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Susan Elizabeth Rice (born November 17, 1964) is an American public official who served as the 24th United States National Security Advisor from 2013 to 2017. She was formerly a U.S. diplomat, Brookings Institution fellow, and U.S. Ambassador to the United Nations. She served on the staff of the National Security Council and as Assistant Secretary of State for African Affairs during President Bill Clinton's second term. She was confirmed as UN ambassador by the U.S. Senate by unanimous consent on January 22, 2009.

Full Measure

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Russia Probe

02/17 12:01 pm

Nearly two years ago, Special Counsel Mueller was named to investigate whether President Trump broke the law by somehow conspiring with Russian President Vladimir Putin to win the presidency. We still don’t know the outcome of that. But we’ve learned a lot about what some in our intelligence community have been up to. And some argue that’s proving to be an equally important— and chilling— story. From Trump associate Roger Stone..

www.theepochtimes.com

Published  1 week ago

Events in the 2016 elections were unprecedented. Top FBI officials knowingly used information paid for by the campaign ...

The Gateway Pundit

Published  1 week ago

Author and law professor Alan Dershowitz went on with Tucker Carlson on Thursday night following reports on Andrew McCabe’s interview with “60 Minutes.” CBS News Correspondent Scott Pelley teased the interview on Thursday. According to Pelley Andrew McCabe says the FBI and DOJ Democrats discussed wearing wires several times to spy on President Trump. This […]

Conservative News Today

Published  1 week ago

Contents of various Department of Justice records obtained this week by the watchdog group Judicial Watch via a Freedom of Information Act filed last year suggest that the FBI interacted with both the State Department and former Secretary of State Hillary Clinton’s team in potentially sinister ways just prior to the general election on Nov. […]

The Gateway Pundit

Published  1 week ago

Guest post by Joe Hoft

As layers of information are uncovered and unscrambled, the facts behind the Russia collusion scam come to light. As the light begins to shine on the truth, a silhouette of former President Barack Hussein Obama appears.

Barack Obama had the opportunity to be the greatest President in US history. America was ready for a change after wars in Iraq and Afghanistan and an economic collapse. A big change was needed and this is what Obama promised.

Unfortunately, Obama’s changes led the US to more misery. The economy barely fluttered out the market collapse of 2008 and even worsened immediately after Obama took office. The wars in the Middle East increased, ISIS was formed and American guns were provided to terrorists and drug cartels. Billions were given to Iran and four Americans in Benghazi were left to die on foreign soil despite calls for help. Regulations were the norm and the economy never reached its potential. But the gravest of Obama’s actions were left hidden, until now.

All roads in the Trump – Russia collusion hoax lead back to Obama.

By piecing together available information, some are only starting to appear.

We now know that corrupt FBI agents Peter Strzok and Lisa Page were part of a plan to implicate candidate Trump with Russia. Strzok was assigned to the Trump – Russia collusion investigation shortly after having interviewed and exonerated Hillary Clinton of all wrongdoing related criminal actions in her email scandal. As noted by the Daily Caller in December of 2017 –

Another bit of information is found in the fictional writings of Michael Isikoff and David Corn in their book –Russian Roulette: The Inside Story of Putin’s War on America and the Election of Donald Trump. These same authors who were instrumental in pushing out the fake Russia dossier story, next put in the work to create a greater fiction in their creative writing work about the fake Trump – Russia conspiracy. But in their work, they do drop glimpses of truth, which when taken with other pieces of information, lead us back to the Obama White House.

Isikoff and Corn write that John Brennan, Obama’s CIA Director, was so convinced of Russia meddling in the 2016 election that he formed a team that met in Obama’s White House that looked into this meddling (by spying on candidate Trump) –

While Brennan wrangled the intelligence agencies into a turf-crossing operation that could feed the White House information on the Russian maneuver, Obama convened a series of meetings to devise a plan for countering whatever the Russians were up to. The meetings followed the procedure known in the federal government as the “interagency process.” The protocol was for the deputy chiefs of the relevant government agencies to meet and hammer out options for the principals — that is, the heads of the agencies — and then the principals hold a separate (and sometimes parallel) chain of meetings to discuss and perhaps debate before presenting choices to the president.

But for this topic, the protocol was not observed. Usually when the White House invited the deputies and principals to such meetings, they informed them of the subject at hand and provided “readahead” memos outlining what was on the agenda. This time, the agency officials just received instructions to show up at the White House at a certain time. No reason given. No memos supplied. “We were only told that a meeting was scheduled, and our principal or deputy was expected to attend,” recalled a senior administration official who participated in the sessions. (At the State Department, only a small number of officials were cleared to receive the most sensitive information on the Russian hack; this group included Secretary of State John Kerry; Tony Blinken, the deputy secretary of state; Dan Smith, head of the department’s intelligence bureau; and Jon Finer, Kerry’s chief of staff.)

For the usual inter-agency sessions, principals and deputies could bring staffers. Not this time. “There were no plus ones,” an attendee recalled. When the subject of a principals or deputies meeting was a national security matter, the gathering was often held in the Situation Room of the White House. The in‑house video feed of the Sit Room — without audio — would be available to national security officials at the White House and elsewhere, and these officials could at least see that a meeting was in progress and who was attending. For the meetings related to the Russian hack, Susan Rice, Obama’s national security adviser, ordered the video feed turned off. She did not want others in the national security establishment to know what was under way, fearing leaks from within the bureaucracy.

The Secretary of State (John Kerry) was invited to these meetings but not Admiral Mike Rogers? Could it be because Rogers, the Director of the National Intelligence Agency, was not part of the spy on Trump team because he had already initiated an audit into the FISA program due to irregularities he noticed in early 2016? Did Obama and Brennan not want Rogers on the team because they were afraid he was too honest?

At the same time that Brennan was creating his team that met in the White House to spy on Trump, the FBI created its investigation into Trump – Russia collusion. The entire scam was in place.

Obama was out to stop Donald Trump from being President.

Hat tip D. Manny

Judicial Watch

Published  1 week ago

(Washington, DC) – Judicial Watch announced today it received 215 pages of records from the U.S. Department of Justice revealing former FBI General Counsel James Baker discussed the investigation of Clinton-related emails on Anthony Weiner’s laptop with Clinton’s lawyer, David Kendall. Baker then forwarded the conversation to his FBI colleagues. The documents also further describe...

Western Free Press

Published  1 week ago

The Benghazi scandal is back in the headlines. This time, some unlikely players were added to the fray. One of the players, Nancy Pelosi, was added to the scandal due to a hack leak released by Guccifer 2.0.

The hacker or hackers known as Guccifer 2.0 publicly released documents claiming to come from the computer of Rep. Nancy Pelosi (D-Calif.). As you may recall, the Original Guccifer, Marcel Lazăr Lehel, is a Romanian hacker responsible for high-level computer security breaches in the U.S. and Romania. Lehel targeted celebrities, Romanian and U.S. government officials, and other prominent persons. (RELATED: Margaret Hoover Grills Democrat Eric Swalwell Over Russia Obsession)

Lehel was jailed in January 2014 in Romania, then later transferred to the US. Lehal’s arrest was the beginning of his predecessor, Guccifer 2.0. Guccifer 2.0’s identity is still unidentified.

Guccifer 2.0, who allegedly breached the Democratic Congressional Campaign Committee (DCCC) and Democratic National Committee (DNC), released the documents to the WordPress blog used in other public releases. The information includes a cache of documents on congressional races in Florida and Pennsylvania.

According to The Daily Caller, The documents show the Democrat party trying to call the Benghazi scandal “conspiracy theory.”

The Daily Caller wrote:

“The document casts the controversy surrounding Benghazi as “Legitimate outrage over the deaths of American diplomats mixed with partisanship.” The document also admits that then Ambassador to the United Nations Susan Rice “gave incorrect information on television” in the immediate aftermath of the attack.

The document’s central talking points revolve around ignoring the facts revealed by congressional investigations, and instead on rhetorical flourishes that emphasize patriotism.”

Interestingly, the Democrats were trying to paint the Benghazi incident as a “right-wing conspiracy theory.” This would fit with all the other things that the Democrats do to hide information. By having all the Democrats on the same page, if the Benghazi scandal was ever investigated again, they would all claim the scandal was a “right-wing conspiracy to use against Hillary Clinton and Suzan Rice.” (RELATED: Exclusive: Roger Stone Interview on Legal Battle With Bob Mueller)

In the leaked document, the following information is available.

“This tragedy highlights the challenges our diplomats face when they serve as frontline civilians, representing our nation in harm’s way. Isolating America and sequestering these professionals in fortress embassies is not a solution. We must value and support their important work, as well as protecting their physical security.”

The second section highlights the many attempts at calling for accountability as “pandering to conspiracy theorists.”

“Benghazi is a tragedy, not a scandal. At this point, most public discussion is pandering to conspiracy theorists or harping on the death of an American ambassador to score political points.”

Finally, the third section denigrates the Republican-led Congress for investigating the specific circumstances involving the events of Benghazi.

“These tragic events have been investigated more than the assassination of President John F. Kennedy. Reports ordered by a Republican-led Congress have repeatedly debunked conspiracy theories of criminal negligence or cover-ups, and media coverage has exhausted the issue from every angle. Even incoming House Speaker McCarthy admitted the investigations were more about hurting Hillary Clinton than finding truth. We should remember the sacrifice of these Americans, not reduce their names to political talking points.”

This document, if it was truly taken from Nancy Pelosi’s laptop, leaves more room for additional questions about the tragedy. No more information is available. We will inform you as this story develops. (RELATED: Voluminous Amount of Dems Beginning to Support Border Wall)

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The Gateway Pundit

Published  3 weeks ago

Rep. Matt Gaetz (R-FL) went on with Tucker Carlson on Thursday night. Rep. Gaetz announced he’s introducing the “Justice for All Act” to create criminal referrals for those who lie during congressional hearings. Gaetz is concerned that when you are Republican and lie to Congress the Deep State FBI sends 27 armed FBI snipers to […]

Koke: Koke Report Front Page News

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FBN’s Kennedy on how Sen. Kamala Harris (D-Calif.) announced that she will run for president in 2020.

Fox News

Published  1 month ago

Like a false prophet of moral righteousness, James Comey, former FBI director is constantly pretending to be a courageous hero fighting for truth and justice. In reality, he is a hateful, vengeful, arrogant narcissist who abused power and fostered one of the most corrupt federal departments this country has ever seen. But we can report the walls are closing in on James Comey.

We have, yet, another major development in our "Hannity Watch" on the "Deep State." Former FBI general counsel James Baker, the man who served as Jim Comey's top lawyer, he, too, like others. is now criminal investigation for leaking to the media. And Baker has long faced scrutiny over his ties to "Mother Jones" reporter David Corn. Remember, Corn was the first journalist to report the existence of Christopher Steele's dirty dossier in the lead-up to the 2016 presidential election.

So, let's keep track of Comey's leadership at the FBI. You know, Mr. Integrity. Now, of course, we know Comey himself was fired by President Trump. His second in command, Andrew McCabe, was fired for lying. Andrew McCabe is now currently under a criminal investigation. Comey's top investigator, Peter Strzok, well, he was fired for his obvious political bias. He may soon be under criminal investigation, as well as his ex- girlfriend, top FBI lawyer Lisa Page. She was forced to resign over her bias.

Then have you Comey's chief of staff, James Rybicki, he has resigned. And now, we know Comey's general counsel Jim Baker now, we can report, under an official criminal investigation, for something Comey himself that he admitted to doing when he leaked the FBI memos about President Trump. Remember, to his professor friend at Columbia, and then to the New York Times for the very purpose of spurring a special counsel investigation, which coincidentally -- well, that's being carried out by Comey's close friend Robert Mueller. How nice.

So, what did all the people have in common? They all wanted Hillary Clinton to win, one of them 100 million to zero. They all hated -- and continue to hate -- Donald Trump. They all worked together to rig our political system and fix the outcome of the 2016 election by using their powerful top position -- not rank and file -- the top positions, the FBI and the DOJ, to help Hillary Clinton win, to cheat, to rig an election.

And as we now know, they had an emergency policy and a media leak strategy in case Clinton didn't win, 100 million to zero. And after James Comey was fired, top officials inside the FBI were angry. They acted out of that anger, malice, emotion. And without any evidence, no probable cause or reasonable suspicion, they ended up launching what was a partisan investigation into the President of the United States, with a wild conspiracy accusing the president of working with Vladimir Putin to fire Comey because Russia told him to do it. No evidence.

They were angry. This was their punishment. This was their payback -- abusing power to attack the president that they never wanted elected.

Now, this brings us to a "Hannity" history lesson. Glenn Greenwald recently pointed out that the FBI in their investigation into Donald Trump used eerily similar tactics to those pioneered by J. Edgar Hoover. Hoover served as an FBI director for many decades, and he became infamous for his aggressive investigation into Americans who he suspected had ties to the Soviet Union. Hoover even suspected FDR's vice president, Henry Wallace. He conducted a lengthy probe and surveillance simply because Hoover disagreed with Wallace's policy.

The FBI should never be in the business of investigating political differences or policy decisions. They shouldn't be lashing out because of personal opinions that they have. The 99 percent of FBI field agents of rank-and-file do their jobs. They investigate crimes and criminals. Not politics, not policy, and especially not launching a counterintelligence investigation into a duly elected president with zero evidence because you don't like him.

On Tuesday, William Barr, President Trump's pick to be our next attorney general, faced his first day of confirmation hearings on the Hill. Sen. Lindsey Graham grilled him about whether or not he would investigate the FBI's baseless, corrupt investigation into President Trump. "Mr. Chairman. I think there were a number of investigations as I understand it going on in the department," Barr said.

That's a good sign, that William Barr cares about equal justice, equal application of our laws and says he will serve as a fair attorney general. Mr. Barr, there are no shortage of corrupt Trump haters to investigate and many with a lot of power that they have abuse. No shortage of crimes here.

We're going to begin to lay out a road map of corruption for the new attorney general to investigate. Fox News' Gregg Jarrett has compiled a comprehensive list. We're going to start with FISA abuse. That is lying to a FISA court. That is committing a fraud against a court to get a warrant to spy on a Trump campaign associate using Hillary Clinton's bought and paid for phony dossier that was full of Russian lies.

James Comey, Andrew McCabe, Sally Yates, Rod Rosenstein all likely committed fraud on a FISA court by presenting Hillary Clinton's dirty dossier as unbiased, verified evidence, when reality, it was never verified, never corroborated and full of Russian lies. And they never told the courts that it was bought and paid for by Hillary Clinton.

That's a good sign, that William Barr cares about equal justice, equal application of our laws and says he will serve as a fair attorney general. Mr. Barr, there are no shortage of corrupt Trump haters to investigate and many with a lot of power that they have abuse. No shortage of crimes here.

Next up, Mr. Barr, if you get this job, you need to look into the theft and leaking of government documents. Now, Jim Comey obviously committed a serious crime when he intentionally leaked his FBI memos about his conversations with the president. It's important to also look at abuse of power charges that would be applied to many of the same names: Comey, McCabe, Strzok, all fired. Lisa Page, resigned and shamed. Bruce Ohr, demoted twice - he should have been fired. All using their high positions in our federal government to persecute those they disagreed with politically. All trying to get Hillary Clinton get elected and then having an insurance policy, and a media leak strategy if, in fact, Donald Trump did win.

Let's not forget about lying to the FBI. After all, this crime shouldn't only apply an American war hero like General Flynn and Trump campaign staffer like George Papadopoulos, who just spent two weeks in jail for nothing. Andrew McCabe was literally fired over that charge. Is he going to receive the same treatment as General Flynn and be prosecuted?

Now, the DOJ also will need to tackle the unauthorized leaks. We now know that James Baker is already facing a criminal investigation over this charge. But so, too are we going to look at John Brennan and James Clapper? What about Susan Rice? And what about Samantha Powers? Shouldn't they be investigated over the massive amount of names that they unmasked while serving in the final year of the Obama administration?

And because of James Comey's biased investigation into Hillary Clinton and exoneration before an investigation, there's an obvious violation of the Espionage Act. Mr. Barr must also revisit Hillary Clinton's various crimes, like, deleting subpoenaed emails and deleting your hard drive and washing it with BleachBit and busting up devices and ripping out SIM cards.

Adapted from Sean Hannity's monologue from "Hannity" on January 15, 2019.

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The Gateway Pundit

Published  1 month ago

On Wednesday evening, the corrupt Justice Department sought to stall a court-ordered discovery plan, citing the government shutdown, according to Judicial Watch president Tom Fitton.

A federal judge ruled on Tuesday that discovery can begin in Hillary Clinton’s email scandal.

The discovery was scheduled to be completed within 120 days.

Judge Lamberth also ordered senior Obama officials to provide written answers to Judicial Watch under oath.

Last week Judicial Watch submitted a court-ordered discovery plan seeking depositions from top Obama officials involved in Hillary Clinton’s email scandal including Susan Rice and Ben Rhodes.

The discovery plan stems from a December, 2018 ruling by Judge Royce Lamberth ordering the State Department and DOJ to submit discovery in three areas.

Judge Lamberth called Clinton’s use of the private email server “one of the gravest modern offenses to government transparency.”

The DOJ fought against Judicial Watch and colluded with Hillary Clinton’s cronies to limit discovery, and now the DOJ is seeking to stall a court-ordered discovery plan.

Read all about Judicial Watch’s court-ordered discovery plan to depose top Obama officials including Susan Rice and Ben Rhodes here.

BREAKING: Citing government shutdown, DOJ/State seek to stall court-ordered discovery ordered to begin yesterday on Clinton Email, Benghazi Scandal: Top Obama-Clinton Officials, Susan Rice, and Ben Rhodes to Respond to @JudicialWatch Questions Under Oath https://t.co/kka1QCEWtG pic.twitter.com/WYHLLTFP0G

— Tom Fitton (@TomFitton) January 17, 2019

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Conservative News Today

Published  1 month ago

A federal judge has ruled that former Obama National Security Adviser Susan Rice and her deputy, Ben Rhodes, must answer written questions about the State Department’s response to the 2012 radical Islamic terrorist attack in Benghazi, Libya.

The September 2012 attack on the US embassy in Benghazi led to the deaths of four Americans, including US Ambassador Chris Stevens.

The inquiry is part of a lawsuit related to Hillary Clinton’s unauthorized use of a private, unsecured email server to conduct government business when she was Obama’s secretary of state from 2009 to 2013.

Hillary Lied and Blamed a Video for Terrorist Attack

Immediately after the Benghazi attack, then-Secretary of State Hillary Clinton lied to the world by falsely claiming that it was caused by an anti-Muslim video. And Barack Obama played along.

The attack occurred on Sept. 11, 2012. Many believe the Obama administration promoted this false narrative in order to not hurt his chances of re-election two months later, in November 2012.

U.S. District Judge Royce C. Lamberth agreed to a request by watchdog Judicial Watch to make Susan Rice and Ben Rhodes answer written questions about the cover-up.

However, Lambert denied a request to make them sit for depositions, Fox News reported.

Judicial Watch has been doggedly pursuing whether Hillary Clinton’s State Department “acted in bad faith.”

Did Hillary Use Private Email to Hide Her Lies?

While the media looks for every tiny thing to criticize President Trump, they gave former Secretary of State Hillary and former president Obama a pass on many epic screw-ups for eight years.

