President Trump, in a recent interview with Fox News' "Hannity," vowed to release the full and unredacted Foreign Intelligence Surveillance Act (FISA) warrants and related documents used by the FBI to probe his campaign, saying he wants to "get to the bottom" of how the long-running Russia collusion narrative began.
We have all been waiting for this for about two years. Most of us have understood that it would not be politically advisable to pursue this before the investigation was over. It may not have even been reasonably possible.
But, now that the investigation has finally wrapped up, with no collusion or obstruction, we can finally get to "Draining the Swamp"! This failed coup attempt is complex and long running.
I'll do a deeper dive into the entire Deep State Coup attempt later. For now, we will touch on parts of it that Trump brought up in this interview.
For more information, you can read this story about "The deep state, the McCabe interview on 60 minutes, and the 25th Amendment" to help you get caught up on what has been happening.
The Deep State has it's tentacles in everything... and its deep, much deeper than this writer even realized. You can read more about the Deep State Coup attempt on President Trump.
First, what is FISA, the memos, and the coup attempt?
If you are already deeply familiar with this, then you can scroll on down to the discussion about the actual interview. For the benefit of everyone, I want to summarize, briefly, and as quickly as possible, the events that transpired up to this, so you will have an understanding of what the President is talking about. You certainly may not have heard about it in the mainstream press.
Brief FISA History: What is FISA?
The FISA courts are a set of secret courts established after the 9/11 attacks under the Patriot Act. This act allows for the surveillance of foreigners inside and outside of the United States that a secret judge determines, in a secret hearing, that there is justifiable reason to do so.
It also allows for the surveillance of American citizens, without a proper hearing, who may have had some sort of contact with someone overseas that is being investigated.
But, it doesn't end there either. It also allows for everyone that person is in contact with to be surveilled.
Those doing the surveilling, like the FBI, also have access to the NSA database. Another program run by our intelligence community that tracks and logs every phone call, email, text, everything that you ever do. This data is stored, and through a liberal and secretive request policy, that information can be opened up to investigators.
What happened in the Trump FISA scandal?
The Obama administration and the Hillary Clinton campaign wanted to discredit Donald Trump prior to the election. Hillary's campaign used Fusion GPS (which was co-founded by former Wall Street Journal reporter Glenn Simpson), a company she has many ties to and has used before, to do political opposition research on Trump.
Fusion GPS contacted Richard Steele, a former British spy, who then created the phony Russian Dossier on Trump.
In order to get the FISA warrant approved they would need more. The FBI was turned down on it's first request. The dossier needed to be corroborated. So Steele contacted a news agency, told them all about the dossier, and they reported on it, WITHOUT corroborating it. This is known in the intelligence world as "circular reporting".
For the purposes of the FISA application, this is against the law, and the FBI did not inform the courts of this even though they knew. Instead, they propped it up as supporting evidence and submitted that to FISA, but not for Trump, but rather Carter Page.
As it turns out, Steele admits he used a fake CNN forum, to get this information on Trump. This is a forum where anyone can go on and create whatever story they want, not journalists.
This whole fabrication was based on information some average Joe put on the website that mimics a story out of a book, literally. You can't make this stuff up.
On January 10, 2017, BuzzFeed News released what’s become commonly known as "the Trump dossier." The dossier can be read in it's entirety here.
In their article, they even admit that the information was unvetted and uncorroborated, and it never has been despite the full force and power of the federal government.
I don't want to get too deep into the details here, but enough to give you the jist of what took place. I will be outlining the details in a follow-up in-depth report of it's own in our "Beyond the Headlines Series"..
Enter John Brennon
John Brennon, then CIA director, is one of the most vocal of the Deep State leaders and those trying to get Trump removed from office.
Steele’s contacts with the FBI were occurring around the same time as then-CIA head John Brennan was briefing top elected officials about Russia’s alleged effort to meddle in the 2016 election. Anonymous "officials" claimed that Brennan "also indicated that unnamed advisers to Mr. Trump might be working with the Russians to interfere in the election.
Before, during and after the investigation was over, Brennon has been a regular guest on channels like CNN pushing the Russian election hoax narrative.
