Elder Patriot – In late August 2017, more than a year ago, Senate Judiciary Chairman Chuck Grassley sent a letter to Defense Secretary James Mattis and the Director of the Defense Intelligence Agency Vincent R. Stewart requesting the release of a certain document that might clear Lieutenant General Michael Flynn:
“Based on the representations made by the DIA personnel, it appears the public release of this information would not pose any ongoing risk to national security. Moreover, the declassification would be in the public interest, and is in the interest of fairness to Lt. General Flynn.”
Grassley’s request was not widely circulated by the mercenary propagandists of the mainstream media and generally went unnoticed… until last night.
Investigative journalist Jon Solomon dropped this during an appearance on Hannity last night:
“In May of 2017 there was a document identified to a small number of people in the United States government. It’s in the possession of the Defense Intelligence Agency. For eighteen months there’s been an effort to resist declassifying that document; I know that that document contains extraordinary exculpatory information about General Flynn. I don’t believe the president has ever been told about the existence of this document. One lawmaker discovered it, but he was thwarted by the Defense Intelligence Agency in his efforts to disclose it. I think we should all ask for that declassification; get that out; it may enlighten the judge; it will certainly enlighten the American public.”
It’s an almost certainty that lawmaker is Devin Nunes who, in March of 2017, was escorted to the White House SCIF by Ezra Cohen-Watnick, a Trump foreign policy loyalist. The Director of Nation Security at that time was H.R. McMaster. Shortly thereafter McMaster fired Cohen-Watnick.
Could that protected document be part of an intelligence product used in preparing Obama’s Presidential Daily Briefing?
If so, this would provide clues to the unmasking of Flynn (likely by Obama’s National Security Advisor Susan Rice) while justifying the surveillance application to the FISC.
Would this document be the smoking gun – or, a smoking gun – tying Barack Obama to the extensive FISA abuse that took place while he was in office?
Remember the 99-page report from FISA Court Judge Rosemary Collyer outlining extensive abuse of the FISA-702 process that allowed “verified contractors” access to the FBI/NSA database?
Collyer went out of her way to note there was no reason to suspect the rate of unlawful use was confined to the compliance period surrounding the illicit Trump NSA database queries by Nellie Ohr.
She pointed out there was no reason to suspect a similar rate of abuse did not extend back to 2012.
Now reconsider Solomon’s statement.
“…it may enlighten the judge; it will certainly enlighten the American public.”
Sundance over at the Conservative Treehouse raised a rather perplexing point:
Ask yourself this rather complex question: There has been a great deal of talk about demanding that President Trump declassify a specific set of documents that swirl around “spygate”…. but have you ever noticed that no-one, not once, not a single official, has ever even discussed the need to declassify the Collyer FISA report?
When FISA Court Collyer notes that federal “contractors”, private individuals outside of government, were the primary abusers of the surveillance database – what do you think they were doing with that information?
If an outsider, with no connections to professional political officials, just happened to win the office of the presidency…. well, what level of risk would all of those database abusers, contractors and political benefactors, be contemplating?
After indulging in the exploitation of this system, since at least 2012, how much would they have profited from the sale of unlawfully obtained information? How far would they be willing to go to protect themselves from any legal exposure?