stale campaign narratives, dating from the Obama years?  Look at these talking points coming out from Team Biden's stepped-up presidential campaign on Twitter: [Tweets] [...] It sounds like the consultants and political operatives crafting the Biden campaign can't think of a thing good to say about the Biden administration, so they resort to the old Obama-era tropes, plagiarizing them in the Biden way.  Tax the rich and all will be fixed.  Women make 59 cents on the dollar compared to what men make.  Trump wants to take away your health care.

Maybe the FBI should be viewed properly as partisan swamp creatures.  It has been clear for a long time that the FBI has become a rogue agency that is willing to target political enemies while protecting many Democrats no matter how many crimes they commit.  They also consistently cover up for the crimes of FBI bureaucrats themselves, along with bureaucrats from other federal agencies.  They treat criminals in the government softly while targeting private citizens and political opponents.  In 2016, many employees of the FBI were targeting Trump for defeat, while supporting Hillary Clinton.  Some committed perjury by lying to the FISA court in order to illegally spy on people surrounding President Trump.  No one went to jail for this perjury and illegal spying.  Instead of cooperating with an investigation into the illegal spying, the FBI resorted to more illegal spying on Congress itself.  The FBI also illegally spied on a U.S. Senator, state lawmaker, and a state judge.  As far as I can tell no one went to jail for this illegal activity.

The GOP Death Wish.  During the 2016 presidential campaign, the weaponized law enforcement and intelligence agencies of the federal government spied on Trump and his associates.  This continued during his transition and into his presidency using fabricated opposition from research from foreign sources to illegally obtain FISA warrants, a treasonous effort to bring down a duly elected government.  What did Republicans do?  Nothing.  So much for oversight by the House and Senate Intelligence committees.  They said nothing and played along with the Democrat and administrative state efforts to thwart the leader of their party and the will of the people.  Did the intel community have dirt and leverage on influential Republicans or were Republicans part of the uniparty's goal of self-preservation?

Were They Spying on Trump All Along?  Secrets are only for the bureaucrats to leak as they please with no consequences, like the Flynn/Kislyak phone call, or to simply ignore when it involves their friends, such as Hillary's email scandal.  Neither James Comey nor the guy, John Huber, finally appointed by Jeff Sessions to look into the Hillary emails, even bothered to convene a grand jury.  The whole fake Huber investigation is particularly galling.  After Trump demanded action for years, all his DoJ did was appoint a guy who stayed in Utah and reviewed a few files.  But Donald Trump, no secrets for him.  As soon as he left office, Joe Biden cancelled the usual classified briefings all former Presidents get.  Then the hunt was on to nail him for having classified/declassified documents; something all former Presidents routinely possess.  Biden's DoJ had no trouble getting a grand jury for Trump, barely a year after he left office, and it was in the wrong venue, risking a dismissal of the whole case right away.

Durham Found Zero Merit to Trump Russia Claims, So What Was Mueller Doing for Two Years?  People ask why I find it difficult to write about the Durham report empirically confirming everything we previously outlined in the past five years.  Here's my answer.  Eventually, after the shock & awe of the Durham confirmations wear off, I am hopeful that people will stand back and realize the bigger question that covers all of the Trump-Russia collusion conspiracy nonsense.  This was a United States government operation to conduct full-throated surveillance on a U.S. presidential candidate, and then remove that candidate from the office of the presidency after his victory in the 2016 election.  With John Durham outlining in granular details how the FBI, DOJ and larger intelligence apparatus acted politically to weaponize government on behalf of an allied presidential candidate in Hillary Clinton, a bigger question remains.  There never was any merit to the Trump-Russia nonsense, so what exactly were Robert Mueller and Andrew Weissmann doing for two years?

The FBI: A Campaign Arm of the Democrat Party.  When did the FBI, the largest and most heavily armed law enforcement agency in America, now inserting itself unconstitutionally into American politics, pivot from fidelity and integrity to partisanship and dishonesty?  Start with the 2016 presidential election. [...] The FBI was in the middle of this true insurrection, meant to derail a presidential campaign, election, transition, and administration with fabricated claims of collusion, lying to Congress and the American people, and then attempting to cover everything up via the Muller/Weissman investigation, including a recent raid on Mar-a-Lago to possibly confiscate incriminating Spygate documents in President Trump's possession.  Other Obama administration agencies and officials were also involved but the FBI was in the thick of it, with Director James Comey and Deputy Director Andrew McCabe.  Other familiar names include Deputy Assistant Director of Counterintelligence Peter Strzok and his girlfriend FBI attorney Lisa Page.

Understanding Why the Deep State Is Terrified of Trump's Documents.  The CIA, with the knowledge of the Director of National Intelligence, worked with British counterparts starting in the summer of 2015 to collect intelligence on Republican and at least one Democrat candidate.  John Brennan was probably hoping that his proactive steps to help the Hillary Clinton campaign would ensure him taking over as DNI in the new Clinton Administration.  Regardless of motives, the CIA enlisted the British intelligence community to start gathering intelligence on most major Republican candidates and on Bernie Sanders.  This initial phase of intelligence gathering goes beyond opposition research.  The information being gathered identified the key personnel in each campaign and identified the people outside the United States receiving their calls, texts and emails.  This information was turned into intelligence reports that then were passed back to the United States intel community as "liaison reporting."  This was not put into normal classified channels.  This intelligence was put into a SAP, i.e. a Special Access Program.

New DOJ Notes Reveal FBI Panic After Trump Tweeted He Knew He Was Being Spied On.  Newly released notes taken by high-level Department of Justice (DOJ) officials during a March 6, 2017, meeting with FBI leadership expose some of the lengths the FBI went to, to cover up its spying on the 2016 campaign of President Donald Trump.  The notes were released on May 8 by lawyers representing former Hillary Clinton campaign lawyer Michael Sussmann as part of an effort to clear him on charges of having lied to the FBI.  The notes, in reality, appear to do little to exonerate Sussmann but do provide quite a bit of information on the FBI.  The meeting at which the notes were taken took place just two days after Trump's March 4, 2017, tweet in which he accused former President Barack Obama of having wiretapped Trump Tower.  Trump's tweet panicked FBI leadership, who were unsure exactly how much Trump knew about their efforts to tie him up with Russia collusion allegations.  What the notes reveal is that in response to the tweet, they tried to cover their tracks.

More Evidence Hillary Clinton Paid For Anti-Trump Disinformation Operation.  Evidence continues to mount that the Hillary Clinton campaign paid former MI6 agent Christopher Steele to launder fraudulent opposition research through U.S. intelligence agencies.  Newly published internal emails reveal that before Fusion GPS hired Steele on behalf of the Clinton campaign to dig up dirt on Donald Trump, the opposition-research firm began peddling several of the same Russia collusion lies that the former MI6 agent would later detail in the Steele dossier.  This fact highlights a significant aspect of the Spygate scandal that deserves further focus and condemnation:  Democrats' outrageous exploitation of intelligence credentials and connections to launder scurrilous accusations against a political enemy.  Since early 2018, when the then-Chair of the House Intelligence Committee Devin Nunes exposed in a four-page memorandum evidence that the Department of Justice (DOJ) and the Federal Bureau of Investigation (FBI) had abused the Foreign Intelligence Surveillance Act during the 2016 presidential election cycle, Americans open to reality have been slowly learning of the breadth of the Spygate scandal.

Newly Obtained Emails Raise Questions About Department Of Defense Involvement In Spygate.  After spending weeks dismissing concerns about its work with Russia hoax-connected researchers, a newly discovered email from The Defense Advanced Research Projects Agency to a Georgia Tech researcher with the subject line "Mueller case" casts doubt on DARPA's denials.  Last month, The Federalist first reported that an email exchange obtained from Georgia Tech pursuant to a Right-to-Know request indicated that Special Counsel John Durham's office was investigating the Democrat National Committee hack.  Manos Antonakakis, the Georgia Tech researcher branded "Researcher-1" in the special counsel's indictment of former Clinton campaign lawyer Michael Sussmann, penned the email shortly after being questioned by one of Durham's top prosecutors.  The special counsel's office charged Sussmann last fall with lying to the FBI's general counsel, James Baker, when Sussmann provided Baker with data and white papers supposedly showing the existence of a secret communications network between the Donald Trump campaign and the Russian-based Alfa Bank.

Conspirators in Their Own Words.  When Donald Trump alleged that he had been wiretapped — apparently tipped off by a whistleblower — the country had a good belly laugh.  Trump was deemed paranoid, a nut.  Why would anyone in the lame-duck Obama Administration bureaucracy or the Clinton campaign have sought to monitor Trump's communications?  Who would even have had electronic access to such top-secret confidential communications, the very Domain Name System logs of candidate and then President Trump?  But now we know that one Michael Sussmann — working again for Perkins Coie, and being paid by the DNC, as a front for candidate Clinton — contacted "techies" who as contractors had access to Trump's most confidential and private communications.  Sussmann then was told that a Russian bank, Alfa, had a back-channel line of direct communications with Trump.  He then went to the FBI to substantiate to the media that his inventions were worthy of government investigation.  Everyone from the ubiquitous Bruce Ohr to the Zelig-like Peter Strzok was somehow connected to the hoax.  In truth, the bought techies searched Trump's private logs for any and everything, and came up only with a Russian bank likely sending one-way spam to a Trump server.  In other words, Trump was a recipient of electronic noise.

If they spied on Trump, they will spy on you.  If the revelation earlier this month that Big Tech executives continued to spy on Donald Trump after the 2016 election and into his presidency was an isolated incident, it would not be a grave concern.  But once you step back and see the pattern of behavior by those in power to spy on and systematically undermine a democratically elected president, every citizen should be concerned.  When the FBI first opened its investigation into allegations that candidate Trump was coordinating with Russia, the FBI inspector general reported that the leadership of the FBI "hand-picked" the team that would conduct "one of the most sensitive FBI investigations" in the agency's history.  These were supposed to be agents of the highest character and professionalism.

Byron York catalogs the effort to spy on the Trump campaign.  Chief political correspondent for the Washington Examiner Byron York appeared on Laura Ingraham's show Quake Media to outline all the different attempts to spy on former President Donald Trump's campaign.  York appeared on the program Saturday to debunk the cover-up behind the FBI's investigation into alleged Russian interference in the 2016 election.  "We found out that the FBI employed a confidential informant, the professor Stefan Halper, who had conversations and tried to get information out of George Papadopoulos and out of Carter Page," York explained.  Halper's conversations would go on to be cited in the findings of the Department of Justice's inspector general report on FISA abuse.  "Then, we learned that the FBI actually sent an undercover agent with the alias Azra Turk to go and befriend [Papadopoulous], record Papadopoulous secretly in their conversations.  If that's not a spy I don't know what is."

Of course they spied on Trump.  One of the most contentious claims Donald Trump ever made was his insistence that he had been the target of spying.  He made the charge in several different ways.  For example, in March 2017, Trump, just two months in office, tweeted, "Terrible!  Just found out that Obama had my 'wires tapped' in Trump Tower just before the victory.  Nothing found.  This is McCarthyism!"  Two years later, in April 2019, he was less specific but equally adamant when he said, "There was absolutely spying into my campaign."  In August 2020, during his Republican National Committee acceptance speech, he said, "Remember this:  They spied on my campaign."  Each time, all the usual anti-Trump voices rushed to accuse the president of lying.  But over the years, a series of facts emerged that, while they did not support some of Trump's most specific charges — Obama did not wiretap Trump in Trump Tower — did support the larger idea that Trump was indeed the target of spying.

Ex-Director of National Intelligence claims Biden and Obama knew about Hillary campaign plot to hack Trump servers.  Trump era Director of National Intelligence John Ratcliffe says Joe Biden and Barack Obama knew Hillary Clinton's campaign was trying to hack into Trump's servers to try and find links to the Kremlin.  Ratcliffe said former CIA Director John Brennan told Obama and the then-president and Vice President Biden in 2016 about allegations Clinton was trying to fabricate Trump's links to Russia to distract from the scandal over her deleted emails.  The former DNI also told Fox News Digital on Monday there is 'enough evidence' to indict 'multiple people' in Special Counsel John Durham's probe into the origins of the Russia investigation into ex-President Doanld Trump.

Special Counsel:  Democrats Framed And Spied On Trump While He Was President.  Enemies of Donald Trump surveilled the internet traffic at Trump Tower, at his New York City apartment building, and later at the executive office of the president of the United States, then fed disinformation about that traffic to intelligence agencies hoping to frame Trump as a Russia-connected stooge.  A tangential filing on Friday in the criminal case against former Hillary Clinton campaign lawyer Michael Sussmann revealed these new details uncovered by Special Counsel John Durham's investigation.  The revelation came in the middle of a 13-page motion Durham's prosecutors filed in the criminal case against Sussmann.  The special counsel's office charged Sussmann in September 2021, in a one-count indictment of lying to James Baker during a meeting Sussmann had with the then-FBI general counsel in the weeks leading up to the 2016 election.

Durham motion alleges Trump Tower 'wiretapping' Mark Levin discovered in 2017: 'Real insurrection'.  Fox News host Mark Levin has been slammed over the last five years by the media for ostensibly promulgating a "conspiracy theory" that Donald Trump was being spied on ahead of the 2016 presidential election.  A filing from Special Counsel John Durham might now vindicate him.  In 2017, headlines such as the Los Angeles Times' "How the phony conspiracy theory over wiretapping caught fire," CNN's "Birth of a conspiracy theory:  How Trump's wiretap claim got started" and the Washington Post's "Mark Levin inspired Trump's wiretapping conspiracy theory.  Now he is turning on the president" flooded the news cycle.  Levin was blamed by the media for sparking the "conspiracy theory" that Trump was spied on, which was soon followed by Trump saying "McCarthyism" was playing out in real time.

Flashback: Top Obama Adviser Valerie Jarrett Refuses to Answer if Obama Directed the Criminal Spying on Trump.  This weekend we learned that the Durham investigators uncovered evidence that shows Hillary Clinton's team paid operatives to "infiltrate" the Trump Tower and then President Trump's White House servers to link Trump to Russia.  [Tweet]  The Durham team found evidence lawyers paid tech specialists, including university personnel to infiltrate Trump servers.  This is not surprising.  TGP reported on this in April 2019 based on our expert sources at the time.

Durham vs. Horowitz:  Tension Over Truth and Consequences Grips the FBI's Trump-Russia Reckoning.  As he documents the role of Hillary Clinton's campaign in generating false allegations of Trump-Russia collusion, Special Counsel John Durham has also previewed a challenge to the FBI's claims about how and why its counterintelligence investigation of the Trump campaign began.  At stake is the completeness of the official reckoning within the U.S. government over the Russiagate scandal — and whether there will be an accounting commensurate with the offense:  the abuse of the nation's highest law enforcement and intelligence powers to damage an opposition presidential candidate turned president, at the behest of his opponent from the governing party he defeated.  The drama is playing out against the clashing approaches of the two Justice Department officials tasked with scrutinizing the Russia probe's origins and unearthing any misconduct:  Durham, the Sphinx-like prosecutor with a reputation for toughness whose work continues; and Michael Horowitz, the Department of Justice inspector general, whose December 2019 report faulted the FBI's handling of the Russia probe but nonetheless concluded that it was launched in good faith.

Saul Alinsky 101: So-called insurrection is clear cover for political persecution.  Since 2016, Democrats and their media partners have falsely demonized Trump and his supporters as white supremacists, xenophobes, and any epithet they can pile on.  Barack Obama abused power to spy on Trump's campaign and later undermine his administration.  Obama remains above the law for these crimes because federal bureaucrats are also Democrat partners.  Legacy and social media, Democrats, and federal bureaucrats (the cabal) together created false narratives about Trump-Russia collusion, a call to Ukraine, Hunter Biden's computer, and finally, the January 6 events.  Using typical Marxist self-projection onto the enemy, the cabal falsely portrays Trump supporters as cult followers.  The purpose is to keep cabal followers angry, fearful, and ready to support any action, including crimes, against the enemy.

The actual coup began in 2016, and has continued ever since.  Starting in 2016, the Obama-Biden executive branch, the judicial branch, and the Democrats in the legislative branch set out to defeat Donald Trump before the election, and when that didn't work, they made endless attempts to get rid of the duly elected president after the election.  It all centered around the Big Lie that Trump colluded with Russia.  The public was told continually that Trump was a Russian agent or spy or whatever name they decided to use at the time.  The politicized Justice department used the obviously fictitious Russian dossier when they lied repeatedly to the FISA court to get multiple warrants to spy on people in the Trump team.  The FBI officials who perpetuated a fraud on the FISA court still roam free because they are special.  They are above the law.

The real insurrection began on Jan. 5 ... 2017.  Merriam-Webster defines "insurrection" as "an act or instance of revolting against civil authority or an established government."  This being so, the one real insurrection within anyone's memory was hatched on Jan. 5, 2017.  The conspirators met in the White House on that day to plot a quiet coup against President-elect Donald Trump.  Presiding was President Barack Obama.  Joining him was his national security team including all the usual suspects: the FBI's Jim Comey, the CIA's John Brennan, Vice President Joe Biden, National Security Adviser Susan Rice, Director of National Intelligence James Clapper and Acting Attorney General Sally Yates.  Following the meeting, Obama asked Yates and Comey to stick around along with Rice, his trusted scribe and factotum.  Obama had a reason for singling out Comey and Yates.  Unlike the others, they were staying on in their jobs.

They do not want Ghislaine to sing.  In June 2016, the FBI investigated Hillary's sale of state secrets to foreign governments.  Then the FBI destroyed the evidence.  At the same time, the FBI lied on FISA applications to spy on Donald John Trump.  Incredibly, the FISA judge denied the request.  My understanding is federal judges approve 99% of these requests for domestic spying.  Establishment mocking of "conspiracy theories" is laughable because the establishment created and promoted the ridiculous Russian Collusion theory that holds that Trump and Putin conspired to fix the election.  Given that the Kremlin was the source for most of the Russian dossier, it is more likely that Hillary and Obama conspired with Putin.

Three 'What Ifs' We're Not Supposed to Ask.  [#2]  What if it had been President Bush's CIA and FBI that had spied on Barack Obama's 2008 presidential campaign because of his personal ties to known communists and subversives?  What if the FBI had repeatedly filed false affidavits with the national security FISA Court alleging that Obama was an agent of a foreign power intent on subverting America's founding traditions?  What if, instead of fessing up to its illicit spying on his presidential campaign once he was nonetheless elected, the former directors of both the FBI and CIA, along with numerous other high-ranking individuals from the Intelligence Community, had spent the next three years pushing disinformation on cable news shows while insisting, without evidence, that the American president was a Manchurian stooge and national security threat?  What if it were discovered later that John McCain's campaign had used the cutouts of law firms and private intelligence agencies to launder fraudulent information about Obama to the FBI in order to set off an explosive criminal investigation that would rock the presidential race just before the 2008 general election?

Here Comes the Limited Hangout.  Whether Hillary Clinton was aware of the crimes committed between 2016 and 2020 to further her political ambitions is a question that may never be answered.  What has been proved beyond any shadow of doubt by the U.S. Justice Department over the past few months is that top operatives in her 2016 campaign used concocted falsehoods to leverage active law enforcement officials who in turn used U.S. government programs and resources to spy on the Trump campaign — a violation of American political norms whose only real parallel is Watergate.  We also know that under the pretext of "investigating collusion," at least 40 Obama officials, including then-Vice President Joe Biden, spied on the Trump team.  There is circumstantial evidence that Barack Obama knew what was going on, but since, miraculously, no one has ever publicly asked him about Russiagate, not even once, he hasn't had the opportunity to either lie or come clean.

Dirty tricks by Clintons shaped liberal opinion and news coverage of Trump for years.  In 2016, the law firm Perkins Coie, representing Hillary Clinton's campaign and the Democratic National Committee, hired former MI6 intelligence officer Christopher Steele to gather opposition research against Donald Trump regarding his supposed clandestine ties to Russia.  Russian national Igor Danchenko, who worked for Steele, fabricated and passed to Steele lurid rumors about Trump, some of which he might have fabricated himself, others of which came from Clinton operatives such as Charles Dolan.  These Clinton-originated rumors were intended to make it seem like Trump was closely tied to the Russian government and possibly also being blackmailed by Russian intelligence for genuinely gross behavior with prostitutes.  Steele went on to launder Danchenko's fabrications back into the United States through the now-infamous Steele dossier, intended to resemble an intelligence document with reputable sourcing.  But it was still just the Clinton campaign's product — not only bought and paid for by the Clinton campaign but also a regurgitation of rumors started by its own operatives.  Within federal law enforcement, these Clinton-originated lies took on a life of their own.  Even though the FBI had been long familiar with Steele and stopped using him as a source of information, agents, some of them partisans with axes to grind, used this information.  It became their justification for the unprecedented surveillance of the Trump campaign through a warrant under the Foreign Intelligence Surveillance Act.  Agents knowingly lied in order to get judges to keep the investigation alive.

Ex-CIA analyst:  Anti-Trump officials politicized intelligence, undermined U.S. security.  U.S. intelligence officials waged a politicized campaign to undermine President Trump and his administration, and the politicization undermined American security, according to a former U.S. intelligence analyst.  John A. Gentry, a former CIA analyst, stated in a journal article that former high-ranking intelligence officials were frequently used by sitting intelligence officials, to leak damaging information.  Many "formers" directly or indirectly helped elect current President Biden and defeat Mr. Trump in the 2020 election.

The Rank Shame of the FBI's Rank and File.  Many conservatives, it seems, lost a great deal of respect for the James Comey-led FBI after it illegally spied on former President Donald Trump's 2016 campaign using the Democratic National Committee's fake opposition research as pretext.  That agency, like law enforcement entities in the Third World, became a political tool meant to help elect a candidate preferred by powerful entities in Washington and beyond.  Its plan was foiled, and the members of the organization who, to use the parlance of our times, orchestrated that grave attack on our democracy, were caught red-handed.  None of them went to jail.  They weren't even fired.  Resignation was the heftiest punishment for perhaps the most egregious crime ever exposed in the United States.

Are US Spy Services Monitoring the Opposition's Communications?  Fox News host Tucker Carlson has reported during the last week about a whistleblower who told him that the National Security Agency (NSA) has been monitoring his electronic communications with the intention of leaking them to get his show taken off the air.  While most of the prestige press has dismissed Carlson's claims, the whistleblower may have struck just the tip of the iceberg — it's possible that along with Carlson much of the leadership of the American opposition movement is also under surveillance. [...] As absurd as it sounds, it's not hard to imagine U.S. officials presenting phony evidence to a secret court to try to show that an American TV star is actually a foreign spy.  They did it when the former host of "Celebrity Apprentice" ran for president in 2016.

No Storm, No Reckoning, No Nothing.  For years we have been hearing about a coming storm.  It was to be biblical and would bring pain to members of the deep state ruling class who, after exposure, would not be able to walk down the streets.  The storm was to begin with spygate, a coordinated effort among top officials in the nation's justice and intelligence agencies, to prevent Donald Trump's election; then after failing, to undermine his transition, cripple his presidency, then stop his reelection, the latter goals achieved.  Then there were crimes against humanity:  child abuse, trafficking, and the like, all to be exposed via the Anthony Weiner laptop or the Jeffrey Epstein cabal.  Both seem distant memories now.  In fact, we are now going in the opposite direction with the Biden administration suspending FBI background checks for migrant children caregivers.  We have lived in the "calm before the storm" for years and to this day it remains calm.  There are no storm clouds building, nothing on the horizon.

US Media's Role in Spygate — Part 3: Complicity & Criminal Legal Exposure.  Part 1 of this series focused on the media's personal hatred of President Donald Trump as a disruptor.  In Part 2 we focused on the Left's view of Obama as its counterpart to Ronald Reagan.  If his legacy goes down in flames as the most corrupt President in US history, it will do untold damage to the Progressive cause.  In Part 3 we will focus on how the media is loaded with prominent, national media figures, staples of the industry, at the highest levels who themselves or their immediate family were leading participants in the Spygate scandal and had serious criminal legal exposure to hide.  If Parts 1 and 2 weren't bad enough ... it gets much, much worse.

Biden Admin Officials Had Roles in Probes [and] Surveillance of Trump Campaign.  As Joe Biden constructs his new administration, individuals from the Obama administration are quietly resurfacing in positions of power.  Some of these people are well known, others lesser so.  But they all played critical roles at various times during the Obama administration.  Susan Rice, Obama's national security adviser and now the "top adviser to the president on domestic policy and related decisions," has admitted to participating in the unmasking of members of the Trump transition team.  Unmasking is the process whereby a U.S. citizen's identity is revealed from collected surveillance.  Initially, Rice publicly denied the allegations, claiming that "I know nothing about this.  I was surprised to see reports from Chairman Nunes on that count today."  Two weeks later Rice stated that she had not done so for "for any political purposes."  It was later reported that Rice told House investigators that "she unmasked the identities of senior Trump officials to understand why the crown prince of the United Arab Emirates was in New York."

Deep State:  Rod Rosenstein Admits He And Andrew McCabe Discussed Recording President Trump.  During Trump's presidency, whenever he or anyone else discussed the Deep State, Democrats and the media would dismiss it as the stuff of conspiracy theories.  When Trump suggested that the Obama team spied on his campaign, Democrats and the media lost their minds.  Now former Justice Department official Rod Rosenstein is openly admitting that he and the FBI's Andrew McCabe discussed recording conversations with Trump.  Is this still a conspiracy theory?

Storm? What Storm?  It Was Barely a Breeze.  The only storm is what Trump dove into on day one of his presidency, when calls for impeachment began minutes after his inauguration.  Two unsuccessful attempts were made, with assistance from cranks within his own political party.  His own agencies including the FBI, DOJ, and CIA had their own storm planned, illegally spying on Trump's campaign, transition, and administration.  They spied and wiretapped Trump and his circle, they fraudulently manufactured evidence to obtain FISA warrants, and destroyed real evidence as in phones and emails.  This was all cheered on by print, digital, and social media, political operatives rather than arbiters of truth.  We trusted Barr and Durham.  Barr is retired, playing his bagpipes, serving up only one spygate indictment of a mid-level FBI attorney who received a slap on the wrist.  Barr acknowledged "spying did occur" but like his predecessor, did nothing about it.

The FBI's Campaign Against Some Rightwing Groups Looks Exactly Like J. Edgar Hoover's COINTELPRO Scandal.  [Scroll down]  For the past four years, we've been appalled by the FBI and the Intelligence Community working hand-in-glove to insert informers into a presidential campaign and transition team.  We saw an obviously faked dossier laundered by the CIA and FBI through press leaks to create the pretext for a special counsel.  Over the past month, I've posted about the alarming pattern of "militia" and "extremist" arrests with a common thread.  A group meets.  Someone in the group brings up the bright idea to commit a federal felony.  Discussion ensues.  An outsider with the means to carry out the felony is introduced to the group.  Some inciting act is taken, like purchasing an illegal device, and the FBI descends on the group.  There is a press conference and indictments and much blathering about the enemy within and the danger of extremists. [...] You have groups opposed in some fundamental way to the direction the elites want the nation to go.  They are targeted for no other reason than their dissent.  From there, it is a short jump to creating facts that enable law enforcement to suppress that dissent. [...] If federal law enforcement continues to push informants and provocateurs into otherwise peaceful organizations and engage in what a layperson would characterize as entrapment, then they build a case for having entire groups labeled as violent extremists.  As we saw in the aftermath of the Capitol riot, that kind of labeling can be used to prevent people from traveling (the 'no-fly" list).  It can keep them from renting housing (AirBNB canceling reservations).  It can get financial institutions to make it impossible to use a credit card or other payment system.  And on and on.

Trump: In Like a Lion, Out Like a Lamb.  We no longer have "government of the people, by the people, for the people" as Abraham Lincoln promised in the Gettysburg Address.  Instead, we have government by and for the elites, the ruling class, the "big club" of which none of us are a member.  Spygate conspirators are living large, facing none of the promised "indictments coming."  James Comey is teaching at Columbia, Peter Strzok at Georgetown, the latter's wife, perhaps as a peace offering for her husband's dalliance with Lisa Page, named an acting director at the SEC.  Kevin Clinesmith, who falsified evidence for Carter Page's FISA warrant, received a slap on the wrist of a year of probation and hours of community service.  Compare that to how Michael Flynn was treated for misremembering an irrelevant date.  Spygate is going out like a lamb, no indictments, no punishment, no reckoning, only promotions and rewards.  The big club is taking care of itself.

Systemic Contingencies — They All Knew.  To expand on the awakening, and based on a recent call for clarity, here are some brutally obvious points about DC that connect through the stop-Trump operation commonly known as "spygate".  Robert Mueller had two goals as special counsel.  Goal #1 was to continue the fraudulent DOJ/FBI "Stop Trump" operation initiated by James Comey, Andrew McCabe and their crew technically named Crossfire Hurricane.  Goal #2 was to bury the illegal action; to create the cover-up needed for everything that took place in the "Stop Trump" operation.  It is the second goal that most people never reconciled; however, it is also that second goal that's the most important.  Everyone in DC knew Mueller's objective.  Every person in every branch of government and every federal agency knew Mueller's real purpose.

Ten Reasons a Post-Presidency Impeachment of Barack Obama Should Happen.  The spying on President Trump's campaign alone is chock full of abuses of power and illegal activity that this alone should be enough to impeach and convict Barack Obama.  The Obama administration spied on the Trump campaign based on a bogus dossier funded by the Hillary campaign.  The Obama administration used the dossier, that they knew was Russian disinformation ginned up to distract from Hillary's email scandal, to obtain a FISA warrant even though they never had any empirical evidence of collusion.  Further, evidence that Russia actually preferred Hillary over Trump was allegedly suppressed by Obama's CIA Director John Brennan.  The Obamagate scandal runs deep, wide, and dirty.  It also went straight to the top.  Documents declassified in May 2020 proved that Barack Obama was aware that his administration was spying on Trump's incoming National Security Adviser Michael Flynn, whose communications with then-Russian Ambassador Sergey Kislyak were illegally leaked to the media to bolster the bogus claims of Russian collusion between Trump and Russia.  Obama's direct knowledge of the details of Flynn's wiretapped calls even shocked his then-Deputy Attorney General Sally Yates.

FBI Used 'Ghosts' To Track Trump Advisor Carter Page In 2016.  The FBI used specialists from its Special Surveillance Group unit — sometimes referred to as "ghosts" — to track Carter Page while he was still on the Trump campaign, according to newly declassified FBI documents.  The plan to surveil Page with the special investigators, known as SSGs, is laid out in an Aug. 24, 2016, memo from the FBI team investigating the Trump campaign.  President Donald Trump declassified the memo and other documents during his last week in office.  The memo, referred to as an operational plan, was published by Just the News.  The bureau's use of SSGs in the investigation of Page, which has not previously been reported, shows the extent to which investigators went to keep tab on the former Trump campaign adviser.

The full story of 'Crossfire Hurricane' exposed.  [Video clip]

Senate Releases More Documents Relating To Russia Investigation, All Transcripts.  The Senate Judiciary Committee on Friday [1/15/2021] released 11 transcripts of depositions conducted as part of the committee's investigation into the origins of the FBI's Russia probe.  Chairman Lindsey Graham (R-SC) said in a statement that he "decided to release all transcripts of depositions involving the committee's oversight of the Crossfire Hurricane investigation," adding, "We have released as much material as possible, but some classified material has still been withheld."  The 11 transcripts include one from "Case Agent 1," who was identified as Stephen Somma by The New York Times in February 2020.  As The Daily Caller's Chuck Ross reported at that time, Somma was blamed for "some of the most significant problems laid out in the Justice Department's inspector general report on FISA abuse against a Trump campaign."  Somma was singled out by the Department of Justice's Inspector General in a report documenting numerous inaccuracies and omissions included in the FBI's FISA warrants against former Trump campaign aide Carter Page.

Is Nothing Happening?  Or is Trump is Channeling Sun Tzu?  Despite Attorney General Barr acknowledging spygate as "one of the greatest travesties in American history," there has not yet been a reckoning.  A mid-level FBI attorney, Kevin Clinesmith, pled guilty to falsifying a document which became one of the lynchpins of a FISA warrant on Carter Page and subsequent spying on Donald Trump and his campaign, but he has yet to be sentenced.  His co-conspirators are writing books, teaching at prestigious universities, and bashing President Trump on cable news shows.

The leader of the 5-year coup attempt:  Puppeteer Barack Obama.  [Scroll down]  There were two individuals with enormous impact on the Biden campaign — Obama and Hungarian-born American multi-billionaire investor and philanthropist George Soros.  According to research reports by the Sturgis-Fellowes Institute, both sought to maneuver Sen. Kamala Harris into the White House in 2020.  This was why Obama was hesitant, before Biden emerged as the Democratic Party's winner, to endorse him.  Soros especially sought a candidate who, like Obama, had broad appeal.  He, in fact, enlisted Obama in the effort "to teach Senator Harris how to be silky smooth in her rhetoric and delivery."  Primary voters obviously did not agree with Soros as Harris had to drop out of the presidential race.  However, clearly these two men influenced Biden to select her as his running mate.  Unsurprisingly, among the first to congratulate her after Biden's selection was Soros' son, Alexander.

Overstock's colorful founder has tales to tell about the Russia hoax.  Patrick Byrne, Overstock's founder, has long suspected that Obama set up a police intelligence state that's been calling the shots in American politics since 2015. [...] Now, Byrne has gone on record to say that he was part of a 2015 sting operation that saw Hillary accept multi-million dollar bribes from foreign governments.  Byrne thought the sting was to reveal Hillary's criminality, only to discover that it was to give Obama a hold over her when (as everyone assumed) she entered the White House.  You can see the video clip [elsew]here in which Byrne explains that Obama had used the Deep State to set up a blackmail operation.  The big question, of course, is whether Byrne is a fabulist, whose utterances we should ignore?  Or is he, instead, a brilliant, successful, connected, often prescient man who's currently a voice in the wilderness but should be taken very seriously?  I don't have an answer for that but his statements seem consistent with what we know about Hillary's corruption and the Obama Deep State, including the FBI.

The Attorney General cannot exonerate the CIA.  My point is simple:  The CIA is a large security-compartmented organization and by design often does not symbolically want the left hand to know what the right hand is doing.  For the AG to wander into that hall of mirrors and make a grand lasting statement about CIA staying in lane and not "spying" on candidate and then-President Donald Trump is preposterous on the merits.  Before the historical record sets to concrete for the AG to say that the CIA stayed in their lane, a penalty flag must be thrown that such a blanket denial by AG Barr is factually illogical, not supportable by even the recent the historic record, and should not be allowed to stand.

John Brennan says there was 'no spying' on Trump's campaign.  Former President Barack Obama's CIA Director John Brennan on Sunday said there was "no spying" on President Donald Trump's campaign, despite findings from a continued investigation that suggest otherwise.  "I sat down for eight hours with John Durham and his team, answering all his questions, and looking back at 2016 were there some mistakes made in terms of the FISA applications and those types of things, yes, apparently there were," Brennan told Fox's Chris Wallace.  "But that doesn't mean that there was criminal intent and there was no spying on Donald Trump's campaign."

How Trump Gets Justice for Election Irregularities.  "Just nonsense," CNN quoted an anonymous former senior U.S. intelligence official responding to Donald Trump's "baseless" allegation that Obama had candidate Trump's "wires tapped" during the 2016 presidential campaign.  A more careful look at the CNN article revealed hints of the truth peeking through from behind the carefully worded denials.  Kevin Lewis, a spokesman for Obama "denied" Trump's allegation, stating, "no White House official ever interfered with any independent investigation led by the Department of Justice ... neither President Obama nor any White House official ever ordered surveillance on any U.S. citizen."  Now we know that the Department of Justice was indeed surveilling the Trump campaign with the knowledge of President Obama.  Did Obama ever "order" it?  Probably not in so many words.  But the substance of what Trump said in that fateful March 2017 tweet was true.

The Supreme Court and the Electoral Coup.  [Scroll down]  And then there was Obama's achievements:  the Iran Nuclear Deal was consummated with the payment of $1.7 billion to the ruling mullahs in Iran, which the Senate wouldn't have ratified were it a treaty rather than a backchannel deal.  Obama's crowning achievement — er crime — that lead us to today's vote fraud dilemma was his oversight and approval of massive clandestine surveillance on Trump, his family and his entire campaign staff by way of an earlier fraud — the illicitly obtained FISA warrants to authorize surveillance — that were undertaken to facilitate an impeachment coup.

If Trump Takes a Lesson from Andrew Jackson, 2024 Will Be Interesting Indeed.  When Trump was elected in 2016, the Washington establishment lost its collective mind.  The top echelon of the FBI and CIA were still spreading a fraudulent Christopher Steele dossier paid for by the campaign of his opponent, Hillary Clinton, and the Democratic National Committee.  Shortly before Trump's inauguration, President Barack Obama called Vice President Joe Biden, national security advisor Susan Rice, Deputy Attorney General Sally Yates and FBI Director James Comey into the Oval Office.  The purpose of the meeting was reportedly to collate progress reports about how best to continue government surveillance of Trump's designated national security advisor, Michael Flynn, and thereby disrupt the transition.  Flynn's name was soon unmasked, apparently by Obama administration officials, and then illegally leaked to the press.  The harassment during the transition became thematic for Trump's next four years, which saw false evidence submitted to federal courts and other classified documents illegally leaked.

The Obama-Trump Transition Was More Like Sedition.  Between Election Day 2016 and Inauguration Day 2017, Barack Obama and Joe Biden may have given a public impression of the peaceful transfer of power, but they were working behind the scenes to sabotage the incoming president and his team.  Obama, on his way out the door, set in motion four straight years of internal insurrection.  It was sedition, not transition.  At the very moment Barack Obama welcomed Trump to the Oval Office on November 10, 2016 for a kumbaya photo op, his FBI was spying on Trump campaign advisor Carter Page, and by extension, Donald Trump.  Barack Obama's FBI, under the corrupt leadership of James Comey, used fabricated political opposition research to convince a secret court that Page was a Russian agent and had conspired with the Russians to rig the election.  Comey and Sally Yates, Obama's deputy attorney general, signed the initial FISA warrant on October 21, 2016.  Comey's FBI also was investigating three other Trump associates including his former campaign manager and Lt. General Michael Flynn, the incoming national security advisor.

Democrats And The Media Keep Lying About Obama's Agencies Spying On Trump's Campaign.  Four years after the FBI sent "Confidential Human Sources" secretly to gather information on Donald Trump's team, the president's opponents in politics and the media continue to deny that the bureau spied on his 2016 campaign.  They are now using that denial to dismiss questions of voting irregularities in the 2020 election by arguing that Trump and his allies traffic in outrageous falsehoods for partisan purposes.  During the vice-presidential debate, Mike Pence said, "When Joe Biden was vice president of the United States, the FBI actually spied on President Trump and my campaign."  The response from NBC "fact checkers" was to declare that "Pence repeated a false claim that Trump made during the first presidential debate — accusing the Obama administration of spying on their 2016 campaign."

The FBI Spying Denial That Never Grows Cold.  Four years after the FBI sent "Confidential Human Sources" secretly to gather information on Donald Trump's team, the president's opponents in politics and the media continue to deny that the bureau spied on his 2016 campaign.  They are now using that denial to dismiss questions of voting irregularities in the 2020 election by arguing that Trump and his allies traffic in outrageous falsehoods for partisan purposes. [...] This might appear at first glance to be a debate about semantics, a question of whether to call surveillance "spying" or something with less negative overtones, such as "intelligence-gathering."  Either way, it has been verified that the FBI took the extraordinary step of investigating an ongoing campaign for the presidency.  It has also been verified that the bureau drew on its complete arsenal, including wiretaps and secret agents — both in-house "Undercover Employees" and contract operatives called "Confidential Human Sources."  Though the FBI doesn't use the word "spy" to describe its own activities, the bureau's actions fit definitions of spying, old and new.

Will They Really Get Away With It?  Obama administration officials committed crimes against the constitution.  They engaged in a seditious conspiracy to overthrow the government of the United States.  Will they really get away with it?  Forty government officials were indicted or jailed as a result of Watergate.  White House staffers H.R. Haldeman and John Erlichman went to jail. [...] "Obamagate," or the "Russia Hoax" is a political and criminal scandal exponentially more serious and damaging to the constitution.  Like the Richter Scale measurements of earthquakes, Obamagate can be measured in "orders of magnitude" greater seriousness than the third-rate burglary.  Obamagate is the First American Coup.  Not from the militaristic right, as fantasized by liberal Hollywood.  Oh, no — from the "fundamental transformation" artists of the Bolshevik Left.

Lesley Stahl Is Wrong And Trump Is Right:  The Obama Administration Spied On The Trump Campaign.  Last week, President Trump's team released 38 minutes of unedited video capturing his contentious sit-down with Lesley Stahl of "60 Minutes."  Sunday evening, CBS broadcast clips of the interview and amazingly let air proof of Trump's charge that the media is fake news: "60 Minutes" and Stahl falsely reported that it is "unverified" that the Obama-Biden administration spied on Trump's campaign in 2016.  Trump and not Stahl raised this scandal, as the unedited video showed, after he reversed roles with his interviewer and pushed her to say whether she thought it was okay for Hunter Biden to give "the big guy" a 10 percent cut of money raised by Democratic presidential contender Joe Biden's son in China, and whether it was okay for China to give the Biden family one and a half billion dollars to manage and for Joe to then negotiate with China on behalf of Americans.  "60 Minutes" edited out those details of the Biden scandal, but let the television audience hear Trump say of it, "It's the biggest scan..." before correcting himself, "the second biggest scandal.  The biggest scandal was when they spied on my campaign."

The Gordian Knot Protecting Obamagate Secrets.  Donald Trump and Republicans are furious that U.S. Attorney John Durham has not brought indictments against senior people who spied on the president's campaign, lied repeatedly to judges in order to do it, and based their intrusions on specious evidence, which they knew to be false — and had been commissioned by the opposition political party.  We know the broad outlines of this coordinated operation, but we still don't know its full extent, all those involved, and what precise roles they played.  Attorney General William Barr promised major developments in this probe by late spring, then mid-summer, then Labor Day, and now sometime after the election.  If, as Republicans say (and the evidence seems to show), there was a systematic effort to weaponize federal law enforcement and intelligence agencies for political purposes, the public has a compelling right to know.  This need-to-know is urgent because the Democrats' presidential nominee, Joe Biden, served as the second-highest ranking member of the administration that conducted these acts.

9 Warning Signs of Democrat Radicalization.  When recently inaugurated President Trump tweeted that Obama had his "wires tapped" during the 2016 campaign, the mainstream media mocked and scorned him as a conspiracy theorist and loon.  They then spent four years trying to prove to the American people that Trump had conspired with Russia to "hack" the 2016 election and steal legitimate victory from Hillary Clinton.  "Russian collusion" has been a journalistic obsession, and it was all a lie.  There is, however, considerable evidence that Hillary Clinton and Barack Obama conspired with John Brennan at the CIA and James Comey at the FBI, along with numerous other high-ranking intelligence, law enforcement, and State Department personnel, to frame candidate and then president Trump as an agent of a hostile government.  All the American institutions that demand public respect have peddled baseless conspiracies for four years, while those few Americans who have defended President Trump from attack have been denigrated as kooks and charlatans.

Yes, Hillary Clinton Orchestrated the Russia-Collusion Farce.  Did she or didn't she?  Of course she did.  In late July 2016, Hillary Clinton, in an effort to divert attention from the email scandal that was haunting her presidential bid, directed her campaign to peddle a political narrative that Russia's suspected hacking and leaking of Democratic Party emails was in furtherance of a conspiracy between Vladimir Putin and Donald Trump to swing the election to Trump.  That is, as I argued in Ball of Collusion, the Clinton campaign dreamed up, paid for, and peddled the Trump-Russia collusion farce.  And in promoting it, President Obama's former secretary of state had a willing and able partner in the Obama administration — very much including its intelligence and law-enforcement apparatus.

President Trump indicates AG Barr has enough evidence to charge Obama admin officials — including Obama and Biden — with spying on his campaign.  President Donald Trump appeared to indicate on Thursday that Attorney General William Barr has more than enough evidence to indict members of the Obama administration for spying on the Trump campaign in 2016, including former President Barack Obama and former Vice President Joe Biden.  During a lengthy and wide-ranging interview with Fox News' Maria Bartiromo Thursday morning — in which the headline news was that he would not participate in a virtual debate — the president also dropped the potential bombshell that the Department of Justice has "plenty" of evidence to go after Obama administration officials.  "These people should be indicted, this was the greatest political crime in the history of our country, and that includes Obama and it includes Biden," the president said.

The latest revelations show Team Obama invented the whole RussiaGate scandal.  In mid-2016, the FBI got word that Russian intelligence believed Hillary Clinton's campaign was planning to frame Donald Trump as colluding with Russia's Vladimir Putin to hack her computers.  Yet somehow, the crack agents never connected the dots when handed the Steele "dossier" commissioned and paid for by the Clinton campaign that claimed Trump was colluding with Putin.  Instead, the Justice Department used that dossier as a pretext to spy on at least Trump aide Carter Page as it investigated the clearly spurious charges.  Justice also distorted the facts about Page's past relations with the CIA to suggest he had a history of working with Russian agents when his actual record involved turning them in.  Meanwhile, it buried the fact that Steele's main source was himself a suspected Russian agent.  Nor did it connect the dots to another "Russiagate" lead, the third-hand rumors passed along by a Clinton-allied diplomat that supposedly implicated another Trump aide, George Papadopoulos.

Russiagate Hoax Mastermind Must Be Exposed.  In the bureaucratic struggle to declassify Russiagate-related documents before the Nov. 3 elections and help ensure they aren't buried forever, some valuable nuggets have just been partially unearthed by the Director of National Intelligence, John Ratcliffe.  Like handwritten notes by then-CIA Director John Brennan.  During the summer of 2016, he briefed President Obama and top advisers that the agency learned of startling intelligence about the Clinton campaign and Russia. [...] Yet many questions remain — such as who was the Russiagate Hoax Mastermind alluded to by Brennan?  Americans need to know.  The smear campaign wasn't just a political dirty trick.  Nor was it proportionate to combat Trump supporters chanting "lock her up."  No, the malicious lie was the acorn from which the mighty oak grew — one that launched the crime wave of the century.  Unprecedented and wrongful surveillance of a presidential campaign.  Then a prolonged stealth coup to overturn the election.  President Trump and over 50 associates were subjected to seemingly limitless investigations, Privacy Act violations, criminal leaks, defamation and ruthlessly pursued by overzealous prosecutors, including numerous Obama and Clinton political donors.

Brennan Personally Briefed Obama on Clinton Campaign's Russia Collusion Operation in 2016.  CIA Director John Brennan personally briefed former President Barack Obama on Russia's knowledge of Hillary Clinton's "plan" to smear then-candidate Donald Trump as a Russian stooge during the 2016 presidential election, newly declassified documents reveal.  Director of National Intelligence John Ratcliffe on Tuesday declassified Brennan's handwritten notes from the briefing, as well as a CIA memo revealing that officials referred the matter to the FBI for potential investigative action.  That referral was sent to then-FBI Director James Comey and then-Deputy Assistant Director of Counterintelligence Peter Strzok.  Ratcliffe first revealed in a letter late last month that the FBI were aware of Russian intelligence regarding Hillary Clinton's plan to link Trump to Russia as "a means of distracting the public from her use of a private email server."

Brennan's Handwritten Notes Prove Obama Was Briefed on Scheme to Set Up Trump.  Newly declassified documents show former CIA Director John Brennan took notes after briefing President Barack Obama on former Secretary of State Hillary Clinton's plans to frame then presidential candidate Donald Trump as a Russian asset.  The briefing took place during the 2016 presidential election.

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What Obama Knew, and When He Knew It.  Last week, Director of National Intelligence John Ratcliffe declassified information to the effect that U.S. intelligence agencies "obtained insight into Russian intelligence analysis alleging that U.S. Presidential candidate Hillary Clinton had approved a campaign plan to stir up a scandal against U.S. Presidential candidate Donald Trump by tying him to Putin and the Russians' hacking of the Democratic National Committee."  Ratcliffe also indicated at that time that CIA Director John Brennan briefed President Obama and others on the intelligence.  Today Ratcliffe declassified documents relating to last week's communication, including handwritten notes by John Brennan.  Brennan's notes, reportedly dated July 28, 2016, relate to a briefing that he gave on that date to President Obama, "JC" (James Comey), "Denis" (Denis McDonough), and "Susan" (Susan Rice).  The version of the notes that I have seen includes pages five and six.  [Image is Page five.]  The notes are so heavily redacted that it is barely accurate to say that they have been declassified.

Hypocrisy: Democrat Attempts To Discredit John Ratcliffe Letter Reveal Double Standard.  Following the release of a letter from Director of National Intelligence John Ratcliffe on Tuesday [9/29/2020] revealing that former Democratic presidential candidate Hillary Clinton was referred to the FBI for allegedly approving a plan to "stir up a scandal against" President Donald Trump involving Russia, Democrats and their media supporters quickly tried to downplay the news. [...] These are interesting statements coming from Democrats, who ran with obvious Russian disinformation ahead of the 2016 election.  Ratcliffe may have said things in a letter, but President Barack Obama's FBI actually used Russian disinformation to fraudulently obtain FISA warrants against members of Trump's campaign staff.

John Ratcliffe Drops Bombshell Letter Linking Hillary Clinton, Obama/Biden Admin to Russia Hoax.  Director of National Intelligence John Ratcliffe just declassified a bombshell letter.  [Illustration]  In it, he explains that Hillary Clinton was behind the Russia hoax to "stir up scandal" against Donald Trump to hurt him in the election in July 2016.  Additionally that CIA Director John Brenna had apprised Barack Obama and other senior officials about the Clinton's alleged approval of the plan.  U.S. intelligence officials then made an investigative referral in September 2016 to the FBI Director James Comey and Deputy Assistant Director for Counterintelligence Peter Strzok regarding "Hillary Clinton's approval of a plan concerning U.S. Presidential candidate Donald Trump and Russian hackers hampering U.S. elections as a means of distracting the public from her use of a private mail server."

Obama admin briefed on claims Hillary Clinton drummed up Russia controversy to vilify Trump, distract from emails.  The Director of National Intelligence (DNI) declassified information indicating that former President Obama's administration knew of Russian allegations that former Democratic presidential nominee Hillary Clinton was attempting to tie Trump to the Russia and distract from her email scandal before the 2016 presidential election.  DNI John Ratcliffe informed the Senate Judiciary Committee on Tuesday that the prior administration obtained the Russian intelligence in July of 2016, but cautioned that the intelligence community (IC) "does not know the accuracy of this allegation or the extent to which the Russian intelligence analysis may reflect exaggeration or fabrication."  Ratcliffe's letter doesn't offer specifics on the intelligence but does reveal that former CIA Director John Brennan's handwritten notes show that he briefed Obama on the information.

DNI John Ratcliffe releases a bombshell about the Russia hoax.  The big news is that, on Tuesday [9/29/2020], Lindsey Graham released a letter from John Ratcliffe, the Director of National Intelligence.  In it, Ratcliffe wrote that Hillary Clinton and Barack Obama were both involved in originating the Russia hoax and that former CIA director John Brennan pushed the investigation. [...] Here's what Ratcliffe revealed:  In July 2016, American intelligence learned that Russia claimed to have learned that the Hillary Clinton campaign planned to undermine Trump.  According to Russia, the Clinton group was going to say that Trump had ties both to Putin and to the alleged Russian hacking of the Democrat National Committee email account.  (There's still no proof, beyond Clinton camp claims, that Russia was behind the hacking.)

Obama Knew Russia-Gate was Clinton Campaign Op; His White House Launched Witch Hunt Anyway.  Director of National Intelligence John Ratcliffe declassified intelligence on Tuesday [9/29/2020] indicating that the Obama administration knew the Russian collusion story was a campaign operation by the Hillary Clinton team but pursued the investigation anyway despite its obviously dubious nature.  Ratcliffe letter indicates that former President Barack Obama was briefed by former CIA director John Brennan on the "alleged approval by Hillary Clinton on July 26, 2016 of a proposal from one of her foreign policy advisors to vilify Donald Trump by stirring up a scandal claiming interference by Russian security services."

Brand-new 'Obamagate' film to 'destroy' narrative of left.  The Irish-born filmmaking couple Phelim McAleer and Ann McElhinny are known for their film "Gosnell," which exposed the seamy underside of the abortion industry by turning transcripts and evidence from the trial of the Philadelphia abortionist Kermit Gosnell into a cinematic drama.  They turned gripping testimony from the 2014 Michael Brown case into a play, called "Ferguson."  And lately they did the same with the infamous texts of FBI agent Peter Strzok and bureau lawyer Lisa Page in "FBI Lovebirds:  Undercovers," starring Dean Cain and Kristy Swanson.  Now, in yet another effort to counter a conventional narrative with first-hand evidence, they're about to release "Obamagate:  The Movie," showing how the Obama administration tried to take down Donald Trump.

Senate Homeland Security Committee authorizes subpoenas for testimony from Obama officials as part of Russia probe.  The Senate Homeland Security Committee on Wednesday [9/16/2020] voted to authorize subpoenas for former CIA Director John Brennan, former Director of National Intelligence James Clapper, former FBI Director James Comey, and other Obama administration officials as part of its broad review into the origins of the Russia investigation.  The committee on Wednesday held a business meeting to authorize committee Chairman Ron Johnson, R-Wis., to issue notices for taking depositions, subpoenas, for records, and subpoenas for testimony to individuals relating to the panel's "Crossfire Hurricane" investigation, the Justice Department inspector general's review of that investigation, and the "unmasking" of U.S. persons affiliated with the 2016 Trump campaign, transition team and the Trump administration.

Senate Panel Approves Subpoenas For 'Spygate' Figure Stefan Halper, 40 Others.  A Senate committee voted along party lines on Wednesday to authorize depositions and subpoenas for 41 individuals as part of a review of the Trump-Russia investigation.  The vote authorizes Sen. Ron Johnson, the Republican chairman of the Homeland Security and Government Affairs Committee, to subpoena Stefan Halper, a former University of Cambridge professor who served as a confidential source for the FBI during Crossfire Hurricane, the name of the Trump-Russia counterintelligence investigation.  The committee also approved issuing a subpoena for Steven Somma, an FBI counterintelligence investigator who served as Halper's handling agent.  A Justice Department inspector general's report released on Dec. 9 faulted Somma for numerous errors during Crossfire Hurricane.

Senate Intel Committee Refuses to Give GOP Senators Documents From Russia Investigation.  Of all the tells that have surfaced in the past four years, this is the biggest.  This is the one that reveals just how corrupt and duplicitous the Senate Select Committee on Intelligence really is.  Do not pass over this information without pausing and evaluating just how explosive this refusal is amid the largest, most corrupt scheme in political history.  The republican led Senate Intelligence Committee (SSCI) is refusing to provide documents to republican senators from their Russia investigation.  Citing archaic justification within senate parliamentary rules current Chairman Marco Rubio (R) and Vice-Chairman Mark Warner are refusing to allow Senator Johnson and Senator Grassley to review the evidence the SSCI assembled to create their report on Russian election interference.  The reason and motives for the denial are simple, yet the majority of Americans have no idea.  The SSCI was the legislative entity, both republicans and democrats, who participated in the unlawful effort to remove President Trump from office.  The risk of exposure is exactly why Mitch McConnell put Senator Marco Rubio on the committee as chairman to replace Richard Burr.  The Senate was participating in the soft-coup.

Carter Page's Camel Nose Under the Trump Tent.  Spygate had one primary objective, to prevent Donald Trump's election.  Failing that, then then had to cover their past transgressions of illegally spying on his campaign while at the same time undermining his administration, driving down his popularity to the point that he pulled a Nixon and resigned, or else be impeached and removed from office.  What better way to disrupt a campaign than to spy on it?  Trump Tower was probably not literally "wiretapped" as Trump claimed, but "spying did occur" against the campaign, according to Attorney General William Barr.  Carter Page played a big role in covering up the spying.  Carter Page was not the idiot the media portrayed him to be.  He graduated from the U.S. Naval Academy in the top 10 percent of his class, unlike John McCain who graduated solidly in the bottom 10 percent of his class.

50+ Questions No Reporter Dares Ask Joe Biden And His Campaign.  On Donald Trump:  What if anything did you say to encourage the surveillance of Donald Trump's campaign and associates before you departed the White House in 2009?  What is your plan to prosecute the corruption found inside the FBI, CIA, and Department of Justice's top leadership to frame a Republican presidential candidate for treason? [..] What did you know, and when did you know it, about the Obama administration's weaponization of secret spy powers to undermine an election and illegally surveil Democrats' political enemies?

Mifsud Notes Provide More Proof Crossfire Hurricane Was An Excuse To Spy On Trump.  Last December, in response to Inspector General Michael Horowitz's report on Foreign Intelligence Surveillance Act abuse, U.S. Attorney John Durham released a statement informing Americans that, "based on the evidence collected to date," his team had "advised the Inspector General that we do not agree with some of the report's conclusions as to predication and how the FBI case was opened." The release earlier this week of the FBI's 302 summary of the agency's interview of Joseph Mifsud confirms Durham's statement and proves what many Americans have long surmised:  The purported basis for the launch of Crossfire Hurricane was a pretext for spying on the Trump campaign.

Nunes: Obama and Biden Knew About Spying on the Trump Campaign.  On Thursday [8/13/2020], Fox Business anchor Maria Bartiromo interviewed President Trump.  Trump told Bartiromo that the Obama administration "spied on my campaign, which is treason."  "President Obama knew everything.  Vice President Biden, as dumb as he may be, he knew everything.  And everybody else knew everything, Maria, and you know it.  And Comey and Brennan and Clapper, they all were terrible and they lied to Congress..."  After the president's interview, Rep. Devin Nunes, the top Republican on the House Intelligence Committee, appeared on Bartiromo's show.  She asked Nunes about Trump's comments about the spying on his campaign, and whether he agreed with Trump's statement that it went all the way up to Obama and Biden.

New York Times Manipulates FBI Lawyer's Guilty Plea To Hide Real Spygate News.  A New York Times reporter who won a Pulitzer Prize for his role perpetrating the Russia collusion hoax was tasked with framing the news that a former top FBI lawyer was to plead guilty to deliberately fabricating evidence against a Donald Trump campaign affiliate targeted in the Russia probe.  The resulting article is a case study in how to write propaganda.  Adam Goldman broke, and cushioned, the news that former FBI lawyer Kevin Clinesmith was to plead guilty to fabricating evidence in a Foreign Intelligence Surveillance Act (FISA) warrant application to spy on Trump campaign affiliate Carter Page.  His job was to present the news as something other than an indictment of the FBI's handling of the Russia collusion hoax, to signal to other media that they should move on from the story as quickly as possible, and to hide his own newspaper's multi-year participation in the Russia collusion hoax.  One intelligence source described it as an "insult" to his intelligence and "beyond Pravda," a reference to the official newspaper of the Communist Party in the Soviet Union.  Here's how Goldman did it. [...]

Trump: Clinesmith Guilty Plea Is 'Just the Beginning' with 'More to Come'.  President Trump on Friday [8/14/2020] said that news of former FBI attorney Kevin Clinesmith's plea deal with Department of Justice prosecutors was "just the beginning," signaling that U.S. Attorney John Durham is zeroing in on other targets in his investigation.  Clinesmith is expected to plead guilty in connection with his alteration of an exonerating email during the Crossfire Hurricane (CH) investigation, which targeted members of Donald Trump's 2016 presidential campaign, including foreign policy adviser Carter Page.  In 2016, the CIA sent the email to CH investigators in response to their inquiry about the status of Page's relationship with the CIA.  Their response was not what the CH team was hoping for.

Now There's No Denying It:  Obama's FBI Spied On Trump... Period.  Today's news that former FBI attorney Kevin Clinesmith is expected to plead guilty in the Obamagate/Spygate scandal will be tough news for journalists like Jim Acosta.  Just this week, he haughtily intoned on his "network" that President Trump's charge that the Obama campaign spied on his campaign in 2016 was "just not true.  That did not happen; it has not been proven."  Well, today's guilty plea from Clinesmith proves it did.  The spying began in early 2016 as a robust opposition research tactic of the Hillary Clinton campaign and transformed into an "insurance policy" to handicap the Trump Administration after his unpredictable victory.

'Nothing Short of Treasonous'.  Barack Obama, Joe Biden and Susan Rice's conduct in the waning days of their administration in 2016 and 2017 was nothing short of treasonous.  It wasn't treason, per se, but surely it was nothing short of treason.  Confused?  Let me explain.  In July 2018, former CIA Director John Brennan accused President Donald Trump of actions that were "nothing short of treasonous."  [Tweet]  The next month, MSNBC finally got around to challenging Brennan on the divisive and volatile rhetoric (see how long a Democrat is able to squirm around the neighborhood after accusing a sitting president of betraying his country?).  Rachel Maddow (of all people) pushed back on Brennan's claim, and his response was, there's no other word for it.  Nonsense.  [Video clip]

The Spies Who Hijacked America.  Global scandals now labeled Russiagate, Spygate, and what President Trump calls "Obamagate" shook the political world, but hit me closer to home.  I'm the reason the so-called FBI "spy" at the center of Spygate, Stefan Halper, met Carter Page, the alleged "Russian Asset" in Russiagate's Crossfire Hurricane investigation.  On May 19, 2018, this realization blindsided me in London as I was about to fly out for my wedding.  The New York Times, NBC News and other sources had outed my PhD supervisor, Stefan Halper, as a spy known to the UK's MI6 intelligence service as "The Walrus."  It didn't seem real.  Could a former professor I once trusted as a mentor have betrayed his word, profession, and country to start these disasters?  I had moved to England to pursue an academic career and leave DC's politics behind, only to have my PhD supervisor throw me back into the most outrageous political firestorms I could imagine.  Just my luck.  Then an even worse question began nagging at me.  Did I unintentionally light the match that started it all?

Sunday Talks:  Steven Schrage Appears to Discuss His Role in "Spygate".  We have a saying in the south:  'hang around a one-legged man long enough and eventually you're gonna start limping'.  This interview is an example of how that cuts through the BS, spin and political chaff and countermeasures.  Steven Schrage should be trusted as far as you can spit into a hurricane — which is to say, not at all.

The Truth Doesn't Care About Your Feelings.  Spygate was the originating process to ensure the DC system did not experience the disruption carried by Donald John Trump; but it was only the originating process.  The process of opposition against Donald Trump is a continuum.  Those who use DC for influence and affluence control the mechanisms within the self-actuating system.  This includes both Democrats and Republicans as they both feed from the same trough.  In the effort to remove Donald Trump, both wings of the uniparty bird were aligned with an identical purpose; Democrats carrying out their effort openly, and the republican elements operating covertly as to retain the DC premise.  Specifically, one common misconception is thinking the Mueller special counsel was an outcome of an action by President Trump when he fired former FBI Director James Comey.  This is false.  The special counsel process was a continuum in the effort to remove the threat that Donald Trump represented back in the early primary days of 2016.  The system, writ large, was aligned with this purpose.

It looks as if this Fall's hit show will be called 'Obamagate'.  On Tuesday night, Trump announced that U.S. Attorney John Durham had uncovered "breathtaking" evidence about the "corrupt" Russia hoax.  That might just have been Trump puffing, except for the fact that the Trump campaign also released a new video hinting that the Democrats, from Obama on down, are going to be in trouble.  In April 2019, Attorney General William Barr assigned to John Durham, the United States Attorney for the District of Connecticut, the task of investigating operation "Crossfire Hurricane," also known as the Russian hoax.  In October 2019, word broke that the investigation had become a criminal probe.  All of this was exciting.  Political watchers expected to learn about indictments "any day now."  Except "any day" hasn't arrived.

Sally Yates throws James Comey under the bus.  With investigations revealing treasure troves of evidence of deep-state malfeasance in their bid to Get Trump, rats are fleeing a sinking ship.  Deep State is now trying to get its stories straight.  And in former Deputy Attorney General Sally Yates's Senate testimony this Wednesday, it looks as if James Comey is the designated fall guy.  Blame him and the rest get off the hook. [...] She's saying that Comey, not Joe Biden, brought up the gamy Logan Act charge idea, something that is obviously now an embarrassment.  Yates is someone who is a Democrat from a prominent Democrat family and her claims of no bias are nonsense.  She stands to benefit from a Joe Biden presidential appointment in a Joe Biden administration, so no surprise, she's defending Joe by hurling Comey under the bus.

Sally Yates says James Comey went 'rogue,' but she was just as unscrupulous.  Sally Yates, who served as Deputy Attorney General during a critical period as the Russia collusion hoax evolved in 2016-17, trashed fired FBI director James Comey during her testimony Wednesday before the Senate Judiciary Committee.  She readily agreed that Comey went "rogue" in his unauthorized pursuit of former national security adviser Michael Flynn.  But that, of course, was stating the obvious.  It was too easy.  Comey managed to turn himself into a human piñata when he engaged in blatant acts of corruption.  Like Comey, Yates was a model of prevarication and insincerity on nearly all other matters.  She minimized her own negligence and incompetence while blaming everyone else.

What to Make of Sally Yates's Senate Testimony.  [Sally] Yates became acting attorney general when AG Loretta Lynch stepped down toward the end of the Obama administration.  She was thus present at the important January 5, 2017, Oval Office meeting, when she and the FBI's then-director, James Comey, met with President Obama, Vice President Biden, and Susan Rice, Obama's national-security adviser.  The meeting centered around a scheme to withhold from the incoming Trump administration information about the Trump-Russia investigation — what's now often called "Russiagate" because of its similarity to Watergate-era domestic spying, part of what led to President Nixon's resignation to stave off impeachment.  Yates stayed on as acting AG in the early days of the Trump administration, but she was quickly fired for insubordination when she declined to enforce the new president's travel-restriction order.

Sally Yates tries to deny Trump campaign was surveilled, Sen. Cruz helps clear it up for her.  Former Deputy Attorney General Sally Yates appeared before the Senate Judiciary Committee on Wednesday, as part of the panel's review of the Russia investigation.  Things got interesting when Sen. Ted Cruz, R-Texas, began his time by asking Yates when she was aware "the Obama administration was surveilling" President Trump's 2016 campaign.  Yates engaged in a game of words, saying that when the FBI began spying on Carter Page, he was a former member of the campaign — with an emphasis on former.  "The Obama administration was not surveilling the Donald Trump campaign at that point," Yates said, matter-of-factly.  Cruz informed Yates "you don't get it both ways," asking the question again.  "Carter Page was a former member of the Trump campaign at the time that the FISA was initiated," she repeated, as if the campaign had never been spied on.  [Video clip]

New Disclosures Confirm:  Trump Himself Was the Target of Obama Administration's Russia Probe.  As I contended in Ball of Collusion, my book on the Trump-Russia investigation, the target of the probe spearheaded by the FBI — but greenlighted by the Obama White House, and abetted by the Justice Department and U.S. intelligence agencies — was Donald Trump.  Not the Trump campaign, not the Trump administration.  Those were of interest only insofar as they were vehicles for Trump himself.  The campaign, which the Bureau and its apologists risibly claim was the focus of the investigation, would have been of no interest to them were it not for Trump.  Or do you suppose they moved heaven and earth, surreptitiously plotted in the Oval Office, wrote CYA memos to cover their tracks, and laboriously sculpted FBI reports because they were hoping to nail ... George Papadopoulos?

Tick, Tick, Boom, Boom, Time's Up, Obama Goons?  Perhaps U.S. attorney Durham will finally expose the corrupt origins of the Russia hoax in the weeks ahead, or perhaps the Department of Justice will prove conclusively that we have a two-tiered legal system, one for Democrats and their wards and one for everyone else.  Whatever happens, irreparable harm has been done to the country, and Trump voters will never again put faith in an FBI, CIA, or DOJ that could so easily abandon legal and ethical constraints in order to pursue partisan political objectives equivalent to a bureaucratic coup d'état at the behest of a prior presidential administration.

Turley Wonders:  Why Are Media Outlets Uninterested In A Modern Watergate?  Over forty years ago, the press took a decided interest in a government using its investigative and intelligence authority to intervene in an election.  The Watergate scandal unlocked a whole series of abuses of power, which might not have been viewed as anything other than business as usual if not for the crusading journalists that made it a front-page story.  Carl Bernstein and Bob Woodward got lionized in print and on the silver screen, and to this day the media insists that its main function is to speak truth to power.  That depends on which power is in question, Jonathan Turley argued over the weekend.

More willful blindness by the media on spying by Obama administration.  The Washington press corps seems engaged in a collective demonstration of the legal concept of willful blindness, or deliberately ignoring facts, following the release of yet another declassified document that directly refutes past statements about the Russia collusion investigation.  The document shows the FBI used a security briefing of then candidate Donald Trump and top aides to gather possible evidence for Crossfire Hurricane, its code name for the Russia investigation.  What is astonishing is that the media has refused to see what should be one of the biggest stories in decades.  The Obama administration targeted the campaign of the opposing party based on false evidence.  The media endlessly covered former Obama administration officials ridiculing suggestions of spying on the Trump campaign or of improper conduct in the Russia investigation.  When Attorney General William Barr told the Senate last year that he believed spying did occur, he was lambasted in the media, including by James Comey and others involved in that investigation.  The mocking "wow" response of the fired FBI director received extensive coverage.

Declassified Documents Show FBI Used 'Defensive' Briefing In 2016 To Spy On Donald Trump.  Newly declassified internal Federal Bureau of Investigation documents prove the top U.S. law enforcement agency used a so-called defensive briefing of the Trump campaign in 2016 to spy on and collect information about Donald Trump himself.  The new documents, which are just the latest in a string of declassifications regarding the FBI operation to spy on the Trump campaign and later the Trump administration, detail the FBI's attempts to use a briefing ostensibly meant to warn the Trump campaign about foreign intelligence threats to spy on the Trump campaign itself.  The documents were formally declassified by Director of National Intelligence John Ratcliffe on July 23 then provided to Sens. Charles Grassley (R-Iowa), the chairman of the Senate Judiciary Committee, and Sen. Ron Johnson (R-Wisc.), the chairman of the Senate Homeland Security and Government Affairs Committee.

Background — Political Surveillance.  With the release of transcripts and the declassification of material from within the IG report, the Carter Page FISA and Flynn documents showing FBI activity; and with the recent release from Senate Judiciary Chairman Lindsay Graham; 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 & DOJ began targeting Trump and using Confidential Human Sources against campaign officials.

Prosecutor John Durham reveals the report into 'spying' on Trump's campaign will be released by the end of summer.  John Durham, the U.S. Attorney who is heading a criminal inquiry into the Russia investigation, is to release his findings by the end of the summer.  The review, which became a criminal investigation last fall, has been derided by Democrats as simply a scheme to damage President Trump's Democrat rivals before November's election.  But Department of Justice spokeswoman Kerri Kupec, said that the report was not the 'goal' of the criminal investigation but that it will be 'pivotal to the restoration of that one tiered system of justice.'

It's not "time for people to go to jail" just yet.  It's time for people to be put on trial.
"It's All Starting to Unravel and I Tell You — It's Time for People to Go to Jail" — Mark Meadows Speaks Out on Spygate Developments.  White House Chief of Staff Mark Meadows joined Maria Bartiromo on Sunday Morning Futures this morning.  During his first interview with Maria since he moved into his role as Chief of Staff, Meadows spoke out against the criminal Obama regime and FBI operatives who spied on the Trump campaign in 2016.  Mark Meadows told Maria Bartiromo it is time for indictments of these criminal operatives.

Susan Rice says Obama administration was 'absolutely' not spying on Trump campaign.  Former National Security Advisor Susan Rice, who "unmasked" officials in the Trump campaign during the 2016 election, said Tuesday that President Trump is wrong when he accuses the Obama administration of spying on his campaign in 2016.  "Absolutely no, it did not happen.  That is false.  That is another lie designed to deflect from the president's own very bizarre relationship with Russia; to distract from the much validated reality that Russia interfered in the 2016 election to benefit Donald Trump," Rice said during a discussion with Washington Post Live.  Unmasking is a term used by the intelligence community that refers to legally revealing the identity of a U.S. citizen whose communications are being monitored to learn more about that person and the case.

Jim Jordan says Democrats want to impeach Barr because John Durham will find 'spying'.  Democrats may be trying to hinder U.S. Attorney John Durham's inquiry into the Russia investigation, according to a top House Republican.  Rep. Jim Jordan, the ranking member on the House Judiciary and Oversight committees, said that a resolution signed by Rep. Eric Swalwell and dozens of other Democrats seeking an investigation into whether Attorney General William Barr should be impeached is a byproduct of their fear of what Durham may find.

Why Biden's Lead Will Evaporate.  Based on recently released documents, the once-rumored 'Obamagate' conspiracy is now known.  This plot involved people at the highest levels of government.  Also known is that the goal was to destroy Donald Trump's presidency.  Attorney General William Barr and Congressman Devin Nunes have been dropping hints that the seemingly endless investigations are about to come to a head.  What is unknown is what the response will be.  These crimes, if they go unpunished will firmly place the deep state in control of our fate.  Both the Democrats and the anti-Trumpers are fine with that scenario.  Americans are not.  If AG Barr actually does what is right, justice will be served:  Advantage Trump.

A Coup Against Our Institutions.  Matthew Spalding, a scholar of the Constitution and dean of Hillsdale College's Van Andel Graduate School of Government in Washington, D.C., has written an important essay on the troubling possibility that the treatment of General Michael Flynn by the Obama administration and, later, by holdovers in the FBI, the Justice Department, and the CIA, represents not just a personal disaster for Flynn — who was, for a week or so, President Trump's national security advisor — but also a brewing constitutional crisis for the United States.  Many commentators, myself included, have described the whole "Donald-Trump-was-a-Russian-Asset" caper as the biggest political scandal in U.S. history.  We were ridiculed or condemned by the Left and the NeverTrump fraternity alleged to be on the Right for saying that, but time has proven us right.  We were right, too, that this scandal was less a "hoax," as it was sometimes called, than an attempted, if slow-motion, coup.  It was an attempted coup because it aimed to disrupt the peaceful transition of presidential power from one administration, and one party, to another.

J'Accuse Barack Obama!  When President Obama was in his 75-day transition to the Presidency, he initiated correspondence with Supreme Leader Khamenei of Iran to explore, at the least, some form of what French diplomats call détente, or even entente. But Iran remained an adversary to the United States.  Instead of rapprochement, the Shia theocracy was sanctioned by UN Security Council resolution 1803 on March 3, 2008.  As it happens, this was prologue to l'affaire Flynn, a scandal whose events resemble those of that affaire to remember, the notorious Affaire Dreyfus.  That's Alfred Dreyfus the army officer, not Richard Dreyfuss the actor.  The first Obama term was devoured by its socialist pursuit of the Holy Grail, nationalizing the healthcare industry.  The second Obama term pivoted to a no-holds-barred rush to allying with Iran.  In July 2012, Obama hired Gen. Michael Flynn, a 33-year veteran and hero, to serve as the Director of the Defense Intelligence Agency.  In August 2014, Obama fired Flynn over, it is widely agreed, Flynn's opposition to Obama's policy of an 'Iran deal' at any cost.

No Holds Barred:  Barr and Durham Must Investigate Obama & Biden Too.  [Scroll down]  Nevertheless, something is wrong here, increasingly wrong as we were reminded just the other day by the release of yet another heretofore "lost" (or was it missing?) page of notes — riddled with redactions, needless to say — from the Department of Justice, this one the scribblings of disgraced FBI Lothario Peter Strzok himself.  Strzok was reporting on what he heard of the January 2017 Oval Office meeting with the then president and vice president, James Comey (still director of the FBI) and that woman of preternatural loyalty Susan Rice.  The topic du jour was Trump's national security adviser in waiting Michael Flynn and his (supposedly suspicious) private phone calls with Russian Ambassador Kislyak. [...] Strangely, however, Stzrok quotes the president — yes, it's second hand — as saying he wanted the "right people" to conduct the investigation.

Obama and his Gang of Untouchables.  Despite a steady flow of evidence confirming that Obama's White House directed the operation to infiltrate, spy on, and sabotage Trump's presidential campaign and then employ those same forces against Trump after he won, the media refuses to report any of it.

Explosive New FBI Notes Confirm Obama Directed Anti-Flynn Operation.  Newly released notes confirm President Barack Obama's key role in surveillance and leak operation against Michael Flynn, the incoming Trump administration national security adviser.  The handwritten notes, which were first disclosed in a federal court filing made by the Department of Justice on Tuesday [6/23/2020], show President Obama himself personally directed former FBI Director James Comey and former Deputy Attorney General Sally Yates to investigate Flynn for having routine phone calls with a Russian counterpart.  He also suggests they withhold information from President Trump and his key national security figures.  The handwritten notes from fired former FBI agent Peter Strzok appear to describe a Jan. 5, 2017, Oval Office meeting between Obama, Vice President Joe Biden, Comey, Yates, and then-national security adviser Susan Rice.  The meeting and its substance were confirmed in a bizarre Inauguration Day email Rice wrote to herself.

Strzok's newly discovered FBI notes deliver jolt to 'Obamagate' evidence.  The belated discovery of disgraced FBI agent Peter Strzok's January 2017 notes raises troubling new questions about whether President Obama and Vice President Joe Biden were coordinating efforts during their final days in office to investigate Trump national security adviser Michael Flynn — even as the FBI wanted to shut down the case.  Investigators will need to secure testimony from Strzok, fired two years ago from the FBI, to be certain of the exact meaning and intent of his one paragraph of notes, which were made public in court on Wednesday [6/24/2020].  But they appear to illuminate an extraordinary high-level effort by outgoing Obama-era officials during the first weekend of January to find a way to sustain a counterintelligence investigation of Flynn in the absence of any evidence of wrongdoing.

Obama's Marching Order on Flynn Revealed in Peter Strzok's Notes: 'Have The Right People On' It.  The D.C. Court of Appeals handed down their ruling on the Michael Flynn case: dismiss it.  The last battle of the Trump-Russia collusion circus is over.  We won.  The Left lost.  The liberal media lost.  The anti-Trump deep state lost.  We win, you lose.  It took more than a few rounds, but justice did prevail. [...] The decision caps off one of the most absurd legal sagas in recent memory.  There was no case.  New documents revealed a plot from within the Department of Justice to ensnare Flynn in a perjury trap.  Based on this evidence, disgraced top FBI officials James Comey and Andrew McCabe wanted to get Flynn no matter what.

