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Today Is The Deadline For The FBI To “Come Clean”

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The Wall Street Journal continues to counter  the  liberal mainstream media’s anti-Trump-ness, dropping uncomfortable truth-bombs, exposing the real ‘constitutional crisis’, and refusing to back off its intense pressure to get to the truth and hold those responsible, accountable; in a forum that is hard for the establishment to shrug off as ‘Alt-Right’ or ‘Nazi’ or be ‘punished’ by search- and social-media-giants.

And once again Kimberley Strassel – who by now has become the focus of social media attacks for her truth-seeking reporting – does it again this morning, as she asks – rhetorically, we assume – will the FBI come clean?

In the trench war between congressional Republicans and the Federal Bureau of Investigation, we have arrived at a crucial battle. A House resolution sets Friday as the deadline for the Justice Department to come clean on the beginning of its investigation into the Trump campaign. We’ll find out if the FBI has been lying to the public.

That is, if the department complies. It has flouted so many subpoenas, and played so many games with redactions and deadlines, that the entire House GOP united last week to vote for the resolution demanding submission to Congress’s requests for documents. The vote was an order but also a warning—that this is the last chance to comply, and the next step will be to hold officials in contempt. It is a measure of the stakes that even that threat doesn’t guarantee cooperation.

At issue is the FBI’s “origin story,” in which it claims its full-fledged investigation into a presidential campaign was conducted, as it were, by the book. According to this narrative, the FBI did not launch its probe until July 31, 2016, only after Australia tipped it to a conversation junior Trump aide George Papadopoulos had with Australian diplomat Alexander Downer in the spring of 2016 in London. Only after this formal commencement of a counterintelligence probe—Crossfire Hurricane—did the FBI begin to target U.S. citizens with spying, wiretapping and other tools usually reserved for foreign infiltrators. Or so the story goes.

This account, relayed by the New York Times in December 2017, has proved highly convenient for the FBI. The Australian “government” connection allowed the bureau to infuse the meaningless Papadopoulos conversation with significance, justifying the probe. The origin story suggested the FBI had followed procedure. Mostly, it countered the growing suspicion that the bureau had been snooping on a presidential campaign on the basis of truly disreputable info—a dossier of salacious information compiled by an opposition research firm working for the rival campaign.

The story is full of holes, and they are widening. No one has explained why two months passed between the Papadopoulos-Downer conversation and the July 31 probe. We’ve learned that it wasn’t Australian intelligence that passed along the info, but Mr. Downer personally, to State Department personnel in violation of procedure. And a growing list of Trump officials now relate moments when they were approached by suspicious figures before July 31.

That’s why congressional investigators have come to suspect the real origin story is very different. They believe the FBI was investigating Trump officials well before July 31, on the basis of the dossier and dubious information from State Department officials. They think the bureau was employing a variety of counterintelligence tools before there was an official counterintelligence probe—and that this included deploying spies against political actors. They suspect that only when the FBI decided that it wanted to obtain a Foreign Intelligence Surveillance Act warrant against Trump aide Carter Page (which requires an official investigation) did it surface the Downer information (collected back in May) and make it the official pretext in July.

This theory is at the heart of the standoff with the Justice Department, which focuses on FBI actions prior to July 31. I’m told that multiple senior congressional members have repeatedly asked Justice Department leadership to affirm that the department had provided Congress everything relevant with regard to the Trump investigation. The department has said yes. Yet investigators have credible evidence pointing to the use of FBI informants against the Trump campaign earlier than July 31, and last week’s resolution requires the department to answer whether that is true, and if so, on what basis they were used.

The FBI and its media allies have waged a ceaseless campaign to lower the bar on what counts as appropriate.

We are told it is OK that the government opened a counterintelligence probe into a presidential campaign. OK that it obtained a warrant to spy on a U.S. citizen. OK that it based that warrant on an unverified dossier from the Democratic campaign, and then hid that true origin from the FISA court. OK that it paid a spy to target domestic political actors.

It’s not OK. Not so long ago, the FBI would have quailed at the idea of running an informant into any U.S. political operation—even into, say, a congressman under criminal investigation for bribery or corruption. These are the most sensitive of lines. But Mr. Trump’s opponents, in government and media, have a boundless capacity to justify any measures against the president.

And finally, Strassel has some advice on how to resolve this… Mr. Trump has an even quicker way to bring the hostility to an end.

If it turns out that the Justice Department and FBI lied about how and when this all started, that is scandalous. Worse if it comes out that senior officials lied to Congress about whether they had complied with its demands for information. And once again, it is a reason for Mr. Trump to step in and declassify everything.

Just what will the deep state do to avoid this eventuality? Do they have anything left to throw at Trump?

via www.zerohedge.com

8 COMMENTS

  1. Now that our FBI has become political and devotes its time digging up dirt on the Republicans,
    I guess that they did not think it necessary to investigate a troubled young man who talked about shooting up a high school in South Florida.

  2. No their THEY ARE LIARS ” they concocted this whole witch hunt to poison the election so Hillary Clinton would win they are all criminals especially Mueller and Rosenstine DIRTY DIRTY NO GOOD PEOPLE ” THEY NEED TO PAY JAIL TIME MAKE AMERICA GREAT ONCE AGAIN.

  3. Disband the F.B.I., C.I.A, N.S.A. and all other FAKE AGENCIES that have turned against the People of the United States of America! You will have less Sandy Hoax FAKE school shootings and bombings that they use to grab America`s Second Amendment GOD given rights to control the clamp on us and sell us out to the Global New World Order as Global serfs.

  4. Contempt of Congress does nothing, Eric Holder-AG for Obama was charged for not giving documents on FAst & Furious and “what happened” nothing! Rosenstein and Wray should be charged with “Impeachment” serving jail time. Gowdy and the rest need to stop wasting time and money-just charge them and get on with the investigation. Sessions needs to be fired by Trump-he is the only one that can do it and not scared of the “Deep State” – IMO Sessions is being blackmailed and family threatened. He is doing a great job on the pedophiles,sex trafficking, arrest of illegals, etc. I think other President’s that won were controlled in the past by the Globalist, President Trump’s election blew up in their face and they became careless in trying to hide their takedown of him.

  5. The fish stinks from the head. The agency has become corrupt and following the money is in order. Audit current and former agency leadership and charge with crimes that are appropriate. Start with the ones that have amassed Millions on Their government salaries.

  6. Well it is now time for our President to demand from Rosenstien those documents, President Trump is the only one left now to demand that Rosenstein hands over those documents now asap! and if he defies our President then Trump needs to fire his ass now! The people are sick and tired of his rotten dirty crap he is pulling and that just tells us that he is hiding something and that there is a lot of guilt from him showing by refusing to hand those documents over to the Justice committee! Who the hell does Rosenstein think he is the President! I hope to wake up Monday morning and find that Rosenstein has been fired! enough is enough already of his rotten crap!

  7. I believe the whole upper echelon of the FBI is corrupt. I think that Obama tried to distroy America, and he might have just done it. If we cannot control the FBI, DOJ and the CIA, Obama might have succeeded in destroying the USA, Obama was not only exceptionally smart, he wss also a Muslim, and all Muslims want to conquer the Government they attack, and Obama might have just done it, he had eight years to accomplish his goal, and he might have just succeeded it they take Trump down. Trump was our only hope and now it looks like they are about to succeed in taking Trump down. Their original plan was to get Hillary elected and the they would have eight more years to accomplish their goal, but if they can take down Trump, they may have just accomplished their goal in eight years.

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