Not only did Hillary lie when she blamed the 2012 Benghazi embassy attack on an anti-Islam video, but the media never criticized her for reportedly ignoring 600 email requests from Ambassador Chris Stevens begging for more security in the months before he was murdered.

“Rice’s talking points and State’s understanding of the attack play an unavoidably central role in this case,” Lamberth wrote.

“State’s role in the [talking] points’ content and development could shed light on Clinton’s motives for shielding her emails from [Freedom of Information Act] requesters or on State’s reluctance to search her emails.”

AG nominee William Barr is friends with Mueller, ‘doesn’t subscribe to lock her up stuff’ on Hillary

Homeland Security

Published  1 month ago

Top row from left are former CIA Director Michael Hayden, former FBI Director James Comey, former acting FBI director Andrew McCabe and former national security adviser Susan Rice. Bottom row from left are former FBI Deputy Assistant Director Peter Strzok, former Deputy Attorney General Sally Yates and former National Intelligence Director James Clapper. (AP Photo)

Familiarity, it is said, breeds contempt. It also breeds indifference. For almost three years now, the intelligence services and police apparatus of the deep state have worked tirelessly to undermine Donald Trump. Beginning sometime in the late winter of 2016, when Trump’s presidential campaign was showing unexpected signs of strength, John Brennan—the Communist-voting apparatchik turned media mouthpiece whom it pleased Barack Obama to appoint as director of the CIA—began ringing alarm bells about Trump’s possible relations with the Kremlin. His concern was based on two things. One was a report, spurious as it turned out, about “contacts between Russian officials and U.S. persons that raised concerns in my mind about whether or not those individuals were cooperating with the Russians.” The other was that brittle sense of entitlement, fired by paranoia, that membership in the higher echelons of the deep state’s nomenklatura breeds.

Brennan convened a “working group” at CIA headquarters that included Peter Strzok, the disgraced FBI agent who was head of counter-intelligence, and James Clapper, then director of national intelligence (now, like Brennan, another mouthpiece for the left-wing media), in order to stymie Trump’s campaign. It was Brennan, too, who first alerted James Comey, the disgraced former director of the F.B.I., to the fantasy of possible “collusion” between the Trump Campaign and “the Russians.”

Then came the infamous “Steele Dossier,” the agglomeration of malicious gossip about Trump that was surreptitiously commissioned by and paid for by the Clinton campaign and the DNC. This fantastical piece of “opposition research” was essentially the sole warrant for opening secret FISA investigations against Carter Page, a low-level Trump campaign advisor, and others.

All this provided sensational pabulum for the anti-Trump press, who spent countless hours peeling back the complex, hypertrophied onion that the CIA, the FBI, and various figures within the Obama administration had built up to destroy the candidacy of Donald Trump without quite seeming to target Trump himself.

Mirabile ditctu, it didn’t work. Still, it was impossible that Trump could actually win the election. Nancy Pelosi told us that we could “take it to the bank” that Donald Trump was not going to be president. Many other politicians and talking heads made fools of themselves emitting similar pseudo-certainties right up to the afternoon and early evening of election day.

But win he did, and that changed everything. Now it was not a candidate who had to be stopped but a duly elected president of the United States who had to be kept from knowing exactly what lengths the government—soon to be his government—had gone to destroy him. From November 9, 2016, to January 20, 2017, the reins of government were still in the hands of Barack Obama. The apparatus to stop Trump the candidate was already in place. Now it would be deployed against Trump the president-elect and, later, Trump the president.

Fox News

Published  1 month ago

A stench has been emanating from the J. Edgar Hoover Building (FBI headquarters) for over two years. It landed Saturday on the front page of the New York Times in an article citing “former law enforcement officials” claiming they had to deal with “explosive implications” that President Donald Trump was “knowingly” or “unwittingly” working for Russia. Thus, the story goes, there was a basis to begin the Russia collusion investigation.

In fact, “The Gray Lady” was covering the derrieres of the Obama administration officials involved in the cabal to frame Trump, who now fear an imminent Special Counsel finding that during the 2016 campaign there was no collusion between Trump and the Russians. The article is intended to convey the following message: Even though there was no evidence to support the allegations, those making the decision to investigate Trump did so in good faith.

No, they did not. The rotting of the FBI hierarchy began when then-Deputy Director Andrew McCabe and then-agent Peter Strzok, enabled by former Director James Comey and the Obama Justice Department, utilized an “unsubstantiated” dossier created by former British spy, Christopher Steele, and financed by the Clinton campaign, to request a FISA warrant to wiretap Trump campaign advisor Carter Page. Yet, the New York Times described the dossier as a “factor[] fuel[ing]” the “FBI’s concerns.”

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We have been involved in the criminal justice process for decades. Never have we seen a law enforcement person concerned about anything unsubstantiated.

Another “factor” was that Trump “refused to criticize Russia on the campaign trail.” Really? Where was the FBI or DOJ angst in 2012 when President Barack Obama requested then-Russian President Dmitry Medvedev tell Vladimir Putin that after the election, he would have “more flexibility” to deal with serious stuff like missile defense?

Where was the angst when Secretary of State Hillary Clinton attempted a Russian reset? Was anyone in law enforcement tossing his cookies in 2010 when her spouse, Bill Clinton, took $500,000 from a Russian entity comprised of former Russian intelligence operatives? Or when the Obama administration allowed corrupt Russian-controlled companies to purchase Uranium One, thereby acquiring 20 percent of the U.S. uranium supply.

Another “factor” was that in July 2016, candidate Trump “called on Russia” “to hack into” Clinton’s emails. No. Trump’s remark, “Russia, if you’re listening, I hope you will be able to find the 30,000 emails that are missing,” was not a request to hack. Hillary had already used BleachBit to delete the emails so “even God cannot read them” according to former Rep. Trey Gowdy, R-S.C. Trump was joking to attack his political opponent for destroying evidence or, in legal jargon, obstructing justice.

Which raises another New York Times “factor”: that firing Comey in May of 2017 was “obstruction of justice” calling for a criminal investigation in addition to the counterintelligence investigation already in place because of the pretextual factors cited above. Set aside the president’s clear constitutional authority to fire any executive branch person for any reason or for no reason.

The fact remains that a person cannot be charged with obstruction of justice if the act at issue cannot obstruct justice, meaning it cannot thwart the investigation. Even if a special counsel had not been (improperly) appointed, the FBI top dog’s departure does not affect in any way the continuing work of the FBI employees below him. Indeed, it has not. Where is the obstruction?

Moreover, if firing Comey obstructed justice, why wasn’t Deputy Attorney General Rod Rosenstein, who recommended the firing, also placed under investigation?

The New York Times story was created to obfuscate the real criminal conspiracy: violation of Title 18 of U.S. Code Section 242, which prohibits any person under color of law (i.e. Obama administration personnel) to deprive another of “rights, privileges, or immunities secured by the Constitution.” Such legal protection includes being free from a criminal investigation based on false charges.

Perhaps the bizarre January 20, 2017 email Susan Rice wrote “to herself” purporting to document a January 5, 2017 meeting with President Obama, Deputy Attorney General Sally Yates, FBI Director Comey and Vice President Joe Biden, gives a clue as to some of those conspirators. The meeting discussed the Steele dossier and Russian collusion, but curiously Rice stressed that the former president said every aspect should be handled “by the book.” Yet, Strzok had told his FBI colleague and paramour Lisa Page not to worry about Trump being elected because “We’ll stop it.”

The brazen plot against President Trump by the Obama FBI and DOJ continues, enabled by a complicit media. The odor of corruption has long been noxious. But the Democrats and media hold their collective noses. The criminal clique, via the New York Times, has announced to the world, “Catch me if you can.”

Joseph diGenova is a former U.S. attorney for the District of Columbia, co-founder of the law firm of diGenova & Toensing and an informal legal adviser to President Trump.

Victoria Toensing is a former chief counsel for the Senate Select Committee on Intelligence and former deputy assistant attorney general at the U.S. Department of Justice, where among other assignments she created the anti-terrorism section. She is a founding partner of diGenova & Toensing.

NaturalNews.com

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The more you learn about “Spygate” — the Obama-era operation launched by the Deep State to trip up POTUS Donald Trump’s 2016 presidential campaign and then undermine his administration after he [...]

dailycaller

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At 1:50 p.m. on Friday, Sept. 2, 2016, Federal Bureau of Investigation attorney Lisa Page revealed President Obama’s direct involvement in the insidiously corrupt Clinton email investigation, texting her “secret society” conspirator boyfriend, FBI Special Agent Peter Strzok: “Yes, bc potus wants to know everything we are doing.”

Page’s text was a reply to Strzok, confirming that she was preparing talking points for FBI Director James Comey to brief Obama on the sham investigation. (RELATED: Judge Napolitano is Wrong On Both The Law And The Facts)

You will recall that in 2015 Obama lied to CBS’ Bill Plante when answering how he learned Hillary Clinton had used an unsecured email server. “The same time everybody else learned it, through news reports,” Obama said.

In fact, Obama exchanged 18 emails with Clinton over her unsecured, outlaw server. The Department of Justice (DOJ) Inspector General (IG) report on the Clinton email investigation further identifies Comey’s complicity in the cover-up to shield Obama and minimize Clinton’s crimes.

The IG report discusses a key paragraph in Comey’s statement summarizing the FBI’s assessment that “hostile actors” penetrated Clinton’s server. The IG report stated: “President Barack Obama was one of the 13 individuals with whom Clinton had direct contact using her clintonemail.com account. Obama, like other high-level government officials, used a pseudonym for his username on his official government email account.”

The key paragraph, the IG report said, “referenced Clinton’s use of her private email for an exchange with then President Obama while in the territory of a foreign adversary. This reference was later changed to ‘another senior government official,’ and ultimately was omitted.”

In the Watergate Summer of 1973, Tennessee Republican Sen. Howard Baker famously asked, “What did the president know and when did he know it?”

The American public deserves a legal answer to that very question concerning Obama. The former president has eluded any scrutiny on these subjects. The congressional inquiries by Republicans are now dead. There’s no chance House Speaker Nancy Pelosi will permit any further effort along those lines of inquiry.

When Mr. Barr takes office as the new attorney general he needs to rigorously pursue Obama’s knowledge and conduct concerning the Clinton email investigation, and the subsequent Trump frame-up orchestrated by the same “dirty cops” of the FBI and DOJ: Comey, McCabe, Strzok, Page, Baker, Ohr, Yates, et al.

So far, the cover-up of the Obama administration’s criminality has worked. Congressmen Devin Nunes, Bob Goodlatte and Trey Gowdy each pursued leads, uncovering substantial criminal acts and misconduct. They were also contemptuously told, in essence, “Drop dead!” by the FBI and DOJ, without consequence.

Obama and his key White House advisors (such as Lisa Monaco, Robert Mueller’s former chief of staff), Kathryn Ruemmler (an alumnae of Andrew Weissman’s compromised Enron Task Force), and Susan Rice (serial Benghazi liar and author of the infamous Trump inauguration day “note to self”) and their “dirty cop” cooperators within DOJ/FBI corruptly conspired to abuse their authority in a number of ways:

Widescale “unmasking” of the identities of U.S. citizens through communications intelligence collection.

Sweetheart immunity deals to Clinton facilitators such as Cheryl Mills.

Corruptly obtaining Foreign Intelligence Surveillance Act warrants predicated on Clinton-financed, fake “oppo-research,” purchased from foreign actors.

Orchestrating foreign counterintelligence incidents (i.e., Carter Page, Stef Halper, etc.) in order to “import” defensive investigations back into the United States for the purposes of circumventing laws prohibiting FBI offensive penetration of the Trump campaign/transition/administration.

The Mueller investigation (a creature of Comey’s self-righteous, vindictive, criminal leaking of classified information) grinds on without a single indictment or conviction consistent with his charter to uncover Russian collusion. Mueller looks scrupulously at everywhere the evidence isn’t.

Barr’s first order of business as AG should be to restore accountability and integrity to the DOJ and FBI. His starting point should be grounded in establishing what Obama knew and when he knew it — because we have clear evidence that, “potus wants to know everything we are doing.”

Chris Farrell is director of investigations and research for Judicial Watch and a member of its board of directors. He is a former military intelligence officer and special agent of U.S. Army Counterintelligence.

The views and opinions expressed in this commentary are those of the author and do not reflect the official position of The Daily Caller.

dailycaller

Published  1 month ago

At 1:50 p.m. on Friday, Sept. 2, 2016, Federal Bureau of Investigation (FBI) attorney Lisa Page revealed President Obama’s direct involvement in the insidiously corrupt Clinton email investigation, texting her “secret society” conspirator boyfriend, FBI Special Agent Peter Strzok: “Yes, bc potus wants to know everything we are doing.”

Page’s text was a reply to Strzok, confirming that she was preparing talking points for FBI Director James Comey to brief Obama on the sham investigation.

You will recall that in 2015 Obama lied to CBS’ Bill Plante when answering how he learned Hillary Clinton had used an unsecured email server. “The same time everybody else learned it, through news reports,” Obama said.

In fact, Obama exchanged 18 emails with Clinton over her unsecured, outlaw server. The Department of Justice (DOJ) Inspector General (IG) report on the Clinton email investigation further identifies Comey’s complicity in the cover-up to shield Obama and minimize Clinton’s crimes.

The IG report discusses a key paragraph in Comey’s statement summarizing the FBI’s assessment that “hostile actors” penetrated Clinton’s server. The IG report stated: “President Barack Obama was one of the 13 individuals with whom Clinton had direct contact using her clintonemail.com account. Obama, like other high-level government officials, used a pseudonym for his username on his official government email account.”

The key paragraph, the IG report said, “referenced Clinton’s use of her private email for an exchange with then President Obama while in the territory of a foreign adversary. This reference was later changed to ‘another senior government official,’ and ultimately was omitted.”

In the Watergate Summer of 1973, Tennessee Republican Sen. Howard Baker famously asked, “What did the president know and when did he know it?”

The American public deserves a legal answer to that very question concerning Obama. The former president has eluded any scrutiny on these subjects. The congressional inquiries by Republicans are now dead. There’s no chance House Speaker Nancy Pelosi will permit any further effort along those lines of inquiry.

When Mr. Barr takes office as the new attorney general he needs to rigorously pursue Obama’s knowledge and conduct concerning the Clinton email investigation, and the subsequent Trump frame-up orchestrated by the same “dirty cops” of the FBI and DOJ: Comey, McCabe, Strzok, Page, Baker, Ohr, Yates, et al.

So far, the cover-up of the Obama administration’s criminality has worked. Congressmen Devin Nunes, Bob Goodlatte and Trey Gowdy each pursued leads, uncovering substantial criminal acts and misconduct. They were also contemptuously told, in essence, “Drop dead!” by the FBI and DOJ, without consequence.

Obama and his key White House advisors (such as Lisa Monaco, Robert Mueller’s former chief of staff), Kathryn Ruemmler (an alumnae of Andrew Weissman’s compromised Enron Task Force), and Susan Rice (serial Benghazi liar and author of the infamous Trump inauguration day “note to self”) and their “dirty cop” cooperators within DOJ/FBI corruptly conspired to abuse their authority in a number of ways:

Widescale “unmasking” of the identities of U.S. citizens through communications intelligence collection.

Sweetheart immunity deals to Clinton facilitators such as Cheryl Mills.

Corruptly obtaining Foreign Intelligence Surveillance Act warrants predicated on Clinton-financed, fake “oppo-research,” purchased from foreign actors.

Orchestrating foreign counterintelligence incidents (i.e., Carter Page, Stef Halper, etc.) in order to “import” defensive investigations back into the United States for the purposes of circumventing laws prohibiting FBI offensive penetration of the Trump campaign/transition/administration.

The Mueller investigation (a creature of Comey’s self-righteous, vindictive, criminal leaking of classified information) grinds on without a single indictment or conviction consistent with his charter to uncover Russian collusion. Mueller looks scrupulously at everywhere the evidence isn’t.

Barr’s first order of business as AG should be to restore accountability and integrity to the DOJ and FBI. His starting point should be grounded in establishing what Obama knew and when he knew it — because we have clear evidence that, “potus wants to know everything we are doing.”

Chris Farrell is director of investigations and research for Judicial Watch and a member of its board of directors. He is a former military intelligence officer and special agent of U.S. Army Counterintelligence.

The views and opinions expressed in this commentary are those of the author and do not reflect the official position of The Daily Caller.

Tea Party

Published  1 month ago

(Gateway Pundit) – A former Law Enforcement Officer named Roscoe B. Davis unveiled a number or tweets over the weekend tying the attack in Benghazi to the Clinton Foundation. The foundation reportedly made millions gun running and General Flynn was allegedly attacked because he knew too much. The tweets are as follows and start with […]

The Gateway Pundit

Published  1 month ago

Guest post by Joe Hoft A former Law Enforcement Officer named Roscoe B. Davis unveiled a number or tweets over the weekend tying the attack in Benghazi to the Clinton Foundation.  The foundation reportedly made millions gun running and General Flynn was allegedly attacked because he knew too much. The tweets are as follows and […]

American Greatness

Published  1 month ago

Just as the Republican Party is purging itself of hackneyed lawmakers, bitter neoconservative commentators, and insatiable interventionists, along comes Mitt Romney to remind us of what we definitely are not missing.

In a late New Year’s Day sermon published in the Washington Post, the incoming senator expressed his disappointment in the president and, by extension, in all of us. It was filled with the sort of juvenile platitudes that at one time mollified Republican voters, but now either amuse or enrage them. “A president should unite us and inspire us to follow ‘our better angels.’ A president should demonstrate the essential qualities of honesty and integrity, and elevate the national discourse,” the twice-losing presidential candidate warned. “To reassume our leadership in world politics, we must repair failings in our politics at home. It includes political parties promoting policies that strengthen us rather than promote tribalism by exploiting fear and resentment.”

Romney then proceeded—oddly—to lament Trump’s unpopularity in the world (sorry to disappoint you, Sweden!) and called for a unified Europe. We must defend the press and labor unions, Romney insisted, despite their failings. And he essentially called Trump a racist, sexist, immigrant-hater.

Real original.

The reaction on the Right to Romney’s missive was fast and furious. His niece, head of the Republican National Committee, sided with Trump, calling the opinion piece written by her wayward kin “disappointing and unproductive.” Trump again teased the man he once teased with the prospect of a cabinet position: “Would much prefer that Mitt focus on Border Security and so many other things where he can be helpful. I won big, and he didn’t. He should be happy for all Republicans. Be a TEAM player & WIN!” Trump tweeted on Wednesday morning.

While Donald Trump sharpens his ax to take on impeachment efforts and potential 2020 presidential rivals, he could hardly ask for a better whetting stone than Romney. The incoming Republican senator from Utah is the embodiment of what ailed the establishment GOP for two decades before Trump won the presidency: a pedigreed, wealthy, elegant loser who cowed to pressure from the media and Democrats every time. Their long-standing feud, cataloged by Philip Bump, is a metaphor for the internecine struggle within the Republican Party. Is it Trump’s party or is it Romney’s?

Further, as criticism about Trump’s alleged lack of presidential character rolls on, what does Romney mean by writing, “presidential leadership in qualities of character is indispensable”? And who is Mitt Romney to issue such a warning?