Strzok Notes Reveal Obama Directed Flynn Investigation, Biden Raised Logan Act Violation.  Handwritten notes taken by former FBI agent Peter Strzok revealed that President Barack Obama directed the FBI to continue investigating Lt. Gen. (Ret.) Michael Flynn just weeks before he was to become President Trump's national security adviser, in a meeting during which Vice President Joe Biden suggested that Flynn violated the Logan Act.  Up until now, it had been unclear exactly how involved Obama was in the FBI investigation of Trump's national security adviser. [...] Obama himself directed that "the right people" investigate Flynn.

Obama and Biden were up to their necks in the Flynn persecution.  On Wednesday [6/24/2020], news broke that was so big that (at least as of this writing) both the New York Times and the Washington Post ignored it:  Barr's DOJ finally forced the FBI to release Comey's debriefing of the January 5, 2017 meeting that led to the General Flynn persecution.  The notes, which Peter Strzok wrote based on a conversation with Comey, show Obama directing the FBI to investigate General Flynn using "the right people," while Biden came up with the idea that Flynn should be prosecuted under the Logan Act, an old, unconstitutional law that is inapplicable to a national security advisor.  As well as showing a White House conspiracy against the incoming administration, the notes also reveal that Susan Rice's bizarre inauguration email to herself was false and that Biden lied to Americans about his involvement.  Although heavily redacted, the portion of the notes that the DOJ released to the public is unambiguous.

Agent Strzok CYA Memo? — Strzok Notes Indicate Obama White House Involvement in Targeting Michael Flynn.  In a court filing yesterday [06/23/2020] the DOJ provided — initially under seal — the Flynn defense team with more exculpatory evidence.  The filing includes hand-written notes taken by FBI agent Peter Strzok in/around key dates in early January 2017.  The filing was unsealed today, and the Peter Strzok notes are released. [...] The notes are written by Peter Strzok during a conversation with former FBI Director James Comey; that context is important.  What the notes contain are Peter Strzok writing down what Comey relays to him from conversations with White House officials.

Obama-Era Political Surveillance — Were Black Files Created?  [Scroll down]  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% non compliant 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.

The scale to which Obama's team spied on his successor should be focus of 'unmasking'.  The presumptive Democratic candidate for president, Joe Biden, heads a list of more than a dozen Obama officials who spied on Donald Trump's ex-national security adviser Michael Flynn.  Others senior officials include chief of staff Denis McDonough, CIA Director John Brennan, FBI Director James Comey, Director of National Intelligence James Clapper, Treasury Secretary Jacob Lew and UN Ambassador Samantha Power.  A list declassified Tuesday by Acting Director of National Intelligence Richard Grennel shows that Biden and others asked to have Flynn's name "unmasked" in transcripts of US intelligence intercepts of foreign officials.  The names of US persons or entities incidentally collected by such intercepts are minimized to protect the privacy rights of Americans.  Unmasking identities is not in itself illegal, nor even necessarily improper.  Occasionally US policymakers will ask to unmask a US person to better understand the nature of the intelligence before them.  Obama officials, however, gorged themselves like children at a candy store.

It's Worse Than We Thought — DNI Ratcliffe Declassifies "Annex A" The Supportive Documents For 2017 Intel Community Assessment.  DNI John Ratcliffe has declassified the Appendix to the 2017 Intelligence Community Assessment (ICA).  The appendix known as "Annex A" was the material the FBI and CIA did not include in the body of the ICA; however, it was used to brief congress.  There was always suspicion that "Annex A" was the ridiculous claims by FBI source Christopher Steele; those suspicions are confirmed today [6/11/2020].  The ICA was written in late December '16 & early January 2017, and the purpose was to politicize intelligence by making outlandish claims of the Trump-Russia conspiracy the official position of the U.S intelligence apparatus (CIA, FBI, DOJ and NSA).

Democrats give DOJ liars and conspirators a free pass.  This week, the Senate Judiciary Committee took the first steps in what will surely be a long look at the Crossfire Hurricane investigation.  Throughout Wednesday's questioning of former Deputy Attorney General Rod Rosenstein, and Thursday's debate over the "unmasking" subpoena vote, Senate Democrats made it clear that they are not, and never will be, interested in investigating misconduct at the highest levels of the criminal justice system.  The problem is not that they wish to speak out on the open rebellion against police brutality filling our streets, but that they leveraged the pain and frustration of the protesters to invalidate the committee's investigation into the quiet rebellion at the Obama-run Department of Justice.

Senate Homeland Security Committee authorizes subpoenas to Obama officials in Russia probe, unmasking review.  The Senate Homeland Security Committee on Thursday [6/4/2020] voted to authorize subpoenas to the FBI and other agencies for records and testimony from Obama-era officials related to the bureau's original Russia investigation and the Justice Department inspector general's review of that probe.  The committee voted 8-6 to give Chairman Ron Johnson, R-Wis., the authority to send subpoenas as part of the panel's investigation into the origins of the Russia probe and the process of "unmasking."

After Absolutely Abominable Failures, It's Time To Purge The US Intelligence Communities.  [Scroll down]  DNI Ratcliffe, your job #1 should be to root out and purge from service in the intelligence community anyone who, knowingly or unknowingly, participated in the coup plot.  Hundreds of agents and intelligence officers must have been involved.  Their participation, wittingly or unwittingly, is a breach of their oath to uphold and defend the Constitution and signifies, at a minimum, judgment so harmful and so destructive that they might as well have been working for Russia and China.  DNI Ratcliffe, your job #2 should be to begin organizing the termination of the Office of the Director of National Intelligence (ODNI).  The ODNI has not only failed in its original purpose to improve intelligence but has overseen a string of major intelligence failures, has politicized intelligence to support the "politically correct" worldview of the Obama Administration, which was probably a significant contributing factor to ODNI's leadership of the coup plot.  Only Congress can abolish the ODNI, but your support and preparation for abolition would help make it happen.

The Obama order that tells us it was a coup attempt from the start.  Dan Bongino had a good segment in his Thursday [5/28/2020] podcast on the Obama update to Executive Order 12333, the Reagan-era order that regulates the use and handling of intelligence on foreign targets by the U.S. federal intel agencies.  E.O. 12333 covers multiple types of intelligence, but in the last few years, its fame has been all about communications intelligence, and in particular, the treatment of incidental collection of U.S. person identities (USPI).  Bongino's podcast video is below.  Elizabeth Vaughn has a useful summary of his segment at RedState, framed with the reporting that came out at the time the update was made to 12333.  As public understanding of the 12333 revision has matured, it has become easier to vector in on what really mattered about it.

What the 'Obamagate' Scandals Mean and Why They Matter.  For over three years, the media's top story was "Trump colluded with Russia."  When that imploded after the Mueller Report, they moved on to impeachment.  The entrenched elites behind these scandals are the Swamp at its most sulfurous.  They spied illegally on Americans and used powerful tools of government to damage the party-out-of-power, its outsider candidate, and then his new presidency.  It's worse than a single surveillance scandal.  It's three huge ones, intertwined.  All were abuses of power.  Some were crimes.

Former AAG Matt Whitaker Confirms Mueller Probe Was Used As Weapon to Cover Coup Effort.  Within an interesting interview conducted by Jan Jekielek of Epoch Times, former AAG Matt Whitaker confirms what CTH long suspected.  The Mueller investigation was used by corrupt interests within the special counsel's office to threaten any/all executive branch and congressional officials with "obstruction of justice" charges if they revealed any exculpatory or counter-narrative information during the Mueller probe.

New FBI document confirms the Trump campaign was investigated without justification.  Late last week the FBI document that started the Trump-Russia collusion fiasco was publicly released.  It hasn't received a lot of attention but it should, because not too long from now this document likely will be blown up and placed on an easel as Exhibit A in a federal courtroom.  The prosecutor, U.S. Attorney John Durham, will rightly point out that the document that spawned three years of political misery fails to articulate a single justifiable reason for starting the "Crossfire Hurricane" investigation.  Those of us who have speculated there was insufficient cause for beginning the investigation could not have imagined the actual opening document was this feeble.  It is as if it were written by someone who had no experience as an FBI agent.

Before Election, Voters Deserve Full Answers On Obama, Biden.  The President was perfectly accurate, and for once insusceptible to questions about his good faith, when he expressed surprise at Attorney General Barr's comment last week that former president Obama and former vice president Biden, "based on the information that I have," would not become subjects of a criminal investigation, "whatever their level of involvement" revealed in the examination by special counsel John Durham of the origins of the spurious Trump-Russia investigation by special counsel Robert Mueller.  The attorney general elaborated that he did not wish to continue or aggravate the mixing of politics with the law and suggested that the best method of adjudicating Mr. Biden's role in these matters would be by the electorate.  As a number of eminent commentators, including Lou Dobbs and Frank Miele, have pointed out, this is not an acceptable treatment of the subject.

Obamagate: Obama's Ship of Lies and Deceit Has Run Aground.  Former President Barack Obama is a smooth-talking liar.  He uses his tongue like a brush to paint vivid word pictures so believable, the clueless swoon, believing every word.  Likewise, his administration followed his lead, spinning a web of corruption we're only now starting to unravel.  Until recently, we had no idea how far, deep, and wide the corruption within the Obama administration reached.  That is until the Michael Flynn unmaskers were themselves, unmasked.  We now see up close how much Obama and his administration, along with Deep State players in various three-letter agencies and leftist-run media, bartered in corruption, lies, and the weaponization of government power.  Apparently, there were two streams of flagrant corruption flowing concurrently.  They eventually collided and began running together sometime after the 2016 Presidential election to create a swollen river of treachery to overrun the proverbial banks of the new Trump administration.

How The Obama Administration Weaponized Surveillance Laws To Target Trump.  The drip-drip-drip of newly declassified documents related to the Trump-Russia investigation, together with recent reports that a classified leak against former National Security Advisor Michael Flynn might not have come from an unmasking request, leaves little doubt that the Obama administration weaponized federal surveillance laws to target Trump associates and undermine the incoming administration.  The story thus far is complex, but it reveals a disturbing abuse of power by the Obama administration that suggests congressional reform of federal surveillance laws is needed to ensure this never happens again.

As the crimes keep piling up, treason is the unspoken word in Obamagate.  At a May 15 presser, CBS News Radio correspondent, Steven Portnoy asked White House Press Secretary, Kayleigh McEnany, to explain what "Obamagate" was, and what crimes were allegedly committed.  McEnany responded with a litany of crimes committed in Obamagate by those surrounding ex-President Obama, but never got to the heart of the matter.  [Video clip]

It Won't Matter What Obama Knew (or When He Knew It).  Even if we uncovered irrefutable evidence that Obama personally hatched the conspiracy to undermine either the Trump campaign or his presidency, Obama will not be held to account.  From the perspective of justice, what Obama knew and when he knew it is totally irrelevant because nothing will be done about it.  The reason nothing will be done is that the elites of our society have decided how Obama must be understood.  His presidency has unique importance due to his status as the first nonwhite person to attain the office.  Symbolically, then, Obama is supposed to represent the decency of the American people and the moral progress that we have made since the abolition of Jim Crow.

Playing Dumb About Obamagate.  Liberals are dismissing "Obamagate" as another one of Donald Trump's "conspiracy theories."  Never mind that Trump has been right from the beginning about the Obama administration spying on his campaign.  James Comey sanctimoniously denied spying on Trump Tower, even as spying warrants giving him the power to intercept communications there sat on his desk.  And never mind that Obama's fingerprints are all over the Flynn-related espionage.  Liberals love to sanitize their own scandals.  Once censorious of the CIA and FBI, they now act like it is inconceivable that those agencies could ever abuse power, could ever spy on anyone improperly, could ever be weaponized politically.  And so much for liberals' ACLU-style anxieties about the civil liberties of Americans.  They have shown zero sympathy to Carter Page, even though the FBI massively violated his privacy with an improperly obtained warrant.  The civil libertarian Left disappears during Democratic scandals.

Obama's Legacy of Deceit.  The Obamagate conspiracy is unraveling before our eyes, and it reveals the true legacy of the Obama presidency:  deceit, abuse of power, and the use of the Justice Department and intelligence agencies to surveil and punish the former president's political enemies.  This week Attorney General William Barr announced that he did not expect criminal investigations into the Obamagate scandal to reach the namesake of the conspiracy, former President Barack Obama.  "As to President Obama and Vice President Biden," Barr said, "whatever their level of involvement based on the information I have today, I don't expect Mr. Durham's work will lead to a criminal investigation of either man."  Of course "I don't expect" and "based on the information I have today" leaves room wide enough for several satisfactory scenarios but let's, for the sake of argument, assume that the ongoing criminal investigation into the Obama Administration's Justice Department, FBI, and intelligence communities delivers indictments and possible convictions of several nefarious actors but doesn't reach as high as Obama and Biden.  Is this supposed to be some kind of victory for them?

Full Text of Susan Rice's January 20, 2017 Email About Secret Oval Office Meeting Released — Comey and Obama Targeted Flynn!.  Senate Governmental Affairs Committee Chairman Ron Johnson (R-WI) wrote a letter to US Attorney General William Barr on Monday [5/18/2020] requesting he declassify the remaining portion of Susan Rice's January 20, 2017 email to herself about the secret Oval Office meeting with the coup cabal.  "I request you review and declassify the remaining portion of Ambassador Rice's January 20, 2017, email and provide it to my office," Johnson wrote.  Acting DNI Richard Grenell on Tuesday [5/19/2020] declassified the remaining portion of Susan Rice's email.

Susan Rice's resurfaced 2017 comments denying knowledge of Trump team surveillance raise eyebrows.  A three-year-old interview clip of former National Security Adviser Susan Rice resurfaced Tuesday [5/19/2020] after the declassified email she sent to herself on the final day of the Obama administration was released.  During an April 2017 appearance on PBS News Hour, Rice was asked about the then-breaking revelations about members of President Trump's transition team having been surveilled before he took office. [...] "I know nothing about this," Rice said at the time.  "I was surprised to see reports from Chairman Nunes on that count today."

Senators 'Dramatically Expanding' Probe Into Obama-Era Scandal, Think Surveillance May Have Started 'Even Earlier' Than 2016.  Two Senate committees are expanding their investigations into the Obama-era scandal that involved surveilling members of the Trump campaign, which Attorney General William Barr has said amounts to "spying," saying that they have reason to believe that they are becoming increasingly concerned that the surveillance started before the FBI's "Crossfire Hurricane" investigation.  Homeland Security and Governmental Affairs Chairman Ron Johnson and Finance Committee Chairman Charles Grassley wrote a letter to Acting Director of National Intelligence Richard Grenell asking for the declassification of "additional information related to the unmasking of Americans around the time of the 2016 election, but also to expand the scope of our request to include information as early as January 2016."

Obamagate Must Result in Criminal Prosecutions.  During his very last days as vice president, Biden unmasked General Michael Flynn and by a very strange coincidence, it happened to be the very same day Flynn's name was leaked to the media.  In the unlikely event Biden had some legitimate reason for unmasking Flynn at the time, it's improbable that he would remember what that reason might have been, more than three years later.  Leaking Flynn's name is a felony punishable by up to ten years in prison.  The moral of the story is be careful what you wish for, because you might get it.

Acts of Treason.  Perhaps the most troubling — and dangerous — aspect of the current political conversation is the unwillingness of virtually every elected official and every media pundit to confront what "Obamagate" is obviously about, which is treason.  Specifically, treason committed by the Obama White House in attempting to block and then overthrow the Trump presidency.  Obamagate is about the failed attempt by President Obama and his appointees to use government intelligence agencies to spy on the Trump campaign and White House, to concoct a phony accusation of collusion with Russia against the president and then to obstruct his administration and overthrow him.

Why AG Barr is right about not criminally prosecuting Obama or Biden.  If there were a trial, it would go on for years, and that wouldn't even include all the appeals.  No matter how it concluded, whether it were an acquittal, a partial conviction, a hung jury, or a jury nullification, it would still be argued for decades.  Either way, Obama would be a hero to millions throughout the world, and he could go on another anti-American world tour as a victim of an unfair justice system.  The ones who actually did the crimes at his direction would be brushed aside in the frenzy and even forgotten.  But it appears that A.G. Barr and Michael Horowitz are leaving nothing undiscovered and fully intend to proceed with criminal prosecutions.  If those who did the crimes under Obama's orders and direction have to hire hugely expensive attorneys, perhaps even sell their homes, as General Flynn had to do, they will be angry, very angry at Obama's getting a pass.  They will tell all on each other and on him.

Secondary Confirmation — Treasury Whistleblower Complaint Aligns Directly With President Obama's Political Surveillance Activity.  An exclusive Treasury Department whistleblower outline in the Ohio Star is almost an absolute match to our research on how President Obama constructed the political surveillance network during his second term.  According to the article in mid-December 2015 the Treasury whistleblower started noticing data-search transactions with the Treasury Dept. for specific people that aligned with the 2016 GOP primary.  The searches included Michael Flynn, Paul Manafort, Donald Trump and his family as well as certain members of congress.

'Obamagate' is here to stay.  Al Sharpton asked me this on his Saturday [5/16/2020] cable news show:  "What is 'Obamagate?'"  "The intentional interference with the peaceful transition of power," I responded.  I explained that the American tradition of peaceful transition of power is the "glory of the Republic."  The central charge of the many for which "Obamagate" is shorthand:  Senior members of the administration of President Barack Obama made efforts to cripple President Trump's ability to govern via unconstitutional methods throughout the transition and even into the first three years of his term.  Zerlina Maxwell, opposite me on Sharpton's virtual set, characterized the term "Obamagate" as a racist talking point.  Those on the left who seek to diminish Obamagate should know that what they are doing is attempted censorship, an obvious effort to delegitimize the most legitimate of inquiries:  Did Obama or any of his senior team — in the White House, the FBI or Justice Department or any of the intelligence agencies, with or without his knowledge — act to sabotage Trump's assumption of power and effective administration of the executive branch?

Trump's Baptism Scene.  [Scroll down]  Let us remember that the fish always stinks from the head.  It now appears that this dishonorable cabal was led by Barack Obama and those who financed his own peculiar — indeed fishy — rise to power.  And those who participated in the crashingly failed attempts to destroy the Trump presidency — the Russian-collusion hoax, the Stormy Daniels hoax, the Ukraine hoax, the impeachment hoax, the leaking, the lying, the spying, and the media whores who to this day cover for Obama's many failures and scandals — including this one, Obamagate — are now on the threshold of paying the piper, so to speak.

Jesse Watters says Bill Barr has "smoking gun" docs on Obama's ties to Spygate.  Attorney General William Barr might have "smoking gun" documents on Obama's ties to Spygate.  Fox News was told by its sources that Barr has a trove of "smoking gun" documents implicating Barack Obama.  This information allegedly comes from Richard Grenell, the acting Intelligence Chief who "found" some very important documents.  He allegedly hand-delivered them to Barr.  Fox News' Jesse Watters says they are "smoking gun" docs tying Obama to Spygate.  Obama's people know what he wants and all he would have to do is give the proverbial wink and nod.  If this is true, don't count on Obama paying a price.  He likely has plausible deniability.

Dan Bongino Finds Out There's a Fourth Way the Government Can Spy on a Citizen.  [Scroll down]  The government is surveilling Kislyak.  They're receiving transcripts of his phone calls.  How do they know who he's speaking with?  FBI officials know Flynn would be vacationing in the Dominican Republic at the end of December.  It would be easy for Obama officials to identify a Kislyak call to the Dominican Republic.  How can Obama officials guarantee that Kislyak will call Flynn while he's there?  They might announce sanctions against Russians or they might expel 35 Russian diplomats and close two Russian compounds for interference in the 2016 presidential election.  Which is exactly what they did.  To be precise (and this distinction will become clear shortly), on December 28, Obama signed Executive Order #13757 which enacted sanctions on several Russians and Russian entities.  On the next day, December 29, 2016, Obama announced the closing of two Russian compounds and the expulsion of 35 Russian diplomats.  Odd timing, is it not?  Why did they wait so long after Election Day?

Obama must testify about Flynn persecution and prosecution.  During the 2008 campaign, Obama promised to fundamentally transform our country.  This may be the one campaign promise he kept. [...] The Obama Gang lied and cheated to help Hillary Clinton win.  They tried to destroy the Trump presidency by concocting the Russia Hoax, including the framing and persecution and prosecution of General Flynn.  They tried to sabotage the transfer of power from Obama to President Trump.  The banana republics use tanks and soldiers to interfere in transfers of power.  The Obama Gang used FISA warrants based on the phony Steele dossier, the framing of General Flynn, the misconduct by Comey to leak memos to get his pal Mueller appointed to persecute and prosecute Trump friends and officials, and other misconduct.  When all failed, they impeached President Trump without any evidence as required by the Constitution.

Forget About Seeing Any Justice For Obamagate.  Allow me to disabuse you of your naïve delusion that we still live in a country with a justice system and break it to you that no one is going to jail for what was done to Flynn, or for the unmasking business, or for the Russia hoax or, for that matter, for any of the corrupt Dem/foreigner collaborations exemplified by the payoffs received by stripperphile and Bolivian folk medicine enthusiast Hoover Biden.  No one.  Well, maybe Mike Flynn himself will.  Since his judge is now making up the law as he goes along [...]

Bongino: How Obama Admin got the Kislyak call without a paper trail.  How did Obama spy on then-NSA Michael Flynn?  Dan Bongino wanted to know how he did it without leaving a paper trail.  Mr. Bongino couldn't figure it out, but then it came to him.  There is a way.  The facts are that the Obama administration listened in on General Flynn's phone calls or were getting transcripts.  Permission to do that comes in three ways:  from a criminal wiretap, a FISA warrant, or listening in on foreigners and if an American is caught up during that conversation, you can ask for the American to be unmasked.  Dan Bongino found a fourth way which leads right to Barack Obama.

Obamagate — How Obama administration apparently weaponized intel agencies for political attacks.  It is imperative to uncover the extent of the Obama administration's abuse of U.S. intelligence for political purposes.  This must include a full list of every American unmasked from intelligence reports — Trump aides, members of Congress, and ordinary Americans — and who made these requests.  It would be irresponsible for the intelligence community and Congress to turn a blind eye to this abuse simply because it happened years ago.  Wrongdoing by the Obama administration in this scandal — which President Trump has dubbed "Obamagate" — must be exposed to ensure such actions never take place again.

And By the Way, Obamagate Is Real and It's Spectacular.  The American mainstream media has expended great effort in the past two weeks to convince people that the scandal now known as Obamagate is either a diversion or a conspiracy theory, neither of which is true. [...] The reason that the scandal has come to be known as Obamagate is because if the allegations are true the stink is all over Obama himself.  Sure, he may revert to form and find someone to throw under the bus, but it looks as if he may not be able to completely deflect this time.  The Obama faithful are no doubt on psychological overload trying to remain in denial these days.  Thou shalt not speak ill of their Holy One, but — deep down inside — they all probably know that he isn't that holy.  This is the real problem for Democrats and their flying monkeys in the MSM.  The Obamagate story has really gotten in the way of the preferred progressive narrative, which is that every single thing about the coronavirus pandemic is President Trump's fault.

Unmasking the Illegalities of the Obama Administration.  [Scroll down]  Further, we now have documents indicating exactly how various Obama administration leaders who were supposed to be serving the American people were actually weaponizing for political purposes their agencies to spy on the incoming Trump personnel.  Just days ago, Gina Loudon recounted details on RealClear Politics about how acting director of National Intelligence Richard Grenell has been cleaning up the Office of National Intelligence to strengthen and protect its transparency and accountability.  "Thanks to Grenell's efforts, Americans now know that the Obama administration abused its power during the 2016 campaign in order to illegally spy on Donald Trump's associates."  The sheer volume of requests during the Obama administration is indicative of how widespread the spying was.  For instance, United Nations ambassador Samantha Power was the "largest unmasker of US persons in our history."  She unmasked more than 300 U.S. citizens in less than a year!

Was Obama systematically spying on everyone who could threaten his legacy?  [Scroll down]  First, I am indebted to Mary Theroux, of the Independent Institute, who alerted me to the National Security Agency's collection and storage capacity.  Its Utah Data Center, completed in May 2019 at a cost of $1.5 billion, is located at Camp Williams, near Bluffdale, Utah.  The structure covers somewhere between 1 [and] 1.5 million square feet, with 100,000 square feet dedicated to the data center and the remainder for technical support and administration.  The Data Center's storage capacity is estimated to exceed exabytes, plural.  If you're wondering, a single exabyte is equal to one quintillion bytes (or 10 to the 18th power of bytes).  That's a lot of information.  Mary Theroux pointed out that there is no way that the U.S. can scan this information in real time.  That is, there's nothing in this massive database that will alert our intelligence agencies to a planned terrorist attack.  Instead, this database exists as a repository to hunt down information after the fact.  In that regard, it gives the government power that Lavrentiy Beria only dreamed about.  Lavrentiy Beria was the head of the secret police under Stalin.

We Don't Know How Close We Came to the Coup Succeeding.  [Scroll down]  I mean, it's almost incomprehensible the degree to which these people engaged in sedition.  This was a coup.  It was a nonmilitary coup.  It was an effort to thwart a duly constituted election, a fair election.  It was an effort to reverse the outcome.  And it consisted of a series of crimes piled on top of each other, fueled by lies.  It was an attempt to actually create crimes, to trap people into committing crimes where none had occurred.  One of the FBI's informants was a guy named Stefan Halper, and he's a former professor at Cambridge in the U.K., and he's best buddies with one of these erudite, sophisticated elitists that ran MI5 in the U.K. He tried to get hired by the Trump foreign policy team during the campaign.  Thankfully, he was rejected.  The sole reason that he wanted to get hired was to collude with Russians.  Stefan Halper hoped to be part of the Trump foreign policy advisory team, and I guarantee you if that has happened, he'd have been on the phone with people he knows in Russia, and those phone calls would have been wiretapped in cooperation with the FBI, and he would have been talking to Russians about Hillary's emails, whatever it took.It's amazing that didn't happen.  Because this is the kind of thing they were trying with any number of people, not just Stefan Halper.  They were trying to get people hired.

David Horowitz to Newsmax TV: Flynn Case 'Failed Coup D'etat'.  The case against Michael Flynn was a "failed coup d'etat" of President Donald Trump, noted conservative author David Horowitz told Newsmax TV on Friday [5/15/2020].  In an interview on "The Chris Salcedo Show," Horowitz decried the prosecution of the former general — and noted the Department of Justice's announcement it was dropping the criminal case against Flynn showed the underpinnings of it have now collapsed.  "That's a failed coup d'etat," Horowitz said.

The other secrets inside Grenell's satchel are the key to the biggest political scandal in US history.  That satchel that Acting DNI Ric Grenell personally delivered to the Department of Justice on May 7, 2020 was far too big for just a list of the 39 Obama administration officials, including his chief of staff and ambassador to Italy.  Those higher ups have been exposed as requesting the unmasking of General Flynn.  But there must have been a lot more inside, and that material was voluminous to require a briefcase-sized container, and that is the key to exposing the real extent of the spy operation that President Obama carried out on his political enemies, and the unmasking of General Michael Fynn is just the tip of the iceberg. [...] The key message is that for years the Obama administration was mining the incomparable database of the National Security Agency (NSA), which captured virtually all electronic communications — emails, text messages, everything — launched into the ether.  The potential for abuse is breathtaking.  Everything that political enemies said to each other, except in private in-person conversations or in snail mail letters, could have been spied upon.  And now it looks like staggering numbers of intercepts were monitored.

Beyond Biden, Brennan, and Clapper:  How Grenell's satchel tells us this is on the right track.  There's an understandable impatience and frustration from many with how long it's taking to see visible action from the Obamagate investigators.  We've been getting clues and "bombshells" for a long time now, and yet nothing concrete seems to happen.  What I'll briefly lay out here is the case that it's going to happen soon — it might be any day now — and we know that from the appearance of Grenell with the satchel at the Justice Department, along with a very few, easy-to-miss words of tweet in journalist Adam Housley's feed in the last 48 hours.  The clues are minimal, but if you know how to read them, you know that the investigators at DOJ and in the intel community have gone right where they needed to go, and they've hit the pot of gold at the end of the rainbow.  What will blow the whole thing wide open is simply this:  laying bare the nexus of the operation at the National Security Council staff.

Obamagate Is Not a Conspiracy Theory.  Those sharing #Obamagate hashtags on Twitter would do best to avoid the hysterics we saw from Russian-collusion believers, but they have no reason to ignore the mounting evidence that suggests the Obama administration engaged in serious corruption.  Democrats and their allies, who like to pretend that President Obama's only scandalous act was wearing a tan suit, are going spend the next few months gaslighting the public by focusing on the most feverish accusations against Obama.  But the fact is that we already have more compelling evidence that the Obama administration engaged in misconduct than we ever did for opening the Russian-collusion investigation.

We Now Know How Far Obama Was Willing to Go to Damage the Trump White House.  Obama is a dirty man.  It's becoming clearer by the day.  The collapse of the Trump-Russia collusion nonsense is exposing how the former president can smile at you whilst setting forth a plot to bring about your annihilation.  We shouldn't be shocked; he did sign off on Fast and Furious that got a Border Patrol agent killed.  Obama barely bat an eye.  The 2016 election was supposed to have Hillary Clinton making history.  Instead, she became a two-time presidential loser, whose only accomplishment was that she married Bill, who does have the political skill to win an election.  And there was a lot of dirty laundry lying around from the FBI's disastrous Russian collusion outing.  Obama wanted to make sure this investigation was protected, preferably hidden from the Trump team.  And then, the leaks began.  For over two years, Obama's orders led to a coordinated media leak campaign.  All of this, the entire Trump-Russia myth, was based on a shoddy opposition research document — the Steele dossier — which has been thoroughly debunked.

What Did Obama Know, and When Did He Know It?  What did President Obama know and when did he know it?  That famous formulation is emerging as the question in the wake of new disclosures in respect of a meeting that took place inside the Oval Office in the closing days of Mr. Obama's presidency.  The meeting included not only his national security adviser, Susan Rice, and the head of the FBI, James Comey, but also Vice President Biden, now the prospective Democratic nominee.  This is laid out in, among other places, a dispatch by Mollie Hemingway in the Federalist.  Ms. Hemingway reckons the meeting is turning out to be, as her headline puts it, "key" to the "entire anti-Trump operation" launched two weeks before the end of the Obama administration. [...] Ms. Hemingway presents a terrific timeline.  It starts on January 4, 2017, at a time when the FBI was scrambling, as the Federalist's scribe puts it, to reopen a case against General Flynn.  The January 5 meeting started as a briefing for the President and also included Deputy Attorney General Sally Yates, the CIA director, John Brennan, and the Director of National Intelligence, James Clapper.

Tucker explains the new revelations of Obamagate.  [Video clip]

Graham Announces 'In-Depth' Hearings on Obama Administration Abuse.  Senate Judiciary Committee Chairman Lindsey Graham announced Thursday afternoon [5/14/2020] he will hold a series of "in-depth" hearings, starting in early June, on Crossfire Hurricane and other Obama administration abuses.  "Our first phase will deal with the government's decision to dismiss the Flynn case as well as an in-depth analysis of the unmasking requests made by Obama Administration officials against General Flynn.  We must determine if these requests were legitimate," Graham released in a statement.  "Our next area of inquiry, later this summer, will be oversight building upon the Horowitz report about FISA abuses against Carter Page.  My goal is to find out why and how the system got so off the rails."  "Finally, we will look at whether Robert Mueller should have ever been appointed as Special Counsel.  Was there legitimate reason to conclude the Trump campaign had colluded with the Russians?" he continued.

The Hoaxes Cry Out for Punishment.  If we are able to get all the facts about what actually happened in 2016 and 2017, this could very well be the biggest political scandal in American history.  What if the previous president and senior officials in his administration decided to use the power of the state to spy on and "take out" the incoming president and his administration?  And they did this on the basis of what?  Policy differences?  There was no Russia collusion or any collusion of any type.  Smart people knew that years ago.  This likely comes down to Obama and his administration trying to preserve their policy agenda, very specifically their terrible Iran nuclear deal; don't forget Obama fired General Flynn over Flynn's strong disagreement regarding the Iran deal and, of course, Trump's campaign promise to undo that deal.  It means, simply put, that the outgoing administration, unhappy with the election results, was trying to undo them.

The unmasking of Joe Biden.  As much of the media blindly pushed the Russian collusion story, a truly alarming story has unfolded in plain view: the use of national security power to investigate an opposing political party and opponents.  There is little question that the response by the media to such a story would have been overwhelming if George Bush and his administration had targeted Obama campaign figures with secret surveillance.  That story would have become all encompassing if it was learned that there was no direct evidence to justify the investigation and, ultimately, the underlying allegation of collusion was found to lack any credible basis.  However, the motivations and means of Obama officials are not to be questioned, apparently.  Indeed, when candidate Donald Trump claimed the Obama administration was putting his campaign under surveillance, the media universally mocked him.  It was later proven to be true.  The Obama administration used the secret Foreign Intelligence Surveillance Act court to conduct surveillance of Trump campaign officials.  The FBI even falsified key evidence to continue that surveillance.

The scale to which Obama's team spied on his successor should be focus of 'unmasking'.  The presumptive Democratic candidate for President Joe Biden heads a list of more than a dozen Obama officials who spied on Donald Trump's ex-national security advisor Michael Flynn.  Others senior officials include Chief of Staff Denis McDonough, CIA Director John Brennan, FBI Director James Comey, Director of National Intelligence James Clapper, Treasury Secretary Jacob Lew and UN ambassador Samantha Power.  A list declassified Tuesday by Acting Director of National Intelligence Richard Grennel shows that Biden and others asked to have Flynn's name "unmasked" in transcripts of US intelligence intercepts of foreign officials.  The names of US persons or entities incidentally collected by such intercepts are minimized to protect the privacy rights of Americans.  Unmasking identities is not in itself not illegal, nor even necessarily improper.  Occasionally US policymakers will ask to unmask a US person to better understand the nature of the intelligence before them.  Obama officials, however, gorged themselves like children at a candy store.

'Obamagate' Isn't A Conspiracy Theory, It's The Biggest Political Scandal Of Our Time.  A string of recently released documents have confirmed that the entire Russia-Trump investigation, which eventually entrapped Flynn and forced then-Attorney General Jeff Sessions to recuse himself, was an unprecedented abuse of power that amounted to organized effort by the Obama administration to nullify the results of the 2016 presidential election.  It was in effect an attempted coup.  If you haven't picked that up from the news media, it's not your fault.  Instead of grappling with the implications of newly released details about what Obama officials were doing to undermine the incoming Trump administration during the transition, the mainstream media have fixated on Trump's use of the term "Obamagate," dismissing it as a conspiracy theory.

Rand Paul:  Biden 'Caught Red-Handed' Using Govt.  Spy Powers Against 'Political Opponent'.  Sen. Rand Paul (R-KY) reacted Wednesday [5/13/2020] to former Vice President Joe Biden being one of several top Obama officials who may have received intelligence from unmasking requests targeting former Trump national security advisor Mike Flynn — according to newly-declassified documents by acting Director of National Intelligence Richard Grenell — stating that the presumptive Democrat nominee was "caught red-handed" using U.S. spy powers to "go after a political opponent."

Obamagate Smashes the Media Myth Of A 'Scandal-Free' Administration.  Despite its many policy failures and foreign affairs disasters, the Obama administration always escaped serious criticism in the media because, we were told, there were no serious scandals during his two terms in office.  As just-released documents show, President Barack Obama himself was neck-deep in the silent coup attempt by top U.S. officials at the FBI, Justice Department and CIA.  Another media myth, generated by left-leaning journalists to prop up their favorite politician, bites the dust.  How do we know?  #ObamaGate is now trending on Twitter, a sure sign of spreading interest in the scandal.

Obama's Coup Attempt.  [Scroll down]  What they did is a felony that must be punished.  And they did it with Obama's knowledge and consent.  We know Obama was calling the shots.  We knew it from the text messages between disgraced FBI agents and lovers Peter Strzok and Lisa Page saying that POTUS wanted to know everything they were doing.  This matter began as a supposed counterintelligence investigation and such investigations are always conducted for the benefit of and with the approval of the President of the United States. [...] This was nothing less than an attempted coup under Obama's auspices, sedition against the government of the United States by officials and a President sworn to uphold the Constitution.  The sheer volume of unmasking requests by people such as Samantha Power who have no legitimate reason to make such requests speaks volumes about their political purpose.

Nixon's Shenanigans vs.  Obama's Shenanigans.  After the end of the Obama administration "someone" was interested in continuing anti-Trump operations.  Whether that was a defensive operation, to protect the guilty that had used the government to spy without proper "predicates," or an offensive operation to destroy the Trump administration, I leave you to decide.  What to do?  Set up an extra-governmental lawfare operation?  Lean on "political friends" in the right places?  Dear me, no!  The very people who ran the anti-Trump operation in the FBI and DoJ during 2016 continued to spy and harass for years the Trump administration from inside the government.

Grennell's latest declassification a strong hint that Obamagate prosecution will include spying on Trump campaign.  The true scope of the Obama administration's abuse of federal law enforcement and national security organs to spy on political enemies is going to come out as part of the Durham investigation.  That's the implication of a move by Interim Director of National Intelligence Ric Grennell late yesterday [5/11/2020].

Trump's Obamagate tweets promise the beginning of the end for Obama.  While the media continue to be obsessed by the New York virus, which they believe is the cudgel they need to destroy Trump's reelection chances, Trump is signaling the end of the three-year drama that was the Russia Hoax, from its first appearance in January 2017, all the way through a frustrated Robert Mueller's inability to find a smidgen of evidence showing that Trump or anyone else on his team had colluded with Russia to win the election.  All the while, Trump's supporters, and those who are not Trump's supporters but who still believe in the rule of law, having been waiting for the other shoe to drop.  The other shoe, of course, is to expose those who tried to steal an election and then wage a coup against a duly elected president.  It would be even better to have those people arrested (preferably at 3 a.m., by a huge FBI team, with cameras rolling), tried, and imprisoned, but that may be a hope too great.

A Time to Hate.  [Scroll down]  I hate that Donald Trump never was given a chance to be president of the United States for even one day's honeymoon.  I hate that, long before he won the presidency — fair and square — corrupt crooks and criminals in the United States Department of Justice, its Federal Bureau of Investigation, were actively plotting to take him down.  I hate that there are so few outlets in the media that give voice to condemn the criminality and corruption that broke every accepted societal norm by which we play the game.  I hate that Obama was in on it, yet continues to pontificate on what is just and on what threatens freedom.  I hate that they all keep getting away with it.  Every single one of them gets away with it.  There is absolutely no price to be paid on the left for perjury, for conspiracy to overturn a legitimate election, for treason.

Will There Be an Obamagate Reckoning?  You Betcha!.  Spygate has a new name under the trending Twitter hashtag #ObamaGate.  It is being revealed to the public in a slow but systematic fashion, a treasonous plot to undermine a presidential election and subsequent presidency. [...] It seems that the Obama administration was spying not only on candidate Donald Trump, but a host of other political opponents using NSA "about" queries.  These unauthorized searches of the NSA's database of all electronic communications numbered in the thousands and were carried out by intelligence "contractors" until NSA director Admiral Mike Rogers shut it all down.  Conservative Treehouse has a detailed description and timeline of this nefarious activity.  Failing to prevent the election of the inevitable Hillary Clinton, Obama and his goon squad set out to destroy Trump's presidency.  One might call this a "seditious conspiracy," which 18 U.S. Code § 2384 describes, "If two or more persons in any State or Territory ... conspire to overthrow, put down, or to destroy by force the Government of the United States."

Why Did Obama Tell The FBI To Hide Its Activities From The Trump Administration?  In 1980, a teenage Amy Carter left a burnt cake in the oven of the White House's family quarters in a reflex of childish revenge for her father's landslide loss to Ronald Reagan.  In 2017, Barack Obama and Joe Biden avenged Donald Trump's surprise victory over Hillary Clinton by leaving what they claim was a Russian agent in the West Wing.  That conclusion inevitably follows if one accepts as credible the FBI's supposed predicates for launching the Crossfire Hurricane investigation into the Trump campaign and the four related probes into George Papadopoulos, Carter Page, Paul Manafort, and Michael Flynn.

Donald Trump Signals 'Obamagate' Investigation: 'He Got Caught'.  President Donald Trump on Sunday [5/10/2020] repeatedly challenged former President Barack Obama for investigating him and his winning campaign before leaving office.  The president shared several messages on Twitter that criticized the ex-president.

Obama Knew Everything.  Don't kid yourselves otherwise, folks:  Obama knew everything that was happening in his administration.  If you think Brennan and Comey and Strzok and McCabe and Priestap and Page and Baker and Rice and Lynch and all the other participants in the FBI/DOJ Coup Cabal just took it upon themselves to a) cover up the Hillary Clinton email scandal, b) attempt to rig the 2016 general election, c) mount an illegal spying effort on members of the Trump campaign, d) continue that illegal spying effort on the Trump transition team, e) defraud the FISA court in the process, f) entrap and frame General Mike Flynn, g) attempt to entrap and frame President Donald Trump himself, and g) invent a false rationale for the appointment of a special counsel whose job was really to mount a coup d'etat on U.S. soil, and hid all of that from Barack Hussein Obama His Own Self, then you are terribly naive and most likely intentionally uninformed.

Team Obama wants back in.  Events are moving quickly, converging on the subterfuge and subversion by Team Obama.  Team Obama was behind the Flynn set up.  Obama was in on it, and so were others.  How deep Obama's own hands go into the spying on the Trump transition remains to be seen, but Obama's staged "leak" criticizing DOJ is a tell.  As Mollie Hemingway points out, Obama is worried because Obama and Biden were in on a crucial January 5, 2017, meeting.  Flynn is the tip of the iceberg, spygate is now trending on Twitter as #Obamagate.  Team Obama also was behind the Russia collusion media frenzy and fraud, and the soft coup d'etat.  Obama's senior advisors and officials regularly were telling the American people that there was unspecified information they knew from their days in Obama's administration showing that there was evidence of collusion.  They all lied, or at least misled.

A Key Obama Meeting Was Held to Ensure FBI Russia Collusion Probe Wasn't Discovered by the Trump Administration.  [Scroll down]  That January 5 meeting appears to be critical, as Obama also gave his marching orders.  Mollie Hemingway at The Federalist has a lengthy post detailing the meeting, the ensuing timelines, and how all the stars aligned to what Barry wanted.  He wanted to make sure the incoming Trump administration didn't find out about the FBI's counterintelligence probe into Russian collusion.  With that mindset, Obama officials soon weaponized the Russia collusion nonsense to inflict damage on the new Trump White House.  Remember, Obama and most of the Democratic establishment thought Hillary was going to win.  Obama administration officials thought so as well, as did the intelligence apparatus probably.  They thought this could be swept under the rug once Hillary was sworn-in, washed away as if it never happened.

'Scandal Free' Obama Strikes Again.  It's one of the biggest lies in leftist media and insider Washington politics:  President Obama left the White House after eight years without a single scandal.  "We didn't have a scandal that embarrassed us," Obama said during a private event in 2018, which was then repeated by his adoring allies.  This is blatantly untrue and new information about the FBI's unsubstantiated criminal investigation into General Michael Flynn proves Obama was engaged in scandalous abuses of power right up until the moment he left the presidency.  On January 5, 2017, Obama had one of his final meetings with Vice President Joe Biden, National Security Advisor Susan Rice, Director of National Intelligence James Clapper, CIA Director John Brennan and FBI Director James Comey.  Each had been actively involved in helping the FBI investigate the Trump campaign through Crossfire Hurricane.

Reckoning: What Did Obama Know and When Did He Know It?  When one writes a regular opinion column, one is often faced with multiple major stories in the news that deserve further analysis and context that inspire thought and even passion from one's readers.  Today, those of us in this noble trade are faced with a serious quandary:  Where to begin?
  •   Do we celebrate the partial justice delivered to American patriot Lt. Gen. Michael Flynn as the Justice Department properly withdrew criminal charges against him?
  •   Do we focus on the nefarious actions of the Comey FBI and Lynch Justice Department under Barack Obama that led to the vengeful vendetta against the general?
  •   Do we discuss the duplicity and corruption of the Mueller investigators in using the FBI's dirty work to threaten Flynn's family and basically coerce a false guilty plea from him? [...]

Judicial Watch:  Barr now needs to go after Obama.  The man pulling all of the strings.  [Video clip]

James Comey Begs Remaining DOJ Resistance Operatives to Continue Efforts to Shield the "Small Group".  "Please stay" is a cry from the SMALL GROUP plotters to remind their internal allies, running shield and defense, that Lawfare needs them to continue the resistance.  The key person they need to keep on their team is DOJ Inspector General Michael Horowitz.  The remarkable thing about this, inferring a certain amount of narrative desperation, is that James Comey would send such a message so publicly.  The small group is really, really, counting on the latest development, where President Obama is getting pulled closer into their plot, to save themselves from potential legal trouble.

Obama knew details of wiretapped Flynn phone calls, surprising top DOJ official in meeting with Biden, declassified docs show.  President Obama was aware of the details of then-incoming national security adviser Michael Flynn's intercepted December 2016 phone calls with then-Russian Ambassador Sergey Kislyak, apparently surprising then-Deputy Attorney General Sally Yates, according to documents released Thursday as exhibits to the government's motion to dismiss the Flynn case.  Obama's unexpectedly intimate knowledge of the details of Flynn's calls, which the FBI acknowledged at the time were not criminal or even improper, raised eyebrows because of his own history with Flynn — and because top FBI officials secretly discussed whether their goal was to "get [Flynn] fired" when they interviewed him in the White House on January 24, 2017.

Obama, Biden Oval Office Meeting On January 5 Was Key To Entire Anti-Trump Operation.  Information released in the Justice Department's motion to dismiss the case it brought against Lt. Gen. Michael Flynn confirms the significance of a January 5, 2017, meeting at the Obama White House.  It was at this meeting that Obama gave guidance to key officials who would be tasked with protecting his administration's utilization of secretly funded Clinton campaign research, which alleged Trump was involved in a treasonous plot to collude with Russia, from being discovered or stopped by the incoming administration.  "President Obama said he wants to be sure that, as we engage with the incoming team, we are mindful to ascertain if there is any reason that we cannot share information fully as it relates to Russia," National Security Advisor Susan Rice wrote in an unusual email to herself about the meeting that was also attended by Deputy Attorney General Sally Yates, FBI Director James Comey, and Vice President Joe Biden.

Kellyanne Conway Drops a Bomb — Implicates Obama in Oval Office Scheme to Destroy Trump.  Former Trump campaign manager and current Consultant to President Trump, Kellyanne Conway, joined America's Newsroom on Friday morning to discuss the recent allegations against the Obama administration and their active spying on the Trump Campaign and Transition Team for political reasons.  It is now clear that the Obama administration went after General Michael Flynn for over a year before the 2016 election and was spying on the Trump campaign for months to gain a political advantage.  The mainstream media to this day continues to ignore or downplay this biggest political scandal in US history.

Additional 11-Pages of FBI Documents Unsealed — Biggest Surprise:  President Obama Implicated.  This afternoon [4/30/2020] Judge Emmet Sullivan unsealed an additional 11-pages of documents showing more background information about how the FBI was targeting former National Security Advisor General Michael Flynn. [...] The release today is even more revealing than the handwritten notes released last night; and specifically President Obama's "by the book" statement on January 5, 2017, takes on an entirely new light.  They may not realize it yet, but this release implicates Obama.

Open Letter to Attorney General Bill Barr — "We The People" Already Know.  Dear Attorney General Barr, Former HPSCI Chairman, and current HPSCI ranking member, Devin Nunes appears on Fox News with Maria Bartiromo to discuss several matters of importance.  One of the critical topics touched is the ongoing investigations of Obama era intelligence and political surveillance via the DOJ-NSD FBI, CIA, DNI and State Dept.  Representative Nunes hits the key point when he highlights current redactions and current decisions to classify ongoing investigative documents.  It is critically important to accept this reality.  There are current intelligence officers and career officials in place hiding material by labeling evidence as classified.  A recent example was the December 9, 2019, inspector general report about the manipulation of FISA.

Even The Manipulated Senate Intel Report Can't Hide FBI Spies And Lies.  On April 21, the Senate Select Committee on Intelligence released a report on its review of the Intelligence Community Assessment (ICA) drafted for President Barack Obama on Russia's interference in the 2016 election.  Corporate media immediately touted the Republican-controlled committee's finding that "the ICA presents a coherent and well-constructed intelligence basis for the case of unprecedented Russian interference in the 2016 U.S. presidential election," including by hacking Democratic National Committee emails, as vindication of the intelligence communities' handling of all things Russia.  But a close reading of the report — or at least those portions of the report that could be read — instead cements the reality that the FBI intentionally snowed the FISA court to spy on Donald Trump.

Hillary, Comey And Brennan Must Face Justice For Deep-State Spying On Trump.  The media have been saturated with coronavirus news for weeks now, with literally hundreds of stories each day about the pandemic.  But while you're quarantined and self-distancing yourself from the dreaded COVID-19 virus, you might not have noticed something big: the investigation into the Russian spygate fiasco is coming to a head.  As the old saying goes, the wheels of justice turn slowly but grind exceedingly fine.  Some time after our nation reopens for business in a few weeks, the wheels will turn when the Durham report on the Russian collusion case will be released and hit the front pages.  If recent revelations are any indication, it will be a blockbuster, potentially leading to indictments of former senior intelligence and justice officials.

Hillary, Comey And Brennan Must Face Justice For Deep-State Spying On Trump.  The media have been saturated with coronavirus news for weeks now, with literally hundreds of stories each day about the pandemic.  But while you're quarantined and self-distancing yourself from the dreaded COVID-19 virus, you might not have noticed something big: the investigation into the Russian spygate fiasco is coming to a head.  As the old saying goes, the wheels of justice turn slowly but grind exceedingly fine.  Some time after our nation reopens for business in a few weeks, the wheels will turn when the Durham report on the Russian collusion case will be released and hit the front pages.  If recent revelations are any indication, it will be a blockbuster, potentially leading to indictments of former senior intelligence and justice officials.

Horowitz report is enough to make J. Edgar Hoover blush.  We now know that the wildest conspiracy theorists of the past three years were only wrong in that they were not cynical enough — they didn't allow their imaginations to run wild enough — in describing the international conspiracy to bring down a duly-elected president.  Orchestrated from the highest levels of the Department of Justice, the FBI knowingly used disinformation from a foreign adversary — paid for by political operatives running a partisan campaign in an ongoing U.S. election — to unleash America's most powerful and sprawling espionage apparatus against political enemies of a sitting administration.  Think about it.  This is infinitely worse than Watergate.  These are abuses so much more brazen and dangerous than anything from Hoover, the infamous longtime director of ... ahem ... the FBI.   We now know that FBI agents — operating at the behest of powerful appointees of the Obama administration — deliberately doctored foreign intelligence to obtain secret warrants to spy on an active political campaign for president.

A Common Misconception About The Origin of Spygate — Political Surveillance In The Era of President Obama.  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 Mike Rogers was made aware. [...] 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: [...]

Biden's Running Mate Has Been Picked For Him.  Last Friday [4/10/2020], a new collection of Justice Department documents was released and confirms officials knowingly used fake "intelligence" against the Trump campaign in 2016 to obtain a FISA warrant to begin spying on Team Trump internally.  As former federal prosecutor Andrew C. McCarthy explained to me, Attorney General Barr can make a credible case that candidate Donald Trump's civil rights were violated when Obama-era government authorities willfully misused their powers to derail a constitutionally protected campaign as well as infringe upon Trump supporters' rights in casting their votes.  If the general public were ever to be armed with honest and unfiltered facts about what happened to Donald Trump and his campaign in 2016 at the hands of the Obama administration, the entirety of the former president's eight-year legacy and all those associated with him would be burned to the ground.  Especially his China-friendly vice president.

AG Barr offers big reveals on Spygate prosecutions.  I know that a lot of people are skeptical that justice ever will be done in Spygate, the attempted sabotage of a presidential campaign and presidency by a leadership cabal within the intelligence apparatus of the United States. [...] William Barr chooses his words very carefully and is systematic (among the traits that made him a super-lawyer), so it is always worthwhile examining them closely and putting things together.  Fortunately, two knowledgeable observers have offered exegeses today that are worth reading.

Bill Barr:  "Without Any Basis".  Here are what I think are the important points we can take from what Barr said.  First of all, it seems apparent that the Durham investigation has completed most of its evidence gathering — whether documentary or through interviews.  That doesn't mean the investigation is finished.  There is also the question of putting together a prosecutive case, and that will probably involve complicated negotiations with the lawyers for the persons being investigated.  That, in turn, could lead to further substantive investigation.  But the bottom line is that at this point Barr appears confident that he knows what happened and, most likely, who was behind it.  As Barr says, this is a "sprawling" case.

The FISA Scandal Is about Corruption, Not 'Sloppiness'.  Consider this scenario:  A federal lawyer is filling out applications requesting FISA warrants to spy on American citizens who work for a major presidential campaign to determine whether the campaign staffers are collaborating with a foreign power to steal the presidency of the United States.  They must know that such a conspiracy, should it be exposed, would be the most explosive in the history of the nation — towering over the piddling criminality of Watergate or the Teapot Dome scandal.  And any genuine effort to ferret out criminality and sedition within one of the nation's major parties — perhaps going a high as the future president himself — would be supported by unimpeachable underlying evidence and undertaken with abundant care and meticulous oversight.  So what are the chances that a good-faith investigation would botch nearly every request to spy on the campaign when the FISA court is already signing off on over 99 percent of applications?

John Solomon Cracks Open the UK Door to Spygate.  John Solomon is the editor-in-chief of a new media outlet, JustTheNews, which is aimed at providing straight news without the biased commentary that has overcome the legacy media/corporate media over the past few years.  That's actually what we desperately need, as the legacy media have disgraced themselves with their incessant anti-Trump vitriol and have failed in their constitutional responsibility to operate as an "independent press" free of allegiances and obligations to special interests.  He is also a Fox News contributor and a regular on Sean Hannity's program.  He continues to break news on FISAgate, Spygate, and related topics on a regular basis, including this piece that included new information on the UK angle of Spygate, about which there has been a sprinkling of information and speculation over the past couple of years.

Spygate Could Make Watergate Look Like A Third-Rate Burglary.  The Spygate scandal is shaping up to be the most significant political abuse of government power in history.  And it may be even larger than people expect.  The investigation by U.S. Attorney John Durham into the origins of the FBI's Russian collusion investigation — or as President Trump prefers to call it, the witch hunt — continues to expand.  Durham reportedly opened criminal investigations last fall.  And unlike the narrow Justice Department Inspector General's review of the abuse of the FISA process, Durham is looking into the questionable activities of other government agencies, in particular the CIA and its former director John Brennan.  The widening scope involves not only the agencies being investigated, but who was being targeted and why.  Earlier last week Sharyl Attkisson reported that, based on her sources in the intelligence and law enforcement communities, the authorizations to spy on Trump functionaries such as Carter Page or former campaign manager Paul Manafort were actually pretexts for a much more expansive web of surveillance that could include anyone in contact with Page, or even anyone twice removed from the ostensible target.  Hence, thousands of people could have been unknowingly caught up in the Spygate web and are still unaware that their privacy had been violated under the severely compromised FISA process.

DOJ Political Surveillance — From the IRS in 2011 to the FISA Court in 2016.  An assembly of government reports and public records now indicates a political exploitation of the NSA database, for weaponized intelligence surveillance of politicians, began mid 2012.  After an initial attempt to exploit IRS records, the legal tool used to access the NSA database was the Foreign Intelligence Surveillance Act, or FISA.  With research files on the '15, '16 and '17 political surveillance program; including information from the Mueller report and information from the IG Horowitz report; in combination with the Obama-era DOJ "secret research project" (their words, not mine); we are able to overlay the Obama-era domestic IC operations & gain a full understanding of how political surveillance was conducted over a period of four to six years.

Ex-FBI unit chief blows whistle on Comey, McCabe over warrantless spying.  The FBI agent who ran the bureau's warrantless spying program said Wednesday [2/26/2020] he warned ex-Director James Comey and his deputy, Andrew McCabe that the program was a useless waste of taxpayer money that needlessly infringed Americans' civil liberties but his bosses refused to take action.  Retired Special Agent Bassem Youssef ran the FBI's Communications Analysis Unit from late 2004 until his retirement in late 2014.  He told Just the News he fears the deeply flawed program, which was started in response to the Sept. 11 attacks, was allowed to keep going to give Americans a false sense of security in the war on terror and possibly to enable inappropriate spying, such as that which targeted President Trump's 2016 campaign.

GOP Rep. Nunes believes FBI probe into Trump campaign began in late 2015, not 2016.  The FBI began looking into the Trump presidential campaign before the agency's publicly stated July 31, 2016, start date, says Rep. Devin Nunes, the top Republican on the House Permanent Select Committee on Intelligence.  "I believe it started in 2015, but there's no question that it started in early 2016," Nunes said on the latest episode of the "John Solomon Reports" podcast.  The California lawmaker said he's "highly confident" that the federal probe into whether the Trump campaign colluded with Russia to influence the outcome of the 2016 White House race began in late 2015.

The Vast Left-Wing Conspiracy.  I've said it before, and I'll say it again: this scandal is worse than Watergate by orders of magnitude.  People active on the federal payroll conspired to attempt the overthrow of the Trump administration before Trump had even taken office.  The infamous "Steele dossier" was commissioned by a company called Fusion GPS, hired by the Hillary Clinton campaign to dig up dirt on Donald Trump and call it opposition research.  Literally, a couple of guys getting drunk in a bar made up a bunch of absurd, salacious nonsense [...] that only a mindless twit would ever believe.  Fortunately, the conspirators could count on John McCain to get a copy of this farcical "research" document and pass it along to James Comey at the FBI, who was more than happy to knowingly receive utter garbage in the form of uncorroborated opposition research from a political campaign and then turn around and use it as the foundation to spy on President-Elect Donald Trump.

Dershowitz: I Have Proof Obama Ordered FBI Investigation At Request Of George Soros.  Harvard Law School professor emeritus Alan Dershowitz revealed in an interview on Sunday that he has proof that former Democrat President Barack Obama ordered the FBI to investigate someone after far-left billionaire George Soros asked for the investigation.  Dershowitz's remarks come after critics have attacked President Donald Trump for tweeting about matters related to the Department of Justice, which led to Attorney General William Barr publicly asking the president to stop last week.  "There was a lot of White House control of the Justice Department during the Kennedy administration and I don't think we saw very many liberal professors arguing against that," Dershowitz told Breitbart News.  "I have some information as well about the Obama administration — which will be disclosed in a lawsuit at some point, but I'm not prepared to disclose it now — about how President Obama personally asked the FBI to investigate somebody on behalf of George Soros, who was a close ally of his."

The Once and Future Scandal.  The litany of these systematic abuses constitutes the greatest scandal in American history.  The FBI and the Justice Department deliberately misled Foreign Intelligence Surveillance Court judges to spy on an American citizen as a way to monitor others in the Trump campaign.  That crime is a charitable interpretation of Justice Department Inspector General Michael Horowitz's report, given that supposedly intelligent federal judges were told that the evidence for such state espionage was based on the "opposition research" of the 2016 campaign.  And yet apparently in see-no-evil, hear-no-evil fashion, not one of the squishy judges ever asked the U.S. government, who exactly had paid for the Steele Dossier and why?  After all, who was the "opposition" to Trump in late 2016?  Top Obama officials, such as Samantha Power and Susan Rice, in a panic over the Trump candidacy and then victory, requested the unmasking of scores of redacted names of those surveilled by intelligence agencies.  Some of those names mysteriously, but certainly illegally, were leaked to the media with the intent of defaming them.

Things I have learned from genuine, honest journalists and other Democrats.  As I have gotten older, I have been enlightened about so many things from honest, genuine, conscience-driven journalists and other Democrats.  Of course, to accept what I have learned, I had to check my common sense at the door. [...] I've learned that it is OK for the Obama Administration, including the Justice Department, State Department and intelligence agencies to spy on citizens, lie to the courts and infiltrate political opponents' campaigns.  I thought meddling in elections was bad, but I guess not if you are targeting people the media and other Democrats want to defeat.

Too Big To Jail?  According to reports late last year U.S. Attorney John Durham and U.S. Attorney General Bill Barr were spending time on a narrowed focus looking carefully at CIA activity in the 2016 presidential election. [...] In addition, and as a direct outcome, there is an aspect to the CIA operation that overlaps with both a U.S. and U.K. need to keep Wikileaks founder Julian Assange under tight control.  In this outline we will explain where corrupt U.S. and U.K. interests merge.

Disturbing New Report Reveals FBI Had Multiple Informants In Trump's Presidential Campaign.  A disturbing new report has just come out that confirms the FBI had multiple informants in Donald Trump's presidential campaign back in 2016.  These informants were in the campaign both during the election and afterwards, when Trump was transitioning into the White House.  One of the informants was reportedly someone who was in direct contact with Trump, and was used by the FBI to "obtain insight into the incoming Trump administration," according to Breitbart News.  Another source volunteered to provide the FBI with various documents related to Trump.  A third source was described as a Trump "supporter," while a fourth held an official position in Trump's campaign.

Revealed: FBI Had Multiple Informants on Trump Campaign.  The FBI team investigating alleged Russian interference in the 2016 presidential election cultivated and maintained numerous sources close to Donald Trump during the election and the transition period when Trump was entering the White House.  The FBI sources include one person who was in direct contact with Trump and who was utilized by one FBI agent to, "obtain insight into the incoming Trump administration."  Another source was described as voluntarily providing the FBI team probing Trump with large volumes of documents.

Our Long National Nightmare Is Over.  For a long time now, the Democrats have used their hysterical attacks on President Trump to deflect attention from the real scandal — the misuse of the Obama administration's Department of Justice, FBI and CIA to spy on, and plot against, the Trump presidential campaign and, subsequently, his administration.  This is the biggest political scandal in American history, and the Democrats, with the Russia hoax, Ukraine and impeachment now a spent force, are naked, so to speak.  One can only imagine with what anxiety they are awaiting the findings of John Durham's investigation and any criminal indictments that may accompany them.

Codes of Conduct From the Swamp.  [A]pparently our country's intelligence community was out to put the clamps on Mr. Trump even before he was elected.  Slowly we are finding out that, for instance, FISA warrants included warrants that were illegal.  We are finding out that these agencies were eavesdropping on Trump and his aides.  Conservatives always defended the CIA and FBI against career civil libertarians.  Now we are finding out that these agencies were used against President Trump and his people.  What did the Trumpians do to antagonize the intelligence community?  Do the heads of these agencies really think that Donald Trump colluded with Vladimir Putin?  I have not seen the evidence.  A two-year investigation conducted by Special Counsel Robert Mueller could not find the evidence either.  So let us come up with the evidence that will convince Americans that, as John Brennan, formerly of the CIA, has said, Trump's behavior was "treasonous."  Treasonous?  The evidence?

IG Report Proves Obama Administration Spied On Trump Campaign Big Time.  Last week, President Trump triggered the left when he tweeted a Photoshopped picture that portrayed former President Barack Obama perched midair outside Trump Tower, binoculars and listening device in hand.  The liberal outlet Vox condemned the president for his "increasingly bad tweets," before declaring "there's no evidence the Obama administration spied on Trump."  Vox then regurgitated the false narrative that, while the FBI did surveil former Trump foreign policy advisor Carter Page, "that didn't happen until after Page left the campaign."  For years, conservatives tried to correct the record, noting that a Foreign Intelligence Surveillance Act (FISA) order gave the government access to Page's past emails and other electronic communications with members of the Trump campaign, but the mainstream media ignored this reality.  That the liberal and legacy press continue to push this narrative now, following the release of Inspector General Michael Horowitz's report on FISA abuse, is beyond baffling, because the IG report established that the Obama administration spied on the Trump campaign, and the spying was much worse than previously thought.

The FBI Scandal.  [Scroll down]  Obama did not tap Trump's phones.  But his FBI did spy on Trump's campaign.  That fact is no longer in dispute.  The question is whether the FBI was justified in treating the Trump campaign itself as a suspect in this crime against the 2016 election.  The answer is messy.  A comprehensive survey of all available information about the matter shows there were grounds in the summer of 2016 for American intelligence and law-enforcement officials at the FBI to turn their attention to the peculiar behavior of some Trump campaign advisers.  But as the bureau learned more about them, it should have reassessed its theory of the case.  Indeed, it was obliged to do so — by law, and custom, and elementary standards of fairness.  Instead, the FBI relied on lurid, sketchy, and sleazy opposition research generated by former British spy Christopher Steele — information so spurious that even liberal news organizations briefed on the so-called Steele dossier before the 2016 election wouldn't touch it with a 10-foot pole.

Fake Investigations — Designed To Fool You.  The dirty cops are so confident in their ability to deceive the public that they just announced that the FISA court reforms will be managed by David Kris.  Kris has been a defender of FBI misconduct and he attacked Devin Nunes for telling the truth about the FISA court.  They don't even care about the appearance of fairness.  They do what they want.  IG investigations have proven to be flimsy exonerations of Deep State criminality.  Any honest observer can see that there was a carefully organized plan by top officials to control the outcome of the Presidential election.  This corrupt plan involved lying to the FISA court, illegal surveillance and unmasking of citizens and conspiring with media partners to make sure lies were widely circulated to voters.  The government conspirators and the majority of the media were functioning as nothing more than a branch of Hillary's campaign.  That's a lot of power aimed at destroying Trump.  To an IG investigator, this monumental scandal was presented to us as nothing to be very concerned about.

The IG Report Documentary:  "FISA and Spying on Team Trump" — OAN Broadcast.  Few people have read the entire inspector general report on the FBI's FISA misconduct, and fewer still have an understanding of the depth of troubling findings within it.  In an effort to provide information about the content, John Spiropoulos has produced a documentary going over many of the reports' more important findings.  The exceptionally well produced documentary called "FISA, Spying on Team Trump" is an hour long broadcast created by John Spiropoulos, a former MSM journalist and producer for Channel 7 in Washington DC (1979-1989).  John spent a month going through every page of the report, pulling out some of the key details and overlaying information from IG Michael Horowitz congressional testimony.

FISA Court Selecting Surveillance State Advocate, David Kris, Shouldn't Be a Surprise.  In the second half of Devin Nunes interview with Maria Bartiromo today he was asked his thoughts about the FISA Court selecting David Kris as an FBI surveillance and compliance monitor.  The issue is quite important because the FBI FISA reforms and promises are essentially meaningless without some form of structural review process.  However, the new 2020 FISC Presiding Judge James Boasberg selecting David Kris has been noted by several people as a rather weak effort on behalf of the court.

FISA Court judge signals cover-up underway with outrageous appointment of lefty Lawfare blogger to oversee 'reform'.  If you are 100% certain that Jeffrey Epstein killed himself, then you will be delighted by the appointment of David Kris to oversee a review of the FBI's practices in seeking FISA Court approval of its applications to spy on American citizens.  The rest of us must conclude that the fix, once again, as so often with the Deep State, is in.  David Kris is the last person in the world to fairly investigate mis- and malfeasance in the safeguarding of the rights of citizens when secret courts are asked to approve secret spying on them.  Mollie Hemingway calls him a "FISA abuse denier." [...] So what kind of federal judge would appoint such a partisan hack to "spit in the face" of President Trump?  You might well guess that the judge in question is an Obama appointee.

Spy Court Picks FISA Abuse Denier To Tackle FISA Abuse.  The nation's top spy court appointed an Obama-era Justice Department official who has denied and downplayed FBI surveillance abuse to assess the FBI's response to a scathing new report cataloguing problems with how the agency secured authority to spy on a Donald Trump campaign affiliate.  Foreign Intelligence Surveillance Court (FISC) presiding Judge James Boasberg appointed David Kris to review the FBI's proposed changes to its surveillance application process even though he spent the past few years running interference for the FBI as substantive criticism of the agency mounted.

Intelligence Community's Inspector General Is the Link Between FISAgate and Impeachment.  As impeachment remains stalled for now, Democrats in the House of Representatives still refuse to release the closed-door testimony of a key witness in the concocted drama:  Michael Atkinson, the inspector general for the intelligence community.  Atkinson, you may recall, launched the impeachment saga when he determined that the accusations by the "whistleblower" about Trump's phone call with the Ukrainian president last summer were so alarming as to deem the complaint a matter of "urgent concern."  (It wasn't.)  Atkinson sent two letters to the House Intelligence Committee demanding immediate attention to the bogus complaint.  "I have not been authorized to disclose . . . basic information to you, in addition to the important information provided by the Complainant that is also being kept from the congressional intelligence committees," Atkinson warned September 17, a week after the U.S. aid had been released to Ukraine.  As part of his impeachment charade, House Intelligence Committee Chairman Adam Schiff (D-Calif.) interviewed Atkinson in his secret lair; it is the only transcript out of 18 that Schiff won't make public.

3 Times The IG Report Suggests Spygate Is Worse Than We Thought.  The inspector general's report on FISA abuse revealed significant, systemic malfeasance by the FBI.  But as bad as the IG's findings were, the details included in last month's 478-page report suggest worse is coming when U.S. Attorney John Durham concludes his investigation into the Russia collusion hoax.  Three aspects of the IG's report foreshadow the possibility that more revelations of misconduct are yet to come, implicating other parts of the U.S. intelligence community and possibly those of our supposed allies.

Spygate One Year Later.  Recorded August 16, 2019 as part of the Men's Club program at the Chautauqua Institution featuring attorneys Joseph diGenova and Victoria Toensing, Paul Anthony was the moderator.  [Video clip]

Joe DiGenova Blasts 'Corrupt' Obama Officials:  Brennan and Comey Were 'Coup Leaders'.  Former US Attorney Joe diGenova blasted the corrupt Obama administration and its 'coup leaders' who were involved in Spygate.  DiGenova told OAN's John Hines that former FBI Director James Comey and former CIA Director John Brennan led the coup attempt to oust President Trump from office.  The former US Attorney said Obama knew exactly what Comey, Brennan and other "corrupt" officials were doing during the 2016 election.

Pelosi is Trump's secret weapon.  [Scroll down]  A bigger problem though is Democrats have not gotten over 2016. Obama failed them by refusing to have a peaceful transition of power.  He lied and spied on President Donald John Trump and encouraged resistance by federal employees.  Remember, Chuck Schumer told Rachel Maddow 17 days before the inauguration, "Let me tell you:  You take on the intelligence community — they have six ways from Sunday at getting back at you."  President Donald John Trump weathered a storm by America's spies and FBI — with the media siding with the seditious mutineers.  But their anger and their hate provide President Donald John Trump the tools he needs to prevail.

Sen. Graham: 'I Want to Know How Far Up the Chain' the Trump-Russia Investigation Went.  "The Horowitz report is the first step in a long journey regarding FISA abuse," Sen. Lindsey Graham (R-S.C.), the chairman of the Senate Judiciary Committee, told "Sunday Morning Futures."  He called it a "great start" that the FISA Court rebuked the FBI for its misleading warrant application: [...]

The Era of 'Good' Fascism?  It is now clear that the top hierarchy of the FBI under James Comey and Andrew McCabe used the powers of their agency to deceive a federal court with fraudulent evidence in order to surveil a U.S. citizen as part of a larger plan to subvert a political campaign and eventually a presidential transition.  It is also likely that both James Clapper and John Brennan trafficked in a fake dossier, a product of opposition research designed to smear a political candidate in a presidential race.  Both were also likely involved in the use of overseas informants to surveil Trump campaign aides.

Hell Hath No Fury Like A President (And His Supporters) Scorned.  Despite a full court press by "the resistance", he still is the president.  And what a resistance that was.  The Obama administration began spying on him and his campaign before he even secured the nomination.  The spying continued into his presidency.  A concerted effort was made to prevent him from securing the GOP nomination then winning the election and serving in the office he was duly elected to worked so hard to achieve.  FISA warrants were sworn out against his campaign advisors, using knowingly bogus information, with senior FBI and DOJ officials lying in their FISA warrant applications.  The purpose of these "official" warrants was likely to cover up previous and highly illegal spying on Trump, providing a veneer of legitimacy if the spying was ever brought to light.  How many such warrants were issued?

Intel Community Blog Founder Admits Nunes Was Right About Spygate From The Beginning.  The co-founder of the prominent intelligence community blog, Lawfare, admitted that a recent report from the Justice Department inspector general on FBI FISA abuses for Trump campaign surveillance has destroyed their own credibility.  On a Thursday [12/19/2019] podcast hosted by Stewart Baker, a partner at the Washington office of Steptoe & Johnson LLP, the blog's founder, Bobby Chesney admitted that the damming report from the DOJ IG documenting FBI abuses and vindicating the infamous Nunes memo on the discredited Steele Dossier alleging Russian collusion has been destructive to his publication's reputation.

FBI spying is a far bigger scandal than the Trump impeachment.  Of the two biggest news stories this year, only one of them is truly a scandal, and it's not the one that's led to the ridiculously partisan impeachment.  No, the big scandal is that our most important and powerful law enforcement agency, the FBI, engaged in an unwarranted spy operation against a major party's presidential campaign.  That story is only just now being told, thanks to U.S. Attorney General William Barr having called for multiple investigations into the matter.  It's a scandal of epic proportions, and yet New York Times columnist Bret Stephens, who insists he's a conservative living in the real world, thinks it's only on the same scale as an impeachment by Democrats over a phone call.  "If conservatives are right to object to the abuse of power by F.B.I. agents," wrote Stephens on Wednesday [12/18/2019], "shouldn't they be far more alarmed at the abuse of investigatory and other powers for political ends by the president of the United States?"

Will Washington media expose the liars who spun the Trump-Russia hoax?  As if by design, the now discredited Trump-Russia story consumed President Donald Trump's White House and our politics for three years.  And from the fetid cauldron of lies and spin grew the wholly partisan Democratic impeachment of the president[.]  Now, U.S. Attorney John Durham is pursuing a criminal investigation.  And the presiding judge of the secret FISA court, which gave the Obama FBI the warrants to investigate and spy on the Trump campaign, is publicly demanding answers.  But when will reporters who carried water for this crew of whisperers admit they've been lied to and expose the liars?

Our Russia Collusion Nightmare:  All Hillary's Fault?  The biggest political scandal in the history of the United States.  Three years of constant lies told by government agents, political operatives, and deceitful news personalities.  Thousands of hours of criminal investigative interviews; thousands of written stories and television segments; thousands of leaks and insinuations and threats.  All to take down the legitimately elected American president, Donald J. Trump.  Now that some light is finally revealing just how rotten this whole nonsense has been from the very beginning, the most maddening aspect of all is the one thing not said nearly enough:  every bit of this frame-up job to hang the American president for being a Russian agent and traitor to his nation began as a way to inoculate Hillary Clinton from her largest political vulnerabilities going into the 2016 campaign.

Obama Era Political Surveillance, and The Dual Purpose of Fusion GPS.  With research files on the '15, '16 and '17 political surveillance program; including information from the Mueller report and information from the IG Horowitz report; in combination with the Obama-era DOJ "secret research project" (their words, not mine); we are able to overlay the Obama-era domestic IC operations and gain a full understanding of how political surveillance was conducted over a period of approximately four to six years.  Working with a timeline, but also referencing origination material in 2015/2016 — CTH hopes to show how the program(s) interacted and operated.  A full review explains an evolution from The IRS Files in 2010 to the FISA Files in 2016.  More importantly, the assembly of government reports and public records now indicates a political exploitation of the NSA database, for weaponized intelligence surveillance of politicians, began mid 2012.  The FISA-702 database extraction process, and utilization of the protections within the smaller intelligence community, became the primary process.

Senator Kennedy asks President Trump to Declassify FISA Application.  The original requests to declassify the Carter Page FISA application came in January 2018 as a result of the Nunes memo.  A classified and heavily redacted version of the application was released July 21st, 2018.  A month later, in August 2018, Congress again requested the Trump administration to declassify the document(s).  In September 2018 DAG Rod Rosenstein told the President if he followed through with the request Special Counsel Mueller would consider that an obstruction of his investigation.

The Hidden Hand.  The essence of a coup, which some might refer to as covert action, is the hidden hand.  One does not announce that a foreign power is overthrowing the government and installing a new government.  One pulls strings as if from behind a curtain, making events that are all part of a carefully orchestrated plan appear disconnected, spontaneous and serendipitous.  As I read through the recently released IG report for the second time, as someone with a great deal of experience in military and intelligence matters, I see that hand everywhere.  Per the IG report, a single report is delivered to the FBI in the summer of 2016.  It concerns a meeting between a cooperative contact of a foreign intelligence service and a junior level employee of the Trump campaign, George Papadopoulos.  The report relates what are frankly very amorphous comments by Papadopoulos concerning the Russian government and its alleged possession of information on Hillary Clinton.  On any other day this report would command no attention whatsoever.  The source in question has no track record of any kind with the FBI.  Papadopoulos has been employed by the Trump campaign for perhaps 90 days at this point, and there is no reason to believe he has contacts of significance in the Kremlin.  Not on this occasion.  This one report from a foreign intelligence service goes directly to the top of the FBI.

Obama Wanted To Know Everything His Trump Spies Were Doing, And It Looks Like He Did.  When it comes to the unlawful surveillance on Donald Trump's presidential campaign, the most important question is, what did President Obama know and when did he know it?  If we are to believe the testimony in the Justice Department inspector general's report on FISA abuse, Obama didn't know anything about the Crossfire Hurricane investigation.  Neither did his attorney general, her deputy, or anyone in the White House.  At least not that they can recall — an expression used over 200 times in the report.  Yet against this we have the Sept. 2, 2016, text message from Lisa Page to her paramour Peter Strzok saying "POTUS wants to know everything we are doing."  True to form, the IG report goes to great lengths to argue that "knowing everything" in fact meant knowing nothing at all.

Brit Hume slams Atlantic article on gov't surveillance that didn't age so well.  Fox News' Brit Hume took a shot at The Atlantic for a 2018 article on the "silver lining" in the foreign intelligence surveillance process.  The Fox News senior political analyst tweeted a link to the article authored by April Doss last year which proclaimed that, following last year's release of FISA applications to spy on former Trump campaign aide Carter Page in 2016, fears should be set aside as "government-surveillance requests are carefully crafted, not haphazard documents rubber-stamped by compliant judges."

The Obama's Administration's FISA Abuse Is a Massive Scandal.  Perhaps if Democrats would momentarily shelve their obsession with Donald Trump, they'd comprehend the staggering abuse of power they're defending these days.  Because much of Tuesday's Senate Judiciary Committee Hearing with DOJ inspector general Michael Horowitz was jaw-dropping.  Horowitz's testimony, in fact, sounded little like the media depiction of the IG report only the day before.  Most major outlets had stressed that the IG had found no bias in the Crossfire Hurricane investigation.  But failing to uncover explicit instances of bias and exonerating the FBI aren't the same thing.  Worse, most of the media had buried the lede.  An honest headline would have read something like:  "Obama's FBI cooked up evidence to keep rickety investigation into Trump campaign going."

