Over the past few years the DOJ and FBI redacted documents in the name of national security but their real reason was later uncovered as an effort to hide their crimes. They also will not allow Congress to obtain copies of records and instead only allow Congress to review documents maintained at an FBI or DOJ location. Now this too is catching up to them as their efforts to swap documents or create two versions of documents are being uncovered.
During the recent Hearing in front of Congress some excellent questions were asked of corrupt Deputy Attorney General Rod Rosenstein by Representative Matt Gaetz from Florida –
Here’s a transcript of the Gaetz/Rosenstein Exchange. First the buildup:
Rep. Gaetz: Did you read the FISA application before you signed it?
Deputy AG Rosenstein: I won’t comment about any FISA application.
Rep. Gaetz: You won’t say to the committee whether or not you read the document you signed that authorized spying on people associated with the Trump campaign.
Deputy AG Rosenstein: I dispute your characterization of what that FISA is about, sir.
Rosenstein’s statement “I dispute your characterization of what that FISA is about” is tantalizing – but not necessarily inconsistent. Page had left the Trump Campaign prior to the FISA Issuance.
Nevertheless, the Page FISA Warrant allowed for two-step surveillance. People associated with Page – like those still involved in the Trump Campaign – could also be surveilled.
Now we get the payoff:
Deputy AG Rosenstein: My responsibility at that time was to approve the filing of FISA applications. Because only three people in the department are authorized to sign it: the Attorney General, the Deputy, and the Assistant Attorney General for national security, which was vacant at the time.
…We sit down with a team of attorneys from the Department of Justice. All of whom review that and provide a briefing for us for what’s in it. And I’ve reviewed that one in some detail, and I can tell you the information about that doesn’t match with my understanding of the one that I signed, but I think it’s appropriate to let the Inspector General complete that investigation. These are serious allegations. I don’t do the investigation — I’m not the affiant. I’m reviewing the finished product, sir.
If the Inspector General finds that I did something wrong then I’ll respect that judgment, but I think it is highly, highly unlikely given the way the process works.
Jeff at themarketswork continued with the following –
The Page FISA Application was viewed by the following members of Congress no later than January 31, 2018:
Jerrold Nadler (or staff)
On April 6, 2018, Assistant Attorney General Stephen Boyd took the unusual step of allowing all House and Senate Intelligence Committee Members to view the FISA Application (Boyd’s letter here):
The Department and the FBI agree to permit all members of the Committee to review the FISA applications and renewalsin camera at the Department. The Department considers this an extraordinary accommodation based on unique facts and circumstances.
We are also extending this review opportunity to the members of the Senate Select Committee on Intelligence.
The DOJ agreed to allow all members of the House Intelligence Committee and the Senate Intelligence Committee to review the Carter Page FISA Application.
The problem with the FISA memo that Jeff at themarketswork points out is that it appears that there were two different FISA memo’s that were presented by the FBI. One memo is the one that was presented to the FISA court and signed by corrupt DAG Rosenstein. The other memo is the one that the members of Congress were allowed to see. Apparently, either the documents were illegally duplicated or Rod Rosenstein is lying – both which are crimes.
In addition, we are now seeing a pattern like the redacting of documents by the FBI to cover up FBI and DOJ crimes. The FBI and DOJ will not provide Congress with copies of documents. They say they are doing this again for national security, but this is clearly not the case. The reason that the FBI and DOJ will not hand over copies of documents is because this way they can change or alter documents provided to different sources to hide their crimes.
These actions go against honest and transparent reporting. Whenever an auditor or inspector is reviewing documentation and an error or fraud is uncovered, immediately a copy of the document is obtained for evidence. This provides cover for any misunderstandings and cover-ups in the future. By not providing documentation to Congress, the FBI and DOJ enable themselves to commit more crimes by falsifying documents or creating multiple versions of the same document to cover up their crimes. It appears that Congress has caught them doing just that.
Redacting documents to cover up crimes or creating two sets of books to hide illegal acts are both criminal acts. The criminals in the FBI and DOJ cannot be put in prison soon enough!
In his recent Hearing before Congress, Deputy AG Rod Rosenstein confirmed that he is the man in charge of the Department of Justice (DOJ). Attorney General Jeff Sessions is no where to be found.
In early July, corrupt Rosenstein and his accomplice at the FBI were questioned regarding the many corrupt and criminal actions taken by their organizations under their tenure. Rosenstein was questioned by Ohio Representative Jim Jordan who is aware of the many crimes committed by Rod Rosenstein and others in the corrupt FBI and DOJ cabal. Jordan destroyed Rosenstein in the Hearing at the Capital –
When Jordan pushed Rosenstein on why he told corrupt and criminal FBI Investigator Peter Strzok and his FBI attorney the day prior not to share with Congress whether Strzok talked with phony dossier creator and journalist Glenn Simpson, Rosenstein slipped up and replied –
Rosenstein – Mr. Jordan I appreciate you saying it isn’t personal, sometimes it feels that way. How do I know sir, you interviewed Mr. Strzok, I didn’t. So I can’t answer that.
Jordan – Works for you [Rosenstein’s corrupt DOJ and FBI] – doesn’t work for us [Congress]!
Rosenstein – There are 115,000 people that work for me, sir.
There are only 113,000 employees in the DOJ –
Pompous Rosenstein is now taking credit for all the illegal acts occurring under the DOJ. The Mueller ‘witch hunt’, the illegal spying on President Trump, Uranium One, Hillary’s emails, the many cover-ups – these are all Rosenstein’s now.
Although AG Jeff Sessions has the duty to uphold the constitution and address all issues outside of the Trump – Russia collusion, he is no where to be found. He does nothing!
An Internet body language expert (Bombards Body Language) reviewed the recent Congressional Hearings with corrupt Deputy AG Rod Rosenstein and his accomplice FBI Director Christopher Wray. Her analysis shows that Rosenstein confirmed to Congress through his body language that the Obama Administration spied on the Trump Campaign long before they state the spying began (July 2016).
The expert from Bombards Body Language again released an excellent analysis of the corrupt left wing members and this time it was of dishonest Deputy AG Rod Rosenstein and his accomplice FBI Director Christopher Wray in front of Congress.
During her 45 minute analysis, the expert points out at the 15 minute mark that Rosenstein confirms that the Obama Administration spied on the Trump Campaign before the date they earlier stated was when their illegitimate spying began.
Rosenstein’s actions show that he either has no conscious or is on some sort of drug. This is either the case or Rosenstein is the ‘the devil’ as pointed out by the Internet expert.
The days of Obama’s crooks and cronies are numbered. President Trump and the America loving members of Congress are taking them on.
