“Two ‘star witnesses‘ have been created for the defense,” claims a former assistant director at the FBI, Chris Swecker. A huge collection of emails between Peter Strzok and his mistress, Lisa Page, raise serious questions about the credibility of both the FBI and the Department of Justice, that have Robert Mueller standing on a landmine.
What Inspector General Michael Horowitz discovered spells doom. A single misstep now could blast Mueller’s witch-hunt to smithereens, taking the special prosecutor’s career right along with it. Obama himself may even be caught in the blast. “If a sitting president used the instruments of state, including the intelligence community, to disseminate and legitimize a piece of paid opposition research in order to first obtain warrants to spy on the other party’s campaign, and then to delegitimize the results of an election once the other party’s candidate won, we’re looking at a scandal that dwarfs Watergate.”
For the past year, Horowitz and his team have been interviewing key Obama officials behind the scenes, including James Comey and Loretta Lynch, about the FBI’s investigation into Hillary Clinton’s secret email server. Specifically, they want to know if “the Justice Department and FBI followed established policies and procedures.” Or, did Hillary receive “special” treatment? After the email investigation was well underway, Robert Mueller was assigned to lead the Trump-Russian collusion inquisition.
Earlier this month, Horowitz alerted Mueller that they discovered “a cache of text messages exchanged between two FBI officials on his staff that disparaged Trump.” The senior counter-intelligence agent in charge of the Clinton review and his cuddly co-worker at the justice department were both heavily involved in Mueller’s investigation, despite the fact they were just as heavily biased in favor of Hillary. By the time Mueller got the news, Page’s temporary assignment had already ended. Strzok was still working on the investigation and Mueller re-assigned him but it was already too late, the damage to the probe’s credibility has been done.
“The text communications unearthed by Horowitz have handed strong leverage to attorneys representing current and possible future defendants in the Mueller investigation, either in possible plea negotiations or at trial,” Swecker explains. “None of this is good for Mueller or his reputation for fairness. Who knows what else the IG has,” he added.
The real issue isn’t “about a bad man in the White House.”
What America really needs to know about is “the subversion of key security institutions that are charged with protecting core elements of our democratic process.” It wasn’t the intelligence community that pointed the finger at Russia when the DNC got “hacked,” prompting the Mueller probe. It was the DNC that raised that red flag. “A DNC executive called a committee lawyer at Perkins Coie, who put them in touch with CrowdStrike. It was CrowdStrike that first said Russian state actors were behind the hack and leaked them to Wikileaks.” Perkins Coie also hired Fusion GPS, who commissioned the “Steele dossier.”
Glenn Simpson, co-founder of Fusion GPS, and his wife Mary Jacoby, both were writers for The Wall Street Journal. All the way back in 2007, the couple was writing about Paul Manafort and his shady connections to Russian rogues. When they got wind he was part of Trump’s campaign they saw an opening. “It’s come to my attention that some people still don’t realize what Glenn’s role was in exposing Putin’s control of Donald Trump,” Jacoby posted on Facebook. “Let’s be clear. Glenn conducted the investigation. Glenn hired Chris Steele. Chris Steele worked for Glenn.”
The FBI didn’t seem very interested in Steele’s muckraking file but the CIA took it in hook line and sinker. “The CIA hopped to and immediately worked to verify it.” They liked what they saw so much, they were “having ‘eyes only’ top secret meetings with Obama about it.” CIA Director John Brennan carried it all over Washington. Senator Harry Reid confirmed he saw the file. “it has become clear that you possess explosive information about close ties and coordination between Donald Trump, his top advisers, and the Russian government.”
“An envelope with extraordinary handling restrictions arrived at the White House. Sent by courier from the CIA, it carried ‘eyes only’ instructions that its contents be shown to just four people: President Barack Obama and three senior aides.” “Inside was an intelligence bombshell.” The “material was so sensitive that CIA Director John O. Brennan kept it out of the president’s daily brief, concerned that even that restricted report’s distribution was too broad.”
Despite the heavy security surrounding the Steele dossier, the Washington Post had all of the details. “Sources and methods are the crown jewels of the American intelligence community. And yet someone has just told a major American newspaper about a report drawn from sourcing deep inside the Russian government that captured Putin’s specific instructions.”