DOJ IG: Obama May Have Known FBI Was Surveilling Trump Campaign.  Former President Barack Obama may have been aware the FBI was surveilling Donald Trump's presidential campaign based on Russian election interference claims, the newly released audit by the inspector general at the U.S. Department of Justice (DOJ) revealed.  In DOJ IG Michael Horowitz's report, then-FBI Director James Comey said although Obama did not explicitly ask for an investigation into Trump, he urged the FBI to warn soon to be president of the surveillance that was taking place through counterintelligence defensive briefings.

Of course the FBI spied on the Trump campaign.  The great debate about whether the FBI spied on the Trump campaign continues.  The question is why there is still any argument.  The newly released report from Justice Department Inspector General Michael Horowitz shows that by any definition the FBI did indeed spy.  The proof is in the details of the report.  In addition to the much-discussed wiretap of Trump campaign foreign policy adviser Carter Page, Horowitz discussed the bureau's use of what is called a CHS (a confidential human source, or, in more common terms, an informant) and a UCE (an undercover employee, or a secret agent) to gather information from at least three targets in the Trump campaign.  One was Page, another was George Papadopoulos, also a member of the advisory team, and the third was an unnamed "high-level Trump campaign official who was not a subject of the Crossfire Hurricane investigation."

What About the FISA Court?  Possibly the saddest fact about the intelligence deep state's conspiracy against Trump is that at least some of the federal judges who sit on the FISA court apparently have been and continue to be part of it.  Since the quality of judges' judgments so depends on what is presented to them being "the truth, the whole truth, and nothing but the truth," judges are notoriously jealous guardians of their court's integrity.  But since early 2017, first a trickle, then a flood of evidence has become public that at least four of the FISA court's approvals of surveillance warrants were based essentially on political lies.  And yet, no judge has hauled in any bureaucrat to face sanctions for contempt of court.  Nor have there been complaints from the judiciary to the Justice Department.

FISA — utilized to OK FBI surveillance of 2016 Trump campaign — is unconstitutional.  Congress enacted the Foreign Intelligence Surveillance Act (FISA) in 1978 in response to the unlawful surveillance of Americans by the FBI and the CIA during the Watergate era.  President Richard Nixon — who famously quipped after leaving office that "when the president does it, that means that it is not illegal" — used the FBI and the CIA to spy on his political opponents.  The stated reason was national security.  Nixon claimed that foreign agents physically present in the U.S. agitated and aggravated his political opponents to produce the great public unrest in America in the late 1960s and early 1970s, and thus diminished Americans' appetite for fighting the Vietnam War.  There was, of course, no evidence to support that view, but the neocons in Congress and the military-industrial complex supported it even after Nixon left office.

Mollie Hemingway calls out media scoundrels that enabled spygate.  Mollie Hemingway was on fire yesterday as a panelist on Fox News's Special Report.  She laid out the depths of the fraud that was perpetrated on not just the FISA Court but theTrump administration and the entire American people.  To borrow a term from the vile Lilian Hellman, it is scoundrel time, and the people who enabled what Hemingway called "the greatest scandal of our generation" must be held to account.

Obama and Biden:  Three Scandals, One Day.  Horowitz's report noted several "omissions and inaccuracies" on the application submitted to the Foreign Intelligence Surveillance Court in October 2016.  One glaring omission, which has been a subject of dispute, is that renewal applications failed to disclose that Steele was being paid by the DNC and Clinton campaign.  Another major revelation is that Obama's FBI used other means to surveil the Trump campaign.  "The Crossfire Hurricane team did task several confidential human sources and undercover employees [aka, spies] during the 2016 campaign" which resulted in direct contact with campaign aides.  "All of the interactions were monitored by the FBI."  This directly contradicts claims by Trump foes that Obama's FBI didn't "spy" on Team Trump.  They did.  Further, Comey notified the inspector general that he briefed President Obama and his top national security team about the FBI's investigation into the Trump campaign in August 2016, an acknowledgment that has not previously been confirmed.

FBI Failed to Inform FISA Court that Steele Dossier was Unreliable:  Report.  Justice Department Inspector General Michael Horowitz's yet unpublished draft report found that the FBI did not inform the Foreign Intelligence Surveillance Court that the controversial Steele dossier, cited in applications to spy on Page, was unreliable, according to the Washington Post.  The dossier was compiled by former British intelligence officer Christopher Steele who was investigating Donald Trump for an opposition research firm hired by the Hillary Clinton campaign.  The dossier purported to show connections between the Trump campaign and the Kremlin.  The FBI found Steele's information about a Russian government connection to be dubious but declined to mention as much in the later applications to the FISA court for warrants to surveil Page.

Trump and Thanksgiving.  Immediately after [President] Trump was elected, a coup was launched to remove him from office by President Obama, Hillary Clinton, Nancy Pelosi and the Democrats, Obama's weaponized CIA and FBI, along with leftover Obama staffers Trump should have fired.  Not only did Obama's weaponized agencies conspire to destroy the president, they jailed and destroyed innocent people for being associated or supportive of him.  Federal abuse was standard practice under Obama.  Remember when Obama used the IRS to punish the Tea Party?  Under the cloak of secrecy without accountability, Obama's federal agencies horribly abused American families and small businesses.

FISA alterations Could Pose Significant Trouble For FBI: Fruit Of The Poisonous Tree.  Department of Justice Inspector General Michael Horowitz's anticipated report will reveal that the Foreign Intelligence Surveillance Application warrant was tampered with but the significance of that cannot be understated.  It means that Horowitz's discovery will discredit the bureau's handling of its investigation into President Donald Trump's campaign and Russia during the 2016 presidential election and it could make any information discovered during the course of seeking approval for the FISA and after 'fruit of the poisonous tree," according to numerous sources who spoke to SaraACarter.com.

Perspective on the Horowitz FISA Leak.  [Scroll down]  This is just one little bit of it that's been leaked.  I mean, if this investigation is real, this inspector general report would end the careers of all the names of people we know here.  It would end the career of James Comey.  It would end the career of Peter Strzok and James Baker and Bruce and Nellie Ohr, because every one of these people had dealings with defrauding the FISA court.  And that's what the IG's investigation is specifically of:  The FISA application aspect of all of this.  Barr's guy, Durham, is working on other aspects of this.  But the inspector general is almost exclusively dealing with FISA abuses, applications for warrants to spy, what the court was told, who lied if anybody.  So we got a leak now suggesting that somebody performed an illegal act in order to get the warrant.

Trump: 'Historic' Durham Investigation Will Implicate Obama in Spygate.  On Friday morning [11/22/2019], President Donald Trump told Fox & Friends that spygate — the Obama administration's surveillance on the Trump campaign during the 2016 election based on the false pretense of Trump being in league with Russia — will be "perhaps the biggest scandal in the history of our country."  He said Attorney General Bill Barr's investigation of FISA abuses and U.S. Attorney John Durham's criminal investigation will prove "historic," and he predicted that the investigations will implicate former President Barack Obama himself.  "Now, what you're going to see, I predict, will be perhaps the biggest scandal in the history of our country, political scandal," Trump said.

New York Times Confirms Peter Strzok Team Underling, Kevin Clinesmith, is FBI Lawyer Who Altered FISA Application.  The New York Times is confirming that Kevin Clinesmith is the "low-level lawyer" within the FBI who doctored evidence within the Carter Page FISA application.  As anticipated, the DOJ and FBI 'small group' leaks are from their individual review of a heavily compartmented IG report; and now they are being selectively shaped by the favorite 'small group' media network:  NY Times, Washington Post, CNN, Politico et al.  Remember, each of the principals only was able to see the draft of the IG report specific to their outline therein.  All principal reviews were very compartmented.  No principal has any idea what the bottom line conclusions are from the totality of the assembled compartments.

The Inside Story Of How America's Intelligence Agencies Tried To Undo Trump's Election.  Lee Smith's new book, The Plot Against the President:  The True Story of How Congressman Devin Nunes Uncovered the Biggest Political Scandal in U.S. History, lays out a compelling case of abuse against the United States' major intelligence agencies.  In great detail, he explains how the FBI and the Department of Justice not only abused their power in going after Donald Trump, his campaign, and later his administration, but how they sought to cover it up.  Unlike some of the other recent books on this topic, Smith's epic has a hero.  Smith makes a compelling case that California Rep. Devin Nunes and his steadfast team stood up to an army of Goliaths.  This small team of committed truth-seekers took on the most powerful intelligence apparatus in the world, a hostile media, and a dishonest opposition party to hold them accountable for violating American citizens' constitutional rights.

Graham: DOJ watchdog's FISA report will be released Dec. 9.  Senate Judiciary Committee Chairman Lindsey Graham, R-S.C., told Fox News Wednesday [11/20/2019] that Department of Justice Inspector General Michael Horowitz's report on allegations of a Foreign Intelligence Surveillance Act (FISA) warrant abuse during the 2016 election will be released on Dec. 9.  During an appearance on "Hannity" Wednesday [11/20/2019], host Sean Hannity noted Horowitz will be coming before Graham's committee on Dec. 11 to testify on the matter and went on to ask Graham not to allow a Friday night document "dump" that could muffle the coverage of the news.  In response, Graham smiled and nodded.  "It'll be December 9th — you'll get the report," the South Carolina lawmaker said.

Kimberley Strassel's Home Run.  [Scroll down]  As she notes, the very term "the Resistance" is associated throughout history with movements designed to fight "occupying powers" as, say, the French Resistance came to life to fight the forces of the occupying Nazi Germany.  And once one goes down that road, as has the Trump-hating Resistance, the Resisters "view themselves as justified in taking any action necessary to get rid of the occupier."  Set loose the Department of Justice and the FBI to spy on a presidential campaign?  No problem.  Ambush a Supreme Court nominee "with uncorroborated sexual assault allegations"?  No problem.  Use "the impeachment process for political retribution"?  No big deal.  This, says Strassel, "has been the behavior of the Resistance leaders, and it has already caused harm to vital institutions."  Yes indeed.  And none more prominent than the self-inflicted massive damage the Justice Department, the FBI, and the "mainstream media" have done to their own credibility.

Killing America in anonymity.  The media tells us there is a "heroic" whistle blower who claims President Donald John Trump broke a law — never specified — in a phone call to the newly elected president of Ukraine.  President Trump released the transcript of the call, which shows nothing of the sort.  Nevertheless, the media is pushing for an impeachment to boost cable news ratings, and to divert attention from the best economy in 50 years, Disney's ABC covering up Clinton's involvement with pedophile Jeff Epstein, and peace breaking out in Syria after 8 years of war.  But the media is deliberately refusing to name Eric Ciaramella as the Obamanaut who spied on the Trump administration from within, just as Obama ordered the FBI to wiretap the Trump campaign.

Elise Stefanik, Once Again, [is] On the Right Trail.  In the fall of 2016, long before the term "spygate" reached the lexicon of political followers, CTH research discovered the background use and weaponization of the intelligence apparatus.  This was before the November 2016 election.  We didn't exactly know who was involved, but we outlined what appeared to be a coordinated effort amid the intelligence community, current and former officials, politicians (both parties), and media. [...] By the end of 2017, people started to see clarity amid a picture we had been painting for over a year.  By mid-spring 2018 admissions within the apparatus of government, and released documents from Devin Nunes solidified the evidence.  Yes, there was political surveillance; yes, there was political spying; yes, there actually was an intelligence operation to remove President Trump being coordinated with involvement by a group within the IC, politicians, DC operatives (Fusion-GPS) and a network of specific media.

How Did Democrats Get Here?  There is nothing in what Trump has done as president that explains the unconstitutional attacks against him.  It is the reverse — the attempt to frame and entrap President Trump and his team as traitors with Russia, was begun by the Obama DOJ, FBI, CIA and White House before his inauguration.  It was the Obama Administration's actions that necessitated the all-out attempt to delegitimize President Trump before he could expose them.  President Trump did nothing to provoke the Obama intelligence community framing him as a Russian traitor.  You have to look at President Obama to understand this unprecedented attempt to overturn a presidential election.  Our press, including most of the conservative press, has always been unwilling to focus on Obama, and the Marxist forces he unleashed in American politics.  We can't even use the word Marxist without the taint of supposed "McCarthyism."

Media Ignoring The Criminal Investigation Into Obamagate.  The real story is that the footsteps are coming up behind these guys who organized the spying into Donald Trump's campaign.  As I keep telling you, the logic here that the Democrats are trying to sell is that it was great that this army of unelected, faceless bureaucrats — these shadow men tapped Donald Trump's phones, they wiretapped Trump Tower, they infiltrated his campaign, they investigated him, they sent spies after him — they did everything they could and then leaked to the press this bogus story about Russian collusion, all of which was disproved [...]

The Bell Is About to Toll.  Mr. Durham and Attorney General William Barr have been looking into the origins of the Obama administration's spying on Trump.  Just how did it begin?  And who exactly started it?  They are clearly unsettled by the answers they have found so far.  My colleague George Neumayr and I have been studying the Obama administration's spying on Trump for over three years.  While most of the mainstream media searched desperately for a smoking gun carried by one of President Trump's people or even by the president himself, we looked elsewhere.  We looked at the politicized atmosphere within the FBI and the CIA.  We even looked at British intelligence.  No one else seemed interested, but we found evidence of criminal misbehavior by the former head of CIA, John Brennan, the former head of national intelligence James Clapper, and former head of the FBI, James B. Comey.

12 facts about the IG investigation.  First, U.S. attorney John H. Durham is leading the investigation. [...] Second, we know Obama used American intelligence to spy on Donald Trump either out of pique over birtherism or more likely out of habit.  I believe the later because the spying on Donald Trump seemed so routine.  Susan Rice was too candid and casual about her role in unmasking when discussing it with CNN.  Unmasking was revealing the names and conversations of Americans who were spied upon by the Obama regime in the name of fighting terrorists.  She acted as if it were ordinary to wiretap people.  Third, we know the investigation centers on Obama's work with foreign governments and spies to undermine Donald Trump's campaign.

How The Obama Administration Set In Motion Democrats' Coup Against Trump.  After Donald Trump was elected forty-fifth president of the United States, the operation designed to undermine his campaign transformed.  It became an instrument to bring down the commander in chief.  The coup started almost immediately after the polls closed.  Hillary Clinton's communications team decided within twenty-four hours of her concession speech to message that the election was illegitimate, that Russia had interfered to help Trump.  Obama was working against Trump until the hour he left office.  His national security advisor, Susan Rice, commemorated it with an email to herself on January 20, moments before Trump's inauguration.  She wrote to memorialize a meeting in the White House two weeks before.

Multitasking the Intelligence Community Roundup.  [Scroll down]  Big takeaway:  it is "disconcerting" now to be "investigated for doing our duty, what we were told to do by the president."  And exactly what were they doing?  Investigating a candidate, President-elect Trump, with the end, said Clapper, of preparing a big, comprehensive report for Congress and "the next administration."  You see that James Clapper, despite appearances to the contrary, does have a wry sense of humor.  He can say with a straight face that the covert investigation aimed at destroying Donald Trump was actually an investigation intended at least in part for the incoming Trump administration.  Yuck, yuck, yuck.  What a card!  But note that Clapper, funny though he was, was not himself laughing.  I don't blame him.  The spook-turned-media-lap-dog is as much in the crosshairs as anyone, except perhaps another spook-turned-media-lap-dog, former CIA director and Gus Hall voter John Brennan, who now lends his authoritative anti-Trump commentary to MSNBC.

Who will be the first to flip in spygate criminal investigation?  It was clear after the release of the Mueller Report that Attorney General William Barr was determined to get to the bottom of the spying on Trump and his campaign.  Because of that expressed determination, Barr became a public enemy.  On May 2, 2019, I wrote, Bill Barr is going to expose Spygate, and the Democrat-Media Russia Collusion Complex is panicking.

Limbaugh: Biggest criminal-investigation threat to Dems ... comes from a Dem.  Talk-radio host Rush Limbaugh said with the subpoena and grand-jury powers a criminal probe affords, an Obama official is likely to turn.  "Folks, we have finally a criminal investigation," he said Friday [10/25/2019].  "What happens in criminal investigations?  One of these creeps — and believe me, there is criminality galore in this investigation.  There is lying; there is actual criminal behavior; and it is big.  And one of these creeps, one of them is gonna flip."  He explained:  "One of them is gonna decide, 'You know what?  Do I really want to go to prison for James Comey?  Do I really want to spend time in jail for John freaking Brennan?  Do I want to give up my future for James baldy Clapper?'  These things are gonna become factors as the grand jury's work begins.  These are things that these people never believed possible to happen to them, just like Hollywood actresses cannot believe they're going to jail for trying to get their kids into USC."

Papadopoulos On The Big Picture Of The Russia Hoax.  In this conversation with George Papadopoulos [...] Laura Ingraham starts with the news that John Durham returned from his trip to Rome with Bill Barr in possession of Joseph Mifsud's two FBI (or possibly CIA) issued Blackberry phones.  Papadopoulos immediately turns to the big picture, rather than remaining with the investigative details regarding the phone, and Laura follows up on that big picture approach.  Papadopoulos describes how, as soon as he joined the Ben Carson campaign in December, 2015, he found himself being targeted by State Department officials.  He then notes that when he switched to the Trump campaign, just a few months later, he was targeted by intelligence operatives, including Mifsud, who already knew all about him even though his switch to the Trump campaign was not public knowledge.  Obviously, he's telling us that the coordinated targeting of all Republican campaigns by the supposedly non-political branches of the Obama administration (State, DoJ, the FBI and CIA) was well underway — no later than December, 2015, but certainly even earlier.

Papadopoulos says game-changing Mifsud phones are about to link his case and Mike Flynn's to treason.  President Donald Trump's former 2016 campaign adviser George Papadopoulos is confident that the latest findings regarding the FBI operation that triggered the whole Russia collusion delusion narrative are surefire proof of "treason."  Unearthed earlier this week, the findings are specifically that Maltese professor Joseph Mifsud wasn't a Russian agent — he was allegedly a "western intelligence" asset who was purposefully used by the Obama administration in 2016 to target both Papadopoulos and then-fellow Trump campaign adviser retired Gen. Michael Flynn.  Asked by Fox News host Laura Ingraham late Friday [10/18/2019] to summarize these findings, Papadopoulos immediately spoke of "treason from within."

Christopher Wray Has Some Explaining to Do.  A constitution is a piece of paper.  The powerful must respect and submit to it or it has no power.  In America, our Constitution is supposed to protect Americans from government snooping.  While the framers might have feared overzealous constables with powdered wigs and silk stockings, the protection against unreasonable searches and spying is even more relevant today.  With our most private secrets stored online, Americans are more vulnerable than ever to spying by our own government.  Over the past few weeks, we found ourselves distracted by the Ukraine farce, courtesy of the CIA and its allies in the media and Congress.  You likely missed the release of a series of bombshell rulings that partially laid bare illegal spying on Americans by the FBI.

FISA Judges Collyer and Boasberg Both Identified NSA Databases Used for Political Surveillance.  There is a serious problem here.  FISA Court judges Rosemary Collyer (declassified 2017) and James Boasberg (declassified 2019) both identified issues with the NSA database being exploited for unauthorized reasons.  We have a large amount of supplemental research to see through most of Collyer's report and we are now starting the same process for Boasberg.

"Grandpa, what's a telephone book?"
Maria Bartiromo:  IG Report on FISA "Will Be Released October 18th — As Thick as Telephone Book".  Against new information that U.S. Attorney John Durham has lengthened the time-frame for this investigative inquiry into the DOJ and FBI activity around the 2016 election, earlier today Fox Business host Maria Bartiromo revealed (and President Trump tweeted) the FISA report by Michael Horowitz will be released on Friday October 18th.  If that time-frame for the IG report is accurate, that means the classification review has been completed; any remaining classified information not specifically authorized in the inspector general report, a decision granted to AG Bill Barr, would be placed in a classified appendix that is not available to the public.

Durham probe targeting Rosenstein, Mueller, Brennan, Clapper, and Obama.  US Attorney John Durham has expanded his probe, asking for additional staff and prosecutors, and extending the time period he is investigating.  Durham's original probe was to cover from just before the 2016 elections to the inauguration.  Then it was extended to include everything from March 2016 to the inauguration.  He is also looking at Rosenstein, Mueller, Brennan, Clapper, and former President Obama[.]  Now, according to Fox News national security correspondent Katherine Herridge and numerous administration officials, Durham will be investigating events up to May of 2017 and the appointment of Special Counsel Robert Mueller.

DNI Declassifies FISA Judge James Boasberg 2018 Ruling — FBI Conducted "Tens of Thousands" of Unauthorized NSA Database Queries.  Background:  In April 2017 the DNI released a FISA report written by Presiding Judge Rosemary Collery that showed massive abuse, via unauthorized searches of the NSA database, in the period of November 2015 through May 2016.  Judge Collyer's report specifically identified search query increases tied to the 2016 presidential primary.  Two years of research identified this process as the DOJ/FBI and IC using the NSA database to query information related to political candidates, specifically Donald Trump.

Seems James Clapper just admitted Obama ordered him to ignore 2016 Russian election interference.  Somehow, the complicit media have never been interested in connecting the very clear dots:  Supposedly, the Obama administration, through the FBI and intelligence agencies, was worried about Russians interfering in the 2016 election — so worried that its people lied to the FISA court to get an excuse to spy on Trump.  Despite all the Clinton campaign connections to Russia, not once did the Obama administration have any interest at all in spying on Clinton's people or infiltrating their campaign with informants, even though there were two candidates.  If the Obama administration was really concerned and not just targeting Trump for defeat, wouldn't it have spied on both candidates?

James Clapper Admits He Was Following Orders From His 'Commander-In-Chief, President Obama'.  In the transcript and the video below, Obama's Director of National Intelligence, James Clapper, speaks to CNN's Jim Sciutto and makes the stunning admission that he'd been following Obama's orders — and he says it twice.  This is very big news because it's the first time a member of the deep state has admitted that President Obama was not only aware of the investigation, but was issuing orders to his team.  "What were we supposed to have done... blown off what the then commander-in-chief, President Obama, told us to do?"  And, as if we missed it the first time, he says it again.  "It's kind of disconcerting now to be investigated for, you know having done our duty and done what we were told to do by the president."

That's a good place for him.
James Clapper throws Barack Obama under the bus.  Former DNI Director James Clapper threw former President Barack Obama under the bus on CNN yesterday.  Clapper admitted to CNN's Jim Sciutto that everything he and John Brennan had done prior to and during the 2016 election was explicitly on Barack Obama's orders.

Bombshell Admission:  Clapper Says Obama Made Them Do It.  [Scroll down]  There wasn't any Russian interference.  You can't prove it.  There wasn't any.  Don't give me the $150,000 ad buy the Russian troll farms made on Facebook after the election.  The Russians didn't tamper with any votes.  The Russians didn't [a]ffect anything on any election result anywhere.  The Russians did not meddle.  You know, it really comes off of that.  These people are still living off the idea the Russians meddled because they might have wanted to, the Russians interfered because they might have wanted to — and because Mueller went to the obvious step of making sure some Russians were indicted.  We couldn't find any Russians in the story!  From the beginning, the only Russian in the story was that fat ambassador who took everybody to lunch, Kislyak.  Other than that, there weren't any Russians in the story!

Trump's Worldwide Dragnet to Catch the Hoaxers.  [Scroll down]  Beware the reformed NeverTrump pundits who are drawing an "it's just politics" moral equivalence between Trump's investigation of the 2016 election and Obama's investigation of the 2016 election.  The latter was sourced in no evidence, a fake dossier, FISA abuse, improper coordination with foreign spy services, and leaks tactically timed to hurt Republican chances in the election.  The Barr/Durham investigation is sourced in the Joe Friday "just the facts, ma'am" policing power vested in the executive branch by the Constitution.

Fred Fleitz Discusses John Brennan's Interests in Assisting Corrupt Impeachment Effort.  In the larger picture it is clear the Obama administration weaponized the institutions of government to target their political opposition.  It is also increasingly clear a Hillary Clinton administration would have monetized the U.S. government.  President Obama's team used the DOJ, CIA, FBI and IRS to target their opposition.  The intelligence apparatus was weaponized; one small example that scratches the surface is the FBI/NSA database exploitation.  Black files on DC politicians, private sector groups and individuals facilitating leverage, and we are still seeing the ramifications.

Former CIA Director John Brennan Reveals He will be Interviewed by US Attorney John Durham in Coming Days.  Former CIA Director under Barack Obama, Trump-hater and the suspected architect of the Spygate scandal, will be questioned by US Attorney John Durham in the coming days.  Brennan told Nicole Wallace on MSNBC that he is "supposedly" going to be interviewed by US Attorney John Durham but that he just doesn't understand why there is an active investigation on the Obama administration's spying on the opposition candidate in the 2016 election.

A Deep Cleansing of the Deep State Is Coming.  What few appear capable of acknowledging is that former President Obama and his loyalists engaged in a government-wide conspiracy to besmirch, delegitimize, and ultimately destroy Trump's 2016 presidential campaign and, later, his presidency.  Due to the outright fabrications of Obama's intelligence officials regarding purported collusion between President Trump and Russian intelligence during the 2016 campaign, a variety of Trump campaign workers effectively had their lives ruined, and the president's agenda was stunted — depriving the voters of the policies they voted in favor of.

Gaslighting the Voters.  [Scroll down]  The truth is the nominee of the Democratic party for president, Hillary Clinton, bought and paid for the fake opposition research that was used by the corrupt Obama administration as a pretext to spy on an opposing candidate.  A climate of hysteria was created about these false charges in the hopes that public pressure could be built up to force the removal of Donald Trump from office.  These truths are so outrageous, so unprecedented in American history, that it defies belief that no one has been punished for these actions to this date.  Instead the Democratic party, through their mouthpieces in the mainstream media, immediately shifted the subject to the next attempt to get Trump, one equally ludicrous and self-evidently false by anyone with a modicum of understanding.  Just like with the Russian Collusion Delusion, it involves blaming Trump for something a Democrat has actually done, in this case Joe Biden.

Giuliani: 'Pretty Close To Overwhelming Evidence' That Obama Ordered Hillary, Democrats To Dig Up Dirt In Ukraine On Trump.  Trump lawyer and former New York City Mayor Rudy Giuliani suggested on Monday night that there was serious evidence that the Obama White House directed Democrats to work with Ukraine to dig up dirt on then-candidate Donald Trump.  Giuliani joined Fox News' Sean Hannity on Monday night [9/30/2019] where he detailed the latest developments into the situation regarding Ukraine, which stems from a 2017 Politico investigation that found that Ukraine was working with operatives for the Democratic National Committee to sabotage Trump.

The Impeachment Theater Won't Stop The Spygate Fallout.  Department of Justice Inspector General Michael Horowitz finished his almost 2-year-long investigation into alleged abuse of the Foreign Intelligence Surveillance Court (FISC) earlier this month and turned in his draft report to Attorney General William Barr.  That report is currently undergoing classification review, after which it will be put into its final form and publicly released.  When that happens, the entire sordid truth about the 2016 election and its aftermath will be laid bare at last.  The American public will finally see how federal officials — working in conjunction with allies in the news media — targeted Trump campaign personnel with investigations through the use of fake evidence being supplied by paid political operatives working for Hillary Clinton and the Democratic National Committee.

Obama Communists Will Do Anything To Retain Power And Finish The Job Of Destroying America.  The only thing these people care about is power and retaining it.  They will do anything to get Trump out of office, who is systematically destroying all the 'transformations' Barack Hussein Obama put in place to remove our freedoms and turn us literally into slaves to the globalist machine.  This impeachment charade is the latest in this all-out war on the American founding.  It is an orchestrated, and yes treasonous, attack on the leader we elected to represent us.  It has been coordinated and planned by the Marxist holdover spies in our government, who are drunk on power and will not relinquish it.  If Trump goes, then our liberty goes with him.

The Revelations In Transcript Point to Clinton, Obama, Nellie Ohr & Money Laundering.  With the release of the transcript of the phone call between President Donald Trump and Ukraine President Volodymyr Zelensky from July 25, 2019, one would think the cries of Democrats for an impeachment inquiry would fall on deaf ears and that they would know the jig is up.  Sadly, they don't.  However, we do know that Hillary Clinton was at the center of the call, and as a reporter points out, so were the usurper Barack Hussein Obama Soetoro Sobarkah and Nellie Ohr.  First, Democrats know they have been caught with their pants down and as they attempt to make a fig leaf apron, they appear all the more guilty of the very things that they are accusing President Donald Trump of doing.

A Detailed Account of America's Greatest Political Scandal.  In early 2017, as the shocking story of how the Obama Administration weaponized the world's most powerful agencies against Donald Trump began to unfold, very few journalists were willing to confront that scandal amid the cacophony of Trump-Russia collusion.  Andrew McCarthy was one of them.  From the pages of National Review to the set of Fox News, McCarthy, a former federal prosecutor, explained complex legal procedures in layman's terms.  Americans unfamiliar with FBI counterintelligence probes or the workings of the Foreign Intelligence Surveillance Court or Special Counsel rules were educated by McCarthy in a way that made it easy for the non-lawyer to grasp.  McCarthy, a humble, humorous, and gracious man by nature, offered his expertise without the self-gratifying puffery ingrained in so many prosecutors.  (Think James Comey.)

Eric Felten:  How many were surveilled on Trump team?  It has been more than a year since it was revealed that federal agents secured warrants to surveil onetime Trump presidential campaign adviser Carter Page both before and after the election.  In all the arguments over whether those warrants were legitimately obtained, a related question has largely been neglected:  Was Carter Page the only person in the Trump orbit to be put under surveillance?  There is reason to think others were too.  A little-publicized Capitol Hill exchange suggests the possibility that three other campaign figures — Gen. Michael Flynn, Paul Manafort and George Papadopoulos — were also the targets of FISA-approved surveillance.  This would be especially significant in the case of Flynn and Manafort because unlike the other two they were high-level figures in constant contact with Donald Trump.

Why the Democrats have gone insane.  [Scroll down]  So what's really going on here?  Why have the Democrats, to put it bluntly, gone berserk? [...] One, distraction.  They live in absolute fear of the coming revelations about the Russia probe, from Inspector General Horowitz but even more from the DOJ's John Durham, who can actually put people in jail.  The Dems know — if they have a brain (and a few do) — these revelations are likely to point up the line at the leaders of the Democratic Party all the way to President Obama.  They were all involved to one degree or another with illegally spying on or undermining Trump and his administration and supporters before and after the election.  The extent of this we are only beginning to understand.

Trump Battle Prep:  Things We Know.  Think about what we know.  We know that the nation's intelligence services were used by the Obama administration to spy on the opposition's presidential campaign in 2016.  And used again to cover up their crimes and take out a duly elected president after the election.  Stop and think about that for a minute.  In all the media screaming and yelling and the deep-state leaking and the partisan media witch-hunting of the last two years, what does it mean that the intelligence services, the media, the partisan education system are so corrupted?

Did FBI and CIA have an agent provocateur who tried to entrap the Trump Organization in a Russia deal?  Judicial Watch is hot on the trail of a potentially explosive revelation: that an agent who had previously worked for the FBI and CIA as an informant — recruited by Andrew Weissmann in 1998! — actively tried to set up a business deal between the Trump Organization and Russian interests, in order to implicate Trump with "collusion."

Trump, Kavanaugh, Lewandowski and our malignant Left.  Most Americans are by now familiar with the fact that higher-ups in the FBI, DOJ, CIA and the Obama administration attempted to destroy the Republican candidate for the presidency.  Once Donald Trump won, they doubled down on their despicable collusion of fakery to see the man not only driven from office but rendered guilty of treason.  They did all of this knowing full well that none of it was true.  It was all part of a plan, their "insurance policy" to ensure Hillary Clinton's ascension to the White House despite her many crimes, which they all worked to conceal.  Much of this was likely done to ensure their own job security.

There Was an FBI Spy Inside the Trump Organization and Judicial Watch Just Sued to Find Out More.  Government watchdog Judicial Watch has issued a Freedom of Information Act lawsuit against the Department of Justice in order to obtain documents and information about Felix Sater.  Sater was working inside the Trump Organization in 2016 on behalf of the FBI and reportedly pushed the Trump Moscow project.  That Moscow project was often cited as "proof" by Democrats and media that President Trump had business dealings with the Russians.  According to a release, Judicial Watch is "seeking all records of communications, including FBI 302 interview reports and offer agreements between former Special Counsel Robert Mueller's office and Felix Sater."

DOJ inspector general completes investigation into alleged FISA abuse.  Justice Department Inspector General Michael Horowitz has officially completed his investigation into alleged Foreign Intelligence Surveillance Act abuses by the Justice Department and the FBI.  Rep. Doug Collins, the top Republican on the House Judiciary Committee, revealed in a letter Thursday [9/12/2019] that Horowitz notified Attorney General William Barr of the completion of his investigation earlier in the day.  Horowitz said in a letter to congressional leaders that his team is in the "process of finalizing our report by providing a draft of our factual findings to the Department and FBI for classification determination and marking."

AG Barr Receives FISA Abuse Report from IG Horowitz.  Attorney General William Barr has received the report on FISA abuse in the Russiagate case investigated by DOJ Inspector General Michael Horowitz, according to a report by Fox News producer Jake Gibson.  Earlier Friday [9/13/2019] Horowitz sent a letter to Congress stating he was ready to submit a draft report to the DOJ and FBI for review and classification.

The Russia Hoax:  What Obama and Brennan knew, and when they knew it.  The Russia Hoax is revealed to have been an elaborate coup attempt and criminal conspiracy against President Trump, run from the inner circle of the Obama White House.  The question of what Barrack Obama knew and when did he know it has been raised.  The answer is immediate and alarming.  Obama knew everything.  Was involved in everything.  Allowed the upper echelons of his entire government to participate in an attempt to subvert the constitution.  Spy on his political opponents.  Target his political enemies.  And try to destroy Donald Trump as a candidate, and overthrow the duly elected President of the United States after he succeeded him.

The fix is in:  Obama, Lynch knew FBI was spying on Trump, Gingrich says.  President Barack Obama and his attorney general, Loretta Lynch, almost certainly knew the FBI was spying on the Trump campaign but, because "the fix is in," they will likely never be held to account, former House Speaker Newt Gingrich said.  It is not "conceivable" that Obama and Lynch were unaware of the FBI's operations during the 2016 presidential campaign, Gingrich said in a Sept. 1 interview on New York AM 970 radio's "The Cats Roundtable" with host John Catsimatidis.

The Two Ticking Time Bombs of the Coming Election.  The former directors of central intelligence and national intelligence, John Brennan and James Clapper, obviously have lied to Congress about some aspects of their work, but that does not inhibit them for a moment from lining up behind Comey's disgraceful conduct. [...] It is clearer every week those who say what occurred was an attempted coup are substantially accurate.  This is not only astounding and distressing, the extreme state of denial that grips the Trump-hating media makes it likely that the credibility of the national political press will be in tatters long after those responsible for the unconstitutional conspiracy to subvert and pervert the election have been exposed and legally punished.

Obama, Biden Briefed on Private Trump Meeting Before Comey Fed Details to FBI Team Investigating Russia Collusion.  A key revelation in the report released last week by the Justice Department's inspector general raises questions about the roles played by Barack Obama, Joe Biden, Susan Rice and other senior members of the Obama administration in disgraced former FBI Director James Comey's infamous classified briefing to then President-elect Donald Trump about "salacious" material inside the anti-Trump dossier.  As Breitbart News reported, the IG report relates that prior to the briefing, FBI members on Comey's team discussed the need to memorialize the exchanges between Comey and Trump during the private January 6, 2017 briefing in Trump Tower just in case Trump made statements relevant to the agency's controversial Russia probe.

Watergate X 10,000.  In my notes on Andrew McCarthy's Ball of Collusion in "All the president's men, Obama style" and "Trump was FBI target," I asserted that the Obama administration's "collusion" caper constitutes "the biggest scandal by far in American political history."  McCarthy himself does not make this point, but he does something more valuable.  He proves the elements of the scandal beyond a reasonable doubt and furnishes the reader with the means to draw his own conclusions.

Lindsey Graham:  Obama Should Be Questioned Under Oath About Trump Campaign Investigation.  Senator Lindsey Graham expressed interest in seeing former President Barack Obama questioned under oath about the counterintelligence investigation against the Trump campaign.  Graham (R-SC), appearing in a segment with Fox News host Sean Hannity Thursday night [8/29/2019], was discussing the investigation that former FBI Director James Comey and a rogue team of investigators undertook in the summer of 2016.  He would like answers as to what Obama knew and when he knew it.

Gingrich: Obama, Loretta Lynch Knew FBI Was Spying on Trump Campaign.  Sunday on New York AM 970 radio's "The Cats Roundtable," former House Speaker Newt Gingrich argued that it is not "conceivable" for neither former President Barack Obama nor his Attorney General Loretta Lynch to not know the FBI was spying on the Donald Trump campaign.  Gingrich told host John Catsimatidis after the recent release of the Department of Justice's inspector general report that it is "clear" the fix was in and those involved will not be prosecuted.

Graham open to putting Obama under oath in probe into Russia investigation origins.  Senate Judiciary Committee Chairman Lindsey Graham says he is open to putting Barack Obama under oath as he probes potential White House involvement in opening a investigation into unproven ties between the 2016 Trump campaign and Russia.  Graham says one of the biggest remaining mysteries in the Trump-Russia saga that needs to be unraveled is who told President Obama about the counterintelligence investigation into then-candidate Trump.  The South Carolina Republican wants answers from the former president.  As part of his probe, Graham is prepared to call former FBI Deputy Director Andrew McCabe, former FBI Director James Comey, former CIA Director John Brennan, and former Director of National Intelligence James Clapper to testify.

The Editor says...
An oath is only as good as the integrity of the man taking it.  Obama has proven on multiple occasions that his word is no good.  The only reason to put Mr. Obama under oath is to build a case for perjury, which is pointless because no one named Obama or Clinton will ever go to trial for perjury.

If no one goes to jail for the Spygate coup attempt, then the rule of law in America is dead and we are all living under a deep state dictatorship.  Any fair-minded American knows that President Obama's politicization of the FBI, Justice Department, and U.S. intelligence community in authorizing the "Spygate" coup attempt against President Donald Trump was the biggest political scandal in the history of the country.  Most Democrat voters still believe, thanks to the garbage "mainstream" media," that the president and Mother Russia really did "collude" to steal the election, but there is no evidence for that because it never happened.  Robert Mueller's report made that clear.  Several findings and reports by Congress have also made that clear.  And yet, a 35-40 percent plurality of the country believes Donald Trump is some Manchurian candidate ready to do Moscow's bidding every chance he gets.  It's outrageous.  But what's worse is that those responsible for the coup attempt remain at large, breathing free air, even as deep state operatives continue working behind the scenes to ensnare our duly-elected president.

Obama knew about, and was DIRECTING, the "Spygate" coup attempt against Trump from the very beginning.  For nearly two years as information about the coup attempt against President Donald Trump known as "Spygate" dripped out, observers long suspected that an operation of this scope — involving the Justice Department, the FBI, U.S. and foreign intelligence assets — had to have come from the very top.  That is, former President Obama, who was in the Oval Office when Spygate was hatched and began as the 2016 presidential election cycle kicked off, had to have not only known about it but approved it.  Now, the speculation is over:  Of course, he did.

John Durham Must Investigate 'Unmasking'.  Partisans may cheer or jeer prosecutor John Durham, appointed by Attorney General William Barr to investigate how the FBI came to investigate Russian involvement in the Trump 2016 campaign.  Of deeper interest to thoughtful people across the political spectrum is the light this investigation may shed on abuses of government surveillance that have occurred under both Republican and Democratic administrations.  Given Durham's reputation for being both fearless and fair, the U.S. attorney for the District of Connecticut seems ideal for the job:  He has investigated government misconduct ranging from the fiasco surrounding Boston mobster Whitey Bulger to CIA "enhanced interrogation" methods.

Focus in Spygate Scandal Shifts to CIA, Former Director Brennan.  More than 2½ years after President Donald Trump assumed office, focus on actions taken during the 2016 presidential campaign is starting to shift toward the CIA and its former director, John Brennan.  While some observers, including this publication, have pointed out for more than a year that Brennan appears to have played a key role in the scandal that's become known as Spygate, actions taken by Brennan and the CIA now appear to have become a central focus of investigators.  Senate Judiciary Committee Chairman Lindsey Graham (R-S.C.) told Fox News' Maria Bartiromo that Justice Department Inspector General (IG) Michael Horowitz was "doing a very in-depth dive about the FISA warrant application" and "the behavior regarding the counterintelligence operation."

Sununu: FBI Might Want To Deep-Six Parts Of IG Report On Obama FISA Abuses.  I know we've been waiting a long time for the Department of Justice's inspector general on the alleged FISA abuses that occurred under the Obama administration.  It was supposed to be released this summer.  Now, it's due out in early September.  The contents might not send anyone from the Obama DOJ to jail, but it will reaffirm what we have been saying for quite some time: that the FBI was allegedly spying on Trump officials, that the meddling of the most concern was really coming from the J. Edgar Hoover Building, and that the Trump dossier was known to be biased, mostly unverified, but also cited as credible evidence in the securing of a spy warrant against Carter Page, Trump's former foreign policy adviser.  The sitting president used the DOJ to place the presidential campaign of the opposing party under surveillance.

Obama Brennan coup involved State Dept., DOD, DNI, DOJ, CIA and FBI.  The coordinated efforts of the Obama Brennan Coup to spy on and destroy Donald Trump involved the highest levels of the State Department and Department of Defense.  It is now clear that the inner circle of the Obama White House, including the former President himself, were coordinators of the entire Russia hoax from inception through the Mueller inquisition.  From the start all the way up to the coming indictments.  That all elements of the senior departments of the major agencies of the United States Government were illegally weaponized to destroy a political opponent.  A coordinated assault on the constitution and the Republic.

Sean Hannity:  Sources say [the] 'most explosive' part of [the] DOJ review is about 'outsourcing of illegal intelligence-gathering'.  Fox News host Sean Hannity said his sources are telling him the most "explosive" finding in the Justice Department review on the origins of the Russia investigation has to do with illegal intelligence-gathering on American citizens.  Hannity first mentioned this during his show Thursday evening [8/15/2019] while speaking to the Hill's John Solomon, who said DOJ Inspector General Michael Horowitz's soon-to-be-released report on alleged Foreign Intelligence Surveillance Act abuses will find "a lot more wrong than right" and will be "difficult" for former top FBI officials such as James Comey, Andrew McCabe, and Peter Strzok.

All The President's Men, Obama Style.  Today [8/13/2019] is the official publication date of my friend Andrew McCarthy's Ball of Collusion:  The Plot to Rig an Election and Destroy a Presidency. [...] In his weekly National Review column, McCarthy has covered the story as it emerged.  He now steps back and turns it into a narrative that incorporates his professional experience and legal analysis as it bears on the story.  I think this is the best book of its kind since Woodward and Bernstein's All the President's Men, but without that book's fictional elements and fictional devices.  Drawing on congressional testimony, investigative reports, primary documents, daily journalism and the like, McCarthy's story nevertheless puts Watergate in the dust.  What we have here is the biggest political scandal in American political history.

Comey's FBI was running a secret counterintelligence operation against Trump, new docs show.  Newly obtained documents confirm that James Comey's FBI was running a secret and corrupt counterintelligence operation against the Trump campaign in the summer of 2016 and repeatedly deceiving the Foreign Intelligence Surveillance Court (FISC) thereafter in order to wiretap a Trump campaign associate.  The disclosure was the result of a federal lawsuit and a year of litigation.  Despite efforts by FBI Director Christopher Wray to obstruct, a federal court issued an order that forced the FBI and Department of Justice to produce the records known as "302 reports."  They are a summary of interviews FBI agents conducted with Bruce Ohr, a top DOJ official.

Judicial Watch Founder 'No Doubt The Obama White House Was Running The Show'.  With all the attention focussed on Mueller's visit to Congress — and the carnival ride of gaslighting stories that followed since — we nearly missed this interview.  The word 'watchdog' gets bounced around like the skinny kid in a mosh pit, but Judicial Watch is one group actually worthy of the title.  They are launching FOIA requests and lawsuits that actually hold the government accountable and turn up information that even Congress isn't always able to get their hands on.

Durham is targeting Brennan and "Unauthorized political surveillance".  The criminal farce of the Mueller-Weissmann dossier is being exposed as an extension of the Russia hoax.  Mueller is the fragile front man manipulated by a cabal of Trump-hating coup plotters.  The focus can now shift to U.S. Attorney John Durham and Inspector General Michael Horowitz.  And also to the criminal behavior that created the campaign to destroy Donald Trump by the Obama White House.  Attorney General William Barr and the spokesman for John Durham both said that the focus of their investigation would be on "unauthorized surveillance" and "political surveillance".

The Seven Dumbest Things Democrats Demand You Believe.  The Democrats still aren't finished with the Trump-Russia meme.  They apparently fail to recognize that virtually everything to come as this story goes forward will be unpleasant for them.  There is the Department of Justice's Inspector General report, due out later this summer, which will likely describe the origins of the Trump-Russia meme as being bought and paid for by the Hillary Clinton campaign and used as a predicate for colossal civil rights abuses, if not election tampering, by the Obama administration, which weaponized Clinton's store-bought Steele Dossier to spy on the Trump campaign.

Expert: Obama tried to oust Trump to preserve legacy.  Between President Donald Trump's election and inauguration, former President Barack Obama and his administration conspired to oust his successor in order to preserve his legacy, according to one legal analyst from Fox News.  While discussing Democrats' partisan anti-Trump conspiracy before his book, Witch Hunt:  The Story of the Greatest Mass Delusion in American Political History comes out, Fox News Legal Analyst Gregg Jarrett said Obama is just one of the conspirators who will be held accountable when Todd Starnes Radio Show Host Todd Starnes asked him if Democrats were toning down their attack in anticipation of their own impending doom.  "I totally agree with that," Jarrett told Starnes on his show.

What must Obama be thinking as Dems support Mueller's contention that an ex-president can be prosecuted for crimes committed while in office?  [The Trump-haters] focus instead on Mueller's avowal that while a sitting president cannot be indicted, an ex-president can be.  They urge Trump's defeat because a second term in office would bring the statute of limitations into play, immunizing him from the consequences of his imaginary crime.  Thus, Democrats keep reminding us that it is important to hold ex-presidents criminally liable for their criminal conduct in office.  Have you noticed how ex-President Obama is nearly invisible lately?  I have to wonder if he worries about US Attorney Durham's grand jury investigating the role of John Brennan in enlisting foreign intelligence agencies in the plot to spy on the Trump campaign, and after the election, to bring it down?

Jim Jordan:  If the FBI Can Spy on a Presidential Campaign, Imagine What They Can Do to You.  [Scroll down]  During an interview with Fox News Wednesday night [7/24/2019], Jordan stressed this point and warned that if the FBI can spy on those working for presidential campaigns, they can spy on anyone.  "If they can do this to the President of the United States.  If they can go spy on two people, two Americans associated on his campaign based on this idea that there was some conspiracy which know now is completely false, if they can do this to the President, imagine what they can do to you and I?" Jordan said.  "For Bob Mueller not even to look at that or answer any questions about that, not even want to look at that, that's a big concern."

Who has the most egg on his face after the Mueller hearings?  Adam Schiff.  From the beginning of the Left's attempt to destroy the Trump candidacy, then presidency, it was Adam Schiff who was the most consumed by the fabricated hoax that Trump had colluded with Russia to win the election.  He believed every morsel of disinformation that was carefully leaked by the collaborators at the FBI, DOJ, CIA, DNC and the Clinton gang.  Once their fake news was leaked, they could and did use those articles as evidence against the President.  They used those columns of fabricated tales of Trump's collusion to get FISA warrants to spy on every person who was part of the campaign.  They spied, they set-up innocent persons like Papadopoulos in service of constructing a complex but false narrative that would round out their coup.

Justice Dept.  Watchdog Has Evidence Comey Probed Trump, on the Sly.  Sources tell RealClearInvestigations that Justice Department Inspector General Michael Horowitz will soon file a report with evidence indicating that Comey was misleading the president.  Even as he repeatedly assured Trump that he was not a target, the former director was secretly trying to build a conspiracy case against the president, while at times acting as an investigative agent.  Two U.S. officials briefed on the inspector general's investigation of possible FBI misconduct said Comey was essentially "running a covert operation against" the president, starting with a private "defensive briefing" he gave Trump just weeks before his inauguration.  They said Horowitz has examined high-level FBI text messages and other communications indicating Comey was actually conducting a "counterintelligence assessment" of Trump during that January 2017 meeting in New York.

How Comey Carved Out an "Unprecedented" Position For His Covert Agent Who Had Access to the White House.  According to a new explosive report by investigative journalist Paul Sperry, former FBI Director James Comey was investigating Trump on the sly and used a covert agent in the White House to relay information about Trump back to the bureau.

Did a dirty intelligence operation create the 'collusion' probe?  Hidden behind a wall of secrecy is the truth about what really happened during the FBI and CIA's joint investigation of the Trump campaign and Russia in 2016.  Was it, as former President Barack Obama's top cop and spy insist, an honest national security probe?  Or was it, as Republicans suspect, a domestic political intelligence operation to "dirty up" then-candidate Donald Trump?  Attorney General William Barr doesn't buy the Team Obama story and is investigating the investigation.  Special counsel Robert Mueller's failure to find evidence of "collusion" bolsters Barr's hunch.

Here's How the 'Russia Collusion' SpyGate Deception May Have Played Out.  In April 2016, the Democrats and Hillary were the natural preference for Putin.  Remember the trampoline joke by Dmitry Rogozin?  Hillary Clinton delivered on her promise "to help strengthen Russia", including the act of making the United States entirely dependent on Russia for human space flight.  The list of her feats is long and includes Skolkovo, Uranium One, and anti-fracking/anti-pipeline activism.  Add to that list Hillary's reset with Russia.  Given such relations between Hillary Clinton and Putin, the idea of Russian election interference purposed with aiding Trump seems unlikely.  How did the DNC and Obama administration try to sabotage the Trump campaign with such a hoax?  The following is an educated guess about the likely course of events: [...]

Report: New Horowitz Witness, Likely Kathleen Kavalec, Agrees to Talk to IG Investigators.  In a new report Fox News journalist Catherine Herridge outlines a "reluctant witness" who has recently agreed to cooperate with DOJ Inspector General Michael Horowitz and his review of potential FISA abuse by the Obama DOJ and FBI.

Mark Meadows:  DOJ exploring 'unbelievably unusual activity' in final months of Obama administration.  Rep. Mark Meadows said the Justice Department is examining irregularities in the intelligence community as part of its review of the origins of the Russia investigation.  Reacting to newly released documents on changes in U.S. procedures for sharing raw intelligence, Meadows said there was "unbelievably unusual activity" in the final months of the Obama administration.  "I can tell you that [U.S. Attorney] John Durham and Attorney General [William] Barr are going to get to the bottom of it," the North Carolina Republican said Monday evening on Fox News.

Obama administration's anti-Trump actions revealed in newly disclosed documents.  Stunning new information just released by the American Center for Law and Justice (ACLJ) shows that the Obama administration stepped up efforts — just days before President Trump took office — to undermine Trump and his administration.  The ACLJ, where I serve as chief counsel, has obtained records that show the Office of the Director of National Intelligence, under Director James Clapper, eagerly pushed to get new procedures as part of an anti-Trump effort.  The procedures increased access to raw signals intelligence before the conclusion of the Obama administration, just days before President Trump was inaugurated.  By greatly expanding access to classified information by unelected, unaccountable bureaucrats, the Obama administration paved the way for a shadow government to leak classified information — endangering our national security and severely jeopardizing the integrity and reputation of our critical national security apparatus — in an attempt to undermine President Trump.

Jay Sekulow Discovers New Documents To Backstop Obama's Operation Against Trump — Connects To Evelyn Farkas.  In March 2017 CTH first highlighted statements by Evelyn Farkas that described a coordinated effort from within the Obama administration to push political opposition research, gathered by the intelligence community, into the media.  Jay Sekulow now discovers documents that highlight the Obama administration's efforts in their last days in office.  This effort backstops Farkas's earlier statements.

Durham probing Bond villains in the Obama White House.  US Attorney John Durham is investigating an unprecedented abuse of legal authority at the very top of a wide swath of the Obama Administration.  From the State Department to the CIA, to the DOJ and the White House and the Oval Office itself.  An array of senior government officials is directly implicated in staging an unconstitutional attempted coup d'etat against the President of the United States, Donald Trump.  A cabal of senior officials is directly implicated in the illegal use of NSA programs to spy on an array of prominent Americans for at least 4 years.

When Normality Became Abnormal.  Weaponizing the IRS, unleashing the FBI to spy on political enemies and to plot the removal of an elected president, politicizing the CIA to help to warp U.S. politics, allying the Justice Department with the Democratic National Committee, and reducing FISA courts to rubber stamps for pursuing administration enemies became the new normal.  Calling all that a near coup was abnormal.  Let us hope that most Americans still prefer the abnormal remedy to the normal pathology.

The External Roots of Spygate.  The National Security Council Principals are "some of the highest-ranking officials in the government, including the secretaries of State, Treasury, Defense, and Homeland Security, the attorney general, the head of the CIA, the White House chief of staff, UN ambassador, and more."  All of them were Obama appointees.  All of them had been told to toe the party line — that Trump was not an ordinary candidate, but a suspected Putin agent.  The only problem with this theory was total lack of evidence.

Sean Hannity:  Sources say Trump surveillance scandal appears 'even worse than we originally thought'.  Fox News host Sean Hannity said the "investigation into the investigators" is shaping up to be more of a bombshell than previously expected.  During his evening show [6/11/2019], Hannity played up what the Justice Department has already uncovered in its examination of the Russia investigation's origins and potential misconduct by Justice Department and FBI officials.  "The single biggest abuse of power scandal in American history is about to be laid bare for all to see," Hannity said Tuesday.  "Sources tonight are confirming to me that things are most likely even worse than we originally thought."

The 2020 News Cycle Will Look Very Different.  The Russia collusion narrative and associated Robert Mueller hysteria are all but over. [...] The media for three years obsessed over a false "Trump did it" story.  But in the next 17 months, the storyline may change from the myth of the "walls are closing in" on the president to the reality that Obama-era officials committed serial felonies — from perjury and lying to federal officials, to leaking classified documents, spying illegally on a political campaign, deceiving a FISA court, and obstructing justice.

Why The IG Report On FISA Abuse Will Unleash Barr's Investigation Of Spygate.  The forthcoming report from the Office of Inspector General on potential Foreign Intelligence Surveillance Act abuse will finally unleash Attorney General William Barr, and when it does, watch out.  For the last month, conservative pundits have predicted the ever-imminent dropping of Inspector General Michael Horowitz's report on his investigation into the circumstances surrounding FISA surveillance of former Trump campaign advisor Carter Page.  Horowitz's report will likely provide new and damaging details surrounding the FBI's use of the FISA court to spy on Page.  More importantly, the conclusion of Horowitz's probe frees Barr to conduct a broader and more exacting investigation into all aspects of the Russia collusion hoax.

Trump is the Democrats' white whale, and Pelosi is Ahab.  [Scroll down]  It all began within the Obama administration, most likely with his instigation.  So enamored of himself, Obama was determined to protect his legacy, no matter how unworthy of acclaim, at all costs.  He had made it clear years earlier that he bore a certain contempt for the Constitution as a document of "negative rights."  Obama, like all communists at heart, reveres only documents that dictate what the government must do, not what they cannot.

FBI Counterintelligence Is Focus of Trump Campaign Spying Probe.  The ongoing special Justice Department investigation into improper spying on the Trump campaign in 2016 highlights key failings by the FBI's once-storied counterintelligence division.  Two senior counterintelligence officials no longer with the bureau are among likely targets of the investigation by John Durham, U.S. attorney for the District of Connecticut.  Both were key managers of the high-profile investigations in 2016 into classified information found on Hillary Clinton's private email server, and the now-discredited counterspy operation into links between the Trump presidential campaign and Russian government.  A central figure is Peter Strzok, deputy assistant FBI director for the counterintelligence division, who was fired in August.  Another key player was his boss, Bill Priestap, assistant FBI director for counterintelligence, who quietly resigned in December.

Just When Did The Investigation Into The Trump Campaign Begin?  #[Scroll down]  What's interesting about this exchange is that the music had begun playing and Mukasey was cut off.  But he clearly seems to be implying that the investigation into the Trump campaign started before 2016, which runs counter to the accepted narrative.  And, more importantly, that the Mueller report might not be accurate, at least as it relates to that part of the timeline.

Who Ran Crossfire Hurricane?  "Crossfire Hurricane" — the melodramatic code name for the FBI/CIA spy operation on candidate Trump and his early presidency — was run for the FBI by then-FBI Director James Comey, his deputy Andrew McCabe, Special Agent Peter Strzok, and a few others.  Then-CIA director John Brennan ran it for the CIA.  Brennan had to have help, but who was it?  A lot of evidence points to the CIA's then-chief of station in London in 2016-2017, and now the Director of Central Intelligence, Gina Haspel.  President Trump claimed that the FBI and CIA's spying on his campaign and early presidency was treason.  Attorney General William Barr said that, legally, it wasn't.

William Barr Is Washington's Worst Nightmare.  If you are bewildered by the weird antipathy with which Democrats and the media regard Attorney General William Barr, consider a passage from the Nobel Prize acceptance speech delivered by Polish dissident Czesław Miłosz in 1980:  "In a room where people unanimously maintain a conspiracy of silence, one word of truth sounds like a pistol shot."  Our government hasn't yet devolved into the kind of totalitarian regime under which Poland groaned at that time, but there is a conspiracy of silence surrounding the skullduggery that led to the Russia collusion fraud, and Barr fired that metaphorical pistol on April 10, 2019.  Barr used the word "spying" during testimony before the Senate Appropriations Committee with regard to his plan to look into counterintelligence activities against the Trump campaign during the 2016 election cycle.  When he first uttered that word, it clearly startled every Democrat on the committee.

Adam Schiff Demands Materials From Probe Into Russia-Collusion Investigation.  [Scroll down]  The problem here is that the IC community and law enforcement were politicized by the Obama administration, which used them to spy on the Trump campaign.  It was Hillary Clinton's campaign that paid for the dossier from ex-British Intelligence officer Christopher Steele (then working as an opposition researcher) that was included as evidence to obtain warrants against Trump campaign officials.  Barr is trying to reveal that politicization.  It's telling that Schiff does not want this information revealed.

Watch: Biggest Scandal In American History:  How Many Were Really Spied On?  The Foreign Intelligence Surveillance Act (FISA) and the court created to oversee its implementation are going to be in the news quite a bit in the upcoming weeks.  [Video clip]

Chemotherapy for the Republic.  When the core mechanisms of the country's national security apparatus are deployed for petty partisan advantage, the cancer's aggressive growth eats away at the very foundation of representative government.

FISA Court exposes Obama's abuse of NSA to spy on Americans.  The Obama White House used the most sensitive intrusive surveillance systems of the NSA to spy on Americans.  A ruling by FISA Court Presiding Judge Rosemary Collyer finds that 85% of NSA database requests under FISA section 702 authority at the DOJ were illegal or noncompliant.  Surveillance systems, including PRISM, spying on hundreds if not thousands of Americans.  Including Donald Trump and those around him.  Moreover, Collyer finds, that the Department of Justice showed an appalling "lack of institutional candor".

Maxine Waters Let Obama's Cat Out of the Bag in 2013.  Congresswoman Maxine Waters (D-Calif.), one of the left wing's most prominent and vocal figures, has a 30-year history of ill advised, frothing rhetoric.  "Auntie Maxine" is atop no one's list of vise-lipped confidantes, yet because of her prominence, she is clued in on much of the darker machinations of the Democratic Party and its backers.  Occasionally, she reveals more than intended.  February 2013 was one of those times.

Comey Denies FBI Spied on Trump Campaign, Calls It 'Conspiracy' Amid Multiple Probes.  Former FBI Director James Comey wrote an op-ed on Tuesday [5/28/2019] denying the FBI ever spied on President Trump's campaign in 2016 and claiming it was "just good people trying to figure out what was true, under unprecedented circumstances."

'A Hard Rain's Gonna Fall' on Obama's Bad Cops and Spies.  The skies are growing dark and increasingly ominous for dirty officials at the top of Obama-era law enforcement and intelligence agencies.  Leading the "I'm really worried" list are James Comey, John Brennan, James Clapper, Loretta Lynch, and their senior aides, all political appointees.  They expected Hillary Clinton to win in 2016 and bury any traces of malfeasance, just as they had buried hers.  It didn't work out that way.  Now they need protection themselves.  House Democrats and anonymous leakers are busy providing it.

The Russia hoax was a cover-up effort for Obama's political spying since 2012.  At last, we are on the verge of getting to the bottom of the weaponization of the nation's top law enforcement and spy agencies to spy on political opponents, and it is far bigger than obtaining bogus FISA Court warrants to spy on Carter Page.  Barack Obama's minions have been spying on his political opponents since before his 2012 re-election, and the entire Russiagate hoax was an effort to cover up that ongoing spying.

Donald Trump makes good on a promise but Dems cry 'coverup'.  The president is going nuclear.  Democrats who thought control of the House gave them control of the agenda now will face stiff competition.  Their expressions of outrage will seem tired next to the sensational revelations about the actions of Jim Comey, John Brennan and others.  Based on what we already know, it is highly likely those revelations will prove the [Obama] White House, FBI and CIA engineered the greatest scandal in American political history by unjustified spying on Trump and by trying to tip the election to Hillary Clinton.  Predictably, Dems are furious at Trump's decision, with many on the left launching personal attacks on Barr.  He's not getting Brett Kavanaugh-level smears yet, but give them time.

The Declassification Directive Gives Pelosi, Schumer and Small Group Few Options.  When President Trump announced the futility of attempting an infrastructure bill with Pelosi and Schumer as they simultaneously tried to impeach him, the president certainly knew he was going to issue a declassification memo within hours.  The declassification directive to AG Bill Barr creates a dynamic ensuring Nancy Pelosi and Chuck Schumer will align with the former intelligence officials and further attack the offices of the President and Attorney General; they have few options.  Those who participated in the creation of Russia-Gate or Spy-Gate have few options except to manufacture a narrative shield and accuse the President of unethical, immoral and criminal conduct.

Joe diGenova Discusses Declassification and the Origin of the Obama Political Surveillance Operation.  Now that we have significant research files on the 2015 and 2016 political surveillance program; which includes the trail evident within the Weissmann/Mueller report; in combination with the Obama-era DOJ "secret research project" (their words, not mine); we are able to overlay the entire objective and gain a full understanding of how political surveillance was conducted over a period of approximately four to six years.  This is likely why there is institutional panic.  Working with a timeline, but also referencing origination material in 2015/2016 — CTH has tried to show how the program operated.  The exploitation of government collected information explains an evolution from the IRS Files in 2010 to the FISA Files in 2016.  More importantly, research indicates the modern political exploitation of the NSA database, for weaponized intelligence surveillance of politicians, began mid 2012.

Attorney General Barr puts former intel bosses on notice.  Things seem to be moving quickly now.  It has been a remarkable few weeks in American history.  Momentum is building toward uncovering the distasteful possibility that the targeting of a U.S. presidential campaign was actually a political operation, fostered at the highest levels of government, masquerading as an FBI counterintelligence investigation.  Attorney General William Barr has signaled that his interest in examining the origins of the investigation into the Trump campaign extends beyond whether the FBI operated "by the book," as former FBI Director James Comey asserts.  Barr also wants to understand the role that the larger intelligence community, or IC, may have played in all of this.

Global Elites Started The Russia Nonsense.  Attorney General William Barr has turned the attention of the Russia probe to its origin: who started this and why?  The answer, as in all the best crime dramas, is probably hiding in plain sight. [...] The Obama administration was spying on conservative European political parties.  Which means, almost necessarily under the Five Eyes Agreement, foreign agents were returning the favor and spying on the Trump campaign.

Donald Trump Orders Intelligence Community to Cooperate with Surveillance Investigation.  President Donald Trump directed the intelligence community to cooperate with Attorney General Bill Barr's investigation into surveillance activities during the 2016 presidential election.  In a memorandum to his seven cabinet directors and the Attorney General, Trump asked that officials cooperate with Barr's investigation and authorized Barr to declassify any information about the investigation into his campaign that he deemed necessary, provided that he consulted with the agency responsible.

Obama lied, the FBI spied.  Nearly two-thirds of Americans believe the FBI knew the Russian Dossier was BS when the agency used it to spy on Donald John Trump.  And Americans want to get to the bottom of Obama's misuse of America's spy apparatus.  Scott Rasmussen reported, "64% of voters believe the FBI knew a controversial dossier was unreliable when they used it to obtain a search warrant against President Trump's 2016 campaign.  A ScottRasmussen.com national survey found that skepticism is shared by 86% of Republicans, 64% of Independents, and 47% of Democrats."  49% of Americans want this investigated.  Only 29% are opposed.  A plurality of Americans now believe the Obama administration's spying was illegal.

Obama Appointees in the Communist Orbit.  The Obama administration colluded with Rusian agents who produced the Steele Dossier.  It was paid for by Clinton, but it was Obama's minions at the FBI, CIA and White House who weaponized this soviet disinformation against President Trump.  We are all victims of the Obama cabal's collusion with Russia — President Trump's voters and all Americans who believe in our free and fair election process.

Federal Rats Are Fleeing the Sinking Collusion Ship.  [Scroll down]  There may well have occurred a near coup attempt by high-ranking officials to destroy a campaign and then to remove an elected president.  Likewise, top officials may have engaged in serial lying to federal investigators, perjury, the misleading of the Foreign Intelligence Surveillance Court, the illegal insertion of informants into a political campaign, the leaking of classified documents and the obstruction of justice.  So, how can we tell that the former accusers are now terrified of becoming the accused?  Because suddenly the usual band of former Obama officials and Trump accusers have largely given up on their allegations that Trump was or is a Russian asset.  Instead, John Brennan, James Clapper, James Comey, Andrew McCabe and Rod Rosenstein are now beginning to accuse each other of wrongdoing.

Donald Trump Orders Intelligence Community to Cooperate with Surveillance Investigation.  President Donald Trump directed the intelligence community to cooperate with Attorney General Bill Barr's investigation into surveillance activities during the 2016 presidential election.  In a memorandum to his seven cabinet directors and the Attorney General, Trump asked that officials cooperate with Barr's investigation and authorized Barr to declassify any information about the investigation into his campaign that he deemed necessary, provided that he consulted with the agency responsible.

AG William Barr given power to declassify documents on surveillance activities into Trump campaign.  President Trump has given Attorney General William Barr "full and complete authority to declassify information" related to the origins of the federal investigation into possible ties between the Trump campaign and Russia.  The move is the strongest sign yet that Trump is taking serious action to "investigate the investigators" and has found a willing champion in Barr, who rankled Democrats last month when he said "spying did occur" on the Trump campaign.  The White House issued a memorandum to the heads of several agencies Thursday [5/23/2019] instructing them to cooperate with Barr's inquiry, [...]

Potus Trump will begin document declassification with "Bucket 5" list of exculpatory evidence FBI failed to show FISA court.  Ace investigative columnist John Solomon told Fox News' Sean Hannity Tuesday night [5/21/2019] during his show that, according to Solomon's sources, POTUS Donald Trump is expected to begin declassifying a series of documents exposing President Obama's deep state "Spygate" plot to undermine his presidency.  In particular, Solomon noted, the president will begin with with the release of "Bucket 5" documents, otherwise known as exculpatory statements the FBI possessed about its targets before agents went to the Foreign Intelligence Surveillance Act (FISA) court to get warrants to spy on them.

Attorney General Barr puts former intel bosses on notice.  Things seem to be moving quickly now.  It has been a remarkable few weeks in American history.  Momentum is building toward uncovering the distasteful possibility that the targeting of a U.S. presidential campaign was actually a political operation, fostered at the highest levels of government, masquerading as an FBI counterintelligence investigation.  Attorney General William Barr has signaled that his interest in examining the origins of the investigation into the Trump campaign extends beyond whether the FBI operated "by the book," as former FBI Director James Comey asserts.  Barr also wants to understand the role that the larger intelligence community, or IC, may have played in all of this.

Docs Prove Deep State hacks Obama, Comey, Brennan, and Clapper aided Russian efforts to divide Americans with 'Spygate'.  Treason is not a word that anyone should use lightly, but based on recent revelations regarding the "Spygate" operation aimed at undermining Donald Trump's presidential campaign and his presidency, it is a term that seems very fitting to describe acts and actions taken by several Obama-era officials, including the former president himself.

Obama's Illegal Spying on Americans Labeled "Operation Hammer" Will Soon Be Exposed.  One of the many illegal actions that President Obama partook during his eight years in office was the assimilation of personal data on all Americans.  His "Operation Hammer" will soon be uncovered and show his contempt for Americans and the rule of law.

Sharyl Attkisson Discusses "Spygate" as a Cover Operation.  [Scroll down]  CTH agrees, everything after March 9th, 2016, is a function of two intelligence units, the CIA and FBI, operating together to cover-up prior political surveillance operations.  Prior to March 9th, 2016, the surveillance and spy operation was using the NSA database to track and monitor their political opposition.  However, once the NSA compliance officer began initiating an internal review of who was accessing the system, the CIA and FBI moved to create ex post facto justification for their endeavors.

Trump says those who 'spied' on his campaign should be convicted of treason.  President Trump said court-ordered FBI surveillance of his 2016 presidential campaign was treason and those connected to it should serve long prison sentences.

Nine Reasons James Comey Might Be in Real Legal Jeopardy.  Based on a dossier he knew was a fake document paid for and compiled by anti-Trump partisans, Comey launched an intensive spying campaign against Team Trump as though they were the criminals, as though they were suspected of a crime.  This intense spying campaign, which was obviously meant to entrap people into admitting to treason and to meddle in a presidential election, involved no less than a full-fledged counterintelligence investigation using confidential sources, non-FBI undercover investigators, and wiretaps.

Obama's Other Investigation.  It's apparent to all but President Trump's most deranged critics that Obama's FBI was indeed spying on his campaign.  So, it's worth pointing out that, in addition to the FBI's Crossfire Hurricane operation, the Obama administration was running another concurrent higher-level counterintelligence investigation into alleged Russian efforts to aid Trump's campaign that hasn't gotten nearly as much attention.

'Both stories can't be true:' 'Spygate' begins to unravel as Brennan vs Comey camps point fingers.  Disgraced former Obama administration officials James Comey and John Brennan are reportedly duking it out publicly in what for all intents and purposes looks a whole lot like a real-life performance of the hilarious Mad magazine cartoon "Spy vs.  Spy."  Except the implications of this "performance" are mad real, pun intended.  This real-life feud over what's often referred to as "spygate" concerns the infamous Steele dossier.  The question everybody wants to be answered is "whodunit," i.e., which one of these two disgraced officials was responsible for elevating the fraudulent, smear-filled document into undeserved relevance.

Obama's Other Investigation.  It's apparent to all but President Trump's most deranged critics that Obama's FBI was indeed spying on his campaign.  So, it's worth pointing out that, in addition to the FBI's Crossfire Hurricane operation, the Obama administration was running another concurrent higher-level counterintelligence investigation into alleged Russian efforts to aid Trump's campaign that hasn't gotten nearly as much attention.  Details of the second investigation were leaked by high-level Obama administration officials for a June 2017 Washington Post story headlined, "Obama's secret struggle to punish Russia for Putin's election assault".  The anonymously sourced accounts of meetings only attended by a handful of intelligence bureau chiefs and their inner thoughts and objectives could have only been provided by people in the uppermost echelon of the intelligence community under Obama, like Director of National Intelligence James Clapper, CIA director John Brennan, and FBI director James Comey.

Will The Real Russia-Collusion Scandal Please Stand Up?  Now that the smoke from the always-dubious Trump-Russia investigation has cleared, the real scandal is finally coming into focus.  Namely, the one where the Obama administration, the Hillary Clinton campaign, and various top law enforcement officials apparently worked together to spy on the campaign of their political opponent.  A scandal with far more credible evidence to back it up than the phony Russia collusion story.

Getting FISA authority illegally, as now looks probable, was unnecessary.  Why was it done?  This week we learned from John Solomon at The Hill that the FBI knew before the first application for FISA authorization against Trump campaign aide Carter Page that key information in the Steele dossier was flawed.  Yet it was advanced as justification for the FISA surveillance anyway, and with apparent misrepresentation of the Bureau's compliance with its own Woods procedures.  In particular, according to notes made by a State Department official during a brief she received from Christopher Steele, a key detail about one of the dossier's allegations was false — in fact, ridiculously so.

IG Horowitz Has 'Concluded that the Final Three FISA Extensions Were Illegally Obtained,' diGenova Says.  Washington attorney Joe diGenova claimed in an interview last night that the Department of Justice inspector general has determined that "the final three FISA extensions were illegally obtained," and the first one is still being investigated.  For the past year, DOJ IG Michael Horowitz has been investigating the FBI's 2016 surveillance activities and his report is expected later this month or in early June.  Washington power couple Joe diGenova and Victoria Toensing appeared on Lou Dobbs' Fox Business Network show Thursday night [5/9/2019] to talk about the latest turns in the "SpyGate" saga.

Senator Shaheen Questions FBI Director Wray About "Spying".  It didn't work out too well the last time New Hampshire Senator Jeanne Shaheen asked Attorney General Bill Barr about the term 'spying'.  This time the intentionally obtuse senator questions the term "spying" on the Trump campaign by conflating a Title III criminal investigation (which never happened), with Title I counterintelligence investigation (which did happen).

FBI Director Wray contradicts his boss AG Barr over 'spying' on Trump: 'Not the term I would use'.  FBI Director Christopher Wray on Tuesday disputed Attorney General William Barr's use of the word "spying" to describe surveillance of President Trump's 2016 campaign.  "That's not the term I would use," Wray told the Senate Appropriations Committee.  "To me the key question is making sure it's done by the book, consistent with our lawful authorities.  That's the key question, different people use different colloquial phrases."

FBI Director Wray says surveillance not the same as 'spying'.  "That's not the term I would use," Wray told lawmakers on the Senate Appropriations Committee when asked if FBI agents engage in "spying" when they follow FBI policies and procedures.  "Lots of people have different colloquial phrases.  I believe that the FBI is engaged in investigative activity, and part of investigative activity includes surveillance activity of different shapes and sizes, and to me the key question is making sure that it's done by the book, consistent with our lawful authorities."

None Dare Call It Spying (But It Was Obviously Spying).  Dictionary.com defines "spy" as:  [#1] a person employed by a government to obtain secret information or intelligence about another, usually hostile, country, especially with reference to military or naval affairs.  [#2] a person who keeps close and secret watch on the actions and words of another or others.  There is no possible interpretation of those definitions that does not cover what the Obama administration did to the presidential campaign of Donald Trump in 2016.  Whether it was justified or not is irrelevant to the fact that spying did occur.

The walls are closing in on Obama's spies.  [Kimberley] Strassel wrote, "Mr. Barr made real news in that Senate hearing, and while the press didn't notice, Democrats did.  The attorney general said he'd already assigned people at the Justice Department to assist his investigation of the origins of the Trump-Russia probe.  He said his review would be far-reaching — that he was obtaining details from congressional investigations, from the ongoing probe by the department's inspector general, Michael Horowitz, and even from Mr. Mueller's work.  Mr. Barr said the investigation wouldn't focus only on the fall 2016 justifications for secret surveillance warrants against Trump team members but would go back months earlier.

FBI's spying campaign against Trump [is] yet another reason to probe Comey.  President Trump has called it "Spygate," but it's looking more like "Get Smart" or the classic Mad magazine cartoon, "Spy vs. Spy."  According to The New York Times, the FBI in 2016 actually sent a buxom blonde to pump Trump-campaign nobody George Papadopoulos for information about collusion.  It would be hilarious if the investigation hadn't continued on (in various forms) for over two years, plaguing the president with damning "news" coverage that now turns out to be fundamentally false.

When Will Trump Finally Drop the Hammer on the Deep State?  This country needs to get to the bottom of how this nightmare all started.  We have to find out who was responsible for putting these corrupt wheels of injustice into full motion.  If it leads all the way to the top and Barack Obama, so be it.  What did Obama know and when did President Obama know it?  And if he did know, to what extent was he involved?  All those who participated in this malfeasance must now be held fully accountable.  If these deep state actors are found guilty, then all of these people must be prosecuted to the full extent of the law.  This is no game; President Trump has basically been robbed of the first two years of his presidency by the corrupt people in Washington and their leftist pawns in the media.  This must not stand; these corrupt politicians must not be allowed to run out the clock.

Busted Comey on the defensive tries to justify FBI spying on Trump and use of honey pot to entrap aide.  Fired FBI Director James Comey defended the agency's spying-on of the 2016 Trump campaign and the use of a "honey pot" to entrap former campaign aide George Papadopoulos.  Comey was reacting to a New York Times report alleging that the FBI had employed an attractive female who used the alias "Azra Turk" to spy on Papadopoulos. [...] Comey — who was then FBI director — defended the FBI, saying it did what it had to do under the circumstances, which was to spy on the Trump campaign aides.  That is a gross violation of civil liberties.  Naturally, no one has explained why the FBI never alerted then-candidate Donald Trump that they allegedly suspected Russia was trying to infiltrate his campaign.  Wouldn't that be the logical first step?

FBI Official's Testimony Raises New Questions about Surveillance of Trump Campaign.  The deputy assistant director at the Federal Bureau of Investigation, Jonathan Moffa, was involved with the Russia-Trump investigation from the start.  He was asked, in a closed-door Capitol Hill interview on August 24, 2018, to describe his role:  "I was the section chief over counterintelligence analysis during the period of the election," Moffa told lawmakers and staff. [...] Moffa's congressional interview was private, and no transcript has been released.  But National Review has obtained a copy.  The interview transcript reveals that the FBI's use of Confidential Human Sources and other counterintelligence assets was far more extensive than has previously been acknowledged.

So Who Was 'Azra Turk' Working For?  The FBI tasked a woman posing as an assistant to longtime FBI informant Stefan Halper to meet with Trump campaign aide George Papadopoulos in London in 2016, The New York Times revealed in a report Thursday [5/2/2019].  The report confirms longstanding speculation that the woman, who operated under the alias Azra Turk, was part of the government's operation to keep tabs on Papadopoulos and the Trump team.  But one question about Turk remains unanswered by The Times piece:  Who does she work for?

