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    Bam!!

    Jul 28, 2022 At a House Judiciary Committee hearing on Thursday,
    Rep. Matt Gaetz (R-FL) grilled DOJ Official Matthew Olsen on Hunter Biden.



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    Moves and Countermoves - The Real Motive Behind The Mar-a-Largo Raid on Trump


    It’s ALL about the Spygate documents.

    It’s all about Crossfire Hurricane and the Deep State’s targeting of Trump.

    The multi-agency spy operation was spearheaded by Peter Strzok, Andrew McCabe, Brennan, Clapper and others on behalf of Hillary Clinton.

    President Trump on Thursday shared his “Memorandum on Declassification of Certain Materials Related to the FBI’s Crossfire Hurricane Investigation” to his Truth Social page:

    https://www.thegatewaypundit.com/202...investigation/


    Section 1. Declassification and Release. At my request, on December 30, 2020, the Department of Justice provided the White House with a binder of materials related to the Federal Bureau of Investigation’s Crossfire Hurricane investigation. Portions of the documents in the binder have remained classified and have not been released to the Congress or the public. I requested the documents so that a declassification review could be performed and so I could determine to what extent materials in the binder should be released in unclassified form.

    I determined that the materials in that binder should be declassified to the maximum extent possible. In response, and as part of the iterative process of the declassification review, under a cover letter dated January 17, 2021, the Federal Bureau of Investigation noted its continuing objection to any further declassification of the materials in the binder and also, on the basis of a review that included Intelligence Community equities, identified the passages that it believed it was most crucial to keep from public disclosure. I have determined to accept the redactions proposed for continued classification by the FBI in that January 17 submission.

    I hereby declassify the remaining materials in the binder. This is my final determination under the declassification review and I have directed the Attorney General to implement the redactions proposed in the FBI’s January 17 submission and return to the White House an appropriately redacted copy.

    My decision to declassify materials within the binder is subject to the limits identified above and does not extend to materials that must be protected from disclosure pursuant to orders of the Foreign Intelligence Surveillance Court and does not require the disclosure of certain personally identifiable information or any other materials that must be protected from disclosure under applicable law. Accordingly, at my direction, the Attorney General has conducted an appropriate review to ensure that materials provided in the binder may be disclosed by the White House in accordance with applicable law.

    Sec. 2. General Provisions. (a) Nothing in this memorandum shall be construed to impair or otherwise affect:

    (i) the authority granted by law to an executive department or agency, or the head thereof; or

    (ii) the functions of the Director of the Office of Management and Budget relating to budgetary, administrative, or legislative proposals.

    (b) This memorandum shall be implemented consistent with applicable law and subject to the availability of appropriations.

    (c) This memorandum is not intended to, and does not, create any right or benefit, substantive or procedural, enforceable at law or in equity by any party against the United States, its departments, agencies, or entities, its officers, employees, or agents, or any other person.

    (d) The Attorney General is authorized and directed to publish this memorandum in the Federal Register.

    DONALD J. TRUMP


    Paul Sperry Suspended BY Twitter For Reporting Facts About The Raid...



    The FBI's nine-hour, 30-agent raid of the former president's Florida estate is part of a counterintelligence case run out of Washington – not Miami, as has been widely reported – according to FBI case documents and sources with knowledge of the matter. The bureau's counterintelligence division led the 2016-2017 Russia "collusion" investigation of Trump, codenamed "Crossfire Hurricane."
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    The Man Who Lied About the "Pee Tape" - Igor Danchenko - Will Soon Face John Durham!


    Today, Special Counsel John Durham moved to unseal this motion in limine in the false statements case against Igor Danchenko.

    This motion provides new information on the details of Danchenko’s lies to the FBI, further information on how Special Counsel Mueller ignored Danchenko’s false statements, expected testimony from Clinton-connected executive Charles Dolan, and one crazy development.

    But we’ll start with the the most damning development: Danchenko was on the FBI payroll as a confidential human source (CHS) from March 2017 through October 2020.



    Realizing its own misconduct, the FBI made Danchenko a paid CHS in March 2017 -
    just before the third FISA warrant was submitted in April 2017.
    This would allow Comey’s FBI to work directly with Danchenko in support of its counter-intelligence investigation against President Trump.

    Danchenko being a CHS also served another purpose: it protected the Bureau and the Mueller Special Counsel from revealing their “sources and methods.” How do you hide misconduct? Bury the witness.

    (Read again Inspector General Horowitz’s report concerning the Carter Page FISA warrants. Did Horowitz know that Danchenko was a CHS?)

    Context helps - here’s a brief timeline of the Danchenko interviews and other important events:





    For background purposes, here’s our discussion on the Danchenko indictment and what the FBI knew about Danchenko’s Clinton connections. Recall that Danchenko was indicted for multiple false statements given to federal officials during the Trump/Russia investigation. Anyways, back to today’s motion.

    The Motion in Limine

    When the Steele Reports were released, the media picked-up on the most salacious rumors, one that was utterly unbelievable: that Russian intelligence had a video of Trump involved with prostitutes at the Moscow Ritz-Carlton Hotel. Also known as the “pee tape.”

    The allegation came from Danchenko, who attributed it to his sources - one from the Ritz-Carlton, and another being Sergei Millian. Durham will refute it, and expects to call at trial “Bernd Kuhlen,” the then-general manager of the Ritz-Carlton, who will deny speaking with or ever meeting Danchenko “in June 20165, or at any time.”

    As to Sergei Millian (more on him later), Durham will show that Danchenko falsely stated to the FBI that this information from Millian “came from a single ten, or fifteen minute anonymous phone call that allegedly took place in late-July 2016.” That timing is of particular importance, as explained by Durham:



    Then there are Danchenko’s false statements about Charles Dolan, an influential Democrat executive with ties to the Clintons. Interestingly, it was Dolan who was given a tour of the Ritz-Carlton Presidential Suite, which was the supposed location of “Trump’s alleged lurid sexual activities.”