Over his ambitious, self-serving, 25-year career, Romney’s positions on major issues from subsidized health care to abortion to global warming have changed more often than his home address. Faced with skepticism from conservative voters in 2012, he laughably had to declare that he was “severely conservative.” But in 2002, when running for governor of Massachusetts, Romney called himself a moderate with progressive views.

He had no concerns about poor character 11 years ago when he teamed up with then-Sen. Ted Kennedy (D-Mass.) to pass a universal health care law in that state. Calling him a “collaborator and friend” during the 2007 signing ceremony, Romney lauded Kennedy’s indispensable work behind the scenes to push the not severely conservative government program. He later admired Kennedy’s political skills and called the man who left a young girl to die in a submerged car his “go-to guy” when Romney needed help.

Similarly, Romney had no concerns about Trump’s character when he solicited his endorsement in 2012. Acknowledging his political groveling on a stage shared with his wife and Trump in Nevada before that state’s crucial primary, Romney admitted that “there are some things you just can’t imagine happening in life, this is one of them,” he joked. “Being in Trump’s magnificent hotel and having his endorsement is a delight. I’m so honored and pleased to have his endorsement.” He won that primary a few days later.

But unfortunately, Romney lost the general election in November—and it was that campaign that presented Romney’s own early test of presidential character. The 2012 election was a winnable race for the Republican candidate: The GOP had picked up an astounding 675 legislative seats nationwide, including 63 House districts and six Senate seats, in 2010. Obama’s popularity plummeted in 2011 and early 2012; as the contest between the president and Romney heated up in September 2012, the incumbent’s approval rating stood at 44 percent.

Then, Benghazi happened. Terrorists attacked the U.S. consulate in Libya on the eleventh anniversary of 9/11, killing four Americans including our ambassador. It was clear from the beginning not only that the Obama administration had failed to protect the outpost and the Americans serving there, but that its leading mouthpieces were lying about what happened. In a Rose Garden speech the next day, President Obama never referred to incident as a terrorist attack or to the killers as terrorists.

From the White House podium, press secretary James Carney blamed a “reprehensible and disgusting” video for the attack. When the remains of the fallen were returned a few hours later, Secretary of State Hillary Clinton referred to the “assault” and blamed an “awful internet video that we had nothing to do with.” Susan Rice, the U.N. Ambassador, infamously appeared on five Sunday news shows a few days after the attack to peddle the YouTube video excuse. The press, eager to see Obama reelected, helped push the bogus narrative.

So, what did Romney do? How did the president-in-waiting confront an obvious cover-up about a deadly terrorist attack two months before the election? He caved.

After issuing a quick condemnation on the White House’s handling of the attack, Romney faced harsh criticism by the press and the administration for “jumping the gun.” During the second debate, when moderator Candy Crowley challenged Romney’s (correct) assertion that Obama had not referred to Benghazi as a terrorist attack, the Republican candidate was flat-footed in his response. After that, it was radio silence. Obama’s approval ratings went up, and he won the November election by three points.

Thanks to Romney’s weakness, the nation endured another four years of Obama, which resulted in the Iranian Nuclear deal, the Paris Climate Accord, the Syrian civil war and resulting refugee crisis, and economic stagnation, to name just a few unwanted consequences. In four years, Romney openly criticized Obama once—for the Iran deal and how Americans will “carry the burdens of the millions of illegal immigrants he welcomed.” Obama’s Justice Department delayed pursuing the Benghazi killers, adding to the pain of the victim’s families.

The bottom line is that Romney’s political character is not far removed from Trump’s. Romney changed his views to advance his career; partnered up with dubious characters to make legislative deals; and ridiculed people on the opposite side of the political aisle to curry favor with his base. (Remember his infamous comment about the “47 percent” of the people he suggested could safely be ignored because they don’t contribute to the system, but instead take from it? Romney eventually had to apologize, but it did lasting damage to the Republican brand.)

Yes, he has a lovely wife and family; apparently he has never banged a porn star. But he’s been an ineffectual, if not damaging, political leader who cares more about how to please the Swedes than how to help Americans in Kenosha. A wealthy man at 71, he still can’t resist the attention and power gleaned from public office. It’s a self-serving, not selfless, endeavor.

Trump should welcome Romney’s character challenge not as a test of his fidelity to his wife but as a test of his loyalty to the American people and the issues that matter. In that contest Trump trumps Romney by a wide margin.

Photo credit: Jabin Botsford/The Washington Post via Getty Images

The Gateway Pundit

Published  1 month ago

Netflix took down an episode of “Patriot Act with Hasan Minhaj” in Saudi Arabia after the kingdon’s request.

The particular episode was critical of the regime’s role in the murder of WaPo Islamist Jamal Khashoggi.

Netflix Takes Down Episode Of Hasan Minhaj's Show After Saudi Arabia Complains- unreal… where the talking about killings is the problem rather than killings themselves being the problem. HELLO?!? https://t.co/KM73kwWaYl

— Martina Navratilova (@Martina) January 1, 2019

Former President Barack Obama and his wife Michelle Obama are top content producers and former UN Ambassador Susan Rice sit on the board of Netflix.

The Huffington Post reported:

An episode of “Patriot Act With Hasan Minhaj” has been removed by Netflix in Saudi Arabia after the country expressed complaints about material in the show.

“Now would be a good time to reassess our relationship with Saudi Arabia. And I mean that as a Muslim and as an American,” says Minhaj in the episode titled “Saudi Arabia.”

He goes on to discuss the murder of Washington Post journalist Jamal Khashoggi, who was killed in the Saudi Consulate in Istanbul in October and was revealed to have been slain on orders from Saudi Crown Prince Mohammed bin Salman. Khashoggi’s body has not been found.

The comedian then addresses the crown prince, referring to him as MBS, by critiquing the United States’ relationship with him and Saudi Arabia.

Here is the video:

American Greatness

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Post by @DownStreamPols.

dailycaller

Published  1 month ago

Former President Barack Obama’s cybersecurity czar confirmed Wednesday that former national security adviser Susan Rice told him to “stand down” in response to Russian cyber attacks during the 2016 presidential campaign.

Michael Daniel, whose official title was “cybersecurity coordinator,” confirmed the stand-down order during a Senate Select Committee on Intelligence hearing held to review the Obama and President Donald Trump’s administrations’ policy response to Russian election interference.

Rice’s order to Daniel was first reported in “Russian Roulette,” a book published in March that details Russia’s meddling in the election.

In the book, authors Michael Isikoff and David Corn reported that Daniel was developing strategies to respond to Russian cyber attacks on U.S. companies and political campaigns. He proposed using what’s known as denial of service attacks to take down Russian propaganda news sites and to attack Russian intelligence agencies. (RELATED: Christopher Steele Visited State Department Shortly Before 2016 Election)

Another idea was to announce a bogus “cyber exercise” against a Eurasian country. The goal was to put the Kremlin on notice that its infrastructure could easily be targeted by the U.S.

Rice opposed the proposals, according to “Russian Roulette.”

“Don’t get ahead of us,” she told Daniel in a meeting in August 2016, according to the book.

Daniel informed his staff of the order, much to their frustration.

“I was incredulous and in disbelief,” Daniel Prieto, who worked under Daniel, is quoted saying in “Russian Roulette.”

“Why the hell are we standing down? Michael, can you help us understand?” Prieto asked.

Daniel confirmed the exchange on Wednesday, during a round of questions from Idaho Sen. Jim Risch.

“That is an accurate rendering of the conversation at the staff meeting,” he testified.

“You were told to stand down, is that correct?” Risch, a Republican, asked Daniel.

“Those actions were put on the back burner, yes. That was not the focus of our activity during that time period,” Daniel replied.

He noted the White House cybersecurity team did continue working to respond to Russia, but with a smaller staff and a less aggressive approach.

“It’s not accurate to say that all activity ceased at that point,” he said, declining to describe the activities in an unclassified hearing.

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Breitbart

Published  1 month ago

Former National Security Advisor Susan Rice published an op-ed Sunday in the New York Times in which she declares that President Donald Trump “does more to undermine American national security than any foreign adversary.”

More dangerous than the Islamic terrorists who carried out the Benghazi attack, about which she lied to the world, blaming a YouTube video; more dangerous than the so-called “Islamic state,” which she let take root after her boss, President Barack Obama, called them the “J.V. team”; more dangerous than Vladimir Putin’s Russia, which took over Crimea on her watch; more dangerous than Iran, with which she and her boss concluded a failed nuclear deal.

Rice wrote that Trump’s decision to withdraw from Syria — a conflict that the Obama administration allowed to drag on even after dictator Bashar al-Assad crossed Obama’s “red line” and gassed his own people — represented “[c]utting and running,” and she said that the departure of Secretary of Defense left the administration unstable (emphasis added):

The president couldn’t care less about facts, intelligence, military analysis or the national interest. He refuses to take seriously the views of his advisers, announces decisions on impulse and disregards the consequences of his actions. In abandoning the role of a responsible commander in chief, Mr. Trump today does more to undermine American national security than any foreign adversary. Yet no Republican in Congress is willing to do more than bleat or tweet concerns.

Against this backdrop, Mr. Mattis’s resignation is even more worrisome. Even though his record was mixed, he provided desperately needed reassurance to our allies, an unabashed if private counterweight to the president’s worse instincts, and experience and stature too great for Mr. Bolton to ignore. His departure will leave the administration all but devoid of wise, principled leadership and the guts to check a president who consistently places politics and self-interest above national security.

Ironically, President Obama was described by his own former defense secretary, Robert Gates, as making national security decisions with “a total focus on politics”; being erratic and disorganized; and abusing his advisers.

Last year, she admitted “unmasking” the names of members of President Trump’s transition team in surveillance reports after previously denying it. The “unmasked” name of Michael Flynn was illegally leaked to the media.

Read Susan Rice’s full op-ed here.

Joel B. Pollak is Senior Editor-at-Large at Breitbart News. He is a winner of the 2018 Robert Novak Journalism Alumni Fellowship. He is also the co-author of How Trump Won: The Inside Story of a Revolution, which is available from Regnery. Follow him on Twitter at @joelpollak.

True Pundit

Published  1 month ago

Former national security adviser Susan Rice has penned a highly critical op-ed tearing into President Trump over foreign policy.

The piece, “The Threat in the White House,” was published Sunday in The New York Times and details what she calls “dangerous dysfunction” in the Trump administration.

In the op-ed, Rice wrote that the U.S.’s national security decisionmaking process is “more broken” than at any time since 1947, when the National Security Act become law.

She said the president “does more to undermine American national security than any foreign adversary.”

Rice, who worked under former President Obama, pointed specifically to Trump’s decision to withdraw U.S. troops from Syria, a move she called “reckless.” – READ MORE

Breitbart

Published  1 month ago

President Donald Trump reacted Monday to critics who had rallied around former U.S. envoy Brett McGurk, noting that he was the Obama administration official responsible for sending pallets of cash to Iran for U.S. hostages.

McGurk, who was appointed by President Barack Obama in 2015 as special envoy to the international coalition fighting the so-called “Islamic State” (ISIS), resigned his post over the weekend in protest against President Trump’s decision to withdraw troops from Syria. Though McGurk had been due to leave his post in February, his resignation provided more fodder for Trump’s critics in the wake of Secretary of Defense James Mattis’s resignation Thursday.

Trump initially responded by accusing McGurk of “grandstanding,” adding that he had been appointed by Obama and that Trump did not even know him. That, in turn, led to more criticism.

Brett McGurk, who I do not know, was appointed by President Obama in 2015. Was supposed to leave in February but he just resigned prior to leaving. Grandstander? The Fake News is making such a big deal about this nothing event!

— Donald J. Trump (@realDonaldTrump) December 23, 2018

On Monday morning, Trump tweeted:

For all of the sympathizers out there of Brett McGurk remember, he was the Obama appointee who was responsible for loading up airplanes with 1.8 Billion Dollars in CASH & sending it to Iran as part of the horrific Iran Nuclear Deal (now terminated) approved by Little Bob Corker.

— Donald J. Trump (@realDonaldTrump) December 24, 2018

The claim is true, as initially reported by the Wall Street Journal, which broke the story of the cash ransom for American prisoners in 2016:

The Obama administration has refused to disclose how it paid any of the $1.7 billion, despite congressional queries, outside of saying that it wasn’t paid in dollars. Lawmakers have expressed concern that the cash would be used by Iran to fund regional allies, including the Assad regime in Syria and the Lebanese militia Hezbollah, which the U.S. designates as a terrorist organization.

The U.S. delegation was led by a special State Department envoy, Brett McGurk, and included representatives from the Central Intelligence Agency and Federal Bureau of Investigation, according to U.S. and European officials. The Iranian team was largely staffed by members of its domestic spy service, according to U.S. officials.

Revolutionary Guard commanders boasted at the time that the Americans had succumbed to Iranian pressure. “Taking this much money back was in return for the release of the American spies,” said Gen. Mohammad Reza Naghdi, commander of the Guard’s Basij militia, on state media.

Critics also argued that paying ransom for hostages would endanger Americans by creating a financial incentive to kidnap and imprison more of them.

In 2012, McGurk withdrew his nomination to be ambassador to Iraq over an affair with a Journal reporter.

As the New York Times reported at the time:

Six of the nine Republicans on the Senate Foreign Relations Committee wrote Mr. Obama last week that Mr. McGurk “lacks the leadership and management experience” to run the largest American embassy in the world and suggested that the e-mails documented “unprofessional conduct” and “poor judgment” that would tarnish his credibility. The public opposition by Republicans led to private defections among Democrats, including Senator Barbara Boxer of California, according to Democrats.

On Sunday, former National Security Advisor Susan Rice, who was in office at the time of the cash ransom payments to Iraq, wrote in the Times that Trump was a greater threat to the United States than “any foreign adversary.”

Joel B. Pollak is Senior Editor-at-Large at Breitbart News. He is a winner of the 2018 Robert Novak Journalism Alumni Fellowship. He is also the co-author of How Trump Won: The Inside Story of a Revolution, which is available from Regnery. Follow him on Twitter at @joelpollak.

the Guardian

Published  2 months ago

Obama appointee follows defense secretary Mattis in resigning as Trump defends move, saying other countries can take care of Isis

The Gateway Pundit

Published  2 months ago

FBI Director James Comey held a secret Oval Office meeting with President Barack Obama two weeks before Trump’s inauguration and may have deliberately misled Congress about it, according to an email sent by National Security Advisor Susan Rice that GOP Sens. Chuck Grassley and Lindsey Graham partially unclassified.

The meeting — which Comey never previously disclosed to Congress — occurred in the White House on Jan. 5, 2017. It included Obama, Vice President Joe Biden, Rice deputy Attorney General Sally Yates, and Comey. The topic of the meeting was potential Russian interference in the 2016 presidential election.

By failing to inform the Senate Select Committee on Intelligence about the meeting in his June 8, 2017, testimony, Comey may have deliberately and intentionally misled Congress about his interactions with the former president, especially a meeting so close to Trump entering the White House.

“President Obama had a brief follow-on conversation with FBI Director Comey and Deputy Attorney General Sally Yates in the Oval Office,” Rice wrote in an email written the day before the inauguration.

The National Archives gave Grassley and Graham “classified and unclassified emails” about the meeting.

Previously, Comey contended he only met with the Obama twice, once in 2015 and another “to say goodbye in late 2016,” according the former FBI director’s June 8, 2017, testimony before the Senate Select Committee on Intelligence.

It’s odd that Susan Rice felt the need to record this meeting the last day of the Obama Administration. We now know from a Senate request for information, that the very next day, on Friday, January 6th, 2017, crooked Comey came into the office to update top FBI gang members about information from the “sensitive matter team”. It’s unknown who that team was but likely it was related to the Obama meeting the day prior.

That afternoon, January 6th, 2017, the dishonest Comey met with President-elect Trump and shared with him, his notes on the Russia dossier. Then on Saturday, Comey put in some overtime to share with the FBI leadership team that he “executed his session exactly as [he] had planned” –

Then on Sunday, January 8th, 2017, the other former Head of the FBI fired over the past two years, Andrew McCabe, shared an email with a group of FBI Deep State loyalists stating the “Flood is coming”. A few days later ‘fake news’ CNN released a report stating that the President was briefed on the fake news dossier which was also released by far-left BuzzFeed –

A couple of days after that, on January 12th, 2017, the far-left Washington Post released an article insinuating that Trump supporter, General Mike Flynn, spoke with Russians on the phone while insinuating that his call was against the law. As it turned out, the only actions against the law were the leakers to WaPo who released classified information from Flynn’s legal discussions a month earlier.

The Deep State crooks in the Obama Administration pushed the bogus dossier and other lies to their compliant MSM, which in turn then promoted the these lies day and night.

They had to destroy the Trump team before they all were thrown in jail for their illegal acts during the Obama years. They destroyed Flynn because he knew too much and Obama hated him for criticizing his horrible Middle East policies.

Hat tip D. Manny

Dan Bongino

Published  2 months ago

American Greatness

Published  2 months ago

Post by @DownStreamPols.

The Federalist

Published  2 months ago

These are a lot of questions, but if handled by a skillful attorney, James Comey can be led through the details efficiently.

realclearinvestigations

Published  2 months ago

House Intelligence Committee Chairman Devin Nunes next plans to investigate the role former CIA Director John Brennan and other Obama intelligence officials played in promoting the salacious and...

americanthinker

Published  2 months ago

A crushing narrative that cries for a lot of big names to end up with long prison sentences.

realclearpolitics

Published  2 months ago

Dan Bongino, author of Spygate: The Attempted Sabotage of Donald J. Trump, lists reasons why the Mueller probe is the cleanup operation for what he called the "biggest scam in American history." Bongino presents the evidence at the David Horowitz Freedom Center Restoration Weekend 2018.

True Pundit

Published  3 months ago

Fox News in recent days told its top reporters to cease and desist working on any investigative stories that expose FBI corruption and probes of wrongdoing during the Barack Obama administration. “This place has gone downhill fast,” a well-placed Fox insider said. “Basically we all have been told all Fox wants is to cover breaking […]

True Pundit

Published  3 months ago

Shocking allegations coming from FOX News as officials probe a top executive who has reportedly allowed his anti-Trump politics to prevent the network from publishing breaking political and national security stories that would reflect positively on President Trump and his administration. FOX News’ Vice President of News & its D.C. bureau Managing Editor is under investigation for […]

Breitbart

Published  3 months ago

Left-wing activists and mobs have committed some 40 acts of violence and thuggery against President Trump and his supporters in October,

Chicks On The Right — Young Conservatives

Published  4 months ago

Fox News

Published  4 months ago

In a fiery hearing Friday in Washington, D.C., a federal judge unabashedly accused career State Department officials of lying and signing false affidavits to derail lawsuits seeking information about former Secretary of State Hillary Clinton's private email sever and her handling of the 2012 terrorist attack on the U.S. consulate in Benghazi, Libya.

The Gateway Pundit

Published  4 months ago

Former Obama Official Susan Rice left a trail of genocide and lies when she left office in 2017. This ad appeared in The New York Times in February 2015 pointing our her role in the Rwandan genocide. “Susan Rice has a blind spot: Genocide,” The ad attacks Obama’s National Security Advisor Susan Rice and her […]

New York Post

Published  4 months ago

Modal Trigger

What’s behind the recent spread of outraged mobs on US streets, wild-eyed and throwing violent fits because their favored political outcome didn’t happen? How did so many Americans give up on resolving disagreements through discussion and turn the fact that a disagreement exists into an excuse for a tantrum?