FBI Admits Using Spies Against Trump Campaign.  In a stunning admission The New York Times describes how the FBI enlisted a female agent to work the "operation" in the U.K. during August-September 2016 posing as an aide for U.S. intelligence asset/FBI informant Stefan Halper.  Halper was an FBI operative and Cambridge professor who set up meetings with Trump campaign advisor George Papadopoulos.  The female agent used a fake name, Azra Turk, and presented herself as an assistant to Stefan Halper; however, she was actually an undercover intelligence operative of the FBI.

Obama-Era Spying Is Now a Political Risk for Biden.  It's been a very good week for Joe Biden.  The former senator and vice president is the clear frontrunner in a crowded Democratic field for 2020.  His poll ratings and campaign fundraising surged after he announced his presidential run last week.  One of Biden's biggest assets is his close association with Barack Obama.  He may not have the former president's endorsement yet (Biden says, unconvincingly, that he didn't want it), but Joe knows how popular Obama still is and how much his candidacy benefits from that reflected glow.

New York Times Admits Obama Admin Deployed Multiple Spies Against Trump Campaign In 2016.  Following months of angry claims by journalists and Democratic operatives that the Obama administration never spied on Donald Trump's 2016 presidential campaign, The New York Times admitted Thursday that multiple overseas intelligence assets were deployed against associates of the Republican nominee.  It is not the first time the Times has revealed widespread spying operations against the campaign.  In addition to noting that long-time informant Stefan Halper was tasked with collecting intelligence on the Trump campaign, the Times story details how a woman was sent overseas under a fake name and occupation to oversee the spy operation.  The woman's real name is not mentioned in the article, though the Times says she went by "Azra Turk" and has a relationship with an unidentified federal intelligence agency.

Big Puzzle Pieces Connecting — The CIA, FBI, and 2016 Political Surveillance is Merging.  The admissions within the New York Times story today [5/2/2019] outlining how President Obama's intelligence apparatus ran simultaneous intelligence operations against the Trump campaign- are starting to merge the FBI and CIA operations. [...] Remember, everything after March 9th, 2016, is a cover-story.

Barr laid it on the line with the simple question the Russia Hoaxers can't answer.  Attorney General William Barr scares the wits out of the Democrats who bet their party's political future on removing President Trump from office.  Now that The Mueller Report revealed no collusion with the Russians, they are living in fear that the coup plotters will be held accountable for their misdeeds in courts of law.  Barr has indicated that prosecutorial investigations are underway, and his willingness to speak plainly and directly, such as his use (and defense of his use) of the word "spying," demonstrates that that he and his associates can make their cases in convincing language.

With the walls closing in on Obama, Ben Rhodes weaves a sticky narrative web.  Now that the Mueller report is out, effectively exonerating President Trump of colluding with the Russians to steal the election from Hillary Clinton, the Trump administration has begun investigations as to the origins of the phony Steele dossier and the illegal surveillance of his campaign.  It's a trail that's unlikely to lead anywhere but to the office of embittered President Obama, and independent reporter Nicholas Ballasy got a chance to ask the Obama administration's former deputy national security adviser, Ben Rhodes, whether he thought this investigation would eventually lead.  His response was about what you might expect — nowhere Obama might be, along with a string of "narratives," so fake that if you weren't suspicious Obama knew anything about the abuses of power going on, you would be after hearing Rhodes.  [Video clip]

Admiral Mike Rogers, Obama's NSA Chief, Discovered Administration's '702' Illegal Spying Operation.  Section 702 allows the Attorney General and the Director of National Intelligence to "jointly authorize surveillance of people who are not 'U.S. persons.'"  Use of 702 has actually helped the U.S. thwart planned terrorist attacks.  When used as intended, it is a valuable tool. [...] Clearly, the potential for abuse under the 702 program is great.  Dating back to 2012, the 702 program was used to spy on Americans, which is a violation of the Fourth Amendment.  Carlson, in the above mentioned article, speculates that Obama administration officials didn't obtain the FISA warrant to spy on Carter Page for the purpose of collecting information, but rather, because they had already spied on the campaign, they needed it to "explain" the information they had previously collected.

Former Obama Advisor Ben Rhodes:  We Didn't Know Anything.  Former Deputy National Security Advisor to President Obama, Ben Rhodes, says any investigation of prior administration "will find nothing" that shows former President Obama or White House staff had any "involvement" in the origins of the surveillance of Trump campaign and Russia collusion investigation.  [Video clip]

Listen to Joe diGenova.  On April 10, 2019, Attorney General William Barr testified before the Senate Appropriations Committee that Donald Trump's presidential campaign had been spied upon by U.S. intelligence agencies.  According to Barr, the "question was whether it [the spying] was adequately predicated."  Barr was careful to state explicitly that he had made no determination as to whether there was an adequate justification for the spying, but that he was going to investigate to resolve the issue.  Clearly Barr was talking about the eponymous and unverified Steele dossier which was used by the FBI and Justice Department to obtain FISA warrants to intercept the communications of Trump campaign associate Carter Page and, by extension, everyone in or out of the Trump campaign with whom he communicated. [...] Now it appears that Barr was only hinting at the enormity of what is actually being investigated.

A Spygate Warning:  How the Leaders of the Coup Could Escape Justice.  [Scroll down]  One has to admire, I guess, the pure audacity of the deep state and its friends in the media for pulling this one off.  For the first two and a half years of Trump's presidency, they constructed an exquisite trap where if he denied that Russia interfered in the election it meant he himself was colluding in it.  Finally, exhausted and seeking a political out, Trump's second attorney general (his first one self-castrated over Russia) copped to Russian interference to avoid the collusion and obstruction charges.  Except there is no evidence, really, that Russia interfered.  With apologies to Barr, that assertion seems just as concocted as the collusion canard.  The FBI and, apparently, the special counsel never tested the supposedly hacked computers.  That task was left to a private contractor, CrowdStrike, with connections to the Clinton Foundation and the government of Ukraine.

President Obama's 2016 Political Surveillance Coverup Had Two Parallel Tracks.  Everything after March 9th, 2016, is a function of two intelligence units, the CIA and FBI, operating together to cover up prior political surveillance and spy operations.  Prior to March 9th, 2016, the surveillance and spy operation was using the NSA database to track and monitor their political opposition.  However, once the NSA compliance officer began initiating an internal review of who was accessing the system, the CIA and FBI moved to create ex post facto justification for their endeavors.

10 factors making Russia election interference the most enduring scandal of the Obama era.  Depending on which set of facts we examine, Russian interference was alternately foreseeable and unpredictable; expected, yet surprising.  The official reaction to it has begun to unfold as a Keystone Cops-type response by top Obama intel officials.  They appear to have been so distracted by political motivations that they lost sight of the very danger they now claim threatens our democracy.  Here are 10 reasons why Russia election interference seems set to become the most enduring scandal of the Obama administration. [...]

The Obama Use of FISA-702 as a Domestic Political Surveillance Program.  Now that we have significant research files on the 2015 and 2016 political surveillance program; which includes the trail evident within the Weissmann/Mueller report; in combination with the Obama-era DOJ "secret research project" (their words, not mine); we are able to overlay the entire objective and gain a full understanding of how political surveillance was conducted over a period of approximately four to six years.  Working with a timeline, but also referencing origination material in 2015/2016 — CTH hopes to show how the program operated.  This explains an evolution from The IRS Files in 2010 to the FISA Files in 2016.

Forget Trump, Here Are Five Reasons Why Obama Should Have Been Impeached.  There is no question that Obama spied on the Trump campaign.  We know this happened.  We know that this spying was justified using a bogus dossier funded by the Hillary campaign.  What began as a means to undermine Trump before the 2016 election ultimately became a means to undermine his presidency.  The Mueller investigation, a 22-month effort to uncover alleged Russian collusion predictably turned up nothing, and thankfully, Attorney General William Barr appears to be willing to do something to find out how the illegal spying began.  Combine this with Obama's role in meddling with the investigation of Hillary Clinton, and we get what is truly the biggest political scandal in history.

What did Obama know?  When did he know it?  Obama used Russian interference as an excuse to spy on Donald Trump.  The way it was done tells me they had done this before because Susan Rice was way too casual in talking about unmasking private citizens whom national security wiretapped.  They convinced themselves that Trump was Putin's puppet, and used that to rationalize behaviors and actions that were unconstitutional.

Jay Sekulow:  "Three" FISA Applications Were Denied in 2016.  During a rather innocuous podcast discussion panel yesterday, one of President Trump's personal lawyers Jay Sekulow mentioned the FBI had three FISA applications denied by the FISA court in 2016.  The denials were always suspected; however, until now no-one in/around the administration has ever confirmed.  Jay Sekulow did not expand on his statement and did not explain where the information was derived from; however, if accurate this may explain the backstory to why FISA Judge Rudolph Contreras was recused.

Worse than Watergate.  In 1972, Republicans were caught using former CIA operatives to spy on their political rivals.  In 2016, Democrats have now been caught using active FBI and senior Department of Justice employees to spy on President Trump.  It is no longer debatable whether or not it happened, because A. G. Barr just told us it happened.  The only question that remains is whether or not they had any sort of justifiable reason for doing so, except that question seems to have already been resolved by Special Counsel Robert Mueller, because his report found no evidence of collusion between the Trump campaign and the Russian government.  In fact, the opposite appears to be true — it looks as if federal agencies conspired with foreign governments to entrap peripheral members of the Trump campaign.  Heads need to roll.

Questions Real Journalists Would Ask Obama and Hillary.  If there were real journalism in America today, there would be questions right now that these real journalists would really want to ask people like Barack Obama and Hillary Clinton, such as, "President Obama, were you made aware of spying on the Trump campaign while you were in office?" [...] "President Obama, if FISA courts were deceived in any way by your FBI, would you characterize that as a scandal — and, if not, how would you characterize it?" "President Obama, when you said that you learned about Hillary Clinton's secret email server by reading about it in the papers, were you being honest, sir?

Devin Nunes:  "The Spying Began in 2015?  Finally [...] Devin Nunes outlines the origin of the spying operation as it began in 2015 and extended into 2016.  During an interview to discuss his criminal referrals to Attorney General Barr Devin Nunes outlines the big picture.  [Video clip]

Brennan Attacks Bill Barr For Saying Obama Admin Spied on Trump's 2016 Campaign.  Former CIA Chief John Brennan, who is up to his eyeballs in Spygate, attacked Attorney General Bill Barr over his 'spying' allegation.  John Brennan was spooked after Attorney General Bill Barr said in a Senate hearing that the "upper echelon" of Obama's Intel agencies spied on Trump's 2016 campaign.  Yes, that includes John Brennan, the former director of the Central Intelligence Agency — no wonder why he's panicking.

Focus on the Leaking, Not Just the Spying.  [Scroll down]  The abuse of power here is what happened after Trump won the election.  This is when the investigations themselves and other kinds of surveillance were disclosed to the press.  Details about incoming National Security Adviser Michael Flynn's conversations with the Russian ambassador during the presidential transition leaked.  So did the FBI's probe of Trump associates and their contacts with Russia, along with the existence of the surveillance warrant on [Carter] Page himself.  It's hard to say whether these leaks were coordinated, but there have been some suggestive clues.

CNN Laughably Asserts AG Bill Barr Provided "No Evidence" Of Trump Spying.  After AG Bill Barr announced yesterday [4/10/2019] that the Trump campaign was spied on, this sent mainstream news agencies into a hair-fire-setting frenzy.  I wrote about some of their reactions here.  All kinds of crazy and obtuse claims emanated from blue checkmark Twitter accounts everywhere.  You'd think journalists would be happy to pursue a story possibly as big as Watergate (i.e. a sitting President weaponizing intelligence to spy on a rival).  But nah, it hurts their narrative so they are doing everything they can to bury the story.

Media covered for Obama spying.  CNN reported, "Barr says spying on Trump campaign 'did occur,' but provides no evidence."  Some things never change.  The network that colluded with Saddam Hussein to cover up his torture has denied for two years that Obama spied on Donald John Trump — and continues to do so despite FISA warrants and admissions that the FBI and others wire tapped Trump Tower.

AG Barr:  The Obama Administration Was 'Spying' on the Trump Campaign.  On Wednesday [4/10/2019], Attorney General William Barr insisted that intelligence agencies under former President Barack Obama spied on the Trump campaign during the 2016 election.  He did not declare that this spying was illegal, but the spying is unsettling regardless.  "I think spying on a political campaign is a big deal.  It's a big deal," Barr said in a Senate hearing on Wednesday [4/10/2019].  "There are a lot of rules put in place to make sure that there's an adequate basis before our law enforcement agencies get involved in political surveillance.  I'm not suggesting that those rules were violated but I think it's important to look at that."  Sen. Jeanne Shaheen (D-N.H.) pressed him on the issue of spying.  "You're not suggesting, though, that spying occurred?" she asked.  "I think spying did occur.  Yes, I think spying did occur," Barr replied.  "The question is whether it was predicated, adequately predicated."

Barr is right, spying on Trump campaign did occur.  It is a fact that in October 2016 the FBI wiretapped Carter Page, who had earlier been a short-term foreign policy adviser to the Trump campaign.  The bureau's application to a secret court for that wiretapping is public.  It is heavily redacted but is clearly focused on Page and "the Russian government's attempt to influence the 2016 U.S. presidential election." Page was wiretapped because of his connection with the Trump campaign.  Some critics have noted that the wiretap authorization came after Page left the campaign.  But the surveillance order allowed authorities to intercept Page's electronic communications both going forward from the day of the order and backward, as well.  Investigators could see Page's emails and texts going back to his time in the campaign.  So there is simply no doubt that the FBI wiretapped a Trump campaign figure.

Barr: 'I Think Spying' On Trump Campaign 'Did Occur'.  Attorney General William Barr told a Senate panel Wednesday [4/10/2019] that he believes American "intelligence agencies" did spy on the Trump campaign but said he has not yet determined whether there was a proper justification for that surveillance.  "I think spying did occur," Barr said during a hearing before the Senate Appropriations Committee.  "But the question is whether it was adequately predicated and I am not suggesting that it wasn't adequately predicated. ... I am not suggesting those rules were violated, but I think it is important to look at that.  And I am not talking about the FBI necessarily, but intelligence agencies more broadly."  "I think spying on a political campaign is a big deal — it's a big deal," he added.

Barr Confirms Multiple Intel Agencies Implicated In Anti-Trump Spy Operation.  "Spying on a political campaign is a big deal," Attorney General William Barr told a Senate committee on Wednesday morning.  Barr's comments came in the context of potential Justice Department reviews of the Trump-Russia investigation and how it began in 2016.  While it is important that the top law enforcement in the United States publicly acknowledged that the Obama administration and its intelligence agencies surveilled its domestic political opponents during the heat of a presidential election, it is what he said next that was most startling: that the CIA and other federal agencies in addition to the FBI may have been involved.  "I'm not talking about the FBI necessarily, but intelligence agencies more broadly," he said.

Blumenthal Demands AG Barr Recant Belief That FBI Spied On Trump.  Democratic Connecticut Sen. Richard Blumenthal is demanding that Attorney General William Barr "retract his unfounded, irresponsible claim that American law enforcement 'spied' on the Trump Campaign." [...] Republicans want to know what prompted the FBI to seek FISA warrants and to conduct a serious counterintelligence operation against the Trump campaign and many of its members.

Barr is right to review why Trump-Russia investigation began.  In his testimony Wednesday [4/10/2019] before a Senate Appropriations Committee subcommittee, Attorney General William Barr made statements that were so clearly correct, they should be no more controversial than asserting that the sky is blue.  The fact that they are causing consternation is what should alarm people.  Barr told senators that "I think spying did occur" in the Trump-Russia investigation conducted by (among others) the Justice Department and the FBI during the 2016 presidential campaign.

Stefan Halper:  The Cambridge don the FBI sent to spy on Trump.  When Attorney General William Barr stated "spying did occur" against the 2016 Trump campaign, most attention was focused on the FBI's surveillance of former junior foreign policy aide Carter Page.  But the spying Barr was thinking of, and which he said may or may not have been legally authorized, is more likely to be that carried out by Stefan Halper, a former Republican operative and White House aide who became a foreign policy academic with close ties to both American and British intelligence.

William Barr Confirms Breitbart News, Mark Levin on Obama Administration 'Spying' on Trump Campaign.  Attorney General William Barr told the Senate on Wednesday that he believed the Obama administration did, in fact, spy on President Donald Trump's 2016 presidential campaign.  Democrats and their media allies howled in outrage and derision.  Speaker of the House Nancy Pelosi (D-CA) said that Barr "is going off the rails."  NBC News' Chuck Todd said that Barr "gave credence to a factless conspiracy theory."  But Barr merely confirmed what is already known.

Tom Fitton:  Spygate [is] "The Worst Corruption Scandal in American History".  [Tom] Fitton's organization has been highly successful in obtaining key documents from the government that are in the public interest, such as emails related to the 2012 Benghazi attack that were sent by then-Secretary of State Hillary Clinton, and documents related to the Spygate scandal.  We talk about what makes the Trump-Russia collusion hoax the biggest scandal in American History as well as what questions need to be investigated now that the Mueller investigation has concluded.  In our interview, Fitton also provides insight into how transparency organizations like Judicial Watch actually manage to get the documents, and why some government information — despite a legal requirement to provide it — is so hard to obtain.

USA Today Calls For Investigation Into Obama-Era Deep State Election Manipulation.  Interesting indeed!  Here is the left-leaning USA Today finally calling for an accounting of Obama-era officials, (including Mr. Obama himself) and the roles they played in what became the 2+ year-long, multi-million dollar waste of time known as the Mueller investigation that saw the U.S. intelligence agencies politically weaponized to alter the Election Day outcome.  Treason, sedition, intimidation, corruption, you name it they seemingly did it all.

Team Mueller and the Predictable "Leak Campaign" — But The Much Bigger Issue is the 40 FBI Agents.  Sure, we didn't expect the Mueller team to beg forgiveness for conducting the most ridiculous investigation in modern history; however, I also didn't expect them to be so honest about the motives.  In their own words, they are now admitting:  it's all about politics and maximum political benefit.  Despite the proclaimed reason for the investigation, the greatest concern amid the Mueller team is not whether Russia interfered in the 2016 election; but rather who gets to shape the political narrative that comes after three years of weaponized intelligence ops.

Tom Cotton Lays the Blame for the Collusion Hoax at the Door of One Man.  We know that the dossier used to kickstart the investigation of the Trump campaign was false in all but some very general points.  We know that the FBI used this dossier for at least three FISA warrants.  We know that there are idiots out there who still believe the George Papadopoulos-Andrew Downer story (looking at you, Chris Wallace).  We know that this dossier was introduced into the media and into the highest levels of government by trusted intermediaries.  We know that the people pushing the story had a personal animus towards Trump and a lot of people who worked for him.  What we don't know on that side of the equation is why?  Did they do it, anticipating a Clinton win, so they could discredit the GOP? [...] This kind of activity — launching a counterintelligence probe of a presidential campaign and never briefing the candidate on any concerns the FBI had about his staff — is not only unprecedented, but it could not have taken place unless it was cleared by the White House.

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"Cleared by the White House" means, cleared by Valerie Jarrett, because she was apparently making the decisions attributed to Barack H. Obama.

Former Director of National Intelligence James Clapper Tells CNN Obama Ordered the Trump-Russia Spying Operation.  On Monday former Director of National Intelligence James Clapper went on with CNN's Anderson Cooper to discuss the Mueller Report after its release on Sunday [3/24/2019]. [...] Clapper defended the Obama administration's spying on their political opposition during the election.  And then Clapper appeared to put blame on Barack Obama for spying on his opponent during the 2016 presidential election.

Spygate: The Inside Story Behind the Alleged Plot to Take Down Trump.  Efforts by high-ranking officials in the CIA, FBI, Department of Justice (DOJ), and State Department to portray President Donald Trump as having colluded with Russia were the culmination of years of bias and politicization under the Obama administration.  The weaponization of the intelligence community and other government agencies created an environment that allowed for obstruction in the investigation into Hillary Clinton and the relentless pursuit of a manufactured collusion narrative against Trump.  A willing and complicit media spread unsubstantiated leaks as facts in an effort to promote the Russia-collusion narrative.

Mueller's conclusions expose disgrace of Obama's spy chiefs.  Of all the reputations in tatters now that Robert Mueller has exploded the Russian-collusion fantasy, Obama-era spy chiefs John Brennan and James Clapper stand out.  For the past two years, the men prominently insisted not only that President Trump had teamed up with Russian President Vladimir Putin to steal the 2016 election but that Trump was Putin's pawn.  "I don't know if I received bad information, but I think I suspected there was more than there actually was":  That was Brennan's pathetic response to Mueller's findings — after years when he regularly traded on his status as former CIA director to defame Trump.

Obama's protective shield seems to be shattering.  Now that the whole Russia collusion thing against President Donald Trump has been proven a media-hyped fallacy, politically savvy eyes are turning toward former President Barack Obama and wondering:  What about all that sneaky surveillance stuff?  What about all that Team Obama titillation of flawed Trump-Russia insider information?  What about FISA and Fusion GPS and Christopher Steele reports used to justify spying of Team Trump?  These are good questions.  And they demand answers.

What Did Obama Know and When Did He Know It?  [Scroll down]  What is not said here?  There is no word about the role of then-President Obama and/or anyone in the Obama administration when it comes to the question of directing this entire effort to sabotage first the Trump campaign and then, when that failed, the Trump presidency itself.  Who, exactly, did Attorney General Loretta Lynch, FBI Director James Comey, and the entire list of Justice Department, CIA, and FBI officials work for, anyway?  They worked for President Barack Obama.  As did his first Secretary of State and presidential wannabe Hillary Clinton.

What did Barack Obama know and what and when did he authorize it?  Now that Attorney General William Barr has informed Congress that special counsel Robert Mueller's Russia investigation did not find evidence that President Trump or members of his campaign conspired with Russia to influence the 2016 election, nor did they find evidence that Trump obstructed justice, Ari Fleischer is calling for the well over due scrutiny of the Obama administration.  Lost in the in the mix, largely because of a protective media, is that Barack Obama was in the White House when the whole sordid Russian collusion hoax began.

Will There Be an Accounting?  There is much to investigate:  the fraudulently obtained FISA warrants; the hundreds of incidents of unmasking of innocent American citizens; the attempt by the FBI's top leadership to swing the election to Hillary Clinton or, failing that, to derail the newly-elected Trump administration; the CIA's role in leaking the fake "dossier" to the press while purporting to "brief" President Trump on its contents, thereby giving the Democratic Party news media permission, with a wink and a nod, to report on the Clinton campaign's fake "dossier" in the guise of a news story.  And, of course, the over-arching question:  what did Barack Obama know, and when did he know it?  That is only a partial list.

Now it is Obama's turn.  Obama spied on Donald John Trump as early as 2015.  He used the national security apparatus on citizens because he believes he is entitled to defy the law, the Constitution and decency.  On March 6, 2017, in light of Coons denying he had evidence after saying he did, Glenn Reynolds wrote, "Hypothesis:  The spying-on-Trump thing is worse than we even imagine, and once it was clear Hillary had lost and it would inevitably come out, the Trump/Russia collusion talking point was created as a distraction.  Now it's being rowed back because the talk of 'transcripts' supports the spying-on-Trump storyline.  "Will we ever know?  Maybe, if there's a proper investigation into Obama Administration political spying.

WSJ: Time for Obama Admin to Account for 'Historic Abuse of Government Surveillance Powers'Wall Street Journal assistant editor James Freeman and Sen. Rand Paul are on the same page:  the Mueller report confirms it is now time for the Obama administration to account for its flagrant abuse of the surveillance powers of the federal government. [...] While Democrats and other members of the "Resistance" flail about in the wake of news the Robert Mueller investigation did not find evidence that President Donald Trump's campaign "conspired or coordinated" with the Russian government during the 2016 presidential election, Freeman observed Monday [3/25/2019] the report confirms it is former President Barack Obama who "owes the country an explanation" for his administration's "historic abuse of government surveillance powers."

Sharyl Attkisson asks the key question post-Mueller report.  [Scroll down]  The biggest reason I want to start with shaming these people [Clapper, Brennan, Rice, Power, Comey] is what it says about the man that appointed them:  Barack Obama.  He entrusted our national security to a bunch of dishonest clowns.  And their efforts have been aimed at covering up his culpability in the Hillary email scandal (because he received emails from her private account, and lied about not knowing she had one, thereby incriminating him in improper handling — "gross negligence" — of classified), and the even bigger scandal of authorizing spying on the presidential campaign of Donald Trump.  Make no mistake:  Obama is the prize.  Unraveling the threads that lead directly to him would have a seismic impact on the course of American politics.

What Did Obama Know and When Did He Know It?  [Scroll down]  What is not said here?  There is no word about the role of then-President Obama and/or anyone in the Obama administration when it comes to the question of directing this entire effort to sabotage first the Trump campaign and then, when that failed, the Trump presidency itself.  Who, exactly, did Attorney General Loretta Lynch, FBI Director James Comey, and the entire list of Justice Department, CIA, and FBI officials work for, anyway?  They worked for President Barack Obama.  As did his first Secretary of State and presidential wannabe Hillary Clinton.

Our Turn?  President Trump's Declassification Arsenal.  [Scroll down]  CTH would like to add the declassification of the April 2017 FISC opinion rendered by FISA Court Presiding Justice Rosemary Collyer.  This 99-page opinion outlines the 2016 FBI and NSA FISA-702 certification submissions.  It's extremely doubtful that anyone in DC would support declassifying this document; however, there is also no document that would be as revealing to declassify.  This document is direct evidence of historic FISA abuse; it would show just how far the fourth amendment has been eroded by the administrative state.

How to end our national nightmare — probe Hillary Clinton again.  Now, with Mueller finished, it is time to give equal attention to the other side of the story, of how we got here.  The questions can be boiled down to two.  Was the initial decision to investigate Trump's campaign an honest mistake by the Obama administration?  Or was it an attempt to rig the election in favor of Clinton, and when that failed, overthrow a duly elected president?  Those outstanding issues are as worthy of complete answers as those that Mueller investigated.  In addition to knowing whether there was an improper relationship between a candidate and a foreign power, Americans also deserve to know what was going on inside their own government and whether it was simply incompetent or thoroughly corrupt, or some combination of the two.  Put another way, what did President Obama and his administration do, and why did they do it?

Deep-State Dumpster Fire.  [T]here are, as I said almost two years ago, no Russians in the Russia investigation - and what foreign "interference" with the 2016 election there was from Russia seems to have been amateur and minimal, unless you count MI6 spook Christopher Steele working his Moscow Rolodex on behalf of Hillary Clinton and her Deep State allies.  There was, however, extensive domestic interference with the election, in that at the behest of the sitting administration the most powerful figures in the permanent bureaucracy set to work on a sophisticated surveillance operation against its political opposition:  "Republics" in the Americas have been invariably prefaced by the qualifier "banana"; it just took Washington a little longer to sign up.

Never What?  Why did DOJ and FBI officials seek surveillance on American citizens without fully apprising a FISA court that the basis for such requests was an unverified dossier, compiled by a retired foreign national, who purchased unverified Russian sources, who himself had been fired from the FBI as a consultant, who was paid by the Clinton campaign, albeit stealthily through two firewalls, and who was the circular source for news accounts used to substantiate the dossier?  What business does the FBI have communicating with an informant prying into an ongoing presidential campaign?  Why exactly did U.N. ambassador Samantha Power, mostly in her last year in office, make more than 260 requests to unmask the names of American citizens surveilled by the U.S. government (some of them mysteriously leaked) and then claim, under oath, that she, in fact, did not herself make those requests but that someone (unidentified) made them "in her name"?

The Resistance is Everything They Accuse Trump of Being.  In classic KGB style, Obama's administration deployed our nation's intelligence agencies to infiltrate and spy on their political opponents. Using paid informants — believed to include, at minimum, Joseph Mifsud, Stefan Halper, Henry Greenberg and Felix Sader — the political appointees heading our FBI and CIA attempted to entrap Trump's campaign with monetary enticements and promises of Russian kompromat on Hillary Clinton. [...] While these outrages have gone on, our very own American Pravda — the Democrat's mouthpieces in the mainstream media — have published a steady stream of disinformation and propaganda designed to turn reality on its head and portray Trump as Vladimir Putin's puppet instead of the target of Soviet-inspired tactics employed by Obama's police state.

The Fatuous Democrats.  [Barack H. Obama] presided over the deluge of slime that his Justice Department, FBI, and intelligence agencies poured over the 2016 election and its aftermath, and that is now finally being exposed.  The extent to which the former president was involved in the Clinton-email whitewash and the false applications for surveillance of the Trump campaign will become a matter of high public interest.

Mark Levin to GOP: Investigate Obama's 'Silent Coup' vs.  Trump.  Radio host Mark Levin used his Thursday evening show to outline the known steps taken by President Barack Obama's administration in its last months to undermine Donald Trump's presidential campaign and, later, his new administration.  Levin called Obama's effort "police state" tactics, and suggested that Obama's actions, rather than conspiracy theories about alleged Russian interference in the presidential election to help Trump, should be the target of congressional investigation.  Drawing on sources including the New York Times and the Washington Post, Levin described the case against Obama so far, based on what is already publicly known.

William Barr and Spygate — Watch The Teams.  Attorney General William Barr quietly took the oath of office in the oval office today [2/14/2019] with Chief Justice John Roberts administering and officiating the swearing in.  With the introduction of a fully empowered and confirmed U.S. Attorney General there is likely to be a great deal of speculation about how AG Barr will interact with the seditious conspiracy scandal known collectively as 'spygate'.

5 Explosive Facts about James Comey.  We now know that under then-Director Comey's direction, the FBI and the DOJ submitted a politically motivated dossier as probable cause to obtain a secret 2016 FISA surveillance warrant to spy on a presidential campaign.  To this day, Comey denies knowing that the dossier was Clinton-funded and his weaponization of FBI spy tools like FISA against a presidential target appears unprecedented.  However, precedents allowing such weaponization have been long in the making, thanks in large part to none other than James Comey and his mentor, Robert Mueller.

Shifty Proof of Collusion Surfaces — Not About Trump — About Adam Schiff Meeting With Fusion GPS.  Oh man, this is unethically priceless.  John Solomon received photographs of Fusion GPS founder Glenn Simpson meeting with House Intelligence Committee Chairman Adam Schiff in 2018 during the height of the 'Spygate' cover-up.

Investigators had '50/50' chance of securing FISA warrant for Trump aide without dossier: testimony.  The chances of securing a 2016 surveillance warrant for a Trump campaign aide were "50/50" without the controversial anti-Trump "dossier," according to testimony in newly confirmed congressional transcripts.  The October testimony from senior FBI lawyer Sally Moyer to House investigators appers to underscore how critical the dossier — funded by the Democratic Party and Clinton campaign — was in obtaining the Foreign Intelligence Surveillance Act (FISA) warrant, and appears to conflict with Democratic assertions that the dossier played a limited role in the process.

How Many Elephants in the Room.  Remember Watergate, sweeties?  You told us that the Nixon Administration covering up the freelance spying of its campaign operatives on the Democratic National Committee offices in the Watergate complex was the worst thing ever.  Hey!  How about the government's Department of Justice and the government's Federal Bureau of Investigation and the government's Director of Central Intelligence feeding phony opposition research to get the FISA Court to okay government surveillance on Trump campaign operatives?  Grading on scale of 1 to 10, I'd put the 1970s Watergate coverup at a 2, and the 2016 Obama administration spying on the Trump campaign at a 7.  What does it take to get a 10?  In my book it would be an actual assassination of a political opposition figure.

Deep State: Did Justice, CIA And FBI Commit Crimes To Get Rid Of Trump?  It's now beyond any reasonable doubt that Obama administration minions launched an all-out effort to destroy, first, President Trump's presidential campaign and, when that failed, his presidency.  The only question is, knowing the truth, will the Justice Department charge these people with crimes?

Watergate by Any Other Name.  For almost three years now, the intelligence services and police apparatus of the deep state have worked tirelessly to undermine Donald Trump. [...] But win he did, and that changed everything.  Now it was not a candidate who had to be stopped but a duly elected president of the United States who had to be kept from knowing exactly what lengths the government — soon to be his government — had gone to destroy him.  From November 9, 2016, to January 20, 2017, the reins of government were still in the hands of Barack Obama.  The apparatus to stop Trump the candidate was already in place.  Now it would be deployed against Trump the president-elect and, later, Trump the president.  Over the last few days, The New York Times, The Washington Post, and other anti-Trump outlets have revealed, and reveled in, something that many observers suspected for a long time.  That the investigation into various figures associated with the Trump campaign — not only Carter Page, but also George Papadopoulos, Paul Manafort, Michael Flynn, and Michael Cohen — was just a pretext.  The main target all along was Trump himself.

Obama intelligence chiefs hacked computer of FISA court judge.  With so much of the news coverage in America focusing on the Democratic Party's first days in-charge of the U.S. House of Representatives and their plans to impeach President Donald Trump, as well their goal of raising taxes on the productive members of society in order to pay-off unproductive members who rely on socialist programs to barely survive, it's no wonder most citizens don't know what's happening within the Deep State.  Case in point:  There is now evidence being circulated by lawmakers in both Houses of Congress that strengthens allegations that former President Barack Obama's two top intelligence officials, John Brennan and James Clapper, spearheaded the hacking of a computer used by the Foreign Intelligence Surveillance Act (FISA) court's Judge Reggie Walton, and went as far as hacking U.S. Supreme Court Chief Justice John Roberts.

Obama's coup d'etat docs prove illegal surveillance coverup.  Senior FBI and DOJ officials involved in the Mueller's Russian collusion investigation were part of the team investigating whistleblower Dennis Montgomery.  Montgomery claims that Obama administration officials illegally spied on citizen and candidate Donald Trump.  Among those Montgomery identifies are CIA Director John Brennan and the Director of National Intelligence James Clapper[.]  Dennis Montgomery is a software designer and former medical technician.  Montgomery was selling federal officials computer programs.  Montgomery claims he won millions in federal contracts for his supposed terrorist-exposing intelligence software which was later found to be an elaborate "hoax"

The FISA Conundrum.  [U]nderstanding FISA-702 process abuse is now the specific focus of Inspector General Michael Horowitz; there is an aspect to the FISA-gate story that must be expanded.  The United States intelligence community, writ large, will likely never allow the structural abuse of the FISA-702 system by the Obama administration to surface.  Consider it a third rail of unspoken agreement.  A similar motive for the DIA to keep the Flynn file under wraps.  However, before going into the complexities of the FISA conundrum, which would also envelop any Horowitz report, it is important to revisit the basics.

Why Wouldn't The Obama Intelligence Apparatus Wiretap The White House?  The counterintelligence investigation into candidate, president-elect, and president Donald Trump was predicated on the Obama's intelligence community believing that campaign officials were colluding, conspiring and otherwise coordinating to take over the office of the presidency, with help from a foreign government.  So why wouldn't the intelligence services of the United States government conduct wiretaps and full blown surveillance upon that incoming administration?

This is called "stonewalling."
Rep. Nadler:  Investigations into FBI, DOJ Will End — They're "A Waste of Time" and There Is "No Bias at the FBI".  On Friday [12/7/2018] incoming chairman of the House Judiciary Committee, Rep. Jerry Nadler, told CNN's Manu Raguthat he will shut down the GOP-led Judiciary-Oversight investigation into the FBI's actions in 2016.  Nadler said the investigation on how the Obama administration spied on the Trump Campaign during the 2016 is a waste of time.

FBI email chain may provide most [convincing] evidence of FISA abuses yet.  Just before Thanksgiving, House Republicans amended the list of documents they'd like President Trump to declassify in the Russia investigation.  With little fanfare or explanation, the lawmakers, led by House Intelligence Committee Chairman Devin Nunes (R-Calif.), added a string of emails between the FBI and the Department of Justice (DOJ) to their wish list.  Sources tell me the targeted documents may provide the [best] evidence to date of potential abuses of the Foreign Intelligence Surveillance Act (FISA), evidence that has been kept from the majority of members of Congress for more than two years.  The email exchanges included then-FBI Director James Comey, key FBI investigators in the Russia probe and lawyers in the DOJ's national security division, and they occurred in early to mid-October, before the FBI successfully secured a FISA warrant to spy on Trump campaign adviser Carter Page.

The Incorrigible Mr. Comey.  As I wrote last week, the Republican Congress largely has failed to hold accountable the masterminds behind the biggest political scandal in U.S. history:  The unprecedented weaponization of our law enforcement and intelligence apparatus to spy on a presidential campaign and sabotage an incoming administration.  The man primarily responsible for executing the scheme, former FBI Director James Comey, exited the Trump Administration as a martyr and a hero. [...] The man who once led the most powerful law enforcement agency in the world is threatening to defy a legally issued congressional subpoena unless the interview is conducted on his terms.  And the reason isn't that Comey has nothing to hide — it's that he has plenty to hide and he knows a public setting would provide him precisely the cover he needs.

Why Britain Doesn't Want Trump to Declassify Obamagate Docs.  [Scroll down]  All of the British spy chiefs' ostensibly high-minded anxieties are designed to distract attention from an enormous transatlantic scandal, one that has yet to be fully plumbed: that the only real collusion during the 2016 election took place between London and Langley.  It took place under the hyper-partisan CIA director John Brennan, with Britty dual-asset oafs like Stefan Halper and British spies, both present and past (the Hillary-financed hatchet man Christopher Steele chief among them), putting in critical cameos — a spy ring that nearly catapulted Hillary into the White House.  British spies were in on the ground floor of Obamagate.  Long before even the first Republican primary, they had been passing conjecture disguised as "intelligence" to John Brennan about the Trump campaign.

What about Your FISA Judges, Justice Roberts?  As long as we are on the subject of whether there is such an animal as an "Obama judge," let us consider the judges who sit on the FISA court and issue warrants allowing surveillance of American citizens who are suspected foreign agents, essentially taking the uncontested word of the government.  Their actions on behalf of one political campaign, colluding with a corrupt DOJ and FBI to target a political opponent, are not supposed to happen in a country based on the rule of law as administered by supposedly impartial judges.  Empowered to safeguard our national security against foreign actors, they essentially served as an extra-constitutional arm of the Hillary Clinton campaign as it colluded with foreign actors to stage a Deep-State coup against a duly elected president, Donald J. Trump?  Aiding and abetting the legacy of Barack Obama seems like something an "Obama judge" would do.

EXC: MI6 battling Donald Trump over release of classified Russia probe documents.  MI6 chiefs are secretly battling Donald Trump to stop him publishing classified information linked to the Russian election meddling investigation.  The UK is warning that the US president would undermine intelligence gathering if he releases pages of an FBI application to wiretap one of his former campaign advisers.  However Trump allies are fighting back, demanding transparency and asking why Britain would oppose the move unless it had something to hide.  It forces the spotlight on whether the UK played a role in the FBI's investigation launched before the 2016 presidential election into Trump campaign ties to the Kremlin.

U.K. Media:  British Intelligence Heads Worried President Trump Will Discover Their Involvement in "Spygate".  An article published originally in the U.K. Telegraph, and republished via Yahoo News outlines growing fear within the U.K. government and British intelligence officers surrounding President Trump discovering how far they were involved within "Spygate".  The facts are not uncommon to anyone who has done research into the events of 2015 and 2016; however, the interesting aspect surrounds the current level of anxiety which indicates something is soon to become very public.  The central concern of the British officials surrounds President Trump declassifying evidence that will outline a coordinated effort by a weaponized U.S. intelligence apparatus to use their foreign counterparts for two aspects:  (1) to spy on the Trump campaign in 2016; and (2) to help carryout an entrapment scheme that would become the baseline for the FBI's counterintelligence operation which evolved into Mueller's Russian election interference investigation (aka the "insurance policy").

Democrats Will Investigate, Not Legislate.  Burying the so-called FISAgate scandal is a major reason why Democrats plan to deluge the administration with letters and subpoenas.  As the clock ticks down on Republican-led investigations into a number of key figures involved in the scandal; the release of a final report and possible last-ditch indictments by the Special Counsel's office; the unknown actions by a Trump-friendly acting Attorney General, and a looming Justice Department inspector general's report into FISA abuse at Obama's FBI, it's now a race to see who strikes first.

Dan Bongino Interviews George Papadopoulos to Discuss "Spygate".  Dan Bongino has a very interesting podcast interview with George Papadopoulos.  One of the important aspects of this interview is it's the first time Papadopoulos is interviewed by someone who knows all the details to the backstory.  The "set up" is clear as day when you listen to all of these sketchy interactions being organized by western intelligence officials.

Spygate: The True Story of Collusion.  [Scroll down]  The Department of Justice, which comprises 60 agencies, was transformed during the Obama years.  The department is forbidden by federal law from hiring employees based on political affiliation.  However, a series of investigative articles by PJ Media published during Eric Holder's tenure as attorney general revealed an unsettling pattern of ideological conformity among new hires at the DOJ: Only lawyers from the progressive left were hired.  Not one single moderate or conservative lawyer made the cut.  This is significant as the DOJ enjoys significant latitude in determining who will be subject to prosecution.  The DOJ's job in Spygate was to facilitate the legal side of surveillance while providing a protective layer of cover for all those involved.  The department became a repository of information and provided a protective wall between the investigative efforts of the FBI and the legislative branch.  Importantly, it also served as the firewall within the executive branch, serving as the insulating barrier between the FBI and Obama officials.  The department had become legendary for its stonewalling tactics with Congress.

Clinton's "Researchers".  Jeff Carlson has assembled a strong and in-depth outline covering most of the weaponized intelligence agencies and how they related to "spygate[.]"  However, there has also been a strong suspicion that most of the corrupt origination activity would never surface.  The downstream ramifications to the institutions of our IC apparatus would be too destructive.  What follows below is the story that will never reach sunlight officially. [...]

Deep State FBI and DOJ Caught Redacting Key Intel Documents that Implicate Hillary and DNC.  The liberal media has completely ignored the shocking revelation that the Obama administration and top officials at the DOJ were spying on Donald Trump during the campaign and after he was sworn into office.  During the election top Democrat Party Attorney Michael Sussman met with the top lawyer of the Department of Justice to deliver the phony Russian dossier.  The DOJ then used this fake political document to spy on Donald Trump and his campaign.

Top FBI attorney provides "explosive" testimony regarding Trump-Russia probe, suspected FISA abuse.  A former top lawyer at the FBI provided "explosive" testimony to Congress on Wednesday [10/3/2018] regarding the FBI's Trump-Russia investigation, lawmakers said.  James Baker, who served as the FBI's general counsel until May, told Congress that a previously unidentified source provided information to the FBI for its investigation, which began on July 31, 2016.  "During the time that the FBI was putting — that [the Department of Justice] and FBI were putting together the [Foreign Intelligence Surveillance Act surveillance warrant] during the time prior to the election — there was another source giving information directly to the FBI, which we found the source to be pretty explosive," Ohio GOP Rep. Jim Jordan said after a hearing, according to Fox News.

Hillary Clinton is still finding ways to denigrate democracy.  Willing to destroy any part of government they cannot corrupt with partisanship, members of the self-declared resistance are tearing America apart because the election didn't go their way.  They have unleashed a whirlwind of fanatical hate, with violence now routinely threatened and sometimes carried out.  There are no random events.  It is a straight line from the unprecedented plot by President Barack Obama's administration to infiltrate and wiretap the Trump campaign in the summer of 2016 to the scurrilous accusations of sexual misconduct against Kavanaugh.

James Baker Testimony:  DNC Lawyers Met With FBI Officials Prior to October 2016 FISA Application.  The DOJ-NSD and FBI are holding a press conference today at 9:30am.  The topic is unknown, but the timing coincides with a document production subpoena from the House Judiciary Committee for McCabe Memos, the "Woods File" supporting the Carter Page FISA application, and Gang-of-Eight documents on the Russia investigation.  In related news, former FBI chief legal counsel, James Baker, delivered testimony to the Joint House Committee yesterday in the ongoing investigation of corrupt FISA processes and "spy-gate".

Russia collusion bombshell:  DNC lawyers met with FBI on dossier before surveillance warrant.  Congressional investigators have confirmed that a top FBI official met with Democratic Party lawyers to talk about allegations of Donald Trump-Russia collusion weeks before the 2016 election, and before the bureau secured a search warrant targeting Trump's campaign.  Former FBI general counsel James Baker met during the 2016 season with at least one attorney from Perkins Coie, the Democratic National Committee's private law firm.  That's the firm used by the DNC and Hillary Clinton's campaign to secretly pay research firm Fusion GPS and Christopher Steele, a former British intelligence operative, to compile a dossier of uncorroborated raw intelligence alleging Trump and Moscow were colluding to hijack the presidential election.

Pentagon Sued For Records On 'Spygate' Figure Stefan Halper.  Judicial Watch has sued the Department of Defense for records related to more than $1 million in contracts awarded to Stefan Halper, the former University of Cambridge professor who spied on the Trump campaign.  Halper was awarded more than $1 million by the Pentagon's Office of Net Assessment (ONA) between 2012 and 2018 to author academic studies on countries like China, Russia and India.

High-profile 'consultants' deny contributing to FBI spy's $244,000 Pentagon study.  Stefan Halper, the college professor turned FBI spy on the Trump campaign, was paid $244,000 by the Pentagon to write a Russia-China study in 2015 and 2016.  Mr. Halper boasted a heady list of foreign policy specialists.  On Pages 7 and 8 of the 300-plus-page analysis are the names of 43 "advisors and consultants" such as former CIA Director Michael V. Hayden and David Shambaugh, a China scholar at George Washington University.  But a spot check by The Washington Times revealed that neither man contributed to nor had heard of the study, titled "The Russia-China Relationship:  The Impact on the United States' Security Interests."

Mollie Hemingway:  We Now Know FBI Used Clinton-Funded Research Document "To Secure A Wiretap".  House Freedom Caucus Chairman Mark Meadows suggests FBI leaked information to the press and used the resulting articles to help obtain surveillance warrants.  Plus, what did Bruce Ohr know about the Steele dossier? 'The Federalist' senior editor weighs in with Tucker Carlson.  "This is important because if it can be done against a major presidential campaign, it can be done against other people," she explained.

Ohr speaks! (Behind closed doors).  There are two closely related dangers for the bureaucratic, political, and media coalition that seeks to eject Trump from the body politic and teach the lesson to any future potential disruptor of the Establishment that such a mission is both dangerous and futile.  The first danger is exposure of the Obama administration's spying on the candidate running against its designated successor, Hillary Clinton.  As many have noted, this is the same motive as the Watergate burglary, only of a magnitude a thousand times greater.  The ability of the NSA to monitor every form of electronic communication (except ham radio — as employed by Bruce Ohr's wife, Nellie) means that virtually all significant information in the Trump campaign was available, so long as the officials in question were in communication with one of the people named in the FISA warrants obtained by the cabal operatives.

6 times Obama committed "treason" against the U.S.  [#6] Obama tried to rig a presidential election and destroy Trump:  Just this week former Obama intelligence official James Clapper admitted that Obama "set off a whole sequence of events which are still unfolding today, notably Special Counsel Mueller's investigation." Now there's no doubt that the efforts to overturn the 2016 election stretch directly to the Oval Office.  Millions of American soldiers have fought to defend free elections, and Obama tried to destroy the whole system.

FBI Agent Who Discovered Trump Spying Lost Security Clearence.  The Spygate scandal thickens.  Liberals were hysterical when Donald Trump revoked the security clearance of disgraced former CIA Director John Brennan, who was accused of monetizing his clearance by Sen. Rand Paul.  It makes no sense for a former government employee to retain clearance — especially those that have been fired by Trump (like Peter Strzok, or James Comey).  While Trump's decision was portrayed as petty revenge by some in the media, you have to understand how Brennan abused his power while he was still CIA director.  As we've documented previously, when it comes to the origins of the Trump/Russia investigation, Brennan was the man behind the curtain.  Brennan played a large role in relaying British intelligence on the Trump campaign to the FBI (a form of "information laundering,").

How Bruce Ohr Could Implicate High-Ranking Obama Officials In Spygate.  Investigative reporter John Solomon broke news last week of texts and emails between former associate deputy attorney general Bruce Ohr and Trump dossier author Christopher Steele regarding the Russia investigation, and revealed the content of notes Ohr took during a December meeting with Steele's boss at Fusion GPS, Glenn Simpson.  Solomon's reporting confirmed the FBI used Ohr to continue gathering information from Steele, even after the former British spy was terminated as a source by the bureau because he leaked word of the investigation to the press.  Ohr's role as a conduit allowed the FBI to continue to use Steele as an indirect source, even after Trump was elected and inaugurated.

DOJ Attorney Faces Deposition In FISA Abuse Probe.  House Republicans will resume an investigation of the FBI and DOJ's handling of the Russia investigation on Thursday [8/16/2018] with a deposition of George Z. Toscas, a national security attorney at the Department of Justice.  Toscas, who handles counterterrorism and counterespionage cases, will appear for a deposition at 10 a.m. before staffers with the House Judiciary and House Government & Oversight Committees, a source familiar with the matter tells The Daily Caller News Foundation.  Toscas was one of 17 current and former FBI and Justice Department officials included on a list submitted to the two House committees by California Rep. Devin Nunes, the chairman of the House Intelligence Committee.

Progressive Regression.  When Trump appeared on the national scene, an all-out assault on civil liberties followed, in a manner that is now irrevocable.  The Left destroyed for good the idea that progressives are the protectors of constitutional freedoms. [...] Former National Security Advisor Susan Rice flat out lied in her denial about her involvement in unmasking.  The Obama FBI and Justice Department officials deliberately misled FISA courts, on the premise that spying on American citizens even with flimsy or fabricated evidence was OK — if it at least neutered the Trump candidacy and presidency.  Had they just told justices something like, "We present, as justification for these warrants of surveillance, opposition research compiled on candidate Donald Trump, and paid for by Hillary Clinton during the present campaign," they likely would never have been able to spy on American citizens.  No one again will have much confidence either in the FISA courts or any rationale for spying on any American citizen.

They're priming the pump.  ... for declassification and release of the unredacted FISA in stages to calibrate for maximum effect with the mid-terms.  Along with a history of other damning evidence about how #SpyGate went down from 2015, onwards.  With each new damning release of unredacted FISA extracts, appetite for more will grow.  IMO it will reveal extensive illegal surveillance by the Obama administration, stretching way back to 2015, when Trump announced his candidacy.  The genesis of it all, if I'm correct, will be an illegal Obama order for warrantless spying.  This will include Obama's goons using illegal unmasking of innocent domestic citizens, communicating with fake overseas targets.  All done with Obama's knowledge and authority.

The conspiracy to frame Trump was a co-ordinated effort, with Obama at the center.  Consider just this timeline.  Warning:  you WILL (and should) be extremely angry about what Obama & Clinton were up to.  It's criminal & totally disgusting.

He Drives Them Crazy.  Devin Nunes (R-Calif.), the chair of the House Intelligence Committee, is an exception to the rule that committee chairs, male or female, are allowed to run things as they choose.  Democrats, left-wing groups, and those who obsess about Trump won't let him.  Were Democrats in charge, Nunes would probably be their Target No. 1.  His sin was switching the committee's focus from collusion between the Trump campaign and Russian operatives in the 2016 presidential election to finding out why the Trump campaign was being investigated in the first place.  Nunes would like to know why one volunteer adviser to Trump, Carter Page, was wiretapped for a year and another minor aide was sought out by an FBI informant.  And a fair question is whether these cases were less a search for evidence of Trump-Russia collusion than a covert way of looking inside the Trump campaign — illegally.

Whatever happened to the 'unmaskings' probe?  Wiretapping foreigners who could be terrorists isn't as sensitive an issue, since our law doesn't give them the same protection as U.S. citizens.  The problem comes when wiretaps include U.S. citizens in contact with foreign targets.  That's called "incidental" collection.  And it's not just phone calls.  Today's wiretaps can include everything on the web — emails, bank accounts, photos, messaging, Facebook posts.  And "incidental collection" can include anything picked up when a target is watched directly, through a bug, or by secretly activating his computer's microphone and camera.  U.S. citizens who aren't accused of crimes are entitled to strong constitutional privacy protections.  So, to alleviate worries that citizens' rights might be violated through "incidental" spying on foreign targets, the intel agencies adopted strict rules.  At first, they promised to destroy any "incidental" intelligence they collected.  Later, they decided to store it — for a short time — but promised that the names of the U.S. citizens would be "masked," or hidden, even internally.

Media Gaslighting Can't Hide Fact Trump Campaign Was Spied On.  On Saturday night [7/21/2018], heavily redacted copies of the FBI's application to wiretap Trump campaign affiliate Carter Page were released.  The portion of the 412-page document that was not redacted supported the claims of Sens. Chuck Grassley (R-Iowa) and Lindsey Graham (R-S.C.), as well as those made by the majority of the House Permanent Select Committee on Intelligence.  The senators and the representatives had issued reports alleging that the FBI used an unverified Clinton campaign document to secure a wiretap against an American citizen, that the application for the wiretap used circular reporting and lacked verification for its central claims, and that it made materially false claims related to the source's credibility.

Six Reasons Why Barack Obama Is the Worst President in History.  Obama's pièce de résistance when it came to abuse of power is perhaps his spying on the Trump campaign.  The Steele dossier on Trump (a partisan opposition research document funded by the DNC and the Hillary campaign loaded with loads of bogus and salacious accusations) was used to secure a FISA warrant to spy on the Trump campaign.  Anti-Trump partisans were involved in the investigation, and based on text messages between investigators Peter Strzok and Lisa Page (who were having an affair) we know that Strzok saw the investigation as an "insurance policy" in case Trump won the election, and that Page, worried that Trump could win, was told by Strzok, "No.  No he won't.  We'll stop it."  Other text messages indicated that Obama wanted to be kept in the loop on their investigation.  The independence and integrity of the FBI took a major blow during the Obama years, and we're still learning just how bad it was.

James Clapper: 'Obama Is Responsible' for Starting Trump/Russia Investigations.  Former Director of National Intelligence (DNI) James Clapper let slip on CNN last week who was behind the ongoing investigations into Donald Trump and his associates.  In an attempt to defend his former boss from accusations he did nothing in response to Russia's election meddling, Clapper bragged that Obama was behind the "whole sequence of events which are still unfolding today."  This would seem to include spying on the Trump campaign.

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Reports: The Obama administration wiretapped Trump, world leaders, journalists, everyone?  Barack Obama played 333 rounds of golf during his presidency.  But wiretapping may have been the activity closest to his heart, reports said.  "The Obama administration absolutely loved wiretapping, intercepting confidential transmissions, bugging — well, anyone it could," The Daily Wire's Joseph Curl reported on March 6.  Team Obama monitored the phones of the Trump campaign, wiretapped 35 world leaders, bugged a private climate change strategy meeting between United Nations Secretary General Ban Ki-Moon and German Chancellor Angela Merkel in Berlin and tapped officials at the World Trade Organization, Italian diplomats, European Union economic officials, the report said.

Ten problems with the release of the heavily redacted FISA warrants on Carter Page.  It is a huge scandal that the vast, frightening surveillance powers of our intelligence agencies, normally forbidden from snooping on American citizens, were used to spy on a presidential campaign antagonistic to the sitting president.  Far too slowly, the underlying documents that permitted this are coming to light.  Last night [7/21/2018], 412 pages of heavily redacted versions of the original FISA warrant and subsequent renewals used to spy on Carter Page (and others) were released.

Obama Is 'Responsible' for Mueller Investigation, Clapper Admits.  President Barack Obama should be credited with launching "a whole sequence of events" that led to special counsel Robert Mueller's investigation of Russia collusion allegations, according to former Director of National Intelligence (DNI) James Clapper.  "One point I'd like to make, Anderson, that I don't think has come up very much before — and I'm alluding now to [President Donald Trump's] criticism of President Obama for all that he did or didn't do before he left office with respect to the Russian meddling," Clapper said Thursday on CNN's "Anderson Cooper 360."  Clapper added that "if it weren't for President Obama, we might not have done the intelligence community assessment that we did that set off a whole sequence of events which are still unfolding today — notably, special counsel Mueller's investigation.

Yes, There Could Be Serious Legal Problems if Obama Admin Involved in Illegal Surveillance.  [3/4/2017]  President Trump recently tweeted claiming that former President Obama wiretapped him during his campaign.  One can only imagine how nuts the media would have gone if the roles had been reversed:  President Trump wiretapping either Obama or the Clintons, though his DOJ could have authority to do just that given the expansive leaks of intelligence information by Obama and Clinton supporters the last few months.  Heck, he could wiretap the media at this point, legally and legitimately, as the sources of these unlawful leaks, for which Obama himself set precedent.  Do liberals understand what Pandora's Box Obama opened up by Obama using the powers of the NSA, CIA and FBI to spy on his political opponents?  Even Nixon never did that.  If the stories are correct, Obama or his officials might even face prosecution.

Just How Far Will the Left Go?  The Obama apparat and the proverbial deep state never imagined Trump could win and thus to ensure that he would not just be defeated but humiliated, vied to use the power of government to destroy the Trump candidacy.  The National Security Council was weaponized and thus unmasked the names of surveilled Americans and leaked their names to the press to undermine the Trump campaign.  The Department of Justice was weaponized to ensure Hillary Clinton was exonerated for her misdeeds concerning her email server and quid pro quo collusion with a variety of foreign and domestic influence peddlers and buyers.  The FBI and CIA were weaponized to subvert the Trump campaign, by peddling an unverified smear dossier, paid for by Hillary Clinton, by implanting informants into the Trump campaign, and by undermining a FISA court through dishonest presentations of evidence for warrants to spy on American citizens.  All such behavior was assumed to ensure the landslide Clinton victory and thus would be seen as sacrifice beyond the call of duty to be rewarded by a President Clinton not as illegal behavior to be punished during a Trump administration.  And as a result, the more culpability that was exposed, the more the culpable went on the offensive — on the theory that constant attack is the best defense against their own criminal liability.  T

Trump claims his campaign was illegally 'spied upon' and welcomes release of top secret documents on former aide Carter Page.  President Trump has said it looks more and more like his campaign for the 2016 presidential election had been 'illegally spied upon'.  Trump issued the tweet early Sunday morning after saying documents about his former presidential campaign adviser Carter Page confirmed with little doubt that the Department of Justice and Federal Bureau of Investigation had misled the courts.  The FBI released documents on Saturday related to the surveillance of Page as part of an investigation into whether he conspired with the Russian government to undermine the election.

Obama's Former Director of National Intelligence Says Obama Behind Entire Russia Witch Hunt!  President Obama's former Director of National Intelligence, James Clapper, came clean on CNN and stated that former President Obama was behind spying on President Trump!  James Clapper was on CNN yesterday and he stated that Obama was behind spying on President Trump and all the corrupt and criminal actions involving the government, including the Mueller investigation[.]  According to Obama's former spy chief, James Clapper, who appeared on CNN to say it was Obama who set the entire Russia witch-hunt into motion by tasking the intelligence community assessment.

10 Ways DOJ Abused Its Authority When It Spied On Trump's Campaign.  Last Friday [7/6/2018], the Department of Justice (DOJ) missed another deadline to comply with subpoenas issued by the House Permanent Select Committee on Intelligence (HPSCI).  The DOJ's latest episode of stonewalling prompted HPSCI Chair Devin Nunes (R-CA) to suggest that President Donald Trump intervene.  While the DOJ had turned over some of the subpoenaed information, Nunes told Fox News' Jeanine Pirro that the House still does not have critical documents detailing the FBI's use of informants to spy on the Trump campaign prior to the official launch of the Russia collusion investigation, dubbed Crossfire Hurricane.

The Real Threat to American Democracy.  The fact that key players in the [Intelligence Community] are amazingly biased against Trump is a serious issue.  When James Clapper was chief of the I.C., he worked to get the unverified Steele dossier a gloss of credibility so that the media could publish it.  When former CIA chief John Brennan calls for the president to be impeached because Trump spoke to Putin, we have good reason to believe that much of what is coming out of the I.C. can't be trusted.  We have the I.C. declaring that the Russians meddled in the election, but they appear reticent to discuss the fact that the meddling had no real impact on how the vote turned out.  They furthermore declare that the Russians hacked the DNC emails even though they haven't bothered to inspect the crime scene, the DNC server that was hacked.  By working hard to make it seem that the U.S. election was fraudulent, the I.C. is undermining the people's trust in our elections and thereby weakening democracy.

'Hurricane Electric' Exposed:  Fusion GPS Had Access To Obama FBI Surveillance Database.  The FBI's "Citizen Log" program, formerly known as LifeLog, is at the center of #SpyGate and provided material for the Christopher Steele dossier.  Fusion GPS had access to this government database through its operative Nellie Ohr's husband Bruce Ohr at the Justice Department.  The #SpyGate conspirators used the code name "Crossfire Hurricane" because they were all using a contractor called Hurricane Electric, which has access to all of the Barack Obama and James Comey FBI surveillance programs on private American citizens.  It is confirmed that Russians hacked the entire database when an Obama administration French contractor snuck Russian code into all of the FBI surveillance programs.

FISA Abuse:  It is the Risk, the Reality, and the Reason.  The prior use of FBI and NSA networks for metadata exploitation and political surveillance is what underlines all of the current activity taking place within the current political battle.  Peel all of the layers of investigative schemes, intelligence deception, false and distracting media narratives — including Mueller — and what lies beneath it all is the weaponized use of database-collected material for political surveillance and exploitation.  It really is that simple.

Top Democrats Panic — Demand Trump Intel Chief Keep Info Classified on Trump Campaign Spy Halper.  Obama spy Stefan Halper was promoting Hillary Clinton publicly while he spied on the Trump Campaign.  Democrats do not want the American public to discover that they spied on the Trump campaign during the 2016 election and afterwards.  The fact that the four top Democrats in Congress are insisting this information stays classified has been mostly ignored by the liberal mainstream media.

Devin Nunes:  Trump should declassify '100 percent fraudulent' FISA warrant for Carter Page.  House Intelligence Committee Devin Nunes, R-Calif., said he believes the warrant used to spy on a member of the 2016 Trump campaign was "100 percent fraudulent" and called on President Trump to declassify all related information for the American public to see whether there was an effort to frame then-candidate Trump.  Speaking about the alleged use of an informant to spy on Trump's campaign during the Russia investigation, Nunes told Fox Nunes on Saturday "what could be even worse is if there were informants that were being run into [the] Trump campaign and their associates" before July 31 — the known start of inquiry.

Unfortunately Every Investigative Trail Comes Back to the Dead End of FISA Abuse.  [Scroll down]  The October 21st, 2016, application to the FISA Court for surveillance authority upon U.S. person Carter Page; and by extension the Donald Trump campaign.  Throughout all further inquiries this central component remains at the center of the issue.  Unlawful surveillance is the originating principal behind Operation Crossfire Hurricane; it is also the originating issue within the Peter Strzok "insurance policy"; additionally, it is the originating aspect to the Clinton/Steele dossier; etc. etc.  [T]he list is long.  Chase any of the corrupt threads back to their source of origin and you eventually come back to the surveillance authority within the FISA processes.

New Details of Victoria Nuland's Role in the Steele Dossier.  Victoria Nuland's name keeps turning up. [...] It now appears that in mid-2016, Nuland gave the green light for FBI Agent Michael Gaeta to meet with Christopher Steele in London.  This wasn't the first time Nuland encountered Steele's name.  Nuland had known Steel since 2014 through Jonathan Winer.

Nunes Calls For Testimony From 10 State Dept., Obama White House Officials On Surveillance Abuse.  House Intelligence Committee Chairman Devin Nunes is calling on two of his fellow Republican committee chairman to hold open hearings for 10 former State Department and Obama White House officials regarding alleged surveillance abuses against the Trump campaign.  "During this investigation, the Committee discovered matters that likely fall within the purview of the joint task force of the Committees on Oversight & Government Reform and the Judiciary," Nunes wrote Tuesday [7/3/2018] to Virginia Rep. Bob Goodlatte and South Carolina Rep. Trey Gowdy, the chairmen of the Oversight and Judiciary Committees, respectively.  "For the sake of transparency and to keep the American people as fully informed as possible about these matters, the task force should consider interviewing these people in an open setting," Nunes added in the letter, which was obtained by The Daily Caller News Foundation.

Chairman Devin Nunes Discusses The Massive Ramifications of "Spygate".  House Permanent Select Committee on Intelligence Chairman Devin Nunes appears on Fox New morning broadcast to outline the latest developments surrounding "Spygate".  In addition to FISA abuse and fraud upon the FISA court, there is an increased likelihood the Obama CIA, DOJ and FBI ran agents and operatives into the Trump campaign.

Trump Campaign Official Michael Caputo HAS PROOF of Obama FBI Spying on Trump Campaign in Early 2016.  Former Trump campaign official Michael Caputo went on with Tucker Carlson on Thursday [6/21/2018] to discuss the Obama FBI spying on the Donald Trump Campaign.  [Video clip]

Paul Ryan:  FBI Did Nothing Wrong Spying on Trump Campaign.  Speaker of the House Paul Ryan told reporters Wednesday he believes the FBI acted appropriately in using an informant to contact Trump campaign members during the 2016 presidential election.  "I think Chairman Gowdy's initial assessment is accurate," Ryan said in support of his colleague Rep. Trey Gowdy (R-SC), who recently told Fox News that he sees no wrongdoing in the FBI's use of an informant.

Ignoring the Samantha Power bombshell.  Of all the political stories from 2017, surely the most curious is this:  why is everyone ignoring the bombshell revelations from Samantha Power?  As you recall, Power was caught using her security clearance as a U.N. ambassador to review private conversations by U.S. citizens.  According to official records, she requested the unmasking of these private citizens over 260 times in 2016 (this was an election year).  She was brought before the House Intelligence Committee to explain her actions.  Her defense?  It wasn't me.  Someone else in the Obama White House did this, using her security clearance.  There are two possibilities:  that she is telling the truth, in which case someone else in the Obama administration is lying.  Or she is lying herself.

FBI Spying On Trump Started In London, Earlier Than Thought, New Texts Implicate Obama White House.  A new report from John Solomon of The Hill ties together several loose threads floating around over the genesis of the FBI/DOJ espionage operation against the Trump campaign, who was involved in the "setup" of campaign aides, and how text messages between FBI employees suggest that the Obama White House was not only aware of the operation[,] but possibly directing it.

Spygate: Majority Believe Feds Broke Law to Stop Trump from Winning Presidency.  A majority of 51 percent of voters now believe "senior law enforcement officials are likely to have broken the law in an effort to prevent Trump from winning the presidency," according to a poll from Rasmussen Reports.  Only 42 percent of voters believe it is "unlikely that these officials illegally attempted to stop a Trump presidency."  In other words, we now live in a country where only 42 percent of voters believe it is "unlikely" federal law enforcement officials tried to illegally meddle in a presidential election.  Only 26 percent believe it is "not at all likely."

Legal expert: Obama [is] facing jail time over Trump spy.  A series of political insiders and legal experts say former President Barack Obama knew his administration spied on Donald Trump's presidential campaign — he could even go to jail over it.  An investigative specialist, a former federal prosecutor, and one leading experts on the US intelligence community agree Obama may have leveraged the most powerful position in the world to rig the 2016 election.

A Clapper Postscript.  [Scroll down]  [James] Clapper was Director of National Intelligence at the time, which means that he reported directly to the president, Barack Obama.  His statement implies that President Obama knew about the investigation of the Trump campaign, and it was his call whether to keep candidate Trump in the dark.  There is no one else in the executive branch to whom Clapper reasonably could have deferred on this obviously important question.

Judicial Watch Sues to Expose Potential DOJ FISA Warrant Abuses and Stonewalling.  Judicial Watch filed a Freedom of Information Act (FOIA) lawsuit on May 31 against the Department of Justice (DOJ) seeking its communications (and those of the FBI) with Congress about the Foreign Intelligence Surveillance Act warrants used to spy on Trump campaign official Carter Page and other members of the campaign.  "Judicial Watch's latest federal FOIA lawsuit aims to uncover details of the DOJ/FBI obstruction and contempt for Congress on Spygate," said Judicial Watch President Tom Fitton in a statement.  "The Deep State doesn't want Congress, Judicial Watch, or the American people to see the full extent of its abuses targeting the Trump campaign and now President Trump."

The Expanding Spygate Scandal, Explained.  In recent weeks, it has come to light that Barack Obama's FBI planted Stefan Halper, a former professor at Cambridge with extensive ties to the CIA and MI6, as a spy within Donald J. Trump's presidential campaign.  Following an explosive February FISA memo compiled to analyze the Obama administration's surveillance abuses in support of Hillary Clinton and the Democrats, the "Spygate" bombshell exposes new depths of the Machiavellian scheme constructed by the Obama-Clinton regime to illegally surveil and ultimately usurp Trump during his 2016 campaign and onward into his Presidency.

Hit Gas, Not Brakes, On Spygate.  From the beginning of this farce, the Obama administration has shifted back and forth between taking pride in the spying and denying its existence.  We are back in the denial phase.  But at the height of the hysteria after Trump's election and inauguration, members of the Obama administration wanted everyone to know they had been spying on Trump and feared that he would destroy their "intelligence."

The Real Reason Why the FBI Had a Spy in the Trump Campaign.  The FBI had a human source in the Trump campaign, and nearly everyone commenting on it is wrong.  This will set the record straight.  On July 31, the FBI opened a counterintelligence investigation into Russian interference in the election and possible collusion with the Trump campaign.  Before launching the full investigation, the FBI sent a confidential human source (CHS) to spy on a Trump campaign adviser.  The CHS was reportedly Stefan Halper, a slick political operative for past GOP campaigns and a foreign policy expert with extensive CIA and MI6 connections.

The Carnivores of Civil Liberties.  [B]oth the media and the liberal establishment believed that the outsider Trump represented an existential danger to themselves and the nation at large — similar to the way operatives in the Nixon administration had felt about far-left presidential challenger George McGovern in 1972.  But this time around, liberals were not out of power as they were in 1972.  Instead, they were the establishment.  They held the reins of federal power under the Obama administration.  And they chose to exercise it in a fashion similar to how Nixon's team had in 1972.

Yes, the FBI Was Investigating the Trump Campaign When It Spied.  Well, well, well.  The bipartisan Beltway establishment has apparently had its fill of this "Trump colluded with Russia" narrative — the same narrative the same establishment has lustily peddled for nearly two years.  The Obama administration recklessly chose to deploy the government's awesome counterintelligence powers to investigate — and, more to the point, to smear — its political opposition as a Kremlin confederate.  Now that this ploy has blown up on the Justice Department and the FBI, these agencies — the ones that went out of their way, and outside their guidelines, to announce to the world that the Trump campaign was under investigation — want you to know the president and his campaign were not investigated at all, no siree.  What could possibly have made you imagine such a thing?

Up-Chuck Schumer orders media to cover up 'Spygate'.  On Monday, while most Americans were remembering the sacrifice of fallen service members, Senate Minority Leader Chuck Schumer, D-N.Y., gave instruction to the mainstream media via tweet.  The chief Democrat of the U.S. Senate wants President Donald Trump to be taken to task for using the term "Spygate" and insists that there is "absolutely no evidence of a spy" being placed in the 2016 Trump campaign.

Obama's Guilty Contentment.  Obama's abuse of power — directing the result of an FBI investigation — was eagerly abetted by Comey.  And then we come to the granddaddy of all White House scandals.  As chronicled and analyzed so well by NRO's Andy McCarthy, the Wall Street Journal's Kim Strassel, and the incomparable Sharyl Attkisson, Obama's administration conducted a spy operation on Donald Trump's presidential campaign.  It dwarfs other Obama scandals but one because it was, as clearly as Obama's direction to the FBI on the Clinton email matter, an abuse of power for the purpose of affecting an election.  What they did was far worse than the Watergate scandal that toppled Richard Nixon for one big reason.  The men who were hired by the Nixon campaign to burglarize the Watergate offices of the Democratic National Committee were private citizens.  The spy operation on the Trump campaign in 2016 was planned, conducted and covered up by high-level officials of the Obama administration abusing their powers of law enforcement and intelligence gathering to influence the election and, if necessary, nullify its result.

7 Ways Spy-in-Chief Barack Obama Spied on Donald Trump.  We now know for a fact that Spy-in-Chief Barack Obama weaponized the various intelligence agencies at his command to do something unprecedented:  spy on a rival presidential campaign, specifically Donald Trump's.  From what we know so far, Obama's spies spied on Trump in seven spying ways.  Just one of these seven items should make us gasp.

Newt: Obama and Valerie Jarrett Behind Spying, Trying To Frame Trump.  In a Tuesday [5/22/2018] appearance on Fox News, Newt Gingrich said that he believed former President Barack Obama and some of his top officials — including Valerie Jarrett — were involved in spying on Donald Trump's 2016 presidential campaign.  Gingrich, the former Republican speaker of the House and 2012 presidential candidate, also said some people — like former Director of National Intelligence James Clapper — were "in danger of going to jail."  Gingrich was appearing on Laura Ingraham's show after a busy week in terms of revelations regarding the surveillance done on the campaign, which was apparently carried out in an attempt to find out if there were contacts with Russian officials.

Spy Name Games.  [Scroll down]  By and large, "confidential informants" do not emerge from the womb with a passion to protect the United States.  Quite often, they become informants because they've gotten themselves jammed up with the police.  Some are sociopaths: shrewd enough to know that the only way out of either a long prison term or a short life expectancy is to become the government's eyes and ears; self-aware enough to know that, in undercover work, bad character, mendacity, and survival instincts are tools of the trade.  Not many Mother Teresas can infiltrate hostile foreign powers, drug cartels, and organized-crime networks.  According to the government, these effective but unsavory operatives are "confidential human sources," too.  To the rest of us, spy may be too nice a word for them.  The printable labels are more like "snitch," "rat," "Judas," etc.

Of Course, Obama Knew of the Spying on the Trump Campaign.  The earth-shattering story that the MSM has attempted in all regards to ignore that then-existing Administration was spying on a presidential campaign broke a couple weeks ago and the spy has now been identified.  The logical end question has now been asked — Did President Obama know that his spying agencies had infiltrated the Trump campaign?  The unequivocal answer is YES.  Do I have definitive proof that Obama knew?  No.  And we never will because Valerie Jarrett kept him away from the parties at hand.  But I base my conclusion on 40 years of doing this and eight years of studying the Obama Administration and their disregard for the norms that had been established before them due to their thirst to thrust their ideological platform on the American people.

The Important Questions About 'Spygate'.  The core questions are:  Who tasked Halper, a former University of Cambridge professor, with contacting Trump campaign advisers Carter Page, Sam Clovis, and George Papadopoulos?  What did they tell Halper, and what did he in turn tell his FBI/CIA handlers?  And how was that information used by government officials in their investigation of possible Russian meddling in the 2016 election?  Was Halper a credible source?  Carter Page holds the key to many of those questions.

Jarrett and Obama are Behind Spygate.  Unless we assume the FBI went completely rogue, it is inconceivable that the deployments of personnel to spy on the Trump campaign and make provocative contact with its lesser members could have occurred without the full knowledge and control of the occupants of the Oval Office.  Obama may claim a scandal-free administration, but after Fast and Furious, the targeting of the Tea Party by the IRS, the Benghazi cover-up, Hillary's emails, to name a few, Spygate is just the latest.  I use the plural "occupants" because while Barack Hussein Obama may have been nominally the president of the United States, at the heart of every one of these scandals and virtually every administration move was Valerie Jarrett, who arguably could be considered our first female president.

FBI must come clean on spy in Trump camp.  It's all of a sudden OK, at least in the eyes of The New York Times and other guardians of progressive bias, for an administration to spy on a political campaign.  You can thereby stop Russia from doing its thing of electoral interference, they emphasize.  Less on their lips is the chance of crooked allegations and turning our republic upside down.  What we're talking about specifically here is the revelation that, in the 2016 presidential campaign, we had this American professor over in England who was on the FBI payroll to the tune of more than $1 million over a period of time.  Part of his job, it seems, was to query campaign aides in the Donald Trump campaign.

I think I may have discovered what the DOJ & FBI are desperately trying to hide.  It was POTUS Obama himself who authorized the use of surveillance on Team Trump.  Worse:  The surveillance may have been conducted by UK intelligence — and then fed back to Obama's IC thugs, for unmasking in the US.

OK Establishment Media, Trump Supporters Want You To Answer This Simple Question Regarding Spygate.  The New York Times and others now admit/defend the very Obama-era spy program that they long denied existed and that was being used against the Trump campaign in 2016.  Leaving aside the stunning political scandal that is that fact, shouldn't the Establishment Media now also admit that if the Deep State was spying on Trump all this time doesn't that also mean it has known there was never any collusion/conspiracy etc., involving Mr. Trump and Russia?  That the entire Trump-Russia collusion was a Deep State created hoax all along?  It has to be one or the other right?  How about it Establishment Media?  Care to also explain your willing participation in this fraud?

Deep State Clapper's Latest Line:  We Weren't Spying — It Was "Benign Information Gathering".  Obama's former DNI Chief James Clapper told CNN last Thursday [5/17/2018] "it was a good thing" the FBI was spying on Trump's campaign.  This was after he initially denied the Intelligence Community was spying on Donald Trump.  Clapper told CNN it was a good thing if the FBI had someone "observing" the Trump's campaigns interaction with the Russians because the "Russians posed a threat to the very basis of our political system."

Obama Spied on at Least 7 Trump Campaign Members.  It sounded crazy at the time, but it wouldn't be for long.  While Trump Tower wasn't literally wiretapped, the Trump team was monitored, and some of that surveillance did occur within Trump Tower.  In mid-December after the election, United Arab Emirates crown prince Sheikh Mohammed bin Zayed Al Nahyan met with three transition team members in Trump Tower:  Michael Flynn, Jared Kushner, and chief strategist Stephen Bannon.  The meeting was surveiled, but because of surveillance law, the names of Americans picked up in foreign surveillance must be redacted.  So what did Susan Rice do?  Unmask the names, and then play dumb when Devin Nunes discovered what she did.  Then came the revelations that both Carter Page and Paul Manafort were wiretapped — including periods in which they were in contact with President Donald Trump.  Are we to believe that Trump wasn't picked up on that surveillance?

Stefan Halper is only the tip of the iceberg in Obama spy scandal.  We finally have definitive evidence that the Obama administration engaged in clandestine operations against members of the Trump campaign.  But the revelation that Stefan Halper was planted by the Obama intelligence community to gather information on the Trump team is only the tip of the iceberg in exposing the vast, unprecedented espionage operation. [...] Halper did not initiate this operation of his own accord.  He was a confidential informant; someone in the government had to be managing his role in the undercover operation.  If congressional investigators can bring Halper in for an interview, they can ask him to expose the network behind the operation.  At the very least, Halper obviously knows who he was reporting to.

