Elder Patriot – Senators Charles Grassley and Lindsey Graham sent sent a letter to Deputy Attorney General Rod Rosenstein and FBI Director Christopher Wray, on behalf of the Senate Judiciary Committee, requesting a criminal inquiry be opened into Christopher Steele – the author of the phony dossier that served as the primary article of evidence that was used to defraud the FISC into granting a warrant to spy on the Trump campaign – for potential violations of 18 U.S. Code § 1001.
The letter was sent FOUR days ago but the attached memo that formed the basis for the request for the criminal referral was so heavily redacted that it was virtually worthless to the general public.
Then late Tuesday night the FBI authorized the release of a much less obscure version that you can read at United States Senate – judiciary.senate.gov
The statements of facts listed in the new memo corroborate and expand on those in the Nunes memo and that would indicate that Steele is not the lone prize Grassley and Graham are targeting. Not even close.
18 U.S. Code § 1001:
(a) Except as otherwise provided in this section, whoever, in any matter within the jurisdiction of the executive, legislative, or judicial branch of the Government of the United States, knowingly and willfully—
- falsifies, conceals, or covers up by any trick, scheme, or device a material fact;
- makes any materially false, fictitious, or fraudulent statement or representation; or
- makes or uses any false writing or document knowing the same to contain any materially false, fictitious, or fraudulent statement or entry;
shall be fined under this title, imprisoned not more than 5 years or, if the offense involves international or domestic terrorism (as defined in section 2331), imprisoned not more than 8 years, or both. If the matter relates to an offense under chapter 109A, 109B, 110, or 117, or section 1591, then the term of imprisonment imposed under this section shall be not more than 8 years.
(b) Subsection (a) does not apply to a party to a judicial proceeding, or that party’s counsel, for statements, representations, writings or documents submitted by such party or counsel to a judge or magistrate in that proceeding.
(c) With respect to any matter within the jurisdiction of the legislative branch, subsection (a) shall apply only to—
(1) administrative matters, including a claim for payment, a matter related to the procurement of property or services, personnel or employment practices, or support services, or a document required by law, rule, or regulation to be submitted to the Congress or any office or officer within the legislative branch; or
(2) any investigation or review, conducted pursuant to the authority of any committee, subcommittee, commission or office of the Congress, consistent with applicable rules of the House or Senate.
Senators Grassley and Graham expect that the criminal inquiry will bring public attention to the fact that Steele had been hired to do opposition research for the Clinton campaign into Donald Trump and that an investigation by the FBI will expose not just Steele’s role but all of the players involved in what will prove to be a broad ranging criminal conspiracy that included high ranking FBI and DOJ officials, the FISA court judges, every member of the Democratic Party including the president and the president in waiting, the mainstream media, and the social media giants that assisted them in obscuring the facts from the public.
Already it has exposed the fact that the FBI should’ve – not could’ve – committed to investigating Steele and the dossier before submitting it to the court as the centerpiece of its evidence and that the Attorney General should have demanded proof that had been done before signing the application to the FISA court.
And, that means it will expose every agent who didn’t do his job correctly and every Justice Department official who either ordered them not to or turned their back on the Bureau’s deliberate malfeasance – malfeasance that was part of a criminal conspiracy to alter the 2016 presidential election.
What about the FISC that granted four warrants all based on the same faulty evidence without requiring the applicants to provide proof that the previous warrant had resulted in justification for renewal?
The political fallout that will result threatens virtually every Democrat if only because they unanimously resisted the investigations that are going to lead all the way to President Obama and to his chosen successor Hillary Clinton.
Then there are the Democrats, including Adam Schiff, Adam Swalwell, Dianne Feinstein, and Mark Warner who have been their party’s face propagating this farce.
Finally, the mainstream media cannot survive the questions that will result from their refusal to report any portion of this criminal conspiracy for the past two years. And the Internet titans, who have downgraded sites like ours and labeled us fake news because of their determination to realize a new world order, will be forced to acknowledge their actions and suffer the consequences for their role in obscuring the details of this conspiracy.
And, make no mistake about this; President Trump is the man to make sure all of this happens.