Campuses started setting up “safe spaces” well before 2015, when the news hit our media in earnest: College students were literally taking shelter from the possibility of hearing opinions they might disagree with.

For all the mockery the idea received, we’re seeing that principle extended to the real world. The recent outbursts on our streets have their root in the idea that only one opinion is the correct one and all others must be shut down.

And politicians are encouraging the idea that disagreement is a personal attack: “You cannot be civil with a political party that wants to destroy what you stand for, what you care about,” Hillary Clinton said last week.

“If you don’t agree, unfriend me” is a common enough post on Facebook — and that’s directed toward people who are supposed to be your friends.

It’s not a big leap from there to: If you don’t agree, you can’t have dinner, as Ted Cruz found out recently when he was chased from a restaurant. Or to yelling at Sen. Jeff Flake in an elevator. Or to: If you don’t agree, I can physically assault you, applied to strangers on the other side of your protest, as happened recently to the Republican son of President Barack Obama’s national security adviser Susan Rice.

We’re also years into those pre-Thanksgiving articles about how to talk to members of your own family who have a different political perspective. Most pieces now advise you to avoid talking politics altogether. That’s normal, actually — but if you avoid the subject because it makes you bristle with anger toward the people you love, that’s a problem.

It’s not just far-off relatives with a different political perspective that raise the ire of those unable to handle disagreement. In a Washington Post op-ed, “Thanks for not raping us, all you ‘good men.’ But it’s not enough,” Victoria Bissell Brown writes that she raged at her husband because of some small comment “I yelled at my husband last night. Not pick-up-your-socks yell. Not how-could-you-ignore-that-red-light yell. This was real yelling. This was 30 minutes of from-the-gut yelling.”

This is not normal. This is not behavior that should be rewarded with publication of an op-ed column on a non-fringe website. Bissell Brown is a retired history professor; the lessons of safe-space campus culture weren’t limited to students.

And when she reports that “I announced that I hate all men, and wish all men were dead,” that isn’t a joke we can all be in on. The inability to resolve conflict normally even in our own homes is exactly what spills out onto our streets.

After the 2016 election, we heard lots of admissions that many of us reside in political bubbles where we never hear outside opinions. For a while, it seemed like the consensus was that this was a negative thing. But now people increasingly retreat to these bubbles, proudly, and never learn how to handle political disagreement.

The result is the rage we’re seeing now. The more we shut off hearing the other side’s point of view, the more likely we are to see these mobs spring up.

Former Attorney General Eric Holder said last week, “Michelle [Obama] always says, you know, ‘When they go low, we go high.’ No. When they go low, we kick them. That’s what this new Democratic Party is about.”

Criticized for encouraging violence, he called it “fake outrage” and tweeted that he only meant “Republicans are undermining our democracy and Democrats need to be tough, proud and stand up for the values we believe in — the end.” He didn’t explain how his kicking comment made sense in that context.

When the other side is seeking to “destroy what you stand for,” or “undermine our democracy,” violence doesn’t seem so far-fetched.

In covering the early days of “safe spaces,” Conor Friedersdorf wrote for The Atlantic about student protesters who didn’t want a reporter filming them: “At various points, they intimidate him. Ultimately, they physically push him. But all the while, they are operating on the premise, or carrying on the pretense, that he is making them unsafe. It is as if they’ve weaponized the concept of ‘safe spaces.’ ”

Never learning to argue out their political beliefs, these people have graduated and now expect their opinions to always be shared and their favored political outcomes to always occur. Instead of being told to grow up, they’re encouraged to express their fury by people who should know better. Better for everyone if they had their rude awakening sooner rather than later.

The Last Refuge

Published  5 months ago

To honor the memory of those lost on September 11th/12th 2012: The Benghazi Brief The “Benghazi Brief” remains the most controversial research report we have ever produced. The brief co…

Chicks On The Right — Young Conservatives

Published  5 months ago

Gotta love the gall of former President Barack Obama. He gave a whole speech attacking Republicans for being divisive while telling a pack of lies and being himself, incredibly divisive. And the ironic part was that he was giving the speech as he received an award for “ethics in government” after being one of the most unethical anti-Constitutional presidents in history. It’s hard to pick out what was the worst point in the speech because there were so many bad points, but certainly, his attack on Americans outraged by what happened in Benghazi has to be up there.

Obama cast the Republicans as the evil folks.

“But over the past few decades, the politics of division and resentment and paranoia has unfortunately found a home in the Republican party,” Obama intoned.

He goes on to call everything he chides the Republicans about as “radical.”

Then he claimed that outrage over the 2012 attack on the U.S. compound in Benghazi in which four Americans were killed was because of Republicans pushing “wild conspiracy theories.”

Typical Obama, whose administration saw radical riots in the streets, but rather than condemning the people behind the riots, invited them to the White House. The man whose administration, whose party and whose designated candidate were behind pushing the collusion illusion and the false claim that the Russians “hacked the election.”

An investigation showed the Obama administration failed to provide adequate security for the folks in Benghazi. That is not “wild conspiracy,” that is fact. And that despite desperate pleas for security from people on the ground, Hillary Clinton as the Secretary of State failed to respond.

The Obama administration also lied about the attack when it happened, calling it an outgrowth of a protest gone wrong, despite all the evidence from the beginning it was an attack. Why did they do that? Because Obama was running for re-election and had claimed Al Qaeda was “in defeat and on the run.” If they were found to have just killed 4 Americans in an attack, that would refute his claims.

He sent people, including Susan Rice, out onto the Sunday shows to pitch it was because of a protest because of a video.

And Hillary Clinton and others in the administration lied to the families of the dead, saying it was because of the video.

And they tried to quiet the folks who were there, like Paronto, from talking, giving them multiple NDAs to sign including at the memorial service for one of their dead comrades.

But few people can answer Obama better than Kris Paronto, the former Army Ranger who was a private security contractor who served at the CIA annex in Benghazi.

Paronto rescued multiple people in Benghazi when the compound was attacked, at the risk of his own life.

“Benghazi is a conspiracy @BarackObama ?! How bout we do this,let’s put your cowardly ass on the top of a roof with 6 of your buddies&shoot rpg’s&Ak47’s at you while terrorists lob 81mm mortars killing 2 of your buddies all while waiting for US support that you never sent#scum”

Judicial Watch

Published  5 months ago

Judicial Watch announced today that on April 18, 2014, it obtained 41 new Benghazi-related State Department documents including a newly declassified email showing then-White House Deputy Strategic Communications Adviser Ben Rhodes attempting to orchestrate a campaign to misrepresent the Benghazi consulate terrorist attack as being “rooted in an Internet video, and not a failure of policy.”

The Gateway Pundit

Published  5 months ago

Former US Attorney Joe DiGenova went on WMAL radio on Monday to discuss the latest developments in the Obama Spygate scandal.

DiGenova dropped this bomb during the interview

During the infamous January 5, 2017 White House meeting Sally Yates, Susan Rice, Joe Biden, James Comey and Barack Obama discussed how they would target General Michael Flynn.

This is a huge development!

1. Mueller has told close confidants he was handed “a piece of crap on collusion.” But investigated it further with no fruits.

2. DiGenova mentions, “James Baker, former FBI General Counsel, is a cooperating witness in a case against James Comey.”

3. DiGenova says there will be one more indictment related to Lying to the FBI. However “the Mueller Probe is coming to an end with NO indictments about collusion whatsoever.”

4. DiGenova: “This is going to be a bad next 30 days for a bunch of people in the FBI and DOJ under Obama.” This is in relation to the declassification of the FISA documents for Carter Page which is in processs.

5. DiGenova also brings up the January 5th, 2017 meeting with Rice, Yates, Biden, Comey, and Obama. He says “[It] was a meeting to discuss how Sally Yates was going to get Michael Flynn. And the President of the United States, Barack Obama, was directly involved in these discussions.” This is another bombshell itself, and deserves a whole article. Suffice to say, I don’t have the time to suss out all the legal and ethical contradictions there are compared to the treatment of President Trump. This whole interview just blew me away. Listen for yourself.

Here is the audio from Monday’s interview.

TheHill

Published  5 months ago

What happened to the scandal in which Obama officials used foreign-surveillance authorities to spy on Americans?

The Last Refuge

Published  5 months ago

This outline is the story of how the FBI Counterintelligence Division and DOJ National Security Division were weaponized. This outline is the full story of what House Intelligence Chairman Devin Nu…

www.independentsentinel.com

Published  5 months ago

High-level Obama officials, including John Brennan and John Kerry, appear to have attempted to entrap Trump campaign officials and candidate Trump himself. This very likely scenario is being closely looked at after...

Washington Examiner

Published  6 months ago

President Trump revoked the security clearance of former CIA Director John Brennan last week after ordering a review of nine people — one current and eight former officials — who he considers political adversaries.

Reason.com

Published  6 months ago

Sen. Rand Paul (R–Ky.) is hailing President Donald Trump's decision to strip former CIA Director John Brennan of his security clearance. But the Kentucky Republican doesn't think the president should stop with Brennan.

On Wednesday, White House Press Secretary Sarah Sanders accused Brennan, who led the CIA for most of former President Barack Obama's second term, of "lying." Brennan's "recent conduct, characterized by increasingly frenzied commentary," Sanders said, "is wholly inconsistent with access to the nation's most closely held secrets."

Sanders' remarks echoed the sentiments of Paul, who has spent weeks calling for Brennan, a harsh critic of Trump, to lose his clearance. Late last month, Paul wrote on Twitter that "Brennan and other partisans" should be stripped of their security clearances. He suggested Brennan has leveraged his clearance into gigs as a cable news talking head.

So it came as no surprise that Paul lauded Trump for taking away Brennan's security clearance. "I urged the President to do this. I filibustered Brennan's nomination to head the CIA in 2013, and his behavior in government and out of it demonstrate why he should not be allowed near classified information," Paul said in a statement. "He participated in a shredding of constitutional rights, lied to Congress, and has been monetizing and making partisan political use of his clearance since his departure."

In an interview yesterday with WKU Public Radio, Paul said he wants other ex-Obama administration intelligence officials, including former Director of National Intelligence James Clapper and former National Security Adviser Susan Rice, to lose their clearances as well.

According to the Kentucky Republican, Clapper lied before the Senate Intelligence Committee when he was asked in March 2013 by Sen. Ron Wyden (D–Ore.) if U.S. intelligence was spying on American citizens. "When he was asked by Sen. Wyden if the NSA was collecting information on Americans, private information, he said no and that was a lie," Paul said. "Later, Edward Snowden revealed that they were collecting all Americans' phone information."

Paul has previously come down hard on ex-Obama administration officials. Last month, he suggested that Brennan, Clapper, and Comey were "bad apples that need to be dismissed from the swamp of Washington." And in April, Paul accused Rice of committing a crime by unmasking the identities of associates to Trump.

While Paul wants Trump to keep stripping security clearances, many former officials are making the opposite case. On Thursday, a dozen ex-intelligence officials blasted Trump's "attempt to stifle free speech." According to the officials: "Decisions on security clearances should be based on national security concerns and not political views."

As Reason's Scott Shackford argued last month, revoking the clearances is a bad move by the president:

What does this threat mean for those in the FBI responsible for investigating the role Russia played in meddling with the 2016 election? What does this mean for whistleblowers or anybody connected to the government who may attempt to warn the public of misconduct? Because this is not an effort to "drain the swamp" in any real way, it's really threatening that anybody who puts out information critical of the president could lose their security clearance and thereby lose job prospects.

Trump shouldn't strip former officials of their security clearances just because he doesn't agree with their political viewpoints. But in this case, it appears that that is Trump's primary motivation.

dailycaller

Published  6 months ago

James Clapper, the director of national intelligence under former President Barack Obama, took a swipe at former CIA Director John Brennan on Sunday, saying that his former colleague’s anti-Trump rhetoric has become “an issue in and of itself.”

“Do you think that John Brennan’s hyperbole is an issue here, is one of the reasons we’re having this crisis?” CNN’s Jake Tapper asked Clapper during a panel discussion about President Donald Trump’s decision to revoke Brennan’s security clearance.

“I think it is,” said Clapper, a CNN analyst. “John is sort of like a freight train and he’s gonna say what’s on his mind.”

“John and his rhetoric have become an issue in and of itself,” he added.

Trump revoked Brennan’s security clearance on Wednesday.

“Historically, former heads of intelligence and law enforcement agencies have been allowed to retain access to classified information after their government service so that they can consult with their successors regarding matters about which they may have special insight and as a professional courtesy,” Trump said in a statement. (RELATED: Brennan Accuses Trump Of Treason Following Helsinki Summit)

“Neither of these justifications supports Mr. Brennan’s continued access to classified information,” he said.

Brennan has been among the most vocal Obama administration critics of Trump. He has accused the Republican of being “treasonous.”

The administration is also considering revoking security clearances for Clapper, former FBI Director James Comey, Michael Hayden, Sally Yates, Susan Rice, Andrew McCabe, Peter Strzok, Lisa Page and Bruce Ohr.

Despite his criticism on Sunday, Clapper was among 12 former intelligence community officials who issued a letter on Thursday in support of Brennan.

“You don’t have to agree with what John Brennan says (and, again, not all of us do) to agree with his right to say it, subject to his obligation to protect classified information,” the retired officials wrote.

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National Review

Published  6 months ago

Former CIA director Michael Hayden said in an interview released Friday that President Trump should receive the respect every U.S. president is entitled to.

“I do think that the office and the occupant, the current occupant of the office, deserves the respect that is due [to] any American president,” Hayden stated. “Just in questions of style, I don’t refer to the fellow down the street [Trump] with anything other than ‘the president.’ I never just use his last name without the title.”

That said, Hayden expressed dismay with Trump’s governing style, which he sees as a way for the president to further his personal and political needs.

“This is the most norm-busting president in the history of the United States. There are no norms that seem to bind him. None that he is not willing to cross or break for his personal, policy, or political needs of the moment,” Hayden said. “I think it’s what frightens people like me.”

He added that officials should be careful not to take a page from the president’s book by protesting him too outlandishly.

“We have got to be very, very careful because if we break our own norms in protesting the president’s violation of norms, we’re not making things better,” he said.

The former CIA chief’s comments come in the wake of Trump’s decision to revoke the security clearance of another former CIA director, John Brennan, which sparked swift condemnation from a number of other ex-intelligence officials.

The White House cited Brennan’s “unfounded and outrageous statements, wild outbursts on the internet and television about this administration” and his “erratic conduct and behavior” as the basis for the decision. Brennan responded with defiance, calling the move an “abuse of power.”

“This action is part of a broader effort by Mr. Trump to suppress freedom of speech and punish critics,” Brennan said. “My principles are worth far more than clearances. I will not relent.”

Earlier this week, Hayden said he would be “honored” to have his security clearance stripped as well.

“Frankly, if his not revoking my clearance gave the impression that I somehow moved my commentary in a direction more acceptable to the White House, I would find that very disappointing and frankly unacceptable,” he said.

The White House is considering stripping security clearances from more current and former officials, including Hayden, former FBI director James Comey, former director of National Intelligence James Clapper, former deputy attorney general Sally Yates, former national-security adviser Susan Rice, former deputy FBI director Andrew McCabe, former FBI agent Peter Strzok, FBI lawyer Lisa Page, and Justice Department staffer Bruce Ohr.

Breitbart

Published  6 months ago

Defense Secretary Jim Mattis expressed solidarity with President Trump’s stripping of former Obama CIA Director John Brennan’s security clearance earlier this week.

“All I can tell you is, I have taken security clearances away from people in my previous time in uniform, and a security clearance is something that is granted on an as-needed basis,” he told Pentagon reporters traveling with him in South America on Friday.

The comment came in response to a question on what he thought about former intelligence officials denouncing the president for stripping Brennan’s security clearance.

Earlier this week, retired Navy Adm. Bill McRaven published a letter criticizing the president for stripping Brennan’s security clearance and asking him to take away his as well.

Trump critics hoped that the op-ed by McRaven, the Navy SEAL commander who oversaw the raid to get Osama Bin Laden during the Obama administration, would prompt other national security figures to denounce the president.

Shortly after McRaven’s letter, former intelligence officials spoke out against the stripping Brennan of his security clearance, many if not all of whom were already critics of Trump.

McRaven was nominated as the head of U.S. Special Operations Command by President Obama, and Hillary Clinton had reportedly considered him as a running mate. He spoke glowingly of Clinton in 2014, when he introduced her at an event.

White House Press Secretary Sarah Sanders announced Wednesday that the president revoked Brennan’s security clearance due to Brennan’s continued attacks of the president and assertions he colluded with Russia on Twitter and on MSNBC, where he is now a national security analyst.

Sanders said, reading a statement from Trump:

Historically, former heads of intelligence and law enforcement agencies have been allowed to retain access to classified information after their government service so that they can consult with their successors regarding matters about which they may have special insights and as a professional courtesy. Neither of these justifications supports Mr. Brennan‘s continued access to classified information.

Additionally, Mr. Brennan has recently leveraged his status as a former high-ranking official with access to highly sensitive information to make a series of unfounded and outrageous allegations — wild outbursts on the Internet and television — about this administration. Mr. Brennan‘s lying and recent conduct, characterized by increasingly frenzied commentary, is wholly inconsistent with access to the nation’s most closely held secrets, and facilitates the very aim of our adversaries, which is to sow division and chaos.

“More broadly, the issue of Mr. Brennan‘s security clearance raises larger questions about the practice of former officials maintaining access to our nation’s most sensitive secrets long after their time in government has ended,” Sanders added.

“Such access is particularly inappropriate when former officials have transitioned into highly partisan positions and seek to use real or perceived access to sensitive information to validate their political attacks. Any access granted to our nation’s secrets should be in furtherance of national, not personal, interests.”

Trump is also evaluating pulling the security clearances of former Director of National Intelligence James Clapper, former FBI Director James Comey, former CIA Director Michael Hayden, former Deputy Attorney General Sally Yates, former National Security Adviser Susan Rice, former Deputy FBI Director Andrew McCabe, former FBI counterintelligence official Peter Strzok, former FBI lawyer Lisa Page, and current Justice Department official Bruce Ohr.

Raw Story

Published  6 months ago

Have a gander at Trump’s enemies list: John Brennan – 25 years in the CIA. Director of the Terrorist Threat Integration Center, 2003-2004. Director of Central Intelligence, 2013-2017. James Clapper – 32 years in the Air Force, retired as a three-star general with three Legions of Merit, two Bronze Stars, and two Air Medals. Flew 73 combat support missions over Vietnam, Laos and Cambodia. Director of the Defense Intelligence Agency, 1991-1995. Under Secretary of Defense […]

Fox News

Published  6 months ago

A growing number of top intelligence community veterans from the Obama era are calling out ex-CIA director John Brennan for his attacks on President Trump, even as some take issue with the president’s decision to revoke Brennan’s security clearance.

latimes.com

Published  6 months ago

In a remarkable rebuke to President Trump, a bipartisan group of 12 decorated former intelligence chiefs signed a letter in support of John Brennan, the former CIA director whose security clearance the president revoked on Wednesday.