    In fact, Dolan is expected to testify at trial. According to Durham:

    the Government anticipates that Mr. Dolan will testify that (1) it was he and Mr. Kupka who attended a lunch with the Ritz-Carlton general manager and other hotel staff during the June 2016 Moscow trip and that [Danchenko] was not present, and (2) neither Donald Trump nor his purported sexual practices were ever discussed at that lunch. Further, the Government also anticipates that Mr. Dolan will testify that Ritz-Carlton hotel staff did, in fact, provide the aforementioned tour of the presidential suite as part of the June 2016 trip and that, again, Donald Trump and his purported sexual practices were not discussed during that tour.

    Read More Here

    A free sub stack on Durham's prosecution can be found here.
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    Full Interview With the Man the FBI Wants Media To Ignore - Tony Bobulinski

    "Search CNN for 'Bobulinski' and it will show ZERO results"


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    Day 3 Durham/Danchenko Trial - Charles Dolan 'Embellishes' Hillary's Russia Hoax



    An elusive ally of the Clintons was a key figure in Thursday’s indictment Igor Danchenko, the analyst who contributed key information to the now-infamous “Steele Dossier.”

    Charles H. Dolan Jr., a former aide to Hillary Clinton, is identified only as “PR-Executive 1” in the indictment, which stemmed from special counsel John Durham’s long-running investigation into the FBI’s probe of Donald Trump’s 2016 presidential campaign and its alleged ties to the Russian government.

    Danchenko intentionally misled the FBI when he denied in a 2017 interview that he had spoken to Dolan about any material contained in the file, according to the charging document.

    Dolan was Danchenko’s primary source for a section of the dossier that analyzed Paul Manafort’s resignation as Trump’s campaign chairman in August of 2016, the document claims.

    Background: Dolan was a member of Bill Clinton’s presidential exploratory committee, then served as Virginia state chairman for the Clinton-Gore campaign in both 1992 and 1996. (On both occasions, Clinton won the election, but lost the commonwealth.) After winning his second term, Clinton appointed Dolan to two four-year terms as the vice-chairman of the State Department’s Advisory Commission on Public Diplomacy.

    Dolan returned to the Democratic campaign trail in 2004, serving as a senior communications consultant for John Kerry’s unsuccessful White House bid. Four years later, he advised Hillary Clinton in Iowa and New Hampshire during her unsuccessful campaign for the Democratic nomination.

    By that time, Dolan was cultivating connections in Russia.

    In 2006, the Kremlin had signed a deal with Ketchum, the PR firm where Dolan rose to become senior vice president for public affairs. As part of the agreement, according to the indictment, Ketchum was to “handle global public relations for the Russian government” as well as state-owned energy company Gazprom.



    As a result, the indictment states, Dolan “frequently interacted with senior Russian Federation leadership whose names would later appear” in the dossier, such as Putin spokesman Dmitry Peskov and then-Russian ambassador to the US Sergey Kislyak.

    The following day, Dolan responded to Danchenko, claiming that “I had a drink with a GOP friend of mine” who had dished the dirt. Dolan’s email stated that a Trump campaign staffer, identifiable as former campaign manager Corey Lewandowski.

    Prosecutors called Dolan to the stand on Thursday as their second witness in the trial, and the Democratic operative answered questions surrounding the nature of his relationship with the defendant.

    At one point during questioning, Dolan admitted to having lied to Danchenko in an email in the summer of 2016 about a “GOP friend” he claimed to have met with and who he said provided him with information about former Trump campaign chair Paul Manafort’s resignation. Dolan told the jury that he had “embellished” that claim to Danchenko, and that he had actually obtained the information about Manafort’s resignation from watching cable news, not from a Republican friend.

    “I thought I would just embellish a bit to make it seem like his contacts were good,” Dolan said.

    Prosecutor Michael Kielty pointed out similarities in the information Dolan provided Danchenko in that 2016 email with information that had ended up in a subsequent report from the dossier, dated just two days after Dolan sent the email. Dolan said that he never provided additional insights to Danchenko, and that he wasn’t aware at the time of why Danchenko was seeking information from him.

    “I just thought he wanted to know what the atmospherics were around the resignation,” Dolan said.

    Dolan also said he called Danchenko the day that Buzzfeed published the dossier, on Jan. 10, 2017, to “see if he knew where this came from.” The witness said Danchenko claimed he wasn’t sure where the dossier came from and would look into it and get back to him, but never did.

    In cross-examination, defense attorney Stuart Sears implied Dolan was being pressured by the special counsel to admit that the information in the dossier report came from him — to which Dolan replied, “I guess.”

    “I agree they were very similar
    ,” Dolan said of the information he gave to Danchenko in 2016 and the subsequent dossier report.

    https://nypost.com/2021/11/05/clinto...am-indictment/
    and from...
    https://www.politico.com/news/2022/1...d-day-00061794
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    Trump Makes Great Points Again in Letter to Jan 6th Committee…











    There were additional photos attached to the Appendix showing just how vast the crowd was.
    Trump also attached pages of Election Fraud gathered from swing states, Arizona, Georgia, Michigan, Pennsylvania, and Wisconsin …

