JAMES CLAPPER: We did not include any evidence in our report, and I say, "our," that's N.S.A., F.B.I. and C.I.A., with my office, the Director of National Intelligence, that had anything, that had any reflection of collusion between members of the Trump campaign and the Russians. There was no evidence of that…
CHUCK TODD: I understand that.__But does it exist?
JAMES CLAPPER: Not to my knowledge.
Meet The Press, March 2017.
Clapper was the former Director of National Intelligence under the Obama administration, saying here that that as of 12:01 a.m. on January 20th the intelligence agencies had no evidence of collusion between Donald Trump's campaign and the government of Vladimir Putin's Russia.
Bear this in mind with what we now know to have been an extensive surveillance operation conducted by the Obama administration to dig up evidence connecting the Trump campaign with Russian interference.
We've been told that our Twitter followers are Russian bots. Wrong. We are told that General Michael Flynn, a patriot of impeccable character, is a fraud and a liar. A travesty. As David French writes in the National Review;
"We’re reaching a dangerous point of partisan polarization in our nation. Millions of Americans are now firmly convinced that the entire Russia investigation is a scam cooked up by “deep state” bureaucrats who are seeking to topple a duly elected president. This is the so-called soft coup so often discussed on talk radio and social media."
I find myself agreeing almost entirely with Mr. French's analysis in his article and I encourage you to go read it. The FISA Memo must be released, and all the evidence that went into producing this memo with it. If there is no 'deep state' that cooked up the false Russia narrative that has produced nothing of note except liberals that are more shrill and annoying than usual, then the 'deep state' has nothing to fear from the release of this memo- because it doesn't exist.
Of course, if there is a deep state- I suppose that loose collection of secretive and powerful influencers would try to exert power over elected officials.
"We believe it would be extraordinarily reckless for the committee to disclose such information publicly without giving the department and the FBI the opportunity to review the memorandum and to advise the (committee) of the risk of harm to national security and to ongoing investigations that could come from public release. Indeed, we do not understand why the committee would possibly seek to disclose classified and law enforcement sensitive information without first consulting with the relevant members of the intelligence community."
That's Assistant Attorney General Stephen Boyd writing to House Intelligence Committee chairman Rep. Devin Nunes. Let's get this straight. The Obama administration allegedly conducts surveillance so outlandish that it prompts Pennsylvania Rep. Scott Perry to say:
“You think about, ‘is this happening in America or is this the KGB?’ That's how alarming it is.”
Representative Perry is a 25-year military veteran who racked up 200 combat flight hours in Iraq as the commander of the 2-104th General Support Aviation Battalion. We can take it as a given that he at least knows the difference between routine monitoring of communiques and governmental overreach.
I read the classified memo from House Intel, outlining stunning info on the last administration's FISA and surveillance abuses that should NEVER happen in America. The public should be able to view the same memo I did.— Mark Meadows (@RepMarkMeadows) January 23, 2018
Please share if you agree: it's time to #ReleaseTheMemo pic.twitter.com/UPdfqDKWA4
Judge Andrew Napolitano said:
“The rest of Congress and the American public is entitled to know. We put the Constitution in the hands of people to protect it and they’ve abused that power. We need to know who the abusers were and what they did.”
Judge Napolitano also states that the Constitution protects speech made on the house floor, and therefore the FISA Memo could be read out by any member of Congress.
As we now know, the FISA Memo is just the latest piece in a chess game that has been running for well over a year. As FOX reported in March 2017:
Nunes has known about the unmasking controversy since January when two sources in the intelligence community approached him. The sources told Nunes who was responsible and at least one of the Trump team names that was unmasked. They also gave him serial numbers of reports that documented the activity.
This was long before Trump sent out his now-infamous March 4 tweets claiming then-President Barack Obama “wiretapped” Trump Tower during the 2016 election.
Nunes had asked intelligence agencies to see the reports in question but was stonewalled.
The communications collected from Trump team associates apparently were picked up during surveillance of foreign targets. But an intelligence source familiar with those targets said they were spied on long before Trump became the GOP presidential nominee in mid-July.
In addition, citizens affiliated with Trump’s team who were unmasked were not associated with any intelligence about Russia or other foreign intelligence, sources confirmed. The initial unmasking led to other surveillance, which led to other private citizens being wrongly unmasked, sources said.
This is a felony.
We are inches away from uncovering of the proof of this felony- or at least the knowledge that unlocks the next doorin this Byzantine maze of corrupt agendas. The cloak-and-dagger maneuvers of the Obama administration should surprise no-one, as even the New York Times reported on it on the 1st of March, 2017.
As Inauguration Day approached, Obama White House officials grew convinced that the intelligence was damning and that they needed to ensure that as many people as possible inside government could see it, even if people without security clearances could not. Some officials began asking specific questions at intelligence briefings, knowing the answers would be archived and could be easily unearthed by investigators — including the Senate Intelligence Committee, which in early January announced an inquiry into Russian efforts to influence the election.
The narrative in 2017 was that the Obama administration had spread information about a Russian collusion far and wide to prevent the Trump administration from covering it up. This definitely had nothing to do with political sabotage. The groundwork was being laid for Mueller's investigation from the moment Trump became a threat to the procession of Hillary Clinton to the White House. From the same NYT Article:
The F.B.I. is conducting a wide-ranging counterintelligence investigation into Russia’s meddling in the election and is examining alleged links between Mr. Trump’s associates and the Russian government. Separately, the House and Senate intelligence committees are conducting their own investigations, though they must rely on information collected by the F.B.I. and intelligence agencies.
