Tag: FBI

Comey had “Sensitive” FBI Emails on Private Gmail Account

At least seven messages on former FBI Director James Comey’s private Gmail account were so sensitive that the Department of Justice declined to release them.

The New York Post exclusively obtained 156 of 1,200 pages of messages in which the former FBI director and his chief of staff James Rybicki discussed government business. DOJ refused to hand over seven of the messages because they “disclose techniques and procedures for law enforcement investigations or prosecutions.” Another 363 pages were withheld because they contained privileged FBI communications or out of personal privacy concerns.

The messages–which span from 2013 to 2017, with many highly redacted–were obtained by the Post after conservative watchdog, Cause of Action Institute, filed a Freedom of Information lawsuit seeking Comey’s work-related emails from his private account.

The emails–according to the Post–show that the former FBI director used his personal email throughout the Clinton email investigation.

“Using private email to conduct official government business endangers transparency and accountability, and that is why we sued the Department of Justice,” Cause of Action Institute’s CEO John Vecchione told the Post.

He continued, “We’re deeply concerned that the FBI withheld numerous emails citing FOIA’s law enforcement exemption. This runs counter to Comey’s statements that his use of email was incidental and never involved any sensitive matters.”

Highlights from Comey’s Messages:

October 7, 2015: Comey complains that his “mobile is not sending emails” and asks an aide that documents be sent to his private account. Comey said the request was “embarrassing for us,” seemingly acknowledging the hypocrisy of his use of a private email account while the FBI was investigating Hillary Clinton for the same practice.

September 30, 2015: Comey emailed Rybicki an article about Russian hackers trying to gain access to Hillary Clinton’s email server. He wrote, “Need to be sure our colleagues across the street don’t think I actually said most of the stuff they attribute to me.”

July 25, 2016: Comey apparently emailed Rybicki a link to a Lawfare article questioned what the US government knew about Russia and the DNC hack, writing “I suspect there will be more of these kinds of stories.”

The messages also contained emails about changes to Comey’s security detail and concerns about a mass shooting at a Chicago school in 2016.

FBI Raids Offices of Anti-Trump San Juan Mayor Over ‘Corruption Probe’

Agents of the Federal Bureau of Investigation raided the offices of San Juan Mayor Carmen Yulin Cruz Tuesday as part of an ongoing ‘corruption probe’ surrounding her administration.

According to the Hill, “FBI agents raided San Juan’s municipal building on Tuesday amid an investigation into purchasing practices used by city officials, including Mayor Carmen Yulín Cruz.”

Images of the raid went viral on social media within minutes.

“The raid helps us to confirm whether the allegations of irregularities are substantiated or not,” said a spokesperson with the FBI.

“We are filling out a search warrant, looking for documents and evidence that can support the allegation [of favoritism],” he added.

FBI Withheld Evidence that ‘Directly Refutes’ Premise of Trump Surveillance

A senior GOP lawmaker made national headlines Sunday night, publicly confirming the FBI withheld evidence that “directly refuted” the agency’s premise behind the ongoing Russia-Trump collusion probe.

[The FBI] only presented to the court the evidence that made the government’s case to get a warrant to spy on a Trump

Texas Rep. John Ratcliffe was speaking with Fox News when he was asked to comment on the controversial FISA application that allowed the Department of Justice to surveil the Trump campaign heading into the 2016 election and beyond.

“Hypothetically, if the Department of Justice and the FBI have another piece of evidence that directly refutes that, that directly contradicts that, what you would expect is for the Department of Justice to present both sides of the coin to the Foreign Intelligence Surveillance Court to evaluate the weight and sufficiency of that evidence,” Ratcliffe said.

“Instead, what happened here was Department of Justice and FBI officials in the Obama administration in October of 2016 only presented to the court the evidence that made the government’s case to get a warrant to spy on a Trump campaign associate,” he added.

Read the full report at the Daily Caller.