Tough and honest Representative Jim Jordan from Ohio is a potential candidate for Speaker of the House and is a tenacious member of the House Freedom Caucus. Jordan again shows that if you are an outstanding voice of the American people and you love this country and want to make it great again, then you are a target of the Democrat Party, Fake News MSM and the Democrats top legal firm, Perkins Coie.
Representative Jordan is under attack because he is on to the many crimes committed by Rod Rosenstein and others in the corrupt FBI and DOJ cabal. He destroyed Rosenstein last week in an interview at the Capital.
Jordan is a former two-time NCAA Division I wrestling champion in college. If you ever met an NCAA All-American wrestler you know that they are some of the toughest individuals you will ever encounter in your lifetime. This explains Jordan’s demeanor on the House floor.
Because he is so good and a candidate to take over the Speaker of the House from the current retiring and ineffective anti-Trump Speaker Paul Ryan, Jordan is now under attack. This past week Jordan was accused of covering up a sex scandal by the Democrats and their favorite law firm Perkins Coie while Jordan was an assistant coach during graduate school at (The) Ohio State University while he .
According to a post on Reddit (with minor grammar and spelling edits) –
Perkins Coie was announced as the OSU investigative partner relative to a potential cover up of sexual abuse and misconducts allegedly perpetrated by Dr. Richard Strauss who was employed by the Ohio state University from the mid-1970 to the 1990. Strauss died in 2005.
The OSU, like any other American colleges, has its fair share of monsters. The latest being Christopher Pelloski, the guy who was treating children with cancer while trading in child porn from his college computer for six years till he got busted.
Unlike Pelloski, Richard Strauss had a full career and NEVER was bothered by the authorities. Which is weird. Not unusual but weird that the good doctor spent 20 years abusing University students, mostly from the wrestling team and nothing filtered out until today?
I won’t blame the victims if they’re out there however isn’t it convenient to bring up a dead physician, accuse him of molestation and by proxy turn Jim Jordan into a witness and accomplice of sort.
As many have noticed these allegations conveniently surfaced the moment the position of Speaker of the House was rumored to go to Jordan.
One of the alleged victims, Shawn Dailey claims GOP congressman Jim Jordan knew about the abuse and chose to ignore it
“I participated with Jimmy and the other wrestlers in locker-room talk about Strauss. We all did,” Dailey, 43, told NBC News, referring to Jordan. “It was very common knowledge in the locker room that if you went to Dr. Strauss for anything, you would have to pull your pants down.”
We are not talking of little boys like in the Penn State scandal. These were grown adults practicing a violent sport who apparently were defenseless against Strauss?
The Reddit post continued by noting that Perkins Coie has numerous sinister actions involving the Democrat Party, for example –
…Perkins-Coie was the hub used by the Democratic Party to funnel money to Fusion GPS.
Obama for America paid $972,000 to Perkins Coie from April 2016 to August 2017. The payments were presented as “Legal Services” but it’s highly suspected the money was financing the phony Steele Dossier. Hillary for America paid $5.1million to Perkins Coie. The DNC paid $5.4million to the Perkins Coie.
Perkins Coie is also the law firm you can thank for producing the “original” Obama long form birth certificate. You know the birth certificate that proves Trump, Arpaio and all of us are crazy ’cause he’s truly an American citizen.
Jordan has denied the allegations and points out the questionable witnesses used by Perkins Coie and promoted by the liberal MSM –
.@Jim_Jordan: “The same law firm that can find an ex British spy to put together a dossier to go after President Trump can’t find a congressman’s email address? Can’t get a hold of me?…That is just complete bogus.” pic.twitter.com/TVY7wfkSsE
President Trump is behind Representative Jordan. Even far-left MSNBC notes this –
"I don't believe them at all. I believe him." – Pres. Trump on Rep. Jim Jordan allegations@NicolleDWallace asks her panel if President Trump's defense of Jim Jordan, who is accused of ignoring sexual abuse at Ohio State, follow a familiar pattern. https://t.co/RjuQ6cbb74
Sadly, one party in America today (the Democrats) have no agenda and only use fake news and slander as their political weapons just like the Nazi and communist regimes of the past and present. Americans see through this. Jim Jordan is a patriot and a winner. The Dems agenda to smear him will fail. America was built by winners not slimy slanderers!
For more than a year the Democrat Party and their corrupt MSM have all been behind the phony Trump-Russia collusion scandal. Their efforts to frame the current President are so extreme, corrupt and criminal that one has to wonder why they would go through all this to frame President Trump? What could be so devastating that liberals in politics and the media will do all they can to make up this bold and grandiose lie? The answer may have been hidden in the recent IG’s report on the FBI’s actions with Hillary’s emails.
The IG’s report released a month ago reported numerous crimes and corrupt actions taken by many individuals in the deep state FBI and DOJ. These fiends reportedly did all they could to cover up Hillary’s email crimes while setting up the current President on a phony non-existent crime of Russian collusion. We now have more information that may be the reason for the extreme measures to take down the current President.
Hidden on pages 293-294 in the IG’s report is a discussion of some material found on Anthony Weiner’s laptop. The discussion is between EAD Randall Coleman and FBI Director James Comey on October 4th, 2016. Weiner was arrested for sexting a teenage girl which led to his email devices being confiscated and thousands of emails uncovered. Weiner was also the husband of Hillary campaign aid Huma Abedin. Apparently the emails were a problem for Obama’s corrupt FBI and DOJ because they were suspected of including all kinds of information that would be damning to the Clintons, Obama and the Democratic Party.
The following was noted in the IG’s report –
Comey’s Outlook calendar for October 4 contains an entry for “Morning Briefs” from 8:15 a.m. to 9:00 a.m. that is immediately followed by an entry for “Meeting w/EAD Coleman” from 9:00 a.m. to 9:30 a.m. Coleman told us that he could not recall this briefing with Comey. Coleman stated that staying behind to brief Comey would be consistent with normal practice, but added that he did not recall this specific instance. Coleman told us that it would be unusual to have a one-on-one meeting with Comey and told us someone else would typically be present at these briefings, such as the DD or ADD. While not remembering this meeting, Coleman speculated that this may have been a one-on-one meeting with Comey to discuss Coleman’s upcoming retirement from the FBI in December 2016.
Coleman told us that he kept regularly took notes in a journal. Coleman’s notes from October 4 contained the following entry:
(1) Anthony Wiener [sic]
(3) Wiener [sic] – texting 15 yo – Sexually Explicit
9/26 – Federal SW – IPhone/IPAD/Laptop
Initial analysis of laptop – thousands emails
Hillary Clinton & Foundation
Crime Against Children
We asked Coleman about these notes and he told us that, given their placement in his notebook, the notes would most likely represent information he was briefed on first thing in the morning by his subordinates in the Criminal Investigative Division. Coleman stated that he may have passed this information to other FBI executives after the morning briefing with the Director, but he could not remember if that occurred here.