Our sources: This surveillance that led to the unmasking of private names of American citizens started before Trump was the GOP nominee.— Adam Housley (@adamhousley) March 31, 2017
This brings us up to date. Nunes et al have to rely on the information provided by the FBI and other services, which we know now to include foreign agencies like Britain's GCHQ.
Chris Farrell from Judicial Watch says his FBI contacts (not part of the Deep State) say it is impossible to believe the phone glitch excuse.
"Meanwhile I have talked to three FBI agents who told me this whole lost text message thing with Samsung is absolute baloney. That there is no way in the world this could have happened. That the FBI actively monitors agents’ communications both from an insider threat and a counterintelligence perspective. And that their back-ups had back-ups. So three different sources have told me there’s no way in hell that it’s possible, that someone is deliberately sabotaging this or deliberately deleting or lying."
From sea to shining sea and across the world, the calls for transparency ring.
.@RonJohnsonWI & @ChuckGrassley letter to the OIG regarding the FBI's "failure to preserve" text messages from Strzok & Page. OIG first said they had the texts, now OIG doesn't have them? If it was a "glitch" why didn't OIG say anything in Dec. 2017 letter?https://t.co/3m5gfsjuac pic.twitter.com/nbOkfqSgPa— Nick Short 🇺🇸 (@PoliticalShort) January 24, 2018
As Streiff over at Red State notes:
The problem is that the FBI IG certified to the Senate in December that they had 100% of the Strzok/Page texts for the period November 30, 2016, to July 28, 2017.
So what happened? Did the IG simply not look at the text messages and just sent an affirmative reply to the Senate? Did the IG know the messages were missing and just assume that the Senate wouldn’t figure it out? Does the IG have the missing emails and have now decided to not produce them? And what explanation can they give when the FBI has nearly zero credibility?
What explanation indeed. The idea that Strzok and Page were afflicted by a technical glitch that would have been immediately detected by the FBI's own failsafe mechanisms is one thing. The fact that this issue only came to light when Strzok became a person of interest is quite another. The idea that this same issue suddenly affected 10% of all the phones operated by the FBI at the exact same time as investigators revealing text messages that showed strong Anti-Trump bias is demanding a level of self-deception of us greater than Rhian Johnson believing in his own film career.
If you cast your mind back to the Patriot Act at the height of the 'War on Terror', liberals then were vehemently opposed to the idea of the FBI monitoring citizens. What changed? A decade passes, and the FBI has flipped from being an instrument of state tyranny to being their best friend? All of a sudden when the feds are being used as a tool by the DNC, investigations into private citizens are suddenly A-ok. Destroying evidence is good. Lying to the American people is a moral act because Trump is the worst. Give us a break, you hypocrites! Here's the view from Wired:
Republicans who have viewed the Nunes document will have you believe it’s incredibly explosive. Congressman Matt Gaetz said it’s “jaw-dropping,” and called for its public release. Representative Steve King said it was “worse than Watergate.” Over the past week, thousands of Americans—as well as likely bots linked to Russia—have flooded Twitter with the hashtag #ReleaseTheMemo. Wikileaks even pledged a $1 million reward to anyone who leaked the document to the organization. Everyone from Breitbart and Fox News to Mike Cernovich has talked about it ceaselessly.
Nunes has successfully manufactured a controversy designed to undermine the Justice Department’s investigation into the Trump campaign’s connections to Russia, and he used FISA to do it.
Compare this to the lengthy paper trail that runs back over a year detailing the conspiracy to tie the Trump campaign to Russia. Look at the different calls from left and right on the issue. The Mainstream Media and the Left cry that this is all a sham, in order to mislead the American people because the President of the United States is actually a puppet of Valdimir Putin.
The President, Republican lawmakers and patriots simply say- release the memo. Let the truth be known. If there is evidence, show it.
Put your money where your mouth is.
The liberal lie-machine has now woven a narrative so convoluted that even the FBI is dragged into making themselves look like absolute charlatans, with talk of secret societies and ludicrous levels of data management incompetence.
Thousands Of FBI Cellphones Affected By ‘Glitch’ "Nearly 10 percent of the FBI’s 35,000 employees."— Funkytown (@hotfunkytown) January 24, 2018
Bet the 10 percent that lost emails were the 10 percent that belonged to the Secret Society. Anyone buying this crap? Me neither. https://t.co/c9orSMSKlV
Whether or not the FISA Memo contains damning information about the Obama administrations efforts to fabricate a narrative of Russian collusion is almost irrelevant at this point. The more obfuscation and distraction techniques employed in the attempt to hide the truth, the worse any truth becomes when it is revealed. When you stole a dollar from your father's wallet, you got whipped twice as hard when you lied to his face about it. The same principle applies- although we must ask why the FBI is acting like a 5-year-old child with a sweet-tooth.
With President Trump now saying he is willing to talk to Robert Mueller under oath, this tale is ready to come to a swift end.
"I am looking forward to it, actually," Trump said when asked if he was going to talk to Mueller. "Here is the story: There has been no collusion whatsoever. There is no obstruction whatsoever. And I am looking forward to it."
The President is right that he has not obstructed any investigation. The obstruction has come from the FBI and the so-called 'deep state'- as we have seen for over a year. No matter what information is in the FISA Memo, trust in the clandestine branches of government is at an all-time low. Looking ahead, we can only hope that finally, this fiasco is drawing to an end.