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Thread: A Summary of Last Week’s News (12-18 May)

1. Let’s take a look back at some of the news of the week that was. More dots to connect on the geopolitical front, especially domestically!
2. First of all, Poland is looking into buying the F-35! Vladimir Putin doesn’t seem to be having much luck with @POTUS after, eh, Democrats?

2A. A U.S. delegation is scheduled to brief Polish defense officials eager to buy the F-35 Joint Strike Fighter later this month, U.S. Air Force Secretary Heather Wilson said Monday.
2B. The American team is expected to discuss the costs of buying the Lockheed Martin-made jet as well as the warfighting capabilities it would bring to the Polish military.


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3. Sen. Marco Rubio (R-Fl) asked AG Barr to investigate whether John Kerry broke federal law in his talks with Iranian officials.

3A. Sen. Marco Rubio (R-Fla.) is asking Attorney General William Barr to investigate if former Secretary of State John Kerry broke federal law over his talks with Iranian officials.
3B. "The Department of Justice should therefore make a determination on whether or not former Secretary of State John F. Kerry’s recent actions related to the Joint Comprehensive Plan of Action with Iran potentially violate the Logan Act or the Foreign Agents Registration Act."
3C. He added that "the American people deserve to know that U.S. laws are enforced regardless of any individual’s past position."


Gotta agree with Rubio here for a change!

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4. Gowdy says the FBI made no effort to verify the dossier until AFTER its use in FISA warrant applications:

4A. Top Republicans are talking up classified documents they believe will root out FBI misconductin their use of an unverified dossier to obtain a Foreign Intelligence Surveillance Act warrant to wiretap Trump campaign adviser Carter Page.
4B. With Justice Department Inspector General Michael Horowitz in the final stages of a FISA abuse investigation, lawmakers have referred to him newly revealed information about the dossier's author.
4C. Gowdy said the FBI made no effort to corroborate the dossier until after it was used in the application and a renewal.


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5. John Durham was appointed by AG Barr to investigate #Spygate – and the Democrats and their media sycophants go bonkers and the cabal gets instantaneous tight sphincters!

5A. Attorney General William P. Barr has tapped the U.S. attorney in Connecticut to examine the origins of the Russian election-interference probe, according to reports late Monday.
5B. John H. Durham, the top federal prosecutor in Connecticut, has been asked to get the bottom of the Justice Department’s investigation into members of the Trump presidential campaign.
5C. Mr. Durham’s probe will focus on whether the Justice Department lawfully collected intelligence on Trump campaign associates, according to both The New York Times and Associated Press, each citing sources familiar with the matter.
5D. Mr. Durham’s probe is the third known investigation into FBI and Justice Department decisions surrounding the 2016 election.
5E. Justice Department Inspector General Michael Horowitz is evaluating the Justice Department’s wiretaps on former campaign associate Carter Page.
5F. And John Huber, the U.S. attorney in Utah, is also reviewing a surveillance warrant obtained by the FBI to spy on Mr. Page.


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6. Next, we find out that Hunter Biden has strange bedfellows, but will the legacy media cover the story? The Democrat primaries are gonna be lit!…
7. And then we find out that the Border Patrol flies illegals inland to “reduce overcrowding.” The best way to do that is complete the Wall, but Democrats are dead-set against doing that!…
8. Low and behold! The three FISA warrant apps on Page illegally obtained; maybe the fourth one was, too:

8A. The Justice Department inspector general has determined the three Foreign Intelligence Surveillance Act warrant extensions against onetime Trump campaign aide Carter Page were illegally obtained, attorney Joe diGenova said on Thursday.
8B. In an investigation that began last year, Inspector General Michael Horowitz is examining the Justice Department's and FBI's compliance with legal requirements as well as policies and procedures in applications filed ….
8B1. … with the U.S. Foreign Intelligence Surveillance Court related to Page as part of a larger counterintelligence probe into Trump's campaign. "The only question now is whether or not the first FISA was illegally obtained."
8C. He pointed to memos, obtained by conservative group Citizens United through open-records litigation, that suggest the FBI might have misled the Foreign Intelligence Surveillance Court in the first warrant application about an unverified dossier.
8D. Horowitz "apparently, as a result of those disclosures ... which he was unaware of — the bureau hid those memos from Horowitz — as a result of that they're doing additional work on the first FISA.
8E. It may be that all four FISAs will have been obtained illegally," diGenova said.

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9. Trey Gowdy (now a FNC contributor) claimed that emails between Brennan and Comey show that one of them recommended including the fake dossier in that infamous intelligence community assessment that claimed Russian meddling in the 2016 election.

9A. Gowdy told Fox News' Martha MacCallum that there are two questions his investigators are going to want to focus on: whether the Steele dossier was unverified and uncorroborated when the FBI used it to obtain a FISA warrant, and when they began to corroborate it.
9B. "...I think you'll see late in 2016, well after it had been used, it was still unverified and the people responsible for it were referring to it as unverified and one or the other demanded that it be included in the intelligence assessment ...."
9C. Fox News intelligence correspondent Catherine Herridge reported Tuesday night that Brennan had again claimed that it was Comey's idea to put the dirty dossier in the intelligence report -- ….
9C1. … not his or former Director of Intelligence James Clapper's idea.


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10. Next, we find out that, despite Obama’s emphatic denials when the story broke in 2015, the Obama WH political operation knew about Hillary Clinton’s unauthorized email server waaaay back in 2012

10A. The Obama White House kept tabs on a Freedom of Information Act (FOIA) request for information on former Secretary of State Hillary Clinton’s email accounts that the State Department improperly denied, according to newly released emails.
10B. The State Department denied the request in May 2013, claiming that no responsive records existed. That despite officials at the State Department, the White House and even President Obama himself knowing that Clinton used a personal email account for gov’t business.
10C. The first indication of White House involvement is found in a Dec. 20, 2012 email sent out by the State Department’s top FOIA official.