Ep. 827: Trump’s Strategy is Working

In this episode I address the real reason Trump is delaying the declassification of the FISA documents. I also discuss the panicked response within the circle of people responsible for the Spygate scandal. Finally, I address the disastrous “Medicare for all” bill and the problems it’s causing for the Democrats.

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Ep. 824: Was There a Soft Coup Attempt?

In this episode I address the troubling new revelations by John Solomon about a soft coup effort to remove President Trump from office by senior law enforcement officials. I also address a suspicious, redacted, footnote in a House report that it getting renewed attention in the FISA abuse investigation. Finally, I address the new liberal narrative being utilized to attack our Republic.

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October 4, 2018: Ep. 821 Explosive New Details About the Anti-Trump Scheme

In this episode I address astonishing new details about the surveillance operation on the Trump team. I also discuss the disturbing details surrounding the arrest of a Capitol Hill insider for a doxxing incident. Finally, I address the remaining options for the Democrats in the Kavanaugh confirmation.

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September 19, 2018: Ep. 810 Did You Catch the Stunning Revelation Last Night?

In this episode I address the real reason the Democrats are demanding an FBI investigation into Brett Kavanaugh. I also address the stunning revelations last night by George Papadapoulos in a live cable news interview? Finally, I address the failures of single-payer healthcare and I debunk liberal talking points on the issue.

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September 18, 2018: Ep. 809 Why The Media is Panicking Over The Declassification

In this episode I address the media panic regarding President Trump’s declassification of key documents, and texts, in the Russia case. I also cover the real reason that the FBI is worried about the pending declassification of information regarding their tactics in the Russia probe.

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September 17, 2018: Ep. 808 If We Don’t Fight Back Now We’re Finished

In this episode I address the troubling tactics by the Democrats to derail the Brett Kavanaugh nomination. If this is allowed to stand these tactics will destroy Trump’s power to appoint people. I also address the explosive new revelations that FBI investigators may have fabricated the entire premise for the Trump investigation.

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September 11, 2018: Ep. 804 New Texts Expose More Corruption

In this episode I address the new revelations about a plot to leak sensitive information to the media in order to damage the Trump team. I also discuss the endless attacks on conservatives and President Trump’s aggressive efforts to fight back. Finally, I address the question, “do illegal immigrants commit crimes at a higher rate than native-born Americans?”

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Who Was Stefan Halper?

Authored by: Matt Palumbo

Preorder Now: Spygate: The Attempted Sabotage of Donald J. Trump

Just two months before the 2016 election, former Trump foreign policy adviser George Papadopoulos received a random meeting request from Stefan Halper, a University of Cambridge professor and member of the Cambridge Intelligence Seminar (CIS), which was founded by officers from British intelligence agencies. Halper was involved in a CIA spying scandal in the 1980s to benefit Ronald Reagan’s campaign, and while his history is as a Republican, he publicly supported Hillary Clinton in the 2016 election.

So why was he speaking to Papadapoulos? Because Halper was the FBI’s inside source to infiltrate the Trump campaign.

Halper asked Papadopoulos to fly to London to discuss international relations and the possibility of Papadopoulos writing a policy paper on a gas field in the Mediterranean for $3,000. This was all cover so Halper could try to fish information out of Papadapous. Once they met, Halper was quick to turn to the subject of Russia, asking Papadopoulos, “You know about hacking the emails from Russia, right?” Papadopoulos didn’t offer up any information, and contact with Halper didn’t extend much past that trip. Papadapoulos would finish and submit his policy paper to Halper, but there’s no evidence it was ever used for anything. 

So where did that comment about Hillary’s emails come from?