Sarah Palin

Published  6 months ago

The security clearance of former CIA Director John Brennan may not be the only one heading for the shredder as it is being reported the security clearances for several other Obama-era officials are being looked

Fox News

Published  6 months ago

The White House announced it is revoking former CIA director John Brennan's security clearance.

apple

Published  6 months ago

The former commander of the U.S. Joint Special Operations Command, who also oversaw the raid that killed Osama bin Laden, has a request for President Donald Trump: Revoke his security clearance.

Retired Navy Adm. William McRaven on Thursday wrote in an op-ed that he would “consider it an honor” to have his clearance revoked so that he could add his “name to the list of men and women who have spoken up against your presidency.”

The op-ed, which was published in The Washington Post, comes a day after the White House announced that it was revoking former CIA Director John Brennan’s clearance and reviewing those of a number of other former officials who have disagreed with the administration.

The White House is evaluating clearances for former FBI Director James Comey, former Director of National Intelligence James Clapper, former National Security Agency Director Michael Hayden, former national security adviser Susan Rice, former FBI attorney Lisa Page, former Deputy Attorney General Sally Yates, former FBI counterintelligence agent Peter Strzok, former FBI Deputy Director Andrew McCabe, whose security clearance was deactivated after he was fired earlier this year, and Bruce Ohr, who is still in the Justice Department.

The action against Brennan came as Trump continued to put pressure on special counsel Robert Mueller to end the Russia investigation, which the president has called a "witch hunt."

In an interview with The Wall Street Journal, Trump blamed Brennan for Mueller’s investigation, which last year began focusing on whether Trump’s campaign colluded with Moscow to influence the 2016 presidential election and has since widened to include possible obstruction of justice by Trump. Brennan, however, has been out of the government for 19 months.

Brennan and other intelligence officials met with Trump at Trump Tower days before his inauguration, and briefed him on evidence that the Russian government had sought to interfere in the election.

On Thursday, McRaven wrote that Brennan “is one of the finest public servants I have ever known.”

“Few Americans have done more to protect this country than John,” he wrote. “He is a man of unparalleled integrity, whose honesty and character have never been in question, except by those who don’t know him.”

The retired admiral wrote that he had hoped Trump would “rise to the occasion and become the leader this great nation needs.” Instead, McRaven, said Trump has failed to do so.

“Through your actions,” he wrote, “you have embarrassed us in the eyes of our children, humiliated us on the world stage and, worst of all, divided us as a nation.”

Diamond & Silk

Published  6 months ago

The hammer has finally fallen on former CIA Director John Brennan and the White House is done with his unprofessional behavior and actions. They’ve finally taken action.

White House Press Secretary had previously confirmed that the White House was looking at revoking the security clearances of former Obama administration officials who were no longer in office and who had been involved in questionable actions and/or social media attacks.

Sanders today confirmed that President Donald Trump had revoked the security clearance for Brennan.

And she read the statement from the president.

“I have decided to revoke the security clearance of John Brennan, former director of the Central Intelligence Agency. Historically, former heads of intelligence and law enforcement agencies have been allowed to retain access to classified information after their government service so that they can consult with their successors regarding matters about which they may have special insight and as a professional courtesy. Neither of these justifications supports Mr. Brennan’s continued access to classified information.”

Sanders said they were still reviewing pulling the clearances of James Comey, James Clapper, Sally Yates, Susan Rice, Andrew McCabe, Peter Strzok, Lisa Page and Bruce Ohr.

From Fox News:

The White House last month accused the former officials of having “politicized” or “monetized” their public service, and said their clearances gave “inappropriate legitimacy to accusations with zero evidence.”

Sanders said the president had a constitutional responsibility to protect classified information and that’s what he was doing.

What’s actually astounding was that Brennan still had a job after what he did in the Obama administration. And that’s not even counting any speculation about what part he may have had in spying on the Trump campaign.

He was caught spying on the Senate Intelligence Committee and then lying about it before Congress.

He finally admitted to it and all he had to do was make an apology. Are you kidding me?

Just for that alone, he should have been fired and had his security clearance pulled.

But since then, there has been speculation behind his involvement in the surveillance on the Trump campaign. But what is undeniable is his unprofessional and scurrilous attacks on Trump on Twitter. It’s one thing to be critical. It’s another to push conspiracy theories and claim Trump is guilty of treason based on something like his responses to questions during the Helsinki press conference. And Brennan is doing it, making money off of it for NBC and MSNBC as a contributor.

And Brennan is not happy about having it pulled and is spitting mad.

“This action is part of a broader effort by Mr. Trump to suppress freedom of speech & punish critics. It should gravely worry all American’s, including intelligence professioanls, about the cost of speaking out. My principles are worth far more than clearances. I will not relent.”

You actually have to have principles to have them be worth anything.

And this of course is nonsense, no one is stopping him from speaking. In fact, this is like kicking a hornet’s nest, it’s likely to make him even more virulent. But it will protect classified information from him and him for sabotaging anything in government.

Security clearances aren’t a right, they’re a privilege, and there’s no reason that an unstable individual with an animus toward the government should have clearance when he no longer is in office and has no reason to have one.

POLITICUSUSA

Published  6 months ago

Rachel Maddow sounded the alarm on Thursday, saying that Donald Trump isn’t just using his power to go after his critics; he’s also targeting key witnesses in Robert Mueller’s investigation.

Maddow said that “the practical effect” of Trump’s move to terminate the security clearance of former intelligence officials is to “interfere with that former official accessing his or her own notes and files” to use during key testimony.

#Maddow ties Trump’s attacks on Brennan directly to the Mueller investigation. #ctl #p2 pic.twitter.com/5HicF2weGD

— PoliticusUSA (@politicususa) August 17, 2018

Maddow said:

What if the practical effect of taking away a security clearance from a former official who was involved in the formative stages of the Russian investigation is that you interfere with that former official accessing his or her own notes and files? His or her own materials? From the former agency where those people worked during their time working on the Russia investigation. According to Brennan, that’s something that you’d need to do and that you might employ your security clearance to do if you’re going to be questioned on these matters as part of ongoing investigations. Look at the list. Look at almost all the names on the list of people the president wants to do this to. Brennan, CIA director during the Russia attack. Clapper, director of national intelligence during the Russia attack. Comey, director of the FBI during the Russia attack. McCabe, deputy director of the FBI during the Russia attack. Strzok, head of counterintelligence at the FBI during the Russia attack. Susan Rice, national security adviser during the Russia attack. Sally Yates, deputy attorney general during the Russia attack. Security clearances may or may not be something any of these people are using for their current work. But if they are stripped of their clearances or blocked from ever getting them again, what does that do to their ability to prepare for testimony and to testify if need be? We have good reason, after all, to think that a bunch of these people might have important things to say provided they can speak about classified material in a classified setting.

Trump himself admitted this is all about Russia

For a president who repeatedly says he isn’t guilty of obstruction, Donald Trump certainly obstructs justice a lot. On Thursday, he even admitted that his decision to terminate Brennan’s security clearance was directly connected to the Russia investigation.

As Maddow noted, reporting on Thursday suggests that Brennan was only the first, and Trump plans to target other former intelligence officials with similar connections to the Russia investigation.

It’s bad enough for a president to abuse his authority to go after his critics. But Trump’s behavior goes well beyond that. He isn’t just waging war on those who criticize him. He is systematically attacking key witnesses in Robert Mueller’s Russia investigation.

In doing so, the president has only bolstered the special counsel’s already-strong case that he is guilty of obstructing justice.

Fox News

Published  6 months ago

A collection of Justice Department official Bruce Ohr's emails, texts and handwritten notes, reviewed by Fox News, reveals that he was deeply connected to the unverified Steele Dossier as well as its author, and, during the presidential election campaign, the alleged government surveillance abuses involving a Trump campaign official.

The dossier, which was used by federal officials to justify the surveillance of a top Trump aide, Carter Page, was created by Fusion GPS and paid for by Hillary Clinton's campaign and the Democratic National Committee.

Ohr wrote that Christopher Steele, the ex-British spy who wrote the salacious dossier, was "very concerned (abt) about [former FBI Director James] Comey's firing -- afraid they will be exposed."

The Ohr documents shed more light on Steele's activities before the presidential election. While Steele shopped the dossier to multiple media outlets, he also appeared to ask Ohr for help with a Russian oligarch - Oleg Deripaska - after rumors the U.S. might impose sanctions.

Ohr had a conflict of interest during the presidential campaign and transition, congressional investigators say, because his wife Nellie worked for Fusion GPS. Steele, an ex-British spy, was a key source cited by the FBI and Department of Justice to obtain a FISA (Foreign Intelligence Surveillance Act) warrant to monitor Page.

FBI INCORRECTLY TOLD FISA COURT FOUR TIMES THAT STEELE WASN'T SOURCE OF REPORT USED TO JUSTIFY CARTER PAGE SURVEILLANCE

After the FBI dropped Steele as a source in November 2016 over his contacts with the media, the Republican-led House Intelligence Committee found that Steele had maintained contact with government officials by effectively using Ohr as a back channel.

During recent congressional testimony, now-fired FBI agent Peter Strzok confirmed that "the FBI received documents and material from Mr. Ohr."

On Wednesday, White House Press Secretary Sarah Sanders announced that President Trump had terminated former CIA Director John Brennan's security clearance, and was reviewing the clearances of several other former officials. Sanders read a statement from Trump that cited what he described as Brennan's misleading testimony before Congress and his increasingly partisan rhetoric, saying Brennan improperly traded on his access to classified information.

"For this reason, I've also begun to review the more general question of the access to classified information by government officials," Trump’s statement read. "As part of this review I'm evaluating action with respect to the following individuals: James Clapper, James Comey, Michael Hayden, Sally Yates, Susan Rice, Andrew McCabe, Peter Strzok, Lisa Page and Bruce Ohr."

Ohr is the only official on that list still working in the U.S. government.

During closed-door congressional testimony last year, the co-founder of Fusion GPS, Glenn Simpson, claimed he had no contact with Ohr until after the presidential election. But Ohr's work emails conflict with Simpson's testimony, and show contact months earlier.

Ohr's notes also indicate that in December 2016, there was a meeting in Washington, D.C.'s Chinatown between Fusion GPS’ Simpson and Ohr, with Ohr writing, "Glen(n) gave me a memory stick."

Reacting to the news late Thursday, President Trump suggested the disclosures were more proof of a "witch hunt" against him.

"DOJ’s Emails & Notes show Bruce Ohr’s connection to (phony & discredited) Trump Dossier," Trump wrote. "A creep thinking he would get caught in a dishonest act. Rigged Witch Hunt!"

The DOJ declined to comment on this story. There was no response from Simpson’s lawyer to a Fox News request seeking comment. Ohr can tell his side of the story on Aug. 28, when a closed-door interview is scheduled with the House oversight and judiciary committees as part of their joint investigation into the FBI and DOJ's conduct during the presidential election.

The Gateway Pundit

Published  6 months ago

As TGP’s Kristinn Taylor previously reported, White House Press Secretary Sarah Huckabee Sanders announced at a July press briefing that President Donald Trump is reviewing the process to revoke the security clearances of several Deep State critics for abusing their post-government retention of security clearances by lying about Trump and Russia, as well as politicizing […]

Breitbart

Published  6 months ago

White House Press Secretary Sarah Sanders read a statement from President Donald Trump Wednesday announcing that the administration is revoking former CIA Director John Brennan’s security clearance.

John Brennan security clearance revoked – President Donald Trump says in statement read by Press Sec. Sarah Sanders in White House briefing pic.twitter.com/mgYXCHNjc6

— Michelle Moons (@MichelleDiana) August 15, 2018

Sanders read the statement from President Trump at the opening of a late-scheduled press briefing. She said the President has a constitutional responsibility to protect classified information.

Several other former and current officials are being considered for having their clearances revoked: James Clapper, James Comey, Susan Rice, Lisa Page, Bruce Ohr, and others.

Sanders said they are willing to consider reviewing any security clearance as they deem necessary.

The full statement reads:

As the head of the Executive Branch and Commander in Chief, I have a unique constitutional responsibility to protect the nation’s classified information. Including by controlling access to it. Today, in fulfilling that responsibility, I have decided to revoke the security clearance of John Brennan, former Director of the Central Intelligence Agency.

Historically, former heads of intelligence and law enforcement agencies have been allowed to retain access to classified information after their government service so that they can consult with their successors regarding matters about which they may have special insights and as a professional courtesy. Neither of these justifications supports Mr. Brennan’s continued access to classified information.

First, at this point in my administration, any benefits that senior officials might glean from consultations with Mr. Brennan, are not outweighed by the risks posed by his erratic conduct and behavior. Second, that conduct and behavior has tested and far exceeded the limits of any professional courtesy that may have been due to him.

Mr. Brennan has a history that calls in to question his objectivity and credibility. In 2014, for example, he denied to Congress that CIA officials under his supervision had improperly accessed the computer files of congressional staffers. He told the Council on Foreign Relations that the CIA would never do such a thing. The CIA’s Inspector General however contradicted Mr. Brennan directly, concluding unequivocally that agency officials had indeed improperly accessed congressional staffers files. More recently, Mr. Brennan told Congress that the intelligence community did not make use of the so-called Steele dossier in an assessment regarding the 2016 election, an assertion contradicted by at least two other senior officials in the intelligence community, and all of the facts.

Additionally, Mr. Brennan has recently leveraged his status as a former high ranking official with access to highly sensitive information to make a series of unfounded and outrageous allegations, wild outbursts on the internet and television about this administration. Mr. Brennan’s lying and recent conduct, characterized by increasingly frenzied commentary is wholly inconsistent with access to the nation’s most closely held secrets and facilities, the very aim of our adversaries which is to sow division and chaos.

More broadly, the issue of Mr. Brennan’s security clearance raises larger questions about the practice of former officials maintaining access to our nation’s most sensitive secrets long after their time in government has ended. Such access is particularly inappropriate when former officials have transitioned into highly partisan positions and seek to use real or perceived access to sensitive information to validate their political attacks. Any access granted to our nation’s secrets should be in furtherance of national, not personal interest.

For this reason I have begun to review the more general question of the access to classified information by government officials. As part of this review I am evaluating action with respect to the following individuals: James Clapper, James Comey, Michael Hayden, Sally Yates, Susan Rice, Andrew McCabe, Peter Strzok, Lisa Page, and Bruce Ohr. Security clearances for those who still have them may be revoked and those who have already lost their security clearance may not be able to have it reinstated. It is for the forgoing reasons that I have exercised my constitutional authority to deny Mr. Brennan access to classified information and I will direct appropriate staff of the National Security Council to make the necessary arrangements with the appropriate agencies to implement this determination.

dailycaller

Published  6 months ago

Former CIA Director and Trump critic John Brennan has had his security clearance revoked. The administration has threatened the action before. Sarah Sanders said today in a statement from the President:

“I have decided to revoke the security clearance of John Brennan, former director of the central intelligence agency. Historically former heads of intelligence and law enforcement agencies have been allowed to retain access to classified information after their government service. So that they can consult with their successors regarding matters about which they may have special insight and as a professional courtesy. Neither of these justifications supports Mr. Brennan’s continued access to classified information.”

Sanders went on to say that the security clearances of James clapper, James Comey, Michael Hayden, Sally Yates, Susan Rice, Andrew McCabe, Peter Strzok, Lisa Page and Bruce Ohr are all under review and in jeopardy of being revoked.

Axios

Published  6 months ago

President Trump has revoked the security clearance of former CIA Director John Brennan due to "erratic conduct and behavior," according to White House Press Secretary Sarah Sanders at today's press briefing.

Why it matters: Sanders said that Trump was using his "constitutional authority" as president to revoke Brennan's clearance — something that has never been done before, according to Lawfare. Trump is also "evaluating action" regarding the current and former clearances of several other former intelligence and law enforcement officials like James Comey, James Clapper, Michael Hayden, Sally Yates, Susan Rice, Andrew McCabe, Peter Strzok, Lisa Page, and Bruce Ohr.

The timing: The decision comes one day after Brennan responded to Trump's infamous tweet calling former White House staffer Omarosa Manigault Newman a "dog" with a tweet of his own: "It’s astounding how often you fail to live up to minimum standards of decency, civility, & probity. Seems like you will never understand what it means to be president, nor what it takes to be a good, decent, & honest person. So disheartening, so dangerous for our Nation."

Sanders denied that the decision to revoke Brennan's clearance was due to his continued political criticism of Trump, instead saying that he "recently leveraged his status as a former high ranking official with access to highly sensitive information to make a series of unfounded and outrageous allegations, wild outbursts on the internet and television about this administration."

What it means: Although most former officials will lose their physical access to classified material when they leave their government position, they maintain their eligibility for access — having passed extensive security clearances — for a few years, according to Lawfare.

Be smart: Ohr is still active in his role at the Justice Department and will need his security clearance not only for his day to day responsibilities but also for an interview with House Republicans slated to take place later this month.

Go deeper: What they're saying: Intel officials react to Trump's clearance threats.

Truthfeed

Published  6 months ago

On Wednesday, President Trump revoked the security clearance of unhinged John Brennan. You’ll recall, Brennan was Obama’s former CIA chief, and has recently unleashed a string of crazed tweets, calling for “coups” against President Trump. Brennan is also thought to have used his security clearance to share classified info with his media contacts. After his clearance was revoked, the bombastic former intel guy took to Twitter where he lashed out at President Trump yet again with a crazy rant about “free speech.” From Breitbart Former Central Intelligence Agency (CIA) director John Brennan called President Donald Trump’s decision Wednesday to revoke

I Love My Freedom

Published  6 months ago

CNN political commentator Symone Sanders went on a bizarre rant on Wednesday over President Donald Trump revoking former Central Intelligence Agency chief John Brennan’s security clearance, claiming the president sent White House press secretary Sarah Huckabee Sanders to “poop on people.”

During an off-the-rails segment on CNN’s “The Lead” with host Jake Tapper, Sanders oddly claimed the press secretary was pooping on the reporters and people she was speaking to from the podium.

“You know, I think someone wants to muck up the news cycle, Jake. Look, I definitely — I think this is ridiculous. This is nothing short of extraordinary, and we should all be scared about the state of our democracy. The president sent his White House press secretary out there today to basically poop on the people from the press secretary podium.”

“Not only threaten, like they didn’t make a threat, it was a promise. They are snatching John Brennan’s national security clearance. John Brennan was in the Situation Room when American heroes took out Bin Laden. Like what is happening here?”

Watch below:

Could she really not think of any other way to make her point? Is CNN paying liberals to appear on their low-rated shows to talk about poop? Of course, the panel didn’t say a word or ask her to clarify when she claimed Trump sent Sanders out to “poop on people” from the podium.

Her childish remarks were in response to Trump pulling Brennan’s security clearance on Wednesday. The White House also announced that there are nine other current or former government officials who are under review.

The White House is also currently considering revoking security clearances from these nine officials: fired FBI director James Comey; fired deputy FBI director Andrew McCabe; former director of national intelligence James Clapper; former national security adviser Susan Rice, and former CIA director Michael Hayden, former Deputy Attorney General Sally Yates, fired FBI official Peter Strzok, former Department of Justice official Lisa Page, and current DOJ official Bruce Ohr.

