FBI attempted to recruit sources for Trump-Russia investigation inside the White House?
Senior Republican senators sent a letter Thursday to the Department of Justice disclosing new texts between former FBI official Peter Strzok and his mistress, former FBI attorney Lisa Page, in which the couple appeared to be plotting to recruit secret sources from inside the White House.
The letter, from Senate Appropriations Committee Chairman Charles Grassley and Senate Homeland Security Committee Chairman Ron Johnson, revealed: “We have reviewed certain text messages that may show potential attempts by the FBI to conduct surveillance of President-elect Trump’s transition team.”
The letter continues: “In text messages exchanged between former FBI Special Agent Peter Strzok and former FBI Attorney Lisa Page, the two discussed the possibility of developing ‘potential relationships’ at a November 2016 FBI briefing for presidential transition team staff. Specifically, it appears they discussed sending ‘the CI guy’ to assess an unnamed person(s) ‘demeanor’ but were concerned because it might be unusual for him to attend.”
Journalist Sara Carter reports that the wife of Vice President Mike Pence’s former chief of staff, who was serving as an FBI analyst under Strzok, was seen as integral to these efforts.
The texts show that Strzok and Page were targeting Lt. Gen. Michael Flynn, who was then incoming national security adviser. Flynn was later removed from his post at the request of VP Pence.
It remains unclear how much direct contact Vice President Pence had with the FBI officials who sought to undermine and depose Flynn. However, as Catherine Herridge at Fox News pointed out, it appears that former FBI Deputy Director Andrew McCabe, using Strzok’s information, did in fact brief Pence prior to his decision to publicly take responsibility for Flynn’s ouster.
Pence has not spoken about the Flynn firing since he claimed that Gen. Flynn “lied” to him about contacts with the Russian government.
What did VP Pence know and when did he know it?
The Obama White House partnered with Ukraine to bolster Russia collusion narrative
John Solomon over at The Hill published a bombshell piece late Thursday discussing how the Obama administration leveraged the government of Ukraine to spice up the bogus Trump-Russia collusion narrative.
Solomon writes: “Ukrainian participants said it didn’t take long — during the meetings and afterward — to realize the Americans’ objectives included two politically hot investigations: one that touched Vice President Joe Biden’s family and one that involved a lobbying firm linked closely to then-candidate Trump.”
He adds: “That makes the January 2016 meeting one of the earliest documented efforts to build the now-debunked Trump-Russia collusion narrative and one of the first to involve the Obama administration’s intervention.”
President Trump: Expect ‘blockbuster’ IG report on FISA abuse
President Trump appeared on Fox News’ Sean Hannity Show Thursday evening to discuss the DOJ Inspector General’s (IG) upcoming report on the FBI’s rampant abuse of the Foreign Intelligence Surveillance Act (FISA) process.
The president told Hannity that the illegal espionage campaign against him is “the greatest political scandal in the history of our country.”
“This was a coup. This wasn’t stealing information from an office in the Watergate apartments,” he added. “This was an attempted coup, and it’s inconceivable. Like a third-world country.”
He said of the upcoming IG report scrutinizing FISA abuse: “The IG report coming out in three or four weeks, from what I hear, is going to be, and should be, and almost has to be a blockbuster because he has access to information that most people don’t.”
Joe Biden wanted to establish a Biden-Putin commission to cozy up to the Kremlin
In a piece I wrote Thursday for Conservative Review, I discussed how then-Vice President Joe Biden attempted to cozy up to the Kremlin. According to previously unreported State Department emails, Biden floated the idea of a “Biden-Putin commission,” which appeared to be intended to turn Moscow into a partner, to the detriment of our European and NATO allies.
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