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The DOJ and FBI Worked With Fusion GPS on “Operation Trump”…. (from Last Refuge)

    Publishers note: This post appears here courtesy of our sister site - Jefferson Rising.

    by Sundance, Jan. 11, 2018, on The Conservative Tree House

    Following the released transcript of Fusion-GPS Co-Founder Glenn Simpson's testimony to the Senate Judiciary Committee by Senator Dianne Feinstein, several media outlets have begun questioning the relationship between the FBI investigators, Glenn Simpson and dossier author Christopher Steele.

    What we have discovered highlights the answer to those relationship questions; and also answers a host of other questions, including: Did the FBI pay Christopher Steele? Yes, but not how media has stated. Was the FBI connected to the creation of the Steele Dossier? Yes, but again, not the way the media is currently outlining.

    The motive within the FBI/DOJ surveillance of the 2016 campaign of Donald Trump is simple. However, to understand how they did it - the story becomes more complex. Some key background understanding is necessary.

    •     First, to understand what took place in 2016 we must travel back to 2015 when Office of Inspector General (OIG) Michael Horowitz asked for approval to conduct oversight over the National Security Division of the Department of Justice; the DOJ-NSD. In 2015 Inspector General Michael Horowitz was blocked by the Department of Justice from having oversight over the DOJ-NSD. In a lengthy response to the IG's office [Full 58 page pdf HERE] Sally Yates essentially said 'all DOJ is subject to oversight, except the National Security Division.'

    •     Second, to understand how FISA is used within the intelligence community it is CRITICAL to understand that IC departments centered around National Security, such as the DOJ National Security Division, or the FBI Counterintelligence Division, may use the NSA database -and FISA enabled inquires- with considerably more leeway, and less restrictions on access and use. In short, FISA "queries" from any national security department within government are allowed without seeking court approval.

    During a recent hearing discussion between current FBI Director Christopher Wray and House Judiciary Chairman, Bob Goodlatte, the context is outlined. WATCH the video included in the twitter thread (posted by TrumpSoldier) below:

    From TrumpSoldier (Twitter):

    The NSA collects data all the time 24/7 on EVERYONE. The data the FBI wants is already there. The NSA data is transferred to the FBI database via "about queries". That is where the #FISA court comes in. They authorize the data transmission to the FBI database. To get authorization to obtain the information from the databank, the FBI submits an application to the #FISA court. The House Judiciary Committee has primary jurisdiction over the FISA court (in fact, over all the Justice Department) and they can and will get it. (They may have already gotten it)

    The term warrant is used rather loosely. Regardless, here is the two-step process that occurs

    Technicalities aside, we now have confirmation that the Obama DOJ/FBI abused the system and used the NSA as a political weapon. It simply does not get any worse than that.

    The scale and scope of what took place in 2016 is also contingent upon understanding how the Foreign Intelligence Surveillance Act (FISA) was being used. Specifically how *critical* exceptions for FISA-702 "search queries", without judicial warrants or FISA court approvals, were permitted.

    In 2016 FISA-702(17) "About Queries" from legislatively authorized national security entities within the DOJ and FBI did NOT require FISA court approvals.

    Remember this important fact as you continue reading.

    WE BEGIN: The recent stories about the 2016 DOJ and FBI counterintelligence investigation of the Trump campaign center around how the Christopher Steele 'Russian Dossier' was used by the DOJ/FBI in obtaining FISA approvals for surveillance of Trump campaign officials. Within the "Russian Dossier" back-story everyone is familiar with the relationship between Fusion-GPS, the founder of the company, Glenn Simpson, and the author of the dossier, Christopher Steele. Additionally, the relationship between the Clinton campaign and Fusion GPS is now well known.

