The Steele dossier, a collection of lies, was never more than a ruse to distract from the true origination date of the political surveillance of Donald Trump that began nearly a year before the FBI agreed to consort with the former British agent.
Yesterday, a report that a whistleblower filed a complaint in March 2017 claiming that the Obama administration had been running a massive spy operation against their perceived political opponents for years.
The report confirms that the illegal surveillance predates, and was much more widespread, than previously admitted to. Much more widespread.
Not surprisingly, the report did not come from the New York Times or the Washington Post.
(The Ohio Star) President Barack Obama’s Treasury Department regularly surveilled retired Army Lt. Gen. Michael T. Flynn’s financial records and transactions beginning in December 2015 and well into 2017, before, during and after when he served at the White House as President Donald Trump’s National Security Director, a former senior Treasury Department official, and veteran of the intelligence community, told the Star Newspapers.
“I started seeing things that were not correct, so I did my own little investigation, because I wanted to make sure what I was seeing was correct” she said. “You never want to draw attention to something if there is not anything there.”
The whistleblower said she only saw metadata, that is names and dates when the general’s financial records were accessed. “I never saw what they saw.”
By March 2016, the whistleblower said she and a colleague, who was detailed to Treasury from the intelligence community, became convinced that the surveillance of Flynn was not tied to legitimate criminal or national security concerns, but was straight-up political surveillance among other illegal activity occurring at Treasury.
“When I showed it to her, what she said, ‘Oh, sh%t!’ and I knew right then and there that I was right – this was some shady stuff,” the whistleblower said.
“It wasn’t just him,” the whistleblower said. “They were targeting other U.S. citizens, as well.”
Only two names are listed in the whistleblower’s official paperwork, so the others must remain sealed, she said. The second name is Paul J. Manafort Jr., the one-time chairman of Trump’s 2016 presidential campaign.
The other names include: Members of Congress, the most senior staffers on the 2016 Trump campaign and members of Trump’s family, she said.
“Another thing they would do is take targeted names from a certain database – I cannot name, but you can guess – and they were going over to an unclassified database and they were running those names in the unclassified database,” she said.
This ruse was to get around using classified resources to surveil Americans, she said. Once the Treasury personnel had enough information about someone they were targeting from the black box, they would go to the white box for faster and more informed search.
It was routine for these searches that had no criminal nor national security predicate, merely a political predicate, she said.
The Obama administration was targeting Members of Congress, the most senior staffers on the 2016 Trump campaign and members of Trump’s family… “They were targeting other U.S. citizens, as well.”
The whistleblower’s complaint coming from the Treasury Department, aligns with years of research by the guys from The Last Refuge as well as by Judicial Watch…
(The Last Refuge) Political spying 1.0 was actually the weaponization of the IRS. This is where the term “Secret Research Project” originated as a description from the Obama team. It involved the U.S. Department of Justice under Eric Holder and the FBI under Robert Mueller. It never made sense why Eric Holder requested over 1 million tax records via CD ROM, until overlaying the timeline of the FISA abuse…
… Why disks? Why send a stack of DISKS to the DOJ and FBI when there’s a pre-existing financial crimes unit within the IRS. All of the evidence within this sketchy operation came directly to the surface in early spring 2012.
The IRS scandal was never really about the IRS, it was always about the DOJ asking the IRS for the database of information. That is why it was transparently a conflict when the same DOJ was tasked with investigating the DOJ/IRS scandal. Additionally, Obama sent his chief-of-staff Jack Lew to become Treasury Secretary, effectively placing an ally to oversee/cover-up any issues. As Treasury Secretary Lew did just that.
If U.S. Attorney General William Barr insists on ignoring this corruption out of a misplaced desire to protect the institutions that were corrupted by the Obama administration, his thinking is severely flawed.
Failing to prosecute the Obama-era appointees who illegally weaponized numerous government agencies in order to inflict damage on their freedom-loving adversaries runs the risk of allowing the same corrupt actors to regain control of government.