Elder Patriot – This wasn’t entirely unexpected, but the overt nature of it is.
WASHINGTON (AP) — The top Democrat on the Senate intelligence committee is sounding the alarm about the new powers that President Donald Trump has granted to Attorney General William Barr.
Sen. Mark Warner of Virginia, in a letter obtained by The Associated Press, said he fears Trump is giving Barr “the right to selectively declassify certain information for purposes of political gain.” He [Warner] asked that the leaders of the nation’s spy agencies contact lawmakers if Barr’s investigation threatens their work.
Warner’s letter is dated Friday, the day after Trump’s directive, and was addressed to the heads of the FBI, the CIA, the NSA and the director of national intelligence.
So, Vice Chair of the Senate Select Committee on Intelligence, Mark Warner is offering political cover and protection to any spy chiefs who defy Attorney General William Barr’s investigation into the origins of the corrupt Russia-Trump construct. Why?
From Ed Henry, Fox News, February 8, 2018:
EXCLUSIVE – Sen. Mark Warner, the top Democrat on the Senate Intelligence Committee who has been leading a congressional investigation into President Trump’s alleged ties to Russia, had extensive contact last year with a lobbyist for a Russian oligarch who was offering Warner access to former British spy and dossier author Christopher Steele, according to text messages obtained exclusively by Fox News.
That lobbyist, Adam Waldman, had ties to Hillary Clinton.
Throughout the text exchanges, Warner seemed particularly intent on connecting directly with Steele without anyone else on the Senate Intelligence Committee being in the loop — at least initially. In one text to the lobbyist, Warner wrote that he would “rather not have a paper trail” of his messages.
TEXTS: Mark Warner texted w… by on Scribd
In the time since Henry made these revelations about Sen. Warner, we have learned that the Steele dossier was largely a compilation of Russian disinformation.
Steele has subsequently admitted that the dossier used to secure at least four separate FISA warrants did not present his first-hand knowledge of the allegations.
Yet, the FBI presented the dossier to the court as though it was Steele’s findings when making the FISA filings.
This is significant because in presenting Steele’s work to the FISC, the FBI held him up to be a reliable source based on their prior work with him during the FIFA scandal.
In this case though, they weren’t presenting Steele’s personal knowledge of the facts, they were present third-party hearsay to the court.
The picture emerges of Warner, while supposedly fulfilling his investigative obligations, actually attempting to meet privately with witnesses. Was it to alter their testimony in order in order to prop up the collapsing narrative of Trump-Russia collusion?
That would be another example (the special counsel’s investigation was the other) of corrupt investigators working overtime to validate the discredited Steele dossier.
One explanation was posited by Sundance at the Conservative Treehouse: Steele was brought in at the last moment to create cover for illegal spy operations on U.S. citizens that had been going on years prior to Donald Trump’s candidacy. If he’s correct, that explains everything.
This is a plausible explanation of what Senator Warner is so intent on keeping hidden that he’s actually encouraging, and offering protection to, those who engage in obstruction.
For Warner, other than perpetuating/creating a political shitstorm, he – and his corrupt cohorts on the SSCI – has no ability to prevent the intel chiefs from complying. The Supreme Court, if called upon, will make those decisions.