    In/around April of 2016 the Clinton campaign hired and paid Fusion-GPS. Team Clinton paid Fusion-GPS for information on candidate Donald Trump. That agreement led to Fusion-GPS hiring sub-contractor Christopher Steele, which eventually led to the creation of the 'Steele Dossier'. Yesterday, it was reported the 'Steele dossier' was used as the underlying foundation for the DOJ and FBI to seek FISA Court Approvals to monitor the communications of the Trump campaign. In essence, as of yesterday, the FBI used Clinton opposition research -via Fusion GPS- on candidate Donald Trump, to generate surveillance authority over her political opponent. That sounds bad; however, what we have discovered is worse.

    Dates are critical because they build the circumstantial case within a story clouded by obfuscation and convenient FISA secrecy.

    We know NSA Director Admiral Mike Rogers became aware of an issue with unauthorized FISA-702(17) "About Queries" early in 2016. As a result of a FISA court ruling declassified in May of 2017 we were able to piece a specific timeline together.

    After Rogers discovered the FISA-702(17) "About Query" issues, the NSA Director initiated a full FISA-702 compliance review. [Full Backstory - ]

Watch this hearing testimony to hear Admiral Rogers explain the timeline: Below.

    At the same time Christopher Steele was assembling his dossier information (May-October 2016), the NSA compliance officer was conducting an internal FISA-702 review as initiated by NSA Director Mike Rogers.The NSA compliance officer briefed Admiral Mike Rogers on October 20th 2016. On October 26th 2016, Admiral Rogers informed the FISA Court of numerous unauthorized FISA-702(17) "About Query" violations.

    Subsequent to that FISC notification Mike Rogers stopped all FISA-702(17) "About Queries" permanently. They are no longer permitted. The full FISA Court Ruling on the notifications from the NSA is below. (Note, the subject of the Court Opinion and Memo was President Obama's spying on political enemies). And to continue the story we are pulling out a specific section [page 83, pdf] CRITICAL to understanding what was going on:

    Pg 83. "FBI gave raw Section 702-acquired information to a private entity that was not a federal agency and whose personnel were not sufficiently supervised by a federal agency for compliance minimization procedures."


( January 30th, 2018 @ 6:14 pm )
Core Democrats cannot help themselves. They are wholly without principles and when it get real, like right now, everyone of them that tows the Liberal /Socialist line just come off as egregiously pathetic.

There is no one Democrat politician that is suited to be president. 8 full years showed us that.
( January 30th, 2018 @ 12:21 pm )
I have had some experience with database technology and one of the first keys is to populate the data with as much information as possible. The 'QUERY SEARCH' will take of separating the wheat from the chaff. Using the advanced search of Beaufort County Now, I got these results all of which are post by By Alex J. Ortolano and despite my best efforts not one by Bobby Tony.

( January 30th, 2018 @ 9:12 am )
Thank God for the Republic. After the most corrupt president in the history of the United States, dragging the Rule of Law through the mud, this is a welcome relief.
( January 30th, 2018 @ 8:52 am )
Well said B.T.

This is serious business, and it should not end until it is finished, and there will be some time hence before the finishing.
( January 30th, 2018 @ 8:03 am )
Thanks for providing the context of an age-old problem ever since we humans have been on earth. I doubt that there has ever been an instance where having the capability to use tools was not abused by some against others. Society and governments are formed based on a simple concept that "mores and laws" will be followed by the majority of participants.

Technology has increasingly made the tools more accessible to more people. In the process, we may have approached the point where the intersection between Privacy & Appropriateness has begun to fray. It may be inevitable that our current society has become so polarized that the end justifies the means. Like Guns, tools are only as useful as the people who use them, but the old adage about everything looks like a nail when you have a hammer in your hand may be more accurate than ever. If everyone looks like a crook, racist or colluder, then any means is justifiable to the self-appointed or elected guardians.

"When mores are sufficient, laws are unnecessary; when mores are insufficient, laws are unenforceable."----- Emile Durkeim
( January 29th, 2018 @ 10:27 pm )
Nancy "Nitwit" Pelosi accuses the Republican Memo as a lie written by liars. There is still no confirmed report as to whether she has read the report as of yet.

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