It's Time To Admit The Russia Investigation Was Illegitimate From The Start.  In the last week, as revelation upon revelation hit that Obama administration officials and career employees of the Federal Bureau of Investigation (FBI), Central Intelligence Agency (CIA), and U.S. Department of Justice (DOJ) spied on the Donald Trump campaign in the run-up to the 2016 presidential election, the mainstream media, the Left, and Never Trump Republicans have fallen back on three ready responses.  A solid plurality of this contingent continue to avert their eyes from the facts and dismiss the claims of misconduct as peddled by tinfoil-hat conspiracy theorists.  There is not much you can say to this faction, because they refuse to consider the proof.

It's Time To Admit The Russia Investigation Was Illegitimate From The Start.  We now have an admission that the FBI used an informant to spy on the Trump campaign beginning before the official launch of the Russia collusion investigation.  We came about these details through leaks to The New York Times and Washington Post, while the DOJ continues to ignore congressional demands for the same information.  My point here is not to catalogue every piece of circumstantial evidence demonstrating impropriety.  I'm surely missing some substantial threads.  Rather, my goal is to illustrate why Crossfire Hurricane can no longer be assumed an apolitical and legitimate investigation.  Those pointing out this reality are not Trump apologists:  we are patriots.

Democrats' Russia truth coming out.  A Democratic Watergate is unfolding before our eyes. [...] Brennan's running scared because it's starting to look like he may have been a co-conspirator in the biggest political scandal since, well, Watergate.  Yesterday, Trump met with FBI Director Christopher Wray, Deputy Attorney General Rod Rosenstein and Director of National Intelligence Dan Coats to inquire if Brennan's CIA and the FBI spied on his 2016 presidential campaign, as reported by The New York Times and other media last week.  If it's confirmed that the Obama administration used U.S. intelligence agencies and the Justice Department to go after political opponents — to keep Democrats in power through a presidential election cycle — Attorney General Jeff Sessions should immediately un-recuse himself from the Russia "collusion" witch hunt, shut it down and open a criminal investigation into all parties involved.

Sorry, But Obama White House, Not Dossier, Was Behind Trump Investigation.  Did the Obama administration spy on the Donald Trump campaign because it feared Russian hacking of the 2016 election?  Or was it merely a smokescreen to cover up the real reason:  to keep Trump from winning the presidency or take him down if he did?

8 signs pointing to a counterintelligence operation deployed against Trump's campaign.  It may be true that President Trump illegally conspired with Russia and was so good at covering it up he's managed to outwit our best intel and media minds who've searched for irrefutable evidence for two years.  (We still await special counsel Robert Mueller's findings.)  But there's a growing appearance of alleged wrongdoing equally as insidious, if not more so, because it implies widespread misuse of America's intelligence and law enforcement apparatus.  Here are eight signs pointing to a counterintelligence operation deployed against Trump for political reasons.

Can We Hope To Keep Our Republic When One Of The Parties Supports Tyranny?  Think about this — a significant portion of our country, including a majority of its elite, thinks that it's A-OK for a Democrat administration to spy on a Republican candidate.  Think hard about that.  And think about whether or not we can ever put the pieces of our shattered republic back together again if we can't even agree that using government power against our political enemies is a bad thing.  But the terrifying truth is that liberals and their Never Trump enablers actually think this kind of tyranny is a good thing.  You see, they think Normal Americans are so transcendently awful (and, even more importantly, that the elite's power so precious) that all is fair in order to stifle their opponents' collective voice.

Stefan Halper is obviously a bigger scandal than the media want to admit.  The swiftness with which the media have brushed aside Stefan Halper's role in the Russia investigation should be a sign that he's certainly more important than they're admitting.  Halper was identified by the Daily Caller's Chuck Ross last weekend as the professor who worked in some still-unknown capacity to inform the FBI on the Trump campaign in 2016 as part of the agency's probe of Russia's election meddling.  Halper met with at least three of then-candidate Donald Trump's campaign advisers, and records show he was paid nearly $300,000 by the Defense Department in September 2016.

Progressives on the Brink.  As Gregg Jarrett reports, there is "strong circumstantial evidence" to suspect that high officials colluded to undermine the Trump campaign and the presidency, and that they employed criminal means to do so.  If true, this amounts to nothing less than "an insidious plot unprecedented in American history" — one that would, if successful, have destroyed American democracy and replaced it with what would amount to the beginnings of a permanent leftist dictatorship.  No American, regardless of party preference, should fail to see the seriousness of these events.  The Watergate break-in and the cover-up that followed made for a serious crime, but it was nothing compared to what is now alleged on the part of members of the Obama administration or on the part of Obama himself.

The List:  At Least 6 and Potentially 7 and Suspected Intelligence Informants Accused of Spying on Trump Campaign.  As the Russia meddling into the 2016 US election unwinds, the meddling by the Obama Administration's CIA and FBI, is becoming surprisingly more and more clear.  Internet sleuth, former D.C. Bureau Chief for Investors Business Daily, author and Hoover Institution Media Fellow, Paul Sperry, tweeted a list of 6 or 7 individuals that worked for or were suspected of working for the FBI/CIA and who were involved in spying on President Trump.

Watergate 2.0.  [Scroll down]  I'm sorry, but if "trust is a key national security asset," shouldn't we be able to trust that an outgoing Administration is not using the power of government, the police power of the state, to 'investigate' the political campaigns of the opposition party?  Shouldn't the newspaper which tells us that 'democracy dies in darkness' want to have this credibly and reasonably investigated?  And am I wrong to suspect that, had it been the outgoing Bush Administration which 'investigated' Mr Obama's campaign in 2008, the editors of the Post would have been almost apoplectic in their outrage, and determined that not only the Obama Department of Justice, but their own reporters should be digging deeply in their attempts to investigate this?

Someone needs to go to Leavenworth over this.  The bugging of the Democratic National Committee wasn't to spy on George McGovern of the Democrats' campaigns, but to check that there were no attempts by the Vietnamese Communists to influence them!

America Deserves To Know If Democrats Used Taxpayer Money To Fund Spy Ring In Trump Campaign.  Based on what they're reporting in the newspapers and on the TV screen, it sure seems like the Trump campaign was being spied on with a variety of different resources including moles embedded within the campaign (also phone taps, FISA warrants, and international agencies).  However, in the same breath these same media outlets are telling us not to be too concerned that things really aren't as bad as they seem.  On TV they interview Democrats like Adam Schiff(D-CA) who says spying on Trump "simply didn't happen," even as we learn that it did.  So what is going on?  How can the media tell us in one breath that there were various methods of "observation" happening, and in the next breath try to explain how that is not actually "spying."

Spying on Trump Campaign May Have Begun Before FBI Says it Started Its Probe.  So it looks like the spying on the Trump campaign began earlier than the FBI says it started its investigation.  This raises a couple of possibilities.  One, the FBI for some reason is lying about when it began its probe.  Or, the FBI started fishing around, at the direction of someone, got some information, and then launched its investigation.  Or ... someone other than the FBI, like the Clinton campaign or someone in the Obama administration — or each working together — was spying on the Trump campaign and then brought the FBI in when they decided the found something.

Jonathan Turley:  It looks like Trump was RIGHT about his early allegations of spying.  Even constitutional law professor Jonathan Turley is now suggesting that Trump's early allegations of spying have been largely validated now and he doesn't understand why the media can't acknowledge that.

In the span of one week, the American media showed us exactly whose side it's on.  On Wednesday [5/16/2018], [...] a bombshell report appeared in the New York Times confirming that the Obama administration had spied on the Trump campaign, a conclusion LevinTV host Mark Levin reached last year.  Up to this point, the media had spent a year calling Levin a "conspiracy theorist" for suggesting that the Trump campaign was surveilled during the 2016 election.  Did anybody in the media apologize for its negligent coverage?  Of course not.

The FBI Spy in the Trump Campaign and the Mueller Cover-Up Operation.  What a shabby mess the Mueller "investigation" has turned out to be, and what a stain this is on the FBI's reputation! [...] Here's the thing:  FBI officials didn't expect Hillary to lose.  As we know, text messages between two high-ranking FBI officials discussed an "insurance policy" to prevent Trump from becoming president.  Because they expected Hillary to win, they also expected to be able to prevent this taxpayer-funded espionage from becoming public knowledge.  And then Trump won.

Leakers to NYT Confirm FBI Ran Spy Operation Against Trump Campaign.  Leakers to the New York Times confirmed in a story published on Wednesday [5/16/2018] that the FBI had run a spy operation on the Trump campaign that involved government informants, secret subpoenas, and possible wiretaps.  The story comes ahead of the release of the pending Department of Justice inspector general report on the FBI's actions during the 2016 election, and likely is an attempt by the leakers to paint the FBI's efforts in the most flattering light possible.  But the story revealed that the FBI — which is supposed to be an apolitical agency — was spying on the Trump campaign through phone records and with "at least one" human asset who interacted with campaign advisers Carter Page and George Papadopoulos.

It Begins.  Use of the federal national security state to spy on political opponents dwarfs the Nixon reelection campaign's dirty tricks department using bumbling outsiders to plant bugs.  At this point, the only question is:  How high in the Obama Administration did the orders to conduct surveillance on the Trump campaign come?

Stefan Halper is only the tip of the iceberg in Obama spy scandal.  We finally have definitive evidence that the Obama administration engaged in clandestine operations against members of the Trump campaign.  But the revelation that Stefan Halper was planted by the Obama intelligence community to gather information on the Trump team is only the tip of the iceberg in exposing the vast, unprecedented espionage operation.  Over the weekend, suspicions were confirmed that Stefan Halper — who has decades-long ties to the CIA and its British counterpart, MI6 — was a secret informant who gathered information on Trump campaign advisers Carter Page and George Papadopoulos.

Concealed FISA Docs May Hold Key to Trump Surveillance.  President Trump is meeting Monday with Senior FBI, DOJ and DNI officials at the White House to discuss classified documentation requested by the House Intelligence Committee and whether or not members of the Obama administration authorized the use of a long-time informant of the CIA and FBI to investigate members of his 2016 campaign.  The meeting came on the heels of the President's demand Sunday for the Justice Department to investigate the FBI's operation, known as Crossfire Hurricane, which included surveillance of members of the Trump campaign.

FBI Informant Stefan Halper [was] Paid Over $1 Million By Obama Admin; Spied On Trump Aide After Election.  Less than a week after Stefan Halper was outed as the FBI informant who infiltrated the Trump campaign, public records reveal that the 73-year-old Oxford University professor and former U.S. government official was paid handsomely by the Obama administration starting in 2012 for various research projects.  A longtime CIA and FBI asset who once reportedly ran a spy-operation on the Jimmy Carter administration, Halper was enlisted by the FBI to spy on several Trump campaign aides during the 2016 U.S. election.  Meanwhile, a search of public records reveals that between 2012 and 2018, Halper received a total of $1,058,161 from the Department of Defense.

It Depends on What Your Definition of 'Spy' Is.  [Scroll down]  The [Washington] Post, like the [New York] Times, is at pains to avoid the s-word.  The "professor was more than an academic interested in American politics," the Post writes, "he was a longtime U.S. intelligence source."  It was "at some point in 2016, he began working as a secret informant for the FBI" in its Russia investigation.  So let's be clear:  Professor... oops I almost said his name... The professor in question was a "secret informant for the FBI," but not, I repeat, not a spy.  That said, it does get tricky maintaining the bureaucratic euphemisms.

Clapper Defends Spying On Trump Campaign As 'A Legitimate Activity'.  Former Director of National Intelligence James Clapper said Monday that the FBI having an informant seek to gather information on the Trump campaign is a "legitimate activity."  He said it is "disturbing" that President Trump would call for an investigation into the Department of Justice.  [Video clip]

Suspected FBI informant in Trump campaign reportedly sought senior role in administration.  The man who reportedly was an informant for the FBI within Donald Trump's presidential campaign also sought a permanent position within the Trump administration, Axios reported Monday [5/21/2018].  Stefan Halper, an academic China scholar, was recommended for such a post by a man who is now Mr. Trump's top trade adviser, Peter Navarro, according to Axios.  According to Axios, Mr. Navarro told the incoming administration during the transition period that Mr. Halper, among about a dozen other people, should be considered for an Asian ambassadorship.  The two men already knew each other.

Trump Orders DOJ to Investigate FBI's Campaign Infiltration.  As previously reported by TGP's Kristinn Taylor, President Trump tweeted Sunday afternoon he is ordering the Justice Department to investigate whether the Obama administration spied on his 2016 presidential campaign.  The order comes on the heels of leaks to the New York Times and Washington Post that the Obama administration had an "informant" make several approaches to three Trump campaign officials, included one that involved an offer of cash and another an offer to "advise" the campaign.

Devin Nunes doesn't rule out possibility of multiple FBI informants in Trump campaign.  There could have been more than one FBI informant snooping on the Trump campaign, House Intelligence Committee Chairman Devin Nunes said on Sunday, but we do not know because the Justice Department has stonewalled congressional requests for documents outlining the impetus for the investigation.  Multiple reports have identified Stefan Halper, 73, a Cambridge professor with ties to American and British intelligence, as the FBI informant who snooped on the Trump campaign over the summer.  Mr. Nunes said he may not be the only one.

We Need to Know What Brennan, Clapper, Comey, Rice, Power and the Rest of Them Did.  We now know that the Obama administration spied on Trump.  They spied.  Look, it's the Obama administration.  Obama is the president.  The buck stops at his desk.  He may be playing around with his library in Chicago and gone off and started writing a phony book and all of that.  He is to be held responsible and his surrogates are to be held responsible.

Obama to be investigated for election spying.  President Donald Trump stunned the mainstream media on Sunday by revealing a new investigation into former President Barack Obama's administration — and it's very bad legal news for top aides, former CIA directors, and even the former president himself.

Spies Like Obama?  With the flood of new evidence from recent days, it is becoming increasingly difficult to deny that President Obama — undeniably the most pro-Russian president in American history — and his men abused the powers of their offices not only to spy on then-candidate Donald Trump but also to undermine and lay the foundation for the overthrow of Trump's administration.  No matter how many idiots and liars from both parties embarrass themselves by blathering on about the Left's utterly insane conspiracy theory by which Russia and Trump are said to have engaged in electoral collusion, whatever that may be, we now know there was a conspiracy born in the summer of 2016 — and that Trump and his people had nothing to do with it.  This shameful real-life conspiracy is called Operation Crossfire Hurricane.  Crossfire Hurricane is the codename for the FBI's now-confirmed spying on the Trump campaign, which included placing at least one infiltrator within the campaign apparatus.

Donald Trump Orders Justice Department to Investigate Obama Surveillance.  President Donald J. Trump announced his decision to demand an official investigation of former President Barack Obama's administration on Sunday [5/20/2018] for infiltrating or surveilling his presidential campaign for political reasons.  "I hereby demand, and will do so officially tomorrow, that the Department of Justice look into whether or not the FBI/DOJ infiltrated or surveilled the Trump Campaign for Political Purposes — and if any such demands or requests were made by people within the Obama Administration!" Trump wrote on Twitter on Sunday afternoon [5/20/2018].

The fight moves up a notch.  The scenario anticipated more than a year ago in King vs.  King has advanced to the semi-finals.  The Russian collusion affair, which began with the incoming president on the defensive, has now become a set of simultaneous offensives with each side trying to jail the other.  "President Trump on Sunday said he would 'demand' a Justice Department investigation into whether the FBI 'infiltrated' his 2016 presidential campaign," USA Today reported.

Watergate II: Collusiongate.  Unlike Watergate, the current crisis in government/spying/politics doesn't have a memorable name.  But for those of us who lived through Watergate it has a certain resonance with that event as well as major differences, imparting a strange sense of familiarity, dislocation, and increasing alarm.  This isn't some burglary to get some dirt on the opposing party, and it isn't a threat (unfulfilled) of using government entities to "get" the opposition.  This is the marshaling of those government entities by one administration in order to "get" the next, and nearly succeeding.

Spies Like Obama?  On Sunday [5/20/2018] a justifiably outraged President Trump called for the former Obama administration to be investigated for its unprecedented and profoundly un-American spying and sabotage operation against the 2016 Trump campaign. [...] The presidential demand for action comes after days of dramatic, detailed revelations about the plot to undermine the Trump campaign, transition team, and presidency began surfacing in news accounts.  On Thursday it was revealed that the FBI illicitly put together a spy ring as part of something called Operation Crossfire Hurricane and that at least one informant was a member of the Trump campaign.  On Friday the New York Times reported the campaign-embedded snitch was an American teaching in the United Kingdom.

How Obama became the first communist president.  The use of the state to spy on and infiltrate the campaign of a political opponent is the final proof of the truth that we have averted our eyes from for the last 14 years.  Barack Obama is a communist.  Mild compared to Castro or Mao, but nevertheless a believer in state control of everything.

H.A.L.P.E.R. Spells Game Up for Obama's Spies.  Last week I reported that Internet sleuths had winkled out the name of the spy/agent provocateur that Obama's intelligence officers had used on the Trump campaign.  The New York Times and Washington Post, the Democrats' semi-official newspapers this week megaphoned the instigators, offering up their justifications without naming his name.  Again, the name is Stefan Halper, who, as I wrote here last week, was paid a substantial sum by the Department of Defense's Office of Net Assessment.  If it was for this work — and it suspiciously looks like it because the payments were made in July and September of 2016 when he was weaseling his way into the campaign — then we know we have the DNI, CIA, DOJ, FBI, Dept. of State and the Defense Department working for Hillary's election and to smear and create a basis for further spying on Trump and his campaign.

Cambridge professor outed as FBI informant inside Trump campaign.  A Cambridge professor with deep ties to American and British intelligence has been outed as an agent who snooped on the Trump presidential campaign for the FBI.  Multiple media outlets have named Stefan Halper, 73, as the secret informant who met with Trump campaign advisers Carter Page and George Papadopoulos starting in the summer of 2016.  The American-born academic previously served in the Nixon, Ford and Reagan administrations.  The revelation, stemming from recent reports in which FBI sources admitted sending an agent to snoop on the Trump camp, heightens suspicions that the FBI was seeking to entrap Trump campaign aides.  Papodopoulous has pleaded guilty to lying to the FBI, while Page was the subject of a federal surveillance warrant.

Stefan Halper Agent Provocateur — In His Own Words.  Stefan Halper has been identified and confirmed as the intelligence informant used by President Obama's CIA and FBI to engage in contact with low level Trump campaign officials during their efforts to conduct a counterintelligence operation against the candidate.  The joint CIA and FBI operation was codenamed "Crossfire Hurricane".  Rather ironically, five days before the 2016 election intelligence agent provocateur Stefan Halper gave an interview to Sputnik News where he outlined his agenda; in hindsight the aggregate agenda of the Obama administration: [...]

FBI Used Secret Program To Gather Information On Trump Campaign, No Judge Needed, Report Says.  A report released by The New York Times on Wednesday revealed that the FBI, under Director James Comey's leadership, used a secret program that does not require the approval of a judge to gather phone records and "other documents" on Donald Trump's presidential campaign.  The report also revealed that a government informant met several times with Trump campaign officials, which validates a March 8, 2018 report from The Washington Post.

Where in the World Was Barack Obama?  [Scroll down]  Many of those questions remain unanswered but we do know that the "deep state" referenced by the [New York] Times did have a boss in 2016.  Yet Mr. Obama doesn't show up in this story until the ninth paragraph.  Those inclined toward Watergate analogies will say that it was some time before the break-in was connected to Richard Nixon, and of course we have no idea at this point whether the current controversy will end up being a Trump scandal, an Obama scandal or a permanently murky partisan battleground.  But since this controversy goes to the core of our democratic process, Americans desperately want clarity.  How and why exactly did leaders of U.S. intelligence and law enforcement agencies end up focusing on a domestic political campaign?

The "Crossfire Hurricane" Story Paints An Ugly Picture Of The FBI And Department Of Justice.  A couple of days ago, the New York Times ran a rather stunning piece on FBI surveillance of the Trump campaign. [...] This is the basic outline of the story.  The FBI, based on a semi-drunken conversation between George Papadopoulos and an Australian diplomat, Alexander Downer, opened an investigation of the Trump campaign.  What is missing from the story is any mention of the Trump dossier which we know was briefed to the FBI on July 5, nearly a month before the Papadopoulos conversation jumped the Atlantic and the shark.  As the investigation grew, eventually four members of the Trump campaign — Michael T. Flynn, Paul Manafort, Carter Page and Papadopoulos — were placed under some sort of surveillance.  Eventually, Carter Page was the subject of a FISA warrant.  This surveillance continued even while Flynn and Manafort were on the transition team.

John Brennan's 'Exceptionally Sensitive' Issue.  It appears that Brennan's alleged "tips" were too flaky and unofficial for the Obama administration to commit to print.  Brennan had his own partisan hunches, fueled by his feverish hatred of Trump and perhaps a few spitballing conversations with other Trump-hating spy chiefs abroad, [...] but he had no evidence to meet any reasonable threshold for a counterintelligence probe of a presidential campaign, especially one undertaken by an administration supporting that candidate's opponent.  Brennan's espionage against Trump was as audacious as a paranoid LBJ wiretapping Nixon's campaign plane in the thick of a race against LBJ's vice president, Hubert Humphrey.

10 Key Takeaways From The New York Times' Error-Ridden Defense Of FBI Spying On Trump Campaign.  [#1] FBI Officials Admit They Spied On [the] Trump Campaign:  The New York Times' story, headlined "Code Name Crossfire Hurricane: The Secret Origins of the Trump Investigation," is a dry and gentle account of the FBI's launch of extensive surveillance of affiliates of the Trump campaign.  Whereas FBI officials and media enablers had previously downplayed claims that the Trump campaign had been surveiled, in this story we learn that it was more widespread than previously acknowledged: [...] This is a stunning admission for those Americans worried that federal law enforcement and intelligence agencies might use their powers to surveil, leak against, and target Americans simply for their political views or affiliations.

NYT Report Confirms Obama Administration's FBI Spied on Trump Campaign.  And here it is.  The New York Times confirms Trump's claims, which have been frequently dismissed by major media outlets as kooky and conspiratorial, true.  Under the Obama administration, the intelligence community DOJ officials spied on Trump's campaign.  Operation "Crossfire Hurricane" is what they called it.  It was a super double secret operation that only a handful of agents and DOJ officials were aware of.  Agents, "obtained phone records and other documents using national security letters — a secret type of subpoena" and "at least one government informant met several times with Mr. Page and Mr. Papadopoulos."

Corrupt Intelligence Community Now Leaking To Justify Unlawful Election Surveillance.  U.S. intelligence officials who participated in the 2016 Russian interference narrative/scheme are now attempting to justify their conspiratorial conduct with leaks to the New York Times and Washington Post.  Their leaks are a transparent effort to justify prior conduct.  This cover-up endeavor has been their primary focus since congress started demanding documentary evidence from the DOJ, FBI, State Department and intelligence participants in the scheme.

Mueller Year One:  The Real Heroes in Journalism.  The reality is that there are only a handful of reporters bravely bucking the media's status quo and conducting real investigative journalism to expose what, quite possibly, is the biggest political scandal in U.S. history:  How top officials in an outgoing administration colluded with a presidential candidate's campaign and a major political party for the purpose of discrediting the rival presidential candidate and then stage a soft coup against him after he won.  Out of thousands of reporters in the United States, fewer than a dozen journalists have dared to cover the ways in which the world's most powerful law enforcement and intelligence apparatus leveraged its authority to try and destroy Trump's candidacy, then his presidency.

Was Trump's Campaign 'Set Up'?  House Intelligence Committee Chairman Devin Nunes appeared on "Fox & Friends" Tuesday, where he provided a potentially explosive hint at what's driving his demand to see documents related to the Federal Bureau of Investigation's Trump-Russia probe.  "If the campaign was somehow set up," he told the hosts, "I think that would be a problem."  Or an understatement.  Mr. Nunes is still getting stiff-armed by the Justice Department over his subpoena, but this week his efforts did force the stunning admission that the FBI had indeed spied on the Trump campaign.

Confirmed: FBI Was Spying on the Trump Campaign.  Earlier this week the New York Times published a story revealing the FBI was not only spying on the Trump campaign, but had at least one FBI informant embedded within it.  Further, the piece reveals the FBI didn't have enough evidence to open a criminal investigation into members of the Trump campaign, so a counterintelligence investigation was launched instead.

Clapper:  It's 'A Good Thing' FBI Was Spying On Trump Campaign.  Former Director of Intelligence James Clapper said Thursday night [5/17/2018] on CNN that it was "a good thing" there was an FBI informant spying on the Trump campaign.  Clapper admitted the FBI "may have had someone who was talking to them in the campaign," referring to President Trump's 2016 presidential campaign.  He explained away the possibility of an FBI informant spying on the campaign as the bureau was trying to find out "what the Russians were doing to try to substantiate themselves in the campaign or influence or leverage it."

Crossfire Hurricane:  Category Five Political Espionage.  Deep in the New York Times's account of "Crossfire Hurricane," the FBI's codename for spying on the Trump campaign, is a hilariously bland paragraph about John Brennan and James Comey teaming up to dig dirt on Trumpworld.  If you blinked in the course of reading the lengthy article, you might have missed it: [...] Contained in that oh-so-nonchalant line — "Intelligence agencies began collaborating to investigate that operation" — is one of Obamagate's biggest ticking time bombs.  When it blows, John Brennan, whose demented partisanship led him to run an anti-Trump spying operation straight out of CIA headquarters, will feel much of the blast.

Spinning a Crossfire Hurricane:  The Times on the FBI's Trump Investigation.  What the [New York] Times story makes explicit, with studious understatement, is that the Obama administration used its counterintelligence powers to investigate the opposition party's presidential campaign.  That is, there was no criminal predicate to justify an investigation of any Trump-campaign official.  So, the FBI did not open a criminal investigation.  Instead, the bureau opened a counterintelligence investigation and hoped that evidence of crimes committed by Trump officials would emerge.  But it is an abuse of power to use counterintelligence powers, including spying and electronic surveillance, to conduct what is actually a criminal investigation.

Obama's FBI Spied On The Trump Campaign, So What Did He Know And When Did He Know It?  The intelligence apparatus of the U.S. was spying on the opposing campaign of a presidential race.  Who in the media will ask that follow up?  Also, isn't it odd that Obama isn't mentioned anywhere with these developments [...] Also, the FBI and CIA are supposed to act as independent agencies, not pawns for a coordinated political effort.  It hasn't been the FBI's best moment.  The bureau's reputation has been scarred due to the level of bias and potential tipping of the scales that occurred concerning both the Russia and Clinton investigations.  But these new revelations take it to a new level — and Obama remains under the radar, though all of this happened under his administration.

Obama's Army of Agents And the Entrapment of Donald Trump.  High-level Obama officials, including John Brennan and John Kerry, appear to have attempted to entrap Trump campaign officials and candidate Trump himself.  This very likely scenario is being closely looked at after Wall Street Journal editor Kimberly Strassel reported there was a mole placed in or close to the Trump campaign.  This isn't how things are supposed to work in the United States.  "This is not who we are," to quote Obama.  Tying in what we know about spying, unmasking, and leaked texts, it appears the Obama administration was actually attempting to entrap them, in other words, frame them.  They might have believed they were doing it to protect the nation, but it appears to be a set up.

The 'Election Collusion' was between Our Intelligence Community and Britain.  As I will explain, the widespread notion that Russia and Trump colluded to beat Hillary has long been demonstrable bunk.  What seems more clear each day is that there was collusion between certain members of the U.S. and British intelligence communities to spy on the Trump campaign.  This may explain, in large part, the reluctance of the Department of Justice to reveal what it knows publicly.  After all — with rare exceptions — the two countries' intelligence services have long had important information gathering and sharing agreements, and exposure of this may harm the traditional reciprocal relationship.  Whether the British counterparts were hoodwinked into playing this role is still unclear.  Maybe they were.  On the other hand, with most of what they know about the U.S. electorate doubtless coming from the NYT and even more left-wing British media, they may well have done this willingly, believing the globalist Hillary had a sure shot at the presidency and this was a means of cementing a relationship with her.

Brennan With Strzok and John Kerry Worked to Set Up Russian Espionage Traps For Minor Players in Trump Camp.  A major new front is developing after the House discovered the FBI had a spy planted inside of the Trump campaign on top of the illegal wiretaps.  Barack Obama, arguably the worst president in US history, was wiretapping and listening in on all of the Trump campaign and transition team calls.  And now we know his Deep State minions had a spy inside the Trump campaign!

Brink Of Collapse:  Obama's FBI Spied On Trump More Than Previously Thought, New Report Suggests.  On Thursday [5/10/2018], an analysis from The Wall Street Journal's Kimberley Strassel on the latest developments in the Justice Department's decision to allow House Intelligence Committee members to view classied information about "a top-secret intelligence source" in the FBI's investigation into the Trump campaign revealed that the FBI may have spied on the campaign more than previously thought.

Does equal justice under the law exist in America today?  Revelations coming from House and Senate Intelligence committee investigations have shown how the Obama administration politically weaponized the National Security Agency, State Department, FBI and the Department of Justice.  Judicial Watch, a conservative watchdog group, is a hero because it took the lead through the Freedom of Information Act (FOIA) to acquire documents which have revealed inappropriate use of power by government agencies.  Had Hillary Clinton won the election, these misdeeds would have gone unnoticed, to our country's detriment.  Spying on Americans would have continued to be used on political enemies as was done to Trump's transition team.  In a July 27, 2017, letter, Congressman Devin Nunes, R-Calif., told Dan Coats, national intelligence director, one government official "whose position had no apparent intelligence-related function, made hundreds of unmasking requests during the final year of the Obama administration." Has anyone faced a court of law?  No.

A Prosecution for McCabe?  Fired FBI deputy director and discredited Democrat hack Andrew McCabe may soon be prosecuted for authorizing the leaking of sensitive information to the media and then lying over and over again to investigators about it, according to reports.  The news comes after House Permanent Select Committee on Intelligence chairman Devin Nunes (R-Calif.) told Fox News on Sunday [4/22/2018] that "there was no official intelligence that was used to start this investigation" of Trump's aides.  If Nunes is right, this means an official investigation was launched against a presidential campaign even though there was no official information supporting it.  This is a naked abuse of power, the stuff of banana republics, something Trump defenders have been saying for some time.

Comey Says He STILL Doesn't Know If Hillary's Camp Funded the Dossier; He Signed Three FISA Applications to Authorize Wiretaps Anyway.  Fired FBI Director James Comey went on with Bret Baier on Special Report on Thursday [4/26/2018] to discuss his new book.  Comey told Bret Baier he still isn't sure who paid for the phony Russia dossier — but who [...] cares where the dossier came from because he signed three FISA applications to authorize wiretaps anyway.

GOP-led House panel officially clears Trump in Russia probe.  The Republican-led House intelligence committee on Friday [4/27/2018] released a lengthy report concluding it found no evidence that Donald Trump's campaign colluded with Russia in the 2016 presidential campaign, drawing praise from the president and rebuttals from Democrats.

Russia Report:  Three Major Take-Aways.  he House Intelligence Committee released its long-anticipated and highly redacted Russian intelligence report Friday clearing President Donald Trump's campaign from "colluding" with Russians in the 2016 presidential election and chiding the intelligence community for "significant intelligence tradecraft failings" as the committee found no evidence to date that collusion had occurred.  The 248-page report, of which some pages were completely redacted after review by FBI and DOJ officials, have raised the ire of committee Republicans and will lead to a review of the report once again in an effort to un-redact elements of the report that the Committee says does not relate to the classified material.  Numerous Congressional committees have complained openly that the DOJ and FBI continue to "stonewall" their investigations and have slow rolled documents needed for adequate oversight of the highly controversial investigations into Trump and the Bureau's handling of former presidential candidate Hillary Clinton's use of a private email server for government business.

Comey, Mueller and the poisonous tree.  The investigation was polluted from the beginning.  Former British spy Christopher Steele was a government contractor when he illegally leaked the dossier and lied about it.  Mueller team members and FBI officials Lisa Page and Peter Strzok operated with such open hatred for Trump that they were removed from the investigation after managing key parts of it.  The heads of the FBI and CIA participated in spreading and vouching for a Trump dossier they never verified and yet used to spy on Americans.  The yarn leaked to the press about the start of the investigation doesn't add up.

Time to End the Resistance of the Swamp.  The ongoing Mueller "investigation" is not a legal matter.  It's a continuation of abuse of power by the Obama administration, which behaved as if Democrats were going to reign forever.  The extent of their abuse started to come to light only after the elections. [...] It's clear now that the Obama administration used the FBI to persecute its political enemies.  The FBI needs to be investigated thoroughly and be purged of the Obama-Hillary loyalists who conducted these crimes.  The first step in such investigation might be to offer FBI agents and officers who observed or participated in such activities to step forward and to tell what they saw or did.  But it is also clear that Mueller does everything in his power to prevent such investigation.  This alone justifies arresting him and charging with obstruction of justice.

Respect Unearned.  Trust in the Obama-era directorships of the Justice Department, FBI, and, indeed, the federal courts themselves are now horses that have long ago left the proverbial judicial barn.  Should the public also believe that no sober and judicious FISA court judge would ever have approved surveillance of American citizens without asking where the evidence came from, who compiled it, who, if any, paid for it, or had a vested interest in seeing it used for a warrant?  Should the public believe that its FBI director, and various deputy attorney generals, would never have dared keep from a FISA court information about their own submitted evidence?

Devin Nunes Reveals Bombshell 'Secret Intel'.  Those who staged a soft coup attempt against President Donald Trump aren't anywhere near finished.  There are liberal Americans who refuse to believe that Trump did not collude with the Russians to win the presidency, but it's high time they are forced to see the truth before it's too late.  You don't have to know all the background information to understand the bombshell that Devin Nunes dropped on Fox News' Maria Bartiromo's show.  Nunes just got this bombshell from the DOJ after they refused to hand it over to the Houe Intel Committee for weeks.  For the FBI to start an investigation into anyone, they need a starting point, a possible crime.  Law enforcement does not investigate people, they investigate potential crimes that people commit.  This is an extremely important concept to understand.  It's the foundation of our justice system.

Is DOJ Obstructing Congress in the Trump Surveillance Case?  Did Rep. Devin Nunes (R-CA) really have to threaten to hold FBI Director Christopher Wray and Deputy Attorney General Rod Rosenstein in contempt and to start impeachment proceedings?  Apparently so.  Nunes chairs the House Intelligence Committee.  For almost eight months, Wray and Rosenstein stalled his request for an unredacted copy of the memo that launched the Obama administration's investigation/surveillance of the Trump campaign.  Eight months.  But when Nunes threatened impeachment, he received the memo within 24 hours.

GOP Lawmaker to Hold Special Order on House Floor Tonight Detailing Case For Second Special Counsel to Investigate Obama's FISA Abuse.  Rep Lee Zeldin (R-NY) just announced he will be leading a Special Order on the House Floor Monday night [4/16/2018] at 7 PM EST detailing a case for a second Special Counsel to be appointed to investigate Obama's FISA abuse.  Zeldin also wants to know how/why the Clinton probe ended and how/why the Trump-Russia investigation began.

How a Republic Dies:  The Federal Leviathan Wages All-Out War With a Duly Elected President.  Political operatives have now seized privileged communications between the President of the United States and his lawyer.  Despite fairy tales about a clean process, these communications will be harvested by the counterparts of Peter Strzok, who unlike him are still on the case at the FBI, some of it will appear in the Washington Post and the New York Times, and some will be passed along to other political allies.  That's what happened at every juncture of Watergate 2.0.  And it only follows that it will happen again.  Just like the eavesdropping, the process will be compartmentalized for maximum plausible deniability.  The leakers will be protected by their superiors.  The media will shrilly focus the public's attention on the revelations in the documents rather than on the more serious crimes committed in obtaining them.  Nixon couldn't have even dreamed of doing this in his wildest fantasies.  But Obama could and did.  Now his operatives throughout the government are continuing the work that they began during his regime.

How Comey Lied About Spying on Trump Tower.  To understand the depth of Comey's leaking and lying, all you have to do is go back and look at his scummy maneuvering in response to Trump's "wiretap" tweets.  Those tweets turned out to be entirely accurate:  The Obama administration was intercepting communications at Trump Tower, both during the campaign and the transition.  Comey knew perfectly well that Trump was right — FBI agents had been sifting through the Trump Tower records of Carter Page and Paul Manafort — but he sent his team out to lie about Trump's tweets anyways. [...] In a just age, Comey would have the book thrown at him, not be writing one.  It is a measure of our skewed times that an unelected charlatan could subvert the elected chief executive and then emerge from his subversion as a celebrated expert on constitutional loyalty.

Russia Scandal:  Will Devin Nunes Investigation Prove 'Deep State' Collusion By FBI, DOJ?  Among the many investigations going on related to Russian meddling in the 2016 presidential election, one stands out as notable:  The investigation by the House Intelligence Committee and its hard-charging chairman, Devin Nunes, of how the FBI came to spy on the Donald Trump campaign.  It's now coming to a head.

Trump Attorney Uncovers New Unmasking Docs Showing Samantha Power Actively Worked With Media to Undermine Trump During Transition.  An attorney for Trump, Jay Sekulow and his senior counsel Carly Gammill appeared in a Washington D.C. federal court last week to find out when they will be receiving documents related to the Obama unmasking scandal.  The ACLJ (American Center For Law and Justice) filed a FOIA lawsuit last summer and they are just now beginning to receive documents.

John Brennan's Contributions to Fraud Upon FISA Court.  It is a matter of unclassified public record the FBI and DOJ-NSD were allowing "contractors" to conduct searches of the FBI and NSA databases, and extract raw intelligence, throughout 2015 until April 28th 2016 when NSA Director Admiral Mike Rogers shut down all access and initiated a compliance review.  Any objective review of that time period indicates (strongest likelihood) the search activity was political 'opposition research' for the 2016 presidential election.  With hindsight of the FBI and DOJ's political intents, 'opposition research' was almost certainly the motive.

Why the FBI Is Dodging Nunes.  The left used to get very worked up about the CIA's interference in foreign elections.  Liberals would quote solemnly the work of Philip Agee, a CIA turncoat who wrote articles and books about the agency's manipulation of this or that foreign election.  But these days ACLU-style liberals shrug at the meddling of John Brennan's CIA in the 2016 American election, mischief that the FBI is still trying to conceal.

Momentum Builds To Appoint Second Special Counsel To Investigate Hillary Clinton's Ties To Steele Dossier.  A new report shines a light on the growing momentum to appoint a second special counsel to probe Hillary Clinton's ties to the Steele dossier.

Bombshell: Secret Texts Show FBI, DOJ May Have Rushed Anti-Trump FISA Warrant.  Communications uncovered by congressional investigators reveal the FBI may have improperly coordinated with Department of Justice officials in an effort to pressure those officials to expedite a Foreign Intelligence Surveillance warrant on a former volunteer with the President Trump's campaign, congressional officials said.  Text messages obtained by investigators reveal that FBI Special Agent Peter Strzok and his colleague Lisa Page were discussing the FBI's difficulty in obtaining the warrant to spy on Carter Page, who worked for a short stint with the Trump campaign.  The FBI obtained its first warrant to spy on Page on Oct. 19, 2016, and there would be three subsequent renewals every 90 days for the warrant on Mr. Page.

Americans Support Mueller Probe — But Want Another One For FBI's Spying On Trump:  IBD/TIPP Poll.  Most Americans support the special counsel investigation of alleged collusion between the Trump campaign and Russia, but doubt it will lead to charges against President Trump, a new IBD/TIPP Poll shows.  Yet, while they support the special counsel investigation, they also say another special counsel needs to be appointed to investigate whether the Justice Department and FBI improperly surveilled the Trump campaign during and after the 2016 presidential campaign.

Intel Officer Explains Why Obama Could Be 'First President In History' To Be Hit With a Felony Indictment.  In a recent interview with Trending Today USA, Lt. Col Tony Shaffer called 'Obamagate' an "order of magnitude" even bigger than the Watergate scandal because the incident included "using nation-state resources for purposes of political gain."  When asked if Obama could be arrested for violating the law, he said that it would be the "first time a former president could be indicted for a felony."

Sessions is moving shrewdly on the FISA abuse investigation.  [Scroll down]  What about the decision to use a U.S. attorney rather than appoint a special counsel?  This decision also seems sound, and not just because I don't like special counsels.  The combination of the IG and the USA should be able to accomplish as much as a special counsel would — and accomplish it faster and with less fanfare.  The absence of fanfare is an advantage because it makes it more difficult for Democrats and their media partners to push the idea that anyone is being persecuted.  A Justice Department investigation headed by two Obama appointees is harder to shoot at than a special counsel.

DOJ Inspector General reviews alleged FISA abuses by DOJ, FBI.  Justice Department Inspector General Michael Horowitz announced Wednesday [3/28/2018] he will review potential Foreign Intelligence Surveillance Act (FISA) abuses by both the Justice Department and the FBI, following requests from Congress and Attorney General Jeff Sessions.  The Office of the Inspector General released a statement Wednesday outlining the start of the review.  "The OIG will initiate a review that will examine the Justice Department's and the Federal Bureau of Investigation's compliance with legal requirements, and with applicable DOJ and FBI policies and procedures, in applications filed with the U.S. Foreign Intelligence Surveillance Court (FISC) relating to a certain U.S. person," the statement obtained by Fox News read.  "As part of this examination, the OIG also will review information that was known to the DOJ and the FBI at the time the applications were filed from or about an alleged FBI confidential source."

Partisanship and John Brennan's Plot.  When candidate Trump claimed he was being "wiretapped" it turns out he was right:  the Obama administration had been intercepting communications at Trump Tower by spying on Paul Manafort and Carter Page, and during the transition after Trump won through "unmasking."

What Trump and Martin Luther King, Jr.  Have in Common.  As the story unfolds of how Hillary Clinton, former FBI director Comey, and the intel community in Washington trashed GOP presidential candidate Donald Trump with what is being seen as a fraudulent dossier, paid for by the Hillary campaign, and presented to the FISA court to gain permission to spy on the Trump team by unmasking NSA information, few know that this is just the most recent chapter in the long story of how the Democratic Party has used the FBI, DOJ, and intel community to attack and discredit political opponents.

Scandal Questions Never Asked, Much Less Answered.  Which members of the Obama administration were aware of, or gave orders to, members of the Obama Justice Department and the FBI to use the Steele dossier to obtain FISA court orders to surveille American citizens?  And who had access to transcripts of such surveillance, and why were the names of particular American surveilled then unmasked and how were they later disclosed to the media?

Attorney General Sessions Now Needs to Appoint a Special Counsel.  The probe of these allegations should be done by a special counsel, not the DOJ IG, and here is why.  If DOJ seeks to determine whether FISA may have been improperly and/or illegally used by U.S. government officials, it will need to expand the scope of the investigation far beyond the DOJ and FBI boundary established by the attorney general.  For example, the person assigned to lead this investigation should be tasked with interviewing and obtaining and analyzing information from certain officials who worked or work at the White House, U.S. intelligence agencies, Clinton Campaign and Democratic National Committee (DNC), Perkins-Coie law firm, British ex-spy Christopher Steele and his Russian sources and others believed to have played varying roles in paying for, developing, and disseminating questionable information used by DOJ and FBI to obtain FISC orders.

Press failed to prepare us for this.  Michael Horowitz, the inspector general that Obama blew off as irrelevant, has the goods on these people.  They spied on Trump.  They destroyed incriminating evidence against Hillary.  They did what[ever] they pleased without any respect to the law or tradition.  Now they have tried cover their tracks with this Fake Russian dossier.

Worse Than Watergate?  Is Obama Like Nixon — Only More So?  Just as Nixon used campaign operatives to spy on the opposition party, Barack Obama administration-era Democrats did likewise — except they employed actual government investigatory agencies to do it.  As a pretext, the allegation holds, they used that aforementioned dossier, a compilation of reports by shadowy ex-British spy Christopher Steele, who used uncorroborated information provided, ironically, by anonymous Russian sources.

Obama Staffer: Facebook Knew Presidential Campaign Improperly Seized Data, Looked the Other Way.  Facebook is embroiled in a political controversy over the manner its social data was utilized by the Trump campaign, but a former Obama campaign staffer argues the social media company has been allowing this type of behavior since at least 2012.  The social media giant is being lambasted for failing to verify that data from an estimated 50 million users was deleted by the Steve Bannon-led firm, Cambridge Analytica.  However, a former Obama campaign staffer has come forward to claim that Facebook turned a blind eye to the same issue in 2012.

Obama Campaign Hired Fusion GPS To Investigate Romney.  The Barack Obama presidential campaign hired Fusion GPS in 2012 to dig up dirt on Republican presidential candidate Mitt Romney, according to a book released on Tuesday [3/13/2018].  The Obama campaign hid its payments to Fusion GPS through its law firm, Perkins Coie.  The arrangement is similar to the one that the Clinton campaign and Democratic National Committee used to pay Fusion for its investigation of then-candidate Donald Trump in 2016.

Revealed Obama Campaign Hired Fusion GPS To Investigate Romney.  The Barack Obama presidential campaign hired Fusion GPS in 2012 to dig up dirt on Republican presidential candidate Mitt Romney, according to a book released on Tuesday [3/13/2018].  The Obama campaign hid its payments to Fusion GPS through its law firm, Perkins Coie.  The arrangement is similar to the one that the Clinton campaign and Democratic National Committee used to pay Fusion for its investigation of then-candidate Donald Trump in 2016.

The Real Collusion Story.  [Scroll down]  With his jacket and tie off, the cuffs of his sleeves turned, and a winning smile spread from ear to ear, Obama came to loan Hillary Clinton his common touch.  Passing the baton to her was a team effort, however.  It demanded hard work from countless enablers.  These included not just Democrats but also many Republicans, who shared the conviction that Trump represented an extraordinary threat to our democracy.  Desperate times call for desperate measures.  To block Trump, Clinton's supporters bent rules and broke laws.  They went to surprising lengths to strengthen her while framing him — both in the sense of depicting him in a particular light and of planting evidence against him.

Everybody Knows.  [Scroll down]  Everybody knows that Barack Obama is doubly unaccountable.  He is unaccountable by physiognomy and by exquisite hypocrisy.  Holder and Lynch, both also double-unaccountables, subverted the justice system as Obama's attorneys general, criminally conspired in multiple ways for political ends.  Everybody knows that Obama knew about the illegally obtained FISA warrant to spy on Donald Trump.

Gowdy, Goodlatte demand appointment of special counsel, citing FISA abuses.  House Judiciary Committee Chairman Bob Goodlatte and Rep. Trey Gowdy on Tuesday demanded the appointment of a special counsel to investigate "conflicts of interest" and decisions "made and not made" by current and former Justice Department officials in 2016 and 2017, noting that "the public interest requires" the action.  Gowdy, R-S.C., and Goodlatte, R-Va., penned a letter Tuesday to Attorney General Jeff Sessions and Deputy Attorney General Rod Rosenstein.  "Matters have arisen — both recently and otherwise — which necessitate the appointment of a Special Counsel.  We do not make this observation and attendant request lightly," Gowdy and Goodlatte wrote.

House Republicans seek special prosecutor for FISA requests.  Two top congressional Republicans are calling on Attorney General Jeff Sessions to appoint a special prosecutor to investigate alleged abuses in the use of a secret surveillance program targeting a Trump campaign aide, the latest in a string of GOP efforts to put federal investigators under the same scrutiny facing many Trump associates.

Why No Investigation Into FBI, Justice Dept.  Collusion With Democrats To Spy On Trump?  Turns Out, There Is One.  For weeks, official Washington and many voters have wondered:  Why has there been no official investigation of the Justice Department and the FBI for their apparent misconduct in applying to the Foreign Intelligence Surveillance Court (FISC) to spy on the Trump campaign in 2016?  Now we know:  Quietly, an investigation has already begun.

House Republicans seek special prosecutor for FISA requests.  Two top congressional Republicans are calling on Attorney General Jeff Sessions to appoint a special prosecutor to investigate alleged abuses in the use of a secret surveillance program targeting a Trump campaign aide, the latest in a string of GOP efforts to put federal investigators under the same scrutiny facing many Trump associates.

DOJ Crooks Refuse Request to Hand Over Transcripts from FISA Court Hearings on Carter Page.  Investigative journalist and FOX News contributor Sarah Carter joined Sean Hannity tonight to discuss the latest developments in the growing Deep State spying scandal on Donald Trump and his campaign by Barack Obama and the Democrat Party.

'Something Smells Like a Rat': Mark Levin Calls for 'Abolishing' the FISA Court.  "Life, Liberty and Levin" host Mark Levin sounded off on alleged abuses committed before the FISA court in relation to the obtaining of a surveillance warrant against former Trump campaign adviser Carter Page.  Levin said Congress must look into whether representatives of the Department of Justice and FBI committed acts of "misconduct" before the court — in part by using an unverified dossier linked to an opposition research firm and former British spy as evidence.  He added that the judges on the FISA court deserve scrutiny too.

Devin Nunes Questions Legality of FBI FISA Application to Attorney General Jeff Sessions.  This evening House Intelligence Chairman Devin Nunes sends a letter to Attorney General Jeff Sessions questioning the protocol and legality of a fraudulent FISA application submitted by the FBI.  This approach sets up AG Sessions to defer the legal framework to OIG Michael Horowitz, and establishes the public basis for parallel prosecutors within the DOJ.  However, keep in mind, it's extremely likely, almost certain, these prosecutors already exist — they are already working with Horowitz.  Evidence of this is found in the memo quotes from Bill Priestap, but those not following the granular details are unaware.

'Congress needs to find out' what these judges are up to!  Appearing on "Hannity" Thursday night, LevinTV host Mark Levin demanded that Congress investigate whether the Obama administration Department of Justice and FBI engaged in "misconduct" before the FISA court by using the infamous Russian dossier to obtain a warrant to surveil former Trump campaign aide Carter Page.  He also questioned the actions of FISA court Judge Rosemary Collyer and demanded that she "do something" about the "alleged abuses" of the court by the FBI and DOJ.  Levin recounted how last April his organization, the Landmark Legal Foundation, filed secretly with the FISA court urging the court to use its "inherent jurisdiction" to investigate the conduct of the FBI.

Federal Contractor Spying.  This report focuses on illegal activity by the FBI and FBI contractors who conducted illegal surveillance on American citizens.  The details are in a 99 page FISA Court memorandum and opinion issued by Judge Rosemary Collyer.  [Video clip]

Judicial Watch:  Documents Reveal Obama State Department Provided Classified Records to Sen. Ben Cardin to Undermine President Trump.  Judicial Watch today [1/31/2018] released 42 pages of heavily redacted State Department documents containing classified information that was provided to Senator Ben Cardin (D-MD), top Democrat on the Senate Foreign Relations Committee and outspoken critic of President Donald Trump.  The documents show Russian political interference in elections and politics in countries across Europe.  According to a March 2017 report in the Baltimore Sun:  "Maryland Sen. Ben Cardin received classified information about Russia's involvement in elections when the Obama administration was attempting to disseminate that material widely across the government in order to aid in future investigations, according to a report Wednesday ... Obama officials were concerned, according to the report [in The New York Times], that the Trump administration would cover up intelligence once power changed hands."

The First Attempted Coup D'etat in America's History.  Lou Dobbs had this to say about the effort to destroy Trump:  The double standard is more than that by a long measure.  This is an effort to subvert the administration of President Donald Trump.  It is nothing less.  It is an effort by the Deep State to roll over a duly elected president and a legitimate government and to break the will of the American people.  This is no longer about Republicans and Democrats, conservatives and liberals, this is about a full-on assault by the left, the Democratic party to absolutely carry out a coup d'etat against President Trump.

Probe into anti-Trump dossier expands to find out what Obama knew.  Rep. Devin Nunes is trying to determine the breadth and reach of the unverified Russia-Trump dossier inside the U.S. government, especially among senior leaders in the Barack Obama administration during the 2016 election.  The chairman of the House Permanent Select Committee on Intelligence released a letter on Tuesday [2/20/2018] that is being sent to as many as two dozen senior leaders in the Trump and Obama administuatrions.  The California Republican is asking 10 questions to gauge who received the dossier information and what they did with it.

The FISA Court and Federal Contractor Spying.  Government spying on the Trump campaign may have begun early in 2016, perhaps sooner, by private contractors working for the FBI.  The Federal Government admits it conducted illegal surveillance on American citizens through private contractors.

Where Is the Democratic Outrage Over Spying on Americans?  The great conceit of the left is that they are willing to stand for principle even on behalf of unpopular actors.  Here, they have thrown principle out the window because they don't like Trump.

The Russians Didn't File a FISA Warrant.  The Russians didn't keep Hillary out of Wisconsin; the Russians didn't make Hillary use personal email; the Russians didn't hire Fusion-GPS; the Russians didn't pay Christopher Steele; the Russians didn't make a dossier or deliver work product to the State Dept; the Russians didn't do the unmasking of campaign officials.

Bruce and Nellie Ohr:  The other Trump-hating lovebirds.  Now we have revelations that U.S. Department of Justice associate deputy attorney general, Bruce Ohr, failed to disclose the payments his wife Nellie Ohr was receiving from Fusion GPS on his official forms, an ethics violation that carries a jail penalty, according to the Daily Caller.  Nellie Ohr, identified as a Russia expert, may have been writing some of the contents of the utterly gamy and fictional Steele dossier, and from appearances, it looks as if she might have, while ol' Bruce may have been shilling the product to the FBI as investigative bait, which the agency later did use as the basis for obtaining a FISA warrant to spy on President Trump through his lieutenants.

Scandal, Corruption, Lawbreaking — And So What?  [Scroll down]  Despite a nonstop media assault on Trump's administration, Representative Devin Nunes, and the congressional investigative committees, more than 50 percent of the public already believes that the Trump campaign was illegally surveilled and smeared through the confluence of the Clinton campaign, the Obama administration, and the FBI.  Voters would only grow more cynical if some Americans were allowed to abuse constitutionally protected civil liberties, and to lie to the Congress, the FBI, and the courts, while the less connected others go to jail for much less.  Without a judicial accounting, it will be impossible to clean up the hierarchies of the FBI and the DOJ.

America Turns To Barack Obama As Evidence Mounts Of Shocking Abuses.  The list of federal authority abuses during the eight years of Barack Obama's presidency is mounting fast and furious these days.  So much so that even the Establishment Media is finding it more and more difficult to ignore as seen by this just-published expose via The Hill: [...]

Federal abuses on Obama's watch represent a growing blight on his legacy.  In all of the discussions about the political weaponization of the Department of Justice (DOJ) and the FBI, alleged corruption at the highest echelons of those agencies and serial abuse of the secret FISA process surrounding the 2016 election, one name has been conspicuously absent:  President Barack Obama.  High-ranking officials and other major players in those agencies — which Obama oversaw — are increasingly embroiled in the growing scandal:  James Comey, Loretta Lynch, Andrew McCabe, Andrew Weissmann, Sally Yates, Peter Strzok, Lisa Page, Bruce Ohr.  Given the tight control Obama exercised over every part of his administration and agenda, the idea that any of these appointees and loyalists freelanced their activities without at least his tacit approval or that of his White House strains credulity.

Will the FISA memo turn into Obama's Watergate?  Forty-six years ago, a group of hamfisted burglars bungled the task of bugging the Democratic National Committee's offices in the Watergate building in Washington D.C.  Two years later, Richard Nixon resigned as president a result of the failed cover-up that ensued.  Although Barack Obama is no longer president, the abuses that occurred within the FBI and Justice Department under his watch already have the potential to eclipse the Watergate scandal in their historic significance and damage done to American government.

How Obama's Hillary Clinton cover-ups destroyed DOJ and FBI.  It is extremely dangerous to our republic when politicians weaponise the intelligence agencies to spy on a political opposition party and then lie about it.  Rightly, this current scandal has shattered America's trust in the intelligence agencies and the traditional media pundits who acted in the massive cover-up.  Why are all the senior FBI and DOJ "bad actors" still employed?  Why are senior Democratic Party members Adam Schiff, Nancy Pelosi and Chuck Schumer cheering prosecutorial misconduct and blatant fraud on the FISA court?  Has the Democratic Party become a party of demagogues and liars bent on destroying democracy and liberty?  Can America's traditional lap-dog media, who refuse to cover this scandal, ever be trusted?

Barack the Brick-Thrower.  [Scroll down]  Stateside, Obama now is assisting the effort to destabilize the current president.  That's why, based on the former president's history of illegally influencing foreign elections, it does not seem implausible that it was Barack Obama who recruited the FBI, the DOJ, and the US State Department to perform their own versions of the ACORN, Organizing for Action (OFA), and the New Black Panthers dance.  At the end of the day, the former president has track record of applying Alinsky-tactics to promote sociopolitical change, which may be why Putin and Trump were blamed for throwing bricks through windows that, under closer scrutiny, appear to be covered with Barack Obama's fingerprints.

Why FISA-gate is Scarier Than Watergate.  Progressives are not supposed to destroy requested emails, "acid wash" hard drives, spread unverified and paid-for opposition research among government agencies, or use the DOJ and FBI to obtain warrants to snoop on the communications of American citizens.  FISA-gate may become a more worrisome scandal than either Watergate or Iran-Contra.  Why?  Because our defense against government wrongdoing — the press — is defending such actions, not uncovering them.  Liberal and progressive voices are excusing, not airing, the excesses of the DOJ and FBI.  Apparently, weaponizing government agencies to stop a detested Donald Trump by any means necessary is not really considered a crime.

Poll: Americans 'Overwhelmingly' Believe Obama 'Improperly Surveilled' Trump Campaign.  An IBD/TIPP poll shows that "Americans overwhelmingly believe the Obama administration 'improperly surveilled' Donald Trump's presidential campaign."  Despite the disgraced American media's best and most cynical efforts to bury the truth, and to even stop the truth from ever seeing the light of day, this poll (and another addressed below) demonstrate that the American people are almost entirely tuning the partisan, mostly-hysterical news media out and looking to alternative media for the truth.  There is simply no other way to explain these poll results, which unambiguously prove that a majority of the public believe the exact opposite of what an unceasing, coordinated media campaign wants them to believe — which is that President Trump colluded with the Russians to win the 2016 campaign and that the heroic FBI is being unfairly smeared by Trump's eeeevil defenders.

Feds Scrambled to Redact Information Showing Top Secret Spy Abuse.  Federal authorities scrambled to redact and keep classified key information revealing major abuses of the U.S. surveillance apparatus that targeted President Donald Trump's associates in the lead up to the 2016 election, according to multiple sources familiar with the situation who said the latest information corroborates findings recently made public by House Intelligence Committee officials. [...] The new criminal referral issued by Sens. Chuck Grassley and Lindsay Graham, both Senate Judiciary Committee members, calls for a formal investigation into Christopher Steele, the one-time British spy who compiled the dossier on behalf of the Democratic National Committee and Democratic presidential candidate Hillary Clinton.

Nunes seeks transcripts from Carter Page FISA warrant hearing.  House Intelligence Committee Chairman Devin Nunes, R-Calif., is seeking transcripts from a top secret national security court regarding the FBI and Justice Department's application for a surveillance warrant for a Trump campaign aide, according to a congressional letter obtained by Fox News.  Writing to Rosemary M. Collyer, the presiding judge at the Foreign Intelligence Surveillance Court, Nunes asked for transcripts of "any relevant FISC hearings associated with the initial FISA application or subsequent renewals related to electronic surveillance of Carter Page."

I Should Know:  Dems' Intel Abuse Is Reminiscent of My Work for Ceausescu.  Seen from my vantage point, the four-page FISA abuse memo authored by Rep. Devin Nunes is proof that former president Barack Obama and Democratic Party leaders wanted to transform the U.S. into a Russian-style intelligence dictatorship — and the FBI into a KGB-style instrument for rewriting American history by smearing its capitalist politicians.

Convinced of a Hillary Victory, They Thought Nobody Would Ever Know.  An administration siccing the surveillance state on the opposition party's presidential candidate based on dubious reports compiled by the favored presidential candidate's campaign ranks as a terribly reckless strategy risking the future freedom of its architects for their future power, no?  "Not if you think you will win the election and no one will ever find out," an animated Joseph diGenova tells The American Spectator.  "That's why they did it.  They thought she would win and no one would ever find out."

LEVIN: New Reports Only Strengthen My Argument That Obama Must Answer Some Very Hard Questions.  The media is finally catching up to Mark Levin on the Obama administration surveillance abuse scandal. [...] If President Obama was being briefed on Russian attempts to interfere in the 2016 election, how was he not aware of the ongoing counterintelligence investigation conducted against Carter Page and other people in Trump's sphere?  This is a point made repeatedly by Levin.  In a January 24 episode of LevinTV, Levin argued that there was "no way in hell Barack Obama didn't know some of this," referring to the FBI's investigations.  During his Feb. 5 radio program, Levin reiterated that top officials in the Obama Justice Department and the National Security Council — Attorney General Loretta Lynch, Deputy AG Sally Yates, FBI Director Comey, and Deputy Director McCabe — must have known about the FISA warrants.

Democrats Want To Turn America Into Russia.  The Democrats have a bold plan for fighting Russia.  Accuse Republicans of treason, eavesdrop on their conversations and send them to jail.  Overturn the outcome of a free election because that it had been tampered with by "foreign interests."  Demand that tech companies censor dissenting media outlets spreading "fake news" to protect "democracy".  Good work, comrades.  The bold plan is to fight Russia by... becoming Russia.  State surveillance, endless investigations and locking up political opponents under the guise of fighting foreign influences is how Vladimir Putin does business.  It's how they do it in Turkey, Venezuela and Iran.  But these days it's how the Dems do it too.

Obama Personally Involved In Trump Spying — Texts Between Strzok-Page Revealed.  Now we know and have confirmation that Obama was fully involved in the spying of Americans during at least the 2016. New text messages between the two lovebirds having affairs while at the FBI, Peter Strzok and Lisa Page reveal that Obama wanted updates on "everything they were doing."  One text message, sent by Lisa Page to her lover Peter Strzok on September 2, 2016 has [P]age telling Strzok that "POTUS wants to know everything were doing."

FBI lovers' latest text messages:  Obama 'wants to know everything'.  Newly revealed text messages between FBI paramours Peter Strzok and Lisa Page include an exchange about preparing talking points for then-FBI Director James Comey to give to President Obama, who wanted "to know everything we're doing."  The message, from Page to Strzok, was among thousands of texts between the lovers reviewed by Fox News.  The pair both worked at one point for Special Counsel Robert Mueller's probe of alleged collusion between the Trump campaign and Russia.  Page wrote to Strzok on Sept. 2, 2016, about prepping Comey because "potus wants to know everything we're doing."

Carter Page Interview With Laura Ingraham.  The primary target of the DOJ FISA "Title I" surveillance warrant, Carter Page, appears on Fox News with Laura Ingraham for an exclusive interview discussing Mr. Page's history and contact with the Trump campaign.  There are two interview segments.  [Video clip]

Media must apologize to Donald Trump.  On May 4, 2017, President Donald Trump tweeted that Obama wiretapped him.  The press knew this was true.  Obama's flunkies gave the New York Times quotes from transcripts of the wiretapping.  Rather than report the president's facts as facts, the Fake News media in concert with the Democratic Party engaged in a huge cover-up.  "Trump's baseless wiretap claim" read the headline on CNN the day after Trump complained about Obama's unconstitutional wiretapping of the political opposition.  CNN quoted anonymous sources who said Trump was wrong.  That is not journalism.  That is cowardice.  When did the press every allow precious little Obama to be called a liar by anyone anonymously?

If FISA Abuse is not dealt with harshly, the entire American form of government is in jeopardy.  Our entire system of being a Constitutional Republic is based on the orderly, REAL transfer of power between political parties after voters have their say in elections.  All you need is ONE party deciding one time to use the power of the federal gov't to suppress it's [sic] political opponents & the entire American system of self governance through honest, free elections is in mortal danger.  There is no way people in the federal gov't can 'accidentally' weaponize it's [sic] law enforcement & intelligence gathering powers against political opponents.  There are numerous safeguards in place to prevent this.  ALL those safeguards would have to be subverted.  This is why people who have read the #FisaAbuseMemo are so absolutely terrified by what they are seeing in it.  This was deliberate.  People who knew what they were doing subverted every safeguard & weaponized our federal agencies against American citizens based on politics.

Critically important:  FISA, the NSA, and the 4th Amendment.  [Scroll down]  With all of that as preamble, here is what is at issue.
    Q1: Did the Obama administration wrongly use its power to access NSA intercepts in multiple ways and under the guise of the Trump-Russia collusion narrative (created as DNC opposition research) in order to gain intelligence on its political enemies?
    Q2: Did the Obama administration wrongly "unmask" NSA intercepts to target the Trump administration?  Was that information then leaked to the public to Trump's detriment?
    Q3: Was the Obama administration sharing NSA intercepts with Democrat political operatives?
    Q4: Did the Obama administration wrongly (but legally) use FISA information to bring down its political enemies in the Trump administration?
If the answer to one or more of the first three questions is yes, then this is a scandal that dwarfs anything and everything that happened during Watergate.  It is the government weaponizing our intelligence assets for political gain — something far beyond what happened in Watergate.  People can't skate on this.  If it happened, everyone involved needs to be criminally punished or history will mark these events as the beginning of the end for our republic.

Real Americans vs.  Our Effete Elites.  The revealed corruption of the FBI and DOJ is tragic and largely the responsibility of the Clintons and Obama.  Obama built upon, took his cues from the Clintons, the most corrupt family ever to wield political power in America.  Astonishingly, no one of the left seems to care about how criminal the Obama administration was or how unscrupulous the Clintons have always been. [...] No one on the left seems to care about the horrific abuse of power that occurred under Obama.  He effectively turned our law enforcement agencies into a Stasi that spies on its own citizens.

Are You A Conservative?  Then Chances Are The Obama Government Was Spying On You.  Conservative author, filmmaker, and proud Indian-American, Dinesh D'Souza, who was among the most vocal in warning America about the rampant abuses by the Obama government, was then sentenced to prison for what amounted to a relatively minor political contribution violation.  D'Souza claimed Barack Obama had deep-rooted fascist leanings.  (Where was ANTIFA then to go to war against Mr. Obama?)  Soon after, the Obama government proved those fascist leanings by allocating $100,000 dollars to investigate and ultimately charge D'Souza for an alleged $20,000 campaign contribution violation.

The Sinking of the FBI.  [T]he evidence is rapidly emerging that senior officials in our government, most likely up to and including then-president of the United States Barack Obama, worked in concert to illicitly, and possibly criminally, derail the candidacy of the opposition party's presidential candidate using fabricated information (or, as former FBI director James Comey described it, "salacious and unverified") obtained by a private investigations firm from an enemy of the United States:  Russia.  Even worse, once that effort to derail that candidacy failed and that candidate, Donald Trump, was elected, those same individuals used the same manufactured evidence as the basis to launch an investigation, employing the vast authority and technical resources of the United States government, whose ultimate goal, I believe, is to impeach and remove that duly elected president.  That, ladies and gentlemen, is a coup d'état.

Did The Obama Administration Abuse FISA To Spy On The Trump Campaign?  We'll Have To Wait 19 Days.  Last week, we reported that a four-page memo about alleged FISA abuses was made public to the entire House.  Almost 200 members have read it.  It details abuses so egregious that some lawmakers say could lead to drastic changes at the FBI and Department of Justice.  Some have linked the alleged abuses to that of the KGB.  The debate now is whether to make this memo public.

We Almost Lost Our Country Last Fall.  We almost lost our country last fall.  America was unwittingly on the precipice of becoming a nation whose government was willing to go to illegal and devious lengths to maintain the status quo.  I believe that the information that will be forthcoming in the next few weeks will be both astonishing and frightening to the American public, information that was never meant to see the light of day, much less the scrutiny of the American people.  I believe there will be irrefutable evidence of collusion among the upper echelons of the Democratic Party, actually denying any candidate except Hillary Clinton a chance to be their presidential candidate.

Republicans Have Four Easy Ways to #ReleaseTheMemo — and the Evidence for It.  Social media last night and today have been flooded with inflammatory and quite dramatic claims now being made by congressional Republicans about a four-page memo alleging abuses of Foreign Intelligence Surveillance Act spying processes during the 2016 election.  This memo, which remains secret, was reportedly written under the direction of the chair of the House Permanent Select Committee on Intelligence, GOP Rep. Devin Nunes, and has been read by dozens of members of Congress after the committee voted to make the memo available to all members of the House of Representatives to examine in a room specially designated for reviewing classified material.  The rhetoric issuing from GOP members who read the memo is notably extreme.  North Carolina Republican Rep. Mark Meadows, chair of the House Freedom Caucus, called the memo "troubling" and "shocking" and said, "Part of me wishes that I didn't read it because I don't want to believe that those kinds of things could be happening in this country that I call home and love so much."  GOP Rep. Scott Perry of Pennsylvania stated:  "You think about, 'Is this happening in America or is this the KGB?'  That's how alarming it is."  This has led to a ferocious outcry on the right to "release the memo" — and presumably thereby prove that the Obama administration conducted unlawful surveillance on the Trump campaign and transition.

Black Nixon.  [Scroll down]  Very serious people are talking about what is in that memo, characterizing it as the worst scandal in American history.  That's not nothin'.  The narrative that explains all of this is that high ranking people in the FBI, maybe even Director Comey, were working with the Justice Department to help Hillary Clinton in the election.  That has seemed clear for a while now.  What's becoming clear now is Fusion GPS, the political dirty tricks operation, functioned as a cutout for the FBI and the Clinton campaign.  The FBI shared secret intel with Fusion, who then sold it to the Clinton campaign or distributed to the media at the direction of the campaign.  There's a word for all of this and it is called treason. [...] It's not just about partisan politics.  Imagine how blacks would react if we have a full blown political crisis that paints Obama as worse than Nixon.  That is looking increasingly possible.

If an Obama scandal is revealed but the media ignores it.  [Scroll down]  Two different universes.  Which gets me to the Nunes memo.  The memo, which is highly classified, purportedly contains Rep. Devin Nunes' conclusions, based upon viewing other classified material, that the Obama administration, the Hillary campaign, and the DNC, were up to their eyeballs in highly illegal surveillance activity directed against Donald Trump, all in an effort to destroy his candidacy and place Hillary in the White House.  If true, the Obama scandal instantly turns Watergate into Nothing-gate, and reveals an attack on America's representative democracy the likes of which we've never seen before.  In my conservative world (blogs, emails, and conservative Facebook groups), everyone is talking about the Nunes memo's potential finally to reveal a vast Obama scandal.  In my Progressive world, though, no one is talking about it at all.  You know why?  They don't know about it.  The mainstream media is either ignoring the Nunes memo or completely downplaying it.

Obama — Leader of the Deep State Coup.  In any criminal investigation where the suspect is not immediately known, the first question usually asked is who would have the most to gain?  As we follow the bread crumbs of the text messages of Peter Strzok and Lisa Page and await release of the House Intelligence Committee's memo regarding the collusion between the DNC, the Hillary Clinton campaign, the DOJ, and FBI to interfere with the 2016, ensure the election of Hillary, and the defeat or impeachment of Donald Trump, the answer to that question is clear — one Barack Hussein Obama. [...] This scandal did not occur in a vacuum any more than did the weaponizing of the IRS to target the Tea Party and other conservative groups before Obama's 2012 reelection campaign occured in a vacuum.  The agencies under Obama's control have been politicized before and used to intimidate and destroy his political opponents[.]

Adam Schiff Doesn't Want FISA Memo Released Because He Thinks Americans Are Too Stupid To Understand It.  Rep. Adam Schiff (D-CA) joined CNN Saturday [1/20/2018] to discuss the explosive FISA memo.  Asked why he is fighting to keep the report under wraps, the California Democrat said he doubts the American people will understand its contents.

Adam Schiff:  Keep the memo secret because Americans wouldn't understand.  Adam Schiff, reputedly a champion leaker from the House Intelligence Committee when it came to Russiagate material, suddenly thinks Ignorance is Bliss when it comes to the FISA warrant used to spy on the Trump campaign.  Appearing on CNN, he tried to justify keep the 4 page memo that reportedly exposes the individuals who acted as part of a cabal to undermine the Trump campaign with help from NSA spying, and then pushed the "Russia collusion" conspiracy theory as part of the "insurance policy."  Americans are too ignorant, you see.

Amid shutdown, House GOP shows intense interest in Trump dossier memo.  Of course the government shutdown is topic No. 1 on Capitol Hill this weekend; that's why lawmakers, normally spread across the country in their states and districts, are in Washington on a Saturday and Sunday.  But in the House of Representatives, concern about the shutdown is nearly matched by interest in something else:  the memo, produced by Republicans on the Intelligence Committee, detailing so-called "FISA abuse" in connection with the Trump dossier and the larger Trump-Russia affair.  A steady stream of lawmakers, almost all of them Republicans, has been visiting a secure room in the Capitol, where they are required to sign a non-disclosure agreement before reading the four-page memo.  So far, more than 180 out of 241 GOP members of the House have read the document.  That is an extraordinary level of interest, given that there is a government shutdown going on.

Ex-Secret Service Agent Warns FISA Memo Leaves Obama With Only Two Options.  On Thursday [1/18/2018], former Secret Service agent Dan Bongino warned the release of the FISA report will destroy the image of his former boss Barack Obama.  "Take it to the bank, the FBI/FISA docs are devastating for the Dems.  The whole image of a benevolent Barack Obama they've disingenuously tried to portray is about to be destroyed.  The real Obama, the vengeful narcissist, is going to be exposed for all to see," tweeted Dan Bongino[.]

This Memo May Expose Obama's Watergate.  The big explosive scandal is the one that hardly anyone talks about.  It's not Russia collusion.  It's not even Uranium One.  It's the eavesdropping on Trump staffers by Obama staffers.  This eavesdropping was partially legitimized by the Steele dossier.  It was accidentally uncovered and since then it's cost multiple people their jobs, not the people responsible, but those who learned about it.  Now the reckoning may finally be here.

Yes, #ReleaseTheMemo — And The FISA Docs It's Based On.  Devin Nunes has uncovered an earth-shaking abuse of power at the DOJ in which a dubious dossier was cooked up into a FISA warrant to investigate the Republican nominee for president for nakedly partisan reasons.  And the FISA Court, which is supposed to scrutinize warrants for probable cause, simply rubber-stamped the application and went along.  If that's true, that the entire Russiagate probe is a political hit on Trump with two branches of government in on it, we need to know now.  Yesterday.  And by "yesterday" I mean "15 months ago."

Fierce battle erupts over declassifying intelligence report.  A battle erupted Friday over a push by Republican lawmakers to release a report they say will reveal high-level government abuse around the federal investigation into possible ties between Trump campaign officials and Russia.  Even as Congress hurtled toward a shutdown, Republicans in the House were buzzing over the contents of a classified memo on alleged surveillance abuses that was produced by House Intelligence Committee Chairman Devin Nunes (R-Calif.).  Scores of Republicans viewed the controversial memo in secure settings at the Capitol and concluded it contains hard evidence that the special counsel investigation into whether Trump's campaign officials had improper contacts with Russia were sparked by the politically motivated actions of senior FBI and Department of Justice (DOJ) officials.

Republicans are lining up to view the classified FISA abuse memo, while Democrats choose to stay in the dark.  More than 130 congressional members have viewed the classified four-page memo detailing what senior government officials describe as "disturbing and explosive" surveillance abuse by employees of the FBI and Department of Justice under the Obama administration against President Trump and members of his campaign.  But almost all of them were Republicans.  Since the document was released Thursday to House members "only Democrats on the House Intelligence Committee have seen it," a congressional source with knowledge of the memo said.  The classified memo was described by senior government officials as a detailed account of the House Intelligence Committee's investigation into the FBI and apparent FISA abuse associated with the controversial dossier that alleged President Trump colluded with Russia during the 2016 presidential election.  As recently reported, some congressional members who reviewed the memo said the revelations may end in the removal or criminal prosecution of senior officials in the FBI and Department of Justice.

Up To 200 Members Of Congress Have Read The Memo And NO LEAKS = Devastating To Dems.  Word is as many as 200 members of Congress have now reviewed what some are calling a "shaking the foundation of our democracy" memo that links high-placed figures within both the Obama administration, Hillary Clinton campaign, the DNC, Deep State, and Establishment Media in an attempt to subvert the 2016 Election.  It was never "Russian Collusion."  It was our own government/the Obama administration/Deep State, attempting to choose the next president — Hillary Clinton.

Obamagate timeline.  The Obamagate timeline is a record of known facts about President Obama's misuse of foreign intelligence gathering for domestic political spying, media manipulation, wiretaps, intimidation of journalists and critics, use of government intelligence agencies to influence domestic elections, efforts to thwart the election of President Donald Trump, subversion of the new administration's personnel and agenda, and to delegitimize and undermine his presidency.  During and immediately after that the 2016 Presidential election CIA director John Brennan targeted Donald Trump.  This covert disinformation campaign became widely known in the fake news mainstream media as Trump-Russia, alleging collusion between Trump and associates with Russia.  The side that actually colluded with foreign powers was that of Hillary Clinton.  After President Donald Trump took office in January 2017, seditious activity and an unwillingness to accept the results of a democratic election by Obama holdovers in the US Intelligence Community came to light.

GOP lawmakers demand that 'alarming' memo on FISA abuses be made public.  A four-page memo circulating in Congress that reveals alleged United States government surveillance abuses is being described by lawmakers as "shocking," "troubling" and "alarming," with one congressman likening the details to KGB activity in Russia.  Speaking with Fox News, the lawmakers said they could not yet discuss the contents of the memo they reviewed on Thursday after it was released to members by the House Intelligence Committee.  But they say the memo should be immediately made public.  "It is so alarming the American people have to see this," Ohio Rep. Jim Jordan said.  "It's troubling.  It is shocking," North Carolina Rep. Mark Meadows said.  "Part of me wishes that I didn't read it because I don't want to believe that those kinds of things could be happening in this country that I call home and love so much."

Ex-Secret Service Agent Warns 'Devastating' FISA Memo Set To 'Expose' Obama.  The House Intel panel's passage of New York Republican Rep. Peter King's motion to release the FISA abuse memo to fellow House members has rocked Washington, D.C.  Lawmakers from Rep. Matt Gaetz (R-FL) to Rep. Lee Zeldin (R-NY) have called for the classified memo's immediate release.  According to Fox News contributor Sara Carter, the contents of the memo are so "explosive," that it could end special counsel Robert Mueller's Russia probe once and for all.  Former Secret Service agent Dan Bongino warned the release of the FISA report will destroy the image of his former boss Barack Obama.