    Arizona
    • Maricopa County accepted at least 20,000 mail-in ballots after Election Day 2020, including 18,000 on November 4, 2020, picked up from the U.S. Postal Service—more than the entire Election margin of 10,457 ballots.
    • A study of early ballot envelope signatures identified 229,430 mismatched signatures in Maricopa County. Officials only reported 25,000 mismatches, or 1.3%.
    • The Arizona Forensic Audit of Maricopa County identified numerous anomalies, fraud, and Election law violations that are determinative, including 17,322 duplicate absentee ballot envelopes, which surged after the Election. Between November 4th and November 9th, scores of mail-in ballot duplicates emerged. 96% of the ballots that came in on two of these days were duplicates.
    • Auditors discovered evidence that millions of files of General Election data and security logs were deleted, with purges taking place on critical days, including the day before the audit began on February 2, 2021.
    • The Maricopa County Board of Supervisors admitted they purged the system and moved Election data after they received a subpoena.
    • Another analysis by Dr. Shiva Ayyadurai in Pima County found
    significant anomalies with mail-in ballots. In precincts with anomalous high turnout (over 92%), mail-in ballots started flipping from 6% Republican for Biden to 40% of Republicans voting for Biden, which is highly suspect.
    • Two precincts in Pima had over 100 percent turnout for mail-in ballots— which is impossible—and 40 precincts had over 97% returned.
    • The audit discovered numerous State Election laws were broken in the 2020 Presidential Election, including A.R.S. 16-547, A.R.S. 16-548, A.R.S. 16-550, A.R.S. 16-551, A.R.S. 16-552, A.R.S. 16-621, A.R.S. 16 Articles 1, 1.1, and 2.
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    • 2,500 duplicated ballots created from a damaged ballot had no serial numbers, a violation of A.R.S. 16-621.
    • 1,919 mail-in ballot envelopes were missing signatures, a violation of A.R.S. 16-547.
    • Maricopa County reported 1,455 “no signatures” on mail-in ballot envelopes.
    • To this day, Maricopa County has never provided chain of custody documents for all Election equipment and ballots, in violation of A.R.S. 16-621 E.
    • At least 740,000 ballots violated chain of custody requirements in Maricopa County.


    Georgia
    • 43,907 ballots from Facebook-funded drop boxes were counted in DeKalb County that violated the chain of custody rules. Remember, Georgia was decided by 11,779 votes.
    • Poll workers were caught scanning ballots multiple times on camera in Fulton County. Ballot images confirmed at least 3,390 duplicate votes were counted for Joe Biden.
    • At least 10,300 illegally cast votes in Georgia (and up to 35,000) are from individuals who voted in the wrong county, more than necessary to “tip the 2020 results.”
    • Brad Raffensperger’s own investigator in Fulton County reported ballots were “unaccounted for.” He witnessed at least 2,800 ballots that “came in mail carts instead of black ballot bins,” violating chain of custody, and reported 1,200 ballots that were “cured” and “wheeled in through the back door” days after Election Day, when President Trump’s massive lead “shrunk as more votes continue to be tallied in Fulton County.”
    • The investigator also found “identical vote tallies repeated multiple times” that “likely resulted in about 1,000 extra votes being tallied” for Joe Biden.
    • A week after this private memo was sent to him, Brad Raffensperger falsely claimed publicly the Election results were “trustworthy” and “sound,” when he knew they were not.
    • Raffensperger was told of numerous irregularities on a video conference call with Republicans after the 2020 Election, that put “the outcome of the Election into doubt.” including an admission from an Elections Board Member in Gwinnett County that, “We have way more ballots than we have envelopes. I don’t think it was done right.”
    • Hundreds of voters were taken away from “Trump” after Election workers altered ballots that were rejected by voting machines. “Trump” votes were thrown out, while spoiled ballots were unlawfully counted for Joe Biden.

    • During the hand recount, tally sheets were falsified showing unanimous vote counts for Joe Biden, including 100-0 and 200-0 fraudulent counts.


    Michigan
    • Officials in Detroit illegally blocked Republican poll challengers’ access, covered the windows, called the police, and denied lawful challenges in order to count ballots in secret.
    • Affidavits and video evidence show thousands of ballots being delivered through a back door of the then-named TCF Center at 3:30 a.m. on Election night. The RINOs in the State Senate confirmed this also in their report analyzing the 2020 Election, and said a “large volume” of ballots were delivered to the TCF Center with no chain of custody. Those ballots came from drop boxes.
    • Matt DePerno found voting machines were subverted and accessed remotely. In Antrim County, 7,048 votes were changed in favor of Joe Biden.


    Pennsylvania
    • In Pennsylvania, as of February 2021, there were 121,240 more votes than voters. By law, Pennsylvania cannot certify an Election with this type of discrepancy.
    • A lawsuit filed in Delaware County revealed video evidence of Election officials discussing destroying Election evidence from November 2020. “It’s a felony,” one official says after talking about the need to “get rid” of voting “pads and second scanners.” Videos and sources involved in the litigation say the Delaware County officials “violated numerous Election laws and needed to hide evidence,” and that the destruction of records was “done to ensure records eventually provided actually matched the Election results that were reported in Nov. 2020.”
    • Attorney General Bill Barr ordered U.S. Attorney Bill McSwain to stand down and not investigate Election irregularities, even after McSwain reported that his office “received various allegations of voter fraud and election irregularities.”


    Wisconsin
    • In Wisconsin, nearly 200,000 voters identified as “indefinitely confined,” even though that was often not the case. They were simply using COVID as a means to skirt Voter ID laws for mail-in ballots. These ballots should have been thrown out. After the 2020 Presidential Election, a judge ruled the Democrat Governor did not have legal authority “to exempt all voters to get an absentee ballot without an ID.”
    • 44,272 people, according to the Wisconsin Legislative Audit Bureau, voted in November 2020, without ever showing Voter ID, which is more than twice the vote margin in the State.
    • The Wisconsin Election Commission ordered nursing homes to violate Election laws, leading to widespread voter fraud and 95 to 100% turnout in nursing homes—an impossibility!
    • In a powerful ruling by the Wisconsin Supreme Court, drop boxes that were used in the 2020 Election were found to be illegal. In a concurring opinion, justices stated, “If elections are conducted outside of the law, the people have not conferred their consent on the government. Such elections are unlawful and their results are illegitimate.”

    We have only covered five Swing States, this does not pertain to the rest of the Country. For example, what is being done about the “cash for votes” scheme in Nevada, where 15 out of 17 counties had more votes than voters?

