Elder Patriot – Thing are getting really sticky for former members of the Obama administration, including for the former president.
In June of 2016 the FBI and the Department of Justice filed the first of five FISA surveillance applications to enable them to spy on the Trump campaign. It was denied.
That is not an insignificant point. The FISC almost always serves as a rubber stamp for these applications. How lacking was the initial approach to the court and what “evidence” was added to the application between June 2016 and October 2016 that moved the judge to approve it?
We already know that the discredited and unverified Steele dossier was one part of the submission but what else was included in the October application? And, why did the DOJ redact that “evidence” when it released the full application?
Let’s start with the fact that on April 18, 2016, Admiral Mike Rogers shut down the FBI/NSD contractor access to the FISA search system after an audit determined that 85% of the searches were conducted by outside contractors and were unauthorized abuses of the NSA database.
Who provided the access to those contractors? Let’s turn to Jeff Carlson at theMarketsWorks.com:
One of the bombshell admissions from a closed-door testimony by DOJ official Bruce Ohr was that his wife, Nellie Ohr, was working for opposition research firm Fusion GPS already in late 2015.
Previously, it had been reported that Nellie Ohr was hired to find dirt on then-candidate Donald Trump in the spring of 2016.
There’s a reason that Ohr’s date of employment was tagged to have begun in the spring of 2016. It was to shield evidence of her earlier involvement that we now know from her husband’s testimony began in 2015. Why was that?
It couldn’t be because she’d been illegally accessing the NSA’s database, could it?
Both Mr. and Mrs Ohr worked on a collaborative CIA group project surrounding International Organized Crime. (pdf here) Page #30 Screen Shot [Above].
Mrs. Nellie Ohr was not only a Fusion GPS contracted employee, she was also part of the CIA’s Open Source Works, in Washington DC (link).
When you overlay the timeline with the demonstrable activity, it becomes transparently easy to see exactly what was taking place.
We’ll examine the timeline but first let’s take a dive into what exactly is a contractor as it applies to accessing the NSA’s classified database referred to in the FISA application.
As Sundance writing in theConservativeTreehouse.com points out:
The term “contractors” is opaque in the ruling, and there are hundreds of redactions protecting the names of the individuals and groups who participated in the unauthorized searches.
Why the redactions protecting the names of those who did unauthorized searches? What are they hiding? If they weren’t authorized to access the NSA database why are they being protected?
If the contractors were authorized that would be proof that the FBI-DOJ apparatus was conducting surveillance on private citizens without a warrant. In this case the Trump campaign.
According to 50 U.S. Code § 1802 for this to have taken place Loretta Lynch had to have been the source of the authorization.
(a)(1) (1) Notwithstanding any other law, the President, through the Attorney General, may authorize electronic surveillance without a court order under this subchapter to acquire foreign intelligence information for periods of up to one year if the Attorney General certifies in writing under oath that— …
Who did A.G. Lynch give the authority to conduct these searches?
Perhaps the names of those conducting the searches should never have been given authorization and Devin Nunes knows that the twenty pages he has asked President Trump to declassify would prove that.
Nunes wrote in a Wall Street Journal op-ed: “If people think using the Clinton dirt to get a FISA is bad, what else that’s in that application is even worse.”
If those names are closely aligned with Fusion GPS or Christopher Steele then knowing who authorized their access to the NSA database would be evidence of unlawful surveillance on a political opponent.
Something stinks. Where was Loretta Lynch to conduct oversight over the DOJ and/or the spouses of its employees especially when the spouse’s work was finding its way into a dossier that was central to a FISA application that she was ultimately responsible for certifying the veracity of its contents?
But Lynch’s involvement is almost certainly to be even more incriminating.
Follow the timeline: (H/T Jeff Carlson)
- September 26 2016 – DOJ’s NSD Head John Carlin files the Government’s proposed 2016 Section 702 certifications. The filing does not disclose the FISA abuses. Carlin is aware of Rogers’ compliance review. The 2016 certifications are scheduled for Court approval on October 26, 2016.
- October 15, 2016 – Carlin formally leaves the NSD.