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11. Next, the WH is stiffing the Democrat Congress’s request for frivolous information. If this isn't a clear indication that the WH is on the counterattack, then nothing is!

11A. The White House is pushing back against the slew of Russia probe-related document requests from Democrats on Capitol Hill, accusing the chairman of the House Judiciary Committee of seeking to duplicate Special Counsel Robert Mueller's investigation for political gain.
11B. "Congressional investigations are intended to obtain information to aid in evaluating potential legislation, not to harass political opponents or to pursue an unauthorized ‘do-over’ of exhaustive law enforcement investigations conducted by the Department of Justice,” ….
11B1. … Pat Cipollone, counsel to the president, wrote in a letter to House Judiciary Committee chairman Jerry Nadler, D-N.Y. on Wednesday.
11C. “Unfortunately, it appears that you have already decided to press ahead with a duplicative investigation, including by issuing subpoenas, to replow the same ground the Special Counsel has already covered,” Cipollone wrote.
11D. “I ask that you reconsider that approach.”


[Time to ask House Democrats about Obama’s frequent exercise of executive privilege and denial of requested documents on, say, Fast and Furious!]

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12. Comey, Clapper and Brennan are gnawing on each other’s legs regarding who was pushing the dossier. A great sign of desperation setting in!

12A. Disgraced ex-FBI Director James Comey, former CIA Director turned anti-Trump activist John Brennan and former Director of National Intelligence and Trump critic James Clapper are the subjects of a dispute over which top Obama administration officials ….
12A1. … advocated for the infamous Steele dossier to be utilized as evidence in the Russia collusion investigation.
12B. The fiasco was kicked into high gear after Fox News cited “sources familiar with the records” pointing to an email chain from late-2016 showing Comey allegedly telling FBI employees that it was Brennan who insisted that the anti-Trump dossier be included ….
12B1. … in a January 6, 2017 U.S. Intelligence Community report, known as the ICA, assessing Russian interference efforts.
12C. A former CIA official, clearly defending Brennan, shot back at the assertion, instead claiming that it was Brennan and Clapper who opposed a purported push by Comey to include the dossier charges in the ICA.
12D. The argument erupted into the open with a Brennan surrogate being quoted in the news media opposing Comey not long after Attorney General William Barr appointed a U.S. attorney to investigate the origins of the Russia collusion claims.

13. AG Barr’s interview with Bill Hemmer on FNC was a pièce de résistance!

13A. In pointed terms, he fired back at Democrats who have castigated him over his handling of Special Counsel Robert Mueller's report -- calling Speaker Nancy Pelosi's charge that he lied to Congress "laughable" and dismissing an attempt to hold him in contempt.
13B. “I think there's a misconception out there that we know a lot about what happened,” he said. “The fact of the matter is Bob Mueller did not look at the government's activities. He was looking at whether or not the Trump campaign had conspired with the Russians.”
13C. “But he was not going back and looking at the counterintelligence program. And we have a number of investigations underway that touch upon it -- the main one being the office of inspector general that's looking at the FISA warrants.”
13D. “If we're worried about foreign influence, for the very same reason shouldn’t we be worried about whether government officials abused their power and put their thumb on the scale?”
13E. A source also told Fox News that Barr is working "collaboratively" on the investigation with FBI Director Chris Wray, CIA Director Gina Haspel, and Director of National Intelligence Dan Coats, and that Durham is also working directly ….
13E1. … with Justice Department Inspector General Michael Horowitz, who is currently reviewing allegations of misconduct in issuance of FISA warrants, and the role of FBI informants during the early stages of the investigation.


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14. Finally the Italian prime minister fires several intelligence ministers, and the walls are definitely closing in on Brennan:

14A. Pdop tweet: The Italian prime minister has suddenly requested resignations from 6 deputy directors of Italian intelligence agencies: DIS, AISI and AISE. This was all after I outed Mifsud in Rome and the president called the Italian prime minister.
14B. Italy has flipped and are giving up Brennan.
14C. So says Pdop anyway. But, of course there are no such things as coincidences in politics and government. Ain’t it interesting that there is dead silence in the legacy media about this bombshell? There goes their 2-year anti-Trump narrative!…
15. And that was the week that was! It keeps getting better and better, folks. F-35s possibly going to Poland, Rubio asks DoJ to investigate Kerry for Logan Act violations, Gowdy said the FBI made no effort to verify the dossier until after the first FISA warrant was approved, …
15A. … Barr appointed Durham to investigate the origins of #Spygate, Biden’s got kid problems, the USBCP is flying illegals into the interior of the US, at least three and possible all four of the FISA apps were fraudulent, ….
15B. … Gowdy claims that either there are emails showing that either Brennan or Comey recommended using the fake dossier in that fake intel community assessment, Obama knew about Hillary’s email server way back in 2012, ….
15C. … the WH is refusing to respond to the Democrat House’s frivolous request for information, there’s infighting in public among Comey/Clapper/Brennan, Barr was interviewed by FNC’s Bill Hemmer, and the Italian prime minister fired 6 intelligence ministers.
16. And we’ve got the DoJ OIG report(s), AG Barr’s report on the counter-intel investigation predicate, and declassification of the FISA warrant app(s) yet to come. Serious shocks ahead for Democrats and their paid legacy media allies. Could be a hot summer ahead! ///The end.
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