Eight of those nine officials worked in the Obama administration; Hayden worked under former President George W. Bush.

During the press briefing on Wednesday, Sarah Sanders read a statement on behalf of Trump, saying Brennan “has a history that calls his credibility into question.”

“The president has a constitutional responsibility to protect classified information and who has access to it, and that’s what he’s doing is fulfilling that responsibility in this action. Mr. Brennan has a history that calls into question his objectivity and credibility.”

The statement also said Brennan has been “leveraging” his security clearance to make “wild outbursts” and claims against the Trump administration while on cable news. Brennan is a regular guest on CNN and MSNBC, two networks who spend a vast majority of their time attacking Trump.

Watch Sanders comments below:

Former CIA Director John Brennan has had his security clearance revoked, @PressSec Sarah Sanders said today in a statement from the President. pic.twitter.com/YUKnK4RkL5

— The Daily Caller (@DailyCaller) August 15, 2018

While liberal media hacks wailed and spread doom-and-gloom over Brennan losing his security clearance, perhaps no one gave a more incompetent argument than Symone Sanders.

Security clearances are a privilege, not guaranteed. The president has the authority to pull those clearances for whatever reason he or she chooses, full stop. And instead of telling viewers that, CNN and Symone Sanders attacked Trump. Brennan is a regular on the network, which speaks volumes about why CNN has been defending him — maybe they want to keep getting leaked information.

And Symone’s best argument against Trump’s decision was to relate it to pooping. That’s CNN, folks.

The Gateway Pundit

Published  6 months ago

Former US Attorney from the District of Columbia Joe diGenova joined Lou Dobbs on Wednesday night following the news that former CIA Chief John Brennan had his security clearance revoked. For months crazy John Brennan attacked the sitting US president. On Wednesday, Sarah Sanders announced President Trump revoked ex-CIA Chief John Brennan’s security clearance during […]

Townhall

Published  6 months ago

Press Secretary Sarah Sanders announced from the daily briefing Wednesday afternoon President Trump has revoked the security clearance of former CIA director John Brennan and is considering doing the same for other politically motivated, former officials.

"I have also begun to review the more general question of the access to classified information by former government officials," Sanders said on behalf of President Trump. "As part of this review, I am evaluating action with respect to the following individuals: James Clapper, James Comey, Michael Hayden, Sally Yates, Susan Rice, Andrew McCabe, Peter Strzok, Lisa Page, and Bruce Ohr. Security clearances for those who still have them may be revoked, and those who have already their lost their security clearance may not be able to have it reinstated."

Former DNI director James Clapper, who regularly criticizes President Trump as a contributor for CNN, is responding to the revocation of Brennan's clearance and argues the move is an infringement on free speech.

“Will the republic stand or fall on whether John retains his access to classified information, or mine or any others that were named? Of course not. The larger issue here, to me, has been infringement on First Amendment rights," Clapper said during an interview with the network. "I think people ought to think seriously about that. Infringement of our right to speak, and apparently, the appropriateness of being critical of this president.”

You can read President Trump's entire statement about revoking security clearances below.

Zero Hedge

Published  6 months ago

"such access is particularly inappropriate when former officials have transitioned into highly partisan positions and seek to use real or perceived access to sensitive information to validate political attacks."

I Love My Freedom

Published  6 months ago

President Donald Trump pulled the security clearance for former CIA director John Brennan on Wednesday, and there are reportedly nine other government officials who are currently being reviewed. According to Fox News, the White House is

The Gateway Pundit

Published  6 months ago

Former Obama CIA Director and alleged puppet master of the Trump-Russia conspiracy accused President Trump of acting treasonous after the president met with Vladimir Putin in Finland. The left argued that President Trump was too nice to Putin. On Friday night Brennan told Rachel Maddow he didn’t mean that Trump committed treason when he accused […]

dailycaller

Published  6 months ago

The Department of Justice is refusing to preserve work-related emails on former FBI Director James Comey’s private account.

The Justice Department inspector general disclosed that Comey used a personal email account to conduct agency business.

The Justice Department has refused to turn over government records on Comey’s personal account, which The Daily Caller News Foundation and Judicial Watch requested under the Freedom of Information Act.

The Department of Justice has refused to take any steps to preserve work-related emails former FBI Director James Comey had on a personal account that The Daily Caller News Foundation and Judicial Watch requested under the Freedom of Information Act, the conservative watchdog will file in court Friday.

“There is nothing but complete silence about why the FBI has failed to take steps to preserve records responsive to DCNF’s request,” Judicial Watch attorney Michael Bekesha will write in the filing before the U.S. District Court for the District of Columbia.

Judicial Watch and TheDCNF filed a joint lawsuit under the Freedom of Information Act on April 25 seeking records, including emails, Comey produced regarding meetings and conversations he had with then-President Barack Obama, then-Vice President Joe Biden and a variety of other political figures.

Following the Justice Department Inspector General’s June 2018 report, which disclosed that Comey used a personal Gmail account for official FBI business, both groups sought a preservation order to assure no records related to their FOIA requests were lost or destroyed.

Both groups requested U.S. District Court for the District of Columbia Judge Colleen Kollar-Kotelly order the Justice Department to preserve all of Comey’s personal emails related to the two requests on July 27.

The same day, Kollar-Kotelly took the unusual step of demanding an expedited reply from the Justice Department, ordering that the agency respond to the court by Aug. 1 and to respond to Judicial Watch and TheDCNF by Aug. 3. (RELATED: Daily Caller News Foundation And Judicial Watch Seek To Preserve Comey’s Private Emails)

In its reply to the court on Aug. 1, Justice Department U.S. Attorney Jessie K. Liu continued to refuse to send an order to Comey or share its communications with the former director seeking the preservation of all his personal emails related to the FOIA requests.

In its opposition to the preservation request, the Justice Department stated,”even if they [sic] were a possibility of responsive records in Director Comey’s personal email, Plaintiffs cannot meet their burden of showing that such records would be lost without a preservation order.”

Comey has been cagey about the number of times he met with and had conversations with Obama. An email Obama’s national security adviser, Susan Rice, wrote and sent to herself on Inauguration Day noted for the record that Obama, Biden, then-Attorney General Loretta Lynch and herself met with Comey.

Committee on the Judiciary members Republican Sens. Chuck Grassley of Iowa and Lindsey Graham of South Carolina discovered Rice’s email. The email was at odds with his June 8, 2017, testimony before the Senate Select Committee on Intelligence, in which he suggested that his firsthand meetings with Obama were rare.

“As FBI director, I interacted with President Obama. I spoke only twice in three years,” he said. “I spoke alone with President Obama twice in person (and never on the phone) — once in 2015 to discuss law enforcement policy issues and a second time, briefly, for him to say goodbye in late 2016,” Comey’s opening statement to the Intelligence Committee read.

Bekesha wrote that the FBI’s assistant section chief for record dissemination “does not state that the FBI formally requested Comey preserve any agency records or potential agency records responsive to DCNF’s FOIA request. Nor does he state that the FBI asked Comey to return any such records to the FBI.”

Judicial Watch, in its May 22 FOIA, asked for any documents or memoranda written or ordered written by Comey summarizing his conversations with any of the following individuals: Obama, Biden, former Secretary of State Hillary Clinton, Rep. Nancy Pelosi of California, Democratic Sen. Chuck Schumer of New York and Republican Sen. John McCain of Arizona

TheDCNF requested records that identify and describe all meetings between Comey and Obama on Feb. 16.

True Pundit

Published  6 months ago

Former President Barack Obama’s eight years in the White House were marked by four huge scandals, each of which uniquely contributed to the unprecedented level of corruption now being exposed in the FBI’s Russia collusion investigation.

1.) Fast & Furious (2011), which exposed the Department of Justice’s (DOJ) selling high-powered rifles and other firearms to individuals known to be straw buyers for Mexican drug cartels.

2.) Benghazi (2012), the terrorist attack that killed four Americans in a U.S. consulate in Libya, including J. Christopher Stevens, the country’s ambassador to Libya, and the Obama administration’s false explanation of it.

3.) IRS targeting (2013), in which the federal tax agency’s illegally singled out Tea Party, conservative, and evangelical nonprofit applicants for illegal harassment during the 2010 and 2012 election campaigns.

4.) Hillary email (2015), which included hundreds of emails containing highly sensitive classified information to and from then-Secretary of State Hillary Clinton on her private server, which was compromised by multiple foreign powers and hackers.

Official wrongdoing seen separately in each of these four scandals came together to create the current FBI scandal.

Defying Congress: When then-Attorney General Eric Holder was held in contempt of Congress on June 28, 2012, he became the first sitting memberof a presidential cabinet to be so voted. The vote was the result of Holder’s refusal to turn over Fast & Furious documents sought by the House Committee on Oversight and Government Reform.

Lying to America: For days after the terrorist attack on the U.S. consulate in Benghazi, Libya, Obama, national security adviser Susan Rice, Secretary of State Hillary Clinton, and U.S. Ambassador to the U.N. Samantha Powers, among many others in the administration, claimed the four Americans who died were victims of a spontaneous protest of an obscure internet documentary critical of Muslims.Weaponizing law enforcement: When Congress approved and Obama signed Obamacare into law in 2010, debate over it had already sparked the Tea Party protest movement of mostly conservative and populist middle-class Americans, many of whom had never before participated in the political process other than voting.

To combat the movement, IRS senior executive Lois Lerner in 2010 began imposing extremely intrusive demands for information on Tea Party, conservative, and evangelical nonprofit applicants and delaying decisions on their applications for tax exemption.

Double standard for Justice: Congressional investigators, according to The Hill, found passages in FBI documents stating that the “sheer volume” of classified information that flowed through Clinton’s insecure emails was proof of criminality as well as an admission of false statements by one key witness in the case, the investigators said.

“The name of the witness is redacted from the FBI documents, but lawmakers said he was an employee of a computer firm that helped maintain her personal server after she left office as America’s top diplomat and who belatedly admitted he had permanently erased an archive of her messages in 2015 after they had been subpoenaed by Congress.”

Even so, former FBI counterintelligence chief Peter Strzok made a key change in the draft of then-FBI Director James Comey’s July 2016 statement to the nation on the bureau’s Hillary email investigation: Strzok changed the words “grossly negligent” to “extreme carelessness.” – READ MORE

Eric Holder just wanted to help. Instead, the Obama alum finds himself at the center of an ethics complaint against Steve Dettelbach, alleging that the Democratic candidate for Ohio attorney general abused the law to use gambling as a fundraising tool.

Holder got into trouble when he let the Dettelbach campaign raffle off a meet-and-greet opportunity. A raffle ticket for as little as $5 could win Obama fans an opportunity to meet with the former U.S. attorney general.

Either those lawmen didn’t know the law or they didn’t care. As the Cincinnati Inquirer reported, Ohio law prohibits political campaigns from putting on games of chance, a fact the Dettelbach campaign would have known if they had reviewed the law conveniently posted at OhioAttorneyGeneral.gov.

Soon the campaign will get better acquainted with the law. Mark Miller, a conservative citizen from Cincinnati, just filed a complaint with the Ohio Elections Committee. Miller argues that Dettelbach is guilty of operating a “scheme of chance” against the law.

“The raffle is all the more egregious because it appears to have targeted poorer and less sophisticated donors, selling chances for $5.00,” Miller’s lawyers wrote in a statement. “It should be clear to anyone seeking to be Ohio’s top cop that the attorney general’s job is to crack down on these illegal schemes, not operate them.” – READ MORE

LifeZette

Published  6 months ago

Defying Congress, weaponizing government, lying to voters and erecting a justice double standard created a bitter harvest today

WayneDupree.com

Published  7 months ago

Rep. Bob Goodlatte said his committee would seek testimony from John Brennan, a CIA director under former President Barack Obama.

Brennan has become traitorous cancer/critic of Pres. Trump and I am glad Goodlatte is taking this approach. One thing I know for sure, end Brennan’s security clearance, it should have been automatically terminated along with his resignation.

House Judiciary Committee Chairman Bob Goodlatte said on Sunday his committee will call former CIA Director John Brennan to testify on Capitol Hill, regarding the investigation into Trump-Russia 2016 election scandal.

“We have lots of questions for John Brennan and he will definitely be sought by the committees for an interview,” Goodlatte, R-Va., told Maria Bartiromo during an interview on “Sunday Morning Futures.” “This is an extremely disturbing thing to see both he and [former FBI Director] James Comey, supposedly impartial government officials carrying out their jobs in very important areas in intelligence gathering and law enforcement, express the kind of extreme bias that they’ve shown now — which I think reflects quite accurately what they were doing back in 2016.”

The former CIA director, who served under President Barack Obama, has been a staunch critic of President Trump, accusing him in a tweet of “venality, moral turpitude and political corruption.” Most recently, Brennan called the president’s press conference with Russian President Vladimir Putin in Helsinki “nothing short of treasonous,” and said Trump was “wholly in the pocket” of the Russian leader.

When the full extent of your venality, moral turpitude, and political corruption becomes known, you will take your rightful place as a disgraced demagogue in the dustbin of history. You may scapegoat Andy McCabe, but you will not destroy America…America will triumph over you. https://t.co/uKppoDbduj

— John O. Brennan (@JohnBrennan) March 17, 2018

Donald Trump’s press conference performance in Helsinki rises to & exceeds the threshold of “high crimes & misdemeanors.” It was nothing short of treasonous. Not only were Trump’s comments imbecilic, he is wholly in the pocket of Putin. Republican Patriots: Where are you???

— John O. Brennan (@JohnBrennan) July 16, 2018

It’s bad enough that Brennan still has security clearance. Supposedly Susan Rice, James Clapper and possibly others who are totally out of government have kept their clearances too. Do realize the power they have?

Sen. Rand Paul is supposedly writing to POTUS to find out just who still has it. No wonder they feel so comfortable in their biases and no wonder the House and Senate are having such a terrible time getting documents, and when they finally do get subpoenaed documents, they’re almost entirely redacted.

They’re hiding something, and I’d be willing to bet it’s vast and dangerous.

One more thing, if you do bring in Brennan, there should be some significant consequences because he has no problem lying under oath.

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Business Insider

Published  7 months ago

Susan Rice did not want to "box in" then President Barack Obama if news of Russia's cyberattacks leaked.

Truthfeed

Published  7 months ago

Disgraced liar and former Obama national security advisor Susan Rice appeared on ABC’s “This Week,” in an effort to save the Deep State, as the FISA warrant documents have finally been released.

In an effort to distract from the FISA bombshell, Rice is now on the talk show circuit, trashing President Trump and doing her part to desperately fan the flames of “Russia collusion.”

From Breitbart

Sunday on ABC’s “This Week,” former U.N. ambassador under Obama Susan Rice said President Donald Trump was serving the interests of Russian President Vladimir Putin by “undermining democracy.”

Rice said, “The sanctions that the president and the administration have imposed on Russia only came as a result of a congressional mandate that required him to do so. The president has cast doubt repeatedly including this week on the legitimacy of the unanimous intelligence community finding that Russia directly interfered in our elections.”

She continued, “He has undermined NATO, called the European Union a foe. He has imposed harsh tariffs on our closest allies. He has withdrawn us from the Trans-Pacific partnership agreement. He has taken a series of steps that had Vladimir Putin dictated him. He couldn’t have mirrored more effectively. What his motivations are I think is a legitimate question, one that I trust the special counsel is investigating. But the policies that this president has pursued globally have served Vladimir Putin’s interests in dividing the West, undermining democracy, increasing fissures within NATO, and has done little to advance U.S. interest.”

The American Spectator

Published  7 months ago

An article in the Guardian last week provides more confirmation that John Brennan was the American progenitor of political espionage aimed at defeating Donald Trump. One side did collude with foreign powers to tip the election — Hillary’s.

Seeking to retain his position as CIA director under Hillary, Brennan teamed up with British spies and Estonian spies to cripple Trump’s candidacy. He used their phony intelligence as a pretext for a multi-agency investigation into Trump, which led the FBI to probe a computer server connected to Trump Tower and gave cover to Susan Rice, among other Hillary supporters, to spy on Trump and his people.

John Brennan’s CIA operated like a branch office of the Hillary campaign, leaking out mentions of this bogus investigation to the press in the hopes of inflicting maximum political damage on Trump. An official in the intelligence community tells TAS that Brennan’s retinue of political radicals didn’t even bother to hide their activism, decorating offices with “Hillary for president cups” and other campaign paraphernalia.

A supporter of the American Communist Party at the height of the Cold War, Brennan brought into the CIA a raft of subversives and gave them plum positions from which to gather and leak political espionage on Trump. He bastardized standards so that these left-wing activists could burrow in and take career positions. Under the patina of that phony professionalism, they could then present their politicized judgments as “non-partisan.”

The Guardian story is written in a style designed to flatter its sources (they are cast as high-minded whistleblowers), but the upshot of it is devastating for them, nonetheless, and explains why all the criminal leaks against Trump first originated in the British press. According to the story, Brennan got his anti-Trump tips primarily from British spies but also Estonian spies and others. The story confirms that the seed of the espionage into Trump was planted by Estonia. The BBC’s Paul Wood reported last year that the intelligence agency of an unnamed Baltic State had tipped Brennan off in April 2016 to a conversation purporting to show that the Kremlin was funneling cash into the Trump campaign.

Any other CIA director would have disregarded such a flaky tip, recognizing that Estonia was eager to see Trump lose (its officials had bought into Hillary’s propaganda that Trump was going to pull out of NATO and leave Baltic countries exposed to Putin). But Brennan opportunistically seized on it, as he later that summer seized on the half-baked intelligence of British spy agencies (also full of officials who wanted to see Trump lose).

The Guardian says that British spy head Robert Hannigan “passed material in summer 2016 to the CIA chief, John Brennan.” To ensure that these flaky tips leaked out, Brennan disseminated them on Capitol Hill. In August and September of 2016, he gave briefings to the “Gang of Eight” about them, which then turned up on the front page of the New York Times.

All of this took place at the very moment Brennan was auditioning for Hillary. He desperately wanted to keep his job and despised Trump for his alleged “Muslim ban,” a matter near and dear to Brennan’s heart. Not only was he an apologist for the Muslim Brotherhood, but Brennan’s Islamophilia dated to his days in college, when he spent a year in Cairo learning Arabic and taking courses in Middle Eastern studies. He later got a graduate degree with an emphasis in Middle Eastern studies. In 1996, his ties to the Islamic world tightened after he became the CIA’s station chief in Riyadh, Saudi Arabia. He once recalled that “during a 25-year career in government, I was privileged to serve in positions across the Middle East — as a political officer with the State Department and as a CIA station chief in Saudi Arabia. In Saudi Arabia, I saw how our Saudi partners fulfilled their duty as custodians of the two holy mosques of Mecca and Medina. I marveled at the majesty of the Hajj and the devotion of those who fulfilled their duty as Muslims by making that privilege — that pilgrimage.”

Out of this Islamophilia came a special dislike of Michael Flynn, who had planned to rip up the Obama-era “reset” with Muslim countries. Furious with Flynn for his apostasy from political correctness, Brennan and other Obama aides couldn’t resist the temptation to take him out after rifling through transcripts of his calls with the Russian ambassador. They caught him in a lie to Mike Pence and made sure the press knew about it.