    Is the Committee going to report on the million dollars the FBI wanted to pay Christopher Steele as an incentive to prove the dossier allegations and “Get Trump,” or is it going to get to the bottom of the fact that my Campaign was blatantly spied on by the Democrats, even while I was in the Oval Office, in what for anyone else would be one of the biggest scandals in political history?
    It was also recently reported that the FBI interfered in the 2020 Presidential Election by telling Facebook and the Media not to reveal anything about
    Hunter Biden’s laptop. The FBI said it was “Russian disinformation,” but knew that it wasn’t. It was a well-guarded secret that only one newspaper had the courage to report. Eight in 10 Americans believe this unprecedented collusion impacted the outcome of the 2020 Presidential Election.

    In addition, True the Vote, the Nation’s leading voters’ rights organization, collected over 4 million minutes of ballot drop box video, showing ballot stuffing at a level not seen before. This is also supported by highly accurate cell phone data that tracked the same individuals going to as many as 28 different locations in one day to do this. All in all, millions of ballots were stuffed. Based on their research, True the Vote estimates as many as 7% of all mail-in ballots cast could have been ineligible—approximately 4.8 million votes, an Election-changing number many times over.

    Also, why haven’t you spoken with the USPS Inspector General, and the U.S. Election Assistance Commission, about the 1.1 million mail-in ballots that they admit were deemed undeliverable, 560,814 rejected, and 14.7 million still “unable to be tracked” (as the Public Interest Legal Foundation uncovered)? Where are they?

    To this day, new evidence is emerging as Patriots around the Country are uncovering systemic problems within their voter rolls. Furthermore, Republican counties across the nation, from Texas to Michigan, Arizona to Wisconsin and more, have voted to decertify and reject the 2020 Election. The most recent Rasmussen Poll on the issue found a staggering 55% think cheating likely affected the outcome, including 53% of Independents and 35% of Democrats, revealing this issue is not going away.

    There are many other facts and discrepancies that we are not presenting at this time due to time constraints, but that are also Election determinative. At your request, I will present these additional numbers to you, but everything already presented would change the final Election result many times over.


    You can find it all here
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    "We Fear Bidens' Influence Peddling Has Compromised the POTUS - China,Russia,Ukraine"

    "and the Middle East; it is a NATIONAL SECURITY THREAT


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    Seems Durham Is Not Finished - Blasts FBI - Judge Says "Conclude" Danchenko Case



    The federal case against Steele dossier primary source Igor Danchenko concluded Monday with closing arguments, then went to jury but not before Special Counsel John Durham blasted the FBI for its handling of the informant and its entire Russia collusion probe, saying the bureau had a "certain mindset" and clearly didn't do things as it should have.

    The judge in the case told Durham to end his criticism of the bureau and conclude his closing argument.

    Developing ...

    Special Counsel John Durham's trial of Russian information specialist and Steele dossier source Igor Danchenko is expected to conclude Monday with closing arguments, sending the verdict to a 12-member jury in a federal court in Northern Virginia.

    Danchenko was indicted on five federal charges of lying to the FBI about his connections to sources whom he used to contribute to the dossier, named for former British spy Christopher Steele, who compiled the report for the bureau as it probed possible collusion between Russia and the 2016 Trump presidential campaign.

    However, Danchenko supplied about 80% of the content.

    On Friday, District Judge Anthony Trenga dropped the charge that Danchenko lied to the FBI about speaking with source Charles Dolan, a Democrat operative.

    Danchenko has pleaded not guilty to all of the charges.

    Durham was appointed special counsel in 2020 by then-Attorney General William Barr to look into the FBI's conduct in its Russia collusion probe, originally called operation Crossfire Hurricane.

    The dossier, which was essentially opposition research on then-GOP presidential nominee Donald Trump, has now been largely discredited.
    https://justthenews.com/government/c...cted-final-day
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    Tales From The Crypt - Jeffrey Epstein Pays For His Crimes While Rotting in the Grave

    The U.S. Virgin Islands government sued Jeffrey Epstein in January, 2020 for using its jurisdiction for child-sex trafficking (here at Post # 354 including links to Q posts).

    TODAY the Estate of Jeffrey Epstein agreed to pay the U.S. Virgin Islands government $105 Million and half the proceeds from the sale of Little St. James Island. The estate also agreed to pay $450,000 to repair environmental damage around Great Saint James, the other Epstein-owned island....





    https://www.nbcnews.com/news/jeffrey...le-c-rcna59491
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    Hunter Becomes The Hunted



    The most current Q posts on the Bidens are from October, 2020 on this page starting at #3932; #3934 - 3936; #3938; and #3941- 3945.
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    Avenatti's "Greatest Sexual Fantasy" Comes True - Handcuffs - in Prison For 14 Years!



    Listen to the very end...




    Anti-Trump lawyer Michael Avenatti received a 14-year prison sentences on Monday after being convicted of tax and wire fraud.

    He will serve that sentence concurrent with the four-year sentence he is already serving after being convicted of defrauding his client Stormy Daniels. He previously received a 2.5-year sentence for attempting to extort sportswear company Nike out of millions.

    Avenatti rose to fame while representing Daniels, a porn star with whom former President Donald Trump allegedly had a relationship. A jury convicted him of stealing roughly $300,000 of Daniels' money owed in connection with a tell-all book she wrote about her alleged interaction with the 45th president.

    Monday's sentencing, however, came in connection with a separate set of charges, to which he pleaded guilty earlier this year. Among those were separate counts of wire fraud in connection with taking money from his clients. He also admitted to obstructing the IRS's attempt to collect millions in tax revenue owed in connection with his law firm's purchase of a coffee company.

