Elder Patriot – That the FBI exhibited extreme prejudice against candidate Donald Trump and later President Trump has not been in dispute for quite a while. Now the question of whether that prejudice guided the Bureau’s action has been answered.
Investigative reporter John Solomon writing for The Hill today has disclosed that:
Memos the FBI is now producing to the Department of Justice (DOJ) inspector general and multiple Senate and House committees offer what sources involved in the production, review or investigation describe to me as “damning” or “troubling” evidence.
They show Strzok and his counterintelligence team rushing in the fall of 2016 to find “derogatory” information from informants or a “pretext” to accelerate the probe and get a surveillance warrant on figures tied to the future president.
The memos show Strzok, Lisa Page and others in counterintelligence monitored news articles in September 2016 that quoted a law enforcement source as saying the FBI was investigating Carter Page’s travel to Moscow.
“At a minimum, the letter provides us a pretext to interview,” Strzok wrote to Lisa Page on Sept. 26, 2016.
Within weeks, that “pretext” — often a synonym for an excuse — had been upsized to a Foreign Intelligence Surveillance Act (FISA) court warrant, giving the FBI the ability to use some of its most awesome powers to monitor Carter Page and his activities. – And by extension the Trump campaign.
This is damning proof that the FBI had indeed embarked on a political witch-hunt in common with the East German Stasi or the KGB to destroy a political opponent.
Worse, it didn’t end after Donald Trump was elected. It intensified!
The day after Trump’s surprising win on Nov. 9, 2016, the FBI counterintelligence team engaged in a new mission, bluntly described in another string of emails prompted by another news leak.
“We need ALL of their names to scrub, and we should give them ours for the same purpose,” Strzok emailed Page on Nov. 10, 2016, citing a Daily Beast article about some of former Trump campaign chairman Paul Manafort’s allegedly unsavory ties overseas.
Then, as President-elect Trump was organizing his transition the FBI named an agent with expertise in the FBI’s most sensitive surveillance equipment to be a liaison to the Trump transition. The employment of a technology nerd for that assignment is considered highly unusual.
Think about that and let it sink in. Remember all of those embarrassing and destructive leaks that plagued the Trump transition? What’s the bet that Obama’s holdovers at the FBI and DOJ were responsible for them?
Now we know why FBI Director Christopher Wray and DOJ Deputy Attorney General Rod Rosenstein have been stonewalling the release of these documents. The entire executive team at both departments is rotten to its core and proper steps have to be taken for their removal and disposition.
After all, their knowledge of our secrets can be damaging to our national security if their separation is not properly handled. Also, consider how many more incriminating dossiers on Congressman, Senators and appointees, they might have put together under Obama’s orders.
You can read Solomon’s entire piece by clicking here.