WASHINGTON, DC- Newly released notes taken by officials within the Department of Justice in 2017 show a high level of panic among members of the FBI after former President Donald Trump revealed he knew he and his campaign were being spied on, a report in the Epoch Times says.
According to newly released notes taken by high-ranking DOJ officials during a March 6, 2017, meeting with FBI leadership, there was a high level of concern about Trump finding out and it revealed the level of effort taken by the FBI to cover up its spying on the 2016 Trump campaign.
The notes were released in conjunction with the upcoming trial of former Clinton campaign lawyer Michael Sussmann, requested by his attorneys as part of efforts to clear him on charges of lying to the FBI. Unfortunately for Sussmann, the notes appear to do little to aid in his defense, however, provide a great deal of information about the FBI.
The meeting referenced in the notes occurred only two days after a March 4, 2017, tweet in which Trump accused former President Barack Obama of wiretapping Trump Tower. That led to panic within FBI leadership, uncertain if Trump was blowing smoke or indeed had information about the Obama administration’s efforts to tie him into the Russian collusion allegations.
TLDR: On Mar 4, 2017, Trump sent out his infamous "wires tapped" tweet. That tweet sent FBI/DOJ panicking over how much Trump knew about their treachery. Everything that happened at the Mar 6 FBI/DOJ meeting has to be seen in that light, ie covering up/legitimizing FBI/DOJ fraud. https://t.co/N6fIH0ZDjY pic.twitter.com/aRa8rgJlzO
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By that time, leadership within the FBI already were aware that the Trump-Russia collusion claims were a hoax. They further knew that the Clinton campaign had a scheme to portray Trump as a Putin-favoring stooge. Further, the FBI was well aware that the Steele dossier, the primary source of allegations against Trump which tried to paint a collusion scheme, was bogus.
By the date of that March 6, 2017, meeting, the FBI had already been interrogating Steele’s primary sub-source, Igor Danchenko, for three days. Danchenko debunked almost every allegation made within the Steele dossier.
In addition, the FBI knew that another story, that involving a Russian bank, Alfa Bank, in which a story was leaked claiming a server at Trump Tower was in communication with that institution, information that was brought to the FBI by Sussmann. In sum, the FBI knew that all claims of Russia collusion involving Trump had been shown to be false.
The whole narrative began to collapse on the FBI on March 4, 2017, when Trump made the claim that he knew Obama had wiretapped Trump Tower, doing so in public which set off alarm bells within the FBI and DOJ leadership. In fact, that tweet got leadership’s attention to the point it was a dominant topic at a meeting two days later, a meeting which included FBI Deputy Director Andrew McCabe and the acting U.S. attorney general, Dana Boente.
The whole thing presented something of a quandary for the FBI, since they had no idea how much Trump in fact knew about what had been occurring within the agency. Only a day earlier, radio talk show host Mark Levin reported the Obama administration had obtained Foreign Intelligence Surveillance Act (FISA) warrants what involved Trump and several of his campaign advisers.
Levin also reported that an off-the-cuff joke Trump offered in July 2016—“Russia, if you’re listening I hope you’re able to find the 30,000 emails that are missing”—had become the basis for the Russia collusion accusations. Those 30,000 emails referred to the “missing” emails from Hillary Clinton’s server.
However seeking bogus FISA warrants wasn’t all the FBI was involved in. They were also actively spying on the Trump campaign and the incoming Trump administration’s transition communications, information that was revealed in the new notes. They revealed not only had the FBI spied on FBI campaign adviser Carter Page, but had also spied on another aide, George Papadopoulos, which included getting him over to London in order to set him up in an elaborate sting.
The scheme also involved false accusations fomented by Sussmann that Trump was using a version of a “burner” phone—a Russian Yota phone. Also, a man named Rodney Joffe, a tech executive with deep ties to the FBI who was using access to non-public data to spy on Trump at both the Trump Tower and at the White House.
The March 6 meeting was focused on Trump’s tweet, with McCabe saying the FBI was trying to find out what was behind the president’s tweets.
The notes were taken by three officials of the DOJ—Tashina Gauhar, Mary McCord, and Scott Schools. The release of the notes came about because one showed McCabe saying that McCabe stated Sussmann represented clients when he brought the Alfa Bank allegations forward to the FBI. Sussmann told the FBI he didn’t represent anyone, but was only acting as a “good Samaritan.” That lie is what led to Sussmann’s indictment.
It is unknown if the notes will help Sussmann; however the notes were written six months after Sussmann told the FBI the opposite, amounting to hearsay evidence.
However Sussmann ignored the more damning pages of notes which show the true extent of the FBI’s panic over Trump’s tweet. It appears, the Epoch Times reports, that FBI leadership’s first reaction was to tell the acting attorney general a plethora of lies about their investigation.
The scheme went so far as the FBI attempting to trump up the veracity of Steele’s dossier, referring to it as “Crown reporting,” giving the appearance it was official UK government intelligence. The truth was, most of it was information made up by Steele and Danchenko, which the FBI was already well aware of.
The notes also show that former FBI agent Peter Strzok had lied to his DOJ superiors about what led to the Australian ambassador, Alexander Downer, to come forward to the FBI with information relative to his meeting with Papadopolous.
The FBI has long claimed it was Downer who initiated the Trump-Russia investigation; however the newly released notes seem to lay that as false. In fact, the notes show Strzok claiming it was Trump’s joke about Russia about Russia discovering Clinton’s emails that triggered Downer. The truth is, however, that Downer came forward before Trump made the joke.
Another lie perpetrated by the FBI in which they deceived the DOJ regarding the Carter Page FISA warrant was where they claimed it was “fruitful” when in fact it was nothing of the sort, and the FBI knew it, with the Justice Department Inspector General finding “significant errors” in the applications.
The FBI also appears to have tried to misrepresent and further the Alfa Bank allegations claiming that the Trump Organization had solicited Alfa Bank, when in fact the FBI knew within days of Sussmann giving them the Alfa Bank information that it was bogus.
As of Sept 23, 2016, the FBI’s IT team had rendered the Alfa Bank allegations false. Instead of acknowledging that, the FBI kept the Alfa Bank story alive through misrepresenting the allegations.
All of these facts—exculpatory in nature—were not only kept from interim DOJ officials but FBI leadership attempted to prop up the facts in order to give the appearance of a strong case against Trump even though they knew no such case existed.
The inside DC swamp apparatus immediately went into action the day after Trump’s tweet, with former Director of National Intelligence James Clapper going on state-TV CNN and claimed there was “no wiretap activity mounted against the President-elect at the time, or as a candidate, or against his campaign.
Ten days later on March 15, 2017, then-FBI Director James Comey briefed leaders of the Senate Judiciary Committee, Sens. Chuck Grassley (R-IA) and Dianne Feinstein (D-CA) about the FISA application for Carter Page, which FBI leadership believed Trump knew about. Simultaneously, Comey began briefing the so-called Gang of Eight in Congress regarding the Page FISA.
Less than a week later, Clapper reversed course, suddenly going from denying the existed of spying on the Trump campaign to denying abuse of the FISA process.
That same date, Comey testified before Congress and acknowledged the existence of the FBI’s Crossfire Hurricane investigation into the Trump campaign.
All of this—the bogus schemes hatched by the FBI and Obama intelligence officials—led to the appointment of Special Counsel Robert Mueller, which derailed the first two to three years of the Trump presidency, an investigation which turned up nothing.
While that delayed progress in finding the real perpetrators of the Russia collusion hoax and bringing them to justice, that will hopefully change with the Durham probe, with Sussmann possibly being the first in a line of dominoes to fall.
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