ALEXANDER DOWNER’S 2016 "chat" with GEORGE PAPADOPOULOS at the Kensington Wine Rooms about Cypriot JOSEPH MIFSUD & "Hilary emails" allegedly sparked the FBI's July 2016 counterintel investigation. DOWNER *initiated* that chat & even the @nytimes concede he may have been "fishing"
Now that we've finally seen the @Comey memos, its time to ask if the federal government was violating at least the spirit of the Freedom of Information Act (FOIA) AND getting backed up in its stonewalling *by a FISC Judge*
Background: After @Comey was fired as @FBI Director, and he revealed the existence of his "memos", several news organisations immediately asked the FBI/DOJ for access to the Comey Memos via a FOIA request. These included @cnnbrk, @JudicialWatch, @USATODAY and @DailyCaller
The FBI/DOJ denied this, so the news organisations filed various lawsuits. Eventually these were consolidated into a single lawsuit, heard by D.C. Circuit and FISA court Judge, James E. Boasberg. He denied the request Feb 2 2018
An article the @FBI really doesn't want you to read, that also shows how laughably wrong the top @washingtonpost reporters can be
Remember this from Feb 28 2017? It's an article about the @FBI agreeing to pay Christopher Steele for his Trump collusion information. Written by top @washingtonpost reporters Hamburger & Helderman, it is worth another look given what we now know in 2018: washingtonpost.com/politics/fbi-o…
This SPECIFIC article is important because it was cited in the criminal referral letter for Christopher Steele, sent by Senate Judiciary Chairman @ChuckGrassley. According to that letter, it actually *triggered* the @senjudiciary interest in the Steele-FBI monetary relationship
Here is how Peter Strzok, Lisa Page and Andy McCabe almost certainly committed yet another major felony AND even interfered with their own Trump/Russia investigation
Background: McCabe has already been fired for lying repeatedly about leaking to the media, in particular to reporter @DevlinBarrett. His leakers were his Special Legal Counsel Lisa Page & Mike Kortan, FBI Communications Director
Strzok & Page are talking about Mike Kortan and worrying about "leak reg[ulations]" due to internal investigations into leaks. They are emailing via @gmail even though whatever it is = FBI "work-related"
EXCLUSIVE: Christopher Steele may have handed at least one of his dossier memos to the UK's highest ranking security official, who works for the Prime Minister, @theresa_may - THREAD
Some background first. Take a look at this little noticed quote from #resistance member Luke Harding's book "Collusion". Steele apparently handed at least one of his dossier memos (potentially more) to "the" top UK security official, a "former colleague from his days at SIS[MI6]"
Steele is a confirmed source for Harding - they met in person at his Orbis office in London. Steele no doubt provided much of the material for Harding, as he recycles all the dossier allegations. So this handover likely happened, we just don't know WHO the anonymous official was
BOMBSHELL from HPSCI chairman @DevinNunes, who says the original FBI investigation into the Trump campaign was *started* using "phony" "Five Eyes" information that "DID NOT EXIST", a "lie" from the beginning
Here's the exact quote
WOW. If that's true, that implies the original "tip" on Papadopoulos having his drunk chat with Australian Alexander Downer almost certainly wasn't documented through Five Eyes channels as an official intelligence product, raising serious questions about how credible it is
Second, I don't think this is designed to form the basis of a TRUE criminal referral. Why? The basis for the alleged charges are mostly news reporting, and don't directly connect to the individuals referred
The mainstream media's latest cover story for how the Trump Russia investigation got started - BEFORE Papadopoulos apparently blabbed about Hilary emails - doesn't make any sense
Let's see why. THREAD
THE COVER STORY
In "late 2015", the Brits (GCHQ) were "routinely" listening in on Moscow targets and picked up "Kremlin operatives" talking to people "associated with Trump"
This story was told by multiple UK/US intelligence sources to Luke Harding, journalist for The Guardian
This "intelligence" about Trump and the Kremlin *was handed to the FBI and CIA* by GCHQ. Later in 2016 other intelligence agencies also started sharing "similar electronic material", including Germany, Estonia, Sweden, Poland, Australia, Netherlands, and France