To try to save face, Brennon even recently admitted that he "may have received bad information". This from the former CIA Director? A lifelong intelligence operative who's job it is to weed through what's real and not real, really? None of Brennon's outlandish claims have ever been proven even remotely true.
Enter Carter Page
Carter Page was an short-lived unpaid volunteer working for the Trump Transition team after the election. But, it has been revealed that he was also a well established FBI informant, possibly placed into the campaign to get access to Trump.
The FBI was able to use this "informant" to gain access to Trump since he was mentioned in the dossier, which they just corroborated using the unlawful "circular reporting" mentioned above.
The FBI using a known "informant" is also against the FISA court rules, but the FBI did not tell the FISA court about this either.
All of this led to the FBI (unlawfully) getting a FISA warrant against their own informant, Carter Page. Remember the rules about FISA warrants I explained above?
The FBI was then able to surveille everyone around Carter Page, which was Trump's entire campaign and transition staff, including Mike Flynn ( to become Trump's National Security Advisor), and Paul Manafort (Trump's short-term campaign manager hired only to deal with the super-delegate issues during the nomination phase of the campaign). This was the real target...Trump and his staff.
None of the above have ever been convicted of any collusion with Russia, only Flynn for disputed "process" crimes, and Manafort for illegal activity from decades ago, while he was actually working on behalf of the Clintons in Ukraine.
Tying the coup attempt together
Of course there's much more to all of this story and the roots run very deep in this tree of conspiracy to not only use massive abuse of power to target a political opponent for President, but to also try to remove a sitting President.
A coup attempt and treason.
There really no better definition of it, than the events that have unfolded around this FISA abuse.
It didn't stop there either. We know from the WikiLeaks emails that the Hillary Campaign was directing the members of the media who were complicit in this. Other investigations, lies, and false information were spreading like wildfire, along with leaks of classified information from all levels of government agencies, none of which have been proven true.
Once Trump was elected and took office, he wanted to clean house like most new President's do, and put in "his" people. There certainly isn't anything wrong with that. But, then FBI Director James Comey, wanted to keep this narrative going, and wanted to keep his job so that he could do just that.
He expressed that the FBI had an ongoing investigation into Trump, even after the dossier was proven to be false. He wanted to keep Trump from being able to fire him because it would appear as "obstruction" to the ongoing investigation.
Based on the advice of the Justice department's Jeff Sessions, and Rod Rosenstein (also neck deep in the coup attempt, and then acting director over the Special Council he initiated since Sessions recused himself), Trump fired Comey anyway, due to concerns about Comey that those above relayed to Trump. It was cover for sure, but also perfectly legal and the President's right to do it. Trump said that it was because of "treason" really. You'll see his latest statement below.
This is when Comey released his supposed memos, from his meetings with Trump, to the press. Of which, some are considered classified information, a crime. Comey didn't bother to seek any approvals from the FBI or the DOJ before doing so either.
I think that catches us all up. At least enough information to have a frame of reference for what Trump is talking about in this interview.
The Battle within the White House NOT to declassify the FISA docs
Trump told anchor Sean Hannity that his lawyers previously had advised him not to take that dramatic step out of fear that it could be considered obstruction of justice to do so concurrently with the investigation. But now...
"I do, I have plans to declassify and release. I have plans to absolutely release," Trump said. "I have some very talented people working for me, lawyers, and they really didn't want me to do it early on. ... A lot of people wanted me to do it a long time ago. I'm glad I didn't do it. We got a great result without having to do it, but we will. One of the reasons that my lawyers didn't want me to do it, is they said, if I do it, they'll call it a form of obstruction."
President Trump: "Comey Committed Treason"
Comey also admittedly, in violation of FBI policies and the law, released confidential "memos" he said he wrote following his meetings with President Trump.
But, these memos didn't come for some time AFTER he was fired. There is justifiable speculation that these memos he released were not notes of his meetings with Trump at all, but rather a hit piece he wrote after he was fired. A disgruntled employee and Deep State provocateur. Likely, fabricated lies in order to try bring down POTUS.