    As part of the sentencing recommendation, prosecutors said Avenatti followed a "general pattern" of lying" about the true terms of the settlement agreement he had negotiated for the client" and would then "conceal the settlement payments that the counterparty had made, secretly take and spend the settlement proceeds that belonged to the client, and lull the client into not complaining or investigating further by providing small 'advances' on the supposedly yet-to-be-paid funds."

    They further asserted that Avenatti showed no real contrition for his actions by making a "self-serving" apology that was scant on detail, according to Fox News.

    Avenatti also must pay $10 million restitution to his clients

    Several Q Posts on Michael Avenatti are here at #1157 - 1164.
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    FBI First Denies It Has Seth Rich Records, Now Won’t Release Them!



    The FBI not only has possession of a laptop computer owned by Democratic National Committee (DNC) staffer Seth Rich—who was murdered in 2016 by unknown assailants—but a report detailing forensic imaging of what’s being described as Rich’s work computer, the bureau revealed in a new filing.
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    SETH RICH - Here at post #38

    Currently in the FBI’s possession…

    1) Seth Rich laptop and work computer
    2) Hunter Biden laptop
    3) Anthony Weiner laptop
    4) Epstein’s black book


    F Bomb Warning…
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    Jeffrey Epstein Didn’t Kill Himself

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    TechnoFog's Analysis of The Durham Report



    The Durham Report has been released.


    ** IMPORTANT TO NOTE - Durham wrote two reports; the public report inked above, and a classified report for AG Merrick Garland.


    Here are some of the main findings:

    - "The FBI discounted or willfully ignored material information that did not support the narrative of a collusive relationship between Trump and Russia.

    - Crossfire Hurricane “was opened as a full investigation without [the FBI] ever having spoken to the persons who provided that information.” Days after it was opened, Peter Strzok was telling a London FBI employee that “there’s nothing to this.”

    - Internal FBI communications discussing the Crossfire Hurricane during its early stages: it’s “thin” and “it sucks”.

    - British Intelligence pushed back on Mueller requests for assistance: “[a British Intelligence person] basically said there was no [expletive] way in hell they were going to do it.”

    - Durham documents TWO investigations into Hillary Clinton - one involving the Clinton Foundation and one involving illegal foreign contributions to Clinton’s Campaign.

    - In one Clinton Campaign investigation, an FBI confidential human source (CHS) had offered an illegal foreign contribution to the campaign through an intermediary. The Clinton Campaign was “okay with it” and “were fully aware”. The CHS offered the FBI a copy of the credit card charge; the FBI never got receipts. In fact, the FBI handling agent told the CHS “to stay away from all events relating to Clinton’s campaign.

    - In February 2016, FBI Assistant Director Andrew McCabe directed the Clinton Foundation investigation to be shut down. He walked that back after receiving push-back, but McCabe made sure that his approval was required for any further investigative steps.

    - The New York Field Office was called on behalf of FBI Director Comey and informed to “cease and desist” from the Clinton Foundation investigation.

    - The FBI and DOJ restricted both of those Clinton investigations, making sure that “essentially no investigative activities occurred for months leading up to the election.” In comparison, the FBI opened a full investigation into the Trump Campaign based on unvetted “intelligence”.

    - The CIA had direct knowledge of the Clinton plan (“Clinton Plan”) to vilify Trump by linking him to Putin and Russia. On August 3, 2016, CIA Director John Brennon met with President Obama, VP Biden, and other senior Administration officials, including but not limited to Attorney General Loretta Lynch and FBI Director James Comey. At that meeting, Brennan informed them of the Clinton Plan:

    - In September 2016, the CIA sent the FBI this information on the Clinton Plan to link Trump and Russia:

    - Somehow, the FBI did nothing to vet or investigate the Clinton Plan - even though they were using parts of the Clinton Plan (the Steele Reports) - to investigate the Trump Campaign. Durham writes: “No FBI personnel who were interviewed by the Office recalled Crossfire Hurricane personnel taking any action to vet the Clinton Plan intelligence.”

    In fact, it was as if the CIA’s Clinton Plan memo was somehow buried within the FBI. Most members of Crossfire Hurricane “had never seen the intelligence before”. And, as we have previously discussed, it was never disclosed to the Foreign Intelligence Surveillance Court in contravention to that court’s local rules.

    - FBI Director James Comey was deeply interested in the Crossfire Hurricane investigation and micromanaged it, demanding the Carter Page FISA warrant, telling Assistant Director Andrew McCabe: “Where is the FISA, where is the FISA?”

    - The FBI knew, relatively early, that its Carter Page FISA warrants were dubious. That FBI knowledge only intensified by 2018, as FBI analysts discussed how “Steele’s subsources could have been compromised by the Russians.” They were going to prepare their findings in a memorandum. FBI Deputy Assistant Director for Counterintelligence, Dina Corsi, met with the review team and directed them not to document any recommendations, context, or analysis in the memorandum they were preparing.” An FBI attorney was at that meeting. “He confirmed that the team was told not to write any more memoranda or analytical pieces and to provide their findings orally.” Corsi’s demands, according to one FBI Attorney, were “the most inappropriate operational or professional statement he had ever heard at the FBI.”

    - Igor Danchenko, the Steele primary subsource charged with (and acquitted of) lying to the FBI, was paid $220K by the FBI as a confidential human source. This was paid after the FBI knew Danchenko lied to them. As the Durham Investigation proceeded, Durham learned “the FBI proposed making continued future payments to Danchenko, totaling more than $300,000, while [Durham] was actively investigating this matter.” The FBI, in effect, was seeking to influence a key witness who would later face criminal charges.

    - The FBI’s reasons for paying Danchenko were certainly curious. Interviews with Durham’s office revealed: “the FBI's Executive Assistant Director for National Security, made clear that they were not even able to accurately describe the value or contributions of Danchenko that would justify keeping him open, much less making hundreds of thousands of dollars in payments to him.”