House Committee Document Could Mean Trouble for Anti-Trump "Deep-Statists".  Sara Carter reports on a classified document that was released to all members of the House today.  The document seems to be a compilation of information, prepared by House intelligence committee staff, relating to the anti-Trump dossier, the FBI, the warrant to conduct surveillance on members of the Trump campaign, and the use of that warrant.  Carter calls the document a bombshell.  Her sources say its revelations might lead to the removal of senior officials in the FBI and Department of Justice, and perhaps even to the criminal prosecution of some.  They also say, less plausibly, that the revelations could lead to the end of Robert Mueller's investigation into President Trump and his associates.  What information does the classified document contain?  We don't know yet.  It's classified.

Secret (for now) memo may blow the lid off FISA warrant and Mueller investigation.  Conservative hearts are aflutter, thanks to a memo that has been made available to members of the House of Representatives (if they go to a secure room and read it).  According to several members, there is finally hope of documenting the cabal that appears to have deceived the FISA Court with the Steele dossier to obtain a warrant to spy on the Trump campaign, and then launched special counsel Robert Mueller to investigate the bogus "collusion" charges, morphing into the Lavrentiy Beria strategy of "show me the man, and I'll find you the crime."  According to some members who have seen it, heads may roll, and people may end up in prison.

The Evidence Inside The "House Intel Committee Four Page FISA Memo".  As the year-long story has unfolded, there are two central components at the heart of the political corruption and weaponization of the DOJ and FBI:  First, corruption within the DOJ and FBI that included their use of unlawful use of FISA-702 exploits; and [s]econd, how that intelligence information was extracted, passed along to those outside government, repackaged, and reconstituted into the "Steele Dossier".  The finished, albeit sketchy, intelligence was later returned to the FBI to request lawful FISA court surveillance authority.  It is a circle of "intelligence laundering".  The DOJ (National Security Division), and FBI (Counterintelligence Division), worked together on the enterprise.  This collaboration is where the insider "small group" participants assemble, intersect and ultimately redistribute themselves into the Mueller investigation with the help of Mueller's adviser, FBI Chief Legal Counsel James Baker.  The evidence of this corrupt DOJ and FBI weaponization of intelligence is what lies inside today's Four Page Intelligence Committee Memo.

Did DOJ's Fusion GPS Man Shut Down Hezbollah Drug Investigation?  This is a potential collision of two major recent scandals.  [#1] Bruce Ohr, a top DOJ official, met with Fusion GPS people.  And Fusion GPS hired his wife to go after Trump.  Fusion GPS is the smear firm which the Hillary campaign used to create the dossier accusing Trump of Russian collusion.  The dossier was then funneled into the DOJ and FBI.  And was potentially used to justify illegal eavesdropping on Trump officials by Obama officials.  Not to mention the current Mueller coup.  [#2] We recently learned that Obama Inc. had shut down investigations targeting Iranian terror, including an investigation that would have gone after Hezbollah and its drug smuggling schemes.

Yes, Congress has seen Trump-Russia secret court surveillance documents.  Now what?  One of the most contentious issues surrounding the Trump dossier is the question of whether the FBI used unverified material from the dossier — a Clinton campaign opposition research product — to apply for permission to spy on Americans.  Investigators from both House and Senate have long wanted to see any FISA applications (that is, spying requests filed with the secret Foreign Intelligence Surveillance Act court) that dealt with the Trump-Russia affair.  Now, they have seen them.  Sources on both Capitol Hill and in the executive branch have confirmed that representatives of four committees — the House Intelligence Committee, Senate Intelligence Committee, House Judiciary Committee, and Senate Judiciary Committee — have had the opportunity to examine FISA documents in a secure room at the Justice Department.  They were not allowed to take the documents out of the room or to copy them, but they could make notes.  They thus know the answer to the was-the-dossier-used-for-spying question.

Latest Obama Surveillance Revelations Prove Mark Levin Right... Again.  Thursday on his radio program, CRTV host Mark Levin addressed a huge story that the mainstream media is ignoring.  On Wednesday [1/10/2018], Sara Carter reported bombshell news about the 35-page dossier put together by former British spy Christopher Steele and paid for by the Hillary Clinton campaign.  The document was used by Obama's FBI to gain approval for a FISA court warrant to surveil Donald Trump's presidential campaign.  Carter's sources told her that there will be more information exposing systemic FISA abuse.  "This is a massive scandal, the likes of which we've not seen," Levin said.  "The bastardization of our intelligence agencies and federal law enforcement by a sitting Democrat administration aimed at destroying and defeating a Republican nominee."

Is there a single Democrat anywhere who [cares] about America?  [Scroll down]  In the days leading up to the general election, the Russian conspiracy theory was relentlessly marketed by the Clinton campaign itself as well as Senate Minority Leader Harry Reid.  The lie was to no avail.  After Trump's victory, the Obama administration then conducted illegal surveillance on his transition team, wiretapping Trump Tower.  The Democrats' intent was clear:  to somehow prevent the inauguration of the GOP candidate.  These illegal activities occurred until NSA director Mike Rogers became sufficiently concerned of the outgoing administration's actions that he personally warned Trump of the Obama administration's machinations.  The very next day, Trump moved his headquarters to a location in Bedminster, New Jersey.  For Rogers' troubles, top Obama intelligence officials, including Director of National Intelligence James Clapper, recommended the NSA chief be removed from office.

Dr. Media examining Trump?  Why not examine Obama instead?  Obama was paranoid, delusional, and a power-hungry autocrat who didn't care about equal justice, his oath to enforce laws, the Constitution, economic opportunity for all, or the safety of the people.  Obama wiretapped James Rosen, threw Dinesh D'Souza in jail, and spied on Sharyl Attkisson.  If you were an opponent of Obama, you weren't safe. [...] Obama illegally spied on thousands of Americans for years and spied on his political opponent, Trump.  Obama changed the rules so that members of his staff and bureaucrats could illegally unmask people's names and illegally leak conversations to the media.  There was no punishment by the Justice Department, and somehow there were no leaks surrounding Hillary or Obama.

McCabe Remembers To Forget.  [Scroll down]  This FISA stuff is the kind of thing that's like a waterfall, only it cascades UP.  Who would want to take sole responsibility for "wiretapping" a presidential candidate?  Everyone on whose desk that landed would realize he had to talk to the person above him.  The process already involves the FBI sending their applications to DoJ, and Bruce Ohr surely wouldn't sign off on that before talking to Lynch.  And Lynch, realizing the potential scandal for Obama, would take it to the White House, and the WH would get it to Obama himself.  The probable reality is that before that happened on paper (or digitally) there would have been voice only discussions to make sure nobody took traceable actions without full approval first.

Is Media Response to Obama's "Operation Cassandra Scandal" a Precursor For Response to FBI/DOJ "Operation Trump"?  Using sketchy, intentionally misleading and false information provided to a U.S. District Court Judge, the Obama FBI and DOJ colluded to present an application for wiretaps and surveillance authority to the FISA court; subsequently, they used a FISA warrant as part of an exhaustive counterintelligence operation against their political opposition.  This is no longer some pie-in-the-sky conspiracy.  There is massive evidence, including statements from the co-conspirators, that highlights this exact operation in detail.

Sally Quillian Yates was one of the main conspirators.  Remember, it is highly probable that there had been illegal unmasking on Team Trump from the moment he was nominated as Clinton's rival.  That intel has also been illegally shared with the Clinton campaign & then spread to Clinton media proxies.  However, the October FISA was different, in that it specifically targeted Trump Tower, at the end of the campaign.

Rand Paul Calls For "High Ranking" Obama Officials To Be Investigated For "Colluding" Against Trump.  Senator Rand Paul is calling for a full investigation into alleged collusion between Obama administration officials in an effort to prevent President Trump's election.  "Time to investigate high ranking Obama government officials who might have colluded to prevent the election of @realDonaldTrump!  This could be WORSE than Watergate!" tweeted Rand Paul on Thursday [12/21/2017].

How Hillary's Steele Dossier Made It to the DOJ.  We know how the Steele dossier, funded by Hillary, provided by the Russians and arranged by Fusion GPS and their British contact, made it into the FBI.  The intriguing question though had been how it made to the DOJ.  Because Obama Inc. didn't just want the investigation they have now.  They were also looking to eavesdrop and unmask Trump associates.  They wanted this to look like a legitimate investigation.  And that meant the dossier had to be seeded across law enforcement.

Media missed the story of the year.  At 4:02 AM on March 4, President Trump gave the American media the story of the year.  They laughed it off and called him crazy.  Nine months later, the story is indisputably true. [...] The American press, which markets itself as more important to democracy than the government itself (never mind that democracy is the government), mocked the president and failed to pursue the story of Obama's abuse of power.

How the FBI Criminalized Trump's Transition.  What do you call a system of government that cannot tolerate a transition of power without corrupt machinations by those unwilling to cede control?  Banana Republic is a term that comes to mind.  The Special Counsel was appointed to determine whether Russia colluded with Trump to steal the election.  Michael Flynn was indicted for a conversation he had with the Russian ambassador on December 28, 2016, seven weeks after the election.  That was the day after the outgoing president expelled 35 Russian diplomats — including gardeners and chauffeurs — for interfering in the election.  Yes, that really happened.  The Obama administration had wiretapped Flynn's conversation with the ambassador, hoping to find him saying something they could use to support their wild story about collusion.  The outrage, for some reason, is not that an outgoing administration was using wiretaps to listen in on a successor's transition.  It is that Flynn might have signaled to the Russians that the Trump administration would have a different approach to foreign policy.

Erik Prince Accuses Obama Officials of Illegal Spying.  Former Navy SEAL and founder of the Blackwater security firm Erik Prince is accusing Obama administration officials of illegally ordering electronic surveillance of him during a meeting in Seychelles last January days before President Donald Trump's inauguration.  In testimony last week before the House Permanent Select Committee on Intelligence, Prince also disputed assertions by Democrats and the Washington Post that he acted as a back channel agent to Russian leader Vladimir Putin during a meeting with a Russian hedge fund manager in Seychelles, islands in the Indian Ocean off the east coast of Africa.

Plot Thickens:  Guess Who Appointed FISC Judges Who Authorized Wiretaps.  What an incestuous relationship that exists within DC.  On December 30, 2012, about a month after he was elected for his second term, Obama signed warrantless-wiretapping bill into law.  "The FISA bill gives the government clearance to tap into American citizens' communications with people outside of the U.S. without a warrant, so long as it is done in the name of collecting foreign intelligence."  Recall that acting Attorney General for Obama pursued this course of action and was rejected by the FISA court. [...] It was this non-partisan committee that turned down the initial request made in June of 2016.  The case was then appealed, and this went to the appeal court which just happen to be all Clinton appointed judges.  Some say this coincide[s] with [the] secret meeting on the [Phoenix airport] tarmac between Loretta Lynch and Bill Clinton.

Christopher Wray Refuses to Say if Steele Dossier Was Used to Procure FISA Warrant.    [Video clip]

Did Susan Rice Spy On Trump Officials for the Muslim Brotherhood?  After months of denials, the pretext for Susan Rice's eavesdropping on Trump officials has finally been made public.  It had been widely known that Obama's former National Security Adviser had contrived to unmask the names of top Trump officials who had been spied on by the administration.  And the same media that still treats Watergate as the Great American Scandal had claimed that there was nothing "improper" in an Obama loyalist eavesdropping on members of the opposition party.  Every time Obama Inc. was caught eavesdropping on opposition politicians, it presented its spin in a carefully packaged "scoop" to a major media outlet.  This time was no different.

Report:  Time To Investigate Obama's FBI.  President Obama weaponized the federal government to punish his political enemies and further the agendas of his supporters.  This climate of government intimidation and manipulation culminated in the 2016 Election that saw the FBI attacking one presidential nominee, Donald Trump, and favoring another, Hillary Clinton.  Clinton was of course Mr. Obama's former Secretary of State.  Trump was a political outsider who didn't even have the full support of the GOP but did have the support of tens of millions of voters both Republican and Democrat alike.  This popularity made Donald Trump the single greatest threat to the D.C. status-quo and as such, became Barack Obama's #1 target for political and personal destruction.  It is a scenario that has U.S. Congressman Mark Meadows demanding a full and independent investigation be launched into the Obama FBI and its connection to he false "Trump dossier" that was used as the justification for illegal surveillance of private citizens connected to the Trump campaign.  (And likely surveillance of Mr. Trump himself and his family.)

Nunes' investigating digs up trove of Democrat connections to Russia dossier.  On two fronts, Rep. Devin Nunes has shifted the Russia debate in Washington further away from President Trump and closer to Democrats.  He exposed the practice of "unmasking" by Obama aides and flushed out the source of payments for the scandalous anti-Trump dossier that drove the Russia collusion narrative.  The California Republican's first tactic:  He traveled to the Executive Office Building and viewed evidence that the Obama administration had "unmasked" the concealed names of Trump associates in highly classified intelligence reports during the election campaign.

How to Steele an Election.  [Scroll down]  Indeed, it seems a reasonable inference that the dossier was created and supplied to friendly forces within the bureau in order to provide a pretext for an FI, without which surveillance of the Trump campaign would not be possible.

Implausible Deniability.  [Scroll down]  In much the same way, I believe, Russian agents working for the Clintons and the DNC through Fusion GPS and its hireling Christopher Steele provided fake information in a dossier which the FBI (headed by James Comey) and the Department of Justice (headed by Loretta Lynch ) used to craft an affidavit to obtain a FISA warrant authorizing electronic surveillance on people connected, however tangentially, to the Trump campaign.  This, after previous such warrants had — and this is unusual — been turned down by the FISA court.  Then-president Obama allowed the surveilled communications to be widely circulated throughout the government, so that the names of the targets caught up in the surveillance and their communications were thus widely available for leaking, and were leaked. [...] The DNC, Hillary campaign and Obama Administration used former British intelligence agent Fusion GPS' Christopher Steele as an interface to create deniability, allowing them, in effect, to launder the dossier and create a pretext for snooping on Trump and publicizing whatever dirt they might dig up on his campaign no matter how incredible the sources and product.

Investigate This.  The real importance of the Trump dossier from a criminal law standpoint lies in the use it was put to for official government purposes.  To understand that we need to know whether the dossier was used to justify the initiation of Full Investigations (FIs), according to the relevant AG Guidelines for National Security investigations.  We can take it as given that such FIs were opened that broadly targeted the overall Trump political organization — campaign staffers, advisers, etc.  We know this because we know that FISA orders were sought and (eventually) approved.  We also know that the real target was Trump himself, since the initial FISA application in June or July 2016 specifically named Trump.  FISA coverage can only be used if a FI has been previously authorized.

How Obama Used Hillary's Dossier to Spy On Trump.  What Hillary and Obama did wasn't Watergate.  That was amateur hour.  Its sophistication is a tribute to the left's deep knowledge and control of the workings of Washington, D.C. The men and women who planned this and carried it out understood not only government, but had an intimate familiarity with the loopholes in the laws and the networks of contacts that could realize their highly illegal plans.  The eavesdropping on Trump officials carried the 'fingerprints' of an administration that bypassed Congress to fund left-wing groups by blackmailing banks into huge settlements paid out to political allies in a billion dollar slush fund and sent pallets of foreign currency to Iran on unmarked planes.  A complete lack of ethical norms was combined with the careful use of legal loopholes to protect the actions of the perpetrators even while they were engaging in a criminal conspiracy.

Investigating the Investigators.  After initial denials, Susan Rice now admits that she unmasked the names of private U.S. citizens swept up in Obama administration intelligence surveillance and seems to have no regrets about it.  Samantha Power, the Obama administration's former U.N. ambassador, does not deny that she, too, unmasked names — but strangely is reported to have argued that she was not responsible for all the unmaskings that appear under her authorizations on the transcripts.  If true, does that astonishing statement mean that she has amnesia or that her own staff or others improperly used her name to access classified documents?  Has anyone ever admitted to unmasking American citizens under surveillance, and then claimed that her authorizations were not as numerous as they appear in documents?  And what were the connections between those who unmasked and those who illegally leaked information to the press?

Obama's UN Ambassador Claims Someone Else Made Unmasking Requests In Her Name.  Someone within the Obama administration's intelligence apparatus made requests to unmask the identity of Americans named in intelligence reports on behalf of Samantha Power, the former U.S. ambassador to the United Nations.  That's what Power told the House Intelligence Committee last week during a closed-door interview.  South Carolina Rep. Trey Gowdy revealed in an interview on Fox News on Tuesday [10/17/2017] that Power was "emphatic" on the point that someone else in the Obama administration made the unmasking requests that have been attributed to her.

Did the dog really eat Samantha Power's homework?  Former United Nations ambassador Samantha Power is denying, emphatically, to Congress, that she ever requested 260 unmaskings of Americans caught up in intelligence surveillance dragnets during President Obama's last year in office.  She says someone else did it. [...] Many of these unmaskings, which are supposed to be done only under extraordinary circumstances, were of people affiliated with then-candidate President Trump.  After the unmaskings were done, the information was leaked to the press.  No one has been caught or punished for these illegal acts, which would have put an ordinary soldier, sailor, or spy in prison.

House Intel Committee Ramps Up Probe on Obama 'Unmasking'.  The House Permanent Select Committee on Intelligence is ramping up investigation into former President Barack Obama administration's campaign to "unmask" President Donald Trump aides who were incidentally surveilled in meetings with foreign officials, The Daily Caller News Foundation Investigative Group has learned.  The committee is also intensifying a probe into Fusion GPS, a private "opposition research" company that distributed a salacious memo on Trump, called the "Trump Dossier."  Over the next two weeks the House committee is expected to privately interview former U.N. Ambassador Samantha Power, who reportedly unmasked or identified as many as 260 Americans, primarily Trump campaign or transition officials.

Lawmakers Set Sights on Obama Unmasking Scandal.  Senior congressional leaders are renewing their focus on an investigation into efforts by the Obama administration to obtain highly classified intelligence information on Trump administration allies in what many allege was an effort to undermine the president and his national security team, according to conversations with multiple senior U.S officials familiar with the situation.  The recent admission by Obama administration National Security Adviser Susan Rice that she requested the unmasking of Trump associates named in highly classified intelligence community reports has placed renewed attention on an investigation into why this information was obtained and then leaked to the press.

Rising scandal 'bigger than Russia'.  Author and former Speaker of the House Newt Gingrich said in an interview with Sean Hannity of Fox News that the surveillance conducted by the Obama administration on Trump campaign director Paul Manafort was an "egregious" abuse of power that endangers the Fourth Amendment of the Constitution and dwarfs the allegations made about alleged Russian meddling in the 2016 general election.  There is speculation that the FBI, through the Obama administration's FISA requests, taped Manafort's conversations with Donald Trump into 2017. According to CNN, Manafort had been under FBI surveillance since 2014 and into this year.  Manafort served briefly as Trump's campaign director in 2016, and the two remained in contact this year.  Gingrich said of the development, "this may be the most egregious abuse of the criminal justice process in American history."  He said that he fears that "the country that you and I know is under siege by a deep state which illegally wants to create a very different America and is willing to break the law and abuse the law."  "This is a radically bigger scandal than anything about Russia," claimed Gingrich.  Trump was ridiculed when he issued the claim that he had been wiretapped.  But the CNN report may prove him right.

Obama's Watergate.  Vladimir Putin did not hack the election.  Barack Obama did.  Donald Trump said earlier this year that the Obama Administration wiretapped his campaign.  "Like I'd want to hear more from that fool?" President Obama scoffed.  But CNN reported on Monday [9/18/2017], "US investigators wiretapped former Trump campaign chairman Paul Manafort under secret court orders before and after the election....  The government snooping continued into early this year, including a period when Manafort was known to talk to President Donald Trump."  The network labeled their story an exclusive.  But, in fact, Breitbart, radio host Mark Levin, the realDonaldTrump Twitter account, and numerous other sources reported the wiretapping more than six months ago.

Top 11 MSM Faceplants:  Wrong on Mark Levin, Wrong on Trump Wiretaps, Wrong on... Everything.  In March, bestselling author and talk radio superstar Mark Levin laid out an ironclad case that the Obama administration had wiretapped the Trump campaign.  In fact, Levin's evidence hinged upon reports in The New York Times and the Washington Post which, as you know, are both hotbeds of right-wing extremism.  Yet — defying facts, logic, reason, history and common sense — the media ignored its own reports to pillory Levin.  And now, as ex-President Obama's mentor — the "Reverend" Jeremiah Wright — might say, the media's chickens have come home to roost.

They were convinced Hillary was going to win and protect them.  [Scroll down]  Were these inquiries about U.S. citizens legitimate in the context of national security?  Or was the White House using its powers to destroy the opposition by learning about them and then selectively leaking to their friends in the media?  Congress should be able to investigate this and determine the intentions of people like Samantha Power.  If she acted correctly, then this story will end soon.  If she didn't, then some officials of the Obama administration need to go to jail.  You cannot use the power of gathering intelligence to destroy your political opponents.

Was Samantha Power illegally spying for Obama?  It's baffling stuff, because it was so unprecedented.  To request the unmasking of an American is only supposed to be done in exceptional circumstances, given the potential for Stasi-like abuse of power.  Power made it her daily preoccupation even as she was supposed to be doing her United Nations job.  And that raises questions of what it was for.  Apparently, it was the Trump campaign she was spying on.  Yet she never came off as a typical slimy political operative such as was commonly seen hanging around the Obama administration.  Sure, she was a troglodyte lefty, but she never came off as a campaign expert.

Why CNN told you Trump's campaign was wiretapped.  Seems odd, doesn't it, that a cable entertainment network devoted to bringing down the presidency of Donald Trump would suddenly — out of nowhere — report "Exclusive:  US government wiretapped former Trump campaign chairman," but there it is. [...] Democrats realize President Trump is not going away.  Democratic Party leaders are working with him.  This shows that most Democrats in the House and in the Senate worry about what he can do to them in 2018.  The Mueller investigation is not fun anymore.  Russian jokes are stale.  This story was aimed at keeping the story going.  They have nothing.  Donald Trump is an honest man.  Mueller wants to investigate Trump for the next eight years, if only to intimidate his staff, acquaintances, and relatives.

Did Obama Spy on America to Protect Islamists?  [Scroll down]  When Obama Inc. spied on members of Congress before, it was to protect Iran.  This time around, the gang that couldn't spy straight was trying to protect the Muslim Brotherhood.  The Iran Deal was never about stopping Iran's nuclear program.  It certainly does not do that.  Nor was it ever meant to do it.  Instead the real goal of the Iran negotiations was a diplomatic arrangement with the Islamic terror state.  The fruits of that arrangement can be seen from Beirut to Baghdad.  They are written in blood and steel across Syria, Israel and Yemen.  And that arrangement had to be protected at all costs.  Even if it meant spying on Americans.  Even if it meant spying on members of Congress.

Gingrich: Surveillance Under Obama 'Most Egregious Abuse of the Criminal Justice in American History.  While its not yet clear if surveillance efforts captured any conversations with Mr. Trump, conventional wisdom suggests that he most likely had phone conversations with his campaign manager, and as a result, would have been surveilled though as an incidental target not the primary one.

Trump Vindicated on Wiretaps, Hillary Ukraine Collusion.  When asked about Trump Tower being wiretapped, former Director of National Intelligence James Clapper said that he would have been aware of any FISA court-ordered surveillance of Trump Tower and the Trump surrogates within during the campaign by the Obama administration[, h]e says he was not, implying there was none: [...] Clapper may think that the Obama administration is incapable of such an act, the Obama administration who used the IRS in a way Richard Nixon only dreamed of, targeting the Tea Party movement that had arisen in opposition to ObamaCare.  Such an act would indeed make Watergate look like, well, a third-rate burglary.  Clapper forgets as well how the NSA and the Obama administration spied on world leaders, starting with German Chancellor Angela Merkel[.]  The record of James Clapper and the Obama administration on truthfulness is suspect.  The Obama administration has spied on world leaders, American citizens, and the press.

Samantha Power sought to unmask Americans on almost daily basis, sources say.  Samantha Power, the former U.S. ambassador to the United Nations, was 'unmasking' at such a rapid pace in the final months of the Obama administration that she averaged more than one request for every working day in 2016 — and even sought information in the days leading up to President Trump's inauguration, multiple sources close to the matter told Fox News.  Two sources, who were not authorized to speak on the record, said the requests to identify Americans whose names surfaced in foreign intelligence reporting, known as unmasking, exceeded 260 last year.  One source indicated this occurred in the final days of the Obama White House.

13 Questions About the Wiretapping Of Paul Manafort.  Monday's [9/18/2017] CNN exclusive detailing that former Donald Trump campaign chairman Paul Manafort was wiretapped by the government is a bombshell that raises many questions about the motives and method of such surveillance.  We know that Manafort has reportedly been the focus of Robert Mueller's investigation for some time, including details of a dawn raid reported in the New York Times.  What is less clear is the exact nature of this wiretap, the time period that it was running on Manafort, the justification by which it was restarted after a reported gap, and the identities of others — including potentially the then-president-elect — caught up during this surveillance period by the government.

James Clapper: 'It's possible' that Trump's voice was picked up by Manafort wiretap.  Former Director of National Intelligence James Clapper suggested on Wednesday that "it's possible" that President Trump's voice was picked up in a wiretap as he spoke with his former campaign manager Paul Manafort.  "It's certainly conceivable," Clapper said on CNN.

Hey swamp, now what do you say?  When James Comey, the FBI director during that time, was asked about Trump's wiretapping tweets, his answer was, "I have no information that supports those tweets."  Sorry, Jim.  The rest of us now have information that supports those tweets and you've got another credibility problem.  Although the beltway elite and their Chia pets in the media will split hairs about whether or not it was Obama who explicitly ordered the surveillance, it is beginning to be clear that there was an effort to surveil candidate and then President Trump — and many parties lied about it.  A few months ago, Republican Sen. Lindsey Graham said that if true, Trump's wiretapping claims would be the "biggest political scandal since Watergate."

Nolte: MSM Always Knew Trump Camp Was Wiretapped - They Just Lied About It.  President Trump's total vindication over his wiretap claim reminds me of one of the most important things I have discovered over the past couple of years:  If the national media loses its ever-loving mind and launches a campaign to brand Trump a liar, that can mean only one thing — that Trump is not only telling the truth, he is telling a Big Truth, an inconvenient truth, a truth the MSM does not want the American people to hear.

Wiretaps may prove Trump right — and that's absolutely terrifying.  Over the years, a curious habit has taken hold at the United Nations.  A body designed to strengthen the best of humanity has too often become a font of doublespeak and appeasement that protects the worst of humanity.  That tragic comity was shattered when President Trump played the skunk at the garden party and dared to tell the truth.  Many truths, in fact.  Among them, that Islamic terrorism is a scourge that must be stopped.  That Iran is controlled by a "murderous regime" bent on getting nukes.

All of Obama's Wiretappers.  [Scroll down]  Here Hillary benefited from the election-tipping of a foreigner, whose idiotic whisperings entertained by the FBI would turn up on the front pages of the New York Times at crucial moments in the campaign.  This, by the way, throws light on another outrageously dishonest Hillary claim: that Comey never told anyone of his investigation into the Trump campaign.  Of course, he did — through leaks.  That was bad enough but Comey made the leaks worse by not telling reporters that the investigation into the Trump campaign excluded Trump as a target.  Comey let reporters think that Trump was one.

Manafort Wiretapping Revelations from CNN could roil Mueller investigation.  If true, this is a blockbuster, which vindicates one of President Trump's most famous and most roundly criticized tweets, and which may have far-reaching implications.

The media's wiretap dancing.  The news that the FBI may have used Paul Manafort to spy on a political opponent should have decent Americans up in arms.  President Trump must appoint a special prosecutor to investigate the FBI and Barack Obama for what looks to be a Soviet-style abuse of the national government.  The media itself needs to apologize to Trump.  He called this in March.  They called him crazy.  They are fools.

Remember When James Clapper Categorically Denied Any Wiretap Against Trump Campaign?  [Scroll down]  Now we learn that there was, in fact, a FISA court order and it came from the FBI and Clapper, in his own words, claimed he would have known about that.  And he denied it, unequivocally.  Maybe he forgot all about the FISA order wiretapping Paul Manafort while he was in direct contact with Trump in his campaign and after the election.  Clapper also "forgot" that the NSA had a data collection program of every single American citizen when he testified before the Senate Intelligence committee and denied its existence.  James Clapper, former DNI chief and now, favorite guest of media outlets looking to attack President Trump, either has a terrible, terrible memory, or he was kept in the dark about a FISA order that occurred on his watch, or he's just a liar.

Paul Manafort [was] wiretapped — and suddenly, Trump's not so crazy.  Paul Manafort, President Donald Trump's former campaign manager, was being wiretapped by feds — not just once, but twice — as part of an FBI investigation into his dealings in Ukraine and Russia.  The secret surveillance took place at a time when Manafort was in contact with Trump, all the way into 2017.  And with that, Trump, who claimed that his Trump Tower had been wiretapped by Barack Obama in the lead-up to the election, is suddenly no longer the crazy dude the left made him to appear.

CNN Forced To Admit Corrupt Obama Administration DID Wiretap Donald Trump.  CNN reports the Obama administration conducted surveillance on former Trump campaign manager Paul Manafort — including conversations with Trump himself.

Obama NSC Adviser Admits Seeking Trump Aides Identities in Intel Reports.  Former Obama administration National Security Adviser Susan Rice told a House committee this month she requested the identities of Trump transition aides that were hidden in sensitive intelligence reports to protect Americans' privacy rights.  Rice testified before a closed session of the House Permanent Select Committee on Intelligence Sept. 6 that she asked U.S. intelligence agencies for the names of Trump advisers to be unmasked in transcripts of communications intercepts.  Rice asked for names to be unmasked in a transcript of an electronic intercept involving a meeting between three senior Trump aides and a United Arab Emirates official who had traveled to the United States for an informal visit.  The three officials included candidate Donald Trump's national security adviser, retired Lt. Gen. Michael Flynn; presidential campaign chief executive Steve Bannon; and Jared Kushner, President Trump's son-in-law, according to CNN, which first reported on Rice's closed-door testimony.

Trump Chief Was Wiretapped Both Before and After the Election!  After months of the Obama Administration and the entire left wing media complex denying it, the truth comes out.

Trump Vindicated:  Report Says Obama Government Wiretapped Trump Campaign.  U.S. investigators wiretapped President Trump's campaign chairman Paul Manafort, according to a report by CNN that vindicates the president's earlier claims, which were mocked as a conspiracy theory.

US government wiretapped former Trump campaign chairman.  US investigators wiretapped former Trump campaign chairman Paul Manafort under secret court orders before and after the election, sources tell CNN, an extraordinary step involving a high-ranking campaign official now at the center of the Russia meddling probe.  The government snooping continued into early this year, including a period when Manafort was known to talk to President Donald Trump.

Major wiretapping news means the MSM owes Levin a BIG apology.  The Obama administration wiretapped former Trump campaign chairman Paul Manafort under secret court orders before and after the 2016 election, CNN reports.  In other words, Conservative Review Editor-in-Chief Mark Levin was right, and now the mainstream media's deceitful malpractice is on display for all to see.  Obama and Hillary's shameless media lapdogs, the "Praetorian Guard," wanted to ignore the truth at every turn, and now they can't.

So Trump Was Right About His Campaign Being Bugged?  CNN reports that the Obama administration's FBI wiretapped former Trump campaign manager Paul Manafort: [...] If this is true — and we should take it with a grain of salt, it comes from CNN — it means that President Trump was right when he said that the Obama administration wiretapped his campaign.  Democrats have been denying this for the last year, apparently falsely.

Former Trump Campaign Chief Reportedly Under Intermittent FBI Surveillance From 2014 Until This Year.  On top of all we know already about [Paul] Manafort's shadowy overseas political consulting operation, CNN reported Monday [9/18/2017] that Manafort was under FBI surveillance dating back to 2014, well before he joined the Trump campaign.  The FBI eavesdropping continued, although apparently not continuously, until earlier this year, after Trump had taken office.  Manafort was fired from the campaign months before Election Day, but continued to communicate with Trump into his presidency.

Reminder: Susan Rice Lied About Her Role In The Obama Admin Unmasking Scandal.  Wednesday [9/13/2017], CNN reported that Obama's former national security adviser told House investigators that she had unmasked those senior Trump officials in an effort "to understand why the crown prince of the United Arab Emirates was in New York late last year."  According to the report, the Sheikh Mohammed bin Zayed al Nahyan had circumvented some diplomatic courtesy, which, apparently, was enough justification to spy on American citizens.

Did Susan Rice Lie, Again?  [Scroll down]  "I know nothing" is old and broke.  The new hotness is, "Yeah, I did it, and it was totally cool."  But I'm sorry, Susan Rice doesn't get the benefit of the doubt. [...] Back in March, Susan Rice wanted to win another news cycle.  If she told the truth — that, yes, she had made unmasking requests — she might have given a floundering Devin Nunes a lifeline.  So she pled ignorance.  She claimed not to know things that she plainly and clearly knew in detail.  So, what now?  Some in the media are ready to let bygones be bygones, accept the new story, and move on.

Did Susan Rice Spy on Trump Officials for Muslim Brotherhood?  After months of denials, the pretext for Susan Rice's eavesdropping on Trump officials has finally been made public.  It had been widely known that Obama's former National Security Adviser had contrived to unmask the names of top Trump officials who had been spied on by the administration.  And the same media that still treats Watergate as the Great American Scandal had claimed that there was nothing "improper" in an Obama loyalist eavesdropping on members of the opposition party. [...] Obama and his minions had used the NSA to spy on Americans opposed to its policies.  Including members of Congress.  They did this by conflating their own political agenda with national security.  Since Obama's spin was that the Iran Deal was good for national security, opponents of it were a "national security" threat.  And its fig leaf for domestic surveillance was that a "foreign leader" was involved.

Trump: Susan Rice's unmasking of top officials the 'tip of the iceberg'.  Rice, who served as national security adviser in the Obama administration, told investigators with the House Intelligence Committee she unmasked the identities of senior Trump officials because she wanted to know why the crown prince of the United Arab Emirates was in New York in December.

Kredo: The Number of People Unmasked By Samantha Power is 'Unprecedented'Washington Free Beacon Senior Writer Adam Kredo appeared on Fox News's "Hannity" Friday night [8/4/2017], where he told host Sean Hannity that it is "unprecedented" how many people were unmasked by then-United Nations Ambassador Samantha Power during the final year of the Obama administration.  Power is believed to have made "hundreds" of unmasking requests to "identify individuals named in classified intelligence community reports related to Trump and his presidential transition team, according to multiple sources who said the behavior is unprecedented for an official in her position," according to the Washington Free Beacon.  Hannity asked Kredo how Power would ever have the authority to make the unmasking requests, and then asked whether this has ever happened previously to his knowledge.  "No, it's truly unprecedented," Kredo said.

Colossus of Corruption:  Ben Rhodes Unmasked.  Somehow it does not surprise that former Obama Deputy Security Adviser Ben Rhodes is now a "person of interest" in the probe of who illegally leaked for political purposes the names of Team Trump players allegedly collected inadvertently in intelligence reports.  He joins others on Team Obama such as Susan Rice and Samantha Power in the unmasking designed to subvert the Trump administration in what amounts to a silent coup.

Obama-Comey FBI Monitored Social Media On Election Day For Memes.  You'll be glad to know that your tax dollars were wasted on election day by both Obama and James Comey to monitor social media for "fake news" and memes.  This despite the fact everyone expected Hillary Clinton to easily win, with every poll saying as much.  Even Obama and Comey had to believe their own BS about Clinton easily winning in November.  So then why would Obama and Comey have to monitor social media for "fake news" and memes?  Even more ironic, it's the fake news kings at CNN that claim this "exclusive" story.

Former U.N. Amb.  Power Unmasked 'Hundreds' In Final Year Of Obama Admin.  Former United Nations Ambassador Samantha Power is believed to have made "hundreds" of unmasking requests to identify individuals named in classified intelligence community reports related to Trump and his presidential transition team, according to multiple sources who said the behavior is unprecedented for an official in her position.  Power was first identified by the Washington Free Beacon last month as a central figure in a congressional investigation into efforts by senior Obama administration officials to obtain classified intelligence information in what many allege was an effort to undermine President Donald Trump and his incoming national security team.  Power is believed to be the anonymous official responsible for "hundreds of unmasking requests during the final year of the Obama administration," according to current and former U.S. officials who spoke to the Free Beacon about the ongoing investigation.

In Abusing NSA Intelligence, Did Obama White House Commit A Crime?  The NSA's insatiable gathering of data and conversations on Americans make it a potentially highly dangerous enemy of Americans' freedoms.  Who would want to have a federal government spy shop that knows almost everything you do in public, on the phone, by email, or by computer?  That's why the super-secret NSA, which is much bigger than the better-known CIA, has always operated under strict guidelines for how its intel could be used.  In its reports, Americans who are surveilled without a warrant while speaking to a foreign citizen are routinely "masked" — that is, their identity is kept secret — unless there's an overwhelming national security interest in that person being "unmasked."

Former Obama Aide Ben Rhodes now a person of interest in unmasking investigation.  Former Obama White House Deputy National Security Adviser Ben Rhodes is now emerging as a person of interest in the House Intelligence Committee's unmasking investigation, according to a letter sent Tuesday [8/1/2017] by the committee to the National Security Agency (NSA).  This adds Rhodes to the growing list of top Obama government officials who may have improperly unmasked Americans in communications intercepted overseas by the NSA, Circa has confirmed.

Spy agencies changed rules, making it easier to unmask members of Congress.  President Obama's intelligence chief issued revised procedures in 2013 that made it easier for executive branch officials to "unmask" the names of lawmakers or congressional staffers caught up in intelligence intercepts overseas, according to interviews and documents reviewed by The Hill.  Procedures issued by Director of National Intelligence James Clapper in March 2013 formally supplanted a 1992 set of rules that made the dissemination of names of intercepted lawmakers or congressional aides an act of last resort.

Proliferating Scandals Make Mueller Investigation Ludicrous.  [Scandal #2] The Unmasking Scandal:  It now turns out that a record number of unmaskings (revealing U.S. citizens' identities during foreign intelligence surveillance) by the Obama administration  — well over a hundred — took place during and after the election.  Most of these unmaskings seem to have been illegal and were of people connected to Trump.  Many appear to have been instigated by, of all people, Samantha Power, a person who, as UN ambassador, had no business doing such a thing.  Moreover, for a supposedly renowned human rights advocate, Power's hypocrisy is monumental and her activities reactionary in the extreme.  Such unmaskings are the royal road to totalitarianism, making these actions worthy of a major investigation all by itself.

Obama official made 'hundreds of unmasking requests,' GOP chairman says.  An Obama official made "hundreds of unmasking requests" during the final year of the previous administration, according to a letter from a top Republican who raised new concerns that officials sought the identities of Trump associates in intelligence reports for "improper purposes."  "Unmasking" refers to the formal request to identify Americans in an intelligence document.

Intelligence chairman accuses Obama aides of hundreds of unmasking requests.  The chairman of the House Intelligence Committee is accusing top political aides of President Obama of making hundreds of requests during the 2016 presidential race to unmask the names of Americans in intelligence reports, including Trump transition officials.  Intelligence Chairman Devin Nunes (R-Calif.), in a letter to Director of National Intelligence Dan Coats, said the requests were made without specific justifications on why the information was needed.  "We have found evidence that current and former government officials had easy access to U.S. person information and that it is possible that they used this information to achieve partisan political purposes, including the selective, anonymous leaking of such information," Nunes wrote in the letter to Coats.

Newly declassified memos detail extent of improper Obama-era NSA spying.  The National Security Agency and Federal Bureau of Investigation violated specific civil liberty protections during the Obama years by improperly searching and disseminating raw intelligence on Americans or failing to promptly delete unauthorized intercepts, according to newly declassified memos that provide some of the richest detail to date on the spy agencies' ability to obey their own rules.  The memos reviewed by The Hill were publicly released on July 11 through Freedom of Information Act litigation by the American Civil Liberties Union.  They detail specific violations that the NSA or FBI disclosed to the Foreign Intelligence Surveillance Court or the Justice Department's national security division during President Obama's tenure between 2009 and 2016.

Media misses the story.  Spying on citizens should be go-to-jail stuff in a land of liberty and personal freedom.  Sessions should not have his conversations monitored by the opposition party, even second-hand.  Instead, the press makes the victim of unethical election espionage out to be the villain.  Congress forced Nixon to resign for attempting to do what Obama got away with doing.

More Obama officials scrutinized in 'unmasking' probe.  The number of people thought to be involved in the alleged "unmasking" of American citizens under the Obama administration could be expanding, according to a source close to the House Intelligence Committee's review.  The source with knowledge of the review told Fox News the records suggest the unmasking "goes beyond" key officials like former National Security Adviser Susan Rice, former CIA Director John Brennan and former U.S. Ambassador to the U.N. Samantha Power.  The source said more than a half-dozen former senior Obama administration officials are now of interest to House committee investigators.

How Obama wiretapped Trump Tower.  DCWhispers has breaking news:  "Loretta Lynch Ordered Illegal Wiretap Against Trump Campaign."  The irony of last week's Big Leak on Don Jr. (likely by Robert Mueller) is that it is helping reveal that the real criminal activity was by the Democratic Party.  Lying Loretta Lynch sought a secret warrant to wiretap Team Trump in June 2016.  The federal court turned her request down.

Loretta Lynch Ordered Manafort's Phone Tapped During Donald Junior Meeting.  Today [7/14/2017], Fusion GPS employee Rinat Akhmetshin today confirmed his attendance at a meeting with Donald Trump Jr, Paul Manafort, and Jared Kushner along with Russian lawyer Natalia Veselnitskaya.  Accusations have arisen that the meeting was part of a wider setup to achieve a FISA warrant to wiretap phones of the Trump campaign during 2016.  President Trump himself has accused the FBI under Loretta Lynch of wiretapping his campaign.  Now, a former Trump campaign official reports that Paul Manafort's phone was subject to FISA wiretap during the infamous meeting.  If true, this FISA warrant would have been carried out under Loretta Lynch, Attorney General to Barack Obama.

Loretta Lynch Ordered Illegal Wiretap Against Trump Campaign.  The sting operation was put in place via a Russian attorney/operative named Natalia Veselnitskaya whose social media history marks her as an adamant anti-Trumper and who was granted a special exemption to travel into the United States by the Obama Department of Justice.  The sting was further facilitated by a Russian-born American citizen named Rinat Akhmetshin who was granted citizenship during the Obama era and who as as D.C. lobbyist is well-connected to the D.C. political establishment and is said to have been instrumental in the creation of an anti-Trump dossier Trump's political opponents were preparing to use against him during the campaign.

Obama trapped Donald Jr. to justify spying on Trump.  President Obama's team spied on Donald Trump's campaign using the Foreign Intelligence Surveillance Act of 1978 as a cover for their Watergate-style activities.  We know this now thanks to the New York Times — which has been used (quite willingly) by Team Obama to discredit President Trump.  This explains the Donald Trump Jr. "expose" this week.  The real criminal activity came from the Democratic Party.

Report: Susan Rice Committed At Least 3 Crimes.  I may not be an attorney, but Gregg Jarrett is.  According to him, it's likely that corrupt Obama hack Susan Rice, better known as the Benghazi liar has committed at least three crimes while illegally unmasking millions of Americans for political purposes.

Fox Legal Expert:  Susan Rice Committed 3 Crimes..." Better Get Herself a Good Criminal Defense Attorney".  FOX News Legal Expert Gregg Jarrett dropped a bomb on Susan Rice when he said she likely committed three crimes.  Jarrett was on with Sara Carter of Circa News when he made the claim of criminal behavior by Rice.

Senate Judiciary Committee push for facts on alleged 'unmasking' by Obama officials.  The Senate Judiciary Committee will attempt during a closed-door hearing Wednesday to get to the bottom of the alleged "unmasking" of Trump campaign and transition officials by the Obama White House — furthering a potentially explosive counter-narrative coursing beneath the various congressional probes into alleged Russian meddling in the 2016 presidential election.  Former National Security Adviser Susan E. Rice, in addition to other top officials from the Obama administration, have come under suspicion during recent months amid accusations that they inappropriately "unmasked" requests to identify Trump associates caught up in clandestine surveillance of Russian operatives prior to and during the immediate aftermath of the November election.

Sealing and transfer of Susan Rice records angers House committee investigating 'unmasking'.  House intelligence committee sources say career officials at the National Security Council are slow-walking the delivery of subpoenaed records on former National Security Adviser Susan E. Rice's handling of classified information and the "unmasking" of Trump campaign workers — material from the Russian hacking probe that middle-level NSC managers claim was transferred to President Obama's library and could "remain closed to the public for five years."  One source, speaking only on the condition of anonymity, called the transfer curious and appeared to reflect an effort by former administration officials to obscure evidence on whether Ms. Rice and other top officials in the Obama White House illegally tried to identify which Trump campaign and transition aides had been caught up in the U.S. intelligence intercepts of Russian interference in the presidential race.

Real Scandals The Trump-Obsessed Media Are Ignoring.  On Monday [6/19/2017], Judicial Watch announced that it hit a dead end in its effort to dig out information about why White House advisor Susan Rice ordered an "unmasking" of Trump campaign officials in classified reports.  In response to Judicial Watch's April 4 request for materials related to these unmasking requests — to determine whether they were politically motivated — the National Security Council said it had sent all those records to Obama's presidential library, where they can't be released for five years.

Did James Comey Cover Up a Massive and Illegal FBI-CIA Spying Operation?  The Senate Judiciary Committee is considering whether to subpoena former FBI Director James Comey to appear before the committee following his testimony before the Senate Intelligence Committee on Thursday.  He initially had refused a request to testify to the Judiciary Committee.  Should Comey appear before the Judiciary Committee, he may be asked about his disclosure that he gave a "close friend" memos detailing his meetings with President Donald Trump.  But he may also face questions about the bombshell lawsuit, filed Monday [6/12/2017] by a former U.S. intelligence contractor, that accused the FBI and CIA of illegally spying on millions of Americans, including Donald Trump, and accuses Comey of covering it up.

They Have Probable Cause for Obama Admin's "Abuse of Power".  The Russia hacking story is not the real story, it's the distraction.  The blockbuster is the revelation of spying abuses by the Obama administration.  The unmasking by top Obama officials is "only the beginning", according to Devin Nunes.  The House Intelligence Committee is accelerating its probe into Obama officials who may have unlawfully "unmasked" U.S. citizens.

Devin Nunes on Unmasking: 'Oh, This Is Only the Beginning'.  [Scroll down]  Nunes clarified his concerns.  "Every American is masked.  The intelligence agencies are bound by law to mask all American citizens that get picked up in foreign collection.  What has to happen, if you want to find out who the American is — there's a process and procedure in place for that.  It's actually very uncommon in most cases, and seldom happens.  But the concern I have had, that I expressed publicly, quite publicly, actually, a couple months ago, was that it became excessive.  That Obama administration officials were unmasking people in the Trump transition, and it made me quite uncomfortable."

Fascinating Interview Regarding Subpoenas Issued to Obama Cronies.  Writing at The Daily Beast, John Batchelor offers a fascinating sitdown with Chairman Devin Nunes of the House Select Intelligence Committee.  The primary topic:  the unmasking of Trump campaign officials — like Michael Flynn — by various members of the Obama administration.  Read the entire thing, but some key graphs follow to provide a flavor to the scope and magnitude of the investigation.  It's truly powerful stuff.

Lindsey Graham Says He Was Surveilled By Obama Administration.  Government surveillance of American citizens has been a controversial issue for years.  It became more so this year when President Trump tweeted that "Obama had my 'wires tapped' in Trump Tower just before the victory."  Trump never provided evidence of his claim, but now another Republican is coming forward to claim that he too may have been the subject of surveillance by the Obama Administration.  In an interview with Fox News [6/2/2017], Senator Lindsey Graham (R-S.C.) said that he had "reason to believe" that he may have been surveilled and unmasked by Obama Administration officials.  Graham believes that the surveillance was incidental and possibly resulted from his meetings with foreign leaders in his role as a senator.

These Obama cronies should be grilled for his intelligence 'unmaskings'.  As part of its investigation into the alleged Russian hacking of the 2016 election, Republicans on the House intelligence committee have subpoenaed records from former CIA Director John Brennan, National Security Adviser Susan Rice and UN Ambassador Samantha Power regarding a different issue: the promiscuous "unmasking" of the names of American citizens in widely disseminated (and thus widely leaked) intelligence reports.  That these are three of the former president's closest cronies should come as no surprise.  Obama's presidency crested along on a smile and a wave, while his minions did the wetModal Trigger work in the shadows.  Naturally, Democrats are furious.  But now, having created the false narrative of the Russians somehow preventing Hillary Clinton from campaigning in Wisconsin, the light is being turned where it belongs:  on the intelligence agencies and their role in the subversion of our democracy.

Power's Role in Unmaskings Suggests Political Motivation.  The House Intelligence Committee issued seven subpoenas on Wednesday, all related to alleged Russian hacking into the 2016 election.  But one subpoena stood out, and it has caused complaints within Democratic circles.  The subpoena was to federal agencies for information regarding Samantha Power's "unmasking" requests.  Power was former President Barack Obama's ambassador to the United Nations.  One official close to the House investigation called a subpoena for information on Power a "bombshell," as it could indicate evidence of political motivation at play in intel gathered on Donald Trump during his presidential transition.  "Why would a diplomat need to know the names of Trump officials?" asked The Wall Street Journal on Thursday [6/1/2017].

House Subpoenas Elevate Probe into Improper Intelligence Surveillance.  A House investigation into improper intelligence gathering gained momentum this week after subpoenas were issued for records on three Obama administration political appointees.  U.S. officials said the House Permanent Select Committee on Intelligence this week ordered the National Security Agency, FBI, and CIA to produce records on all requests made by the three senior officials for the names of Americans redacted in electronic intercepts of conversations of foreign officials, said U.S. officials familiar with the matter.  The newest target of the investigation that began in March is former U.S. Ambassador to the United Nations Samantha Power, a long-time Obama confidant.

Spying on Trump, you and me.  After the Watergate era had ended and Jimmy Carter was in the White House and the Senate's Church Committee had attempted to grasp the full extent of lawless government surveillance in America during the LBJ and Nixon years, Congress passed the Foreign Intelligence Surveillance Act.  FISA declared that it provided the sole source for federal surveillance in America for intelligence purposes.  FISA required that all domestic intelligence surveillance be authorized by a newly created court, the Foreign Intelligence Surveillance Court.  Since 1978, FISC has met in secret.  Its records are unavailable to the public unless it determines otherwise, and it hears only from Department of Justice lawyers and National Security Agency personnel.  There are no lawyers or witnesses to challenge the DOJ or the NSA.  Notwithstanding this handy constitutional novelty, the NSA quickly grew impatient with its monitors and began crafting novel arguments that were met with no resistance.

The government is spying on journalists to find leakers.  There was a big ruckus four years ago when the Associated Press announced that telephone records for 20 of its reporters had been subpoenaed by the Justice Department.  The government was apparently looking for CIA leaks about an operation in Yemen. [...] Some in the administration are focusing on a retired, high-ranking military officer who held important posts in the intelligence service, according to the source.  The possibly high-ranking leaker was getting some of his information from people inside the White House who were holdovers from the Obama administration, the source said.

Was Obama administration illegal spying worse than Watergate?  When the FBI wants to wiretap a domestic suspect, it goes to court for a warrant.  But when listening in on foreigners, the National Security Agency hoovers up a vast amount of stuff in bulk:  Conversations between foreigners, conversations between Americans and foreigners, conversations between Americans who mention foreigners, and sometimes just plain old conversations between Americans.  There are supposed to be strict safeguards on who can access the information, on how it can be used and on protecting American citizens' privacy — because the NSA is forbidden by law from engaging in domestic spying.  These safeguards were ignored wholesale under the Obama administration, and to many Republicans, it is no coincidence that intelligence leaks damaged Democrats' political opponents in the 2016 election.

Carter Page:  Russia Investigation Will Unearth Obama Admin's 'Falsified FISA Warrants Against Me'.  Carter Page, the American oil industry consultant who was tangentially and briefly associated with Donald Trump's presidential campaign, is calling out U.S. officials who may have been behind "highly damaging leaks" about him to the news media, alleging the leakers committed "felonies."  In a letter to the House Select Committee on Intelligence and a follow-up email interview with Breitbart News, Page contended that the leaks come with a silver lining — he charges that the episode will expose the Obama administration's use of false evidence to obtain a Foreign Intelligence Surveillance Court (FISA) warrant to monitor his personal communications.

Court Criticizes Obama Admin for Illegal Spying on U.S. Citizens.  [Scroll down]  Writing the 99-page opinion for FISC, Judge Rosemary Collyer castigated the Obama administration for failing to follow the Section 702 procedures designed to ensure that the government does not violate Americans' civil rights as it is performing work that is vitally important to national security.  Collyer declared that the previous administration's cavalier violations of Section 702's requirements created "a very serious Fourth Amendment issue."  Collyer sharply criticized the National Security Agency's inspector general and the NSA's Office of Compliance for Operations for their "institutional 'lack of candor,'" signaling that in addition to ignoring legal constraints, the Obama administration was not being honest with the court about its violations of federal law.

James Rosen:  Comey's FBI Broke Its Own Rules & Procedures On Spying On Americans.  The sheer scale of the 4th Amendment violations is staggering, as was the sternness of the rebuke of the Obama administration by the FISA court, which ordinarily approves 99.9% of the government's request.

New Revelations Shed Light On Extent Of NSA Spying Under Obama.  Typically, when an American citizen is swept up in NSA surveillance, they are supposed to be "masked" to protect their identity, but there are large loopholes in place that allow the NSA to spy on Americans without a warrant or any probable cause whatsoever.  When the NSA conducts what is known as "upstream collection" of Internet communications, it is impossible to target a single email, instead sweeping up "packets" of data containing several messages.  The NSA is supposed to sift through the data packets and discard all but the targeted email(s).  That alone poses some privacy issues, as before they are discarded the NSA can momentarily see the contents of the communications, but, when coupled with the NSA's targeting practices, the problem expands to a serious violation of American constitutional rights.

Trump Aide Sought Private Communication Channel With Russia to Stop Obama Illegal Surveillance.  The latest faux news, leaked all over legacy media, is that President-Elect Trump's son-in-law sought to set up a private communication channel with Russian diplomatic officials.  This, my friends, is yet another attempt at a cover-up.  The real scandal, yet unreported by legacy media, is the pervasive and illegal surveillance of scores of Americans by the Obama administration.

How Team Obama tried to hack the election.  New revelations have surfaced that the Obama administration abused intelligence during the election by launching a massive domestic-spy campaign that included snooping on Trump officials.  The irony is mind-boggling:  Targeting political opposition is long a technique of police states like Russia, which Team Obama has loudly condemned for allegedly using its own intelligence agencies to hack into our election.  The revelations, as well as testimony this week from former Obama intel officials, show the extent to which the Obama administration politicized and weaponized intelligence against Americans.

Reuters/Washington Post Publish Evidence of Obama Spying on Trump Campaign and Unmasking Americans.  Reuters/Washington Post Puts a Slice of Kushner Cheese on Russian Nothingburger and simultaneously prove the Obama Administration was spying on the Trump campaign.  The extent of the U.S. media's straw-grasping is boundless, but this one is going to backfire.  Hopefully.

Comey Lied:  FBI Illegally Shared Raw Intel on Americans.  Flying in direct contradiction to his final congressional testimony under oath as the Director of the FBI, newly declassified top secret U.S. Intelligence memos have revealed that when James Comey told lawmakers that his agency only used sensitive espionage data gathered about Americans without a warrant "when it was lawfully collected, carefully overseen and checked," he may have been lying.

Why did Trump say that Obama spied on him?  Because he did.  What is the likelihood that the Washington Post, the New York Times, the Associated Press, USA Today or other major news outlets will cover the fact that the Obama administration repeatedly violated the law by spying on Americans from 2011 until they were almost out of office, when they finally admitted it?  Is it any surprise that an administration that would target political opponents through the IRS would do this, or an administration that would start monitoring a political opponent four months prior to the election?  Does anyone think they didn't spy on other Republicans running against Hillary?

Does Possible Political Misuse of Intel Tools Deserve Greater Scrutiny?  Many politicians, pundits and members of the press are consumed by Russia's alleged attempts to interfere in our election.  Recent testimony by former CIA Director John Brennan addressed whether he saw evidence of "collusion" between President Trump (or anyone on his campaign) and the Russians.  Brennan simply argued "I don't do evidence."  He also stated that his suspicions were raised simply because, "I know what the Russians try to do."  There should be far more focus on another facet of U.S. intelligence.  It's one that I believe should be pursued with greater vigor by investigative bodies and the news media:  government use of intelligence tools to collect "incidental" communications of ordinary Americans, journalists and political figures.  That includes elected officials and political opponents of those in power.

Obama's FBI Passed Around Classified Information On American Citizens To People Outside Government.  shocking report from Circa.com revealed on Friday [5/26/2017] that the FBI under director James Comey "illegally shared raw intelligence about Americans with unauthorized third parties and violated other constitutional privacy protections, according to newly declassified government documents."

Judicial Watch Sues for Records about Obama White House Unmasking of Trump Associates.  Judicial Watch today announced it filed a Freedom of Information (FOIA) lawsuit against the U.S. Department of Justice and the National Security Agency (NSA) for information about Obama National Security Advisor Susan Rice's communications with the two agencies concerning the alleged Russian involvement in the 2016 presidential election, the hacking of DNC computers, the suspected communications between Russia and Trump campaign/transition officials, and the unmasking of the identities of any U.S. citizens associated with the Trump presidential campaign or transition team who were identified pursuant to intelligence collection activities.

Declassified memos show FBI illegally shared spy data on Americans with private parties.  The FBI has illegally shared raw intelligence about Americans with unauthorized third parties and violated other constitutional privacy protections, according to newly declassified government documents that undercut the bureau's public assurances about how carefully it handles warrantless spy data to avoid abuses or leaks.  In his final congressional testimony before he was fired by President Trump this month, then-FBI Director James Comey unequivocally told lawmakers his agency used sensitive espionage data gathered about Americans without a warrant only when it was "lawfully collected, carefully overseen and checked."  Once-top secret U.S. intelligence community memos reviewed by Circa tell a different story, citing instances of "disregard" for rules, inadequate training and "deficient" oversight and even one case of deliberately sharing spy data with a forbidden party.

FISA Court Finds "Serious Fourth Amendment Issue" In Obama's "Widespread" Illegal Searches Of American Citizens.  In describing the violations, the FISA court said the illegal searches conducted by the NSA under Obama were "widespread" and created a "very serious Fourth Amendment issue."  These new discoveries come from a recently unsealed FISA court document dated April 26, 2017 and center around a hearing dated October 26, 2017, just days before the 2016 election, in which the FISA court apparently learned for the first time of "widespread" and illegal spying on American citizens by the NSA under the Obama administration.

Gowdy: Surveillance Programs Won't Be Renewed Until 'Unmasking' Questions [are] Answered.  Rep. Trey Gowdy (R-SC) said this morning that key surveillance programs won't be reauthorized by Congress until questions about intelligence "unmasking" are answered.  At a House Intelligence Committee hearing yesterday in the Russia investigation, Gowdy asked former CIA Director John Brennan about the issue.

Report:  Obama lied and Obama spied.  A new report out this morning details just how much Obama spied on Americans during his administration and it's a lot.  Even the liberal ACLU organization says these new disclosures are some of the most serious to ever be documented: [...]

Obama intel agency secretly conducted illegal searches on Americans for years.  The National Security Agency under former President Barack Obama routinely violated American privacy protections while scouring through overseas intercepts and failed to disclose the extent of the problems until the final days before Donald Trump was elected president last fall, according to once top-secret documents that chronicle some of the most serious constitutional abuses to date by the U.S. intelligence community.

Republicans Go to Jail, Democrats Run Free.  The lingering question is:  Did Obama's national security advisor Susan Rice — or any other Obama officials — unmask the identities of Trump campaign or transition officials as they may have appeared in U.S. reports of foreign surveillance.  If America's national-security apparatus were abused for political purposes, felonies were committed.  The Senate and House intelligence committees claim to be investigating this abuse.  However, given the warm, fuzzy record of GOP "investigations," most likely no one will be punished for any of this.

Reuters buries story on Obama spying.  The Obama administration spied on the Trump campaign.  Officials spilled results of that election espionage to Ned Parker, Jonathan Landay, and Warren Strobel of Reuters in exchange for Reuters portraying President Trump as a pawn of Putin.

Napolitano Reveals Possible Extent Of Surveillance Under Obama.  Surveillance during the Obama administration might have even reached the Supreme Court, Fox News legal analyst Judge Andrew Napolitano said Monday [5/15/2017].  Napolitano focused much of his interview with Maria Bartiromo of Fox Business Network on recent concerns voiced by Sen. Rand Paul, R-Ky., that he was a subject of surveillance.  Napolitano also added something he was told by the late Justice Antonin Scalia.  "Justice Scalia told me that he often thought the court was being surveilled.  And he told me that probably four or five years ago," Napolitano said.

Exclusive: Clapper's Intel 'Reforms' Helped Rice 'Unmask' Americans.  Former Director of National Intelligence (DNI) James Clapper's creation of a cloud-computing platform in 2013 made it far easier for officials like former White House National Security Advisor Susan Rice to 'unmask' individual Americans without creating a digital paper trail leading back to her, The Daily Caller News Foundation's Investigative Group has learned.  Clapper's system enabled tens of thousands of government officials to share previously off-limits intelligence information, according to knowledgeable officials who tracked the cloud-computing initiative of the former DNI under President Barack Obama.

Rand Paul:  Another Senator Was Surveilled by the Obama Administration.  Sen. Rand Paul (R-KY) earlier this week revealed that another senator had told him that he was surveilled by the Obama administration.  "I know one other senator who's already confided to me that he was surveilled by the Obama administration, including his phone calls," he told Fox News on Wednesday [5/10/2017].

President Obama's team sought NSA intel on thousands of Americans during the 2016 election.  During his final year in office, President Obama's team significantly expanded efforts to search National Security Agency intercepts for information about Americans, distributing thousands of intelligence reports across government with the unredacted names of U.S. residents during the midst of a divisive 2016 presidential election.  The data, made available this week by the Office of the Director of National Intelligence, provides the clearest evidence to date of how information accidentally collected by the NSA overseas about Americans was subsequently searched and disseminated after President Obama loosened privacy protections to make such sharing easier in 2011 in the name of national security.  A court affirmed his order.

Obama's team 'asked for NSA secrets on more than 30,000 Americans in 2016 and circulated 6,000 intelligence reports without removing their names'.  Barack Obama's team used NSA technology to examine data gathered on tens of thousands of Americans abroad during the election, it has emerged.  Officials searched both metadata and the actual contents of communications for the names of more than 30,000 US citizens, according to data released by the he Office of the Director of National Intelligence this week.  And more than 3,000 of the resulting intelligence reports were then circulated among government departments without the names of the searched parties being redacted, sources with direct knowledge told Circa.

"Unmasking" of Trump transition officials.  While there is still no evidence Obama administration officials were spying on Trump's team for political reasons, reports later said Obama's national security adviser, Susan Rice, played a role in identifying some of the Trump officials who were caught up in surveillance of foreign officials.  And while Rice said she never unmasked anyone for political reasons, that leaves open the question of who might have leaked the identities of those who were unmasked.  Rice said it was not her.

Exclusive: Only 2 House Dems Have Examined Those Susan Rice 'Unmasking' Docs.  Connecticut Rep. Jim Himes is the only Democrat on the House Permanent Select Committee on Intelligence other than Rep. Adam Schiff, the panel's ranking minority member, to review intelligence files showing former White House National Security Adviser Susan Rice "unmasked" aides to President Donald Trump during his transition to the Oval Office, The Daily Caller News Foundation's Investigative Group has learned.  The apparent lack of interest among the remaining seven Democrats on the intelligence panel is in striking contrast to their earlier vocal demands that they see the documents after committee chairman Rep. Devin Nunes disclosed he had read them at the White House complex.

Does The 'Obama Spying' Story Go Deeper Than We Think?  We already know about SOME phone calls that were intercepted.  How deep does this story REALLY go? [...] Obama is the same guy who claimed not to have had any scandals during his term in office.  Dennis Kucinich has complained that a private phone conversation he had with Quadaffi's son while the Kucinich openly opposed Obama's unauthorized war with the Quadaffi regime became public.

Bombshell: Obama CIA Head John Brennan Conspired With Foreign Spies to Interfere with 2016 Election.  Although Russians may have aspired to influence the November election, the real election meddlers were Democrats in the Obama administration who conspired with foreign intelligence agencies against Donald Trump's campaign, new media reports suggest.  The key player, we are learning, is the already infamous John O. Brennan but FBI Director James Comey also played a role.  From January 2009 to March 2013, Brennan was Assistant to the President for Homeland Security and Counterterrorism, and then Director of the Central Intelligence Agency from March 2013 until Obama's last day as president.

Dirty Harry Reid's Role in Obamagate.  Last October, Harry Reid, the ruthlessly partisan former senator from Nevada, wrote a nasty and bumptious letter to FBI director James Comey.  The letter remains a significant piece of evidence in Obamagate, as it confirms his role as conduit for Obama administration's political espionage against Trump.

Landmark Legal Foundation Asks FISA Court To Order Investigation Into Anti-Trump Targeting, Leaks.  Among the questions Landmark seeks to have answered through a court-ordered investigation:
  •   Has the FISA Court been used "as a subterfuge to surveil private citizens"?
  •   Did government officials seek FISA warrants "as a pretext to conduct an investigation for the purpose of affecting an ongoing national presidential campaign and subsequent transition of an incoming president?"
  •   Did the FBI tell the FISA Court that it had purchased intelligence from British spy Christopher Steele?
  •   Did the FBI tell the Court that the intelligence from Steele had originally been gathered as part of an oppo research project on Donald Trump?

Confirmed: John Brennan Colluded With Foreign Spies to Defeat Trump.  An article in the Guardian last week provides more confirmation that John Brennan was the American progenitor of political espionage aimed at defeating Donald Trump.  One side did collude with foreign powers to tip the election — Hillary's.  Seeking to retain his position as CIA director under Hillary, Brennan teamed up with British spies and Estonian spies to cripple Trump's candidacy.  He used their phony intelligence as a pretext for a multi-agency investigation into Trump, which led the FBI to probe a computer server connected to Trump Tower and gave cover to Susan Rice, among other Hillary supporters, to spy on Trump and his people.  John Brennan's CIA operated like a branch office of the Hillary campaign, leaking out mentions of this bogus investigation to the press in the hopes of inflicting maximum political damage on Trump.

Obama Political Spying Scandal:  Trump Associates Were Not the First Targets.  Was Russia, and specifically the overwrought "Russia hacked the election" narrative, used as camouflage for what was actually a political spying operation?  Do you really think the Obama administration, which turned the Internal Revenue Service and the Justice Department into process cudgels for beating Obama detractors, would be above that sort of thing?

Report: Comey Used Jeb Bush/DNC Commissioned Dossier To Gain Trump FISA Warrant.  Apparently, the FBI used the Jeb Bush/DNC Commissioned opposition research dossier on candidate Trump as evidence to the FISA court to gain a warrant for surveillance.  Things just got more interesting.  If this report via CNN is factual in its baseline accuracy, methinks the motive for the stuttering obfuscation of FBI Director James Comey just gained some sunlight.

Why Were Foreign Intelligence Agencies Spying on Trump?  [Scroll down]  It goes beyond the Brits, extending to the "Five Eyes" agreement which also includes Canada, Australia, and New Zealand, which all share intelligence collection and dissemination.  What it looks like is that four of our allies were spying on the Trump campaign, either at the direct request or implied desire of the Obama administration.  The Guardian goes further, reporting that Germany, Estonia, Poland, France, and the Netherlands also spied on Trump and shared their findings with Obama.

Obama-era Surveillance Timeline.  You can find many timelines that follow allegations of Russia tampering in the U.S. election and alleged involvement of Trump officials.  But I couldn't find any comprehensive timelines cross-referencing Obama-era surveillance of whistleblowers, journalists and other U.S. citizens with Russia surveillance allegations.  So I built one.  Please note:  temporal proximity of events doesn't necessarily imply a connection.

Report: Entire Western World Helped Obama WIRETAP Trump.  If you are wondering why our national media has pretty much dropped the whole Trump-Is-A-Russian-Manchurian-Candidate thing, it is because the naked truth about the Obama administration's chilling spying — something the media has covered up for months — is finally coming to light.  Last week, both The Washington Post and The New York Times quietly reported that the Obama administration had "wiretapped" (their word, not mine) a Trump staffer.  The Trump-hating Guardian then dropped another bombshell, the news that pretty much every Western intelligence agency in the world was aiding and abetting the Obama administration's unbelievable and unprecedented (Nixon only wanted to do this) abuse of power against a political opponent.

Atty. Gen. Sessions should empanel grand jury to probe intelligence leaks.  [Scroll down]  This time (2017), there is a casual admission by the FBI and the rest of the "intelligence community" that the Russians have systematically hacked into our national security data — although no public evidence has been produced to that effect.  All the Washington wonks are assuming that the purpose of this intrusion was to trifle with the American election.  Interestingly, that charge seems to assume that WikiLeaks obtained the Podesta emails from the Russians and used it to damage the Hillary Clinton campaign.  In the absence of compelling evidence to the contrary, this assumption is so much poppycock.  In the first place, Mr. Assange himself maintains that the data were obtained from a disgruntled Clinton campaign worker.

Proof That Obama Spied on Trump — Vindicating Mark Levin — Curiously Ignored by Vintage Media.  Almost six weeks ago this Thursday, Mark Levin began asking questions about the Obama administration's alleged surveillance of the Trump campaign and/or transition team.  Now, there's absolutely no question it occurred.  On his Wednesday evening radio show, the Conservative Review editor-in-chief took the "praetorian guard" media to task for their "cover up" coverage of the Obama surveillance scandal, following a bombshell Tuesday [4/11/2017] revelation from the Washington Post that the Obama administration obtained a FISA warrant last summer to snoop on former Trump adviser Carter Page.  The revelation puts a gratuitous amount of egg on the faces of reporters and media outlets who have done little more than try to downplay the scandal since it started over a month ago.

When "incidental" intel collection isn't incidental.  I've spoken to a small group of reliable, formerly high-placed intelligence officials who have dropped a few interesting tidbits on me of late.  Here's my understanding, based on the discussions:
  •   It's not true that wiretaps and/or electronic surveillance of U.S. citizens can "only" be done with a FISA (Foreign Intelligence Surveillance Act) court order.
  •   Besides the FISA court, "wiretapping" or electronic surveillance can also be done under Title III authority.  The government used this authority, for example, in the Justice Department's secret Fast and Furious "gunwalking" case.
  •   Additionally, U.S. Presidents have the power to issue secret presidential directives that can authorize otherwise illegal acts (theoretically in the country's best interests).
  •   The public will rarely know about such presidential directives since most who see them must sign agreements that promise nondisclosure and consent to polygraphs.
  •   Computer surveillance is a grey area in the intelligence community where many insiders argue the traditional privacy restrictions and surveillance rules don't necessarily apply.

Judge Napolitano Vindicated?  British Intelligence Was Used By Obama Administration to Obtain FISA Warrants On Trump Team.  On March 20th Fox News suspended Napolitano for making those remarks.  The British government and British intelligence community was furious at Napolitano and Fox News.  At the time Rupert Murdoch was attempting to purchase SkyNews, which might have aided in the severity of his response to Napolitano.  However, today [4/13/2017] CNN is confirming much of the construct for what Napolitano was previously saying: [...]

Microsoft Transparency Report Shows Massive Increase in 2016 Obama Era FISA Orders.  Microsoft tries to thread the needle of transparency by telling its consuming audience as much about governmental collection of data as possible.  Toward that end Microsoft releases a biannual transparency report.  Within the latest transparency release Microsoft reports in the first half of 2016 they received a massive increase in FISA orders; primarily from U.S. governmental agencies.

Brian Babin asks A.G. Jeff Sessions to investigate Susan Rice's unmasking of Trump aides.  Republican lawmakers made their first official inquiry into opening an investigation of reports the Obama administration's national security adviser and others "unmasked" several Trump campaign officials swept up in U.S. surveillance operations against foreign targets during last year's presidential election campaign.  "The astonishing reports that senior White House officials in the Obama Administration, most notably then-National Security Advisor Susan Rice, may have abused their powers of office to violate the 4th Amendment protections by 'unmasking' the identities of U.S. citizens involved with the Donald J. Trump presidential campaign in intelligence reports gives great cause for concern," stated a letter Rep. Brian Babin sent to Attorney General Jeff Sessions on Wednesday [4/12/2017].

Has Trump's "wires tapped" tweet been vindicated?  In my opinion, the tapping of Carter Page's wires does not constitute the tapping of Donald Trump's wires.  The substance of Trump's claim — that the Obama administration engaged in surveillance directed at him — remains unsubstantiated.  It's possible that, in listening to Page's phone calls, the FBI heard communications in which Trump participated.  To me, however, this is differs from tapping Trump's "wires."  It's also far from clear that Page ever called Trump during the period covered by the FISA warrant.

Report: House Investigation of Susan Rice Scandal Expanding.  Section 702 of the Foreign Intelligence Surveillance Act, or FISA, is up for reauthorization in 2017.  The program surveils non-U.S. persons believed to be located outside the United States, incidentally sweeping up the communications of Americans as well, in order to acquire foreign intelligence. [Bill] O'Reilly asked Malia Zimmerman, an investigative reporter working with [Adam] Housley, if the FBI was investigating the case.  Zimmerman answered:  ["]There's a big question about the FBI's role in this and there's concern in the House about generally how the FBI is handling this case.["]

FBI reportedly probed ex-Trump aide Carter Page during campaign.  The FBI reportedly secured a court order to conduct surveillance on one of Donald Trump aides during the 2016 presidential campaign because they believed he was a Russian agent.  The FBI, along with the Justice Department, obtained a warrant from the Foreign Intelligence Surveillance Court to monitor the activities of Trump foreign policy aide Carter Page because investigators believed he was acting as an agent for a foreign power, according to The Washington Post.  In what the paper described as a lengthy declaration, the government said Page "engaged in clandestine intelligence activities on behalf of Moscow."

FBI obtained FISA warrant to monitor Trump adviser Carter Page.  The FBI obtained a secret court order last summer to monitor the communications of an adviser to presidential candidate Donald Trump, part of an investigation into possible links between Russia and the campaign, law enforcement and other U.S. officials said.  The FBI and the Justice Department obtained the warrant targeting Carter Page's communications after convincing a Foreign Intelligence Surveillance Court judge that there was probable cause to believe Page was acting as an agent of a foreign power, in this case Russia, according to the officials.

A Shoe Drops:  Obama Administration Spied On Carter Page.  I assume this Washington Post story is true:  "FBI obtained FISA warrant to monitor former Trump adviser Carter Page."  It confirms what has been sporadically reported since late last year, that the Obama administration sought and ultimately received a FISA order to spy on at least one associate of Donald Trump.  So Trump's famous tweets were, in substance, true.

Susan Rice is a liar.  Now even the liberal media is starting to admit it.  Susan Rice is a liar and that's the truth.  What's amazing is that it has taken years for the major media to admit it, despite epic evidence.  Even journalists have a breaking point — in this case, false statements about deadly chemical weapons.  Rice's lies have angered conservatives for years.  Medal of Honor recipient Dakota Meyer nicknamed the former national security adviser the "liar in chief," according to The Blaze.  Rice's willingness to misrepresent what happened during the Benghazi attack was so amazing, that she repeated it on five separate Sunday morning news talk shows.  It was a lie that might make Pinocchio proud.  But it took her lies about Syria to do just that.

Sorry, Democrats, The Obama Spying Scandal Isn't Going Away.  For one thing, stepping aside on the Russia inquiry isn't as big of a deal now as it might have been months ago.  That's because the Russia investigation isn't really going anywhere. [...] Nunes not having to deal with that part of his duties frees up time to focus on an area of investigation that has proved fruitful: the Obama administration's leaking against the Trump administration.

'Somebody's got to go to jail, Ben'  We Americans find ourselves at a tipping point.  It appears that the Obama administration, with the willing submission of our intelligence agencies, surveilled Donald Trump, his campaign, and his transition team beginning as early as October 2015 and escalated the activity after he won the election.  Why?  No one thought in October that he would win the presidency, and yet surveillance began three months after he announced his candidacy.  What did these spies hope to discover?  Something to take him out, to be sure.  Of what were they so afraid?  That he could actually win?  Indeed, they were apparently afraid of exactly that and were determined to prevent it.  Because Obama, by executive order and design, made such illegally gathered intelligence available to many more agencies than the past and to so many more people, leaks to the media were assured.

Unravelling the Team Obama anti-Trump leak machine.  She didn't "leak," she only "unmasked."  This is former National Security Adviser Susan Rice's self-defense for having sought the explicit exposure, in highly classified intelligence documents, of the names of US citizens inadvertently caught up in American surveillance of Russian officials.  Moreover, she and her partisans insist, seeking and achieving this "unmasking" (from either the director of the National Security Agency or the FBI) was entirely within her legal right as national-security adviser.  I'll take her word for it, though if it had been so pristine, it's unclear why Rice had previously lied and claimed no knowledge of any of it.  According to Eli Lake of Bloomberg, Rice "requested the identities of US persons in raw intelligence reports on dozens of occasions that connect to the Donald Trump transition and campaign."  Dozens of occasions.

A Deep-State Coup In The White House?  Last week, the far-left New York Times — which long ago abandoned any pretense of being unbiased or having journalistic standards — acted as the smear agent for unnamed "American officials," and printed a piece that Pravda of the former Soviet Union could have only hoped to emulate.  The article, titled "2 White House Officials Helped Give Nunes Intelligence Reports," was meant to damage the credibility of Congressman Devin Nunes, who is the chairman of the House Intelligence Committee, while specifically targeting two of President Trump's most loyal White House aides.  As the New York Times noted, Chairman Nunes refused to identify his sources regarding his proof of Trump employees and campaign officials being under the surveillance of American intelligence operatives and then having the names of those employees and campaign officials illegally unmasked in violation of U.S. law.  An "unmasking" former Obama National Security Advisor Susan Rice is now doing a tap dance all around.

On Susan Rice, the Issue Is Abuse of Power, Not Criminality.  It should come as no surprise that the defense Ms. Rice and Obama apologists are mounting is heavily reliant on a fact that is not in dispute:  viz., that the intelligence collection at issue was legal.  I anticipated that line of argument a week ago.  The issue is not technical legality, it is monumental abuse of power. [...] Abuses of power are offenses against the public trust.  They often overlap with a criminal offense, but they are not the same thing as a criminal offense.

