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Origins TrumpRussia Investigation

FISA Russian Banks & Carter Page

FVEYs, USIC CounterInteligence & FBI’s CrossFire Hurricane Investigations
April (2016) the CIA director was shown intelligence that worried him. It was - allegedly - a tape recording of a conversation about money from the Kremlin going into the US presidential campaign.
🔑The taskforce included six agencies or departments of government. Dealing with the domestic, US, side of the inquiry, were the FBI, the Department of the Treasury, and the Department of Justice.
🔑For the foreign and intelligence aspects of the investigation, there were another three agencies: the CIA, the Office of the Director of National Intelligence and the National Security Agency, responsible for electronic spying.
Also in April 2016 this happened:

FBI, This Week: The Five Eyes Law Enforcement Group and The Future of Crime Fighting
‼️FISA App

Lawyers from the National Security Division in the Department of Justice then drew up an application.

They took it to the secret US court that deals with intelligence, the Fisa court, named after the Foreign Intelligence Surveillance Act.
🔑They wanted permission to intercept the electronic records from two Russian banks.

Their first application, in June 2016, was rejected outright by the judge.
They returned with a more narrowly drawn order in July and were rejected again.

Finally, before a new judge, the order was granted, on 15 October, three weeks before election day.

Neither Trump nor his associates are named in the Fisa order, which would only cover foreign citizens or foreign entities - in this case the Russian banks.
🔑But ultimately, the investigation is looking for transfers of money from Russia to the United States, each one, if proved, a felony offence.
🔑One report, dated June 2016, claims that the Kremlin has been cultivating, supporting and assisting Trump for at least five years, with the aim of encouraging “splits and divisions in western alliance”.

📌The Guardian separately confirmed the original request for a Fisa warrant, which had been turned down earlier in the summer, and former officials said they believed that the Mensch and BBC account of the Fisa warrants was correct.
📌To Distinguish, the Oct 15, 2016 FISA warrant targeted RUSSIAN BANKS, that were suspected of funneling money to the Trump campaign, which is not to be confused with the Cater Page October 26, 2016 FISA warrant, which was renewed based on probable cause one or more times.
Why do we even know about these secret FISA warrants? Leaks.

Perhaps to warn TeamTrump?

On October 21, 2016, DOJ & FBI sought and received a FISA probable cause order
authorizing electronic surveillance on Carter Page from the FISC.

Page is a U.S. citizen who served as a volunteer advisor to the Trump campaign.
🔑Reminder this multi agency TrumpRussia counterintelligence investigation commenced April 2016, as noted above, well before the FBI’s July 27, 2016 CrossFire Hurricane Investigation.
🔑The Foreign govt conveyed this info to the US gov’t on July 26, 2016, a few days after the WikiLeak’s release of Clinton related emails.

The FBI opened its inv’n into potential coordination btwn RU & the Trump Campaign.
GOP & Conservative media has spun & inked a MegaFuqTon of disinfo about the Carter Page FISA, the Steele Dossier & the FBI inv’n), which to me highlights their FEAR.

Read the Page Oct 2016 FISA warrant here: (412 pages)

📌Read the Democratic rebuttal to the Nunes memo, annotated

Remember the Nunes Memo shenanigans & the #ReleaseTheMemo disinfo campaign?

A Timeline of Nunes’ Shenanigans:

All the Nunes That’s Fit to Print

📌Page FISA freakout

📌ReleaseTheMemo’ freakout

📌’UnMasking’ freakout

📌’702’ freakout

📌’Stryok/Page Texts’ freakout

And more...

The Tale of Two Hearings:

📌March 2017: Remember the House GOP freakout re 702s at the Comey hearing?

Is it because they realized SIGINT captured their chatter with foreign agents, which then perhaps lead to the ‘unmasking’ freak out?
GOP Rep. Nunes investigating Susan Rice 'unmasking' actions

Did Nunes learn he was ‘unmasked?’ #EzraCohenWatnick
Remember this?

📌Did Nunes’ ‘peculiar midnight run’ endanger the Trump-Russia inquiry

📌House intelligence chair Devin Nunes reportedly disappeared from Uber ride, fueling further questions over his role in committee’s investigation. #TraitorNunes
📌The Nunes Memo noted the Page FISA app cited a September 23, 2016, Yahoo News article by Michael Isikoff, which focuses on Page’s July 2016 trip to Moscow.

I bet you like me missed this article b/c the Weiner investigation was announced the same day.🤷‍♀️
David Corn Article Oct 31, 2016

Correction Note the tweet above the one nested below should be noted Isacoff & not (David Corn)

What else happened on this date?

FBI gets warrant to review emails linked to Clinton aide
Also this broke Oct 31, 2016

🔑Harry Reid’s incendiary claim about ‘coordination’ between Donald Trump and Russia

Excellent read.
🔑The Dossier claims that Trump had declined “various sweetener real estate deals (Trump Tower Moscow) offered him in Russia” especially in developments linked to the 2018 World Cup finals...

BTW Christopher Steele headed the FIFA Investigation and yes, it is related.

Christopher Steele is credible.

Steele was not just a former UK MI-6 officer; he also worked on behalf of the FBI in the successful FIFA investigation

FIFA awarded those tournaments to RUSSIA (2018) and QATAR (2022), respectively, amid accusations of bribery & other corrupt dealings.

The U.S. worked with Swiss authorities, and has brought indictments against more than 30 people in an ONGOING probe.
🔑And the Steele Dossier notes that he [Trump] and his inner circle have accepted a regular flow of intelligence from the Kremlin, including on his Democratic and other political rivals.”
🔑Most explosively, the report alleges: “FSB has compromised Trump through his activities in Moscow sufficiently to be able to blackmail him.”

🔑A key point Mueller hammered home.
🔑Reminder Carter Page was under a FISA Warrant in 2013.

‼️MANAFORT FISA WARRANT late 2014 to early 2016!!

🔑Is it any wonder the FBI’s antennae pinged when in Mar 16 Trump hired Manafort as his campaign mgr & Page as a FP adviser on Mar 21, 2016?

This was a period when Manafort was known to talk to Trump.😎
My point here is two fold: the USIC counter intel investigation into TrumpRussia predates the FBI investigation & the Steele Dossier

Manafort & Page have been subject to prior FISA warrants because of their interactions with known Kremlin operatives.

Curious picks indeed.
Barr taps U.S. attorney in Connecticut to investigate origins of Russia probe 🙄

Be assured FVEYs is likely watching Barr’s every move. #Brexit
Barr is focused partly on smearing the CIA’s most explosive conclusion about the 2016 election: that Putin of Russia intervened to benefit Trump.

DOJ officials intend to interview senior C.I.A. officers as they review the Russia counterintel investigation
At issue:

DNI Report January 6, 2017
Senate Intel bi-partisan Report

July 25, 2019

Russia targeted 2016 state elections with "unprecedented level of activity," Senate Intel report says
📌Another F.B.I. lawyer involved in obtaining the [Page FISA] warrant, Sally Moyer, said it was “a close call” but “I think we would have gotten there on probable cause even without the Steele reporting,” a transcript of her testimony showed.
Justice Dept. Watchdog’s Review of Russia Inquiry Is Nearly Done, Barr Says
🔑8/8/19 Deutsche Bank and Wall Street banks reportedly just gave Congress thousands of documents related to Russians with possible ties to Trump

🔑Stay Tuned!


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