    We’ll follow this up with a much deeper analysis hopefully by tomorrow. Part of that story is the problem with the Durham investigation: the fact that its scope didn’t include the attribution of the DNC hack.
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    The Durham Report Pt 2 - A Deeper Dive



    US Attorney John Durham was appointed by Attorney General Barr as Special Counsel in October 2020. The appointment order stated Durham was authorized to investigate the intelligence and law enforcement “directed at the 2016 presidential campaigns, individuals associated with those campaign, and individuals associated with the administration of President Donald J. Trump, including but not limited to Crossfire Hurricane and the investigation of Special Counsel Robert S. Mueller, III.”

    Initially, that appointment order got our attention because it mentioned the 2016 “campaigns”: Durham would be reviewing investigations “directed” at the Hillary Clinton campaign.

    What investigations were those?

    Nobody had a good answer at the time, and the suspicion was that it may include the purported Russian “hack” of the DNC/Clinton Campaign. The idea that Durham was looking at the DNC hack gained traction when it was reported that Durham’s team was asking this question to a Georgia Tech researcher associated with the Alfa Bank hoax perpetuated by DNC/Clinton lawyer Michael Sussmann:

    “Do you believe that DARPA should be instructing you to investigate the origins of a hacker (Guccifer_2.0) that hacked a political entity (DNC)?”

    Missing from Durham’s report, however, was a review or analysis of the DNC hack.

    Why is the DNC hack important?

    It’s the starting point to all this, and it may have played a role in why the Clinton Campaign - especially Michael Sussmann, et al. - was so focused in linking Trump to Russia, even if it risked criminal charges. The theory being that the Russians didn’t hack the DNC or the Clinton campaign or the DCCC. The FBI never got the servers and they relied, in large part, on findings from DNC/Clinton Campaign contractor Crowdstrike - who just happened to be contracted by Michael Sussmann. Yet Crowdstrike, according to Aaron Mate, “had no concrete evidence that Russian hackers stole emails from the Democratic National Committee’s server.”


    Why the omission?

    Likely because Durham, right or wrong, followed Barr’s order as written and didn’t see it within his authority as Special Counsel to chart his own course to include the DNC hack. (The idea being that the DNC hack investigation was not “directed” at the Clinton Campaign.) To elaborate further, the report generally explains Durham’s interpretation of Barr’s order, stating it didn’t include instructions to review the DOJ/FBI’s handling of Hillary Clinton’s use of a private e-mail server or their targeting of Lt. General Michael Flynn.

    What, then, to make of Durham team’s question about DARPA instructions to investigate the DNC hack? This is just an educated guess, but it may have to do with Durham’s referral to the DOD Inspector General of “irregular conduct in 2016 of two former employees of the Department of Defense.” Durham’s team may have seen something concerning and referred it to the DOD instead of opening their own investigation into the matter.

    To summarize, the DNC hack attribution wasn’t a focus of the Durham investigation because Barr decided not to include it in the appointment order. That was a remarkable omission and an unfortunate mistake by Barr, who rightly viewed Crossfire Hurricane and the Trump/Russia investigation with skepticism but didn’t think to extend that skepticism to other matters involving many of the same players.

    The Predicate for Crossfire Hurricane

    With respect to his review of Crossfire Hurricane, Durham looked at the “information known or available to the FBI” prior to the opening of that investigation. As you may recall, Crossfire Hurricane was opened as a “full counterintelligence investigation” into the Trump campaign – one which allowed for the use of investigative tools not allowed at the preliminary investigation stage – based on casual conversations Trump campaign volunteer George Papadopoulos had with an Australian Diplomat and Australian High Commissioner Alexander Downer. Papadopoulos allegedly “suggested the Trump team had received some kind of suggestion from Russia” that it could anonymously release information damaging to Clinton and President Obama.

    The FBI decision to open the full investigation into the Trump campaign came from its top officials, who were “unanimous” in their support despite FBI policies prescribing a “measured approach” to the opening of the investigation that was not followed by the Crossfire Hurricane team. It was done so without “any intelligence or other vetted, corroborated information regarding Trump or his campaign staff colluding with the Russian government.” Peter Strzok, days after drafting and approving the Electronic Communication (EC) that opened Crossfire Hurricane, basically commented to an FBI London employee that “there’s nothing to this.” British Intelligence apparently agreed, believing the Papadopoulos information was not “particularly valuable intelligence.”

    As Crossfire Hurricane proceeded, the FBI decided against critically analyzing the Papadopoulos information or furthering its understanding of the Trump campaign’s contacts with Russia. That decision was apparently led by FBI leadership. According to an FBI London Assistant Legal Attaché: “FBI executive management was pushing the matter so hard that ‘there was no stopping the train.’” While FBI executives pushed the investigation, they also made sure that the agency did not conduct regular investigative steps, such as interviewing Carter Page and George Papadopoulos, or issuing national security letters, or using pen registers and trap and trace devices.

    Who was the FBI executive that pushed the most?

    It had to be FBI Director James Comey, who demanded a FISA be issued on Carter Page. Comey made that known despite being warned that the Steele reporting, on which the FISA warrant relied, was likely a Clinton campaign product. The impression from the Durham report is that the FBI analysts and agents assigned to the Carter Page FISA application (and the first renewal) were the product of pressure from FBI leadership.

    FBI DAD Jennifer Boone, for example, ignored assessments from her agents that Page wasn’t a Russian agent and directed them “to continue the FISA renewal process.” It was the view of Boone’s team that she was “being directed by FBI executive management to continue the FISA surveillance.” Boone herself believed that Andrew McCabe was “heavily involved in all aspects of the investigation.”

    All the while, even after the second Page application was submitted to the FISC, “the FBI still did not possess any intelligence showing that anyone associated with the Trump campaign was in contact with Russian intelligence officers during the campaign.” This should be no surprise given the findings of the 2019 IG report.