Months prior, Papadapoulos had a serious of meetings with Joseph Mifsud, a Maltese professor who at one point claimed to have Hillary Clinton’s hacked emails (he didn’t), and Alexander Downer, an Australian diplomat whom Papadopoulos would (allegedly drunkenly) tell he (falsely) had possession of Hillary’s emails. Mifsud reportedly only became interested in Papadapoulos after learning of his role within the Trump campaign, while Downer requested his meeting with Papadapoulos. Both are of note because Mifsud is on record having donated to the Clinton Foundation, and Downer helped broker a $25 million donation from the Australian government to the Clinton Foundation. Neither were political allies of Papadapoulos, but had their sights on him. 

Why? To help further a narrative about Russian collusion with the Trump campaign, which Halper was well aware of.

Downer would later go to the FBI to report Papadapoulos’ claim, which would later be the claimed justification for the FBI’s counterintelligence operation into the Trump campaign (though John Brennan claims it was actions he took which sparked the investigation). Regardless, the FBI now had a reasonable excuse to spy on the Trump campaign (regardless of their actual motive, to secure Hillary Clinton’s presidential victory).

Papadopoulos says Halper wasn’t the only suspicious person to approach him. There were two others. Papadopoulos’ wife, Simona Mangiante, told The Daily Caller that one of the contacts offered him $30,000 a month during his time with the Trump team to work as a consultant. According to Mangiante:

It looks to be one among a series of attempts to entrap George. The question today to me [is whether] these people are simply shady businessmen or are they part of a greater attempt to entrap George in illegal activity.

And speaking of entrapment, while Papadapoulos didn’t do anything legally wrong, he’d later be charged with lying to the FBI about his conversations. That’s the same charge that Michael Flynn faced, even though the FBI agents who interviewed him didn’t believe that he lied. Unsurprisingly, Halper also spread a bogus warning to American authorities that Flynn was at risk of being compromised by Russian intelligence because of his relationship with a female journalist named Svetlana Lokhova. Why? Because in 2014 Flynn sat next to her at a dinner hosted by CIS. Lokhova said she thought the allegations were a joke, adding “In Britain, I am now being accused of being a Russian spy. In Russia, some think I am a British spy. And I am neither.”

In addition to Papadapoulos, Halper also made contact with Trump campaign co-chair Sam Clovis and Carter Page, who was surveilled by the FBI.

Halper and the Steele Dossier

Fusion GPS co-founder Glenn Simpson first hinted at the existence of Halper when he testified to Congress that the information in Christopher Steele’s dossier mirrored that of an FBI informant in the Trump campaign. Simpson told Congress, the FBI believed “Chris’ information might be credible because they had other intelligence that indicated the same thing and one of those pieces of intelligence was a human.”

Who else could that have been except Halper?

Page and Halper first met at a conference in London on July 11th and 12th, which was when Page was on his returning trip from Moscow (a detail included in Steele’s dossier). The two then remained in contact during the following months. That conference was also attended by former MI6 head Sir Richard Dearlove, an associate of both Halper and dossier author Christopher Steele, who was working with the FBI at the time of Halper’s spying. Dearlove and Steele met in early fall of 2016, so Steele could get his advice on how to move forward with the information in his dossier.

Halper would also met with  Sam Clovis, but only once. Halper would later pitch himself as an ambassador to China for the Trump team after his presidential victory. In other words, even after Trump’s victory, the FBI looked to keep a spy planted within the presidency.

Given the excess number of leaks from the Trump White House during the first two years of the presidency, I wouldn’t be surprised if there were others who did manage to make their way in.

For more on the unprecedented infiltration of the Trump campaign, pre-order our forthcoming book “Spygate: The Attempted Sabotage of Donald J. Trump.” 

August 30, 2018: Ep. 796 New Details About The Astonishing Effort to Cover Up This Scandal

In this episode I address the stunning developments in the New Mexico compound case, along with the real reason the suspects were let out. I also discuss the explosive interview John Solomon gave last night about the Mueller witch-hunt. Finally, I discuss the social media mob’s targeting of a Red Sox baseball player and key developments in the Clinton email case.

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