He then released these "memos" to a friend to give to the media. In Comey's case, he doesn't even deny it. Rather admitted it before Congress. He did this to "spark" the Special Council against Trump in retaliation. You can read more about the Comey memos here.
You can also follow this link if you wish to read the full, but redacted copies of the Comey memos. I find it interesting that Comey leaked these un-redacted memos to the press, but the memos must be redacted in order to be released to the public. Classified intel inside.
Comey told the Senate Intelligence Committee in June 2017, “I asked a friend of mine to share the content of the memo with a reporter. I didn’t do it myself for a variety of reasons but I asked him to because I thought that might prompt the appointment of a special counsel.”
Comey actually said that he was going to fight the subpeana to testisfy before Congress citing concerns about selective leaking! Yes, he said that. You can read more about the James Comey memos and the testimony before Congress here.
Trump also criticized Comey, whom he'd fired in 2017, as a "terrible guy." He insisted he did not fire him to obstruct justice, telling Hannity he knew that firing Comey would only increase scrutiny on the White House.
"It was treason, it was really treason," Trump said, referring to texts between former FBI Special Agent Peter Strzok and former FBI lawyer Lisa Page that discussed an "insurance policy" in the event of Trump's election.
"You had dirty cops, you had people who are bad FBI folks, at the top, they were not clean, to put it mildly." He said later,
"We can never allow these treasonous acts to happen to another president. I do, I have plans to declassify and release." -President Trump
Trump On James Comey
Trump added: "Frankly, thought it would be better if we held it to the end. But at the right time, we will be absolutely releasing."
Trump also accused FBI officials of committing "treason" -- slamming former FBI Director James Comey as a "terrible guy," former CIA Director John Brennan as potentially mentally ill, and Democrat House Intelligence Committee Chairman Adam Schiff as a criminal.
Trump on John Brennon
Citing a high-level source, Kentucky GOP Sen. Rand Paul late Wednesday tweeted that anti-Trump ex-CIA Director John Brennan had internally pushed the dossier. Fox News has not independently verified Paul's source.
"I think Brennan's a sick person, I really do," Trump said. "I believe there's something wrong with him, for him to come out of the CIA and act that way was so disrespectful to the country and to the CIA. He was not considered good at what he did. He was never a respected guy."
Brennan was one of the loudest and most virulent voices to trumpet the Russian collusion theory over the past two years, asserting falsely just weeks ago that Mueller was likely planning to indict members of the Trump administration's family in a scene reminiscent of the "ides of March” and the assassination of Julius Caesar.
Trump, who revoked Brennan's security clearance last year amid concerns Brennan was improperly hinting that he had inside information about ongoing federal probes, called those remarks "horrible" on Wednesday.
Brennan has since acknowledged he was wrong, but has said inaccurately that Mueller merely could not find evidence meeting the high bar needed for a criminal prosecution -- when in fact Mueller found no evidence at all that the Trump team responded to Russians' numerous efforts to involve them in a conspiracy. He continues his delusion.
"If you wrote this as a novel, nobody would buy it; it would be a failure, because it would be too unbelievable," Trump said. "We're getting to the bottom of it. This can never, ever happen to a president again. That was a disgrace and an embarrassment to our country. ... Hopefully they won't get away with it.
"We'll have to see how it all started, but I'm going to leave that to other people, including the attorney general and others, to make that determination," Trump continued. "Fifty years, 100 years from now -- if someone tries the same thing, they have to know the penalty will be very very great if and when they get caught."
I can assure you, Trump already knows every details of "how it got started" and everyone behind the whole thing.
"When I said there could be somebody spying on my campaign, it went wild out there," Trump told Hannity. "They couldn't believe I could say such a thing. As it turned out, that was small potatoes compared to what went on. ... Millions and millions [spent] on the phony dossier, and then they used the dossier to start things. It was a fraud, paid for by Hillary Clinton and the Democrats."
As it turned out Trump was right. Shortly after a meeting with Admiral Rodgers during the transition, with the then head of the NSA, Trump moved his Transition Team headquarters from Trump Tower in NYC to NJ.