Comey told us that he did not recall the briefing by Coleman reflected in his calendar. We asked Comey if this briefing could have been the time in early October that he recalled being told about the connection between Midyear and the Weiner investigation. Comey stated:
It’s possible, possible this is what is knocking around in the back of my head, but I really, see I know the frailty of memory from having done a lot of this work, at least in my memory it’s much more of an informal than a meeting about it, but it’s possible.
We showed Coleman’s notes from October 4 to Comey. Comey did not recall being briefed on the information contained in the notes. When asked about Coleman, Comey said he “thought very highly of him” and described him as a “straight shooter.”
We asked Comey if this information was something that he likely would have “put out of his mind” after being informed of it in early October. Comey responded, “I don’t think so unless, unless the way it was passed to me was with some, you don’t need to do anything. We’re doing, we’re running it down or something. Something that pushed it down on my priority list.”
When asked if he recalled this meeting between Coleman and Comey, Rybicki stated that he did not. Bowdich told us that it is possible that he would have been at this meeting between Comey and Coleman, but he had no recollection of it. McCabe continued to be on travel and was not in Washington, D.C., on October 4.
It is absolutely inconceivable that anyone, let alone leaders in the FBI and DOJ could forget a discussion related to ‘crimes against children’. The odds of this were zero. As the report states, EAD Coleman and FBI Director Comey seldom if ever met one on one. So the fact that they would both forget this also is not realistic. It is absolutely shocking and disgusting that these men would forget about discussing ‘crimes against children’.
Is this what the Dems and their MSM are afraid of? Is there some real seedy, disgusting and criminal material in the Weiner emails that would lead Hillary Clinton, Obama and all liberals to frantically cling to a fake story about Trump and Russia?
There has to be some major reason other than just losing the election to go to the lengths the liberals have gone to remove Trump from his Presidency. Their crimes against children may be the story the Dems were willing to do anything to stop from reaching the public. They really may be that sick.
Dirty and Corrupt Cop Robert Mueller and his team of conflicted liberal attorneys and investigators are seeing their unconstitutional witch hunt fall apart. Daily more and more information becomes available of the entire gang’s unlawful acts as their cases fall apart. In spite of this, they charge forward hiring more troops while working with their main stream media (MSM) to report their unlawful and phony leaks planned to keep their criminal conspiracy alive.
More than one year ago, on May 17, 2017, corrupt Assistant Attorney General Rod Rosenstein appointed a Special Counsel to look into the phony Trump – Russia collusion allegations, a total scam to remove Donald Trump from the Presidency that he won.
Attorney General Jeff Sessions recused himself of anything related to Russia during the 2016 Presidential campaign and the Robert Mueller Special Counsel team took over to investigate the alleged Trump crimes. Ironically over the past year, no crimes related to the President have been uncovered but numerous crimes have been uncovered related to the Deep State’s corruption, abuse and brazen disregard for the rule of law through the Trump – Russia ‘Witch Hunt’.
One of the most profound interviews that described the events over the past few years by the corrupt and criminal individuals in the Deep State that led to the Mueller investigation was reported by the Daily Caller in January. Legal expert Joe DiGenova explained the many criminal activities by the Deep State –
Corrupt and dirty cop Mueller started the ‘witch hunt’ and began looking into individuals with any relationship with President Trump. Mueller’s team were not interested in crimes that President Trump committed. There are none. Instead, Mueller went after anyone with any relationship to the President. His entire team has serious conflicts of interest and his investigation is unconstitutional, but this has not deterred Mueller.
Dirty Cop Mueller and his team went ahead and indicted some individuals related to the President and then he apparently made up other individuals out of thin air and indicted them too.
Here’s a list of the indictments and their updated current status.
General Mike Flynn
The biggest indictment to date by the dirty cops and attorneys on the Mueller team was the indictment of General Flynn for lying to the FBI. One of the two individuals that Flynn apparently lied to was Peter Strzok in a discussion at the White House shortly after the inauguration. Strzok was the lead investigator who took Hillary Clinton’s testimony in her email scandal and Strzok was apparently fine when with Hillary destroyed her server, 30,000 emails, numerous phones with hammers and lied to him and all of America. However, shortly after Flynn spoke with Strzok, former Attorney General Sally Yates went to the White House and told the President the General had lied.
Flynn was fired by the President and then when Mueller started his witch hunt he charged Flynn for lying to the FBI. Flynn eventually pled guilty but the judge overseeing his plea was recused. We later found out that Judge Rudolph Contreras was also a FISA Court judge and a friend of Strzok’s.
To date Flynn has not been sentenced after the new judge demanded Mueller provide the General with all information related to his case. Also, new evidence has unfolded of Sally Yates and/or former FBI Head Andrew McCabe doctoring and destroying evidence that led to Flynn’s conviction. The Senate has asked the FBI and DOJ for this support but it has not been provided to date because some expect it is not there (it was destroyed). They have also asked for the other FBI Agent who interviewed Flynn with Strzok but to date the FBI will not allow him to be interviewed by the Senate.
The entire Flynn case is now not only falling apart but it appears Strzok, Yates, McCabe, Mueller and possibly others may be involved in crimes in doctoring and destroying evidence and charging Flynn for a crime as a result.
This past week the judge overseeing this case demanded that Mueller’s team and General Flynn appear next week in front of the court at a status hearing on July 10th. National Review’s Andrew McCarthy believes that Flynn’s plea is not going away, but we are more hopeful. General Flynn was innocent and evidence supports this. Mueller’s team of dirty cops framed him using corrupted information and the FBI probably spied on him illegally during the campaign. He apparently was forced into a plea by Mueller’s dirty cops who most likely leveraged attacking his son for a guilty plea. This should not happen in America. Sure Trump can and will pardon him if convicted, but Flynn should not be charged for a crime he did not commit.
Mueller’s team has been postponing the sentencing on Flynn and the best guess is that the band of dirty cops has been trying to delay the embarrassment of Flynn’s plea being overturned until after the 2018 elections. The judge is not buying this.
The 13 Russians ‘Made Up’ by the Mueller Team
In an effort to tie their corrupt investigation to Russia, the Mueller team indicted 13 Russians after presenting their cases to a grand jury in February of this year. Immediately, these indictments were suspect as everyone on to the corrupt Mueller team knew that these ‘Russians’ would never be brought to justice, even if they were real, because they would never come to the US to stand trial and risk being put in jail.
Unfortunately for Mueller however, this too has turned into a royal mess.
Lawyers defending one of three Russian companies indicted with the 13 Russians, Concord Management, showed up for court. Mueller’s team was caught off guard and never expected this. They immediately asked the judge for more time but the judge denied their pleas noting that they were the ones who indicted the Russian company in the first place.