- Mid-October 2016 – DNI Clapper submits a recommendation to the White House that Director Rogers be removed from the NSA. Clapper’s effort fails.
- October 20 2016 – Rogers is briefed by the NSA compliance officer on the Section 702 NSA compliance audit and “About” query violations.
- October 21 2016 – Rogers shuts down all “About Query” activity. Rogers reports the activity to DOJ and prepares to go before the FISA Court.
- October 21 2016 – DOJ & FBI seek and receive a Title I FISA probable cause order authorizing electronic surveillance on Carter Page from the FISC. At this point, the FISA Court is unaware of the Section 702 violations.
- October 24 2016 – Rogers verbally informs the FISA Court of Section 702(17) violations.
- October 26 2016 – Rogers formally informs the FISA Court of 702(17) violations in writing.
- October 26, 2016 – The FISA Court refuses to formalize the 2016 Section 702 certifications. A complete overhaul of Section 702 processes ensues.
The inferences are clear. The DOJ & FBI were fully aware that Rogers initiated a compliance review in April 2016. And, they were aware of the review’s relative status.
They were also both aware of Carlin’s fraudulent September 26, 2016 submission of the government’s proposed 2016 Section 702 certifications and they knew those submissions contained material omissions.
Specifically, Carlin didn’t disclose his knowledge of FISA abuse in the annual Section 702 certifications so as not to raise suspicions at the FISA Court pre-FISA Warrant.
The knowledge of Carlin’s violation of court standards, coupled with the timeline of events, virtually guarantees that the FBI and the DOJ’s National Security Division were quite literally racing against Rogers’ Investigation in order to obtain a FISA Warrant on Carter Page and by extension the Trump campaign.
It’s impossible to dismiss the coincidence that the DOJ & FBI applied for – and received – a Title I FISA warrant on Carter Page on the same day Rogers apprises both agencies of ongoing FISA violations.
Even though the DOJ and the FBI had been informed of the violations by Rogers, both agencies forged ahead without making the FISA Court aware of the abuses that Rogers’ had notified them about when they made their FISA Application on Page.
All of this was happening under Loretta Lynch’s nose and we’re expected to believe that she had no knowledge of any of this.
As we learned earlier, DNI James Clapper wanted Adm. Rogers to be fired just days prior to his going to the FISA court. What was Clapper’s predicate to make such a request and how could Clapper make such a request without Loretta Lynch not being aware of the reason(s)?
Did she think the signature of her Deputy Attorney General Sally Yates on the FISA application would give her plausible deniability when it came to the abuses that formed the basis of the application?
We’ve already witnessed Lynch’s disregard for the law on at least two occasions. We know about her meeting with Bill Clinton on a tarmac while he was potential witness in the FBI investigation against his wife.
But there are also the cases of Joseph Mifsud and Stefan Halper who have been identified as informants on the payroll of the U.S government that raise questions about Lynch’s willingness to stretch/break the laws she swore to uphold.
Judge Jeanine clarified the law regarding informants:
Any “collector,” their name for an informant working on a national campaign, must have a sign off by the Attorney General. Here that would be liar Loretta Lynch. Lynch, herself, would of have to have approved an informant on that campaign. And if she didn’t then the FBI under James Comey was even more corrupt, going rogue in their attempt to destroy Donald Trump.
Given these two major transgressions by A.G. Lynch she cannot be a credible witness in her own defense regardless of whether Sally Yates signed the warrant application or not.
But this conspiracy probably goes well beyond even A.G. Lynch. How much further can it go, you ask? There’s only one person who sat above Attorney General Lynch and DNI Clapper.
Who made the decision not to fire Adm. Rogers? Neither Lynch nor Clapper held that authority. Only President Obama could’ve made that decision.
Any argument that President Obama wasn’t aware of this conflict between two of his most important cabinet members is disproven by the recommendation of DNI Clapper and Defense Secretary Ash Carter made to President Obama, that Rogers be removed from his position as Director of the NSA.
Disregard the date of the article cited in the last paragraph and read the second paragraph. It confirms the mid-October timeline.
Above are the facts. There is virtually no way that an reasoned investigator wouldn’t want an answer to this simple question; What did President Obama know and when did he know it?