Former CIA Analyst:  Susan Rice's NSA demasking denials don't add up.  As a former CIA analyst who has handled requests for demasking the names of American citizens for a U.S. policymaker, I thought Rice's claims in her interview did not add up.  The names of U.S. citizens "incidentally" mentioned in NSA reports are masked to preserve their identities because America's intelligence agencies are barred from spying on American citizens except in extraordinary circumstances with court approval.  Rice correctly said in her interview that policymakers sometimes request to know the identities of Americans from NSA reports to understand these reports in certain circumstances.  She also tried to dismiss this controversy by claiming NSA demasking requests are routine.  They actually are not routine and taken very seriously by NSA.

Reports in unmasking controversy were detailed, had info about 'everyday lives.  The intelligence reports at the center of the Susan Rice unmasking controversy were detailed, and almost resembled a private investigator's file, according to a Republican congressman familiar with the documents.  "This is information about their everyday lives," Rep. Peter King of New York, a member of the House Intelligence committee said.  "Sort of like in a divorce case where lawyers are hired, investigators are hired just to find out what the other person is doing from morning until night and then you try to piece it together later on."

Was Obama's White House Politicizing Intelligence To Influence The 2016 Elections?  Although there are strong indications the Obama administration abused intelligence collection by U.S. agencies to gather information on the Trump campaign to leak to the news media, it also appeared to abuse another U.S. intelligence mission:  intelligence analysis.  Congressional Democrats and the mainstream media consider it gospel truth that all 17 U.S. intelligence agencies unanimously concluded that Russia interfered in the 2016 presidential election to help Donald Trump win.  But should we treat this assessment as true in light of major errors in U.S. intelligence analysis in the past and its politicization?  Is something gospel truth just because U.S. intelligence agencies say it is?  The truth is that all 17 U.S. intelligence agencies did not conclude that Russia tried to interfere in the election or help Trump win.  Not even close.

Susan Rice Has Given Two Different Answers In The Last 15 Days On Unmasking Trump Officials.  Susan Rice has repeatedly changed her story over the last 15 days and given two different answers about the unmasking of Trump transition officials who were caught up in the surveillance of foreign officials.  Though Barack Obama's national security adviser at first feigned ignorance, once it was revealed that she was the one who made the dozens of requests seeking to unmask the identities of the associates, Rice defended her actions by saying they were for national security reasons and not politically motivated.

Donald Trump Thinks Susan Rice Committed a Crime.  President Donald Trump said he thinks that President Barack Obama's former national security adviser Susan Rice committed a crime when she reportedly unmasked American citizens involved with his campaign.  "I think it's going to be the biggest story," Mr. Trump said to the New York Times.  "It's such an important story for our country and the world.  It is one of the big stories of our time."  Trump's remarks are his first public statement on the subject since reports claimed Rice was responsible.

Why Susan Rice's Role In The Obama Spying Story Is A Big Deal.  Since Donald Trump won the election for president in November, U.S. media outlets have received and eagerly published selective, damaging leaks about him from anonymous intelligence officials.  The general effort, which appeared highly coordinated, was to delegitimize Trump's election and paint him as a stooge of Russia or otherwise unfit for office.  The media outlets claimed their information came from very highly placed officials in the Obama administration.  Even if they hadn't claimed their anonymous sources were Obama officials, the information they were leaking, such as the name of a U.S. citizen caught up in surveillance by the Obama administration, would have been known only by highly placed intelligence officials.


Susan Rice Worth Almost 50 Million.  Actually, the truth should shock Obama lovers.  Remember the official energy policy of the Obama administration?  Creating new "clean energy" jobs and technologies, making America more energy independent, and reducing carbon emissions.  Susan Rice didn't get the memo. [...] While Rice was busy unmasking officials and trying to sabotage the current administration, she made more money in oil than the Beverly Hillbillies.

Gorka: Unmasking of Trump associates 'what you expect in a banana republic'.  Dr. Sebastian Gorka, deputy assistant to President Trump, told Fox News' "Hannity" Wednesday night the unmasking of Trump associates caught up in surveillance operations was "what you expect in a banana republic and a police state, or an authoritarian state."  Gorka, a former Fox News contributor who joined the Trump administration in January, added that former national security adviser Susan Rice's claims about her role in the unmasking were "falling apart."  "If you compare what [Rice] said two weeks ago, if you compare just the difference in her statements in the last 36 hours, there's clearly something that is not being openly discussed or disclosed here," said Gorka, who later added, "It's not just smoke, there's actually flames behind the smoke."

Lawmakers say intel agencies stonewalling on surveillance probe.  Lawmakers probing the surveillance of key officials in the Trump campaign and administration say the intelligence agencies now nominally under the president's control are stonewalling efforts to get to the bottom of who revealed names and leaked protected information to the press.  The House and Senate Intelligence Committees are currently investigating allegations the Obama administration spied on Trump associates — and possibly Trump himself — for as long as the year preceding his inauguration.  And while former Obama National Security Adviser Susan Rice has been implicated as at least one of the officials who sought redacted names from surveillance transcripts, multiple lawmakers and investigators for the panel told Fox News the CIA, FBI and National Security Agency — all agencies in position to aid the probe — are not cooperating.  "Our requests are simply not being answered," said one House Intelligence committee source about the lack of responsiveness.  "The agencies are not really helping at all and there is truly a massive web for us to try and wade through."

Bombshell: The Obama Spying Scandal Started Long Before Trump.  On Tuesday [4/4/2017], Obama's National Security Advisor Susan Rice admitted that she used the intelligence community to spy on members of the Trump team, but this type of behavior isn't anything new.  In fact, it appears the Obama White House had been spying on its political opponents and leaking classified information about them long before Donald Trump won the presidential election last November, Lee Smith of Tablet Magazine writes.  Remember the Iran Deal negotiations?  In December 2015, The Wall Street Journal revealed that the Obama administration used the NSA to cast a wide net of surveillance around not just Israeli officials and diplomats, but American lawmakers who were friendly towards Israel as well as Jewish-American groups.

Mark Levin: Trump Not the First Victim of Obama Police State Tactics.  If Donald Trump's team was indeed the victim of politically-motivated surveillance and leaks by the Obama administration, it may not have been the first, says Levin. [...] The story goes on to discuss the possible workings of the Obama White House's spying on pro-Israel activists during the Iran deal.  "The NSA's collections of foreigners became a means of gathering real-time intelligence on Americans engaged in perfectly legitimate political activism — activism, due to the nature of the issue, that naturally involved conversations with foreigners," a pro-Israel activist told the outlet.  "We began to notice the White House was responding immediately, sometimes within 24 hours, to specific conversations we were having.  At first, we thought it was a coincidence being amplified by our own paranoia.  After a while, it simply became our working assumption that we were being spied on."

Susan Rice's alleged unmasking requests not so routine, ex-officials say.  While Susan Rice is defending as routine her requests for the identities of Americans caught up in surveillance of foreign targets, others who've served in the intelligence community and at high levels of government say the former national security adviser's requests were quite unusual.  Rice, who served in the Obama administration, is at the heart of allegations of improper surveillance of the Trump team prior to Inauguration Day.  Fox News reported Monday that Rice asked for Trump associates to be identified — or "unmasked" — in intelligence reports and those names were then widely disseminated at the top levels of the government.  In an interview Tuesday on MSNBC, Rice largely skirted talking specifically about those allegations, however, she said it was "absolutely false" that Obama officials utilized intelligence "for political purposes."

Susan Rice implies that Trump and his aides were an imminent theat to the US.  Susan Rice is a liar.  We need to establish that as the baseline. [...] She's a political appointee.  A dishonest one at that.  Someone needs to explain how her judgment is more finely honed than the NSA or the CIA.  Neither agency found it necessary to unmask Trump, his family and his aides.  But she did.  And it had nothing to do with Russia.  So what was the justification?

Obama Himself Likely Behind Unmaskings, Leaks.  Our former socialist-minded President Barack Hussein Obama has now "exited stage left," pun intended.  He has now "wisely" fled his palatial mansion in Kalorama, Washington, D.C., and is currently holed up on a sunny Polynesian island, far from the burgeoning scandal he and his administration have left behind in his wake.  In the last few days, it was revealed, as I predicted, that President Donald J. Trump was generally correct when he tweeted that Obama had "wiretapped" him and his staffs.  Now, sure enough, we have learned that his former national security advisor, Susan Rice — the woman who was caught lying about the reasons for the Benghazi terrorist attack — and likely others in the Obama administration, had without apparent legal probable cause "unmasked" the names of Trump personnel and likely The Donald himself, who they claimed fell within the scope of foreign intelligence intercepts.

Benghazi Hero Kris Paronto:  Susan Rice 'Needs to Be in Jail' to Show Politicians 'They Are No Longer Untouchable'.  Former U.S. Army Ranger and Benghazi survivor Kris "Tanto" Paronto told Breitbart News that he believes former President Barack Obama National Security adviser Susan Rice "needs to be in jail" for her decision to willfully unmask the identities of United States citizens connected to President Donald Trump's transition team.  Paronto added, "The Trump administration has been given the perfect opportunity to set an example, or make an example, out of the type of politician that she is and show these other politicians that they are no longer untouchable."

Susan Rice Is a Horrible Liar, 'Incidentally' Speaking.  Rice is not, not yet, speaking under oath, so perhaps it doesn't really matter what she says.  Everyone knows by now that she has a habit of economy when it comes to the truth.  After the Benghazi massacre, which left four Americans, including a U.S. ambassador, dead, Rice was paraded around the TV shows.  With a straight face, she explained that the murderous attack by Islamic radicals was in fact a spontaneous uprising in response to a sophomoric Internet video about Mohammed.  She knew that was a lie, but it was the story that the Obama administration wanted peddled, so she peddled it.

Why the media want to bury the Susan Rice 'unmasking' news.  You can see why so many in the media want to discredit this story:  They've been eagerly relaying leaked info from the transcripts that makes Trump & Co. look bad.  To acknowledge the clear political motive behind those leaks, and behind Rice's "unmasking," is to admit that Team Obama abused intelligence data — and that its media friends were complicit in doing so.

Susan Rice wasn't the only White House official looking to 'unmask' Trumpworld figures — and Mike Flynn wasn't the only one exposed.  Former national security advisor Susan Rice wasn't the only Obama administration official to request the 'unmasking' of members of President Donald Trump's transition team — and her successor Mike Flynn was just one of at least two who were left exposed.

Susan Rice somehow manages to make Benghazi cover-up seem minor.  This is jaw-dropping, bombshell information.  Not because it reveals Susan "Benghazi was about a video" Rice to be a liar.  We already knew that.  Not because it exposed the Obama administration as the most nakedly partisan presidency in modern history, willing to use even the most sacred powers of the federal government for political purposes.  We already knew that too.  What is so astonishing about the revelation that Ms. Rice was the one unmasking Donald Trump and his campaign before, during and after he won the presidency is that it doesn't get any closer to Barack Obama himself.

Did someone mention Benghazi?

Did Susan Rice Commit A Crime?  It's Starting To Look That Way.  Let's start with the wording.  As we've noted before, this is clever, lawyerly evasion, not truth-telling.  She's right, in one sense:  They designed this intel operation so that "Trump individuals" wouldn't be targets, but "incidental" to gathering information about foreigners.  But what suggests that the Trump team members caught in this spy web weren't merely "incidental," but were actually the targets of the operation, is that Rice reportedly ordered spreadsheets "prepared" of the phone calls involving Trump, his aides and transition officials.  This suggests that, contrary to Rice's assertion, they were being targeted.  It's evidence of intent, basically.

Susan Rice's Unraveling Web of Lies.  [Scroll down]  These reports, and others along the same lines, raise serious questions about what Rice was doing with the unmasked identifiable information she obtained access to, even though nothing revealed so far indicates that Rice broke the law.  She had the authority to request unmasking under certain circumstances where there was an intelligence need in the interest of national security for such information.  But given Rice's closeness to Obama and concern for preserving his legacy, politics, not national security, was more likely her primary motive.

Susan Rice's Unmasking Was Political: FBI, Not White House Conducts Criminal Investigations.  Susan Rice was a political adviser working for Obama, she was not a criminal investigator working for the FBI, therefore her unmasking of Trump transition officials was almost certainly done to advance Democratic Party interests.

The Dem's Political Area 51.  [Scroll down]  Meanwhile, the real scandal is the politicization of intelligence by those who had access to it, and then leaked it to the media in order to damage Trump's presidential campaign and cripple his fledgling administration.  Now we are hearing from an anonymous source that a highly placed intelligence official leaked the names of citizens who were linked to Trump and his campaign, and who had been surveilled "incidentally" and then their identities "unmasked."  A former Obama Defense Department functionary and Hillary campaign advisor admitted on MSNBC that she counseled her former colleagues to gather and distribute classified information on Trump during the transition.

Fox reporter:  Rice may have been told to request Trump team records.  A Fox reporter investigating the "unmasking" of Trump transition officials by former national security adviser Susan Rice told "The O'Reilly Factor" Tuesday that they were examining whether Rice was told to request records about the president's associates.  FoxNews.com investigative reporter Malia Zimmerman told host Bill O'Reilly that she and Adam Housely were investigating whether "somebody from the [National Security Agency], for example, would have told [Rice] to ask for those reports, to ask for those names to be unmasked.  "That is what we've heard from some of our sources and so we're looking into that angle as a possibility," she said.  Zimmerman and Housely reported Monday [4/3/2017] that the names were part of incidental electronic surveillance of candidate and President-elect Trump and people close to him, including family members, for up to a year before he took office.

Six questions raised by the report Susan Rice unmasked names of Trump advisers.  The report that former President Barack Obama's national security adviser Susan Rice was involved in the "unmasking" of Trump transition and campaign officials caught up in surveillance gives new credence to the possibility that Obama administration officials were involved in some kind of surveillance of Trump's advisers and, possibly, then-candidate and President-elect Trump himself.

Susan Rice Doesn't Deny Unmasking Trump Associates.  This morning, Susan Rice turned to the friendly confines of MSNBC to respond to explosive allegations about her role in the Obama spy/leak scandal.  Host Andrea Mitchell did all she could to make Rice feel at home.  She asked no tough questions, failed to follow up on evasive answers, and sometimes jumped in to reinforce claims made by Rice. [...] Amazingly, Rice got through a 16-minute interview without ever confirming or denying that she unmasked associates of President Trump.

Nunes' Disclosures May Signal a Watergate-Level Scandal.  The report by the Wall Street Journal on Tuesday [4/4/2017], although based on anonymous sources, adds significant credibility to the idea that the intelligence community during the previous administration acted unlawfully.  Whether White House officials actually encouraged this is a Watergate-level issue that should be the first priority of any congressional investigations.  While there were always grounds for suspicion — many media outlets had reported leaks about communications between Trump campaign officials and officials of the Russian government, and even a telephone conversation between President Trump and Australian prime minister — a column in the Wall Street Journal last week by Peter Hoekstra, a former chairman of the House Intelligence Committee, made clear how significant and unprecedented these leaks were.

The Obama Government Interfered in Our Election — and the Mainstream Media Is Covering It Up.  All the evidence seems to be there.  So instead they're saying it's a distraction because Rice didn't do anything illegal.  Except she did if she asked for this information without it being part of an investigation.  And here's something very important to remember, folks.  The White House cannot do investigations.  The White House does not do investigations.  The FBI investigates.  The CIA investigates.  The NSA investigates.  But the White House does not investigate.  So if the White House is investigating, something's already very wrong.

House Intel Dem:  If Flynn Was Unmasked, It Would Have To Be Rice Who Did It.  A Democrat on the House Intelligence Committee agreed that if anyone unmasked President Trump's former national security adviser Michael Flynn, it would have to be Barack Obama's national security adviser Susan Rice.  "Well, I haven't seen the documents yet, but she was the national security adviser.  She had the — if anyone had the opportunity to unmask, it would be the national security adviser, because that person is giving advice to the president on issues around national security," California Democratic Rep. Jackie Speier told The Daily Caller Monday night [4/3/2017].

Susan Rice's track record damages her credibility.  Rice infamously went on five Sunday television shows in 2012 to assure the nation that the Benghazi attack that killed four Americans was in response to an Internet video.  That was a flat-out lie — it was a planned terror attack and she had to know as much.  She also brazenly insisted in 2014 that Bowe Bergdahl, the Army sergeant held by the Taliban for five years, had "served with honor and distinction" to justify the trade of five terrorists from Gitmo for his release.  Her claim was false, and even the Army disagreed with Rice, charging Bergdahl with desertion.  So when Rice and her defenders insist that SpyGate is much ado about very little, that's not even close to good enough.  She has to prove it — by testifying under oath to Congress.

The 10 Questions Andrea Mitchell Didn't Ask Susan Rice.  Here are a few thoughts about Andrea Mitchell's interview with Susan Rice — and the key questions that were left unasked.  Rice opened the interview by saying, "The allegation is that somehow Obama administration officials utilized intelligence for political purposes.  That's absolutely false."  On the contrary, the allegation is absolutely true — and demonstrating its truth is as easy as unmasking an American citizen in an NSA intercept.

Funny how no 'unmasking' was done for the Hillary campaign.  Anyone who believes that Trump wasn't specifically targeted for political reasons probably still believes the Benghazi killings were caused by a video, that Obama had no idea that IRS was targeting political opponents, that Obama had no idea that Hillary was violating the law by using a non secure server until three years after she left, that Obama had no idea that his administration was gun running to Mexico and that Hillary and her aides had no intent to break the law.

Obamagate's Truth Is Stranger Than Orwell's Fiction.  Susan Rice's shaky, dry-mouthed performance on MSNBC Tuesday looked like a scene out of Orwell's fiction too.  Ministry of Truth official Andrea Mitchell hesitantly asked her questions about the scandal, making sure not to tax her too much or ask her any awkward follow-up questions.  The interview lasted over ten minutes, but Mitchell couldn't find time to ask her about the bald lie she told on PBS in March (that she knew "nothing" of unmasking the Trump team).  Nor was Big Brother to be brought up under any circumstances.  So even as Rice droned on about the importance of unsparing national security briefings, Mitchell steered clear of any mention of the beneficiary of that briefing — President Obama.

Bombshell Report:  Obama National Security Advisor Susan Rice Behind Unmasking Of Trump Transition Team.  In a massive scoop, on Monday morning Eli Lake of Bloomberg reported that Barack Obama's national security advisor, Susan Rice, repeatedly requested information from the intelligence community on members of the Trump transition team and campaign, unmasking them to an audience beyond the intelligence community in the process.  Normally, raw intelligence masks the identity of American citizens caught up in legal surveillance of other targets.

Susan Rice said she read unmasked intelligence reports, but not for political purposes.  Susan Rice, former national security adviser in the Obama administration, told MSBNC Tuesday she had accessed unmasked intelligence reports involving Donald Trump and his associates, but called claims she had done so for political purposes "absolutely false."  Rice accessed multiple intelligence reports during the end of Obama's presidency.  Some of the reports were "unmasked," revealing the identities of then-candidate Trump and his associates.  She also said her access of the data did not constitute wiretapping, despite Trump's claim he was wiretapped.

Who Asked Susan Rice To Unmask Those Names?  Former President Obama's National Security Advisor Susan Rice asked for the names of Trump transition officials to be unmasked and made public in raw intelligence files, according to media reports, a move apparently carried out to harm the incoming Trump administration.  As recently as March 22, Rice denied knowing anything about the intelligence reports.  In an appearance on "PBS Newshour," she said pretty definitely, "I know nothing about this."  The new news reports paint Rice as a liar.

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Ms. Rice had already lost her credibility on 9/17/2012 when she lied on five different network TV shows about the cause of the Benghazi terrorist attack.

How did Susan Rice know which Trump campaign and transition surveillance intercepts to unmask?  Bloomberg View columnist Eli Lake's bombshell revelation on April 3 that "former national security adviser Susan Rice requested the identities of U.S. persons in raw intelligence reports on dozens of occasions that connect to the Donald Trump transition and campaign" has sent a political earthquake through Washington, D.C.  And it raises some key questions, particularly in light of corroborating reports by Fox News' Adam Housley that the overall surveillance apparently dates back to "up to a year before [Trump] took office," and Circa.com reporters Sara Carter and John Solomon that "the logs discovered by National Security Council staff suggested Rice's interest in the NSA materials, some of which included unmasked Americans' identities, appeared to begin last July around the time Trump secured the GOP nomination."

In Less Than 2 Minutes On MSNBC Susan Rice Exposed The Entire Obama "Russian" Motive.  Former National Security Adviser Susan Rice only needed to confirm one aspect of the intelligence unmasking story for all of the dots to connect.  She made that confirmation within two minutes of her interview with MSNBC's Andrea Mitchell.  [Video clip]

Susan Rice defiant amid growing calls for her to testify under oath.  As Susan Rice faces growing calls to testify under oath, the former Obama administration official now accused of ordering the unmasking of Trump officials under surveillance is suggesting that she never did so for political purposes, and that it is sometimes "necessary" for investigative purposes.  Sen. John Cornyn, R-Texas, a member of both the Senate Judiciary and Select Committee on Intelligence, suggested in a tweet earlier Tuesday that Rice "needs to testify under oath."

Sen. Tom Cotton: 'Susan Rice Is the Typhoid Mary of the Obama Administration'.  Sen. Tom Cotton (R., Ark.) slammed former Obama administration National Security Advisor Susan Rice on Tuesday [4/4/2017], suggesting she brought a plague on the Obama administration's foreign policy.  Cotton appeared on conservative commentator Hugh Hewitt's radio show on Tuesday, where he said that Rice was the "Typhoid Mary of the Obama administration foreign policy," according to Mediaite.

Why Is CNN Refuting The Susan Rice Story It Refuses To Cover?  For months, CNN has been all over stories that attempt to undermine the legitimacy of Donald Trump's presidency by suggesting ties to Russia.  It would be impossible to catalogue the hourly drumbeat of "new" stories on this angle that have gone on for months, despite the lack of named sources or actual evidence.  The cable news outlet heavily pushed the infamous "Russian dossier" story that was quickly harmed by BuzzFeed showing how dubious to the point of laughable the dossier was.  The network's obsession extends to running red-washed photoshopped graphics of Trump advisors in front of St.  Basil's.  The Russia scare headlines run into the dozens each and every day.

Susan Rice Confirms Her "Unmasking Requests" Were for President Obama's Daily Briefing (PDB).  With a general set of narrative 'talking points' in hand President Obama's Former National Security Adviser, Susan Rice, appeared this morning [4/4/2017] on MSNBC for an interview with Andrea Mitchell.  This is the 'We-Have-To-Respond-phase', which necessitates the optic.  Andrea Mitchell is considered a trustworthy ally of the Clinton/Obama political networks; as such, it is not a surprise to see Mitchell selected as the interviewer.  Mitchell's use of wording carefully guides Susan Rice through the narrow path of self-incrimination by providing plausible deniability for verbal missteps.

Susan Rice's White House Unmasking:  A Watergate-style Scandal.  The thing to bear in mind is that the White House does not do investigations.  Not criminal investigations, not intelligence investigations.  Remember that.  Why is that so important in the context of explosive revelations that Susan Rice, President Obama's national-security adviser, confidant, and chief dissembler, called for the "unmasking" of Trump campaign and transition officials whose identities and communications were captured in the collection of U.S. intelligence on foreign targets?

5 Susan Rice Scandal Facts Every American Must Know.  It was revealed Monday [4/3/2017] that President Obama's national security adviser Susan Rice allegedly ordered the unmasking of the identities of Trump campaign aides who were reportedly being surveilled during the 2016 election.  The recent reports further prove, at least in part, President Donald Trump's claims that senior Obama officials had collected intelligence on Trump aids and disseminated it throughout the government.  Rice's involvement — as it relates to her reported role in the unmasking of Trump aids and circulating sensitive information — places the longtime Obama operative at the center of another major political scandal.

Mainstream media deems Susan Rice unmasking bombshell 'another fake scandal'.  CNN anchor Chris Cuomo says the report that former Obama administration national security adviser Susan Rice tried to "unmask" Trump campaign officials caught up in surveillance of foreign targets is "another fake scandal" being pushed by the White House and conservative media.  "There is no evidence of any wrongdoing," Mr. Cuomo said Tuesday [4/4/2017] on "New Day," reported the Media Research Center's Newsbusters.  "And in fact, if anything, the NSA asking for identities was a reflection of exactly how much traffic there was involving Trump people and foreign players.

Susan Rice, Obama's Hatchet Woman, Proves Lord Acton Right Again.  Forget G. Gordon Liddy and the White House plumbers of Watergate days.  If you're looking for a my-president-right-or-wrong apparatchik in the grand tradition of the Soviet Union, willing to do anything for her leader, look no further than former national security adviser Susan Elizabeth Rice.  Rice, who evidently exploited the world's most technically advanced intelligence agency, the NSA, for similar purposes (spying on the opposition), has made Liddy et al seem like primitives.  Apparently, the former Obama adviser was the one who "requested to unmask the names of Trump transition officials caught up in surveillance."  The final unmaskings took place in January, days before Trump's inauguration.  (Eli Lake at Bloomberg, Adam Housley and John Roberts at Fox, and Sara Carter and John Solomon at Circa have reported this story in only slightly varying ways.)

"What if?" The Evelyn Farkas Fracas.  As Michael Goodwin put it in The New York Post on Sunday [4/2/2017], "If it can be proven that a sitting president used government authorities to spy on a candidate who then became president and orchestrated leaks of classified material, Watergate, by comparison, really would be a second-rate burglary."  Actually, Watergate was a second-rate burglary.  That fact stands behind the oft-enunciated point:  "It wasn't the scandal, it was the cover up." But how about the weaponization of America's intelligence services for partisan political purposes?  Is that OK?

Trump Haters Rush to Susan Rice's Defense.  Trump critics on Monday defended former Obama National Security Adviser Susan Rice, after the mainstream news outlet Bloomberg View confirmed Mike Cernovich's bombshell report that she was responsible for unmasking the names of Trump aides incidentally caught up in surveillance.  Cernovich reported Sunday evening that Rice had requested the "unmasking" of incoming Trump officials, which refers to the identification of Americans incidentally caught up in surveillance of foreign targets.

Fresh evidence the Russia 'scandal' is a Team Obama operation.  Do you suspect that the noise over Trump campaign contacts with the Russians is just a political hit arranged by Obama insiders before they left?  You got fresh evidence of that Monday, with news that then-national security adviser Susan Rice was behind the "unmasking" of Trumpites in transcripts of calls with Russian officials.  Again, nothing on the public record so far shows that anyone on Team Trump said anything improper on those calls.  It's no surprise that US spooks intercept foreign officials' calls.  But intelligence community reports don't disclose the names of US citizens on the other end.  To get that info, a high official must (but rarely does) push to "unmask" the Americans' names.

ABC, NBC Cover-Up Revelation Susan Rice Ordered Trump Aides Unmasked, CBS Defends.  A massive revelation in the alleged surveillance of President Trump's aides broke Monday morning when Bloomberg reported that "[f]ormer National Security Adviser Susan Rice requested the identities of U.S. persons in raw intelligence reports on dozens of occasions that connect to the Donald Trump transition and campaign." With their identities unmasked, it allowed for someone to freely and illegally leak their names to the press.  It's controversial news but ABC and NBC both chose to ignore it that night, while CBS defended Rice.

CNN's Jim Sciutto:  Susan Rice News 'Appears to Be a Story Largely Ginned Up, Partly as a Distraction'.  CNN chief national security correspondent Jim Sciutto told Anderson Cooper tonight that the news about Susan Rice allegedly being involved in the "unmasking" of Trump transition officials appears to be a "distraction" from the bigger picture on Russia.  Earlier today [4/3/2017], Sciutto said on The Lead that former intelligence officials from Democratic and Republican administrations told him that "based on what they know, this unmasking, if it happened, would not be out of bounds," because of the approval process required and because unmasking is not the same as leaking.

The Only Obama Legacy is a Sordid Litany of Political Surveillance and Abuse.  Earlier today [4/3/2017], Obama's former national security adviser Susan Rice was revealed in reports as the official who unmasked intercepts of Trump associates.  Levin celebrated the reports, saying, we are just starting to "get to the bottom of this."  "I had no idea how big this was — but it's big," declared Levin.

Obama White House Weaponized Intelligence Against Donald Trump.  It turns out that Devin Nunes has been running rings around the Democrats, and it looks like they've known it all along, and the effort to get Nunes to, quote, unquote, recuse himself as chairman of the House Intelligence Committee or the effort to get rid of him in some other way obviously was undertaken to stop what he is doing and what he is learning.

The Benghazi Liars Are Back:  Susan Rice And Adam Schiff Are Once Again Caught In Another Huge Scandal.  White House lawyers last month learned that the former national security adviser Susan Rice requested the identities of U.S. persons in raw intelligence reports on dozens of occasions that connect to the Donald Trump transition and campaign, according to U.S. officials familiar with the matter.  The pattern of Rice's requests was discovered in a National Security Council review of the government's policy on "unmasking" the identities of individuals in the U.S. who are not targets of electronic eavesdropping, but whose communications are collected incidentally.

Like Watergate 44 years ago, Obama's scandal slowly unfolds.  The media has lost its power, but doesn't realize it.  He figured this all out in two seconds.  He plays the media like the cheap little suckers they are.  The Hair On Fire coverage of the news media delights me.  They are all Mister Jones now — even Fox News — unable to figure out what time it is.

Susan Rice Ordered Spy Agencies To Produce 'Detailed Spreadsheets' Involving Trump.  Former President Barack Obama's national security adviser Susan Rice ordered U.S. spy agencies to produce "detailed spreadsheets" of legal phone calls involving Donald Trump and his aides when he was running for president, according to former U.S. Attorney Joseph diGenova.  "What was produced by the intelligence community at the request of Ms. Rice were detailed spreadsheets of intercepted phone calls with unmasked Trump associates in perfectly legal conversations with individuals," diGenova told The Daily Caller News Foundation Investigative Group Monday [4/3/2017].

Is Susan Rice The Missing Piece In Obama Spy Scandal?  While the Democrats continue to flail wildly, accusing House Intelligence Committee Chairman Devin Nunes of all kinds of hypothetical misdeeds, evidence is growing that the Obama administration had an actual spying program on its domestic political opponents, namely the Donald Trump campaign.  If so, it was more than just wrong — it was a crime.

More about Susan Rice.

As The Susan Rice Scandal Explodes, The Russia Election Hacking Story Gets Murkier.  Back in June 2016, the DNC hired a private cybersecurity firm called CrowdStrike to determine who had hacked into their servers and absconded with emails — often embarrassing — that later got released to the public by WikiLeaks.  CrowdStrike said Russia was behind the hack.  In July, intelligence agencies followed up, telling the White House that they had "high confidence" that Russia was behind the hack.  However, it turns out that they never had direct access to the DNC's hacked computer servers.  The FBI said it repeatedly requested access and the DNC denied it to them, according to The Hill.  A source told The Hill that, as a result of this lack of access, "the FBI had no choice but to rely upon a third party for information."  The problem is that the evidence provided by CrowdStrike as proof that Russia was behind the hack had some experts scratching their heads, including the fact that the supposedly super-sophisticated hackers left so many clues pointing to Russia.

Benghazi Liar Susan Rice's Treachery Continues.  While Trump's pick for this sensitive post was under scrutiny, Obama's adviser was doing opposition research which involved data mining classified intelligence reports.

The Obama Administration's Long History of Shady Surveillance.  As the facts about who surveilled whom during the transition get sorted out, it is useful to remember why Trump's team and his supporters have reason to be suspicious, thanks to a long documented history of Obama using shady surveillance tactics on both political opponents and international allies.  Rhodes himself knows this history but that doesn't seem to matter as he once again attempts to make people believe he fell out of the sky and onto Twitter on January 21st, 2017.  To help jog Rhodes' memory, below are all the documented instances of the Obama administration using and in some cases abusing surveillance.

Susan Rice Unmasking Is Only the Tip of the Iceberg.  This is of course a huge story, being ignroed by any media not called Fox News.  And it's just the tip of the iceberg.  Democrats loved the drip-drip leaks about the Trump administration.  Now the are about to get a taste of their own medicine.  Here's hoping it leads all the way up the food chain to Taliban Brennan, Loretta Lynch and Hussein Obama.

Why Susan Rice's Reported 'Unmasking' of Trump Officials Raises Very Serious Legal Concerns for Her.  The means our government uses — to protect the First and Fourth Amendment rights of Americans without sacrificing the country's security needs for information gathering on foreign threats — is a process known as "minimization" and "masking." The point of the minimization and masking protocols is to insure America's eavesdropping on foreigners "safeguards the constitutional rights of U.S. persons."  These protocols are not merely internal rules nor discretionary guidelines; they are the necessary legislatively delegated means "required to protect the privacy rights of U.S. persons" provided for by the Bill of Rights of the United States Constitution.  Violating these provisions does more than violate mere regulatory restrictions; violating these provisions violates the Constitutional rights of Americans.  That is why the law criminalizes such action when taken "under color of law" by rogue agents.

Major media spiked scoops on Susan Rice's role in unmasking Trump's team.  If Mike Cernovich is to be believed (and I think he is, since nobody is denying this), the New York Times and Bloomberg knew about Susan Rice's unmasking of Trump officials but sat on the story.

Confirmed: Susan Rice "Unmasked" Trump Team.  As noted last night, Journalist and author Mike Cernovich dropped an exclusive bombshell - naming Obama's National Security Advisor Susan Rice as the official responsible for the 'unmasking' of the incoming Trump team during 'incidental' surveillance.  This was apparently discovered after the White House Counsel's office reviewed Rice's document log requests.

White House logs indicate Susan Rice consumed unmasked intel on Trump associates.  Computer logs that former President Obama's team left behind in the White House indicate his national security adviser Susan Rice accessed numerous intelligence reports during Obama's last seven months in office that contained National Security Agency intercepts involving Donald Trump and his associates, Circa has learned.  Intelligence sources said the logs discovered by National Security Council staff suggested Rice's interest in the NSA materials, some of which included unmasked Americans' identities, appeared to begin last July around the time Trump secured the GOP nomination and accelerated after Trump's election in November launched a transition that continued through January.

GOP Rep:  Susan Rice should face criminal investigation.  BI officials should investigate whether former President Barack Obama's national security adviser broke any criminal laws by requesting the identities of Trump campaign officials caught up in foreign surveillance, according to a Republican lawmaker.  "Congress needs to get to the bottom of this and the FBI should be investigating whether any laws were broken," Rep. Ron DeSantis, R-Fla., said Monday.

The Media Is Ignoring the 500-Pound Surveillance Elephant in the Room.  Every week the Russia story crumbles a bit more.  Whether it is the loss of credibility of Crowdstrike's hacking report, or the revelation by WikiLeaks that the CIA can make a cyber attack look like it came from wherever they want, the leftist media can't catch a break.  The FBI and NSA have both testified that there is no evidence that there was any hacking of actual voting, and the WikiLeaks allegations throw doubt on Russia's involvement in hacking the DNC or Podesta emails.  Even if they did, the media and the Democrats still have yet to convince anyone that the emails are the reason that voters chose Trump in Pennsylvania, Michigan, and Wisconsin.

Susan Rice requested to unmask names of Trump transition officials, sources say.  Multiple sources tell Fox News that Susan Rice, former national security adviser under then-President Barack Obama, requested to unmask the names of Trump transition officials caught up in surveillance.  The unmasked names, of people associated with Donald Trump, were then sent to all those at the National Security Council, some at the Defense Department, then-Director of National Intelligence James Clapper and then-CIA Director John Brennan — essentially, the officials at the top, including former Rice deputy Ben Rhodes.

Rand Paul Calls For Susan Rice To Testify On Unmasking Trump Officials.  GOP Kentucky Sen. Rand Paul said he believes former National Security Advisor Susan Rice should testify before Congress on her request to unmask the names of Trump transition officials collected during routine intelligence-gathering operations.  Paul argued the situation should not be downplayed, saying reforms need to be made to prevent individuals from being blackmailed on personal aspects of their lives through unmasking.  He noted there was nothing stopping the former administration from looking through Trump officials and national security advisors' conversations during the transition window.

State Department insiders have discussed Rice's role in unmasking names 'for weeks' — and Obama MUST have known — says Trump NATO ambassador pick.  The diplomat who is in line to be America's next NATO ambassador said Monday that former National Security Advisor Susan Rice has been suspected 'for weeks' of involvement in an effort to publicly unmask Donald Trump associates whose names appeared in foreign intelligence reports.  And he claimed ten days ago that if Rice and her deputy Ben Rhodes were behind politically motivated leaks of classified intelligence, former president Barack Obama was also in the know.

Flashback: Susan Rice Said 'I Know Nothing' About Unmasking of Trump Officials.  Susan Rice, former President Barack Obama's national security adviser, reportedly requested on several occasions the identities of "masked" U.S. persons in intelligence reports linked to President Trump's transition and campaign.  The revelation contradicts Rice's past comments on March 22, when she claimed she knew "nothing" about the intelligence reports.  White House lawyers discovered Rice's dozens of requests last month, during a National Security Council review of the "government's policy on 'unmasking' the identities of individuals in the U.S. who are not targets of electronic eavesdropping, but whose communications are collected incidentally," Eli Lake of Bloomberg reported Monday, citing U.S. officials.

Susan Rice, Obama's Dirty Surveillance Rat.  As I noted a while back, while Obama and Loretta Lynch authorized the expansion of who could request the unmasking of Americans caught up in surveillance, the process still required a paper trail of who the request was from and for what purpose. [...] Interesting enough, one would have thought the FBI would be the organization with due cause to unmask Americans for investigation.  Why would the head of NSA be investigating Americans and violating their 4th Amendment rights?  Well, that seems pretty obvious given that all this ill-gotten information landed in the hands of the left wing news media, to fuel diversionary stories about some elusive Trump-Russian connection.

Susan Rice in Crosshairs as Potential Felon.  A major development in the Obama spy/leak scandal:  former Obama national security adviser Susan Rice has been identified as a person who repeatedly requested that associates of Donald Trump (and perhaps Trump himself) be unmasked in raw intelligence intercepts. [...] If true, this is a bombshell, if not exactly a surprise.  We know from her tour of the Sunday morning talk shows to misrepresent Benghazi that Rice was a political hack, more than willing to do dirty work on behalf of President Obama.  Her alleged role here would fit with that history.

The Surveillance Plot Thickens.  As the Russiagate plot falls apart like a cheap sweater in the spin cycle, the surveillance plot thickens.  Something tells me Congressional Democrats who went all-in for Russiagate are really kicking themselves right now.  As I've said before, the decision to chase this rabbit down the hole has exposed a far more insidious scandal that Democrats do not want exposed.

Why Democrats are attacking Devin Nunes:  He knows Team Obama was spying on Team Trump during the transition.  I told you last month, when President Trump first accused his predecessor of wiretapping him, that the news media would be interested in any information that might confirm Obama and/or his administration had wrongly spied on Team Trump.  What they would do instead, I told you, was act as Obama's lawyer — demanding that Trump himself prove his precise, literal charge rather than doing any of their own reporting designed to find out if something like what Trump alleged had actually happened.  That's one way defense attorneys defend their clients — they parse words and nitpick with literalisms.

Bob Woodward:  Obama officials possibly facing criminal charges for unmasking scheme.  The Washington Post's Bob Woodward warned on Wednesday [3/29/2017] that there are people from the Obama administration who could be facing criminal charges for unmasking the names of Trump transition team members from surveillance of foreign officials.

Boom — the full extent of obama's spying on Trump becomes clearer.  Adam Housley this morning [4/3/2017] reported that the NSA had collected the communications of Donald Trump, his family and his staff for more than a year prior to his inauguration and that it had nothing to do with national security.  This was done solely for political purposes.  In the absence of some national security threat the names of Americans are not to be unmasked (That this happened is perhaps not surprising coming from an administration which weaponized the IRS to suppress political opposition).

Fox: Trump Surveilled Before Nomination, Agencies with Info Blocked Nunes for Weeks.  A Friday [3/31/2017] breaking Fox News report on surveillance of President Trump's team that began before he became the Republican presidential nominee claimed a very senior intelligence official was responsible — as well as for the unmasking of the names of private U.S. citizens.  The report cited sources which also indicated that House Intelligence Committee Chairman Devin Nunes (R-CA) knew of the existence of the information in January, but one or more intelligence agencies blocked him, and there were only two locations where he could view the information that he called "very troubling."

Top Obama Adviser Sought Names of Trump Associates in Intel.  White House lawyers last month learned that the former national security adviser Susan Rice requested the identities of U.S. persons in raw intelligence reports on dozens of occasions that connect to the Donald Trump transition and campaign, according to U.S. officials familiar with the matter.  The pattern of Rice's requests was discovered in a National Security Council review of the government's policy on "unmasking" the identities of individuals in the U.S. who are not targets of electronic eavesdropping, but whose communications are collected incidentally.  Normally those names are redacted from summaries of monitored conversations and appear in reports as something like "U.S. Person One."

Unmasking Susan Rice and her NSC dead-enders.  Journalist and activist Mike Cernovich reports that former White House national security adviser Susan Rice obtained intelligence reports showing the identities of innocent Americans who incidentally spoke to foreign officials under security sweeps for spying or intelligence activities.  Under U.S. law, U.S. persons are protected from such disclosure, which could be dry cleaners asking envoys to pick up their laundry or wrong number phone messages spilling their guts about their mothers-in-law.  If such U.S. persons get swept up in surveillance, they are protected.  But only if they remain "masked," which is the law of the land.  Cernovich says the White House counsel's office has confirmed that Rice was one of the few officials with the authority to make the requests to unmask the innocent Americans caught up in surveillance dragnets.  There was no national security reason to do so, but she did.

Obama Spied, Media Lied.  Once you wave away all the smoke created by our dishonest media, the story of this past week was pretty simple.  The Trump-Russia-Conspiracy narrative is falling apart.  The Obama-Spied-on-his-Political-Opposition narrative is coming together. [...] An intelligence whistle blower has apparently shown [Devin] Nunes documents containing intelligence gathered on members of Trump's transition team.  Though this intelligence may have been gathered legally — i.e. as part of a wiretap on foreigners — at least two of the names of Americans, including the name of former National Security Advisor Michael Flynn, were illegally revealed and shared widely.  Other names were made obvious even though they remained concealed.  None of the investigations seems to have had anything to do with Russia.

Obama Silent over Trump Tower Wiretaps.  Since President Trump first leveled the incendiary charges in early March, there have been thousands of press articles and endless hours of speculation on cable television about the high-level accusations.  Every word, character, and symbol of punctuation from Mr. Trump has been parsed and sussed and diagrammed.  Yet, from media darling Barack Obama (about whom the accusations were made!)?  Not a peep.  This is no small thing we are talking about here.  We are talking about a sitting president's administration using the terrifying powers of espionage of the United States government to conduct an intelligence operation against a political opponent before, during and after that target was elected president of the United States.

Dimwitted Ex-Obama Official Admits Wiretapping Trump.  Evelyn Farkas.  She went on MSNBC.  She was in the Obama administration.  What this woman did was unwittingly out the entire Obama administration's surveillance of the Trump transition team, Trump campaign.  She went on TV and basically admitted it and explained how she was behind it, how she was involved in it.

Who is Obama administration official who spilled beans?  The former Obama administration official who admitted earlier this month that her former colleagues tried to secretly gather intelligence on President Trump's team was no low-level staffer.  Evelyn Farkas was once considered the most senior policy officer for Russia within the Pentagon, and she is now apparently defending the leaks that have been coming out of the Trump White House.

Intelligence official who 'unmasked' Trump associates is 'very high up,' source says.  The U.S. intelligence official who "unmasked," or exposed, the names of multiple private citizens affiliated with the Trump team is someone "very well known, very high up, very senior in the intelligence world," a source told Fox News on Friday.  Intelligence and House sources with direct knowledge of the disclosure of classified names told Fox News that House Intelligence Committee Chairman Devin Nunes, R-Calif., now knows who is responsible — and that person is not in the FBI.  For a private citizen to be "unmasked," or named, in an intelligence report is extremely rare.  Typically, the American is a suspect in a crime, is in danger or has to be named to explain the context of the report.

Devin Nunes and Washington's Riddle Wrapped in a Mystery inside an Enigma.  [Scroll down]  When a reporter at Nunes's second March 22 press conference asked, "Can you rule out the possibility that senior Obamaadministration officials were involved in this?" Nunes replied, "No, we cannot."  Ipso facto these are startling disclosures of historical proportions — if true, of an anticonstitutional magnitude comparable to Watergate.  Given the stakes, we should expect hysteria to follow, and it has followed.  Amid the current shouting, we nonetheless know that Nunes did not hide the fact that he had sought to adjudicate the validity of those explosive documents (with the original sources in the secure possession of the executive branch).  And he did not hide the fact that he was going to notify the president of the United States of the extraordinary information about which he had knowledge.

Inspector Obama and the Red Panther.  The incompetence of the Obama administration was only exceeded by its arrogance, a toxic mix that led his aides to spy on the Trump campaign, leak to the press about a "multi-agency" investigation into bogus Trump-Russia ties, then whine about the unwelcome exposure Trump (and now Devin Nunes) drew to their antics.  The only known crimes in this unfolding fiasco are the ones they committed, namely, criminal leaks that they fed to reporters desperate to discredit Trump.  It is impossible to overstate the audacity of the Obama aides' partisan squealing in this matter.  It is akin to a group of prisoners demanding that the warden be locked up.

Judge Napolitano Drops Major Bombshell On Wiretapping.  Judge Napolitano was originally suspended when Comey and the FBI came out and claimed that there had been no wiretapping of Trump Tower.  He did say there could have been other surveillance though.  Then the Brits played word games and sort of denied doing any intelligence for Obama.  Everything is in the wording.  By the way, Trump was claiming there was surveillance long before Napolitano made his claims.  Judge Napolitano had three intelligence sources that gave him information on the surveillance.

White House Invites Lawmakers to View Surveillance Documents.  The Trump administration invited leaders of congressional intelligence panels to review documents it said raise questions about whether government spy agencies improperly identified President Donald Trump's campaign officials and associates in the course of routine foreign surveillance.  In a letter signed by White House Counsel Donald McGahn, the administration said Thursday it was responding to a March 15 request from intelligence committees for "documents necessary to determine whether information collected on U.S. persons was mishandled and leaked."  It asks the committees to probe whether the intelligence was properly gathered, whether names were improperly revealed and "to the extent that U.S. citizens were subject to such surveillance, were civil liberties violated?"

Fox News:  Private citizens were unmasked 'for political purposes'.  Fox News' Adam Housley is reporting that sources within the intelligence community have confirmed some of what Rep. Devin Nunes told reporters last week about the unmasking of names in intelligence documents to embarrass the incoming Trump administration.  Housley summarized the information he was given in a series of tweets Friday morning: [...]

President Obama's Own Defense Deputy Admits Obama White House Spied on Candidate/President-Elect Trump.  Sometimes when a person is deep inside an echo-chamber of like-minded ideologues, they might not realize what they're saying is rather revealing to those on the outside.  That's the set up for former Obama administration official Evelyn Farkas (Deputy Asst.  Secretary of Defense) appearing on MSNBC and admitting first hand knowledge the Obama administration spied on candidate and president-elect Donald Trump's transition team to gather "intelligence" for political use.  It would appear Ms. Farkas was so caught up in the discussion, she didn't quite realize the significant admissions she was making about the Obama administration spying on Donald Trump's team and generating classified intelligence for Ms. Farkas (and others) to spread to Capitol Hill politicians.  [Video clip]

Judge Andrew Napolitano Stands by British Surveillance Report in Return to Fox News.  Judge Andrew Napolitano spoke on Fox News, Wednesday [3/29/2017], making his first appearance on the network after pushing a controversial report in defense of President Trump's claims of wiretapping during the 2016 election.  Anchors Bret Baier and Shepard Smith previously said that Fox could not independently confirm the accuracy of Napolitano's claim that the British intelligence service GCHQ facilitated the wiretapping.  During Napolitano's spot on America's Newsroom today, Bill Hemmer noted that "you've had a few quiet days."  Hemmer then asked the judge whether he was still confident in the story, to which the Fox judicial analyst said yes.  [Video clip]

How Obama's White House weaponized media against Trump.  Senator Chuck Schumer and Congressman Adam Schiff have both castigated Devin Nunes, the chairman of the House Intelligence Committee, for his handling of the inquiry into Russia's interference in the 2016 presidential election.  They should think twice.  The issue that has recently seized Nunes is of vital importance to anyone who cares about fundamental civil liberties.  The trail that Nunes is following will inevitably lead back to a particularly significant leak.  On Jan. 12, Washington Post columnist David Ignatius reported that "according to a senior U.S. government official, (General Mike) Flynn phoned Russian Ambassador Sergey Kislyak several times on Dec. 29."  From Nunes's statements, it's clear that he suspects that this information came from NSA intercepts of Kislyak's phone.  An Obama official, probably in the White House, "unmasked" Flynn's name and passed it on to Ignatius.

Former Obama official discloses rush to get intelligence on Trump team.  A former top Obama administration official has acknowledged efforts by her colleagues to gather intelligence on Trump team ties to Russia before Donald Trump took office and to conceal the sources of that intelligence from the incoming administration.

Obama's Rule Changes Opened Door For NSA Intercepts Of Americans To Reach Political Hands.  As his presidency drew to a close, Barack Obama's top aides routinely reviewed intelligence reports gleaned from the National Security Agency's incidental intercepts of Americans abroad, taking advantage of rules their boss relaxed starting in 2011 to help the government better fight terrorism, espionage by foreign enemies and hacking threats, Circa has learned.  Dozens of times in 2016, those intelligence reports identified Americans who were directly intercepted talking to foreign sources or were the subject of conversations between two or more monitored foreign figures.  Sometimes the Americans' names were officially unmasked; other times they were so specifically described in the reports that their identities were readily discernible.  Among those cleared to request and consume unmasked NSA-based intelligence reports about U.S. citizens were Obama's national security adviser Susan Rice, his CIA Director John Brennan and then-Attorney General Loretta Lynch.

Shaffer: Trump Wiretap Case 'Worse Than Watergate'.  Former CIA officer Col. Tony Shaffer said the basics of President Trump's claim to have been "wiretapped" are likely true, and that the incident is "worse than Watergate."  Noting it has been exactly two weeks since Trump tweeted that President Obama wiretapped his namesake tower, Shaffer said the "basic fundamental idea and claim is true."

Obama Did Wiretap Trump:  It's Like Putting Together a Russian Nesting Doll.  [Scroll down]  No matter how many dolls are hidden in the nest — Comey, Clapper, Brennan, Lynch — it is undeniable that they all fit under the big one — Obama.  It was he who authorized the surveillance and multiagency distribution of intelligence — in Bob Woodward's reading, "highly classified gossip" — about political opponent Trump and his team — invading their privacy in violation of the law.  If you were inclined to want Americans to lose faith in their intelligence community and media you couldn't have done a better job than they did themselves.  The Russians didn't have to do a thing.

Obama Must Testify.  It's time.  As the House and Senate investigations start up, with the House Intelligence Committee hearing from FBI Director James Comey today, there is someone missing from the witness list.  That would be:  Former President Barack Obama.

Democrats Hoped to Hurt Trump, but Raised Suspicions of Obama.  The mainstream media have been doing a victory lap since the Federal Bureau of Investigation (FBI) and the National Security Agency (NSA) confirmed on Monday in testimony before the U.S. House Intelligence Committee that President Barack Obama did not wiretap Trump Tower.  But that was already known.  There was only one new revelation at the hearing, and it was a bombshell:  senior Obama administration officials could have known the identities of surveillance targets.

Time to Investigate Obama, not Just Trump.  A fair amount of this happened not long before Barack Obama suddenly changed the rules regarding raw intelligence, for the first time ever allowing the NSA to share its data with 16 other intelligence agencies, thus making the dissemination of said data (i. e. leaking) many times more likely.  That was done on January 12, 2017, just three scant days before Trump's inauguration.  Why did the then president finally decide to make that particular change at that extremely late date, rather than on one of the previous seven years and three hundred fifty-three days of his presidency?  You don't have to be Sherlock Holmes or Watson to smell a rat.

The Obama Plot to Sabotage Trump.  Devin Nunes just set the cat down among the pigeons.  Two days after FBI Director James Comey assured us there was no truth to President Trump's tweet about being wiretapped by Barack Obama, the chairman of the House Intelligence Committee said Trump may have had more than just a small point.  The U.S. intelligence community, says Nunes, during surveillance of legitimate targets, picked up the names of Trump transition officials during surveillance of targets, "unmasked" their identity, and spread their names around, virtually assuring they would be leaked.  If true, this has the look and smell of a conspiracy to sabotage the Trump presidency, before it began.

Evidence Says Obama DID Wire Tap Trump's Campaign.  On Saturday morning President Donald J. Trump put a bee in the media's bonnet by tweeting how shameful it was that Obama tapped his phones during the late campaign for president.  It set off two full days of liberals acting shocked and outraged that Trump could say such a thing, got the media to covering for Barack Obama, and spurred weak kneed RINO Republicans siding with the left in attacking Trump.  So, what of all this?  Thus far, anyway, it seems completely true that Trump is right.  Obama did spy on candidate Trump.  The media went into a feeding frenzy on Saturday morning when President Trump tweeted out his accusation.

DC Secrets and Lies.  A quick look at Obama's history reveals he has always had the inclination, motivation, and opportunity to snoop on and disseminate information about his political opponents.  It's how he made his political career:  getting his opponents' private divorce records unsealed and leaked with the help of the Chicago Tribune. [...] Wikileaks revealed that under Obama, the NSA intercepted conversations of numerous foreign officials, including UN Secretary General Ban Ki-Moon, Angela Merkel, Benjamin Netanyahu, Silvio Berlusconi, and Nicolas Sarkozy.  So it is rather astonishing that so many disregard Trump's claim that Obama and his aides spied upon him and his staff.

Evidence Says Obama DID Wire Tap Trump's Campaign.  On Saturday morning [3/4/2017] President Donald J. Trump put a bee in the media's bonnet by tweeting how shameful it was that Obama tapped his phones during the late campaign for president.  It set off two full days of liberals acting shocked and outraged that Trump could say such a thing, got the media to covering for Barack Obama, and spurred weak kneed RINO Republicans siding with the left in attacking Trump.  So, what of all this?  Thus far, anyway, it seems completely true that Trump is right.  Obama did spy on candidate Trump.  The media went into a feeding frenzy on Saturday morning when President Trump tweeted out his accusation.

How Are All These Intel Leaks Happening?  Look At One Of The Last Things Obama Did Before Leaving Office.  Former President Barack Obama made a last-minute change to the way wiretapped intelligence is shared Jan. 12, which may have contributed to the proliferation of leaks plaguing the Trump administration.  Obama changed the way National Security Agency intelligence is shared 8 days before leaving office, which allows globally intercepted communications to be disseminated across the entire intelligence community.  The change was part of a post-9/11 push by the executive branch to increase intelligence sharing, to ensure that NSA analysts do not miss critically important information.  The change is "simply widening the aperture for a larger number of analysts, who will be bound by the existing rules," the Office of the Director of National Intelligence said at the time.

Obama's Surveillance Of Team Trump:  A Probable Paper Trail.  [Scroll down]  So, who tapped Team Trump?  Well, only one organization has the ability to tap international communications — the NSA.  And there are a lot of rules surrounding NSA intercepts.  I do not think the NSA went rogue.  I think people knew what the NSA vacuumed up and misused that information for personal reasons (it definitely was not national security — the reason NSA does what it does).  Clearly we have disturbing examples of US Persons being monitored, and then leaked.  And that is where a new paper trail begins — with the leaks.

What did the President know and when did he know it?  The political debate of the past several weeks was brought to a head by President Trump's now famous tweet last Saturday morning.  Until then, the press had largely reported on allegations that Russian hacking affected our recent election focused, according to Democrats, on favoring President Trump.  And this debate continues even though there has been no confirmation of such claims, including from ongoing congressional and intelligence community investigations.  Now President Trump has placed another issue on the table — the role of President Obama and/or his administration in leaks directed for political purposes.

We live in truly terrifying times.  The horror comes from our own government, and especially the intelligence community, where officials seem to have gone rogue and where anything — and everything — is now in play.  The frightening reality is that a president laid seeds to destroy his successor — who, as it turns out, he targeted with the secret spy organizations at his beck and call.  During the last days of his term, Barack Obama set out to sabotage Mr. Trump by spreading intelligence information throughout the federal government, as well as to foreign governments.

The Lame Duck Timeline Strongly Suggests President Obama Set Up Intelligence Scheme To Undermine Trump.  Jay Sekulow outlines the case that President Obama set-up a plan for the intelligence community to target President Trump.  Specifically through the use of a lame-duck executive order, President Obama authorized multiple intelligence agencies to have access to Signals Intelligence (SIGINT) including phone call intercepts.

Barack H. Obama leaves traps and stink bombs for the next president

President Trump has a lot of cleaning up to do.  Islamic terrorists are active all over the world, and Obama won't even say "Islamic terrorists."  Iran is working on nuclear weapons, funded in large part by Obama's billion-dollar ransom payment.  The unemployment numbers in the U.S. have been falsified for years, because the people who have completely given up on finding a job are not counted as unemployed.  Obama has been intentionally weakening America's military defenses and placing roadblocks in the path of small businesses.  The international borders are wide open.  More people are depending on food stamps than ever before, and those benefits never end.  The well-connected "green energy" companies have grown accustomed to subsidies for solar panels and windmills.  The VA hospitals are a disgrace.  The national debt is almost twice what it was when Obama took over.  Government workers in the EPA, IRS and State Department have been using secret email accounts to stay out of trouble.  In Hillary Clinton's case, that didn't work out too well, but will she face the music or will she skate?  Mr. Obama has let terrorists leave the Guantanamo prison, and we all know they'll be back in the news before long.  Mr. Obama has designated large parts of the western U.S. as "national monuments," which will prevent anyone from extracting fossil fuels from that land.  He has also put the brakes on offshore oil drilling, especially in Alaska, where there is probably more oil than any of us can imagine.  Mr. Obama has stirred up more racial division in this country than it has experienced since the 1960's, because that's what "community organizers" do.  The people who work for the EPA, the IRS, NASA, the NLRB, the Department of Education, and the Department of Energy are constantly looking for ways to justify their agencies' continued existence (and expansion) and have probably never considered the idea that their jobs won't last forever.  All this junk has to be cleaned up by someone.

Words Aren't Enough.  With Trump seeming to be unbeatable in the 2024 election, the Democrats have begun a scorched-earth policy of laying landmines on every conceivable path he might take.  Having declared that he would fire a great many bureaucrats, they're working on making that much harder to do.  The lawfare they've invested millions of dollars to prosecute is turning out to be a failed enterprise and like a cornered animal, they're attacking everything Trump.  But they're also exposing themselves to millions more people.

Biden Admin Issues Rule To Thwart Trump Ability To Fire Biden Executive Branch Holdovers If He Wins.  One of the things that frustrated me about Trump's (first?) term was his seeming complete indifference to #TheResistance that manifested before he even took office.  Unelected bureaucrats working in the ridiculously invasive executive branch's many agencies, publicly declared war on him, and he ... well, he did nothing.  Until the final year of his presidency when he seemed to finally take aim at the problem in his own branch of government — we can call it the deep state, the resistance, the entrenched bureaucrats who oversee far too much policy in America and who are, apparently, answerable to no one.  Not the voter, not the president.  So then-president Trump launched Schedule F in late October 2020, a new rule that would allow the sitting and duly-elected president to have a say in who ran and worked in his own (overly large, sprawling, and ridiculously intrusive) branch of the federal government.

The Most Destructive Americans of the Last 70 years.  [#2] Barack Hussein Obama [...] set up America for a final defeat and stealth conversion from a free-market society to socialism/communism.  As we get deeper into the Trump presidency, we learn more each day about how Obama politicized and compromised key government agencies, most prominently the FBI, the CIA, and the IRS, thus thoroughly shaking the public's confidence in the federal government to be fair and unbiased in its activities.  He significantly set back race and other relations between Americans by stoking black grievances and pushing radical identity politics.  Obama's open support for the Iranian mullahs and his apologetic "lead from behind" foreign policy seriously weakened America abroad.  His blatant attempt to interfere in Israel's election by trying to unseat Netanyahu is one of the most shameful things ever done by an American president.

Biden administration to put up 'roadblocks' in case of Trump win?  A new Associated Press report claims that the Biden administration, urged on by a group of leftist "experts" and "legal advisers," is preparing for the possible return of Donald Trump to the White House[,] by installing "roadblocks" to inhibit Trump's ability to fire government workers and otherwise make changes he may deem necessary to make the country great again.  It never stops with these people.  The more they talk of saving "our democracy," the more they do to undermine it.  Though the AP may look at this as a good thing, if true, the claims are gravely serious.  Negating citizens' votes and denying the will of the people is as undemocratic as it gets — not to mention disgusting, criminal, unconstitutional, and treasonous.

Biden admin braces for possible Trump win, installs 'roadblocks' to stop him from reshaping government:  Report.  President Biden's administration and liberal supporters in Washington are bracing for a possible Donald Trump victory in November by installing "roadblocks" to limit the latter's ability to fire thousands of government workers, according to a new report.  The Associated Press reported that a cabal of left-leaning experts, legal advisers and others are confident Biden will be re-elected but are urging him to prepare for the worst:  another Trump presidency beginning in 2025.  "My impression is the Biden administration is taking very seriously that potential threat and is trying to do things now," Michael Linden, former executive associate director of the White House Office of Management and Budget under Biden, told the AP. Although he added there was no "magic bullet" to stop Trump if he took office again.  "Nobody should be under any illusion that there's anything that this president can do in advance to prevent the next president from doing things that are very damaging, potentially catastrophically."

Will Biden Back to Trump Represent a Smooth Transition of Power?  Not While Obama is Around.  While mainstream reporters kept questioning whether or not President Trump would leave office willingly, he did so on schedule and as required.  Will Biden do the same if Trump is re-elected?  Don't count on it while Barack Obama is around.  While we're at it, did the media question Obama's behavior upon leaving office?  In particular, did Obama offer a smooth transition for Trump to assume the presidency?  A wave of evidence shows that he did not.  Obama continually thwarted his successor, unlike every previous president in U.S. history.  Obama's post-presidency was unique among presidents.  He never moved from Washington D.C. Upon leaving office, Obama set up headquarters a short drive from the White House.  His compound included his family residence, an apartment for Valerie Jarrett, his former senior advisor, and offices for Jarrett and various staff people.  Organizing for Action, Obama's umbrella organization was focused on steering public discourse and national events through the mobilization of thousands of volunteers, all to undermine Trump's presidency.  At the time, veteran political writer Scott Powell notes, "Unbeknownst to most Americans, Barack Obama is the first ex-president in 228 years of U.S. history to structure and lead a political organization, a shadow government, for the explicit purpose of sabotaging his successor — duly elected President Donald Trump."

If... Then... 2024.  President Obama, while he was still president, worked in collusion with the Deep State to set up President Trump with the Russia, Russia, Russia hoax.  Obama and the CIA/FBI spied on and wiretapped President-Elect Trump's transition team.  FBI lied to and set up national security adviser Mike Flynn so that he was forced to resign because he knew too much about Obama/Biden dirt.  FBI agents Peter Strzok and Lisa Page used their "insurance policy" to feloniously take down and stall President Trump's administration.  Vice President Mike Pence really was a RINO traitor and mole inside the Trump administration.  Pence really was one of the Cabinet officials ready to use the 25th Amendment to kick duly elected President Trump out of the White House.  FBI director Christopher Wray committed election interference by deep-sixing the Hunter Biden laptop so that the public would not see it until after 2020 election.

Is Biden Poison-Pilling Trump?  Within less than eleven months, and if nothing else goes wrong, Trump, as the newly (re-)elected president, will inherit no less than three wars, a flailing economy, a 34-trillion-dollar federal deficit, high crime rates across the country, a broken Southern border that has spilled at least nine million new people into the country without being vetted, and a Deep State that doesn't want him to succeed.  If that isn't pancake syrup gutting up an engine, then I don't know what is.  I might even question Trump's sanity — or his courage — to want to get anywhere near this calamitous effort of trying to fix what Biden has broken.

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Leaving stink bombs for the next president is exactly what Obama did.  This is just more evidence that Obama is still the acting president in 2024.

President Nothing:  Joe Biden is a figurehead for Obama.  The press has never fully explained why people voted for him.  Oh sure, they said he was not Trump, but Bernie Sanders, Pete Buttigieg and Pocahontas Warren also were not Trump in 2020 and each was well ahead of Biden when they suddenly dropped out after raising millions and garnering far more votes than he had.  Whatever happened to the unspent millions they raised?  No one in the media seems interested in finding that out.  The press is too busy advancing the Democrat Party line to bother with holding Democrats accountable.  We know what happened.  Obama picked Biden just as he had picked Hillary four years earlier.  After Biden failed in Iowa and New Hampshire, Obama paid off the rivals and had Jim Clyburn fix the South Carolina primary, which for Democrats is largely a black primary.  Unleashing a pandemic panic and race riots across the nation, Obama almost pulled it off.  He needed a last-minute mail-in forgery operation to take key states to seal the deal.  Knowing Trump had the votes to come back in 2024, Obama has had him impeached, indicted and in civil court.

They are rubbing our noses in their filth.  President Trump never really was in charge.  Obama led the resistance — an act of sedition — that thwarted Trump at every turn.  McConnell and the rest of the gullible guinea pigs in DC who call themselves conservatives aided and abetted Obama.  Trump's inability to govern properly is one of the reasons some commentators want to abandon him.  It is like telling a rape victim she should have fought harder.

Newly Released Documents Show Members of the Obama Biden Team Sought to Sabotage the Incoming Trump Administration.  Newly released documents confirm what millions of Americans have believed for years now.  That members of the Obama administration actively did what they could to sabotage the incoming Trump administration in 2016.  People like General Flynn were targted through the process of unmasking and more.  The heavily redacted documents were obtained through a Freedom of Information Act (FOIA) request.

Biden and Other Obama Officials Sought to 'Torpedo' Incoming Trump Admin, Docs Show.  According to heavily redacted documents from the National Security Agency obtained by The Daily Signal, there was a coordinated effort by the outgoing Obama administration to "torpedo the incoming presidency of Donald Trump."  Through a Freedom of Information Act request, The Daily Signal acquired 217 pages of documents.  "The documents reveal that Obama administration officials, from Vice President Joe Biden down to several ambassadors and many officials in the Treasury and Energy departments, gained access to secret information about Lt. Gen. Michael Flynn, President-elect Trump's choice for national security adviser," the report says.

The biggest stink bomb of the 21st century:
Was Trump Laid Low Just to Satisfy Barack Obama's Ego?  [Scroll down]  [S]ince President Trump took office, it's hard to not smell Obama's obsessive stink all over a calculated effort to destroy a good man.  Of late, those carefully crafted plans include acrimony and suspicious ACORNish activity, not to mention a year-long lockdown and Rules for Radicals-style chaos.  Recently, Americans witnessed a sham inauguration and post-inaugural mischief where every executive order Joe the Automaton signed reeked with the stench of Obama's malicious effort to reinstate himself as all-knowing redeemer.  Lest we forget, Kamala "I'm Speaking" Harris has had a longstanding relationship with former president Obama.  Thus the reason for her meteoric rise from the shadows of Willie Brown's love shack to the vice presidency.  Unfortunately for America, besides having a cackle from hell, "the best-looking" attorney general on the planet also has Barry's slimy fingerprints all over her high tops.  Then there's the return of the posse of familiar co-conspirators who emerged from the political ash heap of history to take up where the Obama era left off.

The Head of the FTC Is Yet Another Tyrannical Deep State Swamp Creature.  The Federal Trade Commission (FTC) — is yet another one of those Executive Branch joints the Legislative Branch set up to be "independent." Which is, of course, unconstitutional.  The Constitution establishes three branches of government — Executive, Legislative and Judicial.  You can't create an "independent" fourth branch — unless and until you amend our founding document.  So in Reality, the FTC should be an Executive Branch agency.  As with all the Executive Branch agencies, departments, commissions and boards — the FTC is supposed to execute the policy intentions of the duly elected Chief Executive.  THIS duly elected Chief Executive — Donald Trump.  Not the PRIOR duly elected Chief Executive — Barack Obama.  Whose nigh entire panoply of policy intentions were diametrically opposed to this one's.  But the FTC just yet again voted to continue doing the bidding of Obama — who hasn't been president for nearly four years.

From DNC Irony to Parody.  Barack Obama, for the first time in U.S. presidential history, had his appointees in the Department of Justice, CIA, and FBI surveil and disrupt, through a false "dossier," an opposition political campaign.  He sought to tap, monitor, and deceive an incoming elected president and his staff.  Finally, on exiting, he put in place people and procedures to ensure that the succeeding administration would be weakened and disrupted.

Obama panics.  Obama failed to extend the same peaceful transition of power to President Donald John Trump that common decency demands.  Obama instead used the FBI to spy on Donald Trump (and he still may be, who knows?).  Obama also encouraged sedition among civil servants as his staff held classes on resistance, which included slow-walking or even ignoring orders.  For 4 years, Obama did all in his power to harass President Trump as Obama stood athwart history yelling stop.  On Wednesday [8/19/2020], Obama took the national stage for the first time since President Trump's inauguration.  He did not look, act, or sound the same.  He was old. [...] The speech was over-the-top rhetoric that projected many of the things Obama did upon President Trump.  For example, Obama declared that President Trump is using public office for personal gain.  But reality called and left a message.  As president, Donald Trump's personal fortune shrank by a billion dollars.  Obama's net worth went from zero to $150 million as president.

In the Empire of Labor, Justice Cannot Abide.  In the dwindling days of the Obama administration, literally hours before President Trump was sworn in, the Obama Department of Labor (DoL) breathlessly raced to file a barrage of administrative enforcement actions against federal contractors in the Office of Federal Contract Compliance Program (OFCCP).  These lawsuits are against significant corporations such as Oracle and Google and are emblematic of the Obamaite exaltation of monolithic governmental power to the detriment of fundamental fairness, due process and, far too often, common sense.

Obama Holdovers with Islamist Connections Still Employed by the DoJ.  What's with all the Obama holdovers who can still be found throughout the Trump administration?  It is now just a little over three months before the 2020 presidential election, and despite an alarming amount of evidence of Obama holdovers still in the Washington bureaucracy, working hard to block Trump policies, all too many of these saboteurs are still in place.  One of them is an appeaser, capitulator, and Muslim Brotherhood stooge named Eric W. Treene.  The Justice Department's "Religious Freedom in Focus" is "a periodic email update about the Civil Rights Division's religious liberty and religious discrimination cases."  It lists as a contact the Special Counsel for Religious Discrimination, Eric W. Treene.  I exposed Treene's subservience to Muslim organizations linked to Hamas and the Muslim Brotherhood over eight years ago.  What's Eric Treene still doing there?

US Afghan Policy Is a Path to Another 9-11.  The United States' failed policy in Afghanistan is likely to result in another 9-11. President Barack Obama capitulated to the Taliban through a series of concessions, and the Trump administration has continued the same dangerous policies.  As the U.S. negotiates with the Taliban, the latter continue and plan to expand their terrorist activities.  The most recent indication is their demand from the U.S. to release Afghan narco-terrorist Hajji Bashar Noorzai from prison.  It's time for President Trump to reverse this perilous course.

Ric Grenell Discusses Obama Team Motivation to Disrupt Incoming Trump Administration.  Former Acting Director of National Intelligence Richard "Ric" Grenell appears on Newsmax TV to discuss his perspectives on the concerted effort of former Obama officials to disrupt the incoming administration of President Donald Trump.  As noted by Grenell the Obama team intentionally coordinated a resistance operation against the incoming administration, while their allies in remaining institutions workd furiously on a false Trump-Russia narrative to undercut President Trump.

Time to Tear Hillary Clinton's Name from State Department Pavilion.  In the final days of the Obama Administration, Clinton's name was slapped up on the walls of the just-finished U.S. Diplomacy Center at Foggy Bottom.  The Hillary Rodham Clinton Pavilion was an obvious slap in the face of the incoming administration.  A defiant reminder of Secretary Clinton's shameful legacy.  On January 10, 2017, just ten days before Donald Trump was sworn into office (instead of Clinton), the former Secretary of State returned to the State Department to help open the new pavilion that bore her name.  "I'm thrilled to be here at the new Hillary Clinton Pavilion," Clinton said during her remarks at the ceremony.  "I'm sure you will notice it is the most transparent part of the entire project."  An obviously defiant statement mocking the deceitful nature of her tenure, which included her felonious use of a private, unsecured email server to transmit state secrets.

Trump allows commercial fishing in nation's only marine monument in the Atlantic.  Overturning one of his predecessor's more far-reaching environmental measures in New England, President Trump on Friday [6/5/2020] signed a proclamation allowing commercial fishing in nearly 5,000 square miles of protected waters off Cape Cod.  The decision undermines one of the main goals of the Northeast Canyons and Seamounts Marine National Monument, a controversial preserve about 130 miles southeast of Provincetown that President Barack Obama designated in his final year in office.  It was the first marine monument in the Atlantic Ocean.  The Connecticut-sized area features a range of unique coral, rare fish, endangered marine mammals, and sea turtles.  It contains three underwater canyons deeper than the Grand Canyon and four underwater mountains.

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By and large, nobody cares about underwater mountains, or trenches, and there has never been any great popular demand for the establishment of a marine monument.  Fishermen aren't interested in turtles, marine mammals, or coral.  They're only out there for the fish.  Mr. Obama had quite a history of pandering to the environmentalists.

Stunning explosion of cheers from Iran and China dissidents over booting of Obama holdovers at Voice of America.  President Trump was happy as heck at the news that Michael Pack, his choice for new director at the Voice of America, finally got confirmed by the Senate.  It came as a sort of miracle, given the dirty, protracted battle from deep state's Obama holdovers to keep him out.  It was so underhanded it involved a last-ditch Kavanaugh-style bid to smear Pack as corrupt if for nothing else to delay his Senate confirmation to eternity.  It was deep state at its worst and it failed.  Now, what's probably the last solid Obama bastion of deep-state government has toppled.

The Obama-Biden Pandemic 'Playbook' Is Less than Advertised.  Former Vice President Joe Biden's campaign has frequently pointed to a 69-page "playbook" that the Obama-Biden administration created for dealing with pandemics, arguing that President Donald Trump had ignored it.  White House Press Secretary Kayleigh McEnany recently called the playbook "insufficient," according to the Washington Examiner.  In fact, the playbook is less than advertised.  Of the 69 pages, only 27 are the actual "playbook."  The first 13 pages are the table of contents, executive summary, and various title pages.  The last 29 pages are appendices.

White House Challenges Left's Pandemic Playbook Narrative.  The White House pushed back on the media narrative that the Obama administration left behind a pandemic "playbook" for the Trump administration.  White House press secretary Kayleigh McEnany said Friday that the playbook from the Obama administration was an insufficient packet of paper, and that the Trump administration's own pandemic response exercise in 2019 exposed its shortcomings.  On Thursday [5/14/2020], Dr. Rick Bright, a senior adviser at the National Institutes of Health who filed a whistleblower complaint against President Donald Trump, told a House Energy and Commerce subcommittee on health that the administration should have known more about the coronavirus.

Admiral Giroir Exposes Obama Holdovers Who Released "IG Report" In the Middle of a Pandemic.  One of the things that bugs me the most about some in the conservative media is the incessant demand that we continue to give people the benefit of the doubt when they've earned none.  We've seen this dynamic in how criticism of the FBI has been handled despite the obvious evidence of widespread malfeasance.  For another example, two Obama holdovers recently released an IG report during the ongoing Wuhan Virus pandemic that makes claims about testing wait times.  Immediately, some suspected politics were at play while others claimed it was out of bounds to suggest such.  My opinion is that you'd have to be incredibly naive to not ask questions about the timing of such a release.  When is the last time an IG released a critical report while a crisis was still unfolding?

Flashback: The Obama-Biden Administration Repeatedly Sought Millions in CDC Cuts.  Joe Biden has made pandemic preparedness a theme of his attacks on President Trump in recent weeks.  But, according to analysis from Gregg Re at Fox News, the Obama-Biden administration repeatedly sought to cut hundreds of millions of dollars in funding to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC),  "seemingly undercutting former Vice President Joe Biden's repeated attacks on the Trump White House for its pandemic preparedness."  The budget requests are available online via the CDC website.  On many occasions, Democrats, including Biden, have falsely accused President Trump of slashing the CDC's budget.  Biden has used these false claims to suggest that he would never even propose similar cuts, let alone make them.  Fact checks from the Associated Press and FactCheck.org both proved the claims made by Biden and others to be wrong, because CDC funding actually increased during the Trump administration.

Here's How Eric Holder Helped the Obama Administration Transform the Democratic Party into a Party of Thugs.  By the time President Trump took office, most, if not all, of the DOJ's employees were Democrats.  Judging from their resumes, most were far-left Democrats.  If this was happening with impunity at the DOJ, we have to assume that similar hiring practices were adopted by all of the other government agencies.  Conservatives need not apply.  This would explain how the deep state became so entrenched and so powerful that they were able to carry out such an audacious plot against candidate and then President Trump.  Far from being a scandal-free administration as former Vice President Joe Biden has claimed on the campaign trail, it was one of the most corrupt.  How could President Trump have known any of this when he first arrived in Washington?

Obama Holdover Made the Call to Fly Coronavirus Patients Back to the US from Japan — Then Boasted About It.  President Trump was reportedly furious after a State Department doctor ignored the President's orders and allowed Americans, sick with the coronavirus, to return to the US from Japan.  Dr. William Walters, Executive Director and Managing Director for Operational Medicine for the Bureau of Medical Services at the U.S. Department of State, made the decision to bring the patients back to the US. Dr. William Walters is a holdover from the Obama administration.  The good doctor made the call despite the president's wishes and then went out and bragged about it.

The Counter-Coup Has Begun.  [Scroll down]  Why then did I want him to have all 420 members of the bloated NSC we had inherited from the Obama Administration be put through a lie detector test?  Because the new administration systematically was being subverted.  We had barely moved into our offices and it was as if there hadn't even been an election, as if 63 million Americans hadn't chosen a new Chief Executive and the Left was still in control.  The latest proof that triggered my call to action?  The brand new classified NSC phonebook, with the names of all the holdovers, new hires, and political appointees and their contact details had been leaked to the press, before General Flynn had even signed off on it.  My concern was that it was time to act before something bigger and more damaging to America's national security was leaked.  Sadly Mike did not take my advice and it would have dire consequences.  A few days later he would resign and eventually was charged with a process crime to which he pleaded guilty in order to save his family.