When the case proceeded, the Concord attorney’s noted that another of the three companies indicted by Mueller was not in existence at the time of Mueller’s indictment. They called this a case of Mueller indicting the proverbial ‘ham sandwich’.
At a following court appearance, the attorneys representing Concord stated that the corrupt Mueller team’s allegations of 13 Russian individuals impacting the 2016 election were “made up” nonsense. The individuals were not even real.
Concord Management’s lawyers revealed that Mueller’s team had ignored over 70 discovery requests they had made for information before the case. In response Mueller’s team offered to give Concord Management’s lawyers a massive amount of social media data from those dangerous trolls who sought to influence the US election and the majority of the data was in RUSSIAN.
Mueller’s lawyers then admitted that they don’t even have English translations for the Russian social media posts. Mueller’s lawyers don’t have English translations of the Russian social media posts but somehow Americans were influenced by these Russian language posts?
It was reported that Mueller’s team didn’t want to hand over the data that had been accumulated related to the Russians because the Russians would then use the information to spy on Americans (ignoring that they supposedly already had).
The case of the Russians has quickly turned into a big joke. The Mueller team should be ashamed for bringing it to the court and indicted for making the whole thing up.
Paul Manafort was President Trump’s campaign manager for a short time during the 2016 election. The Mueller team initially charged him with multiple counts of not filling in forms required by the law starting in 2005. In an effort to pay his legal fees, Manafort borrowed money using personal collateral or real estate. Mueller and his team then charged Manafort with bank fraud claiming these loans overstated the value of his properties. This past week Mueller’s team then charged Manafort with trying to tamper with witnesses.
Manafort’s attorneys have argued that the entire case was unconstitutional based on no crime committed by Trump required to set up a Special Counsel and the scope of the case being unlimited and therefore also against the law related to Special Counsels. However, the judge on one of Manafort’s cases is Obama appointed Judge Jackson. With her record it is doubtful that Manafort will receive a fair trial and she already has disagreed with these arguments from Manafort’s legal team.
Fortunate for Manafort another judge overseeing one of his cases, Judge T. S. Ellis, has asked Mueller’s team for the scope document of the Special Counsel investigation. When the Mueller team said it was classified, the judge said he would be the judge of that. Judge Ellis recently hammered the Mueller team for its clear motive not to bring justice in the Manafort case, but to bring down President Trump.
Mueller petitioned the court to have Manafort thrown in jail and corrupt Judge Jackson complied. The abuse that Mueller his Obama cronies have perpetrated on Manafort will go down in history.
Trump lawyer Rudy Giuliani said he wouldn’t be surprised if Judge Ellis dismisses Manafort’s cases for government misconduct. If justice is to be served, then this will be the case.
Richard Gates pleaded not guilty to all charges against him by Mueller, many related to years before the election.
Rick Gates was named alongside Manafort in the recent charges brought by the special counsel. He’s accused of 11 counts related to filing false income tax returns and three counts of failure to report foreign bank and financial accounts.
Gates pleaded guilty on Feb. 23 to federal conspiracy and false-statements charges.
In wake of the guilty plea, Mueller moved to drop the 22 bank and tax fraud charges against him. The decision to drop the more expansive charges against Gates could suggest that the former Trump campaign official is cooperating and providing good information to Mueller’s team.
Manafort has challenged the court as to the constitutionality of indictments for activities before the 2016 election. He has a valid argument which would no doubt relate to Gates’ case as well.
Papadopoulos has a questionable background. He was a young man who traveled to the UK and apparently was set up by spies inserted into the Trump campaign by the FBI in early 2016.
A former foreign policy adviser to Trump’s presidential campaign, George Papadopoulos pleaded guilty in 2017 to making false statements to the FBI regarding “the timing, extent and nature of his relationships and interactions with certain foreign nationals whom he understood to have close connections with senior Russian government officials,” according to court documents.
Papadopoulos, like the others indicted, is under gag orders so we really don’t know what he did or said to the FBI. If he was set up as has been implied in the recent news stories, he too may have a chance to have his case overturned.
Alex van der Zwaan and Richard Pinedo
These are two individuals no one has ever heard of or will ever remember. van der Zwan was charged with lying to the FBI and Pinedo was charged for selling bank accounts to Russians, even though Pinedo said he didn’t know he was selling accounts to Russians. Both cases sound suspect and more related to abuse of power by the Mueller team than actual crimes being committed.
In spite of the pitiful cases Mueller’s gang has put together to date, they continue to spin the media with pro witch hunt leaks almost daily. The Mueller team continues to hide the numerous gang members that have been removed from the team for various legal reasons to the point that Congress has now asked for a list of former and current witch hunt participants. The gang also reportedly not only is continuing to move forward but they are bringing more crooked gang members on board.
It’s sad that the only news coming out of the Mueller witch hunt is fake news leaked to the corrupt media while the embarrassing news about corrupt members of the team being terminated is withheld from the public for months.
All in all, Mueller’s indictments are pathetic and falling apart but this is not stopping dirty cop Mueller. He and his team of corrupt and conflicted deep state crooks should not only have their cases thrown out, they should be indicted for their actions and efforts to overthrow the duly elected President of the United States, Donald J. Trump.
Giving exceeded $400 billion in a single year for the first time, increasing 5.2 percent (3.0 percent adjusted for inflation) over the revised total of $389.64 contributed in 2016. (Please see below for a more detailed breakdown of the numbers for each philanthropic source and sector.)
Giving USA, the longest-running and most comprehensive report of its kind in America, is published by Giving USA Foundation, a public service initiative of The Giving Institute. It is researched and written by the Indiana University Lilly Family School of Philanthropy at IUPUI.
“Americans’ record-breaking charitable giving in 2017 demonstrates that even in divisive times our commitment to philanthropy is solid. As people have more resources available, they are choosing to use them to make a difference, pushing giving over $400 billion,” said Aggie Sweeney, CFRE, chair of Giving USA Foundation and senior counsel at Campbell & Company. “Contributions went up nearly across the board, signaling that Americans seem to be giving according to their beliefs and interests, which are diverse and wide-ranging.”
Giving from all four sources and giving to all but one of the major types of recipient organizations grew in 2017, driven by economic conditions. While policy developments may have played some role in charitable giving in 2017, most of the effects of the tax policy changes adopted in late December 2017 likely will affect giving in 2018 and beyond.
“The increase in giving in 2017 was generated in part by increases in the stock market, as evidenced by the nearly 20 percent growth in the S&P 500. Investment returns funded multiple very large gifts, most of which were given by individuals to their foundations, including two gifts of $1 billion or more,” said Amir Pasic, Ph.D., the Eugene R. Tempel dean of the Lilly Family School of Philanthropy. “This tells us that some of our most fortunate citizens are using their wealth to make some significant contributions to the common good.”