This meeting revealed to Trump that the NSA was being tapped for information for the records of Trump and his staff, and it also revealed to Trump the open FISA based investigation against him.
Trump about Jeff Sessions
In an apparent shot at former Attorney General Jeff Sessions, Trump also told Hannity "this all would not have happened" if Attorney General William Barr had been with his administration from the beginning.
Trump has often criticized Sessions for cow tailing to democrats in the confirmation process to recuse himself of all thing "Russia" leaving Deep State actor Rosenstein to run with all things "Russia".
Trump on the media
Trump also noted that ratings for several networks that aggressively pushed the Russia narrative have "fallen off" dramatically. MSNBC host Rachel Maddow's audience of 2.5 million on Monday was 19 percent below her average this year, and it went down further to 2.3 million on Tuesday, according to the Nielsen company.
Pushing the leftist narrative for liberal networks as been a boomtown with 24/7 coverage of non-stop Trump-Russia collusion. Even after it became clear that there was no collusion by Congressional investigations, they then turned to the "obstruction" narrative. Both of which have now been blown out of the water.
The latest cry is for the full unredacted release of the Mueller report, which would be illegal, There are laws governing the information and classified data in the report. But Barr has, just today announced that he will be submitting his redacted report to Congress in Mid-April.
The purpose for this request is to try to glean something, anything, from this report that the Democrats can use against Trump in the upcoming elections.
Trump on Adam Schiff
Trump also lashed out at Schiff, D-Calif., who has pushed strongly for investigations into possible Trump-Russia links. "Schiff is a bad guy, he knew he was lying -- he's not a dummy. For a year and a half he would just leak and call up CNN and others. You know, I watch him, so sanctimonious ... He knew it was a lie, and he'd get in the back room with his friends in the Democrat Party, and they would laugh like hell. In one way, you could say it's a crime what he did -- he was making statements he knew were false. He's a disgrace to our country."
The president insisted the U.S. should have a "great relationship" with Russia and China, but that the "fake news" and "nonsense" distorted his intentions into something more sinister.
Another Special Council?
"Just hours earlier Wednesday, Trump made clear he was enthusiastic about the idea of appointing a second special counsel to review the origins of the Russia investigation when it came up during a meeting Tuesday with Republican senators, a source familiar with the discussions told Fox News."
Trump, speaking to Hannity, separately raised doubts about the secretive and mysterious June 27, 2016 Phoenix airport tarmac meeting between Bill Clinton and then-Attorney General Loretta Lynch -- which was spotted while Lynch was overseeing the Hillary Clinton email probe.
"I had a lot of planes for a long time. I’ve never stopped the plane on the tarmac to let somebody on the plane," Trump said. "Bill Clinton said he was there to play golf, but I know the area very well. Arizona. It's a little warm at that time of year for golf, OK?"
Trump took shots at a number of the big players involved in this Deep State Coup attempt. He vowed to declassify and release all the FISA documents so that we can see it all for ourselves.
Members of Congress have been privy to this information already and many have voiced shock over the abuse of power. Many of whom, have also been calling for the release.
Lindsey Graham, Senator from SC, and the Chairman of the Senate Judiciary Committee, has said he is opening an investigation into the matter.
With the history of a lack of teeth coming from any Congressional investigations, Trump wisely entertained the idea of a second Special Council to investigate the Deep State coup.
Other reports have been made available that the Inspector General has had a number of investigations ongoing for a couple of years regarding the back story here, and Clinton's email scandal.
News just out within the last few days is that the Ukranian govenment did an investigation and found that members of the government leaked certain information, and did so with timing and parced in such a way, to help Hillary Clinton get elected. Certainly, election interference. The Ukranian preference was Clinton because of her Hawkish desire to engage in world activities, as Trump wanted to retract from world affairs.
We will see how this evolves from here, but it certainly looks like the ball is now in the other court. Hopefully, Trump words are not empty and these Deep State actors engaged in this "coup" attempt will actually be actually prosecuted! The only way to save the Republic is to ensure that criminal activity by anyone in our government is prosecuted! Something we haven't seen in a very long time!
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