    The Hillary Clinton Investigations

    As we discussed in the opening, Durham’s scope included the FBI investigations “directed” at the Hillary Clinton campaign. It seems the purpose of that review was to assess and compare the favorable treatment received by Clinton to the targeting of Trump.

    The first investigation involved an FBI tip from a CHS that a foreign government was sending a person “to contribute to Clinton’s anticipated presidential campaign, as a way to gain influence with Clinton should she win the presidency.” (Which country?!) An FBI field office sought a FISA against the foreign contributor and made that request to FBI headquarters, which ignored it for four months due to the fact that they were careful that Clinton was “involved.” According to one FBI Agent, “They were pretty ‘tippy-toeing’ around HRC because there was a chance she would be the next president.” The FISA was approved on the condition that the FBI give defensive briefings to Clinton.

    The second Clinton investigation involved the same CHS, who in November 2015 reported to the FBI that another foreign government was looking to contribute to the Clinton campaign “in exchange for the protection of [that country’s] interests should Clinton become President.” That CHS would end up making a $2,700 donation to the Clinton campaign on behalf of a foreign insider, in violation of federal law which bans contributions by foreign nationals. The CHS told their handling FBI agent that “They [the campaign] were okay with it. […] yes they were fully aware from the start” of the contribution being made on behalf of the foreign interest.

    Who was the FBI’s confidential human source that caught the Clinton campaign in illegal activity? Thanks to great work by the talented Fool Nelson showing a $2,700 contribution from Patrick Byrne, we have this admission from Byrne himself (no telling if he is being truthful, with Byrne’s history and all):



    Somehow, the FBI did not obtain copies of the illegal payment and the CHS’s FBI handlers “could not explain why this apparent illegal contribution was not documented in FBI records.” Instead, the FBI handling agent “told the CHS to stay away from all events relating to Clinton’s campaign.” Later on, the CHS, who had essentially caught a member of the Clinton campaign facilitating illegal contributions, was admonished by the FBI:

    “do NOT attend any more campaign events, set up meetings, or anything else relating to [Clinton’s] campaign. We need to keep you completely away from that situation. I don’t know all the details, but it’s for your own protection.”

    Durham questioned how the FBI could reconcile giving defensive briefings to the Clinton campaign while denying defensive briefings to the Trump campaign. He compared the FBI and DOJ’s “measured approach” to the Clinton campaign investigation to the speed at which the FBI ran with Crossfire Hurricane. He also contrasted how the FBI made almost “no effort to investigate the possible illegal campaign contribution” to the Clinton campaign “or the Clinton campaign’s purported acceptance of a campaign contribution made by the FBI’s own long-term” source.

    The other Clinton investigation Durham reviewed – the investigation into “possible criminal activity involving the Clinton Foundation” – demonstrated, yet again, favorable treatment received by Clinton from FBI leadership. According to Durham, the Clinton Foundation case opening communication:

    referred to an intelligence product and corroborating financial reporting that a particular commercial “industry likely engaged a federal public official in a flow of benefits scheme, namely, large monetary contributions were made to a non-profit, under both direct and indirect control of the federal public official, in exchange for favorable government action and/or influence.”

    Additionally, the FBI Little Rock and New York Field Offices investigations “included predication based on source reporting that identified foreign governments that had made, or offered to make, contributions to the Foundation in exchange for favorable or preferential treatment from Clinton.”

    Despite this evidence, DOJ and FBI leadership essentially sabotaged the Clinton Foundation investigation. The DOJ was “hostile” to the Clinton Foundation presentations from the FBI Field Offices. And at a February 2016 FBI meeting to discuss the Clinton Foundation investigations, Assistant Director Andre McCabe ordered the cases to be closed. He would reconsider that demand following objections. However, any overt investigative steps needed McCabe’s approval. In May 2016, FBI Director Comey would, through an intermediary, demand the New York Field Office “cease and desist” their Clinton Foundation investigation. And in August 2016, as the presidential election approached, the US Attorneys’ offices in the Southern and Eastern Districts of New York declined to issue subpoenas to the FBI New York Field Office in support of their Clinton Foundation investigation.

    They Spied on President-Elect Trump

    Jumping around here for a moment: in February of last year, we reported on Durham filings in the Michael Sussmann case that indicated Rodney Joffe (a Clinton ally and FBI CHS) and his associates “exploited internet data from ‘the Executive Office of the President of the United States’ to further their own political agenda and damage President Trump.”

    The Durham report provides additional context. Joffe had obtained, through what we might call a business colleague, data from the Executive Office of the President (the EOP’s network was supposedly run by DHS through a vendor) to create allegations that Trump, or someone in Trump’s orbit, was using a Russian Yotaphone to communicate with Russia. These allegations were taken by Sussmann to the CIA, which reviewed the data and passed it along to the FBI. Both agencies saw the allegations were bunk.

    Here’s what the Durham report says about how Joffe obtained the data:

    - A tech executive with access to Executive Office of the President (EOP) data was running queries on behalf of Joffe after Trump’s inauguration.

    - After Sussmann’s meeting with the FBI, Joffe demanded a search in the Executive Office of the President data from February 1, 2017 through February 14, 2017, and for January of 2017.

    - The tech executive with access to the data emailed Joffe: “I think I need to look at overall EOP volumes since Jan 20 to see if there have been significant volume changes.” That would include Trump data while he was President.

    The Clinton Plan to Vilify Trump

    While the FBI was taking an essentially hands-off approach in investigating Hillary Clinton and the Clinton Campaign, it was knowingly using false information supplied by the Clinton Campaign to target Trump before and after the election. Call it the “Clinton Plan”.

    In late July 2016, US intelligence agencies learned 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.” This information went directly to CIA Director John Brennan, who would brief its contents on August 3, 2016 to President Obama, Vice President Biden, Attorney General Loretta Lynch (attending remotely) and other senior Obama Administration officials, as well as FBI Director Comey. Brennan’s handwritten notes specifically mention briefing the Obama White House on “alleged approval by Hillary Clinton on 26 July of a proposal from one of her [campaign] advisors to vilify Donald Trump by stirring up a scandal claiming interference by the Russian security services.”