In addition to the S&P 500, other economic factors, such as personal income and personal consumption, are associated with households’ long-term financial stability and have historically been correlated with giving by individuals. These factors also experienced strong growth in 2017.
The report summarized the numbers for 2017 by source –
Giving by individuals totaled an estimated $286.65 billion, rising 5.2 percent in 2017 (an increase of 3.0 percent, adjusted for inflation).
Giving by foundations increased 6.0 percent, to an estimated $66.90 billion in 2017 (an increase of 3.8 percent, adjusted for inflation). Data on foundation giving are provided by the Foundation Center.
Giving by bequest totaled an estimated $35.70 billion in 2017, increasing 2.3 percent from 2016 (a 0.2 percent increase, adjusted for inflation).
Giving by corporations is estimated to have increased by 8.0 percent in 2017, totaling $20.77 billion (an increase of 5.7 percent, adjusted for inflation).
Americans are the most giving people in history. Thanks to President Trump’s policies that ignited the economy, charitable giving set a new record in 2017 and due to the tax cuts, the US is expected to set more records in 2018 and beyond.
President Trump this morning again tweeted about Special Counsel Mueller and his band of angry Democrats in their failed attempt to overthrow the government and protect their many crimes.
When is Bob Mueller going to list his Conflicts of Interest? Why has it taken so long? Will they be listed at the top of his $22,000,000 Report…And what about the 13 Angry Democrats, will they list their conflicts with Crooked H? How many people will be sent to jail and……
The President also tweeted about the attacks from the Mueller team that are based on old and unrelated charges.
….persecuted on old and/or totally unrelated charges (there was no collusion and there was no obstruction of the no collusion)…And what is going on in the FBI & DOJ with Crooked Hillary, the DNC and all of the lies? A disgraceful situation!
What CNN does not share is that the investigation is unconstitutional for many reasons with one of the reasons being that the team is the most conflicted group of investigators and attorneys ever assembled for any investigation in US history.
Below is the list from CNN with additional information not provided by CNN in italics! (Some of which was previously reported.)
An expert in prosecuting terrorism and organized crime, Zainab Ahmad previously served as an assistant US attorney for the Eastern District of New York. She joined Mueller’s team in the summer of 2017.
Role on Mueller team:
Ahmad has worked on the case of former national security adviser Michael Flynn: She was one of two prosecutors who signed Flynn’s charging documents and was also in court for Flynn’s guilty plea in December 2017.
Ahmad successfully prosecuted al-Qaeda terrorist Najibullah Zazi, who pleaded guilty in 2010 to terrorism charges relating to a plot to bomb the New York City subways on the 9/11 anniversary.
In 2017, Ahmad co-led the prosecution of Muhanad Mahmoud Al Farekh, an American citizen who was convicted on nine counts related to an al-Qaeda plan to attack US troops in Afghanistan.
What CNN Left Out – The Flynn case is now up in the air since Ahmad signed the charging documents. The judge over the case, Rudolph Contreras, was recused from the case for still unknown reasons. He was also a FISA Court judge who was courted for dinner with former Mueller team members Peter Strzok and Lisa Page. Strzok participated in the FBI’s questioning of Flynn on January 24 before joining Mueller’s team.
The new judge overseeing the case, Judge Emmet G. Sullivan ordered Special Counsel Robert Mueller to provide Flynn’s attorneys with any and all information that may have been withheld from the case. Sara Carter reported that “Flynn pled guilty to one count of lying to the FBI, despite testimony provided to Congress by former FBI Director James Comey, where he stated that the agents did not believe Flynn had lied about his conversation with former Russian Ambassador Sergey Kislyak in December 2016.”
Greg Andres is a white-collar criminal defense lawyer who specializes in fraud and foreign bribery. He served as a deputy assistant attorney general in the Justice Department’s Criminal Division, and was involved in the successful prosecution of an $8 billion Ponzi scheme. Most recently, Andres worked as a corporate lawyer at the law firm Davis Polk & Wardwell.
Role on Mueller team:
On the Mueller team, he is jointly leading the case against former Trump campaign chairman Paul Manafort and his deputy Rick Gates. In October 2017, Manafort and Gates were charged with financial crimes unrelated to the 2016 presidential campaign, and both have pleaded not guilty.
Andres was involved in the prosecution of Robert Allen Stanford in an $8 billion Ponzi scheme case. Stanford was convicted in 2012 on 13 counts, including mail fraud, money laundering and conspiracy.
While in the US attorney’s office in Brooklyn, Andres led a mafia investigation that convicted dozens of mob associates. In those situations, the prosecutors attempted to pressure witnesses into cooperation — also known as “flipping.” Leaders of the Bonanno organized crime family in New York even hatched a plan to kill him, though they never carried it out, according to court documents.
Reuters reported that Andres, who most recently worked as white collar defense attorney for the New York firm Davis Polk, will be joining Mueller’s investigation into Russian election interference.
A search of federal election records shows that Andres has donated at least a total of $3700 to federal Democratic candidates, including $2700 to New York Sen. Kirsten Gillibrand in March 2017….
Andres, 50, also has another connection to the Democratic Party as his wife, Ronnie Abrams, is a federal judge that was nominated by President Barack Obama in 2011.
Abrams was also reportedly assigned to a case in which a watchdog group is claiming President Trump has violated the Constitution because his hotels do business with foreign governments. She has since recused herself from this case.
Before joining Mueller’s team, trial attorney Rush Atkinson worked for the Criminal Division Securities and Financial Fraud Unit at the Justice Department, where he worked under Andrew Weissmann, who is also now on Mueller’s team. Atkinson previously worked in the Justice Department’s National Security Division, which specializes in counterterrorism and foreign intelligence surveillance cases.
Role on Mueller team:
Atkinson has been involved in the case against 13 Russian nationals and 3 Russian entities for allegedly meddling in the 2016 election by using social media to spread divisive political messages.
Atkinson was involved with the indictment of a former vice president of finance for Bankrate, Inc. The former bank official was charged with wire fraud, securities fraud and other financial crimes.
Atkinson also helped with the prosecution of a mother and son charged with orchestrating a $16 million Medicare fraud scheme in Miami.
What CNN Left Out – Per zerohedge Atkinson is another biased team member having donated $200 to Clinton’s campaign in 2016. Also, this Friday one of the 3 indicted Russian companies, Concord Management, that is noted above has asked for information related to the indictment that many are suggesting will end in the Mueller team dropping the indictments due to lack of evidence.
Ryan Dickey was previously an assistant US attorney in the Eastern District of Virginia and also worked in the Justice Department’s Computer Crime and Intellectual Property Section. He specializes in cyber-related prosecutions and was added to Mueller’s team in late 2017.
