Ace of Spades blog
Remember the US intelligence trick? They can’t spy on US citizens without a warrant sufficient to clear the probable cause evidentiary hurdle. But if they tell foreign intelligence services to do the spying and slip the results back to the US intelligence community, they get their spying done by proxy, avoiding a judge’s scrutiny and any intersection with the US Constitution at all.
I think that that sort of thing maybe can be used on occasion. When there’s something very serious to investigate.
But here? No one has been charged with any kind of espionage or conspiracy with Russia after two and half, maybe three years of foreign intelligence service wiretaps, US wiretaps, undercover agent infiltration, grand jury investigations, etc.
Was this really the sort of situation where you resort to the anti-constitutional back door to get your spy on?
Well, it is — if you’re determined to win an election for your successor and the intelligence community supports you in that, and no one minds that they are devolving the United States of America into the grubbiest, most venal third world junta.
“A secret memo granted broad rights to the FBI to share information gathered under the Foreign Intelligence Surveillance Act with foreign officials. Two-way exchange of information with foreign officials could allow the politicized targeting of Americans, since foreign nations aren’t obligated to uphold the U.S. Constitution. The efforts by the Justice Department to gather information on Trump aides repeatedly involved figures associated with foreign agencies.
Foreign allies strongly opposed President Donald Trump declassifying information illuminating the investigation into Russian collusion.”
Gee, I wonder why our foreign allies oppose this move so much.
Well, their names can be blacked out and recorded as “FOREIGN INTELLIGENCE SERVICES 1 and 2” as we do when we mask other actors we don’t wish to embarrass.
But the story of how the Obama Administration weaponized the intelligence community to rig an election must be told.
Monica Crowley argues in favor of a theory many of us believe — that the intelligence community, Comey, Clapper, Brennan, Rice, etc. have been attacking Trump as viciously as possible because they know that they themselves might be facing actual criminal proceedings, and they want to make the record as dirty as possible so that non prosecutor would press such a case involving accusations and counter-accusations.
“The best defense, the saying goes, is a good offense. The key orchestrators of the Big Trump-Russia Collusion Lie seem to have hewed tightly to that tactical advice.
Over the past two years, one of their biggest “tells” has been their hyper-aggressive and gratuitous attacks on the president. Given that special counsel Robert Mueller’s investigation found no collusion or obstruction of justice, their constant broadsides now look, in retrospect, like calculated pre-emptive strikes to deflect attention and culpability away from themselves.
By accusing Mr. Trump of what they themselves were guilty of, they created a masterful distraction through projection.
We now know that former FBI Director James Comey and his deputy, Andrew McCabe, are hip-deep in the conspiracy. Both wrote supposed “tell-all” books and carpet-bombed the media with interviews in which they regularly flung criminal accusations against the president. Whenever asked about their own roles, they reverted to denouncing Mr. Trump.
With Mr. Mueller’s findings, Mr. Comey’s and Mr. McCabe’s media benders look increasingly suspicious.
As do those of their comrades in the Obama national security apparatus, including former Director of National Intelligence James Clapper and his partner in possible crime, former CIA Director John Brennan, who, apart from former President Barack Obama himself, may be the biggest player of them all.” —
Julie Kelly at AmGreat also has her eye on John Brennan.
— “It was clear that Gowdy, who left office this year, already suspected Brennan largely had relied on the infamous Steele dossier as the primary source for his claims about Russian election activity. Gowdy asked Brennan directly whether the CIA had relied on the dossier.
“No,” Brennan answered. “It wasn’t part of the corpus of intelligence information that we had. It was not in any way used as a basis for the intelligence community’s assessment that was done. Uh, it was, it was not.”
[T]he report was always thin gruel to fortify such a damning accusation; the substance of the document runs about 12 pages with plenty of white space, irrelevant images and a graph of the social media footprint of news outlets such as Russia Today and CNN….
Did Brennan Lie to Congress?
Now, there are questions about Brennan’s truthfulness in that testimony. On Wednesday, Senator Rand Paul (R-Ky.) tweeted that “a high-level source tells me it was Brennan who insisted that the unverified and fake Steele dossier be included in the Intelligence Report . . . Brennan should be asked to testify under oath in Congress ASAP.”
It’s a widely held belief — which can’t yet be proven, because the FBI and DOJ won’t tell us anything about what they did to get the FISA wiretap authorization — that the First FISA application, which was denied by the court, relied almost entirely on the dossier.
Having had that “corpus of intelligence” rejected as bullshit, they then attempted to phony up a case against George Papadopolous and Carter Page and get a FISA warrant based mostly on bullshit about them — while still referencing the dossier.
Again, we can’t prove this, but it is interesting that the FBI and DOJ are so stridently opposed to telling the people who pay their salaries what did happen here.
Finally, Devon Nunes says he might refer up to two dozen people for possible criminal charges, largely owing to lying to Congress and investigators — a criminal law which has previously only applied to Republicans or Republican-associates, but which it’s time to begin imposing on Democrats and Obama officials.
“Rep. Devin Nunes, R-Calif., appeared to raise exceptions for the number of people who could be the subject of a criminal referral he plans to submit to the Justice Department in the coming days that focuses on the origins of the Trump-Russia investigation. …
“The American people need to have confidence in the FBI and the Department of Justice. We are working on the referrals,” Nunes said. “There’s going to be many of them. There are going to probably at least be a dozen if not two dozen individuals, and as we continue to get more information and build these and build them out, we want to make sure that everything is finished before we turn them in.”
Affirming commentary by host Sean Hannity about preventing future underhanded tactics to undermine President Trump, Nunes said, “There are people who definitely lied and misled Congress, OK? If they don’t go to prison, we are going to have a two-tier Justice Department, justice system in this country and it is not going to be good for the American people.”