Were the media not so completely in the tank for Obama and Hillary, all of this political mischief would make for a compelling 2016 version of All the President’s Men. Instead, the public gets a steady stream of Orwellian propaganda about the sudden propriety of political espionage. The headline writers at Pravda couldn’t improve on this week’s official lie, tweeted out by the Maggie Habermans: “Susan Rice Did Nothing Wrong, Say Both Dem and Republican House Aides.”

Liberals pompously quote the saying — “the bigger the lie, the more it will be believed” — even as their media enshrine it. Historians will look back on 2016 and marvel at the audacity of its big lie: whispers of an imaginary Trump-Russia collusion that wafted up from the fever swamps of a real collusion between John Brennan and foreign powers seeking Trump’s defeat.

americanthinker

Published  7 months ago

Indifference to Russian meddling was rampant throughout an Obama administration that could have done something about it but didn't.�

Judicial Watch

Published  7 months ago

The former U.S. Ambassador to the United Nations reportedly requested to unmask over 260 Americans in her last year in office with no explanation.

(Washington, DC) – Judicial Watch announced today that it filed a Freedom of Information Act (FOIA) lawsuit against the U.S. Department of State for “unmasking” and other records tied to Obama’s United Nations Ambassador Samantha Power relating to the ongoing investigation into Russian meddling in the 2016 election. (Judicial Watch v. U.S. Department of State (No. 1:18-cv-00300)). Unmasking refers generally to the practice of political appointees obtaining the identities of American citizens referenced in intelligence surveillance of foreign nationals.

Judicial Watch sued the State Department after it failed to respond to an October 31, 2017, FOIA request seeking information about Power’s unusual unmasking requests, including:

All requests for information submitted to any Intelligence Community member agency by former United States Ambassador to the United Nations Samantha Power concerning, regarding, or relating to the following:

Any actual or suspected effort by the Russian government or any individual acting on behalf of the Russian government to influence or otherwise interfere with the 2016 presidential election. The alleged hacking of computer systems utilized by the Democratic National Committee and/or the Clinton presidential campaign.

Any actual or suspected communication between any member of the Trump presidential campaign or transition team and any official or employee of the Russian government or any individual acting on behalf of the Russian government.

The identities of U.S. citizens associated with the Trump presidential campaign or transition team who were identified pursuant to intelligence collection activities.

On September 20, 2017, Fox News reported that Power unmasked over 260 persons in her last year as U.S. ambassador to the United Nations in an attempt to uncover associates of President Trump. She “was ‘unmasking’ at such a rapid pace in the final months of the Obama administration that she averaged more than one request for every working day in 2016,” even seeking “information in the days leading up to President Trump’s inauguration.”

On October 13, 2017, Power testified behind closed doors about this matter to the House Intelligence Committee. House Oversight and Government Reform Committee Chairman Trey Gowdy, who also sits on the Intelligence Committee, stated that “Her testimony is they [the unmasking requests] may be under my name, but I did not make those requests.”

“Unmasking and then illegally leaking the names of Trump team members caught up in foreign intelligence gathering would have been an incredible, but unsurprising abuse by the Obama administration. Was the Clinton-DNC dossier also used as justification to abuse intelligence data to ‘unmask’ American citizens to help Hillary Clinton and undermine Donald Trump?” asked Judicial Watch President Tom Fitton. “And why is the Tillerson State Department stonewalling Judicial Watch’s FOIA investigation into this potentially illegal conduct by its agency employees?”

Separately, in a response to a FOIA request, Judicial Watch was told by the National Security Council (NSC) in May 2017 that the materials regarding the unmasking by Obama National Security Advisor Susan Rice of “the identities of any U.S. citizens associated with the Trump presidential campaign or transition team” have been removed to the Obama Library.

Judicial Watch filed a separate FOIA lawsuit against the U.S. Department of Justice and the National Security Agency (NSA) for information about Obama National Security Advisor Susan Rice’s communications with the two agencies concerning the alleged Russian involvement in the 2016 presidential election, the hacking of DNC computers, the suspected communications between Russia and Trump campaign/transition officials, and the unmasking of the identities of any U.S. citizens associated with the Trump presidential campaign or transition team who were identified pursuant to intelligence collection activities (Judicial Watch v. U.S. Department of Justice and National Security Administration (No. 1:17-cv-01002)).

100PercentFedUp.com

Published  7 months ago

Conservative news, social commentary and breaking stories. Up-to-date election and legislation news.

themarketswork

Published  7 months ago

Victoria Nuland's name keeps turning up. Nuland is the former Assistant Secretary of State for European and Eurasian Affairs - serving under John Kerry at Obama's State Department I've written...

Breitbart

Published  7 months ago

Sunday on ABC’s “This Week,” former U.N. ambassador under Obama Susan Rice said President Donald Trump was serving the interests of Russian President Vladimir Putin by “undermining democracy.”

Rice said, “The sanctions that the president and the administration have imposed on Russia only came as a result of a congressional mandate that required him to do so. The president has cast doubt repeatedly including this week on the legitimacy of the unanimous intelligence community finding that Russia directly interfered in our elections.”

She continued, “He has undermined NATO, called the European Union a foe. He has imposed harsh tariffs on our closest allies. He has withdrawn us from the Trans-Pacific partnership agreement. He has taken a series of steps that had Vladimir Putin dictated him. He couldn’t have mirrored more effectively. What his motivations are I think is a legitimate question, one that I trust the special counsel is investigating. But the policies that this president has pursued globally have served Vladimir Putin’s interests in dividing the West, undermining democracy, increasing fissures within NATO, and has done little to advance U.S. interest.”

Fox News

Published  7 months ago

President Barack Obama's former national security adviser, Susan Rice, on Sunday called President Trump's lengthy one-on-one meeting last week with Russian President Vladimir Putin a "historic mistake."

"It was a historic mistake to allow the president of the United States -- not just Donald Trump, but any president, frankly -- to sit for two hours without any notetakers, without any aides present, with one of the most adversarial leaders in the world, relative to the United States," she said.

Predictably, Rice charged, Russia has been able to use the off-the-record meeting for propaganda purposes.

"Russia is dictating the global public perception of what transpired in that meeting, and we have no basis for countering it," Rice told ABC's "This Week."

"It's a very, very uncomfortable and indeed dangerous situation for the United States to be in," she added. "We are left to wonder -- and even the president's Cabinet members are left to wonder -- what exactly happened."

Rice also sharply criticized Trump's steel and aluminum tariffs, which have affected the EU and Canada in addition to Russia, as well as his withdrawal from the Trans-Pacific Partnership agreement and the White House's attacks on the impartiality of the intelligence community.

"He's taken a series of steps that, had Vladimir Putin dictated them, he couldn't have mirrored more effectively," Rice said. "What his motivations are I think is a legitimate question ... but the policies that this president has pursued globally have served Vladimir Putin's interests."

Trump's meeting with Putin in Helsinki, Finland, on Monday -- and his apparent equivocation as to whether Russia meddled in the 2016 election -- drew bipartisan condemnation. Trump later said he had misspoken when he said that he didn't see why it "would" be Russia that had attempted to interfere in the election.

Former Obama national security adviser Susan Rice says the Trump-Putin private meeting "was a historic mistake."

"Russia is dictating...the global public perception of what transpired in that meeting and we have no basis for countering it" https://t.co/lz6RXDoBhs #ThisWeek pic.twitter.com/MQySXVtNE0

— This Week (@ThisWeekABC) July 22, 2018

"There’s no inherent problem with two leaders, even from hostile countries, engaging in dialogue," Rice said. "I support that. But you must come prepared. You must come to advance the United States’ agenda, not to lie prostrate for the Russian agenda."

Rice, who advised President Obama during his administration's negotiation of the Iran nuclear deal, notably requested to unmask the names of Trump transition officials caught up in electronic surveillance in the months prior to his election.

The unmasked names, of people associated with Trump, were then sent to all those at the National Security Council, some at the Defense Department, then-Director of National Intelligence James Clapper and then-CIA Director John Brennan – essentially, the officials at the top, including former Rice deputy Ben Rhodes.

"This Week" host George Stephanopoulos did not ask Rice about the recent release of heavily redacted documents that were used by the FBI to support a FISA application to surveil ex-Trump aide Carter Page.

Republicans have charged that the FISA application improperly relied on DNC-funded opposition research, as well as news articles that effectively recycled claims from the opposition research firm behind the dossier.

In 2012, Rice, who was then serving as the U.S. ambassador to the United Nations, appeared on five different Sunday talk shows to suggest that the Benghazi terror attacks were the result of spontaneous protests over what she called a “hateful” Internet video.

Emails uncovered after the fact revealed that administration officials knew the Benghazi attacks were the result of terrorism, not an Internet video, and indicated that even folks within the State Department were stunned by Rice's appearances. One State Department employee suggested Rice had gone "off the reservation."

It was less than a year later, in June 2013, that Rice was tapped by President Obama to serve as national security adviser.

Fox News' Travis Fedschun contributed to this report.

David Harris Jr

Published  7 months ago

I wonder if the Democrats realize what a can of worms they have opened. Since the beginning of elections, there has been foreign interference and a large quantity has come from the United States. In fact, under Obama, we interfered in 6 elections including in Israel. Kenya Investigative reporter Jerome Corsi of WorldNetDaily broke this story when ...

Tablet Magazine

Published  7 months ago

The accusation that the Obama administration used information gleaned from classified foreign surveillance to smear and blackmail its political opponents at home has gained new traction in recent days, after reports that former National Security Adviser Susan Rice may have been rifling through class...

I Love My Freedom

Published  7 months ago

The demonization of law enforcement continues to be a top priority for the political left and their celebrity mouthpieces but foul-mouthed comedienne Michelle Wolf has taken the attacks on U.S. Immigration and Customs Enforcement to an entirely new level.

Wolf is the raunchy liberal celeb whose uncouth attacks on Sarah Sanders at the White House Correspondent’s Dinner in April was so disgusting that she may have sunk the garish event where power and the press engage in public flattery one another has become as damning an indictment of the media as any fake news stories.

The woman who looks like the offspring of Rachel Dolezal and Carrottop then took her act over to the Obama Channel aka Netflix where she continues to plumb new depths. For example, her Fourth of July celebration of abortion that may have gotten lots of yucks from the hateful lemmings on the left but it was a routine that normal Americans would find to be repugnant.

Just as rational people will find Wolf’s video that compares ICE agents to the murderous Islamist fanatics of ISIS to also be beyond the pale.

The segment appeared on Wolf’s show “The Break” and only feeds into the hysteria of the mob that has deemed it to be good to ambush Trump administration figures like DHS Secretary Kirstjen Nielsen in public and others like Peter Fonda who suggested that attacks on the children of ICE employees are acceptable.

Wow, ICE is … really desperate for recruits. #abolishICE pic.twitter.com/wOxn4pQX0E

— The Break with Michelle Wolf (@thebreaknetflix) July 20, 2018

Via the Wrap “Michelle Wolf Compares ICE to ISIS in Fake Recruitment Sketch”:

Michelle Wolf mocks the Immigration and Customs Enforcement (ICE) in Sunday’s episode of her Netflix show “The Break” in a sketch that compares the law enforcement agency to the terrorist organization ISIS.

The sketch shows three ICE agents talking about the values of the institution by starting off sentences with the phrase “ICE is,” but it quickly becomes clear that all of their statements also apply to ISIS.

Playing the role of Homeland Security secretary Kristjen Nielsen, Wolf said, “It’s popular nowadays to say ICE is bad. But there’s no better representation of American values right now than ICE is. And as an equal opportunity employer, we accept all levels of experience and education, from low to very low, and actively welcome those with diagnosed anger issues.”

“Take it from me…” Wolf’s Nielsen concluded, “no organization is better than ICE is.”

It’s another despicable new low for the left and builds on the smearing of ICE and Border Patrol agents as the equivalent of Nazi death camp guards.

The skit will air on Sunday.

Wolf is what she is and that is a repugnant and unfunny person as well as a dismal excuse for a human being but what has happened to Netflix?

Not only has the streaming video colossus turned into a far-left propaganda arm of the Democratic party but the corporation recently shelled out a reported $60 million for Barack and Michelle Obama to produce content. This after appointing former national security adviser and serial unmasker Susan Rice to the board of directors in March.

There is nothing funny about dehumanizing law enforcement officers and at this rate, someone is going to end up being killed.

When that happens, Wolf, Netflix and other media organizations that find this sort of vile content to be what they choose to promote will have blood on their hands.

The Gateway Pundit

Published  7 months ago

Yesterday, we reported on a breaking story by GotNews that Sean Hannity and Blackwater founder, Erik Prince were also spied on and unmasked by the Obama administration.

GotNews has just revealed that it was Obama’s CIA Director, John Brennan who was targeting them and other Trump supporters for surveillance.

Via GotNews:

Barack Obama‘s CIA Director John O. Brennan targeted Trump supporters for enhanced surveillance, intelligence sources confirm to GotNews’ Charles C. Johnson.

The surveillance took place between Trump’s election on November 8 and the inauguration in January, according to White House and House intelligence sources.

The focus was on General Mike Flynn, billionaire Erik Prince, and Fox News host Sean Hannity — all of whom had close ties to Trump before and after the November election and had helped the future president with managing his new diplomatic responsibilities.

Hannity was targeted because of his perceived ties to Julian Assange, say our intelligence sources. Hannity was reportedly unmasked by Susan Rice at Brennan’s behest thanks to his close relationship with Trump and Julian Assange.

Blackwater founder Erik Prince, a former CIA covert asset, has long criticized the CIA’s bloat and incompetence, including the Brennan-run CIA drone program’s failure to properly target terrorists rather than Afghan civilians. Prince has repeatedly called for restructuring the CIA and argued against Brennan’s tenure.

GotNews’ Chuck Johnson went on to explain the feuding history of Brennan and General Flynn…

The motivations for Brennan’s dislike of Flynn date back years. The two had publicly feuded during Flynn’s time as Director of the Defense Intelligence Agency (DIA). Flynn was producing intel documents that showed how the supposed Syrian moderates were actually assets of Saudi Arabia and Qatar.

Brennan also brought in disgraced Syria analyst Elizabeth O’Bagy to brief the CIA. O’Bagy was outed by this reporter for manufacturing her credentials and for being paid by the Syrian rebels. O’Bagy worked for the defense industry funded Institute for the Study of War, a neocon think tank headed by the Kagans, a controversial family which advised David Petraeus. Petraeus was brought down. Intel sources I’ve spoken to believe Brennan was behind his ousting.

Former CIA agent John Kiriakou discussed John Brennan’s “deep-seated hatred of Trump” and decision to make “Russian intervention… the hammer he is going to hit Trump with.” “Flynn has been screwed by the agency in the past and Flynn has had a difficult personal relationship with Brennan,” Kiriakou said in January. “Even though Brennan is gone, the CIA is still being run by Brennan’s people.” Both Flynn and Trump called for reorganizing the CIA–a direct threat to Brennan’s remaking of the CIA.

Chuck Johnson also pointed out Brennan’s love affair with Islam (he is most likely a convert)…

Brennan, who speaks Arabic and has a prayer rug in his office (he is rumored to have converted to Islam), favored the rise of the Muslim Brotherhood while he worked for Obama. No wonder President Donald J. Trump and his supporters were targeted and surveilled by these people.

Read more about Brennan’s radical past here.

It really is no surprise that the Trump administration and Trump supporters are being spied on by Obama’s globalist cohorts. Trump is a huge threat to the globalist movement and they are doing everything they can to stop Trump and intimidate journalists who also support him.

Here is a video of Brennan speaking Arabic and praising ‘the beauty of Islam’:

dailycaller

Published  7 months ago

Does our president really feel there is anyone he can trust? Should he?

iHeartRadio

Published  7 months ago

RUSH: Have you seen, folks? Have you seen the shock-surprise news that Netflix didn't meet expectations, has lost a bunch of subscribers and the stock price is way, way down? Have you seen all the news with these financial experts scratching their heads trying to figure it out? They haven't the foggiest idea?

Well, I will tell you why in mere moments, and I'll give you the timeline. I'll tell you exactly why this happened, and I'll give you a little hint. How many of you have heard about the latest, the greatest Showtime exposition from Sacha Baron Cohen, who was going to embarrass Trump, and he was gonna embarrass Cheney and Sarah Palin. He was gonna give the left everything that they wanted. "He's got a comedy special that's gonna illustrate the abject stupidity, the trailer park character of the average Trump voter!"

It was promoted all weekend everywhere in the news, every newspaper, every website, and it was given rrave reviews! (pause) Three-hundred thousand viewers. A test pattern at HGTV had more viewers than Sacha Baron Cohen at 10 p.m. Sunday night on Showtime. I mean, even the Drudge Report promoted the heck out of this by linking to all kinds of the reviews and so forth. It had 337,000 viewers. I mean, that's not even in the top 10. So I will explain all this.

BREAK TRANSCRIPT

RUSH: Netflix. This is from yesterday. It's at Yahoo News. It's a Reuters story. "Netflix's subscriber growth fell short of Wall Street expectations on Monday, sending shares of the normally high-flying stock down 14 percent on fears that the company's rapid expansion is slowing. 'Investors are devastated by Netflix's Q2 projection that went down in dramatic flames. Now future projections are suspect and that decimates valuation, said Eric Schiffer, chief executive officer of private equity firm Patriarch. Netflix added 670,000 subscribers in the United States, well below analysts' estimates of 1.19 million."

They're all pulling their hair out trying to figure out what happened. They can't figure it out. This is one of the biggest mysteries in the history of mysteries. They can't figure out what happened. Netflix is as popular as ever with viewers, Netflix's this, Netflix's that, and there's no other competitor. What happened? What happened? They can't figure it out.

Well, let's go back in time. Back in April, Netflix had their quarterly conference call with the financial media, as all major American corporations do. You have your quarterly call, and you give your quarter results, and then you give guidance for the next quarter so investors will have an idea of what you, the company, think your future looks like.

And companies are held to this. If they give very low guidance and they go through the roof, then the SEC starts saying, "Why are you sandbagging? If you know what your growth is gonna be, you gotta say it." So they gotta come pretty close in their predictions for the next quarter. So in April on the conference call for the first quarter, they gave guidance for the quarter which they reported on yesterday, three months ago.

Now, three months ago you can bet that Netflix has a good knowledge of what their subscription rate is two to three months in advance. They've got all kinds of analytic data that shows them how many subscribers resubscribe, how many cancel, what the new subscriber sign-up rate is. This is all pretty much science. And after so many months and years of study, there's a pretty good profile of how Netflix is doing new subscribers versus cancellations versus existing subscribers renewing.

And this is what they undershot. They blew it by almost 700,000 subscribers, maybe even more. Now, at the time of the conference call and the announcement last quarter, when they gave guidance, almost exactly at the same time was when they hired three people. They hired Susan Rice from the Obama administration to be on their board, and then they announced the deal with Barack and Michelle Obama for their brand-new original content show, which we were assured would have nothing to do with politics.

This was the Obamas sharing their unique take on America, America's demographic future, America's greatest stories, America's greatest weaknesses. What's wrong with America, how we gonna fix it. But nothing to do with politics. Remember all that? They hired the Obamas very near the day they reported on their current quarter and gave guidance for the quarter that just ended.