Role on Mueller team:
Dickey has been involved in the case against 13 Russian nationals and 3 Russian entities for allegedly meddling in the 2016 election by using social media to spread divisive political messages.
Dickey was involved in the sprawling case against Megaupload, the online file sharing website that the Justice Department described as an “international organized criminal enterprise” that perpetrated “massive online piracy.” Dickey helped secure a guilty plea from an Estonian programmer involved in the case.
He was senior counsel in the case against the hacker known as Guccifer, a Romanian national who hacked the accounts of prominent Americans and was sentenced to prison in 2016. (Guccifer is unrelated to Guccifer 2.0, the online persona used by Russian intelligence operatives during the 2016 presidential election that claimed credit for hacking the Democratic National Committee.)
What CNN Left Out – Ask Kim Dotcom about the FBI’s actions in the Megaupload case. His house in New Zealand was raided in a similar fashion to the Mueller raid on Paul Manafort. They have frozen his assets and taken other actions similar to the bullying actions they are using today on Trump family and friends.
Michael Dreeben is a deputy solicitor general at the Justice Department. He has argued more than 100 cases before the Supreme Court throughout his extensive legal career. Dreeben is considered to be one of Mueller’s most significant hires because of his expertise in criminal law and appellate advocacy.
Role on Mueller team:
In February 2018, a federal judge weighing whether to release the Comey memos revealed that Dreeben had secretly provided testimony to the court about Mueller’s investigation
Dreeben argued his first Supreme Court case in 1989 against a young lawyer named John Roberts, who would later become chief justice. Since then, Dreeben has appeared before the high court more than 100 times, representing the US government in cases ranging from privacy issues to insider trading.
Dreeben made an unrelated first Supreme Court appearance since joining the Mueller team on detail. He argued on behalf of the US government in a Fourth Amendment cell phone privacy case in November 2017.
What CNN Left Out – CNN notes that Dreeben secretly provided testimony to the court about Mueller’s investigation. Of course everything about these guys is secret and corrupt.
Prior to joining the Mueller investigation, Kyle Freeny was a Justice Department prosecutor for the Kleptocracy Asset Recovery Initiative, which focuses on foreign corruption and money laundering.
Role on Mueller team:
Freeny is working on the Manafort and Gates case, appearing in court alongside her special counsel colleagues Andrew Weissmann and Greg Andres.
Freeny was involved with the prosecution of a civil forfeiture case against the production company behind “The Wolf of Wall Street,” which was allegedly funded with laundered money from the Malaysian government. The Justice Department said the case led to the largest single action ever brought under the Kleptocracy Asset Recovery Initiative.
Freeny also defended the federal government in 2014 when 26 states filed a lawsuit challenging President Barack Obama’s executive orders on immigration, according to court filings.
What CNN Left Out – Per zerohedge, in 2012, Freeny gave $300 to Obama. In 2008, Freeny also gave $250 to Obama, FEC records show.
Andrew Goldstein led the public corruption unit in the US attorney’s office in Manhattan. He worked under former US Attorney Preet Bharara, who was fired by Trump in March after he refused to resign.
Role on Mueller team:
Goldstein, with special counsel colleagues Jeannie Rhee and Aaron Zelinsky, was involved in handling the case of former Trump campaign adviser George Papadopoulos. In October 2017, it was revealed that Papadopoulos pleaded guilty to lying to the FBI and was cooperating with Mueller’s investigation.
Goldstein was part of the team that secured a 2015 corruption conviction of Sheldon Silver, the former Democratic speaker of the New York State Assembly. (Silver’s conviction was overturned by a federal appeals court in July 2017, which ruled that there was an issue with the judge’s instructions to the jury.)
Goldstein also successfully prosecuted three men associated with a New York City municipal fraud and kickback scheme project called CityTime. The investigation examined more than 150 bank accounts, hundreds of thousands of documents and more than 100 witnesses, according to the Justice Department.
Adam Jed, an appellate attorney, joined the Mueller team on detail from the Justice Department’s Civil Division. He received the Attorney General’s Award for Exceptional Service in 2014.
Role on Mueller team:
Jed is working on the Manafort and Gates case, though he has not appeared in court hearings.
Jed has worked on several high-profile Supreme Court cases during the Obama administration, including United States v. Windsor, which overturned the Defense of Marriage Act.
Jed also defended the Affordable Care Act’s contraceptive mandate in the Little Sisters of the Poor v. Sebelius case. The Supreme Court sent the case back to a lower court in 2016, punting on the issue.
What CNN Left Out – Little Sisters of the Poor – Enough said.
Scott Meisler was an appellate lawyer in the Justice Department’s Criminal Division for several years before joining the Mueller team in the summer of 2017. He specializes in surveillance and fraud cases.
Role on Mueller team:
Meisler is working on the Manafort and Gates case, though he has not appeared in court hearings.
In 2012, Meisler won a Justice Department Criminal Division award for “Outstanding Contributions by a New Employee” for winning an en banc decision from the Ninth Circuit Court of Appeals in an honest-services fraud case, according to a press release.
What CNN Left Out – Unknown but based on the rest of the team, he undoubtedly has conflicts as well.
Earlier in his life, Mueller served as a decorated Marine in the Vietnam War. He later spent 12 years working in US attorney’s offices, including prominent roles leading the offices in San Francisco and Boston.
Mueller took over as FBI director just days before the September 11th attacks. He served until September 2013, making him the second-longest FBI director in US history, behind J. Edgar Hoover.
Deputy Attorney General Rod Rosenstein, a Trump appointee, named Mueller special counsel in May 2017. He authorized Mueller to investigate Russian interference in the 2016 election, any links between Trump associates and Russia and “any matters that arose or may arise directly from the investigation.”
His appointment earned praise from Democrats and Republicans, who called him a man of integrity. Trump and many of his GOP allies have since ratcheted up criticism of Mueller and his entire investigation.
What CNN Left Out – Best friend to fired leaker James Comey. Hand delivered uranium to the Russians per the direction of Hillary Clinton on an airport tarmac in Europe. He was also FBI Director when Uranium One Obama-Clinton scandal took place.
Robert Mueller, the former FBI director who is now leading the investigation of potential ties between Donald Trump’s campaign and Russian officials, was a lawyer for Trump son-in-law and adviser Jared Kushner right up until Mueller resigned from Wilmer to accept his appointment as special counsel in the Russia probe.
The two ex-Wilmer partners who have joined Mueller’s special counsel team, Aaron Zebley and James Quarles, were also Kushner’s lawyers. And they and Mueller represented former Trump campaign chair Paul Manafort, too, when they were Wilmer partners.
What the hell?