    Some FBI leaders and analysts and agents involved in Crossfire Hurricane – Brian Auten, Bill Priestap, and Peter Strzok – would receive this intelligence in September 2016. The information was undoubtedly material to both the FISA Court (in the upcoming FISA applications) and to assessing the intelligence coming from Christopher Steele. Yet the Crossfire Hurricane team didn’t take “any action to vet the Clinton Plan intelligence.” Again, Durham observed this stood in stark contrast to the aggressive steps taken by the FBI to investigate Trump.

    Then there is the question of whether there was a criminal element to the Clinton Plan. As Durham phrased it, whether the Clinton Plan “as to intentionally provide knowingly false and/or misleading information to the FBI or other agencies.”

    To get to the bottom of that question, Durham “interviewed a number of individuals connected with” the Clinton Campaign, including Hillary herself. One campaign foreign policy advisor admitted “that it was possible that she had proposed ideas” on the Trump/Russia topics “to the campaign’s leadership, who may have approved those ideas.” They also admitted that it was “possible” someone proposed linking Trump to Russia to distract from Clinton’s private email server. These discussions were followed by public statements from Clinton campaign manager Robby Mook which said “the Russian government had carried out the DNC hack to assist Trump’s electoral changes.”

    Durham would ultimately find that there was “support for the notion that the Clinton campaign was engaged in an effort or plan in late July 2016 to encourage scrutiny of Trump's potential ties to Russia, and that the campaign might have wanted or expected law enforcement or other agencies to aid that effort, in part, by concluding that the Russians were responsible for the hack.” The evidence in support included Clinton Campaign lawyers Marc Elias and Michael Sussmann meeting with Fusion GPS just “three days after the purported approval of the Clinton Plan.”

    Yet Durham didn’t have the evidence to charge anyone from the Clinton Campaign with intentionally providing false information to the government. While it was the Clinton Campaign who came up with the general Trump-Russia plan, they were insulated from the planning and execution – and thus consequences – of that scheme by their Perkins Coie lawyers, who used Fusion GPS and Christopher Steele (among others) to feed rumors and innuendo to the FBI.

    That gets us to the other prosecution decisions.

    I’ll start by observing that Durham’s team didn’t have a problem bringing to trial stand-alone false statement charges against those accused of deceiving the FBI. Sussmann was charged after giving conflicting statements to the FBI and to Congress; Danchenko was charged after lying multiple times to the FBI. Those are difficult cases for a prosecutor at trial. With that in mind, we assume that Durham would have charged FBI officials with false statements (or other crimes) if he had the evidence. (Unless the assumption is that Durham was scared to do so? But that doesn’t square with Durham’s history.)

    Take, for example, the FBI’s submissions to the FISC. To prove perjury from those FISA warrants, Durham would need to prove the official made a false statement “with knowledge of its falsity, rather than as a result of confusion, mistake, or faulty memory.” There is no doubt that the submissions contained numerous falsehoods. Yet Durham concluded that the evidence they collected was not “sufficient” to meet that burden. (Part of the uphill battle Durham faced is that the system is established to insulate and protect those in power.) This doesn’t mean a crime didn’t occur; but rather, that there wasn’t a paper trail or direct testimony to support moving forward with charges.

    Why wasn’t there direct testimony? In part because a number of former FBI officials involved in Crossfire Hurricane, from James Comey to Peter Strzok to Bill Priestap, declined to be interviewed relating to their Crossfire Hurricane involvement. Durham could have compelled their testimony before a grand jury, but that would have involved (1) immunity to the witnesses; (2) grand jury secrecy; and (3) answers like “I don’t recall”. Other witnesses who might have lied to the FBI invoked their Fifth Amendment privileges.

    And why wasn’t there a paper trail?

    A number of reasons. First, as we discussed yesterday, once issues arose in the Trump/Russia investigation, there were instructions from the top to not “write any more memoranda or analytical pieces and to provide their findings orally.” That’s related to our second point: these are FBI officials and agents who know the law and are adept at deceiving in a way to while avoiding prosecution. “Mistakes were made” or “I must have forgotten.” By the time their actions are reviewed, years have passed, memories are stale, and thus the necessary element of intent is even more difficult to prove. Third, Durham was unable to obtain some records due to attorney-client privilege - most notably Fusion GPS emails “that were purportedly prepared to assist Perkins Coie in providing legal advice to the law firm’s clients, the Clinton campaign and Fusion GPS.”

    This isn’t to say that there wasn’t circumstantial evidence of FBI lies. (Just that proving the case on circumstances alone is extremely difficult for a prosecutor.) The FBI’s mistakes, which Durham thoroughly catalogued in his report, all went one direction: against Trump and his associates.

    This was true for the inception and furtherance of Crossfire Hurricane, and it remained true throughout each investigative step, from the Carter Page FISA warrants to Michael Sussmann’s Alfa Bank/Yotaphone hoaxes (where FBI leadership protected Sussmann as a source – “FBI leadership, including Strzok, instructed him not to identify the source to the team”), to the protection of Steele primary subsource (and later, FBI CHS) Igor Danchenko. Time and time again, FBI personnel and FBI leadership refused to act on, or even investigate, information damaging to their collusion narrative. They protected sources who may have offered information damaging to the FBI, even to the point of trying to hide Danchenko as a future CHS during the Durham investigation.

    In doing so, the FBI didn’t just abuse its authority and undertake an illegal spying campaign. It influenced elections. It permanently tarnished the reputations of good men like Carter Page. It created the Trump/Russia media frenzy that lasted for years. And it ruined the lives and otherwise bankrupted a significant number of targets and witnesses.

    All because the FBI objected to the choice of the voters.
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