We're only now learning how deep the Swamp is.  The Swamp hates Trump's successes on immigration, tax cuts, and deregulation.  But these are familiar monsters.  There are also the ones which bubble up out of nowhere, like the Obama administration's lame-duck discrimination lawsuits against Oracle, Google, and other companies.  These lawsuits were filed between Trump's election and Trump taking office, and they were based on statistics — not actual cases of discrimination.

Trump hasn't ended Obama's war on the suburbs.  President Obama waited until his administration had nearly ended to promulgate his AFFH rule.  But, as Stanley says, he executed a test-run of their new AFFH policy on Westchester County, New York. [...] Obama's radical move caused Republicans to gain control of Westchester's government, and the new County Executive Rob Astorino courageously fought back against Obama administration overreach.  Now, Astorino claims that "Team Trump just called a halt to the Obama-era war on American suburbs."  Not really.  Yes, the Trump HUD, under Secretary Ben Carson, has proposed a revision of Obama's AFFH that peels back some of the rule's most egregious overreach.  However, it has leaves the core of Obama's AFFH remains intact.  That core is the federal government's power to control local zoning decisions.

Q: The Silent War Continues.  In almost 4,000 posts, Q has painted a disturbing, multi-faceted portrait of a global crime syndicate that operates with impunity.  In recent weeks, President Trump has grown more explicit about some of the syndicate's crimes.  Speaking to the National Governors Association, President Trump stated, in an almost casual, offhand manner, why the United States had recently upgraded its nuclear missile technology at great expense. "...we're buying new, we have the super-fast missiles, tremendous number of the super-fast.  We call them super-fast where they're four, five, six, or even seven times faster than ordinary missiles.  We need that because again, Russia has some.  I won't tell you how they got it.  They got it supposedly from the Obama Administration when we weren't doing it.  And that's too bad.  It's not good.  But that's how it happened."

Team Trump just called a halt to the Obama-era war on American suburbs.  President Trump gets credit — and takes heat — for many things, but many folks don't even know about one of his best accomplishments:  blocking the federal government's power grab for control of America's suburbs.  During the Obama administration, the Department of Housing and Urban Development tried to install Washington bureaucrats as the decision makers for how communities across all 50 states should grow.  Using an obscure rule called Affirmatively Furthering Fair Housing, HUD sought to remake America's cities, towns and villages by forcing any community that was getting federal funds to meet racial quotas.  To do this, HUD applied the notion of "disparate impact," which unilaterally deems housing patterns to be discriminatory if minority representation is not evenly spread across the jurisdiction.  Communities with high concentrations of minorities are automatically labeled segregated.

Devin Nunes:  John Bolton was warned about Obama holdovers who 'spy' in Trump White House.  Former national security adviser John Bolton was advised to purge potentially biased holdovers from the Obama administration from the Trump White House, according to a top Republican in Congress.  House Intelligence Committee ranking member Devin Nunes said on Thursday that he warned Bolton, whom Democrats want to testify in the Senate impeachment trial against President Trump, of an anti-Trump spying operation by members of the National Security Council.  The California congressman also said he told H.R. McMaster, who preceded Bolton, and Robert O'Brien, the current national security adviser, to take steps to cull what he called a "den of thieves."

Iran Deal and Beyond:  We're STILL Stuck Cleaning Up Very Stupid Obama Messes.  The Barack Obama Administration did a lot of very stupid things — in the pursuit of its very stupid Leftist ideology.  In pursuit of its very stupid Leftist ideology, the Obama Administration did a lot of very stupid things — that clearly contradicted the things they publicly said they were trying to accomplish.  Mostly because the Obama Administration was lying.  They knew their Leftist ideology was exceedingly unpopular — so they had to incessantly lie while advancing it.

Obama Holdovers Are Finally Getting Booted from Trump White House.  After three long years, former President Barack Obama's holdovers are finally getting the boot from Trump's White House.  The White House National Security Council (NSC) is strongly downsizing to address the barrage of nonstop leaks that have plagued Trump for three years now.  The Washington Times reported that leaks of President Donald Trump's conversations with foreign leaders and other damaging disclosures likely originated with anti-Trump officials in the White House — people who stayed over from the Obama administration, according to several current and former White House officials.

NSC chief slashing Obama's 'bloated' staff to create efficient, tight-lipped White House operation.  The White House National Security Council staff is being downsized sharply in a bid to improve efficiency within the policy coordinating body by consolidating positions and cutting staff.  A second, unspoken thrust of the overhaul is a hoped-for end to what many critics see as a string of politically damaging, unauthorized disclosures of sensitive information.  Leaks of President Trump's conversations with foreign leaders and other damaging disclosures likely originated with anti-Trump officials in the White House who stayed over from the Obama administration, according to several current and former White House officials.

Barack Obama's aides left notes in White House offices for Donald Trump's staff reading 'You will fail' and 'You're not going to make it'.  Some of Barack Obama's departing White House aides left biting notes for their successors in the Trump administration including messages that read 'You will fail,' according to the president's press secretary.  Stephanie Grisham told a Virginia radio host at the White House on Tuesday about finding the notes, and office cabinets brimming with Obama-authored books.  'We came into the White House — I'll tell you something, every office was filled with Obama books.  And we had notes left behind that said "You will fail," "You aren't going to make it."  And in the press office, there was a big note taped to a door that said, "You will fail",' Grisham said.

'Booby-trapped': Obama 'detailees' led Trump opposition on National Security Council.  Trump backers say the president has strong opposition from his National Security Council because he chose foreign policy experts instead of his loyalists as top advisers in the beginning and the staff was full of Obama supporters.  Most Obama-era NSC "detailees" — the term for temporary agency transfers — remained as the new White House was rocked by destabilizing anti-Trump leaks to the liberal media.  "Obama clearly left the White House booby-trapped," Michael Caputo, a campaign adviser, told The Washington Times.

Obama, Clinton Alumni Serve At UN, Continuing Liberal Influence Over International Affairs During Trump Era.  Obama-era Democrats are still influencing foreign affairs, now through jobs at the United Nations and at other international organizations where Americans can help shape international politics in ways at odds with the Trump administration.  Before and after the start of Donald Trump's presidency, Obama- and Clinton-aligned politicos took the positions, which are not U.S. government jobs but generally are the result of lobbying by U.S. officials.  Many are entitled to keep the jobs indefinitely once they are in them.  Tensions between the Trump administration and employees in the foreign service and international organizations — including some that serve at the pleasure of the president — have repeatedly come to the fore in recent weeks.

Impeachment is Built on a Trap That Obama Created for Romney.  Obama's Presidential Policy Directive 19 opened the door by expanding whistleblowing protection to members of the "intelligence community" and other personnel handling classified information.  A few years earlier, Bradley Manning had ushered in a new era of espionage by enemy state actors using front groups to solicit spies as whistleblowers.  While the court threw the book at Manning, Obama commuted his sentence.  PPD19 was supposed to avoid another Manning case, which it utterly failed to do when Edward Snowden repeated Manning's treason on a larger scale before escaping to Russia.  But PPD19 was never really meant to help the likes of Manning and Snowden.  Instead it was part of a larger pattern of politicizing national security organizations that led directly to the current crisis.

The Madness of Progressive Projection.  Who made the decision to quash the investigation of Hillary Clinton after she destroyed over 30,000 emails under subpoena?  Who excused Obama officials after they knowingly misled federal FISA court justices?  Who leaked information about a surveilled phone call between Michael Flynn and the Russian ambassador?  Who decided that it was acceptable for Samantha Power to request over 260 times the unmasking of names of American citizens swept up in government surveillance, many of which were illegally leaked to the press and most of which Power denied requesting and alleged others had used her name to do so?  Somewhere, somehow there was a great deal of obstruction and distortion of justice that so far has prevented the pursuit of these criminal acts.

Impeachment: John Brennan and Obama's Intel Ops.  It turns out, as Rush Limbaugh noted in a recent broadcast, that the "whistleblower" is a CIA person detailed to the White House.  Likely a holdover from Obama, he is John Brennan's man.  When Obama left office, he left in place a mechanism designed to lead to Trump's impeachment:  The revelations of the intel community about Russian collusion with the incoming president.  Now that those are debunked by the very prosecutor hired to prove them, this same crowd, these same folks, have shifted their emphasis to the Ukraine scandal.

Michelle Malkin:  End to Refugee Resettlement 'Long Overdue' After Americans Have Gotten No Say.  A moratorium on the refugee resettlement program is "long overdue," columnist Michelle Malkin says, after American communities have been forced to absorb hundreds of thousands of refugees from across the globe over the last four decades. [...] The U.S., thanks exclusively to President Trump's reforms, helped lower the total number of foreign refugees to less than 23,000 admissions last year.  This is a 76 percent decrease in foreign refugee resettlement from former President Obama's 2016 totals, which reached almost 100,000 admissions.  Specifically, Trump has cut the Syria-to-U.S. pipeline of refugees — started by Obama — by more than 60 percent thus far.

New State Department Documents Reveal Last-Minute Efforts By Obama State Department To Undermine President Trump.  Judicial Watch today [9/9/2019] released 90 pages of heavily redacted U.S. Department of State documents showing Obama State Department officials' efforts to disseminate classified information to multiple U.S. Senators immediately prior to President Donald Trump's inauguration.  The information, which included raw intelligence, purported to show "malign" Russian interference in the 2016 presidential election.

The Trump administration is planning to re-legalize light bulbs set to be outlawed by Obama admin.  Light bulbs that were set to be outlawed under an Obama-era regulation will stay on store shelves thanks to regulation rollback from the Trump administration.  Multiple outlets reported Wednesday that the Department of Energy had finalized a new rule striking a last-minute Obama regulation that outlawed certain kinds of light bulbs such as three-way bulbs, decorative bulbs, and "rough service lamps."  "This regulation gives consumers more choices, and consumers are better off with more choices," a Trump DOE official explained to The Hill.

Red China Aligns with Dems to Swing the 2020 Election.  Red China is our frenemy, mostly enemy, and they steal our intellectual property or they get it gratis when a company opens up for business in their country.  The companies have to give them their secrets and follow their Communist rules.  That is ethically questionable and the U.S. has made these violent, dangerous people a Super Power.  President Trump is responding appropriately battling them and if a President had taken this on before now, it wouldn't be so difficult.

Clapper: Obama Ordered The Intelligence Assessment That Resulted In Mueller Investigation.  Former Director of National Intelligence James Clapper revealed in an interview last week that if not for President Obama asking for an intelligence community assessment that "set off a whole sequence of events" we would not have the Mueller investigation.  Clapper, a CNN contributor, said the effects of that intel assessment "are still unfolding today."

Documents Reveal Obama State Department Advanced Russian Collusion Hoax Before 2016 Election.  On Thursday [7/18/2019], Judicial Watch and The Daily Caller News Foundation released 84 pages of documents revealing that the Obama State Department was central to advancing the Russian collusion hoax narrative prior to the 2016 presidential election.  Included in the documents is "a September 2016 email exchange between then-Assistant Secretary of State Victoria Nuland and Special Coordinator for Libya Jonathan Winer, a close associate of dossier author Christopher Steele, discussing a 'face-to-face' meeting on a 'Russian matter.'"

Obama officials concede role in slow $20 Harriet Tubman bill rollout: report.  The Obama administration said 2016 that it wanted to remove Andrew Jackson from the $20 bill and replace him with Tubman, who helped free slaves through the Underground Railroad, and that the bills would be ready in 2020.  But a current "high-ranking government official" appointed by Obama, as well as a former official, confirmed to The Washington Post that the Tubman bill had "had "always been scheduled for release toward the end of the next decade."  Obama Treasury Secretary Jack Lew's 2016 claims that a "final concept design" of the bill would be released in 2020 were viewed with skepticism internally, according to the report.

Former ICE Chief — Caged "Concentration Camps" Were Obama's Idea.  The left's latest fundraising outrage love-affair is caged children at the border (again).  They are organizing rallies (fundraising) and yelling to anyone who will listen about "concentration camps."  But a former ICE agent says they were built by the Obama Administration[.]  Keep in mind; we're using the language of the left, so if these are concentration camps, Obama built them.

Iran Drone Incident An Obama-Thrown Bombshell?  With the Impeach Trump agenda dragging its heels, if Trump could be blamed for kicking off World War III in retaliation for the Iran drone incident — how politically convenient!

'Obama built the cages': Trump tells Telemundo that he inherited the migrant crisis.  President Trump doubled down on his prior assertion that the migrant crisis at the southern border of the United States was a problem he inherited from the previous administration, in an interview that aired Thursday night [6/20/2019] on Telemundo, his first on a Spanish-language network.  "Obama built the cages.  I didn't build them," Trump said.  "Obama separated; I'm the one who brought them together."

Lingering Obama-Era Move at CFPB Now Threatens Credit Markets.  As college graduates have their commencement celebrations, they certainly hope their hard work will pay off.  After all, in the booming Trump economy and with record low unemployment, there are countless opportunities for entrepreneurship and success.  Sadly, there is one reason why those dreams may never get off the ground: crushing school debt.  As too many students and parents are painfully aware, there are more than 44 million borrowers in America who collectively owe $1.5 trillion.  Because of these obligations, young adults are putting off essential milestones in life — such as buying a home and getting married — while not accumulating savings.  They have been saddled with debt by a higher education industrial complex thanks to the assistance of the federal government.  Now, thanks to some Obama administration decisions, the problem might become even worse!

Report:  Obama seriously violated the 4th Amendment.  A new report reveals that the government routinely violated American 4th Amendment protections under the Obama administration while snooping through overseas intercepts.  Administration officials only revealed the illegal actions as the previous president headed out the door.  That's according to a report out from Circa, which confirms suspicions that American privacy suffered greatly under President Barack Obama.

Trump Administration Revokes Obama-Era School Leniency Policy for Minorities.  The Trump administration has revoked an Obama-era policy that urged public schools to employ more lenient forms of discipline for students of color and of other minority groups.  On Friday [12/21/2018], the U.S. Departments of Education and Justice rescinded the Obama administration's 2014 "Dear Colleague Letter" that a federal school safety commission said "may have paradoxically contributed to making schools less safe."

Sanity on Discipline.  President Trump, following the recommendation of a national commission on school safety chaired by Secretary of Education Betsy DeVos, will repeal the Obama administration's "Dear Colleague Letter" on school discipline.  The DCL, issued in 2014, advised school superintendents nationwide that racial disparities in suspension rates would be grounds for finding school districts in violation of federal anti-discrimination law, and therefore at risk of losing federal funding.  The directive, cast as a "guidance," in fact formalized a fundamental shift in the Department of Education's approach to civil-rights enforcement.  Prior to the DCL, the standard held that civil rights are violated if students are treated differently because of race; for instance, if a black student and a white student both curse at a teacher, it's wrong to suspend the black student and give the white student a warning.  The DCL expanded the standard from disparate treatment to disparate impact; now, if two black students and one white student curse at a teacher, it could be a civil-rights violation to punish them all equally.

Sanity on Discipline.  President Trump, following the recommendation of a national commission on school safety chaired by Secretary of Education Betsy DeVos, will repeal the Obama administration's "Dear Colleague Letter" on school discipline.  The DCL, issued in 2014, advised school superintendents nationwide that racial disparities in suspension rates would be grounds for finding school districts in violation of federal anti-discrimination law, and therefore at risk of losing federal funding.  The directive, cast as a "guidance," in fact formalized a fundamental shift in the Department of Education's approach to civil-rights enforcement.  Prior to the DCL, the standard held that civil rights are violated if students are treated differently because of race; for instance, if a black student and a white student both curse at a teacher, it's wrong to suspend the black student and give the white student a warning.  The DCL expanded the standard from disparate treatment to disparate impact; now, if two black students and one white student curse at a teacher, it could be a civil-rights violation to punish them all equally.

Trump to arm more adults in schools, end Obama's light discipline of troubled students.  The Trump administration issued proposals Tuesday to prevent school shootings, a plan that includes arming more school personnel, taking guns away from highly dangerous people and revoking Obama-administration rules that were criticized for easing discipline of minority students.  The president's commission on school safety, which was formed after the mass shooting Feb. 14 at Marjory Stoneman Douglas High School in Parkland, Florida, that killed 17 people, also calls on the media to stop publicizing the names and photographs of shooters to discourage other potential killers from seeking notoriety.

Deep State strike back:  Gets gushy NYT puff piece on Obama holdovers at VOA parent.  Well, the Obama holdovers at the U.S. Agency for Global Media, parent organization over U.S. broadcast agencies such as Voice of America, and formerly known as the Broadcast Board of Governors, have struck back.  News got out [...] that the Obama holdouts weren't budging from their cushy six-figure perches, as President Trump attempted to send in some new board members.  Instead of packing up and leaving, as even White House Deputy National Security Advisor Ben Rhodes did, they chose to remain entrenched in positions they were supposed to leave two years ago.  They didn't.  And I don't even see how this could be legal.  They became the Things That Wouldn't Leave, and now they've got some of their press buddies writing for them all about how great they are.

Scientists Destroy Steyer-Linked, Federal Climate Hysteria Report Issued by Obama Holdovers.  The so-called "Deep State" doesn't simply exist in the Department of Justice or Obama holdovers in the FBI. The infestation of leftist bureaucracts, synonymous with the Democrat Party, occurs in every department of the federal leviathan.  No better proof exists than the climate report released by "14 federal agencies", in which temperatures are predicted to rise more than 15° because, yes, Americans are screwing things up for the rest of the world. [...] The author of this piece of propaganda, one Elizabeth Gore, is Environmental Defense Fund's senior vice president of political affairs.  There are no mentions, of course, of the failed predictions of years past.  Remember, the ice-caps would be gone by 2010, sea levels would rise by 15 feet by 2017, etc.  The problems with this report by Obama holdovers in the Deep State are many.

EPA Reverses Obama Era Last Minute Uranium Mining Regulations.  The United States Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) announced on Friday that it is withdrawing the pending rulemaking for uranium mining and thorium mill tailings.  The regulations were put in place on Jan. 19, 2017, just hours before Barack Obama left office and President Donald Trump's inauguration.  "In a rush to regulate during the waning hours of the previous administration, the agency proposed a regulation that would have imposed significant burdens on uranium miners and the communities they support," Acting Administrator Andrew Wheeler said in the press release announcing the decision.

Obama's Social Experiments Are Wreaking Havoc on America Today.  Democrats seem to be operating on the basis of "guilty until proven innocent," believing the accuser without any corroborating evidence.  This kind of sexual assault witch hunt actually began under former president Barack Obama — as did some of the other key social issues America is wrestling with today.  While the Left's advocacy on social issues and identity politics long predated Obama, the former president's policies supercharged many of the issues dividing America in 2018.  His administration helped launch the current liberal cultural wave that wreaks havoc on American politics — and extends far beyond politics.

Obama's America on Display at Kavanaugh Hearings.  President Trump has been in an uphill battle to reverse Obama's efforts to "fundamentally transform" America. [...] Trump's biggest challenge is to push back Obama's primary legacy of identity politics, which is destroying the fabric of our nation.  Neighbors, family members and old friends have been split apart, by design.  Obama polarized America according to race, ethnic background, sex, sexual orientation, and politics.  Like a deadly cancer, the Obama legacy has metastasized into widespread hatred among Americans that was on display at the Kavanaugh hearings.  Obama's primary legacy is dangerously malignant and more toxic than ever, fueled by cynical and destructive politicians, the Alinsky Rules for Radicals, and billions of dollars from the evil George Soros.

The Fiscal Lunacy of Electing Democrats to Congress.  What Obama's recovery was really about was propping up prices in the stock market and real estate, and in funneling money to his base — e.g., union members.  What Obama's recovery was not about is government reform.  Because Congress didn't deal with the underlying causes of the crisis, we're still vulnerable.  Obama's recovery, the most anemic since the 1940s, came at [a great] price.  What's more, America has not yet paid that price and settled accounts.  The Federal Reserve created trillions of dollars through multiple rounds of quantitative easing — i.e., Q.E.  The "unwinding" of the Q.E. asset purchases continues.  More sobering than the Fed's Q.E. are the unprecedented deficits that Congress ran during the Obama administration.

In Blow To Unions, Trump's NLRB May Finally Fix The Joint Employer Standard.  Back in 2015, the National Labor Relations Board (NLRB) under the Obama administration redefined what it means to be a "joint employer." The change, pushed by labor unions, made large corporations that sell franchise rights to independent operators responsible for the HR decisions of those private outlets.  The result was uncertainty in several industries, particularly the fast food sector.  As I wrote at the time, this was an obvious backdoor for collective bargaining agreements and the biggest targets of the Democrats on this front were in the fast food industry.  Last December, a part of that rule was overturned, declaring that the "joint employer" standard would only be applied if one entity "exercised direct and immediate control" over essential employment terms of the other.  This was a good move which was applauded by employers and relieved some of the burdens on the larger companies which provide a substantial number of jobs around the country.  But at the same time, it still failed to completely reel in the redefinition imposed under the Obama administration.

Graham: Obama, not Trump, politicized DOJ and FBI.  Sen. Lindsey Graham (R-S.C.) on Tuesday backed President Trump declassifying a series of documents related to former campaign adviser Carter Page and Department of Justice (DOJ) official Bruce Ohr while blaming the Obama administration for "politicizing" the DOJ and the FBI.  Graham sent a pair of tweets linking to a report that the president is close to declassifying the documents.  "I completely support House Republican efforts to have President Trump declassify the FISA warrant applications, the Bruce Ohr/Chris Steele interactions, and all other relevant information regarding allegations of corruption in the DOJ & FBI," Graham wrote on Twitter, referring to the Foreign Intelligence Surveillance Act.

Joe DiGenova:  Yates, Rice, Biden, Comey and Obama Met in White House to Discuss Targeting Mike Flynn.  Former US Attorney Joe DiGenova went on WMAL radio on Monday [9/10/2018] to discuss the latest developments in the Obama Spygate scandal. [...] During the infamous January 5, 2017 White House meeting Sally Yates, Susan Rice, Joe Biden, James Comey and Barack Obama discussed how they would target General Michael Flynn.

Why these 9/11 monsters still haven't faced a trial.  They say the wheels of justice turn slowly — but now they've ground to a virtual halt.  Seventeen years after they helped murder 2,977 innocents in the worst terrorist attack on US soil, five 9/11 suspects — including self-avowed mastermind Khalid Sheikh Mohammed — have not faced trial.  Prosecutors are seeking the death penalty for all five men and have attempted for years to try the case, but a constantly shifting venue, questions over coerced evidence and the limitations of holding trials at Guantanamo Bay have slowed the case to a crawl. [...] The US had captured Mohammed and the four accomplices by 2003.  They were shuffled among CIA "black sites" for interrogation before being arraigned in 2008.  But President Barack Obama suspended the case when he entered office, and in 2010, the Pentagon dismissed the charges without prejudice, meaning the men could be charged again later.

Another Obama mess blamed on President Trump.  The Washington Post reported, "U.S. is denying passports to Americans along the border, throwing their citizenship into question."  This policy stemmed from a scam in which midwives certified Mexican babies as being born in the USA.  "The government alleges that from the 1950s through the 1990s, some midwives and physicians along the Texas-Mexico border provided U.S. birth certificates to babies who were actually born in Mexico.  In a series of federal court cases in the 1990s, several birth attendants admitted to providing fraudulent documents," the Post reported.  So a quarter of a century ago, Mexican midwives admitted in court to birth fraud.  There is no question about the citizenship of these people.  They are Mexican.

Make Space Great Again:  American Astronauts Flying American Rockets.  [Scroll down]  U.S. astronauts now take Russian capsules to the space station, with NASA paying as much as $82 million a seat.  That was the work of the party that now ceaselessly howls about the Russians.

Reversing the damage of previous administrations.  President Obama acted without legislative direction to create a whole class of legal rights — pertaining to residency, higher education and employment — for adults brought illegally into the United States as children — "Dreamers."  Mr. Obama's EPA unilaterally set limits on greenhouse gas emissions — something he could not persuade Congress to authorize.  And Mr. Obama went far beyond the authority in federal statutes and judicial precedents by imposing racial preferences in college admissions, and mocked the constitutional rights by encouraging limits on free speech and imposing rape tribunals at universities that violate established rules of evidence and protections for the accused. [...] Mr. Obama, reflecting the interests of anti-free market, increasingly socialist elements of the emerging Democratic Party, appointed left leaning judges to help impose a European-style regulatory order and constraints on civil liberties — consider the strict controls on academic freedom now imposed at many universities and what is acceptable speech among employees of businesses.

Judicial Watch:  New HHS Docs Reveal 'Unaccompanied Alien Children' Processed by Obama Admin Included MS-13 Killers, Drug Smugglers.  On Tuesday [7/10/2018], conservative watchdog group, Judicial Watch released new documents containing over 1,000 summaries of Significant Incident Reports (SIRs) revealing the "Unaccompanied Alien Children" processed by the Obama administration included admitted murderers, rapists, drug smugglers, prostitutes, and human traffickers.

New HHS Documents Reveal that 'Unaccompanied Alien Children' Processed During Obama Years Included Violent Criminals, Drug Smugglers, and Human Traffickers.  Judicial Watch today [7/10/2018] released 224 pages of documents containing nearly 1,000 summaries of Significant Incident Reports from the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services revealing that "Unaccompanied Alien Children" processed during the Obama administration included admitted murderers, rapists, drug smugglers, prostitutes, and human traffickers.  The documents, from the HHS Administration for Children and Families reported to the Office of Refugee Resettlement (ORR), are for the approximate six-month period May to November 2014.  They were produced to Judicial Watch after a three-year delay in response to a November 12, 2014, Freedom of Information Act (FOIA) request [...]

Trump's burden:  Cleaning up Obama's mess.  [President] Trump is now reversing the negative Obama tide by simply implementing basic common[ ]sense economic policies.  The combination of this common[ ]sense approach with tax cuts and the reversal of countless Obama executive order EPA regulations has resulted in a booming economy.  Do you really think Obama cared about the middle class economically, or did he just take all of us for fools with his love of job-killing EPA regulations?  These regulations did nothing but destroy American jobs and add costs to American-made products and U.S. private businesses.  They had absolutely no real effect on the environment.

Obama Cronies Get Rich Off Migrant Kids.  "More than one million immigrants have been deported since President Obama took office," the 2011 PBS "Frontline" Lost in Detention contended.  "Under his administration, deportations and detentions have reached record levels.  The get-tough policy has brought complaints of abuse and harsh treatment, including charges that families have been unfairly separated after being caught in the nationwide dragnet."  As Cecilia Muñoz, White House Director of Intergovernmental Affairs explained, "Even if the immigration law is executed with perfection, there will be parents separated from their children."  As it turns out, that separation policy was intentional, and the Obama administration deployed it to enrich cronies.

Mad Max and Nancy Pelosi:  The twin faces of the Democratic Party.  [Scroll down]  The conditions in which the Obama administration kept unaccompanied children was far worse than how they are being cared for now.  Obama's policy was to simply turn them over to so-called care facilities, many of which were fronts for child sex-trafficking.  Obama lost track of thousands of young children he encouraged to come to the southern border, who then simply disappeared into the interior of the country.  To where and to whom, no one knows.  Many of them are sent as potential mules for the drug cartels, others to be trafficked by the enormous network of pedophiles on which A.G. Sessions has been cracking down hard.

U.N. Report Faults Trump For Obama Poverty, Media Fall For It.  Amid all the immigration hoo-ha, maybe you missed the uncritical mainstream media reports of a United Nations study faulting President Trump for poverty in America.  Turns out, it's just more fake news.

UN accidentally rips Obama.  The international anti-Americans are just as incompetent as their domestic counterparts, who used horrific pictures of children in custody — taken from Obama's concentration camps for youths.  "The U.N. report's main contentions read like an attack on the Trump administration by the Democratic Party:  America has 40 million poor people, including 18.5 million who live in extreme poverty; U.S. policies regarding the poor are 'cruel and inhuman;' the Trump tax cuts aren't working and will worsen inequality; and the U.S. needs to spend less on defense of our nation and more on social programs," columnist Chuck DeVore wrote.  "But, wait a minute:  the U.N. report's main contentions are based on the U.S. Census Bureau's official poverty measure data for 2016 — the last full year of President Obama's second term.  So it would be absurd to say that private citizen Donald Trump had any responsibility for the many shortcomings of the Obama administration or any other administration in power before he became president."

[#7] Obama and Democrats Incentivized This 'Family Separation.'  Until Obama came along, illegal border crossings primarily involved young, single men.  Obama incentivized the idea of dragging minor children along on this dangerous journey (where many children are sexually assaulted) through his policy of "catch and release."  Once word got out that illegals with small children would be let loose into America, the number of children crossing the border exploded.  Again, the last thing decent people want is for the American government to further incentivize the cruel act of bringing small children along on this brutal trip across the border, which is exactly what Trump is hoping to stop with his zero tolerance policy.

Why Did Susan Rice Issue a Stand Down Order on Russian Hacking?  There are two possible answers.  [#1] Obama was all-in on appeasement.  And while he enjoyed browbeating allies like the US and Israel, he rolled over and played dead for enemies like Iran, China and Russia.  [#2] The hacking was politically useful.  Since we now know that Obama Inc. was conducting surveillance and eavesdropping on Trump associates, Russian intervention provided a very useful justification for the domestic operation.  Rice issued a stand down order because she wanted the Russians to go on doing exactly what they were doing.

Obama Cyber Chief:  You'd Better Believe I Was Ordered To Stand Down On Russia.  Consider this a confirmation of an allegation that first emerged in March, because the co-author of the book that contained it certainly does.  Michael Isikoff and David Corn published an explosive allegation that the Obama administration issued a stand-down order to efforts to counter Russian cyberwarfare in 2016.  Yesterday [6/20/2018], the head of the Obama administration's cyber programs told the Senate Intelligence Committee that's precisely what happened.

Trump Reminds Everyone Exactly Who's Responsible For Russian Aggression — Obama.  President Trump was asked about Russia during a press conference in Canada Saturday [6/9/2018], and he responded by reminding everyone that it was former President Obama who let Russian aggression go unchecked.

Levin: Iran Deal Was 'So Corrupt' We're Still Learning About It.  The Iran Deal was "so corrupt" we're still learning about it, noted Mark Levin on his nationally syndicated radio program on Wednesday [6/6/2018].  "The deal itself was so corrupt, so corrupt, that were still learning about it," stated Mark Levin about the Iran Nuclear Deal made by the Obama administration.  "Members of congress don't know all the facts, and we the people don't know all the facts.  And that's one of the reasons you run this sort of thing through the treaty provision of the Constitution, so members of the Senate can get all the facts, so there aren't all these side deals and secret side deals, and illegalities."

Freeze, reduce or eliminate CAFE fuel standards.  A 2002 National Academy of Sciences study estimated that automotive mileage standards had helped cause as many as 2,600 extra fatalities in 1993 — at a relatively lenient standard of 27.5 miles per gallon.  Other studies reached similar conclusions.  And yet, in 2012, the Obama Administration began ratcheting the standards upward, with the goal of hitting 54.5 mpg by 2025.  Thankfully, EPA Administrator Scott Pruitt has proposed to re-examine the 54.5-mpg standard, possibly freeze it at the 2020 level of 39 mpg, and rein in other aspects of this harmful government program.  His proposal drew howls of outrage from predictable factions.

Obama admin's 35-yr lease of Port Canaveral to Middle East company with Russian ties endangers U.S. national security.  Port Canaveral is critical to America's national security.  Americans recently learned of how our national security was compromised by the Obama administration's and then-Secretary of State Hillary Clinton's approval of the Uranium One deal that gave Russia 20% of our uranium reserves.  In an op/ed for The Washington Times on Nov. 23, 2017, retired U.S. Navy admiral and commander in chief of the U.S. Pacific Fleet James A. Lyons alerts us to another security compromise by the Obama administration — the 35-year lease of Port Canaveral with no security review to the Middle East company Gulftainer, which Admiral Lyons calls a "serious security compromise" to both the Port and its adjacent military infrastructure.

Cleaning up after Obama and Hillary.  Obama and Hillary in some ways are mirrors of each other; in other ways, photographic negatives.  They're alike in that the focus of each is self — self with a vengeance, in a way so exaggerated as to escape the comprehension of normal people. [...] It's going to take awhile to clean up behind this pair.  That would be most unfortunate.  A very large crowd wants to see these creeps get what's coming to them.

Legacy of ashes:  Obama's fading accomplishments.  Lacking Senate votes to ratify a treaty with Iran, Obama instead made a personal promise to honor the Iran deal.  Last week, President Trump reversed that decision.  Obama long claimed he lacked authority to provide amnesty to illegal immigrants brought to the U.S. as children.  Then he did it anyway.  The so-called Dreamers remain in political limbo, relying on the federal government to continue to ignore the law.  Obama signed the U.S. up for a climate change plan that won't do anything to slow climate change.  Trump took us out of it.  Blocked by Congress, Obama passed his Clean Power Plan by executive order and net neutrality through the FCC.  What he did with "a phone and a pen," Trump is undoing.

Michelle Obama, Oracle for the 'United State of Women'.  In 2016 the Obama White House started United State of Women (USOW).  This year, the event continued to advance community organizing workshop efforts, which encompassed victimization, racial agitation, gender ingratitude, a global vision, and overall left-wing blather.  Let's remember, that even godless liberals appreciate the Biblical principle that "If a house is divided against itself, that house cannot stand," (Mark 3:25).  Hence, the Obama-inspired left works tirelessly to divide the occupants of America's house by stressing inequality and racial and gender barriers.

Here are 1,366 well sourced examples of Barack Obama's lies, lawbreaking, corruption, cronyism, hypocrisy, waste, etc.  [#557] In February 2014, it was reported that the Obama administration had spent $464,272 to find out why gay men in Peru get Syphilis. [...] [#690] In April 2014, the Obama administration spent $194,788 to study how transwomen use Facebook. [...] [#965] In December 2014, the Obama administration spent $33,341 to find out if gay and lesbian couples lived near stores that sold cigarettes. [...] [#1075] In April 2015, it was reported that the Obama administration had spent $410,265 of taxpayers' money to study gay men's level of satisfaction from their first sexual experience. [...] [#1150] In October 2015, it was reported that the Obama administration had spent $49,083 of taxpayers' money to create a network to support the gay, lesbian, bigender, and transsexual community in India. [...] [#1275] In August 2016, it was reported that the Obama administration had spent taxpayers' money to try to convince lesbians to become farmers.

NYT: Ex-Gitmo Prisoners Freed Under Obama 'Vanished' After Return to Libya.  An estimated 150 former Guantánamo Bay prisoners liberated as part of former President Barack Obama's efforts to shut down the U.S. military detention center "risk being killed — or could end up becoming threats themselves," the New York Times (NYT) acknowledged this week.  Obama reduced the number of detainees held at the facility, commonly known as Gitmo, from 242 to 41 when he took office.

Admitted MS-13 illegals placed around the country.  Loopholes in immigration laws being squeezed by the Trump administration but embraced by the Obama administration have allowed youthful illegal immigrants who self-identified as MS-13 gangbangers to be placed around the country instead of sent home, according to newly released documents.  Unlike illegal criminals who avoided border security, those cited by Senate Homeland Security and Governmental Affairs Chairman Sen. Ron Johnson in a letter to a key immigration agency were initially held by the Obama administration then put in placement centers throughout the nation and eventually with "sponsors" despite their gang ties.

Chai Alert.  Sen. Mike Lee has been fighting against the renomination of Chai Feldblum as EEOC Commissioner.  Feldblum is the architect of President Obama's radical LBGT agenda.  She believes, among other things, that when religious liberty and sexual liberty conflict, sexual liberty should prevail in virtually all cases.  The confirmation of Feldblum looked like a done deal in December.  However, key social conservative groups sounded the alarm, and Sen. Lee placed a hold on Feldblum's nomination.  It is stalled.

The Internet has bigger problems than Facebook, and it's Obama's fault.  If you think Facebook has problems, they're nothing compared to the fiasco at the Internet Corporation for Assigned Names and Numbers.  Americans should be far more alarmed about what's happening with the obscure, private California company that oversees the Internet's backbone.  ICANN's gross mismanagement of behind-the-scenes technical operations threatens the security, interoperability, and openness of the entire Internet, industry experts warn.  Unlike the Facebook situation, however, there may not be much lawmakers can do.

More about Obama and the internet.

Obama's Foreign Policy Legacy.  Donald Trump is trying to fix the mess Obama left him, but these things are not going to be fixed overnight.  In the meantime, let's see Obama for what he is.  We have been told again and again that the crowning achievement of Obama's foreign policy was the Iran deal.  So let's begin by considering it.

Former Obama National Security Council Spokesman Admits 'Trump Was Handed a Mess' in Syria.  As word spread of Syria's alleged used of chemical weapons on its own civilians, conservatives and political commentators were quick to point out that former President Obama had several opportunities to intervene and potentially save countless lives from poisonous gas attacks in the Middle East country.  Tommy Vietor, National Security Council spokesperson during the Obama administration, tried to beat back claims that President Obama was unsuccessful in deterring Bashar al-Assad's regime from killing his own people.  But in doing so, Vietor ended up admitting that his old boss did not exactly leave Syria better off than when he found it.

Obama Supporters Rush to Save His 'Dangerous' School Leniency Policy for Minority Students.  As U.S. Education Secretary Betsy DeVos was meeting behind closed doors with educators and parents to re-evaluate the Obama-era school leniency policy of reducing reports of violent behavior committed by minority students, left-wing media and politicians were touting a new report that noted black students, boys, and students identified as "disabled" are disciplined at higher rates.  According to the Government Accountability Office (GAO) report — requested by Democrats Rep. Bobby Scott (VA) and Rep. Jerrold Nadler (NY) — national civil rights data for academic year 2013-2014 show "black students, boys, and students with disabilities were disproportionately disciplined (e.g., suspensions and expulsions) in K-12 public schools."

State Department Records Show Obama Administration Helped Fund George Soros' Left-Wing Political Activities in Albania.  Judicial Watch obtained 32 pages of records showing the Obama administration sent U.S. taxpayers' funds to a group backed by billionaire George Soros, which used the money to fund left-wing political activities in Albania, including working with the country's socialist government to push for highly controversial judicial "reform."  The records also detail how the Soros operation helped the State Department review grant applications from other groups for taxpayer funding.

The horror!  Trump HUD backs away from radical Obama concepts.  Glenn Thrush — remember him? — attacks Ben Carson and the Department of Housing and Urban Development for abandoning certain suits and others actions undertaken by the Obama administration in the name of "fair housing."  It does not seem to have occurred to Thrush that there are two visions of what fair housing law requires and that Secretary Carson isn't bound to follow the more radical of the two.  Or else, Thrush just wants to hide the ball.  The traditional vision of fair housing is the non-discrimination approach.  It is unlawful, for example, to refuse to sell housing to African Americans who can afford to purchase a unit.

Obama's Strategy:  Planned Failure.  In one of the most brilliant evil genius schemes ever devised, Obama utilized planned political failures to manipulate the masses and steer the country toward long-term leftist goals.  This story only recently broke.  Leftists noticed a change in the firearms background check system, and they tried to pin it on Trump.  In so doing, they uncovered yet another corruption plot that took place under Obama's watch.  In a nutshell, Obama's Department of Justice redefined existing legislation to change the definition of the word "fugitive."  This change ultimately removed 500,000 names from the FBI NICS database and enabled formerly banned persons from being able to legally obtain firearms.  We aren't yet sure how many people this affected, but so far the FBI is suggesting that failed background checks declined by 80 percent after the change.  That's a lot of illegal weapons.

Congress has defunded AFFH.  The omnibus bill Congress passed and President Trump signed last week is a disaster.  However, one positive thing to come out of it, in addition of course to the increase in military spending, was the defunding of President Obama's Affirmatively Furthering Fair Housing regulation (AFFH).  This is a move we've been advocating for some time.  Finally, the Republican Congress pulled the trigger.  AFFH enables the Department of Housing and Urban Development (HUD) to order more than 1,200 cities and counties that accepted any part of annual community development block grants to rezone neighborhoods along income and racial criteria.

Report: U.S. Inventors, Economy Threatened By Obama-Era Patent Laws.  Inventors across the nation are voicing their frustrations over Obama-era patent laws.  The American patent system has seen many changes since the first Patent Act in 1790, but none as threatening as the establishment of the Patent Trial and Appeal Board in 2011.  The Patent Trial and Appeal Board — also known as PTAB — is a three member board put in place to invalidate patents that have already been issued, making an inventor's private property public.  One inventor rallying outside the U.S. Patent and Trademark Office in August talked about the effects of implementing that new board.

HUD Gives Dicey Obama Plan to Transform Slums into Middle-Class Neighborhoods $5 Mil.  A controversial Obama program that's reaped enormous amounts of taxpayer money to transform slums into desirable middle-class neighborhoods just got a $5 million infusion from the Trump administration.  Known as Choice Neighborhoods, the costly experiment was the centerpiece of a broader Obama initiative to convert poverty-stricken neighborhoods into sustainable, mixed-income areas with affordable housing, safe streets and good schools. [...] During Obama's tenure Choice Neighborhoods received a breathtaking $375 million, according to HUD figures.  A substantial chunk of it — $120 million — was rewarded as a parting gift in 2016, the HUD numbers reveal and the largest portion — $122.27 million — was allocated in 2010 when Obama launched the program.  Like many of the former president's initiatives, large sums of cash went to leftist nonprofits and community groups that aligned with his liberal agenda.

Trump scrapping Obama-era rule that turned schools into 'war zones'.  The Trump administration plans this summer to scrap a controversial Obama-era discipline rule forced on schools to close racial gaps in suspensions and arrests but that critics say pressures educators to turn a blind eye to escalating bad behavior.  The federal directive, issued jointly in 2014 by the US departments of Education and Justice, warned public school districts receiving federal funding — including New York City — that they could face investigation and funding cuts if they fail to reduce statistical "disparities" in discipline by race.  On average, the administration noted, black students are suspended at three times the rate of their white peers.  The directive also discourages student arrests and holds districts liable for the actions of "school resource officers ... or other law enforcement personnel."

Obama directive easing school discipline for minority students [is] fueling classroom chaos.  The Trump administration is being accused of racism for targeting an Obama-era directive compelling schools to ease up on discipline for minority students — even though the policy has made life more difficult for kids, including minorities, stuck in increasingly unruly classrooms.

Fallen Pedestrian Bridge At FIU Funded By Obama-Era Grant Program With Sketchy Review Protocol.  Last Thursday [2/15/2018], a pedestrian bridge at Florida International University collapsed outside of Miami.  At the time, four people were confirmed dead.  That number has tragically been increased to six.  There are two eyebrow raising issues concerning his tragedy.  One is that the FIU pedestrian bridge was funded by an Obama-era federal grant called Transportation Investments Generating Economic Recovery.  The Department of Transportation doled out the money in what has been reported as a sketchy politicized review process.  Those who benefitted from these grants represented both Democratic and Republican districts.  It was part of the Obama stimulus program.

Obama's 'Experts' and Trump's Instincts.  I always have trouble with all the people who are called experts because they have had so little success at what they supposedly are expert about.  For the last 25 years, Presidents Clinton, Bush, and Obama have been toyed with by North Korea while the North Koreans continually built up their nuclear weapons, and the media go to the very people who let this happen for analysis on Trump.

Teacher Coalition Seeks to End Obama School Discipline Policy: 'A Lot of Fear in Schools'.  The school discipline policy that may have allowed Nikolas Cruz to escape arrest by Broward County law enforcement and ultimately purchase the firearm he used to kill 17 people is in effect in over 50 school districts across the country.  "He probably wouldn't have been able to buy the murder weapon if the school had referred him to law enforcement," veteran FBI agent Michael Biasello told RealClearInvestigations (RCI).  In 2014, the Obama administration issued a "Dear Colleague" guidance that threatened school districts — whose disciplinary measures showed a disproportionately greater number of minority students affected — could be subject to investigation by the Departments of Justice and Education, regardless of whether the behaviors leading to the discipline were unacceptable.

This may be so, but oil was probably a central concern in the decision to expand Bears Ears, too.
Oil was central in decision to shrink Bears Ears monument, emails show.  Even before President Donald Trump officially opened his high-profile review last spring of federal lands protected as national monuments, the Department of Interior was focused on the potential for oil and gas exploration at a protected Utah site, internal agency documents show.  The debate started as early as March 2017, when an aide to Sen. Orrin Hatch, R-Utah, asked a senior Interior Department official to consider reduced boundaries for Bears Ears National Monument in southeastern Utah to remove land that contained oil and natural gas deposits that had been set aside to help fund area public schools.

He was headed to Malaysia, now he is happily settled in Arizona (on your dime!)  Australia's SBS News appears to be doing a series on those lucky, mostly Muslim, 'refugees' who attempted to get to Australia illegally and were then detained for nearly 5 years in offshore detention facilities with the Australian government refusing to consider their asylum claims.  Many are hitting the jackpot and although Australia isn't letting them in they are now free in America.  And, every few weeks a new batch arrives.  Here is a story about one of those that Australia didn't want, but Obama did and arranged for many to come just as he was walking out of the White House.

Barack Obama's border mess, mayhem, madness rage on.  What a fine mess this country is in right now regarding border control.  Judges won't recognize President Donald Trump's authority to toss aside the unconstitutionally created amnesty deal called DACA, benefiting tens of thousands of illegals.  Republicans in Congress can't get a piece of legislation moved forward to crack down on illegal incursions across our borders.

This Isn't Normal.  This week, we learned that former FBI Director James Comey, former Deputy Attorney General Sally Yates, former national security adviser Susan Rice, former Vice President Joe Biden and former President Obama held a last-minute meeting at the White House to discuss the possibility of Trump-Russia collusion.  At that meeting, Rice wrote in an email, Obama reportedly asked whether there was any reason "we cannot share information fully as it relates to Russia."  That means that Obama asked his top staff, including the FBI, whether he could hide intelligence information from the incoming Trump team.  That amounts to a massive breach in the constitutional structure. [...] The incoming Trump administration was duly elected by the American people and had every right to see all intelligence information coming from the FBI and the CIA.  Yet it was the supposedly normal Obama White House exploring means of preventing that transparency.

Student Loans Will Cost Taxpayers $36 Billion:  Thanks, Obama.  A report from the Department of Education notes that the net cost of the federal government's direct loan program is quickly heading into the red.  This program, mind you, was supposed to be a moneymaker for the government, as students paid back federal loans with interest.  But as it turns out, borrowers have been flocking toward various loan forgiveness programs, by which the government will lose money, erasing gains from other loans.  The report shows that the direct loan program went from a $25 billion surplus in 2012 to less than $5 billion by 2015.  A separate report says that this program ran a $36 billion deficit last year, up from $8.4 billion in 2016.

DACA or DACA-Plus?  President Trump inherited a mess from his predecessor and, while Obama's actions were unlawful, they have created facts on the ground that, as conservatives, we arguably should acknowledge.

This happened under Obama, not Trump:
Pentagon Auditor Can't Account For $800 Million In Spending.  The Pentagon's Defense Logistics Agency (DLA) has reportedly "lost track" of hundreds of millions of dollars it spent, said Ernst & Young, the accounting firm conducting the first-ever Pentagon audit, according to Politico.  E&Y discovered that DLA "failed to properly document more than $800 million in construction projects," said Politico, which also reported this is just one of the many instances where millions of dollars went missing as the accountability system inside the Pentagon is broken.  Worse, according to Politico, the first-ever audit, covering the fiscal year that ended Sept. 30, 2016, signals complete incompetence about how the Pentagon handles its $700 billion annual budget.

The Nunes Memo: Just an Opening Act.  The numerous landmines Obama and Clinton left behind them, intending to waylay the initially awkward Trump administration, are starting to detonate — on Democrat

Pentagon: Obama's DOD Gave Security Clearances to Contractors Charged with Felonies, Including Pedophilia.  The Pentagon was forced last year to rescind interim security clearances granted under the Obama administration to at least 165 contractors linked to various crimes, including felony convictions for pedophilia and foreign government affiliations, revealed a report issued by the Director of the Defense Security Service (DSS).  According to the report, DOD contractors preserved their ability to access sensitive government information despite prior criminal records and other illicit past activity that the Pentagon's vetting process failed to detect.

Australian rejected 'refugees' on the way to US this week!  We can get excited about the slowdown in the normal refugee flow to America (see post yesterday), but here comes the very abnormal flow — 58 of the Australia-rejected mostly single men who have been detained by the Aussies for as long as four years will now be free in America.  The deal, originally agreed to by Obama as he was walking out the door, represents an application of international refugee law that is simply unheard of and possibly illegal.

Did Obama Tip Off Iran To Israeli Plan To Take Out World's Premier Terrorist?  We thought the Obama administration could stoop no lower when it was revealed that the administration transferred $1.7 billion in untraceable cash to the Islamic Republic as ransom for the release of four Americans hostages they were holding.  We were wrong.  In its twilight weeks, the administration gave its consent to allow the Iranians to receive 116 metric tons of natural uranium from Russia as compensation for its export of tons of reactor coolant.  According to experts familiar with the transaction, the uranium could be enriched to weapons-grade sufficient for the production of at least 10 nuclear bombs.  If you thought that the administration's betrayal of America's security could go no further, you were wrong.  Last month Politico, not known as a bastion of conservatism, published a bombshell 50-page exposé detailing the Obama administration's efforts to delay, hinder and ultimately shut down a highly successful DEA operation — codenamed Project Cassandra — aimed at tracking and thwarting Hezbollah drug trafficking, arms trafficking and money laundering schemes.  As a result, Hezbollah continued to import drugs into the United States, continued to provide anti-U.S. insurgents with deadly EFPs and continued to launder drug money to the tune of billions.

Trump's Energy Success.  One of the president's major successes is in the area of energy policy.  Along with energy secretary Rick Perry, the president is overseeing the recovery of the American energy sector from the low point it hit under the Obama administration.  By a combination of executive orders totally restrictiong drilling on federal lands and EPA assaults on fracking and coal-mining, including a total ban on mountaintop-mining, Obama prosecuted a "war" not just on coal, but on fossil fuels generally.

11 Outrageous Ways Government Wasted $473 Billion in 2017.  All we hear from Democrats about the tax cuts or border wall is that it will "blow a hole in the deficit" or something.  Well maybe, if the government would stop wasting billions of dollars on outrageous programs like these eleven, that money could be used for whatever shortfalls come from the tax cuts and border wall.  All of these programs are leftovers from the Obama regime.

The Conflict over Jerusalem Is ALL Obama's Fault.  First, it is beyond the jurisdiction of the UN to tell a sovereign nation what it can and cannot recognize.  The United States often stands alone with Israel against the world, and the US and Israel have been right.  The bias of the international community against the nation state of the Jewish people has been long standing and evident, especially at the UN.  Recall the infamous General Assembly Resolution declaring Zionism to be a form of racism.  It received overwhelming support from the tyrannical nations of the world, which constitute a permanent majority of the UN, and was rescinded only after the US issued threats if it were to remain on the books.

Trump dramatically shrinks Bears Ears National Monument and slashes another by half in the name of 'states' rights'.  President Donald Trump unveiled a plan Monday in Utah to dramatically scale back two national monuments — calling it an important move for 'states' rights.'  'Some people think that the natural resources of Utah should be controlled by a small handful of very distant bureaucrats located in Washington.  And guess what?  They're wrong,' he said in the cavernous Utah Capitol Rotunda in Salt Lake City.  'The families and communities of Utah know and love this land the best.  And you know the best how to take care of your land.  You know how to protect it, and you know best how to conserve this land for many, many generations to come,' he said.

Trump's Plan To Overhaul National Monuments Law Is All About 'Righting Past Overreach'.  When President Donald Trump speaks in Utah on Monday, he will not only be resizing two controversial national monuments, his administration will also be making major changes to how federal lands are managed.  Trump will sign orders to shrink the Bears Ears and Grand Staircase-Escalante national monuments as recommended by Secretary of the Interior Ryan Zinke.  However, that's only the first step in the administration's plan for the Antiquities Act.  In the coming months, the Department of the Interior (DOI) will begin a larger conversation about how the Antiquities Act of 1906 is implemented once the president designates a national monument, The Daily Caller News Foundation has learned.

Trump is not 'shrinking a monument', he's reversing a shameless federal land grab.  The media are wetting themselves today because President Trump is "shrinking federal monuments." You'd think he was taking an axe to the Washington Monument and chopping it down.  But there are real monuments and then there are shameless federal land-grabs that get labeled "monuments" before a gullible news media that gladly adopt whatever language a Democratic president uses to spin his actions.  The Bears Ears and Grand Staircase-Escalante monuments were just that.  There are elements of these pieces of land that have some historical value, but Bill Clinton and Barack Obama exploited that to declare massive swaths of land part of the "monuments," which put them almost completely under federal control over the objection of the State of Utah and all of Utah's congressional delegation.  There was no cultural purpose to this.  None.  It was strictly an excuse to expand federal control over land.

White House work orders show infiltration of mice, roaches.  Maintenance workers were requested to take care of mice in the Situation Room and the White House Navy mess food service area over the past two years, according to work orders obtained by WRC-TV.  There were also reports of ants in the White House chief of staff's office and cockroach infestations on the grounds, WRC reported.  Other work orders include requests for furniture, a new toilet seat in the Oval Office, pictures to be hung and heating system repairs, among others.  An influx of work orders were made shortly after President Trump's inauguration.

White House work orders revealed ant, cockroach and mice infestations.  White House maintenance work orders this year show that the iconic building suffered from vermin struggles this year, according to News4.  News4 on Thursday [11/30/2017] reported that pest problems were among hundreds of 2017 filings to the General Services Administration (GSA) it obtained.  Maintenance workers were asked to address reports of mice intruding upon the White House Navy mess food service area and the building's Situation Room.

Obama's Trans Fat Ban May Force Iconic Cookie Company To Close.  The makers of Berger Cookies in Baltimore, Md., are concerned that that new rules will force them to discontinue their iconic cookie due to federal rules.  Under current proposed rules, companies will no longer be allowed to sell food containing partially hydrogenated oils, which contain trans fats, after June 18, 2018.  That rule will make it difficult for Charlie DeBaufre, president of DeBaufre Bakeries, to continue making the chocolate covered soft German-inspired cookies because the recipe contains trans fats.  DeBaufre has not been able to create the Berger cookie taste without the using trans-fat-free ingredients.

Obama's 'unaccompanied children' turn up big in latest MS13 gang sweep.  The latest federal gang sweep of 214 Mara Salvatrucha-13 gang thugs has turned up quite a panoply of the people President Obama sought to encourage and accomodate in the U.S. during his last years in office[.]

ICE agents rebel, say Trump 'betrayed' them by retaining Obama's people.  The country's immigration enforcement officers launched a website Tuesday demanding that President Trump do more to clean up their agency, saying he has left the Obama team in place and it's stymying his goal of enforcing laws on the books.  U.S. Immigration and Customs Enforcement supervisors in Philadelphia banned officers from wearing bulletproof vests during an operation in the dangerous "badlands" section in the city's north for fear of offending the immigrant community, according to a new website, JICReport.com.  Meanwhile, officers in one Utah city are required to give city officials seven days' heads-up before arresting anyone — and by the time they go to make the arrest, the immigrants they are targeting have taken off, the website says.

Cleaning up the asylum mess left by Obama.  Days before President Obama left office, he removed asylum protections from Cubans who reach US soil in a desperate attempt to flee their oppressive country.  This was a strange contrast from the rest of the administration's efforts, which seemed to support granting asylum to any individual who enters the US by illegal means.  Now, the Trump Administration is left with the job of cleaning up the confusion and fraud the Obama Administration propelled.  Attorney General Jeff Sessions is taking a leading role in combatting asylum fraud, alongside Trump's efforts to limit the number of asylum seekers entering the country.  This is not because these men do not want these people in our country, but because the system was expanded so significantly under the Obama Administration, agencies can no longer handle the load and maintain security.

6 Examples of Jeff Sessions' Cowardice.  [#2] Sessions has shirked his responsibility to take control of his own Department, overwhelmingly staffed by pro-Obama and pro-Clinton lawyers, 97 percent of which either voted for or donated to the Hillary Clinton presidential campaign.  As a result, Freedom of Information Act cases continue to be obstructed by lying DOJ lawyers, after years in the courts.  These lawsuits seek to force production of evidence about Obama and Clinton scandals, which include, as we have just learned through a leak to Circa News, the cover-up of an FBI investigation over bribery during the Obama administration — giving rise to Russia acquiring about 20 percent of America's strategic uranium reserves.

Trying to perpetuate alarmist climate "science".  Several months ago a brief furor erupted when the New York Times leaked the final draft of the upcoming Climate Science Special Report (CSSR), an extremely alarmist rendition of what is supposedly happening with Earth's climate.  Dangerous climate change and weather events, the report says, are due to mankind's use of fossil fuels to create and maintain modern living standards and to the carbon dioxide and other greenhouse gases that result from that energy use.  The CSSR is being prepared by the federal Global Change Research Program (USGCRP) and has been in the works for several years, mostly under Obama and still staffed by diehard alarmists.  The USGCRP consists of the 13 federal agencies that conduct and analyze climate science and supposedly "consensus" views on the topic.  The Times and other news stories speculated that one of the agencies, especially the EPA under Administrator Scott Pruitt, might block the CSSR.  This has not happened, and the Report is now scheduled for release next month.  The CSSR is far more alarmist than any IPCC report.  Most other USGCRP reports have been, as well, thanks in particular to NOAA.  The new CSSR will be an official Federal report, which will give it more credibility than it deserves.

Trump's $33 Billion Tax Cut You Didn't Know You Just Got.  In a recent editorial, we noted that President Trump's decision to get rid of President Obama's Clean Power Plan would be a major money-saver for companies and a deregulatory boost for the economy.  Now, new data actually put a dollar figure on it.  Senior Trump officials now estimate that the president's decision will save consumers some $33 billion [...] since they will avoid paying the much-higher costs that Obama had baked into the energy cake through his plan to cut CO2 emissions by 35% over the next 14 years.

Obama holdovers, vacancies remain at top levels of State Department.  While Secretary of State Rex Tillerson and President Trump seem to have patched things up after a report claimed the top diplomat considered resigning over the summer, another source of tension remains — Tillerson's department still has numerous vacancies, while several Obama administration holdovers are in top positions.  "There is a serious problem within the Trump administration," said John Bolton, former U.S. ambassador to the United Nations.  "Trump and Tillerson don't have full control over their State Department.  The way a president exercises control over the bureaucracy is to get as many of his people as possible into senior positions."

FDA Delays New Nutrition Facts Label Unveiled by Michelle Obama.  The Trump administration is delaying a regulation championed by former first lady Michelle Obama to redesign the Nutrition Facts label.  The Food and Drug Administration on Friday issued a rule delaying until 2020 the compliance date for regulations that will make listed calories on food larger in an attempt to fight obesity.  Mrs. Obama unveiled the new label in May 2016 as part of her anti-obesity "Let's Move" campaign.  Aside from increasing the font size of calories and the addition of "added sugars" on the label, the regulations even dealt with how to label dinner mints.  The regulations will cost food manufacturers an estimated $640 million.

No, Obama Didn't Prevent the Next Great Depression.  "Saving the economy from a great depression."  That was Barack Obama's response when asked by Fox News Sunday host Chris Wallace to identify his "biggest accomplishment."  In Obama's defense, it's not as though he enjoys a Reaganesque litany of accomplishments from which to choose — winning the Cold War, reversing a decade of economic stagnation, restoring America's sense of pride and optimism, etc.  With no significant part of the world better off today than when Obama entered office, any "accomplishment" he selected was going to be a stretch.  Nevertheless, it's simply not true that Obama saved the economy from the next great depression.  Quite the contrary, the federal government's own economic data shows that Obama actually inherited an emerging recovery.  The American economy was already rebounding before he even officially became president.  What he has done is impose policies that have resulted in the slowest decade of economic growth in recorded U.S. history.

78 Obama appointees 'burrowed' into career jobs, watchdog finds.  A government watchdog found that 78 political appointees of President Obama managed to "burrow" into career government jobs over a six-year period.  A Government Accountability Office report obtained by The Washington Times on Wednesday [9/27/2017] shows that seven of Mr. Obama's political appointees switched to career jobs without obtaining necessary approval from the Office of Personnel Management.  Of those, four were later denied the jobs by OPM and three left their posts.  Congressional Republicans warned Mr. Obama last year against moving political appointees into career positions, and President Trump has stated frequently that he believes some employees in the federal workforce are Obama holdovers working against his agenda.

Trump Removes Offshore Drilling Restrictions.  President Donald Trump issued an executive order reversing restrictions on offshore drilling in the Atlantic and Arctic Oceans imposed by former President Barack Obama shortly before he left office.  Trump says the Obama restrictions unnecessarily closed access to important domestic energy resources.  Trump's order also instructs federal officials to assess the potential for energy exploration in recently declared or expanded marine sanctuaries in the Atlantic and Pacific Oceans.

Democrats' DACA dishonesty.  Fulfilling his role as the titular head of "The Resistance," Barack Obama took to Facebook Tuesday [9/5/2017] to snipe at the Trump administration's announcement that it was rescinding the 44th president's 2012 executive action called Deferred Action for Childhood Arrivals.  "We shouldn't threaten the future of this group of young people who are here through no fault of their own," Obama said.  His post was florid and self-serving.  But five words in his lengthy screed — "through no fault of their own" — are undeniably true.  It's not the fault of the "Dreamers" that their parents brought them here, without papers, as minors.  On that we can agree.  But whose fault is it that they are still in limbo?  For that answer, Obama needn't take to social media.  He can simply look in the mirror.

Whitewashing the $20 Controversy.  It's hard to believe Treasury Secretary Steve Mnuchin understood the controversy he would ignite when he answered a CNBC reporter's question about whether he replace Andrew Jackson's portrait on the $20 bill with the hero of the Underground Railroad, Harriet Tubman.  "Ultimately we will be looking at this issue," he said.  "It's not something I'm focused on at the moment."

Trump Upholds The Constitution By Dumping DACA, And Critics Freak Out.  Obama enacted DACA in June 2012 after Congress failed to pass immigration reforms he wanted.  Obama said that in the face of congressional inaction, he was going to reshape the country's immigration policy all on his own, or has he put it, take "steps to lift the shadow of deportation from these young people."  But even Obama described DACA as a "temporary, stopgap measure."  Well, within five years more than 800,000 illegals had been effectively granted amnesty under the program, and the "temporary" part of it had long been forgotten.  Obama also didn't seem to care if his move was constitutional or not.

Punish Americans for Their Heritage, but Reward 'Dreamers': How DACA Outrage Exposes the Left.  By now it is crystal clear:  the Deferred Action on Childhood Arrivals (DACA) was simply a way for President Obama to force his successor to make an unpopular decision.  For all the pejorative "populist" talk about President Trump, his predecessor could not countenance something he regarded as unpopular, especially to his base, and a potential future base of the Democrat Party.  The Obama doctrine across many aspects of his presidency was simply to kick the can down the road.

Trump rolls back racist Obama policy.  For more than a half-century, federal law has banned racial and sexual discrimination.  Employers are supposed to hire and promote based on ability, not skin tone or sex.  President Obama, however, wanted employers to consider race and sex.  President Trump just rolled that back.  Guess which man the media treats as racist.

Trump uncovers evidence of Dreamers loophole hidden by Obama.  Thousands of Dreamers have used a loophole in federal law to get on a full pathway to citizenship, top congressional Republicans revealed Friday [9/1/2017], citing government data withheld by the Obama administration but provided by the Trump administration.  The Dreamers were all part of DACA, the legally questionable amnesty program that's under scrutiny right now as President Trump decides whether to scrap the Obama-era amnesty.  The House and Senate Judiciary Committees revealed that more than 45,000 DACA recipients were approved for "advance parole," which is permission to leave and reenter the U.S. despite not being in permanent legal status here.

Looks like Andrew Jackson will stay on the $20 bill.  Currently, as you might know if you just got paid, it's Andrew Jackson, an early Democrat, on the $20.  He was a hero of the War of 1812 and a rough-hewn two-term president.  He was also a successful military leader in battles against native Americans during his era.  Last year, another two-term president, Barack Obama, approved a change that would delete Old Hickory's visage from the front and substituted it with Harriet Tubman's face.  The Bureau of Engraving and Printing says it has received no instructions yet to implement the changes, which candidate Donald Trump criticized as "pure political correctness."

Trump Administration Won't Commit To Putting Harriet Tubman On $20 Bill.  Anyone expecting to someday see Harriet Tubman's image grace the front of the $20 bill may be in for a long wait.  In a new interview, Treasury Secretary Steve Mnuchin hinted that the Trump administration may back off the planned change that would have had Tubman take Andrew Jackson's place on the bill.  Speaking to CNBC today [8/31/2017], Mnuchin would only say that the Treasury will "consider" whether or not to move forward with the change from Jackson to Tubman.  The $20 bill is up for a scheduled redesign in 2020, regardless of whose face is on the front.

Trump Reverses Obama Plan to Collect Wage Information Based on Gender, Race, Ethnicity.  A year before leaving office, President Barack Obama announced new steps to narrow what was described as a gender pay gap.  Obama directed the Equal Employment Opportunity Commission (EEOC), in partnership with the Department of Labor, to annually collect pay data by gender, race and ethnicity from businesses with 100 or more employees.  On Wednesday [8/30/2017], the Trump administration put that Obama-era order on hold.  In a memo to the EEOC, the White House Office of Management and Budget (OMB) said it is launching a review of the effectiveness of the equal pay data collection initiative.  (Companies are still required to annually file information on the race/ethnicity and gender of their employees, but the wage information sought by Obama will not be included.)

200,000 deportation cases quietly 'closed' under Obama.  During the Obama era up to 200,000 deportation cases were "administratively closed" without action, a move that left tens of thousands of illegal immigrants free to roam America, sometimes indefinitely, according to a new report.  When added to those cases still pending court action, it brings the backlog of cases to about 800,000, far more than previously known.  In the report for the Center for Immigration Studies, former immigration judge Andrew R. Arthur said that there are some 100,000 cases that were closed, but told [the Washington Examiner] that it could be as high as 200,000.

Barack Obama's Legacy of Lies and Broken Promises on Afghanistan.  On issue after issue, Barack Obama passed the buck, making the situation worse than he found it and leaving his successor to pick up the pieces.  Health care, military preparedness, the national debt, Iran, Iraq, Syria, North Korea and Afghanistan are some of the instances that come to mind.  What is galling is that because he is a Democrat, Obama was never held accountable for his fecklessness (or worse).  The press, and the establishment in general, allowed him to skate.  This is a big topic, but let's limit it to Afghanistan for the moment.

Trump to Rescind Obama Rule Forcing Doctors, Hospitals to Perform Gender Transition Treatments.  LGBT rights groups have raised alarm at the fact that the Trump administration is in the process of finalizing a policy that would rescind an Obama-era healthcare rule that opponents say requires hospitals, doctors and health insurers to cover or provide gender transition therapies and procedures.  The Hill reports that the Department of Justice is reviewing a proposed rule that has already cleared the Department of Health and Human Services that would rescind an HHS mandate instituted in 2016 that bars healthcare providers and insurers who receive federal tax dollars from denying treatment or coverage to patients on the basis of gender identity.

HUD Secretary Ben Carson Poised to End Obama-Era Section 8 Housing Grants.  Following his reelection victory in 2012 President Obama removed the bidding process from section 8 housing; instead Obama's HUD initiated grants to their hand-selected organizations.  After years of lost lawsuits the HUD bidding process is set to return.

Obama eased rules to welcome 1 million illegal youths, status now in doubt.  In its rush to welcome over one million illegal immigrant youths from Latin America, the Obama administration turned a blind eye to criminal acts and eased rules governing legal entry, according to newly uncovered documents.  Emails, budgets and training manuals provided to the Immigration Reform Law Institute show, for example, that the controversial Obama program to defer deportation allowed them to stay if they held several documents, such as Social Security numbers and federal tax return checks, that are illegal for non-citizens to have.

Obamas Left The White House A Mess:  Leaky Faucets, Chipped Paint, Failing Heat, Crumbling Steps, Etc.  Former First Lady Michelle Obama openly shared her disdain for life inside the White House.  She even went so far as to demean it as a house "built by slaves" and that residing there was like "living in a cave."  Perhaps that has something to do with the fact the People's House is now literally crumbling in disrepair as outlined today by the AP: [...]

Retired generals, admirals thank Trump for announcing ban on transgender troops.  More than a dozen retired generals and admirals have signed a letter to President Trump thanking him for his announced policy to ban transgender people from the armed forces.  "We write today to express our gratitude to you for making the extremely courageous decision to reverse President Obama's transgender social experiment," the conservative retired flag officers wrote.  "There may be an enormous amount of vitriol directed at you for making this policy correction, but please know that overturning this policy may have done more in the long-term to save the culture and war-fighting capacity of the U.S. military than perhaps any other military policy you will adopt as president."  The letter came as the Palm Center, a research nonprofit that promotes the LGBT agenda, released a competing statement from 56 retired admirals and generals who say reimposing the ban will hurt readiness, not help it.

Obama wasn't king, and his laws aren't set in stone.  Obama's abuses of the Antiquities Act of 1906 are well known, including designation of an ocean monument off New England to kill fishing an unauthorized park parading as a monument in rural Maine to kill logging and milling and the 1.3 million acre Bear Ears in Utah to placate environmentalists. [...] Unencumbered by a hoped-for legal precedent, Obama abused the Antiquities Act as no president in history.  Along with others, I condemned his actions as outrageously illegal and, on Fox News and in the Washington Examiner, called upon President Trump to vacate them.  To his credit, Trump directed Secretary of the Interior Ryan Zinke to begin the process.

Why do we have an EPA museum?  [Scroll down]  The Trump administration is at odds with the EPA?  Half the country is!  This is the agency that destroyed the Animas River by allowing 3.5 million gallons of toxins and heavy metals to flood it while "cleaning up" an abandoned mine.  No one went to jail for that either.  But the EPA did spend more than $300,000 on this museum outside the EPA Credit Union, and opened it three days before President Trump took office.

Seven Ways Trump Is Taking Back America's Culture.  [#4] The president signed a resolution in April that overturned Obama's rule — enacted during his last days as president — that forced states to provide family planning grants under Title X to Planned Parenthood and other abortion providers.  The House approved H.J. Res. 43, introduced by Rep. Diane Black (R-TN), in February.  The resolution used the Congressional Review Act (CRA) to rescind the Obama administration rule, enacted during the last days of the former president's term.  Sen. Joni Ernst (R-IA) sponsored the measure in the Senate.  Vice President Mike Pence cast a tie-breaking vote at the end of March to enable approval in that chamber after Republican Sens. Susan Collins of Maine and Lisa Murkowski of Alaska voted against it.

Trump right to reverse Obama's transgender experiment on the military.  The military's sole purpose is to smash and destroy enemies.  Even when it is merely used as a deterrent, the military's usefulness derives entirely from its ability to accomplish that goal in battle.  This means all decisions about how the military is run should be subordinated to questions of military effectiveness, including morale, discipline, equipment, logistics, troop readiness and the like.

Treasury Department Ending Ineffective Obama Retirement Program.  The Treasury Department is ending an ineffective Obama program that promised to help millions of Americans save for retirement, the government announced Friday [7/28/2017].  Treasury announced the myRA program would be phased out, after costing taxpayers $70 million though few Americans used the program.  Former president Barack Obama used his 2014 State of the Union address to launch the myRA program, with a promise to "help millions" to save for retirement.  Two years later, only 20,000 had signed up.

Ten Accomplishments By John Kelly At Homeland Security.  [#1] He sidelined most of the top staff picked by Obama and allowed the department's border and enforcement agents to actually enforce the nation's immigration law.  The result is that more than 70,000 illegals have been sent home by motivated agents, including many of the MS-13 gang members invited by Obama to live in the United States since 2011.

Army Was Preparing Women To Shower With Men As Part of Transgender Training.  Have you heard of the Pentagon's "Transgender Inclusion" agenda, first launched by President Obama?  Near the end of Obama's second term, his Secretary of Defense Ash Carter set out "transgender inclusive" military policies that were supposed to be put in effect a few weeks ago on July 1st, 2017.  Right now, this policy has not been completely removed, it has only been "delayed" for another six months.

BOOM: "Trump Jr.  Entrapped by Obama White House to Obtain FISA Warrant and Spy on Campaign".  It's now clear that Barack Obama and his administration orchestrated meetings between certain Trump associates and Russian officials in order to justify FISA wiretaps.  It's just that simple.  They abused the FISA system to extract intelligence that they could then leak.  All of that happened and they still lost.

Pentagon Considers Canceling Program That Recruits Immigrant Soldiers.  The Pentagon is considering pulling out of a deal it made with thousands of noncitizen recruits with specialized skills:  Join the military and we'll put you on the fast track to citizenship.  The proposal to dismantle the program would cancel enlistment contracts for many of the foreign-born recruits, leaving about 1,000 of them without legal protection from deportation.

Pentagon Halts Obama's Transgender Endorsement Plan.  The Secretary of Defense has frozen a decision by former President Barack Obama to recruit transgender soldiers this year, and a new poll shows the planned recruitment freeze is very popular.  Two of every three swing voters say the Pentagon should postpone plans to accept "transgender" people who are trying to live as members of the opposite sex, according to the new poll by Rasmussen Reports.  Defense Secretary James Mattis explained his July 30 decision to delay Obama's plan for six months, just before it was to begin operating.

Don't Stop With Paris.  The Paris climate agreement is a treaty.  We are not talking here about a bob-and-weave farce like the Iran nuclear deal.  That arrangement, the "Joint Comprehensive Plan of Action," was shrewdly packaged as an "unsigned understanding" — concurrently spun, depending on its apologists' need of the moment, as a non-treaty (in order to evade the Constitution's requirements), or as a binding international commitment (in order to intimidate the new American administration into retaining it).  The climate agreement, to the contrary, is a formal international agreement.  Indeed, backers claim this "Convention" entered into force — i.e., became internationally binding — upon the adoption of "instruments of ratification, acceptance, approval or accession" by a mere 55 of the 197 parties. [...] Yes, President Obama gave his assent to the agreement in his characteristically cagey manner:  He waited until late 2016 to "adopt" the convention — when there would be no practical opportunity to seek Senate approval before he left office.

Manchester bombing's Libya roots: another mess Obama left for Trump.  After the Manchester bombing, can President Trump keep saying America has "no role" to play in Libya?  Libya keeps popping up in the investigation into the attack by British suicide bomber Salman Abedi, who killed at least 22 people and injured 59 at an Ariana Grande concert Monday night [5/22/2017].  Abedi spent the last three weeks of his life in Libya, his father's birthplace, before returning to his native Manchester.  As Britain's security forces dig deeper into Abedi's ISIS connections, making additional arrests in England and Libya, one thing is clear:  The country we helped rid of dictator Moammar Khadafy is a mess — which is just how the Islamist terrorists like it.

Obama Holdouts In Trump Administration Hiding Hillary Emails For Years.  Judicial Watch's President Tom Fitton is astounded:  The Trump officials he finds working on Freedom of Information cases he files are still, typically, Obama holdovers.  Those holdovers, he told The Daily Caller News Foundation, are telling Judicial Watch it will be years before it can get former Secretary of State Hillary Clinton's emails.  "Frankly," Fitton told TheDCNF, "we should be waiting just a few months for them to get their act together."  Trump should take the point of view that the government belongs to Americans — and its agencies need to tell the people what they are up to, Fitton said.  "If there is no good reason for withholding information, give it to them and give it to them quickly."

HUD Watchdog Kept 14 Fraud Reports Hidden From Public.  A government watchdog withheld at least 14 reports that revealed department-wide problems that allow fraud and waste at a cabinet-level agency, The Daily Caller News Foundation's (TheDCNF) Investigative Group has learned.  The reports concern issues plaguing the Department of Housing and Urban Development (HUD), including felons illegally living in federally-funded homes, tax fraud and millions of dollars sitting in unused bank accounts for years.  The department's 2017 budget is $48.9 billion and it has 8,375 employees.

Yes, President Trump Can Undo Controversial National Monuments.  [Barack Obama] was the king of Antiquities Act abuse, designating more monuments covering more area than any prior president.  He tripled the total area restricted, adding more than 500 million acres in new and expanded monuments.  Most of this area was locked up during the last year of Obama's presidency, once he was no longer accountable to voters.  There's a reason presidents designate "midnight" monuments at the end of their terms:  they can be extremely controversial when people depend on the use of areas being closed off to support their families.  Take Bears Ears National Monument.  In the final weeks of his presidency, President Obama declared 1.35 million acres in Utah off-limits, over the objections of the governor, Utah's congressional delegation, and local governments.  Shortly before, a poll found that only 19% of Utahans supported the monument.

Trump Ends Obama's African Ebola Amnesty.  In a refreshing move, the Trump administration is eliminating one of Barack Obama's many outrageous amnesty initiatives, this one involving illegal immigrants from African countries affected by the Ebola virus a few years ago.  The Ebola amnesty scandal got buried in the hoopla of the administration's broad executive order protecting millions of illegal alien Mexicans and Central Americans, but it was just as alarming.  Launched in 2014, the Ebola reprieve was issued separately — and quietly — via a Temporary Protected Status (TPS), a humanitarian program that's supposed to be short-term.  Under the plan, the administration designated Liberia, Guinea and Sierra Leone for TPS for 18 months.  That's how it always starts — for a short period of time then it grows into years.  Before you know it, illegal aliens who benefit from TPS for humanitarian reasons are legal residents enjoying all the generous perks — free education, food stamps, medical care etc. — that Uncle Sam has to offer.

Trump to order review of national monuments.  President Donald Trump ordered his Interior Department to review of tens of millions of acres of land and water set aside as national monuments by the past three presidents on Wednesday [4/26/2017], a move that environmental groups warn will undermine a crucial conservation tool and open up sensitive areas to fossil fuel development.  The review will be conducted by Interior Secretary Ryan Zinke and will encompass two dozen of monuments created over the past 21 years, although the main focus will be on President Barack Obama's designation last year of Bears Ears National monument, as well as the Grand Staircase-Escalante National Monument protected by President Bill Clinton in 1996.  Both of those are in Utah, and the state's lawmakers have pressed to revoke the monument status for the two sites, which are believed to hold fossil fuel resources.

Obama's Chickens Coming Home To Roost.  If you believe your random mainstream media outlet of choice, North Korea and Syria were crises freshly spawned by this administration with no prior history.  But these ticking time bombs are the direct result of the two terrible terms of his predecessor.  The Nobel Peace Prize winner's years in the White House were the most dysfunctional, schizophrenic and senseless eight years of our national foreign policy.  His domestic policy was a disaster, but it was a radioactive toxic waste dump with clear and consistent goals.  ObamaCare, the abuses of the Justice Department, the Department of Education and the Environmental Protection Agency were the naturally terrible outcome of left-wing policies being im