Elizabeth Prelogar joined Mueller’s team from the solicitor general’s office, where she argued cases as an appellate attorney. She previously clerked for Supreme Court Justices Ruth Bader Ginsburg and Elena Kagan. She speaks fluent Russian and has previously studied Russian censorship laws.
Prelogar argued on behalf of the federal government in a case that questioned whether uncounseled, misdemeanor convictions heard in Indian tribal court could be used as part of domestic violence cases heard in federal court. The case was decided unanimously in favor of the United States.
Prelogar also worked on Carpenter v. United States, a case pending before the Supreme Court that questions whether the government’s acquisition of cellphone records from cellphone providers violates the individual customer’s Fourth Amendment rights.
James Quarles was a young assistant special prosecutor on the Watergate Special Prosecution Force in the mid-1970s. He then joined the Boston-based law firm Hale and Dorr and led its Washington office while specializing in intellectual property litigation. That law firm merged with an old-line DC partnership — Wilmer, Cutler & Pickering — and Quarles joined its executive committee. Mueller also worked at that firm, known as WilmerHale, and he brought Quarles along after he was appointed special counsel.
Quarles’ former clients as a private attorney include Apple, the NFL and Volkswagen, for which he worked alongside Mueller to oversee hundreds of settlements brought against the car maker regarding its diesel emissions, according to a federal ethics disclosure.
What CNN Left Out – See above under Mueller. Also note that Hillary Clinton was also on Watergate investigation.
Rhee, a white-collar crime specialist focusing on government investigations, left the private firm WilmerHale to join Mueller’s team. During the Obama administration, she served as a deputy assistant attorney general in the Office of Legal Counsel, which can weigh some of the thorniest legal questions for the executive branch.
Role on Mueller team:
Rhee has been involved in the case against 13 Russian nationals and 3 Russian entities for allegedly meddling in the 2016 election by using social media to spread divisive political messages. She also worked on George Papadopoulos’ guilty plea, for lying to the FBI.
Rhee has tried over 30 cases for the Department of Justice. During the Obama administration, she advised the White House and attorney general on criminal law, executive privilege and other legal matters, according to her biography on the Council of Korean Americans website.
Rhee represented Democratic nominee Hillary Clinton in a lawsuit about her private emails, and she also represented the Clinton Foundation in a civil racketeering case that was later dismissed.
Rhee also represented President Barack Obama’s deputy national security adviser Ben Rhodes during the House Benghazi Committee’s investigation into the deadly 2012 terrorist attack in Libya.
What CNN Left Out – Per zerohedge Rhee donated $5,400 to Hillary Clinton in 2015 and 2016, according to FEC records. The records show she gave $2,500 each to Obama for America and Obama Victory Fund 2012 in 2011. The fact that she is even on the team after representing the Clinton Foundation is shocking!
Brian Richardson clerked for Supreme Court Justice Stephen Breyer during the October 2016 term, before joining Mueller’s team in July 2017. A graduate of Yale Law School, Richardson previously worked for judges in the US district court in Brooklyn and the 2nd US Circuit Court of Appeals, according to Above the Law.
Role on Mueller team:
Richardson appeared in court alongside special counsel colleagues Andrew Weissmann, Greg Andres and Kyle Freeny for the plea hearing of Dutch lawyer Alex van der Zwaan in February 2018. Van der Zwaan pleaded guilty to lying to investigators about his discussions with former Trump campaign aide Rick Gates.
What CNN Left Out – Unknown but based on the rest of the team and his work with Weissmann, he undoubtedly has conflicts as well.
Brandon Van Grack
Brandon Van Grack served in the Justice Department’s National Security Division. He prosecuted counter-espionage cases in the department’s Counterintelligence and Export Control Section.
Role on Mueller team:
Van Grack is one of the lawyers on Mueller’s team that handled the Flynn investigation and guilty plea. He is overseeing Flynn’s case in court.
Van Grack has been involved in several high-profile cyber and counter-terrorism cases, including the prosecution of a Kosovo hacker who gave personal information of US service members to ISIS. The hacker, Ardit Ferizi, was sentenced to 20 years in prison, according to a DOJ press release.
Van Grack also helped prosecute a US government employee who took home classified documents that contained national defense information. National Geospatial-Intelligence Agency employee Mohan L. Nirala was found guilty after federal agents made a forced entry into his home and discovered over 500 pages of classified documents in his basement, according to a DOJ press release.
What CNN Left Out – Led a grand jury inquiry in Northern Virginia scrutinizing former Trump associate Michael Flynn’s foreign lobbying.
Andrew Weissmann was one of Mueller’s first hires, leaving his Justice Department role as chief of the Criminal Division Fraud Section. The two men have worked together for several years at the FBI – Weissman was Mueller’s special counsel in 2005, and the bureau’s general counsel in 2011. He’s known for his aggressive approach to white collar cases.
Role on Mueller team:
Weissmann jointly leads the case against Manafort and Gates.
Weissmann famously led the Justice Department’s Enron Task Force in the early 2000s, where he investigated over 30 members of the company’s upper echelon. One of Weissmann’s more memorable tactics included charging the spouse of Enron’s chief financial officer Andrew Fastow. The approach led to guilty pleas from both Fastows, and the former business leader’s cooperation in the investigation.
Weissmann was responsible for trying more than 25 cases and prosecuting several members of the Genovese, Colombo and Gambino crime families in the Brooklyn US attorney’s office, according to a DOJ press release.
Weissmann was also involved in a cooperation agreement signed between the US government and Felix Sater in 1998, according to court filings. Sater, who did business with President Donald Trump in the 2000s, would later become an FBI informant who helped the government pursue organized crime figures. His activities during the campaign attracted the scrutiny of investigators on the House Intelligence Committee. He testified before the panel in December 2017.
What CNN Left Out – Weissmann donated $2,300 to the Obama Victory Fund in 2008, $2,000 to the DNC in 2006 and at least $2,300 to the Clinton campaign in 2007. He was at the Hillary Clinton election night funeral and sent an email congratulating former AG Sally Yates when she refused to obey President Trump’s immigration order.
Thousands of Americans lost their jobs as a result of Weissmann actions and indictment of Arthur Andersen that were later overturned by the US Supreme Court 9-0.
Aaron Zebley previously served as Mueller’s chief of staff at the FBI. Zebley also worked as the senior counselor in the National Security Division at the Justice Department and as a special agent in the FBI’s Counter Terrorism Division. He joined WilmerHale shortly after Mueller and left when Mueller was appointed special counsel.
Zebley was part of the FBI team that investigated the September 11th attacks. He was involved in the trial of al-Qaeda operative Zacarias Moussaoui, who was convicted and sentenced to life in prison.
Zebley also played a role in tracking down terrorists behind the twin US embassy bombings in Kenya and Tanzania in 1998.
