Elder Patriot – Attorney General William Barr has determined that until we know the origins of the Obama-era surveillance of the Trump presidential campaign team we cannot know the legitimacy of the predicate that authorized it.
The attorney general has referred to the FBI’s surveillance operation as “spying” a term objected to by those who committed the spying and those politicians dependent on denying that was what happened.
As a result we find valuable time being purposefully wasted by Senate Democrats interrogating FBI Director Christopher Wray over the use of a term that the entire world understands.
Listen to the senior senator from New Hampshire, Jeanne Shaheen question Director Wray:
Sen. Shaheen: About the meeting we had with Attorney General Barr because I was very concerned about his use of the word spying…
Wray refused to characterize the FBI’s actions as spying although he acknowledged that different people use different colloquialisms:
Director Wray: “That’s not the term I would use. To me the key question is making sure it’s done by the book, consistent with our lawful authorities. That’s the key question, different people use different colloquial phrases.”
Wray’s words gave the mainstream the opening they needed to drive a wedge between the FBI director and Attorney General Barr.
FBI Director Chris Wray appears to split with Attorney General William Barr, telling lawmakers he would not use the word "spying" to describe his bureau's investigative practices: "That's not a term I would use" https://t.co/HHJ8yHp9jz pic.twitter.com/d09i1I9y3G
— ABC News Politics (@ABCPolitics) May 7, 2019
Merriam-Webster dictionary tells us the argument over surveillance is a distinction without a difference:
By itself Wray’s use of a different term, in light of his refusal to say that spying didn’t occur, doesn’t prove any separation between him and Barr, other than semantics.
It is, however, what he said later and what we have learned elsewhere that suggests Director Wray is determined to protect the institution of the FBI rather than to investigate the corruption that has seemingly consumed it.
During questioning by Sen. Shaheen, Wray characterized the FBI’s surveillance operations targeting the Trump campaign team as having been “by the book.” That’s eerily reminiscent of Susan Rice’s cya email to herself.
Sen. Shaheen: And at this time do you have any evidence that any illegal surveillance into the campaign, or any individuals associated with the campaign, by the FBI occurred?
Director Wray: I don’t think that I personally don’t have any evidence of that sort.
The entire world has seen evidence that suggests otherwise but Director Wray, for some reason, is playing dumb.
Remember that DAG Rod Rosenstein recommended Chris Wray to replace Jim Comey in 2017. Now we know why. He’s picked up right where Comey left off.
But Wray isn’t only denying the corruption that took place, he has been caught classifying the proof of it so that the evidence might remain hidden.
John Solomon, in a new article at the Hill, has revealed:
Deputy Assistant Secretary of State Kathleen Kavalec’s written account of her Oct. 11, 2016, meeting with FBI informant Christopher Steele shows the Hillary Clinton campaign-funded British intelligence operative admitted that his research was political and facing an Election Day deadline.
Despite full knowledge of Steele’s bias and his determination to taint the public’s view of Trump prior to the election, the FBI/DOJ persisted in using the dossier for a Title-1 FISA warrant against U.S. person Carter Page on October 21, 2016.
Everything else in the memo was blacked out. The FOIA notes contain this explanation for the redactions: “Classified by FBI on 4/25/2019 — Class: SECRET.”
In other words, the FBI under Director Christopher Wray classified the document as “secret” just a few days ago. To add injury to insult, the FBI added this hopeful note: “Declassify on 12/31/2041.” That would be 25 years after the 2016 election. (read more)
This would be the first evidence of Director Wray overtly efforting to hide evidence material to the corruption allegations pending against the FBI.
Director Christopher Wray: Enabler of the Deep State. https://t.co/vnnF3pUduV
— Sebastian Gorka DrG (@SebGorka) May 8, 2019