Well, what I remember, when they announced this, Twitter and Facebook lit up with a bunch of people announcing they were canceling Netflix 'cause they wanted no part of the Obamas. It's not why they watch Netflix. They don't sign up, they don't pay Netflix a subscription fee to have political people preach to 'em. They're fed up already with this Michelle Wolf business up there. They wanted no part of the Obamas.

This is why the stock price tanked because tens of thousands of people canceled their Netflix subscriptions because the Obamas made a deal with 'em. That's why. That's all that happened out of the usual. That's why Netflix was unable to predict it, because they expected the exact opposite. They expected the announcement of the deal with the Obamas to blow up subscriptions 'cause they don't understand America, either, politically.

There's no mystery what happened here. And then you go look at the Sacha Baron Cohen, 337,000 viewers for his state-of-the-art, over the top, "we're gonna embarrass Trump and his voters" special. That's barely an asterisk in cable prime time ratings on a Sunday night.

BREAK TRANSCRIPT

RUSH: Showtime is apparently melting down over the failure of Sacha Baron Cohen's show, and they are lashing out at Sarah Palin for helping to destroy the show by what she had to say about it. See? When they jack us up and when they make fun of us and mock us, we're supposed to take it and we're supposed to laugh right along with it. If we push back, nah-nah-nah-nah not permitted. You can't push back against the left. No, no, no. You must love what they do, even when it is aimed at destroying or harming you.

So Sarah Palin pushed back on it, now Entertainment Weekly has a story on how apparently Showtime is melting down over the poor performance of Sacha Baron Cohen's, "Who is America" show and blaming Palin for the negative PR. You know, let me tell you something about this. With all the publicity this show got in the three or four days before it aired, that stuff they couldn't buy.

Sarah Palin ripping it and then others coming out and ripping it, that should have been gold. The American left should have said, "Wow, Palin doesn't like it, I'm tuning in!" Normally when you have a show that people start trashing and begging other people not to watch, that's gold, you can't buy that kind of publicity. I'm stunned that didn't work. Well, I'm not stunned. 'Cause I think conservative media consumers are more sophisticated than ever about this stuff, and it's to the detriment of the left trying to peddle this garbage.

This article originally appeared on Rush Limbaugh

Truthfeed

Published  7 months ago

Robert Mueller is leaving out one very big chunk of information regarding the “12 Russian indictments” of hackers who accessed the DNC.

Probably because the “full st0ry” doesn’t fit the “Trump-Russia collusion” narrative.

Former acting DNC chair, Donna Brazile admitted that the DNC allowed Russian hackers access to their servers, even after being warned many times about the security breach.

That’s what Brazile admitted in her book, which details 2016 primary and election.

Not to mention, they were also trying to access the GOP’s servers.

Rod Rosenstein and Robert Mueller indicted 12 Russian military officials days before President Trump’s meeting with Russian President Vladimir Putin.

Rosenstein also planned his press conference at the same time President Trump was meeting with the Queen of England.

With the 12 Russians indicted Friday, the corrupt Mueller team has now indicted 31 individuals and 3 companies, with more than 80% of the indictments related to Russians who will never be prosecuted.

But dirty cop Rosenstein forgot to mention the DNC allowed the Russians to infiltrate their servers.

In her 2017 book, “Hacks: The Inside Story of the Break-ins and Breakdowns that Put Donald Trump in the White House,” Democrat operative Donna Brazile admitted the DNC allowed alleged Russian hackers to steal data from the party’s servers.

Donna Brazile says in her new book the Democratic National Committee (DNC) went against professional advice and sat idly for a month while Russians stole data because primaries were still underway in a number of states.

In May, when CrowdStrike recommended that we take down our system and rebuild it, the DNC told them to wait a month, because the state primaries for the presidential election were still underway, and the party and the staff needed to be at their computers to manage these efforts,” Brazile wrote in her new book, “Hacks.”

And in June left-leaning Mother Jones reported in March that President Barack Obama’s National Security Advisor, Susan Rice, ordered officials to ‘stand down’ as Russia allegedly attempted to meddle in the 2016 presidential election.

In June whistle-blower Michael Daniel testified before Congress that Susan Rice ordered him and his staff in the White House cybersecurity team to “stand down” in regard to Russian attempts to meddle with the 2016 election.

The American Spectator

Published  7 months ago

While the media obsess over an alleged Russian conspiracy to collude with Donald Trump to affect America’s 2016 presidential election, what about Obama’s interference in the elections of other countries? Most Americans have no idea that President Obama meddled in elections all over the world. And apparently, the media decided there’s no reason for Americans […]

The Gateway Pundit

Published  7 months ago

Rod Rosenstein and Robert Mueller indicted 12 Russian military officials days before President Trump’s meeting with Russian President Vladimir Putin.

Rosenstein also planned his press conference at the same time President Trump was meeting with the Queen of England.

With the 12 Russians indicted Friday, the corrupt Mueller team has now indicted 31 individuals and 3 companies, with more than 80% of the indictments related to Russians who will never be prosecuted.

But dirty cop Rosenstein forgot to mention the DNC allowed the Russians to infiltrate their servers.

In her 2017 book, “Hacks: The Inside Story of the Break-ins and Breakdowns that Put Donald Trump in the White House,” Democrat operative Donna Brazile admitted the DNC allowed alleged Russian hackers to steal data from the party’s servers.

Donna Brazile says in her new book the Democratic National Committee (DNC) went against professional advice and sat idly for a month while Russians stole data because primaries were still underway in a number of states.

In May, when CrowdStrike recommended that we take down our system and rebuild it, the DNC told them to wait a month, because the state primaries for the presidential election were still underway, and the party and the staff needed to be at their computers to manage these efforts,” Brazile wrote in her new book, “Hacks.”

And in June left-leaning Mother Jones reported in March that President Barack Obama’s National Security Advisor, Susan Rice, ordered officials to ‘stand down’ as Russia allegedly attempted to meddle in the 2016 presidential election.

In June whistle-blower Michael Daniel testified before Congress that Susan Rice ordered him and his staff in the White House cybersecurity team to “stand down” in regard to Russian attempts to meddle with the 2016 election.

Truthfeed

Published  7 months ago

Special Counsel Robert Mueller, who is leading the pointless Russia witch-hunt, handed down another 12 indictments against supposed “Russian hackers” who broke into the DNC and Hillary servers and wreaked all sorts of so-called havoc.

The question on most people’s minds is if the Russian hacking was such a big deal, and Obama’s administration was well aware, why on earth did Obama’s former National Security Advisor and disgraced liar Susan Rice issue a “stand down” order?

Former national security advisor Susan Rice issued a stand-down order to national security council officials developing aggressive options to respond to Russian meddling in the 2016 presidential election, a new excerpt from Russian Roulette: The Inside Story of Putin’s War on America and the Election of Donald Trump reveals.

NSC officials were reportedly alarmed by Russia’s attempts to meddle in the 2016 presidential election, including the hacking of Democratic National Committee officials’ emails, and those belonging to Hillary Clinton campaign chairman John Podesta.

Michael Daniel, an NSC official responsible for the Russia portfolio, told to the book’s authors of multiple plans to strike fear in Russian President Vladimir Putin with the aim of ending Russia’s election meddling. These plans included surreptitiously releasing personal information about Putin’s family, which revealed corruption in Putin’s political party, and even crafting a large cybersecurity exercise as a public threat to Russia.

Daniel additionally told the authors that when Rice caught wind of his planning, she called him and berated him.

One day in late August, national security adviser Susan Rice called Daniel into her office and demanded he cease and desist from working on the cyber options he was developing. “Don’t get ahead of us,” she warned him. The White House was not prepared to endorse any of these ideas. Daniel and his team in the White House cyber response group were given strict orders: “Stand down.” She told Daniel to “knock it off,” he recalled.

Obama officials have since lamented “we sort of choked” in response to the Russian meddling in the 2016 presidential election. The former president instead took it upon himself to warn Putin in person during a face-to-face meeting in September 2016 to “knock it off” in terms of election meddling with a an explicit warning of consequences if it continued.

Yahoo

Published  7 months ago

WASHINGTON — The Obama White House’s chief cyber official testified Wednesday that proposals he was developing to counter Russia’s attack on the U.S. presidential election were put on a “back burner” after he was ordered to “stand down” his efforts in the summer of 2016.

The comments by Michael Daniel, who served as White House “cyber security coordinator” between 2012 and January of last year, provided his first public confirmation of a much-discussed passage in the book, “Russian Roulette: The Inside Story of Putin’s War on America and the Election of Donald Trump,” co-written by this reporter and David Corn, that detailed his thwarted efforts to respond to the Russian attack.

They came during a Senate Intelligence Committee hearing into how the Obama administration dealt with Russian cyber and information warfare attacks in 2016, an issue that has become one of the more politically sensitive subjects in the panel’s ongoing investigation into Russia’s interference in the U.S. election and any links to the Trump campaign.

The view that the Obama administration failed to adequately piece together intelligence about the Russian campaign and develop a forceful response has clearly gained traction with the intelligence committee. Sen. Mark Warner, D-Va., the ranking Democrat on the panel, said in an opening statement that “we were caught flat-footed at the outset and our collective response was inadequate to meet Russia’s escalation.”

That conclusion was reinforced Wednesday by another witness, Victoria Nuland, who served as assistant secretary of state for Europe during the Obama administration. She told the panel that she had been briefed as early as December 2015 about the hacking of the Democratic National Committee — long before senior DNC officials were aware of it — and that the intrusion had all the hallmarks of a Russian operation.

As she and other State Department officials became “more alarmed” about what the Russians were up to in the spring of 2016, they were authorized by then Secretary of State John Kerry to develop proposals for ways to deter the Russians. But most of those steps were never taken — in part because officials assumed they would be taken up by the next administration.

“I believe there were deterrence measures we could have taken and should have taken,” Nuland testified.

As intelligence came in during the late spring and early summer of that year about the Russian attack, Daniel instructed his staff on the National Security Council to begin developing options for aggressive countermeasures to deter the Kremlin’s efforts, including mounting U.S. “denial of service” attacks on Russian news sites and other actions targeting Russian cyber actors.

Daniel declined to discuss the details of those options during Wednesday’s open hearing, saying he would share them with the panel during a classified session later in the day. But he described his proposals as “the full range of potential actions” that the U.S. government could use in the cyber arena “to impose costs on the Russians — both openly to demonstrate that we could do it as a deterrent and also clandestinely to disrupt their operations as well.”

Sen. James Risch, R-Idaho, asked about a “Russian Roulette” passage in which one of Daniel’s staff members, Daniel Prieto, recounted a staff meeting shortly after the cyber coordinator was ordered by Susan Rice, President Obama’s national security adviser, to stop his efforts and “stand down.” This order was in part because Rice feared the options would leak and “box the president in.”

The Political Insider

Published  7 months ago

Barack Obama's former National Security Advisor, Susan Rice, reportedly issued a 'stand down' order to officials developing plans to respond to Russian election meddling attempts in 2016.

Imprimis

Published  7 months ago

A great disservice has been done to the dedicated men and women of the FBI by Comey and his seventh floor henchmen. A grand jury probe is long overdue.

The Gateway Pundit

Published  7 months ago

A Democrat congressional candidate in Arizona was booed and heckled at least five times for supporting U.S. Customs and Immigration Enforcement (ICE) during a debate on Thursday. Ann Kirkpatrick, a candidate for Arizona’s 2nd Congressional District, raised her hand when asked by the moderator if any candidates would declare “support for ICE agents without any increased oversight.” She […]

Partnership Possibilities for America

Published  7 months ago

Nine countries possess over 15,000 nuclear weapons. The US and Russia have about 1,800 on high-alert status, according to ican, nuclear weapons watchdog.

The Gateway Pundit

Published  7 months ago

Trump-hating FBI official Peter Strzok created a fake timeline of the Weiner email recovery in order to leave a misleading record for the file.

Strzok also created this document to get everyone in Comey’s inner circle on the same page.

This is similar to what Susan Rice did when she sent herself a bizarre email on the same day Donald Trump was being sworn into office.

Investigative reporter Paul Sperry reported on this Thursday night.

BREAKING: In an 11/3/16 doc, Strzok created a fake timeline of the Weiner email recovery in order to leave a misleading record for the file, after the fact, for the purpose of CYA & getting everyone in Comey’s inner circle on same page. (Similar to Rice’s 1/20/17 email to self.)

BREAKING: In an 11/3/16 doc, Strzok created a fake timeline of the Weiner email recovery in order to leave a misleading record for the file, after the fact, for the purpose of CYA & getting everyone in Comey’s inner circle on same page. (Similar to Rice’s 1/20/17 email to self.)

— Paul Sperry (@paulsperry_) July 6, 2018

Congress knew about the Weiner emails in September of 2016 after a whistleblower in the FBI tipped them off.

“We had whistleblowers that came to us in late September of 2016 who talked to us about this laptop sitting up in New York that had additional emails on it,” Nunes recently told Laura Ingraham.

The House Intelligence Committee had that but we couldn’t do anything with it,” Nunes continued.

The FBI seized Weiner’s laptop after he was caught sexting with an underage teenager and discovered CLASSIFIED INFORMATION on the disgraced politician’s computer.

Then-FBI Deputy Director Andrew McCabe knew about Hillary’s emails on Weiner’s laptop as early as September of 2016 and didn’t alert the bureau for an entire MONTH.

The FBI waited over a month to obtain a warrant to review emails on Weiner’s laptop.

Peter Strzok is going to testify in front of Congress next week.

Conservative Firing Line

Published  7 months ago

With all the revelations of the scandals in spygate, it is clear that the FBI and intelligence agencies are no longer deterring foreign adversaries, now they are trying to suppress political opponents.

The Gateway Pundit

Published  7 months ago

The Obama White House held special meetings related to the Russia investigation in 2016. The odd thing is that crooked John Kerry from the State Department was invited and good guy Admiral Rogers from the NSA was excluded.

Yahoo News reported in March the following related to former President Obama’s Russia fake news actions in 2016 –

For the usual interagency sessions, principals and deputies could bring staffers. Not this time. “There were no plus ones,” an attendee recalled. When the subject of a principals or deputies meeting was a national security matter, the gathering was often held in the Situation Room of the White House. The in‑house video feed of the Sit Room — without audio — would be available to national security officials at the White House and elsewhere, and these officials could at least see that a meeting was in progress and who was attending. For the meetings related to the Russian hack, Susan Rice, Obama’s national security adviser, ordered the video feed turned off. She did not want others in the national security establishment to know what was under way, fearing leaks from within the bureaucracy.

Rice would chair the principals’ meetings — which brought together Brennan; Comey; Kerry; Director of National Intelligence James Clapper; Defense Secretary Ash Carter; Homeland Security Secretary Jeh Johnson; Treasury Secretary Jack Lew; Attorney General Loretta Lynch; and Gen. Joseph Dunford, chairman of the Joint Chiefs of Staff — with only a few other White House officials present, including White House chief of staff Denis McDonough; homeland security adviser Lisa Monaco, and Colin Kahl, Vice President Joe Biden’s national security adviser. (Kahl had to insist to Rice that he be allowed to attend so that Biden could be fully briefed.)

Rice’s No. 2, deputy national security adviser Avril Haines, oversaw the deputies’ sessions. White House officials who were absent from the meetings were not told what was being discussed. This even included other NSC staffers — some of whom bristled at being shut out. Often the intelligence material covered in these meetings was not placed in the President’s Daily Brief, the top-secret document presented to the president every morning. Too many people had access to the PDB. “The opsec on this” — the operational security — “was as tight as it could be,” one White House official later said.

One Internet sleuth highlighted the questionable actions noted above and posted on Reddit –

The National Security Agency was not allowed to be part of a “national security matter,” but John Kerry was at these meetings, aka the State Department, whose agency is not an investigative agency:

“At the State Department, only a small number of officials were cleared to receive the most sensitive information on the Russian hack; this group included Secretary of State John Kerry; Tony Blinken, the deputy secretary of state; Dan Smith, head of the department’s intelligence bureau; and Jon Finer, Kerry’s chief of staff.”

Rice said, she feared leaks and therefore she hid the discussions from these meetings from the NSA; however, out of all the leaks that have made their way into the press, not a single one can be found that came from the NSA. Mike Rogers ran a pretty tight ship. Rice did not want Rogers at these meetings because the Obama team did not trust Rogers to conceal their crimes.

As reported previously, when Rogers took over the NSA he ordered an audit of the FISA program –

On April 26, 2017, an unsealed FISA Court Ruling unveiled a number of criminal activities that Barack Obama’s FBI, NSA and DOJ participated in during his time in office. The FISA Court Ruling shows widespread abuse of the FISA mandate. According to the report, Obama’s FBI, NSA and DOJ performed searches on Americans that were against their 4th Amendment rights. This went on for years. One paragraph in the report states that 85% of the Section 704 and 705(b) FISA searches made during the time of the audit (a few months in 2015) were non-compliant with applicable laws and therefore criminal.

In addition, Obama’s DOJ and FBI were illegally searching Americans against their rights. Unbeknownst to most Americans, Obama’s FBI was providing this information to outside contractors who had no business or legal cause or claim the information.

A further review of the report by Jeff Carlson shows on page 19 that the Court stated that James Clapper’s NSA had an institutional “lack of candor”.

So the Obama gang held meetings regarding the Russia scandal from the White House and kept the NSA out when they should have been a part of the team but allowed creepy Secretary of State John Kerry to attend when he had no business being there. Huh!

Fox News

Published  8 months ago

President Trump has revoked the security clearance for former CIA Director John Brennan, the White House announced Wednesday, in the first decision to come from a review of access for several top Obama-era intelligence and law enforcement officials.

Charles Ortel

Published  8 months ago

Charles Ortel

06/14 9:45 pm

Notes on the continuing crisis

Mediaite

Published  9 months ago

The left paints GOPers as evil and bigoted and they only change their tune when they align with their own positions and narratives.

Rantt

Published  10 months ago

Week after week, President Trump erodes American norms.

realclearinvestigations

Published  11 months ago

President Trump has been criticized for politicizing the intelligence community by threatening to strip the security clearances of former top officials including John Brennan and James Clapper. But...

Conservative Firing Line

Published  1 year ago

Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez was one of the subjects of a documentary at Sundance- which netted a whopping $10M broadcast right for Netflix.

Tammy Bruce

Published  1 year ago

Via Fox News.

President Trump has revoked the security clearance for former CIA director John Brennan, the White House announced Wednesday, in the first decision to come from a review of access for several top Obama-era intelligence and law enforcement officials.

White House Press Secretary Sarah Sanders read a statement on behalf of the president during the start of the press briefing, saying Brennan “has a history that calls his credibility into question.”

The statement also said that Brennan had been “leveraging” the clearance to make “wild outbursts” and claims against the Trump administration.

“The president has a constitutional responsibility to protect classified information and who has access to it, and that’s what he’s doing is fulfilling that responsibility in this action,” Sanders said Wednesday.

Last month, the White House said they were looking into the clearances for other former officials and Trump critics, including former FBI director James Comey; former deputy FBI director Andrew McCabe; former director of national intelligence James Clapper; former national security adviser Susan Rice and former CIA director Michael Hayden (who also worked under President George W. Bush).

New York Post

Published  1 year ago

In dramatic testimony Monday, Obama holdover Attorney General Sally Yates testified that she warned the incoming White House its newly installed national security adviser, Michael Flynn, was

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