More recently, Zebley once represented former Clinton aide Justin Cooper, who helped manage her private server.
What CNN Left Out – See above under Mueller.
Aaron Zelinsky joined the Mueller team on detail from the US attorney’s office in Maryland. Zelinsky served as an assistant US attorney under Rod Rosenstein, who is now the deputy attorney general and oversees Mueller’s appointment.
Role on Mueller team:
Zelinsky was involved in the Papadopoulos investigation and guilty plea.
In 2016, Zelinsky was recognized by the Justice Department for excellence in prosecuting organized criminal activity.
What CNN Left Out – Asst AG Rosenstein is as corrupt as they get having created the Special Counsel with multiple conflicts of interest including long standing relationships with Mueller and Comey. He also signed off on FISA warrants to spy on President Trump and oversees the Mueller investigation that was created with no crime committed or identified and a scope enabling Mueller to investigate anything. See link to unconstitutionality of the investigation above…
Finally, Overall What CNN Left Out – CNN does not mention two former members of the Mueller team,
Peter Strzok and Lisa Page
Page, was an attorney on detail from the FBI’s Office of the General Counsel and a former trial attorney with the Criminal Division’s Organized Crime and Gang Section – Investigated Ukrainian oligarch Dmitry Firtash, a one-time business partner of former Trump campaign manager Paul Manafort, at the DOJ. She is noted as leaking to the press in the DOJ IG’s memo on McCabe and she is reportedly a lover of Peter Strzok. Page resigned from the FBI last week.
Strzok oversaw the Clinton email investigation and then was lead investigator on the Trump investigation. Numerous incriminating texts have been revealed between Strzok and Page. He oversaw Hillary’s testimony in the email investigation. He never took notes, never put her under oath and never recorded the meeting. He recommended that her crimes not be brought to the courts.
President Trump is right. The Mueller team is a crock of conflicted and crooked attorneys and investigators. They are not honest and their lack of independence fully taints the entire investigation. For this alone, the investigation should be shut down.
The Obama White House held special meetings related to the Russia investigation in 2016. The odd thing is that crooked John Kerry from the State Department was invited and good guy Admiral Rogers from the NSA was excluded.
Yahoo News reported in March the following related to former President Obama’s Russia fake news actions in 2016 –
For the usual interagency sessions, principals and deputies could bring staffers. Not this time. “There were no plus ones,” an attendee recalled. When the subject of a principals or deputies meeting was a national security matter, the gathering was often held in the Situation Room of the White House. The in‑house video feed of the Sit Room — without audio — would be available to national security officials at the White House and elsewhere, and these officials could at least see that a meeting was in progress and who was attending. For the meetings related to the Russian hack, Susan Rice, Obama’s national security adviser, ordered the video feed turned off. She did not want others in the national security establishment to know what was under way, fearing leaks from within the bureaucracy.
Rice would chair the principals’ meetings — which brought together Brennan; Comey; Kerry; Director of National Intelligence James Clapper; Defense Secretary Ash Carter; Homeland Security Secretary Jeh Johnson; Treasury Secretary Jack Lew; Attorney General Loretta Lynch; and Gen. Joseph Dunford, chairman of the Joint Chiefs of Staff — with only a few other White House officials present, including White House chief of staff Denis McDonough; homeland security adviser Lisa Monaco, and Colin Kahl, Vice President Joe Biden’s national security adviser. (Kahl had to insist to Rice that he be allowed to attend so that Biden could be fully briefed.)
Rice’s No. 2, deputy national security adviser Avril Haines, oversaw the deputies’ sessions. White House officials who were absent from the meetings were not told what was being discussed. This even included other NSC staffers — some of whom bristled at being shut out. Often the intelligence material covered in these meetings was not placed in the President’s Daily Brief, the top-secret document presented to the president every morning. Too many people had access to the PDB. “The opsec on this” — the operational security — “was as tight as it could be,” one White House official later said.
Rice said, she feared leaks and therefore she hid the discussions from these meetings from the NSA; however, out of all the leaks that have made their way into the press, not a single one can be found that came from the NSA. Mike Rogers ran a pretty tight ship. Rice did not want Rogers at these meetings because the Obama team did not trust Rogers to conceal their crimes.
As reported previously, when Rogers took over the NSA he ordered an audit of the FISA program –
On April 26, 2017, an unsealed FISA Court Ruling unveiled a number of criminal activities that Barack Obama’s FBI, NSA and DOJ participated in during his time in office. The FISA Court Ruling shows widespread abuse of the FISA mandate. According to the report, Obama’s FBI, NSA and DOJ performed searches on Americans that were against their 4th Amendment rights. This went on for years. One paragraph in the report states that 85% of the Section 704 and 705(b) FISA searches made during the time of the audit (a few months in 2015) were non-compliant with applicable laws and therefore criminal.
In addition, Obama’s DOJ and FBI were illegally searching Americans against their rights. Unbeknownst to most Americans, Obama’s FBI was providing this information to outside contractors who had no business or legal cause or claim the information.
A further review of the report by Jeff Carlson shows on page 19 that the Court stated that James Clapper’s NSA had an institutional “lack of candor”.
So the Obama gang held meetings regarding the Russia scandal from the White House and kept the NSA out when they should have been a part of the team but allowed creepy Secretary of State John Kerry to attend when he had no business being there. Huh!
Former Secret Service Agent Dan Bongino laid out an argument on his podcast that the reason that there is no start date for the Trump – Russia investigation is because there was no crime that backs reasons for spying on Trump.
Let me throw a ‘what if’ out at you. What if the reason they cannot agree on a date, anyone at this point who was involved in the Spygate scandal on Trump. What if the reason they can’t agree on the date is because nobody really knows the date.
Why do people keep saying, if you listen to yesterday’s show, all things start happening around late spring of 2016. The reason they don’t want to agree on a date is because certain things happened in this investigation. In other words the recruitment of a spy, this guy Halper, to interact with Trump team members to try and entrap them and probe them for information.
Now Joe, the reason they are just up in the air on this is because traditionally the way federal investigations work and I guess….
The reason no one will agree on a date, and I brought this up on Laura Ingraham last night on her FOX show, is because if the date of the investigation is earlier than those things [spying on Trump team], and they can’t point to a tangible piece of evidence that led to this, you have an investigation that started with zero evidence at all. That’s why they keep leaving the date up in the air.
Bongino goes on the explain that if the crooks in the FBI and DOJ and other government agencies started spying on candidate Trump and his team before they were able to point to a reason to spy on these individuals, then the Trump team was spied on because of who they were and not because of a crime.
This is illegal. The federal government can’t just spy on someone. There has to be a crime or some tangible reason to support the spying operation and to date the government cannot supply that reason or date.